Century Media major label acquisition debated

Posted by xtrememetalman on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:53 AM (PST)

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The guys over at Metal Insider, one of the consistently finest metal sites on the interweb inferno, have a discussion posted between site contributors about the implications of the potential major label acquisition of classic metal label Century Media Records by a major label backer.

Click HERE to read it.

Century Media is the current home of heroes of metal ranging from Iced Earth to At The Gates to Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches plus hugely popular crossover goth and hard rock act Lacuna Coil to newer talent such as up and comers Barren Harvest.


Before he began his successful career as a solo artist, Yngwie Malmsteen was the guitarist for Steeler and Alcatrazz.


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Whitechapel have a new video for the very dark and tragic “Let Me Burn”, perhaps their most brutal offering yet as a single. Fans of Cannibal Corpse’s recent “Kill Or Become” or other metal videos combining disturbing imagery and intense sounds will likely be pulled in.

Vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: “The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done.”

Guitarist Alex Wade adds: “It’s our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we’re really happy with how it came out. Phil’s idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie’s directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well.”

Check out the video, currently hosted by Bloody Disgusting, at THIS LOCATION.

The undisputed leaders of deathcore are on tour now.

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War Of Ages announce headlining dates with Phineas, Death Of An Era

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:57 AM (PST)

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War of Ages will be heading out this spring for their first headlining tour of 2015. They’re teaming up with Dream Beard brand, Phinehas, and Death of An Era to bring you the Supreme Chaos US tour! New Noise Magazine is a sponsor. The tour kicks off in WoA’s hometown (Erie, PA!) and treks across the US to Pomona, CA just in time for War of Ages to play Facedown Fest.

The recent War Of Ages record Supreme Chaos is one of their finest outings and a surefire way to stay engaged with modern metal that has a point.

Check www.warofagesmetal.com for full dates. Watch an exciting tour trailer BELOW.

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Marty Friedman adds South American tour dates

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:32 AM (PST)

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Globally-renowned guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN is gearing up for the next leg of his “Inferno” world tour – an extensive jaunt throughout Brazil starting next Friday to support the March 6 domestic release of his acclaimed, Billboard-charting solo release. Altogether, FRIEDMAN will visit 19 Brazilian cities throughout March, followed by stops in Chile and Argentina. Full dates can be found below.

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Jesse Leach teases new Killswitch Game Of Thrones track “Loyalty”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 12:47 PM (PST)

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Jesse Leach of KSE keeps that PMA and got fans pumped today with a preview of new Killswitch. The lords of Metacore are part of a new Game Of Thrones mix and wrote a song for House Martell from the show and books, the southern kingdom of intrigue. You can hear the preview HERE.  It features the house motto of “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” in the chorus, which honestly sound like KSE lyrics already, haha. I am huge Killswitch fan and it sounds good, though The Sword still get most points for their GoT song from Gods Of The Earth about taking the black from before HBO even had a hit.

 

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Album Review: Torche – “Restarter”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:13 AM (PST)

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Torche‘s blend of harmony, sludge with a smirk and a no fucks given attitude has unfairly had them judged hipster metal by some black hearted types, the same sort of goons who’d write off Gorgoroth once they’d discovered Gaahl was gay. Or snob hardcore kids…don’t get me started on the idiots I heard at a recent Converge tour stop who were trashing on Torche’s support slot. Excuse me, but the great Converge hand picked them for the tour, not to mention aren’t exactly a punk by numbers band themselves. Torche have been a vital part of the scene the last few years and inject a welcome dose of self awareness and heft into everything they do. I find them extremely refreshing. If you can’t be affected by a song like first single “Minions” off this baby just leave rock n roll behind you and go play in traffic. The rest of us will be playing Torche Vs. Robots.

New record Restarter is quite an experience, just a shining example of a band being themselves (much like the new Coliseum material, it’s “love us or leave us. This is what we do”). Like Pelican offshoot The Swan King it is both quirky and smart but also pretty easy to rock out too. My only critique is most of the material works as a feeling or vibe  more than as super distinct songs, but that’s kind of always been their bag, it seems. It’s kind of about the delivery.

It has been cold as a witches balls in Upstate, Ny and Torche (or the reunited Floor for that matter) always manage to warm me up with those huge walls of distortion and massive low end. Restarter is heavier than the recent Floor effort Oblation which was great (“Rocinante”= so good) but seemed more concerned with pop structure. This Torche record really stretches out and gets weird, but within certain frameworks. It kind of reminds me of old Soundgarden in an odd way in that the album is clearly structured to be listened to all the way but each song really compliments the others or works alone. Torche really upped their game here making sure every inch of Restarter counts, from the trudging “Barrier Hammer” to the near nine minute title track’s thrills and sheets of distorted chills.

Click HERE for the full review.

Album Review: Rise Of Doom – “Purgation”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM (PST)

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Rise Of Doom are a metalcore band somewhere between the synth and hook heavy sounds of Betraying The Martyrs and the low end breakdown gurgle of Oceano. It’s a good record and obviously they love what they do. My only real gripe is most bands doing this style don’t seem to have much regional difference no matter where they come from in the world.

Anyway, this French band have a sound sure to appeal to many scene kids worldwide who like their metalcore stuff new school + occasionally djenty, mostly mid tempo with lots of double kick and generally screamed vocals augmented with cleans. You know the style. It’s not for everybody but this band does it way better than most. I was really impressed with the professionalism and drive which is obvious in their video “Gaia”. Some real mosh worthy parts on here and if you like this style you will be sure to hit repeat on Purgation!!! Pick it up at Bandcamp HERE.

Click HERE for the full review, moshers.

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Interview: Wake Up Lucid – It’s a family fuzz rock affair

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM (PST)
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Like a good dream, Wake Up Lucid  linger with you in a surreal haze for awhile during their drifty sleep hang over type moments while at other times their fuzzed attack leaves the charred aftermath of a West Coast forest fire. The band have played to discerning L.A. audiences and put their time in the last few years all perhaps building up to an emphasis on being as dynamic as possible these days. I’d love to see them alongside a Dead Meadow or White Hills type band or two.

I just love these guys. They remind me of when I was in bands in Woodstock, NY and it was all for the right reasons…cranking out good memories and riffs. As their bio says: Early on, cousins Ryan, Ian, and Jamie from Wake Up Lucid set up home base at Silverlake Lounge on Sunset Boulevard as a challenge to themselves, honing their writing and performance skills in front of one of the most demanding audiences in the world. What resulted was…being offered an album release party, then a residency, followed swiftly by media acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, LA Times, Vice/Noisey, Filter, Nylon, MOKB, KEXP… and plenty of others!

Producer Joe Cardamone has kind of adopted the band and the results have been great. New EP Gone With The Night is an indicator of more hurdles leapt by this promising power trio. Taste making stoner Mecca of blogs The Obelisk recently premiered “Get Fucked” from Gone With The Night HERE (incidentally I was the 69th Facebook “like” which is almost as cool as being the 666th RTX like awhile ago). Anyway, it was a good time to interview all 3 members of the band BELOW.

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Album Review: New Plague – S/T EP

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM (PST)

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New Plague from Long Island play a style we’ve heard a lot the last few years, the sort of hyper kinetic gnarly hardcore with occasional Entombed nod that made Trap Them scene demi-gods and with the dissonance and sharp, spasmic edges Converge have had forever. Newer bands like Full of Hell, Hierophant, Blackened and others kind of fit this mold as well… but honestly its a style in the underground so savage and alive that in my opinion it doesn’t hurt to have more bands doing this to counterbalance trendier mall-core bullshit. New Plague might not bring much new to the table but they certainly kick the table over in style on their new EP and add to the general plague of this newer movement. Brutal, blistering and fast but with plenty of interesting knuckle ripping guitar punching feedback drenched breaks as well. This shit will get your adrenaline pumping and leave you breathless if you have any love for hardcore at all. I’ll take this style over dumb ass downtuned breakdowns the whole song with pop barely in tune even with auto tune emo vocal clean choruses any freakin’ day.

“Blood Offer” kicks off with pure abandon and hoarse cries, the band really sounding commited to their songs. It rages with a ferocity akin to Baptists if a bit less well executed. That said, this is by no means a let down and I only said that because let’s face it…it’s pretty hard to top Nick Yacyshyn these days, the new poster boy for underground hardcore percussive ferocity. That noted, these dudes come pretty damn close with this S/T beast. “Angles” is my favorite track, a number that slows the tempos to really let you feel the meat peelig off your own bones. When I think of Long Island I associate it with Mind Over Matter, V.O.D. or Glassjaw more than this style but I gotta say these dudes are a great addition to the heavy scene. “Hounds Of Sleep” could basically be a Blissfucker B-side but again, how many thrash bands are there our there? It doesn’t make it bad to love a style. I’m giving this 4 stars because I gave mega band All That Remains 3.5 on their latest and even though this is way less technical and produced, the energy still hit me harder.

Stream this in full at great sight American Aftermath HERE. Tell em Metal Riot sent ya. Pre-orders can be placed here.

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Ufomammut finally announce first North American tour, support from Usnea

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:17 AM (PST)

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Ufomammut from Italy are one of the heavier psychedelic and monolithic bands today. Their Eve concept record blew my mind and I’ve been a fan ever since that pro-sacred feminine monster of an album. Now the band are finally touring North America and bringing Relapse signees Usnea in tow (who recently released Random Cosmic Violence, a bold 4 song album).

Ufomammut will be supporting new seventh album Ecate, a track “Temple” from said banger recently unveiled at The Quietus HERE. It is heavy and weird just how we like our UFOs and Mammoths.

See BELOW for Ecate artwork and Spring N. American tour dates!

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Acrania drop new live video for “Messiah of Manipulation”

Posted by xtrememetalman on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2:24 PM (PST)

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The dudes in deathcore/face slammers Acrania dropped us a line to let us know they had a new live video and we are more than happy to show it. This song, you’ll most likely agree, is pretty beastly. Even if you don’t like some of the bree styles, the tones of the stringed instruments and the snappy drum attack plus deadly grooves will eat your mutated brain. Check it out BELOW.

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Ok, this is not about Atlas Shrugged arguments but rather fair practice. Facebook is by far the most effective social media tool still for many bands and it is garbage that they fleece bands who already pay for ads by making them ALSO pay to reach people who already “liked” their page. There is a new great petition on Change.org that hopes (probably naively) to change that. Please take a minute to sign it HERE.

Im not a facebook hater. It’s great and useful…that said, they aren’t likely to listen but everyone who agrees please sign this. not about everything in life being FREE but bands and magazines already pay for ads and shouldn’t have to pay to reach everyone who already LIKE a page as a fan or potential consistent supporters. Half the time I’ll write a post on great metal news and it is seen on Facebook by like 160 people out of our nearly 9,000 followers because they want to fleece us- like bands aren’t squeezed enough. The Grammys won’t even treat metal with respect. We NEED our followers united! Social media is vital part of this. FUCK THIS SHIT. Plenty of other ways for them to get revenue!

I know there are other problems in the world like child soldiers and AIDS and arguing about vaccines all day but this actually affects a lot of people trying to follow a D.I.Y. lifestyle in the punk and metal scenes.

 

Ensiferum tour with Trollfest and Korpklaani

Posted by xtrememetalman on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 11:40 AM (PST)

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Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum next month. Tickets are on sale today. See all confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their One Many Army full-length, set to drop in North America this Tuesday via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “warlike and fiery” by MetalSucks, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore, captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland.

In anticipation of its release, the band recently partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety. Hosted by Decibel Magazine, each day Spotify added an additional One Man Army track to their player leading up to the record’s final descent. Listen to One Man Army, now streaming in its entirety, at THIS LOCATION.

 

 

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Interview: 36 Crazyfists – Time And Trauma is bold, barren and beautiful

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5:37 AM (PST)

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I just did what gravitates towards my soul, genres and barriers are disconnected from my listening pleasure – Brock Lindow

Music should break you out of your self prescribed mode, peel the veneer off of life’s everyday patterns and expose the nerves. I know some scene purists want to be metaller than thou or write off the new At The Gates (which is superb) because it isnt 20 years old and how dare they write a new album. I personally liked Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey as an examination of depression and the grey scale of vulnerability and power play of sensuality far more than the majority of heavy revenge fantasy albums that I crossed paths with last year. Music should bring you inside of new ways of thinking, shake the dust or at least make you wonder or relate to the artist.

Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists have made what is possibly their crowning jewel with Time And Trauma (Spinefarm). This is just one of those records that defies critics and is destined to be a classic, much like Deftones Around The Fur or V.O.D.’s Imprint were just other records in a cluttered release year when they came out.

“I’ve seen the devil in many of my days/lately I’ve decorated far too many graves,” belts out singer Brock Lindow on title track “Time And Trauma” with such pain and raw emotion in his trembling but strong as hell vocal performance. You can’t help but be gripped. It’s like in The Art Of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba , true strength is bringing people into your sphere. For years 36CF have been not so quietly winning converts and KEEPING their fans through consistency, belief in the underground and hard touring regardless of trends.

You’d be a fool not to give this album respect.

For an interview with actually unique vocalist Brock see BELOW.

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