Fear Factory’s Former Bassist Auditions For Machine Head Tour, You Can Too

April 2nd, 2013 by
Ex Fear Factory Bass Player Christian Olde Wolbers

Christian Olde Wolbers auditioning for Machine Head’s Mayhem Festival Tour.

Fear Factory‘s Former bassist Christian Olde Wolbers recently posted a video clip on Facebook of him “auditioning” for the currently empty bassist position in the band Machine Head. Which can be checked out below.

Olde Wolbers was Fear Factory’s bassist up until the year 2002, but after Fear Factory had a falling out with then guitarist Dino AKA “Fat Bastard” he was prompted to take up the guitar for the band until 2008.

Interesting Fact:

Contrary to the fact that he had been the bass player in Fear Factory for near on 10 years, Olde Wolbers spent the first part of his career in the music business as a guitar player, where he held several positions in bands located in Christian’s home country of Belgium, before joining Fear Factory in 1993.

In August 1999 during an interview, Olde Wolbers told RoughEdge.com the story of how his decision to join the band Fear Factory came about, and how it pivoted on the suggestion of his friend Evan Seinfeld (the front man of Biohazard). A suggestion which influenced him to make the original switch to the bass guitar.

“Evan Seinfeld [Biohazard frontman] had seen me playing upright bass in a rockabilly band on the street in Belgium back in ’90 or ’91,” He said. “He always thought I was a bass player. I had always played guitar in metal bands and hardcore bands. And [during a night hanging out together] he said, ‘Oh, you’re a bass player, I have a band for you!’ I kept telling him ‘I’m not a bass player, I’m a guitar player now.’ But he said, ‘Fear Factory needs a bass player — you’re a bass player and you’d be perfect.’ ”

Olde Wolbers continued “And I’d actually heard of Fear Factory because someone told me about them while I was still in Europe. However, I really wasn’t into the death metal scene too much, but I knew they were different. When I went to the audition and I was blown away when I saw Raymond [Herrera, Fear Factory Drummer] playing — I said, ‘Alright, I’ll play bass.’ So I borrowed a bass from Evan and auditioned for a couple of days right before a tour with Sepultura and then I knew I was going to do the tour. After the sepultura tour, the rest of the guys said, ‘Do you want to be in the band?’ I said, ‘Hell yeah!’ ”

The Band Machine Head

Machine Head are holding public auditions for a temp bass player

So do you think you can out play Christian Olde Wolbers on the bass? If so, you might just be interested to hear that Machine Head’s auditions for the bass player slot are open to the public. Machine Head who are based in San Francisco Bay Area, are on the hunt for a bassist who can fill the shoes of temporary bass player able to perform at this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour.

In an attempt to find the right man for the job of playing the duration of the Mayhem festival, Machine Head posted to the Facebook page of nearly 800,000 fans, asking for anyone interested in filling the bass player position. They asked for fans to post video clips of themselves singing and playing bass along to three tracks: “This Is The End”, “Halo” and “Beautiful Mourning”.

After Machine Head narrows down potential candidates, they will be holding live auditions in person at a currently undisclosed location.

If you wish to take part in the Machine Head auditions click here to find out how to get involved.

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Christian Olde Wolbers audition video:

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MACHINE HEAD: Guitarist steps in on Steel Panther for two songs live

March 28th, 2013 by
Machine Head

Machine Head Guitarist joins Steel Panther on stage!

Machine Head are a long time favourite of Soul Sanctuary, but a recent appearance from the guitarist of the big MH at a Steel Panther concert was very surprising to say the least. But a pleasant surprise nonetheless. According to a report from Blabbermouth.

Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel, recently shared the stage and spotlight with Steel Panther, the LA based 80’s hairstyle glam-rock parody band. He stepped up to the plate at San Francisco, California’s Regency Ballroom on the 23rd of March to help perform two of Steel Panther’s prankster anthems (songs): “Turn Out The Lights” and “Asian Hooker”. Luckily for us this rare spectacle was witnessed by someone with the good sense to whip out his camera and get filming, The Fan-filmed video footage of Phil Demmel’s appearance on stage with Steel Panther can be seen below.

On the 13th of April Steel Panther kicks of their interestingly named S.T.D. (Spreading The Disease) Tour, The tour is set over 20 dates starting in Orlando, Florida at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday.

Lexxi Foxx was quoted as saying “What better way to kick off the S.T.D. tour than with a concert to celebrate the Earth’s birthday”.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther with Machine Head!

We here at Soul Sanctuary love random guest appearances like this, and really they should happen more often. It’s always the unusual events at live shows that you will remember the most. If a band plays exactly like a CD you might as well have stayed at home and listened to the CD, the whole point of a live show is for the experience, so we take our hats off to Machine Head Guitarist, Phil Demmel and the rest of the Steel Panther crew because this shit is what rock n roll is all about.

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Google Doodle in Memory of Douglas Adams: 11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001

March 11th, 2013 by
Douglas Noel Adams

In memory of Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

So today is the 12th anniversary of the death of Douglas Adams, one of my favourite comedy authors of all time. Famous for works such as the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy show, before being developed into the infamous five book “trilogy”. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy sold more than 15 million copies during his lifetime, and was adapted into many formats which include a short lived BBC TV series, a movie (Which does the book almost no justice at all) and various comic book adaptations, one of which my father and renowned comic artist Ian Gibson was commissioned to draw.

There was also a homage to Douglas on the front page of Google today.

After leaving university, Adams moved back to the city of London. He was determined to break into TV and radio as a writer. During the early part of Adams career he struggled to make ends meet even after appearing in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and working at BBC 2 radio. To keep himself afloat he took a series of odd jobs, some of which included work as a hospital porter, barn builder and chicken shed cleaner. He even found work as a bodyguard for the Qatari family, a family of rich oil barons.

Adams continued to write, with little success of them being accepted for publication. His work was few and far between. He saw improvements in his opportunities, but they were mostly short-lived.

In 1977 Adams pitched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to BBC Radio 4. According to Adams, the idea for the title The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy occurred to him while he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, gazing at the stars, though he joked that the BBC would instead claim it was Spain “probably because it’s easier to spell”.

Douglas died on the 11th May, 2001, aged just 49. The cause of death was a fatal cardiac arrest which took place during his regular workout at a private gym in California. He was unaware he had been suffered from a gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries, which lead to his tragic and untimely death. Douglas had been due to deliver the commencement address at Harvey Mudd College just two days later. Adams funeral took place on the 16th of May 2001.

In 2011, over 3,000 people took part in a public vote to choose the subjects of People’s Plaques in Islington. Adams received 489 votes. As a result, it was decided to erect a plaque in Adams’s honour, on a date yet to be announced.

Douglas Adams was a true master of the written word, his talent was lost far too young. If you haven’t read any of his work, I highly recommend picking up one of his books.

Here is a cool video of Douglas Adams giving a presentation in his home town.

Douglas Adams Tombstone

Douglas Adams Laid to Rest.

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The End of Mötley Crüe? Nikki Sixx speaks about Mötley Crüe’s demise.

March 10th, 2013 by
Motley Crue to go out with a band!

The final curtain for Motley Crue?

It’s the end of the world as we know it

It wouldn’t be an exaggerated claim to say that Mötley Crüe has for better or worse been one of the most influential/successful rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. That’s why we bring you the word straight from the horse’s mouth that Mötley Crüe are soon to be no more. According to sources at TheMusic.com.au an interview with Nikki Sixx, has revealed in detail, Mötley Crüe’s plans to go out with a bang.

Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe’s infamous bass player stated “I wanna finish our movie [The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band] and put out a new album,” Nikki brought up mention of a soundtrack in the works and “a farewell tour”. “We’ll be back in Australia and, ah, that’ll be it, I can honourably say, We did it our way and we’re never coming back.”

Nikki was extremely adamant about the band’s future spilt and farewell tour. He accentuated that the split will mark the end of the band’s 30 year career permanently and he has no interest in any sort of reunion later down the line. This will be the final nail in the coffin for Mötley Crüe.

Not gonna beat a dead horse

Nikki Sixx continued “It’s important that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head, and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet it’s a fucking shotgun blast.” The bassist continued to describe in graphic detail the execution of the four-legged farm-yard animal before saying, “It’s the only way I can look at myself in the mirror and do a farewell tour. That’s it. So when we take our final bow, it’s IT. I will cry. I cry thinking about it.” He expressed.

For more than 30 years, the hell hounds of Mötley Crüe have been creating musical chaos for their millions of fans around the globe, many of whom will certainly be saddened by the news of the final curtain coming to a close on such an illustrious career for these musical giants. In 2004 the original Mötley Crüe line-up reunited after a long line of line-up changes and an age of turbulence among the band members, upon announcing the Carnival Of Sins reunion tour in December of the same year.

Since then, the band released their ninth album [Saints Of Los Angeles] in 2008, backed by relentless touring including and their current co-headline tour with glam rock legends KISS.

There will be no sequel

Mr. Sixx went on to describe his feelings “So it’s very emotional and I just think it’s important that we finish what we started and then, you know, it will be whatever it will be. It could be beautiful. It could be a beautiful ending! [Like] When you go and see a great movie.”

Nikki concluded with the analogy “I’ll leave you with this: when you go and see a great fucking movie and it ends and you go, ‘Fuck!’ like, you walk out and you go, ‘That was amazing! That blew my mind!’ It’s not like, ‘That blew my mind and, um, maybe there’ll be a sequel to it’.”

So will this finally be it for the almighty Mötley Crüe? It seems that it is the case. Nikki at least seems to believe so. Who are we to argue with him? So our advise to any Mötley Crüe fans out there, if you haven’t seen them live, take this chance to do it, because it’s the last chance you’re ever going get. I can imagine that those tickets are going sell like hot cakes during a famine. So tell us: are you sad about the news that Mötley Crüe are soon to end their career? leave a comment down below and let us know your thoughts, good or bad.

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Randy Blythe Goes Free… All Hail Lamb of God! Acquitted of all charges.

March 5th, 2013 by
Lamb Of God Free

Lamb Of God

According to the website novinky.cz Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe is now free to go home to the USA after the Czech court acquitted him on all charges. We here at Soul Sanctuary are very happy to hear the news.

Randy Blythe was originally facing up to ten years in prison on Manslaughter charges. Prosecutors had asked for a five-year prison sentence later in the trial. The family of the victim was seeking 10 million Czech Koruna in damages. The charges were based on an incident where Blythe allegedly threw the fan (Daniel Nosek) from the stage, who later died from his injuries several days later after being admitted to hospital, claiming he felt unwell and later becoming unconscious. But video evidence of the concert in question, clearly showed that he was innocent of the accusations against him.

It seems that according to the article, the Court ruled (and rightly so, I might add) that Randy was innocent of the charges against his name. In the final argument before the decision was made, Randy expressed to the court: “I would like to thank the family of Daniel Nosek for not attacking me in the press and for their kind words to me in this court. I am very sorry for their loss. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If, ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. If I am to remain free, I will do my best to insure that conditions at this concert will not occur again with my band and other bands so that the fans will remain safe. I have searched for an answer to this situation. The only one I can find is that it was a tragic, horrible accident.”

Although the death of the fan is certainly a tragic incident, two wrongs do not make a right. Putting an innocent man in prison for a crime he did not commit, will not bring Daniel Nosek back and only serve to spread more hate in the world.

All hail Lamb of God! It’s great to have you back Randy!

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Our website is the shit!

February 24th, 2013 by
Soul Sanctuary

image courtesy of http://www.midtnmusic.com

Our website is the shit!

At least according to a recent blog post by Joshua Smotherman from Middle Tennessee Music called “3 Things You Can Do Right Now To Significantly Improve Your Band’s Website”, completely unaware we had been featured, until I stumbled across it by accident via Google.

There I was searching for recent backlinks to our site and lo and behold, our new website was the cover image of a blog post. At first I was stuck with a wave of confusion, but after that had subsided after a brief second or two. It certainly made me chuckle. I programmed this thing myself, and being the tortured perfectionist I am, thinking of my somewhat unfinished project being in the spotlight for great band websites gave me a rather ambiguous mixture of pride and honour. Firstly at being praised for my handy work, then slapped with the healthy dose of dismay on behalf of all the visitors that have had to spend time dealing with the litany of bugs, the site is still riddled with. Rest assured I am working on them (I’m looking at you mobile device users).

The post was a great little read. It basically comes down to keep your site simple, don’t over crowd the page. Turn off the auto-play on any music or video players. (a big mistake we made in the past). And thirdly, for feck sake write a frigging blog. Which is exactly what I’m doing now. Anyway to anybody interested in reading the full article, head over to 3 Things You Can Do Right Now To Significantly Improve Your Band’s Website

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On The Radio with Captain Sib

February 10th, 2013 by

Captain Sib

“Haven’t you read the papers? Us neither.” Is the opening quote from this weeks Captain Sib radio show. If you’re not familiar with Captain Sib’s work, it’s fairly out of this world, quite literally. Although I’m not fully versed with the back story, the host of the show has what I can only guess is meant to be an alien co-host, who comes off somewhat delirious with his strange high pitched voice. The show is of course, not meant to be taken too seriously and is certainly good fun to listen to. So if you have a spare 60 minutes, give it a listen.

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Top 5 Worst Guitarists in the world?

February 2nd, 2013 by

I couldn’t really think of anything to write about this morning, until I decided to find the worst music I could and write about that, I’m just in that sort of mood. Thus I stumbled across this gem. The top 5 worst guitarists ever. I don’t usually agree with these sorts of lists, but I think they did pretty well with this one. Of course it’s impossible to find the worst at something like guitar because all of the worst guitarists don’t actually play the instrument at all, that’s why they’re bad at it. But these people have taken it upon themselves to be exposed to worldwide public humiliation. I shall say no more, just watch the video. If you can stomach it.

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Dude covers Necrophagist on a clarinet! Amazing

February 1st, 2013 by

This dude is simply amazing, Every time I think I’ve seen it all, some crazy bastard pulls something like this off. Absolutely incredible. This is a full length cover of Necrophagist’s Fermented Offal Discharge. Which include the full guitar solo section too. BUT PLAYED ON A FUCKING CLARINET! A must watch for any metal fan. If you don’t like this you can suck my dick!

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