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Woe stream “The Ones We Lost” with Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:01 PM (PST)

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Woe, the favorite black metal band of Blossom‘s Joey Lawrence (I made that up), might not look super corpse painty, but they indeed will harsh your mellow yellow and send you spiralling down into a dark hole of awesome, yet despondent, bottomless black metal anguish. They might look like baristas or your ex girlfriend’s cool older brother who you got to do your homework once before you stole his Pabst and he told his sister he was gonna kick your ass, but they are not just hipsters turned metal weekend warriors. Actually, one of the long haired dudes looks like he would be down to put out a cigarette on your arm. But don’t hold anyone else’s potential intellectual vibes and handsome looks against them.

In all seriousness, Woe is grim AF. Hope Attrition is due soon on Vendetta and today Decibel Magazine offers up “The Ones We Lost,” for those who want to feel even fucking shittier alone on Valentine’s Day. I have watched the heart ripping out and catching on fire of Temple Of Doom a few times today and am obviously also kind of buzzed, so …count me in!

Woe are no joke. When you hear the stream pay careful attention at the 6:48 mark for some sheer brilliance.

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Imperial Triumphant release video for “Breath Of Innocence”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:36 PM (PST)

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I swear, Imperial Triumphant sometimes make me think of Psyopus playing black metal on acid. Just really left of field, disturbingly addictive weird shit that also has numerous DM signifiers sprinkled amidst the hallucinatory caves of the subconscious wherein these masked geniuses scamper and contemplate quarks. The NYC outfit have been growing in popularity on their own terms and the Inceste EP was very well regarded, for good reason, in extreme circles.

They seem to be headed into more of an experimental death metal direction, sort of like Gorguts-worthy post-apocalypse or current dystopia type stuff rather than, say, Lightning Swords Of Death. Whatever you call it, it works.

Now the band have premiered a video for “Breath Of Innocence”, the closing track from their recent EP which has an ending part I am particularly fond of that almost sounds like a jazz version of being mauled in dark, turning gears. The band are rumored to be working on an Abyssal Gods follow up as well!

The new video was crafted by director Brendan McGowan, who played the lead in last year’s “Square Hammer” video from perennial favorites Ghost. Watch “Breath Of Innocence” HERE.

This is literally the only thing that can banish the horror of our “President” tweeting about Easy D and Nordstrom right now.

Abbath to tour with Amon Amarth in Latin America

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 5:00 AM (PST)

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Lucky Latin American metal disciples will get to rage hard when Amon Amarth bring their melodic death Viking glory to warmer climes with black metallers Abbath along for the trek. These frosty gentleman will hopefully adjust to the warmer climes of Lima and Bogota as they rage with some of the most die-hard fans in metal. Hope some of these shows get filmed because it is likely going to be an insane tour. Black metal and death metal used to rarely be bedfellows, which I always thought sort of diluted the extent to which metal could spread a darkened claw across the globe. I know black metal started as cultish elitism, but it doesn’t hurt to have converts actually listening to your band across the spectrum. Abbath and Amon Amarth are an inspired pairing of two of the bigger, more extreme bands of the hour. Hails! The only question now is will the bands travel there on an “Ocean Of Wounds” or “On A Sea Of Blood”? Perhaps by plane.

ABBATH, which “shows the singer and guitarist further exploring his trailblazing combination of frostbitten Norwegian black metal and more classic metal elements.” (Guitar World), is available now in stores and at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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Fen announce album details for fifth album “Winter”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:07 PM (PST)

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UK black metal meets post rock horde Fen are a band who I only learned of recently but quickly became a big fan of. Sometimes it is fun to find out about an act several albums into their work so that you have more to dive into. Fen have been active for about a decade. I personally really love their Epoch record, especially. Fans of Agalloch, Red Sparowes and Winterfylleth who don’t know of this group for some reason ought to really jump on board. They are incredibly talented and a go to band for me lately.

Soon the group will be releasing their fifth record, entitled simply Winter, with Code666 (an Aural Music imprint). The six-track production was captured by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (Ulver, Altar Of Plagues, Grave Miasma, Primordial, Solstafir). Six movements are interconnected to flow into one another.

Frontman The Watcher elaborates, “With Winter, we wanted to ‘return to the roots’ of the band so to speak but not in the clichéd, nostalgic way many bands do. Instead, we wanted this record to represent the ‘essence’ of FEN in terms of tone, atmosphere, and above all, concept. This album therefore very much describes a journey towards sanctity and redemption across a landscape steeped in mystery, hints of forgotten darkness, and sorrows long since drowned in the distant past. It represents the culmination of over eighteen months of writing and rehearsing, pushing ourselves harder and harder as musicians – it is a lengthy and self-indulgent record for which we make no apology. Indeed, it is a fitting tribute to mark ten years of the existence of FEN.

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Album Review: Black Anvil – “As Was”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:21 AM (PST)

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Black Anvil up the production and foreboding atmosphere on new album As Was, without losing any of the evil, propulsive power of the more extreme moments of their earlier work. The January 13th Relapse release is one of our most anticipated records for 2017 (though I actually already have the glorious promo, obviously). Much like Tombs, the band have managed to expand on the elements of what works for them while retaining all their strengths. I have heard rumors the new Pallbearer and Suicide Silence records are much different. That is fine if what the bands want to do (though the live Suicide Silence song I heard so far sounds like they really are trying to bite Korn with the falsetto vocal shit), but I don’t think Black Anvil will be at much risk of losing their core fanbase despite this record being a bit more adventurous.

This is our last review of the year but the FIRST metal album to buy in 2017.

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To commemorate Metal Blade Records35th anniversary in 2017, four bands from the label’s much-celebrated roster will come together for a special US tour this March: WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, and ALLEGAEON. The tour will run from February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts through March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana. See below for all confirmed dates.

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I’m not looking to write an easy click bait think piece here for traffic. I could care less about that. We don’t even sell ads on this site. And there is rarely any censorship, so the argument that decrying racism in the metal and punk scenes is condoning a clamp down on free speech is also invalid. Look to your anti-flag burning President-elect or maybe reconsider your KKK membership in the first place before coming at me with that shit.

Nope, this article was not prompted by me being called a “faggot” on Twitter by a homosexual condemning Trump supporter who I reported to Twitter but they didn’t suspend the account of yet. It wasn’t even prompted entirely by how disgusting it is that the woman who called Flotus an “Ape In Heels” just got her job back. It wasn’t even prompted fully by scumbag Richard Spencer getting his Twitter account back and verified, which is disgusting. Not even by a “financial conservative” Trump supporter girl I know who somehow thinks a vote for agreeing with Trump on financial issues (which makes no sense anyway) somehow excuses all the other baggage that comes with it.

I was on Netflix tonight having a Keegan Ale’s Hurricane Kitty and watched the third episode of Hip-Hop Evolution, the formation of Def Jam episode of a terrific series on a cultural revolution. Seeing RUN DMC and some scruffy white dudes change the fucking world right before my eyes-BOOM! So Amazing-brought back a ton of memories of being a kid in the 80′s and after the documentary episode ended, I was acutely aware of the disparity of the joy for life I feel from an innovative song like “Can You Rock It Like This” versus the backward step for society racism normalization post-Trump’s vile campaign that even has the L.A. Times posting deplorable and racist articles wondering if the Japanese Internment Camps weren’t such a bad idea. FUCK YOU.

Since publication the paper at least said the post wasn’t “civil, fact based discourse” but the damage is
done.

Don’t get me wrong. Some people live with this stuff every day and that is even worse. I am a white male and only later in life came out as bi and then felt even more non binary, so I have never faced a lot of discrimination of any sort (unless you count looking like a punk) except for infrequently more recently in my life. But racism certainly has been getting even more prominent again lately in casual discourse in society and in an emboldened far right movement. Softening boundaries to racism is toxic and has real world consequences.

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Black Anvil set to return with “As Was”

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:39 AM (PST)

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New York City’s BLACK ANVIL returns with As Was, the staggering fifty-minute follow-up to 2014′s Hail Death. Atmospheric and melodic without relenting on any of the ferocity BLACK ANVIL has always been known for, As Was seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art. More diverse, complex, and thought-provoking than anything they’ve released previously, As Was is a stellar representation of modern black metal, and of BLACK ANVIL’s continuous progression and songcraft. As Was was recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain), and features cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel).

 

January 13th, 2017 marks the worldwide release of As Was via Relapse Records on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Physical preorders and bundles are available via Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be preordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

 

Stream the band’s new song “May Her Wrath Be Just” via YouTube HERE.

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Root’s “Hell Symphony” 25th anniversary Eternal Death reissue due

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8:58 AM (PST)

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Hell Symphony from Czech black metal phenoms Root is getting a special anniversary reissue from Eternal Death Records you can pre order HERE (white vinyl with a gatefold poster). The reissue rears its’ ugly horns on December 9th for the world and sounds more metal than ever. The cymbal and descending dual guitar intro to the evil “Asmodeus” track probably sounds so cool on vinyl before the big roar and stomp comes in!

Anagnorisis to kick off PERIPETEIA TOUR 2016

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM (PST)
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Kentucky’s Anagnorisis are set to kick off their Fall 2016 touring in support of Zachary Kerr’s autobiographical new existentially eerie new Peripeteia release (which we highly recommend you dissolve yourself into as soon as possible). This and the vast new Nadja effort are great choices for fans of unrestricted and creative underground sounds that aren’t shy when it comes to using dynamics and space over a sheer reliance on distortion.

Dates and my favorite track below.

Kratornas stream “Dead Burning Christ” via Nine Circles

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 5:26 PM (PST)

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Black metallers Kratornas have premiered a new song “Dead Burning Christ” at Nine Circles HERE. Perhaps the most anti social song name in the few years since Black Breath put out “Black Sin (Spit On The Cross)”, no?

The raw and rapid fire fire intensity of the track is worth checking out if you want a lot more nihilism to kickstart or pre-emptively finish your November. The drums are psycho! And that solo! Truly some apeshit Saskatchewan evil.

Get psyched for some new Aosoth with this album trailer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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For whatever reason, most of the black metal bands that I perhaps listen to the most – the unholy trinity of Glorior Belli, Temple Of Baal and Aosoth – are all from France. That is of course ignoring plenty of others and some more famous like Deathspell Omega, but for whatever reason these three have been my favorites in the genre in recent years.  The bottom line is they just write killer songs, though Glorior of course also had detours into swamp rock influences that aren’t “purist” to corpse painted legions. Whatever.

Anyway, Aosoth have an as yet untitled album coming out in the future on Agonia, the clandestine group’s fifth. Perhaps the darkest of the aforementioned bands, Aosoth have pushed themselves with every release to spread their dark influence like a fog obscuring and erasing the more mundane world of the everyday. Check out their new teaser now.

Void Omnia vinyl of Dying Light coming soon from Vendetta Records

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:58 PM (PST)

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Killer stuff. Never really heard of Void Omnia and missed their Dying Light digital release earlier this year. Looks like Vendetta Records is doing a vinyl run for the Oakland based black metal ragers. Proper pre orders go live Oct. 21st but you can order the last few test pressings HERE (as well as stream the music). Not as prone to weird forays as, say, Krallice but not as beholden to form as the new (if excellent) Dark Funeral. This stuff burns hot and has a real passion in the performances. The fast shit is cool and some of the lower vocals add what is basically a death metal growl to the otherwise pretty focused black metal.

The drum performance is pretty sick and also really digging the guitar tone and balance of the production between harsh and just this side of palatable but still grim enough. Hails.

Unendlich sign with HPGD

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:59 AM (PST)

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If you ever played Ravenloft you learned that a Lich was like the most evil fuckin’ thing you could come across. To this day I still get slightly scared if I hear the word. Anyway, Unendlich have signed with Horror Pain Gore Death and we are stoked over here. The first song “Way Of All Flesh” (nothing to do with mighty Gojira) is gnarly. Unendlich are from Baltimore and display a charred, open mawed death gape awareness of various extreme metal sub-genres (particularly of the black metal variety). Scales Of Existence is due Oct. 28th, just in time for spooky time.

Pre-order HERE.

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From the new album art, which turns me on with murderous vampiric potency and makes me want to destroy Alt-Right wanksters worried about their masculinity, to the new barrage of psychotic sounds that Anaal Nathrakh continue to claim as “music”…well, this is the best, raddest shit. I know that is scarcely a sentence but I just had this super sweet pink champagne to celebrate a dear friend’s last day after 12 years as a psych-nurse at a high risk facility and this band consistently makes music that sounds like the inner workings of her former patient’s minds scrambling to find purchase. It is both elating for fans of industrial and black metal freedom and depressing because the world is so dark that this band serves as a viable mirror to a twisted reality, but regardless of all that the new Anaa; Nathrakh is again singularly ass kicking, stunning and fucknuts in one fell swoop (as usual).

Dudes are up there with Scott Walker and Neubauten for least pandering music ever.

Invisible Oranges has the new track HERE.

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