Light This City Embarks On Eastern US/Canada Tour With Gygax This Week

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Bay area melodeath metallers Light This City are preparing to hit the road for a tour of the eastern United States and Canada.

This tour is in support of Terminal Bloom, out now via Creator-Destructor records.

These shows mark Light This City’s first performances outside of the West Coast since the band’s rebirth. Running from November 6th through November 11th, LIGHT THIS CITY will trample through Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal, Brooklyn, Worcester, and Philadelphia, with support from Creator-Destructor labelmates Gygax for the entire run.

Terminal Bloom was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Fallujah) at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, as with their previous four albums, and is wrapped in the vibrant cover artwork of Tony Midi.

LIGHT THIS CITY Eastern US/Canada Tour w/ Gygax:
11/06/2018 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
11/07/2018 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
11/08/2018 Katakombs – Montreal, QC
11/09/2018 Gold Sounds Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2018 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
11/11/2018 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA

 

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Despite reaching #1 on the Bilboard 200 Metallica's "St. Anger" album alienated many fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and a "steel-sounding" snare drum.


Soen prepare to release ‘Lotus’ on February 1, 2019

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:14 PM (PST)

Swedish progressive metallers Soen are preparing to release their  fourth album Lotus on February 1 2019 via Silver Lining Music.

Drummer Martin Lopez had this to say about the album:

“We are all very fortunate to have this place where we can go and explore thoughts, perspectives and emotions which everyday life maybe does not have the room for. There are definitely things that we say, and places we go, in Soenwhich would be very hard to express without us coming together and creating music.”

Produced by David Castillo and Iñaki Marconi at Ghostward Studios and Studio 6 between July and October 2018, the album marks the first recorded Soen work of new Canadian-born guitarist Cody Ford, whilst the center-point of the album remains those trademark, snap-heavy, progressive Soen riffs.

“The world right now is undeniably a very strange, tense place,” says Lopez. “I think the songs clearly reflect that, but they also reflect that we must now be stronger than ever in challenging, confronting, and dealing with the pandemonium life throws at us all.”

“We each have our own personal ideas as to what it means,” says Lopez, “but we’d much rather discuss what others think, what our audience thinks, what the media thinks… I think it’s extremely important that we all communicate with each other and take the time to fully conceive our own meanings and interactions with life and creativity.”

Vocalist Joel Ekelöf had this to say about Lotus:

“Ultimately Lotus is about rising from whatever darkness, or dark places, you might find yourself. And its inspiration comes from a deep motivation to not just settle for the situation you might find yourself in. Lotus is about changing life — both your own and your surroundings for which we must all take responsibility — and make them better rather than letting darkness pacify you and take you down.”

Check out Soen European tour dates here.

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Hair Puller to release ‘Old Friend’ on November 16

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Portland, Oregon metal noise makers Hair Puller are preparing to release their debut full length album Old Friend on November 16. The album will be released on vinyl via Nadine Records and on cassette via Accident Prone Records.

The band returned to the studio in October 2017, recording drums at Stop / Start with friend and scene-mate Robert Comitz of Marriage + Cancer, and recording the rest themselves over the next several months. The resulting 10 songs were mixed by guitarist Eric Leavell, and mastered by Julian Silva of On Air Mastering.

Check out “Waste” and “Chores” off of Old Friend here.

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Yatra to release ‘Death Ritual’ on January 4 via Grimoire Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:31 AM (PST)

[photo by Alyssa Maloof]

Maryland doom metallers Yatra are preparing to release their debut full-length album Death Ritual via Grimoire Records in early January 2019.

Frontman Dana Helmuth had this to say about the album:

“We had moved back to the country, into a small cottage in the woods, with no plumbing for the first three months we were there. We had an outhouse and outdoor shower. It was primitive, and it was during that time that I started writing all the material for Death Ritual. The solitude and the darkness of the night put me in a space of prolific writing and I wrote all eight songs in a month. We rehearsed three times a week and immediately started playing live shows regularly in Baltimore and New York City. We were able to channel that same darkness in the writing, also into our live shows, and the positive response was tremendous and really pushed us harder on our journey.”

Yatra’s full-length debut, Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features four mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Dana Helmuth.

Death Ritual Track Listing:
1. Hour Of The Dragon
2. Black Moon
3. Sacred Flower
4. Snakes In The Temple
5. Smoke Is Rising
6. Four Directions
7. Mighty Arrows
8. Sailing On
YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums
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20 Buck Spin presents the long-awaited deluxe vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings, the sprawling, lauded, 2011-released album by Australian funeral doom purveyors, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, this week issuing details and preorders for the new pressing.

Early in 2018 MOURNFUL CONGREGATION dropped their first album in more than six years, The Incubus Of Karma. The widely acclaimed album was heralded as another landmark for the extreme/funeral doom genre, adding perhaps the brightest jewel to the band’s crown. The band travelled to both the US and Europe once again to administer last rites to the faithful.

Back in 2011 the band released another monument to melancholy, the stunningly grandiose The Book Of Kings. Landing in Decibel’s Top 40 albums that year, the album was the pinnacle of their progressively-minded dirge to that point and includes what may be the most epic track in a catalog that defines the word, the thirty-plus-minute title track that weaves a tale of regality through the life, death, crowning, and dethronement of nameless kings.

Having begun the year with MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, 20 Buck Spin now sees fit to bookend the 2018 campaign with this gorgeous vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings. Having been requested by fans for several years, this version of the album is now presented on two slabs of vinyl housed in a gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and accented with metallic bronze print, along with a beautiful, full-sized, twelve-page booklet.

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Time falls back: Four October recommendations

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:01 PM (PST)

Another month has passed us by. The time has just fallen back, meaning shorter and darker days are upon us. The situations we’re in seem to get darker, too, with each passing day. If you’re here reading this then you, like me, probably turn to music to deal with the shit going on in the world. The sun continues to rise and set, and for those of us who see it rise and see it set, we have an obligation, a duty, to do our best to make the world suck a little fucking less each and every day. Hopefully these four albums can be your soundtrack for that.

Check out the four albums I enjoy the most this month here.

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Carach Angren announce South American Tour!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

Fresh off their wildly successful North American headlining tour, CARACH ANGREN have announced a South American tour. The tour kicks off on December 7 in Chile, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

During their last tour, CARACH ANGREN appeared on Adult Swim’s FishCenter Live for a live-to-air performance. Their performance of the track “Charlie”, from their most recent album “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, can be streamed here.

CARACH ANGREN are supporting their latest album ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’ landed on the US charts at  #17 in the Hard Rock Album Sales category, #18 on the Heatseekers category, and #48 on the Independent Albums category. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN’s follow up to the acclaimed ‘This is No Fairy Tale’ (2015), is available across multiple formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

CARACH ANGREN live
Dec. 7 Santiago, Chile @ Inferno Fest
Dec. 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Extreme Hate Festival
Dec. 13 Bogota, Colombia @ Ace of Spades Club
Dec. 21 Amstelveen, Netherlands @ P60
Dec. 24 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo

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So awhile ago my girlfriend, psych folk and romantic literary melancholic punk folk artist Globelamp was banned from the streaming chat Live.Me (who she alleges still have several thousand dollars of hers) for talking about abuse she went through and asking her followers to stick up for her. She also had seen a guy on the app, which features a lot of younger people, named “Pedophile Jim”. She had pointed that out to her followers and Live.Me blocked them when they tweeted at the app to get pedophiles off the service. Obviously, that is disgusting of them to block people trying to make a popular site safe for young users. It also isn’t something she would mention without cause as her friend Arrington was accused by idiot pizzagate conspiracy theorists of being part of the alleged cult.

I was on the Metal Riot Twitter the other day and saw the Florida band Dramatica tweet that Manowar blocked them for critiquing the bands very dry, business minded response to the shockingly shitty revelations that Karl Logan had been arrested for kiddy porn. One of our staff writers has a Manowar tat. “Return of The Warlord” is one of my favorite songs of all time. THAT SAID, it is pretty disturbing that Manowar are blocking bands and critics who are disgusted by what Karl allegedly did. He was charged with six counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and has apparently thankfully been dropped by the band. I am sure that is emotionally really a fucked up thing for the Manowar guys to go through, but it doesn’t help to block people who feel betrayed. They should be feeling lucky no one called for them to disband immediately like Seven Sisters Of Sleep.

 

The other day rapper (I use that term loosely because the vast majority of new trap rappers are not real rap to me and are god awful) Takashi 69 got 4 years probation and 1,000 hours community service after using a minor in a filmed sex act.

Court documents state, “The defendant, knowing the character and content thereof, employed, authorized and induced a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in a sexual performance, and being a parent, legal guardian and custodian of such child, the defendant consented to the participation of such child in a sexual performance.” 

How is this justice? Restorative Justice is important and real and valuable, but since this dude was 18 and I believe even lied about that at first and has had people like Nicki Minaj and Future and others help him massively instead of boosting feminists , it hardly seems like this is adequate. He has a very pampered life and needs to show some serious contrition, not just making more violent and sexist music. At the very least dude needs to throw some bills around to RAINN.

 

In what I find almost the most disturbing, People Magazine wrote an article a few days ago called I Love It! Saint and North West Hilariously Dress Up as Dad Kanye and Lil Pump for Halloween.

It is no secret that at this point I find the Kardashians and Kanye to be a huge cancerous boil on society, just super problematic constantly with zero genuine regret and completely fake people. The kids may have been dressed as characters from (originally) a game, but now most people who aren’t gamers also associate the imagery with a terrible song Kanye and Lil Pump did for PornHub. Personally I am glad my two year old Halloween memory isn’t of being dressed as something for a video from a song where dad was talking about loving to get “hoes”besides mom. It is fucking gross no one even thought this was wrong. That is some weird ass oedipal conflict or some other psychological problem in the making weird shit. The kids didn’t even have a say, likely. Does that mean they saw the video and heard the song? Do we have any boundaries now? I wouldn’t play kids “Fucked With A Knife” by Cannibal Corpse. Like Pepe The Frog will always be associated with Trump and Alt-Right racism now and “anti-globalist” anti-Semitism dog whistling, you can’t take larger cultural symbology away from situations and say “, but I want it to still be just a sun wheel.”

Did Roblox approve Kanye’s shitty catcalling video and not see a conceptual problem here of pairing the imagery that way?

How is this shit cute? It is arguably very easy for this to be used as low key signaling or worse, for outright creepos to ask kids if they saw Kanye’s “I Love It” video in poorly regulated chat spaces like Live.Me or elsewhere. Protect Kids and don’t let any of this type of shit slide in entertainment. Corey Feldman might be a mess but he was obviously messed up by something. I feel bad for that dude, for real.

Someone thought it was racist to consider this a problem.

Well, guess what? It would be problematic if James Woods or any white celebrity (and fyi Kim is not black) dressed their kids up as characters from a music video with lyrics like that as well. I am not even a fan of babies wearing friggin’ Slayer onesies at this point in my life, ok? Is that conservative of me? I don’t think so. I think if a kid can’t make an educated choice of what the meaning is of imagery on a cultural level (especially stuff associated with sexual content) or violent content or a pentagram or something it shouldn’t be on them. And by the way, no big surprise but when my trans friend Maya and when Globelamp and others were posting about this in disgust on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, comments were being protectively deleted left and right. Disgusting! Stop hiding from honest concern, whether you are Manowar or Kim Kardashian or anyone. It makes our world less safe for the young. Brains over business. It is common sense this is a problem.

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Static-X 20th Anniversary “Wisconsin Death Trip” news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:03 PM (PST)

Hey rockers, meant to post about this a little while ago but Static-X have some cool tribute news for fans in 2019 on the way. New music and more. RIP WAYNE! I am really happy I saw them live with Mindless Self Indulgence in New Jersey once (if I recall). Long time ago. Time flies, fuck. Follow your dreams while you can, kids.

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Slipknot release “All Out Life”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

In case you missed it somehow, Slipknot have released a new song. It’s pretty damn awesome and has a lot of vibes that remind me of the classic debut. Definitely got me rocking Halloween a little harder last night. Horns to the masked marauders.

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Integrity cover Ozzy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 1:05 PM (PST)

Integrity covering “Bark At The Moon” by Ozzy? Sign us the Hell up! Even if the candy has push pins in it, we are into this by the handful! Happy Halloween, headbangers.

 

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Released one year after the series’ origination on Samhain 2017, GRIDFAILURE issues When The Lights Go Out Vol. II. As with its predecessor, which focused on supernatural forces, dimensional vortex transitions, cadavers, paranoia, stalkers, and unexplained phenomena, the second volume expands further into such topics, with a slightly more spiritual undertone. An atmospheric album created for the harvest season , this album transitions the auras of nocturnal nature, apparitional screams, and supreme paranoia, into a place where no otherworldly forces will save you, the listener.

Recorded and created by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner, who provides vocals, keyboards, synth, guitars, bass, percussion, and more, When The Lights Go Out Vol. II. is strewn with guest contributions, including acoustic guitar and keyboards by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, vocals from Faith Ciavarella, traveling preacher organ from Benjamin Levitt, vocals from Morgan Evans, recordings from David Rodgers, and more, spiraled into a vaporous envelopment of end-time dirge.

Harvest season only begins now. The lights go out again.

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Album Review: Clutch – “Book Of Bad Decisions”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 1:20 PM (PST)

Not liking Clutch is kind of like not liking chocolate or beer. I mean, the second is fine if you are straight edge or in recovery or whatever but otherwise you pretty much just played yourself. To be fair, I firmly have never met a Clutch song whether angry or goofy that I did not love. They are incredibly consistent even when settling into the veteran stage of their hard won (in the truest, road dog sense) career. They have made an investment in their fans and given us gold time and time again. While you can critique any artist, when it comes to Clutch their is always very little to nothing to complain about. I mean, I don’t know them on a personal level but as a fan they are they most rewarding band I have ever followed for decades. What I am trying to say is, they may have had a lot of jager here and there but they certainly haven’t made that many bad decisions career wise.

Book Of Bad Decisions continues the band’s long winning streak. Some people thought it was a little more tame or a bit too long but to me that is kind of like having extra helpings of a good meal. You binge at first and then settle in for a slow extra course and a big grin digestion stupor. Whether slow or fast, aggro or jam focused, Clutch are only adding to their still super potent live range. “H.B. Is In Control” is probably their most knowing wink thrill ride Neil Fallon as madcap ringmaster tune since the underrated From Beale Street To Oblivion record. Hollered vocals, amazing blues and stoner influenced riffs and the impeccable distinctive drumming we know and love are all present.

“Gimme The Keys” is already a newfangled anthem with the band hitting hard. It is also rad to hear some Hammond on this record as well as brass. Some people think the Vance Powell production was a bit too big and clean but I didn’t hear that. It sounded great on big speakers and the band are too tasteful to ever have shitty tones or sub par material. It might not be worn into your fibers like the S/T classic songs but, like Black Sabbath, that doesn’t mean later day songs on 13 or Bad Decisions were somehow super terrible inherently. Any band that can hit the 12 album stretch and still write stuff as freedom loving and witty as “Weird Times” and awesome or sly as “How To Shake Hands” is probably made up of a group of miracle workers. It is incredible these guys have been at it so long and still are in such control of their sound and not pushed around by labels, still cranking out killer albums like Psychic Warfare or this new baby and still reminding us that rock n roll can rebirth us on a Quantum level.

 

Queensrÿche Announce New Album ‘The Verdict’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 4:59 PM (PST)

Rock icons Queensrÿche have just announced their newest album The Verdict out March 1st via Century Media Records. The band’s forthcoming release was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA. Pre-orders and formats will be announced soon. In the meantime, the band has a Pledge pre-order campaign currently running HERE.

“I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record,” states Queensrÿche vocalist Todd La Torre about The Verdict. “The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding. I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!”

Michael “Whip” Wilton (guitar) adds, “The Verdict is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time. I couldn’t possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this.”

To support The Verdict, Queensrÿche have also announced their spring U.S. headline tour today with special guests Fates Warning. The Cringe will be joining both bands on select dates. The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3rd in Seattle. The band recently finished a run supporting SCORPIONS this past September. For more information on upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website HERE.

The Verdict follows the bands most recent release, Condition Hüman, received rave reviews from outlets such as Loudwire, KNAC, About.com, and more. The 2014 release debuted on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart at #5 with over 14,000 units sold first week and 100,000 albums sold globally to date.

Queensrÿche Headline Tour Dates
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only
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RIP Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig, Fireburn etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:54 PM (PST)

The hardcore and metal community are in shock and very sad from the breaking news that legendary NYHC guitarist Todd Youth has passed away. He leaves behind a legacy of creativity that saved countless people’s lives. Hardcore will never be the same.

Todd’s Fireburn bandmate Ras Israel Joseph I (also of Bad Brains Rise fame ) posted on Facebook:

On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth
There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with gbh from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna is taking his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and The Devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. one day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.

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