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OTEP streaming ‘Generation Doom’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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Los Angeles metallers OTEP, led by the fearless Otep Shamaya, are preparing to release Generation Doom on April 15 via Napalm Records.

OTEP is currently on the road in support of Generation Doom.

They are receiving support on the tour from Lacey Sturm (Ex-Flyleaf), September Mourning, Through Fire and Doll Skin.

Check out tour dates and stream Generation Doom here.

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OTEP debuts new track “In Cold Blood”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles heavy metal queen OTEP has released her newest track “In Cold Blood”.

“In Cold Blood” comes off of the upcoming album Generation Doom which will come out on April 15 via Napalm Records.

In addition to this new track OTEP has announced the “Generation Doom” Tour which will see support from Lacey Sturm, September Mourning, Through Fire and Doll Skin.

Check out “In Cold Blood”, “Lords of War” and “Zero” as well as OTEP tour dates here.

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Devour The Day release “Step Aside”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:50 PM (PST)

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Tennessee alternative rockers Devour The Day have released the song “Step Aside”.

“Step Aside” comes off the band’s upcoming album S.O.A.R.

S.O.A.R. will be released via Razor & Tie on April 1.

Check out “Step Aside” and Devour The Day tour dates here.

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Stadium shaking head movers Linkin Park have announced they are giving away Hybrid Theory for a limited time with Google Play in thanks to fans.

Our first album, Hybrid Theory, was made with all the love, passion, and naïveté that an artist can give to their first recordings. We are humbled and grateful that it has been embraced so widely, and we still find it hard to believe it became the biggest selling rock album of the century. As a thank you to our fans, we’ve partnered with Google Play to give you Hybrid Theory for free. –Linkin Park

Get it HERE.

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Soulfly, Suffocation and Battlecross to tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:43 AM (PST)

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Good morning, ragers. Today’s news might seem a bit schizo, as Soulfly, Suffocation and Battlecross don’t seem at first like the most similar of bands, but they are all touring together and it is sure to be a memorable and awesome trek. I’m listening to Death Angel’s classic “Why You Do This” from the Frolic In The Park re-issue right now and thinking about how metal is really for all kinds of people, so to me this tour seems refreshing rather than a “get people in the door by any means” gambit. Heck, these days bigger bands need to stick together anyway as it not only gives fans more but it is expensive to tour. And it is cool to show more death metal types the groove of Soulfly or the spastic thrash attack of Battlecross can also be cool or for Suffocation to destroy people not used to a band that heavy.

Abnormality and Lody Kong are also along for the US batch of dates, which you can see below.

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Deftones announce tour dates for Spring

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 11:14 AM (PST)

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Taking a break from watching that surprisingly funny Netflix show Love to tell you kids that Deftones have a bevvy of upcoming shows (including a SXSW Spin showcase date avec CHVRCHES). I for one am stoked to hear more of GORE, despite Deftones own guitarist not seeming as keen on it in recent comments as the rest of the band. He probably was exaggerating his displeasure at the current direction however, since for the last 4 album press cycles or whatever Stephen Carpenter has been saying he loves Meshuggah in practically every interview.

What has always made Deftones great (and why I particularly love the S/T record best) is their variety but ability to also still deliver the heavy. As long as they don’t transform into Team Sleep (which would be odd since Deftones were in full swing first) there is room for Deftones to keep their experimental and pretty side flourishing.

Anyway, these dates are sure to feature a variety of tunes for fans of different eras. Dates below.

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Album Review: Spylacopa – “Demon John”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM (PST)

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John LaMacchia of Candiria fame returns with the latest record from the Brooklyn resident’s acclaimed Spylacopa project (purchase HERE). Like anything else he has been a part of, Demon John shows a huge range of musical capability while retaining a sense of adventure and reverence for art itself. This is not mere showboating just because he can.

From the collage/electro weirdness/soundtrack feel of “Van Sicklen Valley” to the almost shoegaze/dark post-rock meets grunge feel of lead single “Duskeyhead” ,there is a swirl of influences too numerous to break down. Besides, that would only be another form of showing off and it is cooler to let the music wash over you in movements than to nitpick it all apart.

“Nolita Lullabies” appears to be recorded street noise of someone kind of ranting about how real friends will never harm you. It’s a cool :52 interlude and kind of funny if you have ever heard someone slightly intoxicated on a street corner. Sabrina Ellie’s backing vocals on the dark , almost Nice Cave meets Bee & Flower reminiscent “Lovely One” are also a highlight.

“mAlice” is an alternative rock gem that bears the most in common with the recent Parallels or previous Spylacopa EP in terms of tone. LaMacchia sounds like he has grown a lot more confident as a singer while also displaying some of the great melodic lines here that were sprinkled throughout the semi-controversial more melodic (yet nonetheless banger) Candiria record What Doesn’t Kill You

There is an almost Alice In Chains meets Swans by way of Brooklyn disillusion-feel to much of this record. It feels very much a postcard from John more than some of the other Spylacopa albums which, while bad ass, at times were more like an assemblage of bad ass tracks than the smooth narrative Demon John is.

“Christmas In the Desert” assures the lonely overall feel of this beautiful album is not lost, LaMacchia really showcasing his virtuosity as a player yet not tipping his hand on a reverb heavy acoustic instrumental that could have fit somewhere on a record from Burton C. Bell’s Ascension Of The Watchers.

“Frenz Lyke Theze” is another true highlight, a classical sounding dark ballad that is audiophile gold. Weird looping hand drum patterns and other aspects lend to a growing feeling of ascent as blips and a glitchy beat create a skeleton before your eyes.

Can’t wait to hear what is next from this restless spirit. This record proves beyond a doubt that LaMacchia can keep Spylacopa strong with any collaborators or on his lonesome.

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Song of the Week: Deftones’ fluid “Prayers/Triangles” track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM (PST)

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Deftones have a new record on the way called Swish. Or was it Gore? Yeah, I think it is Gore.

Merch Direct has some pretty cool Tame Impala-esque pop art meets perfume bottle/high fashion fonts and Nu Snapbacks vibes going on HERE for those looking for some tasty related gear, but the best treat is the new, hard to classify single “Prayers/Triangles”. It’s a watery track almost reminiscent guitar-wise of Chino’s Palms project with former members of Isis (yes, the fucking band). It might even be my favorite track from the band since “Minerva” from the underrated sick as fuck S/T record where they really learned to temper their inner fire with patience, though there have certainly been plenty of killer songs since then to now.

But yeah, this song is what’s up. In 2016 more than ever we can find ways to collage and buck expectation, be it the sensual yet bright, tropical house infused future pop of newcomer Eriel Indigo (who is likely to be huge) , the morphic funk and street aware R&B of Lion Babe or, to stay in the metal world and not freak some of y’all out, the psychotic jazz and black metal melange of DHG or Shining, for example.

Deftones can make you feel dreamy, lifted or rabble-roused, but you always feel something, even if it is the familiar sensation of surrendering to fate and all the unknown yet electric variables that entails.

All hail the kings, crowns glistening, etc.

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Septa release new, determined video for “Ropes”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:41 AM (PST)

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BEHOLD! The first single from the forthcoming yet-to-be-titled third album by the Ukrainian alternative metal band Septa.

You might remember these hard working maniacs from their Walking Dead themed tune, one of the heaviest songs on our Creature Honeymoon compilation last year as well as their records The Lover and Destroyer.

Seriously, if you haven’t gotten into these guys yet, what is your exact problem? It’s one thing if you are a loser like me and content to rot in bed listening to the Allman Brothers with my dog and a growing stack of dirty laundry. But seriously, if you have any motivation to live you need to check out this adrenaline charged and experimental band who are more interesting than most of what is going on in metal’s various corners at present. Cool to see this clip already near 10,000 views.

Septa’s music is a perfect blend of mathcore and alternative rock. The two previous albums were highly praised by the critics and gained a lot of success for the band. Jón Þór Sigurleifsson of UK’s The Monolith wrote about the new song: “Whereas the Halloween song took a few listens to get into Ropes roped me in instantly. Septa’s best song since Destroyer in my opinion. Vocals have really improved, not that they were bad at all at any point but cleans are so on point in this song. Overall I’d say that Septa is really on the right track from my first listen and it seems like a nice cross section of The Lover and Destroyer.”

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Metal Riot Interviews FROM ASHES TO NEW Re: “Day One”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:53 AM (PST)

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Q+A answered by: Chris Musser (vocals)

 

Day One from From Ashes To New will turn some heads this year, for those who can hang with commercially capable yet strong hard rock infused with rap, hooks and riffs tailor made for big venues. Better Noise Records is doing the honors and the vocalist Chris checked in to give us the low down info.

 

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Interview: Spylacopa – On the anticipated “Demon John” record.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:19 PM (PST)

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“Once you begin trying to please people, all of the heart and truth and spirit is gone. It must come from that deep place inside or the listener will see right through you.” John LaMacchia 

Spylacopa and Candiria are kicking out the jams a lot at present, all around more of how avant garde fringe metal scene weirdos who still like hardcore pits AND post rock want things to be in the world. Always a big pleasure to speak to John LaMacchia and especially when the respected scene vet with the enthusiasm of a new blood has a lot boiling on the stove, so

Pre orders are avail at www.spylacopa.bandcamp.com

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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Euro dates \m/

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 10:34 PM (PST)
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The bellowing trio of BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH (Tad Doyle, Peggy Doyle and Dave French) will embark on their first European tour this coming Spring, in support of their astoundingly heavy, self-titled debut full-length, which saw release last year through Neurot Recordings. This tour will commence in London and rumble its way through France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Germany, before wrapping up with a set at this year’s edition of Roadburn, the spiritual home of all things low-end and high-powered.
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I still maintain that Publicist UK deserved a slot on my 2015 year end list over numerous much heavier bands. The post-punk project favor atmospheric rock soaked in emotional process, laden with a coldness striving to thaw. The band’s quite capable rendering of Tori Amos classic “Precious Things” (for the Decibel Flexi series) into a dark hard rock treatment that still retains a gothy charm with none of the song’s weight lost is impressive. And of course those low crooning Bauhaus-esque vocals are good times.

This kind of message and fluidity is important in the scene right now.

Check it out HERE and jump on the bandwagon, already.

And of course you can compare it to the chilling yet spiritual original.

Boris with Merzbow update: the Gensho phenomenon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 12:12 PM (PST)
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Renowned Japanese innovators BORIS and MERZBOW have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP Gensho, one of the artists’ most daring works to date. Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon,” Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition).

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Space punks Enter Shikari release new video for “REDSHIFT”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:51 PM (PST)

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Stubborn death metal and throwback punk types who hate melody often wonder why I dig Enter Shikari . Well, the punk meets alternative meets freaky ass outer space drum n bass influenced hard rock band are seriously innovative. Like Dead Letter Circus, System of a Down or Nothing More, they are a group who I think just nail it when it comes to writing memorable songs with cool twists and turns. It might not be the heaviest thing in the world you’ve ever heard but life is about a wide range of experiences. Seeing the band live will make your cynical impulses thaw and you will soon find that you are participating in a very uplifting shared experience. This band believes in the power of rock music to matter and they wear that on their sleeves.

Almost twelve months from the release of their fourth UK Top 10 album, The Mindsweep – which went onto win Independent Album Of The Year at the 2015 AIM Awards and scoring highly in many end-of-year polls – plus two months since the release of companion album The Mindsweep: Hospitalised, Enter Shikari drop a completely new track ‘REDSHIFT’.

Produced by the band and Mindsweep producer Dan Weller, and mixed by Tim Bran (London Grammar, La Roux, The Verve), the track is accompanied by a video directed by Mike Tyler (responsible for the bands previous videos ‘Anaesthetist’ and ‘Torn Apart’)

As vocalist Rou Reynolds explains:

“Redshift is a song about bloody good luck! On the grandest of scales! Literally! Our universe is expanding faster and faster and a few trillion years from now, everything will have sped away from us so fast that all we would see when looking out from Earth is empty space. We would deduce that we were totally alone in the universe. A lost sheep. The last and only biscuit in the tin”

 

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