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New Years Day announce dates with In This Moment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 12:36 PM (PST)

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New Years Day have just announced that they will be joining In This Moment on tour this fall for a handful of dates in the U.S. The band will be direct support for the tour, which starts on September 4th in Raleigh, NC and wraps on October 27th in Albany, NY. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st.

Before New Years Day hits the road with In This Moment, fans can check out the band on their first headline tour now with Rivals, and Savage After Midnight. Between headline shows, the band will also be on tour as direct support to Godsmack. For more information on all upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website HERE.

The band recently released the music video for their lead single, “Shut Up”, which was directed by Galileo Mondol (Raging Nation Films), and stars Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin. Watch the American Psycho inspired music video HERE.

“Shut Up” is off of the band’s newest full-length album, Unbreakable, and is currently #15 on the Active Rock Mediabase chart, #17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and #19 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The track just surpassed 3.3 million total worldwide streams and has been featured on “Rock Hard”, “Heavy Queens”, “New Metal Tracks”, “New Noise”, and “Fierce Femmes” playlists, along with Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock” playlist and Amazon Music’s “Rock Scene”, “Brand New Music”, and “Fresh Hard Rock” playlists.

Unbreakable, the band’s most recent full-length album, was produced by Mitchell Marlow (All That Remains, In This Moment) and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown & American Authors), has over 11.4 million worldwide streams and debuted at #15 on the Current Hard Music Albums. The album is available for purchase and on all streaming platforms HERE.

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Dave Mustaine diagnosed with throat cancer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:36 AM (PST)

Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has left a message to fans, embedded below. I don’t usually post about Megadeth anymore since awhile ago as a fan I felt very let down by some of Mustaine’s conspiracy theory-esque words about a theater shooting, but Mustaine is an important figure, a human being and people can embody many things in a lifetime. It is the day after Father’s Day and my own dad battled cancer for over a decade and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, let alone someone who wrote an album that changed my life forever like Countdown To Extinction. It would certainly be petty and not being a bigger person to not wish Dave the best after such a scary diagnosis.

Wishing Dave a speedy recovery and hope he is able to get ahead of this. As he noted in his post to supporters, he has gotten through bad things before, so here is hoping this is another obstacle MegaDave can soon put behind him.

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I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll keep everyone posted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon, Dave Mustaine

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Guns N’ Roses announce 8 new US Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:08 AM (PST)

GNR have announced new tour dates Stateside for Not In This Lifetime. I am real tempted to sell a leg and get to the Florida date somehow so I can croon along to “Sorry” and “Civil War”, as I have still never gotten to see the band live. Anyhow, new music is also rumored to be on the way and I hope it is in a classic/ hard rock vein like some of the stronger Chinese tracks such as “I.R.S.”, “Street Of Dreams” and “Chinese Democracy” more than the more experimental stuff. I am sure it is gonna have more bite anyway with the current line-up of OG legends and tour tested newer members who slugged it out and earned their keep.

Pre-sale for the new dates starts on June 18 at 10 a.m. local time, with V.I.P. packages available then. General sale begins on June 21 at 10 a.m. local time.
Newly announced tour dates:
Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Oct. 01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
Oct. 07 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
Oct. 15 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energey Arena
Oct. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Collosseum at Ceasars Palace
Dec. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ Collosseum at Ceasars Palace

In addition to the above-mentioned shows, GUNS N’ ROSES will make four U.S. festival appearances this fall — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits, Exit 111 and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

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wahhh…my fans suck and I don’t do nearly enough to condemn their bullshit

CW: A lot of bad shit. 

Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy. I wanted to just live my life and pretend the problem wasn’t as bad as it is but frankly, at this point…fuck you. It is more and more impossible to ignore that the MAJORITY of Stan Culture is extremely toxic, enabling and nihilistic. You think racist black metal trolls are bad? They are. But a lot of the shit pales in comparison to POP culture these days. Like, when did Pop become more nihilistic than the worst elements of the hardcore scene?

A friend who is a teacher the other day was telling me about some four year olds who she caught cornering a frog trying to murder it. They were gleefully laughing. She admonished them and picked it up and rescued it and put it near an empty non-functional pipe where it could escape and one of the kids said ,”I hope it still burns to death.” Frankly, while I know some kids that young don’t have the wits to determine what consequences are real and what is just a game, empathy is still a thing and if you don’t stop sadism like that it festers and can be habit forming. The story honestly made me think of the supporters of numerous pop stars these days.

If you allow nihilism as a social solution of course people will return to it. Ironically, many of them will probably use Frog avatars down the line. Some of them will just gaslight and say you “deserve” it for having an opinion different than them, which in Stan bingo of pathetic overused rhetoric is the box you will check off quickly where they say you are “causing drama”.

As much as I want to bitch about MAGA trolls and Gamergate types though, this article is indeed about Stan culture. Shit has gotten so nihilistic and out of control and NO, I am not gonna dig up “receipts” for everything I mention, assholes. Use your common sense. Anyone with a brain knows and can see daily the shit going on I am gonna talk about. We all know about Nicole Curran getting death threats over nothing. I am just gonna relate stuff I have seen myself or that I know is out there which happened to my partner.

When I was growing up I remember Axl Rose wrote “Get In The Ring”. He called out a lot of people he didn’t like in a song and said he wanted to fight them. In hindsight it is one of the worst songs by one of my favorite bands lyrically (the music kicks ass), and I appreciate how over the years Axl has tried to reform and also move more to the left, vocally opposes Trump and seems like a much better person than he used to be. I also these days CAN admire that he complained himself about who he disliked and didn’t send a mob of people after them.

If you show up to a fight and bring thirty people against one, you are a giant fucking wimp. Even more so if you bring hundreds of trolls and dogpile on someone’s personal Instagram for DAYS or WEEKS or MONTHS for disliking or critiquing your favorite overrated pop star! You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling. Err…Get in the ring, motherfucker.

You can make one tweet saying you aren’t crazy about something an artist did or a song and XXXtentacion, Charli XCX fans (the fucking WORST, forget what you heard about the Bey Hive) or other groups will make memes or super sexist psychotic comments bullying you within an inch of your life. They are often WORSE than NRA supporters or Alt-right groups! Seriously, my girlfriend the psych folk artist Globelamp fought for days with a pack of NRA trolls in the wake of her tweeting support for March For Our Lives but even the gun nuts and the right wing incels didn’t get as cruel and dark as some of the stan groups we have tangled with. Yes, I know incels actually murder people. I am just talking about our own experiences.

Globelamp…an actual angel.

There is literally a bingo card of responses you can fill out that you are certain to get from these mob mentality mindless stan dipshits. “Clout”, “drama”, “hater” will all be used against you and if you are, God forbid, a woman with their own opinion numerous people will call you a hoe or a thot or a stripper with no talent.

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It was pretty fun to learn about the Serpent Of Gnosis release from 1126 records literally the day before it drops like a megaton piano on the heads of the world. The last minute “Oh shit, how did I miss this” of it all was a nice way to head into the weekend. I had no idea Johnny Davy had a sickeningly heavy new band at all and thought he had like vanished into Area 51 or something awhile ago. How cool to hear that completely unhinged roar again!

Serpent Of Gnosis’ debut As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation is one of the heaviest records you are likely to hear anytime soon, managing to be next level technical while still having emotional impact AND the heavy vibes of a lot of modern dethcore. Dudes are not fucking around. The album title also reminds me of the myth where Thor drank from a mead horn that was like connected to the seas and actually lowered the sea level, if I recall. Iconic, lol.

“Fragile Vessel Of Serenity” and some other tracks also feature some weird creepy ambient type moments that will freak you out like a horror movie and add to the unsettling onslaught very effectively. I am super stoked on this album. Darren Cesca on drums is a whirlwind throughout, elevating and blurring the tech deth parts into deadly grind territory quite often. “The Colorless Capsules” is one of the most punishing tracks, a masterful wrestling match of extreme subgenres that all dance around the death metal totem pole. Dying Fetus or even old Whitechapel fans could co-exist raving about this thing but there are also a few brilliant little progressive guitar moments that sneak in and out between extreme pit starters (“Harvest” has the best example of this and is maybe the best tune on the record, just fucking unreal).

“Cognitivity” has a thunderous slow intro that almost sounds like old Burn the Priest for a minute and adds some superb mosh value to a record that most often goes for Zoom vs. The Flash levels of speed. “A Mask of Lucidity” also mixes it up and has a very tasty lightning solo section and some darkly melodic bridge action that was pleasantly unexpected and cool. The band don’t overstay their welcome on any track, as the songs are all relatively short but kick your ass across the pavement and allow for you to get very invested in the record. A lot of people are gonna flip shit on how solid this release is, I am telling you now. You definitely want more (including a black eye and a T-shirt), by the time this bad boy is through.

Boston metalcore group ICE NINE KILLS have achieved a new career highlight by landing their current single “A Grave Mistake” in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Active Mainstream Rock Radio chart. The song, now positioned at #10, is from their fifth full-length album THE SILVER SCREAM, out now via Fearless Records which has surpassed 70,000 albums sold. Listen to “A Grave Mistake” and its music video, which is part of a mini-series mini-series that injects their own narrative into the famous movies they pay homage to below.

ICE NINE KILLS recently performed an acoustic version of the track with special guest Ash Costello (New Years Day) at the sold-out 25th anniversary screening of The Crow--the movie which the song is themed after–in Hollywood, CA hosted by Screamfest Film Festival. They will return for Screamfest’s upcoming screening of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter with another special acoustic rendition of the album track “Thank God It’s Friday” on Saturday, July 27 at Ahrya Fine Arts By Laemmle in Beverly Hills. Tickets are available here: https://screamfestla.com/2019/event/friday-13th-final-chapter.

Since the album’s release late last year, the band have been extensively touring across North America on their headlining “The Silver Scream” Tour, in addition to recently appearing as direct support for Falling In Reverse alongside New Years Day and From Ashes to New including a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles where they were joined on stage by ska legends REEL BIG FISH for the single, “IT Is The End.

ICE NINE KILLS have announced an additional string of U.S. headlining shows from July 12-25 with support from Toothgrinder and HAWK, followed by a month-long trek across Europe in September. Dates can be found listed below. Tickets and VIP meet & greet upgrades are available now at ink-vip.com.

Recorded with producer Drew Fulk (Bullet For My Valentine), vocalist Spencer Charnas tuned into his obsession with horror and recorded some of the album’s vocals at famous horror locations including the houses used in the original Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Guest appearances also feature notable names in the horror genre including Sam Kubrick, grandson of Stanley Kubrick, and Chelsea Talmadge (Stranger Things) as well as guests from the band’s punk-flavored past including members of Finch, Fenix TX, Mest, and Less Than Jake.

Stream THE SILVER SCREAM now at: http://found.ee/thesilverscream

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Well, we have 2x good news today. Trump’s re-election poll numbers suck, with almost every Democratic potential candidate ahead of his sorry corrupt grifter ass at the moment. You know it is bad when you are complaining the Republican has made taxes unbearable, haha. I don’t even mind paying a fair rate but it’s a lot harder to swallow the pill of a big tax bill when you know what a slimy, millions in Golf wasting crook we have in the White House. We can’t get to cocky or even afford to keep the dipshit in office that long and there is more than enough reason to impeach if Pelosi would get the friggin’ memo.

In other news, crusty experimental rockers Tau Cross are friggin’ brilliant and their new material sounds exciting. Some people weren’t as stoked on their second album as the debut (I dug both, with the debut slightly ahead) – but the new tune is one of my favorites from them yet. That big ole pick scrape over the rattly Away drums into that catchy riff before the charred mosh and hoarse Baron vocals come in…yeah! This is a pit starter! It was recorded at Signaturetone Studios and mastered by Adam Tucker (Thou, False).

Messengers Of Deception will be available on CD, 2xLP, and Digital formats. Physical packages are available for preorder via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads / streaming services are available HERE.

“Walk into the fire/you and I shall never die…”

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RIP Andre Matos (Angra, Viper, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:38 AM (PST)

Hearts go out to power metal fans around the world and especially our readers in Brazil. The sad news broke over the weekend of the death of popular original Angra vocalist Andre Matos. I am sorry I could not post something here on the main site sooner as I was working all weekend, but it was heart warming to see the online tributes on various social media.

Matos was an extremely talented singer who accomplished a lot in his lifetime and who had a soaring voice that will echo in the ears and stir the hearts of many for ages to come. Truly Matos earned a spot in the Halls of Metal. It is still interesting to wonder how it would have been if Matos had been chosen to replace Dickinson in Iron Maiden (no disrespect to Blaze, who we love around here).

 

 

 

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Pacifist

Pacifist from India are a spectacularly energized post-hardcore band who cite Drive Like Jehu, Snapcase and La Dispute amongst their influences. I am hearing some RAtM in the incendiary vocals. The band have a very worth your time new EP called Greyscale Dreams that evokes dismay at the current alienating circumstances of human constructed social evils, a cry of unrest and powerful riffs. It would be very cool to see this band live as their electricity leaps out of the speakers and must be pretty fierce in person.

Stream new chaotic anthem ‘Reactionary’ at Unite Asia, RIGHT HERE

Pacifist are more than ready to launch their brand of hardcore music firmly in the global landscape, embarking on a string of shows to promote the EP, produced & mixed by guitarist Apurv Agrawal & mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studios. The EP artwork & booklet features strong, impactful shots that serves as a carefully constructed tapestry of city life in Mumbai in different locations & settings, shot by Abheet Anand & designed by Sanjana Bhatt of Blankfound.

Their debut EP launches digitally on the 16th of June, and the band has been working hard touring across India in support of their upcoming release.

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Hey friends. So, the “President” thinks the Moon is part of Mars. Congrats to the tech death scene for being more scientifically accurate on weird space album covers than the fucking President at this point. Anyway, let’s get some weekend metal news going for ya on this fine Saturday.

First, go see Dark Phoenix. It was not perfect but was better than like 4-5 other X films (I didn’t personally like Deadpool 2 much cuz of the egregious excessive prison rape jokes). Sophie T was friggin’ X-cellent as a younger more insecure Jean coming into hard truths. I am confused since she already had the Phoenix Force in the Apocalypse movie, so that was weird. That said (SPOILERS), it is character driven, female focused, Nightcrawler goes HAM, there’s a Dazzler cameo, friggin’ Magneto has an amazing dirt of your shoulder train crunching scene that is almost as good as Luke’s shoulder brush off moment in The Last Jedi, there’s a Dazzler cameo and we finally have a good X film not overly dependent on Wolverine. While the alien villains are underdeveloped, I thought the Prof X/Beast/Magneto dynamics and the backstory childhood Jean stuff was very well done, the action was amazing, the ending was a beautiful send off to these films and overall while obviously not the classic comic the TONE very much suited and fit great with this particular franchise and what it needed. Jean’s protective motivations near the finale and love and emotion as strength mantra was beautiful and well done, the trippy Phoenix effects at the climax were super cool on a huge screen and I actually would go see it again today if I had the cash.

And the big weekend news is…Despised Icon are going to kick some major ass on their upcoming tour with slammers Ingested plus the very heavy Kublai Khan, and no joke Shadow of Intent. As if that wasn’t enough fucking legends Suffocation and Devourment plus Angelmaker, I Am, and I Declare War will appear on select dates. That’s a lot of mosh for anyone.

Ingested drummer Lyn Jeffs commented, “We’re stoked to be touring with our buddies in Despised Icon. This is something we have talked about doing with each other for nearly 13 years and we can’t wait to smash it with the boys in Canada and the USA this Autumn. What an awesome line up too, we’ll be joined by Kublai Khan, Shadow of Intent and in selected cities with the boys in Suffocation, Devourment, Angelmaker, I Am & I Declare War.”

Dates below –

9/20 Saskatoon, SK @ Coors
9/21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
9/22 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
9/24 Seattle, Wa @ El Corazon
9/25 Portland, Or @ Bossanova Ballroom
9/27 Sacramento, Ca @ Holy Diver
9/28 Anaheim, Ca @ Chain Reaction
9/29 Las Vega, Nv @ BBB
9/30 Salt Lake City, Ut @ In the Venue
10/1 Denver, Co @ Oriental Theatre
10/2 Albuquerque, Nm @ Launchpad
10/3 Dallas, Tx @ Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill
10/4 Houston, Tx @ Warehouse Live
10/5 New Orleans, La @ Southport Hall
10/6 Atlanta, Ga @ Masquerade (Hell)
10/8 Philadelphia, Pa @ TLA
10/9 New York, Ny @ Grammercy Theater
10/10 Worcester, Ma @ The Palladium

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Hey rockers and rollers. I’m winding down near the end of an interesting day.

Started estradiol on a lower dose again working with my doctor and as a multi-gender person I am excited that I am figuring out what is right for me with the help of someone I trust. PLEASE support Planned Parenthood who offer more than just -ALSO VITAL- abortion services. It is 2019, not the god damn 1950’s. Anyway, I swear to God I have been back on it a few hours after a year and a half and feel like zero desire to drink or smoke a cigarette and very clear headed and motivated, which is fucking wonderful.

It is the anniversary of the release of St. Anger today – released June 5th, 2003- as I write this and so I have been rocking out to the Metallica/Jah Rule collab (I am just gonna pretend it was called “Jump In the Fyre”) and wondering how even Swizz Beatz didn’t tell Lars to fix his snare sound. That said, I honestly listen to that album low key on the regular and it is entertaining and has some bad ass riffs, so hey – it’s entertainment to me. I remember the day I bought it on cd I went and bought a Guiness at a now discontinued chain restaurant in the Hudson Valley Mall and at the time was stoked that they were playing so fast again. I also remember at the Coheed listening party I was at for In Keeping Secrets… Mic Todd was being hysterical and answering his phone “St Anger” everytime someone called him. He prob doesn’t remember that but it had me in stitches that night.

Anyway, Every band has eras where they are struggling and at least the dudes got through it. Plus, there’s a few certified bangers on there like “Frantic” – you know you love that intro- and the riffs (not the vocals) of “Invisible Kid”, for example. I am glad dudes have at least revisited “Frantic” live and let Kirky cut loose a little more.

In other news, Varg got his fash dork garden karate YouTube channel banned finally and all I can say is…Varg sucks. Anyone upset by that is a moron or probably a “Conservative Crybully”. Go buy So Much For The Tolerant Left today like I did to celebrate.

In other news, my gf Globelamp’s traumatic story of the horrible time she had around her time in Foxygen has finally been picked up by Pitchfork and hopefully will now not be ignored by other outlets that used to kiss that band’s ass for being on a big, enabling indie label. I should certainly hope my regular readers here don’t think we are part of some insane ongoing murder plot allegation and thank you to everyone who believed us about the DARVO and who have supported us during the months since I have been able to see my partner. It’s been a lonely and stressful ass year and I have tried hard to keep things rolling along anyway. Thank you very much Hether Fortune and one or two other friends who reached out to ask if I was doing self care regimen when I was having a hard time with all this recently. That meant a lot. I am feeling better and thankful for this scene and the good people.

We don’t have the money to keep flying her back and forth from New York where we live to California where court is and we want to get an RO granted on Sam from Foxygen. A temporary one was granted but he has hidden from it despite knowing about it through a twitter exchange and now this huge Pitchfork article. Globelamp on the other hand has complied with every court demand and appearance. Sam also has come onto our Instagrams and if he is allegedly scared of us why would he and his partner antagonize us? He came onto Globelamp’s IG and was probably loving that he could leave comments and because of DARVO she couldn’t respond, so disgusting.

It also is telling that this unbiased article caused their entire camp (including the predatory trolls who constantly try to gaslight and trigger my partner’s ptsd and who lie and say I am a sex slave in a dungeon and have made transphobic statements mocking me as a non binary person with no condemnation of the transphobia and lies from fake peace and love ambassadors Foxygen) to freak out online like babies caught with their hand in the cookie bag. Jagjaguwar should drop them immediately. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks to some of the metal/punk community and people like Timothy Heller and Meredith Graves who offered Lizzie some support. It really meant a lot to Lizzie/Globelamp.

Now back to some proper metal news!

Korn thought it was a good idea for Brian to jam on their most iconic song “Blind” with a massive GOP homophobe during Pride Month. I have been a fan since the debut and am beyond disgusted at this bullshit. Will not be linking to the atrocity and it is going to be awhile before I consider listening to them again or supporting unless they acknowledge that was some serious wack bullshit. Very bummed out and love their records. You can’t just pretend Mike Huckabee is some chummy dude. He is horrid. I did laugh online that someone wrote on twitter they should have played “Ass Itch”.

Amon Amarth news! The Viking warriors of riffs, beer and roars have a new song out about Captain America’s…er, Thor’s hammer. Check out the bad ass video below! Fight sequence/concept rules! “Working the bellows…!” AHHHH!!! METAL! Hope you all have a killer rest of the week and stand up for one another, metal friends!

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Album Review: Cave In – “Final Transmission’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:29 AM (PST)

CAVE IN‘s Final Transmission is hands down the best rock album I have heard in 2019, not just a masterful thrill-ride of all the band’s best tendencies forged into a precise and passionate whole, but an extremely emotional and satisfying if completely bittersweet farewell and celebration of Caleb Scofield. It would be a fitting final album for the band if that is what they choose to do, a potent addition to the incredible journey they have taken us on of musical and personal growth.

Caleb was killed in an auto accident in 2018 far too young and left behind a family, friends and legion of fans who he impacted in no uncertain terms. It would clearly be forgivable in the sorrow of such an event to elevate the last artwork of a beloved life out of a sense of protectiveness and love of their spirit, but Final Transmission truly is an incredible album top to bottom and deserves all the praise conceivable. It’s also heartbreaking in addition to the personal loss the world suffered to hear just how fucking amazing the band’s chemistry is, especially when capping the scope of what they have already done – a sizeable and intimidating, beautiful legacy.

I’ve been thrilled since my favorite record from the band Perfect Pitch Black to see them finding an incredible aptitude for not apologizing for any of their disparate elements, from the poppier alternative rock influences to the bristling immense heavy sounds they came up on to the psychic space rock of Jupiter that touched down in the middle of it all. Final Transmission has touchstones of all of those elements but also it is just exciting as can be to hear their drive to explore and let the Cave In-ness of it all just sort of fall into place naturally. “Winter Widow” is a fucking mind melting tune that is like a dream come true for me as a listener – the closest thing I can say to the experience being that it reminds me as if Cave In wrote a Superunknown second half track that would sit somewhere near “4th of July” and “Fresh Tendrils”. The composition, growling bass, divinely fearless guitar textures and some of Steve Brodsky’s best vocal work to date left me with goosebumps and a grateful feeling that someone still gives a fuck about rock in a very disheartening age for the genre.

Most of the lyrics and vocals for Final Transmission weren’t finished until after Caleb’s death. “The song ‘Shake My Blood’ was my first opportunity to express what I was feeling about the whole situation,” Steve explains. “It’s a mix of extreme grief, frustration and anger. I was trying to do something to gain the clearest answer about whatever the next move might be. We worked on the lyrics together, and all three of us sing on that song—Adam’s doing the high harmonies and JR is doing the low harmonies.”

I love the low tuned acoustic kind of clangy intro to the title track that opens the record, the kind of vibe I love to try and create on some of my own more mellow solo Walking Bombs tracks on my personal records – albeit these dudes all smoke me on guitar, haha. It almost sounds like a demo they cleaned up and I was very moved to learn that it was in fact a voice memo with a melodic vocal idea that Caleb left the band at an early stage of the recording process. It is a beautiful intro and VERY hard not to get choked up listening to it. So cool the band included it and it sets the stage perfectly for “All Illusions” grandeur. When those drums come in you know you are in for one of the biggest statements the band has ever made, perhaps even the biggest. This record will make any fan of the band get chills at some point at likely any listen.

“Led To The Wolves” is a fierce album closer and one full of Caleb riffs, just a brutal and bad ass song that hearkens back to some of the thunder of the earliest stuff (albeit with more melodic vocals). It really drives home with a stake through the heart the power of the band and you have to white knuckle yourself through the intensity of it knowing this voyage is reaching an end. Thankfully we will have the music forever and can fucking rage, contemplate or scream or croon along or play air guitar to any song in their history we wish. I really hope new and old fans alike – but especially old fans – take time out to spend with this album this year. It just doesn’t get better than this for 2019 but you will also feel like you are holding the hand of many hardcore scene memories. God bless to all these cats and holy fucking shit, wow. That’s all I got. Go listen. Humbling. One love/pma.

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I just learned about an interesting guitar record coming out that is called Symphinity, which came about as creators and twins Benny and Brian Goodman debated the world’s greatest guitarists. The project is billed as “one-part classical composition, one-part guitar virtuosity and one-part cinematic drama” and sounds pretty interesting. It also features some of the rock scene’s favorite stars, from a wide array of acts.

The project is comprised of Benny Goodman (keyboards, guitars), Brian Goodman (keyboards, programming), Kelly Kereliuk (guitar), Cory Paza (bass), Paul Lorenco (drums) and Sioban Cronin (strings). Featured artists on the first album in a planned series include Oli Herbert (All That Remains), Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), Jason Costa, Ethan Brosh, Satchel (Steel Panther), Angel Vivaldi, Conrad Simon, and Matthew LaPierre.

The record also features some of the final recorded music of Oli Herbert, who was very excited to be involved. I don’t generally support All That Remains because of some of the singer’s politics and statements but this is a separate Oli thing. He was quoted before his death regarding Symphinity that ,“With All That Remains, I’m doing about 16 bar solos on every song, so I have a very, kind of, modest amount of time to say what I need to say. With this, [Benny]’s like ‘Hey man, I want you to play over like 64 bars,’ Oh, man. So I have to really think differently about my structure and approach. It’s been cool, you know? It’s kind of like more is more, and it lets me really get that side out of me…I’m pleased to be a part of it.”

“It was my honor and privilege to add a small part to this album with so many amazing musicians on it. It made me want to get better. And practice more. But I’m in Steel Panther and well… I have partying to do also.”
—Satchel, Steel Panther

“It’s been a privilege to work with some of the highest-caliber of musicianship on SYMPHINITY. It’s been an even greater pleasure to honor our dearly departed friend and musical wizard Oli Herbert.”
—Angel Vivaldi

Check out “Singularity”, featuring Bumblefoot and Ethan Brosh, below.

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Texas boys Blacktop Mojo are a very driven band who are nearing the release of their third grassroots buzz-swell album Under The Sun. These dudes have earned every ounce of their growing popularity with hard work and hard rock focus. A new video for a tune with the same name as the tour “Can’t Sleep” will go public on June 21st the same day the song is available for streaming and downloading and the new full length is expected in September.

Dates BELOW.

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May metal wrap-up ft. Carpathia, Diviner, Under Aegis and MORE!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2:12 PM (PST)

Hey metalheads! I’m going to throw some stuff together on this post that I didn’t want to leave uncovered as we begin to approach the end of the month (Is it the end of May already?!).

Let’s start with some news from Those Darn Gnomes! San Diego jazz metallers are preparing to release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow via Nefarious Industries on June 28.

This release will tickle the fancy of fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, and Ruins.

Check out a trailer for the album below:

You can also head over to the Those Darn Gnomes Bandcamp if you need to catch up on their sound before Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow drops.

Those Darn Gnomes are also going on a west coast tour! Check out the tour dates:

THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
5/31/2019 San Diego Content Partners – San Diego, CA * album release show
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CAw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, COw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

Check out the rest of the news from Sanctuary, Under Aegis, Diviner, Luna Sol, and Carpathia here.

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