Artist: Chiodos Album: Devil Genre: Post-hardcore Label: Razor & Tie
By Alternative Press
Chiodos frontman Craig Owens emphatically told AP that in no way was Devil intended to be the “true” follow-up to the band’s benchmark release, 2007’s Bone Palace Ballet. He’s right, because on Devil, Chiodos aren’t settling for anything less than world domination. Producer Dave Bottrill has molded Chiodos’ vision into a cohesive arc of power, finesse, quirks and accessibility in equal measures. Their patented Broadway steampunk signifiers couched in metal (“Sunny Days & Hand Grenades,” “Expensive Conversations In Cheap Motels”) rule, but there are plenty of accessible gestures (“3 AM,” “I Am Everything That’s Normal”) that fall outside the post-hardcore/screamo vistas they helped build. “Duct Tape” is as bombastic as anything AFI have done in recent memory, while “Under Your Halo” is genius FM pop-metal that’s equal parts That ’70s Show and The Black Parade. Watch them make good on their promise.
First Photo: Bam Margera and I.
Second Photo: my friend Squeak on the left, Chad Nicefield of Wilson in the middle and I’m on the right.
FuckFace Unstoppable Tour, Billings MT. Very random show! Local act No Cigar opened the show and played a kick ass cover, of The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black”! That night I didn’t want to see Brandon Novak naked, but it happened.Zach Galifianakis was at the show too and staged dived. Some Australia guy on tour with Bam kept starting the mosh pits. Bam was pretty cool in person and Wilson rocked our faces off, plus their from my home-state Michigan! It was funny when I introduced myself to Nicefield, because we share the same name Chad. My copy of Jack Ass Two Signed by Bam also.
This is what the steps currently look like, where natas shot the “Life After Death” cover. Photo by Daniel Jordan, who signed to Esham’s Reel Life Productions.