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Cell phones at concerts are annoying, but banning them is dangerous now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Everyone hates when they are at a show and it is a sea of cell phones held aloft. It can block the view, it really takes you out of the moment and just feels kind of desperate. Some great bands such as A Perfect Circle and Danzig have been strict or outright hostile enforcing a no cell phone policy, and I understand that. In the case of an Earth show I was at once, Dylan Carlson is at risk from flash photography, if I recall. That is a reasonable excuse to want control over what goes down.

Bands like to say ,”Be here with us” or “share the moment”. I get that. Be present. It’s a once in a lifetime show. YouTube and IG clips can promote but also detract from attendance as people get lazy and watch from home or the secrets of a live performance are laid bare (not always fair for people who shelled out cash to actually show up).

I used to be really dismayed by phones up the whole time instead of lighters, but post Bataclan, Ariana Grande’s show bombing in the UK and Las Vegas, I feel very differently. I think it is outright irresponsible to ban phones unless you have a good medical reason. Otherwise your vanity could result in less eyes being available to document all manner of things. It is also why I think body cams and people filming cops is a good idea, on a related note.

Honestly with concert shootings , as much as it sucks at times, bands need to stop entirely with the no phones bullshit. A million phones up instead of lighters is shitty but I’d rather that than miss footage that could ID a criminal or show abuse by security, etc. Even in low light you could catch a stabbing or gun person who might fade into crowd. Call me paranoid but shit is crazy.

I know this is a sort of straight to the chase think piece but I thought I would put it out there as food for thought and discussion today. Hope you all enjoy whatever concerts you are attending safely (except for in the pit, of course).

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RIP Malcolm Young.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM (PST)

AC/DC is hard rock gospel, despite being on a ‘Highway To Hell’. Thank you Malcolm Young for co-founding one of the most kick ass bands of all time. Take some time today to blast some AC/DC. Any neighbor who gets pissed off at that is a total wanker anyway and not worth wasting politeness on.

Young died surrounded by family and will be missed by thousands upon thousands of people.

the backbone of the rock machine that got me into playing the guitar

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Pre Order Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light: Live’ album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:39 PM (PST)

Linkin Park fans can pre order the new live One More Light album if the tribute show still left them missing the real singer, all good energy aside. The band have issued a statement along with the news:

Chester Charles Bennington

1976-2017

We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light.  After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that—since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio—he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night.  Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.

The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary.  Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music.

Every night before walking out onto the stage, we would huddle, get focused, and share whatever last-second remarks popped into our heads.  Chester always took it upon himself to turn the name of the city where we were playing into a first-rate pun.  This was our ritual.  Best of all, it was a moment to express our gratitude that we were living our dream. 

Chester never forgot to express his appreciation to our crew—the men and women who traveled the world with us, making our dream into reality night after night.  Without them, these shows would not have been possible. 

Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny, and kind.  With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection.  His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant.  For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you.  For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us.

-Joe, Dave, Rob, Mike, & Brad  

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Dark Funeral part ways with Dominator

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:33 AM (PST)

Swedish black metal masters, DARK FUNERAL, have just announced that they are parting ways with their drummer Nils “Dominator” Fjellstroem.

Lord Ahriman comments: “We must sadly inform you that we have agreed to let Nils ‘Dominator’ Fjellstroem take a much needed timeout from the band to handle personal matters. We of course wish him the best!

Yet the world keeps turning and so DARK FUNERAL will stride on. We have hired an extremely talented drummer that will fill in Nils’ position until further notice.

All scheduled shows and tours will take place as planned! Stay tuned for further announcements!

2018 will be an epic year as we have two celebrations to make, our classic album “Vobiscum Satanas” turns 20 years old and DARK FUNERAL celebrate 25 years as a band. More news to follow, stay tuned!”

 

DARK FUNERAL live:
12/2   Leeuwarden, NL – Into Darkness Festival
3/29   Oslo, NO – Inferno Metal Festival

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RIP Chuck Mosley

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:14 PM (PST)

I am devastated to hear the news that Chuck Mosley (of Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement fame, etc.) has died.   I am so sad. I almost opened for him  a few months ago but was still dealing with anxiety about coming out to my community as trans and so I gave up the slot to another band, but I did interview him for my local paper HERE.

He was a poetic and super creative lyricist who paved the way for a lot of the alternative movement.
I have a LOT more of my talk with him I didn’t transcribe yet cuz I didn’t have enough word count. I will wait a respectful amount of time and then publish some on Metal Riot in the coming weeks. He told me some great stuff about why he styled his hair the famous way he did.

Chuck recently was on the new Primitive Race record which comes out THIS month.

So glad I got to meet him in person briefly and become friends and also get to see him and Doc from Bad Brains reunite in person that same night. Doc arrived at Chuck’s show at The Anchor in Kingston as I was talking to Chuck and I got to see them hug. Chuck’s energy telling stories was so infectious and he gave me almost 2 hours of his time when I interviewed him. Very grateful for the experience. He really seemed so excited to be making lots of new music and he will be very missed by the music community. RIP.

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Corrosion Of Conformity with Pepper in the line-up is by far the most popular version of the band, though all their records over the years are terrific. Anyway, No Cross No Crown is the name of the pending first C.O.C. record with Pepper back in the band after a little over a decade. The first single is fantastic and will rock you out of all the misery in the air with some glorious guitars, a potent rhythmic charge and Pepper’s hoarse and bluesy, assured and gruff vocals. God damn, I needed this today!

Pre-Order No Cross No Crown HERE.

“Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows,” Keenan recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s just go to Europe and see if it works.’ So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year… We toured for a year and then started tracking about ten or eleven months ago.”

No Cross No Crown will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment worldwide on January 12th, 2018 on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats.

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Metal singer is first openly trans person to win state legislator

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM (PST)

Danica Roem made myself and a lot of other people cry last night when she won a race in VA against an LGBTQ bigot. Metal Riot has two trans writers, myself included, so it was certainly nice to see some national representation turn the tide on hate. Minneapolis even elected their first African American trans woman to city council! We are regular people who just want to live our lives.

Decibel has Roem’s victory speech HERE, in which she actually also thanks metalheads! Metal scribe Kim Kelly has a good profile on Roem you can read HERE as well.

Parker Molloy from Upworthy had one of my favorite reactions on Twitter:

 

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RIP Pilgrim’s Jon Rossi

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:43 PM (PST)

Very sad news today. Metal Injection reports that Pilgrim‘s Jon Rossi has died at the age of 26. This is a damn shame. So much life ahead of the dude and in a well loved and influential act as well. Our thoughts and hearts are with his family and friends. Pick up our favorite Misery Wizard in tribute (gotta love that “Astaroth” Cathedral-esque guitar march). What a shame. Rest in power.

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Orphaned Land’s “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” art and info

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4:08 PM (PST)

Orphaned Land are a special group within the family tree of metal, just so inspiring, unifying and cinematic. Today’s great news is that the band will release their new studio album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records.

Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). It will be very interesting to hear these capable men in the context of the band’s larger than life sound! The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs! Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can’t wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!”

Read more BELOW.

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Gwar’s Mike Derks needs our help.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:47 AM (PST)

News broke today that Gwar’s Mike Derks is battling a bone marrow disorder. Balsac the Jaws of Death is a hero to many, the riff spewing glue that holds Gwar together. Let’s hope the metal and punk community will come together and try and help Mike. Gwar have certainly been through enough the last few years!

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Marilyn Manson fires Twiggy Ramirez

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM (PST)

Many people have been waiting for this news to break and it did. Looks like Marilyn Manson has fired Jeordie White after the rape allegations from Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill/Scarling. Addams seems much more credible and socially aware than White, who says genius stuff like “Varg is awesome”.

This makes us glad as we want to keep supporting Manson (as long as Johnny Depp isn’t in more videos) and he seemed shocked when the news broke. Here is hoping Tim Skold comes back. In other news, Alice Glass fans should read THIS.

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Barney Greenway performs with Sick Of It All

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:59 PM (PST)

Hardcore idols Sick Of It All have posted a clip of the band performing a stone cold classic “My Life” from Blood, Sweat and No Tears in Tokyo with Barney from fuckin’ Napalm Death on vocals! The crowd is of course loving it. Good times and just what the doctor ordered to cheer you up after a week of deaths in the metal scene.

Posted by Sick Of It All on Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) dies

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9:04 PM (PST)

Marilyn Manson co-founder Scott Putesky has passed from his four year battle with cancer. There was something magical about the Portrait Of An American Family-era and “Daisy Berkowitz” was a gigantic part of that initial wow factor. The news broke via another of Putesky’s former bands, the incredible cult act Jack Off Jill. Jessicka Addams of JOJ was also in the news this week to tell the world of horrible abuse she allegedly suffered from Manson member Jeordie White. Record companies def cover for money making stars and we hope Addams finds peace and closure. It must be incredibly emotional to have lost her friend Scott so close to already dealing with the torrent of emotions that accompanies speaking up to a bigger power.

I missed that certain cartoony style and buzzy punkish rage that inhabited much of Putesky’s playing after that element was less prominent in Manson’s work (The Golden Age of Grotesque has maybe some of the closest moments). While I am a big fan of a number of later MM releases, there is something about Portrait that will always remind me of doing drugs in high school and escaping into that crazy tape in my walk man when the world seemed huge and too scary to treat as anything other than a mad carnival.

Read a great interview with Scott HERE.

Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott – "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy Berkowitz

Posted by Jack Off Jill on Sunday, October 22, 2017

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RIP Martin Eric Ain

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:23 AM (PST)

This year and last both took some major talents from this mortal coil, but their energy, spirits and work live on. Today we have learned the sad news that true extreme metal legend and pioneer Martin Eric Ain has passed away at 50 years old of a heart attack.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer: “I am deeply affected by [Martin’s] passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982.”

If it were not for Martin’s impact, many bands we take for granted today would not exist. Pay respect to a founder and buy this book or revisit his integral music now. Consider that every risk we take in life, every creative endeavor, can actually change the world no matter the odds.

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Nocturnal Graves to re-issue “Satan’s Cross” debut

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:10 PM (PST)

Part of the joy of being a metal blogger (there aren’t many but the ones that there are are pretty sweet) is being able to write a sentence such as “Australian death metal brutes Nocturnal Graves will re-release Satan’s Cross upon the unsuspecting peasant hordes.” I take my kicks where I can find ’em.

The new edition of the album features cover art from renowned painter Paolo Girardi (BLACK BREATH, DIOCLETIAN, HIEROPHANT, and many more) and the album’s 5 track pre-production demos. The devil looks more ripped, I gotta say. He has been juicing. Pre order now so you will soon be juicin’ with Lucy yourself.

The deluxe reissue of Satan’s Cross will be released on CD and a limited LP + 10″ mini LP set on December 8 Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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