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Mastodon confirmed as final headliners for Psycho Las Vegas

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Well, seems weird to be posting about music when the GOP just voted to make rape a pre-existing condition, but I guess cheer and motivation in the form of art is always important. I’m drinking tea and listening to “Linchpin” from Fear Factory and hoping everyone out there doesn’t give up the fight.

Anyway, some good news for rock and metal lovers. Mastodon have been added to the already insanely dope Psycho Las Vegas bill this year. King Diamond is doing classic Abigail entirely, Laura from Kylesa is unveiling a set of herself and special guests, you’ve got up and coming heralded as the next generation of top quality acts like Gatecreeper, Oathbreaker, Chelsea Wolfe and Inter Arma, varied styles of experimental metal from USNEA to Dark Castle plus a lot of my personal faves in the scene like Jex Thoth, Conan, Blood Ceremony and even the Cult of Luna collaboration with Julie Christmas!

Then you also have legacy bands like Diamond Head, Melvins, Swans, Carcass, Corrosion Of Conformity, Magma, Cirith Ungol. I mean, Jesus Christ!

Damn, yo. The event is set to take place from August 18th through August 20th, 2017 with a pre-party August 17th at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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L-R: Sam Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka

A lot of bands can be like a family, functional or dysfunctional. The fans become extended family tree members through involvement and the branches grow. In the case of Michigan exports Greta Van Fleet, three members of the band are brothers! Talk about learning to share!

We recently interviewed hard rockers Paralandra who have a father / daughter team in the band and they manage to get along. I can’t imagine it is always easy for brothers, but the band certainly have a unified sense of energy to their classic rock influenced ear burners. Hey, it works for my cousins in Texas band Hawk Vs. Dove. People have been raving about GVF’s Black Smoke Rising, with comparisons to Led Zep and The Black Crowes coming to mind. That said, the guys are also set on making their own mark while drawing from the well of soul, rock and blues stomp of lore and yore.

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In This Moment positively owned their headlining Albany, NY show on 4/19 with Motionless In White, Avatar and Gemini Syndrome all also doing their part to ignite the night to crazy levels of fun for everyone who attended.

Photos from Catharina Christiana and a full live review BELOW.

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Mr. Rex Brown, he who once supplied the bottom end groove of Pantera, has a new solo record on the way called SMOKE ON THIS… due in July from Eone. Loudwire has a new song “Crossing Lines” right HERE.

It is an interesting track, sort of a gritty alternative hard rock song with Rex’s very bluesy and biker bar room smokey drawl leading the way. There are also some elements that recall Southern Rock and an organ section, cool stuff and different than the heavier side we have heard in Down and Kill Devil Hill and of course most Pantera, but by all means rocking.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.”

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will the the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below as well for the first time along with both digital and physical pre orders options.

Brown continues, “We’re not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” Brown enthuses. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

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The Cult announce tour dates with VOWWS

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:05 PM (PST)
In very exciting news, hard rock dancing dervishes The Cult will be hitting the road with perhaps my favorite group of the moment VOWWS. This is an inspired pairing for a quick US run and our readers who can stand some melody but still want their music with some mystique are encouraged to catch this as these shows will be lit. I mean what I am trying to say is, smoke she is a rising / Fire, yeah smoke on the horizon.
VOWWS: JOINING ++ CULT LIVE 2017 ++ for US dates
TICKETS: http://www.bandsintown.com/TheCult

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Thrice release video for “Hurricane”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10:45 AM (PST)

The gents in Thrice have always been amazing songwriters whatever mode they write in and this “new” sort of alt rock mid tempo near hard rock ballad is still an exciting and mature moment for the band. The new song “Hurricane” is from last years excellent To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere and the video plays kind of like a mini movie of sorts more than a performance clip or some such. It is seeming to examine ideas of innocence, the passage of time and self reflection (at least it seemed to me watching it).

 

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Walking Bombs, the solo +  collaborative varied genre effort of vocalist and writer Morgan Ywain Evans today released a new song from pending 2nd album Brave Hours a week before the full release drops via Bandcamp HERE. This track features Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums, Evans on vocals, bass and acoustic and lead cold melodic guitar from Gatecreeper/Spirit Adrift guitarist Nate Garrett. Andersen tracked in Saugerties, NY and it was mastered by grunge icon Tad Doyle at Witch Ape.

Says Evans: “The lyrics and melody are honestly from like 2004. It was originally a song for my old band DIVEST that we never recorded but played live a few times and sounded very different. I always liked the lyrics so reconfigured the music into a sort of Soundgarden Down On The Upside inspired number. It is mellow but dark. The arrangement is kind of weird so I figured this would be a cool one to have Nate play on. We became friendly last year and he is such a cool and genuine dude. It certainly doesn’t sound like his other bands- more like The Edge from U2 or something- sad and spaced out- and he said it was fun to try new things. I love the weird scale he does at the end over the sort of shambling bridge as the song falls into a sort of depressed ending. It is basically a tune about moving forward or being left behind by the world or a relationship.”

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Stream the new Demon Hunter album “Outlive”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 4:51 PM (PST)

Fan favorites Demon Hunter have gotten more and more adept at combining their heavier and more melodic hard rock sides into a coherent whole (“Jesus Wept” into the groove heavy single “Cold Winter Sun” is a good example). Outlive is one of their finest releases yet in a career of many albums and live appearances. This band really follows through for fans and believes in what they are doing. They have been going strong since the early 00’s and have earned my respect. Personally I am liking this record more than The Extremist so far. Check it out below.

 

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Die So Fluid release new song “Bittersweet”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Die So Fluid , one of our fave hard rock bands, have released a new tune. “Bittersweet” is the first song from new album and premiered first on tattoo.com HERE. One Bullet From Paradise is the album title for the L.A./London based act, the first since the tragic passing of longtime drummer Al Fletcher. This one kind of reminds me of a stompy L7 riff if it was more gothic pop. Very confident fun mixed with the band’s usual flirtation with darkness and enjoyable performances. It also features the lyric ,”I like girl scout cookies made from girl scouts”, which is kind of amazing.

Says popular singer Grog: Bittersweet is an alter ego who came to life as I wrote the song. Part me, part fictional, she embodies all the stuff I like about many of my fave female tv, film and graphic novel characters. She makes a statement about embracing yourself as you are, thorns n all. She’s kick ass but not psycho, sexy and clever, fun and darkly deep. She parties hard and rocks her talents hard.”

I love this band and Grog also makes jewellery sometimes. I got my mom, who has dementia, one of her necklaces and she wears it almost every day still. Anyway, check this jam out and show them some support as they get through a hard time and yet continue to celebrate living strong in the moment!

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Interview: Paralandra – Hard Rock hopefuls seize the spotlight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:33 AM (PST)

When I first heard Paralandra I knew they had a great chance of becoming one of my new favorite hard rock bands. The commercial crossover appeal of Lacuna Coil or Halestorm married to a deeper strain of bluesy hard rock and alternative groove gives this Springfield, Missouri act an edge that has many eyes on them already.

You can catch them on The Alive Tour this April or on a great opportunity slot playing Rocklahoma  alongside many acts including Three Days Grace, The Cult, Taking Back Sunday and more this May.

Drummer Nick Gray fills us in on band dynamics, their sound and work ethic, recording and almost getting to open for Scott Weiland.

Read more about this inspiring bunch of true believers BELOW.

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AC/DC’s ‘High Voltage’ Turns 40!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM (PST)

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High Voltage celebrates the 40th anniversary of its international release on April 30.

These past few years have been rough on the boys in AC/DC – and I know I don’t have to fill you in with all of the details.

All I have to say is as I listen to High Voltage I know that there’s nothing particularly rosey about AC/DC – and there never was.

Check out my full retrospective on this massive album here.

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Mother Feather shorthand themselves as ‘pop cock rock’ but that is a far too
insufficient capsule to contain their glam infused explosive energy within.
The Brooklyn based band are theatrical, melodic and hard hitting with an edge
not often seen these days, brimming with enough possessed pizazz to get them
inked to Metal Blade despite being a far cry from the rest of the current
roster like Abornamilty, Sourvein and Criminal.

Listening to their forthcoming full length (order HERE right nowwwww!!!) , arguably the most rock n roll
record that streets in May, you can’t help but feel like the East Coast is
finding a pulse again. It’s been awhile, maybe since The Star Spangles caught
my ear, that I have heard a band who can embody gutter garage meets arena
worthy punch within the same skin so well. Anybody sick of the pretensions of
all the micro blogged sub genres out there today who just wants to get fuckin’
rocked and maybe vanish for awhile in a golden cloud of sweaty club rock with
attitude should eat this shit up fast.

Restaurant personality Chris Santos was impressed with the band and was tweeting about them, bringing them eventually to the attention of Metal Blade owner and rock and metal tastemaker Brian Slagel.

“He kind of pointed Brian in our direction and Brian checked it out and was excited,” says vocalist Ann Courtney. “Our Twitter feed was blowing up with metal guys. We are definitely on one end of the spectrum of the label, which is cool. I think a lot of metal heads think Brian is being subversive or something, but really I think it is just that he is a sincere music fan! He’s said we remind him of the 70’s stuff like KISS and Thin Lizzy that he grew up with.”

It’s pathetic we live in a time where we have to have a show like Vinyl
(admittedly a good program, no slight against it) to remind assholes that rock
n roll even exists. Mother Feather are the real thing, though. Ann Courtney,
Elizabeth Carena, Matt Basile, Chris Foley and Gunnar Olsen are hopefully as
commited as they sound to the cause, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts and
while we have them because this is lightning in a fuckin’ bottle, after all.

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“We started off as a government experiment gone right for once. Designed by
naval science officers aboard the “USS who gives a shit” ~Montana (vox/guitar)

Gossip Girl, Megan Fox, Taylor Lautner, Sugar Ray, Jar Jar Binks. What do they
have in common? I’m pretty sure they all were on the cover of Rolling Stone in America before
the fucking Ramones ! Chew on that awhile, lovers of rock n roll.

Maybe it is because, like NYC’s Tournament, the Ramones were a band who arguably make rock critics less of a necessity. Just press play/drop a needle and the music packs so much punch that it tells your body and brain most of what it needs to know. It speaks for itself.

I nerd out a lot, and today at the dentist’s office waiting room I was reading Terry Goodkind’s Phantom. There is a part where the characters are discussing the magical Sword of Truth and someone says ,“It is not the weapon that matters so much as the man who wields the weapon.”

This is also very true of the guitar (with a disclaimer that it doesn’t just have to be a “man”). Proof can be witnessed when Tournament play The Acheron with Ex-Cult on May 28th.

Tournament take Brooklyn radittude to new heights and decimate mere hipster bands with antics, alcohol consumption and fiery live shows that have garnered them a reputation as great rockers and solid songwriters. Along with bands like PMS and the Mood Swings, Tower, Mother Feather and The Compulsions, Tournament prove the Big Apple can still be a place where rock n roll can’t be killed. We support this message and recommend you check out the following interview with Montana (vox/guitar) and Jordan (drums) from the group as well as purchase their The End Records debut Teenage Creature post haste.

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Candlebox kick off “Disappearing in Airports Tour 2016”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM (PST)

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Seattle rockers Candlebox have officially kicked off their headlining “Disappearing in Airports Tour”.

Candlebox will receive support on the tour from Lull Water and Pete RG.

Candlebox are touring in support of their upcoming album Disappearing in Airports which will come out April 22 via Pavement Entertainment.

Check out tour dates for the “Disappearing in Airports Tour” here.

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It’s been a good few years for die hard stoner fans, from C.O.C. kicking butt
to Geezer, The Midnight Ghost Train, Tarpit Boogie, Monolord and others
keeping the scene burgeoning like a fat bowl of lettuce. One of the most
solid efforts you’re likely to hear, Greenleaf‘s Rise Above The Meadow is a
hard rock infused crunching mass of bluesy riffs, pounding drums and a
distinctively Swedish sense of melody to vocals that fall between the schools
of Danzig, Wino and Ozzy.

“A Million Fireflys” is a must hear newly forged anthem that anyone into QOTSA, Dozer, Born Again -era Sabbath etc. will be keen to savor or start spreading as the new gospel. The band’s Napalm tenure is sure to stay great.
I’ve been recommending them to everyone lately, ranging from Trevor of Pelican to probably your grandma. It’s such a good single I stopped listening to Future Brown’s “Wanna Party (remix)” for a minute or two to remember rock is really good when it actually exists.

I’m writing this on the anniversary of Van Halen’s 5150 album. Whether you are a Hagar fan or not, those were the days rock and metal ruled the charts. Greenleaf are proof that you can knock back a shot celebrating that rock n’ roll will never die.

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