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November Reign: Squalus, Monolord news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:50 PM (PST)

Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.

Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.

Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.

“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”

“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.

The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!

MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

MONOLORD comment on the signing:

“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”

MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.

Stream MONOLORD’s discography on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE.

MONOLORD Tour Dates:

— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —

Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg

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Obscura announce Winter tour dates as winning streak continues

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:45 PM (PST)

Germany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA announce Winter 2019 headlining tour dates supporting the recently released Diluvium full-length. Presented by Metal Hammer, Ibanez Guitars, Guitar Magazine, FUZE Magazine and Metal.de, the tour begins February 1 in Germany and ends February 23 in Austria. Support will be provided by Fallujah, Allegaeon & First Fragment. A full list of confirmed tour dates in available below.

OBSCURA’s fifth studio album Diluvium is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Truly a monumental work, this record proves once and for all that OBSCURA deserve to be given a very high seat within the hall of death metal’s all time heroes. It is ear shattering, inventive and brilliantly executed musical expertise threaded through the tight needle eye of a well thought out concept. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services AT THIS LOCATION.

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Windhand announce North American fall tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:21 PM (PST)

Richmond doom metallers Windhand are gearing up to head out on tour this fall.

The tour will be in support of the band’s latest forthcoming album Eternal Return which is due out on October 5 via Relapse Records.

Windhand have joined forces with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) with vivid artwork by Arik Roper (Sleep, High on Fire) to make Eternal Return.

Windhand will be joined on the tour by Satan’s Satyrs.

You can check out Windhand’s entire discography over at their Bandcamp.

Check out the full list of tour dates and a teaser of Eternal Return here.

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Wednesday Whammy: Pig Destroyer, Twilight Fauna, A Dying Planet

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:58 AM (PST)

A Dying Planet photo by Brian Kirksey

Hey there killers and saints. We made it to Wednesday. Gotta make sure each day these days, ya know? Good news is lots of cool music haps today and #ptsdawarenessday is spreading depression awareness, so that is good stuff. Bad news is fake SCOTUS justice/stolen seat Gorsuch is helping push through more and more fascism and now Union rights are getting screwed badly via #Janus ruling.  Mitch McConnell is the ugliest piece of shit walking besides Trump. Yuck. I guess when we are all exploited even more we can all listen to Municipal Waste in the gutter and drink cheap beer still, but it would be nice as shit to have work protections and a living wage, y’know? On the plus side, Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez won and that is big news.

And now the metal! If you are not scrambling for your life from an onslaught of MAGA troll negativity or Gestapo-like ICE agents, spend some time in the realm of metal when you need some self care and serious riffage. Today I have three cool developments for you to make you feel a little better about our imperiled world.

A Dying Planet (I know the name is not exactly PMA, hahaha) have a debut out in August. The band features members of Zero Hour and Cynthesis and are a progressive group you will want to know about. The outfit has completed its debut album, Facing The Incurable, and has slated it for independent release in August.

The band also features twin brothers getting progressive together, so that is pretty cool. I like the album name as it sort of reminds me of the tipping point for ecological harm. Wake up, people.

Pig Destroyer by Joey Wharton

Pig Destroyer news! How we savor those words! The notorious extreme metal band are celebrating twenty one years wrecking ears this year and are playing Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest in December (along with Testament doing a New Order and The Gathering set, wtf!!! So cool… plus Triptykon doing a Celtic Frost set, fuuuuck!!) . A new Pig Destroyer album is also coming this year in September from the fine folks at Relapse. Watch this thing below for Head Cage!

And now, for the raddest news of the day of all from mighty Twilight Fauna. I am jamming hard the new “Crooked Road” track right now and dear lord the awesomeness is real. The transition around the one minute mark from fast BM to ambient tranquility was pretty stunning. Please support one of the coolest and most genuine acts around.

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June wrap up: 4 favorite records of the month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:58 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. June has been a completely crazy month but there was a lot of brilliant stuff released. Let’s get right to it and look at my four favorite releases of June 2018 Below.

Gruesome takes top spot for me this month. The cover art for Twisted Prayers is so damn metal and also summarizes the complete disgust I feel for the so called God fearing power hungry fascist monsters trying to turn us into zombies in a new crusades.

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North Carolina rockers ASG have released their latest music video, for their song “Lightning Song.”

“Lightning Song” comes off of Survive Sunrise out today via Relapse Records.

ASG are currently on the Survive Sunrise summer tour. Support on the tour is provided by Lo Pan and Beitthemeans.

Survive Sunrise was recorded, mixed and mastered with longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet). The cover art was designed by Malleus (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Melvins).

Check out the music video for “Lightning Song,” ASG tour dates and the Survive Sunrise cover art here.

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May 2018 Round Up: 4 faves of the month (mye)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:16 PM (PST)

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2018 is proving that each month has had plenty of cool metal and hardcore punk or extreme experimental music to peruse, thus making a choice of just 4 albums rather difficult. Heck, we got a Burn The Priest covers album featuring Melvins, Bad Brains and Cro-Mags covers this month, for pit’s sake. That is ridiculously rad. I decided to focus on original music releases though for my top choices for May. Remember that this is just what I was grooving along with the most. It doesn’t mean I think the new Dimmu sucks or whatever you want to project.

As I turned friggin’ 40 years old in April, I am more and more enticed to talk more about what music I like in my writing than what I don’t. Bands I am not crazy about get algorithm benefit from being discussed that helps them anyway, so I would rather try and put the word out and focus on what I think is actually good in metal rather than shred apart someone else’s gateway band. Unless a group has done something truly horrible and never changed, I am loathe to spend too much time on them when I could be plugging the new Baptists record, for instance.

I think a lot of the time we are so precious about having a better grasp of what music is “supposed to” be that we really wreck the potential for growth. The mainstream to me is like the Democratic party. I would rather participate and improve it with discourse than throw it out entirely and have a Trump style disaster (to use a metaphor) where all mainstream music is divorced from talent because no one stuck up for any real artists once they got famous. It is still a massive tragedy to me that Chester from Linkin Park had to deal with so much initial hate for making the poppier One More Light album that it maybe led to him choosing death. We really need to be more open minded, y’all. Everything has a place in the great wheel, yo.

That said, my list starts out with a lot of melody and ends up with a lot of Savagery, so you just gotta deal with it.

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Germany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.

Watch the official video for “Diluvium” via below and all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION. “Diluvium” was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes.

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Usnea, Wax Idols, Lightning Bolt, Insect Ark to play Basilica

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM (PST)

Wax Idols credit: Nick Karp & Hether Fortune

Basilica SoundScape 2018 recently made initial artist announcements and the performers so far feature some of the best bands currently active. Basilica Hudson is a very unique performance space in quiet Hudson, NY – a few hours from NYC. The Hudson Valley (where I live) in September is the perfect retreat for one of the most consistently forward thinking music and arts festivals.

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Efrim Menuck / Grouper / Haxan Cloak x Nick Zinner / Insect Ark / Jungil Hong / Lightning Bolt / L’Rain / Shanekia McIntosh / Spellling / Stephen O’Malley’s Un Vide Dans Le Ciel / Tabita Rezaire / Usnea / Wax Idols / more artists to be announced
Basilica SoundScape 2018 lineup

Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated weekend that’s been called “the anti­festival” for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature, is presented by The Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone with additional creative direction from long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud – now head of Chicago-based integrated creative studio Varyer, who are formally joining the team as co-presenters of the event. SoundScape 2018 will also feature the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, 33 ⅓: The Raincoats) and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.

“As always we are striving to create an immersive pilgrimage to the Hudson Valley, where rural, industrial and urban collide. Dive into exceptional local food, freaky pop-ups, camping, Hudson River School sunsets, and of course the delightfully haunted City of Hudson!” says Auf der Maur.

Usnea

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ASG are freakin’ great. They remain kind of slept on but respected. I saw them live once and regret being super shitfaced and barely remembering the show… but it isn’t like that is the only band I ever did that during so don’t feel like it was on purpose, dudes. Anyway, the stoner rock temple riff pilots now re-emerge with their sixth-full length and first new album in five years, Survive Sunrise, due out June 15 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Hear the opening, title-track “Survive Sunrise” on Loudwire HEREand all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

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Misery Index to kick off tour jaunt with Morbid Angel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM (PST)

MISERY INDEX are set to kick off an abridged U.S. tour as main support to the legendary MORBID ANGEL. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below:

MISERY INDEX are touring in support of their latest album, The Killing Gods. The band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). ‘The Killing Gods’ is streaming here.

MISERY INDEX tour dates
All dates with MORBID ANGEL
Apr. 16 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Apr. 17 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Apr. 18 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Apr. 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
Apr. 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
Apr. 21 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall
Apr. 22 Albany, NY @ Chrome (MISERY INDEX ONLY)
Apr. 23 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Apr. 24 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Apr. 25 Grand Rapids, MI @ The intersection

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Scientist killing it live (photo by Josh Dagenais)

Lara Noel McGlynn is the head organizer of Chicago Doomed And Stoned Festival, one of the funnest smaller underground niche extreme musical festivals of the year. We highly recommend you make the trip to Reggie’s in Chicago from June 1st-3rd. From some of the best bands in Chicago to like minded souls from around the country, this festival has a killer grouping of acts from Brume to Whores to The Skull to Scientist to Inter Arma and on and on.

It seems like only yesterday that Lara and I were completely shitfaced watching NIN, Soundgarden and Dillinger but now Dillinger is gone, Chris Cornell is dead and in hindsight I was so drunk I wish I remembered a lot more of that show! Anyway, Lara moved away from my area and has been kicking major ass in the metal scene supporting bands and so it was great to catch up with her and find out what is gonna make this festival super special and lit!

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You just can’t mess with the apocalyptic blood soaked precise deathly potency of any given Skinless release. The savagery unfolds for sure on the title track for the new effort from the long running underground titans. Check it out below and be sure to pre order the new monster fucker of an album. It drops via Relapse in May! Major grooves and deadly heaviness. Loving the sluggish and full bass sound and the low ass riffs. Reminds me of some major Obituary meets Morbid vibes, with the scales tipped towards the Obituary side. This new song totally slaughters.

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YOB, the Oregon-based trio that Pitchfork proclaimed “one of the progressive acts of their generation,” will release Our Raw Heart, the band’s eighth full-length album and Relapse Records’ debut, on June 8.

“We’re very excited to share this new music,” says singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt. “We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait.”

The news of the seven-track album’s release arrives as the band confirm a North American tour, kicking off June 14 at 89th Street in Oklahoma City. The outing, which will feature direct support from Bell Witch, also includes performances at Austin Terror Fest and Mutants of the Monster 2018. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive). Decibel Magazine and Stereogum named the release as one of their most anticipated albums of 2018. Pre-Orders for Our Raw Heart will be available April 10 via Relapse.com.

YOB’s most recent release, Clearing the Path to Ascend, was one of 2014’s most heralded releases, with Rolling Stone saying the music “makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” Stereogum said the four-track album offers “a universe unto itself” while Decibel said the songs were “as riveting as you could ever hope for them to be.”

YOB recently reissued their fifth full-length album, The Great Cessation, in December via Relapse. That album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.

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Apocalyptic death rockers ATRIARCH are pleased to unveil the official video for “Void” off their Dead As Truth full-length.

Watch the full video via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, ATRIARCH has partnered with Cvlt Nation for the “We Are The Dead” Remix Project to celebrate the website’s seven-year anniversary. For more info, point your browser HERE.

Watch ATRIARCH’s previously released Daniel Menche-directed video for “Repent” HERE.

Dead As Truth was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Om, Graves At Sea, Vhol) and featuring artwork by Stevie Floyd (Yob, Dark Castle), Dead As Truth sees ATRIARCH venture deeper into the blackened abyss with haunting incantations, exotic drones, and crushing aural experimentations that boldly embrace death’s cold heart. Fragments of post-punk, gothic doom, black metal, sludge, and noise complement the band’s desolate universe and further supplement their most immediate and formidable release to date. ATRIARCH prescribe the order that there is but one truth and that is death.

Dead As Truth is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

ATRIARCH will perform this Thursday, March 8th with Mirrors For Psychic Warfare at the Tonic Lounge in Portland, Oregon. The band is also confirmed to play with Will Haven and Witch Mountain on June 23rd at Star Theater PDX also in Portland. Stay tuned for more tour announcements in the near future.

ATRIARCH:
3/08/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
6/23/2018 Star Theater PDX – Portland, OR w/ Will Haven, Witch Mountain

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