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I was a huge Primus fan once upon a time (I started checking out after Tales From The Punch Bowl). Meanwhile, I loved the Tool album Aenima (and never listened to another Tool album thereafter). So even though I don't care too much about either band anymore, it's difficult for me to resist posting about this...

As you may have heard, Primus drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander recently had a heart attack and is still recovering. To help out with a few shows, Primus recruited Tool drummer Danny Carey to take Alexander's spot. Naturally, since Les Claypool has always been rather adventurous, Primus ended up playing some Tool material with Carey. Some footage of their output can be seen below (including Primus songs "To Defy The Laws Of Tradition" and "Here Come The Bastards")

Through deductions via our comrades at MetalSucks and ThePRP, it's pretty clear that Slipknot's new bass player is one Alessandro "Vman" Venturella.

In addition to playing guitar for Spinefarm Records band Krokodil, Venturella has performed guitar tech duties for a handful of bands, including Mastodon, Deftones, and Anthrax.

Confirmation comes via some hand tattoo forensics. Here is a screen capture from the Slipknot video:

Slipknot bassist

Meanwhile, here is a photo of Venturella playing guitar sans mask:

Alessandro Vman Venturella

So, Tamás Tófalvy, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, wrote an academic article based on Lambgoat comments that deals with the Myspace band phenomenon (e.g. Job For A Cowboy) that took place circa 2005. Here's a portion of its abstract:

In this paper I interpret the transformations that took place in an extreme metal scene due to online fan interactions during the first wave of music–related online social media between 2004 and 2008. I show how the online success of a band on MySpace led to the devaluation of a whole genre, and also to the decreased reputation of MySpace as a medium among fans, coining the term 'MySpace band.' I describe how this judgment was strongly interrelated with the common conviction among fans that the activity of a band on a social platform should not be considered as 'work' as opposed to 'working hard', playing shows and touring 'in real life'.

If you have a respectable attention span, you can read the piece here. Thank you, Dr. Tófalvy, for including Lambgoat in your endeavor.

Earlier today, I saw a MetalSucks post about about a fledgling "band" called xSPONGEXCOREx, which is thus far an entertaining combination of metalcore and samples from iconic cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.

The group has released a new song titled "Right Where I Want You," which is inspired by one of my favorite SpongeBob episodes, 'Chocolate with Nuts'. Here's the song:

This isn't the greatest thing I've ever heard, but I'd certainly rather listen to xSPONGEXCOREx than some genuinely popular metal bands currently touring the world. Check them out on Facebook, if you'd like.

On a related note, does anybody remember this gem?

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