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Century Media sign Gospel Of The Witches (Karyn Crisis)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM (PST)


So happy to say that my good friend and constant inspiration Karyn Crisis has signed to Century Media with her newest project:

Karyn Crisis is a name worthy of more praise and attention. While select circles of people know and appreciate her prior vocals with the critically-acclaimed Crisis from 1993-2006, many are still naive to her influence and impact. This demure girl raged harder than many men, slugging it out with impactful live performances at hardcore and metal shows, screaming often times like a demon, other times singing like an angel. She led the way and has become an influence for female-fronted extreme bands. And then she disappeared. In the interim she made a name for herself as an artisan via her paintings and leatherwork, and now she’s returned with a stellar new project, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, and a fabulous new album to be released next year through Century Media Records.

“This band began 5 years ago in Tuscany, Italy, as an alchemical journey between Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) and myself as we searched for a way to musically honor the Witches who came before me and who have been guiding me in Spirit, teaching me their Ancient Ways,” explains Karyn.

The album was financed by fans via websites like Kickstarter and Etsy; then Karyn together with Davide Tiso, Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura) recorded the 13 songs atThe Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist).

Upon completion of the album, Karyn began shopping the album and reconnected with Century Media President Marco Barbieri, who had signed Crisis back in 1993 when he worked at Metal Blade Records.

“In my opinion, Karyn is a true renaissance artist and I am intrigued by anything she puts her touch on,” explains Barbieri. “She remains an undeniable icon in the annals of hardcore and metal with her vocal and live performances, and I am pleased that she has been re-infected by the muse and is sharing her undeniable talents again for longtime fans as well as a new generation. Gospel Of The Witches is not Crisis; it has her fingerprint all over it, lending an ear to early influences, but here she and her band take the listener on all sorts of new journeys and adventures musically, vocally and emotionally. I am proud to be working with Karyn again.”

In closing, Karyn states, “I’m so excited to announce that I’ve signed a worldwide deal for my new band, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, to Century Media. Working out this new partnership is a testament to the enduring connections my art and voice have made throughout the years with industry people and fans who’ve continued to support me and encourage me to keep singing.”

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Cowards “Rise To Infamy” punishing trailer video released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:25 AM (PST)


France and Throatruiner Records have quite a thing going on, from super edgy black metal experimental mentalists Plebeian Grandstand (who recently toured India, of all places) to hardcore devoted sludge noisers Cowards from Gay Paree. I also write for the print version of the truly amazing France based and am always super impressed at the devotion to the true underground sociology of music and reverence for it the French fans of noise, metal and punk (or Europeans hip to this shit in general) possess as opposed to most American “hardcore” and “metal” kids who listen to complete bullshit.

The stalwart band Cowards have a new record Rise To Infamy prepped for this winter and you can see a scorching trailer (featuring the song “Frustration (Is My Girl)” and track listing for it below. Seriously, everything this label touches is pure gold and that artwork is seriously disturbing. I was the 420th view of the trailer, so that’s cool beans.

Click HERE to check it out!

I’d rather be the band that consistently has played to a few hundred people every night for a career than playing arenas for a certain amount of time and then wind up playing in the suburbs to 30 people for the rest of their “career” as they cling to what’s left. – Stavros Giannopoulos


I haven’t had a chance to chat much with my friend Stavros from psychedelic warriors The Atlas Moth since interviewing him for New Noise Magazine when third album The Old Believer first dropped. Since then the band have toured with Russian Circles and Boris plus have some great new stuff from said tours available in their online merch store (the fuckin’ hoodies are DOPE!).

Now that Stavros is home and momentarily settled, it was time to pick his brain anew about recent stuff, being a fan before a musician, not pleasing everyone and generally being the man.

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Album Review: Inter Arma – “The Cavern”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM (PST)


The Cavern from Inter Arma is one of those large scale, post-Dopesmoker massive tracks  that more ambitious artsy metal leaning types sometimes aim to compose these days. USX’s haunting and determined The Valley Path is my favorite ambitious one track long player of recent years, though Lesbian’s tripped out Forestelevision also comes to mind as a good one (except for the ridiculously silly the first time and annoying the next fake King Diamond part in the middle). Long story short, a lot of doomy bands seem to be making one “big statement” type song the last few years, but they have usually been worth indulging.

Inter Arma are hot on the heels of Sky Burial with this 40+ minute epic bump on the head. A pretty somber descent into the depths of sludge, brawny unified dark rock riffs and the new trend of Americana referencing black metal, the record nonetheless is more solid than scattershot. The performances feel more in tandem to the larger whole than haphazard, a slow and patient allowing of yourself down into the maw of this cavern with occasionally rapid and terrifying plunges.

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Deafheaven to release new album in 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM (PST)


Deafheaven have announced plans for a 2015 album release, though Lambgoat insists that at this time no specific label home is certain yet. What is certain is that yesterday the Pope said evolution is kind of an actual thing and now a lot of previously gullible people are maybe now wondering if heaven really is deaf and we just got dumped on this rock to hiss and spit at one another (something most skeptical metal heads have believed for quite some time). Hey, free will is great but it also means accountability. Pray for forgiveness, humans.

George Clarke photo from Basilica Sound Scape, shot by missmagpi

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All Hell sign to HPGD Productions, 10/28/14 digital release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM (PST)


Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has signed Asheville, NC’s horror hounds All Hell and will release their debut album entitled “The Devil’s Work” on October 28th 2014 as a Digital Album. Below is the official description:

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Asheville, NC’s horror hounds All Hell with the debut album “The Devil’s Work”. Out for blood, All Hell present twelve tracks of torture and torment, ripping into themes of dark literature, art and the most hideous chapters of human history. A unique blend of Metalpunk, Thrash and old school Black Metal, “The Devil’s Work” is full of violence, darkness, and morbid aggression along with horror influenced lyrics and imagery. Rise from the grave and worship All hell! For fans of Bathory, Celtic Frost, Danzig, Disfear, Eat My Fuk, Hellhammer, The Lurking Corpses, Midnight, The Misfits, Samhain, Toxic Holocaust and Venom


Second To Sun plays modern and avant-garde heavy metal music with the elements of black metal and ethnic Finno-Ugric music. You will want to experience their new EP, a web of black metal and progressive instrumental influenced sounds that you will be glad to be snared by. My favorite is “Barmaley”, which has mysterious guitar and cool staggered drum patterns.

Belarusian artist Oleg Zelenkevich provided cover artwork.

Second To Sun was formed by guitarist Vladimir Klimov-Lehtinen and drummer Artem Vishnyakov in 2012. Soon after the release of the first EP titled The God’s Favourite Whore, Artem left the band and S2S had become a one man band, but later Anton Danilevsky joined Vladimir as a bassist and Theodor Borowski as a drummer. In 2013, the band released their first full-length album, Based On A True Story, and a year later this  EP titled Three Fairy Tales.  The band is currently writing material for a new full-length album.

Check the EP out HERE.

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Macabre tour with Ringworm and a Carcass mini-tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM (PST)


Madcap death metal murder dawg’s Macabre lead off the news today with announcement of a killer tour with Panzerfaust and Ringworm. The insanity of this tour cannot be denied. Every band is all kill, eat your fill. MACABRE will spread their grisly tales of terror across the country from October third through Halloween night. The trek includes participation in Philip H. Anselmo’s second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, alongside Gwar, Voivod, Neurosis, Danzig, Samhain, Eyehategod, Vader, Corrections House, Lustmord and others. Nice to see Macabre get some love again.

Click HERE for tour dates.

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Interview: Blackest – “Scumsuckers” and Brooklyn Badittude

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM (PST)


Blackest are the latest Brooklyn band to roar through the underground like an angry lion, bringing real spirit and energy to each song and performance. Click HERE for an interview with a band who could tangle with nearly any hardcore or metal band and come out unscathed.

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Interview: Slaves BC – When Every Breath Matters

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM (PST)


“…One is a bad wolf who is filled with hate, rage, envy, and so on. The other, is a good wolf filled with love, peace, humility, and such. The boy asks which will win the war, and the grandfather replies “The wolf you feed”.

Drummer/vocalist Josh Thieler of Pittsburgh’s Slaves BC took the time to answer our questions and consider the most pressing issues of our modern times. Also, they have a new split 12″ and a bad ass sigil that Jinx of Coven made them.

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Album Review: Take Over And Destroy – “Vacant Face”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM (PST)


Arizona has birthed some balefully rad metal bands the last few years, from the political grind might of Landmine Marathon to the potent sludge of Godhunter. The latest buzz band to rightfully deserve all the accolades thrown their way is TOAD (Take Over And Destroy) from Tempe, AZ. Do you remember when records were less about genre and more about just cool ass songs and energy combinations? TOAD do. Put on House of GVSB from Girls Against Boys, for example (which sounds nothing like the band I am writing about). Every song was clearly GVSB but full of cool elements that made it all interesting top to bottom. Type O Negative are another good example. Whether you loved them or disliked them (because there was no in between with that classic band), it is undeniable that a Type O record was lush with dynamics.

NWOBHM delivered with the conviction that makes a band like Christian Mistress great is here wed to classic rock matter of factness, the sense that layers of keys and guitar are a fact of life and just part of making good music. Like doomers The Order of Isrofel, I dont think TOAD lose much sleep over whether people think mellow parts or weird interludes that might be a little Zeppeliny are cool or not. I like that the singer of this band is confident in his real singing voice, even when it is a bit freaky and unique. There are enough emotions packed into this killer album that your face will not remain vacant. You will rock and believe. Synth and a touch of retro horror feel creep in like choking vines at the edges of a bleak energy that nonetheless is offset by the strength of the band. “Summer Isle” thumps and stomps like a lower budget Cathedral fronted by a drunk sounding Peter Murphy, while “Terminal Burrowing” kicks balls with the sludge charge of “March Of The Fire Ants”-era Mastodon with crack insanity BM drums.

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Sepultura – Unity, Metal Veins and Les Tambours du Bronx

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM (PST)


“Aggravations, hostility…but there’s a difference. We are free!” – Derrick Green, from “Spectrum”

Metal icons Sepultura are true survivors, a band that has stood for years as heavy music ambassadors to Brazil and beyond. Now the heavy metal tribal kings are poised to make a glorious racket yet again with the release of Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio, out in North America on September 16th, 2014.

The album finds Sepultura plowing with vigor through classics like “Territory” and sing along fan favorite anthems “Sepulnation” and “Roots Bloody Roots” alongside the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles! Could that much sound even be properly captured on CD/DVD? I checked in with imposing talent, vocalist Derrick Green, to get the story on one of the most impressive live statements of the band’s globe trotting career.

Click HERE for more!

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I remember a Today Is The Day show years ago. The band had just come off tour with Slayer overseas but were playing some crap room on an off night. Bands that were flash in the pan and have since come and gone had all the youngsters in a tizzy at a venue next door. Steve got up and nonetheless destroyed faces with one of the most violently guttural sets I ever witnessed. Today Is The Day is the guilty hands of humanity. Now the details for their tenth opus Animal Mother (if you don’t get the awesomeness of that title, poor you) have been revealed. Get stoked or I’m gonna tear you a new asshole.

Some things in life are debatable. Fireball Ministry perfectly have balanced the older Ozzy retro sound with the vocal styles of Ozzy’s 80’s-present career (“The Broken”, anyone?), at times something Ozzy himself has struggled with (but nailed on some of the worth revisiting 2010 Scream album). Today Is The Day arguably laid most of the groundwork for Converge’s success, though the latter have become a far larger touring entity and scene presence over the years.

Southern Lord have revealed the track listing, gorgeous  Samantha Muljat cover art and a visual trailer. Jeff Lohrber of Enabler plays on this beast and I am seriously excited to see if TITD can somehow top Enabler’s recent latest, one of the most crucial albums of the last few years.

Southern Lord will release Animal Mother on 2xLP, CD and digital in North America on October 14th.

Click HERE for track listing and kiss any pigs nearby.


Punishing bong titans High On Fire and uprisers Blackest both destroy and we are very pleased to have some killer live shots of their Music Hall Of Williamsburg recent show, taken by always on point photog- NYC’s Jammi York .

Click HERE and catch some of  the energy.

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Music Video: Rings Of Saturn – “Senseless Massacre”

Posted by SeanB on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM (PST)

10516870_10152426827548463_3903064199059209213_nSelf proclaimed aliencore (sounds about right) group Rings Of Saturn have just released a music video for their new single called “Senseless Massacre.”  The song comes from the band’s upcoming October 14th Unique Leader Records release, Lugal Ki En.

The video can be found by clicking here.

Lugal Ki En will be Rings Of Saturn’s third full length album and the follow up to 2013’s Dingir.  If you’d like to pre-order the album you can due so right here.


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