Sunday March 9, 2014
Mastodon will be embarking on a tour with Gojira and Kvelertak. The trek kicks off April 28 in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now.
Guitarist Bill Kelliher says: "Mastodon touring with Kvelertak and Gojira! Man, this is one tour dream come true! First of all Kvelertak and Gojira are two of my favorite bands at the moment, both putting out slamming records last year. We toured with them on off shows from the Soundwaves festivals in Australia and I remember thinking what a great package/lineup this would be to bring to the states, and now it's happening. GAME ON!!"
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak Tour Dates:
04/28 -- Seattle, WA -- Showbox SoDo
04/29 -- Portland, OR -- Roseland Theater
05/01 -- Oakland, CA -- Fox Theater
05/02 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Nokia Theater
05/03 -- Las Vegas, NV -- House of Blues
05/04 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- The Depot
05/05 -- Denver, CO -- Ogden Theater
05/07 -- Minneapolis, MN -- First Avenue
05/08 -- Chicago, IL -- The Riviera Theater
05/09 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Stage AE
05/10 -- Toronto, ONT. CAN -- The Sound Academy
05/12 -- Buffalo, NY -- The Town Ballroom
05/13 -- Washington, DC -- 9:30 Club
05/15 -- New York, NY -- Terminal 5
05/16 -- Boston, MA -- The Palladium
05/17 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Electric Factory
05/18 -- Columbus, OH -- Rock On The Range Festival
Saturday March 8, 2014
5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Barren Womb are a duo from Norway whose latest album is The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken. Tony Gonzahl introduces us to Barren Womb.
Give us a brief history of Barren Womb.
The two of us met and started jamming in Tromsø around 2003 and have played in various constellations together since then. Barren Womb was born in late 2011 out of a desire try something new and the duo format seemed like a fresh challenge. We've always worked well together and at this point we're as thick as thieves, so it's a really comfortable situation to be in.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken.
We rarely bring finished songs into the rehearsal space. All the magic happens through jamming and working on the structures together, a very fun and spontaneous way to go about things.
When time comes to put something to tape, we show up well prepared and record everything live. It's a really raw, dogmatic process. The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken was recorded by our resident sound wizard Ole Spangrud (Mørkemakt, Neptune Surf Club), who's also done our last couple of releases. We mixed the album ourselves with some additional mixing by Juhani Silvola (Mala Fama, Sacred Harp, Highasakite).
How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
Friday March 7, 2014
Voivod have been pushing genre boundaries since they formed back in the '80s. They have released a string of influential albums over the years. It looked like they would split after the death of guitarist Piggy in 2005 and the subsequent release of two albums that used music that he had written, but they continue on, making great music. We've compiled our list of the band's top albums. What do you think was Voivod's best release?
Best Voivod Albums
Friday March 7, 2014
Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past.
This week is a very special edition of Retro Recommendation. It's the Italian band Dark Quarterer's 1987 self-titled debut. The album was recommended by Cormorant frontman Arthur von Nagel, and Dan spoke with von Nagel about the album and how it influenced Cormorant's music. He was also able to interview Dark Quarterer vocalist/bassist Gianni Nepi, who gives the historical background of the record.
Retro Recommendation: Dark Quarterer - Dark Quarterer
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