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Band Spotlight: SURMISER

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM (PST)

Upstate NY’s Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static.

Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.

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Band Spotlight: Harvey & Wolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:35 AM (PST)

Rockabilly hero Danny B. Harvey paired with ex-Cycle Slut From Hell/She Wolves/Star & Dagger legit metal lifer Dava She Wolf? Sign us up!

If you crave a sleazy, whiskey soaked grit to your rock n’ roll (with more than a hint of bar brawl or floor crawl inducing Link Wray and Motörhead inspired antics), proceed directly to your pre-scheduled bangover courtesy of the new Fine Spirits EP.

Harvey has worked with rock and metal people before ranging from Lemmy to David Vincent, but this new EP of slinky, kinky and far from watered down boozy crawlers is infectious and downright reckless. Each song on the EP will crawl into your ear and possess you to slink and shake while being as heavy as C.O.C. but as wild as the West. The replay factor on this is huge.  Let’s hope Harvey & Wolf keep this going awhile, cuz it sounds fun for them but is really fun for us!

Check out our favorite track “The Prowl”! It packs a slow motion groovy wallop.

 

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Band Spotlight: Oceans Of Slumber

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:09 AM (PST)

Texan progressive metal powerhouses Oceans Of Slumber are one of the must watch acts of 2018. This band is incredible and compelling, constantly honing their craft and unafraid to develop a real emotional connection with listeners via the impressive musical arrangements paired with the moving and otherworldly vocals of Cammie Gilbert. This is one of the bands we are stanning so fucking hard this year. “The Banished Heart”, their gorgeous and emotional latest video, got 13k views in less than 24 hours! Not bad for a non-household name act still proving their staying power. In the bands words they are ,”…Binding the extreme with the grandiose and topping it with the soulful call of our very own siren.”

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Band Spotlight: Exhorder

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:08 PM (PST)

Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums.

If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don’t know Exhorder,  you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle’s time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome.

The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12.

Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .

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Band Spotlight: Omnium Gatherum

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:07 AM (PST)

OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming “Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates).

You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw

Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, “In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying.”

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Band Spotlight: Artillery

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 1:44 PM (PST)

You gotta have respect for Artillery.

The veteran Danish power thrashers have just released a new video for the song “When The Magic Is Gone”, taken off the band’s latest album, Penalty By Perception. To watch the video, please visit HERE.

Artillery comments: “Our new video ‘When The Magic Is Gone’ is a song about death and grief, it is a very personal song which shows the more mellow side of Artillery. The video was recorded in Norrebro, Copenhagen by Terkel Christensen (Aggressive Art) who is an old friend of Artillery.”

On Sept. 23rd, Artillery will start their co-headline tour with Onslaught. Artillery will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Terror Squad album on this run, playing 5-6 songs from that album, plus new songs from their latest album Penalty By Perception, as well as some more classics. See HERE for dates.

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Band Spotlight: GOLD

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:27 PM (PST)

Gold are really good. You should listen to them. I classified them in our power metal category only because if Gold played power metal that would actually maybe be the weirdest experimental music ever and very rad. They DO play their own awesome kind of music, which is different than what many bands are doing. Optimist has some sweet jams. “White Noise” has a great intro. Prepare to be melted in a metallic wash of BM, post-rock and plaintive melodic musings.

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Band Spotlight: Forgotten Tomb

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:48 PM (PST)

Italian black/doom metallers FORGOTTEN TOMB have finished recording their new album, “We Owe You Nothing”. It will include 6 songs for approx. 40 minutes of music. The album recording-sessions started in December 2016 with drums being tracked at Big Pine Creek studio in Italy, but were abruptly interrupted when singer/guitarist Ferdinando “HM” M. was involved in a life-threatening car accident that left him unable to play for months. Recording-sessions were resumed and completed in May 2017 at SPVN Studio in Italy, while mix and mastering were done in June 2017 at Planet-Z studio (Hadley, Massachussets, USA) by Chris “Zeuss”Harris (Rob ZombieSix Feet UnderCrowbarSoulflyHatebreed, etc.). The album is due in fall 2017 on Agonia Records.

Photos from the recording sessions can be found HERE.

In the words of the band, “The new album is another step into our constant evolution. Our trademark sound is still there but this record is heavier than anything we’ve done before. It’s a varied one and it includes some new solutions that might catch some people off guard. It’s a pissed-off record but also extremely gloomy”. 

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Band Spotlight: Defy The Tide

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:56 PM (PST)

Defy The Tide have been placing themselves in as many circumstances that will spread their music to the masses as they can since forming in 2014. The Pittsburgh, PA melodic metal band has just released a new music video for their current singleTraced In Flames, a meld of metalcore and classic heavy metal elements paired with the warm voice of Carly Simon-Warneke. She almost sounds like a female version of Devil You Know’s Howard Jones’ famous clean vocals. We ship a duet, please! The cool song comes from their four track EP, Soteria which was produced by John Burke of Vibe Studios and released this past April.

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Band Spotlight: Body Count

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 6:54 PM (PST)

Body Count are not our latest band spotlight because you don’t know who they are. Hell, they are infamous! How many rock bands still scare crusty old white people in 2017? Powerflo and Prophets Of Rage are helping bring actually good rap metal back, but Body Count hit the biggest grand slam of late with Bloodlust. The thrash act have been around since “Cop Killer” was the most controversial song in the world, but recently soared back to prominence in the metal scene with topical songs capturing current headlines. “Civil War”, “No Lives Matter” and the new album’s strongest cut “Black Hoodie” – paired with cameos from Dave Mustaine, Max Cavalera and Randy Blythe plus charismatic spoken intros from Ice-T – have secured the band respect well beyond a novelty status they never deserved. Bloodlust has been out a few months now and remains in heavy rotation for many of us.

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Miss May I release new video for “Shadows Inside”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:28 PM (PST)

Miss May I have always seemed confident in who they want to be as a band. The group work hard to connect with fans, stay their course and release album after album with a dedication not so common these days when fair weather scene tourists run amok. Currently on the road winding up a run with Obey The Brave and Auras, Miss May I are continuing to prove that supporting them is to support a band who are invested in making a long term impact in the metalcore and hard rock scenes.

Now you can check out the new title track from the band’s perhaps most mature effort yet Shadows Inside. The album is perhaps the most assured the band have ever sounded. The fast parts are faster, the guitar playing is near impeccable and the arrangements maximize energy as well as set up the hooks for numerous pay offs throughout the release.

Speaking about the title track for Shadows Inside, MISS MAY I lead vocalist Levi Benton states, “Not only does this song open up our new record, it also sets the tone for the record. This album is all about changes throughout life, good and bad. It’s about the past that lives within everyone; their ‘Shadows Inside’. The lyrics talk about how great new things can give light to your past and put you in a better place.

Sharing some details about the creation of the music video for “Shadows Inside”, Levi adds:

We have quite a few videos and we’re always trying to change things up. With this video for ‘Shadows Inside’ we not only wanted to recreate the cover of the record in real life, but we also wanted the performance to be abstract. We had black lights and used old lens effects from the 90’s to achieve a very classic look and something totally different for us.

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Band Spotlight: Sabbath Assembly

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PST)

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band’s self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
We have been thrilled by the group’s endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.  One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one’s religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).

 

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Band Spotlight: Dying Fetus

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:56 PM (PST)

With five of their full length life wreckers back on vinyl for the first time since the original pressings (we suggest you start with the still unconditionally pit worthy Stop At Nothing ), it seemed a good time to give Dying Fetus the band spotlight. The death metal legacy of this group has withstood many tests and only come through stronger. Catch them on tour with Hatebreed in Europe this April if you are both lucky and brave.

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Band Spotlight: Couch Slut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:56 AM (PST)

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Couch Slut from NYC are really interesting in that they provoke but don’t
always define, reflecting the listener. Eschewing preachy interviews and letting the art be interpreted
by the projections of the viewer more often than not is novel these days.

The controversy over the context of their Handshake Inc.  My Life As A Woman almost Raymond Pettibon-esque cover art faded a bit when people realized the band were a co-ed bunch of noise/metal/post-punk
ragers with sophisticated aesthetics, but people should notice more how killer
the music is. Shows with Insect Ark, Melt Banana and Pyrrhon have helped, as
will a June NYC Vitus Northside Fest appearance sure to kick ass!

Key track: the psycho, jazz, dirge headfuck of “Carpet Farmer”.

pic by Justina Villanueva

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Band Spotlight: Ascend/Descend.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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Murdock Street from Ascend/Descend is critical recent listening for fans of the borders between extreme metal and the most agitated of street hardcore. Influenced as much by the primal rage within our natures as they are by social issues, the band are driven, capable and tight, yet seem like they are holding a lot together to keep from coming mentally unwound. It is great when you can hear the sound of music not only bringing people closer together, but saving them from feeling down.

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