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.
Crossworm is proving himself to be a maelstrom of musicality, jumping back and forth between being an artist, emcee, drummer, producer, and working on an album with his very own band "Dear Dangerous". His new Industrial Hip-Hop persona "Jaws" is another addition to his resume and this is not to be slept on!
The new free release “Deciduous” brings on the classic dirtcore production, Johnny Crossworm is known for, very gritty and synthy electronics, with lots of replay value! You can always find something new when replaying a track.
The stage name Jaws fits perfect, because Jaws says whatever the fuck he wants. The opener “Suck” is definitely not for the easy listening type, it’s full of controversial black humor and brilliant word play. Main example:"I’m the guy that’ll ruffee your drink till it’s full, then lock you in a kennel passed out with a pit-bull". If Trent Reznor and Eminem collaborated, “Suck” would be the outcome! The lyrics for "Reach" rips apart our messed up society and how we are constantly lied to.The chorus is catchy as hell too, with Jaws screaming "Reach for the sky, reach for the lies, reach for the eyes, that watch us die!"
My personal favorite is "Bailout". It’s a cry out against our current economy crisis in the states and Government greed. Now This is Hip-Hop you can relate to!
Key lyrics: "And now the image of earth, is worth a starving ghetto, I see Pinocchio’s nose on the face of Geppetto, the puppet master of lies thriving back in D.C, Live at the center of the hive none is all that it seems."
Overall this is a fine release from the Godfather of Dirtcore and I’m Hoping we see more of Jaws and his I don’t give a fuck attitude.
The man himself Crossworm, is giving away “Deciduous” for free! So peep it and help spread the word!