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Album Review: All That Remains – “The Order Of Things”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:41 AM (PST)

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All That Remains are one of the most controversial bands in metal, a fact which often overshadows their music. While Phil Labonte has certainly been in the headlines lately (and the band’s last record A War You Cannot Win‘s hit “Stand Up” was #1 on Active Rock), the group has unfortunately been more synonymous with twitter banter and potty mouth behavior than their music.

“You have to adapt to the world around you as opposed to expecting everything to adapt to your perspective,” claims vocalist Labonte in a recent press release. “You can’t really control what goes on in your life, you can only control your reaction. I’ve gotten a certain amount of peace from embracing this truth. That’s the way things go. This is literally The Order of Things.”

Overall this record is their best synergy of styles with “Bite My Tongue” in particular really fusing the faster NWOAHM sound with their more recent embrace of melodic hard rock traits. With new album The Order Of Things, I tried to take the band on their own merits as a group, but I did have to take a tangent into social concerns first. For the full review see BELOW.

Live photos: Upstate, NY’s Painmask bring the one-5 to Hot Shotz

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:05 AM (PST)

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It’s been about a week since I got really horrible news that my dad passed away suddenly. I’m kind of chilling listening to Bad Brains dub record they did at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY from 2002, I & I Survived. Dealing with so much family stuff as my sister Cambria Evans and I navigate tending to my very understandably stressed out and distraught mom (presently relaxing and listening to the cool rhodes piano or whatever is on this track behind the dub), it has me questioning many of my choices of the last twenty years when I was partying as a younger dude… drinking too much, time I could have spent with family. It really hurts.

But seeing the photos of my boys Painmask that I just got from Beneath The Remains bassist (and Metal Riot photographer) Matt Slater, it reminds me that this scene has also been family to me. I’ve gotten to be part of interviewing hundreds of bands and helping people who believe in art and metal and hardcore, so it hasn’t all been a waste. My dad supported me in my pursuit of rock n roll.

The bonds made- even with a band like Painmask whom some of you new school kids might not even know about cuz they never had a trendy record deal… these are priceless friendships. Seeing Jay Avery, Carl Carlew and the guys in these photos makes me think of countless shows with Painmask and bands like All Out War, Subzero, whoever…where creativity, crazy pits of energy but with brotherhood and unity at the core and most of all music that will last…it matters. We’ve all been doing shows together for like 20 years!

I talk a lot about Life Of Agony on this site and Joey Z. just produced the Painmask guys recently. They even recorded some of the early tracking at one of the band’s I sing for, Antidote 8‘s studio Darkworld Studio. SO it was awesome to meet Joey Z and hear him mixing Painmask levels on my bassist Dave Daw’s console last year. Anyway, these are shots from a recent Painmask show at Hot Shotz in Upstate, NY. It’s a small venue that hosts cover bands and occasioal rock shows, but they support live music so who gives a fuck.

I just wanna say be thankful for the friends you have and the limited time on this Earth. Make it count!

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Bullet For My Valentine enter studio for code name BFMV5

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM (PST)

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From the Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine‘s own mouths:

We’ve been working hard on this record for over a year now, writing and demoing a ton of material in that time. As we sit here on the 1st of February 2015, we have the most songs we’ve EVER had written for an album before recording session, and now begins the difficult process of choosing the best of the best of them to make the cut for ‪#‎BFMV5‬

Going into this process, we couldn’t be more happy or excited to have our man Colin Richardson back behind the desk again. We worked with Colin on our first two records, ‘The Poison’ and ‘Scream Aim Fire’ (as well as the self titled’ BFMV’ EP) and as we listened back to those records during the writing process for this new album, we realised what a special vibe and excitement these records have, and why they’re held in such high respect by our fanbase.

This album, though, is not about going backwards. We’re excited to work with Colin again, but equally excited to be working with Carl Bown for the first time, who we consider the most exciting new British record producer out there right now, and the guy to help take this Bullet record to exciting new places.

Today we start the recording process for #BFMV5. We’ll be taking and uploading one exclusive new photo from the studio per day on our instagram account over at http://instagram.com/bfmvofficial/ so if you’re not signed up yet, you’re missing out, as we’ve just posted our first pic over there now.

Get involved. #BFMV5

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Gideon release new video for “Survive” feat. Caleb Shomo

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM (PST)

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Facedown‘s perhaps best band Gideon are back with “Survive” featuring Caleb from Beartooth as a guest. It comes from Gideon’s triumphant record Calloused from 2014, a must hear metalcore release that leans hard on hardcore but also has serious groove and low end crunch. Roaring strong, this band is still in it to win it!

Click HERE and support these guys hard!

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Vision Of Disorder working on new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM (PST)

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V.O.D.  are finally working on a follow up to total slammer (and comeback album) The Cursed Remain Cursed. More than a rehash, the Long Island band are just as vital and fired up as they ever were. One of the earliest bands to play metalcore along with All Out War , Hatebreed and Unearth, the V.O.D. boys have always had a certain extra level of fired up intensity. Zeuss (Hatebreed, Hammercult, Arsis) is handling production and Candlelight will handle the release, expected later this year. Classic EP Still has also recently been reissued.

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Album Review: 36 Crazyfists – “Time And Trauma”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:25 AM (PST)

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36 Crazyfists have always been sort of an underdog band, a little bit edgier and a little bit weirder than most of the bigger bands they have spent years opening for. Not that the hard rocking Alaskans can’t pull their own crowds, just that they never reached the status of some of their peers. On the plus side, this has enabled the band to stay rooted to the underground and more post-hardcore influences and not be pigeonholed. Much like the so much more than just “nu” Deftones or Glassjaw (Worship And Tribute forever), 36 Crazyfists show groove, rage, glassy eyed poetic post-gaze and high octane punch in the same songs. It all comes down to how much your audience respects your divergences (the more closed minded Machine Head fans for example seem to only like early stuff or The Blackening, even though Super Charger is better than plenty of albums by other bands, c’mon and get real).

36 Crazy fists don’t even have that silly of a name anymore compared to some of the bands out now! Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!? WTF!!?

Anyway, Time And Trauma is a great album that warrants repeat listen and even has a sort of early Poison The Well/Trustkill looking cover. Like V.O.D. you can enjoy the darker passages or weirder grooving parts in equal measure. Vocalist Brock Lindow still has the weird, fluid Janes Addiction-esque cadences and off kilter kind of scratchy, contorted and nasal approach that appealed to me when I first heard the awesome “Circle The Drain” years ago.

Let’s dig in more! “Sorrow Sings” here is a slower, mid tempo  march that shows remarkable range, really exciting tempo control and major guitar attack on the roaring bridge. Seriously a must hear monster song aching for light and life. Very impressed by this one. “Slivers” is a syncopated attack with almost Thrice-like charge and an attention grabbing, adventurous melody from the so real he doesnt have time to be too self concious Lindow. Check out the title track here and try not to get knocked on your ass! Vocal performance of a lifetime on that chorus for Lindow. These are the kind of songs kids flip shit for and really can bond with more than the 800th generic scream, kind of why I am digging Islander so much lately for trying harder than all the clone deathcore bands out there, for example. “I’m still taking this all in”. Well, it might take awhile because there are many highlights and movements. Try starting with “Lightless”, a faster tune that will make you want to jump and somewhere between Foo Fighters “Everlong” meets Quicksand/Deftones big chords and Bad Brains hop. But the melodic vocal prowess is all Crazyfist!

It all wraps up with the melancholic yet warm “Marrow”, a haunting and momentarilly suffocating promise that turns to soaring resolve with gothic flourishes and snaking duet moments. Band cofounder Steve Holt says ,“Overall the idea was to write a rock record with no preconceived notions; just good riffs and good songs,” the guitarist says. “I wanted rock-oriented songs that would let Brock’s vocal melodies take the lead.”

Welcome back, boys. The hibernation was worth the wait. Kudos and thanks to Spinefarm for helping make this awesome album a reality.

Unearth release “The Swarm” music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:32 PM (PST)

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Metallic bruisers Unearth have released a new video for “The Swarm” from Watchers Of Rule via Metal Injection. It features some of the fastest riffing and more insane drumming yet heard from the road warriors and is another in a long line of solid songs cementing them as among the finest bands in metal. Unearth in recent years have really found a great balance between their live attack and superior production. Check “The Swarm” out HERE.

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Album Review: Exist Immortal – “Darkness Of An Age”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:04 PM (PST)

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Exist Immortal‘s Darkness Of An Age is a mix of moody breaks, an emphasis on real vocals (if you don’t know what I mean by that I feel sorry for you) and guitar heroics wed to metal core traits. Meyrick de la Fuente is a skilled crooner with a just shy of mature sounding voice that cuts through the distortion or floats on top of spacier moments. The band endeavor to stand out from the pack of peers scrambling for the metalcore crown who often sound far too similar and for the most part they are successful. My main complaint is that most metal core bands lose regional identity, with a band from Australia or the UK for the most part sounding pretty similar to American bands. At least Exist Immortal are trying to stretch things out, not rely solely on breakdowns and add some guitar flair, dizzying technical flourishes and emotional drive to songs that still have some more generic traits here and there.

Scheduled for an independent re-release February 10, 2015, the group will re-issue, Darkness Of An Age, in North America offering with it a generous helping of bonus material including remixes and re-worked tracks as well as three previously unreleased songs via reputable digital service providers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify as well as the groups own Bandcamp page.

“Desolace” has an almost Dream Theater meets Deftones coldness to the spacious alt-prog intro that is easilly one of the most interesting passages on the record. I honestly want to hear less screaming from these guys. The stuff I am gravitating to more these days from younger bands is along the lines of Maid Myriad and Wings Denied, bands who don’t rely on the anonymous metalcore screams to augment their tunes. I am not against clean meets scream vocals, but if you are going to do them they need to really feel important to stand out from the literally countless bands doing it. My criticism is that the record is enjoyable and fun while you listen to it, though some of the songs don’t linger too much.”Liberator” featuring Sam Rudderforth of The Colour Line is a catchy exception or my favorite track “Imperator” which churns like unruly waters as October File-esque melodic roaring replaces more generic screams before Meyrick nails a mood perfect pre-chorus. This band has some growing to do but their ambition and talent are already there in spades.

Emmure release video for “A Gift A Curse”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:47 AM (PST)

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Emmure have released a different style of video for “A Gift A Curse” from Eternal Enemies. The clip features caged David statues, some Blue Man Group/Slipknot love children hitting conga drums, oozing black tentacles and the low tuned sound fans of the band crave. It’s MLK day and we are supposed to come together, which I totally agree with. At the same time, the production, aggression and overall weirdness of this clip make it appealing even on a day especially meant for mindfulness. But yeah, let’s take care of each other out there, people.

Check out the video BELOW.

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Interview: Misery Kills – Strong Island Sound

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:41 PM (PST)

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John LoCasto (vocalist of Misery Kills) is the interview guest today to tell us about the Long Island based band’s new room smasher My Ugly Insides. The record has the ear marks of a good, mid 00’s alt metal record combined with the merciless sound of NYHC in it’s most violent form.

I’m the kind of rocker who can appreciate rock n roll enough to like everything from Halestorm to Ozzy to whatever, but sometimes you just want to hear something that brings the heavy in a rarely relenting manner. My Ugly Insides is out 1/20 Via iTunes.

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Fit For A King scooped up for Warped Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM (PST)

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Fit For A King‘s popularity is certainly related to their solid live show as well as their songwriting. They are one of the better younger bands I have seen live in recent years, showing up most of the bands on the Eternal Enemies Tour (with the exception of Kublai Khan who have been killin’ it, flat out). Anyhow, the band behind Slave To Nothing have been selected for Warped Tour again next year.

Slave To Nothing had a remarkable debut at #49 on the Billboard Charts and the band will be on all the Monster Stage North American dates at Warped. Not bad for a little band from Dallas, TX.

 

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36 Crazyfists reveal ‘Time and Trauma’ album cover

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM (PST)

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Alaskan metalcore mainstays 36 Crazyfists have revealed the cover art for their latest album, Time and Trauma.

Time and Trauma is due out on February 17 via Spinefarm Records. This will be the band’s sixth studio album and their Spinefarm debut.

Check out the album art for Time and Trauma here.

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Interview: Exist Immortal – London Calling Legions

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM (PST)

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I think a common misconception some people make is that we are endangering the Earth, when in fact it is our place on the planet that is in jeopardy from our ignorance and unwillingness to act.- Meyrick de la Fuente (Vocals)

Exist Immortal from London are actually making metalcore with progressive flourish that is interesting, a more nuanced cousin to the watered down deathcore or done to death 2nd and 3rd wave versions of the NWoAHM (which would be weird, since they are British, haha). The band are re-releasing their debut Darkness Of An Age with deluxe fanfare in Feb. 2015

Click HERE for our chat with Meyrick!

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Eternal Enemies at Upstate Concert Hall (Show Pics)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:49 AM (PST)

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Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY regularly throws diverse shows from Metric to Every Time I Die to Mindless Self Indulgence. It was a no brainer that The Eternal Enemies Tour stop at the mid sized venue was going to be really hyper and packed with kids. Not only is this where the beef with Emmure and The Acacia Strain kind of reached an apex at one point, but it also is where they best buried the hatchet. This show was actually really positive, even with everyone screaming angry shit all night, haha.

From Emmure pals Sylar (also from Queens) setting it off like a kind of metalcore Linkin Park to Kublai Khan from Texas completely killing it onstage with a strong message of unity to the wall of heavy that slams into the crowd whenever The Acacia Strain hits, it was a good night for Upstate, NY.  I can’t believe Ryan from Fit For A King managed to sing his whole set in a long sleeve shirt and not faint. Vincent from The Acacia Strain even gave shout outs to Ted’s Fish Fry and Stewart’s Ice Cream (that’s a regional reference if you know the Troy/Albany area), which was pretty amusing.

Photogs Matt Slater and Richie Bilyou got shots of the action for y’all.

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NWoAHM Memories: Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Chimaira (Photos)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM (PST)

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Listening to NPR discuss Massachusetts racial history today and the Jason Sokol book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics From Boston To Brooklyn as I pull up the photos photographer Matt Slater graciously assembled for this live piece. Looking at Chimaira, Shadows Fall and God Forbid in metal splendor, I can’t help but feel like the better examples of geeks, thrashers and artists are ahead of the pack at times when it comes to acceptance. Shadows Fall’s greatest album, The Art Of Balance, has a title alone that is  good metaphor for the way to walk and interface with people in life. Hey, we all lose our heads sometimes ( remember when powerhouse drummer Jason Bittner yelled at Halestorm for the Grammy Win, hahah?)… But most of the time I think it is awesome we can have an underground that supports a diverse spectrum of people. When I’m at a show inclusiveness is second nature, though of course there are always some knuckleheads who just came to fuck shit up.

That said, I think overall the mark of metal core and NWoAHM is way more positive than negative. We’re going into a new Congressional period with people who don’t want to listen and want to obstruct. Scott Walker and other hobgoblins don’t care about workers, in my mind. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul or Rubio are as uneven, creepy and selective in memory as I am a fan of Kyuss. Bridgegate was appalling, NJ.  But in the underground we have a voice to help people and communities shook by Fegusson’s exposed wound! To cheer on when New York State chooses to improve definition of consent on college campuses! To just get out there and fucking rock and have a good time with OTHER PEOPLE! Look, it aint that all cops are bad or all black people are criminals. It’s about empathy for the suffering of other human beings.

Anyway, looking at these photos Slater gave us, I can’t help but feel pride and energized by what these bands gave us all. From energy to words to vision. Fuck off, haters. You aren’t constructive.

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