Thursday, July 23, 2009

Everyone Knows That Juggalos are Rabid GWAR Fans

Above is a 14-minute infomercial about the 10th annual "Gathering Of The Juggalos" that I discovered via MetalSucks. There are a few things about this video that I find hilarious. Like, the two people that are hosting the infomercial. Where do they find these people?! I could swear they were comedians if I didn't know they were being serious. The fact that, on top of being a rapper, wrestler, and "buisness man", Violent J is also apparently a cook. The fact that, on top of the whole Psychopathic Family, who also dress up as clowns as if it were a requirement to get signed to this lable, the festival also boasts Ice Cube and Coolio! Well, shit nigga. Where do I sign up?

But the two bands on the line-up that I found most interesting are Mushroomhead and GWAR... fucking GWAR!! Ok, I kinda get Mushroomhead. They wear face paint and a couple of songs have a bit of a rap ting to them. But GWAR? I honestly don't think the juggalos can handle that amount of originality. At least the crowd will get sprayed with blood and not Faygo. At least that "bouncy boxing" thing kinda sounds like fun.

Also, the most missunderstood people in history? I don't even think I need to say something smart about that statement.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Some Dethklok News

So, you are looking at the official cover art for the upcoming Dethalbum II! Am I the only one who's excited for this? The new Dethalbum comes out September 8th on William Street records. And it will include "Murmaider II." ... Could be awesome. I haven't heard anything from Dethklok that I haven't liked.

Moving on the the show. I would just like to say that, Metalocalypse is my favorite show on TV right now. I think Brendon Small is a real genious and knows how to make a good show about metal. That being said, I'm am very pleased to announce that the next season of episodes will be a half hour long! No more of this stupid 15-minute run time shit. And the new season is slated to appear sometime in November.

On to my final bit of Dethklok news.... A GAME!!!!! Read this;

Konami announced today that a video game based on the hit Adult Swim series Metalocalypse is currently in development for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network. Created by series co-creator Brendon Small and based on the top-rated Adult Swim animated series, the upcoming Metalocalypse: Dethgame will immerse players into the world of Dethklok, the world’s most brutal Norwegian heavy metal band.”
This is all sorts of awesome. According to you will be one of the klokateers and will have to protect the bad from rabid, mutant fans. This is gonna be a fun game, no doubt. But, it only available for download at the X-Box store, not for sale. I guess I have to buy an X-Box 360 now.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Are Itching for a new Scar Symmetry Album Like I Am?

I've been a fan of Scar Symmetry for a while now. Holographic Universe was one of my favorite albums of 2009. And I was saddened when I heard that vocalist Christian Alvestam had left the band. And intrigued when they hired two vocalists to take the spot. Roberth Karlsson on “lead growl vocals” and “backing clean vocals” and Lars Palmqvist on “lead clean vocals” and “backing growl vocals.”

Well, according to Nuclear Blasts' European site states that a new Scar Symmetry album, entitled Dark Matter Dimensions and is slated for an October 2nd release date. I'm interested to see if these new guys can match the chops of Alvestam. To refresh your memory of Alvestam, here's the video for "Morphogenesis"

Saturday, July 4, 2009

My Exclusive Interview With Metal Artist, Mark Riddick

I did this interview with Mark Riddick a long time ago back when I ran the blog from my MySpace page and I feel like posting it again. Why? Because it's my website and I can. I really liked this interview and want to share it... again. Mark Riddick was an amazing to interview. He seemed perfectly fine with answering every question with thoughtful responses. For those of you that aren't familiar with Riddick, First and foremost he is a world renowned artist and has designed for some of metal's most prominent acts such as Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Arsis, and Dethklok. While staying true to his roots in the underground metal scene by doing artwork for bands like Hirax, and Nunslaughter. Riddick's artwork has been featured in galleries all around the world in cities like LA, New York, and Tokyo. Riddick himself is the member of many bands, most notably of which are Unburied, and his solo project Fetid Zombie. If you remember, Unburied's "Slut Decapitator" was my 10th favorite album of the year. To learn more about Mark Riddick's art, you could check out his MySpace page, or, you could just read the interview below.

First of all, is this your first time being interviewed?

No, I've completed several interviews since I've been illustrating for the underground metal music community during the past 18 years. I've probably finished well over one hundred or so by now.

When did you start drawing?

My earliest recollection of drawing was around the age of six but I didn't take it seriously until 1991 when I started taking art courses in high school and got involved in the underground death and black metal music scenes.

Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?

Yes, absolutely! It's truly a passion of mine and I'm very grateful that I had plenty of support from my family, friends, and instructors to pursue this path.

Is there a specific moment you remember when you started listening to metal?

Oh yes, I was about ten years old when I began listening to hard rock bands like Cinderella, Motley Crüe, and Ratt. I quickly progressed into thrash metal courtesy of bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Kreator, Gwar, Vio-Lence, Forbidden, Cryptic Slaughter, Overkill, DRI, Demolition Hammer, etc. and around the age of thirteen or fourteen I graduated to death and black metal music.

As an artist, is there a style of art, digital or otherwise, that you feel is over used?

I think any creative individual is entitled to express him or herself freely and with any medium of choice. Some cliché's may be overused in heavy metal art but it is an artist's responsibility to be original in his or her own work. It's important for an artist to set him or herself apart by discovering a style that is uniquely theirs—this comes with much practice, self discipline, and experience. I am personally inspired by the old underground photocopied metal fanzines from the early 90s which featured cut-and- paste layouts alongside gruesome black and white illustrations and elaborate border artwork. This was a predominant style during the early 90s in underground metal culture and I've carried these attributes into my own artwork; for instance—my reluctance to use color in my work.

Where do you come up with the ideas for your art?

The concepts in my artwork vary depending on whether or not I have complete creative freedom on an illustration or if my client has something specific in mind. Most of my own concepts are derived from my distaste for organized religion; particularly Christianity, which dominates our Western mindset. Other themes are based around my own fears and concepts that are generally shocking. I think one of the many purposes of art is to entice a reaction from its viewer and sometimes subject matter can accomplish this.

Now that you have a kid, do you think that your views toward your art or your music will change at all?

No, I absolutely enjoy being a father and it has not yet shaped my worldview other than by enlightening me to the power of our human ability to create. My son is, in essence, my masterpiece—the most precious work of art I'll ever create. The only thing that has significantly changed is the time I'm able to spend on my art and music as my familial responsibilities are always first.

What first gave you the idea to do your solo project?

In 1991 my twin brother and I performed in a death metal project together called Excrescent. We published two fairly successful demo tapes and spread them throughout the underground metal scene. Since then I published several CDs, cassettes, and LPs in other genres of music ranging from experimental dark ambient to traditional medieval music. Since metal music has always been such an immense part of my life I decided to go back to my roots and initiated Fetid Zombie, a solo project, in 2007. Meanwhile I was, and still am, involved with my brother-in-law's death metal band, Unburied. Fetid Zombie acts as an outlet for unleashing all that I have held back over the past decade.

Will you ever take Fetid Zombie on the road?

No, it's too difficult for me to make time for rehearsing, finding session members, and booking shows. There are other things I'd rather focus my time on than playing live.

If so, what band would you like to tour with?

If I did have an opportunity to tour, and I was able to make time for such a thing, I would probably like to tour with my band mates in Unburied, alongside my comrades in Absu, Butcher ABC, and Nunslaughter.

You've worked with, and designed for a lot of bands. Is there a band that you want to work with but haven't gotten the chance?

This is a tough question; most of the bands I've worked with have been wonderful. I honestly can't think of a band I'm particularly interested in working with, I'll have to wait and see what comes my way.

In your opinion, what was the best album of 2008?

This is an incredibly difficult question to answer as there are several amazing titles I've picked up this year. I'll do my best to narrow it down to five:
ARSIS "We are the Nightmare" (USA)
CROM "Vengeance" (Germany)
IMPIETY "18 Atomic Years" (Singapore)
SATHANAS "Crowned Infernal" (USA)
SPEIRLING "The Piper" (England)

Is there an Unburied tour to be expected sometime in the future?

Probably not; I'm just too busy being a dad and trying to keep up with my freelance illustration.

Last question; When you were first starting out as an artist, did you ever dream that your art would become so popular in the metal community?

That is a great question! Ever since I was six years old and saw Iron Maiden's first album, with Derek Griggs art on the cover, in the record store shelves I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I remember while growing up I used to peruse through metal magazines and carefully study the ads with all of the T-Shirt designs on them and thinking how cool they were. Never in a million years did I think my own designs would be seen in ads like these in metal magazines worldwide. I somehow managed to stay passionate about my artwork and it has truly been rewarding! Thanks for the wonderful interview, Jay!

A New Daath Video

Now, I haven't heard Daath's new album The Concealers yet but, I hear it's an awesome record and if this song is any indication, I haven't been lied to. Daath recently released the video for "Day Of Endless Light" and, it's pretty cool. I mean, it's pretty much a green screen with the band performing in front of animated artwork but, still. I love Daath, I love the new singer, and this is a great, heavy song. Not much to say other than, watch it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Video From The Human Abstract

Now, it's no secret that I have a man crush on The Human Abstract. The same way has a crush on Gojira, Hit Parader magazine has a crush on Slipknot and Kerrang! magazine has a crush on bands that suck. To the point that, when I was hanging out with them, and interviewing their guitarist, I had to stop myself from asking them "oh my God, why are you so awesome?" like a little star struck school girl meeting whats-his-face from Twilight.

So, anyway, The Human Abstract finally released their second video from the album Midheaven for the song "Counting Down The Days." And what a video it is. It kinda reminds me of the old Tool videos where they used stop-motion animation and didn't show the band. Except this shows the band. This is, in my opinion, their best video to date. It has a great storyline through-out the video. One I don't feel like explaining at the moment. The only annoying this about this video is, they completely butchered the intro to the song. I hate it when they do that.