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Happy St Patrick’s Day: Everyone loves Dropkick Murphys

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:39 AM (PST)

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Happy St. Paddy’s y’all. I know they aint metal, but everyone loves Dropkick Murphys   (unless you’re some kind of freak weirdo). Heck, I’m Welsh and we have argued a lot with Irish through history but that doesn’t stop me from loving Irish music, people and punk rock or especially metal. Thanks to Dropkicks and sound guy Pete Robertson for hooking us up with access for our wonderful photo gal Catharina Christiana to shoot the hootenany at the Clifton Park stop of Dropkick’s current tour so we’d have some holiday fun for you long hairs to shake you out of your metal caves (I’m staying in mine and listening to the dark murk of Nux Vomica, haha. I just smoked the only green around here today).

Anyway, say a prayer for the hardworking people, etc. Green beer and cheer, people!

Click HERE for the photo set!

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“People often refer to my set-up as ‘ghetto drums” since there are some parts missing and I mostly don’t treat it too gently.”

Bert Hofman drums for Belgian hardcore band Lotus (not to be confused with the stateside electronic jam band who an ex girlfriend of mine liked). This Lotus is decidedly heavier than most metal bands, a colossal force of RIFF and old school Black Flag style hardcore with the knob broken off. The guttural lyrics are full of disdain,the fight for liberation, a cunning vocabulary and venom. Drums build things up to a tribal level of ceremony while the guitars and bass (often in unison) create a huge wall of feedback bathing crunch. These guys could take on/share the stage with any of the current awesome bands like Gust, Hierophant or the mighty All Pigs Must Die who have caught the imagination of many fans lately. Like Gust, however, Lotus let the words really cut through, which I think is more refreshing.

The life that I live was never mine
it’s the crystalization of compromise

I’m a big fan of this band and hope they go far. Whatever happens they’ve made a monster record you can listen to/purchase HERE.

To read an interview with Bert, see BELOW. \m/

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Who is ready for Cancer Bats new tour?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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Cancer Bats have matured in a great way. While some people think they’ve gotten a bit softer (same complaint leveled at Gaslight Anthem on their still deeply excellent Get Hurt ), Cancer Bats are a band like Coliseum where the intensity rarely matters because whatever volume they attack at it is always about good songwriting first and foremost. I think recent tune “Satellites”  is about the best rough around the edges sing along punk tune I’ve heard yet in 2015. This is rock n roll as hell. Not to mention Mew’s cold Euro-prog song “Satellites” is amazing as well! I guess that’s what it takes to write a banger (shout out to P.O.D. “Satellite”). I have to go now.

03/12 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/15 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
03/16 St.Louis, MO Fubar
03/17-21 Austin, TX SXSW
03/23 Nashville, TN The End
03/24 Richmond, VA Strange Matter 
03/25 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
03/26 New York, NY Cake Shop
03/27 Cambridge, MA Middle East – Upstairs 
03/28 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar

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Pussy Riot members first English song is chilling clip for Eric Garner

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:18 PM (PST)

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Pussy Riot’s first song in English is dedicated to Eric Garner and the words he repeated eleven times before his death. This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror – killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds – for political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change. We stand in solidarity. 

This is not metal but merit worthy. We have a punk category and are associated with DyingScene.com and Pussy Riot are punk by any standard, though the new Eric Garner inspired clip, the band’s first in English, is more akin to (actually a lot like) Jarboe singing over a lazy and drifty indie hip hop beat. I found the clip really moving and unsettling. It is nice to see solidarity. Police need to disown the kind of actions in the Garner case because it reflects unfairly on the good officers trying to do their job. Richard Hell of all people even reads Garner’s last words near the end.

In an e-mail to Buzzfeed, Pussy Riot members Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova explained that Russian uniforms they wear in the video equates to how “illegal violence in the name of the state kills not only its victims, but those who are chosen to carry out these actions.” They added: “Policemen, soldiers, agents, they become hostages and are buried with those they kill, both figuratively and literally.”

Recently six members of Pussy Riot signed an open letter on the collective’s blog publicly severing their relationship with Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were famously jailed for staging an anti-Putin protest outside a Moscow cathedral. Details are HERE. While I understand the anti-commercialism aspects to their concerns, I agree with Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova that their causes are important enough to be in the “mainstream” discourse and that anyone can be “Pussy Riot”.

Watch the chilling “I Can’t Beathe” BELOW.

Interview: War On Women – A co-ed punk rock Bridge 9 vital manifesto

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM (PST)
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I’m singing from the perspective of a traditionally marginalized group of people, so I’m not fucking reaching across anything. I’m saying my piece. – Shawna Potter

Yes, we have a somewhat under used punk rock category on Metalriot.com , a category I usually use to classify faster hardcore bands who aren’t metal core bands. But yeah, our sister site is the fabled Dyingscene.com, remember? Punk, hardcore and metal have a long history as bedfellows at the best of times (Excel’s Split Image or Slayer’s Undisputed Attitude come to mind) to the worst of times when skinheads and long hairs in denim jackets would beat the crap out of one another. What does this have to do with War On Women? The Bridge Nine band are more than powerful enough to be on this site and if anything MORE intense than many of the bands we feature who gurgle metal lyrics about killing people. Heck, they even can tour with Municipal Waste and hold their own!

In a rock climate where Phil Labonte of All That Remains casually tosses out the word “Faggot” (making me really bummed cuz I used to love his vocals on Shadows Fall’s early Somber Eyes To The Sky) and where politicians and certain media outlets try to spin “dissent” and “protest” as Un-American while allegedly loving the Boston Tea Party, we need bands who will step up and pierce the heart of current affairs with vitriol, wit and sarcastic grace wed to angry guitars and blistering drums. War On Women are probably my favorite punk band of the moment. I would have been sold at the phrase ex-Liar’s Academy (that first EVR release still holds up) but I know my friend Matt Fox from Shai Hulud also likes War On Women so I checked out “Servilia”  and was blown away. This is a thrashy mix of punk rock fury!

Their self titled full length War On Women will be available on CD, LP and Digital formats on February 10th and is up for pre-order now on B9Store.com. Featuring 11 tracks, this new album was recently recorded with J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage (Against Me!, Coliseum, Lemuria) and is a vital, if at times very unsettling, odyssey.

For my talk with outspoken and super rad, fearless front woman Shawna Potter click HERE.

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“A Chance To Change” and many other moments of France’s TARLD‘s new record Gone For A While feature guitars and drums completely united around one goal, to rock your socks off. The big chords and pounding punk/hard rock drums keep pulling me back to the album, while the melodies, interludes and a few real curveballs I don’t want to spoil make “Gone For A While” a must hear. The band are unabashed about primarilly being intended as a great live act, but the songs honestly stand up. “Gone For A While” is a cool mix of 90’s emo, alt rock and newer, more commercial punk. Regardless if you like any of those genres it works because the songs come off as life soundtracks. These guys really performed well on this baby. I’ve listened to the album about 11 times this week and not gotten sick of it yet.

I spoke to guitarist Maxime Comby about the album and you can catch the chat BELOW.

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A389 XI Anniversary Bash kicking off tonight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4:35 AM (PST)

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Check out this Baltimore Sun reverential article on the great hardcore and metal label A389 Records. The humble yet consistent as heck label that could is still going strong. Domenic Romeo has carved out a place in heavy music history by plugging away and following his vision (and ears), just releasing what he is inspired by. Check out event listings for the nights of this years bash HEREHERE, HERE and HERE! IS that enough awesome for ya?!  Bands include Weekend Nachos, freakin’ Starkweather (!!), Condemn The Infected, Sex Prisoner, Noisem, Iron Price, Full Of Hell and more!

Special items at the festival this year include:

(ALL WEEKEND / WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
18″ x 24″ Professional Prints of this year’s incredible poster artwork by Human Furnace (Ringworm)

(FRIDAY ONLY)
New HAYMAKER Longsleeves + a handful of skatedecks that come with their super rare / super new ‘$10 Worth Of Rope’ 7″ on Murder Contest Records

(SATURDAY ONLY)

Super limited / 100 Hand-Numbered Pre-Release copies of the upcoming new IN COLD BLOOD 7″ coming February on A389

Plus ALL OF THE BANDS will have cool stuff for sale all weekend long and the A389 DISTRO will be in full effect at both Saturday Shows for your purchasing pleasure.

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Violation Wound are punker, uglier and gnarlier than what you like

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM (PST)

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It takes guts to name your band Violation Wound. It pretty much is completely unethical, up there with names like (the awesome punk femme band) Spider Cunts, Diarrhea Planet , The Murder Junkies or engineer Steve Albini’s short lived Rapeman as names you will have a hard time advertising on venue posters… anywhere! But Chris Reifert of Autopsy and early Death fame has been collecting steaming piles of guts for years in the death metal world, so forming a band that bathes in beer and who sound like The Exploited were actually ever kind of good doesn’t seem like it was much of a problem. Who knows, maybe the name means the wounds we suffer through the violation of society or something deep.

Anyway,this music will make you poop some bloody, runny browns and want to punch a friend. It really is not the kind of punk I can see causing a social movement to rise up and overthrow our Skull & Bones masters, but it will make you think most other bands are complete wussies.

I can’t believe I just discovered this and that they played with fucking Vampire and Midnight recently while I was probably home watching freakin’ Charmed on Netflix or something. Thank Gawd I was on an Autopsy kick tonight and stumbled across this semi-related but very different project. Not exactly metal but certainly made for those intent on ruling.

Order a 3 way split cd with Violation Wound, dirty Mike & The Boys (which for some reason is a grosser name to me for a band…sounds so sleazy, haha) and First Class Elite through HPGD Productions right HERE (out late November) and check out some ripping music in the form of “Roll Over And Die Blues” BELOW.

 

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Hierophant deliver serious “Paranoia” from B9 release “Peste”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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“Paranoia”, the second single from Hierophant‘s forthcoming new album, is now streaming on BlowtheScene.com.  This track appears on Peste, which will be available on November 25th on CD, LP and digital formats via Bridge Nine Records and is up for pre-order now via B9Store.com.

From the disturbing artwork (seriously, dudes) to the great Alan Douches mastering job, this track is beyond brooootal. Put down your tarot cards and circle pit now.

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Happy Halloween Interview: Davey Havok talks XTRMST, AFI

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM (PST)
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So, not many people are lucky enough, on freakin’ Halloween, to get interview answers back from Davey freakin’ Havok. I have been pumped as heck (I almost said pumped as kin but that is a horrible Halloween joke gone wrong) for the new XTRMST stuff, the straight edge and intense new project from Havok and AFI guitarist Jade Puget, one of the most electric players in rock.

Why is this on a metal site? Because XTRMST stand for bold positions and action, DIY love taken into the larger zeitgeist of pop culture and beliefs that the world would be blessed to consider less extreme and more the norm. Earth Crisis nailed it on Salvation Of Innocents recently and it is cool the ever vocal and inspiring AFI crew have decided to make another major statement with a similarly important message. I think they have more than earned respect at this point.

This is not a record to make people comfortable, but it will get people who love the shifting but always intense chemistry between these two old friends more than fired up.

New track, “Dirty Nails” from the upcoming XTRMST album is now available on iTunes. Click here to pre-order the important album, and download the first two singles instantly.

And click HERE for this exclusive chat with Davey.

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There are few bands as widely respected and as influential as the Ramones. And now, the group’s long-time drummer is gearing up to unveil his long-awaited autobiography, ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone,’ which will be released on January 13, 2015, via Touchstone Books. And what better way to celebrate the book’s arrival than with gloriously mega-decibel renditions of Ramones classics, which is exactly what Marky will be offering up on Saturday, January 17th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.

Joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg that night will be special guest Andrew W.K. on vocals.

“These songs are too good not to be played,” says Marky. “I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book.”

‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ will serve as a social history of the New York punk scene from an eyewitness. Yes, it has plenty of tales from the dirty streets, drugs, and rock and roll, but it also takes readers on a musical journey of a legendary band. And a few days after it’s release, fans will get the opportunity to rock out – and possibly meet – one of the greatest rock n’ roll drummers of all time.

XTRMST announce self-titled debut, first take vocals

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM (PST)

I don’t care. AFI still rules.

“Total Immortal” and even  Decemberunderground will always be part of my favorite musical moments in this life. The dark sub-textures and literary spin the punk band brought more fully into the mainstream in the wake of the Mansons and the Danzigs out there was always evolving and still takes the guys to their own unique places. Now, Davey and Jade are returning to straight edge hardcore with a sound older fans of the early AFI records may be keen on comparing and hyper-analyzing. Any 90’s-00’s kids feel me on this? AFI was once one of the ultimate backpack/skateboard bands, whether you wanna admit it now or not. It is funny though that it is almost “artsy” of them to do a new SxE band at this point.

AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

Click HERE for more info.

Enabler sign to Century Media

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM (PST)

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Enabler have been making more of an impact with every release, every tour, every new song. The work ethic is undeniable and the amount consistently good material is impressive. Now the band have made a major signing to Century Media Records.

Via their Facebook:

We are very happy to announce that we are now part of the Century Media family. To start it off, they will be releasing our newest full length La Fin Absolue Du Monde in Europe on December 8 with 3 extra bonus tracks. We also might be recording a new record early next year, and debuting a new track next week… as if you haven’t had enough new music from us in the past two years!

Congrats and hails. Also, be sure to check out Jeff from Enabler in the new Today Is The Day video for “Masada” HERE. Best TITD drummer since Marshall, in my opinion.

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Regulator (Cro-Mags with Bad Brains guests) play NYC benefit show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Regulator has confirmed that they will be headlining a benefit concert to take place on Thursday, September 25th at Bowery Electric. A NYHC all-star event, Regulator includes John Joseph & Mackie of The Cro-Mags and performs all classic Bad Brains material. Mackie, of course, also was in Bad Brains previously.

Special guests to join Regulator during this performance will be none other than the Bad Brains own, Darryl Jennifer & Dr. Know. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Childrens Tumor Foundation (which is also the charity John Joseph supports through competing in Ironman Triathlons).

Also performing will be Wilding Incident (which features members of Crown Of Thornz, Maximum Penalty and The White Mandingos) and the recently re-united Subzero.

Purchase tickets here. PMA!

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Album Review: Sick Of It All – Last Act Of Defiance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)

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It used to be cool when you’d open up Sick Of It All‘s CD for Just Look Around and see them hangin’ out with Sepultura or whoever and just everyone bein’ cool. Before that you had DRI bring “crossover” most fully (with their album of the same name), and the eventual deathcorn-holed anus of the low end diaper filler breakdown riffs we know and love today. It is not inevitable, however that Rage begets Bizkit begets Deathcore or whatever bad metaphor you want to insert here. I’m not here to trash on anyone.

Sick Of It All need to be celebrated, man. This band simply embody whatever they encompass, be it the more crossover sounds so many fell in love with on Scratch The Surface to wider appeal or the staying power of more straight up hardcore dance-a-thon classic Built To Last. Or the unbridled assault on the issues of the day that was (perhaps still high water mark) Death To Tyrants. Regardless of your favorite era of the band (my fave record is actually Yours Truly, believe it or not), Sick Of It All are on point.

The new album is no different and you should pre order it HERE now! (Though I do wonder why their merch says NY est. 86 but has a Yanks logo when the Mets won in 86′, but it’s all NYC).

We hate when a band alludes to the end in an album title or song name, but it thrills popular culture junkies to know we are watching “The Final Season” of a show and that plot threads will resolve, at the same time. End Hits didn’t turn out to be Fugazi’s last record. The verdict is out on if it was Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier, but I doubt it. End Game would have been a great place for Megadeth to stop before Super Collider. It’s all because an artist has made great works that we hold them to the highest standards, regardlessof if I disagree with some of Mustaine’s politics, for example. I know Ted Nugent can write “Stranglehold”, so even if I disagree with his politics on many issues, I still can seperate the musician and what they espouse. Sick Of It All I simply champion because they stand for real shit, true hardcore and always kick out the killer jams…all while uplifting the community. This is NYHC. This is defiance. But also dignity and grace, hard knocks and all.

Click HERE for more.

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