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Black Widow is set to be released on November 14th, 2014. Genre: Metalcore

Black Widow is set to be released on November 14th, 2014.
Genre: Metalcore

Take Lady Gaga, Slipknot, and a watered down Metalcore sub genre, mix it all up and what do you get? In This Moment‘s video for Sick. Atlantic Records’ new Pop Metal signee’s made their major label debut with this single from their latest offering Black Widow and boy was this slightly unexpected. The video is littered with all theming you would not come to expect in a metal music video such as scantily clad women and choreographed dancing. Did we mention that the band members look like they tried out for Slipknot recently?

Old In This Moment vs. New In This Moment

Old In This Moment vs. New In This Moment

                                                                                        Yes, gone are the brooding angsty Metalcore brats that looked too emo to be true. In their stead is a sleek shiny new Pop Metal monster that could seemingly be fronted by Lady Gaga herself. To their credit, the songs are as catchy as they’ve ever been, and the lyrics are still pretty much simple, the only thing that seemed to have changed is the appearance. Given their immense popularity one can only think that given the opportunity, any previously raw and gritty metal outfit would tidy it up once a major label steps in. Could this be a new thing for emerging “Pop Metal” artists to aspire too? If so, gods help us all.

The internet is a wonderful place. It helps you connect to the world and be able to link up with everything around you. All without ever leaving the comfort of your heavily fortified pillow fort.

Sitting there, patrolling facebook while listening to the newest The Glitch Mob, Periphery, and Phantogram albums.

But what if… STAY WITH ME!

What if you went outside and saw these artists… LIVE!? It’s good for you!

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More importantly it’s good for the artists.

It’s no longer difficult and tedious either. You no longer have to talk to that annoying hipster at your local coffee shop who knows too much for someone who hates everything. Thanks to the wonders of the internet you can easily track your favorite artists in real time and find out who’s playing your local venues.

You may be surprised what places have live music.


Gigfi is a relatively new website that allows you to search your local area or favorite venues to find upcoming gigs and then creates a Spotify playlist out of them. If that’s not innovation and integration it’s finest, I don’t know what is.


Songkick is another integration tool that brings gig alerts right to your facebook, right when they’re announced. Enter some of your favorite artists and it will alert you when they’re in town or use the stalker feature to find out the shows you weren’t invited that your “friends” are seeing.


Bandsintown is similar to Songkick but also has an app for android and iOS that gives you updates the moment a new concert is announced. It tracks your Spotify,, or iTunes accounts for bands you’re listening to so no need to constantly search and update your favorite artists.
This is also a fantastic tool for artists as well who can set up an account to alert all their fans of where they’ll be.

PollstarPollstar is an international music news website with a real time ticker listing average ticket prices of various acts. It can be a little daunting and shove things in your face but it’s perfect for finding ticket deals. Look! They even know who Karl Denson is.. is not just a great tool for finding shows but also restaurants, local attractions, hiking trails, sporting events, human sacrifices; basically where all the cool people will be.

So go out this weekend. Bring your imaginary friends and shake your imaginary fannies to some good music. We have to support those that bring us so much enjoyment to our lives when we’re ruling the realm from our pillow forts.

You will find me at the Set Back Inn tomorrow night (Friday 2/28/14) in Tarrytown watching the massively talented Reggae/Dub/Funk/Afrobeat/Jazz/Wutd’hellwuzthat? group, Sixth Degree.

Try not to get overwhelmed by their awesomesauce.

Here at Tonedeth we hold Mr. Devin Townsend at quite a high esteem. He’s an incredibly talented singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer/performer/comedian. What can’t you like about this guy? But before he was the unequivocal leader of progressive metal and before he was the weird bald guy from Strapping Young Lad, did you know he used to sing for Steve Vai? Well here is their appearance on the classic Headbanger’s Ball on MTV circa 1993.

Skip to the 3:30 mark to witness the oddity.

Behold! The Mighty Masturbator!

Behold! The Mighty Masturbator!

Head over to to hear the new track from A Perfect Circle, just released today.

I’m on my third listen and I’m seriously impressed. It’s a reminder of both the dark industrial and the alternative-pop side of APC.

The build up allows Maynard James Keenan to enter and take hold of your trance. Guiding you to the point where the drums come in and drops you off for the rest of the ride. It’s mixed in the same vain as the previous albums which is great. There aren’t any surprises on this song but it’s exactly what us fans wanted for almost a decade long hiatus.

It doesn’t seem likely that we will be seeing too much more of APC, they are releasing a compilation of their biggest hits, titled: Three-Sixty, featuring this one original. It is scheduled for release in mid-November of this year. But I can’t see how they are able to release a greatest hits compilation when they only have 3 full albums released… Oh well, that’s the music business for you.

As far as a new original album goes we better not hold our breath, what we can do though is wait patiently for the new Tool album to drop sometime next year.

Some of us may remember the name Dolby from seeing it plastered on our screens as we started playing our now seriously archaic VHS tapes. For those that don’t remember VHS, put your iPhone away, it’s nap time. The man revolutionized audio and visual recording and was instrumental in the creation and application of stereo sound. One of the first and most notable innovations was his noise reduction system, Dolby A, released in 1966. He spent years trying to remove the “hiss” heard on cassette tapes and he greatly improved the quality of music recordings.

Born in Portland Oregon, he attended high school in San Francisco where even then he was fascinated by the recording field. He was a rambunctious member of his high school projection club. He later taught electronics for the Army and held patents for the Ampex video tape recorder before graduating college. He held 50 patents in his lifetime and was estimated to be worth 2.4 billion dollars.

His technology brought the classic blockbuster films A Clockwork Orange and Star Wars to a higher pinnacle of quality with the use of Dolby’s stereo surround sound. He and his company revolutionized the film industry with Dolby digital recording which enabled film producers to record analogue film while also using digital recording.

“Here, we have a scientist who invents tools for the artist. So you get the blend of the two important cornerstones of entertainment… The result is a whole new frontier is opened.”  – Ben Burtt : Sound Designer and Academy Award winner

The video, created by Dolby Technologies, really focuses on what an inspiration he was to his team and everyone he touched in his life. He’s described as a teacher who passionately encouraged creative thought to come to technological solutions.

His passing was announced this morning from his home in San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer’s but was taken by complications from leukemia, having only been diagnosed this past summer.

He left a monumental list of achievements Oscars, Emmys, Gammys, and even an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1986. Here is a list of all of his awards and achievements.

  • 1971 — AES Silver Medal
  • 1979 — 51st Academy Awards — Academy Award, Scientific or Technical
  • 1983 — SMPTE Progress Medal
  • 1985 — SMPTE Alexander M. Poniatoff Gold Medal
  • 1986 — honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • 1988 — Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor from the German Eduard Rhein Foundation
  • 1989 — 61st Academy Awards — Academy Award, Scientific or Technical
  • 1989 — Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)
  • 1992 — AES Gold Medal
  • 1995 — Special Merit/Technical Grammy Award
  • 1997 — U.S. National Medal of Technology
  • 1997 — IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award
  • 1999 — honorary Doctor degree by the University of York
  • 2000 — honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cambridge University
  • 2003 — Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 
  • 2004 — inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame
  • 2010 — IEEE Edison Medal
  • 2014 — Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Our progressive brethren from the far off exotic region of Canadia has graced us with a new track from their upcoming album Volition which will be released later this year, October 28th.

It seems they have gone more for a catchy sound. Capitalizing on the two influences that single them out in the prog world, power metal and punk, the band revel’s in their sound without offering too much of anything new. Which can be jeopardizing for a genre that demands constant originality. We’ll just have to see how the whole album will unfold. You can expect a review once it is released. What I can tell is that it will be one seriously epic release and will certainly stand out in their collection.

Chris Adler of Lamb of God is on this track but if I hadn’t known before, I wouldn’t believe you. The snare is still very ‘protesty’ and his fills aren’t what I’m used to hearing with LoG. Which may be exactly what they wanted. I guess I still wanted to hear Adler tear shit up with technical lines on top. Which we will again, have to see in October.

Miley doing what she does best...making us wish she was still Hannah Montana

Miley doing what she does best…making us wish she was still Hannah Montana

Each year we’re saddled with MTV’s Video Music Awards, and weeks of being inundated with facebook posts, tweets, and all around gossip surrounding much andticipated reunions, outlandish performances, questionable fashion choices, and eye popping outtakes during the popular awards show. The 2013 VMA’s sure did provide much of the same this year, and has already taken the world’s social sphere by the throat. In 1999 the VMAs “blessed us” with America’s breast dressed rapper, 2003’s kiss, and 2009’s infamous interruption. 2013 now has a moment to call it’s own, thanks to former Disney sweetheart Miley Cyrus…cringe with me.

mtv-vma-2013The 20 year old former TV show starlet turned singer/provocateur has been the butt (pun intended) of a fresh new series of memes after her salacious performance Sunday night. Cyrus took the stage in a odd looking bunny leotard with giant stuffed bears that could also seen in her music video. If that wasn’t enough she continued by being joined by singer Robin Thicke to perform the god fucking awful single Blurred Lines, that’s wrapped in it’s own separate little controversy. The performance featured more of Miley’s “twerking” and less clothes as she felt the need to strip down to a flesh colored two peace.

Did I mention the widespread backlash? You know hell has frozen over when sane people can agree with a point made by Rush Limbaugh, but he was not alone in the media backlash. MSNBC’s Mika Brzenzinski went on a long and passionate shaming campaign on the morning show Morning Joe. Will Smith was also captured with his family during the performance…they were not entertained. The story overshadowed the more positive moments of the night including a performance by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Jennifer Hudson championing same-sex marriage. Sadly such things will more than likely take a back seat to the public display of senselessness Cyrus exhibited. Interestingly enough this is a perfect example of the state of the popular music culture. Performances/breakdowns like this are far from over, and there is nothing more appealing to the American public than a front row seat to a train wreck.

EDIT: Huffington Post decided to do some hard nosed investigative reporting into the picture of Will Smith and family and found that it was not as we all previously wanted thought it to be. Thanks, HuffPo.

A Song of 26 Genres of Metal in Alphabetical Order

Posted: August 8, 2013 by Dethfrequency in Discussion, News

Comedy for metalheads. This guy is clever. Via Dethpop Videos (no relation)

It’s very tongue-in-cheek, especially having to pull some of the “genres” out from his ass. Still well done and very funny.


Korn's "The Paradigm Shift" is set to be released this October.

Korn’s “The Paradigm Shift” is set to be released this October.

It’s been a long time, but Korn wasn’t about to leave us without a dope beat to mosh to. Ok, it has only been two years since The Path To Totality, nevertheless we’re given a glimpse of what is to come this fall. ‘Never Never’ has been released at the albums first single and…well…it’s great. Think of vintage Korn with a more of a modern polish. It’s dark, brooding and everything you come to expect from a Korn record. The Paradigm Shift looks to be 10 tracks long with 2 coming with a deluxe version of the album as bonus tracks. More details as they come!


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Soosan Firooz is more than just a rapper, she is symbol of hope in the oppressive world of the East.  Living in Afghanistan means living under the oppression of an ultra-conservative and religious fundamentalist views. The Taliban is still a prevalent force in her area of the world and it’s something she must deal with every day. She says she receives death threats over the phone.

“Of course I am worried something will happen, especially when I am stuck in traffic or going out for a run. I am worried about it but I refuse to just stay inside my house.”

Her father, Abdul Firooz, has taken it upon himself to accompany her to her shows as protection, which could draw dangerous attention to her family. Where many of her family members have disowned Soosan her father has always supported her. He is proud and confident that what she is doing is right. He goes on to say:

“Let them threaten us. We can defend ourselves”

James Neil Hollingworth (a.k.a. Ambrose Redmoon) said that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Soosan’s bravery to express herself despite threats to her life and the safety of her family makes her a cultural hero. She is an icon to women all over the world who feel they must hide themselves or their ideas in order to escape ridicule.

She has created a music video consisting of images of her in western style clothing, in particular does not wear the traditional headdress. It is featured on the Afghan cultural website and has gotten a bit of buzz. Both good, and bad. She has many new fans in the US who appreciate her beauty and strength but glancing on the Youtube page featuring the video you can find several vocal enemies exclaiming:

“Fucking whore kill your self” and “Afghan women should all educate and sing cultural music and not slutty Persian culture were they try everything to be western people and are far more slutty whores then the west can ever be.”

These comments are not of Americans but of the Afghan region which sheds light on the cultural ideologies of sexism and hate.

She has been featured on Upworthy, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and NBC lists her as one of “Afghanistan’s Female Powerhouses” among the listed is Afghanistan’s first Air Force Pilot, Colonel Latifa Nabizada, and “Mother” Laila who opened a free shelter for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s many opiate addicts.

In a land where women are treated as possessions that should be barely seen and never heard, it is woman who must stand a change the way they are being viewed. It takes a hell of a lot of courage to do what Soosan and many middle-eastern women are uptaking but they will go down in history books as the ones who were brave enough to speak up and lead the women revolution.

You can like her facebook page here Soosan Firooz