Watch Godsmack perform Voodoo (AOL Sessions)

Godsmack band members

Godsmack band members

Godsmack is an American alternative metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released five studio albums, one EP (The Other Side), four DVDs, one compilation album (Good Times, Bad Times… Ten Years of Godsmack), and one live album (Live and Inspired).

The band has had three consecutive number-one albums (Faceless, IV, and The Oracle) on the Billboard 200. The band also has 20 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs in the top five, a record number of top ten singles by a rock artist.

Since its inception, Godsmack has toured on Ozzfest on more than one occasion, and has toured with many other large tours and festivals, including supporting its albums with its own arena tours. Godsmack has sold over 20 million records in just over a decade, yet despite the decline of album sales in recent years, they have proven to be one of the highest-grossing artists in the United States.

The band’s primary influences include Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pantera, and Rush according to Erna, Larkin, and Rombola. Erna has cited Staley as his primary influence. The overall sound of the band’s first two albums sound similar to the sound of the Alice in Chains album Dirt. More recently, Godsmack has attempted to distance themselves from the Alice in Chains comparison with Erna stating in an interview with Matt Ashare, “I’ve just never really heard that in our music”. On their more industrial songs Godsmack seems to have taken an influence from White Zombie, also covering their song “Thunder Kiss ’65”.

Rolling Stone Magazine describes the band as “hard as nails and cranked to eleven”, while Alternative Press praised the band for its “churning, riff-driven hybrid of all that is  heavy, past and present”.  Singer Sully Erna has cited Alice in Chains‘ former vocalist, the late Layne Staley, as his primary influence on singing.

Drenge On Making One Of The Greatest Debut Albums Of The Year video

The Drenge brothers

The Drenge brothers

The Loveless brothers speak to NME about making a ‘selfish record’, playing live on the Sheffield circuit and pissing each other off.

About Drenge

Drenge are an English blues rock band based in Castleton in Derbyshire. The band is made up of Eoin Loveless, on guitar and vocals, and his younger brother Rory, on drums. They take their name from the Danish word for “boys”, although it is pronounced differently. The boy rose to prominence following the resignation of Labour MP Tom Watson from the Shadow Cabinet in July 2013, who wrote in his resignation letter on his blogg “be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge“, although they had a small following and had been picked up by national media at least some seven months previously.

Drenge have toured extensively in the UK, also appearing at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival, and will be at the upcoming Reading and Leeds Festival. They have also toured with Californian duo Deap Vally, including a hometown appearance at Sheffield’s Queens Social Club.

The self-titled album was released on 19 August 2013 on Infectious Records.

Discography

Singles

  • “Demonstration” (July 2013) Self-released as part of a Tramlines special ‘Zine
1. Blood & Milk (later rearranged and renamed as “Backwaters” )
2. Dogmeat
3. Bloodsports
4. Necromancer Is Dead
5. Jumble Jumble (White Stripes‘ cover).
  • “Bloodsports” (04/03/2013) on Infectious Records
1.Bloodsports
2.Dogmeat
  • “Backwaters” (01/07/2013) on Infectious Records
1.Backwaters
2.Necromance is Dead
  • “Face Like A Skull” (due 26/08/2013) on Infectious Records
1. Face Like A Skull
2. Done Thing

Albums

  • Drenge (19 August 2013) on Infectious Records
1. People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck
2. Dogmeat
3. I Want To Break You In Half
4. Bloodsports
5. Backwaters
6. Gun Crazy
7. Face Like A Skull
8. I Don’t Want To Make Love To You
9. Nothin
10. Bye Bye Bao Bao
11. Let’s Prentend
12. Fuckabout

Watch Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 tour documentary [Part 1] + Stream new album

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Stream Nine Inch Nails’ new album, Hesitation Marks

Earlier this month, The Moment Factory uploaded a short teaser trailer that highlighted the behind-the-scenes work for Nine Inch Nails’ latest masterpiece of a tour. Now, VEVO has offered up part one of a more expansive documentary that digs deeper into the mind of Trent Reznor and his obsession with creating a new live experience for his fans.

“My goal, if we’re playing a 70 to 90 minute set, is that it’s almost a film,” Reznor explains, “where it starts out one way — not only musically, but visually it evolves into something that keeps your attention, frames the music in a way that feels like a journey from one place to another.”

This particular section of the film focuses on the stress and expectations leading up to their debut performance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival.

Check it out below:

Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt. 1 (VEVO Tour Exposed)

Don’t get too used to this stage setup, though, as following the band’s tour of summer festivals they’ll launch an entirely new production for their North American fall tour. “The fact that we’re doing all this only for these few shows, and then we have to do it over again, throwing all this out to do a completely new thing, with new things that won’t work, that feels a little insane,” Reznor said to The New York Times.

The band’s new album, Hesitation Marks, is due out September 3rd via Columbia (pre-orders are ongoing); stream it now via iTunes. Check out their full tour docket below.

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tour Dates:
09/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America
09/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
09/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
10/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena *
10/03 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell *
10/04 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center *
10/07 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center *
10/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center #
10/15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center #
10/18 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center #
10/19 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center #
10/21 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena #
10/22 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena #
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena #
10/26 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit
10/30 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center ^
10/31 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center ^
11/01-03 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience
11/05 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center *
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center *
11/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
11/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center *
11/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena *
11/19 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena *
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
11/22 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena *
11/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
11/25 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^

$ = w/ Tomahawk
* = w/ Explosions in the Sky
# = w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor