EP Review: Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

EP Review: Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

Band: Prophets of Rage Album: The Party’s Over Genre: Rap rock Date of Release: August 26, 2016 Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Cypress Hill Track Listing: 1. Prophets of Rage – 3:10 2. The Party’s Over – 3:32 3. Killing in the Name (Live) – 5:16 4. Shut ‘Em Down (Live) – 3:35 5. No Sleep ‘Til Cleveland (Live) – 5:14 Allow me to start off by saying that I have a lot of respect for Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. It takes talent to apply average songwriting to above average ability and make it an iconic part of 90’s culture. But then again, the AIDS epidemic was an iconic part of 80’s culture, so that isn’t saying much on its own. Although I am a fan of Rage Against the Machine, I do believe that they have always been held in a slightly higher standard than they deserve, and the newest project from their core three members, Prophets of Rage, proves that they’ve well and truly jumped the shark. They can’t be bothered to innovate anymore; they’re feeding the waiting public table scraps from a 20-year-old dish. Their soapbox is rotting and rapidly losing structural integrity. Their ship has sailed and they’re selling cabin space on the lifeboats. Jesus, I feel like John Cleese in the Monty Python parrot sketch trying to describe how laughably lackadaisical this EP is. “Hey,” they said. The critics liked Renegades when it came out 15 years ago, right? Let’s do the same thing, but instead of one rapper, let’s get...
Album Review: FLAW – Divided We Fall

Album Review: FLAW – Divided We Fall

Band: FLAW Album: Divided We Fall Genre: Nu metal, alternative metal, hard rock Date of Release: August 19, 2016 Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Nonpoint, Korn, Sevendust Track Listing: 1. Fed Up (;C4USE22) – 4:01 2. Do You Remember – 3:47 3. Fatal Fall – 3:36 4. Live and Breathe – 3:10 5. Choices – 3:20 6. Wipe Away the Dust – 4:01 7. Bleed Red – 3:39 8. Let Me Go – 3:43 9. Heal – 3:53 10. When You Grieve… – 3:26 11. My Letter – 4:23 A comeback is not an easy thing to accomplish. There’s a lot of pressure that rides on the shoulders of a return, and most find themselves crushed by the weight. After 12 years of inactivity, FLAW has expectations to exceed and odds to overcome. If you don’t know (and chances are you don’t), FLAW was a pretty great nu metal group back in the early 2000’s. They had a couple hits, toured as part of Ozzfest, and eventually got swept up in the .com boom that left lots of bands high, dry, and without a label. Now, in the midst of a major nu metal revival, the band is ready for round two. Older, wiser, more experienced, and more skilled, they’re back and trying to make a name for themselves once again. So the question is, does Divided We Fall sweep away the sands of time and re-establish FLAW as a player in the active rock scene? Well, I’m not gonna tell you yet. Read the rest of the review and see for yourself. If you’re...
I Sent My Dad to Review the New ALTER BRIDGE Album

I Sent My Dad to Review the New ALTER BRIDGE Album

July 6th, 2016. Just three weeks earlier, the city of Orlando, Florida was rocked by the worst mass shooting the history of the United States. The theme park capital of the world was understandably and undeniably glum. People needed an excuse to cut loose, to smile, to put the bloodshed behind them- and hometown heroes Alter Bridge stepped up to the plate. Although the band is not releasing their new album until October, they decided to host an exclusive listening party and performance for a very select number of fans. Of course, I Probably Hate Your Band was on hand for the festivities, but not in the way you might think. Okay, we were there in the exact way you might think, because we spoiled it in the title. My father likes to jokingly refer to himself as “Alter Bridge’s oldest fan”, which demonstrates that he doesn’t quite grasp the concept of dad rock. He’s very proud of his virtually encyclopedic knowledge of their catalogue, which he culminated (and celebrates) by blasting it through the house at every opportunity. He would probably go gay for Mark Tremonti, and who would blame him? Well, the guy who committed the aforementioned mass shooting probably would, but that’s neither here nor there. As you’ve probably gathered, he bought a ticket to this event, and thanks to his rabid fandom, he was the perfect candidate to cover it for us (no press was allowed- we checked). Although devoid of any journalism knowledge or experience, his experience as a lawyer has cultivated a strong memory, so this account is based on an interview I...
INTERVIEW: Klayton (Celldweller, Circle of Dust, Scandroid)

INTERVIEW: Klayton (Celldweller, Circle of Dust, Scandroid)

You know, no one has ever asked me, “What’s the best part about being a music journalist?” Is it hearing new music weeks before anyone else does? Getting up close and personal at concerts? Interacting with the IPHYB crew? That last one’s a joke. In my opinion, the best part about being a music journalist is getting to interact with artists, bands, and musicians, defying conventional wisdom that you’re not supposed to meet your heroes. Every encounter is exciting and informative and, most of all, honest. After a while, rock stars shake the image of larger-than-life figures and just become people, like you and I. So imagine how ecstatic I was to interview Klayton, one of my favorite musicians today. The sole driving force between electronic metal/drum and bass/dubstep outfit Celldweller, newly-revived 90’s industrial outfit Circle of Dust, and new wave revival outfit Scandroid, he’s had incredible success in the music industry both in front of and behind the mic. He’s gone over well at IPHYB, too; the last Celldweller album, End of an Empire, was given a 9/10 and bestowed with the “Best of IPHYB” label. Since releasing End Of An Empire in November, he has released instrumental and remix compilations of the album, composed the soundtrack for the videogame Killer Instinct: Season Three, dropped a surprise double album of unreleased remixes and tracks called Space & Time (Expansion), released the third volume in his Transmissions series of ambient and atmospheric experiments, released a Scandroid single called Pro-Bots & Robophobes, and re-released Circle of Dust’s first two albums, Circle of Dust and Brainchild, with additional content. His record...
Ten Jewish Band Names

Ten Jewish Band Names

ABOVE: It’s Mitzvah Mansoor! Get it? I have no friends. Happy Passover, everybody (or as we say in Hebrew, דלק סילוני לא יכול להמס קורות פלדה)! To be perfectly honest, I’m not a fan of this holiday. Not only do I have to forego bread for eight days, but I have to spend two of them having a ritualized dinner with extended family I don’t care about? No thanks. I hope you goyim enjoyed your Easter. I have to admit, though, Passover (or “Pesach” in Hebrew) is a pretty metal holiday. So metal, in fact, it could be named the official holiday of thrash. It’s a story from the Old Testament, when the ancient Israelites began their mass Exodus from Egypt thanks to an Angel of Death that Slaye(r)d every Egyptian’s first-born son. Megadeth. Did I get ‘em all? But yeah, Passover features a flaming bush that never burned, a prophet’s struggle for power with an oppressive ruler, ten plagues of blood and eternal darkness and murder, the sea being split apart by divine intervention and the subsequent drowning of an entire army. The holiday reads like a Dream Theater concept album; it’s pretty sick. To get into that spirit, here are ten metal bands whose names could be improved with Jewish nomenclature. Although Meshuggah takes their name from the Yiddish word for a crazy person (meshuggenah), they do not count. 1. Chai on Fire (High on Fire) Chai is an important concept because it’s the word for the number eighteen. In Hebrew, it’s also the symbol for “life”, which is something we at IPHYB are yet to experience....
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