Chris Babbit is the lead singer of traditional heavy metallers Taking Dawn. He loves heavy metal. This makes him qualified to weigh in on some of metal’s heaviest debates. First up, Ozzy vs. Dio.
“America, land of the free. Well, the other day I experienced something in this wild and free country that serves as an example of the truest form of liberty. I ate a KFC Double Down.”
If Jucifer are known for one thing, it's volume. The alt-metal two-piece hauls walls of amps all over the U.S. to create its sludgy mix of hard rock and metal. The group's new album, Throned in Blood (Nomadic Fortress), is out now. Road dogs that they are, the pair is already touring for it. Here, guitarist and vocalist Amber Valentine shares her tour diary from last month.
Crusty thrashers Bison B.C.’s latest album, Dark Ages (Metal Blade), is so chock-full of memorable guitar work, we figured these guys must be authorities on great riffs. Turns out we were right. After the jump, we’ve posted vocalist-guitarist Dan And’s picks for the Five Best Riffs of All-Time.
The monotony of tour can sometimes be overwhelming. Allow me to say that this is in no way, shape, or form a complaint. I play music and travel for a living. I consider myself to be both blessed and extremely fortunate. However, like most things in life, the strain of repetition catches up with us every now and again. Restaurants, truck stops, bars, Walmarts, malls, soundchecks; these are things that happen almost every day. The beautiful part of tour are the moments that catch you off guard, whether good or bad. They keep the pulse moving, the heart beating, the mind suspecting. They make you realize that no matter how comfortable or tedious life can sometimes seem, it’s best to keep your eyes open. In addition to the amazing shows and the experience of performing our very own rock opera every night for two months straight, the following four events, be them good or bad, are what will make me remember The Emptiness tour forever.
number six – Favorite Foods
5. Macaroni and Cheese
4. Hot Dogs
2. Homemade Grilled Cheese w/ Tomato Basil Soup
“My head still aches from last night. No, it is not what you think, I am not hungover. I guess the room is still spinning because of the blow I took to the head last night, courtesy of my own hands. I know, I’m an idiot, there is no need to remind me. I keep replaying it over and over again in my mind and I still cannot determine why in the world I did what I did. Machete swings are not difficult for me, at least not anymore. In the beginning they were a nightmare. I probably hit myself in the head at least a dozen times before actually completing one successfully. However, none of them stung like last night. I guess I should have thought twice before attempting such a ridiculous stunt in Jupiter, notorious for crazy potato chips and dangerous jungles.”
“4. That Part Was Sick…Let’s Play It Again Austin, Texas, plays host to one of the coolest festivals in the country, South by Southwest. We were invited to play in 2009 at 2:00 in the afternoon and, at least by our standards, we thought the show went very well. We definitely had a reason to celebrate, and why not? Our work for the day was done, right? Wrong. Unbeknownst to us, we had been selected to play a second set later that evening; at midnight. Well, bad news was we did not find this information out until roughly 9:30 p.m. Allow me to be the first to tell you that “celebrating” all day and then having to play a show is not a good idea. I think we made our point when, during the first song, we managed to play the bridge not once, but twice. We somehow turned a four minute song into a five and a half minute medley. The good thing is I think most of the people in the crowd had been “celebrating” all day, too.”
“I am sitting backstage with my laptop in a very cold, small, and crowded dressing room in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania… Tonight marks the first show of our headlining tour in support of our new record, The Emptiness. Tonight is sold out and I have just been informed that the shows for the remainder of the first week are all expected to sell out as well. Pretty cool.”