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RIP ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:46 AM (PST)

As much as I relish and miss the opportunity to write a Motörhead related story more frequently, it is with heavy heart that we repeat the news that “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away. Pardon the delay in this post. A lot going on in my life right now and the news also took time to process as a fan. Clarke, to me, reminds me that it is so important to do what you believe in and strive to make your mark/use your lifetime for YOU. It could make a huge difference. Think of all the moments that would have been lesser without Clarke’s contributions to rock n’ roll. There you go. RIP

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Celebrate 20 years of KITTIE with a documentary and new live album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM (PST)

KITTIE have always been way cooler and more important than some snobs gave them credit for and I remain a real fan. A long gestating documentary is arriving on March 30 via Lightyear Entertainment in North America to celebrate the band’s career and impact. The three-disc set, which was directed by Rob McCallum, includes a Blu-ray and DVD of the documentary as well as a new live album on CD. Check out a ripping new trailer HERE.

Press Release:

How many people do you know that accomplished something that effectively CHANGED LIVES while they were in HIGH SCHOOL?

Our friends Morgan and Mercedes Lander didn’t intend to become Heavy Metal Feminist Icons in their teens, but that is exactly what they have become. 

They held their own with some of the biggest metal bands in the genre and made music as brutal as any of their male counterparts. They were RIAA certified gold and have sold MILLIONS of records since their debut 20 years ago. With plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify, the band is even more relevant today, due to the international dialogue about women in entertainment.

The 3-Disc Set (DVD, Blu Ray and CD) is due out on 3/30/2018.  Also, look out for a 12″ record of the audio portion of the release in the coming months.

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Anvil prepare to release ‘Pounding The Pavement’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 5:01 PM (PST)

Canadian heavy metallers Anvil are preparing to release their 17th studio album Pounding The Pavement on January 19 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Anvil will be heading out on tour through Europe in support of the album starting in February.

Pounding The Pavement was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work. Talking of which: the programmatic album title Pounding The Pavement is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil’s financial survival. Steve Kudlow (guitars/vocals): “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty years better than Pounding The Pavement: Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music.”

In view of their impressive new album which brims over with inspiration, Anvil can look into the future with optimism, knowing that they have succeeded – as expressed in their song ´Doing What I Want` – in not having to pander to anyone’s taste artistically: “Despite all adversities that the life of a musician entails, we still find ourselves in a very privileged position. We can basically do what we want to do. Nobody interferes, nobody tries to steer us in one direction or the other. Which other artists can say that of themselves? Even the biggest bands in the world envy us and tell us: ‘You damn bastards have always been able to do what you want.’ And that’s precisely what we’ve done again on Pounding The Pavement.”

Check out info about the album and Anvil tour dates here.

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Cane Hill premieres “It Follows” over at RevolverMag.com

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:12 AM (PST)

Louisiana nu metallers Cane Hill have released their newest track “It Follows” via RevolverMag.com.

“It Follows” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Too Far Gone due out January 19 via Rise Records.

About “It Follows”, singer Elijah Witt told Revolver, “This was a really fun song to write and it probably took us the longest. It’s heavy and catchy all at once. We were trying to go for full on ‘metal epic’ without over-reaching and I think we did just that.”

Cane Hill will be hitting the road soon to tour with Of Mice & Men, Blessthefall and Fire From the Gods.

Check out “It Follows” as well as other recent Cane Hill tracks and the band’s upcoming tour dates here.

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The Plot In You announces US tour; ‘Dispose’ out Febuary 16

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 12:48 AM (PST)
Photo credit: ASHLEY OSBORN

Photo credit: ASHLEY OSBORN

Ohio metallers The Plot In You are preparing to embark on a tour of the United States in support of their latest, forthcoming album Dispose, due out February 16 via Fearless Records.

The Plot In You will be touring as direct support for We Came As Romans. They will be joined by Oceans At Alaska, Currents, and Tempting Fate.

The tour will run 33 dates, kicking off on February 28 at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater and ending on April 28 at Grand Rapids’ The Intersection.

“This album is our proudest release so far, it’s almost a complete restart on the band,” explains Tewers. “The music has continued to naturally evolve in the way that we have wanted it to for a long time and we have a completely new team helping to roll it out which has been refreshing.”

Check out tour dates as well as the music videos for “Feel Nothing” and “Not Just Breathing” here.

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Judas Priest release “Lightning Strike;” tease music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:28 PM (PST)

The Metal Gods are starting 2018 with a fucking bang! And that bang comes in the form of their latest track “Lightning Strike,” off of the forthcoming album Firepower.

You can check out a teaser for the video below. The full video will be out later today.

Firepower is expected to drop in March.

You can read about Judas Priest‘s March-April North American tour here.

Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘Lightning Strike’ video. Premiering tomorrow at RevolverMag.com

Posted by Judas Priest on Thursday, January 4, 2018

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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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Black Fast enter Mana Studios

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:42 PM (PST)

 St. Louis metal outfit BLACK FAST will enter Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL this week with veteran producer Erik Rutan to begin work on an all-new LP for Entertainment One (eOne). Known for his work with HATE ETERNALSIX FEET UNDERGOATWHORE and CANNIBAL CORPSE, Rutan was an easy choice for the band to produce their widely successful eOne debut Terms of Surrender. Citing the positive rapport between him and the band, Erik is very excited about working with Black Fast once again.

“We are super excited to produce the new Black Fast album,” Rutan says. “We had such a great experience working together on the recording of ‘Terms of Surrender’ and I know that we will step it up a notch in this next production. There is a certain chemistry that happens when as a producer you get to work with bands on multiple records and when everyone is on the same page like we are, fantastic things happen. Black Fast is such a unique band of incredible musicians and great people. I cannot wait to get to work with the guys again, capture their raging sound and stellar performances in the best way I know how! May the metal commence!”

Terms of Surrender, the band’s ferocious and thrashing eOne debut, is also now available on vinyl for the first time on the band’s official online store.

BLACK FAST is proud to share that they have recently joined the D’Addario and Co.family. Aaron Akin says, “We won’t play anything else since we found the NYXL brand. They are the loudest, clearest, strongest and most balanced strings out there. They are the only strings we use on the road or in the studio. D’Addario rips!” Black Fast shreds with D’Addario NYXL-1046 and Evans Drumheads. You can find their artist page here.

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Album Review: Conquer At Will – ‘Lou’s Revenge’

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 9:36 PM (PST)

CONQUER AT WILL may just be the greatest 80’s metal band to come out in 2017. A bit of a bold statement to make in the beginning of a review on a virtually unknown band, but fuck you because you haven’t witnessed their power yet (I still love you readers though, some of you for a longer time than others).

I witnessed these guys for the first time back in October 2017 when they opened for the mighty DOKKEN and I was immediately hooked. They had the look, the sound, and the riffs to catch my attention, and they made one hell of an impression. I knew right there that these guys were something special. I mean, DOKKEN was always a huge deal to me, and considering I not only saw them live for my first time in my favorite local venue (The Chance in Poughkeepsie), but I had also gotten a chance to meet them that night, and even with all of that going on, the opening act still stood out to me more than the thumb of a hot hitchhiker chick that could be the opening of a horror movie, or a porno.

Fast forward a few weeks later. It’s Halloween day, and CONQUER AT WILL has just released their first album Lou’s Revenge. After making Nick Sinclari [singer / guitarist] drive a copy of the album over to me and probably making him late to a Dee Snider show in Poughkeepsie (sorry dude!), I finally had my own copy of the album. Immediately upon putting it on the stereo, I was hit with an instrumental sound that was like a cross between early IRON MAIDEN, OMEN, and SAXON. The sound is epic 80’s enough, that if I hadn’t witnessed them myself, I’d think this was an elaborate MILLI VANILLI type of thing, but these guys are truly the real deal. The album is straight 80’s metal from start to finish, and it doesn’t let up for a moment.

If you’re a fan of classic heavy metal, CONQUER AT WILL is the band for you. Don’t let their age fool you. These kids know metal, and will gladly show you how to rock the fuck out. Get your copy of Lou’s Revenge today! Your ears will thank you! Key Tracks 1. “Sea Of Agony” 2. “Angels In Hell” 3. “Not The Love”

Ozzy announced ‘Farewell’ tour. Who believes it?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne is soon announcing dates for what he claims will be his last full tour, though he may do shows here and there in the future. The guy is getting up there, so I can respect that. Still, it is easy to wonder if this is bullshit. No More Tours was a long time ago in the early 90’s and his brand has only grown bigger. Money can be very tempting, not that Ozzy needs any more. But who knows. Maybe this is it!?

Metal Sucks has the full scoop HERE.

I am glad he has been playing with Zakk again, as it will give this farewell more of a merry conclusion that the Bill Ward-less Sabbath The End travesty. I’m fully in camp Ward on that one, who is TOURING with Day Of Errors alongside Witch fucking Mountain in December, which makes it look like the other Sabbath guys just didn’t want to pay Bill squarely.

Anyway, here is what the Oz-meister says:

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

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Marty Friedman releases “Self Pollution” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Guitar luminary Marty Friedman has released a new video for the track “Self Pollution” from his Wall of Sound album. It starts as a technical workout that still has a gritty and rock n roll feel to it though other sections highlight Friedman’s melodic lead playing and get downright expansive and meditative before the wild stuff makes a return.

Friedman says, “This video is the first to feature my live band, with Kiyoshi on bass, Chargee on drums and Jordan Ziff on guitar. These guys (and girl) outshine me every night on tour. The video is loosely based on some of the fun ways you can pollute yourself (hence the title) and takes you from serenity to a chaotic climax, just like real life does sometimes.”

Directed by London-based photographer Jimmy Cheng, watch “Self Pollution” below.

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Metallica‘s “Spit Out The Bone” was a highlight of Hardwired…To Self Destruct for many thrashers (my faves are probably still “Moth into Flame” and “Atlas Rise”, if you must know). But yeah, this live version of “Spit Out The Bone” is lively as hell and gets the Oct. 24th London O2 crowd roaring with enthusiasm. You’d think it was an older classic!

Check it out HERE. Rob and James in particular ripped this bad baby up!!

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Halford is arguably the most talented classic elder front man still active in metal (and showing no signs of slowing down). Judas Priest are gods of metal, even if some people think they are just a ‘rock n roll’ band. Eff that. They are molten British Steel, baby.

Today the band have announced a new studio album Firepower and a big tour with support from Saxon and Black Star Riders! That is one hell of a kick ass grouping of acts.

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The brotherhood that is Black Label Society are hitting the road again. Rocking plenty a face off of late with Zakk Sabbath and Ozzy is not enough for the insatiable guitarist Zakk Wylde and the man with a plan is taking BLS back to the stages of America in 2018. The band will be supporting Grimmest Hits and are bringing a stellar array of heavy support on select dates from Eyehategod, Red Fang and Corrosion Of fuckin’ Conformity.

Dates BELOW.

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Body Count release “This Is Why We Ride” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1:07 PM (PST)

Los Angeles-based Thrash Metal icons BODY COUNT have released a new music video for their track “This Is Why We Ride”, which is featured on the band’s 2017 full-length, Bloodlust. Fans can view the new video, which was directed by Treach (Naughty By Nature) at this location.

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