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Song Premiere: GET OUT.’s “Bloody Marys” revealed via the O+ Festival

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2:15 PM (PST)

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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!

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“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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SEAN YSEULT: RETROSPECTIVE at Sacred Gallery NYC Opens in November

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:08 PM (PST)
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Sean Yseult – Retrospective
Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 7th – 8pm-11pm
424 Broadway Fl2, New York City
Sacred Gallery NYC
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On Display:
November 7th – December 31st

New York, New York: Sean Yseult, best known as the bass player from the multi-platinum and twice Grammy-nominated band White Zombie, presents her first solo show in New York City. RETROSPECTIVE – a love letter to her long-time muse, New Orleans – is a collaboration of early work from 2004, SEX & DEATH & ROCKNROLL (2012), MISSISSIPPI MERMAIDS (2013) and her current show, still on partial view at the Scott Edwards Gallery through October 2015, SOIRÉE D’EVOLUTION: TABLEAUX VIVANTS ET NATURE MORTES.

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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Slash and Axl pals again? This is good news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM (PST)

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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.

Crack open some Night Train.

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THE WHISKY A GO-GO PRESENTS: A DAY FOR CHARLOTTE

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 6:59 PM (PST)

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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

 

STEEL PANTHER

 

PHIL X & THE DRILLS W/ ALL STAR-GUESTS

 

RICHIE KOTZEN Of The Winery Dogs

 

THE BARB WIRE DOLLS

 

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 openThe 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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12 great post-1990 live albums that aren’t “Alive In Athens”.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM (PST)

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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!

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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.

Watch it NOW.

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Chemical Burn stream “Raining Anvils” in full with HBIH

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11:25 AM (PST)

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Though they may take even longer between albums than Tool, L.A. heavy metal band Chemical Burn (our current band spotlight artist) have finally streamed their new long player Raining Anvils. Check it out HERE at Heavyblogisheavy and tell ’em Metal Riot sent ya!

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DJ Ashba exits Guns N’ Roses

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM (PST)

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Guns n Roses newest ex member is DJ Ashba. I for one am a big fan of the guy and despite his hat that everyone hated I think it’s really unfair to call him a Slash clone if you look at the dude’s whole career. Ashba wrote a long, heartfelt letter announcing his departure from Guns which you can read HERE.

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The brand new incarnation of THE BUNNY THE BEAR has arrived.  A Liar Wrote This, is out today and retains the band’s genre expansive style that bridges pop, spellbinding soul and introduces the acidic, yet velvety voice of new “Bear” Haley Roback.  The band has also released the first official video featuring new material with Roback, for the song “Lover’s Touch.”

Watch “Lover’s Touch” On VEVO.

 

A Liar Wrote This has already taken a very special place in my heart,” confesses Matt “The Bunny” Tybor.  “I am extremely proud of the hard work put in by all involved, especially Haley, my new “Bear.”  I couldn’t be more confident with the new direction we’ve taken.  We didn’t want to shut fans out by doing a 180 degree change, but the vigor Haley brings definitely earns its place on A Liar Wrote This.”

 

THE BUNNY THE BEAR bring their acts of theater, music and style to audiences across the US as part of the Vans Warped Tour.


A Liar Wrote This is available now at Apple Music, FYESpotify, and VictoryMerch.com.

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Band Spotlight: Chemical Burn

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM (PST)

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If you like the brutish groove of Pantera or the swing of newer Throwdown then you’ll likely eat up the material dished out by L.A. based band Chemical Burn.

“Drummer Kevin Jackson and I were instantly on the same page when it came to the writing process. If a song doesn’t light us both up, we go back to the drawing board with it,” says bassist/vox Mike Garnica. “Eventually a light bulb goes off and it all comes together in a way that stokes the hell out of us.”

New Noise Magazine offered a taste of new album Raining Anvil’s first single with the premiere of My Weakness, while Revolver Magazine album premiered the album’s first track “I Rise I Fly”.

Surely a band to watch and perfect for the more traditional 90’s influenced metal fans out there. Explains Garnica, “A lot of the album is about a journey through a mentality that has gone from a rock bottom of sorts, to a rebirth and new course in life.”

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Panzie announce new singer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM (PST)

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Who can PANZIE‘s new frontman be?

It is with great pleasure that I get to formally announce our newest member, Jasin Cadic. Jasin is best known for his work as frontman in the NYC based band STARKILLER. PANZIE has been a long time fan and friend of Jasin’s, and it turns out that Jasin also was a fan of ours. Prior to Jasin’s entry we felt like we were exhausting all possibilities, we just couldn’t seem to find the right fit and settling wasn’t an option.
When the possibility of working with Jasin arose we all became very excited. We were very familiar with his work ethic and what he brought to the table and knew it could be explosive but, the true test was what would happen when we all got together, what would it sound like?, what would the vibe in the studio be?, Can we all get along and make kick ass music?

The answer was YES , YES, YES! Our first time in the studio was more of a jam session and not an audition. We all went in with a “let’s just see what happens” attitude and 30 minutes in we all looked at each other and decided right on the spot that this just had to happen, which is very much how PANZIE came to be in the first place. It just felt right, there was no need to over analyze it. Jasin Cadic fits right in and the timing for both of us was right. We have been playing together now for a few months and I can say that our initial gut feelings were spot on. It sounds and feels kick ass. We are really looking forward to our first show with Jasin at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC on August 6 and are looking forward to what the future holds. Don’t miss this event, there will not be another 1st, We are looking forward to this show and reconnecting with all our long time supporters.
“WE ARE PANZIE”
DC, Gonzalez

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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.

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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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