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The Anthrax listening party for 11th album For All Kings at the excellent Butler, NJ based media and educational facility Architekt Music (Sevendust, Thank You, Scientist) was a real treat. A limited group of lucky fans were treated to lengthy and quite hysterical Q+A, delicious catering (I’d been wondering what the food would consist of due to the interesting varied backgrounds of the band members) and the first real taste of the triumphant latest album from the thrash greats. Truly one of the strongest entries in Anthrax history, For All Kings deserves a place in the collection of every metal fan.

Scott Ian came out and introduced the record joking that we had all gathered to hear the new Megadeth album before seriously thanking everyone and letting the room hear the epic and energized tunes. Huge choruses that showcase Belladonna’s considerable ear for hooks that could stand up with the Black Album but nonetheless still elsewhere pack an earlier thrash glory days reminiscent metal punch, massive riffs from the band ranging from almost Ministry-esque tight syncopation to classic metal leads and Priest influenced barn burners plus some of the craziest Charlie Benante drumming on wax to date add up to one serious contender.

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Anette Olzon attacked

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM (PST)

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A lot of news over the weekend and today, from D.R.I. working on new material to Dave Lombardo touring with Suicidal Tendencies. We are gonna focus on a sad story, however. Violence against someone in the metal community and a chance to put healing energy back out there should always take priority over other band news. Heck, all we have is one another.

Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon deserves some get well wishes. Send her some nice comments at her Instagram, please.

The Shine singer was attacked randomly and some people even watched and failed to help her. That is wack!

 Today changed rapidly from a good day into a horrible day when I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car. In the hospital now cause she hit me hard and I fell backwards in the stony street with my back head and I am quite shaken and bruised and the worst thing of it all was that there were two adult men standing one feet away watching me get beaten doing f-ckin nothing! Cowards!! Thank god a girl ran after and then finally two REAL men took the junkie down and she is now with the police! Drugs people are making people really dangerous!! I’ll write more after the dr but please be careful out there!

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Skeletonwitch introduce new vocalist Adam Clemans

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:26 AM (PST)

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Big shoes to fill vocally, but this dude seems up for it. Great scream! Skeletonwitch are too important to the scene and epic to be donezo!

Hail! 

 Today, the Ohio-based blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH – who will join Abbath, High On Fire and Tribulation on this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour, which kicks off March 17 – officially welcomes Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) as their new vocalist. Last month, the group recorded a new EP, due to be released this summer, with Clemans at Baltimore’s Developing Nations with producer Kevin Bernsten (Magrudergrind, Noisem, Mutilation Rites). A brief teaser of new music can be heard in the below video, in which Clemans discusses how he came to join the band.

 

“I’m very proud to be a part of the SKELETONWITCH camp, and I’m very excited about how the new EP turned out,” says Clemans. “Working with like-minded musicians is always a pleasure, and I’m confident that the new chapter of this band will carry the SKELETONWITCH banner properly and proudly.”

Adds guitarist Scott Hedrick, “We are extremely excited to announce Adam as the new singer for SKELETONWITCH. He’s a killer vocalist, lyricist, and all-around creative force. Please welcome him to the SKELETONWITCH family as we begin this new chapter. As always, thanks to everyone who has, and continues to, support us.”

Clemans appears alongside Abbath, High On Fire’s Matt Pike and Tribulation’s Johannes Andersson on the cover of the new issue of Decibel Magazine, which hits newsstands on March 2 and is available for pre-order at this location.

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GET OUT. tease “War Chest” EP and guests, part ways with drummer.

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:35 AM (PST)

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Kingston , NY metal/hard rock band GET OUT. have parted ways with their drummer. Fill-ins have been selected for the next few
shows as the band chooses a replacement and moves forward on their next EP, to be entitled War Chest.

GET OUT. recently released debut Let Me In via Bandcamp, iTunes and other digital platforms after first debuting two songs on Metalriot.com‘s Creature Honeymoon 2015 Halloween compilation alongside bands such as Geezer, Night Viper, Septa and Tyrant Of Death.

Says vocalist/writer Morgan Ywain Evans:

“Moving forward we are expanding to some heavier territory while still including some of the rock elements already displayed. The drummer we fired is busy with his career and, to keep it civil, we felt there wasn’t enough urgency for the band. As a result of letting him engineer most of us felt the completion of the album took months longer than expected. There was even some lost enthusiasm and people who didn’t even show up on mix day when it finally arrived. Obviously no active band can really function well on that kind of dragged out clock.”

Evans continues: “That said, we wish him good luck. While we might not survive as long, we admire how the band Shai Hulud or even Murphy’s Law adapted with various line ups to challenges yet nonetheless kept momentum going and overcame obstacles. We are currently testing out various candidates on drums and second guitar, as ex-guitarist Jeremy Swift also is out of the band due to injury and being more focused on his blues funk/ power pop band The Beautiful Bastards. But we are completely fine. Our next EP War Chest will showcase our soon to be much heavier side to go with the more alternative rock, hard rock and stoner influences on Let Me In. We have some material written already and it rips absolute ass.”

Guests have not been confirmed for the next EP but expect full details next month. The guests are rumored to include heavy hitters Paul “Ablaze” of Blackguard, metalcore legend Mike Score of All Out War and more TBA.

As with Let Me In, art for War Chest will be once again handled by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design (Hollow Earth, Vulture, Black Yo)))ga).

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Scott Ian of Anthrax (set to release what is likely the thrash album of the year For All Kings unless Megadeth prevail), is getting better with age like a thrashing metal vintage. Scott has urged Phil Anselmo to follow up on his apology with a donation to a Jewish charity to prove his contrition. Read more HERE.

That said, “Fuck The Middle East” by S.O.D. wasn’t such a great articulation of cultural relations either. Which pains me to type as I actually try to write something nice about Anthrax almost every day. Though obviously a very old song (which was said to be a “Pro-Israel” song) and not as bad as the nazi salute onstage wasted after jamming with a low profile d-lister like Dave Grohl. Oh, and the lyrics of “Speak English Or Die” are horrible, which a friend reminded me of on Facebook. I hope there is a quote somewhere saying that was satire. There must be or I can’t imagine I ever would’ve kept following S.O.D. or Anthrax. I’m just foggy and half baked right now.

The whole world needs more tolerance and love. Maybe it is smart that Ghost covered ABBA.

I hope with the passing of recent beloved musicians or relations (in my case) or even the Paris attacks showcasing fragile eggshells we stand on, that every breath is savored, that imagination and a wish to see and learn about cultures and the world fills everyone, the lust for life. I’m 37 and the desire to experience the world is only sharpened as I look at maps in an old Alan Furst ww2 setting novel, hear cries for unity from the metal community or communicate with new friend Eugene Tymchyk from Odessa’s Septa. we can all wash blood from our hands, embrace, discuss, rock, discover. Time is a resource. Remember that when you are standing around bitching or not accomplishing something you are literally sacrificing that moment forever. Choices.

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Well, here it is.

Hopefully sincere as many people (myself absolutely included) have often loved the guy and he has done great things. I’ve been pressed for time all week and so haven’t commented much except on Twitter and our Facebook wall about this.

Huge Down fan and wanted to not be biased by that as also no room for racism in scene. Plus, Shit…can’t we fucking have a week without drama? I’m even trying to put my own behind me. But shit has to get addressed when it comes up or lingers long unresolved, whatever the case.

Hate to learn the racism angle some have accused him of (such as some of the other allegations Rob Flynn mentioned, like calling The Burning Red the “nigger era” of  Machine Head, for example) might be true or a pattern.

I know people who know him well and say he is the funniest and nicest dude. Down just jammed with Living Colour.

When I met him at a Down signing on 9/11 in NYC years ago he was extremely friendly to all the fans of different races and genders. Which is why I was quick to defend Phil to at least be given benefit of a response to the accusations of racism. Also, Down’s Van Halen cover of “Aint Talkin’ Bout Love”  at that show in ’09 was...far beyond awesome and one of the best live moments of my life as a fan.

We need more discussion to evolve, and it is good he apologized. Flynn was seemingly wrong in that there maybe was white wine backstage (not that it is ar all a great excuse). While I am against censorship it was still a tasteless end to a rocking night of unity.

I feel bad for dude in that everyone knows how much pain he was in for years over Dimebag and for this to have happened while he was trashed at the end of a cathartic night must feel fucking crazy. Like, I hope dude does not shoot himself. Seriously. 

But, woah. Yeah, people are not psyched.

I think he can come back from this through continued frank discussion and taking the right steps. Even if he was a full time racist, American History X proves people can unlearn bad habits. Being really drunk sometimes leads to horribly casual/shitty language and irresponsible actions. I know once years ago at a concert after a devastating personal loss where I was drinking myself blind to mask the pain of deaths in my family I was so upset I got blind drunk on absinthe, beer and Wild Turkey and tried to make people beat me up /pile on the pain  by yelling horrible, horrible things (the little I recall).

And I am bi sexual (closeted at the time and VERY self loathing) and not racist at all. I love people.

Part of why I haven’t had a drink for three years out of grief and a desire to never blackout like that again.

Hopefully that is similarly the bottom line here and his cooking show doesn’t lose sponsors. \m/

It’s good he is admitting this hurt/shocked people. We all really need more healing in this world. Maybe it is time to mellow out and listen to some Alcest, everybody. Or some reggae.

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RIP Paul Kantner: Remember the Love Alamo, kids.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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I saw you, comin’ back to me…

The latest rocker who gave their all; to part this Earth yet remain in our memories is Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane.

Personally, I love Airplane and Starship. They were groovy and didn’t care. That’s cool.

Why are we discussing this on a metal site? Well , for one…Sanctuary’s White Rabbit cover is one of the coolest metal covers of all time. Secondly, Jefferson Airplane had a golden streak where they got everything right before grapes soured or the smooth voiced Grace of graces had problems down the road in her life. Paul and the gang were bold enough to wave the love flag instead of beating the drums of war. This alone is metal as fuck in a truer sense than basement losers listening to gore metal.

People fetishize Charles Manson, the man who almost ruined the Beatles, LSD and the hope of the 60’s peace movements single handedly. Maybe he was a frail man who started out analytical and wanting to know what was behind the veil or the Satanic power mad world behind the curtain of politics, but he ended up as a scared little murderer who needed validation from vulnerable followers that did his dirty work for him. Plus, Sharon Tate was so amazing and we were robbed of her and her friends lives in such a disgusting fashion. I personally was just writing for another site that I think the Manson murders scarred us and shoved us more violently towards the fear mongering world we live in today than people realize. Hunter S. Thompson knew. And by the way, we all know HE was an Airplane fan.

Surrealistic Pillow, the title alone makes my loins feel lysergic and the head start to daydream. Love it.

It was so cool once to learn about Flower Travellin’ Band from my friend Laura Pleasants of Kylesa or to once upon a time discover the stoner rock sub genres that are more retro like The Golden Grass,Purson and Jex Thoth, albeit with an emphasis on picking back up an old torch yet without making the same mistakes of yesteryear.

It doesn’t have to be cool to be miserable. Anthrax wrote “anti-social” but actually want to have happy lives, for example.

Yeah, let’s not fetishize the murderers. We think it is edgy but while it is cool to psychoanalyze things or listen to Church Of Misery or the newest Wreckmeister Harmonies or Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads or whatever, but if it is dwindled into essentially a fashion statement devoid of meaning we are in trouble.  Or we might as well put Che Guevara and Trump faces on every other frisbee and sell em out of the same tent at the county fair.

Death Valley ’69 by Sonic Youth and other smarter trips through the underbelly aside, it is cooler to push the “WE CAN” culture. Take the seediness out of the underground and look at pot as medicine, meditation as research, kindness as strength, acceptance as a test of Manhood.

Doing speed or carving nazi symbols on your face and being a dipshit might make for good TV, but you’re still a dick. Martin Shkreli can claim altruistic goals but still perhaps to be strapped to a chair and forced to watch Philadelphia and Dallas Buyers Club over and over Clockwork Orange style until he admits he has been acting like a dipshit robber baron Oliver Queen playboy without the redeeming Green Arrow side. Fuck you, dude.

The shit that Jefferson Airplane and San Fran held up triumphantly in the flower power daze of hopes and dashed dreams. But remember, flowers grow back. You just need good soil.

Whatever happened to wishes wished on a star?

 

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Anthrax get their Smithsonian treatment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM (PST)
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How great is the above photo?! Classic.

These knuckleheads have given the world so much and the world owes them true metal thanks for all time \m/.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax, “How New York of the ’80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash,” as part of its Places of Invention exhibit’s interactive online map.

Check it out here.

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RIP Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM (PST)

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Jimmy Bain epitomized the solid metal bass player, supporting the band, capable of flourish yet above all holding a rock bottom groove as the bedrock between any tune he played on. In this capacity, much like Michael Anthony in VH glory days, Bain was a Godsend. His contributions to metal can never be repaid, from writing credits on “Rainbow In The Dark” to Hear N’ Aid to the classic as fuck Rising album toeven working with Phil Lynott (and almost playing on a Scorpions album, if I recall).

In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time, and that’s just ONE of Bain’s unforgettable contributions.

Blabbermouth has a good, full piece on Bain HERE. \m/

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This is amazing. And while I would’ve loved to have heard Grohl play this on drums, the fact that I believe it is Roy Mayorga (he of Soulfly, Stone Sour and of course fucking Nausea) on the kit is so bad ass and makes me bow to the cyber god. Plus, it takes all these extra guitars to come even close to the presence Dimebag brought to the stage all by his lonesome. \m/

If this don’t make your adrenaline kick in, walk on home.

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There is really nothing quite like GOJIRA‘s From Mars To Sirius classic in all of metal, save a heavy Morbid Angel influence in some of the vast and massive riffs.

Simply put, I like it more than Leviathan at the end of the day.

GOJIRA ‘From Mars to Sirius’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY box PRE ORDER

The box content :

– Exclusive cassette of ‘From Mars to Sirius’ – only available in this box.
– 4 never revealed prints of Joe Duplantier ‘s sketches made before the final cover art
– Exclusive artwork flag with one of those sketches
– Exclusive guitar From Mars to Sirius pick
– First 500 buyers will get a postcard to be able to win an Exclusive JACKSON guitar displaying ‘From Mars to Sirius’ artwork all over its body.
All postcards should be sent to LISTENABLE and a winner will be picked at random by the band during Spring 2016.

PRE ORDER NOW HERE : http://www.shop-listenable.net/en/3_gojira

PRE ORDER NOW and get a chance to win THIS space-tastic whale of a guitar!!
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To anyone attending Lamb of God in New York City: Due to the weather, the show at Manhattan Center Events – Hammerstein Ballroom & Grand Ballroom has been moved from tomorrow to Monday, January 25th.

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Rivers of Nihil announce new drummer

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM (PST)

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Pennsylvania death metalheads Rivers of Nihil have parted ways with Alan Balamut.

In Alan’s place Rivers of Nihil have brought Dylan Potts on board.

You can check out a statement from Alan, a drum play-through of “Perpetual Growth Machine” by Dylan and Rivers of Nihil tour dates here.

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Alan Robert with Sal Abruscato and 2 others. –

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I was so fucking emotional that typos prevailed. \m/

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I feel like people that don’t like Sunn O))) have no real sense of the primal. Is it that much of a leap to combine Black Sabbath at half speed with an aboriginal worthy sense of humming disorientation? I’m a sucker for bands that are keen on having a unique aesthetic, from the retro ritual bluesy and dulcet tones of Jex Thoth to the weird as fuck French black metal noise of Spektr (who have a cool ass new song fittingly monikered “From The Terrifying To The Fascinating”).

Not all metal and hard rock needs to be coated in dark yet hooky polish or bounce at the mid tempo arena pace of a Disturbed or Korn or throttle you with the breakneck energy of Testament , Municipal Waste or the more lightning-side of Fear Factory. Sometimes the most glacial music can be a heavier, more world moving experience than the 18th millionth disco-tinged Rob Zombie solo record (all due respect to John 5 who is an awesome fucking guitarist, IMO).

Dømkirke is a less obtuse experience than some of the flagship Southern Lord acts output, a live ritual recorded at the Bergen Cathedral in Bergen, Norway during the Borealis Festival in 2007. The four-song double album was initially released in September 2008 and is available on vinyl only, with one track featuring on each side of the records.

This performance features intrinsic members of SUNN O)))’s mythology, including Attila Csihar (vocals), Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog), Lasse Marhaug (noise), Steve Moore (organ, trombone) with Greg Anderson (guitar) and Stephen O’Malley (guitar) vitally remaining at the center of the constellation.

 Dømkirke will be re-released on February 5th, 2016 on 2xLP only.

 

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