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Chaostar stream anticipated opus “The Undivided Light”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:47 PM (PST)

CHAOSTAR are streaming their stunning new album, ‘The Undivided Light’. On the new album, Athen’s CHAOSTAR deconstruct classic orchestration, traditional instrumentation, electronica, rock, Byzantine music and more into something truly fresh and exciting. Led by SEPTICFLESH guitarist and composer Christos Antoniou, and featuring the striking voice of Androniki Skoula, CHAOSTAR reshape time-honored musical convention into gorgeous compositions that are peerless. ‘The Undivided Light’ is a deeply dramatic and dynamic album of worldly music that is both rich and timeless. The ‘Undivided Light’ is streaming here now.

Regarding the new album, CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki Skoula comments: “The human being as an individual and as a master of his own destiny appears again as the central core around which our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’ revolves. We have always been attracted to the investigation of the womb in which our secretive and most tiring battles take place. There is no blood there, no human casualties, no weapons, but only arsenals of strength and belief, waiting for us to prove that we deserve the feasts that life has provided us unconditionally. Silent soldiers confronting their lethal decisions, an ancient conspiracy in the subconscious, memories, and intentions merging into a crystal magic ball, a two-sided coin. Life and death, this price has to be paid. The light that leads cannot be divided, its flame sprung from the opened doors of knowledge and wandered in silent yards, confronting the eternal circle of yin and yang. Its flame asks from each of us to be remembered. Its flames demand to be protected and kept alive, either to light the way or to burn down. ‘The Undivided Light’ is an album that does not just ‘comment’ on someone’s ability to defend certain values, but it is mostly a statement of the band’s contributors that outlines the secretive ‘liaison’ between memory and conscience. The extent of conscience in our actions defends the real value of any kind of memory that we inherit towards others and also towards ourselves. In the end, the level of self-redemption does not only relate to our actions, but mostly to the pretext into which we include them. Remembrance has become a struggle, it is not an easy medal to gain, an undivided flame that burns on the soil of our soul. May we be remembered.”

‘The Undivided Light’ will be released this week worldwide on March 23rd. Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. 

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Apocalyptic death rockers ATRIARCH are pleased to unveil the official video for “Void” off their Dead As Truth full-length.

Watch the full video via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, ATRIARCH has partnered with Cvlt Nation for the “We Are The Dead” Remix Project to celebrate the website’s seven-year anniversary. For more info, point your browser HERE.

Watch ATRIARCH’s previously released Daniel Menche-directed video for “Repent” HERE.

Dead As Truth was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Om, Graves At Sea, Vhol) and featuring artwork by Stevie Floyd (Yob, Dark Castle), Dead As Truth sees ATRIARCH venture deeper into the blackened abyss with haunting incantations, exotic drones, and crushing aural experimentations that boldly embrace death’s cold heart. Fragments of post-punk, gothic doom, black metal, sludge, and noise complement the band’s desolate universe and further supplement their most immediate and formidable release to date. ATRIARCH prescribe the order that there is but one truth and that is death.

Dead As Truth is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats. Physical packages and digital orders are available via HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

ATRIARCH will perform this Thursday, March 8th with Mirrors For Psychic Warfare at the Tonic Lounge in Portland, Oregon. The band is also confirmed to play with Will Haven and Witch Mountain on June 23rd at Star Theater PDX also in Portland. Stay tuned for more tour announcements in the near future.

3/08/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
6/23/2018 Star Theater PDX – Portland, OR w/ Will Haven, Witch Mountain

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CHAOSTAR release powerful “Tazama Jua” from new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM (PST)

Chaostar continue to humble the listener with their towering skill and passionate emotional control and release on new track “Tazama Jua”. Taken from March’s pending The Undivided Light, the track confirms that this is indeed still the 2018 release I am most excited for thus far. We have seen some amazing records already in the time we have breifly waded into the waters of this somewhat new year (The Atlas Moth, Machine Head or Legend Of The Seagullmen come to mind off the top of my head), but this Chaostar record commands my full attention with unparalleled operatic complexity, a sophisticated theatrical emotional range and nonetheless a direct sense of the real that touches the spirit. Some of it is even catchy, hahaha.

Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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New music from CHAOSTAR at last

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Today I saw that my friend Androniki of the incredible project Chaostar had posted about some new music. This project is so incredible and they are on their own wavelength entirely. So blessed to have new sounds from them today in a time when the arts need cultivating and nurturing more than ever! Three cheers to this amazing band!

Chaostar truly examine all of the highs and lows of the human experience with their epic and operatic sound. Their music is on another level entirely compared to most bands, tapping into the sublime center of life’s raw beating vulnerable heart and the  inherent strength in attempting to defy mortality through ambitious artistic statement.

Dear friends, 
We are proud to unveil the first single of our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’ (out March 23) under the label Season of Mist, which can now be pre-ordered here:

CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki comments: “Dear all, it is with great pleasure to announce that we are launching the first song “Stones and Dust” from our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’. Every blessed virtue in this world multiplies and growths when being shared and not constrained. Like wisdom, knowledge, and patience, the flame of light itself can brighten a room, but when being divided and shared can illuminate the entire world’s human intellect. This has been the motivational thinking that flared-up the creation of the new CHAOSTAR album. Our existence consists of dust formed into concrete shapes of hard stones, awaiting to degrade back into the light-weight form of dust and finally to the liberated state of time, light, and space.”
The members of the band Christos AntoniouAndroniki Skoula Chaostar B Charalampos Paritsis and Nick Vell salute you and aspire to introduce you to a magical experience.

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Grave Pleasures release “Be My Hiroshima”

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 9:34 AM (PST)

Finnish post-punk quintet GRAVE PLEASURES have released their new single, “Be My Hiroshima”, taken from their upcoming sophomore album Motherblood, due for release on September 29 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.

Watch the official music video premiere for “Be My Hiroshima” streaming below.

“Be My Hiroshima” is also available as a single on all streaming and download platforms and also as an Instant Grat Track on iTunes and Amazon. You can find all streaming links, digital and physical preorder links here:

Vocalist Mat McNerney explains:
“Be My Hiroshima is our love song for the apocalypse. The video is taken from our cover art by Tekla Vály. Images of Kali, the mother who sits on top of the cycle of life and death, birth and rebirth (and her consort Shiva who is the destroyer and transformer). As the dawn of man begins to draw to an end, it is her blood that we have shed, and like the sands of time it spills out. We are sacrificing our mother, and eating her flesh and drinking her blood. This is the eucharist which represents our extinction. Within her womb we are born and we are born to die there. It’s an endless love affair with death. A love like motherblood.

I rest my mouth upon your mouth
and the world is the colour of murder
I lie beside your oblivion
in the shadow of mass destruction.”

GRAVE PLEASURES’ sophomore record was recorded in an old WW2 coding bunker at Orgone Studios in the UK by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Ulver etc). It picks up where 80s UK bands such as Magazine, The Wire and Echo And The Bunnymen left off, but never stopping long enough to look back too much into the past. Featuring guest vocals from David Tibet from Current 93, the band sets the tone for their eclectic inspirations, from the esoteric underground of England’s hidden reverse to Manchester’s sound of misery.

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Atriarch announce ‘Dead As Truth’ album, premiere song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:02 PM (PST)

Dark metallers Atriarch return with their latest album this year, a sure to be moving and moody outing called Dead As Truth.

Listen to the opening track, “Inferno” from Dead As Truth via YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp plus all streaming services.

Dead As Truth is set for release on August 11th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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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)

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)

Lacuna Coil

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)


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)


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)


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)


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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