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Failure explore “Mulholland Dr”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:53 AM (PST)

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Failure, who are set to release The Heart Is A Monster on June 30 (INresidence), premiere the soaring, artfully crafted song, “Mulholland Dr.,” via Rolling Stone HERE.

Ken Andrews also speaks with the magazine in an accompanying interview about the eagerly awaited follow-up to Fantastic Planet as well as their touring plans.

Pre-orders for The Heart Is A Monster are available now via iTunes and include a pair of instant downloads: “Hot Traveler” and “Mulholland Dr.”  The album is also available via Pledgemusic.com/Failure and Amazon.

Failure are on tour and dates are BELOW.

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Jack Black paying homage to Ronnie James Dio
Jack Black paying homage to Ronnie James Dio

After what seems like the longest winter in recorded history, summer music festival has finally arrived for those of us in the greater Boston area. Few and far between are the occasions for those of us who are into music with a harder edge to actually cover one of these festivals, as they’re typically awash in a dizzying array of alt-pop and alt-country and neo-folk acts. Thank God, then, for Tenacious D.

Backed by a three-piece band that included none-other than Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion fame on the drums, the acoustic-metal duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, served as headline act on one of the Boston Calling Music Festival’s two stages, essentially serving as direct support for festival headliners (and hometown favorites) the Pixies.

Gass and Black took to the stage in full-on, cocksure strut as they prepared to lay waist to what was, admittedly, a very vocally supportive crowd. There’s a tendency amongst music critics and fans alike to overlook Tenacious D as a gimmicky joke band, a sort of faux-metal Smothers Brothers. To do so, however, is to ignore both the legitimate homage that Black and Gass pay to the metal world, and to the legitimate rock chops that the duo and their backing band bring to the table.

From the opening notes of the band’s now fourteen-year-old debut single, “Tribute,” Black and Gass led the band through a high-powered set that never really provided them the opportunity to remove their collective foot from the gas pedal, save, maybe, for the set’s humorous and well-performed jazz-fusion interlude. By the time Gass and Black had bid the band adieu and closed the set with the hilariously – dare I say – sweet track “Fuck Her Gently,” they had triumphantly won over all but the most callous of doubters. Case in point: yours truly had gathered in main stage’s photo pit alongside forty or fifty other photographers from varied media outlets great and small in the photo pit in anticipation of the Pixies set by the time “Fuck Her Gently” began, and halfway through the song song, ¾ of the pit, and the crowd at-large, were singing along in full-voiced unison.

Check out our photo gallery from the Tenacious D set at Boston Calling below.

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The Wild Girl of Champagne with Fanfare by Sean Yseult

Scott Edwards Gallery is pleased to present “Sean Yseult – Soirée D’Evolution: Tableaux Vivants et Nature Mortes.” This Exhibition features the most recent work of Sean Yseult (former White Zombie bassist) based on a sordid secret society soiree in 1873 and the elaborate living pictures & still lifes staged as part of their lavish parties. Opening Reception will be held Saturday April 18, 7pm-12am.

As soon as I read the above in my email I had to reach out to my friend Sean Yseult to see what she had been bubbling in her ever boiling cauldron of creativity. We spoke not only about some amazing new news for White Zombie fans but also of her new band Star & Dagger‘s next move as well as absinthe, feral girls who drink blood,  Tableaux Vivants and so much more!

For this epic read see BELOW.

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Album Review: Acid King – “Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere”

Posted by Joan on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM (PST)

 

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Heavy and atmospheric, stoner band Acid King return with their 2015 album, “Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere”. Fronted by San Francisco natives, Lori S. (vocals and guitar), along with bandmates, Joey Osbourne (drums) and Peter Lucas (bass), this trio delivers on slow groove and ambiance. Unlike their previous efforts, this album’s vocal stylings and guitar work play more on the doomy side of stoner, offering the listener a darker and more introspective tone than what might be expected from their earlier work on Acid King III. After a slow building and jamming Intro track, Acid King’s second track, Space Pictures, coalesces into a thick, unassuming, sludge-inspired sound, placing the band’s sound somewhere between King Woman meets Sleep meets Electric Wizard. Add to that, the driving doom of their sixth track, “Infinite Skies”, and you’ll feel like donning your biker jacket and going for a ride.

Click HERE for more of the review.

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If this isn’t one of the, if not THE, biggest albums in rock this year than I’m done with y’all.

ROYAL THUNDER is streaming their sophomore album, Crooked Doors, via NPR. Check out the full album stream at this location.

And click HERE for the recent Metal Riot interview piece we did on the album.

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Even if Royal Thunder never recorded another note (perish the thought), the music they have already produced would likely survive and be heralded as classic down the line. The southern blues and sludge elements of the band’s striking sound has expanded on their new charismatic sophomore album Crooked Doors into even headier and moodier hemispheres, but retaining pure rock n roll drive. These stormy “thunder” (ahem) clouds of psych rock and gypsy mourning can be found rolling colorfully next to harder rocking tracks that retain the bands powerful groove and Pandora’s box will to survive hardships . Whatever they touch, this outfit is frighteningly capable. Vocalist Mlny Parsonz (one of the indisputably best rock singers in the game right now) and the boys create music that makes even true believers generally gasp at the unabashed power and authenticity. You’d never accuse this band of lacking feeling or inspiration, simply a group that make half the bands out there seem creatively malnourished.

Crooked Doors is available 4/7 (NA) / 4/3 (Ger/Benelux/Fin) / 4/6 (UK/Eur/World) on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records http://bit.ly/royalthunder ).

Josh Weaver (guitar) fills us in on some of the record’s creation BELOW.

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WOVENWAR are excited to return to Europe in May for a club tour as direct support to SYLOSIS! Tickets and dates are listed now on wovenwar.com/tour.

Comments the band: “If we lads in Wovenwar had a pence for every great show memory experienced in the Europe, our trousers’d be loaded with one or two quid… each. Off our trolleys in enthused anticipation of our upcoming tour, we look forward to performing many more wonderful moments with you lot. Cheers!”

I was just talking to a dude in the crowd at Yob/Enslaved in NYC who had a Sylosis t-shirt about how unbelievably good their latest Dormant Heart is (especially that end riff of “Leech”). Wovenwar, of course, are the As I Lay Dying guys moving forward with Shane Blay on vocals post-Lambesis family tragedy. Their debut was one of 2014’s most inspired records in the face of tremendous pressure and I have the utmost respect for the guys. I’m a big fan and you should be too!

 

Dates BELOW.

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We’re eagerly anticipating the Spylacopa pending full length Parallels (due out Tuesday, March 31st via dope Brooklyn based label Rising Pulse). The album will be out on deluxe colored vinyl and across all major digital platforms and is sure to make a big, red splash. The band is capable of pulling off many styles from more alternative rock leanings to ambient moments to intense post-metal.

In this new (video) mini documentary John LaMacchia of Spylacopa discusses specifically the making of “Hexes”, the (NSFW) video for the opening track off of the record. Spylacopa Promo “Making Hexes”, a behind the scenes mini documentary can be seen HERE.

A link for the previously released completed “Hexes” video, which was directed by independent video artist and film maker Steve Perlmaster can be found directly HERE.

The full length Album, Parallels, was Produced by John LaMacchia, mixed by Ken Schalk of John’s other band Candiria and mastered by Julian Silva at On Air Mastering

Pre orders for the deluxe colored vinyl are available now.

LaMacchia also graced us with a full length text interview on the whole album/current state of the band which you can read HERE.

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John LaMacchia by Nicholas Accetura

From Faith No More to Failure to even Coal Chamber, there are a lot of names this year making records we didn’t think we’d hear from again. Add Spylacopa to that list. Who? A revered underground side project of John LaMacchia of near legendary Brooklyn fusion metal/hardcore/hip hop/jazz collective Candiria (aka pretty much my favorite live band of all time). Spylacopa released sporadic experimental music before shifting to become a veritable cult supergroup of sorts with members of Isis (the post-metal band, you cornholes!), Dillinger Escape Plan and Ms. Julie Christmas of Made Out Of Babies/Battle Of Mice fame.

Busy schedules, a plethora of work and life events brought delays in a follow up to the band’s well received EP a few years back (time flies), but the murder of drummer Troy Young really brought things to a new place for LaMacchia. He knew after awhile on a core level that more Spylacopa music ought to reach the light of day. Thus was born Parallels.

Pre-order HERE (seriously, do it now!) and record release show info is HERE (with Meek Is Murder!!)

For a full interview scoop read BELOW!!!

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Motor Sister premiere “A Hole” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:19 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roller’s Motor Sister have unleashed their debut music video for their song “A Hole”.

The song comes from the band’s debut album Ride which came out on Metal Blade Records yesterday.

The project, feature Scott Ian of Anthrax, also includes Pearl Aday, Jim Wilson, Joey Vera and John Tempesta.

Check out the video for “A Hole” as well as the video for “Fork In The Road” here.

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Ex-White Zombie/current Star & Dagger bassist Sean Yseult has a very creative new exhibition opening soon.

Scott Edwards Gallery is pleased to present “Sean Yseult – Soirée D’Evolution: Tableaux Vivants et Nature Mortes.” This Exhibition features the most recent work of Sean Yseult (former White Zombie bassist) based on a sordid secret society soiree in 1873 and the elaborate living pictures & still lifes staged as part of their lavish parties. Opening Reception will be held Saturday April 18, 7pm-12am.

The exhibit will be on display:
Front Gallery: April 16 – June 14
Back Gallery: June 18 – August 9 (Partial Display)

For a lengthy and very interesting press release on the background of the show’s historical and mystique filled origins, proceed BELOW.

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Royal Thunder “Forget You” with new track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:31 PM (PST)

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Heavy blues rockers Royal Thunder‘s newest “Forget You” is up on Soundcloud HERE. Crooked Doors, the group’s sophomore album (and don’t forget their excellent debut EP), is out 4/7.

“We are very excited to have the song ‘Forget You’ be the first song premiered off our new albumCrooked Doors, said Royal Thunder guitar player and co-founder Josh Weaver. “It makes sense for us to premiere ‘Forget You’ first, as it was one of the first songs we wrote and played out live after or last album, CVI. Thank you to everyone who has showed us love and support and made this album possible! Enjoy!”

Steven Adler to play Rock Against MS, releases first art collection

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:21 AM (PST)

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Steven Adler is the man and obviously a great part of metal’s ongoing story. If you don’t know who he is, leave this site now. Well, it turns out Steven has been busy making art with percussive rhythms or some such:

“My first collection of artwork is AVAILABLE to the public today! A lot of work went into this, and I’m so proud to share it with you. Go towww.stevenadlerart.com to see it and bring one home smile emoticon and hope everyone has a great weekend!”

Steven is also taking part in Rock Against MS 3 with other famed rockers like Steve Stevens, Wayne Kramer, Mike Watt and more!!!

Full press release for that BELOW.

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Wovenwar release new music video “Death to Rights”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM (PST)

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Your friends and mine, WOVENWAR are extremely excited to partner with Loudwire to exclusively debut their new music video for the track “Death to Rights“. The clip was directed by Josh Klein and Nick Hipa. Check it out now directly at Loudwire.com HERE.

I’m a huge fan of this band and thrilled they are touring with Periphery. If you get a chance see one of those dates. Going to be some very memorable shows. Jordan Mancino’s drumming on “Death To Rights” in particular should please nearly any era As I Lay Dying fan.

Phil Sgrosso (guitars) states: “Here is our new music video for our song, ‘Death To Rights’. The clip is mainly performance based and incorporates manipulated imagery relating to our album art. We are stoked to share it with you all. See you soon.

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Nirvana update on “Montage Of Heck”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:35 PM (PST)

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Rolling Stone has a great piece on the Sundance reception to the Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck documentary HERE. “I just wanted to give Frances a few more hours with her dad,” says film maker Brett Morgen, who was allowed fairly unprecedented access.

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