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Cynic break up again

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4:40 PM (PST)

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Prog metal heroes Cynic have released a break up statement, the second in their off and on history. Hopefully the future will iron things out as their return was a huge boon to the scene:

It is with a heavy heart that I post today’s CYNIC news. CYNIC is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘BOOK OF CYNIC’ has come to an end.

I will say the last shows we played in JAPAN have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that CYNIC can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.

I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with CYNIC.

This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we’re doing individually.

I wish all of you love & peace.

-Sean

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Gorguts reveal plan for single song album? Schwiiiiing!!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 5:24 PM (PST)

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Luc Lemay of greatest band in the world Gorguts has spilled to Frank from Metal Injection plans for a one song style album! As a big fan of some good examples of this idea from USX’s The Valley Path (which I often gush about) to Inter Arma’s “The Cavern” or Meshuggah’s classic “I”, this is pretty fuckin’ golden news. Goguts are so skilled and Lemay always so ambitious that this is sure to be an intense opus. Formidable minds in death metal shall never be thwarted!

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Atheist unreleased live footage is quite special

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:44 AM (PST)

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ATHEIST are streaming previously unreleased live footage of the band’s classic line-up performing the track “The Formative Years” at the band’s official YouTube page. The footage is taking from the forthcoming deluxe CD + DVD reissues of the technical metal pioneers’ early works.

The video, restored from footage shot at the Waters Club in 1991, features legendary ATHEIST bassist Roger Patterson playing what would be his last ever show before his death.

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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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Conquerors Of The World brought defiance and skill to NYC’s Gramercy Theater last night, an awesome venue I always try and catch good tours at. The staff is generally really cool, the sound is really consistent and they book a fair amount of good metal shows. Deathstars, Moonspell and Septicflesh are reaching the end of a “long hot” tour (as described by a nonetheless enthusiastic vocalist Fernando Ribiero of Portugal’s darkest sons. There was no sign of road fatigue in the swagger and theatrical bravado of these three great bands, though there were some merch sizes no longer available this late in the tour.

Septicflesh from Athens are perhaps the most consistently ambitious band in metal. I’m listening to Sabbath Assembly’s 18 minute cult hit masterpiece “The Four Horseman” (not a Metallica cover). As the music and chanting about babies and Lucifer with lush and sultry vocals takes me away on this half lit rainy morning, still tired from a long late train ride back home two hours from NYC, I am left in awe and thanks of bands who work their craft to the white-knuckle bone.

Titan on Prosthetic Records has some critics saying it is too similar to the previous release from the band, but really is that a valid complaint? If you are bitching about a huge orchestral arrangement paired with psychotic technique, the utmost heavy speed and nightmare imagery upheaving the soul with important questions of self and the cosmos being too redundant, um…go take out your trash or something. Seth Siro Anton led the Greek demi-gods in a hellraising charge that had the crowd screaming the band’s name and getting down hard, especially ine heavy, somewhat slower bridge riff of new fang bang “Order Of Dracul”. I had to send Androniki Skoula from Chaostar a hyper message to tell her how excited I was to finally be seeing Septicflesh live.

The kick ass top to bottom show was on the same night as the annual Black N Blue Bowl at the old Ritz (Webster Hall) and while it featured my friends in Candiria and Bad Brains this year along with other great bands like 100 Demons and Madball, I still went to Gramercy. I’d been bugging Prosthetic publicist Kelly about this tour since like the split second after it was announced, though I wish they’d been on different weekends.

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Hate Eternal announce Metal Alliance tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 9:53 AM (PST)

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At times perhaps the most extreme death metal band in the world (when it comes to speed, insane arrangements and quality), Hate Eternal have announced their inclusion in the Metal Alliance Tour this year. The band recently signed to one of my favorite labels Season Of Mist and have new material pending.

Regarding their forthcoming album, Rutan comments, “The recording process has been fantastic so far. I’ve never felt so focused and determined on a Hate Eternal record, and I know that this will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both Hate Eternal began recording it’s first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We have so much more news to share with you over the coming months. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.”

Dates 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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Album Review: Carach Angren – “This Is No Fairy Tale”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 8:57 PM (PST)

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Carach Angren‘s This Is No Fairy Tale is a frightful blend of horror and metal with symphonic elements akin to a Tim Burton score. These hell-forged songs are at times vertigo inducing as well as insane. Definitely a niche band but fans of Septicflesh on a much more horror bent will thrill to it. This is a blackened and death infused updated version of Hansel and Gretel that has heroin abuse and domestic violence (“There’s No Place Like Home”) and a much sicker tone or darker flare than the recent silly, if fun, action movie “Witch Hunters” (give me Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm instead any day).

Anyhow, the Netherlands based band are very tight and complete professionals here, though at times it is usually less about the song than how it feels in relation to the whole story piece. Still, there are way worse things. Many bands can’t come close to the skill of Carach Angren in heavy metal and they obviously don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks. Horns to them for their full embrace of over the edge, dark creativity to shed light on the horrors of the ill nature of deranged psychosis out there. Sickening candy addiction is a metaphor for perhaps shallow culture, the material working on many levels of the psyche. We are lonely in a forest and hunger for blood, convenience or even a deeper, damaged sense of family are all examined.

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Psycho California announces day passes, event line up breakdown

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:32 PM (PST)

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The sickest Stateside fest I can remember in some time is Psycho California, a wet dream for doom, sludge and weirdo psych metal bands. Saturday is my favorite of the bunch with SubRosa, Anciients, Eagle Twin (!!) , Sleep, Kylesa and Earth among other great acts. Seriously though, this shit is so good you can’t go wrong with any day.

Individual day passes will be on sale Friday, Feb. 13 at Midnight PST and available via Psychoca.com. A very limited number of 3-day passes remain available with VIP passes having already sold out. Single day tickets are $64.50 while 3-day passes are $149.50.

 

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Album Review: Ghost Brigade – “IV: One with the Storm”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 5:48 AM (PST)

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Ghost Brigade‘s IV: One with the Storm shows a lot of growth for Finland’s somber survivors. I loved aspects of their debut years back but found it far too Nuerosis indebted and not enough differentiation between songs. By album number four there is still post-metal influence for sure, but the band have come into their own with epic flourishes and more impact to the compositions. “Wretched Blues” is a terrific opening number “where shadows call your name”, a just above mid-tempo ground mover that features sweeping guitar lines atop driving percussion.”Departures” explores further the band’s quiet side with excellent melodic vocals and a lonely sorrow to the spare intro that recalls recent Katatonia before a great melodic doom riff takes you away. The band have really hit their stride with this release and it shows in the songwriting.

Like November’s Doom who struck gold with this year’s doom standout Bled White, Ghost Brigade have made good records in the past but just now everything really seems to be coming together like never before. “Disembodied voices” is 5:36 of ethereal awakening like seeing light from beneath the surface, Manne Ikonen sounding more confident with the cleans here than on previous albums (at times even sounding a bit like the ballad side of Chad Gray circa Mudvayne’s “World So Cold”, but not in a nu-metal context). Wille Naukkarinen and Tommi Kiviniemi’s guitar work cement each song with a full architecture of big chords and hypnotic interwoven lines, spellbinding the ear with reasons to keep listening. It is cool to see the band have grown and pushed to be relevant despite having first arrived kind of during the “boom” of the whole Neur-Isis craze a few years back. They have become one with their storm, indeed.

While fans of the post-metal genre in general will find plenty of crushing moments here to furrow their brooding brows with grim pleasure and make their beards itch (see the mighty “Stones and Pillars”) there are also dark proggy, introspective passages that entertain a certain sense of poetry. The production is reasonably clean but the band have amazing tones on this and especially of note are the ghostly and welcome keyboard layers from Joni Vanhanen. Album highlight “Long Way to the Graves” is where they nail it 100%, opening with a mood setting slow drum pattern before watery guitar and lush texture set up the best vocal performance in the band’s history, a study of life cycles that is a calm recognition of the chapters in life, our potentials and the storms we all must traverse to highlight what really matters in life.

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Hate Eternal signs to Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM (PST)

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Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of legendary death metal band HATE ETERNAL. Helmed by founder, guitarist/vocalist, primary songwriter and acclaimed producer Erik Rutan, HATE ETERNAL has been one of the leading bands in the worldwide death metal scene for over eighteen years. The band’s five full-length albums are considered crucial genre touchstones, and the band is a proven headliner across five continents.

HATE ETERNAL (Rutan [guitar, vocals] and J.J. Hrubovcak [bass/vocals]) are currently holed up in Rutan’s Mana Recording studio (CANNIBAL CORPSE, MOUNTAIN GOATS, GOATWHORE) recording a new album that will be released in early 2015.

Regarding the recording Rutan comments, “We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We’ve worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.”

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1349 release “Slaves” music video from MCoC LP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM (PST)

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Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have premiered their new video for “Slaves”. “Slaves” is the lead track from the bands forthcoming new album Massive Cauldron of Chaos.

Massive Cauldron of Chaos will be released in North America on September 30, and will be available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats. Pre-orders are available here.

Click HERE if you can handle being dropped head first into the cauldron. The thundering intro, subterranean imagery and ferocious drumming ritually wed to dire vocals and near perfect guitar tones is one of the undisputed best black metal voyages of 2014.  This WILL tear your soul out of your face holes. of particular note is the 2:06 mark, a stirring and gloomy onslaught into dark osmosis.

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Weedeater “…And Justice For Y’all” finally on vinyl

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM (PST)

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Cape Fear’s own WEEDEATER are like no other heavy band. With a style and presence that is unfiltered, unrefined, and unruly, the notorious North Carolina trio have burned through the heavy rock underground for over fifteen years. Now, WEEDEATER and Season of Mist bring you ‘…And Justice For Y’All’, a reissue of their classic first album on cd and  – for the very first time – on vinyl.

WEEDEATER …And Justice for Y’all Release date: North America September 2, 2014

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Cynic’s Masdival launches sweet chorus pedal line

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM (PST)

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CYNIC mastermind Paul Masvidal has launched a line of his signature guitar pedals. The ProTone signature chorus pedal was designed to replicate the guitar tones heard on CYNIC’s groundbreaking albums Traced in Air and Focus. The ProTone are available in two different models, bearing the artwork of ‘Traced in Air’ and ‘Focus’ respectively. More information about the pedals can be found here.

Regarding the new pedal line, Paul Masvidal comments: “To work with ProTone on a signature chorus pedal is an absolute honor and a dream come true. I’m reinventing my effects rig with foot pedals and couldn’t be more thrilled about the lush beauty this pedal adds to my clean tones. The pedal has an analog design with a rare limited chipset, which sounds fuller than typical modern chorus pedals. I love the purity of this classic piece. There’s nothing like it out there!”

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Cynic East Coast tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM (PST)

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CYNIC – EAST COAST DATES with Lesser Key and Reign Of Kindo have been announced – Come join the party and support progressive music!

Kindly Bent To Free Us is pretty much a masterpiece
(with a few weaker tracks here and there) and features maybe the catchiest prog song of the year, “The Lion’s Roar”, a real work out of songwriting chops and musical talent.

Click HERE for dates.

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