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WOVENWAR are excited to return to Europe in May for a club tour as direct support to SYLOSIS! Tickets and dates are listed now on wovenwar.com/tour.

Comments the band: “If we lads in Wovenwar had a pence for every great show memory experienced in the Europe, our trousers’d be loaded with one or two quid… each. Off our trolleys in enthused anticipation of our upcoming tour, we look forward to performing many more wonderful moments with you lot. Cheers!”

I was just talking to a dude in the crowd at Yob/Enslaved in NYC who had a Sylosis t-shirt about how unbelievably good their latest Dormant Heart is (especially that end riff of “Leech”). Wovenwar, of course, are the As I Lay Dying guys moving forward with Shane Blay on vocals post-Lambesis family tragedy. Their debut was one of 2014′s most inspired records in the face of tremendous pressure and I have the utmost respect for the guys. I’m a big fan and you should be too!

 

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Album Review: Enforcer – “From Beyond”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:52 AM (PST)

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Enforcer are back with a sturdy classic heavy metal by the books record. The debate is always raging if this style is mroe pure or if people are just retreading the past. Whatever you think, Enforcer have written a great metal record that could have come out in 1986. The band claim they don’t limit the type of music they write but this album is all clearly under the classic heavy metal sound genre. Ripping solos, soaring/shriekd vocals and mostly breakneck tempos to start up a thrashing intense time. “One With Fire” or any of the tracks really all have something to offer and could each be singles in their own right, though again this is for a certain type of fan with a retro bent. Hints of early Metallica and also nspired by eastern European metal bands from the late 80s and early 90s, such as CREDO, MAGNIT, POKOLGEP and KAT, this record is unabashed heavy metal pride. Proto-ballad “Below The Slumber” features a sick melodic, piercing vocal from very talented singer Olof Wikstrand. If it was the 80′s this dude would be a metal god, for sure. The arrangements are rewarding if traditional and you’ll be undeoubtedly banging your head or making a “this is cool” face, furrowing your brow and nodding along, tapping your foot to these “anti-existential” leaning songs as the dual guitars carry you along/aloft.

The recording is the perfect blend of old and new production for the Enforcer sound and, like Amulet’s recent record, is one of my favorite things about the release. The band seem to have known exactly what sound would suit their charging compositions best. “From Beyond”, the title track, has a very Maiden-esque or kind of old Horror movie soundtrack vibe, a wise choice for the “focus” track. The chorus/repeated phrase of the title and the guitars above the very Steve Harris bass attack of this number ensure it sticks in your head. Also a standout is the quite NWOBHM take no prisoners number “The Banshee” which just explodes out the gate with liquid fire leads and then kicks in with purpose to blow the doors off any venue. It’s got delicious high shrieks and fun lyrics, definitely my favorite track. While this album isn’t creating a new path for metal, it’s a great addition to any collection and sure to liven up any keg party. And if anything, the cover art just screams “cool back patch.” \m/

“No Ass No Pass”: To groupie, or not to groupie in the social media age

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:39 AM (PST)

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Banana, banana, terracotta pie. Calling all “super fans”.

Ok, so sex has always been a part of rock n roll. The term “groupie” itself is inherently demeaning, as these are really superfans and people with real identities. We all probably know about Led Zep putting octopus tentacles in vaginas or that Avenged Sevenfold have acted like R Kelly and peed on girls before. Then you have someone like Lemmy who seems to really, really just love women. There is a perfect example of someone who is not traditionally attractive surpassing his perhaps limited looks to persuade people to throw themselves at him through sheer power of awesomeness. Dio is dead so Lemmy is God and thus…God is ok with sex! Hear that you idiot Bible thumpers? Haha.

I get that people sometimes just have hormonal attraction to one another. Seriously though, Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” and Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” (which I once tried to convince my mom was musical genius) are kind of classic exmaples where the girls in hindsight arguably have the most power. I  mean let’s consider that the hair metal dudes were so under the spell of these babes that they literally couldnt sing about or think about much else.

Who is in control there?

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Weedeater are bad asses and “Goliathan” will rule, it’s that simple

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM (PST)

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Weedeater, aka the band who can’t make a bad album ever since their core sound is simply too inherently awesome,  have announced release details for their new record. The album titled Goliathan, will be released on May 19th in North America. The band are streaming the first track taken from ‘Goliathan’, titled “Cain Enabler”, at Noisey.

 Goliathan once again features album art by Arik Roper (HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP, THE BLACK CROWS) and will be available across multiple CD and Ltd. Ed. LP formats. Pre-orders are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. The artwork and track list for ‘Goliathan’ can be found below.

Regarding the new album, “Dixie” Dave Collins comments:

“In terms of Goliathan the listener should prepare themselves for what may possibly be one of the best 5 Weedeater records to date!”

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Metallica to co-headline Lollapalooza without The Ramones, Psychotica

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:10 AM (PST)

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I just saw on Lambgoat that metal lords of summer  Metallica (Lars, I forgive you for the no bass on AJFA cuz it’s still my fave Metallica album)…ahem…are planning on co-headlining this years awesome Lollapalooza line up. Man, when I was a kid Lolla was the shit. 1996 when they last were headliners it was really controversial that a big metal band would play an “alternative” festival. This was the times when Axl had to make his arguably greatest “we’ve had our share of problems with so called Alternative bands” speech (Kurt Cobain/jukie remarks aside, Mr. Rose had some good points on being “human” otherwise) and Hetfield and co were seen by more cynical alt rockers as proto dinosaurs (which is funny and makes no sense since Metallica as well as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Melvins owe so much to the school of Black Sabbath equally. Soundgarden a bit more Led Zep, perhaps). Tangents.

I just looked up the 1996 line up for a refresher and grinned.

Wu-Tand and Rage! That was a fuckin’ team up and Republican people were like legit scared in America. It was great! And Psychotica! That band used to be HUGE in  NYC, at least. Did I see them once at Roseland? Shit, I forget. R.I.P. Joey Ramone, that’s what really matters. James, Lars, Kirk and Rob…please have one of your PR who might hopefully stumble across this article forward my suggestion that you do one of your rad Ramones covers i honor of Joey and the boys to commemorate your return. It’d be an epic Lolla win moment. Advice FREE. Memories…PRICELESS.

I’d also like to see a Tame Impala/Metallica unison version of “No Leaf Clover”. They can be called Tame Metallimpalicca. ok, I’m stoned.

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Entrails will bring “Obliteration” this year via Metal Blade

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM (PST)

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Death Sweders Entrails are great because they always just sound so plain FUGLY. The band create a consistent boiling vat of ashen char that you’ll choke down with a smile through broken teeth on every release. Even their demo recordings are essential listening for fans, not just self-indulgence.

Obliteration is the follow-up to 2013′s Raging Death full-length was tracked by guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist at his own Bloodshed Studios and mixed and mastered by legendary musician/soundsmith Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Aeon, Hail Of Bullets etc.) at Unisound. The cover art looks like a really scary AD&D module come to life. I’m sold.

Comments Lundqvist: “Finally, we can unleash this beast named Obliteration to the fans out there, this time with a more driven and raw style that shall taste good to everyone’s ears if you’re into the older simplified death metal that we prefer to play. Recorded in our own Bloodshed Studios and mixed by the mighty Dan Swanö nothing else but slabby, Swedeath can be served.”

Rapid fire, raw buzzsaw death riffing somehow working with the tasteful lead textures and undead vocals await those who sample the third track, “Beyond The Flesh,” at THIS location.

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Wake Up Lucid release new video for “White Collar Love”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:12 PM (PST)

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California’s Wake Up Lucid have release a clip for “White Collar Love” from their Gone With The Night EP (Out March 31st). We recently interviewed the guys for the site and you can read that HERE.

Check the distorted fuzz rock prism of molten genius out below.

 

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Album Review: Wrath – “Stark Raving Mad”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3:52 PM (PST)

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Anyone remember the movie Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3?
You know, the really dark and gritty one starring Vigo Mortensen and Ken Foree… Getting anywhere yet?
No?
Ok, let’s try this – the one with the kickass metal soundtrack?
Oh yeah, now we’re getting somewhere.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…
Back in 1990/91, when I was a wee little tyke, I saw this movie for my first time. I was into a lot of horror as a kid, but the most memorable part for me wasn’t the scares or the gore. It was this intense metal sound that came blasting through my giant ass 36 inch box of a TV. The music that was featured in the movie was my introduction to metal, though addmittedly, I can recall my very first cassette tape I owned was the soundtrack to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which featured bands like WINGER and SLAUGHTER, but that’s another story for another time, as I am here to talk about one of the TCM3 soundtrack bands today. No, it’s not LAAZ ROCKIT, who had the song Leatherface. I’m not talking about SACRED REICH or DEATH ANGEL either. I’m talking about a band known as WRATH, who’s song “When Worlds Collide” can be heard in the film during a fight scene while a little girl stares out the window holding a doll and a knife chanting “Get Them! Get Them!” I haven’t seen the movie in quite some time, but upon looking up this track, I remembered exactly where I heard it the second it got to the solo. Pretty good memory, eh?

Fast forward to 2015, this very day, and I sit here rocking out to new music by WRATH. That’s right folks, WRATH is making a comeback! The album is called Stark Raving Mad. It’s a very old school style thrash album, filled with shrieking vocals and 80s influenced riffs.

For the full review see BELOW. (Note: This album came out last year late Summer but since we missed it and are glad they are back we are running this review anyway!)

Ill Nino responds to Civil Unrest Tour vs Otep Controversy

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM (PST)

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Alright y’all. Getting a late start here today. I was babysitting so a photog/ex could go shoot a Swans show for me and freakin’ wow…kids tire you out more than a metal show. In case you aren’t up to speed the internet exploded over Otep allegations against the singer of a low budget Slipknot rip off Terror Universal , He is said to have violently grabbed her crotch in a huge violation of personal space while drunk. Read the full exchange of statements from Otep, the wife of Terror Universal’s singer and the tour promoters HERE.

Long story short is Otep says she was told ahead of time Terror Universal weren’t going to be on the tour. The Civil Unrest tour organizers say she breached contract and is drumming up this mess to get more money, pretty much as bold a claim as saying someone assaulted you if it isn’t true.

Otep Shamaya responded online with:
If it didn’t happen why did security remove him from the bldg? Why were they kicked off my tour the night it happened? 
I make a damn fine living in this band. Also my work as a Voice Over Actor (the HOBBIT) & an author. I don’t need to extort anyone for $ ha

Good response and succinct.

Even if dude was drunk and didn’t intend or mean what Otep said occurred, it doesn’t mean no harm was done. But contracts aside-I know honestly people who say Otep can be a hard ass. HOWEVER, In the numerous times I’ve interviewed her she’s been  extremely thoughtful, outspoken and great. I cannot believe that person would leverage a tour contract dispute by sensationalizing the issue of invasive physical activity against women , especially when combating it is the backbone of many of Oteps songs!!

Not to mention , it’s a competitive fucking  industry and you have to be hard sometimes especially in metal where chicks get pushed around if they don’t want to be “the hottest chick in metal” stereotype and push their art foremost over their tits (not that I am a prude about sex. It’s their choice). But  if the Terror Universal band was not supposed to be on the same tour as Otep but added on later how is THAT not a breach in the civil unrest tours part? Some people are saying the smaller band would be booted off if a bigger one issues such demands but not necessarily and CERTAINLY not if Otep was really offended. She stands on principle.

Ill Nino  have since issued this statement in the aftermath of all this ugliness. Looks like Kittie is replacing the departing feuding bands. I have no gripe with the great bands still on the bill, especially 36 Crazyfists who put out my fave record of 2015 so far. But I will say I think the response of the tour officials shows major lack of objectivity and so I will henceforth write about these bands only once they are out on whatever tours they follow Civil Unrest up with. It is distasteful. Maybe I’m biased for various reasons but something feels off here.

ILL NINO does not condone any forced act of violence or sexual nature towards any human beings, nor will we tolerate violations of one’s personal space. This also goes for cyber-bullying, or making demeaning comments towards ANYONE on social media. We strongly support equality for all.

We would like to draw closure by stating that the CIVIL UNREST TOUR will continue without participation from either OTEP or TERROR UNIVERSAL. We’re looking forward to hitting the road, reuniting with our fans and friends, and also sharing the stage with our tour brothers, and sisters, KITTIE & 36 CRAZYFISTS. Stay tuned, more bands to be added!!”

In addition, it is good that Terror Universal have at least posted the following on their Facebook:

EVERYONE ON THIS PAGE, PLEASE NO MORE NEGATIVE COMMENTS AGAINST OTEP, OR ANYONE ELSE. THE NAME CALLING, AND UGLY REMARKS HAVE GONE ON LONG ENOUGH. THANKS.

Seriously, there is so much vile trolling out there from fans on all sides. YOLO, y’all. Try and be better people and not resort to verbal violence. Anyway, I gotta get back to this Stoneburner record, some good herb and maybe some American Horror Story: Coven re-runs to lift my spirits and make me feel clean again. Where is the unity?

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NY’s Skinless return with “Only The Ruthless Remain”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:06 AM (PST)

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NY’s Skinless are one of the most brutal bands of their generation and will soon return with their sole offering of new death metal in nearly a decade.  Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29 in DE/Benelux/Finland). Recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Only The Ruthless Remain is almost certain to remind people of the ascendancy this bloody outfit once held with a firm grim on both 6 stringed axes and dripping axe handles.  Be sure to catch them live 5/21 at Maryland Deathfest!

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Total Negation prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM (PST)

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One-man band Total Negation from Denmark is preparing to release his newest album Zeitzeuge.

Zeitzeuge will drop on June 16 via Temple of Torturous Records.

Check out the track list for Zeitzeuge here.

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Krueger begin writing new album; welcome back bassist

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM (PST)

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Brazilian death metallers Krueger are back. Bassist Ze Carlos is rejoining them after eight years away.

With the return of Carlos the band is going to focus on writing a new album entitled The End.

Krueger released a full-length album Return To Death in 2014.

Check out some videos from some Return To Death songs here.

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Titan’s Eve prepare to drop ‘Chasing The Devil’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:44 AM (PST)

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Vancouver thrashers Titan’s Eve are getting ready to drop a new album.

Chasing The Devil is due out on July 12.

Vocalist and guitarist Brian Gamblin said this of the new album,

“We are so proud and excited to start sharing our upcoming album Chasing The Devil with the metal community! All we want as a band is to empower and connect with all of you and this new album will do just that.”

Check out the Chasing The Devil album preview and Titan’s Eve tour and festival dates here.

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“I smell a massacre!” We’ve got some exclusive Black Label Society, Hatebreed and Butcher Babies shots from staff photog Matt Slater. The show is from January’s stop at the Webster in Hartford, CT and from the looks of it the show was pretty intense. I’m a big fan of all of these bands. Hatebreed have been metalcore originators for a long time, since Slater and I used to go see them (and in Matt’s case his band Beneath The Remains used to open for them) in Poughkeepsie hardcore’s arguable heyday in the late 90′s-early 00′s. Black Label? It’s fuckin’ Zakk. What else is there to know? And as for Butcher Babies? They get a lot of shit for looking good but you know what? The band is not only about sex or some BS. Pay attention to their Instagram feeds and you’ll see how they really work hard, push themselves and care about connecting to their fan base as a full band. I agree that women shouldn’t be exploited but don’t think that means every woman and/or man in a band has to leave their outfits from showing too much all the time either. Bottom line? Butcher Babies fuckin’ rule! Go listen to Goliath now and tell me you don’t want to pit it up during “C8h18 (Gasoline)”!

Anyway, check out the shots BELOW. As Hatebreed scream “This Is Now!!”

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Spylacopa behind the scenes of “Hexes” video footage (if you dare)

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM (PST)

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We’re eagerly anticipating the Spylacopa pending full length Parallels (due out Tuesday, March 31st via dope Brooklyn based label Rising Pulse). The album will be out on deluxe colored vinyl and across all major digital platforms and is sure to make a big, red splash. The band is capable of pulling off many styles from more alternative rock leanings to ambient moments to intense post-metal.

In this new (video) mini documentary John LaMacchia of Spylacopa discusses specifically the making of “Hexes”, the (NSFW) video for the opening track off of the record. Spylacopa Promo “Making Hexes”, a behind the scenes mini documentary can be seen HERE.

A link for the previously released completed “Hexes” video, which was directed by independent video artist and film maker Steve Perlmaster can be found directly HERE.

The full length Album, Parallels, was Produced by John LaMacchia, mixed by Ken Schalk of John’s other band Candiria and mastered by Julian Silva at On Air Mastering

Pre orders for the deluxe colored vinyl are available now.

LaMacchia also graced us with a full length text interview on the whole album/current state of the band which you can read HERE.

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