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Interview: Honor Among Thieves – Big City Nights

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:53 AM (PST)

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Honor Among Thieves are one of NYC’s best kept not so secret long running hard rock bands. These dudes will get riffs stuck in your head like the theme song of Law & Order, out drink your mother and make you feel like you are living in some golden era of hard rock fun when you catch them live. Regular NY scenesters who have put their time in and have deep roots in the L.E.S. and Brookyln, Honor Among Thieves destroy consistently and never worry about the trends in hipster music, what heavy style they “should” be playing or whatever else you think is clever. Dudes are too busy keeping the candle burning at both ends.

Recently HAT opened for Sixx A.M. and Apocalyptica in NYC and says they were “treated great.”

No matter what form over the years (there aren’t too many bands who replaced
female lead singers with a hyper active black man!), Honor Among Thieves seal
the deal. All of these dudes are NYC legends. Don’t even get me started on
Dave of Thrones or Sebastian. We’d need to write a book. It’s the never say die spirit.

Honor Among Thieves came Upstate to Kingston, NY to do a show with my band GET
OUT at The Anchor, a great watering hole/small venue. It was great to catch up
with the band, hear new music live and talk other good stuff.

More BELOW.

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We’re this anomaly. We’re in the now, not just the past. We dropped this
massive new record and are receiving accolades from all over the world. It’s
unbelievable and very, very humbling. I wake up every morning and I’m like
,”Wow, I get to talk to you today, bro!” It’s humbling. We worked extremely
hard on Elefante. – Marq Torien

I’m a huge fan of classic hard rock/hair metal in all variations. I love that
Eddie Trunk and That Metal Show (who employ my drummer as their sound guy,
incidentally) support Doro and Kiss and Bulletboys, Krokus and Black
Veil…bands who really give a shit about their hard rock.

Bulletboys were always on the side of the more real 80’s bands like Motley,
Skid Row and Guns who were more focused on hitting the stage hard then the
more superficial aspects of that scene back then. Bulletboys never even really
wrote a ballad. Did you know Marq Torien was even on Motown? Put that one in
your pipe for a little bit. It was an experience Torien said was a huge honor and which shaped him to never take anything for granted.

New record Elefante is everything great and long lasting about this band. Do
you ever wonder why people still pay to see acts like Trixter, Skid Row or Def
Leppard after their “Heydey”? Well, I don’t wonder. Because they are still
great rock n roll bands. Whatever line up you like of Guns or Bulletboys or
Van Halen, those bands fuckin’ own what they do.

Read my chat with Torien below.

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Coheed has a new song! Listen to the charming “You’ve got spirit, Kid” HERE. But please purchase Weerd Science instead because it is way better.

Well, maybe I’m reading into this too much but since I’m one of if not the only vocal critic of Claudio Sanchez and he’s just announced he’s finally doing a record of his “feelings” and not just potshots at former bandmates or friends disguised as a concept story, something is setting off my spidey sense.

Should be fun since the whole backstory of the band’s actual history (not the “armory wars” but their actual band history) that he has presented to the public is more or less a conceptual story he made up and only half the truth, when in fact many shitty jabs at former friends or bandmates have littered his lyrics even to the point of naming Apollo records after ex drummer Nate Kelley’s dog Apollo to make him jealous Nate was out of band once they got rich and rub it in his face…like, weirdo shit. Like naming the band after my fucking sister. I’m pretty much their only critic besides some people who know the truth, many of whom are their ex crew. We’ve even shared plenty of band mates over the years or producers.

If this song is about me…I guess I have to shave dude’s head. But maybe I’m wrong since, not legions of emo fans, but many people do “give a fuck” about me. You want the distribution on all the magazines nationally and internationally I write for, dude? And as the lyrics say “the floor is all yours”, which could relate to me since they never respond to anything I say whether I ask nicely or try and heal the friendships or whether I’ve been a drunken asshole. Floor certainly is all mine if you hide in plain sight.

I’m friends with a lot of their fans who have been cool to me but there are also many who are just willfully in denial and worse detectives than juggalos trying to figure out how magnets work. Even the media that covers them has done a terrible job getting the truth. And I love the other dudes in the band who I know, even though they are his yes men and their manager is all about supressing the truth and has been for years, but it’s a bubble long overdue to be burst. Unchecked fucking vanity is not punk rock. Grow the fuck up, dude. You have a good life and lots of fans. many people worked hard to get you there, it wasn’t just your demi god powers. And show some forgiveness since all of us fucking partied too hard and no one has been an angel.

Catch up to speed HERE for more context. But I mean, it could be about his pizza delivery guy. Who knows. Also, the above tattoo reminds me once when Josh Eppard told me he saw a back piece of Fred Durst on a 16 year old girl that time Coheed played Canada and got drunk and said Gretzky sucked and got booed by Canadians. Like, do you want this Ewok on your fucking arm your whole life? Really?

Maybe I’m paranoid. Doubt it. At least I still have some un auto tuned roughs from their Turbine Blade sessions if I really decide to get mad, haha. But I’d rather take the high road. I’m also nobody’s bitch and always speak up for myself, friends and family.

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DVD Review: Black Veil Brides – “Alive And Burning”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM (PST)

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Alive and Burning is everything a Black Veil fan could want in a DVD
experience. Great audio, an extensive booklet and pro footage of BVB ripping
through a lengthy set in November of 2014 at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. The
band have come a long way since vocalist Andy Biersack used to sleep in his
car. Right from the opener “Heart Of Fire”, you know why Avenged Sevenfold
need to watch their backs. This band right now could blow them off the stage,
and I’m not even an Avenged hater.

The hard working, hard rock tradition loving band that people either love or
hate threaten snobs who just don’t get where these dudes are coming from or
like the aesthetic, but in reality Black Veil are right up there with some of
the best 80’s bands. They are certainly light years better than a plethora of
compressed emo vocal bands all trying to grasp at pubescence with high pitched
vocals while also trying to sound tough and screamo-core or the distended anus
of most deathcore mouth fart vocals and floppy breakdowns these days.

Watching this DVD is exciting, fans are stoked, rock n roll is alive, the band
have sick gear and Andy is using his real, God given voice to kick ass. The
band have on stage fortitude and a killer energy exhange with fans many
numbskulls could learn from if they could stop automatically associating glam
or death rock with Mall metal trends. Personally I love when I see some
younger kid with a Heartogram or a Black Veil T Shirt, because it isn’t fake
music.

Click HERE for more.

Year of the ACTUAL rainbow: watch Coheed lampoon idiot Scalia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 12:31 PM (PST)

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I’ll always give Coheed props when they do something cool, like Claudio’s above collabo with ex-Hulk scribe/legend Peter David. Anyone who knows me and my family or scene history knows I still have issues with Claudio never burying hatchet right with me but I don’t hate him, though is real drag (though I’m glad I’m peacefully friendly again with recovering ex bassist Mic Todd after 9 years of not talking). But for sake of good will (and cuz I really like the PR firm this email arrived from) and Cuz this is awesome I’m sharing this funny ass new video anyway ‪#‎pma‬ #dontblowbubbles

Watch the band lampoon idiot judge Scalia n regards to same sex marriage and health care on Funny Or Die HERE.

 

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Watch Life Of Agony’s full Grasspop 2015 set

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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Hard rockers Life Of Agony always put their best foot forward live and the footage from Grasspop 2015 is a great example of how they still bring it hard. Mina and the boys rage through classics to a huge crowd. This band still deserves all the love in the world. Hope they make a new album. Meanwhile, watch the electric concert footage BELOW.

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For over two decades (time flies, Christ!) Spiritual Beggars have been creating solid rock n roll of the stoner rock variety, showcasing the more classic influences of founder Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass). These guys were riding the psych and hard blues/stoner bus long before many bands nowadays jumped on the bandwagon. Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth, current Candlemass) stops by Metal Riot to give us the rundown on the first time VINYL reissue of the band’s early records by Music For Nations (get the vinyl HERE).

 

It’s funny. This article is a little bit of a milestone for me, as Spiritual Beggars were a band I read about years back when I first discovered Terrorizer magazine as the first Beggars album was brewing, I believe. Honestly, I probably got into these guys BEFORE Carcass. It was a time when I was learning all about the many different, deeper sub-genres and rich history of metal and hard rock. Once you gaze down that rabbit hole you’ll not only learn more than you ever thought possble about ex-members or splinter acts associated to Napalm Death (the “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” of metal), but fans who keep digging beyond the bullshit will be rewarded by the richer soil, so to speak, where Five Finger Death Punch is only from Kill Bill and much better bands flourish in the underground. So yeah, here’s to Spiritual Beggars for helping pull me down into the depths all those years ago. It’s been a sweet and smoky ride.

 

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Band Spotlight: Diablo Blvd.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:28 AM (PST)

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Listening to Diablo Boulevard‘s recent Follow The Deadlights, you will notice the Antwerp band’s penchant for channeling the dark forces of early Danzig but that’s too simple a comparison. This band own the stage with unbridled belief in hard rock and metal’s power to inspire. Their confidence and command has found them opening for Life Of Agony, Ace Frehley and Coal Chamber where they were welcomed as peers rather than some lucky band getting a break. Turn them up and let the shadows pour out. There comes a time when silence is no longer golden.

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Failure Stream “The Heart Is A Monster”

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 5:42 PM (PST)

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Failure’s highly anticipated album, The Heart Is A Monster (June 30, INresidence), is streaming now via Entertainment Weekly (http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/18/stream-failure-the-heart-is-a-monster). A video for the album’s first single, “Hot Traveler,” debuted last week HERE.

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Failure video for “Hot Traveler”, Tour Dates

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 5:38 PM (PST)

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Failure reveal the video for “Hot Traveler,” filmed in downtown Los Angeles with the band’s own Ken Andrews directing. The clip debuted yesterday via Alternative Press TV and is now available via Vevo (http://vevo.ly/Cfndfw) and YouTube (https://youtu.be/V6HL0BD4MN0).

The trio’s forthcoming album, The Heart Is A Monster (June 30, INresidence), is already receiving praise with Rolling Stone describing the release as “a sprawling, 18 track voyage that… brilliantly picks up from where Fantastic Planet left off” and Metal Hammer adding, “this most original of bands are experiencing the kind of commercial and critical acceptance that alluded them for so long. Do yourself, and them, a favour; don’t miss out second time round.”

Failure continues to expand their summer tour, recently adding five co-headlining dates with Hum and a free, in-store performance and signing on June 30 at Amoeba Hollywood.  Dates BELOW.

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Wovenwar to perform special hometown show July 10th

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM (PST)

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San Diego’s Wovenwar, along with special guests SecretsHeartistHell or Highwater, and A New Challenger Approaches, will be putting on a special show at Brick By Brick on July 10th. The show takes place during one of the largest comic conventions in the world, San Diego Comic-Con. Those who are in town for the convention July 9-12 might want to take a night off from comics/games/movies to check out a metal show at Brick by Brick! The July 10th show is 21+, doors are at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door. Tickets are available now through Ticketfly here: http://ticketf.ly/1Qn7ObE. Get there early! The bar is hosted by Sailor Jerry from 7:30PM – 8:30PM.

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Hudson Valley hard rockers Silver Spade have a new record called Self Destruct and just last night opened for Lynch Mob in Poughkeepsie, NY.

“Crowd was good. Half full,” said founding member Ed Brandt.“George was cool. They have been on my radar since high school.”

The Silver Spade guys are the kind of working class hard rock band that is rarer these days as people gravitate to lazier pursuits, but make no mistake…rock n roll is here to stay. Like Joan Jett said during her induction speech to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, if a label isn’t putting your record out do it yourself. In the case of Silver Spade, whatever they face they keep their enthusiasm for rock in place. That is as it should be, whether you are listening to Entrails, Eternal Summers or a freakin’ Hinder fan or in a band of your own. Keep the faith! Don’t break the oath, baby.

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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

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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