Venomous Concept want to handle all your hedge trimming needs.

Ok, so today we have a slew of bad ass or downright hysterical shit to share with you riff lovin’ pond scum out there. Let’s go!

Venomous Concept, the Poison Idea and grind-influenced brain bashin’ mosh worthy killer project (featuring members of Brutal Truth, Napalm Death and Corrupt Moral Altar) are gonna be touring with fuckin’ Brujeria! That is a one two punch and a lot of work for Shayne! Aggression and Sangre round out a great package.

 

Our pal Pope Richard at Blackened Death Records has unveiled Warbrother, a ridiculous Hulk Hogan themed War metal parody. The songs are kind of sung like Hogan would phrase them – without any off the cuff racist slurs, thankfully – and the music kicks ass. I am way more interested in this release than Chris Hemsworth cosplaying as the Hulkster. In a post Gawker environment where Hogan was happy to buddy up with the gross Peter Thiel, ugh…barf up some Budweiser, brother, but I aint watchin’ your pending biopic. I always like Junk Yard Dog and The Ultimate Warrior better anyway, but this record kicks fuckin’ ass and will certainly upset edgelords.

Get tickets HERE for tickets to the big newly announced KORN/AIC tour. That is ALICE IN CHAINS, not AOC/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I feel like AOC would actually kick ass fronting Korn or Alice. We already know she can dance ! But I think there is that one Korn tune about Obama being an illuminati puppet or something, right? Anyone remember that? I don’t know how she would feel about that number.

Anyway, H09909 being on this is pretty awesome. They are going to make a huge dent more and more if they keep landing killer opportunities like this. I have always thought Underoath was one of the most overrated bands of all time in the scene by far, and I still haven’t heard Fever333 but this is going to be a big ticket worth knowing about.

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Prior to Nevermore, Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard and Jeff Loomis were in the short-lived thrash/power metal band Sanctuary, which made two albums before they split up in 1991.


Burn Baby: Adzes, Vowws, Lord Dying, L7 and Joan Jett news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:19 PM (PST)
    L7 will scatter the rats with effortless glances and …RIFFS.

Sometimes I feel like the metal and punk scene has their psychic periods synchronized in that it seems like my inbox will have several days of fairly cool news and yadda yadda and then suddenly EVERYONE dumps press releases for a ton of cool stuff all at once. It happens every week where one or two days are monster compared to others. It is hard enough keeping up on one pop star at a time these days, haha. The tea is always spilling and the party continues. Add multiple genres in there entirely unrelated to the mainstream and throw in a lot of underground constant happenings as well as keeping up with the shitstorm of American politics and a zillion daily more mundane tasks and you have a semblance of the tornado in my head, lol.

Anyway, today I have waded through the cluttered moat of press releases or things I found myself through web crawlin’ and have metaphorically slid under the falling portcullis to take over Castle awesomeness and command my faithful followers (no one) to blow horns and cry the news of the raddest musical happenings of the day from the parapets on high and out over the numb minded kingdom of internet buffoons who shall surely be enrichened by my curated selection of newsworthy rad rockin’ tunes. Ok, dork fest over.

Let’s kick out the jams! So the Redbait peeps, an awesome hardcore band I am a fan of, were posting yesterday for people to check out this anti-capitalist doom dirge band Adzes. Well it turns out the stuff is super awesome and inspiring material. Very well paced dynamics and the songs are very self-aware in a good way, knowing when to vary between melodic guitars that tug on emotions as you conceptualize the rug of people’s lives being ripped out from under them in harsh, cannibalistic financial rat-race. Climate//Capital is a must hear of trudgy, Godfleshy clangy bass, more Jesu-like semi-post rock passages paired with very introspective lyrics on society and powerful screams that feel rooted in the metal side of real class war punk. Really inspiring shit and well worth the listen. Plus, it came out early!

In case you missed it, head to REVOLVER to see my friend’s VOWWS dope new video for their “Structure Of Love” redux feat. Chino Moreno. His name sounds familiar? Hmmm. Just kidding. That’s the man right there! Check it out HERE. VOWWS always put great effort into their work and aesthetic touches, regardless if they are making a video or photo shoot for themselves or helping other artists. I’m super into the kind of David Lynchy upside down shot of Rizz with a “lost” highway juxtaposed underneath her and then the image morphs into a spider, rad shit. Woot woot! They stay innovating and at the top of their game, always moving forward. One of the freshest acts in the game, miles ahead of most shit right now. And so many good layers and hooks. Word.

Sludgers Lord Dying haven’t been heard from in a little bit. I was actually wondering about them the other day. Turns out a lot is on the docket for these dudes in 2019. Lord Dying are working with eOne and have a new album out  Mysterium Tremendum worldwide on April 26th. The music I have heard so far sounds like they are holding down their hard rockin’ roots but expanding into a little headier territory with a bit slicker production like has happened likewise to Baroness, Pallbearer etc. over time. It sounds dope though! That’s no shade. Just not a little slicker compared to how gnarlified the earlier records were.

LORD DYING’s Mysterium Tremendum will be released on CD, double LP, and digital formats. For preorder options go to smarturl.it/LordDyingMT

In the meantime, stream opening track “Envy The End” at  below.

Grunge queens and all around biggest bad asses L7 are working with Joan Jett’s record label! Fuck yeah! I am so stoked for this. One of the greatest bands to ever come out of the United States and deserving of all the praise we can muster.

I like how the newer L7 stuff has still rocked but also been a little catchier like Donita’s excellent solo albums which existed betwixt the band’s hiatus and reforming. “Burn Baby” will get in your ear all day and the new video is below! L7 still make you unsure if you’d rather jump in mud, pogo, bar fight or fall in punk rock love as it should be. The new album is called Scatter The Rats and there is no planet in any multiverse where it wont be one of the coolest albums of 2019, scene.

 

 

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Living Colour to play ‘VIVID’ 30th UK dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:28 PM (PST)

Man, after seeing some of the Cohen testimony today and wondering if just maybe the Government shouldn’t seem shadier than an episode of Ozark, it was nice to get the some feel good ‘aww yeah’ feels from iconic funky hard rockers Living Colour after spending most of the day feeling generally pretty darn bleak.  The brilliant act will be hitting the UK to wow crowds very soon! Still one of the all time greatest rock bands and tremendously good live, if you are anywhere near these dates you gotta go. Great support acts as well! Check the announcement below.

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5RAND

A variety of metal news for you today, cuz it’s the spice of life.

Phew, I was just driving around Woodstock, NY and it is a windy ass day. Tree limbs and actual full trees are down and old ass hippies just don’t know how to drive very well despite their generally all terrain vehicles. Glad to be back in my apartment a town away and decompressing to some rad tunes (though I did spend the morning drive with some Boris and Taylor Swift).

Anyway, let me tell you some cool shite!

Industrial melodic and at times thrashy metal band 5RAND have signed with Time To Kill Records. I wasn’t super familiar with the Italian band and they certainly have some cool groove metal arrangements. It would be interesting to hear the music with a little better production cuz they have some crunchy, fierce parts and everyone is very skilled. Vocalist Julia Elenoir has a powerful roaring voice and even better very well done, smooth/incredible cleans with character. I would definitely go see them live and am into their song “Point of pain” after checking it out.

No news yet on a release date but congrats on the band for singing to their new home. Looking forward to hearing more from them.

Today, WINDHAND unveil their new hypnotic video, “First To Die” directed by Philippe Grenade. “The inspiration for the video started with the lyrics, First you die, to be born,” Grenade explains. “I immediately saw the image of a woman suffocated by the crushing anxiety of a metropolis; drowning in the delirium and being forced through some sort of psychedelic death trip and coming out the other side with a new point of view. A psychic death and rebirth. The video expresses anxiety and transformation while honoring the beauty of Windhand’s music.”

Additionally, WINDHAND returns to Europe next week in support of their new album Eternal Return. The headline tour begins March 7 in Vienna, AT and ends March 24 in Leipzig, DE.

Raleigh, Nc based progressive deathcore group KROSIS have announced a new round of dates supporting their 2018 Unique Leader debut Solem Vatem (“Melting Point” is the jam, fyi). The tour, which runs from April 23 – 29, will cover parts of the East Coast and Midwest and sees the band performing at DEAD Fest and Toledo Deathfest.

Vocalist Mac Smith commented, “I am extremely excited to announce that KROSIS will be trekking across the East Coast and the Midwest from 4/23 – 4/29. This marks a new chapter for the band as this it is my first tour as vocalist. We will also be revealing details on a single that will be on the way very soon, so stay tuned for that! We in KROSIS want to thank everyone so far for the amazing support, as well as the support that has been shown for me personally. We can’t wait to see you all on the road.”

Dates below, yo.

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Entombed to release ‘Clandestine – Live’ in May 2019

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:18 AM (PST)


ENTOMBED featuring original members Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid invite you to hear the unique experience of the band performing their second album Clandestine in full live for the first time ever for the album’s 25th Anniversary.

Threeman Recordings presents Act 2: The Entombed performance – A concert in two acts based entirely on the Swedish band’s acclaimed album Clandestine from 1991. It is a unique concert where the pioneering album is played from beginning to end. From the opening track “Living Dead” to closer “Through The Collonades “.

In the first act, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Choir performs Clandestine, arranged for orchestra by Thomas Von Wachenfeldt (Wachenfeldt), with the original members from Entombed sitting in as part of the ensemble. In the second act, the band performs the entire album live in the original version for the very first time.

Alex Hellid comments:
“It is amazing to experience the musical journey with an orchestra and we really enjoyed the experience”

Conductor Josef Rhedin adds:
“Allowing Entombed’s suggestive music to meet Symphony Orchestra and Choir is a very creative and exciting concept. Composer Thomas Von Wachenfeldt’s arrangement contains challenges for both orchestral musicians and for me as a conductor, as the starting point has been to interpret the “Clandestine” in a classical, symphonic format, rather than plank the music outright”

More BELOW.

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“The fact that oppressive institutions and nations born of colonial hegemony, demonize, profile, police and punish the survivors of ongoing genocide and attempt to dictate where they can and cannot live is morally bankrupt, and yet here we are.” – Misandr

One of the best parts about blogging is I always love the chance to help boost amazing work of all stripes by fascinating, forward thinking people. Be it Spellling’s dope slow come down beats and chill as heck textures plus stunning vocal work on Mazy Fly or the harrowing new cinematic Hether Fortune track “Sister” (which was so powerful live) or the latest ominous yet massive doom-opus from Candlemass , there has been so much good stuff already in 2019 to share. And we need it, cuz it is rough out there right now for a lot of people.

One of the most awe-inspiring things that landed in my promo box this year so far was the much-anticipated Tridroid Records split from somewhat mysterious noise practitioner MISANDR and whitephosphorous, “This Can Not Continue”.  The release just went up for pre-order very recently and is a must hear rejection of bigotry and hatred funneled through the lense of sonic vertigo and alienating physical sound avalanches paired with razor keen current event subtexts. The split title This Can Not Continue is both a perfect and simple fact for the horrors going on in the world as well as an apt summary of how the music and content is so intense that it tests the bounds of human endurance until a flip switches and you somehow are comforted by the harsh swirl of cacophony and distress.

Thanks are to be extended to Misandr who allowed us to interview them via email for a VERY insightful and rewarding exchange. I can’t do it justice summarizing but topics include inverting fascism on itself, ableism, noise as self-catharsis, the project’s past and future, the dangers of xenophobia and so much more. Super thrilled to be publishing this and hope you all will read it and enjoy near drowning in this artist’s emotionally exhausting new single on the Tridroid split as much as I did.

Read more BELOW and hang in there, folks.

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New Riffs Of Note: Slaves BC, Venom Prison, Tribulation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:27 AM (PST)

Hey kids! If you are like me and have spent most of yesterday mentally exhausted wondering when Bernie bros will stop making excuses for why pandering to the WWC “economic anxiety” myth while punching down on intersectional oppression issues and the marginalized concerned with these issues is wrong, you might just be in the need for some RIFFS! Well, a lot of good stuff has been going on over the last few days.

Let’s start off with the rabble rousers in Slaves BC. This band is by far one of the most important in the underground these days, from their willingness to speak truth to their uncompromising sound and musical fury. The new single “Mihpares” is up at The Fear And The Void HERE and is very exciting stuff with almost a chaos vortex jazz noise metal feel in the bridge that got really unsettling and I LOVED. I did not give these cats enough coverage last year and I nonetheless love them and you should as well.

Next up, Venom Prison! I know this band and track have gotten a lot of hype but they deserve it. This group crushes the skulls of dumbshits so profoundly every time! We stan! If you haven’t experienced the intensely pulverizing and frightening “Uterine Industrialisation” you need to fix that ASAP. Those circle pit worthy parts into crushing slower riffs and chug and yarrrghhhhh!!! This band is so on point with their death metal influences while engaging solidly with important issues of the day. Let’s hope they keep using their platform for awesome stuff and also as their hype grows they pick and choose well what festivals to play if some of the other bands are problematic.

Anyway, I couldn’t be more thrilled with anticipation for their forthcoming effort Samsara and I know I am not alone.

Last up for today, Tribulation. The frightening and aesthetically excellent death brandishers have released a new Live video and their Melancholia EP is available now in numerous vinyl formats HERE. Follow this link to watch their performance in Oberhausen, captured by Dirk Behlau, produced by Beastwoodfilms and mixed & mastered by Linus Björklund of Hi Filer Productions. Their last few records really struck to heart (no vampire staking pun intended) of the band’s ability to evoke a passion for the dark. Few groups are so adept at cultivating a shadowy mystique without being completely absurd or losing sight of songwriting. “Nightbound” isn’t as “new” as the other songs on here but this video is!

Ok, like bats in the daytime…hang in there, brethren.

 

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THERE’S THIS WHOLE CATEGORY OF PERSON OUT THERE, WHO SPENDS A LOT OF TIME PISSING AND MOANING ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THAT FUCKING BAND GRETA VAN FLEET FOR SOUNDING JUST LIKE LED ZEPPELIN (Editor’s Note: Neckbeard Van Fleet coming soon!). AND FOR THE FUCKING LIFE OF ME I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY. BECAUSE IF LED ZEPPELIN WAS A THING YOU LIKED, I FIGURE YOU’D BE STOKED THAT THERE WAS MORE OF IT. LIKE IF I ORDERED A PIECE OF CHEESECAKE AT A RESTAURANT, AND IT WAS GOOD AND I WENT TO ANOTHER RESTAURANT AND THEY HAD THE SAME PIECE OF CHEESECAKE, I’D BE FUCKING STOKED. AND INSTEAD YOU HAVE THESE PISS PANT WEINERS SHITTING OUT TEN PARAGRAPH ESSAYS ABOUT HOW THEY ARE MANDATED TO EXIST IN THE SAME REALITY AS A THING THAT IS INTENTIONALLY SIMILAR TO A THING THAT THEY ALREADY LIKED. THEY CAN’T JUST HAVE TWO THINGS THAT THEY LIKE. AND THAT’S HONESTLY ONE OF THE DUMBEST FUCKING THINGS I’VE HAD TO SPEND TIME MENTALLY ENTERTAINING.

I HOPE THESE CLOWNS NEVER GET INTO ART, BECAUSE IF I HAVE TO READ A PETULANT ESSAY BY SOME FART SNIFFING DICKWEED ABOUT HOW PEOPLE SHOULDN’T MAKE ART THAT IMITATES THE MASTERS I’M GONNA SCREW THE RESPONSIBLE HANDS DOWN TO A BIT OF WOOD CRUCIFIXION STYLE AND BREAK EVERY FINGER INVOLVED IN AUTHORING IT.

BUT ANYWAY. TO MAKE A POINT ABOUT THAT VERY VERY LARGE STRAW MAN, I’VE SAT DOWN TODAY WITH THE NEW DEVIL MASTER ALBUM. WHO AFTER SIGNING TO RELAPSE HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME MAKING THEIR STUFF SOUND EXACTLY LIKE THE SPOOKY OLD HEAVY METAL TAPES MY FRIENDS DEDICATE ENTIRE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO DOCUMENTING.

AND THAT’S NOT A DIG. I KNOW THERE WAS A LOT GOING ON IN THAT FIRST PARAGRAPH. BUT I THINK THIS BAND DOES A LOT OF GOOD STUFF. THIS ALBUM IS COOL AND WEIRD, BUT ALSO TASTY AND CHAOTIC. IT HAS LIKE A WARM TAPEY VIBE TO THE PRODUCTION QUALITY THAT I THINK ACCIDENTALLY CAME OUT A LITTLE HI-FI FOR WHAT THEY WERE AFTER. THE GUITAR TONE AND DRUMS SOUND LIKE SOMEBODY IN THE BAND HAS A VERY LARGE MERCYFUL FATE TATTOO. AND THIS GUITAR PLAYER SEEMS LIKE THEY PROBABLY HAVE A GIGANTIC TATTOO THAT SAYS “RIFFS” BECAUSE THIS ALBUM IS JUST NOTHING BUT FUCKING RIFFS. RIFF SALAD SANDWICH, WITH A SIDE OF RIFFS. SERVED WITH A NICE TALL GLASS OF SLOPPY NASTY GROWLY VOCALS. I REALLY CAN’T STATE LOUD ENOUGH HOW EXCITED I WAS TO GET THROUGH THIS WHOLE THING WITHOUT ANYONE TRYING TO GET ME TO WASH ANY OF THESE RIFFS DOWN WITH AN IMITATION KING DIAMOND FALSETTO. A GENUINE IMPROVEMENT TO THE ORIGINAL DESIGNS.

BEYOND THE SOUND, THE BRANDING OF THE WHOLE THING IS EQUALLY REFLECTIVE OF THE SOURCE MATERIAL. THE NAME DEVIL MASTER SOUNDS INTENTIONALLY PRIMITIVE, THE LOGO IS PURPOSEFULLY BADLY XEROXED AND THEN SUPERIMPOSED ON THE VIDEOS. THE ACTUAL FOOTAGE ITSELF I THINK ACCIDENTALLY COMES OFF A LITTLE TOO HI-FI, IN A WAY THAT MAKES THE EROSION THE VIDEO EDITOR USED AFTERWARDS SEEM A LITTLE SILLY. (BUT THAT’S A VERY SMALL NIT TO PICK.) AND I REALLY LIKE THAT THE SONG TITLES TITLES FLIRT WITH SPOOKY DEVIL STUFF BUT IN A WAY THAT HARKENS BACK TO A TIME WHEN YOU COULDN’T JUST NAME YOUR ALBUM “BESTIAL NEKROGOATS SATANIC 666 WARCOCK FORCEFULLY RENDS THE BODY OF CHRIST ASUNDER” AND IMMEDIATELY GET A DEAL WITH HELLS HEADBANGERS. IT’S TASTEFUL.

THAT BEING SAID THIS KINDA THING JUST ISN’T FOR ME. I CAN TELL THAT IT’S WELL MADE, I CAN TELL THAT A LOT OF TIME AND CARE WENT INTO IT. I THINK THERE’S A COUPLE OF SMALL MIS-STEPS IN PRODUCTION AND A FEW HEAVY FOOT FALLS IN THE VIDEOS THAT COULD BE HAMMERED OUT, BUT THEY IN NO WAY OVERSHADOW EVERYTHING THIS ACCOMPLISHES. IT’S JUST NOT MY SLICE OF CHEESECAKE. AND AGAIN I NEVER TAKE OFF POINTS FOR TASTE.

THAT BEING SAID IF YOU’RE INTO THROWBACK PROTO BLACK METAL STUFF THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE ANYONE WITH A SHITTY MUSTACHE, OR HATE GROUP AFFILIATIONS. THIS IS PROBABLY FOR YOU AND YOU SHOULD ENJOY IT.

3.5 OUTTA 5. 4 OUTTA 5 IF THEY’D SHOOT THOSE VIDEOS WITH AN ACTUAL SHITTY OLD VIDEO CAMERA. GOOD STUFF.

 

The Royal are back with a new video that seems to add a little more nu metal influence to their generally metalcore sound. “Deathwatch” is taken from the album of the same name, out on March 8th, 2019 through Long Branch Records.

Get it here: https://TheRoyal.lnk.to/Deathwatch

Video by BRSA media (James K. Barbosa)
https://www.brsa.me

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Happy 49 Heavy Metal and Black Sabbath’s debut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM (PST)

SO today is the birthday of Black Sabbath’s self-titled masterpiece, remarkable for too many reasons to count. Many have spent much of their lives trying. I was going to say “a lifetime” but the average lifespan now is longer than the 49 years since Earth (see what I did there?) first heard the rumble of these titans. Actually, that’s only a semi-clever/accurate pun because while Sabbath was called Earth prior to re-naming themselves , before that they were called Polka Tulk Blues Band even earlier in ’68 in a rough form. I think we can agree it’s fucking great that they achieved iconic status in no small part to settling on their final moniker (which is more PTBB “shade” and not a dis to a certain awesome modern band called Earth we also know and love). Anyway, in 1970 Black Sabbath’s debut was born and the deal with the devil that birthed the End Times music of Heavy Metal was struck.

Human longevity is not guaranteed so much these days for us as a species, but it is pretty awe-inspiring that Sabbath have had such an impact on so many levels in culture that film, festivals and society as a whole have all been graced by the long shadow cast by “The Wizard” and friends. The fact that Ozzy is still as recognizable as any flavor of the month newfound celebrity who is zombie-cannibalized by the scrutiny of fame’s hungry eyes in our culture of inhospitable impermanence is a sheer miracle (and in no small part also thanks to Sharon, as well as his own talent). BUT I am not here today to talk about individual members of the band over the years and their place in pop culture – though Sabbath is Iommi’s more than anyone’s for sticking it out the entire time as the sole constant – as much as discuss how the first Sabbath album creeping up on 50 years old is something to marvel at.

We’ve come so far together, heavy metal. For better and for worse. You looked so cool and casual and I tried to look the same, but now I’ve got to know ya…tell me who am I to blame?

We have a choice now to take serious stock and make metal more inclusive, as potent a force as ever but even more capable of traversing barriers and resonating beyond the narrow CisHet white male bandwidth than it ever has before (which is nothing against the lads who started the band at all). I was dismayed as heck by the morons in the comments section of a recent article about the power of current female vocalists in metal. Heck, the best cover of the definitive metal title track and first doom metal song has Beth Gibbons singing instead of Ozzy (hear below) and King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari is arguably the best singer in the melodic yet drony/sludgy side of the genre we know and love currently, IMO. People of all types, genders, races, religions, etc. love rock n roll. Let’s continue to expand that. Remember practically every concert ever Ozzy says ,”I love you all.” It is fitting the band’s final album was called 13 since the album that started it all was born on Feb. 13th, 1970. I mean, could it have been on any other day of the month?

I clean a bar every morning and was playing “The Warning” on the bar speakers today. A different guy than usual delivered the lemons and limes for the cocktails and he was an older dude. The guy’s face lit right up at the music and he said he had seen them years ago for ten bucks and proceeded to tell me all about the gig. We went from being strangers with generational divides to having something we both loved to talk about in common, and while small talk is wack I would gladly talk about Sabbath with anyone any day. That’s a life giving bridge just as much as Sabbath’s music itself has helped so many of us who have ever danced through shadows or struggled with depression.

Anyway, fucking crank this shit today, give thanks to the metal ancestors and remind them that we basically never regretted following them and will be forever metal til the end of time.

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Public Memorial for Bruce Corbitt

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:23 AM (PST)

As the metal community still reels from the sad turn of cancer events leading to the loss of Bruce Corbitt, a memorial has been announced for the Rigor Mortis/Warbeast hero.

Reads the public memorial page, “We will come together to celebrate and remember a great man who touched the hearts of so many people in this world. We will show our love and support for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, his stepson Lyric, and BRUCE‘s amazing mother Glenda. We will celebrate in the most beautiful way possible by honoring BRUCE‘s final wishes to make his memorial just the way he wanted it. Additional details on special presentations, guest musicians, and other surprises are still being worked out. Stay tuned and You Know Damn Well!”

BRUCE CORBITT Public Memorial:

3/09/2019 Ridglea Theater – Fort Worth, TX [info]

Doors: 5:30 pm
Memorial: 7:00 pm

Live performances requested by BRUCE:
Iron Jaw
Rabid Flesh Eaters

MCs:
Debbie Sexxton of 97.1 KEGL
“Thrashin” Alan of KNON Hardtime RadioEulogies by:
Scott Shelby
Thrashin’ Alan
Casey Orr
Harden Harrison

CORBITT played what he thought would be his final show with Warbeast — a special set at the annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Ceremony where the band was inducted into the 2018 Fort Worth Music Hall Of Fame — last July, at the time noting, I’m really excited and thankful to the Fort Worth Weekly for showing us this much appreciation. I’m proud that I’m even feeling good enough right now to be able to attempt it. But I do know my limitations and I will be careful. All I know is I get to experience that feeling of being on stage again… and that’s why I keep on fighting. Because good things do finally happen if you can just hang in there long enough. You know damn well!”

 

Anselmo gave a warm tribute speech and performance at a show with The Illegals for Bruce the day he died that you can see HERE. Regardless of if you are in a camp that forgives Phil or not for the Dimebash incident, I hope we can all agree this was a terrible loss for everyone and that this was the right thing to do for Bruce and cool of Phil and his band who lost a real friend.
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If you are buzzing from High On Fire’s much deserved Grammy win and recognition despite their steadfast riffiness and bad ass gargled biker warlord ogre vocals, let’s keep the good news coming. It is always a great day when we can announce more forward thinking yet riff-tastic albums that keep evolving the scene and subtly challenging the former status quo while still actually rocking your socks off as well. Inter Arma certainly fit in that category and whether they will ever get recognized by music’s most at times clueless night remains to be scene…but they have certainly already had their share of critical hype at the fringes.

The Richmond band continue to follow their own course and new song “Citadel” below is a serious clobber fest. I always love their ability to bridge death and art metal elements with sludge in a concise way that seems seamless instead of like grasping wildly at straws for relevance. Inter Arma always make sure their songs are good and not just style checklists for whatever is hip, it seems. This new track is incredible and lumbers like a brontosaurus beneath screaming banshee demoness pterodactyls flying through geysers of steaming guitar heat!

Anyway, I love this band and have seen them live a few times now. Eager to again. The new album is called Sulphur English ominously and is out April 12th (day after my bday) on mighty Relapse.

Vocalist Mike Paparo comments:

“The lyrics to “Citadel” were written as a sort of clarion call to myself about overcoming depression and the demons that manifest with it. It, like most of the lyrical content on the record, is deeply personal to me.  

For the band as a whole, Sulphur English is an ill-tempered, unrepentant act of defiance towards stagnation and complacency. We create this music on our own terms and we refuse to compromise our collective vision, for better or worse.”

Sulphur English is due out April 12th on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

 

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Album Review: Candlemass – ‘The Door To Doom’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:04 PM (PST)

It was a cool week for underground music as far as I am concerned. Industrial act Front Line Assembly dropped a killer new record Wake Up The Coma with a hysterical but bold “Rock Me Amadeus” cover featuring Jimmy Urine that I cannot get out of my head (plus a cool title track feat. Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost/Bloodbath).  Obliteration’s Cenotaph Obscure was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy. AND most importantly on a personal level and relevant to being able to write this review, I also finally got to sit, drink tea and then become completely engrossed in the new Candlemass opus The Door To Doom until I grabbed the sides of my head and howled. Holy crow! Everyone just give up now. Don’t release anything else this year. It is over. You aren’t topping this. This is the essence of pure doom brilliance. Johan Langquist (who left the band after singing on the legendary 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) has returned! Much like Sabbath or Vitus or even Alabama Thunderpussy, people love different singer’s eras – but the buck really stops with Johan in this band’s case. Leif Edling and unmerrymen have outdone themselves and made a fucking modern masterpiece of the genre.

The much hyped collaboration track with mighty Tony Iommi of course lives up to the hype. “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” is like the Poseidon arranged wedding between the “Children of The Sea” and something from even darker and heavier depths. It’s way stompier and doomier than “Children…” with absolutely no uplifting parts, haha…but maybe I just needed an oceanic comparison to house the giant tentacles mass of this tune.  Iommi plus Candlemass is obviously a match made in Heaven and Hell (see what I did there?) and fans are going to be shook. For real, this album surpasses Sabbath’s 13 with ease (and I liked plenty of moments on that record even with the flaws and shamefully no Bill Ward). I am SO glad this collab happened.

“Bridge of The Blind” is a reprieve song of sorts, a dreamy sad song with incredible guitar tones. Johan takes the relatively straight-forward closing lines ,”What would I find, if I open my eyes? Will you be waiting on the other side?” and injects so much emotion into them that you feel a huge gulf of loss or like you have just listened to a traditional ballad people have held close to their heart’s for hundreds of years. “Death’s Wheel” is an anthemic war charge from the opening riff, pulverizing everything in sight and getting heavier and more dizzying as it goes. The solo on that song shoots vertically into the sky, defying the heavens boldly. “House Of Doom” like Cathedral’s Swan Song The Last Spire recalls medieval despair via cool sound effects (a tolling bell here) before thundering home. The organ drenched bridge of the song is one of the most epic moments of many on the album.

I honestly would be startled as hell if anything tops this in 2019. It just hits so many checkmarks from hot anticipation to a triumphant reunion of classic members to, most importantly, completely bad ass NEW songs that only add to the band’s legacy forevermore whilst perfectly nailing what is best in a genre. Ghost, who have a history of taking out top notch talent from the much missed Purson to Marissa Nadler, have Candlemass with them in Europe at present on the road. No offense to Ghost but I am really glad some of their more genre-tourist fans are gonna get their fucking asses schooled by some OG doomage of the purest molten kind.

 

So I was half watching Season 4 of The 100 (I still fuck with that show, love the cast) and simultaneously scrolling Instagram absent-mindedly like an overstimulated, over-worked semi-human in 2019. Suddenly some awesome, huge alt-rock guitar and an unmistakable voice reached my ears and made my eyes open wide. Listen HERE.

So I stare at my tiny phone screen and how friggin’ stoked am I to realize it is Chris fuckin’ Traynor of Bush and most importantly one of my all time favorite bands Orange 9MM (who I dropped out of college to open for like an idiot, but he wasn’t in the band at that point. PS. It was still worth it -lol). And yes, he was collaborating in the studio with Grey Daze , a project Chester was involved in throughout his life. In addition to the massive song Chester did with Mark Morton that just came out, this little Grey Daze audio clip gave me huge chills and everything sounds brilliant and emotive. The held out notes over the big guitar sounds so soulful. An older Grey Daze tweet from December makes it sound like much of the tracks are older and finally being completed.

Even cooler, Traynor responded to me on Twitter and IG about it. I’m over the moon!

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Wading Weird Waters: Rivers Of Nihil, Those Darn Gnomes news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Those Darn Gnomes like to hide in a purple haze…

Hello friends. A variety pack of sonically pernicious and delicious specimens to steer your ears towards today. These are bands who have not been afraid to experiment with constraints in recent times.

San Diego jazz/metallers Those Darn Gnomes have signed with Nefarious Industries. The group are a perfect fit for the open minded label, which includes everything from Gridfailure to A Fucking Elephant to Globelamp to Bangladeafy and more. Really looking forward to hearing more from this outfit. From the press release:

Since their formation in 2013, the bombastic THOSE DARN GNOMES collective has blurred the lines between noise, metal, and free jazz. The group formed initially with the lineup of Mark Steuer (vocals), Christian Molenaar (guitar, flute), Russell Case (bass), and Bryon Wojciechowski (drums), releasing their debut album The Years independently in 2015. The band followed up with their second full-length, The Zodiac, in 2016. While their debut more heavily emphasized the band’s roots in avant-garde metal and hardcore, The Zodiac stripped away any pretense of being a metal band in favor of a new, even more aggressive sound incorporating further elements of free improvisation and harsh noise. The band released a fully improvised single-track EP, Peeling, as a limited cassette in 2017, before playing shows throughout North America with like-minded experimental acts such as Ehnahre, Sult, Hypnagogue, Dischordia, and many more.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

Watch for the full details on Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow to be released shortly with a springtime release date imminent.

Also watch for details on the collaborative album between the band’s Christian Molenaar and labelmate Gridfailure’s architect David Brenner to be issued in the coming days.

Due to popular demand, RIVERS OF NIHIL will play their latest album, Where Owls Know My Name, in its entirety at every date of their upcoming North American tour. The band will be bringing saxophone player Patrick Corona on the road to perform each set and guitarist Jonathan Topore will be handling additional keyboard duties. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to witness this critically-acclaimed album played live as it was meant to be heard. The tour — which marks RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s first full headlining journey — runs from March 1st through April 6th. Support will be provided by Entheos, Conjurer, and Wolf King. See all confirmed dates below.
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