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Released one year after the series’ origination on Samhain 2017, GRIDFAILURE issues When The Lights Go Out Vol. II. As with its predecessor, which focused on supernatural forces, dimensional vortex transitions, cadavers, paranoia, stalkers, and unexplained phenomena, the second volume expands further into such topics, with a slightly more spiritual undertone. An atmospheric album created for the harvest season , this album transitions the auras of nocturnal nature, apparitional screams, and supreme paranoia, into a place where no otherworldly forces will save you, the listener.

Recorded and created by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner, who provides vocals, keyboards, synth, guitars, bass, percussion, and more, When The Lights Go Out Vol. II. is strewn with guest contributions, including acoustic guitar and keyboards by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, vocals from Faith Ciavarella, traveling preacher organ from Benjamin Levitt, vocals from Morgan Evans, recordings from David Rodgers, and more, spiraled into a vaporous envelopment of end-time dirge.

Harvest season only begins now. The lights go out again.

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Mist (photo by Lara Zitko)

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:

#mood

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.

Slovenian doom metal band Mist have announced some shows in Austria and Denmark. First they will support Canadian heavy metal masters Cauldron this Friday in Linz and for December they have confirmed shows in Graz, Klagenfurt and Vienna. By the end of October they will also play their first show ever in Denmark. I had never heard this traditional doom band today and was impressed with a lot of the material on their recent full length Free Me Of The Sun. They kind of remind me of my friend Pam’s old band Grande mixed with The Skull or something. While the kind of choppy and rudimentary guitar leads in the solo sections are the weakest element, the doomy portions, songwriting and extra powerful melodic vocals from Nina Spruk totally slay. Hope to hear a lot more from this group!

 

Mist Live dates:
05.10. KAPU, Linz (Austria) w/ Cauldron (CAN), Eisenhand (AT)
20.10. Train, Aarhus (Denmark) w/ Corpsessed (FIN), Balmog (E), Woebegone Obscured (DK), Beneath The Silence (DK)
06.12. Orto Bar, Ljubljana (Slovenia) w/ Deep Down Bellow (SLO), Mutism (SLO)
14.12. Music-House, Graz (Austria) w/ Dark Nativity (AT), Deumus (AT)
15.12. Kwadrat, Klagenfurt (Austria) w/ Vu Garde (AT), Dusk (AT), The Stolen Goose Project (AT)
16.12. Weberknecht, Vienna (Austria)

 

King Woman took our album of the year honor of 2017 (which we still stand by 100 fucking percent) for Created In The Image of Suffering but as it turns out front person Kristina Esfandiari can’t stop making relevant art. Her other band Miserable (we stan) have a new record out collecting two EPS called Loverboy via my faves Sargent House on October 26th. Seriously, thank God for that label. Anyway, after the first version of this record caught fire on a hard drive Esfandiari nonetheless got it done anyway anew and today has premiered the title track at Bust Magazine HERE.

 

An excerpt:  ‘I wrote “Loverboy” as a healing anthem for myself & hopefully other womxn who have experienced confusion or a sense of inadequacy due to gaslighting and objectification. I don’t exist for someone else’s pleasure or entertainment and that’s essentially what I’m singing in “Loverboy.” So many of us are made to feel less than human. The Loverboy album as a whole is meant to be reflective on past experiences when I feel I muted my voice.’

 

Miserable — On Tour:
October 20 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
December 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Union *
December 13 San Diego, CA @ Che Café ** w/ THOU

 

Lastly, Pelican seem to have entered Steve Albini’s studio! I don’t know what they are planning as far as new album news but I super love that band and CANNOT WAIT! Assume it is probably for Southern Lord?

 

Until we all meet again, hang in there, lovebirds.
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Happy 4th, people. Cranking out this news item and spending mine doing bong rips, watching Season 2 of GLOW and plan on listening to some John Trudell later in honor of the Native Americans who got fucked over royally in our quest for a “land of opportunity.” Remember when you shoot off shitty fireworks and drink horse piss beer this week that America is soaked in genocide and thus anyone who has a shred of dignity as an American or who wants to actually forge a more perfect union needs to help to stamp out racism wherever they see it, especially when it is in America’s name. Also, fireworks scare the shit out of cool dogs and hurt their ears so don’t be a moron all weekend.

Here are some metallic updates to make ya salivate faster than a …SMIRNOFF® Watermelon?

Oklahoma City’s Dischordia have released some video content over at ItDjents HERE. The Progressive death metallers are impressive and talented drummer Josh Fallin has recorded a playthrough for their latest entire Binge/Purge EP, split into two videos!

New York noise act Gridfailure traversed the interstate to come by Saugerties, NY’s Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and finish a collaborative album with my grunge/folk/post punk project Walking Bombs. We have some great forthcoming news about the record, entitled Suicide By Citizenship, to share with you all in the near future. Call it a reflection on keeping your sanity in a capitalist dystopian society that wants to eat you alive.

Check out the following IG post below to see some photos and a studio clip we shot yesterday with engineer and contributor Jay Andersen (Surmiser) and Mike Score of metalcore legends All Out War, one of many awesome as hell collaborators on the forthcoming album. Stay tuned for details.

Meant to post more on this awhile ago but the 4th of July seems appropriate. Anti-fascist hardcore band Raicetraitor are making a comeback, thankfully. The band have a new Bandcamp Page. Additionally, one of my childhood best friends Simon Ampel is an animator and worked with the group on a brutal takedown of the prison for profit system we live under that is unfair to African Americans in gross disproportion, a mockery of “justice”. The song “Damage” premiered a month back on Cvlt Nation and can be seen below.

 

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New York City-area powerdementia faction GRIDFAILURE has completed a new video for “Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness,” while many other new recordings and projects are nearing completion for release in 2018.

“Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness” is found on GRIDFAILURE’s I Shall Not Survive Another Winter, which was independently released on the Autumnal Equinox. Each song on I Shall Not Survive Another Winter grows longer than the one preceding it, the record exploring a vision of Post-Sixth Mass-Extinction Skullduggery which is the concept of the upcoming Teeth Collection and Drought Stick albums, portraying a grim vision of humanity’s future. A nearby reality where those who have survived mankind’s override by artificial intelligence, the ecological rebellion of our planet, and thermonuclear warfare amidst our own kind strive to rebuild society, and are continually thwarted.

See GRIDFAILURE’s “Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness” RIGHT HERE.

Find I Shall Not Survive Another Winter as well as the Halloween-released When The Lights Go Out Vol. I – which is still available for free download – at GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

With multiple new full-length titles, EPs, videos, and other projects in the works, GRIDAILURE is also heavily immersed in fully cooperative albums with a wide array of artists. The second collaborative album with Brooklyn experimentalist MEGALOPHOBE and a collaborative EP with upstate New York anti-folk/punk act WALKING BOMBS are both halfway completed. A collaborative EP with FYRHTU, a new project formed by Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm) and Nathan A. Verrill (Cardinal Wyrm), is well underway, and a fully audio/visual collaborative release with PORNOHELMUT – the side project of Neil Barrett of Austin-based experimental/grind metal act Blk Ops and Novel Concept TV – is currently under construction.

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“Dreadlords is a black metal band (occult blues, grim folk, Satanic gospel), just not conducted in the usual format.” – J. Gannon

I found an old journal last night from about fifteen years ago and tore out a page in which I’d scribbled that ,“Life is like passing through a fogging yolk and maybe breaking loose into a heaven, but no guarantee?” Dreadlords, an experimental group from Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania who feature members of industrial flirting ritual occult act T.O.M.B. , seem to be searching out their own meaning to creation and our human experience navigating the perils of darkness and light’s perpetual tug of war with the soul. I’ve mainly been listening to them, Nate Hall’s lonely latest and the ethereal darkness of Lisa Cuthbert’s HEX TAPES the last few days and finding a lot of comfort in both during some quite shitty personal struggles.

In the garish glare of American mainstream culture, one could quickly be forgiven for wanting to pare things down to something more gritty, personal and close to the Earth. Blues, metal, gospel and – to my generally ringing ears, anyway – even some No Wave bordering punk influences combine with growling oral traditions and lonely campfire ritual soul-bearing to create a unique sound on the group’s 2017 release REAPERS.

Honestly, I ate a pot brownie and listened to this thing just last night out in the middle of the woods with a creative cohort, such is the return investment on these songs. It is taking the sort of wallop of the much more linear stoner rock band Lo-Pan’s “Marathon Man” to smack me back to reality this morning from my brain’s wanderings out on the edges of a REAPERS night time dream which transcends realms and archetypes like the musical equivalent of King and Straub’s The Talisman. If anyone wants to bring some strong black coffee and some hugs and kisses to where I am de-fogging in bed, that would also be appreciated.

But yes,  Zimimay, Samantha Viola and J. Gannon made a not too modest dent on the underground’s psyche with the uncompromising black psych blues release Death Angel , which featured some potent declarations of intent via the likes of “Dreadlords Cometh” and “Thieves Of Faith”. REAPERS expands the scope the mysterious act’s rising Mojo, personalizing the experience even further with a deep dive into the soul’s longings and laments.

More BELOW.

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Photo by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner

Strange world creator Gridfailure releases latest statement I Shall Not Survive Another Winter this coming Friday for the Autumnal Equinox! No Echo is now streaming the whole recording early alongside a short interview.

Each song on I Shall Not Survive Another Winter grows longer than the one preceding it, the record further exploring full-on post-apocalyptic dementia; a vision of Post-Sixth Mass-Extinction Skullduggery which is the concept of the upcoming Teeth Collection and Drought Stick albums and several surrounding mini-releases portraying a grim vision of humanity’s future. A nearby reality where those who have survived mankind’s override by artificial intelligence, the ecological rebellion of our planet, and thermonuclear warfare amidst our own kind strive to rebuild society, and are continually thwarted. Thriving only amidst the gutters and back-alleys of a scorched culture,GRIDFAILURE’s sound reflects this impending cross-contamination of horrors.

Check it out HERE.

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Nate Hall is one of my favorite artists and a very smart, interesting person. I always tell people he should be considered a national treasure (and I know I sound like a super fanboy) for his work, but it is true. The North Carolina sound architect is at the frontier’s edge for post-rock, psych metal and inspired, lonely folk music that cuts to the bone but also helps you find refuge when you are on the mend. Be it in USX, Uktena  or his prolific solo output (the guy just released the excellent A Year Under A False Moon earlier this year and already has another one on the way), Nate Hall is one of those people who it would be actually worth it to spend $ on for one of those full Bandcamp discographies. He can really take you to and through many different places.

Now Nate Hall has announced he is releasing The Center Of The Earth on August 31st, an album he says is one of his most important pieces of work.  “I’ve never sacrificed so much for my art,” Hall tells me. “I’ve never felt such clarity from confusion. These are songs that have always been.”

The sole single available so far as a prelude to the days away full album release is an impressive brooder called “Night Sky Humming” that opens with a tone setting pretty powerful cowboy’s lament-esque lyric: These are the words I use to tell me what I’m dyin’ from /My directions for living were all wrong…

 It is a reminder that not everything needs to be Slayer to visit some pained and troubled corners and that many weary roads and labors can bear potent fruit.

Hear the track and pre-order the full album HERE.

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I’m not just saying this to promote MY records or anyone’s really specifically, but here is a thought on art in general. Music can bring people together of many cultures. It is very hard for artists to have a sustainable career when no one purchases their art, even if they work hard. You can only get so far without support. Now, Ariana Grande or Eagles Of Death Metal have lots of fans, BUT…if fear and terror starts also cutting in to concert attendance and (unlikely, but) somehow dented it enough, that is a direct assault on culture exchange. The arts struggle enough. The whole idea of a starving artist being more valid is masochistic and puts artists at a huge disadvantage when many of them already have a lot on their plate already as sensitive or tuned in souls.

A great refutation of ideology you don’t like, be it violence or even a political movement or corporation you are against, is to vote with your dollars. Buy organic food, etc. Do what you can. I would hope the deaths of the music fans of Ariana Grande in Manchester , some with their whole lives ahead of them now stolen, might move some of you to go out and purchase a work of art, a shirt, a book, a movie, a record or something to help further the arts and to ESPECIALLY keep music, loud unabashedly alive music of any genre (except NSBM, duh), blasting in the faces of those who see it as a threat to divisions or who don’t want sexual, racial or social mores or gender roles to evolve. One love. PMA. Our hearts at Metal Riot go out to Ariana and her fans. What a sick, sad fucking senseless thing.

Here are a few recommendations of artists of different genres, races, genders and spiritual backgrounds we suggest you support and show that humanity will NOT be thrown backwards, be it by xenophobic Trumpster Divers (supporting only Arab nations you make money off of doesn’t count, Conald Chump/Trump), radical terror groups like Isis or whoever the fuck tries to front on unity and love:

Lizzo: https://twitter.com/lizzo

Tommy Genesis world wide: https://twitter.com/brasil_tommy

Solstafir: https://twitter.com/solstafiroffcal

Lara Hope and The Arktones: https://www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com/

Downtown Boys: https://twitter.com/DowntownBoys

Flatfoot 56: https://www.flatfoot56.com/ 

VOWWS: https://twitter.com/vowwsband 

I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything- I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight.

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Gridfailure and Megalophobe stream “Dendritic” collab at New Noise

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM (PST)
Dendritic, the new avant/ambient collaborative album by New York soloists GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE, will see release on Arbor Day this Friday, April 28th, As the artists are currently planting trees across the Lower Hudson Valley region in conjunction with the record, New Noise Magazine is streaming the album early.

Fusing guitars, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, analog synth, mbira, theremin, harmonica, didgeridoo, trumpet, vocals, effects, and a variety of vocal styles, GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE‘s Dendritic ebbs with hints of mellow prog and jazz, demoralizing noise/drone buildups, nature recordings captured in several countries, and more into ambient soundscapes, abstract dreamscapes, and a uniquely experimental overall sound. Guest contributions include trumpet by Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran), vocals by Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm) and Friederike Schüür, guitar by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Rob Levitt, and Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), and field recordings from Jon Paris (Rack), and the record is completed with and immersive artwork by Emily Vanderpol of Infinity Things Studios.

Stream GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s Dendritic early through New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Find preorders for the digital and cassette versions of Dendritic which fund the planting of new trees via MEGALOPHOBE HERE and GRIDFAILURE HERE.

A video for “Niche Differentiation” is nearing completion, with additional videos from Dendritic to follow. MEGALOPHOBE and GRIDFAILURE will appear on upcoming releases from each other, a second fully cooperative album is halfway recorded, and a third collaboration is being devised, as the acts plot their upcoming live debuts.
New tracks from both GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE appear alongside Never Presence Forever, Dusthallowed, Teeth Engraved With The Names of The Dead, and many others on Death Season Six, a compilation by the Darker Days Ahead label; pay-as-you-wish for the download and/or purchase the CD HERE.
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Junius dates with InAeona to commence soon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:17 AM (PST)

An inspired East Cost short run pairing between the melodic and yet massive styles of Junius and InAeona is just what the doctor ordered to start Spring with a kick to the crotch. Junius are supporting an excellent new record Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light and InAeona are between releases but keeping the juices flowing as they contemplate what new material will follow the brilliant catharsis of Force Rise The Sun (which was on our 2015 top 5 year end list, fyi). My friend Michael Guthaus’s driving and chaotic band Clover open the Kingston show.

04/17 Boston, MA – Great Scott
04/18 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
04/19 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
04/20 Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
04/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Black Forge Coffee House
04/22 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar

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Interview: Gridfailure – Hostile Ambient Takeover

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2:02 PM (PST)

Gridfailure is one of our favorite current projects out there in the extreme musical weirdo multiverse, the experimental and totally mental brainchild of scene lifer Dave Brenner (ex-Theologian, ex-Heidnik) .  Since May of 2016 Brenner has already released two albums, a split with Never Presence Forever and several collaborative releases with even more on the horizon! There is really no rule book, which makes this one of the more exciting acts to follow currently.

The latest Gridfailure release Hostile Alchemy features guest contributions from a wide cast of allies including Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm), Mark Deutrom (Bellringer, ex-Melvins), Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves), Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Alexei Korolev (The Company Corvette), and more. Some sections of the album sound like listening to distant jazz while drowning in a swamp, the hallucinations mounting as oxygen is cut off to the brain and you fade to black. Other songs are like the half remembered film score from a two week old nightmare you haven’t been able to shake off. This is probably the music that Morlocks in the X-Men universe screw to by candlelight in the sewers beneath the underbelly of New York City.

“As Gridfailure was spawned from creating horror music, the underlying themes of terror and impending harm are always going to be there,” Brenner says.

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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.

Statement:

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.

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