Bullet For My Valentine enter studio for code name BFMV5

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM (PST)

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From the Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine‘s own mouths:

We’ve been working hard on this record for over a year now, writing and demoing a ton of material in that time. As we sit here on the 1st of February 2015, we have the most songs we’ve EVER had written for an album before recording session, and now begins the difficult process of choosing the best of the best of them to make the cut for ‪#‎BFMV5‬

Going into this process, we couldn’t be more happy or excited to have our man Colin Richardson back behind the desk again. We worked with Colin on our first two records, ‘The Poison’ and ‘Scream Aim Fire’ (as well as the self titled’ BFMV’ EP) and as we listened back to those records during the writing process for this new album, we realised what a special vibe and excitement these records have, and why they’re held in such high respect by our fanbase.

This album, though, is not about going backwards. We’re excited to work with Colin again, but equally excited to be working with Carl Bown for the first time, who we consider the most exciting new British record producer out there right now, and the guy to help take this Bullet record to exciting new places.

Today we start the recording process for #BFMV5. We’ll be taking and uploading one exclusive new photo from the studio per day on our instagram account over at http://instagram.com/bfmvofficial/ so if you’re not signed up yet, you’re missing out, as we’ve just posted our first pic over there now.

Get involved. #BFMV5

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Interview: The Flight Of Sleipnir – Nothing Stands Obscured

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:40 AM (PST)

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The Flight Of Sleipnir‘s newest opus V. is so heady and yet physical at the same time, I found myself really taking forever to finalize questions for this interview. I was starting to think their PR guy from Napalm Records who I am friends with would think my brain had turned into a soft boiled egg. Well, I may interview and review many, many bands but this record is so good I wanted to try to be even more reverent than usual to the collection of total power contained in V.’s tracks. Like Odin’s eight legged steed who is their namesake, the band are a force to be reckoned with and convey many truths.

For more on one of Colorado’s best known best kept secrets, enter BELOW.

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High On Fire, Mountain Of Wizard and Geezer decimate The Chance

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM (PST)

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My doom boys Geezer opened for High On Fire, the most fiery band in hard rock/metal who will stone you like Sisyphus just got punished for chronic lies told. I got to the show at the venerable Poughkeepsie, NY venue, which has housed legendary performances from the likes of The Rollins Band to Trapt to Incubus to Blindside to Fear Factory (to name just a few of countless shows), a bit late. Geezer’s set was missed alas but they rule and I’ve heard crushed through the large stage P.A., while New Orlean’s Mountain Of Wizard caused a boogie heavy rock thrill to enrapture the crowd. High On Fire eventually shook the hall with sonic fury, a gravel throated  Matt Pike not wearing a shirt even though the freezing fucking cold winter chill still was creeping in through the opening doors. Cometh down Hessian, in-fucking-deed. Droppin the frost hammer like street rhyme knowledge for these punks in need of a riff education.

Photos by missmagpi.

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Lord Dying release video for “Poisoned Altars” title track

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM (PST)

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Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING released their new LP Poisoned Altars, earlier this week via Relapse Records, and the band recently completed work on a video for the title track from the record. The video was co-directed by Danger Ehren of “Jackass” fame and Brett Roberts. Today the video receives its exclusive premiere on Noisey. The video includes cameos from members of Red Fang, Thrones, Yob, Witch Mountain and more.  Check out the videoHERE.

“The video is a homage of 80′s horror and Sci-Fi movies pitting dirt bags vs. yuppies. In Portland we keep seeing our favorite hangs getting bulldozed for condo’s to go up and we wanted to return the favor,” states front man Erik Olson.

Poisoned Altars is available in CD/LP/Digital and a Special Silver Colored LP for Relapse Records 25th Anniversary. Order your copy of  Poisoned AltarsHERE. The digital iTunes version is available HERE. The band will also be hitting the road for a few headlining dates at the end of January, then they will embark on a month-long North American conquest with Anvil.

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Denver doom bringers, IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will bring their chest-caving tidings to the stage this March on a short but pummeling run of live incursions. Set to commence on March 6th in Salt Lake City, the duo will trounce nine cities down the West Coast and into the Southwest with additional rituals in the plotting stages.

Comments the band, ”We are looking forward to our first tour of the West Coast, and are stoked about the bands we are playing with along the way. Venues and supporting bands will be announced in the coming weeks as we tie up the final details, but rest assured that each show has a killer lineup of some of the best heavy bands running. Let the waves of fuzz roll over you, empty your mind, and worship at the throne of Ohms.”

Can’t make it out to a show? Watch IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS crush the stage of The Gothic Theatre last Fall courtesy of Steel For Brains, RIGHT HERE.

 For tour dates, don’t be a little bitch scared of snakes…click HERE.

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Gideon release new video for “Survive” feat. Caleb Shomo

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM (PST)

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Facedown‘s perhaps best band Gideon are back with “Survive” featuring Caleb from Beartooth as a guest. It comes from Gideon’s triumphant record Calloused from 2014, a must hear metalcore release that leans hard on hardcore but also has serious groove and low end crunch. Roaring strong, this band is still in it to win it!

Click HERE and support these guys hard!

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Wovenwar release new music video “Death to Rights”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM (PST)

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Your friends and mine, WOVENWAR are extremely excited to partner with Loudwire to exclusively debut their new music video for the track “Death to Rights“. The clip was directed by Josh Klein and Nick Hipa. Check it out now directly at Loudwire.com HERE.

I’m a huge fan of this band and thrilled they are touring with Periphery. If you get a chance see one of those dates. Going to be some very memorable shows. Jordan Mancino’s drumming on “Death To Rights” in particular should please nearly any era As I Lay Dying fan.

Phil Sgrosso (guitars) states: “Here is our new music video for our song, ‘Death To Rights’. The clip is mainly performance based and incorporates manipulated imagery relating to our album art. We are stoked to share it with you all. See you soon.

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The Browning tour with Alesana, bring the ruckus

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:18 PM (PST)

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Electronic metallers THE BROWNING have announced a US tour supporting North Carolina rockers ALESANA. The tour kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on April 3rd, with the final show taking place on May 3rd in Dallas, Texas.  Also joining ALESANA and THE BROWNING are CAPTURE THE CROWN, CONQUER DIVIDE and THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT.

I for one think The Browning take risks and have fun energy, so I root for them and similar spirits Exotype to really evolve with time like Linkin Park did but retain their heavy elements. I think it could be a really good thing. Enter Shikari or 36 Crazyfists  are already there, just bands in their own ballpark.

Don’t miss THE BROWNING on tour with ALESANA at the following shows BELOW.

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Norway’s Truls Espedal is a painter of extraordinary ability, able to capture the serene yet feral grace of the desperate yet consistent natural world. Espedal has also been instrumental in shaping the recent visual legacy of one of heavy metal’s greatest bands, Enslaved. Their latest record In Times is bold and captivating. “One Thousand Years Of Rain” is melodic edged riffing and eerie harmony. I’m listening to “Building With Fire” right now  and it essentially unbridled by limitations. The music pairs well with Espedal’s art as it is real and somehow frozen and yet evolving. It was a rare treat to get to discuss nature, art and music with Truls Espedal. Read the whole interview BELOW.

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Vision Of Disorder working on new record

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM (PST)

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V.O.D.  are finally working on a follow up to total slammer (and comeback album) The Cursed Remain Cursed. More than a rehash, the Long Island band are just as vital and fired up as they ever were. One of the earliest bands to play metalcore along with All Out War , Hatebreed and Unearth, the V.O.D. boys have always had a certain extra level of fired up intensity. Zeuss (Hatebreed, Hammercult, Arsis) is handling production and Candlelight will handle the release, expected later this year. Classic EP Still has also recently been reissued.

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Gama Bomb thank fans for 70,000 tons of thrashing good times

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 2:34 PM (PST)

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Via Irish thrash champs  Gama Bomb‘s Facebook:

You haven’t seen a committed crowd of thrashers until you’ve played the windy deck of a cruise ship at 5AM! We had a blast at 70000tons - thanks to everyone who thrashed with us!

 

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Nirvana update on “Montage Of Heck”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:35 PM (PST)

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Rolling Stone has a great piece on the Sundance reception to the Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck documentary HERE. ”I just wanted to give Frances a few more hours with her dad,” says film maker Brett Morgen, who was allowed fairly unprecedented access.

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Faith No More tour dates, new single “Super Hero”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM (PST)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2015 – Faith No More confirm their first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.

The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on their follow-up to 1997’s Album of the Year. The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.

“Here we go,” said Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

For dates and single news see BELOW.

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Album Review: 36 Crazyfists – “Time And Trauma”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:25 AM (PST)

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36 Crazyfists have always been sort of an underdog band, a little bit edgier and a little bit weirder than most of the bigger bands they have spent years opening for. Not that the hard rocking Alaskans can’t pull their own crowds, just that they never reached the status of some of their peers. On the plus side, this has enabled the band to stay rooted to the underground and more post-hardcore influences and not be pigeonholed. Much like the so much more than just “nu” Deftones or Glassjaw (Worship And Tribute forever), 36 Crazyfists show groove, rage, glassy eyed poetic post-gaze and high octane punch in the same songs. It all comes down to how much your audience respects your divergences (the more closed minded Machine Head fans for example seem to only like early stuff or The Blackening, even though Super Charger is better than plenty of albums by other bands, c’mon and get real).

36 Crazy fists don’t even have that silly of a name anymore compared to some of the bands out now! Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!? WTF!!?

Anyway, Time And Trauma is a great album that warrants repeat listen and even has a sort of early Poison The Well/Trustkill looking cover. Like V.O.D. you can enjoy the darker passages or weirder grooving parts in equal measure. Vocalist Brock Lindow still has the weird, fluid Janes Addiction-esque cadences and off kilter kind of scratchy, contorted and nasal approach that appealed to me when I first heard the awesome “Circle The Drain” years ago.

Let’s dig in more! “Sorrow Sings” here is a slower, mid tempo  march that shows remarkable range, really exciting tempo control and major guitar attack on the roaring bridge. Seriously a must hear monster song aching for light and life. Very impressed by this one. “Slivers” is a syncopated attack with almost Thrice-like charge and an attention grabbing, adventurous melody from the so real he doesnt have time to be too self concious Lindow. Check out the title track here and try not to get knocked on your ass! Vocal performance of a lifetime on that chorus for Lindow. These are the kind of songs kids flip shit for and really can bond with more than the 800th generic scream, kind of why I am digging Islander so much lately for trying harder than all the clone deathcore bands out there, for example. “I’m still taking this all in”. Well, it might take awhile because there are many highlights and movements. Try starting with “Lightless”, a faster tune that will make you want to jump and somewhere between Foo Fighters “Everlong” meets Quicksand/Deftones big chords and Bad Brains hop. But the melodic vocal prowess is all Crazyfist!

It all wraps up with the melancholic yet warm “Marrow”, a haunting and momentarilly suffocating promise that turns to soaring resolve with gothic flourishes and snaking duet moments. Band cofounder Steve Holt says ,“Overall the idea was to write a rock record with no preconceived notions; just good riffs and good songs,” the guitarist says. “I wanted rock-oriented songs that would let Brock’s vocal melodies take the lead.”

Welcome back, boys. The hibernation was worth the wait. Kudos and thanks to Spinefarm for helping make this awesome album a reality.

Korn, Slipknot cover Beasties

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM (PST)

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VIA KORN‘S FACEBOOK.

This just went down at the Wembley Arena here in London! Korn and Slipknot just rocked the house playing ”Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
Photo by Tony Adams
#Korn #KornTour2015 #PrepareForHellTour #Sabotage

For footage see BELOW and have some fun with it!

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