Soul searching underground artists ANDREW BLACK and MIZMOR have released a lengthy collaboration track from an upcoming Gilead Media release, Dialetheia.
The duo have released a stunning 16 minute track today titled, “Looking At / Looking Through”. The track is streaming now, exclusively at Brooklyn Vegan. Dialetheia will be released on November 20, 2020 via Gilead Media on vinyl and all digital platforms with album artwork by Emma Ruth Rundle.
MIZMOR songwriter, A.L.N. and ANDREW BLACK began their collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic through file sharing. “We made this album remotely, sending audio files back and forth over the internet, piecing them together like a collage, expanding on each others work, and producing modulations and modifications using tape and outboard gear to strike upon a certain sound. It was a somewhat inconvenient and novel approach to an album’s creation that accounts for a lot of beautiful quirks and otherwise-not-tried ideas,” shares A.L.N.
This year has seen or will see some very thrilling metal or metal influenced music that is on the morose side- notably the brilliant new efforts from Bleakheart, Katatonia, Draconian and Oblivion Beach come quickly to mind. One record that I am looking forward to rather gleefully (despite an album theme of the process of grieving) is Beyond The Shores (On Death And Dying) from Italian brooders and master metal craftspeople Shores Of Null.
If you don’t know this band, I highly insist you change that. A blend of doom, melodeath and even some grungy vocal elements at times, I have been in awe of their sophisticated songwriting ever since their imposing yet melodically addictive Quiescence release, watching them stay their course with respect and interest. Their records are true statements of life and intention rather than cheap commerce.
Very cool to see the Metal Insider folks host a premiere of the band’s powerful new section of their up and coming release, the second excerpt overall of a 40 minute single track. Stream it HERE.
The upcoming record will consist of one forty-minute track that will take the listener on a journey through the process of grieving, which is inspired by the five stages of grief formulated by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and in her book On Death And Dying.
The refrain about life being at war with us is chilling and reminded me of how Italy really suffered this year. Sending love and respect to all and may the future be brighter. I hope you will all get on board with the latest important work from this moving band and maybe find a way to channel some stress and sorrow into a semblance of coping in the process.
RIYL Woods Of Ypres, Swallow The Sun, Novembers Doom.
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ELECTRIC CHILDREN, the grungy, glammy and trippy true rock n roll band helmed by Ramblin’ Eddie Lopez have premiered a new song at New Noise Magazine HERE. “Elizabeth Le Fey Will Have Her Revenge On Echo Park” is a soul rocking number that shouts out the woman behind Globelamp, a musical artist who has dealt with a lot of fake allies in the music scene.
This melodic but gritty new single will be on their forthcoming anticipated double LP, Moon Dreams, coming out in 2021 along with two other LPs, two EPs, and two new singles as part of a an ambitious release schedule for the band for next year. Moon Dreams will have appearances from members involved with Christian Death, Queens of the Stone Age, Jessika Von Rabbit, The Screamers, Brainspoon, and The Blasters.
This new single was produced by Ramblin’ Eddie Lopez and recorded by Zach Riley at Big Bad Sound Los Angeles. For fans of Screaming Trees, The Dead Weather, The Scientists, and X.
Powerful crossover act Extinction A.D. have released a menacing metallic EP of hardcore covers, their first music to be released since 2018’s excellent Decimation Treaty. The tracks are all covers of American Hardcore bands from the 1980s including DRI, Youth Brigade and The Dead Kennedys. I am especially liking the “Reaganomics” cover as a timely reminder of how trickle down has always been empty promises/so much piss.
“Early 80’s American hardcore is one of, if not my favorite era of music,” says vocalist and guitarist Rick Jimenez. “I’ve always wanted to pay homage to it. Doing it through the lens of Extinction A.D. was not just a lot of fun, but put focus on how much things haven’t changed since the Reagan era of the united states.”
Check out It’s About Time That We Had A Change. It is well worth your time as the election looms.
Destroy Planets have released an alt metal sledgehammer of a track that rotates between bratty rap-esque chants and rumbling deathcore lows from vocalist Tanya over syncopated, dialed-up aggression from the band.
“This song means different things to us. Tanya composed the lyrics and to her the song is about betrayal and being able to move forward dealing with the struggles betrayal presents. Other band members feel the lyrics can represent two halves of the same person having an internal conflict or that there are two people where one person is living a fake lie and the other person is perhaps trying to escape this. The whole feel of the song could be seen as what goes around comes around or struggling with demons in your past that you can not escape from.”- Destroy Planets
Happy Halloween, my ghoulish darlings! Pleased to report that Rob Zombie has released probably his gnarliest track in awhile for y’all. “The Triumph of King Freak…” kicks off with some weird and cool atmospherics before clobbering down with some vintage Zombie heavy charm followed by some major boogie. John5 kicks ass on this one as well with a few parts bordering on Tom Morello inventiveness. The song is from the modestly titled album, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, out March 12, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. Loving the crazy boom box and scratch sections that gave me weird flashbacks to the fun detours on Beck’s Odelay album.
“I do not forgive/I do not save.” Hell fuckin’ yeah! This seems like it is going to be a creative and very major record for the master of undead ceremonies.
Zombie is also making an exclusive colored 7-inch available for the new single with B-side “The Serenity Of Witches.” Check it out here.Add to My Radar
If you were worried Halloween was going to be crappy this year due to social distancing -even though everyone would already have masks, haha- at least we will still have some killer music to enjoy thanks to Lizzy Borden (and yes, I do think during Covid that it is better to be safe than sorry, fyi). The spooky hard rockers have announced Best Of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 (out on Metal Blade Nov. 13th). Today you can hear them covering pretty much the best band ever , The Ramones!
It picks up where 1994’s Best of Lizzy Borden leaves off, containing 12 tracks that showcase the Deal with the Devil (2000), Appointment with Death (2007) and My Midnight Things (2018) albums. Additionally, the collection features 2 new cover songs recorded in the summer of 2020 (the first recordings by Lizzy‘s latest live show line-up!): Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Burnin’ for You” and The Ramones‘ “Pet Sematary” – both mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour).
Digitally re-mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden – where Lizzy‘s cover of “Pet Sematary” can also be heard just in time for Halloween! You can also hear it below where it is embedded as surely as it is stuck in my head!
Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Long May They Haunt Us
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Obsessed with You
5. (This Ain’t) The Summer of Love
6. Under Your Skin
7. Lovin’ You Is Murder
8. The Scar Across My Heart
9. There Will Be Blood Tonight
10. We Only Come Out at Night
12. Live Forever
13. Pet Sematary
14. Burnin’ for You
Smashing Pumpkins released an album that no one really heard much called Monuments To An Elegy but the new song “Floodgate” from Portland’s finest (and pretty much anywhere’s finest right now) gloomy but fun loving stargazers Soft Kill actually feels like one. The beautiful and dirgy song – love that gnarly bass tone – features the basically iconic post-punk powerhouse Tamaryn alongside the band for a triumphant lament that manages to capture most of the overwhelming sadness of this year and still feel strong.
Be sure to check out the video premiere and interview at Post-Punk .com and a truly earth shatteringly rock solid accompanying mini essay from Tamaryn. I was deeply moved by the part that said ,“Loneliness is universal and therefore doesn’t actually exist.”
Both devastating and reassuring, kinda like this song.
Be sure to grab the already essential Dead Kids, R.I.P. City, the newest Soft Kill album – out Nov. 20, 2020.Add to My Radar
Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves went full Maga Clown this week, right in time for a GOP coup of the Supreme Court that threatens women’s rights, the division of church and state, environmental protections, LGBTQ, corporate abuse and so much more! But don’t worry! Tommy says on his Instagram that there are studies that say climate change is natural anyway! That’s as moronic as believing the Earth is flat or systematic racism doesn’t exist and we live in meritocracy. How does Linda Perry, who I believe writes songs for Dorothy, feel about this? How does Dorothy!? Doc Coyle was in God Forbid! This is wack af.
It isn’t free thinking to join the endorsement ranks of the KKK, Lil Pump and the Taliban, Tommy. It’s dumb as fuck and chauvinistic. Also, you blocked my verified Puerto Rican girlfriend – the singer Globelamp- for critiquing you for not caring how it will affect women’s rights and falsely equating social democracy with ‘CoMMuNism’. Here is an article about how Trump is similar to Castro, dude. Don’t get it twisted. Bernie is a democratic socialist, not a communist. And Biden is a centrist!
Oh no! Unions! A social safety net for the marginalized! Dudes who might care (or you think would care) about marginalized groups still often don’t blink when women are on the political chopping block. And now, a patriarchy loving cultist being rammed into the supreme court isn’t good for women.
Trickle down economics is piss for the poor. It has always been a gop lie. And acting like business tycoons care one iota of a fuck and will be ethical if deregulated is so beyond crazy I don’t know where to start, but it seems to be a core belief of people conned by those who think objectivism is at all feasible or moral in a corrupt society. You are only helping vulture capitalism and entrenched white supremacy.
It also matters that all people who can get abortions rights are threatened! They probably just think it is murder. Abortion rates don’t drop from banning them. They just get more dangerous and more people die! That is not pro life!
Bad Wolves (and the drummer of System Of A Down for that matter) can get in the fucking garbage.
Y’all got the bag so now you don’t care about marginalized folks? You dare to pretend Trump has been cool for LGBTQ? Ben Weinman super bummed me out today being on insta telling Tommy he had “balls of steel.” More like shit for brains.
It is super sad to see Tommy misled and fall for horrible propaganda. I have moshed my heart out at Vext/Candiria shows many years ago. It is akin to mental illness to believe Trump- a serial mafia backed grifter failson RACIST- and I am not sorry in the slightest for saying that. I am not saying I get to decide how he votes and I am white as snow but he seems like the snowflake for blocking critique, especially when the alt right cry they have been shadowbanned and about ‘FreEDumB Of SpeEECKKKCGGH!’ at every opportunity when people don’t want to host their hate enabling viewpoints. I am a demiflux pansexual, despite my skin color. And diabetic. Both of which also make me unsafe in Trumplandia.
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I have to admit I wondered, like many, if Steve Tinnon could fill Tim’s big shoes as vocalist in beloved technical metalcore stalwarts WITHIN THE RUINS. They are one of the metalcore bands I have most enjoyed over the years and have plugged often in various publications. Happy to report that this new material is massive and as crazy as ever. I cautiously say it, but “Black Heart” might even be the catchiest song they have ever written with HUGE potential due to this head snapping riffage like Within The Ruins channeled “Thunderstruck” on meth and just an unbelievable level of confidence projected by the whole group! It’s maniacal and will make fans optimistic again about the group’s future. Tinnon seems downright possessed.
Here’s hoping when shows return that they still incorporate older material in the live set as well, though. Gotta mix it up!
The track comes by way of the band’s impending full-length of the same name, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music on November 27th. A lot of music writers are gonna be scrambling to add this to some lists, I’ll wager.
Black Heart will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorder options, visit THIS LOCATION.
Comments Tinnon of the track and accompanying video, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for the title track to our new album, Black Heart! We really enjoyed making this one and getting to tell a bit more of the story behind the music. It’s a very angry, personal song, and a lot of the tracks stem from what it’s about. It’s an important track in regards to the overall theme of the record, and we couldn’t be happier with how the video turned out!”
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Pallbearer celebrate the release of the much awaited Forgotten Days record with a making of video that shares behind the scenes stories from the brooding and revelation-filled fourth album. With this release the Arkansas band cement their status as one of the strongest leaders and most important acts in not just modern metal but also rock in general.
“It’s been inspiring creatively, I think we’ve written so much more material over the past year than ever before,” bass player/songwriter Joseph D. Rowland explains in the first moments of the interview. “We were able to really let some of the lyrics develop earlier in the process than we have in the past. We were able to really focus in on ideas, develop riffs, with lyrical patterns in mind, themes in mind… this time there was so much more opportunity to tightly hone in on those things.”
The Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Johan Johannson) produced album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Forgotten Days (https://www.pallbearerdoom.com/forgotten-days) is available in a number of limited edition vinyl variants with physical bundles available via both the Nuclear Blast and Pallbearer webstores, as well as digitally and on CD/cassette.
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Technical death metal pioneers DEEDS OF FLESH return after a seven year hiatus with their 9th studio album Nucleus, set for release via Unique Leader Records on 11th December 2020 (Vinyl release 15th January 2021). The band's first release since the tragic passing of guitarist / vocalist and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark, who lost a battle with sclerosis in 2018, Nucleus features guest performances some of the biggest names in extreme metal to celebrate his life and contribution to metal. Vocalist Jacoby Kingston is joined by members of Pathology, Gorguts, Dying Fetus, Submerged, Decrepit Birth and more. With a mix of the old and new style of DEEDS OF FLESH writing, this album is the completion of a story that began with Of What's to Come (2008) and ran through Portals to Canaan (2013). The music was written by Erik Lindmark (RIP), Craig Peters, Ivan Munguia and Darren Cesca, and had been recorded and partially mixed for almost four years. When Erik Lindmark passed in 2018, vocalist Jacoby Kingston came out of retirement to help finish the album. Alongside long-time drummer Mike Hamilton, they finished the story arc, wrote the lyrics and made the vocal arrangements for Nucleus.