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MeteoraLinkin Park's second studio effort (not counting the 2002 remix album Reanimation) overflows with glossy production values and Big Rock oomph, fully embracing the pop instincts of their Hybrid Theory debut. For many, Theory sounded inexcusably corporate, from its too-timely rap-rock sound to the long list of product endorsements included in the liner notes. Meteora will only amplify those complaints, but this album is actually truer to the band's nature. It's still impossible not to hear strains of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and the like. None of those acts, however, would try something as blatantly anthemic as Easier to Run, which would sound fine to a Def Leppard fan, or as borderline danceable as Breaking the Habit and Session. Linkin Park is what Trent Reznor was always afraid of becoming, but if you ever wished he would drop the pretenses and just make a hair-metal record, you'll find Meteora to your liking. - Matthew CookeLP 1
2. Don't Stay
3. Somewhere I Belong
4. Lying From You
5. Hit The Floor
6. Easier To Run
2. Breaking The Habit
3. From The Inside
4. Nobody's Listening
6. Numb$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Life Is PeachyImport
KoRn are one of the best-selling Nu Metal bands on the planet. Of their 8 studio albums the first seven have been certified platinum. The demise of the band L.A.P.D. was the starting point for KoRn. The remaining members (Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu, James 'Munky' Shaffer, David Silveria and Brian 'Head' Welch) were looking for a new singer, found Jonathan Davis, and KoRn was born. The result was 1994's KoRn. The huge amount of time they spent touring paid up, assuring them of a fan base buying their future albums.
Their second album was 'Life Is Peachy' (1996), which reached No.3 on the Billboard charts and achieved platinum-selling status. 'Life is Peachy' continues right from where the debut had left off, but this time around, KoRn would bring some new, refreshing, and quite unexpected surprises to the table, such as in the playful 'A.D.I.D.A.S.' ('All Day I Dream About Sex').
With lyrics that reached out to many post-grunge teens after the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, backed up by a wall of heavy toned-down guitars and loud in your face hip-hop drumming, KoRn prepared themselves for a worldwide breakthrough that would happen soon after.Side A
K@#*%! - Dirty Version
No Place To Hide
Wicked - Dirty Version
A.D.I.D.A.S. - Dirty Version
Kill You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Korn is the eponymous debut studio album by the American Nu-Metal band Korn. It was released in 1994, right after the band toured with Biohazard and House of Pain. The album's themes mainly consisted of both drug and child abuse. Korn was well received by music critics. The band stormed the alternative scene virtually overnight, and is said to have established Nu-Metal.
Bands like Coal Chamber and Limp Bizkit were inspired by the album's rage, emphasising similar grooves and song structures, including some Hip Hop elements. Slipknot, Machine Head, and Sepultura were also inspired by the album. The album launched the career of record producer Ross Robinson, who later produced albums such as Three Dollar Bill, Yall by Limp Bizkit and Slipknot's rst two albums.
A little more than a year after release, the album went Gold in the United States. The album spawned 4 singles; "Blind", followed by "Need To", "Shoots and Ladders" and "Clown". The album has now sold over 10 million copies worldwide and was never before issued on vinyl.LP 1
2. Ball Tongue
3. Need To
7. Shoots & Ladders
4. Helmet in the Bush
5. Daddy$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Spawn The Album (Original Soundtrack)Import
20th Anniversary Edition - First Time On Vinyl
Includes A 4-Page Booklet & Exclusive Poster
Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. A Hellspawn. Now Spawn must choose between his life on Earth and his place on a throne in Hell.
The 1997 film Spawn is based on the comic book character of the longest-running and most-respected independent comics of all time, written by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics.
Spawn The Album was originally released in 1997 and brought popular rock and metal bands like Metallica, Korn, Marilyn Manson and Silverchair together with well-known DJs and producers such as The Crystal Method, Roni Size, and Atari Teenage Riot. The album debuted at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and stayed in the chart for 25 weeks.
The album includes the singles (Can't You) Trip Like I Do by Filter & The Crystal Method and Long Hard Road Out Of Hell by Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps.LP 1
1. Filter & The Crystal Method - (Can't You) Trip Like I Do
2. Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps - Long Hard Road Out Of Hell
3. Orbital & Kirk Hammett - Satan
4. Korn & The Dust Brothers - Kick The P.A.
5. Butthole Surfers & Moby - Tiny Rubberband
6. Metallica & DJ Spooky - For Whom The Bell Tolls (The Irony Of It All)
7. Stabbing Westward & Wink - Torn Apart
1. Mansun & 808 State - Skin Up Pin Up
2. Prodigy & Tom Morello - One Man Army
3. Silverchair & Vitro - Spawn
4. Henry Rollins & Goldie - T-4 Strain
5. Incubus & D.J. Greyboy - Familiar
6. Slayer & Atari Teenage Riot - No Remorse (I Wanna Die)
7. Soul Coughing & Roni Size - A Plane Scraped Its Belly On A Sooty Yellow Moon$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Labyrinth (Pre-Order)Release Date: July 20, 2018*
It would be nearly impossible to mistake anyone else for Jonathan Davis. A true original, the Bakersfield, CA singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist indelibly impacts millions as frontman for alt-metal/rock game-changers KoRn-whose accolades encompass two GRAMMY® Award wins, worldwide sales of 40 million-plus, and countless sold out shows in nearly every corner of the globe. Throughout over 20 years in music, his presence coursed through the film scores, contributions to popular video game franchises, and official remixes for the likes of Steve Aoki and more. Along the way, he lent his voice to tracks for everyone from Linkin Park to Tech N9ne. However, 2018 sees him doing something he has yet to do: release his first solo album.
Writing and recording on the road, he played guitar, keys, and anything else he could get his hands on. Moreover, the music was primarily recorded live. Led by the single "What It Is," it continues a tradition by boldly treading new territory.
"I've always got to be different," he leaves off. "Once again, I'm doing something I haven't heard before. This is my swan song. It's my fucking masterpiece up to this point."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. Underneath My Skin
2. Final Days
5. Your God
6. Walk On By
7. The Secret
8. Basic Needs
2. Please Tell Me
3. What You Believe
5. What It Is$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Paradigm ShiftOn 'Paradigm Shift', Korn chose not to repeat the dub step/rock fusion of their previous album The Path of Totality, but remained intent on keeping the sounds fresh and new. On the new album, they promise to mesh the classic dual guitar attack of James 'Munky' Shaffer and Brian 'Head' Welch (returning for the first time since the band's 2003 album Take A Look In The Mirror), with an all new approach to the integration of electronics.1. Prey For Me
2. Love & Meth
3. What We Do
4. Spike In My Veins
5. Mass Hysteria
6. Paranoid And Aroused
7. Never Never
8. Punishment Time
9. Lullaby For A Sadist
11. It's All Wrong$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Crow Left Of The Murder...Double gatefold sets presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
At the beginning of their career, Incubus was rightly lumped in with the legions of post-Korn alt metal/rap-rock bands swarming America in the latter days of the 20th century. But by their third album, 1999's Make Yourself, they had separated from the pack, as indicated by the presence of producer Scott Litt, best-known for his work with R.E.M. It signaled that the band was serious, and they began expanding their rap-metal template on that album and its follow-up, 2001's Morning View, completing their transition from juvenelia to maturity with 2003's Crow Left of the Murder. Switching from Litt to producer Brendan O'Brien, a man who has been with Pearl Jam longer than any of their drummers, Incubus has opted for a clean, crisp yet heavy sound which allows them to aggressively switch from crunching metallic riffs to jazzy prog interludes. It's an expansive musical vision charged with some righteous anger; although vocalist Brandon Boyd doesn't write explicit protests, there sure are enough allusions to social turbulence to make this the first politically aware alt metal album in many a year. This maturation is even more evident in the music, how the band actually swings on Zee Deveel, or how guitarist Michael Einzinger's jazz-influenced solos seem both carefully constructed and casually tossed off, or how Boyd's voice shifts from song to song (or during a song, as on the opening Megalomaniac, which sounds like a bizarre blend of Mr. Mister's Richard Page and John Lydon). All this maturation does mean that Incubus may shed some older fans, since the naked ambitions on this record are far removed from the earnest, angst-ridden earlier records, but so be it -- A Crow Left of the Murder... is far more interesting than any of their other records, or their peers'. At times, they may stretch themselves a little too far here, but the ambition is admirable and the achievements are tangible -- a real breakthrough for the band.
2. A Crow Left of the Murder
4. Talk Show on Mute
5. Beware! Criminal
6. Sick Sad Little World
8. Southern Girl
10. Zee Deveel
11. Made for TV Movie
12. Smile Lines
13. Here in My Room
14. Leech$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Follow The LeaderImport
Follow the Leader is the third studio album by the American nu metal band Korn. Originally released in 1998, the album was produced by Steve Thompson and Toby Wright.
The Family Values Tour promoted the album, along with its five singles. Both Got the Life and Freak on a Leash charted on various charts.Freak on a Leash was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards, and won for the Best Rock Video award, as well as Best Editing. The music video also won Best Short Form Music Video at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
The critically acclaimed album peaked at number one on four charts, including the Billboard 200. The album received a 5× Platinum certification in the United States. Follow the Leader has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, making it Korn's most successful album. It's often credited with bringing nu metal to the mainstream.LP1
1. It's On!
2. Freak On A Leash
3. Got The Life
4. Dead Bodies Everywhere
5. Children Of The Korn
1. All In The Family
2. Reclaim My Place
6. My Gift To You$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Take A Look In The MirrorImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
First Pressing Of 2000 Numbered Copies On Silver Transparent Vinyl
Take A Look In The Mirror is the sixth studio album by American Nu-Metal band Korn, released in 2003. It is the first album self-produced by the band. Korn explained that they wanted fans to hear the music as it should be. They returned to a more aggressive sound as featured on their earlier albums, with guitarists Brian Head Welch and James Munky Shaffer mostly utilizing thick, heavy distortion and the occasional clean tones for contrast. The album peaked at number 9 of the Billboard 200 album charts and was certified platinum.
The track Did My Time was previously released as a single for the movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The single debuted and peaked at number thirty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Korn's first top-forty hit in the United States. Did My Time gave Korn another Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category. The track Right Now was accompanied by a provocative cartoon video animated by Spike and Mike.
The album also contains a reworked and re-recorded version of the track Alive, which had previously only been released on the band's first demo, Neidermeyer's Mind. The track Play Me features rapper Nas, making Take A Look In The Mirror the first Korn album since Follow The Leader to feature such a collaboration. Jonathan Davis plays bagpipes on Let's Do This Now, marking the return of a tradition that has previous to the album, only been absent on Untouchables.
The Music On Vinyl reissue is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, with the first 2000 copies being individually numbered and pressed on silver transparent vinyl.LP 1
1. Right Now
2. Break Some Off
3. Counting On Me
4. Here It Comes Again
5. Deep Inside
6. Did My Time
7. Everything I've Known
1. Play Me (featuring Nas)
3. Let's Do This Now
4. I'm Done
5. Y'all Want A Single
6. When Will This End$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
KoRn: one of the best-selling Nu Metal bands on the planet. Of their 8 studio albums the first seven have been certified platinum. 'Issues' was their first album after their mainstream breakthrough with 'Follow The Leader'.
On 'Issues' the hip hop elements of 'Follow the Leader' were removed moving the band in a more alternative and industrial metal sound rather than the so-called nu metal.
Although 'Issues' was released during a week of many highly-anticipated records, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 keeping Dr. Dre and Celine Dion from hitting #1. The first single from the album, Falling Away from Me, debuted on South Park in an episode titled Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery. The band was featured in cartoon form as Scooby Doo-style mystery solvers. After the 180 grams release of Life Is Peachy we now present Issues on heavy-weight vinyl!1. Dead
2. Falling Away from Me
4. 4 U
5. Beg for Me
6. Make Me Bad
7. It's Gonna Go Away
8. Wake Up
9. Am I Going Crazy?
10. Hey Daddy
11. Somebody Someone
12. No Way
13. Let's Get This Party Started
14. Wish You Could Be Me
16. Dirty$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Serenity Of SufferingFollowing great anticipation, KORN - one of the most influential rock bands of modern times - have announced their 12th studio album, THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon), the album also features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot. It marks the band's welcomed return to Roadrunner Records who previously released 2010's KORN III - Remember Who You Are and 2011's The Path of Totality.1. Insane
2. Rotting In Vain
3. Black Is The Soul
4. The Hating
5. A Different World (feat. Corey Taylor)
6. Take Me
7. Everything Falls Apart
8. Die Yet Another Night
9. When You're Not There
10. Next In Line
11. Please Come For Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Untouchables is the fifth studio album by American Nu Metal band Korn. The album was officially released on June 11, 2002 and featured the Grammy-winning single Here to Stay. Untouchables debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 copies sold during its first week. The album received positive reviews from music critics and is often regarded as one of Korn's best works. Untouchables was certified platinum on July 11, 2002, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.LP1
1. Here To Stay
2. Make Believe
4. Hollow Life
5. Bottled Up Inside
1. One More Time
2. Alone I Break
4. Beat It Upright
5. Wake Up Hate
6. I'm Hiding
7. No One's There$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc) is the fifth studio album from Ice Cube. It is the first part from the two-album project. The album features production by Bud'da, E-A-Ski, Ice Cube, K-Mac, N.O. Joe and T-Mix. It moves from intense street-oriented jams to rap-metal fusions, such as the Korn featured song Fuck Dying. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this album back on vinyl for the first time in over 10 years.LP 1
1. Ask About Me
2. Pushin' Weight
3. Dr. Frankenstien
4. Fuck Dying
5. War & Peace
6. Ghetto Vet
9. Cash Over Ass
1. The Curse Of Money
2. The Peckin' Order
3. Limos, Demos & Bimbos
4. Once Upon A Time In The Projects 2
5. If I Was Fuckin' You
8. 3 Strikes You In
9. Penitentiary$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
S.C.I.E.N.C.E.Available for the first time on vinyl! Double gatefold sets presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
While the press and critics jumped over the sounds of Korn, Rage Against the Machine, and Limp Bizkit, Incubus quietly toured in support of S.C.I.E.N.C.E., their first major-label LP. Incubus' hip-hop influences come from their DJ and bassist instead of their singer. Brandon Boyd's vocals hit every range from quiet whispers to funk-styled rants to hard rock screams. He also adds percussion with a bongo on a few songs (and in concert its a strange sight for such a heavy band). Boyd's demeanor in concert and record is laid back and free flowing. There's no anger surrounding his lyrics or his singing. New Skin adds a lot of funk to modern heavy metal while Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song) is a spacy dance ballad. The numerous styles on the album don't always blend perfectly, but they create a solid sound that defines the band. Incubus also manages to make their songs upbeat and danceable as well as tunes to headbang to. An admirable feat in a genre that tends to reward decibel levels instead of quality.
3. New Skin
4. Idiot Box
6. Magic Medicine
7. A Certain Shade Of Green
8. Favorite Things
9. Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)
11. Deep Inside
12. Calgone$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Occult Classic180 Gram Clear Vinyl
The 'OCCULT CLASSIC' LP opens with the Rock City and
AWOLNATION featured "Kill It 4 the Kids" single, whose
whirlwind of lighters-up metal, signature bass growls and
festival sized synthwork make up one of the release's many
style hopping switch ups; including the Youtube flavored
Baltimore Club of the "Dolphin on Wheels" collaboration with
Dillon Francis, the rowdy dubstep-meets-drum & bass head
banger, "Spitfire Riddim" with Madsonik, and the razor sharp
bassline-backed electro thump of "Louder" with Tommy
At times, the album feels like a snapshot of his adrenaline
fueled live sets, which he's performed from some of the
most iconic stages in the world (Coachella, Lollapalooza,
EDC Las Vegas, Holy Ship! and the Mad Decent Block
Party). In the midst of touring and working on music over
the last few years, Kill the Noise has also received MTV
Clubland's Music Video pick of the year twice (2012,
2013), he's collaborated on official releases with Skrillex,
Korn, Passion Pit, and Flux Pavilion, and he co-wrote and
produced 2014's "Shell Shocked" from Paramount
Picture's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack
alongside Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign.1. Kill It 4 The Kids (feat. AWOLNATION & Rock City)
2. FUK UR MGMT
3. Mine (with Bryn Christopher)
4. I Do Coke (with Feed Me)
5. Without A Trace (Feat. Stalking Gia)
6. Tommy Trash - Louder (Feat. Rock City)
7. Dolphin on Wheels (with Dillon Francis)
8. Lose Ya Love
9. Spitfire Riddim (feat. twoton with Madsonik)
10. All in My Head (feat. AWOLNATION)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Harvest Of DarknessIn a world where there so often seems to be nothing new under the sun, Wild Throne is doing their level best to challenge that belief. The manifestation of that effort is Harvest of Darkness, their debut full-length album, produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, At the Drive-In) and set release on Roadrunner Records.LP 1
1. Harvest Of Darkness
2. Shadow Deserts
3. Fear Yourself
4. Lone Lust
5. Death Of A Star
6. Blood Maker
1. I Of The Prism
2. War Is A Romance
3. Born To Die
4. The Wrecking Ball Unchained
5. Trans$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
(how to live) AS GHOSTSSometimes when band members reunite, it's as if no time has passed and nothing has changed. That couldn't be further from the truth for 10 Years. And, that's a good thing. When guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland returned to the Knoxville, Tennessee alt-metal/post-grunge band for their eighth album and Mascot Records debut, (how to live) AS GHOSTS, they burst through their comfort zones to create something new. Something better. Something career-defining. The 8th release is the most dynamic and multi-dimensional record to date from Knoxville's alternative rock band. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Korn, Deftones, Mastodon, Alice In Chains).1. The Messenger
6. Blood Red Sky
10. Lucky You
11. Insomnia$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Captain Beefheart/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
The Return Of The Iconic Mirror Man Album!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl & Smashed Mirror Die-Cut LP Gatefold Cover
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Authorized Buddah Records Tapes
Captain Beefheart will be forever known as one of the first
originators of art rock, prog-rock and punk rock all rolled into
one. With his Howlin' Wolfesque growl and blazing harmonica
blues wailing, Don Van Vilet a/k/a/ Captain Beefheart truly
delivered the goods with his legendary Mirror Man album.
Originally recorded between 1965 and 1967, The Captain
and his Magic Band created some of the most masterful funk
and progressive rock ever waxed with this stellar session.
Consisting of lengthy jam packed champions like his classic
Tarotplane and 25th Century Quaker, Beefheart continues to
rock further with the international title track hit Mirror Man and
the funkified rocker Kandy Korn.
Friday Music is very proud to announce the authorized 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of Captain Beefheart's classic
Mirror Man. Mastered from the authorized Buddah Records
tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol
Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic
heights in the audiophile vinyl domain.
For a very short time, we are also including the super
rare psychedelic die-cut gatefold LP cover artwork not seen in
decades, to further enhance your listening pleasure, plus three
poems on the back cover from the pen of Don Van Vilet.
Enjoy!1. Tarotplane 19:00
2. Kandy Korn 8:00
3. 25th Century Quaker 9:50
4. Mirror Man 15:38$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
All I See Is WarPressed On Colored Vinyl
Sevendust has been a band for over 24 years. In that time span, they've not only retained their original line-up, but
they've sold over 3 million albums (in the US alone), 4 of which have been certified Gold, and 8 have sold over 100,000
units. They've also toured the world over with the likes of Iron Maiden, Korn, Nickelback, & more.
Sevendust has recently joined forces with Rise Records to record their 12th full-length album "All I See Is War". "All I
See Is War" was recorded with producer, Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Slash, Chevelle), and the result is
phenomenal. The album is a follow up to "Kill The Flaw," which brought the band their highest sales chart position of
their career. "All I See Is War" is sure to exceed expectations that are set by fans and critics, alike. Sevendust will be
supporting this album on a US headlining tour this spring, along with appearances at Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock
and Carolina Rebellion.1. Dirty
2. God Bites His Tongue
9. Not Original
11. Life Deceives You
12. The Truth$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The HeartIt was the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil that launched the ascent of their native sons in SEPULTURA (Portuguese for "grave") in 1983 with a trajectory unsuspectingly aimed at the worldwide metal music scene. A band with humble economic beginnings whose musical identity was forged in the context of living through Brazil's authoritarian military dictatorship, SEPULTURA would go on to become Brazilian ambassadors to the metal world, revered master architects of the death/thrash genre, and the most successful heavy metal band from the Federal Republic of Brazil.
When SEPULTURA experienced a line-up change in the mid-1990s that was widely covered by the metal press around the world, remaining members recruited American Derrick Green in 1997 to front the band, a position the Cleveland, Ohio native has held for the past fifteen years and counting. This past June, long-time guitarist Andreas Kisser (who joined in1987), original bassist Paulo Jr., and drum prodigy Eloy Casagrande, SEPULTURA entered the studio in Venice, California with renowned producer Ross Robinson (KORN, MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY) - who also worked on the band's landmark 1996 release, »Roots« - and co-producer Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, INCANTATION) - who previously worked on SEPULTURA's »Roorback« (2003), the »Revolusongs« EP (2002), and »Nation« (2001) - to record the band's seventh studio album with Green (and their second album for Nuclear Blast): »The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart«, scheduled for release this October.
Inspired by Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis," SEPULTURA leans heavily on the strength of their thrash metal influences to make a statement against the dehumanizing effects of technology. Guitarist Andreas Kisser delves a little deeper:
"In the movie, a crazy millionaire wants to transform a robot into a real person. That's kind of the opposite of what we live today. More than ever, we are robotized through the worldwide web, Google glasses, chips under our skins and globalized slavery our society suffers nowadays. Being that the novel was written in the early 1920s, it's almost prophetical. The phrase that inspired me - the main message of the story - points to the heart as being the human factor that keeps a man a man - not a robot. The heart beats with freedom of choice. We have to think for ourselves to create a real world, not a matrix."
Exploring the miseries and privileges associated with technological power, »The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart« - SEPULTURA's angry dystopian documentary in sonic form - also addresses the chaotic aftermath of natural disasters, the unfulfilled promises of religion, and the still-widening divide & unbridgeable gap between pampered citizens who live in decadent luxury and the working poor who withstand unbearable living & working conditions to simply survive.
The album's opening track, 'Trauma Of War', begins as a cacophony of noise that gives rise to an urgent panic that spins into a paranoiac distress about others making decisions that will lead to our demise in war. In 'The Vatican', we listen as yearning souls pray to their god to alleviate their suffering as the furious vocals, guitars, and drums document the moment when the faithful come face-to-face with the reality of their absent god too self-absorbed with being adored to notice humanity's cries for help. 'The Bliss Of Ignorants' is an indictment by those who intimately know the depths of human suffering against those who don't wish to know. 'Grief' weeps with its gnosis of such a feared emotion. With so many recent natural disasters throughout the world, who could deny the truth behind human greed & corruption sung about in 'Manipulation Of Tragedy'?
With both the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship and the 2016 Olympic Games headed to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a worldwide audience will surely be mesmerized by the glamour surrounding these world-broadcasted events. But there are those who bear witness to what won't be televised; there are those who have seen the decades of daily strife of Brazilian citizens with wide-open eyes.
»The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart« never lacks confidence in what SEPULTURA knows: "I live in São Paulo, one of the big metropolises in the world with more than 20 million people living and working in it," asserts Kisser. "I know how it is to live in daily chaos. Our music reflects a lot of that feeling."
Featuring a guest appearance by former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, »The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart« does what many great albums do: it captures a moment in time and carves out a place to have a dialogue with listeners with an honesty that rings so true, it becomes a part of our arsenal with which to defend ourselves against the wrongdoings of the world.1. Trauma Of War
2. The Vatican
3. Impending Doom
4. Manipulation of Tragedy
6. The Bliss Of Ignorants
8. The Age Of The Atheist
10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Savages (Discontinued)Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.
Armed with Cavalera's four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what's possible in metal. »Savages« represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max's 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.
"All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages," Max declares.
»Savages« melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY's diverse catalog. By Max's own account, »Savages« is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like 'Bloodshed', 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla' and 'Master of Savagery'. But there's also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY's »Enslaved« emerges in songs like 'Fallen' and 'Cannibal Holocaust'.
"I really like the name »Savages«. I like single words that sound powerful, like 'Primitive', 'Roots', 'Arise'," Max explains. "It's about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we're working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We're still savages. Even with technology and how far we've come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage."
A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There's CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max's collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There's his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there's Max's unassailable work as SEPULTURA's founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is 'Roots'.
SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut »Soulfly« sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of 'Roots' with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who's-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.
In addition to Max's own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including »Roots« producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).
Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise »Savages« at home. "Zyon came up to me and said, 'Give me a shot. I'll play on the record for you. I won't let you down," explains the elder Cavalera. "I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!"
Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon. "We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar."
Cavalera says he must've written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for »Savages«. "The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together," he says. "For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It's a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. 'Let's try this again, motherfucker!' Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs."
Max points to BLACK SABBATH's 'Symptom of the Universe' as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH's Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires. "I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value."
Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since. "When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He's the guitar player I've been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We've developed a great bond since." Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, 'Bloodshed.' "There's stuff all over the song - clean guitars, feedback - he just makes the song better."
Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things. "I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him 'El Comegente.' He's the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He's a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It's great recording with guys who know what they're doing. I don't have to ask if they know."
Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take. "To have my son drumming on the album, that's killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn't try at all. To me, that's the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn't play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing."
Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY's »Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon's recorded debut with the band, but one of Max's other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, 'Bloodshed'. "My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days," Max says. "The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer."
Like every SOULFLY album, »Savages« contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH's Neil Fallon turns up on 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla', the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson's classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to 'Fallen', a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.
Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to 'K.C.S.' Harris has been around the Cavaleras long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon's diapers when SOULFLY's new drummer was just one month old. "Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour," Max explains. "I'm like, 'You ready to sing some shit on this record?' I put him on the spot. He's like, 'Right now?' I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!' There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, 'Dude that was the most metal thing I've seen in a long time.'"
Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.LP 1
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4. Ayatollah Of Rock 'N' Rolla
5. Master Of Savagery
1. This Is Violence
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