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A rare happy moment of human connection in ‘Lords of Chaos’

I interviewed Black Sabbath’s most underappreciated vocalist, the great Tony Martin once years ago. A real thrill. I forget the exact question, something about reconciling the more evil songs with the ones with subtle Christian themes or something. I remember Tony taking the wind out of my sails like a pro and sort of gently needling me with the common sense revelation that a lot of heavy metal is theater. This doesn’t mean that some people don’t live it to the fullest (the proper way to do so being highly debated daily since forever across sub-genres) and that it isn’t a genuine source of being able to work out dark and light feelings and to suss out solutions for yourself that hopefully aren’t ‘suicide solutions’, etc.

I saw two movies last night amidst a snowstorm on Fandango Now (a pretty great service). Jonas Akerlund’s take on the controversial Lords of Chaos and the somewhat slept on, but I thought fucking fantastic, Mary Queen Of Scots (2018). Both took some historical liberties – LOC glosses over the singers before Dead and the Deathcrush-era to get to meatier terrain and Mary Queen Of Scots fabricates an incredible in person meeting between Mary and Elizabeth that I wish really happened and (plausibility points to the writer) Elizabeth DOES tell Mary never to speak of it, so who knows? Both also feature violent stabbing scenes of a queer person. I was expecting it in Lords Of Chaos and the movie makes it very graphic, disturbing and not lightly glossed over – thankfully. You know at that point beyond a doubt that part of the souls of these people are very broken. David Rizzio in Mary Queen Of Scots came as a shock since I had forgotten about him historically. Like, fuckin’ hell, another poor murdered innocent for the sake of sick designs?!

Look, I think it is fine Lords Of Chaos is a movie. I was against it at some points but as edgelordery under Trump is worse than ever and there are no sacred cows generally worthy of enabling any cult of personality from critique, fuck it. It was a milestone time period in metal so why shouldn’t it be examined? The thrust though is will it seem apologist and MTV stuff that was meant to be less palatable or fast edit flashy and romanticized or would it have some bite and objectively show the shittiness of a lot of what happened? Thankfully, I liked a lot more about it than I disliked. The cast did an excellent job with what they were handed and as Jonas told Decibel recently ,”There’s a lot of things we’re not supposed to do, but black metal bands break those rules every day. They all sell merchandise; they all do gigs; they all have Instagram…”

It’s funny, I remember when X-Men became a movie everyone wondered if Wolverine would wear yellow spandex. Some things that look cool in comic books can look very dorky in movies with live-action. A corpse-painted dude trying to look vampiric under a dead tree is much the same, looking pretty cool on a badly reproduced lo fi record sleeve but generally funny in broad daylight. This film certainly wins at showing how the scene’s members one upmanship could only insulate them so long from realizing they weren’t bad asses and actually had some real fucked up insecurities as people, no matter how cool the music was. They also, underneath it all, were kind of dorky and trying to seem cool, like any group of young rockers.

One of the best scenes is a post-jail Varg (played very well by Emory Cohen the whole movie as an ego wounded insecure kid who nonetheless does major harm trying to find validation while pretending otherwise and makes you really dislike him…going from being bullied to being the worst, smug self-serving piece of shit) yelling at Euronymous as played by Rory Culkin. Culkin really carries a lot of the film, and in this scene he tells Varg he made up a lot of stuff about never touring and being as evil as possible to basically drum up marketing buzz. Varg is still seemingly scarred for life that Euronymous shamed him initially for having a Scorpions patch once and so it feels like his life mission is to become more kvlt now, the never ending bottomless quest of every true edge lord.

First, I wanna say fuck VICE for firing so many brilliant writers lately. They backed this film. Nonetheless, while the pacing (much like Mary Queen of Scots, actually) rushes very fast sometimes through historical events for the sake of modern attention spans, a lot of it resonated with me, despite the flaws. An imperfect vessel, perhaps. I don’t think I could have made it better, though. And Sky Ferreira, for all the shit talk people gave her for being casted, was fucking great.

It’s disturbing at one point to see Sky’s character get bullied by Cohen into stripping for him and Rory’s characters, showing the weak sexism and desperation that hides behind what a lot of people in metal find to be transgressive. Knowing also how much Sky values her own agency as a woman, it was pretty emotionally effective seeing her deal with internalized misogyny in the black metal circles but end up being probably the best anchoring voice of reason in Euronymous’ life later in the film. We stan (looking forward to Masochism and also thank you for being kind to my gf Globelamp recently).

Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts.

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Misery Index release “New Salem” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Baltimore death metallers Misery Index have released the music video for their newest song “New Salem.”

The song precedes the band’s upcoming album Rituals of Power due out on March 8 via Season of Mist.

“New Salem” seems to echo an idea of there being “very bad people” on both sides: “In a pacified endemic state, it’s another echo-chamber slave // Addicted to extremes of ideologies // Where left and right amalgamate and hang us from their tallest trees.”

If the people are in a “pacified endemic state,” then how is it also that they are hanging people from “their tallest trees”?

Is “New Salem” an anthem for a new violent centrist?

The band says of the track:

“‘New Salem’ sums up perfectly the lyrical vitriol and musical dynamics featured across Rituals Of Power. We wanted to introduce the album, not just with a straight-ahead ripping tune, but with a smack to the face; it’s a wakeup call for any concerned citizen and a code red for civilization. Ugly times call for stark and uncomfortable statements, and ‘New Salem’ castigates the faults and ineptitudes of our broken media system and the Crucible-esque, witch-hunt culture it fuels.”

Of Rituals of Power the band says:

Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age. Each of the nine songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one ‘reanimated’ monster; it’s roughly thirty-five minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier.”

Check out the video for “New Salem” here.

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Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM (PST)

It’s been two decades since Hate Eternal came barreling out of Florida’s gulf coast. Through six previous studio albums and a number of line-up changes throughout the years, Hate Eternal has kept its vision in tact via frontman Erik Rutan. Through it all, Hate Eternal is as brutal as ever. Upon Desolate Sands is a testament to the commitment of a hate, eternal.

Check out my full review of Upon Desolate Sands here.

Beyond Creation – “Algorythm”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:24 PM (PST)

I wrote a few days ago about Crippled Black Phoenix’s Great Escape, as an album I’d previously missed this year. Another album I missed this year was Beyond Creation‘s Algorythm. This slab of technical death metal is just what the doctor ordered, as I’ve spent the last few days in cloudy, rainy hell. Beyond Creation, who have been on the Decibel Magazine Tour and the Summer Slaughter Tour and are signed to Season of Mist Records, are further grounding themselves into the scene with this, their third studio album.

Check out my full review here.

Crippled Black Phoenix – “Great Escape”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:02 AM (PST)

No matter how dedicated to the noise one is, they are bound to miss some great releases. One of those releases that I missed this year was Crippled Black Phoenix‘s Great Escape. The band’s sound defies genre categorization (and this is coming from me, the queen of genres). CBP’s dragging sound and melodic vocals are preceded by the first track on Great Escape, “You Brought It Upon Yourselves,” which is an aggravating collection of samples which eventually overlap and bump into each other, stacked over beautiful instrumentation. While the shortest song on Great Escape clocks in at 2:50 (“Uncivil War (pt 1)”), this album is not for folks who don’t like long, meandering tracks (the album has two songs over ten minutes long).

Check out my full review of Great Escape here.

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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Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 is looking siiiiiiick

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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Carach Angren announce South American Tour!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

Fresh off their wildly successful North American headlining tour, CARACH ANGREN have announced a South American tour. The tour kicks off on December 7 in Chile, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

During their last tour, CARACH ANGREN appeared on Adult Swim’s FishCenter Live for a live-to-air performance. Their performance of the track “Charlie”, from their most recent album “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, can be streamed here.

CARACH ANGREN are supporting their latest album ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’ landed on the US charts at  #17 in the Hard Rock Album Sales category, #18 on the Heatseekers category, and #48 on the Independent Albums category. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN’s follow up to the acclaimed ‘This is No Fairy Tale’ (2015), is available across multiple formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

CARACH ANGREN live
Dec. 7 Santiago, Chile @ Inferno Fest
Dec. 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Extreme Hate Festival
Dec. 13 Bogota, Colombia @ Ace of Spades Club
Dec. 21 Amstelveen, Netherlands @ P60
Dec. 24 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo

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Cannabis Corpse December Tour News.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM (PST)

CANNABIS CORPSE have announced a December tour. The band are still supporting the monstrous green death machine Left Hand Pass. The tour kicks off on December 8 in West Virginia, and continues throughout the month. This band rules so hard.

CANNABIS CORPSE have released a special video announcing the tour, which can be found below:

 

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GAAHLS WYRD sign to Season of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:14 PM (PST)

“What is this “Shiny Happy People” you speak of?”

Ex-Gorgoroth black metal pioneering legend Gaahl has a new project called GAAHLS WYRD and they have signed to Season Of Mist. The 2019 Northern Ghosts Tour has been announced with Tribulation and UADA. The band have recorded their debut album at Solslottet Studios with producer Iver Sandøy (ENSLAVED). The forthcoming album is set for release next year.

Regarding their signing, the band comments, “It’s always been of outmost importance for us to work with people that we can relate to, trust, and will understand our creative and professional vision. Season of Mist feels like home to us and we can’t wait to start what hopefully will be a long and rewarding relationship for both parties.”

The band consist of Ole Walaunet (THE BATALLION, GOD SEED, GRIMFIST), Frode Kilvik (KRAKOW, AETERNUS) and Kevin Kvåle (HORIZON ABLAZE).

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BLACK TUSK extend album release tour, stream live set

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 1:27 PM (PST)

BLACK TUSK have announced more new live dates as they continue on their ‘T.C.B.T.’ album release tour. New dates include an album release show in their home town of Savannah, Pittsburgh, and more. Select dates see them joined by CLOAK, EARTHLING, and feature an appearance at Brewtal Beer Fest with DYING FETUS and more. A full list of confirm tour dates can be found below.

BLACK TUSK are touring in support of their new album ‘T.C.B.T.’ The new album, hailed as “a mission statement, a two-finger salute to remind y’all that they’re still here, still bringing the darkness, and still taking care of business.” (Noisey) is available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

‘T.C.B.T.’ is also streaming now across all digital platforms, including YouTube, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and more!

BLACK TUSK recently saw their New York City performance at Saint Vitus Bar captured by Maximum Volume Silence Live. The full set is streaming now at Metal Injection. This is some of the first official footage of the band as a newly expanded quartet.

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Mazes Of Metal Misery: Hate Eternal, Bosse-de-nage news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 4:13 PM (PST)

Bosse-de-nage

2018 has been downright chock full of great music to devour, thank the Elder Tentacled Old Ones. I mean, for real, every month there has been a ton of great shit this year which is awesome cuz a lot of us need a good soundtrack to get through the muck and mire of things at the moment. I am particularly grateful for Soft Kill’s Savior for when you want something both beautiful and bleak but also want to purge or revel in your sadness and transform it into as much of a positive as you can muster from the lessons. Just a fucking amazing album. Been driving around listening to some other stuff too like Deaf Kids that I didn’t get into as much when it first came out a few years ago but now am absorbing on the regular like a sponge. There’s so much good music out there from this or recent years if you keep digging.

But let’s talk about some stuff that lies directly ahead!

Hate Eternal

Eric Rutan and Hate Eternal return this year with Upon Desolate Sands, touted as their ‘heaviest yet’ in promotional materials. That remains to be seen (er, heard?) as they have a fuckton of super intense music in their wake already, but the new song is certainly massive! This band has always delivered in such a no bullshit way that all you can kind of do is be blown away by them. It’s just a complete hurricane of extremity every time, jaw droppingly nuts.

HATE ETERNAL North American tour
All dates w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, HARMS WAY
Nov. 2 Columbia, SC @ The Music Farm (tickets)
Nov. 3 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (tickets)
Nov. 4 Norfolk, VA @ Shaka’s (tickets)
Nov. 5 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (tickets)
Nov. 7 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (tickets)
Nov. 8 Providence, RI @ Fete (tickets)
Nov. 9 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall (tickets)
Nov. 10 Rochester, NY @ Anthology (tickets)
Nov. 11 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s (tickets)
Nov. 13 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (tickets)
Nov. 14 Toledo, OH @ Civic Music Hall (tickets)
Nov. 15 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater (tickets)
Nov. 16 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nelly’s (tickets)
Nov. 17 Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theater (tickets)
Nov. 18 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s (tickets)
Nov. 20 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room (tickets)
Nov. 21 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom (tickets)
Nov. 23 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock (tickets)
Nov. 24 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (tickets)
Nov. 25 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theater (tickets)
Nov. 27 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies (tickets)
Nov. 28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater (tickets)
Nov. 29 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue (tickets)
Nov. 30 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (tickets)
Dec. 1 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note (tickets)
Dec. 3 Memphis, TN @ Growlers (tickets)
Dec. 4 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater (tickets)
Dec. 5 Orlando, FL @ The Abbey (tickets)
Dec. 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room (tickets)

So, the new one from Bay Area post-blackened-whatever the fuckers Bosse-de-nage entitled Further Still is pretty much completely amazing, overflowing with organic and thrilling chemistry between the players. Loving the simple cover art. Can we get them on a tour with Tribulation? Has that happened yet? I would probably shart.

It is pretty wild how both this band and Deafheaven managed to take great strides into longevity with their newest releases. Whichever angel or devil on their shoulders they have been listening to, the advice has been good.

But yeah, “Vestiges” or “A Faraway Place” from the new Bosse-de-nage perfectly slice through the doldrums of modern burnout and make you remember life is all raw nerves and awe that we regularly compartmentalize just to cope with the fact we are on a massive planet spinning through a chaotic yet somehow orderly Universe where survival is never certain. This record feels alive and demands attention but never in a ham fisted way. The performances are so next level that you are thrown headfirst into the band’s conviction like a sailor walking the plank falling into a turbulent sea of bittersweet emotions. This feels like a huge purge up there with Oathbreaker for believability.

Anyway, I wanted to remind you to please pre order this fucking thing. Albums like this aren’t a dime a dozen and the band delivered an ear ringing winner on all fronts for the band and The Flenser. It drops 9/14 so plan to do nothing but rock that day.

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Crippled Black Phoenix stream new track, “Nebulas”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM (PST)

International dark rock collective CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX are streaming another new track off their forthcoming album, ‘The Great Escape’. The stunning new track, titled “Nebulas”, melds psychedelic soundscapes with moving post rock, and features the evocative, ethereal vocals of Swedish singer Belinda Kordic (SEL DELAN).

Regarding the track, CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX mastermind Justin Greaves comments, “Given the fact that both Belinda and myself are huge animal lovers and animal rights supporters, it has always seemed the right thing to do to make songs about the animals. We did it with our “other” band Se Delan, so when I gave her the demos for Great Escape songs, Belinda got straight back to me with this burning need to write a song for the animals. It completes the song and fits into the thread of the album.” 

Vocalist Belinda Kordic continues, “Often I’m referred to as a “closed book”, which is true I guess, but when it comes to animals and their well-being, I’ll rip my heart out and serve it on a plate. I know we can’t bare the weight of the worlds evil on our shoulders, and we can’t save all of them, the unloved, abused and neglected animals of the world. But I have a tendency to want to do just that and its hard to cope with at times. This song is for them.”

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX  will release Great Escape, a new full length album on Sept 14. Great Escape sees the band pushing their prodigious talents and creativity to the limit, interweaving influences spanning the sonic landscapes of post rock, experimental music, and heavy prog. Pre-orders for ‘Great Escape’ are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Track-list
1.You Brought It Upon Yourselves
2. To You I Give (click to stream, also available on Spotify)
3. Uncivil War (Pt. I)
4. Madman
5. Times, They Are A Raging
6. Rain Black, Reign Heavy
7. Slow Motion Breakdown
8. Nebulas
9. Las Diabolicas
10. Great Escape (Pt. I)
11. Great Escape (Pt. II)

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Solstafir announce US tour with Paradise Lost

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:34 PM (PST)

Icelandic metallers Solstafir have announced they will be embarking on a US tour in support of Paradise Lost.

Paradise Lost and Solstafir will also be joined on the tour by Atlas Moth.

Solstafir are touring in support of their new album, Berdreyminn. The album, produced by Birgir Birgirsson (Sigur Ros, Alcest) and Jaime Gomez-Arellano (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Ulver).

Solstafir will also be embarking on a European tour starting on November 20.

You can head over to Solstafir’s bandcamp to stream Berdreyminn.

Check out the full list of tour dates and the video for the song “Hula” here.

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Weekend Warpath: Insignium, Denied, Earth Electric

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Hello, weekend warriors. We just got an air conditioner and I have the afternoon off so am taking a moment to do a little extra metal blogging about some cool shit for you.

Some of you may know that I was really into Ex-Mayhem guitarist Rune Eriksen’s melodic gothy band Ava Inferi, purveyors of some totally under appreciated and dark, poetic masterful records. I even got to interview them once back in the days of MySpace. Well, Rune Eriksen and chillingly talented vocalist Carmen Simões (who has also worked with mighty Moonspell, one of my all time favorite bands) now have a cool new hard rock band called Earth Electric! The video, directed by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (GHOST) is below.

Regarding the video, Earth Electric comment: “Our second official video was shot by Costin Chioreanu on various stages throughout Spain and Norway as a part of the ambulant “Tales Of The Wind” exhibition. The video itself is a vivid and psychedelic expression of the powerful energies we create in our most desired setting; on stage! “

Immerse yourself in this band from Portugal’s impressive psychedelic hard rock right away! RIYL Purson, Hammers Of Misfortune, Slough Feg.

German black metallers Insignium recently signed with Apostasy Records and on August 31st, Insignium will reveal the fruits of their recent labors with their new album Infamie Und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes Sich Erhebt. I don’t know a lot about this band but they haven’t released anything in like thirteen years and the music is pretty fucking awesome. I did try hard to make sure they are not NSBM before posting and could not find anything to prove otherwise, which it sucks that I have to even say that but it is 2018.

So yeah, I certainly hope this is cool to post. The artwork and especially the riffs are pretty fucking incredible and I am enjoying it.

Denied from Sweden have a new lyric video for heavy metal anthem in the making “False Truth”. The lyrics are pretty pedestrian (see “Die MF Just Die” repeated at numerous points) and a lot of casual F bombs, but there is something about the energy of the song I enjoyed. It isn’t the most original ever but sometimes you just want to rock. I mean, it worked for Drowning Pool, right?

Denied feature singer Soren Adamsen, vocals (ex ARTILLERY) and Chris Vowden, guitar (ex OPETH) and “False Truth” is taken from the album “Freedom of speech…” that was released 13th Feb 2018 via Sliptrick Records. The song featuring Johan Fahlberg (JADED HEART) on vocals.

 

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