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TesseracT will return to North America for a healthy batch of tour dates slated for later this year. The band has tapped THE CONTORTIONIST as main support along with ERRA, and SKYHARBOR. “Five years ago we bundled ourselves in to a van and set off on our debut North American tour,” says bassist Amos Williams. “It was not only our North American debut but also our first major tour, really.”

Dates will kick off on November 2nd at the Theater for Living Arts in Philadelphia and run coast to coast making a few stops in Canada before wrapping things up at Irving Plaza in New York City on December 7th.

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Album Review: Dead Letter Circus – “Aesthesis”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:42 AM (PST)

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“And I hope that one day I will see you again”. This plaintive lyric opens Dead Letter Circus’s masterful new album Aesthesis. Kim Benzie’s distinct voice is a proud flag the Brisbane band rallies around with colorful and spacious hard rock that wastes absolutely zero time trying to fit into a box of preconceptions.

Life is a varied experience and thank God. I am a huge Max Cavalera fan but was dismayed to read an old quote recently I’d never seen where he called Killswitch Engage “gay”. Even more than the lazy use of that word I was much more bothered by the inference that Killswitch acted “like U2 on stage” as Cavalera said in, I think, like 2008 when Howard Jones was in the band. Perhaps it was bitterness for Sepultura doing an awesome “Bullet The Blue Sky” cover post-Max, but the Brazilian metal greats comments just rang as senseless to me. Every Soulfly record has had guests of different stripes from the very melodic Chino Moreno to Fred Durst! I know Max is a Bob Marley fan. Let’s try and be more open minded again in metal and hard rock.

Look, I like Possessed as much (and maybe more) than many people. That said, who are we trying to prove things too? Ten death metal or throwback thrash fans who only support narrow definitions instead of achievement and risk? With no melodic elements in metal there is no Fear Factory, no Iced Earth, so many good bands. One of my photographers today is shooting Deftones/Incubus for us and I’m thrilled that package tour is luring back some hard rock fans. Ticket sales are down across the board. Forward thinking bands like The Safety Fire are breaking up. Mayhem Fest just fell apart, tragically.

This is not a time for closing doors on each other.

“Yeah dude, but is the record good”? Yes. Dare I say, Hell fuckin’ yes?!

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Hey punk rock and prog history buffs! Got some PMA? We’ve got a special treat today. One of the BEST and least documented properly scenes ever is the Woodstock/Kingston 90’s scene. We had Jason Christopher (now of Prong and currently on tour w Corey Taylor), Shabutie (early Coheed & Cambria), Lounge (feat John Naclerio who would go on to record My Chemical Romance, Polar Bear Club and many more), Three (featuring guitar virtuoso Joey Eppard), all my early bands and many more! Oh yeah, and half of the freakin’ BAD BRAINS live in Woodstock!

Take a look back in time with reflections from many of the scene participants of the day. Special thanks to Mic Todd who was unable to contribute but gave it a good try.

Links to many of the bands current and past are present as well. RIP Pat Howland. Crank some mearth., Pitchfork Militia and Shabutie today!

Check out “Secret Youth” , a look back at the 90’s Woodstock scene HERE.

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Album Review: BTBAM – “Coma Ecliptic”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:32 PM (PST)

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Between The Buried and me are in a great phase right now, already respected
and with several classics under their belt, more plenty of “prove your mettle”
tours under their belts and a reputation up there with the best. BTBAM, with
Coma Ecliptic, step out of the shadow of Parallax and into their most concise
yet still deftly ambitious work ever. Alaska had heart and showed promise and
other moments like The Great Misdirect (a personal favorite) showed BTBAM were
unafraid to reinvent themselves or push at their corners with a flare akin to
Wilco, Mastodon, Candiria, Radiohead- bands with the hunger. Parallax is a
Crack The Skye or Dark Side of the Moon moment in BTBAM’s history, but not
their last hurrah.

“The Coma Machine” is perhaps my fave statement from the group yet as it is
really air tight even though lengthy and full of movement. Perhaps it is the
Scrooge-like theme of a man looking back on memories within each track, but
entire journey is impossible to miss. If you skip a track, like Cynic’s Kindly
Bent To Free Us, you’ll likely be compelled to go back and hear what you
missed. And with good cause, as “Memory Palace” alone is several awesome movements.

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Leprous release “Slave” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:13 PM (PST)

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Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous have released a new lyric video for their song “Slave”.

“Slave” comes off of Leprous’s latest album The Congregation (InsideOutMusic).

Einar Solberg said this of the video:

“I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album. The foundation is simple, but the content is rich”.

Check out the video for “Slave” here.

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Everyone is still buggin’ on the cool intro to Beneath the Buried and Me’s “Dim Ignition”, but I’m just as stoked about Telesthesia from Italy’s Caelestis. The young band are adept at painting a moving sonic landscape that makes you forget you’re listening to music, so engrossing is the overall feeling and sound as a whole.

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“JuggerDoc” from Periphery now on iTunes

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM (PST)

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Washington, D.C. – Periphery’s JuggerDoc: The Making of Juggernaut, the 45-minute documentary that captures the making of the band’s dual albums, Juggernaut: Alpha andJuggernaut: Omega, is available now via iTunes (http://hyperurl.co/Juggerdoc_iTunes).

The documentary had been previously only available as a bonus item with physical purchases ofJuggernaut: Omega.

Periphery released Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega simultaneously in late January via Sumerian Records, with the pair of releases landing at #22 and #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 (#15 and #16 on the Top Albums chart as well as #2 and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart).

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Band Spotlight: Circuitry

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:36 PM (PST)

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From the smoldering, rotten corpse of Dark Empire has arisen Circuitry, a new strain of inescapable weaponized aural pestilence. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating form of metal to which there is no known antidote. Their self-title debut full-length is festering with that sound and latest single “Horizon” (and its truly one-of-a-kind accompanying music video) is just one of the many infectious offerings to be found within.

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The Great Discord release “The Aging Man” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:05 PM (PST)

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Swedish metallers The Great Discord have released a video for their song “The Aging Man”.

“The Aging Man” comes from the band’s forthcoming album Duende which will come out on June 2 via Metal Blade Records.

The band had this to say about the “The Aging Man” video:

The video is a mix of a presentation of our band, and a visualization of the concept behind our song, The Aging Man. The idea is that a man, facing his mortality, struggles with his impending death, here personified by Fia’s stage persona. Acting as a sort of inverted Saint Peter, or Charon, she is a gatekeeper, a guide, challenging his thoughts and beliefs about what is going to happen, and forces him to face his demons and his regrets. The game of chess is a symbol for this struggle. Welcome to THE GREAT DISCORD.

Check out the “The Aging Man” video here.

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Max Pie release ‘Odd Memories’ album details

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:01 PM (PST)

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Belgium progressive metallers Max Pie are preparing to drop their newest album Odd Memories.

Odd Memories will be the band’s third album and will drop on June 19 via Mausoleum Records.

Check out the track-listing and cover art for Odd Memories here.

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TesseracT streaming ‘Odyssey/Scala’ in entirety

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:48 AM (PST)

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British progressive metal mischief-maker’s Tesseract have decided to stream Odyssey/Scala in its entirety on Youtube.

Odyssey/Scala will be TesseracT’s first foray into releasing full-length live audio/video concert footage. It also sees the return of vocalist Daniel Tompkins.

Instead of the DVD being one full go, a traditional live concert, the band recorded the audio portion (Odyssey) while on the European and Russian legs of the Altered States World Tour.

The video portion (Scala) was filmed at home in London, UK.

Check out the video here.

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Tesseract release live video for “Nocturne”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM (PST)

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Music keeps a lot of us sane, though Tesseract‘s nerve defying dare-devilry IS often insane. Taken from the live album,’ Odyssey/Scala‘, Century Media, 2015, the performance is a well shot and extremely capable expression of melody, climbing and complex arrangements and a plunge into the unknown. Prog fans can dig it BELOW.

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Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have premiered an exclusive clip from the “Making of Coma Ecliptic” DVD on Billboard today! In the clip, lead singer Tommy Rogers discusses the concept of the band’s upcoming, highly anticipated, album Coma Ecliptic. Fans can watch the video now HERE!

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I think anytime is a good time for people to do what they want – Henry Wilson

Live photos by James Covington 

Henry from House Of Lighting took the time to answer my questions on the band’s supersonic riff ride Lightworker and what they have cooking for later this year and beyond. This band reminds me of the thrill I got from early ROIR Bad Brains/Soulside, Van Halen’s Fair Warning and the stuff released by Wilson’s acclaimed band Floor (though Wilson plays a different instrument in the two bands). It’s all  thrown in some kind of multi-dimensional rainbow blender like the Gargantua/black hole space Matthew McConaughey knocks books out of in Interstellar. It might not make you break out Goddess crystals (unless you are me) but the Lightworker name suits these bursts of pure energy and life just as well as seeking some inner peace and calm space through New Age music. Fans on Enya don’t get a lock on good vibes, haha! Check out “More Lights, More Trails” HERE.

The band’s music is sure to thrill fans of punk, technical metal, crazy innovative hard rock or fuzzed out stoner types who can handle really trippy kind of buried harmonies reflecting back at them from the center of some serious riffage. Get on board with  this Florida storm of electric vibes now! Everyone should be talking about this band a lot more.

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Interview: Felix Martin

Posted by NichTheHair on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:38 PM (PST)


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Growing up in Venezuela, Felix Martin developed his own way of playing guitar: by playing two at the same time. After making two dual neck guitars with independent luthiers and guitar makers, he later went on to graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Felix nods players like Stuart Hamm and Steve Vai, but also blends his own percussive and jazz-bass technique with his 14-string guitars. Felix has released two albums with Prosthetic Records, one of which brings to life his live performance. Truly a forward thinking musician, he spent years tediously creating The Human Transcription, in which he has given the human voice note values. He has turned the speeches of several historical figures into compositions based upon these voice to note transcriptions.

Felix and I caught up while he was pout on his first headlining tour of North America. Read more here.

 

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