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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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Band Spotlight: Orange Goblin

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM (PST)

599346_502865936443991_445892684_nOrange Goblin are pure rock n’ roll… feared, respected and mentioned in whispers by awed rock fans and youngsters across the world. Orange Goblin are the modern UK metal heroes who never give up and always keep kicking ass. Back with their first live album, the pants-seat scorching A EULOGY FOR THE FANS (Candlelight), “The Goblin” just get better with age. Seriously, could this band be any more awesome? I think not.

 

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Gardenian announce they’re reuniting “for real”

Posted by GageT on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:26 AM (PST)

gardenian2013Acclaimed Swedish melodic headbangers Gardenian finally announced that they’re actually getting back together after reuniting for a one-off concert at the inaugural edition of the Gothenburg Sound Festival at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden three months ago. After being gone for almost 10 years, this is exciting news. Here’s their statement:

“Well, boys and girls. Here is the news we were talking about. We felt we wanted to do some more than one show. So right now we’re back together for real and we are in the process of making new songs for an upcoming album. When this album will be recorded and how it is going to sound is yet to find out. But this old bear has slept enough and we are ready to bite someone in the ass. Are you?”

If you want to check out some fan footage from that Gothenburg show, you can watch it here.

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Band Spotlight: Crowbar

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM (PST)

New Orleans’ Crowbar are an underground metal institution. There may be much newer bands on the block but Crowbar’s 20 years (and counting) sludge reign always deserves praise. Kirk Windstein’s gruff vocals and abyss dredging riffs are pure, scarred and weathered, yet remain potent. From stunning the world with the low end of “All I Had (I Gave)” back in the day to penning maybe the best doob-friendly riff ever in metal this side of Black Sabbath (“Planets Collide”), Kirk has kept it real. He even manages to also keep Down and Kingdom Of Sorrow original as well without watering down the Crowbar brand. Horns!!! (Pic by R.Weiss)

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Band Spotlight: Sister Sin

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:05 PM (PST)

Sweden’s Sister Sin bring a classic, heavy metal sound into the 21st century! This powerful act, fronted by show stopper Liv Jagrell, have been winning over fans with hard touring and solid songwriting. Liv is a big fan of big energy power rock like Twisted Sister. Her gritty yet melodic voice over the ballsy hard rock riffs make Sister Sin pure metal fun. They’ve made waves in America touring with Otep and Blackguard and have upcoming dates with the legendary Doro Pesch. New album Now and Forever better be blowing up your speakers real soon!

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