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Five must hear 2017 releases that don’t overstay their welcome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM (PST)

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Some albums are simply better as a less is more statement. It doesn’t mean the music is bad, rather that the record goes for maximum impact. Hardcore is usually pretty traditionally on point about this but metal is not always adept at reeling back on the grandiose enough to actually trim enough fat to make some records all killer. I doubt half as many people would have hated Load by Metallica for example if it wasn’t so B-load-ted at over an hour of music. “Bleeding Me” is a kick ass song and over eight minutes long by itself. Does anyone even really remember how “Poor Twisted Me” goes other than that it had a so so blues intro? “Wasting My Hate” is not exactly up there with the band’s classics either. Only die hards can sing along to that or “The House That Jack Built” despite a few cool riff progressions in each, but everyone knows the damn words and every note of “Sad But True”, get me?

Below are a handful (list kept intentionally short on purpose in lieu of the topic at hand) of 2017 albums that are short, sweet and leave you wanting more.

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Album Review: Shores Of Null – “Black Drapes For Tomorrow”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:42 AM (PST)

Shores Of Null‘s Quiescence was a sleeper of a debut that was so good it enabled me to get people who hadn’t been much interested in more extreme metal since Pantera or, more recently, Dillinger to get into it. Some of that is that the vocals are not only gruff growls but also dip into a rich and honeyed well of powerful and bold melody that stirs the soul. Above all the band are well-paced, don’t over do any one element and are firm in their identity.

These traits continue on new, better produced album Black Drapes For Tomorrow (which is really fucking hard to Google without getting home decoration websites as a result, dudes!). For the moment I like the debut better, but only because it made a big impact on me from the get go and I listened to it a lot. I feel like this new record is likely just as strong and am certainly yet to find fault with it, rather I need the songs to just get into my bones a little more as much as “Kings Of Null” did. That said, if you loved the band before you certainly still will. With all due respect to Katatonia, this band is packing a bit more punch these days despite not having as storied a history of releases to draw from live.

SoN are clearly hungry, however. This Rome based band sound fully committed to their art on songs like “Tide Against Us”, which gives the feeling that the tide will not be enough to halt their determination. This is one of the handful of metal bands I really want to see live these days that I haven’t. I really hope they release “A Thousand Storms” as a single if they haven’t. I feel like that could be a big song  for them from this record and win both Amon Amarth type fans as well as fans of more melodic vocal, epic heavy metal. It also just has some killer guitar work.

Fans of Novembers Doom will appreciate the often borderline ponderous and morose feel of many of these songs but the band manage to inject traits of melodeath elements and classic metal flourishes as well as prominent drum fills that add forward motion to the sounds like a battle march. The stunning “House Of Cries” almost sounds like black metal meets melodeath in places and I think this band should really get on a tour with Wolfheart after hearing it, despite having much more melodic vocals. I think that would be a popular pairing.

“Carry On, My Tiny Hope” is not about how metal will make your penis grow bigger if you are a dude (though that is actually true). I have a feeling it is actually about something more inspiring like passing down legacy of heritage to family, but I have not spoken to the band about it. I DO know that it is one of the finest arrangements from the group to date, seriously setting them in a cool place and almost sounding like if Hetfield sang with Jerry Cantrell in places. It is a hard song to even do justice to descriptively as it has many movements that move even the casual listener.

The closing classical guitar influenced number “Death Of A River” also bears specific shouting out, evidence that the band’s dynamics are not a fad and they are continuing to build on some of what makes their style work so well. I really hope this group catches on more in the United States.

Abigail Williams to kick off 2016 with tour next month

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM (PST)

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In case you want to read about something other than everyone on the face of the Earth quitting Emmure, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will kick off a month-long US tour on January 30th. The journey will commence with five headlining shows before a near three-week run supporting Fleshgod Apocalypse and Carach Angren.

The band continue to evolve ever darker and their latest slab The Accuser was ranked as my #1 most interesting extreme metal album  alongside bands like Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, InAeona and other standout records you may have missed this year. It is a big step forward for the group, who have developed into something substantially usince their early symphonic days.

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Ihsahn announces 6th solo album, lyric video

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM (PST)

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Candlelight Records proudly announces March 4 as the global release date for the sixth solo album from Ihsahn titled Arktis.  The album will be available in standard cd, deluxe cd (featuring additional exclusive content), and vinyl formats.  The album’s first single, “Mass Darkness,” is released today via Itunes and Amazon.  It is available for streaming now via Spotify.  Decibel Magazine exclusively presents the Michael Dickinson (Orange Goblin, Gallows) created lyric video for the song available for viewing here.

Arktis was recorded at Ihsahn’s studio in Notodden, Norway and was mixed in Sweden by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia).  The album features ten songs and is the longest and most spirited of Ihsahn’s solo recordings.  It features guest appearances from Einar Solberg (Leprous), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jorgen Munkeby (Shining), Tobias Ornes Andersen (Shining, ex-Leprous), and renowned Norwegian author Hans Herbjornsrud.  Graphic elements for Arktis once again have been provided by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.

Few artists in modern heavy music have created such an extraordinary and unique body of work as Ihsahn.  Having refined and redefined black metal with the now legendary Emperor, Ihsahn is Norway’s foremost musical extremist.  He has spent the last decade establishing himself as a fearless and wildly idiosyncratic solo artist and even by his own remarkable standards, Arktis is a bold and mind-blowing step into the unknown.  Ihsahn comments, “my focus for this album was to write within more traditional song structures and still give each song a strong individual identity, be that through a re-occurring melody, a chorus, sound design or the good, old guitar riff.  I also wanted to explore this on the production side, blending organic rock sounds with more modern expressions.”

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Top 15 interesting metal and rock albums you may have missed this year

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM (PST)

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They say that during troubled times it is often good to find escape or comfort in routine. Some people do well at staying on task. Others find too much friction between their emotional state and the mundane. Sometimes there is relief found unexpectedly though when you can get things done and restore small oasis-like moments of order to a chaotic World.

Others believe in the law of attraction and positive manifestation. I think it is a combination of an energy filled Universe, will, karma, inertia and many other often scarcely tangible movements that create the crescendos and decrescendos that compromise our lives. But sometimes we are hit with a lot at once.

This year was often like that for me and I am going to be less active on the blog front than usual for the next few weeks, determined to sort of coast out the rest of the year being very energy mindful and reflecting on love, life, death…all the big stuff.

As we think on the multifaceted Paris tragedy, I have read many people expressing sorrow at the sacred concert space being violated, that communal place of coming together. I totally agree.

The beauty of extreme music or rock n roll or hardcore or even the bat cave gloom of the industrial scene is that you can sometimes morse code , smoke signal or Instagram your messages out to like minded souls, the “Children of the Night” (to quote Dracula and lead in with a Tribulation tie in to transition to my year end list).

The following are some of the records that I found to be the very best this year. It might not be the same for you. I know Iron Maiden had a great double album and my favorite hard rock band Clutch is not on here, but because I am biased and always write about them. Instead I wanted to focus for my best of list on records I think were made by lesser appreciated bands than Lamb Of God , Megadeth, Motorhead or other giants.

Heck, Between the Buried And Me got a 5 star rating from me this year but their record isn’t on this list.

These records struck me the most, however.

That said, Coal Chamber, Failure, Faith No More reunited this year. None of them are on this list but all put out great records. Across the spectrum of tastes. Rock and metal are still pulsing. We can all make a huge and living racket that says we are here and share in that rush of blood , adrenaline, spirit that can never be silenced.

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Fear Factory

L.A. metallers Fear Factory are preparing to hit the road in Europe later this month.

The band will be touring in support of the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Demanufacture.

Vocalist Burton Bell and Dino Cazares commented on the tour:

“If you had told us in 1995 that we would be touring ‘Demanufacture’ for its 20th Anniversary in 2015, we would have said ‘YA RIGHT! GET FUCKED!’ The years have flown by in colourful and adventurous memory. 2015 has arrived, and Fear Factory WILL be performing ‘Demanufacture’ in its entirety for the very first time for the UK and Ireland fans in December. We are very excited to perform this seminal album for the audience that made ‘Demanufacture’ a legendary success.”

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Abigail Williams comin’ at ya on tour!

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:18 AM (PST)

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With ABIGAIL WILLIAMS nearing the recording completion of their forthcoming new album, the band has announced a West Coast tour.  Set to kick off July 11, the tour will hit fourteen cities before its completion in Seattle on July 27.  The tour announcement follows the recent release of the special 4-disc collection, From Legend To Becoming (Candlelight) available now in stores nationwide.  The limited edition collection includes the band’s three full-length albums, 2008’s In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns, 2010’s In The Absence Of Light, 2012’s Becoming, plus their debut ep Legend.

After a year off from touring and working on our new record, we are looking forward to getting in the van again,” says vocalist/guitarist Sorceron.  Continuing he notes, “we will be playing lots of new material from the upcoming release as well as our favorites from the past.”

Sorceron has been keeping busy the last year working on new material for ABIGAIL WILLIAMS as well participating in other recording projects – Lord Mantis, Missing – and serving as producer and engineer on other recordings.  He premiered early versions of two songs expected to appear on the new album via No Clean Singing last winter.  “Musically this album is very diverse,” he said.  “the overall vibe is way more negative compared to our last album.  Artistically this is the best line-up I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.”

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Demon Lung are back, bigger and better in every way. Their previous output was good but A Dracula truly crushes. “Behold, The Daughter” is one of the most insistent marches in ages, like an earthquake wrestling with classic metal and doom riffs (plus a deadly Billy Anderson mix). Fans of the horror themed The Eye record of King Diamond will dig the devilish plot within these 8 songs, while the music could please the snobbiest echelon of hipsters and the more traditional stoner/doom crowd in one savage blow. This is perhaps the most low end of an Anderson produced release since his classic Melvins or more recent Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth work.

“My body is a graveyard and I am haunted,” sings Shanda Fredrick, and the effect is utterly convincing bluesy horror soul.

Connect with your inner villain. Check out A Dracula now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

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Fear Factory’s “Soul Hacker” lyric video released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 12:26 PM (PST)

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As a long time Fear Factory devotee I get a weird mix of excitement and worry when they release something. I’ve honestly liked all their records and think even Transgression gets a bad rap, just needing a better mix (“540 000 Degrees Fahrenheit” is a dope song, c’mon). Mechanize was the best thing they have done since the mostly decent Archetype or the classic line up days, but while it was a very good record song-wise, The Industrialist  didn’t have the human machine drumming a Hoglan or the true FF thronesman Raymond Herrera made such a special part of the band’s sound. Even when The Industrialist sounded cool I just couldn’t get over it as a longtime Herrera fan.

Well, the new song features drummer Mike Heller who is a solid player. The new song “Soul Hacker” feels a bit like a return to the underrated Digimortal sound, really choppy and groovy  with some borderline Nu moments but  nothing too embarrassing. Burton C. Bell really excels on this kind of stuff where he has some room to really flex his vocal styles. The single is from pending record Genexus (a coincidence the title is similar to the new Terminator reboot?), and while I don’t think it’s gonna be the next Demanufacture I am definitely going to be picking up a physical copy again this time. Stoked Tony Campos (Static-X, Prong) is in the band now too, though this cover art is their worst.

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In anticipation of Earth Crisis‘ next record THE DISCIPLINE out this year via the good folks at Bullet Tooth , a few of their friends and biggest fans got together to speak about what the band and music means to them. 20 years after their debut album Destroy The Machines was released, Davey Havok (AFI), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Toby Morse (H2O), Dan Smith (LA Ink), Paul Waggoner (Between The Buried And Me), Peter Young (ALF), and Joel Capolongo (Sea Shepard) discuss those songs, the messages, and the impact Earth Crisis has had on their lives and the straight edge and animal rights movements worldwide. Watch it BELOW.

This is a great reminder of how music can still have important social impact.

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Vision Of Disorder working on new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM (PST)

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V.O.D.  are finally working on a follow up to total slammer (and comeback album) The Cursed Remain Cursed. More than a rehash, the Long Island band are just as vital and fired up as they ever were. One of the earliest bands to play metalcore along with All Out War , Hatebreed and Unearth, the V.O.D. boys have always had a certain extra level of fired up intensity. Zeuss (Hatebreed, Hammercult, Arsis) is handling production and Candlelight will handle the release, expected later this year. Classic EP Still has also recently been reissued.

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Fear Factory in the studio

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM (PST)

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As we count down to Thanksgiving there is more to be thankful for than just Keira Knightley’s recent fantastic non-photoshopped topless photo that should bring about world peace. Yes, Fear Factory are entering the studio again. One of my all time fave bands, I support the current line-up (though like most people the classic line-up is my favorite). It will be cool to hear human drums on a FF album again, as The Industrialist had great songs but the human machine percussion element was missed. I get that they wanted to embrace the mechanical concepts in different ways and they have always had industrial elements to some degree, but it’s always been cool that they had drummers who seemed like robots.

Anyway, the band posted this update via social media:

Day 1 tracking live drums with Mike Heller . Rhys Fulber Producing, Mike Plotnikoff and Damien Rainaud engineering

Once more into the cyber metal brink, boys. Hopefully this and the new Terminator movie will kick ass.
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Crowbar, Unearth and Black Crown Initiate? It is so.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM (PST)

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CROWBAR have announced a new batch of tour dates with label-mates UNEARTH and BLACK CROWN INITIATE for December. Dates will kick off in Pensacola, FL at the Vinyl Music Hall and trek through the eastern half of the U.S. before finishing up in Longview, TX. View all dates here.

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Anaal Nathrakh new scorcher “Monstrum In Animo” debuts at Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM (PST)

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Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be detonated Desideratum full-length. Produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California, Desideratum flaunts eleven fantastically mischievous odes of agony and despair. Declares Decibel Magazine, “the ridiculously consistent Birmingham black metallers are simply one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene. Elite level mind-fuckers. Aural devastators…”

Click HERE for the premiere. And as always, ride the snake to the lady of the lake.

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Krieg “Ruin Our Lives” with a music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM (PST)

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Krieg and Decibel have teamed up to bring you this “Ruin Our Lives” video business…HERE.

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