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Funk. Yep, catch me when the time is right, and I very well might be "The Funk Father." I've always had an affection for proper 70s funk and soul - even trying to work some of those grooves into my own jams back in that strange time called "The 1990s." My Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Wah pedal got a workout in those days, and while most of what I did went in some weird punky-metal direction, my own musical schizophrenia diversity has always led me to enjoy many types of music, despite "rock" being home base. One band I've dug comes straight out of Dayton, Ohio, and there's a good chance that even if you don't know THE OHIO PLAYERS, you'll recognize their music - hits like "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster" (covered in '96 by THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS). Now, four of the original Ohio Players (Drummer James ‘Diamond’ Williams, Keyboardist Billy Beck, Guitarist Clarence ‘Chet’ Willis and Percussionist Robert ‘Kuumba’ Jones) are back in the studio working on a new record with an energized line-up and they're seeking some crowdfunding help to make it happen. Check out the details on the new album, RESET below, along with The Ohio Players' IndieGoGo pitch...

Musicians falling. It happens... and a lot of times it's funny, and people just laugh it off. Several years back, I used to do a feature called "When Stages Attack!" on another site, and it gained a lot of traction, and everyone took it in stride. At one point, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx even crashed that site by sending his Facebook fans to his own feature - and now Facebook is largely the key platform for sharing Stage Attack videos, many of which originate via Instagram and YouTube. Since it's happening again (the Stages are relentless), I think it's time to bring back that feature, and I'm starting it with Sebastian Bach, who was attacked by the stage at Beverly Hills' Saban Theatre on April 19th.

Animator Joey Siler has been making waves in the rock world for a bit with viral clips like his COOKING HOSTILE WITH PHIL ANSELMO series. Through his parodies, Siler has featured the likes of PANTERA, SLAYER, OZZY OSBOURNE, ANTHRAX, BUCKETHEAD, TESTAMENT and more... in cartoon form, and usually cooking. Now he's going after the ingredients, with SECRET METAL MYSTERIES: KORN and DEFTONES. What does Korn have to do with Corn? Watch the video below... popcorn's ready!

Around the beginning of the 21st Century, Los Angeles rockers EARSHOT were rising stars in a crowded pack. With a pair of albums released by Warner Bros. (2002's LETTING GO and 2004's TWO), the band scored a placement on the QUEEN OF THE DAMNED soundtrack, had gamers feeling the groove on MADDEN 2005 and WWE's LEGENDS OF WRESTLING II, and logged major tours with the likes of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KID ROCK and STAIND. Then, just as many artists of the era did, they found themselves in label-limbo after the big industry crash, only to re-emerge with THE SILVER LINING in 2008 via Fontana/Universal. In the years since, many things have changed, and "change" is a good thing to have in mind when considering AFTERMATH, a new 5-song "Mini-LP" that marks the first new music from EARSHOT in over five years, following a single release back in 2009. Headed-up by EARSHOT vocalist and songwriter Wil Martin with production by Sam Hughes, AFTERMATH is out today, and for a limited-time (through April 20), readers of THE ROCK FATHER can get the whole thing for just a buck! Details and promo code below...

While this one's been out since last year, I've never featured CRYSTAL LAKE's cover of LIMP BIZKIT's "Rollin'" here on the site, so it's time. The Japanese band reworked the 2000 single from Fred Durst and Co for their 2014 CUBES EP, and the results are pretty entertaining... if you were a fan of the original track, as was I. Check this one out below to kick off your week...

This week, NAPALM Records has unleashed the first-ever lyric video from Wisconsin's PRODUCT OF HATE. The first taste of the band's forthcoming debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, which will be released this summer, "...As Your Kingdom Falls" made its debut on REVOLVER Magazine's site yesterday, and has been making waves around the metal press today. As many of you know, my connection to PRODUCT OF HATE is a unique one in that I not only co-manage the band... but edited the new lyric video personally. Hope you dig it!

The ReAktion is a South American band that blends rock and electronica, and after catching the eye of SLIPKNOT turbtablist (and noted TRANSFORMERS enthusiast) Sid Wilson, they're prepping to hit the world hard with the release of their new album, SELKNAM. "10 Steps to Success" is the debut single from that new record, and this week the lyric video has arrived. Designed by Leonardo Signorelli and Gaston Velez, the new clip can be viewed below...

Let me tell you a few things about SHOCKWAVE. The mysterious metal/hardcore act has been an underappreciated gem of the heavy music world for nearly 20 years - and if the fact that their music is excellent wasn't enough to intrigue, their basis in the world of TRANSFORMERS lore should be. Back in my days running a Sam Goody store for the long-dead Musicland Group, I played OMEGA SUPREME - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION: 1996-2001 and their 2004 masterpiece, THE ULTIMATE DOOM (both released through Triple Crown Records) probably more times than our mall neighbors would've liked (and my store probably sold more copies than the norm as well). In the decade-plus since, I've mentioned the band here on THE ROCK FATHER on occasion (here and here), and have used their disguised Decepticon logo as a social profile pic on more than a few occasions. Bottom line: I love SHOCKWAVE, and you should, too. For Record Store Day 2015, THE WORLD IS OURS: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS comes to vinyl...

It was one of the worst-kept secrets in all of rock these past few weeks, but now it's 100% official: Chris Adler, drummer of LAMB OF GOD, will join bassist David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine, the creative driving force behind MEGADETH for the recording of MEGADETH's forthcoming 15th studio album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album during the in-progress recording sessions.

One of my favorite guitarists of all-time is PAGE HAMILTON, and that should come as no surprise seeing as his band HELMET is one of my top five favorite bands of all-time. Hamilton has also been involved in the art game for a bit, and on May 1st, "A Monumental Art Collection from Page Hamilton" will launch, and it's being called "abstract, vivid and built from guitar." Check out a teaser video below...

My embarrassing confession of the day is that somewhere... there exists a VHS tape in storage... one that contains footage of myself and a high school friend... both wearing our clothing backwards. Kid rap duo KRISS KROSS started a ridiculous fashion fad, and we spoofed it on my infamous cable access series, ZTV. I remember it as being terrible, and I'm sure that it was. On the flipside, I have no regrets in liking Kriss Kross' 1992 hit "Jump," and that's why I'm bringing you this tonight - the official music video for a new cover version by New Jersey band, DeathThrob. A little metal perhaps? Check it out...

Today I have an interesting one for you, the debut single from the Brooklyn-based band, Nevāda Nevada. "Anger Tango," (streaming below) is available now on iTunes and other digital retailers, a taste of what listeners can expect when their full-length WILD & GLOWING sees release somewhere down the road. The haunting track strikes with throwback familiarity - a multi-layered approach to it's instrumentation. There's a lot going on, and it sorta strikes me as the potential title theme for a non-existent indie-rock JAMES BOND film with a Shirley Bassey-vibe to the vocals. Check it out below and see what you think...

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