Sabaton announce North American tour with Kreator!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:06 PM (PST)

Heroic metallers Sabatonhave announced a very strong tour with thrash legends Kreator, both bands supporting their celebrated recent efforts.

Official press release:
Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are uniting with German thrash titans and label mates KREATOR for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek. The 24-date tour kicks off on Thursday, February 8. 2018 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10th.

SABATON’s Par Sundström comments, “We are excited to return to American grounds after the last successful tour. Teaming up with our friends in KREATOR, we are able to play larger venues which allows us to bring a bigger production than we ever brought into America.”

KREATOR’s Mille Petrozza states, “Hordes! We return back to North America alongside the mighty SABATON! It’s a true European invasion and we can’t wait to be back!”

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Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven and Hell frontman Ronnie James Dio is credited with originating the popular horns hand gesture, saying that it was an gesture his grandmother used to ward off evil spirits.


Album Review: Entheos – “Dark Future”

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM (PST)

Dark Future by Entheos, the group’s second full length, sees an expanding of experimentation and some awesome musical passages. Sadly it is also marred in places by weird choices and some sort of done to death djenty stuff. The sort of robot frog vocal approach at times can be super distracting from dazzling progressive passages that otherwise might lift you up and away.

Admittedly, Veil Of Maya or Whitechapel may have lost some ‘brootal bro’ fans who didn’t like when the group expanded their vocal templates, but it made them much better bands. On a song like “Melancholia” Entheos uses the screams to excellent effect, but in other places they just seem to be trying too hard. You shouldn’t be consistently feeling like a record would be more interesting as an instrumental than with metalcore vocals. “Sea Of Symmetry” feels like it succeeds more at what parts of Job For A Cowboy’s Sun Eater grasped towards, but the vocals again feel like the least amount of work went in compared to some of the insanely cool stuff other members are doing. In all honesty though, the kids who follow a lot of bands like this won’t care – though more attention would perhaps give the band more longevity and an expanded reach. Not that they need flowery melodic passages, but try to at least differentiate yourself from any dozen other screamers out there.

The tricky intro to “Suspended Animation” kept making my ears strain to hear the cool stuff from under unintelligible not even that intense kind of compressed sounding yargles. “The World Without Us” breathes a bit more and as such is a good choice for the single, but in other places it is just a super distraction from otherwise pretty killer musical passages. The solo section of “Suspended Animation” literally makes your damn ears feel relieved. The high pitch screams are a lot better, but an acquired taste. And meanwhile the rhythmic stuff and bass lines are so dope! If your ears are getting tired and you end up not remembering any lyrics but feeling kind of annoyed, that freakin’ sucks. As a result, this pretty stellar workout that would be getting a 3 or 4 out of 5 for effort and skill has the vocals bring it way down to a 2.5 for just being obnoxious and scene-core sounding.

RIP Pilgrim’s Jon Rossi

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:43 PM (PST)

Very sad news today. Metal Injection reports that Pilgrim‘s Jon Rossi has died at the age of 26. This is a damn shame. So much life ahead of the dude and in a well loved and influential act as well. Our thoughts and hearts are with his family and friends. Pick up our favorite Misery Wizard in tribute (gotta love that “Astaroth” Cathedral-esque guitar march). What a shame. Rest in power.

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Metallica‘s “Spit Out The Bone” was a highlight of Hardwired…To Self Destruct for many thrashers (my faves are probably still “Moth into Flame” and “Atlas Rise”, if you must know). But yeah, this live version of “Spit Out The Bone” is lively as hell and gets the Oct. 24th London O2 crowd roaring with enthusiasm. You’d think it was an older classic!

Check it out HERE. Rob and James in particular ripped this bad baby up!!

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Orphaned Land’s “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” art and info

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4:08 PM (PST)

Orphaned Land are a special group within the family tree of metal, just so inspiring, unifying and cinematic. Today’s great news is that the band will release their new studio album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records.

Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). It will be very interesting to hear these capable men in the context of the band’s larger than life sound! The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs! Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can’t wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!”

Read more BELOW.

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Gwar’s Mike Derks needs our help.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:47 AM (PST)

News broke today that Gwar’s Mike Derks is battling a bone marrow disorder. Balsac the Jaws of Death is a hero to many, the riff spewing glue that holds Gwar together. Let’s hope the metal and punk community will come together and try and help Mike. Gwar have certainly been through enough the last few years!

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GNAW stream full album at Invisible Oranges

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 1:58 PM (PST)
Interesting bands are more interesting than boring ones. What else can we say?!

 Let GNAW’s Cutting Pieces corrode your sanity; stream the entire LP at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

Translation Loss will release Cutting Pieces on LP, CD, and digital formats this Friday, October 27th; find merch bundle and preorder options HERE. So far we like the cacophonous and clangy intro section to “Wrong” the best!

GNAW has confirmed a record release show for Cutting Pieces at Brooklyn metallic booze vortex Saint Vitus Bar on October 29th, where they’ll be joined by the heroics of Couch Slut, Escuela, and Syndromes. Seems like a good night to completely lose your shit! \m/

GNAW Record Release Show:
10/29/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Couch Slut, Escuela, Syndromes [info]

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Marilyn Manson fires Twiggy Ramirez

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM (PST)

Many people have been waiting for this news to break and it did. Looks like Marilyn Manson has fired Jeordie White after the rape allegations from Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill/Scarling. Addams seems much more credible and socially aware than White, who says genius stuff like “Varg is awesome”.

This makes us glad as we want to keep supporting Manson (as long as Johnny Depp isn’t in more videos) and he seemed shocked when the news broke. Here is hoping Tim Skold comes back. In other news, Alice Glass fans should read THIS.

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Barney Greenway performs with Sick Of It All

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:59 PM (PST)

Hardcore idols Sick Of It All have posted a clip of the band performing a stone cold classic “My Life” from Blood, Sweat and No Tears in Tokyo with Barney from fuckin’ Napalm Death on vocals! The crowd is of course loving it. Good times and just what the doctor ordered to cheer you up after a week of deaths in the metal scene.

Posted by Sick Of It All on Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Halford is arguably the most talented classic elder front man still active in metal (and showing no signs of slowing down). Judas Priest are gods of metal, even if some people think they are just a ‘rock n roll’ band. Eff that. They are molten British Steel, baby.

Today the band have announced a new studio album Firepower and a big tour with support from Saxon and Black Star Riders! That is one hell of a kick ass grouping of acts.

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Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) dies

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9:04 PM (PST)

Marilyn Manson co-founder Scott Putesky has passed from his four year battle with cancer. There was something magical about the Portrait Of An American Family-era and “Daisy Berkowitz” was a gigantic part of that initial wow factor. The news broke via another of Putesky’s former bands, the incredible cult act Jack Off Jill. Jessicka Addams of JOJ was also in the news this week to tell the world of horrible abuse she allegedly suffered from Manson member Jeordie White. Record companies def cover for money making stars and we hope Addams finds peace and closure. It must be incredibly emotional to have lost her friend Scott so close to already dealing with the torrent of emotions that accompanies speaking up to a bigger power.

I missed that certain cartoony style and buzzy punkish rage that inhabited much of Putesky’s playing after that element was less prominent in Manson’s work (The Golden Age of Grotesque has maybe some of the closest moments). While I am a big fan of a number of later MM releases, there is something about Portrait that will always remind me of doing drugs in high school and escaping into that crazy tape in my walk man when the world seemed huge and too scary to treat as anything other than a mad carnival.

Read a great interview with Scott HERE.

Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott – "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz

Posted by Jack Off Jill on Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Show Review: Dokken in Poughkeepsie, NY

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8:01 PM (PST)

There’s been an alarming trend I’ve noticed in music throughout time. Ludwig Van Beethoven, dead. Elvis Presley, dead. Janis Joplin, dead. Amy Winehouse, dead. Chester Bennington, dead. Don Dokken, still alive and well. This is all factual. DOKKEN‘s music has been known to make you live longer and make men last longer in the sack. True story. Don Dokken has been known to play DOKKEN songs throughout his entire career, at every show. The others are not known for doing this. Behold the power of DOKKEN’s music.

For years, in my quest to spread the word of the almighty DOKKEN, I have stood at the front of every stage at every show I’ve attended. I have heckled hundreds of bands by yelling “, Play Some DOKKEN!”, regardless of their genre. Naturally, once The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY announced they had booked the mighty DOKKEN to play their venue, I knew I had to be there. I needed to seize the opportunity to witness the awesome power of DOKKEN live!

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RIP Martin Eric Ain

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:23 AM (PST)

This year and last both took some major talents from this mortal coil, but their energy, spirits and work live on. Today we have learned the sad news that true extreme metal legend and pioneer Martin Eric Ain has passed away at 50 years old of a heart attack.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer: “I am deeply affected by [Martin’s] passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982.”

If it were not for Martin’s impact, many bands we take for granted today would not exist. Pay respect to a founder and buy this book or revisit his integral music now. Consider that every risk we take in life, every creative endeavor, can actually change the world no matter the odds.

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Cattle Decapitation Euro 2017 Tour Documentary Online

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM (PST)

This past summer, Cattle Decapitation embarked on a European trek, during which the band filmed a tour documentary, directed by Paul McGuire / Obscenery Films (https://obsceneryfilms.com/). To watch the behind-the-scenes and live footage from Cattle Decapitation on the road, please visit:http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation, where the video is now streaming live. Fans can also watch on YouTube HERE.

Guitarist Josh Elmore comments: “For several years now, fans have been asking the band to release a video chronicle with live performance footage and enhanced or ‘behind the scenes’ documentation. During a recent European run, our friend Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films traveled with the band and captured glimpses of what day-to-day life on the road is like for Cattle Decapitation and spoke with the members as they reflected on years of touring and what their future holds. The result is an entertaining, humorous and informative documentary that shows the band as a live entity and also what goes on during their down time on tour; play-throughs, interviews, concert chaos, Euro-tourism and more. We hope you enjoy it!”

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While we all mourn the end of DEP, the band have some stuff still up their sleeves. Behold the new video for “Limerent Death”, one of the key tracks from grand finale Dissociation ( Note: so far it is a finale, I mean. Ministry made like 3 farewell records after all and now are just basically back so who knows…anything is possible in an age where At The Gates, Quicksand and At The Drive In all have new reunion material). But yeah, whether the band return someday remains to be seen. Meanwhile celebrate their succinct brand of brash bombast HERE.

Vocalist Greg Puciato comments: “So … we could’ve gone the normal route and put a video out before our record came out, but the truth is we were so wiped out from the writing and the recording and the weight of the breakup that we just couldn’t give a shit at the time. Besides, we knew that nothing more conceptual than live footage ever felt right for this song anyway, and at the time, after being off tour for a while … well … there just wasn’t any. So here’s a little something, directed by Oleg Rooz, who lived with us for our last European tour and shot endlessly. It’s only a year after our album came out and about a dozen shows away from the band finale, but hey … fashionably late.”

 

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