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Videos of the Week: Code Orange and Tomahawk

Well, I’m a bit late with this post, but better late than never ūüôā

First up check out the new video from Code Orange (previously known as Code Orange Kids).¬† What really gets me about this video is besides the unsettling themes and even more disquieting grungy doom metal accompanying is the choice to use a washed out, Super 8 VHS aesthetic.¬† It really blends well with the music and makes the video much more freaky.¬† Going by the released singles and this video, Code Orange’s upcoming record, I am King (out Sept. 2nd, 2014 via Deathwish Records), is sounding to be a smashing and very unique record.¬† We’ll have more on that for you in the near future ūüôā


And to counterbalance that bit of disturbing art, here’s Mike Patton as a Crank Yankers puppet.¬† Need I say more why this is awesome?¬† South Paw comes off Tomahawk’s 2013 record Oddfellows.¬† Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #9 – Easy

tsp_tee_easy-like-sundayThis is one of those unlikely songs covered by a metal-ish band.  But, since Faith No More did it; it seems more fitting.  It would probably be strange if Anthrax covered it.  Mike Patton’s vocal range is a perfect pitch for this particular song.  It was very well done and really not that much enhanced from the original Commodore’s version.  Faith No More’s version was recorded in 1992 and in some instances became the band’s biggest hit outside of America.

The Commodore‚Äôs recorded this ultimate ballad in 1977 ‚Äď seems like a lot of my covers originated in the 70s. ¬†It was written by the ultimate ballad composer Lionel Ritchie when he was part of this funk quartet.¬† Interesting thing about Lionel Ritchie‚Ķwhen my son was a baby/toddler we used to put him down for his nap.¬† We would put the satellite TV on the easy listening channel and sure enough something from Lionel Ritchie would come on at the same time every day and BAM!¬† Sleepy time worked every time; out like a light.¬† Anyway, it‚Äôs song not likely to be covered by a metal or hard rock band, but Faith No More did it justice.

Below is the cool version from Faith No More.

Here is the classic by the Commodore’s

Album Review: Oddfellows by Tomahawk

oddfellowsAs with any project Mike Patton’s name is attached to, you know you are going to be getting something unique to listen to.¬† Even his most famous and accessible project, Faith No More, was considered to be outrageous and ground breaking when they hit the scene in the late 80’s.¬† When he’s trying to be contemporary (see: his orchestral Italian vocal pop song cover band Mondo Cane), he can never drop that avant-garde stigma he’s branded himself with.¬† And while he does have some really weird projects you couldn’t get me stoned enough to enjoy, for the most part, for as experimental as they are, almost every project he does I feel that even those not particularly into experimental music would find something to like in them.¬† His latest release into the music world is¬†Oddfellows, the fourth album from his project Tomahawk, which also consists of guitarist Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, bassist Trevor Dunn of other Patton projects of Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, and drummer John Stanier of Helmet.¬† Needless to say there is a ton of pedigree in the band.

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What’s Cooking in the Inbox?

b517808e-fe18-3a6a-b0aa-1688f062a765As we peruse our inbox we come across a lot of cool music and review requests.¬†¬†Though our inbox is of the¬†digital kind, the picture above¬†represents the nature of things piling up.¬† I wish we could get to them all, but life in the fast lane prevents us from reviewing everything we receive.¬† The bands below were recently sent to us with a video clips and promotion information.¬† Therefore, I am doing my civic duty as a metalhead and spreading the gospel of metal to you.¬† Since we are non-discriminatory (if that’s a word)¬†lovers of metal, I figure the best way to do this is to just write a few words and let you decide for yourselves whether you are going to take the next step; buying the album when it is released.

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Monday Metal Madness – Iconic Frontmen

Well, it looks like Opeth fans lean more toward the middle of their discography.¬† The newer stuff didn’t get much love, the old material took second place.¬† Thank you for voting…that was a tough one.

This week we are going to take a look at iconic frontmen.¬† These are the guys that made a name for themselves not only as a vocalist, but for being the guy in the front; the one that gets the crowd moving and maintains a certain level of energy throughout the show.¬† In some cases they may even be a bit of a recluse, but the bottom line is that when you hear the¬†band’s name you immediately think of the frontman.¬† They are also the spokesperson for the¬†band, often doing most of the interviews and other things where they get are often put in the spotlight.¬† Keep in mind, this poll isn’t necessarily about the music…but, the guy out front.¬† Which one do you like and/or respect the most?¬† For this post I eliminated vocalists whose band is named after them.¬† So, no Ozzy (solo) or Marilyn Manson, etc.

Song of the Week: God Hates a Coward

So, normally the song of the week should be the first random metal song that we listen all the way through on our Ipod or media player. Thing is, I kinda cheat due to how I listen to music. ¬†I prefer to listen to albums from front to back with little to no skipping around and if I do go to a song it’s almost always not at random. ¬†So today I going to do this proper. ¬†Booting up WinAmp, random on, let’s see what pops up and take a quick journey through my music library. ¬†Stephan Lynch – Beelz, about Satan, hilarious, but not metal. ¬†Next, The Beatles – I Fell, amazing band, great tune, but again not metal… Next! Jelly Roll Morton –¬†Low Down Blues (New Orleans Blues) (link goes to a different Jelly Roll Morton song, Youtube doesn’t have to one I have, ain’t that some shit), ummm, still no metal, I should have put the metal filter on, but anyways this is fun, I haven’t listened to Mr. Jelly Roll in a long while.

Queens of the Stone Age – Long Slow Goodbye, these guys do have some metal¬†tendencies¬†and guitarist/vocalist/band leader Josh Homme got his start playing for the legendary stoner metal band Kyuss, but not quite metal. ¬†Damn, do I have some metal somewhere on my hard drive. ¬†You all have to be doubting my metal cred by now. ¬†Mega Man – Toadman Stage (Rainy Sewers), catchy chip tune from the classic video game series with the best music, but…. 311 – Guns are for Pussies, yes guns are for pussies, but no metal to be found here. ¬†Frank Zappa – Tell Me You Love Me, Zappa has influenced countless metal artist and musicians the world around, but this isn’t the metal you are looking for. ¬†San Tropez – Pink Floyd, ahh,¬†Meddle, one of my favorite Floyd albums and “San Tropez” is a nifty little ditty, but you know….

OK, here we go, finally something metal!!!!!!! ¬† God Hates a Coward by Tomahawk. ¬†For the those not familiar with this band it is one of Mike Patton’s (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) many projects and like many of his works it leans toward the avant-garde side of the musical spectrum. ¬†The album that this song comes off of is their self titled release and features members of Helmet, The Melvins, and The Jesus Lizard. ¬†A great album for those looking to delve deeper into the world of Mike Patton after getting familiar with FNM and Mr. Bungle and hear more of Mike Patton’s metal side.

With “God Hates a Coward”, as usual, Mr. Patton’s vocal work is top-notch and unmatched. ¬†I particularly like Kevin Rutmanis (The Melvins) bass work on this song with his heavy and rolling lines. ¬†To bad he left the band, but for their upcoming album which is currently in the works, Mike Patton has recruited long time friend and Mr. Bungle musician Trevor Dunn (who also plays in Fantomas and collaborates often with John Zorn). ¬†Enjoy the tune and let us know what you thought. ¬†I hope a look into my music library doesn’t make me seem any less a metal head (in a roughly 16,000 song library I’d say about 65% of it is pure metal). ¬†Peace Love and Metal!!!

Album Review- Mike Patton- The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Mike Patton’s latest work comes in the form of an album entitled The Solitude of Prime Numbers. ¬†Within is music taken from the score of the Italian film La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi, which he scored, and also music inspired by the book of the same name which the film is based on. ¬†Unfortunately, since I have yet to read this highly acclaimed book by Paolo Giordano nor see the film so I can not give you an honest opinion on whether the music does in fact capture the feel of the film and book. ¬†I can, however, let you know that Mike Patton’s work on this release is well worth listening to.

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Mike Patton to Score Another Film, The Place Beyond the Pines

Well ain’t this a coincidence. ¬†Mike Patton is featured as the Song of the Week today and then as I’m still listening to The Solitude of Prime Numbers¬†soundtrack which he scored I stumble across the news that he will be¬†scoring¬†the soundtrack to yet another movie, The Place Beyond the Pines. ¬†This will be the third feature full¬†length¬†movie that Mr. Patton has scored (the other being Crank 2: High Voltage, watch it, it’s, it’s, I don’t know, it’s crazy, but a damn fun time, and the soundtrack really fits the film). ¬†It seems as if he has a knack for doing this kind of work and enjoys doing it.

According to IMDB The Place Beyond the Pines¬†is about “A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.” ¬†The film will be directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue¬†Valentine, which I haven’t seen, but have heard is really, really good) and will star Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blue Valentine), Eva Mendes (The Spirit), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover). ¬†Interesting cast to say the least. ¬†The film is also being shot in Schenectady, NY where the town’s name translates to “The Place Beyond the Pines” in the Native American Mohawk Tribe language. ¬†Schenectady is also the resting place of one of my all-time favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut. ¬†I’m¬†definitely¬†looking forward to seeing this film. ¬†It is slated to be released in 2012.

And according to, “[Director]¬†Cianfrance recently completed production on a film called¬†Metalhead,¬†‚ÄĚthe story of a heavy metal drummer who blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence.‚ÄĚ That films stars the always-awesome Jucifer as a fictional version of themselves. While that doesn‚Äôt tell us anything about¬†Pines, it reinforces my suspicion that Cianfrance has good taste.”

And while I’m on the Mike Patton in entertainment subject I’ll also note that he will also be reprising his role as the voice of the major character The Darkness in the upcoming sequel, The Darkness II, to be released worldwide Feb. 10, 2012. ¬†The first game was great, and going by all the info I’ve been able to squeeze out about this upcoming game, this should also be a big time winner.

Peace Love and Metal!!

Song of the Week- Caffeine

So, as of right now I’m currently listening to the soundtrack to the film The¬†Solitude of Prime Numbers¬†which was scored entirely¬†by one of my all time favorite musical artists Mike Patton¬†(if anyone is interested, a review will be popping up soon). ¬†I feel a Mike Patton kick coming up soon.

For some, Mr. Patton’s work may be a bit on the ‘too weird side’ of the musical¬†spectrum¬†(even for me at times), but no one can deny that the man has ‘mad’ vocal skills and quite an artistic vision. ¬†Of the myriad of bands and projects he’s a part of, the most¬†accessible¬†and the one he’s most famous for is Faith No More¬†who hit it huge in the early 90’s with the smash hit “Epic”. ¬†Throughout the band’s¬†existence¬†they released 4 albums with Mike Patton before calling it quits (they did get together a few years ago and did a reunion tour for fun and never ruled out that FNM¬†would never tour again in the future ūüôā ). ¬†I realized that I don’t talk about one of my all time favorite artists enough here on Metal State, so to rectify that err, this week’s song of the week, “Caffeine” comes off my personal favorite FNM¬†album Angel Dust¬†(I feel a backtrack coming up). ¬†Enjoy and let us know what your favorite Mike Patton songs and projects are! ¬†Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Bonus Song

While NJ metal band Dillinger Escape Plan¬†was in between singers the rest of the band hooked up with Mike Patton to release a 4 song E.P. entitled Irony is a Dead Scene¬†which had 3 original songs on it and a cover of Aphex Twin‘s “Come to Daddy”. ¬†Needless to say, in the 20 minutes or so the E.P. ran, it was non-stop insanity. ¬†I really wished that Mike Patton stuck around with the band a bit more and did a full album with them, well, one can hope for the future. ¬†Here’s my favorite song off that collaboration “When Good Dogs Do Bad Things”. ¬†Enjoy!!

Video of the Week- Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Who says metal heads can be full of Christmas¬†spirit!!!! ¬†Here’s Twisted Sister¬†performing the classic Christmas carol “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”. ¬†Enjoy caroling and a wassailing!!! ¬†Peace Love and Metal!!!!


Bonus Carol

Here’s Mike Patton singing an ultra-sexy version of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”. ¬†Enjoy!!