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Haters wanna hate on Otep Shamaya but I think she rules and still always brings it live. Gotta love an artist who keeps fighting progressive battles. Otep caught some heat recently for daring to tweet that perhaps her lack of inclusion on Mayhem Fest‘s 2014 Victory Stage was due to corporate sponsorship homophobia, a speculation she frankly caught too much flak for. Fact is, websites did jump on it and blow it out of proportion. Speculation is not full accusation. It is certainly reasonable that Shamaya hypothesized and then discussed the situation with people from Mayhem. It is easy to be snarky about shit when you haven’t faced discrimination for your sexuality. Does it make people paranoid sometimes? Maybe, but that isn’t reason to crucify them on metal sites. In my book, Otep has huge “balls” and kudos to her for staying outspoken.

Anyway, real fans can catch Ms. Otep live on the Civil Unrest tour with Dope, Smile Empty Soul and more.

Click HERE for tour dates. C’mon baby light some fires.

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Agalloch announce first leg of “Serpens In Culmination” US tour

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:23 PM (PST)

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We are pleased to announce the confirmed first leg of our “Serpens In Culmination” US tour this summer. There is one date that is yet to be manifested but we will announce that as soon as it is confirmed. We are also working on a West coast run. – Agalloch

FYI the openers on this band are unreal awesome. Paired with the natural glory that is Agalloch, these dates will be some timeless concert memories.

Click HERE for dates.

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Timo Somers posts sweet Aristedes 070 guitar video

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM (PST)
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For everyone asking me what guitar I am using this tour: the Aristides 070! Check me shredding it here! - Timo Somers via Facebook

Delain‘s awesome axe man Timo is a fan favorite known for melding skill and great melodic sense into the backbone of the Delain sound. The band are currently on an enviable tour with fellow sympho-maniacs Within Temptation and are killing it. I would love to follow that tour around with grilled cheese sandwiches like a hippie on Grateful Dead tour! I’d see every stop!

Anyway, Delain’s new album The Human Contradiction is awesome and I loved the way it explores human intentions. Here is my review. I’d only wished foor a bit more soloing on it, but here is Timo playing his ass off in a video demonstrating his chops on the guitar he is using on this kick ass tour.

Click HERE to get your faces peeled off!
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The masters Septicflesh have unveiled the bombastic “Order of Dracul” track, our first taste of anticipated The Great Mass follow up Titan (the band’s first for Prosthetic Records).

In addition to the new music, they  have also revealed the striking cover artwork for Titan,  completed by vocalist/bassist Seth Siro Anton (as featured above). The album is scheduled for release in North America on June 24 and is currently available for pre-order HERE.

The band says, “‘Order of Dracul’ is the first taste of the new album. It is a bombastic song with colorful classical orchestration. The title refers to Vlad Tepes, the notorious prince of Wallachia.” 

Click HERE to enter the dark world of “Dracul”

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Technical death metal masters ORIGIN have inked a European record deal with Agonia Records. The band’s new album – the follow-up to 2011′s Entity - is entitled Omnipresent and will be made available this summer. Cover artwork, tracklist, and other vital details will be revealed shortly.

I don’t know about you, but this news kills. ORIGIN are so nasty. Entity and that last Aeon record jump started my restored faith in death metal which continued with recent Hate Eternal and Gorguts. So cheers to more Origin!

Formed in Kansas (North America) in 1997, ORIGIN is one of the top, most intense and most brutal technical death metal forces to be reckoned with. Since its inception, the group has charted twice on the Billboard Top Heatseekers (with Antithesis at #21 and Entity at #20) and emerged on countless highly-energetic shows across the world. In 2007, ORIGIN reached Europe for the first time in career (on tour with Misery Index and Necrophagist) and five years later, in 2012, reclaimed The Old Continent together with Suffocation. This coming May, ORIGIN will be heading out on a headlining run in South East Asia and Australia.

The band made a statement regarding their new deal for Europe: “ORIGIN is proud to be a part of the Agonia Records family! We feel that this is the strongest move on our quest for total omnipresence, and are excited to share our latest cut of sheer technical brutality throughout Europe and beyond. We are everywhere and nowhere. We are Origin. Hail Space.”

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Remember Joey Ramone today

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM (PST)

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We’re taking a cue from our Dying Scene compatriots and remembering Joey Ramone today. The Ramones made arguably the best music ever besides Dio (but RJD’s death anniversary isnt until next month). Anyway, the Ramones changed the world. Enjoy THIS metal cover of “Commando” by Metallica and get them ready for “vietnam-ahhhh” in true Hetfield style.

We absolutely can’t believe that it’s been 13 years since Joey Ramone died. Thanks for your inspiration, we miss you. In the next 13 years, you will still never be forgotten.

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Pop Evil “Torn To Pieces” video released

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM (PST)

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Hard rock schmoozers Pop Evil have debuted a new video via Loudwire for “Torn To Pieces”. Watch the new video HERE.

“Torn to Pieces,” their third single going top 5, was directed by long time director Johan Carlén.

The song deals with the loss of loved ones, something everyone is bound to go through. Digging up the past can be very difficult. Losing someone close to you has a healing process, and I choose to do it through this video.” - Vocalist Leigh Kakaty

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Happy Blood Moon, y’all

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:51 PM (PST)

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Celebrate the #bloodmoon tonight with some Jex Thoth blood moon jams  HERE. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER announce “Fool ‘Em All” DVD; new trailer streaming now!

The Black Dahlia Murder are set to release their brand new DVD next month! “Fool ‘Em All” is the band’s second DVD and follows up their immensely popular “Majesty” DVD. Once again, director Robbie Tassaro captured the band on tour for another installment of absurdity and hilarity! This time around, put on your 3D glasses (included in the package!) to experience the band in stereoscopic 3D in select scenes throughout the DVD. “Fool ‘Em All” is scheduled for release on May 27th in North America. Fans can pre-order a copy and stream the brand new trailer HERE.

The Black Dahlia Murder’s previous DVD “Majesty” reached #2 on the Billboard Top Music Videos Chart US and #5 in Canada. The DVD would later be certified Gold in Canada.

The Black Dahlia Murder just wrapped up the Decibel Magazine tour with Carcass, Gorguts, and Noisem. In June, the band will return to Europe for club shows and festival appearances, including Hellfest, Download Festival, Graspop, and more!

Click HERE for tour dates.

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Deftones salute Chi one year since death with Eros track “Smile”

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM (PST)

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Alt metal visionaries Deftones have finally released a song from the already legendary unreleased “lost” record Eros, the final body of work to feature bassist Chi Cheng. I wont lie, this song “Smile” (released to shout out Chi’s memory one year since his death) really choked me up. Chi was hysterical, beyond talented and super cool. His Easter Egg on the Deftones self-titled CD was so great. Dude got a raw deal but thank God we have his contributions to the metal and punk rock scenes. R.I.P. Chi and thank you to the ‘Tones on behalf of all the fans for this meaningful gesture. Bump this beautiful shit LOUD, y’all.

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Interview: Krokus – Live For The Action

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM (PST)

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“This is the definitive proof that, in a ridiculously digital, cold and anti-septic world, there is still a place for honest, dirty, handmade music – for the eternal flame of Rock n’ Roll – our medicine of life.” – from the liner notes of Long Stick Goes Boom.

Ready for some Krok n roll? The boys in Krokus are back with a monster live album defining the current era of the band as well as touching on their lengthy career as die hard devotees of gritty, blue collar hard rock. In the last four decades, Krokus have played over 2,000 shows across 5 continents
and Long Stick Goes Boom: Live from da House Of Rust reflects the miles under their feet and the many friends made along the way. Recorded August 30th, 2013 the show featured on this killer live record was a full circle moment for the band, coming home to where it all started in 1975 – Rockcity Solothurn.

Pre order the album HERE.

It was a pleasure to discuss the past and future of hard rock with respected vocalist Marc Storace, who also answered some questions about my fave classic Krokus video “Screaming In The Night”. The new live album is killer Krokus in true top form and you can read the interview HERE to get the scoop!

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Candiria set to release “The Invaders” seven inch, reveal cover image

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM (PST)

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In great news for the metal and hardcore scene, urban fusion cross genre revolutionary wizards Candiria are back with their first new jams in years. “The Invaders” is available in 7 inch vinyl with pre-orders available now and an official digital release date of April, 29th through Rising Pulse Records.

Let’s hope this band comes back strong because their innovation, skill and some of the best live stage energy you will ever see this side of Converge is sorely missed. Candiria were at the forefront of the 90′s-00′s NYC underground, constantly educating crowds at CBGB’s and other venues while bridging the gap between tech metal, jazz, hip hop, hardcore and alternative rock. The first records even have a fair amount of death metal growling. If you don’t know these guys, drop what you are doing and go pay respects to one of the best damn bands of the modern era. I really like Veil of Maya, for example, but Candiria were the innovators who laid the groundwork. Represent!

Click HERE for info on the story behind the cover art.

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Whitechapel post 2nd in studio video clip

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM (PST)

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The anticipation continues to build as the release date of WHITECHAPEL’s new album Our Endless War draws nearer.  In a little less then three weeks on April 29th the band’s fifth full-length record and fourth for Metal Blade Records will be released. Our Endless War is a ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality; it is also by far WHITECHAPEL’s most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

During the recording of Our Endless War the band shot a series of behind the scenes and in-studio videos documenting the process.  Today the second video from the recording sessions has been posted.  This episode focuses on the tracking sessions for the album. It showcases each member sharing their part in tracking the riffs that made up the album.

Our Endless War is available in exclusive pre-order bundle packages HERE. The first two singles “The Saw is the Law” and “Mono” can be streamed there as well.

WHITECHAPEL have scheduled a string of shows leading up to the release of Our Endless War from April 16th – April 27th that includes an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.  These dates will begin April 16th in Columbus, OH and run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL.  These shows feature support from Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Cruelhand.

Following those shows, WHITECHAPEL will take part in a co-headline tour DevilDriver.  Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.

For tour dates and to see the in studio madness, click HERE. Schwing!

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Album Review: Alterbeast – Immortal

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM (PST)

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Alterbeast offer a blood stained altar of death metal beauty with Immortal. This very pro sounding album combines exciting trends of modern death and death or yesteryear for a death defying deadly experience. From opener “Flesh Bound Text” assaulting your ears through to closer (and extremely metal-titled) “Throne of Maggots”, this is your best stop right now for bludgeoning death with technical solos but not so much tech that you forget you are listening to death metal. These guys never tire of hammering out punishment of beastly magnitude. Check the 1:15 mark of “Throne Of Maggots” for an example of how precisely beastly things get!

The vocals have a great growl that doesn’t slip down into Pathology territory where it just sounds like belching and puking, rather staying just this side of digestible but very angry, akin to Corpsegrinder. Guitars, bass and drums work together to tighten the noose, especialy powerfully on the relentless “Vile Remnants” and the following track “Ancient’s Retribution”. The latter has the most technical passages on the album, at times sounding like a welcome cross between Cephalic Carnage and Cannibal Corpse in the nastiest way.”Mutilalted Marvel” is probably not about Deadpool’s shitty fan unfriendly appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it still summons plenty of hostility from the speakers. I can imagine the 1:13 mark of this song crushing live as the band (a bit too) briefly slow to a crawling, classic 90′s oozing tempo. Love to see them tour with the killer Rose Funeral.

“Serpentspire” is 2:46 of evil, an atmospheric low chanted opening that is invaded by a liquid red bit of a bass run before Alterbeast bring back the full band brain glom for another number. The record is worth it alone for the great tones and slick lead runs frosting the death metal cupcake here. And the 2:00 riff of “Serpentspire” is a monster groove that sets up the best solo on the album. Just great death metal that deserves your attention and support.

COC announce June 24th as release date for IX

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:36 AM (PST)

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Candlelight Records today confirms June 24th as the North American release date of IX, the new album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. Produced by the band and long-time comrade John Custer, the album and lead single “On Your Way” will be available for preorders via iTunes, Amazon, and other popular outlets beginning May 13th.

“This album is another step forward for us,” adds Weatherman.  “It seems like we keep heading more and more toward our rawer live sound with the studio recordings.”

Click HERE for track listing and more info!

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