Album Review: Motörhead – “Clean Your Clock”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 5:23 AM (PST)

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It’s been 35 years since Motörhead released No Sleep Til Hammersmith (arguably one of the top ten live records ever). England may be more divided over Brexit than they have been about anything in a long time, but one thing the whole world loves is Motörhead. So how does Clean Your Clock stack up, a very late career Munich 2015 performance ? While it aint a career changing live opus, it can’t be declared a post-death cash in either. Hearing the love and grit in the songs and Lemmy’s rattling and killer bass tone as the band hold court, you can’t help but get that “rock n roll will never die” feeling, even if we now know that even God is mortal.

The DVD is more kind than the audio, seeing a huge and adoring crowd, but the band soldier on and usually sound musically awesome even though vocally Lemmy is very tired sounding here and there and struggling. But it makes you love the guy even more.

“Bomber” sounds great even if Lemmy is already sounding pretty winded, but the drive and the fact he is still trying says so much. His ability to project his already limited (if awesome) vocal range is certainly limited compared to the band’s biggest glory days, but while it makes you sad here and there to hear Lemmy sounding old and short of breath, the band still can “clean your clock” up there with the best of them. Seeing them for the second time just a few years ago at Mayhem, they stole the show from Slayer and Slipknot! All I’m saying is you could do far worse than this by purchasing some new bands live albums. And you CERTAINLY ought to own Bad Magic, the final studio effort Lemmy and the boys turned in because it is beastly.

In a divided world, it is amazing that a band as uncouth and unapologetic as these guys brought so many types of folks together to rock.

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Slayer guitarist Kerry King played each of the solos in "Fight For Your Right (to Party)" and "No Sleep till Brooklyn" on the Beastie Boys first album "License to Ill."


Album Review: Chron Turbine – II

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11:48 AM (PST)

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The nineties influence on NY’s Chron Turbine‘s second record II is palatable but it’s a great thing, almost refreshing to hear quality but dry production and real picture painting instead of just whatever it is “the kids” are doing these days . Slinty math breaks meet grooving Lizardy basslines and noisy Steel Pole guitar skronk but almost Tad-esque melodic but hoarse kind of spoken/sung vocals on “Silent Partner”. “Love and Infection” seems to have a kind of dangers unprotected sex theme over a glorious blend of sort of caveman butthole surfers meets stoner stompage. All songs, instruments and voices were performed by Chris Turco, kind of like when J. Mascis got tired of other people and just kicked out some of the best Dino Jr. albums by his lonesome. Mixed and mastered by D.James Goodwin (Murder By Death, Devo). with additional mixing by Matthew Cullen (Ultraam) the record was tracked and engineered by Turco and Cullen in a low key rehearsal space in Kingston, NY.

It’s an awesome blend of noise rock, howled and kind of unhinged storytelling and juicy chaos. Closer “Way Out” feels lonely and big even if the vocals are kind of like overdubbed drunken, slightly off key sailors. “Midnight Mayor” is probably about this guy Mark Ferraro who plays in psych band Ultraam with Turco and Cullen and who is always roaming the streets at night telling yarns and being funny. That’s just a guess. It kind of sounds like The Birthday Party did meth. I dig it. “Hipster Amnesia” is my total favorite, though. “All Spree” has a forward momentum akin to Shellac, a heavy but minimalist sort of marching feel.

“I just met you at the party with your friend so why the fuck do you act as if we’ve never met?,” snarls Turco over a driving post punk groove. It’s super gratifying to hear other people complain about people being fake ass snobs. I hate “2 cool for school” people. But I love this song.
“Baby’s Got The Fear’ is like Flipper on whippits (guess I’m having a classic punk bands on drugs kind of adjective day), very seasick feeling but with like big, warm chords played on a clunky bass. Turco plays the drums on this like jackhammers, simple but gratifyingly stompy and pounding.

Peterwalkee Records continues to be one of the best boutique indie labels with this release and the recent Jason Martin Power Animal System Methods for all you kids who can not be spoon fed and like a little indie rock in your diet as well. None of these songs break far past three minutes but the whole record is satisfying.

Stream or, even better, pick up a copy HERE via Peterwalkee.

SharpTone Records started by Markus Staiger and Shawn Keith

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 12:52 PM (PST)

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SharpTone records is a new record label formed by Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger and Shawn Keith.

The new music company’s headquarters are located in Los Angeles with satellite offices in the UK, Germany and Australia.

Folks can check out the SharpTone tent at every stop of this summer’s Warped Tour.

Check out the label’s initial roster here.

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Wolverine now streaming “Pledge”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 12:27 PM (PST)

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Swedish progressive metal jammers Wolverine are currently streaming their latest song “Pledge”.

“Pledge” comes off of the band’s forthcoming album Machina Viva which is due out on July 8.

Check out “Pledge” as well as “Our Last Goodbye” and “Machina” here.

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All Else Fails premieres “AntiMartyr” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 11:45 AM (PST)

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Canadian heavy metallers All Else Fails have released the politically charged “AntiMartyr” music video.

The video opens up with clips of different events around the world – marches, protests, flag burnings and oil spills. it also shows U.S. presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Over these clips plays an audio sample of an episode of The West Wing where Martin Sheen’s character President Jed Bartlet gives a speech of the famous analogy of if the entire world’s population was made up of 100 people. If nothing else draws you to this video, the appeal of Jed Bartlet giving a speech set to heavy metal music should be worth a cursory listen.

Check out the video for “AntiMartyr” here.

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Colorado black metal duo Helleborus have teamed up with Black Sky Brewery to bring the masses their own unique craft beer ‘Ritual’.

‘Ritual’ will be revealed at Helleborus’s next performance presented by the brewery and Metal Nation Radio in Denver, CO on July 15th at Bluebird Theater.

Helleborus will be joined by Of Feather And Bone, Belhor, Scepter of Eligos.

Stream Helleborus’s newest album The Carnal Sabbath, see Helleborus at Black Sky Brewery and check out Helleborus’s tour dates here.

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Internal Suffering streaming ‘Cyclonic Void of Power’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM (PST)

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Spanish death metallers Internal Suffering have released their latest album Cyclonic Void of Power via Unique Leader Records.

Captured at 16th Cellar Studios in Rome (FleshGod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance, Hideous Divinity, etc.) by Italian death metal mastermind Stefano Morabito (Eyeconoclast, ex-Hour Of Penance), Cyclonic Void Of Power spews forth the band’s traditionally fast yet chaotic and wildly technical brand of sonic malevolence. A concept album divided into three separate chapters, Cyclonic Void Of Power follows the mystical, mythological and magic chaotic universe the band has explored on previous outings into far more complex realms.

Stream Cyclonic Void of Power here.

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Karnak Seti Premiere “Bounded By Misfortune”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:08 AM (PST)

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Portugal death metallers Karnak Seti are have released their latest song “Bounded by Misfortune”.

“Bounded by Misfortune” comes off the band’s upcoming album The Distance That Made Us Cold due out next week.

The follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed In Harmonic Entropy was recorded at Ultrasound Studios Moita by Hugo Andrade and Nuno Pardal and mixed by André Tavares, and features Xinês formerly of Switchtense on drums.

Listen to “Bounded by Misfortune” and “The Bliss of Living” here.

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Daedalean Complex re-issue ‘Rise of Icarus’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 9:43 AM (PST)

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Quebec gothic metalheads Daedalean Complex have reissued their 2013 album Rise Of Icarus through PRC Music.

Daedalean Complex are currently working on their follow-up to Rise Of Icarus, which will be their fourth album.

The band features vocalist David Habon from local Doom Death monster Wrath of Echoes (whose debut album A Fading Bloodline is due out later this fall on PRC Music) and singer Lindsay Schoolcraft  from Cradle Of Filth on backing vocals.

You can stream Rise of Icarus here.

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I usually hate when sites do run downs of “the best albums of the year so
far”. No one ever agrees and it is kind of bullshit, since it could be argued
nothing has been out long enough to maybe really settle into the bones and
much great stuff is set to come that could blow up the outside world, so to
speak, and leave you -like many music critics who overthink this shit-
wondering how you will fit all your picks into a small list. As I write this,
for example, I know the new Caina, Neurosis, Crowhurst and SubRosa records
(two of which I’ve HEARD and would already be on here if they weren’t
unreleased yet) are going to push for many a year end list’s real  estate hard.

Seriously, Neurosis is gonna fuck my whole list up. I just know it!

But more importantly, ostensibly part of promoting music is to help sell
albums and help bands. Some people write for attention of their own or from a place of
genuine critique as well, perhaps less common these days.

Since my dad passed of cancer last year and my mom’s dementia worsened by leaps and
bounds, not only did I spend a while completely losing my shit from stresses
external and internal (some of which I made worse myself) but I have had a
lot of time to overthink the idea of impermanence. I was talking today with
my friend Brett from the indie band Kyle & The Pity Party . He is having
a kid and stressed about the state of the world he is bringing a kid into.
The Brexit situation is scary, culture seems more disposable than ever and
unity and real, lasting communication or healing seems fleeting. But we can’t
lose hope in art or our everyday lives.

At the same time, I’ve been smoking cigs the last few days. I know it is bad
but has been oddly grounding. I think in some ways my dad was lucky to miss out on seeing my mom’s
memory worsen and I know I don’t want to end up in a care facility someday
near age 80 and fading. You have to do what you can with the time you have
and try and be zen, forgiving and loving to yourself and others as possible.
Make art in conversation with your life and community and hope it isn’t all
just going to result in arguments on Twitter.

I’ve felt very bad at communicating of late and often seriously overcompensated because I’ve been just plain low. Yesterday though I babysat an ex’s daughter and we laughed and laughed and watched the moving animated movie Song Of The Sea I thought about how special a day it was and how you never know how an experience will last or how art can augment that, but you have to put your best foot forward.

We are all looking for meaning at times. Or being nihilists so we can at
least exclaim there is none. Which maybe feels better than actually
“nothing”. Do we make art for ourselves, others, both? I was listening to
Exile On Main Street early today and thinking of the swirl of conditions that
led to that album and how unpremeditated and magical a moment it was in music
history. That takes a measure of risk.

I’ve been celibate most of the last
year coping with loss and bad shit, too rattled to really trust anyone but craving real connection. You have to
find self worth or self esteem within first but art also (maybe) helps. Maybe I write
to nurture that voice inside or, like other musicians, to occupy some space
in the time stream. Is that egotistical or just living? I don’t know. But it
is also nice to be startled by a sense of discovery from other’s work or
meeting people online who read my stuff or dig some of the same albums.

A lot of bands use up their precious time and resources pushing in one
direction so hard to try to get big that they suck the soul from their work,
live bored 2-d lives or get stuck thinking they know everything and shitting
all over everyone (like the drummer I just had to fire). Or they think there
is no chance and so give up on art, when the first place it should grow is
within oneself.

Here are some of the best records so far this year that have a lot of soul
poured into them. At the end of the day, every work is a reflection in the
water looking back at itself but also shining outward and flowing along. We
all share that and so let’s remember to try and breathe life into one
another.

So here are the records I have been digging on the most for rock and metal so far. Hopefully this will make you stoked and not want to drink or that nothing lasts and that endless, jaded banal lists are inevitable on the interwebs. Hails and hugs.

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Family premieres “Day Vision”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 9:13 AM (PST)

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Brooklyn, NY progressive metallers Family have premiered their latest song “Day Vision”.

“Day Vision” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Future History which will be released on July 15 via Prosthetic Records!

Check out “Day Vision” here.

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Child Bite announce August tour w/ Lord Dying

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM (PST)

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Detroit Noise Rockers Child Bite have announced that they will be touring with Lord Dying in August.

Child Bite are currently on tour with King Parrot and will be touring with S.N.A.F.U. at the end of July.

The August tour will also feature Black Fast and Joel Grind.

Check out the entire Child Bite tour itinerary here.

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Throttlerod streaming new album ‘Turncoat’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8:26 AM (PST)

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Throttlerod is a hard rock band composed of three members from just as many states.

The band has released their latest effort, Turncoat via Small Stone Recordings.

Check out Turncoat here.

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Queensryche, Armored Saint, Midnight Eternal tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:51 PM (PST)

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Queensryche and Armored Saint is quite a package for fans of classic heavy metal with soaring, melodic and gritty momentum. Both bands have been really strong again in recent years, shedding off worse stretches and hitting powerful new strides that have fans thrilled. Semi-gothic rock/metallers Midnight Eternal are a band on the rise who are very fun live, vocalist Raine Hilai bringing warmth and confidence to the stage and backed by some serious players.

Armored Saint vocalist John Bush comments: “Armored Saint is looking forward to doing some shows this winter with Queensryche. They’re an incredible band and great guys. Plus it’s a great match for the fans. We did some shows together in Europe last summer and the gigs were awesome. There are some cities in America that Saint hasn’t played in years. Some over a decade! I’m sure people are very excited that we’re finally coming. It’s about time. We’ll kick some ass. Get ready!!!”

See below for all upcoming dates!

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Nervosa announce first ever Canadian and U.S. east coast tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:57 PM (PST)

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Brazilian thrash trio Nervosa are preparing to embark on their first ever Canadian and U.S. east coast tour.

The tour will start in Keswick on June 29 and run twenty shows before it wraps up at the Metalocalypstic Fest in British Columbia on August 27.

Check the full list of tour dates here.

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