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Pacifist from India are a spectacularly energized post-hardcore band who cite Drive Like Jehu, Snapcase and La Dispute amongst their influences. I am hearing some RAtM in the incendiary vocals. The band have a very worth your time new EP called Greyscale Dreams that evokes dismay at the current alienating circumstances of human constructed social evils, a cry of unrest and powerful riffs. It would be very cool to see this band live as their electricity leaps out of the speakers and must be pretty fierce in person.

Stream new chaotic anthem ‘Reactionary’ at Unite Asia, RIGHT HERE

Pacifist are more than ready to launch their brand of hardcore music firmly in the global landscape, embarking on a string of shows to promote the EP, produced & mixed by guitarist Apurv Agrawal & mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studios. The EP artwork & booklet features strong, impactful shots that serves as a carefully constructed tapestry of city life in Mumbai in different locations & settings, shot by Abheet Anand & designed by Sanjana Bhatt of Blankfound.

Their debut EP launches digitally on the 16th of June, and the band has been working hard touring across India in support of their upcoming release.

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Hey friends. So, the “President” thinks the Moon is part of Mars. Congrats to the tech death scene for being more scientifically accurate on weird space album covers than the fucking President at this point. Anyway, let’s get some weekend metal news going for ya on this fine Saturday.

First, go see Dark Phoenix. It was not perfect but was better than like 4-5 other X films (I didn’t personally like Deadpool 2 much cuz of the egregious excessive prison rape jokes). Sophie T was friggin’ X-cellent as a younger more insecure Jean coming into hard truths. I am confused since she already had the Phoenix Force in the Apocalypse movie, so that was weird. That said (SPOILERS), it is character driven, female focused, Nightcrawler goes HAM, there’s a Dazzler cameo, friggin’ Magneto has an amazing dirt of your shoulder train crunching scene that is almost as good as Luke’s shoulder brush off moment in The Last Jedi, there’s a Dazzler cameo and we finally have a good X film not overly dependent on Wolverine. While the alien villains are underdeveloped, I thought the Prof X/Beast/Magneto dynamics and the backstory childhood Jean stuff was very well done, the action was amazing, the ending was a beautiful send off to these films and overall while obviously not the classic comic the TONE very much suited and fit great with this particular franchise and what it needed. Jean’s protective motivations near the finale and love and emotion as strength mantra was beautiful and well done, the trippy Phoenix effects at the climax were super cool on a huge screen and I actually would go see it again today if I had the cash.

And the big weekend news is…Despised Icon are going to kick some major ass on their upcoming tour with slammers Ingested plus the very heavy Kublai Khan, and no joke Shadow of Intent. As if that wasn’t enough fucking legends Suffocation and Devourment plus Angelmaker, I Am, and I Declare War will appear on select dates. That’s a lot of mosh for anyone.

Ingested drummer Lyn Jeffs commented, “We’re stoked to be touring with our buddies in Despised Icon. This is something we have talked about doing with each other for nearly 13 years and we can’t wait to smash it with the boys in Canada and the USA this Autumn. What an awesome line up too, we’ll be joined by Kublai Khan, Shadow of Intent and in selected cities with the boys in Suffocation, Devourment, Angelmaker, I Am & I Declare War.”

Dates below –

9/20 Saskatoon, SK @ Coors
9/21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
9/22 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
9/24 Seattle, Wa @ El Corazon
9/25 Portland, Or @ Bossanova Ballroom
9/27 Sacramento, Ca @ Holy Diver
9/28 Anaheim, Ca @ Chain Reaction
9/29 Las Vega, Nv @ BBB
9/30 Salt Lake City, Ut @ In the Venue
10/1 Denver, Co @ Oriental Theatre
10/2 Albuquerque, Nm @ Launchpad
10/3 Dallas, Tx @ Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill
10/4 Houston, Tx @ Warehouse Live
10/5 New Orleans, La @ Southport Hall
10/6 Atlanta, Ga @ Masquerade (Hell)
10/8 Philadelphia, Pa @ TLA
10/9 New York, Ny @ Grammercy Theater
10/10 Worcester, Ma @ The Palladium

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Hey rockers and rollers. I’m winding down near the end of an interesting day.

Started estradiol on a lower dose again working with my doctor and as a multi-gender person I am excited that I am figuring out what is right for me with the help of someone I trust. PLEASE support Planned Parenthood who offer more than just -ALSO VITAL- abortion services. It is 2019, not the god damn 1950’s. Anyway, I swear to God I have been back on it a few hours after a year and a half and feel like zero desire to drink or smoke a cigarette and very clear headed and motivated, which is fucking wonderful.

It is the anniversary of the release of St. Anger today – released June 5th, 2003- as I write this and so I have been rocking out to the Metallica/Jah Rule collab (I am just gonna pretend it was called “Jump In the Fyre”) and wondering how even Swizz Beatz didn’t tell Lars to fix his snare sound. That said, I honestly listen to that album low key on the regular and it is entertaining and has some bad ass riffs, so hey – it’s entertainment to me. I remember the day I bought it on cd I went and bought a Guiness at a now discontinued chain restaurant in the Hudson Valley Mall and at the time was stoked that they were playing so fast again. I also remember at the Coheed listening party I was at for In Keeping Secrets… Mic Todd was being hysterical and answering his phone “St Anger” everytime someone called him. He prob doesn’t remember that but it had me in stitches that night.

Anyway, Every band has eras where they are struggling and at least the dudes got through it. Plus, there’s a few certified bangers on there like “Frantic” – you know you love that intro- and the riffs (not the vocals) of “Invisible Kid”, for example. I am glad dudes have at least revisited “Frantic” live and let Kirky cut loose a little more.

In other news, Varg got his fash dork garden karate YouTube channel banned finally and all I can say is…Varg sucks. Anyone upset by that is a moron or probably a “Conservative Crybully”. Go buy So Much For The Tolerant Left today like I did to celebrate.

In other news, my gf Globelamp’s traumatic story of the horrible time she had around her time in Foxygen has finally been picked up by Pitchfork and hopefully will now not be ignored by other outlets that used to kiss that band’s ass for being on a big, enabling indie label. I should certainly hope my regular readers here don’t think we are part of some insane ongoing murder plot allegation and thank you to everyone who believed us about the DARVO and who have supported us during the months since I have been able to see my partner. It’s been a lonely and stressful ass year and I have tried hard to keep things rolling along anyway. Thank you very much Hether Fortune and one or two other friends who reached out to ask if I was doing self care regimen when I was having a hard time with all this recently. That meant a lot. I am feeling better and thankful for this scene and the good people.

We don’t have the money to keep flying her back and forth from New York where we live to California where court is and we want to get an RO granted on Sam from Foxygen. A temporary one was granted but he has hidden from it despite knowing about it through a twitter exchange and now this huge Pitchfork article. Globelamp on the other hand has complied with every court demand and appearance. Sam also has come onto our Instagrams and if he is allegedly scared of us why would he and his partner antagonize us? He came onto Globelamp’s IG and was probably loving that he could leave comments and because of DARVO she couldn’t respond, so disgusting.

It also is telling that this unbiased article caused their entire camp (including the predatory trolls who constantly try to gaslight and trigger my partner’s ptsd and who lie and say I am a sex slave in a dungeon and have made transphobic statements mocking me as a non binary person with no condemnation of the transphobia and lies from fake peace and love ambassadors Foxygen) to freak out online like babies caught with their hand in the cookie bag. Jagjaguwar should drop them immediately. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks to some of the metal/punk community and people like Timothy Heller and Meredith Graves who offered Lizzie some support. It really meant a lot to Lizzie/Globelamp.

Now back to some proper metal news!

Korn thought it was a good idea for Brian to jam on their most iconic song “Blind” with a massive GOP homophobe during Pride Month. I have been a fan since the debut and am beyond disgusted at this bullshit. Will not be linking to the atrocity and it is going to be awhile before I consider listening to them again or supporting unless they acknowledge that was some serious wack bullshit. Very bummed out and love their records. You can’t just pretend Mike Huckabee is some chummy dude. He is horrid. I did laugh online that someone wrote on twitter they should have played “Ass Itch”.

Amon Amarth news! The Viking warriors of riffs, beer and roars have a new song out about Captain America’s…er, Thor’s hammer. Check out the bad ass video below! Fight sequence/concept rules! “Working the bellows…!” AHHHH!!! METAL! Hope you all have a killer rest of the week and stand up for one another, metal friends!

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Album Review: Cave In – “Final Transmission’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:29 AM (PST)

CAVE IN‘s Final Transmission is hands down the best rock album I have heard in 2019, not just a masterful thrill-ride of all the band’s best tendencies forged into a precise and passionate whole, but an extremely emotional and satisfying if completely bittersweet farewell and celebration of Caleb Scofield. It would be a fitting final album for the band if that is what they choose to do, a potent addition to the incredible journey they have taken us on of musical and personal growth.

Caleb was killed in an auto accident in 2018 far too young and left behind a family, friends and legion of fans who he impacted in no uncertain terms. It would clearly be forgivable in the sorrow of such an event to elevate the last artwork of a beloved life out of a sense of protectiveness and love of their spirit, but Final Transmission truly is an incredible album top to bottom and deserves all the praise conceivable. It’s also heartbreaking in addition to the personal loss the world suffered to hear just how fucking amazing the band’s chemistry is, especially when capping the scope of what they have already done – a sizeable and intimidating, beautiful legacy.

I’ve been thrilled since my favorite record from the band Perfect Pitch Black to see them finding an incredible aptitude for not apologizing for any of their disparate elements, from the poppier alternative rock influences to the bristling immense heavy sounds they came up on to the psychic space rock of Jupiter that touched down in the middle of it all. Final Transmission has touchstones of all of those elements but also it is just exciting as can be to hear their drive to explore and let the Cave In-ness of it all just sort of fall into place naturally. “Winter Widow” is a fucking mind melting tune that is like a dream come true for me as a listener – the closest thing I can say to the experience being that it reminds me as if Cave In wrote a Superunknown second half track that would sit somewhere near “4th of July” and “Fresh Tendrils”. The composition, growling bass, divinely fearless guitar textures and some of Steve Brodsky’s best vocal work to date left me with goosebumps and a grateful feeling that someone still gives a fuck about rock in a very disheartening age for the genre.

Most of the lyrics and vocals for Final Transmission weren’t finished until after Caleb’s death. “The song ‘Shake My Blood’ was my first opportunity to express what I was feeling about the whole situation,” Steve explains. “It’s a mix of extreme grief, frustration and anger. I was trying to do something to gain the clearest answer about whatever the next move might be. We worked on the lyrics together, and all three of us sing on that song—Adam’s doing the high harmonies and JR is doing the low harmonies.”

I love the low tuned acoustic kind of clangy intro to the title track that opens the record, the kind of vibe I love to try and create on some of my own more mellow solo Walking Bombs tracks on my personal records – albeit these dudes all smoke me on guitar, haha. It almost sounds like a demo they cleaned up and I was very moved to learn that it was in fact a voice memo with a melodic vocal idea that Caleb left the band at an early stage of the recording process. It is a beautiful intro and VERY hard not to get choked up listening to it. So cool the band included it and it sets the stage perfectly for “All Illusions” grandeur. When those drums come in you know you are in for one of the biggest statements the band has ever made, perhaps even the biggest. This record will make any fan of the band get chills at some point at likely any listen.

“Led To The Wolves” is a fierce album closer and one full of Caleb riffs, just a brutal and bad ass song that hearkens back to some of the thunder of the earliest stuff (albeit with more melodic vocals). It really drives home with a stake through the heart the power of the band and you have to white knuckle yourself through the intensity of it knowing this voyage is reaching an end. Thankfully we will have the music forever and can fucking rage, contemplate or scream or croon along or play air guitar to any song in their history we wish. I really hope new and old fans alike – but especially old fans – take time out to spend with this album this year. It just doesn’t get better than this for 2019 but you will also feel like you are holding the hand of many hardcore scene memories. God bless to all these cats and holy fucking shit, wow. That’s all I got. Go listen. Humbling. One love/pma.

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I just learned about an interesting guitar record coming out that is called Symphinity, which came about as creators and twins Benny and Brian Goodman debated the world’s greatest guitarists. The project is billed as “one-part classical composition, one-part guitar virtuosity and one-part cinematic drama” and sounds pretty interesting. It also features some of the rock scene’s favorite stars, from a wide array of acts.

The project is comprised of Benny Goodman (keyboards, guitars), Brian Goodman (keyboards, programming), Kelly Kereliuk (guitar), Cory Paza (bass), Paul Lorenco (drums) and Sioban Cronin (strings). Featured artists on the first album in a planned series include Oli Herbert (All That Remains), Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses), Jason Costa, Ethan Brosh, Satchel (Steel Panther), Angel Vivaldi, Conrad Simon, and Matthew LaPierre.

The record also features some of the final recorded music of Oli Herbert, who was very excited to be involved. I don’t generally support All That Remains because of some of the singer’s politics and statements but this is a separate Oli thing. He was quoted before his death regarding Symphinity that ,“With All That Remains, I’m doing about 16 bar solos on every song, so I have a very, kind of, modest amount of time to say what I need to say. With this, [Benny]’s like ‘Hey man, I want you to play over like 64 bars,’ Oh, man. So I have to really think differently about my structure and approach. It’s been cool, you know? It’s kind of like more is more, and it lets me really get that side out of me…I’m pleased to be a part of it.”

“It was my honor and privilege to add a small part to this album with so many amazing musicians on it. It made me want to get better. And practice more. But I’m in Steel Panther and well… I have partying to do also.”
—Satchel, Steel Panther

“It’s been a privilege to work with some of the highest-caliber of musicianship on SYMPHINITY. It’s been an even greater pleasure to honor our dearly departed friend and musical wizard Oli Herbert.”
—Angel Vivaldi

Check out “Singularity”, featuring Bumblefoot and Ethan Brosh, below.

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Texas boys Blacktop Mojo are a very driven band who are nearing the release of their third grassroots buzz-swell album Under The Sun. These dudes have earned every ounce of their growing popularity with hard work and hard rock focus. A new video for a tune with the same name as the tour “Can’t Sleep” will go public on June 21st the same day the song is available for streaming and downloading and the new full length is expected in September.

Dates BELOW.

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May metal wrap-up ft. Carpathia, Diviner, Under Aegis and MORE!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2:12 PM (PST)

Hey metalheads! I’m going to throw some stuff together on this post that I didn’t want to leave uncovered as we begin to approach the end of the month (Is it the end of May already?!).

Let’s start with some news from Those Darn Gnomes! San Diego jazz metallers are preparing to release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow via Nefarious Industries on June 28.

This release will tickle the fancy of fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, and Ruins.

Check out a trailer for the album below:

You can also head over to the Those Darn Gnomes Bandcamp if you need to catch up on their sound before Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow drops.

Those Darn Gnomes are also going on a west coast tour! Check out the tour dates:

THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
5/31/2019 San Diego Content Partners – San Diego, CA * album release show
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CAw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, COw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

Check out the rest of the news from Sanctuary, Under Aegis, Diviner, Luna Sol, and Carpathia here.

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Light This City announce European tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:09 PM (PST)

Bay area melodic death metallers Light This City have announced their first ever European tour!

The band is continuing to tour in support of Terminal Bloom which was released last year through Creator-Destructor Records.

Following several tours throughout the US and Canada, as well as their first tour of Mexico, and a recent tour of Japan, Light This City now confirms their first trip across the Atlantic. The band’s “European Bloom Part 1” trek will begin September 12th and run through Germany, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, coming to an end on September 21st. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced in the months ahead as the band continues to book new ventures.

Drummer Ben Murray states: “We couldn’t be more excited to finally bring our thrash attack to Europe! This is just part 1 of our plan to tour Europe, as we’ll be announcing another run early next year. If you live in one of these cities, we hope you make it out to one of the shows! It’s been fifteen years since we began as a band, and we’ve wanted to get to Europe the whole time. See you in September!”

Check out the list of tour dates here.

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Friendship prepare to release ‘Undercurrent’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:56 PM (PST)

Japanese metallers Friendship are preparing to release their newest album Undercurrent on vinyl via Southern Lord on June 14.

Undercurrent was released on CD earlier this year via Daymare Recordings.

Check out some of Friendship’s tracks off of Undercurrent as well as the entirety of 2017’s HATRED over at their Bandcamp.

Undercurrent Track Listing:
1. Demise
2. Vertigo
3. Punishment
4. Lack
5. Abandon
6. Fiend
7. Plague
8. Garbage
9. Wrecker
10. Hatred

Pinkish Black premiere ‘Concept Unification’ title track

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:44 PM (PST)

Texas noise makers Pinkish Black have released the title track from their upcoming album Concept Unification over at Revolver.

Concept Unification is due out June 14 via Relapse Records.

Head on over to Revolver to check out “Concept Unification” now!

You can also check out “Until” and “Dial Tone” here.

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Yellow Eyes release new track “Light Delusion Curtain”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:35 PM (PST)

New York black metallers Yellow Eyes have released a new track “Light Delusion Curtain”.

The track comes off the band’s forthcoming album Rare Field Ceiling and is featured on Kerrang!’s “The Underground Sounds Of America.”

Rare Field Ceiling is due out June 28 via Gilead Media.

Yellow Eyes guitarist/vocalist S. Skarstad commented about the album, “It’s about trying to touch the ceiling. It’s about mania. You climb higher and higher and by the final moments you’re not sure if you touched it or fell into the sea.”

Check out “Light Delusion Curtain” over at Kerrang!

Saint Vitus stream eponymous new album in full

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:56 PM (PST)

Los Angeles doom metallers Saint Vitus‘s new eponymous album is available for streaming.

If you’re late to the band’s 9th full length album and follow up to 2012’s Lillie: F-65 be sure to check it out now!

If you, like me, are battling the oppressive heat of mid-spring, and the persistent threat of depression, this newest offering is worth a listen, as it tows you through its murky instrumentation and Scott Reagers’ vocals wash over you.

Stream this monstrosity in its entirety here.

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Falls Of Rauros reveal new track “Weapons of Refusal”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:41 PM (PST)

Portland, Maine metallers Falls Of Rauros are streaming their newest song “Weapons of Refusal” over at Revolver.

“Weapons of Refusal” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Patterns In Mythology due out July 19 via Gilead Media.

“‘Weapons of Refusal’ ultimately wound up being one of the more ‘optimistic’ songs on Patterns in Mythology, despite the overwhelming and borderline hopeless subject matter of the lyrics,” confesses guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Aaron Charles. “The title is a reference to Situationist thinker Raoul Vaneigem’s ‘The Revolution of Everyday Life’ which provided a wealth of inspiration around the period this album was written. The lyrics act as an entreaty to face down the violence and ugliness bombarding us daily and seek to build a better world, in whichever manner it must be done; it’s an encouraging and vengeful song about turning the weapons of the enemy back upon them.”

Check out Falls Of Rauros live show dates here.

And stream “Weapons of Refusal” via Revolver.

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Neckbeard Deathcamp, whose presence has been blowing up my social media feeds for a while now, have released their album So Much For The Tolerant Left today via Prosthetic Records.

According to the press release for the album, “Neckbeard Deathcamp will continue mercilessly berating NSBM and alt-right trolls alike throughout the United States.”

Check Neckbeard Deathcamp on tour with Theories, Dryad, and No Convictions now through the middle of June.

Check out the full list of tour dates as well as “Bricks Out For Harambe” here.

Ashbringer announce Absolution tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:04 PM (PST)

Ashbringer have announced an Absolution tour which is set to kick off in July.

The tour will be in support of the band’s newest album Absolution, due out on June 28, 2019 via Prosthetic Records.

Check out the first song released from the upcoming album “Dreamscape” as well as Ashbringer tour dates here.

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