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The Old Dead Tree cap off their legacy with one final EP, ‘The End’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:22 PM (PST)

The Old Dead Tree were one of the best metal bands I ever heard in my life. I was particularly obsessed with their 2007 release The Water Fields, which I raved about for Crusher Magazine the year it was released. I can’t believe it has been so long already! I have probably listened to that CD more than any other progressive minded death metal. The Paris, France based act just captivated me with cool riffs, imaginative and passionate songwriting and emotional thrills. Today I am thrilled to announce, absolutely elated to write, that Manuel Munoz and the band are releasing one more record many years since their last.  Honestly this news almost made me tear up today.

‘The End’ which will be released on December 6. This final chapter, containing 5 never released tracks, was already written in 1999, a few days before the tragic loss of drummer Frédéric Guillemot. With this record, the band is closing their career with one last tribute to their long-lost friend. The EP includes a bonus DVD containing an extensive documentary on the band’s career.

In addition to the announcement, THE OLD DEAD TREE has premiered the first single from the record, “The End… Again.”

‘The End’ can be pre-ordered in various formats HERE. Pick up their other CDs while you are at it!

Vocalist/Guitarist Manuel Munoz comments on the track: “We’re proud and happy to share these new songs with you. As you know, beautiful things take time…”

Appalachian psych rockers BASK have teamed up with The Obelisk to premiere their latest single, “Three White Feet,” which is taken from the band’s new album, ‘III.’ The song can be heard at THIS LOCATION.

BASK comment: “We are excited to bring you ‘Three White Feet,’ a song of devotion and revenge. It’s track one on our upcoming album ‘III,’ and the first to take shape during the writing process.”

‘III’ will be released worldwide on November 8 via Season of Mist. Pre-order it HERE.

In addition to the premiere, the band has announced a North American tour in support of the record release, including a hometown show in Asheville, NC on the day of the album’s debut. The full list of dates are below. Ticket links are TBA.

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Cynic‘s Traced In Air makes me feel like friggin’ Light Hope from She Ra has appeared in a vision above me and told me the universal deep feels hidden truths of prog metal. It is crazy that it has already been over a decade since the bold album brought the well-heralded band from a fifteen year dormancy and bursting back into the scene with a more melodic yet superbly potent tendencies. Now this week there is an incredible NEW version of the album Traced In Air Remixed for us nerds to lose our collective gushing shit over…and it is a huge blessing! It was an integral birth of a new era for the band and deserves more scrutiny in any form that takes.

Now, a decade later, CYNIC usher forth a renewed edition of that very album. Featuring new tracking by virtuoso bassist Sean Malone and a vibrant new mix by PERIPHERY’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood (ANIMALS AS LEADERS, DEVIN TOWNSEND, HAKEN) plus mastering by Ermin Hamidovic (PERIPHERY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, etc.), ‘Traced in Air Remixed’ underscores the record’s importance within the genre. 

GRAB IT SEPT 27th! 

Track List:
01. Nunc Fluens (02:57)
02. The Space For This (05:47)
03. Evolutionary Sleeper (03:36)
04. Integral Birth (03:45)
05. The Unknown Guest (04:09)
06. Adam’s Murmur (03:29)
07. King Of Those Who Know (06:08)
08. Nunc Stans (04:14)

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Daring Norwegian black metal horde 1349  have released the official music video for the song “Dødskamp.” The track was originally recorded in conjunction with the Edvard Munch museum and will appear on the band’s new record, The Infernal Pathway. The clip, which was filmed and edited by Carl Eek Torgersen / Necrolust Productions at Inferno Festival 2019 in Oslo, Norway, can be seen at below.

Earlier this year, “Dødskamp” was commissioned by Innovation Norway, Visit Norway, and the Munch Museum. Along with four Norwegian artists within four different genres of music, 1349 were asked to interpret their angle on a freely selected work by the famous painter Edvard Munch.

Since the release of the single, Visit Norway has shared a video in which 1349 gives detailed insight as to their inspiration behind the song and why they chose that particular piece. The video can be seen HERE.

The Infernal Pathway will be released worldwide on October 18 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Weekly War Drums: LUNA13, Hate Eternal, Hour Of Penance news items.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9:58 AM (PST)

Welcome to a fresh week of metal news. I am gonna endeavor to give you some cool options other than the very underwhelming new Tool record (seriously, THAT took over a decade? Literally mind boggled at how by the motions it seemed compared to anything pre-10,000 days) which is also overshadowed by the fact that MJK has been defensively sus for awhile and even if they are ‘legal’ you don’t need to allegedly use crew to separate young women from boyfriends, abuse power dynamics and then give a terrible response about it that helps victim blame culture grow. Also, Joe Rogan soft hands the fash. Periodt. Y’all don’t have to agree with me but all this shit ended my support of a band I have enjoyed since the early 90’s and have seen live a half dozen times. Like sick shows and tours you chuds would be jealous of. The fanbase also praise chakra research and Alex Grey and enlightenment and shit on paper but meanwhile now all sound like god damn Alex Jones contrarian fucking morons bullying people. No. Done. Fake jock wading pool goth rock fan base can bug off and go circle j++k a calculator. If you can’t answer for an allegation like a grown man and instead sound pressed and like can barely be bothered or how dare anyone question you, that hurts people and also will make plenty of survivors who maybe formerly supported you wary.

I’m really enjoying the fucknuts mad hatter industrial black metal marriage of sounds on the excellent Wicked Gods by dark sound practitioners Luna13 from Los Angeles. It’s a new offering backed by Cleopatra. The sinister crawl of “Serpent” is severe and hypnotic, perfect harsh dirge to make you wretch and clutch at the sky with hate while “Death Box” has dark poetry and stomping manic moments OTEP fans could love. The torn throat vocals and black metal parts remind me of glorious cross-over moments of yesteryear when bands like BILE and Skrew or Wax Trax acts got into really pushing the range of genre malleability, while “Toxic Black” has a very cool creepy almost hip hop intro that then becomes an anthemic Nu-industrial/blackened hybrid leering over a radioactive wasteland of souls. I guess this band is known for an over the top theatrical live show and they seem pretty damn cool, so I have decided to (sa)stan. I am glad to know there are still industrial influenced West Coast acts like this band, Patriarchy or 3Teeth who are willing to give fans more than just a downcast shrug and a wrinkled t shirt for their live show. Anyway, I am really digging this album and so should you.

In impossibly bad ass death metal news, HATE ETERNAL’s Erik Rutan has shared a guitar play-through video for the track “All Hope Destroyed.” The song is taken from the band’s 2018 release, Upon Desolate Sands. The video can be found at THIS LOCATION and if you can play along to anything by these titans you are a better musician than I am, hahaha.

Speaking about the clip, Rutan comments; “This has been a long time coming, and something many people have asked me about me for years. I’ve always wanted to do a guitar play through. The time has arrived and I’m super excited about it! I could not think of a better song off our new album to release a play through for than ‘All Hope Destroyed.’ It showcases some of my different styles, techniques and approaches that I use as a rhythm and lead guitarist. I hope everyone enjoys it. Cheers!”

Lauded Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE, reveal the first single “Flames Of Merciless Gods”, from their upcoming studio album “Misotheism”, due out on October 25th via Agonia Records. The song is available in the form of a lyric video created by Stefano Mastronicola, below. How about that merciless intro?

The band commented on the new single: “Flames of Merciless Gods” is a song about a new empire built on the illuministic values of reason and equality, who wages war against the wealthy ones hidden in their ivory towers, worshipping their only god: Money. They are the ‘bastard race’, because they have no fatherland and no motherland: their loyalty stands to no one but themselves. Their way of life is a blasphemy to everyone who is exploited by the inequalities created by their greed and is starving because of that. They are so afraid to atone for their crimes that they choose to commit mass suicide rather than face justice”.

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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.