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Formed: 1998
From: Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Taproot News

Below is our complete Taproot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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New Taproot Song Posted Online For Download

An mp3 of Taproot's new track "Facepeeler" has made its way online and can be found here. The song will be featured on the groups new album "Blue-Sky Research", which is scheduled for an August 16th release date via Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic.

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Taproot Announce Album Release Date

The guys in Taproot are gearing up to release their new album, "Blue Sky Research," on August 16th.

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Mustaine Considers New Additions To Gigantour

Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.

Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."

The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."

A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.

The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.

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Nu-Metal Music Near Extinction

The following excerpts were taken from an article from the Arkansas Traveler website about the fall of nu metal:

In the mid-90s Nu-Metal was an exciting, emerging twist in modern rock music that promised to exchange the best ideas in rock and rap for a single - hybrid music that could expose each style's audience to the other. However, as the 90s gave way and the millennium changed, the second wave of Nu-Metal (NM2) got further away from its hip-hop roots and closer to the dark side of heavy metal. The genre is virtually dismissible, but can it come back from the edge of death?

The first wave of Nu-Metal (NM1) was a hybrid of rap and rock music pioneered by soon-to-be staples of the genera Korn, the Deftones and Rage Against the Machine. It was pioneering and new because, unlike the oft-noted collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith or between Public Enemy and Anthrax, the NM1 scene wasn't based on a rock musician pounding out the beats and the emcees simply rapping over the established record.

Rather, NM1 musicians familiar with the repertoire of hip-hop's percussion section transcribed and played those beats (especially the snare and high-hat parts) as rhythm on a detuned, overdriven electric guitar. Ergo, the importance of the riff, which itself had been so dominant in eighties rock, was largely missing.

As a result, Nu-Metal made the listener want to jump up and down rather than pump twin, clenched fists in the air. It was ultra-aggressive hip-hop, or it was modest, unassuming rock. Either way, it was crossing genres and exposing new listeners to the ideas inherent in the parent style's musical genotype.

There ended the exciting part. In the late 90s Nu-Metal got heavier and louder. Korn gave way to Limp Bizkit, to Taproot, then to Mudvayne. By the time Slipknot had entered the scene, the double-kick drum was back, the screaming was incessant, and virtually no rapping was taking place.

Whereas, visually, earlier bands projected an image of body piercing, seriously baggy clothes and short haircuts, the post-Slipknot NM2 had opted instead for tattoos, long hair and regular-fit, all black clothing. By 1999, things were again starting to look orthodox

Read the full article at The Arkansas Traveler.

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Taproot To Release New CD This Summer

Taproot are eyeing "Blue-Sky Research" as the title to their upcoming new album which is currently set a June release date through Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic. Tentative track titles being eyed for the nature-themed effort include:
"So Eager"
"What's Left"
"Promise"
"Forever Endeavor"
"Who's To Say"
"Birthday"
"She"
"Violent Seas"
"Stay Away"
"Calling"
"June"

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Taproot: 'Getting Back To A More Live, Raw Feel'

Taproot drummer Jarrod Montague has posted the following update on the group's official web site:

"Well, I've been so busy with my stuff that I didn't have a chance to update you guys, but drum and bass trax are DONE! We moved into the studio on Oct. 17 and started going to work the next day. We were in the studio from about noon until at least midnight everyday working away. We really tried to get takes from drums and bass that had the right feel for the song instead of a necessarily 'perfect' take. We all usually agreed on the take when we heard it which was cool. Also, on the last record, Phil [bassist Philip Lipscomb] would usually do his real bass track after we had picked a good drum take. But this time, we kept alot of the stuff of him and I playing live together, and they would just punch in stuff that wasn't right. It all should make for an album that is slightly less polished than 'Welcome' and get back to a more live, raw feel.

"We recorded drum and bass for 16 songs and messed around with a couple interlude ideas which was lots of fun. I'm not sure how many will make the record yet. I know another post asked about track titles and album titles. There are still a couple titles floating around, but that's still being decided on. Mike [guitarist Michael DeWolf] and Steve [vocalist Stephen Richards] are working on artwork ideas, so whatever title lends itself to the artwork and the music the best will win.

"We finished drums and bass up last week; I drove a van back to Michigan with a bunch of our stuff that we had acquired in LA and am loving being home after a year in LA. Steve and Mike are still hard at work on guitars and eventually vocals. Everything is sounding awesome you guys. We all will meeting back in LA in January to do what we call 'sprinkles' which includes any programming things, piano things, extra guitar things, or string things we might want to add. Everyone's taking some time off for the holiday season but we'll finish up at the beginning of the year.

"Can't wait for you to hear it. Be patient — it's worth the wait."

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Taproot Choose Producer For New Album

Taproot have chosen producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Korn) to helm their upcoming new album which they will begin recording shortly. The group have been busily working on new material for it as of late, most notably spending some time in Chicago, IL writing with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan fame. A release later this year through Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic is expected

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Taproot Working On New Cd & Collaborations

Taproot have been busy working on their new album as of late. The band are rumored to be planning to hit Chicago shortly to record a collaboration with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan fame; and are also said to have been working with Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones on a new track as well. The groups new album is expected out later this year through Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic.

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Taproot Hashing Out Their Next Album in 2k4

Taproot will be starting to record their next album in late February slash early March of 2004, and are shopping around for producers in the time being.

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