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One of my favorite gosh darn honest REAL rock n roll bands, The Compulsions have been kicking out blues influenced, skinned knuckles fiery albums for awhile now. With an emphasis on songwriting you don’t see enough of anymore hog-tied to a sense of sly humor, the NYC brainchild of Rob Carlyle continues to astound. I HATE when people say rock is dead when we should be blaming the dumb fucks who decided to kill rock radio and push crap instead. Of course people are gonna be more into what they hear every god damn day! How about we remind people of the power of guitar and real dedication?

The Compulsions narrowed thirty songs down to the ten that will be featured on Ferocious. Bumblefoot, Frank Ferrer and other big scene talents like Nicki Richards and Earl Slick have all played a part in recent Compulsions doings, so be sure to check out the finished project when it drops! We will keep you posted.

 

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Album Review: Clutch – “Book Of Bad Decisions”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 1:20 PM (PST)

Not liking Clutch is kind of like not liking chocolate or beer. I mean, the second is fine if you are straight edge or in recovery or whatever but otherwise you pretty much just played yourself. To be fair, I firmly have never met a Clutch song whether angry or goofy that I did not love. They are incredibly consistent even when settling into the veteran stage of their hard won (in the truest, road dog sense) career. They have made an investment in their fans and given us gold time and time again. While you can critique any artist, when it comes to Clutch their is always very little to nothing to complain about. I mean, I don’t know them on a personal level but as a fan they are they most rewarding band I have ever followed for decades. What I am trying to say is, they may have had a lot of jager here and there but they certainly haven’t made that many bad decisions career wise.

Book Of Bad Decisions continues the band’s long winning streak. Some people thought it was a little more tame or a bit too long but to me that is kind of like having extra helpings of a good meal. You binge at first and then settle in for a slow extra course and a big grin digestion stupor. Whether slow or fast, aggro or jam focused, Clutch are only adding to their still super potent live range. “H.B. Is In Control” is probably their most knowing wink thrill ride Neil Fallon as madcap ringmaster tune since the underrated From Beale Street To Oblivion record. Hollered vocals, amazing blues and stoner influenced riffs and the impeccable distinctive drumming we know and love are all present.

“Gimme The Keys” is already a newfangled anthem with the band hitting hard. It is also rad to hear some Hammond on this record as well as brass. Some people think the Vance Powell production was a bit too big and clean but I didn’t hear that. It sounded great on big speakers and the band are too tasteful to ever have shitty tones or sub par material. It might not be worn into your fibers like the S/T classic songs but, like Black Sabbath, that doesn’t mean later day songs on 13 or Bad Decisions were somehow super terrible inherently. Any band that can hit the 12 album stretch and still write stuff as freedom loving and witty as “Weird Times” and awesome or sly as “How To Shake Hands” is probably made up of a group of miracle workers. It is incredible these guys have been at it so long and still are in such control of their sound and not pushed around by labels, still cranking out killer albums like Psychic Warfare or this new baby and still reminding us that rock n roll can rebirth us on a Quantum level.

 

Hey friends. As a non binary trans person who struggles with PTSD and even keel mood regulation, the news is getting to me and I am taking a break for a few days to decompress and focus on working my day jobs, not despairing and spending time with my girlfriend (the singer Globelamp ) and our cat, Lil Puff. We played Albany last night (no cat involved) sharing a bill at Pauly’s Hotel with this upbeat melodic punk band Lame Brains from Germany (I know that name is kinda ableist but they were a fun kind of goofy punk band from Berlin and very cool guys) and I am still sleepy. I also might catch up on Man In The High Castle Season 3 but that also seems a little fatiguing with all the god damn Nazis out there right now in real life.

From the transphobic Absu news to Mina from Life Of Agony telling the depressing reasons Sal is really out of the band (I remember sadly defriending the guy after he complained on Facebook months back about anti-Trump protesters. Think I defriended Ross The Boss for pro Trump posts in the same god damn week, bummer) to Kat leaving Agoraphobic Nosebleed to these press attacks from the crook “president”, I am feeling wiped out but trying to hold fast. Sending so much love to you all who fight the good fight.

October came and flew by faster than a bat fleeing Ozzy or Dracula late to dinner. Yeah, I know those are both pretty candy, corny statements. Oh man, haha. I am so cool. Just kidding. Anyway, my top 4 of October are all major bangers. Before I list my top 4 I want to say PLEASE purchase the inspiring WOMAN 2 comp (love that Ghoul opener!!!), which only doesn’t make the list as I am listing top full length original albums for October, not compilations.

1.Super Unison – Stella was by far my favorite album this month. “I wanna be as strong as you, wind in your hair/free…” Phenomenal post hardcore record featuring  Meghan O’Neil (formerly of PUNCH) on bass and vocals, Kevin DeFranco on guitar, and Justin Renninger (formerly of Snowing) on drums.I will be covering this to a more in depth degree in the coming days. It is exceptional, raw and cathartic but very skilled. Steve Albini tracked it and it makes me feel about fifteen years younger, in a good way. This is so inspiring to hear a band play with so much heart and conviction in a time when it is so easy to want to go numb instead.

2. Glacial Tomb S/T: A complete monster. So much excitement in one album and perhaps the strongest debut of 2018 for metal. Interview with the band HERE. 

3. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want – A dynamic and poetic carnival, frenzied and insightful in the same breath. “The Flammable Man” and “Long Road, No Turns” zoom out from the speakers like hidden bee swarms while “The Reason They Hate Me” is lurching and menacing in a busy way that evokes chaotic times. This album is an incredible experience and one of the most unique of the year in terms of calamitous cacophony that doesn’t over clutter somehow, but you wouldn’t expect anything less. Comeback is an understatement. “Satan In The Wait” is one of the best songs this group of malcontents have ever conjured from their unlimited well of contradictions, a sad siren dirge for 2018.

4. Shining – Animal : I was chatting online with J. Munkeby from Shining the other day (disclaimer- we are friendly and he was on my last album Brave Hours on the opening cut) and he said how he feels like the new Shining album is kind of the most provocative thing they could do right now after so much time doing weird music. “It’s pretty much upside-down, and a bit surrealistic that making simpler or more commercial music is the best way to provoke,” he said. I am sure he won’t mind me including that here. Shining have managed to make a complex party rock record that doesn’t suck.

I always liked the sort of European piss taking element of even early Shining like the experimental stuff that was borderline Mr. Bungle at times, but this album kind of reminds me of how Boris subverts rock cliché on some of their most popular records (Pink comes to mind). While this sounds way more like mainstream industrial rock than the chaotic rock clamor of Boris, Shining are smart and cheeky and also the album tackles serious elements as well. It is always better in my opinion when a band with real underground ties like these guys, Audioslave, Monster Magnet or the aforementioned Life Of Agony can have a big rock crossover moment and flirt or conquer with the mainstream or any charts, because it can only help to hopefully make the bigger world out there a fraction smarter (always worth it). Some American critics are probably to “cool” to get some of this but it is their loss.

 

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America’s greatest hard rockers Clutch are back with a new platter of joy, Book Of Bad Decisions (out now). One of the most consistently awesome bands in rock history with not a single bad album in their discography, Clutch are a shining beacon of real rock n roll straddling a sewer of Maroon 5’s floating down the stream to Hell.

All ticket links are available at www.pro-rock.com.

Thu/Dec-27 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Fri/Dec-28 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/Dec-29 Portland, ME @ Aura
Sun/Dec-30 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mon/Dec-31 Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium at Temple Live

Jean-Paul Gaster on the package said “We are very excited to have our friends Lionize, The Mike Dillon Band and The Messthetics be a part of this year’s Clutch Holiday Run. Each band brings something special to the bill and with so many great players in one place there’s bound to be some surprises. Come out early and celebrate with us!”

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Gilby Clarke embarks on a string of headline dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:29 PM (PST)

 

Rockers! We got cool news, Gilby Clarke of GNR/MC5 association is heading out in a comet blaze on a short run of headliner tour dates. Clarke is one of the baddest mofos out there in the guitar wars trenches and we suggest you go.  The Gilby Clarke band is a well-oiled three-piece that comprises of Gilby Clarke (vocals/guitar), EJ Curse (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums).

Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history – Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.

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Greta Van Fleet‘s anticipated debut opens with a number that reminds me of Jethro Tull meets Muse, a dramatic blend of classixc rock and proggy influences before the more patented blues rock side of the band’s sound carries “Age of Man” forward. While the record could have charged forth with reckless abandon it makes sense in a way that the group, often compared to Led Zep, wanted to drop you notice that you are in for the long haul and this is an album lovers album. The mid paced majestic march of the song is very well done and shows the band’s hype is now bearing more tangible long term fruit. Still, for all the albums merits I can’t help but wonder how a new band doing more of an original sound would fare if they had the same financial support and marketing push as these guys.

Anthem Of The Peaceful Army indeed has a GREAT mix and the group manage to capture their soulful and youthful energy to a terrific degree. It sounds amazing even on my shitty cheap computer speakers, like you are hearing something IMPORTANT. Everyone did a great job and fans of the band are going to be thrilled. It sucks that a friend of mine wasn’t able to see them recently because bots purchased all the tickets in seconds and marked them up for Stub Hub, but the potential of having a live experience is different than what we are talking about today…the album itself. The Plant and Page mimicry finally comes on thick in second track “The Cold Wind” and if you are gonna hang with this band you are just gonna have to decide if you can deal with it or not. Cuz yeah, they don’t only capture youthful energy but tend to try to “clone the dinosaurs”, so to speak. And I love Zep and dinosaurs, so that is not meant as an insult. Even the Zep guys would admit they are aging rock royalty (and we love them, of course). That said, they made a video for my least favorite song “When The Curtain Falls”. Just felt too distracting even for my open mind on that one, though I still am torn because God knows how many bands copied, say, Green Day or The RAMONES.

Like new Alice In Chains, for some people it seems a little too much like trying to recreate something classic, but for many others (in GVF and new AIC cases) it is thrilling. The difference is that some of the real Alice are still IN Alice and I am afraid that makes a big fucking difference. I am not so crazy about direct “Ooh yeah” Plant style vocal lifts, but the rest of the time it doesn’t bother me sooo much that the GVF band are obviously doing an homage to their influences rather than pretending they personally invented the wheel themselves, but other times I change my mind and get distracted and cringe here and there. I still know an even split between “wow, rad” reactions and “fuck this sacrilege shit” responses (much like the DIO hologram) when people discover GVF amongst my peer group. Well, there are more harmful things in life, like the big rap releases of this week Wayne and Con-Perrier-Ye both having XXXTentacion post death cameos like it is no big deal he gay bashed a guy and brutalized a woman with nary any real convincing show of tangible remorse (despite what “he was gonna change” apologists keep saying and despite death still being tragic). At least these guys seem to be real chill dudes and I loved interviewing them awhile ago and wish them the best. I am certain they will get better and better.

Anyway, back to GVF…”Watching Over” is a cool, crawling song that mentions “water rising” (heard that somewhere before, haha), but again it is somehow intriguing rather than so derivative you feel like they are pouring it on too thick. I mean, the songs are just so damn good that it feels like either a young Zep somehow started with ZOSO or that somewhere in rock history we overlooked some classic rock gems and then the vocals were remixed with a little modern polish. “Mountain of the Sun” is a little more Houses Of The Holy, twangy guitar and summery vocals aiming to kiss the sun. All in all the band remain very much a topic of conversation and semi-controversy. You can’t deny their talent and songwriting, but it would be nice on the next one to see them move a bit more into their own territory rather than reshaping the clay of the past.

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New Single: Foxbat’s “White T(h)rash” takes on privilege

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 6:10 PM (PST)

Photo by Mike Thompson.

Hey rockers. Today we have a ripping and rollicking new single called “White T(h)rash” for you from Foxbat. It was awesome to find out the hard hitting hardcore and rock n roll influenced act had a song for us about white privilege being a real problem, since there are enough ignorant types out there in the world who think otherwise and since I am always trying to get people to watch 13th on Netflix. It doesn’t mean white people can’t have had hard lives, rather that they also don’t have to deal with institutional racism on top of it.

Props to the band, who fans of ETID and their ilk will be super stoked on, for confronting this important topic despite the potential to get shit from bigoted edgelord trolls.

Since forming a few years back the Louisville, KY act has shared stages with heavy hitters such as: He is Legend, ’68,  Norma Jean, Islander, and The Devil Wears Prada. Foxbat features ex-members from: SoCal’s Prog-Metal outfit I, Omega (Bullet Tooth) and Louisville’s own Party Rockers Uh Huh Baby Yeah (Revival Recordings). The band are releasing their Rotgut debut album on August 3rd via Louisville, KY’s record label Core Sample Records.

“White T(h)rash is about acknowledging one’s privilege and more specifically, white privilege,” says Clay Nevels (vocals). “White people tend to pretend their privilege doesn’t exist. Or as individuals, they don’t currently contribute to society’s perpetuation because of events that happened before the current generation was born. That’s just not the case. We all are a part of it, regardless of intentions or how you grew up. It exists. My thought is that you should be aware of it and when it’s oppressive to others; as well as, when you could potentially use it as an ally to help someone else’s voice be heard and not stifled.”

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SELFISH THINGS
Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn

Welcome to Tuesday’s Titanic Treasonous Tidbits. I am not talking about Jack and Rose or even Conald here, but awesome rock n roll news you need in order to live a fuller, richer life. Today we have some groovy spooky post punk, some CKY hard rock action and a little Warped Tour related band of interest for you ghouls. It isn’t our heaviest of posts, but it still rocks with the most. 

Ok, first up is just a heads up that post punk artistes Wax Idols return to the road today in support of newest opus Happy Ending This band deserves stans to flicker about them in awe (while dramatic music plays) like the little cave bats enveloping Christian Bale. They are not metal but we have a punk category in our drop down menu and the band’s unflinching attitude, uncompromising vision, miles of style and ability to blend gallow’s humor with an actual desire for things to be better out there is punk af in our book.

Hard rock hesher heroes CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have released a brand new music video for their track, “Wiping Off The Dead” from their most recent LP,The Phoenix. Directed by Dave Causa, this is the third music video we’ve seen from the band off their current release.

“Our good friend Dave Causa filmed us rehearsing for our UK tour last summer and the end result was us making a badass music video,” says drummer Jess Margera. “It was filmed before we ever played a single show for the release of our album. Thank you, Dave, and thank you CKY alliance! Enjoy this great video from the archives.”

CKY is headed back out on the road this summer on a co-headlining run with SLAVES and additional support coming from the incredible Royal Thunder and the buzz building Awaken I Am. Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages are available now. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more. The band will also be doing highlighted performances on select festival dates such as Lollapalooza, Sturgis bike rally, Psycho Las Vegas, and Blue Ridge Rockfest!

CKY released The Phoenix last summer via Entertainment One (eOne). The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

Toronto-based alternative rock band SELFISH THINGS have released a video for their song “Hangman,” a cut from their EP Vertical Love which was released earlier this year The video was released HERE, and can be watched below:

When asked about the video, frontman Alex Biro said that “We were a month and a half into tour (hence me looking so fucking tired) and ended up driving back to Cleveland after our show in Columbus to knock out the video. The director and his team had scouted a pretty desolate, blown out, old tire factory in a particularly rundown part of the city, which really fit well aesthetically with the overall concept of the song. We wanted to focus on iconographic elements that amplified the message while still trying play to the lyrics (the hanging hearts, for example). I hope people enjoy it more than I did making it – don’t sit in a coffin with nightcrawler’s.”

Keep up the sweet jams, dudes. I love the chunky guitar tones, emo-esque hooks and the group’s give it your all energy. The vocals remind me of Blink and The Sleeping kind of eloping with Taking Back Sunday.

The release of the “Hangman”  video comes right before a busy touring schedule for the band kicks off this summer. In addition to supporting The Spill Canvas from July 26-August 11, they will also be playing Warped Tour July 17 at The Flats at Budweiser Stage on The Lemmon Stage.

TOUR DATES w/ THE SPILL CANVAS

7/17 – Toronto, ON – Vans Warped Tour (No The Spill Canvas)
7/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
7/27 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
7/28 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
7/29 – Durham, NC – Motorco
7/31 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
8/01 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
8/02 – Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
8/03 – Boston, MA – Middle East
8/04 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
8/05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
8/07 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
8/08 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
8/09 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
8/10 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
8/11 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
8/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
9/14 – Dallas, TX – RBC
9/15 – Houston, TX – Secret Group
9/16 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
9/18 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
9/19 – Mesa, AZ – Rebel Lounge
9/20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
9/21 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
9/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hi-Hat
9/23 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
9/24 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
9/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
9/27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
9/28 – Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown
9/29 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird

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North Carolina rockers ASG have released their latest music video, for their song “Lightning Song.”

“Lightning Song” comes off of Survive Sunrise out today via Relapse Records.

ASG are currently on the Survive Sunrise summer tour. Support on the tour is provided by Lo Pan and Beitthemeans.

Survive Sunrise was recorded, mixed and mastered with longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet). The cover art was designed by Malleus (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Melvins).

Check out the music video for “Lightning Song,” ASG tour dates and the Survive Sunrise cover art here.

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Band Spotlight: SURMISER

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM (PST)

Upstate NY’s Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static.

Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.

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New York metallers Life of Agony are currently on tour on the west coast. as part of the Rise of the Underground tour.

The band has also confirmed that they are starting work on a new studio album, which is expected to be released in late 2019 via Napalm Records.

Check out Life of Agony’s full tour schedule, including fall European dates here.

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Space Elevator release video for “We Can Fly”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 11:17 PM (PST)

London rockers Space Elevator have released their latest music video for their song “We Can Fly.”

“We Can Fly” comes off the band’s soon-to-be-released album Space Elevator II which is due out on May 25 via SPV/Steamhammer.

The video was shot atop the largest privately-owned satellite dish in the world owned by Thoth Technology.

SPV/Steamhammer will re-release on June 22nd the first Space Elevator album with the bonus track “Don’t Believe A Word” (A Thin Lizzy cover).

Check out “We Can Fly” and Space Elevator tour dates here.

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Fargo release new single “Step Back”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:35 PM (PST)

German hard rockers Fargo have released their newest single “Step Back.”

“Step Back” comes off the upcoming album Constellation, which is due out on May 25 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Check out “Step Back” here.

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Andrew W.K. releases “Music Is Worth Living For” music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:17 PM (PST)

Andrew W.K.‘s “Music Is Worth Living For” has been my anthem of the year so far. It just has everything going for it and makes me stoked to try and stay motivated every time I hear it. That might not seem like much to some of y’all, but when you are manic depressive it is good to have music that you know can lift you out of a funk and into a state of raging awesomeness . I am in pretty good shape right now between this song finally getting the energetic official video treatment, a new SLEEP album for 4/20, the Tracy Chapman cd my gf bought and a brand new Yob song .

Anyhow, enjoy the splendid lightning infused music and worship/tribute below.

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ASG are freakin’ great. They remain kind of slept on but respected. I saw them live once and regret being super shitfaced and barely remembering the show… but it isn’t like that is the only band I ever did that during so don’t feel like it was on purpose, dudes. Anyway, the stoner rock temple riff pilots now re-emerge with their sixth-full length and first new album in five years, Survive Sunrise, due out June 15 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Hear the opening, title-track “Survive Sunrise” on Loudwire HEREand all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

New tour dates BELOW.

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