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No one is gonna give you anything. It’s the opposite, they are gonna take. So you gotta work for every single record sale, fan, t shirt sale, record deal, tour etc etc. Only way to do that is push every aspect of the band. So that’s what we do. – Pat Sheridan

New Jersey’s Fit For An Autopsy‘s latest album The Great Collapse is arguably a near perfect death core record , but that seems limiting as it is both heavier, more dynamic and full of more technical and classic death metal and elements of hardcore influence than oversimplified bands who are just stoked to hit the breakdown. Rather than go more Nu Metal as the genre is revived, FFAA have managed to grow while getting even heavier, anchoring their strongest line up yet, improving everything from lyrics to arrangements and staying humble. That said, the band are pretty much the true kings of fuck mountain as far as this style goes right now, and if other bands sell more it isn’t because FFAA isn’t doing a better job.

When the full thing drops in March, it is going to be a game changer for the already liked band. Trust that this record is next level in pretty much every way and is one of the heaviest and most emotive slabs of hot fist upside the ear you are likely to ever hear. Shit, it will probably make you deaf anyway.

It was awesome to talk to Pat Sheridan about the new album, the band’s growth and other topics.

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Interview: Within The Ruins – Joe Cocchi dissects “Halfway Human”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:16 PM (PST)

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Within The Ruins have earned their place as one of the most talented bands in progressive metalcore. Hard working, driven to grow and quite popular, in other ways they deserve more. You might think that due to the more complex nature of some of their material that some people have favored more run of the mill bands, and you’d probably have a point. Still, the refusal of WTR to bow down to the expectations of more mundane concerns and paradigms has made them worth following and a more rewarding band for die-hards to believe in.

The Westfield, MA band remain cerebral and capable of clobbering a crowd on new album Halfway Human (Pre-order bundles HERE!), a testament to the pleasures and perils of the modern metal musician. As our site has grown it has been cool to see WTR still in the mix and growing as well, and so it was a good time interviewing extremely talented guitarist Joe Cocchi.

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Among many of their peers in metalcore, Betraying The Martyrs just seem to have a little more confidence, a little more camaraderie and a lot more energy than most. Now the Paris, FRA based act return with their finest hour to date, the complex and satisfying The Resilient. It is where a lot of the band’s potential as a younger act was leading and this could really be their moment.

It was chill to interview vocalist Aaron Matts on the focus of this record, why it was important for it to be over a year in the making and the band’s imminent tour with Chelsea Grin.

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Premiere: Dyed In Grey – “TARS”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM (PST)

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East Coast progressive metal fusion band Dyed In Grey have a new song “TARS” and we are stoked to help spread the word. If you have not heard of this band and are a fan of bands like Meshuggah, Circuit Of Suns, Periphery, Born Of Osiris and even to some degree the growling of the harsher end of Lamb Of God vocals, you’ll likely find a lot to love here. BTW, the track features Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, ex Periphery, Sky Eats Airplane…).

Says band member Paul Loew ,”This is the first of a few tracks we are releasing off of our upcoming self titled album that will be coming out later in 2017. The songs theme speaks about the concept of technological singularity and its effects on humanity. Musically it ranges from heavy technical guitar driven riffs to lush melodic sections showcasing the musical diversity of the band.

Whatever you want to call it, this is a band to watch.

 

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band pics by Mary Henlin

“They texted me and I thought it would be whatever. I kind of put it on the backburner but when I listened to it I was like ,”holy shit! This band is an untapped bucket of awesomeness.”- Ami Lawless (on joining Cliterati)

Our final interview of 2016 seemed like it needed to be with someone who could give us some hope moving forward and punk/metal veteran Ami Lawless delivered. It was really enjoyable talking to Ami about this new project CLITERATI. Think a hyper meld of vital politi-punk, thrashing tempos and even a little Bolt Thrower influence down in the distorted trenches.

We have the scoop on the band’s upcoming plans with respected DIY label Tank Crimes (Ghoul, Connoisseur, etc.) and I also got to chat at length with the deep thinker but nonetheless fun and entertaining Lawless on topics ranging from yoga for punks to Ghost Ship to #NODAPL to Trump to the scene in Portland.

Thanks again to all our readers in 2016 and we hope you enjoy this last interview of the year for the site. May it take you forward with motivation to keep on fighting the good fight and banging your fucking head! We don’t have the luxury of taking out platforms for granted. It was never a good plan but especially as the world slides closer to the brink. Cliterati are doing their fair share right out the gate of inspiring and bringing the punk spirit to bang on your door.

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Progressive hardcore band BURN have been working on a sure to kick major tires new full length for fan favorite label Deathwish Inc (Oathbreaker, Frameworks, Cold World, etc). Long a respected underground outfit who get major props from true hardcore heads, Burn are poised to hit it hard in 2017 with a God City Studios Kurt Ballou tracked effort. Really stoked to hear what sounds Ballou gets out of the pioneering group of hardcore lifers. Vocalist Chaka Malik was tracking vocals the day of this very interview, so the record is freshly coming together.

In January Burn will be playing the UK and Europe on the “EMP Resistance Tour” alongside Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Municipal Waste, Walls Of Jericho, Down To Nothing, and Mizery. They have a lot on the table and it is a treat for fans as well as a healthy thing for the whole heavy music community to have such a quality band of veterans still firing on all cylinders.

It was a pleasure to speak with founder and guitarist Gavin Van Vlack about the new album and general thoughts on hardcore. I listened to Frank Sinatra on the conference line before Gavin and I were connected and then teased him to tell the Deathwish guys to sneak some Burn and Converge in alongside Ol’ Blue Eyes.

“You never know who is loading these things up,” Gavin said, chuckling. And then we were underway.

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I’m not looking to write an easy click bait think piece here for traffic. I could care less about that. We don’t even sell ads on this site. And there is rarely any censorship, so the argument that decrying racism in the metal and punk scenes is condoning a clamp down on free speech is also invalid. Look to your anti-flag burning President-elect or maybe reconsider your KKK membership in the first place before coming at me with that shit.

Nope, this article was not prompted by me being called a “faggot” on Twitter by a homosexual condemning Trump supporter who I reported to Twitter but they didn’t suspend the account of yet. It wasn’t even prompted entirely by how disgusting it is that the woman who called Flotus an “Ape In Heels” just got her job back. It wasn’t even prompted fully by scumbag Richard Spencer getting his Twitter account back and verified, which is disgusting. Not even by a “financial conservative” Trump supporter girl I know who somehow thinks a vote for agreeing with Trump on financial issues (which makes no sense anyway) somehow excuses all the other baggage that comes with it.

I was on Netflix tonight having a Keegan Ale’s Hurricane Kitty and watched the third episode of Hip-Hop Evolution, the formation of Def Jam episode of a terrific series on a cultural revolution. Seeing RUN DMC and some scruffy white dudes change the fucking world right before my eyes-BOOM! So Amazing-brought back a ton of memories of being a kid in the 80′s and after the documentary episode ended, I was acutely aware of the disparity of the joy for life I feel from an innovative song like “Can You Rock It Like This” versus the backward step for society racism normalization post-Trump’s vile campaign that even has the L.A. Times posting deplorable and racist articles wondering if the Japanese Internment Camps weren’t such a bad idea. FUCK YOU.

Since publication the paper at least said the post wasn’t “civil, fact based discourse” but the damage is
done.

Don’t get me wrong. Some people live with this stuff every day and that is even worse. I am a white male and only later in life came out as bi and then felt even more non binary, so I have never faced a lot of discrimination of any sort (unless you count looking like a punk) except for infrequently more recently in my life. But racism certainly has been getting even more prominent again lately in casual discourse in society and in an emboldened far right movement. Softening boundaries to racism is toxic and has real world consequences.

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Interview: Brian of Void Assault Records

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM (PST)
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It is always wonderful in the underground when you converse with people who so obviously care and put heart and soul into what they are doing, even if what they are doing is making insane, anti-social sexy racket from Hell. As I write this I am listening to an old Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse CD and the song “Pattern Recognition” about drowning in corporate identity branding. Faced with the glut of fake news/propaganda some people are digesting now as the new fast food for thought, I thought it would be awesome to publish as one of our final interviews of 2016 a chat with Brian McClelland (He Whose Ox Is Gored, etc.) about his label endeavor Void Assault Records.

The small West Coast label is an example that critical thinking, edgy art, resistance culture and just good rock n’ roll are never going to go away as long as there are people who actually pay attention to the history of the scene, think about the future and also tend to watering their own gardens  and making something unique and freshly voiced, instead of just going with the grain.

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Triple Six METAL RIOT Staff 2016 Best Of Year End List!!!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:21 AM (PST)

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As some of you know, 2016 sucked. It started with so much promise and went to Hell fast. And kept going. There is no bottom in site yet for the snowball effect of this mostly horrible twelve months, but we have to believe it can get better. Art, communication and strength must win the day over fear, hate and cynicism. That said, we usually wait a little bit past Thanksgiving to post Metal Riot year end lists, but since the world could end at any moment the last thing we want our aimless revenants wandering around regretting is an incomplete top metal list. So call this “The Final Countdown” if you must, but maybe the sun WILL come out tomorrow.

To make a long story short, I grabbed our most regular contributors Drewdas Priest and Longhairedpoet aka Jessica/TransAnarchist and we each compiled our top six best albums of 2016 so you are getting three sixes in a row…cuz 666. Get it? It’s metal. We also answer favorite music video of 2016 and what we felt was a standout single of the year as well (a sort of ‘song of the year’).

Now, let me say that it must fairly be noted that IMO nothing came close to the life ‘closing statement’ masterpiece of David Bowie’s Blackstar, as poetic a shaking off of this mortal coil as I have ever heard and an amazing parting gift to his fans. Certainly heavy in tone enough to warrant a nod of deep respect from a metal site. But we ARE making a metal and dark rock list here, so let’s get our knives sharpened and start carving up and fighting over the corpse of this piece of shit 2016!

The cool thing is we all have different taste, so there is a decent variety to our choices.

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Premiere: “Node Rider” from Earworms

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:11 AM (PST)

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We are happy today to host the premiere of the excellent track “Node Rider” from hard working punkers Earworms. We were actually supposed to post it yesterday but I was straight up so fucked up from the horrible election that I messed up, so apologies to the dudes!  The fuzz and buzz heavy cosmic punk and roll of “Node Rider” comes from the great live acts pending new ripper Superalien Coliseum, out early next month. The vocals almost remind me of a more gruff Face To Face, which rules. And the bass tone is super heavy in a bridge that sounds like proggier Mastodon playing a punk tune! Head to Bandcamp and check these guys out further! Or catch them live, as even the most cursory listen will get you realizing they are meant to be experienced.

 

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The Compulsions have long been one of this site’s favorite no frills, true blue hard rock bands. With a lot of new developments in the camp, it was high time to check in with band leader Rob Carlyle prior to this week’s premiere of his new cover of “Shock Me” by KISS with special guest Bumblefoot on Nights With Alice Cooper on November 3rd.  As always, Rob was straight to the point on why rock n roll matters, his goals and why he continues to live and breathe music.

 

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Hostile alchemist GRIDFAILURE has completed the Further Layers Of Societal Collapse EP impending its free digital distribution on Samhain 2016, leaking new track “Digital Crush” through Metal Riot.

GRIDFAILURE is the auditory harvest of David Brenner (Earsplit, ex-Theologian, ex-Heidnik), who abuses dozens of instruments, brewing a haunted apocalypse aura. The outfit’s Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here debut was released in May via The Compound Recs. With a second album, Teeth Collection, nearing completion, Further Layers Of Societal Collapse provides some insight of the bizarre directions the unit’s output is taking. The use of field recordings infusing elements of nature and civilization into the mix carries into the new material, which infuses more percussive elements and guitars than the debut. Contributions from cohorts BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot) and Pete Tsakiris reflect the first GRIDFAILURE collaborations to see release, a trait that lies heavily in the upcoming releases.

GRIDFAILURE’s Further Layers Of Societal Collapse delivers nearly a half-hour of unharnessed dementia, infiltrating additional realms of biomechanical madness, meshing ghostly and fractured elements of dark ambient, power electronics, and industrial metal with the confrontational wrath of tectonic hardcore on a rudderless course where anything goes.

“The name of the new EP came from my cohort Morgan here; when Walking Bombs asked me to contribute ‘additional layers of societal collapse’ to their ‘Demagogue’ anti-Trump anthem, I immediately plagiarized/altered the line. The levels of corrosion and mutation on the EP reflect our bleak future. This is a biomechanical horror-electronics nightmare soundtrack, documenting another step further into the post-Sixth Mass Extinction wastelands where primitive ways and artificial intelligence cannibalize each other for survival. I re-purposed antiquated technologies for the recording of this EP, beginning with this track. Ween yourself from technology before you become it a part of it. Liberate Te Ex Gridfailure.” – Dave Brenner

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Premiere: Cognition unveil new charged up song “Reconnect”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:04 AM (PST)

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West Virginian hellraisers Cognition are back with one of our top 5 records still to come in 2016 that we’re psyched for. It is the progressive minded metal act’s sophomore release and is called Procession Of Thoughts. This album has stuff that could appeal to a wide range of fans from everything from Exist Immortal to The Word Alive to much heavier stuff.

Procession of Thoughts follows the band’s 2014 self-titled debut album that put the band on the metal scene’s radar as a band to watch. Featuring vocalist Calvin Wilson, drummer Evan Michael, Joey Welsh on bass, and guitarists Jared Gaminde and Tyler Vincent, the band once again tapped producer Jeff Westlake of Ridgeline Production Studios (Hydrogyn, Tracy G and Craig Goldy of Dio fame, The Godz) who engineered and mixed Procession of Thoughts.

Today we are thrilled to give the guy’s some more shine and host this exclusive premiere of their new track “Reconnect” so you can hear what the buzz is about. ”As a band, Procession of Thoughts represents a coming of age and a conscious reminder of what got us playing in the first place,” says guitarist Tyler Vincent. “We approached the writing process focused on delivering a cohesive album for the listener and not just ourselves. We believe our collective spirit is captured in each of the nine tracks and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

I dig how the intro sort of reminds me of Steve Vai making sweet love to Unearth or something conceptually crazy before the more melodic almost Glassjaw-esque verse vocals top a steady and precise build from the band that explodes at 1:43 into a shove your friends very metalcore section that will stoke guitar tone snobs and mosh fans alike. You’ll also dig the fired up solo at the end over some djent type vibes.

The powerful song is available on iTunes as an Instant Grat track with the album pre order HEREProcession of Thoughts will be released independently via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play.

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Sarabeth Eve Linden has such a bad ass voice that she could literally sing probably anything. Like, if she lent her pipes to the 1970′s “Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper Too?” Dr. Pepper song, it would peel your cap off. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen for awhile now about this lady and her band of rowdy, riff happy time machine studs TOWER (ie:Philippe Arman: BASS, James Danzo: GUITAR, Zak Penley: GUITAR and Justin Sherrell: DRUMS) . They rage and vibe like some gang from an alternate Universe where rock never got watered down and no mistakes of the last thirty plus years were ever made, but they also have modern punch and bite to their material. Every song I have heard them put out has a ton of soul and even when, as on new single “Party (Ready To Roll)”, Sarabeth sings basically just about partying…she SELLS that shit with fire that would make Andrew WK feel like he was slackin’ on spreading the good time gospel.

I’ve felt for awhile now that these cool (but not in a dorky hipster way) kids are the best band in NYC right now and it is fucking awesome they inked a supportive deal with The End Records, the respected NYC label that is having a stellar year with some killer releases like Tournament and Daniel Lioneye’s newest. Tower were so overdue for a full length though that it may actually balance the force in a way Anakin Skywalker never quite managed now that it is imminent (due Oct. 28!). The group feel like they are really about teamwork or the “group” vibe that made, say, The New York Dolls , Ramones or Kiss or other classic groups so appealing in their definitive years, despite having a vocalist who obviously can command attention (and that is not just an exploitative comment on her looks and fashion sense, seriously. I put their demo on a year end list alongside fucking Kendrick Lamar a year or so back based on the strength of Sarabeth’s psychotically awesome voice and how hard the band committed to backing that shit with powerful riffage, and that was one of their EARLIER songs).

This band is only getting better, which is kinda scary. If it was an era where people properly worshipped rock n roll like they oughta, people would be making pilgrimages just to bring this band 12 packs of beer and get autographs. Hopefully that happens anyway. Buy the record HERE.

Read my chat with Sarabeth below and have a wonderful weekend, pirates.

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I feel a little lighter and more relieved. Less concerned. Now
I can kind of have a drink and a smoke and get on with it, y’know? – Brant Bjork

Brant Bjork is a Southern Cali avatar of sorts, a sort of living symbol of the rock n
roll spirit. As the founder of Kyuss and through his own solo career and the sadly
short tenured Vista Chino, Bjork has always helped capture the attention of fans
wanting something more earthy and real in their music.

His latest venture Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band have returned in force
this year with second record Tao Of The Devil (Napalm Records).

You can hear Brant’s influence in so many bands these days. It was awesome to finally interview one of the cornerstone personalities of the scene and remember not to take for granted the hard work and vision of one of the founders. Plus there was a great new record to discuss!

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