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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.
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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.

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“JuggerDoc” from Periphery now on iTunes

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM (PST)

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Washington, D.C. – Periphery’s JuggerDoc: The Making of Juggernaut, the 45-minute documentary that captures the making of the band’s dual albums, Juggernaut: Alpha andJuggernaut: Omega, is available now via iTunes (http://hyperurl.co/Juggerdoc_iTunes).

The documentary had been previously only available as a bonus item with physical purchases ofJuggernaut: Omega.

Periphery released Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega simultaneously in late January via Sumerian Records, with the pair of releases landing at #22 and #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 (#15 and #16 on the Top Albums chart as well as #2 and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart).

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The Dillinger Escape Plan release “Paranoia Shields” clip

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:32 PM (PST)

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I liked Option Paralysis a bit better than One Of Us Is The Killer, though the recent album from The Dillinger Escape Plan was also rad and every video has been downright, uh, killer?! The band are one of my all time faves but I haven’t felt startled by their material since the really innovative (and underrated)  Ire Works. BUT, the new stuff since that record has still been great if kind of establishing a kind of new standard DEP sound, more or less. Their videos, however, continue to startle.

Mitch Massie worked on this new video with the esteemed band of spastic yet poppy Faith No More disciples. Ruling the math core scene still to this day, you’ve got to respect Dillinger and this video is another fine entry in a storied legacy.

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Veil of Maya test pressings are pretty stunning

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:18 AM (PST)

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Something for all the Vinyl fans out there. First test pressing just landed!

Pre-Order HERE: https://killermerch.com/artist/veilofmaya

watch a new video HERE.

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Born Of Osiris recording new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:29 AM (PST)

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Born Of Osiris were not only good when The New Reign was released. Only a moron would think that. A Higher Place is hella (yeah, I said it) underrated and this band is better than half the fans in their scene can comprehend with their limited musical tastes. The band have shown consistent drive to create meaningful music, regardless of any behind the scenes stuff or trends. A mid 2015 Sumerian release is expected for the next record, though no further details are available at this time. Hoping it will combine the heavier synth presence of TWDA with earlier heavy elements.  The band have been working new material for a few years now and I have a good gut feeling that they are due for making the statement fans/believers in this band have known they can achieve. Here’s hoping, dudes.

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Periphery “The Bad Thing” for you to hear now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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New Periphery song “The Bad Thing” is a heavy and complex new number, a sick mix with a great sense of guitar and vocal placement. Kudos on the great vocal performance as well. The band are releasing two albums of intricate material that seems like their biggest statement yet. That is up to each listener perhaps and how they take the music with them and experience it, but from the new songs compared to the relatively limited amount of Periphery I’ve heard it seems like they are really pushing themselves. Now go on tour with Wings Denied and Torrential Downpour, guys. Do it!!!

Check out the new song HERE.

 Periphery are the good thing for you to hear now.
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Periphery unleash “The Scourge”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM (PST)

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Periphery premiere “The Scourge,” a new song from the highly anticipated dual album releases, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega, via Revolver HERE.

“After a year of hard work on our two new albums, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega we’re excited to be able to share the first look at music from either album,” said guitar player Mark Holcomb. “‘The Scourge’ shows off a darker, more brooding side of the first album, Alpha, and it touches on some of the melodic and lyrical themes referenced throughout the two albums. Enjoy!”

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Brandon Butler releases statement on Veil Of Maya exit

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Veil Of Maya has always been mostly about the intricate guitar parts, with vocals seeming almost an afterthought or about Dexter and Heroes episodes or whatever. Still, the exit of Brandon Butler from the popular group was a shock. It isn’t as much of a frustrating loss as, say, Punch losing Meghan O’Neal Pennie right as They Don’t Have To Believe was gaining traction (seriously, wtf?), but Butler worked earnestly during his time in VoM.

Here is his statement.

“As most of you know by now I am no longer in Veil of Maya. This decision was one of the toughest ones I have ever made in my life. The journey I have had traveling the world and playing for people who want to hear music I helped create is impossible to describe in words. The last 7 years of my life have been one wild ride and there is nothing I would take back about it. It was a dream of mine to make an impact with my words, even if in just a few lives. I will NEVER stop being passionate for music and writing as it is a massive part of my life. I feel as if I was on the verge of writing some of my best lyrics yet with the VOM guys and wish I could have showed you all.

“Marc, Sam, and Danny are currently working extremely hard on some amazing stuff that I know you guys will enjoy. They have a strong vision for how this album should sound and personally and creatively I had a different view from theirs which caused a wedge between us in this last year. I spent 7 years of my life hanging out with those guys grinding it out on the road and will always love them like brothers regardless of how it ended. It was an adventure with tons of ups and downs. Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of my time with veil. You changed my life for the better! The biggest thing I will miss is sharing experiences and stories with my friends around the world. Thank you for everything you have given me. VOM has the best fans ever! It was an absolute honor sharing the stage with you all and I’ll miss it. Stay fucking metal \m/”

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So,wake and bake…as usual, listening to “Fantasia” from Stratovarius’ mostly great power metal classic Elements Pt. 1 but wondering how the fuck the drum mix on this album got cleared at several db’s too loud. Still, this shit is so classic. “Stratofortress” is eating my mind (it sounds like “We Need A Little Xmas” was played at a Rush concert by the Great Kat)!!! Then I get an email. Sip coffee. Spit coffee! What?!!

I guess in between touring with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails and slaying it live (saw them in NJ), Ben from The Dillinger Escape Plan has launched an amazing new media website.  Partysmasherinc.com is live now and billed as, a collective of creative professionals and artistic provocateurs.

  PartySmasherInc.com is a one-stop portal for musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion designers and industry mavericks of all stripes. I am loving the content, from debates on Gaga to interviews with Pentagram and Mike Patton to my favorite piece so far, a piece called DIY stands for “decide it yourself”. (and i don’t mean my poor stoner grammar).

The shared principle that unites this otherwise diverse collection of contributors and curators is simple: self-determination. Party Smasher Inc. exists to enable like minded cultural saboteurs to empower themselves with the DIY spirit.

“I was well into my twenties, with a college degree and a corporate job, playing music with no intention of generating money or some massive fanbase,” explains Party Smasher Inc. founder BEN WEINMAN, best known as the unrelenting guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan. “Before I had even realized it, I was making 100% of my living creating art. How did this happen? Because we ignored the ‘rules.’ It wasn’t until I started living my artistic life with that mindset that I became a responsible creator – one who could move people through honest expression. And that is what Party Smasher Inc. is all about. We are here to celebrate the artists that are following their own path, undeterred by the trends.”

Click HERE to read more about this awesome new endeavor!

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