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Album Review: With The Dead – “S/T”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM (PST)

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After Cathedral’s monumental swan song The Last Spire, easily one of the best
doom records and farewell records in the history of metal and a huge win for
post 00’s true heavy metal, many wondered if we would hear Lee Dorian’s raspy,
unique voice again. The high wizard of Rise Above Records has returned much
sooner than some may have expected with the new, less active band With the
Dead, featuring fouding Electric Wizard rhythm section Tim Bagshaw and Mark
Greening.Their new S/T record is excellent.

This was a huge year for doomy, sludgy, stoner bands-especially those on the
more extreme side. From Demon Lung’s A Dracula‘s groovy but bewitching might
to Crypt Sermon’s classic sound to Hooded Menace’s death infused slime sludge
to Lucifer rising and proving we’d still have Gary Jennings of Cathedral’s
mighty talent in the scene as well! Hearing Dorian intone ,“Illuminate this
cosmic heart” on With The Dead’s “Crown of Burning Stars” is more than a
simple pleasure in life. If you love the real history of metal, this album
will hit you like numerous super hard birthday punches from your best mates.
It’s all there for doom fans. Haunting, occult samples to rattling, room sound
drums with cutting cymbals to bulldozer riffs at ponderous tempos from beyond
the grave, your mind will drift to brink of the edge of outer space with
Dorian narrating like Lewis Carrol’s mad hatter was an undertaker and Master
of Reality was mandatory listening at your funeral. “I Am Your Virus” features
some cleaner passages on guitar and great use of space, but the majority of
the passages on this album are crushing, doomy yet melodic and fully
charred like a dying, still smoking caldera.

Album Review: Sunn O))) – “Kannon”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8:51 AM (PST)

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Pre-order Sunn O)))‘s Kannon HERE.

Sunn O))) are a band where you show up for the experience. Be it live immersion ritual or the banquet of movements that tend to make up their diverse (to the keen ear) yet droning records, the band are purveyors of the finest sonic wines when it comes to the intermixture of textural arrangements. Listening to the band at times can be like travelling through some symphonic cave of feedback, strings, half heard voices and grasped for revelations. It’s very much a fight between the headiness of the music and being removed by the overall overwhelmng body impact of the tones.

New record Kannon is not as complicated in construction as the massive Monoliths & Dimensions, an admittedly towering achievement of a record. That said, Kannon‘s “goddess of mercy/perceiving the sounds or cries of the world” philosophical and spiritual facets are a refining of many elements that have been present in the group’s aesthetic for awhile yet, as the band admits in the press release, more figurative than their usually more subjective records. “Kannon 2” howls like “Boris” by the Melvins was slowed to a 4th of it’s already famously ponderous speed and no drums were involved, instead letting some of the biggest rung out riffage in the band’s recent years swallow the whole world before semi-Gregorian sounding chanting cements the vibe. It could have been an instrumental but you feel caught up in the presence of the whole.

The wonder of this record is that you don’t always have time to question if they could’ve added or taken away at times because you are too distracted feeling it. “Kannon 3” is 11:26 of ear ringing that shows this drone approach can still compete with the Prurient fans and noise/ industrial types for impact.  With Kannon it comes on like a fake didgeridoo of wall of guitar distortion, ringing out with a solitary,slight twang and natural control you might expect from Duane Denison, yet doomy as fuck. No member or collaborator overshadows.

Another album that runs welcome and counter to the brainwashing meme culture and prison-like pop format chatter of the general public’s limited scope of conceptual ideas.

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Stop what you’re doing and check out “Look At How The World Has Made A Change” from Canada’s newest amazing musical export   BIG|BRAVE.

Then when you are done you should read this interview we did on the band’s awesome new Southern Lord release Au De La HERE.

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The exceedingly harsh collaboration N.V. between Gnaw Their Tongues and Dragged Into Sunlight is streaming at The Quietus HERE ahead of Friday’s Prosthetic release.

Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick was on board to produce the record along with Tom Dring (whom previously has worked on several DIS releases, including 2012’s “Widowmaker”).

 

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Sunn O))) reveal “Kannon” artwork and more info via Angela Lafont Bolliger

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM (PST)

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Preparations continue to be made for the release of SUNN O)))‘s upcoming LP, Kannon, this December. The album will see its release via Southern Lord Recordings, and this week the album’s cover art and preorder options have been issued.

Consisting of three self-titled pieces of a triadic whole, the roots to SUNN O)))’s new album trace deeply into the sessions of their 2009-released Monoliths & Dimensions LP and very recent collaborative recordings with Ulver (Terrestrials, 2014) and Scott Walker (Soused, 2015), culminated and fully realized this year. Recorded and mixed with SUNN O)))’s close colleague and co-producer Randall Dunn at Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast!, Kannon is as always composed around the immense guitar and bass interplay of founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, and includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others.

The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: 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.

Some new insight from artist Angela Lafont Bolliger on her inspiration for the creation of the sculpture for Kannon’s cover artwork has been issued:

“I was working on a visual concept inspired by Gian Lorenzo Berninis “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” (a life-sized Italian baroque sculpture in white marble) and had shared a short description about this project. I took a great interest in the conceptual thought behind the album…

 …SUNN O)))’s compositions are minimal but intensely sculptural in depth and detail. This was my inspiration and it was important to me to transcend that idea into the sculpture I would create for the album artwork. Stephen and I both loved the idea that this sculpture could be something really ancient, like a comet – yet also indefinable and timeless…

 …I started with an intense research of Guanyin, the imagery, the history, and immersed myself completely into the subject. I then put together a very detailed presentation of ideas… we came to a unanimous decision and went for an idea of “the abstraction of the God of Mercy”. It started by sculpting different black reflective materials, which I then combined with ancient rocks and crystals allowing the surface to be rich and to be viewed as something unseen – an undulating form representing Guanyin’s many hands and heads..

 …Highlights were the creation of the sculpture, different materials with versatile textures and creating a tactile object, a sensuous, meditative process. During the photographic shoot of the sculpture, every glossy highlight and detail was amplified. Rotating the sculpture a completely different form would emerge through the lens. This is what fascinates me in art – creation can surprise and transform.”

 More info and preorder options BELOW.

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Lament Cityscape announce US south tour with Take Over And Destroy

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:04 AM (PST)

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Oakland doom upstarts Lament Cityscape are prepared to drag you down a riverbed.

In support of their debut LP The Torn Lament Cityscape are preparing to tear it up across the south with Arizona’s Take Over and Destroy.

Check out full tour dates as well as The Torn and a video for “Pale Hands” here.

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I know most of you are bummed about the fuckin’ Mets losing Game 2. Mebbe this’ll cheer ya. I said I’d wait til Halloween to post the last song on the Metal Riot CREATURE HONEYMOON Bandcamp comp, but I lied.Here it is…track 15! Geezer‘s awesome as fuck Frankenstein stoner rock jam of tiumph “To Build A Monster”. Big thanks to Pat Harrington and everyone involved in the track for getting this on here. This comp was a blast to put together. Happy Halloween 4ever!!! Thanks to all 14 bands and everyone who made this happen.

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FACT: High On Fire/Crowbar tour is heavier than other tours.

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM (PST)

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Universally celebrated, heavy metal power trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced U.S. tour dates in support of its new album, Luminiferous. The trek will launch on December 10 in Nashville, TN and will feature support from New Orleans’ sludge kings, Crowbar.

It s a good thing Conan is not on this tour as well or it might actually crack the planet in two.

HIGH ON FIRE tour dates w Captain Kirk BELOW.

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Especially when it is slower music, there has to be a feel there. You can’t
fake it. There’s just not enough notes in there to trick anybody otherwise. –
Mike Scheidt

Yob are heading out on a headliner with Black Cobra in tow as main support but with possibly the sickest batch of city to city support acts…ever?

It was a thrill to talk again with Mike Scheidt for the second time since writing for this site and recap their recent tour with Enslaved/Ecstatic Vision, why it is cooler when bands develop a unique sound and more.

Check out this chat with one of the best sonic artisans in Metal or music in general BELOW.

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In case you were having a nice day that feels nothing like licking the rust off a corrosive barrel while listening to super fucked up samples about someone strangling a woman to death or violent fantasies, don’t listen to the new super depressing and intense blackened industrial face fuck of a tune from Dragged Into Sunlight/Gnaw Their Tongues mutual collaboration disc “N.V”.

These are both bands whose names or artwork have repulsed people when I have mentioned them in recent years, so it is fitting that a collaboration between them would be really disturbing like a marathon of serial killer documentaries. It frankly makes you feel like a sick bastard for liking it, but the music is a next level nuclear bootprint to the squished guts of our lovely modern times.

Produced by Justin from fucking GODFLESH!!! and Tom Dring, it is the dark fruit of a long planned endeavor. CVLT Nation has the new tune “Visceral Repulsion” HERE and it is seriously freakin’ evil.  I already was having a radioactive steaming ear day due to Brad from Fad Nauseam turning me onto this sick ass band KVØID (who have a great James Plotkin mastered full length out that rocks kinda like Leviathan on a mechanized date with Batillus). This has really been a fan-fucking-tastic year for super harsh, darker industrial influenced extreme metal.

“N.V.” is available now for pre-order on CD or LP (including limited pressings in black, piss yellow and transparent milk w/ black splatter) via Prosthetic‘s webstore (http://store.prostheticrecords.com). Digital pre-orders will launch tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, with “Visceral Repulsion” offered as an immediate download with purchase.

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BIG|BRAVE set for European tour after USA East Coast w Goatsnake,YDI

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:33 PM (PST)

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Montreal-based experimental trio, BIG|BRAVE, will embark on their debut European tour this Winter, the dates coming on the very day the band begins their three-city East Coast US run with Southern Lord labelmates Goatsnake and YDI.

Metal Riot conducted an interview with Robin Wattie recently HERE. I recommend reading it and enjoying life instead of suffering and wallowing in the dark with an awful sinus cold like I am at present.

In support of their latest innovative album, Au De La, released on Southern Lord last month, the band members are artisans of everything minimalist yet mammoth, with their sprawling and spacious sonic heaviness. BIG|BRAVE will tour through the East Coast US for three nights this week supporting labelmates Goatsnake alongside YDI on, beginning tonight, with shows in Philadelphia, Washington DC and Brooklyn. Just one month later, on November 19th, their maiden European voyage is set to begin. The tour sees them visiting Germany, the Netherlands, France and Belgium including performances at the Le Guess Who? Festival and and more, as well as supporting drone heavyweights SUNN O))) at the YOYO in Paris. The UK will then be treated to six BIG|BRAVE shows, including ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

 

Explore BIG|BRAVE’s Au De La in its entirety RIGHT HERE.

 

BIG|BRAVE Tour Dates below.

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In just a little over a month, Philip H. Anselmo’s HOUSECORE HORROR FEST will terrorize San Antonio. Now in its third year of audio and visual pandemonium, this year’s multi-stage gore gala will take place at the Aztec Theater, The Korova and the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel on November 13th -15th, 2015 and features three film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings, the return of The Metal Masters And Horror panel with special appearances from performing bands and legendary filmmakers throughout the weekend as well as what’s mutated into one of the most punishing live lineups of the year!

 

For the onscreen carnage cravers, this year’s edition of HHF includes 80 eye-gougingfilm screenings throughout the weekend. Having sifted through a record-breaking amount of independent film submissions, the HOUSECORE HORROR FEST plague-bringers narrowed it down to 45 gems from filmmakers around the globe, including Israel, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Canada, Denmark and more. Anselmo added to the banquet of visual grotesqueries, reaching deep into his personal vault of repulsions to bring fest goers a variety of personal horror favorites including Cannibal ManDon’t Torture A Duckling and Baba Yaga.

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Giant Squid break up. FTW. I hate life now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:55 PM (PST)

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West coast innovators Giant Squid have made several underground (underwater?) classics in recent years and sadly might be done for now.

Read the statement HERE.

The amount of disdain this fills me with for all the shitty bands I usually try to ignore who clog the arteries of the music world is palpable.

Damn it. Truly one of the best bands out there. But the records will remain for those lucky to find them. Some bands make a few albums and break up while copying trends along the way. GS made the ichthyologist . ‘Nuff said.

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Kylesa embark on North American tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM (PST)

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Savannah’s genre-defying KYLESA have embarked on a tour across North America. The tour kicks off tonight in St. Petersburg, FL and sees the band criss-crossing North America throughout the fall. A full list of confirmed tour dates in support of new album Exhausting Fire can be found below.

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Ken Schalk, well regarded percussionist from Brooklyn’s Candiria once said something to the effect that “heavy” can be as much about feel and  vibe as another distorted guitar cowboy screaming over a mosh part. I often have thought back to that quote and paraphrased it over
the years.

Montreal’s  BIG|BRAVE will likewise seep into your bones and deliver a
listening experience rather than a cheap aggro fix. Whether floating amidst ethereal
drone akin to the wake up chill of a cold wind on a mountaintop or bashing
the listener with tribal beats akin to loops, the trio deliver in full on
Southern Lord release Au De La.

Brian from respected blog Meat Mead Metal even went so far as to say that ,“there’s not another band that possibly could replicate what Big | Brave achieve on this record”. It’s true that some avant garde or truly post-punk bands just have their own sound, be it Killing Joke or Tearist or Swans. Or some films you could sort of describe, such as Lars  von Trier’s Depression Trilogy or, I dunno… the space herpe in Ice Pirates. You could do half assed justice trying to explain, but some things just need to be experienced.

Jessica Moss of Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra lends guest violin to the record, but the beating heart of this band is in the guitar and drums interplay and liberated vocals. The band know the space between the heart beat or down hit on a drum is as important as the moment of explosion, and can say as much.

Robin Wattie, in house banshee, checks in to answer my questions on what else she had to say with this record BELOW.

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