Album Review: Die So Fluid – The Opposites Of Light

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM (PST)

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The Opposites of Light by Die So Fluid is a 16 song journey composed of two complimentary halves.The 2x album is positively overflowing with creativity and unique choices. Even the cover art calls to mind the haunting, more adult film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are.

There are two distinct sections on the album named ‘Shakura’ and ‘Pah’, the Solar and Lunar deities of the matriarchal Pawnee Native Americans. As you might expect, the “solar” and “lunar” or day and night qualities are reflected in the music which varies from irresistably catchy yet dirty hard rock to lush and gorgeous ballads that almost recall Siouxie & The Banshees. Lead off vampires in exile track “Black Blizzard” blew my mind when I firt heard it. One of the most hypnotic string intros of all time sets the mood before you are dropped into a marching groove and meet the impressive hook lacedyet not cloying vocals of Bassist/songstress Grog Rox. Then the massive chorus riff and soaring screams arrive and you get a rush the likes of which not felt since the ‘yeaaaah’ famous chorus of Nirvana’s “Lithium”. It’s all big chords, boomin rhythm section and passion. The dynamic range is killer, from the opening dreamy guitar of “Anubis” that evolves into a heavy pocket mid tempo rock groove like a more romantic and female led STP meets Duran Duran.

Just way smarter guitar choices than most average rock and songs you can invite into your life, as if you had any other choice to hold these babies back!

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Castle visit “Pyramid Lake”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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Castle have been on fire lately, new music from the San Fran outfit building on their well earned buzz. Under Seige, the latest from the group, is out May 16th on Prosthetic. Expect eerie and emotional vocals with slightly more metallic (this time out) yet still blues rooted riffs with fantastic tones the band is known for. Castle are so good that I could actually have them as an “Island” band where it is just me, Wilson the bff volleyball  and one or two records.

Check out the new track BELOW.

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Slayer reveal new track “Implode”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM (PST)

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Thrash kings Slayer have soldiered on post-Hanneman despite critics, but I have to say they have the best possible line-up despite the shitty circumstances. I mean, if no Lombardo it has to be Bostaph. Gary from Exodus is the man. So as much as Jeff was my favorite dude BESIDES Lombardo, I really don’t see what the problem is. Everyone in the band is still a formidable musician. People don’t like King’s attitude sometimes but then other times they want to blow him, so it is hard to take seriously. $$$ squabbles with Lombardo are a shitty matter to think about, sure. Jeff wrote most of their classics, but everyone else has played a major role. Bostaph played on fucking “Killing Fields”! If it was some other band people wouldn’t be bugging out as much.

Anyway, Slayer debuted a new song “Implode”. Some people think they should now, but I’d rather root for them. Anyone hating on this should get their ears checked because it sounds pretty much just like Slayer. People who want them never to throw in a slow riff are morons. Seasons In The Abyss is the best album and is full of them. Shit, even Diabolus has plenty of good moments but people are such snobs. I write about metal all the time because I love it, but also because I think way too many half baked ideas get traction and become accepted as truth in the underground.Like anything with melodic vocals is automatically bad? Or having dynamics is bad? Put a gun in your mouth and put yourself out of my misery, please.

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Album Review: Ringworm – Hammer Of The Witch

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:52 AM (PST)

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There is a healing image spell  used in practical Witchcraft that involves creating a wax or cloth poppet to represent the person you wish good intentions towards. You don’t represent the problem, rather the image of the solution is created.  Cast a circle and light a blue candle. Sprinkle the doll with salt water. Well, the spell goes on from there with positive intent. The new Ringworm album Hammer of the Witch, on the other hand, will leave non believers  as a steaming crater of human afterthought. You will need self healing from self inflicted mosh trauma after hearing tracks like the pulverizing slow death rattle of “Leave Your Skin At The Door” or “Dawn of Decay”‘s declaration of malicious intent.

13 tracks of pure ferocity showcase that Cleveland’s finest musical export (well, except for Denny Blaze) are as strong as ever. I was a bit surprised that this new album came so hot on the heels of Bleed, but none of this is rushed. If anything, Human Furnace and co. are at the top of their game. Granted, occult imagery is more rampant in metal and hardcore than ever,  to the point where you can’t shake a smudge stick at a bunch of average dudes in sweatshirts who for some reason use upside down crosses or Wiccan ritual symbols on their album art. Shit, every other day a new band of 70′s throwbacks with female witch vocals comes out as well. This is not necessarily bad as “Black Hexen Rise” by Integrity or the nuanced music of Blood Ceremony proves, but sometimes it is just a bandwagon. Ringworm have never had artwork like Hammer of the Witch before, and I don’t know what it has to do with the rage fest on here that seems pretty embedded in urban reality and the brutality of the modern age, but I’m not complaining. The artwork is dope and the record kills.

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“Bigotry” video by Goemagot is a tech death lustful masterpiece

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM (PST)

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Rochester, NY always startles me when it spits out sick ass metal bands every few years. Sulaco. Psyopus. Any music from that part of New York worth a damn seems to have some extra creative spark, probably needed to make a dent beyond that area. Not shittin’ on Rochester, but you don’t usually think of it first when listing top metal hubs.

Goemagot are going to change that if they keep slaying this much. This tech metal beast of a trio are somehow unsigned with 24,000 “likes” and a really great production value video that just blew my mind.These dudes are bad ass. Almost as bad ass as those dudes with pet hyenas you can google.  Chariot Media Group  worked with the band to create this visual headfuck fest of a priest mentally drowning in lust.  It will seriously make your day if you have a metal bone in your body.

Check out “Bigotry” HERE and forget all the tech bands you thought you liked. Well, except for Origin, of course.

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Darkane Euro Tour footage of “Ostracized” will booyah your day

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM (PST)

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Swedish melo-death quintet DARKANE have unveiled live footage from their recent European tour with Soilwork, which Metal-Discovery described as “aural epicness… a mesmerizing and riveting experience.” You can watch along as the band performs the track “Ostracized” from their acclaimed 2013 release The Sinister Supremacy filmed by Philipp Koch & Oliver Laux (Drumtalk) at the Biblelot in Dordrecht, Netherlands below!

Says the band, “We recently completed a European tour with Soilwork that took us through Spain, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Holland and the UK. The tour went great and, with the two bands having previously toured together, everything went smoothly – apart from Soilwork’s drummer Dirk Verbeuren getting injured and having to sit out a few shows. Luckily our drummer Peter (Wildoer) isn’t one to back down from a challenge, so he took over the drum throne for Soilwork’s remaining gigs. Closing in on the end of the tour, Dirk felt good enough to play again, so he played the final show of the tour in Dordrecht. Spirits were high, and to make it even better, Phillip from Drumtalk showed up and asked if we wanted him to film the show. Of course we did! And he did a really nice job. Darkane 100% live and raw. As it should be.”

 

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Islander go big in 2014, stream “The Sadness of Graves”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:24 AM (PST)

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From the band that made both Alternative Press’ ‘100 Bands You Need To Know’ and Revolver’s ‘Most Anticipated Album of 2014’, ISLANDER is proud to announce Violence & Destruction.  These guys are a killer band, one of my newest favorites. They have huge cross-over potential, a positive outlook and high energy love for hard rock, metal, punk and reggae. Just dope dudes killin’ it.

Pre-order packages for ISLANDER’s highly anticipated Victory Records full-length debut, Violence & Destruction, are now available exclusively through VictoryMerch.com. Various Violence & Destruction packages, starting at $19.98, include your choice of t-shirt, tank top, crewneck sweatshirts, posters, and more. ISLANDER’s Violence & Destruction will be available everywhere on July 8th, 2014.

For your first taste of the album, head over to Alternative Press and stream the new track, “The Sadness Of Graves”.

Grab your pre-order of Violence & Destruction just in time to catch ISLANDER perform it live all summer long on the Victory Records Stage at the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. They are by far the best band on that Victory stage, trust.  Click HERE for tour dates.

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Battlecross to play Brazil with KSE

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:43 AM (PST)

BattlecrossMainGroupPromo_byAlexMorgan-1080x720American thrash titans, BATTLECROSS, are pleased to confirm three tour dates this August in Brazil with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire. This will mark the band’s first-ever shows in South America.

Comments guitarist Tony Asta: BATTLECROSS is primed and ready to explore the unknown and take on South America with the mighty Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire! This will be our first time ever performing in this part of the world where a strong legacy of thrash metal has created a culture of the most devoted metal heads in the planet. We’ve been keeping in touch with fans through the BATTLECROSSBrazil Facebook page and we can’t wait to show them what we’ve got!”

BATTLECROSS took their energetic live show for the first time ever to Europe earlier this year supporting Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The band will return to Europe in June for a series of festival dates, including Download, Graspop and co-headlining dates with Huntress. BATTLECROSS will also play a series of US shows (also with Killswitch Engage and Trivium) next month.

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Between the Buried and Me launch ‘Lay Your Ghosts to Rest’ video

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM (PST)

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Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) have launched a brand new video, which was filmed at the Baltimore Soundstage, The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN. “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” was produced, filmed, and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson. The video is a surreal look at the band’s live show, and the detailed light show and production that accompanies the aural experience that fans have come to know and love.

Between the Buried and Me previously announced that they will be joining Meshuggah for their 25th anniversary tour across North America. Now, in addition to those shows, BTBAM will be performing a select few headlining shows on their way out to kick off the Meshuggah tour in Los Angeles, CA. Beginning on May 29th, fans will see BTBAM make their way to the west coast with Trioscapes serving as direct support! Trioscapes features BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs and released their debut album on Metal Blade Records last year. The band also features Walter Fancourt (saxophone) and Matt Lynch (drums).

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Best accidental use of the Lamb of God logo ever

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM (PST)

LambofGod_logoWell now, this is pretty great.  It appears that the town of Salem, VA “accidentally” used the official Lamb of God logo to promote an Easter play appropriately titled, Lamb of God.  The town apparently does a play every year and that just happened to be the title this time around.

To check out a picture of the tickets and an official statement from the town click right here.  One has to wonder if whoever was in charge of promotions just Googled the name and used the coolest graphic they saw, or if they are just awesome and have a first class sense of humor?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know that Lamb of God’s lead singer Randy Blythe was recently acquitted of murder in the Czech Republic.   The band’s last album was titled Resolution and released by Epic Records.

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Album Review: Mount Salem – Endless

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM (PST)

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Mount Salem slide from the shadows into the flickering candlelight of the underground doom scene wih the impressive Endless. Emily Kopplin projects to far more soaring vocal heights than most in the genre, while still keeping a sense of good, earworming Ozzy-type sing songy rhyme schemes in place. Atop a fertile soil of warm organ and murky blues riffs slowed to a mutant snail’s crawl, her voice is near angellic without the dramatic over-stimulus of symphonic metal, for example. This shit is fuzzy and foggy like your head after a few beers, the time slowed down center at the eye of the storm. From the strayed down the wrong path ghost story of “Good Times” to midway point stunning standout “Full Moon”, the band are well in control of dynamics, pacing and intent. “Full Moon” in particular is gorgeous, a quiet and soulful musing on trying to outrun things when your time is up. The bass crawls, tom drums thump and ethereal textures haunt until the band storm into a mid tempo Sabbath stomp.

Fans of heavier doom will perhaps regret the fact that the vocals stay pretty smooth the whole album, with the band sounding most effective in the heavier sections when Kopplin really wails. She may not have the storytelling ability of flute witch Alia O’Brian of the hard to top Blood Ceremony ( I mean, “Ballad of the Weird Sisters” is like THE peak modern song of this genre, in my book), but Mount Salem still handle their own very well. “Mescaline” and “Mescaline II” compliment one another with almost desert rock guitar over spiritual organ and reverb that would cheer Chris Isaak followed by a sludgy doom variation of the same theme, perhaps the most willfully powerful tune on the album. Ascending a dream and questioning reality, Emily wades through the hallucination of this world as the band churn with insistent purpose. This song alone raises the whole record to the level you can hear the other songs almost reaching. It’s like the hull of a ship parting the waters of conciousness and carrying the hopes of life’s gathered detritus towards one final light. And then the guitar solo carries your soul away.

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Machine Head release “Killers and Kings”

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM (PST)

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Machine Head‘s latest single “Killers and Kings” is now online and ready to shove a boot in your ear. There is a pretty monstrous breakdown, some rough but on the $ vocal work and great thrashing groove metal the way Machine Head deliver when they are operating on all cylinders. This bodes well.

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Oh, Sleeper not losing Shane Blay

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM (PST)

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Oh, Sleeper vocalist/guitarist Shane Blay was announced as the new singer of the Wovenwar project, also featuring members of As I Lay Dying not guilty of tragically poor murderous lapses of character or still awesome Ahhhnold parody metal. Wovenwar is going to be pretty cool but fans of Oh, Sleeper worried it spelled the end for the popular band.

“To put to rest the rumors that I’m leaving Oh Sleeper I tell you this: Micah and I started this band 8 years ago and have stayed with it through the thick and thin. That is still the case. Its tattoo’d on my chest for crying out loud. As long as Oh Sleeper is a band, I’ll be in it.” – Shane Blay
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Mastodon take the “High Road” less traveled

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM (PST)

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Mastodon have released a new song “High Road”, seemingly because it leaked anyway. The swarthy jam is from their pending album Once Around The Sun. The tune is pretty standard in structure, with a steady chug reminiscent of a more hi-fi older Mastodon but with a big melodic chorus. It will probably sound even better live and dirtier than this.

I miss seeing these guys in shitty clubs but they couldn’t be more deserving of their popularity. And the bridge/solo section of this new jam is really epic and inspiring. You can’t hold these guys back from journeying to different modes of live wire synaptic rockery. Even with a more populist structure, they still sound crazier than any other metal band as big as they are.

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GNFNR reunite on stage with Duff again – in case ya missed it

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM (PST)

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While bassist Tommy Stinson stepped aside for 5 shows for some reunion gigs with former band The Replacements., Guns N Roses got a well known fill in.

Filling in for Tommy was none other than original bassist Duff, beginning on April 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and staying on for the remainder of the South American tour, including shows in Asuncion, Paraguay on April 9, La Paz, Bolivia on April 12, Recife, Brazil on April 15 and Fortaleza, Brazil on April 17.

Duff’s return saw many highlights, including the return of “Raw Power” and “Attitude” from The Spaghetti Incident  to the setlist, as well as opening with “You Could Be Mine” in Bolivia!  Click HERE for a video of “Live And Let Die” with Duff and more thoughts on GNR. This rules.

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