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Elantris to open for Epica on North American dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM (PST)

Ohio’s Elantris feature beauty and the beast style vocal switch offs, semi-raw yet symphonic arrangements and a hard work ethic that has found the band open for Xandria and Sonata Arctica, among others, before. They have been compared favorably to Kamelot. Elantris will support their recently-released debut album, This Sacrifice with a set of dates that will also feature Insomnium, Lacuna Coil, and headliners Epica. Those are all major players in the scene and any one of them would be a challenge to share a stage with, but Elantris seem up for it:

“We are very excited for the opportunity to perform with such incredible bands. With our combined powers, we see no reason we can’t reshape the hearts and souls of everyone present at the shows. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on a fantastic tour and get to play our music at so many great venues, in front of so many incredible fans.” 

“Our main goal on this tour is to stimulate the economy by increasing the production of mops and buckets. These will be vital in dealing with the increased sweat and face melting that occurs at most venues due to extreme headbanging and joyous feeling that occurs from witnessing raw epicness!”

Dates and a taste of the band’s sound below.

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The Birthday Massacre announce North American Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Canada’s The Birthday Massacre remain a very fun live band and are taking to the road in May to support new seventh album Under Your Spell. It is easy to fumble the cartoony goth pop dark rock genre but this band has always been cool and enjoyable on many levels, way more than just a shtick. The new record aims to hit all their signature notes while being one of the most emotional in their career.

Tour kicks off on May 18th at Toronto’s The Opera House and circles the continent, hitting cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, NYC and Boston. (full dates below)

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Under Your Spell Tour Dates BELOW.
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In the microcosm of friends that I live in there are many women coming together to support and exalt one another in the arts. This is a marked shift from what you see in pop culture which is women competing with one another, exploiting their selves and each other for success, and approval from our patriarchal culture. – Sera Timms

Ides Of Gemini are one of the more deserving bands in the underground, always searching for both revelatory experiences and the breaking of new ground within their art. While the band have benefited from strong support from major players within the scene, from early support from Neurot to a tour with Ghost to finding a new coveted home with Rise Above Records, the band have also faced their share of setbacks that have forced their momentum to sort of develop via ebb, flow and word of mouth despite their hard work. Original drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson incurred a career-threatening injury while on tour in the US in 2015, causing founding members J. Bennett and vocalist (and then-bassist) Sera Timms to reassess their next move. After enlisting Scott Batiste of Saviours as a stand-in drummer for a short West Coast tour, things clicked and Scott soon became a permanent member. The band then expanded to a quartet for the first time, as Sera relinquished her bass-playing duties to newcomer Adam Murray.

The band have never shied away from making their own path and now return with an album called Women, a simple celebration and study of the sacred feminine perfect for these times when the President sexualizes his own daughter while cutting off all funding to UN Family planning or when just the other day one of the premiere and most dedicated writers in metal – who happens to be female – was attacked deplorably by a site for having a disability . It is great to see some bold art from a band that is far more respectful and also features a woman in a primary – not token/ fashion appendage – role. Sera’s drifting vocals on the hook of new song “Mother Kiev” are positively consuming yet far from predictable, while many still gush about the band’s bold recent take on “Strange Fruit” as a doom dirge. You can hear a mid tempo new track “The Rose” now at Cvlt Nation.

Women is produced by the talented Sanford Parker and features guest appearances from Tara Connelly of Clay Rendering (on Queen Of New Orleans) and Marriages and solo singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle (on She Has A Secret), a personal favorite of mine. Nicola Samori’s cover art looks like something out of a museum, delicate and yet strong and romantic despite being interpretively marred by a partial smear. But perhaps that is up to the viewer or listener to decipher if the art or songs indicate damage, obscurity or survival.

Read my latest interview with the band, this time with vocalist Sera Timms, below.

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Lacuna Coil announce North American Tour; new music

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:50 AM (PST)

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Italian metallers Lacuna Coil are preparing to tear up North America next month.

Lacuna Coil are touring in support of their upcoming album Delirium which will drop on May 27 via Century Media Records.

Butcher Babies, 9Electric and Painted Wives will be offering support on the tour.

Check out tour dates and stream the lyric video for “The House of Shame” here.

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From Celtic Frost’s Into The Pandemonium to Metallica’s S&M to the mind blowing latest from blackened chamber doomers Wolvserpent to the fucking insane Bach shredding of shred dominatrix/violinist The Great Kat, many metal artists have flirted with or amalgamated classical influences into their sound, to drastically varied levels of success. Ontario’s The Visit, comprised of Musk Ox’s very skilled Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello) and the strikingly talented Heather Sita Black (voice), get it more right than most of the others put together.

Starting in the reverse fashion of four feet and cello planted firmly in classical yet with a deep, romantic and soul pulling fascination with the darker side of the musical world, the pair have managed to make music that could stir esteemed concert halls and gothier types alike. Through Darkness Into Light, a late self-released 2015 triumph, was one of the loveliest and most breathtaking releases of late 2015 (with a stellar Alan Douches mastering job that really makes it feel cinematic). Additionally, this was  one of the most primary of a handful of albums that kept me “sane” last year (along w moody stuff like Tearist, The last temptation of christ, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Vowws, Marriages, etc.)

During a particularly dark time I found The Visit‘s gossamer heartache and striving sounds that float throughout Through Darkness Into Light to be a comforting sort of oxygen that I could trust in, a record I didn’t talk much about because I was holding it rather close. That is, ironically, often the best compliment we can give something…exclusion via the intimacy of overly processing how something powerful makes you feel which you aren’t yet willing to vocalize.

Metal fans of a certain type may scratch their caveman heads but others will get that heavier stuff like permanence, desire and the magnitude of self in a vast cosmos are at play, a certain naturalist’s existentialism that perhaps is a product of being an avant garde act from Ontario. Or maybe I am just projecting. When the bowing gets heavy enough on “Without This Flesh” I dare you to not be hit by the impact of feel anyway, even if other passages are somehow too floaty for you thrash types.

Personally, I think The Visit are a breath of cold, fresh air and make inventive, soul stirring art of the highest musical caliber.

Raphael and Heather answer my questions below.

Katatonia release ‘The Fall of Hearts’ track list

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM (PST)

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Swedish progressive metallers Katatonia have released the track list for their upcoming album The Fall of Hearts.

The Fall of Hearts, Katatonia’s 10th album is out May 20 via Peaceville Records.

Check out the track list and a teaser for the album here.

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Anette Olzon attacked

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM (PST)

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A lot of news over the weekend and today, from D.R.I. working on new material to Dave Lombardo touring with Suicidal Tendencies. We are gonna focus on a sad story, however. Violence against someone in the metal community and a chance to put healing energy back out there should always take priority over other band news. Heck, all we have is one another.

Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon deserves some get well wishes. Send her some nice comments at her Instagram, please.

The Shine singer was attacked randomly and some people even watched and failed to help her. That is wack!

 Today changed rapidly from a good day into a horrible day when I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car. In the hospital now cause she hit me hard and I fell backwards in the stony street with my back head and I am quite shaken and bruised and the worst thing of it all was that there were two adult men standing one feet away watching me get beaten doing f-ckin nothing! Cowards!! Thank god a girl ran after and then finally two REAL men took the junkie down and she is now with the police! Drugs people are making people really dangerous!! I’ll write more after the dr but please be careful out there!

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Album Review: Delain – “Lunar Prelude”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 12:32 PM (PST)

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Delain are one of the funnest bands around and have always had an endearing ability to cross over to different fan basses with catchy vocals, strings, big rock guitar and unbridled ambition. The Human Contradiction was a recent win and tours in support of the record with Sabaton and Within Temptation (in particular) found the band playing to some of the biggest crowds of their lives. One gnarly testicle injury aside, things have been pretty awesome for the band.

My appreciation for the group has grown since I reviewed their last album here and said I wished it had more shredding. All around awesome guitarist Timo Somers became my friend and sent me videos showing he could shred his ass off. But that isn’t always what is best for a song. The band really act as a team, and that is more evident than ever before on this EP. I interviewed Charlotte Wessels for New Noise a year or so back also and not only was she nice and professional but her answers were very thoughtful.

These are genuine, cool people who rather than preach “rock aint dead” simply prove it by kicking ass. Once they draw you in it is hard not to keep rooting for them.

Two new songs and some excellent live renditions greet fans here. It isn’t essential but it sure aint unwelcome either. “Suckerpunch” has a few clunky lyrics but the sweeping, cinematic opera metal of “Turn The Lights Out” and a new, more futuristic sounding version of “Don’t Let Go” that is sure to add awesome dynamics to any concert make this worth purchasing.

On top of the new and re-imagined studio tracks you also get some live songs from this ever hustling and bustling band of rock warriors.

“Stardust” , a newer fan favorite is delivered to a huge sounding audience along with takes on “Lullaby” , “Army Of Dolls” and even an additional live version of the new single”Suckerpunch”.

This is surely worth your time.

 

Chaostar studio news. (add this to “most anticipated” in my book)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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photo by Stella Mouzi

“Few months are left for Chaostar to enter the studio again, after almost 3 years.

The rehearsals for the new album are getting more intense and we truly believe that the result won’t let you down.

We keep in touch.”

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Leaves’ Eyes post 2015 Latin America tour report: El Salvador

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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Liv from Leaves’ Eyes is always having interesting adventures and she talks about her astounding metal band’s recent days in El Salvador  with loads of photos HERE

NO SLEEP FOR THE WICKED
Atrocity & Leaves’ Eyes across Latin America 2015
A report by Liv Kristine

14. May
San Salvador, El Salvador, greeted us with warm weather and sunshine. Great to have a nap at the hotel’s pool. The friendly staff provided us with coconut-pineapple-mango juice non stop. After three espressos on top our promoter team picked us up to take us to the venue. We knew it would be hot, but that gig was one big sauna! Two very friendly police officers paid us a visit, however, not to tell us about restrictions; they were interested in Joris’ blast beat drumming and life on the road, moreover, life in Europe. We were very happy to meet & greet out metal audience in El Salvador for the first time. In the backyard of the venue the mangoes were falling down every 2 minutes as we were taking photos and doing signings every. I wish this sweet, awesome fruit would grow in my own garden! 

To be continued!

 

LEAVES’ EYES „KING OF KINGS” – OUT NOW: http://tinyurl.com/nfg28ls

featuring
Simone Simons (Epica)
Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna)
London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars)
White Russian Symphony Orchestra

“The Waking Eye” Video:
https://youtu.be/GWQQ1Gxo7sc

“King of Kings” Video:
http://youtu.be/c_vYIT2sxo0

“Halvdan The Black” Video:
https://youtu.be/KNqfIxjKFjo

LEAVES’ EYES
Tourdates & tickets: http://www.leaveseyes.de/tour

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  Critically acclaimed Bay Area post rock collective AMBER ASYLUM will release its new album, Sin Eater, on December 4 via Prophecy Productions. The band’s seventh studio album was recorded at Ear Hammer Studios (OM, Pallbearer, Vhol) in Oakland, CA and produced, mixed and mastered by frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist and soprano vocalist Kris T. Force. The subject matter that helped inspire the album is the cleansing ritual of “sin eating”. Today, Noisey premieres the new AMBER ASYLUM track, “Executioner”; listen now at this location.

“Sin Eating still exists as a death ritual where the Sin Eater consumes a meal or ‘corpse cake’ that is passed over the body of the deceased or laid on the chest,” Force explains. “The meal represents the sins of the deceased and once consumed by the Sin Eater the sins are released thereby allowing the soul to rest in peace. The album speaks of this process of taking on the pain of others to set them free.”

In honor of 20 years of the mystifying group, the label Prophecy Productions will also be releasing a new set  Anthology  at the same time as the Bay Area chamber group’s new Sin Eater record. It consists of twelve CDs, containing the band’s entire work including numerous compilation tracks, singles and more partially unreleased bonus songs, topped by an accompanying 80-page book bound in leather with all lyrics.

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Epic symphonic soundtracked battle and the ethereal vocals of Liv Kristine combine for a Norse-themed adventure video in the new, quite elaborate lyric video for Leaves’ Eyes new album’s title track. Make all the LARP jokes you like, but this band remains one of the best and most pro at what they do. Few but the most cynical will fail to be swept up at the 3:26 mark when the song leaps up a notch, Liv’s voice reaching for the stratosphere as A. Krull and the rest of the band march on to “reign invincible”.

Dear fans and friends,
here it is the official lyric video for the title song of our new album, “King Of Kings”. Enjoy, share & help us spreading the word! “King Of Kings” is out now in Europe and will be released in North America this Friday (September 18th)!

featuring
Simone Simons (Epica)
Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna)
London Voices Choir (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars)
White Russian Symphony Orchestra

Watch it BELOW.

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Interview: Rasputina – Curse Tablets and Unknown Pleasures

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:44 PM (PST)

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“I don’t have any physical problems or back pain. I think yoga helps with
that. Everyone over practices. I don’t think you have to practice that much
but it comes from classical music and insecurities. If you have skills, chops
and inspiration you just have to get your energy together with the group.”
Melora Creager

Heavy cello theatrical institution Rasputina have always been daring, playful
or downright brazen, though new album Unknown is nonetheles one of founder
Melora Creagor’s most liberated records in a lengthy discography of triumphs.
Recorded in record time yet with physical release only through Melora’s
website and no digital release, the record makes a point about intimacy,
ownership and interaction in this age of voyeuristic entitlement.

Known to feminists, Nirvana and Marilyn Manson fans who know the history of
those bands, Cregor has been a high class costume designer for Vogue, an NYC
innovator in the performing arts scene and an influence on free folk and steam
punk. She’s even a mom. Those are fancy ways of saying she is awesome.

On top of all that, Rasputina are about to go on tour with a fabulous current
line up to some great US venues. The new record Unknown is highly recommended
and has some beautiful music on it that must be lived and taken in to your
bosom, just awesome, awesome songs.

Now I know this isn’t like symphonic metal bombastic Within Temptation
charging into the pink sunset (which I think is awesome. I love that band),
but Rasputina are more than quirky, spooky and technically skilled to thrill
even casual listeners who aren’t to uncouth to appreciate some dramatic flare.

I talked on the phone to Melora a few weeks ago and it was awesome. She lives
in the Hudson Valley like me. I told her about Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,
which has some of the best acoustics in the world and where I saw Andrew Bird
play an amazing show a few years ago that showed how highly versatile he is.
Fuck, I hope Rasputina could play that venue sometime. It’d be amazing.

Anyhow. Here is my chat with this true artist and treasure BELOW.

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I think when you bring an album out, our job’s done. You’ve recorded it.
It’s that moment in time. When the record is released people need sound bytes
and a reason to buy a record. We’ve seen that. It’s always something. This
time around it’s “return to the roots”. That wasn’t what we were thinking when
we were writing it. – Greg Mackintosh

Paradise Lost are one of the most important metal bands of all time. Their
influence is hardly measurable, the sign of a next level tier of influence
occupied by bands with revered names like Candlemass, In Flames, Emperor,
Christian Death, Moonspell, Type O Negative or Celtic Frost. Bands who all
were or are so unique yet deeply affected the sound of the era they are mostly
associated with. Often imitated but never duplicated,so to speak (Did I
mention Draconian Times just turned 20?!)

It was an honor to speak, very early in the morning my Upstate, NY time, with
UK metal hero Greg Mackintosh about The Plague Within. This high charting and
no fucks given record is a later career milestone for the band, proof that
their morose glory still melts “Flesh From Bone”, to mention a newer song.

Read our discussion BELOW and be sure to purchase the new, brilliantly dark 14th album!

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In one of the better lyric videos I’ve seen, Paradise Lost and Century Media have revealed a song sure to thrill fans of the long running metal institution. It’s on the slower Type O and PL doom side of things, a powerful number with a bridge to fight for. I’m still reeling from seeing Vallenfyre crush live so this PL song is very welcome. I’m also allegedly related to Milton who wrote Paradise Lost, so I’m always into this band’s stuff. It makes little red demons in my skull dance in a cartoon field of flames. I’ve followed them sporadically since Draconian Times and they always have a good visual element to their design as well.

You can feel the song build in your veins watching the lyric video HERE.

PARADISE LOST comments: “Check out the first track from our new album “The Plague Within”. “No Hope In Sight” was one of the first tracks we wrote and it reflects a blend of styles. From death metal to gothic to classic rock. It’s like all eras of PL wrapped up into one track.  We hope you all like it!

“No Hope In Sight“ is already available on all digital outlets and you can pre-order the digital album here:

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