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Bandcamp to support Trans Rights next Friday

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Bandcamp has released a statement announcing that they are doing a fantastic pro trans rights campaign this week:

This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center, who support and protect trans rights on multiple fronts. Please read more about why we’re doing this, and help us spread the word. 

As two of our writers are trans (myself included), it means a lot to us. I am starting my transition and am crowd funding HERE if you would care to support. I have found some love and support from various parts of the metal community (shout out to Karyn Crisis, My friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder and Unbalanced, Mina Caputo , Hammercult and Blake Judd for being extra awesome and supportive when I told them), but it would be a lie to say it feels like society as a whole is accepting. As Bandcamp elaborates:

Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.

In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.

A few great recent releases or just damn good purchases I would recommend for you music lovers are:

Cretin‘s Stranger.

Downtown BoysCost Of Living 

Car Bomb‘s Meta

Astari Night‘s Dreams Of Majesty 

Less Art‘s Strangled Light

or whatever your heart fancies. Just get something.

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Lionheart reunite, tour announced with Nasty

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6:13 PM (PST)

California hardcore band Lionheart have decided that they aren’t really calling it quits after all and instead they will become a part time band. Personally I think more bands should do this rather than calling it a day because you have other obligations. I saw these dudes once live and they blew the lid off the venue and outshined the headliner, so that’s gotta mean something.

ATTN: When we announced our breakup, over a year ago, we meant it. Balancing jobs and personal lives w/ trying to tour…

Posted by LIONHEART OFFICIAL on Thursday, July 27, 2017

In addition, the band have announced dates with Nasty, saying:

Much love to our boys in Nasty. We wouldn’t have even considered coming back if we couldn’t do it with friends. Thanks for getting us back on track. See ya in the pit.

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DiWulf Publishing House is very excited to announce the October 31g release of the debut book from author Freddy Alva, Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore. This 350 page tome is an ode to the New York of the late 1970s and early ’80s and showcases a vibrant merging of two uniquely New York subcultures: Hip-Hop’s hallmark of graffiti art and its influence over and incorporation into the emerging Hardcore Punk scene. Packed with over 180 photos, most of which have never been seen before, Urban Styles chronicles a time when youth culture ran rampant through the city and its boroughs; an anarchist’s dream of subterranean expression that combined the visual aesthetics of the established Hip-Hop culture and the sonic bombast of New York’s nascent version of Hardcore Punk.

Through a series of in-depth interviews with graff writers and musicians, and an exhaustive amount of research, Freddy compiles a compelling history told by those who were at the forefront of both movements. Told in vivid firsthand accounts, Urban Styles is a journey of connections that stretch from the train yards to the Sunday all-ages matinees; from Hip-Hop to Hardcore. It is the story of disenfranchised youth, the city that bred their expressionism, and the cross-pollination and far-reaching influence of two dominant subcultures. Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore documents an exciting time in New York’s artistic history; a pre-Internet world when the city was still dangerous and the delineation of criminals and artists was not so clear.

Alva, already a noted historian and documenter of the New York Hardcore scene, constructs a gritty, multi-cultural narrative told through the experiences and memories of such notable gaff writers and musicians as Sacha Jenkins, Sergio DEEM Vega (Quicksand/Deftones), Mackie HYPER Jayson (Cro-Mags/Bad Brains), Chaka Malik (Burn/Orange 9mm), MQ, and Danny EZEC Diablo, among others.
Scheduled for release on October 31st 2017, Urban Styles is the second book to be published by DiWulf, the independent imprint whose inaugural release No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, went on to sell over 5,000 copies through two sold-out printings, and is still available in e-book and print-on-demand.

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I’ve been on Linkin Park‘s fan club mailing list a long time now and they always treat the fans very well over there. Today they collectively eased a small amount of a lot of sorrow by sharing a heartfelt memorial letter for vocalist and friend Chester Bennington, who died by suicide last week.

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

Visit Chester.LinkinPark.com

#RIPChester

Call 1-800-273-8255
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Deep Cuts: CROWBAR

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 5:59 PM (PST)

Few bands reward die hard fans over and over again as well as the metallic sludge cavalcade that is Kirk Windstein’s long adventuring CROWBAR. One of the most potent to this very day veteran bands and one of the first more extreme groups I remember being really blown away by many years ago on Headbanger’s, CROWBAR have delivered album after album and monster riff after monster riff.

The band has some of the most revered heavy gems and arrangements in metal to true metal fans and yet also speak in the eternal secret language of the real underground, purveyors of shadow hits that are the “lifesblood for the downtrodden”, so to speak. Like Candlemass, The Obsessed, Orange Goblin or other bands who are not as big as Sabbath but row in equally heady and heavy waters, CROWBAR are hugely inspirational for those who furrow the brow and trudge through this world while carrying a lot of it on their back.

Today we usher CROWBAR into our DEEP CUTS vault, revealing our choices for three songs from the band that we think are lesser appreciated and yet truly bad ass numbers.

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Chester Bennington dies at age 41

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:04 PM (PST)

Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. The cause of death is currently being reported as a suicide. This news comes just over two months after news broke that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had committed suicide.

Chester was the lead singer of Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise (and released an EP with Stone Temple Pilots).

I’ve been a Linkin Park fan for a decade. I, like many people my age, started listening to them in middle and high school. By the time I was a freshman in high school my three favorite albums by Linkin Park had already been released. The summer after my sophomore year of high school I listened to “We Made It” incessantly.

Unlike with some other bands and musicians I like and listen to, I don’t know anything about the personal life of Chester or any of the members of Linkin Park, save for what I’ve learned listening to their music. What I do know is that despite the people who mocked me for liking Linkin Park’s music, it helped me at some of the toughest and angstiest moments of my life. First introduced to the band via a mix CD my cousin had, I eventually went out and bought Meteora, Hybrid Theory and Minutes to Midnight.

When I was 14, 15, 16 years old and the world felt like shit, and my life felt like shit, and I lived in the middle of nowhere and it didn’t often feel like I had much more than the hand-me-down 5-CD changer on my dresser, I could put on an album like Hybrid Theory and either turn it up to speaker-busting volumes and just thrash as hard as I could, or turn it down and lay in bed and let Chester’s voice wash over me.

The music that Chester made with Linkin Park was music that made a difference for my mental health. That still does make a difference for my mental health. Listening to songs like “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” and “A Place For My Head” showed me that it’s okay to struggle, that it’s okay to be frustrated, it’s okay to be unsure of yourself, it’s okay to stumble. I would listen to “A Place For My Head” and wait for Chester to start, real low and quiet, to sing, “You try to take the best of me // Go away” and I would think about the people who had outed me in middle school, I thought about the people who called me a faggot,  I thought about the kids who would ask me on the bus if I was a boy or a girl, and through Chester, I would yell at them to go away, without ever opening my mouth.

There’s always been a lot of fun to be had at the expense of Linkin Park fans, as if the band appealed to some kind of lowest common denominator. The truth is that there is an ignorance around mental health. There is an ignorance around the depression and anxiety that Linkin Park fans attempted to treat with their copies of their  favorite Linkin Park albums. There is an ignorance of the depression that Chester tried to treat with every word he sang or screamed.

Hybrid Theory sold 30 million copies. 30 million people related to the struggles that Chester and co. were expressing on that album and in 17 years our conversations about mental health have been regrettably sparse. Unless someone kills themselves or someone else, we seem content to not talk about mental health. As long as the people around us seem fine when they’re around us, we seem content to not talk  about mental health. As long as it doesn’t affect us, we seem content to not not talk about mental health.

As someone who has lived with a diagnosis of depression for ten years and who also has anxiety and gender dysphoria, I have always tried to speak openly and honestly about my mental health, and I’ve always waited for the communities around me to talk about it.

For us here at Metal Riot, our thoughts are with Chester’s family and friends today. Chester’s impact will not be forgotten, and hopefully we can honor his memory by striving to always be as open and candid as he was in his music.

If you or a loved one is considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Pre Order HAUNTED HORSES compelling new post punk EP “Come”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12:20 PM (PST)

The tastefully bleak and bold Cercle Social Records camp has launched the Pre-Order for pushy post-punk’s Haunted Horses new 5 song EP HERE! The Seattle group have a very compelling sound that is both spare and huge, the live drums bashing through the discordant yet melodic guitar layers and sort of morose but personally affecting vocals for a sound that reaches out and grabs you tightly. Really hope people get into this industrialized punk EP.

Seattle’s The Stranger describes the band as “confrontational prog punk as imagined by a troupe of angry cave-dwelling Luddites, Haunted Horses manifest a furious onslaught of sound rarely found these days, at times channeling prime-era Liars in their cacophonies of claustrophobic angst.”

New music is not available to preview yet but you can get crushed and crush on the older vibes of HH’s  “The Void” music video HERE. It’s pretty close to some of the energy of the new stuff I have been lucky to get a preview taste of only the newer stuff I heard was more driving without sacrificing cool experimental aspects.

Get yr shit together and get on over and order a copy! The EP drops July 20th, so you won’t even have long to wait!

 

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King of the ghouls Alice Cooper has a frightful delight due out soon for fans, a classic TV Special and concert film on DVD from arguably his most classic era.

Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD will be released on September 8, 2017 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare, now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 Welcome To My Nightmare concert film.

Aired on ABC in the US, Alice Cooper: The Nightmare showcases every song from the legendary Welcome To My Nightmare album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy.

Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmarewas a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like “School’s Out”, “Only Women Bleed”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “I’m Eighteen”, and “Department Of Youth” were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare, and they loved every minute of it.

The combination of the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film and Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror – Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day.

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10 rock songs to inspire social change for the better

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Now that the 4th of July has come and gone and the light beer and rockets red glare has faded, hopefully anyone who was  distracted by imperialism’s big huzzah can get back to remembering that protest is patriotism and that things are hella effed up right now. Did you see the G20 debacle? America is a laughingstock to the world right now.

Here is a list of ten songs to jam loud that pack a punch and are motivating as some of us try to stave off the new Dark Ages. : )

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Southern Lord will release UNSANE‘s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017.  The cover art and track listing for the album have now been made public. This is def one of the releases we are most excited for this year and old school fans will be pleased to see that they didn’t exactly stray far conceptually for the new cover art, hahaha.

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Atriarch announce ‘Dead As Truth’ album, premiere song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:02 PM (PST)

Dark metallers Atriarch return with their latest album this year, a sure to be moving and moody outing called Dead As Truth.

Listen to the opening track, “Inferno” from Dead As Truth via YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp plus all streaming services.

Dead As Truth is set for release on August 11th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Candiria’s full 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival set online now

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:29 PM (PST)

Candiria have been pretty much my favorite live act for a long time. The current line-up just played Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson, France and pro footage has surfaced online HERE! Expect many favorites (including a really dope version of “Blood”) and rest assured Carley can still do those signature jump spins! This is a really top notch set all around. US fans can catch the quintessential NYC urban fusion pioneers all summer on Warped Tour along with other cool acts like War On Women, Sick Of It All, Gwar and Neck Deep.

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photo by Danielle Dumbrowski

All Out War have never been shy about confronting the ugly side of humanity through some of the heaviest music around. The Newburgh underground metalcore legends style just gets more potent with age and their new material has been as strong as a lot of the classics.

New album Give Us Extinction has a killer team attached, tracked at West West Side Studios (Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Turmoil) – the album was recorded and mixed by the legendary Steve Evetts and mastered by Alan Douches — with cover artwork by Alexandre Goulet. Guest vocals are provided to the tracks “Choking On Indifference” and “Cybergod” (Nausea cover!) by Emily Muscara (Straphangers) and the track “Carcass Rot” by Michelle Eddison (ex-Starkweather). Organized Crime Records will release the album on LP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th; preorders will be issued in the coming days alongside audio samples and more.

Tracklisting below. Support one of the realest of the real heavy bands.

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Charlie Benante Relaunches Benante’s Blend Coffee Line

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2:28 PM (PST)

Photo by F. Ruiz

A bunch of cool bands from Life Of Agony to Tombs have branched out into the interesting realm of coffee sales on the side. This is not a joke. Whatever pays the bills or is a passion, right? I mean Purple Pam, Bad Brains and a bunch of other bands made hot sauce as well! And we know a lot of groups have made beer, from Daylight Dies to Sepultura Weizen to Kid Rock’s shitty “Badass American Lager”!

Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante loves coffee. This might explain how at his age he is still able to fucking out slay pretty much every other drummer in thrash with the debatable exception of Lombardo and Hoglan. Is caffeine the secret to the power of Suzerain’s intro? Who knows.

Anyway, having teamed up to collaborate with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee Co., his brand “Benante’s Blend” has undergone enhancements that include higher quality choice of coffee beans, a change in the way the beans are roasted that give the coffee a larger and more flavorful taste, and other tweaks, Benante and Dark Matter are proud to announce the relaunch of “Benante’s Blend.”

The coffee will still be available in two varieties, the “Be All End All” blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the “Forever Metal” blend, a milder coffee.  And, despite the upgrades, Benante is keeping the price the same.
“I’d been hearing about Dark Matter for awhile,” said Benante.  “They’re based in Chicago where I live, so I tried some of their coffee and thought it was great.  We hooked up, I went down to their headquarters and spent a day there just talking coffee, doing some tasting and I have to say, I felt like I was part of this coffee family.  Everyone there really enjoys the art of coffee, as do I, so this was something I was really interested in being a part of.  We worked together to come up with what I feel is a perfect cup of coffee, and I’m happy to say that my Benante’s Blend is under the umbrella of the Dark Matter coffee family.”
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Wow. End of an era. News has broke that longtime Baroness guitarist Pete Adams, who played a HUGE role in the band’s ascent to arguably the coolest sludge prog pop hybrid band just about ever, has left the band amicably. So glad I saw their first return show post crash. Pete will still be active in the awesome af Valkyrie (which he plays in with his brother) and Baroness have even announced a replacement already.  We are sure they will still be great. Still, we gotta toast Pete on his way out as watching him and John together was always magic and felt like a real brotherhood as well. Maximum eternal hails.

Read a lengthy statement from everyone BELOW. It is warm and inspiring, actually.

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