It isn't often (if ever) where you see band of brothers break up almost 20 years prior and then through the power of Metal, come back together to release a third album that was originally recorded OVER 20 years ago. Such is the case with California Central Coast Thrash metal band Intrinsic and I was there in the beginnings.
Growing up in San Luis Obispo, California, where Intrinic began, I came in contact with these talented guys originally going to parties and watching them kick ass, always impressed and knowing they had a future in the Thrash Metal scene. They grew from there, opening local shows up and down the coast for the likes of Megadeth, Overkill and many more, as well as headlining in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The band's self-titled debut even was named a top release of the year for 1987 by the top European Metal magazine (at the time) Kerrang!
They followed that up with 1990’s 'Distortion Of Perspective' EP, but while recording what would become their sophomore album, 'Nails,' the direction of the music industry was shifting. If your band didn't have a sound that replicated Metallica, Pantera and a few others, most bands were shit out of luck. So the Nails sessions where shelved for nearly 25 years, until now.
Last year the band connected with Divebomb Records and after hearing an audio preview, they struck up a deal that would bring the 'Nails' album to the masses. There was a major roadblock however, as the band’s sole master recording DAT had become damaged. Thankfully the original engineer had preserved the session reels and a brand new mix was created from scratch. From there, Intrinsic's longtime fans helped raise money via crowd funding, achieving their goal in just three days!
I join Divebomb Records in their excitement to present 'Nails' in this special edition reissue. Mike Mellinger, Chris Binns, Garrett Graddock, Lee Dehmer and Joel "Max" Stern are all solid guys in it for the love of the Metal and I hope this also leads to some more live performances. The 20 page booklet contains band supplied archival photos/flyers and features full lyrics with brand new essay detailing the making of the album. This is a reissue for the fans, by the fans. Order your copy now at tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/intrinsic-nails. The album is also available through Underground Power Records in Germany and Rock Stakk Records in Japan. Check out the CD packaging below and preview clip.
• Never before released sophomore album recorded between 1991-1992
• Newly mixed from original session reels in 2015
• Band supplied archival photos (20 page booklet)
• Brand new essay detailing story of “Nails”
• First time on CD
• Limited edition
• Mastered by Jamie King
• Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (Watchtower, Epidemic and Solstice)
1. State Of The Union
2. Fight No More
3. Die Trying
4. On Gossamer Wings
5. Pillar Of Fire
6. Mourn For Her
7. The Vicious Circle
10. Inner Sanctum
11. Dazed & Confused
12. Too Late, But Not Forgotten
Here's a selection of the latest and greatest from the Panther!
Steel Panther are thinking about putting out a Christmas album and have been tossing around some song title ideas. A couple of the titles tossed around are 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Had a Very Bad Drug Problem' and 'I Came Upon A Midnight Cheerleader.' Check out the rest. Let's hope this cums to fruition!
Here's the Steel Panther exclusive X-rated Xmas song:
Your favorite Holy Moly! newcasters Stix Zadinia and Michael Starr report from backstage at Wembley Arena before rocking their sixth and final show of the UK tour with Crue and Def Lep:
Here's some Vegas video of the band wishing everyone a Merry Xmas!
Steel Panther's Satchel and Stix Zadinia recently answered some reader-submitted questions on thenervousbreakdown.com:
"I’m thinking of getting a gift certificate for a friend. It’s for a Prince Albert piercing. I think he’s uncircumcised so I’m wondering if this makes it less sanitary. Answer me now, goddammit -Daniel G., Houston, TX and "Is there a Christmas album, other than Nat King Cole’s, that doesn’t suck ass? My lady listens to the shit for a whole month and there’s not a single one that I can stand. Isn’t there a decent Christmas album for guys?" -Tim M., Oak Park, IL
Read the answers and the other wacked out questions here.
The Panther had a contest for the best fan-submitted video for their new song 'Just Like Tiger Woods'. At this point, the band will sit down and discuss the videos over a bottle of Jack and decide on their top three. After that, you guys get to vote for the best video out of the three selected by Steel Panther. Here's a few of the submissions:
Here's Satchel with the Guitar World "Lick of the Day" from the "17 Girls In a Row" solo.
Here's performance video of '17 Girls In a Row' and more from a stop at the studios of Kerrang Magazine in Birmingham, England:
Here's a shot with Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard on the recent U.K. tour with Def Leppard and Motley Crue.
It's the most EPIC beer commercial ever, and it has an appearance by Stixx Zadinia of Steel Panther!
Hahn Superdry is available in Australia.
Here's the tweet of the week in a recent issue of Kerrang! Magazine from Stixx:
Linkin Park plan to release new album in 2012, Chester Bennington talks about past alcoholism and childhood abuse, Mike Shinoda on “Kevin & Bean” radio show
Chester Bennington has revealed that the rockers are not only hard at work on a new record, but that he'd be "shocked" if it was not released in 2012. The album will follow-up "A Thousand Suns," which debuted at No. 1 upon its September 2010 release and has sold 784,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"I can tell you that we have a lot of good music, a lot of quality songs," Bennington recently told Rolling Stone, adding that Rick Rubin will return again as producer. "Typically we'll have a once-a-week meeting to go listen to the songs that they're coming up with and talk about them," Rubin told Billboard.com of Linkin Park back in June. "For so early in the project, they are much further along than they have been on the last two albums we did. On ['A Thousand Suns'] there were still a lot of irons in the fire. We knew, 'OK, we can't do this forever. Let's leave this batch and we'll come back and address it when we start up again.' "
In his Rolling Stone interview, Bennington also mentioned that he hopes the band would be able to release an album every 18 months (exciting news for an act that has released three studio albums over the course of ten years), a process simplified by both shortening touring cycles and also recording while on the road.
"Mike [Shinoda] and I are out there with our studios," Bennington said, "technology, thank God, has gotten to the point when what used to be three refrigerator-sized racks of equipment and a full board the size of a king bed can now fit in my back pack -- and we're working on new music as we're driving in the car to a venue or in our hotel room, and when we come home, everybody works in their homes."
Chester Bennington opened up in a new interview with England's Kerrang! magazine about his past alcoholism and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Bennington said that he used to be a "full-blown, raging alcoholic," adding, "I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore."
Bennington that his addiction to alcohol reached its peak after a divorce from his first wife left him emotionally and financially drained. "I lived on alcohol," he said. "It was either beer, or Jack and Coke, or Jack Daniels in a pint glass with ice. And then it got to the point where my wife said to me about seven months after we got together, she goes, 'I don't think there's been a day since I've known you that you haven't drank.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? That's crazy' — as I'm drinking a Jack and Coke. That was where my life went."
The vocalist also spoke with Kerrang! about the sexual abuse he went through at the age of seven at the hands of an older male friend. He said, "If I think back to when I was really young, to when I was being molested, to when all these horrible things were going on around me, I shudder."
Linkin Park are doing a Secret Show For Japan at a tiny venue! This morning, Mike Shinoda shared their latest charity endeavor with Kevin & Bean on KROQ in Los Angeles, and discussed how YOU can fundraise your way into the show. Listen to the segment here: kroq.radio.com
Always Ozzy News: Ozzy & Sharon pay off tax lien, 2011 Record Store day Ambassador, Kerrang Rock Legend Award, OzTV from Brasilia, Brazil; interview outtake from “Thirty Years After The Blizzard” DVD
It was reported last week that the IRS placed a lien on the house belonging to Sharon and Ozzy — who reportedly owed $718,948 from 2008 and $1.024 million from 2009.
"At 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon I received a phone call from my publicist who had a reporter on the other line informing her that the IRS had just put a lien on one of our properties," Osbourne said in a statement released to gossip writer Perez Hilton. "I then contacted my accountant who said they knew nothing about any lien. The lien has been paid. I do intend to find out how this lien happened without the knowledge of myself or my accountants. I hope none of this reflects negatively on mine and Ozzy's moral character."
Record Store Day Ambassador 2011 is Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy fans who come out to support Record Store Day this Saturday, April 16 will have the first chance to purchase a special seven-inch vinyl single of "Diary Of A Madman"'s "Flying High Again" (with a live version of "I Don't Know" as the B-side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" albums.
"If you don't listen to vinyl for a while and you hear it again, it sounds much better," says Osbourne. "It's exciting that young bands are making records on vinyl," he says. "The big corporations make everything so miniaturized. And when you buy the iPod or the iPad or the i-whatever, six months later it's obsolete and you have to buy a new gadget." According to Ozzy, the first album he ever bought was "With The Beatles". In the early '60s, England was still recovering from the war and The Beatles brought this magic," he tells USA Today. "I still listen to them. I always go back to Pink Floyd. I do try to listen to newer stuff, but it's not really new. The original stuff was written by cotton pickers in the '30s. If it tickles my spine, I listen. When I'm writing, if the hair on my arm stands up, I think, oh, it's good. I don't work it out mathematically."
Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
--Ozzy will play an exclusive, one-off show at London, England's Hammersmith Apollo on June 21 as part of Kerrang! magazine's 30th-birthday celebrations. The former Black Sabbath singer will also be honored with the Legend Award at this year's Kerrang! Awards on June 9.
"It's an incredible honor to be the second recipient of Kerrang!'s Legend Award," said Ozzy, "and I'm looking forward to you all going 'fucking crazy' at the 30th-anniversary party at the Hammersmith Apollo!"
Kerrang! editor Nichola Browne said: "We are so unbelievably excited to have Ozzy play this very special show for our 30th-birthday celebrations in June. We are privileged that the Prince of Darkness can help us mark this momentous milestone in style and it's guaranteed to be a night to remember. Ozzy has been the mainstay of rock music. During his long and colorful career, he's not only helped define heavy metal as the voice of Black Sabbath, he's also enjoyed a three-decade reign as a solo artist and inspired thousands of rock fans to 'go fucking crazy' during his unmissable live shows. He's a much-loved, larger-than-life personality, and it is only fitting that we will be honoring Ozzy with the prestigious Legend Award at this year's Kerrang! Awards."
The awards, voted for by readers, will once again be hosted by Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Scott Ian.
Here's the latest latest OzTV webisode from Ozzy's April 5, 2011 concert at Ginásio Nilson Nélson in Brasilia, Brazil:
Her's an interview outtake taken from the "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD, which will be available May 31st in the Blizzard of Ozz / Diary Of A Madman 30th Anniversary Box Set: