RATM Bassist: ‘ISIS And Moon Landing Aren’t Real!’ [News]

Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford said he doesn’t believe ISIS is real, claiming that “we created” the militant group “so we can go drop bombs.” Also, the Moon landing never happened in his book.

He tells Rolling Stone : “I don’t believe ISIS is real. ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with [new band] Wakrat .

“I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘Okay, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.’ That’s a bunch of shit.

“I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake.”

The musician further explained: “They’re not real. They’re high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn’t fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn’t be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That’s the way those videos came.

“The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There’s too much stuff that doesn’t look real. They’ve edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.”

Asked about what he thinks happened to people who ISIS killed in the videos, Tim replied: “They were already dead.”

On whether he thinks the US government is behind ISIS: “Oh, I think it goes so much deeper than just the US government. It’s the same people that put presidents in office all over the world.

“It’s a global conspiracy of people whose names we’ll never know, but they’re the ones who really run the show because they’re the ones with the deepest pockets.”

Branding himself a “conspiracy theorist,” Tim soon focused on the Moon landing, saying: “We didn’t go to the moon. We never went there. My dad worked for NASA on the Apollo missions, and I’ve always felt it’s been fake since I was a kid.

“The one thing I always questioned: We put the flag on the moon. Why did we put a metal rod on the top of it? Why wouldn’t we just plant it into the moon’s surface and have the astronaut pull it out and let it go and we can watch it do its dance on the moon? It would’ve been an image we couldn’t have faked and one that we would have never forgotten.”

And he even got to share a few words with Buzz Aldrin about it. He said: “I got into it with Buzz Aldrin five years ago at a John Cusack movie premiere. There were a bunch of people gathered around, and I said, ‘I have a question: You have all these missions to the moon. How come there’s no pictures of the flags on the moon?’

“He said, ‘Well, those are highly degraded by radiation by now.’ I said, ‘You left a lot of stuff on the moon. It seems that somebody with a telescope or satellite would snap a picture of that so we could see it. It’d be on the cover of every newspaper.’

“You could tell he was getting frustrated, and I asked him why he put a metal rod on top of the flag instead of just letting the flag out and do its thing. He gets all frustrated and says, ‘I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.’

“That’s what he said! Those were his exact words! Then he and his wife – all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be — bolted out, and I watched them walking down the street and he was just yelling at her. It made him so mad. There are so many different facets of the lunar landing that are just bullshit. It was such a powerful propaganda tool at the time.”

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Top 20 Weirdest Voices In Rock And Metal [News]

This week’s traditional Wednesday Question saw the UG community discussing the matter of the most peculiar voice in rock and metal music.

Plenty of votes and suggestions there were, all of which were neatly summed up into a Top 20 rundown below.

20. Jonathan Davis

There’s something odd about every member of Korn , yet the guys made their weirdness work like a charm when combined. So, kicking off the list, we have Mr. Jonathan Davis .


19. Brian Molko (Placebo)

Placebo frontman Brian Molko is up next. The man even said it himself: “My voice is unmistakable. No matter which song you are listen to, you will always know: this is Placebo.”


18. Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)

That dramatic, shaky vibe of Mr. Jello ‘s voice was more than enough for him to make the list. Biafra is also known for using his voice to compose; he had no formal musical training, leaving him to compose the tunes by singing them to his bandmates.


17. Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction)

Up next is the “awesomely weird” Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction .


16. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)

Did you notice that three UG users have nominated Claudio at the same time (8:42 AM on September 30 to be precise)? That’s amazing!


15. Bob Dylan

Weird voice is one of his staple marks. The man needs no introduction, the one and only Bob Dylan at No. 15.


14. Mike Patton

Faith No More ‘s Mike Patton has a 6-octave vocal range, which once earned him the title of the greatest singer of all time (based exclusively on vocal range), and he sure uses that versatility for all sorts of weirdness.


13. Thom Yorke

Quite distinctive, and quite peculiar, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is this week’s lucky 13. He once said: “It annoys me how pretty my voice is … how polite it can sound when perhaps what I’m singing is deeply acidic.”


12. King Diamond

Going as high as one can go, King Diamond is up next. Falsetto is his thing, take it or leave it.


11. Lemmy Kilmister

Longtime UG dude Izzy-Sweet nicely pointed out: “The weirdest thing about Lemmy ‘s voice is how greatly it differed from Hawkwind ‘s ‘S ilver Machine ‘ to Motorhead ‘s first single, what the fuck happened?!”


10. Bon Scott and Brian Johnson

Cracking the Top 10, both AC/DC vocalists, late Bon Scott and the “new guy” Brian Johnson have made the list. Both are peculiar, although you folks did point out that Brian’s high-pitched thing stands out a tad more.


9. Brent Hinds (Mastodon)

The voices of Mastodon dudes are a frequent discussion topic, this is what you boys said about Mr. Brent Hinds :

av0n : “Brent Hinds is cool and stuff, but you can’t shake off the fact he’s sounding a bit…yeah. Like a mix between Ozzy and Zakk with a touch of a tortured cat at times. But I’m cool with that.”

In addition to calling everyone a bunch of cunts, Mr. Aberinkulas added: “He’s like an evil pirate ghost from outer space. And it’s sweet as fuck”


8. Tom Waits

One could say that it’s impossible to get weirder than Tom Waits in terms of singing. And there’s a good chance that one would be right.


7. Billy Corgan

Expect an article about Billy claiming to be the No. 1 weirdest vocalist of the ’90s anytime now…


6. Axl Rose

Hailed as one of the greatest, and one of the weirdest, Axl Rose is bringing us a step closer to the Top 5. You folks also thought that Dan McCafferty of Nazareth deserves a mention as an obvious influence on Rose, so here’s a quality tune .


5. Serj Tankian

Not only did Serj make the list, but SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian also made the honorable mentions section for his occasional odd vocal lines.


4. Les Claypool

Mr. Weirdo himself at No. 4. This is what he said: “I was never the singer – I’m the narrator of Primus . That was always my thing. … It’s not like I’m Pavarotti or anything. But singing through my schnozola and dealing with the vocal chords I’ve been given genetically, I’ve learned to harness them pretty well.”


3. Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy ‘s voice can definitely be a tough pill to swallow. It’s odd that it was his nasal voice that announced the arrival of heavy metal to the world, but he obviously did something right.


2. Dave Mustaine

The silver medal this week goes to Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine . This is what the UG community had to say:

Eissari : “Kind of annoying but still so damn good.”

Khetag Lagkuti : “ When I first heard ‘ Tornado of Souls ,’ I honestly thought that It was a cover version with silly vocals.”

Barricade_28 : “It took me 20 years to go from hating Mustaine’s voice to liking it. That’s quite the acquired taste!”

kashmar88 : “I cringe and enjoy simultaneously. That takes talent. And he’s way more fun to imitate than Metallica haha.”


1. Geddy Lee

At the throne this week, you folks voted for Mr. Geddy Lee of Rush . Compared to “a hamster on helium” by some critics, Geddy’s voice can certainly take some time to get under your skin. This is what you folks said:

Whitesnake777
: “That voice takes some getting used to. Then it’s amazing.”

Iceman10129 : “Geddy’s voice is like that perfect voice casting for an animated film. You could never use another voice for Buzz or Woody . Same goes for Rush. The feeling his voice gives off just completes their sound. Love it!”

ZPinkZeppelinS : “His range is really prevalent at the end of ‘ Cygnus X-1 ‘ with the, ‘spinning, whirling, still descending, like a spiral sea unending.’ It’s like a three-year-old girl screaming in key while being chased by a murderous alien. And it’s absolutely marvelous…”

Maiden95 : “He’s honestly a superb vocalist. Or at least was for a very long time. So much range and character.”

little_boy : “I thought Rush had a female singer until I discovered that the vocalist was not only the bassist but also a guy. Still pretty good voice.”

ANewLevel : “I absolutely hated Rush because of the vocals when I was young, but I’ve since grown to love Rush and accept that Rush wouldn’t be Rush without him. Definitely an acquired taste.”


Lots of honorable mentions too, here goes: David Bowie , Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the Mars Volta , Blink-182 ‘s Tom DeLonge , Lou Reed , Matt Bellamy of Muse , Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation , Captain Beefheart , System of a Down guitarist and occasional vocalist Daron Malakian , Myles Kennedy , James LaBrie of Dream Theater , Benjamin Kowalewicz of Billy Talent , Rammstein ‘s Till Lindemann , Morrissey , Jack White , Neil Young , and Ian Curtis of Joy Division .

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Avenged Sevenfold: ‘We Have A New Drummer’ [News]

Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they already have a new drummer, despite not saying anything for some time now.

As reported, the band parted ways with Arin Ilejay over two months ago after four years of jamming together, but it turned out that even at that point they had a backup musician who will now be added to the roster.

And for some reason, his name remains a secret.

The group decided to post the announcement after seeing many audition clips on the web, one of which was from a US soldier called Chris Hawkins .

The statement reads: “It has been brought to our attention that a lot of videos have been posted online from some pretty amazing drummers who want to try out for Avenged Sevenfold.

“While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone.

“In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share we will be sure to do that.”

The boys added about Chris: “As for Mr. Chris Hawkins, you rule brother. We look forward to hearing about any future musical endeavors you may have. We appreciate the video and your service to our country. We will reach out and would love to meet with you when our paths cross next.”

You can check out Hawkins’ video below.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Meet The Pitch Key, Small And Cheap Gizmo That Allows You To Switch To Drop Tuning While Playing [News]

So, meet the Pitch Key , a nifty little gizmo that allows you to switch your guitar to drop or alternate tuning in a blink of an eye.

As the video below shows, the device locks in the string of your choice and bends it as you rotate the control wheel.

Technically, you can use more than one of ’em on one guitar, giving you even more control over your tuning. It works both on acoustic and electric models.

The Pitch Key is available for $33 in the States and £19.99 in the UK, and comes with free shipping in both countries. Check out the demonstration clip below, and if you’re up for it, order the gizmo via official site .

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Lamb Of God Performed On A Hurdy Gurdy Sounds Surprisingly Brutal [News]

A Polish girl behind the nickname of Helvetion offered a ripping cover of Lamb of God ‘s “ Grace ” on that peculiar instrument known as the hurdy gurdy.

The musician caught the attention of LoG guitarist Mark Morton , who had this to say about the cover: “Holy crap. Check THIS out!”

The gal branded the rendition “something different,” a “little experiment and exercise for fast melody lines.” We can say that the instrument makes the song sound surprisingly brutal.

About a year ago, you folks voted Arcade Fire ‘s use of hurdy gurdy among Top 15 songs with exotic insturments . The clip awaits below.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Megadeth Streaming New Single ‘Fatal Illusion’ [News]

UPDATE: The boys have subsequently shared the following info – the album title is “ Dystopia ,” release date is January 22, 2016 via Universal, Dave Mustaine and Toby Wright ( Alice in Chains , Korn ) are credited for production , cover art below.

Megadeth are officialy streaming “ Fatal Illusion ,” the lead single of their upcoming, yet-untitled album.

It’s heavy stuff we’re talking here, featuring that bass line David Ellefson had previously teased .

The tune marks the ‘Deth studio debut of guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Chris Adler . Check it out below.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

These Are 3 Critical Mistakes You’ve Probably Been Making While Recording Music At Home [News]

Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution offered a cool guide on improving your home studio recordings by narrowing down three most frequent mistakes people tend to make, along with tips on how to avoid them.

The three specific things would be: recording tracks too loud, not leveraging cardioid microphones, and skipping the sweetening phase.

Full details in the clip at the bottom, a few quotes in the paragraphs below.

You’re Recording Tracks Too Loud

“If you’ve ever heard the advice that you should record as loud as possible without clipping – there’s a problem with that. That advice comes from recording in the analog domain.

“When you’re recording to tape, you’re playing a whole different ballgame. Recording close to the top without clipping is hitting a sweet spot in the analog.”

Explaining how getting close to clipping in digital realm is an entirely different thing, Graham added: “Now let’s say you don’t clip, let’s say you ‘record hot,’ but nothing’s clipping.

“Problem with that is – you’ve got a million tracks in your session that are all close to the top. That all adds up to your master fader, at which point all that signal is going to overload your master fader, which is gonna overload your converters, and your converters are not gonna sound good overloaded.”

Solution : “Take your audio interface gain knob and turn it down. Not the fader in your DAW, the actual gain knob.”

You’re Not Leveraging Cardioid Microphones

“The best part of a cardioid microphone is not part you sing into or play into – it’s the back. It’s so critical, because the back of a cardioid microphone rejects the most sound.

“You can use the mic’s back to reject the worst sound in your room. So mic placement is two full processes – where the mic is pointing is only one half of the battle. The other half is – where’s the back of the mic pointing.

“What do you need to reject the most? It could be a computer fan, a window outside, a door leaking to the rest of the house, the most reverberant wall on your studio…”

Solution : “Strategically point the microphone to whatever sounds awful in your room – that’s you best chance of minimizing that noise.”

You’re Skipping the Sweetening Phase

“What is sweetening? Here’s what most people do – they record their song – they map it out, they record it – does it sound good – and we’re done, we’ll go mix it.

“The problem is – you’re not done. The recording session doesn’t end when you’ve recorded all the main tracks.

“In the sweetening phase, you go through the entire song – intro to outro – and you listen to each section, and you ask yourself, ‘Is anything missing?'”

The dude went on to explain how the song’s second verse is where most folks “get stuck” and when many tunes “begin to get boring.” Watch the clip for details.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Paul Gilbert Shares The Secret On How To Get A Rock Sound From Hollowbody Guitar [News]

During a recent 6-String.com guitar clinic, master Paul Gilbert shared a secret on how to get a good rock sound out of a jazzy hollow-body guitar.

Explaining how he loves hollow-body axes, Paul said he went to the Ibanez custom shop to ask for tips on how to properly rock ’em.

He said: “They got this trick from George Benson – you put clear packing tape over the f-holes. That’s my trick!

“It’s still a little crazier than a solid-body, but it starts to get into the realm of controllability. … You can get some wailing sustain out of it!”

To demonstrate how the six-string sounds like, Gilbert said: “I’m gonna play a Led Zeppelin song, which they stole from one of those blues guys.”

Check out Mr. Paul rockin’ out below.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

A few weeks ago, Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small ‘s AMA session with UG community sparked a massive online campaign to save the show by relocating it to Hulu.

Something big seems to be happening now, as Mr. Small has retweeted a countdown timer to “ Metalocalypse Now ,” whatever that might be.

A new season announcement? A new petition announcement? An announcement of the show going to Hulu or some other network? Our guess is as good as yours, so it would seem that we’ll have to wait for about 6 days and 23 hours to find out.

The tweet itself comes from the folks who initiated the online campaign, containing link to the countdown and the #MetalocalypseNow hashtag.

Brendon told UG about the show’s current state: “Here’s all that I know: I have a final story I really like, and I think since Hulu currently has a license for the streaming rights I believe that would be a good place for the final story. If they were to partner with Adult Swim, then maybe we’d have a place for the shows that still have a strong audience that the network can no longer afford.

“Get on Twitter or Facebook and tell Hulu how much you love Metalocalypse and who knows what’ll happen?”

Whatever happens, nice job folks! And here’s a special shout-out to UG user Mootallica who asked the question that essentially led to this whole thing.

Visit MetalocalypseNow.com to stare at the timer.


#MetalocalypseNow

— #MetalocalypseNow (@youarethegears) October 1, 2015

Source: Ultimate Guitar

BB King has been named Secretary of State of the Blues by authorities in Mississippi.

As Classic Rock reports, the legendary guitarist is the first musician to be elevated to such an office of honor in US history.

Mississippi Blues Commission chairman J Kempf Poole says: “It’s a privilege to honor BB King as our Mississippi Secretary of State of the Blues.

“Mr. King is one of Mississippi’s most influential sons – and with this designation I am proud to say that he has taken his rightful place at the head of the blues table.”

Former governor Haley Barbour adds: “He never forgot Mississippi was home, and he graced us often with his presence. He was warm and delightful, but I will never forget how he gave credit to the people that had helped him throughout his career. He had a big heart as well as big talent.”

Governor Phil Bryant has signed the resolution, as have the four surviving previous governors of the state. The document will be on show in the BB King Museum and Interpretive Center in Indianola, which is where King was buried after his death in May.

Source: Ultimate Guitar