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Snow Burial announce acoustic live stream to help food bank

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9:23 AM (PST)

This Covid-19 challenge has made a of musicians have to get creative after tours were shut down for safety (my heart goes out to Chuck Billy of Testament and others who have contracted the virus). Darsombra are touring rooms of their home and undisclosed locations in Maryland via live stream,  for example. My girlfriend Globelamp has been a live streamer for years playing psych folk and engaging with her fans, so it has been interesting to see the connective impact that can have in building a micro community. Obviously everyone has IG and Facebook live now or sometimes uses YouTube to stream, but not everyone uses it for live performance as opposed to general pseudo reality tv style posts of themselves rambling, hahaha.

Snow Burial, one of the coolest (snow pun painfully accidental) bands out there at present, are doing their part to take this moment to stream for local charity. The Prosthetic Records signees announced that they will be live streaming an acoustic performance this week, via the Prosthetic Records YouTube channel. The stream will take place on Thursday, 26 March at 8 EDT/ 7 CDT/ 5 PDT. The band will be accepting donations throughout the performance, and will be sending all money raised to  The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

SNOW BURIAL’s Ben Bowman comments:
“Like pretty much everyone involved in the music industry we have shifted rapidly from being extremely bummed about cancelling our tour to wondering what we could do to help. Doing a livestream and donating all the proceeds to a local food bank seems like one of the best ways that we can do that. Well, Brandon is actually providing the true best help – he’s a physician’s assistant, treating patients through this pandemic. I can just play guitar and sing a bit.

“It’s not the same as touring (at all) but I am very excited to have an excuse to experiment with our songs and play for folks over the internet. I’ll be playing acoustic-ish versions of each song on Ostrava (I’m physically incapable of not using a delay pedal) with some commentary on the songs and the chance to chat with everyone live. I’m stoked to take a new approach on the tunes, and, frankly, to have something to look forward to. All of Illinois is under a shelter-at-home order and it’s easy to have a very hard time through this. Having some fun in a way that can help those in real need is exciting.”

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Today we turn our Sauronic-eye to the fabled confines of Ralph’s Rock Diner in lovely Worcester, MA. The underground venue recently hosted sub genre straddling talented force Dzö-nga for their Thunder In The Mountains album release show along with  blackened space puppies Advent Varic and the foreboding Shūnyatā. Looks like it was a gnarly escapade into songcraft and debauchery. Duende en la Penumbra was also part of the event but we don’t have shots. But for real please check out the Thunder In The Mountains album. It’s soaring yet bleak, passionate yet soul scoured. “Heart Of Coal” is jamming hard from my speakers as I edit this post. Very cool stuff.

Pics from photographer Petra Dollet BELOW.

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The debate between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins obviously goes to Phil (he collabed with Bone Thugs, Tarzan and “Against All Odds” can make anyone cry). When it comes to the solo prowess of Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till of Neurosis it is harder to pick a favorite, and you almost don’t want to. Both have released incredibly moving and introspective works that have challenged them to touch upon new foundations creatively while also pulling from known strengths. My all time favorites from them as solo endeavors would probably be Scott’s brooding folksterpiece The Forgiven Ghost In Me and Steve’s awe inspiring Harvestman meditation Music For Megaliths.

Anyhow, all that aside it is always rad to see either of these true artists resurface to do solo appearances. The creativity over-floweth from one vessel.

Taking place in the shadows of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming, Fire In The Mountains MMXX will take place July 10th through 12th. Steve Von Till joins the lineup which includes Enslaved as well as Yob, Obsequiae and many more. In addition to Enslaved’s headlining performance of the gathering, the band’s Ivar Bjørnson is the 2020 feature curator, presenting a special “On Wings Over Utgard” segment of the fest, in which Von Till will be performing. Find more info on Fire In The Mountains MMXX HERE.

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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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Facedown Records announce Facedown Fest 2020

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:19 AM (PST)

California Christian metal label Facedown Records has announced 2020’s Facedown Fest!

This year’s Facedown Fest will take place from March 6-7 at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California!

The lineup includes War of Ages, Bloody Sunday, Dynasty, Deathbreaker, My Epic, Comrades, Everything in Slow Motion, Dens, Weathered, and American Arson.

The fest will see Bloody Sunday reuniting with their They Attack At Dawn lineup.

Check out the Facedown Fest 2020 playlist over at Spotify.

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Migration Fest 2020 initial lineup announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:15 PM (PST)

Initial Migration Fest line up announcement for next year! One of the best festivals to support. Always amazing bands and good ethics. You can’t go wrong with the bands announced thus far. Let me especially recommend the new Falls Of Rauros album, if you for some reason haven’t heard it yet.

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Backtrack announce final two shows ever

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:38 AM (PST)

New York hardcore outfit BACKTRACK has announced the band’s final two shows ever, confirmed to take place this November on their Long Island, New York hometown turf at the conclusion of their ongoing international final tour.

After eleven years as a band, having toured most of the planet several times over with countless other acts, and having released a long line of releases through several notable labels, the members of BACKTRACK have decided to go their separate ways on good terms. However, before they shut it down for good, they’re going to hammer the planet with an incredible amount of touring throughout the rest of 2019.

Following their East Coast US tour with Dead Heat and Rule Them All June, and West Coast US tour with King Nine, Minus, and Somerset Thrower in August, a tour through the Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and more during September and October, BACKTRACK is set to begin their European Farewell Tour 2019. Running from October 30th through November 14th, the tour features shows in Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, the UK, France, and Hungary.

Upon their return from Europe, BACKTRACK will tear a hole in Long Island with their final two shows ever with two hometown gatherings. Both shows will take place at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville, New York. Friday, November 29th, BACKTRACK will be joined by Down To Nothing, Mindforce, The Fight, and a special guest yet to be announced. The previously-posted final show, Saturday, November 30th – which sold out in several days – will see BACKTRACK joined by Terror, No Warning, King Nine, Hangman, and Rule Them All.

Tickets for the 29th show are on sale now and but will not last! Find them HERE.

BACKTRACK has been an imposing force looming over the underground music scene for over a decade, having cemented their name in hardcore lore one record, tour, and diatribe at a time. Their output seethes with the tough-as-nails posture of Killing Time and Agnostic Front while snaking through glimmers of crossover

The members of BACKTRACK collectively offer, “We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past eleven years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way, and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”

Dates Below.

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Castle are so used to melting faces they even melt their own sometimes

Hey everyone. Hope your Monday is going groovy. I’ve had a relatively rad day, though I am truly bummed over the news of one of my all time favorite bands Royal Trux pulling the plug on their upcoming tour. Glad they still made the White Stuff record, cuz that shit ruled and was an unexpected blessing, even if they don’t play anymore or whatever is going on. Things happen. It’s all love, though. Big influences on me, for sure.

Anyway, I did get to see  my favorite underground metal band Castle finally play a full set a week or so back. Castle pound for pound deliver the leanest and meanest best sick riff value paired with killer vocals, power trio might and road dog radness you can get for your money’s worth release after release. The coolest. They tour all the time but I never got a chance for various workaholic reasons to see them in full. I opened for them the last time they came to my city with my Walking Bombs project but they had PA problem in the venue so it took the band years to want to come back. I am happy as a sun loving salamander (wait, they love sun – right?) they did, though. The band absolutely cooked the eyeballs off the place in support of their recent Deal Thy Fate monsterpiece and local support Witch Kiss and Shadow Witch (with Doug Beans of Murphy’s Law fame killing it on the kit for Shadow Witch) slew as well.

It was a great night with awesome people who live and breathe the rock n roll experience. Made me damn glad to know all of them and I headbanged my little brain right out my ear holes. Not bad for a middle of the week mind bruiser! Cheers to everyone! Good times.

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Woe

Thanksgiving is a time when many people look past the hideous aspects of history and focus instead on their stomachs, so what better way to spend the holiday than to pay attention to real world issues and promote a festival showcasing some of the best talent fighting fascism in metal? We are grateful to anyone who doesn’t have blinders on! A massive threat to society that edgelords and gaslighters try to pretend isn’t a problem so as to transparently help entrench the power of the at fault “alt-right” further, fascism has no place in any world that doesn’t want to destroy itself.

We are grateful for powerhouse and metal tastemaker/activist Kim Kelly for all the work she does, shots she takes and fucks she doesn’t give in pursuing what is right with the goal of making metal more inclusive and relevant in 2018. Suffice to say it is rad that the awesomely named Black Flags Over Brooklyn fest she has started has announced an initial lineup of Nazi detesting bands for a flagship 2019 kick off festival. This is sure to be amazing and powerful so stay tuned! Some of our favorites like East Coast black metal titans Woe and our #2 album of the year winners Vile Creature are already on board!

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Deftones have cooked up a kick ass festival concept with the first annual Dia De Los Deftones. The event is on the way with food, beverage and music on November 3 at Petco Park at the Park in San Diego, California. All-ages lineup includes Future, Mike Shinoda (of LINKIN PARK), local legends ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, H09909, DOJA CAT, VOWW and VEIN.

Dia De Los Deftones goes on sale Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $75 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com. Presale opportunities will be available on Tuesday, July 17 starting at 10 a.m PST.

I found out through the homies Vowws IG page, one of my favorite bands. Listening to the brilliant industrial post pop scrawl crawl of “Charm and Demand” right now, actually. This whole thing looks like it will be dope af. I also hear that Vein record is awesome, everyone keeps saying. Heckity heck yeah.

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Usnea, Wax Idols, Lightning Bolt, Insect Ark to play Basilica

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM (PST)

Wax Idols credit: Nick Karp & Hether Fortune

Basilica SoundScape 2018 recently made initial artist announcements and the performers so far feature some of the best bands currently active. Basilica Hudson is a very unique performance space in quiet Hudson, NY – a few hours from NYC. The Hudson Valley (where I live) in September is the perfect retreat for one of the most consistently forward thinking music and arts festivals.

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Efrim Menuck / Grouper / Haxan Cloak x Nick Zinner / Insect Ark / Jungil Hong / Lightning Bolt / L’Rain / Shanekia McIntosh / Spellling / Stephen O’Malley’s Un Vide Dans Le Ciel / Tabita Rezaire / Usnea / Wax Idols / more artists to be announced
Basilica SoundScape 2018 lineup

Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated weekend that’s been called “the anti­festival” for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature, is presented by The Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone with additional creative direction from long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud – now head of Chicago-based integrated creative studio Varyer, who are formally joining the team as co-presenters of the event. SoundScape 2018 will also feature the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, 33 ⅓: The Raincoats) and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.

“As always we are striving to create an immersive pilgrimage to the Hudson Valley, where rural, industrial and urban collide. Dive into exceptional local food, freaky pop-ups, camping, Hudson River School sunsets, and of course the delightfully haunted City of Hudson!” says Auf der Maur.

Usnea

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Tipton joins Priest on stage in Kent, WA

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:37 PM (PST)

Judas Priest‘s legendary Glenn Tipton may have recently announced he is not a touring guitarist for the Firepower era due to Parkinson’s complications, but he joined the band on stage Sunday night (April 15) at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington for the encore.

Read more HERE.

 

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Panopticon, Aerial Ruin and more announced for FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS 2018

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM (PST)

Rocky Mountains-based outdoor metal gathering FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS has expanded beyond its DIY roots into an official two-day event this summer, this week announcing the first wave of bands including Panopticon, Wayfarer, and Aerial Ruin.

 

FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS is a one of a kind event, taking place in front of the Rocky Mountains’ crowning jewel, the Grand Tetons just outside of Jackson, Wyoming.

 

Getting its start as a rogue one-off show in the wilderness, the festival is now a two-day event showcasing the live performances of some carefully curated bands performing on an outdoor stage directly in front of the Tetons, as the sun sets behind them. It is two days of music, art, and revelry nestled deep in the beauty of nature, providing an escape from the trappings and monotony of modern civilization both through the music on display and through the beauty and isolation the atmosphere uniquely provides.

 

The event takes place June 30th and July 1st at Heart Six Ranch in Moran, Wyoming, where attendees will watch two nights of more than ten bands on the outdoor stage, eat, drink, and camp within the ranch and nearby in Bridger-Teton National Forest. They will also have access to festival sponsored hiking trips, white water rafting, backpacking, fishing, canoeing horseback rides, and more wilderness activities right out the backdoor of the ranch in the daytime hours surrounding the evenings’ performances.
With more bands to be announced in the coming weeks, the first three acts for FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS 2018 have been announced.

 

Panopticon, the rarely-seen-live, folk informed American black metal powerhouse spearheaded by Austin Lunn and based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Coming out for a rare performance in a beautiful atmosphere, Panopticon brings an unforgettable array of heart and music to the environment of the festival as one of the leading torch bearers in the modern climate of blackened metal in the United States. Their music retains a genuine feel, blending their strong melodic metal riffing with the folk music of their own ilk.

 

Wayfarer, from Denver, Colorado, will be returning to Jackson for the now legitimate festival; coming in strongly off the heels of their Profound Lore Records debut, World’s Blood, which paints a grandiose, powerful and haunting image of the American West through a fierce and heavy lens. The band will be storming the stage with their raw and visceral live performance in the Tetons as an ode to the Rocky Mountains they hail from.

 

Aerial Ruin, a one-man neo-folk experience calling its home in Portland Oregon. Aerial Ruin spins haunting folk songs that are bare and true, with a fantastically dark sense of musicality. Having recently collaborated with Bell Witch extensively on their acclaimed Mirror Reaper album, Aerial Ruin will be performing his captivating songs before the Tetons, fresh off an appearance at the Netherlands’ Roadburn.

 

Many other bands will be announced in the following days, with some strong surprises fleshing out an impressive lineup of powerful acts. The lineup and other information can be found on the festival’s Facebook, with an Instagram and official website to launch with ticket sales in early April.

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Who is getting stoked for Migration Fest?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:28 PM (PST)

Migration Fest returns in 2018 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA.

Couch Slut, Mutilation Rites, Cloud Rat, Khemmis, Deadbird, Pelican, Spirit Adrift and many more! Yes, indeed…the event this year includes some of our fave current bands in the Underdark .

Tickets on sale now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/migration-fest-2-tickets-43211524834

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Roadburn 2018 Festival Line Up Developing

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:38 PM (PST)

Art by Richey Beckett

Tickets go on sale October 19th for 2018’s Roadburn! The line-up is still developing but some amazing stuff has been announced so far, as usual for this esteemed fest. This year we are especially excited about Uniform, Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas, Weedeater and Maggot Heart but there is plenty for (almost) everyone who has tastes outside of the mainstream. Check it out HERE.

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