Metal Marches On: Dirt, Hurt plus Ulthar and Amygdala news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:18 AM (PST)

Hey fuckers. Bleary eyed sipping cold coffee cuz too lazy to make a fresh pot and sun streaming in the window. It has been an emotional few months but hanging in there. Stoked on the brilliant new release from Tamaryn to keep the melodic ghostly introverted vibes strong day or night and getting ready to face the day job on a bright New York Saturday but wanted to post some metal stuff for you cats and dogs and cat dogs (there are no dog cats) first.

Watched The Dirt on Netflix last night and while of course Motley are not exactly the least problematic band ever, I think Nikki has come a long way and met him once at a signing. I will always remember having the Dr. Feelgood tape and my first baby sitter being horrified, lol. She said it would lead to bad things. Well, I did choose to become a rocker and don’t regret it, despite a a lot of hardship. I never would have performed with Cycle Sluts From Hell or interviewed some of y’all or opened for Jake E. Lee with a Motley/VH cover band w my friend Elan singing with me who is like a twenty foot tall punk rock blonde and we had the funnest time – if I hadn’t been entranced by “Kickstart My Heart’ and the vitriol and attitude of some of that stuff as an early teen. It doesn’t mean I didn’t learn lot from riot grrrl afterwards and that I can’t also be objective and put things into cultural perspective.

One thing I liked about The Dirt…I see it as a cautionary tale. They all fucked their lives up royally. I don’t see how anyone can think the movie strictly celebrates hedonism and sexism with no consequences (especially when you see all the women they care about leave them for their bullshit, the very terrifying car crash segment and Nikki fucking dying). Also, fans of the band know how much Nikki has tried to get people to understand addiction since, even if Vince has still been messy over the years (like even ENTERTAINING the idea of playing for Trump is way fucked up, dude). I think Vince has some major ptsd and needs the most guidance still to this day. Shit, I think a lot of people have PTSD from some of that era, fans and bands both. I hope this movie furthers a conversation about addiction, agency, internalized sexism and an array of other things. The good and the bad. It wasn’t all of either.

All I know is as a teenager I used to do a LOT of heroin and the movie made me miss my friends dearly and former bandmates who died from it and feel so lucky I am still here. I also feel thankful for the good things I still have and pray to use them wisely. I also think that people should look at Nikki’s truly fucked up childhood as a pretty key element of the nihilism and party sexism of the band and that there is a sense of regret, but you can’t just whitewash the time period either and pretend it never was hedonistic or massively fucked up. I also think it is good they showed some of the fucked up things in the movie like Tommy hitting someone because it would have been really shitty to skip that, like NWA completely skipping Dee Barnes in the Straight Out Of Compton movie is very problematic to me.

Anyway, The Dirt made me cry a few times and I also have lost kids and it is fucking sad. I hope people learn from it and don’t just celebrate the nudity and chaos but also see how you can rise up through friendship and even when you circus dance with the devil sometimes you can pull yourself back…but you have to pay the price and also acknowledge harm. So I DO think it is good it came out now in 2019.

Amygdala have signed to Prosthetic Records, the label who are most leading the way in good signings in the scene of late. Our Voices Will Soar Forever (sounds like a lost Red Sparowes album name) is up for pre-order and a very powerful song “I Hate To Say It” that kind of reminds me of Burnt Books a little bit. Fucking raw and dissonant and epic stuff. Harsh and kind of crust punk vocal vibes and brilliant arrangement highlighting the emotional impact. And that 2:20 guitar break and scream, holy shit! Check them out now!

Bay Area death machines Ulthar are on tour! Featuring within its ranks Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, ex-Mutilation Rites, ex-Tombs), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Pale Chalice), ULTHAR is touring in support of their Cosmovore debut LP, released late last year via 20 Buck Spin. Cosmovore was engineered, recorded, and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave) at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx. Totally killer band.

Find ULTHAR’s Cosmovore on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital formats HERE or HERE.

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Megadeth was given an $8,000 advance to produce their debut album Killing is My Business...and Business is Good but spent half of the money on drugs, booze and food and was forced to fire their original producer and produce the album themselves


Zeal and Ardor will drop ‘Live In London’ on March 22

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM (PST)

Black metal blues alchemists Zeal & Ardor will drop Live In London on March 22 via MVKA/Radicallis. The band are currently supporting Deafheaven and Baroness on one of the most exciting tours of 2019 thus far.

 

Listen to “Baphomet” here.

 

The 22-track pending live album includes four previously unreleased songs. The release is the entire recording of the band’s headline show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on December 2017. It will be available digitally, on CD, and as a Double White 180g vinyl.

The new songs included are “We Never Fall,” “Hold Your Head Low,” “Cut Me,” and the aforementioned “Baphomet.” Barring those tracks, the setlist was devised from the band’s two existing albums: the debut Devil Is Fine and 2018’s follow-up Stranger Fruit.

Frontman Manuel Gagneux comments, “We recorded our London show last December. Since we’re really proud of our performance, we are releasing the entire show consisting of our entire catalogue of songs. Mixing duties crushed by Kurt Ballou and Alan Douches mastered these 80 minutes into cohesion. We are really happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to unleash it upon you all.”

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Whitechapel post “Hickory Creek” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:14 AM (PST)

Whitechapel have managed to combine being deathcore kings with a strain of Alt/Nu Metal influence in recent albums, and the new record The Valley finds them nuancing their sound to new highs and evil depths. It is already being called one of their all time best releases and is certainly intense. I would say it could certainly be up in their top 3 records. Their 7th full length, it releases March 29th and is arguably the biggest release of the month from a heavy band.

Mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), The Valley is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it.

“Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that,” says guitarist Alex Wade, who alongside his bandmates, stands 100% behind everything their vocalist has to say. “I feel our music is Phil’s release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well.”

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Animals As Leaders announce 10th anniversary tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Sound architects of the highest magnitude, prog maestros Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from animalsasleaders.org

Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). Right near where I grew up! Hit up that fancy newfangled Phoenicia Diner, y’all. Anyway, the camp is an all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses – Guitar With Tosin Abasi | Drums With Matt Garstka | Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at campingwithanimals.org

Tour dates BELOW.

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Well, the headline doesn’t lie! Rabble rousers and hater arousers Neckbeard Deathcamp, the band you love or love to hate (the secone one if you are a fash loser), are hitting the road. Even though Kriegmaster from the band writes for us sometimes I just noticed they still don’t have a band profile on our system, haha. How ungrateful are we?! Sorry dudes, I will build that soon but in the meantime I will publish you under the Neck Deep In Filth band module so we don’t have a lot of html nonsense going haywire on this article post, hahaha. You could team up and be The Filthy Neckbeards, a more rustic sounding down to earth name? But I also listed this as a Power Metal article. Just because. Where was I? Where am I?

Oh yeah, a real tour to promote and not just inane commentary! Yes, we are stoked Neckbeard Deathcamp are hitting the road to rock your face and defy their foes, and all the bands on the tour are siiiiick:

AS THE FIRES OF FASCISM KINDLE IN THE COLLAPSING UNITED STATES; THE SPARK WILL BE EXTERMINATED BY THE UNRELENTING MIGHT OF NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP.  THE INFAMOUS MILITANT BLACK METAL ETERNAL WARKRUSADE FROM BORDEAUX FRANCE— NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP WILL CONTINUE CRUSHING FEDORAS ACROSS U.S. SOIL THIS SPRING AND SUMMER ON THE “THE FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA TOUR.” OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED TODAY— NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP WILL BE JOINED BY THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL GUESTS ON SELECT DATES: THEORIES (5/27-6/17), WVRM (5/27-6/02), NO CONVICTIONS (5/27-6/01) & DRYAD (6/02-6/22). ALL DATES BELOW.

“IT IS WITH EQUAL PARTS BLOODTHIRST AND EAGERNESS THAT WE UNFURL THE LONG BLACK WARBANNERS AND BEGIN OUR CRUSADE ACROSS AMERICA. WITH EVERY FOOTFALL IN OUR CAMPAIGN, THE GROUND BENEATH OUR ENEMIES GROWS SMALLER. AND MAY THEIR LIGHT OF HOPE FINALLY BE CONSUMED BY THE DARK AS WE WILL KNOW NO MERCY.” -NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP

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Interview: FEN – A stirring counterpoint to ‘Winter’.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:57 PM (PST)

 

“This is very much a standalone release that has its own atmosphere and really works as one long song.” – The Watcher.

UK Black metal/post-rock hybrid FEN are far too good to really simplify with such limiting descriptors. Regardless if you feel the alleged freedom inherent in “black metal” as a concept (which some people think ought to actually be quite restrictive) covers their sound adequately and wether or not you feel the over-used assumption that all “post-rock” is slow tempo Mogwai aping without the innovation is grossly lacking accuracy when it comes to FEN’s moving dynamics and kinetic emotional resonance, there is just no way to capture the power of what the band does in simple short genre tags. They are a mind blowing experience.

When I first heard this band a few years ago I felt like they had the emotional power to connect that the best Agalloch or Ulver material had but with a much more savage side. Also, the music takes an even greater deep dive into the sort of nature respecting weary yet awed exploration of humanity and the wider Universe in a way that, doesn’t sound much like, but connected with me in a primal way as much as a legacy band like Neurosis. They even cover some of the melodic vocal ground you might hear these days in a more progressive leaning band like Enslaved, while still staying a bit more rooted in the black metal sound than that band has become (no shade, love it all). But yeah…to put it simply, FEN are just really fucking sick musicians who also don’t lose “the feel”.

It was an honor to interview The Watcher about the group’s astounding Eisenwald MLP Stone & Sea. 

Read our philosophical exchange BELOW.

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French death metal and Unique Leader artists DYSMORPHIC have a new playthrough video out for brave souls who want to navigate the impressive guitar and bass parts for “Vow Of The Bees.” While there is plenty of technical flourish, the song also has some pretty impressive emotional feeling in the playing – particularly near the climax of the composition.

The group commented on the gear used, “Eric plays an Ibanez RGD UCS with a set of Bareknuckle Aftermaths through a Fractal Axe-FX II. Francois plays a Mermet Guitars Custom FLL7 with a set of Bareknuckle Juggernauts, also through an Axe-FX II. Johann plays an Ibanez SR1805NTF through an Ampeg.”

Watch the playthrough video HERE.

Beyond Creation, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Augury fans etc. will be stoked on this. These guys are really tight and into what they do. You don’t get this good without passion for it. I strongly recommend An Illusive Progress.

DYSMORPHIC will also be playing a series of shows in France this month.

Dates below –
3/15 Toulouse, FR @ Cave A Rock
3/16 Bordeaux, FR @ La Voute
3/23 Paris, FR @ Le Cirque Electrique

 

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Born Of Osiris are one of the ultimate progressive metalcore bands and have earned their position as leaders in the metallic sub-genre through constant work and dedication. It sucks to learn that some dangerous jerk robbed guitarist Lee McKinney and had a knife. We hope Lee and Jo get justice in this matter and are glad no one was harmed:

Hey guys. Lee McKinney here. Last night on Monday, March 12, our house was burglarized. The intruder(s) had a knife that was left on the scene and that makes us feel like the intent was to potentially do more than walk out with material items. Stolen items include a TV, 5 guitars, 1 audio interface, 4 guns, 1 camera, and 1 amplifier. Pictures of the stolen guitars are attached. We have notified the local police. A full investigation is underway. This robbery feels like it was targeted for the studio for exactly the time we were on tour or at work, as we were not home. We’re hoping that by bringing this to public attention that anyone who sees one of these items on sale in any way could help us track down the person who did this. Material items are one thing, but justice against the person who came into our home with a weapon is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your time.
Serial numbers for the missing instruments are:

Walnut LPM7 – 69540
Honey V6X – 132686
Monster O7X – 139438
Sea Foam VB5 – 139204
-Lee & Jo McKinney

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Band Spotlight – BES.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 5:46 PM (PST)

Ohio’s Bes are a calamitous racket of alt-rock infused heavy sounds and have recently released the very worth your time Pieces Missing EP. Fans of Torche, Failure or even some KEN Mode will find stuff to latch on to here. I don’t know how intentional it was but I hear a lot of late nineties influence in some of what this band is doing, but paired with an even more aggressive edge befitting our times.

Recommended Track: “Lost It All”. 

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Gore/death metallers Exhumed are a legendary act known for lots of destroyed guts in their aesthetic. Who knew that included not only chainsaw mauling but also extended to cover guts destroyed by hot peppers?!! Who among us knew?!! The band have teamed with Hella Hot Sauce to create Forged In Fire Sauce and are taking it on the road on their latest tour.

I had the Bad Brains hot sauce once when Doc thoughtfully gave me some to try and I loved it. I think hot sauce is a neat merch item. Bands make a lot of beer these days but hot sauce seems a little more niche and inventive, honestly. Like, who really expects that? Anyway, it is kind of funny Exhumed are bringing their hot sauce on the road with them though cuz it reminds me vaguely of this kid I knew who once said he thought bands should have salad bars as opening acts. Random.

Frontman Matt Harvey talked a little about the tour and the “meet-and-eat” events that will be unique to each show:

“We’re excited to do something a little different this time. It’s gonna be fun to do something food-related every night and see people’s reactions first-hand to the hot sauce, and since it’s called Forged in Fire, we’re loading up the set with older stuff we haven’t played in years, so it should be a rager every night!”

Check your local show for more information about when to show up and face the heat. As well as featuring a setlist focused on their early material, the band will be selling limited quantities of “Forged in Fire” hot sauce and a special shirt design exclusive for this tour, so come out and get your face melted!

If I had $100 I would bet you that some hot sauce ends up covering someone in the mosh pit on more than one of these dates. I feel bad for any venue janitor who has to clean up hot sauce and beer shit bathrooms! Can we get a new song called The Gravemakers of Eatin’ Burgs? Ok, I am stopping now.

EXHUMED Tour Dates:
4/24 San Luis Obispo, CA – The Graduate
4/25 Mesa, AZ – Club Red (w/Lago)
4/26 Los Angeles, CA – 5 Star Bar
4/27 Oakland, CA – Eli’s Mile High Club (w/Necrot)
4/28 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge

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Arise Blackguard disciples! Drink beer, cry and mosh!

The absence of Blackguard the last few years as I awaited news of their long delayed STORM album charred my soul. It was the Chinese…nay, Canadian Democracy that would never come. It was worse than waiting on a Tool album. I don’t even give a shit about Tool anymore in the slightest. But awaiting STORM? It made me a bitter person, a shriveled gnome forced to sleep 100 years and subsist on berries and ants in my dreams, believing my day of joy would never come. Eternal darkness. Some people I know even irresponsibly had careers and families in the meantime as I pined beneath a solitary boulder for more Blackguard.

Thankfully today I awoke and felt lifeforce flood my limbs as epic metal triumphantly roared across the skies. The boulder had squished me flat but somehow the metal revived me! I shoved the stone aside and then cowered at news of the awesomeness of the holy grail of lost albums I had anticipated for so long.

Behold, the first Blackguard Storm single “By My Hand” featuring Morgan Lander of Kittie…at last! Firefight was the anthem of all the obnoxious metal alkies in my city and the dry spell was rough. Many of us perished in the meantime of drought. No other metal could compare to quench our lust for battle.

Sez the band:

“This has a been a very long time coming, but we’re all elated to finally share with you our first single from ‘Storm’. We have no shame in saying this album is by far our best/heaviest/fastest/bla bla bla, you’ve heard it all before, but sooner than later everyone is going to know why we feel this way. We’d like to send a huge thank you to Morgan Lander of Kittie for doing an amazing job on the chorus of this song, hopefully, she can make it out to a show or two to perform it with us.”

The band recently broke their long hiatus to announce their first show in four years on March 22nd in Toronto with longtime friends Crimson Shadows and Borealis at Coalition.

STORM will be the band’s first album in 8 years and fourth overall.  The group will release the record independently on a surprise date in the coming weeks.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by longtime producer and former BLACKGUARD keyboardist Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at Silver Wings Studio in Montreal.

The video for “By My Hand” was created by Chris Kells (The Agonist) of FTB Visuals and Artwork by Rainsong Design.

 

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Nefarious Industries confirms the April release of Suicide By Citizenship, a fully collaborative musical experiment from Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits/collaborator magnets WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE. The album features guest contributions from a spectrum of artists from the likes of TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more.

Incepted by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

Additionally, a wide cast of additional musicians from around the country took part in one or more songs each, the album including contributions Thomas Andrew Doyle (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Watch for track previews, preorders, videos, and more from the record to be posted in the coming weeks.

Evans states, “Dave and Jay have been stalwart pals in the music scene of mine for ages, so it was awesome to capture this moment in time with them sonically, to say nothing of the other killer guests. This album to me represents people’s faith in the American Dream being exploited, ground up and spit out by gerrymandering, self-important Christo-fascists and unchecked capitalist greed. It’s a total farce to think corruption won’t run rampant in a society with no checks and balances.”

Brenner offers, “While our styles are vastly different, when we got into a room together and hit record things just happened organically. Three friends came in with the concept only; absolutely everything else musically and lyrically bloomed from that. Our planet is in peril, the party governing our country is a disgrace, tensions and turmoil amongst us are out of control, and we’re being divided further apart every day. This album is meant as a cumulative human cry for unification and progression, and a warning shot to the perpetrators.”

 

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A rare happy moment of human connection in ‘Lords of Chaos’

I interviewed Black Sabbath’s most underappreciated vocalist, the great Tony Martin once years ago. A real thrill. I forget the exact question, something about reconciling the more evil songs with the ones with subtle Christian themes or something. I remember Tony taking the wind out of my sails like a pro and sort of gently needling me with the common sense revelation that a lot of heavy metal is theater. This doesn’t mean that some people don’t live it to the fullest (the proper way to do so being highly debated daily since forever across sub-genres) and that it isn’t a genuine source of being able to work out dark and light feelings and to suss out solutions for yourself that hopefully aren’t ‘suicide solutions’, etc.

I saw two movies last night amidst a snowstorm on Fandango Now (a pretty great service). Jonas Akerlund’s take on the controversial Lords of Chaos and the somewhat slept on, but I thought fucking fantastic, Mary Queen Of Scots (2018). Both took some historical liberties – LOC glosses over the singers before Dead and the Deathcrush-era to get to meatier terrain and Mary Queen Of Scots fabricates an incredible in person meeting between Mary and Elizabeth that I wish really happened and (plausibility points to the writer) Elizabeth DOES tell Mary never to speak of it, so who knows? Both also feature violent stabbing scenes of a queer person. I was expecting it in Lords Of Chaos and the movie makes it very graphic, disturbing and not lightly glossed over – thankfully. You know at that point beyond a doubt that part of the souls of these people are very broken. David Rizzio in Mary Queen Of Scots came as a shock since I had forgotten about him historically. Like, fuckin’ hell, another poor murdered innocent for the sake of sick designs?!

Look, I think it is fine Lords Of Chaos is a movie. I was against it at some points but as edgelordery under Trump is worse than ever and there are no sacred cows generally worthy of enabling any cult of personality from critique, fuck it. It was a milestone time period in metal so why shouldn’t it be examined? The thrust though is will it seem apologist and MTV stuff that was meant to be less palatable or fast edit flashy and romanticized or would it have some bite and objectively show the shittiness of a lot of what happened? Thankfully, I liked a lot more about it than I disliked. The cast did an excellent job with what they were handed and as Jonas told Decibel recently ,”There’s a lot of things we’re not supposed to do, but black metal bands break those rules every day. They all sell merchandise; they all do gigs; they all have Instagram…”

It’s funny, I remember when X-Men became a movie everyone wondered if Wolverine would wear yellow spandex. Some things that look cool in comic books can look very dorky in movies with live-action. A corpse-painted dude trying to look vampiric under a dead tree is much the same, looking pretty cool on a badly reproduced lo fi record sleeve but generally funny in broad daylight. This film certainly wins at showing how the scene’s members one upmanship could only insulate them so long from realizing they weren’t bad asses and actually had some real fucked up insecurities as people, no matter how cool the music was. They also, underneath it all, were kind of dorky and trying to seem cool, like any group of young rockers.

One of the best scenes is a post-jail Varg (played very well by Emory Cohen the whole movie as an ego wounded insecure kid who nonetheless does major harm trying to find validation while pretending otherwise and makes you really dislike him…going from being bullied to being the worst, smug self-serving piece of shit) yelling at Euronymous as played by Rory Culkin. Culkin really carries a lot of the film, and in this scene he tells Varg he made up a lot of stuff about never touring and being as evil as possible to basically drum up marketing buzz. Varg is still seemingly scarred for life that Euronymous shamed him initially for having a Scorpions patch once and so it feels like his life mission is to become more kvlt now, the never ending bottomless quest of every true edge lord.

First, I wanna say fuck VICE for firing so many brilliant writers lately. They backed this film. Nonetheless, while the pacing (much like Mary Queen of Scots, actually) rushes very fast sometimes through historical events for the sake of modern attention spans, a lot of it resonated with me, despite the flaws. An imperfect vessel, perhaps. I don’t think I could have made it better, though. And Sky Ferreira, for all the shit talk people gave her for being casted, was fucking great.

It’s disturbing at one point to see Sky’s character get bullied by Cohen into stripping for him and Rory’s characters, showing the weak sexism and desperation that hides behind what a lot of people in metal find to be transgressive. Knowing also how much Sky values her own agency as a woman, it was pretty emotionally effective seeing her deal with internalized misogyny in the black metal circles but end up being probably the best anchoring voice of reason in Euronymous’ life later in the film. We stan (looking forward to Masochism and also thank you for being kind to my gf Globelamp recently).

Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts.

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Psychic Hit will redesign your life for a negotiable fee.

Ariana: ‘I had a secret wish to start a band with Andrea when we started dating. We were busy with other bands at the time. She gave me this amazing mix with Captain Beyond, Hightide, Aphrodite’s Child… That’s how I knew she “got me.” Our brain/lovechild, Psychic Hit, was born when we skipped Folsom Street Fair to stay home and roll on molly.

The searing classic rock and heavy metal infused sounds on Psychic Hit’s crucial and unfuckwithable demo from last year knocked me on my ass and made me more stoked for anything I’d heard with throwback influences since Amulet or maybe even the glammier Spiders. This is a top notch act that I cannot believe are so potent right out of the gate. I sort of stumbled across them online and had my mind completely blown by their songwriting skills and also an unabashed Heart influence here and there, so fucking cool. I feel like they could blast the door off any venue with the fire of their energy, for real.

Honestly I think this band could be very powerful within the scene if they keep their goals focused, make connections, get a good PR person and gig as much as they can. I don’t include write good songs because I am 100 percent confident anything they do is gonna kick ass. THAT’S how impressed I was by them. I would fucking die to somehow see them live with, like, my beloved Blood Ceremony or Earthless or really any band. Along with some amazing acts like Electric Children or the East Coast’s The Advertisers, Psychic Hit have made me feel really stoked about some of the energy percolating in underground rock in 2019 already! I cannot rave about them enough so please just fuckin’ read the interview I had with most of this amazing group (their first EVER interview) BELOW!

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