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Band Spotlight: Eight Bells

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 2:02 PM (PST)

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Eight Bells stand out with their experimental, acclaimed sound. The West Coast band’s new album Landless explores corners of brain, heart and soul that many bands are not insightful enough to even locate. Drone, doom, old timey harmonies and more patient tempos than you can shake a stop watch at will make this appeal to any SubRosa, Ides of Gemini or Witch Mountain fan, though the group are also capable of holding their own on tour with the likes of Voivod and Vektor! This will slay year end lists and it isn’t even Spring yet.

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Boris USA Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM (PST)
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Japanese drone/stoner/experimental veterans BORIS have announced a run of US tour dates this coming April surrounding Gensho, their new collaborative Relapse release with noise legend MERZBOW. The tour will see the band playing eight shows across the American Southwest and West Coast. A full itinerary is available below.

RIP Paul Kantner: Remember the Love Alamo, kids.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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I saw you, comin’ back to me…

The latest rocker who gave their all; to part this Earth yet remain in our memories is Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane.

Personally, I love Airplane and Starship. They were groovy and didn’t care. That’s cool.

Why are we discussing this on a metal site? Well , for one…Sanctuary’s White Rabbit cover is one of the coolest metal covers of all time. Secondly, Jefferson Airplane had a golden streak where they got everything right before grapes soured or the smooth voiced Grace of graces had problems down the road in her life. Paul and the gang were bold enough to wave the love flag instead of beating the drums of war. This alone is metal as fuck in a truer sense than basement losers listening to gore metal.

People fetishize Charles Manson, the man who almost ruined the Beatles, LSD and the hope of the 60’s peace movements single handedly. Maybe he was a frail man who started out analytical and wanting to know what was behind the veil or the Satanic power mad world behind the curtain of politics, but he ended up as a scared little murderer who needed validation from vulnerable followers that did his dirty work for him. Plus, Sharon Tate was so amazing and we were robbed of her and her friends lives in such a disgusting fashion. I personally was just writing for another site that I think the Manson murders scarred us and shoved us more violently towards the fear mongering world we live in today than people realize. Hunter S. Thompson knew. And by the way, we all know HE was an Airplane fan.

Surrealistic Pillow, the title alone makes my loins feel lysergic and the head start to daydream. Love it.

It was so cool once to learn about Flower Travellin’ Band from my friend Laura Pleasants of Kylesa or to once upon a time discover the stoner rock sub genres that are more retro like The Golden Grass,Purson and Jex Thoth, albeit with an emphasis on picking back up an old torch yet without making the same mistakes of yesteryear.

It doesn’t have to be cool to be miserable. Anthrax wrote “anti-social” but actually want to have happy lives, for example.

Yeah, let’s not fetishize the murderers. We think it is edgy but while it is cool to psychoanalyze things or listen to Church Of Misery or the newest Wreckmeister Harmonies or Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads or whatever, but if it is dwindled into essentially a fashion statement devoid of meaning we are in trouble.  Or we might as well put Che Guevara and Trump faces on every other frisbee and sell em out of the same tent at the county fair.

Death Valley ’69 by Sonic Youth and other smarter trips through the underbelly aside, it is cooler to push the “WE CAN” culture. Take the seediness out of the underground and look at pot as medicine, meditation as research, kindness as strength, acceptance as a test of Manhood.

Doing speed or carving nazi symbols on your face and being a dipshit might make for good TV, but you’re still a dick. Martin Shkreli can claim altruistic goals but still perhaps to be strapped to a chair and forced to watch Philadelphia and Dallas Buyers Club over and over Clockwork Orange style until he admits he has been acting like a dipshit robber baron Oliver Queen playboy without the redeeming Green Arrow side. Fuck you, dude.

The shit that Jefferson Airplane and San Fran held up triumphantly in the flower power daze of hopes and dashed dreams. But remember, flowers grow back. You just need good soil.

Whatever happened to wishes wished on a star?

 

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Melvins to headline Temples Festival

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:49 AM (PST)

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Temples Festival have announced grunge godfathers The Melvins as the Saturday night headliner. The fest line up this year is pretty damn forceable, featuring Jucifer, Acid King, All Pigs Must Die and many more great bands.

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Patrons of Temples Festival,

First and foremost, thank you all for the patience you’ve kindly extended of late.

Without further ado, it’s with great pride with which we finally announce our first Temples 2016 headliner, following on from the likes of Neurosis and Sunn0))) as our Saturday night headliner, please welcome (the) Melvins to Temples Festival 2016.

The Melvins will headline Saturday, June 4th alongside a diverse and tasteful selection of artists – for what’s set to be one of the heaviest & most memorable days in the history of Temples Festival. With over forty bands now announced and many more (including two headliners) still to be unveiled, we’re firmly on course for another monumental weekend.

As ever, we’ll be under-selling the overall capacity of Motion to minimise the strain on each room and ensure we can offer the most comfortable experience possible for each of our Patrons. We have secured a number of tasteful caterers for 2016 which includes an array of vegan and vegetarian options, and once again we’ll be offering a fairly priced Ale and Cider bar for the drinking contingency among us – this time, featuring a bespoke Temples Festival ale.

more below.

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Album Review: Pinkish Black – “Bottom of the Morning”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:39 PM (PST)

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Pinkish Black‘s Bottom of the Morning is a decidedly low key but brilliant
release from Relapse and the Texas based band. Much more akin to the (current
tour mates) Zombi side of the label than the Suffocation side, PB are an
artful and smart band who create often lengthy but never boring synth based
band with droll vocals which nonetheless have an insistent emotional impact.

The title track is a cool dream that whirls like slowly whipped cream around a
vertiginous yet repetitive refrain, building and taking away in layers
including at times rising to a fuzzed out stomp. Much of the music snakes and
teases this way, somewhat akin to Krautrock or electronic Radiohead but
perhaps not as minimalistic and with more of a cultish (and cultivated) sense of menace.

Maybe if Mark Lanegan was really into Tangerine Dream? I dunno.

The songs are actually deceptive in that they
have a lot more elements than you might at first remember, since a casual pass
is more hypnotic than “woah, go back to that part!” in general. But every song
has numerous rewards from horn sounds to cinematic 70’s art film style
disorienting textural key strokes or almost imperial moments of august and
celestial import. Some of it is even oddly No Wave.

The Fort Worth band are very interesting and anyone who enjoyed the soundtrack
feel of Goblin Rebirth’s record or who likes rock a bit more brainy that still
has a certain moody allure will dig this. It’s like an at times challenging
and hallucination frought semi-grandiose withdrawal from some womb-like Philip
K Dick-esque state sponsored pill of conformity. Challenging but in the end it makes you
wiser and glad you shed the brainwash. The songs take on a landscape of their
own, even when they drift into almost background music at times due to a
lulling nature of some of the more repetitive parts (“Brown Rainbow” has a
particularly hypnotic march) you suddenly are swirled right back into the dead
center of this oddly all seeing eye.

Eye of Nix premiere new song “Blood In The Fire”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:13 AM (PST)

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Seattle drone metallers Eye of Nix have premiered a new song “Blood In The Fire”.

“Blood In The Fire” comes off of the upcoming album Moros which will drop on November 6.

Check out “Blood In The Fire” and Eye of Nix tour dates here.

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Last night writing the delightfully awesome Bridge Laviazar of Prosthetic’s 2015 standout act InAeona, things were going well until she threatened to kill me if I listed her band as “Goth Metal.”

I was telling her how I wish we had a post-metal category on the drop down menu of this site and was trying to figure out what to categorize her band’s amazing, spacious and heavy, outer space meets a little bit industrial racket. We were going through the categories you can choose from on this site and none seemed to really fit.

“If you put us as Goth Metal I will find you and kill you,” she…joked? I told her there were worse fates than sitting in a coffee shop somewhere and having a blue haired amazon run in and decapitate me. In fact, my friends would think it was pretty fitting and probably just shrug. We finally settled on “no genre”.

However you choose to describe the East Coast trio, which also includes James Dunham and Dave Soucy, they have a massive and awesome sound. Force Rise The Sun is one of the years best records. I wont say where it sits on my year end list yet because the end of the year is still a few weeks away, but let’s just say it is absolutely in the top 5 albums of 2015 for me.

Read my chat with Bridge BELOW.

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www.confrontational.net

 

Confrontational is a European darkwave project that is turning heads with ass kicking new record A Dance Of Shadows. The album features mastermind Massimo Usai charting a dark yet infectious as a zombie bite (but much more fun!) course for the dance floor. With cover art from Branca Studios and a sound akin to the best 80’s horror and action cinema soundtracks that never existed but sound like classic cuts, Confrontational is much more interesting than the 800th metalcore band to hit up my email for coverage. In fact, I had to seek this dude out because I was so intrigued by the project.

Turns out we had some similar tastes and a mutual pal or two. That’s the power of the underground!

How did this studio whiz get Monte Pittman from Madonna’s band (and ex-Prong), Darren Travis from fucking Sadus and horror legend John Carpenter’s own son Cody Carpenter on this release? The music is just that fuckin’ cool!

A Dance Of Shadows is out on bandcamp now HERE and you ought to go support it!

Read our full Confrontational interview BELOW.

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Relapse Records announces new Boris, Merzbow collab “Gensho”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)

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I was just bitching about being unsure how on Earth I will whittle down my year end list to a reasonable number this year in the face of so many rad records when news broke about Relapse releasing a pending new collaboration between legends Boris and Merzbow. Seeing Boris live ought to change anyone’s life and I even got to chat with Jim Jarmusch about how cool they are once when I waited on him at a restaurant I used to work at, The Depuy Canal House. Anyhow, thankfully Gensho, the new collaboration, does not street until next February so I don’t have yet another contender for my year end list. After August every year I start freaking out counting down to December and become impossible to be around.

Anyway, any decent weirdo worth their salt knows Merzbow is a noise legend and Boris know no limits when it comes to creativity. In a noise rock/avant pop climate where awesome stuff is being done again by bands ranging from JC Satan to Tearist to Pigs and Fad Nauseam, it is rad to know some of the scene stalwarts are still cutting their teeth on pushing boundaries as well. Deets on Gensho can be read BELOW.

Swans announce “The Gate” handmade live cd (2500 lmtd)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 8:17 AM (PST)

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Swans can be one of the most intense bands to this day, even if it’s been a long time since Filth. Whether spacious rock, furrowed brow indie rock or harsher passages, M.Gira and his ensemble/collective always deliver a thrill. From The Burning World to My Father Will Guide Me…I can’t think of a single bad record.

 

EXCLUSIVELY NOW AT YOUNGGODRECORDS.COM. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE UPCOMING NEW SWANS STUDIO ALBUM.

 

 

 

A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA / SWANS:

 

 

We are in the process and making and assembling an edition of 2500 handmade live 2xCD packages and we are accepting orders now at younggodrecords.com. This is part of a tiered system whereby our dedicated listeners can voice their support for the upcoming new Swans album by choosing one or all of several options presented in order to aid us in our journey towards discovering and subsequently nourishing ourselves (and those who might care to travel with us) within a fresh new constellation of sound. Here below is what I’ve written in a newsletter that has been sent to our friends and supporters:

“…Hello There, Michael Gira of Swans here. I thought that, since you signed up to our newsletter, you might be interested to know that the 2xCD live SWANS handmade fundraiser event/portal of support for our (in)glorious efforts is now up. The live 2xCD is called The Gate. I believe it captures the live SWANS experience effectively. The woodblock print is by Nicole Boitos and I draw all over each one and sign it as well. Each one is unique. They’re numbered 1 – 2500 and won’t be available elsewhere… The upcoming album (as yet untitled) will be the last with this core group (comprised of my beautiful friends Norman, Christoph, Thor, Phil, Christopher and myself) and the subsequent (marathon) tour in 2016 will be our last together. As such, I am determined to make this album the most fully realized, cataclysmic, subtle and nuanced, heartfelt and inspirational, truthful and luminous recording that we have yet undertaken. As always, your valued (and quite necessary) support in this perhaps quixotic endeavor is sincerely appreciated. I love you! I thank you!…”

The rapport this group has developed over the last 5 plus years is a gift for which I will remain forever grateful. In live performance it has sometimes lead us to unleash a sound that is not only greater than us but seems to swallow us into its own immanent consciousness and will. It feels great! Oftentimes I’ve spoken to people in the audience after a show and they’ve expressed similar notions. My sentiment at these moments is that I’m delighted to have been of service, but can’t really take responsibility for it, since it’s beyond us too. So, following the final 2016 touring cycle with the wonderful cadre of talented individuals mentioned above, I will continue to record and perform (though perhaps less frequently) using the name Swans, on a project-by-project basis. Acutely aware that the psychic connection with which we’ve been blessed is irreplaceable, I will instead pursue the ever-elusive pathway alluded to above through other means. You can read more about this and other ephemera at the link above.

 

Interview: Crowhurst – “An evolution in the project”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM (PST)

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Crowhurst have an extensive catalogue that bears reflecting upon, yet recent release I is garnering more respect than ever. I love when a project goes full on Willie Nelson / Swans/ Smashing Pumpkins/Neil Young style where the artist releases just a ton of material throughout their career. It’s not even about being less calculated, as Crowhurst ringleader and renaissance man Jay Gambit clearly puts care into each release, from the musical ground up to the visuals. This is to noise and blackened industrial what All Out War’s Dying Gods is to metalcore, the real genuine fuckin’ deal, kids.

 

Read our conversation BELOW.

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Show photos: Swans at Union Transfer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM (PST)

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Swans have always seemed really tribal in some way to me, even when they have been more about casting out spirits or deep isolation. Not exactly always the most “social” music, in my opinion. It’s a quality of fearless expression you can find today in Swans themselves, of course, but also younger acts like Tearist , Palms or Ides Of Gemini who also kind of straddle this lonely line between beauty, stark poetry or powerful melody/humanity versus (or rather in conjunction with) discomfort, shamanistic ritual and the fearless self discovery of not caring if people are ready to be initiated where you need to travel on your own path to full blossoming.

Photographer Miss Magpi  documented elder statesman M. Gira’s act for us at their recent Union Transfer stop, a stunning venue to witness this act who still remain, in their way, more extreme than most “heavy” bands. Sometimes it’s all about the vibe, baby.

Magpi describes the show as:

“.collosal. & .meticulous.” 

Photos BELOW.

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From one extreme music fan to all you readers out there, indie noise progenitors Lightning Bolt are more energetic and crazed than most melodeath or hardcore bands you’ll ever see. From erasing the boundaries between band and audience to 20 years of hyper rhythmic mania to their latest crunker Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt have kept the train rolling all night long. Tour kicks off tomorrow in Buffalo, NY

METZ and Liturgy are tour mates on this trek, albeit at different dates. If you’re so entrenched in your stinky Florida death metal ways to dismiss this as hipster music, I kinda feel bad for you but will be too busy enjoying the innovation of these acts.

Click HERE for full dates.

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Melvins release “Colossus Of Destiny” movie Kickstarter footage

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:58 AM (PST)

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There is a really solid looking Melvins documentary in the works. The kickstarter launched and is HERE.

The film, which is currently under production with an anticipated early 2016 release, is the creation of Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby.  The pair, who met through a mutual affection for the Melvins, began work on the officially authorized documentary in late 2014.

“We kept asking ourselves why no one had ever made a film about the Melvins,” explained Hannam.  “What an incredible story and twisted tale both Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have taken.  There aren’t many bands who can say they’ve influenced some of the most popular artists of our generation and done it in every instance according to their own rules, still as important, if not more so, some 32 years after forming.”

You can catch some footage from the trailer (featuring Mark Arm, David Yow, Matt Pike, Chris Cornell and more) BELOW.

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USA Out Of Vietnam announce US Tour Dates with The Besnard Lakes

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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USA Out Of Vietnam are crossing the border from Montreal and hitting the road for a short January tour with like-minded compatriots The Besnard Lakes. Def recommended for fans of Earth, So Hideous, The Eye Of Every Storm-era Neurosis or any current act ignoring genres over the power of the music itself.

Would be quite interesting to see USA Out Of Vietnam live as their recent Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes release was extremely layered with guest musicians and extra instrumentation beyond a standard rock band format.

An excellent “Asphodel I/1322 ” live clip can be seen below as well as the tour dates, to give a glimpse into the live experience. Some cool Watership Down/weird Jesus movie -I think- footage in the live clip plus some serious beard (not to get weird, but doesn’t that much beard tickle your partner during special times?)… yeah.

Confirmed dates BELOW.

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