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Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

Destrage Are You Kidding Me? No. 01. Destroy Create Transform Sublimate 02. Purania 03. My Green Neighbour 04. Hosts, Rifles & Coke 05. G.O.D. 06. Where the Things Have No Colour 07. Waterpark Bachelorette 08. Before, After and All Around 09. – (Obedience) 10. Are You Kidding Me? No. [03/04/14] [Metal Blade] It’s hard to describe the Italian insanity that is Destrage . While they have elements of Sikth , The Dillinger Escape Plan and alternative rock in their music, they have a very consistent sound somehow. They gained fame with their sophomore album  The King Is Fat’N’Old  in 2010 and now they’re faced with the critical moment in their career, can they follow it up with something equally good, if not better? Well, they’ve succeeded, Are You Kidding Me? No. is even crazier and catchier than their previous work. Am I kidding you? No. While The King is Fat’N’Old was a great album chock full of memorable songs, it was also a bit inconsistent in its tone. Some songs were very heavy, whereas others were drawn out ballads. While variety is always great in an album, tying the two ends together properly is also paramount. Destrage’s newest album (henceforth to be called AYKMN) has a sound that is spread out in a better way than their previous work. The songs flow much better, and as blast beats turn into acoustic sections the seamlessness of it all never ceases to amaze. AYKMN is easily their most progressive work. The guitar work is crazy, being reminiscent of Sikth, yet having its own flavor. There is so much groove in every song, and the technical riffs contrast very well with the groovy parts and big choruses. There are a bunch of other elements thrown in there as well, the occasional salsa section, 80s influences and even some electronica that is tastefully done. Vocalist Paolo Colavolpe deserves a lot of praise. He has high Sikth-esque screams, versatile clean vocals and even low growls. A lot of the songs have extremely memorable melodic sections that just beg to be sang along to, and his vocal delivery is what really sells them. The fact that he can also accompany breakdowns, Pantera -esque groovy riffs, straight-up Dillinger style insanity and everything else the band throws out there is a testament to how great he really is. While all of the riffing in the album is excellent and unforgettable, the vocals are just as important. Many bands often fall into the trap of emphasizing either the vocals or instruments, but Destrage offer a mix of the two that is just right. While the music is incredible, there is also an issue with the album. Just like its predecessor, AYKMN’s production is a bit… odd. While everything is audible and nothing is over-produced like many of their modern contemporaries, the album is very noisy. The overbearing snare sound from TKIFAO is still present, if not as extreme as it used to be. The guitars are also slightly too fuzzy like the previous album. While these issues aren’t a huge deal in a vacuum, they make listening to the album for extended lengths quite tiresome, and if the abrasiveness of the sound was curbed a bit, it would have sounded perfect. It’s definitely a minor issue and not a deal-breaker though. In the end, this album is great. It’s easily Destrage’s best work yet, full of simultaneously catchy and crazy tunes. Every song is extremely memorable and enjoyable to hum along to. The way Destrage blend the best elements from many genres to create accessible yet interesting songs is definitely something that needs to be heard to be believed. Are You Kidding Me? No. is a masterful mix of insanity and catchiness at their best. Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No. gets… 4.5/5 – NT

Stream The New Old Wounds Record and Preorder The Vinyl!

Old Wounds are a hardcore band out of New Jersey whose new record,  From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest is simply mind-numbingly awesome. It’s a combination of everything they’ve done since their beginnings a few years back, and it’s one of the best releases of the year thus far. Hopefully we will have a review of it going up soon, but for now we have something else for you! The band is streaming their new album at Brooklyn Vegan for your listening pleasure so you can see what all the fuss is about. Also, the band is set to release some vinyl of their new record, which is really sweet, especially for underground bands and collectors like myself. It will come in three different versions, so be sure to pick one up!   You can preorder them here for your future playings on your record player . In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy some NJ hardcore. And be on the lookout in the coming weeks, because they have a huge nationwide tour! Dates below! OLD WOUNDS – 2013 TOUR DATES Saturday, March 2, 2013 Upton VFW Upton, MA Sunday, March 3, 2013 MATINEE SHOW @ The Firehouse Providence, RI Sunday, March 3, 2013 Funky Jungle Providence, RI Monday, March 4, 2013 The Handsome Women Willimantic, CT Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Squid Amps Providence, RI Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Rad Skatepark 45 Uxbrudge Rd., Mendon, MA Thursday, March 7, 2013 Siren Records Doylestown, PA Friday, March 8, 2013 Cafe 611 Restaurant Frederick, MD Saturday, March 9, 2013 HELLBENT FEST 2013 @ Lansing Community Center Lansing, OH Sunday, March 10, 2013 The Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN Monday, March 11, 2013 Alderaan, Chicago, IL Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Fubar, Saint Louis, MO Wednesday, March 13, 2013 The Outland Ballroom, Springfield, MO Thursday, March 14, 2013 The Venue, Oklahoma City, OK Friday, March 15, 2013 SXSW @ 1808 Annex, Austin, TX Saturday, March 16, 2013 The Howard House, San Antonio, TX Sunday, March 17, 2013 The Venue Dallas, TX Monday, March 18, 2013 The Pinebox Midland, TX Tuesday, March 19, 2013 The War Room, El Paso, TX Wednesday, March 20, 2013 The Nile Theatre, Mesa, AZ Thursday, March 21, 2013 Tucson Youth Collective Skrappy’s, Tucson, AZ Friday, March 22, 2013 The Dial, Murrieta, CA Saturday, March 23, 2013 Aladdin Jr, Pomona, CA Sunday, March 24, 2013 The Venue Nipomo, CA Monday, March 25, 2013 Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA Tuesday, March 26, 2013 The Venue Sacramento, CA Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Fort Ryland Reno, NV Thursday, March 28, 2013 Salt Haus, Salt Lake City, UT Friday, March 29, 2013 7th Circle Music Collective Denver, CO Saturday, March 30, 2013 The New Direction Fargo, Fargo, ND Sunday, March 31, 2013 The Venue Minneapolis, MN Monday, April 1, 2013 West Wing House Omaha, NE Tuesday, April 2, 2013 The Lemondrop, Springfield, MO Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Fubar, Saint Louis, MO Thursday, April 4, 2013 Green Hill Zone East Peoria, IL Friday, April 5, 2013 The Owl Farm Nashville, TN Saturday, April 6, 2013 Macrock, Harrisonburg, VA ? -SS

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Gives His First Post-Rehab Interview to Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Magazine Green Day ‘s Billie Joe Armstrong is about to re-enter the music world with a spring tour and an appearance at Austin’s South by Southwest on the schedule next month, but the rocker, fresh from a rehab stint, is now speaking about the issues that forced him to seek treatment and leave the touring life last fall. In the new issue of Rolling Stone , the frontman details his years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse. He recalls, “I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how. It was a complete blackout.” Armstrong’s issues came to a head at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last year when he delivered an onstage tirade that included the smashing of instruments and a thorough tongue-lashing of festival organizers who had a clock counting down the band’s set time. Shortly after the incident, the band apologized and Armstrong sought treatment. He says of the Vegas show, “I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, ‘How bad was it?’ She said, ‘It’s bad.’ I called my manager. He said, ‘You’re getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.’” The full Rolling Stone interview with Armstrong arrives on newsstands this Friday. [button href=”” title=”Next: Green Day’s Mike Dirnt on Billie Joe Armstrong’s Rehab” align=”center”]

Green Day Featured in Two Documentaries Screening at South By Southwest Film Festival

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire Those checking out the film festival portion of Austin’s South by Southwest will get plenty of Billie Joe Armstrong on the big screen. The Green Day frontman will appear in two separate movies, with ‘Broadway Idiot’ receiving its premiere during the event. The Doug Hamilton-directed ‘Broadway Idiot’ focuses on Armstrong’s involvement in the ‘American Idiot’ stage production, which actually starred the vocalist on select dates during its run. A trailer for ‘Broadway Idiot’ can be seen below. The other Armstrong-starring flick is ‘ ¡Cuatro! ,’ which Green Day shot while they were recording their recent album trilogy. A highlights special aired on several cable networks in December, with the full film recently screening at the Aspen X Games as part of their film festival. In addition to the two Green Day-related flicks, there are a number of other music acts featured in films screening at South by Southwest. Dave Grohl ‘s ‘ Sound City ‘ will air at the festival, coinciding with the singer’s participation as the music portion of South by Southwest’s keynote speaker. Billboard also reports that ‘Artifact,’ a 30 Seconds to Mars documentary, will air during the film festival. The movie details the band’s battle with their record label and the subsequent recording of their hit album, ‘This Is War.’ The movie was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (aka singer Jared Leto). The festival will also feature movies centered on Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna (‘The Punk Singer’) and a Snoop Dogg movie following his spirituality called ‘Reincarnated.’ Watch the ‘Broadway Idiot’ Trailer [button href=”” title=”Next: Dave Grohl Named 2013 South by Southwest Keynote Speaker” align=”center”]

Wrestler Hulk Hogan Clears Up Metallica Rumors, Reveals He Did Seek Out Bassist Position

Kevin Winter, Getty Images The world of metal seems to constantly house some strange stories. Although the real stories are often more inconceivable than the fake ones, wrestler Hulk Hogan has finally given a statement about the rumor that he was once asked by drummer Lars Ulrich to become Metallica ‘s bassist. Early last year, Hogan claimed that he was at one point a serious candidate to play bass for the iconic band. “I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler,” Hogan states. “I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn’t work out.” Soon after, during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, Ulrich claimed to have no recollection of asking Hulk to join the band. “That one, when that showed up two or three months ago, I was scratching my head over that one,” states the drummer. “I don’t know Hulk Hogan, I don’t know enough about him… I’m not a huge wrestling [fan]… I certainly have no recollection of doing anything with quote Hulk Hogan endquote.” Almost a year after Hogan’s initial statement, the wrestling legend cleared the air during an interview with Kerrang! : That has rumor has been turned and twisted and thrown in so many different directions — that I auditioned and that I lied and that I never auditioned and they weren’t interested. The truth is I played music for many years before I ever got into wrestling, and when I heard Metallica was looking for a bass player, I would have quit wrestling like that [snaps fingers] to get into Metallica. When I heard they were looking for a bass player, I got my tapes together from the old band, got a couple of tapes together that Simon Cowell produced with me — Green Jelly, and I did an old Gary Glitter song, ‘Leader Of The Gang’, with Simon, back in the day, before he got his break with all the wrestling music and became a huge monster. But I got all that stuff together to send it to Metallica and never heard a word. So they never responded to me. They either thought I was a joke or they thought it was a joke, and it wasn’t me, or I was no good, but I never heard back from them … I tried — but I never did audition for Metallica. I wish I would have. But the bass player they got was so good. My God! Case closed? Check out video of Hulk Hogan talking about Metallica in the new interview with Kerrang! in the clip below: Hulk Hogan Talks to Kerrang! [button href=”” title=”Top 10 Wrestling Entrance Themes” align=”center”]

Baroness’ John Baizley and Pete Adams Perform ‘Foolsong’ Live – Exclusive Video Premiere

Relapse Baroness had an incredibly successful year in 2012 with not only the release of the masterful ‘Yellow & Green’ double album, but also as a touring act with Meshuggah and Decapitated . Despite what was possibly the greatest year of their career musically, a horrifying bus accident has curbed the band since August 2012. However, frontman John Baizley and guitarist Pete Adams have slowly been picking themselves back up, as evidenced in this exclusive video of the duo performing ‘Foolsong’ live. Baizley told us that a bus crash isn’t the sort of thing at will stop Baroness during his first ever interview since the accident. Fans of the band never doubted Baizley’s words for a second, and last weekend (Jan. 19 – 20), the Baroness frontman joined Converge onstage in Philadelphia to perform ‘Coral Blue’ with the band, only to open for Neurosis the very next day as a stripped-down version of Baroness alongside guitarist Pete Adams. This performance of ‘Foolsong’ isn’t only sonically beautiful, but acts as one of the most inspirational chapters in modern rock. After months of rehab, uncertainty and almost unimaginable torment, John Baizley and Pete Adams turned this performance into a declaration of their own perseverance. Sit back and enjoy this unique and impassioned version of ‘Foolsong’ by John Baizley and Pete Adams, exclusively here on Loudwire. Baroness’ John Baizley and Pete Adams Perform ‘Foolsong’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Read Our 3-Part Interview with John Baizley” align=”center”]

Baroness Unveil Video for ‘March to the Sea’

Relapse Baroness have released a new video for their masterful and immersive track ‘March to the Sea.’ Based on footage from their 2012 tour with Meshuggah and Decapitated , ‘March to the Sea’ showcases the mighty Baroness at the hottest point of their career before their catastrophic bus crash only months later. Having experienced a unique year to say the least, Baroness released their self-professed masterwork, ‘Yellow & Green,’ last year, which was met with universal praise from critics. The band’s bus crash in England thankfully left none dead, but the members of Baroness sustained serious injuries after plummeting 30 feet off a roadside cliff. The harrowing experience was detailed to us in a three-part interview Loudwire conducted with frontman John Baizley. The band members continue to lick their wounds, but the Georgia rockers are preparing for a full-on return soon. “So here is another video for everyone out there!” shares guitarist Pete Adams.  “This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012.  Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the ‘Take My Bones Away’ video as well. We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write ‘Yellow & Green.’ You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road.  We’re happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy.” ‘March to the Sea’ gives Baroness fans an incredible desire to see the band onstage once again, but until that happens, enjoy the group’s new video for ‘March to the Sea,’ a track that made Loudwire’s list of the 10 Best Rock Songs of 2012. Baroness, ‘March to the Sea’ [button href=”” title=”Baroness – 10 Best Rock Albums of 2012″ align=”center”]