Foo Fighters Announce Intimate California Club Show

Foo Fighters will be playing a very small show at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on June 15. Fans will be able to purchase tickets in person at the venue tomorrow (June 13) at 10:00am. All attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated with their second dose having been done at least 14 days before the show. This news comes after the band previously announced that they will be playing a full capacity concert for vaccinated fans at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on June 20.

Nandi Bushell Shares Drum Cover Of Linkin Park’s “Numb”

Musical prodigy Nandi Bushell has shared a drum cover of Linkin Park’s “Numb.” You can check that out below. Notably, the band even commented on the cover:

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Stone Robot

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Stone Robot.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STONE ROBOT: B. Steels: We are a jolly gang of seafaring scallywags who enjoy pillaging and plundering as well as writing the occasional sea shanty that tends to serve as a soundtrack of sorts to our maleficent misdeeds. Or we’re just a few dudes originally from western Massachusetts, who, when the world seemed it’s bleakest, decided to write an entire album remotely (on a shared google drive) from our individual homes, just to bring a little joy into our lives, and hopefully other’s lives as well. Because isn’t that what music is meant to do? After all, I believe that even the saddest or angriest tunes can bring us happiness when we are feeling our worst.

Mr. Johnny Walker, esq: I am not now, nor have I ever been involved in piracy. But I will confess to being from Massachusetts and writing / recording / producing an awesome new album for all the reasons Steels stated.

Steels: Not even bootlegging a movie? I find that hard to believe, JDub.

JAMessiah Rockwell: Yeah. We’re three musical musketeers who are into making music we like. A band of inebriated buccaneers? Take a listen to any track off of “Planned Obsolescence” and decide for yourself.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STONE ROBOT: Steels: I have a myriad of influences, but I’d say anything Maynard James Keenan, Mike Patton, or Frank Black (Black Francis) have done has had the biggest impact on how I write my lyrics/melodies as well as structure songs. Just as Dr. Dre and The Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for my love of poignant and blistering hip-hop verses.

JW: As a guitar player I have been most influenced by some of the great 90s punk / hardcore bands: Sam Black Church, Vision of Disorder, Sick of it All, Earth Crisis, Melvins, etc. As a songwriter, I’ve tried to imagine what Pink Floyd would have progressed into if they’d have used Astronomy Domine and Careful With that Axe, Eugene as their defining songs.

JAM: All of the major genres and subgenres of music that percolated from the 80s remain ghosts in my creative crow’s nest. But since I’ve made friends while getting into new, and more extreme, bands. And I still love swabbing influences from my shipmates to this day.

Steels: Wait, is JAM pirating my bit?

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

STONE ROBOT: JAM: We released our fledgling album, “Planned Obsolescence,” earlier this year. We put a lot into it, so hopefully listeners will get a lot out of it.

Steels: Mainly because it’s new music, and who doesn’t love new music? That said, we like to describe our album, “Planned Obsolescence,” as a genre bending collection of “artistically jarring,” tunes that somehow still meld into a singular sound unique to us. Where Aggression meets levity and melancholy meets madness.

JW: People should check it out for no other reason than to see if anything there inspires them to try something different.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

STONE ROBOT: Steels: Well, we haven’t played one yet with this project, but speaking from experience jamming with these guys in a multitude of other projects, fans can expect an impassioned performance that matches the intensity of the music itself. Think The Stooges meet The Doors, but with much less exposed skin, blood, and vomit.

JW: Since the next show we play will be the first one we play as Stone Robot; I think people are gonna appreciate the amount of noise so few people can produce.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

STONE ROBOT: Steels: Even if we’re all still working our 9-5’s with no recognition, as long as we’re still writing songs together, I’ll be content. I’ve never felt a more collaborative inspiration than when I make music with these scurvy mates. But even so. Buy our album. Because I know I speak for all of us when I say, our kids won’t stop eating.

JW: In five years, I see us fully embracing our midlife crises, expanding our Stoner O-bot label, and investing in a new studio space / live music venue.

JAM: No matter where we sail individually, we’ll be co-creating and refining our stone-cold robot sounds over the cyber-seas, or the stages of your favorite port taverns. Aargh matey!

Inhuman Condition (Obituary, The Absence) Announce East Coast Tour

Inhuman Condition, the band featuring Terry Butler (Obituary), Jeramie Kling (The Absence), and Taylor Nordberg (The Absence), have announced an East Coast tour with Crusadist. Here’s the dates:

09/04 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
09/05 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
09/07 Richmond, VA – Another Round Bar
09/08 Wilmington, DE – Bar XIII
09/09 Baltimore, MD – Shamrock Inn
09/10 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
09/11 Staten Island, NY – Mother Pugs
09/12 Albany, NY – Empire
09/13 Providence, RI – Alchemy
09/14 Turtle Creek, PA – Sub Alpine
09/15 Canton, OH – Buzzbin
09/17 Atlanta, GA – Vision Studios
09/18 Gainesville, FL – High Dive
09/19 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug

Fore (The Absence, Ex-Kreator, Etc.) Premiere “Repeated Subtraction” Video

Fore (The Absence, ex-Kreator, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Repeated Subtraction.” Guitarist Taylor Nordberg commented:

“We are so excited to begin the second chapter in Fore’s history! This tune gets pretty vicious, but it has an insanely catchy, and soothing vocal done by the ever-talented Brian “The Canadian Glenn Hughes” Stephenson! He wrote some killer/clever lyrics, which are super relevant to today’s bizarre world we live in, and Matthias killed it on the visual end of things!”

Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan Shares Another New Solo Track

Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan has released another solo song. The latest one, which is titled “Cut Throat,” is featured in a new visualizer video called “Brainwash Love – Feed The Worm Birds.” You can check that out below. If you missed them, you can also find Clown’s previously released solo tracks HERE.

Daily Lineups Revealed For 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

The daily lineups have been revealed for the 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12 and it will feature the following:

September 9: Breaking Benjamin, A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside, Halestorm, Skillet, Black Label Society, P.O.D., Sabaton, Tech N9ne, Testament, Hatebreed, Spiritbox, From Ashes To New, Miss May I, Chelsea Grin, Texas Hippie Coalition, Slaves, All Good Things, and Islander.

September 10: Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, I Prevail, Chevelle, Anthrax, Asking Alexandria, Clutch, Motionless In White, Atreyu, Sevendust, Fever 333, Knocked Loose, Fozzy, Crown The Empire, D.R.U.G.S., Bad Omens, Nonpoint, Light The Torch, Saul, Stitched Up Heart, Tallah, and Burden Of The Sky.

September 11: Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Cypress Hill, Theory Of A Deadman, Trivium, Body Count, Beartooth, Avatar, Wage War, Jelly Roll, Badflower, In Flames, 10 Years, All That Remains, Corrosion Of Conformity, Escape The Fate, Spite, Brand Of Sacrifice, and Another Day Dawns.

September 12: Shinedown, Papa Roach, Gojira, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Underoath, Pop Evil, The Hu, Rev Run, Ice Nine Kills, August Burns Red, Ayron Jones, We Came As Romans, Drowning Pool, Fit For A King, Ill Niño, Adelitas Way, Currents, and Fame On Fire.

Dream Theater’s James Labrie Covers Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” With His Son’s Band Falset

Dream Theater’s James Labrie has teamed up with Falset for a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart.” Notably, that band features Labrie’s son Chance on drums.

James commented:

“To cover Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart’ with Falset was both a blast and reminiscent of when I was in a band called Shock Candy back in ’86. Shock Candy was a Mötley Crüe cover band and I had one hell of time touring with this band. Needless to say, when asked to be involved and sing this Mötley classic with Falset, I jumped at the opportunity.

The Crüe was always to me that raw, down-to-earth, kick-ass rock band that many acts wish they could imitate and attain, but such heights were enjoyed by very few, and the Crüe did it and played it like no other.

Hope you all enjoy this cover by Falset and myself and do yourself a huge favor and check out Falset’s originals. This band has it all going on — great structure, killer riffs and undeniable hooks. They are an undeniable emerging musical force to be reckoned with.

Crank this tune up to maximum and see you all out on tour sometime soon.”

Chance added:

“I remember as a kid I’d always look up to my dad. I thought being in a band and travelling around the world to play songs was the coolest job ever. I still think that. Flash-forward to now and we are now dropping a song together… it’s absolutely crazy. We all had a lot of fun working on this one. We hope you enjoy this homage to the great Mötley Crüe.”

Mercury Circle (Swallow The Sun, Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Premiere “Black Mirrors” Video

Mercury Circle (Swallow The Sun, ex-Children Of Bodom, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Black Mirrors.” This track is from the band’s new album “Killing Moons,” which will be released on October 8.

Jaani Peuhu commented:

“John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an Anglo-Welsh mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, and alchemist. He was the court astronomer for, and advisor to, Elizabeth I, and spent much of his time on alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. The lyrics for ‘Black Mirrors’ are a mixture of matters of the heart and occultism. In the beginning we hear a prophecy from Nostradamus before plunging into a dark and delusional world — a place for the abandoned heart, where light is reflected from John Dee’s black mirror. Musically, it’s more in vein of goth rock than doom metal. When writing the song, I envisioned how Queen with a goth rock twist would sound. I’m a fan of big choruses and ’80s goth beats. Add a little bit of spiderwebs and whispers in French and you’re good to go!”

“Killing Moons” Track Listing:

01. “The Gates Wide Open”
02. “Black Mirrors”
03. “You Open Up The Earth”
04. “Killing Moons”
05. “Seven Archangels”
06. “Call On The Dark”
07. “Avalanche”
08. “An Arrow”
09. “Like Matches”
10. “Death Poem”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Shares Preview Of New Modern Piano Concerto “Disarming Time”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has posted a preview of his new modern piano concerto “Disarming Time.” The full 24-minute piece will be released on June 18.