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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Music News: Rival Town release “Bridges” punk video, Cattle Decap tour with Unidad Trauma set to begin
Punk band Rival Town have released a music video! Formed in 2016, Rival Town is a six piece post/pop-punk band from Ontario, Canada. Big emo melodies and crunchy guitars that inspire movement combine with tight song-writing fans of the genre will love.
Sez the band:
“Bridges” is our first single with our new singer, Mike Julian. Mike’s got some amazing pipes and so we wanted to take advantage and experiment with some heavier vocals and screaming while still continuing with the natural musical progression of our sound.
CATTLE DECAPITATION will kick off a five-date mini-tour with special guests/grindcore merchants Unidad Trauma next week. The journey will rampage its way through San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs. See all confirmed dates below.
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Unidad Trauma:
4/30/2019 DNA – San Francisco, CA
5/01/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ Cave Bastard, Temblad
5/02/2019 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Guttural Secrete, Excerebration
5/04/2019 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Suspended, Snot Goblin
5/05/2019 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
CATTLE DECAPITATION released their Medium Rarities full-length last fall via Metal Blade Records. Featuring six previously unreleased pre-Human Jerky demos (1999) with frontman Travis Ryan on guitar (while also handling vocal duties), plus the long-sought-after To Serve Man (2002) bonus track, “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing,” as well as the six songs from 2005’s split EP with Caninus and other rarities, the collection spans the band’s twenty-two-year long career and is a must-have for any CATTLE DECAPITATION devotee.
To preview and purchase Medium Rarities, visit: https://www.metalblade.com/cattledecapitation/Add to My Radar
I’m on three hours sleep today from taking the late train back Upstate after seeing Hether Fortune at Saint Vitus Bar, rounding out a series of East Coast performances that included a stop at Basilica Soundscape (alongside the likes of Insect Ark, Spellling and Lightning Bolt) before she headed back West. The fucked up-ness of the MTA notwithstanding, it was definitely worth attending one of Fortune’s solo performances hot on the heels of the Wax Idols hiatus. I am bummed I had to run for the train before Hilary Woods and the other act so I could get home in time to scrub bar toilets in the morning like a true starving artist. Some strong coffee and an AK-47 vape from a delivery guy from hippie country and I was able to get through most of the overcast day in a sleepy, if reflective gothy haze, so don’t feel too bad for me. I am also proud of myself for not drinking anything but a club soda and a Japanese matcha tea with tapioca balls all night. It was fun to text with my friend Grasshopper from Mercury Rev about how rad the show was last night while he was telling me about how good a time he is having in Madrid right now eating awesome food, haha. I got him and a super talented trans violinist friend to both agree to be on my next solo album last night, so it’s been all win in my neck of the woods today between that and the concert.
It is SO inspiring when a performer can have a lot shift in their life (such as a band hiatus) and bravely manage to not skip a beat and creatively still go deeper than some fear to tread even at their most confident circumstances. I have a ton of respect for that because I know when bands I was in that I spent a lot of emotional energy on went on hiatus over the years I have done everything from just lock myself away doing speedballs (granted thankfully 20 years ago) to being less destructive but unable to be seen in daylight hours without ugly snot crying. So big kudos to Hether for sticking it to the man and just continuing to rock without missing a step. You slay.
Fortune played a short set but it was full of powerful material from a solo album she has been working on for months. A new song “Sister” is as strong as any of the best material she has been a part of over the years with through the roof emotive vocals from a genuine place. There was also a to die for song about The Joker that, honestly, Warner Bros and DC need to just fucking call her now. It would make me almost forgive them for that fucking awful, awful “Purple Lamborghini” video with Skrillex and Rick Ross with Jared Leto’s anemic mall joker on a speedboat, if I recall. Just do the right thing and call Hether up about using this song. It takes the famous “one bad day” Alan Moore theme and adds serious real world emotional weight with Fortune’s trademark melodic vocals that manage to be both mournful and yet uplifting at once.
Anyway, it was awesome to finally see Hether live. Major shout out and never stop what you are doing. Truly one of the most inspiring performers out there who I listen to much more than most other artists. It meant a lot to finally see live someone who has created a lot of music that has moved me even in these jaded ass cynical times. There were some looping difficulties Fortune tweeted about today during a cover of The Verve’s biggest hit “Bittersweet Symphony”, but it really wasn’t the end of the world at all. One small part was a little off time but Fortune made it work by sort of elongating the vocal cadence and it just came off as just more fuckin’ punk and sort of trippy, though she was being a little self deprecating about it afterward. For real though, there was so much pathos, cool ambient guitar sounds that would have raised even Trent Reznor’s eyebrows and poetry packed into that set that I am sure no one there felt anything but stoked.
On November 23rd, Cattle Decapitation will release their new rarities collection, Medium Rarities (that’s fucking hysterical), via Metal Blade Records. Featuring 6 previously unreleased pre-Human Jerky (1999) demos with front-man Travis Ryan on guitar (while also handling vocal duties), plus the long-sought-after To Serve Man (2002) bonus track, “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing” – in addition to other rarities (including the 6 songs from 2005’s split EP with Caninus!) – this compilation spans the band’s 22-year long career and is a must-have for any Cattle Decapitation fan.
Travis Ryan comments: “‘Medium Rarities‘ is a project we started about 10 years ago, and we’re thrilled to see it finally happen! In 2008, I started compiling unreleased tracks, import bonus tracks and 7″ releases for a rarities release – and even had the art created by the legendary Wes Benscoter, when we discovered that a key track was missing that we wanted to include on it. Our album ‘To Serve Man‘ had a bonus track ready in case there was a Japanese version released, but that never happened – and the band members’ copies of the track got lost, seemingly forever! We felt a rarities compilation released without that bonus track would be a weird idea, and so the project got shelved until recently. Heather Parsons of Metal Blade finally was able to unearth the track from an old disc that was tucked away in the Metal Blade vault! The lyrics to the song were unearthed along with it, and so we quickly got to work with compiling and mastering the rest. This is a nice, concise compilation of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks, complete with lyrics and cheeky vinyl color variant schemes, based on how people like their meat prepared. The European vinyl variants also resemble diseased meats…But my favorite part is the cassette, which was created to look like the vintage cassette releases we grew up on – complete with the old school Metal Blade axe logo! A lot of thought and work went into this release, and we are pleased to finally be able to present to you…’Medium Rarities‘!”
For a preview of Medium Rarities, “An Exposition of Insides” (a Japanese bonus track from 2012’s Monolith of Inhumanity) can be streamed now at: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation – where the collection can also be pre-ordered.
Lastly for today, I wanna make sure you all know about great news from Philly post-metal pilots of the subconscious Rosetta!
Both The Anaesthete and Quintessential Ephemera will be reissued on 2xLP on various color variants via Pelagic Records October 5th. For North American preorders, go to THIS LOCATION. In Europe go HERE and in Australia go HERE.
If you haven’t heard this band I want to actually take the rare moment to make myself shut the fuck up and instead of trying to cram a word salad on rye into your ears I am gonna insist you go look them up on Bandcamp and just let them paint worlds for you.
11/01/2018 Backstage – Paris, FR
11/02/2018 The Dome – London, UK
11/03/2018 Damnation Festival – Leeds, UK
11/04/2018 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NL
11/05/2018 Sputnikhalle – Münster, DE
11/06/2018 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
11/07/2018 Le Port France – Sion, CH
11/08/2018 Santeria Social Club – Milan, IT
11/09/2018 Strom – München, DE
11/11/2018 Randa – Bratislava, SK
11/12/2018 Form Space – Cluj-Napoca, RO
11/14/2018 Control Club – Bucharest, RO
11/15/2018 Reflektor – Timisoara, RO
11/16/2018 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
11/17/2018 Mochvara – Zagreb, CR
11/18/2018 Zet Pe Te – Krakow, PL
11/19/2018 Proxima – Warsaw, PL
This past summer, Cattle Decapitation embarked on a European trek, during which the band filmed a tour documentary, directed by Paul McGuire / Obscenery Films (https://obsceneryfilms.com/). To watch the behind-the-scenes and live footage from Cattle Decapitation on the road, please visit:http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation, where the video is now streaming live. Fans can also watch on YouTube HERE.
Guitarist Josh Elmore comments: “For several years now, fans have been asking the band to release a video chronicle with live performance footage and enhanced or ‘behind the scenes’ documentation. During a recent European run, our friend Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films traveled with the band and captured glimpses of what day-to-day life on the road is like for Cattle Decapitation and spoke with the members as they reflected on years of touring and what their future holds. The result is an entertaining, humorous and informative documentary that shows the band as a live entity and also what goes on during their down time on tour; play-throughs, interviews, concert chaos, Euro-tourism and more. We hope you enjoy it!”Add to My Radar
Road warring San Diego deathgrind unit, CATTLE DECAPITATION, will kick off their tour supporting Cannibal Corpse later this week. Set to commence on October 8th in Jacksonville, the journey will run through nearly a month’s worth of cities, coming to a close on November 7th in Orlando. Additional support will be provided by Soreption. Check out the tour trailer HERE.
Dates and more info BELOW.
Josh Elmore of Cattle Decapitation should be proud. His band have arguably made yet another record that could be called THE album of their career, they are killing it on The Summer Slaughter tour and the band are more relevant than ever as our world chokes and burns in anguish. I knew years ago when these guys came out that this band was special and while Elmore has been in the band since the early 00’s, his contributions are tremendous. I spoke via phone with Elmore about new album The Anthropocene Extinction, current placeholder for Death Metal masterpiece of the summer and perhaps even year (we’ll see when winter rolls around).
Read the full chat BELOW.Add to My Radar
San Diego deathgrinders, CATTLE DECAPITATION, will make their Decibel Flexi Series debut in the August 2015 issue with previously unreleased track, “Cannibalistic Invasivorism.” The ravaging new hymn – which will not appear on the band’s forthcoming new full-length, The Anthropocene Extinction – is currently available for public ingestion courtesy of MetalSucks.
Expounds frontman Travis Ryan of the tune, “One thing we learned from our last couple albums was that an album’s flow can make or break an album and it’s an often overlooked part of the album-making process. We ended up with a couple songs that got squeezed out of the album’s flow that were naturally then deemed ‘bonus tracks,’ and the track ‘Cannibalistic Invasivorism’ was one of them. It’s a song about doing away with pestiferous, invasive species of life through eating them, similar to the invasivorism movement by culinary artistes who use things like snails, squirrels, etc., or any animal/insect that need their numbers thinned down in any given area or ecosystem to have a positive impact on the region. Of course, in the ‘turning the tables’ nature of CATTLE DECAPITATION, in this song we find the target being the single most invasive species on planet earth: the human being. Enjoy!”
A limited number of issues which include the flexi are currently available for purchase HERE but hurry!Add to My Radar
If you don’t know that our planet is one of gazillions in a multi-dimensional, interconnected energy continuum that is easy to reconcile with almost any faith system AND science (as long as you aren’t a bigot, homophobe or in willful denial because you REALLY like Monsanto foods and Wal-Mart USA), I feel bad for you. I will send good vibes your way when I meditate between repeat plays of Earth’s Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 & 2.
Sharks are dying, glaciers are frying and if the bees go we’ll all start crying. Let’s get real here and stop having our music mainly be about distraction. Of war and peace, war might seem more metal but peace is more tenable and requires a stronger spirit to manifest in the world. I grew up in Woodstock, NY so the bands from my scene and myself knew we had like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Band to live up to…so half assed art was not really an option. It kills me to see how dispassionate, ADD and apathetic some people are today, and in society as a whole. Go drink some wheat grass and read a book! And of course, listen to metal.
Just don’t let the bastards grind you down. #propeace #worldmetalunity #preservehumanity #healtheworld #keepmoshingthough #testament #gospelofthewitches #cattledecapitation #stratovarius #earthcrisis
Below are 5 songs for today’s Metal Riot EARTH DAY playlist 2015. Check ’em HERE.Add to My Radar
Cattle Decapitation will be performing a brand new song off their upcoming 2015 Metal Blade release at the mid day show of the Housecore Horror Film Festival. The show will be at Midway’s on Friday, 10/24 with Unearth, Brian Posehn, Origin, fellow San Diegan and friend Author & Punisher, and Evil United! The band is looking forward to debuting new material for the festival crowd. Later that same evening, Cattle Decapitation‘s vocalist Travis Ryan will be performing vocals with Wizards of Gore (the legendary gore thrash act Rigor Mortis under a different name) for his all time favorite Rigor Mortis track “Foaming at the Mouth”, which will mark this the band’s first time playing the song in over 25 years!
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Cattle Decapitation‘s “Decade of Decapitation” vinyl series continues with one of the band’s most infamous releases: “Humanure.” Fans will surely enjoy the “bloody stool” vinyl color, which features red splattered on brown. This is the second piece of vinyl in the series which celebrates 10 years of releases on Metal Blade Records. Purchase the previously released “To Serve Man” and pre-order “Humanure” now at indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords.
The band’s entire Metal Blade discography: “To Serve Man” (2002), “Humanure” (2004), “Karma.Bloody.Karma” (2006), “The Harvest Floor” (2009), and “Monolith of Inhumanity” (2012) are all being prepared in lavish gatefolds for release. The colors, handpicked by the band, reflect the concept or color scheme behind each album. Fans will also have the opportunity to pick up a collectable box that comes with brand new art from longtime Cattle Decapitation cover artist, Wes Benscoter. Additionally, “To Serve Man”, the band’s debut full-length, and their sophomore effort “Humanure” have been remastered specially for this release. Each vinyl will be released separately in the coming months and all vinyl will be available for the first time ever in Europe.
“To Serve Man” – (Longpig Slaughter colored vinyl – red splattered on pink)
“Humanure” – (Bloody Stool colored vinyl – red splattered on brown)
“Karma.Bloody.Karma” – (Blood On Blood colored vinyl – red splattered on blood red)
“The Harvest Floor” – (Bloody Steel colored vinyl – red splattered on silver)
“Monolith of Inhumanity” (Golden Landfill colored vinyl – confetti multi color splattered on gold)
Cattle Decapitation recently announced a whole string of European summer dates including festivals as well as club shows with death metal legends Possessed!
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Cattle Decapitation has begun the writing process for the follow up to 2012’s Monolith of Inhumanity, which has been lauded as the band’s finest and most complex release to date.
“Since we got home from THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR the guys have been hard at work on new material! I actually go in next week to grab a quick run through of the first new track they have completed so I can start writing lyrics to it. I have heard the track and I hate to say anything just yet because we will be spending the next full year from now working on the next album, but I will say the stuff they’re working on is intense. I can’t wait to start writing lyrics to it and so far is in league with one of our current musical aspirations… to make fans of our last record shit themselves! We’ll be taking a small break to play a few shows in our region with EYEHATEGOD on their January tour!” – Travis Ryan (Vox/Gurgles)
Cattle Decapitation’s next album is tentatively due out early 2015. Stay tuned to both the band and label’s sites for more updates on the new record and future tour dates. Tread with glee through the land of the severed meatus, friends!Add to My Radar
San Diego deathgrinders Cattle Decapitation have released the music video for their song “Your Disposal” from their most recent album Monolith of Inhumanity.
Vocalist Travis Ryan had this to say about the video:
“Director Mitch Massie has presented us all with a bizarre retelling of the story of Adam and Eve using themes from our latest albumMonolith of Inhumanity. Here we see Eve giving birth to humanity, a living, breathing piece of primordial meat birthed into the dirt making its way through the Garden Of Eden, hell-bent on destruction… A clean and conscious monolith foretelling what could be possible given the fact that humans exhibit superior traits of intelligence, instead the earth is flooded with technological fallout and debris by the hands of man. This video is very much a prequel to our other videos ‘Forced Gender Reassignment’ and of course, ‘Kindgom of Tyrants.’”
Check out the “Your Disposal” video and Cattle Decapitation tour dates here.Add to My Radar
San Diego deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation’s drummer David McGraw underwent surgery for an abscess in his armpit on Monday, April 15th in Berlin, Germany. In spite of the surgery McGraw was able to play a show that evening as part of the European tour with Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth.
You can read a quote from McGraw here: “Berlin! You rule! I had the gnarliest abscess under my arm pit, and you took care of me for only 50 [euros]. I had a full-on surgery, general anesthesia, private recovery room, everything, and I’m not even from here, just another foreigner on tour coming through town. I was treated like if I was at a private clinic. I had enough time to let the drugs wear off and made it to perform at the show tonight. I didn’t get to see any of the sights, but instead I experienced something way more meaningful to me… seriously, thank you!”Add to My Radar
Travis Ryan, vocalist for Cattle Decapitation, had this to say:
“It’s great to hit the road with our friends Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth again… and this time, in Europe! We’ll be hitting some spots harder than usual and some spots we’ve never been and we’re always into that. This might be the only time this year you guys see us so be sure to come out and rage with us!”
Check out the tour dates here.Add to My Radar