Monday ‘Merica Moshivation: Laterals, Gemini Syndrome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:36 PM (PST)

Happy start to your week, patriots. And by patriots I mean anyone who hates Trump. I am sweating like crazy from the New York heatwave (otherwise known as probably the new regular weather thanks to global warming now).  Had a good weekend and there was even a pro immigration #FamiliesBelongTogether march by my apartment. What else is going on? I just bought a copy of The Last Jedi to own fanboy losers out there who hate it and am looking forward to enjoying the amazing cast performances, especially from Carrie Fisher, again soon as I am done writing this.

As we head into the 4th of July week, remember kids: We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic. That spark, this Resistance, must survive. That is our mission.

Laterals are a New York based power smoothie of alternative rock, emo/punk and melodic adrenaline. The more punk or emo approving fans on this site who have a wider range of tastes than, say, dirty laundry insistent death metal addicts, will want to check out the acts new release Retrotech.  The sludge pop indie duo could rock alongside many types of bands and features vocalist guitarist Dee Kelley and drummer and vocalist Nate Kelley (ex-Shabutie/Coheed, Divest). Their newest exciting effort Retrotech was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Greg Talenfeld at OK Records, Nyack, NY. Good people. Show ’em support.

Alternative metal five-piece Gemini Syndrome is slated to headline the Synner Conversion Tour this summer, taking a break from writing their third studio album, expected to be released in late 2018 via RED MUSIC. Gemini Syndrome are an incredible blend live of driving worn groove underground sing-a-long hard rock anthems and emotional highs and lows. I saw them with In This Moment and would certainly see them again.

“The Oracle has foreseen that Gemini Syndrome will be sharing the stage with fellow conspirators, Code Red Riot, occurring in alignment with the Estival Solstice. This Summer Conversion is a recess in writing and recording our next album, the third and final act of the trilogy. We look forward to sharing this sacred rite with you.” – Brian Steel Medina (drums)

SYNNER CONVERSION TOUR w/ Code Red Riot:
07/08 @ The Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
07/10 @ Lefty’s Live – Des Moines, IA
07/11 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
07/12 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI †
07/13 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
07/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
07/15 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
07/17 @ Guitars – Joplin, MO
07/18 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
07/19 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
07/20 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
07/21 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
07/22 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ

† Festival date, no Code Red Riot

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King Diamond microphone handle consists of a femur and tibia in the shape of a cross. He also used a human skull named Melissa on stage until it was stolen after a show in the 80's


June Wrap-up: My 4 favorite albums this month

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

It’s been sunshine and metal time this June. If you haven’t had a chance to hear the four albums that make my list this month, you’re going to want to go and check them out!

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Friday Feral Feast: Gridfailure, Extremity, Yob

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Extremity photo by photo by Aloysius V. Cummings

 

Happy Friday. Well, as happy as it can be when journalists were just murdered and where a very likely criminal President under investigation should ABSOLUTELY not be allowed to appoint a new SCOTUS judge. Free bird, give the bird and free freedom fries for everyone except fascists, yo. Here’s the low down on the dirge and the binge and the purge you all need before the real Purge gives you the urge to flee to Canada.

20 Buck Spin is preparing to release Extremity‘s full length debut, one of my favorite bands in metal right now big time. The West Coast death metal band features veterans from fucking Vastum, Ludicra, Agalloch, Repulsion, Cretin, hello!??! What else do you need to know?! God, I miss Ludicra.

Anyway, Extremity made our year end list with the Extremely Fucking Dead mini-release and aren’t slowing down.A new song is out called “Like Father Like Son”. Coffin Birth comes out in July and today vocalist/bassists/guitarists Shelby Lermo dishes on the new single, “Coffin Birth was my fourth time recording with Greg at Earhammer Studios in the last three years, and fourth or fifth time for Aesop as well. That level of familiarity with an engineer really allows for a free exchange of ideas, and a chance to get a little weirder with things. ‘Like Father Like Son’ is the seventh of eight songs on the album and serves as a closing chapter in a story about death, family, immortality, and fate.”

Stream “Like Father, Like Son” at No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.

20 Buck Spin will issue Coffin Birth on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats July 20th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where total crusher  “Grave Mistake” is also streaming HERE.

Gridfailure

Our homeboy Gridfailure has announced some Summer live activity. Dave Brenner’s creative garden of noise spawn will seep forth to conquer very unsuspecting hipsters skulls in August (well, they are playing Lucky 13 and everyone there is actually pretty much a down as fuck metalhead in my experience lol).

Massive brain melters Yob have announced Fall European tour dates with Wiegedood. Dates are BELOW. Yob yobviously friggin’ rules.
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Gojira news to kick off this Thursday. Bloodstock Tickets are on sale this FRIDAY at 9am at bloodstock.uk.com ! Gojira are a big attraction for the UK’s No.1 metal fest this August and will perform alongside other bad ass acts including Alestorm, Cannibal Corpse and Septicflesh.

Gojira have also shared a live performance of their song “Global Warming,” filmed at the band’s New York City headquarters, Silver Cord Studio. Gojira discussed why they chose to film the live performance of “Global Warming,” a standout track from their acclaimed LP From Mars To Sirius, in a note to fans. Seriously, that album still rules all life so hard. Your fave can’t even relate to how hard it rocks.

“A few weeks ago, we played ‘Global Warming’ together for the first time since the recording of From Mars To Sirius (2004). We never played it live before, as it is a challenging one to play, and place in a set list. It’s emotionally heavy, and would almost ‘hurt’ the rest of the songs in a way.” They continued, “Global warming is a reality and a relevant topic, we feel it’s good to be reminded of one of the most important challenges of our time: How to grow as a species without being a parasite to our planet, the only home we have. ‘We will see our children growing’ is a mantra for future generations, and in a figurative way we hope the children in all of us will grow, evolve, and take action for a more compassionate and meaningful world.”

Renowned photographer ESTER SEGARRA has revealed another look at her forthcoming photo anthology, ‘Ars Umbra’. The video, featuring photos from MOTORHEAD, GHOST, ROTTING CHRIST, ABBATH, and much more, explains the creative processes behind the Barcelona-born photographer’s upcoming book, and much more. The video is streaming here and below.

ESTER SEGARRA comments: “This insightful video gives you a glimpse into how ‘Ars Umbra’ came to be – and a little glimpse of my “f*ck it” attitude, which has held me in good stead throughout my career. This video will guide you through what lead up to the creation of the anthology!”

‘Ars Umbra’ will be released worldwide on July 6. The anthology will feature an original score composed by Uno Bruniusson (GRAVE PLEASURES, IN SOLITUDE, PROCESSION, and more). ‘Ars Umbra’ is available for pre-order here.

Regarding the photo-book, Segarra comments: “After 15 years, my music photography comes full cycle with this book. Ars Umbra marks the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one, a point in the never-ending circle of life and death, the serpent that eats its own tail. Designed by Münster Studio and Branca Studio from Barcelona, it is thought to fit in within your vinyl collection. To be experienced together with the soundtrack. To go slow and deep. Much love, effort and dedication has been put into the making of this project and no words can fully express what it feels like to have it released, having been through hell and back. I can only say I am incredibly grateful to everything and everyone that has made this moment possible. May the beast be unleashed!”

Meka Nism have a theatrical music video out for a song called “Trailblazer” (from new EP The War Inside) that will appeal to fans of symphonic and semi-nu metal as well as various strains of gothy influenced hard rock. I like the clean vocals from Ms. Meka and the driving grooves. This Florida band was not really on my radar before so I figured I’d give ’em a shout today for something different.

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Wednesday Whammy: Pig Destroyer, Twilight Fauna, A Dying Planet

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:58 AM (PST)

A Dying Planet photo by Brian Kirksey

Hey there killers and saints. We made it to Wednesday. Gotta make sure each day these days, ya know? Good news is lots of cool music haps today and #ptsdawarenessday is spreading depression awareness, so that is good stuff. Bad news is fake SCOTUS justice/stolen seat Gorsuch is helping push through more and more fascism and now Union rights are getting screwed badly via #Janus ruling.  Mitch McConnell is the ugliest piece of shit walking besides Trump. Yuck. I guess when we are all exploited even more we can all listen to Municipal Waste in the gutter and drink cheap beer still, but it would be nice as shit to have work protections and a living wage, y’know? On the plus side, Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez won and that is big news.

And now the metal! If you are not scrambling for your life from an onslaught of MAGA troll negativity or Gestapo-like ICE agents, spend some time in the realm of metal when you need some self care and serious riffage. Today I have three cool developments for you to make you feel a little better about our imperiled world.

A Dying Planet (I know the name is not exactly PMA, hahaha) have a debut out in August. The band features members of Zero Hour and Cynthesis and are a progressive group you will want to know about. The outfit has completed its debut album, Facing The Incurable, and has slated it for independent release in August.

The band also features twin brothers getting progressive together, so that is pretty cool. I like the album name as it sort of reminds me of the tipping point for ecological harm. Wake up, people.

Pig Destroyer by Joey Wharton

Pig Destroyer news! How we savor those words! The notorious extreme metal band are celebrating twenty one years wrecking ears this year and are playing Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest in December (along with Testament doing a New Order and The Gathering set, wtf!!! So cool… plus Triptykon doing a Celtic Frost set, fuuuuck!!) . A new Pig Destroyer album is also coming this year in September from the fine folks at Relapse. Watch this thing below for Head Cage!

And now, for the raddest news of the day of all from mighty Twilight Fauna. I am jamming hard the new “Crooked Road” track right now and dear lord the awesomeness is real. The transition around the one minute mark from fast BM to ambient tranquility was pretty stunning. Please support one of the coolest and most genuine acts around.

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June wrap up: 4 favorite records of the month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:58 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. June has been a completely crazy month but there was a lot of brilliant stuff released. Let’s get right to it and look at my four favorite releases of June 2018 Below.

Gruesome takes top spot for me this month. The cover art for Twisted Prayers is so damn metal and also summarizes the complete disgust I feel for the so called God fearing power hungry fascist monsters trying to turn us into zombies in a new crusades.

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Terrible Tuesday: Maynard and Dean accusations, Voyager news

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM (PST)

Hi everyone. Been super busy so sorry about late post but haven’t had a chance until now. Monday we only posted about Vinnie Paul and were processing the tragic news, but the week is now in full effect and not bringing a lot better. Trump’s stolen SCOTUS seat is going to destroy the country with barbaric Christo-fascist rulings against women and Muslims and Dems need to step the fuck up pronto and stop worrying about civility in a time of serious constitutional crisis. I’ve been exhausted from society collapsing and working to pay bills, but here is some rock news late into your Tuesday.

TW: Assault, Rape.

Maynard James Keenan and Dean DeLeo of Tool/APC and Stone Temple Pilots have both faced some very serious allegations over the last few days. Toilet Ov Hell has the most comprehensive piece thus far on the Maynard story which you can read HERE. MetalSucks details Dean DeLeo accusations HERE. Please for the love of God do not harass the people coming forward or let your love of the music of these people prevent you from considering the negative experiences of potential trauma survivors. These are human beings and deserve love and consideration rather than to be bullied because you like the band(s) they are calling out. There is no way to heal wounds by compounding pain through further darkness.

It all makes me wonder, as the negative STP press was always slanted that Weiland was the problematic one in band for his addiction struggles but “Sex Type Thing” was actually about an ex of his getting gang raped and the emotional hell of it all. Maybe he compartmentalized a lot. I feel like he would be really devastated by this news about a band mate.

Let’s sincerely hope there is closure here and the right karmic justice outcome for anyone involved in these events.

Voyager

In musical news that isn’t horrible, Season of Mist has released VOYAGER‘s fourth and fifth albums, ‘The Meaning of I’ and ‘V’ respectively, on June 22. ‘V’ was the band’s international breakthrough recording, and cited as “wondrous and spellbinding on merit alone, they’re worth talking about” by Blabbermouth. “V” is the follow up to ‘The Meaning of I’ (2011), which was hailed as, “A triumph of progressive, yet accessible writing and stellar musicianship, this album blows me away and earns the first perfect score of 2011. This is the ideal album to blast as you secretly build your space/time disruption device or interocitor and all lovers of melodic, proggy metal must give this a try (as well as their last album). This is the meaning of kick ass!” (Angry Metal Guy). Both albums are streaming here.

VOYAGER have toured the world outside North America extensively, as both a headliner and support to the likes of DEFTONES, COHEED & CAMBRIA, OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, and KARNIVOOL among others. These tours have included festival performances at such festivals as Bloodstock (UK), Prog in the Park (UK), Tech Fest (UK), ProgPower (EU), EuroBlast (DE), Evoken Fest (JP), and more.

VOYAGER have announced as the headliner for the first night of Progpower USA XIX in September. Progpower USA is the longest-running and most influential festival of its kind in North America.

The band will also bring their live show to the UK, Japan, and Mexico in the coming months. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Hope you all have a better week as it goes on. Everything mostly sucks right now but we have to keep our candles lit inside.

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Chad Gray of hard rockers HELLYEAH has spoken his thoughts to fans on the passing of drum legend Vinnie Paul. If you are a fan or anyone in general you should read this as it is heartfelt and full of brotherhood. Condolences to the folks in HELLYEAH who we appreciate a lot around here.

First off I’m sorry to all of you for our loss. It’s consumed me as I’m sure it has many of you. I’m sure you can all understand This has been incredibly hard and impossible for me to wrap my head around. I just don’t want to believe it’s real. I want to tell all my crew I love you guys so much. We couldn’t do what we do with out you. And I want to say thank you to everyone around the world for your kind words, blessings and condolences to all of us through this tragic time. We love you all! And to all of my friends in and out of the music business thank you for reaching out to me. It means more to me then I could ever express. I don’t know what I would do without you. So Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It really has taken “the heavy metal family” to another level. This has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to face in my life! I’m so confused, sad and as helpless as I’ve ever been. I’m at a loss and completely devastated. But I’m trying. It’s the equivalent of an emotional riot in my head and In my heart as I write this. But I’m trying to focus on anything good. I know Vinnie would want that. And the good things are my memories of him. His smile, his infectious laugh and his personality that beamed light. Him and his brother Dimebag lived to make people smile. That’s what I’m gonna miss the most. I just want to say thank you Vinnie Paul! For saving my life, for your music, for your endless generosity, for accepting me into your life, for creating our music that touched people, for being proud to be in hellyeah and for always treating me like a brother and more importantly for treating me like a friend. So many times I’ve looked back to see you just bashing away and have to pinch myself. It was Unbelievable! And for all of those things you will live forever in my heart. And I will never let you go!!! I will always love you and go to the end of the earth to carry the torch for you and Dimes legacy. R.I.P Vincent Paul Abbott. I know your with DIMEBAG Right now Smiling down on us. Even in all this emotional darkness, that thought alone makes me smile right back. I LOVE YOU! Your eternal friend, -Chadnesss

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Here is Vinnie recently talking about Hellyeah’s recent record Unden!able.

More tour talking. Enjoy hellions! Metal On! The Screamin' Demon

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Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM (PST)

News of Vinnie Paul’s death first broke an hour ago on Billboard as of the time I’m writing this. A while later news of his passing was posted on the Pantera Facebook page.

Vinnie Paul was, as the Facebook page makes note of, the drummer of Pantera and Hellyeah. He was also the drummer in Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan.

From the time of the release of Pantera’s Metal Magic through till his death, Vinnie Paul had been involved in the heavy metal scene for over 35 years, setting the rhythm from behind his kit that would drive Pantera and Hellyeah to the front of the pack.

You can’t throw a rock in the heavy metal community without finding a fan of the music Vinnie helped make. From shotgun-slinging Cowboys From Hell to those who have a New Found Power, to those who just like to throw up their devil horns and declare Hellyeah! Vinnie Paul has been a prolific contributor to the scene.

Metal Riot contributor Andrew Johann Datoush had this to say about the news:

“I’ve always been a fan of everything Pantera did prior to Cowboys From Hell. That entire era for them was criminally underrated. There was some excellent song writing in those days. Dime had a different guitar style back then, and Vinnie’s drumming back then very clearly showed his love of KISS. There was definitely some Eric Carr influence to his drumming present in those days. While a lot of fans will be playing some of the harder tracks during their tributes tonight, I’ll be sticking with their more melodic era, and playing their tune “We’ll Meet Again” from their Power Metal album. Rest easy Vinnie. Give Heaven a Hell of a soundtrack!”

As I listen to “Matter of Time” and feel a chill run through my body, I don’t have anything more to say. We here at Metal Riot are all deeply saddened by Vinnie Paul’s death. It’s almost 1am here on the east coast of the U.S. and sometimes all you have is to put the metal on and break the fucking knob.

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul!

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Nonpoint announce ‘X’ and release two new songs

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 4:22 PM (PST)

“Generation Idiot” metallers Nonpoint have announced their newest album X (which they want to pronounced as “ten”).

is due out August 24 via Spinefarm Records.

Ahead of the release of X Nonpoint has released videos for “Chaos and Earthquakes” and “Dodge Your Destiny”

Said vocalist Elias Soriano:

“Ten – I can already tell is going to become a flagship record for us. Watching people’s reactions when we play them the newmusic tells me that we have created something that is going to move crowds and may even redefine us. It’s the year of the X.”

Check out the cover art and tracklist for as well as “Chaos and Earthquakes” and “Dodge Your Destiny” here.

 

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Wisconsin metallers Lords of the Trident have revealed the artwork and tracklist for their upcoming seventh album Shadows From the Past.

Shadows From The Past is due out August 24.

Vocalist Fang VonWrathenstein comments:

“This album is our most ambitious musical work to date, and the first album with our new members Baron Helleshaar and Master Herc. Fans who have been with us for a while will notice that our new songs are a bit more complex, and our songwriting continues to mature. The new songs are definitely still Lords songs, but explore some new musical themes. I believe the new album will be our strongest offering yet, and contain some songs that are sure to be fan favorites going forward.”

Check out the tracklist and album art for Shadows From The Past here.

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Sails of Serenity release “Left Behind” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:37 PM (PST)

Turkish heavy metallers Sails of Serenity have recently signed to Famined Records and have today released the music video for their song “Left Behind.”

“Left Behind” comes from the band’s upcoming album The Crossing which is due out August 17.

The song features vocals from Başer Çelebi of Furtherial.

Sails of Serenity had this to say about “Left Behind” and signing to Famined Records:

“Inspired by Captain Ahab’s story from Moby Dick, ‘Left Behind’ tells us about a man, estranged to himself by his convictions; a man left behind in a sense. This is symbolized in the music video as a man left alone in an island. Being a part of the Famined Records family is a new and exciting step for us. With ‘Left Behind’ and our upcoming album The Crossing, we believe that we will achieve our main goal to make our music heard by people all around the world.”

The Crossing was mixed and mastered by Gabor Toth (Harmed) at Ghostship Recordings (Beyond Deviation, Swallowed Alive, Bloodbather) and the opening piece on the album will include orchestration by Eren Başbuğ (Dream Theater).

Check out the video for “Left Behind” here.

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Friday’s Fatal Funhouse: Slipknot, Void Vator, Axis Of Despair

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:19 PM (PST)

Void Vator

This used to be a funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns
It’s time to start the countdown
I’m gonna burn it down down down
I’m gonna burn it down

Hey y’all. No, I am not gonna be writing about Pink here today despite quoting her song “Funhouse” above. I just figured it was a good way to segue the title of this article into news about Slipknot, since they have masks and stuff.

Mr. Corey Taylor says…the new Slipknot album is now in the demo stages and is gonna be Iowa levels of heavy”, which is to say not as heavy as, say,  Xibalba but heavier than Stone Sour or the last album. So that is still pretty darn heavy. The band are hoping it will land on the 20th anniversary year of their debut, making a neat little bloody perfect crop circle to pit within.

Somewhere between Black Label Society and Pop Evil lives the new performance video from Void Vator, a hot little number called “Until It’s Gone”. The video sort of features the band rockin’ out, partyin’ and bein’ dudes, but not every music video has to be rocket science or…I was gonna say brain surgery but we do cover a lot of death metal on this site and so we are fans of gory brain surgery videos, actually. “Until It’s Gone” is off their 2017 released debut EP, Dehumanized. Dudes, that is pretty close to the name of one of my favorite Dio-helmed albums of all time but I dug your video so we will let it pass this time. Just don’t call the next EP Heaven & Smell or something. Or…do? That might actually be awesome.

This band has some rockin’ vibes and seem like they love what they are doing. A lot of bands have to pose these days or seem to be cooler than thou so it is nice to see a band just letting their hair down and laying down some big fat heavy rock action.

Anyway, Void Vator has ALSO announced their SOUTHWEST 2018 TOUR. Launching July 19th in Las Vegas, the tour will wind through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before winding down Phoenix on July 28th. Check the dates out on their Facebook page.

The most extreme item on this Friday news list of note is that Axis Of Despair have two new tunes out, “The Wolven Law” and “Crush The Empire”. These new songs follow the already released and self-explanatory “A Life Of Ceaseless Grind.” If you like grind and real rollicking hell punk you will eargasm to this immediately and then perish only to have your organs re-animate and burst forth still dancing and raging from your flesh prison and doing a little organ jumping bean grind ritual mosh with each other…nevermind. It all goes off the rails so fast around here. Where was I?

This Swedish grindcore group was formed by current and former members of Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet Som Insats, Nervgift, Overtorture. Shit, you had me at Nasum. Their Contempt For Man full length is gonna be out this year on Southern Lord. Southern Lord are once again having a virtually unstoppable year. I am still ass kicked by Jesus Piece, Baptists and the new Eagle Twin. Damn, dudes!

But yeah, check yourself out Contempt For Man‘s presently consumable onslaughts over at Bandcamp HERE. This band is certainly a wrecking crew. My neck hurts after like five minutes of this music. Love the dry, harsh vocal sound over the brittle tones and explosive performance energy! Top notch.

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Light This City photo by Joe Ellis

Hey y’all. How is everyone today? Time for some Thursday highlights as we wade through the muck and mire of this week. Today is my mom’s bday and she has dementia so I need to go visit her and not spend too much time on riffs today, but here are a few items of note.

After many years in prog metal/viking blackened veterans Enslaved, drummer  Cato Bekkevold, who has played with the band since 2003, has quit the influential band. No word yet on a replacement. Here is one of my favorite performances of his on the brilliant song “To The Coast”.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails had some words regarding Taylor Swift this week.  “You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot,” Reznor told The New York Times.

Why did you only use her name, dude? There is only one Taylor selling out arenas and breaking records as a woman left and right at the moment. You could have listed some other top tier artists also but picked a soft target scape-goat. So let me help clear things up. And I saw the Downward Spiral Tour at MSG in the day, y’all so don’t act like I am ignorant about what Nine Inch Nails is about. I listen to The Fragile more than a LOT of other albums. I also firmly am pro punching nazis.

Still, as an indoctrinated Swift supporter who once was an ignorant hater of her and as a lifelong metalhead and political activist, I think Trent is way off the mark with Taylor. People are erasing what Taylor has actually done.

She donated to March For Our Lives and RAINN despite it alienating any conservative fans she had because she knew it was the right thing to do, had 2,000 foster kids to her show free and met them all, went through a sexual assault trial, KimYe Snapchat gaslighting and her mom’s cancer recently and whatever she does she is called ‘overshadowing’ so she has preferred to let her donations and her constant support of LGBTQ speak for her beliefs. How much have you donated recently, Trent?

She worked with so many black artists and it is far beyond tokenism but still gets called a nazi even after working with Kendrick because someone thought one lyric of “I rose up from the dead” in LWYMMD was about a nazi army returning? Reach, much?

You know the far right will get excited about white paint on a picket fence, right? That doesn’t mean it is a nazi fence. I thought her song “Starlight” about The Kennedy family plus liberal boyfriends and watching 13th documentary with Todrick weren’t exactly David Duke’s cup of tea.

Consider also that if Taylor had come out and just said ‘Fuck Trump’ right away a lot of conservative fans would have been told to burn her albums and thus lost probably the most empowered female artist on their radar who actually has been working hard and playing instruments/writing songs since she was a kid turning down bad development deals other artists would have jumped on to their detriment. Instead she kept them listening and then took their money and used it to educate them about supporting gay rights and pro peace measures to stop gun violence.

The most problematic thing about Taylor is that one of her music video directors Joseph Kahn is sexist casually often and rude to her fans and believes pit bulls should be killed, so I detest him and hopefully he does not stay on much longer. He often makes bad decisions that get her dragged. A lot of her fans have been vocal that they dislike him so we really are hoping Taylor fires him like she did a sexist dancer recently.

Here is my gf trying to get through to Trent.

Taylor is not ALWAYS super vocal but at least puts her donations and support out there. Maybe her pro LGBTQIA speech didn’t feel political enough and important to YOU, Trent…but to many of those of us who fall under one or more of those letters it was very important.

A lot of liberal artists are out there saying one thing about loving Clinton like Katy Perry but were still supporting MAGA Kanye or kissing his ass (Courtney Love). Meanwhile Kanye is literally saying naively that he gave MAGA a new direction and caping for Trump even as he put kids in makeshift concentration camps but then people say “separate the art from the artist.” Kanye is putting out an album a week with problematic people (as well as being one himself) and DO YOU ALL REALLY THINK Kim Kardashian was super invested in long term prison reform when her husband is helping support Trump and they couldn’t even keep supporting a charity named after Kanye’s own mom? Now THAT is some optics.

Or XXXTentacion dies (of course it is sad when a life is wasted young) and everyone says “he was changing” to ignore the bad things he did like they don’t matter when he showed barely a shred of evidence of contrition or accountability. He literally just a week or two before his death in the very well done article by Tarpley Hitt said feminism is bad and women have the real power over men and had a tweet up for like 5 years on Twitter saying he wanted to murder Taylor Swift, but ok, y’all. Nice guy alert! Who is covered with a gay man’s blood laughing in front of their crying mom and then gets more violent after that? But let’s say Taylor is the most problematic.

I will be seeing Sebastian Bach, Taylor’s Rep Tour, Act Of Defiance and some doom metal bands this month and will be having fun at all of the shows.
My point is that Beyonce rented out a whole theater to screen a Woody Allen movie and played Bush’s inauguration once and Timberlake supported Woody Allen. Katy Perry helped support the patriarchy by supporting Kanye gaslighting in the song “Famous” and she sang along to a whole arena calling another woman a bitch and giving a man credit for Taylor’s career even though Taylor has been outselling Kanye since Fearless or rather since forever and always, lmao.
She also gets held to an impossible double standard where if a man writes negatively about ex’s he is praised but if she does she is a slut. 

This Friday, Bay Area melodic death metal quintet LIGHT THIS CITY will embark on their West Coast Tour supporting their acclaimed Terminal Bloom LP, the recently-reactivated outfit’s first album in a decade. This band was always cool during their early era and haven’t lost any of their oomph since. If anything, the new stuff sounds so happy to exist at all that the performances feel extra alive and edgy. So glad to have them back around to do their genre right. (Please get that Dissection T-shirt out of your next band promo photo though, y’all. I usedta love that album as well but didn’t notice it on your band member when I posted this and it kind of looks bad when I was just talking about gay rights a few paragraphs ago).

 

In the wake of Terminal Bloom‘s release, LIGHT THIS CITY now hits the highways with support from labelmates Gygax (yes, that is a D&D reference, for you youngsters). The Terminal Bloom West Coast Tour begins this Friday, June 22nd in San Diego, then hits Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and ends in Sacramento on July 1st. Stand by for additional widespread tour dates from the band to be announced in the months ahead.

 

Stream LIGHT THIS CITY’s Terminal Bloom LP at THIS LOCATION .

 

Terminal Bloom is available on CD, LP, and digital formats now through Creator-Destructor Records; find order options at the label webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

 

LTC Tour dates Below.
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Wednesday Warrior Wind Up: Khemmis, Sorxe , Hideous Divinity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. Can’t believe Trump’s disgusting family separation policy is not causing the full blown meltdown of society. I can’t believe I am even writing about metal right now but I figured I will use the platform to put positivity out there and remind us all to stay strong and committed to keeping the world alive where music and togetherness can defeat evil. Even Andrea Pitzer who wrote One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps agrees that these are exactly that.

Anyhow, here are some highlights for Wednesday of some heavy metal happenings to help soundtrack the grinding of our collective teeth.

The new Khemmis is out this week! June 22nd sees the highly anticipated release of Desolation via mighty 20 Buck Spin. I find it very easy to lose myself in the band’s large and melodic metal-scapes, bold, medieval and classic. Yet they somehow also convey their currency as a vital band of this moment as well, determined to bridge the old way into shaping metal’s forward future trudge.

Anyway, I love this band and “Bloodletting” fuckin’ rips to me. Much like Pallbearer, all their stuff sounds so rad I could never feel the need to really super argue particulars of the merits of newer albums production versus older. I think both those bands are a great example of groups who have so much feel in their work that whatever production approach they settle on it still moves mountains of souls across oceans. Seriously though, “Bloodletting” fucking rocks so hard. Highly recommend the new stuff. They have a solid identity and I trust this band to keep a consistent quality level in whatever they do.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY have announced that they will be embarking on an extensive tour of Canada this Summer. The tour, which runs from July 19 – August 5 and sees the group performing in North America for the first time, will cover a massive portion of Canada and is in continuing support of their 2017 record Adveniens.

Depths of Hatred and Vultures will round out the lineup.

Dates HERE. 

Physical order bundles of Adveniens are available HERE and digital order bundles HERE. The drumming is fucking nuts and so are the unrelenting arrangements. Wish I’d heard this album sooner.

Experimental sludge/post metal crew SORXE have confirmed they’ll hit the road next month headlining the “Death Of Summer” tour!

“Sorxe is extremely excited to hit the road at the end of August! We are coming to a select few cities in support of our debut release on Prosthetic Records – Matter & Void. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones” states the band on the upcoming tour.

Watch the first ever SORXE music video for “Hypnotizer” off their sophomore studio album, Matter & Void.

Matter & Void is out now on Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, Botch, Isis) and is available in the following formats: CD, limited edition violet and black swirl LP and all digital outlets.

Catch SORXE live on the “Death Of Summer” tour dates below.

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