In The Company Of Serpents stream “A Union Of Opposites”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM (PST)

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Cvlt Nation is streaming “A Union Of Opposites”, a new sonic landslide from In The Company Of Serpents that groans and moans like the bastard child of Leviathan and Neurosis. This beast of a statement seems to be about reconciling darkness and light within oneself, a task we all must undertake in life.

Merging In Light is the forthcoming EP from the band. Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Nightbringer, Primitive Man, Cobalt, etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, Merging In Light is sure to be a worthy candidate for destroying the remnants of your hearing.

In celebration of its upcoming release, today Cvlt Nation hurls forth near ten-minute closing psalm, “A Union Of Opposites,” for public consumption noting simply and accurately that, “this track punishes you with its massive presence, but also keeps the mammoth groove in their riffs.”

Check the new song out HERE.

Merging In Light will be released on December 21st, 2014, the winter solstice, via the band’s official BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.

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R.I.P. Athon

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM (PST)

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Sad news for Black Tusk fans and fans of good people in general. I’m at a loss for words right now:

It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud. – via Black Tusk’s Facebook.

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Earth European Winter Tour dates announced

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM (PST)

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Earth‘s latest album Primitive And Deadly is on heavy rotation in my house. A record that defies easy categorization, the album finds Dylan Carlson and company at ease with whatever they handle, be it uneasy dreams or dessert stoner psalms. EARTH has now announced a European tour for January and February 2015. EARTH will be joined by Black Spirituals and Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo on nearly all of the confirmed dates, and additional performances are being added to the routing.

Primitive And Deadly is out now via Southern Lord. The entire album is now streaming AT THIS LOCATION. A full live set from EARTH’s recent visit to Brooklyn is playing HERE and an extensive trailer for the album playing RIGHT HERE.

Primitive and Deadly is available direct through the band’s official store HERE, via iTunes HERE, and through Amazon HERE.

 Click HERE for dates.

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Interview: The Atlas Moth – Catching up with Stavros Giannopoulos

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM (PST)
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I’d rather be the band that consistently has played to a few hundred people every night for a career than playing arenas for a certain amount of time and then wind up playing in the suburbs to 30 people for the rest of their “career” as they cling to what’s left. – Stavros Giannopoulos

 

I haven’t had a chance to chat much with my friend Stavros from psychedelic warriors The Atlas Moth since interviewing him for New Noise Magazine when third album The Old Believer first dropped. Since then the band have toured with Russian Circles and Boris plus have some great new stuff from said tours available in their online merch store (the fuckin’ hoodies are DOPE!).

Now that Stavros is home and momentarily settled, it was time to pick his brain anew about recent stuff, being a fan before a musician, not pleasing everyone and generally being the man.

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Rivers Of Nihil’s “Mechanical Trees” video is live

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM (PST)

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Hmm, while this song title reminds me of a weird conspiracy theory Zac Shaw from Dead Unicorn and I had about the government putting nanobots into weed, the new track “Mechanical Trees” from Rivers Of Nihil is nonetheless exceptional, so have no fear of Big Brother here. The band have launched a brand new music video for “Mechanical Trees” on their official YouTube channel at THIS LOCATION. The Dave Brodsky (The Smash Up, Gwar) -directed performance clip comes by way of the band’sThe Conscious Seed Of Light full-length.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments: “Working with David Brodsky on this video was a truly awesome experience. This guy has shot so many of our favorite bands over the years and to be able to work with him on something for our own band was truly surreal.”

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Lord Dying “Poisoned Altars” art and album trailer out

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:38 AM (PST)

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Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING have completed recording their sure to be sludge-tastic sophomore album and are currently on a West Coast tour with stoner/sludge trio (and Metal Riot favorites) Castle.  The new record, entitled Poisoned Altars, was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland and will be released January 27, 2015 (1/26 for UK/World and 1/24 for Germany/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records.

Ever since Summoning The Faceless first decimated my ears I knew this was one of the coolest new bands around. You are strongly urged to quit your job and check out the album trailer below.

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The Birthday Massacre returning with 6th album “Superstition”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM (PST)

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Great news for fans of gothy, poppy hard rock cult band The Birthday Massacre! A band who straddle emotional impact, great hooks and somber swells of melancholy with ease, Toronto’s The Birthday Massacre return with 6th album Superstition this Nov. 11th via respected industrial label Metropolis Records.

This is a special record funded by a Pledge campaign that blew past the 100% goal in a scant 24 hours. This is a great live and studio band who really have discourse with their fans. With some of the most catchy and yet real songwriting out there today, TBM should be back on everyone’s radar and we are excited for this release over here.


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Phil Rudd charges mostly dropped

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5:42 AM (PST)

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Like any good hard rock wag, I deeply love me some AC/DC. they are kind of the perfect band. No frills, just rock. It was distressing yesterday as a fan when charges against Phil Rudd for allegedly trying to hire a hitman surfaced. We really don’t want this to become a trend. Anyhow, the bulk of charges have been dropped due to insufficient evidence. It is all kind of confusing.

Rudd is still charged with threatening to kill someone and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Weed is medicine and should be legal for everyone. Meth…eh, not so much. He is out on bail and will return to court on November 27. He faces seven years in jail, if he is convicted of the threat.

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Phil Rudd, WTF?

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM (PST)

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So, I’m just gonna link to the NY Times article about Phil Rudd of AC/DC trying to hire someone to kill two people. He must be the only one who endured the Lambesis tragedy and thought ,”hmmm, seems like a good way to get press.”

AC/DC don’t need press. They are already AC/DC!!! All poor taste jokes aside, this sucks on many levels. I’m gonna go back to pretending Mariano is still on the Yankees, that Chris Slade is in AC/DC (I always liked Simon Wright better in Dio) and that life isn’t a string of people shitting in your oatmeal.

Stories like this are too exhausting. I’m gonna go listen to Epica and escape for awhile.

 

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Interview: Exotype – Future Metal War Zone

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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Exotype are exporters of metal as quick to transform through shifting shapes as the Transformium in Age Of Extinction. The band have been busy since their Rise Records S/T debut first started pummeling ears, though ironically early effort “Rise” from the band’s older release  Emerge is cool as well. The band bring a whirlwind of production, dubstep and synth elements and crushing heavy parts paired with great vocal and instrumental hooks and neo-organic/machine sounds. They really did a great job, with manipulation of sounds fans of Suicide Silence, edgier-Linkin Park, Korn, Gemini syndrome or Threat Signal will all eat up.

“Relentless” with Ronnie Canizaro first sold me but the rest of the record quickly had me into this aspiring and ready for the front lines bad ass band.

All questions were answered by Rob Walden, guitarist. Click HERE for more.

Stream Machine Head’s new album right now!

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM (PST)

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As the “Eleanor Rigby”-esque start to this monster becomes audible, emerging from a quiet darkness, you can’t help but feel anticipation build. Machine Head’s latest Bloodstone & Diamonds is streaming now and was worth the wait and extra work that went into it (which forced them to cancel a tour with Children Of Bodom). This is Machine Head all the way, through and through – even if the title sounds like a variation of “Diamonds & Rust”. “Killers & Kings” is maybe my favorite number, a hard charger with an almost Prong feel to the attack. Check the new jams out HERE and get pumped. Every time you want to write him off, Rob comes back harder than ever. This is heavy metal!

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Album Review: Job for a Cowboy – “Sun Eater”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM (PST)

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Job For A Cowboy‘s Sun Eater is an album saddled with a lot of baggage that manages to be enjoyable if taken on its’ own merits. The deathcore and grind elements of the past are subordinate to a weirder hybrid of technical death and prog, the hype styles of the moment. That said, it would be unfair to call this transition insincere.

The performances from the band and session drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut) are worthy. Bassist Nick Schendzielos instrument is way up in the mix, in a rather startling manner compared to most metal albums. But again, technical death albums (especially by the band Death themselves) tend to emphasize the leads and bass runs more.

Opener “Eating The Visions Of God” is not the band old school fans of JFAC know, but it is good material. The song spirals like an oncoming storm, clouds brimming with menace. It all ends with some very musical bass tapping and atmospheric textures, leading into the dream crawl that is the dark “Sun Of Nihility”. The thing here that is getting me is it feels kind of like JFAC are trying hard to be several other bands in one, even with the Fallujah The Flesh Prevails-esque woman on the cover art holding the band’s traditional skull aloft. Maybe that was a coincidence, but it looks like the Fallujah album art girl just happens to be visiting the world of Job For A Cowboy with ribbons of proggy Born Of Osiris star energy in tow. Anyway, all that aesthetic business aside, the solos on “…Nihility” scorch and Jonny Davy roars as ever. Still, this stuff sounds more studied than unhinged. The execution is flawless, with “The Stone Cross” a particular technical workout sure to blow eardrums and bleed minds.

You can’t fault the band for wanting to grow.But at times these feel more like a showcase for chops than songs. “Embedded” was so strong because it had technique and a sense of pathological fury wed to a palatable arrangement that was still pretty complex. Just sayin’.

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Corrosion Of Conformity vets to perform “Blind” at K.Ludwig benefit

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM (PST)
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Vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s 1991 seminal Blind full-length and founding drummer Reed Mullin will perform the LP in its entirety on Sunday, November 9th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert is a benefit show for Katherine Ludwig, former editor of long-running heavy metal magazine, Metal Maniacs, who is currently battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Footage of the band rehearsing for the upcoming performance (plus jamming some Slayer and Motorhead!!!) can be viewed at THIS LOCATION.

Comments Mullin, “I only heard about Katherine’s medical problems a month ago, and the minute after, I was on the phone with Karl Agell to see if he’d be into doing a benefit for her. I’m not sure folks today know just how instrumental she was in introducing and exposing your typical ‘metal maniac’ of the early ’90s to so many bad ass bands. A lot of which, like COC, had never been given an audience like that before. We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the Blind album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone’s top ten metal albums of 1991. I can’t overstate how important she was to COC’s success. Without her, Blind wouldn’t have sold what it did. And after that, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say there probably would never have been a Deliverance album. Katherine Ludwig is wonderful person and I hope we can give back a little for all the goodness she gave us.”

 

A Facebook page has been launched by Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig’s assistant and was editor for several issues of the magazine. Writes Morgan: “[Katherine would] cover bands before they were on the mainstream radar: Sepultura, Voivod, Prong, Kreator, White Zombie, Obituary, Cathedral, Cro-Mags, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Carcass, Corrosion Of Conformity etc. She gave a voice to underground punk/doom and crust bands like  Amebix, Deviated Instinct and Winter. She gave a platform to unsigned bands and ‘zines. In her editorials, she wrote about issues that meant something to her. Racism. Sexism. Human rights. Animal rights. Vegetarianism. Homophobia. Even if she got flack about it, she’d soldier on, and call people out… I’m asking you to give Katherine, this leader, this beautiful and strong warrior, donations that will relieve some of the burden to ease costs that go along with all of the guts and glory that go along with chemo, and cancer, and everything and everything that will help as she helped all of you.”

Katherine Ludwig Benefit Concert

November 9th, 2014

Doors 5pm – Show 6pm.

Lincoln Theater – 126 E Cabarrus St. – Raleigh, NC  27601

$15 advance/$20 day of show.

Buy tickets HERE.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/lymphomaniac-help-katherine-ludwig-annihilate-her-cancer-/224784

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Interview: The House Of Capricorn – “Morning Star Rise”, baby

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM (PST)

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Please consider the following interview, in which we discuss New Zealand’s The House of Capricorn‘s latest movements and influences in the world of shadows. Anyone who  knows me knows that from August to the end of any given year it is hard to be around me because I am endlessly pondering my year end “best of” list. Well, it’s November and just when I thought I had it sewn up House Of Capricorn come along with fucking album of the year level material delivered with the ferocity and dark vision to almost fill the void left behind by the supernova of The Devil’s Blood’s passing (but in a more angry rock context). This really turns things upside down for me. Thanks, assholes!

Check it all out here in the great BELOW.

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White Arms of Athena’s “On The Edge” is a trip worth taking

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM (PST)

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Lately I’ve been blessed with more good music crossing my path than in years. It seems like there is something in the water, a spreading outwards of creative souls who are unafraid to just boldly go for a bigger vision, whether it is the charged warmth of Cynic’s Kindly Bent To Free Us , the studious growth and love in United Progressive Fraternity’s Fall In Love With The World or, in a completely different genre, the work of electronic/DJ/artist MAKJ, a guy who can leap between different entertainer roles with ease while still displaying the talent and vision akin to the posi-spirit of Lotus or even someone crazy (in the best way) like Sun Ra or Kendrick’s love of culture sharing. It’s collage with intellect attached to the fun, knowin’ the roots of each genre (like in the pretty brilliant “Encore” video for the upbeat song with Henry Fong HERE.)

These times call for people who will step up and evolve through limitations in a fast paced communications world, but also for the know how to fish for good outcomes as you sort through the astral plane, complex song arrangements, your beat sample library or whateva your realm of expression may be. Like William Gibson’s Idoru, this is a time of chasing ghost instincts and flashes of inspiration to grasp an ever-advancing mediascape.

WTF does this have to do with White Arms of Athena? Their new song “On The Edge” is another indicator that my gut was right when they set off my cool band radar after first stumbling onto them fairly recently. This group are really chasing that “edge” by pushing their music, melodies and visual aesthetic into new territory (love the kinda Chris Foss reminiscent color scheme of the art). Check out the new track from their Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge) produced Prosthetic Records latest S/T effort, out early December HERE.

It’s a trip worth taking.

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