Cirrhosis to appear on Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon comp.

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM (PST)

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Over many, many years I have played shows with various incarnations of CIRRHOSIS on the same bills . The band has had a lot of line up changes over the years and some close friends and even ex members pass away. I was just saying to my good pal Mucus Cirrhosis “don’t let the kingdom suffer the quarrels”. We’re all stronger when we work together, survive and rage. Mucus and Aaron Morris have always shown me nothing but respect , so I’m thrilled to have them writing a creature from the black lagoon type song for Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon HALLOWEEN Compilation! More details soon! Almost all the bands have been announced!

Halloween comp artwork (by the powerhouse Kim Zangrando) reveal in next few weeks! But we are stoked to say that Tyrant Of Death ,MongrelBandThe Great GoddamnFad NauseamGolden Torso (ex-Kylesa), Night Viper (ex-Church Of Misery), GET OUT. , Geezer and Septa are locked in. The last few slots are mainly “filled” but working out recording logistics, etc. This is shaping up to be a rad “Metal Riot Creature Honeymoon!”

“i spent many late night watching all three classic movies. i tried to get into the creatures head. ……This deadication to the Gill-man is a tribute to his lonesome agony in the abyss and a graphic tale of how mankind invaded his solace and they all got slaughtered” – Mucus Cirrhosis.


Defiance's 1989 debut album "Product of Society" was produced by Annihilator guitarist and founder Jeff Waters.


I interviewed my favorite Battlecross dude, Don Slater.

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM (PST)

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Rise To Power, mother cluckers.

I finally interviewed Battlecross, one of the fastest rising bands in modern groove/thrash.

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Swans announce “The Gate” handmade live cd (2500 lmtd)

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 8:17 AM (PST)

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Swans can be one of the most intense bands to this day, even if it’s been a long time since Filth. Whether spacious rock, furrowed brow indie rock or harsher passages, M.Gira and his ensemble/collective always deliver a thrill. From The Burning World to My Father Will Guide Me…I can’t think of a single bad record.

 

EXCLUSIVELY NOW AT YOUNGGODRECORDS.COM. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE UPCOMING NEW SWANS STUDIO ALBUM.

 

 

 

A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA / SWANS:

 

 

We are in the process and making and assembling an edition of 2500 handmade live 2xCD packages and we are accepting orders now at younggodrecords.com. This is part of a tiered system whereby our dedicated listeners can voice their support for the upcoming new Swans album by choosing one or all of several options presented in order to aid us in our journey towards discovering and subsequently nourishing ourselves (and those who might care to travel with us) within a fresh new constellation of sound. Here below is what I’ve written in a newsletter that has been sent to our friends and supporters:

“…Hello There, Michael Gira of Swans here. I thought that, since you signed up to our newsletter, you might be interested to know that the 2xCD live SWANS handmade fundraiser event/portal of support for our (in)glorious efforts is now up. The live 2xCD is called The Gate. I believe it captures the live SWANS experience effectively. The woodblock print is by Nicole Boitos and I draw all over each one and sign it as well. Each one is unique. They’re numbered 1 – 2500 and won’t be available elsewhere… The upcoming album (as yet untitled) will be the last with this core group (comprised of my beautiful friends Norman, Christoph, Thor, Phil, Christopher and myself) and the subsequent (marathon) tour in 2016 will be our last together. As such, I am determined to make this album the most fully realized, cataclysmic, subtle and nuanced, heartfelt and inspirational, truthful and luminous recording that we have yet undertaken. As always, your valued (and quite necessary) support in this perhaps quixotic endeavor is sincerely appreciated. I love you! I thank you!…”

The rapport this group has developed over the last 5 plus years is a gift for which I will remain forever grateful. In live performance it has sometimes lead us to unleash a sound that is not only greater than us but seems to swallow us into its own immanent consciousness and will. It feels great! Oftentimes I’ve spoken to people in the audience after a show and they’ve expressed similar notions. My sentiment at these moments is that I’m delighted to have been of service, but can’t really take responsibility for it, since it’s beyond us too. So, following the final 2016 touring cycle with the wonderful cadre of talented individuals mentioned above, I will continue to record and perform (though perhaps less frequently) using the name Swans, on a project-by-project basis. Acutely aware that the psychic connection with which we’ve been blessed is irreplaceable, I will instead pursue the ever-elusive pathway alluded to above through other means. You can read more about this and other ephemera at the link above.

 

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In the mist, dark figures move and twist
Was all this for real or just some kind of Hell?

The following is a lengthy reflection on identity and difference in the metal, rock, indie and avant-garde world(s) and how we can learn to grow stronger. It happens to be formated around the lyrics of Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast”, which is as apt a metaphor for the music industry and scene as any.

Shit, it’s better than most.

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Album Review: Soilwork – “The Ride Majestic”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 3:13 PM (PST)

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In Daniel Barenboim’s Music Quickens Time a passage popped out to me this morning:

Another inevitable constraint on free thought is the attempt to facilitate the condition of human existence by constructing a system of belief that renders the act of questioning futile.

Wow. That statement could apply to social conditioning as well as, heck, the entire careers of Soilwork (and definitely In Flames)! A lot of the Swedish bands built their cities on rock n roll only to be turned on by some fans later for expanding their horizons (aka adding more melody or technical/progressive passages).

“Death In General”, the third track on Soilwork’s 10th (!!) studio album The Ride Majestic, is just the latest proof that Soilwork are capable of so much more than just a Steelbath Suicide solution.

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Unleash The Archers are the exact reason why metal will never die. I know, I know…I say that about a lot of bands I blog about because I mostly write about bands I think are fuckin’ cool, but I dare you to hear the high note glory of Brittney Slayes and the classic metal wind up of her aggressive but focused band and not believe their anthems will ring out across the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard for all time.

It was a pleasure to check in with B. Slayes and talk their China trip, The Avengers, the motivation of being a band from a cold place and much more BELOW.

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Song Of The Week: “Africa” by Toto gets the Circuitry treatment

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM (PST)

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New Jersey’s Circuitry have had a good week, from a GEAR GODS to releasing the most kick ass cover we’ve heard in recent memory. Yes, despite mighty Baroness releasing the in-fucking-credible “Chlorine & Wine” this week (a song that marries all the different facets of the band into one big Purple triumph), this week’s winner is still a young prog metal band of weirdos with a sense of humor, sick chops and good taste. Yes, Circuitry nailed “Africa” by Toto in a super fresh and rad re-imagining (exspecially the verse vocals, djent-y little ear candy riff strokes added in and the brillianly slewn solo section, now a shred fest.

 

If you don’t like this and play it twenty times in one day like I did, I don’t know why you are here.

 

@gtphotonj ‪#‎Circuitry‬ ‪#toto #africa ‬‪#‎njmetal‬ ‪#‎progressivemetal‬ ‪#‎livemusic‬

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September 25th sees the worldwide release of Rammstein’s In Amerika (DVD & Blu-ray), a lavish package containing a major new documentary about the band, Rammstein In Amerika; a short film about the making of their “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da” album; and the whole of their legendary Madison Square Garden 

To say that Germany’s Rammstein are unique, aesthetically bold and capable of riding out the tension fraught modern depths of the Id-space between the human spirit and the demeaning march of industry and politics unchecked by reason is an understatement.  The Neue Deutsche Härte breakout band are one of the biggest live draws out there despite consistently being as nasty as they wanna be. This band can bring people together in huge rituals of bonding, bondage and bloodbath inducing riff crunch topped with the owning it baritone of Till Lindemann. It’s the kind of thing we sorely need in this day and age of 1% misdirection, 19 kids and counting evil erections and fake Christian mega churches.

We’re all living in America, but Rammstein walk tall and carry a big…well, yeah. If you thought this band was just the odd band out at a long lost Family Values Tour, you are way, way overdue for a reassessment and a swift boot to the barnacles.

 

 

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Great look at Municipal Waste’s “Hazardous Mutation” at 10 years

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 5:11 PM (PST)

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Invisible Oranges ran a killer piece a few days ago that we want to steer some of our readers towards. It’s an in depth mutation meditation on Municipal Waste’s modern classic Hazardous Mutation. Hard to believe it’s been a decade since this album was unleashed on us bastards but if you can read you can read about it HERE.

“For most, the term “crossover thrash” brings to mind a fairly limited sound and set of images: bandanas, flipped brims, skateboards, just wanting a Pepsi, and so forth. And yet, like all subgenres must, thrash has matured and evolved since ripping into the metal genre at large in the early 80s. And unlike the evolutions of other subgenres, the evolution of thrash metal out of the 1980s and into the contemporary consciousness can be traced to a single album, the ne plus ultra of “retro-thrash:” Municipal Waste’s 2005 landmark Hazardous Mutation, which was released a decade ago today.”

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Correction’s House return with sophomore album.

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 3:22 PM (PST)
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“Who made Hell… Hell made Who…” – “I Was Never Good At Meth,” CORRECTIONS HOUSE

 

CORRECTIONS HOUSE will unleash their long-anticipated, sophomore full-length, Know How To Carry A Whip, this October via Neurot Recordings. Darker, denser, and more despairing than their 2013-issued Last City Zero predecessor, the nine-track, forty-five-minute audio apocalypse was captured by the band’s own Sanford Parker (Minsk) and recently institutionalized minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury, in Vietnam. The record boasts a guest appearance by Negative Soldier and finds CORRECTIONS HOUSE – which features the fiery lineup of Parker, Fairbury, Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod) — at their most punishing, painting electronic mosaics of deviance and decadence with brushes made of bristles of the damned.

 

Immersed in experiences of longing and loneliness from the depths of their collectively decaying hearts, each movement contained within CORRECTIONS HOUSE’s Know How To Carry A Whip reveals a new, unsettling sentiment of danger, paranoia and looming defeat. An underlying theme of confinement and release bridges each track. Atmospheric and haunting; hypnotic and pulsing, songs writhe and wither, decay and peel. Distorted, doomed and oft static sodden, discordant and tribal, twined around Williams’ unassailable manic street preacher prose and intermittently juxtaposed by the smooth, cradling sounds of Lamont’s lingering saxophone, Know How To Carry A Whip is at once bleak, grey, glacially devastating and metaphysically cathartic. “The music is simultaneously suffocating and freeing,” expounds Kelly, “but it also has the energy of a whirling dervish.”

 

In a rare, lucid skype transmission from the mental facility in which he currently resides. Fairbury further elaborates of the production, “the songs typically originate from the loops and beats that are generated from Sanford, then the skeleton of riffs are built by Scott and Bruce. Mike IX adds his profound observations and I do the final production. These new songs are far more developed and fluid then the first record. There is a prevailing groove that dominates.”

 

(Fairbury, who was missing briefly last year, obsessed with seeking clarity and understanding beyond Who, What and Why we are to ultimately expose The Truth, continues his downward spiral towards madness and despair. Allegedly plotting an elaborate escape, Fairbury plans to rejoin CORRECTIONS HOUSE in their systematic propagation of auditory abuse later this year.)

 

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Slayer and Machete inspire prisoners to flash mosh

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM (PST)
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On Wednesday, in near 100-degree heat and high humidity, a riot broke out in the exercise yard of the Sybil Brand Institute, the women’s prison in East Los Angeles, where Slayer shot the music video for the new track “Repentless.” In fact, while Slayer performed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the “prisoners” had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap. But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell’s brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as “more like something for a feature film than a rock band’s music video.”

 

This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.” For Slayer’s “Repentless,” he and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”), Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”

 

Slayer’s prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. While McDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it’s safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls.

 

The date for the premiere of Slayer’s “Repentless” music video will be announced shortly. Repentless, Slayer’s 11th studio album, is due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast), and is already receiving some pretty amazing press.

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Let the “Purple” reign begin @yourbaroness

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:48 PM (PST)

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“In spite of the Winter there’s ways to keep warm…”

via Baroness:

Our new album ‘Purple’ is out December 18
Deluxe – http://smarturl.it/dpurple
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/ipurple
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/apurple

If “Chlorine & Wine” doesn’t appeal to you on some level then you’ve never gotten this band. \m/ #aewstruck #sorad

 

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Motörhead honored by L.A. city council on 40th anniversary

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:39 PM (PST)

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In case you missed it, Andrew Bansal at Metal Assault has a very cool article about our boys with bite being honored:

For a band with no members originating from the city, rock ‘n roll veterans Motörhead have established as much of a connection with Los Angeles as any hometown band. 

Read it HERE.

 

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SEAN YSEULT: RETROSPECTIVE at Sacred Gallery NYC Opens in November

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:08 PM (PST)
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Sean Yseult – Retrospective
Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 7th – 8pm-11pm
424 Broadway Fl2, New York City
Sacred Gallery NYC
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On Display:
November 7th – December 31st

New York, New York: Sean Yseult, best known as the bass player from the multi-platinum and twice Grammy-nominated band White Zombie, presents her first solo show in New York City. RETROSPECTIVE – a love letter to her long-time muse, New Orleans – is a collaboration of early work from 2004, SEX & DEATH & ROCKNROLL (2012), MISSISSIPPI MERMAIDS (2013) and her current show, still on partial view at the Scott Edwards Gallery through October 2015, SOIRÉE D’EVOLUTION: TABLEAUX VIVANTS ET NATURE MORTES.

This exhibition brings Yseult full-circle, having lived in New York City from 1982 – 1991, during which time she co-founded White Zombie while attending Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan’s West Village, before moving to New Orleans in 1996 with nothing more than a single suitcase, a guitar, a banjo, and a Polaroid Land Camera.

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Parkway Drive wont be “Crushed” in new video

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 9:44 AM (PST)

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“Crushed” by Parkway Drive from the album IRE is the Aussie band’s brazen new video. The record is available September 25th and so fr every single has been even more massive than usual. One of the best in their field.

Pre-order on iTunes: http://found.ee/ParkwayDriveIre

“Welcome to the free world
Where nothing’s as it seems
Tell me, can you find a cure
When you can’t see, and you can’t feel the disease…”

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