When one hears the words "neo-classical technical death metal," the clarinet is not the first instrument that comes to mind, nor the second, nor the fifteenth. Somewhere down the list around 30 comes the clarinet in regards to Necrophagist, but this skilled man still tackles the band's brutal 'Fermented Offal Discharge' on his woodwind instrument.
Who's ready for a debate? In this week's Make Some Noise feature, we take a look at two of the iconic bands that emerged from the '90s grunge era, each of which who left their mark on hard rock. We're talking about Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and both groups have their vocal supporters.
There's a whole lot of rocker representation on the horizon for the upcoming season of IFC's 'Portlandia.' Noted Pacific Northwesterner Duff McKagan, of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and Walking Papers fame will make a cameo on the upcoming season. Fans can also keep an eye out for Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra getting some screen time on the comedy series as well. With so many rockers heading to 'Portlandia,' we started thinking about some of the more interesting TV cameos that have occurred over the years.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood's 'Betty's S.F. Blends, Volume One' might just be the purest vinyl release of 2013. With no CD companion, the album is available exclusively as a 4-LP deluxe set, limited to 2,000 copies. 'Betty's S.F. Blends' is eight sides and nearly two-and-a-half hours of stripped-down and unadulterated rock and roll and serves as a perfect example of the kind of music your turntable should be spinning as you wrap up 2013.
This video is a classic Internet sensation in the metal world. In 2006, Cannibal Corpse were banned from playing in Australia due to the graphic nature of their music. This man points out that since you can't understand the lyrics anyway, the music must be the real issue!
It's been a banner year for Pearl Jam, who released the stellar new album 'Lightning Bolt' in October. Now, Loudwire, Noisecreep, Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser are teaming up to offer one lucky fan the chance to win a Pearl Jam branded skate deck.
Where does anyone even start with Alice Cooper and his vast catalog? The best bet is at the beginning. Analyzing the work of Alice Cooper is a daunting task as 'Pretties For You,' the debut, came out in 1969. The dissolution of the full band came after 'Muscle of Love' in 1973 and 'Welcome to My Nightmare' kicked off Alice's solo career. He has evolved his musical styles to keep with current trends, sometimes with raving success and other times with critical failure.
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