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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.

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DVD Review: Rage Against The Machine – “Live At Finsbury Park”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:25 PM (PST)

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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”.

Album Review: Once Human – “The Life I Remember”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:17 AM (PST)

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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.

Pick up a copy HERE.

“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!

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Congrats to Candiria on Metal Blade signing

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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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.

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Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon Halloween comp art, bands revealed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:12 AM (PST)

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Tyrant Of Death ,MongrelBandThe Great GoddamnFad NauseamGolden Torso (ex-Kylesa), Night Viper (ex-Church Of Misery), GET OUT. , Geezer , Tiger PissRed Neckromancer Cirrhosis and Septa will all partake in the bloody ritual that is Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon this Halloween. The compilation will be out on the holiday with select tracks revealed leading up to the spookiest night of the year.

Last year on pumpkin day I published a Davey Havok (Afi , Xtrmst) interview on this site and wondered how I would top the October gothy vibes of that this year. I talked to Dave Buck at our sister site Dying Scene and he was all for the comp idea. Bands soon got into it and here we are.

The compilation will feature 13 tracks based on many types of monsters from alien weed mummies to vampires to small children to gorillas and zombies, etc. The cover art by my friend Kim Zangrando came from my love for Jarboe’s Mahakali album and Penny Dreadful and a Kali-themed Bride of Frankenstein just seemed like the coolest thing in the world. Kim took my basic idea and made the awesome image above complete with rad lunar vibes.

Stay tuned starting in October for a song a week leading up to the full release on Halloween. Don’t forget to howl!!!!!

 

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Acey Slade (Dark Party, Joan Jett, Murderdolls) on new chapter

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM (PST)

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Brooklyn’s Acey Slade is a lovable rogue, a people person who somehow seems to know everyone yet has a mystique about him. From Trashlight Vision to fan faves Murderdolls to Dope to recently playing with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Acey is a real lifer who deserves everything good that comes his way.

Now Acey is getting back to putting out some of his own music and has a Pledge music campaign up and running HERE.

 

“Around the new year of 2015 it occurred to me that it had been a very long time since I had put out any of my own original music. It also occurred to me that if this was going to happen anytime soon I had better start working on it now, as I had a very busy year of tour ahead of me with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. So I set out to record an EP on my lap top with no real expectations.

Then I met my studio engineer Tom Camuso who had Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz original Neve recoding console, and he wanted to work on this project. Then Frank Ferrer of Guns and Roses and also Kriz from Dead Star Assembly got involved on drums. Then Christian Martucci of Stone Sour and Dee Dee Ramones band got involved. THEN Kato Khandwala who mixed the last Pretty Reckless and Blondie albums came on board.

You see PEOPLE are what brings music to life.”

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Sarabeth from the almost too excellent Tower posted a Judas Priest song on her babely Facebook page the other night and it got me thinking how even “bad” Priest is better than everything and how I love the video for “Turbo Lover” and don’t care. It made me think how much metal or good rock n roll or hip hop deserves a fighting chance, no matter what.

Some bands  settle for less than they deserve, a few beer tickets every few months at a local show or they never have any drive and want to jerk off alone with a slice of pizza as a glove because they have no fans.It’s easy to say that giving up on metal, noise, punk, rap etc is a (non gender specific) bitch move.That’s because,essentially, this is true. It’s criminal to betray an artform that gives back and nourishes the soul in so many deep ways, though in real world ways it can eat you alive.

Watching White Lung Saint Vitus Bar NYC footage today or recently listening to Give Up The Ghost/American Nightmare’s We’re Down Til We’re Underground, I was moved by the musical power enough to register on some level thanks for these examples of recently active performers who matter. Art can be limited to a time period and still have relevance.There are many short lived, amazing bands.Or time periods we love to mull over (early Metallica, Naked Raygun or Rollins Band albums hold a place in the hearts of various humans like Dave Mustaine, Steve Albini & Scott Ian, for example.)

I’ve been enjoying Dr. Dre’s Compton album (except for the murder fantasy skit as I know lots of people love to re-enact Wu Tang skit’s or whatever and just found it a distraction from brilliant flow of rest of record as well as distasteful, but it’s not unrealistic shitilly enough).There’s part of the record where the master producer Dre mentions how he doesn’t respect whiners, to paraphrase.Cuz it is tough out there, and I legitimately feel that.

The music industry is the same way.Let’s hear from members of bands like Candiria, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Circuitry, Atriarch and more on what’s kept them going. I even asked my rapper pal Mattrix what keeps him grindin’ and rhymin’ (this is a dude who has had way more first week video plays than some established rappers).

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Ill Nino release “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” clip

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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ILL NINO has released “Blood Is Thicker Than Water,” the third music video from the album Till Death, La Familia, available in stores and digitally everywhere.

 

Watch “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” on VEVO.

“’Blood is Thicker Than Water’ is more than just a piece of music to me,” confesses frontman Christian Machado.  “Writing the lyrics seemed to me, at that point in my life, to be a healing process than anything else.  Two years to that exact date, I held the hand of a beautiful human being and I watched her take her last breath.  After her death, I held her for an hour, I cried, I thanked her for all her beauty, her innocence, and her love.  I felt an incredible amount of regret, it was possibly the most painful moment I will ever go through in my life.  I cannot put into words the feeling.  I can say I attempted to put that emotion into the lyrics of ‘Blood is Thicker Than Water,’ but I know the depth of the words cannot bring to light the pain and suffering that she went through and also the mourning that followed.  When we perform the song live, I sometimes have to put all my power into not being succumbed by that emotion once again.  I hope the song can reach into the hearts of everyone who hears it. I hope it allows her beauty to live forever.”

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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…

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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!

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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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