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Sunn O))) announce “Life Metal”, worked with Albini

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2:15 PM (PST)

…And the big news of the day (everyone try not to freak out):

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Necrot announce Decibel off-dates with Blood Incantation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:45 PM (PST)

West Coast Death Metal kickers of ass Necrot are part of a monstrously stacked Decibel Magazine Tour this year alongside Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, friggin’ Immolation and Blood Incantation. That is an insanely quality package by any deadly measure. Necrot and Blood Incantation have a well-earned underground buzz at present and thus it is awesome that additional dates have been added where you can catch the two acts together doing, I presume, slightly longer sets. The performances will take place in Feb. and March during off dates from the bigger tour.

You’ll want to catch them live because as we all know, Necrot delivered a no holds barred rifferendum to the scene in a manner that was far from riffgurgitated on their celebrated Blood Offerings.

Suffice to say, you’d “Rather Be Dead” than miss this!

Dates BELOW.

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Gideon surprise release new 2 song EP via Equal Vision

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9:11 AM (PST)

photo by Ryuji Segawa

Alabama hardcore crushers GIDEON have released a 2 song EP called No Love/No One. The EP is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come from Gideon, as the band enters the studio to record a full-length due out later in the year. The band will also be making an appearance at Rock USA this summer.

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ELUVEITIE reveal title track epic video for ‘Ategnatos”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6:21 PM (PST)

Folk metallers Eluveitie have returned with a massive new video for “Ategnatos’, the title track from their forthcoming album. This will more than suffice for a mental escape if you need one today.

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Queensryche announce “The Verdict” European Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 4:22 PM (PST)

Metal and hard rock institution Queensryche have a slew of new dates below for both the US and newly announced European tour dates. Loving  the lean and mean classic replicating sound of “Man The Machine.” This version of the band just gets more and more refined somehow. Grateful to have such a killer Queensryche in 2019 as a longtime fan!

“We are very excited that we will touring Europe again! Really looking forward to seeing you all in support of our new album! Thank you all for your embrace and support,” states singer Todd La Torre.

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I am listening to the uplifting pop infused vocal of “Mercy Mirror” from my promo copy of the new album Resist from the internationally influential act Within Temptation. It is a great record, another victory for a band with many who have never been shy about aiming for epic bombast where others have their eyes lower to the ground. The follow up to 2014’s excellent Hydra (has it been so long already?!) was worth the interminable wait for fans and is sure to be a major release of the quarter. The album contains guest appearances by singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Anders Fridén (In Flames) and Jasper Steverlinck (Arid), which is chill, but the band don’t need cameos for the whole album to stand strong. Sharon and the gang sound very inspired and ready to add to their legacy.

Get the album as of February 1st! It is still a few hours before release day as I write this.

From the cinematic “Endless War” with a piano-outro to live for to the already popular with fans rallying cry “Raise Your Banner” to the stomping crunch of “Trophy Hunter”, this record will fill a big void for a lot of people wanting to feel lifted up during some very depressing times right now. Some people listen to the most angry stuff in times of trouble but also it is good to remember hope and a sweeping sense of history, which Within Temptation provide in ample doses throughout. They truly just come off as very professional and next level grandiose (but I mean that as a compliment in their case).

The band comment on their new futuristic direction:  “We were done with orchestras and classic metal riffs. We’ve done it a thousand times before! This time we’ve expanded our horizon and started listening to powerful artists from other genres that implement bombastic sounds and huge basses into their tracks. All of a sudden we thought: we need these new exciting sounds too – but not the slick artificial feel that so often is connected to it. We started finding ways to roughen up these modern sounds, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before.”

“Supernova”, my favorite song on the record, proves by itself that this was not a risk that was taken in vain. Amazing, huge stuff.

Tour Dates below.

WITHIN TEMPTATION:
2/28: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/1: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
3/2: New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
3/3: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/5: Montreal, QC @ Olympia
3/6: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
3/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/9: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

3/11: Denver, CO @ The Summit
3/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
3/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
3/15: Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theater
3/16: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
3/18: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
3/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater

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“Meet me in outer spaaaace…”

Death metal prog tech current crop (circle?) leaders with otherworldly talent? Of course we are talking about Allegaeon. They rock, yo! Man, those dudes really in hindsight now completely won that Mish Way argument. Hard to have the moral high ground complaining about some death metal band crowdfunding when you are writing “Dad of The Moment” puff pieces about Jordan friggin’ Peterson and calling Ben Shapiro an intellectual, blughhh. I am not linking to that but it is in Penthouse if you must know. Anyway, tangent…Allegaeon have revealed details for their new album Apoptosis! Via Metal Blade:

On April 19th, Allegaeon will release their new album, Apoptosis, via Metal Blade Records. A near-perfect symbiosis of technical, progressive, and melodic death metal, Apoptosis is a record that is as crushingly heavy as it is inventive, lithe and intelligent, and marks a significant leap forward in the band’s songwriting. To watch the video for the first single, “Stellar Tidal Disruption” (directed by Robert Graves // http://www.ashadowbeyond.com/), please visit: http://metalblade.com/allegaeon

I was certain “Stellar Tidal Disruption” is actually a secret rallying cry to Incubus fans who are sadly just not that good at surfing, but I might just be having a flight of fancy. Blame the moon! Seriously though, this song goes hard. That solo section at 3:35, woo boy.

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Album Review: Surachai – Come , Deathless

Posted by Kriegmaster Hatesturm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:46 PM (PST)

Y’KNOW WHAT. FUCK IT MASK OFF. I LOVE THIS. HOLY SHIT.

THE PROJECTS BANDCAMP READS “SURACHAI PIVOTS FROM FULL ENSEMBLE BLACK METAL OUTFITS TO SOLO KEYBOARD EXPLORATIONS”. AND USES THE WORDS AVANT GARDE. I THINK USING THE PHRASE AVANT GARDE IN AN ERA OF NOISE WHERE SELF MUTILATION IS A POPULAR ELEMENT IS OVERSTATING IT. BUT THIS GOES.

IT WAS HANDED TO ME AS “SOMETHING DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT STYLISTICALLY”. BUT THIS IS A POST VENETIAN SNARES SOCIETY AND I HAVE HOURS OF HAM-FISTED “DARK DUB 1HR MIX” PLAYLISTS ON MY LAPTOP. SO WE HAVE THE WORDS FOR THIS KINDA THING NOW, LET’S FUUUUUUCKIN USE THEM. IT’S DECONSTRUCTED DARK LIQUID DNB WITH BREAKCORE ELEMENTS AND THE SOUND DESIGN REMINDS ME A LOT OF THE PANACEA. IT’S LIKE IF A LIMEWAX ALBUM WAS WRITTEN BY XANAX. WHICH IS A COMPLIMENT I PROMISE. THOUGH DECIDEDLY NOT HEAVY OR STRUCTURED ENOUGH FOR “OUTSIDER” CROSSOVER HARDCORE LABELS LIKE NEKROLOG1K OR PRSPCT. THE MARKET FOR WEIRD WITCH HOUSE AMBIENT SHIT NOW IS HUGE, AND THIS IS THE COOL KID LEATHER JACKET CIGARETTE SMOKING END OF THAT.

THE SHEDDING OF USEFUL SKIN, OTHER THAN BEING A TOTALLY FIRE TRACK NAME OPENS LIKE BACKGROUND MUSIC TO A CLUB SCENE IN A DYSTOPIA FILM WITH A REAL BUMMER OF AN ENDING. LEANING INTO PAIN (ANOTHER HOT TRACK NAME) HELPS BRIDGE THE GAP TO THE HALFWAY PARTS OF THE ALBUM WHERE STRUCTURE REALLY BEGINS TO COME APART. DECIPHERING WHISPERS FROM A WIND (A LESS HOT TRACK NAME) SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD LOCK ME TO THE FLOOR OF MY APARTMENT AFTER LISTENING TO WITCH HOUSE PISS DRUNK AT 3AM. I’M REALLY INTO THE GRATING BITCRUSHING SOUNDS THAT BITE AT THE UPPER END OF THE REGISTRY ALONG THE WAY. THOSE ARE HARD TO USE WITHOUT GETTING ANNOYING BUT MAKE FOR A MORE PAINFUL RAW SOUND AND I AM FUCKING HERE FOR IT. THERE’S REALLY A LOT TO BE SAID FOR SOME OF THE SOUNDS

IF I WAS TO ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF CRITICIZING PARTS OF THIS ALBUM I WOULD SAY SOME OF THE TRACK NAMES FEEL UNCONSIDERED AND LIKE “GENERIC SPOOKY” WHERE OTHERS REALLY HAVE THAT HEAT. AND ALSO THAT I THINK EVERY GOOD ASTRUCTURED AMBIENT-ISH ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALBUM NEEDS A REALLY FOCUSED CLIMAX THAT PICKS UP A LITTLE MORE SPEED, AND THIS ONE TOOK MORE OF A PLATEU APPROACH. I THINK ALSO WITH THAT PLATEAU APPROACH, THE ALBUM FEELS A LITTLE LONG. SOME HUGE SQUARE WAVE KICKS RIGHT AROUND TRACK NINE WOULD HAVE MADE THE LAST FEW TRACKS FEEL LIKE A WIND DOWN AND LESS OF A DRAG.

I CAN’T DECIDE IF PUSHING THE ALBUM COMPLETELY DEVOID OF AUDIO SAMPLES OR VOCALS IS A REALLY CLEVER AND MAKES IT FEEL MORE ALIEN OR IF THAT’S PLAYING IT SAFE AS SOMETHING THIS FOCUSED WOULD REQUIRE EXTREMELY CAREFUL CURATION. BUT THIS IS THE PROJECT’S SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM, SO I’M CERTAIN THEY’RE MAKING EXACTLY THE KIND OF STUFF THEY WANT TO AT THIS POINT.

4.5/5 STARS. I ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE VINYL FOR THIS.

 

Hi friends. Hope you had a good weekend like I did. While it was somber as it is the 4 year anniversary of my dad dying of cancer (thanks to those who reached out to me and my sister Cambria), I also had a wonderful recording experience in the studio for my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs on Sunday. My old friend Nate Kelley (of Laterals/first Coheed record/Shabutie/PPSP) came to Saugerties, NY to Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and laid down some sick drum grooves for my next album, one of 2 I am putting out this year – stay tuned. It is so nice when you haven’t collaborated with someone for a long time but you reconnect creatively and the spark is still right there.  Such an inspiring feeling. Here’s Nate laying some guitars down on a song I wrote about my self-acceptance of being Nonbinary. This whole record a lot of it is about me embracing that.

Speaking of inspiring collabs, industrial pop duo VOWWS (who I have also collaborated with before, incidentally) are one of my very favorite modern bands. Truly a constantly evolving, darkly lush and yet colorful group beyond the grays, blacks and white smoke and mirrors, VOWWS have now teamed up with none other than Chino from mighty Deftones and Danny Lohner, a.k.a Renhölder (Nin, Manson) for a reworking of their song “Structure of Love”. Check it out now right HERE and start your week off with a soothing but spooky explosion of feeling.

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Speaking of feels, bummed couldn’t make it to Black Flags Over Brooklyn this weekend due to work and recording obligations but SUPER stoked for Kim Kelly and all the organizers and participating bands from Glacial Tomb to Vile Creature to Occultist who it looks like from social media made it an unforgettable weekend and a strong declaration that racism has NO home in heavy metal. Seriously, fuck off edgelords and bigots! The festival promise that video and photos are forthcoming and I am sure more outlets who were lucky to attend will have ample coverage but here is a little video montage below.

Lastly, we are no longer going to be featuring Profound Lore artists on this site (many of whom we seriously LOVE) unless the label drops Craig Pillard of Disma/Ex-Incantation. Our friends at Toiletovhell have the best run down of the bullshit HERE, but basically the dude who has alleged he gave up being a racist asshole appears to have gone and agreed to perform at some racist ass festival called Hot Shower fest or something in Italy with his scummy noise project Sturmführer. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and despite the Big trouble In Little China avatar twitter account who called me a cuck and said “go fight Nazis in the 40s” pretending there aren’t major problems today in 2019, I’d like to extend a hearty fuck you to anyone promoting fascism in the music scene in 2019 or EVER. Update: the band has FIRED Pillard. Read more HERE.

As seen above, Profound Lore told us via letter that they reached out to Disma and the rest of the band had no idea about it and were awaiting a response but we have to be skeptical and guarded. No fashionable boutique label softball treatment for fake repenting fash/fash adjacent performers. Other bands on the roster should complain, not waffle for the sake of record deals.

My girlfriend Globelamp was recently accused via Twitter by someone from the “indie band” (actually on a very big three label semi-monopoly Secretly Group) Foxygen of an ongoing plot to kill their singer Sam France – despite moving to the other side of the country from him and never wanting to see him again and five years since she left the band without any incident of being violent towards him. She maintains that he backhanded out her teeth and has a doctors note of violent impact and a 5k dental repair bill on her side, and now has a lawyer to fight him -whereas initially she did not 5 years ago and the band we believe did a bad faith RO attempt to prevent her from looking into finances as well as to discourage her from coming forward about her domestic violence claims. The band’s official account accused her of horrible shit including a “she tried to kill me and she’s not done” section, lovely…which she was never charged for remotely. The tweet was deleted but we have a screenshot obtained. But behind the scenes they are actually trying that shit in court asking for a lifelong RO (worse than Tim Lambesis who is back on fucking tour!!) and saying she can’t protest and tell people she claims she was abused as that is harassment against them! There is NO gag order on her and the prior granted and expiring RO was granted against her for an alleged trespassing that Lizzie says Sam’s mom lied about to help cover her son’s tracks. She maintains she saw a text from his father to never admit what he did and I must say since we have dated I have seen her harassed by a ton of anonymous troll accounts weirdly over informed on intimate details . You can read more HERE and HERE.

I have seen the anxiety and pain this has caused her and ptsd and it is real and I firmly believe in her innocence and did for years before we ever dated. Unfortunately a lot of people in the scene don’t want to rock the boat with her old employer of Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jajaguwar and Secretly Canadian) or tone police her demanding perfect victimhood (she was blocked by Kathleen Hanna, Best Coast and Kimya Dawson when asked for help). Fuck that Bikini Kill reunion tour and I am glad the bots got all the tickets. This person is really suffering and you all say to believe victims. WTF.

Anyway, to make a long story short my lifelong friend Simone Felice produced some Conor Oberst new stuff with Phoebe Bridgers. Our friend James Felice who performs with Conor is also ON Elizabeth’s recent Globelamp album Romantic Cancer (nefarious industries), but guess what?…Conor and Phoebe’s record got scooped up by Secretly Group. So even though we love Bright Eyes and his solo stuff and collabs and he is Lizzie’s perhaps favorite all time male performer and she has covered him zillions of times – as awkward as it is we have to say fuck supporting that record and any other artists on the label who think it is ok to not speak out about Foxygen being on the same labels and trying to ruin a girl’s life and get her blacklisted. Our door was slammed on on New Year’s Morning with a court summons and it was total bullshit. I can’t see my girlfriend for months now and through Valentine’s Day as she had to go back to California to court. If any of y’all seriously think I would allow a murder plot to be forming out of my apartment under my nose y’all are idiots.

So yeah, I think the music media is pathetic for not covering this and also it should go to show if I am not even going to support friend adjacent records in the name of doing the right thing and stopping labels from keeping unapologetic people who have no inkling of restorative justice on their rosters, I sure as FUCK am not gonna stand for casual fascism from metal labels. Profound Lore and Season of Mist for that matter with D666, Shining (Sweden) saying homophobic shit on tour and the drummer Hellhammer of Mayhem’s dead gay jokes and “black metal is for white people” bullshit (see Wikipedia) are long overdue for a housecleaning or much better explanation and apology to those harmed than edgelordism. I wish my friends on those labels would tell the label owners to fuck off from profiting from those bands until they majorly atone if at all and clean up the roster.

Peace.

 

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RIP Bruce Corbitt

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:48 PM (PST)

Bruce Corbitt of Warbeast/Rigor Mortis fame has lost his battle with cancer. Condolences to  Jeanna Corbitt and all his fans. What a cool, strong, underground legend of a human being. Hope he is already jamming out with Scaccia. Read more at Exclaim! HERE.

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Downfall Of Gaia.

I WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH DOWNFALL OF GAIA BEFORE OPENING THIS ALBUM, SO MY FIRST LOOKS ON THIS ALBUM WERE TOTALLY BLIND. I HAD NO EXPECTATIONS OTHER THAN A READTHROUGH OF THEIR ARTIST PAGE ON METAL BLADE. AND THOUGH THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE SAYS THIS STARTED OFF AS A CRUST PUNK BAND, THIS ALBUM IS DECIDEDLY NOT THAT. PUT DOWN THE MODELO.

ETHIC OF RADICAL FINITUDE WASTES LITTLE TIME IDENTIFYING ITSELF STYLISTICALLY AND WITH TEXTBOOK EXECUTION. IT OPENS WITH A  BRIEF YET SLIGHTLY TOO QUIET INTRO TRACK, BEFORE DROPPING INTO LIKE A DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF DS POSTBLACK BLACKGAZE FOR “THE GROTESQUE ILLUSION OF BEING”. THIS BAND SITS FIRMLY NEXT TO OTHER ACTS LIKE MGLA AND GHOST BATH AND WOULD BE WELL HOMED ON THAT ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL ALBUMS YOUTUBE CHANNEL THEY KEEP TAKING DOWN FOR WHATEVER REASON.

ETHIC FEATURES HEAVY SERVINGS OF THE LONG ANGUISHED TREM SECTIONS BENEATH HOWLED THROUGH TEN REVERBS VOCALS WE EXPECT AND MAKES FREQUENT USE OF THE INCREASINGLY POPULAR MELANCHOLY BLAST FREE INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS WITH FOLK INSTRUMENTS TO BREAK THINGS UP. THEY DO HOWEVER DECIDE TO BENCH THE FEMME CLEAN VOCALS UNTIL TRACK FOUR.

THIS ALBUM IS NICE AND SHORT. WHICH IS A THING I LIKE. IT’S SAD, IT’S SPOOKY, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS RECORDED FROM FAR AWAY IN A CAVE WITH A FULL STUDIO BY A REALLY GOOD SOUND ENGINEER. IT’S THE SOUNDRTRACK TO DYING ALONE UNDER THE SWELTERING DESERT HEAT WHILE LOOKING AGONIZINGLY INTO THE DISTANCE IN A WIDE ANGLE. IT  WAS A COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE ALBUM TO LISTEN TO, THOUGH I DON’T THINK THEY TOOK A LOT OF RISKS.

IF I WAS TO ASK FOR THIS AT A RESTAURANT I WOULD ORDER A SIDE OF BULLET BELTS. BUT I DIDN’T TAKE OFF ANY POINTS FOR TASTE.

3.5 OUTTA 5 STARS.

 

Band Spotlight: Terminal Nation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:37 PM (PST)

The best thing I have heard yet in 2019 is “ICE watch”, a completely rugged face buster from Arkansas hardcore band Terminal Nation which premiered at No Echo HERE. It will give you the insane over the top feels of a lot of heavy stuff without wondering if the band members have become weird conservative farts or are suddenly gonna cape for YAITW. The song even manages to out mosh the band’s recent tune “Pulse Of The Dead” from Absolute Control.

Good news is, TN have a split out with the homies in Neckbeard Deathcamp in February (it is sure to be a big year for both bands this year) and the gossip is we might get a TN full length this year as well. If you want to feel socially responsible while still doing reprehensible shit in the pit (I mean watch out for your peeps if someone falls down…but you know what I mean), this band will be entirely your shit. Bellowed vocals, powerviolence glory and a firm anti-xenophobia message.

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RIP Lorna Doom of The Germs

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 4:37 PM (PST)

We have heard reports that Lorna Doom of The Germs, a true fucking icon of punk, has passed away. The passing was confirmed by Don Bolles. Our hearts go out to Don, Pat and all her friends. No further information is available at present so just blast GI. I mean shit, you really should anyway.

 

Children Of Bodom’s 2019 North American Tour is going to have a big impact, especially with direct support from Finnish doom band Swallow The Sun to take things even further into dark waters.

Additional support will come from Wolfheart. Summer’s Circle, Hollow Cry, and Fragmentum as openers for select dates. The tour starts March 13th in Quebec City and wraps on April 19th in New York City. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Pre-Order new 2019 album HEXED here. It isn’t out til March but we are slavering over the epic disdain of “Under Grass And Clover”. Bad ass stuff! I haven’t seen these guys live in awhile and definitely have the itch lately. This seems like it is going to be an awesome new era for the band.

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Endorphins Lost stream “Caduceus Rising”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12:21 PM (PST)

Pacific Northwest hardcore/powerviolence practitioners ENDORPHINS LOST will release their scathing Seclusions full-length next month via the newly-launched From The Head Of Zeus Records, helmed by Bay Area punk veteran Athena Kautsch (Six Weeks Records, Voetsek, The West Coast Power Violence Project). Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave, Graves At Sea) at Earhammer Studio in Oakland, California, Seclusions finds the band in their most ferocious form yet boasting fourteen tracks of audio acrimony; the sound of end times incarnate.

Seclusions will be released on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats on February 16th. Preorders are currently available via the official ENDORPHINS LOST Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where first single, “Caduceus Rising” can be streamed.

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