OPM Frontman Arrested During The DIY Tour
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OPM “Golden State of Mind” In Stores September 2nd, 2008 Featuring Guest Appearance By Reggae Legend Pato Baton and Members of Cypress Hill, Dumbluck
California based OPM have been turning heads all summer long performing tracks from their upcoming new album “Golden State Of Mind” as a part of the DIY Tour with (Hed)pe. The band recently caught the attention of local authorities in Saint Petersburg, FL this week when frontman JohnE Necro was arrested for criminal mischief. Authorities arrested Necro and later released him on $1,000 bail, after reports he allegedly spray painted a wall.
“I find it kind of ironic that Saint Petersburg, FL, home to the Salvador Dali museum, could be so insanely uptight about spray painting,” says Necro. “In some areas Graffiti is regarded as a form of art worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions, but obviously the state of Florida feels differently.”
California rock-reggae five piece OPM recently released the track “Tell Me What You Want” featuring Big B online at www.MySpace.com/Opm from the group’s upcoming new album “Golden State of Mind”, which will see release through Suburban Noize Records on September 2nd, 2008. The album will feature guest appearances from reggae legend Pato Baton, Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, Jim Perkins from Dumbluck and Suburban Noize alumni Big B, DJ Product (HedPe) and Johnny Richter (Kottonmouth Kings).
“With our last record we went in a direction that down played the hip hop aspect a bit and I think that Golden State of Mind is a bit more back to our original roots of incorporating all of our influences from hip-hop, punk-rock, reggae and rock and roll, ” says frontman John E Necro. “I think with Golden State of Mind we got a good balance of what we liked about both of those records. Lots of live performances from everybody, but we still found places for the big beats to fit in. Every album you do you get to learn from the last one. I think this one is the natural progression.”
OPM’s laid back hybrid style of rock mixed with hip-hop and reggae has racked up more than 1 million units sold worldwide. Their debut album “Menace To Sobriety” stormed rock radio with the international skateboarder’s anthem, “Heaven is a Halfpipe”, which became the #1 most requested track on LA’s KROQ and won the highly acclaimed Kerrang “Single of the Year” award. Since then the band has cultivated a grass roots with the release of 2004’s underground classic “ForTheMasses” and 2006’s “California Poppy” following that has put them in league with the likes of Sublime, 311, Pepper and Slightly Stoopid.
“It’s very easy to pull for a fictitious serial killer, a Hannibal Lecter or a Jason Voorhees,” says Cooper. The album, due July 29, introduces us to Spider, who wraps his victims in silk that matches their eye colors and cuts off one of their legs to create his own arachnoid appendage. “I don’t think anyone was ever cheering for Ted Bundy or Richard Speck or anything like that, but when it’s a fictitious serial killer, you can get behind him.
“I think (Spider)’s got a romantic sense. He’s got a sense of humor. I think in the end you kind of like him. You have somebody you could actually listen to and go, ‘I like this guy…’ “
Cooper co-produced “Along Came a Spider” with Danny Saber and Greg Hampton, with the 11 tracks played by his touring band. Slash contributes guitar on “Vengeance is Mine,” while “Wake the Dead” is a co-write with Ozzy Osbourne. Listeners should brace for a plot twist that the singer calls “very Alice Cooper.”
Cooper, whose previous conceptual epics include “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “From the Inside” and “The Last Temptation,” is planning a full-fledged stage show to support “Along Came a Spider” but won’t have it on the road until 2009. “Right now I’ve got people that are drawing things up,” says Cooper, who’d also like to offer a visual treatment of the album with different horror directors creating videos for each song. “We’ve started thinking about, ‘What can we do to make this really interesting and what new things can we do with the stage?’ I gonna definitely create a new way for Alice to die, something nobody’s seen.
“A lot of clever minds out there are working on it,” he continues. “It’s weird to be working on a show for a year from now, but at the same time I can at least give myself a good head start.”
Cooper plans to play some of the new songs songs when his Psychodrama tour’s North American leg begins July 31 in Redmond, Ore.
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Why some great releases go out of print, makes no sense to this listener. Metal Church’s fifth CD, The Human Factor, featuring ex-Heretic vocalist, Mike Howe is easily my favorite by the band.
Mike Howe sings with an angry passion that would make Dave Mustaine proud. The song writing on this disc is way above average. Even though guitarist, Kurt Vanderhoof didn’t play on the record, he left his mark as the chief songwriter. The songs tackle the political and social issues of the day, including music, poverty, activists, censorhip, child endangerment and more. One look at the lyric sheet, and you will be amazed at the writing on this disc.
Everything on this record works for me. Great vocals, kill guitar work, an excellent rhythm section and good songs. The music is heavy but it has a killer groove, that will appeal to a lot of metal fans.
The best cuts on this record are Human Factor, Date With Poverty, Final Word, and In Harm’s Way. Even though these songs are the stand out tracks, I like ever song on this disc. In fact, I love this album every bit as much as the day when I picked it back up in 1991.
Sadly, this album is out of print, but copies of it show up on Ebay and Amazon.com from time to time. If you can find a copy of the Human Factor, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information on Metal Church, check out their website.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Human Factor
2. Date With Poverty
3. Final Word
4. In Mourning
5. In Harm’s Way
6. In Due Time
7. Agent Green
8. Flee from Reality
10. Fight Song
Metal Church is:
Mike Howe – Vocals
Duke Erickson – Bass
John Marshall – Guitars
Craig Wells – Guitars
Kirk Arrington – Drums