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Ozzy cancels remainder of North American Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:59 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne has now cancelled the remaining four shows on his North American “No More Tours 2.” Following additional evaluation from his doctors, Osbourne will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

The four cancelled shows were originally scheduled as follows: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (October 6), Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista (October 9), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (October 11) and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (October 13). The three California shows had previously been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors. All four shows will be rescheduled for 2019.

“I’m so fu**ing bummed about cancelling these shows,” Osbourne says. “The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”

Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

 

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I was listening to Epica’s The Quantum Enigma today kind of baked and driving in the intense gray rain, the passionate performances and unabashed soaring complexity of the material inspiring me as Upstate, NY’s dampened fall colors blurred by under a wet obfuscating temporary canopy of droplets. The song “Victims Of Contingency” hit me powerfully and re-centered my focus on the mantra that time is a special, fleeting yet permament construct. What we do in our limited moments become our choices and how we lived. It is so simple but we overlook this out of the familiarity of routine daily, even as we are constantly surrounded by so many miracles and options it is a wonder anyone ever decides to “BE” anything.

Anyhow, that said I love when people are decisive and make bold artistic statements and this year has been loaded with them, from the assuredly high constitution rolling persistence of Anicon’s ferocious and focused Entropy Mantra to the compositional and emotive brilliance of Oceans of Slumber’s The Banished Heart to the groove metal activism of Otep’s Kult 45. Whether the emotional performances/beauty in the branches between spare folk and acoustic black metal simplicity is your bag or being inspired to be the next Dimmu and you aim for extremely elaborate compositions, here is some respect for the artists out there. We toast you with a cup of my liberal tears (which only make me more Goth, eternal win. Take that, chumps).

Oh that reminds me, anyone want to start a cover band of pre-Born Again Dave era Megadeth called Magadeth and we cover just “Foreclosure Of A Dream” and early Metallica songs and make fun of Alex Jones and people who think Obama was behind False Flags instead of, y’know, rampant lack of rational gun control being a cause in rising and alarming gun violence trends and school/public shootings? Kanye was visiting Trumpy with Kid Rock today, so I guess racism is solved. Guess what, stooges? The only invisible wall (to quote Ye) is gonna be the one on the border we don’t allow to be built as vile stain on our nation’s alleged love of diversity.

Where was I? Cool metal stuff to tell you about today to underscore my point about this fertile scene of special decisive statement making artists! Actually most of us have anxiety but that doesn’t mean the albums always sound like it!

First up, speaking of Oceans Of Slumber (a serious album of the year contender at the moment), they are selling the ONLY backdrop from their Winter era at Big Cartel! This is a cool opportunity for a dedicated fan to have a major piece of the band’s history. I would snatch it up if I had the scratch for sure! \m/

In bummer news for them (and great news for Visceral Disgorge) Soreption have had to drop out of their slot on the Farewell Frank Suffocation Tour. Cattle Decap shared a tweet letting fans know that the tour line up had changed. I mean, I assume other bands shared that info also but I stan Cattle Decap the most so saw it there first, haha. Fucking Krisiun is on that tour as well. Christ, that is a bad ass line up even with a little switch-around. Let’s support!

Here for a little reminder that today is National Coming Out Day, a tweet on the subject from our account:

Huge high fives and horns to queer creators and fans out there. Sing Priest’s Turbo as loud as you can into a shower head today at some point. We love you all. Remind people that The Sex Pistols wouldn’t have had such a cultural impact if it weren’t for the UK Club scene and fashion attitudes, thanks! XO.

Lastly today, CHTHONIC have a new video out for “A Crimson Sky’s Command”!

With many tracks from CHTHONIC’s fresh Battlefields of Asura album being associated with different Taiwanese gods and goddesses, “A Crimson Sky’s Command” was inspired by the god of war “Te-ia-kong”, or “Xuantian Shangdi” in Mandarin. The lyrics naturally takes on warpath and aggressiveness, however, frontman Freddy Lim states that “on top of the imagery at the face value, it also represents the courage we need to face, confront and overcome our own weakness”.

Check it out below!

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Mist (photo by Lara Zitko)

Sorry about the title of this article, Y’all. I wanted something spooky and am obsessed with King Diamond’s Abigail (think the black horsemen) and Sleepy Hollow was just on as well. Plus, who remembers the Nightmare horse from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon? Anyone? Exhibit A:

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Anyway, super rainy and dismal day here in Upstate, NY and I am fairly exhausted from my day jobs. If you re ordered the band names in the article title I could be a miserable pelican in the mist of today’s rainy doldrums. Been a crazy week already gearing up for the O+ festival hitting my city of Kingston this week but I am actually in pretty ok spirits. Need to put on some more coffee and get to blogging. I got some weird European Maple coffee from Aldi’s cuz they are way cheaper but still pretty good quality stuff than most more mainstream shitty American grocery stores.

First off, thanks to all the readers and metalheads who tweeted support to Twitter after my personal account was suspended! It is such BS and as of now I still don’t have it back. Pretty absurd since the last thing I tweeted was me kissing my mom on the head who has dementia and not anything remotely hateful.

My personal Twitter @morganyevans was suspended either from my band name Walking Bombs alarming their violence rule (even though it is about depression not terrorism) or me tweeting at Best Coast that my girlfriend Elizabeth (aka Globelamp) “alleges” she was punched in the face by the singer of Foxygen and that I wished Best Coast and her just could talk and ease tensions between them because my gf Globelamp is mad she was blocked by Bethany when she feels she tried to ask her for help getting awareness of what happened to her.

So when Globelamp hears Best Coast tweeting to believe survivors during the Kavanaugh trial or other people who she tried to reach out to about her story in the industry who ignored her about being hit she triggers hard. It makes me very sad and I wish they could squash it somehow. That’s not meant as a personal attack on the sincerity of anyone on my end. I think it would be healing and helpful for them both if they could ease tensions between them.

Globelamp also thought Best Coast also seemingly likes Kim Kardashian, who my gf super despises for lying about and trying to bring down her idol Taylor Swift (who Best Coast doesn’t seem to like anymore) as well as enabling Kanye horribly and selling pro anorexic weight loss lollipops to girls. I guess Best Coast spoke out about the pro anorexia stuff? That’s good. I am not against plastic surgery or body modification but there is a manipulative and cold capitalistic ego driven horror show to the Kimye and general Kardashian family trainwreck that needs to be stopped. And don’t get me started on the Jenner’s exploiting black lives matter in that Pepsi commercial. Globelamp also thinks that Taylor didn’t talk about the Nazi stuff because she is obviously pro LGBTQ and diversity and didn’t want to platform Nazis all over the tabloids and thinks Best Coast tried to bring her down, which made her mad at Bethany awhile ago.

Anyway, there’s a difference between, say, having body dysmorphia and mass marketing patriarchal beauty standards. Nothing against femmes but Kim to me seems different and motivated by very cold brand of capitalism. More interested in any clicks like Kanye than if they are harming society or not and distracting from real work that needs to be done. Here I am talking about them but it is because they have become a huge problem. The fact is Kim participated in a lot of gaslighting on a national level then still plays dumb when she wants democratic accolades for optics. And you can’t blame a woman for her shitty partner’s antics but she and Kanye are working together on most of it like the Taylor snapchat splice job frame. Swift never agreed to let a man call her bitch or claim agency for her career and had already outsold Ye many times over before he jumped on stage with her at fan voted VMAS when she was 19 and he was 30 something. That matters and is super sexist. Kimye are basically chaos agents. Swift is a huge altruist.

It seemed suspicious to me Kim did the photo op with Trump for clemency for one person (instead of pushing him to stop prison for profit and Maga policies that super hurt minorities- Watch 13th) right when Ye needed good press by association when his worst album yet Ye dropped and everyone was saying he abandoned mom’s charity and exploited Whitney Houston’s addiction with Pusha. Hard to say you care about addicts when you have elsewhere said you were inspired by Pablo’s ability to move product, fam.

So yeah, Twitter then told me the other day I was suspended for being primarily used to promote hate even though almost all I tweet is support for non binary people like myself, dementia awareness for my mom, Metal news, anti-MAGA stuff for women’s and minority rights. So I don’t know if reclaiming the phrase “walking bomb” from people who called me that as an insult or using the word “punch” or tweeting to the GOP to not take away abortion rights or complaining about Kanye and Kim on Twitter did it but something made Twitter think I am as bad as Alex Jones.

This is what happens when gaslighting is the new national past-time and we pretend false equivalencies are real and morons need to be coddled. That is not punk rock. Eff that. Kanye wants to pretend he is saying to “love” everyone but really like Trump he is just putting the foot on the gas(lighting). It is like the ‘debate me’ incels and MRAs and libertarian or Gamergate types and trolls or Nazi black metal apologists who are perpetuating the sewer water culture that Milo or Jordan Peterson or Kanye and friends are so eager to splash in like it is the fountain of youth. “Nothing matters, weee! Who cares who is harmed!”

When we fall in the pit we pick one another up (ideally). We can’t always pick up those fallen to hate in metal/punk or music, sadly. Sometimes it’s too much unhealthy emotional labor and bad faith actors or people are so brainwashed and think they aren’t doing harm when they really, really are. We CAN hold fast to principles so MAYBE people can see the light. PMA/hold fast.\m/

So enter a half waking collision of my strung together Social Justice and Swiftie thoughts such as ,“It’s absurd Kanye equates being critiqued for wearing a Maga hat on SNL and ranting gibberish with being bullied. The kkk support Maga. Asking people to be considerate and not boost a hate message is not bullying” and “I can’t wait to see Taylor Swift to sing ‘I Did Something Bad’ on the AMAs and sing ‘if a man talks shit then I owe him nothing’ and for the ratings to soar and make the VMA flop look like morons.” 

But I digress…Onward to some music news more befitting of this site’s gloomy genres.

Slovenian doom metal band Mist have announced some shows in Austria and Denmark. First they will support Canadian heavy metal masters Cauldron this Friday in Linz and for December they have confirmed shows in Graz, Klagenfurt and Vienna. By the end of October they will also play their first show ever in Denmark. I had never heard this traditional doom band today and was impressed with a lot of the material on their recent full length Free Me Of The Sun. They kind of remind me of my friend Pam’s old band Grande mixed with The Skull or something. While the kind of choppy and rudimentary guitar leads in the solo sections are the weakest element, the doomy portions, songwriting and extra powerful melodic vocals from Nina Spruk totally slay. Hope to hear a lot more from this group!

 

Mist Live dates:
05.10. KAPU, Linz (Austria) w/ Cauldron (CAN), Eisenhand (AT)
20.10. Train, Aarhus (Denmark) w/ Corpsessed (FIN), Balmog (E), Woebegone Obscured (DK), Beneath The Silence (DK)
06.12. Orto Bar, Ljubljana (Slovenia) w/ Deep Down Bellow (SLO), Mutism (SLO)
14.12. Music-House, Graz (Austria) w/ Dark Nativity (AT), Deumus (AT)
15.12. Kwadrat, Klagenfurt (Austria) w/ Vu Garde (AT), Dusk (AT), The Stolen Goose Project (AT)
16.12. Weberknecht, Vienna (Austria)

 

King Woman took our album of the year honor of 2017 (which we still stand by 100 fucking percent) for Created In The Image of Suffering but as it turns out front person Kristina Esfandiari can’t stop making relevant art. Her other band Miserable (we stan) have a new record out collecting two EPS called Loverboy via my faves Sargent House on October 26th. Seriously, thank God for that label. Anyway, after the first version of this record caught fire on a hard drive Esfandiari nonetheless got it done anyway anew and today has premiered the title track at Bust Magazine HERE.

 

An excerpt:  ‘I wrote “Loverboy” as a healing anthem for myself & hopefully other womxn who have experienced confusion or a sense of inadequacy due to gaslighting and objectification. I don’t exist for someone else’s pleasure or entertainment and that’s essentially what I’m singing in “Loverboy.” So many of us are made to feel less than human. The Loverboy album as a whole is meant to be reflective on past experiences when I feel I muted my voice.’

 

Miserable — On Tour:
October 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
December 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Union *
December 13 San Diego, CA @ Che Café ** w/ THOU

 

Lastly, Pelican seem to have entered Steve Albini’s studio! I don’t know what they are planning as far as new album news but I super love that band and CANNOT WAIT! Assume it is probably for Southern Lord?

 

Until we all meet again, hang in there, lovebirds.
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September Savagery: Sinsaenum, Zardonic, Rising news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 9:10 AM (PST)

Rising photo by Naya Buch

Epic metal quintet RISING recently announced its fourth album, Sword And Scythe, for release on October 26th via Indisciplinarian. Today, the band releases a brand-new music video for the album’s first single, Salted Earth, created by the band’s visual mastermind, vocalist Morten Grønnegaard.

 

“Salted Earth” features guest musicians Anders Hjort Straarup on trombone and renowned Danish rock musician Tim Christensen (Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Tim Christensen) overseeing the grandiose mellotron parts, and backup vocals from Simon Stenbæk of labelmates Piss Vortex. “Salted Earth” will see its single release on digital platforms tomorrow Friday September 28th.

 

See RISING’s video for “Salted Earth” HERE

 

“Salted Earth” comes off the forthcoming RISING record Sword And Scythe – a concept album which examines the progression and recession of mankind throughout the movements of history. As the sword and the scythe can be tools for fighting evil oppression and feeding hungry mouths, they are equal symbols of destruction and the greedy exploitation of our planet’s resources. Since the dawn of man, the strive for power, wealth and growth has pushed many overambitious civilizations over the brink into the endless oblivion of forgotten history.

 

RISING vocalist Morten Grønnegård comments on the song, “The main riff for what became ‘Salted Earth’ was the first thing we wrote for the new album. We wanted to write a concept album as a poetic comment to the miserable state of affairs, and this song really sets the tone for the whole album. Conceptually, ‘Salted Earth’ is about the end of the world. To salt the earth is the ancient custom of purifying or consecrating a destroyed city with salt and cursing anyone who dare to rebuild it.  It is he cleansing of the old, making space for something new, once the salt has decayed. With our present technology at hand, the question is, if there will be anything to rebuilt for us, once we’re done tearing down.”
Zardonic have released a video for “Revelation.” I can personally hang with the over the top fun Deathstroke the Terminator meets Venezuelan Nu metal dub thrash vibes. From the press release:

 

Internationally renown Electronic Music Producer ZARDONIC has released the official music video for “Revelation,” the third reveal from his newest LP, Become, out 9/28/2018 on Entertainment One. The Venezuelan born producer once again showcases his unique mastery of bass heavy electronic production infused with heavy rock and metal, and brings the experience to life with a darkly aggressive music video for “Revelation”.

 

“Revelation” is a personal statement inspired by the people who took stances both in favor and against Zardonic, both as myself and as my music project. It’s a celebration of the best revenge anyone can have against backstabbers, bad-mouthers, copycats and hypocrites: your own success. – ZARDONIC

Sinsaenum (Dragonforce, Ex-Slipknot) have released a video for a cover of the Melvins classic “Hooch” from Houdini. Much like the recent Burn The Priest cover of “Honey Bucket” from the same Melvins-era, the band modernize and do it in their style but it still doesn’t hold a candle to the unfuckwithable nature of the original. Which is not to say it or the Burn The Priest covers are bad just that you can’t improve on grunge perfection. I would have liked to hear something faster like the mighty “Buck Owens” from Stag with Joey’s drumming, maybe (though that song has an insanely hard to replicate bad ass Mark D. bass line). Still, it is awesome to see heavy bands doing tributes to the greatest mofos and I am sure it would be fun to headbang along with live amidst the group’s raging originals. The guitar squeals are cool and the deathier vocals are cool enough, I guess. Mostly into the guitars. Drumming does not touch Dale Crover original in terms of how hard the hitting is but admirable attempt all around.

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November will see the 20th anniversary of Southern Lord celebrated in style. The first version of THE POWER OF THE RIFF festival since 2016 sees numerous bands pooling their radness to crush all naysayers.

THE POWER OF THE RIFF’s 2018 festivities will begin on Saturday, November 17th, with a kickoff party at The Echo. This show will see new Southern Lord act THE PRIMALS, a power trio featuring members of Darkest Hour, The Explosion, and more, opening for a rare set by legendary ’60s garage rock outfit, THE SONICS.

The main event for THE POWER OF THE RIFF will take place the following day, Sunday, November 18th, at LA’s The Echoplex. This show will be headlined by SUNN O))), who in 2018 is celebrating the act’s twentieth anniversary along with the Southern Lord label which was also created by the band in 1998. This show mark’s SUNN O)))’s only California show of 2018 and final show of the year. Additional acts have also just been announced, including long-running metal quintet DARKEST HOUR, brutal metallic hardcore outfit XIBALBA, and legendary underground entity XASTHUR.

Watch for additional acts for the main event to be announced in the days ahead as THE POWER OF THE RIFF 2018 continues to take form.

Check out the new THE POWER OF THE RIFF website RIGHT HERE and find tickets for the event at THIS LOCATION. A limited number of special VIP tickets are available, each of which includes early entry, a drink token, Southern Lord swag bag, a SUNN O))) surprise, and more.

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Dustin Kensrue and the Thrice boys lead the pack for me this month. It was my favorite hard rock record of September, even though it also has some very quiet moments. I know there was a lot of super good heavier stuff out this month (Pig Destroyer, Bangladeafy and the proggy, great new Voivod or rowdy Clutch releases of course deserve a tip of the hat) but pound for pound I think Thrice’s first release for Epitaph is a fantastic release and probably my favorite from the band since way back around The Artist In The Ambulance.  That is not to say they haven’t released anything good since then, far from it. I just happened to really connect with these new songs and think it is a damn fine rock album, as great a release from a band ten albums into their celebrated career of expectation upturning as you are ever likely to hear.

I can remember around the time of The Illusion Of Safety or maybe Artist when they were working with Island that there was chatter in the press they were gonna be the next Metallica. I thought that was a bit much of an expectation to hoist on the dudes and people should prob just let them do their own thing and develop. In 2018 a song like “Everything Belongs” might make you think they are the next Coldplay. I for one love Coldplay but that would also be kind of ambitious. Not to say Thrice can’t still sell a buttload of records. This album has plenty of room for hit material, but also makes interesting statements and musically is an excellent balance between accessible and far from bland artistry. Heck, Emma Ruth Rundle is even on it and everything she touches is amazing.

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Hether Fortune brings gravity and grace to Saint Vitus Bar

I’m on three hours sleep today from taking the late train back Upstate after seeing Hether Fortune at Saint Vitus Bar, rounding out a series of East Coast performances that included a stop at Basilica Soundscape (alongside the likes of Insect Ark, Spellling and Lightning Bolt) before she headed back West. The fucked up-ness of the MTA notwithstanding, it was definitely worth attending one of Fortune’s solo performances hot on the heels of the Wax Idols hiatus. I am bummed I had to run for the train before Hilary Woods and the other act so I could get home in time to scrub bar toilets in the morning like a true starving artist. Some strong coffee and an AK-47 vape from a delivery guy from hippie country and I was able to get through most of the overcast day in a sleepy, if reflective gothy haze, so don’t feel too bad for me. I am also proud of myself for not drinking anything but a club soda and a Japanese matcha tea with tapioca balls all night. It was fun to text with my friend Grasshopper from Mercury Rev about how rad the show was last night while he was telling me about how good a time he is having in Madrid right now eating awesome food, haha. I got him and a super talented trans violinist friend to both agree to be on my next solo album last night, so it’s been all win in my neck of the woods today between that and the concert.

It is SO inspiring when a performer can have a lot shift in their life (such as a band hiatus) and bravely manage to not skip a beat and creatively still go deeper than some fear to tread even at their most confident circumstances. I have a ton of respect for that because I know when bands I was in that I spent a lot of emotional energy on went on hiatus over the years I have done everything from just lock myself away doing speedballs (granted thankfully 20 years ago) to being less destructive but unable to be seen in daylight hours without ugly snot crying. So big kudos to Hether for sticking it to the man and just continuing to rock without missing a step. You slay.

Fortune played a short set but it was full of powerful material from a solo album she has been working on for months. A new song “Sister” is as strong as any of the best material she has been a part of over the years with through the roof emotive vocals from a genuine place. There was also a to die for song about The Joker that, honestly, Warner Bros and DC need to just fucking call her now. It would make me almost forgive them for that fucking awful, awful “Purple Lamborghini” video with Skrillex and Rick Ross with Jared Leto’s anemic mall joker on a speedboat, if I recall. Just do the right thing and call Hether up about using this song. It takes the famous “one bad day” Alan Moore theme and adds serious real world emotional weight with Fortune’s trademark melodic vocals that manage to be both mournful and yet uplifting at once.

Anyway, it was awesome to finally see Hether live. Major shout out and never stop what you are doing. Truly one of the most inspiring performers out there who I listen to much more than most other artists. It meant a lot to finally see live someone who has created a lot of music that has moved me even in these jaded ass cynical times. There were some looping difficulties Fortune tweeted about today during a cover of The Verve’s biggest hit “Bittersweet Symphony”, but it really wasn’t the end of the world at all. One small part was a little off time but Fortune made it work by sort of elongating the vocal cadence and it just came off as just more fuckin’ punk and sort of trippy, though she was being a little self deprecating about it afterward. For real though, there was so much pathos, cool ambient guitar sounds that would have raised even Trent Reznor’s eyebrows and poetry packed into that set that I am sure no one there felt anything but stoked.

On November 23rd, Cattle Decapitation will release their new rarities collection, Medium Rarities (that’s fucking hysterical), via Metal Blade Records. Featuring 6 previously unreleased pre-Human Jerky (1999) demos with front-man Travis Ryan on guitar (while also handling vocal duties), plus the long-sought-after To Serve Man (2002) bonus track, “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing” – in addition to other rarities (including the 6 songs from 2005’s split EP with Caninus!) – this compilation spans the band’s 22-year long career and is a must-have for any Cattle Decapitation fan.

Travis Ryan comments: “‘Medium Rarities‘ is a project we started about 10 years ago, and we’re thrilled to see it finally happen! In 2008, I started compiling unreleased tracks, import bonus tracks and 7″ releases for a rarities release – and even had the art created by the legendary Wes Benscoter, when we discovered that a key track was missing that we wanted to include on it. Our album ‘To Serve Man‘ had a bonus track ready in case there was a Japanese version released, but that never happened – and the band members’ copies of the track got lost, seemingly forever! We felt a rarities compilation released without that bonus track would be a weird idea, and so the project got shelved until recently. Heather Parsons of Metal Blade finally was able to unearth the track from an old disc that was tucked away in the Metal Blade vault! The lyrics to the song were unearthed along with it, and so we quickly got to work with compiling and mastering the rest. This is a nice, concise compilation of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks, complete with lyrics and cheeky vinyl color variant schemes, based on how people like their meat prepared. The European vinyl variants also resemble diseased meats…But my favorite part is the cassette, which was created to look like the vintage cassette releases we grew up on – complete with the old school Metal Blade axe logo! A lot of thought and work went into this release, and we are pleased to finally be able to present to you…’Medium Rarities‘!”

For a preview of Medium Rarities, “An Exposition of Insides” (a Japanese bonus track from 2012’s Monolith of Inhumanity) can be streamed now at: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation – where the collection can also be pre-ordered.

 

Lastly for today, I wanna make sure you all know about great news from Philly post-metal pilots of the subconscious Rosetta!

Both The Anaesthete and Quintessential Ephemera will be reissued on 2xLP on various color variants via Pelagic Records October 5th. For North American preorders, go to THIS LOCATION. In Europe go HERE and in Australia go HERE.

If you haven’t heard this band I want to actually take the rare moment to make myself shut the fuck up and instead of trying to cram a word salad on rye into your ears I am gonna insist you go look them up on Bandcamp and just let them paint worlds for you.

The reissues come in advance of the band’s impending European tour this fall supporting The Ocean. The journey will commence on October 31st at Dudefest in Karlsruhe, Germany and run through November 19th in Warsaw, Poland November 19th. Additional support will be provided by Årabrot. See all confirmed dates below.
ROSETTA w/ The Ocean, Årabrot:
10/31/2018 Dudefest – Karlsruhe, DE
11/01/2018 Backstage – Paris, FR
11/02/2018 The Dome – London, UK
11/03/2018 Damnation Festival – Leeds, UK
11/04/2018 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NL
11/05/2018 Sputnikhalle – Münster, DE
11/06/2018 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
11/07/2018 Le Port France – Sion, CH
11/08/2018 Santeria Social Club – Milan, IT
11/09/2018 Strom – München, DE
11/11/2018 Randa – Bratislava, SK
11/12/2018 Form Space – Cluj-Napoca, RO
11/14/2018 Control Club – Bucharest, RO
11/15/2018 Reflektor – Timisoara, RO
11/16/2018 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
11/17/2018 Mochvara – Zagreb, CR
11/18/2018 Zet Pe Te – Krakow, PL
11/19/2018 Proxima – Warsaw, PL
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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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August’s top 4 (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM (PST)

Credit: Captured By Corinne

Each month seems to start off nice and slow and then by the time it’s over I wonder where it’s gone. The past three weeks I’ve been wrapped up in the whirlwind of starting my second year of grad school (stay out of school, kids).

Here are the four albums that got me through this month, while I was reading like my life depended on it.

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[Photo by Travis Heacock]

Denver doomers In The Company of Serpents welcome their newest member bassist bassist/multi-instrumentalist Ben Pitts (Vimana, Black Sleep Of Kali, To Be Eaten, False Cathedrals).

Vocalist/guitarist Grant Netzorg says of the addition, “We are happy to announce the addition of Ben Pitts to the lineup. [Drummer] Joe [Weller Myer] and I have discussed adding a multi-instrumentalist for quite a while, as we’re eager to broaden our songwriting options beyond the limitations of a two-piece. We’re in the midst of writing our next album currently, so the timing is perfect to welcome Ben to the fold. He’ll be holding down bass duties, while also contributing parts on lap-steel guitar and layering in other instrumental pieces that we’ve previously had to confine to the studio. This new chapter for the band opens a wealth of new creative possibilities for us, and we’re excited to give everyone a taste of this as Ben joins us on our dates surrounding Scorched Tundra Fest.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS:
8/30/2018 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE w/ Dopecorpse, Rift
8/31/2018 Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ Former Worlds
9/01/2018 Scorched Tundra Fest 2018 @ The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Monolord, Sumac, Lair Of The Minotaur, Yakuza, Telekinetic Yeti, Couch Slut
9/02/2018 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA w/ Aseethe, Traffic Death

Check out In The Company Of Serpents latest album Ain​-​Soph Aur over at their Bandcamp.

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Kyle Pavone, vocalist of We Came As Romans, passes away

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:59 PM (PST)

We Came As Romans announced earlier today on their Twitter that their vocalist, Kyle Pavone, has passed away.

They write:

“Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all their love and support as they navigate their grief.

Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”

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— We Came As Romans (@wecameasromans) August 25, 2018

Pavone provided vocals as well as keyboards, piano and synthesizer on five of the band’s albums.

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August 2018 Round Up: 4 Fave Albums (MYE)

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

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

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

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RIP Jill Janus

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1:50 PM (PST)

I can’t really write too much right now. I am super fucking sad to learn from Brendon Small’s twitter account that Jill Janus of Huntress fame has gone to the great gig in the sky. She was an AMAZING talent, able to hold her own beside legends and add several fun and powerful new albums to the history of metal. She will forever be a cult metal figure and was an awesome person. She was an animal and mental health advocate and deserved so much more. I was a really big fan and am super upset. Gonna light a candle for her. It was a fun honor to interview her a few years ago and something I will always be thankful I got to experience, especially when we could discuss how cancer affected our lives. Her fucking vocal pipes were no joke and I truly believe she was one of the best. RIP Jill.

It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band…

Posted by Huntress on Thursday, August 16, 2018

 

Thanatos Thursday: Porcelain Helmet, Dream Child news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1:29 PM (PST)

Porcelain Helmet

No, not Thanos. Thanatos.  Oh, forget it. Just trying to sound metal. What does not have to try to ‘sound’ metal because it is metal af already is our first subjects today, the folks in Porcelain Helmet. No, they are not literally wearing them!

Porcelain Helmet are a quite young band from the Hudson Valley, my neck of the woods. These young thrashers have already managed to befriend Scott Ian, release a cd, get on friggin’ Metallum, and generally kick up some dust! Metal is now a multi-generational genre and we need the youth to rise and keep it going as well, especially as old guard bands retire or heroes die or rock n roll is the musical underdog once more on the world stage. Show this band some love and make them feel inspired to keep mixing it up in the metal ranks. Lot of potential!

And now news from the older generation! Legendary heavy metal guitarist Craig Goldy has an exciting new project Dream Child for classic metal fans. Dream Child is the brainchild of Goldy, and features Wayne Findlay, Simon Wright, Rudy Sarzo and Diego Valdez. Simon Wright slams! Sarzo is such a cool person and is very cool to fans on Twitter. It was the honor of a lifetime for me as a DIO fanatic to get to open for Dio Disciples once in my old metal/rock band Antidote 8 a few years back and to see him shred live.

It is pretty insane how close to Dio that Diego sounds at times. The band are hell bent on making a splash and having some heavy metal fun with Until Death Do We Meet Again, out on Frontiers in September (the 14th).

Goldy says ,”During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud….and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the “Dream Evil” album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child!”

“Until Death Do We Meet Again” track listing:

01. Under The Wire
02. You Can’t Take Me Down
03. Game Of Shadows
04. It Is What It Is
05. Playin’ With Fire
06. Light Of The Dark
07. Midnight Song
08. Until Death Do We Meet Again
09. Washed Upon The Shore
10. In A World So Cold
11. Weird World
12. One Step Beyond The Grave

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Dang, Grave Digger have some strong merch game! The band are releasing their 20th album soon called The Living Dead via Napalm! I was listening to King Diamond’s perfect metal album Abigail today and so the Grave Digger record’s new evil kid from Hell cover art is not much of a leap for my current mental state. I love how the first lyric video sounds like it is saying “screaming for whengeance”. That rules. There is also a killer anthem called “The Power Of Metal” on the new record which the veteran band were fucking born to write! And they certainly have earned the right! Fans are gonna be really into this record, trust me! Almost four decades of German Heavy Metal from this band! Respect! \m/

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