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Band Of The Week: Filter

Filter releases politically charged new song from upcoming album ...

Normally, I use this topic to highlight unsigned or up and coming bands but, since they are now an “independent” band, I thought, why not expand upon this topic a bit. Filteris back with their first new song in four years. This new track “Thoughts and Prayers” is taken from the now defunct ReBus sessions that Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang began working on before the whole Pledge Music debacle. The upcoming Filter album, entitled Murica is due out later this year. “Thoughts and Prayers” definitely has a Short Bus feel to it in parts as well as a bit of an Amalgamut vibe, especially because of the heavy guitar riff and it’s a pretty angry track as well. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this album. Richard has mentioned that he hopes to include a few other songs that he and Brian worked on for this upcoming album.

 
Filter- Thoughts and Prayers:

 

Classic Soundtracks: Demon Knight

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Remember way back, when Tales From The Crypt was on? I know I do. It was such a fun show full of humor, horror and violence. The show was a pretty big success and of course out of that came a couple Tales From The Crypt movies. The first (and best one) was Demon Knight. The movie starred Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett and Thomas Haden Church. The real gem of the movie though was the soundtrack, which consisted of bands like Pantera, Machine Head, Megadeth, Rollins Band, Filter, Ministry and The Melvins to name a few. The choice to make the soundtrack mostly heavy music really gave the movie the right mood. Plus a soundtrack and movie like this in 1995, you knew you were gonna get something worthwhile.

 

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Live Review: Filter at the Roxy

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I’ve been going to shows for many many years. I’ve seen a lot of bands. They all vary from amazing, what the hell was that and everything in between. There are a good amount that I’ve seen many times. This past weekend I ventured out to see Filter at the Roxy, but this evening however didn’t get started quite right.

The tour that Filter was on brought along 3 other bands that certainly didn’t make sense. I arrived late for the first band Death Valley High. But after checking them out later on, I didn’t miss anything at all. I did however see and listen to the atrocity that is Vampires Everywhere. Oh my! They definitely fall under the category of what the hell was that. This band is so wrapped up in their image and use of electronics, I’m not even sure they were actually playing their instruments. They were all dolled up in makeup and back paint. The singer had this cocky creeper grin on his face all night thus overcompensating for his lack of vocal ability. This band really didn’t get me in the mood for the evening. They even played a cover of the Hozier song “Take Me To Church,” which they proceeded to absolutely ruin. I couldn’t be happier when they were finally off the stage.

Next up was Orgy. The last time I saw them was in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. I can’t remember the exact time, but it was during their run for their first album Candyass. Back then, they were quite a good live band. This evening, however, they were just awful. Of course when you only have one original member, it’s kind of hard to carry on doing what you once were able to capture. Arriving on stage late, singer Jay Gordon and company all dressed up in some weird silly goth EDM attire, tried to get the crowd going but unless you were drunk, you really didn’t care like me. I didn’t even know any of the songs they played with the exception of maybe three. They did of course play their version of New Order’s “Blue Monday,” which made the crowd happy. Jay jumped into the crowd and let people in the audience sing parts of the song, and that was about the only highlight of their set other than it being over after that point.

So now after all that nonsense my expectations and patience were really low, there wasn’t much to bring me back up. When Filter took the stage they arrived in dramatic fashion with a white sheet in front of singer Richard Patrick displaying video images representing the first few songs of the night,  which were from their new album Crazy Eyes. Finally after that part was over and the sheet was gone, they got down to business with an older song “Can’t You Trip Like I Do,” which got the crowd engaged at that point. Throughout the rest of the night new songs were played in batches with old songs like “Jurassitol,” and “You Walk Away” scattered in to keep the crowd interested in their set. Certain new songs like “Nothing In My Hands,” “Pride Flag,” and “Welcome To The Suck (Destiny Not Luck)” were stellar live. I actually thought they should have started their set with “Welcome To The Suck.” I’ve seen Filter a few times really firing on all cylinders, but this line up just didn’t have the energy, with the exception of their guitarist/keyboardist Bobby Miller, who was doing his best to carry the energy load for everyone. Richard was energized while playing certain songs, but you could tell he was about spent halfway through their set. When they inevitably played “Take A Picture” all the ladies in the audience started to really pay attention. As I looked around the room, I could see them all singing along. It was quite funny to see. Closing out the night was of course “Hey Man, Nice Shot.”

There was just something about the night that didn’t sit right with me. Perhaps it being the last night of the tour for the bands, the opening bands being terrible, or even just the sheer exhaustion of being on the road for six weeks, this show all together didn’t really do it for me. All in all this was a night to forget. Hopefully next time, Filter can tour with bands that really fit with them, and are good.

By: Brian Lacy

 

Album Review: Filter- Crazy Eyes

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When you think of the band Filter these days, I would guess two songs come to mind, “Hey Man Nice Shot” and “Take A Picture.” One would think they have moved on from their early more industrial side of things, considering the last album didn’t really have any of those elements. Well Filter have just released a new album that harkens back to the Short Bus era and adds a bit of a modern approach. The new album Crazy Eyes is very influenced by the early days of Filter and a bit of Nine Inch Nails Broken era. Richard Patrick is back and angrier than he’s been in a long time. Armed with a band that helps realize his vision and tests the limits of electronic and industrial tones, the new album is one that stands out amongst the bands catalog. Songs like “Nothing In My Hands,” “Pride Flag,” “Take Me To Heaven,” and “Welcome To The Suck (Destiny Not Luck)” are complete standouts on this record. On a fun note Danny Lohner helped write and produce the song “City Of Blinding Riots,” which is a song that will be a great in a live setting. There is also an instrumental called “Under The Tongue” that is very Nine Inch Nailsesque in a good way.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Richard and he says “this album is a bit more reckless dangerous and quirky.” He also mentions that this incarnation is one of the most passionate version of the group since the early years.  He also goes on to say that “this album should be triumphant in its anger.” While the album is full of anger, social commentary, honesty and a DGAF attitude are very prevalent themes throughout. Filter have come back to their roots and it’s very fitting in a time when music is getting stale.

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Soundtrack Only Songs: Filter- Jurassitol

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There is no need for a lengthy post. The music does all the talking needed. It’s still a shame that they had to make a sequel to The Crow, and that they are trying to remake it. The only good thing about the second crow movie was the soundtrack, which we’ve already talked about. On that soundtrack though, Filter released a “soundtrack only song” in “Jurassitol.” Enjoy some classic Filter!

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Album Rank: Filter

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Filter is about to release a new album called Crazy Eyes. So naturally that has put me in a Filter mood as of late. I recently went back and did a full catalog listen of Filter and have come up with an album ranking of their releases from not their best work to the best.

 

Anthems For The Damned:

 

The Sun Comes Out Tonight:

 

Crazy Eyes:

 

The Trouble With Angels:

 

The Amalgamut:

 

Title Of Record:

 

Short Bus:

Most Anticipated Albums of 2016

After the year we just had in 2015 with new music releases, 2016 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for new music. Here are the bands with the most anticipated albums coming out in 2016.

Deftones
Tool
Metallica
Radiohead
Alice In Chains
Karnivool
With Our Arms To The Sun
Thrice
Brand New
Night Verses
Letlive
Norma Jean
The Black Queen
Superjoint
Killswitch Engage
The Last Internationale
The Cult
Corrosion Of Conformity
Ignite
Royal Blood
Gojira
Black Map
Amen
Korn
Stone Sour
The Cure
Moving Structures
Here Lies The Hero
Vagus Nerve
Hundred Suns
Ancillary Theorem
Ghost Idols
Aeges
Filter

Classic Soundtracks: Spawn- The Soundtrack

41H5dwMniXLThe year is 1997 and one of the biggest comic books in the world, Spawn is made into a movie. Sadly, though the movie was wretched, but the saving grace of the entire thing was the soundtrack that accompanied the movie. Following a similar formula that worked for the movie Judgement Night, only this soundtrack paired rock bands with electronic artists as opposed to rap groups.. The likes of Metallica, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Filter, Incubus, and Slayer appeared on the album. This was definitely an experimental record that worked with certain songs, while some others not so much. The tracks by Filter, Incubus, Stabbing Westward, and Marilyn Manson are all standout tracks. Slayer teamed up with the very entertaining Atari Teenage Riot, for a rendition of “No Remorse.” that is absolutely nuts. So go back almost 20 years a have some fun listening to this!

Classic Sountracks: The Crow-City Of Angels

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The 1990’s were truly a great time for music. One of the best things about that time were the soundtracks that came out. Even if the movie wasn’t that good, most of the time the soundtrack was great. As is the case with the terrible sequel to the masterpiece that is The Crow. The soundtrack far surpassed the film. The inclusion of songs from Hole, White Zombie, Bush, Deftones and Filter all made this worth while. The Hole song was a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.” This could actually be the best song that Hole ever put out. White Zombie’s version of KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man,” was a fun song that had a great video to accompany it. Bush’s contribution was a really solemn cover of Joy Division’s “In A Lonely Place.” They really did a great arrangement with that song. Deftones song “Teething” is classic Deftones. They also appear in the film. Filter’s song “Jurrasitol” is another classic Filter song, that has become a fan favorite and a must play at live shows. Other bands and artists that appear on the soundtrack are Korn, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, Toadies and a few others. Sadly the movie doesn’t hold a candle to what the first movie was, but the soundtrack makes up for that. Even though the soundtrack to the first film is way better than this one!

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By: Brian Lacy

Live Review: Coal Chamber at House Of Blues

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In front of a packed house and playing in front of your home town crowd, you know that you have to deliver the goods. Coal Chamber did just that on Saturday night at the House of Blues. Their 75 minute set was blisteringly heavy and pleased everyone in attendance. This was the second time Coal Chamber has played Los Angeles since they announced their return, only this time they were tighter than they had ever been and were playing with such a passion that it seemed like they never left. Their setlist included songs from all their albums including two new ones from their new album Rivals (their first album in 13 years). The new songs “I. O. U. (Nothing)” and “Rivals” were very strong, heavy and what you would expect new Coal Chamber to sound like, not to mention they will be crowd favorites for a long time to come. Dez’s vocals are still ferocious and unrelenting. Meegs still has the knack for the down tuned riffs. Mike Cox and Nadja are tighter than they ever were live before. Some highlights from their set included opening with “Loco,” “Big Truck,” the always fun sing along “Rowboat,” “Not Living,” “I,” and closing the night was “Sway.”

Also playing the night was Filter. I’ve been a Filter fan for a long time and was really looking forward to seeing how this would play out for them in front of this audience. Well it didn’t go that great. Richard Patrick just couldn’t get the crowd going and engaged until the final song of the night. His new band was sloppy, kept having technical problems and who ever was doing their sound needs to be fired for the mix he put up. Their short set was so so. Though they did open with “You Walk Away” from their album The Amalgamut which was a nice surprise. I thought they would have opened with something like “Welcome To The Fold” instead. They did play “Jurrassitol” from The Crow: City Of Angels soundtrack. Closing their set was “Hey Man, Nice Shot” with special guest guitarist Brian Liesegang (who was in the original incarnation of the band). Filter is a good band but not the right fit for this tour.

The second band of the night was Combichrist. I’m not very familiar with them at all. And as entertaining as they were, I couldn’t get into them. Musically they have an industrial tinge to them, but it sways more to the EDM side of things. Their singer looks like the type of guy that would front a hardcore band, not a band like this, I will give him props for being really engaging with the crowd. The band did have a lot of energy and you could tell that a lot of people in attendance were big fans of the band. I’m still not sold on them.

Opening the night was American Head Charge. They were one of my favorite bands that came out of the scene in the early 2000’s and it was really great to see them back on stage. They came out strong and brought the heavy. Their very short set did include a brand new song off an album they said would be coming out in June.

This was a great night full of nostalgia in the Sunset Strip area where a lot of bands from the late 90’s and early 2000’s made their name (along with countless others dating back to the 60’s). It’s also sad to know that soon the House of Blues on Sunset will be torn down to make room for some monstrosity of an expensive hotel. The thing that stuck out to me this evening was the sheer excitement and enjoyment everyone in attendance had to see Coal Chamber back on stage killing it.

 

Coal Chamber Set List:

1. Loco
2. Big Truck
3. I.O.U. Nothing (New Song)
4. Fiend
5. Rowboat
6. Something Told Me
7. Clock
8. Drove
9. Not Living
10. Dark Days
11. I
12. Rivals (New Song)
13. No Home
14. Oddity
15. Sway

Filter Set List:

1. You Walk Away
2. Can’t You Trip Like I Do
3. We Hate It When You Get What You Want
4. What Do You Say
5. Jurrassitol
6. Dose
7. Hey Man, Nice Shot

 

By: Brian Lacy

Photo By: Jim Morris lifeisaphoto.net