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USA Out Of Vietnam announce US Tour Dates with The Besnard Lakes

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM (PST)


USA Out Of Vietnam are crossing the border from Montreal and hitting the road for a short January tour with like-minded compatriots The Besnard Lakes. Def recommended for fans of Earth, So Hideous, The Eye Of Every Storm-era Neurosis or any current act ignoring genres over the power of the music itself.

Would be quite interesting to see USA Out Of Vietnam live as their recent Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes release was extremely layered with guest musicians and extra instrumentation beyond a standard rock band format.

An excellent “Asphodel I/1322 ” live clip can be seen below as well as the tour dates, to give a glimpse into the live experience. Some cool Watership Down/weird Jesus movie -I think- footage in the live clip plus some serious beard (not to get weird, but doesn’t that much beard tickle your partner during special times?)… yeah.

Confirmed dates BELOW.

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Cardinal Points North American Metal Cover Art 2014 Poll

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM (PST)


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Click HERE to see the candidates artwork.

Banksy got arrested (or was that a hoax?) so we need to figure out this artwork stuff for ourselves now, right?

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Quintron makes drone metal approved weather controlled monster synth

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)


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.

Melvins beat “Sesame Street Meat” with help from Butthole Surfers

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM (PST)


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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Melvins “Hold It In” with help from some Butthole Surfers

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM (PST)


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).”

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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. 

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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.

 About Scion Audio Visual:

 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

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King Buzzo solo tour ready to acoustically face smother you

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM (PST)


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 Osbourne

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King Buzzo reveals 1st solo acoustic song via Rolling Stone

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM (PST)
Buzz Osborne, songwriter, guitar player and vocalist for the Melvins, has unveiled his first solo, acoustic song, “Dark Brown Teeth,” via Rolling Stone right HERE. The song is really cool. It sounds kind of like it could have been from the Stoner Witch-era, had it been electric.


The iconic front man has also confirmed he will release an as-of-yet untitled, solo, acoustic full-length via Ipecac Recordings in June.Osborne previously announced a thirteen-date tour kicking off March 2 at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis, which also includes a performance at the Record Label Rummage Sale on Mar. 13.   A commemorative 10” titled This Machine Kills Artists, which features “Dark Brown Teeth,” will be available via Amphetamine Reptile and sold on the upcoming tour dates.


“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!”


Osborne also recently confirmed his participation in the James Williamson Interview: From Riffs to Bits session at SXSW on March 14 at 12:30 pm in the Austin Convention Center.


Click HERE for tour dates.
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Buzz Osborne announces solo acoustic shows

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM (PST)


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?

Click HERE for dates.

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Like Rats announce Record Store Day rerelease

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM (PST)

Like Rats Chicago metallers Like Rats will be rereleasing their long out of print debut 7″ as a limited edition release in honor of Record Store Day 2013 via A389 Records.

It is expected to drop some time next month.

You can stream their song ‘Genes’ here.

Melvins announce “Everybody Loves Sausages” covers album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM (PST)

eshf_sausagescoverhires_1I 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.”

Click Here for complete track listing!
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Blood and Dirty Noises: Interview- A Shattered Hope

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:09 AM (PST)

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.

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