ALBUM REVIEW: Jaye Jayle – Prisyn

Prisyn is an album that deals in opposites. On one hand, it is an expression of Evan Patterson’s artistic freedom, in the sense that it is quite far removed from Jaye Jayle’s previous works both in terms of sound and creative process. On the other hand, that creative process was linked to circumstances of enforced restriction and confinement. The album’s title itself – Prisyn – alludes to a ‘synthetic prison’ according to Patterson himself. The work was conceived while Patterson was on an extended tour. He began to compose music in these limited conditions using just his iPhone. Instead of fleshing out or reworking the pieces with the usual Jaye Jayle band, Patterson enlisted Ben Chisholm’s (Chelsea Wolfe) help to embellish and produce the songs. The result is an album of primarily electronic music: tense, brooding and claustrophobic. But, in the spirit of opposites, there is a counterpoint to the cold synth textures in the form of Patterson’s deep and rich voice. As he sings in the very first line of opener ‘A Cold Wind’, ‘The darkness meets the lightness / Or rather the lightness meets the darkness’. Continue reading

Watch a Metallica Bootleg Tonight from the “…And Justice For All” tour for #MetallicaMondays

 

Metallica continues their #metallicamonday’s series tonight with a 1989 show from Irvine, California, dubbed a “bootleg” with soundboard audio! This is from the “Damaged Justice Tour” 88/89 following the release of …And Justice For All. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Metallica YouTube channel to receive a notification when the show/charity drive begins is about to begin.  Generous donations like these help AWMH provide grants like those announced last week to Feeding America, Direct Relief, Crew Nation, and the USBG National Charity Foundation in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

It appears that Protest the Hero have got some thoughts on today’s, let us say shit, political climate. When your opening track is called ‘The Migrant Mother’ it’s a bit of a tell that Palimpsest (Spinefarm Records) has some issues it wants to address. I mean, regardless of subject matter I’d still be all for Palimpsest. Come on, it’s Protest the Hero, I could listen to songs about cooking bacon as long as it’s a new album.

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Metallica and Billabong Release Final Collection Inspired by “And Justice For All”

Metallica and Billabong LAB has announced the fifth and final product delivery in the Billabong x Metallica 2019-2020 Collection of menswear in their collaboration. Titled “…And Justice For All”, this latest selection of apparel is inspired by Metallica’s classic fourth album and features previously unreleased concept art by boardsports-affiliated artist Pushead in a limited release of cross-branded surf trunks, T-shirts, and corduroy jackets. Continue reading

Totaled – Lament

Blackened Hardcore is beginning to have its day in the sun. This is, relatively speaking, of course,  as the amalgamative subgenre still firmly lives and breathes in the underground, but the likes of Svalbard and KEN Mode have been making serious waves with their critically acclaimed latest releases.

Exhaling from the ashes of acrimony, Totaled formed in 2017 and bring us their debut album, Lament (Profound Lore) and their take on Blackened Hardcore. Continue reading

Metallica Offers Live Album To Fanclub Members As A Christmas Gift

When Metallica retooled their website last summer in time for the new US leg of their Worldwired Tour, they promised they were going to be rolling out new perks for fans. They long have blessed fans and fan club members with exclusive holiday merch and music. Yesterday for Christmas, Metallica offered a free download dubbed And Christmas For All. They have been celebrating the release of their deluxe edition of And Justice For All, which turned 30 years old this year. The album released yesterday contains pro-soundboard recording performances over the years on tour from that album. The fan club is free to sign up for as a new member. Continue reading

Metallica’s “And Justice For All” Remaster Out Today, Shares David Fricke Interview

Metallica has released their enormous remastered version of …And Justice For All today via Blackened Recordings, culminating in months of exclusive track streams and video premieres from the last thirty years. To celebrate the release, the band got together with celebrated music journalist and legends David Fricke for a wide-ranging interview for his radio show. Fricke wrote the first ever major feature on the band in Rolling Stone in 1988. There was even a surprise appearance by ‘One’ music video director Michael Salomon. You can watch the full clip below, or tune into your local rock station. Continue reading

Watch Metallica Play “One” Live In California in 1988

As Metallica closes in on next week’s release of their deluxe remastered and expanded edition of …And Justice For All (Blackened Recordings), the band continues to share new videos and audio clips from deep in their vaults. Watch this sick live clip of the band playing ‘One’ from thirty years ago, recorded live on December 7th, 1988, at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. Continue reading

Metallica Shares Video Of Them Playing “Harvester Of Sorrow” In A Bar From 1989

As Metallica approaches the November release of the remastered deluxe edition of …And Justice For All (Blackened Recordings), the band continues to share audio and video rarities from their vault. Watch fan-filmed footage of the band playing ‘Harvester of Sorrow’ in a college bar in Delaware, on the Damaged Justice Tour in 1989. Continue reading