Well, this latest development is absurd

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:34 PM (PST)

Remember the other day when my sis Cambria finally felt comfortable talking about being erased by Coheed? And then the good folks at Metal Sucks boosted it? The band never responded (of course), but I did start to have a productive and semi-healing conversation with Josh Eppard’s uncle John The Baker – a dude I genuinely like.

Anyway, the band’s proxy former troll leader who used to ramp up fans and PM my supporters to try and convince them I am crazy (that’s not slander, they have the evidence and one is a staff writer at Metal Injection even, hahaha)…this dude Dirty Ern who also performs with Josh in his rap group Weerd Science decided the least completely dismissive response was to try to SELL WEERD SCIENCE albums in the comments section of the FB thread on the Metal Riot post I was boosting about Cambria’s heartfelt interview/conversation with me.

Look, I don’t want to fight them but this completely helps prove my point of how it very much seems like they value profits over people and burying things or trying to save face over real reconciliation. It’s complete bullshit and not punk at all. GTFO w that shit. Do you know how expensive it is and daunting to get trans medicine and surgeries? VERY. Or to be open about depression? And this dude is straight ridiculing everything we said in the interview by asking people to buy their records on the same thread? When the band hasn’t even bothered to respond?

Also not smart when I know how long they kept Mic Todd in the band past when it was healthy for the sake of financial stability to their brand before finally letting him go at his absolute worst and then putting all the blame on him.

I have said many times as a manic depression suffering trans person with bigger issues how I would really like positive closure with them and this is the kind of bullshit they have done for years. Then I get blamed as “crazy” for complaining about it. Eff that shit. I just want them to admit all the things they lied about over the years and to have a constructive healing with me and mutually apologize. Doesn’t that seem like a better lesson for everyone than hero worshiping a dude who would rather throw shade at real people in cartoon songs about murdering girls?

I’ve tried to make peace many times but they won’t hold up their end in full and so hope I just shut up and go away or try to dismiss me. Over that shit.

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Prior to joining Faith No More in 1988, Mike Patton was (still) the singer of the experimental band Mr. Bungle, who had only released a handful of demo tapes. Their self-titled debut album would not be released until 1991, when Patton was still in Faith No More, who had just blasted into the mainstream with their signature song "Epic".


Surprise! Amon Amarth have decided to stop singing about Vikings and instead will focus entirely on Strawberry Shortcake from now on! I jest! Of course they have a new video and it is still about Vikings, you feeble peasants! Though the look of the video is actually like an old fashioned fight club/gambling den, oddly. Regardless, it is still another blood drenched winner from Jomsviking! Ahhh, the guitar solo section is so tasty like fine mead!

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Five must hear 2017 releases that don’t overstay their welcome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM (PST)

Poison Blood

Some albums are simply better as a less is more statement. It doesn’t mean the music is bad, rather that the record goes for maximum impact. Hardcore is usually pretty traditionally on point about this but metal is not always adept at reeling back on the grandiose enough to actually trim enough fat to make some records all killer. I doubt half as many people would have hated Load by Metallica for example if it wasn’t so B-load-ted at over an hour of music. “Bleeding Me” is a kick ass song and over eight minutes long by itself. Does anyone even really remember how “Poor Twisted Me” goes other than that it had a so so blues intro? “Wasting My Hate” is not exactly up there with the band’s classics either. Only die hards can sing along to that or “The House That Jack Built” despite a few cool riff progressions in each, but everyone knows the damn words and every note of “Sad But True”, get me?

Below are a handful (list kept intentionally short on purpose in lieu of the topic at hand) of 2017 albums that are short, sweet and leave you wanting more.

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Svetlanas are a killer live band I always tell people about. I had a blast sharing a small Altercation Records festival campout concert with them last year with my Walking Bombs project and a buncha other bands like Sheer Terror and Damn Broads. That was a fucking great weekend. Not only do Svetlanas lampoon Putin and write kick ass punk anthems but they also are friendly and hang out with fans.

Svetlanas have been called “the most dangerous band in the world” thanks to their super intense live performances at such international festivals as Vans Warped Tour, South by Southwest, Rebellion Festival and more.

The Russian “thrashcore” band (now living in Italy) consists of (first names only): OLGA (vocals), DISTE (drums), STEVE (bass), RICKY (guitar) and the newest member, former Queens Of The Stoneage /Kyuss bass player Nick Oliveri who dubbed Olga, “The best front wo’Man’ I’ve seen since Lee (Trash Talk) and Blag Jesus (The Dwarves).”

Svetlanas’ latest release, THIS IS MOSCOW NOT LA just came out on Rad Girlfriend Records / Subkultura Records.

Stream the video HERE.

 

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This Friday (July 14th), Bloodclot – featuring true hardcore pioneers John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Blast!), Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Dwarves) – will release their new album, Up In Arms, via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of this release, the band has launched a new track today: “Slow Kill Genocide”

John Joseph remains one of the most intense, well spoken and important performers in the scene and it is super awesome to see him putting so much energy back into this project – one of his coolest endeavors. The pairing with Metal Blade is inspired, arguably still the most important larger heavy music label backing a diverse array of bands from Anaal Nathrakh to Candiria to Harlott these days and many more.

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Emptiness stream “Your Skin Won’t Hide You” live video

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:06 PM (PST)

Belgian experimental death and black metal band EMPTINESS have released a live video for the track “Your Skin Won’t Hide You”. The video, captured during a live performance in Brussels, is streaming at the band’s official Bandcamp page.

“Your Skin Won’t Hide You” comes off EMPTINESS’ newest album, ‘Not For Music’. Not For Music was recorded at Blackout Studio, produced by Jeordie White (MARYLIN MANSON), and mixed by Sean Beavan (GUNS AND ROSES, NINE INCH NAILS and more).  The new album is available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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Toilet Ov Hell is one of the cooler blogs in the clogged plumbing of the interweb. Today they premiere the new single from tech death outfit Inanimate Existence. Tech death outfit sounds like if Iron Man went like full blown evil and just started blasting people’s heads off when Tony Stark gets too wasted. Hmmm…tangent.

Anyway, Inanimate Existence recently announced their forthcoming fourth album, Underneath a Melting Sky. If that bad ass album title doesn’t make you want to take shrooms and lose your mind reading Lovecraft immediately, perhaps you are currently visiting the wrong website?

Says Toilet Ov Hell regarding today’s song premiere:
“In Moonlight I Am Reborn” is the unification of the old and new, bearing the strong, full riffs of the band’s earlier efforts with the ethereal synths of their most recent. The beginning of the song illustrates this perfectly: you’re immediately greeted with a big meaty triplet riff backed with a subtle layer of synth and effects-laden clean guitar. The haunting atmosphere has the subtlety of their older work, but with the multilayered complexity of Calling. The two halves of their sound work together now better than ever before, and the resulting effect is something akin to meditating under a waterfall: relentlessly pummeling, but surprisingly contemplative.”

You can listen to “In Moonlight I Am Reborn” HERE

Pre-orders for Underneath a Melting Sky are now live at these locations:
Merchandise/Bundles: http://smarturl.it/INANIMATE-MERCH
Bandcamp: http://smarturl.it/INANIMATE-BANDCAMP ​

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Pre Order HAUNTED HORSES compelling new post punk EP “Come”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12:20 PM (PST)

The tastefully bleak and bold Cercle Social Records camp has launched the Pre-Order for pushy post-punk’s Haunted Horses new 5 song EP HERE! The Seattle group have a very compelling sound that is both spare and huge, the live drums bashing through the discordant yet melodic guitar layers and sort of morose but personally affecting vocals for a sound that reaches out and grabs you tightly. Really hope people get into this industrialized punk EP.

Seattle’s The Stranger describes the band as “confrontational prog punk as imagined by a troupe of angry cave-dwelling Luddites, Haunted Horses manifest a furious onslaught of sound rarely found these days, at times channeling prime-era Liars in their cacophonies of claustrophobic angst.”

New music is not available to preview yet but you can get crushed and crush on the older vibes of HH’s  “The Void” music video HERE. It’s pretty close to some of the energy of the new stuff I have been lucky to get a preview taste of only the newer stuff I heard was more driving without sacrificing cool experimental aspects.

Get yr shit together and get on over and order a copy! The EP drops July 20th, so you won’t even have long to wait!

 

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Marduk announce North American Fall Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 4:16 PM (PST)

Black metal agitators Marduk will buck the odds and  return to North America once again as they have revealed dates this fall for the “Frontschwein North America Tour: Part 2”. Fresh off an Antifa controversy, it will be interesting to see if this tour goes off without a hitch. I personally hate anti-semitism but Marduk have said they before that they write about the horror of war and  Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson has been nowhere near as obtuse or opaque on the subject when pressed as more evasive bands. Lemmy sang about WW2 and collected a wide array of historical stuff from different sides of the conflict and he was not a Nazi, for example.

Honestly I am more concerned by Incantation on this tour who I have often dug the music of but have heard various rumors about regarding closeted racism that I hope are not true. If anything, Marduk underscore how terrifying the world can be.

That said, I happen to really enjoy Marduk’s music and am not generally fond of boosting things I think are maybe problematic without at least mentioning it. Marduk are not on that list and Abysmal Dawn fucking rule.

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If you like your metal conceptually subtle but otherwise pretty much not subtle at all in any way, chances are you probably are a big Cradle fan. The UK’s favorite mischief makers summon the darkness once more with new album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay. Their 12th offering in a long and storied career, it is surely one of the more anticipated records for the metal scene of 2017. September 22 is the official release date, giving you a full month to learn the lyrics before Halloween. Watch the video below to see Dani looking kind of like a Goblin King/evil deer hybrid in a snowy realm with the band and a pile of I think naked virgins? The production value all around is great and I love the melodic choral style vocals over the blackened speed charnal shred and Filth’s shrieks.

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No joke doom band USNEA are a band who, like Minsk or Samothrace, I always enjoy the shit out of but sometimes forget to listen to. The cool thing is that every chance I rediscover them I get psyched! Hopefully many more people will learn of this band with the pending release of their third album.

Entitled Portals Into Futility, the deep thinking doomer’s latest is due out September 8th on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse,com at THIS LOCATION .

Portals Into Futility Track Listing:
1. Eidolons And The Increate
2. Lathe Of Heaven
3. Demon Haunted World
4. Pyrrhic Victory
5. A Crown Of Desolation

From the press release:

Now in 2017, USNEA returns with their third full-length album, Portals Into Futility. An array of sci-fi novels that are becoming more and more of a reality in these volatile times informed the band’s writing throughout the album, including Shadow Of The Torturer by Gene Wolfe, Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin, Valis by Philip K Dick, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, and Dune by Frank Herbert. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio.

Well, I loved their past work but am def sold as anything that remotely mentions the super freaky and unnerving Shadow of The Torturer as an inspiration must be checked out! Start out with “Lathe Of Heaven” below, however. This one was inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Cannabis Corpse’s “In Dank Purity” will mess your ass up

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:47 AM (PST)

Cannabis Corpse are streaming a new jammer from arguably the best named evil weed album in years, Left Hand Pass. The track, an overdose of weed-infused, brutal US death metal titled “In Dank Purity”, is streaming now at Revolver Magazine.

Left Hand Pass will be released worldwide on September 8. Pre-orders for the album are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

The artwork for Left Hand Pass was painted by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and more).

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King of the ghouls Alice Cooper has a frightful delight due out soon for fans, a classic TV Special and concert film on DVD from arguably his most classic era.

Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD will be released on September 8, 2017 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare, now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 Welcome To My Nightmare concert film.

Aired on ABC in the US, Alice Cooper: The Nightmare showcases every song from the legendary Welcome To My Nightmare album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy.

Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmarewas a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like “School’s Out”, “Only Women Bleed”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “I’m Eighteen”, and “Department Of Youth” were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare, and they loved every minute of it.

The combination of the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film and Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror – Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day.

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Mastodon perform on Conan (see video)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:45 AM (PST)

I like all of Mastodon’s releases for various reasons, but Emperor Of Sand is certainly the best one since Crack The Skye, IMO. Even if you don’t like all the material or more melodic vocals, the guitar solos on this album in particular are fucking earth scorching. Anyhow, the band slogged through a fun version of “Show Yourself” last night and you can’t deny the song is catchy as heck. Check the footage out HERE.

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10 rock songs to inspire social change for the better

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Now that the 4th of July has come and gone and the light beer and rockets red glare has faded, hopefully anyone who was  distracted by imperialism’s big huzzah can get back to remembering that protest is patriotism and that things are hella effed up right now. Did you see the G20 debacle? America is a laughingstock to the world right now.

Here is a list of ten songs to jam loud that pack a punch and are motivating as some of us try to stave off the new Dark Ages. : )

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