Album Review: Smash Fashion – ‘Rompus Pompous’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM (PST)

Los Angeles, CA ‘s Smash Fashion have that real rock n’ roll fever you can’t fake. The band’s latest Rompus Pompous  is a dazzling win for glam infused rock n roll, perhaps even winning the kind of cliché accolade that it might just be their ‘best yet’. In this instance, band leader Roger Deering and his compatriots of cool may have achieved just that.

The band’s best production yet by member Lloyd Stuart Casson finds the band armed and paired with brighter guitars, bigger hooks, extremely well executed smooth back up oohs and ahhs to please fans of everything from Queen to the Zombies paired with the strut and get out of a rut of T. Rex and Slade? What’s not to love?!

“Wolves Of Wonderland” is an obvious single, a driving and catchy number, with “Teenage Demon” a close second. The record is full of tight percussion, a sense of purpose between band members, killer guitar solos that accentuate rather than widdly widdlying spaghetti noodles all over the song and fun stories woven into the fabric of this winner. You can hear the appreciation for rock history and it makes you yearn for the glory days of KISS, New York Dolls or even a little Dead Boys at times, though way less “punk” and more rock n roll. “Proper Way To Eat A Muffin” has enough serious boogie to find Marc Bolan parting the veil to peek back Earthward to have a gander, while Mike Garson even makes a piano appearance on closer “Smiles And Daggers”.

This is catchy and real enough to kickstart your day in a new direction and remind you that rock n roll can get you out of a slump and still be innovative when played passionately and with enthusiasm, even if there are nods to the  playbook many of the greats already wrote. Def suggest you check this out!


Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin is responsible for creating the artwork for all of the band's albums. He also designed the artwork for Probot's 2004 self-titled album.


Redemption release cover of U2’s “New Year’s Day”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 5:46 PM (PST)

Redemption recently released their seventh full-length, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Gotta say it has one of my favorite album covers yet this year, very cool stuff.  Now, the undeniably talented band has released a new track from the album: “New Year’s Day”, a cover version of U2‘s classic song – which can be heard below or HERE.

For more previews of Long Night’s Journey into Day, and to purchase the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/redemption

Add Redemption to My Radar   Add to My Radar

The 4 Faves of July (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 4:19 PM (PST)

July was a hectic month for me. I spent a week out of town, I finished up a summer class, and the past few days I’ve been playing a lot of Crash Bandicoot. But as always, I’ve tried to compile a list of the albums that I thought were the best of the best for the month. This month’s list was a little harder to get together than previous months, there were some misses I wasn’t expecting to miss, and not as many ones I hitting that I didn’t expect to make up for it. The following list is in no particular order.

1. First on the list, the one that was a surprise for me, is Bongripper’s Terminal. In the age of sludge, grunge, post-, noise doom metal it’s always nice to hear something truly, seismically heavy and slow. The two songs on this album are “Slow” and “Death” and they have a combined playtime of 43 minutes. As I prepare for another hectic academic year of getting my ass kicked by grad school, I’m excited that in moments when I need to slow down, I’ll have Terminal to drag me along. All the better with fall imminent. Head over to Bongripper’s Bandcamp to stream Terminal, where you can download it at “name your own price.”

2. Any list I make isn’t going to be complete without at least one -core album, and this one will have three! The first is Bury Tomorrow‘s Black Flame. This album is pretty standard metalcore fare, chugging and riffing along, interchanging between clean and growled vocals. The title track probably stands out the most for me.

3.  Next on the list is Chelsea Grin‘s Eternal Nightmare. Ever since Suicide Silence’s self-titled album last year, I’ve been hungry for good deathcore stylings (not that this is a stab at Suicide Silence, I always support bands pursuing the sounds they want to go for, it just wasn’t for me). Chelsea Grin offer pretty great deathcore with this album. Though this album features an iteration of Chelsea Grin without any of the founding members, former Lorna Shore vocalist, Tom Barber, the newest edition to the band, brings a fantastic performance. My favorite track off the album is “See You Soon.”

4. Last on the list is Within The RuinsWorld Undone EP. This two song EP follows the band’s release last year of Halfway Human. Within The Ruins’ style of proggy metalcore is about the only way I get into prog metal. Check out the EP’s title track.

Add Bury Tomorrow to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Crippled Black Phoenix stream new track, “Nebulas”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM (PST)

International dark rock collective CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX are streaming another new track off their forthcoming album, ‘The Great Escape’. The stunning new track, titled “Nebulas”, melds psychedelic soundscapes with moving post rock, and features the evocative, ethereal vocals of Swedish singer Belinda Kordic (SEL DELAN).

Regarding the track, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX mastermind Justin Greaves comments, “Given the fact that both Belinda and myself are huge animal lovers and animal rights supporters, it has always seemed the right thing to do to make songs about the animals. We did it with our “other” band Se Delan, so when I gave her the demos for Great Escape songs, Belinda got straight back to me with this burning need to write a song for the animals. It completes the song and fits into the thread of the album.” 

Vocalist Belinda Kordic continues, “Often I’m referred to as a “closed book”, which is true I guess, but when it comes to animals and their well-being, I’ll rip my heart out and serve it on a plate. I know we can’t bare the weight of the worlds evil on our shoulders, and we can’t save all of them, the unloved, abused and neglected animals of the world. But I have a tendency to want to do just that and its hard to cope with at times. This song is for them.”

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX  will release Great Escape, a new full length album on Sept 14. Great Escape sees the band pushing their prodigious talents and creativity to the limit, interweaving influences spanning the sonic landscapes of post rock, experimental music, and heavy prog. Pre-orders for ‘Great Escape’ are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Track-list
1.You Brought It Upon Yourselves
2. To You I Give (click to stream, also available on Spotify)
3. Uncivil War (Pt. I)
4. Madman
5. Times, They Are A Raging
6. Rain Black, Reign Heavy
7. Slow Motion Breakdown
8. Nebulas
9. Las Diabolicas
10. Great Escape (Pt. I)
11. Great Escape (Pt. II)

Add Crippled Black Phoenix to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: Sulaco – “The Prize”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 3:16 PM (PST)

Rochester’s Sulaco have always kind of been underdogs, weathering the underground storms but never quite breaking huge yet always mattering and doing cool shit. Since the early 00’s the group has kept up blazing a trail with their unique blend of extreme metal sub genres, melding hardcore, grind and weird ass rhythmic shifts that Gorguts fans could enjoy into a fresh and kind of minimal style with maximum punch. Plus, my best friend and I smoked weed with them years ago at a Woodstock Tat Fest behind a Harley place and always thought they were cool after that, haha. The band also have ties to Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth, among others. They just keep it real and stay relevant after most bands give it up, and that deserves lifer points.

The Prize will be released on August 17, 2018 with Translation Loss Records on compact disc, digital download, and two vinyl variants (white and the limited edition “Clear with Heavy Black and White Splatter” which is limited to 100 copies). The trippy cover art by J.R. Schulmerich is worth the purchase alone.

There is a lot of blurring drum roll madness (10/10 performance from Chris Golding, fuck dude), whirlwind guitar chug and tortured vocal styles on here, particularly powerful on “The Road”. The song marches forward then explodes into drama as much as any Cormac McCarthy post-apoc book, though I don’t know if they are related. There are some moments on here of borderline proggy-tech death as well and the band just sound incredibly precise and deadly. They are one of those bands who, like Gigan or Today Is The Day, have somehow managed to capture their vibrant and over the top live essence on a lot of their recordings. I am thrilled they are still at it. Mixed by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nile, Cannibal Corpse), the new record has a furious and raw but tempered feel. It is not a polished turd, that is for sure. You feel every scream in your center like a branding iron.

When Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine said metal has gotten ‘a bit stale’ recently, he prob hadn’t heard this beast.

Erik Burke and company should be proud. They have nothing to prove and if this makes a lot of money or otherwise the “prize” includes a well deserved place upon the wall of glory in the halls of respected extreme metal acts on Valhalla. Go fucking check out the anxiety inducing first intense song “Disguise” here and for God’s sakes pre order this shit for a measly $6.99 and don’t be a stick in the mud!

Death Metal Soul Wreckage: Krisiun, Abhorrence news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:17 PM (PST)

Krisiun

Hello, friends. Friendly reminder that Queen’s ‘Princes Of The Universe’ is the greatest pillar of human achievement. Before we get into some death metal from around the world, let us contemplate the glory.

Ok, so I worked hard all morning and then saw my mom at her elder care facility and then passed the fuck out way too long and now am really delirious. I woke up and made a peanut butter and banana sandwich and ate it one handed while sitting down to pee and I kind of feel like Elvis. My gf is practicing (awesome) Goo Goo Dolls covers on her acoustic guitar and our cute ass cat Amber will not stop staring at me like she knows more than me about The hydrostatic equation. I need some herbs.

Anyway, one thing I can kind of do even when half asleep and moronic is give my opinion on upcoming death metal releases! Let’s remember what we came here for?! Hello? Is anyone there?

Friendly reminder that Friday, September 07, 2018 sees the release of a monstrously massive new onslaught from death metal stalwarts Krisiun entitled Scourge Of The Enthroned. That is about as death metal an album name I have ever heard and I can not believe it has not already been taken by Carcass or Hate Eternal.

Anyway, Krisiun have literally always kicked ass. I remember reading about them years ago as a new death metal and thrash fan wanting to widen my net beyond Sepultura as far as bands from Brazil. The cover art by Eliran Kantor is based on Sumerian mythology and shows three ancient gods transcending the beginning of creation. The title track on the new rager is particularly fucking stunning and will take your head clean off, so I am not sure why they put it first on the album unless they plan to re-animate fans corpses with every song.

I just got the promo for this record and am rapidly devouring it. I can’t believe these guys are on their eleventh album. Man, it is so inspiring when bands manage to reach such heights doing what they love! Hail Krisiun! Check out the first single, released a few weeks back, called “Demonic III” below! Pre Order HERE.

Svart Records is proud to present Megalohydrothalassophobic, an all-new Abhorrence EP full of old-school Finnish death metal.  The EP will be released by Svart Records on September 15th.The lineup of the Finnish DM trailblazers is the same as back in 1990, with the addition of drummer Waltteri Väyrynen, of Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre fame.

This release continues the ancient spooky ass Gods theme I was mentioning about Krisun above, as the band have promised they bring us ,”… a vision of Lovecraftian horror in the age of the ecological catastrophe. The lyrics fuse together the deeply unsettling tales of H.P. Lovecraft with the thought-provoking philosophy of Timothy Morton, arguably the most important thinker of the anthropoce, the current catastrophical age of human existence.” Blessed Altar Zine has a pretty fair review of the promo Here . I personally would have given it a little bit higher rating.

I hope they release new song “Hyperobject Beneath the Waves” as another single because it will rock your socks off and also because it somehow takes the kind of deep sea metal chaos theme vibes that many bands have done a lot and makes it still terrifying.

Abhorrence

Get a taste of the record below with the also rad and uncompromising “Anthem for the Anthropocene” below. Then try to say the album name ten times fast, we dare ya!

 

Add Krisiun to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Bayview Suspect

Hey kids. A LOT of cool underground band news for you today so let’s get things started with some groove/metalcore troopers.

Survival Or Ruin from Bayview Suspect will be released on September 14th through Rockpit Records. Pre-order is now available and comes in various options including digital download, physical CD and an exclusive bundle pack comprised of CD, digital download, t-shirt, 2 stickers and a limited edition banner style poster featuring the EP artwork available at a special pre-order price for a limited time. Order now at www.bayviewsuspect.com/store.

The intensity of their newest song “Laced With Deception” caught my ear a few days ago ad I thought I would share the band’s latest accompanying lyric video with you. NWOAHM and Euro-metal influences combine for a bold flavor.

The Crown are the biggest band on the list today, back in a big way with recent devastator Cobra Speed Venom. It is one of the long running band’s finest hours, completely no holds barred speed and aggression to the max. The band have a new video out for the track “In The Name Of Death”.

The band comments: The Crown gives you a death-chillin’ tune as a counter action for this ridiculously hot season – ‘In The Name Of Death’! A tune that will automatically make you drink more beer!”

Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom at the classic Studio Fredman, the new album kills. To preview and purchase Cobra Speed Venom, please visit: metalblade.com/thecrown

Please support as this is one of the stronger ragers in recent memory and the band are pushing it hard. They sound hungry and really are out to show they still have what it takes and can hold their own alongside any Arch Enemy, Vader or The Haunted out there.

In more metal news that is awesome rather than wretched, Manitoba’s Arcticcircle have an awesome new album called Where Ice Meets Ocean that we have just become aware of. Some really strong and multi-faceted stuff on there so please go and check it out. I really enjoyed the big drum sound and guitars on “Cosmic Egg” and the marching surge of “Firebird Over Falcon Lake” in particular. Lot of sub-genre crossing streams here and while some of the bellowed vocals might not be for everyone, the music kicks total ass. “Oracle Bones” is probably my favorite on here, perseverant and full of cool tempo shifts and outstanding guitar. Def compatible with your Hark, Solstice, Mastodon and Turbid North on vinyl collections.

Gonna leave you all well satiated on riffs and rage today with the new video “Vagabond” from Ontario punks Hellbent.  It was filmed by Alex Earl Grey and edited by Jospeh Viktor Roth. The band have a lot on their plate coming up and I thought you all should get them on your radar ASAP.

Ok, that’s it from me for today, folks. Gonna finish watching Let Me Make You A Martyr on Shudder now. It features Marilyn Manson and also my new friend Sam Quartin from blues punks The Bobby Lees (who fuckin’ scorch!!) and is pretty awesome so far. TTYS!

Add The Crown to My Radar   Add to My Radar

“Warriors Of The World” by Manowar is playing as I type this, an epic and humorous background soundtrack to my current musings of this past weekend of watching Charmed with my gf and sadly missing Migration Fest (check out this, this and this). I hate that I still have not seen Krallice live. Re: Charmed, it is awesome that Alyssa Milano is such an activist IRL for making the world a better place since on that show Phoebe Halliwell kind of often is making bad calls that make things go awry and IRL she doesn’t wanna go out like that. Ok, do I have any brain cells? Jesus.

Mark Shelton from Manilla Road’s passing was unexpected and quite sad. Listen to his work and celebrate his life. I don’t know what more to say. Condolences to fans, friends and family.

I was hoping to catch Dylan Carlon of Earth at BSP Kingston with It’s Not Night: It’s Space this past Sunday, but I was too wiped out from my non writing jobs and had to stay in.

So to kick off this week’s news, I very much relate to the Manowar lyrics ,”It’s more than our religion it’s the only way to live/But the enemies of metal we can’t forgive.” Meant to tell y’all last week that on August 24th, Manowar will release LP re-issues of their classic albums Fighting the World, Kings of Metal, and Triumph of Steel via Metal Blade Records. I can’t believe they can even fit the Achilles song on vinyl at all since it is a friggin’ hundred years long. Anyway, pre-order your copies now at: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/search/?q=Manowar-LPs-2018

Rome’s Lady Reaper are a metal/rock band who have been around since 2009 but recently put out a new album called Mise En Abyme via Valery Records. Anyway, the band have this ridiculous video that I think has been out since April but it made me laugh when I was baked. It seems to be about how they hate their cleaning jobs and want to rock and then the singer has a very Vigo The Carpathian Ghostbusters 2 esque moment where he sort of beckons the band into a mirror. The fuck did I just watch?

Anyway, it was entertaining and the band look like they are having fun and not overly serious. It is ok to laugh sometimes in this dumb shit world, right? I dug the use of Fender and an SG together, I think it was…which could have maybe not worked out so well but the band aren’t fighting frequencies. Anyway, this is super goofy but the band seem like they want to strive to sound as big metal as possible while still laughing at themselves and having fun even if they aren’t as big as Manowar. That’s a good attitude, y’know? Hails.

Fit For A King from Dallas are back with a new metalcore track called “Backbreaker”. I think the vocals scream something about a body ablaze at one point, which reminds me of Shai Hulud a bit too much, but the song is pretty crushing for the genre. The band are very energetic live and continue to rally new fans to their banner.

The new track is off of their forthcoming release Dark Skies, which comes out September 14th via Solid State Records. This is the third single the band has released off of the upcoming release, following “Tower of Pain” and “The Price Of Agony“.

Remaining current tour dates for ya below:

Add Manowar to My Radar   Add to My Radar

JULY’S BEJEWELED DAGGERS: 4 Faves Of The Month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 5:07 PM (PST)

Hi readers. Since 2018 started Jessica and I have been doing monthly recap lists of whatever four records got our attention the most. This could be a matter of personal taste or something about a work that struck a chord or matched a moment well, but it is less a critical rejection of other works not featured than an embrace of albums that proved themselves the most compelling to me during this July. So take it as one of those “staff recommends this cd” sections you used to see at Rhino Records only much cooler, duh. Very happy to say that everything on this list features performers playing their hearts out.

1. Twilight Fauna’s Where Birds Sing My Name takes the top spot for me this month. The latest from Paul Ravenwood and drummer Josh Thieler of mighty Slaves BC is a beautiful and soul baring effort, dynamic and stouthearted. From straight up banjo songs to arrow sharp black metal that feels like blood is flowing through it rather than pretension and cold-pose, this is a fitting companion to The Year the Stars Fell. The Green and yellow splatter vinyl is too dope to comprehend with my mortal mind. We are lucky to have this project in our metal midst to remind people that records handled with personal reverence can still move mountains and bring oxygen to fatigued forms.

2. Berlin’s Maggot Heart are honestly so fucking cool I can’t take it. The new record Dusk To Dusk was almost my number one pick of the month but my heart succumbed to my East Coast loyalty that Twilight Fauna instilled. But yeah, Linnéa Olsson is so talented and chill and her latest record with her post The Oath + Grave Pleasures outfit is perfect anarchic post punk with a low key metallic sting that should make most American rock bands feel fucking hella embarrassed in comparison for the weak crap they are putting out. The songwriting on this is unreal, especially the manic “Medication” and galloping “Blood Envy” coming to mind as just phenomenal tunes. Recorded in Stockholm in 2017, it cements the potent creative bond with drummer Uno Bruniusson (mainly of the much missed In Solitude fame). I can’t recommend enough surrendering to this record and letting the modern world’s stresses seem like they can be relieved and defeated by the spooky and catchy but semi-detached vocals, rolling and thundering but kind of punk drums and absolutely alive guitar and bass performances. I bought this faster than anything that came out all year. Please please please support them cuz I need them to stick around.

3. With all due respect to Ordinary Corrupt Human Love and some of the other moving or ambitious records out this month that did not make my July list, Mutilation Rites going more death metal was a no brainer for me. And I mean no brainer in a zombies ate all the brains but still want more cuz they are in a death metal frenzy type of no brainer. Chasm from Gilead Media and the NYC scuz rebels of Mutilation Rites continues the bands feedback and buzzsaw /slow burn attempt to become Hades’ official house band. “Pierced Larynx” gives me intense feels of glorious dread and death dirge. It has a more punk rooted crusty underbelly amidst the slower Exhumed and blackened talons in your throat vibes. The monumentally metal drums that pound through the intro to “Post Mortem Obsession” that set up the roaring chaos to follow had me in awe. 6 songs but all fairly lengthy and they all slap. Like Hooded Menace or Black Cobra, the band keep the core elements of what makes them work but tweak their approach slightly with each outing just enough to keep it fresh but familiar. It is intense but not to the point of being silly, just vital and brilliant. This was my fave DM album of the month, all very due respect to Coffin Birth .

4. Birds In Row’s We Already Lost The World takes my fourth and final spot on the list for July. I feel like it is an important record people will remember in years to come. It has a post hardcore infused edgy and kinetic insistence that many albums fail to manufacture, cuz you can’t fake that shit. This French band, currently already supporting fucking Neurosis and Converge, have long term potential and most importantly great songs. “Love Is Political” is just a great song name and the song tears at scabs. “We vs. Us” reminds me of some of what I love most about Cave In and Modern Life Is War in one unexpected fell swoop. Personal War made a buzz but this is gonna take them to the next level. I don’t know how to sum up adequately the mixture of transcending pain the music and artwork stirs up, but this is well worth checking out and surrendering to the barely hopeful cacophony of.

Add Mutilation Rites to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Skyharbor by Argon Photography

Happy hump day, humanoids. This midpoint of the week finds us fresh off the news that (gasp) Trump and cronies lied about Karen McDougal and he probably can be convicted of a felony for some aspects of this. That is great news in my book. Let’s celebrate the continued debasement of America by getting into some sick music news, chums. Oh, incidentally I also found out today that I have the same birthday (day, not year) as former Bush guitarist Nigel Pulsford. Who knew?!

Ok, let’s talk about (drumroll)…Skyharbor! This is a cool nu-progressive Indian-American band that I only learned about recently. Kind of give me Linkin Park meets BTBAM vibes, if that combo makes sense mentally. The band has a new track “Dissent” premiering at Revolver HERE. I am more into the big cleans and the sort of shimmering prog parts than the nu metal groove stuff but honestly it is all chill and works seamlessly. They’d be great on a tour with Islander, Nothing More, Periphery or Threat Signal, in my mind.

“Dissent is a really interesting track for us,” says vocalist Eric Emery. “It’s sort of a throwback to all of our metal influences from our youth blended with the skyharbor sound. It’s a bit of an outlier on the record stylistically, but it has definitely turned into one of our favorite songs.”

Skyharbor will release Sunshine Dust on September 7, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Keshav adds, “It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound.”

The Oxford Coma

The Oxford Coma have hooked up with great Philly label Nefarious Industries (Bangladeafy, Fuck Your Birthday, Laces Out). I fucking love their weird ass clangy, groovy and dry blend of rock n roll infused underground weirdness. It is quite hard to describe but could appeal to fans of Mike Patton’s bands, pigfuck, weird ass proggy stuff or just anti-social but kind of fun and difficult music in general.

The Oxford Coma’s Billy Tegethoff states, “The journey to the perfect label has been daunting, to say the least, but when I saw Nefarious Industries’ interview with Decibel that said something to the effect of ‘we look for the most adventurous and least commercially viable acts we can find,’ I was like, hey this is it. These guys are willing to put in time and effort to get weird bands to a receptive audience; a mission we share. I think it’s a perfect partnership. It allows us to keep doing what we always have as an independent band, but now we have friends and labelmates to do it with. Party.”

 

Nefarious Industries’ Greg Meisenberg reports, “We’re all chilling at a 4th of July BBQ, skewering shrimp, lighting up firecrackers, and the conversation drifts to this email we all got the night before from a band that describes themselves as progressive psychedelic grunge rock with a record titled Everything Out Of Tune that sounds like King Missile’s rendition of Failure covering Primus. Naturally, we were stoked! Plus, we’re all huge fans of the Oxford comma. And puns. Definitely looking forward to 2019!”
Watch for more on this development as the band sets up to record the new LP next year.

 

In the meantime, The Oxford Coma is currently booking a Western US tour for September and October in support of their Steve Albini-produced second LP, Everything Out Of Tune. Watch for the routing to be announced shortly.

 

Everything Out Of Tune is out now on limited edition colored vinyl LP and all digital providers; find physical merch options through the band HERE and via Nefarious IndustriesHERE, place digital orders HERE, and see several videos from the album HERE.
Add Skyharbor to My Radar   Add to My Radar

[photo by Jamie Langley]

Arizona’s Spirit Adrift, one of the most exciting bands in modern metal, will bring the melodic doom to the road once more in support of Curse Of Conception.

The new Spirit Adrift tour begins July 25th in Saint Louis,  followed by gigs in Indianapolis and Columbus before hitting Pittsburgh for Migration fest where they perform with Zombi, Mournful Congregation, Pelican, Bongripper, Krallice, Deadbird, Khemmis, The Ominous Circle, and many others.

From there, SPIRIT ADRIFT plays Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Portsmouth, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Rock Island, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Denver, and Salt Lake City before reaching Vegas. There, they share the Psycho Las Vegas stage with over seventy artists including Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, The Hellacopters, Witchcraft, Sunn O))), Godflesh, Enslaved, Goblin, Eyehategod, Today Is The Day, and dozens more, then head to San Diego for the final show of the tour on August 21st. Post-tour they’ll play HOCO Fest in Tucson on September 2nd with more tour dates to be announced.

SPIRIT ADRIFT Tour Dates:
7/25/2018 Blueberry Hill Duck Room – Saint Louis, MO
7/26/2018 Indiana City Brewing Company – Indianapolis, IN
7/27/2018 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
7/28/2018 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA @ Migration Fest [info]
7/29/2018 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
7/30/2018 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
7/31/2018 Union Pool – New York, NY
8/02/2018 Great Scott – Boston, MA
8/03/2018 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, NH
8/04/2018 Bar Le Ritz – Montréal, QC
8/06/2018 House Of Targ – Ottawa, ON
8/07/2018 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
8/08/2018 PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI
8/09/2018 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
8/10/2018 RIBCO – Rock Island, IL
8/11/2018 Lee’s Liquor Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
8/12/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
8/14/2018 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
8/15/2018 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
8/16-19/2018 Hard Rock Hotel And Casino – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas [info]
8/21/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/02/2018 HOCO Fest – Tucson, AZ
Add Spirit Adrift to My Radar   Add to My Radar

New Single: Foxbat’s “White T(h)rash” takes on privilege

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 6:10 PM (PST)

Photo by Mike Thompson.

Hey rockers. Today we have a ripping and rollicking new single called “White T(h)rash” for you from Foxbat. It was awesome to find out the hard hitting hardcore and rock n roll influenced act had a song for us about white privilege being a real problem, since there are enough ignorant types out there in the world who think otherwise and since I am always trying to get people to watch 13th on Netflix. It doesn’t mean white people can’t have had hard lives, rather that they also don’t have to deal with institutional racism on top of it.

Props to the band, who fans of ETID and their ilk will be super stoked on, for confronting this important topic despite the potential to get shit from bigoted edgelord trolls.

Since forming a few years back the Louisville, KY act has shared stages with heavy hitters such as: He is Legend, ’68,  Norma Jean, Islander, and The Devil Wears Prada. Foxbat features ex-members from: SoCal’s Prog-Metal outfit I, Omega (Bullet Tooth) and Louisville’s own Party Rockers Uh Huh Baby Yeah (Revival Recordings). The band are releasing their Rotgut debut album on August 3rd via Louisville, KY’s record label Core Sample Records.

“White T(h)rash is about acknowledging one’s privilege and more specifically, white privilege,” says Clay Nevels (vocals). “White people tend to pretend their privilege doesn’t exist. Or as individuals, they don’t currently contribute to society’s perpetuation because of events that happened before the current generation was born. That’s just not the case. We all are a part of it, regardless of intentions or how you grew up. It exists. My thought is that you should be aware of it and when it’s oppressive to others; as well as, when you could potentially use it as an ally to help someone else’s voice be heard and not stifled.”

Add FoxBat to My Radar   Add to My Radar

With legendary blast drummer Pete Sandoval ready to revive TERRORIZER for another momentous grinding onslaught,  the groundbreaking band have united with The End Records for the release of their long-anticipated new full-length, Caustic Attack. Produced by Jason Suecof (Deicide, All That Remains, Kataklysm, Battlecross) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and featuring the apocalyptic cover art of Timbul Cahyono (Rotting Corpse, Pyrexia), the record serves as the band’s first studio offering in six years.

“The original TERRORIZER didn’t have solos, so we took the same approach,” Lee Harrison says. “It was just riff after killer riff. That was an interesting challenge for me – to keep the music fresh without relying on solos. But the great thing about not having solos is it allows us to keep a dense sound as a three-piece. When you put leads in there, you need a second guitar or else the bottom falls out. Staying a three-piece makes it easier to travel and tour, and we didn’t want to mess with that formula.”
 
Now that Sandoval is devoting all his time and effort to TERRORIZER (he left Morbid Angel in 2013), he plans to tour extensively and then record another album. The six-year curse is officially broken.

“It feels so great to be back playing every day,” Sandoval says. “I worked really hard on my recovery and all that work is really paying off now because when I play these songs I feel the same way I did in 1990 or 2000. I feel young again and I can play with no problem. And that’s hard to do because this new album has a lot of changes, double-bass, fast blast beats. You name it.”

TERRORIZER’s Caustic Attack will see release via The End Records this fall. Further details including track teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime you can never get enough World Downfall, a stone cold mandatory classic that still smokes most stuff released now.

Add Terrorizer to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Hello my Hell spawned goons. Hope your lives are gonna be unshitty as we move through some weird astrology shit the next few days. I have a LOT of cool news for ya.

We fucking LOVE Monte Pittman around here. The ex-Prong and current Madonna axe man is a fucking riff maniac and a super cool guy, truly a gifted metal and hard rock player with his solo band and honestly creative and inspiring on anything he goes near. Now we have the very cool word on the street that he is gonna be touring with Sebastian Bach! Just saw Bach in Poughkeepsie a week or so back and it fucking rocked (read a review HERE)! I can imagine that this pairing is gonna get some fists pumping and kick major ass all around.

Set to commence September 26th and run through November 3rd, the trek, which includes additional support from One Bad Son, will find Pittman supporting two new solo albums, Better Or Worse and Between The Space, set for release via Metal Blade Records. See all confirmed dates below.

Pittman comments: “The album Between The Space is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts. The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always, when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. 

 

The album Better Or Worse is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. Better Or Worse and Between The Space both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”

 

For a preview of both albums, visit: metalblade.com/montepittman where the new singles “Depth Perception” (from Better Or Worse) and “Evidence” (from Between The Space) can be streamed.

MONTE PITTMAN w/ Sebastian Bach, One Bad Son:
9/26/2018 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
9/27/2018 The Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
9/28/2018 The Commonwealth Room – South Salt Lake, UT
9/30/2018 BLK Live – Scottsdale, AZ
10/02/2018 Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
10/03/2018 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
10/05/2018 IDL Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
10/06/2018 Canton Hall – Dallas, TX
10/07/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
10/09/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/10/2018 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
10/12/2018 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
10/13/2018 Trixie’s Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY
10/14/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
10/16/2018 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA
10/18/2018 The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
10/19/2018 Aura – Portland, ME
10/20/2018 Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH
10/21/2018 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/24/2018 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/25/2018 The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
10/26/2018 Boathouse Live – Newport News, VA
10/27/2018 Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
10/28/2018 The Senate at Tin Roof – Columbia, SC
10/30/2018 37 Main – Buford, GA
10/31/2018 The Foundation Performing Arts & Conference Center – Spindale, NC
11/02/2018 The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
11/03/2018 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

Toronto’s CREATURES sophomore EP “II” is due out this Friday, July 20th via their indie label Old Haunt Records. Fans of Upon A Burning Body, Carnifex and the like will dig the skull smooshing deathcore sounds the band churn’s out with the ease of blood pouring from a gaping wound. The band have been building their resume of radness for a few years now and are set to make a bigger impact if they keep moving forward strongly.

Show Dates:
June 30 – Toronto, ON – Bovine (EP Release Party) – info
August 16 – Barrie, ON – Foxx Lounge – info w/ Kavara
August 19 – Hamilton, ON – The Doors Pub – info w/ Kavara
August 20 – Brantford, ON – Our Place – info

And Cannibal Corpse have a fucking AWESOME tour lined up. I can’t even believe how heavy this one is, phewww! Hate fucking Eternal and Harms friggin’ Way are along for the ride. Tix on sale Friday.

US tour dates with @hateeternal and @harmsway13 announced! Tickets on sale this Friday.

A post shared by Cannibal Corpse (@cannibalcorpseofficial) on

Add Monte Pittman to My Radar   Add to My Radar

SELFISH THINGS
Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn

Welcome to Tuesday’s Titanic Treasonous Tidbits. I am not talking about Jack and Rose or even Conald here, but awesome rock n roll news you need in order to live a fuller, richer life. Today we have some groovy spooky post punk, some CKY hard rock action and a little Warped Tour related band of interest for you ghouls. It isn’t our heaviest of posts, but it still rocks with the most. 

Ok, first up is just a heads up that post punk artistes Wax Idols return to the road today in support of newest opus Happy Ending This band deserves stans to flicker about them in awe (while dramatic music plays) like the little cave bats enveloping Christian Bale. They are not metal but we have a punk category in our drop down menu and the band’s unflinching attitude, uncompromising vision, miles of style and ability to blend gallow’s humor with an actual desire for things to be better out there is punk af in our book.

Hard rock hesher heroes CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have released a brand new music video for their track, “Wiping Off The Dead” from their most recent LP,The Phoenix. Directed by Dave Causa, this is the third music video we’ve seen from the band off their current release.

“Our good friend Dave Causa filmed us rehearsing for our UK tour last summer and the end result was us making a badass music video,” says drummer Jess Margera. “It was filmed before we ever played a single show for the release of our album. Thank you, Dave, and thank you CKY alliance! Enjoy this great video from the archives.”

CKY is headed back out on the road this summer on a co-headlining run with SLAVES and additional support coming from the incredible Royal Thunder and the buzz building Awaken I Am. Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages are available now. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more. The band will also be doing highlighted performances on select festival dates such as Lollapalooza, Sturgis bike rally, Psycho Las Vegas, and Blue Ridge Rockfest!

CKY released The Phoenix last summer via Entertainment One (eOne). The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

Toronto-based alternative rock band SELFISH THINGS have released a video for their song “Hangman,” a cut from their EP Vertical Love which was released earlier this year The video was released HERE, and can be watched below:

When asked about the video, frontman Alex Biro said that “We were a month and a half into tour (hence me looking so fucking tired) and ended up driving back to Cleveland after our show in Columbus to knock out the video. The director and his team had scouted a pretty desolate, blown out, old tire factory in a particularly rundown part of the city, which really fit well aesthetically with the overall concept of the song. We wanted to focus on iconographic elements that amplified the message while still trying play to the lyrics (the hanging hearts, for example). I hope people enjoy it more than I did making it – don’t sit in a coffin with nightcrawler’s.”

Keep up the sweet jams, dudes. I love the chunky guitar tones, emo-esque hooks and the group’s give it your all energy. The vocals remind me of Blink and The Sleeping kind of eloping with Taking Back Sunday.

The release of the “Hangman”  video comes right before a busy touring schedule for the band kicks off this summer. In addition to supporting The Spill Canvas from July 26-August 11, they will also be playing Warped Tour July 17 at The Flats at Budweiser Stage on The Lemmon Stage.

TOUR DATES w/ THE SPILL CANVAS

7/17 – Toronto, ON – Vans Warped Tour (No The Spill Canvas)
7/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
7/27 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
7/28 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
7/29 – Durham, NC – Motorco
7/31 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
8/01 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
8/02 – Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
8/03 – Boston, MA – Middle East
8/04 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
8/05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
8/07 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
8/08 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
8/09 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
8/10 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
8/11 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
8/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
9/14 – Dallas, TX – RBC
9/15 – Houston, TX – Secret Group
9/16 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
9/18 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
9/19 – Mesa, AZ – Rebel Lounge
9/20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
9/21 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
9/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hi-Hat
9/23 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
9/24 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
9/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
9/27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
9/28 – Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown
9/29 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird

Add CKY to My Radar   Add to My Radar