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I was talking recently to a bassist in one of my bands and he was worried our first single wasn’t best representation of full scope of what we do in the group. I argued to let each song be what it is, as over time people grasp a fuller understanding of any artist and certain elements will rise and fall in any band’s sound. Sunn O))) might get some snark at times from people who think they take drone and art and jazz, etc. too seriously, but anyone who has ever talked to the band members knows the reverence and high place they hold everything from black metal to cinema scores to philosophy in.

It is Sunn O)))’s drive to be themselves that arguably has allowed much of the smarter strains of metal to rise forefront again or to at least be encouraged to be sustainable at a certain level. From the swirling textural brilliance of Monoliths & Dimensions to recent triump team ups with Ulver and experimental music legend/not shitty politician Scott Walker, Sunn O))) have allowed things drone, the aesthetic of live shows as ritual and words like “soul” to gain as much attention as guitar tone. Arguably things like the ascendancy of Black Yo)))ga or even some of the rebirth of post-metal wouldn’t be possible if not or their contributions, and certainly the band also helped clear up many older, outmoded ideas of black metal’s influence being limited to purely church burning tantrums.

New album Kannon arrives this December and draws upon Eastern philosophy as well as Darkthrone’s Panzerfaust, perhaps the only time you will get to read a sentence like that this week!

The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: specifically “goddess of mercy” or “Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World.” She is also sometimes commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.

SUNN O))) commissioned critical theorist Aliza Shvartz to write text and liner notes around these ideas and topics. She also explores the relations and perceptions to their approach to these ideas via the metonym of music and SUNN O)))’s place/approach within the framework of music and metal overall. The band also enlisted Swiss designer/artist Angela LaFont Bollinger to create the cover artwork, an abstracted sculpture of vision of Kannon. French photographer Estelle Hanania captures portraits of the core trio (Csihar, Anderson, O’Malley) in the impressive and obscurant Emanuel Vingeland mausoleum in Oslo.

Kannon will be available on gatefold LP, CD and digital formats worldwide on December 4th, with a limited number of clear vinyl available on Black Friday RSD, Friday, November 27th.

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Kylesa stream “Exhausting Fire” with Noisey

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM (PST)

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Kylesa have a stream of their enjoyable new record Exhausting Fire over at
Noisey. The hard working band’s latest addition to their legacy, their seventh
LP in all, has some of the stomp they started back in the self titled days and
mastered on Static TensionsUltraviolet and Spiral Shadow‘s oddball charms
are alive and well as the band “throw caution to the wind” and marry blues
rock and sludge with a broader sense of melody than ever and a more and more
masterful sense of psychedelia.

Stream this baby HERE.

“Falling” can instantly be filed away alongside “Tired Climb” and the great and almost Soulfly-esque instrumental “Parent’s Song ” from the S/T as a new classic of layering, tone setting and feel. “Falling” is a dreamier yet just a pinch disconcerting lullabye that shows the post-punk influences and pop flirtation on the fringes of the band’s at times monumentally heavy wall of sound. This is the record that ought to get Ecstatic Vision, Crowbar and Blues Pills fans excited in equal measure, in a perfect world.

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Album Review: Draconian – “Sovran”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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Along with Paradise Lost’s fantastic The Plague Within, this has been a victorious year for gloom and doom. Sweden’s veteran beauty and the beast doomers Draconian have made a masterful new record Sovran (pre-order HERE!) that has had fans counting down the days. Pleased to report it should exhalt the group to new heights in the scene, a real modern victory. The My Dying Bride and older Katatonia comparisons might still rear up hear and there, but the band are also their own and deserve a look without comparative filters.

“Heavy Lies The Crown” alone as a single would have critics gushing, myself included. Thankfully we have nine songs nearly as glorious and dark, like spilled wine and hopes running through the fingers and down a pale arm as it drops a glass mixed with poison. No song is below the six minute mark, though each is like a movie unto itself yet adding to this whole experience. “The Marriage of Attaris” has a bold poetic monologue intro before the simply soul stirring voice of Heike Langhans. Heike really asserts herself subtly and beautifully on this record and should be more than embraced by longtime fans at this point. Anders Jacobsson retains a growl that sounds truly fierce and lonely yet strong, while the band’s relentless forward marching doom is as natural as wood rotting in the forest or dark growth and shadow reclaiming a scorched Earth.

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Windhand stream “Grief’s Infernal Flower” with NPR, tour dates

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:02 PM (PST)
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Grief’s Infernal Flower, the upcoming third full-length from Virginia stoner/doom visionaries WINDHAND, is now streaming in full ahead of its September 18th release date. Listen to the 71-minute-long opus exclusively via NPR Music HERE.The band also recently announced a poster design contest for its upcoming Halloween-themed music video for the single “Two Urns,” off Grief’s Infernal Flower. Fans are encouraged to submit their original poster designs for a chance to win cash and prizes. Get the full details HERE.

WINDHAND will be hitting the road for a run of US dates with Danava and Monolord this coming October and November that will also include an appearance at the first-ever Night of the Shred in San Diego. You can find a full list of dates below.

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Corpse Flower Record’s Celtic Frost tribute comp pre-orders available

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:25 PM (PST)

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www.corpseflowerrecords.com Pre – Order packages for the Morbid Tales!: A Tribute to Celtic Frost 12″ LP are finally available! Featuring Child Bite w/ Phil Anselmo, Municipal Waste, Evoken, Temple Of Void, Persekutor, Acid Witch, Coffins Slave (Scott Carlson from Repulsion) and more!! Limited to 500 copies on 5 different colors and an exclusive flexi disc of Coffins Slave’s Hellhammer track “Reaper”.

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Yob announce tour dates with Black Cobra

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7:10 PM (PST)

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West Coast’s Yob are erupting to cover the States in their noisy glory again, a most welcome smog. High powered duo Black Cobra open and you’ll be hard pressed to find a similar tour with as few band members making such a monumental racket.

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  • ROADBURN FESTIVAL is proud to announce that NEUROSIS will celebrate their thirtieth anniversary as headliners at the 2016 edition of the festival.
  • Pioneering Yorkshire doom legends, PARADISE LOST, will headline Roadburn Festival on Thursday 14 April 2016, playing their highly influential second album, Gothic, in its entirety.
  • ROADBURN FESTIVAL is incredibly proud to announce that our 2016 curator will be musician, label owner and sonic pioneer, LEE DORRIAN.

More info and dope artwork BELOW.

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THE SKULL, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends TROUBLE, guitarist Matt Goldsborough and drummer Sean Saley (both ex-PENTAGRAM) and guitarist Lothar Keller, has announced a North American tour in support of its debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep.

THE SKULL will launch the 16-city trek on September 11 in Milwaukee, WI. The tour will run through September 29 in New Orleans, LA. At the shows, THE SKULL will perform both songs from For Those Which Are Asleep and time-tested favorites from its canon of TROUBLE classics. The just-announced live dates are as follows:

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Neurosis amazing vinyl reissues

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:49 AM (PST)

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Oh yeah! Went to a great Murder By Death show last night and I’m opening for Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel tonight but thought I’d do a little Metal Riot work first. Such sweet news for this Friday to help you start your weekend right. This from camp Relapse just in:

As the next chapter in Relapse Records’ ongoing 25th anniversary commemoration, heavy music visionaries NEUROSIS will have two of their most revered and long out-of-print titles reissued on super deluxe 180-gram double vinyl this fall. Through Silver in Blood (1996), which Fact Magazine recently deemed the #1 best post-metal album of all time, has not been printed on vinyl in ten years, while Times of Grace (1999) is seeing its first pressing in over fifteen years. Additionally, Grace, the 1999 Tribes of Neurot companion piece to Times of Grace, will also see a deluxe Relapse reissue, its first time ever on vinyl.

Each reissue will contain reinterpretations of the original iconic artwork and will be housed in heavy duty “tip-on” jackets and will be available in a variety of limited edition exclusive colors. The reissues are set for worldwide release  September 4th  and will also include full album digital download codes. Preorders for all of the editions can be currently found HERE.

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Verdun complete debut album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:36 PM (PST)

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French sludge metallers Verdun have wrapped up their debut album.

The album will follow up the EP, The Cosmic Escape Of Admiral Masuka.

The album as of yet does not have an official release date, or a title. It is due out ‘later this year’.

The band have worked with Throatruiner Records, Head Records and Lost Pilgrims Records to release the EP, and are working with Throatruiner to release their debut album.

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Windhand release album teaser for “Grief’s Infernal Flower”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:33 PM (PST)

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Sophisticated heathens  Windhand have released the album trailer for the follow up to the much hyped Soma, and it seems like we are in for another treat. Pre order the coolest silver vinyl option HERE.

 

Watch the teaser BELOW.

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Sunn O))) announce live archives

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM (PST)

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SUNN O))) announces that their live, cathartic reverberations have been documented and can now be accessed via their live BandCamp page. Compiled of taper and fan recordings, spanning from their 2002 show at the Blackbird in Portland up to their recent headlining show at Temples Festival 2015, these documents are presented in their raw and unedited beauty.

SUNN O))) invites you to contribute to this sonic archive at THIS LOCATION.

SUNN O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you.


We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archive. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too. Hail to our great fans!”

A number of key European festival appearances pending this Summer offer ample opportunities for fans to add to this archive. Such appearances include the recently announced Le Guess Who? Festival whereby Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will showcase their similar, adventurous musical inclinations with a very special four-day program titled SUNN O))) presents at Le Guess Who? Festival 2015. The program will include a performance by the legendary Annette Peacock, who will return to The Netherlands for the first time in over twenty tears.

Additionally, Southern Lord is repressing the following SUNN O))) titles; Black One in limited edition clear vinyl,  øø Void in limited edition green vinyl and SUNN O)))/ULVER Terrestrials on black vinyl. These are now available at the SUNN O))) store HERE.

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Demon Lung are back, bigger and better in every way. Their previous output was good but A Dracula truly crushes. “Behold, The Daughter” is one of the most insistent marches in ages, like an earthquake wrestling with classic metal and doom riffs (plus a deadly Billy Anderson mix). Fans of the horror themed The Eye record of King Diamond will dig the devilish plot within these 8 songs, while the music could please the snobbiest echelon of hipsters and the more traditional stoner/doom crowd in one savage blow. This is perhaps the most low end of an Anderson produced release since his classic Melvins or more recent Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth work.

“My body is a graveyard and I am haunted,” sings Shanda Fredrick, and the effect is utterly convincing bluesy horror soul.

Connect with your inner villain. Check out A Dracula now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

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Interview: Insect Ark – Playing with lights in the darkness

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 4:18 PM (PST)

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I’m probably the last person on earth who can tell you what Insect Ark sounds like. Maybe it’s my mirror of the world, which I see as beautiful and threatening at the same time.- DS

Dana Schechter (Bee & Flower, Angels of Light) has begun a new chapter with her Insect Ark project, a thrilling foray into mysterious and unnerving experimental, doom influenced music. First album Portal/Well is sure to put the goosebumps on the arms of any listener with the cajones or wanderlust and courage to travel along with Schechter on this freaky trip. Unison, Locrian, Swans, Tearist, Rasputina, KK Null, Helen Money, Scorn or The Body fans…anyone with an ear for the uniquely unhinged, needs to check this project out NOW.

Read this exclusive interview BELOW.

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Castle’s Summer Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 9:31 AM (PST)
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Castle are pure metal and pure rock n roll at the same time. It’s the kind of band that makes the admittedly great Ginger Baker out of touch as fuck for criticizing Heavy Metal. Castle are 100% dynamite and just the band to call when music is Under Siege.

 

Summer tour dates BELOW.

 
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