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An Interview with Korn: Still Here To Stay

An Interview with Korn: Still Here To Stay

Long before joining the groundbreaking metal band Korn in 2009, drummer Ray Luzier had established himself as a key player in rock by performing with David Lee Roth, Army Of Anyone and many more. Several years into his full-time position with the band, the Pittsburgh native seems to fit right in, which is made clear on the group’s 11th studio album, The Paradigm Shift. A special version of the release, titled The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition, hit shelves last week, which included previously unreleased tracks and live recordings.

Luzier took a moment during Korn’s stint on this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival to discuss the new release, the state of today’s music, and the trouble with having such a massive discography.

How is Mayhem going so far?

It has been mayhem; it’s pretty chaotic (laughs). I was actually just over on the side stage watching a couple of my buddies play that I haven’t seen. I’m friends with the guys in Body Count and I just watched Emmure today, which I’m a new fan…

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An Interview with Ice-T from Body Count: Cold Metal

An Interview with Ice-T from Body Count: Cold Metal

There goes the neighborhood … again.

More than 20 years ago, Ice-T was frightening people nationwide as frontman of his metal band Body Count. Combining the doom-laden power of Black Sabbath, speed of Slayer, and profane lyrics, Body Count’s groundbreaking 1992 debut album was meant to show that music had no boundaries, but many felt Ice-T crossed some with controversial single “Cop Killer,” landing him in hot water with politicians, law enforcement and the pro-censorship crowd.

Body Count made a few follow-up albums to moderate fanfare, and Ice-T focused on his role as Detective Odafin Tutuola on TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But after an eight-year hiatus—due, in part, to the tragic loss of several band members—Body Count are back with a vengeance. New record Manslaughter, released in June, is a savage, uncompromising metal assault that would put most newer bands to shame; a triumphant return that proves the band is no mere footnote in rock history. This time, Ice-T’s famously blunt lyrics skewer clueless bloggers (“Talk Shit, Get Shot”) and…

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Interview with Ill Nino: Family Ties

Interview with Ill Nino: Family Ties

Rising from New Jersey with a debut EP in 2000, Ill Nino quickly rocketed to stardom in the metal community with an aggressive sound that also flaunted the members’ Latin heritage. The band could be pulverizing one minute, then drop a groove-laced Latin guitar and percussion break into a song from seemingly out of nowhere. Fans were hooked.

And 14 years later, Ill Nino are still going strong. Till Death, La Familia, the band’s seventh studio album, was released on July 22. Fans of the group’s molten metal style should be satisfied with the new material—but this time the crunching riffs and confrontational vocals are joined by some modern, even electronic, touches.

The band is hitting the road hard this summer as part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, performing on stage with fellow Victory Records artists, and sharing a bill with acts like Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Trivium, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse and Asking Alexandria.

Moments before hitting the stage for Ill Nino’s Mayhem set in Phoenix, vocalist Cristian Machado phoned me to chat…

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Shoreworld: Brick + Mortar Are Robbed; Montgomery Funk Things Up

Shoreworld: Brick + Mortar Are Robbed; Montgomery Funk Things Up

Brick + Mortar Fall Victim To Equipment Thievery

Stolen. The very word paints portraits of unsettling shock, gut-punch indignity and incredulity. Stealing is regrettably part of the American reality, flooding our media banks with stories of material seeking criminals that would shake even the most jaded criminologist to his or her center. Thievery affects all cultures, races, classes and peoples. It predates biblical ages and shows no signs of slowing down.

Many I know, including myself, have felt the bite of theft at least once. And throughout the years, I’ve heard the stories of musicians, from locals to the leading bands on the road getting shafted by some reticent night-crawling collection of scumbags appropriating amps, guitars and more under the protection of darkness. It’s the lowest of atrocities and I’m always glad when they get arrested.

But it is a troubling scenario when the act is executed on victims with little or no recourse to bounce back. The latest sufferer of this horrendous act is the New Jersey band Brick + Mortar. The band…

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: July 5 – July 11

Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: July 5 – July 11

The Del Rios/Otto’s Shrunken Head/July 5, 2014

Guitarist Dean Cohen and bassist Skylar Keffer formed The Del Rios in 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, and recruited drummer Austin Latare and guitarist/vocalist Will Robinson. At the monthly Unsteady Freddie’s Surf Rock Shindig at Otto’s Shrunken Head, the four musicians wore matching grey shirts, pants and vests, and played a lively set of surf rock instrumentals and garage rock vocal songs. Many of the songs were originals; others were covers of surf rock songs by The Sonics And The Shadows, as well as one-hit-wonders from the early 1960s, including Chris Montez’s “Let’s Dance.” The performance was grounded in retro roots, but delivered successfully with a contemporary sound.

 

Bill Popp & The Tapes/Otto’s Shrunken Head/July 6, 2014

After 35 years, Bill Popp is still working New York parks and clubs. (Working can mean playing music or fixing pipes, as he is a plumber for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.) Popp is Bill’s real last name, and the surname is fitting in that pop music is…

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Fucked Up @ Bowery Ballroom

Fucked Up

Bowery Ballroom

June 6, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—Fucked Up formed as a hardcore punk band in 2001 in Toronto, Canada, by high school friends who were inspired by first- and second-wave hardcore bands. Fucked Up recorded dozens of releases, and despite having a name that cannot be printed in the New York Times and other media, won Canada’s 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their second album, The Chemistry Of Common Life. The moniker is not the only controversy associated with the band, however. Several critics denounced the group’s cryptic lyrics as flirting with fascist ideology. During concert appearances on MTV, the musicians and their fans…

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Ivar Pall Jonsson: Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

Ivar Pall Jonsson

Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

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Compare the current state of the music market to its previous incarnations. The focus has moved away from the album as a whole, where a highly developed overall aesthetic and tracklisting was heavily considered. Many artists now optimize the chance for hit singles. Some even argue that albums have…

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