Cynic’s Masdival launches sweet chorus pedal line

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM (PST)


CYNIC mastermind Paul Masvidal has launched a line of his signature guitar pedals. The ProTone signature chorus pedal was designed to replicate the guitar tones heard on CYNIC’s groundbreaking albums Traced in Air and Focus. The ProTone are available in two different models, bearing the artwork of ‘Traced in Air’ and ‘Focus’ respectively. More information about the pedals can be found here.

Regarding the new pedal line, Paul Masvidal comments: “To work with ProTone on a signature chorus pedal is an absolute honor and a dream come true. I’m reinventing my effects rig with foot pedals and couldn’t be more thrilled about the lush beauty this pedal adds to my clean tones. The pedal has an analog design with a rare limited chipset, which sounds fuller than typical modern chorus pedals. I love the purity of this classic piece. There’s nothing like it out there!”

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Although there were a few bands who used corpse-like paint in the 1960's and 1970's, such as Kiss and Alice Cooper, it is debatable if they had a direct influence on the image used in black metal.

Sepultura – Unity, Metal Veins and Les Tambours du Bronx

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM (PST)


“Aggravations, hostility…but there’s a difference. We are free!” – Derrick Green, from “Spectrum”

Metal icons Sepultura are true survivors, a band that has stood for years as heavy music ambassadors to Brazil and beyond. Now the heavy metal tribal kings are poised to make a glorious racket yet again with the release of Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio, out in North America on September 16th, 2014.

The album finds Sepultura plowing with vigor through classics like “Territory” and sing along fan favorite anthems “Sepulnation” and “Roots Bloody Roots” alongside the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles! Could that much sound even be properly captured on CD/DVD? I checked in with imposing talent, vocalist Derrick Green, to get the story on one of the most impressive live statements of the band’s globe trotting career.

Click HERE for more!

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I remember a Today Is The Day show years ago. The band had just come off tour with Slayer overseas but were playing some crap room on an off night. Bands that were flash in the pan and have since come and gone had all the youngsters in a tizzy at a venue next door. Steve got up and nonetheless destroyed faces with one of the most violently guttural sets I ever witnessed. Today Is The Day is the guilty hands of humanity. Now the details for their tenth opus Animal Mother (if you don’t get the awesomeness of that title, poor you) have been revealed. Get stoked or I’m gonna tear you a new asshole.

Some things in life are debatable. Fireball Ministry perfectly have balanced the older Ozzy retro sound with the vocal styles of Ozzy’s 80′s-present career (“The Broken”, anyone?), at times something Ozzy himself has struggled with (but nailed on some of the worth revisiting 2010 Scream album). Today Is The Day arguably laid most of the groundwork for Converge’s success, though the latter have become a far larger touring entity and scene presence over the years.

Southern Lord have revealed the track listing, gorgeous  Samantha Muljat cover art and a visual trailer. Jeff Lohrber of Enabler plays on this beast and I am seriously excited to see if TITD can somehow top Enabler’s recent latest, one of the most crucial albums of the last few years.

Southern Lord will release Animal Mother on 2xLP, CD and digital in North America on October 14th.

Click HERE for track listing and kiss any pigs nearby.



Listening to some folks out the window on the street bum cigs off one another and it’s hella depressing. They really sound like they are selling rare baseball cards to one another. Hack. So glad I quit. Terrible for singing voice and so maybe I’ll have one or two a year if shared with a real comet of a human being.

On a more electric note, Chiodos and Blessthefall (Eric Lambert was recently interviewed on our site) have been hitting the road and wowing crowds of kids eager for energetic live shows. Not everyone is just into their phones these days. There is hope, concertgoers. Check out these cool live shots from photographer Matt Slater and take heart.

Click HERE to view the shots from the Poughkeepsie tour stop.

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Interview: Ides Of Gemini – Back to Life, Back to Reality

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM (PST)


Ides Of Gemini are a constantly evolving mosaic, a poem of high magnitude and natural reverence.  Listen to “Seer Of Circassia” from new Neurot release Old World, New Wave and you will marvel at how both history repeats itself and everything changes. While comparisons to Sub Rosa or Dead Can Dance have some merit, there has never quite been music like this before.

It was a pleasure to speak with IoG’s Jason Bennett (also of Decibel Mag) about the deep alchemy of this musical brew, ideal  for both celebration and brooding.

Click HERE for the discussion.  R.I.P. Robin Williams.

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Die So Fluid release dark dream pop hard rock clip “Landslides”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM (PST)


Die So Fluid are a favorite on this site. Why? Because…well, they are fucking amazing. The goth rockers killed it on their 2xLP The Opposites Of Light  (which we rated quite highly). Now they have a new clip for the song “Landslides”, originally premiering at Bloody Disgusting. It’s a more fluid than die type of song, a desert dream of vocalist Grog’s slippery vocals (perhaps one of the catchiest voices in rock) and killer instrumental work from everyone in the trio.

Check it out HERE and get your fever dream on.

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Punishing bong titans High On Fire and uprisers Blackest both destroy and we are very pleased to have some killer live shots of their Music Hall Of Williamsburg recent show, taken by always on point photog- NYC’s Jammi York .

Click HERE and catch some of  the energy.

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Shred icon The Great Kat has posted a treat for fans with an infrequently heard Classical Violin performance of “Tambourin Chinois”. Check it out HERE.

P.S. (pms?) …she also has Classical Shred Ringtones now!!! KILL!!!!

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Downfall of Gaia finish tracking “Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM (PST)


Downfall of Gaia have just finished the recordings for their new album Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay to be released in the fall of 2014!

Downfall of Gaia comments: “All of us are pretty satisfied with the result of the new record and we are excited to share this new piece of music with the audience! The writing process itself became a bit more complex just because of the fact that our new drummer Michael Kadnar is living in New York and all of us are based in Germany. But in the end we were able to manage all of this in a good way, hit the studio and recorded our most aggressive sounding record till today.”

 ”Once again we recorded at the ’79 Sound Studio with Christoph Scheidel and we couldn’t ask for a better guy! Mixing job one more time by Jack Shirley from Atomic Garden and master by Brad Boatright from Audiosiege. Anytime again, guys!”

 ”The recording itself went pretty smooth just besides the annoying fact that all of us became pretty sick in the last few days of the studio and right before our European tour with Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk, sitting there with a cold, fever and hardly able to talk, everything went just as planned! Definitely a funny pic to see! But for now we are happy to be done with the studio and can’t wait to play the new material live!”


Check out Downfall of Gaia videos and music HERE.

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Interview: Krieg – Transient nature in tangible fires

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM (PST)


“We treat each other like shit. We’re selfish and short sighted. We hold prejudices that no civilized person should hold. We’re fucking ruining the planet.” – Imperial

Krieg, the black metal baby of band leader/founder Imperial (aka Neill Jameson) have a certain essence missing in many metal bands, a sense that they exist much like the inevitable forces of nature around us. The music is vast and often unwelcoming, but at other times bleakly comforting, like snow blanketing a corpse. The band exist on a plane of discontinuity with trends, more likely to be found dealing with larger issues like the role of the lone soul amidst the march of  time, contrasted to the cacophony of bullshit that clamors for attention in the blogosphere and commercial entertainment realms. While Imperial is known as a popular writer for Decibel, his band is much more focused on letting the music talk.

In the following exclusive, Imperial communicated to me from the record store he works at about life after black metal “super group” Twilight, the essence of new album Transient and methods of conquering depression. Click HERE to read it.

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Help a scene brutha out: Small Stone Records Flood Relief

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 4:41 AM (PST)


Chances are if you like stoner rock, hard rock or great rock n roll, you own something Small Stone Records has released. From Acid King to Black Sleep Of Kali to Greenleaf to Wo Fat, there are many great moments in the label’s fuzzed out history. Now we can give them something back, and time is a factor.

Last week, debilitating storms dumped flood water throughout the Detroit area, including the offices of Small Stone Records. Gear and product were both destroyed and insurance is only going to go so far, so let’s come come together to help Scott Hamilton from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood. Hamilton’s support for heavy music in the near two-decades that he’s run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who’s helped us by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs.

 Donations are being taken through the middle of next month, but since it’s a water cleanup process and there’s the ever-present threat of mold, time’s a factor.

To help and donate click HERE.


Mount Salem keep it “Lucid” in new music video

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM (PST)


Mount Salem‘s new video for “Lucid” is one of Classic Rock Magazine’s videos of the week! Nightgowns, fog, one of the biggest riffs yet from guitarist Kyle Morrison and the soaring vocals of Emily Kopplin make this more memorable than a liquid acid trip, but just as far out. And let’s face it, Emily is a bit cuter than, say…Wino. All that aside, the band are at the top of their game and deserve to be turning so many heads of late.

Check it out HERE.

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Massacre “From Beyond” vinyl re-issue update

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM (PST)

MOSH027CDX_538-228x228At long last, Massacre‘s From Beyond will be available on vinyl once again! This death metal gem has been given the Full Dynamic Range treatment that has previously enhanced albums from the likes of Carnage, Entombed, Morbid Angel and Napalm Death amongst others. This is the first time this Full Dynamic Range version of the album will be available to pre-order anywhere!

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The UK’s kings of apocalyptic party doom are back. Orange Goblin, one of the best live acts on terra firma, will release Back From The Abyss via Candlelight Records on Oct. 7th in North America. The album art kind of has a vibe similar to fellow Brit’s Iron Maiden’s The Final Frontier album, without Predator-Eddie looming over a skull this time.

Recorded earlier this year in London, the album reunites the band with producer Jamie Dodd. It was mastered at Turan Audio in late July. Back From The Abyss will be available for preorder via iTunes and Amazon beginning August 26th. Fans can begin to preorder the CD today via Candlelight’s official webstore and Bandcamp page. is celebrating the announcement with an exclusive North American stream of the album’s first single, “The Devil’s Whip.” Vocalist Ben Ward says, “This song is a real old-school banger stuffed full of riffs, sleaze, filth, and speed… just like the best metal should be! It’s Motörhead-style, outlaw-biker rock in all its glory, destined to get heads banging, fists pumping, drinks flowing and asses shaking. If you don’t find yourself breaking the speed limit to this song, desperate to find the roughest bar in town, start a fight and spending the night in a cell, then you are quite clearly already dead. Let’s ride, let loose, let’s rip… that’s right, you can’t escape ‘The Devil’s Whip.’” 

Check the tune out, in all it’s fuzzy glory, right HERE.

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Pierce The Veil tracking follow up to “Collide With The Sky”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM (PST)


Pierce the Veil, who rocketed to success with their 2012 release Collide With The Sky, have been sequestered at Dan Korneff’s Sonic Deris Recording Studio in New York writing and recording a brand new album due for a January 2015 release on Fearless Records.  As yet untitled, the highly-anticipated release is being produced by Korneff (A Day To Remember, Paramore) who worked with the band on Collide.

Vocalist Vic Fuentes began working on ideas as early as late last year and began writing new material in earnest this Spring. He and the band – Mike Fuentes (drums), Tony Perry (guitar), and Jaime Preciado (bass) – started preproduction in May in their newly-renovated San Diego home studio. In June, with 11 songs written, the band headed to New York to begin recording; nine of those songs are earmarked for the new album, and the band has written two more since.

Said Vic about the sessions, “We try to stay focused on writing and recording songs that we’re happy with, that we like, songs that will be fun to play live and that our fans will want to sing along with, songs that offer a little something different, but are all still very much PTV songs.”

Leading up to the new album’s release, PTV will co-headline 21 U.S. dates, the first leg of “The World Tour,” a five-month, multi-leg global trek, with Sleeping with Sirens. Confirmed dates for the first leg are below.

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