Interview: Author and Punisher – “Melk En Honing”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 3:51 PM (PST)

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“Too little, much too late/given how far we’ve fallen” - from “Future Man” by Author & Punisher.

Melk En Honing from one man industrial art war Author & Punisher is a major statement from the belly of the beast. Like dispatches from the dark corners we won’t look at until they rise up and the streets burn, the repression of love, the elephant in the room growing bigger, Melk En Honing is a fierce and magnificent display of ingenuity, texture and noise music from mastermind Tristan Shone.

From the Atari Teenage Riot kind of recent  comeback album to Youth Code to Hateful Abandon to Crown (France), there is a cool upswing of industrial influences seeping back into extreme music. Shone, however, is one of the few artists to get full on Shadowrun with it and build his own machne/musical instrument/practically cybernetic enhancements. It’s managed to have Shone embraced by more than one scene with Phil Anselmo championing his work as well as fans of indie music who can manage an audio scare from time to time, ala early Swans.
It was awesome to digest the new, exhausting and killer follow up to Women & Children. My favorite track might now presently be the single “Shame”, a dirge to match plenty of the Godflesh classics Tristan (as well as myself) is a big fan of. Imagine if Howard Jones (80′s guy not ex-Killswitch singer) went crazy in a lab and started building Marvel Hulkbusters as musical instruments and you kind of are on track.

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Lamb of Grunge: Randy sings real purdy

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:42 AM (PST)

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Lamb Of God have a new song out “Overlord” (not a Black Label Society cover). The track is startling in that it has the most clean (or only?) vocals we’ve ever heard from the metal leaders. Everyone is saying Alice In Chains but, no…I’d say this is a bit more reminiscent of Testament . Lamb have a big Testament influence and this to me seems more out of the Low or The Ritual-era style playbook. Chuck Billy and now, apparently, Randy manage to sing darker, quieter songs and still have them work amidst the regular thrash chaos. Cheers to Lamb for managing not to become Seven Mary Three or Muddle of Pudd. I’m hoping this isn’t because having a member play on new Megadeth made them want to mellow out (as we all fear the Super Collider pt. 2 potential and await Mustaine to try and redeem himself from that horrible title track). Either way, the vibe on this song is pretty chill, especially the chorus.

 

Watch the “Overlord” premiere HERE.

 

From Randy: “For years I’ve wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind’s eye could be translated into film for others to watch. Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for “Overlord” is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my “mental script” into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me.

I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled “me-now/now-me” culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can’t seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.Oh yeah- if you’re out and about, watching the video on your pocket hate machine (mobile phone), try not to wander into traffic. A little situational awareness goes a long way.”

P.S. Love the “I still buy records” shirt, Randy! Good job, dudes.

 

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Album Review: The Devil Wears Prada – “Space” EP

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:19 PM (PST)

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I love that The Devil Wears Prada always make me reasses intial impressions on repeat listens, at least since their early days. Prada have subtly tweaked their sound in ways fans have accepted more than, say, Job For A Cowboy with each release. It’s hard to pin how some bands can be succesful at this with fans while others aren’t as embraced.

I like that TDWP “never sounded quite like this” each time, while still retaining trademark elements, dissonance, screaming, some catchy
hooks for the new school emocore kids and weird textures. The Chariot was another band that managed to evolve really distinctively, whereas while the new JFAC proggier direction yielded some cool results, you’d be hard pressed to peg it as the band you knew even an album ago.

Prada meanwhile have been perfecting their approach with each release since Dead Throne. Their themed Zombie EP is a well loved “aww shit” classic to many of their fans, some of their heaviest yet well developed tunes. I like the idea of themed concept EPs a bit more than stringing a story through many albums ala Coheed, for example. I mean, it’s cool to follow a lengthy intertwined tale as in King Diamond’s Them and Conspiracy albums, but then you have the cases of Geoff Tate from Queensryche calling his post-Queensryche band Operation: Mindcrime or Metallica’s “Unforgiven pt. 15″…and that gets to be painfully desperate, grasping at the last straws of a once glorious concept. Prada have decided to put more substance in their albums both long and short, with consistently superior long players and EPs with short little punch to the gut/head concepts that are easy to participate in with enthusiasm for a bit before moving on to the next material.

Full review BELOW.

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Soulfly win big with “We Sold Our Souls To Metal”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 1:43 PM (PST)

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Nu-thrashers Soulfly have a new lyric video for one of their most ever anthemic songs, the rallying cry “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” from upcoming banger Archangel. Like the recent Cavalera Conspiracy clip for “Babylonian Pandemonium”, this clip features Max Cavalera leading a live assault to crazed metal fans flipping out and keeping the metal faith. Blinding thrash meets a Dead Kennedys-esque bass break to die for and a dizzying bridge, with to the point lyrics and imagery heralding metal’s importance.

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New Noise in France compilation features 37 bands

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:28 AM (PST)

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A digital compilation available on spotify, itunes, Deezer, Napster, Amazon, etc. Streaming & Download with 37 French bands (Math-rock, stoner, psyché, synth-wave, shoegaze, cold wave, black metal, post-metal, garage…), is being released. My friend Olivier Drago at Noisemag.net sent me the heads up. www.arrachetoiunoeil.com/ did the very cool, kinda post-punk compilation artwork and anything music related Olivier is associated with from journalism to events to music is always very well executed.

New Noise s’est associé à Believe Digital pour réunir 37 groupes et artistes français sur la compilation« New Noise in France »disponible dès aujourd’hui sur toutes les plateformes de streaming et de téléchargement (ICI).

Du black à l’electro en passant par le noise-rock, le post-punk, le garage, le post-metal, la pop psyché, le sludge et le shoegaze, un bon paquet de (sous-)genres sont passés en revue. Alors oui, votre groupe préféré n’y figure peut-être pas, ni celui de votre cousin… Nous-mêmes n’avons d’ailleurs pu inclure qu’une petite partie des artistes frenchies qui à notre avis valent le coup (manque par exemple Papier Tigre, Verbal Razors, Carpenter Brut, Pitbulls In The Nursery, JC Satàn, Balladur, Etienne Jaumet, Decibelles, Hightower, C R O W N, I Love UFO, Sofy Major, Ma Cerise…). Vu la bonne santé de la scène indé française (qui n’a jamais été aussi productive, même dans les 90s), impossible d’être exhaustif. Notre choix s’est donc porté sur plusieurs incontournables que new Noise défend depuis des années (Marvin, Jessica93, Cheveu, We Insist!, Zëro, Year Of No Light, Basement, Pneu, Electric Electric, Blut Aus Nord, Blackstrobe, Dirge, Cobra…) et quelques nouveaux arrivés ou groupes actuellement sous les feux de l’actu (Ni, Piscine, Marietta, Hangman’s Chair, Watertank, Trésors, dDash, Dead, Milan, Blackmail, Forever Pavot, Oiseaux-Tempête, Future…).

On vous laisse découvrir le tracklisting complet plus bas, écoute et téléchargement par ICI.

Release Party au Trabendo le 1er août avec Perturbator, Warsawwasraw et Future.

Toutes les infos ICI

DVD Review: Black Veil Brides – “Alive And Burning”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM (PST)

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Alive and Burning is everything a Black Veil fan could want in a DVD
experience. Great audio, an extensive booklet and pro footage of BVB ripping
through a lengthy set in November of 2014 at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. The
band have come a long way since vocalist Andy Biersack used to sleep in his
car. Right from the opener “Heart Of Fire”, you know why Avenged Sevenfold
need to watch their backs. This band right now could blow them off the stage,
and I’m not even an Avenged hater.

The hard working, hard rock tradition loving band that people either love or
hate threaten snobs who just don’t get where these dudes are coming from or
like the aesthetic, but in reality Black Veil are right up there with some of
the best 80′s bands. They are certainly light years better than a plethora of
compressed emo vocal bands all trying to grasp at pubescence with high pitched
vocals while also trying to sound tough and screamo-core or the distended anus
of most deathcore mouth fart vocals and floppy breakdowns these days.

Watching this DVD is exciting, fans are stoked, rock n roll is alive, the band
have sick gear and Andy is using his real, God given voice to kick ass. The
band have on stage fortitude and a killer energy exhange with fans many
numbskulls could learn from if they could stop automatically associating glam
or death rock with Mall metal trends. Personally I love when I see some
younger kid with a Heartogram or a Black Veil T Shirt, because it isn’t fake
music.

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Interview: Crowhurst – “An evolution in the project”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM (PST)

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Crowhurst have an extensive catalogue that bears reflecting upon, yet recent release I is garnering more respect than ever. I love when a project goes full on Willie Nelson / Swans/ Smashing Pumpkins/Neil Young style where the artist releases just a ton of material throughout their career. It’s not even about being less calculated, as Crowhurst ringleader and renaissance man Jay Gambit clearly puts care into each release, from the musical ground up to the visuals. This is to noise and blackened industrial what All Out War’s Dying Gods is to metalcore, the real genuine fuckin’ deal, kids.

 

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Year of the ACTUAL rainbow: watch Coheed lampoon idiot Scalia

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 12:31 PM (PST)

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I’ll always give Coheed props when they do something cool, like Claudio’s above collabo with ex-Hulk scribe/legend Peter David. Anyone who knows me and my family or scene history knows I still have issues with Claudio never burying hatchet right with me but I don’t hate him, though is real drag (though I’m glad I’m peacefully friendly again with recovering ex bassist Mic Todd after 9 years of not talking). But for sake of good will (and cuz I really like the PR firm this email arrived from) and Cuz this is awesome I’m sharing this funny ass new video anyway ‪#‎pma‬ #dontblowbubbles

Watch the band lampoon idiot judge Scalia n regards to same sex marriage and health care on Funny Or Die HERE.

 

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  1. the supposed perception of distant occurrences or objects otherwise than by the recognized senses.

 

Everyone is still buggin’ on the cool intro to Beneath the Buried and Me’s “Dim Ignition”, but I’m just as stoked about Telesthesia from Italy’s Caelestis. The young band are adept at painting a moving sonic landscape that makes you forget you’re listening to music, so engrossing is the overall feeling and sound as a whole.

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Metal reacts to marriage equality

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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Well, marriage equality is now the law of the land and everyone is waiting to see if that pastor will set himself on fire. In the meantime let’s read some comments from various metal scene humans we love:

Do what I want talk how I want fuck who I want … MARZ. killer lyric, it felt appropriate to post this today. Proud America. Always change and grow, zero tolerance for assholes and bullshit. If you’re offended. Fuck you. Sorry kids - Maria Ferrero  (BreakingBands)

Anyone who gives a fuck about what other people chose to do in their lives in regards to marriage as if it negatively impacts their personal lives is hopefully having a dog shit day today. People deserve the right to get divorced after a few years regardless of who they’re with. I don’t think this is the gateway to people marrying animals or children but if that’s the sort of shit you think then terrific, let’s talk about when Jesus is coming back and how climate change is a Jewish conspiracy to control agriculture while we’re at it. - Neill Jameson (Krieg, LeChantFunebre, Decibel)

I am in Europe right now on tour, but I would like to take the time to publicly express my happiness over some news my wife emailed me from home- the United States Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriages are now legal in all 50 states. Lately there have been racially motivated killings at home, religious loonies commiting horrific terrorist acts over here in Europe and in the Middle East, there is warfare all over the fucking place, & a ton of people live in poverty the world over- sometimes it’s hard to keep a smile on my face, & I wonder how long our world can keep going before we all just kill each other off. But then are those small moments when love wins, when we actually advance a tiny bit as human beings and realize that “Hey- that person or persons may be different than me, but that doesn’t make them any less than me, and they certainly should have the same rights as me.” I have gay friends- they go to work, they pay their taxes, they pay their mortgages just like everyone else. They are good people, otherwise they wouldn’t be my friends. And sometimes they are assholes just like everyone else too, but I still love them just like I love my straight friends, even when they are being jerks- why shouldn’t they have the same legal rights as me & my wife? Now they do. Whether some people like it or not, love wins this time, & I am stoked. It’s a historic moment, & even in the midst of all the other sadness & craziness it makes me smile. Now we just gotta try & grow up about a few other things… - Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)

Good Job, ‘merica - Jason Lekberg (Ikillya)

This is a great day for everyone who believes in equality. It doesn’t matter if you want to marry or not. It’s about equal rights for all Americans and building a path to a better nation. A true “United” States of#America ❤️ thanks to all who fought and stood by us to win #equalrights #LOVEWINS

- Otep Shamaya

A heartfelt congratulations to those that have finally won the right to be treated as the human beings they have always been. It has been a long time coming, and the celebration is well deserved!! I lift my glass to you…CHEERS! – Nathan Gray (Boysetsfire, I Am Heresy)

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REVOCATION officially announce Ash Pearson as new drummer

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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REVOCATION are happy to officially confirm drummer Ash Pearson as their new full time drummer! Pearson is most well known for his work in 3 Inches of Blood, and is a welcome addition to the line up. Front man Dave Davidson offered the following on the announcement: “We’re very stoked to announce that Ash Pearson is our new drummer! Many of you might already be familiar with his drum skills in 3 Inches Of Blood but for those of you who are unaware of his talents let us assure you that he absolutely KILLS behind the kit! We’re looking forward to starting this new chapter of Revocation with Ash on board and can’t wait for everyone to see him in action.”

Here’s what Ash has to say about our newly forged alliance:

“I am very honoured to be joining Revocation. Phil is a good friend of mine and I feel privileged to have his blessing and to be his successor. I take seriously the challenge to keep the caliber of this band high and look forward to continuing the legacy of Revocation.”

 

 

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Windhand release album teaser for “Grief’s Infernal Flower”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:33 PM (PST)

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Sophisticated heathens  Windhand have released the album trailer for the follow up to the much hyped Soma, and it seems like we are in for another treat. Pre order the coolest silver vinyl option HERE.

 

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Mutilation Rites “Contaminate” with new video

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11:33 AM (PST)
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Brooklyn-based black metallists MUTILATION RITES have unveiled an explicitly grim and dismal music video for “Contaminate,” a track from last year’s acclaimed release Harbinger. Directed and produced by guitarist Michael Dimmitt along with assistance editing from Mitchell Luna (Meruta), the video can be seen premiering on CVLT Nation HERE .

Dimmitt discussed the video’s creation process, stating: “Coming up with the concept for the music video for ‘Contaminate’ was quite simple. The subject matter of the song deals with impending doom of the apocalypse, radiation sickness, and the suffering that war brings about in general. We combined disturbing archival footage from atrocities committed in the last century with a live show we played at Saint Vitus, in Brooklyn, to create a visual aesthetic to match the bleak subject matter and overall feeling of despair that we attempted to create when we wrote this song.”

 

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Watch Life Of Agony’s full Grasspop 2015 set

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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Hard rockers Life Of Agony always put their best foot forward live and the footage from Grasspop 2015 is a great example of how they still bring it hard. Mina and the boys rage through classics to a huge crowd. This band still deserves all the love in the world. Hope they make a new album. Meanwhile, watch the electric concert footage BELOW.

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The song is taken from the new album Venom, out August 14. Get the single on iTunes http://smarturl.it/YWABi or Spotify http://smarturl.it/YWABs

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