UK’s Evile to return strong in 2015, proper “Skull” love

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM (PST)


More shows announced by the  Evile camp.It is great to see the band get back on their feet yet again. One of the most consistently killer thrash bands in the world!

“Evile are coming back next year, we’ve been hard at work over the past few months with Piers, our new guitarist, to get up to speed with putting a great set together for our first show back at one of our favourite venues (so much of a favourite I named a song after it!), the Underworld in London, on March 28, 2015.

We’ve still got a lot of work to do in the coming months to make sure we can be better than we’ve ever been but we’re treating this as a new start, I always hoped (idealistically) that Evile could be a band that kept the same members for as long as we lasted but obviously there are some things you just can’t fight or plan for and life just isn’t that straight forward.

We want to make sure we put the time in to be stronger than ever but we can only all manage to be available at the same time for one or two rehearsals per week which is why we haven’t rushed straight back out there. We need to put the effort in to be as good a live band as we want to be, that’s what we’re aiming for starting next year. This time we are going the DIY route, we have no label or manager. Just ourselves and whatever stage people will let us play on.

We finally get the chance to tour in support of our last album Skull which we released through Earache in May 2013, sadly we never got a chance to promote it properly so it seemed to fly under the radar for a lot of people so we plan on playing that album in full at shows next year as we’re really proud of what we put together on that one and think it deserves it’s time in the spotlight.Check out the rest of the dates we have booked in for next year and we will see the London faithful at the Underworld on March 28 for the resurrection of Evile.”

Click HERE for dates and “Skull”, thrashers!

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The Anthrax song "I Am The Law" is a tribute to the comic book character Judge Dredd.

White Arms Of Athena’s new “Heavy Sleep” is a colorful winner

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM (PST)


With the Dec. 2 release of their self-titled sophomore effort less than two months away, WHITE ARMS OF ATHENA have unveiled the new song “Heavy Sleep,” the first piece of new music from the Texas-based, prog-infused quintet since their 2011 debut Astrodrama via YouTube .This band is super cool and along with Wings Denied, Fallujah, Torrential Downpour (and a few others that come to mind), White Arms are injecting life into the intricate side of extreme things without the songs suffering. Plus, you gotta dig that weird Liquid Television meets David Bowie lookin’ alien art thing.

“Heavy Sleep” is also available for instant download as a single or when you pre-order a digital copy of the album from either iTunes, Amazon MP3 or Bandcamp! Physical pre-orders are also available offering the release on CD or LP (including a digital download card) along with special bundles featuring an 11×17 poster of the intriguingly chromatic cover artwork designed by Luis Garcia (as showcased above) directly from Prosthetic’s webshop (HERE).

RIYL Coheed and Cambria, BTBAM, Born Of Osiris, Metallica.


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King Diamond to release comprehensive “Dreams of Horror”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM (PST)


New King Diamond collection to announce, this news hot on the heels of our recent interview.

A 2xCD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy LaRocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month!

King Diamond‘s “Dreams of Horror” is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.

Dreams of Horror” will be available on November 11th. Listen to “The Puppet Master” from disc 2 of “Dreams of Horror” and pre-order a copy now at

In other news, King Diamond vinyl has been made available throughout 2014. Currently, vinyl versions of Them, Abigail, The Eye, Fatal Portrait, and The Puppet Master are available now on the Metal Blade webshop. Conspiracy and In Concert will be coming this January! Copies of the vinyl are available now HERE.

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Melvins stream new album feat. Butthole Surfers via Pandora

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM (PST)

What a salad of 1,000 delights. Listening to the boogie blues of Voodelic’s Conjure LP and then this sludgy news item lands in my ear.

The Melvins are streaming their forthcoming album, Hold It In (Oct. 14, Ipecac Recordings), in its entirety via Pandora right herez.

Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song album are Butthole Surfers’ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.

Digital pre-orders for Hold It In are available now via iTunes with the album lead-off, “Bride of Crankenstein,” offered as an immediate download upon order here. Rolling Stone previously premiered “Brass Cupcake,” saying the new record “sounds like the Cars and Devo plugging into Blue Cheer’s amp stacks.”

The Melvins kick off a round of U.S. tour dates on Oct. 15 in Sacramento at Assembly, with label mates Le Butcherettes opening through Oct. 30. Osborne, Crover and Pinkus will be the touring line-up for this run of dates.

HERE for tour dates and Seig Howdy.

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Gus G. rad “I Am The Fire” expanded edition riff salad

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM (PST)

Due out November 4th in North America **digital only**, this expanded version of ‘I Am The Fire’ includes 4 bonus tracks, in addition to the standard 12 tracks that were released earlier this year to critical acclaim. GUS G. handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on the album, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that helped bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN), and vocalists Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY). ‘I Am The Fire’ showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey through GUS G.’s soulful playing.

For a preview of ‘I Am The Fire’, be sure to check out the official video for the album track “My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Leven)” Below!

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491203903_960 Cool tidings for art fans today from Baroness HQ

Sneak peek of our friend #taramcpherson and her time lapse video for #thewanderers for an upcoming show. Thanks for using “wanderlust” as the soundtrack. @cottoncandymachine. Check it out at

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“Metalhead” to be screened at CMJ 2014

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:12 PM (PST)


This years CMJ Music Marathon will be hosting a special screening of Icelandic director Ragnar Bragasons brand new film Metalhead. Boasting a soundtrack of 80s/90s headbanging classics, the New York screening will be open to CMJ badge holders and will be shown at the NYC Kennedy Center on October 24. More information about the screening and other CMJ panels will be made available via shortly. Metalhead will be released theatrically and on VOD by Cinelicious Pics in early 2015.

Fueled by a remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga, Bragasons intense drama of loss, faith, redemption, and heavy metal begins with a farming accident in the 1980s that sends a young girl named Hera and her parents into a tail-spin of grief over the death of her heavy metal music-obsessed older brother. A decade later, Hera is transformed into a surly headbanger, dressed in black leather and a Slayer t-shirt, clutching her dead brothers electric guitar as she howls anthems of rage to a barn full of cows. Seemingly trapped in a haunted landscape of slaughterhouses and barren winter fields, making all the wrong choices in her life, Hera slowly and painfully comes to terms with her familys loss and the sound of her own true voice.

Metalhead was the winner of 8 awards at the 2014 Icelandic Film Awards (including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, and Original Score by noted Icelandic musician Petur Ben), and received rave reviews during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch a trailer for Metalhead here:

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Sally Gates Orange Amps Orbweaver fun rig breakdown video

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM (PST)


Orbweaver are one of the more interesting bands to come along the last few years. Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon is more than just a wordy and trippy album title to make Gigan fans envious. The strange brew the weavers of Orb cook up is in no small part affected by the guitar tricks the lovely Sally Gates adds to the recipe. Now you can watch an Orange Amps gear breakdown for the upcoming guitar heroine HERE.

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Emit Re-Issue of “Spectre Music…” via Crucial Blast imminent

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM (PST)


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Crucial Blast?

Crucial Blast is preparing Spectre Music Of An Antiquary, the sought out-of-print 2012 album from UK ambient/black/noise metal entity, EMIT, to be reintroduced to the population at the end of October.

Press Release – “The latest album of murky graveyard ambience, deranged synth, phantasmic dread and ritualistic black drift from this cult UK outfit, their first in nearly ten years is surrealistic, spectral music and nocturnal delirium transmitted from beyond the veil and steeped in the mysteries of old Britain, like some twisted, eldritch fusion of Fabio Frizzi, In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo-era Abruptum, and 80′s darkwave. A must-hear for anyone into the murky surrealistic blackness of artists like Reverorum ib Malacht (a band that has shared members with EMIT in the past), Yoga, Occultation, Uno Actu, Utarm, and Dapnom.”

HERE  is a taste.

Ok, now back to Good Clean Fun’s Positively Positive 1997-2002. “And ask yourself, what would you do?”

Interview: In Flames on daring “Siren Charms”, growth as a band

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM (PST)


We write for what we think is right. I have to believe in myself and the songs and music that I do. I have to live with that shit forever...I [could] try to do Colony II, but that wouldn’t be right, either. That album was true to who I was for that time and who we were then. I wouldn’t change a thing, you know? For us, it’s always been about taking everything we’ve done with us, but embracing the future. Using what we have right now. – Anders

In Flames ought to be as legendary as an alternative metal band with prog-leanings as they are for their early  melodic death metal. It is idiotic. Siren Charms is one of their best , truly layered albums and is RIYL anything from System Of A Down to Black Crown Initiate to Opeth to, of course, In Flames. No one does it quite their way and if you have an open mind and can appreciate the band as a whole and not within a box of a few certain years, the rewards are many.

My interview with vocalist Anders Fridèn for New Noise Magazine can be read HERE.

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Metal Insider will be presenting an exclusive screening of Scott Ian’s Swearing Words In Glasgow DVD in conjunction with Megaforce Records. The event will take place at Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 3-6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd, and is free to those who send an RSVP to

To be released on November 13th via Megaforce Records, the successfully crowd-funded DVD was recorded towards the end of Ians first-ever spoken word tour in Glasgow, Scotland. More information about Metal Insiders free screening of the Anthrax guitarists Swearing Words In Glasgow DVD here:

Later that same evening, Metal Insider will host its third annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase at The Wick in Brooklyn, NY. Sponsored by Spinefarm Records, the show will feature explosive sets from Incite, 68, Black Crown Initiate and Toothgrinder. Tickets are on sale now through The Wicks website for only $12 [enter SPINEFARMCMJ as the promo code at checkout to get the early bird rate of $10]. Limited CMJ badges will be admitted at the door.

More information about Metal Insiders CMJ 2014 Showcase can be found here:

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XTRMST announce self-titled debut, first take vocals

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM (PST)

I don’t care. AFI still rules.

“Total Immortal” and even  Decemberunderground will always be part of my favorite musical moments in this life. The dark sub-textures and literary spin the punk band brought more fully into the mainstream in the wake of the Mansons and the Danzigs out there was always evolving and still takes the guys to their own unique places. Now, Davey and Jade are returning to straight edge hardcore with a sound older fans of the early AFI records may be keen on comparing and hyper-analyzing. Any 90′s-00′s kids feel me on this? AFI was once one of the ultimate backpack/skateboard bands, whether you wanna admit it now or not. It is funny though that it is almost “artsy” of them to do a new SxE band at this point.

AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

Click HERE for more info.

All Hell sign to HPGD Productions, 10/28/14 digital release

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM (PST)


Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has signed Asheville, NC’s horror hounds All Hell and will release their debut album entitled “The Devil’s Work” on October 28th 2014 as a Digital Album. Below is the official description:

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Asheville, NC’s horror hounds All Hell with the debut album “The Devil’s Work”. Out for blood, All Hell present twelve tracks of torture and torment, ripping into themes of dark literature, art and the most hideous chapters of human history. A unique blend of Metalpunk, Thrash and old school Black Metal, “The Devil’s Work” is full of violence, darkness, and morbid aggression along with horror influenced lyrics and imagery. Rise from the grave and worship All hell! For fans of Bathory, Celtic Frost, Danzig, Disfear, Eat My Fuk, Hellhammer, The Lurking Corpses, Midnight, The Misfits, Samhain, Toxic Holocaust and Venom

Quintron makes drone metal approved weather controlled monster synth

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)


WEATHER FOR THE BLIND DOT ORG is a 24/7 live streaming site of a new instrument which uses sun, wind, rain, and temperature to control a monster analog synth designed by Quintronics in New Orleans, LA. and at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida.

The site also links to the band version of this project – WEATHER WARLOCK – a heavy drone ritual which only happens at sunrise or sunset involving zero to nine members performing sets which may last from 30 minutes to one year long.

Maybe that is like the Slipknot collegiate Skull & Bones camp for aspiring forecasters. This appeals to the romantic in me, that inventiveness can still create a cool musical concept and be functional in other mediums like science and psychology. Sunn O))) types who crave a weirder trip should get on board and maybe even surf.

Watch heatseeker’s Black Crown Initiate’s first ever music video

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM (PST)

Black Crown Initiate seem to be the band everyone is talking about lately and deservedly so. I actually went to the local FYE and bought The Wreckage Of Stars today to support their first week sales because I really believe in what this band is doing. Gruff vocals that still have substance over style, murderous drum precision and guitars that paint the sky red. Check out the hype HERE.

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