Interview: Mother Harlot

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:51 PM (PST)

“New Yorkers are a notoriously resilient bunch, so it’s no surprise that the metal scene remains strong as ever, even thriving under the pressure of a changing city. I can’t give enough credit to venues like Saint Vitus and Lucky 13 Saloon, which give developing artists an avenue to grow and show this city what they’re made of.” – Sonia

Imagine if the occult side of Sabbath and the meatier side of Iommi riffs met up with Lacuna Coil harmonies and modern heavier metal production flourish. Check out Brooklyn, NY’s Mother Harlot’s recent self-titled EP. Hear what I am sayin’? The band have bite and style as well as a tendency to converse with several sub genres at once in a cool way.

Vocalist Sonia Goldberg stops by to fill us in on the band’s latest happenings and other matters.

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Using props and disguised in costumes Death Piggy, a punk band from Virginia, began opening for themselves as "Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh", a fictional barbaric band from Antarctica who played nonsense songs while sacrificing fake animals. After band members noticed that more people were coming to see the opening act, Death Piggy was phased out and "Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh" was shortened to "Gwar."

Chaostar stream anticipated opus “The Undivided Light”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:47 PM (PST)

CHAOSTAR are streaming their stunning new album, ‘The Undivided Light’. On the new album, Athen’s CHAOSTAR deconstruct classic orchestration, traditional instrumentation, electronica, rock, Byzantine music and more into something truly fresh and exciting. Led by SEPTICFLESH guitarist and composer Christos Antoniou, and featuring the striking voice of Androniki Skoula, CHAOSTAR reshape time-honored musical convention into gorgeous compositions that are peerless. ‘The Undivided Light’ is a deeply dramatic and dynamic album of worldly music that is both rich and timeless. The ‘Undivided Light’ is streaming here now.

Regarding the new album, CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki Skoula comments: “The human being as an individual and as a master of his own destiny appears again as the central core around which our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’ revolves. We have always been attracted to the investigation of the womb in which our secretive and most tiring battles take place. There is no blood there, no human casualties, no weapons, but only arsenals of strength and belief, waiting for us to prove that we deserve the feasts that life has provided us unconditionally. Silent soldiers confronting their lethal decisions, an ancient conspiracy in the subconscious, memories, and intentions merging into a crystal magic ball, a two-sided coin. Life and death, this price has to be paid. The light that leads cannot be divided, its flame sprung from the opened doors of knowledge and wandered in silent yards, confronting the eternal circle of yin and yang. Its flame asks from each of us to be remembered. Its flames demand to be protected and kept alive, either to light the way or to burn down. ‘The Undivided Light’ is an album that does not just ‘comment’ on someone’s ability to defend certain values, but it is mostly a statement of the band’s contributors that outlines the secretive ‘liaison’ between memory and conscience. The extent of conscience in our actions defends the real value of any kind of memory that we inherit towards others and also towards ourselves. In the end, the level of self-redemption does not only relate to our actions, but mostly to the pretext into which we include them. Remembrance has become a struggle, it is not an easy medal to gain, an undivided flame that burns on the soil of our soul. May we be remembered.”

‘The Undivided Light’ will be released this week worldwide on March 23rd. Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. 

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The Atlas Moth to tour with Mustard Gas & Roses

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5:25 PM (PST)

What can we say that hasn’t been said already about Chicago’s harshly imaginative noise makers THE ATLAS MOTH?

It is no secret we love the bastards and that you may have indeed seen their faces on various FBI Most Wanted lists around the country…but in reality they have just been plotting their latest rock n’ roll itinerary, not some bank heist.

The Atlas Moth have new tour dates announced with special guests Mustard Gas & Roses and will also share select dates with the natural born killers in He Whose Ox Is Gored. Fans can also expect special performance in Los Angeles at Resident DTLA with Of Feather & Bone on June 5th. Any of these shows is likely to be awesome as all the artists completely slay.

Released February 9, 2018 via Prosthetic Records, The Atlas Moth’s latest opus Coma Noir entered the Billboard charts at the following impressive positions and continues to draw praise from media and fans alike.

#24 Current Hard Music Albums
#24 Top New Artist Albums
#121 Top New Artist Albums Consumption

Produced by Sanford Parker (Eyehategod, Voivod), Coma Noir is perhaps both the bands most accessible and yet grim record yet. The band remain in a category all their own straddling extreme metal, psychedelic revelation and alternative rock’s barren corpse.

Tour dates below.

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Nocturnal Graves stream “Silence The Martyrs”

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Titan from Nocturnal Graves is sure to be a powerful and unique work (despite having the same name as a recent pretty unfuckwithable Septicflesh record). It’s cool, there was more than one titan trying to conquer humanity in ancient myth.

The satanic death metal ragers have delivered a fearsome onslaught on “Silence The Martyrs”. I am into the rollercoaster heavy speed attack but am especially into the 1:48 mark where things get more atmospheric yet even more bleakly heavy for a minute. The band sound tight as heck on this record thus far.

Titan will be released May 18th across CD and LP formats including a deluxe LP with silkscreen print at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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Neurosis, Converge, Amen Ra West Coast Summer Madness

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:01 PM (PST)

Neurosis, Converge and Amen Ra return as a touring package to devastate the West Coast!

Nearly one year after touring Eastern North America with Converge and Amenra, NEUROSIS will now bring this show to fans on the other end of the continent. The new tour will begin on July 6th in Seattle, running through Vancouver, Portland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, Lawrence, Dallas, ending in Austin on July 21st.

Converge are arguably supporting one of their best records in awhile, Amen Ra are always brilliant and deserving of more attention and Neurosis are, well…Neurosis.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 23rd at 10am local time. See all new dates and links below.

Released in September 2016, NEUROSIS’ acclaimed eleventh studio LP Fires Within Fires is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms through the band’s own Neurot Recordings; stream the album HERE and see all bundles and options HERE.

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RIP to Killjoy from Necrophagia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:35 PM (PST)

Killjoy from death metallers Necrophagia has passed. Andrew Edmunds at Last Rites wrote a nice tribute HERE.

Frank “Killjoy” Pucci was a little shy of fifty years old.

Necrophagia were one of the most old school death metal bands of note. In recent years they release WhiteWorm Cathedral and toured with Venom Inc., among other events of note. Anyone who has heard “Reborn through Black Mass” knows they went out with a powerful , crushing and very dark release.

The band formed in 1993 and was the main project for Killjoy, a benchmark act in the underground who used scary themes to concoct their dark death metal potions.

“Ancient Slumber” remains so fucking insane.


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Wayfarer announce new album details

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 2:09 PM (PST)

Denver black metal act WAYFARER has issued the cover art, track listing, and other details of their impending third LP, World’s Blood, nearing May release through Profound Lore Records. The band also announces new spring tour dates with the likes of Primitive Man, Krallice, Forn, and more.

A reflection of the Rocky Mountains and high plains of their native Colorado, WAYFARER tells a story that is uniquely American. Drawing influence as much from the dusty, dark Americana of the “Denver sound” and the scores of epic Westerns as they do the fury and melody of black metal, WAYFARER brings something original to the table with a sound that is at once aggressive and honest. Their third album World’s Blood paints a hallucinatory picture of the Western frontier, and the haunting presence of the blood in the soils from a culture lost to time.

WAYFARER recorded World’s Blood in the winter of early 2018 at The Thousand Caves in New York under the watchful production of Colin Marston. The cover displays an antique photograph by Edward S. Curtis taken in Montana in 1908.

Profound Lore will release World’s Blood on May 25th; audio samples, preorders, and more will be released in the weeks ahead.

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Candiria announces Beyond Twenty Tour 2018

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:20 PM (PST)

Metal alchemists Candiria will be hitting the road for a spate of headline dates commemorating 20-plus years of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Beyond Reasonable Doubt.

The tour kicks off on April 20 in Long Island and will feature support from Clericon most dates. The trek will take the band through the Northeast and the Midwest. It also includes an appearance at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. The band will also play two shows supporting Killswitch Engage. Additional dates will be added and all confirmed dates are below.

The band has crafted a special set list for the tour to celebrate the definitive Beyond Reasonable Doubt album. At the shows, Candiria will also be selling a special “Collector’s Edition” of Beyond Reasonable Doubt. This version is packed with memorabilia and imagery from the period in which the band was writing, recording, and supporting the album. It also boasts newly revised artwork, audio taken from the original 1997 masters, and a forward by original drummer Ken Schalk. It is a piece that diehard Candiria fans will certainly want for their musical libraries.

Additionally, vocalist Carley Coma has also launched a series of videos for the band’s latest album While They Were Sleeping. The series dives deep into the story behind the album’s concept. New videos for each track are revealed in sequence each week. The latest clip, for the eighth track on the album “The Whole World Will Burn,” can be seen here.


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Shadow Woods is back from the brink! After the original Maryland based property was sold, things looked bleak. Somehow the organizers pulled things back together and this looks to be the best year yet!

Shadow Woods is the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering and runs from Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22th in Purcellville, VA at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC).

For the fourth year, the festival will host over 40 of the underground’s leading bands, representing many genres and subgenres of heavy metal, folk, rock, experimental, and noise. “It was pretty clear from the positive feedback I received after the 2017 fest that festival goers did not want to see Shadow Woods end, even though our property in Maryland had been sold,” said Mary Spiro, fest founder. So without a venue or a confirmed lineup, I started quietly raising the funds to do a new fest via the contributions of past attendees. In January 2018, I was able to find an fantastic site to host the fest that was even better than what we had before. The lineup came together very quickly and I am extremely proud and excited to present these past favorites and new discoveries.” 

Imperial Trumphant, Cloak, Rozamov, Tombs, Xasthur, Destroyer Of Light, Hubris, Heavy Temple, Uada, Forest Of Legend and many more will play the festival over three days in September of 2018!



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Scientist killing it live (photo by Josh Dagenais)

Lara Noel McGlynn is the head organizer of Chicago Doomed And Stoned Festival, one of the funnest smaller underground niche extreme musical festivals of the year. We highly recommend you make the trip to Reggie’s in Chicago from June 1st-3rd. From some of the best bands in Chicago to like minded souls from around the country, this festival has a killer grouping of acts from Brume to Whores to The Skull to Scientist to Inter Arma and on and on.

It seems like only yesterday that Lara and I were completely shitfaced watching NIN, Soundgarden and Dillinger but now Dillinger is gone, Chris Cornell is dead and in hindsight I was so drunk I wish I remembered a lot more of that show! Anyway, Lara moved away from my area and has been kicking major ass in the metal scene supporting bands and so it was great to catch up with her and find out what is gonna make this festival super special and lit!

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Black Tusk sign to Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM (PST)

Season Of Mist has backed some bands I deeply love (Alkaloid, Kylesa, Archspire) and others that have proven to be problematic (The Casualties, Shining, Destroyer 666 especially). But I like the people at the label and very much love the good bands they sign, so it makes me stoked to see a very worthy band like Black Tusk get a wider platform through a big label like this.

Yes, that is correct.

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of the Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK. The band will release a new album via Season of Mist worldwide.

Regarding the signing, BLACK TUSK (Andrew Fidler (Guitars, Vocals) James May (Drums, Vocals), Corey Barhorst (Bass, Vocals)) comment: “After more than a decade of pushing through as a band, we have opened a new chapter and are ready and excited for everyone to hear it.”

BLACK TUSK are currently holed up at the Garage Savannah recording their forthcoming new album, the first to feature Barhorst on bass and vocals. The as-yet-untitled album will be produced by the band in conjunction with Aphelion, mixed by engineer and long-time collaborator Chris “Scary” Adams, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (YOB, MUTOID MAN, STRANGER THINGS, SLEEP, CODE ORANGE).

Corey is a very cool dude. I met him briefly once when he was in Kylesa. Can’t think of a better person to keep the band’s legacy going and he certainly has held it down with them filling Athon’s big shoes live. Here is hoping the band have many more years of growth and popularity. They are truly one of the best groups out there in the heavy scene. Hails.

Mar. 31 Atlanta, GA @ Hammerhead Fest
Apr. 13 Columbia, SC @ Indie Grits Festival
May 12 Savannah, GA @ Sulfur Studios

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Wormed drummer G-Calero passes away at age of 27

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:16 PM (PST)

Sad news today as we learn that Wormed‘s technical percussive marvel G-Calero, real name Guillermo Calero, has passed away at the age of just 27. Truly sad and Calero was so talented. Our condolences to the band, friends and family of the departed.

Wormed are by far one of the more interesting technical extreme death bands. We highly recommend you check out their recent Krighsu effort. It is more than worth your time and money.

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Band Spotlight: Harvey & Wolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:35 AM (PST)

Rockabilly hero Danny B. Harvey paired with ex-Cycle Slut From Hell/She Wolves/Star & Dagger legit metal lifer Dava She Wolf? Sign us up!

If you crave a sleazy, whiskey soaked grit to your rock n’ roll (with more than a hint of bar brawl or floor crawl inducing Link Wray and Motörhead inspired antics), proceed directly to your pre-scheduled bangover courtesy of the new Fine Spirits EP.

Harvey has worked with rock and metal people before ranging from Lemmy to David Vincent, but this new EP of slinky, kinky and far from watered down boozy crawlers is infectious and downright reckless. Each song on the EP will crawl into your ear and possess you to slink and shake while being as heavy as C.O.C. but as wild as the West. The replay factor on this is huge.  Let’s hope Harvey & Wolf keep this going awhile, cuz it sounds fun for them but is really fun for us!

Check out our favorite track “The Prowl”! It packs a slow motion groovy wallop.


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After releasing their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, last year, Tombs is now heading back out on the road again in support of it, this time joining Bloodbath on select dates, before headlining a few shows with Barishi. See below for all upcoming dates!

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You just can’t mess with the apocalyptic blood soaked precise deathly potency of any given Skinless release. The savagery unfolds for sure on the title track for the new effort from the long running underground titans. Check it out below and be sure to pre order the new monster fucker of an album. It drops via Relapse in May! Major grooves and deadly heaviness. Loving the sluggish and full bass sound and the low ass riffs. Reminds me of some major Obituary meets Morbid vibes, with the scales tipped towards the Obituary side. This new song totally slaughters.

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