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Family, Music, Scene Unity, Death and Beating Addictions via PMA.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:29 AM (PST)
Josh Eppard of Weerd Science/Coheed & Cambria (pic by Catharina Christiana)

Josh Eppard of Weerd Science/Coheed & Cambria (pic by Catharina Christiana)

Don’t take your health, friends or family for granted. Ever.

The following is an op ed of sorts which includes personal music scene memories of the last 20 years, memories of my father Tom Vink-Lainas who just passed away from Cancer and struggled with smoking  cigs and drinking decades of his life. It also touches on Blake Judd, Coheed And Cambria , Bad Brains, UNITY and why PMA is so important. It is mainly about the Kingston, NY and Woodstock, Ny region music scene I came up in (I’ve sung for like 9 bands since 1993). Hopefully it can help heal some people (myself included).

Click HERE for more.

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Byzantine are back!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM (PST)

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Byzantine is prepared to unleash its new album, but getting to this point wasnt without a cost for West Virginias progressive thrash titans. Since coming back with our self-titled album, I went through a personal split and lost two very important band members, discloses Byzantine front-man Chris OJ Ojeda. Its taught me that once in a while, though, you have to lose something to actually gain something. Byzantine reaches this resolution with To Release Is To Resolve, to be released on April 7 via CEN/RED Distribution.

To Release Is To Resolve finds Byzantines ferocious brand of monstrous, groove metal taken to new heights. This can be unmistakably heard on the albums first single, “A Curious Lot”, which received its world premiere atMetal Sucks. “A Curious Lot” is available via all digital platforms but can be streamed now below.

Stream “A Curious Lot ” NOW.

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Aphelion is the furthest point from the sun, and in this case, the sun could represent anything that we aspire towards, dream of, pursue with passion, heart, fire.– Tom P.

Tom Phillips of While Heaven Wept is capable of writing intense and compelling epic metal that is like Farscape for the human soul. Instead of Moya, we are travelling through songs of the human experience, rich metaphor and aquamarine guitar playing that knows few limits.Prog rock can include anything from House Of Lightning’s mind blowing melodic riff and vocal amalgam of Floor meets Rush to something as different as Veil Of Maya’s Marc Okubo tearing through an intricate metal riff to a classic prog rock album like Selling England By The Pound. We celebrate the spiritual questions of a band like Om with our serious hats on but often dismiss high concept prog influenced records as grandiose. For all the ups and downs in my friendship with the Coheed and Cambria guys over the years, I will admit in a second that In Keeping Secrets… was a great album (perhaps still their best). WHH have been carrying the flame for earnest music for a long time.

Their latest Suspended At Aphelion is a very fleshed out, masterful concept album. How did they come to decide on the themes?

“Well, you’ve got to keep in mind that everything we’ve ever done has been out of personal necessity…to heal, to accept, to move on…and SAA is no exception; despite the imagery and metaphors throughout the discography, everything is based upon real people, events, tribulations, and above all, sincere emotions,” says Tom. “WHW is basically my vehicle for coping with both a lifelong depression and the tragedies, frustrations, chaos in my life. A catharsis so as to lead a “relatively normal” existence outside of the band. Every album pertains to different relationships.”

That said, WHH are also never tied to just one genre. Detract from Queensryche’s more experimental albums like Tribe or Dedicated To Chaos all you like, but they still have merit regardless if they were different from the classic heavy metal sound the band has returned to post-Tate’s vocal reign. Likewise, WHH can be brutal, dizzying or trippy within the same album.

To learn more head out further into space BELOW and may your voyage bring you back home…

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Born Of Osiris recording new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:29 AM (PST)

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Born Of Osiris were not only good when The New Reign was released. Only a moron would think that. A Higher Place is hella (yeah, I said it) underrated and this band is better than half the fans in their scene can comprehend with their limited musical tastes. The band have shown consistent drive to create meaningful music, regardless of any behind the scenes stuff or trends. A mid 2015 Sumerian release is expected for the next record, though no further details are available at this time. Hoping it will combine the heavier synth presence of TWDA with earlier heavy elements.  The band have been working new material for a few years now and I have a good gut feeling that they are due for making the statement fans/believers in this band have known they can achieve. Here’s hoping, dudes.

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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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The Fallen Divine working on new full-length

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:59 AM (PST)

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Norwegian progressive metal band The Fallen Divine are currently working on a follow-up to 2012’s The Blinding Cycle (Indie Recordings).

In anticipation of the release of this new album the band has released a lyric video for the demo version of their song, “Pilgrimage”.

Guitarist Magnus Haugo commented on the new song:

“This new song will show you where we are today musically. It’s very melodic and progressive, and contains many different parts, while at the same time it’s all making sense. We won’t go into detail about the lyrics, but we hope you will watch the lyric video and interpret them as you like.”

Speaking on the new album, he adds:

“The material for our next album is heading in a quite different direction than our last album, “The Binding Cycle”. For instance, we have incorporated some clean vocals. All the songs are pretty long and the longest clocks in at about 16 minutes. We are feeling really good about this and we hope 2015 will be a good and productive year for us!

Check out the video for “Pilgrimage” 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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Album Review: While Heaven Wept – “Suspended At Aphelion “

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM (PST)

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While Heaven Wept are a long running symphonic metal band from Virginia who have made an astonishing new concept album in Suspended at Aphelion. This is the kind of flashy but layered master work that every prog-minded metal act dreams of pulling off, strong songsmithery rapturously focused technical skill and a huge epic sound. The idea of being as far away as possible from the sun before orbit begins back towards warmth is the central metaphor here and the music is up to the huge task. I enjoyed this space journey more than the film Gravity.

Suspended At Aphelion will appeal to fans of Queensryche, Stratovarius, the lighter side of Scar Symmetry harmony driven vocals, The Old Dead Tree or even Protest the Hero’s Fortress. The style of prog here is not what most kids think of these days (BTBAM) but more of a hybrid of prog with classic metal and symphonic power. From the moving piano opening of “Introspectus” to the vocal glow of the amazing “The Memory Of Bleeding” to “Souls In Permafrost” pulling so much from me emotionally like the best fiction, wondering if we someday might have to leave the planet. “The highest of hopes left impossible debts of darkness and pain and deeper regrets/facing our future of paradise lost/interred my soul in permafrost,” sings Rain Irving with beautiful melodic command.

Also a highlight of this album, which really has no bad songs and pitch perfect production for the material, is Jason Lingle’s keyboard work. The keys augment each song so well, setting up real impact which can then be a great platform for Queen-big guitar solos to racing shred moments to “he nailed it” drumming from Mark Zonder.

Anyone looking for a great reason to not stray far from whatever item they consume music with and who loves metal that is less heavy than about huge themes spanning the galaxy should give this a spin. Maybe sci-fi and symphonic metal are escapism but this album has real questions humanity must wrestle with amidst the story and sweeping movements. “Lifelines Lost” will leave you hanging at the very edge, wondering when we will return for home and, perhaps, ecological and spiritual or compassionate redemption. Like The Ocean’s Pelagial it is not scared to go all the way to the farthest reaches to make a big creative point.

Periphery “The Bad Thing” for you to hear now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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New Periphery song “The Bad Thing” is a heavy and complex new number, a sick mix with a great sense of guitar and vocal placement. Kudos on the great vocal performance as well. The band are releasing two albums of intricate material that seems like their biggest statement yet. That is up to each listener perhaps and how they take the music with them and experience it, but from the new songs compared to the relatively limited amount of Periphery I’ve heard it seems like they are really pushing themselves. Now go on tour with Wings Denied and Torrential Downpour, guys. Do it!!!

Check out the new song HERE.

 Periphery are the good thing for you to hear now.
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Pelican stream new song with Allen Epley from new EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM (PST)

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Chicago indie and post-metal heroes Pelican have a new EP called The Cliff which is quite tasty. The EP boasts re-inventions of a track from the band’s most recent record, 2013’s Forever Becoming. The EP features remixes by members of Palms/Isis as well as Justin from Godflesh/Jesu, plus a new song recorded by Sanford Parker of Corrections House . Check out a link to a track with vocalist Allen Epley below. This is only the second time the band have had vocals on a release and Allen is another important figure from that part of the U.S., respected for his time in Shiner and The Life & Times (who put out a great new record Lost Bees this year). Also of note, Dallas from Pelican has a killer punkier band The Swan King he also plays in that I just chatted with him about HERE for New Noise.
Uhhhnnnnyhow…Hear “The Cliff (vocal version)” via MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

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Wings Denied announce new tour with Cryptodira

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM (PST)

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Wings Denied, my choice for prog metal band of the year for 2014, are embarking on a January tour with prog death metallers Cryptodira. Wings Denied are touring in support of the excellent Mirrors For A Prince and deliver serious technical skill paired with a killer instinct for brilliant melodies and heavy distortion.

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Periphery unleash “The Scourge”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM (PST)

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Periphery premiere “The Scourge,” a new song from the highly anticipated dual album releases, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega, via Revolver HERE.

“After a year of hard work on our two new albums, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega we’re excited to be able to share the first look at music from either album,” said guitar player Mark Holcomb. “‘The Scourge’ shows off a darker, more brooding side of the first album, Alpha, and it touches on some of the melodic and lyrical themes referenced throughout the two albums. Enjoy!”

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No, we don’t have three unlikely bands covering renditions of Slaughter’s “Up All Night” (though that would be interesting). Instead however there are three new videos you should peep below from prog upstarts White Arms Of Athena, legends At The Gates and a lyric vid from Travis from Coheed’s always rather interesting side project Davenport Cabinet.

Check ’em out HERE and start the weekend early.

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Black Crown Initiate get more traction than most other bands on this site. Check out their new video for “The Fractured One” off triumphant full length debut The Wreckage Of Stars and you will hear and see why. The clip can be witnessed HERE and discusses “stolen light from our eyes.”

I won’t rest until this band is huge, if I can help in any way by blogging about them way too much, haha. The world is wasting time arguing about scientist Matt Taylor’s stupid cartoon bikini babe shirt while people are dying and our culture is more and more controlled by darkly motivated forces with no soul. Good metal will heal you and make you strong like a shield of good energy or Ayahuasca. Thanks. Rant over.

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