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L-R: Sam Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka

A lot of bands can be like a family, functional or dysfunctional. The fans become extended family tree members through involvement and the branches grow. In the case of Michigan exports Greta Van Fleet, three members of the band are brothers! Talk about learning to share!

We recently interviewed hard rockers Paralandra who have a father / daughter team in the band and they manage to get along. I can’t imagine it is always easy for brothers, but the band certainly have a unified sense of energy to their classic rock influenced ear burners. Hey, it works for my cousins in Texas band Hawk Vs. Dove. People have been raving about GVF’s Black Smoke Rising, with comparisons to Led Zep and The Black Crowes coming to mind. That said, the guys are also set on making their own mark while drawing from the well of soul, rock and blues stomp of lore and yore.

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In This Moment positively owned their headlining Albany, NY show on 4/19 with Motionless In White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome all also doing their part to ignite the night to crazy levels of fun for everyone who attended.

Photos from Catharina Christiana and a full live review BELOW.

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Kalopsia sign to HPGD Productions, “Angelplague” imminent

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2:31 PM (PST)

New Jersey death metal band Kalopsia have clear old school influences but clobber hard enough to kick new school “brootal” fans right in the hoo-ha. Damn, there are some seriously heavy moments that have, like, Chaos A.D. level neck whiplash and fist pumping groove intensity in their track “Destined To Return”.

The band are poised to reach more ears as they have just signed to Horror Pain Gore Death, a terrific choice for the label and group that is sure to thrill metal fans. Pre-order their forthcoming record Angelplague HERE. If you are into anything from new super heavy stuff like Enterprise Earth balanced against the more traditional death metal of Jungle Rot or, say, Sodom’s dark but insistent and not overly cluttered yet still adept writing, you will prob be super stoked on this.

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Carach Angren stream new horror track “Charlie”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:11 PM (PST)

The twisted minds of Carach Angren are back with more music from new album Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten, the follow up to their creepy as all shit recent This Is No Fairytale release. Metal Injection has the new song “Charlie” HERE. It is a totally pulverizing track that could appeal to fans of Septicflesh as much as, say, Cradle Of Filth or Catamenia.

Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten was recorded with Peter Tägtgren (AMON AMARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIMMU BORGIR, IMMORTAL, and more) at Abyss Studio in Sweden, mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at the Black Lounge Studio (SEPTICFLESH, KATATONIA, AMORPHIS, and more) and features cover art by Costin Chioreanu (GHOST, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, and more).

Regarding the new track, the band comments: “We proudly present the next track from our upcoming album ‘Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten’ called ‘Charlie’. It will draw you right into the first chapter of an unsettling journey, setting an ominous dark paranormal tone. ‘Charlie’ has everything and more of what you may expect from us: a darkness brought forth by unsettling haunting melodies, piercing riffs, and bloodcurdling storytelling.”

The new album will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on June 16. Pre-orders for ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’ are available across multiple formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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Gridfailure and Megalophobe stream “Dendritic” collab at New Noise

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM (PST)
Dendritic, the new avant/ambient collaborative album by New York soloists GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE, will see release on Arbor Day this Friday, April 28th, As the artists are currently planting trees across the Lower Hudson Valley region in conjunction with the record, New Noise Magazine is streaming the album early.

Fusing guitars, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, analog synth, mbira, theremin, harmonica, didgeridoo, trumpet, vocals, effects, and a variety of vocal styles, GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE‘s Dendritic ebbs with hints of mellow prog and jazz, demoralizing noise/drone buildups, nature recordings captured in several countries, and more into ambient soundscapes, abstract dreamscapes, and a uniquely experimental overall sound. Guest contributions include trumpet by Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran), vocals by Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm) and Friederike Schüür, guitar by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Rob Levitt, and Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), and field recordings from Jon Paris (Rack), and the record is completed with and immersive artwork by Emily Vanderpol of Infinity Things Studios.

Stream GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s Dendritic early through New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Find preorders for the digital and cassette versions of Dendritic which fund the planting of new trees via MEGALOPHOBE HERE and GRIDFAILURE HERE.

A video for “Niche Differentiation” is nearing completion, with additional videos from Dendritic to follow. MEGALOPHOBE and GRIDFAILURE will appear on upcoming releases from each other, a second fully cooperative album is halfway recorded, and a third collaboration is being devised, as the acts plot their upcoming live debuts.
New tracks from both GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE appear alongside Never Presence Forever, Dusthallowed, Teeth Engraved With The Names of The Dead, and many others on Death Season Six, a compilation by the Darker Days Ahead label; pay-as-you-wish for the download and/or purchase the CD HERE.
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Swedish doom band Below return with new Metal Blade release Upon A Pale Horse, an album that will land on you like ton of bricks yet carry you to heights of feeling usually reserved for metal classics at the same time. A more traditional heavy metal influence courses through the veins of this doom outfit than, say, death-doom or the currently all the rage alternative melodic metal/doom of Pallbearer (for example), but it is certainly as powerful in a different way.

In many ways it is terrific to hear a band who carry on and bolster the durability of classic time-honored metal forms, while finding endemic roads of their own amidst well tread riff lands. Below are one of the best bands Metal Blade has in their stable for fans of true metal, certainly no flavor of the week signing like some labels toss out these days to appeal to trends. This is just a cool and real group for die hard metal followers.

Zeb from Below took time out to fill me in on the new album, uh, BELOW.

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BTBAM reveal live video for “Turn on the Darkness”

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:24 PM (PST)

Between the Buried and Me will release their new DVD/Blu-ray, Coma Ecliptic Live, via Metal Blade Records, in association with Good Fight Entertainment. The concert, which features the band performing their latest album, Coma Ecliptic, in its entirety, was filmed live on location October 4th, 2016 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA. For a preview of the release, a live video of “Turn on the Darkness” can now be viewed below.

Bassist Dan Briggs comments: “The genesis of the ‘Coma Ecliptic’ filming was based around capturing the look and feel of the show our lighting director Chris Hill produced for the full album set. It’s such an important record for us and our progression as a band and the visual representation captures the moods of our tragic tale so well. It’s the perfect way to wrap up the last two years we’ve been living with this album day in and day out!”

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Elantris to open for Epica on North American dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM (PST)

Ohio’s Elantris feature beauty and the beast style vocal switch offs, semi-raw yet symphonic arrangements and a hard work ethic that has found the band open for Xandria and Sonata Arctica, among others, before. They have been compared favorably to Kamelot. Elantris will support their recently-released debut album, This Sacrifice with a set of dates that will also feature Insomnium, Lacuna Coil, and headliners Epica. Those are all major players in the scene and any one of them would be a challenge to share a stage with, but Elantris seem up for it:

“We are very excited for the opportunity to perform with such incredible bands. With our combined powers, we see no reason we can’t reshape the hearts and souls of everyone present at the shows. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on a fantastic tour and get to play our music at so many great venues, in front of so many incredible fans.” 

“Our main goal on this tour is to stimulate the economy by increasing the production of mops and buckets. These will be vital in dealing with the increased sweat and face melting that occurs at most venues due to extreme headbanging and joyous feeling that occurs from witnessing raw epicness!”

Dates and a taste of the band’s sound below.

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Doyle and Davey Suicide Touring

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:21 AM (PST)

Breaking News: The ghoulish masses of the rock n’ roll sex sewers convulsed in orgiastic glory when it was revealed that Doyle of The Misfits is bringing his beastly solo band on a US Tour with cult warrior Davey Suicide and his pack of snarling hounds. These bands will not be kept down and continue to rise from various “graves” to slay again and again!

The Abominate The World Tour 2017 is gonna be loud, gory and juicy! Launching June 1st in Raleigh, NC, the tour will wind south into Florida and Louisiana, then into California before heading East to finish in Niagra Falls, NY. And trust us, your tears will flow like Niagra Falls if you miss this one, kapisch?!!

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Thy Will Be Done have been a top notch live act for years, a band who deserve just as much recognition as NWOAHM bands like Lamb Of God, God Forbid or Shadows Fall (the last two don’t play anymore, of course) as total stage slayers. TWBD have a recent song “Breath Of Light” out and are set to finally return to the stage on April 28th. We are so psyched for the dudes and wanted to throw some horns up in their direction and J. Costa was kind enough to respond to our inquiry about how it feels to be nearly back after drummer Jay Waterman’s heart issues.

“It’s overwhelmingly emotional and exciting to be on the cusp of returning to the stage with our drummer; who got the green-light from his cardiologist, back behind the kit where he loves to be, and a new lead guitarist added to the fold. It’s been an arduous couple years, but we’re ready to shake the Earth and roll out the thunder!” – J.Costa

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Mr. Rex Brown, he who once supplied the bottom end groove of Pantera, has a new solo record on the way called SMOKE ON THIS… due in July from Eone. Loudwire has a new song “Crossing Lines” right HERE.

It is an interesting track, sort of a gritty alternative hard rock song with Rex’s very bluesy and biker bar room smokey drawl leading the way. There are also some elements that recall Southern Rock and an organ section, cool stuff and different than the heavier side we have heard in Down and Kill Devil Hill and of course most Pantera, but by all means rocking.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.”

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will the the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below as well for the first time along with both digital and physical pre orders options.

Brown continues, “We’re not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” Brown enthuses. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

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Show Review: Junius, InAeona, Clover at BSP Kingston

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:48 PM (PST)

One of the best shows I have seen in awhile made it worth it to trek out on a kind of gloomy Thursday night to the Hudson Valley, NY’s best indie concert venue BSP Kingston (I also am partial to Bearsville and The Chance for mostly other genres). There was a solid, if infrequent, metal booking of three bands who I really enjoy, Kingston’s own sludgy grimers Clover, expansive Boston space trio InAeona and the proggy mathic doom of Junius.

Of the three, I had been a fan of all of them for awhile (especially InAeona who are in my top ten fave bands in the world right now), but I’d only had the fortune of raging to Clover before. I was a bit fried from a long concert the night before in Albany, but am so glad I soldiered out to this smaller town show.

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Dying Fetus release video from Wrong One To Fuck With album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM (PST)

Pre Orders are live for Dying Fetus‘ new album Wrong One To Fuck With, out June 23rd.  In addition the band has released a video for “Fixated On Devastation”, which you can check out now.

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Today Rolling Stone published a ridiculous 40 Greatest Stoner Albums Ever list. They should have called it “How to not get laid ever, except for The Chronic and one or two others on here.” They had some cool reggae picks but had fucking Beach House (no offense to them) but not Sleep or Cypress Hill? Like, wtf?!!! The list was pure dirt weed for the most part.

You don’t listen to Kraftwerk stoned. I love Kraftwerk but if you did that too blazed it would be like being stuck in an Atari game and not in a fun way. And Darkside Of The Moon is a way better LSD album. And RS, much as I love them, will never help put me in the rock n roll Hall of Fame I am betting (even though I fucking rule), so I am gonna call them out on putting Jimi Hendrix at number one on pretty much every list they ever publish. I LOVE Jimi. The first time I smoked I listened to Jimi w my pal Quil (RIP) and got so high I thought I was a mouse and then prayed to all the hot girls in Jnr. High because I thought I was dying and was sad I would never see their breasts as I was still a virgin (I think?) and then Quil threw water on me and made me play Sega Genesis to maintain my shit. But c’mon…you guys put Jimi number one for everything. You had a 40 greatest guitar players list without Dr Know from Bad Brains on it and no ROIR tape on this pothead list when EVERY SKATER PUNK in the world has blazed and skated to Bad Brains!

Anyway, I fixed the list. Now, I am not gonna say this is “The Greatest EVER” because to each their own high, but I could have had every Kottonmouth Kings release on here and it would be more accurate. Shit, there is an Instagram video of my friend Darla singing “High On The Beach” by Lana that is better than most of the RS choices.

Anyway, here are my top 40 picks that I came up with in a half hour and are better. I did not put Afroman “Because I Got High” on it, but there is a lot of metal. Shit, as my dear friend Laurie Safdie said ,”They should have put the entire Man’s Ruin back releases on it.”

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Tour Alert: Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer and Striker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:26 PM (PST)

Check out this bad boy of a head hurter!

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