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Royal Thunder “Forget You” with new track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:31 PM (PST)


Heavy blues rockers Royal Thunder‘s newest “Forget You” is up on Soundcloud HERE. Crooked Doors, the group’s sophomore album (and don’t forget their excellent debut EP), is out 4/7.

“We are very excited to have the song ‘Forget You’ be the first song premiered off our new albumCrooked Doors, said Royal Thunder guitar player and co-founder Josh Weaver. “It makes sense for us to premiere ‘Forget You’ first, as it was one of the first songs we wrote and played out live after or last album, CVI. Thank you to everyone who has showed us love and support and made this album possible! Enjoy!”

Lord Dying release video for “Poisoned Altars” title track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM (PST)


Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING released their new LP Poisoned Altars, earlier this week via Relapse Records, and the band recently completed work on a video for the title track from the record. The video was co-directed by Danger Ehren of “Jackass” fame and Brett Roberts. Today the video receives its exclusive premiere on Noisey. The video includes cameos from members of Red Fang, Thrones, Yob, Witch Mountain and more.  Check out the videoHERE.

“The video is a homage of 80’s horror and Sci-Fi movies pitting dirt bags vs. yuppies. In Portland we keep seeing our favorite hangs getting bulldozed for condo’s to go up and we wanted to return the favor,” states front man Erik Olson.

Poisoned Altars is available in CD/LP/Digital and a Special Silver Colored LP for Relapse Records 25th Anniversary. Order your copy of  Poisoned AltarsHERE. The digital iTunes version is available HERE. The band will also be hitting the road for a few headlining dates at the end of January, then they will embark on a month-long North American conquest with Anvil.

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Inter Arma announce North American tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM (PST)


Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest.

INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013’s monolithic Sky Burial. Both records can be streamed via their official Bandcamp HERE.

Check out the Metal Riot review of recent awe inspiring 45 minute song The Cavern HERE.

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Royal Thunder new album news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)
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Royal Thunder, the female-fronted hard rock quartet whose debut album, CVI, earned praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, Revolver and saw singer Mlny Parsonz land on the cover of Decibel Magazine, release their follow-up full-length, Crooked Doors, on April 7 via Relapse Records.

“It’s been too long,” said the band. “Thanks for being patient with us in delivering this album! We hope you are fond of it. Looking forward to revisiting familiar places and face.”

The eleven-song album was recorded throughout 2014, with principal recording done at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta, GA with producer Joey Jones.


Band Spotlight: Lord Dying

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM (PST)


Portland’s perhaps gnarliest band Lord Dying are back with dark power rager Poisoned Altars (Relapse Records), a sludgier album than cult  hit Summoning The Faithless yet still rock n roll grime slime that will own the room live. In 2014 Lord Dying played 114 shows across 23 countries and show no signs of slowing down now. Crank “A Wound Outside of Time” and bring the thunder.

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Lord Dying premiere new song

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM (PST)


Portland’s Lord Dying are getting ready to drop a new album on January 27 via Relapse Records.

The new album will be entitled Poisoned Alters.

Ahead of the release of the album, Lord Dying have today released the song “An Open Sore” which features Aaron Beam of Red Fang.

Stream “An Open Sore” via Revolver.

You can also stream “A Wound Outside Time” here.

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Album Review: Cretin – “Stranger”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM (PST)


For all the bs in the scene from misogynists, homophobes and racists, it’s nice to get back to music that just slays. But wait, Cretin‘s first album in years Stranger features a transgender singer! Uh oh. Better not listen! Might get cooties, right? Well, if that’s your thinking I can assure you that you are an idiot and that this record rips harder than anything. The vocals sound like friggin’ Brutal Truth at their best and the band fire on all cylinders mercilessly. Think Fuck The Facts meets even a tiny bit of Kreator and lots of early Napalm/Extreme Noise Terror. This album for Relapse is a beast.

“Honey and Venom” is the standout track, ferocious and with some air raid dive bomb soloing thrown into the insano-grind.Elizabeth Schall’s solos on the title track especially are also red hot. With the aforementioned Brutal Truth packing it in this November overseas, it is super great Cretin are back to fill the gaping grind void. I can’t honestly recommend this record enough. It pulverizes. Song titles like “Freakery”, “How to wreck your life in 3 days” and “Sandwhich For The Attic Angel” keep things fun even while the music is ballistic. “…Attic Angel” in particular has such a brutal intro bassline courtesy of Matthew Widener’s vomiting rig. And “Ghost Of Teeth And Hair” is the most disturbing song in metal about twins (“they say I ate you in the womb, that mom had no room”) since Cephalic were doing their whole “conjoined twins at war” stuff for Lucid Interval (still my fave from those dudes). Fucking mosh.


Black Tusk to soldier on with Black Label tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM (PST)


This just in from the boys in Black Tusk:

It’s been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support. We had confirmed the European tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon’s accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there’s no way he’d want things to end on this note. Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon.

If you’d like to donate to the Athon Memorial Fund, you can do that via Paypal at

The dates with Black Label Society and Crobot are BELOW.

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Athon (Black Tusk) Memorial Fund established

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM (PST)


The remaining members of Black Tusk have issued the following statement:

“We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the overwhelming amount of support received in the past week. Many of you have been inquiring about Athon’s medical bills and how you can help. As of now, they are covered. However, we would still like you to contribute if you can. Athon was a very giving person, and he thoroughly enjoyed helping others with his endless skill sets. Athon played a very large role in the renovation of fellow bassist and friend Jason Statts’ home after he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and he regularly checked in on Jason to listen to music, grill out, or just provide company. Athon and his friend Keith Kozel worked together over the last decade every October to prepare the Jinx bar for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Keith was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease, and he is in dire need of a transplant. While Athon’s medical expenses have been covered, his girlfriend Emily’s have not. She has undergone surgery and faces a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally. So in the spirit of Jonathan Athon, we ask that you contribute to this fund that will split the proceeds among Emily, Keith, and Jason. Help Athon keep helping people. We have set up a PayPal at if you care to donate.

Thank you. TCBT forever.”

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Album Review: Revocation – “Deathless”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM (PST)


“It beckons to me, a being of immense and terrifying power”, growls vocalist and underground guitar hero David Davidson on the towering and dark spiral “Madness Opus” from Revocation‘s latest full length Deathless. Ever since the band became a 4 piece in recent years they have been proving it is clobberin’ time more and more with each release, though everything in their back catalogue is fucking intense and fun tech death with hellacious grooves. Revocation maybe don’t have the vocal dexterity of some groups but they are quickly becoming a near-perfect modern metal band anyway the last few years. If I was on Skull Island and only had this bad boy, I probably wouldn’t complain too much rocking out to this while King Kong chased me or maybe stopped to throw horns and skull punch a giant dinosaur. “The Blackest Reaches” adds more eerie chords than ever before to the band’s patented attack and the lean sense of purpose all their record’s share is still thankfully there, just bigger, stronger and dare I say…faster?

Guitar heroics and blazing leads welded to thrash parts and aneurism causing patterns with major groove take this release to another level. It is a bit stronger than their recent self-titled effort, though “Invidious” was maybe the funnest single they have released since “ReAnimaniac”. Still, this record overall takes things to another level for the hard working band and strikes a serious tone. The production from Zeuss and the jaw dropping performances here put this band up amongst the new school of greats at last, their tour chops psychotically evident on this. Deathless could stand against or with metyal from any era, however. “Scorched Earth Policy” proves they still are topical and relevant as well and that “Entombed In Wealth” and the band’s kind of subversive political moments in the past are no fluke. “The Fix” broods that “A system designed with controlling intent cannot be changed from within.” Mid term elections, anyone? The pendulum swings yet again in a parade of corporate sponsored clowns. Still, this is overall more about insanity and revering the many strains of thrash and death than anything else, and these guys bring the party. Staggering sections that would make Chuck Schuldiner (arguably this band’s biggest forefather) proud abound. Fans of Skolnik and Peterson will also be thrilled at the sweeping team work between Davidson and co-guitar bad boy Dan Gargiulo. When Davidson barks “Welcome to the new regime”, you are going to believe him.

Revocation get in the van with “Deathless” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 5:13 AM (PST)


Get in the van. Hmmm, remember when Converge covered Black Flag? That was a long time ago. What if Revocation did “The Process Of Weeding Out”? That would be siiiiick. Dudes, please make this a reality.

Oh, yeah…so every time someone gets moony eyed over some newfangled halfway decent tech-death metal band with prog flourishes I’m like ,”Whatever. Revocation.” Like, I still haven’t bothered to listen much to Periphery, haha. You just don’t really need anyone else. Dudes are not only hysterical but their chops are like Mount Olympus qualifying demi-god type stuff. Metal Injection has the new video for title track “Deathless” from their latest corpse kicker of an album. The clip show them raging as only they can and features plenty to gawk at and get whiplash about.

Pointy guitars, tattoos and live footage abounds as well as a Kirk Windstein cameo. Check it out HERE.

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Nasum four LP re-issue vinyl news from Relapse!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM (PST)


Relapse Records is making my day, from the dreamy swirl of Anatomy Of Habit’s jazzy, existential noise wash “Then Window” track from their 2 song, 40 minute new opus Ciphers + Axioms to the just announced diabolically great news that grind lords Nasum are getting serious vinyl re-issue love. You know your band was good when their sound influenced newer Napalm Death, who once started it all.

Here is the official announcement:

Grind enthusiasts rejoice! We’re re-issuing all four LPs from Swedish masters Nasum on vinyl! Pre-order yours along with some exclusive new merch designs from Relapse Mailorder here:

Check out a trailer for the re-issues HERE.

The LPs will be available this December on and will hit stores in January. Buy all four mailorder-exclusive LPs and get a FREE 24″x24″ poster!

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Interview: Jucifer – The Object Of Power

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM (PST)
When I was a kid, like in the early 80’s, I observed that fucked up stuff in history often seemed to happen near turns of centuries.  So I’ve been predicting for much of my life that stuff here was gonna get dicey right about now. – Gazelle Amber Valentine


Jucifer are back with the all-killer District Of Dystopia. Perhaps their rawest record ever, the album focuses on Washington, D.C. and the shitty political environment (each song responds to laws passed by Congress and/or to presidential Executive Orders). This 4 track recorded face melt fest was recorded by the band themselves in their RV and is heavier than the bulk of 2014’s actually pretty stellar recorded metal output.

Gazelle Amber Valentine let me pick her brain on politics, sludge metal and humanity’s shitty track record. Click HERE and get rad.


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R.I.P. Athon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM (PST)


Sad news for Black Tusk fans and fans of good people in general. I’m at a loss for words right now:

It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud. – via Black Tusk’s Facebook.

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Lord Dying “Poisoned Altars” art and album trailer out

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:38 AM (PST)


Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING have completed recording their sure to be sludge-tastic sophomore album and are currently on a West Coast tour with stoner/sludge trio (and Metal Riot favorites) Castle.  The new record, entitled Poisoned Altars, was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland and will be released January 27, 2015 (1/26 for UK/World and 1/24 for Germany/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records.

Ever since Summoning The Faceless first decimated my ears I knew this was one of the coolest new bands around. You are strongly urged to quit your job and check out the album trailer below.

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