Today saw the release of Aevangelist‘s new album Writhes In The Murk, which is one of the filthiest, most grotesque, most phenomenally heavy albums of the year. If you’re new to the band, this is a good place to start and if you’re already into the US purveyors of blackened death. After the jump you can stream/buy the new album from Aevangelist and I highly suggest doing so. It rules. Enjoy, fool. Continue reading
Lane has been telling us about Aeges over the last few months and if you haven’t been paying attention, you’ve been missing out. The band will be releasing their new album next week and the full album is currently streaming in full. So, if you haven’t checked out Aeges yet, or you’ve been aching for more of the bands amazing music, now is the time. Check out Above & Down Below after the jump. Continue reading
Back in July, Lane told you about Teen Death, a new band that everyone should have on their radar because their EP Crawling is amazing and it is definitely end-of-the-year-list worthy. I have listened to this album numerous times and, even if it’s just once, listen to it. Do it for the good of all humanity. Do it for grungepunk in 2014. It’s unique and it’s magical. Stream Crawling over at New Noise Magazine.
Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.
How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?
Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.
What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?
The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.
I last posted about Xerxes last month when they released a new track off of their forthcoming album Collision Blonde. Well, if you were excited for that track, then you’ll be just as excited, or maybe more for the title track off of the album! You can check out a stream of the song over at NPR now. It’s really dreamy and really amazing. Love it. Enjoy.
Collison Blonde will be released on October 21st via No Sleep Records.
Lane and I have been championing Warsawwasraw for months now and the time has finally come for all of you to join us in our love of the band. That’s right, right now you can check out the debut album from this noisy hardcore act Sensitizer. If you know whats good for you and you love loud, aggressive music, get some Warsawwasraw in your life. Check it out after the jump, courtesy of Noisey. Continue reading
Revocation have released the first episode of the Making-Of special feature for their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut and fifth LP, Deathless. Shot by Naughty Mantis Productions, who recently brought forwards Whitechapel’s crowd-funded documentary, the pro-shot footage features one-on-one interviews with each individual band member on the weight and inner gimmicks of the new record. Personally, I feel the video missed the opportunities for the band’s well known comedic shenanigans but it’s a pretty tight affair. Peep the teaser below and be sure to catch Revocation on one of their upcoming tours (US with Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, Europe with death metal peers Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and Australia with Thy Art Is Murder). Deathless comes out the 14th Of October. Pre-order it on CD and vinyl via Metal Blade here.
Death metal supergroup Bloodbath have officially announced the first details for their long-awaited fourth LP, Grand Morbid Funeral, the group’s latest effort following 2008’s The Fathomless Mastery. Due out November 17th via Peaceville Records, this record will feature an as-of-yet unknown new frontman (due out for reveal on September 16th by Metal Hammer), in place of long-running vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and will be due for another slight style change as has been tradition for each of the band’s releases, remaining nevertheless death metal in essence according to guitarist Anders Nystrom through Metal Hammer. Further news for the LP will be released closer to launch date. For now, you can peep Grand Morbid Funeral’s artwork below.
The 2009 Helsinki, Finland borne crossover thrashers in Foreseen have announced plans for the release of their debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, for CD/digital download release on November 25th via 20 Buck Spin with a later planned split vinyl release between 20 Buck Spin and European label Take It Back Records on February 3rd. Riding on the back of several well-received EPs, Helsinki Savagery will test the group’s long-honed classic thrash meets modern hardcore sensibilities for the length of ten tracks and promises a return to “a concrete toughness to thrash that’s largely been missing for years”. Peep the tracklist and album art for Helsinki Savagery (by Chad Keith and Eetu Blomqvist) along with a stream of “Structural Oppression”, the first single for the album released far back in January below. Stream and download FREE all of Foreseen’s current discography via their official bandcamp account here. Continue reading
Monuments are a band that I found myself fascinated with earlier in the year and I really enjoy the bands latest album. The band has just unveiled their new music video for their song “Atlas,” which happens to be one of my favorites. You can check out the music video after the jump. Radcycle. Continue reading
Last week I posted about Shreddy Krueger, a band I had just heard about because they covered my favorite Alexisonfire track. Well, the band is back and they have released their cover of Foo Fighters hit song “My Hero.” Their cover does a lot of justice to the original and I dig it. You can check out the cover after the jump. I’m assuming all of these will be put on an album eventually. That’s what people do, right? Check it. Continue reading
Michigan indie-rockers Pity Sex have announced that they will be releasing a split 7″ with Code Orange side project Adventures. I love both of these bands, so I am stoked that they will be not only releasing new music, but that they will be together on wax. Freakin’ sweet, right? Well, don’t think that Pity Sex stopped at just that awesome announcement. The band is also streaming a rad new track titled “Acid Reflex,” which you can check out after the jump. It’s amazing. Simple as that. Continue reading
Every Time I Die have officially announced their new U.S. headlining run in support of their most recent effort, From Parts Unknown. The band will be joined by the likes of The Ghost Inside, Architects, Hundredth and Backtrack. Those dates, as well as Every Time I Die’s video for “Decayin’ With the Boys”, can be seen below.
Ethereal doom outfit Ides of Gemini have premiered a new track from their upcoming sophomore album, Old World New Wave, over at CVLT Nation. The new track is entitled “Fememorde” and it is a very sludgy, guitar driven jam that features the bands’ ever so angelic vocals. The trio’s guitarist, Jason Bennett, had the following to say on the new track:
“‘Fememorde’ is the first song that was written for Old World New Wave, and appears on the ‘new wave’ side of the album. In that sense, it was the impetus for the entire OWNW concept. It’s a completely different kind of song for us — probably because all the guitar parts were composed in my head rather than on an actual guitar. That hadn’t happened before and hasn’t happened since. So I’ll chalk this one up to something like destiny.”
Head over to CVLT Nation to stream the track now. Old World New Wave will be released on September 16th via Neurot Recordings and SIGE Records.
Disorienting noise rockers Doomsday Student (Ex-Arab on Radar) have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, over at Impose Magazine. The track is the jarring, disjunctive “Lifeboat Blues”, which sounds as if it could be playing at a demented carnival. Feel free to stream the swirling acid-trip of a song after the break.
A Walk Through Hysteria Park will be released on October 21st through ThreeOneG. Pre-orders for the record can be placed here.