Five Finger Death Punch: Five Knuckle Metal Sandwiches!!!...

As one of the hardest hitting bands in the heavy metal scene, Five Finger Death Punch (also initialized as 5FDP or FFDP), continues to bring skull pounding riffs and rhythms and aggressive, piercing vocals to the masses.  Formed in 2005, the group derived their name from their love of classic martial arts cinema.  Based in Los Angeles, California, the band consists of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarists Zoltán Báthory and Jason Hook, drummer Jeremy Spencer and bassist Chris Kael (Kael replaced Matt Snell in 2011). 5FDP released their debut album, The Way of the Fist, in 2007.  The band gained rapid success, with three singles driving the record, “The Bleeding”, “Never Enough” and “Stranger Than Fiction”.  After multiple re-releases domestically and internationally, Jason Hook joined the band as a replacement for Darrell Roberts. War Is the Answer was announced as Five Finger Death Punch’s second studio album in May 2009.  The album featured the single “Hard to See”, “Walk Away”, “Bad Company” (a cover a the hit song from the band of the same name), and two UK only singles, “Dying Breed” and “No One Gets Left Behind”.  The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified gold by the RIAA.  During March 2010, Five Finger Death Punch traveled to Iraq and played 10 shows for the United States troops.  The shows in Iraq were extremely energetic and the love and admiration that the troops show these metal behemoths was mutually felt and expressed by the band members. The band began the process of recording their third album, American Capitalist, in November 2010at The Hideout Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During recording, it was announced that Matt Snell would leave the band and Chris Kael was to be his replacement.    American Capitalist...

Slipknot: Throught the Eyes of the Nine...

The year was 1995; the place, Des Moines, Iowa.  Shawn Crahan (percussions) and Paul Gray (bass) founded a heavy metal group.  The first name was The Pale Ones.  They eventually brought in Anders Colsefni (vocals) and Donnie Steele (guitar).  They also welcomed Joey Jordison to the fold, moving Crahan from main drums to custom percussion.  They then recruited Josh Brainard to add a second guitarist, bringing their total line up to six members.  On December 4, the band made their live debut; playing a benefit show using the name Meld. Crahan, Gray and Jordison would collaborate during Joridson’s late night shifts at a local Sinclair gas station.  In late 1995, during one of these late night sessions, Jordison suggested changing the name of the band to Slipknot.  In December of 1995, Slpiknot began recording in a local studio, financing the project themselves for around $40,000.00.  in early 1996, Steele decided to leave the band due to conflicts of material and image versus his Christian beliefs.  Craig Jones was brought in as Steele’s replacement, but eventually switched full time to samples, in order for the band to be able to reproduce those sounds live.  Mick Thomson was recruited as the new replacement guitarist. After the release of their self produced Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., Slipknot gained some small notoriety on the local radio scene, but the release failed to garner the band any notice from major record labels.  In an effort to improve their sound, the band recruited Corey Taylor of fellow local Iowa band Stone Sour; this addition prompted the move of Colsefni from lead vocals to backup vocals and percussion.  The new sound they were able with Taylor fronting the band was more melodic and versatile than what Colsefni...

The Life, Times and Death of a Legend: Tupac Shakur...

Tupac Shakur is one of the most successful, admired, prolific and controversial entertainers of all time.  From his humble beginnings as a backup dancer for Digital Underground to his brash and violent lyrical content as a member of Death Row Records to his murder in 1996, 2Pac was an intelligent and charismatic entertainer who often stole the spotlight. Shakur was born on June 16, 1971, in the East Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City. He was named after Túpac Amaru,a Peruvian revolutionary who led an indigenous uprising against Spain and was subsequently executed. His mother, Afeni Shakur, and his father, Billy Garland, were active members of the Black Panther Party in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The infant boy was born a month after his mother was acquitted of more than 150 charges of “Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks” in the New York “Panther 21” court case.  Shakur’s godfather was “Geronimo” Pratt.  His stepfathers, Mutulu Shakur, on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for four years beginning in 1982 for helping his sister escape a New Jersey penitentiary. Tupac began acting in school productions, eventually attending the BaltimoreSchool for the Arts, where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet.  Shakur’s professional entertainment career began in the early 1990s, when he debuted his rapping skills in a vocal turn in Digital Underground’s “Same Song” from the soundtrack to the 1991 film Nothing but Trouble and also appeared with the group in the film of the same name.  After his lyrical debut on “Same Song”, 2Pac appeared on Digital Underground’s album Sons of the P.  He shortly after he made his solo debut with 2Pacalypse Now.  Though the album did not again major critical and commercial acclaim, it has been pointed to as an inspiration by many...

Nirvana – Teen Spirit Never Lost...

Every one knows Seattle is known for its great music scene and coffee, its even the Birth place of the great Jimi Hendrix himself! But it might have out done itself when it pushed out the grunge Band Nirvana. The bands name itself meaning something peaceful and not of this place earth we call home, is kind of an oxymoron. The group had a restless and troubled career in its prolific life span of seven years. Besides the creation of three studio albums: *Bleach (1989) *Nevermind (1991) *In Utero (1993) Within those albums are unforgettable songs such as Smells like Teen Spirit, Come as you are and Heart Shaped Box. They accomplished the feat of making underground garage music somewhat mainstream bringing it to radio stations and television shows all over the world. Giving a face to the alternative music scene and the youth of that time a voice. Nirvana even started a fashion trend, that was somewhat already in affect at the time but was considered glorified thrift store vogue. Which was really what the community of alternative music could afford, so they wore it proudly as a statement and kind of a finger thrown upwards to society. Baggy pants, most likely to have holes with a tattered dirty look and flannels were the new thing to have when Nirvana came into the spotlight and retailers cashed in on coping the look with fresh, distressed looking garments for the public to buy. I should say here that this was one of the things that bothered the lead singer and founder of the band Kurt Cobain, it rubbed him raw with irritation. The money and fame he accumulated through his talent was a double edge sword to the troubled...

Pixies Music Band is Pure Visual...

The music of the Pixies is visual, as in the lyrics of their songs are image provoking as well as poetic. Mixed with the acoustic as well as electronic music added to the poetry of their songs makes a perfect blend of mind opening, attitude lifting and sometimes darkening pleasantries for your world. The name of the band The Pixies comes from another mythical world, bringing visions of little trouble causing folks that run free and wild in the trees and forests, even finding makeshift forests in our own yards. To us apartment dwelling humans a Pixie can even find a home with us in our humble surroundings and follow us from home to home as we move along in this journey of life. In reality the band is made up of four very talented human beings. Black Francis- vocals/rhythm guitar, Joey Santiago- lead guitar, Kim Deals- bass/vocals and David Lovering- drums. The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston Massachusetts in 1986. They achieved modest commercial success in their own home county but were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe. The Band broke up in 1993 under angry and bitter circumstances… but regrouped in 2004 to find their fans eagerly waiting, selling out concerts and world tours. The Pixies popularity grew without them giving any extra effort other than just being a great unorthodox band. Combining surf music and punk rock was the magic key to their success and they should keep up the creative scramble for many years to come. Hopefully they will last long enough for my children to see them perform, but if not… I plan on keeping them in my music library forever… So, at least that...