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Scott Ian of Anthrax (set to release what is likely the thrash album of the year For All Kings unless Megadeth prevail), is getting better with age like a thrashing metal vintage. Scott has urged Phil Anselmo to follow up on his apology with a donation to a Jewish charity to prove his contrition. Read more HERE.

That said, “Fuck The Middle East” by S.O.D. wasn’t such a great articulation of cultural relations either. Which pains me to type as I actually try to write something nice about Anthrax almost every day. Though obviously a very old song (which was said to be a “Pro-Israel” song) and not as bad as the nazi salute onstage wasted after jamming with a low profile d-lister like Dave Grohl. Oh, and the lyrics of “Speak English Or Die” are horrible, which a friend reminded me of on Facebook. I hope there is a quote somewhere saying that was satire. There must be or I can’t imagine I ever would’ve kept following S.O.D. or Anthrax. I’m just foggy and half baked right now.

The whole world needs more tolerance and love. Maybe it is smart that Ghost covered ABBA.

I hope with the passing of recent beloved musicians or relations (in my case) or even the Paris attacks showcasing fragile eggshells we stand on, that every breath is savored, that imagination and a wish to see and learn about cultures and the world fills everyone, the lust for life. I’m 37 and the desire to experience the world is only sharpened as I look at maps in an old Alan Furst ww2 setting novel, hear cries for unity from the metal community or communicate with new friend Eugene Tymchyk from Odessa’s Septa. we can all wash blood from our hands, embrace, discuss, rock, discover. Time is a resource. Remember that when you are standing around bitching or not accomplishing something you are literally sacrificing that moment forever. Choices.

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Well, here it is.

Hopefully sincere as many people (myself absolutely included) have often loved the guy and he has done great things. I’ve been pressed for time all week and so haven’t commented much except on Twitter and our Facebook wall about this.

Huge Down fan and wanted to not be biased by that as also no room for racism in scene. Plus, Shit…can’t we fucking have a week without drama? I’m even trying to put my own behind me. But shit has to get addressed when it comes up or lingers long unresolved, whatever the case.

Hate to learn the racism angle some have accused him of (such as some of the other allegations Rob Flynn mentioned, like calling The Burning Red the “nigger era” of  Machine Head, for example) might be true or a pattern.

I know people who know him well and say he is the funniest and nicest dude. Down just jammed with Living Colour.

When I met him at a Down signing on 9/11 in NYC years ago he was extremely friendly to all the fans of different races and genders. Which is why I was quick to defend Phil to at least be given benefit of a response to the accusations of racism. Also, Down’s Van Halen cover of “Aint Talkin’ Bout Love”  at that show in ’09 was...far beyond awesome and one of the best live moments of my life as a fan.

We need more discussion to evolve, and it is good he apologized. Flynn was seemingly wrong in that there maybe was white wine backstage (not that it is ar all a great excuse). While I am against censorship it was still a tasteless end to a rocking night of unity.

I feel bad for dude in that everyone knows how much pain he was in for years over Dimebag and for this to have happened while he was trashed at the end of a cathartic night must feel fucking crazy. Like, I hope dude does not shoot himself. Seriously. 

But, woah. Yeah, people are not psyched.

I think he can come back from this through continued frank discussion and taking the right steps. Even if he was a full time racist, American History X proves people can unlearn bad habits. Being really drunk sometimes leads to horribly casual/shitty language and irresponsible actions. I know once years ago at a concert after a devastating personal loss where I was drinking myself blind to mask the pain of deaths in my family I was so upset I got blind drunk on absinthe, beer and Wild Turkey and tried to make people beat me up /pile on the pain  by yelling horrible, horrible things (the little I recall).

And I am bi sexual (closeted at the time and VERY self loathing) and not racist at all. I love people.

Part of why I haven’t had a drink for three years out of grief and a desire to never blackout like that again.

Hopefully that is similarly the bottom line here and his cooking show doesn’t lose sponsors. \m/

It’s good he is admitting this hurt/shocked people. We all really need more healing in this world. Maybe it is time to mellow out and listen to some Alcest, everybody. Or some reggae.

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RIP Paul Kantner: Remember the Love Alamo, kids.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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I saw you, comin’ back to me…

The latest rocker who gave their all; to part this Earth yet remain in our memories is Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane.

Personally, I love Airplane and Starship. They were groovy and didn’t care. That’s cool.

Why are we discussing this on a metal site? Well , for one…Sanctuary’s White Rabbit cover is one of the coolest metal covers of all time. Secondly, Jefferson Airplane had a golden streak where they got everything right before grapes soured or the smooth voiced Grace of graces had problems down the road in her life. Paul and the gang were bold enough to wave the love flag instead of beating the drums of war. This alone is metal as fuck in a truer sense than basement losers listening to gore metal.

People fetishize Charles Manson, the man who almost ruined the Beatles, LSD and the hope of the 60’s peace movements single handedly. Maybe he was a frail man who started out analytical and wanting to know what was behind the veil or the Satanic power mad world behind the curtain of politics, but he ended up as a scared little murderer who needed validation from vulnerable followers that did his dirty work for him. Plus, Sharon Tate was so amazing and we were robbed of her and her friends lives in such a disgusting fashion. I personally was just writing for another site that I think the Manson murders scarred us and shoved us more violently towards the fear mongering world we live in today than people realize. Hunter S. Thompson knew. And by the way, we all know HE was an Airplane fan.

Surrealistic Pillow, the title alone makes my loins feel lysergic and the head start to daydream. Love it.

It was so cool once to learn about Flower Travellin’ Band from my friend Laura Pleasants of Kylesa or to once upon a time discover the stoner rock sub genres that are more retro like The Golden Grass,Purson and Jex Thoth, albeit with an emphasis on picking back up an old torch yet without making the same mistakes of yesteryear.

It doesn’t have to be cool to be miserable. Anthrax wrote “anti-social” but actually want to have happy lives, for example.

Yeah, let’s not fetishize the murderers. We think it is edgy but while it is cool to psychoanalyze things or listen to Church Of Misery or the newest Wreckmeister Harmonies or Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads or whatever, but if it is dwindled into essentially a fashion statement devoid of meaning we are in trouble.  Or we might as well put Che Guevara and Trump faces on every other frisbee and sell em out of the same tent at the county fair.

Death Valley ’69 by Sonic Youth and other smarter trips through the underbelly aside, it is cooler to push the “WE CAN” culture. Take the seediness out of the underground and look at pot as medicine, meditation as research, kindness as strength, acceptance as a test of Manhood.

Doing speed or carving nazi symbols on your face and being a dipshit might make for good TV, but you’re still a dick. Martin Shkreli can claim altruistic goals but still perhaps to be strapped to a chair and forced to watch Philadelphia and Dallas Buyers Club over and over Clockwork Orange style until he admits he has been acting like a dipshit robber baron Oliver Queen playboy without the redeeming Green Arrow side. Fuck you, dude.

The shit that Jefferson Airplane and San Fran held up triumphantly in the flower power daze of hopes and dashed dreams. But remember, flowers grow back. You just need good soil.

Whatever happened to wishes wished on a star?

 

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Anthrax get their Smithsonian treatment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM (PST)
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How great is the above photo?! Classic.

These knuckleheads have given the world so much and the world owes them true metal thanks for all time \m/.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax, “How New York of the ’80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash,” as part of its Places of Invention exhibit’s interactive online map.

Check it out here.

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RIP Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM (PST)

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Jimmy Bain epitomized the solid metal bass player, supporting the band, capable of flourish yet above all holding a rock bottom groove as the bedrock between any tune he played on. In this capacity, much like Michael Anthony in VH glory days, Bain was a Godsend. His contributions to metal can never be repaid, from writing credits on “Rainbow In The Dark” to Hear N’ Aid to the classic as fuck Rising album toeven working with Phil Lynott (and almost playing on a Scorpions album, if I recall).

In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time, and that’s just ONE of Bain’s unforgettable contributions.

Blabbermouth has a good, full piece on Bain HERE. \m/

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This is amazing. And while I would’ve loved to have heard Grohl play this on drums, the fact that I believe it is Roy Mayorga (he of Soulfly, Stone Sour and of course fucking Nausea) on the kit is so bad ass and makes me bow to the cyber god. Plus, it takes all these extra guitars to come even close to the presence Dimebag brought to the stage all by his lonesome. \m/

If this don’t make your adrenaline kick in, walk on home.

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There is really nothing quite like GOJIRA‘s From Mars To Sirius classic in all of metal, save a heavy Morbid Angel influence in some of the vast and massive riffs.

Simply put, I like it more than Leviathan at the end of the day.

GOJIRA ‘From Mars to Sirius’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY box PRE ORDER

The box content :

– Exclusive cassette of ‘From Mars to Sirius’ – only available in this box.
– 4 never revealed prints of Joe Duplantier ‘s sketches made before the final cover art
– Exclusive artwork flag with one of those sketches
– Exclusive guitar From Mars to Sirius pick
– First 500 buyers will get a postcard to be able to win an Exclusive JACKSON guitar displaying ‘From Mars to Sirius’ artwork all over its body.
All postcards should be sent to LISTENABLE and a winner will be picked at random by the band during Spring 2016.

PRE ORDER NOW HERE : http://www.shop-listenable.net/en/3_gojira

PRE ORDER NOW and get a chance to win THIS space-tastic whale of a guitar!!
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To anyone attending Lamb of God in New York City: Due to the weather, the show at Manhattan Center Events – Hammerstein Ballroom & Grand Ballroom has been moved from tomorrow to Monday, January 25th.

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Rivers of Nihil announce new drummer

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM (PST)

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Pennsylvania death metalheads Rivers of Nihil have parted ways with Alan Balamut.

In Alan’s place Rivers of Nihil have brought Dylan Potts on board.

You can check out a statement from Alan, a drum play-through of “Perpetual Growth Machine” by Dylan and Rivers of Nihil tour dates here.

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Alan Robert with Sal Abruscato and 2 others. –

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I was so fucking emotional that typos prevailed. \m/

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I feel like people that don’t like Sunn O))) have no real sense of the primal. Is it that much of a leap to combine Black Sabbath at half speed with an aboriginal worthy sense of humming disorientation? I’m a sucker for bands that are keen on having a unique aesthetic, from the retro ritual bluesy and dulcet tones of Jex Thoth to the weird as fuck French black metal noise of Spektr (who have a cool ass new song fittingly monikered “From The Terrifying To The Fascinating”).

Not all metal and hard rock needs to be coated in dark yet hooky polish or bounce at the mid tempo arena pace of a Disturbed or Korn or throttle you with the breakneck energy of Testament , Municipal Waste or the more lightning-side of Fear Factory. Sometimes the most glacial music can be a heavier, more world moving experience than the 18th millionth disco-tinged Rob Zombie solo record (all due respect to John 5 who is an awesome fucking guitarist, IMO).

Dømkirke is a less obtuse experience than some of the flagship Southern Lord acts output, a live ritual recorded at the Bergen Cathedral in Bergen, Norway during the Borealis Festival in 2007. The four-song double album was initially released in September 2008 and is available on vinyl only, with one track featuring on each side of the records.

This performance features intrinsic members of SUNN O)))’s mythology, including Attila Csihar (vocals), Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog), Lasse Marhaug (noise), Steve Moore (organ, trombone) with Greg Anderson (guitar) and Stephen O’Malley (guitar) vitally remaining at the center of the constellation.

 Dømkirke will be re-released on February 5th, 2016 on 2xLP only.

 

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Swedish black metal/post-rock wanderers, HYPOTHERMIA, are entering 2016 with fresh blood and touring plans. The group has officially welcomed bassist Phil A. Cirone (Craft, Kall, ex-Shining) into its ranks, and announced a headlining European mini-tour to take place this spring, in celebration of their latest album “Svartkonst” and new things on the horizon.

Phil had this to say about becoming a member of the band: “I consider it a great honor to have been granted the opportunity to add my weapon of choice to the Hypothermia arsenal. I will wield it with the utmost respect for this great art”.

 

HYPOTHERMIA will play selected shows in France, Germany and Belgium, along with a stop at Finland’s Turku Saatanalle IV Festival (the latter also including Mgła, Archgoat, Ondskapt and more). Their spring trek will feature support from Georgian black metal/progressive rock outfit, Psychonaut 4.

Upcoming shows BELOW.

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To celebrate ten years of War Of Ages mighty guitar and faith charged Pride Of The Wicked, our pals at Facedown are “bringing us hope”, celebrating with limited editions of gold and clear/red color-mix vinyl, and a special edition ten-year anniversary shirt. Pre-order now! (Scheduled to ship Feb. 19)

Regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs, this is undoubtedly an awesome metalcore record with some fantastic guitar work, especially. I always have thought this band deserves to be way bigger.

“I never thought I’d be on my own/now bring me peace that shelters me…”

In other rad WoA news, the band are on a big, much deserved tour package for P.O.D., Dead Letter Circus and 10 Years are touring. Dates for this stacked package are HERE!

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After The Burial announce “Dig Deep” album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM (PST)

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Dig Deep, the latest from metallers After The Burial, will be out Feb. 19th through Sumerian.

If the cover art vibes and fact that this is their first without troubled and departed guitarist Justin Lowe doesn’t affect you a little bit, you are pretty heartless.

Tracklisting BELOW (along with the meticulously staccato and effectively energized metalcore of “Lost In The Static”.)

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Under Black Flags We March: 2015 recap in 12 Metal Instagram posts.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM (PST)

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While twelve photos cannot capture the full year in metal, I looked around on Instagram for some shots or moments that seemed to me to fit the overall spirit of the year.

I tried to keep it more celebratory , so there aren’t any Paris attack photos in here, though it was an important event for all music. I also chose to show different genres of metal, to remind us we are stronger with one another.

See the choices (including some gig fliers) BELOW.

What were your biggest moments?

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