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Clint Lowery, Sevendust’s “renegade”

Clint Lowery

After 23 years of musical career, Sevendust’s guitarist, Clint Lowery decides to take his own adventure with: God Bless The Renegades.

In 1971 Clint Lowery was born. 26 years later he would become part of one of the greatest bands of Nu Metal, Sevendust.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Clint Lowery outside of his main band. In 2004, with his brother Corey Lowery (bassist of Saint Asonia, Seether and Eye Empire) formed the band Dark New Days (3 studio albums). I strongly recommend you to take a look.

Hit song:

Not to mention his short time at Korn when Brian “Head” Welch left the band. Clint Lowery himself says that sending him home on the 2007 tour saved his life:

Korn saved my life by sending me home. I was arrested in Slovakia for getting drunk and destroying the hotel room where we were staying.

I look back and I’m so glad it happened, because something like this had to happen for me to recover.

It seemed “poetic justice” that I replace a person who left his band so that he could be with his family, detoxify himself and be saved by the Faith, and that his replacement fall on the same stone and have to do the same.

Clint Lowery

This solo album is REALLY GOOD. Without a doubt, you can see that these are the fingers that write the very powerful Sevendust riffs, as well as that melodic voice that can remind us Lajon Witherspoon, but in all that mix we can appreciate that the album has personality wherever you look.

This solo album is REALLY GOOD

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Discography:

1 studio album

Top Mabanag albums and songs:

God Bless The Renegades (2020)

♥ = must listen

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Today is 11:11… The best day to connect to Fire From the Gods

Fire From The Gods

From the Gods releases their new work, American Sun. Powerful, fresh and very pure. Will you join me and listen to them?

Formed in 2010 in Austin (Texas). The band brings different music styles from the purest Metal, Rock, Hip Hop… to Reggae voices. As Channer explains:

“If the song calls for screaming and angry vocals I’ll do that and if it calls for something a little more melodic that’s what I do, it’s just about the emotion of the song and how I’m feeling at the moment. I like to say we wrote a rock record with a hip-hop ethos.”

Hit song:

Fire From the Gods have experienced their ups and downs since their debut album. However, they kept working to release their latest album American Sun, a Masterpiece for my ears and where I recommend you to start if it’s the first time you hear about them.

In 2017 they re-launched their first work under the name of Narrative Retold, including two new songs produced by Korn‘s singer Jonathan Davis.

In 2019 the band signed with the record label Eleven Seven, owned by Five Finger Death Punch‘s guitarist Zoltan Bathory.

The album American Sun, like Narrative Retold, deals with issues such as political unrest, technological overload and environmental apathy.

Discography:

3 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:

♥ = must listen

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Cold is back after 14 years in silence

Cold

Can you imagine if Fred Durst didn’t listen to Cold’s demo? Would we know them today? Would we know what they’ve released a new album?

It was 2000, bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind… (Family Values ’98, great concert where we could see everyone sharing the same stage), they were doing their best. By accident, I got a CD with an eye-catching album cover: “COLD – 13 Ways to Bleed“. For sure, if you’ve listened to them, you couldn’t ignore Scooter Ward‘s voice, deep, dark, melancholic and with a very strong personality.

Cold or Grundig at that time, was formed in 1996, Jacksonville (Florida). Their first album of the same name, produced by Ross Robinson, didn’t have much success. It was in 2000 with their second album “13 Way to Bleed“, when the band became widely known. If this is the first time you’ve heard of them, I strongly recommend you start here.

Hit song:

“I did experience writer’s block for the first time in my life during the process though. It was brutal, because the one thing I’ve always had left me.”

Scooter Ward

Their third album “Year of the Spider“, made them reach the top, heading into 3rd place on the Billboard chart, but also meant a year of change, professional as well as personal. Their first single, “Stupid Girl,” featured Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo. However, after this great success, the record label or the bad personal moment that was going Scooter Ward (never clarified), they stopped to promote the album.

Scooter Ward wrote for a long period many songs in his sister’s room, who had suffered a huge battle against cancer. As a result of these experiences, the title of his fourth album, “A Different Kind of Pain” was born. Unfortunately it wasn’t very successful and in 2006 Cold announced their break-up.

Finally and after 14 years in the dark, Cold returns for the pleasure of us who saw them grow up.

Curiosity: the spider’s logo defines Cold‘s music as “slow and creepy”.

Discography:

5 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Cold (1998)

Go Away

Give Video

 

13 Ways to Bleed

Just Got WickedVideo

She Said

No One ♥ Video

End of the WorldVideo

Confessions

It’s All Good

Send in the Clowns

Same Drug

BleedVideo

The Things We Can’t Stop (2019)

ShineVideo

Run

Without You Video

Quiet Now

♥ = must listen

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Slipknot is ready for their sixth round. What about you?

Slipknot

August will be Slipknot‘s month, this band from Iowa will present their latest work “We Are Not Your Kind”. Until then, let’s check out their discography.

It was 1999, in one hand the keys of the car after passing the driving license and in the other a red CD with 9 people with masks… Slipknot was one of the first bands I listened behind the wheel and certainly a breath of fresh air in the Nu-Metal movement.

Hit song:

There is not much we can say about this band from Des Moine, Iowa, that has not been said or written. But… Did you know… ?

Corey Taylor:
Before Slipknot released their first album, in their second performance and known under the name Meld, they shared the stage with the band Stone Sour.

Spit it out:
Thanks to this hit single, the band caught the attention of record companies. Finally the great Ross Robinson, producer who bet on bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit or Deftones, took care of working with them to record their first album.

Did they always wear masks?:
Not all the time. Although the band started in 1992, it wasn’t until 1995 that they decided to use gross makeup and later masks. Finally in 1997 they decided to identify with numbers and wear customs.

Joey Jordison:
Did you know that ex-drummer Joey Jordinson had to replace Lars Ulrich (Metallica) at the Download Festival because of an anxiety attack? And the answer is yes… He couldn’t rehearse with them, so he just warmed up, reached the stage and played.

Before their fifth album, Joey had to leave the band because of a terrible disease called transverse myelitis, a form of multiple sclerosis that affected his legs and made him unable to play. Fortunately, after a long and hard rehabilitation, Joey himself confirms that he is at 100% and ready to start new projects.

All Hope is Gone:
Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard list.

.5 The Gray Chapter, tributo a un amigo:
On May 24th, 2010, bassist Paul Gray died after an accidental overdose of morphine and its synthetic substitute, fentanyl. Sad news, where Corey Taylor himself stated that it would make no sense to continue with Slipknot without Gray. Finally, the band decided to move on and pay tribute.

Discography:

6 studio albums

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Slipknot (1999)

(Sic)

Eyeless

Wait and BleedVideo

Surfacing

Spit It OutVid

 

Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses (2004)

The Blister Exists

DualityVideo

Before I ForgetVideo

The NamelessVideo

 

All Hope is Gone (2008)

PsychosocialVideo

Dead Memories ♥ Video

Vendetta

Wherein Lies Continues

SnuffVideo

.5: The Grey Chapter (2014)

Sarcastrophe

AOV

The Devil in IVideo

KillpopVideo

Skeptic

Goodbye

Nomadic

The One That Kills the Least

Custer

 

We Are Not Your Kind (2019)

UnsaintedVideo

Nero Forte ♥ Video

Critical Darling 

A Liar’s Funeral

Orphan

Not Long For This World

Solway FirthVideo

♥ = must listen

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Ded… Beyond metal, noise and aggressiveness

Ded Band

If you’re not pissed off, then you’re not paying attention” – Ded. That’s how this American band from Arizona presents itself.

I can say that they are the first band on the blog that defines their style in a very clear way:

With our music, we want to make the listener feel like how you feel after you’ve watched a really good horror movie, on edge, jittery… And very much alive“. 

We can hear this theme in their lyrics, hoping that they will inject life into the Hardcore genre.

Hit song:

Is it true that some of their songs remind you bands like Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot and PanteraDed has expressed great admiration and influence from them.

Discography:

1 studio album

Top Mabanag albums and songs:
Mis-An-Thrope (2017)

Anti-Everything ♥ Video

Dead to me ♥ Video

Remember the Enemy ♥ Video

Hate Me ♥ Video

I Exist

Beautiful

♥ = must listen