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Hether Fortune brings gravity and grace to Saint Vitus Bar

I’m on three hours sleep today from taking the late train back Upstate after seeing Hether Fortune at Saint Vitus Bar, rounding out a series of East Coast performances that included a stop at Basilica Soundscape (alongside the likes of Insect Ark, Spellling and Lightning Bolt) before she headed back West. The fucked up-ness of the MTA notwithstanding, it was definitely worth attending one of Fortune’s solo performances hot on the heels of the Wax Idols hiatus. I am bummed I had to run for the train before Hilary Woods and the other act so I could get home in time to scrub bar toilets in the morning like a true starving artist. Some strong coffee and an AK-47 vape from a delivery guy from hippie country and I was able to get through most of the overcast day in a sleepy, if reflective gothy haze, so don’t feel too bad for me. I am also proud of myself for not drinking anything but a club soda and a Japanese matcha tea with tapioca balls all night. It was fun to text with my friend Grasshopper from Mercury Rev about how rad the show was last night while he was telling me about how good a time he is having in Madrid right now eating awesome food, haha. I got him and a super talented trans violinist friend to both agree to be on my next solo album last night, so it’s been all win in my neck of the woods today between that and the concert.

It is SO inspiring when a performer can have a lot shift in their life (such as a band hiatus) and bravely manage to not skip a beat and creatively still go deeper than some fear to tread even at their most confident circumstances. I have a ton of respect for that because I know when bands I was in that I spent a lot of emotional energy on went on hiatus over the years I have done everything from just lock myself away doing speedballs (granted thankfully 20 years ago) to being less destructive but unable to be seen in daylight hours without ugly snot crying. So big kudos to Hether for sticking it to the man and just continuing to rock without missing a step. You slay.

Fortune played a short set but it was full of powerful material from a solo album she has been working on for months. A new song “Sister” is as strong as any of the best material she has been a part of over the years with through the roof emotive vocals from a genuine place. There was also a to die for song about The Joker that, honestly, Warner Bros and DC need to just fucking call her now. It would make me almost forgive them for that fucking awful, awful “Purple Lamborghini” video with Skrillex and Rick Ross with Jared Leto’s anemic mall joker on a speedboat, if I recall. Just do the right thing and call Hether up about using this song. It takes the famous “one bad day” Alan Moore theme and adds serious real world emotional weight with Fortune’s trademark melodic vocals that manage to be both mournful and yet uplifting at once.

Anyway, it was awesome to finally see Hether live. Major shout out and never stop what you are doing. Truly one of the most inspiring performers out there who I listen to much more than most other artists. It meant a lot to finally see live someone who has created a lot of music that has moved me even in these jaded ass cynical times. There were some looping difficulties Fortune tweeted about today during a cover of The Verve’s biggest hit “Bittersweet Symphony”, but it really wasn’t the end of the world at all. One small part was a little off time but Fortune made it work by sort of elongating the vocal cadence and it just came off as just more fuckin’ punk and sort of trippy, though she was being a little self deprecating about it afterward. For real though, there was so much pathos, cool ambient guitar sounds that would have raised even Trent Reznor’s eyebrows and poetry packed into that set that I am sure no one there felt anything but stoked.

On November 23rd, Cattle Decapitation will release their new rarities collection, Medium Rarities (that’s fucking hysterical), via Metal Blade Records. Featuring 6 previously unreleased pre-Human Jerky (1999) demos with front-man Travis Ryan on guitar (while also handling vocal duties), plus the long-sought-after To Serve Man (2002) bonus track, “Rotting Children For Remote Viewing” – in addition to other rarities (including the 6 songs from 2005’s split EP with Caninus!) – this compilation spans the band’s 22-year long career and is a must-have for any Cattle Decapitation fan.

Travis Ryan comments: “‘Medium Rarities‘ is a project we started about 10 years ago, and we’re thrilled to see it finally happen! In 2008, I started compiling unreleased tracks, import bonus tracks and 7″ releases for a rarities release – and even had the art created by the legendary Wes Benscoter, when we discovered that a key track was missing that we wanted to include on it. Our album ‘To Serve Man‘ had a bonus track ready in case there was a Japanese version released, but that never happened – and the band members’ copies of the track got lost, seemingly forever! We felt a rarities compilation released without that bonus track would be a weird idea, and so the project got shelved until recently. Heather Parsons of Metal Blade finally was able to unearth the track from an old disc that was tucked away in the Metal Blade vault! The lyrics to the song were unearthed along with it, and so we quickly got to work with compiling and mastering the rest. This is a nice, concise compilation of unreleased and hard-to-find tracks, complete with lyrics and cheeky vinyl color variant schemes, based on how people like their meat prepared. The European vinyl variants also resemble diseased meats…But my favorite part is the cassette, which was created to look like the vintage cassette releases we grew up on – complete with the old school Metal Blade axe logo! A lot of thought and work went into this release, and we are pleased to finally be able to present to you…’Medium Rarities‘!”

For a preview of Medium Rarities, “An Exposition of Insides” (a Japanese bonus track from 2012’s Monolith of Inhumanity) can be streamed now at: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation – where the collection can also be pre-ordered.

 

Lastly for today, I wanna make sure you all know about great news from Philly post-metal pilots of the subconscious Rosetta!

Both The Anaesthete and Quintessential Ephemera will be reissued on 2xLP on various color variants via Pelagic Records October 5th. For North American preorders, go to THIS LOCATION. In Europe go HERE and in Australia go HERE.

If you haven’t heard this band I want to actually take the rare moment to make myself shut the fuck up and instead of trying to cram a word salad on rye into your ears I am gonna insist you go look them up on Bandcamp and just let them paint worlds for you.

The reissues come in advance of the band’s impending European tour this fall supporting The Ocean. The journey will commence on October 31st at Dudefest in Karlsruhe, Germany and run through November 19th in Warsaw, Poland November 19th. Additional support will be provided by Årabrot. See all confirmed dates below.
ROSETTA w/ The Ocean, Årabrot:
10/31/2018 Dudefest – Karlsruhe, DE
11/01/2018 Backstage – Paris, FR
11/02/2018 The Dome – London, UK
11/03/2018 Damnation Festival – Leeds, UK
11/04/2018 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NL
11/05/2018 Sputnikhalle – Münster, DE
11/06/2018 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
11/07/2018 Le Port France – Sion, CH
11/08/2018 Santeria Social Club – Milan, IT
11/09/2018 Strom – München, DE
11/11/2018 Randa – Bratislava, SK
11/12/2018 Form Space – Cluj-Napoca, RO
11/14/2018 Control Club – Bucharest, RO
11/15/2018 Reflektor – Timisoara, RO
11/16/2018 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
11/17/2018 Mochvara – Zagreb, CR
11/18/2018 Zet Pe Te – Krakow, PL
11/19/2018 Proxima – Warsaw, PL
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Hey friends. Trying to muster the energy to brew some Tulsi tea but distracted by lots of musical news to tell you about. I guess I will save the tea for relaxing afterwards, although I want to watch that Netflix series GHOUL, so I dunno how relaxed I will actually end up.

I have been dealing with a lot of family drama and working three jobs, so hope you know I still love y’all and aim to keep you abreast of cool stuff as often as possible. Thankfully readers of our site are pretty die hard when it comes to loving metal, punk or complex fringy stuff so I know you have been finding good music anyhow even if we had a light post number the last few weeks. Anyhow, here’s some stuff I want to make sure you don’t miss knowing about. Two heavy yet experimental albums and two non metal but emotionally compelling and complex works.

Suicide Wraith! The new Suicide Wraith song is really, really good. “Suicidal Obsession” almost sounds like if Venom made a post punk song for a minute and I love the descending, catchy bassline before the blackened beat explodes and some of the most mournful and howling vocals you’ll hear anywhere this year emerge like a tortured soul erupting from a mental cave of unfathomable horror. Really a well written tune that deserves your pre-order and I can’t wait to hear Cycle Of Grievance, the WHOLE ALBUM.

Josh Graham’s A Storm Of Light return with a new album in October! Anthroscene is the first new release from the project in awhile and really all the albums are worth many repeated plays. I’ve always liked his band’s work. The new song “Short Term Feedback” is one of the most intense the group has written yet and finds the dirgier post metal stuff colliding with some Killing Joke influences in a fucking rad manner. A near perfect Matt Bayles mix and imposing Chris Common drumming, incidentally! Graham recently told Decibel the album was influenced by how,”…For a while it seemed like we were moving down better path; progressing beyond racism, focusing on global community, the environment and well being of the people. Now, a lot of our politicians are sacrificing the poor and middle class to enrich themselves, and make as much money as possible. They fight science, and not only promote, isolationism, hate, fear and greed, but also profit from that exploitation. “

For My Crimes from songstress Marissa Nadler, one of the more compelling performers in the modern scene, may have shadowy cover art that could be out of an At The Gates video from the At War With Reality-era but it is not exactly melodic death metal. While I am certain any genre she touched would benefit from her talents (she has indeed covered Sabbath and Danzig and gigged with Ghost and Wreckmeister Harmonies), Nadler sings a very personal and stirring brand of balladry that could work as the soundtrack for basically any dramatic tv show, cold winter’s day solo listening session or moment of bittersweet truth ever. She has a knack for making a simple line sound like the deeper hidden butterfly effect behind monumental forces, set to deceptively simple yet extremely sophisticated songs. “Blue Vapor” and the title track of her new record are new but two of my favorite songs from her entirety of recorded works, though Lana fans may also want to check out the dramatic “I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore”. Support!

Disclaimer…the next artist is my girlfriend (of almost a year)  but she has a new album coming out in a few weeks on eclectic label Nefarious Industries and it is well worth your attention if you like moody, bewitching storytelling. While that record label has released a lot of mathy, freaky punk and metal infused stuff ranging from A Fucking Elephant to the ragingly brilliant new Bangladeafy record and even some emo prog Maid Myriad, Romantic Cancer  by Globelamp is likely the most emo, indie and psych freak folk pop rolled into one that they have ever gone near. I also perform on two songs (vocals and trombone). It is cathartic, intricate, delicate, moody and catchy rolled into one and at times even poppy, uplifting and hopeful. If your life is open to a variety of moods, I suggest you check it out. We’d appreciate it! She is also sassy and has gigged with punk acts numerous times, most recently in Nyack with Arthur Googy from The Misfits new band The Noise (who smoked her out and said he was down to play brushes the next time she records! haha, cool dude/legend), so you readers might like the attitude even if it is mellower than, say, Bad Religion.

You may know Globelamp (Elizabeth Le Fey) as a DIY touring artist and from her many YouTube covers or if you follow indie drama from her time in the Calabasas liar’s club for rich 60’s sexism emulating/ erratically behaved mamas boys Foxygen (who recently accused her of an ongoing murder plot on their official Twitter and then deleted it in a cowardly manner consistent with framing her, an abuse victim, in court and who she says wanted her to be an unpaid girlfriend in the band). She, on the other hand, is an open book, not evasive of hard questions. Anyway, suffice to say I was stoked when she, my friend for a few years before we dated, decided to come out here to where I live in Woodstock, NY and make a more spare third solo album with me for a great label run by cool people.

I was always into the Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, so I was stoked to get Elizabeth out East and away from the back stabbing scene artifice of L.A. she has experienced to a more rootsy environment where she could collab with some hoedown ride or die cool people. Jay Andersen of Surmiser recorded the record and James Felice of Felice Brothers/Conor Oberst fame (a big influence on Lizzie) plays brilliant accordion that reminds me of Astor Piazzolla at times. One of the bleaker songs “Black Tar” is streaming now on the Bandcamp page and I hope you love it. Please consider supporting as she always sticks up for herself and is tone policed by fake friends, stalkers, trolls and some pretty shitty character assassins fairly regularly, some of whom even recently trolled her viciously with mock accounts celebrating the death of her best friend. History loves silencing loud women by burning them at the stake. I can assure you she is a human being and a very good one at that, so please use some fucking critical thinking.

East Coast fans can also catch her live Oct. 5th as part of O + Festival sharing the festival bill with acts ranging from Shadow Witch and the Golden Grass to Evan Dando, Sun Voyager, Spliffs, Lorkin O’Reilly and many more. Lizzie will also be appearing soon on my collaborative Walking Bombs full length with Gridfailure called Suicide By Citizenship which features  Tad Doyle, Mike Score from All out War and others TBA very soon! Thanks and stay tuned.

May the shadows grant the worthy/good among you all safe passage and may lessons learned make you a stronger, vibrantly alive person until we meet again in better days.

 

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August’s top 4 (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM (PST)

Credit: Captured By Corinne

Each month seems to start off nice and slow and then by the time it’s over I wonder where it’s gone. The past three weeks I’ve been wrapped up in the whirlwind of starting my second year of grad school (stay out of school, kids).

Here are the four albums that got me through this month, while I was reading like my life depended on it.

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[Photo by Travis Heacock]

Denver doomers In The Company of Serpents welcome their newest member bassist bassist/multi-instrumentalist Ben Pitts (Vimana, Black Sleep Of Kali, To Be Eaten, False Cathedrals).

Vocalist/guitarist Grant Netzorg says of the addition, “We are happy to announce the addition of Ben Pitts to the lineup. [Drummer] Joe [Weller Myer] and I have discussed adding a multi-instrumentalist for quite a while, as we’re eager to broaden our songwriting options beyond the limitations of a two-piece. We’re in the midst of writing our next album currently, so the timing is perfect to welcome Ben to the fold. He’ll be holding down bass duties, while also contributing parts on lap-steel guitar and layering in other instrumental pieces that we’ve previously had to confine to the studio. This new chapter for the band opens a wealth of new creative possibilities for us, and we’re excited to give everyone a taste of this as Ben joins us on our dates surrounding Scorched Tundra Fest.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS:
8/30/2018 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE w/ Dopecorpse, Rift
8/31/2018 Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ Former Worlds
9/01/2018 Scorched Tundra Fest 2018 @ The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Monolord, Sumac, Lair Of The Minotaur, Yakuza, Telekinetic Yeti, Couch Slut
9/02/2018 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA w/ Aseethe, Traffic Death

Check out In The Company Of Serpents latest album Ain​-​Soph Aur over at their Bandcamp.

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Kyle Pavone, vocalist of We Came As Romans, passes away

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:59 PM (PST)

We Came As Romans announced earlier today on their Twitter that their vocalist, Kyle Pavone, has passed away.

They write:

“Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all their love and support as they navigate their grief.

Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”

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— We Came As Romans (@wecameasromans) August 25, 2018

Pavone provided vocals as well as keyboards, piano and synthesizer on five of the band’s albums.

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August 2018 Round Up: 4 Fave Albums (MYE)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. August has been an amazing month, political upheaval, a family reunion, a bunch of gigs for myself and my gf and lots of great new of music to remind us that the underground is alive. Even bigger rock has had some good stuff going on, enthusiasm carrying things along through the highs and lows of the year. It is cool that bands like Nonpoint, Alice In Chians and Clutch all have strong and meaningful new albums this year even as the new blood coughs up fresh talent. There is hope, y’all. We gotta buckle down and see each other through all this.

Let’s start with some jams. I liked the following four records this month the best…

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RIP Jill Janus

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1:50 PM (PST)

I can’t really write too much right now. I am super fucking sad to learn from Brendon Small’s twitter account that Jill Janus of Huntress fame has gone to the great gig in the sky. She was an AMAZING talent, able to hold her own beside legends and add several fun and powerful new albums to the history of metal. She will forever be a cult metal figure and was an awesome person. She was an animal and mental health advocate and deserved so much more. I was a really big fan and am super upset. Gonna light a candle for her. It was a fun honor to interview her a few years ago and something I will always be thankful I got to experience, especially when we could discuss how cancer affected our lives. Her fucking vocal pipes were no joke and I truly believe she was one of the best. RIP Jill.

It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band…

Posted by Huntress on Thursday, August 16, 2018

 

Thanatos Thursday: Porcelain Helmet, Dream Child news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1:29 PM (PST)

Porcelain Helmet

No, not Thanos. Thanatos.  Oh, forget it. Just trying to sound metal. What does not have to try to ‘sound’ metal because it is metal af already is our first subjects today, the folks in Porcelain Helmet. No, they are not literally wearing them!

Porcelain Helmet are a quite young band from the Hudson Valley, my neck of the woods. These young thrashers have already managed to befriend Scott Ian, release a cd, get on friggin’ Metallum, and generally kick up some dust! Metal is now a multi-generational genre and we need the youth to rise and keep it going as well, especially as old guard bands retire or heroes die or rock n roll is the musical underdog once more on the world stage. Show this band some love and make them feel inspired to keep mixing it up in the metal ranks. Lot of potential!

And now news from the older generation! Legendary heavy metal guitarist Craig Goldy has an exciting new project Dream Child for classic metal fans. Dream Child is the brainchild of Goldy, and features Wayne Findlay, Simon Wright, Rudy Sarzo and Diego Valdez. Simon Wright slams! Sarzo is such a cool person and is very cool to fans on Twitter. It was the honor of a lifetime for me as a DIO fanatic to get to open for Dio Disciples once in my old metal/rock band Antidote 8 a few years back and to see him shred live.

It is pretty insane how close to Dio that Diego sounds at times. The band are hell bent on making a splash and having some heavy metal fun with Until Death Do We Meet Again, out on Frontiers in September (the 14th).

Goldy says ,”During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud….and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the “Dream Evil” album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child!”

“Until Death Do We Meet Again” track listing:

01. Under The Wire
02. You Can’t Take Me Down
03. Game Of Shadows
04. It Is What It Is
05. Playin’ With Fire
06. Light Of The Dark
07. Midnight Song
08. Until Death Do We Meet Again
09. Washed Upon The Shore
10. In A World So Cold
11. Weird World
12. One Step Beyond The Grave

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Dang, Grave Digger have some strong merch game! The band are releasing their 20th album soon called The Living Dead via Napalm! I was listening to King Diamond’s perfect metal album Abigail today and so the Grave Digger record’s new evil kid from Hell cover art is not much of a leap for my current mental state. I love how the first lyric video sounds like it is saying “screaming for whengeance”. That rules. There is also a killer anthem called “The Power Of Metal” on the new record which the veteran band were fucking born to write! And they certainly have earned the right! Fans are gonna be really into this record, trust me! Almost four decades of German Heavy Metal from this band! Respect! \m/

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Mazes Of Metal Misery: Hate Eternal, Bosse-de-nage news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 4:13 PM (PST)

Bosse-de-nage

2018 has been downright chock full of great music to devour, thank the Elder Tentacled Old Ones. I mean, for real, every month there has been a ton of great shit this year which is awesome cuz a lot of us need a good soundtrack to get through the muck and mire of things at the moment. I am particularly grateful for Soft Kill’s Savior for when you want something both beautiful and bleak but also want to purge or revel in your sadness and transform it into as much of a positive as you can muster from the lessons. Just a fucking amazing album. Been driving around listening to some other stuff too like Deaf Kids that I didn’t get into as much when it first came out a few years ago but now am absorbing on the regular like a sponge. There’s so much good music out there from this or recent years if you keep digging.

But let’s talk about some stuff that lies directly ahead!

Hate Eternal

Eric Rutan and Hate Eternal return this year with Upon Desolate Sands, touted as their ‘heaviest yet’ in promotional materials. That remains to be seen (er, heard?) as they have a fuckton of super intense music in their wake already, but the new song is certainly massive! This band has always delivered in such a no bullshit way that all you can kind of do is be blown away by them. It’s just a complete hurricane of extremity every time, jaw droppingly nuts.

HATE ETERNAL North American tour
All dates w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, HARMS WAY
Nov. 2 Columbia, SC @ The Music Farm (tickets)
Nov. 3 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (tickets)
Nov. 4 Norfolk, VA @ Shaka’s (tickets)
Nov. 5 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (tickets)
Nov. 7 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (tickets)
Nov. 8 Providence, RI @ Fete (tickets)
Nov. 9 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall (tickets)
Nov. 10 Rochester, NY @ Anthology (tickets)
Nov. 11 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s (tickets)
Nov. 13 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (tickets)
Nov. 14 Toledo, OH @ Civic Music Hall (tickets)
Nov. 15 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater (tickets)
Nov. 16 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nelly’s (tickets)
Nov. 17 Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theater (tickets)
Nov. 18 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s (tickets)
Nov. 20 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room (tickets)
Nov. 21 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom (tickets)
Nov. 23 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock (tickets)
Nov. 24 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (tickets)
Nov. 25 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theater (tickets)
Nov. 27 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies (tickets)
Nov. 28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater (tickets)
Nov. 29 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue (tickets)
Nov. 30 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (tickets)
Dec. 1 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note (tickets)
Dec. 3 Memphis, TN @ Growlers (tickets)
Dec. 4 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater (tickets)
Dec. 5 Orlando, FL @ The Abbey (tickets)
Dec. 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room (tickets)

So, the new one from Bay Area post-blackened-whatever the fuckers Bosse-de-nage entitled Further Still is pretty much completely amazing, overflowing with organic and thrilling chemistry between the players. Loving the simple cover art. Can we get them on a tour with Tribulation? Has that happened yet? I would probably shart.

It is pretty wild how both this band and Deafheaven managed to take great strides into longevity with their newest releases. Whichever angel or devil on their shoulders they have been listening to, the advice has been good.

But yeah, “Vestiges” or “A Faraway Place” from the new Bosse-de-nage perfectly slice through the doldrums of modern burnout and make you remember life is all raw nerves and awe that we regularly compartmentalize just to cope with the fact we are on a massive planet spinning through a chaotic yet somehow orderly Universe where survival is never certain. This record feels alive and demands attention but never in a ham fisted way. The performances are so next level that you are thrown headfirst into the band’s conviction like a sailor walking the plank falling into a turbulent sea of bittersweet emotions. This feels like a huge purge up there with Oathbreaker for believability.

Anyway, I wanted to remind you to please pre order this fucking thing. Albums like this aren’t a dime a dozen and the band delivered an ear ringing winner on all fronts for the band and The Flenser. It drops 9/14 so plan to do nothing but rock that day.

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Majestic Phenomenon: Cast The Stone, Euringer, Black Tusk news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM (PST)

Little Jimmy got lost in the arcade on the way to New Zealand!

Hey y’all. Monday blues here and am thankful for the good stuff in life but also feeling a little burnt out and it is only the first day of the week. Man, been watching The 100 and I am about ready to take the chip and join A.L.I.E.’S Cult.

Before we head to the City Of Light y’all we gotta get deep into some cray cray music news.

Cast The Stone (Misery Index, ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour) have released the “A Plague Of Light” lyric video. The song is taken from the new album Empyrean Atrophy. This and some more new Void Ritual (we’re not worthy!) oughta be enough to shake out or encourage all the demons you need to deal with to kick start your week or the Apocalypse. Everything from this release has been monstrously ass crushing so far and we are here for it!

Mindless Self Indulgence ringmaster Jimmy Urine is a great dude. He’s always been very cool in person and a fun guy to talk to or of course see demolish a crowd. The satirical yet actually deeper than you would think on the surface message of MSI is sorely needed in the current climate of lack of critical thinking out there. Now Jimmy is back with a new record under the name EURINGER. The record is due Oct. 19th via the great Metropolis Records and features guest spots from Grimes, Gerard Way, Serj Tankian and Chantel Claret. Jimmy even finds time to cover Kate Bush and The Doobie Brothers. Doobies…underrated style icons. And Kate! Jimmy, have you been reading my mind? I was just super stoned and driving Globelamp’s car last night listening to “Wuthering Heights” at 11pm trying to remember to auto deposit a check to go pay my storage space bill. Probably a coincidence.

”Mathematically speaking I am breaking time into pieces of distance and moving through them diagonally at a rapid rate,” says Jimmy. “Naaaahh, I am just fucking with you. I just drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort and wrote this album. A hallucination, a proclamation, a degradation? Or maybe its all just all a pile of bullshit I made up to stay relevant. Either way, I am right behind you.“

The surviving heroes of Black Tusk have a new record and even deeper sense of purpose. The Savannah riff pirates are streaming another new track off their forthcoming album ‘T.C.B.T.’ The ripper titled “Closed Eye” is streaming now via Blabbermouth. 

BLACK TUSK have kicked off their previously announced North American headline tour. The first ‘TCBT’ dates includes stops at Heavy Mountain Festival, RPM Fest, and more. BLACK TUSK are joined by WHORES and WHITE NAILS on select dates. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.

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Melodic Treasury: Sylvaine, Evanescence news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 3:54 PM (PST)

Sylvaine

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist SYLVAINE will release her new album, Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone later this Fall. A follow up to the acclaimed release of ‘Wistful, Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone will be available internationally November 2. Pre orders are available across CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist Shop. 

SYLVAINE have released the first new track off ‘Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone’. The track titled “Abeyance” is described as an “exciting and deeply atmospheric number” and is streaming now at PopMatters.

Regarding the new track, SYLVAINE comments, ““Abeyance” is one of the most diverse and uplifting tracks on “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”. The drums provided by Stéphane “Neige” Paut, who also composed the bass line for the song, creates a groovy backdrop for a grave message imbedded in the music, of humanity’s cruelty towards itself, as well as the inner decay and struggle we face within our human form. The video of “Abeyance” tells a story of being restricted, held away from what once was and being unable to fight it. The feeling of watching the world and self unravel, without having the means to change it, being held in abeyance.”

The artwork and track list for “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” can be found below:

Track List
1. Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone
2. Mørklagt
3. Abeyance
4. Worlds Collide
5. Severance
6. L’Appel du Vide

Evanescence have planned a Fall release for Synthesis LiveFans of the long running dramatic rock band can enjoy the release as of October 12th, 2018. Eagle Vision will release Evanescence, Synthesis Live on DVD+CD, Blu-Ray+CD and Digital Formats.

Recorded late last Autumn during the band’s critically-acclaimed Synthesis tour, the concert was captured in state-of-the-art 4K by Director P.R. Brown & produced by Craig Ziogas/CTGS Productions.

“This comes from the core, the heart of the original vision for Evanescence” – Amy Lee

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Castle new album ‘Deal Thy Fate’ announced, new song at Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:37 PM (PST)

Heavy metal trio with the utmost pizaz, CASTLE have announced the release of their new album, ‘Deal Thy Fate’, via Ripple Music on October 19. Recorded at Hallowed Halls Studio in Portland, OR by longtime producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis), ‘Deal Thy Fate’ isCastle’s fifth album and follows 2016’s critically-lauded Welcome To The Graveyard, which was described by Metal Hammer UK as “epic, heroic, tastefully melodic”. Today, Decibelpremieres the new Castle lyric video, “Wait for Dark“, saying, “Castle have an ear for epic heavy metal.” See and hear “Wait for Dark” at this location.

Written over the last year in the band’s current Mojave Desert location of Joshua Tree, CA, Deal Thy Fate’s 9 tracks are woven with tales of folklore, dark Americana, serial killers and cult leaders, while the album’s striking cover art, inked by Patrick Zoller, reflects the title track’s no compromise, choose-your-own destiny rally cry. The striking album art and full track listing can both be viewed below.

Commenting on the writing and recording of Deal Thy Fate, which was rounded out on drums by previous touring member Chase Manhattan, Blackwell adds, “We were able to spend a couple months in a jam room honing these songs and for the first time, record the entire album live in the studio – it definitely shows in its energy and intensity and sounds more like live CASTLE than anything else we’ve ever done.”

Track listing:

1.) Can’t Escape the Evil
2.) Skull in the Woods
3.) Prelude
4.) Hexenring
5.) Wait For Dark (watch lyric video)
6.) Deal Thy Fate
7.) Haunted
8.) Red Phantom
9.) Firewind

Pre-order Deal Thy Fate direct from the band HERE and via Ripple Music HERE. Each pre-order platform offers different limited editions of the vinyl LP.

 

 

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Chthonic Announce Release of New Album, “Battlefields of Asura”

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 5:50 PM (PST)

CHTHONIC, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, Battlefields of Asura, on October 10, the first new music since  2013’s full-length album, “Butik”.

Formed in 1995, CHTHONIC has hit the road touring over forty countries with hundreds of concerts and festivals. CHTHONIC has become the most visible Taiwanese metal band with international publicity.  In the past five years, all five members of CHTHONIC have turned a new page in their lives respectively.  The frontman of band formed a new political party but also got elected into the Parliament while the others established their families. Nevertheless, they have not forgot the promise to release new material to the fans.  This year, CHTHONIC has Randy Blythe, frontman of Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God, and Denise Ho, iconic freedom fighter and singer from Hong Kong collaborating with the creation of the album and appearing in the preview of title track which has raised huge resonance in the music circle.

To tease the album, a secretive promotion plan saw the debut track in new album, “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, remixed and published by five new bands and artists with their own distinctive styles– Elephant Gym, Hom Shenhao, Unfamiliar Friends Party, Bison Country, and Angry Youth, which raised the speculation and attention among fans and people in music industry about the song and the series of remixes.  Listen HERE. The speculation even hinted the possibility of renaissance of lyrics in Taiwanese.  Days ago, Denise Ho, the iconic Hong Kong singer, published her version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, as her first Taiwanese song mixed with the voice of Freddy Lim, the frontman of CHTHONIC, throughout the song, which has become a hit in Taiwan and Hong Kong.  As the talks about the relations between the song and CHTHONIC continues, the answer finally reveals today that the 60-second preview of the original version of “Millenia’s Faith Undone”  can be heard below and the full version will be out on September 4.

According to CHTHONIC, the new album Battlefields of Asura depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity.  The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom.  Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums.  This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.  When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields of Asura”, Doris, the spokesperson of CHTHONIC, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD & Vinyl are available now! The album marks the first vinyl released by CHTHONICsince its formation.  Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong  which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of CHTHONIC and Denise Ho.

Get yours now at:
https://www.indiemerchstore.com/brand/chthonic – North America
https://www.omerch.eu/shop/chthonic  – Europe

The exclusive box set is also available at:
Howling Bull(Japan): http://www.howling-bull.co.jp/
Ciongzo(Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore): https://ciongzo.com/

Stay in touch with CHTHONIC online!
http://www.chthonic.tw/
https://www.facebook.com/chthonictw/
https://www.instagram.com/chthonictw/

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The 4 Faves of July (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 4:19 PM (PST)

July was a hectic month for me. I spent a week out of town, I finished up a summer class, and the past few days I’ve been playing a lot of Crash Bandicoot. But as always, I’ve tried to compile a list of the albums that I thought were the best of the best for the month. This month’s list was a little harder to get together than previous months, there were some misses I wasn’t expecting to miss, and not as many ones I hitting that I didn’t expect to make up for it. The following list is in no particular order.

1. First on the list, the one that was a surprise for me, is Bongripper’s Terminal. In the age of sludge, grunge, post-, noise doom metal it’s always nice to hear something truly, seismically heavy and slow. The two songs on this album are “Slow” and “Death” and they have a combined playtime of 43 minutes. As I prepare for another hectic academic year of getting my ass kicked by grad school, I’m excited that in moments when I need to slow down, I’ll have Terminal to drag me along. All the better with fall imminent. Head over to Bongripper’s Bandcamp to stream Terminal, where you can download it at “name your own price.”

2. Any list I make isn’t going to be complete without at least one -core album, and this one will have three! The first is Bury Tomorrow‘s Black Flame. This album is pretty standard metalcore fare, chugging and riffing along, interchanging between clean and growled vocals. The title track probably stands out the most for me.

3.  Next on the list is Chelsea Grin‘s Eternal Nightmare. Ever since Suicide Silence’s self-titled album last year, I’ve been hungry for good deathcore stylings (not that this is a stab at Suicide Silence, I always support bands pursuing the sounds they want to go for, it just wasn’t for me). Chelsea Grin offer pretty great deathcore with this album. Though this album features an iteration of Chelsea Grin without any of the founding members, former Lorna Shore vocalist, Tom Barber, the newest edition to the band, brings a fantastic performance. My favorite track off the album is “See You Soon.”

4. Last on the list is Within The RuinsWorld Undone EP. This two song EP follows the band’s release last year of Halfway Human. Within The Ruins’ style of proggy metalcore is about the only way I get into prog metal. Check out the EP’s title track.

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