In Defense of Nu Metal

In Defense of Nu Metal

Once again, the time has come. I shall further ostracize myself by taking a position heavily shunned by I Probably Hate Your Band’s loyal audience. After I say this next sentence, nine out of ten metalheads will probably look at me like I just raped Dimebag Darrell’s cold, lifeless corpse. Here we go. I find nu metal to be highly enjoyable. Before I prepare to fend off an enraged mob of tattooed dockworkers, please allow me to elaborate. No, seriously, please, I have a promising career (if you forget that I write for IPHYB). Writing this has already dashed my hiring prospects enough. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of bad nu metal out there. I tried listening to Dry Kill Logic once; the doctors said my recovery was miraculous. But much of the nu metal we know and scorn is severely underrated and deserves greater consideration from readers like you. A lot of ‘nu metal’ is also severely miscategorized as such. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, just about every popular rock artist was termed “nu metal”. A Perfect Circle, Damageplan, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, and Type O Negative all received the label. And then there’s Slipknot. What the hell is Slipknot, anyway? I’m tempted to call them thrash, but I don’t want legions of Slipknot fans to beat me up. Then again, they’re all edgy 15-year-olds…so yeah, let’s call them thrash. And let me get this straight: nu metal is not rap metal. They are two separate entities, although they do share some common ground. Nu metal contains a mix of singing, screaming, and...
SHALLOW SIDE Singer Sent to ICU, In Sorry Shape

SHALLOW SIDE Singer Sent to ICU, In Sorry Shape

Fans of the American rock band Shallow Side are sure to be disappointed, as front man Eric Boatright has been critically injured in an accident. Nothing about the accident itself is known, besides that it occurred on March 8th and resulted in a ride in the back of an ambulance for Boatright. Once in the Emergency Room, doctors discovered Boatright had suffered multiple facial fractures and potentially lethal bleeding inside his brain. He was then transported to a different hospital in order to receive specialized trauma care. He spent the next 18 hours in the Trauma Center, where doctors were able to stop the internal bleeding and save his life. At the time of writing, he is currently housed in the hospital’s Neurological Intensive Care Unit, but will be moved to a normal room soon. The band reports that he is “awake and talking, cracking jokes, eating, and wanting to go home.” Doctors say he may get his wish by the 11th. Best known for their 2012 active rock hit “Into the Deep” and single “Stand Up”, which is featured on the UFC ripoff World Series of Fighting, Shallow Side is currently touring the United States in support of Saving Abel (who are somehow still relevant). The band has announced that they will not be performing for the rest of the week; the fate of the rest of the tour is unknown. We at I Probably Hate Your Band sincerely wish Eric all the best in his recovery. You can read the band’s official statement below. Hey y'all.. So here's what's up.. Tuesday Eric Boatright was involved in an...
Donald Trump Revealed to be Dave Mustaine in Fat Suit

Donald Trump Revealed to be Dave Mustaine in Fat Suit

Wanna help us help support local music? Check out our Patreon! Hot off the heels of his phenomenal Super Tuesday showing, winning seven of the eleven state primaries held on March 1st, presidential candidate and Mexican Public Enemy #1 Donald Trump proved that he never fails to shock. Last week, he secured key endorsements from New Jersey governor Chris Krispy Kreme Christie and David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. This week, he revealed (to the surprise of no one) that he’s out of his mind. Then again, that isn’t hard to do when your mind belongs to someone else. In front of an audience of stunned journalists in West Palm Beach, FL, Trump peeled off the prosthetic skin on his face, revealing himself to be Dave Mustaine. “I can’t keep up this charade any longer,” the legendary Megadeth front man conceded. “I have to be honest with the American people.” Mustaine revealed that the deception began back in 1991. Donald Trump was a real person, he explained, until he passed away under mysterious circumstances surrounding his divorce with his first wife, Ivana. “Can you imagine how it would have looked for her?” Mustaine said. “She would’ve been framed for murder. She didn’t do it, of course, but she had to take precautions. So she called me up and asked if I could help pull a Paul McCartney. “Oh yeah, and on that note, Paul McCartney’s dead, too. Just thought you should know.” Mustaine was surprised no one caught on in the beginning. “Trump’s” hair suddenly switched from brown to blonde, and his business assets were...
Two Producers Locked in Epic Battle to Produce the Most Bands That Won’t Be Around in Five Years

Two Producers Locked in Epic Battle to Produce the Most Bands That Won’t Be Around in Five Years

When it comes to behind-the-scenes struggles, music fans are most familiar with the Loudness War. Music insiders, on the other hand, know that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are two peers on opposite sides of the United States, locked in an epic conflict, both determined to out-do the other. Their noble goal? To produce the most rock bands that will cease to exist within the next five years. After producing his own band for over a decade, Clint Lowery of the Grammy-nominated nu metal band Sevendust began looking for fresh, young talent to watch wither away under a mountain of financial and personal troubles. “Well, it wasn’t so much that I was active as much as I was approached,” Lowery clarified. “Ill Niño came up to me in 2009 and told me that Ross Robinson wasn’t available, so I was the next best thing.” The collaboration was successful, though, and so was Lowery’s follow-up work with Christian “metal” “band” RED. After working with these “high profile” artists, Lowery realized how important it is to give back to smaller bands no one cares about or will never hear. “I just wanted to share some of the success I’ve had with others,” he said. “Sure, ‘Dust might’ve become irrelevant after one album, gone bankrupt, and trudged on without me for four years, but we got nominated for a Grammy! It only took 22 years for us to not win the award we earned. Maybe we’ll get nominated again 22 years from now and we’ll actually win that one.” Since 2010, his bands Call Me No One and Dark New...
F1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo Shares Stage with PARKWAY DRIVE

F1 Driver Daniel Ricciardo Shares Stage with PARKWAY DRIVE

Australia’s favorite dadcore band, PARKWAY DRIVE, shared the stage the other night with Australia’s favorite racing driver (whose name isn’t Mark Webber), Daniel Ricciardo. On February 12th, the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver joined the band onstage at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, laying down some vocals. It isn’t known which song he joined in on, how many songs he joined in for, or how good he really was, but we know it definitely happened, as proven by the Instagram video embedded below. Ahh what the hell. I'm too pumped not to post it tonight haha. So this was me trying to smash out some vocals with @parkwaydriveofficial tonight. Was shitting myself but the experience is something i'll never forget 🙌🏼 A video posted by Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) on Feb 12, 2016 at 5:40pm PST While certainly an unlikely choice for a guest vocalist, it isn’t unwarranted. Ricciardo is a massive PWD fan, going as far as to feature lyrics from “Boneyards” on the back of his helmet while driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso. He claims the band is his go-to pump-up material before a race. After a fantastic 2014, finishing 3rd for the season, 2015 was a mixed bag for Ricciardo. He dropped to 8th place, but became the fastest person ever around Top Gear’s test track with a time of 1:42.2. Meanwhile, Parkway did pretty alright in 2015, releasing Ire to the acclaim of many and the insults of many...