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Septa release new video for “Destroyer, Pt.1”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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Septa from Odessa are one of the most versatile bands on the scene right now by a long shot. Just check all the movements in new single and video “Destroyer, Pt.1” alone. That sludge riff that closes the song is a monster!

This band could easily hold their own with most modern post-hardcore/metal contemporaries and rage amidst a shipyard in the new pro looking but still gritty video. Check out their recent album Destroyer HERE and our review of the album HERE. Big fan of this band.

See the new music video BELOW.

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Album Review: Nekrogoblikon – “Heavy Meta”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM (PST)

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“Ok, what the fuck is ‘Goblin Metal’?” I swear, I sat there asking myself this question for about 10 minutes when this first fell into my hands. Just sitting, staring at my phone, wondering what this meant, but drawing blanks. Seriously, I could almost see myself grabbing people and screaming in a gravely voice, similar to Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight movies, and asking “What is it!? What is it!? Tell Me! What is Goblin Metal!?”

If you’re reading this right now and feeling the same way, then stick around. I’m about to answer this question the very best I can. The band NEKROGOBLIKON would be the best (and perhaps only) place to start. They are by far one of the most original bands I’ve ever encountered, so I can’t even begin to compre them to anything else I’ve heard yet. They can best be described as a fun, melodic, comedic, black metal band with some 80s inspired riffs, epic keyboarding, and vocals about goblins, for goblins, and performed by goblins that really resemble creature cards in one of my Magic The Gathering decks.

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Album Review: Faith No More – “Sol Invictus”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM (PST)

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Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus in far too easy cliffnotes shorthand would be a slice of The Real Thing with the general brevity of the songs (not the 2x vinyl album duration) of King For A Day, with plenty of unfamiliar yet familiar textures and pratfall avoiding moments of sheer joy and snark from camp “Rock Band” Patton and Co. Hearing Mike Bordin’s straight up, scarce frills yet so spot on percussion parts on the somewhat desert rock and Tomahawk-esque spaghetti western gangsta thriller “Cone Of Shame” is like putting on your favorite old coat that still is cooler than the new styles.

Was it worth the wait? Yes. I’m gonna say absolutely. This is a really great return to alternative nation.

The title track opens things up with the calm self control the band brought to the stage in Brooklyn a few years back opening with fucking “Midnight Cowboy” before just exploding with energy from there. Same digs here. “Sol Invictus” starts on a somber and slow, piano balladry note before we are thrust deep into “Superhero”, the band’s true comeback single. “LEADER OF MEN! GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!!!” Man, that is the lyric of our times for the bank puppets we answer to who are all really still in bed with Wall Street and Big Pharma.

“Superhero” and “Motherfucker” appealed to Real Thing and perhaps Album Of The Year-era fans strongly, both great singles. “Superhero” in particular just has so much of the classic FNM sound no one has ever imitated well. There are even a few “Take This Bottle” worthy moments here (if perhaps no “Midlife Crisis” – Angel Dust will always be their best record to me. It’s just a fucking masterpiece front to back. “Smaller and Smaller”, kids. HIGH water mark dopest song maybe ever, in my book).

I’ve got to say that “Sunny Side Up” is one of the best lyrics Patton has penned in years, continuing the homerun streak he has had with recent songs he’s been a part of like “Stone Letter” or Peeping Tom’s dope ass “Kill The Dj” and the score for The Solitude Of Prime Numbers (which had the coolest, leafy packaging I’ve seen in a long time).

There’s swing, stomp, sass, some PMA, some funk, scat alley cat yeowwls we know and love, beautiful piano parts (sans floppy fish) and plenty of gimpery to go around. Like Soundgarden’s King Animal or the forthcoming Failure disc, it defies critics who think the band are cash grabbing. There isn’t a song as sexy as “Stripsearch”, one of the last pre-break serious gems the band wrote which inspired some friends of mine to start a whole short lived band with the same name years ago…but I was slightly baked and exhausted in the bus station in NYC today listening to the NPR premiere of Sol Invictus in the headphones and just fucking found myself jamming the hell out and drumming in a pink t shirt not giving a fuck if people stared at me. What the hell ever. That’s a good sign.

Then I was looking at the picture of the two friendly cops on the wall by Gate 32 when Patton sang “Aint no grave gonna hold this body down”, and it made me feel something really deep and profound for the fabric of our society so at odds over hate and racism.

I’m not giving it a 4.5 out of comparisons to shittier bands but because it stands on its’ own merits. If that was the case it would have had a five (and probably should since once this site gave a five star rating to The Bunny, The Bear). But yeah, I really wanted someone to bring back the power of weird ass, ambitious rock for the radiation soaked masses. Oh wait, somebody has. Faith No More!!! Goodbye, Motherfucker(s)! You had it coming! #rainbowswillcurveforme 

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“You may not know what this flavor is now, because it’s a whole different ball
game.” – Dez Fafara

Coal Chamber are back in 2015 with 4th long player Rivals, an imaginative plunge through their signature dark grooves, spastic screams and oddball twists and turns that is an exciting return to the scene. Arguably their heaviest record yet, Rivals finds the once splintered band conquering demons, looking forward instead of back and all about kicking ass. Pre order HERE.

It was great to talk to workaholic Dez Fafara, fresh back from Mexico City, about his career, nu metal haters, the B52’s, falling in love with music and much more.

Check it out below and get Loco!

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Royal Thunder’s “Time Machine” to relevant rock music

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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Other than The Great Give Back by The Heartless Breakers and a few other standout records by bands ironically with heart, you might think rock was really in poor shape in 2015. It’s actually not the case, as Royal Thunder‘s new video for Crooked Doors lead track and future anthem “Time Machine” gloriously proves with a bang. Not many bands on this site could hang on tour as Wilco’s opener (Nocturnal Poisoning/Wilco would be so rad). Personally, I think that it’s super cool the legendary Wilco took RT out.

Anyway, “Time Machine” has a riff that really reminds me melodically somehow of the chorus of Muse’s “Uprising” hit, but it’s also nothing like it. The slinky, gypsy rock main line builds up to a somber and reflective harrowing of personal trials, purged out in the louder rock moments of the song with vigorous bravery.

Three cheers to Royal Thunder, still the ones to beat for hard rock in the first quarter of 2015. They really are just ailing it and firing on all cylinders. The lyrics of this one in particular are some of the most flooring and powerful on the new record, especially that second verse. Ooofff.  You will feel something.

Watch the video BELOW.

System of a Down performed HUUUUUGE Armenian first time show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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“We can’t afford to be neutral on a moving train,” sings Serj Tankian in SOAD‘s epic and still truly relevant  “Deer Dance”. The goosebump worthy sized crowd show System are still picking up the slack for way too many apathetic bands interested in singing about bullshit. The world is burning. 11134237_10203051187915151_117549323_n

System of a Down performed live today at Republic Square to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. It was their first ever show in Armenia, where they are properly seen as serious social crusaders for a better world. They even covered The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” in Armenian and completely flipped it into “psycho groupie cocaine craaazy” mode.

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11178548_10203051188115156_2136766576_nA “Who Now Remembers The Armenians?” quote from Hitler played in an animated film about the wrong of hiding the cycles of Genocide in Cambodia, Darfur and “too many other killing fields across the globe. In Africa, Asia, The Middle East…the world stands back and watches. ” A huge roar went up from the invigorated crowd for the Wake Up The Souls finale , live streamed on Rolling Stone HERE. It was like one of those epic concerts they used to have in the late 80’s/early 90’s, like AC/DC playing Russia or something. But this was more important.

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“A whole race genocide/never taken away all of our pride,” sang Serj and the crowd, one moving mass of awareness, firmly stood through downpouring rain for the right to be SEEN. If you’ve ever had ancestors or relatives in War or have any empathy, it was a moving pro peace event that should inspire to great heights. I doubt many have ever heard so many people sing along to a modern hard rock band.

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New Years Day begin recording

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM (PST)

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California alternative metallers New Years Day have begun recording the follow-up to their 5-song EP Epidemic, which was released last fall.

The as-of-yet untitled album will be the band’s Another Century Records debut and will be the band’s third full-length album

Check out what vocalist Ash Costello had to say about the new album as well as music videos for “Defame Me” and “Angel Eyes” (Featuring Chris Cerulli from Motionless In White) here.

Catch New Years Day on Warped Tour all summer long.

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Coal Chamber and Ministry team up on aggro new single

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:41 PM (PST)

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Coal Chamber are the ghouls of Nu Metal Groove and Ministry are the most undead of Industrial Metal hybrid Bands (with all due respect to departed guitarist Mike Scaccia). The pairing of the Dez and Al friendship on wax is a song called “Suffer In Silence” that has the rolling wall of intimidating groove that made Nu Metal so popular but here any cheezy elements are more of a camp, as the witty style of Coal Chamber paints a story of midnight walks and Al Jourgensen brings his persona and karma to bear down on the track like the old pro he is. Hell or high water, this was gonna rock in some way.

I like Coal Chamber best when they have this sort of dry drum production with just good crunchy guitar and some effected vocals, I believe. Most people prefer their second album Chamber Music, my least favorite (except for the Peter Gabriel cover with Ozzy).

Check out the collaboration with Al Jourgesen  BELOW.

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Interview: Hollywood Undead – Day Of The Dead arrives

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:34 AM (PST)

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Sirens are blaring somewhere outside a venue in Chicago and I ask Danny from shock rap rockers Hollywood Undead if the po po are coming for him?

“No. I’m cool, man,” the vocalist answers, chuckling.

I’ve just checked in with Danny by phone while he lingers outside The Underground in Chicago on the band’s tour in support of brand new album Day Of The Dead. Their fourth record is a big, smart AND dumb blend of dance music, rap and hard rock elements with the band being able to take the piss and also still try to connect to fans on a real level at the same time.

“Jordan was like, you’re way more metal than me, man. You talk to Metal Riot,” jokes Danny. “It’s lookin’ good for tonight. We’re playing a nice sold out show. It’s been a fun tour so far. We all have our own ways to get ready for a show. I bring in my stereo and have spotify mixes. Usually before we go on we put on funky shit like James Brown. That’s been the ritual for like three or four years now,” he laughs.”

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Today I was reading a gross article on Lambgoat about how Disney has banned outstanding fast thrashers Warbringer (one of the hardest working bands in METAL!) from playing a House Of Blues show due to content and imagery. What a complete dis to the subculture. That kind of gestapo-mickey mouse behavior on Disney’s part not only makes me nervous the new Star Wars movies will suck but also is pretty pathetic from a corporation that bought family friendly Miramax (There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Pulp Fiction)! Oh, I forgot it’s “Ok” to discriminate in the USA now. So…YEAH… it warms my heart today to be promoting a record that has fun with slow blunt smoke, glitchy ear rattling electronic elements and lots of cussin’.

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Ted Nugent joins Rage, Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” cover in the works

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:40 PM (PST)

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Citing Zack de la Rocha’s foot dragging insistence on inactivity with one of the biggest and most socially relevant bands of all time, Rage Against The Machine have been forced to move forward…with Ted Nugent.

“Dude, Zack just wants to make a rap song cameo like once every four years and, y’know, a lot of political shit has been crazy the last fifteen or however long it has been since we made an album. I mean, he even recorded with Trent Reznor and DJ Shadow and where is all of THAT stuff?” shrugs drummer Brad Wilk. “And with Nick Menza in Sabbath now, I need a steady gig. Like, I was just playing fill in for the Smashing Pumpkins, bro. Shit’s kinda fucked up. What else are we supposed to do?”

When pressed over if they think long time fans might be confused that Nugent could send a mixed message, “bi-partisanship” was mentioned by RATM’s publicist.“We think he has cross-over appeal, way more than Chris Cornell ever did.”

“Finally oppressed whites will have a voice through the music of rock n’ roll that was stolen from Chuck Berry,” says an ecstatic Nugent. “It’s time to take the power back!”

“When Zack said he was doing that “One Day As A Lion project even we didn’t think he meant actually ONE day,” adds Wilk. 

With Obama a year away from leaving office and Hillary’s email-gate doing Ted’s job for him, Nugent feels it seems like he could relax and reach across the aisle a bit finally. “Shit, Ted Cruz was born in Canada so I guess the time has come to relax a little bit.,” said the Nuge after downing a unicorn/moose hybrid with a spear. “I’m honestly a little bit tired of being the “old crazy guy”. In a way, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation spend more time in the woods than I ever have and that’s to be admired. And obviously discrimination in America is never going away, so I might as well prove that I can rap better than any Muslim mongrel. Besides, Obama trying to reach across the aisle instead of swatting us GOP like bugs when he had a mandate after we tricked y’all into going into Iraq just led to us running Congress and the Senate, haha.” 

When we tried to reach Tom Morrello for comment he just tweeted at us: “Fuck it.”

Bassist Tim Commerford was too busy climbing shit to comment.

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Interview: Lightning Bolt – Leave The Lantern Lit

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:02 AM (PST)

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Noise champs Lightning Bolt have defied the odds for almost twenty years, creating their own quite real “Fantasy Empire” of unshackled by tepid mortal limitations manic rock music in the process. The newest record Fantasy Empire is their best sounding album fidelity wise, the Rhode Island band tracking in a whole new and more traditional way but yielding psychotic, spastically rhythmic and trippy, brilliant results on songs like “Dream Genie” (not Bowie cover) or “King of My World”. The two Brians (Chippendale and Gibson) of the duo  are back after six years between albums but haven’t lost any of their chutzpah on this sixth album in a critically acclaimed + pioneering career featuring many careening flights of fancy.

Fantasy Empire will be released March 24th, 2015 via Thrill Jockey. In addition to standard formats, Thrill Jockey is offering a limited pressing of 300 deluxe double LP versions on black-and-white swirl vinyl. Preorder packages are available at THIS LOCATION.

For an interview with Brian Chippendale see BELOW.

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MetalSucks usually treats Otep like shit and while I love that site generally it is one of the things that annoys me the most about it, cuz Otep rules. Show me that many other metal artists who are as outspoken and who have inspired more people to accept their bodies, sexuality or to get socially active protesting war and to listen to heavier music. There aren’t that many.

And seriously, how could you listen to “Warhead” and not think it was heavy as fuck?

I took Otep’s side in the scandal about The Civil Unrest tour and now in her Metalsucks interview Otep Shamaya puts the bullets into everyone else’s version of events pretty thoroughly. Good for you, Ms. Shamaya.

TRIBE for life, yo.

Check out OTEP’s rebuttal HERE.

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Wake Up Lucid release new video for “White Collar Love”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:12 PM (PST)

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California’s Wake Up Lucid have release a clip for “White Collar Love” from their Gone With The Night EP (Out March 31st). We recently interviewed the guys for the site and you can read that HERE.

Check the distorted fuzz rock prism of molten genius out below.

 

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Ill Nino responds to Civil Unrest Tour vs Otep Controversy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM (PST)

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Alright y’all. Getting a late start here today. I was babysitting so a photog/ex could go shoot a Swans show for me and freakin’ wow…kids tire you out more than a metal show. In case you aren’t up to speed the internet exploded over Otep allegations against the singer of a low budget Slipknot rip off Terror Universal , He is said to have violently grabbed her crotch in a huge violation of personal space while drunk. Read the full exchange of statements from Otep, the wife of Terror Universal’s singer and the tour promoters HERE.

Long story short is Otep says she was told ahead of time Terror Universal weren’t going to be on the tour. The Civil Unrest tour organizers say she breached contract and is drumming up this mess to get more money, pretty much as bold a claim as saying someone assaulted you if it isn’t true.

Otep Shamaya responded online with:
If it didn’t happen why did security remove him from the bldg? Why were they kicked off my tour the night it happened? 
I make a damn fine living in this band. Also my work as a Voice Over Actor (the HOBBIT) & an author. I don’t need to extort anyone for $ ha

Good response and succinct.

Even if dude was drunk and didn’t intend or mean what Otep said occurred, it doesn’t mean no harm was done. But contracts aside-I know honestly people who say Otep can be a hard ass. HOWEVER, In the numerous times I’ve interviewed her she’s been  extremely thoughtful, outspoken and great. I cannot believe that person would leverage a tour contract dispute by sensationalizing the issue of invasive physical activity against women , especially when combating it is the backbone of many of Oteps songs!!

Not to mention , it’s a competitive fucking  industry and you have to be hard sometimes especially in metal where chicks get pushed around if they don’t want to be “the hottest chick in metal” stereotype and push their art foremost over their tits (not that I am a prude about sex. It’s their choice). But  if the Terror Universal band was not supposed to be on the same tour as Otep but added on later how is THAT not a breach in the civil unrest tours part? Some people are saying the smaller band would be booted off if a bigger one issues such demands but not necessarily and CERTAINLY not if Otep was really offended. She stands on principle.

Ill Nino  have since issued this statement in the aftermath of all this ugliness. Looks like Kittie is replacing the departing feuding bands. I have no gripe with the great bands still on the bill, especially 36 Crazyfists who put out my fave record of 2015 so far. But I will say I think the response of the tour officials shows major lack of objectivity and so I will henceforth write about these bands only once they are out on whatever tours they follow Civil Unrest up with. It is distasteful. Maybe I’m biased for various reasons but something feels off here.

ILL NINO does not condone any forced act of violence or sexual nature towards any human beings, nor will we tolerate violations of one’s personal space. This also goes for cyber-bullying, or making demeaning comments towards ANYONE on social media. We strongly support equality for all.

We would like to draw closure by stating that the CIVIL UNREST TOUR will continue without participation from either OTEP or TERROR UNIVERSAL. We’re looking forward to hitting the road, reuniting with our fans and friends, and also sharing the stage with our tour brothers, and sisters, KITTIE & 36 CRAZYFISTS. Stay tuned, more bands to be added!!”

In addition, it is good that Terror Universal have at least posted the following on their Facebook:

EVERYONE ON THIS PAGE, PLEASE NO MORE NEGATIVE COMMENTS AGAINST OTEP, OR ANYONE ELSE. THE NAME CALLING, AND UGLY REMARKS HAVE GONE ON LONG ENOUGH. THANKS.

Seriously, there is so much vile trolling out there from fans on all sides. YOLO, y’all. Try and be better people and not resort to verbal violence. Anyway, I gotta get back to this Stoneburner record, some good herb and maybe some American Horror Story: Coven re-runs to lift my spirits and make me feel clean again. Where is the unity?

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“I smell a massacre!” We’ve got some exclusive Black Label Society, Hatebreed and Butcher Babies shots from staff photog Matt Slater. The show is from January’s stop at the Webster in Hartford, CT and from the looks of it the show was pretty intense. I’m a big fan of all of these bands. Hatebreed have been metalcore originators for a long time, since Slater and I used to go see them (and in Matt’s case his band Beneath The Remains used to open for them) in Poughkeepsie hardcore’s arguable heyday in the late 90’s-early 00’s. Black Label? It’s fuckin’ Zakk. What else is there to know? And as for Butcher Babies? They get a lot of shit for looking good but you know what? The band is not only about sex or some BS. Pay attention to their Instagram feeds and you’ll see how they really work hard, push themselves and care about connecting to their fan base as a full band. I agree that women shouldn’t be exploited but don’t think that means every woman and/or man in a band has to leave their outfits from showing too much all the time either. Bottom line? Butcher Babies fuckin’ rule! Go listen to Goliath now and tell me you don’t want to pit it up during “C8h18 (Gasoline)”!

Anyway, check out the shots BELOW. As Hatebreed scream “This Is Now!!”

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