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Venomous Concept stream new song “Rise”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM (PST)

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I’ve always thought Venomous Concept was a cool…concept? No, they are actually cool in reality as well. And quite venomous.

Anything Kevin Sharp (ex-Brutal Truth) is part of is always completely unhinged. I maintain that he has the single fiercest howling bellow ape scream in metal history. Go listen to the Damaged album Purified In Pain he was on, fuck!!! While it is a drag Buzzo from Melvins hasn’t been in the group for awhile, VC still have Napalm Death alumni and more. They aint skimpin’ in the awesome department.

Anyhow, the band have silly ass new album art and  are streaming a new track from their forthcoming new album, ‘Kick Me Silly; VC 3’. The track, titled “Rise”, is streaming now with Revolver Magazine.

Regarding the new track, vocalist Kevin Sharp comments: “I like the contrast in guitars here. A decent mix of melodic bite…like if a shoegazer had more nut, less mustache.”

‘Kick Me Silly; VC3’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on January 8. The album is available for pre-order across several CD, ltd. LP and ltd. cassette formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop. 

Season of Mist sign Withered.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:49 AM (PST)

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Hot on the heels of signing the great Emptiness, esteemed label Season of Mist have announced the additional signing of WITHERED. The Atlanta based critically acclaimed black metal band will release their next full-length via the label in 2016.

Regarding the signing, WITHERED comment, “We are proud to work with a label like Season of Mist, which is truly committed to supporting extreme metal. WITHERED’s character and passion will be well represented by the Season of Mist team. After three years of evolution, our breath has deepened to fuel our musical exploration, and our growth, past the most brutal of expectations. We’ll see YOU on tour soon!”

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Emptiness sign with Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:43 PM (PST)

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Emptiness have a new home with Season of Mist. I interviewed the experimental Belgian death metal band (and I do mean experimental) awhile ago for their last monster Nothing But The Whole and can’t wait to hear what scary music they make next. Like Hypothermia .Swallowed, or Harmonic Cross, the dudes in Emptiness seem more about creating a total mindfuck of a bleak vibe rather than adhering to expectation. I admire that greatly and kudos to Season Of Mist for supporting real art like this.

Regarding the signing, EMPTINESS comment: “We are currently working on the follow-up to ‘Nothing But The Whole’, for which our aim is to release it in late 2016 on our new label Season of Mist. We also would like to thank Dark Descent for supporting us in our decision and for helping to spread the seeds of the void. Important news will follow in due time.”

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Kylesa embark on North American tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM (PST)

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Savannah’s genre-defying KYLESA have embarked on a tour across North America. The tour kicks off tonight in St. Petersburg, FL and sees the band criss-crossing North America throughout the fall. A full list of confirmed tour dates in support of new album Exhausting Fire can be found below.

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Kylesa stream “Exhausting Fire” with Noisey

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM (PST)

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Kylesa have a stream of their enjoyable new record Exhausting Fire over at
Noisey. The hard working band’s latest addition to their legacy, their seventh
LP in all, has some of the stomp they started back in the self titled days and
mastered on Static TensionsUltraviolet and Spiral Shadow‘s oddball charms
are alive and well as the band “throw caution to the wind” and marry blues
rock and sludge with a broader sense of melody than ever and a more and more
masterful sense of psychedelia.

Stream this baby HERE.

“Falling” can instantly be filed away alongside “Tired Climb” and the great and almost Soulfly-esque instrumental “Parent’s Song ” from the S/T as a new classic of layering, tone setting and feel. “Falling” is a dreamier yet just a pinch disconcerting lullabye that shows the post-punk influences and pop flirtation on the fringes of the band’s at times monumentally heavy wall of sound. This is the record that ought to get Ecstatic Vision, Crowbar and Blues Pills fans excited in equal measure, in a perfect world.

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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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