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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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I still maintain that Publicist UK deserved a slot on my 2015 year end list over numerous much heavier bands. The post-punk project favor atmospheric rock soaked in emotional process, laden with a coldness striving to thaw. The band’s quite capable rendering of Tori Amos classic “Precious Things” (for the Decibel Flexi series) into a dark hard rock treatment that still retains a gothy charm with none of the song’s weight lost is impressive. And of course those low crooning Bauhaus-esque vocals are good times.
This kind of message and fluidity is important in the scene right now.
Check it out HERE and jump on the bandwagon, already.
And of course you can compare it to the chilling yet spiritual original.
Renowned Japanese innovators BORIS and MERZBOW have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP Gensho, one of the artists’ most daring works to date. Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon,” Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition).
Stubborn death metal and throwback punk types who hate melody often wonder why I dig Enter Shikari . Well, the punk meets alternative meets freaky ass outer space drum n bass influenced hard rock band are seriously innovative. Like Dead Letter Circus, System of a Down or Nothing More, they are a group who I think just nail it when it comes to writing memorable songs with cool twists and turns. It might not be the heaviest thing in the world you’ve ever heard but life is about a wide range of experiences. Seeing the band live will make your cynical impulses thaw and you will soon find that you are participating in a very uplifting shared experience. This band believes in the power of rock music to matter and they wear that on their sleeves.
Almost twelve months from the release of their fourth UK Top 10 album, The Mindsweep – which went onto win Independent Album Of The Year at the 2015 AIM Awards and scoring highly in many end-of-year polls – plus two months since the release of companion album The Mindsweep: Hospitalised, Enter Shikari drop a completely new track ‘REDSHIFT’.
Produced by the band and Mindsweep producer Dan Weller, and mixed by Tim Bran (London Grammar, La Roux, The Verve), the track is accompanied by a video directed by Mike Tyler (responsible for the bands previous videos ‘Anaesthetist’ and ‘Torn Apart’)
As vocalist Rou Reynolds explains:
“Redshift is a song about bloody good luck! On the grandest of scales! Literally! Our universe is expanding faster and faster and a few trillion years from now, everything will have sped away from us so fast that all we would see when looking out from Earth is empty space. We would deduce that we were totally alone in the universe. A lost sheep. The last and only biscuit in the tin”
BOOM. Read the scoop on Rolling Stone! http://www.rollingstone.com/…/25-mos…/life-of-agony-20160109
I was so fucking emotional that typos prevailed. \m/Add to My Radar
Core was the first cd my pops ever bought me. RIP Scott. Fuckin’ drag. I still respect dude for how Purple made all the indie rockers begrudgingly admit that STP was fuckin’ cool. The story is developing and I think TMZ Broke it. I saw it first on Mitchell Sunderland‘s Twitter feed.
Really glad I haven’t done heroin since 1998, if that’s what the cause was…though I feel morbid speculating. Hope he went out smellin’ like a rose and is dancin’ like a maniac up to the pearly gates.
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So, I’m sort of postponing watching The Walking Dead this morning on cable catch up because (spoiler alert) I already heard that they brought Glenn back in a really implausible way. Just read Kim Kelly’s awesome new road article on C.O.C. for Noisey (and sort of wishing they’d still play recent non-Pepper gem “Tarquinius Superbus” live in this formation) and then browsed some new Riding Easy patches. Bitching to myself about the inconsistent self-centeredness of humanity or people I’ve dated. Walked the dog. Thinking of ways to make more money to move West eventually. So in other words, it was a usual day.
Until I checked out the new jam from The Moth Gatherer via the fine label Agonia, purveyors of numerous killer metal slabs of darkness, usually on the blacker end of the metal spectrum like Aosoth or really soul splitting and barren stuff like the rad new Hypothermia record. I had heard of the band but the name sort of reminded me of Ashton Kutcher and The Butterfly Effect and I already love The Atlas Moth way too much, so did I have room for another “moth” band in my steel heart? Well, I never should’ve put off listening to them because the band revitalized a dull day with a nine minute new banger called “Attacus Atlas” that melts collective minds like the most ritualistic Cult Of Luna or Ghost Brigade side was melded to even heavier guitar passages that are nearly as doomy as they are post-metal. The song comes from new album The Earth Is The Sky, which you may pre-order here. These Swedes are now firmly on my radar and I am stoked.
Commented the band: “The Earth Is The Sky is an album where we tried to take everything as far as we could. There where points during the recording where we honestly spoke about giving up and calling it a day, it felt like we would crumble under the album. But we suffered through. The result is a desperation about how humanity drags it all to the end. Where A Bright Celestial Light was an introvert journey into decay, The Earth Is The Sky is a journey to the highest point on Earth where you sit down and contemplate about our existence while watching the flames from the burning world”.
California groove metallers Five Finger Death Punch have released the music video for their song “Wash It All Away”.
“Wash It All Away” is from Five Finger Death Punch’s newest album Got Your Six which was released last September and is the band’s sixth album.
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I’ve become a big Septa fan in a short amount of time, so it was awesome to get the Ukraine bad boys to contribute one of their madhouse spazzy metal songs to Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon comp HERE. We have fittingly had waves of zombie themed song attacks every week and Septa represent the final Zombie attack, before we reveal our final monster song, the final boss of the Creature Honeymoon. Who else? Frankenstein via a tune by NY’s Geezer. But you have to wait juuust a little while longer for that one, Meanwhile headbang to the Septa tune, the screamiest and perhaps heaviest song on the compilation!Add to My Radar
I think a lot of people are lazy & happy to sit back. There wasn’t such a
thing as a Laissez-faire attitude when we were cavemen. We have to be more
proactive as a society. – Mikey Demus
Skindred have always had their own thing goin’ on, an unstoppable mash of reggae, punk, metal, dancehall and anarchy. The band slay almost every band I an think of live. You can literally throw them on almost any bill and even if someone wasn’t a fan of the style they would be hard pressed to not admit the band kicked their ass and gave 100%.
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The best song on the new Faith No More record is now 100% more geriatric in a good way. this reminds me of when the little old ladies and old dudes sang Sonic Youth and Ramones in that old folks home. “Rainbows will bend for me” is still the best metal lyric of the year. Plus I am from Woodstock, NY so I appreciate that half the dudes in the band in this clip look like Levon Helm, who we miss a lot around here. Win.Add to My Radar
RATM‘s Live At Finsbury Park is a must have document from the titans of guerilla funk metal.
In late 2009, a successful campaign was launched by English DJ Jon Morter and his wife Tracy to promote an alternative to the omnipresent “X-Factor” winner being the Christmas No. 1 hit in the U.K. singles chart. The track they nominated was RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s “Killing In The Name”. The band supported the campaign, donated the proceeds from the sales to charity and lead singer Zack de la Rocha promised that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE would perform a free concert in the U.K. to celebrate the achievement. This is that concert.
From a crucial introduction from professor Chuck D of hip hop greats Public Enemy (who have a dope new album out this year Man Plans, God Laughs) to a fired up crowd truly passionate and alive after doing the unthinkable and taking the power back from the gross spectacle the pop charts have become, this was a landmark moment for music with bite breaking through. It should be as essential viewing as The Clash at Shea Stadium or the new Run The Jewels clip (featuring De La Rocha) for their racial violence song “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F–K).
We have missed RATM on wax despite the infrequent but still vital times they have risen up for sporadic live shows. I get that The Battle Of Los Angeles is a damn hard act to follow (and Bleed The Pigs, OTEP and Stray From The Path have done their best to fill the void), but seeing the sea of people surging to “Testify” or being fresh from watching the 2015 Dem Debates on my tv and hearing Clinton get it wrong on medical marijuana or candidates drag feet on Snowden, Wall Street reform and other issues, it’s good to know that somewhere there was once more of a spark of resistance in our alternative music and not just trying to get everyone nude at a festical, all due respect to Miley & The Lips. While maybe that could be revolutionary for Millenials in 2015 eager to pick and choose from the hippy days, but it seems like a good recipe for douche bro/ molly rape to me, the validity of body acceptance themed events notwithstanding.
As De La Rocha raps the familiar words from the great S/T album about the bombtrack starting as a “sketch in my notebook”, you wonder how many people are trying to drop knowledge at a higher level and how many just want to get high.
Finsbury is a great example of the populace being engaged in their own destiny and saying “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”.
Logan Madder will always hold a place in the heart of any metal fan who has ever been in the midst of a “Davidian” riff onslaught, but the producer and guitarist is much more than that. Returning to the stage after a decade plus, Madder has re-emerged with a strong new group Once Human.
I’m a fan of some of Madder’s production with especially Gojira and less so with Five Finger Death Punch, if more so because the band annoy me than any fault in the production. Once Human, however, it feels like Madder pulled out all the stops to assert his new group is the bomb. He did a good job. The title track in particular is enough to make any fan of this kind of alt metal/crossover thrash salivate. From the roared vocals of Lauren Hart, which recall Tarrie B at her most unhinged married to some real hooks, a dry and punishing amped up drum attack from secret weapon Dillon Trollope and groove metal power to make the 90’s blush, the band are nonetheless not a throwback. There is plenty of studio wizardry and unexpected textural twists, dives and especially cool spacious elements in the guitars to contrast the heaviest moments.
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“Time Of The Disease” is powerful groove metal, ballistic bass, a slick solo and augmented by awesome string and vocal patterns like something from a gothic horror movie before major melodeath kicks in. Hart’s voice has a particular low end to her scream not heard this effectively since Karyn Crisis. “I Am War” is another highlight, a war march intro with cooed vocals that gets more uneasy as the band build the 1:52 track from a dreary military march through a dollhouse nightmare like soldiers and Marilyn Manson-esque circus outcasts had a party.
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The countdown to Halloween has officially begun! Head to our snazzy new Bandcamp page HERE for the first three tunes to be revealed from Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon, a monster themed compilation I’ve been putting together with friends from around the world of metal and punk for the last few months!
The full comp will be out ON Halloween but we are revealing more tracks every week counting down! This is even more exciting than Back To The Future Day on the 21st (though I am seeing Superjoint and Danzig that night, which is pretty exciting. Hmmm). Anyhow, while it is technically Wednesday as I type this and the last day of September rather than October first, I just couldn’t wait on letting some of these monsters out for dinner! Heck, we had a super blood moon eclipse the other night and you know that must’ve riled up some of them!
The first three tracks you can hear or name your price for are from New York’s Cirrhosis, Boston’s Mongrel and Seattle’s The Great Goddamn (thanks to Lisa from He Whose Ox Is Gored for introducing me to that last one).
A death metal “Black Lagoon” ode, a tale of war zombies and a 2:00 song about an “800 Lb. Gorilla” seem like a great way to kick this beast party off!
Stay tuned each week for more tracks! Cover art for the comp was provided by Kim Zangrando!Add to My Radar
Candiria are an old favorite and we are excited to join with the voices congratulating the Brooklyn veteran urban fusion group on their new contract with Metal Blade Records. It is an inspired pairing that ought to wake up more people to the power of the band’s music. Check out a new documentary on the band HERE.Add to My Radar