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Time falls back: Four October recommendations

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:01 PM (PST)

Another month has passed us by. The time has just fallen back, meaning shorter and darker days are upon us. The situations we’re in seem to get darker, too, with each passing day. If you’re here reading this then you, like me, probably turn to music to deal with the shit going on in the world. The sun continues to rise and set, and for those of us who see it rise and see it set, we have an obligation, a duty, to do our best to make the world suck a little fucking less each and every day. Hopefully these four albums can be your soundtrack for that.

Check out the four albums I enjoy the most this month here.

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Static-X 20th Anniversary “Wisconsin Death Trip” news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:03 PM (PST)

Hey rockers, meant to post about this a little while ago but Static-X have some cool tribute news for fans in 2019 on the way. New music and more. RIP WAYNE! I am really happy I saw them live with Mindless Self Indulgence in New Jersey once (if I recall). Long time ago. Time flies, fuck. Follow your dreams while you can, kids.

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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‚Äôt 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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Ministry’s¬†‘AmeriKKKant’¬†is in stores today.

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4:02 PM (PST)

 

At long last, the day has arrived when¬†Ministry‘s provocateur-in-chief Al Jourgensen – never one to shy away from making political statements – can share with the world the fruits of what started as what he thought was a bad, bad dream on November 9, 2016…the day the world woke up to find that Donald J. Trump had been elected President of the United States. ¬†Ministry’s¬†AmeriKKKant¬†is in stores today.

 

¬†In this “release day video,” Al provides one last look at what we can expect from the new album. ¬†According to Al, the album’s lead-off track “Twilight Zone,” harkens back to the chilling moment of realization: ¬†“How did this happen??” ¬†“Victims of a Clown” looks at us, American citizens, we who were about to be led by a man with no intellectual curiosity or emphathy. ¬†“TV 5/4 Chan” looks at Trump’s followers who get wrapped up in their little soundbites for TV, put out their own “fake news,” and then crawl back into the hole they came from. ¬†“We’re Tired of It,” “Antifa,” and “Wargasm” make up a trilogy that screams “We’re not snowflakes! ¬†We’re not going to be led around by the nose, we’re going to stand up for ourselves!” ¬†The next track, “Game Over,” illustrates the realization of the “new reality” of what happened, how we got caught in Trump’s BS. ¬†“AmeriKKKant” closes the album with a look at the journey of what’s been going on, what brought us to the place where we, the American people, would vote for a man like Trump.

MINISTRY – Song Topics on AmeriKKKant (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

The new Ministry album "AmeriKKKant" is out now! Watch as Al runs down all the song topics on the album and make sure to pick up your copy in physical, digital and streaming formats at http://www.nuclearblast.com/ministry-amerikkkant

Posted by Ministry on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ministry hits the road with a brand new concert tour on March 22 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. The full itinerary is below.
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Ministry release “Twilight Zone” music video

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 4:46 PM (PST)

Today, Ministry releases a surreal and provocative new music video for the track “Twilight Zone” from the band’s upcoming album,¬†AmeriKKKant, due out March 9 (Nuclear Blast). ¬†Building upon the themes of the song, the “Twilight Zone” video takes the viewer on a macabre excursion through the current U.S. news media climate of misinformation, corporate propaganda and hypocritical slander. ¬†“We are in completely uncharted territory now,” said Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, “witnessing the unraveling of what was once a functional democracy. ¬†Our government is under attack. ¬†Our planet is under attack. ¬†It’s time for a major reboot.” Click¬†HERE¬†to check out the “Twilight Zone” video.

 

The video was filmed last December just outside of Los Angeles and features Ministry guitarists Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto, Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Static X) on bass, keyboardist John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Fear Factory), live scratcher DJ Swamp (Beck, the Crystal Method), and Derek Abrams on drums. ¬†Guest appearances are made by Gray Wolf, President of American Indian Movement (AIM), the internationally renowned and idiosyncratic Lord of the Cello, and an army of Ministry supporters who participated in the band’s PledgeMusic¬†AmeriKKKant¬†pre-order campaign.

 

The “Twilight Zone” video was produced by Chris Roth and Steve Roth for The Other House production company, the same group that produced Jourgensen’s previous music video, “I’m Invisible” for his 2016¬†Surgical Meth Machine¬†release. ¬†Chris Roth also directed the “Twilight Zone” video with Steve Roth as Director of Photography and editor. ¬†The Other House has produced a wide array of broadcast design projects for Revolt TV, Nike’s Kobe 8 System, MTV, Aol.RISE, the Syfy Network, VH-1, CNN, PBS, “The Profit” on CNBC, the 2017 Emmy Awards and many more.

 

Said Chris Roth, “I’m a life-long fan of the band and very politically active. ¬†Not only was this an opportunity to collaborate creatively once again with the one and only Al Jourgensen, but also an outlet for much of my pent up aggression and frustration regarding the current state of politics in our country.”

 

Ministry kicks off its North American tour on March 22 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Complete dates are accessible HERE.

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GODFLESH stream “Post Self” title track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 4:35 PM (PST)

Industrial metal colossus GODFLESH have streamed the title track to new record Post Self (due out Nov. 17th). Check the song out right here.

I am a lifelong fan of this band and have never criticized them, but this song sort of feels like a walk through. It didn’t light me up and make my hairs stand on end like the vast majority of their material, though I do like the 2:40 sort of more dissonant and thumpy ride out section a lot. This section kind of reminds me of¬†Love and Hate in Dub a bit, which I have spent many hours very, very high absorbing and totally love.

While this song didn’t grab me as much as most of their stuff, it is Godflesh so you know the record will have many amazing components.

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Marilyn Manson fires Twiggy Ramirez

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM (PST)

Many people have been waiting for this news to break and it did. Looks like Marilyn Manson has fired Jeordie White after the rape allegations from Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill/Scarling. Addams seems much more credible and socially aware than White, who says genius stuff like¬†“Varg is awesome”.

This makes us glad as we want to keep supporting Manson (as long as Johnny Depp isn’t in more videos) and he seemed shocked when the news broke. Here is hoping Tim Skold comes back. In other news, Alice Glass fans should read THIS.

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Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) dies

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9:04 PM (PST)

Marilyn Manson co-founder Scott Putesky has passed from his four year battle with cancer. There was something magical about the Portrait Of An American Family-era and “Daisy Berkowitz” was a gigantic part of that initial wow factor. The news broke via another of Putesky’s former bands, the incredible cult act Jack Off Jill. Jessicka Addams of JOJ was also in the news this week to tell the world of horrible abuse she allegedly suffered from Manson member Jeordie White. Record companies def cover for money making stars and we hope Addams finds peace and closure. It must be incredibly emotional to have lost her friend Scott so close to already dealing with the torrent of emotions that accompanies speaking up to a bigger power.

I missed that certain cartoony style and buzzy punkish rage that inhabited much of Putesky’s playing after that element was less prominent in Manson’s work (The Golden Age of Grotesque has maybe some of the closest moments). While I am a big fan of a number of later MM releases, there is something about Portrait that will always remind me of doing drugs in high school and escaping into that crazy tape in my walk man when the world seemed huge and too scary to treat as anything other than a mad carnival.

Read a great interview with Scott HERE.

Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott – "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz

Posted by Jack Off Jill on Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Rammstein making final album?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 10:03 AM (PST)

Waking up on an early Sunday afternoon after a very late night. Celebrating the spontaneous news that Clover is playing with SubRosa near me tonight on a one off from SubRosa’s dates with Wovehand and I didn’t even know about this particular gig til an hour ago! Also celebrating the amazing news of the ICP Juggalo March decimating the pathetic “Mother Of All” Dumpster Fire MAGA Moron marches, which I will laugh my ass about forever as the losers slink back to Kekistan. I also just had a crazy night where I saw an 80 year old cowboy driving around with a wood splitter attached to his Prius (!!!) to practice trailer parking because he said the government was trying to say he was too old to drive anymore. He also had a gold rolex and a pistol and was yelling about how a lack of eating pussy was destroying society, I swear to God. Between him and a random metal head on the street who started screaming Mercyful’s “Into My Coven” at a sloppy wedding after party to freak them out, it was a crazy night at the bar I was at.

But anyway, we are here to talk about Rammstein.Can we all agree that this band have ascended to absolute insane heights no one perhaps ever saw coming when many first heard of them around Nu Metal times? And wow, did they ever transcend that limiting tag!

Blabbermouth REPORTS that¬†RAMMSTEIN¬†guitarist¬†Richard Kruspe¬†says that the band’s upcoming album could be its last. The reason why kind of makes sense:

“…somehow we managed to move back to the beginning of the world of¬†RAMMSTEIN¬†where we, basically, are very emotional and very enthusiastic about writing again. It wasn’t like that before. We came back to a point that everyone is really respecting the other one, and it feels kind of like a circle almost, that we start from zero again, which feels nice.”

Man, I wish some of the bands I had been in had been able to do that and keep members instead of becoming failed democracies or back stabbing and imploding on themselves. But anyway, I am sure whatever the band do it will be awesome and we are eager to hear it. If it is the Neue Deutsche Härte acts swan song, they ought only be proud of their massive, freaky and unlikely legacy.

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Marilyn Manson releases “We Know Where You Fucking Live”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM (PST)

Marilyn Manson has been, in my opinion, pretty consistent through his musical career overall, but most people always associate an artist’s ‘best’ work with their most popular period due to shared cultural reference points. The truth is, while a lot of Manson stuff on the last handful records drifted into the sort of mid-tempo pained moaning and self-deprecating poetry territory it wasn’t overall bad. Some people need stuff to be extra in their faces for it to make them feel the same level of adrenaline (look at Linkin Park fans who only like their first record when they have arguably been decent songwriters most of their career).

Anyway, if you like the more hard rock side of Manson you will likely dig this new single from 10th LP Heaven Upside Down (the album is due Oct. 6th from Loma Vista Recordings). It has the sense of social paranoia, some yeowling scratchy screams and a semi-stompy beat that will likely make it a strong live number. If anything it is a pointed examination of the lack of privacy in the swarming cesspool we call modern culture.

Check it out BELOW.

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Read a great Nine Inch Nails Panorama review at Metal Sucks

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:56 PM (PST)

Read a very well written account of the Nine Inch Nails‘ Panorama set on Randall’s Island over at Metal Sucks HERE. It is a pretty inspiring read and will remind you why music ought to be more than disposable.

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5 newer hard rock and metal songs with actually good hooks

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4:11 PM (PST)

While I am a fan of the site No Clean Singing, I was always mainly a melodic vocalist in bands of mine like Antidote 8 , Divest or Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch over the years. I love melodic rock and metal singers just as much as a good roar or guttural grindcore Barney Greenway bark as long as their is soul, a cool energy and lyrics I can relate to or at least appreciate. Heck, metal without melody means no Judas Priest and that is just unacceptable. Even bands like Darkthrone, Candiria or Converge have embraced some melodic singing at times, so what’s the big deal? There is room for all kinds of styles in music.

Anyway, I decided to make a short list of some recent singles or album cuts that I dig which have cool choruses that don’t cheapen the song despite being catchy.

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The first time I heard Drug Honkey was almost a decade ago now! It stuck out from a pile of boring emo-goth promo cds like a cancerous growth – Death Dub. ‘WTF is this?’, I thought. I took the cdr home from my then editor’s apartment and soon was lost in a swirl of cacophony and acidic rage amidst a Scorn-like clatter of urban blight and very cool, weird atmosphere. The vocals sounded like they were sung by a demon punching up through concrete but the music was both smothering and spacious. Fuck yeah!

I remember thinking how cool it was that there were still some underground bands who took the lessons of Godflesh to heart that you can do something outside the template of what is standard metal and add some punk freedom into the recipe to create a unique experience. This was a nightmarish but addictive sound and perfect with a spliff for those already halfway into an existential crisis who figure, ‘Fuck it, let’s go full bore.’

Cue 2017 and the band are still around and getting better reviews, and deservedly so, than ever for new album Cloak Of Skies on the label Transcending Obscurity. Cloak of Skies boasts seven tracks, including a remix by the legendary Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu) and a guest saxophone feature from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles). Cover art was hand-painted by renowned artist Paulo Girardi (Inquisition, Power Trip).

Let’s catch up with Paul Gillis and learn more about this current era of a long running project who do things their own way! Read it BELOW.

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Wednesday 13 releases newest video for “Condolences”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:11 PM (PST)

Wednesday 13 released his newest album Condolences on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Wednesday 13 speaks about the title track:

“We weren’t trying to do a really long, Iron Maiden-type¬†of song ‚ÄĒ¬†it just came out that way. It wasn’t forced¬†and I think it’s¬†awesome! It’s one of the first songs I wrote for the record. The title Condolences¬†came from when David Bowie¬†passed away;¬†I kept seeing ‘Condolences, sorry for your loss.’¬†I realized how powerful that word was, so I picked my guitar up and started writing the riff for it; I had the chorus instantly.”

He continued:

“We shortened the song for the video ‚ÄĒ¬†we cut two minutes off of it. But it’s¬†still a really, really dark song. And I think we captured that vibe in the video.¬†It’s definitely the strangest thing I’ve ever done ‚Äď I filmed my fake funeral. I had all my friends there, putting flowers on a casket; it was really weird! I had a wreath that said,¬†‘In Memory of¬†Wednesday¬†13.’¬†I’m the priest in it, doing my eulogy, and I’m also inside the casket, like I’m being buried alive.¬†When we filmed the video, the director, Matt Zane, said, ‘This reminds me of Twisted Sister ‚Äď ‘Burn In Hell’¬†or ‘Captain Howdy.’¬†And I was like, ‘Holy shit, it does! I didn’t even realize it.”

Read more about the video for “Condolences” and watch it here. You can also find Wednesday 13 tour dates at the link.

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The Interbeing release new single “Deceptive Signal”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:49 PM (PST)

Danish metallers The Interbeing have released their latest single “Deceptive Signal.”

The song comes off the band’s forthcoming album¬†Among the Amorphous which is due out June 23 via Long Branch Records.

Singer Dara Corcoran on “Deceptive Signal”:
“Deceptive Signal is the 2nd track on our coming concept album about The Interbeing’s struggle with his creators. In this song The Interbeing hears a signal and is drawn to it but it turns out to be a trap made by his creators. To realize the visual storyline we contacted the gifted Jeb Hardwick and flew him in to Copenhagen to shoot the ambitious video. The countless hours playing in a green screen studio and postproduction really paid off. Jeb did an amazing job creating this other dimension with us and The Interbeing in it.”

Check out the video for “Deceptive Signal” here.

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