Brett Bamberger day: New Revocation and Publicist UK clips for dat ass

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11:50 AM (PST)

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God damn, two rad tunes, one bassist! Yes, two awesome songs that both feature fret dominator Brett Bamberger. The new Revocation clip and Publicist UK‘s dark, Bauhaus-esque “Away” are two very different but thrilling jams. Tuesday, you are thus forth renamed Brett Bamberger’s bitch!

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The name of the band Job for a Cowboy was taken from a line in a high school text book that read "Sounds like a job for a Cowboy" by frontman Johnny Davy.


Album Review: Dead Letter Circus – “Aesthesis”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:42 AM (PST)

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“And I hope that one day I will see you again”. This plaintive lyric opens Dead Letter Circus’s masterful new album Aesthesis. Kim Benzie’s distinct voice is a proud flag the Brisbane band rallies around with colorful and spacious hard rock that wastes absolutely zero time trying to fit into a box of preconceptions.

Life is a varied experience and thank God. I am a huge Max Cavalera fan but was dismayed to read an old quote recently I’d never seen where he called Killswitch Engage “gay”. Even more than the lazy use of that word I was much more bothered by the inference that Killswitch acted “like U2 on stage” as Cavalera said in, I think, like 2008 when Howard Jones was in the band. Perhaps it was bitterness for Sepultura doing an awesome “Bullet The Blue Sky” cover post-Max, but the Brazilian metal greats comments just rang as senseless to me. Every Soulfly record has had guests of different stripes from the very melodic Chino Moreno to Fred Durst! I know Max is a Bob Marley fan. Let’s try and be more open minded again in metal and hard rock.

Look, I like Possessed as much (and maybe more) than many people. That said, who are we trying to prove things too? Ten death metal or throwback thrash fans who only support narrow definitions instead of achievement and risk? With no melodic elements in metal there is no Fear Factory, no Iced Earth, so many good bands. One of my photographers today is shooting Deftones/Incubus for us and I’m thrilled that package tour is luring back some hard rock fans. Ticket sales are down across the board. Forward thinking bands like The Safety Fire are breaking up. Mayhem Fest just fell apart, tragically.

This is not a time for closing doors on each other.

“Yeah dude, but is the record good”? Yes. Dare I say, Hell fuckin’ yes?!

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Chemical Burn stream “Raining Anvils” in full with HBIH

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11:25 AM (PST)

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Though they may take even longer between albums than Tool, L.A. heavy metal band Chemical Burn (our current band spotlight artist) have finally streamed their new long player Raining Anvils. Check it out HERE at Heavyblogisheavy and tell ‘em Metal Riot sent ya!

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Abigail has long been my absolute favorite King release, though many prefer Them. I’m happy the King’s finest, IMO, hour is getting the US full tour treatment! Read my recent interview with the legend himself HERE about his near death experience and how he hates saxophones, then check dates out below. Mayhem Fest might be gone, but they went out with the coolest band to ever grace their tour (besides another Mickey Dee alumni band, Motorhead). Yes, the black horseman ride again and that jerk Jonathan is gonna have kind of a hard time.

Official statement:

King Diamond will be back on tour soon for an extra special event for fans – one not to be missed! As part of the set, the band will be performing the classic 1987 album Abigail in its entirety! The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary bay area thrash metal band Exodus as the opening act! The full list of confirmed dates is below. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am ET.

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Last Mayhem Fest ever?

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:53 AM (PST)

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The homies of Metal Injection are reporting that this is indeed the last Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest. Read the article HERE.

I am bummed as I have to say media was always treated wonderfully by Mayhem staff and with a lot more regard than some other tours.

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Slipknot bassist rushed to hospital at CT stop of tour

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM (PST)

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Alessandro Venturella  of Slipknot and Krokodil was taken to the hospital a few songs into the masked maulers set in Hartford this past Saturday, August 2nd. No reason has yet been given. Footage HERE.

Update: Blabbermouth is reporting he has been discharged from the hospital after suffering severe dehydration. More HERE

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“I have my own ideals that I stick by and am not gonna be swayed by someone
telling me the Mongolian or white community is the superior race over everyone
because of this, this and this? I’m gonna tell you ,”so is my dick, bro.” -
Mike Luciano (vocals)

Metalinsider is one of my very favorite and consistently good metal sites out
there. They published a piece about how melodic metalcore band The Paramedic
have an ex drummer who is running for office with the “Traditional Worker’s
Party, which was created by a white supremacist that speaks out against Jewish
people”.

The Paramedic are a mixed race band and yet have also had controversy surround
them due to a t shirt perceived as violent against women and for a blog post
by vocalist Mike Luciano about Caitlyn Jenner that some took as anti-trans. I
am bi sexual and didn’t read the post as anti trans, rather that Mike felt
dubious of Jenner’s authenticity as a person in general. Some people are
concerned that because of the t shirt and the Caitlyn post that now with the
ex drummer’s party affiliation, perhaps The Paramedic are all really fucked up
people.

I have been in an on and off feud with Coheed & Cambria for years and want
peace with them but also stand my ground because I was there when Claudio met
my very real sister Cambria at a Woodstock concert I booked years ago. I have
known the Coheed guys for years and we have a very fucking crazy history. My
sister was at times told degrading things over the years or I was also
bullied and shit on by their fans because they don’t understand why it still
angers me that Claudio Sanchez has never acknowledged she exists.

My dad just died and family and true stories are more important to me than ever. I have
been in this scene 20+ years both signed and unsigned and I feel everyone has
a right to be heard, myself included. Even if that means a huge band might
have to admit they have downplayed an often troubled relationship over the
years with a family that hasn’t always appreciated their actions. Shit, their
first drummer Nate Kelley is my best friend and STILL people are stubborn and
hold onto their illusions.

Having just this week been trolled on Metalsucks by a Coheed fan who compared me to
Justin Lowe’s pre-death rant in a derogatory and not “concerned for my mental health”
way, I know how ugly things can get and also how one sided or lacking media
coverage can be, inexplicably. I’m manic depressive but take Paxil.

I also remember how happy people were when The
Paramedic first arrived on the scene and reading about how they were really
connecting with fans in (i think) an old AMP Magazine article.

I reached out to vocalist Mike Luciano, who doesn’t know me. I’m not biased. I
wanted his side of things. I have written good and critical things about the
Paramedic before. I think Mike’s voice is one of the coolest things about the
band but that some of the songs have been meh compared to others.

I didn’t expect to hear back, honestly. Instead Mike took an hour out of his
day and was more of a straight talker than the majority of the thousands of
bands I have literally interviewed.

He wrote me: ”I’ve never been one to attack anyone or any music mag of any type unless they are wrongfully publishing things. Naturally, much like anyone else, if I feel attacked im gonna push back twice as hard. As long as there is nothing like that going on during the interview I don’t see why this can’t be extremely productive for both of us!”

Then we talked on the phone. Read it BELOW.

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Ride or Die: Cycle Sluts From Hell Rocklive 1990 interview posted

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM (PST)

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Raff from NYC legends Cycle Sluts From Hell (a band with bigger balls than most “dude” bands that’ve ever existed), posted an awesome old school interview with the pioneering “girl” group of rowdy and mercurial metal pranksters. Peep the footage from Hammerjacks in Baltimore, 1990 on Youtube. It still blows my mind I got to be a dancing back up ghoul/evil monk for them for a reunion show at Mother Fucker party years back. Their hair looks amazing in this video.

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Seattle’s HE WHOSE OX IS GORED has been raising the brows of the underground masses with their eclectic, oft trance-inducing fusion of doom, prog rock, post hardcore and psychedelic shoegaze since their inception in 2009. Following the release of their critically-adored, Bleeding Light Records-issued Rumors 7″ last year which Echoes And Dust called, “a sonic journey of crazy, intense energy,” Cvlt Nation likened to a, “frothing, boiling cauldron of doom, spilling forth expansive riffs, pummeling beats and haunting vocals,” and Steel For Brains praised noting, “For all the hazy prog-doom pretenders clogging up those atmospherics, HE WHOSE OX IS GORED offers something uniquely theirs without sacrificing the muscle of the music to arbitrary and tired techniques,” the band will undrape their highly-anticipated full-length debut this Fall.

 

Titled The Camel, The Lion, The Child, the eight-track, near hour-long sound exhibition was tracked at Red Room and Ex Ex Audio in Seattle by Robert Cheek (Serial Hawk, Noise-A-Tron etc.) with additional recording taking place at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, etc). Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon etc.) handled mixing duties and frequent collaborator, Blake Bickel, mastered the album at Dynamic Sound Service.

 

Both sonically and conceptually engrossing, with The Camel, The Lion, The Child HE WHOSE OX IS GORED — Brian McClelland (guitar, vocals), Lisa Mungo (synths, keyboards, vocals), Mike Sparks (bass) and John O’Connell (drums) – transcend musical boundaries with their meticulous yet organically-executed amalgam of technical guitar compositions and atmospheric synth over a pummeling rhythm section manifesting a uniquely cinematic soundscape that paints a world ready to thrash and burn.

 

Elaborates McClelland of the band’s latest output: “The Camel, The Lion, The Child is a cup that runs over. From the writing process and through the studio, we made it a point to make the record that we wanted. The songs grow and breathe with their own lives and personalities, and unfold with layers that surprise us to this day. The excellent engineering and mixing of Robert Cheek and Matt Bayles raised the bar, and pushed us to make the best record we could. Now, we share it with you.”

Track listing and tour dates BELOW.

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Song of the Week: Temple of Baal’s “Divine Scythe”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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Especially the last few years, Paris black metal terrors Temple Of Baal have arguably been one of the most fiery and inspired bands in black metal. New single “Divine Scythe” showcases so much of the darkness in this band that I love, from varied yet intoxicating guitars to war cries from a place of deep contemplation. And the solo over the slow plodding bridge is magnificent. “Divine Scythe” should be cranked by any self respecting metal head.

Mysterium is the title of their next full-length album, due on October 2nd via Agonia Records, and “Divine Scythe” is the first single to be released. The song, which features guest vocals by Georges Balafas (Drowning, Eibon, Decline Of The I) can be heard BELOW.

 

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DJ Ashba exits Guns N’ Roses

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM (PST)

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Guns n Roses newest ex member is DJ Ashba. I for one am a big fan of the guy and despite his hat that everyone hated I think it’s really unfair to call him a Slash clone if you look at the dude’s whole career. Ashba wrote a long, heartfelt letter announcing his departure from Guns which you can read HERE.

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Deep Cuts: Randy Blythe

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM (PST)

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As we celebrate the release of Lamb Of God‘s powerful and compelling new collection of tunes VII: Sturm Und Drang, it seems only fitting that we give a Deep Cuts to a man who has inarguably carried the metal (and punk rock) flag high through thick and thin. Randy is one of the best frontmen with one of the most aggro growls in metal history and some of the most insightful political tracks under his belt as well. The ability of Randy to mix humor, awesomeness, anger and cerebral topics into his lyrics puts him up there with Jello Biafra and the best works of Sepultura when it comes to discussing world struggles. And the way Randy has grown and confronted demons in the public eye has been an amazing thing we all have shared in. Here’s too one of the best ambassadors we have. Let’s rekindle that Presidential campaign, haha.

Vocalist Randy Blythe comments on the release of the new album:“Over twenty years ago this band started in the basement – we’re still standing, and I’m still stoked to be putting out new music. As always, play it LOUD.”

While a new song like “Delusion Pandemic”, a total ripper, could just as well be on this list, here are some older tunes or performances Randy has been a part of over the years that I personally think kicked ass.

See which 3 songs made Deep Cuts this time BELOW.

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The brand new incarnation of THE BUNNY THE BEAR has arrived.  A Liar Wrote This, is out today and retains the band’s genre expansive style that bridges pop, spellbinding soul and introduces the acidic, yet velvety voice of new “Bear” Haley Roback.  The band has also released the first official video featuring new material with Roback, for the song “Lover’s Touch.”

Watch “Lover’s Touch” On VEVO.

 

A Liar Wrote This has already taken a very special place in my heart,” confesses Matt “The Bunny” Tybor.  “I am extremely proud of the hard work put in by all involved, especially Haley, my new “Bear.”  I couldn’t be more confident with the new direction we’ve taken.  We didn’t want to shut fans out by doing a 180 degree change, but the vigor Haley brings definitely earns its place on A Liar Wrote This.”

 

THE BUNNY THE BEAR bring their acts of theater, music and style to audiences across the US as part of the Vans Warped Tour.


A Liar Wrote This is available now at Apple Music, FYESpotify, and VictoryMerch.com.

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Hey punk rock and prog history buffs! Got some PMA? We’ve got a special treat today. One of the BEST and least documented properly scenes ever is the Woodstock/Kingston 90′s scene. We had Jason Christopher (now of Prong and currently on tour w Corey Taylor), Shabutie (early Coheed & Cambria), Lounge (feat John Naclerio who would go on to record My Chemical Romance, Polar Bear Club and many more), Three (featuring guitar virtuoso Joey Eppard), all my early bands and many more! Oh yeah, and half of the freakin’ BAD BRAINS live in Woodstock!

Take a look back in time with reflections from many of the scene participants of the day. Special thanks to Mic Todd who was unable to contribute but gave it a good try.

Links to many of the bands current and past are present as well. RIP Pat Howland. Crank some mearth., Pitchfork Militia and Shabutie today!

Check out “Secret Youth” , a look back at the 90′s Woodstock scene HERE.

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THE SKULL, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends TROUBLE, guitarist Matt Goldsborough and drummer Sean Saley (both ex-PENTAGRAM) and guitarist Lothar Keller, has announced a North American tour in support of its debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep.

THE SKULL will launch the 16-city trek on September 11 in Milwaukee, WI. The tour will run through September 29 in New Orleans, LA. At the shows, THE SKULL will perform both songs from For Those Which Are Asleep and time-tested favorites from its canon of TROUBLE classics. The just-announced live dates are as follows:

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