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Album Review: Hawkwind – Space Hawks

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM (PST)

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Legends of space travel Hawkwind are back from the edges of time/London to get things fired up right. It’s not a figment of our imaginations. Grab a tambourine and some breasts. The “Masters Of The Universe” slow guitar burn space time warp build up intro swaddles you in moon rocks made of drone, timeless melodic vocals assail pre-conditioned aesthetics, wars are ended.

This will give you an Elric of Melniboner.

“Lonely Moon” could draw tears from a crocodile’s eye, hitting home with rare, cinematic earnest attention to detail while staying relevant, an edge few walk without falling into smarmy land (smarmalade?). Lay back and enjoy this trip. Many great albums circle around you of late, from Helen Money’s Arriving Angels vinyl re-issue to world servin’  hard rock Million dollar Haircuts on Ten Cent Heads from Helloween/Pink Cream 69 bad boy Andi Deris’ solo band The Bad Bankers. Hawkwind is timeless righteous well water from the star system that always finds a way to give you a hand pumped glass of “rock”.

Cohort Andy Animal of  Andy Animals Cannibal Tribe, STALKERS, TV’s “Oddities” and annual Meltabration Funtime Hootdown Psychedelic Garage Rock fame rides the Milky Way with a hawk’s eyeful of clarity whilst reviewing the record with me. Click HERE for more!

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Album Review: Shrapnel – The Virus Conspires

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM (PST)

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I (sometimes) get sick of every other metal album needing to start out with a spooky intro track of ambient noise, war drums or wolves howling before the music kicks in. “Oden’s Ride Over Nordland” will always be cool, but not every band is Bathory. I mean, I guess it is just part of metal, like how rap used to have skits between songs more often (like Redman, Wu Tang and Eminem or lots of older acts). It is nice though that after just five or six seconds of cool anticipation building noise, Shrapnel get right down to business on their Candlelight debut The Virus Conspires. Killing is their business and business is…sounding a lot like Reign In Blood Slayer with a few Testament Practice What You Preach half time grooves thrown in (particularly well during the blazing solo section of album standout “Titan”). Shrapnel are pure thrash and nothing much is new here, but they really do execute the material very well. This is a tight, machine-precise band with their teeth at your throat. This is metal built to impress live and to pad out your record collection with reliable, go to thrash. Like Untimely Demise or Lazarus A.D., most metalheads will be able to grasp onto something familiar here but be stoked it is a new band with solid tunes. Hey, I get it. Not everyone is going to be able to get into Locrian (maybe if there were more shouted backup vocals? haha). “Braindead” has a monster Exodus type groove riff and burly production, with snarled vocals about “a brainwashed fucking mess” courtesy of Jae Hadley.

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Album Review: Earth Crisis – Salvation of Innocents

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM (PST)

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I get similar feelings listening to the new Earth Crisis disc as I got from Newsted’s Heavy Metal Music. Yes, the newest from the legendary vegan hardcore heroes is quite a bit different from the ex-Metallica bassist’s very cool go at a proper “solo” metal band, but both made me think that if anyone is a fan of the overall genres of these records that they couldn’t possibly come away unsatisfied, unless they have brain damage. “King Of The Underdogs” and “Soldierhead” have everything a Jason-era heavy metal fan of Metallica could ask for. In the case of Earth Crisis, Neutralize The Threat was awesome front to back (especially the no holds barred title track) and if “Devoted To Death” doesn’t get you running to the pit, you just don’t like true hardcore.

Earth Crisis have proven on recent releases that, like the latest Stu Block fronted Iced Earth, the band is on a mission to connect and unite fans of all stylistic eras of their group. Will Salvation prove as influential as Gomorrah’s Season Ends? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean good bands need to just hang it up past their “halcyon days”. I was watching an often plodding but oddly hard to turn off old British murder show called Midsomer Murders the other night (which has apparently run for about a hundred seasons) and when a younger guy mentioned to an older dude that things were different “in his day”, the older character responded that “it still is my day.” Likewise, Earth Crisis are very much still alive and kicking.

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Interview: Ihsahn – Compatible Divergence

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM (PST)

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Some people Darby Crash or Syd Barrett their way to enlightenment. Others seek perfection of form or religion until some part of them slowly erodes (in cases when it fails). Whether you are a Tim Lambesis or a Blake Judd or a Mic Todd, these people all made meaningful art that affected people, as much as people debate the morality of some of their actions. Sometimes, as ugly as things can be, it is just part of the equation of life. We do have free will and choice to embrace higher roads, but karma or preconditioned hurdles in the psyche or environment can create major speed bumps (sometimes made of actual speed!).

Ihsahn of Emperor fame is still most associated with that classic Black Metal juggernaut, including their social infamy. Nowadays the founding 2nd-ish wave black metal father turned prog giant has evolved through non beholden to Orthodox Satanism and anti-morality to something inclusive of all that but much more vast and still very empowered. Ihsahn’s new solo-opus Das Seelenbrechen is a trip down the rabbit hole. This is not just restless reinvention for the sake of throwing out the past but rather a revealing of more layers and a sharpening of corners. “M” is delicate prog turned Floyd blues freak out. Space and ritual bells come at you on some tracks. Invisible siamese twins and stunning ambient poetry flitter up against stuff so harsh (i.e.: “Tacit 2” is an edifice crumbling into endless shadows) it competes with the most intense shit of OvO , Rotting Christ, Oslo’s Årabrot or Today Is The Day’s Sadness Will Prevail era. Think drums as falling beams, courtesy of Leprous drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson.

Das Seelenbrechen does not babysit you, like a purgatory of growth. This is the Orobouros throwing aside fear as it eats it’s tail. Haunting. Inspiring. Controlled/Chaotic.

‘I don’t know what I fear the most. What I am or what I’m not”. – Ihsahn from “PULSE”

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Woe announce US tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM (PST)

Woe Philadelphia black metal band Woe have announced a US tour.

The tour starts September 6 in Richmond, Virginia and will end September 22 in Brooklyn, New York.

Woe Vocalist/Guitarist Chris Grigg had this to say about the tour:

“Not only is this WOE’s longest tour to date, it is almost entirely new ground for us. We couldn’t be more appreciative for this opportunity to ruin so many beautiful cities and their charming populations. We are especially glad to be teaming up with Inter Arma, one of our favorite bands in the American metal scene.”

Check out tour dates here.

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Varg Vikernes to sue French Interior Minister.

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM (PST)

vargVarg “Always Good for a Story” Vikernes is asking for help, in the form of money, suing France’s interior minister Mr. Vallis and his department.

You can read more about it on his blog here, but the gist of it is below.

Vikernes’ official blog stated: “We want to sue the authorities for arresting us for no good reason whatsoever, doing so in the most brutal way possible and with children present, and also for without any reason taking away our right to own or even possess weapons. Marie [Varg’s wife] has a crime record white as snow, so there is no reason for them to take away her right and freedom to own weapons. I have a record in Norway, from 1993 and 2003, but I have never done anything criminal in France, and I can own most weapons even in Norway if I want to, so they have no good reason to take away my right and freedom to own weapons either. Especially not when they have done so under such circumstances.

“The only problem is that we can not afford to sue them, and we see no other solution to this than to ask for help from you. It pains me much to do so, and I have struggled a lot with myself to make me do this, but I think this is the right thing to do right now. They have done everything they could to make sure we could not afford to sue, so I think they really don’t want us to. We ask for help to sue from you, from individuals probably not directly affected by this case, because we believe that we are fighting not only for our rights and freedom, but also for the rights and freedom of every other citizen in France, and perhaps also in other European countries, who also risk being subjected to this type of treatment in the future. We need to tell the authorities that we don’t accept this and that what they do is illegal. We cannot allow them to abuse their power like that and get away with it. This time they did this to us, we don’t know what else they might do to us in the future if we just let them get away with what they did this time, and the next time it can be your neighbour’s turn. Or your friend’s turn. Or someone in your family’s turn. Or your turn.”

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Orange Goblin to tour in North America

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM (PST)

Orange Goblin British stoners Orange Goblin are preparing to return to North America in the fall for a headlining tour.

Starting in New Orleans on September 27 the tour will hit 38 cities and conclude in Nashville on November 9.

Orange Goblin will see support on this tour from Holy Grail and Lazer/Wulf.

Check out tour dates here.

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Demon Lung to tour west coast

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM (PST)

Demon-Lung Los Vegas doomers Demon Lung are heading out on a west coast tour in support of their recently released debut, The Hundredth Name.

The band will be supported by Wounded Giant and Castle.

Check out the dates here.

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Havok release “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM (PST)

Havok Colorado thrashers Havok have today unleashed a lyric video for their song “Give Me Liberty… or Give Me Death” off of their upcoming album Unnatural Selection, which will be released on June 25 via Candlelight Records.

Check out the lyric video as well as Havok tour dates here.

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Album Review: Demon Lung – “The Hundredth Name”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM (PST)

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Demon Lung is a Doom Metal band from Las Vegas. Their newest album, The Hundredth Name will drop on June 4 via Candlelight Records. Check out the Metal Riot review of The Hundredth Name right here.

Demon Lung premiere ‘Heathen Child’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM (PST)

Demon-Lung Las Vegas doom metallers Demon Lung have premiered “Heathen Child” off of their forthcoming Candlelight Records release The Hundredth Name, which is expected to be released on June 4.

Drummer Jeremy Brenton had this to say about “Heathen Child”:

“‘Heathen Child’ is the fifth track on the record and is definitely one of our favorites to play live. We got the gnarliest guitar tone at the end of that song. It’s the part of the story where our hero, the warlock, kills an unbaptized male child in order to make a flying potion from his fat. Don’t try this at home, especially without a sharp knife.”

Stream “Heathen Child” via Pitchfork.

Check out Demon Lung tour dates here.

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Havok announces headlining North American tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM (PST)

Havok Denver thrash masters Havok have announced their first ever headlining tour of North America.

Havok will be touring in support of their upcoming album Unnatural Selection which will drop on June 25 via Candlelight Records.

The tour will start on June 21 in Denver, Colorado and will run 22 shows hitting Heavy MTL on August 11 in Montreal and wrapping up on August 17th in Kansas City, Missouri.

Check out the tour dates here.

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Varg says some elitist stuff

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM (PST)

vargVarg Vikernes, and if you don’t know who that is you should hand in your metal card, has said some stuff.

You can read it here.

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Demon Lung premiere ‘Eyes of Zamiel’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM (PST)

Demon Lung Las Vegas Doom Metallers Demon Lung have premiered ‘Eyes of Zamiel’ off of their forthcoming album The Hundredth Name, which is a concept album to be released via Candlelight Records on June 4th.

Stream ‘Eyes of Zamiel’ exclusively from CvltNation.com.

Check out Demon Lung tour dates here.

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Fear Factory brings The Industrialist to North America

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Fear Factory For the first time since releasing The Industrialist last year American metalheads Fear Factory (Candlelight Records) are now embarking on a headlining tour in North America. The tour will visit 38 cities throughout the US and Canada.

Fear Factory will be supported on The World Industrialist Tour by Hate Eternal, Kobra and The Lotus.

The tour will start on April 14 in Colorado and run through until June 8 in California.

Check out tour dates and the official music video for ‘The Industrialist’ here.

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