John Moyer is an American musician, best known as the current bassist and back-up vocalist for the heavy metal band Disturbed. Taking over in 2004 after Steve "Fuzz" Kmak was fired, Moyer has played bass-guitar with the group since their third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists which he played on as a session member, becoming a full-time member around 2005 during the supporting tour for the album. Moyer was the bassist for the American supergroup Adrenaline Mob, joining in February 2012, remained with the band until August 2014, he plays in Stereo Satellite, Art of Anarchy, in 2015 he became a full-time member of the band Operation: Mindcrime. Moyer was born and raised in El Paso, United States, graduated from Coronado High School. Moyer was part of the Texas hard rock act The Union Underground. Prior to his stint in The Union Underground, he was the bassist of the popular band Soak hailing from Texas, he is the owner and teaches at Natural Ear Music in Austin, where he works with a lot of young bands.
Moyer works in partnership with Silver Tongue Management. While he is still capable of playing finger-style, Moyer prefers picking because it has a more aggressive feeling. On February 8, 2012, it was announced that Moyer joined the supergroup Adrenaline Mob while Disturbed is on hiatus. On April 19, 2013, Moyer was announced to be filling in for Rudy Sarzo on bass for five tour dates in Geoff Tate's lineup formed after his dismissal from Queensrÿche. On May 14, 2014, Moyer was involved in a tour bus accident while on tour with Adrenaline Mob supporting Avenged Sevenfold. No serious injuries were sustained by any of the band-members. On August 4, 2014, Moyer announced that he would not be joining Adrenaline Mob for their upcoming fall tours; as a result, the band began looking for a new bassist, thus ending Moyer's tenure with the band. In January 2015, Moyer formed the band with Scott Weiland, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, twins Jon and Vince Votta entitled Art of Anarchy, released their debut self-titled album in 2015 shortly before Scott Weilands' death in December 2015.
Moyer had a custom line with Traben bass company. He and the company produced his signature Traben Havoc, he has custom amps with Kustom featuring his own design printed on the front resembling a skull engulfed in flames. Moyer has signed an endorsement deal with BC Rich Guitars, who now manufacture Moyer's signature Havoc bass, they can do this. In 2014, Moyer has been seen with some Spector bass models like Euro LX5. Basses B. C. Rich Havoc 4 and 5 string signature basses Music Man Stingray 5 string bass Spector Euro LX5 4 and 5 string bassesAmplifiers Kustom Groove 1300 HD bass amplifier head Kustom John Moyer G-810H JM 8x10 bass cabinets Omniphonic Globalnova Self-Titled Flywatt 2179 An Education in Rebellion Ten Thousand Fists Indestructible Asylum The Lost Children Evolution Art of Anarchy The Madness Covertà Men of Honor The Key Scivelation - Soundtrack The Making of Indestructible Indestructible in Germany Decade of Disturbed Rock House Method: John Moyer - Modern Metal Bass Loudwire Music Awards Disturbed's official website Moyer's website
3 (Disturbed song)
"3" is a song by American rock band Disturbed. Released as a B-side to their fifth album Asylum on April 28, 2011; the song is about the West Memphis Three. In the July 2010 issue of Metal Hammer magazine, guitarist Dan Donegan talked about the song: "There's a song about the West Memphis Three...these kids that came from this Bible Belt town and just because they wore black and listened to heavy metal they were found guilty of murder though there was no evidence!". "3" was not released along with the album. On April 27, 2011, the band's official website posted a new entry announcing that a new song will be released the next day on the band's official page, "100% of the proceeds will be going to benefit a special cause". On April 28, 2011, it was revealed that "3" is the song, released announcing that every proceed will benefit the Damien Echols Defense Fund. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Music Man (company)
Music Man is an American guitar and bass guitar manufacturer. It is a division of the Ernie Ball corporation. In 1971, Forrest White and Tom Walker formed Tri-Sonix, Inc. Walker had been a sales representative at Fender. Walker approached Leo Fender about financial help in the founding; because of a ten-year non-compete clause in the 1965 contract that sold the Fender companies to the CBS Corporation, Leo Fender became a silent partner. White had worked with Leo Fender since 1954, in the early days of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company as the plant manager becoming vice president, stayed on after the company was sold to CBS, but grew unhappy with their management and resigned in 1966. Fender did not like the corporate name, so it changed first to Musitek, Inc. and in January 1974 the final name, Music Man, appeared. In 1974, the company started producing its first product, an amplifier designed by Leo Fender and Tom Walker called the "Sixty Five," a hybrid of tube and solid-state technology that players characterized as "loud as hell."
The number of designs increased, 15 of the 28 pages from the 1976 catalogue were dedicated to amplification. In 1975, Fender's legal restriction expired and, after a vote of the board, he was named the president of Music Man. Fender operated a consulting firm, CLF Research, in Fullerton, California. By 1976, it had built a manufacturing facility for musical instruments, was contracted to make Music Man products. In June 1976, production started in August basses followed; these instruments were designed by White. The 1976 catalogue shows the first offerings: a two-pickup guitar, the StingRay 1, the StingRay bass. Both instruments featured bolt-on neck designs; the basses featured a distinctive 3+1 tuner arrangement to help eliminate "dead spots," while the guitars came with a traditional, Fender-style 6-on-a-side tuner array. The StingRay Bass featured a single large humbucking pickup with a two-band fixed-frequency EQ. A row of string mutes sat on the bridge. Basses were produced in fretless versions.
Tom Walker played a large part in the design of the bass preamp. They were the first production guitar and basses to use active electronics which could boost levels in selected frequency bands; the preamps were coated with epoxy to prevent reverse engineering. The StingRay Bass sold well. While innovative electronically, the guitar was not blessed cosmetically and met with little success. Part of the reason for the poor sales of the guitar was that the preamp made the sound "too clean" for most Rock and Roll guitarists. In December 1978, a two-pickup bass was introduced called the Sabre. A redesigned guitar bearing the same name followed. Both sold poorly. CLF Research and Music Man were treated as separate companies, headed by Fender and Walker, respectively. Fender made the basses, while Walker's company made the amplifiers and sold accessories; the instruments were made at CLF and shipped to Music Man's warehouse, where each instrument was inspected and tested. Problems with fibers in the finish caused Music Man's inspectors to reject a high percentage of the instruments, return them to CLF for refinishing.
Since Music Man didn't pay CLF Research until the instrument finishes were deemed acceptable, a rift developed between CLF and Music Man over payment. Low sales stressed the staff; the company's internal conflicts caused Leo Fender to form another partnership: Leo had decided to market guitars under another name besides Music Man in 10/79 due to tension between CLF and Music Man. Production of bodies and necks for both Music Man and G&L were concurrent up to and including March 1981. G&L was incorporated May 1980, although some early models with the moniker "G&L" have body dates from March 1980. In an interview conducted by Gav Townsing, George Fullerton offers this scenario: "At the end of 1979 we stopped building for Music Man and never made another item for them. We weren’t friends at that point and not talking."In November 1979, Leo had enough of Music Man's pressure and the ties were cut. A contract was given to Grover Jackson to build bass bodies and assemble the instruments with CLF necks and the remaining CLF hardware.
When CLF stopped making necks Jackson made those also. Given this climate, the StingRay guitar was dropped from the line; the Sabre guitar soldiered on until 1984. A graphite-neck StingRay Bass debuted in 1980. Fender had been opposed to the idea; the neck was made by Modulus. It was called the Cutlass and the two pickup variant, the Cutlass II. Neither it, nor the new translucent finishes, were able to turn the financial tide and by 1984 the company was near bankruptcy. After looking at a few offers Music Man was sold to Ernie Ball on March 7, 1984. Music Man's remaining physical assets were sold on June 1, 1984; the production of amplifiers, which were manufactured at a separate factory, ceased. Ernie Ball had started producing a modern acoustic bass guitar in 1972 under the name Earthwood but, despite endorsement by players of the stature of John Entwistle, the bass was only moderately successful in terms of sales and production stopped around the mid-1970s. Ball's partner in this company was George Fullerton.
The factory, which Ball still owned at the time of the Music Man purchase, was located in San Luis Obispo and, where Music Man started producing basses in 1985. Ernie Ball Music Man improved their visibility in the guitar market with a succession of new guitar models player-endorsed, including the Silhouette, Steve Morse Signature, Eddie Van Halen Signature/Axis model, Albert Lee Signature, Steve Lukather Signature (1993
Alternative metal is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not associated with metal. Alternative metal bands are characterized by downtuned, mid-paced guitar riffs, a mixture of accessible melodic vocals and harsh vocals and sometimes unconventional sounds within other heavy metal styles; the term has been in use since the 1980s. Other genres considered part of the alternative metal movement included rap metal and funk metal, both of which influenced another prominent subgenre, nu metal. Nu metal expands the alternative metal sound, combining its vocal stylings and downtuned riffs with elements of other genres, such as hip hop, thrash metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal; the genre is considered a fusion between alternative rock and heavy metal, although Allmusic states "alt-metal is a far-reaching term, used to describe everyone from Hammerlock to Neurosis to Ministry to Limp Bizkit". They remarked that alternative metal was "a style united by its nonconformist sensibility rather than any classifiable sound."One of the main characteristics of alternative metal and its subgenres are downtuned, mid-paced "chug"-like guitar riffs.
However, funk metal bands use a more conventional riffing style influenced by 1980s thrash metal. Alternative metal features clean and melodic vocals, influenced by those of alternative rock, in contrast to other heavy metal subgenres. Bands incorporated vocal styles that alternated between clean singing and screaming. Examples include alternative metal bands associated with the nu metal movement, such as Korn and Deftones, who have been described as having "bipolar vocals". Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1990 "Just as rock has an alternative, wing-bands like the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr.-so does metal. Alternative metal is alternative music that rocks, and alternative metal these days can reach 10 times the audience of other alternative rock. Jane's Addiction plays an intense brand of'70s-influenced arty metal. In fact, the arty meanderings of Sab and the Zep themselves would be considered alternative metal." Houston Press has described the genre as being a "compromise for people for whom Nirvana was not heavy enough but Metallica was too heavy."The first wave of alternative metal bands emerged from many backgrounds, including hardcore punk, noise rock, Seattle's grunge scene, stoner rock, sludge metal, gothic metal and industrial.
These bands never formed a distinct scene. Jane's Addiction borrowed from art rock and progressive rock, Quicksand blended post-hardcore and Living Colour injected funk into their sound, for example, while Primus were influenced by progressive rock, thrash metal and funk and Faith No More mixed progressive rock, R&B, funk and hip hop. Fudge Tunnel's style of alternative metal included influences from both sludge noise rock; the origins of the genre can be traced back to funk rock music of the early to mid-1980s, when alternative bands like Fishbone, Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers started mixing heavy metal with funk, creating the alternative metal subgenre funk metal. Other early bands in the genre came from hardcore punk backgrounds. Bands such as Faith No More, Jane's Addiction and Soundgarden are recognized as some of the earliest alternative metal acts, with all three of these bands emerging around the same time, setting the template for the genre by mixing heavy metal music with a variety of different genres in the mid to late 1980s.
During the 1980s, alternative metal appealed to alternative rock fans, since all 1980s alt-metal bands had their roots in the American independent rock scene. The emergence of grunge as a popular style of rock music in the early 1990s helped make alternative metal more acceptable to a mainstream audience, with alternative metal soon becoming the most popular metal style of the 1990s. Several bands associated with the genre denied their status as metal bands. Helmet drummer John Stanier said "We fell into the whole metal thing by accident, we always hated it when people mentioned metal in conjunction with us." Saby Reyes-Kulkarni of Pitchfork Media stated "bands like Faith No More, Primus, the Rollins Band, dozens more were marketed as quasi-metal acts. This was only possible in a climate where record labels and college radio DJs understood that the metal audience could embrace new, albeit arty variations on the form." The alternative music festival Lollapalooza conceived by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, helped bands associated with the movement such as Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Alice in Chains gain exposure.
The progressive rock-influenced band Tool became a leading band in the alternative metal genre with the release of their 1993 debut album Undertow. Spin stated in August 1998 that "It was Helmet that spawned the idea of alternative metal with the punk crutch of 1992's Meantime bands such as Rage Against the Machine took the concept a crucial step further, integrating hip hop to connect with skate
Evolution (Disturbed album)
Evolution is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Disturbed. It was released on October 2018, by Reprise Records; the album's first single, "Are You Ready", was released before the album in August 2018, while the second single, "A Reason to Fight", was released a month later. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, making it Disturbed's sixth straight top 5 album, it is the band's first album since The Sickness to not reach number one, thus ending the band's streak of number one albums at five. The band announced in January 2018. Recording finished in June with mastering needing to be done, it will be the band's first album in over three years and the band's first album in over eight years to involve bass guitarist John Moyer. Frontman David Draiman stated that the writing and recording of the album was influenced by classic rock that members have listened to in their youth. Guitarist Dan Donegan stated that the album's title was representative of their goal on the album, to challenge themselves to evolve their sound.
He revealed that there will be no new cover songs from this album's cycle. Draiman stated that Evolution is the band's "Black Album", he said that the album covers topics in today's society such as government, war and technology. The album is a tribute to deceased heavy metal musicians such as Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Vinnie Paul of Pantera, with whom Disturbed were friends and toured with over the years. On August 16, 2018, the album's name was revealed as Evolution, the first single, "Are You Ready", was released. On the same day, the album's track listing and release date were revealed. A second and third song, "A Reason to Fight" and "The Best Ones Lie", was released on September 21 and October 12 respectively; the band is on a worldwide tour, with Three Days Grace on North American stops, from January to May 2019 to promote the album. Evolution has received mixed reviews from music critics. Consequence of Sound writer Spencer Kaufman stated that "The heavy songs on Evolution should please longtime fans, with a couple harkening back to the dynamism of Disturbed's first couple of albums, but the glut of softer tracks may have been served better on a separate acoustic EP."
AllMusic gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, the same as Immortalized, said "While it's hard to argue that Evolution lives up to its moniker, the familiarity of the architecture is lent considerable gravitas by the overall execution, which as per usual, leaves nothing but perspiration in its wake." Prior to the release of the album, the band had their prior five albums in a row debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Evolution debuted at number four, breaking the streak, which would have made them the only band other than Dave Matthews Band and Metallica to have done so. All music composed except as indicated. Disturbed David Draiman – lead vocals Dan Donegan – guitars, backing vocals, keyboards John Moyer – bass guitar, backing vocals Mike Wengren – drums, backing vocals, programmingAdditional musicians Myles Kennedy – guest vocals on deluxe edition's live recording of "The Sound of Silence"