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I wrote Autumn instead of Fall because it just sounds so damn provincial. It makes me laugh, ok?

The esteemed gentleman of thrashing heavy metal war demi-gods Holy Grail will issue a follow up to sophomore triumph Ride The Void. This band live are a sight to behold with dizzying leads and soaring vocals.  The group spent much of 2014 writing their as-yet-untitled new release. Guitarist Eli Santana and drummer Tyler Meahl also kept busy by touring extensively with Huntress, whose lead guitarist Blake Meahl is Tyler’s brother.

Last month, Holy Grail triumphantly returned to the stage with a live performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. during the home opener of the L.A. Kiss arena football team. A photo gallery (courtesy of Voorhees Photo) can be seen at this location. The band expects to announce summer tour dates in the coming weeks.

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Tribal nu and thrash metal titans Soulfly will bring da shit live in support of pending 2015 album Archangel. The “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” Tour is full of bands with a never say die work ethic that should shoot down critics and get fans into a frenzy.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00 am local time. Meet and greet packages will be made available as well. For more info and tickets visitwww.soulfly.com.

Dates BELOW.

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New Sepultura song “DarkSide” is upon you

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PST)

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From the legendary band:

Everyone has a DarkSide!

A song Sepultura made for DarkSide Books. Enjoy!

Check it out HERE and pay respects to the band on their 30 Year Anniversary! I love the post-Max line ups as much as the early days of the band and the fact it is still an issue at all shows how ridiculous metal fans can be sometimes.

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On The American Dream Died, Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret -even so many years into the classic NYHC band’s tenure- has delivered maybe his most vocally succinct set of lyrics on an album ever. The focus of the energized social blast’s recalls the band’s early lightning rod heyday as well as more recent forays into melodic, working class punk. And fret not…crossover fans need only listen to the rampage of “Test Of Time” to hear the metal influence that landed the band props from Kirk Hammett of Metallica on his Fear Festival this year.

It was great to talk to Miret about the record, on current events like “Police Violence”, real patriotism, welfare, Edward Snowden and how NY is the “Greatest city in the world, but it just don’t feel the same”. Plus MUCH more. “There’s no justice/it’s just us”!

Read it BELOW.

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NYC’s celebrated Gramercy Theatre was host to a plethora of true metal fans of various stripes, from denim jackets to hipsters to black t shirts to hairbags. The occasion was the inredible package tour of Witch Mountain, Ecstatic Vision plus headliners Yob and mighty black metal/prog legends from Norway, Enslaved. The tour is a celebration of much of what is good about metal right now, deep roots of Yggdrassil extending into the past, present and future.

I was really excited as I’d yet to see any of these great bands live. I’ve been an Enslaved fan since my artist pal Simon Ampel gave me a mix cd years ago with “Entrance Escape” on it along with Malevolent Creation (who turned out to be racists, unbeknownst to me and Jewish Simon at the time, so I never listen to them anymore).Enslaved, however, have left a long lasting impression on me and were pretty much my introduction to black metal. Their viking/Bathory influence interested me a lot more than groveling in the dark for Satan bands and since they have remained a tour de force for pushing metal into new territory. I love their new stuff as much as the old and it was so fucking cool to finally bask in their onslaught.

It was awesome to see the marquis saying “Enslaved Tonight”, like some crazy bondage party was about to go down. It was also cool to catch up with metal scribe Kim Kelly who was holding down the merch table for Yob.

Witch Mountain were up first and Kayla Dixon, the new vocalist, had the job of winning over the toughest crowd of snobs in the world (NYC music fans). Uta Plotkin was a tremendous talent but Kayla amply filled her shoes and people were talking about her all night! At first she seemed a touch nervous and admitted as much at the merch table later but she ended up killing it! I’d say Dixon has a more soulful voice than Plotkin, who is a bit eerier. Kayla kind of stalked the stage like Angela Bassett making grim, contorted faces in American Horror Story one minute and suddenly her face looking like a quite sweet and comely model the next. It was very theatrical. It will be awesome to hear what she brings to the next Witch Mountain record. Kayla really brought the massive sound the band was putting out down from the rafters and into her body, channeling it out in stark wails.

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Album Review: Enforcer – “From Beyond”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:52 AM (PST)

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Enforcer are back with a sturdy classic heavy metal by the books record. The debate is always raging if this style is mroe pure or if people are just retreading the past. Whatever you think, Enforcer have written a great metal record that could have come out in 1986. The band claim they don’t limit the type of music they write but this album is all clearly under the classic heavy metal sound genre. Ripping solos, soaring/shriekd vocals and mostly breakneck tempos to start up a thrashing intense time. “One With Fire” or any of the tracks really all have something to offer and could each be singles in their own right, though again this is for a certain type of fan with a retro bent. Hints of early Metallica and also nspired by eastern European metal bands from the late 80s and early 90s, such as CREDO, MAGNIT, POKOLGEP and KAT, this record is unabashed heavy metal pride. Proto-ballad “Below The Slumber” features a sick melodic, piercing vocal from very talented singer Olof Wikstrand. If it was the 80’s this dude would be a metal god, for sure. The arrangements are rewarding if traditional and you’ll be undeoubtedly banging your head or making a “this is cool” face, furrowing your brow and nodding along, tapping your foot to these “anti-existential” leaning songs as the dual guitars carry you along/aloft.

The recording is the perfect blend of old and new production for the Enforcer sound and, like Amulet’s recent record, is one of my favorite things about the release. The band seem to have known exactly what sound would suit their charging compositions best. “From Beyond”, the title track, has a very Maiden-esque or kind of old Horror movie soundtrack vibe, a wise choice for the “focus” track. The chorus/repeated phrase of the title and the guitars above the very Steve Harris bass attack of this number ensure it sticks in your head. Also a standout is the quite NWOBHM take no prisoners number “The Banshee” which just explodes out the gate with liquid fire leads and then kicks in with purpose to blow the doors off any venue. It’s got delicious high shrieks and fun lyrics, definitely my favorite track. While this album isn’t creating a new path for metal, it’s a great addition to any collection and sure to liven up any keg party. And if anything, the cover art just screams “cool back patch.” \m/

Huge Relapse Records bad ass 25 years Free sampler

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:41 PM (PST)

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A real boon for fans of Relapse Records is available now in the form of 180 songs FREE in an online sampler. Celebrating 25 years of contamination and with some of the best bands in the labels gory history featured from Mindrot to Alabama Thunderpussy (I just cranked some “Motor Ready”) to Exhumed to Voivod , Red Fang and Nasum… this is a great trip down memory lane for metal fans. The label is still going strong with new records in 2015 from Minsk, Torche, Royal Thunder and classic re-issues from Nile , Bongzilla, The Dillinger Escape Plan and more due this year as well.

Stream and download this most epic sampler now right HERE.

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HUGE news from camp Testament (my personal favorite thrash band) today. Not only are they touring with two other great bands in Exodus and new Victory Records up and comers Shattered Sun (what a fuckin’ lucky break to land this tour!), but they are …man, it’s so good. Just read the whole press release. I can’t deal.

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February 17, 2015

American Metal Legends Testament Announce “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour, Coming April 2015

TESTAMENT to Perform an Exclusive New Set List, Including The Legacy and The New Order in Their Entirety + Select Practice What You Preach Album Cuts

Re-Introducing Bassist STEVE DIGIORGIO

Support from Thrash Leaders Exodus + Texas Metal Assailants Shattered Sun

TESTAMENT and EXODUS Combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience Available via www.SLOTIX.com

Pioneers of the classic American metal scene, TESTAMENT, are announcing what will undoubtedly be the most crushing heavy metal tour to hit North America this spring – the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour! The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour will conquer North America for five weeks, beginning April 1st in San Francisco, and will include select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Select cities are on sale now, and more dates will be announced soon.

Adding to TESTAMENT’s live onslaught, fans will receive a guaranteed pummeling from the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour’s revered support: fellow Bay Area-thrashers EXODUS and Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.

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Psycroptic’s “Cold” more memorable riffs than most tech death

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 3:22 PM (PST)

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Pyscroptic have released a flurry of riff madness called “Cold” that features accompanying footage of hairy dudes raging and waterfalls and other cool stuff. You can’t listen to the opening attack of the song and not tell me this band can write a better riff than the attack of the tech death clones which has assailed ears the last few years. Listen, I like a blaze of furious riff gibberish as much as anyone, but it’s nice when the song itself also makes your blood rate quicken. “Cold” will not slow you down to a numb state like most super frosty experiences. You most likey will break a sweat and hurt your neck. RIYL anything from Inanimate Existence, Alterbeast, Decrepit Birth or even Lamb Of God.

Get the track on Itunes HERE or watch the video BELOW. Their front man is not messing around.

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Norway’s Truls Espedal is a painter of extraordinary ability, able to capture the serene yet feral grace of the desperate yet consistent natural world. Espedal has also been instrumental in shaping the recent visual legacy of one of heavy metal’s greatest bands, Enslaved. Their latest record In Times is bold and captivating. “One Thousand Years Of Rain” is melodic edged riffing and eerie harmony. I’m listening to “Building With Fire” right now  and it essentially unbridled by limitations. The music pairs well with Espedal’s art as it is real and somehow frozen and yet evolving. It was a rare treat to get to discuss nature, art and music with Truls Espedal. Read the whole interview BELOW.

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Aphelion is the furthest point from the sun, and in this case, the sun could represent anything that we aspire towards, dream of, pursue with passion, heart, fire.– Tom P.

Tom Phillips of While Heaven Wept is capable of writing intense and compelling epic metal that is like Farscape for the human soul. Instead of Moya, we are travelling through songs of the human experience, rich metaphor and aquamarine guitar playing that knows few limits.Prog rock can include anything from House Of Lightning’s mind blowing melodic riff and vocal amalgam of Floor meets Rush to something as different as Veil Of Maya’s Marc Okubo tearing through an intricate metal riff to a classic prog rock album like Selling England By The Pound. We celebrate the spiritual questions of a band like Om with our serious hats on but often dismiss high concept prog influenced records as grandiose. For all the ups and downs in my friendship with the Coheed and Cambria guys over the years, I will admit in a second that In Keeping Secrets… was a great album (perhaps still their best). WHH have been carrying the flame for earnest music for a long time.

Their latest Suspended At Aphelion is a very fleshed out, masterful concept album. How did they come to decide on the themes?

“Well, you’ve got to keep in mind that everything we’ve ever done has been out of personal necessity…to heal, to accept, to move on…and SAA is no exception; despite the imagery and metaphors throughout the discography, everything is based upon real people, events, tribulations, and above all, sincere emotions,” says Tom. “WHW is basically my vehicle for coping with both a lifelong depression and the tragedies, frustrations, chaos in my life. A catharsis so as to lead a “relatively normal” existence outside of the band. Every album pertains to different relationships.”

That said, WHH are also never tied to just one genre. Detract from Queensryche’s more experimental albums like Tribe or Dedicated To Chaos all you like, but they still have merit regardless if they were different from the classic heavy metal sound the band has returned to post-Tate’s vocal reign. Likewise, WHH can be brutal, dizzying or trippy within the same album.

To learn more head out further into space BELOW and may your voyage bring you back home…

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Show Review: Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus in Albany, NY

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM (PST)

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The most compelling work of the year was in doom metal, for the most part. From Electric Wizard to Yob to Castle and Witch Mountain the playing field was mostly ruled by thunderous, brontosaurus footprint sized-Sabbathian black worship, with the exception of Ex-Trouble singer Eric Wagner’s White Metal doomers The Skull (who nonetheless bettered most of the competition anyway). That said, thrash held down the legacy (Testament pun intended) of the genre well. It was a banner year for thrash, one of the best in memory. From Shrapnel’s charged The Virus Conspiracies to Iron Reagan and Hammercult to Exodus’ frenetic and feral reunion with Steve Souza (and Kirk Hammett, for that matter) there was much to get whiplash over.

The most anticipated thrash tour of the year was Slayer‘s return Stateside with Exodus and Suicidal in tow. The Albany, NY date at the Washington Avenue Armory was no let down, a high energy mug fest that made you remember all the reasons why you fell in love with these bands in the first place. It was a  communal strafing air blood raid but instead of a Copter or drone strike it was riff after riff falling like hail.

Click HERE for the review…SLAYYYERRR!!!

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Album Review: While Heaven Wept – “Suspended At Aphelion “

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM (PST)

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While Heaven Wept are a long running symphonic metal band from Virginia who have made an astonishing new concept album in Suspended at Aphelion. This is the kind of flashy but layered master work that every prog-minded metal act dreams of pulling off, strong songsmithery rapturously focused technical skill and a huge epic sound. The idea of being as far away as possible from the sun before orbit begins back towards warmth is the central metaphor here and the music is up to the huge task. I enjoyed this space journey more than the film Gravity.

Suspended At Aphelion will appeal to fans of Queensryche, Stratovarius, the lighter side of Scar Symmetry harmony driven vocals, The Old Dead Tree or even Protest the Hero’s Fortress. The style of prog here is not what most kids think of these days (BTBAM) but more of a hybrid of prog with classic metal and symphonic power. From the moving piano opening of “Introspectus” to the vocal glow of the amazing “The Memory Of Bleeding” to “Souls In Permafrost” pulling so much from me emotionally like the best fiction, wondering if we someday might have to leave the planet. “The highest of hopes left impossible debts of darkness and pain and deeper regrets/facing our future of paradise lost/interred my soul in permafrost,” sings Rain Irving with beautiful melodic command.

Also a highlight of this album, which really has no bad songs and pitch perfect production for the material, is Jason Lingle’s keyboard work. The keys augment each song so well, setting up real impact which can then be a great platform for Queen-big guitar solos to racing shred moments to “he nailed it” drumming from Mark Zonder.

Anyone looking for a great reason to not stray far from whatever item they consume music with and who loves metal that is less heavy than about huge themes spanning the galaxy should give this a spin. Maybe sci-fi and symphonic metal are escapism but this album has real questions humanity must wrestle with amidst the story and sweeping movements. “Lifelines Lost” will leave you hanging at the very edge, wondering when we will return for home and, perhaps, ecological and spiritual or compassionate redemption. Like The Ocean’s Pelagial it is not scared to go all the way to the farthest reaches to make a big creative point.

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2014 brings a new Scar Symmetry release, maybe their most ambitious and finest hour to date. The future focused The Singluarity (Phase I – Neohumanity), is a
collection of extremely well executed and technically proficient metal with cyber, death and epic metal characteristics. Perhaps not since the halcyon days of Fear Factory or Voivod has a metal band so earnestly and successfully wrestled with what it means to be a human amidst the growth of A.I. and the race to the technological finish line.

The band are not afraid to incorporate many tasteful chances to showcase their fluid leads and penchant for prog sounding vocal melodies, really paiting a vivid picture on the mind’s eye. Along with Allegaeon’s fantastic and heavy as heck Elements of the Infinite, this is a top choice for metal this year that includes a healthy fear of and fascination with our love of technological growth, even as humanity lags behind in matters of the soul and compassion.

What is left of us and who (or even what) are we becoming?

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Carcass and Godflesh Peel Session available this week

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:25 AM (PST)

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This coming Thursday at 2pm EST, the second release from the Earache Peel Sessions will be available to order from the Earache Webstore. Carcass get the A side and Godflesh the B side and since Peel was an important taste maker and it is an honor to be part of a Peel Session, you know both of these sessions deliver serious fuckin’ aggro goodness. Peel kinda helped Napalm Death gain more notoriety and helped showcase many bands John believed in over the years. And how gnarly is this art?!

As always, make sure you get there quickly if you’d like the most limited color from this vinyl release, as it will sell out quickly!

http://uswebstore.earache.com/carcass

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