I am in a cemetery in Brooklyn with Jinx Dawson and she is leaning against a crypt, cradling a human skull like a mother holds a newborn baby. This seems perfectly normal to her like she has done this thousands of times in her astounding fifty-years in the music business.
In a silver lining, Adrian “Covan” Kowanek, the former frontman of Decapitated has received a new a more modern wheelchair as a result of the generosity of Decapitated and Covan’s fans. The fundraising effort via Crowdfunding earned more than $14,000. Details and photographs can be found below via a facebook post from Covan’s sister. Kowalik has been disabled since the 2007 tour bus crash that left him severely injured and ultimately claimed the life of drummer Witold “Vitek” Kieltyka. Continue reading →
Heavy Metal legends Coven, in partnership with Prophecy Productions, will release Coven: Half A Century Of Witchcraft, a lovingly crafted box-set this December 13th (Friday the 13th)! Housed in a faux-velvet cover and golden hot foil embossment, and limited to just a thousand copies, this release features all manner of Coven treasures. It includes five LPs; the three classic-era Coven albums, Witchcraft Destroys Minds And Reaps Souls, Coven, and Blood On The Snow with revised and enhanced layouts. In addition, the box features a rarities LP with previously unreleased tracks and demos as well as another vinyl titled Esoterica, containing magickal spells from singer and living legend of occult music, Jinx Dawson herself. This is accompanied by a large 48-page hardcover book (30x30cm, faux leather and golden hotfoil embossment) with never before seen photo material. The book offers extensive commentary and liner notes from Jinx and a preface by Rune Anger. In addition, there will be a flag (62x95cm), showing a sigil crafted by the famed frontwoman. The crowning jewel of the box set is a hand-numbered certificate … printed using Dawson’s blood! These will sell-out so order now at the link below! Continue reading →
Ghost has used distinct, ever-evolving personas to brand build into a monster band that is about to embark on their first headline arena tour! Dumb and Dumbest #238 is streaming live now and it’s all about Talking Ghost and Marketing Strategy with Keefy from Ghost Cult Mag. Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading →
Building a brand, especially if it’s something legit larger than life, can impact your career path enormously! Dumb and Dumbest #237 is streaming live now and it’s all about Going Over The Top! Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below. Continue reading →
A thunderous crack of guitars explode outwards above a deluge of dextrous percussion. It all swirls around the listener before reaching a fever pitch and bursting into its main atonal, bending riff. This is just the mere beginning of ‘When You Stare’ from Blackened post-Hardcore outfit, Glassing, a band clearly out to not just pique interest, but demand attention. The vocals have an ominous amount of reverb to them, giving the same halfway-down-a-corridor feel of the likes of early Emperor or any Black Metal luminaries for that matter. The actual screaming itself, however, has far more in common with contemporaries like Tripsitter and We Never Learned To Live, with its strained and passionate delivery evoking repressed tender emotions rather than scathing the eardrums with rhapsodies of hellfire. Continue reading →
One of my more favorite quotable lines of recent memory comes from Avengers: Infinity War. Spoiler alert for those who have not seen it, or lived under a rock. When Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy, ends up on their ship The Milano, and engages in some snappy banter,, this is the thing tickling my funny bone. When Thor exclaims they need to proceed to Nidavellir, and when posed with the reply that’s a made-up word, he replies “All words are made up.” This is not only funny but it’s true! And it made me think about what else, music. Specifically how all sub-genres are made up and in context to all the music we hear. One year after their sizzling debut, it’s time to enjoy this bitching brand new and totally badass High Reeper album, Higher Reeper (Heavy Psych Sounds).Continue reading →
Brutal Assault 2019 has added another bunch of bands for the next edition of the festival! New bands added include Parkway Drive, Azusa, Nordjevel, Combichrist, Caspian, Violent Magic Orchestra, Caspian, Déluge, Frog Leap, and Hexis. the bill with more to come. One-hundred and thirty bands will play in the ancient and legendary Josefov Fortress castle on four stages all weekend from 7 -10 August 2019. The full list of bands so far can be seen below and tickets are on sale now from the event page.
Brutal Assault 2019 has added another bunch of bands for the next edition of the festival Soilwork, Monster Magnet, Triumph of Death, Coven, Demolition Hammer, Wall Of Jericho, The Arson Project, The Contortionist, Vampilla, and Skeletal Remains to join the bill with more to come. One-hundred and thirty bands will play in the ancient and legendary Josefov Fortress castle on four stages all weekend from 7 -10 August 2019. The full list of bands so far can be seen below and tickets are on sale now from the event page. Continue reading →
Coven, occult, unholy and gleefully wicked. They have carved an unholy history across fifty years of rock and roll blasphemy. When they descended on Le Poisson Rouge for their first New York City show in decades the scenes devout congregated in worship. After a stunning opening set from Brooklyn hometown heroes, Sanhedrin the hour of doom was nigh. As the band strode out with a swaggering version of ‘Black Sabbath’ (The Coven song predates Iommi and co’s version by a year) and caroming through renditions of ‘Wicked Woman’ and the ‘White Witch of Rosehall’, this is a group at the height of their powers. Exciting, over the top and gloriously satanic, Coven is on top of the world and ready to destroy minds and reap souls. Devout fans take note, Prophecy Productions will be releasing a 50-year anniversary box set to celebrate the band in 2019! Continue reading →