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Just back from a run. Listening to the nu-goth rock splendor of Lacuna Coil’s “What I See” from their best record  Karmacode. Check my email. Oh, snap…new Primordial out this Fall!

Primordial are the most powerful metal force to ever come out of Ireland, pioneers of their blood, hope and revolution soaked poetic sound.

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”

Click HERE for more info, audio of the commanding title track  and song listing.

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Falconer announce final live shows

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM (PST)

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ProgPower USA has announced the line up for ProgPower XVI, which will include Falconer‘s final live performance. A video featuring music from the bands announced so far can be found on facebook.com/ProgPowerUSA. The festival is scheduled to take place in Atlanta, GA September 11-12 next year. Tickets will go on sale on October 4 through Ticketmaster.

Falconer has released the following statement online:

“As the news has been dropped that we won’t continue as a live act we take the opportunity to explain, not that it really differs much from the state the band usually is in. The last show will take place at ProgPower USA in 2015.

 “As I (Stefan Weinerhall) started Falconer in 1999 it was meant to be a studio project, I have always looked upon myself as a writer more than an artist, the creative work has been the reason and driving force. We started doing some shows after a while but never really going all in although the shows themselves was really rewarding, fun and filled with fond memories. It is due to conscious decisions that we have built the band up around our obligations, work schedules and family lives so there is no bitterness to this decision although the decisions were harder to make in the early years when everything started rolling. If we’re not a proper live act we’re better of as the studio project we were meant to be.

 “The inconsistency of doing very few shows with huge gaps between them has meant that we’ve had to start up the rusty machinery from scratch each time. So now as we all are becoming grumpy old men, we realise that the output don’t match the input although the experiences from the past gigs have been great!

“We owe it to our fans and ourselves to do some more appearances before becoming even more reclusive than we already are, haha! So for 2015 we have looked into our windows of opportunity and seen which festivals we CAN do. Those festivals are now contacted and know of the exclusivity in the offer. So with this I hope that those of you who really want to catch us a last time will succeed, even though we haven’t directly booked a world tour!

 

“Cheers from the metal minstrels from the north!”

Stefan, Mathias, Karsten, Jimmy and Magnus

 

Falconer’s most recent album, Black Moon Rising was released in June of this year and can be previewed and purchased at metalblade.com/falconer.

Much luck to the band in their future endeavors and thanks for their efforts to date bringing great metal to true fans.

 

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Salt Lake Stunners (and pretty much my fave band since I first heard them) SubRosa have some really good stuff on vinyl  HERE.

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Feeling Earthy? Get back to the primitive and deadly.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM (PST)

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Open-minded music fans the world over have long praised EARTH‘s pioneering and visionary delivery of their slow-motion anthems from the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, to their more Americana-inclined direction of the early 2000s and beyond. Their willingness to experiment with different sounds and different musicians has always enabled EARTH to remain consistently interesting and undoubtedly always unique. Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their musical evolution, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a truly epic, very diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, the album also explores massive new sonic territories for EARTH.

 With Primitive And Deadly, guitarist Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse second act, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. The dialogue between Carlson and Davies remains pivotal, here underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows).Primitive And Deadly also brings forth the band’s first vocal contributions since 1996’s Pentastar LP, and first in the band’s second incarnation, with guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), who transform these thundering, organic songs into something approaching traditional pop structures. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where EARTH recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly isEARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

Southern Lord will issue Primitive And Deadly in all deluxe formats in North America on September 2nd. Preorders for the album have just been activated at EARTH’s new official online store which just launched today at THIS LOCATION.

 

The first single from Primitive And Deadly, “From The Zodiacal Light,” was recently unveiled via Pitchfork RIGHT HERE.

Additionally, fans can currently order the vinyl reissues of Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method andThe Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s SkullHex available here and Bees here.

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Eluveitie premiere “King” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM (PST)

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Swiss folk metal mainstays Eluveitie have premiered the music video for their track “King”.

“King” comes off of the band’s forthcoming album Origins which is due out August 4.

Check out the music video for “King” as well as statements from the band here.

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Eluveitie release strong lyric video for “King”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:36 PM (PST)

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“I am the will of our Gods…!”

To call Eluveitie‘s sound far reaching would be an understatement. The band is so epic you could write books based on their songs. Now the band have released a new lyric video for the moving track “King”, a punch to the gut battlecry to their foes chagrin. Fans will be overjoyed at the stirring intro, harsh vocals and thrilling guitar of this number from the pending Aug. 5th LP Origins.

Click HERE and enjoy.

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Tyr and Metsatoll to tour US with Eluveitie in the Fall

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:14 AM (PST)

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Eluveitie are headlining a fall North American tour with support from epic metal act Tyr and killer Estonian outfit Metsatoll. Read an interview we just did with Metsatoll here. They are fucking awesome. Some of the best riffs I have ever heard (and not just because I am Estonian).

Click HERE for tour dates and more!

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Interview: Metsatöll – Of Wolf And Man

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM (PST)

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Metsatöll are one of the greatest heavy metal bands I have ever heard. Their at times harsh and other times elegant and majestic riffs summarize what is most expressive about the metal language we all love. The Estonian band have been wildly successful and have now returned with their latest Spinefarm release Karjajuht. I have grown so fond of their music that I am even planning to travel to Estonia from new York to see them this summer as well as a friend and family there, so hopefully it works out.

Metsatöll have done many things, from touring with my friend Paul’s awesome Victory band Blackguard to playing with Tyr and Moonsorrow or playing huge stadium gigs. It is refreshing that a band so distinctly individual could cut such a path.

Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in this powerful band. If you love metal, despite language barriers, you will undoubtedly be hooked. I spoke via email with multi-instrumentalist Lauri of Metsatöll about the new album and thoughts on their career as metal believers.

Click HERE to read it.

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Sabbath Assembly release video for the striking “Lucifer”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM (PST)

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SABBATH ASSEMBLY is proud to present the latest video for the track “Lucifer” from their recently-released third album, Quaternity, out now on SVART RECORDS. Directed by Lara Miranda in Oakland, California, the video features the actors Nils Frykdahl (of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Audra Wolfmann.

The “Lucifer” hymn was transmitted directly from a member of the ’70s spiritual-psycho religious cult The Process Church of the Final Judgment. This member, Anthony D’Andrea, demo’ed the hymn for the band via telephone from Boston, Massachussettes. A snippet of this recording can be heard at the top of the track, followed by a gorgeous interpretation sung by Daron Beck of Pinkish Black.

Click HERE to join the ritual.

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Happy Blood Moon, y’all

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:51 PM (PST)

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Celebrate the #bloodmoon tonight with some Jex Thoth blood moon jams  HERE. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

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Interview: Sabbath Assembly – Tomorrow’s Dream

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM (PST)

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Sabbath Assembly continue to amaze. Quaternity is the latest release from the mysterious group, a collection of hymns we recently rated a full 5 stars. Dave Nuss and Jamie Myers (with numerous cohorts) have outdone themselves and cemented the already glowing, if not so lengthy legacy of this fabulous band of free thinkers. Jehovah. Christ. Satan. Lucifer.Restored to one. All sides of the self examined and…processed. I’ve been watching The Living Matrix the last few days, so unified theories of the self are also quite appealing.

What is missing from the Christian concept of “trinity”? Carl Jung suggests that the fourth element is what many reject – the evil in our nature; or by another view, the feminine, which throughout Church history has been equated with evil and duly suppressed. To restore this element to the trinity creates Quaternity, which in William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell represents “the fourfold nature of man and his relationship to the divine.”

Click HERE for our interview with Dave Nuss on Quaternity and more.

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Sabbath Assembly unveil video for “I,Satan”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM (PST)

 

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Today, the ever-singular Sabbath Assembly premiere the video for “I, Satan” at heavily trafficked tastemakers Stereogum.com. The most monstrous track from their highly anticipated third album, Quaternity, set for international release on March 28th, the video for “I, Satan” was created entirely by the band, and the song features text from sacred Process Church of the Final Judgment scriptures, all written from the standpoint of the Lord of the Underworld.

The song delivers a brutal assault with lines such as “Burn the chaff of humanity, dance proud around the leaping flames,” and “Put aside your litanies, priest, Satan does not retreat.” Additional lyrical inspiration comes from “Inno A Satana” a classic poem used in Satanic liturgies since it was published in1865, written by Italian Nobel Prize Winner Giosue Carducci. The video for SABBATH ASSEMBLY’s “I, Satan” can be viewed exclusively HERE.
The chorus:
“Come as you are, unleash the beast.
Come forth in yourself, release the fiend.
Behold as rust erodes Michael’s sword,
The monarch of form – I, Satan.”
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Album Review: Barren Harvest – Subtle Cruelties

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 PM (PST)

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Barren Harvest seem to know that life is gorgeous, cruel, short, boundless, fragile and yet hearty. Frailty and strength are often odd bedfellows.

I just found out a few hours ago that the mother of one of my very best friends has passed away, perhaps even from foul play.  Subtle Cruelties has been encapsulating my world since and is a fitting rumination on mortality. I spent a few hours lying around sad and listless, before realizing that my friend’s mother was a creative and positive soul who struggled but prized love and the arts. She was like my crazy aunt and would have wanted me to get back to writing and smile. Plus, it makes me feel better- to a degree. “Subtle Cruelties” is full of portions of the Tennyson epic “In Memorium”, so this album is certainly fitting for my sad state of mind.

Coming off like a marriage of the more ethereal side of Jarboe/Gira Swans with more synth and ambient leanings, Barren Harvest stun on this release.  A series of tracks called ‘Memoriam I’ up through the numeral “VI” are all poetic highlights of loneliness that fill the nerves in the unsettling yet comforting way Nine Inch Nail’s did on the womb-like “A Warm Place”. ‘

Click HERE to venture further into the album review.

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Album Review: Sabbath Assembly – Quaternity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM (PST)

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Sabbath Assembly, the devotional brainchild of percussionist Dave “Xtian” Nuss based on the teachings of the controversial Process Church of the Final Judgment, is back with their third release Quaternity. Perhaps a record titled Quaternity ought to have been their fourth (rumor has it from a little bird that there IS a record the band recorded before Restored To One that may see the light of day at some point). Regardless, this is a beautiful and powerful release for the group. This is sacred folk music/metal that unites concepts of light and shadow into a concise worldview with an emphasis on being a well rounded person. Every Sabbath Assembly release has been simply stunning, but the newest record shifts styles and focuses on more acoustic based yet heavily layered compositions than the sort of retro sound of the previous two records.  12 string, cello, viola, acoustic bass, orchestra bells, gong, wind chime, timpani, and haunting vocals all make appearances in standout single “Jehovah on Death”, for example. Some of it almost sounds like less-obtuse Death In June meets early Genesis meets, I dunno, Fairport Convention.

Some of the material reminds me of the more folksy side of vocalist Jamie Myers previous group Hammers of Misfortune, but that is far too simple and easy a comparison. Many layered vocals, sparse percussion at times near obsessive attention to detail make this an unforgettable experience.

“Whatever their need to be master of the game shall be chaff in the wind beside my Universe,” sings Myers. Her voice is so intoxicating you almost believe she did make the world, as this record certainly takes you out of the mundane and into realms of pure inspiration.

Click HERE to read more.

Turisas and Korpiklaani to co-headline Paganfest America Part V

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM (PST)

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The Finns are invading America this spring! Finnish metallers Turisas and Korpiklaani are co-headlining Paganfest America Part V!

Chthonic, Varg and Winterhymn will round out the line-up.

The tour will start in Springfield, Virginia on April 25 and will run 22 dates coming to a close in Worcester, Massachusetts at The Palladium.

Check out the full list of dates here.

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