Max and Iggor Cavalera announced this week, the bands that will open its upcoming “Return Beneath Arise Tour.”
Destruction, Warbringer, and Cephalic Carnage will share time as support for the upcoming tour, which is scheduled to launch May 22 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through June 25 in Tempe, AZ. The tour is a celebration of Sepultura’s classic albums, Beneath The Remains (1989) and Arise (1991).
The announcement of the tour’s opening acts came Monday, less than a month after the Cavalera brothers announced Dan Gonzalez (Possessed, Gruesome) and Mike Leon (Soulfly) will join them on stage to round out their touring band.
Healing Magic will join the tour as a special opening act on each of its stops. Destruction will open the tour’s May 22 date while Warbringer will open the May 23-June 8 shows. Cephalic Carnage will open the remaining dates from June 10-June 25.
The tour’s schedule is noted below complete with links to tickets.
Satirist “Weird” Al Yankovic has, for ages, been known as the king of comedy in the music community. His spoofs of songs from the likes of Coolio, Michael Jackson, and even Nirvana (as well as Miley Cyrus and others) have made him a household name among audiences across the musical universe. After so many years leading the way in the musical comedy ranks, Yankovic may well have some competition, at least in the metal community from the up-and-coming band, The Violent Inzident. The sextet’s new album, This Is Nu Metal!, which was released April 1, makes that clear. The 11-song record is the lighthearted shot in the arm that the metal community has needed for years thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike. Each item will be discussed in its own right here. Just as notable is the record’s production, which will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the record’s presentation. All things considered, they make This Is Nu Metal! a successful record that while it will ultimately be dated in the long run, is still entertaining from beginning to end.
This Is Nu Metal!, the new album from up-and-coming satirical rock band The Violent Inzident, is a welcome offering that reminds the metal masses that reminds hard rock and metal masses that it is possible to be musically heavy without always being emotionally heavy. The record’s musical arrangements make that clear. From one song to the next, the record’s musical arrangements pay homage to the nu-metal sounds that have been so popular since the late 1990s. Those songs include works from the likes of Disturbed, Powerman 5000, Slipknot, Soulfly, Sepultura, Korn, and even System of a Down. The band even pokes fun at Limp Bizkit, showing that no one is off limits to this band, at least in terms of musical content. The arrangements spoof the noted bands’ songs while still making the arrangements their own along the way, making for even more enjoyment. Simply put, the musical content featured in this record more than makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment. The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds even more to that engagement and entertainment.
The lyrical content is so important to the record because it spoofs the bands and their songs just as much. It also pokes fun at society. Case in point is the band’s single, ‘Triggered (The Snowflake Anthem).’ This song is a fully tongue-in-cheek stab at how overly PC society has become in the 21st century. On another note, the band goes right after Limp Bizkit in ‘The Violent Inzident, even mentioning the year 1999, which is really when Limp Bizkit broke out. The band even goes so far as to poke fun at the nonsense lyrics that Limp Bizkit has come up with for its songs here. As if all of this is not enough, The Violent Inzident even takes a direct stab at Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor in ‘D.a.R.E. to Keep Kids on Drugs’ as the question is asked whether people actually give any credit to anything he says. the song in this case pokes fun at all of the songs that glorify drug use and people who abuse them and try to get off of them. It’s really a social commentary in itself, but done in such a satirical fashion. Between that content, the other content examined here and the rest of the record’s lyrical themes, the whole makes clear just how important the album’s lyrical content is to this presentation. That content, together with the album’s musical content, makes this record overall such a surprisingly enjoyable presentation. It is just part of what makes the record worth hearing, too. The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.
The production that went into the creation of This Is Nu Metal! is important because of its role in the album’s general effect. From one song to the next, the album’s production ensures that the heaviness of the nu-metal compositions is fully on display. The down-tuned, crunching guitars, the rough vocals, the thick bass lines and drums are all there. Each gets its own attention in each varying nu-metal composition, too. The end result of the production is that each arrangement proves itself just as worth listening as the others. Even the vocals are clear in each song, getting just as much attention in the production as the instrumentations. Taking into account the impact of the record’s production alongside the impact of the overall content, the whole makes This Is Nu Metal! a surprisingly entertaining presentation that nu-metal fans and metal fans alike will find entertaining.
This Is Nu Metal!, the new album from The Violent Inzident, is a surprisingly engaging and entertaining presentation. That is due equally to its musical and lyrical content. The record’s musical and lyrical content each playfully poke fun at some of the biggest names in the nu-metal movement, from Korn, to Disturbed, to Powerman 500, to Slipknot and others, the content overall takes a satirical approach, making for plenty of laughs. The lyrical content does not just stick to poking fun at said bands, either. It also takes on societal issue, making for even more enjoyment. The record’s production adds its own enjoyment to the mix. That is because of its impact on the album’s general effect. It is just as worthy of praise as the album’s content. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album well worth hearing at least once.
This Is Nu Metal! is available now. More information on The Violent Inzident’s new album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
BMG is going to re-issue four of Soulfly’s albums this summer.
The company is scheduled to release the new box set, The Song Remains Insane June 17 on CD and vinyl. The collection culls the band’s first four albums — Soulfly, Primitive, 3, and Prophecy — into one collection. All four albums will be presented in their standard release editions and will be complimented with an extra disc of bonus tracks, previously released on various pressings of those albums.
Many of the bonus tracks featured in the extra disc are actually featured in the expanded edition of the band’s debut self-titled album, which was released in 1998. Those tracks are ‘Cagnaceiro,’ ‘Ain’t No Feeble Bastard,’ ‘The Possibility of Life’s Destruction,’ ‘Tribe (Tribal Terrorism Mix),’ ;Quilombo (Zumbi Dub Mix),’ and ‘Umbabarauma (World Cup Mix)’. The disc also features bonus tracks from Primitive in the form of ‘Terrorist (Total Destruction Mix)’ and ‘Soulfire.’
Pulled from the Japanese release of 3 is the band’s cover of Pailhead’s ‘I Will Refuse.’ Speaking of covers, the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Under The Sun,’ which was featured in a special digipack release of 3 is also included in the bonus disc. The lone previously unreleased track is ‘Berimbau Jam.’
The collection’s full track listing is noted below.
SOULFLY Eye For An Eye No Hope = No Fear Bleed Tribe Bumba First Commandment Bumbklaatt Soulfly Umbabarauma Quilombo Fire The Song Remains Insane No Prejudice Karmageddon
PRIMITIVE Back To The Primitive Pain Bring It Jumpdafuckup Mulambo Son Song Boom Terrorist The Prophet Soulfly II In Memory Of… Flyhigh
3 Downstroy Seek ‘N’ Strike Enterfaith One L.O.T.M. Brasil Tree Of Pain One Nation 9-11-01 Call To Arms Four Elements Soulfly III Sangue De Bairro Zumbi
PROPHECY Prophecy Living Sacrifice Execution Style Defeat U Mars I Believe Moses Born Again Anarchist Porrada In The Meantime Soulfly IV Wings
Soulfire Cangaceiro Ain’t No Feeble Bastard Possibility Of Life’s Destruction Chaos Soulfire I Will Refuse Under The Sun Tribe (Tribal Terrorism Mix) Quilombo (Zumbi Dub Mix) Umbabarauma (World Cup Mix) Terrorist (Total Destruction Mix) Berimbau Jam
In other Soulfly news, the band announced in January, that Fear Factory founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares had been tapped to join the band on the road for its winter/spring 2022 tour. The tour launched Feb. 7 in Las Vegas, NV and ran through March 19 in Gallup, NM.
Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera and his brother Iggor (who together also founded Sepultura) are now mapping out their tour performing two classic Sepultura albums, Beneath The Remains and Arise. The schedule for that tour is noted below.
Max and Iggor Cavalera have added two musicians to the touring band for their new tour.
The brothers announced Tuesday, they have added Dan Gonzalez (Possessed, Gruesome) and Mike Leon (Soulfly) to the touring lineup. Iggor spoke highly of the new additions to the touring lineup.
“We can only count with the illest players to step on stage with me and Max to play Beneath/Arise,” Iggor said. “So getting Dan Gonzalez from Possessed/Gruesome and Mike Leon from Soulfly was an amazing choice!… Can’t wait to hit the road!”
Leon shared Iggor’s enthusiasm.
“I am super excited to be a part of the revival of these classic albums with the brothers that created them, it is a great honor!,” he said. “These shows are gonna CRUSH, and I’m sure that we are gonna deliver these songs better than they have ever been played before to everyone who joins us! See you on the road!”
Gonzalez also shared positive thoughts about joining the group on the road.
“It would be an understatement to say that I am incredibly stoked and honored to be able to play with Max and Iggor, and the fact that we’ll be playing material from Beneath The Remains and Arise is beyond surreal to me since I grew up worshiping those albums,” Gonzalez said. “Max and Iggor helped change the standards of extreme Metal and those albums are still living proof of that. It’s insane to me as a fan and as a musician to be able to play these songs live, and I can’t wait to do them justice!!!”
Max and Iggor Cavalera announced their new tour last month. The “Max & Iggor Return Beneath Arise Tour” is scheduled to launch May 22 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through June 25 in Tempe, AZ. The tour will see the brothers performing Sepultura’s classic albums, Beneath The Remains (1989) and Arise (1991).
The tour’s schedule is noted below complete with links to tickets.
Independent rock band The Violent Inzident is scheduled to release its new album, This Is Nu-Metal! Friday.
The band is scheduled to launch a new European tour in support of the record May 25. In anticipation of the record’s release Friday, the band has released three singles from the presentation. They come in the form of ‘Brazil Is Great,’ ‘Triggered! (The Snowflake Anthem)‘ and ‘Nu-Metal!’
The band clearly goes into each of its singles with tongue planted firmly in cheek as the songs playfully poke fun at the likes of Powerman 5000, Limp Bizkit, System Of A Down, Slipknot, and even Soulfly and Sepultura. At the same time, one of the songs even takes a playful jab at the thrash and black metal communities in its arrangement and video while another even pokes fun at the current state of the world, what with its overly offended ranks and another goes after the very culture of nu-metal.
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Max Cavalera and his brother Iggor, founding members of the original Sepultura lineup, announced this week, they will celebrate two of the band’s classic albums with a new tour.
The “Max & Iggor Return Beneath Arise Tour” is scheduled to launch May 22 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through June 25 in Tempe, AZ. The tour will see the brothers performing Sepultura’s classic albums, Beneath The Remains (1989) and Arise (1991).
“After Covid-19 us metal heads need to release our aggression with some Beneath The Remains and Arise!,” said Max Cavalera.
Iggor said, “Can’t wait to perform our “Return Beneath Arise” Tour for our North American fans. See you in the Pit!!!”
The tour’s schedule is noted below complete with links to tickets.
Motorhead fans got a very special early Halloween treat over the weekend courtesy of BMG. The treat in question came Friday in the form of the new compilation set, Everything Louder Forever. The truly career-defining collection is just the latest from BMG, which also released a new collection of albums from Sepultura last month. The company also has a new box set of Overkill’s albums scheduled for release next month. Getting back on the subject at hand, BMG’s new Motorhead collection is a presentation that every Motorhead fan will welcome. That is due in large part to its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly. The set’s availability is also of note and will be examined a little later. The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make the collection yet another impressive offering for Motorhead fans.
Motorhead fans have had plenty to enjoy from the band this year. The band’s then new live recording, Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin was released in April, this roughly six months after the band released the expanded 40th anniversary edition of its 1980 album, Ace of Spades in late October 2020. The release of Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin was followed a little more than two months later with the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith in another expanded package. Now the band is closing out the second straight year with another big release in the form of Everything Louder Forever. The expansive compilation spans the band’s nearly 40-year career with songs from nearly every one of the band’s 23 total albums, including its 1984 compilation record, No Remorse. Only one of the band’s albums – On Parole (1979) — is left out here. Every other record gets at least one nod, while others receive representation through multiple songs. In other words, this compilation is not just another run-of-the-mill singles collection. It is a career-spanning collection that pulls from the band’s biggest albums and its lesser-known releases. Even the songs are a mix of singles and lesser-known songs. ‘Ace of Spades’ is here alongside ‘Shine.’ ‘Motorhead,’ from the band’s self-titled 1977 debut is also here alongside the likes of ‘Rock Out’ from 2008’s Motorizer and ‘I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)’ from the band’s 1991 album, 1916. In all, the collection’s songs total 42 in all. They come from every one of the band’s official releases. For those who don’t know, Parole was actually released in 1979, but was done so without the band’s approval, so for all intents and purposes, it is an unofficial Motorhead release. To that end, this collection’s songs represent the whole of the band’s catalog in one setting for the first time ever. If that is not reason enough to own this collection, nothing is. This is just one reason for audiences to own the collection. The collection’s availability adds to its appeal.
The 42 total songs that make up the collection’s body are presented on separate 2 CD and 4 LP platforms. It is also available as a separate 2 LP/2 CD set, digital download, and through streaming. In other words, the collection is available through a wide range of platforms. Whether one prefers CD, LP, or digital, the collection is available to fans of every kind of audio delivery. The fact that officials at BMG would make sure to release the collection on so many sets is important to note in that it shows they made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans at any level. It makes sure that all of the band’s fans were approached, and is so laudable in its own way. When this is considered along with the set’s packaging, the two elements enhance the presentation even more. That item – the packaging – rounds out the set’s most important elements.
From what can be inferred from pictures of the packages, the 2 CD set is in a gatefold presentation in which the CDs sit on their own spindles therein. This protects the discs from touching and marring one another. The 4 LP set places each vinyl disc into its own standalone sleeve of sorts inside a larger box that holds each sleeve. This protects the vinyl discs from one another in its own way. The 2LP set meanwhile sets the LPs into a gatefold package, too. Each disc rests in its own side, thus protecting the discs even in this case. Keeping all of this in mind, BMG clearly took time to make sure that the discs could be played by for a long time, considering the noted packaging for each platform. What’s more, it also shows that BMG made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans at the same time by releasing the collection through so many platforms. Keeping all of this in mind, the set’s packaging proves to be just as important to its presentation as its content. Together, the two elements make the set even more appealing to Motorhead fans. Keeping all of this in mind, the set’s availability and its related packaging make this presentation the best Motorhead set to date.
BMG’s brand new Motorhead collection, Everything Louder Forever, is the best retrospective of the band’s catalog to date. It is a must have for any Motorhead fan. That is proven in large part through the recording’s featured songs. The songs – 42 in all – are a full representation of the band’s official catalog. It reaches all the way back to the band’s 199 self-titled debut and all the way to the band’s final studio album, 2015’s Bad Magic. Along the way, every one of the band’s albums is represented by at least one song, with some getting multiple nods. The availability of the album on multiple platforms ensures that none of the band’s fans are alienated. From fans of vinyl to digital aficionados to those who prefer CDs, everyone can enjoy the collection. The set’s packaging in each platform ensures the discs are protected from one another, thus making sure audiences can enjoy the music for a long time to come provided they take proper care of the collection. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection. All things considered, they make Everything Louder Forever the best of this year’s new compilations and the best Motorhead compilation to date.
Everything Louder Forever is available now through BMG. More information on Motorhead’s new hits collection from BMG is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:
Sepultura is among the most influential and important acts in the hard rock and metal communities today. The band has built that reputation over the course of more than 30 years and 15 albums. This even as the band has seen multiple changes in lineups and labels over that span. BMG revisited a handful of the band’s albums last week with its new retrospective box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009. This five-disc set is an intriguing profile of Sepultura and its catalog. That is due in large part through its featured albums, which will be discussed shortly. Also of note in this set is its packaging, which will be discussed a little later. The set’s pricing rounds out the most important of its elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009. All things considered, they make the set an imperfect but still entertaining.
Sepultura’s new retrospective box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009, is an intriguing offering from the band and BMG. It is an imperfect presentation but still entertaining presentation. That is due in part to its featured albums. The albums featured in this set are: Against (1998), Nation (2001), Roorback (2003), Dante XXI (2006), and A-Lex (2009). They are all records on which current front man Derrick Green serves. There are other band members new and old on these records, too. However, going back to the realization that Green is still the band’s front man (former front man Max Cavalera continues to focus mainly on his Soulfly project to this day) makes one wonder why BMG chose these records. That is especially considering none of the records in this set have been or are considered watershed moments for the band. They have not received the response that some of Sepultura’s early albums received. So again, the albums featured in this set are entertaining in their own right, but they are not the most standout additions to the band’s catalog. No information was provided about why the featured albums were chose in the initial press release announcing the set’s release, so again, only officials at BMG know the answer to that question. .
While the general presentation of Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 is a mixed bag of sorts, it is not the only element worth examining here. The set’s actual packaging is also of note. The packaging here is actually largely positive. This applies to its CD and vinyl presentation alike. The CD package is space saving to say the least. It is almost the same shape and size as the case for a standard single-disc CD. So, it will not take up much space either on a CD rack or even on a shelf. It should be noted here that the CDs are each placed inside their own cardstock quality insert complete with the albums’ original case art for front and back. There are no booklets with the CDs, which is disappointing, too, but not a complete loss considering the relative accessibility of lyrics for each album online. The vinyl collection places each album on a two-disc set inside a larger box that is designed in its own ergonomically-designed case. Having noted the positive of the set’s packaging in each of its presentations, it becomes clear that this element is a definite plus to the set’s overall presentation. It is just one more of the notable items in this set, too. The collection’s pricing rounds out its most important items.
The pricing for the anthology in each of its platforms is of note because of the marked difference in each. The average price point for the set’s CD platform is $38.24 while the vinyl box set averages $164.48. Keeping in mind that both sets are presented the same way (sans liner notes) but in ergonomically-designed boxes, the vinyl pricing seems exceptionally high. The CD platform on the other hand is relatively affordable. One can only assume that the vinyl set is so much more expensive than the CD collection because each is presented in a two-disc presentation versus the single-disc presentation of each album in the CD set. It is that much more proof that as much as some people want to believe that vinyl is so much cooler/hipper than CDs, the affordability of the CD set and the fact that the audio quality is of equal level on each platform makes the CD set’s pricing that much more appealing. Sure, the noted Revolusongs EP is apparently not featured as part of the anthology’s CD platform, but that is still beside the point. The pricing here (alongside the equally relatively affordable separate listings) works with the positive audio quality and general packaging to make the set positive overall. That is even considering the headscratcher of a reason for the inclusion of the featured albums.
Sepultura and BMG’s newly released box set, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009, is an interesting new presentation from the two sides. The anthology features five of the band’s albums that span a time frame of approximately 11 years. Audiences will find that the albums are not considered landmarks for the band, either. To that end, it makes one wonder why the albums were chosen for the collection. That aside, they are still at least a good way for audiences to complete and/or build their library of the band’s expansive catalog. That is a positive in its own right and gives the collection at least some appeal. The ergonomic packaging in both the CD and vinyl platform is also a positive. That is because it is space saving for audiences across the board. The set’s pricing for its CD platform is also a positive. The average price point for the CD set, achieved by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (it was not listed through Best Buy and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s pricing) is less than $40. The only retailer to exceed that price point is Barnes & Noble Booksellers, at $43.99. The vinyl set’s pricing is nearly $200. That is a negative considering that it offers the exact same presentation of that in the set’s CD presentation. To that point, the set does have its own positives, but also negatives. Keeping all of this in mind, Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 proves to be clearly an imperfect presentation, but still entertaining at least to a point.
Sepulnation: The Studio Albums 1998-2009 is available now.
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Up-and-coming metal outfit Alien Weaponry is scheduled to release its sophomore album, Tangaroa Friday. Set for release through Napalm Records, the 12-song record will come Friday more than three years after the release of its debut album, Tu. The band’s forthcoming album is, for the most part, everything that audiences have come to expect from the band following the release of Tu, as is evidenced in the album’s already released singles. At the same time, the album does show some growth from the band in its latest outing. One of those points of growth is exhibited late in the album’s approximately hour-long run time in the form of ‘Crooked Monsters.’ This song will be discussed shortly. The brooding ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of the growth that the band presents in its latest album. It will be discussed a little later. ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another example of how the band has changed things up in its latest album. It will also be discussed later. All three songs noted here are important in their own right, as they show that audiences are not going to get completely the same thing as in the band’s debut album. When they are considered along with the album’s more familiar content, the whole makes Tangaroa a mostly positive sophomore outing for Alien Weaponry.
Tangaroa is a strong second offering from the up-and-coming hard rock/metal band, Alien Weaponry. The album’s strength comes through its familiar content, and through some content that exhibits a certain growth and development from the band. ‘Crooked Monsters,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements. ‘Crooked Monsters’ presents a deep, rich musical arrangement that is not just more of the Soulfly-esque content that made the band so popular in Tu. In the case of this song, it comes across as a two-movement opus of sorts. The nearly four-and-a-half-minute composition starts off in very brooding fashion with just the instruments doing the talking. The subtlety in the drums as the song builds through the song’s first two minutes or so works with the equally subdued, contemplative guitars to fully immerse audiences in the song. By the time front man Lewis De Jong comes in and adds in his vocal talents, the impact at that point hits even harder. The pairing of his vocal delivery style here along with the instrumentation lends itself to comparison more to works from Crowbar than from Soulfly or even Sepultura. It makes for an interesting moment. It is just one part of what makes this song notable. The song’s lyrical theme adds its own layer of interest to the presentation.
Much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference. However from what can be deciphered, there are mentions throughout of items, such as anger felt inside, the sky falling, and trying to fill the void, while the “mind keeps playing every single day” would seem to hint that the song is focused on the familiar topic of mental health. If indeed that is what the band is attempting to convey here, it has done so in a way that will definitely connect with listeners. What’s more, it will hopefully help listeners get through their own struggles, again, if that is indeed what is being addressed here. The pairing of that seeming message along with the song’s equally heavy (literally and figuratively) musical arrangement makes the song in whole even more engaging and entertaining and just one example of what makes Tangaroa stand apart from Tu. It is just one of the songs that helps the album succeed. ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of what makes Alien Weaponry’s new album stand out.
‘Unforgiving’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement just as much as ‘Crooked Monsters.’ Clocking in at seven minutes, 11 seconds, it is the album’s longest song. The subtle guitar line alongside the sound of thunder and falling rain as the arrangement opens lends itself lightly to comparison to works from Tool. As the song progresses, it gradually builds, eventually reaching its peak more than four-and-a-half minutes in. That gradual building is a reflection of the growing emotion felt by the song’s subject who is himself dealing with some heavy thoughts and emotions, once again.
In the case of this song, the thoughts and emotions come across as those related to depression. This is inferred as De Jong sings that “The world keeps crashing down around me/Time and time again…When I look around to find that everything…is temporary…We are mortal beings…” There is, again, much that is difficult to decipher here without lyrics to reference. On a related note that is in fact partially because of the almost Kurt Cobain style of vocal delivery that De Jong uses as he sings. It is that nearly indecipherable, semi-mumbling approach with slurring along the way that made Cobain such a unique vocalist. Getting back on the matter at hand, the song’s lyrical content, at this point, hints relatively clearly at someone who is in a dark place. That is even with what little is decipherable without lyrics to reference. The vulnerability that De Jong and company show here, much as in ‘Crooked Monsters’ will connect with listeners in its own way. That coupled with the unique musical arrangement here adds to the song’s impact. The end result is that the song proves even more, the growth and change presented in Tangaroa. It is just one more of the album’s most notable songs. ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another way in which Tangaroa proves mostly successful.
‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ presents one of many Soulfly-esque arrangements that flesh out the album. In the case of each song (including this one) the arrangement still boasts its own unique arrangement. The richness and heaviness exhibited throughout the arrangement makes it stand out. Listeners can hear just as much of an influence from Sepultura (from Max Cavalera’s days as its front man) as from his work with Soulfly. The thing is that even with those similarities in sound and style, the song still boasts its own work. In other words the similarity is there, but it is not just a rip-off of any of the noted bands’ works. As a matter of fact, at one point in the five-minute-plus song, it pulls back some and puts forward the slightest touch of what sounds and feels like a classic rock vibe. Yes, that was really noted. It is brief, but really makes things interesting in its own right. The semi-jam session that breaks out in the song’s closing bars is interesting in its own right, too, showing even more, the originality in the song’s presentation. All things considered, the arrangement in whole shows in its own way, the band’s growth. When that is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, the interest increases.
Once again, much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference. At the same time, just enough is understandable that listeners can infer that this song is a commentary about a relationship that has changed over time. That mention of “you made me what I am” alongside so much else seems to push the song’s lyrical interpretation in that direction. Additionally, the commentary that “You say you’ve changed/You say you’re sorry/But I can’t help but wonder/Looking back…Apologies/Only go so far/And yet I prosper” adds even more to that inference. It would help make the song’s title make more sense. Going down the rabbit hole here is going down the rabbit hole of what has happened in the relationship so to speak. Again, this is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation. Considering this inference and the song’s unique musical arrangement, the whole once again shows real change and willingness to try something different while also making sure the band doesn’t alienate its established audiences here. When the song is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes clear, the album is worth hearing and a mostly successful new offering from Alien Weapony.
Alien Weaponry’s sophomore album, Tangaroa, is an interesting new offering from the up-and-coming hard rock band. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike. The album offers its established audiences plenty of familiar content in both avenues as well as some new content that shows the band’s willingness to take some risks. The two sides together make the album well worth hearing and a sign of the bands potential future. Tangaroa is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.
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As an added bonus, the collection will also feature Sepultura’s rare covers EP, Revolusongs digitally. The EP features the band’s take on classic songs from acts, such as Exodus, U2, and Public Enemy. The band premiered the video for its take of Public Enemy’s ‘Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos‘ Thursday.
The albums featured in Sepulnation — The Studio Albums 1998 – 2009 — Against (1998), Nation (2001), Roorback (2003), DanteXXI (2006), and A-Lex (2009) — reach back to current front man Derrick Green’s beginnings with the band after taking over from now former front man Max Cavalera and reach up to the noted point. From that point, the band, with Green, has released four more albums, Kairos (2011), The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart (2013), Machine Messiah (2017) and Quadra (2020).
In related news, Sepultura released its new quarantine record, Sepulquarta Aug. 13 through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.
The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.
This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:
01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson) 02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian) 03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones) 04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind) 05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira) 06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend) 07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto) 08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick) 09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy) 10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin) 11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany) 12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb) 13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu) 14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt) 15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)
The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.
In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.
The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.
The upcoming tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are: 3/04/2022 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 3/05/2022 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT* 3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO* 3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA 3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN 3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI 3/11/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 3/12/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL* 3/13/2022 Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA* 3/15/2022 Irving Plaza – New York, NY 3/16/2022 Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA 3/17/2022 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA 3/18/2022 Big Night Live – Boston, MA 3/19/2022 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 3/20/2022 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 3/21/2022 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 3/23/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC* 3/24/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 3/25/2022 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 3/26/2022 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 3/28/2022 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA* 3/29/2022 Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX* 3/31/2022 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 4/01/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 4/02/2022 GMBG – Dallas, TX* 4/03/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 4/05/2022 The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 4/06/2022 House of Blues – San Diego, CA 4/08/2022 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 4/09/2022 The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA * New shows and not rescheduled
More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at: