Pig Destroyer – Head Cage

It’s upon us again… After six years and many listens to 2012’s Book Burner, Pig Destroyer have unsheathed Head Cage (Relapse) their sixth full-length in a career spanning two decades. The fact that we continue to get new music from Pig Destroyer seems baffling. Like Converge or Refused, Pig Destroyer are in the unique position of being able to rest on past accomplishments and make good money playing the Summer festival market.

Yet, the creative beast cannot be satiated. Continue reading

Thulsa Doom – A Keen Eye for the Obvious

The issue with Thulsa Doom’s A Keen Eye for the Obvious (Stickman) is the same I share with regards possible “significant others”: lack of commitment. In Thulsa Doom’s case, they have produced a rock album that doesn’t want to fully embrace gritty riffs and hot leads and that doesn’t become totally engulfed in catchy melodies. As far as my shortcomings, I don’t need long-term relationships. My cats and I are doing just fine. Continue reading

Deez Nuts – Binge & Purgatory

Don’t let the name and the pink album cover fool you; Deez Nuts are out to stomp yours.

Originally a one-man band formed a decade ago in Melbourne, Australia—that man being JJ Peters, one-time drummer of I Killed the Prom Queen—Deez Nuts have spent the last ten years showing crowds and critics across the world that, despite their name, they are no joke. Continue reading

Every Important Record Store Day Black Friday Release For Rock And Metal Fans

 

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Record Store Day continues to help lend support to small businesses and local music stores that keep the experience of artist discovery alive every April and November.Today’s  Record Store Day Black Friday event will see releases from across rock, metal, punk, indie and pop music this year. More details and a full shopping list for the discerning fan can be found below: Continue reading

Record Store Day Black Friday Releases Include Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Faith No More

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Record Store Day continues to help lend support to small businesses and local music stores that keep the experience of artist discovery alive every April and November. The upcoming Record Store Day Black Friday event will see releases from across rock, metal, punk, indie and pop music this year. More details below: Continue reading

This Is Hardcore 2016: Part 2: Live At The Electric Factory

Gorilla Biscuits, by Anne Spina Photography

Gorilla Biscuits, by Anne Spina Photography

Part 2

Saturday at This Is Hardcore was full of kick ass sets, to a “special” surprises. I gotta say check out Ten Ton Hammer as soon as you can. It’s a very heavy band who definitely slays at their shows. They just released an album on Harvcore Records. Continue reading

Sick Of It All Marks 30th Anniversary With New Album, Tour Dates

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Legendary New York Hardcore band Sick Of It All are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2016. Not ones to take a victory lap, they have announced a new album, When The Smoke Clears, releasing on November 4th from Century Media Records. Continue reading

Soundwave 2016 Canceled Due To Low Ticket Sales

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In a series of Tweets, festival manager AJ Maddah announced the festival canceled due to low ticket sales. Acrimony has already kicked up about who is responsible for refunds, with the ticket agency and the promoter in a public war of words. Fans have taken to social media to express their dismay, although the festival’s website has yet to be updated. Had it taken place Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Deftones, Bullet For My Valentine, NOFX, Refused, Hatebreed, L7 and others were scheduled to perform. This was to be the last year of the fest so with the latest events, it would seem the festival, once one of the best live music events in the world is over.

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Canceled Soundwave Dates

Jan 23: Brisbane, AU

Jan 24: Sydney, AU

Jan 26: (Australia Day Public Holiday) Melbourne, AU

On The Road… with The Ghost Inside

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Embarking on a month long U. S. tour known as the “Locals Only Tour” The Ghost Inside are traveling alone. Stopping in each city, they are playing with the opening support of bands native to the city they’re in for the day. TGI vocalist Jonathon Vigil has said that all bands started out as local bands, and being able to get to know them on each stop is a unique experience. In between TGI’s highly energetic songs, the frontman stops and talks , in detail, about each band, and what unique trait they bring to the stage. This is surely one of the most intimate tours that has taken place in he US this year. The band is out on the road supporting last year’s Dear Youth album (Epitaph), and the band is headed next to Europe this winter supporting Refused. At the tour stop in Birmingham at Zydeco, the locals brought a unique mash-up of sounds. From Tempter’s guttural deathcore sounds, to Noir covering Taylor Swift (‘Bad Blood’), and Veda’s technical riffs and wide vocal range. There is only about a week left on the tour, so check it out if you can. 

 

The Ghost Inside, by Brent B Photos

The Ghost Inside, by Brent B Photos

 

The Ghost Inside, by Brent B Photos

The Ghost Inside, by Brent B Photos

 

Tempter, by Brent B Photos

Tempter, by Brent B Photos

 

Noir, by Brent B Photos

Noir, by Brent B Photos

VEDA, by Brent B Photos

VEDA, by Brent B Photos

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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY BRENT BUTTERWORTH

Faith No More – Refused: Live At Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston MA

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August 4th, 2015 was a special day in Boston, MA history and not because of the freakishly sized hail and multiple thunder storms. This night was the return of the legendary Faith No More. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion was packed in tight with fans (some still damp from the storms) ready to have memorable sing-a-longs with Mike Patton and company. Before they were to hit the stage, the crowd was warmed up by opening act, Refused.

Refused, by Meg Loyal Photography

Refused, by Meg Loyal Photography

Never having a chance to listen to them previously, I made sure I was right on time to catch the entire set from Refused. The lead vocalist, Dennis Lyxzen, was entertaining to watch as he danced around the stage and was literally oozing charisma. There were a few occasions where he even jumped down into the crowd, walking among the rows of seats filled with fans, and high-fiving everyone. As for the set list, they played three tracks from their latest release, Freedom (Epitaph Records), and then mixing in older material as well. One of the bigger pops of the set came during ‘The Deadly Rhythm’ when the band hit the interlude and busted out the intro section of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’. Overall, Refused did a great job in getting the Boston crowd pumped up and ready for Faith No More.

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

After what seemed like hours waiting for the set to start, Faith No More was on stage and delivering hit after hit. The stage was completely white outside of the large array of plotted flower arrangements all over the stage. The set list was stacked from the opener, ‘The Real Thing’, down to the closing encore tracks, ‘Motherfucker’ and ‘Just A Man’. Given that this tour was to promote the latest album, Sol Invictus (Reclamation Records), it did not surprise me that a majority of the tracks would come from this album. Some favorite new tracks played include ‘Separation Anxiety’, ‘Superhero’, and ‘Matador’. Since barring the recent show this spring, Faith No More had not been in Boston in a handful or two of years, it was imperative that the rowdy fans got to hear some old classics. ‘Be Aggressive’, ‘Midlife Crisis’, ‘Evidence’, ‘Epic’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, and of course their cover of ‘Easy’ were some of the highlights of the set. During the last song of the evening, ‘Just A Man’, Mike Patton crowd surfed into the seated audience while still belting out the lyrics flawlessly. Certainly a first in my concert going experiences. After the encore ended, most fans stayed for a few extra minutes trying to work a second encore out of the band, but security unfortunately ended this quickly.

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

Overall this was everything I had hoped for and more for my first time seeing Faith No More after listening to their music for the better part of fifteen years. The openers, Refused, got everyone worked up and ready to go. Faith No More’s live presence, the set list, sound, really everything, was downright flawless. I could go on about how I really wanted a different song here and there, but I consider myself beyond fortunate to see this band play live since when I started listening to them, they had already broken up. It was an absolute pleasure watching this band live and I was not let down as these guys still bring it!

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

Faith No More, by Meg Loyal Photography

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WORDS BY TIM LEDIN

PHOTOS BY MEG LOYAL PHOTOGRAPHY