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March 2018 Roundup: 4 fave albums of month (mye)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM (PST)

As April came in like a ram and goes out like a bull, here are my picks for the four most rad albums that I enjoyed this month as we charge into the Spring.

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Khemmis share “Isolation” video, announce new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM (PST)

Denver metal/doom quartet KHEMMIS has issued the details and lead single for their anxiously-anticipated third album, Desolation. Confirmed for late June release, Desolation will see release in North America once again through 20 Buck Spin, as with their prior two LPs, and is the first album from the band to see release for the rest of the planet through Nuclear Blast.

The cover artwork for Desolation by Sam Turner (Black Breath, 3 Inches Of Blood, In The Company Of Serpents), the track listing, and more on the album has been issued alongside its first single, “Isolation,” delivered through an epic video directed by Italo Ganni.

See KHEMMIS’s “Isolation” video now at THIS LOCATION.

20 Buck Spin’s 100th release, Desolation will see release on CD, digital, and LP – with a foil-stamped jacket and 8″ inch lyric booklet – on June 22nd. Find North American preorders through 20 Buck Spin’s webshop HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and iTunes HERE. Internationally find the album through Nuclear Blast.
Desolation is an album that fans of Paradise Lost, Candlemass, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Spirit Adrift, Pallbearer, Yob, Warning, Atlantean Kodex, High On Fire, Metallica, and Corrosion Of Conformity should not miss.
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Andrew W.K. releases “Music Is Worth Living For” music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:17 PM (PST)

Andrew W.K.‘s “Music Is Worth Living For” has been my anthem of the year so far. It just has everything going for it and makes me stoked to try and stay motivated every time I hear it. That might not seem like much to some of y’all, but when you are manic depressive it is good to have music that you know can lift you out of a funk and into a state of raging awesomeness . I am in pretty good shape right now between this song finally getting the energetic official video treatment, a new SLEEP album for 4/20, the Tracy Chapman cd my gf bought and a brand new Yob song .

Anyhow, enjoy the splendid lightning infused music and worship/tribute below.

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ALTERBEAST announce tour dates w/ Rivers of Nihil and Inferi

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM (PST)

Sacramento, Ca based tech death shredders ALTERBEAST will continue to support their critically acclaimed newest album Feast this June and July on the “Where Owls Know My Name Canadian Tour” alongside headliners Rivers of Nihil and Inferi. The tour, which runs from June 28 – July 19, will kick off in Portland, Me and hit a large portion of Canada as well as a portion of the American Midwest. See all dates below.

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ASG are freakin’ great. They remain kind of slept on but respected. I saw them live once and regret being super shitfaced and barely remembering the show… but it isn’t like that is the only band I ever did that during so don’t feel like it was on purpose, dudes. Anyway, the stoner rock temple riff pilots now re-emerge with their sixth-full length and first new album in five years, Survive Sunrise, due out June 15 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Hear the opening, title-track “Survive Sunrise” on Loudwire HEREand all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

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This June 15th, theatrical hard rock hero Lizzy Borden will issue his first album in 11 god damn years, My Midnight Things, via Metal Blade Records. It will take very little time spent listening to the writhing hard rock melodic heavy glory of “My Midnight Things” to rest assured the band still mean business. This release will be super fun, I am betting. And we can sure use the attitude! Man, a lot of bands sure are dreary and lack any sense of adventure at the moment as far as persona  and rock n roll vibe goes.

“Although we have stayed busy touring all over the world, I missed being a recording artist. I look at the new album as a new beginning, I pushed the restart button on my career,” Borden comments.

The album can be pre-ordered via this link: metalblade.com/lizzyborden

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Carach Angren announce European Festival dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 3:30 PM (PST)

CARACH ANGREN , masters of fright metal, have announced a string of festival dates across Europe. The tour begins on May 4 and sees the consistently impressive and rising band hitting Graspop Metal Meeting, Tons of Rock, Sin Fest, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

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Bleeding Through return with “Set Me Free”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:53 PM (PST)

After five years away we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGH is still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music. The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn’t changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, Love Will Kill All. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. ‘Set Me Free’ is a song that speaks of new beginnings.” – Brandan Schieppati 

Bleeding Through always had a little too much of the sort of emo revenge/girl done me wrong vibe for some more traditional death metal heads, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they weren’t a killer metalcore band. One of the best, in fact. I saw them twice to date and each time, once at the Troubadour and once at Warped years ago, they completely conquered the stage in a blur of energy, passion and technical skill. They are arguably one of the most intense bands to come from Orange County of the last twenty years . People who thought they peaked early probably didn’t give enough love to Declaration or the few after that.

I am listening to John Denver right now and doing bong rips but while I am currently in a more mellow mode, I still suggest you check out the band’s latest scorcher and welcome them properly back to the thick of the metal fight. I can’t wait to hear the whole new record and want to run through a brick wall from the adrenaline spike. I hope they put out “No One From Nowhere” as a single as well, a punishing scream fest soundtrack as battering ram tune I caught already besides “Set Me Free”. Anyway, enjoy!

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On May 18th, King Diamond will release LP re-issues of the classic albums Abigail, Fatal Portrait, and Them via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be purchased now at: http://www.metalblade.com/kingdiamond 

“You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.” – King Diamond

See below for the albums’ track-listings, and stay tuned for more King Diamond re-issues coming soon!

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Tipton joins Priest on stage in Kent, WA

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:37 PM (PST)

Judas Priest‘s legendary Glenn Tipton may have recently announced he is not a touring guitarist for the Firepower era due to Parkinson’s complications, but he joined the band on stage Sunday night (April 15) at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington for the encore.

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CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) are hitting the road this summer, as they announce a co-headlining tour with the post-hardcore outfit SLAVES. Support on this tour will be coming from Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am. Drummer Jess Margera offers a statement:

“ATTENTION! You want it? You’ve got it! You wild heathens kept asking for it and we heard you loud and clear: We are proud to announce a full co-headlining North American tour with our friends in Slaves.”

He adds, “We’re bringing Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am along for the ride. It’s going to be a night of some thick ass rock n roll that you can brag about to all your fake ass ‘friends’ who stayed home watching  Netflix. This is gonna be the tour of all tours and this tour is all yours. Get a ticket NOW”

Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages will be available Friday at 10AM local time. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more.

Last October, CKY released a music video for the single “Head For A Breakdown”. Directed by The Costa Sisters, this was the third music video from the band’s latest LP The Phoenix. The video was shot in and around London, the UK during the band’s near sell-out run earlier last year.

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Misery Index to kick off tour jaunt with Morbid Angel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM (PST)

MISERY INDEX are set to kick off an abridged U.S. tour as main support to the legendary MORBID ANGEL. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below:

MISERY INDEX are touring in support of their latest album, The Killing Gods. The band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). ‘The Killing Gods’ is streaming here.

MISERY INDEX tour dates
All dates with MORBID ANGEL
Apr. 16 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Apr. 17 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Apr. 18 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Apr. 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
Apr. 20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
Apr. 21 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall
Apr. 22 Albany, NY @ Chrome (MISERY INDEX ONLY)
Apr. 23 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Apr. 24 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Apr. 25 Grand Rapids, MI @ The intersection

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It is so awesome to see Spirit Adrift growing from Nate Garrett sort of being nervous to embrace showing people his most personal songs to a full fledged act that has taken the metal world by storm. Super inspiring to see a band who really deserves it make waves and knock out two killer melodic doom/heavy metal records in relatively quick order.

The Curse Of Conception took the initial grandeur to more 80’s metallic influenced highs and lows, the band’s confidence seemingly rising with no loss of quality. “Spectral Savior” is my total jam and I suggest you all go blast it after reading about this new headlining tour the band are embarking on! So yeah, I love this band. Nate was even chill enough to add some lead guitar to a song on a recent solo record of mine. Super nice dude.

The newly-confirmed headlining tour will begin July 25th in Saint Louis and will see SPIRIT ADRIFT heading across the country to play at this year’s Migration Festival in Pittsburgh, alongside Zombi, Mournful Congregation, Pelican, Bongripper, Krallice, Deadbird, Khemmis, The Ominous Circle, and many others. From there, SPIRIT ADRIFT heads into the Northeastern US and Canada, then heads westward to perform at Psych Las Vegas with Danzig, The Hellacopters, Witchcraft, Godflesh, Sunn O))), Enslaved, High On Fire, Eyehategod, and countless more, before playing the final show of the tour in San Diego on August 21st.

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There are a lot of bands to be excited about in metal right now, but few have the kinetic electricity and obvious spark that Milwaukee’s metallic hardcore act KNAAVES are bringing to the scene. The group have a concise and fiery approach and a clear drive, the kind of intensity that will likely appeal to fans of Converge, Baptists, Immortal Bird or even Disfear. Their new 2 song release January is a must hear that is poised to make a lot of people take notice.

Amanda Daniels (bass) is one of my most valued friends in the metal scene. I was a big fan of her old band Enabler and believed her and got to know her better around the time that the abuse she suffered in that group became known. She is awesome and it is so great to have her presence and energy back in a group who have a ton of potential and positive energy/momentum. She is really deserving of your support and I am assuming so are the rest of the band – which features Andy Parmann (Vox), Jamie Kerwin (Guitar) and Antonio Ninham (drums).  Their music is a powerful release and we can’t wait to hear more stuff from them.

It was great to get a chance to catch up with Amanda and hear about the new project. She spoke about the recent 2 song, show and video plans, #metoo and more with myself and singer Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp).

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Album Review: Sierra – “The Mirror”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:29 PM (PST)

In a time when there is a lot of sad news to report from the tragic death of underground rock bassist hero Caleb from Cave In in an auto wreck to the break up of Seven Sisters of Sleep over horrifying things (best of luck to the other guys who must be in awful shock), I am glad I can put out some positive words today that hopefully will cheer some of you up a tiny bit. The new Sierra record is really, really good. I know it is just music and not serious like the other things I mentioned above, but good art underscores the beauty and cool parts of life and music is literally the soundtrack to our lives. With that in mind, it is awesome that in 2018 when temptation could lead the creative type to make any kind of sounds they want to, that some dudes from Ontario still care enough about rock n roll to make a near perfect hard rock album. When anyone says ,”No new rock is as good as the great old stuff” I will go so far as to say you could play them The Mirror and they will at least look a little sheepish and admit it was pretty god damned awesome even if not made in the late 1970s.

I am a huge Kylesa fan so checked out and enjoyed most of the bands Phillip Cope has given his thumbs up to over the years. Phil and Laura always have recommended awesome crust, psych and retro rockin stonery stuff to others in the scene and Sierra was one of the coolest newer bands I learned about because of them. On The Mirror (which Cope produced), the band have made their strongest statement to date. If a feel good but emotionally nuanced blend of alternative hard rock, 70s influences and even a little prog and thrash somehow melted into one seamless cohesive sound works for you, you need to check this out.

From start of the mellow acoustic and synth intro song (which doesn’t sound like it but for some reason reminded me of Mr. Crowley, if only because I know Sierra love the Ozzman and have done a rippin’ “War Pigs” cover with effin’ Wino, no less) you will want to hear where this goes. The track name “Falling” suits the cover art -which would be a great companion piece to The Jesus Lizard’s DOWN album if the Sierra guy falling ever wants a falling pet dog for company. The song itself sounds huge, big and dominant with melodic undertones like the large sound of the recent Bask Ramble Beyond stuff- for example. The guitar playing and songwriting are mature and fun and while the vocals aren’t show boaty they always fit the tunes.

My favorite lyric is probably on the anthemic “Rainbow’s End”, which exclaims relatably that ,”If you don’t fit into this world, it’s because you’re supposed to change it.” What a positive update to Saint Vitus’ “Born Too Late” message of not fitting in, haha. Just kidding. But for real, it is motivating and the song makes you feel optimistic and want to do good for the people you value or a little old lady, while rocking out hard. “The Last Time” is kinda thrashy and the solos on the record rip. The instruments sound massive and clear but not overdoing it. “The Mirror” even has slow drums that come in with the dominance of Killswitch Engage’s “The End Of Heartache” but in a different metal sub genre. All in all this is just a truly solid and enjoyable time and you will likely play it again all the way through often.

I am really into it. What else can I say? Can’t find a single damn thing wrong with it so I am giving it 5 stars.