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Zeal and Ardor will drop ‘Live In London’ on March 22

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM (PST)

Black metal blues alchemists Zeal & Ardor will drop Live In London on March 22 via MVKA/Radicallis. The band are currently supporting Deafheaven and Baroness on one of the most exciting tours of 2019 thus far.

 

Listen to “Baphomet” here.

 

The 22-track pending live album includes four previously unreleased songs. The release is the entire recording of the band’s headline show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on December 2017. It will be available digitally, on CD, and as a Double White 180g vinyl.

The new songs included are “We Never Fall,” “Hold Your Head Low,” “Cut Me,” and the aforementioned “Baphomet.” Barring those tracks, the setlist was devised from the band’s two existing albums: the debut Devil Is Fine and 2018’s follow-up Stranger Fruit.

Frontman Manuel Gagneux comments, “We recorded our London show last December. Since we’re really proud of our performance, we are releasing the entire show consisting of our entire catalogue of songs. Mixing duties crushed by Kurt Ballou and Alan Douches mastered these 80 minutes into cohesion. We are really happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to unleash it upon you all.”

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French death metal and Unique Leader artists DYSMORPHIC have a new playthrough video out for brave souls who want to navigate the impressive guitar and bass parts for “Vow Of The Bees.” While there is plenty of technical flourish, the song also has some pretty impressive emotional feeling in the playing – particularly near the climax of the composition.

The group commented on the gear used, “Eric plays an Ibanez RGD UCS with a set of Bareknuckle Aftermaths through a Fractal Axe-FX II. Francois plays a Mermet Guitars Custom FLL7 with a set of Bareknuckle Juggernauts, also through an Axe-FX II. Johann plays an Ibanez SR1805NTF through an Ampeg.”

Watch the playthrough video HERE.

Beyond Creation, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Augury fans etc. will be stoked on this. These guys are really tight and into what they do. You don’t get this good without passion for it. I strongly recommend An Illusive Progress.

DYSMORPHIC will also be playing a series of shows in France this month.

Dates below –
3/15 Toulouse, FR @ Cave A Rock
3/16 Bordeaux, FR @ La Voute
3/23 Paris, FR @ Le Cirque Electrique

 

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Born Of Osiris are one of the ultimate progressive metalcore bands and have earned their position as leaders in the metallic sub-genre through constant work and dedication. It sucks to learn that some dangerous jerk robbed guitarist Lee McKinney and had a knife. We hope Lee and Jo get justice in this matter and are glad no one was harmed:

Hey guys. Lee McKinney here. Last night on Monday, March 12, our house was burglarized. The intruder(s) had a knife that was left on the scene and that makes us feel like the intent was to potentially do more than walk out with material items. Stolen items include a TV, 5 guitars, 1 audio interface, 4 guns, 1 camera, and 1 amplifier. Pictures of the stolen guitars are attached. We have notified the local police. A full investigation is underway. This robbery feels like it was targeted for the studio for exactly the time we were on tour or at work, as we were not home. We’re hoping that by bringing this to public attention that anyone who sees one of these items on sale in any way could help us track down the person who did this. Material items are one thing, but justice against the person who came into our home with a weapon is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your time.
Serial numbers for the missing instruments are:

Walnut LPM7 – 69540
Honey V6X – 132686
Monster O7X – 139438
Sea Foam VB5 – 139204
-Lee & Jo McKinney

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Nefarious Industries confirms the April release of Suicide By Citizenship, a fully collaborative musical experiment from Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits/collaborator magnets WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE. The album features guest contributions from a spectrum of artists from the likes of TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more.

Incepted by WALKING BOMBS’ Morgan Y. Evans and GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner who created the album with producer Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Suicide By Citizenship is an album created to challenge its own creators with the intent of combining sounds from two outfits located on polar opposite ends of the underground music spectrum. The record blends a wealth of genres into a dystopian alloy of improvised jams, rife with discontent for the contemporary state of American politics, and more specifically, the current administration’s actions and policies.

In 2016, Evans invited Brenner to collaborate on WALKING BOMBS’ “Demagogue,” an outspoken punk anthem aimed at our 45th president, to which GRIDFAILURE provided a backdrop of chaos and vocals. The unlikely pairing of acts on the track quickly became something both wanted to explore further, penning ideas for a fully collaborative release. They met in late 2017 at Bohemosphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, with studio owner and Evans’ musical counterpart, Jay Andersen. The three tore through several improv jams and that afternoon had a solid structure of what would become Suicide By Citizenship. Through several similar jams over the next few months with the three vagabonds each performing multiple instruments, additional material was recorded by Brenner at The Compound.

Additionally, a wide cast of additional musicians from around the country took part in one or more songs each, the album including contributions Thomas Andrew Doyle (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Laura Pleasants (Kylesa, The Discussion), Mike Score (All Out War, Below The Frost), Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Earth, Snakes), Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), and more. The audio was mastered by Anderson and the record completed with artwork by Brenner.

Nefarious Industries will release Suicide By Citizenship on eco-wallet CD and all digital platforms on April 26th. Watch for track previews, preorders, videos, and more from the record to be posted in the coming weeks.

Evans states, “Dave and Jay have been stalwart pals in the music scene of mine for ages, so it was awesome to capture this moment in time with them sonically, to say nothing of the other killer guests. This album to me represents people’s faith in the American Dream being exploited, ground up and spit out by gerrymandering, self-important Christo-fascists and unchecked capitalist greed. It’s a total farce to think corruption won’t run rampant in a society with no checks and balances.”

Brenner offers, “While our styles are vastly different, when we got into a room together and hit record things just happened organically. Three friends came in with the concept only; absolutely everything else musically and lyrically bloomed from that. Our planet is in peril, the party governing our country is a disgrace, tensions and turmoil amongst us are out of control, and we’re being divided further apart every day. This album is meant as a cumulative human cry for unification and progression, and a warning shot to the perpetrators.”

 

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A rare happy moment of human connection in ‘Lords of Chaos’

I interviewed Black Sabbath’s most underappreciated vocalist, the great Tony Martin once years ago. A real thrill. I forget the exact question, something about reconciling the more evil songs with the ones with subtle Christian themes or something. I remember Tony taking the wind out of my sails like a pro and sort of gently needling me with the common sense revelation that a lot of heavy metal is theater. This doesn’t mean that some people don’t live it to the fullest (the proper way to do so being highly debated daily since forever across sub-genres) and that it isn’t a genuine source of being able to work out dark and light feelings and to suss out solutions for yourself that hopefully aren’t ‘suicide solutions’, etc.

I saw two movies last night amidst a snowstorm on Fandango Now (a pretty great service). Jonas Akerlund’s take on the controversial Lords of Chaos and the somewhat slept on, but I thought fucking fantastic, Mary Queen Of Scots (2018). Both took some historical liberties – LOC glosses over the singers before Dead and the Deathcrush-era to get to meatier terrain and Mary Queen Of Scots fabricates an incredible in person meeting between Mary and Elizabeth that I wish really happened and (plausibility points to the writer) Elizabeth DOES tell Mary never to speak of it, so who knows? Both also feature violent stabbing scenes of a queer person. I was expecting it in Lords Of Chaos and the movie makes it very graphic, disturbing and not lightly glossed over – thankfully. You know at that point beyond a doubt that part of the souls of these people are very broken. David Rizzio in Mary Queen Of Scots came as a shock since I had forgotten about him historically. Like, fuckin’ hell, another poor murdered innocent for the sake of sick designs?!

Look, I think it is fine Lords Of Chaos is a movie. I was against it at some points but as edgelordery under Trump is worse than ever and there are no sacred cows generally worthy of enabling any cult of personality from critique, fuck it. It was a milestone time period in metal so why shouldn’t it be examined? The thrust though is will it seem apologist and MTV stuff that was meant to be less palatable or fast edit flashy and romanticized or would it have some bite and objectively show the shittiness of a lot of what happened? Thankfully, I liked a lot more about it than I disliked. The cast did an excellent job with what they were handed and as Jonas told Decibel recently ,”There’s a lot of things we’re not supposed to do, but black metal bands break those rules every day. They all sell merchandise; they all do gigs; they all have Instagram…”

It’s funny, I remember when X-Men became a movie everyone wondered if Wolverine would wear yellow spandex. Some things that look cool in comic books can look very dorky in movies with live-action. A corpse-painted dude trying to look vampiric under a dead tree is much the same, looking pretty cool on a badly reproduced lo fi record sleeve but generally funny in broad daylight. This film certainly wins at showing how the scene’s members one upmanship could only insulate them so long from realizing they weren’t bad asses and actually had some real fucked up insecurities as people, no matter how cool the music was. They also, underneath it all, were kind of dorky and trying to seem cool, like any group of young rockers.

One of the best scenes is a post-jail Varg (played very well by Emory Cohen the whole movie as an ego wounded insecure kid who nonetheless does major harm trying to find validation while pretending otherwise and makes you really dislike him…going from being bullied to being the worst, smug self-serving piece of shit) yelling at Euronymous as played by Rory Culkin. Culkin really carries a lot of the film, and in this scene he tells Varg he made up a lot of stuff about never touring and being as evil as possible to basically drum up marketing buzz. Varg is still seemingly scarred for life that Euronymous shamed him initially for having a Scorpions patch once and so it feels like his life mission is to become more kvlt now, the never ending bottomless quest of every true edge lord.

First, I wanna say fuck VICE for firing so many brilliant writers lately. They backed this film. Nonetheless, while the pacing (much like Mary Queen of Scots, actually) rushes very fast sometimes through historical events for the sake of modern attention spans, a lot of it resonated with me, despite the flaws. An imperfect vessel, perhaps. I don’t think I could have made it better, though. And Sky Ferreira, for all the shit talk people gave her for being casted, was fucking great.

It’s disturbing at one point to see Sky’s character get bullied by Cohen into stripping for him and Rory’s characters, showing the weak sexism and desperation that hides behind what a lot of people in metal find to be transgressive. Knowing also how much Sky values her own agency as a woman, it was pretty emotionally effective seeing her deal with internalized misogyny in the black metal circles but end up being probably the best anchoring voice of reason in Euronymous’ life later in the film. We stan (looking forward to Masochism and also thank you for being kind to my gf Globelamp recently).

Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts.

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Burn Baby: Adzes, Vowws, Lord Dying, L7 and Joan Jett news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:19 PM (PST)
    L7 will scatter the rats with effortless glances and …RIFFS.

Sometimes I feel like the metal and punk scene has their psychic periods synchronized in that it seems like my inbox will have several days of fairly cool news and yadda yadda and then suddenly EVERYONE dumps press releases for a ton of cool stuff all at once. It happens every week where one or two days are monster compared to others. It is hard enough keeping up on one pop star at a time these days, haha. The tea is always spilling and the party continues. Add multiple genres in there entirely unrelated to the mainstream and throw in a lot of underground constant happenings as well as keeping up with the shitstorm of American politics and a zillion daily more mundane tasks and you have a semblance of the tornado in my head, lol.

Anyway, today I have waded through the cluttered moat of press releases or things I found myself through web crawlin’ and have metaphorically slid under the falling portcullis to take over Castle awesomeness and command my faithful followers (no one) to blow horns and cry the news of the raddest musical happenings of the day from the parapets on high and out over the numb minded kingdom of internet buffoons who shall surely be enrichened by my curated selection of newsworthy rad rockin’ tunes. Ok, dork fest over.

Let’s kick out the jams! So the Redbait peeps, an awesome hardcore band I am a fan of, were posting yesterday for people to check out this anti-capitalist doom dirge band Adzes. Well it turns out the stuff is super awesome and inspiring material. Very well paced dynamics and the songs are very self-aware in a good way, knowing when to vary between melodic guitars that tug on emotions as you conceptualize the rug of people’s lives being ripped out from under them in harsh, cannibalistic financial rat-race. Climate//Capital is a must hear of trudgy, Godfleshy clangy bass, more Jesu-like semi-post rock passages paired with very introspective lyrics on society and powerful screams that feel rooted in the metal side of real class war punk. Really inspiring shit and well worth the listen. Plus, it came out early!

In case you missed it, head to REVOLVER to see my friend’s VOWWS dope new video for their “Structure Of Love” redux feat. Chino Moreno. His name sounds familiar? Hmmm. Just kidding. That’s the man right there! Check it out HERE. VOWWS always put great effort into their work and aesthetic touches, regardless if they are making a video or photo shoot for themselves or helping other artists. I’m super into the kind of David Lynchy upside down shot of Rizz with a “lost” highway juxtaposed underneath her and then the image morphs into a spider, rad shit. Woot woot! They stay innovating and at the top of their game, always moving forward. One of the freshest acts in the game, miles ahead of most shit right now. And so many good layers and hooks. Word.

Sludgers Lord Dying haven’t been heard from in a little bit. I was actually wondering about them the other day. Turns out a lot is on the docket for these dudes in 2019. Lord Dying are working with eOne and have a new album out  Mysterium Tremendum worldwide on April 26th. The music I have heard so far sounds like they are holding down their hard rockin’ roots but expanding into a little headier territory with a bit slicker production like has happened likewise to Baroness, Pallbearer etc. over time. It sounds dope though! That’s no shade. Just not a little slicker compared to how gnarlified the earlier records were.

LORD DYING’s Mysterium Tremendum will be released on CD, double LP, and digital formats. For preorder options go to smarturl.it/LordDyingMT

In the meantime, stream opening track “Envy The End” at  below.

Grunge queens and all around biggest bad asses L7 are working with Joan Jett’s record label! Fuck yeah! I am so stoked for this. One of the greatest bands to ever come out of the United States and deserving of all the praise we can muster.

I like how the newer L7 stuff has still rocked but also been a little catchier like Donita’s excellent solo albums which existed betwixt the band’s hiatus and reforming. “Burn Baby” will get in your ear all day and the new video is below! L7 still make you unsure if you’d rather jump in mud, pogo, bar fight or fall in punk rock love as it should be. The new album is called Scatter The Rats and there is no planet in any multiverse where it wont be one of the coolest albums of 2019, scene.

 

 

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5RAND

A variety of metal news for you today, cuz it’s the spice of life.

Phew, I was just driving around Woodstock, NY and it is a windy ass day. Tree limbs and actual full trees are down and old ass hippies just don’t know how to drive very well despite their generally all terrain vehicles. Glad to be back in my apartment a town away and decompressing to some rad tunes (though I did spend the morning drive with some Boris and Taylor Swift).

Anyway, let me tell you some cool shite!

Industrial melodic and at times thrashy metal band 5RAND have signed with Time To Kill Records. I wasn’t super familiar with the Italian band and they certainly have some cool groove metal arrangements. It would be interesting to hear the music with a little better production cuz they have some crunchy, fierce parts and everyone is very skilled. Vocalist Julia Elenoir has a powerful roaring voice and even better very well done, smooth/incredible cleans with character. I would definitely go see them live and am into their song “Point of pain” after checking it out.

No news yet on a release date but congrats on the band for singing to their new home. Looking forward to hearing more from them.

Today, WINDHAND unveil their new hypnotic video, “First To Die” directed by Philippe Grenade. “The inspiration for the video started with the lyrics, First you die, to be born,” Grenade explains. “I immediately saw the image of a woman suffocated by the crushing anxiety of a metropolis; drowning in the delirium and being forced through some sort of psychedelic death trip and coming out the other side with a new point of view. A psychic death and rebirth. The video expresses anxiety and transformation while honoring the beauty of Windhand’s music.”

Additionally, WINDHAND returns to Europe next week in support of their new album Eternal Return. The headline tour begins March 7 in Vienna, AT and ends March 24 in Leipzig, DE.

Raleigh, Nc based progressive deathcore group KROSIS have announced a new round of dates supporting their 2018 Unique Leader debut Solem Vatem (“Melting Point” is the jam, fyi). The tour, which runs from April 23 – 29, will cover parts of the East Coast and Midwest and sees the band performing at DEAD Fest and Toledo Deathfest.

Vocalist Mac Smith commented, “I am extremely excited to announce that KROSIS will be trekking across the East Coast and the Midwest from 4/23 – 4/29. This marks a new chapter for the band as this it is my first tour as vocalist. We will also be revealing details on a single that will be on the way very soon, so stay tuned for that! We in KROSIS want to thank everyone so far for the amazing support, as well as the support that has been shown for me personally. We can’t wait to see you all on the road.”

Dates below, yo.

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Entombed to release ‘Clandestine – Live’ in May 2019

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:18 AM (PST)


ENTOMBED featuring original members Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid invite you to hear the unique experience of the band performing their second album Clandestine in full live for the first time ever for the album’s 25th Anniversary.

Threeman Recordings presents Act 2: The Entombed performance – A concert in two acts based entirely on the Swedish band’s acclaimed album Clandestine from 1991. It is a unique concert where the pioneering album is played from beginning to end. From the opening track “Living Dead” to closer “Through The Collonades “.

In the first act, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Choir performs Clandestine, arranged for orchestra by Thomas Von Wachenfeldt (Wachenfeldt), with the original members from Entombed sitting in as part of the ensemble. In the second act, the band performs the entire album live in the original version for the very first time.

Alex Hellid comments:
“It is amazing to experience the musical journey with an orchestra and we really enjoyed the experience”

Conductor Josef Rhedin adds:
“Allowing Entombed’s suggestive music to meet Symphony Orchestra and Choir is a very creative and exciting concept. Composer Thomas Von Wachenfeldt’s arrangement contains challenges for both orchestral musicians and for me as a conductor, as the starting point has been to interpret the “Clandestine” in a classical, symphonic format, rather than plank the music outright”

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Happy 49 Heavy Metal and Black Sabbath’s debut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM (PST)

SO today is the birthday of Black Sabbath’s self-titled masterpiece, remarkable for too many reasons to count. Many have spent much of their lives trying. I was going to say “a lifetime” but the average lifespan now is longer than the 49 years since Earth (see what I did there?) first heard the rumble of these titans. Actually, that’s only a semi-clever/accurate pun because while Sabbath was called Earth prior to re-naming themselves , before that they were called Polka Tulk Blues Band even earlier in ’68 in a rough form. I think we can agree it’s fucking great that they achieved iconic status in no small part to settling on their final moniker (which is more PTBB “shade” and not a dis to a certain awesome modern band called Earth we also know and love). Anyway, in 1970 Black Sabbath’s debut was born and the deal with the devil that birthed the End Times music of Heavy Metal was struck.

Human longevity is not guaranteed so much these days for us as a species, but it is pretty awe-inspiring that Sabbath have had such an impact on so many levels in culture that film, festivals and society as a whole have all been graced by the long shadow cast by “The Wizard” and friends. The fact that Ozzy is still as recognizable as any flavor of the month newfound celebrity who is zombie-cannibalized by the scrutiny of fame’s hungry eyes in our culture of inhospitable impermanence is a sheer miracle (and in no small part also thanks to Sharon, as well as his own talent). BUT I am not here today to talk about individual members of the band over the years and their place in pop culture – though Sabbath is Iommi’s more than anyone’s for sticking it out the entire time as the sole constant – as much as discuss how the first Sabbath album creeping up on 50 years old is something to marvel at.

We’ve come so far together, heavy metal. For better and for worse. You looked so cool and casual and I tried to look the same, but now I’ve got to know ya…tell me who am I to blame?

We have a choice now to take serious stock and make metal more inclusive, as potent a force as ever but even more capable of traversing barriers and resonating beyond the narrow CisHet white male bandwidth than it ever has before (which is nothing against the lads who started the band at all). I was dismayed as heck by the morons in the comments section of a recent article about the power of current female vocalists in metal. Heck, the best cover of the definitive metal title track and first doom metal song has Beth Gibbons singing instead of Ozzy (hear below) and King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari is arguably the best singer in the melodic yet drony/sludgy side of the genre we know and love currently, IMO. People of all types, genders, races, religions, etc. love rock n roll. Let’s continue to expand that. Remember practically every concert ever Ozzy says ,”I love you all.” It is fitting the band’s final album was called 13 since the album that started it all was born on Feb. 13th, 1970. I mean, could it have been on any other day of the month?

I clean a bar every morning and was playing “The Warning” on the bar speakers today. A different guy than usual delivered the lemons and limes for the cocktails and he was an older dude. The guy’s face lit right up at the music and he said he had seen them years ago for ten bucks and proceeded to tell me all about the gig. We went from being strangers with generational divides to having something we both loved to talk about in common, and while small talk is wack I would gladly talk about Sabbath with anyone any day. That’s a life giving bridge just as much as Sabbath’s music itself has helped so many of us who have ever danced through shadows or struggled with depression.

Anyway, fucking crank this shit today, give thanks to the metal ancestors and remind them that we basically never regretted following them and will be forever metal til the end of time.

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Public Memorial for Bruce Corbitt

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:23 AM (PST)

As the metal community still reels from the sad turn of cancer events leading to the loss of Bruce Corbitt, a memorial has been announced for the Rigor Mortis/Warbeast hero.

Reads the public memorial page, “We will come together to celebrate and remember a great man who touched the hearts of so many people in this world. We will show our love and support for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, his stepson Lyric, and BRUCE‘s amazing mother Glenda. We will celebrate in the most beautiful way possible by honoring BRUCE‘s final wishes to make his memorial just the way he wanted it. Additional details on special presentations, guest musicians, and other surprises are still being worked out. Stay tuned and You Know Damn Well!”

BRUCE CORBITT Public Memorial:

3/09/2019 Ridglea Theater – Fort Worth, TX [info]

Doors: 5:30 pm
Memorial: 7:00 pm

Live performances requested by BRUCE:
Iron Jaw
Rabid Flesh Eaters

MCs:
Debbie Sexxton of 97.1 KEGL
“Thrashin” Alan of KNON Hardtime RadioEulogies by:
Scott Shelby
Thrashin’ Alan
Casey Orr
Harden Harrison

CORBITT played what he thought would be his final show with Warbeast — a special set at the annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Ceremony where the band was inducted into the 2018 Fort Worth Music Hall Of Fame — last July, at the time noting, I’m really excited and thankful to the Fort Worth Weekly for showing us this much appreciation. I’m proud that I’m even feeling good enough right now to be able to attempt it. But I do know my limitations and I will be careful. All I know is I get to experience that feeling of being on stage again… and that’s why I keep on fighting. Because good things do finally happen if you can just hang in there long enough. You know damn well!”

 

Anselmo gave a warm tribute speech and performance at a show with The Illegals for Bruce the day he died that you can see HERE. Regardless of if you are in a camp that forgives Phil or not for the Dimebash incident, I hope we can all agree this was a terrible loss for everyone and that this was the right thing to do for Bruce and cool of Phil and his band who lost a real friend.
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Wading Weird Waters: Rivers Of Nihil, Those Darn Gnomes news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Those Darn Gnomes like to hide in a purple haze…

Hello friends. A variety pack of sonically pernicious and delicious specimens to steer your ears towards today. These are bands who have not been afraid to experiment with constraints in recent times.

San Diego jazz/metallers Those Darn Gnomes have signed with Nefarious Industries. The group are a perfect fit for the open minded label, which includes everything from Gridfailure to A Fucking Elephant to Globelamp to Bangladeafy and more. Really looking forward to hearing more from this outfit. From the press release:

Since their formation in 2013, the bombastic THOSE DARN GNOMES collective has blurred the lines between noise, metal, and free jazz. The group formed initially with the lineup of Mark Steuer (vocals), Christian Molenaar (guitar, flute), Russell Case (bass), and Bryon Wojciechowski (drums), releasing their debut album The Years independently in 2015. The band followed up with their second full-length, The Zodiac, in 2016. While their debut more heavily emphasized the band’s roots in avant-garde metal and hardcore, The Zodiac stripped away any pretense of being a metal band in favor of a new, even more aggressive sound incorporating further elements of free improvisation and harsh noise. The band released a fully improvised single-track EP, Peeling, as a limited cassette in 2017, before playing shows throughout North America with like-minded experimental acts such as Ehnahre, Sult, Hypnagogue, Dischordia, and many more.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

Watch for the full details on Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow to be released shortly with a springtime release date imminent.

Also watch for details on the collaborative album between the band’s Christian Molenaar and labelmate Gridfailure’s architect David Brenner to be issued in the coming days.

Due to popular demand, RIVERS OF NIHIL will play their latest album, Where Owls Know My Name, in its entirety at every date of their upcoming North American tour. The band will be bringing saxophone player Patrick Corona on the road to perform each set and guitarist Jonathan Topore will be handling additional keyboard duties. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to witness this critically-acclaimed album played live as it was meant to be heard. The tour — which marks RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s first full headlining journey — runs from March 1st through April 6th. Support will be provided by Entheos, Conjurer, and Wolf King. See all confirmed dates below.
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I am listening to the uplifting pop infused vocal of “Mercy Mirror” from my promo copy of the new album Resist from the internationally influential act Within Temptation. It is a great record, another victory for a band with many who have never been shy about aiming for epic bombast where others have their eyes lower to the ground. The follow up to 2014’s excellent Hydra (has it been so long already?!) was worth the interminable wait for fans and is sure to be a major release of the quarter. The album contains guest appearances by singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Anders Fridén (In Flames) and Jasper Steverlinck (Arid), which is chill, but the band don’t need cameos for the whole album to stand strong. Sharon and the gang sound very inspired and ready to add to their legacy.

Get the album as of February 1st! It is still a few hours before release day as I write this.

From the cinematic “Endless War” with a piano-outro to live for to the already popular with fans rallying cry “Raise Your Banner” to the stomping crunch of “Trophy Hunter”, this record will fill a big void for a lot of people wanting to feel lifted up during some very depressing times right now. Some people listen to the most angry stuff in times of trouble but also it is good to remember hope and a sweeping sense of history, which Within Temptation provide in ample doses throughout. They truly just come off as very professional and next level grandiose (but I mean that as a compliment in their case).

The band comment on their new futuristic direction:  “We were done with orchestras and classic metal riffs. We’ve done it a thousand times before! This time we’ve expanded our horizon and started listening to powerful artists from other genres that implement bombastic sounds and huge basses into their tracks. All of a sudden we thought: we need these new exciting sounds too – but not the slick artificial feel that so often is connected to it. We started finding ways to roughen up these modern sounds, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before.”

“Supernova”, my favorite song on the record, proves by itself that this was not a risk that was taken in vain. Amazing, huge stuff.

Tour Dates below.

WITHIN TEMPTATION:
2/28: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/1: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
3/2: New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
3/3: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/5: Montreal, QC @ Olympia
3/6: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
3/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/9: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

3/11: Denver, CO @ The Summit
3/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
3/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
3/15: Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theater
3/16: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
3/18: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
3/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater

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Hi friends. Hope you had a good weekend like I did. While it was somber as it is the 4 year anniversary of my dad dying of cancer (thanks to those who reached out to me and my sister Cambria), I also had a wonderful recording experience in the studio for my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs on Sunday. My old friend Nate Kelley (of Laterals/first Coheed record/Shabutie/PPSP) came to Saugerties, NY to Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and laid down some sick drum grooves for my next album, one of 2 I am putting out this year – stay tuned. It is so nice when you haven’t collaborated with someone for a long time but you reconnect creatively and the spark is still right there.  Such an inspiring feeling. Here’s Nate laying some guitars down on a song I wrote about my self-acceptance of being Nonbinary. This whole record a lot of it is about me embracing that.

Speaking of inspiring collabs, industrial pop duo VOWWS (who I have also collaborated with before, incidentally) are one of my very favorite modern bands. Truly a constantly evolving, darkly lush and yet colorful group beyond the grays, blacks and white smoke and mirrors, VOWWS have now teamed up with none other than Chino from mighty Deftones and Danny Lohner, a.k.a Renhölder (Nin, Manson) for a reworking of their song “Structure of Love”. Check it out now right HERE and start your week off with a soothing but spooky explosion of feeling.

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Speaking of feels, bummed couldn’t make it to Black Flags Over Brooklyn this weekend due to work and recording obligations but SUPER stoked for Kim Kelly and all the organizers and participating bands from Glacial Tomb to Vile Creature to Occultist who it looks like from social media made it an unforgettable weekend and a strong declaration that racism has NO home in heavy metal. Seriously, fuck off edgelords and bigots! The festival promise that video and photos are forthcoming and I am sure more outlets who were lucky to attend will have ample coverage but here is a little video montage below.

Lastly, we are no longer going to be featuring Profound Lore artists on this site (many of whom we seriously LOVE) unless the label drops Craig Pillard of Disma/Ex-Incantation. Our friends at Toiletovhell have the best run down of the bullshit HERE, but basically the dude who has alleged he gave up being a racist asshole appears to have gone and agreed to perform at some racist ass festival called Hot Shower fest or something in Italy with his scummy noise project Sturmführer. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and despite the Big trouble In Little China avatar twitter account who called me a cuck and said “go fight Nazis in the 40s” pretending there aren’t major problems today in 2019, I’d like to extend a hearty fuck you to anyone promoting fascism in the music scene in 2019 or EVER. Update: the band has FIRED Pillard. Read more HERE.

As seen above, Profound Lore told us via letter that they reached out to Disma and the rest of the band had no idea about it and were awaiting a response but we have to be skeptical and guarded. No fashionable boutique label softball treatment for fake repenting fash/fash adjacent performers. Other bands on the roster should complain, not waffle for the sake of record deals.

My girlfriend Globelamp was recently accused via Twitter by someone from the “indie band” (actually on a very big three label semi-monopoly Secretly Group) Foxygen of an ongoing plot to kill their singer Sam France – despite moving to the other side of the country from him and never wanting to see him again and five years since she left the band without any incident of being violent towards him. She maintains that he backhanded out her teeth and has a doctors note of violent impact and a 5k dental repair bill on her side, and now has a lawyer to fight him -whereas initially she did not 5 years ago and the band we believe did a bad faith RO attempt to prevent her from looking into finances as well as to discourage her from coming forward about her domestic violence claims. The band’s official account accused her of horrible shit including a “she tried to kill me and she’s not done” section, lovely…which she was never charged for remotely. The tweet was deleted but we have a screenshot obtained. But behind the scenes they are actually trying that shit in court asking for a lifelong RO (worse than Tim Lambesis who is back on fucking tour!!) and saying she can’t protest and tell people she claims she was abused as that is harassment against them! There is NO gag order on her and the prior granted and expiring RO was granted against her for an alleged trespassing that Lizzie says Sam’s mom lied about to help cover her son’s tracks. She maintains she saw a text from his father to never admit what he did and I must say since we have dated I have seen her harassed by a ton of anonymous troll accounts weirdly over informed on intimate details . You can read more HERE and HERE.

I have seen the anxiety and pain this has caused her and ptsd and it is real and I firmly believe in her innocence and did for years before we ever dated. Unfortunately a lot of people in the scene don’t want to rock the boat with her old employer of Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jajaguwar and Secretly Canadian) or tone police her demanding perfect victimhood (she was blocked by Kathleen Hanna, Best Coast and Kimya Dawson when asked for help). Fuck that Bikini Kill reunion tour and I am glad the bots got all the tickets. This person is really suffering and you all say to believe victims. WTF.

Anyway, to make a long story short my lifelong friend Simone Felice produced some Conor Oberst new stuff with Phoebe Bridgers. Our friend James Felice who performs with Conor is also ON Elizabeth’s recent Globelamp album Romantic Cancer (nefarious industries), but guess what?…Conor and Phoebe’s record got scooped up by Secretly Group. So even though we love Bright Eyes and his solo stuff and collabs and he is Lizzie’s perhaps favorite all time male performer and she has covered him zillions of times – as awkward as it is we have to say fuck supporting that record and any other artists on the label who think it is ok to not speak out about Foxygen being on the same labels and trying to ruin a girl’s life and get her blacklisted. Our door was slammed on on New Year’s Morning with a court summons and it was total bullshit. I can’t see my girlfriend for months now and through Valentine’s Day as she had to go back to California to court. If any of y’all seriously think I would allow a murder plot to be forming out of my apartment under my nose y’all are idiots.

So yeah, I think the music media is pathetic for not covering this and also it should go to show if I am not even going to support friend adjacent records in the name of doing the right thing and stopping labels from keeping unapologetic people who have no inkling of restorative justice on their rosters, I sure as FUCK am not gonna stand for casual fascism from metal labels. Profound Lore and Season of Mist for that matter with D666, Shining (Sweden) saying homophobic shit on tour and the drummer Hellhammer of Mayhem’s dead gay jokes and “black metal is for white people” bullshit (see Wikipedia) are long overdue for a housecleaning or much better explanation and apology to those harmed than edgelordism. I wish my friends on those labels would tell the label owners to fuck off from profiting from those bands until they majorly atone if at all and clean up the roster.

Peace.

 

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RIP Bruce Corbitt

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:48 PM (PST)

Bruce Corbitt of Warbeast/Rigor Mortis fame has lost his battle with cancer. Condolences to  Jeanna Corbitt and all his fans. What a cool, strong, underground legend of a human being. Hope he is already jamming out with Scaccia. Read more at Exclaim! HERE.

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