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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
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Music creates different reactions in different people. Different strokes to rule the world, so to speak. Heavy music is just as divided over sub genres as indie rock or electronic or rap. Some people only like death metal or prog or love or hate metalcore. Don’t even get me started on how many styles of punk people like to bicker over.
Writing is a bit more matter of fact. Stripped of the noise of guitar or screams, words alone can invite in or dissuade anyone. Whether you are a fan of singer Mike Hranica’s very popular band The Devil Wears Prada or not, I’d strongly suggest anyone read his new book Three Dots & The Guilt Machine. Order it HERE.
Mostly poetry or reflections on travel, faces met along the way or the numbing or raw feeling filled clamor of the modern world, the book is really, really good. It is probably my favorite thing Mike has actually had his name attached to, though I am a big fan of his band’s fifth record 8:18.
It was nice to have a very mellow phone chat with Mike about the five year process of making this book, wrestling with incomplete work as well as what to keep personal, the power of memory and some additional discussion of his band’s recent conceptual Space EP. Check it out BELOW.Add to My Radar
California based extreme metal titans Suicide Silence will release a digital only EP entitled Sacred Words on October 23, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The EP features the single “Sacred Words” as well as various unreleased tracks, including three live tracks taken from the band’s RockPart Festival performance on August 9, 2015 in Hungary.
“We are dropping a digital EP with some sick live tracks and much more,” commented guitarist Mark Heylum. “Get your fill of Suicide Silence with this release of Sacred Words dropping October 23! I said goddamn!”
Sacred Words digital EP track list:
1. Sacred Words
2. Inherit The Crown (live)
3. Cease To Exist (live)
4. Sacred Words (live)
5. Sacred Words (We Are Strong Remix)
6. Sacred Words (instrumental)
“Crushed” by Parkway Drive from the album IRE is the Aussie band’s brazen new video. The record is available September 25th and so fr every single has been even more massive than usual. One of the best in their field.
Pre-order on iTunes: http://found.ee/ParkwayDriveIre
“Welcome to the free world
Where nothing’s as it seems
Tell me, can you find a cure
When you can’t see, and you can’t feel the disease…”
To enter, watch the video of Kellen and Ant playing “Stay the Course” here, then film your own playthrough video and post a link to your video in the YouTube playthrough video’s comments. The band will watch ALL the submissions and pick a winner (the person who plays the song as accurately as possible). Note that you’ll also need to fill out the entry form below by September 18, 2015!
One grand-prize winner will win:
• A new ESP LTD EC-50 BLKS guitar (pictured above)
Here’s the official “Stay the Course” music video for extra inspiration!
CONTEST OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF U.S. AND CANADA. SEE THE VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR CONTEST RULES AND PRIZES!
Guitarist Kellen McGregor says, “Stay the Course was a lot of fun to write and very rewarding to see it be received so well by our fans. We always get requests for play-throughs of our songs and felt this song in particular would be a perfect fit! We hope y’all have fun with the covers and we look forward to checking them out!”
Memphis May Fire recently played to record crowds as one of the headliners on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour and are set to follow that up with a tour of Australia, Europe and the UK this fall. The band is also confirmed to play Warped Tour UK on October 18 in London, alongside Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red and many more.
Twitching Tongues have been taking hardcore passion and the disdain of the grimiest metal to new heights/depths, banging out quality release after release. Hard to believe album number three is here already and on mighty Metal Blade! Great work pays off and this band have earned it with a sound that recalls a knife fight between Carnivore and newer styles with heavy, modern distortion. In Love There Is No Law was the next level from good but uneven break out Sleep Therapy .I am confident Disharmony will take it even further down the moonlit path of blessed misery for these guys. These dudes have always had a strong merch game so I rooted for them, haha (isn’t that odd how it can work now?)…but it’s great that through discipline and gig seasoned growth they are truly coming into themselves.
“This record represents every single thing we have done and have worked towards these past 5 years…It is a new beginning for this band, and it feels incredible to finally share it with all of you.” – Colin Young
The record is due in early October and the band has also unleashed a new video, directed by Tyler Bradberry, for the record’s title track and launched a pre-order for the record today at metalblade.com/twitchingtongues. They’ve already been crushing this song live , so you might recognize it already.Add to My Radar
More drama, mama.
The Paramedic have parted ways with singer Mike Luciano aka Angry Metalcore Guy (though their Facebook still has a main picture of him (above).
The follow up coverage and twitter debate over a controversial interview I did with Luciano has been interestingly thin/one sided, in my opinion. Mike has in my experience, been an awesome dude. It feels to me like his boys in the Paramedic kind of bailed on him.
They released a statement which you SHOULD read in full on their Facebook but here’s ONLY A SMALL PART OF IT:
As of late, there has been a lot of attention on Mike for some of his opinions and views that he has shared with the world. Although this wasn’t a problem for Mike, the rest of us in The Paramedic did have an issue with these things, as we do not share those views and opinions with him.
We called the Metal Riot article Burning Crosses, Sucking Ds and Throwing Shade with The Paramedic (a clearly sarcastic, inflammatory title) not because of no respect for tender issues but because it is kind of ridiculous that a mixed race band with a singer who is often mislabelled as black by some of the very publications discussing him, and a band who have distanced themselves from their ex drummer’s racist political affiliations would be considered true blue racists themselves.
But Luciano called their ex drummer a “nigga”.
The debate about casual racism and word appropriations or recontextualizing has college courses built around it. Notorious B.I.G., Mindless Self Indulgence or even Black Sabbath’s “Digital Bitch” (which I was blasting this morning) have made use of words like nigga or bitch, in MSI’s case a song finds uppity cracker records founder Jimmy Urine singing ,” I could be the one tonight/All you niggas in the back come and jack me off.”
As far as I can tell none of these magazines have ever gone after MSI and Jimmy Urine has covered Wu Tang and is loved by many black people. And obviously Biggie and Tupac for example were black but both said crass things at times, though are widely and QUITE fairly considered creative geniuses and important social figures.
By the way I’m not advocating that because great and popular bands used these words that they don’t have the power to harm.
A friend of mine Lorelei said to me today:
people want to be treated with respect, and when you’re part of a minority population (brown, queer, women, etc), that rarely happens
There’s a key point I’d like to make and was trying/hoping to in the article.
Substream Magazine did a follow up piece on my interview with Luciano that extracted and cherry picked his quotes. I have no animosity or beef with that publication so wonder why they didn’t address the full scope of my talk with Luciano. Out of context of our chat and excluding parts where Mike agreed with me that girls have it rough out there or is against Cosby or that Mike and I talked in depth about the blurry, tender line of criticizing Caitlyn Jenner for seeming fake in Luciano’s eyes without coming off as anti-Trans by people who rightfully want the trans movement protected. Mike also said how he thinks Johnny from Slaves needs to get out and do press and man up and face allegations Warped Tour alleged abuse victims made against Craig. We used the “sucking Ds” phrase in the title of my article to joke about removing our ribs ala Marilyn Manson rumors and because I am bi and was joking about hooking up with metalcore beef as a joke! Crossfit!!! It’s a thing! Lol. And because Mike clearly had no problem talking with someone of a different sexual orientation (an important point as he has been misjudged as anti trans community for a comment about Caitlyn Jenner once – who Mike thinks is fake as a person – where Mike said Caitlyn isn’t a hero just for cutting off her dick, or a similar easy to misinterpret as hostile turn of phrase).
Example: What would you think of Mike if I ONLY posted these quotes from our interview:
Me: It’s hard for girls out there, man.
Mike- Absolutely. What have we done to society to over sexualize it? We have Teen
Mom. Twerking is number one. Sixteen and Pregnant. It’s the biggest sensation
since the jitterbug to twerk. The modern world is jamming it down our throats.
Mike- (on trans topic) If that’s who Caitlyn or someone wants to be, then go for it. No one is
stopping you. It’s between them and their higher power.
I am far far far from a rape apologist as well. In particular much outrage was over Mike and I discussing how manipulation can happen from guys AND girls, which is true. There are girls who blame and stir drama. I’ve met some of these types. It’s really sad. But there ALSO are many girls (or guys who have been raped or non cis gendered) who have been in genuine peril and have PTSD and super real issues affecting them that sometimes never go away and destroy lives. Mike and I talked about some of this off record as well and I hope in my writing things weren’t lost in translation, contributing to Mike losing his post in a band he clearly was passionate about and loved. I would hate that. If you only read Mike’s quote saying girls who false accuse should: “spin on a spiked cock” , you’d probably think Mike was a bit much to take, but that is not even a fraction of the guy’s whole persona.
We had even discussed how I was linking it to my Amanda Daniels support article I did with Amanda’s blessing for feminist site The Flounce, which many major sites have ignored despite it having other big talents in the metal and avant garde or indie rock scene speaking up for Amanda and AGAINST rape and violence.
I would never link off a Paramedic article to that if I felt Luciano was a woman hater or pro rape. Luciano was glad I was linking to Amanda’s piece! Why hasn’t any site mentioned that or how I am bi and Mike and I were talking about the word “bitch” as used in anger or by different genders or ethnic groups and the debate over “inherent context”? Yes, saying the N word or faggot can definitely hurt people.
The point is the only real way forward, like a high anxiety fight with an ex lover or something, is to try and reset from the hurt and have CONVERSATION. Don’t stall it out or recontextualize. It is awesome we have social media to swoop down on abusive sites like Return Of Kings or super racist, homophobic or abuse of power situations like the bad cops who give GOOD cops a bad name (there are plenty of good cops, don’t kid yourself…but saying #blacklivesmatter is not important is denying the horrible stain of blood on our Nations hands).
Hate and violence can have a righteous cause behind it sometimes also. Sometimes people who are so hurt by institutionalized classist oppression (which affects us all who aren’t the 1% but MORE SO affects minorities worldwide!), sometimes people throw bricks or shoot those two poor cops in NYC or do fucked up shit also. While you can’t let someone break nto your house and rape your mom, for a harsh hypothetical example, you also can’t stand still and accept being tear gassed for no reason, or choked out while you say “I can’t breathe” and your gentle giant heart breaks knowing you wont see your fucking kids again, god dammit! Why is this world so fucked up?!!! Ahhh!!!
I love Substream and AP as magazines (still got a Thursday AP cover saved somewhere from years ago) and I think it’s important to have social commentary pieces. IT’S MY LITERAL BREAD AND BUTTER AND MY PASSION. Metalriot.com has several female contributors and as far as I know are one of or maybe the only main all metal sites that has two major contributors either bi or trans. So trust me, we don’t fucking like hatred unless it is a good classic Venom song or “Catharsis” by Hate!
The thing is, in the age of social media’s butterfly effect, how do we do the harder tightrope walking of genuinely course correcting when feelings are soured or lines crossed? Is it to only be as PC as possible all the time? That creates eggshell world and no forgiveness. But we also need to be compassionate like Christ was supposed to be and try and have civil discourse so that growth is possible.
Best of luck to Mike in the future and the Paramedic as well as the publications involved. I hope this piece can continue a much needed conversation but add more depth to it. 140 character culture has GOT to evolve. We need to unite the tribes and have unity, like my pal just saw Bane and was super inspired they spoke out against the beating of Tom Alderson, for example. Can we start again?
And true haters…I’m gonna quote Mike here from a Paramedic song: “Fuck you and have a nice day.”
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#metalsucksofficial #amandadaniels #billcosby #johnnycraig #feminism #bisexual #heavymetal #power #anger #socialjusticecommunityAdd to My Radar
Read more thoughts/impressions BELOW and see band pics from Warped and Mayhem (RIP).
Clover just recently recorded and mashed out a beastly single “Glory Days” on their own, with my old engineer/guitarist buddy D. James Goodwin at The IsOkOn in Woodstock, NY mixing it (he’s worked with Devo, Murder By Death and my old band Fuse, to name a few). Subsequently, there is now more awesome heavy music in the fuckin’ world!
these are your glory days. enjoy it while they last. everything you’ve done has been pure shit. you will amount to nothing. everyone will forget you. I hope this memory lasts your life. when you look back, I hope you think of me. these are your glory days. enjoy them while they last. you make me sick. I don’t buy your bullshit. choke.
Clover are one of the more rugged bands in the current East Coast hardcore/metal underground in terms of full commitment to accepting the joy in whatever level they are at while beating the shit out of everything in sight with jackhammer riffs in order to make damn sure the whole world knows they exist. I cannot fault this method.
Bassist M. Guthaus checks in with us BELOW.Add to My Radar
“I have my own ideals that I stick by and am not gonna be swayed by someone
telling me the Mongolian or white community is the superior race over everyone
because of this, this and this? I’m gonna tell you ,”so is my dick, bro.” –
Mike Luciano (vocals)
Metalinsider is one of my very favorite and consistently good metal sites out
there. They published a piece about how melodic metalcore band The Paramedic
have an ex drummer who is running for office with the “Traditional Worker’s
Party, which was created by a white supremacist that speaks out against Jewish
The Paramedic are a mixed race band and yet have also had controversy surround
them due to a t shirt perceived as violent against women and for a blog post
by vocalist Mike Luciano about Caitlyn Jenner that some took as anti-trans. I
am bi sexual and didn’t read the post as anti trans, rather that Mike felt
dubious of Jenner’s authenticity as a person in general. Some people are
concerned that because of the t shirt and the Caitlyn post that now with the
ex drummer’s party affiliation, perhaps The Paramedic are all really fucked up
I have been in an on and off feud with Coheed & Cambria for years and want
peace with them but also stand my ground because I was there when Claudio met
my very real sister Cambria at a Woodstock concert I booked years ago. I have
known the Coheed guys for years and we have a very fucking crazy history. My
sister was at times told degrading things over the years or I was also
bullied and shit on by their fans because they don’t understand why it still
angers me that Claudio Sanchez has never acknowledged she exists.
My dad just died and family and true stories are more important to me than ever. I have
been in this scene 20+ years both signed and unsigned and I feel everyone has
a right to be heard, myself included. Even if that means a huge band might
have to admit they have downplayed an often troubled relationship over the
years with a family that hasn’t always appreciated their actions. Shit, their
first drummer Nate Kelley is my best friend and STILL people are stubborn and
hold onto their illusions.
Having just this week been trolled on Metalsucks by a Coheed fan who compared me to
Justin Lowe’s pre-death rant in a derogatory and not “concerned for my mental health”
way, I know how ugly things can get and also how one sided or lacking media
coverage can be, inexplicably. I’m manic depressive but take Paxil.
I also remember how happy people were when The
Paramedic first arrived on the scene and reading about how they were really
connecting with fans in (i think) an old AMP Magazine article.
I reached out to vocalist Mike Luciano, who doesn’t know me. I’m not biased. I
wanted his side of things. I have written good and critical things about the
Paramedic before. I think Mike’s voice is one of the coolest things about the
band but that some of the songs have been meh compared to others.
I didn’t expect to hear back, honestly. Instead Mike took an hour out of his
day and was more of a straight talker than the majority of the thousands of
bands I have literally interviewed.
He wrote me: “I’ve never been one to attack anyone or any music mag of any type unless they are wrongfully publishing things. Naturally, much like anyone else, if I feel attacked im gonna push back twice as hard. As long as there is nothing like that going on during the interview I don’t see why this can’t be extremely productive for both of us!”
Then we talked on the phone. Read it BELOW.Add to My Radar
To be honest. After The Burial are not a band I’ve really checked out much. I know they have been around awhile and have a lot of fans. Just never really investigated them. That said, it’s sad to learn of the passing of their guitarist Justin Lowe, recently reported to be suffering from mental illness. As a manic depressive person myself I can relate to this. I was in a suicide ward once.
For all the jokes out there about husbands of the year Scott Stapp and Wes from Puddle of Mudd playing in traffic or getting Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory or riding Airport baggage carousels, this type of stuff is really sad on more human levels. Depression and mental health should be treated more seriously in this country.
Find out more HERE.
Seems like Justin was a real talent and touched a lot of hearts.Add to My Radar
Your favorite mostly PMA metalcore band and mine Killswitch Engage are always miles ahead of most of the pack, and new song “Strength In Mind” has one hell of a grooving riff. The band performed the new tune at a Toronto stop, some of the only new material since Disarm The Descent we’ve heard with the exception of the rad Game Of Thrones track “Loyalty”.
Jesse Leach remains one of the most chill and inspiring frontmen and it is cool as hell to also hear him admit in this video that the Red Sox blow.
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Yogi Watts of Demon Hunter has had some fiery demons fight back, unfortunately.
“Yogi and his expectant wife, Cara, returned home from a doctor’s visit and discovered their apartment building had burned down. They lost all of their belongings. Their baby is due any day. Please help our friend, brother, and bandmate however you can.”
Donations are now being collected for Watts and his family via Gofundme.com.Add to My Radar
The track is one of 4 bonus tracks that appear on the upcoming Deluxe Edition of the band’s latest LP ‘Unconditional’, which will be released this Friday.
In addition to the acoustic version of “Beneath The Skin,” the LP features the new tracks “My Generation”, “Stay The Course” and an acoustic version of “Need To Be.” The music video for “Stay The Course” can be viewed here.
Guitarist Kellen McGregor says, “It’s always enjoyable to reimagine songs acoustically as we’re primarily a band that writes heavy music with a lot of riffing. ‘Need To Be’ made sense to choose considering it’s already a softer track from “Unconditional” & lends itself nicely to an acoustic interpretation. Reworking ‘Beneath The Skin’ was a fun challenge due to its heavier nature, but the process was very rewarding & it turned out more amazing than we could have possibly imagined.”
The Deluxe Edition was remixed & remastered by Brian Hood (Being As An Ocean, Sworn In) at 456 Recordings.
Hardcore/metal hybrid pranksters Shai Hulud retain their bite/whimsy and demonic charm release after release. Matt Fox leads his band of mighty heroes on tours aplenty, but this one ought to be special. I feel also that they should write a song called “The Misanthropic #rapsongs of #ShiaLaBeouf” so that Shai Hulud would show up in more search engines. I’ve been listening to these dudes all week. Excelsior!
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