Rosetta: Audio/Visual Score released online

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Good day for amazing band related film news from the Indecision movie trailer (!!!!) and screening in Brooklyn to Rosetta releasing the score for Audio/Visual HERE. An East Coast band of considerable note, Rosetta prove  they are still on another level. This is very exciting and fans from Mogwai to Converge to Sigur Rós should be chuffed. Great strides in band/cinema/documentary relationships have evolved lately as the post-MTV era and Reality TV sle-epoch time we are in now is finally producing items of merit and depth again such as Audio/Visual  or the recent almighty Sam Black Church effort.

Says the band:

This is our original score for Justin Jackson’s documentary, Rosetta: Audio/Visual (released 12/25/14). While the film is Justin’s independent creation and not our work, we contributed original music to the project.

This is a full-length instrumental ambient album made up of long versions of the score pieces appearing in the film. They have not been previously released anywhere else.

We are offering it in digital format only as a pay-what-you-wish download. All the revenue from the score album will go directly to the recording sessions for Rosetta’s next full length, to be released in mid-2015.

Enjoy! Lots more to come in 2015.

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The current lineup of Rush, consisting of Neil Peart on vocals and bass, Alex Lifeson on guitar and Neil Peart on drums, has remained the same since the release of their second album "Fly By Night" in 1975.


Is Winter still the most metal season?

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 6:38 AM (PST)

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It was 8:30 in the morning. I did a wake and bake, drank some coffee and a glass of water and put on I, Frankenstein. As a way to start an overcast day, it was pretty metal. Granted, this work of high cinema is about as close to Citizen Kane as my balls are to the pale and nimble fingers of the (sadly fictional) Nocturna right now, but it was nonetheless an entertaining film. There are cheezeballdemon vampires, crazy gargoyles and special effects (emphasis on special) hanging out in around Underworld sequels budget territory, I’d gather. I know this was a rather heckled film but personally, I fuckin love Frankenstein. Several girlfriends ago I used to drink really dirty martinis alone in bed and watch Van Helsing on repeat, so this was not too much of a “slumming” situation forme. Anyway, the opening of the “film” showed Frank and Dr. Frank in a rather icy territory as the narrator Aaron Eckhart solemnly intones ,”I was cast into being in the winter of 1795.”

Click HERE for more. Will it be “Dirty Black Summer” ala Danzig that wins or did Game Of Thrones make Winter the most metal forever? Are snowy wastelands played out and for poseurs ? Isn’t Winterfylleth one of the best bands out there?

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2015: Let’s get this party started right!

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 1:56 PM (PST)

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Ok, y’all! 2015 is officially underway and as odd as it feels that the Cubs are gonna win the world series this year (if you believe Back To The Future 2), we ought to start celebratin’ anyway. Rock with some pizazz, it will last, why you ask? Because if there is anything 2014 proved it’s that no matter what shifts in the marketplace there will always be die hard underground music fans anyway. Today is the day that most PR folks get back from a holiday vacation and start flooding journalists with media requests or posting press releases again. The holiday break was a good time to reflect back but now it’s once more into the breach, my friends. From the recently released new  Dir En Grey to Anthrax back in the studio  to Enslaved and Yob touring plans, there is going to be a lot of cool music in the air to discuss from both edgy fringe bands and tried and true heavyweights.

Thanks for supporting metal , hard rock and hard core via your love of Metal Riot.

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Interview: Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen interview

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:47 AM (PST)

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Primordial are far more than just the most respected extreme metal band from the Emerald Isle. Record after record the band have skewered expectations, ripped down false idols and mourned (yet demanded we learn from) the horrors of human folly. Newest Metal Blade long player Where Greater Men Have Fallen is no exception, more proof that it is better to make art you can stand by than to cater to shifting whims and trends. The opera Thespis once pondered if men would do as good a job as the Gods of Olympus if they switched place. Primordial similarly hold our choices up to the light yet eschewing the vanity of any pantheon or limited religious orthodoxy. They illuminate through exposing shadow, howling at and through the abyss of human hypocrisy. “Our world, like a charnel-house, is strewn with the detritus of dead epochs,” said Le Corbusier in the 1920′s. Primordial, more than pretty much any other band, remind us where we have been, where we could be and the cost of willful ignorance.

 

 ”I sat in Babel’s tower and judged the world/Said I spoke the language of saints and sinners/But preached the world was flat/And slipped between the cracks” – From “Babel’s Tower” by Primordial.

 

Click HERE for an interview with vocalist Alan Averill.

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Divest release “Clear The Smoke” live CBGB’s 9/24/01 album

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:56 AM (PST)

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“Keep truth in your head/get back from the floor…find your peace”.

It’s crazy listening to the DIVEST set from just after 9/11 which was just posted as name your price on Bandcamp HERE. It’s raw and real. This was one of the most intense performances of my life and was from before my old band I sang for changed our name to Divest and worked with Dr. Know from Bad Brains. About a year before we started the album Ghost Town Reckoning. We were still called Bleed Theory at the time of this live set.

We had a song called “Valley” that said ,”The streets are now empty even when full. A token of appreciation from zero tolerance. It’s a no legged dance but truth is the ship’s fuckin’ sinking. So leave us be, we’ll prove there’s more than your inefficiency.”  

Those words really hit me today listening to this thinking of how 9/11 was avoidable and how Bush and Cheney fucked up so much. I get goosebumps recalling the feeling of performing for the New Yorkers that week, just two weeks after the attacks. People were so glad to be back out and hearing rock n roll, participating in celebrating life together.  Dave She Wolf (aka Donna Lupe) guested on “The Hollow Point” and now plays guitar in Star And Dagger (with Sean Yseult of White Zombie notoriety).

Nate Kelley (of Shabutie/ early- Coheed And Cambria fame) was our bassist in DIVEST/Bleed Theory at the time and had this to say about the show:

 The mood was still pretty surreal; the buildings had only gone down two weeks before. We put a lot of heart into this one. There are points where the performance is in danger of careening off the tracks, but we ended super-strong. One of the best ever, especially tracks 6 and 7 (dig the no-count entrance into “Atlas”).

Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn) was on drums for this show.

Cover design by Matt Goldpaugh of Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones.

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L7 Reunion Tour News

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM (PST)

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The Masses Are Asses. In so many ways  L7 were among the heaviest of bands during their peak years, from tackling social justice via Rock For Choice to being an all female band that could out rock the boys with ease with extra sludgy grunge punk dance boogie mosh pit rock (in that order). Now they have a reunion tour plan. Let’s rock! Can’t friggin’ wait.

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Eyehategod announce January Tour

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM (PST)

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Eyehategod will tour California in late-January.

Dates:

1/22 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pissa w/ Witchburn, Fiend, more
1/23 Lancaster, CA @ Lancaster Moose Lodge w/ Get Greens, Mortuary
1/24 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar w/ Witchburn, more
1/25 Los Osos, CA @ Sweet Springs Saloon w/ Bloodmoon, Carnies, Lesser Animal
1/26 Fresno, CA @ Strummers w/ Night Demon, Inside The Sun, Fiend

Mike IX Williams had to cancel recent Corrections House dates due to fatigue but hopefully he will be all rested up over the holidays and ready to rip vocal chords to some “Masters Of Legalized Confusion”.

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Interview: Downfall Of Gaia – On pessimism and beauty

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM (PST)

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Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (Guitar/Vocals) of Downfall Of Gaia took the time to speak to me about the intense post-BM band’s vast, dark sonic terrain and their upcoming US tour . Hot off the release of monumental moment  Aeon Unveils The Thrones of Decay (Metal Blade) the group are eager to perform their often ten minute long cosmic chasms of sound live. This group, like The Ocean or BTBAM, Mastodon or Black Crown Initiate, are really giving the extra mile when it comes to pushing themselves to explore every frontier of their band’s skills/sound. Aeon… is completely thrilling and often overwhelming but never underwhelming.

Click HERE for the interview.

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When I was teaching I really tried to get kids to examine the idea of “The American Dream” and what it meant to them. I actually got some of them to come up with their own definition for the term. But sadly, too many just didn’t care. They don’t care about others, don’t care about the world we live in. They are taught this mindset, and given all kinds of distractions to enable it to take over. There is going to be a greater divide between people who choose to think and those who refuse to care about anything but themselves… Right now, there are millions of people standing up for what they believe and demanding humane treatment for all living things. I’m just one of them.- Nate Hall (USX)

North Carolina’s Nate Hall of U.S.Christmas fame is one of America’s great bards. I really wish more people fuckin’ knew it. His at times semi-laconic when not wailing delivery upholds an underlying deep respect for nature, art and the voyage of the soul vs. ego. Listening to Nate’s music I always feel like I am both participating in and witnessing something special, like the 60′s must have evoked in people pulled and moved by the great causes and love ins of yesterday. That said, his shit really digs deep like an ayahuasca dance upon waves of feedback, like hopeful Appalachian poverty tales or the flicker of candle flames gasping up oxygen. USX are just a Godhead band, one of the rare acts like indie film/Jarmusch darlings White Hills who can do modern psychedelic music and make it not a bunch of time killing pompous wank/posturing. Writing this on the Winter Solstice, I can’t help but reflect that Nate is a real spiritual warrior who could help bring about positive energy shifts.

This isn’t throwback folk or retro blues doom just for the sake of it or the more bereft side of indie metal’s imaginative cook pot. Hearing Nate sing or play the guitar vast drone “Dance Of The Prophets” feels as much like ritual as any Sonic Youth bliss out at the end of “The Diamond Sea” or as cut to the chase of American truth as “Death Valley 69″, and yet Hall resonates on the same meridians of hope and faith in rock n roll that any Neil Young disciple will recognize. There’s kinship to metal, punk, country and folk but it’s all rock as life force. “The Valley Path” by USX was a shamanic journey through underworld energy and back to the surface of self, perhaps shaking and changed but with knowledge gained and so much potential for self-growth. From the more aggro stuff on Bad Heart Bull to recent efforts there is always movement… and miles to go before Hall sleeps.

Now Nate is back (on the heels of a great recent split with Scott from Neurosis) to deliver Fear of Falling, his new record with backing band Poison Snake. It’s as great a place to start as any when the main dude is as prolific a teacher, poet and genuine artist as Nate Hall (please buy merch from him HERE).

Click HERE for a deep conversation on America, music and hopes for bringing deeper awareness to the next generation.

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Interview: Yob – “Make sure you 190% love your music and what you do”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM (PST)

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 For someone who is poor, struggling with any number of things, searching for meaning, transcendence….if they are able to reflect their real feelings into their medium, it’ll be medicine and someone else may be able to resonate and have it be medicine for them too. For someone who has wealth, and they have disillusionment, are still depressed, having to work on their own bigger questions that wealth cannot solve, mortality, their work can still have amazing power. It’s all about being 100% there. – Mike Scheidt

So much has been written elsewhere about Yob  that it is hardly fair to call them the “next big thing” or “best kept secret in Metal” anymore. Yob in 2014 were nothing short of a presence, a band who follow their own muse and in the course of doing so have re-invigorated many other bands – unsure of what path to take in economic times of uncertainty – to do the same. You may be tired of music critics slobbin’ Yob’s knobs, but the band deserve every accolade thrown their way. Through depression, trials and tribulations and anything life throws at them, Yob prove the way out is through.

It was a pleasure to interview Mike Scheidt about one of the most revered and discussed metal records of 2014, the pure soul revolt of Clearing The Path To Ascend.

Click HERE to read more.

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Show Review: Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus in Albany, NY

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM (PST)

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The most compelling work of the year was in doom metal, for the most part. From Electric Wizard to Yob to Castle and Witch Mountain the playing field was mostly ruled by thunderous, brontosaurus footprint sized-Sabbathian black worship, with the exception of Ex-Trouble singer Eric Wagner’s White Metal doomers The Skull (who nonetheless bettered most of the competition anyway). That said, thrash held down the legacy (Testament pun intended) of the genre well. It was a banner year for thrash, one of the best in memory. From Shrapnel’s charged The Virus Conspiracies to Iron Reagan and Hammercult to Exodus’ frenetic and feral reunion with Steve Souza (and Kirk Hammett, for that matter) there was much to get whiplash over.

The most anticipated thrash tour of the year was Slayer‘s return Stateside with Exodus and Suicidal in tow. The Albany, NY date at the Washington Avenue Armory was no let down, a high energy mug fest that made you remember all the reasons why you fell in love with these bands in the first place. It was a  communal strafing air blood raid but instead of a Copter or drone strike it was riff after riff falling like hail.

Click HERE for the review…SLAYYYERRR!!!

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Album Review: Barrowlands – “Thane”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM (PST)

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Barrowlands keep it fairly simple on their new release . I’m not super familiar with their demo but this release is really up my alley. From a unique band name and cool art to a way with songcraft, the band show that you can make fairly traditional black metal with slight post-rock musings (and the Pacific Northwest’s flair for the natural world) still interesting by, y’know, having great riffs. Who da thunk it? All that and a record title Thane that makes me want to re-read the Dragonlance Dwarven Nations triology.

“Alabaster” opens things up on a determined note, though the album gets stronger from there. “Peering Inward” evokes the best dissonance of Aosoth with killer slightly off kilter, insistent drumming while  ”Mother Of Storms” is of those songs you fear to write about for worry of somehow ruining the perfect balance of styles at play if the band get more blog notice and hellions and trolls start to hyper critique them. Just keep doing what you are doing, Barrowlands. This is music you could blare at the skies and stand atop any metaphorical mountain peak silently professing your will to the cosmos to. Strong shit.

1349′s recent Massive Cauldron Of Chaos was much more speed and flash than this release, but I’d bring up that band’s song “Exorcism” as another BM song currently that is served immeasurably well by letting the song do its’ own work instead of trying too hard to out-Agalloch (or in prog’s case Opeth) the next band on the “charts”, for example. But really, “On Bent Boughs” is a cello enhanced respite of acoustic meets dirge that live must be very moving and would fit just fine if Barrowlands did happen to open for John Haughm’s more famous Oregon collective someday (shit, maybe they have already. Those bands all seem pretty tight out that way).

I don’t want you all to be too upset that I have the new Enslaved album (holy shit is it awesome!) already, so please be pleased that I am going against my better judgement and telling you about Barrowlands even though they might have to fend off one or two new fans. Listen to Thane now, here:

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Show Review: Abstract Reality Tour at Webster Hall, NYC-December 6, 2014

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM (PST)

 

billNew York City’s Webster Hall welcomed Animals As Leaders, The Devin Townsend Project and Monuments last weekend. Earlier in the day, Devin treated me to a fantastic face to face interview, which you can read here. Prog reigned supreme throughout the night and due to some lengthy photo ops, so did the photographers. I’ve seen some awesome shots from this night already, due to the fact we were able to shoot for the whole show.

Click here for the pictures and review.

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Fit For A King scooped up for Warped Tour

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM (PST)

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Fit For A King‘s popularity is certainly related to their solid live show as well as their songwriting. They are one of the better younger bands I have seen live in recent years, showing up most of the bands on the Eternal Enemies Tour (with the exception of Kublai Khan who have been killin’ it, flat out). Anyhow, the band behind Slave To Nothing have been selected for Warped Tour again next year.

Slave To Nothing had a remarkable debut at #49 on the Billboard Charts and the band will be on all the Monster Stage North American dates at Warped. Not bad for a little band from Dallas, TX.

 

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Metal Grasshopper is the comedy gold mine of heavy metal themed hijinx between Down‘s Phil Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill. The popular series was dreamed up by Hill along with former Supagroup mainman Chris Lee (a distant relative of Bruce Lee’s who happens to also be married to Sean Yseult of White Zombie/Star & Dagger fame).

With Episode 5 “Vulgar Display Of Feelings” was just released yesterday, it was high time to get the scoop from Chris about working with Dave and Phil on this hysterical series. If you don’t like it…walk on home, boy!

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