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Today is the big release day for one of the most anticipated (and rightly so) albums of the year, the hysterically titled Hail Stan, by Periphery. In a sense, it is a pretty perfect name for an album in these days when stan culture is really off the charts bonkers and semi-satanic half the time. It also happens to feature some of the progressive metalcore band’s heaviest and most elaborate work. The Juggernaut era is hard to top for me but this new record is phenomenal.

Periphery manage to give themselves a pat on the back via obviously pure love of the artform, give the fans what they want and STILL challenge them. Has the pact between art and artist, stan and musician ever been more blurred? The beauty of this record is it reminds us all we are fans at heart. And lucky to be alive.

It is only 1/4 of the way through the year but I know that this and the Venom Prison record are gonna be very hard to dislodge from my top ten of 2019. The hype is real. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to check out the massive opening track ‘Reptile” today, which is one of the most ambitious moments from the band to date.

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Animals As Leaders announce 10th anniversary tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Sound architects of the highest magnitude, prog maestros Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from animalsasleaders.org

Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). Right near where I grew up! Hit up that fancy newfangled Phoenicia Diner, y’all. Anyway, the camp is an all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses – Guitar With Tosin Abasi | Drums With Matt Garstka | Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at campingwithanimals.org

Tour dates BELOW.

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Born Of Osiris are one of the ultimate progressive metalcore bands and have earned their position as leaders in the metallic sub-genre through constant work and dedication. It sucks to learn that some dangerous jerk robbed guitarist Lee McKinney and had a knife. We hope Lee and Jo get justice in this matter and are glad no one was harmed:

Hey guys. Lee McKinney here. Last night on Monday, March 12, our house was burglarized. The intruder(s) had a knife that was left on the scene and that makes us feel like the intent was to potentially do more than walk out with material items. Stolen items include a TV, 5 guitars, 1 audio interface, 4 guns, 1 camera, and 1 amplifier. Pictures of the stolen guitars are attached. We have notified the local police. A full investigation is underway. This robbery feels like it was targeted for the studio for exactly the time we were on tour or at work, as we were not home. We’re hoping that by bringing this to public attention that anyone who sees one of these items on sale in any way could help us track down the person who did this. Material items are one thing, but justice against the person who came into our home with a weapon is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your time.
Serial numbers for the missing instruments are:

Walnut LPM7 – 69540
Honey V6X – 132686
Monster O7X – 139438
Sea Foam VB5 – 139204
-Lee & Jo McKinney

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Prog metal giants Between The Buried And Me remain dedicated to always pushing their craft forward. A new record is not that far off and here is the scoop from this excellent and respected band:

Excited to announce that Automata II will be out July 13th and we’ll be on this year’s The Summer Slaughter Tour! Pre-orders available now at betweentheburiedandme.com

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Jonathan Davis releases “What It Is” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM (PST)

Bakersfield, California metaller Jonathan Davis has released the first single from his debut solo album. The album will be released by Sumerian Records.

The first single “What It Is,” was released on January 25.

Of the record Davis had this to say, “This time, I’m pulling something out of the audience,” he grins. “I’ve bared my soul for so fucking long I thought it’d be really cool to pull listeners in a different direction for once. I’m taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that’s spiritual, positive, and makes them really think! It’s just art. I’ve changed lives with Korn, but I wanted to open minds with this shit.”

He went on to say, about why he hasn’t released a solo album before now: “This is how fate would have it,” he explains. “Deals would come and go. Then, we’d do a Korn record and a tour. There was no time for me to do this. All of the stars finally aligned. Velvet Hammer believed in it. Sumerian Records came to the fold. It’s like an extension of where I was at on the Queen of the Damned shit mixed with rock, early goth, new romantic, and everything I love. It’s going to take you on a journey.”

Check out “What It Is” here.

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Periphery tour with Animals As Leaders, Car Bomb, Astronoid

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:47 PM (PST)

Prog djent technicians Periphery have announced a tour with Animals As Leaders plus Car Bomb and Astronoid on select dates. Any date is sure to be a night of unique music you won’t forget.

The Convergence Tour with Animals As Leaders is happening this fall! Car Bomb and Astronoid will also be on select dates! Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am local time.

Keep up on tickets/RSVPs HERE.

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Stream Oceano’s best album yet “Revelation” in full

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 5:43 AM (PST)

Oceano’s unforgiving latest album Revelation  will not sway you if the band’s low end heavy brutal death core with utterly guttural vocals and random technical and rhythmic flourishes is too much for you. Personally, I think this new record is their finest yet and shows the band adding more consistent heft to past albums that had moments but often some filler tracks as well. Decide for yourself below and slam your neighbors today.

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Oceano release new single “The Great Tribulation”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:04 PM (PST)

Oceano have released a new room destroyer of a song entitled “The Great Tribulation”, one of their most intense tracks to date. Old school death metal fans will perhaps appreciate the faster drumming parts on this song interspersed with the atmosphere enhanced techy deathcore parts. I for one could do without the colder background sounds as a lot of bands are doing that lately along with the glitchy rhythmic breaking apart thing employed a few times, but the straight death parts wail. Anyone who appreciates, say, Chris Barnes style death gurgles should like Adam Warren’s style on this, a fairly old school approach to a mostly new school sound. I’d honestly like to hear him front some straight up early 90’s sounding Cannibal throwback type stuff himself sometime.

Anyhow, this new song is from latest album Revelation. It is crazy to think that they are on album five already. Feels like Depths just came out! Time flies.

Sez the band:

We are proud to present you with the first single off our new album, ‘Revelation’, available May 19th via Sumerian Records.

Physical pre-orders including vinyl and many more special items are available here – http://smarturl.it/Revelation-Bundles

Digital pre-orders available here –
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Revelation-IT
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Revelation-AM
GooglePlay: http://smarturl.it/Revelation-GP

 

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 Betraying The Martyrs new record The Resilient  more than proves they are here to stay and should not be underestimated. We spoke a few months back with vocalist Aaron Matts about the Paris, France based Sumerian rockers latest, what goes into songwriting and more.

 

This interview was originally published weeks ago with a different intro but was lost in the malware issue we had that wiped about a year of site content. I had enough of it backed up that I was able to rebuild it for the fans of this young, bright metalcore act and for readers who maybe even missed it the first time.
Check it out BELOW.
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After The Burial announce “Dig Deep” album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM (PST)

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Dig Deep, the latest from metallers After The Burial, will be out Feb. 19th through Sumerian.

If the cover art vibes and fact that this is their first without troubled and departed guitarist Justin Lowe doesn’t affect you a little bit, you are pretty heartless.

Tracklisting BELOW (along with the meticulously staccato and effectively energized metalcore of “Lost In The Static”.)

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Album Review: Born Of Osiris – “Soul Sphere”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 9:57 AM (PST)

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Born Of Osiris have really refined what they do, years of touring and proving naysayers wrong evolving them from an initial The New Reign buzz band heralding the metalcore/prog fusion’s new younger wave alongside cohorts Veil of Maya and early Faceless. Then the stupid fake windmill kick hardcore kids started ripping them apart for expanding their sound on (still my nostalgic favorite) A Higher Place.

Since then they have gotten better at their core sound but have also grown. With a few well regarded records under their belts, the band return with perhaps their most ambitious record yet Soul Sphere. This is a big statement from the band and in my opinion nails it where Veil maybe lost the plot a bit. I wasn’t against the new clean vocals in Veil of Maya, but BOO have continued to set their songs apart whereas Veil’s material other than the vocals is starting to blend together.

“Free Fall” on here is a thrill ride of screams, unexpected instrumental flourishes (is that a fucking djent xylophone, cuz that was awesome!) and the band sounding tight as fuck. Unlike a million bands who are doing fourth wave metal core and blowing goats, BOO have the fierce metal core screams without the fucking painfully predictable arrangements and the band sound pissed for a reason. But they aren’t hiding in having to sound angry for anger’s sake. “Free Fall” has literally got a few sections that will find you nodding your head headbanging or grooving despite any resistance, including the token BOO semi hip hop, cool ride out.

“The Louder The Sound, The More We All Believe” opens like a techno/EDM song, but it is one of the coolest tracks on the record and full of a more hyper conviction.

“Illuminate” is the weakest link where they sound the most like metalcore cliche except for the rad back up kid of epic slave rowing grunts and heave ho sounds in the background that could be roman gladiators on an Ex Deo record. But the song feels forced like it is trying to be the most accessible or metalcore accepted of the batch (redeemed by a killer whiplash part around 1:48, though).

Other highlights include “Goddess Of The Dawn”. Eos has always been a favorite greek goddess of mine. And the BOO song is a beast of gnarly tones, psycho drumming and a few Pantera grooves thrown in before things get super techy.

“The Sleeping And The Dead” kicks critics who say the band can’t write a memorable riff and jump around too much in the nuts with a sick opening riff before the band…jumps around a lot, haha. But the song doesn’t suffer and keeps you invested.

“Warlords” opens things with a mercurial piano line that continues to veer in and out beneath the barrage the band drop in like a bag of bricks on top of it.

“Tidebinder” starts with some crackling samples and then manages set an epic feel so well. Born Of Osiris have always had that ambition from awesome artwork to their writing. I liked The Devil Wears Prada’s Space EP, for example, but it could have benefitted from being a full album. BOO seem to know just how long to make their records while still cramming them full of hot, riffy action. If we were still in an age where a kid had just $15 for a cd and dropped it on this, they would have more than enough music and chant alongs stuck in their head, big synth parts and moshable moments to ensure they devastated their bedroom practicing cool faces for the local show.

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Unlike Eminem, the Relapse era is well regarded as the best Dillinger Escape Plan stuff, though I love all their records. Still, the early days were unfuckwithable. Then Miss Machine came along and shit got bananas w/ Puciato on board. And Ire Works is underrated and possibly my FAVORITE if I wasn’t so biased by my Calculating Infinity love like most O.G. DEP fans.

I smell that whore/woah/etc. right HERE.

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As summer draws to an end so do the season’s festivals. Now you’re probably wondering what prompted me to wait so long to post this.
Along with crazy technical difficulties on my end, I really wanted to see how this summer’s festival season would end. Let’s be honest…there was
quite a bit of drama going on. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up to date with everything here is a quick recap of everything that has transpired this summer.

 

– After The Burial member dead after leaving a horrifying Facebook post for fans to see, forcing the band to cancel their appearance on The Summer Slaughter Tour
– Drama between the bands on Mayhem Festival (Slayer’s King vs Victory Records’ stage)
– The end of Mayhem Festival as a whole (poor ticket sales, Kevin Lyman’s “Old and Fat” comment)
– Warped Tour’s Front Porch Step mishap / Slaves being kicked off or ‘Voted off’ the tour / the tour turned 21

 

Now, where to begin? Let us begin with After The Burial’s unfortunate loss. After the eerie post by Justin Lowe stating that people were setting him up for crimes he hadn’t committed, the band took to Facebook stating that despite their efforts to assist Lowe that they had been unsuccessful in their attempts to pick him out of this slump that he had been in. The band cited mental illness as the reason for his off the wall Facebook post.

 

Read more thoughts/impressions BELOW and see band pics from Warped and Mayhem (RIP).

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Justin from After The Burial found dead (RIP)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 12:58 PM (PST)

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To be honest. After The Burial are not a band I’ve really checked out much. I know they have been around awhile and have a lot of fans. Just never really investigated them. That said, it’s sad to learn of the passing of their guitarist Justin Lowe, recently reported to be suffering from mental illness. As a manic depressive person myself I can relate to this. I was in a suicide ward once.

For all the jokes out there about husbands of the year Scott Stapp and Wes from Puddle of Mudd playing in traffic or getting Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory or riding Airport baggage carousels, this type of stuff is really sad on more human levels. Depression and mental health should be treated more seriously in this country.

Find out more HERE.

Seems like Justin was a real talent and touched a lot of hearts.

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Album Review: Veil Of Maya – “Matriarch”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM (PST)

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Matriarch is certainly a big statement for Veil Of Maya. New singer. Clean vocals. The amazing guitar-tistry of Mark Okubo. Like most of their records, there are moments of sheer brilliance that make it worth purchasing. Other sections however are kind of aimless or more textural than servicing the “song”. I remember Okubo once saying he didn’t like Jane’s Addiction in an interview, which bummed me out cuz they feature such great guitar skills but also can always deliver a solid song as well. Sometimes less is more.
Then again, with Veil of Maya you have room for many layers or approaches under one band name, parting the veils to keep searching for what it all means.

Without a doubt Veil seem re-energized, though I’d really rather hear them with less compressed sounding production. It’s just a tad too slick and not enough bass, though the guitar tones at times get fuckin’ glorious on the proggier, walky Okubo lines.

Vocals in Veil were always the weakest part. It happens a lot in newer tech or proggy or metalcore bands, vocals secondary to the complexity of arrangements in both depth and scope. Pop culture references abound in some of these bands or names from TV shows. Within The Ruins did a great job on their last record but it wasn’t so blatant. Though serviceable, Matriarch aims to focus on female power symobls and matriarchs in society but they should’ve pointed to Malala instead of, I dunno, fake movie and show characters.
Don’t get me wrong. These guys often really slay at times.

Read more BELOW.