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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

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!

Fourtheye is back!

Well, that was a rather long outage! An unexpected hardware fault, as well as a few IT related mishaps meant a longer than usual downtime for Fourtheye, but fingers crossed we won’t experience that again any time soon! Thankfully there wasn’t much Tool news (despite the promise of a special announcement), and I will be posting about the VIP session in Phoenix shortly.

While I have your attention (as limited as it may be) I would like to point out to those that are unaware that I am planning on getting a limited edition Fourtheye shirt happening sometime soon. I’ll be using crowd funding as a method of pre-ordering these shirts, and this campaign may happen as soon as this weekend. There’s a sample of what the shirt will look like below.

Stay tuned for more details!

Fourtheye shirt!

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014

The poll has closed this years Best Albums of 2014 list, and the votes have been counted! 151 people voted in this years poll, with 671 votes resulting in about 300 albums being nominated this time round. I usually aim to have a top 10, but this time around there was a tie for the final spot, so there’s actually 11 albums in this years list!

I present to you the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2014 list!

10. Foundations Of Burden – Pallbearer & The Ape Of God – Old Man Gloom

Equal tenth are two bands that crank out consistently good metal albums. Old Man Gloom, who are a supergroup featuring members of Isis, Converge and Cave-in fooled the world a couple of months ago be releasing a decoy album, and then the real thing. Some would say the decoy is as good as the actual album!

Pallbearer followed up their excellent debut album with a new doom metal classic Foundations of Burden.

9. The Grey Chapter – Slipknot

Nice voting here guys. Never before have I felt the need to doctor the results for the Fourtheye poll, and believe me, the temptation was strong this time around. /end rant

8. To Be Kind – The Swans

The Swans seem to be a firm favorite with Fourtheye readers these days, and for many their latest album didn’t disappoint.

7. The Joy of Motion – Animals As Leaders

Animals As Leaders followed up the excellent Weightless with the equally excellent The Joy Of Motion. Excellent instrumental progressive metal with a formidable live reputation – just don’t call them djent!

6. The Endless River – “Pink Floyd”

This seemingly endless album by parts of Pink Floyd seemed to have been well received by many readers.

5. Clearing The Path To Ascend – Yob

Yob continue on their upward path to become one of the most respected doom metal bands out there. Clearing The Path To Ascend is a great addition to their existing catalogue.

4. Pale Communion – Opeth

Some die-hard fans may argue that Opeth aren’t the same band that they used to be, but for many the 70s prog rock styling of their latest Pale Communion rang true.

3. Syro – Aphex Twin

Richard D. James takes about the same amount of time to produce records as Tool do, and 2014 was the year when the next Aphex Twin album was released by the well know Drum & Bass artist into the wild (the last one, Drukqs was released in 2001 not long after Lateralus). It would appear to have been well received by many Fourtheye readers!

2. Sines – Jakob

Jakob seem to be a regular Tool support act these days (especially when touring Down Under), and in 2014 they released their long awaited album Sines. Instrumental Post-Rock is their genre of choice, and you won’t find many better examples of this going around.

1. Once More ‘Round The Sun – Mastodon

Mastodon’s latest album appears to be regarded as one of their best. As a band they seemed to have moved onto the safer ground of more traditional songwriting rather than the more progressive work of their earlier albums, but the catchiness of the tunes, not to mention the high quality instrumental work have elevated this album to Fourtheye’s favorite of 2014.

Congratulations Mastodon!

Feel free to take a look at my top 10, which shares quite a few (not Slipknot) from this list!

The F Word

Adam Jones now has a Facebook account for those that are interested.  There’s also now a Fourtheye page on Facebook as well if anyone wants to join…

Thanks to Kyle for the tip!

Twitter Updates

Not only does Maynard have a Twitter account, but so now does Fourtheye. Follow us at http://twitter.com/fourtheye to be notified when new articles are posted here. Enjoy!

2008

Now that 2008 has been an gone, I thought I’d just highlight the main events that shaped Fourtheye over the year, and also share with you my favorite musical releases from the year.

Statistically, the biggest story of the year was Tool‘s involvement in  Guitar Hero: World Tour. Many argued that Tool were selling out, while others (myself included) just relished the idea of having some fun with some Tool tracks.  Being that several members of the band are avid gamers, Guitar Hero seemed like a pretty logical step for the band.  Who knows what the future will be here.  Perhaps after the Metallica version of Guitar Hero we’ll see a Tool one…

Tool featured in a dedicated issue of Revolver Magazine this year, and articles related to this issue generated almost as many hits as the Guitar Hero news.  For those who were able to get a copy of this magazine, it was a pretty interesting read, though much of the content had been published before.  Still it was a great way for collectors to get a range of good interviews all in the one place.  Those with the cash can still obtain these magazines from around the place, including signed copies that are available from CoSM.

Also a large talking point throughout the year was Maynard‘s work, both as Puscifer and as Caduceus.  Puscifer released two albums and numerous videos and merchandise this year, as well as announcing three shows in Las Vegas in February 2009.  It’ll be interesting to see what goes down at these concerts.  Maynard was also quite busy with his wine, doing many signings at Whole Food Markets, and producing several wines over the year.  I’d love to try some one day, but getting a bottle down here to Australia is a costly exercise.  Maybe one day I’ll get back over to the US and visit Arizona.  It sounds like a nice place!

The last piece of big news for the year was the limited Signed Salival that was released to Toolarmy members just before Xmas.  33 lucky Tool fans spent $200 a piece to grab these pieces of rare merchandise.

Other Fourtheye related news this year included a new Melvins album, Meshuggah finally touring Australia and much speculation over the next big thing (despite being told not to).

Outside of the world of Tool, my favorite albums of 2008 were:

  • Behold! The Monolith EP
  • Dr Dooom – Dr Dooom 2
  • Dub Trio – Another Sound Is Dying
  • Gojira – The Way Of All Flesh
  • Gridlink – Amber Grey
  • Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation – Self Titled
  • John Zorn – The Crucible
  • Kill The Client – Cleptocracy
  • Mammal – The Majority
  • Meshuggah – obZen
  • Origin – Antithesis
  • The Mars Volta – The Bedlam In Goliath
  • The Melvins – Nude With Boots

Other albums/bands I’ve (re)discovered this year that I’ve really enjoyed include:

  • The Austerity ProgramBlack Madonna
  • Beanflipper Total Dysfunctional Collapse and Garden Variety Manic Depressant
  • Between the Buried and Me Colours
  • The Dillinger Escape PlanIre Works
  • Insect WarfareWorld Extermination
  • Propagandhi Live from Occupied Territory
  • U.S.S.A. The Spoils
  • Other bands I’ve generally enjoyed include Big Black, Discordance Axis, Failure, Fudge Tunnel & TISM.

As far as movies go, I haven’t seen many this year, but the films I’ve enjoyed the most in 2008 have the There Will Be Blood and The Dark Knight.

As usual I did a lot of gaming this year too.The game of the year for me was Fallout 3, being every bit as good as I hoped it would be.  I also really enjoyed Fable 2 and Far Cry 2, and was pleased to see Mount & Blade finally made it to release.  I never did get around to playing Guitar Her: World Tour though…

So what’s happening in 2009?  As far as Tool goes, who knows.  But I’d suspect the following:

  • Writing and then recording sometime around August-September
  • Release new record at the end of the year, or early 2010.
  • Tour to follow album release, but I’d say unlikely in 2009.

I’d also expect some other Tool bits and pieces to emerge, such as a couple of projects Maynard has been working on, possibly another DVD from 10,000 Days, as well as the website updates Blair has mentioned.  Hopefully Toolarmy will get some love!

Also, I hope we’ll see The Melvins do a proper Australian tour.  Considering Mastodon have a new album out early 2009 I’d hope they’d tour as well.  The Soundwave Festival with Nine Inch Nails is happening in February, and I’ll be at the Adelaide show.  I’m still in two minds about the Big Day Out, Fantomas are very appealing but not very much else is.  Not sure I can justify the ticket price for a band I’ve seen three times already.  My favorite punk band Propagandhi are touring early 2009 as well, and they have a new album coming out as well, so I’m excited about that.

As far as Fourtheye goes – it’ll be business as usual here.  I was going to create a new theme over the holidays, but never quite got around to that.  Look out for one sometime in the next few months.  I’m also going to see if I can organise some Fourtheye merchandise this year as part of a fund raising drive later on this year.  Stay tuned!

If any of you have any great bands, albums, films, games or anything you’d like to let us know about, then feel free to post below.  Personally I read every comment this site gets, so am always interested in hear what you guys and girls enjoy.  If I get enough comments, I’ll even throw them all together as a Best of 2008 by Fourtheye Readers post.

Hope you all had a great 2008, and have an even better 2009.  This site is nothing without the readers, so thanks for your support over the last 12 months.

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