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Huntress share “Sorrow” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 1:06 PM (PST)

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Heavy Metal force Huntress have released another video from Static, a fun, spooky castle video that fits the Argento on thrash mode of the band’s aesthetic for this tune really well. And the chorus hook is one of the biggest in Jill and the band’s history. A lot of fun yell alongs on this album.

This one is written and directed by Phil Mucci (www.diabolikfilms.com)

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Epic symphonic soundtracked battle and the ethereal vocals of Liv Kristine combine for a Norse-themed adventure video in the new, quite elaborate lyric video for Leaves’ Eyes new album’s title track. Make all the LARP jokes you like, but this band remains one of the best and most pro at what they do. Few but the most cynical will fail to be swept up at the 3:26 mark when the song leaps up a notch, Liv’s voice reaching for the stratosphere as A. Krull and the rest of the band march on to “reign invincible”.

Dear fans and friends,
here it is the official lyric video for the title song of our new album, “King Of Kings”. Enjoy, share & help us spreading the word! “King Of Kings” is out now in Europe and will be released in North America this Friday (September 18th)!

featuring
Simone Simons (Epica)
Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna)
London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars)
White Russian Symphony Orchestra

Watch it BELOW.

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Album Review: Draconian – “Sovran”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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Along with Paradise Lost’s fantastic The Plague Within, this has been a victorious year for gloom and doom. Sweden’s veteran beauty and the beast doomers Draconian have made a masterful new record Sovran (pre-order HERE!) that has had fans counting down the days. Pleased to report it should exhalt the group to new heights in the scene, a real modern victory. The My Dying Bride and older Katatonia comparisons might still rear up hear and there, but the band are also their own and deserve a look without comparative filters.

“Heavy Lies The Crown” alone as a single would have critics gushing, myself included. Thankfully we have nine songs nearly as glorious and dark, like spilled wine and hopes running through the fingers and down a pale arm as it drops a glass mixed with poison. No song is below the six minute mark, though each is like a movie unto itself yet adding to this whole experience. “The Marriage of Attaris” has a bold poetic monologue intro before the simply soul stirring voice of Heike Langhans. Heike really asserts herself subtly and beautifully on this record and should be more than embraced by longtime fans at this point. Anders Jacobsson retains a growl that sounds truly fierce and lonely yet strong, while the band’s relentless forward marching doom is as natural as wood rotting in the forest or dark growth and shadow reclaiming a scorched Earth.

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Huntress: Jill Janus on Static, “Flesh” and beating Cancer.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM (PST)

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In a time when metal and rock fans seem split between compassionate human beings and those who accept trolling and bullying or outright violence (as in the freshly raging Deiphago controversy and the idiots who are anti-Kim Kelly as some “SJW Anti-Christ” types), I am as always inspired by Jill Janus and her band Huntress. From the start the band just came out co-ed and no apologies roaring and while Jill was often not taken seriously enough for her looks or called gross names, she continued to forge ahead and play to bigger and bigger crowds alongside her bandmates.

A blend of classic early 80’s metal and power mad hard rock plus serious astral projection/occult leanings and horror/sci-fi or even power metal themes, this band is just pure heavy metal.

I’ve wanted to communicate with Jill for years now and while I was sad to learn that Huntress had to cancel their September dates because Jill is still resting after BEATING CANCER (see that positivity, young witches and warlocks?!!), it was cool to learn she grew up near Oneonta about an hour from I live. Let’s go to the Iroquois Museum sometime, Jill! It’s really amazing!

Anyway, Huntress have made one of the years best ragers with new album Static. From the assertive vertigo of “Mania” to the strong title track, it is a ruler. You can find out all about it as we discuss crystals, cool hashtags and troll slaying BELOW.

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Metal Riot’s Matt Slater hit up The Chance in Poughkeepsie, a favorite venue of this site, to shoot the powerful grooves and heavy barrage of Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and Jasta. Check out the shots BELOW.

I know you have probably heard the excellent new Coal Chamber album Rivals – read our interview with Dez on the album HERE – but you need to hear the great new Genexus record from Fear Factory, a step back up from the mixed bag of The Industrialist ( after the excellent Mechanize). And of course Jasta never, ever lets us down. He’s the biggest “as die hard as they come” type in the scene, something we could use more of in a new era of worse a.d.d. poseurs than ever before. It’s rad to see Jasta in a historically Hatebreed friendly venue like The Chance, especially hot on the heels of a massive Summer Breeze appearance. Inclusion is good, as this mix genre tour reminds, but also can’t fake dedication is something that all these bands prove makes metal even more rewarding for fans and musicians.

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Huntress “Static” album announcement

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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Camp HUNTRESS have announced a new album Static and if the intense cover art is any indicator, they are not about to pander to expectations of what other people’s projected limitations are for the band. Beyond stoked!

New HUNTRESS Album Static Coming September 25 On Napalm Records! Cover Art, Preview of New Song “Flesh”, Track Listing and Exclusive PledgeMusicAlbum Pre-Sale Revealed!

The highly-anticipated record was produced by Paul Fig and Jim Rota, Engineered and Mixed by Paul Fig. Vance Kelly has once again delivered
stunning album artwork for ‘Static.’

HUNTRESS has teamed up with Pledge Music to offer pre-sales of the new album. In true HUNTRESS fashion, the band filmed a hilarious promotional video. You can watch it now on the band’s Pledge Music page, and get the new album today:

www.PledgeMusic.com/Huntress

Preview the new HUNTRESS song “Flesh” now! You can hear new music at the end of their Pledge Music promo video. More info at www.HuntressKills.com

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Shadow Woods Metal Fest 2015 shifts location

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7:24 AM (PST)

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The inaugural September installation of SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST, the new mid-Atlantic, open-air, camping-based metal fest, has moved slightly Southeast, from its initial placement in Southern Pennsylvania to White Hall, in Harford County, Maryland.

Set to take place September 25th – 27th, 2015, the new location of SHADOW WOODS METAL FESTis similar to the previous site, with deep woods, cabins and tent camping fields, yet is slightly closer to both Baltimore and Philadelphia, making it even more accessible to East Coast metallers planning on attending the diverse three-day festival. The more intimate setup of the new camp is equipped with several cabins, modern plumbing bathrooms, a professional kitchen, a lodge building, and access to a river, as well as an indoor stage.

Since initial announcements, Menace Ruine dropped from the lineup and was replaced by Black Table, yet the remainder of the SHADOW WOODS METAL FESTlineup remains the same, includinglead performances from Midnight, Falls of Rauros, Occultation, Velnias, Iron Man, Anagnorisis, The Flight of Sleipnir and Stone Breath, along with twenty-six additional acts. The fest is also likely to be the first live performance for the surviving members of Wormreich since their tragic vehicle crash in April. The gathering showcases underground black, doom, death, and noise and experimental metal bands on two alternating stages all day Friday and Saturday. Camping and workshops on topics such as runes, guitar maintenance, yoga and more will be offered and are included in the ticket price. Artists and record labels will be vending alongside several onsite food stands.

There will be ZERO ticket sales at the gate for SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST — advance presales to those 21 years of age and older is the only way into the fest, and is still BYOB. Cabin beds are now included in the ticket price but are limited to first-come first-served. There is a list you can sign up on mentioned in the private group. There are only 350 tickets in total, and half of those tickets have been sold.

 

Additionally, the SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST website has been redesigned to include a store — including a new poster for the event designed by Fred Grabosky of Sadgiqacea. — as well as the newly-launched Shadow Woods Radio, showcasing artists set to perform at the festival. Check it all out RIGHT HERE.

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Coal Chamber drop ‘Rivals’ today

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles nu metallers Coal Chamber have today dropped their newest album Rivals via Napalm Records.

Frontman Dez Fafara talks about the new album, and the tour the band’s about to embark on:

“It’s been 13 years since COAL CHAMBER put out a record.  We all worked so hard on this music to make sure the whole album was a stellar push forward for the band and not some nostalgia trip!  If you like it heavy and unique you’ll love Rivals!  This record is full of crushing huge hooks and big down tuned riffs to move ya!  Support Heavy music in all its forms!”

COAL CHAMBER is coming to the USA for another killer tour, this time bringing along some great friends Fear Factory who have a new record coming and my good buddy Jasta with his solo project! Get ready and get your tickets because this tour is gonna sell out and be a good time.”

Check out tour dates and the lyric video for “The Bridges You Burn” here.

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“You may not know what this flavor is now, because it’s a whole different ball
game.” – Dez Fafara

Coal Chamber are back in 2015 with 4th long player Rivals, an imaginative plunge through their signature dark grooves, spastic screams and oddball twists and turns that is an exciting return to the scene. Arguably their heaviest record yet, Rivals finds the once splintered band conquering demons, looking forward instead of back and all about kicking ass. Pre order HERE.

It was great to talk to workaholic Dez Fafara, fresh back from Mexico City, about his career, nu metal haters, the B52’s, falling in love with music and much more.

Check it out below and get Loco!

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Band Spotlight: Huntress

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM (PST)

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Huntress kick ass. Their throwback thrashing space time leaping sound is fun and Jill Janus leads her divisive band forward at full throttle no matter what haters say. They earn respect. She was awesome before this band as well as a DJ or in Chelsea Girls and is fucking hysterical. One of my life goals is to smoke a fat ass blunt with her someday. I don’t get how anyone could really listen to Starbound Beast and find this band insincere. I think they find Jill intimidating, like people hate Andy from Black Veil Brides for the sin of being smart AND a death glam man-babe (even though he’s worked his skinny ass off). AND no one could see her perform or in images and really think Jill wasn’t in control of her career, even if people find her a sex symbol. I’ve crushed on her awesomeness a bit since I wrote for Crusher Magazine years ago! She is theatrical, the band slay and  Jill often shouts out the greats of the past. Bottom line: stop the hate. You’re loss is great!

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Ereb Altor release new video for “Midsommarblot”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:06 AM (PST)

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Ereb Altor, one of the band’s in metal with the most consistently good material, have released a new video for the song  “Midsommarblot”. While the kids won’t be screaming out that song name at the dub step dance floors anytime soon, real metal heads will surely raise a glass of mead over their fallen brethren’s bloody corpses to honor them with this new musical oath to metal glory. The song is a new entry to the epic and slower side of the band’s material , which tends to either honor the more viking or sometimes fast side of Bathory fandom. That said, Ereb Altor’s saga-esque melodic vocals possess a bold strength all their own and their songs often offer keen insights with poetic lyrics and a yearning for something better than the modern world.

Watch the new clip BELOW! Keep the fire alive!

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Album Review: Moonspell – “Extinct”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM (PST)

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The shadows part again and reveal a glimpse to the other side of mirrored realms, or perhaps the reflection of horrors we see is actually the truth? Portugal’s Moonspell  have proven through their career they are one of the most ambitious bands metal has EVER produced and their newest Extinct continues this. It’s deep reunion with their gothic tendencies but still full of anthemic black clouds of brooding riffs (such as the title track “Extinct”).

“Breathe in, breathe out. You’ve reached the top of the chain”. Opening cut “Breathe (Until We Are No More)” captures the striving yet destructive poles humankind’s pendulum swings between , set to a knife-edged hard rock soundtrack with symphonic gusto.

On this album, Guitarists Ricardo and Pedro deftly set up cunning and exciting momentum for poetic vocalist Fernando’s moody, low croon or the times he lets go and unleashes one of the heaviest and blackest screams in heavy metal. The keys, strings and as always the excellent drumming of Mike Gaspar really make this a very even listeing experience you can enjoy the whole way through. “Medusalem” is one of their more brilliant songs in years, really triumphant and practically sending imagery and pathos leaping from the speakers, especially during the otherworldly almost Moroccan sounding solo section, which is hard to even describe.

This is not their heaviest album by any means. Fans looking for those should check out Night Eternal or Memorial, which will rip your faces off though also contain more mist shrouded numbers as well. Extinct however is a very potent and somewhat different brew. “Funeral Bloom” is one of the best songs they’ve ever written, a big rock statement that floats way above genre limits to feel like they just made some death rock song to rival U2 for stadium grandeur (I wish).

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Coal Chamber premiere title track for “Rivals”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:12 AM (PST)

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As a career non shit giver I’m gonna buck the “all nu metal sucks” trend and say that I’m stoked on the new Coal Chamber.

Title track RIVALS from the return LP (slated for a May 19th Napalm Records release) is nice and raw like Dark Days but has the sort of unhinged theatrical verses, albeit darker than before, of the early CC stuff. Check it out HERE. The chorus kind of sounds like Machine Head but Dez has his own trademark voice. This song has movement and bark. I don’t see how it isn’t better than the vast majority of shitty deathcore or Christ-core bands out now, especially since there are less derivative “nu” clone bands copying Korn and Coal Chamber these days and no one gives a fuck about the Woodstock 99′ frat boy plague of Limp Bizkit. It makes it a little bit easier to remember what was good about this style (ie: groove, catharsis and big, dumb mosh pits), especially since Korn and Coal Chamber , as well as Sevendust, are making some of their best new tunes in forever.

Live  fan shot video BELOW.

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Interview: The Flight Of Sleipnir – Nothing Stands Obscured

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:40 AM (PST)

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The Flight Of Sleipnir‘s newest opus V. is so heady and yet physical at the same time, I found myself really taking forever to finalize questions for this interview. I was starting to think their PR guy from Napalm Records who I am friends with would think my brain had turned into a soft boiled egg. Well, I may interview and review many, many bands but this record is so good I wanted to try to be even more reverent than usual to the collection of total power contained in V.’s tracks. Like Odin’s eight legged steed who is their namesake, the band are a force to be reckoned with and convey many truths.

For more on one of Colorado’s best known best kept secrets, enter BELOW.

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‘Baldur’ was mostly a Viking story, ‘Börn Loka’ was more about the Norse Gods and the old belief and the new album is a story of Iceland itself…the metal scene is a great pact of people, fans and bands alike. Being a metalhead is probably the safest and most fun thing you can do with your life.- SR

Snæbjörn Ragnarsson, bassist and lyricist of Skálmöld, is one of the more well spoken ambassadors of heavy metal. The Icelandic band have a 3rd voyage Með vættum (Among Vættir in Icelandic) out now on mighty Napalm. The epic feel of this band is something you cannot feign. They are one of the finest modern metal bands with incredible arrangements, hefty and metal/punk heart on sleeve riffing and a sense of self purpose.

The songs on the 3rd record continue the band’s success as a group with strong narrative to their tales. This excerpt is from Wikivikingpedia:

Með vættum tells of a woman, Thorin, born on the north coast of Iceland. During her life, she travels around the island from north, to east, to south, to west. As she does so, she grows older and dies. On each coast she must fight a battle against enemies coming in from sea. She acts as a guardian to the island. In each battle she is aided by a wight, of which there are four traditional versions in Icelandic mythology: bird from the north, dragon from the east, giant from the south, and a bull from the west.

The protagonist was named after the daughter of the band’s keyboard player, Gunnar Ben. Songwriter Snæbjörn likes to use names for the characters which are familiar to him and to which he has some connection.

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