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Album Review: DHG – “A Umbra Omega”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM (PST)

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DHG/Dødheimsgard‘s A Umbra Omega is a must hear experimental mind fuck that beckons with pure freedom to establish new high water marks for extreme music. Much like (I’ll get shit for writing this) the “critics be damned” attitude displayed by Liturgy on transcendental collage  The Ark Work, DHG don’t let genre constraints shackle them but do care about form , and have a lot more old school cred vs art school smarts, if that makes a difference to you. Regardless, it’s the unshackling of spirit here amidst tectonic time signature shifts, howled madman vocals from returning original co-founding member Aldrahn. Piano and saxaphone burst and funeral bloom out of the shadows of blackened, despair filled  avant garde structure. The umbra is certainly breached and the record looms like the Tower card in the tarot, foreboding change via a perhaps painful but perhaps needed rebirth.

There is no stagnation here.

This is a hard record to review. It is really an experience and the bulk of tracks except for opener “The Love Divine” stretch near fifteen minutes or more. Each song has tendrils snaking back to traditional Norwegian black metal but the scope here is insane. Where, for example, a more mainstream but mentally sophisticated black metal band like Watain have pushed the philosophy of their vision far, DHG have gone even farther than a band like Enslaved in expanding what it means to be limitless. There is still a molten core of deep soul upheavel and the empty void at the heart of these tracks, but along the way you will encounter near every emotion possible on the human spectrum. Mastodon may get praise for being progressive and trying different things (their new song for Game Of Thrones sounds like a mellow Katatonia number on a big budget), but DHG are REALLY experimenting on a whole other level.

Brilliant passages abound. At the mellow 7 minute semi-ambient mark of “Aphelion Void” you could almost be inside a  Mogwai tune, while “God Protocol Axiom” blasts furiously down the well tracked black metal path to hell before spilling into the River Styx via an emergency brake pulling industrial guitar crunch and the carnivale shouted lines “the devil hides in fractal patterns, beyond the singularity where everything you lost is waiting”. It sets a tone for madcap vertigo and a high bar. The drums tumble and get insanely busy before an almost Cure guitar line, watery and seminal, seduces the ear and carries us through melancholic death rock to disharmonic piano and strings that balk like howling furies, resisting any coherency. It’s like a drunken Bosch orgy on the burning pages of jazz, blackmetal and rock’s most outre fringes.

“Architect Of Darkness” opens with a riff akin to some of the Agonia label’s roster, a dissonant march that will please many fans of the shadows. The vocals all throughout are much more akin to strangled cries or a barking mounteback or the histrionics of Nivek Ogre or Arcturus than, say, “Freezing Moon” Mayhem’s frog vocal or a more shrieking black metal vocal. Vicotnik’s musical compositions are really out there and few bands, save Emptiness or Ephel Duath (r.i.p.) have dared to push themselves this far in recent (or any) years. You might be exhausted by the end of this record but your brain cherry will most certainly be not only popped but downright burst like one of the face hugger eggs in Alien. You’ll be shaking and left sweaty and breathing on the shores of wherever you drift to once the fog clears in the aftermath of the brutally unravelling quarrel of “Blue Moon Duel”. A great succesor to Supervillain Outcast.

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We are very stoked over here on the upcoming March 17th self released and crowd funded “debut” from Alkaloid The Malkuth Grimoire. It’s just a massive musical statement out the gate for this underground group, a band featuring alumni from Obscura, Necrophagist, God Dethroned and Dark Funeral (to name a few). Album closer “Funeral For A Continent” is 12+ minutes of extreme progressive metal at its absolute finest, just a fearless array of musicianship, dynamics (“Orgonism”  is moody like mellower Daylight Dies) and varied but generally extreme vocal styles.

There are liquid leads, tempos that shift like sands beneath your feet and passages of both utmost heavy as well as delicate balance. These dudes make it look easy and, like Allegaeon’s recent Elements Of The Infinite, seem quite concerned with scientific themes like the Dyson Sphere as well as traditional metal concerns like…”Cthulhu”, of course. But the production on this record is really superior to Elements as well as many other recent tech and prog records.

Pre-order and check the cover art out HERE.

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Review by Joan Singh

As most loyal fans of Crisis will find—Gospel of the Witches is a departure from the core metal/death sound of their 90’s heyday. But that’s to be expected. Away from the East Coast metal scene after the Crisis break-up, Karyn traveled to California to learn more about her experiences with the incorporeal, having had countless episodes of what could best be described as “encounters with the supernatural” during her childhood and onward.

In between self-discovery and music-making with a brief stint in husband Davide Tiso’s band Ephel Duath, we find a new Karyn, grounded in her abilities to communicate with her own spirit guide and with humanity through the medium of music. Ever the creative soul, she’s crafted and pursued leatherworks, paintings, and mediumship and come back full circle to music.

Gospel of the Witches’ debut album, Salem’s Wounds, is Karyn’s latest mesmerizing project with husband Davide Tiso of Ephel Duath and Bob Vigna from Immolation on guitar, Ross Dolan, also from Immolation, on bass and backing vocals, and Charlie Schmid from Vaura on drums. Each member brings a range of experience to the table.

To me, the first significant song is the opening track, aptly-titled “Omphalos”, which becomes just that – an object of power, positioned to propel the listener on a journey of arcane reflexivity. Karyn’s “I am no one, I am nothing, I am nowhere,” juxtaposed with “I am everything, I am everywhere, I am everyone,” starts with clean vocals and quickly metamorphoses into a growled delivery layered atop Ross Dolan’s own deathly vocals. It sets both the tone and expectations high with a powerful intro to the album. Its subtle ascending vocal tempo creates an escalating mood, a musical ascension of sorts. Short, simple and leading; it directs the listener right into the second song, “The Alchemist”, in which the theme of being an acolyte learning the ways of the occult arises from both the composition of Karyn’s music and lyrical content that points heavily towards mysticism and transmutation – “I am no longer the dust and lifeless, waiting to be swept away…” and “…I hear those words, kept unsaid, and I walk in the world of the living and the dead.” A little more than halfway through the song, we hear a bit of the old Crisis as Karyn alternates styles with bits of clean and heavier vocals with Dolan backing the choruses.

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Album Review: New Plague – S/T EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM (PST)

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New Plague from Long Island play a style we’ve heard a lot the last few years, the sort of hyper kinetic gnarly hardcore with occasional Entombed nod that made Trap Them scene demi-gods and with the dissonance and sharp, spasmic edges Converge have had forever. Newer bands like Full of Hell, Hierophant, Blackened and others kind of fit this mold as well… but honestly its a style in the underground so savage and alive that in my opinion it doesn’t hurt to have more bands doing this to counterbalance trendier mall-core bullshit. New Plague might not bring much new to the table but they certainly kick the table over in style on their new EP and add to the general plague of this newer movement. Brutal, blistering and fast but with plenty of interesting knuckle ripping guitar punching feedback drenched breaks as well. This shit will get your adrenaline pumping and leave you breathless if you have any love for hardcore at all. I’ll take this style over dumb ass downtuned breakdowns the whole song with pop barely in tune even with auto tune emo vocal clean choruses any freakin’ day.

“Blood Offer” kicks off with pure abandon and hoarse cries, the band really sounding commited to their songs. It rages with a ferocity akin to Baptists if a bit less well executed. That said, this is by no means a let down and I only said that because let’s face it…it’s pretty hard to top Nick Yacyshyn these days, the new poster boy for underground hardcore percussive ferocity. That noted, these dudes come pretty damn close with this S/T beast. “Angles” is my favorite track, a number that slows the tempos to really let you feel the meat peelig off your own bones. When I think of Long Island I associate it with Mind Over Matter, V.O.D. or Glassjaw more than this style but I gotta say these dudes are a great addition to the heavy scene. “Hounds Of Sleep” could basically be a Blissfucker B-side but again, how many thrash bands are there our there? It doesn’t make it bad to love a style. I’m giving this 4 stars because I gave mega band All That Remains 3.5 on their latest and even though this is way less technical and produced, the energy still hit me harder.

Stream this in full at great sight American Aftermath HERE. Tell em Metal Riot sent ya. Pre-orders can be placed here.

DHG release “Aphelion Void” from A Umbra Omega

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM (PST)

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Dødheimsgard, Norway’s premier experimental extremists, are back this year in a much welcome return. Bands like Shining and Blut Aus Nord, Aborym or even Ihsahn have pushed the boundaries of what extreme metal with black metal seeds can be but DHG have a particularly unhinged and evocative brand of musical mastery within their grip.

DHG recently announced details of their fifth album, titled ‘A Umbra Omega’, set for release on March 16th on Peaceville Records, have posted a new track online. The near 15 minute “Aphelion Void” is a thrill ride of crazy vocals beholden to no limits, dissonant and haunting passages, startling instrumental turns and an overall rebellious attitude sure to please the discerning metal fan. Check out this bad motherfucker of a new song  HERE.

This is the band’s first release since 2007′ still buzz worthy Supervillain Outcast. 

Click HERE for artwork for A Umbra Omega.

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Band Spotlight: Aware The Oppressed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM (PST)

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Aware The Oppressed are a metalcore band from Mexico we’re glad to help introduce you to. The band was formed in the summer of 2013 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, by 16 year-olds Roman Cabanillas, Pablo Romero and Gustavo Morales but like Unlocking The Truth, don’t let age fool you. They sound like an underground Mexican version of Killswitch meets Black Dahlia. Check out recent single “Royal Salute”, talking about the effects of war across the globe, while also addressing social issues in Mexico. This band is passionate and could go far if they keep working hard.

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Nirvana changed the world but perhaps couldn’t have done it so effectively without a killer grunge scene around them, bands like Tad, L7,Melvins and Mudhoney around them to help stoke the Seattle buzz fame flames higher that Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam burned up the charts with. The bands loved what they did and wanted to matter and make an impact, but even the most careerist person in the Seattle scene (and from most accounts everyone was really chill and down to Earth) couldn’t have expected Nirvana to revolutionize the mainstream. Tad Doyle was there first hand as a grunge/noise rock icon and scene leader, barking soulful poems of alienation and revelations mixed with the wry wit and crass edge that was Tad.

Since Tad broke up, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth have been Doyle’s main outlet. The more mercurial yet thunderous and doomy band have finally thudded a brontosaurus foot down and when it rises and the dust settles humanity will get to hear fully their crushing debut Brother Of The Sonic Cloth (Neurot).

Tickets are on sale now for the BOTSC record release here: http://www.taddoyle.com/2015/01/26/botsc-announce-record-release-show/ 

It was a personal milestone of no small degree to get to speak to Tad Doyle on his career, “old souls”, touring with Nirvana, musical evolution and much more! Read it BELOW!

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Inter Arma announce North American tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM (PST)

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Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest.

INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013′s monolithic Sky Burial. Both records can be streamed via their official Bandcamp HERE.

Check out the Metal Riot review of recent awe inspiring 45 minute song The Cavern HERE.

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Cold Snap premiere ‘Silent Killer’ music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM (PST)

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Croatian groove metallers Cold Snap have premiered a music video for their song “Silent Killer”.

They will release their newest album World War 3 on January 13 (Eclipse Records).

Check out the video for “Silent Killer” and comments from band members here.

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Ephel Duath’s Davide Tiso ends the project

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM (PST)

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Ephel Duath are no more, according to virtuoso/mastermind Davide Tiso in a long Facebook post (reprinted after the jump). The band went through various incarnations and styles but was always compelling (understatement). There is no word yet if this means Tiso will be devoting his creative energy full time into wife Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches endeavor, who recently signed with Century Media. Best of wishes to Davide with whatever the future holds.

Read the at times rather cryptic statement here.

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

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

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

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

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

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Get well soon, Steve: Today Is The Day van accident

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM (PST)

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Today Is The Day have been one of the biggest musical influences in my life as far as going against the grain and doing whatever the heck you want goes, even when people think your music should only be one style. Steve Austin is a live, studio and songwriting warrior as well as, to quote Clutch, a high caliber consecrator.  Plus, look at that bad ass new backdrop. I think the art is by Stevie Floyd from Taurus.

The man who has Temple Of The Morning Star, Willpower and this year’s  grief burdened and real Animal Mother makes music by diving into the things most people avoid looking at. Some people pick at scabs but Steve’s not so gently weeping guitar cuts wide wounds, all while opening whole new approaches to thinking about heavy music.

Last night he almost died.

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Century Media sign Gospel Of The Witches (Karyn Crisis)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM (PST)

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So happy to say that my good friend and constant inspiration Karyn Crisis has signed to Century Media with her newest project:

Karyn Crisis is a name worthy of more praise and attention. While select circles of people know and appreciate her prior vocals with the critically-acclaimed Crisis from 1993-2006, many are still naive to her influence and impact. This demure girl raged harder than many men, slugging it out with impactful live performances at hardcore and metal shows, screaming often times like a demon, other times singing like an angel. She led the way and has become an influence for female-fronted extreme bands. And then she disappeared. In the interim she made a name for herself as an artisan via her paintings and leatherwork, and now she’s returned with a stellar new project, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, and a fabulous new album to be released next year through Century Media Records.

“This band began 5 years ago in Tuscany, Italy, as an alchemical journey between Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) and myself as we searched for a way to musically honor the Witches who came before me and who have been guiding me in Spirit, teaching me their Ancient Ways,” explains Karyn.

The album was financed by fans via websites like Kickstarter and Etsy; then Karyn together with Davide Tiso, Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura) recorded the 13 songs atThe Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist).

Upon completion of the album, Karyn began shopping the album and reconnected with Century Media President Marco Barbieri, who had signed Crisis back in 1993 when he worked at Metal Blade Records.

“In my opinion, Karyn is a true renaissance artist and I am intrigued by anything she puts her touch on,” explains Barbieri. “She remains an undeniable icon in the annals of hardcore and metal with her vocal and live performances, and I am pleased that she has been re-infected by the muse and is sharing her undeniable talents again for longtime fans as well as a new generation. Gospel Of The Witches is not Crisis; it has her fingerprint all over it, lending an ear to early influences, but here she and her band take the listener on all sorts of new journeys and adventures musically, vocally and emotionally. I am proud to be working with Karyn again.”

In closing, Karyn states, “I’m so excited to announce that I’ve signed a worldwide deal for my new band, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, to Century Media. Working out this new partnership is a testament to the enduring connections my art and voice have made throughout the years with industry people and fans who’ve continued to support me and encourage me to keep singing.”

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Cowards “Rise To Infamy” punishing trailer video released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:25 AM (PST)

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France and Throatruiner Records have quite a thing going on, from super edgy black metal experimental mentalists Plebeian Grandstand (who recently toured India, of all places) to hardcore devoted sludge noisers Cowards from Gay Paree. I also write for the print version of the truly amazing France based  Noisemag.net and am always super impressed at the devotion to the true underground sociology of music and reverence for it the French fans of noise, metal and punk (or Europeans hip to this shit in general) possess as opposed to most American “hardcore” and “metal” kids who listen to complete bullshit.

The stalwart band Cowards have a new record Rise To Infamy prepped for this winter and you can see a scorching trailer (featuring the song “Frustration (Is My Girl)” and track listing for it below. Seriously, everything this label touches is pure gold and that artwork is seriously disturbing. I was the 420th view of the trailer, so that’s cool beans.

Click HERE to check it out!

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I’d rather be the band that consistently has played to a few hundred people every night for a career than playing arenas for a certain amount of time and then wind up playing in the suburbs to 30 people for the rest of their “career” as they cling to what’s left. – Stavros Giannopoulos

 

I haven’t had a chance to chat much with my friend Stavros from psychedelic warriors The Atlas Moth since interviewing him for New Noise Magazine when third album The Old Believer first dropped. Since then the band have toured with Russian Circles and Boris plus have some great new stuff from said tours available in their online merch store (the fuckin’ hoodies are DOPE!).

Now that Stavros is home and momentarily settled, it was time to pick his brain anew about recent stuff, being a fan before a musician, not pleasing everyone and generally being the man.

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