LACUNA COIL – “THE 119 SHOW – LIVE IN LONDON” Available now!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:13 AM (PST)

November 16, 2018 – 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of LACUNA COIL‘s debut. To celebrate this special year, they played an exceptional show on January 19th in London at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. The unique, one-time event was filmed and recorded for “The 119 Show – Live In London”, which is out now.

To celebrate the release, LACUNA COIL have released another clip from the DVD. Check out “Nothing Stands In Our Way (The 119 Show – OFFICIAL VIDEO)” HERE and below.

“We’ve been counting the days and THE DAY has finally come: our ‘119 Show – Live in London’ is officially OUT!,” states Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia. “Whether you want to re-live that one-of-a-kind night with Incandescence Circus at the O2 Forum or you want to see it for the very first time, this release will be the perfect add to your musical/visual collection… or even as a perfect Christmas gift! Hope you enjoy the vision as much as we loved to put this together for you all!”

The band previously released “Blood, Tears, Dust (The 119 Show – Live In London)”: as well as a trailer. Fans will be able to view not only a very special live performance, and which featured, UK circus group Incandescence, but also a career spanning set that includes LACUNA COIL songs never played live before.

“The 119 Show – Live In London” is available in the following formats: 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/2CD, Digital Album. Fans can purchase the DVD HERE.

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Metallica has been credited as the first heavy metal band to have five consecutive albums reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 in America. This counts only their full-length studio albums.


November Reign: Squalus, Monolord news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:50 PM (PST)

Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.

Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.

Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.

“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”

“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.

The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!

MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

MONOLORD comment on the signing:

“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”

MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.

Stream MONOLORD’s discography on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE.

MONOLORD Tour Dates:

— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —

Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg

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Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 is looking siiiiiiick

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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October Tide to start work on new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:57 PM (PST)

OCTOBER TIDE‘s Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia), co-founder and guitarist of the Swedish, melodic death metal group, reports that the band has been writing songs for their sixth studio album, follow-up to “Winged Waltz” from 2016, and has booked a studio for the end of November, to start the recording process.

Norrman commented: “We haven’t made much noise about this so far, but we have written a bunch of songs lately. In fact, we have almost a whole album more or less finished”.

The plans are to have the album – whose mixing and mastering duties will be handeled by Karl Daniel Liden (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Cult Of Luna) – completed by late January, and released on Agonia Records in spring 2019.

OCTOBER TIDE‘s last live appearance took place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on October 26th. Shortly before the recording sessions, the band will travel south to Bucharest (Romania), where they’ll perform at the Metal Gates Festival with Rotting Christ, Shining and Draconian. Whilst recording the album, they’ll play a show at December Doom Festival in Vantaa (Finland), with plans to do a special  setlist from their debut release,“Rain Without End”.

Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members, Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, OCTOBER TIDE spawned two, now-cult releases, “Rain Without End” (1997) and “Grey Dawn” (1999), before going on hiatus for over eleven years. Reunited in 2009, the Swedes released three studio albums: “A Thin Shell” (2010), “Tunnel Of No Light” (2013) and “Winged Waltz” (2016), all of which featured exceptional guitar work, on top of the band’s emotional touch on death metal.

Upcoming shows:
2018-11-17: Bucharest @ Metal Gates Festival, ROM
2018-12-01: Vantaa @ December Doom Festival, FIN
2018-12-07: Göteborg @ Sticky Fingers, SWE

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Stan Lee passes away at 95

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM (PST)

What can we say? Stan Lee, RIP. His impact changed the world and brought worlds of endless imagination to millions. A few reactions I grabbed initially off social media below. I am taking the day off or maybe I’ll stream Ant Man & The Wasp cuz this super sucks, fam. At least he got to see at the end of his life that his impact was never going away. Excelsior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crowbar announce new live dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:49 PM (PST)

Crowbar have a bunch of new tour dates, further evidence that you cannot stop this band…ever. They will outlast Bob Dylan, cockroaches, the half life of Twinkies, the death of the sun. None heavier! \m/ Purchase tickets HERE.

* HEADLINE 
# SUPPORTING KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
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11/20/19 – COLUMBIA, SO @ NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN *
11/21/19 – HARRISONBURG. VA @ GOLDEN PONY
11/23/19 – AMITYVILLE. NV @ AMITYVILLE MUSIC HALL *
11/24/19 – PROVIDENCE, RI @ THE STRAND #
11/25/19 – POUGHKEEPSIE, NV @ THE CHANGE #
11/27/19 – READING. PA @ REVERB #
11/28/19 – CLEVELAND, OH @ AGORA BALLROOM #
11/30/19 – LOUISVILLE, KY @ MERCURY THEATER #
12/01/19 – CHATTANOOGA. TN @ THE SIGNAL #
12/02/19 – ASHEVILLE, NG @ ORANGE PEEL # 
12/04/19 – LVNGHBURG. VA @ PHASE 2 #
12/05/19 – WILMINGTON, DE @ THE QUEEN #
12/03/19 – SAYREVILLE, NJ @ STARLAND BALLROOM #
12/08/19 – HUNTINGTON, WV @ GLUB V *
12/09/19 – MEMPHIS. TN @ GROWLER’S *
12/10/19 – LAFAYETTE, LA @ BOOM BOOM *
SUPPORTING CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
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1/19/19 – SAN ANTONIO, TX ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL
1/20/19 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK DIAMOND BALLROOM
1/21/19 – KANSAS CITY, MO THE RIOT ROOM
1/22/19 – DENVER, CO GOTHIC THEATRE
1/24/19 – PHOENIX, AZ CRESCENT BALLROOM
1/25/19 – LAS VEGAS, NV FREMONT COUNTRY CLUB
1/26/19 – SAN DIEGO, CA BRICK BY BRICK
1/27/19 – LOS ANGELES, CA TERAGRAM BALLROOM
1/29/19 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA SLIM’S
1/31/19 – PORTLAND, OR HAWTHORNE THEATRE
2/1/19 – SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS
2/2/19 – VANCOUVER, BC RICKSHAW THEATRE
2/4/19 – EDMONTON, AB STARLITE ROOM
2/5/19 – CALGARY, AB MARQUEE
2/7/19 – WINNIPEG, MB PARK THEATRE
2/8/19 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN FINE LINE
2/9/19 – CHICAGO, IL BOTTOM LOUNGE
2/10/19 – FLINT, MI MACHINE SHOP
2/12/19 – CLEVELAND, OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM
2/13/19 – NEW YORK, NY THE GRAMERCY THEATRE
2/16/19 – BOSTON, MA BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
2/17/19 – PHILADELPHIA, PA UNDERGROUND ARTS
2/18/19 – BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR
2/20/19 – TORONTO, ON OPERA HOUSE
2/21/19 – PITTSBURGH, PA MR. SMALLS THEATRE
2/22/19 – RALEIGH, NC LINCOLN THEATRE
2/23/19 – ATLANTA, GA THE MASQUERADE
2/24/19 – TAMPA, FL ORPHEUM
2/26/19 – PENSACOLA, FL VINYL MUSIC HALL
2/27/19 – NASHVILLE, TN THE COWAN
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Post Midterm Metal Mind Melt: SunStare, Gnaw News Items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1:27 PM (PST)

 

Hey gang. Midterms in the U-S-of-A have come and gone and progress is huge and mostly positive, though there is still much to be done. Even today Jim Acosta was accosted by buffoonish blubbering Trump and it seems like the are ditching Sessions as fast as possible to try and prepare some crooked bs in preparation for the Dems reclaiming the House in January. Hold fast.

If you are needing some musical release today, I can’t help you with “relaxation” after the manic energy swell of the election, but these bands can purge a large release of energy cathartically in a more robust way. SunStare from France are a convincingly passionate post-metal project with very cool guitar textures and a great bass tone in particular on new material. Please Pre Order their latest album Eroded (out this month) HERE. A lot of the best post metal or other sludgy forms I heard of came from talking with French extreme music fan friends and journos, and the scene over there has a lot of cool talent in various underground genres. SunStare have been active since 2013 and are certainly talented enough to capture your attention and pull you into their world quickly and for keeps.

Noise monsters Gnaw have released a new video for “Prowled Mary” from the Translation Loss release Cutting Pieces from last year. This record is a visceral experience and should be navigated at least a few times by anyone who cares about current relevant bands whether you become a big fan and keep coming back to it or not. This song in particular calls to mind the creepier side of Today Is The Day to me.

 

The “Prowled Mary” video was directed by Sean M. Sullivan and Adam Drawdy and edited by Sean M. Sullivan. GNAW vocalist Alan Dubin offers, “‘Prowled Mary’ is sort of the odd man out on the Cutting Pieces album. Even though it’s not ferocious noisy metal like most of the other songs, it’s probably the creepiest. It has some strange instrumentation including an actual chain-link fence and electric congas, but I think it’s the cello that really adds to the eerie vibe. The video was filmed and put together by the team of Sean M. Sullivan and Adam Drawdy whose experimental video work we’ve admired for a long time now.”

 

PopMatters writes with their premiere of the video, “Here, GNAW demonstrates that sometimes the most extreme place to go is down; the vocals are just at the level of whisper, the music itself a faint, disturbing phantom which lurks at the edge of audibility, asking the listener to imagine a darker, more disturbing rendition of Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building?’ Does the piece become more or less disturbing when one takes into account the visuals? Terror, as the saying goes, is in the eye of beholder but the ‘Prowled Mary’ clip doesn’t disappoint.”

 

See GNAW’s “Prowled Mary” video at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
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Unearth North American Tour in support of ‘Extinction(s)’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Boston metallers Unearth have embarked on a North American tour in support of their upcoming album Extinction(s).

Extinction(s) is due out on November 23 via Century Media Records.

They will be on the road with Fit For An Autopsy, The Agony Scene and Traitors.

Check out the tour dates here.

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Fractal Cypher premiere “The Grandeur Of It All”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:56 PM (PST)

L – R: Steven Cope (Drums), Tommy Fradette (Bass), Simon Lavoie (Vocals), Ludovick Daoust (Keyboards), Vincent Bruneau (Guitars)
Photo Credits : Eric Sanchez Photography

Canadian progressive metaller’s Fractal Cypher are premiering a new track, “The Grandeur Of It All.”

“The Grandeur Of It All” comes off the band’s “mini-album” Prelude To An Impending Outcome which is due out on November 8.

Prelude To An Impending Outcome was produced by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation).

Guitarist Vincent Bruneau says this of “The Grandeur Of It All:”

“‘The Grandeur of It All’ is definitely more energetic and straight forward, with back beats on drums, rock n roll riffs on guitars and catchy vocal lines in choruses and verses. There’s a “bluesy” vibe in the song that is quite obvious all the way through, but we keep it progressive in terms of the song structure, dynamics and tempo changes. ‘Let’s have fun!’ is the mood of this song.”

The artwork for Prelude To An Impending Outcome was done by Silent Q Design out of Montreal.

The band adds:

“’Prelude To An Impending Outcome’ is a mini album of 4 songs that are completely different from one to another to create a maximum roller coaster effect and make it non linear and interesting to listen to. The clash of style is more important and more obvious than our previous album, but the songs have gained in maturity in term of songwriting and sound. The vibe of this mini-album is really more intimate, due to the lyrics and the overall ambiance/universe of the songs. The melodic side of the band is still really present, offering catchy vocal lines and outstanding solos all over the songs.”

Check out “The Grandeur Of It All,” the tracklist and the album art for Prelude To An Impending Outcome here.

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Light This City Embarks On Eastern US/Canada Tour With Gygax This Week

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Bay area melodeath metallers Light This City are preparing to hit the road for a tour of the eastern United States and Canada.

This tour is in support of Terminal Bloom, out now via Creator-Destructor records.

These shows mark Light This City’s first performances outside of the West Coast since the band’s rebirth. Running from November 6th through November 11th, LIGHT THIS CITY will trample through Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal, Brooklyn, Worcester, and Philadelphia, with support from Creator-Destructor labelmates Gygax for the entire run.

Terminal Bloom was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Fallujah) at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, as with their previous four albums, and is wrapped in the vibrant cover artwork of Tony Midi.

LIGHT THIS CITY Eastern US/Canada Tour w/ Gygax:
11/06/2018 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
11/07/2018 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
11/08/2018 Katakombs – Montreal, QC
11/09/2018 Gold Sounds Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2018 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
11/11/2018 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA

 

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Soen prepare to release ‘Lotus’ on February 1, 2019

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:14 PM (PST)

Swedish progressive metallers Soen are preparing to release their  fourth album Lotus on February 1 2019 via Silver Lining Music.

Drummer Martin Lopez had this to say about the album:

“We are all very fortunate to have this place where we can go and explore thoughts, perspectives and emotions which everyday life maybe does not have the room for. There are definitely things that we say, and places we go, in Soenwhich would be very hard to express without us coming together and creating music.”

Produced by David Castillo and Iñaki Marconi at Ghostward Studios and Studio 6 between July and October 2018, the album marks the first recorded Soen work of new Canadian-born guitarist Cody Ford, whilst the center-point of the album remains those trademark, snap-heavy, progressive Soen riffs.

“The world right now is undeniably a very strange, tense place,” says Lopez. “I think the songs clearly reflect that, but they also reflect that we must now be stronger than ever in challenging, confronting, and dealing with the pandemonium life throws at us all.”

“We each have our own personal ideas as to what it means,” says Lopez, “but we’d much rather discuss what others think, what our audience thinks, what the media thinks… I think it’s extremely important that we all communicate with each other and take the time to fully conceive our own meanings and interactions with life and creativity.”

Vocalist Joel Ekelöf had this to say about Lotus:

“Ultimately Lotus is about rising from whatever darkness, or dark places, you might find yourself. And its inspiration comes from a deep motivation to not just settle for the situation you might find yourself in. Lotus is about changing life — both your own and your surroundings for which we must all take responsibility — and make them better rather than letting darkness pacify you and take you down.”

Check out Soen European tour dates here.

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Hair Puller to release ‘Old Friend’ on November 16

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Portland, Oregon metal noise makers Hair Puller are preparing to release their debut full length album Old Friend on November 16. The album will be released on vinyl via Nadine Records and on cassette via Accident Prone Records.

The band returned to the studio in October 2017, recording drums at Stop / Start with friend and scene-mate Robert Comitz of Marriage + Cancer, and recording the rest themselves over the next several months. The resulting 10 songs were mixed by guitarist Eric Leavell, and mastered by Julian Silva of On Air Mastering.

Check out “Waste” and “Chores” off of Old Friend here.

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Yatra to release ‘Death Ritual’ on January 4 via Grimoire Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:31 AM (PST)

[photo by Alyssa Maloof]

Maryland doom metallers Yatra are preparing to release their debut full-length album Death Ritual via Grimoire Records in early January 2019.

Frontman Dana Helmuth had this to say about the album:

“We had moved back to the country, into a small cottage in the woods, with no plumbing for the first three months we were there. We had an outhouse and outdoor shower. It was primitive, and it was during that time that I started writing all the material for Death Ritual. The solitude and the darkness of the night put me in a space of prolific writing and I wrote all eight songs in a month. We rehearsed three times a week and immediately started playing live shows regularly in Baltimore and New York City. We were able to channel that same darkness in the writing, also into our live shows, and the positive response was tremendous and really pushed us harder on our journey.”

Yatra’s full-length debut, Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features four mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Dana Helmuth.

Death Ritual Track Listing:
1. Hour Of The Dragon
2. Black Moon
3. Sacred Flower
4. Snakes In The Temple
5. Smoke Is Rising
6. Four Directions
7. Mighty Arrows
8. Sailing On
YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums
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20 Buck Spin presents the long-awaited deluxe vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings, the sprawling, lauded, 2011-released album by Australian funeral doom purveyors, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, this week issuing details and preorders for the new pressing.

Early in 2018 MOURNFUL CONGREGATION dropped their first album in more than six years, The Incubus Of Karma. The widely acclaimed album was heralded as another landmark for the extreme/funeral doom genre, adding perhaps the brightest jewel to the band’s crown. The band travelled to both the US and Europe once again to administer last rites to the faithful.

Back in 2011 the band released another monument to melancholy, the stunningly grandiose The Book Of Kings. Landing in Decibel’s Top 40 albums that year, the album was the pinnacle of their progressively-minded dirge to that point and includes what may be the most epic track in a catalog that defines the word, the thirty-plus-minute title track that weaves a tale of regality through the life, death, crowning, and dethronement of nameless kings.

Having begun the year with MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, 20 Buck Spin now sees fit to bookend the 2018 campaign with this gorgeous vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings. Having been requested by fans for several years, this version of the album is now presented on two slabs of vinyl housed in a gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and accented with metallic bronze print, along with a beautiful, full-sized, twelve-page booklet.

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