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Children Of Bodom release “I Hurt” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:27 PM (PST)

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Laiho and his showboating madmen of COBHC have released a lyric video for one of their heaviest offerings ever, the rage infected “I Hurt”. The song comes from October 2nd’s anticipated I Worship Chaos (pre-order HERE). This band is always fun and engaging on some level while often being completely over the top and have proven to have quite the staying power.

Check out the new track BELOW.

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Song Of The Week: “Yesteryear” from NYC’s So Hideous

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 12:13 PM (PST)

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A spacious, piano threaded intro evolves into a rolling drum track before a wall of sound hits and screams erupt amidst the cacophony like all the stuff you’ve needed to get out for years. The new So Hideous track is like a beautiful, extreme metal/punk version of a brave primal or Reichian Therapy but with no pillow to dampen the screams. The bands record Laurestine is one of our most anticipated of the year and another banger notch in the belt for tastemaking label Prosthetic‘s 2015 which also includes stellar shit from space advocates InAeona and party animals Ramming Speed that should also be on your radar, kids. Be awesome and like this song and the band So Hideous NOW.

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He Whose Ox Is Gored – “The Camel, The Lion, The Child”.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM (PST)

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Well, here we are. How do I even start a review for a record this rewarding? How about by demanding you pre-order it HERE. No better compliment?

I am gonna blame Lisa Mungo from Seattle’s He Whose Ox Is Gored for almost single handedly getting me back into proggy/post-rock stuff as well as, incidentally, Stephen Brodsky’s music. I’d written Lisa a few weeks back introducing myself and asking a question and then started listening to HWOIG’s older stuff more thuroughly than I had in the past. Now I am so hooked!

As the band are touring with Mutoid Man and that Bleeder record of theirs also blew me away and has a similar workmanlike chopping drum attack paired with busy but also at times spacious guitars, I soon found myself diving into old Brodsky classics like Cave In’s Jupiter for the first time in years. God, most music really fucking sucks now compared to that stuff, doesn’t it? I mean, I am a super positive guy unless you really piss me off, but woah.

The Camel, The Lion, The Child has a (very) few rougher patches here and there but  they only add to the striving humanity of this future classic. “Oathbreaker” recalls Game of Thrones as filtered through new wave hell metal, at least in my mind. Bells toll and the anticipation building hi hat simmers nerves. The cool time signatures, vox roaring at 3:41 like dub music weaving in and out plus synths equals an amazing listen. Think post-metal sci-fi meets Chicago noise or 90′s rock completely disassembled but with screams ala Botch and occasional pretty vocals, as members alternate. “Omega” (premiered HERE at Cvlt Nation) could teach some of the Between The Buried And Me wanna bes a thing or two about feel, as like Prosthetic trio InAeona or Junius the bigger feelings evoked don’t depend on overplaying. Yawning void is actually a thing on some of these tracks.

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Band Spotlight: Immortal Bird

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM (PST)

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Not to be confused with also awesome Deadbird or the not so awesome anymore Immortal, the folks in Immortal Bird are a savage and fun crew. You have to be a bit aware to jokingly refer to your genre as  Male-Backed XXXTREME METAL. Immortal Bird are crazy and crusty but evil enough to appeal to  Martyrdöd, Obliterations, Mortals or Savannah Sludge fans in near equal measure. Heck, even some Code Orange type kids might dig it.The Chicago band’s full length debut Empress/Abcess is very likely to cause you physical harm and strikes all the right nerves. Urgent performances with crust roots, raw but kick ass performances and the fierce screams of  Rae Amitay. You can not go wrong with this record.

Recommended Track: “The Sycophant”

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Seattle’s HE WHOSE OX IS GORED has been raising the brows of the underground masses with their eclectic, oft trance-inducing fusion of doom, prog rock, post hardcore and psychedelic shoegaze since their inception in 2009. Following the release of their critically-adored, Bleeding Light Records-issued Rumors 7″ last year which Echoes And Dust called, “a sonic journey of crazy, intense energy,” Cvlt Nation likened to a, “frothing, boiling cauldron of doom, spilling forth expansive riffs, pummeling beats and haunting vocals,” and Steel For Brains praised noting, “For all the hazy prog-doom pretenders clogging up those atmospherics, HE WHOSE OX IS GORED offers something uniquely theirs without sacrificing the muscle of the music to arbitrary and tired techniques,” the band will undrape their highly-anticipated full-length debut this Fall.

 

Titled The Camel, The Lion, The Child, the eight-track, near hour-long sound exhibition was tracked at Red Room and Ex Ex Audio in Seattle by Robert Cheek (Serial Hawk, Noise-A-Tron etc.) with additional recording taking place at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, etc). Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon etc.) handled mixing duties and frequent collaborator, Blake Bickel, mastered the album at Dynamic Sound Service.

 

Both sonically and conceptually engrossing, with The Camel, The Lion, The Child HE WHOSE OX IS GORED — Brian McClelland (guitar, vocals), Lisa Mungo (synths, keyboards, vocals), Mike Sparks (bass) and John O’Connell (drums) – transcend musical boundaries with their meticulous yet organically-executed amalgam of technical guitar compositions and atmospheric synth over a pummeling rhythm section manifesting a uniquely cinematic soundscape that paints a world ready to thrash and burn.

 

Elaborates McClelland of the band’s latest output: “The Camel, The Lion, The Child is a cup that runs over. From the writing process and through the studio, we made it a point to make the record that we wanted. The songs grow and breathe with their own lives and personalities, and unfold with layers that surprise us to this day. The excellent engineering and mixing of Robert Cheek and Matt Bayles raised the bar, and pushed us to make the best record we could. Now, we share it with you.”

Track listing and tour dates BELOW.

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Shining‘s IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends is upon us and it’s prime time for scaredy cats out there to bust out their “The End Is Nigh” placards. Niklas Kvarforth discusses the creation, cultivation and concerns behind the 6 new tracks BELOW.

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Neurosis confirm Heavy Montreal appearance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:24 AM (PST)

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Neurosis are arguably the band the most heavier leaning and cerebral artsy types can all agree on as outright kings in their field. The long running band of psychedelic tribal warriors were birthed from the Pain Of Mind political days but evolved over the years into nearly a force of nature themselves. We even gave their Honor Found In Decay record a five star review. Yep, there might as well be a fifth season called Neurosis. The band of deeply rooted punk metal elite champions will trek north to make an appearance at Heavy Montreal this year amidst a line-up including NOFX, Faith No More, Slipknot, Mr. Iggy Pop, Testament and Korn.

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Album Review: Tribulation – “The Children Of The Night”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:44 AM (PST)

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Tribulation‘s The Children Of A Night is not a tribute to the Survivor song of the same name, but rather a sort of pure manifestation of the famous quote from Dracula. What sweet music they make, indeed! Gone are much of the death metal trappings of earlier records, with a gloriously bold leap (and perhaps a flappng of wings) into a blackened abyss of atmospheric and dark rock with harsh vocals. Imagine a much more shadowy Ghost drenched in blood and wine but with snarled vocals akin to black metal in approach. Some fans have criticized the direction, but I think it’s by far one of the most interesting records I’ve heard this year.

Like the Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson House Atreides prequel to Frank Herbert’s Dune novel, perhaps it is a bit more streamlined than earlier works but it is still quite powerful. Actually, in the case of Tribulation I feel like they’ve really surpassed their other stuff here. Old school thrash heads may shit on Sepultura’s masterful Roots, but it’s by far the most original record of the Brazilian metal band’s (with perhaps A-Lex being a close second). My point is that Roots is thus the one that is most talked about and debated. Originality counts more for most people and Tribulation have found a real sweet spot here of mixed styles. Plus in the “Strange Gateways Beckon” video the singer makes evil faces that remind me of Sebastian Bach meets Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, so that’s cool.

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Wayfarer East Coast tour dates announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 8:18 AM (PST)

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Wayfarer are hitting the road in support of their tremendous Children Of The Iron Age. Check dates for this elaborate and compelling band below.

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I’ve been a fan of Steve Austin‘s and his ongoing revolving cast of audio anarchists Today Is The Day‘s output for a long time (Willpower is my current favorite…TITD albums always change place vying for number one in my heart, much like Clutch and Melvins records).  Steve told me once years ago during an interview that once he got hooked on The Jesus Lizard he was just drawn to need uglier and more raw sounds. Their new clip for “Heathen” (from recent Southern Lord life punisher Animal Mother) certainly finds a foothold in the steaming guts of misanthropy. It might be their best since “Six Dementia Satyr”, which was a long time ago. “Heathen” is a disturbing distilled animated vision of boiling grief, alienation and anger. Set to the untamed crunch of TITD’s grim march, the clip features weaponry, self-harm, madness and crosses while Steve screams “No God/One shot” in his trademark bloody and hissing shouts. In a particularly moving scene sure to give existential nightmares we see isolated figures made of burning flame atop mounds of accumulated refuse as crosses seem to beckon with empty promise. It’s a scene of images that will be glued to my thoughts for some time to come, I wager.

Bloody Disgusting has the video premiere HERE. Highly recommended experience from a classic noise/grind band.

The video for said anthem comes courtesy of Novel Concept TV, whose architects share an equally mad vision of the world as the band, bringing the song to visual fruition through an intense, animated self/outward mutilation spree.

 Issues Austin of the “Heathen” video’s inception, “I was on tour last fall and stayed at my long time friend, Neil Barrett’s house. While I was there he showed some of the video work he had been doing and my mind was blown. Neil and Marco Morales are super creative dudes and Neil has been intoTITD since the band began. Together, they make some really psychedelic mind expanding films; it’s really cool to finally get to work on something together.”

The video’s creators themselves offer, “We’ve been in the dungeon at the Austin Enterprise compound for several weeks with no food, water or sleep creating this visual nightmare. We’re just happy it’s over. Steve Austin is a genius and a madman. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our suffering.”

In additional rad fucking news , after a brutal highway accident in late November, which destroyed their van, merch, equipment and seriously injured some of the members, TODAY IS THE DAY returns to the road in two weeks. Currently comprised of bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/previously mentioned vocalist, Steve Austin, the band’s new trek will hit nearly thirty North American cities in a “clockwise massacre”, beginning in Portland, Maine on April 24th and finishing on May 24th in Rochester, New York, with direct support being supplied by Lazer/Wulf. More US tour dates and European shows coinciding with the band’s set at Temples Festival in Bristol, England in May will be declared soon.

TODAY IS THE DAY‘s Animal Mother is available on CD colored vinyl LP HERE and via BandCampHERE.

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I was reflecting in an email I sent today to a pr friend Nikki Law from Century Media who handles Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches about a cool time I went to L.A. when Crisis was on the West Coast in the band’s later days. I got to see them rehearse in a space they shared with a killer band called Eyes Of Fire, which featured Matt Fisher as the driving force. Recalling that , it made me think on how more people need to give love to the band Mindrot, a musical volcano which Fisher was also in prior to Eyes Of Fire. People give post-humous love to Type O Negative and, to some degree, the very underatted Woods of Ypres, but Mindrot deserve way more accolades than Mindrot gets. Fans of Neurosis, Twitching Tongues or Katatonia should all be rallying for a Mindrot reunion.

Still to this day no one really sounds like Mindrot.

Adrian Leroux, who along with Matt Fisher founded the band in 1989, was super cool to answer my questions and look back on Mindrot’s active and punishing years of creative gloom and glory. Read it BELOW.

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Noise mongers KEN Mode, a particularly mischievous  bunch of merry madmen, have a new single “Blessed”. I’m thinking #blessed has a lot of crossover potential as a life affirming hashtag as well. Perhaps the guys are on to something.

As usual, it’s fucking pummeling and skronky. They’ve def upped the pigfuck ante this time. Check it out HERE.

Recorded with Steve Albini (NIRVANA, THE PIXIES, THE JESUS LIZARD and more) and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, Success features art by the band’s longtime artist Randy Ortiz, and feature guest performances by Eugene Robinson (OXBOW) and members of FULL OF HELL. ’Success’ will be available across multiple CD and LP formats. Pre-orders are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Regarding the new track, front-man Jesse Matthewson comments:

“Blessed is the ultimate statement behind the album’s concept. What is ‘success’? It’s an outsider’s tale; perpetually on the outside looking in. A dual bass salute to  the Swans, Cop shoot Cop and the Cows. Everyone loves an underdog story, but it’s rare that you get the big picture scene in the end, because more often than not, it’s not what you really want to see.”

The artwork and track list for ‘Success’ can be found below.

See the art BELOW as well as a slew of North American tour dates with the awesome Fight Amp.

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Steve Austin of noise/metal instigators Today Is The Day has been creatively on fire again of late, from the thrilling burden of the intensely mournful extreme record Animal Mother to his performance on LAE’s Break The Clasp post-rock experimental record of haunting whispers and psych dream fragments. TITD have two new music videos soon and are finally back following a near deadly van wreck.

 

Endure TODAY IS THE DAY‘s “Masada” video HEREAnimal Mother is available on CD colored vinyl LP HERE and via BandCamp HERE.

 Dates BELOW. Seeing them with Lazer/Wulf is sure to be a night of rhythmic shifting loud enough to shift the magnetic energy of the planet.

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Band Spotlight: Wayfarer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PST)

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Colorado’s Wayfarer craft moody and dark stories via unconventional atmospheric metal with more winding paths than a Tolkien tale. Their Prosthetic debut Children Of The Iron Age is an at times an expressive yet somber meditation and elsewhere an expulsion of screaming nerves beneath vast skies. Like Agalloch or Iceland’s  Sólstafir before them, Wayfarer’s baleful yet contrarily heartening melodic dirges (often reaching over ten minutes per song) are sure to quicken your wanderlust and slaken your thirsty despair over a drout of epic thinking person’s metal. Recommended track: “The Elemental.”

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Missing is a new “super group” of sorts of underground metal stalwarts who would probably hate that term. It’s not like they will be headlining Live Aid 9 anytime soon, but the guys in the group have a serious pedigree of bands between them (Batillus, Abigail Williams, Lord Mantis, Nachtmystium, Corrections House, etc.). In the aftermath of the Lord Mantis upheaval, I got an invite from my friend Jeff Wilson of black metal standouts Wolvhammer to check out this new band Missing he started with Charlie Fell and Ken Sorceron to basically pick up and evolve where Lord Mantis’ Death Mask left off. But there is more…JefWhitehead , Fade Kainer AND Sanford Parker are on board as well? Holy crow, metal fans.

Check out the birth of the project BELOW (and thanks Jeff).

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