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Photos: Warhorse, Hell Bent and Ritual Blade rock The Middle East

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 12:20 PM (PST)

Doom dealers Warhorse reared their handsome heads to make a very special appearance at the legendary Middle East in Cambridge, MA on January 16th. Hell Bent and Ritual Blade were also part of the riff ritual and we are pleased to offer you good folks some photographic evidence courtesy of Petra Dollet. Check out the gallery of this awesome night below.

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Symbolik prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM (PST)

California tech-death metallers Symbolik, who have recently signed to The Artisan Era, are preparing to release their latest album Emergence on April 10.

The Stockton, California-based project has been active since 2009, making a significant splash in the scene with their highly-praised 2011 effort, Pathogenesis.

Emergence is strongly recommended for fans of groups such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Inferi, and Alterbeast.

Check out a teaser for the album as well as a comment from the band here.

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Sin Quirin accused of rape of two adolescents, pattern of Ephebophilia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:47 AM (PST)

CW: Rape,  minor abuse, drugs.

Writing this post is triggering as hell and my hands have been shaking.

The great writer Maggie Serota at Billboard has published a must read piece regarding child rape allegations against Sin Quirin of one of my all time favorite bands Ministry. The headline of the article falsely says Underage Sexual Relationships but there is no such thing because you aren’t in a “relationship” if someone is not able to legally consent , not to mention there is a wild power dynamic imbalance. Two alleged victims have spoken out and there appears to be a lot of corroborating email evidence and more – including statements from a former partner of the Ministry guitarist, Lacey Sculls.

I have several thoughts. Ministry needs to kick or at minimum sit Sin down out of the band line-up immediately while this is looked into. I have interviewed Al 2x and Sin once and know former member of the band and they were a huge part of my social consciousness developing. So what. Despite talking to Al being a highlight of my professional career, Sin needs to sit down and not be on the tour with KMFDM while this gets “sorted out”.

Al issued a rather anemic statement through legal channels: In a statement, the band’s lawyer said, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen “is unaware of any of potential nefarious activity by any member of Ministry during their respective tenure(s) with the band including but not limited to Mr. Sin Quirin.”

Well, hire someone else for the upcoming tour anyway. Even if you are “unaware” of it, there needs to be accountability in these matters and erring on side of caution to show survivors in your fandom and the wider world that this is something the band doesn’t take lightly. Especially since Al has condemned R. Kelly rightfully in the past.

This is a situation where the band can find someone else easy who would jump at the chance to play Sin’s parts. Dino Cazares or anyone who can play fast industrial would be great. Quirin’s attorney also calling one of the allegations “hilariously false” is a huge no no. It is not a hilarious situation in any way. This is the kind of tone deaf insensitive to victims BS response that- even if for example Maynard from Tool was innocent of edging the age of consent and having security poach girls off boyfriends at shows- soured me from supporting Tool at all again after Maynard rebuked the recent allegations against him with snarky tweets that could be very discouraging to people on fence about coming forward.

If someone is innocent I am not saying they should never play again but otherwise they need to be accountable and then it is up to the victims comfort what happens.

“The thing about being young is you have a harder time saying no,” recalls one of the alleged Sin victims. “…I really don’t want to let this person down, but I also don’t want this person to hurt me.”

I have a lot of sexual trauma and can relate to that statement. When I was 15 I was statutory raped by someone twice my age when I was incapacitated on three bags of heroin after a NIN/Manson show and my first time ever in Harlem in an unfamiliar neighborhood. It is one of my core traumas from early life and I never spoke about it for years because the person’s father is the first black person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in a huge category and was a symbol of unity. I didn’t want to tarnish their family legacy and thought I would be mocked. It was very emasculating to me as a very closeted non-binary person, on top of everything else. I felt “not a man”.

I am lucky to have had a measure of restorative justice with this person and another friend who did something to me (there are several more including a literal doctor who I never will). That is not always healthy or possible. But the mental burdens certainly persisted for years of compartmentalization and therapists have agreed it is one of my foundational traumas from youth. I have spent years navigating very difficult times of mania, hyper apology, self-destructive cycles and racing thoughts, insomnia and other things that sadly still rear their head at time. Thankfully with the new decade I am meditating and sober again from booze, so far so good (and no narcotics at all since 1999). Sometimes due to this and other things like varying dysphoria or mental baggage I have had to be celibate for years at a time.

We can’t just pretend these scars and hurdles are all fake or people aren’t left holding the bag for other people’s “it was a wild, rock n roll time”. I have to think of that every time I love, say, David Bowie or Zeppelin. Humanity has to try and be accountable when there has been harm. Or at the very LEAST try and be healing and calm in the surrounding discourse so as not to encourage the type of “His Side Too” online bullying that Backstreet Boys fans dumped on  the wonderful Melissa Schuman.

Sure, the conversation has evolved a lot since the 70’s and 80’s when more rock “gods” than not were doing super sketch shit… but even if someone like Sin WAS innocent – if we don’t even have civil discourse around these matters and sound arrogant like Sin’s lawyer or Maynard (who I believe said he shouldn’t have to bother responding to allegations or something similar), how the hell are people ever going to heal or feel safe. How can we trust the intentions of a band with social lyrics like Ministry? OR should we focus instead on the part in your book where you mock Madonna smelling like‘ tuna and dog shit’, Al?

 

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Crystal Lake release “Sanctuary” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 2:13 PM (PST)

Japanese metalcore rockers Crystal Lake yesterday released the music video for their song “Sanctuary.”

“Sanctuary” is from the band’s 2018 album Helix (JMS / Cube Records / SharpTone Records). The video was directed by Inni Vision with additional footage by John Gyllhamn.

Check out the video here.

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Sutrah release “Lethe” over at Invisible Oranges

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 12:07 PM (PST)

Montreal death metallers Sutrah have released their latest track “Lethe” over at Invisible Oranges.

“Lethe” comes off the band’s upcoming EP Aletheia due out on March 13 via The Artisan Era. Sutrah features members of Benighted, Chthe’ilist, Basalte, and Serocs.

Check out “Lethe” here.

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Grammy Award nominated progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for North American tour that will feature a very special two set performance celebrating 20 years of BTBAM. The first set will feature a career spanning setlist with the second set seeing the band play their highly acclaimed 2009 opus, ‘The Great Misdirect‘ in its entirety. Tickets will go on sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 17th from betweentheburiedandme.com

The tour will kick off in Richmond, VA on May 9th and will make its way through another 30 cities across North America before culminating in Charlotte, NC on June 19th.

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Come celebrate 20 of years of BTBAM with us! 🎉⁣ Set one: Career spanning set⁣ Set two: The Great Misdirect in it’s entirety⁣ ⁣ You’ve asked for it, and we listened! Don’t sleep on this one. ⁣ Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time. ⁣ ⁣ Tag your friends, get pumped, and see you soon!⁣ #btbam #btbam20⁣ ⁣ May 09 – The Canal – Richmond, VA⁣ May 10 – Black Cat – Washington, DC⁣ May 12 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA⁣ May 13 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY⁣ May 14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA⁣ May 15 – Mr Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA⁣ May 16 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI⁣ May 17 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO⁣ May 19 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL⁣ May 20 – Studio B at Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN⁣ May 22 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO⁣ May 23 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT⁣ May 25 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver, BC⁣ May 26 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA⁣ May 27 – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR⁣ May 29 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA⁣ May 30 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA⁣ May 31 – Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV⁣ June 01- Garden Amp – Garden Grove, CA⁣ June 02- Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ⁣ June 04- Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX⁣ June 05- Trees – Dallas, TX⁣ June 06- Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX⁣ June 08- The Orpheum – Tampa, FL ⁣ June 09- Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL⁣ June 11- Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL⁣ June 12- The Masquerade – Hell – Atlanta, GA⁣ June 13- The Basement East – Nashville, TN⁣ June 15- The Opera House – Toronto, ON⁣ June 16- Bronson Centre Theatre – Ottawa, ON⁣ June 17- Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC⁣ June 19- The Underground – Charlotte, NC

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God Dethroned release sinister new “Spirit of Beelzebub” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:23 AM (PST)

Dark practitioners of evil God Dethroned have released a tremendously strong new video for “Spirt Of Beelzebub” from Feb. 7th pending Metal Blade release Illuminati. If the rest of the record is as sick as this track we are in for one fucking ripper of an album. It is actually the second single, I guess. I have yet to hear the first one, but this video is second part of three interconnected short movies. I have to say I was pretty immersed regardless and it can also stand alone. Anthemic tune with many memorable frighteningly fast and ominous mid tempo demonic parts plus the chanted vocals sections will really haunt the mind afterwards. As for the gutturals, Henri Sattler sounds quite fittingly possessed.

I have a feeling this is going to be a really important release for 2020.

God Dethroned comments: “‘Spirit of Beelzebub’ is the second single and video from the ‘Illuminati’ album. This song will appeal to our fans who like the faster and more aggressive tunes of God Dethroned. The video is actually the prequel to ‘Illuminati’ and definitely worth checking out!”

Illuminati release shows
w/ Dawn Of Disease & Aesmah
Feb. 7 – Lingen (Germany) – Alter Schlachthof
Feb. 8 – Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) – Het Podium + Sisters Of Suffocation
Feb. 9 – Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Baroeg

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Sepultura and Sacred Reich to tour North America

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 8:58 AM (PST)

Thrash lords Sepultura and Sacred Reich is a powerful match, both groups very capable at distilling the inhumanity of the human condition. The iconic and still wildly impactful, meaningful and relevant bands will be teaming up to rip across North America this year! The journey begins March 18th in San Diego, California and makes its way through over two dozen cities upon its conclusion April 22nd in Ventura, California. Additional support will be provided by Crowbar and Art Of Shock, making you an idiot if you miss attending one of these dates. Tickets are on sale now!

Dates BELOW.

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Heaven Shall Burn release two new music videos

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:07 PM (PST)

German metallers Heaven Shall Burn have released two music videos! The videos are for their songs “Protector” and “Weakness Leaving My Heart.”

These videos come ahead of the release of the band’s new double album Truth and Sacrifice which is due out on March 20.

The double video was directed by Philipp Hirsch.

Guitarist Maik Weichert states, “In order to reflect the concept of the double album we decided to produce a ‘double video’, which turned into a real mammoth project. ‘Protector’ is taken from album one (Of Truth) while ‘Weakness Leaving My Heart’ is part of album two (Of Sacrifice). While ‘Protector’ represents confidence and a readiness for action ‘Weakness Leaving My Heart’ is contemplative and deals with the sacrifices and losses that truth may cost. Something you should also feel from the different vibes of the songs. The double album is giving you the essence of what HSB is about and there is lots to explore.”

You can check out the video as well as Heaven Shall Burn tour dates here.

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Code Orange return. Pre Order ‘Underneath’ now

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM (PST)

Hey everybody. In case you were looking for it and curious…I haven’t been able to post yet about Neil from Rush dying, just too much of a loss to even process yet. I think, while it is the news, sites can often get vampiric in rushing to get the word out. It goes with the time sensitive news cycle territory and we all do want to grieve together, but I used to listen to his drumming with my dad and have an emotional connection to it so need to sort of go with my gut and wait until I feel like writing more after the feeling sits with me awhile. I know Neil Peart was a pretty astounding mind though and would probably view the afterlife as another horizon or learning experience, so I will leave it at that for now. Before I go listen to “Subdivisions” again today I will post some Code Orange news, on a different musical note!

The popular East Coasters are back in March (3/13) with a new Roadrunner release, this one called Underneath. Peep the first, semi-industrialized and vibey af video below. It’s catchy, memorable, moody, loud and it jams. Pre order HERE. I love this band and think they continue to do an admirable job of growing bigger while straddling that link between the underground and bigger rock awareness “market” with big tent energy vibes instead of elitism. Rock isn’t the hottest genre these days so more power to them for staying the course and still aiming high.

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Nile to tour Australia, New Zealand with Ingested along for the ride

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:07 AM (PST)

If you are like me, after you gaze into the mouth of the abyss and slam your brains out, you like to follow it up with a cool glass of water before bowing down to ancient Egyptian serpent demonic overlords in Vile Nilotic Rites or whatnot. If so, you are gonna be so chuffed about Nile touring with Ingested!

The death metal legends bring the UK Slammers to Australia and New Zealand,

4/22 Perth, AU @ Badlands
4/23 Canberra, AU @ The Basement
4/24 Sydney, AU @ Crowbar
4/25 Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
4/26 Melbourne, AU @ Max Watts
4/28 Wellington, NZ @ San Fran
4/29 Auckland, NZ @ Galatos

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Band Spotlight: Queensrÿche

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 1:46 PM (PST)

Queensrÿche have many great eras and albums, the best of which is a hotly debated topic amongst rock fans. I love almost everything they have ever done (especially Empire, Condition Human, Tribe and Rage For Order being my personal faves – don’t yell at me Mindcrime fanatics, haha). It is flat out dumb not to respect them and consider them a very important legacy band. Tate and La Torre are both vocal giants  who have led the always skilled line ups and there is always something to offer. Anyway, the band still kicks ass and The Verdict was another killer release last year on Century Media.

“Inner Unrest” is their new video from that album, a song tackling PTSD. “‘Inner Unrest’ is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD. The internal and external battles one must fight daily,” states Queensryche frontman Todd LaTorre about the track. 

See the band live with John 5 and Eve To Adam in 2020!

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Windhand announce 2020 US headlining tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:31 PM (PST)

Virginia doom metallers Windhand have announced the dates for their 2020 headlining tour.

Windhand will be touring with labelmates Devil Master beginning in March.

Windhand have recently released previously unreleased demo and rarity tracks on their Bandcamp. The five album collection spans from the band’s full-lengths Soma, Grief’s Infernal FlowerEternal Return, plus miscellaneous demos, alternative mixes & their Live at WFMU session on June 8 2013. All proceeds for the albums will help Windhand post-theft of their instruments and gear earlier in the Fall.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Gargoyl sign to Season of Mist

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Massachusetts metallers Gargoyl have signed to Season of Mist Records. The band features guitarist Dave Davidson of Revocation and guitarist/vocalist Luke Roberts of Ayahuasca. The band will be releasing their debut full-length via Season of Mist later this year.

Dave Davidson comments: “Season Of Mist have always been an unconventional label with a unique vision so we’re very proud to officially join their ranks. We look forward to our new partnership with SoM and can’t wait for you all to hear our debut album.”

Check out some early Gargoyl tracks over at Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

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Shadow Frost Music + Arts Festival announces stacked lineup

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM (PST)

Maryland’s Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival have announced their lineup.

The festival, which will take place on February 21 and 22 will feature Vastum, including a set from their guitarist Leila Abdul-Rauf. The lineup also includes Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, and Eastern Shore, and Yatra.

“There is so much great music being created that totally flies under the radar in the music scene, even among people who seem to know a lot about music trends,” said Shadow Frost producer M A Spiro. “I am not trying to host bands that you can see at a lot of other festivals, but I want to showcase a few of the best that that underground music has to offer. That has been my philosophy with every event I have done, and I don’t plan to change that.”

Check out the full lineup and a YouTube playlist here.

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