Motörhead in the studio next to Tool

Posted not long ago on the internet is a Facebook video from Adam’s page featuring Phil and Mikkey from Motörhead, and Adam from Tool in a Los Angeles recording studio. Motörhead are in one studio, and Tool are in the other one “working on some tunes, having fun”. Take a look for yourself:

So it seems Tool are now recording – is it the new album? Is it something else? Hopefully we’ll find out soon!

Legend of the Seagullmen

Looks like there may be a new side project in the works for Danny, with details emerging of a collaboration between him and Brent Hinds from Mastodon. It may also feature Dimitri Coats from punk band OFF!

There isn’t much more detail, but there is an interesting website which contains a couple of tracks you can download. A photo of Danny appears on the site, but there’s also a bunch of live shots, none of which I think have Danny in it (the drum kit layout doesn’t look right) so I’m not sure if this is an ongoing thing for Danny, or just a guest spot.

There’s also a photo of Danny and Brent from the Loft, which is a good one for you whiteboard enthusiasts:

Tool January 2015 Newsletter released

Tool’s Newsletter for January 2015 has been released, and you can find it on the bands website. It contains a few hints that another song is complete on the new album, and also that there may be more news to come soon (though to be fair lots of newsletters suggest this). It also contains a Q & A section, which doesn’t really answer anything too compelling, but I found to be quite funny. Here’s a excerpt:

Q: “If I pay extra…. like $40… can I get the shirt with out the stupid poem?”

A: Nobody likes a Wisenheimer, but sure you can pay $40.00 for the shirt without the esoteric verses (which aren’t being offered now anyway). And I will be checking with Merch to see if you really buy one NOW that you’ve had your moment of glory…

COMMENT: “ I placed an order [for the Crowley tee-shirt] on the 17th [of January] with the confirmation #666. Made my day.”

REPLY: All confirmations are 666. Just kidding. How fortuitous! I hope that the Wisenheimer sees what he missed by not ordering one with the stupid poem…

Happy Trails!

Some shitty poetry

Adam Jones turns 50

Adam celebrates a big birthday this year as he hits the big 50. Hopefully birthday celebrations include writing some more tunes, and spending some quality time with his new family and friends.

To celebrate, Artist Direct have produced a list of Top 10 Adam Jones Leads. There’a few there I don’t necessarily agree with, but perhaps you guys do? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

Here he is with one of his buddies, Chet Zar:

Danny Carey Towel finally available!

After years of waiting, Danny now has a personalised towel available for purchase in his store for the low, low price of US$14.99 (plus postage).

DRUM TOWEL FEATURES DANNY’S MODIFIED VERSION OF ELIZABETHAN MAGUS JOHN DEE’S MAGICAL DIAGRAM “SIGILLLUM DEI AEMAETH”. BLACK TOWEL INCLUDES DANNY’S NAME IN GOLD LETTERING. DIMENSIONS 16″ X 25″.

Sadly it’s too late for Xmas, but it is not too late to get it for your loved on for this coming Valentines Day.

Failure: The New Album

Hopefully you have some money left in your wallets after funding the new Suns of the Tundra album, as Failure are also heading down that path in order to release their first album since reuniting last year.

Using Pledge Music, Failure have a range of rewards from digital downloads to vinyl, as well as a bunch of other items (guitar pedals, signed stuff, etc) starting from $10.

A Perfect Circle rocks the House Of Cards

As some of you have already noticed, Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums features in the trailer for Season 3 of the Netflix show House of Cards. Executive Producer David Fincher directed A Perfect Circle‘s first video Judith, which may explain the connection to between the band and the TV show.

Turn on your television!

Suns of the Tundra Kickstarter

After Justin left Peach to join Tool, and the remaining members of the band went on to form Suns Of The Tundra. Their latest album Bones of Brave Ships is ready for release this April, and the band are looking for some Kickstarter funds to get a deluxe gatefold sleeve double-vinyl version to the market.

It looks like a nice package, and the music sounds great, so if vinyl is your thing and these guys interest you, the get on board and send some funds their way.

Thanks to Moridin for the tip!

My Top 10 Albums of 2014

It’s taken me a while (mostly since I’ve been away) but after much procrastination I’ve finally come up with my Top 10 Albums for 2014. This year, I found I had trouble making a top 10, not because I hadn’t listened to much, but because I felt while there were many good albums, there weren’t that many that moved into the great “automatic top 10″ selection category.

Still, in the time honored tradition of websites around the world, a top 10 must be created, so here we go. As usual, this is in no particular order…

The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

This is the first of the two math-rock type albums in my list, and this New York based two-piece have released a great beat heavy slab of rock, with some quite humorous lyrics if you’re into that kind of thing. It sounds somewhere between Big Black and Shellac.

Shellac – Dude Incredible

Speaking of Shellac, they finally released their latest album Dude Incredible. These guys take about as long as Tool to release put out records, though they have day jobs and therefore a better excuse. Like Tool, they also release what I consider to be consistently good albums and this one is no exception. It sounds exactly like you’d expect a Shellac album to, and despite petering out a little towards the end, is an easy inclusion for me in my top 10.

ACxDC – Antichrist Demoncore

There wasn’t much power-violence of grindcore in the readers top 10 sadly, but I’m here to address that balance by naming this great album in the top 10. High energy from beginning to end, with protest laden lyrics (if you can make them out). Just as a good grind album should be.

Lord Mantis – Death Mask

I know almost nothing about these guys. What I do know is that they put out a heavy as fuck metal album, which is definitely one of the best metal releases of 2014.

Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Much hyped (here on Fourtheye anyway) doom metal act Yob released their latest Clearing The Path To Ascend this year, and for the most part they didn’t disappoint. The only criticisms I have of this album are inherent to the genre, but didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying this bands progression.

Philm – Fire From The Evening Sun

The debut album by this band (who feature Dave Lombardo on drums) made my list a couple of years ago, and their followup album in my opinion is just as good. For the most part, it’s more of the same – heavy rock though this time around with a few less of the atmospheric interludes of the first album. I can’t quite nail what I really like about this band, but I keep coming back to them regardless.

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Mastodon aren’t the same prog-metal band they were back in the day, and while many (myself included) lament this, I did think their latest was a fine album. It continues down the path laid by The Hunter, except the riffs a catchier, and the vocals easier to sing along with. Will their next album take them into Foo Fighters territory? Who knows, but I dug this one.

Opeth – Pale Communion

I’ve never been a fan of Opeth, I always found their style of prog-metal a little too cheesy for my liking. Funny then that they should release an album which many of their old fans dislike, but I think is actually pretty good. Sure, it’s largely unoriginal 70s sounding prog, but they seem to have done away with some of the wankery that put me off their early works.

Skinfather – None Will Mourn

Grimy fuzzy metal with a slightly old school death metal sound. Some fantastic riffs over the course of a unrelenting 30 minutes.

Update: It seems I forgot completely about the Lazer/Wulf album should actually be in my top 10. Sorry Killer Be Killed!

Lazer/Wulf – The Beast of Left and Right

Instrumental rock doesn’t usually do a whole lot for me, but these guys have released a ripper of an album this year. A concept album of sorts, it’s marketed as being somewhat palindromic. That’s not really the case, but the album is made up of a bunch of riffs played forwards, backwards and a range of other ways that clash together to make a great listen.

There were a bunch of other albums I considered for the top 10, but of course I couldn’t include them all. Ask me again in 10 months time, and there’s a decent chance I’d swap in one of the following into my list:

  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
  • Code Orange – I Am King
  • The Contortionist – Language
  • John Zorn – The Last Judgement

Tool issue New Album update of sorts…

I take a week away from the world, and not only do bushfires come pretty close to my house, but Tool post some kinda-news about the new album. In their New Years message via Blair, they say:

Here we are ostensibly in a new year, and with it comes a clean slate to fill with not previously known noteworthy accounts and reports related to the band, TOOL. Having just returned from their individual holiday obligations, the band members will soon be entrenched at the Loft, diligently (as opposed to shoddily) writing and arranging new music for a much anticipated forthcoming recording.

It seems to suggest that the band are finally hitting their straps, which implies we may see some end to the ongoing “where is the new album?” saga.

Some of you will also remember that Danny played with Primus on New Years Eve. Here’s a nice video of Danny & Tim Alexander drumming-off in the time honored tradition: