If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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WEATHER FOR THE BLIND DOT ORG is a 24/7 live streaming site of a new instrument which uses sun, wind, rain, and temperature to control a monster analog synth designed by Quintronics in New Orleans, LA. and at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida.
The site also links to the band version of this project – WEATHER WARLOCK – a heavy drone ritual which only happens at sunrise or sunset involving zero to nine members performing sets which may last from 30 minutes to one year long.
Maybe that is like the Slipknot collegiate Skull & Bones camp for aspiring forecasters. This appeals to the romantic in me, that inventiveness can still create a cool musical concept and be functional in other mediums like science and psychology. Sunn O))) types who crave a weirder trip should get on board and maybe even surf.
While we are all bummed out about Malcolm Young retiring, let’s be thankful that we at least know the Melvins will probably never, ever hang it up.
The Quietus has premiered a new Butthole/Melvins jaunt entitled “Sesame Street Meat”. I don’t know if that is a nod to the whole “please don’t tickle me, Elmo” controversy awhile ago but it is a solid jam full of heavy ass Eggnog-worthy low end and some of the quirky textural detours their major label years or even under-appreciated gem Hostile Ambient Takeover afforded listeners. But all in all it is more early grunge sounding than most of what they have done between now and, say, A Senile Animal. Great stuff. Click HERE to get blessened.
Paul Leary and JD Pinkus join the band on new album Hold It In, out October 14th. Pre-order HERE.
Buzz pic by Rei Weiss
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The Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010’s The Bride Screams Murder, on Oct. 14.
Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers’ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.
“Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t,” said Osborne. “Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can’t believe this actually happened. I’m thrilled.”
“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus. “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”Add to My Radar
Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It’s 0600 hours. What does the “O” stand for? O my God, it’s early! Speaking of early, let’s hear it for that Marty Lee Drywitz. Silky smooth sounds, making me sound like Peggy Lee…
The following interview was conducted with guitarist/singer Son of Fogman from Montreal heavy psych band USA Out of Vietnam. Click here for this great debate with national moods and, in essence, music theory itself.Add to My Radar
Ok, I promise to post, like, seventeen Black Breath and Entombed articles after this dance tangent, but I am betting most of you wont mind.Anyway, I heard this mesmerizing track on acclaimed Swedish label Labrador for a group called Eternal Death today. It is not what you’d expect from a group with basically a made for death metal name.
The vocals really are like Witch House meets Dolly Parton or even Cocteau Twins and the shit is spooky, moving and pensive. I found myself wanting to go run outside in the rain with my shirt off and scream at the sky. You may just want to turn it off and get back to beating off to Immortal, I don’t know. But seriously, how could I not run that photo? That is a great photo.
But while this is a metal site, we have to give props to anything dealing with grappling the inevitable lights going out with this much potency.
The story of Eternal Death began in the fall of 2013 with the video ”Eternal Death”. With its 4 minutes of total silence and darkness it created an equal amount of fascination and confusion. The video was followed up by the single “Head” in the early spring of 2014.
Eternal Death are working on their debut album due in the fall of 2014 – an album about evanescence, death and sparkling pop melodies.
Click HERE to hear “Bullet” and God bless us, everyone.
May 14, 2014, Torrance, Calif. – Scion Audio Visual is offering a free download of a new Buzz Osborne song titled “The Hesitation Twist” via Scion AV’s Soundcloud page HERE.
Osborne, the legendary Melvins‘ front man, played his debut solo, acoustic show at Scion AV’s February Rock Show and will also perform this Saturday at Scion AV’s annual Scion Rock Fest. The 2014 installment of Scion Rock Fest features twenty-six of the biggest names in hard rock and metal including Machine Head, High on Fire, Red Fang and Orchid. The festival, which has been held in Atlanta, Columbus, Tampa and Memphis, returns to Southern California with four stages spread across The Glasshouse and The Fox Theatre in Pomona, Calif.
The Scion Rock Show, a free monthly concert series at The Satellite in Los Angeles, debuted last summer. The monthly outings offers music fans the chance to see both the next wave of bands in hard rock and metal as well as the rare opportunity to see more established artists in an intimate setting. Past participants include Weedeater, ASG, Fu Manchu and Indian Handcrafts. A limited edition 7-inch featuring music from past performers is available at each installment of the Scion Rock Show.
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Scion Audio Visual (AV for short) is a creative enterprise of Scion devoted to the discovery, nurture, funding and distribution of compelling music and arts programming. Scion AV has created and championed projects for over 100 underground musical artists, supported tours and special events, created film documentaries, curated art installations, and produced a collection of ‘zines. In addition, Scion AV executes the annual Scion Music(less) Music Conference and operates 7 broadband radio stations via Scion Streaming Radio. For more information, visit ScionAV.comAdd to My Radar
Melvins chieftan Chief Buzz…er, King Buzzo is prepared to hit the road in support of This Machine Kills Artists, the solo acoustic record from the Grunge Godfather out June 3rd on the mighty Ipecac. There are pretty much no words for how cool the acoustic song “Dark Brown Teeth” that Buzzo already released is, so go check it out HERE for yourself. Any of you cry babies who say acoustic aint sludgy enough need to go sit on a road cone. …Machine is sure to be full of cool twists and turns. Anybody remember how doom’s other ruler Wino made Adrift, one of the best records of his career, a few years ago? ‘Nuff saidskeez.
Click HERE for the tour dates. Photo by Mackie OsbourneAdd to My Radar
Buzz Osborne, songwriter, guitar player and vocalist for the Melvins, performs his first solo, acoustic shows in his thirty plus year career this February and March.
The thirteen dates include an Austin performance at the Record Label Rummage Sale on Mar. 13 as well as a free Scion AV Rock Show on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.
“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road!” Osborne added, “Solo acoustic is something I’d never thought I’d be doing. Maybe that’s why this will work!”
In conjunction with the March dates, a commemorative 10” titled This Machine Kills Artists will be released via Amphetamine Reptile Records. The question begs, what is he going to play?
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I realized in horror that while we have way too many posts about seriously subpar metalcore bands, no one had any posts about the best band ever, The Melvins. Let me ammend that error and simultaneously increase the coolness of our humble metal domain tenfold by announcing the upcoming release of an unorthodox covers album from the “Godfathers of Grunge” entitled… Everybody Loves Sausages.
Melvins and cover songs usually equals genius. Their versions of “God Of Thunder” by Kiss, “Youth Of America” by The Wipers and of course, their infamous version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with none other than Leif Garrett on vocals are the stuff of legend.
Now, fans can wet their whistles on this collection (out April 30th on Ipecac), which is probably worth it for the Melvins/Scott Kelly team up on Venom’s “Warhead” alone. Personally, I am really excited and scared to hear them cover “Best Friend” by Queen with the dude from Tweak Bird. I need some strong LSD. Other guests include Jello Biafra, Mark Arm and many more.
King Buzzo says: “This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically. We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.”
Quick, honest, and straight to the point. I recently spent a few minutes with the men of A Shattered Hope, in a parking lot…with a cop car, firetruck, ambulance, and CSI van as the backdrop to our location– all a part of the band’s “Middle Fingers, Blood, and Beer” motto for their live shows. Good times all around.
In this very brief interview, the band and I discussed the possibility of new material, how the band might be changing their style up in the future, and how their recent busy schedule has turned out for them.
Check out the band’s answers here.Add to My Radar
A good Monday to all you Metal Rioters out there and welcome to another edition of Funny Metal Shit Mondays. The place where you come to get your metal fix and laugh away the dreariness that is the dreaded Monday.
Today’s Funny Metal Shit Monday is presented to you by the letter “Bonizzi”. Enjoy it here.