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Cave In post pre-orders for “Final Transmission” album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 5:11 PM (PST)

Cave In will always be one of my favorite bands and one who made an undeniable dent on underground history. The band has announced a record called Final Transmission, featuring the last recordings of Caleb Scofield. If this is their final record, it is a fitting and dignified end to the band’s tenure.

It is impossible to hear “All Illusion” and not have some serious feels. Really gorgeous tune and fits seamlessly into their already profound and beloved catalogue. I hope this release serves as a way for the band to feel closer to their legacy than ever and helps to soothe some of the loss whole also comforting fans and giving us great new songs to enjoy for years.

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Today is the big release day for one of the most anticipated (and rightly so) albums of the year, the hysterically titled Hail Stan, by Periphery. In a sense, it is a pretty perfect name for an album in these days when stan culture is really off the charts bonkers and semi-satanic half the time. It also happens to feature some of the progressive metalcore band’s heaviest and most elaborate work. The Juggernaut era is hard to top for me but this new record is phenomenal.

Periphery manage to give themselves a pat on the back via obviously pure love of the artform, give the fans what they want and STILL challenge them. Has the pact between art and artist, stan and musician ever been more blurred? The beauty of this record is it reminds us all we are fans at heart. And lucky to be alive.

It is only 1/4 of the way through the year but I know that this and the Venom Prison record are gonna be very hard to dislodge from my top ten of 2019. The hype is real. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to check out the massive opening track ‘Reptile” today, which is one of the most ambitious moments from the band to date.

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Wow, man. I just got to hear a preview of one of my heroes Chuck Mosley (RIP) covering the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in a lowkey, bittersweet and kind of raspy bluesy acoustic manner and I am all choked up. What a true talent who will never be replaced. The OG Faith No More legend was a poetic and eccentric soul and will be honored on Record Store Day this year with a compelling two song acoustic release on 4/13. Fans will really want to get ahold of this. Plus, Chuck covering a Mike FNM song and especially “Take This Bottle” after his struggles is really bittersweet and moving. I am in my feelings right now big time as a fan. This is not Tupac where there was a bottomless well of unreleased material after his tragic death. This is crucial and the family supported the release. Please check it out. You’ll be deeply moved.

Release: On Record Store Day (https://recordstoreday.com), April 13th, 2019, blocGLOBAL (https://blocsonic.com) releases its debut physical release with distributor Traffic Entertainment Group (http://trafficent.com). The release, a limited run 7″ containing the final recordings made by late Faith No More singer, Chuck Mosley.

After three decades working in music, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Indoria, Primitive Race) decided to pursue a solo project with a raw, psychedelic, acoustic direction. Armed with his guitar, a vocal effects processor, and a few friends (Cris Morgan, Randy Pirosko, and Douglas Esper), he embarked on a two year tour and completed a few recording sessions. During a six-hour block in August of 2017 with producer Joe Haze, Chuck recorded two covers, Nothing Compares 2 U originally written by Prince and Take This Bottle by Faith No More.

This ended up as Chuck’s last time recording in a studio before his death on November 9th, 2017. His guitar solo on Nothing Compares 2 U never got completed as the band had to leave for a show that night in Salt Lake City.

Chuck Mosley’s “Joe Haze Session #2” will be available for purchase at a record store near you on Record Store Day, April 13th, 2019.

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Gold & Grey from mighty Baroness is out June 14 via Abraxan Hymns, and a new robust and melodic song “Borderlines” is out now. You can pre-order Gold & Grey HERE and get an instant download of “Borderlines,” which you can listen to everywhere HERE. Vinyl, CDs, and cassettes are available in the Baroness store and at your local record shop in limited edition colors.

New Mexico and South American Tour Dates have been announced! Excited for a new album cycle from one of the best in rock.

June 19 – Mexico City, Mexico – Lunario
June 21 – Santiago, Chile – Blondie
June 22 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
June 23 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Fabrique Club 

* Co-headline with Deafheaven; support = Zeal & Ardor
^ Festival

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photo by Rachel Cheng

BIG|BRAVE shares a video for “Sibling,” the first full single from their incoming fourth LP, A Gaze Among Them, set for release May 10th through Southern Lord. The label has posted preorders for the record alongside the new single, and the band has announced new tour dates, including US dates with the likes of Primitive Man and Dreadnought. The new “Sibling” video was created by BIG|BRAVE’s Robin Wattie and Mathieu Ball.

See BIG|BRAVE’s “Sibling” video RIGHT HERE.

A Gaze Among Them features Robin Wattie (vocals, electric guitar, guitar amp, bass amp), Mathieu Ball (electric guitar, guitar amps), and Loel Campbell (drums) with guest appearances from Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion) on Contrabass and Seth Manchester’s synth overdubs. The album was recorded with Seth Manchester at Machine With Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The beautiful image adorning the cover, created by Wattie, further demonstrates how BIG|BRAVE has blossomed. The trio sounds rejuvenated and confident, and A Gaze Among Them is the sound of a band truly honing their craft and feeling totally satisfied with it. Compelling. Necessary. Important.

A Gaze Among Them will see release May 10th via Southern Lord. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.

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Heavy Happenings: Ulcerate, Applaud The Impaler news items.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 2:57 PM (PST)

 

For those who struggle with depression and mental baggage, it can be hard to look on the bright side sometimes. A chance to reflect and laugh at old memories or art that made you enjoy life more is an appreciated channel to allow better feelings. For that reason, I want to thank Inhale The Heavy for featuring me in their popular My Vinyl Offering series HERE. It was fun to talk about old memories growing up with my sister Cambria and talking about selections from my vinyl collection including Huggy Bear, Big Black, Van Hagar’s 5150 (we stan), Big Eyes and more. Hope some regular readers of this blog will check it out and maybe chuckle at a few of the stories.

Let’s get into some bad ass heavy music news for today.

New Zealand death metal trio ULCERATE have joined the Debemur Morti Productions roster. This is one of the most creative DM bands out there and they certainly deserve as much or more coverage as your Dying Fetuses and Whitechapels of the world (no shade, just facts). Gonna go rock some “Chasm Of Fire” after I post this.

Issues the band of the new union, “We are extremely happy to be moving head-first into this next chapter with a partnership that aligns so clearly with our own vision. Debemur Morti has always been in our peripheral gaze – the attention to detail and high level of curation is second-to-none.”

Further details on the band’s as-yet-untitled new full-length will be released in the months to come. In the meantime, don’t miss ULCERATE on their upcoming European tour set to commence April 10th and run through April 21st. The trek includes an appearance on this year’s edition of Roadburn. See all confirmed dates below.

ULCERATE:
4/10/2019 IF Performance Hall Besiktas – Istanbul, TR
4/11/2019 Roadburn Festival 2019 – Tilburg, NL
4/11/2019 B52 The Club – Bucharest, RO
4/12/2019 Armageddon Descends VI – Vilnius, LT
4/17/2019 The Grand Social – Dublin, IE
4/18/2019 Audio – Glasgow, UK
4/19/2019 The Star And Garter – Manchester, UK
4/20/2019 Nambucca – London, UK
4/21/2019 Exchange – Bristol, UK

Virgina Beach grind death band Applaud The Impaler have a new stream going on for Ov Apocalypse Incarnate over at Metal Injection HERE. The article calls them surgical brutalists, which sounds pretty Carcass-y. I am guessing you wouldn’t want them making you an omelet, and by making you I mean making you into an omelet.

The band commented on the release, “The day has arrived. Over the course of this second chapter in this tumultuous novel, I have seen the transformation of this band now reach its apotheosis in the arrival of Ov Apocalypse Incarnate. The grip of adversity has been relinquished, and the chains of restraint have been unleashed. We went for the throat on this one. The album takes the primitive elements that define Applaud the Impaler’s sound and infused them with an updated chaos implanted with esoteric ingredients, creating a stamp of unique savagery in today’s era of heavy metal. The 12 cut-throat tracks embedded in Ov Apocalypse Incarnate mercilessly crush from front to back, leaving no room for discontent. This colossal footprint of utmost carnal destruction is only the beginning. To those who have been foaming out the mouth for this record and have stuck with us through all these years, may you feast. Let us revere in this induced armageddon. Thank you Unique Leader Records. Thank you Erik Lindmark. Thank you Impalers.”
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Metal Marches On: Dirt, Hurt plus Ulthar and Amygdala news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:18 AM (PST)

Hey fuckers. Bleary eyed sipping cold coffee cuz too lazy to make a fresh pot and sun streaming in the window. It has been an emotional few months but hanging in there. Stoked on the brilliant new release from Tamaryn to keep the melodic ghostly introverted vibes strong day or night and getting ready to face the day job on a bright New York Saturday but wanted to post some metal stuff for you cats and dogs and cat dogs (there are no dog cats) first.

Watched The Dirt on Netflix last night and while of course Motley are not exactly the least problematic band ever, I think Nikki has come a long way and met him once at a signing. I will always remember having the Dr. Feelgood tape and my first baby sitter being horrified, lol. She said it would lead to bad things. Well, I did choose to become a rocker and don’t regret it, despite a a lot of hardship. I never would have performed with Cycle Sluts From Hell or interviewed some of y’all or opened for Jake E. Lee with a Motley/VH cover band w my friend Elan singing with me who is like a twenty foot tall punk rock blonde and we had the funnest time – if I hadn’t been entranced by “Kickstart My Heart’ and the vitriol and attitude of some of that stuff as an early teen. It doesn’t mean I didn’t learn lot from riot grrrl afterwards and that I can’t also be objective and put things into cultural perspective.

One thing I liked about The Dirt…I see it as a cautionary tale. They all fucked their lives up royally. I don’t see how anyone can think the movie strictly celebrates hedonism and sexism with no consequences (especially when you see all the women they care about leave them for their bullshit, the very terrifying car crash segment and Nikki fucking dying). Also, fans of the band know how much Nikki has tried to get people to understand addiction since, even if Vince has still been messy over the years (like even ENTERTAINING the idea of playing for Trump is way fucked up, dude). I think Vince has some major ptsd and needs the most guidance still to this day. Shit, I think a lot of people have PTSD from some of that era, fans and bands both. I hope this movie furthers a conversation about addiction, agency, internalized sexism and an array of other things. The good and the bad. It wasn’t all of either.

All I know is as a teenager I used to do a LOT of heroin and the movie made me miss my friends dearly and former bandmates who died from it and feel so lucky I am still here. I also feel thankful for the good things I still have and pray to use them wisely. I also think that people should look at Nikki’s truly fucked up childhood as a pretty key element of the nihilism and party sexism of the band and that there is a sense of regret, but you can’t just whitewash the time period either and pretend it never was hedonistic or massively fucked up. I also think it is good they showed some of the fucked up things in the movie like Tommy hitting someone because it would have been really shitty to skip that, like NWA completely skipping Dee Barnes in the Straight Out Of Compton movie is very problematic to me.

Anyway, The Dirt made me cry a few times and I also have lost kids and it is fucking sad. I hope people learn from it and don’t just celebrate the nudity and chaos but also see how you can rise up through friendship and even when you circus dance with the devil sometimes you can pull yourself back…but you have to pay the price and also acknowledge harm. So I DO think it is good it came out now in 2019.

Amygdala have signed to Prosthetic Records, the label who are most leading the way in good signings in the scene of late. Our Voices Will Soar Forever (sounds like a lost Red Sparowes album name) is up for pre-order and a very powerful song “I Hate To Say It” that kind of reminds me of Burnt Books a little bit. Fucking raw and dissonant and epic stuff. Harsh and kind of crust punk vocal vibes and brilliant arrangement highlighting the emotional impact. And that 2:20 guitar break and scream, holy shit! Check them out now!

Bay Area death machines Ulthar are on tour! Featuring within its ranks Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, ex-Mutilation Rites, ex-Tombs), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Pale Chalice), ULTHAR is touring in support of their Cosmovore debut LP, released late last year via 20 Buck Spin. Cosmovore was engineered, recorded, and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave) at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx. Totally killer band.

Find ULTHAR’s Cosmovore on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital formats HERE or HERE.

Dates BELOW.

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Zeal and Ardor will drop ‘Live In London’ on March 22

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM (PST)

Black metal blues alchemists Zeal & Ardor will drop Live In London on March 22 via MVKA/Radicallis. The band are currently supporting Deafheaven and Baroness on one of the most exciting tours of 2019 thus far.

 

Listen to “Baphomet” here.

 

The 22-track pending live album includes four previously unreleased songs. The release is the entire recording of the band’s headline show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on December 2017. It will be available digitally, on CD, and as a Double White 180g vinyl.

The new songs included are “We Never Fall,” “Hold Your Head Low,” “Cut Me,” and the aforementioned “Baphomet.” Barring those tracks, the setlist was devised from the band’s two existing albums: the debut Devil Is Fine and 2018’s follow-up Stranger Fruit.

Frontman Manuel Gagneux comments, “We recorded our London show last December. Since we’re really proud of our performance, we are releasing the entire show consisting of our entire catalogue of songs. Mixing duties crushed by Kurt Ballou and Alan Douches mastered these 80 minutes into cohesion. We are really happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to unleash it upon you all.”

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Whitechapel post “Hickory Creek” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:14 AM (PST)

Whitechapel have managed to combine being deathcore kings with a strain of Alt/Nu Metal influence in recent albums, and the new record The Valley finds them nuancing their sound to new highs and evil depths. It is already being called one of their all time best releases and is certainly intense. I would say it could certainly be up in their top 3 records. Their 7th full length, it releases March 29th and is arguably the biggest release of the month from a heavy band.

Mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), The Valley is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it.

“Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that,” says guitarist Alex Wade, who alongside his bandmates, stands 100% behind everything their vocalist has to say. “I feel our music is Phil’s release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well.”

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Animals As Leaders announce 10th anniversary tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Sound architects of the highest magnitude, prog maestros Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from animalsasleaders.org

Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). Right near where I grew up! Hit up that fancy newfangled Phoenicia Diner, y’all. Anyway, the camp is an all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses – Guitar With Tosin Abasi | Drums With Matt Garstka | Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at campingwithanimals.org

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Well, the headline doesn’t lie! Rabble rousers and hater arousers Neckbeard Deathcamp, the band you love or love to hate (the secone one if you are a fash loser), are hitting the road. Even though Kriegmaster from the band writes for us sometimes I just noticed they still don’t have a band profile on our system, haha. How ungrateful are we?! Sorry dudes, I will build that soon but in the meantime I will publish you under the Neck Deep In Filth band module so we don’t have a lot of html nonsense going haywire on this article post, hahaha. You could team up and be The Filthy Neckbeards, a more rustic sounding down to earth name? But I also listed this as a Power Metal article. Just because. Where was I? Where am I?

Oh yeah, a real tour to promote and not just inane commentary! Yes, we are stoked Neckbeard Deathcamp are hitting the road to rock your face and defy their foes, and all the bands on the tour are siiiiick:

AS THE FIRES OF FASCISM KINDLE IN THE COLLAPSING UNITED STATES; THE SPARK WILL BE EXTERMINATED BY THE UNRELENTING MIGHT OF NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP.  THE INFAMOUS MILITANT BLACK METAL ETERNAL WARKRUSADE FROM BORDEAUX FRANCE— NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP WILL CONTINUE CRUSHING FEDORAS ACROSS U.S. SOIL THIS SPRING AND SUMMER ON THE “THE FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA TOUR.” OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED TODAY— NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP WILL BE JOINED BY THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL GUESTS ON SELECT DATES: THEORIES (5/27-6/17), WVRM (5/27-6/02), NO CONVICTIONS (5/27-6/01) & DRYAD (6/02-6/22). ALL DATES BELOW.

“IT IS WITH EQUAL PARTS BLOODTHIRST AND EAGERNESS THAT WE UNFURL THE LONG BLACK WARBANNERS AND BEGIN OUR CRUSADE ACROSS AMERICA. WITH EVERY FOOTFALL IN OUR CAMPAIGN, THE GROUND BENEATH OUR ENEMIES GROWS SMALLER. AND MAY THEIR LIGHT OF HOPE FINALLY BE CONSUMED BY THE DARK AS WE WILL KNOW NO MERCY.” -NECKBEARD DEATHCAMP

Read more HERE.
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Interview: FEN – A stirring counterpoint to ‘Winter’.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:57 PM (PST)

 

“This is very much a standalone release that has its own atmosphere and really works as one long song.” – The Watcher.

UK Black metal/post-rock hybrid FEN are far too good to really simplify with such limiting descriptors. Regardless if you feel the alleged freedom inherent in “black metal” as a concept (which some people think ought to actually be quite restrictive) covers their sound adequately and wether or not you feel the over-used assumption that all “post-rock” is slow tempo Mogwai aping without the innovation is grossly lacking accuracy when it comes to FEN’s moving dynamics and kinetic emotional resonance, there is just no way to capture the power of what the band does in simple short genre tags. They are a mind blowing experience.

When I first heard this band a few years ago I felt like they had the emotional power to connect that the best Agalloch or Ulver material had but with a much more savage side. Also, the music takes an even greater deep dive into the sort of nature respecting weary yet awed exploration of humanity and the wider Universe in a way that, doesn’t sound much like, but connected with me in a primal way as much as a legacy band like Neurosis. They even cover some of the melodic vocal ground you might hear these days in a more progressive leaning band like Enslaved, while still staying a bit more rooted in the black metal sound than that band has become (no shade, love it all). But yeah…to put it simply, FEN are just really fucking sick musicians who also don’t lose “the feel”.

It was an honor to interview The Watcher about the group’s astounding Eisenwald MLP Stone & Sea. 

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French death metal and Unique Leader artists DYSMORPHIC have a new playthrough video out for brave souls who want to navigate the impressive guitar and bass parts for “Vow Of The Bees.” While there is plenty of technical flourish, the song also has some pretty impressive emotional feeling in the playing – particularly near the climax of the composition.

The group commented on the gear used, “Eric plays an Ibanez RGD UCS with a set of Bareknuckle Aftermaths through a Fractal Axe-FX II. Francois plays a Mermet Guitars Custom FLL7 with a set of Bareknuckle Juggernauts, also through an Axe-FX II. Johann plays an Ibanez SR1805NTF through an Ampeg.”

Watch the playthrough video HERE.

Beyond Creation, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Augury fans etc. will be stoked on this. These guys are really tight and into what they do. You don’t get this good without passion for it. I strongly recommend An Illusive Progress.

DYSMORPHIC will also be playing a series of shows in France this month.

Dates below –
3/15 Toulouse, FR @ Cave A Rock
3/16 Bordeaux, FR @ La Voute
3/23 Paris, FR @ Le Cirque Electrique

 

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Born Of Osiris are one of the ultimate progressive metalcore bands and have earned their position as leaders in the metallic sub-genre through constant work and dedication. It sucks to learn that some dangerous jerk robbed guitarist Lee McKinney and had a knife. We hope Lee and Jo get justice in this matter and are glad no one was harmed:

Hey guys. Lee McKinney here. Last night on Monday, March 12, our house was burglarized. The intruder(s) had a knife that was left on the scene and that makes us feel like the intent was to potentially do more than walk out with material items. Stolen items include a TV, 5 guitars, 1 audio interface, 4 guns, 1 camera, and 1 amplifier. Pictures of the stolen guitars are attached. We have notified the local police. A full investigation is underway. This robbery feels like it was targeted for the studio for exactly the time we were on tour or at work, as we were not home. We’re hoping that by bringing this to public attention that anyone who sees one of these items on sale in any way could help us track down the person who did this. Material items are one thing, but justice against the person who came into our home with a weapon is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your time.
Serial numbers for the missing instruments are:

Walnut LPM7 – 69540
Honey V6X – 132686
Monster O7X – 139438
Sea Foam VB5 – 139204
-Lee & Jo McKinney

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