Album Review: Through The Dark Rift – Control The Devastator

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM (PST)


Control the Devastator are a newer band out of Snellville, Georgia playing a self-proclaimed mix of progressive, death and black metal.

They have recently released their debut album Through The Dark Rift via Steamroller Records.

Check out my review of that album here.

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

As part of a unique partnership with The End Records/ADA and Roadrunner Records, British prog-metal band EMPRESS AD are excited to reveal details of their highly anticipated debut album, titled Still Life Moving Fast, set for release in North America September 2nd.


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The band worked with Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Old Man Gloom) to craft their debut, sure to win at least several Gold medals.

The album’s artwork was created by San Francisco artist Seth Curcio. EMPRESS AD’s  Ollie Loring (vocals,guitar) answers questions below. Or follow this following link to pre-order . : )


Feeling Earthy? Get back to the primitive and deadly.

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM (PST)


Open-minded music fans the world over have long praised EARTH‘s pioneering and visionary delivery of their slow-motion anthems from the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, to their more Americana-inclined direction of the early 2000s and beyond. Their willingness to experiment with different sounds and different musicians has always enabled EARTH to remain consistently interesting and undoubtedly always unique. Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their musical evolution, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a truly epic, very diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, the album also explores massive new sonic territories for EARTH.

 With Primitive And Deadly, guitarist Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse second act, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. The dialogue between Carlson and Davies remains pivotal, here underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows).Primitive And Deadly also brings forth the band’s first vocal contributions since 1996′s Pentastar LP, and first in the band’s second incarnation, with guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), who transform these thundering, organic songs into something approaching traditional pop structures. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where EARTH recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly isEARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

Southern Lord will issue Primitive And Deadly in all deluxe formats in North America on September 2nd. Preorders for the album have just been activated at EARTH’s new official online store which just launched today at THIS LOCATION.


The first single from Primitive And Deadly, “From The Zodiacal Light,” was recently unveiled via Pitchfork RIGHT HERE.

Additionally, fans can currently order the vinyl reissues of Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method andThe Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s SkullHex available here and Bees here.

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Oslo library praises “METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:21 AM (PST)


The Oslo Public Library, Norway’s oldest and largest literary institution, has recognized and praised Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen‘s monumental METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries (ISBN 978-0979616341, Bazillion Points Books) as a “unique and important” book in Norwegian history and culture.

Get the book HERE.

Oslo librarian Terje Haugsgjerd writes: “Which is the heaviest book published in Norway the past few years? No, it’s not [Karl Ove] Knausgård’s My Struggle even if the title would be a fitting one for this book too. The book in question is Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. The period is depicted from the point-of-view of the author and paints a personal, but certainly non romanticizing, picture of an astonishingly creative period in Norwegian metal, a period that was also dangerous and controversial with its murders, suicides and church burnings.”

“In short, this is, for me, a unique Norwegian book, both physically with all its kilos, but especially for its content. In one hundred years, this will be a book about what once was.”

Comments Jon Kristiansen: “From the start, I made Slayer Mag as honestly and as well as I could. I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time.”

In 756 pages, METALION unravels thirty years of underground metal history, centered on the unique Norwegian black metal music scene of which author Kristiansen was a central figure. The book includes reproduction pages from every issue of the Slayer Mag metal fanzine, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, Kristiansen recounts his personal experiences in tumultuous “diary” section.

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Album Review: Islander – Violence And Destruction

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM (PST)



The leaders of the so called “Nu Metal” revival don’t deserve that tag, but not because it sells them short. Islander are indeed leaders and one of the best new bands on the scene, but “nu metal” was a stupid name to begin with. Korn never thought of themselves as a metal band. They always wanted to be perceived as their own entity. It’s why they covered “Mellowship in Slinky B’ by the chili Peppers when I saw them yeaaars ago at Lollapalooza, like, ’96 or something. It’s why they fuckin’ made one of their best albums The Path Of Totality when they were digging on EDM, which looked like a cash grab because of the popular EDM movement of the time, but Jonathan Davis is also a DJ now, so it isn’t a passing fad for Korn. People said they had too much hip hop or funk influence or some people thought too much metal influence, but they were never trying to replace Iron Maiden. Now some people say theirsong “Never Never”, in fact a killer pop song, is not heavy enough. Just let them be Korn! You can’t please everyone. “Y’all wanna single say…Fuck that, fuck that shit!”

Korn were just trying to create their own macrocosm within their own stylistic likes. Korn also were criticized more because they were seen as more blatantly trying to be aggresively marketed via stickers and cartoony t-shirts than, say, the artsier Deftones. Anybody remember how punks The Sex Pistols were a major label band?

Deftones got by with crictis more, one because they wrote better songs and two because they seemed more indie somehow, more connected to underground bands like Bad Brains (who got them their first big tour) and critically beloved new wave music. People blamed Rage Against The Machine for “Nu Metal”, just because they rapped. That is fucking ignorant. Rage had a social message and killer grooves. Groove in metal is not inherently bad. In fact, half these long haired old ass cracker jacks could use some. As much as I like Chris Holmes’ guitar playing over the years, moving to France to escape hip hop culture is ridiculous. One, France is pretty fucking liberal and two, the best guitar player who started rock n roll was Chuck Berry.Blackie Lawless and Mustaine becoming the more closed minded type of born again christians (I’m not against people of faith inherently) and hating on other bands who are atheists or satanic bands is ignorant. They are just proclaiming their lack of culture saavy or lack of true spiritual compassion.

I swear I am getting back to Islander in a minute, cuz they deserve it. I gotta clear the air here first though. “Nu Metal” as a genre tag allowed lesser bands to water it down, the same shit that happens in hardcore or D-beat when suddenly everyone jumps on Converge’s dick or whoever. It’s not the genre that is inherently bad. It is whether the talent, skill or execution fails to connect to people or the band is just clown shoes! Fear Factory caught shit for working with Cypress Hill years ago. That’s bullshit. The real problem should have been that both those groups are mega talented and it wasn’t the best song they could have come up with.

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Hail Queen Doro Pesch, North American Tour Dates

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM (PST)


Having celebrated thirty years since the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and Latin America, multi-decade recording artist/legendary metal maven DORO PESCH
will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this Fall.

“The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to,” shares vocalist and songwriter, DORO. “I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again.  See you soon… Raise Your Fist!”

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via

Doro’s official Facebook page. Additional plans for a second leg of the tour in the US for Spring 2015.

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Get well soon Christian Olde Wolbers

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM (PST)


Lambgoat posted an important news item on great dude Christian Olde Wolbers. He is such a huge talent and deserves to be rich and not dealing with this bullshit. Still annoyed that KUSH side project with Cypress and Deftones never came out, though. Whatever spectrum of the Fear Factory debate you fall on, this dude has contributed some great music to our lives, fans. Represent!

From Lambgoat:

Earlier this year guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers (Arkaea, ex-Fear Factory, Beowülf) was involved in a serious motorcycle crash. As a result of his inability to work and mounting medical bills, Wolbers has launched a campaign to raise money. Wolbers had the following to say:

“It’s been 6 months since my motorcycle accident on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles.I was pinched by a car who swerved into me while he was texting and i was passing his vehicle, i didn’t go down but had some damage so while i was trying to exit the freeway i got cut off and slammed in the back of a pick up/camper truck on my motorcycle. I sustained some really severe injuries and am lucky to heal most of them (femur, 10 broken ribs, fractured spine, broken shoulders and multiple broken bones) without complications, except my ankle and foot that endured some heavy trauma. I have had 4 surgeries so far and next month hopefully will be my last surgery as they need to reattach my achilles. It’s a big surgery as they need to grab a donor muscle out of the inside of my leg to use for the achilles reattachment. Heavy stuff. I haven’t been able to walk and after my next surgery i am hoping to be able to start rehab in the fall and make my first steps early next year. fingers crossed.“I haven’t been able to work and then there’s the medical costs.

“So i am trying to raise some money to help with my next surgery and am offering guitar/bass lessons, or help with your music, arranging, writing, playing on your songs, talk about gear or just have a chat.. whatever, if you book the time the time is yours.

“The sessions will be on Skype, donations for the sessions can be made to paypal I am located in the pacific time zone Los Angeles for skype sessions. So let me know, pm me what time you want to book.

“Thank you, i also have COW guitar picks i can mail out to people who help out and donate. i really appreciate it if you can forward this to your friends and spread the word. Thanks for your help!”


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Starland Life Of Agony show will be epic

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM (PST)


From Mina Caputo’s Facebook:

Tix on sale now.!!! Let’s sell this bitch OUT today.!!!

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Bask stream “American Hollow”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM (PST)


Carolina sex panthers Bask are streaming their full length stunner American Hollow HERE.

The American Roots music meets post-metal focus of this release, plus grand school of awesome graduate vocals from a deep thinker , make this a hell of a winner for 2014.  RIYL Across Tundras, Bob Dylan, Red Sparowes, Cult Of Luna.

You can get it free until the proper release on July 29th.

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DRAGONFORCE will release Maximum Overload in the US on August 19th via Metal Blade Records. Maximum Overload is available for pre-order HERE, in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats! While there be sure to check out the band’s new video for the song “The Game“.

Today DRAGONFORCE unveils the second song from their upcoming masterpiece. The second single, entitled “Defenders” is being premiered exclusively by Loudwire. Get an insight into guitarist Herman Li’s thoughts on the song and get a first listen HERE.

Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn’t believe in days off!” said guitar maestro Herman Li.

Maximum Overload” features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “We’ve always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!” added bassist Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features an all time first for DRAGONFORCE…a cover song! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: “Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we’ve always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down ‘Ring Of Fire’ by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we’ve DRAGONFORCE-ized it“!

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Why Lana is more metal than most – “You’re fuckin’ crazy”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM (PST)


Lana  Del Rey is really depressed like legit. Her new opus Ultraviolence is appropriate to post about today on Metal Riot, before her Rolling Stone cover gets hyper analyzed, not just because of the Kubrick associations it fills my head with but because she has bigger balls than most shit-rate metal bands (besides Cynic, Goatwhore and Agrimonia and stuff) . Lana is like Amy Winehouse in that because she is powerful in energy, and super famous, people completely forget she is a real human, which makes her able to wish for an out verbally and say she envies Winehouse’s eternal rest. I’d surmise. Sure, publicists are supposed to catch you and steer you clear of those type of moments, but the flipside of that is being overly shielded and protected in a bubble of denial and pampering/handlers that can lead to freakshow levels of death and despair down the road like sad tale of the true King Of Pop.

And this album Ultraviolence is amazing. “cruel world” is a heavy way to start an album. Lyrics in brief poetry style in album insert reminds me of Nirvana. : ). This is a huge and mature statement for her. The production is insane. She’s a boss. It is interesting…Cat Power started as soft and introspective Matador Records girl hermit with bangs indie rock and Chan has evolved to Sun, which was an amazing album with dancey beats and outdoorsy feel, ala “Cherokee”…but Lana has always had this exposed and dreamy quality and bare-take it or leave it-honesty. which is seen as bold by some people, but then they beat her up for being more timid on stage initially (lately she’s been coming out of her shell more). The SNL critics on her were wayyy to harsh. God, if I’d been judged that much by a single performance as a singer the last 20 years of my life…there’s many I’d dread to be chosen over the good one’s out there. I’m listening to “Brooklyn Baby” right now… beat is dope. Very Brooklyn, hahaha.

I think this record sounds like she learned from the production mistakes or triumphs the Stones made between the early 70′s to 90′s and she like, found that sweet spot between retro and modern. It’s very international but also deeply personal. It ssssSHOWS that Lana is perfect instance of an artist who is fragile enough that we need to control the conversation from the sickos. It isn’t fair for everyone to say she has a deathwish, but fair Frances Bean Cobain was concerned, with her own background.

This TMZ shit from media sucks though.

Like the national discourse on the Chris Brown domestic violence scandal, grossly off course. Mugshots of battered women shouldn’t be treated as memes.


“That’s not what this bitch wants”… (we hope)

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Album Review: Suicide Silence – “You Can’t Stop Me”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:43 AM (PST)


On November 1, 2012 I remember getting the news of Mitch’s death as I was heading into a video conference meeting. It was the first time that hearing that a musician or artist had died had stopped me in my tracks.  I was genuinely sad to know that Mitch was gone – in my high school music appreciation class we had to pick a song to present to the class, and I’d picked “Disengage”. Suicide Silence posters were stuffed into the fronts of my binders, a long haired kid carrying around pictures of long haired kids. The people in my small southern town hated it, and I loved that they hated it.

When it was announced that Eddie was going to take the helm of Suicide Silence, I was skeptical, but hopeful. Honestly, I wasn’t super stoked when the studio clip of Eddie covering “You Only Live Once” came out. Then when the video for “Cease To Exist” came out, I was excited about the music, but the video seemed misogynistic and violent, which I found extremely disconcerting. “Don’t Die” and “Cease To Exist” were mammoth tracks that were genuine Suicide Silence, and I’ve been sold since. And if you still aren’t sold, consider that this album features both The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato and George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher of the legendary Cannibal Corpse!

Without any further ado, let’s get down to the meat and potatoes. Read my review of You Can’t Stop Me here!

Suicide Silence streaming ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ album in entirety

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:32 AM (PST)


California deathcore mastermind’s Suicide Silence are now streaming their mammoth new album You Can’t Stop Me, the first with Eddie Hermida at the helm.

The album features The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato and George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher of Cannibal Corpse.

The album features a number of highlights, including “Inherit The Crown”, “Sacred Words” and “Control”.

Check out You Can’t Stop Me here and prepare to break knob in neck to this brutal album.

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Show Photos: Castle at The Anchor – Kingston, NY

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM (PST)


Castle are tearing across the USA as we speak, bringing their San Fran with a Canadian twist blend of power doom boogie to metal heads far and wide. 13 dates are left on the tour (remaining dates after the jump, so hang tight).

The night before their Saint Vitus NYC stop the Prosthetic Records artists touched down in my town of Kingston, NY. Under Siege, their latest Billy Anderson produced burner, is in my top 5 records for hard rock/metal this year, thus far.C’mon, baby…let it light your ear candles.

My dear friend Nicole Ann Marie Terpening, who I haven’t covered a show with probably since around when Thursday were in Full Collapse mode, shot some pics for us during the band’s too brief set.

Castle’s mega Mojo blew up the P.A. , usually never a problem in the humble but awesome venue. The regular sound guy was working a tv gig, from what I hear. I thought it was Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but I think it is an Atlanta hip hop love show because I heard the phrase “ratchet ass bitches” bandied about by a friend. The guy who filled in meant well but didn’t anticipate the might of some of Castle’s bass rig juice output. Kaboom! It shouldn’t be a mark too dark on the club, though.  It’s a great place for touring bands to stop between NYC and Albany, though this was obviously a drag. The venue really cares a lot about the bands that come through and treats bands well.

Castle handled it well and fans were cool, too. Everyone felt bad for the band, but hung out and a friend of mine got a great copy of the new vinyl, with cover art from Denis Forkas. Shame, (along with Screaming Females) Castle are big proof the power trio is often still the best band format for rock n roll.

I was lucky to briefly open the show singing on a fast piano and vocal set of “Black Crayon” by Dax Riggs and “Karma Police” by Radiohead, collaborating with mega talented Kelly McNally of indie/folk Upstate, NY band The Virginia Wolves. We had bad days and so it was nice to sing sad songs and make other people want to kill themselves. We joked that we would do a gypsy tour and you could tell where we went from which towns on the map had all the lights out the next day.

Dead Witch Walks from New Paltz, NY, featuring towering guitarist Mucus Barfbag, did an improv two man set of gnarled death thrash with avant garde chaos noise. It was metal as heck. Was fun to talk with Mucus and Castle about the band Demon Lung, travel in the United States compared to Europe and other chit chat. Chaos came next, a younger band I didn’t know, booked by Tainted Entertainment. They were a great hybrid of early Megadeth snarl and bluesy thrash with feel, but a raw garage primal fight to it. Of all the bands, Only Castle’s set was vocally ill fated due to sound issues. Since they are like Mercyful Fate playing as a trio like Motorhead at half tempo witj great Sabbathy vocals sung by a woman, this was a real shame. Got to hear them play a whirling rendition of  “Corpse Candles” and that’s about it.

Kind of like getting ice water thrown on your dick, but still an awesome night! Mucus apparently got married accidentally over the phone, but officially, somehow with a girl in Vegas later that night. I didn’t think you were that drunk, bro!

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Free Facedown Records Summer Sampler

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 9:32 PM (PST)


God damn, the new Martyrdöd is good. Hey, that shark picture is awesome!

Like, #777!

I’m pleased to announce that Facedown‘s fine feathered faithful folks have put out a free summer sampler featuring various bands.

This was beamed to me from the Mormo-Christ Power Ranger ship of Mosh today. Well, no…I wish. It was just in my inbox from a nice label rep or auto mailer.

Free Facedown Summer Sampler

You can now download (or stream) our brand new summer sampler featuring brand new music from Colossus, Mouth Of The South and War Of Ages as well as songs from other recent releases like Those Who Fear, My Epic, Everything In Slow Motion, Saving Grace and more! This is a free download so please spread the word to your friends and help us get these songs out to everyone possible.

This is sweeter than a bag of cherries. The New War Of Ages, My Epic and Those Who Fear are more than worth this all by themselves. After this I hope they put out a proper Stryper tribute comp, cuz I love the Yellow & Black Attack, legit. It can counter the weird Sumerian-Core vibes of that weird non pagan witchy enough Florence & The Machine comp, though I am not a Sumerian hater at all.

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