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Album Review: Spiders – “Why Don’t You?” EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11:33 AM (PST)

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Spiders 3 song “Why Don’t You” EP is awesome ear candy married to hard proto-
metal and garage in the best, most Swedish of ways. I swear, Sweden just
churns out amazing bands still to this day from Spiders to Night Viper to
Blues Pills. This came out a few months ago, but better a late review than never!

This little three song gem is a great introduction to Stateside fans who might
not have heard of the group. You’ll def want to catch them when they hit the
States opening for tastemakers Graveyard in early 2016.

Frontwoman Ann-Sofie Hoyles has a no brainer, rich and compelling voice that
reminds me a bit of Sarabeth from Tower’s impressive pipes. A bit lower and
more dusky than some female vocalists, bluesy and full of feeling but not as
raspy as, say, Janis Joplin. The band even beat Ghost at the ABBA cover thing
with a less ironic and quite rockin’ take on “Watch Out”. The opening guitar
tone slices and dices and the snare sound is perfect. And those “ooh lalalas”!

The production on the EP is clear but not overstated, similar to recent
Horisont. Just pure win and to the point songwriting that will make you tap
your foot and get caught singing out loud in public. If this was another decade
“Why Don’t You” would be ruling the charts.

Saviours kick off December headliner

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2:55 PM (PST)

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Saviours bring their year of crash and bash to a close with some Dec. headlining dates. The band are one of the currently active groups I am hoping to see live someday, full of energy ala bands like Theories, Pigs, Hark and Mutoid Man – but with more of a stoner rock/bluesy hardcore approach. From what I hear, this act just gets up there and makes it happen. If you are close, you should go. Their  recent “Flesh Of Fire” jam will bulldoze your mind!

SAVIOURS Headlining Dates:
12/11/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA
12/12/2015 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
12/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, OR
12/14/2015 Boondocks – Houston, TX
12/15/2015 611 E. 7th – Austin, TX
12/16/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX
12/18/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/19/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
12/20/2015 All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA

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Starstruck by Shinedown

By Catharina Christiana

After Sevendust and Breaking Benjamin performed and rocked the house, the curtain concealing Shinedown was pulled down, and it was nothing but a kick ass rock show from then on. What shocked and surprised me were the paraphernalia of special stage effects Shinedown had in store. After explosions went off, I remember the singer Brent saying, “It’s cold up here, but don’t worry, we brought fire.”

 

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I’ve been a fan of Walls of Jericho for years, ever since the old Hellfest 2000 DVD with bands like Brother’s Keeper and Shai Hulud that Mic Todd gave me freakin’ 14 years ago (before we hated each other for a long time). There is one scene where Walls of Jericho’s confident vocalist Candace Kucsulain straight up flips some running dude over her and throws him into the crowd.

I was like ,”Ok, she’s a bad ass.”

I dug The Bound Feed The Gagged debut a lot but in all these years have always missed them live, even
on some bigger package tours. It was worth the wait, a blur of inspired messages and crunching guitar attack.

I have, however, seen Life Of Agony. This was my third time seeing the veteran
band at Starland, vocalist Mina’s professed “favorite venue in America”. They
never fail to impress at this place, even if one of their rowdier anthems is called
“Love To Let You Down.”

No, Mina’s birthday bash found the group and their single opening act both in top form, delivering fired up and relevant sets to a crowd eager for some stress relief but wary of recent events. On Twitter Caputo had written before the show:

2all my #BadSeeds.. let’s keep it fun& exciting 2nite, but keep your eyes open!

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Rush’s Geddy Lee says he would consider making another solo album

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM (PST)

geddy leeRush bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee released only one solo album 15 years ago, but in a recent interview with the A.V. Club, he said that he would “definitely” consider making another solo album in the future. On what it was like writing an album without his longtime Rush bandmates Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, Geddy states:

“That was a real interesting period for me. It was tough, because I had planned to do some jamming with my dear friend Ben Mink, who is an amazing musician, producer, and songwriter in his own right, and a violinist and guitarist. Because we had been friends for so long, and we had never actually made a record together aside from him playing on the song ‘Losing It’ from our ‘Signals’ album, we had always planned that some time when the band was on a break, we would just get together and start writing together and see what happened. We were planning to do that, and suddenly tragedy struck Neil’s life. His daughter was taken from him in a car accident, and everything got really weird and it was just a horrible period. So I decided after a few months this idea of working with Ben might be a real tonic for me, because I didn’t know really whether there would ever be another Rush album. I had no idea; it was not something we were focused on, and people get through tragedies in different ways. I was kind of going crazy and needed something to focus on, so this project that was sort of in the back of my mind with Ben suddenly became critical so we started getting together in my home studio in Toronto and I would go to his place in Vancouver and over a series of months we gathered a whole bunch of material together and then we decided to go for it and make the record.”

Geddy’s only solo album My Favorite Headache was released way back in 2000. As for Rush, they haven’t released any new material since the release of their latest album Clockwork Angels, which was released in 2012, but they’ve toured on and off since then.

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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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Grave Pleasures premiere “Futureshock”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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Finland rockers Grave Pleasures are streaming the track “Futureshock” off of their album Dreamcrash.

Dreamcash is preparing to drop on November 13.

Grave Pleasures are also heading on a European tour in January with Tribulation.

Check out “Futureshock” and Grave Pleasures tour dates here.

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Niche release “When I’m Gone”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM (PST)

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Georgia metal band Niche have released “When I’m Gone”.

“When I’m Gone” comes from the band’s  album Heading East.

Heading East will be released via Retro Futurist.

Stream “When I’m Gone” here.

Ritual announce Canadian tour with ’68

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:52 AM (PST)

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Hamilton, Ontario metallers Ritual have announced a Canadian tour in support of their debut self-titled album.

Check out Ritual, the video for the song “Pisces” and Ritual tour dates here.

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“This time we tried to hold it back and give it a more bleak and depressing thing. Climax was sort of sexy and passionate.
This one we wanted more bleak.”

Let’s just start with the list of band members: Mat “Kvohst” McNerney –
Vocals, Valtteri Arino – Bass, Linnéa Olsson – Guitar, Uno Bruniusson – Drums,
Juho Vanhanen – Guitar (live/studio)

Yes, Grave Pleasures are a cult rock supergroup of sorts for people who follow
post-punk, death rock and underground metal. Formed in the wake of the passing
of not just critical darlings Beastmilk but also The Oath and In Solitude, the
void yawned and out of the chaotic aftermath was birthed the titanic output of
creativity and the right mix of personalities locking together that gives us
this new amazing band, Grave Pleasures.

Dreamcrash is that guilty pill you want to slip yourself, a dark and sensual trip via Sony/Metal Blade through the shadowy Lost Highways of Hell, but much more fun that nightmarish in the end. The band slink, rock, groove and emote down corridor after corridor of pitch perfect post punk guitar dissonance and the unbeatable tribal pounding of Uno Bruniusson’s often tom heavy beats.

The dual guitars and crooning vocals evoke a dalliance with the dark but a
sense of self worth that makes you long for immortality than a thirst
addiction, but the record is addictive as a vampire’s kiss nonetheless.

For a talk with astounding Swedish musician Linnéa Olsson of Grave Pleasures,
proceed BELOW.

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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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Interview: Darkwalker – No sleep till Devar-Toi

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:08 AM (PST)

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L.A.’s Darkwalker are a sun burnt, Gibson slingin’ stoner rock/grungy/doom band who have a chipped away for about ten years finding the right line up and chiseling away at the glorified axe worship on their wailing Basement Records debut The Wastelands. Serving as a crash course in Sabbath fandom with lyrics culled from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series for inspiration, this band is worth travelling with.

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Alien weed mummies, more zombies, wolverines, tiger pee and a love of darkness define Metal Riot’s 2nd week countdown to Halloween as we reveal 4 more songs from October’s METAL RIOT CREATURE HONEYMOON comp HERE.

Punk band Tiger Piss feat. Lara Hope deliver a ten year anniversary look back at their first underground hit “Zombie Slave” (technically about a sex zombie rather than the undead).Svart Records artists Night Viper from Gothenburg (featuring Horisant’s Tom Sutton) blaze forward with the classic heavy metal sound of “The Wolverine”. Tyrant Of Death delivers a one man industrial metal/harsh noise hymn to those who love darkness. And last but not least my own band GET OUT. reveal the second song from our pending debut LET ME IN, a tune called “Scarab Of Green” that is both a tribute to Dio’s “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” and a cursed tale about an angry stoner mummy who is pissed he was disturbed from his trapped bong cloud eternal sleep beneath the sands by looters.

Thus far seven tracks have been revealed, about half of the comp. Stay tuned each week for more songs leading up to Halloween!

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Unsigned band to watch: Check out “Divided States” from TX’s Hawk Vs Dove

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM (PST)

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Check out Hawk Vs Dove‘s new rebuilt Facebook band page HERE. Citing Earth, Jesus Lizard, Boris and Butthole Surfers as influences, they are one of the best kept rock n blues metal secrets in Texas. HVD have shared stages with MothershipHarvey Milk and more. Check out their self released beast of a new record Divided States HERE.

File this under taste, riffs and class. Somebody like Last Hurrah, Tee Pee, Ripple or Small Stone should re-release this on vinyl in a perfect world.

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Wovenwar hit the road through October with Atreyu, then Sevendust

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2:50 PM (PST)

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WOVENWAR return to the road this evening with Atreyu. The band’s month-long trek, which includes support from Unearth and Beartooth on select dates, will run from September 18th through October 18th. From there, WOVENWAR will join Sevendust for three special shows in the Midwest on October 21st, 22nd and 23rd. See the complete list of dates below.

In related news, WOVENWAR‘s self-titled debut was recently nominated for two San Diego Music Awards, including Best Hard Rock band, and Best Hard Rock album. Fans still have time to vote. Polls close at 5:00pm PST TODAY, September 18th. Go HERE to cast your ballot.

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