Category Archives: Interviews

Jonny Craig Using Heroin

If you haven’t seen the pictures yet, Jonny Craig is shown very clearly, holding a spoon and really there’s only thing you do with a focused look on your face and holding a spoon with a lighter.

The next picture that was posted on Monday is Jonny holding a needle, making sure there isn’t any bubbles. At least he’s a careful junkie. I don’t know if he’s skinny normally, but this picture he’s looking really thin, like Trainspotter skinny.

For a full story head over to Under the Gun Review and get the full scoop about Jonny and his addiction. Part 2


Adele’s Reaction to “Screamo” version to “Rolling in the Deep” by Amyst

If you liked the cover, here is the full version.


Music Video: Motionless in White “Immaculate Misconception”

What can I say about Motionless in White’s new music video “Immaculate Misconception” aside from the fact that it will raise pulses, and that hair on the back of your neck when you watch it. I didn’t think they would be able to top their latest video “Creatures” but for me this was right behind it, reaching its bloody hands out. The video is directed by Cody Snider who is the son of Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider (who also has a small role in the video)

Dee Snider should know a lot of ignorance and misjudgment from the public for his band being an “Odd Band Out” just like Motionless in White is starting to be now. They are that band that comes around every ten years to keep the world on the edge of their seats. Remember who Slipknot was taken by the general public when they first came onto the scene. Though I can’t stress how much I love MIW. I haven’t felt like this about a band since Bleeding Through’s This is Love, This is Murderous album came out. It gives you that “I could give a fuck less about what you think” attitude. That we are here to stay and you better accept that we’re here or get out of our way.

The lead singer Chris Motionless has explained that, “The original idea was a lot more disgusting and fucked up,” he continues, “but after discussing it with Cody, we found a way to take the main theme and fine-tune it so that nothing would be lost in translation. The main idea of mine was to parallel two time periods – of our band and all the open-minded people in the present day, and the period of Jesus’ life – and show how similar they are. I wanted to highlight the hypocrisy, hold a mirror up to the self-righteous, and show them how full of shit they are.”

The basis of the video has the band being scrutinized by a religious group that is shouting insults at the band and holding up religious signs; a situation which Chris said is a common occurrence, especially via the Internet. “It’s a constant stream,” he said. “At shows, the usual hater or religious figure will approach me… I’m more than willing to talk to them and discuss our feelings, but unfortunately nine times out of ten they won’t even let me get a word in, because they aren’t interested in hearing what I have to say. They only care about trying to shove what they believe down my throat.” “If what happened in the video was a real-life scenario, I would do the same thing,” he said. “It’s about time that Motionless In White and myself become the villains we are made out to be… needless to say, it felt good.”

With all the hatred that surrounds the song and the video, there is still a positive and encouraging message to it that people can find their own sense of self-worth. “We don’t discriminate against anyone, regardless of the way they look, their faith, sexuality, or race. Believe it or not, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jesus Christ, yet despite all these very moral and positive vibes, we are still constantly ripped apart for being who we are… which sounds really similar to what happened to the man who these people criticizing us have put all their faith in.”

Cody says, “We have no intent of being blasphemous or irreverent. Someone somewhere is going to be pissed off, and those people are probably the ones Chris wants to piss off… but everyone else shouldn’t be offended.”

Chris states that he isn’t trying to say the portrayal of the protesters in the video is meant to represent his view of religion in general. “My band and myself are completely aware that not all Christians or followers of any religion are close-minded,” he explained. “I don’t want anyone watching this video to feel like they should be angry towards every person of any faith, or that we are attacking their faith directly. The song is very plainly written about the people who abuse God’s name by using it to profit or cause harm to others, emotionally or physically. More importantly, it’s a call to arms to any person in this world to come stand together and fight the ignorance that halts the progression of mankind.”

People will more than likely be offended even if they read this post or any other post that has to do with this video or band but those are the people who need to wake up. I’m a Christian that goes to church. I even work at my church, but I am not that close minded that I can’t consider to see what something could mean on the inside instead of what it just looks like on the outside. That’s why I can’t get enough of this band. They are true to themselves, their music and their fans, who I am proud to say I am.

With that here is the video.


END OF AN ERA: Original Chimaira Guitarist’s Leaving at the End of 2011

In a statement from vocalist Mark Hunter, he gives some details on the guitarists departure.

“I would like to start off by thanking our fans for a great tour. This last run was a blast, and truly the most fun we’ve had in a long while. The energy from the audience was exactly what we needed, and a welcoming return. Thank you guys!

Unfortunately, as much fun as we were having, behind the scenes we were aware of some unfortunate realities that prevented us from “living the dream” and having the time of our lives. We had another bomb to drop on the fans.

Early in July we were informed that Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries would be leaving Chimaira at the end of 2011. Of course this was a huge blow, but there were no hard feelings. We understand that life invades art, everything runs its course, and we have to take different paths.

We respect their decision and wish them only the best. We made heavy metal history together and that is all that matters at the end of the day.

Chimaira Christmas 12 will be their last show, and we’ve been preparing to make it one that you’ll never forget.

I would personally like to thank Rob and Matt for all of their hard work, years of service to Chimaira, amazing songs, and for their friendship. Together we built something special that will remain for generations to come. I’m looking forward to spending another 5 weeks on the road with two of the best (and criminally underrated) guitarists in modern metal.

What’s next for Chimaira in 2012? More on that very soon.

Rather than try and make light of unpleasant news, or downplay this by hyping up a new line-up, let’s take a few to honor Rob and Matt.

My favorite solo of Rob’s is on The Heart Of It All and my favorite riff of Matt’s is The Dehumanizing Process. I’ll be cranking those today. What about you?

See you in Detroit.”

– Mark

Matt & Rob at their best!


IMPORTANT NEWS: UNDER THE GUN REVIEW

Hey everyone,

If you haven’t heard already, I have happily accepted the managing news editor position at Under The Gun Review. This means I am no longer updating this blog. Neither is Kriston. She has joined me at UTG as a writer.

If you haven’t looked at UTG, do it. We have plenty of exclusive interviews, reviews, and streams for your listening and viewing pleasure. I’m sure you’ll be quickly fond of the site and our content.

As for CurbsideAudio, its sad to leave it behind, but it was never meant to go anywhere. It got my foot in the door and for that, I am very grateful. Thanks for reading <3.

You can still reach me at my Twitter or at Under The Gun Review

Promotional requests/business stuff can be sent to UTGJacob@gmail.com.

Thanks Again,

Love,
Jake


Suicide Silence Studio Update #2


Stripped Down: “Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With”

The lead vocalist for Main-based pop band Sparks the Rescue, Alex Roy sat down with AP Magazine and explained the meaning behind each of the songs on their newest album, “Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With”.

“Saturday Skin”
We chose this song as the opening track because it has a lot of energy because of a guitar synth line and booming drums. It’s about this weeklong period I had a few summers ago. I had a girl who wasn’t exactly used to the rock ‘n’ roll life style. It’s about all the parties and shows we went to in Boston. The chorus is lyrically very raw.

“She’s A Bitch And I’m A Fool”
The title kind of explains itself. It’s about a break-up and realizing you weren’t treated the way you should have been. I fought with photographs; looking back got the best of me. There are really cool guitar riffs in this song, and I think the chorus came out huge.

“The Weirdest Way”
This is one of the darker songs on the album. It’s about, well, I guess it’s about stalking, and it’s a bit creepy for sure. It’s not about having bad intentions, of course; it’s just about watching. When you just can’t let go,  you do crazy things.

“High And Hazy”
This is a love song at its heart, although the fast pace and minor chord progression speak otherwise. It’s about a night when the boys and I all went out to party in Portland, Maine. I got dropped off at my girl’s house and lost the key to my apartment, so I used a credit card to open the door. I fell asleep in the bed that night, but strangely woke up on the floor—which is reflected in the lyrics of the chorus.

“Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With”
This is about meeting with an ex that I had been with for three years. We had an apartment, a cat and a cell phone plan together, but it all came to an end. Touring definitely puts a strain on relationships. I remember Toby [McAllister, guitar], Mike [Naran, guitar] and I wrote this song at 1 a.m. after a couple bottles of wine down at the lake house where we recorded the album. It was a blast and very wild. When I say wild, yes, I mean lots of bonfires and living room basketball. We may have broken a few lamps. There was tons of jamming and writing. It was a great time. 

“Better Side Of Me”
This is a fun song to play live. The guitar in the opening has a cool wah-wah effect. It’s about a girl who is a bad influence, but who’s still the better side of me. A great rapper and friend from Maine named Spose killed the third verse on this song. It absolutely rules! 

“Postcard”
This is a response to an older song called “Shipwreck” from our last album, Eyes To The Sun. It’s about someone who meant a lot to me moving away, and there is so much left unsaid and undone. Then all you get is a postcard. 

“Vanities”
Lyrically, this is one of my favorites. Melodically, I feel it has a bit of twang. It’s about the last night I spent with my girl before I left on the Shit Happens Tour with Every Avenue a couple of years back. It was a long summer of touring.  

“Holiday”
This is the first song we’ve ever written with a swing drumbeat. I started writing this song the same week I wrote “Hello Mexico” three years ago, but I could never find a chorus for it. Three years later, it finally came. Some songs take minutes, others take years. 

“60 Minutes Of Fame”
This is one of my favorite songs on the record. It’s got a great guitar riff and solo. It’s about parties and one-night stands. 

“How To Make A Heart Hollow”
I wrote this song right after a break-up. I got off the phone, sat down and recorded the demo.

“Thought You Were The One”
It’s a culmination of everything ending on Eyes To The Sun. Lyrically, I wanted to reference “I Swear That She’s The One,” from Eyes To The Sun. It’s like the follow-up to that song. The second verse has some of my favorite lyrics I’ve ever written.

(Source: Alternative Press Magazine)


Job for a Cowboy “Gloom” EP

Get ready for Job for a Cowboy‘s new EP Gloom, when it hits stores June 7th. The EP features four new tracks of fine-tuned, visceral death metal featuring the re-invigorated lineup of Jonny Davy (Vocals), Jon “The Charn” Rice (Drums), Bobby Thompson (Guitar), Al Glassman (Guitar) and new bassist Tony Sannicandro. The line-up can be seen now as they tour with label mates Between the Buried and Me and The Ocean on the Peter Says Denim Tour.

Drummer Jon ‘Charn’ Rice adds; “We’re all super stoked on this new ep we have coming out called ‘Gloom’ (fakeout!). We’ve had quite a few lineup changes over the past 6 months so we wanted to go into the studio to see how we all meshed musically. Initially we had the idea for the ep to be a bit slower but it turned out to be some of our fastest material to date. Check it out!”

Tracklisting
1. Misery Reformatory
2. Plastic Idols
3. Execution Parade
4. Signature of Starving Power


Unearth New Album “Darkness in the Light”

New Song Stream Available

Pit-churning, melodic metal pioneers, UNEARTH, are currently readying to unveil Darkness in the Light, their fifth full-length in a discography that’s placed the band among the most prolific and plainly ravaging modern metal acts to come out of the U.S.. Set for North American release on July 5 via Metal Blade Records, the 11-track long player — their most conceptually personal offering to date — was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer (and Killswitch Engage guitarist) Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, et al). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed.

Commented UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps of the band’s latest output: “Darkness In The Light is without a doubt some of the heaviest, most dynamic and memorable tunes we’ve ever written. The disc is littered with the shred ‘n’ stomp-filled songs our fans would expect from us, as well as some added vocal hooks, guitar melodies, guitar solos and some different paths taken in style and structure. We knew we had to continue to separate ourselves from the pack and to cement our place in the heavy metal world as one of the leaders and not as one of the many followers that seem to hop on the trend wagon and give up so easily when the going gets hard. We are here to stay and collectively we couldn’t be any more fired up to play these songs around the world for our fans new and old.”

Darkness in the Light Track Listing:
01. Watch It Burn
02. Ruination of the Lost
03. Shadows in the Light
04. Eyes of Black
05. Last Wish
06. Arise the War Cry
07. Equinox
08. Coming of the Dark
09. The Fallen
10. Overcome
11. Disillusion

The first single, the instantly pummeling “Eyes of Black,” is currently streaming on the band’s official album landing page, which includes updated tour info, pre-order options and more. Said Phipps of the track: “We chose ‘Eyes of Black’ to be the first song heard out of the gate as we feel it represents the ‘UNEARTH sound’ and style perfectly and it’s simply a hard-hitting, catchy-as-hell song. The lyrics are also in line with many of the albums darker lyrical themes. I’m not speaking for all of the band, but this is my personal favorite on the album and I can’t wait to get out there and play it live!” To check it out the tune, point your browser to This Location

http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/.

Several pre-order deals for Darkness in the Light are available.
Packages include:
CD: $9.99
CD + T-Shirt: $19.99
CD + Unearth Beer Bong: $20.99
CD + T-Shirt + Unearth Beer Bong: $29.99

For further info, visit: http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/

Coinciding with the release of Darkness in the Light, UNEARTH will bring their ruckus to the live arena on a host of dates that include headlining shows and a spot on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, All Shall Perish, Kingdom of Sorrow and more! Confirmed dates below.

UNEARTH:
05/20/2011 Egan Civic & Convention Center – Anchorage, AK w/ As I Lay Dying, Turbid North
05/21/2011 Blue Loon – Fairbanks, AK w/ Turbid North
07/05/2011 Jakes – Lubbock, TX w/ Turbid North
07/06/2011 Club 101 – El Paso, TX w/ Turbid North
07/08/2011 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV w/ Turbid North

UNEARTH on 2011’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom of Sorrow, Red Fang:

07/09/2011 San Manuel Amphitheatre – San Bernardino, CA
07/10/2011 Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
07/11/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
07/12/2011 White River Amphitheater – Seattle, WA
07/13/2011 Idaho Center Amphitheatre – Boise, ID
07/15/2011 Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
07/16/2011 Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
07/17/2011 Comfort Dental Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
07/18/2011 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Red Fang
07/19/2011 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
07/20/2011 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07/22/2011 Comcast Center – Boston, MA
07/23/2011 Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
07/24/2011 The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07/25/2011 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY *Off Date w/ All Shall Perish
07/26/2011 Club Texas – Auburn, ME *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
07/27/2011 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
07/29/2011 First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
07/30/2011 Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
07/31/2011 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
08/02/2011 Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
08/03/2011 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
08/04/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
08/05/2011 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
08/06/2011 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/07/2011 Verizon Wireless Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
08/09/2011 Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
08/10/2011 Superpages.com Center – Dallas, TX
08/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Red Fang
08/12/2011 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08/13/2011 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/14/2011 Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL

Worldwide Release Dates:
Darkness In The Light will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway July 1, the rest of Europe on July 4, North America, Spain and Italy on July 5, Finland and Hungary on July 6, and Japan on July 27.


As Blood Runs Black Video Update!

Check out this new update with what’s been going on! ABRB are currently over-seas having a great time on tour with Caliban, For Today and Adept!