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Rage of South has posted a new track online titled “That Fear About Me,” which can be heard below. The song is the third single from the upcoming album “I See, I Say, I Hear.” You can also check out the previously posted lyric video for “Sheep” at this location .

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The Odious has released the new “Joint Ventures” album online, which is now available as a name-your-price download via Bandcamp. You can also stream the full album in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Nuchal Cord 01:58
2. Ancestral Perplexities 07:46
3. The Gynecic Curse 03:42
4. Combaticus 08:27
5. Minutia 00:54
6. A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing 08:51
7. Mer/ka/ba 05:09
8. Fail Science! 01:46
9. Charlie Guiteau 03:42
10. Joint Ventures 03:39
11. Houses of Stone 09:47

Joint Ventures by The Odious

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Rage of South has launched a new official lyric video for the song “Sheep,” which will appear on an upcoming album produced at Mothermouse Studio. Check out the clip below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.

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Denmark’s progressive metal act Anubis Gate, which recruited a new guitarist last month, has now checked in with the following update about working on a new full-length album:

“Status on new Anubis Gate album compositions. 4 songs done. 4 songs getting there. 2 more needed from scratch. One cover song arranged for possible use on a special edition. Cover song is ‘Sheep’ from Pink Floyd’s Animals album.”

This upcoming album will follow the band’s self-titled 2011 album (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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U.S. act Seize the Apparatus recently released the band’s debut full-length album “X, The Roman Numeral For Ten.” You can now stream the entire release online through Bandcamp or in the player below.

1. Seize The Apparatus – Anointed
2. Designed To Fail
3. JTR
4. Descending Darkness
5. Stand Your Ground
6. A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
7. Solitary Existence
8. Burning Bridges
9. Relinquish My Soul
10. Enlighten

The Roman Numeral For Ten by Seize the Apparatus

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Portland’s The Odious has released a new track online for streaming. Check out the song “A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing” through the player below. You can also check out more music from The Odious by heading over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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God Seed has announced the release of an upcoming “Live at Wacken” CD/DVD set on October 25th, 2011. Prosthetic Records commented on the release:

“The memorable performance by Gaahl and King at 2008′s Wacken Open Air festival captusred in full! The performance was a reconstruction of Gorgoroth’s controversial 2004 Black Mass show in Poland, which featured sheep heads on stakes, ‘crucified’ nude models, satanic symbols, and eighty liters of sheep’s blood. The band came under fire for violating Polish anti-blasphemy laws as well as Polish animal rights laws, resulting in a police investigation with allegations of religious offense and cruelty to animals. The band was exonerated of all charges, and at Wacken 2008, they recreated this now legendary show in all its glory. This deluxe CD/DVD digipak includes liner notes from the band about the process of recreating this special show.”

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Ah, Tool. A band that is totally outside of any industry standards or trends. A band that has produced four albums over their twenty year existence of high quality music filled with great lyrics, instrumentals, album packaging, the whole deal. The band reeks of consistency. The band also has one of the all time most annoying fan bases, and the biggest discrepancy between quality of music and quality of fan. The fact of the matter is that a majority of Tool fans resemble the baaaing sheep they supposedly despise.

Just to clarify, I think Tool is a great band. I first heard the band when I was a freshman in high and I heard a track on the radio, and then after googling the lyrics (which completely disturbed my 14 year-old-mind), I was hooked from there. And while, like with all bands, my attention or favor towards the band has wavered up and down since then, I have always felt and will always feel that they’re a truly talented progressive metal band. I even have a poster of the Tool dick tool at left above my bed. There is no debate that I do very much enjoy the band, and I don’t have some bizarre vendetta against the band for selling too many records or something.

That being said, so many of their hardcore fans are garbage, and not in the sense that they’re not loyal enough or they’re fair weather fans. I mean that they’re too loyal, and they give way, way too much credit to the band. A quick glance through Tool’s last.fm page reveals this.

Yes, many Tool fans believe that the band is insanely smart and are running around with IQs above 200 and that their music is some sort of embodiment of this high level intelligence. Granted, Maynard writes good lyrics, but please. Half of their music can be directly tied to drug use (a completely separate topic I have absolutely no interest in discussing), and even their guitarist has noted the benefits of DMT on his life. So, is Tool smart? Maybe. Does Tool have some higher level understanding of life and existence? No.

Then there’s the outright worship of the band. Last June I was at the final Isis concert in Hollywood before their break up (yes, I’m cool). Up in the sealed off area on the second floor where the band and their guests were hanging out, there was a guy with shoulder length brown hair that looked quite a bit like Adam Jones, the guitarist. However, any doubt that it was him was erased when the guy standing next to me with a tattoo on his shoulder of the third eye looked up and then literally started bowing down to him. He then turned to me and yelled “that’s Adam fucking Jones!” The literal worship was bizarre to me. From the tattoo to the actual bowing, it’s incredibly strange. And off base. Adam is a great guitarist, but does anyone really deserve to be bowed down towards?

Of course no discussion of Tool worship can go without at least touching on the complete and total reverence for vocalist Maynard James Keenan. This idea that Maynard is some sort of prophet is a theme that is pretty constant amongst the irritating Tool fan base. As said earlier, Maynard writes good lyrics. But that’s pretty much it. The rest of his time is spent making wine and participating in sub par side projects like Puscifer.

Really, it’s all just so overblown. There’s the Fibonacci sequence track listing for Lateralus, the constantly commented on five year gap between between Tool albums and how mathematically it is supposed to somehow guarantee or ensure a new record this year. This constant clinging to the idolized versions of the band members and the higher power that dictates their music and album release dates and secret tracks really wears down on the image of Tool as a band. And while by no means does it ruin the actual music, it does have an impact on the perception of the band by both good fans and prospective fans. There is a negative impact when quality, grounded fans have to defend the work of a band due to the ignorance and idiocy of the majority of the fan base. In the end it’s summed up best by the post below, and I left their username visible so everyone can go to their page to congratulate them on their intelligence.

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