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Band Spotlight: Dying Fetus

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:56 PM (PST)

With five of their full length life wreckers back on vinyl for the first time since the original pressings (we suggest you start with the still unconditionally pit worthy Stop At Nothing ), it seemed a good time to give Dying Fetus the band spotlight. The death metal legacy of this group has withstood many tests and only come through stronger. Catch them on tour with Hatebreed in Europe this April if you are both lucky and brave.

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Band Spotlight: Couch Slut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:56 AM (PST)

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Couch Slut from NYC are really interesting in that they provoke but don’t
always define, reflecting the listener. Eschewing preachy interviews and letting the art be interpreted
by the projections of the viewer more often than not is novel these days.

The controversy over the context of their Handshake Inc.  My Life As A Woman almost Raymond Pettibon-esque cover art faded a bit when people realized the band were a co-ed bunch of noise/metal/post-punk
ragers with sophisticated aesthetics, but people should notice more how killer
the music is. Shows with Insect Ark, Melt Banana and Pyrrhon have helped, as
will a June NYC Vitus Northside Fest appearance sure to kick ass!

Key track: the psycho, jazz, dirge headfuck of “Carpet Farmer”.

pic by Justina Villanueva

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Band Spotlight: Ascend/Descend.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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Murdock Street from Ascend/Descend is critical recent listening for fans of the borders between extreme metal and the most agitated of street hardcore. Influenced as much by the primal rage within our natures as they are by social issues, the band are driven, capable and tight, yet seem like they are holding a lot together to keep from coming mentally unwound. It is great when you can hear the sound of music not only bringing people closer together, but saving them from feeling down.

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Band Spotlight: Eight Bells

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 2:02 PM (PST)

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Eight Bells stand out with their experimental, acclaimed sound. The West Coast band’s new album Landless explores corners of brain, heart and soul that many bands are not insightful enough to even locate. Drone, doom, old timey harmonies and more patient tempos than you can shake a stop watch at will make this appeal to any SubRosa, Ides of Gemini or Witch Mountain fan, though the group are also capable of holding their own on tour with the likes of Voivod and Vektor! This will slay year end lists and it isn’t even Spring yet.

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Band Spotlight: Brimstone Coven

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3:18 PM (PST)

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On January 29th, West Virginian dark occult rockers Brimstone Coven will release their debut full-length, Black Magic, via Metal Blade Records.

Formed only four short years ago in Wheeling, West Virginia, Brimstone Coven self-released Brimstone Coven and its follow-up II in 2013, before Metal Blade inked a deal and packaged both releases as a single set, entitled Brimstone Coven (2014). Inspired by the Appalachian’s darkness and mysticism (such as the Mothman, a winged creature that emerged in the ’60s; Screaming Jenny; and the Phantom of Flatwoods), the quartet’s heavy rock also pushes the atmospheric envelope when the mood fits.

Brimstone Coven explains, “What sets ‘Black Magic’ apart is the genuinely eerie aura it invokes. We strove for a sound that makes you feel like you’re wandering through a shroud of mist, unable to see your own hand in front of your face. We want you to feel equally excited and creeped out, letting your imagination run wild and get the best of you.”

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Band Spotlight: Battlecross

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM (PST)

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Are Battlecross the hardest working blokes in metal? In recent years they have certainly seemed like it. The thrashers released their best album yet Rise To Power in 2015 and were a constant presence on big tours, connecting to fans and in online discussions. This band already has the potential to be one of the next generation of thrash greats if they stay the course. We hope they continue their rise. They prove that you can’t do this if you are bound by fear! Get out there and hustle! \m/

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Band Spotlight: Powerwolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 1:31 PM (PST)

11193385_926064827446268_1262209976928722413_nCombining lycanthropic horror and fury with power metal’s grandiosity and a gothic sense of high drama, Powerwolf are obviously geniuses. Not everyone gets to spend their lives doing something as awesome as being in a metal band with such big wolf cajones, but the Romanian’s in PW are truly Blessed & Possessed.

 

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Band Spotlight: Owl

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:01 PM (PST)

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Christian Kolf is known for his role in the curiously opaque Valborg but Owl has really seen Kolf particularly shine in recent years as an individual. At times as heavy as Godflesh with a darker bent, the few in the know likely felt Owl’s recent 25 minute single track “The Last Walk” was impossible to beat. 2015 sees Zeitgeister releasing the brutal march of Aeon Cult, a three song bandcamp release that is a wall of nearly impenetrable, contorted chaos. Recommended cut “Mollusk Prince” is a great place to start being captivated by this project’s assuredly grim punch to the side of the head. Check out an older interview we did with Christian circa Into The Absolute HERE.

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Band Spotlight: Horisont

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)

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Gothenburg’s Horisont are guitar rock incarnate. They can boogie hard enough to woo the most discerning Graveyard or Atomic Rooster fans while maintaining the most fabulous aspects of retro rock’s finest, dual attack axe/ hazy days. New album Odyssey has everything from Zep-esque balladry via “Beyond The Sun” to fist shaking party rock like fan favorite “Break The Limit”. This band definitely has some special juju and deserve to hit bigger stages. Plus they feature one of our favorite Metal Riot allies Tom Sutton (Night Viper, ex- Church Of Misery, The Order of Israfel).

Recommended track: “Red Light”

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Band Spotlight: Immortal Bird

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM (PST)

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Not to be confused with also awesome Deadbird or the not so awesome anymore Immortal, the folks in Immortal Bird are a savage and fun crew. You have to be a bit aware to jokingly refer to your genre as  Male-Backed XXXTREME METAL. Immortal Bird are crazy and crusty but evil enough to appeal to  Martyrdöd, Obliterations, Mortals or Savannah Sludge fans in near equal measure. Heck, even some Code Orange type kids might dig it.The Chicago band’s full length debut Empress/Abcess is very likely to cause you physical harm and strikes all the right nerves. Urgent performances with crust roots, raw but kick ass performances and the fierce screams of  Rae Amitay. You can not go wrong with this record.

Recommended Track: “The Sycophant”

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Band Spotlight: Chemical Burn

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM (PST)

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If you like the brutish groove of Pantera or the swing of newer Throwdown then you’ll likely eat up the material dished out by L.A. based band Chemical Burn.

“Drummer Kevin Jackson and I were instantly on the same page when it came to the writing process. If a song doesn’t light us both up, we go back to the drawing board with it,” says bassist/vox Mike Garnica. “Eventually a light bulb goes off and it all comes together in a way that stokes the hell out of us.”

New Noise Magazine offered a taste of new album Raining Anvil’s first single with the premiere of My Weakness, while Revolver Magazine album premiered the album’s first track “I Rise I Fly”.

Surely a band to watch and perfect for the more traditional 90’s influenced metal fans out there. Explains Garnica, “A lot of the album is about a journey through a mentality that has gone from a rock bottom of sorts, to a rebirth and new course in life.”

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Band Spotlight: Diablo Blvd.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:28 AM (PST)

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Listening to Diablo Boulevard‘s recent Follow The Deadlights, you will notice the Antwerp band’s penchant for channeling the dark forces of early Danzig but that’s too simple a comparison. This band own the stage with unbridled belief in hard rock and metal’s power to inspire. Their confidence and command has found them opening for Life Of Agony, Ace Frehley and Coal Chamber where they were welcomed as peers rather than some lucky band getting a break. Turn them up and let the shadows pour out. There comes a time when silence is no longer golden.

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Band Spotlight: Circuitry

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:36 PM (PST)

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From the smoldering, rotten corpse of Dark Empire has arisen Circuitry, a new strain of inescapable weaponized aural pestilence. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating form of metal to which there is no known antidote. Their self-title debut full-length is festering with that sound and latest single “Horizon” (and its truly one-of-a-kind accompanying music video) is just one of the many infectious offerings to be found within.

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Band Spotlight: Huntress

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM (PST)

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Huntress kick ass. Their throwback thrashing space time leaping sound is fun and Jill Janus leads her divisive band forward at full throttle no matter what haters say. They earn respect. She was awesome before this band as well as a DJ or in Chelsea Girls and is fucking hysterical. One of my life goals is to smoke a fat ass blunt with her someday. I don’t get how anyone could really listen to Starbound Beast and find this band insincere. I think they find Jill intimidating, like people hate Andy from Black Veil Brides for the sin of being smart AND a death glam man-babe (even though he’s worked his skinny ass off). AND no one could see her perform or in images and really think Jill wasn’t in control of her career, even if people find her a sex symbol. I’ve crushed on her awesomeness a bit since I wrote for Crusher Magazine years ago! She is theatrical, the band slay and  Jill often shouts out the greats of the past. Bottom line: stop the hate. You’re loss is great!

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Band Spotlight: Wayfarer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PST)

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Colorado’s Wayfarer craft moody and dark stories via unconventional atmospheric metal with more winding paths than a Tolkien tale. Their Prosthetic debut Children Of The Iron Age is an at times an expressive yet somber meditation and elsewhere an expulsion of screaming nerves beneath vast skies. Like Agalloch or Iceland’s  Sólstafir before them, Wayfarer’s baleful yet contrarily heartening melodic dirges (often reaching over ten minutes per song) are sure to quicken your wanderlust and slaken your thirsty despair over a drout of epic thinking person’s metal. Recommended track: “The Elemental.”

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