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So awhile ago my girlfriend, psych folk and romantic literary melancholic punk folk artist Globelamp was banned from the streaming chat Live.Me (who she alleges still have several thousand dollars of hers) for talking about abuse she went through and asking her followers to stick up for her. She also had seen a guy on the app, which features a lot of younger people, named “Pedophile Jim”. She had pointed that out to her followers and Live.Me blocked them when they tweeted at the app to get pedophiles off the service. Obviously, that is disgusting of them to block people trying to make a popular site safe for young users. It also isn’t something she would mention without cause as her friend Arrington was accused by idiot pizzagate conspiracy theorists of being part of the alleged cult.

I was on the Metal Riot Twitter the other day and saw the Florida band Dramatica tweet that Manowar blocked them for critiquing the bands very dry, business minded response to the shockingly shitty revelations that Karl Logan had been arrested for kiddy porn. One of our staff writers has a Manowar tat. “Return of The Warlord” is one of my favorite songs of all time. THAT SAID, it is pretty disturbing that Manowar are blocking bands and critics who are disgusted by what Karl allegedly did. He was charged with six counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and has apparently thankfully been dropped by the band. I am sure that is emotionally really a fucked up thing for the Manowar guys to go through, but it doesn’t help to block people who feel betrayed. They should be feeling lucky no one called for them to disband immediately like Seven Sisters Of Sleep.

 

The other day rapper (I use that term loosely because the vast majority of new trap rappers are not real rap to me and are god awful) Takashi 69 got 4 years probation and 1,000 hours community service after using a minor in a filmed sex act.

Court documents state, “The defendant, knowing the character and content thereof, employed, authorized and induced a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in a sexual performance, and being a parent, legal guardian and custodian of such child, the defendant consented to the participation of such child in a sexual performance.” 

How is this justice? Restorative Justice is important and real and valuable, but since this dude was 18 and I believe even lied about that at first and has had people like Nicki Minaj and Future and others help him massively instead of boosting feminists , it hardly seems like this is adequate. He has a very pampered life and needs to show some serious contrition, not just making more violent and sexist music. At the very least dude needs to throw some bills around to RAINN.

 

In what I find almost the most disturbing, People Magazine wrote an article a few days ago called I Love It! Saint and North West Hilariously Dress Up as Dad Kanye and Lil Pump for Halloween.

It is no secret that at this point I find the Kardashians and Kanye to be a huge cancerous boil on society, just super problematic constantly with zero genuine regret and completely fake people. The kids may have been dressed as characters from (originally) a game, but now most people who aren’t gamers also associate the imagery with a terrible song Kanye and Lil Pump did for PornHub. Personally I am glad my two year old Halloween memory isn’t of being dressed as something for a video from a song where dad was talking about loving to get “hoes”besides mom. It is fucking gross no one even thought this was wrong. That is some weird ass oedipal conflict or some other psychological problem in the making weird shit. The kids didn’t even have a say, likely. Does that mean they saw the video and heard the song? Do we have any boundaries now? I wouldn’t play kids “Fucked With A Knife” by Cannibal Corpse. Like Pepe The Frog will always be associated with Trump and Alt-Right racism now and “anti-globalist” anti-Semitism dog whistling, you can’t take larger cultural symbology away from situations and say “, but I want it to still be just a sun wheel.”

Did Roblox approve Kanye’s shitty catcalling video and not see a conceptual problem here of pairing the imagery that way?

How is this shit cute? It is arguably very easy for this to be used as low key signaling or worse, for outright creepos to ask kids if they saw Kanye’s “I Love It” video in poorly regulated chat spaces like Live.Me or elsewhere. Protect Kids and don’t let any of this type of shit slide in entertainment. Corey Feldman might be a mess but he was obviously messed up by something. I feel bad for that dude, for real.

Someone thought it was racist to consider this a problem.

Well, guess what? It would be problematic if James Woods or any white celebrity (and fyi Kim is not black) dressed their kids up as characters from a music video with lyrics like that as well. I am not even a fan of babies wearing friggin’ Slayer onesies at this point in my life, ok? Is that conservative of me? I don’t think so. I think if a kid can’t make an educated choice of what the meaning is of imagery on a cultural level (especially stuff associated with sexual content) or violent content or a pentagram or something it shouldn’t be on them. And by the way, no big surprise but when my trans friend Maya and when Globelamp and others were posting about this in disgust on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, comments were being protectively deleted left and right. Disgusting! Stop hiding from honest concern, whether you are Manowar or Kim Kardashian or anyone. It makes our world less safe for the young. Brains over business. It is common sense this is a problem.

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“Warriors Of The World” by Manowar is playing as I type this, an epic and humorous background soundtrack to my current musings of this past weekend of watching Charmed with my gf and sadly missing Migration Fest (check out this, this and this). I hate that I still have not seen Krallice live. Re: Charmed, it is awesome that Alyssa Milano is such an activist IRL for making the world a better place since on that show Phoebe Halliwell kind of often is making bad calls that make things go awry and IRL she doesn’t wanna go out like that. Ok, do I have any brain cells? Jesus.

Mark Shelton from Manilla Road’s passing was unexpected and quite sad. Listen to his work and celebrate his life. I don’t know what more to say. Condolences to fans, friends and family.

I was hoping to catch Dylan Carlon of Earth at BSP Kingston with It’s Not Night: It’s Space this past Sunday, but I was too wiped out from my non writing jobs and had to stay in.

So to kick off this week’s news, I very much relate to the Manowar lyrics ,”It’s more than our religion it’s the only way to live/But the enemies of metal we can’t forgive.” Meant to tell y’all last week that on August 24th, Manowar will release LP re-issues of their classic albums Fighting the World, Kings of Metal, and Triumph of Steel via Metal Blade Records. I can’t believe they can even fit the Achilles song on vinyl at all since it is a friggin’ hundred years long. Anyway, pre-order your copies now at: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/search/?q=Manowar-LPs-2018

Rome’s Lady Reaper are a metal/rock band who have been around since 2009 but recently put out a new album called Mise En Abyme via Valery Records. Anyway, the band have this ridiculous video that I think has been out since April but it made me laugh when I was baked. It seems to be about how they hate their cleaning jobs and want to rock and then the singer has a very Vigo The Carpathian Ghostbusters 2 esque moment where he sort of beckons the band into a mirror. The fuck did I just watch?

Anyway, it was entertaining and the band look like they are having fun and not overly serious. It is ok to laugh sometimes in this dumb shit world, right? I dug the use of Fender and an SG together, I think it was…which could have maybe not worked out so well but the band aren’t fighting frequencies. Anyway, this is super goofy but the band seem like they want to strive to sound as big metal as possible while still laughing at themselves and having fun even if they aren’t as big as Manowar. That’s a good attitude, y’know? Hails.

Fit For A King from Dallas are back with a new metalcore track called “Backbreaker”. I think the vocals scream something about a body ablaze at one point, which reminds me of Shai Hulud a bit too much, but the song is pretty crushing for the genre. The band are very energetic live and continue to rally new fans to their banner.

The new track is off of their forthcoming release Dark Skies, which comes out September 14th via Solid State Records. This is the third single the band has released off of the upcoming release, following “Tower of Pain” and “The Price Of Agony“.

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Sabaton announce North American tour with Kreator!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:06 PM (PST)

Heroic metallers Sabatonhave announced a very strong tour with thrash legends Kreator, both bands supporting their celebrated recent efforts.

Official press release:
Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are uniting with German thrash titans and label mates KREATOR for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek. The 24-date tour kicks off on Thursday, February 8. 2018 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10th.

SABATON’s Par Sundström comments, “We are excited to return to American grounds after the last successful tour. Teaming up with our friends in KREATOR, we are able to play larger venues which allows us to bring a bigger production than we ever brought into America.”

KREATOR’s Mille Petrozza states, “Hordes! We return back to North America alongside the mighty SABATON! It’s a true European invasion and we can’t wait to be back!”

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Band Spotlight: GOLD

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:27 PM (PST)

Gold are really good. You should listen to them. I classified them in our power metal category only because if Gold played power metal that would actually maybe be the weirdest experimental music ever and very rad. They DO play their own awesome kind of music, which is different than what many bands are doing. Optimist has some sweet jams. “White Noise” has a great intro. Prepare to be melted in a metallic wash of BM, post-rock and plaintive melodic musings.

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Insatia‘s energetic, melodic and sophisticated Phoenix Aflame is turning heads in the power metal scene. This is a band on the rise. From the soaring declaration of guilt in “Act Of Mercy” to the formidable march of “We Are The Grey”, this band show that symphonic metal can be all-embracing to different facets of life while still keeping in line with the love for the dramatic that is a key to the genre.

Today we are happy to welcome vocalist Zoë Marie Federoff to this edition of our new Formative Years column with her selections of five albums that changed her life. But first you should also see the band’s video for “Memory Of A Sapphire”!

Now that you have been rocked, for Zoe’s album picks see BELOW.

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Album Review: Twilight Force – Heroes Of Mighty Magic

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9:51 PM (PST)

The cover art for Twilight ForcesHeroes Of Mighty Magic and even some of the Falun based power metallers promo pics look like something Matt Stawicki  might have dreamed up for a fantasy game, and indeed that is the general vibe here. Twilight Force are nothing if not unabashedly celebrating power metal in all the joy, absurdity and thrills it can encompass. If that is not your thing you really should avoid this. If it is you are going to be incredibly pleased. They are likely Legolas the elf’s favorite metal band.

Each song is an adventure unto itself, almost like a stand alone game module in a greater campaign, haha. By the end of the album you feel like you have really been through many realms of adventure, as the sort of whole energy of the band seems to encapsulate this goal. I was talking to a lady friend and we couldn’t decide if they either are virgins or absolutely slay ass whilst conquering infinite realms of wonder.

The slick leads really are a highlight and pretty mind blowing on a lot of this stuff and they come off as very classical music or Yngwie compatible. Sonata Arctica (who they have toured with), Stratovarius , Sabaton or especially Rhapsody fans will be really into much of this band’s power. “Guardian of the Seas” is one of the most stirring numbers, full of crescendos, sweeping emotion, rousing vocals and some very pro execution.

“Keepers Of Fate” absolutely soars midway through the record, practically sounding like a massive choral Christmas song of triumph over lightning fast guitar heroics. Blackwald symphonic keys on many tracks really help the arrangements climb rather than being obnoxious. The title track is also really of note, the intro almost like watching a fantasy movie spring to life right in your mind’s eye. This album is fun and not for those who need everything to be super dire all the time. If you want a very well done escape with some silly but super awesome elements, the musicianship and attention to detail here is pretty phenomenal. Great job.

Iced Earth have never been the most subtle of bands, known for many over the top heavy metal songs that are large in scope. They are firmly in the Iron Maiden tradition and fans love them for it. You can pre order new record Incorruptible HERE and we highly suggest you do if you’re a fan of classic, huge metal. The band really put a lot into this album, even perhaps more than usual.

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North American power metal band Insatia are more than carrying the torch for the genre, they are naming their new album Phoenix Aflame! Says the band’s singer:

“It’s really a more interesting power metal scene in North America than I think most people are aware of, and it’s nice to contribute to it with this album that pays homage to the immense history of a genre that’s historically thrived in Europe.” – Zoe Federoff

Produced by Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) and his partner Ivan Moni Bidin (Starsick System, Pathosray, Last Warning), Phoenix Aflame is due to release June 23rd via Pitch Black Records. Pre Order the album now HERE!!

For a taste of the title track, which could appeal to fans of Within Temptation, Delain, Stratovarius or Tarja (and with even a few startling Black Label-esque guitar squeals in the mix), listen below! This song fuckin’ jams!

 

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Album Review: Lancer – “Mastery”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:40 PM (PST)

Lancer are sure to break out bigger in the metal scene with Mastery, their first album since signing to Nuclear Blast. Do these Swedes deserve it? The passion is certainly there as are the serious playing chops needed for power metal, perhaps the sub genre that prides itself on skill more than any other maybe besides prog and tech death. Power metal is basically 80’s metal without the sex and with way more fantasy elements, soaring choruses and often insanely ambitious guitar solos that defy human reason. It satisfies geeks and nerds on an almost subatomic level.

Granted, this means the good bands in the genre are really amazing and the bad ones are almost unfathomably bad. Lancer are quite good. I came to this with a bit of a chip on my shoulder because I am such a Stratovarius fan that I never expect something I haven’t heard to tickle my fancy as much in this genre. When Strato’s Infinite or Polaris and, say, the over the top brilliance of Sabaton’s The Last Stand demand so many replays on their own, why waste time on something else?

Well, if you don’t keep an open ear you will miss out. Lancer have a lot to offer for fans of this genre, though some songs are much better than others. The strongest, from the battle ready and very well composed/confident “Freedom Eaters” to the epic Maiden-indebted but by all means rad “Envy of The Gods” or the album opening heavy metal charge of “Dead Raising Towers” are more than worth the purchase. Classic heavy metal is celebrated with aplomb, the band racing through some very demanding sections. Ewo Solvelius and Fredrik Kelemen on guitars pretty much steal the show on many of these numbers, keeping this a very guitar focused journey. The rhythm section are locked in and capable, keeping up but never tipping their hand, though you also get some awesome surprises from the quite thankfully audible bassist Emil Öberg who makes his mark in a jaw dropping way on the aforementioned “Freedom Eaters”, for instance.

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Album Review: Sanctuary – “Inception”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:47 AM (PST)

I normally have a big story to go into before I get into reviewing the record I’m writing about, but this time, I really don’t have much of an opener. I mean, the band I love that made me wait 23 years in between albums just announced that they were going to be putting out a “prequel” to their 1988 debut. To say that I am stoked to play this album is a bit of an understatement. Hell, the fact that I was shaking trying to put the CD into the player because I was that excited is an understatement to just how truly excited I was. As I said, usually I’m the one opening with the story, but this time the story is all them. Back in 1986, Seattle area thrashers SANCTUARY recorded Inception, and 30 years later, the band is finally releasing it.

Now most of you have probably already heard a good chunk of the songs on the Refuge Denied (1988) album, but these are the original versions, as well as a couple of songs that have never seen the light of day on an official release until now. These recordings have been wonderfully polished up, but still manage to be raw as fuck and filled with an intensity not seen on the Refuge Denied album. Any SANCTUARY fans that have been patiently waiting for this release should be pleasantly surprised, as in my personal opinion, most of these songs outdo the “Refuge Denied” versions we got in 88. Let’s all hope that Lenny Rutledge (guitars) does some more cleaning and find some more tracks for another release in the future, because Inception is the best 80s metal album to ever come out in 2017! Key Tracks 1. Dream Of The Incubus 2. Die For My Sins 3. Battle Angels 4.5 / 5 Stars

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DORO PESCH at The Chance Theater. Poughkeepsie, NY 3/5/16

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM (PST)

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It has honestly been quite a while since I’ve attended a metal show. Between the work schedule I have, and general disinterest in majority of the shows that happened to fall on the few days off I have, it has just been impossible for me to get to a good show. Then, one day, something magical happened…

“Are you off on March 5th? DORO is playing at The Chance.”

I’ll admit, my main reason for attending this show was to catch the metal queen herself, the mighty DORO PESCH! Y&T have always been cool too, but were never one of my top bands.

DORO is just one of those people who are always hyped. I’ve never once seen her, or spoken to her when she seemed to be just “chilled” and laid back. She is a constant ball of energy, just radiating love for what she’s doing. She will come out on stage, command audience participation, give you one of the most energetic metal shows you’ll ever witness, and then just be the greatest person you can talk to afterwards, and will be just as excited to talk to fans as fans are to talk to her! It’s at a point where I can believe that while I’m back at the car telling my friends “Holy shit guys, I just talked to DORO, and we were discussing some of the cover songs she does!”, she’s in the bus talking to JOHNNY DEE (DORO’s drummer) and telling him “,Holy shit! I just talked to a fan named Andrew! He was wondering if we were going to cover any DOKKEN songs!”

I’m at this double excitement level for sure right now. I’m at my first show in forever, and I am minutes from once again bearing witness to the thunderous God-like energy that is known as a DORO Show. The lights dim, and the Chance venue is packed with people, young and older, chanting DORO’s name. The band begins with “I Rule The Ruins”, and DORO comes running out with the “HEY! HEY! HEY!” chants that would set the tone for the night. The energy gauge tops at 10, and DORO kicked it off at 11. Nigel Tufnel would be proud.

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Doro Pesch, the German heavy metal Queen, is touring the US with a mini-tour starting tomorrow. It is always such an honor to speak to Doro, not only an incredible survivor, powerful presence and legendary metal beauty but a timeless and unique voice who holds a deeply important place in the history of the evolution of Heavy Metal. Whenever you hear her proud banshee call there is no doubt who is singing.

I’d rather spend my time listening to Doro than do most things in life. Hail, Metal Queen!

Doro is evidence that there is no half assing it, ever.

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Deep Cuts : Iced Earth

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12:47 PM (PST)

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The funny thing about metal music is that we have extremely passionate fans. You typically don’t get our type of fans with other genres. I’ve never heard of anyone coming out of a concert hall yelling “,I got so fucked up in the pit tonight! Best CELINE DION show ever!!!” (Morgan’s note: “I would.”)

That being said, while most metal bands have these rabid fans, there are certain bands who seem to have an even more passionate type of fan. Bands like IRON MAIDEN, MANOWAR, and even ICED EARTH have these fans. Fans who love absolutely everything the band puts out. Fans who, when asked, cannot tell you a single song they don’t like, but can rattle off 200 song titles when you ask them for their top favorite song. They have the logos, lyrics, and album covers tattooed on their bodies. They are like Juggalos, except they’re actually human, and you don’t necessarily have to cross the street when you see them walking towards you.

When I was asked to do a Deep Cuts on ICED EARTH, I felt two giant waves hit me. The first was “Well, this is awesome! I don’t get to talk about ICED EARTH enough.” The second wave that hit me was more like a “well, I pretty much love everything they’ve put out, as do their fans. What the fuck am I gonna write about”? After much consideration, writing, editing, rewriting, and reconsidering, I decided to just say screw it and write about my top favorite ICED EARTH songs, regardless if they were the band’s big hits or if they went under the radar. It seemed like the obvious choice.

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Band Spotlight: Powerwolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 1:31 PM (PST)

11193385_926064827446268_1262209976928722413_nCombining lycanthropic horror and fury with power metal’s grandiosity and a gothic sense of high drama, Powerwolf are obviously geniuses. Not everyone gets to spend their lives doing something as awesome as being in a metal band with such big wolf cajones, but the Romanian’s in PW are truly Blessed & Possessed.

 

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Interview: Stratovarius – Timo Kotipelto on 16th album, “Eternal”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 8:18 AM (PST)

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Stratovarius are a legacy band who have given so much over the years. They have played a role in many chapters of power metal through their different, yet all talented, line ups. Eternal is their newest and finds the band emitting blazing power metal epic victories as skillfully as ever. Despite it being their 16th album in the history of the band, Eternal can stand on its’ own alongside classics like Polaris or the shining majesty of Destiny.

I included their most recent previous record Nemesis on my top 5 albums of the year when it was released, but while Eternal is not as perhaps aggressive as that recent statement , it nonetheless is a super worthy anthem that many fans of earlier Stratovarius as well as Matias-era fans will rightfully treasure.

Read an interview with Timo (vocals) BELOW.

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