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Wow, man. I just got to hear a preview of one of my heroes Chuck Mosley (RIP) covering the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in a lowkey, bittersweet and kind of raspy bluesy acoustic manner and I am all choked up. What a true talent who will never be replaced. The OG Faith No More legend was a poetic and eccentric soul and will be honored on Record Store Day this year with a compelling two song acoustic release on 4/13. Fans will really want to get ahold of this. Plus, Chuck covering a Mike FNM song and especially “Take This Bottle” after his struggles is really bittersweet and moving. I am in my feelings right now big time as a fan. This is not Tupac where there was a bottomless well of unreleased material after his tragic death. This is crucial and the family supported the release. Please check it out. You’ll be deeply moved.

Release: On Record Store Day (https://recordstoreday.com), April 13th, 2019, blocGLOBAL (https://blocsonic.com) releases its debut physical release with distributor Traffic Entertainment Group (http://trafficent.com). The release, a limited run 7″ containing the final recordings made by late Faith No More singer, Chuck Mosley.

After three decades working in music, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Indoria, Primitive Race) decided to pursue a solo project with a raw, psychedelic, acoustic direction. Armed with his guitar, a vocal effects processor, and a few friends (Cris Morgan, Randy Pirosko, and Douglas Esper), he embarked on a two year tour and completed a few recording sessions. During a six-hour block in August of 2017 with producer Joe Haze, Chuck recorded two covers, Nothing Compares 2 U originally written by Prince and Take This Bottle by Faith No More.

This ended up as Chuck’s last time recording in a studio before his death on November 9th, 2017. His guitar solo on Nothing Compares 2 U never got completed as the band had to leave for a show that night in Salt Lake City.

Chuck Mosley’s “Joe Haze Session #2” will be available for purchase at a record store near you on Record Store Day, April 13th, 2019.

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Venomous Concept want to handle all your hedge trimming needs.

Ok, so today we have a slew of bad ass or downright hysterical shit to share with you riff lovin’ pond scum out there. Let’s go!

Venomous Concept, the Poison Idea and grind-influenced brain bashin’ mosh worthy killer project (featuring members of Brutal Truth, Napalm Death and Corrupt Moral Altar) are gonna be touring with fuckin’ Brujeria! That is a one two punch and a lot of work for Shayne! Aggression and Sangre round out a great package.

 

Our pal Pope Richard at Blackened Death Records has unveiled Warbrother, a ridiculous Hulk Hogan themed War metal parody. The songs are kind of sung like Hogan would phrase them – without any off the cuff racist slurs, thankfully – and the music kicks ass. I am way more interested in this release than Chris Hemsworth cosplaying as the Hulkster. In a post Gawker environment where Hogan was happy to buddy up with the gross Peter Thiel, ugh…barf up some Budweiser, brother, but I aint watchin’ your pending biopic. I always like Junk Yard Dog and The Ultimate Warrior better anyway, but this record kicks fuckin’ ass and will certainly upset edgelords.

Get tickets HERE for tickets to the big newly announced KORN/AIC tour. That is ALICE IN CHAINS, not AOC/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I feel like AOC would actually kick ass fronting Korn or Alice. We already know she can dance ! But I think there is that one Korn tune about Obama being an illuminati puppet or something, right? Anyone remember that? I don’t know how she would feel about that number.

Anyway, H09909 being on this is pretty awesome. They are going to make a huge dent more and more if they keep landing killer opportunities like this. I have always thought Underoath was one of the most overrated bands of all time in the scene by far, and I still haven’t heard Fever333 but this is going to be a big ticket worth knowing about.

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Living Colour to play ‘VIVID’ 30th UK dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:28 PM (PST)

Man, after seeing some of the Cohen testimony today and wondering if just maybe the Government shouldn’t seem shadier than an episode of Ozark, it was nice to get the some feel good ‘aww yeah’ feels from iconic funky hard rockers Living Colour after spending most of the day feeling generally pretty darn bleak.  The brilliant act will be hitting the UK to wow crowds very soon! Still one of the all time greatest rock bands and tremendously good live, if you are anywhere near these dates you gotta go. Great support acts as well! Check the announcement below.

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So I was half watching Season 4 of The 100 (I still fuck with that show, love the cast) and simultaneously scrolling Instagram absent-mindedly like an overstimulated, over-worked semi-human in 2019. Suddenly some awesome, huge alt-rock guitar and an unmistakable voice reached my ears and made my eyes open wide. Listen HERE.

So I stare at my tiny phone screen and how friggin’ stoked am I to realize it is Chris fuckin’ Traynor of Bush and most importantly one of my all time favorite bands Orange 9MM (who I dropped out of college to open for like an idiot, but he wasn’t in the band at that point. PS. It was still worth it -lol). And yes, he was collaborating in the studio with Grey Daze , a project Chester was involved in throughout his life. In addition to the massive song Chester did with Mark Morton that just came out, this little Grey Daze audio clip gave me huge chills and everything sounds brilliant and emotive. The held out notes over the big guitar sounds so soulful. An older Grey Daze tweet from December makes it sound like much of the tracks are older and finally being completed.

Even cooler, Traynor responded to me on Twitter and IG about it. I’m over the moon!

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Hi friends. Hope you had a good weekend like I did. While it was somber as it is the 4 year anniversary of my dad dying of cancer (thanks to those who reached out to me and my sister Cambria), I also had a wonderful recording experience in the studio for my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs on Sunday. My old friend Nate Kelley (of Laterals/first Coheed record/Shabutie/PPSP) came to Saugerties, NY to Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and laid down some sick drum grooves for my next album, one of 2 I am putting out this year – stay tuned. It is so nice when you haven’t collaborated with someone for a long time but you reconnect creatively and the spark is still right there.  Such an inspiring feeling. Here’s Nate laying some guitars down on a song I wrote about my self-acceptance of being Nonbinary. This whole record a lot of it is about me embracing that.

Speaking of inspiring collabs, industrial pop duo VOWWS (who I have also collaborated with before, incidentally) are one of my very favorite modern bands. Truly a constantly evolving, darkly lush and yet colorful group beyond the grays, blacks and white smoke and mirrors, VOWWS have now teamed up with none other than Chino from mighty Deftones and Danny Lohner, a.k.a Renhölder (Nin, Manson) for a reworking of their song “Structure of Love”. Check it out now right HERE and start your week off with a soothing but spooky explosion of feeling.

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Speaking of feels, bummed couldn’t make it to Black Flags Over Brooklyn this weekend due to work and recording obligations but SUPER stoked for Kim Kelly and all the organizers and participating bands from Glacial Tomb to Vile Creature to Occultist who it looks like from social media made it an unforgettable weekend and a strong declaration that racism has NO home in heavy metal. Seriously, fuck off edgelords and bigots! The festival promise that video and photos are forthcoming and I am sure more outlets who were lucky to attend will have ample coverage but here is a little video montage below.

Lastly, we are no longer going to be featuring Profound Lore artists on this site (many of whom we seriously LOVE) unless the label drops Craig Pillard of Disma/Ex-Incantation. Our friends at Toiletovhell have the best run down of the bullshit HERE, but basically the dude who has alleged he gave up being a racist asshole appears to have gone and agreed to perform at some racist ass festival called Hot Shower fest or something in Italy with his scummy noise project Sturmführer. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and despite the Big trouble In Little China avatar twitter account who called me a cuck and said “go fight Nazis in the 40s” pretending there aren’t major problems today in 2019, I’d like to extend a hearty fuck you to anyone promoting fascism in the music scene in 2019 or EVER. Update: the band has FIRED Pillard. Read more HERE.

As seen above, Profound Lore told us via letter that they reached out to Disma and the rest of the band had no idea about it and were awaiting a response but we have to be skeptical and guarded. No fashionable boutique label softball treatment for fake repenting fash/fash adjacent performers. Other bands on the roster should complain, not waffle for the sake of record deals.

My girlfriend Globelamp was recently accused via Twitter by someone from the “indie band” (actually on a very big three label semi-monopoly Secretly Group) Foxygen of an ongoing plot to kill their singer Sam France – despite moving to the other side of the country from him and never wanting to see him again and five years since she left the band without any incident of being violent towards him. She maintains that he backhanded out her teeth and has a doctors note of violent impact and a 5k dental repair bill on her side, and now has a lawyer to fight him -whereas initially she did not 5 years ago and the band we believe did a bad faith RO attempt to prevent her from looking into finances as well as to discourage her from coming forward about her domestic violence claims. The band’s official account accused her of horrible shit including a “she tried to kill me and she’s not done” section, lovely…which she was never charged for remotely. The tweet was deleted but we have a screenshot obtained. But behind the scenes they are actually trying that shit in court asking for a lifelong RO (worse than Tim Lambesis who is back on fucking tour!!) and saying she can’t protest and tell people she claims she was abused as that is harassment against them! There is NO gag order on her and the prior granted and expiring RO was granted against her for an alleged trespassing that Lizzie says Sam’s mom lied about to help cover her son’s tracks. She maintains she saw a text from his father to never admit what he did and I must say since we have dated I have seen her harassed by a ton of anonymous troll accounts weirdly over informed on intimate details . You can read more HERE and HERE.

I have seen the anxiety and pain this has caused her and ptsd and it is real and I firmly believe in her innocence and did for years before we ever dated. Unfortunately a lot of people in the scene don’t want to rock the boat with her old employer of Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jajaguwar and Secretly Canadian) or tone police her demanding perfect victimhood (she was blocked by Kathleen Hanna, Best Coast and Kimya Dawson when asked for help). Fuck that Bikini Kill reunion tour and I am glad the bots got all the tickets. This person is really suffering and you all say to believe victims. WTF.

Anyway, to make a long story short my lifelong friend Simone Felice produced some Conor Oberst new stuff with Phoebe Bridgers. Our friend James Felice who performs with Conor is also ON Elizabeth’s recent Globelamp album Romantic Cancer (nefarious industries), but guess what?…Conor and Phoebe’s record got scooped up by Secretly Group. So even though we love Bright Eyes and his solo stuff and collabs and he is Lizzie’s perhaps favorite all time male performer and she has covered him zillions of times – as awkward as it is we have to say fuck supporting that record and any other artists on the label who think it is ok to not speak out about Foxygen being on the same labels and trying to ruin a girl’s life and get her blacklisted. Our door was slammed on on New Year’s Morning with a court summons and it was total bullshit. I can’t see my girlfriend for months now and through Valentine’s Day as she had to go back to California to court. If any of y’all seriously think I would allow a murder plot to be forming out of my apartment under my nose y’all are idiots.

So yeah, I think the music media is pathetic for not covering this and also it should go to show if I am not even going to support friend adjacent records in the name of doing the right thing and stopping labels from keeping unapologetic people who have no inkling of restorative justice on their rosters, I sure as FUCK am not gonna stand for casual fascism from metal labels. Profound Lore and Season of Mist for that matter with D666, Shining (Sweden) saying homophobic shit on tour and the drummer Hellhammer of Mayhem’s dead gay jokes and “black metal is for white people” bullshit (see Wikipedia) are long overdue for a housecleaning or much better explanation and apology to those harmed than edgelordism. I wish my friends on those labels would tell the label owners to fuck off from profiting from those bands until they majorly atone if at all and clean up the roster.

Peace.

 

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Urban Fusion Metalcore heroes Candiria have a killer deal for fans over at the Rising Pulse merch page right now. For a limited time you can get the triumphant While They Were Sleeping record bundled with two T shirt designs. The band writes:

If you have yet to purchase ‘While They Were Sleeping’ the latest full length album by Candiria on deluxe colored vinyl, now is your chance to get the best deal possible. We are bundling two overstocked tee shirt designs and offering them for free (practically).

Check it out HERE.

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5 cool records that turn 20 years old this year

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6:44 PM (PST)

 

1999 was a really crazy year for me. I was in college at SUNY New Paltz, was a raging drunk, very promiscuous and played some of the best underground shows of my life with my old sludge punk/metal band FUSE. We played shows with awesome bands like Orange 9mm, mearth. Pitchfork Militia and Joeys Throwin’ Elbows and put out a CD Organizm that year that I am still really proud of and had a unique meld of influences. I had a year off heroin after a bad problem for five years as a teen and despite a lot of challenges I started one of the more fertile creative periods of my life as well as a deep dive into more and more music. It was chaotic and not entirely halcyon and I still had a lot of buried insecurities to unpack about my gender fluidity and being bi, often taking it out on myself onstage in very self destructive displays that were also likely inspired by Marilyn Manson (Mechanical Animals is certainly the record I spun the most that year and remains my favorite of his), but it was a transformative and cathartic time.

I am very happy that twenty years later despite all the ups and downs since that I am still writing about music and recording it myself. I think the troubled young person of that year would shoot me a sly wink and a shit eating grin and give me a thumbs up before whirling away in a blur of manic energy.

Here is a look at 5 records from the year 1999 that I think hold up 20 years later. Read more BELOW.

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All Else Fails release “A Dream of Names” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 3:40 PM (PST)

Canadian metallers All Else Fails have released a music video for their song “A Dream of Names” ahead of the release of their newest album The False Sanctuary.

“In a lot of ways this album is at a state of the union address. It’s been 2 years since the release of The Forever Lie, and already the themes of financial corruption, abuse of religious power, and political scandal seem tame. I wrote this one half with a sarcastic smirk, half with an crippling sense that we are well past the point of return.” says vocalist/guitarist Barrett Klesko.

Check out the “A Dream of Names” music video here.

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We’ve got a special video premiere for you hard rock fans today! Two Inch Voices from Florida are here to bring you their big melodic guitar groove rock that Deftones , Quicksand and O9mm fans will eat up. I even hear a little bit of stuff in the guitar work that reminds me of Shift or Seaweed or something like that. The music might be a blend of emotionally searching and aggro, but the video looks like it was a lot of fun. Hey, Florida does have a lot of sunshine so we can understand if the band went for a 311 goes to the MTV Beach House kinda vibe, haha. It’s cold as fuck in NY where I am right now and I wish I was moshing and jumping around a big ass pool!

We spoke to Jeff from the band about the creation of this moment.

TIV is = Gary “Dubbz” Ferguson- Bass/Vocals, Sean McCord- Drums, Jeffery Arnold aka J Laveau- Guitar/Vocals 

What was it like to write “Downstroke”?

Jeff: Writing “Downstroke” was a blast! It started with Gary (Bass/Vocals) and I jamming on acoustics, at his house. Gary started playing this melodic staccato, riff, I knew it was something; 1.Because he’s playing it, 2.Because it moved really well. So we jammed on this for a minute or two. (this part will eventually become the verses.) So Gary asks if I had anything for the chorus, and because the drive of the song is so good, I wanted to keep the momentum going; so I chopped the riff and went full strum. This took the song to a whole other level! I love how larger than life it sounds and feels! It’s as if whatever you were feeling just lifts away. Aaaaand if you couldn’t tell the bridge/ breakdown parts are our Metal/Hardcore roots shining through. I mean who doesn’t love a little Metal or Hardcore in their musical diet? Haha. I mean really.

I digress, but yeah by the end of the night, we had the song structured and recorded. We brought the song to our drummer at the time, recorded the song instrumental; I took it home and wrote lyrics. The first thing that came to me lyrically was the chorus, “We shine/we shine like diamonds, above a blackened time!” Once that was in my head, I knew the rest of the song would write itself. The chorus means more than anything else I say in the song, maybe to me. Because we are all diamonds and sometimes the world can be dark, and extremely brutal, that’s when we have to SHINE and SHINE the brightest.

What was it like to make the video?

Jeff: Oh man, making this video was out of this world FUN! It helped that Gary and I knew what we wanted for the theme, when we finished writing the song. Haha. That throwback vibe! So we had somewhere to start, and it took us a while to get our location though. In our part of Florida, you don’t have many two story homes, and this was real important for the look of the video. After a couple months of searching and talking to people, I finally posted a sort of ad on my timeline; “Looking to borrow a 2 story house for 5 hours, to shoot a music video.” Yes this is what it said. Who’s going to respond to this, right? But what else could I do? This video was going to happen! Sure enough, not even 10 mins later, this very cool cat from the band “Things Nocturnal”, offered to help. Unbelievable! It was just like that. He invited the band over to look at his place, and we set a date to shoot right then and there. When you or anyone watches the video, they’ll see why.

The video team was led by my very good friend, (Producer/Director/Editor/The Man) Ryan Sousa of Film Native in Tampa, Fl, in collaboration with M90 Studios. Ryan and I have been friends for a while; he did Two Inch Voices’ first video “Into Oblivion”, in 2010. So when Gary and I were talking about videos for the new single, it only made sense to introduce Gary to Ryan. After that meeting, we began sharing ideas and really working together to make something wonderful. And I believe we’ve done that. We’ve made something wonderful. 

 

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Post Midterm Metal Mind Melt: SunStare, Gnaw News Items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1:27 PM (PST)

 

Hey gang. Midterms in the U-S-of-A have come and gone and progress is huge and mostly positive, though there is still much to be done. Even today Jim Acosta was accosted by buffoonish blubbering Trump and it seems like the are ditching Sessions as fast as possible to try and prepare some crooked bs in preparation for the Dems reclaiming the House in January. Hold fast.

If you are needing some musical release today, I can’t help you with “relaxation” after the manic energy swell of the election, but these bands can purge a large release of energy cathartically in a more robust way. SunStare from France are a convincingly passionate post-metal project with very cool guitar textures and a great bass tone in particular on new material. Please Pre Order their latest album Eroded (out this month) HERE. A lot of the best post metal or other sludgy forms I heard of came from talking with French extreme music fan friends and journos, and the scene over there has a lot of cool talent in various underground genres. SunStare have been active since 2013 and are certainly talented enough to capture your attention and pull you into their world quickly and for keeps.

Noise monsters Gnaw have released a new video for “Prowled Mary” from the Translation Loss release Cutting Pieces from last year. This record is a visceral experience and should be navigated at least a few times by anyone who cares about current relevant bands whether you become a big fan and keep coming back to it or not. This song in particular calls to mind the creepier side of Today Is The Day to me.

 

The “Prowled Mary” video was directed by Sean M. Sullivan and Adam Drawdy and edited by Sean M. Sullivan. GNAW vocalist Alan Dubin offers, “‘Prowled Mary’ is sort of the odd man out on the Cutting Pieces album. Even though it’s not ferocious noisy metal like most of the other songs, it’s probably the creepiest. It has some strange instrumentation including an actual chain-link fence and electric congas, but I think it’s the cello that really adds to the eerie vibe. The video was filmed and put together by the team of Sean M. Sullivan and Adam Drawdy whose experimental video work we’ve admired for a long time now.”

 

PopMatters writes with their premiere of the video, “Here, GNAW demonstrates that sometimes the most extreme place to go is down; the vocals are just at the level of whisper, the music itself a faint, disturbing phantom which lurks at the edge of audibility, asking the listener to imagine a darker, more disturbing rendition of Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building?’ Does the piece become more or less disturbing when one takes into account the visuals? Terror, as the saying goes, is in the eye of beholder but the ‘Prowled Mary’ clip doesn’t disappoint.”

 

See GNAW’s “Prowled Mary” video at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
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Also, a message to my fellow Swifties…

 

 

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Slipknot release “All Out Life”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

In case you missed it somehow, Slipknot have released a new song. It’s pretty damn awesome and has a lot of vibes that remind me of the classic debut. Definitely got me rocking Halloween a little harder last night. Horns to the masked marauders.

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Metal trio, Spiritbox have released a music video for their new single titled, “Electric Cross“. The new single follows up on the group’s recent single, “Perennial”, which dropped last month.

Vocalist, Courtney LaPlante gave her thoughts on the new single, “This song makes me so uncomfortable because it’s about everything I do not want to acknowledge. Feeling like I have no autonomy over my own body. How much anger I have towards those who have wronged me, and the environment that allows bad things to happen. Knowing that something that feels so isolating is such a universal feeling.”

Having toured the world as members of the eccentric metal band iwrestledabearonce, vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Michael Stringer wanted to take their intensely personal and technical musical focus in a new creative and personal direction. Spiritbox was the result.

In 2017, the husband and wife duo sent their unreleased debut Self-Titled EP to Bill Crook of the Vancouver pop-punk band Living with Lions hoping only for constructive criticism. Instead, they found themselves with a new bandmate and best friend. Together, this Canadian trio has set out to bring a new and refreshing perspective to metal.

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August 2018 Round Up: 4 Fave Albums (MYE)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. August has been an amazing month, political upheaval, a family reunion, a bunch of gigs for myself and my gf and lots of great new of music to remind us that the underground is alive. Even bigger rock has had some good stuff going on, enthusiasm carrying things along through the highs and lows of the year. It is cool that bands like Nonpoint, Alice In Chians and Clutch all have strong and meaningful new albums this year even as the new blood coughs up fresh talent. There is hope, y’all. We gotta buckle down and see each other through all this.

Let’s start with some jams. I liked the following four records this month the best…

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Deftones have cooked up a kick ass festival concept with the first annual Dia De Los Deftones. The event is on the way with food, beverage and music on November 3 at Petco Park at the Park in San Diego, California. All-ages lineup includes Future, Mike Shinoda (of LINKIN PARK), local legends ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, H09909, DOJA CAT, VOWW and VEIN.

Dia De Los Deftones goes on sale Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $75 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com. Presale opportunities will be available on Tuesday, July 17 starting at 10 a.m PST.

I found out through the homies Vowws IG page, one of my favorite bands. Listening to the brilliant industrial post pop scrawl crawl of “Charm and Demand” right now, actually. This whole thing looks like it will be dope af. I also hear that Vein record is awesome, everyone keeps saying. Heckity heck yeah.

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