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Ashbringer announce Absolution tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:04 PM (PST)

Ashbringer have announced an Absolution tour which is set to kick off in July.

The tour will be in support of the band’s newest album Absolution, due out on June 28, 2019 via Prosthetic Records.

Check out the first song released from the upcoming album “Dreamscape” as well as Ashbringer tour dates here.

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photo by Snorri Sturluson

In support of their exceptionally good Beredreyminn release, Icelandic post-rock band  Sólstafir have released a characteristically cinematic video for “Bláfjall” via Classic Rock Magazine HERE.

SÓLSTAFIR comment: “Here it is, our 3rd video by the almighty Bowen Staines. After we did our last video with Bowen, ‘Lágnætti,’ we talked about for years to make another video together. As usual, adventures are like magnets when we join up forces, and this one was no different. We are super proud of the result, and yet again, Bowen shows that he is the master of this game. Enjoy, ‘Bláfjall.'”

Director Bowen Staines adds: “‘Bláfjall’ was produced and filmed in Iceland from August – October 2018, and edited until April 2019 at the Don’t Panic Films studio in Massachusetts. While originally shot in 4K, the finished product was then scanned in its entirety onto 35mm film. ‘Bláfjall’ tells the story of a mind overtaken with grief, and the mental gymnastics often employed to circumvent grief in order to avoid confronting it.

“Everyone has their secret sorrows which the world knows not; wounds that never show on the body. In ’Bláfjall,’ these wounds take the form of memories relived in the present, yet altered by the knowledge of what will come in the future. If grief were sentient, it would attack these memories with the voracity of a virus slowly destroying a computer hard drive, or an illness ravaging a body.

“Pre-production for ‘Bláfjall’ started almost two years ago, and the first day of principal photography began in Hvalfjörður, Southwest Iceland. Predictably, it was so windy (a 115kg dolly track blew over), that I had to rewrite that day’s five-page shotlist in the trunk of Addis’s Jeep.

“The rest of the video came together wonderfully, thanks to our cast of Flosi Þorgeirsson (HAM, Glerakur), Bella Morgan, Palli Banine, and Minerva Geirdal. The only other notable thing that happened during this production were the days leading up to crashing that infamous Mercedes.

“The car was an automatic, and the transmission slipped like butter. The momentum from the slightest forward acceleration, say, at a stoplight, would send the gearshift flying back into first gear, and the engine redlining; there is no sound quite like doing 40 on the highway in first gear. I was heading to pick up Flosi in Reykjavík, when suddenly I was doing 60kph in reverse while still going forwards, with the whole car transforming into an industrial noise album.

“The day we filmed the crash, we’d spent hours lining the car up, bracing the steering wheel properly, and closing the roads. It looked like it was dead-on, and then it wasn’t. It missed the other car by centimeters, veered off the road, hit an embankment on the side of a someone’s driveway, cleared the entire driveway, went through a fence, and crashed into a rock in front of a horse stable. The next try was dead-on.

“A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to everyone who was involved with the making of Sólstafir’s ‘Bláfjall.’ To the guys in the band: thank you for trusting me so unconditionally, and allowing me to tell this story with your music. As always, it is a true pleasure to create with you.

“We hope that you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it.
Takk fyrir okkur.”

 

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Pre Order the new False record ‘Portent’ now.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5:56 PM (PST)

False realized mid photo it was the wrong time of year to find fiddlehead ferns, alas.

Sipping on some very hot matcha and listening to Living Tomb by Ossuarium and living for it right now, the steaming semi-bitter beverage pairing wonderfully with the tripping off of mutant mold deadly metal of the music. Unlike many metal fans, I actually got my laundry done today and am feeling victorious. There is a Gridfailure, Zud, Parkbench Messiah show in Kingston, NY that I booked tomorrow and I will have friends coming through but I work a lot so it feels good that I actually got my house cleaned up and made my belongings presentable for humans after a few weeks of being totally burnt out and looking like Steve Martin in The Jerk. Speaking of appearances, I noticed today along with some others that William Barr really does look like Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs. Uncanny and disturbing. Guess I will go watch dead bugs crawl out of haunted kittens on Haunting Of Hill House now to feel arguably less freaked out.

On the realness though, I need to steer you all today towards the sure to be excellent new False record Portent from Gilead Media. The black metallers new song “A Victual Unto Our Dead Selves” awaits you over at Revolver HERE. I am super digging the inspiring gallop of the long intro build up before Rachel’s raspy snarls arrive. Killer grandiose keyboard flourish on this track as well for fans of Emperor type stuff who don’t want to support Faust related records anymore. Not sure how the band didn’t manage to be exhausted by the halfway mark of this lengthy rager (and five minutes in is when things get really crazy and even bigger in scope). Listeners however, will not be fatigued but rather invigorated and transported.

About the track, guitarist Jimmy C comments, “Throughout the years False have watched one another not only sacrifice and suffer, but grow and become more full versions of themselves. Throughout it all, we had one another to count on for guidance, empathy, and support. This song is a manifestation of that continued growth and self-actualization with and through one another. It is our full beings, and a celebration of all that shaped us and what we cast off to become a more intrinsic whole“. Lead vocalist and lyricist, Rachel adds, “We have a longstanding history with one another that includes much strife as it does triumph. Together, we have grown into resilient beings. Our strength lies in the suffering we have been through together – any challenges faces are more surmountable and any triumphs are by comparison even sweeter”.

“Portent” is available for pre-order now via Gilead Media on LP/CD/digital. 

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Twilight Fauna’s acoustic live EP has arrived

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 1:47 PM (PST)

Twilight Fauna have released That Old Time Way (Live Acoustic), an intimate new direction for the generally black metal project. Check it out and support HERE. 

A side of this band that no one ever gets to see is me sitting quietly on my porch, playing acoustic versions of my songs. That’s such a huge part of my life and to what I do in this band. Also starting around 2018 I’ve played a few acoustic shows of different material here and there. So I decided to merge those two ideas and do a live acoustic ep. These songs were recorded live on my porch in one take. No editing or studio tricks, and just a bit of mastering, just enough to resolve issues with getting it onto vinyl. It’s all there, the missed notes, the wind in the trees, my dogs bumping into the mic stands. All the things that make life beautiful. This is the closest I can get y’all to being there with me in that moment. I hope you find something worthwhile in it. -Paul R.

 

 

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Black metal blues alchemists Zeal & Ardor will drop Live In London on March 22 via MVKA/Radicallis. The band are currently supporting Deafheaven and Baroness on one of the most exciting tours of 2019 thus far.

 

Listen to “Baphomet” here.

 

The 22-track pending live album includes four previously unreleased songs. The release is the entire recording of the band’s headline show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on December 2017. It will be available digitally, on CD, and as a Double White 180g vinyl.

The new songs included are “We Never Fall,” “Hold Your Head Low,” “Cut Me,” and the aforementioned “Baphomet.” Barring those tracks, the setlist was devised from the band’s two existing albums: the debut Devil Is Fine and 2018’s follow-up Stranger Fruit.

Frontman Manuel Gagneux comments, “We recorded our London show last December. Since we’re really proud of our performance, we are releasing the entire show consisting of our entire catalogue of songs. Mixing duties crushed by Kurt Ballou and Alan Douches mastered these 80 minutes into cohesion. We are really happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to unleash it upon you all.”

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“This is very much a standalone release that has its own atmosphere and really works as one long song.” – The Watcher.

UK Black metal/post-rock hybrid FEN are far too good to really simplify with such limiting descriptors. Regardless if you feel the alleged freedom inherent in “black metal” as a concept (which some people think ought to actually be quite restrictive) covers their sound adequately and wether or not you feel the over-used assumption that all “post-rock” is slow tempo Mogwai aping without the innovation is grossly lacking accuracy when it comes to FEN’s moving dynamics and kinetic emotional resonance, there is just no way to capture the power of what the band does in simple short genre tags. They are a mind blowing experience.

When I first heard this band a few years ago I felt like they had the emotional power to connect that the best Agalloch or Ulver material had but with a much more savage side. Also, the music takes an even greater deep dive into the sort of nature respecting weary yet awed exploration of humanity and the wider Universe in a way that, doesn’t sound much like, but connected with me in a primal way as much as a legacy band like Neurosis. They even cover some of the melodic vocal ground you might hear these days in a more progressive leaning band like Enslaved, while still staying a bit more rooted in the black metal sound than that band has become (no shade, love it all). But yeah…to put it simply, FEN are just really fucking sick musicians who also don’t lose “the feel”.

It was an honor to interview The Watcher about the group’s astounding Eisenwald MLP Stone & Sea. 

Read our philosophical exchange BELOW.

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A rare happy moment of human connection in ‘Lords of Chaos’

I interviewed Black Sabbath’s most underappreciated vocalist, the great Tony Martin once years ago. A real thrill. I forget the exact question, something about reconciling the more evil songs with the ones with subtle Christian themes or something. I remember Tony taking the wind out of my sails like a pro and sort of gently needling me with the common sense revelation that a lot of heavy metal is theater. This doesn’t mean that some people don’t live it to the fullest (the proper way to do so being highly debated daily since forever across sub-genres) and that it isn’t a genuine source of being able to work out dark and light feelings and to suss out solutions for yourself that hopefully aren’t ‘suicide solutions’, etc.

I saw two movies last night amidst a snowstorm on Fandango Now (a pretty great service). Jonas Akerlund’s take on the controversial Lords of Chaos and the somewhat slept on, but I thought fucking fantastic, Mary Queen Of Scots (2018). Both took some historical liberties – LOC glosses over the singers before Dead and the Deathcrush-era to get to meatier terrain and Mary Queen Of Scots fabricates an incredible in person meeting between Mary and Elizabeth that I wish really happened and (plausibility points to the writer) Elizabeth DOES tell Mary never to speak of it, so who knows? Both also feature violent stabbing scenes of a queer person. I was expecting it in Lords Of Chaos and the movie makes it very graphic, disturbing and not lightly glossed over – thankfully. You know at that point beyond a doubt that part of the souls of these people are very broken. David Rizzio in Mary Queen Of Scots came as a shock since I had forgotten about him historically. Like, fuckin’ hell, another poor murdered innocent for the sake of sick designs?!

Look, I think it is fine Lords Of Chaos is a movie. I was against it at some points but as edgelordery under Trump is worse than ever and there are no sacred cows generally worthy of enabling any cult of personality from critique, fuck it. It was a milestone time period in metal so why shouldn’t it be examined? The thrust though is will it seem apologist and MTV stuff that was meant to be less palatable or fast edit flashy and romanticized or would it have some bite and objectively show the shittiness of a lot of what happened? Thankfully, I liked a lot more about it than I disliked. The cast did an excellent job with what they were handed and as Jonas told Decibel recently ,”There’s a lot of things we’re not supposed to do, but black metal bands break those rules every day. They all sell merchandise; they all do gigs; they all have Instagram…”

It’s funny, I remember when X-Men became a movie everyone wondered if Wolverine would wear yellow spandex. Some things that look cool in comic books can look very dorky in movies with live-action. A corpse-painted dude trying to look vampiric under a dead tree is much the same, looking pretty cool on a badly reproduced lo fi record sleeve but generally funny in broad daylight. This film certainly wins at showing how the scene’s members one upmanship could only insulate them so long from realizing they weren’t bad asses and actually had some real fucked up insecurities as people, no matter how cool the music was. They also, underneath it all, were kind of dorky and trying to seem cool, like any group of young rockers.

One of the best scenes is a post-jail Varg (played very well by Emory Cohen the whole movie as an ego wounded insecure kid who nonetheless does major harm trying to find validation while pretending otherwise and makes you really dislike him…going from being bullied to being the worst, smug self-serving piece of shit) yelling at Euronymous as played by Rory Culkin. Culkin really carries a lot of the film, and in this scene he tells Varg he made up a lot of stuff about never touring and being as evil as possible to basically drum up marketing buzz. Varg is still seemingly scarred for life that Euronymous shamed him initially for having a Scorpions patch once and so it feels like his life mission is to become more kvlt now, the never ending bottomless quest of every true edge lord.

First, I wanna say fuck VICE for firing so many brilliant writers lately. They backed this film. Nonetheless, while the pacing (much like Mary Queen of Scots, actually) rushes very fast sometimes through historical events for the sake of modern attention spans, a lot of it resonated with me, despite the flaws. An imperfect vessel, perhaps. I don’t think I could have made it better, though. And Sky Ferreira, for all the shit talk people gave her for being casted, was fucking great.

It’s disturbing at one point to see Sky’s character get bullied by Cohen into stripping for him and Rory’s characters, showing the weak sexism and desperation that hides behind what a lot of people in metal find to be transgressive. Knowing also how much Sky values her own agency as a woman, it was pretty emotionally effective seeing her deal with internalized misogyny in the black metal circles but end up being probably the best anchoring voice of reason in Euronymous’ life later in the film. We stan (looking forward to Masochism and also thank you for being kind to my gf Globelamp recently).

Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts.

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Venom – “Storm the Gates”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:37 PM (PST)

I’m one of those anomalous fans who likes Venom’s music, and Black Metal in particular, but doesn’t like the genre it allegedly spawned. Even only finding tenuous entry points into thrash and speed metal as a whole (give me Evile and Iron Reagan, please), Black Metal was a revolution in depravity when I listened to it in high school.

Now the band is out with their fifteenth studio Storm the Gates, and Cronos, joined by Rage and Dante, bring ’round the classic Venom sound – I suppose what might be called in today’s language – blackened thrash metal.

Storm the Gates will be available on December 14.

Check out my full review of Storm the Gates here.

Woe

Thanksgiving is a time when many people look past the hideous aspects of history and focus instead on their stomachs, so what better way to spend the holiday than to pay attention to real world issues and promote a festival showcasing some of the best talent fighting fascism in metal? We are grateful to anyone who doesn’t have blinders on! A massive threat to society that edgelords and gaslighters try to pretend isn’t a problem so as to transparently help entrench the power of the at fault “alt-right” further, fascism has no place in any world that doesn’t want to destroy itself.

We are grateful for powerhouse and metal tastemaker/activist Kim Kelly for all the work she does, shots she takes and fucks she doesn’t give in pursuing what is right with the goal of making metal more inclusive and relevant in 2018. Suffice to say it is rad that the awesomely named Black Flags Over Brooklyn fest she has started has announced an initial lineup of Nazi detesting bands for a flagship 2019 kick off festival. This is sure to be amazing and powerful so stay tuned! Some of our favorites like East Coast black metal titans Woe and our #2 album of the year winners Vile Creature are already on board!

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Carach Angren announce South American Tour!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

Fresh off their wildly successful North American headlining tour, CARACH ANGREN have announced a South American tour. The tour kicks off on December 7 in Chile, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

During their last tour, CARACH ANGREN appeared on Adult Swim’s FishCenter Live for a live-to-air performance. Their performance of the track “Charlie”, from their most recent album “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, can be streamed here.

CARACH ANGREN are supporting their latest album ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’ landed on the US charts at  #17 in the Hard Rock Album Sales category, #18 on the Heatseekers category, and #48 on the Independent Albums category. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN’s follow up to the acclaimed ‘This is No Fairy Tale’ (2015), is available across multiple formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

CARACH ANGREN live
Dec. 7 Santiago, Chile @ Inferno Fest
Dec. 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Extreme Hate Festival
Dec. 13 Bogota, Colombia @ Ace of Spades Club
Dec. 21 Amstelveen, Netherlands @ P60
Dec. 24 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo

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Scotland’s Bitter Lake is doing things right. The one man black metal project is slowly building up buzz, focusing on releasing cool music rather than hype and improving with each passing moment. I like the cold and methodical yet emotional nature of the project, like impending entropy captured in a burst of constrained, conflicted emotions.

This is an exciting time in metal as a lot of bands are shrugging off genre constraints and finding out who they are for themselves. The left wing black metal coming out is exciting and more than overdue to surpass the tired edgelord tropes of the genre that have always ben laughable if they weren’t so harmful.

Let’s get into the interview with Bitter Lake (who is also running a microphone raffle HERE) and talk about new song “Siberia”, Veganism and more BELOW.

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November will see the 20th anniversary of Southern Lord celebrated in style. The first version of THE POWER OF THE RIFF festival since 2016 sees numerous bands pooling their radness to crush all naysayers.

THE POWER OF THE RIFF’s 2018 festivities will begin on Saturday, November 17th, with a kickoff party at The Echo. This show will see new Southern Lord act THE PRIMALS, a power trio featuring members of Darkest Hour, The Explosion, and more, opening for a rare set by legendary ’60s garage rock outfit, THE SONICS.

The main event for THE POWER OF THE RIFF will take place the following day, Sunday, November 18th, at LA’s The Echoplex. This show will be headlined by SUNN O))), who in 2018 is celebrating the act’s twentieth anniversary along with the Southern Lord label which was also created by the band in 1998. This show mark’s SUNN O)))’s only California show of 2018 and final show of the year. Additional acts have also just been announced, including long-running metal quintet DARKEST HOUR, brutal metallic hardcore outfit XIBALBA, and legendary underground entity XASTHUR.

Watch for additional acts for the main event to be announced in the days ahead as THE POWER OF THE RIFF 2018 continues to take form.

Check out the new THE POWER OF THE RIFF website RIGHT HERE and find tickets for the event at THIS LOCATION. A limited number of special VIP tickets are available, each of which includes early entry, a drink token, Southern Lord swag bag, a SUNN O))) surprise, and more.

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GAAHLS WYRD sign to Season of Mist

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:14 PM (PST)

“What is this “Shiny Happy People” you speak of?”

Ex-Gorgoroth black metal pioneering legend Gaahl has a new project called GAAHLS WYRD and they have signed to Season Of Mist. The 2019 Northern Ghosts Tour has been announced with Tribulation and UADA. The band have recorded their debut album at Solslottet Studios with producer Iver Sandøy (ENSLAVED). The forthcoming album is set for release next year.

Regarding their signing, the band comments, “It’s always been of outmost importance for us to work with people that we can relate to, trust, and will understand our creative and professional vision. Season of Mist feels like home to us and we can’t wait to start what hopefully will be a long and rewarding relationship for both parties.”

The band consist of Ole Walaunet (THE BATALLION, GOD SEED, GRIMFIST), Frode Kilvik (KRAKOW, AETERNUS) and Kevin Kvåle (HORIZON ABLAZE).

Tour dates BELOW.

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Anicon, Yellow Eyes announce November European Tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:19 PM (PST)

Big news for European black metal fans who want the best the States have to offer! Brooklyn, NY black metal legion Anicon announce plans for an 11 day European tour in support of their critically acclaimed 2018 full-length album, Entropy Mantra (Vendetta Records). Anicon will join forces with NY black metallers Yellow Eyes (Gilead Media) for 11 days, beginning on November 8th in Cologne, Germany.

“It is our great pleasure to finally make our way to the European continent”, comments Anicon frontman Owen Rundquist. “We look forward to setting the countryside ablaze with our brothers in Yellow Eyes!”

Both of these bands have had a lot of hype around them the last few years, but it is decidedly deserved. If you are new to their sounds, don’t feel pressured but it is worth your time to immerse yourself in their works on your own terms. It will be an intense and wonderful experience that is sure to inspire. I really like the profound “Tarnish On the Emblems of Ardor” from the new Anicon. A title arguably that pretentious needs to be backed up and the band deliver to the max, bringing you firmly into their vision with metallic certainty of purpose. And Yellow Eyes, I personally think Hammer Of Night is a great place to start, a low key modern USBM album with a reputation that grows by the literal hour.

Tour dates:
Nov 08 – Cologne, DE
Nov 09 – Darmstadt, DE
Nov 10 – Paris, FR
Nov 11 – Manchester, UK
Nov 12 – London, UK
Nov 13 – Antwerp, BE
Nov 14 – Utrecht, NL
Nov 15 – Hamburg, DE
Nov 16 – Copenhagen, DK
Nov 17 – Berlin, DE
Nov 18 – Bratislava, SK

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