Hamilton, Ontario metallers Ritual have announced a Canadian tour in support of their debut self-titled album.
Check out Ritual, the video for the song “Pisces” and Ritual tour dates here.
Hamilton, Ontario metallers Ritual have announced a Canadian tour in support of their debut self-titled album.
Check out Ritual, the video for the song “Pisces” and Ritual tour dates here.
More drama, mama.
The Paramedic have parted ways with singer Mike Luciano aka Angry Metalcore Guy (though their Facebook still has a main picture of him (above).
The follow up coverage and twitter debate over a controversial interview I did with Luciano has been interestingly thin/one sided, in my opinion. Mike has in my experience, been an awesome dude. It feels to me like his boys in the Paramedic kind of bailed on him.
They released a statement which you SHOULD read in full on their Facebook but here’s ONLY A SMALL PART OF IT:
As of late, there has been a lot of attention on Mike for some of his opinions and views that he has shared with the world. Although this wasn’t a problem for Mike, the rest of us in The Paramedic did have an issue with these things, as we do not share those views and opinions with him.
We called the Metal Riot article Burning Crosses, Sucking Ds and Throwing Shade with The Paramedic (a clearly sarcastic, inflammatory title) not because of no respect for tender issues but because it is kind of ridiculous that a mixed race band with a singer who is often mislabelled as black by some of the very publications discussing him, and a band who have distanced themselves from their ex drummer’s racist political affiliations would be considered true blue racists themselves.
But Luciano called their ex drummer a “nigga”.
The debate about casual racism and word appropriations or recontextualizing has college courses built around it. Notorious B.I.G., Mindless Self Indulgence or even Black Sabbath’s “Digital Bitch” (which I was blasting this morning) have made use of words like nigga or bitch, in MSI’s case a song finds uppity cracker records founder Jimmy Urine singing ,” I could be the one tonight/All you niggas in the back come and jack me off.”
As far as I can tell none of these magazines have ever gone after MSI and Jimmy Urine has covered Wu Tang and is loved by many black people. And obviously Biggie and Tupac for example were black but both said crass things at times, though are widely and QUITE fairly considered creative geniuses and important social figures.
By the way I’m not advocating that because great and popular bands used these words that they don’t have the power to harm.
A friend of mine Lorelei said to me today:
people want to be treated with respect, and when you’re part of a minority population (brown, queer, women, etc), that rarely happens
There’s a key point I’d like to make and was trying/hoping to in the article.
Substream Magazine did a follow up piece on my interview with Luciano that extracted and cherry picked his quotes. I have no animosity or beef with that publication so wonder why they didn’t address the full scope of my talk with Luciano. Out of context of our chat and excluding parts where Mike agreed with me that girls have it rough out there or is against Cosby or that Mike and I talked in depth about the blurry, tender line of criticizing Caitlyn Jenner for seeming fake in Luciano’s eyes without coming off as anti-Trans by people who rightfully want the trans movement protected. Mike also said how he thinks Johnny from Slaves needs to get out and do press and man up and face allegations Warped Tour alleged abuse victims made against Craig. We used the “sucking Ds” phrase in the title of my article to joke about removing our ribs ala Marilyn Manson rumors and because I am bi and was joking about hooking up with metalcore beef as a joke! Crossfit!!! It’s a thing! Lol. And because Mike clearly had no problem talking with someone of a different sexual orientation (an important point as he has been misjudged as anti trans community for a comment about Caitlyn Jenner once – who Mike thinks is fake as a person – where Mike said Caitlyn isn’t a hero just for cutting off her dick, or a similar easy to misinterpret as hostile turn of phrase).
Example: What would you think of Mike if I ONLY posted these quotes from our interview:
Me: It’s hard for girls out there, man.
Mike- Absolutely. What have we done to society to over sexualize it? We have Teen
Mom. Twerking is number one. Sixteen and Pregnant. It’s the biggest sensation
since the jitterbug to twerk. The modern world is jamming it down our throats.
Mike- (on trans topic) If that’s who Caitlyn or someone wants to be, then go for it. No one is
stopping you. It’s between them and their higher power.
I am far far far from a rape apologist as well. In particular much outrage was over Mike and I discussing how manipulation can happen from guys AND girls, which is true. There are girls who blame and stir drama. I’ve met some of these types. It’s really sad. But there ALSO are many girls (or guys who have been raped or non cis gendered) who have been in genuine peril and have PTSD and super real issues affecting them that sometimes never go away and destroy lives. Mike and I talked about some of this off record as well and I hope in my writing things weren’t lost in translation, contributing to Mike losing his post in a band he clearly was passionate about and loved. I would hate that. If you only read Mike’s quote saying girls who false accuse should: “spin on a spiked cock” , you’d probably think Mike was a bit much to take, but that is not even a fraction of the guy’s whole persona.
We had even discussed how I was linking it to my Amanda Daniels support article I did with Amanda’s blessing for feminist site The Flounce, which many major sites have ignored despite it having other big talents in the metal and avant garde or indie rock scene speaking up for Amanda and AGAINST rape and violence.
I would never link off a Paramedic article to that if I felt Luciano was a woman hater or pro rape. Luciano was glad I was linking to Amanda’s piece! Why hasn’t any site mentioned that or how I am bi and Mike and I were talking about the word “bitch” as used in anger or by different genders or ethnic groups and the debate over “inherent context”? Yes, saying the N word or faggot can definitely hurt people.
The point is the only real way forward, like a high anxiety fight with an ex lover or something, is to try and reset from the hurt and have CONVERSATION. Don’t stall it out or recontextualize. It is awesome we have social media to swoop down on abusive sites like Return Of Kings or super racist, homophobic or abuse of power situations like the bad cops who give GOOD cops a bad name (there are plenty of good cops, don’t kid yourself…but saying #blacklivesmatter is not important is denying the horrible stain of blood on our Nations hands).
Hate and violence can have a righteous cause behind it sometimes also. Sometimes people who are so hurt by institutionalized classist oppression (which affects us all who aren’t the 1% but MORE SO affects minorities worldwide!), sometimes people throw bricks or shoot those two poor cops in NYC or do fucked up shit also. While you can’t let someone break nto your house and rape your mom, for a harsh hypothetical example, you also can’t stand still and accept being tear gassed for no reason, or choked out while you say “I can’t breathe” and your gentle giant heart breaks knowing you wont see your fucking kids again, god dammit! Why is this world so fucked up?!!! Ahhh!!!
I love Substream and AP as magazines (still got a Thursday AP cover saved somewhere from years ago) and I think it’s important to have social commentary pieces. IT’S MY LITERAL BREAD AND BUTTER AND MY PASSION. Metalriot.com has several female contributors and as far as I know are one of or maybe the only main all metal sites that has two major contributors either bi or trans. So trust me, we don’t fucking like hatred unless it is a good classic Venom song or “Catharsis” by Hate!
The thing is, in the age of social media’s butterfly effect, how do we do the harder tightrope walking of genuinely course correcting when feelings are soured or lines crossed? Is it to only be as PC as possible all the time? That creates eggshell world and no forgiveness. But we also need to be compassionate like Christ was supposed to be and try and have civil discourse so that growth is possible.
Best of luck to Mike in the future and the Paramedic as well as the publications involved. I hope this piece can continue a much needed conversation but add more depth to it. 140 character culture has GOT to evolve. We need to unite the tribes and have unity, like my pal just saw Bane and was super inspired they spoke out against the beating of Tom Alderson, for example. Can we start again?
And true haters…I’m gonna quote Mike here from a Paramedic song: “Fuck you and have a nice day.”
#rape #blacklivesmatter #canwestartagain #trans #censorship #drama #bullettoothrecords #substreammagazine #angrymetalcoredude
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“I have my own ideals that I stick by and am not gonna be swayed by someone
telling me the Mongolian or white community is the superior race over everyone
because of this, this and this? I’m gonna tell you ,”so is my dick, bro.” –
Mike Luciano (vocals)
Metalinsider is one of my very favorite and consistently good metal sites out
there. They published a piece about how melodic metalcore band The Paramedic
have an ex drummer who is running for office with the “Traditional Worker’s
Party, which was created by a white supremacist that speaks out against Jewish
The Paramedic are a mixed race band and yet have also had controversy surround
them due to a t shirt perceived as violent against women and for a blog post
by vocalist Mike Luciano about Caitlyn Jenner that some took as anti-trans. I
am bi sexual and didn’t read the post as anti trans, rather that Mike felt
dubious of Jenner’s authenticity as a person in general. Some people are
concerned that because of the t shirt and the Caitlyn post that now with the
ex drummer’s party affiliation, perhaps The Paramedic are all really fucked up
I have been in an on and off feud with Coheed & Cambria for years and want
peace with them but also stand my ground because I was there when Claudio met
my very real sister Cambria at a Woodstock concert I booked years ago. I have
known the Coheed guys for years and we have a very fucking crazy history. My
sister was at times told degrading things over the years or I was also
bullied and shit on by their fans because they don’t understand why it still
angers me that Claudio Sanchez has never acknowledged she exists.
My dad just died and family and true stories are more important to me than ever. I have
been in this scene 20+ years both signed and unsigned and I feel everyone has
a right to be heard, myself included. Even if that means a huge band might
have to admit they have downplayed an often troubled relationship over the
years with a family that hasn’t always appreciated their actions. Shit, their
first drummer Nate Kelley is my best friend and STILL people are stubborn and
hold onto their illusions.
Having just this week been trolled on Metalsucks by a Coheed fan who compared me to
Justin Lowe’s pre-death rant in a derogatory and not “concerned for my mental health”
way, I know how ugly things can get and also how one sided or lacking media
coverage can be, inexplicably. I’m manic depressive but take Paxil.
I also remember how happy people were when The
Paramedic first arrived on the scene and reading about how they were really
connecting with fans in (i think) an old AMP Magazine article.
I reached out to vocalist Mike Luciano, who doesn’t know me. I’m not biased. I
wanted his side of things. I have written good and critical things about the
Paramedic before. I think Mike’s voice is one of the coolest things about the
band but that some of the songs have been meh compared to others.
I didn’t expect to hear back, honestly. Instead Mike took an hour out of his
day and was more of a straight talker than the majority of the thousands of
bands I have literally interviewed.
He wrote me: “I’ve never been one to attack anyone or any music mag of any type unless they are wrongfully publishing things. Naturally, much like anyone else, if I feel attacked im gonna push back twice as hard. As long as there is nothing like that going on during the interview I don’t see why this can’t be extremely productive for both of us!”
Then we talked on the phone. Read it BELOW.Add to My Radar
The Paramedic have released a big, melodic rock video for Diary Of My Demons anchoring hard rock/balladry infused single “My Life in a Bottle”. It seems to be song about regrets and a strained relationship. Check it out BELOW. RIYL stuff like Daughtry, Lenny Kravitz, Avenged Sevenfold.Add to My Radar
Vegan metalcore founders Earth Crisis are back with another great release, keeping their recent streak going strong!
The EP will have two newly recorded songs from the band’s pioneering debut album Destroy The Machines, and two unreleased songs die-hard fans may recognize from unreleased demos from the 90’s.
Bullet Tooth is excited to announce the 3x CD Discography Only Death Is Smiling from Massachusetts’ metal legends OVERCAST! The band started in the early 90s long before the explosion of metal from the New England area, and released a few albums on indie labels until the late 90s when they broke up to focus on new bands like SHADOWS FALL and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and more recently, DEATH RAY VISION. As a lot of their titles are currently out of print, the band decided to release “Only Death Is Smiling” on Bullet Tooth featuring 45 tracks on 3 separate CDs, scheduled for release late 2014.
To say that OVERCAST were legendary is fairly accurate, as most newer metal bands have paid tribute to the obvious influences in their music. In fact, some give OVERCAST credit for starting the massive sub-genre called METALCORE. Their recent performance at This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia sent hundreds of metal and hardcore fans into a frenzy with their brutal and technical metal written with the dance floor in mind.
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Diary Of My Demons is a big step up for The Paramedic after all, a record sure to please their growing fan base of scene kids. This is a band who I have criticized in the past, but it was mostly because of their horrible haircuts. The music itself isn’t half bad, it just isn’t what I generally gravitate to. That said, my job is not to wish every record was Minor Threat (though it often happens).
It’s 2014. I have to accept that the blend of overly-grandiose metalcore with synths and computerized clean vocals is basically a genre unto itself now and not compare it as much to the heroes of yesteryear. Once I did that, it was easier to enjoy Diary Of My Demons without a chip on my shoulder and see the band’s strengths rather than just their weaknesses (I was pretty harsh on them awhile back).
The group do not fail to have conviction on these ten tracks, with “Have A Nice Day” and especially fired up album highlight “Who I’ve Become” proving strong songs for vocalist Michael Luciano. They have some weird stuttery parts and interesting tempo shifts/elements. The vocals veer from full throated roar to almost R&B emo, with dude’s voice becoming either fun and infectious or at times a bit too soaring depending on your mood. You can’t say they lack conviction, though. The drum performance is also pretty crazy, though the drum sound makes it pretty hard for me to tell if these were just programmed or not (which is irksome). “Lying To A Liar” is the angriest song, a faster assault of a track than the poppier numbers which still finds room for a big chorus chock full of wordplay. There is a lot of emotional output here.
To read more click HERE and “have a nice day”…
About two thirds through album highlight “To The Dreamer” off Save The Clock Tower‘s new Wasteland album is a lyric that says “we find in time, there’s no one else to blame, we are the ones holding ourselves back”. Unfortunately, the lyric rings all too true for this album. How many more duh-dun-duh-dunananananana-dunh-dun-dun riffs do bands need to churn out. There is virtually no edge to metal core as a genre anymore. It takes serious sifting for a diamond in the rough and this is not it. Flat drum sounds and washed out guitar tones with nasal and flat melodic vocals, the occasional semi-interesting falsetto that goes nowhere unfortunately and, worst of all, screaming vocals that are interchangeable with dozens if not hundreds of similar bands.
“Sanctuary” is the epitome of everything wrong with this album, so of course it is the lead single. I hate being a dick, but this does not stand out. There are some cool moments like what sounds like a toy piano at the end and some sheets of melodic and ambient guitar that are cool, but try listening to the djent regurgitation of “The Beautiful Lie” and not feel like the lie is that this is original at all. I love This or the apocalypse, who this band sound somewhat like at times, but the difference is those guys throw in a lot more twists and turns and write political lyrics with a ton more bite. If I saw this band live I could nod my head, but I’ve been listening to old school shit like Dagnasty, Fugazi and Big Black lately and this new school “underground” just does not have the same chance to seriously change things. Bands are just too fucking complacent. The scene is a Wasteland because bands fucking copy one another! I want to hear Amen Ra or the actually urgent punk of Pissed Jeans take over the world, not this carbon sound that has been recycling around the last ten years.
Click HERE to read more.
Australian metalcore upstarts Save The Clock Tower have announced the release date for their debut album Wasteland.
The album will come out on Bullet Tooth on June 27 in Australia and on July 1 in the US and Europe.
Ahead of the album the band has released the music video for their song ‘Sanctuary’ which you can watch below.
Check out the video for ‘Sanctuary’, comments from the band and more here.Add to My Radar
Wisconsin metalcore band Serianna have announced that they are breaking up. There are no details as of yet why the band has broken up. The band had formed in 2006 and was signed to Bullet Tooth Records.
The bands last, and what looks like final, album was titled Define Me and was released in August of this year via Bullet Tooth Records.
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Massachusetts metalcorers Death Ray Vision have premiered the lyric video for “Break Every Chain” off of their upcoming debut album We Ain’t Leavin’ Till You’re Bleedin’ which will drop on September 10 via Bullet Tooth Records.
Death Ray Vision are expected to head out on an east coast tour starting on September 13 with Sworn Enemy and Acaro. Dates are TBA.
Check out the “Break Every Chain” lyric video here.Add to My Radar
The band is expected to release their Bullet Tooth debut Wasteland later this year.
The band had this to say about signing to Bullet Tooth:
“We are stoked to be a part of a great label like Bullet Tooth. Thanks to Josh Grabelle for seeing that hard work is paying off and every step we take is another step towards realising our dreams. Knowing that Josh has developed great bands such asMemphis May Fire, Bullet For My Valentine, First Blood, and Affiance gives us the best chance possible to move forward as a band and as individuals. Bullet Tooth has created a close family of bands and we cannot wait to meet and play with everyone!”
Check out the music video for “Sanctuary” as well as Save The Clock Tower tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Featuring Brian Fair of Shadows Fall and Mike D’Antonio from Killswitch Engage as well as ex-members of Overcast and Cannae, Death Ray Vision is a new heavy metal act unleashing their debut EP onto the world.
The Get Lost or Get Dead EP, which features the single ‘Shattered Frames’ is coming out ahead of an expected full length release this summer.
Check out the full band line up as well as the Get Lost or Get Dead track listing here.Add to My Radar
Wisconsin metalcore band Serianna have released the music video for their cover of “Lose Yourself” which was originally performed by rap artist Eminem. The video was filmed while the band was on tour by director and close friend Sam Link (Sleeping With Sirens, Decoder). You can check out the video right here.
Singer and lyricist Chris Nutting commented on the video:
“This video was seriously so fun to make with Sam Link. He had so many great ideas for this video that it couldn’t have turned out any better. We literally drove around some small town in Pennsylvania looking for a great place to film, and found some run down storage facility that looked perfect. This was our first performance/ acting video so we really weren’t sure what to expect, but it turned out great and we had a good time filming it.”
Guitarist and songwriter Kris Meyer-Ruef added:
“Lose Yourself has become a hip hop classic and has cemented itself as a timeless hit. It presented a challenge for us in two ways, 1. Making sure we stay true to the classic but, 2. Finding a way to put an innovative twist on it and keep it metal! The lyrics are simple, powerful and applicable to all genres of music, or even life in general. Go for your dreams, lose yourself in them, but realize they come true through dedication and perseverance.”Add to My Radar
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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.