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Confrontational is a European darkwave project that is turning heads with ass kicking new record A Dance Of Shadows. The album features mastermind Massimo Usai charting a dark yet infectious as a zombie bite (but much more fun!) course for the dance floor. With cover art from Branca Studios and a sound akin to the best 80’s horror and action cinema soundtracks that never existed but sound like classic cuts, Confrontational is much more interesting than the 800th metalcore band to hit up my email for coverage. In fact, I had to seek this dude out because I was so intrigued by the project.

Turns out we had some similar tastes and a mutual pal or two. That’s the power of the underground!

How did this studio whiz get Monte Pittman from Madonna’s band (and ex-Prong), Darren Travis from fucking Sadus and horror legend John Carpenter’s own son Cody Carpenter on this release? The music is just that fuckin’ cool!

A Dance Of Shadows is out on bandcamp now HERE and you ought to go support it!

Read our full Confrontational interview BELOW.

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Relapse Records announces new Boris, Merzbow collab “Gensho”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)

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I was just bitching about being unsure how on Earth I will whittle down my year end list to a reasonable number this year in the face of so many rad records when news broke about Relapse releasing a pending new collaboration between legends Boris and Merzbow. Seeing Boris live ought to change anyone’s life and I even got to chat with Jim Jarmusch about how cool they are once when I waited on him at a restaurant I used to work at, The Depuy Canal House. Anyhow, thankfully Gensho, the new collaboration, does not street until next February so I don’t have yet another contender for my year end list. After August every year I start freaking out counting down to December and become impossible to be around.

Anyway, any decent weirdo worth their salt knows Merzbow is a noise legend and Boris know no limits when it comes to creativity. In a noise rock/avant pop climate where awesome stuff is being done again by bands ranging from JC Satan to Tearist to Pigs and Fad Nauseam, it is rad to know some of the scene stalwarts are still cutting their teeth on pushing boundaries as well. Deets on Gensho can be read BELOW.

Swans announce “The Gate” handmade live cd (2500 lmtd)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 8:17 AM (PST)

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Swans can be one of the most intense bands to this day, even if it’s been a long time since Filth. Whether spacious rock, furrowed brow indie rock or harsher passages, M.Gira and his ensemble/collective always deliver a thrill. From The Burning World to My Father Will Guide Me…I can’t think of a single bad record.

 

EXCLUSIVELY NOW AT YOUNGGODRECORDS.COM. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE UPCOMING NEW SWANS STUDIO ALBUM.

 

 

 

A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA / SWANS:

 

 

We are in the process and making and assembling an edition of 2500 handmade live 2xCD packages and we are accepting orders now at younggodrecords.com. This is part of a tiered system whereby our dedicated listeners can voice their support for the upcoming new Swans album by choosing one or all of several options presented in order to aid us in our journey towards discovering and subsequently nourishing ourselves (and those who might care to travel with us) within a fresh new constellation of sound. Here below is what I’ve written in a newsletter that has been sent to our friends and supporters:

“…Hello There, Michael Gira of Swans here. I thought that, since you signed up to our newsletter, you might be interested to know that the 2xCD live SWANS handmade fundraiser event/portal of support for our (in)glorious efforts is now up. The live 2xCD is called The Gate. I believe it captures the live SWANS experience effectively. The woodblock print is by Nicole Boitos and I draw all over each one and sign it as well. Each one is unique. They’re numbered 1 – 2500 and won’t be available elsewhere… The upcoming album (as yet untitled) will be the last with this core group (comprised of my beautiful friends Norman, Christoph, Thor, Phil, Christopher and myself) and the subsequent (marathon) tour in 2016 will be our last together. As such, I am determined to make this album the most fully realized, cataclysmic, subtle and nuanced, heartfelt and inspirational, truthful and luminous recording that we have yet undertaken. As always, your valued (and quite necessary) support in this perhaps quixotic endeavor is sincerely appreciated. I love you! I thank you!…”

The rapport this group has developed over the last 5 plus years is a gift for which I will remain forever grateful. In live performance it has sometimes lead us to unleash a sound that is not only greater than us but seems to swallow us into its own immanent consciousness and will. It feels great! Oftentimes I’ve spoken to people in the audience after a show and they’ve expressed similar notions. My sentiment at these moments is that I’m delighted to have been of service, but can’t really take responsibility for it, since it’s beyond us too. So, following the final 2016 touring cycle with the wonderful cadre of talented individuals mentioned above, I will continue to record and perform (though perhaps less frequently) using the name Swans, on a project-by-project basis. Acutely aware that the psychic connection with which we’ve been blessed is irreplaceable, I will instead pursue the ever-elusive pathway alluded to above through other means. You can read more about this and other ephemera at the link above.

 

Interview: Crowhurst – “An evolution in the project”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM (PST)

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Crowhurst have an extensive catalogue that bears reflecting upon, yet recent release I is garnering more respect than ever. I love when a project goes full on Willie Nelson / Swans/ Smashing Pumpkins/Neil Young style where the artist releases just a ton of material throughout their career. It’s not even about being less calculated, as Crowhurst ringleader and renaissance man Jay Gambit clearly puts care into each release, from the musical ground up to the visuals. This is to noise and blackened industrial what All Out War’s Dying Gods is to metalcore, the real genuine fuckin’ deal, kids.

 

Read our conversation BELOW.

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Show photos: Swans at Union Transfer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM (PST)

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Swans have always seemed really tribal in some way to me, even when they have been more about casting out spirits or deep isolation. Not exactly always the most “social” music, in my opinion. It’s a quality of fearless expression you can find today in Swans themselves, of course, but also younger acts like Tearist , Palms or Ides Of Gemini who also kind of straddle this lonely line between beauty, stark poetry or powerful melody/humanity versus (or rather in conjunction with) discomfort, shamanistic ritual and the fearless self discovery of not caring if people are ready to be initiated where you need to travel on your own path to full blossoming.

Photographer Miss Magpi  documented elder statesman M. Gira’s act for us at their recent Union Transfer stop, a stunning venue to witness this act who still remain, in their way, more extreme than most “heavy” bands. Sometimes it’s all about the vibe, baby.

Magpi describes the show as:

“.collosal. & .meticulous.” 

Photos BELOW.

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From one extreme music fan to all you readers out there, indie noise progenitors Lightning Bolt are more energetic and crazed than most melodeath or hardcore bands you’ll ever see. From erasing the boundaries between band and audience to 20 years of hyper rhythmic mania to their latest crunker Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt have kept the train rolling all night long. Tour kicks off tomorrow in Buffalo, NY

METZ and Liturgy are tour mates on this trek, albeit at different dates. If you’re so entrenched in your stinky Florida death metal ways to dismiss this as hipster music, I kinda feel bad for you but will be too busy enjoying the innovation of these acts.

Click HERE for full dates.

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Melvins release “Colossus Of Destiny” movie Kickstarter footage

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:58 AM (PST)

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There is a really solid looking Melvins documentary in the works. The kickstarter launched and is HERE.

The film, which is currently under production with an anticipated early 2016 release, is the creation of Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby.  The pair, who met through a mutual affection for the Melvins, began work on the officially authorized documentary in late 2014.

“We kept asking ourselves why no one had ever made a film about the Melvins,” explained Hannam.  “What an incredible story and twisted tale both Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have taken.  There aren’t many bands who can say they’ve influenced some of the most popular artists of our generation and done it in every instance according to their own rules, still as important, if not more so, some 32 years after forming.”

You can catch some footage from the trailer (featuring Mark Arm, David Yow, Matt Pike, Chris Cornell and more) BELOW.

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USA Out Of Vietnam announce US Tour Dates with The Besnard Lakes

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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USA Out Of Vietnam are crossing the border from Montreal and hitting the road for a short January tour with like-minded compatriots The Besnard Lakes. Def recommended for fans of Earth, So Hideous, The Eye Of Every Storm-era Neurosis or any current act ignoring genres over the power of the music itself.

Would be quite interesting to see USA Out Of Vietnam live as their recent Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes release was extremely layered with guest musicians and extra instrumentation beyond a standard rock band format.

An excellent “Asphodel I/1322 ” live clip can be seen below as well as the tour dates, to give a glimpse into the live experience. Some cool Watership Down/weird Jesus movie -I think- footage in the live clip plus some serious beard (not to get weird, but doesn’t that much beard tickle your partner during special times?)… yeah.

Confirmed dates BELOW.

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Cardinal Points North American Metal Cover Art 2014 Poll

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM (PST)

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Click HERE to see the candidates artwork.

Banksy got arrested (or was that a hoax?) so we need to figure out this artwork stuff for ourselves now, right?

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Quintron makes drone metal approved weather controlled monster synth

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)

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WEATHER FOR THE BLIND DOT ORG is a 24/7 live streaming site of a new instrument which uses sun, wind, rain, and temperature to control a monster analog synth designed by Quintronics in New Orleans, LA. and at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida.

The site also links to the band version of this project – WEATHER WARLOCK – a heavy drone ritual which only happens at sunrise or sunset involving zero to nine members performing sets which may last from 30 minutes to one year long.

Maybe that is like the Slipknot collegiate Skull & Bones camp for aspiring forecasters. This appeals to the romantic in me, that inventiveness can still create a cool musical concept and be functional in other mediums like science and psychology. Sunn O))) types who crave a weirder trip should get on board and maybe even surf.

Melvins beat “Sesame Street Meat” with help from Butthole Surfers

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM (PST)

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While we are all bummed out about Malcolm Young retiring, let’s be thankful that we at least know the Melvins will probably never, ever hang it up.

The Quietus has premiered a new Butthole/Melvins jaunt entitled “Sesame Street Meat”. I don’t know if that is a nod to the whole “please don’t tickle me, Elmo” controversy awhile ago but it is a solid jam full of heavy ass Eggnog-worthy low end and some of the quirky textural detours their major label years or even under-appreciated gem Hostile Ambient Takeover afforded listeners. But all in all it is more early grunge sounding than most of what they have done between now and, say, A Senile Animal. Great stuff. Click HERE to get blessened.

Paul Leary and JD Pinkus join the band on new album Hold It In, out October 14th. Pre-order HERE.

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Melvins “Hold It In” with help from some Butthole Surfers

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM (PST)

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The Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010’s The Bride Screams Murder, on Oct. 14.

 Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers’ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus.  Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.

 “Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t,” said Osborne.  “Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride.  I can’t believe this actually happened.  I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus.  “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”

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Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It’s 0600 hours. What does the “O” stand for? O my God, it’s early! Speaking of early, let’s hear it for that Marty Lee Drywitz. Silky smooth sounds, making me sound like Peggy Lee…

The following interview was conducted with guitarist/singer Son of Fogman from Montreal heavy psych band USA Out of Vietnam. Click here for this great debate with national moods and, in essence, music theory itself. 

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Ok, I promise to post, like, seventeen Black Breath and Entombed articles after this dance tangent, but I am betting most of you wont mind.Anyway, I heard this mesmerizing track on acclaimed Swedish label Labrador for a group called Eternal Death today. It is not what you’d expect from a group with basically a made for death metal name.

The vocals really are like Witch House meets Dolly Parton or even Cocteau Twins and the shit is spooky, moving and pensive. I found myself wanting to go run outside in the rain with my shirt off and scream at the sky. You may just want to turn it off and get back to beating off to Immortal, I don’t know. But seriously, how could I not run that photo? That is a great photo.

But while this is a metal site, we have to give props to anything dealing with grappling the inevitable lights going out with this much potency.

The story of Eternal Death began in the fall of 2013 with the video ”Eternal Death”. With its 4 minutes of total silence and darkness it created an equal amount of fascination and confusion. The video was followed up by the single “Head” in the early spring of 2014. 

Eternal Death are working on their debut album due in the fall of 2014 – an album about evanescence, death and sparkling pop melodies.

Click HERE to hear “Bullet” and God bless us, everyone.