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Spiritbox Gets Technical with New Song “Rule Of Nines”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3:50 PM (PST)

Photo Cred: Kyle Joinson

Spiritbox (ex-Iwrestledabearonce) has released with a new single and music video titled, “Rule Of Nines”. The song which follows up on the Singles Collection EP, is based on a dark image of just laying down on the ground, giving up and becoming so still that you just became part of the ground.

“This song is special to us, because it marks the first time we have able to go into the studio with our producer and create a song in our ideal environment. We didn’t have to make any compromises. I think our other songs have been little steps in the right direction but “Rule of Nines” is a proper leap forward, and the whole process has ripped me out of my comfort zone. I’ve learned to embrace that feeling of the unknown and just trust myself.”

Watch the music video for “Rule Of Nines” below.

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Guest List: Stormland’s Justin Pierrot’s top 5 albums of 2019

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:16 PM (PST)

The excellent Incident Report: UC​-​0791227 propelled the one man Gundam-themed death metal machine known as Stormland from British Columbia into the ears of quite a few more death metal minded folks.  Justin from Stormland also performed the music on one of my favorite songs “Miracle Drug” on one of my own albums released this year and is just an awesome dude and supportive, real friend. Homie can also really wail the shit out of a guitar and is growing stronger with each release (“Contact” fucking slaps). This project really has legs to be a cult favorite if the releases continue.  Fallon Bowman and Jacob Frebe even make appearances on the recent EP.

Anyhow, we know Justin lives and breathes music and family and so we thought he would be the perfect choice for our Guest List Year End list this year. Here are my dude’s personal choices for his favorite 5 releases of this dwindling to a close insane year.

Justin’s picks: 

1) Allegaeon – Apoptosis. It continues to blow my mind the leaps that Allegaeon makes from album to album. You can practically hear the “level up” chime whenever the first single for a new release comes out. The songcraft and musicianship are always ace, and both guitarist Mike Stancel and new bassist Brandon Michael shine throughout. Apoptosis is a magnum opus of an album.

2) Babymetal – Metal Galaxy. While far more overtly pop than Metal Resistance, it’s still a strong,strong album. Yes, singles like “Elevator Girl” and “PA PA YA” are strong, but they’re not the stars. Deep cuts like pop radio-ready “Brand New Day” and the powerfully groovy “Kagerou” are where the album shines.

3) Ithaca – The Language of Injury. Beyond proclaiming themselves the new Masters of the Alarm Clock Riff, Ithaca’s debut longplayer is one of the most emotive albums I’ve heard all year. The rage and despair are palpable on songs like the title track and “Better Abuse.” It won’t shock me to see Ithaca become a staple on my personal AOTY lists for years to come.

4) KMFDM – Paradise. This came out of nowhere for me. I was not expecting new KFMDM in this, the year of our Lord, 2019. And yet here we are, and here it is. And it is good. It’s probably the strongest album, front to back, they’ve put out since the 1990s. It will make you smile, it will make you dance, and it will keep you angry at the ongoing fascist creep going on in our world.

Yup, KMFDM, as always, is Antifa.

5) Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind. A tighter album than 2018’s The Silent Vigil, Memoriam knocked a minute or two off the average song length for a leaner and meaner third release. This is death metal the way I likes it: With stomp, a bit of melody, and a sense of constant forward momentum.

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Migration Fest 2020 initial lineup announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:15 PM (PST)

Initial Migration Fest line up announcement for next year! One of the best festivals to support. Always amazing bands and good ethics. You can’t go wrong with the bands announced thus far. Let me especially recommend the new Falls Of Rauros album, if you for some reason haven’t heard it yet.

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“Going dark” in theatre speak means a show is closed down whereas it is “lit” when the production is up and running. Some things manage to be both lit and embrace the dark at the same time (Kerli’s recent confident electro-spooky wub wubbing  “Where The Dark Things Are” track from the awesome as hell Shadow Works album comes to mind). Tribulation, one of the most darkly theatrical and grandiose yet no nonsense musical bands in any era of metal, certainly also could count as both “lit” and very dark, indeed. You might even call them creatures of the night.

Now Tribulation are unveiling their first official live album, the marvelous new Alive & Dead at Södra TeaternThis is a major moment for this acclaimed band from Sweden who have wowed so many with their deep dives into the inner fears of humanity.  Invited by ex-Nirvana 2002 vocalist and curator Orvar Säfström, who served as master of ceremonies, Tribulation’s first-ever Södra Teatern (Southern Theatre) main hall gig was a very special night of black celebration.

Founding member Adam Zaars took the time to speak to me through mists of swirling terror (actually through email) to attempt to illumine what the chemistry, moment and import of this release means to the frighteningly talented band behind it. Read MORE below.

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Inter Arma begin Sulphur English Fall EU tour tonight.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Heads up, Europe!

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Immortal Bird reveal headlining end of 2019 dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:50 PM (PST)

IMMORTAL BIRD are very high up in my estimation for which bands made the best heavy record of 2019 and now they will close out the year with a stretch of North American headlining dates. The two-week run goes from December 7th in Dayton, Ohio and close December 20th in their home city of Chicago, Illinois. Thrive On Neglect is everything you loved about this band taken to the next level, a barrage of rough edged fringe genres and raw emotions honed to a more technically astounding attack that never loses heart, soul or fury for the sake of what good old arbiter of fine, rare metals Gollum would call tricksiness. I mean, they slay and can play. Ok?

Comments IMMORTAL BIRD vocalist Rae Amitay, “We’re stoked to finally kick off the touring cycle for Thrive On Neglect. This will be a great opportunity for us to play the full record in a bunch of cities we love before the year is over. There’s a lot more traveling in the works for 2020, too. Don’t tell my cats; they’re mad enough about this run.”

See all confirmed dates below.

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Richmond’s .gif from god‘s complete monster of a Prosthetic debut is currently eating alive anyone who previews it in full over at Mathcore Index RIGHT HERE. Trust us when we say it is kind of a good time. You can tell the band white knuckled their deepest emotions into these sick ass, rollicking demonic freight train performances.

“Possible Futures In The Minds Of Children” is prob my favorite tune on here so far, giving me mathcore version of FNM’s “As The Worm Turns” vibes on the intro before exploding into jealousy inducing levels of chaos. Also love the way “Take The Flesh, Make It Stretchy” kicks off, just one of those songs that you know people will be likely to freak out live when they hear a split second of it begin.

approximation_of_a_human is available Friday, September 27th. Pre-order is available HERE. This band fucking rules and are def our favorite of the groups who are kind of showing some 00’s mathcore and screamo snark/mosh influence currently.

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Chicago metallers Snow Burial earlier this month released a music video for their song “Sever the Bloodline” over at Decibel.

“Sever the Bloodline” comes off of Snow Burial’s upcoming album Ostrava due out on September 20 via Prosthetic Records.

About the video, SNOW BURIAL frontman, Ben Bowman comments, “This video was conceived, directed and edited by Derek Cox of Polymyth Studios. He’s been a long time colleague of Nick [Delehanty]’s and was inspired by the song’s dark imagery. The song itself is born from the despair bred by the wild inequality and greed we see daily and invokes some rather violent themes to make a point. We’re hardly ever literal, but the extremity of the sound and words have intent.”

Head over to Decibel to stream “Sever the Bloodline.” You can also check out the album art and track list for Ostrava here.

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.gif from god release “sassafras manassas ass” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 8:57 AM (PST)

Photo by Sarmistha Talukdar

Richmond, Virginia noise-makers .gif from god have released their latest music video for their song “sassafras manassas ass.”

The track comes off the band’s upcoming album approximation_of_a_human, which will be released on September 27th.

The music video was done by artist Morta Sustain.

About the track, vocalist Mitchie says:

“The song is about running through darkness. More directly it’s about how hopeless and cyclical it feels to move through the world with debilitating anxiety that goes unaddressed; moving forward with no direction or intentionality. How can one hope to overcome their demons or circumstances without acknowledging the reality that they are faced with? Without others affirming that their reality is real and valid?”

Sofia, Bassist, adds:

“sassafras is a re-recording and modification of one of the first songs .gif ever recorded. I wasn’t in the band at the time but it was the first song I was taught after I joined. We never felt like it was done proper justice, and we’ve changed so much as a band since it was first written and initially released that it sounds wildly different now. We want to show people who’ve never heard of us before a song that still remains important to us, while hinting to our current fans how much we’ve changed before releasing material that bears almost no resemblance to previous .gif from god releases.”

Head over to Alternative Press to  check out “sassafras manassas ass.” .gif from god are also streaming, “no dude…he STILL likes to spray” via the Zegema Beach Records Zampler.

Check out the tracklist for approximation_of_a_human and .gif from god show dates here.

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Stream / Share KNAAVES‘ “The Serpent’s Root” At THIS LOCATION.

Milwaukee-based metallic hardcore practitioners KNAAVES will release their The Serpent’s Root debut full-length via Confluence Records this fall. KNAAVES is vocalist Andy Parmann and guitarist Jamie Kerwin, formerly of Amora Savant, bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels formerly of Enabler, and drummer Antonio Ninham formerly of Die Alone.

Surrounded by deceit and destruction – lies from the media, corruption of our planet, and even our own minds shifting thoughts within, each day is a war upon our senses as we struggle to sort out the truth in an age of disinformation. The music of KNAAVES is inspired by the often-palpable negative energy that surrounds us. Some songs are drawn from the media’s manipulation and sensationalism of cults, serial killers, and murders, while others are drawn from anxiety, depression, abuse, neglect, or the relentless destruction of our planet’s resources.

With the combined influences of its members’ previous bands and modern influences like Axis, Black Breath, and Disfear, KNAAVES’ The Serpent’s Root delivers seven unapologetically heavy tracks of pissed-off grooves, dark melodic riffs, and emotionally-driven lyrics. The Serpent’s Root was produced, recorded, edited, and mixed by Kerwin at Davidian Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Converge, Integrity, Obituary, Vastum) at Audiosiege with artwork by Scott Shellhamer (American Heritage, Ghosts And Vodka). The record will be released September 3rd on CD, digital, and cassette formats via Confluence Records.

KNAAVES will play a special hometown record release show on September 13th as well as a show in Chicago with Venom Prison, Homewrecker, and Call Of The Void on September 22nd with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

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Danish hardcore punks OXX are preparing to release their upcoming album The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger is due out on August 16 via Nefarious Industries. The forthcoming album will be a follow-up to 2017’s Night and the City.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

Check out a tracklisting and a preview of The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger here.

It was pretty fun to learn about the Serpent Of Gnosis release from 1126 records literally the day before it drops like a megaton piano on the heads of the world. The last minute “Oh shit, how did I miss this” of it all was a nice way to head into the weekend. I had no idea Johnny Davy had a sickeningly heavy new band at all and thought he had like vanished into Area 51 or something awhile ago. How cool to hear that completely unhinged roar again!

Serpent Of Gnosis’ debut As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation is one of the heaviest records you are likely to hear anytime soon, managing to be next level technical while still having emotional impact AND the heavy vibes of a lot of modern dethcore. Dudes are not fucking around. The album title also reminds me of the myth where Thor drank from a mead horn that was like connected to the seas and actually lowered the sea level, if I recall. Iconic, lol.

“Fragile Vessel Of Serenity” and some other tracks also feature some weird creepy ambient type moments that will freak you out like a horror movie and add to the unsettling onslaught very effectively. I am super stoked on this album. Darren Cesca on drums is a whirlwind throughout, elevating and blurring the tech deth parts into deadly grind territory quite often. “The Colorless Capsules” is one of the most punishing tracks, a masterful wrestling match of extreme subgenres that all dance around the death metal totem pole. Dying Fetus or even old Whitechapel fans could co-exist raving about this thing but there are also a few brilliant little progressive guitar moments that sneak in and out between extreme pit starters (“Harvest” has the best example of this and is maybe the best tune on the record, just fucking unreal).

“Cognitivity” has a thunderous slow intro that almost sounds like old Burn the Priest for a minute and adds some superb mosh value to a record that most often goes for Zoom vs. The Flash levels of speed. “A Mask of Lucidity” also mixes it up and has a very tasty lightning solo section and some darkly melodic bridge action that was pleasantly unexpected and cool. The band don’t overstay their welcome on any track, as the songs are all relatively short but kick your ass across the pavement and allow for you to get very invested in the record. A lot of people are gonna flip shit on how solid this release is, I am telling you now. You definitely want more (including a black eye and a T-shirt), by the time this bad boy is through.

Well, we have 2x good news today. Trump’s re-election poll numbers suck, with almost every Democratic potential candidate ahead of his sorry corrupt grifter ass at the moment. You know it is bad when you are complaining the Republican has made taxes unbearable, haha. I don’t even mind paying a fair rate but it’s a lot harder to swallow the pill of a big tax bill when you know what a slimy, millions in Golf wasting crook we have in the White House. We can’t get to cocky or even afford to keep the dipshit in office that long and there is more than enough reason to impeach if Pelosi would get the friggin’ memo.

In other news, crusty experimental rockers Tau Cross are friggin’ brilliant and their new material sounds exciting. Some people weren’t as stoked on their second album as the debut (I dug both, with the debut slightly ahead) – but the new tune is one of my favorites from them yet. That big ole pick scrape over the rattly Away drums into that catchy riff before the charred mosh and hoarse Baron vocals come in…yeah! This is a pit starter! It was recorded at Signaturetone Studios and mastered by Adam Tucker (Thou, False).

Messengers Of Deception will be available on CD, 2xLP, and Digital formats. Physical packages are available for preorder via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads / streaming services are available HERE.

“Walk into the fire/you and I shall never die…”

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Immortal Bird stream new song “Vestigial Warnings”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:26 AM (PST)

Chicago metallers Immortal Bird have released their newest song “Vestigial Warnings.”

This grotesque track comes off the band’s upcoming album Thrive On Neglect which will be released on July 5 via 20 Buck Spin.

Says vocalist Rae Amitay of the track:

“This was the first full song we wrote together as our current configuration, and we’ve been playing it together for almost two years. Finally having it recorded and released feels like a significant step. Lyrically, this one is more ‘political’ than the rest of the material on the album. I’m not trying to be indirect by using metaphor, but I also don’t want to limit people’s perspective by being overt. With the ‘eyeless, glowing grubs…sickly white, dying still…choir of weakened gasping…,’ I’m not saying that I was thinking about certain people who occupy positions of power in this country but… Actually, that is what I’m saying. ‘They’ll tell you this is how it has to be. Abandon hope and worship apathy.'”

The upcoming Thrive On Neglect was produced by Dave Otero (Archspire, Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis).

Immortal Bird are heading out on a two-week tour starting today. Check out tour dates as well as “Vestigial Warnings” here.

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Ingested have announced a Russia and Ukraine tour, EP out in June.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:21 PM (PST)

Well, Morrissey is fucking cancelled but but there is still some good left in Manchester…INGESTED! Way cooler vocals anyway! The ‘World Wide Slam Kings’ are taking their heavy hitting act to Russia and Ukraine coming up and have a new EP called Call Of The Void (not to be confused with the bad ass band named that) out in June via Unique Leader Records.

Drummer Lyn Jeffs commented, “We’ve heard nothing but good things about how Russia and Ukraine slams hard so we are stoked to finally bringing INGESTED to your part of the world. Let’s make this a tour to remember this October!”

Dates below –

10/24 Kiev, UA @ Tepli Lampoviy
10/25 Kharkiv, UA @ LF Club
10/26 Moscow, RU @ Gorod
10/27 St Petersburg, RU @ Mod

INGESTED are currently on the road alongside Cryptopsy and Gloryhole Guillotine and have announced a number of dates across Europe this summer.

w/ Cryptopsy and Gloryhole Guillotine
15/5 Hamburg, DE @ Bambi Galore –
16/5 Berlin, DE @ Nuke Club –
17/5 Chemnitz, DE @ Ajz –
18/5 Chrudim, CZ @ R-Klub –
19/5 Brno, CZ @ Melodka –

w/ Within Destruction
14/6 Apeldoorn, NL @ Gigant
15/6 Munich, DE @ Slamavaria*
16/6 Klagenfurt, AT @ Club Stereo*
17/6 Ljubljana, SL @ Orto Bar
18/6 Szeged, HU @ Jate Klub*
19/6 Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Flying Circus*
20/6 Kosice, SK @ Colloseum*
21/6 Litomerice, CZ @ Death Coffee Party
22/6 Tynec nad Labem, CZ @ Tynecky Mazec Festival
* w/ Within Destruction

Physical pre-order bundles for The Call of the Void are available HERE
Digital order bundles HERE

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