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It was the early ’90s. Seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as “alternative” or “post-punk” went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales—and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life. So what happened?

Verity is revealed in Underground Inc.: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock, an upcoming documentary on the alternative punk and metal scene in the ’90s. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the ’90s, exposing viewers to a catalog of the era’s rarities and buried treasures, while reliving the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery. Underground Inc. will dig beneath the manufactured truth to explore what really happened, exploring a time unlike any other in the music industry. (more…)

Grammy® Award-winning Seattle group Soundgarden launched a musical transformation that inspired a generation while permanently redefining alternative and hard rock music. Coming on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of their chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown, and a three-CD rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, Soundgarden will re-release a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989’s Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down on the Upside, both with download cards to include 320kbps MP4 AACs, to be released by UMe on August 26. (more…)

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soaked-in-bleachReview by Jeff Maki
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After “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit the airwaves, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain ultimately became the very things he despised—a rock star, the face of grunge music and the voice of a generation. At his side was Courtney Love—a wild, unpredictable media whore and a rock star herself, fronting her band Hole. The couple wed, became MTV darlings and later birthed a daughter, Francis Bean.

Overcome by his success and addictions, Kurt turned to heroin and became a junkie. He was in and out of rehab, hospitals and had multiple overdoses. His poetic lyrics showed his low sense of self worth, and how depressed and suicidal he was. He hated himself and wanted to die. On April 5, 1994, he did, by way of a self-inflicted shotgun shot to the head.

This is the story we all know. This is what the media has told us, and for younger people, what you’ve read on the internet.

But Los Angeles private investigator Tom Grant—who was hired by Courtney Love when Cobain first went missing on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994—has a different story. His story comes to life in the docudrama Soaked in Bleach. (more…)

soaked-in-bleachSoaked In Bleach, a docudrama by Benjamin Statler, reveals the events behind Kurt Cobain’s death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband (Kurt Cobain) only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home. Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Mr. Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s detective, who did his own investigation and determined there was significant empirical and circumstantial evidence to conclude that foul play could very well have occurred. The film develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.Statler says, “Half of the film is cinematic recreations of Tom Grant’s investigation in 94′ incorporating actual audio recordings, while the other half of the film is interviews with Tom Grant and some of the world’s top experts in the respective areas of the case. The recreations served the purpose of helping people to see how the investigation actually unfolded and to better appreciate the context of certain situations.  The interviews provide the objective scientific facts involved in the case of Kurt Cobain’s death and back up what Tom Grant has been saying for 20 plus years.”

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Directed by Roboshobo, Alice In Chains new music video for “Phantom Limb” recently premiered on BitTorrent Bundle. Watch the video and unlock exclusive content, including access to an exclusive Alice In Chains Halloween tee, only available through BitTorrent Bundle. The track comes from the band’s 2013 album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Watch the video inside! (more…)

nailbomb_point-blankFor years, there had been widespread rumors and speculation about a reunion of the classic lineup of Sepultura—the Brazilian thrash and death metal band that was viewed as deities in the ’90s metal scene. However, with Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and original vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera putting those thoughts to rest repeatedly in the press, the closest to a Sepultura reunion fans probably will ever see is Max and his drummer/brother Igor in The Cavalera Conspiracy. So what we have had for years is the current—and still solid—Sepultura lineup with Derrick Green as vocalist and Max’s own band, his “baby,” Soulfly. But what this ugly split, and sometimes dispute, has done for over the past decade is allow Max to bring us some of the most exciting new bands, collaborations and side projects, some of which may have never have happened otherwise. (more…)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Top Ten Nirvana Metal Covers

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With Nirvana’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought we would put a twist on the band that changed rock music forever. Browsing the Web, I discovered it is difficult to find a list of rock and metal bands that had covered the band’s songs. But that wasn’t the hardest part—finding any Nirvana covers that were good proved to be the biggest challenge. So I have assembled 10 of the best and/or different Nirvana covers that exist from rock and metal bands, the heaviest appearing toward the top. There are some really good and just plain different interpretations here, so take a listen for yourself.  (more…)

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10. Evile – “Lounge Act” (Kerrang! presents Nirvana Nevermind Forever)

The U.K. bands covers the Nevermind track, turning into a thrashfest.

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9. Thou – “Something In the Way”

The Baton Rouge sludge metal band churns out a version of this song that’s like Type O Negative playing black metal.

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8. Evanescence – “Heart Shaped Box”

After hearing Kurt Cobain on this track countless times, it’s quite different hearing Amy Lee’s version. She stays mostly true to the original but adds her own style toward the end.

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7. Foxy Shazam – “Drain You” (Spin Magazine’s Newermind, 2011)

Often compared to Queen, My Chemical Romance and The Darkness, don’t be fooled by Foxy Shazam’s flamboyant style. I’ve seen these guys live and they rock. This was the band’s contribution to Spin’s Newermind tribute in 2011, and here’s what bassist Daisy Caplan told the magazine about recording the song:

“I’m the Nirvana guy in the band. Right away I knew ‘Drain You’ would be best for us. We’re more of a vocally oriented band than anything else, and the melody line lets us showcase that.” Well, that and “it would’ve been intimidating to do one of the big hits.” Instead, he says, five minutes after the band chose the song, “we were getting drunk and jamming out on it.”