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Album Review: Entheos – “Dark Future”

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM (PST)

Dark Future by Entheos, the group’s second full length, sees an expanding of experimentation and some awesome musical passages. Sadly it is also marred in places by weird choices and some sort of done to death djenty stuff. The sort of robot frog vocal approach at times can be super distracting from dazzling progressive passages that otherwise might lift you up and away.

Admittedly, Veil Of Maya or Whitechapel may have lost some ‘brootal bro’ fans who didn’t like when the group expanded their vocal templates, but it made them much better bands. On a song like “Melancholia” Entheos uses the screams to excellent effect, but in other places they just seem to be trying too hard. You shouldn’t be consistently feeling like a record would be more interesting as an instrumental than with metalcore vocals. “Sea Of Symmetry” feels like it succeeds more at what parts of Job For A Cowboy’s Sun Eater grasped towards, but the vocals again feel like the least amount of work went in compared to some of the insanely cool stuff other members are doing. In all honesty though, the kids who follow a lot of bands like this won’t care – though more attention would perhaps give the band more longevity and an expanded reach. Not that they need flowery melodic passages, but try to at least differentiate yourself from any dozen other screamers out there.

The tricky intro to “Suspended Animation” kept making my ears strain to hear the cool stuff from under unintelligible not even that intense kind of compressed sounding yargles. “The World Without Us” breathes a bit more and as such is a good choice for the single, but in other places it is just a super distraction from otherwise pretty killer musical passages. The solo section of “Suspended Animation” literally makes your damn ears feel relieved. The high pitch screams are a lot better, but an acquired taste. And meanwhile the rhythmic stuff and bass lines are so dope! If your ears are getting tired and you end up not remembering any lyrics but feeling kind of annoyed, that freakin’ sucks. As a result, this pretty stellar workout that would be getting a 3 or 4 out of 5 for effort and skill has the vocals bring it way down to a 2.5 for just being obnoxious and scene-core sounding.

Electric Wizard release “See You In Hell” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:06 PM (PST)

The legendary Electric Wizard have exhaled a cloud of brimstone smoked darkness that has taken the shape of a new video entitled “See You In Hell.” Witchfinder/Spinefarm release their newest record befittingly titled Wizard Bloody Wizard in November, but for now you can get this sweet taste HERE.

This song starts with a bluesy dirge and sounds a bit cleaner than Time To Die (in hindsight one of their darkest records). Still, no complaints here. I mean, Jus is singing about hope being lost and other fun topics. I am def in the Electric Wizard do no musical wrong camp, in general. 7 minutes of top notch shuffling, powerful retro stuff here with major auras all around.

 

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“…It’s about moving forward and leaving what’s behind you exactly that, behind you.” – Brock Lindow

 

Everyone sort of recalls the cover art for 36 Crazyfists A Snow Capped Romance the best, perhaps. It is kind of the record art you maybe subtly most associate with the band as far as branding, even though I listen to other albums by them more. But I feel like the NEW artwork for Lanterns sort of fits them as a band the most. The traveler faces the cold and the road ahead but is not overcome by it, a solid metaphor for an inspirational band that has pushed forward no matter what for over two decades as a leading light in grooving, depressive, melodic nu hardcore fusion and hard rock. There was a solid thumbs up from fans for the new track “Death Eater”, which premiered recently at Loudwire .

 

This group just really hits the sweet spot for me as far as cultivating their own sound and path/holding their own no matter what is the current biggest trend. I think they fuckin’ slay year after year.

 

It was great to catch up with vocalist Brock and learn more about the ebb and flow of sadness and motivation that fed one of the strongest releases yet from a band with plenty of good songs under their belts already.

 

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John Hoyles and Spiders actually could “save rock n roll”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:36 AM (PST)

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Maybe it is naive to put the burden of “saving rock n roll” entirely on proto metal/glam/garage punks Spiders from Gothenburg, Sweden, but the vibes and power the band bring are so good and so strong that you want to imagine a better world where their new song “Why Don’t You?” speeds to the top of the charts. So, so good.

The band have been around for a number of years at this point (and have shared the stages with the likes of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Graveyard and some new band called Metallica), but I had somehow never heard them until recently. Thank God. Not that  I wouldn’t have enjoyed their earlier stuff, far from it…but awareness of the group came along and restored my faith/made me feel good right at a time when I needed a pure rock n roll jolt of lightning. Here is hoping they do the same for you.

It’s a breath of fresh air to have a band cut through the plasticity of pop culture so flawlessly. Shit, “Why Don’t You?” is pretty much a perfect rock song even if they had never done anything else.

John Hoyles checked in for a fun conversation BELOW.

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The Browning sign to Spinefarm

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12:06 PM (PST)

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Finnish-based record label Spinefarm has announced the signing of Kansas City electro-deathcore beat-droppers The Browning.

Jonny McBee had this to say about the signing:

“I am really proud of what THE BROWNING has become. It’s been a long, hard road. Signing with Spinefarm is a big step in the awesome direction this band is going and I cannot wait for the future. Excited for the world to hear this next album!” 

The Browning’s last album Hypernova came out in 2013. The follow up (and Spinefarm debut) is due out this summer.

In addition to signing The Browning, Spinefarm has signed Helhorse and Royal Thunder. Read more about those signings here.

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Album Review: Spiders – “Why Don’t You?” EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11:33 AM (PST)

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Spiders 3 song “Why Don’t You” EP is awesome ear candy married to hard proto-
metal and garage in the best, most Swedish of ways. I swear, Sweden just
churns out amazing bands still to this day from Spiders to Night Viper to
Blues Pills. This came out a few months ago, but better a late review than never!

This little three song gem is a great introduction to Stateside fans who might
not have heard of the group. You’ll def want to catch them when they hit the
States opening for tastemakers Graveyard in early 2016.

Frontwoman Ann-Sofie Hoyles has a no brainer, rich and compelling voice that
reminds me a bit of Sarabeth from Tower’s impressive pipes. A bit lower and
more dusky than some female vocalists, bluesy and full of feeling but not as
raspy as, say, Janis Joplin. The band even beat Ghost at the ABBA cover thing
with a less ironic and quite rockin’ take on “Watch Out”. The opening guitar
tone slices and dices and the snare sound is perfect. And those “ooh lalalas”!

The production on the EP is clear but not overstated, similar to recent
Horisont. Just pure win and to the point songwriting that will make you tap
your foot and get caught singing out loud in public. If this was another decade
“Why Don’t You” would be ruling the charts.

Amaranthe release “True” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:21 AM (PST)

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Swedish melo-deathers Amaranthe have released the music video for their song “True”

“True” comes off the EP Breaking Point – B-Sides 2011-2015 released today.

Check out the video for “True” and a full list of North American tour dates here.

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I’ve been really blessed this year, one of the most painful and shitty of my life from deaths to death threats, to do some of the most inspiring interviews of my career over the last few months, from Tearist to a recent chat with Killing Joke to this piece with Norway’s Shining. Jørgen Munkeby has taken the Blackjazz concept to new heights, literally. The fucking band of maniacs have made one of their best records yet with the brazenly fierce International Blackjazz Society but also recently shot a concert on Trolltunga, defying death and rocking out with a performance both historic and literally far above the limits most band are willing to go to.

It was very inspiring and enjoyable to speak with Munkeby on his new record, the evolution of jazz and metal’s uneasy alliance, Trolltunga, keeping warm huddling around burning churches, playing with Ihsahn and Melissa Auf der Mar and why you can’t give up if you have a shitty soundguy.

Read BELOW to ascend to Trolltunga with Shining !

 

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I hate this mindset of human beings as human resources. It’s dehumanzing
terminology. Because people are SO important. We believe everybody is born
gifted. The life is the location of your God gift and the selfless execution
of your gift. The idea of personal sovereignty, that each and every one of us
can be King or Queen when we exercise our true will. Spiritually,
biologically, lovingly. – Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke.

I just saw the subversive as fuck Laetitia Sadier of legendary Stereolab
deliver a powerful yet so controlled set at a venue (the wonderful BSP Kingston) in my Upstate, NY city.
Always an activist in her music over the years, demanding and getting as much
attention from an audience or out of a subtle or quiet and poetic song as some
bands do through hollering, it was truly inspiring. One thing Sadier said in
her soft spoken but deep way at the show was how one of her songs “Find Me The
Pulse Of The Universe” was about how despite how small and perhaps immaterial
we may seem compared to the vast universe sometimes, we are all unique. She
brought real conviction to her show, whether discussing wealth disparity, how
it is good to nurture a long distance relationship in healthy ways if you
really love someone or pining for “glimpses of a world of pure thought that
few will ever know.”

Noise rock and post/punk or at times industrial metal legends Killing Joke
embody the idea of the unique personal and musical quest more than many other
bands combined, these same principles of fighting for actual creative and
human value that Sadier was espousing on stage in my town tonight. “New Cold
War” on brand spanking new rager Pylon is as relevant and emblematic of their
drive and style as anything in the group’s storied career (which dates back to
the year I was fucking born, 1978). Yep, Yankees won the world series. Killing
Joke was born and so was I, hahaha. 78′ was a good vintage!

The idea of knowing it is your absolute right to protect and fight for
your art and your right to experience the world through the lens of your own
journey and creations, to not settle for having the passion stomped out of you
by a dull or draconian society, is something I have spoken of at length lately
with some of the most amazing people I value most in my life, from avant garde
noise music/female comet Yasmine Kittles of Tearist via inspired
correspondence that has blown my mind and made me feel like the luckiest
person lately to a series of amazing artists like Brooks Blackhawk from the
very dark Atriarch or my dear, hard working friend (and former DIVEST bandmate) Sean Paul
Pillsworth of pop punkers The Red Owls dishing in a recent piece called Don’t
Break The Oath that we ran on this site about never giving up your vision.

Killing Joke have always stayed at the forefront of relevant political
discourse, cutting edge post-punk squall with hypnotic, throbbing bass and the
madman from the pulpit apocalyptic lyrics and truly unique voice of Jaz
Coleman. They have refined their sound to the essence of potency and it is
very apparent on the swirling, climbing ladder of growing intensity that
weaves through Pylon.

A composer, Permaculture advocate and avid student of philosophy who is
unafraid to chase his own demons where they take him, Coleman is a towering
figure of the underground.

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I spend a lot of time being grumpy at the state of the world and listening to Slayer or Run The Jewels, smoking joints. I especially like the “I’ll tea bag a piranha tank” lyric from RJT2, as it inspires me to bravely go make coffee and face what the day brings. In a world of crime, racism, poverty and where even Bernie Sanders voted yes on the Cyber Security Act that lets whistleblowers get shut down, I know I can at least rely on a handful of artists to create powerful works that will stand the test of time until the world blows up. I want to be optimistic and do indeed preach love and tolerance each day, except when trolled too hard by emo fans.

Finland’s Wolfheart are a band who I can proudly point at and say they will undoubtedly be reliable as heck. Tuomas Saukkonen’s track record as well as the sheer scope of the band’s new record Shadow World are as inspiring as discovering some of the greats like Primordial or Soilwork, bands who have soldiered on year after year. I truly hope all metalheads can embrace Wolfheart’s cause and dare say few will not be moved by the intensity and range of dynamics from guttural screams to pummeling heavy melodeath or piano to stir the soul. It might not win the 2015 weird and spooky award like Locrian or be reinventing the wheel, but Wolfheart have a lot to be proud of.

In a world where time seems scarce and we don’t want ours wasted, metal can trust in this band.

Enter the shadow world BELOW.

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“Do you know who you are? Part of the solution, or the one that falls?”, sings Atreyu drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller on a key track from the band’s return record and perhaps finest hour to date Long Live. The full, melodic and made for singalong voice of Brandon is, to be truthful, the most crucial ingredient for a tune to fully sound like Atreyu to my ears. But the whole band are firing on all cylinders as a team more than ever.

After a semi-lengthy break the band have returned with a refreshed attitude with no room for cynics. Talking to Brandon he seems as gassed up and invested in his band as the early days and insists this was not just a cash grab. He laughs when I ask who he still wants to share a stage with and honestly can’t think of many bands they haven’t played with yet. Nonetheless, the eagerness to get back to the fans and bring them a release they can all rally around is very apparent on  even the first play of Long Live.

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I just did what gravitates towards my soul, genres and barriers are disconnected from my listening pleasure – Brock Lindow

Music should break you out of your self prescribed mode, peel the veneer off of life’s everyday patterns and expose the nerves. I know some scene purists want to be metaller than thou or write off the new At The Gates (which is superb) because it isnt 20 years old and how dare they write a new album. I personally liked Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey as an examination of depression and the grey scale of vulnerability and power play of sensuality far more than the majority of heavy revenge fantasy albums that I crossed paths with last year. Music should bring you inside of new ways of thinking, shake the dust or at least make you wonder or relate to the artist.

Alaska’s 36 Crazyfists have made what is possibly their crowning jewel with Time And Trauma (Spinefarm). This is just one of those records that defies critics and is destined to be a classic, much like Deftones Around The Fur or V.O.D.’s Imprint were just other records in a cluttered release year when they came out.

“I’ve seen the devil in many of my days/lately I’ve decorated far too many graves,” belts out singer Brock Lindow on title track “Time And Trauma” with such pain and raw emotion in his trembling but strong as hell vocal performance. You can’t help but be gripped. It’s like in The Art Of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba , true strength is bringing people into your sphere. For years 36CF have been not so quietly winning converts and KEEPING their fans through consistency, belief in the underground and hard touring regardless of trends.

You’d be a fool not to give this album respect.

For an interview with actually unique vocalist Brock see BELOW.

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Album Review: 36 Crazyfists – “Time And Trauma”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:25 AM (PST)

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36 Crazyfists have always been sort of an underdog band, a little bit edgier and a little bit weirder than most of the bigger bands they have spent years opening for. Not that the hard rocking Alaskans can’t pull their own crowds, just that they never reached the status of some of their peers. On the plus side, this has enabled the band to stay rooted to the underground and more post-hardcore influences and not be pigeonholed. Much like the so much more than just “nu” Deftones or Glassjaw (Worship And Tribute forever), 36 Crazyfists show groove, rage, glassy eyed poetic post-gaze and high octane punch in the same songs. It all comes down to how much your audience respects your divergences (the more closed minded Machine Head fans for example seem to only like early stuff or The Blackening, even though Super Charger is better than plenty of albums by other bands, c’mon and get real).

36 Crazy fists don’t even have that silly of a name anymore compared to some of the bands out now! Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!? WTF!!?

Anyway, Time And Trauma is a great album that warrants repeat listen and even has a sort of early Poison The Well/Trustkill looking cover. Like V.O.D. you can enjoy the darker passages or weirder grooving parts in equal measure. Vocalist Brock Lindow still has the weird, fluid Janes Addiction-esque cadences and off kilter kind of scratchy, contorted and nasal approach that appealed to me when I first heard the awesome “Circle The Drain” years ago.

Let’s dig in more! “Sorrow Sings” here is a slower, mid tempo  march that shows remarkable range, really exciting tempo control and major guitar attack on the roaring bridge. Seriously a must hear monster song aching for light and life. Very impressed by this one. “Slivers” is a syncopated attack with almost Thrice-like charge and an attention grabbing, adventurous melody from the so real he doesnt have time to be too self concious Lindow. Check out the title track here and try not to get knocked on your ass! Vocal performance of a lifetime on that chorus for Lindow. These are the kind of songs kids flip shit for and really can bond with more than the 800th generic scream, kind of why I am digging Islander so much lately for trying harder than all the clone deathcore bands out there, for example. “I’m still taking this all in”. Well, it might take awhile because there are many highlights and movements. Try starting with “Lightless”, a faster tune that will make you want to jump and somewhere between Foo Fighters “Everlong” meets Quicksand/Deftones big chords and Bad Brains hop. But the melodic vocal prowess is all Crazyfist!

It all wraps up with the melancholic yet warm “Marrow”, a haunting and momentarilly suffocating promise that turns to soaring resolve with gothic flourishes and snaking duet moments. Band cofounder Steve Holt says ,“Overall the idea was to write a rock record with no preconceived notions; just good riffs and good songs,” the guitarist says. “I wanted rock-oriented songs that would let Brock’s vocal melodies take the lead.”

Welcome back, boys. The hibernation was worth the wait. Kudos and thanks to Spinefarm for helping make this awesome album a reality.

Electric Wizard announces own U.S. tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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English doom metallers Electric Wizard have announced that they will embark on their first U.S. tour in 12 years.

Electric Wizard will be touring in support of their album Time To Die which is out now via Spinefarm Records.

The band will be supported on the tour by Satan’s Satyrs, which features Wizard bassist Clayton Burgess.

The tour will start in Philadelphia on March 31 and will finish up in Los Angeles on April 19.

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36 Crazyfists reveal ‘Time and Trauma’ album cover

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM (PST)

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Alaskan metalcore mainstays 36 Crazyfists have revealed the cover art for their latest album, Time and Trauma.

Time and Trauma is due out on February 17 via Spinefarm Records. This will be the band’s sixth studio album and their Spinefarm debut.

Check out the album art for Time and Trauma here.

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