AC/DC’s ‘High Voltage’ Turns 40!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM (PST)

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High Voltage celebrates the 40th anniversary of its international release on April 30.

These past few years have been rough on the boys in AC/DC – and I know I don’t have to fill you in with all of the details.

All I have to say is as I listen to High Voltage I know that there’s nothing particularly rosey about AC/DC – and there never was.

Check out my full retrospective on this massive album here.

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The skull icon used by both Danzig and Samhain was taken from the cover of the Marvel comic The Saga of Crystar issue No. 8


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Gravenous Hour is the second full-length effort from Moscow-based death metal assault, KATALEPSY. Set for release on May 27th through Unique Leader, Gravenous Hour was captured at Cosmos Studios by Arkady Navaho (T.H.R.O.N., Obstetrical Palsy) with artwork by W. Smerdulak (Semargl, Blackthorn, Distant Sun et al).

 

In advance of its release today No Clean Singing unshackles the first single from the record in the form of a lyric video for “Critical Black Mass,” the popular web portal issuing of the tune: “I’m having fun imagining the mosh pits that are going to erupt when KATALEPSY reach the 0:45 mark of this song at their live shows. I don’t expect the mayhem to stop until the song is over either (if then). Actually, it’s probably going to start from the first seconds of this militaristic assault. The pile-driving riffs, seething guitar leads, and ravenous growls in ‘Critical Black Mass’ are merciless manifestations of blood-lusting brutality, and the jet-fueled drum fusillades epitomize the sensation of high-caliber weapons on full auto. But in an age when blazing fast, technically impressive death metal is detonating just about everywhere you look, what really sets the song apart are the two guitar solos that erupt in the track’s back half. They’re not just blindingly fast and incinerating, they’re utterly deranged and alien. They take a song that’s already rocketing into orbit and propel it way beyond the gravity well.”

 

Witness “Critical Black Mass” at THIS LOCATION.

 

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Great news! 3 years no booze today. Seems like good day (haha) to finally re-release my 00’s Kingston, NY band Antidote 8‘s TRUE FORM record plus 2 NEW SONGS “Tower of London” and “Just Try”. Thanks to Dave Daw and Robert Kelly for shooting me the tracks!

RIYL Tool, Van Halen, Clutch, Iron Maiden, Chevelle, etc.

Rebecca Vernon of SubRosa guests on “Settle Down” (she cut the vocals around the same time she was doing No Help For The Mighty Ones, more or less).
Drums on “Just Try” and “Tower Of London” by Jordan Childs.
Lead vox on “Just Try” by Adrienne Nixon (I love how tight we were getting at harmonizing towards end of the project).

Hopefully some of you will enjoy these tunes and the truly insane guitar solos of Eric Nixon. We had some good times along the way, including shows with Thou, Dio Disciples, Black Tusk, Steve Brown of Trixter, Painmask and Joey Eppard of 3.

Original EP tracks engineered by Jay Andersen at Darkworld Studios.

https://antidote8music.bandcamp.com/album/true-form

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Mother Feather shorthand themselves as ‘pop cock rock’ but that is a far too
insufficient capsule to contain their glam infused explosive energy within.
The Brooklyn based band are theatrical, melodic and hard hitting with an edge
not often seen these days, brimming with enough possessed pizazz to get them
inked to Metal Blade despite being a far cry from the rest of the current
roster like Abornamilty, Sourvein and Criminal.

Listening to their forthcoming full length (order HERE right nowwwww!!!) , arguably the most rock n roll
record that streets in May, you can’t help but feel like the East Coast is
finding a pulse again. It’s been awhile, maybe since The Star Spangles caught
my ear, that I have heard a band who can embody gutter garage meets arena
worthy punch within the same skin so well. Anybody sick of the pretensions of
all the micro blogged sub genres out there today who just wants to get fuckin’
rocked and maybe vanish for awhile in a golden cloud of sweaty club rock with
attitude should eat this shit up fast.

Restaurant personality Chris Santos was impressed with the band and was tweeting about them, bringing them eventually to the attention of Metal Blade owner and rock and metal tastemaker Brian Slagel.

“He kind of pointed Brian in our direction and Brian checked it out and was excited,” says vocalist Ann Courtney. “Our Twitter feed was blowing up with metal guys. We are definitely on one end of the spectrum of the label, which is cool. I think a lot of metal heads think Brian is being subversive or something, but really I think it is just that he is a sincere music fan! He’s said we remind him of the 70’s stuff like KISS and Thin Lizzy that he grew up with.”

It’s pathetic we live in a time where we have to have a show like Vinyl
(admittedly a good program, no slight against it) to remind assholes that rock
n roll even exists. Mother Feather are the real thing, though. Ann Courtney,
Elizabeth Carena, Matt Basile, Chris Foley and Gunnar Olsen are hopefully as
commited as they sound to the cause, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts and
while we have them because this is lightning in a fuckin’ bottle, after all.

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We know, we know…fuck us…we missed record store day. For us tired and bleached of
life force music fans, journalists and metal soldiers, every day is basically
record store day (just without any discounts and you have to hunt for special
releases).

We hereby make up to you (oh, sisters and brothers of metal) our momentary
guard post nap by providing you with some everyday metal nourishment/fuel/streams and pre-orders we are stoked on. Enjoy this soul food for thought for the coming weeks.

In no particular order, we present ten little Impish delights for your
bleeding ears and imagination’s kindling.

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‘Yeah, records on vinyl are a big thing here. Frankly, I prefer it the way it was, as an outsider thing with record fairs, hole in the wall record stores and seedy second hand shops crammed with used porno mags and Bonnie Tyler maxi singles. No, wait, maybe I don’t.’ – Benediktator

If you want to have your day or night irrevocably changed, like entering into a magical and demented forest from which you might not return for a hundred years, look no further than the third release from Norway’s saturnine prog force Tusmørke. Fort Bak Lyset is the album in question, a veritable circus of odd riffs, vertiginous chanting, danceable merry making and impishness on a profound scale. Svart Records is lucky to be releasing this insanity on the masses, dangling a truly adventurous musical carrot out there for the brave souls willing to follow the super weird music into the laughing forest.

Enlightened psychedelic progenitors Benediktator, Krizla and the phenomenon Marxo Solinas speak to us today from a realm of imagination so that we might glimpse a slight understanding of the inner workings of this peculiar and splendid group’s latest.

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Metal Church storm The Chance 4/8/16

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 6:35 AM (PST)

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I’m not going to go too crazy with a long ass back story here like I normally would. You guys know why you’re here reading this post! The fact that Metal Riot hasn’t asked me to stop writing about my love for METAL CHURCH yet is nothing short of a miracle, which I believe we should be expecting miracles when the METAL CHURCH is involved. If you want the backstory, you can check back with my review of the phenomenal new album, XI. (editor’s note: We love Metal Church and encourage Drew in his allegiance, though we agree that it is a miracle…that Aberdeen produced both Metal Church AND Kurt Cobain).

This posting will be a tale of a dashing young metalhead (Me), a slew of kick-ass bands, and the return of one of metal’s greatest voices.

More below.

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My Epic “Memoir” music and ‘Viscera’ tour news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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“Memoir” is the second single from My Epic’s upcoming release “Viscera”, out on May 6. Don’t forget to pre-order with limited vinyl and apparel options in our online store.  Or pre-order on iTunes.

My Epic will be touring in support of “Viscera” from April 29 – May 21.  Click here to check out all of the tour dates.

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“We started off as a government experiment gone right for once. Designed by
naval science officers aboard the “USS who gives a shit” ~Montana (vox/guitar)

Gossip Girl, Megan Fox, Taylor Lautner, Sugar Ray, Jar Jar Binks. What do they
have in common? I’m pretty sure they all were on the cover of Rolling Stone in America before
the fucking Ramones ! Chew on that awhile, lovers of rock n roll.

Maybe it is because, like NYC’s Tournament, the Ramones were a band who arguably make rock critics less of a necessity. Just press play/drop a needle and the music packs so much punch that it tells your body and brain most of what it needs to know. It speaks for itself.

I nerd out a lot, and today at the dentist’s office waiting room I was reading Terry Goodkind’s Phantom. There is a part where the characters are discussing the magical Sword of Truth and someone says ,“It is not the weapon that matters so much as the man who wields the weapon.”

This is also very true of the guitar (with a disclaimer that it doesn’t just have to be a “man”). Proof can be witnessed when Tournament play The Acheron with Ex-Cult on May 28th.

Tournament take Brooklyn radittude to new heights and decimate mere hipster bands with antics, alcohol consumption and fiery live shows that have garnered them a reputation as great rockers and solid songwriters. Along with bands like PMS and the Mood Swings, Tower, Mother Feather and The Compulsions, Tournament prove the Big Apple can still be a place where rock n roll can’t be killed. We support this message and recommend you check out the following interview with Montana (vox/guitar) and Jordan (drums) from the group as well as purchase their The End Records debut Teenage Creature post haste.

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Celestial Ruin premiere “Sense of Exile”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:10 PM (PST)

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Vancouver symphonic rockers Celestial Ruin have released their latest song “Sense of Exile”.

“Sense of Exile” comes off the bands upcoming EP Pandora coming out May 20.

Check out “Sense of Exile” and Celestial Ruin tour dates here.

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Six Feet Under stream “Invader” (Judas Priest cover)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:12 PM (PST)

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Florida Death metallers Six Feet Under are preparing to release their fourth installment in their series of cover albums Graveyard Classics.

This album will be called Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest and will feature covers of, you guest it, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs.

Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest will be released on May 27 via Metal Blade Records.

Stream “Invader”, check out the tracklist for Graveyard Classics: The Number of the Priest and Six Feet Under tour dates here.

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Eternal Sleep release “Red Herring”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:57 PM (PST)

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Pittsburgh hardcore punks Eternal Sleep have released their newest song “Red Herring”.

“Red Herring” comes off of the upcoming album The Emptiness Of… which will be released on May 20 via Closed Casket Activities.

Check out “Red Herring” here.

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The Zenith Passage streaming ‘Solipsist’ now

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:26 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles tech-death metallers The Zenith Passage are now streaming their forthcoming album Solipsist.

Solipsist comes out on April 15 via Unique Leader Records.

In support of the album The Zenith Passage are playing a few shows in California and Arizona later this month.

Check out Solipsist and The Zenith Passage tour dates here.

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Omophagia streaming full-length ‘In The Name of Chaos’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM (PST)

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Swiss death metallers Omophagia are streaming their upcoming full-length In The Name of Chaos.

In The Name of Chaos will be released on April 15 via Unique Leader Records.

In support of In The Name of Chaos Omophagia will be touring Europe with Morgoth, Incantation, DarkRise.

Check out In The Name of Chaos and Omophagia tour dates here.

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Black Royal release “Demonspawn”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:50 AM (PST)

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Finnish metallers Black Royal have released a music video for their song “Demonspawn”.

Black Royal will release their newest EP The Summoning Pt. 2 on May 18 via Armless Stranger.

Watch the music video for “Demonspawn” here.

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