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Band Spotlight: Nihility

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:47 PM (PST)


UK underground buzz band Nihility have been causing a stir with their bludgeoning blend of styles.  The influences range from the death metal side of early Death, Suffocation and Dead Congregation through to metallic hardcore bands such as Kickback, All Out War and others of that ilk. They are heavy enough to please Xibalba fans but also have the DM edge you’ve been missing since long before Earache stopped carrying that torch in favor of Danny Worsnop’s country album, haha.

A statement from Nihility: We’ll be releasing our first full length record (title and label TBA) some time towards the middle of this year. It will consist of nine new tracks that we consider to be our most concise and aggressive material to date.We have a summer tour booked that we’re really excited to announce shortly and hope to finally visit Europe some time towards the end of this year as well.

If you crave some real deal shit in the meantime check out their highly recommended Consumed EP and kick some lamps in your apartment, just don’t scare your cat.

Photo courtesy of Oli Johnson (aka the 5th Beatle of Nihility photo journalism). Thanks, Oli! 

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Band Spotlight: Epica

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 8:07 AM (PST)


Even by the lofty standards of ambitious Dutch symphonic metallers Epica, their seventh record The Holographic Principle is something special. From the defiance of “Universal Death Squads” melodic and complicated heart to the new “Beyond The Matrix” video , the band are inspiring you to “be the master of your own energy.” Simone Simons remains a near ideal for this style with her graceful mastery of the genre and powerful range, while even without Mark Jansen in a big role the group soldier on. Not held back by trends, the group reach for the stratosphere with complex but stirring arrangements and have a great track record that ensures new fans will have hours of material to dive into. Rather than just mere escapism, even the weirdest forays into, excuse the term, ‘epic’ magniloquence and showy musical moments reward rather than school the listener with a heavy hand. Surely one of the more confident and important acts out there, Epica have earned deep respect.

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Band Spotlight: King Woman

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:01 PM (PST)

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Was there really any doubt new stuff from heralded austere rockers King Woman would be powerful? Some bands it is ok to have faith in ahead of time, but new single “Utopia” is a clear affirmation that the band’s Relapse debut Created In The Image Of Suffering  (Pre Order HERE) is going to be a cult smash. The melancholic ghostly vocals of Kristina Esfandiari hover amidst walls of doom trudge that sound like nothing so much as karma arriving for the tiresome and painful world of late. This is going to be a lot of people’s soundtrack when it drops and we are certainly among the enthused. RIYL Demon Lung, Windhand , Minsk.

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Band Spotlight: Hierophant

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:52 AM (PST)


If you want an ideal soundtrack for the current unrest in the world you could do a lot worse than the unforgiving mid-paced title track to Italy’s Hierophant‘s latest album Mass Grave. The band have managed to make a record that keeps them moving forward with almost unbearable intensity while somehow turning that tightrope walk of anger, stress and negativity into empowering anthems for society’s collapse. This is the kind of heavy which makes you feel like you can endure anything, which we sorely need right now as we thicken our skin for the road ahead.

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Band Spotlight: Witchery

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:13 PM (PST)


Witchery are back in a huge way with the top notch In His Infernal Majesty‘s Service (out Nov. 25th on Century Media). Angus Norder is more than capable in the new vocalist seat and you can be relieved to know that …Infernal celebrates the 20th year of the band in hellacious style. From the opening charge of “Lavey-athan” to the deadly Slayer-friendly march of “In Warm Blood” to the at times creepy and elsewhere just full on heavy death metal “Escape From Dunwich Valley”, this record kicked my ass into crimson chunks. Everyone will soon bear witness to a monster return from this truly striving act.


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Band Spotlight: VOWWS

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM (PST)


L.A./Aussie Industrial punk/electronic night creatures Vowws are not as heavy as, say, Godflesh or Pain, but duo Matt and Rizz spend a lot of time wandering the shadows being ingenius and have huge crossover potential in an age where The Album Leaf and S U R V I V E  land Relapse deals. Fresh off some dates with 3Teeth and a recent Jimmy Urine remix of their 2015 track ‘Holy Youth’, the band are eventually getting set to follow up one of the very best albums of last year, The Great Sun (which featured cameos from Gary Numan and Thor Harris). Their music demands repeat listening and (if you have good taste) will soon help soundtrack many occasions of your life at the expense of inferior bands.

Start with the song “It’s You”.


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Band Spotlight: Infinite Spectrum

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:15 AM (PST)


You wouldn’t expect a more prog oriented band like NYC’s Infinite Spectrum to tackle a morbid tale of H.P. Lovecraft, but that is precisely what the group has done on new thrilling effort Haunter Of The Dark. Despite not being gnarly, stoned and moss ridden like prominent Lovecraft lovers High On Fire, for example, Infinite Spectrum manage to capture the expansiveness of space, fear of the unknown and a dizzying sense of story in their lengthy compositions. “The Church” is particularly strong, sure to appeal to fans of The Final Frontier era Maiden’s wordy opuses or those who enjoy Dream Theater’s sense of unfolding composition. A lot to absorb but no terrain they seemingly can’t explore. Order HERE.

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Band Spotlight: Wode

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 9:24 AM (PST)


Wode‘s new album is something more people ought to be talking about, from the imposing cover art to the self-described Mancunian Terrormetal band’s precise attack with a gritty, occasionally rock and roll tinged take on black metal. Honestly, I think this smokes the Abbath record everyone gushed about, or easily as good. “Trails of Smoke” is our pick for favorite track here, a self-aware but by no means timid expression of skill and dark propulsion that will evince a roar of approval from most fans of the extreme arts. Pick up the CD or digital HERE as the tape and vinyl have sold out.

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Band Spotlight: Krieg

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5:55 PM (PST)


The name “Mocking Dead Empires” seems to also double as a good summary of Krieg lately, not just a song on the project’s new alternate mixes of EP and split material No Future but also in line with Neill Jameson’s ongoing tendency to debate the evolving standards of metal, what it means and what it is allowed to be. That said, chatter never stops the band from releasing one solid record after the other (the collab with The Body and Blue Miasma being just two great random places for newbies to perhaps start), like wearily trudging through the snow but too dedicated or masochistic to stop. Selectively respectful of the past yet with a healthy modern skepticism for  questionable motives or imposed limitations. Not afraid to take shit or fling it but never at the expense of the music as a primary focus. Very cool in an inauthentic age.

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Band Spotlight: Electric Citizen

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM (PST)


“I remember a time much easier than today,” coos Electric Citizen‘s Laura Dolan on “Social Phobia”, a key track from one of the best retro stoner romps of 2016 that will ironically make you believe easy times for rock n roll have returned. Higher Time (out now!) is a must hear riff rock record that’s part hungry hearted heavy blues rock, part party record and part Sabbathian worship of the highest order. Fresh from stealing the show from Wolfmother, this act deserve to be the next big thing in metal. Fans of Orange Goblin, Deep Purple, Purson, Windhand or Mount Salem should groove hard on this RidingEasy Records release, perfect for a hazy summer.

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Band Spotlight: Couch Slut

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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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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