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“This is the modern world. We don’t need no one to tell us what’s right or
wrong.” – The Jam.

The Jam’s 2nd album came out in 1977, but we still could relate to the
sentiments expressed in the title track to The Modern World today. It is very
interesting to me how the 80′s and early 90′s seemed the decades of the greatest “shock
value” or censorship battles and today we still have moralizing pundits and morons like
Donald Trump or fake christians who denounce people as trash or sinners yet
support racist platforms or heinously compassion free social positions.

At the same time that we live in an age of gamergate and twitter battles
against “the evils of SJWs”, we have morphed into a culture where Nothing’s
Shocking- not because of conjoined topless twins with their heads on fire or
whatever titillated in the early rock alternative days when Jane’s Addiction
popularized the phrase, but because any carnival barker like Trump gets
absorbed into the overall white noise (even when they lead the headlines).
Thus you can seemingly say anything as long as it bleeds and leads and yet the
deeper contextual meaning is lost, ramifications be damned. Like George Bush
literally lying out of his ass about the Iraq war constantly, for example.

So what I’m saying is, God bless John Oliver or Pussy Riot for injecting some content back into the mainstream. Or a band like death metal’s Jungle Rot who released the awesome Order Shall Prevail this year, which looks at issues like marshall law.

We live in a time of a glut of pop and even political desperation. Politicians
will say anything to get elected. Pop stars are rewarded for portraying edgy,
co-opted looks and styles but towing the corporate line.

Protest black friday and read more BELOW.

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Prong reveal tracklisting for “X – No Absolutes”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 3:09 PM (PST)

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Check out the track listing for “X-No Absolutes”, the new album from industrial tinged noise/thrash legends Prong and quotes from Tommy Victor on the newest addition of tunes in the band’s ongoing heavy agenda BELOW.

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Bask robbed just before coming home from Europe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:57 AM (PST)

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My O.G. friend Jesse’s band bask from North Carolina have been having a ball with High On Fire overseas, until last night. This blows goats.

We deeply regret we are forced to cancel our final show in Stockholm, Sweden tonight. Last night we were robbed in Gothenburg and all our guitars, amps & pedals were stolen. Below is a gear list of missing items. Please be on the look out. Any help is appreciated.

full list of missing gear BELOW.

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4 bands I wish would make another record.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PST)

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In recent years many bands have reunited and made releases we never thought we in the metal world would get to hear. Saint Vitus newer ripper “Let Them Fall”  was a monster song as good as anything they’d ever written. From At The Gates to Carcass to Faith No More to Failure, many of these have been worth the wait. The recent Refused record was a bit spotty but for the most part some of the “maybe they shouldn’t” legacy worries of some of these bands have proven unfounded.

Some people are still pining for an Isis reunion, but in these times of terror threats I can see why those guys would be hesitant to look backwards. Sumac is awesome, anyhow and so is Palms.

I decided to make a list of some lesser known bands who I think deserve more attention but, for the most part, these seem to be some groups we might never hear from again. With the exception of USX who have still been gigging semi-frequently but who have said they are looking for the right home for the band, most of these are fairly unlikely but would probably be worth every minute of new hypothetical music.

Read the list and hear some tunes BELOW.

Top 15 interesting metal and rock albums you may have missed this year

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM (PST)

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They say that during troubled times it is often good to find escape or comfort in routine. Some people do well at staying on task. Others find too much friction between their emotional state and the mundane. Sometimes there is relief found unexpectedly though when you can get things done and restore small oasis-like moments of order to a chaotic World.

Others believe in the law of attraction and positive manifestation. I think it is a combination of an energy filled Universe, will, karma, inertia and many other often scarcely tangible movements that create the crescendos and decrescendos that compromise our lives. But sometimes we are hit with a lot at once.

This year was often like that for me and I am going to be less active on the blog front than usual for the next few weeks, determined to sort of coast out the rest of the year being very energy mindful and reflecting on love, life, death…all the big stuff.

As we think on the multifaceted Paris tragedy, I have read many people expressing sorrow at the sacred concert space being violated, that communal place of coming together. I totally agree.

The beauty of extreme music or rock n roll or hardcore or even the bat cave gloom of the industrial scene is that you can sometimes morse code , smoke signal or Instagram your messages out to like minded souls, the “Children of the Night” (to quote Dracula and lead in with a Tribulation tie in to transition to my year end list).

The following are some of the records that I found to be the very best this year. It might not be the same for you. I know Iron Maiden had a great double album and my favorite hard rock band Clutch is not on here, but because I am biased and always write about them. Instead I wanted to focus for my best of list on records I think were made by lesser appreciated bands than Lamb Of God , Megadeth, Motorhead or other giants.

Heck, Between the Buried And Me got a 5 star rating from me this year but their record isn’t on this list.

These records struck me the most, however.

That said, Coal Chamber, Failure, Faith No More reunited this year. None of them are on this list but all put out great records. Across the spectrum of tastes. Rock and metal are still pulsing. We can all make a huge and living racket that says we are here and share in that rush of blood , adrenaline, spirit that can never be silenced.

Read the list BELOW.

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Classic early Motorhead member Phil Taylor passes away

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:48 PM (PST)

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The great “Philty Animal”, Phil Taylor has left this mortal coil at age 61. He was a true character and part of the classic legacy of one of the all time great rock n roll bands. More info HERE.

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Exmortus reveal Philip Lawvere artwork for “Ride Forth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM (PST)

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The Los Angeles-based, neoclassical metal-inspired extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS will further their claim that “metal is king” in early 2016 with their blistering new album, Ride Forth. The menacing cover for the new release – featuring oil-painted artwork by the legendary Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost), who previously contributed his epic artistry to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 label debut, Slave To The Sword – can be seen above.

“Ride Forth” was recorded earlier this year with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) before the group hit the road alongside guitar legend Marty Friedman on his recent North American tour. More details about the new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Sunn O))) reveal “Kannon” artwork and more info via Angela Lafont Bolliger

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM (PST)

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Preparations continue to be made for the release of SUNN O)))‘s upcoming LP, Kannon, this December. The album will see its release via Southern Lord Recordings, and this week the album’s cover art and preorder options have been issued.

Consisting of three self-titled pieces of a triadic whole, the roots to SUNN O)))’s new album trace deeply into the sessions of their 2009-released Monoliths & Dimensions LP and very recent collaborative recordings with Ulver (Terrestrials, 2014) and Scott Walker (Soused, 2015), culminated and fully realized this year. Recorded and mixed with SUNN O)))’s close colleague and co-producer Randall Dunn at Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast!, Kannon is as always composed around the immense guitar and bass interplay of founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, and includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others.

The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.

Some new insight from artist Angela Lafont Bolliger on her inspiration for the creation of the sculpture for Kannon’s cover artwork has been issued:

“I was working on a visual concept inspired by Gian Lorenzo Berninis “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” (a life-sized Italian baroque sculpture in white marble) and had shared a short description about this project. I took a great interest in the conceptual thought behind the album…

 …SUNN O)))’s compositions are minimal but intensely sculptural in depth and detail. This was my inspiration and it was important to me to transcend that idea into the sculpture I would create for the album artwork. Stephen and I both loved the idea that this sculpture could be something really ancient, like a comet – yet also indefinable and timeless…

 …I started with an intense research of Guanyin, the imagery, the history, and immersed myself completely into the subject. I then put together a very detailed presentation of ideas… we came to a unanimous decision and went for an idea of “the abstraction of the God of Mercy”. It started by sculpting different black reflective materials, which I then combined with ancient rocks and crystals allowing the surface to be rich and to be viewed as something unseen – an undulating form representing Guanyin’s many hands and heads..

 …Highlights were the creation of the sculpture, different materials with versatile textures and creating a tactile object, a sensuous, meditative process. During the photographic shoot of the sculpture, every glossy highlight and detail was amplified. Rotating the sculpture a completely different form would emerge through the lens. This is what fascinates me in art – creation can surprise and transform.”

 More info and preorder options BELOW.

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Please pray for Gary Miller from Bad Brains aka Dr Know.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM (PST)

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As some of you have now heard, legendary guitarist Gary Miller aka Dr Know of Bad Brains has fallen ill.

I have some details but am not going to tell the whole story in lieu of the band and family not making a statement yet.

Doc is like my mentor and a good friend and my cousin has been involved with him. Plus we share some music connections.

I will just say for now that doctors are doing what they can. He is alive at present and there is some hope.

Please keep that PMA strong for Gary. He has given us so much. Below is a quote from an old interview I did with my friend.

Peace.

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An announcement from ANTHRAX.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM (PST)

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I know most of you are bummed about the fuckin’ Mets losing Game 2. Mebbe this’ll cheer ya. I said I’d wait til Halloween to post the last song on the Metal Riot CREATURE HONEYMOON Bandcamp comp, but I lied.Here it is…track 15! Geezer‘s awesome as fuck Frankenstein stoner rock jam of tiumph “To Build A Monster”. Big thanks to Pat Harrington and everyone involved in the track for getting this on here. This comp was a blast to put together. Happy Halloween 4ever!!! Thanks to all 14 bands and everyone who made this happen.

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I’ve become a big Septa fan in a short amount of time, so it was awesome to get the Ukraine bad boys to contribute one of their madhouse spazzy metal songs to Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon comp HERE. We have fittingly had waves of zombie themed song attacks every week and Septa represent the final Zombie attack, before we reveal our final monster song, the final boss of the Creature Honeymoon. Who else? Frankenstein via a tune by NY’s Geezer. But you have to wait juuust a little while longer for that one, Meanwhile headbang to the Septa tune, the screamiest and perhaps heaviest song on the compilation!

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Halloween is almost upon us. It is likely you have seen candy corny decorations and foam spiders or skeletons, ghouls and goblins littering lawns or the odd cool graveyard with grim reaper in your neighborhood. But you have not had an experience quite like our CREATURE HONEYMOON comp.

Every week we have been revealing songs about or inspire by monsters and/or darkness from bands around the globe (and a batch from my own hometown of Kingston, NY). A wide variety of styles have been included, ripping themselves up from the underground to thrill and kill.

The full comp will be out on Halloween but at this point the majority of the record has been released. This week’s two additions include my band GET OUT‘s tribute to True Blood , nightlife vampirism and my own struggles beating alcohol and depression. It’s called “Bloody Marys” and first debuted via the O + Festival a few week ago. The song was influenced musically by stuff like Life Of Agony, Diablo Blvd., The Cult…you get the idea.

The other track added this week is an amazing cosmic dread inspired one time team up between psych doomers It’s Not Night : It’s Space and the mighty face frying Acid Roach! Dudes jammed out for over ten minutes to create this powerful spell of Lovecraft meets Terence McKenna inspired completely awe inducing number “True Hallucinations”. It engulfs you like staring into the dark heavens. Super thrilled to have this song on the comp.

Check these songs and already released tracks from Night Viper, Shadow Witch, Tiger Piss and more on our Metal Riot Bandcamp page HERE!

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Eddie Hermida rejoins All Shall Perish for new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 9:27 PM (PST)

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The man behind the voice that revitalized a band in mourning is reported to be going home.

Eddie will be joining All Shall Perish to record a new album. If they’ll tour together afterwords is yet to be seen.

The full All Shall Perish line up will be:

Eddie Hermida – Vocals
Ben Orum – Guitar
Chris Storey – Guitar
Caysen Russo – Bass
Matt Kuykendall – Drums
Craig Betit – Additional Vocals

There’s nothing to suggest this puts Suicide Silence‘s future into question. The band is currently kicking ass with Korn through the rest of the month, and will be dropping a EP, Sacred Words, which will feature the single of the same name, as well as three live tracks from RockPart 2015 and other unreleased tracks on October 23.

So basically, Eddie may be pulling double-duty, but that means he’s doing us double the favor! Plenty of deathcore naysayers out there, but All Shall Perish and Suicide Silence are fucking titans. I’ll be slamming Sacred Words until the new All Shall Perish music comes out.

Check back here for a Sacred Words review and for all your heavy metal news! \mm/

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Spotify pulls Victory Records music, refuses to pay royalties?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM (PST)

 

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This from our friends at Victory Records. Granted, Victory has a history of disputing with some artists that blew up via the label and then argued over contract issues, but whatever side you take on those instances this Spotify situation is unrelated and seems pretty fucked up. People say things like “no one has to agree to sign up for Spotify” but that’s minimizing the point that it has become an expected outlet for public consumption and that they clearly don’t really care about paying artists well. I’ll side with Intronaut over Metalsucks Sergeant D (a tech dude) on this one any-fuckin-day. Sorry. Spotify blows goats for artists.

You might notice that we try and generally focus on pushing bands and helping careers over here (not dissing other blogs by saying that) rather than ripping bands down (unless they truly suck or have done some really questionable shit like…let fans bully my sister Cambria through continued lies or post transphobic tweets or beat women, etc.). It’s a hard fucking time for bands these days and true believers should be supported in a gross millennial world of Youtube counts determining the value of art. Shut the fuck up and try and be in a real band these days.

“Chicago, October 20, 2015 - Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.

Late yesterday, Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly, that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam (www.audiam.com). Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).

The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.

Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.”

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