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Earth announce upcoming live events including Necronomicon Con

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 5:26 PM (PST)

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Currently listening to DRCARLSONALBION’s Gold as I write this, stretched out notes rounding the curve of my mind to carry some desert light to the backmost reaches of persona. Hot day crawling to a close and reading a Jack Reacher book from a pile of stuff my dad gave me before he died.Thinking about how anything Dylan Carlson is involved in seems to really resonate on the same frequency as the rugged, underground American spirit of freedom.

Carlson’s band EARTH are a favorite and I’m pleased to announce they have a slew of good events coming up, including Project Pabst Presents in Portland, Oregon on July 18th, a show in Olympia, Washington on the 19th, and a hometown Seattle performance on July 22nd. According to their PR:

EARTH has also confirmed their return to the East Coast, based around their participation in Necronomicon Convention in Providence, Rhode Island on August 22nd, at the upcoming city-wide tribute to H.P. Lovecraft in the famed writer’s hometown. September will see EARTH taking part in this year’s installment of the massive Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana, Illinois. Additional live performances will be announced in the weeks ahead.

 Dates below and links to get Primitive and Deadly.

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Jack Black paying homage to Ronnie James Dio
Jack Black paying homage to Ronnie James Dio

After what seems like the longest winter in recorded history, summer music festival has finally arrived for those of us in the greater Boston area. Few and far between are the occasions for those of us who are into music with a harder edge to actually cover one of these festivals, as they’re typically awash in a dizzying array of alt-pop and alt-country and neo-folk acts. Thank God, then, for Tenacious D.

Backed by a three-piece band that included none-other than Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion fame on the drums, the acoustic-metal duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, served as headline act on one of the Boston Calling Music Festival’s two stages, essentially serving as direct support for festival headliners (and hometown favorites) the Pixies.

Gass and Black took to the stage in full-on, cocksure strut as they prepared to lay waist to what was, admittedly, a very vocally supportive crowd. There’s a tendency amongst music critics and fans alike to overlook Tenacious D as a gimmicky joke band, a sort of faux-metal Smothers Brothers. To do so, however, is to ignore both the legitimate homage that Black and Gass pay to the metal world, and to the legitimate rock chops that the duo and their backing band bring to the table.

From the opening notes of the band’s now fourteen-year-old debut single, “Tribute,” Black and Gass led the band through a high-powered set that never really provided them the opportunity to remove their collective foot from the gas pedal, save, maybe, for the set’s humorous and well-performed jazz-fusion interlude. By the time Gass and Black had bid the band adieu and closed the set with the hilariously – dare I say – sweet track “Fuck Her Gently,” they had triumphantly won over all but the most callous of doubters. Case in point: yours truly had gathered in main stage’s photo pit alongside forty or fifty other photographers from varied media outlets great and small in the photo pit in anticipation of the Pixies set by the time “Fuck Her Gently” began, and halfway through the song song, ¾ of the pit, and the crowd at-large, were singing along in full-voiced unison.

Check out our photo gallery from the Tenacious D set at Boston Calling below.

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I don’t know if anyone was medicating but nobody appears to have been that isolated at the Seether recent May stop in Clifton Park supporting Isolate and Medicate. The hard rock vets have an undeniably strong fan base and pull for those who want some chunky riffs and at times morose but striving, gruff vocals in their rock n roll  Summer. Hey not every band can have a riff like “Same Damn Life” that sounds a lot like a Little Peggy March “I Will Follow Him” vocal melody and somehow make it a radio grunge thing. Catharina Christiana supplied photos BELOW.

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Neurosis confirm Heavy Montreal appearance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:24 AM (PST)

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Neurosis are arguably the band the most heavier leaning and cerebral artsy types can all agree on as outright kings in their field. The long running band of psychedelic tribal warriors were birthed from the Pain Of Mind political days but evolved over the years into nearly a force of nature themselves. We even gave their Honor Found In Decay record a five star review. Yep, there might as well be a fifth season called Neurosis. The band of deeply rooted punk metal elite champions will trek north to make an appearance at Heavy Montreal this year amidst a line-up including NOFX, Faith No More, Slipknot, Mr. Iggy Pop, Testament and Korn.

Find out more BELOW.

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Show photos: Swans at Union Transfer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM (PST)

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Swans have always seemed really tribal in some way to me, even when they have been more about casting out spirits or deep isolation. Not exactly always the most “social” music, in my opinion. It’s a quality of fearless expression you can find today in Swans themselves, of course, but also younger acts like Tearist , Palms or Ides Of Gemini who also kind of straddle this lonely line between beauty, stark poetry or powerful melody/humanity versus (or rather in conjunction with) discomfort, shamanistic ritual and the fearless self discovery of not caring if people are ready to be initiated where you need to travel on your own path to full blossoming.

Photographer Miss Magpi  documented elder statesman M. Gira’s act for us at their recent Union Transfer stop, a stunning venue to witness this act who still remain, in their way, more extreme than most “heavy” bands. Sometimes it’s all about the vibe, baby.

Magpi describes the show as:

“.collosal. & .meticulous.” 

Photos BELOW.

Happy St Patrick’s Day: Everyone loves Dropkick Murphys

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:39 AM (PST)

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Happy St. Paddy’s y’all. I know they aint metal, but everyone loves Dropkick Murphys   (unless you’re some kind of freak weirdo). Heck, I’m Welsh and we have argued a lot with Irish through history but that doesn’t stop me from loving Irish music, people and punk rock or especially metal. Thanks to Dropkicks and sound guy Pete Robertson for hooking us up with access for our wonderful photo gal Catharina Christiana to shoot the hootenany at the Clifton Park stop of Dropkick’s current tour so we’d have some holiday fun for you long hairs to shake you out of your metal caves (I’m staying in mine and listening to the dark murk of Nux Vomica, haha. I just smoked the only green around here today).

Anyway, say a prayer for the hardworking people, etc. Green beer and cheer, people!

Click HERE for the photo set!

Chaos Fest announce 2015 headliners

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:28 PM (PST)

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Hamilton, ON indoor fest Chaos Fest has announced its headliners.

Headliners include: Liferuiner, Blackguard, Erimha and Crimson Shadows

Festival organizer Eric Camilleri said of the fest, “I am extremely excited to announce the 4th annual Chaos Fest line up. We are doing a few things different this year by adding a couple more venues along with a wide variety of bands. We think it’s going to be a hit!”

If you are a band interested in playing the fest, it isn’t too late to apply!

Check out a full rundown of bands here.

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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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High On Fire, Mountain Of Wizard and Geezer decimate The Chance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM (PST)

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My doom boys Geezer opened for High On Fire, the most fiery band in hard rock/metal who will stone you like Sisyphus just got punished for chronic lies told. I got to the show at the venerable Poughkeepsie, NY venue, which has housed legendary performances from the likes of The Rollins Band to Trapt to Incubus to Blindside to Fear Factory (to name just a few of countless shows), a bit late. Geezer’s set was missed alas but they rule and I’ve heard crushed through the large stage P.A., while New Orlean’s Mountain Of Wizard caused a boogie heavy rock thrill to enrapture the crowd. High On Fire eventually shook the hall with sonic fury, a gravel throated  Matt Pike not wearing a shirt even though the freezing fucking cold winter chill still was creeping in through the opening doors. Cometh down Hessian, in-fucking-deed. Droppin the frost hammer like street rhyme knowledge for these punks in need of a riff education.

Photos by missmagpi.

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Gama Bomb thank fans for 70,000 tons of thrashing good times

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 2:34 PM (PST)

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Via Irish thrash champs  Gama Bomb‘s Facebook:

You haven’t seen a committed crowd of thrashers until you’ve played the windy deck of a cruise ship at 5AM! We had a blast at 70000tons – thanks to everyone who thrashed with us!

 

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Psycho California line up is insane and way better than hipster fests

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:57 AM (PST)
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Psycho California, the west coast’s first annual metal festival and a must see for fans of doom, heavy psych and sludge, has announced the headliners for this year’s event: Cult of Luna (May 15), Sleep (May 16) and Pentagram, who will perform First Daze Here in its entirety (May 17).The festival frankly smokes Coachella and Bonnaroo in the same breath, and I am not really a hater of those fests (hey, they got AC/DC and Slayer this year, haha). But yeah… Cave In, Dead Meadow, SubRosa, Conan?!!! Wooooh!!!!! Kylesa, Mothership, Bloodmon…the list goes on and on for radness. Between this and rumors that Between The Buried and Me have started work on their new album, I can’t contain my excitement for the state of metal in the States!

“2015 is going to be a slow year for Cult of Luna. However as much as we are musicians we are also fans,” said Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson. “Evaluating if the offer to play Psycho California was worth dusting off our instruments was not hard after looking on the line-up. Being on the same bill as Pentagram, Sleep and a festival packed with the best bands around is a privilege in itself and we’ll try to live up to that honor.”

The lineup for Psycho California is: Sleep, Pentagram, Cult of Lune, Kylesa, OM, Earth, Russian Circles, Bedemon, Conan, Wrench, Eyehategod, Indian, Earthless, Pallbearer, Stoned Jesus, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Acid Witch, Truckfighters, Tombs, Bang, Electric Citizen, Coffinworm, SubRosa, Eagle Twin, Mammatus, True Widow, Anciients, Bellwitch, Dead Meadow, Lord Dying, Death By Stereo, Radio Moscow, Ancient Altar, Samsara Blues Experiment, Atriarch, Elder, Mothership, The Well, Deathkings, Wo Fat, Rozamov, Destroyer of Light, Highlands, Bloodmoon, Slow Season, Goatsnake, Crypt Trip, Wrench, Lords of Beacon House, Tumbleweed Dealer, Sinister Haze, Blackout, Red Wizard, Banquet and Loom.

Click HERE for more (and to see the rad poster art!).

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A389 XI Anniversary Bash kicking off tonight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4:35 AM (PST)

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Check out this Baltimore Sun reverential article on the great hardcore and metal label A389 Records. The humble yet consistent as heck label that could is still going strong. Domenic Romeo has carved out a place in heavy music history by plugging away and following his vision (and ears), just releasing what he is inspired by. Check out event listings for the nights of this years bash HEREHERE, HERE and HERE! IS that enough awesome for ya?!  Bands include Weekend Nachos, freakin’ Starkweather (!!), Condemn The Infected, Sex Prisoner, Noisem, Iron Price, Full Of Hell and more!

Special items at the festival this year include:

(ALL WEEKEND / WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
18″ x 24″ Professional Prints of this year’s incredible poster artwork by Human Furnace (Ringworm)

(FRIDAY ONLY)
New HAYMAKER Longsleeves + a handful of skatedecks that come with their super rare / super new ‘$10 Worth Of Rope’ 7″ on Murder Contest Records

(SATURDAY ONLY)

Super limited / 100 Hand-Numbered Pre-Release copies of the upcoming new IN COLD BLOOD 7″ coming February on A389

Plus ALL OF THE BANDS will have cool stuff for sale all weekend long and the A389 DISTRO will be in full effect at both Saturday Shows for your purchasing pleasure.

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System Of A Down deliver much needed killer KROQ set

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:02 AM (PST)

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System! Like RATM, it’s been aggravating that System Of A Down have been less active during such times of unrest (not that commenting on the state of world affairs rests on the shoulders of these bands interminably). But if you have that many fans and the ear of people, please keep using it. Shavo worked w/ my homies Bad Brains and Serj’s solo albums keep getting better (“Cornucopia” has some of his best lyrics in any song, so dope), but there’s nothing like the full System barrage. It’s profoundly great still that this was the number one band the week of 9/11 (how #metalgate of me).

Anyway, the boys hit the stage at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas over the weekend and there is great pro video you can catch. The curses were edited out by some asshole, but otherwise it is pure SOAD hypomania. Check out the full set BELOW (and let’s hope they come to their senses and make another fuckin’ album already). From a very relevant “Deer Dance” (best of the set, IMO) to a thrashing version of “B.Y.O.B.” to classic “Toxicity”, this stuff is still relevant and they nailed it at this show.

Click HERE to watch!

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In Flames streaming live concert tonight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:27 AM (PST)

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In Flames‘ show at The Palladium in Los Angeles tonight (December 9) will be streamed via Yahoo! Live at this location at 11:15 PM ET/8:15 PM PT.

The show is part of the Live Nation x Yahoo partnership that streams one show per day for the entire year.

So no matter where you are, you can still enjoy the show! Settle in and take in the metallic majesty of In Flames from anywhere.

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NWoAHM Memories: Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Chimaira (Photos)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM (PST)

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Listening to NPR discuss Massachusetts racial history today and the Jason Sokol book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics From Boston To Brooklyn as I pull up the photos photographer Matt Slater graciously assembled for this live piece. Looking at Chimaira, Shadows Fall and God Forbid in metal splendor, I can’t help but feel like the better examples of geeks, thrashers and artists are ahead of the pack at times when it comes to acceptance. Shadows Fall’s greatest album, The Art Of Balance, has a title alone that is  good metaphor for the way to walk and interface with people in life. Hey, we all lose our heads sometimes ( remember when powerhouse drummer Jason Bittner yelled at Halestorm for the Grammy Win, hahah?)… But most of the time I think it is awesome we can have an underground that supports a diverse spectrum of people. When I’m at a show inclusiveness is second nature, though of course there are always some knuckleheads who just came to fuck shit up.

That said, I think overall the mark of metal core and NWoAHM is way more positive than negative. We’re going into a new Congressional period with people who don’t want to listen and want to obstruct. Scott Walker and other hobgoblins don’t care about workers, in my mind. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul or Rubio are as uneven, creepy and selective in memory as I am a fan of Kyuss. Bridgegate was appalling, NJ.  But in the underground we have a voice to help people and communities shook by Fegusson’s exposed wound! To cheer on when New York State chooses to improve definition of consent on college campuses! To just get out there and fucking rock and have a good time with OTHER PEOPLE! Look, it aint that all cops are bad or all black people are criminals. It’s about empathy for the suffering of other human beings.

Anyway, looking at these photos Slater gave us, I can’t help but feel pride and energized by what these bands gave us all. From energy to words to vision. Fuck off, haters. You aren’t constructive.

Click HERE for the shots.

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