We celebrate 50 years of Maynard James Keenan today. You are a big inspiration to many and have created the 3 most influential rock and metal bands around today.
The new poster for this years Mayhem Festival. What does everyone think of the lineup?
I think there’s not much to go for besides Trivium and Ill Nino.
"There have been a lot of questions from fans over the past year and we’ll hopefully be able to provide more answers over time. However, this update is only to address things related to AILD’s future.
"Originally, we said we’d update fans as soon as we knew more. We apologize for not sticking to that. It seemed best to wait until definitive news came in with a specific timeline. However, in light of speculation on other sites, an official update from As I Lay Dying seems to be the best way to clarify some things.
"A good starting point is to clarify some things that have often been falsely reported. Tim was not a Christian at the time of his arrest, nor was As I Lay Dying a Christian band in 2013. It hadn’t been for some time and, to the best of my knowledge, only one of the people playing in the band even claimed to be a Christian at that time. The changed view had been written about it in a handful of As I Lay Dying songs and Tim’s later atheistic view had even been documented in court records. However, it doesn’t make as sensational of a headline to refer to the arrest of the ‘Ex-Christian Metal Sub-Genre Independent Artist’ as it does the ‘Grammy Nominated Top 10 Selling Christian Rockstar’ of the past.
"With all that said, we don’t know how each musician from the previous era of As I Lay Dying will think about these topics in the future. For example, Tim has spent much of the last year reevaluating what originally convinced him to abandon belief in God. I have gathered that after much brokenness and repentance he sees things differently, considers himself a follower of Jesus, someone submitted to the will of God, or whatever you want to call it. That’s for him to talk about when he’s comfortable and only time will tell if he is sincere. What is certain though is that it’s impossible to face the events of last year without being changed in some way. Let’s let the guys focus on future music and hopefully the headline driven press will leave this issue alone for a while given some clarification.
"As I Lay Dying was originally founded/owned by Tim and then eventually the ownership was shared with Jordan about six years later. As the only official members, neither would like to move forward at the moment regardless off the upcoming sentencing time (which is still yet to be determined / not 9 years). There has been enough communication to establish some differences in opinion about what to do in the distant future. That keeps AILD’s future in limbo. The hibernating version of the band is just the official band owners, which means As I Lay Dying is Tim & Jordan. This is based on the uncertainty of the future, including who will be performing with the band when/if that time comes. There have been nearly 20 guys who filled the vacant bass or guitar positions in As I Lay Dying history. The current setup is definitely not a closed door on some of the ex-members talking in the future, but it just makes sense for now that AILD is only Tim and Jordan.
"Tim has acknowledged his guilt and clearly made some bad decisions in a period of time where he acted contrary to the person he’s been most of his life. He believes AILD should only pick back up if it’s in a form restored to its roots. For Tim, the potential of pursuing AILD again means working on a lot of other more important things in his personal life first.
"On the other hand, Jordan feels differently about the future. Even if more discussions were to take place, he would rather take time to pursue other things. That includes releasing new music with three of the guys from the most recent As I Lay Dying lineup. It’s a chance for Jordan to be more involved in the songwriting process and enjoy other styles he’d rather play. In fact, they’ve already recorded their debut album and I’m sure it’ll be awesome. It’s not meant to replace As I Lay Dying because it is something stylistically different under a different name. Interestingly enough, their vocalist is also a former Christian like his new bandmates and was/is the guitar player for Oh Sleeper (Shane Blay). They’ll have stuff to release through Metal Blade relatively soon, which will be an exciting/interesting combination given the band’s more radio friendly sound.
"In terms of music, Tim doesn’t want to pursue performing live music full time regardless of what length his sentence ends up being. His sentence certainly won’t be forever, but even so, touring full time doesn’t seem healthy or practical given his new outlook and goals. Creating new music is the part Tim loves most and he will always continue to release albums. That includes a bunch of stuff he has recorded in the past six months that he will announce a project name for soon as well. As an occasional ear behind the scenes, it is good hear him playing guitar again and writing lots of riffs again like he did across the first five As I Lay Dying releases.
"Hopefully that addresses the major questions related to As I Lay Dying. AILD is sleeping rather than dead, and there are two separate projects to hold you over whether or not it is awakened again."
Sounds like fans should keep an open mind about the band’s future at this point. It sounds like the members don’t know where the band is headed and are just waiting to hear Tim’s full sentence.
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Mayan’s latest album, Antagonise, is one of the most solid releases of 2014 so far. The allstar European Death Metal band’s Antagonise features Laura Macri, Floor Jansen, Henning Basse, Jack Driessen, Rob van der Loo, Frank Schiphorst, Ariën van Weesenbeek. Most members have played with Epica over the years and enjoy exploring other musical outlets, and this album explores political aspects in the lyrics as well.
Antagonise is heavy with drums, vocals, and guitar riffs, with only the occasional clean singing and synths to add a perfect dynamic. Every instrument played on the album is tight and well orchestrated, illustrating the talents of Mark Jansen to the full potential. Songs like Enemies of Freedom, Burn your Witches, and Devil in Disguise are really solid heavy tracks. I enjoyed every minute of this album. Although a lot of the riffs and melodies seem repetitive throughout the whole album, I am happy to hear an album that sticks to a theme and concept. Rating: 7 out of 10
Architects release Lost Forever/Lost Together on March 11th 2014, an album I hadn’t heard anything about before 7 days after it’s release. I assume the band is pretty underground and does not write mainstream music, and it is certainly a unique album. This album has been compared to Devil Wears Prada’s 8:18 and a lot of other albums I could barely stand. The genre the two bands are considered to fit into is sometimes filled with absolutely juvenile music aimed towards “emo girls”, and I don’t feel any differently about Architects based on this album.
I find the clean vocals to be absolutely terrible. I suggest a vocalist who can handle the dynamic of death screams and melodic singing, like Jeremy Mckinnon or Jonny Craig. The style of screaming used in Architects is really grading and just pure meaningless Emo screaming, I suggest bands like Bury Your Dead and System Divide if you want real growls and screams, not whatever Architects is doing with music. This is one of the worst albums I’ve heard in 2014. I will say that I grew out of this style nearly 10 years ago and it is hard for me to appreciate screamo music, but compared to other screamo bands they are one of the worst. They remind me of Dillinger Escape Plan, in a derogatory way. If you like Architects, my site is simply not for you in the first place. Rating 4/10
Hydra is Within Temptation’s recent release in 2014 with a new sound and new guests. The album features Howard Jones (Devil you Know), Xzibit, Tarja (ex-Nightwish), and Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) Hydra certainly isn’t a typical WT album, as the heads of the beast are to represent different sounds and styles of their music, says Sharon. The album transcends a defined story or a specific sound to the music. It’s more like a collection of power tracks. I was disappointed because it was quite different from their epics, but the album did grow on me with its catchy riffs. It is a good example of Within Temptation’s talents and accentuates their strongest aspects. Hydra is a great departure from the old sound and gives fans a new look on the band…… Rating 6/10
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The Satanist is possibly the most shredding and extreme album from Behemoth yet. In 2014, Behemoth releases an epic that truly matches the meaning of their band name. The Satanist takes extreme metal and amps every characteristic sound, blowing other albums by thrash metallers out of the water. This album overshadows Seplutura’s release in 2013 in my opinion. The album screams modern black metal and absolute treachery. It is a superb example of what European metal has to offer in the 2010s.
The Satanist is not for the faint of heart or the average metal listener. It is extremely fast and powerful, featuring gore metal and in depth satanic themes. It may be Behemoth’s darkest and most evil album yet. The power and constant speed gets monotonous after just four tracks however and lacks diversity in it’s sound. It is constant noise at times, but the album is enjoyable all in all for its target listeners Make sure to check out the music videos to get a better idea of the vision behind the album… Rating 8/10
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