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Cell phones at concerts are annoying, but banning them is dangerous now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Everyone hates when they are at a show and it is a sea of cell phones held aloft. It can block the view, it really takes you out of the moment and just feels kind of desperate. Some great bands such as A Perfect Circle and Danzig have been strict or outright hostile enforcing a no cell phone policy, and I understand that. In the case of an Earth show I was at once, Dylan Carlson is at risk from flash photography, if I recall. That is a reasonable excuse to want control over what goes down.

Bands like to say ,”Be here with us” or “share the moment”. I get that. Be present. It’s a once in a lifetime show. YouTube and IG clips can promote but also detract from attendance as people get lazy and watch from home or the secrets of a live performance are laid bare (not always fair for people who shelled out cash to actually show up).

I used to be really dismayed by phones up the whole time instead of lighters, but post Bataclan, Ariana Grande’s show bombing in the UK and Las Vegas, I feel very differently. I think it is outright irresponsible to ban phones unless you have a good medical reason. Otherwise your vanity could result in less eyes being available to document all manner of things. It is also why I think body cams and people filming cops is a good idea, on a related note.

Honestly with concert shootings , as much as it sucks at times, bands need to stop entirely with the no phones bullshit. A million phones up instead of lighters is shitty but I’d rather that than miss footage that could ID a criminal or show abuse by security, etc. Even in low light you could catch a stabbing or gun person who might fade into crowd. Call me paranoid but shit is crazy.

I know this is a sort of straight to the chase think piece but I thought I would put it out there as food for thought and discussion today. Hope you all enjoy whatever concerts you are attending safely (except for in the pit, of course).

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Black Fast enter Mana Studios

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:42 PM (PST)

 St. Louis metal outfit BLACK FAST will enter Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL this week with veteran producer Erik Rutan to begin work on an all-new LP for Entertainment One (eOne). Known for his work with HATE ETERNALSIX FEET UNDERGOATWHORE and CANNIBAL CORPSE, Rutan was an easy choice for the band to produce their widely successful eOne debut Terms of Surrender. Citing the positive rapport between him and the band, Erik is very excited about working with Black Fast once again.

“We are super excited to produce the new Black Fast album,” Rutan says. “We had such a great experience working together on the recording of ‘Terms of Surrender’ and I know that we will step it up a notch in this next production. There is a certain chemistry that happens when as a producer you get to work with bands on multiple records and when everyone is on the same page like we are, fantastic things happen. Black Fast is such a unique band of incredible musicians and great people. I cannot wait to get to work with the guys again, capture their raging sound and stellar performances in the best way I know how! May the metal commence!”

Terms of Surrender, the band’s ferocious and thrashing eOne debut, is also now available on vinyl for the first time on the band’s official online store.

BLACK FAST is proud to share that they have recently joined the D’Addario and Co.family. Aaron Akin says, “We won’t play anything else since we found the NYXL brand. They are the loudest, clearest, strongest and most balanced strings out there. They are the only strings we use on the road or in the studio. D’Addario rips!” Black Fast shreds with D’Addario NYXL-1046 and Evans Drumheads. You can find their artist page here.

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Album Review: Conquer At Will – ‘Lou’s Revenge’

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 9:36 PM (PST)

CONQUER AT WILL may just be the greatest 80’s metal band to come out in 2017. A bit of a bold statement to make in the beginning of a review on a virtually unknown band, but fuck you because you haven’t witnessed their power yet (I still love you readers though, some of you for a longer time than others).

I witnessed these guys for the first time back in October 2017 when they opened for the mighty DOKKEN and I was immediately hooked. They had the look, the sound, and the riffs to catch my attention, and they made one hell of an impression. I knew right there that these guys were something special. I mean, DOKKEN was always a huge deal to me, and considering I not only saw them live for my first time in my favorite local venue (The Chance in Poughkeepsie), but I had also gotten a chance to meet them that night, and even with all of that going on, the opening act still stood out to me more than the thumb of a hot hitchhiker chick that could be the opening of a horror movie, or a porno.

Fast forward a few weeks later. It’s Halloween day, and CONQUER AT WILL has just released their first album Lou’s Revenge. After making Nick Sinclari [singer / guitarist] drive a copy of the album over to me and probably making him late to a Dee Snider show in Poughkeepsie (sorry dude!), I finally had my own copy of the album. Immediately upon putting it on the stereo, I was hit with an instrumental sound that was like a cross between early IRON MAIDEN, OMEN, and SAXON. The sound is epic 80’s enough, that if I hadn’t witnessed them myself, I’d think this was an elaborate MILLI VANILLI type of thing, but these guys are truly the real deal. The album is straight 80’s metal from start to finish, and it doesn’t let up for a moment.

If you’re a fan of classic heavy metal, CONQUER AT WILL is the band for you. Don’t let their age fool you. These kids know metal, and will gladly show you how to rock the fuck out. Get your copy of Lou’s Revenge today! Your ears will thank you! Key Tracks 1. “Sea Of Agony” 2. “Angels In Hell” 3. “Not The Love”

Ozzy announced ‘Farewell’ tour. Who believes it?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne is soon announcing dates for what he claims will be his last full tour, though he may do shows here and there in the future. The guy is getting up there, so I can respect that. Still, it is easy to wonder if this is bullshit. No More Tours was a long time ago in the early 90’s and his brand has only grown bigger. Money can be very tempting, not that Ozzy needs any more. But who knows. Maybe this is it!?

Metal Sucks has the full scoop HERE.

I am glad he has been playing with Zakk again, as it will give this farewell more of a merry conclusion that the Bill Ward-less Sabbath The End travesty. I’m fully in camp Ward on that one, who is TOURING with Day Of Errors alongside Witch fucking Mountain in December, which makes it look like the other Sabbath guys just didn’t want to pay Bill squarely.

Anyway, here is what the Oz-meister says:

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

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Marty Friedman releases “Self Pollution” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Guitar luminary Marty Friedman has released a new video for the track “Self Pollution” from his Wall of Sound album. It starts as a technical workout that still has a gritty and rock n roll feel to it though other sections highlight Friedman’s melodic lead playing and get downright expansive and meditative before the wild stuff makes a return.

Friedman says, “This video is the first to feature my live band, with Kiyoshi on bass, Chargee on drums and Jordan Ziff on guitar. These guys (and girl) outshine me every night on tour. The video is loosely based on some of the fun ways you can pollute yourself (hence the title) and takes you from serenity to a chaotic climax, just like real life does sometimes.”

Directed by London-based photographer Jimmy Cheng, watch “Self Pollution” below.

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Metallica‘s “Spit Out The Bone” was a highlight of Hardwired…To Self Destruct for many thrashers (my faves are probably still “Moth into Flame” and “Atlas Rise”, if you must know). But yeah, this live version of “Spit Out The Bone” is lively as hell and gets the Oct. 24th London O2 crowd roaring with enthusiasm. You’d think it was an older classic!

Check it out HERE. Rob and James in particular ripped this bad baby up!!

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Halford is arguably the most talented classic elder front man still active in metal (and showing no signs of slowing down). Judas Priest are gods of metal, even if some people think they are just a ‘rock n roll’ band. Eff that. They are molten British Steel, baby.

Today the band have announced a new studio album Firepower and a big tour with support from Saxon and Black Star Riders! That is one hell of a kick ass grouping of acts.

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The brotherhood that is Black Label Society are hitting the road again. Rocking plenty a face off of late with Zakk Sabbath and Ozzy is not enough for the insatiable guitarist Zakk Wylde and the man with a plan is taking BLS back to the stages of America in 2018. The band will be supporting Grimmest Hits and are bringing a stellar array of heavy support on select dates from Eyehategod, Red Fang and Corrosion Of fuckin’ Conformity.

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Body Count release “This Is Why We Ride” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 1:07 PM (PST)

Los Angeles-based Thrash Metal icons BODY COUNT have released a new music video for their track “This Is Why We Ride”, which is featured on the band’s 2017 full-length, Bloodlust. Fans can view the new video, which was directed by Treach (Naughty By Nature) at this location.

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Silent Screams premiere “Low”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:12 PM (PST)

UK metallers Silent Screams have released their latest single “Low.”

“Low” is the first song to be released off of Silent Screams forthcoming album. The album is still untitled, but is expected to be released in early 2018 via Long Branch Records.

Silent Screams will be going on tour with In Hearts Wake & Gideon starting on October 3.

Check out the tour poster and the video for “Low” here.

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Left Behind to release “Blessed By The Burn” Oct 27

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 1:38 PM (PST)

West Virginia metallers Left Behind are currently on tour in support of their upcoming album Blessed By The Burn which is due out October 27 via Unbeaten Records.

You can check out Left Behind tour dates over at their Facebook.

Ahead of the album the band has released the song “Tough Love,” which you can check out here.

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Katla’s compelling new “Nátthagi” premieres at Metal Injection

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:58 PM (PST)

Katla is an Icelandic band featuring ex-Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and singer/multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson (Fortíð, Potentiam).

From a press release:

Named in tribute to one of Iceland’s greatest active volcanos, Katla creates powerful, panoramic music where shimmering guitars, crushing melodies and atmospheric density meet dark, entrancing power. Katla‘s debut album, Móðurástin, will be released on October 27 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Dool).

In advance of the record’s release, Katla debuts the new song “Nátthagi” which features “dark, post-hardcore vocals from Guðmundsson”, “strong hooks” and “a unique, entrancing quality.” Hear Katla‘s “Nátthagi” at THIS location (via Metal Injection).

Wow. I LOVE this tune. Really great tempo and the melody and drums really propel it and capture attention, stirring emotions. I know Pálmason’s split with his old band was hard and they are a big group to exit, but if we have two bands now this excellent I have to say that seems like a pretty good thing for the metal scene (another example of this would be Khorada and the fucking excellent Pillorian record).

So yeah, support Katla, cuz this is really good stuff so far. 

 

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Forgotten Tomb premiere new song “We Owe You Nothing”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM (PST)

“We Owe You Nothing”, the ninth studio album from Italian black/doom metal overlords FORGOTTEN TOMB, is set to be released on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records. What a perfect way to start an early Halloween killing spree!

The new album’s title track & first single can be heard below. It’s got a sleazy sort of big rock element and swagger that sounds almost like the grim bastards are enjoying themselves, haha. Nonetheless, after the song’s intro the track shifts into monstrously huge and heavy groove metal that almost sounds like Deathless-era Throwdown with John Tardy doing black metal vocals!  Whuuuuuuttt?!!! That sounds fucking insane on paper and it is certainly different but undeniably crushing and the guitar tones are fucking dominant and gigantic. I have never wanted to ignorantly pit start to Forgotten Tomb more than wanting to die alone in a bath tub listening to them (in a good way – my fave is still the very emotionally barren Springtime Depression), but there is a first time for everything! If you are looking for straight up black metal though, seems like that ship has more than sailed.

Much like being a long term fan of Aborym, Darkthrone or Enslaved, if you can stop demanding what this band is ‘supposed’ to be, you might just enjoy where they are at now. This is undeniably metal to the core and has some very cool passages.

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Taking a break from catching up on FearTWD and being pissed Travis seems to have died to let you know Swedish heavy metallers Portrait will release their new album, Burn The World, worldwide via Metal Blade Records today! For a preview of Burn The World, the new single, “Mine To Reap” is below. I’ve been blown away by everything I have heard from this release so far. Old school heavy metal fans are gonna pull out their hair in excitement at Per Lengstedt’s soaring cries over some classic but aggro riffing and big rhythm sounds. I wish to heck they were on the Dark Tranquility, Warbringer and Striker tour to make it an even more bad ass package.

Anyhow, give this band some support! Not every band makes $5 million a gig like Metallica and so we must nod our heads in approval and save some mead for those who fight for metal regardless of the level of personal gain (besides being awesome, of course). I swear to God, there are many days when I could swear Sweden makes the best metal bands. It is pretty hard to argue with.

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Review: Blaze Bayley and friends conquer Poughkeepsie anew

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:59 PM (PST)

A Blaze in the Northern East

 

8/11/17 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY

We’re going to start this story back at Thanksgiving Eve 2016. It’s the single biggest party night of the year, and there I was, inside the Nuddy bar and grill in The Chance Theater complex in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’d just finished up watching the Trinity (Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley), and I was hanging out with my DJ buddy Tigman and trying to convince him to play some DOKKEN songs while I anxiously awaited the arrival of Blaze Bayley. I had just met up with the trio backstage and had poor Blaze sign about a dozen album covers for me (He was very happy to do it!). He told me then that he would be making his way over to The Nuddy and that we’d have a pint together. True to his word, he showed up and we drank some Guinness while I got to ramble on to him about how much of an inspiration he had been to me as a kid.

Now, right about now, you may be asking yourself ,”Why the fuck is this asshole beginning a show review with a story from a bar a year prior?” I’m glad you asked that question, which there is a two part answer – 1. I just like boasting that I got to have drinks with my favorite IRON MAIDEN singer. It’s seriously one of my top stories. 2. It was this night that Blaze told me that he would be coming back to the area in August, which meant 9 months of building excitement, much to the dismay of anybody who had to put up with me for long periods of time, because when I get excited about something, I can’t fucking stop talking about it. So, fast forward 9 months to August 11th, 2017, and I’m walking into The Chance a few hours before the doors officially open as I help a buddy load some amps into the place. We just finished with the last one, and I was about to walk out and I see Blaze at the door, waving at me. In my mind, I’m saying to myself “,oh yeah, play it cool Drew”, but when he extended his hand for a handshake, I immediately reverted to the Chris Farley style fanboy that I am at heart, and all I could get out was “you remember that time you released Infinite Entanglement? That was cool!”

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