Monday, July 25, 2005

God of the Low End

The band GZR, led by legendary Black Sabbath bass guitarist and lyricist Geezer Butler, new studio album Ohmwork is in stores now through Sanctuary Records. Ohmwork is Butler’s first album in eight years. Butler is joined by vocalist Clark Brown and guitarist Pedro Howse, his longtime collaborators, and new drummer Chad Smith.

A potent, tangible band dynamic is crucial for Butler. He does not ever want an album credited to "Geezer Butler" when it is a true band effort. Butler is proud of the fact that GZR's music appeals to both young metal fans as well as Black Sabbath fans. He attributes this fact about cross-generational appeal to heavy metal's very essence. Rumors are floating that GZR may tour with Tony Iommi in the Fall 2005.

Review and giveaways copies available. Check out the assets page below for music, pictures and info:

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Texan Pride

Texas is a source of immeasurable pride for those who were born and bred there, including the young shredders of A Dozen Furies.

Vocalist Bucky Garrett's melodic Mike Patton croon often careens without warning into a blistering death howl, supplying an edge that more than matches the compositional schizophrenia on ADF’s debut full-length A Concept From Fire, (in stores 9.13) an explosive collection of propulsive metalcore harmonies, visceral death-derived change-ups, and memorable, gripping hooks that refuse to pander.

ADF is hauling an RV along for their coming-out party on the biggest metal tour in the world this summer, Ozz-Fest.

Assets page below with brutal tracks from their debut album, banners, pictures, etc. Review and giveaway copies are available. The band will be available for interviews. This album is intense so check it out!!!

Voice of a Generation Returns

If I told you about an individual whose musical odyssey included starting a band in the late ’60s that opened six shows for the MC5 and the Stooges and also produced some of the most seminal artists of our time, including Bad Brains, Suicide, Iggy Pop and Guided by Voices, you would likely say that this person sounded like one the coolest people in the world. Now suppose this same person rounded out his resume with a decade-long stint in one of the most influential rock groups of the’70s and ‘80s, selling over 25 million albums and spawning legions of imitators twenty years later; did more board work for some of today’s most lauded bands, including Weezer, Le Tigre, Mercury Rev and No Doubt; AND a gig at a major label working as a VP of A&R where in a year’s time he attended only one meeting -- you might think this unnamed person was a pathological liar - and that’s not even taking into account marrying a supermodel, a cameo in a John Waters film, and working with Andy Warhol. Ladies and gentlemen meet Ric Ocasek.

When Ric Ocasek and The Cars self-titled debut dropped in 1978 on Elektra, The Cars were already an established Boston band. Over the next ten years they would go on to release six albums, had many top 10 hits and sold over 25 million albums.

In addition to releasing Ric’s sixth solo album Nexterday (out September 27, 2005) the label is distributing Ocasek’s imprint, Inverse Records.

Review copies now available, assets available below, Ric may be available for interviews-Get Twisted!!!