Linkin Park: Progressors of Nu Metal...

You have sold millions of records worldwide, including a Diamond album certified by the RIAA.  You have successfully taken to new heights a mixture of some of the most popular genres during your time.  You have collaborated with some of the hottest and most recognizable names in other genres.  You earned a nice collection of awards, including a couple of Grammys.  You were the first rock band to achieve one billion hits on Youtube.  You’re LinkinPark. Three Agoura High School friends, Mike Shinoda (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Rob Bourdon  (drums), and Brad Delson (lead guitar), began recording music shortly after graduation in Shinoda’s bedroom studio.   Joe Hahn (turntables, samples, programming, keyboards), Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (bass, backing vocals), and Mark Wakefield (vocals) rounded out the group.  The originally were called Xero, and then changed that to Hybrid Theory, eventually settling on LinkinPark.  It was supposed to be Lincoln Park, the namesake of a Santa Monica park, but they wisely changed it to Linkin in order to obtain the internet domain linkinpark.com.  They recorded their four track demo, yet failed to get a record deal.  Soon after the failed demo, Farrell and Wakefield left the band for different reasons.  With the departure of Phoenix, the band went through two replacements for bass duties; Kyle Christener in 1999, then Scott Koziol from 2000-2001.  Farrell would eventually rejoin the group after Koziol’s tenure.  With the departure of Wakefield, the band recruited Chester Bennington off of a recommendation form Zomba MusicVP Jeff Blue.  Blue would also be instrumental in obtaining LinkinPark their first record deal when he became VP of Warner Bros. Records. With five years of material and growth, LinkinPark released their major-label debut, Hybrid Theory, to a massive success.  The debut sold just...

Nirvana: Alternative Grunge Gods!!!...

Music has taken an interesting journey the last couple decades.  We have seen the rise and fall of glam rock.  Many of the bands that we, or our parents, grew up loving and following are now in their twilight years, gaining induction into the famed Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame; paving the way for new, young acts to follow.  Some of the bands we grew up changed the landscape of music forever.  One of those bands is Nirvana.  You see, without Nirvana there would definitely not be as big as it was; which means there would most likely be no alternative rock as we know it.  Bands like Pearl Jam, Alice-N-Chains and Soundgarden, though dripping with awesomeness on there own, may have never achieved the mainstream success that they did without Kurt Cobain & Co.  If that were the case, where would be today?  What would have become of Creed?  Nickelback?  Seether?  Would guitar based music be as prominent today as it is?  Would it be okay, nay, dare I say cool, for rockers to speak about the angst and sadness in their lives, instead of just the traditional sex, drugs and rock-n-roll?  Where would music be today without some of its greatest influencers?  Where would we be without Nirvana? Luckily, we don’t have to answer that question.  Because in 1987, after knowing of each other in high school and on the local music scene, Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar) and Krist Novoselic (bass) formed and band that would evolve to be Nirvana.  They originally went through a number of drummers, eventually settling on Dave Grohl.  The band had a good chance of never actually forming; Novoselic initially refuted Cobain’s attempts to start a band with his classmate.  But, three years...

KoЯn: Nu Metal “Five” Fathers!!!...

It is rare when a musical act can honestly state that they were true innovators and pioneers for a specific musical movement and/or genre.  Names like Elvis Presley, Metallica, NWA and Led Zeppelin come to mind in this regard.  Another band that can lay claim to this achievement is the Sacramento based Korn.  Korn were the first pioneers of the nu metal genre that gained massive popularity in the mid-‘90s to 2000’s.  Without Korn, bands such as Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Crazytown and many others may have never obtained their nu metal chops and went on to achieve mainstream success in the process.  Whether you love or hate nu metal, you have Korn to thank for it. Korn has origins in the Bakersfield based group L.A.P.D., which contained members James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Reginald Arvizu (bass) and David Silveria (drums).  After L.A.P.D. released their debut studio album Who’s Laughing Know, the group disbanded and the three aforementioned members recruited Brain “Head” Welch (guitar) and Jonathan Davis (vocals) to form a new band.  Someone suggested the name “corn” which, in all honesty was justifiably, shot down.  Shaffer had the idea to spell the name with both a “K” instead of a “C”, and a backwards “R”, so the band’s name would appear as “KoЯn”. The logo was designed by vocalist Jonathan Davis. Silveria explained, “the music makes the name, because Korn’s a dumb name. But once we get established, it makes the name cool.” In 1993 KoЯn released their first demo album, Neidermayer’s Mind.  With limited printing, the album did not gain positive reception from the industry or public, but it is considered to be the pioneering sound for nu metal. After recording with now famed producer Ross Robinson, Korn released their...

Metallica: …And Metal Gods for All!!!...

Metallica is undoubtedly one the most successful, electric and influential bands in heavy metal; and rock-n-roll in general.  For decades they have been pumping razor sharp riffs and grooves, forging their path to the status of living metal gods during their storied career.  Whether you like them, love them, despise them or feel indifferent towards them, Metallica has influenced every metal heads life.  You see, if not for Metallica, heavy metal probably would not have become as accepted as it is in mainstream culture.  If you are a heavy metal or hard rock fan or musician, Metallica has influenced you or you favorite band or your favorite bands band.  So no matter how you may feel about these heavy metal mavens, Metallica has certainly been an important aspect of all metal-heads existence! In late 1981, Lars Ulrich (drums) placed an ad in the local Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler.  One of the people who responded to responded was James Hetfield (lead vocals, guitar).  After a few months, Ulrich placed another ad in the publication, which Dave Mustaine (guitar) responded.  After seeing his top of the line guitar gear, Hetfield and Ulrich accepted Mustaine into the band.  The band added bassist Ron McGoveny in 1982 and recorded its first demo, Power Metal.  While attending a show at the Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood, Ulrich and Hetfield saw a performance by Trauma, which featured bassist Cliff Burton.  The two were awed by Burton’s use of a wah-wah pedal while playing bass guitar, and immediately asked him to join the band.  The band, namely Ulrich and Hetfield, wanted to displace McGoveny because they felt that he really didn’t contribute to the creative; instead he just followed and did what he was told. ...

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...