For their first Interscope release, and third overall LP, Las Vegas post-hardcore unit Escape The Fate are going the self-titled route. And they’ve reeled in Max Mars of Motley Crue to help them with some new tunes. Big Things.
Listen to Escape The Fate’s new album here.
Check out other new single and video premieres at MySpace Music.
Who: The former Texas glam rockers who became one of the heaviest metal bands on Earth, Pantera.
Album: Cowboys From Hell (listen here while reading)
Released: July 24, 1990
Why it’s important to you: “Pantera’s music still inspires me and I’m sure millions of other folks around the globe” —from the band’s MySpace profile, written by J from Birmingham, England
Their story: Few bands in history have undergone such a profound musical shift midway through their career as Pantera did on Cowboys From Hell. Released in 1990, with a deluxe reissue planned to hit shelves next month through Rhino, it was technically the Arlington, Texas band’s fifth album. Teenage brothers “Diamond” Darrell Abbott (guitar) and Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums) started Pantera in 1981 and self-released their first four discs while slogging through the trenches of a Southern club circuit that included Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and—according to Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, a native of New Orleans—“not much further than that.”
Cowboys was Anselmo’s second record with Pantera. His first, 1988’s Power Metal, lashed the bombastic glam of Whitesnake and anthemic leather-metal of Judas Priest to the harder, heavier thrash of Metallica. Song titles like “Rock The World,” “Burnnn!” and “Proud To Be Loud” (the latter written by Keel’s Marc Ferrari) give an accurate snapshot of Pantera’s prevailing aesthetic at the time. Power Metal’s cover was equally indicative, featuring a photo of Anselmo, the Abbott brothers and bassist Rex Brown (or “Rexx Rocker,” as he was then known) flaunting the teased hair, blown-out bangs and fingerless leather gloves made popular by the likes of Mötley Crüe.
But Cowboys From Hell changed all that.
When we caught wind of MySpace Music’s latest invention, Romeo—an app for your iPad that helps you discover a plethora of new music videos, basically on shuffle—we decided we better start having fun with it. But before we conducted our own experiment, we figured we might need to explain exactly what this app is.
Romeo allows you to pick a genre of music (Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, R & B, Alternative, Electronic, Metal, Country, Christian, Folk, Blues, Jazz, World or Dance ) and then what mood you are in (Romantic, Chill, Studying, Working, Naughty, Sad, Happy, Partying, Dancing, Exercising, Energetic or Aggressive) and it then randomly plays different music videos from MySpace Music’s entire video catalog. Or, if you’re feeling wild, you can shuffle between all genres and moods. (You can take a look at the app in its Web form here.)
We decided we’d test our music knowledge, and predict, based on the genre of music and our mood, which videos might pop up on Romeo. As is evidenced below, we’re ashamed of ourselves.
Escape The Fate have signed with DGC/Interscope Records and will release their third album on the major label in November. The new disc is being produced by Don Gilmore, the man behind records by Linkin Park and Bullet For My Valentine, and will be the follow-up to the group’s 2008 effort, This War Is Ours, which came out on the group’s former label, Epitaph. The new album is yet to be titled, but according to the band’s press release, the new album will apparently be “a twisted offspring, blending arena rock reminiscent of the ’90s with some new flavor.”
“This record is the cure for the modern day music epidemic,” bassist Max Green said in the press release. “We are wiping the slate clean and re-writing rock music as you know it.”
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