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Why Living Colour’s Chris Cornell tribute is maybe my favorite

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:07 PM (PST)

I’m a late eighties and super early 90’s kid for the most part at heart – some 80’s new wave and 00’s Deftones type stuff aside. Today I was revisiting Living Colour‘s excellent Time’s Up release, perhaps my favorite of their records. It so captured various rising sounds of an era. People forget the band worked with everyone from Don Byron to Mick Jagger to Little Richard and were so much more than an easy to pigeonhole hard rock band. They went 2x platinum with Vivid and have other great records but to me Time’s Up is kind of their Incesticide – full of characteristic examples of their range and some popular cuts for die hard fans but overshadowed by other records.

With the exception of Soulside (who never broke into mainstream conversations) and mighty Bad Brains, who laid the groundwork but didn’t get their full due until much later despite influencing everyone from Jane’s Addiction to Scream and Nirvana, there was really nothing that sounded at all like rowdier Living Colour except some of the rhythm tracks on Appetite For Destruction or, again, some of the frenetic early funk-a-fied alt rock of Jane’s, Faith No More or RHCP. That sort of funky side has all but been whitewashed out of a lot of indie rock and punk these days but the freak flag is still flown by, say, Stephen Bruner/Thundercat or a lesser known band like Joey Eppard’s 3, for example. Plus, it is always awesome to see black men owning rock n roll as a genre since they are the ones who really created it first. I saw Corey Glover live at O+ Festival in my city of Kingston a year or so back and the fluidity of his vocals even now was astounding.

Living Colour’s best material reminds us of a time when bands were unafraid to be themselves and find different, but like minded peers, each band thus becoming underscored as special for their similarities and unique qualities. Seattle grunge was also very much like that. Seeing the Living Colour version of “Blow Up The Outside World” really moved me. The band do their own interpretation but the love is so strong for the material, the moment they are sharing with fans and for the departed Cornell. The best covers are usually when a band does their own caring but unique take, from Moby’s take on “New Dawn Fades” to Dax Riggs’ Leonard Cohen covers to Macy Gray’s jazzy version of a Metallica song . Heck, Robert Trujillo quoted “Black Hole Sun” in a section of a patented Metallica-style bass solo to nod to Soundgarden and the world’s huge loss, for example.

Soundgarden were so special because they wore their Sab and Beatles influences and didn’t pretend they were God’s gift sent from a void without giving credit, but they forged a unique sound from the clay of their roots. I wish more bands today still cared enough to try to do that.

There is something about this Living Colour version of a not as obvious choice like “Outshined” though that brings the immediacy of the loss and also the bittersweet but beautiful nature of this life we are all in to a head. The crowd singing along so strongly to a lesser known hit should move even the staunchest black metal snob or blog hipster with a heart of entitled stone. Please watch it and remember that music can make us all family.

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Seether and Letters From The Fire just rocked Upstate Concert Hall in mid May and our own Catharina Christiana was there to capture some of the energy with her camera. Check the shots out BELOW.

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RIP Chris Cornell

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:22 AM (PST)

No words will do justice to your legacy. Thank you

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In This Moment reveal “Ritual” artwork

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:24 AM (PST)

Photo by Catharina Christiana

Theatrical tour machines In This Moment have seemingly named their next offering Ritual. Some artwork was revealed today and fans are freaking out. “River Of Fire”, a new song the band has been playing live, was fucking awesome when I saw them in Albany (one of the biggest highlights of the set). More news as we get it.

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NY’s Candiria have released a fittingly precise yet disorienting video for the amped up title track of their latest record (and Metal Blade debut) While They Were Sleeping. The song contains plenty of the band’s shifting rhythms and staccato insanity paired with some melodic elements. One of my all time favorite groups, so of course I’m gonna tell you to watch this right away.

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Dark hard rockers Seether wrestle with more nightmares amidst grungy guitars and hard rock hooks on forthcoming release Poison The Parish. Shaun Morgan, vocals/guitar; Dale Stewart, bass/vocals; John Humphrey, drums – will drop the album on May 12 through Morgan’s new Canine Riot Records via Concord Music Group. New song “Count Me Out” def ups the band’s Nirvana influence even further on the verses while the choruses and heavy ending are more hard rock and Nu than radio grunge. You can’t count them out. Seether are actually still in the fight and put on a strong show. You can tell there is some bite to this release.

Track titles and new single BELOW.

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Islander release video for “Casket”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:02 AM (PST)

Nu groove punks Islander are my favorite younger band in the rock scene going on a few years now. They just fire on all cylinders, don’t play the seventeenth stepped on version of breakdown core you’ve heard way too many times and manage to put their own spin on any genre they dip their fingers in. Each of their releases works with the next but also has distinct characteristics to mark that era.

The band have just released a new video for “Casket”, the last clip from recent speaker buster Power Under Control. You can watch the black and white clip, filmed on NASA grounds, HERE.

My only issue with the video is that I can’t imagine singer Mikey actually burying anyone like that because he is a really nice dude! Haha.

The video comes as ISLANDER prepare for some intimate club shows before joining the ‘Summer Of Serenity Tour’ alongside Korn, Stone Sour and Baby Metal. Check it out!

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Song Of The Week: Lola Black’s “Dead To Me”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:39 PM (PST)

Denver’s Lola Black recently released a catchy hard rock song “Dead To Me” that is sure to be an anthem for the band’s fans.  With footage from Higher Elevation Rock Festival and KBPI Car Show last summer, the “Dead to Me” video was produced by Negative4 Productions. The band will also be re-releasing their EP Till Death Do Us Part via The Label Group on the same day as “Dead To Me,” May 5th, on iTunes and all other online retailers.

I dig Lola’s vocals. Kind of reminds me of if Alannah Myles fronted an early 00’s influenced hard rock band but with a lot more snarling grit to her voice to go with the smooth hooks. This is almost certainly going to be a band to watch if they keep up the production value on the videos. Best of luck to them.

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Former Nothingface singer Matt Holt dies

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM (PST)

A big shame for groove metal fans today as we learn that Matt Holt, ex-Nothingface singer, passed away on April 15th. While he was estranged from some of his former band mates, the particulars of that don’t outweigh that he was a big talent and rocked hard on some killer albums.

I remember my old band DIVEST was really influenced by the group’s Violence album, a ferocious record top to bottom and full of difficult screams and cool harmonized melodic passages that influenced some of my own style along with Alice In Chains. As a singer I def admired the range of Holt and that even people who only liked screaming couldn’t dismiss him because he could also really scream his head off. Glad I got to see them rip it live once opening for Pantera. I still think “Bleeder” fucking rules. RIP.

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Raven Black premiere new video at Revolver

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:42 AM (PST)

Alt Metal L.A. spooky groovers Raven Black have premiered a new video “Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars” over at Revolver HERE. The song comes from the theatrical group’s recent Seven Sins EP, which found the band working with esteemed producer Ulrich Wild and is set to be followed by a full length this year. The band dip their toes into the pool of West Coast Nu Metal ala Coal Chamber meets Suicide Squad visually but also have a punkier sound going on that fans of, say, One-Eyed Doll or Jack Off Jill will certainly be likely to dig. Check ’em out!

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World Gone release “Feed The Machine” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9:09 AM (PST)

Florida nu/groove metal band World Gone have released a video for “Feed The Machine”, kind of a post-apocalypse bunker broadcast for metalheads. Fans of Mudvayne’s spazzery, early Slipknot or American Head Charge will likely enjoy this rage infused eyeball tincture, a remedy to clear your vision. I like how the band logo kind of reminds me of the Decepticons.

“Feed the Machine” is a story of human enslavement and the struggle to find a way to finally be free. Afraid of death, future loss, injury, and imprisonment, the majority of humans have become easily controlled and dominated by the powerful few. The greatest resource in history has not been gold or oil, it has been the extortion of other humans. You can’t get a hen to lay more eggs by threatening it but you can get a human to give you his eggs by threatening him. Human fear farming has been the most lucrative trade of all time and even now continues to feed the evil plans for domination of the universe by the bloated, power mad, and greedy Human Coercion Machine. – World Gone

Yes, we can all agree the only good human coercion machine is a dildo. Anyway, resist.

 

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Kylesa to release “Live at Maida Vale” for Record Store Day

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 9:00 PM (PST)

Savannah’s genre-defying (and much missed) heavy rock group KYLESA will see the release of Live at Maida Vale Studios as part of Record Store Day 2017. ‘Live at Maida Vale…’ captures  KYLESA’s February 2014 BBC Radio 1 Rock Show session in its entirety, and has never been commercially available before. The session was recorded with BBC DJ Daniel P. Carter for the BBC program “Rock Show with Daniel P Carter”.

The track list for ‘Live at Maida Vale…’ is:
1. Quicksand
2. Long Gone
3. Don’t Look Back
4. To Forget

‘Live at Maida Vale…’ is a one time pressing of 1500 12″ LPs, 1000 CDs, and 150 cassettes and will be available on April 22 2017 at independent record stores worldwide. A full list of confirmed Record Store Day special releases and more can be found here.

Maida Vale Studios is a complex of seven BBC sound studios in London.The historic set of studios have seen musical performances dating back from 1946 to the present. Past performances have include music from legendary rock icons such as DAVID BOWIE, LED ZEPPELIN, JIMI HENDRIX and many more.

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Great news! 3 years no booze today. Seems like good day (haha) to finally re-release my 00’s Kingston, NY band Antidote 8‘s TRUE FORM record plus 2 NEW SONGS “Tower of London” and “Just Try”. Thanks to Dave Daw and Robert Kelly for shooting me the tracks!

RIYL Tool, Van Halen, Clutch, Iron Maiden, Chevelle, etc.

Rebecca Vernon of SubRosa guests on “Settle Down” (she cut the vocals around the same time she was doing No Help For The Mighty Ones, more or less).
Drums on “Just Try” and “Tower Of London” by Jordan Childs.
Lead vox on “Just Try” by Adrienne Nixon (I love how tight we were getting at harmonizing towards end of the project).

Hopefully some of you will enjoy these tunes and the truly insane guitar solos of Eric Nixon. We had some good times along the way, including shows with Thou, Dio Disciples, Black Tusk, Steve Brown of Trixter, Painmask and Joey Eppard of 3.

Original EP tracks engineered by Jay Andersen at Darkworld Studios.

https://antidote8music.bandcamp.com/album/true-form

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My Epic “Memoir” music and ‘Viscera’ tour news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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“Memoir” is the second single from My Epic’s upcoming release “Viscera”, out on May 6. Don’t forget to pre-order with limited vinyl and apparel options in our online store.  Or pre-order on iTunes.

My Epic will be touring in support of “Viscera” from April 29 – May 21.  Click here to check out all of the tour dates.

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Album Review: OTEP – ‘Generation Doom’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM (PST)

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Back in 2013 when I wrote about Hydra it was thought to be the last album we would see from metal poetess Otep Shamaya.

We now know that this isn’t the case. OTEP is preparing to release Generation Doom on April 15 via Napalm Records.

Check out my full review of this latest tome of brutal honesty from the ever-candid Shamaya & Co. here.

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