Through The Eyes Of The Dead recently confirmed that they will be releasing their first album in seven years, entitled Disomus, on October 13th via Entertainment One Music (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Along with that announcement came their new ‘Hate The Living’ single, and now another new song has made its way online for your moshing pleasure. Continue reading →
New York rock outfit Cilver is streaming their new single “I’m America,” off of their forthcoming album Not The End Of The World, due out March 18, 2016 via Entertainment One Music, here. Guitarist Leon Lyazidi from the band produced the album with Johnny K serving as executive producer at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL.
Commented vocalist Uliana Preotu:
“This is the perfect time to release this record. A time where America is angry, frustrated, lost, but hopeful. The songs are honest and biographical to the point that every lyric made me cry as it transported me to important and memorable moments of my life. Moments of loss and hope, moments that every citizen and immigrant can relate to.”
01: Break Free 02: I’m America 03: Headstone 04: Razorblade 05: Afterlife 06: Frozen 07: It’s My Life 08: Bleed For You 09: In My Head 10: Behind These Eyes 11: Not Afraid
Swedish rockers Avatar have started recording their next album with producer Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down). They will be splitting their time between three studios throughout Europe with all of the music being made in the aptly named Castle Studios in Röhrsdorf, Germany; Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland; and Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden. The new effort will be released next year by Entertainment One Music in the U.S. and Canada and Century Media overseas.
Jan 09: Gothenburg Sound Festival – Gothenburg (SE) Jan 18: Shiprocked Cruise – Miami, FL Jan 23: Sunsplash Waterpark – Cape Coral, FL (w/Nonpoint) Jan 24: Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill – St Petersburg, FL Jan 26: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL Jan 27: Brewsky’s – Hattiesburg, MS (w/September Mourning) Jan 28: Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA (w/September Mourning) Jan 29: Click’s – Tyler, TX (w/September Mourning) Jan 30: Trees – Dallas, TX Jan 31: Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX (w/September Mourning) Feb 02: Sam’s Place – Crowley, LA (w/September Mourning) Feb 03: Scout Bar – Houston, TX Feb 04: Club Patron – Odessa, TX (w/September Mourning) Feb 05: Jake’s – Lubbock, TX (w/September Mourning) Apr 30: Fort Rock – Fort Myers, FL Jul 08: Norway Rock – Kvinesdal (NO)
A summer time Monday night found me at a venue that I had never been to before, the Royale in Boston, MA. It was a good size and actually pretty nice inside with a few large couches and suits of armor hanging on the walls. I’ve since been told that it doubles as a (dance) club, but it makes a fine metal venue as well.
Venomous Maximus, by Evil Robb Photography
We kicked things off with a performance by a band new to me called Venomous Maximusbased out of Houston. They are yet another one of those bands that deserves to be seen live rather than just compared to their studio recordings. Their studio work is your standard, run of the mill doom-y stoner-y heavy metal. On stage is where the band really starts to come to life. They’re energetic and the music itself is far heavier. A CD or mp3 doesn’t capture that. Next to the masters in High on Firethemselves, Venmous Maximus was the most entertaining band on the bill for me.
Lucifer, by Evil Robb Photography
I was not a fan of Lucifer. They had been described to me as a sort of female-fronted Black Sabbath but I found them to be just another generic doom band and lost interest quickly. They did have a projector with some old films running which I’ve always thought can be a nice added touch. To be honest, I probably spent more time watching the movie than I did watching the band’s actual performance.
Pallbearer, by Evil Robb Photography
I had a similar reaction to Pallbearer. I have plenty of friends that worship them, but they are just not my thing. I need something with a little oomph to keep my attention which I guess kind of defeats the purpose of what they’re trying to do but, hey, I need more fuzz and more grooves.
High On Fire, by Evil Robb Photography
High on Fire opened their set with ‘The Black Plot’ off of Luminiferous (eOne) and with me foolishly thinking that I would simply admire their performance from the back of the crowd in order to protect my injured wrist. By the end of their second song, I knew that I was nothing but a filthy liar as I ran through the pit and began snaking my way through the crowd towards the front row. Injury or not, I was there for a helping of Pike Juice and it wasn’t long before I found myself in front of Matt Pike yet again. As expected, the set was heavy with songs off of the last album including ‘Carcosa’ and ‘The Dark Side of the Compass’ which are two of my favorite tracks. I would have loved to have gotten ‘Bloody Knuckles’ again as it holds a special place in my heart but there’s always next time.
I don’t know about you, but, I turn into a kid on Christmas morning whenever a band I love announces a new album so I’m sure you can imagine the sheer joy that consumed my being when I finally got my greedy little paws on this gem. Friends, she is a beauty. If I could get away with just transcribing my excited squeals and witch-like cackling as I listened to this album, I would.
In all seriousness, stoner metal masters High on Fire return this summer with the highly anticipated Luminiferous(eOne) and it is worth every penny. Luminiferous is both strange and different and yet fits into the band’s prior body of work very well. ‘The Black Plot’ and “The Sunless Years’ are have been fantastic singles but can we just talk about the gift that is ‘Carcosa’ for a second? This track has been one of my favorites from the beginning. It’s heavy and filled with hypnotic riffs and a beautiful guitar solo that just completely draw you in.
‘Slave the Hive’ is an absolute shredder with its quick tempo and Jeff Matz’s throbbing bass lines. You can just tell that this is going to be one of those songs where you can feel the bass weaving its way through your bones and organs. Yes, please. This track takes the concepts of the hive mind and sheeple created by society and the mass media and puts them to music. The end of the song is almost a bit unnerving as it is punctuated by the faintest laugh just before it ends.
Des Kensel’s pounding drums open ‘The Dark Side of the Compass’ and what seems to be a tribute to the Bermuda Triangle. There are so many bands out there that only write songs about their love lives or childhood that I find it refreshing when someone does something different. Tell me about aliens and weird stuff and the mysteries of the universe. With its lyrics referencing lost ships, portals, and the supernatural as a whole, I know what to listen to the next I find myself flying over the Devil’s Triangle again next year. If I’m going to die, it’s going to be with Matt Pike crooning in my ear.
‘The Cave’ is easily another favorite of mine, even if it is soft and slow compared to the rest of the album but that’s precisely why I find myself drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I’m not usually a fan of ballad-esque songs as they tend to be far too cheesy for my liking but ‘The Cave’ is genuine rather than feeling forced. There is so much emotion contained in this song that it is almost palpable and I really enjoyed seeing this other side of the band. You can keep your ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and its millions of clones, I’ll take ‘The Cave’ any day.
L to R: Des Kensel, Matt Pike, Jeff Matz. Photo Credit: J. Hubbard
Luminiferousis, at times, both lighter and heavier than previous albums and the risks that the band took when putting it together have paid off. I’ll leave my personal interpretations out of this but the English major in me just wants to sit around and discuss lyrics, connections, and themes for a few hours.The boys have put out one monster of a record and, if you couldn’t tell by now, I am extremely pleased. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, get yourself a gallon of Pike Juice instead and keep an eye out for an upcoming tour date near you.