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Metal Riot’s Top 5 for May 2022!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 6:43 PM (PST)

Hello Multiversal/Mad World fans. Being demiflux I have a multitude of conversations with myself anyway, let alone multi-versal dream alternates. For the record I am hella team Wanda. May has been beautiful so far, regardless of who and how many of you we are discussing. Spring is my favorite time of year.

Obviously I am not including how odious the attacks on reproductive freedom are right now. Let me just use this platform briefly to please direct your attention to this Natalie Crawford MD post re: IVF impact from a draconian state that despises pregnant people (hint: it actually makes it a lot harder for a lot of folx to have kids, periodt).

Let’s get to the top five for this month, so far as it now stands. Some really awesome music coming your way, people! Lot of things going on out there and we have to band together and let the good survive and stay strong in the hour of adversity. One love to all the good fighters and light workers and healers and Doomriders out there.

  1. HELIOS takes my number one spot for this month! This band needs to be huge. They just convey the melodic true metal intensity to frightening heights. The music takes you completely away and into an orange clenching state of chemical connection with electricity and metalhood. Everyone knows Tim Aymar’s bands always deliver and this is no exception. Eric Rymers truly commands on the kit and the band fire off some scorching energy. Pharaoh, Helloween and Dark Tranquillity fans take heed! May 13th on Bandcamp get the Touch The Sun self released full length first! “Kill Your Mother” is searing up the sky now!

2. OuOne (InsideOut) is my number two May pick. A hyper talented and colorful group from China. This is poppy prog that permeates your consciousness with visions of human kind improving for the better, the sharply defined yet warm and engaging, complex arrangements inspiring hope for a more imaginative future.

 

3. Ecstatic Vision and the head spinning Elusive Mojo (Heavy Psych Sounds) record take the number 3 spot this month! The band sound looser and groovier than ever, rip roaring through the cosmic Ley lines of Lemmy’s nostrils and Hawkwind tenure mixed with proto-punchdrunk devilry. Fuckin’ awesome and the band’s chops sound honed to the teeth.

Elusive Mojo was recorded live to 2” tape in their beloved hometown of Philadelphia by Joe Boldizar (Sonic Praise) with Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet), and mastered by their old drinking buddy Tim Green (Melvins).

4. Motor Sister‘s Get Off (Metal Blade) zooms in at number 4 for May. “Coming For You” tears down the walls with Pearl and band commanding attention via first rate hard rock that has unmatched confidence…deservedly so.

Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jim Wilson (Mother Superior), guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint), drummer John Tempesta (White ZombieThe Cult) and vocalist Pearl Aday (Pearl), Motor Sister was originally formed as a Mother Superior covers band that grew beyond that into a snarling and very fun new entity made of legends.

Concludes guitarist Scott Ian: “Get Off is the best hard rock record since Appetite For Destruction.

The band will be celebrating the release of the new album with a live performance at Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on May, 15th. More information is available here. Fans can also catch Motor Sister at Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL on May 22nd.

 

5. Syberia – Statement on Death (Metal Blade/Blacklight Media) is my number five for the month. Fans of heady but physical, deep musical statements and bands like Russian Circles, Red Sparowes , Cult Of Luna, Mogwai etc. will fall deep into the restless post-metal clouds of this moody monument from the Barcelona based brainy and beautiful bashers.

Start with “Stolen Childhood”, as intended, and just let it envelope you. You probably will cry.

That’s it.

PS – F U to any loser who thinks Legends Of Tomorrow doesn’t deserve a proper finale to the series.

 

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The limited vinyl reissue of the eponymous debut full-length from Seattle grunge trio Sandrider  is out TODAY on Satanik Royalty Records.

 

Initially released in 2011 on Good To Die Records, Sandrider was recorded at The Red Room by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Isis, Mono, The Sword) and is a “simmering, brooding masterpiece that gives way throughout to massive eruptions of oozing fire and fury” (The Sleeping Shaman). While they drop the name of influences such as Pacific Northwest icons Mudhoney and Soundgarden, as well as such indie favorites like The Jesus Lizard and Drive Like Jehu, SANDRIDER hits on a sound that is all their own. Wrote Exclaim accurately, “Sandrider is characterized by a sense of restraint and control, a powerful sound that’s carefully leashed. The tone is aggressive and muscular, but deployed very carefully, often pulled back or stripped down for effect. The thick, ropey guitar tone hints at sludge, but resists being weighed down. The riffs drive forward with a momentum that evokes a massive beast propelling itself through sand, forcing the desert to bend around it. Sandrider is vast, gripping the listener, and intellectual without over-thinking. This is an extremely promising debut form a powerful new project.”

 

Sandrider is out now on Red and Black and Classic Black vinyl. Order your copy today HERE.

 

In the mythology that is Frank Herbert’s Dune books, a sandrider is a person who has managed to capture and ride one of the gigantic sandworms that live on the planet Arrakis. If you can imagine someone managing to wrangle a huge wriggling creature, you have some sense of the musical power that the Seattle hard rock titans SANDRIDER has managed to tame and keep control of.

 

That should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the Seattle rock and metal scene, as SANDRIDER features three of the city’s most unstoppable forces: drummer Nat Damm and guitarist John Weisnewski of Akimbo, and bassist Jesse Roberts of The Ruby Doe.

 

Said Weisnewski, “I decided to start putting SANDRIDER together when I got an itch to start playing guitar in a band again. [Weisnewski played bass in Akimbo.] Originally it was just me and Nat playing around, but it didn’t really come together until we started talking to Jesse. I think we were bullshitting while he was tattooing me when I originally brought it up. He came down to our practice space and things clicked really well. After the first practice we were all pretty happy with how things were sounding.”
Things only improved from there. The band would be touted as one of the best bands in Seattle by alt-weekly The Stranger and quickly found themselves sharing the stage with other Pacific Northwest rock luminaries as Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Lesbian, and Helms Alee. Since then, SANDRIDER has released a total of three full-length albums and a split EP with Kinski with new music to be announced in the months to come.

 

SANDRIDER:
Jon Weisnewski – guitar, vocals
Nat Damm – drums
Jesse Roberts – bass, vocals


Some swashbuckling The Sword photo set action from tbeir recent stop with Clutch at Hampton Beach Casino for ya this morning. The energy is certainly in these photos which will make you literally hear and feel the music in your head and body.

Check out the latest gallery below (and thanks to Petra as well as the band).

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Photo credit: Jeremy Vallin

Telekinetic Yeti, the Iowa-based duo of Alex Baumann (guitar/vocals) and Rockwel Heim (drums) who recently announced the upcoming release of Primordial (July 8, Tee Pee Records), have added several dates around their anticipated May 15 Desertfest NYC performance.

We are more than thrilled to be included on such a heavy festival featuring some of our favorite bands,” said Baumann of the band’s upcoming performance at Desertfest NYC. “And although we are looking forward to playing shows again in general, we can’t wait to perform songs off of the new album in front of a live audience.”

The band previewed the 11-song album with the release of “Ancient Nug” and its accompanying video (https://youtu.be/dr3bQUAakq0).

Primordial was produced by Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness). Album pre-orders are available now (https://teepeerecords.com/products/telekinetic-yeti-primordial-cd-lp), with the collection available on several limited-edition colored vinyl variants, CD and digitally.

Telekinetic Yeti’s debut album, Abominable, was one of the year’s most talked about debuts, with The Obelisk dubbing it the “debut of the year,” and saying “it could have been another band’s second or third record for the level of cohesion on display.” Metal Injection noted their “explosive live show” as tours with Clutch, Red Fang and Weedeater followed. With Primordial, the band takes their game to a whole new level. The album explores themes as diverse as evolution, sorcery, black magic and the contradictions of the gloriously uplifting yet simultaneously melancholic human condition.

Tour dates:

May 11 Canton, OH Buzzbin

May 12 Youngstown, OH Westside Bowl *

May 14 Boston, MA Middle East *

May 15 New York, NY Desertfest NYC

May 16 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

May 17 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups

*-w/Eyehategod

**-w/Orange Goblin

Tickets for all shows are on-sale now.

POP EVIL release “Eye Of The Storm” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 4:47 AM (PST)

(Credit: Nick Fancher)

Hard rock group Pop Evil has released their gritty single, “Eye of the Storm” with an accompanying video directed by Sam Shapiro.

The rock track is a powerful number that conveys the chaos of a hurricane through dark, electric instrumentals with a pummeling, chaotic metal maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its center. The video is an allegory of the song’s meaning and paints a picture of the storm with rapid, flashing lights and rain flooding the scene. [Watch Stream].

As for the song’s lyrical plea, the band explains: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. The wind howls at your door as darkness fills the sky and everything you know is being tested. You don’t know if you can survive it. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.”  

The band will begin their headlining tour on June 23 in Milwaukee at Summerfest concluding on August 14 in Wichita at The Cotillion with special guests, ZILLION and Oxymorrons. The band will be supporting Shinedown on their Summer 2022 Canadian tour starting on July 19 in Quebec City at Centre Videotron ending on August 3 in Abbotsford at Abbotsford Centre.

2022 North American Summer Tour Dates:

06/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

06/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rock The Lot @ The Intersection*^

07/08 – Bay City, MI @ Wenonah Park World Friendship Shell*^

07/09 – Green Bay, WI @ Epic Events Center*^

07/12 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater*^

07/14 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee#

07/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^

07/16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater^

07/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^

07/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#

07/20 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia#

07/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#

07/23 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor#

07/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub+

07/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre#

07/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place#

07/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#

07/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino#

07/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Convention Centre#

08/02 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre#

08/03 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

08/05 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^

08/06 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^

08/07 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^

08/08 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^

08/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^

08/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip

08/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^

08/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^

* support from Oxymorrons

^ support from ZILLION

+ local support

# supporting Shinedown

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NOTHING begin EU / UK Spring 2022 headlining tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 7:58 AM (PST)

Philadelphia’s NOTHING begin their EU/UK Spring 2022 headline tour tonight! The 25-date tour begins in Prague, CZ and ends on May 1 in Hamburg, DE.

NOTHING is touring in support of their most recent full-length The Great Dismal.

Tickets: https://www.bandofnothing.com/shows

NOTHING EU/UK SPRING 2022 TOUR DATES

03/30/2022 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs
03/31/2022 – Berlin, DE @ Hole 44
04/01/2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
04/02/2022 – Malmö, SE @ Plan B
04/04/2022 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
04/05/2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7
04/06/2022 – Helsinki, FIN @ Kuudes Linja
08/04/2022 : Tallinn, EE @ Sveta Baar
09/04/2022 : Riga, LV @ NOASS
04/11/2022 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique at Rotonde
04/12/2022 – Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat
04/13/2022 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
04/14/2022 – Utrecht, NL @ De Helling
04/16/2022 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
04/17/2022 – Birmingham, UK @ Dead Wax
04/18/2022 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
04/19/2022 – Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell Social Club
04/20/2022 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
04/22/2022 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
04/24/2022 – Köln, DE @ Gebäude 9
04/25/2022 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
04/26/2022 – Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
04/27/2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Connexion
04/29/2022 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
05/01/2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Order and listen to NOTHING’s discography on Bandcamp HERE.

A full collection of NOTHING music videos are available HERE.

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RIP Taylor Hawkins

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 5:00 AM (PST)

I worked late last night and collapsed, so didn’t hear the news about Taylor Hawkins until early this morning. All I can say is this is a rough one for everyone. An almost universally inspiring dude brimming with life, Hawkins could make anyone enthusiastic about rock. When “The Pretender” intro drums kick in it will never not be epic. There are simply too many moments he contributed for us all to distill it down into a fitting epitaph, but perhaps we can simply crank the music in awe.

Our hearts go out to his friends, family and the Foo brotherhood. Go support the Studio 666 movie since one of the last things that happened during his tenure with the band was that they supported the metal community! The entire hard rock world (and the entire WORLD world) mourns this loss.

Album Review: GHOST – ‘Impera’

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 5:12 AM (PST)

Ok, so I know immediately there’s going to be some haters coming my way just to say “, but GHOST isn’t Metal!”, and we get it. You’re so edgy and cool, but blow it out your ass already. GHOST genre-jumps like a motherfucker, and sometimes, that genre is “Metal As Fuck” (yeah, that’s a genre I just coined. If you don’t like it, you can bite me once Covid restrictions are up).

WALTARI and AVANTASIA aren’t metal 100% of the time, but are still well respected by metal fans, so lighten up and let yourself enjoy the music. Besides, TOBIAS FORGE has already given us death metal in the form of REPUGNANT and was a part of glam metal band CRASHDÏET for some time as well, so the dude is Metal, like it or not.

Now that that part is out of the way, I must tell you that my introduction to GHOST came a little later than many. I jumped on board in summer of 2017 when a girl I liked said to me “check this band out” before hitting play on the song “Squarehammer”. Catchy as “hell”, pun intended, and I was immediately on the square, and on the level, if you know what I mean, and I think that you do! I sought out a few more songs before I started picking up all the albums I could because I loved this band, and I’m a physical media guy who hadn’t quite jumped on the streaming idea just yet. I’m streaming a lot these days, but the physical album is always needed when I really need to immerse myself fully into a new album for reviews, which is why I waited til release day to do this.

I’ve said it a million times over, and I will die on this hill – you can’t fully appreciate a new album without physically holding it in your hand while reading lyrics and thank you notes while studying the cover art, band photos, etc. I’m old school that way. Plus, when you stream, you have nothing to bring with you when you get to meet the band and ask for something autographed. It’s nice to show the bands you love how much you support their efforts, you know? I once had BLAZE BAYLEY of all people sign like 25-30 album covers for me when he played in Poughkeepsie, NY several years back. Everything from his days in IRON MAIDEN to his most recent solo work, and he was very happy to do so!

Speaking of IRON MAIDEN and having physical albums, have you seen the cover to the new GHOST album, Impera? I mean, I’m here to review this album, so it’s probably about time I start talking about the album. What better place to start than the cover art? The cover has a bit of an IRON MAIDEN vibe to it, like the artist took inspiration from their Somewhere In Time cover, mixed with my personal favorite – The X Factor. The artwork on the inside of the booklet is worth checking out as well. Really helps set the mood for the musical journey we’re about to take. The album opens up with “Imperium”, a slow moving melodic instrumental that eventually builds its way up to “Kaisarion”, a fast paced fun tune that has a similar energy to “Squarehammer” but with a bit more of a punk vibe to it. I was feeling an almost BAD RELIGION vibe to it, ironically. Go figure. Next up is “Spillways” which kinda started off in a BON JOVI “Runaway” type of intro for a couple seconds but it quickly became a GHOST song, and one of my top favorites on the album at that.

So far, we’re off to a really strong start for the first album with the newly appointed Papa IV fronting the band. The first Papa to not be of the bloodline, and he’s killing it. Next up comes “Call Me Little Sunshine” which maybe you’ve already heard as it was released as a single about a month ago, and that is followed up by another single you may already know, “Hunter’s Moon” which was released for the soundtrack of Halloween Kills. Both killer tunes. Next song up is “Watcher In The Sky”, which sounds like it might have been BLACK SABBATH inspired. Not that it sounds like a song of theirs in particular, just that the vocal melody sounds a bit like a combination of OZZY and DIO inspired styles while the main riff has an almost Tony Iommi flair in many parts.

The next track, “Dominion” is a slow, doomy sounding organ track which acts as a mood transitional track, as the next song to come is “Twenties”, which is pretty much the heaviest track on the album, guaranteed to grab you “by the hoo-hahs”, as the lyrics will tell you. After that grab, naturally it’s time for the ballad. “Darkness At The Heart Of My Love” serves as that ballad, and it does not disappoint. That’ll be one to have the lighters out at the live show for sure.

“Griftwood” follows, and if this one makes it into the live set, I could see a lot of call and response singing with the crowd happening. “Bite Of Passage” is next which is a very short guitar instrumental that leads into the final song on this offering, “Respite Of The Spitalfields” which sounds almost CANDLEMASS inspired to a degree, which isn’t surprising as before becoming Papa IV, Cardinal Copia did an excellent cover of METALLICA’s “Enter Sandman” with members of CANDLEMASS. There’s another part in the song that feels partially inspired by the instrumental section of WHITESNAKE’s “Still Of The Night”, but again, I stress it doesn’t sound like the song, just that it could have been inspired by it.

It’s all a very original album, chock full of bangers where everything feels like it belongs right here on this album. It’s “very nice, very evil” as Danhausen would say. Huge fan of this album. It’s definitely in my top 5 GHOST albums, but that’s kind of a given since it’s the 5th album, but all joking aside, I’ll rank it as my second favorite album. Tough to beat Opus Eponymous, ya know? That said, I must advise you not to pray for much of anything for the next few weeks, because instead of listening to prayers, Jesus will likely be listening to Impera, and I can’t blame him, because this album slaps like a motherfucker, so blast it at home and hope it doesn’t leave too many handprints across your ass!

Presented by SWAMP Booking, the Berlin-based noise rock-meets-hard rock trio MAGGOT HEART have announced dates for the third leg of their 2022 “Zero Hour Tour”. This time it’s a slew of European summer dates co-headlining together with two of Norway’s finest: Okkultokrati and Nekromantheon.

MAGGOT HEART are also confirmed for this year’s edition of the legendary Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. You can watch their performance for the 2021 digital edition here. The festival commented:

Their 2020 album, Mercy Machine catapulted them further forwards, in terms of songwriting and the impact that their gritty sounds have had on the Roadburn community. We can think of no better company than theirs to kick off Roadburn 2022. This is exactly the raw energy and pulsating melody that we’ve been craving during the barren months that we’ve endured lately.

All upcoming 2022 dates below with more TBA, pre-sale tickets on sale here.

MAGGOT HEART LIVE 2022

10/3 Zukunft, BERLIN DE

30/3 Alte Meierei, KIEL DE

31/3 Loppen, COPENHAGEN DK w/Obnoxious Youth

1/4 1000Fryd, AALBORG DK w/Obnoxious Youth

2/4 Bla, OSLO NO w/Obnoxious Youth, Okkultokrati

3/4 The Abyss, GOTHENBURG SWE w/Obnoxious Youth

5/4 Femman, UPPSALA SWE w/Obnoxious Youth

6/4 Geronimos, STOCKHOLM SWE w/Obnoxious Youth

8/4 Vastavirta-Klubi, TAMPERE FIN w/Obnoxious Youth

9/4 Kuudes-Linja, HELSINKI FIN w/Obnoxious Youth

10/4 Torvi, LAHTI FIN w/Obnoxious Youth

12/4 Plan B, MALMÖ SWE w/Obnoxious Youth

13/4 Bambi Galore, HAMBURG DE

20/4 Roadburn Festival, TILBURG NL

2/6 Mystik Festival, GDANSK PL

16/6 Urban Spree, BERLIN DE w/Nekromantheon, Okkultokrati

17/6 Akademia Club, WROCLAW PL w/Nekromantheon, Okkultokrati

18/6 Kapu, LINZ AT w/Nekromantheon, Okkultokrati

19/6 Jubez KARLSRUHE DE w/Nekromatheon, Okkultokrati

21/6 Het Bos, ANTWERP BE w/Nekromantheon, Okkultokrati

22/6 DB’s, UTRECHT NL w/Nekromatheon, Okkultokrati

23/6 Mag4, BRUSSELS BE w/Nekromantheon

24/6 Le Klub, PARIS FR w/Nekromatheon

25/6 Rock in Bourlon Festival, FR

26/6 Patronaat, HAARLEM NL w/Nekromatheon, Okkultokrati

MANTAR sign with Metal Blade!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 8:21 AM (PST)

German sludge and grungers MANTAR are one of the hands down coolest and most explosive bands in rock. Good news for fans…they have just signed with Metal Blade!

After the self-released cover EP Grungetown Hooligans II (2020), the band is currently finishing up the work on their 4th studio album, slated for a summer 2022 release. Keep your eyes peeled for more news to follow soon!

The band comments: “As a band with a strong DIY background it was very important to us to work with a true independent label that not only respects but encourages our artistic freedom and visions as a band. Physical products still mean everything to us and Metal Blade is still one of the top players in that game. With a dedicated team of true music fans and enthusiasts in Europe and in the US we are happy to have found a new home for our band and motivated worldwide partners for new Mantar tunes.

Photo credit: Matthis Van der Meulen

RIP Mark Lanegan, restless bard of lonely places

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 6:25 AM (PST)

As anyone remotely rock minded with the internet knows by now, Mark Lanegan has passed. The inspired troubadour and shadow delving poet was 57 and leaves a huge impact in his wake. Like a Tom Waits or a Bukowski, Lanegan could bring you into the seedy life with his evocative and descriptive turns of phrase while also having so much “feel” to his croon. The guy could be smooth and gravelly at the same time and hypnotize anyone, steal the show on a QoTSA album chock full of talent and commanded respect with rare grace.

His voice made you feel like someone knew what it felt like to find a real friend in a cold world.

In a time when so many artists seem willing to cut corners, take the easy way out or just not have any dignity or gravitas, when flash in the pan gimmicks and unearned braggadocio is rewarded over talent…it is sad to see someone go whose life work was a beacon of inspiration.

Variety has a great round up of some of his career best tunes HERE.

I hate writing memorial articles because they feel so insufficient, technically are news but feel vulture-like when we need time to pass to absorb it all as well but…well, it also feels even worse to NOT acknowledge a loss to me. Screaming Trees and the grunge movement were such an embedded part of my youth and I have such a deep and profound respect and thanks for many of the people part of that who radically inspired me and made me want a life of rock n roll as more than a trend. I can only describe the revelations they made me have as maybe what it was like for someone to read On The Road for the first time, albeit set to a Seattle grungy chord instead of jazz. The sheer minimalist brilliance of Bubblegum has also grown to be and remains my favorite Dark Mark record, just a stunner top to bottom on how to do all killer, not overstaying welcome tunes that all bang and have depth.

I’ll break this off with a humorous excerpt from an excellent Diffuser interview w Mark by James Stafford from 2014:

Do you see yourself more as a lyricist, composer, or right there in the middle with both having equal weight?

I consider myself to be an out of work breakfast cook, though I haven’t had to do that work in a long time. Nah, whenever I’m asked for occupation on a visa application or passport, I just say singer.

 

pic by Mike Wuthrich

After a five-year wait for new music, RUBY THE HATCHET are premiering the track ‘1000 Years’ from their new EP Live at Earthquaker, their first outing for Magnetic Eye Records. The three-track set is scheduled for release on April 22, with pre-sales HERE.

The chemistry between the group is at an all time high and is truly a wonder to behold in the video below. It makes me really miss the electric bond between members of a live band:

Live at Earthquaker features early organic and raw versions of two brand-new songs recorded entirely live at EarthQuaker Devices headquarters in Akron, Ohio during the band’s US tour with KADAVAR, with the cherry on top being the physical format debut of their raucous version of URIAH HEEP’s 70s anthem ‘Easy Livin’’. The EP’s two new songs will reappear in fully-produced recordings on the New Jersey riff-rockers’ new studio album that has been announced for 2022.

The video clip for ‘1000 Years’ was recorded live and produced at EarthQuaker Devices.

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Manuel Gagneux

Hello and hope everyone had a blessed Imbolc. February has arrived and we are moving through some deeper air sign goodness after a delightful and hopeful new moon in Aquarius. It is a good time to flex the imagination and allow some brilliant music to help you expand your horizons. I just treated myself to some expensive CBD coffee that I definitely deserve and am thankful to have a day off and time to dive into some releases with you.

 

Seremonia are the band who are dropping the record I am most excited for this month (maybe all year, fuck it). The thrilling Neonlusifer was well worth the wait. This well established and endlessly creative psych band color outside the rules and have managed to add a new additional chapter to their previous legacy that they can be proud of. From the rocking and upbeat, retro enhanced title track to the eight minute brain birthing dirge of “Raskasta vettä” to the manic and almost art punky “Tuolle puolen auringon”, the group’s twists and turns are a genuine trip and a lot of fun. Yet another amazing release from a Finland based act. The chromatic and sensual, the boogie, the boogie-man, the veils of perception parting…it all plays a role. SO fucking pumped on this. 

Zeal and Ardor remains one of the most unique and interesting groups in rock. The S/T new record from and company drops Feb. 11th and finds the group continuing to carve into their niche while also continuing one of the most impressive “hot streaks” of banger after banger in modern rock/metal. Fresh off a stint with Opeth and Mastodon on the road, Z+A are reaching more ears than ever. The project always felt confident but now it is positively rock solid. “Feed The Machine” refines the soul and social commentary of previous releases into one of the most merciless yet thilling examples of their juxtapositions yet, the metal nastier and the melodic parts even more moving. This song will absolutely destroy most venues. “Hold Your Head Low” is another standout, pushing the dynamics more than ever and really showcasing the band is quite capable of flexing, but in a way that is in service to the musical spell. The haters who called it a gimmick just look pathetic.

Author and Punisher have always evolved and stunned, now building up an impressive footprint which someday could sit right alongside some of the all time greats of industrial like Skinny Puppy and Front 242 if Tristan stays on his grind. Seems like the band has no intention of slowing down on Krüller and the gears will keep turning. Judging by the exciting “Glorybox” cover, the rulebook has been thrown even further out the window. Good news for fans of dystopian and atmospheric outsider music…even at the outfit’s most accessible yet. The Brad Boatright mastering ensures the drone machines hit harder than ever and really help showcase the highs and lows. Love to see a Confines, Gridfailure, A+P show at Vitus sometime…putting that out there for the universe.

Transcending Obscurity artists VORGA create fierce and colorful black metal of galactic proportions. Their look kind of reminds me if Hollywood Undead took DMT and emerged from a long chrono sleep where Immortal and Star Trek were played next to their ears to stimulate the submerged mind. They sort of sound like that too, but without the rap rock part, lol.

We are talking sinister yet melodically compelling black metal that traverses many a nebulous and vast space inside before culminating in the “Death Manifesting”. This will spark both the imagination and likely some marijuana cigarettes as well. Adam Burke (Imperialist) provides the album artwork.

The End Is The Beginning from trumpet extraordinaire Mac Gollehon is a great addition to Nefarious Industries ethos of pushing quirky, anarchic, freak fringe or punk informed post-modernist jazz fuckery. Gollehon has played on thousands of records including many gold and platinum releases. His pedigree is long and imposing, from Mighty Sparrow to Duran Duran to Bowie to Onyx to Blondie to free noise jazz. It would cause glee in any avid music fan to read and makes you want to digest his life story immediately.

On The End Is The BeginningGOLLEHON works as a multi-instrumentalist, providing trumpet, cornet, trombone, percussion, keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals, and more. The End Is The Beginning was engineered, recorded, and mixed by David Brenner (Gridfailure) who adds field recordings, samples, and visuals. The record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Lost Dog Street Band, Dälek) and completed with photography by Tyler Adams.

This record just feels like you are deeply breathing in the street, similar to how Mingus could just drop you right into the action and the traffic like you had stepped through a movie screen. There is motion and emotion paired with a dizzying technical skill that never succumbs to ruining the overall , the mark of the greatest level of talent possible.

Mac reflects, “I would compare this EP’s creation to reverse-engineering. After a cool photo session with Tyler, I sent the photos to David; he suggested I write some music reflecting the character of the photos. I agreed it was a great idea and composed several sequence motifs; I pulled out the score pad and had it completed by the end of the day like a film score deadline. Using device, process, and tonal subset organization, visual intuition referencing influences from early ‘70s crime films was my start. Don Ellis’ The French Connection, Lalo Schifrin’s Dirty Harry suite, David Shire’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and Ennio Morricone’s works were influential reference points.”

He continues, “Being a solo EP, I tracked all instruments. We scheduled four days of the most intense humidity the Summer had to offer but successfully tracked and mixed with David at The Compound. Just as in reverse-engineering, the photos served as the initial model of inspiration. Next, the design recovery, orchestrating the structure for resolve and de-solve. And finally, analysis recovery by eliminating – or in some cases highlighting – errors in the process, such as an occasional lucky accident.”

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Sitting here thinking at 8am about what directions I would like to take the blog this year and as I sip my coffee I have some political thoughts to unload. I am gonna do more “journaling” type entries here this year again instead of merely commenting on or posting press releases only like many blogs. Life is too short to not use your platforms (and that goes for both shoes and avenues of public engagement).

Joe Biden, when speaking on the first anniversary of the January 6th MAGA moron temper tantrum, gave a still rather tepid speech that pundits acted like was some testosterone fueled Superbowl championship. He should have actually spoken in even more firm terms about the white supremacist backed disinfo campaign that led manipulated, but still not off the hook, people to try to overturn the results of the election. The GOP have long counted on voter suppression and the blame game to distract from the failure of trickle down and their eternal grift, couched in false “freedom” lingo to people who believe foolhardy populist jargon from greaseballs who are just as or more elitist than the people they are attacking.

In addition to ending poverty so as to stop crime the right way, passing actually meaningful environmental reform,  erasing student and medical debt, protecting the courts and ending corporate lobbying, the left has sorely needed to combat corporate oligarchy as WELL as the growing white supremacy context erasing of the right. As we speak DeSantis is trying to stop critical race theory. Enough is enough.

The semblance of a tattered democracy is all we have. We can’t finally get around to talking about it after the same lukewarm unity blabber. We do need compassion and to zoom out and see one another in this life, but that doesn’t mean accepting false narratives or not pointing out evil agendas either for the sake of a false sense of calm while Mitch and Trump and all the other fuckheads plot. We can have boundaries.

And Biden is not exactly a real friend or ally either. He is doing a shit job on the environment, he just bailed out the fucking MEAT industry (just as corny and unethical as Trump caping for coal) and is frankly an out of touch napkin in the wind half the time who constantly sounds like a fucking Boomer. We needed Bernie. I personally wish Ilhan was president. Fuck all y’all. Lol.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about part of Biden’s messaging. The other day he said ,“You can’t obey the law only when it is convenient.” Real leftists should actually be wary of that, especially from an administration that still hasn’t done dick to close the horrific Guantanamo. As any Antifa activist worth their salt knows, you can’t always color within the lines to be truly effective in stopping entrenched power structures or hate groups. There are also times when it is absolutely justified to value people over property and make a statement through civil disobedience, even if it means burning some shit (sorry, King Buzzo).

January 6th wasn’t it. That was, as I think Azealia Banks or someone said, some big meth energy. Privileged clownery cosplaying as freedom fighting while upholding the status quo. And guess what, Dems? Biden is mostly the status quo as well. He is not enough for the demands of this moment.

It is pathetic that we allowed voter suppression to go on for so long that we now are even at risk of losing mail in ballot protections and barely ever fought against gerrymandering and the limited poll places in swing states.

Anyway, I want to talk to you about a new Tull song! Yes, Jethro Tull. The thorn in the side of many a bitter Metallica fan and a band I always was semi-indifferent too because back when I was mad at Claudio from Coheed for personal reasons I thought he always overhyped them, but I used to also hate on the Grateful Dead and now I love them. Time sweetens some tea, so they say. I love being woken up to things.

I am a more sober and less grudge bearing person these days and believe everyone has karma to sort through (as long as they actually do it), and I am certainly the most open minded I have ever been about music. Turns out old Claud was right and Tull do have their moments of ruling. I mean, I love Blood Ceremony and those Incubus songs that had flute and shit, so whatever. Cambria, my sister, played flute. It’s all good. Hail the pipes of Pan.

The Zealot Gene will see a January 28th, 2022 release on Inside Out Music. Loving the complex and thoughtful, well crafted and multi-layered composition – though it here and there makes some potential false equivalencies. You can still tell though that Anderson really wants to find a way through this mess. But let’s also not forget some instances of anger are justified and we can’t always be whistling happy go lucky moderates either. That is just a pile of pleasantries and toxic positivity, even though we need baseline discourse to function as a society (which is why I am for only censoring hate speech). It is also why, to back-pedal from the Big Lie, the GOP also have some members now who know they need to protect their political capital for optics.

Ian Anderson comments of the track: “The title track offers many allusions to the radical, politically-charged world of populism in leadership. As a song lyric, it sums up, for me, the divisive nature of societal relationships and the extreme views which fuel the fires of hate and prejudice, more so today perhaps, than at any time in history. Perhaps you think you know who I might have been thinking about here but, in reality, there are probably right now at least five prominent, dictatorial national figures who could fit the bill.”

Statement from Dirty Honey and Mammoth / WVH

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 5:54 PM (PST)

 

Dirty Honey

We take the health and safety of the bands, road crews, local venue staff and especially our fans very seriously.

Due to an abundance of caution regarding the recent COVID surge, we have decided to postpone the start of the YOUNG GUNS TOUR to February 20, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. Any performance that was scheduled prior to February 20th in Denver has been rescheduled until after March 5th. The shows scheduled from February 20th through to March 5th  will remain as previously announced. The show in Portland, ME originally scheduled for January 28th is canceled and all ticket holders for that event can receive a refund at point of purchase. The revised tour schedule has allowed us to add a few additional shows to the itinerary and those shows will be on sale on Friday, January 14th at 10AM local time. More information on all shows and tickets for all dates can be found at: https://younggunstour.komi.io

The revised itinerary is below:

FEBRUARY

20 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO

21 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

22 Revolution, Boise, ID

24 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

25 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

MARCH

1 House of Blues, San Diego, CA

2 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

4 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ

5 Fantasy Casino, Indio, CA

9 House of Blues, Dallas, TX

10 Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX

12 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK*

13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO

15 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

16 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

18 The Bluestone, Columbus, OH

20 Roxian Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA*

23 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

24 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT

26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA

27 Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT*

28 Webster Hall, New York, NY

30 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

31 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA

APRIL

1 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

3 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

5 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC

6 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

8 Marathon Music Works, Nashville,TN

9 The Plant, Dothan, AL

10 Hard Rock Orlando, Orlando, FL

* On sale this Friday, January 14, 2022