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Century Media sign Gospel Of The Witches (Karyn Crisis)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM (PST)

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So happy to say that my good friend and constant inspiration Karyn Crisis has signed to Century Media with her newest project:

Karyn Crisis is a name worthy of more praise and attention. While select circles of people know and appreciate her prior vocals with the critically-acclaimed Crisis from 1993-2006, many are still naive to her influence and impact. This demure girl raged harder than many men, slugging it out with impactful live performances at hardcore and metal shows, screaming often times like a demon, other times singing like an angel. She led the way and has become an influence for female-fronted extreme bands. And then she disappeared. In the interim she made a name for herself as an artisan via her paintings and leatherwork, and now she’s returned with a stellar new project, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, and a fabulous new album to be released next year through Century Media Records.

“This band began 5 years ago in Tuscany, Italy, as an alchemical journey between Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) and myself as we searched for a way to musically honor the Witches who came before me and who have been guiding me in Spirit, teaching me their Ancient Ways,” explains Karyn.

The album was financed by fans via websites like Kickstarter and Etsy; then Karyn together with Davide Tiso, Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura) recorded the 13 songs atThe Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist).

Upon completion of the album, Karyn began shopping the album and reconnected with Century Media President Marco Barbieri, who had signed Crisis back in 1993 when he worked at Metal Blade Records.

“In my opinion, Karyn is a true renaissance artist and I am intrigued by anything she puts her touch on,” explains Barbieri. “She remains an undeniable icon in the annals of hardcore and metal with her vocal and live performances, and I am pleased that she has been re-infected by the muse and is sharing her undeniable talents again for longtime fans as well as a new generation. Gospel Of The Witches is not Crisis; it has her fingerprint all over it, lending an ear to early influences, but here she and her band take the listener on all sorts of new journeys and adventures musically, vocally and emotionally. I am proud to be working with Karyn again.”

In closing, Karyn states, “I’m so excited to announce that I’ve signed a worldwide deal for my new band, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, to Century Media. Working out this new partnership is a testament to the enduring connections my art and voice have made throughout the years with industry people and fans who’ve continued to support me and encourage me to keep singing.”

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Napalm Death stream the unhinged as ever “Cesspits”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM (PST)

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Damn, Barney Greenway”s vocals sound like Melvins/Grindcore on this song, just insane grind screams we know and love him for plus some stylized kind of bellowing. It’s pure Napalm Death insanity as only they can bring, streaming now at Decibel HERE.

“Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an exposé of slave labor in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up),” said Greenway.

Utilitarian, though a recent release, was one of the strongest of Napalm’s career, and if “Cesspits” is any indication they are still on a roll for the forthcoming Apex Predator – Easy Meat next year.

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Guitar News…to freak out about: Jeff Loomis joins Arch Enemy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM (PST)
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Metal icons ARCH ENEMY are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) will be joining their ranks for their upcoming European tour which kicks off November 26, as well as all future tours in 2015.

Jeff Loomis states:”I’m very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I’m really looking forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!”After a great year of intensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, Arch Enemy are parting ways with guitarist Nick Cordle who states: “With War Eternal I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future.”

USA fans will be able to catch a special reunion as Christopher Amott (the brother of ARCH ENEMY founder/bandleader Michael Amott) has joined the band for the remainder of their American headlining tour.

Michael Amott (guitars) comments: ”We all wish Nick the very best in his new endeavors and we are sure that you will hear much more from him. We’re also super grateful to my brother Christopher for stepping in to finish the current American tour!”

”The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world in my opinion, as well as being a long time friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the War Eternal’ touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!”

See below for all upcoming ARCH ENEMY tour dates.

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Best reunion news of the day: Despised Icon!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM (PST)

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Despised Icon were so nasty and precise. It’ll be killer to briefly have them back for these four godless shows.

Sez the band,” There won’t be any other dates, so don’t miss out.”

 

Here are the details:

12/13 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
12/14 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/20 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
12/21 Worcester, MA @ Palladium w/The Red Chord!!!

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Interview: Amulet – Hard, fast and never boring

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:37 PM (PST)

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Few bands rock as lean and mean as London’s Amulet. With a throw back metal sound and a killer debut The First out now, it was time for Metal Riot to speak to vocalist Jamie Elton about their stubborn style and influences.

Click HERE for more.

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We write for what we think is right. I have to believe in myself and the songs and music that I do. I have to live with that shit forever...I [could] try to do Colony II, but that wouldn’t be right, either. That album was true to who I was for that time and who we were then. I wouldn’t change a thing, you know? For us, it’s always been about taking everything we’ve done with us, but embracing the future. Using what we have right now. – Anders

In Flames ought to be as legendary as an alternative metal band with prog-leanings as they are for their early  melodic death metal. It is idiotic. Siren Charms is one of their best , truly layered albums and is RIYL anything from System Of A Down to Black Crown Initiate to Opeth to, of course, In Flames. No one does it quite their way and if you have an open mind and can appreciate the band as a whole and not within a box of a few certain years, the rewards are many.

My interview with vocalist Anders Fridèn for New Noise Magazine can be read HERE.

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Enabler sign to Century Media

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM (PST)

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Enabler have been making more of an impact with every release, every tour, every new song. The work ethic is undeniable and the amount consistently good material is impressive. Now the band have made a major signing to Century Media Records.

Via their Facebook:

We are very happy to announce that we are now part of the Century Media family. To start it off, they will be releasing our newest full length La Fin Absolue Du Monde in Europe on December 8 with 3 extra bonus tracks. We also might be recording a new record early next year, and debuting a new track next week… as if you haven’t had enough new music from us in the past two years!

Congrats and hails. Also, be sure to check out Jeff from Enabler in the new Today Is The Day video for “Masada” HERE. Best TITD drummer since Marshall, in my opinion.

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Regulator (Cro-Mags with Bad Brains guests) play NYC benefit show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Regulator has confirmed that they will be headlining a benefit concert to take place on Thursday, September 25th at Bowery Electric. A NYHC all-star event, Regulator includes John Joseph & Mackie of The Cro-Mags and performs all classic Bad Brains material. Mackie, of course, also was in Bad Brains previously.

Special guests to join Regulator during this performance will be none other than the Bad Brains own, Darryl Jennifer & Dr. Know. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Childrens Tumor Foundation (which is also the charity John Joseph supports through competing in Ironman Triathlons).

Also performing will be Wilding Incident (which features members of Crown Of Thornz, Maximum Penalty and The White Mandingos) and the recently re-united Subzero.

Purchase tickets here. PMA!

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Album Review: Sick Of It All – Last Act Of Defiance

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)

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It used to be cool when you’d open up Sick Of It All‘s CD for Just Look Around and see them hangin’ out with Sepultura or whoever and just everyone bein’ cool. Before that you had DRI bring “crossover” most fully (with their album of the same name), and the eventual deathcorn-holed anus of the low end diaper filler breakdown riffs we know and love today. It is not inevitable, however that Rage begets Bizkit begets Deathcore or whatever bad metaphor you want to insert here. I’m not here to trash on anyone.

Sick Of It All need to be celebrated, man. This band simply embody whatever they encompass, be it the more crossover sounds so many fell in love with on Scratch The Surface to wider appeal or the staying power of more straight up hardcore dance-a-thon classic Built To Last. Or the unbridled assault on the issues of the day that was (perhaps still high water mark) Death To Tyrants. Regardless of your favorite era of the band (my fave record is actually Yours Truly, believe it or not), Sick Of It All are on point.

The new album is no different and you should pre order it HERE now! (Though I do wonder why their merch says NY est. 86 but has a Yanks logo when the Mets won in 86′, but it’s all NYC).

We hate when a band alludes to the end in an album title or song name, but it thrills popular culture junkies to know we are watching “The Final Season” of a show and that plot threads will resolve, at the same time. End Hits didn’t turn out to be Fugazi’s last record. The verdict is out on if it was Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier, but I doubt it. End Game would have been a great place for Megadeth to stop before Super Collider. It’s all because an artist has made great works that we hold them to the highest standards, regardlessof if I disagree with some of Mustaine’s politics, for example. I know Ted Nugent can write “Stranglehold”, so even if I disagree with his politics on many issues, I still can seperate the musician and what they espouse. Sick Of It All I simply champion because they stand for real shit, true hardcore and always kick out the killer jams…all while uplifting the community. This is NYHC. This is defiance. But also dignity and grace, hard knocks and all.

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At The Gates have a teaser video for their first new music since Lou Pearlman was gettin’ fat off NSYNC Record Sales. Check out the teaser video from At War With Reality HERE. I hate teaser vids but this one I was eager to chew on.

High five to The Black Dahlia Murder for  their facebook message: “Our dads have a new album coming out”.

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Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey releases second excerpt from new novel

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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Co-vocalist for the Los Angeles femme-powered metal band Butcher Babies‘ Carla Harvey has recently dropped a new book, which was her first foray into novel-writing.

The novel entitled Death and Other Dances is a semi-autobiographical work that tells the story of Autumn Franklin. Autumn is an awkward, biracial Detroit native.

Harvey has released two excerpts from the novel. Here is a small clip from chapter seven:

“I was seven years old when I’d first decided I wanted to be a stripper. Pre-separation, my parents had left us with our Aunty Denise for a week while they vacationed in Las Vegas. When they came back, they brought with them a Barbie doll-sized showgirl for me, mounted on a platform. She was dressed in a black sequined unitard with black feathers artfully positioned in her perfectly-coiffed blonde hair. Her lips were pouty, her eyelids painted electric blue. I fell in love with her immediately. Many hours were spent studying the doll; her shiny plastic limbs, lumps of breasts, flawless face stuck in a coquettish expression. She represented everything that I wanted to be and was not: A beauty queen as well as a tiny temptress on a pedestal. I was just a chubby, buck-toothed kid that got in the way of my parents’ burgeoning arguments.”

You can read all of chapter seven via Loudwire and another excerpt from Revolver.

You can also check out Butcher Babies tour dates here.

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Massacre “From Beyond” vinyl re-issue update

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM (PST)

MOSH027CDX_538-228x228At long last, Massacre‘s From Beyond will be available on vinyl once again! This death metal gem has been given the Full Dynamic Range treatment that has previously enhanced albums from the likes of Carnage, Entombed, Morbid Angel and Napalm Death amongst others. This is the first time this Full Dynamic Range version of the album will be available to pre-order anywhere!

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tesseract-tour-poster“It was the best of times, it was the…blurst of times?!”

That about sums it up, as I bang around on this keyboard trying to sum up ways to describe this experience. I witnessed two nights of this unique tour. Twelve dates in the whole tour sold out. UK’s TesseracT headlined with Intronaut pulling double support duty. They played as the backing band for Ben Sharp’s Cloudkicker before their own Intronaut set. All tour long. Playing and mixing all the various instruments on his Cloudkicker recordings makes touring next to impossible. Intronaut finally filled that gap, after three years of planning. Very special. I’ve heard of single musicians doing double duty. Protest the Hero’s drummer did it touring with them and his old band, The Kindred. The Defibulators’ guitarist Roadblock did it as well, playing with The Dixons before a lengthy Defibs set. A whole band doing their set, plus a second set of music that has never seen a crowd is very rare.

TesseracT had a bit of a rougher time. Singer Ashe O’Hara was sick pretty much the whole month, even to the extent of not performing for the sold out dates in both Boston and Philadelphia near the end of the tour. In my interview with TesseracT’s bassis Mos WIlliams, he said the crowd was very accepting of the announcement and filled the vocal void with their own voices. Ashe did perform for the final night at New York’s Gramercy Theater, but he was looking rough when I saw him at Aftershock in Kansas, just six days earlier. Also, second guitarist James Monteith was absent for this tour, as well as the last. Regardless of the hurdles, they powered through and still created a very dynamic and textured atmosphere, very true to their performance styles. I was also treated to an extended photo shoot, both for sound check and their full set.

Click here for the pictures and reviews from both nights. 

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Interview: Mos Williams of TesseracT

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM (PST)

 

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On the final night of TesseracT‘s headlining tour, I spoke with bassist Mos Williams on the challenges they faced down this tour and Altered State‘s year release. I was fortunate en0ugh to see two nights of this tour package and you can read about that here.

 

Check it out here.

 

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Check out this exclusive footage of metal champions In Flames talking about the creation of the new album Siren Charms, which premiered on Loudwire. Enjoy!

This is my favorite material from the band since the early days! Siren Charms will entice you in and make you question yourself. I sincerely hope and pray that this music can be a guiding force for people to bridge different styles and limitations that hold us back in the metal scene and world.

#melodyisalsogood #gothenburg

The album is out September 9.

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