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Metal Riot’s Matt Slater hit up The Chance in Poughkeepsie, a favorite venue of this site, to shoot the powerful grooves and heavy barrage of Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and Jasta. Check out the shots BELOW.

I know you have probably heard the excellent new Coal Chamber album Rivals – read our interview with Dez on the album HERE – but you need to hear the great new Genexus record from Fear Factory, a step back up from the mixed bag of The Industrialist ( after the excellent Mechanize). And of course Jasta never, ever lets us down. He’s the biggest “as die hard as they come” type in the scene, something we could use more of in a new era of worse a.d.d. poseurs than ever before. It’s rad to see Jasta in a historically Hatebreed friendly venue like The Chance, especially hot on the heels of a massive Summer Breeze appearance. Inclusion is good, as this mix genre tour reminds, but also can’t fake dedication is something that all these bands prove makes metal even more rewarding for fans and musicians.

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Rage Against The Machine Finsbury Park DVD pending.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:27 PM (PST)

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Who is tired of band’s without messages of depth polluting the scene with white noise? IS it a crime to sing about real world issues? I give major props to Stray From The Path or Cop Problem in 2015 for not taking the easy way out. I’ve been bumping Run The Jewels a lot and got a tweet favorited by El-P the other day, which was mad chill. I also fuckin’ crave heavy groove and Rage Against The Machine opening for Cypress Hill on Black Sunday tour (with Seven Year Bitch and Funkdoobiest!) was my first concert. So, I miss me some Rage.

We need to smash corporate Oligarchy and unite as people of various colors, sexuality types and genders to get this world back on course! Did you see the GOP debate clowns this year? And half the Dems are as bought and paid for! Even Dave Mustaine seems to be getting a bit more sensible again, the GOP Debate was so bad!

Boysetsfire, System Of A Down, Pussy Riot or the bad ass new Morgoth song “Snakestate” come to mind as great examples of modern protest shit that jams hard, but there is only one Rage.

This shit got dropped in my inbox by the fine folks at Eagle Rock and was cool enough news to stop staring at and listening to the musically hypnotic and drop dead gorgeous singer of Overdrive, Fernanda Hay singing Bessie Smith for a minute (she followed me, I was not lurking…but, now I kind of am, haha). Anyway=

This fall, Eagle Rock Entertainment will drop the simultaneous release of Rage Against The Machine Live At Finsbury Park on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on October 16, 2015 [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray].Watch a clip at Metal Injection HERE.

Filmed in high definition at London’s Finsbury Park on June 6, 2010, this concert, which includes “Killing In The Name,” “Bulls On Parade,” “People Of The Sun,” “Guerrilla Radio,” “Bullet In The Head,” “Bombtrack,” “Sleep Now In The Fire,” and a cover of The Clash’s “White Riot”, comes with an interesting back story…

Read it and see tracklisting BELOW.

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Blessthefall has a new video and ‘m really liking the minimalism and good core concepts/elements with the hi fi but still raw blend of heavy and pop. Check out “Walk On Water” BELOW.

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Even the cynical and nu metal hating among you have to admit this tour is going to bring the serious mosh. Not only have Korn been really regaining that special weirdness they had since Brian Welch returned to the ranks, but they are bringing Suicide Silence and one of my favorite newer bands Islander in tow. Seriously, Are you rrrrreeeeaaaddddyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Maybe I’ll see some of you at Irving. Fuckin’ not ashamed of being stoked!

Dates BELOW.

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Septa from Ukraine are occasionally rough around the edges, but that is their personality as a band more than a flaw in their music. These dudes ought to be as widely regarded as your Whitechapels or Dillingers. They actually often kind of remind me of Minus meets Dolving era Haunted, which is really fucking kind of perfect. The band also sort of seem to have a Dolving-esque panache for blending genres and milking different styles of their coolest essence in a way most bands would screw up royally or never consider.

We’re stoked to premiere “Destroyer, Pt. 3” below. The footage shows a band who BRING it live. I feel like American bands are getting so fucking wimpy or like forgetting how Rock For Light and/or Reign In Blood will always be 1,000 times cooler and comet blazing than some dumb ass mallcore. Septa keep shit real!

Pleased to also announce Septa are going to be on our pending Halloween compilation, Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon. As long as I can get all the bands to get their crap to me on time we will have a cool ass comp. I really hope Castrator can do it (fingers and legs crossed). Confirmed so far we have Tiger Piss, Golden Torso (ex-Kylesa), Night Viper ( w Tom Sutton), my NY hard rock band GET OUT. , Geezer and more TBA plus mighty Septa.

Meanwhile, check out this new Septa live video BELOW.

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Album Review: Watertank – “Destination Unknown”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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If you want a record that will shock you with amazing audio, bold arrangements and huge, huge, huge guitar riffs very much like the bold melody Torche and Aftertaste-era Helmet had a baby shower in some Quicksand…need I go on? Watertank from France are fucking awesome, the kind of band where if you saw them blow the roof off a small club it would probably change your life. Throw on Destination Unknown and leap into your supressed dreams. “Automatic Reset” hammers into the record triumphantly, up there with some of the best of Failure or Filter and other bands who aren’t afaid of melody but can be unapologetically heavy at times to the surprise of some people who underestimate them, compared to say, death metal.

“Fever” is a barelling post-punk charge, enough room for mosh pit elbows and ass shaking. They kind of remind me of Paw a little bit too or the band Sleeppers. France has been my go to zone for saving myself from insanity for about a decade now when it comes to keeping faith that some countries give a shit about real music. I’ve worked a long time with uber prestigious taste makers and rad folks noisemag.net and they always support real, cool shit like this or KEN mode, bands who have chops, underground grit and working class roots. Watertank or many of the Throatruiner bands of the moment, for example (I know that’s Belgium), could school most American bands who are distracted by the dumbest fucking shit trends. I wanna hear the Life & Times meets Rush-like intro to “Last_Lost Hope” spread out across the heads of a vast crowd. These guys prove indie and post-hardcore or groove and metal can be friends.

“Surrender” reminds us to “Never say never…”, and this band sound like true believers.

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Coal Chamber release “Rivals” clip

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:26 PM (PST)

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IT’S BEEN A SHITTY WEEK. And it’s only Monday.

Let’s just STFU and watch the new Coal Chamber video.

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Metal reacts to marriage equality

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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Well, marriage equality is now the law of the land and everyone is waiting to see if that pastor will set himself on fire. In the meantime let’s read some comments from various metal scene humans we love:

Do what I want talk how I want fuck who I want … MARZ. killer lyric, it felt appropriate to post this today. Proud America. Always change and grow, zero tolerance for assholes and bullshit. If you’re offended. Fuck you. Sorry kids – Maria Ferrero  (BreakingBands)

Anyone who gives a fuck about what other people chose to do in their lives in regards to marriage as if it negatively impacts their personal lives is hopefully having a dog shit day today. People deserve the right to get divorced after a few years regardless of who they’re with. I don’t think this is the gateway to people marrying animals or children but if that’s the sort of shit you think then terrific, let’s talk about when Jesus is coming back and how climate change is a Jewish conspiracy to control agriculture while we’re at it. – Neill Jameson (Krieg, LeChantFunebre, Decibel)

I am in Europe right now on tour, but I would like to take the time to publicly express my happiness over some news my wife emailed me from home- the United States Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriages are now legal in all 50 states. Lately there have been racially motivated killings at home, religious loonies commiting horrific terrorist acts over here in Europe and in the Middle East, there is warfare all over the fucking place, & a ton of people live in poverty the world over- sometimes it’s hard to keep a smile on my face, & I wonder how long our world can keep going before we all just kill each other off. But then are those small moments when love wins, when we actually advance a tiny bit as human beings and realize that “Hey- that person or persons may be different than me, but that doesn’t make them any less than me, and they certainly should have the same rights as me.” I have gay friends- they go to work, they pay their taxes, they pay their mortgages just like everyone else. They are good people, otherwise they wouldn’t be my friends. And sometimes they are assholes just like everyone else too, but I still love them just like I love my straight friends, even when they are being jerks- why shouldn’t they have the same legal rights as me & my wife? Now they do. Whether some people like it or not, love wins this time, & I am stoked. It’s a historic moment, & even in the midst of all the other sadness & craziness it makes me smile. Now we just gotta try & grow up about a few other things… – Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)

Good Job, ‘merica – Jason Lekberg (Ikillya)

This is a great day for everyone who believes in equality. It doesn’t matter if you want to marry or not. It’s about equal rights for all Americans and building a path to a better nation. A true “United” States of#America ❤️ thanks to all who fought and stood by us to win #equalrights #LOVEWINS

– Otep Shamaya

A heartfelt congratulations to those that have finally won the right to be treated as the human beings they have always been. It has been a long time coming, and the celebration is well deserved!! I lift my glass to you…CHEERS! – Nathan Gray (Boysetsfire, I Am Heresy)

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DIVEST release 2001 White Plains demo

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM (PST)

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For the couple thousand kids who give a shit and know about my quite unsung old post-hardcore/nu metal band DIVEST , here’s a treat. Our one time very brief live bassist Andre Malkine shot me a copy of three songs I didn’t have that I added to our growing Bandcamp discography.

This was around a time period in early 00’s when we all kind of congregated at this party house around Purchase College cuz our guitarist Dave Parker was going to school there. It turns out the house was also where incidentally mine and my sister Cambria’s mom (who grew up in White Plains as my Grandpa was a famous minister there) used to come get babysat as a child decades earlier! So crazy. Swear to God. Weird synchronicity.

The house on the cover is not where we recorded this demo, but was the band house where everyone lived for a year or so and we did many mixes there of different tunes. The actual demo was done at some dudes house in a ritzy area of Westchester.

Funny story from this time. I remember our drummer Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn) went outside after drum takes and smoked a bowl. He was happy and standing under a tree when a fucking squirrel fetus fell out of the tree and slid down his face. Worst. Buzz Kill. EVER. Thankfully this 3 song has some of Nate Kelley’s best…BASS playing!!

This is what I wrote about it on Facebook:

OK ‪#‎tbt‬ big time. thanks to Andre Malkine for shooting me these. 3 demo tracks from pre 9/11 (a few months) 2001 Divest with Nate Kelley, Dave Parker (ex-Weerd Science, Coheed and Cambria, current Stellar Young) Kurt Brown and Zac Shaw line up plus myself. Drums sound very shitty (not performance), but the songs rule. Some of my best lyrics.”Valley” grooves so fuckin’ hard . I remember we’d play that and I’d feel like could knock down walls by staring at them during the verse riff. Never felt such false sense of invincibility in my life (and that says a lot if you know my life story) as this amazing, complex time drinking 40’s and rockin out toSevendustHUM and Jonah Matranga;s FAR with the boys while writing new songs constantly. This led up to us going to APPLEHEAD RECORDING & PRODUCTION and re-recording “Valley” wth Dr Know of Bad Brains, before we did the full Ghost Town Reckoning album with Dr Know and Applehead Studios (Chiodos, Team Sleep, Coheed ) guys producing. Crazy stuff. I wish I had the Applehead version of “Valley”. Also, “We Can Live” is the most desperate and confessional tune I probably ever wrote for a gal.

For all the fighting and bickering between us and the Coheed guys and band member trades and revolving crap/ all kinds of drunken bullshit with them, there is a lot of great music and MANY GOOD TIMES in the wake of all these people affiliated with the certain group of bands that came out of the Hudson Valley area around then like us, Coheed, Three, Watch You Burn, Anadivine,  etc. Much love and respect and hopeful peace and harmony for the rest of our pathetic lives! Best lyric: “A dirty business so let’s stick to our friends”. 

This was a weird space between Nu Metal and melodic post hardcore that we’d keep worrying at like a problem for the ages. haha.”

Check out the 2001 White Plains demo HERE.

 

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Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus is like the “Cirque Du Soleil from Hell” elegant Mad Max: Fury Road of summer rock albums, except it is a travesty it didn’t go number one at the charts.  Mad Max didn’t have that problem, much to the chagrin of small dicked keyboard cowboys in #gamergate support group chatrooms who are too scared to jack each other off and get real or the Return Of “So Called” Kings losers who the Fury Road babes would never gie the time of day in this or any world. Just got out of the theater seeing it in 3D and it is in my head as I write this intro reflecting on the new Faith No More. Odd comparison? Well…It might be a bit sleeker model than the early FNM releases (or Mad Max films) but in economy of track time there is still plenty of room for maximized FNM goodness. Patton has earned his cult and the band sound more glorious and in effortlessly in command of anything they touch. Unlike Fury Road however there is far less bloodshed or refreshing plot “risks” taken as one might have expected, though the band delivered a killer release that sits proudly in their canon and is better than Album Of The Year, for sure. The live show is always a circus of skill, sly wit and devilish delivery with any Patton project.  And in FNM’s corner is the fact that their kind of crazy is a lot better than Mel Gibson crazy, though in the new days of Bane Max, aka the dreamy and intense (I’m saying this because I often get told I look like him) Tom Hardy we have a real 100% bonafide action character to root for again without worrying if he is gonna hate Jews , make franchise disrespecting (aka no concern for innocent collatoral damage) mixed bag A Good Day To Die Hard or misgovern California. Neaaaghhh!!!

But some people still aren’t sold on Patton! They should be. He is undoubtedly miles ahead of the pack at pretty much all times. And if you don’t get the satire and snark and just want some Nickelback? Well, history will play the violins for you someday. It’s always funny until someone gets hurt, right? Well people get hurt when media, music and society pander to the lowest common fucking denominator in sex, equality, the arts and education all the time MORE! Don’t get me started, America. Anyone who would try to blame FNM and/or Rage Against The Machine for the rise of Limp Bizkit frat fans that led to raping chicks at Woodstock 99′ is an imbecile.

Le Butcherettes just did a split with and have an impending tour with The Melvins, another band with ties to Patton’s Ipecac and who take no prisoners and make no apologies. Like Melt Banana, Dillinger Escape Plan ,Dalek or any other artists Patton has championed over the years, Le Butcherettes are loved by generally smarter European Rock audiences, who generally only understand blunt statements more ala Five Finger Death Punch type rock fans. I hate to generalize and put up walls between human experience, but sometimes you gotta call it like you see it, baby. Le Butcherettes, have a bandleader in Teri Gender Bender who not only has the best “punk rock” name since Steve Ignorant of Crass but who sounds like PJ Harvey leading a riot brigade of styles into fearless, adrenaline pumping and downright sexy territory both musically and aesthetically, to say nothing of her eye popping appearance and Furiosa-esque confidence. Like Tool (who took out the Melvins, Isis and other great bands despite much of their fan base probably being fine if a butt rock band opened), Faith No More aren’t afraid to go with the cerebral choice over the brawny, easy way out. Like the new Mad Max. And therein lies hope for rock n roll, gender and social unity and the future of all that is good in this wasteland.

Elegant and rock n roll ready pics by Missmagpi can be found BELOW.

#faithnomore #solinvictus #mikepatton #philly  #madmax #melvins #terigenderbender #gamergate #furiosa #electricfactory 

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I don’t know if anyone was medicating but nobody appears to have been that isolated at the Seether recent May stop in Clifton Park supporting Isolate and Medicate. The hard rock vets have an undeniably strong fan base and pull for those who want some chunky riffs and at times morose but striving, gruff vocals in their rock n roll  Summer. Hey not every band can have a riff like “Same Damn Life” that sounds a lot like a Little Peggy March “I Will Follow Him” vocal melody and somehow make it a radio grunge thing. Catharina Christiana supplied photos BELOW.

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Coal Chamber drop ‘Rivals’ today

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles nu metallers Coal Chamber have today dropped their newest album Rivals via Napalm Records.

Frontman Dez Fafara talks about the new album, and the tour the band’s about to embark on:

“It’s been 13 years since COAL CHAMBER put out a record.  We all worked so hard on this music to make sure the whole album was a stellar push forward for the band and not some nostalgia trip!  If you like it heavy and unique you’ll love Rivals!  This record is full of crushing huge hooks and big down tuned riffs to move ya!  Support Heavy music in all its forms!”

COAL CHAMBER is coming to the USA for another killer tour, this time bringing along some great friends Fear Factory who have a new record coming and my good buddy Jasta with his solo project! Get ready and get your tickets because this tour is gonna sell out and be a good time.”

Check out tour dates and the lyric video for “The Bridges You Burn” here.

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Septa release new video for “Destroyer, Pt.1”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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Septa from Odessa are one of the most versatile bands on the scene right now by a long shot. Just check all the movements in new single and video “Destroyer, Pt.1” alone. That sludge riff that closes the song is a monster!

This band could easily hold their own with most modern post-hardcore/metal contemporaries and rage amidst a shipyard in the new pro looking but still gritty video. Check out their recent album Destroyer HERE and our review of the album HERE. Big fan of this band.

See the new music video BELOW.

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Album Review: Nekrogoblikon – “Heavy Meta”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM (PST)

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“Ok, what the fuck is ‘Goblin Metal’?” I swear, I sat there asking myself this question for about 10 minutes when this first fell into my hands. Just sitting, staring at my phone, wondering what this meant, but drawing blanks. Seriously, I could almost see myself grabbing people and screaming in a gravely voice, similar to Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight movies, and asking “What is it!? What is it!? Tell Me! What is Goblin Metal!?”

If you’re reading this right now and feeling the same way, then stick around. I’m about to answer this question the very best I can. The band NEKROGOBLIKON would be the best (and perhaps only) place to start. They are by far one of the most original bands I’ve ever encountered, so I can’t even begin to compre them to anything else I’ve heard yet. They can best be described as a fun, melodic, comedic, black metal band with some 80s inspired riffs, epic keyboarding, and vocals about goblins, for goblins, and performed by goblins that really resemble creature cards in one of my Magic The Gathering decks.

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Album Review: Faith No More – “Sol Invictus”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM (PST)

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Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus in far too easy cliffnotes shorthand would be a slice of The Real Thing with the general brevity of the songs (not the 2x vinyl album duration) of King For A Day, with plenty of unfamiliar yet familiar textures and pratfall avoiding moments of sheer joy and snark from camp “Rock Band” Patton and Co. Hearing Mike Bordin’s straight up, scarce frills yet so spot on percussion parts on the somewhat desert rock and Tomahawk-esque spaghetti western gangsta thriller “Cone Of Shame” is like putting on your favorite old coat that still is cooler than the new styles.

Was it worth the wait? Yes. I’m gonna say absolutely. This is a really great return to alternative nation.

The title track opens things up with the calm self control the band brought to the stage in Brooklyn a few years back opening with fucking “Midnight Cowboy” before just exploding with energy from there. Same digs here. “Sol Invictus” starts on a somber and slow, piano balladry note before we are thrust deep into “Superhero”, the band’s true comeback single. “LEADER OF MEN! GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!!!” Man, that is the lyric of our times for the bank puppets we answer to who are all really still in bed with Wall Street and Big Pharma.

“Superhero” and “Motherfucker” appealed to Real Thing and perhaps Album Of The Year-era fans strongly, both great singles. “Superhero” in particular just has so much of the classic FNM sound no one has ever imitated well. There are even a few “Take This Bottle” worthy moments here (if perhaps no “Midlife Crisis” – Angel Dust will always be their best record to me. It’s just a fucking masterpiece front to back. “Smaller and Smaller”, kids. HIGH water mark dopest song maybe ever, in my book).

I’ve got to say that “Sunny Side Up” is one of the best lyrics Patton has penned in years, continuing the homerun streak he has had with recent songs he’s been a part of like “Stone Letter” or Peeping Tom’s dope ass “Kill The Dj” and the score for The Solitude Of Prime Numbers (which had the coolest, leafy packaging I’ve seen in a long time).

There’s swing, stomp, sass, some PMA, some funk, scat alley cat yeowwls we know and love, beautiful piano parts (sans floppy fish) and plenty of gimpery to go around. Like Soundgarden’s King Animal or the forthcoming Failure disc, it defies critics who think the band are cash grabbing. There isn’t a song as sexy as “Stripsearch”, one of the last pre-break serious gems the band wrote which inspired some friends of mine to start a whole short lived band with the same name years ago…but I was slightly baked and exhausted in the bus station in NYC today listening to the NPR premiere of Sol Invictus in the headphones and just fucking found myself jamming the hell out and drumming in a pink t shirt not giving a fuck if people stared at me. What the hell ever. That’s a good sign.

Then I was looking at the picture of the two friendly cops on the wall by Gate 32 when Patton sang “Aint no grave gonna hold this body down”, and it made me feel something really deep and profound for the fabric of our society so at odds over hate and racism.

I’m not giving it a 4.5 out of comparisons to shittier bands but because it stands on its’ own merits. If that was the case it would have had a five (and probably should since once this site gave a five star rating to The Bunny, The Bear). But yeah, I really wanted someone to bring back the power of weird ass, ambitious rock for the radiation soaked masses. Oh wait, somebody has. Faith No More!!! Goodbye, Motherfucker(s)! You had it coming! #rainbowswillcurveforme