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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
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Hamilton, Ontario metallers Ritual have announced a Canadian tour in support of their debut self-titled album.
Check out Ritual, the video for the song “Pisces” and Ritual tour dates here.
“This time we tried to hold it back and give it a more bleak and depressing thing. Climax was sort of sexy and passionate.
This one we wanted more bleak.”
Let’s just start with the list of band members: Mat “Kvohst” McNerney –
Vocals, Valtteri Arino – Bass, Linnéa Olsson – Guitar, Uno Bruniusson – Drums,
Juho Vanhanen – Guitar (live/studio)
Yes, Grave Pleasures are a cult rock supergroup of sorts for people who follow
post-punk, death rock and underground metal. Formed in the wake of the passing
of not just critical darlings Beastmilk but also The Oath and In Solitude, the
void yawned and out of the chaotic aftermath was birthed the titanic output of
creativity and the right mix of personalities locking together that gives us
this new amazing band, Grave Pleasures.
Dreamcrash is that guilty pill you want to slip yourself, a dark and sensual trip via Sony/Metal Blade through the shadowy Lost Highways of Hell, but much more fun that nightmarish in the end. The band slink, rock, groove and emote down corridor after corridor of pitch perfect post punk guitar dissonance and the unbeatable tribal pounding of Uno Bruniusson’s often tom heavy beats.
The dual guitars and crooning vocals evoke a dalliance with the dark but a
sense of self worth that makes you long for immortality than a thirst
addiction, but the record is addictive as a vampire’s kiss nonetheless.
For a talk with astounding Swedish musician Linnéa Olsson of Grave Pleasures,
Halloween is almost upon us. It is likely you have seen candy corny decorations and foam spiders or skeletons, ghouls and goblins littering lawns or the odd cool graveyard with grim reaper in your neighborhood. But you have not had an experience quite like our CREATURE HONEYMOON comp.
Every week we have been revealing songs about or inspire by monsters and/or darkness from bands around the globe (and a batch from my own hometown of Kingston, NY). A wide variety of styles have been included, ripping themselves up from the underground to thrill and kill.
The full comp will be out on Halloween but at this point the majority of the record has been released. This week’s two additions include my band GET OUT‘s tribute to True Blood , nightlife vampirism and my own struggles beating alcohol and depression. It’s called “Bloody Marys” and first debuted via the O + Festival a few week ago. The song was influenced musically by stuff like Life Of Agony, Diablo Blvd., The Cult…you get the idea.
The other track added this week is an amazing cosmic dread inspired one time team up between psych doomers It’s Not Night : It’s Space and the mighty face frying Acid Roach! Dudes jammed out for over ten minutes to create this powerful spell of Lovecraft meets Terence McKenna inspired completely awe inducing number “True Hallucinations”. It engulfs you like staring into the dark heavens. Super thrilled to have this song on the comp.
Check these songs and already released tracks from Night Viper, Shadow Witch, Tiger Piss and more on our Metal Riot Bandcamp page HERE!Add to My Radar
L.A.’s Darkwalker are a sun burnt, Gibson slingin’ stoner rock/grungy/doom band who have a chipped away for about ten years finding the right line up and chiseling away at the glorified axe worship on their wailing Basement Records debut The Wastelands. Serving as a crash course in Sabbath fandom with lyrics culled from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series for inspiration, this band is worth travelling with.
Read an interview with Derek from the band BELOW.Add to My Radar
Alien weed mummies, more zombies, wolverines, tiger pee and a love of darkness define Metal Riot’s 2nd week countdown to Halloween as we reveal 4 more songs from October’s METAL RIOT CREATURE HONEYMOON comp HERE.
Punk band Tiger Piss feat. Lara Hope deliver a ten year anniversary look back at their first underground hit “Zombie Slave” (technically about a sex zombie rather than the undead).Svart Records artists Night Viper from Gothenburg (featuring Horisant’s Tom Sutton) blaze forward with the classic heavy metal sound of “The Wolverine”. Tyrant Of Death delivers a one man industrial metal/harsh noise hymn to those who love darkness. And last but not least my own band GET OUT. reveal the second song from our pending debut LET ME IN, a tune called “Scarab Of Green” that is both a tribute to Dio’s “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” and a cursed tale about an angry stoner mummy who is pissed he was disturbed from his trapped bong cloud eternal sleep beneath the sands by looters.
Thus far seven tracks have been revealed, about half of the comp. Stay tuned each week for more songs leading up to Halloween!Add to My Radar
Check out Hawk Vs Dove‘s new rebuilt Facebook band page HERE. Citing Earth, Jesus Lizard, Boris and Butthole Surfers as influences, they are one of the best kept rock n blues metal secrets in Texas. HVD have shared stages with Mothership, Harvey Milk and more. Check out their self released beast of a new record Divided States HERE.
File this under taste, riffs and class. Somebody like Last Hurrah, Tee Pee, Ripple or Small Stone should re-release this on vinyl in a perfect world.Add to My Radar
WOVENWAR return to the road this evening with Atreyu. The band’s month-long trek, which includes support from Unearth and Beartooth on select dates, will run from September 18th through October 18th. From there, WOVENWAR will join Sevendust for three special shows in the Midwest on October 21st, 22nd and 23rd. See the complete list of dates below.
In related news, WOVENWAR‘s self-titled debut was recently nominated for two San Diego Music Awards, including Best Hard Rock band, and Best Hard Rock album. Fans still have time to vote. Polls close at 5:00pm PST TODAY, September 18th. Go HERE to cast your ballot.
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PREMIERE: Kingston-based band GET OUT., who straddle the genres of hard rock, metal, alternative and punk, are premiering “Bloody Marys” from their pending first album LET ME IN on the O+ Festival Web site:http://opositivefestival.org/kingston/musicians/get-out/
“It’s a health, nightlife and creativity-related song, seeing as how it is about struggles with alcoholism as well as kind of about binge watching ‘True Blood’,” says vocalist (and music journalist) Morgan Ywain Evans. “Being a starving artist or an insomniac and culture enthusiast is sort of similar to being a vampire in that you find yourself in a lot of odd situations.”
O+ Festival is dedicated to the exchange of health and wellness services for works of art and musical performances. Chapters of O+, which was founded in Kingston, N.Y. in 2010, host weekend-long annual art and music events during which participating artists and musicians exhibit their talents in exchange for access to health and wellness services from art-loving providers. This year’s October 9-11th running Kingston Festival will feature Prince Rama, GET OUT., Corey Glover of Living Colour, Screaming Females, Clover and more for a total of 60+ bands!Add to My Radar
“Do you know who you are? Part of the solution, or the one that falls?”, sings Atreyu drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller on a key track from the band’s return record and perhaps finest hour to date Long Live. The full, melodic and made for singalong voice of Brandon is, to be truthful, the most crucial ingredient for a tune to fully sound like Atreyu to my ears. But the whole band are firing on all cylinders as a team more than ever.
After a semi-lengthy break the band have returned with a refreshed attitude with no room for cynics. Talking to Brandon he seems as gassed up and invested in his band as the early days and insists this was not just a cash grab. He laughs when I ask who he still wants to share a stage with and honestly can’t think of many bands they haven’t played with yet. Nonetheless, the eagerness to get back to the fans and bring them a release they can all rally around is very apparent on even the first play of Long Live.
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November 7th – December 31st
This exhibition brings Yseult full-circle, having lived in New York City from 1982 – 1991, during which time she co-founded White Zombie while attending Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan’s West Village, before moving to New Orleans in 1996 with nothing more than a single suitcase, a guitar, a banjo, and a Polaroid Land Camera.
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So I saw my buddy Tigman from 101.5 WPDH Poughkeepsie post on Facebook a Blabbermouth piece you should all see HERE.
I’m a die hard gunners fan (half of the new songs on my band GET OUT.’s pending hard rock/metal full length debut have high and low octave double tracked Axl influenced Appetite type vocal tricks utilized in the choruses). I also feel SLASH is one of the most entertaining books on rock n roll EVER written (along with Lemmy’s White Line Fever), just mandatory. And with all due respect to Myles Kennedy and Slash’s solo band or the recently departed from the Nu-Guns camp guys like Bumblefoot and Ashba, seeing Slash and Axl again someday would be amazing.
I’m not an Axl hater though I also understand why fans hate he is late for shows and wonder why for awhile there was a guy with a KFC bucket playing guitar. There was a reason why Against Me! classic Reinventing Axl Rose existed, but you also gotta remember that Axl EARNED his hubris. Dude went from a fucked up childhood to conquering the world… and I think it’s cool he stood up to the Hall of Fame and public pressure at the time for the Appetite line up to perform. While that would’ve been awesome and I understand why Adler was so disappointed, it also made sense in other ways for Rose to say “Hey, this is my band now.” On the plus side, it appears Axl and Slash are friendly again.
I personally am bummed we didn’t get another record with Ashba but am thrilled Fortus and (honestly my fave Guns drummer besides Sorum) Frank Ferrer remain, as they play in The Compulsions (one of the best rock bands going) as well and just kick ass/have talent and vibe/class. I’d love to see Duff, Slash and the current line up meld or rotate Tommy Stinson and Duff or whatever like they have been doing. Maybe all of that is speculation but it’d be a cool way to bridge the old school and new school gap as older fans strictly hating on the Chinese Democracy-era band means missing out on some killer newer tunes like “I.R.S.” and one of Axl’s best ever songs “Street Of Dreams”. Even Slash said it was a good record when it came out.
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THE WHISKY A GO-GO PRESENTS: A DAY FOR CHARLOTTE
A Night for Childhood Leukemia & Charlotte
MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH @ THE WHISKY A GO-GO
PHIL X & THE DRILLS W/ ALL STAR-GUESTS
RICHIE KOTZEN Of The Winery Dogs
HOSTED BY: GREG GRUNBERG
HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 11, 2015) – Monday, August 17th will be an amazing night of rockstars hitting the stage at the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go to raise money for a sweet little girl named Charlotte.
This is a special night not only for Charlotte but also to Phil X (Bon Jovi) and his wonderful wife Lindy. “Both Christine and my wife Lindy were pregnant at the same time,” explains Phil X (Bon Jovi). “When Charlotte was diagnosed with leukemia we felt that helping this little girl we care about to get the proper care – Well, we just knew it was the right thing to do. People need to know about childhood leukemia. It is devastating for a family.” This wonderful girl, who is only 20 months, will require 2 years of chemo.
Phil X called upon his friends to help get this benefit together. Actor/Director Greg Grunberg (Heros/Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will host this night of All-stars – With STEEL PANTHER headlining, Phil X & The Drills (Phil X/Bon Jovi, Randy Cooke/Ringo Starr & Daniel Spree), Richie Kotzen Trio and The Barb Wire Dolls to open. The guests that are jumping in with The Drills are Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs/Mr. Big), Matt Starr (Ace Frehely/Mr. Big), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Brian Tichy (Dead Daisies/ Moby Dicks/Foreigner),Marq Torien (Bulletboys) and Scotti Hill (Skid Row).
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Quality live albums have somewhat, frankly, become a rare breed. Sure you have Iced Earth’s Alive In Athens which was made in 1999 (not THAT long ago) but these days it’s far more common to have a golden live moment caught on Youtube, be it a funny blooper, a raging Black Label Society set or Florence & The Machine filling in for Foo Fighters (no pressure) yet still easing into Glastonbury this year like she (Welch) was reclaiming a mystical throne whilst blowing away the uneven Kanye set. Dax Riggs bootlegs are always reliable for bluesy psych/glam rock from the ex-Acid Bath singer. Tearist released a live debut for a full length and it really shook up the noise/art rock scene and created amazing possibilities anew. There’s standbys like Nirvana or Alice In Chains Unplugged. The new Rotting Christ 2x live bad boy is streaming HERE.
Maybe I’m showing my age here but I’d argue though that I have yet to be knocked on my ass by a live release
from many newer bands (here’s a DVD exception). Most of the ones on this list of mine are still more
established than not. Maybe I’m wrong but it seems to be a hurting art form. Cuz bands fuckin’ fake shit in the studio, hahaha.
Here are twelve true bangers, IMO. Some of these even have accompanying footage! Cuz, y’know…we can do that stuff now!
See which twelve artists made the list BELOW.
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Wovenwar continue to grow and impress. The band are more melodic than some can handle but I personally love it. The group are not afraid to incorporate their metalcore and emo emo roots but have pushed their corners, becoming more epic in the process. Skywriting vocals match the energetic and quite metal influenced leads and intricate lines, maximum energy on both songwriting and give and take with the fans.
Nick Hipa adds: “Our video for “Archers” is cut from live footagefilmed by Josh Knofffrom our recent hometown show at Brick by Brick. The lyrics heavily reference specific themes and songs from Shane’s previous band (Oh, Sleeper) as a sentimental nod to how that chapter in his life was unforgettably formidable. With that in mind, it felt appropriate to create a visual edit captured from our venue in a room filled with quite a bit of family and friends… it kinda just completes the whole vibe as positively nostalgic.”
This is the kind of band who you would love to see live or in a perfect world share a stage with. There is a kinetic excitement in what they are doing and I had to finally show their album to my current guitarist in my band GET OUT. the other day, a big As I Lay Dying fan who is still adjusting (“Dude, it’s awesome. Promise.”). Wovenwar might be different but they are forging a new legacy with sharpened tools from their experiences. “Archers” is great evidence.
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