Danny’s new signature cymbal

I noticed the other day on Facebook following one of the San Francisco sows that someone commented Danny Carey was playing with a new cymbal. Well on the Tool Facebook page today (and presumably soon on Toolband) this seems to be confirmed with a photo of him holding a interesting purple cymbal from Paiste:

here’s a photo of his NEW SIGNATURE PAISTE CYMBAL, which features, among other sigils, Elizabethan Magus John Dee’s “hieroglyphic monad.”

As you can see from the photo below, it’s a great looking cymbal, so if this kind of stuff is your thing then keep an eye on the Paiste website for details!

Danny's new signature Paiste cymbal

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 results

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 poll! This year it is a genuine Top 10 as there were no ties to deal with. The winner probably won’t surprise anyone, but there are a few surprises further down in the list.

Thanks to all of those who contributed – I counted 644 unique votes this time around, and a list of all albums with two or more votes can be found in the forum. For those interested in my top 10 – stay tuned, as I’ll probably get around to posting it tomorrow!

Let’s get into it, starting with the most popular album for 2015…

1. Puscifer – Money $hot

Well, I doubt this will come as a real shock to many, as Puscifer, like them or not are fronted by the singer of the band we’re all here to talk about. Money $hot had double the number of votes than the album in the number 2 position. I considered making it ineligible for the poll, but decided against it, since in my opinion at least it is a decent album, though one I don’t think will make my top 10. Those who would rather see this rule out, could perhaps take some solace in the fact that Steven Wilson’s album would have finished tenth had I done so.

Puscifer - Money Shot

2. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Comeback albums have been popular of late, and this year we heard a couple of rippers. The best of which would appear to be Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus. Released independently on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings, the band seem to be a model of how bands should go about reforming after a lengthy break. And they still kick arse live as well!

Faith No More - Sol Invictus

3. Failure – The Heart is a Monster

Also on the comeback trail are California Alt-Rock band Failure. Seemingly more popular now than they were back in the 90s, they released the album The Heart is a Monster which sits right up with the best in their back catalog.

Failure - The Heart is a Monster

4. Ghost – Meliora

Ghost have dropped the BC from their name, and changed their singer, but their scary rock styling still remain a hit with Fourtheye readers. Personally I can’t say I’m a fan at all, but it least they aren’t Slipknot!

Ghost - Meliora

5. Elder – Lore

Elder are a band that have come out of no where for many, and have released on of the best prog/stoner/doom metal albums in years. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, then make sure you do!

6. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Deafheaven seem to be a divisive band these days – some people love them. Others blame them for all the misdeeds hipsters have bestowed upon the world. Personally, I think they’re pretty good, and New Bermuda is almost certainly better than Sunbather.

7. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things

Intronaut are a favorite of Tool fans, especially since Justin has appeared with them on several occasions. The Direction of Last Things is one of their best and heaviest works yet, and well worth a spot on any top 10.

Intronaut - The Direction of Last Things

8. Baroness – Purple

After a horrific bus accident, it’s inspiring to see a band rebuild themselves, crowd fund their own album, and then blow away their fans with some great music.

Baroness - Purple

9. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe‘s haunting voice, combined with a doomy brand of acoustic rock have made this a favorite on the Fourtheye forums for a while now. It’s great to see it earn a spot on our top 10 list!

10. Bjork – Vulnicura

An elder stateswoman of the alternative scene released another standout album in 2015. Bjork’s albums are never boring and almost always worth a listen, as you’re likely to hear something you’ve never heard before…

Bjork - Vulnicura

Best Albums of 2015 poll closing soon!

Just a reminder to you all that the Fourtheye Best Albums of 2015 poll will be closing soon! Head on over the my original post, fill out the form, and then stay tuned for the result sometime after New Years. We have over 100 votes at this point in time, so lets see if we can get a few more!

Fourtheye Subscriber Xmas 2015 giveaway winners!

I hope you all enjoyed a pleasant holiday, and were able to drink as many beers or worship as many Gods as required over the time period. Here at Fourtheye I like to celebrate by giving away shit, and moments ago I drew out a few random names for out subscriber giveaway! The winners are somewhat fitting in that one is a new subscriber, having joined us in the last month, while the other is one who has been a subscriber here at Fourtheye since I started up the whole scam. Anyway, on with the prize giving!

First prize, which is a Tool shirt from the recent Monster Mash show goes to Mabus669.

Second prize – the autographed copy of Puscifer’s Money Shot goes to Sid Barnes.

i will attempt to contact both of you via email, however if you don’t hear from me then feel free to get in touch!

Authographed Money Shot by Puscifer

Tool December 2015 Newsletter released

Blair has posted the Tool December 2015 Newsletter today, no doubt filling your hearts with much Xmas cheer, or humbugs depending on your life view. It doesn’t appear to contain much Tool news, but I’ll leave this part with you:

Oh, I almost forgot the encrypted holiday message: aaAaavvllll(rrrrrgeeeeeeeeeennndddoooocctttwiihhh)uussd.dj5yybmb

And don’t think it says: “All evergreen decorations (wreaths included) should be removed by January 5th.”

Speaking of Xmas – don’t forget that our Subscriber Giveaway closes on the date celebrating the birth of Brian. If you want to be in the running for a copy of Money Shot or a Tool shirt, then get onto it!

Brian of Nazareth

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016 announced

Puscifer were expected to add more dates to their Money Shot tour in 2016, and the first batch seem to have appeared in Ticketmaster recently. From all accounts, the shows this year have been great, so if Puscifer are heading your way then I recommend getting along to Maynard and co at one of the shows.

Update: several more dates have been added. More dates to be announced in 2016.

Date announced so far:

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016

  • Thursday 17th March 2016 Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
  • Friday 18th March 2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sunday March 20th 2016 Pikes Peak Center – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tuesday March 22nd 2016 Orpheum Theatre – Omaha, NE
  • Wednesday March 23rd 2016 Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday March 25th 2016 Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
  • Saturday March 26th 2016 Devos Performance Hall – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Monday March 28th 2016 Coronado Theatre – Rockford, IL
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016 Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
  • Wednesday 30th March 2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
  • Friday April 1st 2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Saturday 2nd April 2016 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
  • Monday 4th April 2016 Akron Civic Theatre – Akron, OH
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016 University At Buffalo Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
  • Wednesday 6th April 2016 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, ON
  • Friday April 8th 2016 Merrill Auditorium – Portland, ME
  • Saturday April 9th 2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
  • Sunday 10th April 2016 The Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, PA
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
  • Wednesday April 13th 2016 Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
  • Saturday April 16th Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Providence, RI

No doubt there will be more dates added in the not too distant future! Tickets for the shows announced so far seem to go on sale in the next couple of days, so be prepared!

Puscifer at the Monster Mash Festival in 2015.  Photo by Jim Louvau

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 Poll

It’s that time of year again where many talk and post about the best albums of the year just past. 2015 seemed to be a decent year for new music, and I’d invite Fourtheye Readers to participate in our annual Best Albums readers poll.

Entering is easy, just use the Google form below and vote for your top 10 albums. I’ll collect the results over the coming weeks, and then post the final list (as well as my top 10) in early 2016.

For those who like to reminisce, here’s link to my top 10 from 2014, and a link to yours!

Fourtheye Xmas Subscriber Giveaway!

It’s been a little while since I held a Fourtheye Subscriber giveaway, and in order to make up for it I have a couple of cool prizes.

Firstly is a tour shirt from the recent Tool Monster Mash show. The original plan was to have a poster to giveaway, but they sold out too quickly! Thanks to azbay for grabbing this for me!

Monster Mash Shirt Front

Monster Mash Shirt back

Second prize is a a signed copy Puscifer’s latest Money Shot generously donated by Kanaduh. Here’s a pic:

Autographed Money Shot

Here are the rules:

  1. You must be a current subscriber on Xmas Eve 2016 to be eligible
  2. Bronze subscribers get one entry, Silver subscribers two and Gold Subscribers three.
  3. If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll get a bunch of bonus entries depending on how long you’ve been a member.
  4. If you sign up for an annual membership, rather than a single month membership you’ll also get a bunch of bonus entries.

If you’re not sure if your membership is up to date, feel free to send me a message and I’ll let you know. Happy to answer any other Membership related questions as well, via the Contact form!

Head on over to the Membership page for details on how to join, and what you get!

Tool add second San Francisco show

In a move that won’t surprise many, due to popular demand Tool have added a second show to their run at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco:

Due to popular demand, a second TOOL SHOW has been ADDED for THURSDAY, JANUARY 7th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. TICKETS will go ON-SALE TOMORROW (SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12) at 10:00 AM PST.

As usual, tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster.

Sold out!  Expect this to happen!

An Evening with Tool in San Francisco

Seems as though Tool have one more date for us, with an Evening With Tool being announced at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Unlike the others, this one won’t feature Primus as the support act – just 3teeth.

Details from the Toolband:

TOOL will be performing live at the BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM in SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6th. TICKETS for this “EVENING WITH TOOL” (with 3TEETH to open) go ON-SALE this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 12:00 PM PST. Please note that there will be NO VIPS for this show.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.

The rest of the tour is pretty much sold out, with VIP tickets available for only a few of the shows left.

For details of the Tool Tour USA 2016, head to our tour page.

An  Evening with Tool in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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