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MetalSucks usually treats Otep like shit and while I love that site generally it is one of the things that annoys me the most about it, cuz Otep rules. Show me that many other metal artists who are as outspoken and who have inspired more people to accept their bodies, sexuality or to get socially active protesting war and to listen to heavier music. There aren’t that many.

And seriously, how could you listen to “Warhead” and not think it was heavy as fuck?

I took Otep’s side in the scandal about The Civil Unrest tour and now in her Metalsucks interview Otep Shamaya puts the bullets into everyone else’s version of events pretty thoroughly. Good for you, Ms. Shamaya.

TRIBE for life, yo.

Check out OTEP’s rebuttal HERE.

Photo by Catharina Christiana

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Wake Up Lucid release new video for “White Collar Love”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:12 PM (PST)

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California’s Wake Up Lucid have release a clip for “White Collar Love” from their Gone With The Night EP (Out March 31st). We recently interviewed the guys for the site and you can read that HERE.

Check the distorted fuzz rock prism of molten genius out below.

 

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Ill Nino responds to Civil Unrest Tour vs Otep Controversy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM (PST)

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Alright y’all. Getting a late start here today. I was babysitting so a photog/ex could go shoot a Swans show for me and freakin’ wow…kids tire you out more than a metal show. In case you aren’t up to speed the internet exploded over Otep allegations against the singer of a low budget Slipknot rip off Terror Universal , He is said to have violently grabbed her crotch in a huge violation of personal space while drunk. Read the full exchange of statements from Otep, the wife of Terror Universal’s singer and the tour promoters HERE.

Long story short is Otep says she was told ahead of time Terror Universal weren’t going to be on the tour. The Civil Unrest tour organizers say she breached contract and is drumming up this mess to get more money, pretty much as bold a claim as saying someone assaulted you if it isn’t true.

Otep Shamaya responded online with:
If it didn’t happen why did security remove him from the bldg? Why were they kicked off my tour the night it happened? 
I make a damn fine living in this band. Also my work as a Voice Over Actor (the HOBBIT) & an author. I don’t need to extort anyone for $ ha

Good response and succinct.

Even if dude was drunk and didn’t intend or mean what Otep said occurred, it doesn’t mean no harm was done. But contracts aside-I know honestly people who say Otep can be a hard ass. HOWEVER, In the numerous times I’ve interviewed her she’s been  extremely thoughtful, outspoken and great. I cannot believe that person would leverage a tour contract dispute by sensationalizing the issue of invasive physical activity against women , especially when combating it is the backbone of many of Oteps songs!!

Not to mention , it’s a competitive fucking  industry and you have to be hard sometimes especially in metal where chicks get pushed around if they don’t want to be “the hottest chick in metal” stereotype and push their art foremost over their tits (not that I am a prude about sex. It’s their choice). But  if the Terror Universal band was not supposed to be on the same tour as Otep but added on later how is THAT not a breach in the civil unrest tours part? Some people are saying the smaller band would be booted off if a bigger one issues such demands but not necessarily and CERTAINLY not if Otep was really offended. She stands on principle.

Ill Nino  have since issued this statement in the aftermath of all this ugliness. Looks like Kittie is replacing the departing feuding bands. I have no gripe with the great bands still on the bill, especially 36 Crazyfists who put out my fave record of 2015 so far. But I will say I think the response of the tour officials shows major lack of objectivity and so I will henceforth write about these bands only once they are out on whatever tours they follow Civil Unrest up with. It is distasteful. Maybe I’m biased for various reasons but something feels off here.

ILL NINO does not condone any forced act of violence or sexual nature towards any human beings, nor will we tolerate violations of one’s personal space. This also goes for cyber-bullying, or making demeaning comments towards ANYONE on social media. We strongly support equality for all.

We would like to draw closure by stating that the CIVIL UNREST TOUR will continue without participation from either OTEP or TERROR UNIVERSAL. We’re looking forward to hitting the road, reuniting with our fans and friends, and also sharing the stage with our tour brothers, and sisters, KITTIE & 36 CRAZYFISTS. Stay tuned, more bands to be added!!”

In addition, it is good that Terror Universal have at least posted the following on their Facebook:

EVERYONE ON THIS PAGE, PLEASE NO MORE NEGATIVE COMMENTS AGAINST OTEP, OR ANYONE ELSE. THE NAME CALLING, AND UGLY REMARKS HAVE GONE ON LONG ENOUGH. THANKS.

Seriously, there is so much vile trolling out there from fans on all sides. YOLO, y’all. Try and be better people and not resort to verbal violence. Anyway, I gotta get back to this Stoneburner record, some good herb and maybe some American Horror Story: Coven re-runs to lift my spirits and make me feel clean again. Where is the unity?

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“I smell a massacre!” We’ve got some exclusive Black Label Society, Hatebreed and Butcher Babies shots from staff photog Matt Slater. The show is from January’s stop at the Webster in Hartford, CT and from the looks of it the show was pretty intense. I’m a big fan of all of these bands. Hatebreed have been metalcore originators for a long time, since Slater and I used to go see them (and in Matt’s case his band Beneath The Remains used to open for them) in Poughkeepsie hardcore’s arguable heyday in the late 90’s-early 00’s. Black Label? It’s fuckin’ Zakk. What else is there to know? And as for Butcher Babies? They get a lot of shit for looking good but you know what? The band is not only about sex or some BS. Pay attention to their Instagram feeds and you’ll see how they really work hard, push themselves and care about connecting to their fan base as a full band. I agree that women shouldn’t be exploited but don’t think that means every woman and/or man in a band has to leave their outfits from showing too much all the time either. Bottom line? Butcher Babies fuckin’ rule! Go listen to Goliath now and tell me you don’t want to pit it up during “C8h18 (Gasoline)”!

Anyway, check out the shots BELOW. As Hatebreed scream “This Is Now!!”

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Coal Chamber premiere title track for “Rivals”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:12 AM (PST)

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As a career non shit giver I’m gonna buck the “all nu metal sucks” trend and say that I’m stoked on the new Coal Chamber.

Title track RIVALS from the return LP (slated for a May 19th Napalm Records release) is nice and raw like Dark Days but has the sort of unhinged theatrical verses, albeit darker than before, of the early CC stuff. Check it out HERE. The chorus kind of sounds like Machine Head but Dez has his own trademark voice. This song has movement and bark. I don’t see how it isn’t better than the vast majority of shitty deathcore or Christ-core bands out now, especially since there are less derivative “nu” clone bands copying Korn and Coal Chamber these days and no one gives a fuck about the Woodstock 99′ frat boy plague of Limp Bizkit. It makes it a little bit easier to remember what was good about this style (ie: groove, catharsis and big, dumb mosh pits), especially since Korn and Coal Chamber , as well as Sevendust, are making some of their best new tunes in forever.

Live  fan shot video BELOW.

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Interview: Wake Up Lucid – It’s a family fuzz rock affair

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM (PST)
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Live photos by Angela Holtzen

 

Like a good dream, Wake Up Lucid  linger with you in a surreal haze for awhile during their drifty sleep hang over type moments while at other times their fuzzed attack leaves the charred aftermath of a West Coast forest fire. The band have played to discerning L.A. audiences and put their time in the last few years all perhaps building up to an emphasis on being as dynamic as possible these days. I’d love to see them alongside a Dead Meadow or White Hills type band or two.

I just love these guys. They remind me of when I was in bands in Woodstock, NY and it was all for the right reasons…cranking out good memories and riffs. As their bio says: Early on, cousins Ryan, Ian, and Jamie from Wake Up Lucid set up home base at Silverlake Lounge on Sunset Boulevard as a challenge to themselves, honing their writing and performance skills in front of one of the most demanding audiences in the world. What resulted was…being offered an album release party, then a residency, followed swiftly by media acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, LA Times, Vice/Noisey, Filter, Nylon, MOKB, KEXP… and plenty of others!

Producer Joe Cardamone has kind of adopted the band and the results have been great. New EP Gone With The Night is an indicator of more hurdles leapt by this promising power trio. Taste making stoner Mecca of blogs The Obelisk recently premiered “Get Fucked” from Gone With The Night HERE (incidentally I was the 69th Facebook “like” which is almost as cool as being the 666th RTX like awhile ago). Anyway, it was a good time to interview all 3 members of the band BELOW.

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I just did what gravitates towards my soul, genres and barriers are disconnected from my listening pleasure – Brock Lindow

Music should break you out of your self prescribed mode, peel the veneer off of life’s everyday patterns and expose the nerves. I know some scene purists want to be metaller than thou or write off the new At The Gates (which is superb) because it isnt 20 years old and how dare they write a new album. I personally liked Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey as an examination of depression and the grey scale of vulnerability and power play of sensuality far more than the majority of heavy revenge fantasy albums that I crossed paths with last year. Music should bring you inside of new ways of thinking, shake the dust or at least make you wonder or relate to the artist.

Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists have made what is possibly their crowning jewel with Time And Trauma (Spinefarm). This is just one of those records that defies critics and is destined to be a classic, much like Deftones Around The Fur or V.O.D.’s Imprint were just other records in a cluttered release year when they came out.

“I’ve seen the devil in many of my days/lately I’ve decorated far too many graves,” belts out singer Brock Lindow on title track “Time And Trauma” with such pain and raw emotion in his trembling but strong as hell vocal performance. You can’t help but be gripped. It’s like in The Art Of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba , true strength is bringing people into your sphere. For years 36CF have been not so quietly winning converts and KEEPING their fans through consistency, belief in the underground and hard touring regardless of trends.

You’d be a fool not to give this album respect.

For an interview with actually unique vocalist Brock see BELOW.

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Faith No More announce “Sol Invictus”, full tour sold out

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:37 AM (PST)

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Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s follow-up to Album of the Year no one thought would ever happen, arrives on May 19 via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings. Can you guys and gals wait that long for the real thing? It wil probably end up being the album of THIS year.

“What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we’re doing reflects where we’ve gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of “space.” Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it’s always going to sound like us. It’s just what we do, that makes us feel good. “

Sol Invictus was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio. All dates for their North American tour sold out faster than you can say ,”Don’t look at me- I’m ugly in the morning!!!!”

 

 
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By any standard the Papa Roach and Seether tour (with up and comers Kyng and a band I often hype called Islander) has been a huge success all around. Somehow the bill, which featured a blend of nu metal and hard rock, was a blend of both PMA and mope but the bands gelled together great.

Islander opened it up, far and away my favorite younger band of the moment. I’ve interviewed them 3 times already! It was cool to finally meet the dudes in person. Like myself back when I sang for a nu-hardcore band Divest, the Islander boys have collaborated with someone from the legendary Bad Brains (arguably the first hardcore band) . The  Islander guys just seemed so psyched to be playing the big room. It reminded me of when I saw Polar Bear Club open for mighty Bad Religion in this same venue and they kind of stole the show from BR and The Bronx (both of whom I love). Islander were the hungriest band here and they killed it with NO backing tracks like some bands use these days. “Lucky Rabbit” (the song H.R. from Bad Brains sang on with them on their first EP) was intense, a post-hardcore and groove hybrid that found vocalist Mikey screaming for all the ones “slipping through the cracks in the system.” I told the band backstage they had only been beaten in year end polls for this site by a slim margin, and by the Foo Fighters. “If you’re close behind the Foo Fighters that’s not too bad,” said Mikey. “Dave Grohl still has a punk rock heart. We’re just kids who grew up on Bad Brains and Zao. I think we’re doing well. Mayhem Fest seasoned us a little bit. ”

Thanks to Islander’s label Victory Records for hooking us up with access and for supporting hard rock, metal and hard core now with a wider range. I love the old Victory era as much as anyone but this is 2015 and with people not buying records as much it is important for a label with a solid brand and passionate staff to get behind and unify a diverse roster and keep “rock” in general going strong! I’ve only ever had great experiences with Victory.

For tons of pics by Catharina Christiana and a full show review see BELOW.

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Faith No More tour dates, new single “Super Hero”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM (PST)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2015 – Faith No More confirm their first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.

The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on their follow-up to 1997’s Album of the Year. The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.

“Here we go,” said Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

For dates and single news see BELOW.

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Korn, Slipknot cover Beasties

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM (PST)

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VIA KORN‘S FACEBOOK.

This just went down at the Wembley Arena here in London! Korn and Slipknot just rocked the house playing “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
Photo by Tony Adams
#Korn #KornTour2015 #PrepareForHellTour #Sabotage

For footage see BELOW and have some fun with it!

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Hard Rock n 2014 had great highlights (no dyed hair joke intended). From Charm City Devils making a bigger name for their brash selves to Chevelle‘s thunderous Terminal 5 show (and tightly wound single “Take Out the Gunman” ) it was a solid year. Buckcherry have also been hitting the road and maintaining a dedicated tour ethic, while Pop Evil  put out a very cool LIVE version of a “Trenches” video thanking fans for the solid support given the nearly unstoppable ascent of Onyx. Diablo Blvd had the best goth hard rocker “Follow The Deadlights” this side of The 69 Eyes and the Belgians killed it opening for Life Of Agony in New Jersey. Best of all is Black Star Riders new record The Killer Instinct, which keeps alive the Thin Lizzy legacy into 2015 and MORE than ensures/proves the genre of hard rock is still worth the fuss.

To see some shots of a few of said bands from recent live concerts shot by our photographer friend Catharina Christiana and to immerse yourself in a river of rock, see BELOW.

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Catch Islander’s “New Wave”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:32 AM (PST)

imgres Fusion metal Victory Records disciples Islander are back with a new video for “New Wave” (via @billboard) that finds the boys doing their thing, beach style swagger and all. It’s a more reflective and spaced out track from #violenceanddestruction , the band’s hit album.

For more, see BELOW.

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Enter Shikari US tour date data for dat azz

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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Let’s keep this simple. This band is genius. Photo credit Tom Martin

ENTER SHIKARITour Dates

Mar 20 Never Say Never Festival – Mission, TX

Mar 21 South By So What?! – Grand Prairie, TX

Mar 23 Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX

Mar 24 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

Mar 26 The Social – Orlando, FL

Mar 27 The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

Mar 28 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL

Mar 30 The Masquerade – Hell – Atlanta, GA

Mar 31 Cone Denim Center – Greensboro, NC

Apr 01 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

Apr 03 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Apr 04 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

Apr 06 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA

Apr 07 Club Soda – Montreal, QC

Apr 08 Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, ON

Apr 09 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

Apr 10 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

Apr 11 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

Apr 12 The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS

Apr 14 The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

Apr 16 Murray Theater – Murray, UT

Apr 17 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

Apr 18 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

Apr 19 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

Apr 21 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

Apr 23 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA

Apr 24 Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA

Apr 25 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ

Apr 26 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

Apr 28 The Korova – San Antonio, TX

 

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You hear that there is no protest music, anymore. That’s simply not true, but Mongrel are a band who blur the distinction… in a good way! The social awareness and yet ability to enjoy their lives approach makes the band more human, and more invested, than most. When you hear “Tarnished Halo” or “Snakes” for the first time,  you know this band is special and living their songs.

Mongrel’s snarling punk rock vocals over gritty rock n roll tinged punk, hard rock and metal fuses together different elements to create a direct impact on any listener with blood in their veins. Fans of Otep’s ragier Atavist moments or even something as abrasive as Amen’s prime We Have Come For Tour Children ought to pee when they find out this band has been under their radar, if for some reason they don’t already know about Mongrel’s fun blend of fiery hard rock.

I checked in  with Adam Savage (guitarist/founder)  to learn about Evolution. Read more BELOW.

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