Stream Knotfest now!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM (PST)

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If you need your metal fix this weekend – and you know you do, then you have no better place to look than the livestream of Knotfest!

With the likes OTEP, Carcass, Testament and of course the KNOT themselves playing throughout the rest of today – there is an eclectic mix of metal to smash your face to!

Stream Knotfest here!

Check out the schedule for the rest of the weekend here.

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Jef Whitehead better known as Wrest is the sole member of the black metal band Leviathan. He is responsible for all the instruments and vocals.


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Cavalera Conspiracy’s Pandemonium drops November 4th and it is a bold injection of street-wise thrash adrenaline into the bloated heart of music and society (Pre-order the album on Amazon.com.)

“I take it seriously with every record. I don’t get out of the studio unless I am happy with it,” says metal legend Max Cavalera about this third collaboration with brother Igor under the Cavalera Conspiracy banner. “We try and make the fans happy by working hard. I try to make the best record I can make.”

Where Blunt Force Trauma and Inflikted were heavy studio low end killers, Pandemonium is pure, rip roaring chaos. This feels as close to being in a metal riot as anything we have written about on this site. Pure speed, a raw approach and some of the most guttural and at times even industrial/death sounding vocals from Max.

Nate Newton of Converge/Doom Riders lends hoarse screams to “The Crucible” as a vocal guest (and plays bass on the whole record like a beast), put the real core of the album is the ferocious pandemic of Max and Igor blazing with their best feet forward, determined to give the fans a real experience of speed and adrenaline in 2014. Throw in the craziest leads I have ever heard from Soulfly’s Marc Rizzo and you get an explosion of reality. Between this, Savage Messiah, Iron Reagan and the new Exodus, I really can’t complain at all about thrash this year (though I’m pretty sure this takes the cake, in my book).

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Giant Squid make “Sixty Foot Waves”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM (PST)

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San Francisco progressive doom-rock scientists, GIANT SQUID will release their anxiously-awaited fifth LP, Minoans, October 28 via Translation Loss Records. Recorded and mixed with engineer Tim Green (Earthless, Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA. Every time the good ship Squid release something new I get a thrill like being tickled by lots of otherworldly happy rock n roll tentacles, in a good way.

In celebration of the impending release, Burning Ambulance rolls out the new GIANT SQUID song “Sixty Foot Waves“, the premiere including an extensive Q&A with the band’s Aaron John Gregory. Check out the multimedia sneak preview today at THIS location.

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Premiered by NPR, the acclaimed French-Austrian artist, choreographer and director Gisèle Vienne has made a film titled “Brando”, inspired by, and using, Scott Walker + Sunn O)))’s song of the same name (which appears on their collaborative album, Soused, out this week).

With Vienne interpreting the tracks themes, the filming took place in a remote 1968 chalet in the French Alps with the story revolving around three performers – a dancer (Anja Röttgerkamp), a teenager (Léon Rubbens), and French arts icon Catherine Robbe-Grillet.

With Gisèle a frequent collaborator with Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, they will present Kindertotenlieder in New York later this month - a hybrid dance theatre work she has choreographed, with Stephen, part of a musical duo to accompany the performers. Taking place from October 29th to November 1st at New York Live Arts on W 19th Street, more information can be found here.

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I think with “Phoenix” I wanted to write a hymn to that within us that recognizes the human being in others, so close, so familiar to ourselves that we are willing to sacrifice for something greater than our own selves. That image of man, teeth clenched, fists bleeding and bruised fighting to stay alive, and retain his humanity and inner light in the face of despair is deeply inspiring to me. – Bard Oberon

We’d all like to calculate infinity at times, to muse on the grand nature of things and the purpose to the cosmic wheel, as if it couldn’t be more evident. We are amidst a brilliant array of stars but smother our own inner lights. Prophecy Productions has come through with a new Oberon release Dream Awakening, to coax you out of your shell. After hearing the sweeping neo-folk with plaintive and deeply stirring lyrics from Bard Oberon on this, the first new music from the project in 13 years, one is inclined to stroke Faustian deals in hopes of earning Heavenly forgiveness through good works done with the knowledge gained from the bargain struck. A sense of worth in diving into the challenge of learning to awaken not only a knowledge of self and the soul, but the science of mystical energy that surrounds us at all times.

We talk gnostic poems, Bill Miller, Ebola, 80′s movies, “Phoenix” and more HERE.

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Bring Me The Horizon’s “Drown” video to heal your weepy souls

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM (PST)

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Bring Me The Horizon have a new single for ya, “Drown,” which will officially be released on December 7. I like these Yorkshire boys and think that they give it hard on stage, where it matters most. They have drive and don’t deserve to drown. We are real quick to tear one another down. Heavy music needs to evolve and be vetted and critiqued, sure…but we also need to support the scene together in its’ various forms. I’m bringing this up because of the big national news today in American college football about the racism faced recently from haters and rivals of Devin Gardner and also because I can’t believe I am writing a BMTH article to distract myself from how bummed I am about Tyson from Scary Kids dying and also some potential trouble in the Skeletonwitch ranks (they cancelled their Albany date and have been playing as a 4 piece). Thank God that Exodus have cracked the U.S. Billboard top 40 with their new record (a miracle of thrash justice). But seriously, let’s be happy for heavy bands that can inspire like BMTH and bring people together. This video has some cool twists and is fun, even as the song is moody and lonely as heck at times.

Click HERE for “Drown” (which is not a Smashing Pumpkins cover, but still cool).

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At The Gates release “Death And The Labyrinth” (Official Video)

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM (PST)

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At The Gates have released a video for their stomping and mental canyon carving new nail-embedded slugger “Death And The Labyrinth”. The song’s maze of dissonance and choking screams in a blood pact with existential dread and dismay is… really heavy. It is good that the handsome melodeath devils are progressing but still can outdo almost any band at the heavy game, and because of mood and impact. Think of more forward thinking acts like Nails and The Secret today and you have to give credit to At The Gates for being able to again reach the heights of peer standards they themselves originally set. It’s not always the size of the riff but how you use it.

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Crowbar, Unearth and Black Crown Initiate? It is so.

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM (PST)

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CROWBAR have announced a new batch of tour dates with label-mates UNEARTH and BLACK CROWN INITIATE for December. Dates will kick off in Pensacola, FL at the Vinyl Music Hall and trek through the eastern half of the U.S. before finishing up in Longview, TX. View all dates here.

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Show Review: DORO – 30 years at Gramercy, NYC

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM (PST)

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Doro Pesch brought 30 years of metal power to Gramercy in NYC last night and my ears are still ringing. People flew in from places as diverse as Florida, Poland and more for a special Monday night event and last of a short North American run celebrating Queen Doro‘s reign. The heavy metal thunder was alive and kicking all night long. You know it is gonna be a great night when one of the first things you see is Bobby Blitz from Overkill hanging out in the downstairs Gramercy lounge just kickin’ it and taking casual photos with excited fans.I am home now the next day listening to recent thrash-terpiece “Give A Little” from Overkill’s 2010 LP Ironbound (such a great and bouncy chorus and brilliant structure to that tune).

Click HERE for a show recap!

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Interview: SubRosa – Salt Lake doom darlings constant growth, wary faith

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM (PST)
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“The thing that keeps us going, I think, is a strange yet wary faith in the band…” - Rebecca K. Vernon

SubRosa are the band I go to when understanding needs to be marrow-deep. When sadness settles in the bones. A place formerly reserved for Acid Bath, Cat Power and Sisters Of Mercy rainy day musings (ok and recently some Lana Del Rey, hahaha). SubRosa proved with More Constant Than The Gods that their songwriting streak is no fluke. The Salt Lake City band are also uplifting, cathartic and powerful with even a touch of activism in the lyrics at times.  It is a mix of mourning, morose rumble and poetry that has the band tapped for Roadburn next year and sharing stages with the likes of Neurosis, Boris and The Atlas Moth.

Click HERE for an exclusive chat with Rebecca Vernon.

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Album Review: Atriarch – An Unending Pathway

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM (PST)

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Relapse debut and third record from Atriarch is an odd bird. First off, I like it. The mesmeric drone of “Entropy” evokes chant and reverb soaked presence to equal any spooky Slipknot intro or slow Sunn O))) w Attila Csihar deep ceremony. I am more into the chanting type vocals on this than the very Christian Death influenced Rozz Williams worship vocals (if only because, like A7X’s Hail To The King, they remind me too much of older classic songs I like better, for example). But “Collapse” breathes with terrific shifting drums Moonspell or The Cult fans could appreciate equally. There is a deranged charm to the vocal and unity in this song that owns the feeling coveted. Marching drums ring in “Revenant”, a more interesting song that bridges military black metal and noise rock influences with some tortured screams before drooping into a death shuffle. The patience of the slow bassline and sustained notes paired with sudden bursts of black metal drumming is worth the whole record alone.

Production throughout is killer. The doomy parts will up-end your world.

I want people to experience this record as a texture to itself and relate to it (or not). “Allfather” is a meditation with almost jazzy studiousness and a calm hovering sobriety that is either warm or foreboding. Nature and life lurk in these songs.

Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

Slipknot “Killpop” or sing it?

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM (PST)

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Slipknot are once again the most discussed and debated band in metal. Somehow they manage to do it every time. New song “Killpop” came out today and again it proves Joey is missed but that the band can still write good tunes. Corey Taylor is the most interesting thing about this other than the really cool riffing at the end, but it is a fine addition to the band’s legacy. Still, this vocal is more performing pop than killing it, until the screams and distortion start. Between this and “XIX” it seems like the band are taking some cues from older NIN here and there.

Check it out here.

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Best reunion news of the day: Despised Icon!

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM (PST)

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Despised Icon were so nasty and precise. It’ll be killer to briefly have them back for these four godless shows.

Sez the band,” There won’t be any other dates, so don’t miss out.”

 

Here are the details:

12/13 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
12/14 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/20 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
12/21 Worcester, MA @ Palladium w/The Red Chord!!!

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Best tour news of the day: Lord Dying, Castle “Peaceless Savage Tour”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM (PST)
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Heavy metal occultists CASTLE  will continue to take audiences “Under Siege” on an upcoming series of performances throughout the U.S. with Relapse-signed metallists Lord Dying! Dubbed “The Peaceless Savage Tour,” the three-week trek will kick off Nov. 8 in Spokane, Wash. and proceed to make its way throughout the western U.S. Dates can be found in the above flyer or listed  below.

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Album Review: Drone – S/T

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 5:55 AM (PST)

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Drone‘s servicably solid new S/T album from Metalville is a meritable scream thrasher to look into if you need some more headbanging moments before year’s end. It is interesting in that the band sound like they mainly draw from early 00′s influences (the start of “Guilt” reminds strongly of mid-period As I Lay Dying) combined with sort of Chaos A.D.-era groove thrash. The clean vocals aren’t really vital, but they are executed honestly and with pride instead of being faked in the studio with sugary effects. The German’s started rocking in 2004 and ten years later they are like a machine. Some stuff is political but then the next song will talk about short skirts, so it is a little schizophrenic lyrically (kind of like how on Snoop Dogg’s R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) he’d have a song about going to Church or loving his kids and the next song is “Fresh Pair Of Panties On” or “Can U Control Yo Hoe” featuring Soopafly. I used to love playing that loud driving slowly through Provincetown ). But anyway, Snoop and Drone both are multi-faceted. “Hammered, fucked & boozed” might be irreverant but it is a major party roller with some red hot punk riffing thrown in. Black Label fans will like the groove riff in the “All in, it’s time to go for broke” section of the song, a part that could have found room amidst the stompers on Order Of The Black.

The best part of this release is the artwork from Till Zettelmeier and Jonathan Stenger, illustrators who peppered the booklet with comic book-ish rather simply rendered figures alive with personality. Kind of like early Image comics type art with a dash of Sin City influence thrown in (so think a more super-heroic Jim Lee’s Deathblow, haha). Strong point in a nutshell? Drone’s are a big looming mental issue these days but this Drone will keep you hapilly distracted and rocking but also invested in the real world. “Into Darkness” anchors the record as soon as things are starting to get a tad confusing, sort of re-kickstarting the feeling that this band’s coherence is in their mutual shared energy rather than one style, though it is all metal and mainly thrash. “Into Darkness” also has the best lead section and sort of Lamb of God-esque bridge on the album. “Beatbox Within” is about the heart beat, so that’s different.  It was meant to be played live. “Hung & Over” is suddenly a hysterical kind of ballad about waking up who the fuck knows where. It leans on the 80′s for inspiration and proves that if this abnd toured with Hammercult the venues would exlode with silly insanity. But then the song ends with a real sense of feeling that is moving, a crazy feat to pull off! This album is a thrasher but also a grower. Gwar fans, check out “Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster” for a sense of movement the (2x the beefcake these days) aliens would probably approve of. Megadeth or Prong are other obvious touchstones in the precise syncopation and gruff vocals on “How We Suffer”, which has the best drum performance on the record.

Worth investigating.

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