Posts Tagged “Weird”

Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend was interviewed on the March 7-9 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

The cover artwork for the forthcoming debut album from the CASUALTIES OF COOL project from Devin Townsend can be seen below.

Devin recently launched a three-month-long crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic for CASUALTIES OF COOL since the album will be released without record-label backing.

In a 2013 interview with BluntMag.com.au, Devin stated about CASUALTIES OF COOL: “If there’s anybody who’s new to what I do, who maybe heard ‘Liberation’ or some of the songs off ‘Epicloud’ and thought, ‘This is really cool, I could get into this,’ you’re going to hate CASUALTIES. [laughs] I mean, really, it’s as opposite of ‘Epicloud’ as ‘Ghost’ was to ‘Deconstruction’. It’s this weird, dark, not evil but verging on it, bluesy, Johnny Cash-y, strange, quiet folk record. But I love it, it’s the one record that I’ve done over the past 10 or 15 years where I can truly say, ‘This is where I am right now.’

“You know, the other things that I’ve done have been as well in their own right, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Addicted!’, but there was an agenda with those, I was trying to say something with them or I was trying to prove a point, make a statement about the past or whatever. CASUALTIES is something that I’ve done without any pressure, without anybody telling me what to do, without showing it to anyone, it’s just what evolved when I wasn’t thinking about it. As a result of that, I’m incredibly proud of it, but it remains to be seen whether or not other people will resonate with it. I think they will, man. I think it’s fucking awesome, and I mean, I haven’t smoked weed in a long time but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be awesome while you’re smoking. [laughs]”

Asked where CASUALTIES OF COOL will fit into the Devin Townsend discography in terms of sound — among his more traditional-sounding albums, or a bit more removed like his ambient albums, Devin said: “Somewhere in the middle, you know, somewhere in the middle. It’s like, if you took the weird elements of ‘Ki’ and the weird elements of ‘Devlab’ and added a vintage sort of vibe.

“My management had a suggestion, which I think is pretty cool, which was, ‘You shouldn’t call it DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, you shouldn’t even put your name on it, just call it CASUALTIES OF COOL and put it out as its own thing.’ It’s got a different singer, I sing on like half of it right, but it’s got this lady [Vancouver artist Ché Aimee Dorval, who also appears on ‘Ki’] who’s just this brilliant singer, she’s a young, despondent-sounding bluesy vocalist and it’s creepy. I think that that might be a way for me to get away with it, putting it out without it being part of the DTP [DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT] or whatever.

“I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just go where it feels the most honest to go, then I deal with people thinking it’s weird afterwards. [laughs]”

Regarding whether there is a particular atmosphere he wants to create or a story he wants to convey with CASUALTIES OF COOL, Devin said: “Yeah there’s a story, definitely. It’s going to take a little longer than what we’ve got for me to explain it, but you’ll hear it eventually. I want it to be something you listen to quietly, by yourself, in the middle of the night, with a big old full moon outside. It’ll work perfectly.”

Interview (audio):

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Mikee Goodman, former vocalist of SiKth, debuted his new project Outpatients to pretty confused reception. What the hell am I watching and where's the real Mikee Goodman? Go ahead and hit play and listen while you're reading this; it might make a little more sense to you. Even from the get go of the song …

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Black Label Society have released an awesome acoustic cover of Bill Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine – although if we’re being honest, the video is fucking nuts.

The cover is taken from new BLS album Unblackened, a special collection of live acoustic re-imaginings and a couple of covers, out September 23.

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Dream Theater have had some pretty interesting things going on lately, with the most recent thing being John Petrucci saying modern progressive metal bands influence him. Now we've got Dream Theater being shown in theaters! Weird, but strangely satisfying… will you go? SpectiCast and Eagle Rock Entertainment have teamed up to take Dream Theater's Live …

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Former KORN drummer David Silveria has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“Hello, people.

“Before I get into this post, I want to be clear I’m just explaining some history from the early days of KORN. Not bashing KORN at all.

“I hope KORN fans will find this info interesting.

“To all the haters that will talk smack, then why bother reading this? Maybe you should get some help.

“So here we go.

“In 1991, when KORN was first writing music, it was in our rehearsal studio. When we had 6-8 songs, we went and played our first show, then back to our rehearsal room to keep writing. So over the next couple years, we wrote songs and re-wrote songs, played numerous shows. The songs that became our first record, ‘Korn’, were written and played live and finetuned over a course of around two and half years. Our second and third records, ‘Life Is Peachy’ and ‘Follow The Leader’, were written in our rehearsal studio and rehearsed and finetuned over and over. We didn’t play shows while writing, though. The music and vocals were written all together. This is the key point.

“The first three records had all kinds of strange and off-time breaks in the songs. We would purposely speed up and slow down parts. Most of the weird breaks were made up by Fieldy [KORN bassist] and I. We would change the timing in the middle of songs that made no sense.

“One of the great things about music is there are no rules.

“Fast forward to our next record, ‘Issues’. A big-name producer was brought in telling us he would ‘take us to the next level.’ I immediately called bullshit. I thought we had just made three legendary records?

“Here is the next key point. He wanted to record the record on the digital system Pro Tools. He also wanted to record everything to a click track, eliminating all crazy timing changes and off-time breaks and the pushing and pulling of parts. I was the only one to think this was a horrible idea. Our signature style was under attack and the guys said just listen to this ‘big-time’ producer.

“So we started writing music. I did my thing on the drums by playing in my style. The producer immediately wanted me to simplify my playing. I said to him, ‘This is not your record. I’m going to do my thing.’ The next day, I get a phone call from our manager saying one of the band members says I’m being hard to work with. Seriously!! So I was being asking to be a puppet and dumb down my playing and be a good boy. I heard this enough times I finally just simplified everything.

“Pretty lame, right?

“Then next it came to our attention that we were going to record all of the music before Jon [Davis, KORN singer] even started on the vocals. That’s another major blow to our signature sound. We always wrote songs as a five-piece band and made unique accents and breaks specifically to the vocals.

“Well, there goes that unique KORN sound.

“Once our original way of writing was totally changed, the original sound was also changed. I was disappointed.

“I’ve been asked hundreds of times why our sound changed so much after ‘Follow The Leader’. Well, now you have the answer.

“I love the music we made after ‘Leader’; don’t get the wrong idea. It just lost so much of our unique trademark sound. I really think the fans noticed.

“I made several attempts to get the band to get back to the basics and write and record like we did the first three records, but was met with opposition every time. I don’t know why. All I wanted to do is make better records. But the other members didn’t want to spend the extra time it takes to write the original way. But hey, I tried.

“When I was talking about bringing the funk back, I was talking about the original writing style.

“I would love to get back in the rehearsal studio with the guys and resurrect the original passion and unconventional writing style and make a record that stands up to the first three. Of course, before that could happen, I would love to just sit down with guys and talk about our humble beginnings and really put things in perspective.

“I really hope to see you KORN fans again soon from behind my drum kit on stage with the guys.

“If anyone wants to post this on other sites, please do so. All I ask is to be honest and post it in its entirety and not take parts out of context.

“I hope you true KORN fans thought this insight was interesting.

“Take care everyone. Talk soon:)”

Silveria was the second member of KORN‘s original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch exited the group in 2005. But while Welch continued as a solo artist until rejoining KORN this year, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.

Singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he believed Silveria lost his passion for music. “David was there to write beats but he wasn’t really there,” he said. “He really didn’t like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else.”

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8 and features the return of Welch to the lineup after more than eight years away.

The new disc follows up 2011’s “The Path Of Totality”, which found KORN collaborating with dubstep artists on every track.

Silveria in February pleaded guilty to a charge of allegedly driving under the influence. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the hit-and-run charge in connection with the March 2012 incident in which the 40-year-old musician — who played with KORN for 13 years — rear-ended another car on his way to breakfast in Huntington Beach, California.

Silveria was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a three-month first offender program, and he was ordeded to attend a M.A.D.D. victim impact panel.

Silveria last year joined forces with ANYONE members Riz Story and Miki Black in a brand new project called INFINIKA.

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Shining have been saying they'd tour North America for at least three years now, and finally they've pulled through. Are you ready for some weird jazz? Shining recently came out with their One One One record and promptly exploded some brains with it. They've been in the spotlight ever since their 2010 Blackjazz album, and …

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Iced Earth have apparently finished recording their new album Plagues of Babylon, which is weird because I could swear I was just talking about them writing it  in early July. It also sounds like it's going to be amazing. So about the album, I'll leave it up to what Jon Schaffer told Metal4 magazine: It's …

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It's Easter Sunday, which means things get weird on the Livecast. We talk about X-Pac's ruptured anus, broken shafts, Noa having sex with reanimated versions of her boyfriend, as well as plenty of local Russian and Jewish talk. We witness a really weird basketball injury and talked about it on the air. We also discussed …

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Once again expanding its arsenal of the weird ‘n’ out-there, Ektro Records is reissuing a cult Christian metal classic: Leviticus’ breakout album, “The Strongest Power.” Yes, you read correctly – Christian metal. The album was originally released in 1985 to widespread acclaim in the international heavy metal press, with even Kerrang! calling it “one of the best records of the year.” And yet, as time went on and the “white metal” tag became more a curse than blessing, not to mention the band breaking up in 1990, the Leviticus legend was banished to the back-pages of obscurity – until now! This new re-issue is due out August 16th, 2013 and the track listing will be as follows: 1. The Winner 2

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I've already told you that Mouth of the Architect's newest album Dawning is pretty cool, but here's another single to tide you over! The album comes out this Tuesday, but that's too long to wait for something that's actually pretty good. The cool thing about this song is that it slowly builds up this weird …

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