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Fear Factory in the studio

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM (PST)

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As we count down to Thanksgiving there is more to be thankful for than just Keira Knightley’s recent fantastic non-photoshopped topless photo that should bring about world peace. Yes, Fear Factory are entering the studio again. One of my all time fave bands, I support the current line-up (though like most people the classic line-up is my favorite). It will be cool to hear human drums on a FF album again, as The Industrialist had great songs but the human machine percussion element was missed. I get that they wanted to embrace the mechanical concepts in different ways and they have always had industrial elements to some degree, but it’s always been cool that they had drummers who seemed like robots.

Anyway, the band posted this update via social media:

Day 1 tracking live drums with Mike Heller . Rhys Fulber Producing, Mike Plotnikoff and Damien Rainaud engineering

Once more into the cyber metal brink, boys. Hopefully this and the new Terminator movie will kick ass.
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Crowbar, Unearth and Black Crown Initiate? It is so.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM (PST)

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CROWBAR have announced a new batch of tour dates with label-mates UNEARTH and BLACK CROWN INITIATE for December. Dates will kick off in Pensacola, FL at the Vinyl Music Hall and trek through the eastern half of the U.S. before finishing up in Longview, TX. View all dates here.

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Anaal Nathrakh new scorcher “Monstrum In Animo” debuts at Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM (PST)

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Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be detonated Desideratum full-length. Produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California, Desideratum flaunts eleven fantastically mischievous odes of agony and despair. Declares Decibel Magazine, “the ridiculously consistent Birmingham black metallers are simply one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene. Elite level mind-fuckers. Aural devastators…”

Click HERE for the premiere. And as always, ride the snake to the lady of the lake.

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Krieg “Ruin Our Lives” with a music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM (PST)

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Krieg and Decibel have teamed up to bring you this “Ruin Our Lives” video business…HERE.

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Interview: Krieg – Transient nature in tangible fires

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM (PST)

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“We treat each other like shit. We’re selfish and short sighted. We hold prejudices that no civilized person should hold. We’re fucking ruining the planet.” – Imperial

Krieg, the black metal baby of band leader/founder Imperial (aka Neill Jameson) have a certain essence missing in many metal bands, a sense that they exist much like the inevitable forces of nature around us. The music is vast and often unwelcoming, but at other times bleakly comforting, like snow blanketing a corpse. The band exist on a plane of discontinuity with trends, more likely to be found dealing with larger issues like the role of the lone soul amidst the march of  time, contrasted to the cacophony of bullshit that clamors for attention in the blogosphere and commercial entertainment realms. While Imperial is known as a popular writer for Decibel, his band is much more focused on letting the music talk.

In the following exclusive, Imperial communicated to me from the record store he works at about life after black metal “super group” Twilight, the essence of new album Transient and methods of conquering depression. Click HERE to read it.

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Interview: Crowbar – Symmetry In Black and new life

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 4:51 AM (PST)

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New Orleans’ stalwarts Crowbar are mainstays of the sludge scene, pioneers of the doomed path and heavy metal kings in the underground. Ex-Down guitarist Kirk Windstein’s first love is an institution of down tuned glory and gruff songs of hellfire and redemption. Kirk keeps trudging one foot in front of the other towards finding the perfect Crowbar riff, a disciple of the school of Sabbath.

Crowbar are one of the ultimate metal bands to me. Symmetry In Black shows Windstein celebrating the 25th year of Crowbar with an album that can proudly match any of his best achievements. Opener “Walk With Knowledge Wisely” seems to continue on the themes of learning from the past that were so prevalent on Sever the Wicked Hand, the previous monster Crowbar release (and also one of their best). “Put an end to what poisons you,” insists the remorseless vocal. And the 3:20 mark has one of the best riffs in the Crowbar universe, which is saying something.

Kirk couldn’t tour as much as Down needed to without risking his health, but the band are doing fine without him as their new material (especially “Steeple”) blessedly revealed. You can have C.O.C. without Pepper Keenan (though I miss his vocals), but there is no Crowbar without Kirk.

Click HERE for more.

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Get well soon Christian Olde Wolbers

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM (PST)

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Lambgoat posted an important news item on great dude Christian Olde Wolbers. He is such a huge talent and deserves to be rich and not dealing with this bullshit. Still annoyed that KUSH side project with Cypress and Deftones never came out, though. Whatever spectrum of the Fear Factory debate you fall on, this dude has contributed some great music to our lives, fans. Represent!

From Lambgoat:

Earlier this year guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers (Arkaea, ex-Fear Factory, Beowülf) was involved in a serious motorcycle crash. As a result of his inability to work and mounting medical bills, Wolbers has launched a GoFundMe.com campaign to raise money. Wolbers had the following to say:

“It’s been 6 months since my motorcycle accident on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles.I was pinched by a car who swerved into me while he was texting and i was passing his vehicle, i didn’t go down but had some damage so while i was trying to exit the freeway i got cut off and slammed in the back of a pick up/camper truck on my motorcycle. I sustained some really severe injuries and am lucky to heal most of them (femur, 10 broken ribs, fractured spine, broken shoulders and multiple broken bones) without complications, except my ankle and foot that endured some heavy trauma. I have had 4 surgeries so far and next month hopefully will be my last surgery as they need to reattach my achilles. It’s a big surgery as they need to grab a donor muscle out of the inside of my leg to use for the achilles reattachment. Heavy stuff. I haven’t been able to walk and after my next surgery i am hoping to be able to start rehab in the fall and make my first steps early next year. fingers crossed.“I haven’t been able to work and then there’s the medical costs.

“So i am trying to raise some money to help with my next surgery and am offering guitar/bass lessons, or help with your music, arranging, writing, playing on your songs, talk about gear or just have a chat.. whatever, if you book the time the time is yours.

“The sessions will be on Skype, donations for the sessions can be made to paypal christianoldewolbers@gmail.com. I am located in the pacific time zone Los Angeles for skype sessions. So let me know, pm me what time you want to book.

“Thank you, i also have COW guitar picks i can mail out to people who help out and donate. i really appreciate it if you can forward this to your friends and spread the word. Thanks for your help!”

 

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Havok sign to Century Media

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM (PST)

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Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of Denver, Colorado’s Havok. The young thrash metal quartet have worked nonstop releasing 3 albums and touring the world the past 5 years and are poised to take their music and career to another level.

“We’re so excited to sign with Century Media!” exclaims guitarist Reece Scruggs. “Their reputation as a front running metal label is obvious. Timeless albums that have influenced us as individuals, and as a band, have been released through the label, and we aim to become a part of that tradition.”

“I’m pleased to add Havok to our artist roster,” says Century Media President Marco Barbieri. “I have watched the band evolve and progress musically and highly admire their work ethic and commitment to metal and their fans.”

“I can’t wait to see what will be accomplished with Century Media behind our next album,” states singer/guitarist David Sanchez. “The next record is going to be the best yet, so you’d better start exercising those neck muscles!”

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Corrosion of Conformity release new track ‘On Your Way’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM (PST)

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North Carolina metalheads Corrosion of Conformity have released a new track, “On Your Way”.

“On Your Way” is off of Corrosion of Conformity’s forthcoming album IX which will be released on June 24 via Candlelight Records.

Says guitarist Woody Weatherman:

“This album is another step forward for us.  It seems like we keep heading more and more toward our rawer live sound with the studio recordings.”

Drummer / vocalist Mike Dean adds:

“The making of ‘IX’ was drawn out because of us having to step away to do other projects. I think being forced to step away kept us hungry and then being back on the case with deadlines casting a shadow gave us a ‘failure is no option’ vibe and that really helped the final product.”

Check out “On Your Way” here.

You can also stream “The Nectar” here.

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Album Review: Crowbar – Symmetry in Black

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:52 PM (PST)

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When word came that Kirk Windstein was exiting sludge megalords Down, I was bummed. Still, I’d rather have a Kirk-less Down (even though he was my favorite member) if it means we still have Crowbar. Underrated for years and finally getting the respect their awesome array of super heavy albums deserves, Crowbar are one of the ultimate metal bands to me. Symmetry In Black shows Windstein celebrating the 25th year of Crowbar with an album that can proudly match any of his best achievements. Opener “Walk With Knowledge Wisely” seems to continue on the themes of learning from the past that were so prevalent on Sever the Wicked Hand, the previous monster Crowbar release. “Put an end to what poisons you,” insists the remorseless vocal. And the 3:20 mark has one of the best riffs in the Crowbar universe, which is saying something.

Kirk couldn’t tour as much as Down needed to without risking his health, but the band are doing fine without him as their new material (especially “Steeple”) blessedly revealed. You can have C.O.C. without Pepper Keenan (though I miss his vocals), but there is no Crowbar without Kirk.

Click HERE for more.

Crowbar debut “Walk With Knowledge Wisely”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM (PST)

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Crowbar finally give us new sludgy goodness. “Walk With Knowledge Wisely” continues down the lyrical “get your life on track” path of previous record Sever The Wicked Hand, while showing us what 2014 Crowbar sounds like. New album Symmetry In Black hits streets Stateside on May 27th, 2014.It was co-produced with Duane Simoneaux and mixed by Josh Wilbuer (Gojira, Killer Be Killed, Lamb Of God).   

Frontman Kirk Windstein comments:

“‘Walk With Knowledge Wisely’ is the perfect opener for (new album) ‘Symmetry In Black.’ It has every element of the Crowbar sound and is like an anvil to the face. It’s Crowbar at its finest.”

The song can be heard HERE.

For track listing click HERE.

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October File release lyric video for “Heroes Are Welcome”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:17 AM (PST)

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Industrial rockers October File have released a new scorching lyric video for their latest track “Heroes Are Welcome”. The song comes from the UK band’s killer new full length (with a Fiona Apple, Coheed and Cambria or Shai Hulud worthy mouthful of a title, haha) called The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair: an Introspective Of The Human Condition.  I got carpal tunnel just writing that! I mean, it’s cool and all…and I guess you mentioned love. Is life only bleak? What is this, Game of Thrones, guys? How about mentioning some other nice things in life like sweet sixteens and lemon Italian ices or rollerskating and holding hands? Ok, so I guess you are a metal band and maybe that wouldn’t gel.

The October File continue to mine bad ass territory in the vein of Killing Joke and post-punk classic material crossed with a dark, urban and metallic anxiety.  Remember, kids…”The serpent of knowledge prays on your ignorance.”

Click HERE to enjoy this great new track.

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Interview: Shores of Null – Pain Masquerade

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM (PST)

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In general, the lyrics reflects different moods and they talk about life, a precious gift we get to know day by day. They’re gloomy, cryptic, full of metaphors and revolve around the joys and sorrows of common people, their hope and resignations. – Davide (vocals)

Rome’s Shores of Null (newly signed to Candlelight) are purveyors of a powerful brand of metal fans of Edgar Allen Poe, Alice in Chains, Daylight Dies or any manner of gloom will want to glom up. These guys are fucking brilliant and the music on debut Quiescence is an absolute MUST HAVE release for anyone really suffering some deep pain in life or who just loves real rock music. This band can inspire, challenge your preconceptions, make you really deeply feel and embrace your vulnerability as mortal but also embolden the listener to confidence with riffs that are mountains. This may start the new Italian Renaissance.

Click HERE for our exclusive new interview with Raffaele and Davide.

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Earth Crisis premiere “Out of The Cages” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM (PST)

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Salvation Of Innocents, the epic new album from EARTH CRISIS, is nearing release worldwide, its street date for North America now slated for March 18th. Check out the Metal Riot review of this molten monster HERE. (I think we may have been the first site to have a review of it up)

The focal point of Salvation Of Innocents is aimed at ending human injustices towards animals and the environment in the ever-antagonistic EARTH CRISIS style, and as boldly exemplified in the brand new lyric video for the album’s second of twelve massive tracks, “Out Of The Cages.” Through underground activist footage the band’s lyrical intent with the song is unquestionable, and their vibrant, modern tone is ultra apparent in the musical backdrop for of the video. Stated guitarist Scott Crouse of the track, “‘Out Of The Cages’ is one of my favorite songs on Salvation… Everyone watch the lyric video, and do your homework, because it’ll be a live set staple for sure.”

 Revolver today helped Earth Crisis get the message out  AT THIS LOCATION.

Preorders for the CD and LP versions of Salvation Of Innocents can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.

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Album Review: Shores Of Null – Quiescence

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM (PST)

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Shores Of Null‘s Quiescence continues a monster streak for Candlelight Records. Signing the Rome based band is a huge win for the label, who have been on fire lately with releases from The Wounded Kings, Shrapnel and Ihsahn all adrenalizing the current album release quarter for metal hungry maniacs. The dark and expansive sounds exhibited on Quiescence prove to be completely addictive with hints of everything from Alice In Chains to My Dying Bride and even (very) old In Flames combining for a memorable experience.

This is a total grower like The Old Dead Tree’s criminally underrated concept album The Water Fields where you are expecting it to be kinda cool and then it becomes the main thing you are listening to. As a writer for almost a decade I get a shit ton of promos. Sure, I’ll throw something I really love from an old favorite like Kylesa’s Ultraviolet that I know I am gonna go back to into my Itunes, but a lot of music I don’t have time to revisit often because between work and a constant influx of new shit to pay attention to or write about, I am swamped! Shores of Null have already defied the odds and are taking over my “Top 25 Most Played” list. The best metal can instantly move you and this has that quality in excess.

Click HERE to read more.