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Those zany MELVINS (one of my all time biggest influences) have announced a huge upcoming acoustic release, Five Legged Dog. WAY cooler than Five Finger Donkey Punch! I never thought I would type the phrase “acoustic Night Goat”, but here we are. Strange pandemic times, indeed. Fear not, shit is going to rule. I love how the aforementioned “Night Goat” (below) still has Dale basically wailing the shit out of his drums in parts at full volume. Some of the tunes on here I literally cannot imagine acoustic, classic barn burner “Revolve” or solid wall of heavy grooves “Anaconda” among them. Rad to see “Lovely Butterfly” included from Honky. I can imagine that getting warped and mutated into something really cool, as the original was already a total headfuck.

Five Legged Dog (Oct. 15, Ipecac Recordings), a 36-song newly recorded, acoustic collection featuring a career-spanning collection of songs, from 1987’s Gluey Porch Treatments to 2017’s A Walk With Love & Death, the entire gamut of the legendary band’s catalogue is represented.

“I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains Buzz Osborne of the band’s first ever acoustic offering. ”36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic. Since we weren’t touring we had the time to do something of this size. I’m very excited about this record. Dale and Steven did a fantastic job on this. I think it’s a very special record. I can’t think of anyone else who’s done something like this.”

The band previews the impressive offering with the release of “Night Goat” (https://youtu.be/v61lPiqCr-w). Dale Crover noted: “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!”

The collection, which is available for pre-order now (http://lnk.to/MelvinsFLD), will be released digitally, as a double-disc CD, both on Oct. 15, with a 4LP colored vinyl release arriving on Jan. 28.

Five Legged Dog track list BELOW.

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Hi folx.
We had a former admin recently say homophobic comments on some Facebook groups and it super pissed me off. I am a pansexual demiflux/non-binary trans person (as I documented in this song I often refer to as my own Korn’s “Daddy” of my personal enby journey). Thus, it fucking sucked to see someone I didn’t even know still had admin roles not only pretend to be a deceased person (long story) but also say messed up things through our site’s official Facebook capacity.  A site which has been held together mainly by lgbtqia people the last half decade plus. I have the screenshots somewhere of which members posts were flagged. Suffice to say they weren’t mine even though I run all the social media except for these weird ass thrash groups this dude was posting in. Which is over now. I have full control over things imminently and want to be absolutely clear…that shit is not cool.

 

There are not just cis straight men in the scene. Get used to it. Why the eff would you want that anyway?!! Not to mention, in society in general! More trans people exist in metal than you probably know, though it is awesome Liturgy, Life Of Agony, Cretin etc. have become more visible. Here is something I wrote on my Facebook the other day after seeing yet more trans bigotry in some forums.

 

Tw for those w dysphoria- gender stuff.
Happy pride month wrap up. Sex and gender both exist on a spectrum and science backs this. Use Google. If you think the following is just word salad you might just be lazy, cis centric and bigoted. I am a valid non binary person without lifting a single performative painted nail or if I ever go back on HRT again or not , if I choose. A binary trans person who hasn’t access to care is also still trans pre op. Stop creating climates of performative dysphoria pole vaulting.

 

Bioessentialism is misguided gatekeeping. PeriodT (pun intended). No I am not mocking periods in general. Perspective. Trans people who are pre transition are not “biological men and women.” Neither are enbys. They are trans people who are becoming and/or already are their authentic full selves. God (if real) is non binary and also created variety in nature. Not just a binary.
Bioessentialism upholds gender norms far more than any trans person and that is just obviously true, because trans people otherwise wouldn’t threaten anyone’s heteronormativity sensibilities (which also often falsely assume/equate sexual w gender identity) . Most trans people are actively deconstructing gender norms.
Of course male privilege exists. Not all trans people were Amab. Reducing all trans people to an imposter cis male boogeyman out to get you is insulting in many levels and completely narrow . You know what else definitely rampantly exists? Transmisogyny and transphobic rhetoric. Trans people are not trying to and literally can’t erase the existence of cis people. That’s absurd.

 

That said , you are also allowed to have sexual preferences for ANY reason. It could be a trigger or just any number of reasons why you like or dislike something or someone. That’s autonomy. You are never obligated to do anything. It might not always be quantifiable though some might be sociology, sure. But Genital preferences don’t mean you get to go around misgendering trans people. You should never reduce anyone to their genitals anyway. That is dehumanizing.

 

Trans and cis people have many different experiences and many similar as well as areas of semi-overlap. We can’t dismiss cis women for wanting to discuss specific medical concerns or historical obstacles and we also can’t yell over trans men or enby peeps who say to please include them as potential child bearing or period having folx. Because they are. And trans people are not mentally ill.

 

“On the whole, bioessentialism reduces individuals to their parts. It restricts free expression of gender and sexuality, limiting our self-presentation critically. It gives rise to harmful stereotypes that marginalize every one of us who cannot conform: men who don’t subscribe to the traditional ideas of masculinity, women who rise above their stations, and transgender and gender-non-conforming (GNC) people. Of these groups, the trans and GNC community suffers most disproportionately. Their struggle is also the most ignored.” – women’s republic

Band Spotlight: Jenn Taiga

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:42 AM (PST)

Not many albums can serve as revelation and entertainment, teacher and confidante, mystical portal and emotional rescue, yet Lunar Nocturnes and Esoteric Incantations manages all this and more. Massachusetts dwelling synthesizer magic-user Jenn Taiga charts course for one of the most highly memorable musical destinations of 2021, and by that I mean the album is a world unto itself. Light and dark, welcoming and inhospitable…sometimes in the same song. A deep meditation and major statement. Fave track: “Braziers are Burning” Tridroid has the cassette version HERE.

Noise architect Gridfailure, the experimental ongoing catharsis of David Brenner, has teamed up with world-renowned trumpet player Mac Gollehon for an entire album, Dismemberment Cabaret. Stream it at MetalSucks HERE in advance of its official Nefarious Industries release tomorrow, May 21. Open your mind and let these masters of avant-garde brain melting noise jazz  alter it forever. RIYL Miles Davis, Nadja, Boredoms, John Zorn, Painkiller.

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Today RIGHT HERE or HERE you can pre-order the forthcoming (5/21) Dismemberment Cabaret collaboration release between noise scientist Gridfailure and esteemed jazz trumpet and pop genius Mac Gollehon. You can also see an eerie but colorful and nightmare jazzy visualizer for track “Roaming Blackouts”.

Dismemberment Cabaret Track Listing:
1. Evisceration Guest List
2. Transient Fault
3. Crime Scene Designers
4. A Diet Of Maggots
5. Roaming Blackouts
6. Fracture Mechanics
7. Gusher
8. El Temblor
9. Pieces
10. Harakiri Afterparty

Following the release of Dismemberment Cabaret, Nefarious Industries will also release the new LP from MAC GOLLEHON & THE HISPANIC MECHANICS later this year. GOLLEHON is also featured on the third GRIDFAILURE collaboration with Megalophobe which will also see release later this year.
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When Swans released Soundtracks For The Blind back in the day it was hailed often as a type of soundtrack to a non-existent film. A similarly immersive experience awaits those who dare to tread the seventy three minute new collaborative piece by NYC’s experimental artists RACK and GRIDFAILURE, subtly entitled The Sun Exploded. Rather than a non-existent film, this one reminds us more of watching Tetsuo: The Iron Man on PCP.

There is a lot of great new stuff out today (as usual for Bandcamp Friday) from the one man Viking dreams of Feskarn’s Raven’s Way to a new extra chill Soft Kill two song release to Sweden’s progressive sludge metallers Vokonis’ new ominus banger “Blackened Wings”. This Rack and Grid team up us by far the scariest, however.

The Rack (Jon Paris) contributions are about a decade old, files that Dave Brenner of Gridfailure then manipulated and wove amidst his unique process of noise sculpting to create not just a seamless call and response but an altogether new uncharted territory. Power electronic ritual sacrificial bloodbath ensues over more traditional elements for a thrilling and terrifying end to the sliver of hope you had left for an anxiety free day!

Recorded by David Brenner and Jon Paris.
Mixed/designed by David Brenner.
Mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering.
Art/design by David Brenner.

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Hear GLOBELAMP and Chris Cheveyo (ex- ROSE WINDOWS) cover PINK FLOYD today

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:58 AM (PST)

A lot of big music news today, from a Tribulation line-up shake up to a new Greta Van Fleet album pre order and Gemini Syndrome fresh material, Terminal Bliss signing to Relapse in a promising pairing and so much more.  On this rainy day off I am listening to Moonspell’s melodic and shadowy “Incantatrix” from the brilliant and catchy yet even more underground and gothic Omega White material , a somewhat secret and cult release from Portugal’s finest gloom wolf poets.

That all mentioned, it is also the last Bandcamp Friday of 2020 and we wanted to bring attention to a special collab for all you fans of Pink Floyd out there. Yes, it is not metal. We know however that most metal heads have mad love for one of the most compelling and insanity navigating acts out there in classic rock history. Follow the link below for a compelling quarantine made DIY trippy cover of “Brain Damage” by psych folker Elizabeth Gomez aka GLOBELAMP. She has enlisted the very talented Chris Cheveyo of ROSE WINDOWS fame on guitar for some of the classic parts. It amounts to a thrilling pairing of masterful and darkly beautiful psych folk. The two know one another from the PNW music scene.

“I am a big fan of Syd Barrett and this song – often called “Lunatic” early on – alludes to the struggles he faced,” says Gomez.  “I am into wordplay and it is a clever way of drawing a connection between the moon and lunacy, using the cycles of the moon as a reference to feeling crazy. It is smart how the song was not called Dark Side Of The Moon, which you think might be the song title.”

Brain Damage | Globelamp (bandcamp.com)

 

The Wild Bunch 2 is gonna be lit.
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We need the art/discourse of our world to speak to our times. Homogeneity is hopefully impossible but we always seem to strive for it as a species to brand ourselves within confines that constitute an allegedly safe, capitalist ‘normal’ – even as we scramble to buy sugary drinks that would kill any mildly diabetic person, indebt ourselves as we purchase crap we don’t need at all for a false sense of upward mobility or adhere to impossible beauty standards.

It is hard to face our grief and collectively or individually mourn. It is oh so easy in these times of Covid and racial conflict to go numb with sorrow. Some people even construct false confidence, like people in denial as they swagger around all while catching Covid at a fucking Smash Mouth concert. I can’t help but also think of the false bravado of Tom Waits in Jim Jarmusch’s still hard to top Down By Law, drinking and driving around New Orleans with no seatbelt on in a stolen car and mumbling half hearted attempts at self-encouragement like his shitty life isn’t about to hit the skids even worse (as if getting dumped by Ellen Barkin isn’t a sad enough fate for any down and out character). As Waits noted himself on Blood Money, “Everything Goes To Hell” anyway.

Thankfully now we have a record called Dream Griever from the excellent new project BLEAKHEART. It will startle your senses open like a bucket of ice water dumped on your head, even when the music is quite mellow.  Initially the endeavor served as the solo project of JP Damron (Vermin Womb, In The Company Of Serpents) who soon recruited friend Kelly Schilling (Dreadnought) to contribute her voice. Following the release of their first demo they were joined by Mark Chronister and Josh Kauffman.

“The Visitor” is a beautiful and stark channeling of melancholia that calls to mind some of the more ethereal solo Jarboe material, the spacious chill of B I G | B R A V E or even some hallucinatory psych rock Western film score paired with mournful, frustrated humanism. It is an anthem for the pain of repeating past mistakes. Will we ever learn?

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By juxtaposing somber, low-fi, guitar-driven soundscapes with shimmering, ethereal vocals and keys, Dream Griever seeks to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition. “The album explores the patterns of destruction and turmoil created within ourselves, and the time we lose within those fleeting cycles,” says Schilling. Through anger, deception, loss, and wanting, Dream Griever presents a vulnerable and beautiful atmosphere of introspection around the pitfalls of human experience. “The record goes to all of those places – the acknowledgement, the attempted escape, and the inevitable missteps into the depths of our own machinations.”
Dream Griever was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Pete DeBoer (Blood Incantation, Dreadnought) at World Famous Studios in February/March 2020 and comes swathed in the art of Brian D’Agosta (Gostworks Art).

BLEAKHEART‘s Dream Griever will see release independently on CD, cassette, and digitally with Sailor Records handling the vinyl edition. For preorders, visit the band’s Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

 

Dream Griever Track Listing:
1. Ash Bearer
2. Heed The Haunt
3. The Visitor
4. The Dead Moon
5. Dream Griever
BLEAKHEART:
JP Damron – guitars
Mark Chronister – guitars
Josh Kauffman – drums
Kelly Schilling – vocals, keys

Scott Harris

‘I’m using a black metal format with an intro piece and ending piece (ala Bathory) and how Mortician uses their intro and outros on tracks with movie excerpts, except I tune them down for a more trippy freaky effect’. – Scott Harris

Welcome to Hororhaus. A blend of 80’s synth, horror creep, goth and black metal inspired elements, the Scott Harris helmed project released one of the best EP’s of 2020 with the low key underground banger Entrance EP. Check out a full stream below and an exclusive interview about this sophisticated mercurial marvel of murky and menacing body moving music below. It is one of the best and most haunting escapes you could take during this surreal time.

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GHØSTKID sign to Century Media Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:32 AM (PST)

German noisemakers Ghostkid have signed to Century Media Records.

Ghostkid is comprised of Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler, Steve Joakim (drums) from Sweden, Danny Güldener (guitar), and Stanislaw Czywil (bass, former To The Rats And Wolves).

The band will release their first single, “Start A Fight” with accompanying video on August 7. “Start A Fight” comes from the forthcoming self-titled album, produced by renowned producer Sky van Hoff (Rammstein, Emigrate, etc.). The album is scheduled for a November 2020 release.

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New York City-area hostile faction GRIDFAILURE today unveils Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II through Nefarious Industries. All sales from the outfit’s Bandcamp for the entire month of June will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

Performed/arranged, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, who also drew the cover art, the record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg, Thetan).

The album features contributions from GRIDFAILURE live members Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Greg Meisenberg (Oxx, Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant), and Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre, Great Planes), as well as Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Onyx, Madonna, Blondie), Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu), Nathan Verrill (Fyrhtu, Cardinal Wyrm), No One (T.O.M.B., Dreadlords), Clayton Batholomew (Mountaineer, ex-Secrets Of The Sky), Dave Small (Cutworm), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Lane Oliver (Feel Happiness, Yatsu), Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Humans Etcetera), Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves), Matt Bacon, Andrew Hess, and Chuck Schaaf (Deadbird, ex-Rwake) and his family Star, Izzie, and Mason Schaaf.

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Hey metal twerps. Let me interrupt my dayquil and seltzer gulping enhanced binge skimming of The Stand out of hopefully unfounded fears that my sniffle is the coronavirus to tell you about another form of viral mayhem, the pending split release album between fringe moon barkers CHROME WAVES and GRIDFAILURE. This release is a historic one in both general music terms and Metal Riot history in that it is the first time two bands who I have corroded fan stickers of on my acoustic guitar are doing a split album together. But it is cool for other reasons as well!

Each act offered up several originals and a cover apiece to create maximum pleasurable unease.

Both the CHROME WAVES and GRIDFAILURE songs were mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg). David Brenner designed the cover artwork utilizing photos from Jeff Wilson and himself.

The split album will see digital release via both acts Bandcamp pages on March 27th with a limited physical version to follow. Watch for audio premieres, preorders, and more to post in the coming days.

Track Listing:
CHROME WAVES
1. A Fair Wind
2. Spring Moon
3. The Eternal (Joy Division)

GRIDFAILURE
1. Day Terrors
2. Napalm At Zero Gravity
3. Empty Ships Sail Past
4. Deinde Quod Semper Timui
5. Cascading Failures
6. Temple Of The Morning Star (Today Is The Day)

 

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When writing about noise based releases I tend to try to evoke the feeling more than spending time attempting to wager what gear was involved or micro-manage increasingly sub-atomic sub-genres with fancy descriptors. Even though noise to some people is one of the more atonal and thus mechanical or perhaps dehumanizing of genres – the potential for dystopian hallucination running very high – I find that in itself lends me to have MORE not less of an emotional reaction. The best noise to me feels like immersion into a sort of industrial fan’s isolation chamber nightmare, black waves of dread or out of body astral projection above dead cities calling my name in ghost impressions amidst static and blips.

The new terrifying WHITEPHOSPHOROUS release GOD//BLESS//AMERICA – a noise offshoot project of antifascist black metal mischief maker’s Neckbeard Deathcamp – delivers on most of the above checklist. If we were playing some sort of sick and sad bingo for the death of hope in this country, this could certainly soundtrack it if you add claustrophobic dread of state violence, gun addiction and a mounting wish to shake the complacent out of their shells. This is a really engaging tape release that you’ll want to listen to in a dimly lit room and question if your bills are even worth paying or if there is any way out of the hellscape. It’s a powerful surprise statement midway through an awfully fucked up year. From “Walmart Footsoldier” to the grim opener “226”, the release manages to find the sad heart struggling to sing and beat beneath the deep soul bruise and desensitization of a constant barrage of hate in our society. It’s ok to be angry and not accept this as a normal, ok life. It’s also ok to damn well give your listeners an out of body experience expressing your discomfort at things (“Predator” may be the, no pun intended, apex of that here) – the saddest realization being there may be nowhere left to go but up.

So the choice now is, try or die? Or “No Future”.

Deep Cuts: Chelsea Wolfe (by Renee Ruin)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8:02 AM (PST)

CW photo by Shaina Hedlund

While we wait for Chelsea Wolfe’s 9/13 Birth Of Violence to grace our ears, I thought it would be cool to ask my knowledgeable and fantastic friend Renee Ruin (definitely check out reneeruin.com!) to be a guest blogger and do a Deep Cuts on this multi-faceted and darkly prismatic, ever evolving and brilliant artist. She was super chill and said yes and so here we are with another edition to Metal Riot’s Deep Cuts.

For those who don’t know, this is an on again off again on again column where we dissect three lesser known tunes, covers or performances by an artist we love. Enjoy Renee’s Chelsea choices and be sure to pre-order the new record to support working artists.

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Pinkish Black premiere ‘Concept Unification’ title track

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:44 PM (PST)

Texas noise makers Pinkish Black have released the title track from their upcoming album Concept Unification over at Revolver.

Concept Unification is due out June 14 via Relapse Records.

Head on over to Revolver to check out “Concept Unification” now!

You can also check out “Until” and “Dial Tone” here.

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