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Downfall Of Gaia.

I WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH DOWNFALL OF GAIA BEFORE OPENING THIS ALBUM, SO MY FIRST LOOKS ON THIS ALBUM WERE TOTALLY BLIND. I HAD NO EXPECTATIONS OTHER THAN A READTHROUGH OF THEIR ARTIST PAGE ON METAL BLADE. AND THOUGH THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE SAYS THIS STARTED OFF AS A CRUST PUNK BAND, THIS ALBUM IS DECIDEDLY NOT THAT. PUT DOWN THE MODELO.

ETHIC OF RADICAL FINITUDE WASTES LITTLE TIME IDENTIFYING ITSELF STYLISTICALLY AND WITH TEXTBOOK EXECUTION. IT OPENS WITH A  BRIEF YET SLIGHTLY TOO QUIET INTRO TRACK, BEFORE DROPPING INTO LIKE A DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF DS POSTBLACK BLACKGAZE FOR “THE GROTESQUE ILLUSION OF BEING”. THIS BAND SITS FIRMLY NEXT TO OTHER ACTS LIKE MGLA AND GHOST BATH AND WOULD BE WELL HOMED ON THAT ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL ALBUMS YOUTUBE CHANNEL THEY KEEP TAKING DOWN FOR WHATEVER REASON.

ETHIC FEATURES HEAVY SERVINGS OF THE LONG ANGUISHED TREM SECTIONS BENEATH HOWLED THROUGH TEN REVERBS VOCALS WE EXPECT AND MAKES FREQUENT USE OF THE INCREASINGLY POPULAR MELANCHOLY BLAST FREE INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS WITH FOLK INSTRUMENTS TO BREAK THINGS UP. THEY DO HOWEVER DECIDE TO BENCH THE FEMME CLEAN VOCALS UNTIL TRACK FOUR.

THIS ALBUM IS NICE AND SHORT. WHICH IS A THING I LIKE. IT’S SAD, IT’S SPOOKY, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS RECORDED FROM FAR AWAY IN A CAVE WITH A FULL STUDIO BY A REALLY GOOD SOUND ENGINEER. IT’S THE SOUNDRTRACK TO DYING ALONE UNDER THE SWELTERING DESERT HEAT WHILE LOOKING AGONIZINGLY INTO THE DISTANCE IN A WIDE ANGLE. IT  WAS A COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE ALBUM TO LISTEN TO, THOUGH I DON’T THINK THEY TOOK A LOT OF RISKS.

IF I WAS TO ASK FOR THIS AT A RESTAURANT I WOULD ORDER A SIDE OF BULLET BELTS. BUT I DIDN’T TAKE OFF ANY POINTS FOR TASTE.

3.5 OUTTA 5 STARS.

 

We have some shitty news for High On Fire fans. If you are like us you know they are one of the consistently greatest acts in modern music and are a devastating force live, but you will not get to see the band on previously announced upcoming dates at the moment. The Electric Messiah tour, sponsored by Revolver, has been derailed.

Matt Pike issued a statement and sounds devastated.

“Dear Friends and fans,
To my brothers, my crew, and anyone else this affects. I do apologize for the inconvenience of this cancelation. I feel as though I’m explaining lightning striking twice. I wanted nothing more in the world to play these songs live, nor ever cancel something I say I’m gonna do.” 
“I am a warrior for our art, and have endured some painful things to what we do. The timing and repeating nature of this is my nightmare and almost impossible. Nevertheless, to save yet another toe, my big one, I have been grounded by circumstances out of my control. I will have more of a medical report to come but right now I’m at great risk of losing it, and/or a bigger portion of my foot due to Diabetes. Which I have been managing very well.”
“It just shows how this disease can affect our lives. Please forgive me, and if you know anything about me, you know this is not like me. We will be back!”

Matt, on behalf of Metal Riot, we can only imagine how shitty this feels and are sending a ton of love. Please worry about yourself first. You have already given way more to metal than most ever come close to in a lifetime.
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Misgiving want you to know they are going to squash any…misgivings.

Happy New Year, lovelies. New Year’s Eve was crazy. I am a bouncer at a bar and it was a very messy party. I have a terrible sniffle today from germs from shaking too many people’s hands and handling money all night charging a cover to get in and dance to a new wave dj. Chugging Vitamin C and praying while simultaneously tweeting about how the Lords Of Chaos movie is gonna suck today. Was just also listening to “Bleeding Mascara” by Atreyu and feeling old af, lol. Let’s get to some of our first stories of the year.

Mark Deutrom (Photo by Jennifer Deutrom)

Ex-Melvins/Clown Alley bassist Mark Deutrom is the man. He played on my favorite heavy album of all time, Stoner Witch. Used to love seeing the dude live. Mark has a new effort coming out called Blue Bird via Season of Mist and we want y’all to support. Trippy, well composed stuff.

Deutrom offers with the release the album, “A thread of sentimentality represented by the blue bird runs from the late 19th century, through the 20th, vanishing behind the fog of digital ascendancy in the 21st… or maybe it’s just over the hill.”

Stream MARK DEUTROM’s The Blue Bird at YouTube RIGHT HERE and see the “Maximum Hemingway” official music video HERE.

Tyler from upcoming Metalcore band Misgiving stops by today! The band have a new video out called “Absolution” and it shows a lot of passion. We wanted to help the band boost it and give them some New Year’s shine.
This video is for our song ‘Absolution’, which is our first single off our upcoming EP, ‘Resolve’, which comes out February 22nd.
 
The song is about facing yourself and the mistakes you’ve made, and then being able to bestow forgiveness upon yourself for those wrongdoings. I believe that it’s so much easier to forgive others than it is to forgive yourself seeing as you are your own worst critic.
 
The video was directed by Alex Heider. He’s a local videographer who does amazing work, and we were super happy with his professionalism and more importantly, his pricing, haha. We’re all pretty young dudes,  but we want this to be as serious as possible, so we didn’t cut any corners, but we also have a budget still, you know?
 
The song was produced by Jeremy Anderson of the Richmond Metalcore band, RVNT. He’s an amazing producer, a great friend, and his band also slaps, so you should check them out as well. 
 
All in all, we really hope you enjoy the video. Make sure if you like the song to go save it on Spotify, or Apple Music, and throw it into one of your daily playlists to get ready for the EP release!” – Tyler
Check it out HERE. 

Yatra by Shane G.

Maryland-based psychedelic doom trio YATRA (ex-Blood Raven) prepares for the release of their debut album, Death Ritual, through Grimoire Records this Friday. Advancing its release, New Noise Magazine is now streaming the entire record. The full length debut from the band is rightfully anticipated. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, Yob, and Sleep will find plenty to enjoy in Death Ritual.

Dana Helmuth of Yatra offers, “We are humbled to present this first offering of YATRA, Death Ritual, and look forward to hearing about the journey that it takes you on.”

Stream YATRA’s entire Death Ritual album at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features three mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Helmuth.

Lastly today, psych folk, folk punk and experimental musician Globelamp has started a very personal GoFundMe to raise legal funds to help her fight back against an alleged abuser, her ex bandmate and ex-partner in the indie band Foxygen. Read her concise statement on the subject along with her fundraiser HERE. She moved to the other side of the country to be as far away in USA as possible and strongly contests her ex bandmate’s claims.

 

Disclaimer. Globelamp is also my partner now and whether you choose to believe her or support or not, she has a right to say her version of events and to ask for help. She also has done several avant-garde and post-punk / metal cameos this year which will see release as the year progresses and be an interesting shift for fans, though people who love her folk styles can also stream Romantic Cancer via Nefarious Industries (Bangladeafy, Gridfailure). Fans of moody psych folk and bittersweet love songs will dig it.
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Relapse Records release 2018 sampler

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:39 PM (PST)

Relapse Records probably more dedicatedly than any other label in the scene release an annual free sampler. I, personally, thought it had to have been more frequent then annually, but, the press release says annually.

The sampler this year features 33 tracks “With genres ranging from death metal, black metal, doom, sludge, and grindcore to hard rock, electronic, synth, industrial, darkwave, experimental, and more,” according to the press release.

Check out the sampler here.

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Deathchant premieres “Pessimist”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1:45 PM (PST)

L.A. doomers Deathchant have premiered their newest track “Pessimist.”

“Pessimist” comes off the band’s forthcoming self-titled album due out on January 10 via King Volume Records.

The album was captured live over a two-day period at a secluded cabin in Big Bear, California.

Check out “Pessimist” and “Hex” as well as Deathchant tour dates here.

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Candlemass prepare to release new album in 2019

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Swedish doom metallers Candlemass are preparing to release their newest album The Door To Doom in February.

This will be the band’s first album since their 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus to feature vocalist Johan Langquist.

The Door To Doom will be released via Napalm Death Records and features Tony Iommi on “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.”

Tony Iommi on his appearance:

“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought ‘why not’ “.

Leif Edling states:

“We feel very honoured that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on ASTOROLUS. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally this is a dream come true. Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it, gave me chills down the spine! I’m still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!”

Check out the tracklist and album art for The Door To Doom here.

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Hey pals. My rescue cat Lil Puff is meowing her ass off for food even though she already had lunch (don’t worry, she doesn’t have worms). Nonetheless, I am going to try to concentrate long enough to type out some metal news for you today. First up, Happy Michael Flynn day! Secondly, before we start I want to share this thread from Twitter that has been thankfully well received about what I will and will not cover these days. While this excludes a number of large bands as a result, I really don’t care and they are already centered on many a site or festival. To progress, you actually have to seem like you give a shit about being a better person.

Now to some rad tours, videos and yadda yadda.

Seattle death doom merchants UN, hot off of releasing one of the the coolest albums in recent times Sentiment, are now touring the release further. CHRCH are in tow for this one and each show promises to be a special meeting of minds!

Maggot Heart are one of the most compelling bands in the world at the moment. The project spearheaded by Linnéa Olsson is driving, timely and colorful even at the bleakest points. It’s a great post-punk sounding platter of sounds and the newest release Dusk To Dusk is great. It really seems like a lot of care went into these skillful tunes.

Some February dates have been announced:

FEBRUARY
8 MTS, OLDENBURG, DE
9 Grauzone Fest, DEN HAAG, NL
10 MTC, COLOGNE, DE
11 Slow Club, FREIBURG, DE
12 Black Label, LEIPZIG, DE
13 Alte Meierei, KIEL DE
14 Musikens Hus, GOTHENBURG SWE*
15 1000Fryd, AALBORD, DK*
16 Huset, COPENHAGEN, DK*
*w/ OKKULTOKRATI

 

Deadbird by Adam Peterson

Lastly today but not leastly, underground mainstays Deadbird kick total ass and have a music video out at mighty Kerrang! The long-running Arkansas psychedelic doom/sludge metal outfit – formed by current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more – released their first new album in a decade in October.

DEADBIRD’s first video comes in the form of “Heyday,” the longest track on III: The Forest Within The Tree. The video was directed and created by my homie David Brenner (Gridfailure) utilizing nature footage filmed by the band’s Alan Short and his wife Tera in Northwest Arkansas, and live footage of the band filmed by Frank Huang at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh during this year’s Migration Fest.

Alan Short offers, “My wife Tera and I shot all of the nature footage at the White Rock Wilderness Area and The Upper Buffalo National River, both in Northwest Arkansas. Our families have been seeking peace and refuge from the insanity and demands of city life in these areas for generations. Much of it has been protected from development, but we must stay vigilant. In fact, we just got news that the effort we have been involved in to deny industrial hog farming in the vicinity a permit that would have allowed them to continue polluting the river with run-off was successful! Permit denied!”
 
He adds, “I feel like the video is the perfect balance of elements for DEADBIRD; immersion in loud electric rock and roll and the contemplation of and within the natural world inform both our songwriting and our lives. Participating in music (both transmitting and receiving) is a powerful way to shed the static of the human world. Listening to a river’s water speak as it moves over rocks can remove the shadow from one’s heart. Putting these elements together shows not just who we are, but how we are.”

Check it out RIGHT HERE!

 

 

 

 

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Saint Vitus announce headlining European Tour: ’40 F’N Years’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 3:05 PM (PST)

SAINT VITUS have announced new European live dates for April and May 2019. A full list of confirmed shows for the ’40 F’N Years’ trek can be found below.

 

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High On Fire announce Electric Messiah Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:45 PM (PST)

Hey friends. Here to announce a cool tour for you metal heads while taking a break from berating people online about why it is wrong for Jay Z and Meek to appear on a song with Rick Ross calling someone (even a pedophile like Tekashi69) a f**got. Guess what? You can’t have social justice that still enables homophobia, sexism or transphobia, y’all. It isn’t that hard and pathetic cis heteronormative dudes are still like this, especially in marginalized communities when it is used to keep them down as well. Super sad. We need to uplift one another. Which reminds me I once had a rad talk about Christ consciousness with Matt Pike on the phone years ago.

High On Fire have a new tour coming up for the kick ass Electric Messiah. Click HERE for tickets.

These dates will be the first time the band has played live since the cancelation of their tour with Municipal Waste earlier this year due to the partial amputation of Matt Pike’s toe. I was hoping they would tour with Weedeater so we could have a dual sludgy toe tragedy tour. But in all seriousness we are glad Mr. Pike is doing better and that must have been horrible. Sending mad love to the band and respect for another superb record!

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October Tide to start work on new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:57 PM (PST)

OCTOBER TIDE‘s Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia), co-founder and guitarist of the Swedish, melodic death metal group, reports that the band has been writing songs for their sixth studio album, follow-up to “Winged Waltz” from 2016, and has booked a studio for the end of November, to start the recording process.

Norrman commented: “We haven’t made much noise about this so far, but we have written a bunch of songs lately. In fact, we have almost a whole album more or less finished”.

The plans are to have the album – whose mixing and mastering duties will be handeled by Karl Daniel Liden (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Cult Of Luna) – completed by late January, and released on Agonia Records in spring 2019.

OCTOBER TIDE‘s last live appearance took place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on October 26th. Shortly before the recording sessions, the band will travel south to Bucharest (Romania), where they’ll perform at the Metal Gates Festival with Rotting Christ, Shining and Draconian. Whilst recording the album, they’ll play a show at December Doom Festival in Vantaa (Finland), with plans to do a special  setlist from their debut release,“Rain Without End”.

Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members, Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, OCTOBER TIDE spawned two, now-cult releases, “Rain Without End” (1997) and “Grey Dawn” (1999), before going on hiatus for over eleven years. Reunited in 2009, the Swedes released three studio albums: “A Thin Shell” (2010), “Tunnel Of No Light” (2013) and “Winged Waltz” (2016), all of which featured exceptional guitar work, on top of the band’s emotional touch on death metal.

Upcoming shows:
2018-11-17: Bucharest @ Metal Gates Festival, ROM
2018-12-01: Vantaa @ December Doom Festival, FIN
2018-12-07: Göteborg @ Sticky Fingers, SWE

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Crowbar announce new live dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:49 PM (PST)

Crowbar have a bunch of new tour dates, further evidence that you cannot stop this band…ever. They will outlast Bob Dylan, cockroaches, the half life of Twinkies, the death of the sun. None heavier! \m/ Purchase tickets HERE.

* HEADLINE 
# SUPPORTING KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
______________________________________
11/20/19 – COLUMBIA, SO @ NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN *
11/21/19 – HARRISONBURG. VA @ GOLDEN PONY
11/23/19 – AMITYVILLE. NV @ AMITYVILLE MUSIC HALL *
11/24/19 – PROVIDENCE, RI @ THE STRAND #
11/25/19 – POUGHKEEPSIE, NV @ THE CHANGE #
11/27/19 – READING. PA @ REVERB #
11/28/19 – CLEVELAND, OH @ AGORA BALLROOM #
11/30/19 – LOUISVILLE, KY @ MERCURY THEATER #
12/01/19 – CHATTANOOGA. TN @ THE SIGNAL #
12/02/19 – ASHEVILLE, NG @ ORANGE PEEL # 
12/04/19 – LVNGHBURG. VA @ PHASE 2 #
12/05/19 – WILMINGTON, DE @ THE QUEEN #
12/03/19 – SAYREVILLE, NJ @ STARLAND BALLROOM #
12/08/19 – HUNTINGTON, WV @ GLUB V *
12/09/19 – MEMPHIS. TN @ GROWLER’S *
12/10/19 – LAFAYETTE, LA @ BOOM BOOM *
SUPPORTING CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
______________________________________
1/19/19 – SAN ANTONIO, TX ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL
1/20/19 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK DIAMOND BALLROOM
1/21/19 – KANSAS CITY, MO THE RIOT ROOM
1/22/19 – DENVER, CO GOTHIC THEATRE
1/24/19 – PHOENIX, AZ CRESCENT BALLROOM
1/25/19 – LAS VEGAS, NV FREMONT COUNTRY CLUB
1/26/19 – SAN DIEGO, CA BRICK BY BRICK
1/27/19 – LOS ANGELES, CA TERAGRAM BALLROOM
1/29/19 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA SLIM’S
1/31/19 – PORTLAND, OR HAWTHORNE THEATRE
2/1/19 – SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS
2/2/19 – VANCOUVER, BC RICKSHAW THEATRE
2/4/19 – EDMONTON, AB STARLITE ROOM
2/5/19 – CALGARY, AB MARQUEE
2/7/19 – WINNIPEG, MB PARK THEATRE
2/8/19 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN FINE LINE
2/9/19 – CHICAGO, IL BOTTOM LOUNGE
2/10/19 – FLINT, MI MACHINE SHOP
2/12/19 – CLEVELAND, OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM
2/13/19 – NEW YORK, NY THE GRAMERCY THEATRE
2/16/19 – BOSTON, MA BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
2/17/19 – PHILADELPHIA, PA UNDERGROUND ARTS
2/18/19 – BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR
2/20/19 – TORONTO, ON OPERA HOUSE
2/21/19 – PITTSBURGH, PA MR. SMALLS THEATRE
2/22/19 – RALEIGH, NC LINCOLN THEATRE
2/23/19 – ATLANTA, GA THE MASQUERADE
2/24/19 – TAMPA, FL ORPHEUM
2/26/19 – PENSACOLA, FL VINYL MUSIC HALL
2/27/19 – NASHVILLE, TN THE COWAN
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Yatra to release ‘Death Ritual’ on January 4 via Grimoire Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:31 AM (PST)

[photo by Alyssa Maloof]

Maryland doom metallers Yatra are preparing to release their debut full-length album Death Ritual via Grimoire Records in early January 2019.

Frontman Dana Helmuth had this to say about the album:

“We had moved back to the country, into a small cottage in the woods, with no plumbing for the first three months we were there. We had an outhouse and outdoor shower. It was primitive, and it was during that time that I started writing all the material for Death Ritual. The solitude and the darkness of the night put me in a space of prolific writing and I wrote all eight songs in a month. We rehearsed three times a week and immediately started playing live shows regularly in Baltimore and New York City. We were able to channel that same darkness in the writing, also into our live shows, and the positive response was tremendous and really pushed us harder on our journey.”

Yatra’s full-length debut, Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features four mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Dana Helmuth.

Death Ritual Track Listing:
1. Hour Of The Dragon
2. Black Moon
3. Sacred Flower
4. Snakes In The Temple
5. Smoke Is Rising
6. Four Directions
7. Mighty Arrows
8. Sailing On
YATRA:
Dana Helmuth – guitars/vocals
Maria Geisbert – bass
Mike Tull – drums
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20 Buck Spin presents the long-awaited deluxe vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings, the sprawling, lauded, 2011-released album by Australian funeral doom purveyors, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, this week issuing details and preorders for the new pressing.

Early in 2018 MOURNFUL CONGREGATION dropped their first album in more than six years, The Incubus Of Karma. The widely acclaimed album was heralded as another landmark for the extreme/funeral doom genre, adding perhaps the brightest jewel to the band’s crown. The band travelled to both the US and Europe once again to administer last rites to the faithful.

Back in 2011 the band released another monument to melancholy, the stunningly grandiose The Book Of Kings. Landing in Decibel’s Top 40 albums that year, the album was the pinnacle of their progressively-minded dirge to that point and includes what may be the most epic track in a catalog that defines the word, the thirty-plus-minute title track that weaves a tale of regality through the life, death, crowning, and dethronement of nameless kings.

Having begun the year with MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, 20 Buck Spin now sees fit to bookend the 2018 campaign with this gorgeous vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings. Having been requested by fans for several years, this version of the album is now presented on two slabs of vinyl housed in a gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and accented with metallic bronze print, along with a beautiful, full-sized, twelve-page booklet.

More BELOW.

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West Coast doom band UN have released their latest monument to moody brilliance, sophomore record Sentiment, on Translation Loss. While each track is over the ten minute mark as seems kinda hip these days, in the case of UN it is warranted and allows the full, glorious and dark sprawling landscape of each composition to be revealed like a vast panoramic slowly scrolling by. These guys really upped their game as well, a keener sense of melody infused into these potent prayers to both calm contemplation AND bleeding ears than ever before. Fret not that the heavy qualities have diminished in any way, but there is an even more clear sense of emotional impact and dynamics as the sounds within, particularly on one of the best songs I have heard all year “Pools of Reflection” , are completely stirring.

“While so many of our contemporaries choose to focus purely on the grim aspects of mortality, Sentiment is meant to serve as a token of gratitude in spite of the struggles of daily life”, guitarist/vocalist Monte McCleery comments. “It is a deeply personal and intimate thing to share your art with the world, and we hope that everyone who holds this album or hears these songs feels like it was written specifically for them.”

In support of “Sentiment”, UN will hit the road on November 3rd. The tour will take the band across the United States for 20 days starting in Seattle, WA and end in Boise, ID. The band will tour alongside Colorado blackened sludge duo, Oryx (No, if you are nearsighted like me that doesn’t say Onyx-sadly). In New Orleans,  UN will join forces with Georgia’s black death powerhouse, Withered for select dates.  Tour dates can be found below.

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Hey friends. Trying to muster the energy to brew some Tulsi tea but distracted by lots of musical news to tell you about. I guess I will save the tea for relaxing afterwards, although I want to watch that Netflix series GHOUL, so I dunno how relaxed I will actually end up.

I have been dealing with a lot of family drama and working three jobs, so hope you know I still love y’all and aim to keep you abreast of cool stuff as often as possible. Thankfully readers of our site are pretty die hard when it comes to loving metal, punk or complex fringy stuff so I know you have been finding good music anyhow even if we had a light post number the last few weeks. Anyhow, here’s some stuff I want to make sure you don’t miss knowing about. Two heavy yet experimental albums and two non metal but emotionally compelling and complex works.

Suicide Wraith! The new Suicide Wraith song is really, really good. “Suicidal Obsession” almost sounds like if Venom made a post punk song for a minute and I love the descending, catchy bassline before the blackened beat explodes and some of the most mournful and howling vocals you’ll hear anywhere this year emerge like a tortured soul erupting from a mental cave of unfathomable horror. Really a well written tune that deserves your pre-order and I can’t wait to hear Cycle Of Grievance, the WHOLE ALBUM.

Josh Graham’s A Storm Of Light return with a new album in October! Anthroscene is the first new release from the project in awhile and really all the albums are worth many repeated plays. I’ve always liked his band’s work. The new song “Short Term Feedback” is one of the most intense the group has written yet and finds the dirgier post metal stuff colliding with some Killing Joke influences in a fucking rad manner. A near perfect Matt Bayles mix and imposing Chris Common drumming, incidentally! Graham recently told Decibel the album was influenced by how,”…For a while it seemed like we were moving down better path; progressing beyond racism, focusing on global community, the environment and well being of the people. Now, a lot of our politicians are sacrificing the poor and middle class to enrich themselves, and make as much money as possible. They fight science, and not only promote, isolationism, hate, fear and greed, but also profit from that exploitation. “

For My Crimes from songstress Marissa Nadler, one of the more compelling performers in the modern scene, may have shadowy cover art that could be out of an At The Gates video from the At War With Reality-era but it is not exactly melodic death metal. While I am certain any genre she touched would benefit from her talents (she has indeed covered Sabbath and Danzig and gigged with Ghost and Wreckmeister Harmonies), Nadler sings a very personal and stirring brand of balladry that could work as the soundtrack for basically any dramatic tv show, cold winter’s day solo listening session or moment of bittersweet truth ever. She has a knack for making a simple line sound like the deeper hidden butterfly effect behind monumental forces, set to deceptively simple yet extremely sophisticated songs. “Blue Vapor” and the title track of her new record are new but two of my favorite songs from her entirety of recorded works, though Lana fans may also want to check out the dramatic “I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore”. Support!

Disclaimer…the next artist is my girlfriend (of almost a year)  but she has a new album coming out in a few weeks on eclectic label Nefarious Industries and it is well worth your attention if you like moody, bewitching storytelling. While that record label has released a lot of mathy, freaky punk and metal infused stuff ranging from A Fucking Elephant to the ragingly brilliant new Bangladeafy record and even some emo prog Maid Myriad, Romantic Cancer  by Globelamp is likely the most emo, indie and psych freak folk pop rolled into one that they have ever gone near. I also perform on two songs (vocals and trombone). It is cathartic, intricate, delicate, moody and catchy rolled into one and at times even poppy, uplifting and hopeful. If your life is open to a variety of moods, I suggest you check it out. We’d appreciate it! She is also sassy and has gigged with punk acts numerous times, most recently in Nyack with Arthur Googy from The Misfits new band The Noise (who smoked her out and said he was down to play brushes the next time she records! haha, cool dude/legend), so you readers might like the attitude even if it is mellower than, say, Bad Religion.

You may know Globelamp (Elizabeth Le Fey) as a DIY touring artist and from her many YouTube covers or if you follow indie drama from her time in the Calabasas liar’s club for rich 60’s sexism emulating/ erratically behaved mamas boys Foxygen (who recently accused her of an ongoing murder plot on their official Twitter and then deleted it in a cowardly manner consistent with framing her, an abuse victim, in court and who she says wanted her to be an unpaid girlfriend in the band). She, on the other hand, is an open book, not evasive of hard questions. Anyway, suffice to say I was stoked when she, my friend for a few years before we dated, decided to come out here to where I live in Woodstock, NY and make a more spare third solo album with me for a great label run by cool people.

I was always into the Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, so I was stoked to get Elizabeth out East and away from the back stabbing scene artifice of L.A. she has experienced to a more rootsy environment where she could collab with some hoedown ride or die cool people. Jay Andersen of Surmiser recorded the record and James Felice of Felice Brothers/Conor Oberst fame (a big influence on Lizzie) plays brilliant accordion that reminds me of Astor Piazzolla at times. One of the bleaker songs “Black Tar” is streaming now on the Bandcamp page and I hope you love it. Please consider supporting as she always sticks up for herself and is tone policed by fake friends, stalkers, trolls and some pretty shitty character assassins fairly regularly, some of whom even recently trolled her viciously with mock accounts celebrating the death of her best friend. History loves silencing loud women by burning them at the stake. I can assure you she is a human being and a very good one at that, so please use some fucking critical thinking.

East Coast fans can also catch her live Oct. 5th as part of O + Festival sharing the festival bill with acts ranging from Shadow Witch and the Golden Grass to Evan Dando, Sun Voyager, Spliffs, Lorkin O’Reilly and many more. Lizzie will also be appearing soon on my collaborative Walking Bombs full length with Gridfailure called Suicide By Citizenship which features  Tad Doyle, Mike Score from All out War and others TBA very soon! Thanks and stay tuned.

May the shadows grant the worthy/good among you all safe passage and may lessons learned make you a stronger, vibrantly alive person until we meet again in better days.

 

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