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Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo spoke to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine about the Joey LaCaze, New Orleans native and drummer for EYEHATEGOD, MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT and OUTLAW ORDER, who passed away on August 23 of respiratory failure. He also suffered from severe long-term asthma.

“It was dreadful news and still is for everyone round here,” remembers Phil. “Honestly, Joey was one of the funniest motherfuckers you could ever meet in your life. He was one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever known, as well as one of the most humbly yet superbly talented drummers I’ve ever had the opportunity to watch play.

“I was at his funeral. It was held at a place in the French quarter called the Voodoo Temple. It was a beautiful ceremony and a moment where we all felt the pain of the loss.

“I’m not a spiritual guy, but when the high priestess was giving her sermon, they passed out tambourines and percussive instruments to all these people that loved him. We went through interludes in these gigantic drum circles in his honor. Tears were streaming down my face, sweating was pouring off the top of my head and I was lost… I had my eyes completely closed and I was beating this drum until my thumb basically got disolocated! I wasn’t paying attention to what was around me; I was thinking about Joey. [EYEHATEGOD frontman] Mike IX Williams was stood next to me, and little did I know, but I was getting sprinkles of blood on my head because he was beating this tambourine with such intensity. He had bloodied up his knuckles and pretty much ruined this tambourine… but we all took it later, wrote messages and buried it with his ashes.

Mike and his wife live above my studio, Nodferatu’s Lair; they’ve been here for almost ten years. We’re twenty feet away from each other, and you know, we’ve been through some tough times together — we both became clean together. I’m around ten years, maybe ten years plus, away from hard drugs and Mike too… I’m very proud of him.

“It was a beautiful ceremony and the perfect sendoff for Joey. But once that happens, there’s always the quietness of the day after. That quietness was like a dagger in our hearts. That was when reality really soaked in…

“It’s been a bit dark and gloomy around here since Joey passed.”

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Phil Anselmo: remembering Joey

Down and Pantera legend Phil Anselmo has paid tribute to Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze, who sadly passed away last month, in a heartwarming chat that took place when we caught up with the singer recently.

“It was dreadful news and still is for everyone round here,” remembers Phil. “Honestly, Joey was one of the funniest motherfuckers you could ever meet in your life. He was one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever known, as well as one of the most humbly yet superbly talented drummers I’ve ever had the opportunity to watch play.

“I was at his funeral, it was held at a place in the French quarter called the Voodoo Temple. It was a beautiful ceremony and a moment where we all felt the pain of the loss. I’m not a spiritual guy, but when the high priestess was giving her sermon, they passed out tambourines and percussive instruments to all these people that loved him. We went through interludes in these gigantic drum circles in his honour. Tears were streaming down my face, sweating was pouring off the top of my head and I was lost… I had my eyes completely closed and I was beating this drum until my thumb basically got disolocated! I wasn’t paying attention to what was around me, I was thinking about Joey.

Joey LaCaze: Gone but not forgotten

“Mike IX Williams was stood next to me, and little did I know, but I was getting sprinkles of blood on my head because he was beating this tambourine with such intensity. He had bloodied up his knuckles and pretty much ruined this tambourine… but we all took it later, wrote messages and buried it with his ashes. Mike and his wife live above my studio Nodferatu’s Lair, they’ve been here for almost ten years. We’re twenty feet away from each other and you know, we’ve been through some tough times together – we both became clean together. I’m around ten years, maybe ten years plus, away from hard drugs and Mike too… I’m very proud of him.

“It was a beautiful ceremony and the perfect sendoff for Joey. But once that happens, there’s always the quietness of the day after. That quietness was like a dagger in our hearts. That was when reality really soaked in.. It’s been a bit dark and gloomy around here since Joey passed.”

Mike Williams released the following statement soon after Joey’s shocking passing:

“Joseph M. LaCaze, New Orleans native and drummer for Eyehategod, Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight and Outlaw Order, passed away on August 23rd in New Orleans after a very successful five-week U.K. and European tour with Eyehategod. He also performed ceremonial voodoo drumming and in numerous solo experimental electronic projects. Doctors confirmed to family members the cause as respiratory failure. He also suffered from severe long-term asthma.”

Donation funds have been set up for the LaCaze family. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze Memorial Fund at Capital One banks, or via PayPal, using the email address lilithlux04@gmail.com.

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Brave Words & Blood Knuckles today brings fans a preview of “Killing Death” from Circle II Circle. The track stream comes in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming “Seasons Will” Fall full-length, set for North American release via Armoury Records on January 29th, 2013 (next Tuesday). Give the song a listen right here

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Terminal Sick has posted a teaser trailer online for the band’s new album “Nothing More,” which is coming this December 21st, 2012 via To React Records. The trailer can be viewed below, and To React Records also commented on the album:

“The new Italian metalcore expression!! Direct as a fist in your face. Ten tracks full of rage, violence, desire and hope – Show your knuckles, can you resist?”

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Former Crank County Daredevils guitarist Rory Kelly will release ‘(Don’t Shake My) Family Tree’ on May 22nd through Rusty Knuckles Records.

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Do you have a Machine Head logo on your arse or Robb Flynn’s name on your knuckles?? (more…)

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Do you have a Machine Head logo on your arse or Robb Flynn’s name on your knuckles?? (more…)

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Robot Lords of TokyoWhiskey, Blood & Napalm
2008 Robot Lords of Tokyo
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

There’s something groovy about a meeting point ideologically between Black Sabbath, Clutch and Monster Magnet, particularly since the latter two are perhaps the bastard boogie-woogie-afflicted stepchildren of the former. Add in the occasional meet-and-greet with vintage Kiss and Skynard plus a smackerel of classic Trouble and you have Columbus, Ohio’s Robot Lords of Tokyo.

Robot Lords of Tokyo comprises the duo of Rick Ritzler and Paul Jones plus a generous bit of help from many friends including members past and present of Icarus Witch, Deflagration, Snowblynd, Magnitude and American Dog to name a few. This being the Robot Lords’ second release, Whiskey, Blood & Napalm at times embodies the band namesake like s scrum in the skies between Mechagodzilla and Rodan while at others keeps its feet planted firmly on the crusty and sticky terra firma found in local dives where the floors are mopped once a week.

The mood changes of Whiskey, Blood & Napalm, is what keeps the album fresh, along with ass-loads of meaty guitar solos from Paul Jones and the Robot Lords’ assorted fret guests. As “Bring it On Down” maneuvers from its core Southern rock feel into a wailing guitar fest, you’ve already been handed the Sabbath-splashed and Clutch-spliffed “The Mergatroid” and the punchy, fists-in-the-air rawk of “Princess of Hollywood.”

Robot Lords of Tokyo fields a snazzy version of Kiss’ “Larger Than Life,” a song most bands attempting to cover Simmons and company largely ignore. Appropriate that Robot Lords of Tokyo select this tune when its dragged and distorted original cousin “Shadows and Blood” appears two songs before it.

This band may have to scrape their knuckles and knees to build their audience considering the competition ahead of them, but you can’t argue with what Robot Lords of Tokyo brings to the table. A fair shake is similiar to what Corrosion of Conformity has hedged out of their hardcore days if you favor it. Whiskey, Blood & Napalm, is loud and occasionally rude (“Shakedown” and “Fear” being fine examples), which should win them a favorably boisterous rep in due time. The fact “Fear” is nasty in sound but spiritually lofty like King’s X should lure them anumber of fans alone.

Rating: ****

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