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Remember When People Could Wear What They Wanted To Gigs Without Been Mocked Online? – A Response To Paul Cooke

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , on 21st January 2015 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Edit: The original article by Paul Cooke has been removed from the online publication that published it. This article will remain up for archive purposes only.

An article came to my attention as it flooded my newsfeed on Facebook. The article, titled Remember When Metal Gigs Were Populated By Metal Fans? – A Rant by Paul Cooke, appears to have invoked the ire of a lot of my metal loving Facebook friends. Paul took it upon himself in the article to begin moaning about various going ons by people at one of the recent shows on the SlipknotKorn Prepare For Hell UK tour. So, Paul, my question for you is, if you are reading this, what makes it acceptable for you to “rage” about people not wearing the typical attire of gig goers? Do you remember the days when people could wear what they wanted at gigs without fear of been mocked online by the press? I certainly do.

Remember the days when metal gigs were populated by metal fans? I mean people who actually looked like they were into metal? There are still gigs like this but Slipknot etc attract a fair share of the NEXT, TOP SHOP, TOP MAN, MISS TWATTIN’ SELFIDGE brigade and it winds me the fuck up. Are you so ashamed of the music you like that you can’t even be arsed to look remotely like a metal fan?

Any real metal fan will tell you that they couldn’t give a damn what they dress in as it’s the music that matters. So what if Slipknot attract people that wear clothes that are typically sold at outlets like Next and Top Shop? I’m sure Slipknot don’t care, since these are the people who have come to see them play live, not strut down the proverbial catwalk to see who looks the most metal.

Last night I sat next to a (young) couple who looked like they’d just walked out of Top Shop and Top Man respectively. Taking selfies of themselves, they never spoke a word to each other as they fannied with their phones and fooked about on Facebook between bands.

Le gasp! How dare people take photos of themselves! Oh, the inhumanity! And they “fooked about on Facebook” between bands? Oh no! They should be locked up for life! I mean, it’s not like Facebook is probably more interesting to do than watch the stage crew set things up for the next band.

Just before Slipknot hit the stage they pulled matching Slipknot t-shirts from a carrier bag and slipped them on over their clothes. They left 2 songs before Slipknot ended, removing their tees and placing them back in the bag. Total Cocks.

People do this a lot at shows. Some people – myself included – have been known to change shirts numerous times throughout a show or festival to show support for the different bands on the bill.

And to the woman in front of me who was just following Chelsea FC’s Twitter feed all night – I hope you die a horrible obesity related death.

That’s really mature. Maybe she wasn’t into the music and she was accompanying her friend/family member/significant other? But what I’d like to really know is, why did you spend so much time and energy paying attention to which Twitter feed she was following “all night”? Surely, by your logic, you should “die a horrible obesity related death” as it’s apparent you didn’t watch the bands that much.

And one the bus home I felt compelled to watch an irritating couple going through all the shit images they’d taken that night on their phones. I nearly banged their heads together. It didn’t help that she had a set of teeth that could eat an orange through a fence plus an annoying face.

I’m sure a lot of people, just like me, are wondering what this actually has to do with the show. So what if a couple were going through “all the shit images” they’d took? Why did that mean you almost banged their heads together? And why does her teeth and face have to come into the equation?

Really, Paul, are these your gripes at shows? When people go to shows, they go to enjoy themselves, not to write an article afterwards about how people just aren’t metal any more. To say that watching bands, by your logic, is more important than Facebooking or following feeds on Twitter, you certainly watched a lot of non-band stuff go on.

With no due respect, your article comes off like the whining of a 14 year old kid that’s been told by their parents that they’re banned from the X-Box for a week. All I can suggest is that next time you go to a show, ignore everyone around you and just keep your attention on the bands and the amount of beer in your glass.

Sincerely
Nico

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Monster Energy Roast On The Range set for May in Ohio with Corey Taylor

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 18th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor is set for 15th May at LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Honouring and lampooning Corey Taylor, vocalist of Slipknot and Stone Sour, will be nearly a dozen musicians and comedians, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach. The third annual event in Revolver and Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Comedy Roast series, which is also the first to be held in the heartland of America, will launch the weekend-long festivities for Rock On The Range, which will take place from 16th-18th May, which last year drew rock fans from around the country to Columbus Crew Stadium with over 105,000 tickets sold.  Joining Sebastian Bach on the dias to take aim at Corey Taylor will be the likes of Scott Ian, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Pearl Aday and more.

Tickets for the Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor are on sale now starting at$75 (plus fees) at LC Pavilion, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at this location. General admission and balcony seating are available. Doors for the 15th May event will open at 8:30 PM and the Roast begins at 9:00 PM.

Commenting on the Roast, Corey said:

Honestly, I don’t know what to say. I’m a little nervous, a little excited, and of course a little gassy. But that could just be the excitement. I’m really looking forward to it, but knowing my friends and the possibilities for who could be a part of this, I have no idea what I’m getting into!

Previous honourees in the Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series include Zakk Wylde (2012) and Dee Snider (2013).

 

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Brutality Will Prevail announce new album details

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British hardcore mob Brutality Will Prevail will be releasing their new album Suspension Of Consciousness on 7th April via Siege Of Amida Records and Century Media. The album, the band’s fourth full length, will mark the recorded debuts of frontman Louis Gauthier and drummer Craig Reynolds, who joined Brutality Will Prevail during the international touring cycle for the band’s 2012 release Scatter The Ashes.

Despite their bludgeoning live schedule which saw the band exporting their brand of down-tempo heaviness as far afield as Japan, Australia and Indonesia, Brutality Will Prevail spent the majority of 2013 developing new material, eager to fully showcase the fresh blood in their ranks. As drummer Reynolds recalls:

We recorded through amazing vintage equipment. The entire album was tracked in just 6 days with the intensity of a live show; there was none of this computer reliant, digi-fix-this-fix-that shit that today’s heavy scene has become so polluted with.

Once BWP’s kinetic tracking session was complete, Converge’s Kurt Ballou was tasked with mixing duties, the veteran producer bringing his unique, inimitable snarl to a recording already bursting with feral aggression. Though brute force is far from all that Suspension has to offer, BWP draw on a varied spectrum of influences this time around, from Slayer and Slipknot to Baroness and Cave In, to bring new layers of depth and creativity to their sonic forge. Guitarist Ash Gray comments:

This album is the first time we haven’t held ourselves back in any way. It still has some hallmarks of the classic BWP sound, but we also really pushed ourselves to progress and try new things, and no one more so than Louis (Gauthier, vocals) – his performance really shines, and there are definitely some surprises throughout the record. The past year, culminating in this album, has been about much more than just a line up change, this is a fresh start.

Brutality Will Prevail online:

http://facebook.com/brutalitywillprevail
http://twitter.com/bwpcult

 

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Former Slipknot drummer Joey Joridison insists he did not leave band voluntarily

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2nd January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Last month, Slipknot issued a statement that basically said renowned drummer Joey Jordison had departed from the band for personal reasons. However, the former Slipknot drummer insists that he didn’t leave the band voluntarily. THough he doesn’t explicitly say that he was fired, he does mention that he was blindsided by the shocking move, which means that Slipknot will go ahead with their first album since the death of Paul Gray in 2010 without co-founding member Joey. The following is a statement released by Joey regarding his departure from Slipknot:

To my fans, friends, and associates… I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot.

I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans.

This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you.

While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year.

Corey Taylor, Slipknot’s vocalist, tweeted the following last month regarding Joey’s departure from the band:

Slipknot online:

http://slipknot1.com

Slipknot part ways with drummer Joey Jordison

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 13th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In a strange turn of events, Slipknot recently released the following statement:

To our Maggots and fans around the world,

It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds.

We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.

It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.

Thank you, The ‘Knot.

The news is shocking to say the least and at this stage, it’s hard to determine whether Joey was fired or left of his own accord or if it was a mutual decision. In related news Jim Root won’t be joining Stone Sour on their next tour as he’s currently pre-occupied in writing new material with Slipknot.

Slipknot online:

http://slipknot1.com
http://facebook.com/slipknot

 

Alice In Thunderland w/Support @ Shades Nightclub, Bridlington

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 2nd January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Alice In Thunderland, Filth Wizard, Abbie Lammas, Liam White
Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
22nd December 2012

With Christmas just around the corner, the Christmas gig at Shades in Bridlington was just the event to help get one into the festive spirit. Originally, five acts were meant to have played but one of them dropped off last minute due to car troubles. Despite this set back, the event was ready to begin as a young Liam White took to the stage.

Combining an eclectic mix of acoustic renditions of songs such as Snuff (originally by Slipknot) and Run To The Hills (originally by Iron Maiden), Liam White played a nearly flawless set which did more than warm-up the crowd. The only downside to his performance was the lack of original material but saying that, there’s not many musicians out there who can pull off covering Iron Maiden on acoustic guitar like Liam did. Up next was Abbie Lammas and her band who played a superb set, which is no surprise when it comes to Abbie. Mixing a staunch use of riffs and rhythmic, almost hypnotic drums with angelic vocals, Abbie and her band put on one hell of a show which was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.

After Abbie’s set, Filth Wizard were pretty much ready to play. Coming onto the stage to Jingle Bell Rocks, came the frontman Adam Towse and bassist Jason Diprose – both of which adorned in outfits that left very little to the imagination. It had been many years since I’d last seen Filth Wizard perform and fortunately, they’re still on top form. Blasting out their singalongs like Spank Me, Show Us Yer Panties and Accidental Anal, they really did steal the show. Everything from the fierce, almost thrash-like riffs and the hard-hitting rhythm sections to the harsh, guttural vocals and lyrics dripping with sleaze went down a charm – Even their bluesy number which I forgot the name of was a real crowd pleaser.

And then Alice In Thunderland, who were fresh from their Metieval performance a week earlier where they supported Power Quest, hit the stage with their classic rock and old-school thrash stylings. With their thundering use of bass and charismatic vocals, topped with the more modern styled riffs of the guitars, Thunderland soon got continued rolling the momentum from Filth Wizard’s performance. The tracks from their latest album Hellfire seemed to go down better with the crowd, as did the few covers they threw into their set.

Well, it was one way to bring out the festive spirit and all the bands performed at the top of their game but for me, Filth Wizard were the best act of the night.

Nico Davidson

 

Nya – Self-Titled

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 4th March 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Nya
Album: Nya (Self-Titled)
Genre: Alt. Metal
Release Date: 2011
Label: Self Released

Nya’s self-titled EP has been sitting in my office for a while, waiting to be reviewed and I’m finally getting round to it. The band, according to the several reviews I’ve read of them, are a mix of modern metal, alternative and rock. Sadly, I’ve not found much in terms of the band’s history – unless you include the fact that this British quintet hail from South East England.

Beginning the EP comes the alternative-meets-nu-metal riffs of Face The Music. The vocals of frontwoman Anezka Piska sound eerily familiar, though I’m unable to place where I may heard them. The drums provide a soft, industrialesque flavour to the music, reinforcing the alternative sound of the well crafted riffs. The chorus is quite catchy and will stay with you like a timeless melody. Better Off This Way tears through the speakers with a very alternative flare to the riffs and keyboards. The vocals take up a slight Lacuna Coil sound in the verses, bringing to mind some seriously Gothic metal sounds.

The semi-death metal riffs of The Beckoning tear their through next like scissors cutting through paper with a powerful use of male and female vocals, creating some memorable verses. The guitars in the latter half sound too alternative for the song, especially compared to vicious riffs that screamed with a certain power in the beginning. The EP ends with Fall Of Man, a track that has a certain hint of Slipknot-meets-Korn to the riffs while the drums, in certain sections, sound quite tribal. The awe-inspiring use of male and female vocals echo quite well through the song, adding a quite unique sound to the track while some of the guitar parts lay down some catchy, melodic riffs.

I’m always a skeptic when it comes to alternative music being mixed with metal but Nya are a band I can quite easily forgive for what I normally consider an unholy union of genres. Nya did more than just a good job of mixing two different genres. The riffs have been clearly crafted with both talent and musical genius while the vocals offer up a powerful sound. If melodic yet aggressive riffs, insane drumming and larger than life vocals are what you crave in your daily diet of metal, look no further than Nya.

4.6/5

Nico Davidson