Awesome Shape Of Despair early 1988 demo “Alone In The Mist” news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:06 AM (PST)


Finland’s Shape Of Despair have premiered a re-released (in a sense) track from 1988 with Decibel HERE and it is gorgeous, dark and brilliant.

The Alone In The Mist demo was originally heard by very few when the band was called Raven (which I’m sure they must’ve eventually reconsidered due to the Gallagher brothers’ NWOBHM band already having been popular for some time. Anyway, these early recordings are beng given a proper showing under the Shape Of Despair handle, as they were the seeds that started the journey.

If you are a fan of the more morose and melodic side of funeral doom, skip on over to Decibel today and let your smile be eroded as murky clouds and broken hearted, slow dirgey glory covers the sun. I love hearing early or older stuff like this.

Regarding the demo, SHAPE OF DESPAIR founder Jarno Salomaa comments, “So what exactly do you find on ‘Alone in the Mist’? Besides the first songs ever written for SHAPE OF DESPAIR – at that time still named RAVEN – these represent my first ever attempt at doom as well. Those tracks are the outcome of solitary inspiration through dark woods and good music. This demo was never fully released – do not bother to ask why, because I cannot remember the reasons at all. ‘Alone in the Mist’ was only tape traded without any cover or anything else with just a few people that we knew or were in contact with.”

‘Alone in the Mist’ will see a first-ever release on December 9 on CD (limited to 1,000 copies) and limited double LP (with D-side etching, limited to 666 copies). Each format limited to a single pressing, and pre-orders are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Dani Filth, frontman of black metal band Cradle of Filth appeared in the movie Cradle of Fear as "The Man," a deranged psychopath taking revenge on his father's persecutors. The rest of the band has small cameo roles.

First new Racetraitor song since 1999 is timely and intense

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 9:43 AM (PST)


Chicago punks Raicetraitor are back to tackle the horrible state of current events right now and lack of focus in anarchic discourse. Heck, just the other day a prominent indie venue I know hosting an anti gun violence rally got a threatening flier sent calling them ‘race traitors’ and ‘socialist pos’ and included other slurs against homosexuals, so the irony of the band Racetraitor bouncing their name back in the face against fascist or alt right  scum still packs a punch.

The band’s first show in nearly twenty years is set for the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, October 22nd, 2016, where fellow nineties hardcore veterans, Detroit-based Earthmover, will join RACETRAITOR at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago.

A brand new track “By The Time I Get To Pennsylvania” will see release online and on a flexi disc via Organized Crime Records, together with a new recording of an early demo, “Damaged.”

“We had discussed playing a show or doing something else over the years, but nostalgia was never all that motivating, so the idea died,” explains drummer Andy Hurley. “But with everything happening in the past couple of years, from the way things heated up in Ferguson, Missouri, to the rise in xenophobia and bigotry reflected by the popularity of Donald Trump, making new music with RACETRAITOR felt important again.”


“We needed to respond to this moment in history in our own way.”


Metallica’s “Moth Into Flame” is a flat out ruler

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 1:25 PM (PST)


The second single from the hella anticipated Hardwired… To Self Destruct arrives!  THIS is what I’m talking about. Metallica sound really into this song, James sounds great on that chorus vocally and the melody sticks with you, plus can we talk Kirk?!!! Dude owns this track with serious Black Album sounding leads and killer little lines (especially that delicious shit in the pre chorus!) and it is great. Robert feels fully integrated beyond a shadow of a doubt and well, personally I always like longer Metallica songs so this doesn’t bother me. The extra riffs just mean more time for thrashing. This shit tired me out this morning when I raged to it a little bit whilst super over-caffeinated.

Great job, boys.

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Sarabeth Eve Linden has such a bad ass voice that she could literally sing probably anything. Like, if she lent her pipes to the 1970′s “Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper Too?” Dr. Pepper song, it would peel your cap off. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen for awhile now about this lady and her band of rowdy, riff happy time machine studs TOWER (ie:Philippe Arman: BASS, James Danzo: GUITAR, Zak Penley: GUITAR and Justin Sherrell: DRUMS) . They rage and vibe like some gang from an alternate Universe where rock never got watered down and no mistakes of the last thirty plus years were ever made, but they also have modern punch and bite to their material. Every song I have heard them put out has a ton of soul and even when, as on new single “Party (Ready To Roll)”, Sarabeth sings basically just about partying…she SELLS that shit with fire that would make Andrew WK feel like he was slackin’ on spreading the good time gospel.

I’ve felt for awhile now that these cool (but not in a dorky hipster way) kids are the best band in NYC right now and it is fucking awesome they inked a supportive deal with The End Records, the respected NYC label that is having a stellar year with some killer releases like Tournament and Daniel Lioneye’s newest. Tower were so overdue for a full length though that it may actually balance the force in a way Anakin Skywalker never quite managed now that it is imminent (due Oct. 28!). The group feel like they are really about teamwork or the “group” vibe that made, say, The New York Dolls , Ramones or Kiss or other classic groups so appealing in their definitive years, despite having a vocalist who obviously can command attention (and that is not just an exploitative comment on her looks and fashion sense, seriously. I put their demo on a year end list alongside fucking Kendrick Lamar a year or so back based on the strength of Sarabeth’s psychotically awesome voice and how hard the band committed to backing that shit with powerful riffage, and that was one of their EARLIER songs).

This band is only getting better, which is kinda scary. If it was an era where people properly worshipped rock n roll like they oughta, people would be making pilgrimages just to bring this band 12 packs of beer and get autographs. Hopefully that happens anyway. Buy the record HERE.

Read my chat with Sarabeth below and have a wonderful weekend, pirates.

Graveyard calls it quits…for now?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:38 AM (PST)


Graveyard are one of the most gushed about rock bands of the underground in the last decade, so it was a real drag to read their slightly vague “hiatus” or “break up” statement today. I would much rather read about ear plug metalcore bands who barely released three lyric videos breaking up than fuckin’ Graveyard.

Dark clouds above the graveyard today.

Due to the all so classic reason “differences within the band” the Graveyard is as of today officially closed. This is the unfortunate final decision we’ve had to make after going through a period of struggling n juggling with personal issues. Things have gone out of hand and now our energy is very low. As a direct result of this we’re sorry to say that all scheduled touring is cancelled.

Graveyard have always been more about the music than the talking and that approach is the way we intend to deal with this situation also. What we can say is that we don’t know if and when the Graveyard will re-open and return in full force.

Stay tuned, stay awesome & No endless night in sight.


Joakim, Axel, Truls, Jonatan

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Marissa Nadler releases anticipated “Bury Your Name”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8:22 AM (PST)


Most people become rather bewitched by Marissa Nadler‘s voice after hearing her dark folk sounds. She def has crossover appeal with the metal world, touring with Ghost, covered Danzig and Sabbath and collaborating with Wrekmeister Harmonies. Bury Your Name is a treat, out today, that is material paired with her recent acclaimed Strangers album. Anyway, we think she is a total ruler and this is your suggested purchase of the day. “The Best You’ve Ever Had” deserves a lonely video of some sort, but my favorite track is the haunting “Give Me Your Gun”, where Nadler sounds like a widow channeling Mazzy Star somewhere on the pained  edges of a lucid dream.



I feel a little lighter and more relieved. Less concerned. Now
I can kind of have a drink and a smoke and get on with it, y’know? – Brant Bjork

Brant Bjork is a Southern Cali avatar of sorts, a sort of living symbol of the rock n
roll spirit. As the founder of Kyuss and through his own solo career and the sadly
short tenured Vista Chino, Bjork has always helped capture the attention of fans
wanting something more earthy and real in their music.

His latest venture Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band have returned in force
this year with second record Tao Of The Devil (Napalm Records).

You can hear Brant’s influence in so many bands these days. It was awesome to finally interview one of the cornerstone personalities of the scene and remember not to take for granted the hard work and vision of one of the founders. Plus there was a great new record to discuss!

Read the chat BELOW.


Unendlich sign with HPGD

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:59 AM (PST)


If you ever played Ravenloft you learned that a Lich was like the most evil fuckin’ thing you could come across. To this day I still get slightly scared if I hear the word. Anyway, Unendlich have signed with Horror Pain Gore Death and we are stoked over here. The first song “Way Of All Flesh” (nothing to do with mighty Gojira) is gnarly. Unendlich are from Baltimore and display a charred, open mawed death gape awareness of various extreme metal sub-genres (particularly of the black metal variety). Scales Of Existence is due Oct. 28th, just in time for spooky time.

Pre-order HERE.

Neurosis stream “Fires Within Fires” with Noisey

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:39 AM (PST)


2016 has been an exemplary year for metal with vets from Anthrax to even Metallica rocking strong new material to upcomers like Slaves BC to Mantar to Electric Citizen kicking ass as well with solid outings. Perhaps no release has been more anticipated than the new Neurosis outing, as is usually the case whenever the revered icons of the true underground get the tape rolling.

I found the new one to be not as heavy as the obstinate masterpiece Given To The Rising nor as full of mind bending entropy as Honor Found In Decay. Fires Within Fires is top notch but finds the group leaner and very focused, as close to their live sound in recent years as I have perhaps heard them capture yet. From the overlapping vocals on the stomping but almost punk infused weirdness of “Fire Is The End Lesson” to the sprawling 10:37 trip out of “Reach”, there is something here for fans of most sides of the band.

We are still so lucky to have these guys in the ranks of rock n roll, always pushing and elevating critical thinking and artistry over sheer brawn or moronic posturing. Here is the stream of the new record at NOISEY.

NEUROSIS‘ Fires Within Fires will see worldwide release on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms this Friday, September 23rd; see the wide array of preorder bundles and options RIGHT HERE.

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Product of Hate release “… As Your Kingdom Falls” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM (PST)


Wisconsin metallers Product of Hate have released a music video for their song “… As Your Kingdom Falls”.

About the video, front man Adam Gilley comments:

“We decided to put together a live video using footage shot during our spring tour with Mushroomhead. Set to a fan-favorite track from our debut album, this video gives viewers an idea of the energy that we bring to the stage each and every night, especially for those who have never seen us live. Product of Hate is a band that is all about the live concert performance. It’s very important to us to make sure that we are giving the fans what they deserve – a killer show, whether we’re playing in front of 50 people or 5,000.”

Product of Hate will be heading out on the road with Hammer Fight on September 28.

Check out the “… As Your Kingdom Falls” video and Product of Hate tour dates here.

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Charred Walls of the Damned streaming ‘Creatures Watching Over the Dead’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:12 PM (PST)


Heavy metallers Charred Walls of the Damned are streaming their newest album Creatures Watching Over the Dead over at

This will be the band’s third album and will be released on September 23 via Metal Blade Records.

Head over to to stream the new album.

Check out the drum demonstration for “My Eyes” as well as the Creatures Watching Over the Dead track list here.

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Misconducters release lyric video for new track

Posted by Den on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 2:56 PM (PST)

Power trio Misconducters has released a lyric video of “Invasion”, taken from the just released 4th album Circadian (MS Metal).


Watch the rumbling clip BELOW.




Cattle Decapitation to kick off tour with Brujeria, Eternal Sleep, Piñata Protest

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 2:49 PM (PST)


Tomorrow, San Diego deathgrind unit CATTLE DECAPITATION will head back out on the road for a nine-date North American headlining tour before joining Brujeria for a trek across the US in October. The entire stretch will run from September 22nd through October 21st and includes support from Eternal Sleep and Piñata Protest on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.

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From the new album art, which turns me on with murderous vampiric potency and makes me want to destroy Alt-Right wanksters worried about their masculinity, to the new barrage of psychotic sounds that Anaal Nathrakh continue to claim as “music”…well, this is the best, raddest shit. I know that is scarcely a sentence but I just had this super sweet pink champagne to celebrate a dear friend’s last day after 12 years as a psych-nurse at a high risk facility and this band consistently makes music that sounds like the inner workings of her former patient’s minds scrambling to find purchase. It is both elating for fans of industrial and black metal freedom and depressing because the world is so dark that this band serves as a viable mirror to a twisted reality, but regardless of all that the new Anaa; Nathrakh is again singularly ass kicking, stunning and fucknuts in one fell swoop (as usual).

Dudes are up there with Scott Walker and Neubauten for least pandering music ever.

Invisible Oranges has the new track HERE.

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Album Review: Meat Loaf – “Braver Than We Are”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:09 PM (PST)


Has it really been since 2012 since Meat Loaf last released a studio album? Hell in a Handbasket was released in March 2012 in the United States and I saw Meat Loaf for the first time in fall of 2012.

I spent most of 2012 and 2013 spinning Hang Cool Teddy Bear. At the time it was my favorite Meat Loaf album since the Christmas that I got Bat Out of Hell III and spun the track off of that CD.

When I heard that Meat Loaf was going to be working on what eventually became Braver Than We Are and when I found out that it was going to be mostly Jim Steinman songs I of course couldn’t help but to be excited. I’m excited every time that I hear that Meat Loaf is going to be working on new music. I’ve been a Meat Loaf fan since I was very young, probably in elementary or middle school. I’ve gone through his entire discography, discovering new parts of his music that I didn’t know from my parent’s lacking collection of Bat Out of Hell. Bat Out of Hell III and Hang Cool Teddy Bear are the albums I grew up to, they are the Meat Loaf albums of my generations, even if they weren’t written for me and even if no one else my age listens to them, they mean the world to me.

And so I’ve waited for Braver Than We Are, reading all of the news updates that I could get about it and when it became available for pre-order, I ordered it just as quickly as I could afford to.

Now the album is finally here, released on September 16, almost ten years to the day from when Bat Out of Hell III came out.

On the back cover of the CD case, under the track list is a line; a warning, a selling point, a declaration – take it for what you will. It reads: This Record Is Explicit and Politically Incorrect.

Without any further ado, here is my review of Braver Than We Are.