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Nola punks Classhole to commence West Coast Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:27 PM (PST)

New Orleans’ grimy punk problem children CLASSHOLE will commence a West Coast tour. Slated to take place from March 27th to April 12th, the sixteen-date journey includes performances alongside Swedish hardcore act DS-13, and Cleveland, Ohio-based hardcore band, Fuck You Pay Me. CLASSHOLE will be joined by drummer Jorge Herrera (Despise You, ACxDC) this run filling in for Paul Webb.

CLASSHOLE features alumni from Eyehategod, Hawg Jaw, Outlaw Order, The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Mountain Of Wizard, Mangina, Tirefire, haarp, and more. The devastatingly real band released their self-titled debut via The Compound Recs in conjunction with the band’s own Terror Cult imprint last year. Already issued in a limited vinyl run via Terror Cult, the CD edition comes as a four-panel digipak featuring an alternate layout and lyric liner, plus bonus video footage of the band performing live in NOLA.

Classhole is out NOW via The Compound Recs. For physical orders point your browser to THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.

I have never seen them live but if they are half as amped up as they sound on the recordings, this tour will take one of your eyes and several teeth but most likely it’ll be worth it.

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 Betraying The Martyrs new record The Resilient  more than proves they are here to stay and should not be underestimated. We spoke a few months back with vocalist Aaron Matts about the Paris, France based Sumerian rockers latest, what goes into songwriting and more.

 

This interview was originally published weeks ago with a different intro but was lost in the malware issue we had that wiped about a year of site content. I had enough of it backed up that I was able to rebuild it for the fans of this young, bright metalcore act and for readers who maybe even missed it the first time.
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Sólstafir stream new track, “Bláfjall”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:16 AM (PST)

Outlandish and mysterious Icelandic rock band SÓLSTAFIR are streaming the second new track off their new album Berdreyminn. The  album closer titled “Bláfjall” is streaming now both at the indie music outlet Brooklyn Vegan and metal site Invisible Oranges

It seems the Guðmundur Óli Pálmason situation, though certainly stressful for all parties, did not stop the remaining members from creating new, strong art. This latest song is more driving than recent material with am interesting, proggy/classic rock bent. The vocals seem more pained. I can’t stop listening to it, frankly. Very cool.

Regarding the new track, SÓLSTAFIR vocalist/guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments on the personal meaning behind the track and its intent: The meaning of ‘Bláfjall’ is blue – as in a black, black mountain, and it revolves around man’s battle against his own mind and those inner demons that often lead to self-destruction and harming one’s loved ones. I have myself struggled with alcoholism and it remains a never-ending battle and continuously walking further up a mountain in foggy darkness. But this is also about hope, because there is a way out, but you have to grab that rope when it comes swinging towards you and hold on to it as tight as you can. Everybody can end up lost on the black mountain, or ‘Bláfjall’ in this case.

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Album Review: Sanctuary – “Inception”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:47 AM (PST)

I normally have a big story to go into before I get into reviewing the record I’m writing about, but this time, I really don’t have much of an opener. I mean, the band I love that made me wait 23 years in between albums just announced that they were going to be putting out a “prequel” to their 1988 debut. To say that I am stoked to play this album is a bit of an understatement. Hell, the fact that I was shaking trying to put the CD into the player because I was that excited is an understatement to just how truly excited I was. As I said, usually I’m the one opening with the story, but this time the story is all them. Back in 1986, Seattle area thrashers SANCTUARY recorded Inception, and 30 years later, the band is finally releasing it.

Now most of you have probably already heard a good chunk of the songs on the Refuge Denied (1988) album, but these are the original versions, as well as a couple of songs that have never seen the light of day on an official release until now. These recordings have been wonderfully polished up, but still manage to be raw as fuck and filled with an intensity not seen on the Refuge Denied album. Any SANCTUARY fans that have been patiently waiting for this release should be pleasantly surprised, as in my personal opinion, most of these songs outdo the “Refuge Denied” versions we got in 88. Let’s all hope that Lenny Rutledge (guitars) does some more cleaning and find some more tracks for another release in the future, because Inception is the best 80s metal album to ever come out in 2017! Key Tracks 1. Dream Of The Incubus 2. Die For My Sins 3. Battle Angels 4.5 / 5 Stars

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Mike IX Williams to return to Eyehategod’s live show at Berserker Fest

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:16 AM (PST)
EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike IX Williams will make his triumphant return to the stage next month following a successful liver transplant this past December. Williams, who hasn’t performed live in a year, will make his stage debut on April 14th at this year’s Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan alongside Off!, Negative Approach, Gwar, Weedeater, The Obsessed, and so many more. From there, the band will hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York with future live encounters to be announced in the months to come. 

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Interview: Paralandra – Hard Rock hopefuls seize the spotlight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:33 AM (PST)

When I first heard Paralandra I knew they had a great chance of becoming one of my new favorite hard rock bands. The commercial crossover appeal of Lacuna Coil or Halestorm married to a deeper strain of bluesy hard rock and alternative groove gives this Springfield, Missouri act an edge that has many eyes on them already.

You can catch them on The Alive Tour this April or on a great opportunity slot playing Rocklahoma  alongside many acts including Three Days Grace, The Cult, Taking Back Sunday and more this May.

Drummer Nick Gray fills us in on band dynamics, their sound and work ethic, recording and almost getting to open for Scott Weiland.

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Gorguts announce North American tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 12:19 AM (PST)

Critically-acclaimed death metal pioneers GORGUTS have announced a new North American tour. GORGUTS will kickoff their tour in Syracuse on June 3 and travel throughout the month. Support on this tour comes from DEFEATED SANITY and EXIST.

GORGUTS are touring in support of their recently released EP, ‘Pleiades’ Dust’. A unique and incredibly ambitious concept masterminded by band founder Luc Lemay, ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ runs as a single, continuous track that spans over 30 minutes of total run-time. ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ is out now and streaming here.

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Band Spotlight: Dying Fetus

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:56 PM (PST)

With five of their full length life wreckers back on vinyl for the first time since the original pressings (we suggest you start with the still unconditionally pit worthy Stop At Nothing ), it seemed a good time to give Dying Fetus the band spotlight. The death metal legacy of this group has withstood many tests and only come through stronger. Catch them on tour with Hatebreed in Europe this April if you are both lucky and brave.

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Only a few months into 2017, METAL CHURCH has already announced a Classic Live album, and has released a new music video for an updated version of their classic “Fake Healer” – originally on their Blessing In Disguise album. This new version is a duet featuring Queensryche singer Todd La Torre, and is already on my list as a potential single of the year. With all this going on with the METAL CHURCH guys, I felt it was the perfect time to dig one of their albums out from the vault. It wasn’t too difficult to pick an album either, and I’ll explain why next.

METAL CHURCH fans tend to immediately go to the Mike Howe or the David Wayne eras, and I love the hell out of both for different reasons, but I need to become the Matrix meme and ask “,What if I told you there was a ten year era that is getting criminally overlooked”?

In 2004, METAL CHURCH returned after a several year absence. The Weight Of The World was their first studio album since 1999, the year that also gave us Limp Bizkit and the great chipmunk fire of Woodstock 99. The Weight Of The World also introduced us to new METAL CHURCH singer Ronny Munroe, who gave us a total of 4 albums for the Church.

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Enslaved to release Roadburn 2x live album for Record Store Day

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:03 PM (PST)

Roadburn Live is ENSLAVED‘s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band’s headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED‘s guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED‘s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED.” 

Roadburn Live will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop Gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers!

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Modern Feminist punk trailblazers War On Women are one of the most important acts in the scene right now, especially in the hateful age of Trump. The rise of rape culture on the Warped Tour from some scene bands was a frightening trend and destructive on so many levels, so it is excellent to see the tour booking a band that stands in such firm opposition to that kind of behavior.

Some other great bands this year include Beartooth, Candiria and Barbed Wire Dolls.

War On Women commented:

 “Playing all 40 dates of this year’s Warped Tour is a great opportunity for us as a band to use our privilege for something positive. We don’t have to deal with the day-to-day struggles that many people of color, LGBTQIA folks, people with disabilities, or undocumented people have to face just to exist, so we feel like we’re in a unique position to infiltrate what could be a hostile environment, and ensure that women’s voices are heard, from an intersectional feminist perspective. Safer space/DIY/art space shows can be transforming and life-affirming, even vital to people’s survival, but we’ve always believed that we have the ability to take on the unsafe spaces, and we hope that our involvement can lead to a more victim-centered, and overall welcoming, environment for all.”

 

Check out War On Women on tour all summer long on Warped Tour, and buy advance tickets to the tour here as well as to the “Creating Safer Spaces: You Have the Power to Shape Your Scene” workshop here.
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Sons Of Famine sign to HPGD

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:15 PM (PST)

Chicago based evil ragers Sons Of Famine have signed to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The band are not just a buncha edgelords, rather a collection of metal disciples including current/ex members of CorpseVomit, Lividity, Gigan, Kommandant, Summon, Yakuza, Nachtmystium, Evil Incarnate and Imperial Savagery. Though their facebook says they are “…anti-everything, and we hope you die a miserable death!!” That is slightly edgelordy. Thanks! They rock a lot, though. So…Hails.

The band have released their new EP entitled Alcohol And Razorblades as a Digital Album for only $4.44 ! Congrats to them on working with one of the cooler labels out there. Cheers to all.

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Insect Ark “Portal/Well” vinyl release news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM (PST)

Insect Ark is one of my favorite experimental outfits. I think founder Dana Schechter is pretty much a musical genius and we were thrilled to run this interview with her about the original release of the album back in 2015.The project  started as a the one-woman solo project of bassist/multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter (M. Gira’s Angels of Light/Bee and Flower). In January 2015, Portland-based drummer Ashley Spungin (Taurus) joined on drums and electronics and they have been gigging here and there ever since.

Portal/Well is finally available as of a few days ago, with a two color silkscreen on archival grey paper. The vinyl LP is being released by Sleeping Giant Glossolalia Records, artwork updated by Nicole Boitos Hayworth.

Says the band of the new artwork:

Nicole Boitos built the original egg diorama out of a real goose egg for the CD version, (which also featured photos by Simple Box Construction), so it was natural to ask her to illustrate the variation for the LP. The results came out beautifully.

Portal/Well – Vinyl by Insect Ark

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Note to readers and bands about last year of lost content

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:20 PM (PST)

Archspire getting things done

 

Good news and bad news, friends and foes. The obvious good news (if you love us) is that we’re back! In case you noticed, the site has been non functional for a few weeks. A Danzig album was announced, Ratt became the real Ratt again, Scorpions and Megadeth announced a tour and we could do naught but gnash our teeth! I assume none of you got your news elsewhere since you are so loyal to us. Good little hellhounds (pats you on head). But yeah, we got hit with a malware issue due to some infestation that attacked recent Drewdas Priest’s Blaze Bayley album review. We love Blaze and to send malware against a 5 star review of his recent record is basically up there with attacking democracy itself!

The site is thankfully malware free again and we will resume posting starting…NOW! But, the bad news is we lost about a year of content that simply vanished. Even after two sweeps of the old server and some very helpful tech peeps doing their darnedest, the stuff is just gone. There was some killer interview content from Cliterati to Burn to Fit For An Autopsy, tons of news posts (I myself lost about 400 posts judging by my post counter) and even our 2016 year end list. Crom!!!!!! 

Some of that stuff is sadly lost for good as it was transcribed right off my phone into our back end. Other stuff will be salvaged as soon as possible. I will personally never talk shit on the new Suicide Silence album ever again because in fact the site went down right after I gave it a 2.5 star review. I would like to say that it is in fact a masterpiece and ten stars is not enough, in case any mad SS fans out there hacked us and infected the 5 star Blaze review as vengeance.

Joking aside, we thought for a minute things were doneso and it is with great joy and the blood of battle coursing in our veins that we can once again shout ,”Onward pounding into glory ride. Sign of the hammer, be my guide. Final warning all stand aside. Sign of the hammer, it’s my time.” 

Let there be metal. Let there be riots. Once again we bring you…METAL RIOT!

 

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I don’t know about you, but I just turned 38. Any chance to break out of the
mundane and remember the mysterious or esoteric wonder behind the veil of
everyday life is a welcome release. When it comes in the form of explosive,
ethereal or downright menacing and theatrical metal, even better. Polish dark
legends Behemoth‘s current US tour promoting their most ambitious album to
date, The Satanist, with the much hyped Myrkur in tow on their first really
proper stateside trek certainly falls into the category of awesome excuses to
get out of the house…and it sure was.

Read more and see some killer photos in euphoria BELOW.

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