Deep Cuts: Aerosmith

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM (PST)

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Call them the epitome of excess , call them dinosaurs or call
them out for managing to weasel their way into pop culture discussions decade
after decade, there is no denying the eternal power of Aerosmith. Critics and
haters can scoff as they aren’t high brow or dark enough, but at any moment
Aerosmith can still whip out a handful of classics or a bluesy new number and
sound as huge as they ever did. No one gave Judas Priest half as much shit for
being on American Idol as Steven Tyler gets for many of his, admittedly,
ridiculous more “pop” targeted choices of late but check out what he did for
this nice Ontario boy with Down’s Syndrome. Plus, he gave us Liv Tyler.

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Personally, we are in way worse hands nowadays with pop stars who just don’t
have the talent or the larger than life personas (is Bieber anything compared to
Steven Tyler in his glorious prime, really? No fucking way. Stop hugging him, Lady Gaga).

Where are the icons who can last another 40 years? You can blame it on
the record industry and album sales or marketing but at some point it is also
on the bands for not being lifers and for being chicken to stick it out.

For this hard rock centered Deep Cuts I picked three tunes that may not be as
fucking perfect as “Last Child” but which still could burn down any barn.
Aerosmith are amazing when they bring the boogie, stomp and no pity/no
apologies street glam to their stadium ready bar fight rock so I choose to
write about that side of the band rather than, say, “Pink” (lmao).

Listen to NYC’s The Compulsions, Krist Novoselic’s low end groove, Royal Trux’ Neil Hagerty’s
extended hazed out mid period soloing ( the cig smoke reeking “…Horror James” comes to mind), the recent Danzig cover of “Lord Of TheThighs” (by far the coolest tune on Skeletons) or any of the early material by
a little comeback band called Guns N Roses, you know that we still aren’t
worthy.

Let’s hope Steven wraps up the fully unnecessary solo shenanigans soon and gets back in the
saddle.

Read the 3 song picks below.

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It is hard deciding if the best approach to reviewing such an exhaustive and important milestone  for Opeth as The Book Of Opeth, a super rewarding and fans in mind work of art (would you expect anything less?) from one of metal’s most revered bands, with a more exhaustive or impressionistic approach.

Aesthetically, it is as stunning visually as any of the band’s greatest achievements. The moody respect for the essential mystery of nature and the spirit and cerebral leaning craftsmanship with an emphasis on complexity has carried over, albeit instead of actual riffs we have the stories in the book which allow a hand swiped view through the foggy window of awe; a peak into the inner workings of a group who have earned every inch of respect over the past 25 years and change.

Much like the crucial Decibel anointed Choosing Death or Only Death Is Real from Bazillion Points, this Opeth doozy is fun while chock full of enough respect for sociology and the genre to warrant such an endeavor even if the band wasn’t as important as they ARE. You really get a sense of their development over the course of hundreds of killer photos, lush layout page detailing and fantastic reflections from members. Like Sean Yseult’s recent I’m In The Band or even, say, the massive Emperor 24 vinyl box set which the mere thought of makes me weep and shiver, this is a serious fucking beast of merchandise of the highest order and a celebration of accomplishment with a major sense of adventure and wonder for the entire business of it all. More than a labor of vanity or love, this says pay attention, this is about the collective work of amazing lives.

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Byzantine sign epic deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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Beloved groove thrashers Byzantine are set to prove the To Release Is To Resolve comeback album was no fluke. An as yet untitled record is due very soon from Metal Blade! This is huge and well deserved for such a seasoned a

Front-man, Chris “OJ” Ojeda had this to say about the band’s recent signing: “For the last few albums, we have operated outside the fringes of the music community by necessity. I had almost lost hope that we would ever have the chance to showcase our music to the world on a bigger stage. With the help of Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Records, we feel like Byzantine has been given a 2nd chance to make our 1st impression. We are absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to share our brand of heavy music with the world on the world’s best metal label!”

In regards to Byzantine signing to Metal Blade Records, Jose Mangin (SiriusXM Liquid Metal) comments: “As the most massive supporter ofByzantine‘s music since day one, we’ve known a secret that the rest of the world will NOW finally be able to realize, thanks to Metal Blade! The strength, raw talent, and absolute ease at which these West Virginians shred is a thing to experience, and it’s just a matter of time before they rise the ranks to become one of Metal’s elite!”

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Eyehategod Spring shows with Fight Amp, C.O.C., Discharge, etc.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8:26 AM (PST)

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We are lucky to live in a time where you can’t step out of your puke infested snake basket without tripping over a grimy sounding band. From Haxen to Misery Kills to Sourvein, the darkness of raw metal and hardcore music is more pervasive than ever. Eyehategod still pretty much take the crown for intense,  blues and junk punk/sludge that will eat you alive or set you free. “Medicine Noose” from their last self-titled record is case in point. From the second the tune opens with a classic sounding EHG feedback ring, you know you’re about to get buried in hell and brimstone.

The veteran band are hitting the road for a Spring run to make some freshly bloomed flowers die. Hopefully no dates will be cancelled, but this band is rock n roll as fuck to the day and so there are no certainties in life. Is there a band more befitting our current American shit show? I think not.

Dates below.

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Schammasch release “Metanoia” music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:53 AM (PST)

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Schammasch and Prosthetic Records have another great new video out, this one for the very Enslaved/Woods Of Ypres-esque and stark “Metanoia”. Pre order this immensely skilled band’s new Triangle release (over 100 minutes of music!) HERE.  We are def looking forward to this one around these parts.

Check it out BELOW.

Black Tusk admit “God’s On Vacation” via new video.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:34 AM (PST)
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As they close out their last week of their extensive 8-week-long North American tour, Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK have unveiled another music video for their “God’s On Vacation” single from their latest album, Pillars of Ash (January 29, Relapse). Check out this NSFW video, directed by Alixandra Petrovich, now on Vevo and YouTube. “God’s on Vacation” also recently appeared in the Mortal Combat XL trailer and NPR said the song brings the past into the present with its “Slayer-slashed riffs, gut-curdling wah-wah, an unrelenting rhythm section and trashy-as-hell hardcore-punk hooks.”

 Since their formation over 10 years ago, Black Tusk have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in rock. After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EP’s and thousands of shows under their belts, the punk/metal power trio was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band, which also features guitarist Andrew Fidler and drummer James May with Corey Barhorst (Niche, Kylesa) now on bass, are releasing Pillars of Ash, the culmination of three brothers-in-arms’ blood, sweat and tears, and is Black Tusk’s finest accomplishment to date.

Road dates below.

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big 4When asked in an interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal about his most memorable nights he had being in Slayer, guitarist Kerry King shared his memories of Slayer playing “Big 4″ shows with MetallicaMegadeth and Anthrax, which he calls an important part of his career. He explains:

“Something that was really cool for me — and I didn’t think it was going to be as cool as it was — was when we did the ‘Big Four’ shows. I think that was important. I think it mattered. When I went in, I thought it was going to be cool for the fans, but in the end, it was cool for me, too.”

He added: “The funniest thing in the history of Kerry King and Slayer is us and Metallica, we don’t really run in the same circles. As similar we are, you know, we’ve never been on tour with those guys. To actually play with them on the ‘Big Four’ was really cool for me. I’d go back behind where Lars goes when he gets done with a song — we called that Larsland — we’d go watch the show from there. It was really cool. It was just cool hanging. Kirk would come and hang out, and we’d go do stuff with Lars. It was fun.”

Slayer released Repentless, their first album in six years, last September on Nuclear Blast. It was also their first album with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt as the replacement for the late Jeff Hannemann, and their first with drummer Paul Bostaph in nearly 15 years.

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Exodus to begin work on new music next month

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 11:09 AM (PST)

exodus lineupIn an interview with Finland’s Kaaos TVExodus drummer Tom Hunting revealed that the band is planning to begin writing new material next month for their follow-up to 2014′s Blood In, Blood Out. He states:

“Gary and I are gonna start sitting down… He’s gonna write some riffs and we’re gonna start jamming in April. We’re not under any hurry or any kind of time constraints to come up with a new record, but we want to. Everybody’s motivated, and we have a little free time in April. ‘Cause we’ve been touring constantly for this album, and Gary’s got commitments to Slayer too, so we’ve gotta work around that. He’s a big part of this thing.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.

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Avatar debut radio track “The Eagle Has Landed”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 3:47 PM (PST)

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Avatar have debuted a new song “The Eagle Has Landed” with Revolver.

The theatrical and over the top group will release the exciting concept album FEATHERS & FLESH soon. It’s available MAY 13, 2016

 

 

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Album Review: Metal Church – “XI”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 3:20 PM (PST)

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When I got the initial news that Ronny Munroe was out of METAL CHURCH, I was blown away. “That’s it, the band is done again! How long do I have to wait for them to come back?” I was screaming at my computer screen upon reading the news. The guys had a history of announcing a singer has left and leave us fans “Hanging In The Balance” (see what I did there?) as we waited for them to announce a new singer and come back with a vengeance. After Hanging In The Balance, singer Mike Howe left the band and literally dropped off the face of the earth for years.

6 years later, singer David Wayne had returned to the band to record the Masterpiece album, which was awesome, but then he was out shortly after. David Wayne did release an album shortly after named David Wayne’s Metal Church, which was great, but it didn’t have the same feeling. I would recommend you check it out though. Wayne’s departure meant leaving us without any new tunes from METAL CHURCH for another 5 years until the band came back with new singer Ronny Munroe and they gave us the Weight Of The World album which has been one of my personal favorite metal albums from my teen years. I recall memorizing that album within days of its release and drove some of my bandmates at the time nuts with my constant singing.

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New Noise stream Walking Bombs “Know You’re Wild” debut.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 2:27 PM (PST)

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Happy Easter weekend, love birds. He is risen and shout at the devil and all that jazz. If you head over to New Noise HERE you can catch the stream of my solo project Walking Bombs debut full length. It’s a range of tracks and collabos going from 2009-present. Bulk of songs are new from last summer.

Guests include the wonderful talents of Grace Moore, David Andersen (The Warp,The Weft), Sean Paul Pillsworth (The Red Owls, Nightmares For A Week), Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas) plus Ashley Moe and Paul Newman (I Multiply) and the band Flourish.

Album statement below and on the Bandcamp. 

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It’s been a good few years for die hard stoner fans, from C.O.C. kicking butt
to Geezer, The Midnight Ghost Train, Tarpit Boogie, Monolord and others
keeping the scene burgeoning like a fat bowl of lettuce. One of the most
solid efforts you’re likely to hear, Greenleaf‘s Rise Above The Meadow is a
hard rock infused crunching mass of bluesy riffs, pounding drums and a
distinctively Swedish sense of melody to vocals that fall between the schools
of Danzig, Wino and Ozzy.

“A Million Fireflys” is a must hear newly forged anthem that anyone into QOTSA, Dozer, Born Again -era Sabbath etc. will be keen to savor or start spreading as the new gospel. The band’s Napalm tenure is sure to stay great.
I’ve been recommending them to everyone lately, ranging from Trevor of Pelican to probably your grandma. It’s such a good single I stopped listening to Future Brown’s “Wanna Party (remix)” for a minute or two to remember rock is really good when it actually exists.

I’m writing this on the anniversary of Van Halen’s 5150 album. Whether you are a Hagar fan or not, those were the days rock and metal ruled the charts. Greenleaf are proof that you can knock back a shot celebrating that rock n’ roll will never die.

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Album Review: Veil Of Deception – “Tearing Up The Roots”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM (PST)

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I’ve followed Dan Gallar for a few years now. I originally came into contact with him when he was announced as the new singer for UK band NEPHWRACK, which was a band I had come across so long ago, we were in contact on MySpace. Yeah, it’s been that long folks. Dan’s departure from NEPHWRACK brought us a one shot album band called THE NAKED SHOW, before he moved on to VEIL OF DECEPTION.

Their 2nd album, Tearing Up The Roots, may be Gallar’s best musical offering to date. The album kicks off with “Dream Within A Nightmare”, a haunting instrumental blend of clean guitar and heavy machine gun fire drumming that flows directly into “Stench Of Fear”, a fast paced combination of hard hitting drums, even harder riffage and high pitch vocals that set the tone of the onslaught to come. Those first two tracks are a perfect introduction into who these guys are and what they can do. The album just pounds your ears from start to finish, and they don’t let up. Dan Gallar’s voice can be described as a cross between Eric A.K. (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) and Davey Havok (AFI), but with a much harder edge that really compliments the music and lyrics.

Be sure to stop by www.veilofdeception.com to pick up your copy of the album. (Editor’s note: This album has been out since 2015 so is a bit older, but we let it slide this time cuz Drewdas Priest was so stoked to spread the word on these cats \m/)

Key Tracks -
Dream Within A Nightmare / Stench Of Fear
Personal Holy Grail
Summer’s Dying

OTEP debuts new track “In Cold Blood”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles heavy metal queen OTEP has released her newest track “In Cold Blood”.

“In Cold Blood” comes off of the upcoming album Generation Doom which will come out on April 15 via Napalm Records.

In addition to this new track OTEP has announced the “Generation Doom” Tour which will see support from Lacey Sturm, September Mourning, Through Fire and Doll Skin.

Check out “In Cold Blood”, “Lords of War” and “Zero” as well as OTEP tour dates here.

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Eths from France’s latest single is friggin’ bad ass, one of the most interesting tunes in a career already full of odd twists and turns from a band you can’t pigeonhole. Much like stateside industrial rockers InAeona or even Richard Patrick’s long running Filter, just when you think you are going to peg where they are going next the band head for uncharted waters.

Regarding the new track, ETHS guitarist Staif Bihl comments:

“I am glad to introduce a third new track from our forthcoming album. The lyrics of ‘Kumari Kandam’ were written by me with the help of my friend Faustine Berardo (LA NÉBULEUSE D’HIMA), who is also singing some parts of this song together with Sarah Layssac of ARKAN. Kumari Kandam is a legendary continent that is said to be lying at the bottom of the sea south of the Indian subcontinent. My lyrics deal with human civilizations, and how they have vanished due to force of nature or just of their own doing – as a warning for future generations. Of course, this story also applies to our own civilization, which seems to be working as hard as possible to speed up its own downfall.”

The quartet will release ‘Ankaa’, worldwide on April 22nd. The band’s new album marks their first full-length with new vocalist and “France has got Talent” sensation Rachel Aspe. Pre-orders for the album are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop. 

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