July, 2011 Archive
Audio Roundup: New music from REVOCATION, LANDMINE MARATHON, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, EVILE, WHITE WIZZARD
It's almost the end of the week. Friday is upon us. Here are some tuneskys to get you through these final moments of the work day:
There is a new Revocation track on the internet!! Needless to say, it's fucking killer, and I highly suggest you head over to Metalsucks right now to stream "Dissolution Ritual." We've had an advance of the album for a little bit, and right now it's the front runner to be my album of the year. Non-stop awesome! (more…)
A View From Behind The Drumkit is a weekly column written by Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish. Follow along as he scribes down some anecdotes and advice from his many years of touring.
Summer of 2001 brought upon some of the most integral elements of Darkest Hour's touring ethical foundations. As a matter of fact, they remain strong and true to this very day. From the ever so classic "Get to the show on time", to the, "Let's leave a little earlier in case we get lost". The proper touring mentality slowly sank within our subconscious and quickly turned us from slacking musicians to somewhat of a professional, touring band. The most standout fundamental lesson that came to light that fateful year for me personally, was the ever so curious act of, "Getting wasted before we play" experiment. An experiment that still lives in prolific infamy in my career. (more…)
We were the first to report of the news of Brendon Small's solo record, when he broke the news to us himself on the black carpet of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in 2010. Since then not much news has come out about the record, but recently our friends at Metalsucks got to talk to him and he revealed some exciting info about the project. Here is what he said: (more…)
Recently it was announced that Veil of Maya and After the Burial will be hitting the road in the Fall with Misery Signals and Within The Ruins in tow (and I The Breather, Structures, Volumes, and Your Memorial on select dates.) Now we have the first round of tour dates. Only a handful of shows have been announced, so this tour could still be coming to your market, so be on the lookout. Here is what we have so far: (more…)
This month on the Relapse Records Podcast, we introduce our new host, Translation Loss recording artist Josh Mahesh plus premiere exclusive tracks from Red Fang & Brutal Truth. With the end of the world and 2012 around the corner, we look back 10 years with a block of classic Relapse tracks from 2002. In addition to new songs from Toxic Holocaust, Hail!Hornet & Revocation, we have the latest updates, tour info, and Relapse artist news. This month's interview is with the legendary Jamey Jasta, frontman for Kingdom of Sorrow and Hatebreed, who talks about the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, playing live with Kirk Windstein and all of his recent projects. DOWNLOAD, PLUG IN AND TURN IT UP! Here is the playlist: (more…)
Metallica are celebrating their 30 year anniversary as a band and they wanted to do something special. So, they have announced a series four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco (an intimate venue, way smaller than the band is used to playing) and they are promising some surprises and unique performances. Tickets to all four shows will be available for $19.81 total, clever (or $6 per show). The catch? You have to be a member of the Metallica fan club. A membership fee runs between $45 and $60. So, if you really want to see these shows and get the membership, it will still be cheaper than the price of one ticket to the Big 4 show in September. Win Win! The question is what are the surprises? I want to see Dave Mustaine on stage with them performing the old-old shit. Or, maybe they can invest in wigs to match the hair they had back then. Reserve your tickets here. SFers, would you go to this?
A few weeks back, a Polish tabloid reported that Nergal was going to be a judge on the Polish version of "The Voice." We were unsure of the certainty of it, because there was no official confirmation. Well, today we have official confirmation. Speaking to Terrorizer magazine, Nergal confirmed that the deal is pretty much done: (more…)
This episode of the Livecast started with a morbid conversation about Amy Winehouse's death. Rob was away at Mayhem Fest and called in to share some of his day's stories. Sid tries to recrute listeners to his fantasy football team and soon after Nina checks in with her worldly news report. We get a call from Liam who recalls a dream he had about the Livecast members and Daanish who needed someone to chaperone him on his way to Buffalo Wild Wings. Darren shows us his sexy side and strikes us with his 'black lightning.' The second hours turns creepy, as the gang decides to determine Rob's penis size. Sean also airs his social networking concerns and Noa tells her story about hanging out with Sean's girlfriend.
Here is this week's playlist with song selections chosen by one of your long time listeners Cancerscare:
Seven Sisters of Sleep - Tide Is Rising
Gaza – Slutmaker
Trap Them – Angles Anonymous In Transit
The Secret- Weathermen
Weekend Nachos – Dubviolence
Psyopus – Our Puzzling Encounters Considered
Trash Talk – Destroy
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Destro's Secret
What the fuck is going on in Oregon? Some of the most forward thinking yet hazy, cerebral and generally unhappy music of recent years – Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob – has emerged, drunk on small batch craft brew, out of those fog shrouded hills to lay a vicious beating on our collective synapses. Surely the Black Flag/Sabbath-worshiping heritage of neighboring Washington state has rubbed off over the years, but in the past decade cities like Portland, Eugene and Salem have staked a legit claim for Oregon being the new center of musical creativity on the West Coast (LA's resurgence of indie rock being their only real competition, Seattle still largely reeling from their grunge hangover).
Trap Them is one of the most visceral acts you will see in a live setting. These guys bring that sense of danger that every rock show needs, and if you're lucky, they're bringing it to a town near you next month. The band announced 11 confirmed shows and 3 TBAs kicking off August 9th in Indianapolis and wrapping up in Louisville. Here is the full run of dates: (more…)
Sumerian Records is set to celebrate it's fifth year as a label come this Winter and they are already sending teases out on their Facebook page about a possible anniversary tour writing "How progressive, epic and crushing would it be to see the first ever official Sumerian Records Tour celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the label this November/December with Born of Osiris, The Faceless, Veil of Maya and 3 other Sumerian bands all touring North America together? Should it happen? Will it happen? Let's hear your voices!!"
Sounds like a pretty stellar lineup so far, but if I had my way, those other three bands would be After the Burial, Periphery and either Evan Brewer or TRAM. Sickest tour ever? Who would you want to see open this tour?
Its clear that Down loves to tour. They are an unstoppable force that will go to any town that will have them. The band has just lined up about three weeks of touring in September throughout all parts of the US. There are apparently more dates coming, but here's what's announced so far: (more…)
Some shitty news to start your Wednesday. Bay Area black metalists Ludicra have called it quits. The band have a short message on their official site that simply states "Ludicra has officially disbanded. It's been a great and rewarding ride. We would like to thank all who've supported us and been involved." They then posted their remaining merchandise at their official website at greatly reduced prices. Here is a video of Ludicra in action: (more…)
There are two reasons I am really excited for this two minute Blotted Science teaser. One: we get to hear new music. Two: the band must be confident enough in what they have so far, so they started teasing the fans. Here is the first sounds from the band which features Ron Jarzonbek on guitars, Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse on bass and and Hannes Grossmann crushing the drums. Still no word on when their EP, The Animation Of Entomology will come out, but we have to assume sooner than later…
While in the process of reviewing this album, I had a bit of a debate with a good friend of mine about Trivium. He expressed his misgivings to me, the main one centered on the band’s polished or “semi-mainstream” sound. For him, the band lacks a genuine feel that he looks for when it comes to heavy music. I know what he means, and I share his aversion to bands that come across as manufactured, with no raw or visceral foundation to their sound. However, in Trivium’s case, I don’t think this criticism is fair or applicable. Seemingly reading my thoughts, he mentioned Bullet for My Valentine and applied the same criticism. I was more than ready to agree in their case. But for me, this was more of a contrast than a comparison. I’ve seen Trivium live three times and two of those performances (2005 and 2009) were fantastic. Bullet on the other hand nearly put me to sleep when I saw them open for Iron Maiden in 2006. After exchanging a few more points, my friend conceded that Matt Heafy was a talented singer and that the guitar playing was fantastic, but that he simply could not put his support behind Trivium on the whole. Happy to agree to disagree, we touched the conversation off by ordering another round of drinks. By relating this to you, I mean to clue you into some of my thoughts as I write the rest of this review. (more…)