December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…
July 24th, 2012
On 23 May 2011, grizzled dowsers of internet gossip felt a sharp tug from the direction of the Tool Newsletter, through which the band’s official website manager, Blair McKenzie Blake, put out the following missive:
“No matter how many new TOOL tunes are currently complete, I will personally guarantee that the new CD will be released on MAY 22, 2012 (or MAY 15, 2012).”
And lo, the internets did a crazy. Even though said-same announcement also claimed that those dates came second-hand “via trance-contact (which was written down on a scratch pad) from an interplanetary avatar (and sector commander) named ZEMKLA JR..“, and this confirmation this was a joke three days later on the same site, it still sent Tool fans across the globe into a bit of a state. Well, it’s been fourteen months since that sticky leaf of disinformation was flapped around, and it’s now 6 years (and counting) since 10,000 Days. Just what in the Hell have Tool been up to all this time? We charged Ruth Booth with the task of finding out.
January 26th, 2012
ETA May 2012
October 25th, 2011
Conditions of my Parole
18 October 2011
by Ruth Booth
Pick up a glass of wine and the latest New Scientist – there’s an idea that the act of thinking isn’t just the brain working independently. Your body is more than just ropes and levers, or sensory extensions to your mind – it is your mind, all of those experiences threaded and integrated together – as physical as the brain itself.
Anyone who saw last year’s Blood Into Wine documentary, which followed the trials of a certain “rockstar” grape grower in Arizona, might see echoes of this in Sensualism. It’s a favourite philosophy of Eric Glomski – business partner of and mentor to budding winemaker Maynard James Keenan; who you may remember as frontman of Tool and A Perfect Circle, as well as conceptual head of Puscifer.
November 13th, 2009
Where were you on the night before the dawn of the New Millennium? Jon Kerr was getting a pit going in Jilly’s Rockworld, Manchester. We’ve asked him to summarise the ten years since then in all things metal in a handy A to Z
As if one seminal British vocalist returning to his former band wasn’t enough, Rob Halford followed suit in 2003 and re-joined Judas Priest. Angel of Retribution followed and Priest celebrated their 30th Anniversary whilst touring it. 2008’s double concept album Nostradamus became Judas Priest’s 16th studio effort and was no less than a masterpiece. With Priest on such good form, it has indeed been a decade to savour. [Read more →]