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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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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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