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Deep Cuts: Kittie

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:58 PM (PST)

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Kittie have never really gotten enough respect, all because some people think they were too cute or “nu metal” when they came out (but now it’s “tough” or ironic to like Baby Metal?). As it turns out, through numerous incarnations the band has written a lot of really heavy stuff and has been around just as long as Arch Enemy, for example. And when Morgan Lander brings the vocal sugar it still sounds way more soulful than saccharine. She can fuckin’ sing. And is a legit bad ass.

The Canadian metal queens still impress live and can hold their own or surpass some of the biggest bands in metal live to this day. This current band might be their most seasoned line up. People might trash on them for their music but then praise shittier bands in the same breath, which is a thin veil for sexism. Like, if they were a gimmick don’t you think they’d have gone away by now? Idiots.

Frankly, if you listen to “Cut Throat” it spanks the shit out of some of the shitty clean vocal autotune 19th stepped on generation death/mall emo bands. I’d still rather see Kittie than almost any deathcore band, and it’s testament to the band’s staying power that people still have favorite or current past members.

A few good Kittie gems that made this Deep Cuts are BELOW.

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High On Fire illuminate “The Sunless Years” (new single)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:45 AM (PST)

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The Lord’s Prayer is less than fifty words long, and six of those words

are devoted to asking God not to lead us into temptation. The one-sided contemplative 

leaves undone many things that he ought to do; but to make up for it, he refrains

from doing a host of things he ought not to do. The sum of evil, Pascal remarked, would

be much diminished if men could only learn to sit quietly in their rooms. 

The contemplative whose perception has been cleansed does not have to stay in his room.

– Huxley, The Doors Of Perception

West coast heavy weights High On Fire are one of the bands along with Neurosis, Mastodon, Baroness and Today Is The Day who are most responsible for shifting the trends in the underground from death or nu metal to the brainier psych and sludged infused styles that are arguably the most consistently awesome sounds in metal today. New song “The Sunless Years” from forthcoming banger Luminiferous is everything you’ve ever loved about High On Fire in one invincible wall of guitar fuckery, aimed right at your third eye and out through the back of your exploding skull.

Check it out HERE at Entertainment Weekly (yes, you read that right) HERE. Kudos or “tekeli li” to Pike and the boyz.

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High On Fire are back with “The Black Plot”, a song that couldn’t sound more HoF-esque if it gargled Yeti sweat and thumbtacks. As powerful as their endless live onslaught, the new battering ram on fire tune can be heard HERE via Rolling Stone. The band’s new Kurt Ballou (Converge, ETID,Trap Them)  tracked Luminiferous will be out in early June and it is time to pump up this jam! I don’t know who that guy in the shirt pretending to be Matt Pike is in the photo above, but nonetheless we are stoked!

 

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High On Fire to release “Luminiferous” June 23

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:14 AM (PST)

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Matt Pike’s revered sludge n’ roll juggernaut High On Fire will release Luminiferous, their 7th(!!) album, on June 23rd via eOne music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis, an album hailed as “not for the faint of heart ” by The New Yorker and “a fantastically constructed bloodbath” by Entertainment Weekly.

Feast your eyes on that cover art! Swamp Thing/The Green Man/Jolly Green Giant is stoked, as are we!

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

For track listing see BELOW.

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Interview: Black Crown Initiate

Posted by NichTheHair on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM (PST)

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“It’s honestly your loss if you don’t like different kinds of music.”

-Andy Thomas

“Question everything.”

-Rik Stelzpflug

Click here for the full interview with Andy and Rik.

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Big Zakk hitting the road with “Unblackened Tour” , Wino in tow

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:21 AM (PST)

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Black Label Society fans ought to be pleased with the news that Zakk Wylde is doing an Unblackened U.S. tour with doom legend and acoustic riff elder Wino from Saint Vitus/Spirit Caravan in tow. Nice to see Wino is back in action after his recent arrest. He is great on acoustic and is reportedly working with Conny Ochs again soon. Back to Zakk, Black Label Society will be offering audiences a more intimate show. Along with BLS music, the setlist is expected to include material from Wylde’s solo disc, Book Of Shadows  as well as material from his southern rock band Pride & Glory.
“You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh,” says Wylde. “The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.”
Dates:

4/3 — Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount

4/4 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/6 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
4/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head Live
4/9 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s
4/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room
4/12 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
4/14 — Wichita, Kan. — The Cotillion
4/16 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theater
4/17 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
4/18 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
4/19 — Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove of Anaheim

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High On Fire, Mountain Of Wizard and Geezer decimate The Chance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM (PST)

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My doom boys Geezer opened for High On Fire, the most fiery band in hard rock/metal who will stone you like Sisyphus just got punished for chronic lies told. I got to the show at the venerable Poughkeepsie, NY venue, which has housed legendary performances from the likes of The Rollins Band to Trapt to Incubus to Blindside to Fear Factory (to name just a few of countless shows), a bit late. Geezer’s set was missed alas but they rule and I’ve heard crushed through the large stage P.A., while New Orlean’s Mountain Of Wizard caused a boogie heavy rock thrill to enrapture the crowd. High On Fire eventually shook the hall with sonic fury, a gravel throated  Matt Pike not wearing a shirt even though the freezing fucking cold winter chill still was creeping in through the opening doors. Cometh down Hessian, in-fucking-deed. Droppin the frost hammer like street rhyme knowledge for these punks in need of a riff education.

Photos by missmagpi.

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High On Fire talks new album, Winter Tour dates announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM (PST)

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High On Fire, the sludge and roll juggernaut of a power trio led by guitar overlord Matt Pike, have announced Winter Tour dates. Any chance to see them with any line-up they have ever had is not one to be missed lightly. Every time I have seen HoF hit the stage they have completely leveled already high expectations. I honestly, and I know this is sacrilege to many, often prefer them to Sleep. Throwing all that doom, harder than hard rock metal and menace into the more Motorhead rumble of this group ( “Devilution”, for example ) but still having epic bong ripper solos to die for makes it for me, despite how perfect Jerusalem/Dopesmoker is in any edit.  Yet thankfully, I’m allowed to like both.

“Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like,” says drummer Des Kensel. “Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath’s “Master of Reality” backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea.”

Anyway, check out the dates below.

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NWoAHM Memories: Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Chimaira (Photos)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM (PST)

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Listening to NPR discuss Massachusetts racial history today and the Jason Sokol book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics From Boston To Brooklyn as I pull up the photos photographer Matt Slater graciously assembled for this live piece. Looking at Chimaira, Shadows Fall and God Forbid in metal splendor, I can’t help but feel like the better examples of geeks, thrashers and artists are ahead of the pack at times when it comes to acceptance. Shadows Fall’s greatest album, The Art Of Balance, has a title alone that is  good metaphor for the way to walk and interface with people in life. Hey, we all lose our heads sometimes ( remember when powerhouse drummer Jason Bittner yelled at Halestorm for the Grammy Win, hahah?)… But most of the time I think it is awesome we can have an underground that supports a diverse spectrum of people. When I’m at a show inclusiveness is second nature, though of course there are always some knuckleheads who just came to fuck shit up.

That said, I think overall the mark of metal core and NWoAHM is way more positive than negative. We’re going into a new Congressional period with people who don’t want to listen and want to obstruct. Scott Walker and other hobgoblins don’t care about workers, in my mind. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul or Rubio are as uneven, creepy and selective in memory as I am a fan of Kyuss. Bridgegate was appalling, NJ.  But in the underground we have a voice to help people and communities shook by Fegusson’s exposed wound! To cheer on when New York State chooses to improve definition of consent on college campuses! To just get out there and fucking rock and have a good time with OTHER PEOPLE! Look, it aint that all cops are bad or all black people are criminals. It’s about empathy for the suffering of other human beings.

Anyway, looking at these photos Slater gave us, I can’t help but feel pride and energized by what these bands gave us all. From energy to words to vision. Fuck off, haters. You aren’t constructive.

Click HERE for the shots.

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Unearth debut super metal “Guards of Contagion” track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM (PST)

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Real gassed up about the new Unearth record Watchers Of Rule. Just been one of my favorite bands and so consistently great for years. But the newest track is really, really good. Just loving the tones and killer, slightly looser feel of the song but such signature Unearth elements as well. Goosebump shit.

Hear the track and order everything HERE.

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Watch heatseeker’s Black Crown Initiate’s first ever music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM (PST)

Black Crown Initiate seem to be the band everyone is talking about lately and deservedly so. I actually went to the local FYE and bought The Wreckage Of Stars today to support their first week sales because I really believe in what this band is doing. Gruff vocals that still have substance over style, murderous drum precision and guitars that paint the sky red. Check out the hype HERE.

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R.I.P. Chimaira

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM (PST)

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Chimaira are no more. Haters can step off, cuz these guys were around a long time and did some awesome stuff over the years. This sucks.

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Black Label Society debut “Angel Of Mercy” Official Video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM (PST)

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Black Label Society have released a great video for heartfelt and  world weary ballad “Angel Of Mercy”, easily one of the best new BLS tunes in awhile. Black Label Society’s latest scorcher is CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN and is in stores now!

The contemplative video, complete with a great solo on a double neck axe, was directed by Justin Reich and can be viewed HERE.

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Black Crown Initiate signing news, band in studio

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 4:10 AM (PST)

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Black Crown Initiate have signed to eOne Music, great news for Metal Rioters who, like me, feel stoked whenever they hear news on this up and coming powerhouse band. plans to release an all new LP later this year. The band got their first big break as the openers for Behemoth.

“eOne is the ideal home for Black Crown Initiate,” says vocalist James Dorton. “This was not without careful consideration; and with them behind us we’ll be able to bring our music to you in the best way.”

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, is firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) working with producer Carson Slovak on their debut LP. The effort will be the follow up to the critically acclaimed Song of the Crip,pled Bull EP they released last year. The band managed to get the attention and more than a few nods in the press, most notably landing on the “Albums That Will #$@&%*! Your Face Off in 2014” list released by Metal Sucks throughout the year. They touted the EP as a “rare beast that’ll both catch your ear on first listen and keep getting better and better each time.”

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Black Label Society to tour with Wovenwar and Kyng

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM (PST)

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Well, this is an unexpected but cool bill. I wouldn’t peg Wovenwar and BLS as the most likely of tour mates, but if the BLS biker crowd have an open mind they may dig what Wovenwar can dish out, though they have way more melodic tendencies than Black Label. Kyng I am not really familiar with.

With the highly successful REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS TOUR coming to a close at the end of next week, Black Label Society have announced the new batch of dates in support of their latest LP Catacombs of the Black Vatican. Tour dates will kick off in Cincinnati, Ohio at the famed Bogart’s venue and run through the first week of August. Earlier this month, Black Label Society made their network television debut by performing their current single “Angel of Mercy” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, seen here.

Click HERE for the new tour dates

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