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Band Spotlight: Defy The Tide

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:56 PM (PST)

Defy The Tide have been placing themselves in as many circumstances that will spread their music to the masses as they can since forming in 2014. The Pittsburgh, PA melodic metal band has just released a new music video for their current singleTraced In Flames, a meld of metalcore and classic heavy metal elements paired with the warm voice of Carly Simon-Warneke. She almost sounds like a female version of Devil You Know’s Howard Jones’ famous clean vocals. We ship a duet, please! The cool song comes from their four track EP, Soteria which was produced by John Burke of Vibe Studios and released this past April.

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Band Spotlight: Body Count

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 6:54 PM (PST)

Body Count are not our latest band spotlight because you don’t know who they are. Hell, they are infamous! How many rock bands still scare crusty old white people in 2017? Powerflo and Prophets Of Rage are helping bring actually good rap metal back, but Body Count hit the biggest grand slam of late with Bloodlust. The thrash act have been around since “Cop Killer” was the most controversial song in the world, but recently soared back to prominence in the metal scene with topical songs capturing current headlines. “Civil War”, “No Lives Matter” and the new album’s strongest cut “Black Hoodie” – paired with cameos from Dave Mustaine, Max Cavalera and Randy Blythe plus charismatic spoken intros from Ice-T – have secured the band respect well beyond a novelty status they never deserved. Bloodlust has been out a few months now and remains in heavy rotation for many of us.

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Miss May I release new video for “Shadows Inside”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:28 PM (PST)

Miss May I have always seemed confident in who they want to be as a band. The group work hard to connect with fans, stay their course and release album after album with a dedication not so common these days when fair weather scene tourists run amok. Currently on the road winding up a run with Obey The Brave and Auras, Miss May I are continuing to prove that supporting them is to support a band who are invested in making a long term impact in the metalcore and hard rock scenes.

Now you can check out the new title track from the band’s perhaps most mature effort yet Shadows Inside. The album is perhaps the most assured the band have ever sounded. The fast parts are faster, the guitar playing is near impeccable and the arrangements maximize energy as well as set up the hooks for numerous pay offs throughout the release.

Speaking about the title track for Shadows Inside, MISS MAY I lead vocalist Levi Benton states, “Not only does this song open up our new record, it also sets the tone for the record. This album is all about changes throughout life, good and bad. It’s about the past that lives within everyone; their ‘Shadows Inside’. The lyrics talk about how great new things can give light to your past and put you in a better place.

Sharing some details about the creation of the music video for “Shadows Inside”, Levi adds:

We have quite a few videos and we’re always trying to change things up. With this video for ‘Shadows Inside’ we not only wanted to recreate the cover of the record in real life, but we also wanted the performance to be abstract. We had black lights and used old lens effects from the 90’s to achieve a very classic look and something totally different for us.

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Band Spotlight: Sabbath Assembly

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PST)

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band’s self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
We have been thrilled by the group’s endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.  One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one’s religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).

 

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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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