5 newer hard rock and metal songs with actually good hooks

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4:11 PM (PST)

While I am a fan of the site No Clean Singing, I was always mainly a melodic vocalist in bands of mine like Antidote 8 , Divest or Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch over the years. I love melodic rock and metal singers just as much as a good roar or guttural grindcore Barney Greenway bark as long as their is soul, a cool energy and lyrics I can relate to or at least appreciate. Heck, metal without melody means no Judas Priest and that is just unacceptable. Even bands like Darkthrone, Candiria or Converge have embraced some melodic singing at times, so what’s the big deal? There is room for all kinds of styles in music.

Anyway, I decided to make a short list of some recent singles or album cuts that I dig which have cool choruses that don’t cheapen the song despite being catchy.

Check it out below.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was the first lead guitarist in Metallica and co-wrote much of the band's songs until he was kicked out of the band in 1983.


Bandcamp to support Trans Rights next Friday

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Bandcamp has released a statement announcing that they are doing a fantastic pro trans rights campaign this week:

This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center, who support and protect trans rights on multiple fronts. Please read more about why we’re doing this, and help us spread the word. 

As two of our writers are trans (myself included), it means a lot to us. I am starting my transition and am crowd funding HERE if you would care to support. I have found some love and support from various parts of the metal community (shout out to Karyn Crisis, My friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder and Unbalanced, Mina Caputo , Hammercult and Blake Judd for being extra awesome and supportive when I told them), but it would be a lie to say it feels like society as a whole is accepting. As Bandcamp elaborates:

Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.

In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.

A few great recent releases or just damn good purchases I would recommend for you music lovers are:

Cretin‘s Stranger.

Downtown BoysCost Of Living 

Car Bomb‘s Meta

Astari Night‘s Dreams Of Majesty 

Less Art‘s Strangled Light

or whatever your heart fancies. Just get something.

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Nice recap of Book Of Souls Tour at Metal Insider

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM (PST)

Metal Insider published a nice recap of the importance of Maiden‘s recent The Book Of Souls Tour in the long and short run a few days ago. Check it out below.

The chapter ends on Iron Maiden’s ‘Book Of Souls’ tour

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Vattnet to release self titled album Sept 15, premiere video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 3:18 PM (PST)

Photo by J. Singleton

New Hampshire’s Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar) have announced a September 15th release date for their upcoming self-titled album on New Damage Records. The band’s sound has changed drastically along with the shortened name, though it is still quality music. Time will tell if this shift works and the band retains old fans or simply grows into a new era completely. It probably isn’t a bad idea to do the self-titled sort of re-branding now so they don’t become more firmly established first and then have a self titled Motley Crue type backlash. The band were at a cross-roads after their former frontman left, so this is the perfect time to sort of start semi-fresh, if ever.

Vattnett is now available for pre-order.

Digital: http://smarturl.it/vattnet

Physical: http://bit.ly/Vattnet

A music video for a track titled “Spun” is premiering today on Revolver HERE.

Frontman Casey Aylward tells Revolver, “Spun was the last song I wrote for the record and also the last song we recorded and put together. Conceptually it’s about being uncomfortable and very unhappy in your situation at the time, feeling helpless, feeling like it won’t ever end.” He adds, “The video touches on this theme by using the idea of searching for light within a world of darkness. While some choose to accept or live within the blackness, others try to find or create a light to see their way out. Definitely a song that poured out of me, as if I needed it exorcised from me. When it was done I knew it had to be the first song on the record. I feel like it perfectly introduces what you can expect to hear from the rest of the record, albeit it on a pretty dark note.”

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Lionheart reunite, tour announced with Nasty

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6:13 PM (PST)

California hardcore band Lionheart have decided that they aren’t really calling it quits after all and instead they will become a part time band. Personally I think more bands should do this rather than calling it a day because you have other obligations. I saw these dudes once live and they blew the lid off the venue and outshined the headliner, so that’s gotta mean something.

ATTN: When we announced our breakup, over a year ago, we meant it. Balancing jobs and personal lives w/ trying to tour…

Posted by LIONHEART OFFICIAL on Thursday, July 27, 2017

In addition, the band have announced dates with Nasty, saying:

Much love to our boys in Nasty. We wouldn’t have even considered coming back if we couldn’t do it with friends. Thanks for getting us back on track. See ya in the pit.

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Album Review: Couch Slut – “Contempt”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM (PST)

When people look back at this particular era of hardcore, metalcore and experimental music with extreme dabblings, the last few years will show bands like Couch Slut, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Ascend/Descend, Full Of Hell and perhaps even a band like South Wales’ upstarts Continents (who have had support of more mainstream labels but pushed their sound further regardless without aping Bring Me The Horizon) were some of the real standouts in quality and long run importance.

Couch Slut return with a quite anticipated sophomore release after a much debated and uncompromising first record. The first album was good in a certain raw and pure sense of purpose stage setting way, certainly with some very worthy moments. Contempt is a step up in that the band sound like they have really benefited from playing more live. There is a sort of synergy in the performances – especially the clobbering and discordant “Company Picnic With Dust Off” you hear a lot on some of the better Am Rep and Touch And Go releases by Tar, Helmet, Jesus Lizard or Today Is The Day where you know the bands were really breathing their material, living in it and running shit a lot. Who knows? Maybe Couch Slut just party and don’t need to rehearse a lot, tapping into the well of unquenchable radness from which Ronnie James Dio (who has been rumored to have not needed vocal warm-ups to ride the tiger and be master of the moon) drank from.

The mix is great and the tones compliment one another, chunky but with some room. I really like Theo Nobel’s drum sound and how it pads out the mix. The snare is driving but you feel like you are in the room with the band, despite good tones nothing feels over processed and front rager Megan’s vocal sits within but not massively above the mix, more akin to older hardcore records. It frankly sounds like a loud punch in the head in a pissed off traffic jam at times, in a good way. Contempt was recorded by Couch Slut’s Kevin Wunderlich and former member Amy Mills. It was mixed by Caley Monahan-Ward (Extra Life, Voice Coils) and mastered by James Plotkin (Leviathan, Sumac). It sounds like Plotkin knew just how much to boost everything.

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DiWulf Publishing House is very excited to announce the October 31g release of the debut book from author Freddy Alva, Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore. This 350 page tome is an ode to the New York of the late 1970s and early ’80s and showcases a vibrant merging of two uniquely New York subcultures: Hip-Hop’s hallmark of graffiti art and its influence over and incorporation into the emerging Hardcore Punk scene. Packed with over 180 photos, most of which have never been seen before, Urban Styles chronicles a time when youth culture ran rampant through the city and its boroughs; an anarchist’s dream of subterranean expression that combined the visual aesthetics of the established Hip-Hop culture and the sonic bombast of New York’s nascent version of Hardcore Punk.

Through a series of in-depth interviews with graff writers and musicians, and an exhaustive amount of research, Freddy compiles a compelling history told by those who were at the forefront of both movements. Told in vivid firsthand accounts, Urban Styles is a journey of connections that stretch from the train yards to the Sunday all-ages matinees; from Hip-Hop to Hardcore. It is the story of disenfranchised youth, the city that bred their expressionism, and the cross-pollination and far-reaching influence of two dominant subcultures. Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore documents an exciting time in New York’s artistic history; a pre-Internet world when the city was still dangerous and the delineation of criminals and artists was not so clear.

Alva, already a noted historian and documenter of the New York Hardcore scene, constructs a gritty, multi-cultural narrative told through the experiences and memories of such notable gaff writers and musicians as Sacha Jenkins, Sergio DEEM Vega (Quicksand/Deftones), Mackie HYPER Jayson (Cro-Mags/Bad Brains), Chaka Malik (Burn/Orange 9mm), MQ, and Danny EZEC Diablo, among others.
Scheduled for release on October 31st 2017, Urban Styles is the second book to be published by DiWulf, the independent imprint whose inaugural release No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, went on to sell over 5,000 copies through two sold-out printings, and is still available in e-book and print-on-demand.

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Song Of The Week: Ne Obliviscaris’ “Intra Venus”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST)

NE OBLIVISCARIS are incredibly talented. Just a cursory listen to even the intro of new song “Intra Venus” would prove that, to say nothing of the band’s prior accomplishments musically. The Australian group is set to release new record Urn in October of this year!

Urn is now available for pre-order across various CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

NE OBLIVISCARIS have premiered “Intra Venus”, the first new track off their forthcoming album. The video for “Intra Venus” is online now at the Season of Mist YouTube channel (or watch below). This powerful song and video has elements that could likely appeal to fans of Opeth, Cynic and Cradle Of Filth in equal measure. The guitar and violin solo sections are of course dope as heck and the drum and bass interplay on this song is also insane. A lot of cool stuff going on here.

Regarding the new album, NE OBLIVISCARIS frontman Tim Charles: “After almost three years of honing our craft in every way that we possibly could, we finally present to you the first track from an album of which we could not be more proud of. ‘Urn’ feels like the culmination of all our years of hard work; the delivery of everything that we have wanted to create. Music and art as our imaginations see it fit to be. ‘Intra Venus’ is more concise than much of our work and is in fact the only song on ‘Urn’ under ten minutes, but one that we feel is a great introduction to the record. We hope that you will enjoy it.

 

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Periphery tour with Animals As Leaders, Car Bomb, Astronoid

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:47 PM (PST)

Prog djent technicians Periphery have announced a tour with Animals As Leaders plus Car Bomb and Astronoid on select dates. Any date is sure to be a night of unique music you won’t forget.

The Convergence Tour with Animals As Leaders is happening this fall! Car Bomb and Astronoid will also be on select dates! Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am local time.

Keep up on tickets/RSVPs HERE.

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Cannibal Corpse to tour with Power Trip and Gatecreeper

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:40 PM (PST)

Holy shit. Cannibal Corpse has announced Winter tour dates n support of a yet to be named new record! Damn, this looks like it is gonna be the heaviest and most insane, high energy package to end out the year with a geyser of blood. Power Trip and Gatecreeper are the next big thing bands of the moment in thrash and death metal and paired with the legends of Cannibal you know you are seriously getting your money’s worth!

Dates below.

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Casting Ships are a Kingston, NY based nautical folk punk band who grew up on hardcore and cut their teeth on a deep love for the scene. The band is now a duo made up of Rob Samps on vocals and guitar and Nikki Mayone on cello. They are about to drop one of the gems of the Summer with new release From The State Of New York on Burning Capital Collective. The five song EP was recorded Nada Studios by the great John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, I Am The Pilot) and will likely turn the head of anyone unfamiliar with the group who hears it as well as please older fans.

I caught up with Samps and had a lengthy chat about the record, the country and a LOT more. Casting Ships are about to open for famed ex-Faith No More and Bad Brains vocalist Chuck Mosley and will have cds available at the show. They have a lot of other stuff on their plate as well.

We don’t really pander to people with short attention spans like a lot of sites these days. If a conversation is interesting but long, chances are we will go way above other sites word counts here. If that offends you, don’t be the daft twit who writes tl;dr on our Fbook page. If it wasn’t for you, go back to twiddling your thumbs liking 800 random Instagram photos and speaking in emojis as you post your 800th Snapchat dog ears/nose selfie.

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I’ve been on Linkin Park‘s fan club mailing list a long time now and they always treat the fans very well over there. Today they collectively eased a small amount of a lot of sorrow by sharing a heartfelt memorial letter for vocalist and friend Chester Bennington, who died by suicide last week.

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

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#RIPChester

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Deep Cuts: CROWBAR

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 5:59 PM (PST)

Few bands reward die hard fans over and over again as well as the metallic sludge cavalcade that is Kirk Windstein’s long adventuring CROWBAR. One of the most potent to this very day veteran bands and one of the first more extreme groups I remember being really blown away by many years ago on Headbanger’s, CROWBAR have delivered album after album and monster riff after monster riff.

The band has some of the most revered heavy gems and arrangements in metal to true metal fans and yet also speak in the eternal secret language of the real underground, purveyors of shadow hits that are the “lifesblood for the downtrodden”, so to speak. Like Candlemass, The Obsessed, Orange Goblin or other bands who are not as big as Sabbath but row in equally heady and heavy waters, CROWBAR are hugely inspirational for those who furrow the brow and trudge through this world while carrying a lot of it on their back.

Today we usher CROWBAR into our DEEP CUTS vault, revealing our choices for three songs from the band that we think are lesser appreciated and yet truly bad ass numbers.

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Album Review: ATRIARCH – “Dead As Truth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:52 AM (PST)

Gloomy and introspective yet contrarily heavy and distorted tribal extroverts Atriarch spread their black wings on the timely monickered Dead As Truth (Pre Order from Relapse HERE). Imagine some of the barren dirge of older My Dying Bride if filtered through a West Coast penchant for organic punk and extreme metal scene history, harsher vocals and crescendos to match bands like Intronaut and Inter Arma (albeit with a much more sinister dynamic to the dynamics).

Dead As Truth could have been a two song with the opening crusher “Inferno” (one of the most compelling pieces yet from the group) and the almost Death Rock meets New Order by way of Rudimentary Peni sounding bassline genius of single length “Dead”. These songs are going to make the band really able to flex their muscle and range live in a way that I bet will be hard to ignore. Atriarch have refined their sense of dirge here while audibly coming together more as a unit. Their past work is great but there are certain jaw dropping moments of synergy here. 1:50 or so into “Dead” when the sheets of melting glass noise solo starts and into the next, more subdued nest verse is a key example, the band treating each section with respect and then exploding into the next heavy section due to the emotional weight of it all rather than for heavy style points.

These kind of tricks, authentic reaction versus trying to be “brootal”, makes this band or Deafheaven or even older bands in very different modes like the early stuff from The Used or Blood Brothers more interesting at times than some of their peers past and present in that whatever you say about the band’s various sub-genres or career preferences, you can’t deny they are/were feeling it.

“Devolver” is ok but kills the pace a little bit. The song is like banging an anvil with a sledgehammer and that is certainly awesome. Maybe it is because I chilled out with a joint before really digging into it. I am sure it will clobber with a certain early Swans/ Neubauten brutishness live. It isn’t bad just les original than the two songs before it which managed to subvert expectations while tipping the cap to predecessors.

Whatever your take away from this record, if you didn’t know the band’s earliest stuff you will still as a newer fan be stoked that the group are able to match the quality of “Bereavement” and prove their staying power. Check out “Inferno” for a song that uses the space of the intro to cast a thick spell, like clinging to a buoy in a foggy night as ghosts, regrets and the vague outlines of ships and memories pass you in the lonely night. The song conjures personal hells quite literally and would almost give Neurosis a run for their money in places. I am glad “Inferno” was a single because you won’t forget it and the song absolutely punishes. Some people might not like the growled spoken vocal style in the verses, but I think it works very well.

The record streets on August 11th and is an eye opening, ear bleed inducing morass of knotted emotion, leaving you feeling like old tree roots, tight in the shoulders and tired but braced to endure. You’ll likely wonder at impermanence and the things we can and cannot change about others and yourself.

 

Neurosis set to kick off tour with Amenra, Converge

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:17 AM (PST)

Just a reminder, in case you somehow forgot the radness of this tour, that Neurosis is hitting the pavement with Converge and Amenra for a powerhouse mini-tour with quite the stacked bill of incredible bands. Talk about getting your money’s worth!

Things kick off 7/27 at the Empty Bottle as the band support latest opus Fires Within Fires and the overdue and killer re-release of the influential The Word Is Law – remastered by Bob Weston!

Dates BELOW.

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