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Band Spotlight: Powerwolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 1:31 PM (PST)

11193385_926064827446268_1262209976928722413_nCombining lycanthropic horror and fury with power metal’s grandiosity and a gothic sense of high drama, Powerwolf are obviously geniuses. Not everyone gets to spend their lives doing something as awesome as being in a metal band with such big wolf cajones, but the Romanian’s in PW are truly Blessed & Possessed.

 

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Band Spotlight: Owl

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:01 PM (PST)

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Christian Kolf is known for his role in the curiously opaque Valborg but Owl has really seen Kolf particularly shine in recent years as an individual. At times as heavy as Godflesh with a darker bent, the few in the know likely felt Owl’s recent 25 minute single track “The Last Walk” was impossible to beat. 2015 sees Zeitgeister releasing the brutal march of Aeon Cult, a three song bandcamp release that is a wall of nearly impenetrable, contorted chaos. Recommended cut “Mollusk Prince” is a great place to start being captivated by this project’s assuredly grim punch to the side of the head. Check out an older interview we did with Christian circa Into The Absolute HERE.

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Band Spotlight: Horisont

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)

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Gothenburg’s Horisont are guitar rock incarnate. They can boogie hard enough to woo the most discerning Graveyard or Atomic Rooster fans while maintaining the most fabulous aspects of retro rock’s finest, dual attack axe/ hazy days. New album Odyssey has everything from Zep-esque balladry via “Beyond The Sun” to fist shaking party rock like fan favorite “Break The Limit”. This band definitely has some special juju and deserve to hit bigger stages. Plus they feature one of our favorite Metal Riot allies Tom Sutton (Night Viper, ex- Church Of Misery, The Order of Israfel).

Recommended track: “Red Light”

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Band Spotlight: Immortal Bird

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM (PST)

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Not to be confused with also awesome Deadbird or the not so awesome anymore Immortal, the folks in Immortal Bird are a savage and fun crew. You have to be a bit aware to jokingly refer to your genre as  Male-Backed XXXTREME METAL. Immortal Bird are crazy and crusty but evil enough to appeal to  Martyrdöd, Obliterations, Mortals or Savannah Sludge fans in near equal measure. Heck, even some Code Orange type kids might dig it.The Chicago band’s full length debut Empress/Abcess is very likely to cause you physical harm and strikes all the right nerves. Urgent performances with crust roots, raw but kick ass performances and the fierce screams of  Rae Amitay. You can not go wrong with this record.

Recommended Track: “The Sycophant”

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Band Spotlight: Chemical Burn

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM (PST)

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If you like the brutish groove of Pantera or the swing of newer Throwdown then you’ll likely eat up the material dished out by L.A. based band Chemical Burn.

“Drummer Kevin Jackson and I were instantly on the same page when it came to the writing process. If a song doesn’t light us both up, we go back to the drawing board with it,” says bassist/vox Mike Garnica. “Eventually a light bulb goes off and it all comes together in a way that stokes the hell out of us.”

New Noise Magazine offered a taste of new album Raining Anvil’s first single with the premiere of My Weakness, while Revolver Magazine album premiered the album’s first track “I Rise I Fly”.

Surely a band to watch and perfect for the more traditional 90’s influenced metal fans out there. Explains Garnica, “A lot of the album is about a journey through a mentality that has gone from a rock bottom of sorts, to a rebirth and new course in life.”

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Band Spotlight: Diablo Blvd.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:28 AM (PST)

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Listening to Diablo Boulevard‘s recent Follow The Deadlights, you will notice the Antwerp band’s penchant for channeling the dark forces of early Danzig but that’s too simple a comparison. This band own the stage with unbridled belief in hard rock and metal’s power to inspire. Their confidence and command has found them opening for Life Of Agony, Ace Frehley and Coal Chamber where they were welcomed as peers rather than some lucky band getting a break. Turn them up and let the shadows pour out. There comes a time when silence is no longer golden.

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Band Spotlight: Circuitry

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:36 PM (PST)

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From the smoldering, rotten corpse of Dark Empire has arisen Circuitry, a new strain of inescapable weaponized aural pestilence. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating form of metal to which there is no known antidote. Their self-title debut full-length is festering with that sound and latest single “Horizon” (and its truly one-of-a-kind accompanying music video) is just one of the many infectious offerings to be found within.

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Band Spotlight: Huntress

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM (PST)

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Huntress kick ass. Their throwback thrashing space time leaping sound is fun and Jill Janus leads her divisive band forward at full throttle no matter what haters say. They earn respect. She was awesome before this band as well as a DJ or in Chelsea Girls and is fucking hysterical. One of my life goals is to smoke a fat ass blunt with her someday. I don’t get how anyone could really listen to Starbound Beast and find this band insincere. I think they find Jill intimidating, like people hate Andy from Black Veil Brides for the sin of being smart AND a death glam man-babe (even though he’s worked his skinny ass off). AND no one could see her perform or in images and really think Jill wasn’t in control of her career, even if people find her a sex symbol. I’ve crushed on her awesomeness a bit since I wrote for Crusher Magazine years ago! She is theatrical, the band slay and  Jill often shouts out the greats of the past. Bottom line: stop the hate. You’re loss is great!

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Band Spotlight: Wayfarer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PST)

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Colorado’s Wayfarer craft moody and dark stories via unconventional atmospheric metal with more winding paths than a Tolkien tale. Their Prosthetic debut Children Of The Iron Age is an at times an expressive yet somber meditation and elsewhere an expulsion of screaming nerves beneath vast skies. Like Agalloch or Iceland’s  Sólstafir before them, Wayfarer’s baleful yet contrarily heartening melodic dirges (often reaching over ten minutes per song) are sure to quicken your wanderlust and slaken your thirsty despair over a drout of epic thinking person’s metal. Recommended track: “The Elemental.”

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Band Spotlight: Aware The Oppressed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM (PST)

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Aware The Oppressed are a metalcore band from Mexico we’re glad to help introduce you to. The band was formed in the summer of 2013 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, by 16 year-olds Roman Cabanillas, Pablo Romero and Gustavo Morales but like Unlocking The Truth, don’t let age fool you. They sound like an underground Mexican version of Killswitch meets Black Dahlia. Check out recent single “Royal Salute”, talking about the effects of war across the globe, while also addressing social issues in Mexico. This band is passionate and could go far if they keep working hard.

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Band Spotlight: Lord Dying

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM (PST)

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Portland’s perhaps gnarliest band Lord Dying are back with dark power rager Poisoned Altars (Relapse Records), a sludgier album than cult  hit Summoning The Faithless yet still rock n roll grime slime that will own the room live. In 2014 Lord Dying played 114 shows across 23 countries and show no signs of slowing down now. Crank “A Wound Outside of Time” and bring the thunder.

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Band Spotlight: Ringworm

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:33 AM (PST)

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Cleveland’s Ringworm are more hardcore than metal, but the ferocity of discography and consistent hard work year after year rewards them pure metal status. Not to mention, have you heard 2014’s metalcore title holder Hammer Of The Witch? Ringworm today are as angry and relevant as ever.

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Band Spotlight: Dead Unicorn

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 9:59 AM (PST)

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Funny, sludgy, poppy and adrenaline filled, the Upstate, NY duo Dead Unicorn are a treasure trove of great songs, social satire and lost innocence. Drummer/singer Zac Shaw is an accomplished author/blogger in the field of post-downloading music marketing, while bassist/co-vocalist Paul Heath is a painter as well as a great bartender. The boys are always good for some apocalypse themes and ear drum wrecking havoc.

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Band Spotlight: Seeker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM (PST)

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People come to Texas seeking many things, but Dallas already has a hometown Seeker who are rapidly staking a claim as one of, if not the best, live bands in (not just Lone Star) but all of Metalcore. When people talk obsessively over Victory Records hardcore salad days, I point them in the direction of Seeker’s latest Unloved. “Art, community, and aggressive non-conformity above all else.”

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Band Spotlight: The Begotten

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM (PST)

426385_435901306484388_2103618355_nPoughkeepsie, NY’s death/thrash hybrid The Begotten bring a ferocity to the stage befitting the lengthy heavy music scene history of their region. Vocalist Genevieve Salerno’s lithe frame hides the earth shaking roar released from her throat when The Begotten hit any stage. Think Crisis meets Grave meets At The Gates (complex and straight death parts) and you are pointed in the right direction. A sick band to watch!

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