Interview: The Order Of Israfel – Gothenburg Doom and Classic Sounds

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM (PST)

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Tom Sutton from The Order Of Israfel may have cut his teeth in Church Of Misery, but his new band has perfected a more overall vocally melodic brand of Doom with classic appeal on their impressive Napalm Records debut full length Wisdom. This baby, Mournful Congregation’s latest and Bled White from Novembers Doom pretty much school everybody in that genre so far this year, with The Order lads really hitting a grand slam for fans of classic stuff seeped in the bong water of Deep Purple, Cathedral and many quirkier folk metal or even hints of classical and thrash influences.

Not just a retro wanna be act, the songwriting on Wisdom will pull you in like a tractor beam or a hypno-gaze from a wizard’s crystal. Voices warning you to turn back in your head go ignored as you enter into the wild magic of this Gothenburg band’s charm. It’s swirling classic rock elements and vocal harmonies merge with rivers of spilled battlefield blood and bongwater to create an impossibly heady brew.

Sweden does it yet again.

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Interview: Martyrdöd – A Baptism Of Fire

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM (PST)

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Gothenburg is known as a trove of extreme music heritage and Martyrdöd will only add to Sweden’s reputation as a nation which always must be close to the tip of the tongue in any metal conversation. Mikael Kjellman (gits/vox) checks in with us to tell us more about the forward thinking musical explorer’s latest Southern Lord sonic explosion, plus working with Kajsa Grytt.

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War Zone Interview: Hammercult – Where does an Israeli band tour?

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM (PST)

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“Where do an Israeli band tour? Lebanon? Syria?
I don’t think they would welcome a metal-band… without decapitating them for being anti-religion.” – Yakir.

There will be more pro peace movement in the world. I believe it is possible if we focus on that energy.

Many people across the world have fought over religion or land disputes or what is taboo. Some days it is real disagreement and other times it is a thin veil to stir up outrage when beneath the surface are business concerns to go into a country and get natural resources, when we ought to be instead focusing on energy efficiency.

If the GOP are right (get it, “right”?) and their version of God didn’t create Climate change, we have nothing to worry about. If, as it seems, God did create free will and allow us to sin and pollute and have consequences that may damn us, destroying the planet just might be a side-effect of the sin of pride, you dumb asses. Perhaps we should use God given critical thinking and investigate climate change as…just a potentiality. Since we live here and all? But maybe we’re screwed anyway…Cuz if on the offhand it is a vengeful Old Testament God, we might be fucked either way.

Even if governor Chris Christie was well intentioned on Sandy clean up – hard to know for sure, now that his manipulation of everyday people via the bridge scandal – his denial of Climate change means he is not serious enough on the issue. we love to say Guliani was great after 9/11 and do these weepy sixty minute specials…that’s your job! And then you say you never politicize patriotism? But we never get to the root of real terrorism issues. Same with climate. Y’know what? there wont be room for all the Sandy-type post hurricane weepy humanitarian testimonials because storms will be too frequent. Watch Years of Living Dangerously!!! In thirty years most of the US could be as hot as fucking Arizona.

Anyway, I want to say that we all need to get along. We are out of wiggle room. There is no more room for territorial war, whatever side you fall on. We also often take too much for granted as humans in the modern age.

Today I was talking to Israeli thrash band Hammercult‘s Yakir Shochat via Facebook IM. He had the dignity to apologize for not having some guest answers to a piece done for me yet, because his band has been in an area currently under heavy fire. These people have a minute warning between when an explosion could happen, and just 15 seconds in the South. And this man has the grace, a dude in a thrash metal band, to apologize for not being able to email me sooner. Think about that the next time you complain your band doesn’t have enough places to play in town. Or other concerns that a band with gusto and team work could overcome. We are getting spoiled as a quick fix culture. Thankfully many people are waking up.

Our conversation was cut short because he had to run and take cover from incoming danger several times and check on the safety of his friend.

Here are some outtakes from my chat with Yakir today. He wanted me to be certain to tell readers that he doesn’t think he is better than bands from elsewhere because of his troubles, but rather that he is simply listing logistical issues.

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BLACK COBRA today announces a more than month-long US Tour, set to begin in late August and running into the beginning of October.

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With thirty-two cities confirmed to endure the BLACK COBRA live treatment at press time, the actions begin in Phoenix, Arizona on August 28th, then spiraling though the Southeast, up the East Coast and back across the country in a downward slash on their way back to their Bay Area homelands. Direct support for BLACK COBRA on all dates will be provided by Ohio riff rock quartet, Lo Pan.

With relentless dexterity and viciousness, as a meager duo, San Francisco’s BLACK COBRA delivers an even more concussive attack on stage than their already decimating recordings relay, with a backline to blow away bands with lineups more than twice their size. The band’s unhinged sludge metal loaded with neck-mangling time switch-ups and songwriting as devastating as their delivery is loud, unloaded with the most rampant punk rock energy, BLACK COBRA has proven their live devastation with endless devotion since their 2001 inception, the band having played nearly seven hundred shows worldwide since then.

Stand by for updates from BLACK COBRA as the band soon records their next LP, due for release in early 2015.

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Godsmack 1000hp pre-order available

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM (PST)

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Robbie from Godsmack today – “Hey guys! #1000hp is now available for pre-order at iTunes”.

Get your orders in HERE. This is gonna be a good album from the Boston hard rock vets. Shannon Larkin is one of the best drummers out there and if you’re still on the ‘Smack (sorry, that was awful…), you know they are a real fan friendly band. Check out a video message from Robbie HERE.

Crank the new single HERE. Sullt kind of recounts the band’s story in the song. A good motivator.

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Lo-Pan cover art for “Colossus” is my favorite of 2014 so far

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM (PST)

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There have been some great album covers this year which defy the idea that an MP3 alone doesn’t need corresponding record art. Sure, digital is in some ways better for the environment (unless you start talking about mining issues worldwide to meet demands of technology, but I digress).

There has been some great shit out this year artistically, from Castle’s Russian symbolic painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin (who worked with Behemoth after first working with Castle, previously) painting for Under Siege to the very Zen/xistential San Francisco artist Seth Curcio’s Empress AD work for Still Life Moving Fast… but Lo-Pan’s Colossus art takes the cake thus far.

Maybe I just have a mutant boner for the upcoming X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse, but in that case you’d think the Lo-Pan record would be called “Archangel” instead if “Colossus”, though at this point I think Gambit and Wolverine were Horseman of Death as well, so I can’t fucking keep track. Point being, this art from the Ohio rockers next Small Stone release by Jason Alexander Byers (ex-Disengage, Black Black Black) is killer, bold, simple and apocalyptic. It would make a great tattoo and look great on an LP jacket…or a biker jacket.

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Zounds!!! This is way too bad ass. Smoke is coming out of my ears. Coolest picture disc since this old Star Wars record I had with Darth Vader and the Droids on opposite sides.

SKELETONWITCH will release the first-ever picture disc pressing of  Breathing The Fire on August 5. Featuring vibrant artwork completed by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust) and limited to only 500 copies worldwide, the LP can now be pre-ordered bundled with an exclusive t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt from the Prosthetic webshop here: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/products/530606-skeletonwitch-breathing-the-fire-picture-disc

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Interview: Crowbar – Symmetry In Black and new life

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 4:51 AM (PST)

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New Orleans’ stalwarts Crowbar are mainstays of the sludge scene, pioneers of the doomed path and heavy metal kings in the underground. Ex-Down guitarist Kirk Windstein’s first love is an institution of down tuned glory and gruff songs of hellfire and redemption. Kirk keeps trudging one foot in front of the other towards finding the perfect Crowbar riff, a disciple of the school of Sabbath.

Crowbar are one of the ultimate metal bands to me. Symmetry In Black shows Windstein celebrating the 25th year of Crowbar with an album that can proudly match any of his best achievements. Opener “Walk With Knowledge Wisely” seems to continue on the themes of learning from the past that were so prevalent on Sever the Wicked Hand, the previous monster Crowbar release (and also one of their best). “Put an end to what poisons you,” insists the remorseless vocal. And the 3:20 mark has one of the best riffs in the Crowbar universe, which is saying something.

Kirk couldn’t tour as much as Down needed to without risking his health, but the band are doing fine without him as their new material (especially “Steeple”) blessedly revealed. You can have C.O.C. without Pepper Keenan (though I miss his vocals), but there is no Crowbar without Kirk.

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Red Fang offer up free acoustic EP

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:46 PM (PST)

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Damn, it’s hot out. I need some fuckin’ lemonade.

In celebration of the band’s upcoming European Tour, Portland, OR’s huggable hard rock supervillains RED FANG have released a free acoustic EP via Metal Hammer, Bandcamp, Amazon MP3 and all streaming portals.

The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for TeamRock.com. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well.

Click HERE to check it out. The cover art reminds me of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion a little bit. Wolf sweat!!!

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Album Review: Through The Dark Rift – Control The Devastator

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM (PST)

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Control the Devastator are a newer band out of Snellville, Georgia playing a self-proclaimed mix of progressive, death and black metal.

They have recently released their debut album Through The Dark Rift via Steamroller Records.

Check out my review of that album here.

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As part of a unique partnership with The End Records/ADA and Roadrunner Records, British prog-metal band EMPRESS AD are excited to reveal details of their highly anticipated debut album, titled Still Life Moving Fast, set for release in North America September 2nd.

 

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The band worked with Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Old Man Gloom) to craft their debut, sure to win at least several Gold medals.

The album’s artwork was created by San Francisco artist Seth Curcio. EMPRESS AD’s  Ollie Loring (vocals,guitar) answers questions below. Or follow this following link to pre-order . : )

 

Feeling Earthy? Get back to the primitive and deadly.

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM (PST)

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Open-minded music fans the world over have long praised EARTH‘s pioneering and visionary delivery of their slow-motion anthems from the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, to their more Americana-inclined direction of the early 2000s and beyond. Their willingness to experiment with different sounds and different musicians has always enabled EARTH to remain consistently interesting and undoubtedly always unique. Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their musical evolution, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a truly epic, very diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, the album also explores massive new sonic territories for EARTH.

 With Primitive And Deadly, guitarist Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse second act, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. The dialogue between Carlson and Davies remains pivotal, here underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows).Primitive And Deadly also brings forth the band’s first vocal contributions since 1996′s Pentastar LP, and first in the band’s second incarnation, with guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), who transform these thundering, organic songs into something approaching traditional pop structures. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where EARTH recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly isEARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

Southern Lord will issue Primitive And Deadly in all deluxe formats in North America on September 2nd. Preorders for the album have just been activated at EARTH’s new official online store which just launched today at THIS LOCATION.

 

The first single from Primitive And Deadly, “From The Zodiacal Light,” was recently unveiled via Pitchfork RIGHT HERE.

Additionally, fans can currently order the vinyl reissues of Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method andThe Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s SkullHex available here and Bees here.

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Oslo library praises “METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:21 AM (PST)

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The Oslo Public Library, Norway’s oldest and largest literary institution, has recognized and praised Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen‘s monumental METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries (ISBN 978-0979616341, Bazillion Points Books) as a “unique and important” book in Norwegian history and culture.

Get the book HERE.

Oslo librarian Terje Haugsgjerd writes: “Which is the heaviest book published in Norway the past few years? No, it’s not [Karl Ove] Knausgård’s My Struggle even if the title would be a fitting one for this book too. The book in question is Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. The period is depicted from the point-of-view of the author and paints a personal, but certainly non romanticizing, picture of an astonishingly creative period in Norwegian metal, a period that was also dangerous and controversial with its murders, suicides and church burnings.”

“In short, this is, for me, a unique Norwegian book, both physically with all its kilos, but especially for its content. In one hundred years, this will be a book about what once was.”

Comments Jon Kristiansen: “From the start, I made Slayer Mag as honestly and as well as I could. I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time.”

In 756 pages, METALION unravels thirty years of underground metal history, centered on the unique Norwegian black metal music scene of which author Kristiansen was a central figure. The book includes reproduction pages from every issue of the Slayer Mag metal fanzine, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, Kristiansen recounts his personal experiences in tumultuous “diary” section.

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Album Review: Islander – Violence And Destruction

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM (PST)

 

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The leaders of the so called “Nu Metal” revival don’t deserve that tag, but not because it sells them short. Islander are indeed leaders and one of the best new bands on the scene, but “nu metal” was a stupid name to begin with. Korn never thought of themselves as a metal band. They always wanted to be perceived as their own entity. It’s why they covered “Mellowship in Slinky B’ by the chili Peppers when I saw them yeaaars ago at Lollapalooza, like, ’96 or something. It’s why they fuckin’ made one of their best albums The Path Of Totality when they were digging on EDM, which looked like a cash grab because of the popular EDM movement of the time, but Jonathan Davis is also a DJ now, so it isn’t a passing fad for Korn. People said they had too much hip hop or funk influence or some people thought too much metal influence, but they were never trying to replace Iron Maiden. Now some people say theirsong “Never Never”, in fact a killer pop song, is not heavy enough. Just let them be Korn! You can’t please everyone. “Y’all wanna single say…Fuck that, fuck that shit!”

Korn were just trying to create their own macrocosm within their own stylistic likes. Korn also were criticized more because they were seen as more blatantly trying to be aggresively marketed via stickers and cartoony t-shirts than, say, the artsier Deftones. Anybody remember how punks The Sex Pistols were a major label band?

Deftones got by with crictis more, one because they wrote better songs and two because they seemed more indie somehow, more connected to underground bands like Bad Brains (who got them their first big tour) and critically beloved new wave music. People blamed Rage Against The Machine for “Nu Metal”, just because they rapped. That is fucking ignorant. Rage had a social message and killer grooves. Groove in metal is not inherently bad. In fact, half these long haired old ass cracker jacks could use some. As much as I like Chris Holmes’ guitar playing over the years, moving to France to escape hip hop culture is ridiculous. One, France is pretty fucking liberal and two, the best guitar player who started rock n roll was Chuck Berry.Blackie Lawless and Mustaine becoming the more closed minded type of born again christians (I’m not against people of faith inherently) and hating on other bands who are atheists or satanic bands is ignorant. They are just proclaiming their lack of culture saavy or lack of true spiritual compassion.

I swear I am getting back to Islander in a minute, cuz they deserve it. I gotta clear the air here first though. “Nu Metal” as a genre tag allowed lesser bands to water it down, the same shit that happens in hardcore or D-beat when suddenly everyone jumps on Converge’s dick or whoever. It’s not the genre that is inherently bad. It is whether the talent, skill or execution fails to connect to people or the band is just clown shoes! Fear Factory caught shit for working with Cypress Hill years ago. That’s bullshit. The real problem should have been that both those groups are mega talented and it wasn’t the best song they could have come up with.

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Hail Queen Doro Pesch, North American Tour Dates

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM (PST)

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Having celebrated thirty years since the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and Latin America, multi-decade recording artist/legendary metal maven DORO PESCH
will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this Fall.

“The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to,” shares vocalist and songwriter, DORO. “I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again.  See you soon… Raise Your Fist!”

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via

Doro’s official Facebook page. Additional plans for a second leg of the tour in the US for Spring 2015.

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