Tag: alternative metal
Nickelback is selling out venues nationwide and rocking the crowds in jeans and T-shirts. Expect plenty of pyrotechnics, videos on the big screen, and smash hits like “Animal,” “Photograph,” “Someday,” “Woke Up This Morning,” and “How You Remind Me.”
The outrageous shock rock band Marilyn Manson is touring the US with Slayer. With theater not seen since Alice Cooper, this show is a must see. Be prepared to be shocked and entertained by the over the top performances and obscene behavior.
Don’t miss your chance to see Marilyn Manson in person.
Aaron Lewis, born April 13, 1972 in Rutland, Vermont, USA, is the lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist of the alternative metal group Staind. Lewis grew up, largely, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Aaron Lewis was, before Staind, in a band known as J-CAT with Tori Sands, Chris Ballini, and Staind bandmate Jon Wysocki. An album surfaced on the internet with 9 of J-CAT’s performances at Club Infinity in Springfield, Massachusetts. The performances were recorded while Dysfunction was being recorded. Two of Staind’s popular singles—”Outside” and “It’s Been Awhile”—were both originally performed by J-CAT with somewhat different lyrics.
Tool is an American progressive rock band, formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, when drummer Danny Carey joined the rehearsal of his neighbor, singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Paul d’Amour, when nobody else would show up. His decision proved to be a stroke of luck when the band turned out to become a highly successful act, “introducing dark, vaguely underground metal to the preening pretentiousness of art rock” — most notably due to their influential second album, Ænima (1996).
They have gained appreciation and critical praise for a complex and ever-evolving sound, that ranges from “slam and bang” heavy metal on their first release to more progressive influenced songwriting on Lateralus (2001) which “in another era […] would have been considered progressive rock, ten tons of impressive pretension.” Their overall sound has been described as “grinding, post-Jane’s Addiction heavy metal” as well as “a primal sound as distinct as it is disturbing” — most simplified categorizations of the band’s genre are often dismissed. They are known for addressing philosophical and spiritual issues in their lyrics, such as evolution and Jungian psychology (“Forty Six & 2”), organized religion (“Opiate”) and transcendence (“Lateralus”), as well as for songs that feature “complex rhythm changes, haunting vocals, and an onslaught of changes in dynamics” which often result in a greater-than-average track length. Additionally, most of their music videos feature stop-motion animation created by Jones, in a style similar to the Brothers Quay — “strange puzzle-like four minute movies” — which tend to perpetuate the perception of Tool as a “dark, disturbing” band.
Their music has been influenced by King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, Meshuggah, and early Yes, among several others. In turn, Tool’s music has been deemed influential by critics and fellow artists alike.
Recently Kirk Hammett (Metallica) has played with the band in a show and described in Metallica’s official web site this event as “one of the most profound jamming experiences I have ever encountered.”
Alice in Chains tickets
Alice in Chains is an influential grunge/hard rock group formed by lead singer Layne Staley (1967-2002) in the mid-1980s, originally as Diamond Lie and shortly followed by several other names before taking the name of Alice in Chains, which derived from one of Layne Staley’s former bands, Alice N’ Chainz. The name derived from their early stages as a band when the group would dress in drag at concerts; Staley described it as a name he thought of that would fit a band that “dressed in drag and played speed metal.” They quickly shed this image, however, for grunge fashion. Along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, Alice in Chains was one of the most commercially successful bands from the Seattle, Washington grunge music scene. Unlike many of their peers, Alice in Chains owed more to heavy metal than to punk or ’70s rock, but the group became closely associated with grunge due to their Seattle roots, the image they often presented (e.g., denim jeans, Dr. Martens boots, etc.), and their introspective and sometimes morbid lyrics (often sung in unusual and distinctive vocal harmonies).