Archive | May, 2013

Nine Inch Nails to release a new album! THIS YEAR!!

29 May

ImageTrent Reznor’s recently resurrected and new incarnation of Nine Inch Nails have signed to Columbia Records and will release a new album later this year. Quite frankly, this is great news.

A couple of months after announcing that a new lineup of the band would be uniting for Summer concert dates it would seem that Mr Reznor has been keeping us all in the dark. In a press release he said I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA(How to Destroy Angels) and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!”

The band lineup, featured on the album, includes Adrian Belewof King CrimsonJosh Eustis of Telefon Tel AvivRobin FinckAlessandro Cortini, and Ilan Rubin. The same lineup, minus Belew, will tour new album starting this summer at Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan.

I cannot wait for this album. Now, if only Tool would get themselves sorted and get their long awaited follow up to 10,000 Days released. Could be heaven!

David

RIP Ray Manzarek

21 May

The legendary founding keyboardist of The Doors Ray Manzarek has sadly passed away at the age of 74, from cancer of the bile duct.

Ray Manzarek

Manzarek founded the band with Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1964. They became icons of the psychedelic era, having found the inspiration for their name in a poem by William Blake: “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

A statement from his family says: “Ray passed away today at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James

After Morrison’s death in 1971, Ray went on to become a best-selling author and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.

I’m personally not a big fan of The Doors. I know a limited range of their work but it is still sad to hear/read of a true Rock legend passing away. It has put me in the mood to go back through their discography and maybe it is time for me to appreciate the legacy that these musicians have left.

David