Friday, May 06, 2011

The Daily Grind - Song of the Day: Internal Suffering - Magnificent Uranus Power

I'm in a bit of a hurry to find something suitable for today's Daily Grind, and I knew it would have to be twice as good as usual seeing as I missed it yesterday so here's Internal Suffering from Colombia (possibly a hint as to how they play so fucking lighting-fast).
This song is from their 2006 album Awakening Of The Rebel, and I eagerly await new music from them but I have no idea if they plan on releasing anything new...Ever.

Holyfuckingshit, new Ed Gein

So here's this three piece grind band from Syracuse that I haven't listened to in a long time, mainly because I've exhausted their discography which hasn't changed in 6 years. I thought they'd broken up to be perfectly honest.
But turns out that Ed Gein are still around and kickin'. They're releasing their new album Bad Luck on June 21 through Black Market Activities, owned by Guy Kozowyk of The Red Chord. No teasers, trailers or sample tracks have been released so I leave you here with a video from their 2005 album Judas Goats and Diesel Eaters.

New JFAC track!

I never really considered Job For A Cowboy deathcore. They were the first band that ever had the negative 'deathcore' stigma attached to it, but I was still trying to figure out what exactly that term meant. JFAC has always just been a death metal band to me, even though they've changed their musical format since the DOOM EP garnered its cult-like following and added a solid base of death metal to their sound.
Their upcoming GLOOM EP (get it? DOOM and GLOOM?) is set to be released June 7, and will surely show that they've removed 'core' from the equation.
JFAC have released the track Misery Reformatory from GLOOM on the internet. It's pretty solid, but I hope it's not the strongest song on the EP.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

New Video Alert! Kvelertak - Ordsmedar Av Rang

These guys are growing like a pimple about to pop. I've been listening to them for about a year now, since their self-titled album came out last year and I hear more and more about them everyday. It black metal for people who like to party. It's actually more of a fusion of Norwegian black metal and rock 'n' roll. Don't try to understand what vocalist, Erlend Hjelvik, is saying though. All of their lyrics are written in their native tongue, Norwegian, which is another reason that I've been surprised by their surge in popularity. I guess good music isn't affected by language barriers. Anyways, this video is relatively new and it's some good live footage of the band too.

New Video Alert! The Ocean - Roots and Locusts

Metal Injection premiered this yesterday. Really tickled me. I love The Ocean, in all their dark, doomy goodness. This song is from their album Anthropocentric.

Click Here To Watch The Video

New Video Alert! Norma Jean - Bastardizer

There's been an explosion of new metal videos in the last couple of days. I'm gonna have those up here and ready for your convenience and viewing pleasure shortly.
First up is Norma Jean's video for their song Bastardizer. Below that is some 'making of' footage, if you're into that kinda thing.

S.O.S. ft. members of Terror and Hatebreed release new track

You can check out a brand new track from hardcore supergroup "S.O.S." in the embedded player below. The band features members of Hatebreed and Terror. You can find the band's facebook page here.

Tweet of the Day - Endwell

Were on the road heading to Williamsport for the first show. Tour starts now. Unfortunately I left the LSD at home 

New Video Alert! Protest The Hero - C'est La Vie

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Daily Grind - Song of the Day: Protest the Hero - Bloodmeat

Okay, here we have a song where even the very quick opening rings of feedback and chord wankery are instantly unforgettable. This song (the entire Fortress album, really) is an example of impeccable songwriting: Catchy leads, metronome-perfect drumming, fat, plunky bass, powerful melodic singing, piercing screams, and more hooks than Bob Izumi's ever laid eyes on.
Not only that, but this song has some personal back story to it. A dear friend of mine, Vince, is moving away from Ottawa today. He was my partner in crime for the last two years, a formidable friend, unparalleled ally, and an irreplaceable drinking buddy, and this was our drinking anthem. We've spent many a day way too drunk, way too early thanks to this song.
Hell, Vince even met Arif from Protest the Hero once and told him that this was our drinking song, and he apologized to our livers. I don't know why, Arif. Our livers thank you! Tonight I have a feeling Vinny and I'll be hearing this song a lot, and pounding many a brew to the bass drop at 3:30. Goosebumps every time, I swear.
Anyways, this one's for you, Vince, you fucking deserter, you.

"Beheading of a King" Post New Song ft. Alex Erian of Despised Icon

Beheading of a King from Montreal Quebec, have posted a new tune from their upcoming EP titled "Quasar." The 6 song EP is scheduled to drop sometime later this spring to early summer. The track features vocals from former vocalist Mathieu Paquett who passed away in early 2011. Paquett has since been replaced on vocals by former guitarist Rick Patenaude. Alex Erian from Despised Icon also provides guest vocals on the track. You can also check out Beheading of a King at their comeback show on May 20th @ Club Soda in Montreal with God Falls, End of Crisis, and Thrust n' Thrive. I've heard more tracks from this EP that are yet to be released and I can say that this is just a tiny bit of what's to come! Enjoy the new tune in the player below.

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Bury Your Dead - New England Metalfest Footage

I promised I'd try my best to get some footage of Mat Bruso back with Bury Your Dead at New England Metal Fest. Well after frequently checking over the past couple weeks the video below is the best I could come up with. At least it's of "Most n' Roll". If you have a video or can find a better one please email me at Throw that video into 720HD if your connection can handle it too. Bruso, Bruso, Bruso....

Pornstars like metal too, you know

I probably don't have to tell most of you who Sasha Grey is, but for those of you who don't get a half-chub just hearing that name, I won't sugarcoat it for you: She takes dicks in every orifice her body has to offer for a living. Yep, she's a porn star. Turns out, she's also quite the metal fan as she has revealed in an interview with Noisecreep.
A self-proclaimed black metal fan, some of her favorite bands include Enslaved, Burzum, Krallice, Immortal, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, SCUM, Sunn O))), and Tsjuder, although she says she is a fan of metal in general.
Turns out, however, her love of metal and music doesn't end there. She actually plays in a three-piece avant-garde/industrial/post-punk band called aTelecine. It's not metal, but its heavy, creepy sounding, yet ambient and they are working on three releases through Pendu Sound Recordings. The first of the recordings, "The Falcon and The Pod", is due out in July. Here's a teaser for it:

Check the full Noisecreep interview here.

For The Fallen Dreams Release Date & Track Listing

For the Fallen Dreams have recently announced a finalized release date and track listing for their upcoming 3rd full length, Back Burner. The album will be out May 24th via Rise Records. It was produced by Tom Denny (formerly of A Day To Remember) and is the first album by the band to not feature drummer and founding member Andrew Tkaczyk who left the band in early 2011 (now in The Ghost Inside). The track listing is listed below and the artwork is featured above. You can also check out the first single from Back Burner, "My Anthem Like Symphony" below.

1. "Say What You Will"
2. "Deep Down Inside"
3. "Complicate the Situation"
4. "Only Unopened Arms"
5. "My Anthem-Like Symphony"
6. "The Big Empty"
7. "Bottom Feeders"
8. "Don't Give Up, Don't Give In"
9. "The Human Collective"
10. "Let Go"
11. "Yellow"
12. "Fist Fight"

Album Review: Wormrot - Dirge

New Wormrot came out today. It's called Dirge and I've listened to it about three times in the last hour. 25 songs jam packed into 18 minutes so just when you start to get comfortable listening to one of these blasting, violent mind-rapes the next one is getting ready to fuck you up all over again.
These guys are from Singapore, and you don't tend to see much grindcore come out of Asia, especially of this quality. I'd compare these guys to the likes of razorgrind act Leng T'che or Swedish grinders Nasum. But really thats only because Wormrot have the extremely good fortune of being on Earache, which is one of the best grindcore and heavy metal labels. They've been around since grindcore's birth, and it could be said that they even played a part in its conception. Wormrot even throw in a little jab at their Earache predecessors Napalm Death and their world record holding song 'You Suffer' in their song 'You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem?'. Both songs also have a track length of only 4 seconds.
Anyways, I'm going to keep this review rather short, just like the average length of a track on Dirge. Also I know next to nothing about this band other than this album will definitely make me keep an eye on these guys. I've checked out a few videos, listened to this album four times now, and they seem like a legitimately interesting band who's style I can get into.
I'm giving Dirge 8.5/10 Stagedives

Limited edition! The Human Abstract/Bleeding Star Clothing shirts

Like collectible band merch? Well, The Human Abstract and Bleeding Star Clothing have collaborated to bring you (and only 100 of you) a limited print T-shirt, that I must admit looks pretty damn cool, and if I hadn't just spent a sizable portion of what's left of my money on band tee's I'd pick one up myself.

Ministry frontman sues filmmakers over hasty documentary screening

Al Jourgenson, founder of the industrial hard rock band Ministry, is launching a $250,000 lawsuit seeking damages against filmmakers to stop the distribution of a documentary about the band, claiming that the producers never asked for his approval on its final cut. Furthermore, Jourgenson is accusing them and director Doug Freel of screening the film without his permission, along with other contractual issues.
The documentary is called Fix: The Ministry Movie and it chronicles them, their influence on music, Jourgenson's battles with addiction and includes interviews with bands and musicians closed to Ministry.
Jourgenson had this to say to the Los Angeles Times:

"In any contract signed throughout the history of the filming of this, it was understood and in writing and approved and signed by everyone that I would have final cut approval of this film being shown anywhere, let alone being released. I never got that."

"I have no problems with that film ever being released, if it's done properly and I'm paid for it. It's not like I'm doing this because I'm ashamed, or anything like that."

I wouldn't be surprised if he was actually at the screening and just forgot the whole thing. The guy used to be pretty fucked up (probably still is), and this whole thing sounds to me like he just needs money ASAP. We'll see how this plays out. Jourgenson has also threatened to file a legal injunction against the release of the film.

Mastodon guitarist completes work on two (2) side projects

It may be fair to say that Brent Hinds has been one of the busiest guys in music so far this year. As Mastodon have been working on their fifth studio album, Brent Hinds has completed work on two long-awaited side projects that are scheduled to be released June 7th as a double-disc deal.
The projects, Fiend Without A Face (stoner/porno/surfer rock) and West End Motel (which has more of a country rock vibe than the former, but is still satisfyingly weird) are two of Hinds' side projects and I have to say although WEM ain't my shtick, FWAF is really worth the listen and probably worth picking up this bundle.
Hinds also teased fans with news of more of this music in the near future:

"I feel like a thousand umpa lumpas have been lifted from my back. I want to thank everyone that made this possible.. in the time it took to put these two albums out, I wrote five more, so whoever likes this kind of stuff, there's a lot more where this come from."

Tweet of the Day - Karl Schubach - Misery Signals

 Karl Schubach 
USA friends: Are any of you aware that Canada had an election yesterday? Or were you all too busy celebrating bin Laden's death?

A Life Once Lost "New Album This Fall"

Mathcore/groove metal masters A Life Once Lost have gone through a lot of changes over the last couple of years. First they were dropped from Ferret Records (now on Seasons of Mist) and then they lost one of their founding members Justin Graves who sat behind the drum kit. However, in the last few months they've rebounded by playing a few shows, getting a new drummer, getting signed, and releasing a demo. Well now it appears another piece of good news has come about for the band. The band recently tweeted fans letting them know that they had just about finished writing the new album and it would be out in the fall via Seasons of Mist. I'm honestly really excited for this. It's been way too long since we had any new music from A Life Once Lost. Check out the demo of "Expressions of Hate" here.

Tweet of the Day - Dustin from August Burns Red

Now that we've dealt with that Osama guy can we please focus on lowering the cost of gas? It's outrageous.

Your Demise - BBC Radio Set & Deftones Cover

British hardcore rockers Your Demise, recently performed on the BBC show "The Rock Show w/Daniel P Carter." It  includes them playing their single "Miles Away" as well as a Deftones cover. You can find the show here and it will be available for the next six days. The whole show is about 2 hours but the Your Demise bit begins around the 1:25 mark.

All Star Tour ft. Emmure & After The Burial first details

Rumours have been circulating over the internet this week regarding a summer super tour featuring a lot of today's best and biggest acts in the metal and hardcore scene. At this point everything is still a rumour but apparently the tour is going by the "All Star Tour" and will feature Emmure and For Today as the headliners. Think of it as Warped Tour's bastard child. Each show will also consist of two different stages. One of these stages will the the "heavy" stage and the other the "screamo" stage. I think they should have done "good bands" and then "Christian bands." At this point here is the list of rumoured acts:

For Today
In This Moment
Born Of Osiris
The Ghost Inside
After The Burial
Motionless In White
Chelsea Grin
Sleeping With Sirens
For All Those Sleeping

There is no official this of dates for the tour which is expected to run through July and August. However, here is a list of 4 rumoured dates thus far.

7/22 Mission, TX - Las Palmas Race Park
7/23 San Antonio, TX - Blackstage Live
8/5 Poughkeepsie, NY - DCU Center
8/6 Fitchburg, MA - Central Mass Expo Center

An official announcement is expect this week and I'll be sure to post more information on the tour as it becomes available. Check out Emmure's recently released video for "Solar Flare Homicide."

New Video Alert! Within The Ruins - Versus

Within The Ruins - Opener for Summer Slaughter Tour

Up and coming metalcore act, Within The Ruins who hail from Westfield, MA have been chosen through fan voting to the be the opening act at this years Summer Slaughter Tour. I really enjoy listening to this band and it's nice to hear a band have the balls to be atheists in the ever growing Christian metal scene. Structures from Ontario and many other bands were in the running for the opening spot. The Summer Slaughter Tour is being headlined by The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel. Other acts include Darkest Hour, As Blood Runs Black, and Oceano. You can catch Within The Ruins on the Summer Slaughter tour at one of the dates listed below.

7/22 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/23 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
7/25 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
7/26 Seattle, WA @ King Cat Theatre
7/28 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
7/29 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
7/30 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
7/31 Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
8/2 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/4 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
8/5 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
8/6 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/7 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
8/8 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/9 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
8/10 Montreal, QC @ Olympia
8/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/12 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
8/14 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
8/16 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
8/19 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
8/20 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
8/21 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Retro Pit Fight of the Day! - Converge live 2006

Starts around 2:20.

New Video Alert! Turisas - Stand Up And Fight

Bit of a slow news weekend... so expect lots of you tube videos. This is a brand new video from battle metal act "Turisas". These Norwegians are known for their extreme showmanship.  All their videos just make me think of Lord of the Rings. EPIC.

Jesse From Stick To Your Guns Talks Playoffs

Jesse from hardcore band Stick To Your Guns, recently gave his thoughts on the Boston Bruins in the 2011 NHL Playoffs.

Tweet of the Day - Matthew Hasting of MyChildren My Bride

 Matthew Hasting 
new challenge: KILL a bug by releasing an umbrella into it! (like pressing the button, and watching it fly and crush the bugs exoskeleton!)

What a non-Christian thing to tweet.