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Confirmed: Fred Durst Is A Douchebag

He did it all for the nookie.

We all know Fred Durst is a man of (…ahem) many talents. From red Yankees fitted hats to Celtics jerseys and everything in between, the Limp Bizkit frontman has done it all. Or so we thought. It seems that the man has much more up his sleeve than we give him credit for.

It’s been announced that the renaissance man has successfully negotiated with CBS and CBS TV Studios to have his very own sitcom (temporarily referred to as “Douchebag”) in which he will explore and expose the high-profile lifestyle of a rock star trying to balance his stardom with his family life. Durst is to act as both the star and the producer of the show, and is currently working on a script to be reviewed by the network.

This isn’t Durst’s first venture into the world of motion picture. During his very profitable career with Limp Bizkit during the late 1990s early 2000s (in which they sold over 30 million albums), he tried his skills as a director for many of his band’s own music videos as well as vids for contemporaries such as KoRn and Staind. During the Limp Bizkit hiatus, he directed two relatively successful full-length films: The Education of Charlie Banks starring Jesse Eisenberg and The Longshots featuring Ice Cube. As an actor, though, his appearances have been limited to short cameos in a few films and shows. He’s never had a role in which he was able to showcase his acting skills, but it seems as if this doesn’t matter to the execs at CBS.

Do they see something in him that millions of others do not? Or is this another case of a major network attempting to bank on an artist’s celebrity status, regardless of what he brings to the table? Does Fred Durst have “celebrity status”? Let’s hope the show actually airs soon so we can see how much of a “Douchebag” he really is. Or isn’t. Or is.

Alive With The Glory Of Terrible Album Art

In the music world, even in this digital era that we find ourselves in, we can’t ignore the visual element. Music videos still entrance us, the clothes a band wears help us identify a culture we want to be a part of, and album art…Oh, album art. Back in the days of vinyl, when packaging could add value to a recording and we were all nerds for liner notes, covers were a true form of art.

That’s not to say that album art still isn’t important. Who hasn’t bought a record based simply on the album art? Still, album art can be red flag and a red herring—telling component and just some throwaway to wrap the music in. Limp Bizkit seems to think that album art is important, at least in helping them to construct their visually compelling, edgy brand.

Snicker.

Wes Borland, guitarist for Limp Bizkit, recently commented on the eye catching style of the album art for the group’s most recent release, Gold Cobra. Harkening back to classic horror movie posterage and Frazetta-style art, Borland said that, “I put it through my retard filter and it came out like it did on the album.”

Oh, this is really special.

Can’t disagree with you there, Borland. Though we can’t expect much better from Bizkit, given their track record of absolutely horrendous cover art. So kudos to them for earnestly embracing their aesthetic and not pretending that it’s something that’s it not. Plus it gives the listener a good idea of what to expect from Durst and company.

Bizkit isn’t the only outfit that features album art that is underwhelming, though few can touch their consistency. And it’s not confined to the world of rap-rock either! In fact, bad album art has a long, illustrious history in the annals of rock music. Now, we’re not going to pick on the little guys who don’t have a big budget for their packaging. No, we’re gunning for the big dogs. Like Poison.

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Metal Monday: Mini Reviews Of June Releases

June was a pretty gigantic month for metal music, with upwards of twenty-five notable releases, some by pretty powerful players in the metal world in recent years.  Not everyone has the time and energy to check out all the big releases week to week and month to month, so I’m here to help you to stay on top of this busy time. Here’s a collection of mini reviews covering a bunch of June’s metal albums to help you figure out where to begin:

In FlamesSounds Of A Playground Fading

In Flames, one of the more famous names in the metal world, has seen their fair share of disappointment in recent years due to the flops that were A Sense Of Purpose and Soundtrack To Your Escape. Sounds Of A Playground Fading falls in line with those releases in terms of style, but is much less disappointing. Still not great, though.

Jungle RotKill On Command

If you’re a regular reader, then there’s a pretty good chance you already saw my full review of this album. Still, to sum it up: this is a straight-forward, stripped down metal album in time when they are few and far between. If you haven’t read the post yet, check out the in-depth version from a few weeks back.

Devin TownsendDeconstruction

Regarded by many as one of the most talented individuals in the metal world today, Devin Townsend rarely disappoints audiences with his music. And Deconstruction is no different. Though musically brilliant, it may take some people a bit of time to become accustomed to his odd themes, lyrics and humor. If you already know and love Devy, Deconstruction will absolutely make your day.

TombsPath Of Totality

Tombs’ second (sort of third) full-length album is definitely their best work to date, and quite possibly one of the best records of the year. Their signature mix of black and sludge metal meld flawlessly when taken to a new, extreme level. Fifty-eight minutes of pure metal awesomeness with not a single dull moment.

Morbid AngelIllud Divinum Insanus

I’m still not sure if Morbid Angel are just executing the biggest troll on the metal community or not, but there’s no denying that Illud Divinum Insanus is just plain not good. Trying out a new style of music, or trying to fuse new styles into a genre in which you’ve already proven your worth is admirable, but in this case it went horribly wrong. It’s not a good death metal album, it’s not a good electronic album, and it’s certainly not a good mix of styles. If you’re looking for electronic/metal combinations, maybe try “Self Vs. Self” by Pendulum and In Flames.

August Burns RedLeveler

August Burns Red’s fourth full length album sees the band departing even further from the somewhat standard brand of metalcore that propelled them to success. Leveler incorporates a litany of different musical styles, such as a nice flamenco guitar interlude, within their signature level of tightness and high energy.

Arch EnemyKhaos Legions

The extra time Arch Enemy took between albums, along with Michael Amott’s short stint reuniting with Carcass, clearly had a huge effect on the band. Khaos Legions is a bit of a departure from the band’s other recent works–and for the better. Each member’s best efforts focused into one album makes for a really solid listen.

Fit For An AutopsyThe Process Of Human Extermination

Every now and then a band tries to do something interesting with the currently played-out, generic deathcore sound without falling into the very well-defined box that deathcore has become. Fit For An Autopsy gets points for their effort, but there are still traces of the cookie-cutter style. A solid listen, though I’m not so sure that this is even close to the best the band can offer.

Job For A CowboyGloom

With every new release, Job For A Cowboy make a case for being one of the best pure death metal acts and Gloom is no different. As an EP, it’s only four songs, but each of those songs is remarkably well-executed and shows the band isn’t even close to done yet.

Limp BizkitGold Cobra

Calling Limp Bizkit a metal band that this point is really more of a joke than it is a serious claim, but this record is worth noting due to the fact that it perfectly sums up all of the music Limp Bizkit has made to date, except for their first (and best) album, 3 Dollar Bill Y’all. From the high energy tracks with angry raps to the somewhat ballad-like tunes, you get to hear a little bit of everything Limp Bizkit is known for.

Here’s a few other June metal releases that I’ve heard some good things about:

Symphony XIconoclast

From the looks of comments and ratings around the Internet, most people seem pretty pleased with this album. After 194 ratings on metalstorm.net, Iconoclast sits at an 8.5/10 rating, which isn’t too shabby at all (but is lower than the respective ratings for each of the three albums prior to it). It would appear that Symphony X have put out yet another solid album.

OriginEntity

Like Symphony X’s latest effort, most opinions of Entity seem to be very positive. It’s averaging an 8.4/10 after 57 votes, which is right on par with their last record. The only real complaints I’ve seen seem to be that some of the songs are quite short, and the album can get a bit lost in its overly-technical style at times.

AmorphisThe Beginning Of Times

The Beginning Of Times is the follow up to this Finnish monster band’s great 2009 album Skyforger, and by most accounts, is equally as good. Described by some as being a bit more melodically complex and reaching, Amorphis is not, historically, a formulaic type of band so overlooking a release is usually a folly.

June really turned out to be quite a climax in an already fantastic year in metal, and the releases keep rolling out. There are at least a few more albums coming out in 2011 that could very well dwarf the rest of the year’s releases (such as Revocation, Decapitated, Opeth, All Shall Perish, Skeletonwitch, etc.) but we’ll have to wait and see.

Any June metal releases you’re especially fond of that you think people should give a listen to? Post it in the comments section!

 


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