Oli Herbert, Woman 2 first day sales, Castle, Chelsea Wolfe/APC news items

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Slew of music stories for you goblins today. First though, CW Supergirl is finally bringing Lex Luthor onto the show. Please write them and tell them to consider me for the role as I am bald enough (too many tats though).

The metal world was rocked by the sad news of Oli Herbert from All That Remains passing away unexpectedly, with many people expressing how nice he was and what a sad turn of events it is. I have definitely stopped being a fan of the band some time ago, but politics aside, this is a super sad situation for everyone involved and we wish them sincere condolences. Oli certainly was talented and was loved by a lot of people.

Some mourners below:

Definitely shitty. That said and politics NOT aside,  I waited a day to write that I ALSO wish sincere condolences to the families of children murdered in preventable gun nut school rampages almost daily which ARE mostly acted out by white supremacists who are all gassed up by toxic Info Wars who All That Remains’ singer Phil went on recently, so I hope if he doesn’t like death he reconsiders some of his horrible positions on poorly regulated gun access and shady outlets. It is genuinely sad that his friend died but I also don’t think helping Phil stay famous to spout whataboutisms, pretend “f-gg-t” isn’t a harmful word and other macho nonsense was the most awesome life choice for anyone in that band just because they got paid.

I have almost more dead friends than living at this point and so am by no means mocking the end of someone’s life, just hoping it will also cause the singer of this band to do some soul searching on the fleeting nature of time and how glorifying poor gun regulation and the NRA only brings more death to OTHER people’s family and friend groups. And how ANY right wing power leads to mental health care for depression and instability being put way on the backburner. Sorry if that’s “too soon” but that is the same thing Republicans say every time we ask for meaningful reform. I am beyond offended by anyone who is supporting or enabling their platforms in 2018 under Trump.

In other shitty news:

In WONDERFUL news, the WOMAN 2 Anti-Nazi comp had a super big first day:

 

CASTLE by Matt Haines

Castle, still prob the band we have covered most on this site, remain unstoppably rad and a pitch perfect heavy metal band. The West Coast road warriors have a new album Deal They Fate streaming HERE today! Matt and Liz are the coolest. Hails!! Castle has also announced U.S. tour dates in support of Deal Thy Fate. The band will launch a two week West Coast trek on November 23. The just-announced live dates are as follows:

Castle U.S. tour dates:

November 23   Dunsmuir, CA           Spirits
November 24   Portland, OR            Tonic Bar
November 25   Bellingham, WA       Shakedown
November 26   Salem, OR                The Space
November 27   Seattle, WA               Highline
November 28   Eugene, OR               Old Nick’s
November 29   Oakland, CA              Elbo Room
November 30   Sacramento, CA       Blue Lamp
December 1     San Jose, CA             Caravan
December 4     Phoenix, AZ                Yucca Tap
December 5     Los Angeles, CA        Resident
December 6     San Diego, CA           Tower Bar
December 7     Ventura, CA               The Garage

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The short-lived Seattle thrash metal band Forced Entry was originally known as Critical Condition.


Hey metal fam. Besides work I have been spending the day discussing with people or listening to people about who really invented metalcore and driving around enjoying the new Pig Destroyer. It was good to also have an excuse to listen to Starkweather at my morning job today, though you don’t really need an excuse to hear the Crossbearer / Into The Wire reissue. “Mainline” is so fucking sick.

As for the new Pig Destroyer (which I have finally been returning to and absorbing more), I can’t imagine why anyone would be unhappy with Head Cage. There is not a wasted note on the album (despite many of them), the tones are massive and beyond devastating, the performances are manic and yet super precise but organic and adrenalized. The band sound excited with the material. And the low end is frankly fucking unreal, it sounds so heavy and awesome.

I think some people just perpetuate the myth that higher end production means a band sucks now, but that is actually toxic to bands. Not that music is gonna always make you “a living” or that should be the prime reason for making all art but if you love an artist it isn’t fair that you demand their work be super raw or commercially barely viable to the average person. It’s already fucking Pig Destroyer, lol, not SZA (who I stan). I don’t have a problem with bands I love succeeding either. I mean, you should try and pay attention to what you are hitching your wagon too as far as big companies go, but it is cool to have good music out there in the world. Every weirder band that gets bigger helps just maybe make the most mainstream heavy bands a little less shitty, haha. Did I just do what I said I hate? Lol.

Anyway, “Terminal Itch” finds a relentless kinship between guitar and drum obscenity while “Circle River” reminds me of Pig Destroyer taking a crack at noise and Melvins influences within a framework of their usual punishing aesthetic touches. I fucking loved every minute of it. “Army Of Cops” is going to prove itself to be a big song within their body if work over time as well, I’d wager. This shit will be standing after whatever dust settles, one hundred percent. The riffs on this record are fucking brutes brootal brootiful. And you HAVE to love that two minute mark hardcore break in “Cops”. It spells M-O-S-H.

Blackened Death Records have released the second edition of the important anti-fascist metal comp W.O.M.A.N. today.

Worldwide Organization of Metalheads Against Nazis II deserves support and features a killer variety of acts from Ghoul (“Nazi Smasher”) to Redbait ( “Dick Punch” studio version!) to other awesome acts we love and have mentioned  in the past like Immortal Bird, Jucifer, Stormland and Suicide Wraith.

October’s Surpise (besides my Queen Taylor Swift helping register thousands to vote and endorsing a blue candidate before midterms, go girl!) was today’s This Will Destroy You second album of the year drop! Love the energy this record kicks off with, like the grandiosity of Muse channeled through something completely opposite and more underground like UOA or something, ha . Undeniable passion! Very cool! Check out the impressive New Others Part Two HERE!

Mercyful Fate (aka the band I kind of spend half the time thinking is the best metal band ever) have re-issued some of their lesser heralded yet of course worthy as heck efforts on 180g picture discs. Time in particular looks outstanding in that format. YES! Go! Purchase! Consume! And yes you can also get more well known albums like Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath in this killer format option HERE.

“You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic Mercyful Fate albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.” – King Diamond

 

Lastly, After nearly four years of absence, ENSIFERUM has announced a full North American headlining tour. Set to begin January 5th and run through January 29th, support will be provided by mighty Septicflesh as well as an additional opener still to be announced. My mouth is watering hoping it is someone really cool, especially since I missed that awesome Amorphis/Moonspell package coming through my area and wanted to cry.

Comments bassist Sami Hinkka, “It’s been way too many years since we rocked with our North American warrior brothers and sisters. So early 2019 we will set sails and head to your shores and we are not coming alone. We will join forces with a brilliant and ass kicking band, Septicflesh, and a special guest. What a way to start a new year! This tour will leave its mark on the history of metal so get your ticket in advance and get ready to mosh with us like there is no tomorrow. On this tour, we have no chance to play in every city that we would want to, so we are doing our best to return to North America for a second time in 2019. Stay tuned and see you soon!”

ENSIFERUM w/ Septicflesh, special guest TBA:
1/05/2019 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
1/06/2019 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
1/07/2019 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
1/08/2019 Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
1/09/2019 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
1/01/2019 Opera House – Toronto, ON
1/11/2019 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
1/12/2019 The Forge – Joliet, IL
1/13/2019 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
1/14/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
1/15/2019 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
1/17/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
1/18/2019 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
1/19/2019 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
1/20/2019 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
1/21/2019 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
1/22/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
1/23/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
1/24/2019 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
1/25/2019 Come And Take It Live! – Austin, TX
1/26/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
1/28/2019 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
1/29/2019 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
1/31 – 2/04/2019 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

 

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Deathcore action heroes Signs Of The Swarm are hungry, and I don’t just mean that they look like they could use a big helping of lasagna each. The group have been working hard to leave an impression and slam an impact crater into the surface of the scene. I always think about how fired up Korn was when they toured with Danzig years ago and wonder what new bands will come out blazing with similar desire to make crowds go crazy nowadays. Well, Signs Of The Swarm aint slouchin’ live, that’s for sure!

Now the group have released pro shot live footage from their stint on this year’s Devastation on the Nation Tour, which saw them performing alongside Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, and Venom Prison. The set was filmed by Matti Way (From The North Films) at the tour’s stop in Mesa, Az date.

Watch the video HERE

Physical order bundles for SIGNS OF THE SWARM‘s Unique Leader debut The Disfigurement of Existence are available HERE.
Digital bundles are available HERE.

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Good luck to this band. Let’s support new acts and help metal’s future stay strong.

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photo by Kyle Joinson

Metal trio, Spiritbox have released a music video for their new single titled, “Electric Cross“. The new single follows up on the group’s recent single, “Perennial”, which dropped last month.

Vocalist, Courtney LaPlante gave her thoughts on the new single, “This song makes me so uncomfortable because it’s about everything I do not want to acknowledge. Feeling like I have no autonomy over my own body. How much anger I have towards those who have wronged me, and the environment that allows bad things to happen. Knowing that something that feels so isolating is such a universal feeling.”

Having toured the world as members of the eccentric metal band iwrestledabearonce, vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Michael Stringer wanted to take their intensely personal and technical musical focus in a new creative and personal direction. Spiritbox was the result.

In 2017, the husband and wife duo sent their unreleased debut Self-Titled EP to Bill Crook of the Vancouver pop-punk band Living with Lions hoping only for constructive criticism. Instead, they found themselves with a new bandmate and best friend. Together, this Canadian trio has set out to bring a new and refreshing perspective to metal.

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Ozzy cancels remainder of North American Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:59 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne has now cancelled the remaining four shows on his North American “No More Tours 2.” Following additional evaluation from his doctors, Osbourne will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

The four cancelled shows were originally scheduled as follows: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (October 6), Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista (October 9), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (October 11) and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (October 13). The three California shows had previously been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors. All four shows will be rescheduled for 2019.

“I’m so fu**ing bummed about cancelling these shows,” Osbourne says. “The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”

Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

 

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Atreyu’s new album drops this weekend

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:37 PM (PST)

Just a reminder that the new one In Our Wake from blood sucking metalcore bruisers Atreyu hits streets October 12th and it is a winner. Here is the title track “In Our Wake” in case ya missed it. Much higher production value video than the early days, lol. Brandon still grand slams those catchy cleans to the moon. We stan. Like Thrice, it is good they have embraced their grandest ambitions because the songs aren’t held back and the emotion can come through without being self-conscious.

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I was listening to Epica’s The Quantum Enigma today kind of baked and driving in the intense gray rain, the passionate performances and unabashed soaring complexity of the material inspiring me as Upstate, NY’s dampened fall colors blurred by under a wet obfuscating temporary canopy of droplets. The song “Victims Of Contingency” hit me powerfully and re-centered my focus on the mantra that time is a special, fleeting yet permament construct. What we do in our limited moments become our choices and how we lived. It is so simple but we overlook this out of the familiarity of routine daily, even as we are constantly surrounded by so many miracles and options it is a wonder anyone ever decides to “BE” anything.

Anyhow, that said I love when people are decisive and make bold artistic statements and this year has been loaded with them, from the assuredly high constitution rolling persistence of Anicon’s ferocious and focused Entropy Mantra to the compositional and emotive brilliance of Oceans of Slumber’s The Banished Heart to the groove metal activism of Otep’s Kult 45. Whether the emotional performances/beauty in the branches between spare folk and acoustic black metal simplicity is your bag or being inspired to be the next Dimmu and you aim for extremely elaborate compositions, here is some respect for the artists out there. We toast you with a cup of my liberal tears (which only make me more Goth, eternal win. Take that, chumps).

Oh that reminds me, anyone want to start a cover band of pre-Born Again Dave era Megadeth called Magadeth and we cover just “Foreclosure Of A Dream” and early Metallica songs and make fun of Alex Jones and people who think Obama was behind False Flags instead of, y’know, rampant lack of rational gun control being a cause in rising and alarming gun violence trends and school/public shootings? Kanye was visiting Trumpy with Kid Rock today, so I guess racism is solved. Guess what, stooges? The only invisible wall (to quote Ye) is gonna be the one on the border we don’t allow to be built as vile stain on our nation’s alleged love of diversity.

Where was I? Cool metal stuff to tell you about today to underscore my point about this fertile scene of special decisive statement making artists! Actually most of us have anxiety but that doesn’t mean the albums always sound like it!

First up, speaking of Oceans Of Slumber (a serious album of the year contender at the moment), they are selling the ONLY backdrop from their Winter era at Big Cartel! This is a cool opportunity for a dedicated fan to have a major piece of the band’s history. I would snatch it up if I had the scratch for sure! \m/

In bummer news for them (and great news for Visceral Disgorge) Soreption have had to drop out of their slot on the Farewell Frank Suffocation Tour. Cattle Decap shared a tweet letting fans know that the tour line up had changed. I mean, I assume other bands shared that info also but I stan Cattle Decap the most so saw it there first, haha. Fucking Krisiun is on that tour as well. Christ, that is a bad ass line up even with a little switch-around. Let’s support!

Here for a little reminder that today is National Coming Out Day, a tweet on the subject from our account:

Huge high fives and horns to queer creators and fans out there. Sing Priest’s Turbo as loud as you can into a shower head today at some point. We love you all. Remind people that The Sex Pistols wouldn’t have had such a cultural impact if it weren’t for the UK Club scene and fashion attitudes, thanks! XO.

Lastly today, CHTHONIC have a new video out for “A Crimson Sky’s Command”!

With many tracks from CHTHONIC’s fresh Battlefields of Asura album being associated with different Taiwanese gods and goddesses, “A Crimson Sky’s Command” was inspired by the god of war “Te-ia-kong”, or “Xuantian Shangdi” in Mandarin. The lyrics naturally takes on warpath and aggressiveness, however, frontman Freddy Lim states that “on top of the imagery at the face value, it also represents the courage we need to face, confront and overcome our own weakness”.

Check it out below!

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SAXON reveal 2019 US Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2:21 PM (PST)

Since 1979 SAXON have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge, which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career. With no signs of letting up, the SAXON Juggernaut continues with the release earlier this year of their latest album THUNDERBOLT and an ongoing World Tour that’s going from strength to strength.

More below.

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America’s greatest hard rockers Clutch are back with a new platter of joy, Book Of Bad Decisions (out now). One of the most consistently awesome bands in rock history with not a single bad album in their discography, Clutch are a shining beacon of real rock n roll straddling a sewer of Maroon 5’s floating down the stream to Hell.

All ticket links are available at www.pro-rock.com.

Thu/Dec-27 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Fri/Dec-28 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/Dec-29 Portland, ME @ Aura
Sun/Dec-30 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mon/Dec-31 Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium at Temple Live

Jean-Paul Gaster on the package said “We are very excited to have our friends Lionize, The Mike Dillon Band and The Messthetics be a part of this year’s Clutch Holiday Run. Each band brings something special to the bill and with so many great players in one place there’s bound to be some surprises. Come out early and celebrate with us!”

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Gilby Clarke embarks on a string of headline dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:29 PM (PST)

 

Rockers! We got cool news, Gilby Clarke of GNR/MC5 association is heading out in a comet blaze on a short run of headliner tour dates. Clarke is one of the baddest mofos out there in the guitar wars trenches and we suggest you go.  The Gilby Clarke band is a well-oiled three-piece that comprises of Gilby Clarke (vocals/guitar), EJ Curse (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums).

Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history – Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

http://www.gilbyclarke.com/

 

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Scotland’s Bitter Lake is doing things right. The one man black metal project is slowly building up buzz, focusing on releasing cool music rather than hype and improving with each passing moment. I like the cold and methodical yet emotional nature of the project, like impending entropy captured in a burst of constrained, conflicted emotions.

This is an exciting time in metal as a lot of bands are shrugging off genre constraints and finding out who they are for themselves. The left wing black metal coming out is exciting and more than overdue to surpass the tired edgelord tropes of the genre that have always ben laughable if they weren’t so harmful.

Let’s get into the interview with Bitter Lake (who is also running a microphone raffle HERE) and talk about new song “Siberia”, Veganism and more BELOW.

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Mist (photo by Lara Zitko)

Sorry about the title of this article, Y’all. I wanted something spooky and am obsessed with King Diamond’s Abigail (think the black horsemen) and Sleepy Hollow was just on as well. Plus, who remembers the Nightmare horse from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon? Anyone? Exhibit A:

#mood

Anyway, super rainy and dismal day here in Upstate, NY and I am fairly exhausted from my day jobs. If you re ordered the band names in the article title I could be a miserable pelican in the mist of today’s rainy doldrums. Been a crazy week already gearing up for the O+ festival hitting my city of Kingston this week but I am actually in pretty ok spirits. Need to put on some more coffee and get to blogging. I got some weird European Maple coffee from Aldi’s cuz they are way cheaper but still pretty good quality stuff than most more mainstream shitty American grocery stores.

First off, thanks to all the readers and metalheads who tweeted support to Twitter after my personal account was suspended! It is such BS and as of now I still don’t have it back. Pretty absurd since the last thing I tweeted was me kissing my mom on the head who has dementia and not anything remotely hateful.

My personal Twitter @morganyevans was suspended either from my band name Walking Bombs alarming their violence rule (even though it is about depression not terrorism) or me tweeting at Best Coast that my girlfriend Elizabeth (aka Globelamp) “alleges” she was punched in the face by the singer of Foxygen and that I wished Best Coast and her just could talk and ease tensions between them because my gf Globelamp is mad she was blocked by Bethany when she feels she tried to ask her for help getting awareness of what happened to her.

So when Globelamp hears Best Coast tweeting to believe survivors during the Kavanaugh trial or other people who she tried to reach out to about her story in the industry who ignored her about being hit she triggers hard. It makes me very sad and I wish they could squash it somehow. That’s not meant as a personal attack on the sincerity of anyone on my end. I think it would be healing and helpful for them both if they could ease tensions between them.

Globelamp also thought Best Coast also seemingly likes Kim Kardashian, who my gf super despises for lying about and trying to bring down her idol Taylor Swift (who Best Coast doesn’t seem to like anymore) as well as enabling Kanye horribly and selling pro anorexic weight loss lollipops to girls. I guess Best Coast spoke out about the pro anorexia stuff? That’s good. I am not against plastic surgery or body modification but there is a manipulative and cold capitalistic ego driven horror show to the Kimye and general Kardashian family trainwreck that needs to be stopped. And don’t get me started on the Jenner’s exploiting black lives matter in that Pepsi commercial. Globelamp also thinks that Taylor didn’t talk about the Nazi stuff because she is obviously pro LGBTQ and diversity and didn’t want to platform Nazis all over the tabloids and thinks Best Coast tried to bring her down, which made her mad at Bethany awhile ago.

Anyway, there’s a difference between, say, having body dysmorphia and mass marketing patriarchal beauty standards. Nothing against femmes but Kim to me seems different and motivated by very cold brand of capitalism. More interested in any clicks like Kanye than if they are harming society or not and distracting from real work that needs to be done. Here I am talking about them but it is because they have become a huge problem. The fact is Kim participated in a lot of gaslighting on a national level then still plays dumb when she wants democratic accolades for optics. And you can’t blame a woman for her shitty partner’s antics but she and Kanye are working together on most of it like the Taylor snapchat splice job frame. Swift never agreed to let a man call her bitch or claim agency for her career and had already outsold Ye many times over before he jumped on stage with her at fan voted VMAS when she was 19 and he was 30 something. That matters and is super sexist. Kimye are basically chaos agents. Swift is a huge altruist.

It seemed suspicious to me Kim did the photo op with Trump for clemency for one person (instead of pushing him to stop prison for profit and Maga policies that super hurt minorities- Watch 13th) right when Ye needed good press by association when his worst album yet Ye dropped and everyone was saying he abandoned mom’s charity and exploited Whitney Houston’s addiction with Pusha. Hard to say you care about addicts when you have elsewhere said you were inspired by Pablo’s ability to move product, fam.

So yeah, Twitter then told me the other day I was suspended for being primarily used to promote hate even though almost all I tweet is support for non binary people like myself, dementia awareness for my mom, Metal news, anti-MAGA stuff for women’s and minority rights. So I don’t know if reclaiming the phrase “walking bomb” from people who called me that as an insult or using the word “punch” or tweeting to the GOP to not take away abortion rights or complaining about Kanye and Kim on Twitter did it but something made Twitter think I am as bad as Alex Jones.

This is what happens when gaslighting is the new national past-time and we pretend false equivalencies are real and morons need to be coddled. That is not punk rock. Eff that. Kanye wants to pretend he is saying to “love” everyone but really like Trump he is just putting the foot on the gas(lighting). It is like the ‘debate me’ incels and MRAs and libertarian or Gamergate types and trolls or Nazi black metal apologists who are perpetuating the sewer water culture that Milo or Jordan Peterson or Kanye and friends are so eager to splash in like it is the fountain of youth. “Nothing matters, weee! Who cares who is harmed!”

When we fall in the pit we pick one another up (ideally). We can’t always pick up those fallen to hate in metal/punk or music, sadly. Sometimes it’s too much unhealthy emotional labor and bad faith actors or people are so brainwashed and think they aren’t doing harm when they really, really are. We CAN hold fast to principles so MAYBE people can see the light. PMA/hold fast.\m/

So enter a half waking collision of my strung together Social Justice and Swiftie thoughts such as ,“It’s absurd Kanye equates being critiqued for wearing a Maga hat on SNL and ranting gibberish with being bullied. The kkk support Maga. Asking people to be considerate and not boost a hate message is not bullying” and “I can’t wait to see Taylor Swift to sing ‘I Did Something Bad’ on the AMAs and sing ‘if a man talks shit then I owe him nothing’ and for the ratings to soar and make the VMA flop look like morons.” 

But I digress…Onward to some music news more befitting of this site’s gloomy genres.

Slovenian doom metal band Mist have announced some shows in Austria and Denmark. First they will support Canadian heavy metal masters Cauldron this Friday in Linz and for December they have confirmed shows in Graz, Klagenfurt and Vienna. By the end of October they will also play their first show ever in Denmark. I had never heard this traditional doom band today and was impressed with a lot of the material on their recent full length Free Me Of The Sun. They kind of remind me of my friend Pam’s old band Grande mixed with The Skull or something. While the kind of choppy and rudimentary guitar leads in the solo sections are the weakest element, the doomy portions, songwriting and extra powerful melodic vocals from Nina Spruk totally slay. Hope to hear a lot more from this group!

 

Mist Live dates:
05.10. KAPU, Linz (Austria) w/ Cauldron (CAN), Eisenhand (AT)
20.10. Train, Aarhus (Denmark) w/ Corpsessed (FIN), Balmog (E), Woebegone Obscured (DK), Beneath The Silence (DK)
06.12. Orto Bar, Ljubljana (Slovenia) w/ Deep Down Bellow (SLO), Mutism (SLO)
14.12. Music-House, Graz (Austria) w/ Dark Nativity (AT), Deumus (AT)
15.12. Kwadrat, Klagenfurt (Austria) w/ Vu Garde (AT), Dusk (AT), The Stolen Goose Project (AT)
16.12. Weberknecht, Vienna (Austria)

 

King Woman took our album of the year honor of 2017 (which we still stand by 100 fucking percent) for Created In The Image of Suffering but as it turns out front person Kristina Esfandiari can’t stop making relevant art. Her other band Miserable (we stan) have a new record out collecting two EPS called Loverboy via my faves Sargent House on October 26th. Seriously, thank God for that label. Anyway, after the first version of this record caught fire on a hard drive Esfandiari nonetheless got it done anyway anew and today has premiered the title track at Bust Magazine HERE.

 

An excerpt:  ‘I wrote “Loverboy” as a healing anthem for myself & hopefully other womxn who have experienced confusion or a sense of inadequacy due to gaslighting and objectification. I don’t exist for someone else’s pleasure or entertainment and that’s essentially what I’m singing in “Loverboy.” So many of us are made to feel less than human. The Loverboy album as a whole is meant to be reflective on past experiences when I feel I muted my voice.’

 

Miserable — On Tour:
October 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
December 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Union *
December 13 San Diego, CA @ Che Café ** w/ THOU

 

Lastly, Pelican seem to have entered Steve Albini’s studio! I don’t know what they are planning as far as new album news but I super love that band and CANNOT WAIT! Assume it is probably for Southern Lord?

 

Until we all meet again, hang in there, lovebirds.
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Greta Van Fleet‘s anticipated debut opens with a number that reminds me of Jethro Tull meets Muse, a dramatic blend of classixc rock and proggy influences before the more patented blues rock side of the band’s sound carries “Age of Man” forward. While the record could have charged forth with reckless abandon it makes sense in a way that the group, often compared to Led Zep, wanted to drop you notice that you are in for the long haul and this is an album lovers album. The mid paced majestic march of the song is very well done and shows the band’s hype is now bearing more tangible long term fruit. Still, for all the albums merits I can’t help but wonder how a new band doing more of an original sound would fare if they had the same financial support and marketing push as these guys.

Anthem Of The Peaceful Army indeed has a GREAT mix and the group manage to capture their soulful and youthful energy to a terrific degree. It sounds amazing even on my shitty cheap computer speakers, like you are hearing something IMPORTANT. Everyone did a great job and fans of the band are going to be thrilled. It sucks that a friend of mine wasn’t able to see them recently because bots purchased all the tickets in seconds and marked them up for Stub Hub, but the potential of having a live experience is different than what we are talking about today…the album itself. The Plant and Page mimicry finally comes on thick in second track “The Cold Wind” and if you are gonna hang with this band you are just gonna have to decide if you can deal with it or not. Cuz yeah, they don’t only capture youthful energy but tend to try to “clone the dinosaurs”, so to speak. And I love Zep and dinosaurs, so that is not meant as an insult. Even the Zep guys would admit they are aging rock royalty (and we love them, of course). That said, they made a video for my least favorite song “When The Curtain Falls”. Just felt too distracting even for my open mind on that one, though I still am torn because God knows how many bands copied, say, Green Day or The RAMONES.

Like new Alice In Chains, for some people it seems a little too much like trying to recreate something classic, but for many others (in GVF and new AIC cases) it is thrilling. The difference is that some of the real Alice are still IN Alice and I am afraid that makes a big fucking difference. I am not so crazy about direct “Ooh yeah” Plant style vocal lifts, but the rest of the time it doesn’t bother me sooo much that the GVF band are obviously doing an homage to their influences rather than pretending they personally invented the wheel themselves, but other times I change my mind and get distracted and cringe here and there. I still know an even split between “wow, rad” reactions and “fuck this sacrilege shit” responses (much like the DIO hologram) when people discover GVF amongst my peer group. Well, there are more harmful things in life, like the big rap releases of this week Wayne and Con-Perrier-Ye both having XXXTentacion post death cameos like it is no big deal he gay bashed a guy and brutalized a woman with nary any real convincing show of tangible remorse (despite what “he was gonna change” apologists keep saying and despite death still being tragic). At least these guys seem to be real chill dudes and I loved interviewing them awhile ago and wish them the best. I am certain they will get better and better.

Anyway, back to GVF…”Watching Over” is a cool, crawling song that mentions “water rising” (heard that somewhere before, haha), but again it is somehow intriguing rather than so derivative you feel like they are pouring it on too thick. I mean, the songs are just so damn good that it feels like either a young Zep somehow started with ZOSO or that somewhere in rock history we overlooked some classic rock gems and then the vocals were remixed with a little modern polish. “Mountain of the Sun” is a little more Houses Of The Holy, twangy guitar and summery vocals aiming to kiss the sun. All in all the band remain very much a topic of conversation and semi-controversy. You can’t deny their talent and songwriting, but it would be nice on the next one to see them move a bit more into their own territory rather than reshaping the clay of the past.

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Fall brings the cool embrace of a life worth living

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 5:46 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Spinesplitter

In the eleventh hour, I bring you my September wrap-up. Holy fucking shit September was one hell of a month. Fortunately, the new music has been good inside and outside of metal. Whether you’ve been trying to avoid Supreme Court-Senate-Nomination-Bullshit, or you’ve been raising all the hell about it you can, whether you’ve been working with survivors in an emotional time of need, or doing your best to survive on your own, whether you’ve been writing to cope, or just playing your show to get through – September was rough as shit.

I’m glad to come back at the end of every month, especially on months that this is the only post I write for Metal Riot, and share with y’all what I thought was really cool throughout the month.

Check out the four albums I enjoy the most this month here.

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West Coast doom band UN have released their latest monument to moody brilliance, sophomore record Sentiment, on Translation Loss. While each track is over the ten minute mark as seems kinda hip these days, in the case of UN it is warranted and allows the full, glorious and dark sprawling landscape of each composition to be revealed like a vast panoramic slowly scrolling by. These guys really upped their game as well, a keener sense of melody infused into these potent prayers to both calm contemplation AND bleeding ears than ever before. Fret not that the heavy qualities have diminished in any way, but there is an even more clear sense of emotional impact and dynamics as the sounds within, particularly on one of the best songs I have heard all year “Pools of Reflection” , are completely stirring.

“While so many of our contemporaries choose to focus purely on the grim aspects of mortality, Sentiment is meant to serve as a token of gratitude in spite of the struggles of daily life”, guitarist/vocalist Monte McCleery comments. “It is a deeply personal and intimate thing to share your art with the world, and we hope that everyone who holds this album or hears these songs feels like it was written specifically for them.”

In support of “Sentiment”, UN will hit the road on November 3rd. The tour will take the band across the United States for 20 days starting in Seattle, WA and end in Boise, ID. The band will tour alongside Colorado blackened sludge duo, Oryx (No, if you are nearsighted like me that doesn’t say Onyx-sadly). In New Orleans,  UN will join forces with Georgia’s black death powerhouse, Withered for select dates.  Tour dates can be found below.

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