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Couch Slut from NYC are really interesting in that they provoke but don't always define, reflecting the listener. Eschewing preachy interviews and letting the art be interpreted by the projections of the viewer more often than not is novel these days. The controversy over the context of their Handshake Inc. My Life As A Woman almost Raymond Pettibon-esque cover art faded a bit when people realized the band were a co-ed bunch of noise/metal/post-punk ragers with sophisticated aesthetics, but people should notice more how killer the music is. Shows with Insect Ark, Melt Banana and Pyrrhon have helped, as will a June NYC Vitus Northside Fest appearance sure to kick ass! Key track: the psycho, jazz, dirge headfuck of "Carpet Farmer". pic by Justina Villanueva
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Oh ye of little faith…of COURSE Facedown Fest will be awesome this year. From Rival Choir’s anticipated slot to My Epic’s sure to be melodic and imaginative set to the return of Impending Doom, there is a lot to be thankful for for fans.
We are super excited to announce that the 2016 Facedown Fest will showcase Impending Doom‘s first live show in 3 years! We also have the exclusive West Coast Seventh Star reunion show as well as For All Eternity‘s first US show!
Join us May 14 at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. Tickets are available now at facedownfest.com.
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Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.
Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.
Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22. ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing only BLACK SABBATH SONGS will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.Add to My Radar
Universally celebrated, heavy metal power trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced U.S. tour dates in support of its new album, Luminiferous. The trek will launch on December 10 in Nashville, TN and will feature support from New Orleans’ sludge kings, Crowbar.
It s a good thing Conan is not on this tour as well or it might actually crack the planet in two.
HIGH ON FIRE tour dates w Captain Kirk BELOW.Add to My Radar
Logan Madder will always hold a place in the heart of any metal fan who has ever been in the midst of a “Davidian” riff onslaught, but the producer and guitarist is much more than that. Returning to the stage after a decade plus, Madder has re-emerged with a strong new group Once Human.
I’m a fan of some of Madder’s production with especially Gojira and less so with Five Finger Death Punch, if more so because the band annoy me than any fault in the production. Once Human, however, it feels like Madder pulled out all the stops to assert his new group is the bomb. He did a good job. The title track in particular is enough to make any fan of this kind of alt metal/crossover thrash salivate. From the roared vocals of Lauren Hart, which recall Tarrie B at her most unhinged married to some real hooks, a dry and punishing amped up drum attack from secret weapon Dillon Trollope and groove metal power to make the 90’s blush, the band are nonetheless not a throwback. There is plenty of studio wizardry and unexpected textural twists, dives and especially cool spacious elements in the guitars to contrast the heaviest moments.
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“Time Of The Disease” is powerful groove metal, ballistic bass, a slick solo and augmented by awesome string and vocal patterns like something from a gothic horror movie before major melodeath kicks in. Hart’s voice has a particular low end to her scream not heard this effectively since Karyn Crisis. “I Am War” is another highlight, a war march intro with cooed vocals that gets more uneasy as the band build the 1:52 track from a dreary military march through a dollhouse nightmare like soldiers and Marilyn Manson-esque circus outcasts had a party.
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If you’re like a lot of metalheads you have your go to bands and the rest of the time browse sites or magazines with a certain lifelong true dedication mixed with dulled near boredom at the car crash many bands regularly call “releases” or “promotion”. Especially if it isn’t your favorite sub-genre of heavy. Granted, we all have more open minded days than others but it is nice when I see a band live and then the next time they release something I’m much more curious.
Such was the case today when seeing Decibel has a new video premiere from Fit For An Autopsy. Listening to the unfuckwithable excellence of the new Tau Cross and drinking coffee half-baked while also corresponding with cuties and/or musician’s, I took a break to check my mail and saw the FFAA press release. While Tau Cross is by far one of the best records of the year, the full bore if much different FFAA live set I witnessed not so long ago has me curious enough to check the new video out.
The new song is the title track from their forthcoming new LP due out this fall. “Being able to bring a visual representation of our art to the fans is a big deal to us,” says guitarist and producer Will Putney. Directed by Max Moore, this is the first music video the band has ever done. Putney continues, “Working with Max Moore allowed us to do that easily. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and are really excited to finally release Fit For An Autopsy’s first ever music video.”
Watch it HERE. The simple and effective blend of darkness, weird shit and performance make it a winner. Much less gimmicky than people writing these guys off might’ve expected.Add to My Radar
Kittie have never really gotten enough respect, all because some people think they were too cute or “nu metal” when they came out (but now it’s “tough” or ironic to like Baby Metal?). As it turns out, through numerous incarnations the band has written a lot of really heavy stuff and has been around just as long as Arch Enemy, for example. And when Morgan Lander brings the vocal sugar it still sounds way more soulful than saccharine. She can fuckin’ sing. And is a legit bad ass.
The Canadian metal queens still impress live and can hold their own or surpass some of the biggest bands in metal live to this day. This current band might be their most seasoned line up. People might trash on them for their music but then praise shittier bands in the same breath, which is a thin veil for sexism. Like, if they were a gimmick don’t you think they’d have gone away by now? Idiots.
Frankly, if you listen to “Cut Throat” it spanks the shit out of some of the shitty clean vocal autotune 19th stepped on generation death/mall emo bands. I’d still rather see Kittie than almost any deathcore band, and it’s testament to the band’s staying power that people still have favorite or current past members.
A few good Kittie gems that made this Deep Cuts are BELOW.
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The Lord’s Prayer is less than fifty words long, and six of those words
are devoted to asking God not to lead us into temptation. The one-sided contemplative
leaves undone many things that he ought to do; but to make up for it, he refrains
from doing a host of things he ought not to do. The sum of evil, Pascal remarked, would
be much diminished if men could only learn to sit quietly in their rooms.
The contemplative whose perception has been cleansed does not have to stay in his room.
– Huxley, The Doors Of Perception
West coast heavy weights High On Fire are one of the bands along with Neurosis, Mastodon, Baroness and Today Is The Day who are most responsible for shifting the trends in the underground from death or nu metal to the brainier psych and sludged infused styles that are arguably the most consistently awesome sounds in metal today. New song “The Sunless Years” from forthcoming banger Luminiferous is everything you’ve ever loved about High On Fire in one invincible wall of guitar fuckery, aimed right at your third eye and out through the back of your exploding skull.
High On Fire are back with “The Black Plot”, a song that couldn’t sound more HoF-esque if it gargled Yeti sweat and thumbtacks. As powerful as their endless live onslaught, the new battering ram on fire tune can be heard HERE via Rolling Stone. The band’s new Kurt Ballou (Converge, ETID,Trap Them) tracked Luminiferous will be out in early June and it is time to pump up this jam! I don’t know who that guy in the shirt pretending to be Matt Pike is in the photo above, but nonetheless we are stoked!
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Matt Pike’s revered sludge n’ roll juggernaut High On Fire will release Luminiferous, their 7th(!!) album, on June 23rd via eOne music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis, an album hailed as “not for the faint of heart ” by The New Yorker and “a fantastically constructed bloodbath” by Entertainment Weekly.
Feast your eyes on that cover art! Swamp Thing/The Green Man/Jolly Green Giant is stoked, as are we!
“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”
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Black Label Society fans ought to be pleased with the news that Zakk Wylde is doing an Unblackened U.S. tour with doom legend and acoustic riff elder Wino from Saint Vitus/Spirit Caravan in tow. Nice to see Wino is back in action after his recent arrest. He is great on acoustic and is reportedly working with Conny Ochs again soon. Back to Zakk, Black Label Society will be offering audiences a more intimate show. Along with BLS music, the setlist is expected to include material from Wylde’s solo disc, Book Of Shadows as well as material from his southern rock band Pride & Glory.
“You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh,” says Wylde. “The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.”
4/3 — Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount
4/4 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/6 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
4/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head Live
4/9 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s
4/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room
4/12 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
4/14 — Wichita, Kan. — The Cotillion
4/16 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theater
4/17 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
4/18 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
4/19 — Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove of Anaheim
My doom boys Geezer opened for High On Fire, the most fiery band in hard rock/metal who will stone you like Sisyphus just got punished for chronic lies told. I got to the show at the venerable Poughkeepsie, NY venue, which has housed legendary performances from the likes of The Rollins Band to Trapt to Incubus to Blindside to Fear Factory (to name just a few of countless shows), a bit late. Geezer’s set was missed alas but they rule and I’ve heard crushed through the large stage P.A., while New Orlean’s Mountain Of Wizard caused a boogie heavy rock thrill to enrapture the crowd. High On Fire eventually shook the hall with sonic fury, a gravel throated Matt Pike not wearing a shirt even though the freezing fucking cold winter chill still was creeping in through the opening doors. Cometh down Hessian, in-fucking-deed. Droppin the frost hammer like street rhyme knowledge for these punks in need of a riff education.
Photos by missmagpi.
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High On Fire, the sludge and roll juggernaut of a power trio led by guitar overlord Matt Pike, have announced Winter Tour dates. Any chance to see them with any line-up they have ever had is not one to be missed lightly. Every time I have seen HoF hit the stage they have completely leveled already high expectations. I honestly, and I know this is sacrilege to many, often prefer them to Sleep. Throwing all that doom, harder than hard rock metal and menace into the more Motorhead rumble of this group ( “Devilution”, for example ) but still having epic bong ripper solos to die for makes it for me, despite how perfect Jerusalem/Dopesmoker is in any edit. Yet thankfully, I’m allowed to like both.
“Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like,” says drummer Des Kensel. “Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath’s “Master of Reality” backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea.”
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Listening to NPR discuss Massachusetts racial history today and the Jason Sokol book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics From Boston To Brooklyn as I pull up the photos photographer Matt Slater graciously assembled for this live piece. Looking at Chimaira, Shadows Fall and God Forbid in metal splendor, I can’t help but feel like the better examples of geeks, thrashers and artists are ahead of the pack at times when it comes to acceptance. Shadows Fall’s greatest album, The Art Of Balance, has a title alone that is good metaphor for the way to walk and interface with people in life. Hey, we all lose our heads sometimes ( remember when powerhouse drummer Jason Bittner yelled at Halestorm for the Grammy Win, hahah?)… But most of the time I think it is awesome we can have an underground that supports a diverse spectrum of people. When I’m at a show inclusiveness is second nature, though of course there are always some knuckleheads who just came to fuck shit up.
That said, I think overall the mark of metal core and NWoAHM is way more positive than negative. We’re going into a new Congressional period with people who don’t want to listen and want to obstruct. Scott Walker and other hobgoblins don’t care about workers, in my mind. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul or Rubio are as uneven, creepy and selective in memory as I am a fan of Kyuss. Bridgegate was appalling, NJ. But in the underground we have a voice to help people and communities shook by Fegusson’s exposed wound! To cheer on when New York State chooses to improve definition of consent on college campuses! To just get out there and fucking rock and have a good time with OTHER PEOPLE! Look, it aint that all cops are bad or all black people are criminals. It’s about empathy for the suffering of other human beings.
Anyway, looking at these photos Slater gave us, I can’t help but feel pride and energized by what these bands gave us all. From energy to words to vision. Fuck off, haters. You aren’t constructive.
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