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Get well soon, Steve: Today Is The Day van accident

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM (PST)


Today Is The Day have been one of the biggest musical influences in my life as far as going against the grain and doing whatever the heck you want goes, even when people think your music should only be one style. Steve Austin is a live, studio and songwriting warrior as well as, to quote Clutch, a high caliber consecrator.  Plus, look at that bad ass new backdrop. I think the art is by Stevie Floyd from Taurus.

The man who has Temple Of The Morning Star, Willpower and this year’s  grief burdened and real Animal Mother makes music by diving into the things most people avoid looking at. Some people pick at scabs but Steve’s not so gently weeping guitar cuts wide wounds, all while opening whole new approaches to thinking about heavy music.

Last night he almost died.

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Wino apologizes to Saint Vitus fans for Norway arrest, seeks treatment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM (PST)


Decibel issued a statement from doom legend Wino today about his recent Norway arrest for meth while  SaintVitus was touring with Orange Goblin. Every time I have spoken to Wino he has been a class act dude and obviously is a musical cornerstone of all that is good in doom metal, not to mention it sucks to see a human being of any stripes struggle with drug abuse.

“At this time, I feel it is necessary to release an official statement of the facts in regard to my recent deportation from the country of Norway. First, I want to apologize to all Saint Vitus fans, and to my band members and crew for my lapse in judgment that ultimately resulted in me missing the last six shows on our Born Too Late 35th anniversary European tour.

Read the full statement HERE and watch a video I shoved in there of Wino ripping up “Iron Horse” by Motorhead on acoustic.

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Earth European Winter Tour dates announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM (PST)


Earth‘s latest album Primitive And Deadly is on heavy rotation in my house. A record that defies easy categorization, the album finds Dylan Carlson and company at ease with whatever they handle, be it uneasy dreams or dessert stoner psalms. EARTH has now announced a European tour for January and February 2015. EARTH will be joined by Black Spirituals and Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo on nearly all of the confirmed dates, and additional performances are being added to the routing.

Primitive And Deadly is out now via Southern Lord. The entire album is now streaming AT THIS LOCATION. A full live set from EARTH’s recent visit to Brooklyn is playing HERE and an extensive trailer for the album playing RIGHT HERE.

Primitive and Deadly is available direct through the band’s official store HERE, via iTunes HERE, and through Amazon HERE.

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Black Breath to return with bloody new album, NYC show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM (PST)


Nothing says “I just got my nuts kicked in and it was awesome” quite so much as the look of pain and pulverized pleasure on the face of someone who first hears Black Breath. I am suffering through the snotty bunghole end of a hellish cold, caught from my new gf who is a kindergarten teacher (the look on the face of my guitar player friend Jeremy was priceless when she told him that and he said ,”have you met Morgan?”, hahaha). Anyway, so the news of Black Breath recording their new album soon was welcome today, between blowing my nose til it bleeds and listening to this rad as heck Superchunk cover of “Children In Heat”.

Yes, metal brethren…Motley Crue played their last MSG show last night and
I fuckin missed it, but we can look ahead with glee to Black Breath’s just announced Saint Vitus bar show on 12/14/2014  in Brooklyn, NY [info]. The one off show will certainly be bloody and barf soaked, even for someone off the sauce like me.

Anyway, returning to GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts to record once again with Kurt Ballou (Converge and stuff), this follow-up to Sentenced To Life will surely be as hairy and scary as the band were when I caught them live on the big stage at NEMHC a few years back. The band will begin recording their massive third full-length at the end of November and complete it in mid-December for release in early 2015.

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Premiered by NPR, the acclaimed French-Austrian artist, choreographer and director Gisèle Vienne has made a film titled “Brando”, inspired by, and using, Scott Walker + Sunn O)))’s song of the same name (which appears on their collaborative album, Soused, out this week).

With Vienne interpreting the tracks themes, the filming took place in a remote 1968 chalet in the French Alps with the story revolving around three performers – a dancer (Anja Röttgerkamp), a teenager (Léon Rubbens), and French arts icon Catherine Robbe-Grillet.

With Gisèle a frequent collaborator with Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, they will present Kindertotenlieder in New York later this month – a hybrid dance theatre work she has choreographed, with Stephen, part of a musical duo to accompany the performers. Taking place from October 29th to November 1st at New York Live Arts on W 19th Street, more information can be found here.

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I remember a Today Is The Day show years ago. The band had just come off tour with Slayer overseas but were playing some crap room on an off night. Bands that were flash in the pan and have since come and gone had all the youngsters in a tizzy at a venue next door. Steve got up and nonetheless destroyed faces with one of the most violently guttural sets I ever witnessed. Today Is The Day is the guilty hands of humanity. Now the details for their tenth opus Animal Mother (if you don’t get the awesomeness of that title, poor you) have been revealed. Get stoked or I’m gonna tear you a new asshole.

Some things in life are debatable. Fireball Ministry perfectly have balanced the older Ozzy retro sound with the vocal styles of Ozzy’s 80’s-present career (“The Broken”, anyone?), at times something Ozzy himself has struggled with (but nailed on some of the worth revisiting 2010 Scream album). Today Is The Day arguably laid most of the groundwork for Converge’s success, though the latter have become a far larger touring entity and scene presence over the years.

Southern Lord have revealed the track listing, gorgeous  Samantha Muljat cover art and a visual trailer. Jeff Lohrber of Enabler plays on this beast and I am seriously excited to see if TITD can somehow top Enabler’s recent latest, one of the most crucial albums of the last few years.

Southern Lord will release Animal Mother on 2xLP, CD and digital in North America on October 14th.

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Interview: Martyrdöd – A Baptism Of Fire

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM (PST)


Gothenburg is known as a trove of extreme music heritage and Martyrdöd will only add to Sweden’s reputation as a nation which always must be close to the tip of the tongue in any metal conversation. Mikael Kjellman (gits/vox) checks in with us to tell us more about the forward thinking musical explorer’s latest Southern Lord sonic explosion, plus working with Kajsa Grytt.

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BLACK COBRA today announces a more than month-long US Tour, set to begin in late August and running into the beginning of October.


With thirty-two cities confirmed to endure the BLACK COBRA live treatment at press time, the actions begin in Phoenix, Arizona on August 28th, then spiraling though the Southeast, up the East Coast and back across the country in a downward slash on their way back to their Bay Area homelands. Direct support for BLACK COBRA on all dates will be provided by Ohio riff rock quartet, Lo Pan.

With relentless dexterity and viciousness, as a meager duo, San Francisco’s BLACK COBRA delivers an even more concussive attack on stage than their already decimating recordings relay, with a backline to blow away bands with lineups more than twice their size. The band’s unhinged sludge metal loaded with neck-mangling time switch-ups and songwriting as devastating as their delivery is loud, unloaded with the most rampant punk rock energy, BLACK COBRA has proven their live devastation with endless devotion since their 2001 inception, the band having played nearly seven hundred shows worldwide since then.

Stand by for updates from BLACK COBRA as the band soon records their next LP, due for release in early 2015.

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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)


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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Pitchfork has unveiled the very first single

“From the Zodiacal Light”

from the latest EARTH release, their 10th proper album.  An early surprise to the band’s incredible international fanbase, this is coolness brownies of them.


Open-minded music fans the world over have succumbed to and praised EARTH‘s pioneering, visionary views on delivering their slow-motion anthems since the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, and when their revamped lineup returned in the early 2000s with a more Americana-inclined direction, entire new hordes of listeners began paying attention. But if you need just one Earth song, listen to “Ouroboros Is Broken”  on repeat, forever.


Rabia Shaheen Qazi is a stunning guest on this trancey track of deep smiles.


Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their pioneering ways, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a sprawling and epic, very diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, explores massive new territories. I’ve been listening to The Golden Grass and Dio lately, so it is nice to hear another band who is so thouroughly in love with rock n roll.

I still have a phone number for some of the band from an interview but don’t call it out of respect, since I don’t know them well. But am a huge fan.

…from Camp Earth:


The third of the six movements on the hour-long Primitive And Deadly is today delivered to the masses by way of the sprawling eleven-and-a-half minute “From The Zodiacal Light,” now playing at Pitchfork. “Near the minute mark, EARTH incorporates one of the biggest shocks of their quarter-century: a vocalist, one of the first to lace around their instrumentals since Kurt Cobain. Rabia Shaheen Qazi, who leads the psychedelic Seattle eclectics Rose Windows, becomes a bewitching presence,” the review of the track and first true foretaste of the album states. “And Earth, now a pristine machine of a veteran band, doesn’t falter in fitting her into their mix. They find space for the song, just at the lip of their unwavering rhythm and the riff.”


Detach from everything else and tap into “From The Zodiacal Light,” as well as view the striking cover created by Samantha Muljat for the first time via Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION.


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Album Review: Wolves In The Throne Room – “Celestite”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM (PST)

Celestite is somewhere on the scale between Bathory, The Alan Parsons ladyhawke soundtrack, and uncharted territory. Aaron and Nathan Weaver built a new album atop the weird mix buried bedrock of sounds from their Celestial Lineage release and made a new record on top of it. The result is an oddly moving space odyssey of Dark Crystal worthy trance out numbers. “It’s not so much meant to simultaneously be played with Celestial Lineage the way Tribes of Neurot paired Grace with Times of Grace, by Neurosis. Rather, this is like a companion piece.

“Turning Ever Towards the Sun” is a deep delving of cold and warm sounds, light and creation. sparkling synth textures and Eno esque waves of tone coax you, at times with uneasy insistence, into this journay that feels like water tracing a route deep back into the Earth,

Paired once again with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians Of Bukkake), Celestite came to fruition at Avast Studios and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM‘s own Olympia-based studio Owl Lodge. While cloistered during the recording sessions they made use of a mammoth arsenal of crumbling vintage equipment including a Serge Modular System, Korg Poly6, Korg MS20, Korg Mono/Poly, Roland Juno 106, Roland Jupiter 6, Roland Super jx10, Jomox Airbase 99, Access Virus and more. The album also features a guest wind ensemble including friends Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Steve Moore (Earth, Sunn O))), Stebmo) on Trombone, and both Mara Winter and Veronica Dye on flute.

My favorite instrumental release in some time has been Mogwai’s spectral Les Revenants, which I think equals or surpasses their best work in moody, mercurial longing and the coveted comforts of “This Messiah Needs Watching” or “the Huts”. Likewise, songs on Celestite demand attention through subtle shifts or outright bold excursions into dementia’s edge. “Initiation at Neudeg Alm” is the abyss staring back, a masterful glimpse of the brink of the sub concious.”Bridge of Leaves” is disarming, a slow drift through vast reaches before your dream turns for home. So yeah, clearly this release is for the more experimental minded black metal fans who can understand music is more than just the tropes of dark fashion. “Sleeping Golden Storm” arrives after the self-revealing layers of “Celestite Mirror” fold persona like the negative zone. The ambient wash that closes out this spare and yet so densly ambient album will leave you somehow fresh, thrilled and yet discomfitted, much like a meditation on our origins or nature itself.


Southern Lord Recordings is beyond stoked to broadcast that influential, visionary metal act, today is the day , has joined with the label’s roster for the release of their massively anticipated tenth studio album later this year.


Early this year, TODAY IS THE DAY‘s newest lineup was announced, as the foundation of the then unnamed album was taking shape. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin welcomed Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) on bass as well as returning member Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), Lohrber having previously handled touring drum duties for TITD many times in the past. Conkling and Lohrber tracked most of their sessions in December and January at the founding frontman’s own Recording and Mastering Studio in Maine. Since, Austin has been painstakingly layering guitars, vocals and more, and as the final sessions for TODAY IS THE DAY‘s tenth studio full-length will be taking place in June, the band happily unveils the name of the impending LP, as Animal Mother.



Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson on the union, “Southern Lord is deeply honored to be working with TODAY IS THE DAY. Steve Austin has been a long time force in the underground and we’re stoked to now be a small part of the TITD legacy.”


As per the album title, Austin offers, “Animal Mother means the embodiment of the prophetic gift of the shaman; it is the shaman’s visionary power, which is able to penetrate the past and future.” Early this year the frontman warned the public that the album is “a fifteen-song rampage of bloody carnage fueled by hate, love and vile, raw emotion,” continuing, “I feel it is my finest work to this date. It is the most complex and HEAVY record we have ever made. This is real — no bullshit Protools crap; just pure violent energy and real band songwriting in the middle of the woods in Maine. It lies somewhere between Temple of The Morning Star and In The Eyes of God, and Jeff’s playing is beyond incredible. I was determined to push the limits in complexity, musicianship, and creativity as far as we could and I feel we have put together a record that narrates the horror and pain that we have been living through.” 


Earth get “Primitive And Deadly” on 10th LP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 5:21 AM (PST)


EARTH‘s career, like its music, has always been a slow, deliberate progression. Each record slightly removed from the last, a constant refinement of a singular vision. Dylan Carlson has remained focused throughout on coaxing moments of strange beauty and reflection from “the riff”. This elemental foundation of rock is refracted, in their earliest recordings, through the prism of sheer volume and feedbacking drone or, in the twin Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light set from 2011 and 2012, via a sparse unraveling take on folk.

 With Primitive And Deadly, EARTH‘s tenth studio collection, 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. As much as Carlson’s guitar has always been the focal point of EARTH‘s music, it’s been surrounded by consistently diverse instrumentation. Here the dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, 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). Perhaps the largest left turn on Primitive And Deadly, though, is prominence of guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) who transform the traditionally free ranging meditations of EARTH into something approaching traditional pop structures.

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WITTRWashington black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room are streaming the song “Celestite Mirror.” The song is off of their upcoming album, Celistite  which is due for release later this year.

You can watch it here.

Celestite will be the bands forth studio album and will be released via Diadem Records and is a “companion album” to the 2014 effort Celestial Lineage.

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Earth guitarist DYLAN CARLSON proudly announces his first soundtrack work under the name DRCARLSONALBION, to be released as the Summer season begins.

 Gold is the first major soundtrack work from DYLAN CARLSON, composed for a foreign language western of the same name; a story of German pioneers traversing the Canadian West. CARLSON‘s score, which revolves around key guitar motifs and their dialog with drone, repetition and loose improvisation, echoes the vast landscapes and almost existential “otherness” captured in the films juxtaposition of traditional western tropes to places and peoples not normally associated with the genre. This slight remove from genre has been a trademark of CARLSON‘s approach to guitar and songwriting throughout his career. Whether that is applying the writings of La Monte Young to Black Sabbath sized riffing in Earth’s earliest incarnations or his re-appropriations of country, jazz and folk during its second act.

 Across the arc of the album’s twenty-four tracks — designed to be listened to as one suite — CARLSON‘s lyrical playing dissolves structures into abstraction, stretching out each repetition until you’re left with only the sound of buzzing or scraped strings. It is an inversion of the work of Earth; stripping away where they would layer. It’s an immersive experience. For the first time CARLSON‘s guitar is presented, bare, alone, with only minimal percussion, fore-fronting his evocative, lyrical control of the instrument in a language that transcends tired “cinematic” adjectives and places you directly into the landscape.

 The lead track from this tranquil opus is now playing at Pitchfork, stating that the song “begins much like latter-day Earth, Carlson pristinely picking the lead against tinkling cymbals. But nothing else arrives. Instead, he wrestles with the theme alone, bending the notes but occasionally letting them bend back on him, shaping webs of distortion that hover like presiding anxiety.”


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