Slayer announce final world tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:22 PM (PST)

I guess it had to happen someday. Slayer, arguably the best extreme live thrash band of all time, are calling it a day. I have so many insane memories of seeing them live, from Roseland with Fear Factory and Kilgore to at Mayhem with Slipknot to the Mid Hudson Civic Center to touring with Megadeth on the American Carnage tour to a bunch of other times. There just is nothing quite like seeing the band drop into the bridge of “War Ensemble” live and I doubt there ever will be again.

I liked Repentless and hoped they would have one more in them before a curtain call, but you’d be criminally insane to not believe they have had a historic run to rival nearly any band in metal or any genre. Hails, dudes. Kinda sad to see you guys go before the Kardashians.

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Megadeth was given an $8,000 advance to produce their debut album Killing is My Business...and Business is Good but spent half of the money on drugs, booze and food and was forced to fire their original producer and produce the album themselves


The Devil Wears Prada release “Transit Blues” tour video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:52 PM (PST)

TDWP fans can now enjoy a sweaty, energetic live video for the title track from the band’s recent Transit Blues effort. The album is one of the group’s most mature, well written and intense efforts. IMO, these dudes have grown a million-fold and found their own identity at this point.

See the clip below.

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We have been stans of Insect Ark for awhile now , the Dana Schechter  (M. Gira’s Angels Of Light, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Zeal & Ardor, Gnaw) founded project which expanded to a duo featuring Ashley Spungin (Taurus, Purple Rhinestone Eagle) to enhance a powerful creative drive. If there were animated gifs of them we would retweet them at people to show them we mean business. Anyway, my dorkery aside…the band has an awesome dynamic and their material is killer. Super great news is that Profound Lore will release their newest full length on Feb. 23rd. Entitled Marrow Hymns, it is one of our most anticipated early 2018 must hear records.

Revolver is showcasing the band’s new song “Sea Harps” now right HERE.

Says Schechter, “‘Sea Harps,’ a favorite in our live sets, is loosely based on the Greek myth of the Sirens. Broadcasting an ominous and lonely call into the night, the Sirens’ song was irresistible to all who heard it, luring sailors to an untimely and violent death.”

The latest song has a marvelous dirgy quality and an insanely textural physicality. The atmosphere of the early songs is expanded on this track into an intense whirl of lap steel, bass and repetitive drum patterns, like climbing up a very tall stone staircase in the fog to finally break free and get a wide view for miles and miles of nature surpassing our falling cities ambivalently. The song wins without losing any of the alienation or restless wanderlust that made the old songs so compelling. I can see why it reminds Dana of someone being pulled through a turbulent sea towards the rocks.

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Ireland’s reigning metal kings Primordial don’t really have casual fans. You either worship the blood soaked firmament they stride over or you don’t really get it because you are an idiot or something. The band teamed with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on their 2016 live album Gods to the Godless. The record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to PRIMORDIAL’s rehearsal room. We are sure it will be another valuable addition to their storied discography. Can’t friggin’ wait, honestly!

Visit metalblade.com/primordial to check out the video for the first single “Stolen Years.”

Commenting about the album’s first single, ‘Stolen Years’, A.A. Nemtheanga added: “‘Stolen Years’ may seem like a strange choice as our lead single, and on the face of if I guess it is. It’s not a blood and thunder epic about tragedy and might and the ruin of nations, nor is it 9 minute epistle of doom. Have no fear, the album does contain those also but to open this time we chose something different. This album has some surprises and this is one of them, a short and painfully simple song which almost didn’t make the final cut if you can believe so. The video, cut by Costin Chioreanu, is about the journey involved in finally getting to that moment where you walk on stage, the song itself about that last night on earth that comes to us all, sometimes we never know when that might be, hold your loved ones tight tonight, this could be it…”

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Withered announce North American 2018 Winter tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 9:40 AM (PST)

The gnarly riff barfers in WITHERED have announced a new leg of  North American tour dates. The Cvlt Nation-sponsored tour kicks off on March 24 and sees support come from WAKE. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Shit yes! We stan. We staaannnn!!!

Regarding the tour, WITHERED guitarist Mike Thompson comments, “After 6 months of one-off shows, a little writing, and regrouping, we can’t handle not being on the road any longer. So, we invited Canadian grinders, WAKE to join us late this winter for an eastern North America run. We plan to bring a new show with some songs we haven’t played in over a decade and can’t wait to reintroduce some of Withered’s back catalogue to new and old fans. It’s going to be one for the books.”

Sounds like a true excuse for a bangover.

 

WITHERED are touring in support of their new album, ‘Grief Relic’. The album, hailed as “a smarter and more sophisticated version of Withered, staking out territory in a more expansive landscape.” (Stereogum) is streaming now at the official WITHERED bandcamp page. The highly anticipated full-length is available across multiple CD and LP formats here.

Dates BELOW.

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Aerosmith’s debut eponymous album turns 45 this month!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:46 AM (PST)
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Boston hard rocker’s Aerosmith have been in the game for a while now – releasing fifteen studio albums, touring the world, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 – Aerosmith has sold a certified 84.7 million units, making them one of the top 30 best selling music artists of all time!

That all started 45 years ago with the release of their debut album Aerosmith. Released on Columbia Records in January 1973, Aerosmith had been recorded in a month at Intermedia Studios in Boston and produced by Adrian Barber.

When the album was released in 1973, it and it’s biggest single, “Dream On,” didn’t catch on at first. It wouldn’t be until the album was re-released in 1976 that “Dream On” would become a top ten single and the album itself would reach 21 on the Billboard 200 that same year. The album has gone on to be certified 2x Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Canada as well (though it would ultimately be overshadowed by the band’s third album Toys in the Attic).

Only one song on this album is a cover, Rufus Thomas’s “Walkin’ the Dog.” The rest are written primarily by Tyler, with Steven Emspack co-writing on “Somebody,” and Joe Perry co-writing on “Movin’ Out.”

Without further ado, check out my thoughts on this album on its 45th anniversary here.

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North Carolina progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have come into 2018 with a slew of exciting news!

The band has announced a two-part concept album entitled Automata and part one is expected to be released on March 9 via Sumerian Records.

They will embark on a North American headlining tour with The Dear Hunter and Leprous on March 2.

Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (Lead Vocals, Keyboards) states: “Every single week music comes and goes. We can get music instantly and with this luxury, the listener has a hard time sitting down with albums and exploring their every twist and turn. Because of this, we have decided to release our new album in two parts. Our music is dense and our albums are very long, so we want to give people two separate moments to dive in this year and explore new music that we’ve put our entire being into. We hope you enjoy the creation as much as we’ve enjoyed the process.”

Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Founder) states: “I first toured with BTBAM in early 2000s when they were on Lifeforce. Since then we remained friends and I have watched their career grow nonstop through eras on Victory and Metal Blade. I am very grateful such a seminal, influential and progressive group of musicians have chosen to partner with Sumerian for their next chapter. It’s days like this that remind me of my roots and excite me about our future.”

Check out more details, including the official tour poster and the tracklist for Automata here.

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King Woman cover “I Wanna Be Adored” by the Stone Roses

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:33 AM (PST)

KING WOMAN has shared a cover of “I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses. Listen to the powerful cover via YouTube HERE and order on Bandcamp HERE.

KING WOMAN’s latest album Created in the Image of Suffering received high end of 2017 praise charting on notable album of the year lists such as Loudwire (#16), Metal Riot (#1), Treble (#9), and Revolver (Best Music Video – Manna #15) among numerous others.

Created in the Image of Suffering is out now worldwide on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available on Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads on Bandcamp HERE.

Created in the Image of Suffering was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA.  Each song evokes rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental torment, KING WOMAN truly suffer to create their art.

A full collection of KING WOMAN’s music videos is available HERE.

Additionally, KING WOMAN are happy to announce they have now joined the management roster at Sargent House (Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Earth, Mutoid Man, etc) and have just launched their new website which will be at kingwoman.band. The band commented on the new partnership and Stone Roses cover, saying:

“We have an immense amount of respect for Cathy and are proud to be a part of the Sargent House family. It’s going to be a beautiful year. The Stone Roses song was recorded with at Earth Tone Studios with Pat Hills in Sacramento, CA. It’s our first shot at recording a cover.”

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Sacramento, Ca based shredding tech death outfit ALTERBEAST will be releasing their newest album “Feast” on February 23rd and have announced their month long headlining Feast Winter Tour in support of the effort. Support will be coming from The Grindmother, Inferi (2/22-3/16), The Kennedy Veil (2/17-2/20), and Aethere.

Guitarist and founding member Andrew Lamb had this to say about the tour, “We are excited to announce the Feast Winter Tour 2018 w/ special guest Grindmother, Inferi, The Kennedy Veil, and Aethere! After recording what we think is our best record yet, the pack is gearing up to hit the road this February and March in support of our new record. We are taking some ultra dope bands with us to shred for 24 nights of blizzard level blast-beats, ice berg sized riffs, and cold, frost-bitten howls that will leave you numb to the world till you thaw out this Spring! We will have some new merch designs EXCLUSIVELY for this tour as well as copies of FEAST on CD/vinyl before it’s released of February 23rd! Roll out to a date and go BEASTMODE with us! Wolfsiiiidddde!” 

Dates BELOW.

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Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal’s most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE(Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY‘s upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall).

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel’s musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.

A full list of dates can be found BELOW.

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RIP ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:46 AM (PST)

As much as I relish and miss the opportunity to write a Motörhead related story more frequently, it is with heavy heart that we repeat the news that “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away. Pardon the delay in this post. A lot going on in my life right now and the news also took time to process as a fan. Clarke, to me, reminds me that it is so important to do what you believe in and strive to make your mark/use your lifetime for YOU. It could make a huge difference. Think of all the moments that would have been lesser without Clarke’s contributions to rock n’ roll. There you go. RIP

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Pop Evil post behind the scenes Nashville studio footage

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:46 PM (PST)

POP EVIL has released a behind the scenes studio video surrounding their time spent at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville this past summer. The video, the first in a series of videos to come, documents the band living together as they embarked on the writing process for their fifth studio LP.

The band will embark on the Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, POP EVIL is confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th, and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th.

The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at www.popevilvip.com. PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support for all dates.

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Gatecreeper

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:59 PM (PST)
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Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper release a split LP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST)

 

Virginian crossover thrashers Iron Reagan and Arizonian death metallers Gatecreeper have teamed up to release a split LP.

The split, mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios, is expected to be released on March 2 via Relapse Records.

Iron Reagan kick off their brief East Coast headline tour today in Washington D.C. and consists of five intimate concerts ending January 14 in Richmond, VA. Gatecreeper will perform an exclusive headline concert, presented by Revolver Magazine, on January 27 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. The band has also announced two February concerts in Arizona with label-mates Mammoth Grinder plus festival appearances at Modified Ghost Festival III and Northwest Terror Fest.

Check out Iron Reagan’s “Paper Shredder” and Gatecreeper’s “War Has Begun” as well as each band’s respective tour dates and the tracklist for the split release here.

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Dying Whale on tour; working on new material

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:31 PM (PST)

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Georgia hardcore punks Dying Whale will be playing the Birdhaus in Statesboro, GA tonight (01/10) and the Cory’s Grilled Cheese in Charleston, SC tomorrow (01/11).

Dying Whale will be joined by Post Nothing and Crushed!?.

Dying Whale will divulge additional tours for announcement in the coming weeks, alongside details on impending new recordings for 2018.

Dying Whale released their Last Moments Of Misery album through Nefarious Industries in February 2017, coalescing elements of metal, sludge, and hardcore.

Head over to Dying Whale’s Bandcamp to listen to Last Moments of Misery.

DYING WHALE w/ Post Nothing, Crushed!?:
1/09/2018 The Estate – Columbus, GA
1/10/2018 Birdhaus – Statesboro, GA
1/11/2018 Cory’s Grilled Cheese – Charleston, SC

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