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The Decibel Magazine Tour: At The Gates and pals take over NYC

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM (PST)

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Thinking back on the whirlwind night of Decibel Magazine Tour‘s Webster Hall finale, the main thing that comes to mind is not the sweaty masses of hairy metal dudes, bad ass chics or even the amazing music from Vallenfyre, Pallbearer, Converge and At The Gates (playing their first set in NYC in many years).

No, what got me the most was thinking of the influence and deep involvement of all the members of these bands in the metal scene and how much passion can spread to coat the world in one person’s lifetime of work. From Converge’s Jacob Bannon’s Deathwish Inc. label/distro to his artistic influence on the visual side of the scene to Vallenfyre’s cast of characters deeply influential work in bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride to Pallbearer playing big hip festivals only metal bands like Mastodon or Metallica usually get asked to play to At The Gates deep legacy on melodeath to the members involvement in other groups ranging from The Haunted to Disfear and Skitsystem, you’ve got a huge web of metal history, present and future emanating from the stage.

For the full review see BELOW.

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“I smell a massacre!” We’ve got some exclusive Black Label Society, Hatebreed and Butcher Babies shots from staff photog Matt Slater. The show is from January’s stop at the Webster in Hartford, CT and from the looks of it the show was pretty intense. I’m a big fan of all of these bands. Hatebreed have been metalcore originators for a long time, since Slater and I used to go see them (and in Matt’s case his band Beneath The Remains used to open for them) in Poughkeepsie hardcore’s arguable heyday in the late 90’s-early 00’s. Black Label? It’s fuckin’ Zakk. What else is there to know? And as for Butcher Babies? They get a lot of shit for looking good but you know what? The band is not only about sex or some BS. Pay attention to their Instagram feeds and you’ll see how they really work hard, push themselves and care about connecting to their fan base as a full band. I agree that women shouldn’t be exploited but don’t think that means every woman and/or man in a band has to leave their outfits from showing too much all the time either. Bottom line? Butcher Babies fuckin’ rule! Go listen to Goliath now and tell me you don’t want to pit it up during “C8h18 (Gasoline)”!

Anyway, check out the shots BELOW. As Hatebreed scream “This Is Now!!”

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Review by Joan Singh

As most loyal fans of Crisis will find—Gospel of the Witches is a departure from the core metal/death sound of their 90’s heyday. But that’s to be expected. Away from the East Coast metal scene after the Crisis break-up, Karyn traveled to California to learn more about her experiences with the incorporeal, having had countless episodes of what could best be described as “encounters with the supernatural” during her childhood and onward.

In between self-discovery and music-making with a brief stint in husband Davide Tiso’s band Ephel Duath, we find a new Karyn, grounded in her abilities to communicate with her own spirit guide and with humanity through the medium of music. Ever the creative soul, she’s crafted and pursued leatherworks, paintings, and mediumship and come back full circle to music.

Gospel of the Witches’ debut album, Salem’s Wounds, is Karyn’s latest mesmerizing project with husband Davide Tiso of Ephel Duath and Bob Vigna from Immolation on guitar, Ross Dolan, also from Immolation, on bass and backing vocals, and Charlie Schmid from Vaura on drums. Each member brings a range of experience to the table.

To me, the first significant song is the opening track, aptly-titled “Omphalos”, which becomes just that – an object of power, positioned to propel the listener on a journey of arcane reflexivity. Karyn’s “I am no one, I am nothing, I am nowhere,” juxtaposed with “I am everything, I am everywhere, I am everyone,” starts with clean vocals and quickly metamorphoses into a growled delivery layered atop Ross Dolan’s own deathly vocals. It sets both the tone and expectations high with a powerful intro to the album. Its subtle ascending vocal tempo creates an escalating mood, a musical ascension of sorts. Short, simple and leading; it directs the listener right into the second song, “The Alchemist”, in which the theme of being an acolyte learning the ways of the occult arises from both the composition of Karyn’s music and lyrical content that points heavily towards mysticism and transmutation – “I am no longer the dust and lifeless, waiting to be swept away…” and “…I hear those words, kept unsaid, and I walk in the world of the living and the dead.” A little more than halfway through the song, we hear a bit of the old Crisis as Karyn alternates styles with bits of clean and heavier vocals with Dolan backing the choruses.

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Century Media major label acquisition debated

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:53 AM (PST)

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The guys over at Metal Insider, one of the consistently finest metal sites on the interweb inferno, have a discussion posted between site contributors about the implications of the potential major label acquisition of classic metal label Century Media Records by a major label backer.

Click HERE to read it.

Century Media is the current home of heroes of metal ranging from Iced Earth to At The Gates to Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches plus hugely popular crossover goth and hard rock act Lacuna Coil to newer talent such as up and comers Barren Harvest.

IMG_0072Through Space and Grind features a slew of bands hell bent to kick the shit out of you and the other thousand plus metal denizens of your city. Get there early to see all the show. Black Crown Initiate opened, followed by Ringworm, who were only on the tour for a brief moment. There’s a rotating support slot, like a professor of the dark arts. Iron Reagan and Exhumed played well rounded sets. From headliners Voivod and Napalm Death, we saw true vitality in the 21st century. This tour package is absolutely astonishing. Every metal fan, of any age, should go see this tour.

 

Click here for photos and the full review.

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Barren Earth sign with Century Media Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM (PST)

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Finnish progressive death metal band Barren Earth, lead by Jon Aldara, a Faroese native, have signed to Century Media Records.

Check out comments from the band and from the label here.

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Show Review: Abstract Reality Tour at Webster Hall, NYC-December 6, 2014

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM (PST)

 

billNew York City’s Webster Hall welcomed Animals As Leaders, The Devin Townsend Project and Monuments last weekend. Earlier in the day, Devin treated me to a fantastic face to face interview, which you can read here. Prog reigned supreme throughout the night and due to some lengthy photo ops, so did the photographers. I’ve seen some awesome shots from this night already, due to the fact we were able to shoot for the whole show.

Click here for the pictures and review.

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Interview: Devin Townsend

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM (PST)

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“If I have anything to contribute to the musical world is that people can learn from my failures and successes. That’s what I’m interested in, contributing something healthy to the species.”

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Devin Townsend.

Click here for the interview.

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Dark Funeral release “Nail Them To The Cross” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM (PST)

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Swedish black metal stalwarts Dark Funeral are at it again.

After signing with Century Media Records in 2012 and rounding out their line-up, these Swedes are preparing to re-conquer the world.

A 7″ with “Nail Them To The Cross” and another song is expected in early 2015.

Check out the video for “Nail Them To The Cross” and Dark Funeral tour dates here.

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In Flames streaming live concert tonight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:27 AM (PST)

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In Flames‘ show at The Palladium in Los Angeles tonight (December 9) will be streamed via Yahoo! Live at this location at 11:15 PM ET/8:15 PM PT.

The show is part of the Live Nation x Yahoo partnership that streams one show per day for the entire year.

So no matter where you are, you can still enjoy the show! Settle in and take in the metallic majesty of In Flames from anywhere.

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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.

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