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Obsidian Kingdom enter studio to record new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9:23 AM (PST)

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Spanish prog metallers Obsidian Kingdom have entered the studio to begin work on their newest album. This album will be the band’s third full-length.

The experimental Barcelonian outfit will spend the next month at Ax Studio in their hometown (the same place where their debut “Mantiis” was recorded).

The band comment: “Once again, we’re off to the studio in excitement and terror… Even though we’ve been working on these songs for two years now, they keep changing on us as if they were alive. So wish us luck as we approach the final stage of wrestling this beast, and soon we’ll bring you trumpets of angels and trombones from Hell!”

If you haven’t already, check out the video for the band’s song “The Polyarnik,” taken off their sophomore effort A Year With No Summer, here.

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Cannabis Corpse kick off short run of North American gigs

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 12:46 PM (PST)

Photos by Marissa Straw

CANNABIS CORPSE continue to seed many realms with their poisonous power point program on potent pot death metal. Left Hand Pass remains the best gag title for a metal weed album basically ever and, yeah, all is good across the land. Well, that’s not true. The world is a mess. Thankfully we have some monstrous riffs and smoldering infernos to inhale. The band have some big news on the horizon but first catch them on this short little run starting tonight in

CANNABIS CORPSE Headlining Shows:
07/31: Providence, RI @ The Junkyard
08/01: Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground [TICKETS ]
08/02: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks [TICKETS ]
08/03: Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub [TICKETS ]

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Essence of Datum release “Pendulum” via No Clean Singing

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:20 PM (PST)

[Photo Credit: Daryana Romanovskaya]

Belarus metallers Essence of Datum have released their newest track “Pendulum” via No Clean Singing.

“Pendulum” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Spellcrying Machine due out August 30 via Season of Mist Records.

Regarding the new album, the band comments:

“One of the most attractive buildings in our hometown is Minsk city crematorium! The comprehension of the fact that there’s a very high probability that our physical presence in this world will end up there and the bodies will be committed to flames, puts a veil of peculiar magic on this place. When walking in the halls of crematorium you cannot but notice giant pendulums that stand still symbolizing frozen time. It is the pendulum that gives more emphasis to the present before the inevitable end to come thus leaving us greedily gasping for the moments remaining. The pendulum in ‘Spellcrying Machine’ holds a special place and we’d like to set off a story with this composition. Until then, let the Pendulum swing!”

Check out the Spellcrying Machine artwork and tracklist here.

Saint Vitus stream eponymous new album in full

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:56 PM (PST)

Los Angeles doom metallers Saint Vitus‘s new eponymous album is available for streaming.

If you’re late to the band’s 9th full length album and follow up to 2012’s Lillie: F-65 be sure to check it out now!

If you, like me, are battling the oppressive heat of mid-spring, and the persistent threat of depression, this newest offering is worth a listen, as it tows you through its murky instrumentation and Scott Reagers’ vocals wash over you.

Stream this monstrosity in its entirety here.

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Sólstafir have released the video for “Bláfjall”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:19 PM (PST)

photo by Snorri Sturluson

In support of their exceptionally good Beredreyminn release, Icelandic post-rock band  Sólstafir have released a characteristically cinematic video for “Bláfjall” via Classic Rock Magazine HERE.

SÓLSTAFIR comment: “Here it is, our 3rd video by the almighty Bowen Staines. After we did our last video with Bowen, ‘Lágnætti,’ we talked about for years to make another video together. As usual, adventures are like magnets when we join up forces, and this one was no different. We are super proud of the result, and yet again, Bowen shows that he is the master of this game. Enjoy, ‘Bláfjall.'”

Director Bowen Staines adds: “‘Bláfjall’ was produced and filmed in Iceland from August – October 2018, and edited until April 2019 at the Don’t Panic Films studio in Massachusetts. While originally shot in 4K, the finished product was then scanned in its entirety onto 35mm film. ‘Bláfjall’ tells the story of a mind overtaken with grief, and the mental gymnastics often employed to circumvent grief in order to avoid confronting it.

“Everyone has their secret sorrows which the world knows not; wounds that never show on the body. In ’Bláfjall,’ these wounds take the form of memories relived in the present, yet altered by the knowledge of what will come in the future. If grief were sentient, it would attack these memories with the voracity of a virus slowly destroying a computer hard drive, or an illness ravaging a body.

“Pre-production for ‘Bláfjall’ started almost two years ago, and the first day of principal photography began in Hvalfjörður, Southwest Iceland. Predictably, it was so windy (a 115kg dolly track blew over), that I had to rewrite that day’s five-page shotlist in the trunk of Addis’s Jeep.

“The rest of the video came together wonderfully, thanks to our cast of Flosi Þorgeirsson (HAM, Glerakur), Bella Morgan, Palli Banine, and Minerva Geirdal. The only other notable thing that happened during this production were the days leading up to crashing that infamous Mercedes.

“The car was an automatic, and the transmission slipped like butter. The momentum from the slightest forward acceleration, say, at a stoplight, would send the gearshift flying back into first gear, and the engine redlining; there is no sound quite like doing 40 on the highway in first gear. I was heading to pick up Flosi in Reykjavík, when suddenly I was doing 60kph in reverse while still going forwards, with the whole car transforming into an industrial noise album.

“The day we filmed the crash, we’d spent hours lining the car up, bracing the steering wheel properly, and closing the roads. It looked like it was dead-on, and then it wasn’t. It missed the other car by centimeters, veered off the road, hit an embankment on the side of a someone’s driveway, cleared the entire driveway, went through a fence, and crashed into a rock in front of a horse stable. The next try was dead-on.

“A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to everyone who was involved with the making of Sólstafir’s ‘Bláfjall.’ To the guys in the band: thank you for trusting me so unconditionally, and allowing me to tell this story with your music. As always, it is a true pleasure to create with you.

“We hope that you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it.
Takk fyrir okkur.”

 

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Well, here is a kick ass surprise. Saint Vitus, the legendary band known more for their doom side, actually once seeded the hardcore scene with their unruly ways. “Useless” the iconic band’s latest track, sounds like it could be from the halcyon days of Black Flag. This song made me pumped! I was not expecting to hear a fast Vitus tune today and with such expert demonstration of an older and frankly to me much more enjoyable style of hardcore and punk than most of what we get nowadays. Check it out below!

The band’s self-titled album (I am getting low key chills typing that thinking of the import) is out May 17th. Man, I am really stoked for this now.

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A rare happy moment of human connection in ‘Lords of Chaos’

I interviewed Black Sabbath’s most underappreciated vocalist, the great Tony Martin once years ago. A real thrill. I forget the exact question, something about reconciling the more evil songs with the ones with subtle Christian themes or something. I remember Tony taking the wind out of my sails like a pro and sort of gently needling me with the common sense revelation that a lot of heavy metal is theater. This doesn’t mean that some people don’t live it to the fullest (the proper way to do so being highly debated daily since forever across sub-genres) and that it isn’t a genuine source of being able to work out dark and light feelings and to suss out solutions for yourself that hopefully aren’t ‘suicide solutions’, etc.

I saw two movies last night amidst a snowstorm on Fandango Now (a pretty great service). Jonas Akerlund’s take on the controversial Lords of Chaos and the somewhat slept on, but I thought fucking fantastic, Mary Queen Of Scots (2018). Both took some historical liberties – LOC glosses over the singers before Dead and the Deathcrush-era to get to meatier terrain and Mary Queen Of Scots fabricates an incredible in person meeting between Mary and Elizabeth that I wish really happened and (plausibility points to the writer) Elizabeth DOES tell Mary never to speak of it, so who knows? Both also feature violent stabbing scenes of a queer person. I was expecting it in Lords Of Chaos and the movie makes it very graphic, disturbing and not lightly glossed over – thankfully. You know at that point beyond a doubt that part of the souls of these people are very broken. David Rizzio in Mary Queen Of Scots came as a shock since I had forgotten about him historically. Like, fuckin’ hell, another poor murdered innocent for the sake of sick designs?!

Look, I think it is fine Lords Of Chaos is a movie. I was against it at some points but as edgelordery under Trump is worse than ever and there are no sacred cows generally worthy of enabling any cult of personality from critique, fuck it. It was a milestone time period in metal so why shouldn’t it be examined? The thrust though is will it seem apologist and MTV stuff that was meant to be less palatable or fast edit flashy and romanticized or would it have some bite and objectively show the shittiness of a lot of what happened? Thankfully, I liked a lot more about it than I disliked. The cast did an excellent job with what they were handed and as Jonas told Decibel recently ,”There’s a lot of things we’re not supposed to do, but black metal bands break those rules every day. They all sell merchandise; they all do gigs; they all have Instagram…”

It’s funny, I remember when X-Men became a movie everyone wondered if Wolverine would wear yellow spandex. Some things that look cool in comic books can look very dorky in movies with live-action. A corpse-painted dude trying to look vampiric under a dead tree is much the same, looking pretty cool on a badly reproduced lo fi record sleeve but generally funny in broad daylight. This film certainly wins at showing how the scene’s members one upmanship could only insulate them so long from realizing they weren’t bad asses and actually had some real fucked up insecurities as people, no matter how cool the music was. They also, underneath it all, were kind of dorky and trying to seem cool, like any group of young rockers.

One of the best scenes is a post-jail Varg (played very well by Emory Cohen the whole movie as an ego wounded insecure kid who nonetheless does major harm trying to find validation while pretending otherwise and makes you really dislike him…going from being bullied to being the worst, smug self-serving piece of shit) yelling at Euronymous as played by Rory Culkin. Culkin really carries a lot of the film, and in this scene he tells Varg he made up a lot of stuff about never touring and being as evil as possible to basically drum up marketing buzz. Varg is still seemingly scarred for life that Euronymous shamed him initially for having a Scorpions patch once and so it feels like his life mission is to become more kvlt now, the never ending bottomless quest of every true edge lord.

First, I wanna say fuck VICE for firing so many brilliant writers lately. They backed this film. Nonetheless, while the pacing (much like Mary Queen of Scots, actually) rushes very fast sometimes through historical events for the sake of modern attention spans, a lot of it resonated with me, despite the flaws. An imperfect vessel, perhaps. I don’t think I could have made it better, though. And Sky Ferreira, for all the shit talk people gave her for being casted, was fucking great.

It’s disturbing at one point to see Sky’s character get bullied by Cohen into stripping for him and Rory’s characters, showing the weak sexism and desperation that hides behind what a lot of people in metal find to be transgressive. Knowing also how much Sky values her own agency as a woman, it was pretty emotionally effective seeing her deal with internalized misogyny in the black metal circles but end up being probably the best anchoring voice of reason in Euronymous’ life later in the film. We stan (looking forward to Masochism and also thank you for being kind to my gf Globelamp recently).

Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts.

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Misery Index release “New Salem” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Baltimore death metallers Misery Index have released the music video for their newest song “New Salem.”

The song precedes the band’s upcoming album Rituals of Power due out on March 8 via Season of Mist.

“New Salem” seems to echo an idea of there being “very bad people” on both sides: “In a pacified endemic state, it’s another echo-chamber slave // Addicted to extremes of ideologies // Where left and right amalgamate and hang us from their tallest trees.”

If the people are in a “pacified endemic state,” then how is it also that they are hanging people from “their tallest trees”?

Is “New Salem” an anthem for a new violent centrist?

The band says of the track:

“‘New Salem’ sums up perfectly the lyrical vitriol and musical dynamics featured across Rituals Of Power. We wanted to introduce the album, not just with a straight-ahead ripping tune, but with a smack to the face; it’s a wakeup call for any concerned citizen and a code red for civilization. Ugly times call for stark and uncomfortable statements, and ‘New Salem’ castigates the faults and ineptitudes of our broken media system and the Crucible-esque, witch-hunt culture it fuels.”

Of Rituals of Power the band says:

Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age. Each of the nine songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one ‘reanimated’ monster; it’s roughly thirty-five minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier.”

Check out the video for “New Salem” here.

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Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM (PST)

It’s been two decades since Hate Eternal came barreling out of Florida’s gulf coast. Through six previous studio albums and a number of line-up changes throughout the years, Hate Eternal has kept its vision in tact via frontman Erik Rutan. Through it all, Hate Eternal is as brutal as ever. Upon Desolate Sands is a testament to the commitment of a hate, eternal.

Check out my full review of Upon Desolate Sands here.

Beyond Creation – “Algorythm”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:24 PM (PST)

I wrote a few days ago about Crippled Black Phoenix’s Great Escape, as an album I’d previously missed this year. Another album I missed this year was Beyond Creation‘s Algorythm. This slab of technical death metal is just what the doctor ordered, as I’ve spent the last few days in cloudy, rainy hell. Beyond Creation, who have been on the Decibel Magazine Tour and the Summer Slaughter Tour and are signed to Season of Mist Records, are further grounding themselves into the scene with this, their third studio album.

Check out my full review here.

Crippled Black Phoenix – “Great Escape”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:02 AM (PST)

No matter how dedicated to the noise one is, they are bound to miss some great releases. One of those releases that I missed this year was Crippled Black Phoenix‘s Great Escape. The band’s sound defies genre categorization (and this is coming from me, the queen of genres). CBP’s dragging sound and melodic vocals are preceded by the first track on Great Escape, “You Brought It Upon Yourselves,” which is an aggravating collection of samples which eventually overlap and bump into each other, stacked over beautiful instrumentation. While the shortest song on Great Escape clocks in at 2:50 (“Uncivil War (pt 1)”), this album is not for folks who don’t like long, meandering tracks (the album has two songs over ten minutes long).

Check out my full review of Great Escape here.

Saint Vitus announce headlining European Tour: ’40 F’N Years’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 3:05 PM (PST)

SAINT VITUS have announced new European live dates for April and May 2019. A full list of confirmed shows for the ’40 F’N Years’ trek can be found below.

 

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Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 is looking siiiiiiick

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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Carach Angren announce South American Tour!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

Fresh off their wildly successful North American headlining tour, CARACH ANGREN have announced a South American tour. The tour kicks off on December 7 in Chile, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

During their last tour, CARACH ANGREN appeared on Adult Swim’s FishCenter Live for a live-to-air performance. Their performance of the track “Charlie”, from their most recent album “Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, can be streamed here.

CARACH ANGREN are supporting their latest album ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’ landed on the US charts at  #17 in the Hard Rock Album Sales category, #18 on the Heatseekers category, and #48 on the Independent Albums category. ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten’, CARACH ANGREN’s follow up to the acclaimed ‘This is No Fairy Tale’ (2015), is available across multiple formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

CARACH ANGREN live
Dec. 7 Santiago, Chile @ Inferno Fest
Dec. 9 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Extreme Hate Festival
Dec. 13 Bogota, Colombia @ Ace of Spades Club
Dec. 21 Amstelveen, Netherlands @ P60
Dec. 24 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo

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Cannabis Corpse December Tour News.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM (PST)

CANNABIS CORPSE have announced a December tour. The band are still supporting the monstrous green death machine Left Hand Pass. The tour kicks off on December 8 in West Virginia, and continues throughout the month. This band rules so hard.

CANNABIS CORPSE have released a special video announcing the tour, which can be found below:

 

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