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Slipknot release “All Out Life”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

In case you missed it somehow, Slipknot have released a new song. It’s pretty damn awesome and has a lot of vibes that remind me of the classic debut. Definitely got me rocking Halloween a little harder last night. Horns to the masked marauders.

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Gojira news to kick off this Thursday. Bloodstock Tickets are on sale this FRIDAY at 9am at bloodstock.uk.com ! Gojira are a big attraction for the UK’s No.1 metal fest this August and will perform alongside other bad ass acts including Alestorm, Cannibal Corpse and Septicflesh.

Gojira have also shared a live performance of their song “Global Warming,” filmed at the band’s New York City headquarters, Silver Cord Studio. Gojira discussed why they chose to film the live performance of “Global Warming,” a standout track from their acclaimed LP From Mars To Sirius, in a note to fans. Seriously, that album still rules all life so hard. Your fave can’t even relate to how hard it rocks.

“A few weeks ago, we played ‘Global Warming’ together for the first time since the recording of From Mars To Sirius (2004). We never played it live before, as it is a challenging one to play, and place in a set list. It’s emotionally heavy, and would almost ‘hurt’ the rest of the songs in a way.” They continued, “Global warming is a reality and a relevant topic, we feel it’s good to be reminded of one of the most important challenges of our time: How to grow as a species without being a parasite to our planet, the only home we have. ‘We will see our children growing’ is a mantra for future generations, and in a figurative way we hope the children in all of us will grow, evolve, and take action for a more compassionate and meaningful world.”

Renowned photographer ESTER SEGARRA has revealed another look at her forthcoming photo anthology, ‘Ars Umbra’. The video, featuring photos from MOTORHEAD, GHOST, ROTTING CHRIST, ABBATH, and much more, explains the creative processes behind the Barcelona-born photographer’s upcoming book, and much more. The video is streaming here and below.

ESTER SEGARRA comments: “This insightful video gives you a glimpse into how ‘Ars Umbra’ came to be – and a little glimpse of my “f*ck it” attitude, which has held me in good stead throughout my career. This video will guide you through what lead up to the creation of the anthology!”

‘Ars Umbra’ will be released worldwide on July 6. The anthology will feature an original score composed by Uno Bruniusson (GRAVE PLEASURES, IN SOLITUDE, PROCESSION, and more). ‘Ars Umbra’ is available for pre-order here.

Regarding the photo-book, Segarra comments: “After 15 years, my music photography comes full cycle with this book. Ars Umbra marks the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one, a point in the never-ending circle of life and death, the serpent that eats its own tail. Designed by Münster Studio and Branca Studio from Barcelona, it is thought to fit in within your vinyl collection. To be experienced together with the soundtrack. To go slow and deep. Much love, effort and dedication has been put into the making of this project and no words can fully express what it feels like to have it released, having been through hell and back. I can only say I am incredibly grateful to everything and everyone that has made this moment possible. May the beast be unleashed!”

Meka Nism have a theatrical music video out for a song called “Trailblazer” (from new EP The War Inside) that will appeal to fans of symphonic and semi-nu metal as well as various strains of gothy influenced hard rock. I like the clean vocals from Ms. Meka and the driving grooves. This Florida band was not really on my radar before so I figured I’d give ’em a shout today for something different.

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Friday’s Fatal Funhouse: Slipknot, Void Vator, Axis Of Despair

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:19 PM (PST)

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This used to be a funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns
It’s time to start the countdown
I’m gonna burn it down down down
I’m gonna burn it down

Hey y’all. No, I am not gonna be writing about Pink here today despite quoting her song “Funhouse” above. I just figured it was a good way to segue the title of this article into news about Slipknot, since they have masks and stuff.

Mr. Corey Taylor says…the new Slipknot album is now in the demo stages and is gonna be Iowa levels of heavy”, which is to say not as heavy as, say,  Xibalba but heavier than Stone Sour or the last album. So that is still pretty darn heavy. The band are hoping it will land on the 20th anniversary year of their debut, making a neat little bloody perfect crop circle to pit within.

Somewhere between Black Label Society and Pop Evil lives the new performance video from Void Vator, a hot little number called “Until It’s Gone”. The video sort of features the band rockin’ out, partyin’ and bein’ dudes, but not every music video has to be rocket science or…I was gonna say brain surgery but we do cover a lot of death metal on this site and so we are fans of gory brain surgery videos, actually. “Until It’s Gone” is off their 2017 released debut EP, Dehumanized. Dudes, that is pretty close to the name of one of my favorite Dio-helmed albums of all time but I dug your video so we will let it pass this time. Just don’t call the next EP Heaven & Smell or something. Or…do? That might actually be awesome.

This band has some rockin’ vibes and seem like they love what they are doing. A lot of bands have to pose these days or seem to be cooler than thou so it is nice to see a band just letting their hair down and laying down some big fat heavy rock action.

Anyway, Void Vator has ALSO announced their SOUTHWEST 2018 TOUR. Launching July 19th in Las Vegas, the tour will wind through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before winding down Phoenix on July 28th. Check the dates out on their Facebook page.

The most extreme item on this Friday news list of note is that Axis Of Despair have two new tunes out, “The Wolven Law” and “Crush The Empire”. These new songs follow the already released and self-explanatory “A Life Of Ceaseless Grind.” If you like grind and real rollicking hell punk you will eargasm to this immediately and then perish only to have your organs re-animate and burst forth still dancing and raging from your flesh prison and doing a little organ jumping bean grind ritual mosh with each other…nevermind. It all goes off the rails so fast around here. Where was I?

This Swedish grindcore group was formed by current and former members of Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet Som Insats, Nervgift, Overtorture. Shit, you had me at Nasum. Their Contempt For Man full length is gonna be out this year on Southern Lord. Southern Lord are once again having a virtually unstoppable year. I am still ass kicked by Jesus Piece, Baptists and the new Eagle Twin. Damn, dudes!

But yeah, check yourself out Contempt For Man‘s presently consumable onslaughts over at Bandcamp HERE. This band is certainly a wrecking crew. My neck hurts after like five minutes of this music. Love the dry, harsh vocal sound over the brittle tones and explosive performance energy! Top notch.

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January wrap-up: The 4 best albums of the month (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:17 PM (PST)

I’ve kind of tried to make extra effort since the start of the new year to keep up listening to the latest albums as they come out (I’m fortunate enough to have a Google Play Music account and I use it profusely).

Since I’ve listened to so many new albums this month, I thought I’d share with you my four favorites.

Check the list out here.

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Get down in the dirt with In This Moment’s “Roots” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 12:06 AM (PST)

Some people who are more kvlt bag on In This Moment because they are (gasp) melodic and poppy at times, theatrical and very popular. Guess what? They are blowing away acts much bigger than them on the regular and won me over hugely after I finally saw them live. Maria Brink couldn’t possibly be more committed to what she is doing and “Roots” is sure to win more converts as she leads her band in a song of strength and resilience. They put in 100% in presentation, a huge layered rock sound and striking energy and passion. Check out this latest cut from Ritual.

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Trivium are back with a follow up to Silence In The Snow and you might be wondering if the new single is able to top what was arguably their best album since perhaps Shogun. Well, “The Heart From Your Hate” can be heard below. It is pretty cool. Little less of a Metallica/Megadeth musical vibe to this one than the “Silence In The Snow” single (which also had some of Matt’s coolest vocal melodies – It is impossible not to notice his vocal growth since working with David Draiman on Vengeance Falls).  This new single reminds me a bit more of, say, Demon Hunter or Atreyu and has a very slick feel to the riffing, not in a bad way just more like speeding in a new Corvette than a thrash march to war.

Set for release on October 20th, The Sin And The Sentence is available for pre-order today at all DSPs and www.trivium.org, with all pre-orders receiving instant grat downloads of the album’s title track and the newly released single, “The Heart From Your Hate”. As this band grows more mature and continues to carve their name in metal history, you can’t help but feel they are destined to stay one of the biggest forces for metal that can bridge to the mainstream for the next generation. Here’s hoping they keep at it.

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ARCH ENEMY and TRIVIUM are excited to announce plans for a co-headlining tour across North America later this Fall. Featuring support from English metalcore outfit While She Sleeps and New Jersey deathcore act Fit For An Autopsy,
the tour will kick off on October 27 in Orlando, FL and make its way across the U.S. and Canada before finishing on December 6 in Houston, TX.

Founding ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott exclaimed, “Very much looking forward to returning to North America with this tour! We are aware that it has been long overdue and we appreciate everyone’s patience while we’ve been creating our new “Will To Power” album. This run will be like a family reunion with our old friends in Trivium; together we’ll be crushing city after city with the power of Heavy Metal! Good times ahead, don’t miss the fun!”

TRIVIUM further stated, “We’ve been joining forces with Arch Enemy for over a decade now.  From Ozzfest 2005,  through arenas across the U.K.,  Europe,  and Australia on The Black Crusade.  This next chapter is going to be one for the ages:  Trivium,  Arch Enemy, While She Sleeps, and Fit for an Autopsy!!  DO NOT MISS THIS!!”Tour dates can be found listed below or in the above admat. General admission tickets will go on-sale to the public on Friday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time.  Watch a trailer video for the tour at http://smarturl.it/AE-TourTrailer.

ARCH ENEMY & TRIVIUM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2017
(featuring support from While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy)
10/27    Orlando, FL – House of Blues
10/28    Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/29    Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/31    Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
11/1    Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theater
11/3    New York, NY – Playstation Theater
11/4    Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/5    Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/7    Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
11/8    Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/10    Sioux City, IA – Anthem At Hard Rock
11/11    Kansas City, MO – The Truman
11/12    Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
11/14    Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
11/15    Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11/17    Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/18    Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/20    Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
11/21    Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
11/23    Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
11/24    Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
11/25    Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/27    Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/28    San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/29    Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
12/1    Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
12/2    Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
12/4    Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
12/5    San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
12/6    Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

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Check out a preview of “The Devil In I’ and some other clips from Slipknot‘s forthcoming Day Of The Gusano movie HERE. Even though the clips are brief it looks like they got some incredible footage and the sound quality is excellent.

‘A new SLIPKNOT documentary brought to you by MusicScreen will be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6.

Directed by SLIPKNOT‘s own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown“Day Of The Gusano” documents the Iowa band’s first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT‘s members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band’s long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City.’

 

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Stone Sour release “Hydrograd”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST)

Arguably the biggest rock record of the Summer has arrived! Pick up Stone Sour‘s new Hydrograd HERE today. It has been a lot of fun to see this band grow as a more and more unique entity of their own over the years, creating compelling songs with huge hooks that truly show a belief in hard rock, balladry or whatever the heck they do. Cheers. That cover art REALLY reminds me of Boysetsfire’s great Tomorrow Come Today record, but the bands are of course very different.

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Korn debut new video for “Black Is The Soul” via Noisey

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8:16 PM (PST)

Korn‘s new video for “Black Is The Soul” has premiered via Noisey. The track comes from the band’s latest album, The Serenity Of Suffering, released last fall and is my personal favorite song on the new record. It finds the band mining their darker territory and a heavy dissonant bridge recalling the debut but very well merged with larger grandiose elements and a huge chorus that is one of Jonathan Davis’ biggest yet.

The video calls to mind Lacuna Coil’s Karmacode cover art visually a little bit if you added in the spooky alien murky blackness of some key scenes in Scar Jo’s Under The Skin . But of course this is also a Korn vid so you get the band rocking out a lot as well as some freaky visual elements that seem to be about wrestling with feeling whole.

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It is hard deciding if the best approach to reviewing such an exhaustive and important milestone  for Opeth as The Book Of Opeth, a super rewarding and fans in mind work of art (would you expect anything less?) from one of metal’s most revered bands, with a more exhaustive or impressionistic approach.

Aesthetically, it is as stunning visually as any of the band’s greatest achievements. The moody respect for the essential mystery of nature and the spirit and cerebral leaning craftsmanship with an emphasis on complexity has carried over, albeit instead of actual riffs we have the stories in the book which allow a hand swiped view through the foggy window of awe; a peak into the inner workings of a group who have earned every inch of respect over the past 25 years and change.

Much like the crucial Decibel anointed Choosing Death or Only Death Is Real from Bazillion Points, this Opeth doozy is fun while chock full of enough respect for sociology and the genre to warrant such an endeavor even if the band wasn’t as important as they ARE. You really get a sense of their development over the course of hundreds of killer photos, lush layout page detailing and fantastic reflections from members. Like Sean Yseult’s recent I’m In The Band or even, say, the massive Emperor 24 vinyl box set which the mere thought of makes me weep and shiver, this is a serious fucking beast of merchandise of the highest order and a celebration of accomplishment with a major sense of adventure and wonder for the entire business of it all. More than a labor of vanity or love, this says pay attention, this is about the collective work of amazing lives.

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Killswitch release “Cut Me Loose” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM (PST)

killswitch-engage-incarnate-250x250At the end of the day Killswitch Engage are on top because regardless of whoever is at the mic the band simply have better songs than most of their peers. New tune “Cut Me Loose” continues this tradition with some awesome performances and varied sounds from the whole band.

One thing that is cool about Incarnate‘s tracks we have heard so far is that it doesn’t sound like the band tried to make Disarm The Descent or Alive And Just Breathing pt. 2 with Jesse. That would be a mistake as those records are great on their own.

Still, the new stuff fits well within KSE’s very well established vibe.

There is even a beautiful reservoir shot  at the end that looks like where I grew up in Upstate, NY and kind of sets a tone for holding strength when set against the raging near deathcore heavy hardcore clang of the end riff.

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“Hate By Design” is here with a great lyrical message for the whole world/scene.
Watch now at www.killswitchengage.com (and see sick new merch) or below.

Incarnate – now available for pre-order.
It is unleashed 3/11/16 via Roadrunner Records.

Feelin’ Jesse’s Only Living Witness shirt in the clip. And the verse riffage is maximum kill.

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Album Review: Megadeth – “Dystopia”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM (PST)

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Being a life long MEGADETH fan, I admit that I was devastated in 2002 when it was announced that the band was disbanding due to Mustaine’s nerve issues in his arm. Shortly after, issues between the Daves [Mustaine and Ellefson] surfaced, giving me that feeling that the final nail was in the coffin of MEGADETH, and I’d never get to see my favorite band ever again. Sure, their last two albums had been Risk and The World Needs A Hero, both of which I had liked, but weren’t nearly as strong as their prior releases. It seemed like this was truly the end.

You can only imagine the sheer ecstasy I had when I learned that Mustaine had relearned to play, and was coming back with a new MEGADETH album (2004’s excellent The System Has Failed) with a returning Chris Poland [guitarist from Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and the groundbreaking Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?). Little did I know that album would mark the start of an amazing “Decade Of Deth”. (Yes, I actually air-quoted that as I typed it. What, you wanna fight about it?) The lineup changed a million times over, but the tunes were all killer during that decade.

2004 gave us The System Has Failed, paired up with the incredibly cool Gigantour in the summer of 2005. 2007 gave us United Abominations, with the amazingly good “Washington Is Next” single. Endgame came in 2009, and 2011 gave us a returning David Ellefson and the album Thirteen. (For the record, the song “13” is one of my top favorite recent MEGADETH tracks). The band was on fire, so it can only be expected that 2013’s Supercollider would be fucking incredible. Am I right?

Ok, so Supercollider was anything but “super”. Definitely the most lackluster of any MEGADETH record to date, but seeing as their first album hit in 1985, their track record so far has been pretty good. I mean, the album wasn’t so horrible that half the band felt they needed to quit shortly after its release, was it? (2 side notes here: First off, if you haven’t already heard Supercollider, it is worth a shot. “Kingmaker”, “Dance In The Rain” featuring DISTURBED’s David Draiman, and THIN LIZZY cover “Cold Sweat” are worth listening to. Secondly, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover both formed ACT OF DEFIANCE after leaving MEGADETH, and their album kicks serious ass. I suggest buying that one now. Well, not “now”. Finish reading my babbling here, and then go purchase it.)

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Dream Theater continue a recent streak with ball of fire new single “Moment Of Betrayal”, an exciting yet measured march from new 2x album The Astonishing that sets each section in conjunction towards a composition steadily ascending in excitement. Like the better DT epics, no matter how many parts or rhythmic shift there is a larger compositional scope at play.

Love to see these guys hit the road with the currently also flying high again Queensryche and/or Megadeth.

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