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

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM (PST)
SubRosa group shot by Brandon Garcia

SubRosa group shot by Brandon Garci

“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)

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)


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)


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)

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)


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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Interview: Amulet – Hard, fast and never boring

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM (PST)


Few bands rock as lean and mean as London’s Amulet. With a throw back metal sound and a killer debut The First out now, it was time for Metal Riot to speak to vocalist Jamie Elton about their stubborn style and influences.

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Cannibal Corpse discuss Russian tour repression

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM (PST)


Cannibal Corpse addresses Russian tour issues below. You will want to read this as it is ridiculous and only boosts ticket sales in other parts of the world, metal comrades.

Cannibal Corpse recently completed their tour of Russia, a place they have played previously played many times with no issues. Unfortunately, as many Russian fans are already aware, this tour did not go as planned. Cannibal Corpse has released a statement, which can be read below.

A message to our Russian fans:
As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to. In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order).

Our show in Nizhny Novgorod also had problems. In that city we performed half of our set before being stopped by police. We were told the police needed to search the venue for drugs and that the show had to be terminated.

These are the reasons for the cancellations as far as we have been told.

On the brighter side, we had a fantastic time performing in Krasnodar, Samara, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. We were able to play our full set in all four of those cities.

We came to Russia excited and prepared to play all of the scheduled concerts, and we apologize that we were not able to do so. It was beyond our control. We are extremely disappointed. We have played in Russia many times and we love our Russian fans. Hopefully someday the situation for us in Russia will be different and we will be able to return.

Photos: police raid photo from Nizhny Novgorod, paddy wagon in St. Petersburg

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“Medicine Man” Official Video from Riot Horse scorches

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM (PST)


Sweden is incredibly reliable when it comes to really nice vaginas and really good hard rock/punk/metal.

Some beautiful Tesla or Skynard-esque “Simple Man” acoustic/clean channel passages, hard rock riffs strong enough and bluesy enough to please Clutch, Pig Iron, Zodiac or Black Crowes fans?  American and European traditions in hard rock and blues heritage upheld with a firm handshake? Riot Horse is your band

This first official video from new jammer This Is Who We Are is an experience for old and new fans alike. Click HERE to check it out.

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Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg NYC autobiography celebration with Andrew W.K.

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM (PST)


There are few bands as widely respected and as influential as the Ramones. And now, the group’s long-time drummer is gearing up to unveil his long-awaited autobiography, ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone,’ which will be released on January 13, 2015, via Touchstone Books. And what better way to celebrate the book’s arrival than with gloriously mega-decibel renditions of Ramones classics, which is exactly what Marky will be offering up on Saturday, January 17th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.

Joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg that night will be special guest Andrew W.K. on vocals.

“These songs are too good not to be played,” says Marky. “I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book.”

‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ will serve as a social history of the New York punk scene from an eyewitness. Yes, it has plenty of tales from the dirty streets, drugs, and rock and roll, but it also takes readers on a musical journey of a legendary band. And a few days after it’s release, fans will get the opportunity to rock out – and possibly meet – one of the greatest rock n’ roll drummers of all time.

Hate Eternal signs to Season Of Mist

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM (PST)


Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of legendary death metal band HATE ETERNAL. Helmed by founder, guitarist/vocalist, primary songwriter and acclaimed producer Erik Rutan, HATE ETERNAL has been one of the leading bands in the worldwide death metal scene for over eighteen years. The band’s five full-length albums are considered crucial genre touchstones, and the band is a proven headliner across five continents.

HATE ETERNAL (Rutan [guitar, vocals] and J.J. Hrubovcak [bass/vocals]) are currently holed up in Rutan’s Mana Recording studio (CANNIBAL CORPSE, MOUNTAIN GOATS, GOATWHORE) recording a new album that will be released in early 2015.

Regarding the recording Rutan comments, “We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We’ve worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.”

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Unearth debut super metal “Guards of Contagion” track

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM (PST)


Real gassed up about the new Unearth record Watchers Of Rule. Just been one of my favorite bands and so consistently great for years. But the newest track is really, really good. Just loving the tones and killer, slightly looser feel of the song but such signature Unearth elements as well. Goosebump shit.

Hear the track and order everything HERE.

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Joe Hahn of Linkin Park’s debut feature one step closer to theaters

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:42 AM (PST)


Mall, the debut feature film by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, will appear in theaters nationwide starting this Friday, October 17th. Co-starring Vincent Donofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/producer/screenwriter), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Cameron Monaghan (TVs Shameless), Mall examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting. The film will also be made available for purchase through on the same day of its theatrical release via Paragon Pictures in association with Silver Lining Entertainment.

For more information regarding tickets and theater locations, visit:

As a member of the multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band, Hahn is responsible for the beats, programming and keyboard heard in Linkin Park. He has also directed as many as 30 of the bands ground-breaking music videos, and over a dozen short films and music videos for other musical acts. Now Hahn is making his full feature directorial debut with Mall, featuring a script adapted from Eric Bogosians 2001 novel of the same name by DOnofrio, Joe Vinciguerra, and Sam Bisbee. “I find it refreshing to see this kind of point-of-view in contrast to today’s society that interacts digitally”, Hahn recently explained to Mashable. “When I read this script, it felt real and refreshing to show how ugly people can be as they hide their inner beasts after cracking their facades.”

Billboard recently premiered an exclusive teaser clip from Mall, which can be viewed here:

Earlier this summer, Paragon Pictures, led by Evan Crooke, picked up the North American rights to Mall. As the theatrical distribution division of Osiris Entertainment , Paragon Pictures will release Mall nationwide. More information about Mall can be found through and Twitter at @MallMovie.

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Dandy rockers Smash Fashion bring heavy glam to the road

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:15 AM (PST)


Hard rock fans are mostly buzzing about the pending Pop Evil tour, which is all good and well. I actually think that band is pretty cool. But one thing you all need to REALLY get on your radar if you are into the glammier side of Hard Rock with legit hooks? Smash Fashion.

I’m sitting here listening to Enslaved’s Axioma Ethica Odini as I write this, but I’m just as excited about the music this fun and sunny but also shadowed and real, street-wise group makes. I will def be catching their Arelene’s show in NYC. Fans of everything from The Compulsions to Motley Crue to T-Rex and The Yardbirds should check this out.

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Deep Cuts: Scott Ian

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM (PST)


To celebrate Scott Ian’s “don’t call it spoken word” Swearing Words In Glasgow NYC DVD screening at CMJ, I plucked three top notch Deep Cuts featuring his thrashing baldness. No S.O.D. song was picked since pretty much every one is great, by default. It’s fuckin’ S.O.D.

Dealing with Scott there are so many choices, but I got a Pearl, a Necro and a stellar Anthrax John Bush -era classic for ya below. While I approve of the speaking words/spoken word/screaming words whatever ya call it route, don’t pull a Rollins and stop doing as much music, Scott.

Or at least start writing ballads when you are REALLY old…NOT!

Click HERE for the selections.

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