If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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Sorry about the title of this article, Y’all. I wanted something spooky and am obsessed with King Diamond’s Abigail (think the black horsemen) and Sleepy Hollow was just on as well. Plus, who remembers the Nightmare horse from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon? Anyone? Exhibit A:
Anyway, super rainy and dismal day here in Upstate, NY and I am fairly exhausted from my day jobs. If you re ordered the band names in the article title I could be a miserable pelican in the mist of today’s rainy doldrums. Been a crazy week already gearing up for the O+ festival hitting my city of Kingston this week but I am actually in pretty ok spirits. Need to put on some more coffee and get to blogging. I got some weird European Maple coffee from Aldi’s cuz they are way cheaper but still pretty good quality stuff than most more mainstream shitty American grocery stores.
First off, thanks to all the readers and metalheads who tweeted support to Twitter after my personal account was suspended! It is such BS and as of now I still don’t have it back. Pretty absurd since the last thing I tweeted was me kissing my mom on the head who has dementia and not anything remotely hateful.
My personal Twitter @morganyevans was suspended either from my band name Walking Bombs alarming their violence rule (even though it is about depression not terrorism) or me tweeting at Best Coast that my girlfriend Elizabeth (aka Globelamp) “alleges” she was punched in the face by the singer of Foxygen and that I wished Best Coast and her just could talk and ease tensions between them because my gf Globelamp is mad she was blocked by Bethany when she feels she tried to ask her for help getting awareness of what happened to her.
So when Globelamp hears Best Coast tweeting to believe survivors during the Kavanaugh trial or other people who she tried to reach out to about her story in the industry who ignored her about being hit she triggers hard. It makes me very sad and I wish they could squash it somehow. That’s not meant as a personal attack on the sincerity of anyone on my end. I think it would be healing and helpful for them both if they could ease tensions between them.
Globelamp also thought Best Coast also seemingly likes Kim Kardashian, who my gf super despises for lying about and trying to bring down her idol Taylor Swift (who Best Coast doesn’t seem to like anymore) as well as enabling Kanye horribly and selling pro anorexic weight loss lollipops to girls. I guess Best Coast spoke out about the pro anorexia stuff? That’s good. I am not against plastic surgery or body modification but there is a manipulative and cold capitalistic ego driven horror show to the Kimye and general Kardashian family trainwreck that needs to be stopped. And don’t get me started on the Jenner’s exploiting black lives matter in that Pepsi commercial. Globelamp also thinks that Taylor didn’t talk about the Nazi stuff because she is obviously pro LGBTQ and diversity and didn’t want to platform Nazis all over the tabloids and thinks Best Coast tried to bring her down, which made her mad at Bethany awhile ago.
Anyway, there’s a difference between, say, having body dysmorphia and mass marketing patriarchal beauty standards. Nothing against femmes but Kim to me seems different and motivated by very cold brand of capitalism. More interested in any clicks like Kanye than if they are harming society or not and distracting from real work that needs to be done. Here I am talking about them but it is because they have become a huge problem. The fact is Kim participated in a lot of gaslighting on a national level then still plays dumb when she wants democratic accolades for optics. And you can’t blame a woman for her shitty partner’s antics but she and Kanye are working together on most of it like the Taylor snapchat splice job frame. Swift never agreed to let a man call her bitch or claim agency for her career and had already outsold Ye many times over before he jumped on stage with her at fan voted VMAS when she was 19 and he was 30 something. That matters and is super sexist. Kimye are basically chaos agents. Swift is a huge altruist.
It seemed suspicious to me Kim did the photo op with Trump for clemency for one person (instead of pushing him to stop prison for profit and Maga policies that super hurt minorities- Watch 13th) right when Ye needed good press by association when his worst album yet Ye dropped and everyone was saying he abandoned mom’s charity and exploited Whitney Houston’s addiction with Pusha. Hard to say you care about addicts when you have elsewhere said you were inspired by Pablo’s ability to move product, fam.
So yeah, Twitter then told me the other day I was suspended for being primarily used to promote hate even though almost all I tweet is support for non binary people like myself, dementia awareness for my mom, Metal news, anti-MAGA stuff for women’s and minority rights. So I don’t know if reclaiming the phrase “walking bomb” from people who called me that as an insult or using the word “punch” or tweeting to the GOP to not take away abortion rights or complaining about Kanye and Kim on Twitter did it but something made Twitter think I am as bad as Alex Jones.
This is what happens when gaslighting is the new national past-time and we pretend false equivalencies are real and morons need to be coddled. That is not punk rock. Eff that. Kanye wants to pretend he is saying to “love” everyone but really like Trump he is just putting the foot on the gas(lighting). It is like the ‘debate me’ incels and MRAs and libertarian or Gamergate types and trolls or Nazi black metal apologists who are perpetuating the sewer water culture that Milo or Jordan Peterson or Kanye and friends are so eager to splash in like it is the fountain of youth. “Nothing matters, weee! Who cares who is harmed!”
When we fall in the pit we pick one another up (ideally). We can’t always pick up those fallen to hate in metal/punk or music, sadly. Sometimes it’s too much unhealthy emotional labor and bad faith actors or people are so brainwashed and think they aren’t doing harm when they really, really are. We CAN hold fast to principles so MAYBE people can see the light. PMA/hold fast.\m/
So enter a half waking collision of my strung together Social Justice and Swiftie thoughts such as ,“It’s absurd Kanye equates being critiqued for wearing a Maga hat on SNL and ranting gibberish with being bullied. The kkk support Maga. Asking people to be considerate and not boost a hate message is not bullying” and “I can’t wait to see Taylor Swift to sing ‘I Did Something Bad’ on the AMAs and sing ‘if a man talks shit then I owe him nothing’ and for the ratings to soar and make the VMA flop look like morons.”
But I digress…Onward to some music news more befitting of this site’s gloomy genres.
October 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
December 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Union *
December 13 San Diego, CA @ Che Café ** w/ THOU
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.
You can listen to it here.
Forever Becoming is the bands fifth studio album and is a follow up to the 2009 album What We All Come to Need which was also released via Southern Lord.Add to My Radar
Chicago post-metal band Pelican have announced that they will be entering the studio in June of this year. The as of yet untitled album will be a follow up to 2009 What We All Come To Need and their fifth studio album.
The band stated the following:
“We’ve booked studio time to record our fifth full length this June, you can expect it to drop this Fall. Thanks for your patience, friends.”
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The metal world has a gigantic hole that Isis created with their departure, and the new track “Lathe Biosas” is the best candidate to take over, although the focus on tasty riffs is higher than average.
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