Clutch Announces Second “Live From The Doom Saloon” Streaming Show; Band Wants Fans To Form Show’s Setlist

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Clutch wants fans to help decide the set list for its next streaming show.

The band is scheduled to perform its streaming show live at 5 p.m., Aug. 7.  The band has dubbed the performance “Live From The Doom Saloon — Volume II.”  Tickets for the online show are available here.

The set list for the band’s forthcoming concert will consist of 14 songs.  Fans can cast their votes for their favorite songs here.

The band talked about letting fans decide the set list for their show in a prepared statement.

“The thing that makes this stream unique is that Clutch fans will have the opportunity to create their dream setlist from our entire catalog,” the statement reads. “This means fans can pick from every release starting from our 1991 Pitchfork 7” all the way thru Book of Bad Decisions and the songs from our Vault Series.”

The band will choose one fan’s set list for the show.  The winner will receive a prize pack that features a TremLord 30 combo amplifier from Orange Amps, A stompbox from Creepy Fingers, Jim Dunlop Way Crybaby pedal, a case of Liquid Death mountain water, and Clutch merchandise.  The winner of the prize pack will be announced during the streaming show.

Fans who miss the band’s live streaming show on Aug. 7 can still stream it on-demand up until 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug 9.

Clutch’s “Live From The Doom Saloon — Volume 1” performance took place in May, and also featured performances from Blacktop Mojo, Saul, and Crowbar.  Proceeds from ticket sales for the event benefited Angel Flight West.  Angel Flight West is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

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Sepultura Announces Rescheduled North American Tour Dates For ‘Quadra’ Tour

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Veteran metal band Sepultura will return to North America next year.

The band announced the dates for its rescheduled Quadra North American tour Thursday.  The tour, which will also feature performances from Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock, is scheduled to launch March 6 in Sacramento, CA and to run through April 10 in Berkeley, CA.  It also features performances in cities, such as Cleveland, OH; New Orleans, LA and Phoenix, AZ.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser talked about the rescheduled dates in a recent interview.

So happy to announce the rescheduled North American tour with our friends from Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock. I can’t wait to go back to the stage to perform the new material from our album Quadra and to jam our history to you all! Stay safe and SEE YOU ALL SOON!!”

The band’s tour was scheduled to take place this year, but was delayed due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The new tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

 

Confirmed dates for the “Quadra Tour” with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/06/2021 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA United States
3/07/2021 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT United States
3/08/2021 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO United States NEW!
3/10/2021 Rave II – Milwaukee, WI United States
3/11/2021 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA United States
3/12/2021 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN United States
3/13/2021 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI United States
3/14/2021 House of Blues – Chicago, IL United States
3/15/2021 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA United States
3/17/2021 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY United States
3/18/2021 Opera House – Toronto, ON Canada
3/19/2021 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC Canada
3/20/2021 Big Night Live – Boston, MA United States
3/21/2021 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA United States
3/22/2021 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD United States
3/23/2021 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH United States
3/25/2021 Underground @ The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC United States
3/26/2021 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA United States
3/27/2021 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL United States
3/28/2021 The Ritz – Tampa, FL United States
3/30/2021 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA United States
3/31/2021 Parish – Austin, TX United States
4/01/2021 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX United States
4/02/2021 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK United States
4/03/2021 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX United States
4/05/2021 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX United States NEW!
4/06/2021 Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ United States
4/07/2021 House of Blues – San Diego, CA United States
4/08/2021 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA United States
4/09/2021 UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA United States
4/10/2021 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA United States

 

Sepultura’s upcoming tour is in support of its latest album, Quadra (2020).  It has produced the singles ‘Isolation,’ ‘Last Time‘ and ‘Means To An End.’

More information on Quadra is available along with all of Sepultura’s latest news and more now at:

 

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Crowbar Front Man’s Debut Solo LP Is A Surprisingly Engaging Presentation

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Kirk Winstein has spent the better part of his professional career at the helm of the famed sludge metal band Crowbar.  That band has released eleven albums over the course of its more than 25 year life.  After having spent so many years focusing on writing, performing and touring with his band mates in Crowbar, Windstein has broken out on his own for the first time this year with his debut solo album Dream in Motion.  The 10-song record is an interesting offering from Windstein, who is known mainly for his gravelly vocal delivery, which is just as present here as ever, but he also takes a slightly lighter tone at times, which when coupled with the album’s overall instrumentation, leads to comparisons to works from the likes of Type O Negative.  At others, Crowbar’s sound can be heard just as much here as can other influences.  The record’s lyrical themes, coupled with the noted musical arrangements, add more interest to the album.  From themes of perseverance (as in the album’s opener, which will be discussed shortly) to the issue of dealing with people who are anything but good for a person in ‘Toxic,’ (which will be discussed a little later) to taking on societal issues, such as in the album’s closer – a cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ – the album proves itself an interesting first solo outing for Windstein that is worth at least an occasional listen.  That is just as much the case when the record’s other songs not noted here are taken into consideration along with the songs directly addressed in this review.

Kirk Windstein’s debut solo record Dream in Motion is an intriguing presentation from the longtime Crowbar front man that is deserving of at least an occasional listen.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes.  The record’s opener/title track.  ‘Dream in Motion’ is anchored by an arrangement that take some elements of Crowbar’s music and crosses that with a bit of an old school metal influence for a whole that is in itself a unique presentation.  It is a work that makes for a good start, musically, to the record.  It also serves well in translating the emotion exuded through the song’s lyrical theme.  That theme is one of perseverance.

The theme of perseverance is noted right from the song’s outset as Windstein sings in the song’s lead verse, “A song of hope/A burning mind/Unleashing strength from deep inside/The will to fight/To carry on/Within my heart/It’s never ever gone.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’ve seen so much through all these years/I’ve seen the light through burning tears/I’ve done my best to turn away/And kill the darkness every single day.”  Windstein adds in the song’s third and final verse, “My light will never ever fade/I stand alone/My mind will rise above it all/I’ve learned the pain will slowly die/I’ve touched the sky.”  Additionally, he states in the song’s chorus, “This is a dream in motion/It will never end/It’s an eternal hunger/Growing life again.”  Once again, this comes across as a determined statement of perseverance.  This message gains even more traction when it is considered along with the song’s powerful musical arrangement, which works to really express so much frustration yet positive emotion and thought.  The coupling of the elements makes the song in whole a good start for the album, and an equally strong example of what makes the album a notable presentation.  It is just one of the album’s most notable songs, too.  ‘Toxic,’ which comes later in the album’s run, does just as much as ‘Dream in Motion’ to exhibit what makes the album so unique.

‘Toxic’ takes Windstein in a somewhat new direction again in its musical arrangement.  The guitar riff, drums and bass here come together to create a sound that at some points, is comparable to works from some 90s hard rock bands.  One could argue that there is a hint of a Pantera influence here, as a matter of fact.  At the same time, there is still an element of Crowbar in the song’s arrangement.  In bringing those influences together, the song in whole presents itself as a standout addition to the album.  It also does well to help translate the frustration of the song’s subject with that person whose influence is not so positive on the subject.

Windstein opens the song, singing from the subject’s standpoint, “You twist up my words/My voice speaks the truth/Slashed into my thoughts/you’re pulling up roots/the seeds that you bury deep into the earth/Grew vines that are rotting/they stole my self worth.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I listen to you and hear only lies/My ears have been burning with infinite cries/Your presence is toxic, so please go away/uprooting the evil/It’s your turn to pay.”  This is relatively straight forward.  It paints the picture of someone dealing with an individual who is narcissistic, to say the very least.  The song’s chorus adds to that impact even more, with Windstein singing, “Your misery in frozen time/I’m feeling pain that isn’t mine/The hold you had on me is gone/The growing need burns on and on.”  Once more, this is someone standing up to another individual whose impact has been anything but positive.  It is another song to which so many listeners can relate and connect.  Keeping that in mind, it is one more way in which Dream in Motion proves its value.  That is especially, again, considering the use of that content with the song’s musical arrangement.  It is just one more example of what makes Dream in Motion a positive solo debut for Windstein.  The cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ is one more way in which the record proves its strength.

‘Aqualung’ stands out because when one thinks of Jethro Tull, one’s mind does not necessarily go to thoughts of Crowbar or even to thoughts of its front man.  The fact of the matter however, is that the cover featured here actually is surprisingly entertaining.  It stays largely true to its source material.  Windstein, in his vocal delivery, even does well taking on Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson’s own vocal delivery.  Considering that the song and album were considered such a stark stylistic departure for Jethro Tull from its own past works, that makes it even more of a fitting finale for Windstein’s record.  That is because it is such a stark contrast to everything else featured throughout Dream in Motion.  Yet it does so well in itself.  Everyone involved in the song’s presentation here did an admirable job of generating that classic rock vibe here while also giving the song a slightly amped up update.  When the arrangement is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, which takes on the societal issue of how we treat those in situations less positive than our own, it makes the song in whole a statement that is just as strong as the album’s opener.  That is especially considering that in the song, it is noted that Aqualung, the song’s title character, does actually see some hope despite everything.  It echoes the theme in the album’s opener, and reminds us that hope is there.  When this is considered along with the other songs noted here — and the rest of the album’s works — the album in whole shows once more why it is a surprisingly entertaining listen.  It proves itself a record that for a debut, is a good start for Windstein and is worth at least an occasional listen.

Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein’s debut solo record Dream in Motion is a surprisingly engaging offering.  That is due to its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes, which will connect to its listeners from start to end, as evidenced by the analysis presented here.  Between the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries, the album in whole proves itself worth hearing at least occasionally.  More information on Dream in Motion is available along with all of Kirk Windstein’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Clutch To Hold Fundraiser Concert Next Week

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Clutch will hold a special new streaming live event next week.

The band will perform a streamed concert May 27 titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1.  The concert, which will raise money for the nonprofit agencies MusiCares and Angel Flight, has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group and LiveFrom Events.

Clutch’s concert, which is on the back of its new Weathermaker Series and its 2018 album Book of Bad Decsisions, will be available for On Demand viewing starting at 4 p.m. EST on May 28.  It will be available to watch until May 30.  Tickets are available for the May 27 show here.  The ticket price — $9 — will remain the same for the concert’s On Demand stream as for its live stream.

Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo and Saul will join Clutch as support for the concert.  Their performances will be held remotely.

Blacktop Mojo’s performance will be in support of its forthcoming EP Static, which is scheduled for release May 29.  Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein released his new solo album Dream in Motion Jan. 24 through eOne, while Crowbar’s most recent album The Serpent Only Lies was released Oct. 28 through eOne.  Saul’s performance is in support of its debut EP Aeons, which was released in March 2019.

MusiCares is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to musicians for items, such as medical bills, rehabilitation resources and general financial aid.

Angel Flight is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Sepultura Debuts ‘Last Time’ Lyric Video

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Sepultura is tackling the issue of addiction with its latest single.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Last Time‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Quadra, which is scheduled for release Feb. 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Sepultura guitarist Adreas Kisser talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“‘Last Time’ is a song that many can relate to or have encountered people that are trying to overcome an addiction,” he said.  “In the times that we live in, it’s a struggle that we all must face.”

Sepultura debuted Quadra‘s lead single ‘Isolation‘ Nov. 8.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

The tracklist reads as follows:
1. Isolation
2. Means To An End
3. Last Time
4. Capital Enslavement
5. Ali
6. Raging Void
7. Guardians Of Earth
8. The Pentagram
9. Autem
10. Quadra
11. Agony Of Defeat
12. Fear; Pain; Suffering

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The band will launch its first tour in support of Quadra March 18 in San Diego, CA.  The tour is scheduled to run through April 22 in Ventura, CA and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL and Cleveland, OH.

Along with its North American dates ,the band also has a series of European festivals scheduled.  The dates for those festivals and the band’s tour are noted below.  Crowbar, Sacred Reich and Art of Shock will join Sepultura throughout the band’s tour.

Confirmed dates for the SEPULTURA “Quadra Tour” with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR and ART OF SHOCK are:

3/18/2020  San Diego, CA – House of Blues
3/19/2020  Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
3/20/2020  Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
3/21/2020  Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
3/23/2020  Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
3/24/2020  Iowa City, IA – Wildwood
3/26/2020  Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
3/27/2020  Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
3/28/2020  Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/29/2020  Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
3/30/2020  Toronto, ON – Opera House
4/1/2020  Montreal, QC – Astral
4/02/2020  Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/03/2020  Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
4/04/2020  Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
4/06/2020  Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
4/07/2020  Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
4/08/2020  Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
4/09/2020  Charlotte, NC – Underground @ The Fillmore
4/10/2020  Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/11/2020  Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
4/12/2020  Tampa, FL – The Ritz
4/14/2020  New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
4/16/2020  Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
4/17/2020  Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
4/18/2020  Dallas, TX Gas – Monkey Live
4/19/2020  Austin, TX – Emo’s
4/21/2020  Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
4/22/2020  Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre

Festivals 2020:
11.06.                   PL        Kraków – Mystic Festival
12./13.06.            SK        Prešov – Dobry Festival
13./14.06.            IRL       Dublin – Sunstroke
18. – 21.06.          B          Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
20.06.                  F          Clisson – Hellfest *SOLD OUT*
26.06.                  N          Ekeberg – Tons of Rock
01. – 04.07.          D          Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
03.07.                  E          Viveiro – Resurrection Fest *SOLD OUT*
09./10.07.            A          Leoben – Area 53 Festival
09. – 12.07.         CZ        Vizovice – Masters of Rock
11.07.                  I           Ritten – Rock im Ring
17.07.                  D          Bertingen – Rock unter den Eichen
18.07.                  NL        Eindhoven – Dynamo Metalfest

Pre-orders for Quadra are open now.  More information on Sepultura’s upcoming tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.sepultura.com/br

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

 

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The Forge Announces Expansive New Live Calendar

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Chicago has, for ages, been a hotbed for great musical talent and a place where some of the biggest acts have come on their tours, including the acts lined up to perform at The Forge, the city’s foremost concert venue.

The Forge released this week an extensive new list of acts scheduled to perform at the venue.  The schedule runs from Feb. 9 and runs through June June 29.  Dead Horse Trauma opens the new schedule alongside Oblivion Zero, Consume The Divide, A Silent Truth and torn By Tentacles.

Also scheduled to perform at The Forge on its latest schedule are: Sons of Apollo on Feb. 18 alongside Drifting; Act of Defiance on March 15, Hatebreed on March 20 alongside Crowbar, The Acacia Strain and twitching Tongues; Satyricon and Inquisition on May 20; Uli Jon Roth on June 29; Flaw, Bedlam, Static Signal and Undeclass on March 29 and many others.

The current schedule or The Forge is noted below.

The Forge – Event List

February 9- Dead Horse Trauma, Oblivion Zero, Consume the Divide, A Silent Truth, Torn by Tentacles
February 10 – Smells Like Nirvana, Facelift, Fake News
February 16- Dreezy/ Lil Bibby
February 18 – Sons Of Apollo, Drifting
February 23- Poison’d Crue & Done Dirt Cheap
February 24- Kashmir
February 27 – Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Havok (Sold Out)
March 2- We Came As Romans, The Plot in You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempting Fate
March 4- Local Showcase- Stone the Crow, Orinoco, Torn by Tentacles, Bury the Shadows, What Lies Ahead, Secrets of Skeletons, Bury Your Past, 3 Days From Dying, Bareknuckle Bullseye, Folls Brew, Vivorum, Chalk
March 6- Catastrophic Event Specialist Tour- Ces Cru, G-Mo Skee
March 7 – Udo Dirkschnider, Elm Street, Strikeforce, Endgame
March 10- Blackened, My Metal Heart
March 15- Act of Defiance
March 16- Janet Gardner, Reanimate the Fallen, Bullet to the Heart, Blacken the Day
March 17- Riff Raff
March 20- Hatebreed, Crowbar, The Acacia Strain, Twitching Tongues
March 21- Dying Fetus, Thy Art is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Rivers of Nihil, Sanction
March 23- Twiztid
March 24- Magic Mike Tour
March 28- Froggy Fresh
March 29- Flaw, Bedlem, Static Signal, Underclass
March 31- ICP, Attila
April 12- The Lacs
April 13 – Cradle Of Filth, Jinjer, Uncured
April 26- Carnifex, Oceano, Winds of Plague, Archspire, Spite, Buried Above Ground, Widowmaker
April 28- Damaged Justice, Super Unknown, Big Bang Baby
April 29- Bobaflex, Andrew W. Boss, Trip 6
May 6 – Nile, Soulfly, Hate Storm Annihilation, Orinoco, Beneath the Hollow
May 20- Satyricon, Inquisition
May 25- Insomnium
May 31- Devastation on the Nation- Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath
June 4 – HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam, Wrath, Acracy
June 29 – Uli Jon Roth

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AHTY’s New Album Will Leave Listeners “Screaming” For More

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Courtesy: Minus Head Records

Bow down, metal nation.  All Hail The Yeti has returned.  And it has done so in grand fashion with its long-awaited sophomore album Screams From a Black Wilderness.  The thirteen-song record is a musical offering that proves to be a solid follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2012 debut from beginning to end.  That is thanks both to the song’s powerful musical arrangements and equally engaging campfire horror stories.  Both elements combine within the course of each song to make Screams From a Black Wilderness a record that every metal purist should hear at least once if not more now that it is available.  The album’s opener and lead single ‘Before The Flames’ is a good example of how that mix of music and lyrics makes this record such a solid return for All Hail The Yeti.  ‘Witch Is Dead,’ the album’s midway point, is another piece that exemplifies the power of this record’s musical and lyrical material.  It will be discussed later.  ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more example of that power.  All three songs, when set against one another, paint a clear picture of the power of the album’s musical and lyrical content.  Together with the rest of the album’s offerings, all thirteen songs make this fifty-nine minute record a collection of songs that is one more of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal records.

Four years removed from the release of its self-titled debut album All Hail The Yeti has returned with a new offering that actually bests that record.  That is proven time and again throughout the course of the album’s thirteen songs and fifty-nine minute run time.  Its opener and lead single ‘Before The Flames’ is proof of that in itself.  This is thanks both to its musical arrangement and its lyrical content.  In regards to the song’s musical content it is a piece that any fan of Hellyeah, Dry Kill Logic, Motionless in White and other acts of that ilk.  The arrangement in question is a mid-tempo composition that is driven largely by its guitar line and drums.  Front man Connor Garritty conjures thoughts of Hellyeah/Mudvayne front man Chad Gray with his vocal delivery.  That adds even more punch to the song’s musical arrangement.  It’s just one part of what makes this song proof of the album’s overall strength.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song as its musical makeup.  Garritty noted in a recent interview that the album’s songs are lyrically based on well-known campfire horror stories.  And the story behind this song is horror, needless to say.  It centers on the story of an orphanage that caught fire and killed all of the children inside.  It would be interesting to discover the roots of the story.  Though, the story of Vermillion’s Gore Orphanage in Ohio seems to line up pretty well with this story.  One part of the story even has the spirits of the children running through the woods, allegedly still on fire, screaming “Help Me” much as Garritty screams “Help Us” Save Us/Fire and flame are surrounding us.”  The little girl telling her parents in a letter (that obviously never made it to them) of how the fire started makes the story even more painful to hear.  That is not to say that there is any truth to the Ohio legend.  But the two stories definitely do sound similar.  Regardless of whether or not a relationship exists between that story and the story behind this song, it can still be said that the combination of the song’s story and its musical arrangement makes this song one of the album’s best and just one example of what makes Screams From a Black Wilderness a solid sophomore effort from All Hail The Yeti and a record that was well worth the wait.

‘Before The Flames’ is a good example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s long-awaited sophomore album Screams From a Black Wilderness a solid sophomore effort from the Los Angeles, CA-based band.  It shows just as much why the album was well worth the wait.  While it is a good example of both, it is not the only good example of each.  The album’s midpoint, ‘Witch Is Dead,’ is another example of what makes this record stand out.  In terms of its musical content the influences of Dry Kill Logic and Hellyeah are clear and present throughout.  That is especially the case in the song’s chorus in which Garritty and company chant, “Hey, hey the witch is dead/Which old witch/The wicked witch/Hey, hey the wicked witch is dead/Wake up/Your blood runs red/As it drips off of your head/Wake up/The f****** b**** is dead” against the song’s pounding drums and guitars.  The chorus isn’t the only place in which those influences show themselves.  They are just as evident throughout the song’s verses, too.  Speaking of the song’s verses their content sounds pretty violent to say the least.  However one must keep in mind here that ‘Witch Is Dead’, like the album’s other songs, is based on a classic campfire horror story.  Considering this one can only wonder which story was the influence behind the song.  That is because in today’s era it sadly sounds like way too many real life murder stories.  Garrity sings here of a man who has perhaps murdered a woman.  That is inferred as he screams, “It seems like lately there’s no more you and I/Will not take this anymore/I come to judge you f****** w****/I bet you die alone/There is no chance in this life you’re making/All alone/So stop breathing/You sucked up enough.”  That’s just the song’s lead verse, too.  Things don’t’ lighten up any in the song’s second verse.  Garritty’s character screams here, “And now you’re mine/Your hands are tied and you’re squealin’ like a swine/It makes me smile/When I realize that I/Have you where I want you/I always knew it would end like this.”  It gets even harsher in the song’s closing verse.  That verse will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  But it goes without saying that whichever classic campfire story is the basis for this song, it definitely is a scary one.  And that fear factor, when set against the song’s musical content, makes the song in whole a work that is just as nightmare-inducing as it is entertaining (thanks to its musical content).  As crazy as it might seem, the mix of that fear factor and entertainment factor shows why the song in whole is another good example of what makes Screams From a Black Wilderness such a solid and welcome new return from All Hail The Yeti.  It still is not the album’s only other example, either.  ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more example of what makes this record such a solid and welcome return for the band.

‘Before The Flames’ and ‘Witch Is Dead’ are both key examples of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s new album a solid and welcome return for the band.  They are just a couple of examples of what makes it so solid and welcome.  ‘Let The Night Roar’ is one more of the album’s strong points.  The song’s musical arrangement sets its foundation.  Its musical arrangement boasts a familiar heavy, chugging sound that is more akin to the likes of Crowbar, Down, and others of that ilk.  In regards to its lyrical content it is obvious right from the song’s opening verse that the song is centered on the Jonestown Massacre.  That is because Garritty screams right in the opening lines, “They were told to line up/And drink the glass of Flavor-Aid…would send them to an early grave.”  He even makes light of Jones having a hurried, agitated sense about him when he told his followers to drink the juice and commit suicide, as soldiers were coming.”  This depiction is spot on according to the story of what happened at Jonestown.  What’s really scary here is that the band even gives voice to Jones’ followers as they tell Jones that they drink to make him happy.  The way in which Garritty and company sing those lines makes the story so sad.  That is because of the knowledge that they had been completely brainwashed by that madman.  It also incorporates what can only be assumed to be audio of Jones talking to his followers in the course of the song in order to heighten the song’s impact.  It does just that, too.  That heightened impact, when set against the song’s heavy, chugging musical arrangement, once again shows why this composition is one of the album’s strongest points.  When set alongside the likes of ‘Witch Is Dead’ and ‘Before The Flames’ all three songs join together to paint a very scary picture in the best way possible.  They paint a picture of an album that will entertain listeners once more just as much as it will scare them with each of its songs’ stories.  This applies just as much with the album’s remaining songs not noted here.  All things considered the musical and lyrical material that makes up the body of this record shows it in whole to be a record that is a solid, welcome return from All Hail The Yeti and also one of the best new hard rock and metal albums of the year.

All Hail The Yeti’s new album Screams From a Black Wilderness is a solid, welcome return from the Los Angeles, CA-based metal outfit.  It is also one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  That is thanks to stories that real or imagined are the stuff of nightmares.  The musical foundation set by the song’s arrangements adds even more impact to the album.  This applies not only to the songs noted in this review but to every one of the album’s featured offerings.  All things considered Scenes From a Black Wilderness proves to be a solid, welcome return for All Hail The Yeti and one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  It is a record that will leave audiences and other bands bowing to the band as one of the metal community’s next big names.  It is available now and can be downloaded direct online via iTunes and Amazon.  More information on Screams From a Black Wilderness is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

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AHTY’s Debut Re-Issue Is A Welcome Re-Introduction For The Band

Courtesy:  Minus Head Records

Courtesy: Minus Head Records

A little more than three years ago, All Hail The Yeti rose from the wilds of Los Angeles and released its debut self-titled album. The album, released via AFM Records, boasted eleven tracks that completely defied any solid categorization. It is likely because of the inability of critics and audiences to classify the band into one specific sub-genre of the rock world or another that the band has remained just under the mainstream hard rock and metal radar since then. It is a sound that boasts influences from across the rock and metal world including but not limited to: Alice in Chains, Devildriver, Down, Crowbar, and a number of others. Now thanks to Minus Head Records, the band has gotten a new birth and the chance at achieving even more fame. That is because Minus Head Records re-issued All Hail The Yeti this past December. As an added bonus to the eleven songs featured in the original album, Minus Head Records has included three bonus demo tracks in the album’s new re-issue. The combination of those bonuses and the album’s original songs make All Hail The Yeti’s new re-issue an enjoyable re-introduction to the rock realm for the band and an equally solid recording for audiences while they wait for the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album due out this year also via Minus Head Records.

Minus Head Records’ new re-issue of All Hail The Yeti’s 2012 debut self-titled album is an enjoyable re-introduction for the band into the rock realm. It an equally solid recording for audiences to take in while they wait for the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this year via Minus Head Records. This is evident through the album’s mix of musical and lyrical content that cannot be classified into one of the rock realm’s subgenres or another. And that is obvious early on in the album’s run in the song ‘When The Sky Falls.’ In regards to its musical content, this song clearly exhibits influences from the previously noted rock and metal acts that have come before. They do so through the song’s heavy, crunching sludge metal sound. Even in that distinct sound, front man Connor Garrity’s spoken word verses and thundering vocals come together to make a vocal style that is unlike that of most metal front men past or present. The general effect of that standout delivery, when set against the song’s pummeling musical content, is a song that will have every head banging. The song’s musical content is a whole different story. The song’s lyrical content comes across as being from the mind of a rather disturbed individual. Garrity’s subject speaks here saying, “This day will forever change my life/I was lost deep inside my sorrow/Thinking this part of me was gone forever/So much of my heart given only to be taken/I built a shield/To protect what was left/And no one deserved what I have to give.” He goes on to say, “Then one evening/Was it summer or was it fall/Both seasons crashing like waves/Sea sick would not come on this day/No sea sick would not come on this day.” From here, Garrity’s subject goes on to tell the story of having met a woman and basically desiring her quite a bit. The thing is that the things that this subject says leads one to paint a picture of him as being of quite the criminal mind. That mindset is alluded to as Garrity writes, “I wanna take you/Take your soul/There will be no ransom note/Abduct this angel from heaven/Will that send me straight to hell/then burn my body down…I want your lips/And your kiss/I need your skin/And your touch/I crave your smell/And your taste/I will have your heart/And your f***.” It is definitely an interesting picture, needless to say. If it is indeed meant to be a bit shocking, then Garrity has accomplished his goal. Given, it’s not the only shock rock piece ever crafted (if indeed it is a shock rock piece so to speak). Sting’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ was sung from the vantage point of a stalker. But even with this in mind, it still is a piece that will get listeners’ attention. One could even argue that it takes ‘Every Breath You Take’ and take it to a whole new disturbing level. That and the song’s musical content make it a clear example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out. It is just one example of what makes this record stand out, too. ‘After The Great Fire’ is another example of what makes All Hail The Yet’s debut self-titled album stand out in today’s metal community.

‘When The Sky Falls’ is a prime example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s self-titled debut album stand out in today’s metal community. The song’s pummeling musical content set against its rather intriguing lyrical content makes it a song that in itself will definitely leave listeners thinking and talking. It isn’t the only piece that makes an impact in this record. ‘After The Great Fire’ is similar stylistically speaking to ‘When The Sky Falls.’ In terms of its lyrical content, though, it definitely stands out just as much. It is just as dark of a song in regards to its lyrical content as ‘When The Sky Falls’ just in a completely different manner. This song focuses on a fire that took a number of innocent lives. It hints at a fire at a hospital or some building that housed a medical structure. Garrity doesn’t directly note if the story presented in the song was in reference to an actual fire or structure. But its dark lyrical content will definitely make audiences take note. Garrity writes in this song, “Pure evil inside asbestos walls/This great fire raged one hundred feet tall/Taking forty children cradled in its flames/And two dozen women who were said to be blamed.” He goes on to write a rather vivid description of what happened, noting, “There was a surgical stench in the air/It reeked of flesh and burning hair/You hear the cries behind every door/With screams of pain and festered sores.” He notes in the song’s chorus something that comes across as being a supernatural reference, writing, “I hear the spirits come after the great fire/When the children call after the great fire/Inside the smoke they’re born after the great fire/When the children burn after the great fire.” It is a disturbing image. That goes without saying. And it is just as disturbing of a story, especially considering the song’s verses. Even as dark as it is lyrically, one cannot deny Garrity’s ability to really capture listeners’ attention with his writing. Once again, the song’s lyrical content not only stands on its own proverbial feet but it also paints a picture that makes envisioning the story rather easy, even if audiences don’t want to envision said picture. To that extent it proves in its own right what makes All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out in whole. It is not the last piece that serves that argument. ‘Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)’ is one more example of what makes this record stand out.

Both ‘When The Sky Falls’ and ‘After The Great Fire’ are key examples of what makes All hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out. Their heavy, pummeling musical content coupled with their equally vivid lyrical content make both songs compositions that while being somewhat similar to other metal songs, are just as unlike said offerings. They are just a couple of pieces featured in this record that make it stand out. ‘Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)’ comes later in the album’s run. It is one more example of what makes AHTY stand out. In terms of its musical content, the song is just as pummeling as the songs that come before it. This includes not just ‘When The Sky Falls’ and ‘After The Great Fire’ but each of the other songs not noted here. In regards to its lyrical content, it is wholly about the Ruby Ridge standoff of 1992, going all the way in-depth even noting that the whole thing stemmed from a land dispute between neighbors Randy Weaver and Terry Kinnison. There is also direct note of the outrage at the government agencies involved and the outcome of their actions. Garrity notes in the song that the agencies shut down the whole mountain on which the family lived (which for all intents and purposes is what happened) in order to conduct their operations. The whole thing opens with a taped quote from Randy Weaver recorded after his arrest in which he notes what he expected to happen. That and the story presented in the song make the song yet again a rather vivid story, and one that is true, too. The very fact that few if any other acts out there past or present have ever crafted songs about this infamous even makes the song stand out even more. And because of that it serves to make AHTY stand out in whole even more. Together with ‘When The Sky Falls,’ ‘After The Great Fire,’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the presentation in whole a record that is, once more, a welcome re-introduction for the band into the metal community and an equally solid offering for the metal community as it awaits the All Hail The Yeti’s highly anticipated sophomore album.

Minus Head Records’ re-issue of All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album is a welcome re-introduction for the band into the metal community. It is an equally solid offering for the metal community as it awaits the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out sometime this year via Minus Head Records. It is such a surprising recording thanks in large part to its musical content. It mixes elements of sludge metal, metalcore, and pure hard rock for a record that holds its own from beginning to end. The album’s lyrical content is just as important to note. While rather dark, the songs that were penned for the album are rather vivid in their presentations. They paint pictures that even as disturbing as they might be at times, are also quite easy to see. To that extent, the songs’ lyrical content proves to be just as important to this album as its musical content. The combination of both elements makes it an album that will keep listeners engaged from beginning to end. It also makes the album, again, a record that is both a welcome re-introduction for the band and a piece that will keep audiences’ ears as they await the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album later this year. AHTY can be pre-ordered online via the band’s official bandcamp page now at https://ahty.bandcamp.com/album/all-hail-the-yeti-re-issue. More information on All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Audiences Actually Saw Some Real Worthwhile Music Re-Issues In 2015

In the world of the music business there are few releases that are more ardently frowned upon than the annual crop of album re-issues. From one genre to the next every genre sees its own share of re-issues released each year totalling some years close to a hundred if not more. That is counting re-issues from every genre of the mainstream and independent music industry. The reason that re-issues are so oft frowned upon is that nine times out of ten they are little more than contractually obligated space fillers that acts churn out between new albums in order to appease their bosses at their respective record labels. The result is that few re-issues (regardless of genre) ever really offer any real value to audiences. BUt then there are some that actually do bear at least some value. In fact some are surprisingly well worth the listen and even the purchase. This year, Judas Priest’s classic album Defenders of the Faith has proven to be one of those re-issues that actually stands out. Fates Warning’s classic album A Pleasant Shade of Gray is another one of those worthwhile re-issues at least for rock audiences. The same can be said of Anthrax’s re-issue of Spreading the Disease. The rock realm isn’t the only one that saw some worthwhile new re-issues this year. The R&B industry saw a worthwhile re-issue from British R&B star Rainy Milo in her album This Thing of Ours. Even the World Music realm saw at least one worthwhile re-issue in the form of Flavia Coelho’s Mundo Meu. These are just some of the rare worthwhile re-issues to be released this year. There are others, too. And they are all here on the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Top New Re-issues. Once again, fifteen total albums have been noted with the top ten being the best and the bottom five still being enjoyable enough to deserve honorable mention. All things considered 2015 saw some rather interesting and enjoyable re-issues. And they are listed here. For your consideration, dear readers, are 2015’s Best New Music Re-Issues.

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 BEST NEW MUSIC RE-ISSUES

1. FATES WARNING — A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY

2. JUDAS PRIEST — DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH

3. ANTHRAX — SPREADING THE DISEASE

4. THE ROLLING STONES — STICKY FINGERS

5. KELAKOS — UNCORKED: RARE TRACKS FROM A 70S BAND

6. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS

7. SAXON — HEAVY METAL THUNDER

8. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

9. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE — UNCONDITIONAL

10. RAINY MILO — THIS THING OF OURS

11. FLAVIA COELO — MUNDO MEU

12. RED LINE CHEMISTRY — CHEMICAL HIGH AND A HAND GRENADE

13. FREEDOM CALL — 666 WEEKS BEYOND ETERNITY

14. NIRVANA — NIRVANA

15. CROWBAR — EQUILIBRIUM

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Confess’ New Single Presents An Intense And Intensely Positive Message

Courtesy:  Opposite Records

Courtesy: Opposite Records

Generally when one thinks of Iran, one’s thoughts instantly lean towards all of the latest major news headlines–the nation’s deal to curb its nuclear output, terrorism, etc. So it goes without saying that when a band rises from what is said to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world and takes a stand against all of the negativity surrounding its home nation, it is a band well worth hearing. Enter Confess. The Tehran, Iran-based band has just released its latest single ‘See You Other Side.’ And in hearing the song, It is a powerful new statement from the band.

According to its official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConfessBand, it takes its influences from the realms of metalcore, NWOAHM, and Thrash. Each of those influences is clear in the band’s new single, which can be heard online now via SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/confess1. Right from the opening bars of the nearly five-minute opus, the band launches into a full on assault that hints at the likes of Hatebreed, The Haunted, Overkill, and a number of others. That is especially thanks to the work of front man and founding member Nikan Khosravi. According to the band’s official Facebook page, Khosravi handles lead vocal duties as well as guitars and bass. If that is indeed him on guitars in this song, then he is to be highly applauded as his work instantly grabs listeners and refuses to let go. It throws back to the great thrash numbers of the late 80s that once made thrash such a great subgenre of the rock world. Khosravi’s vocals are just as intense, conjuring thoughts of the one and only Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual) and to a slightly lesser extent, Crowbar frontman Kirk Windstein among others. DJ/sampler/engineer Arash “Chemical” Ilkhani plays his own important role along with the band’s recording drummer Samir “Outsider” Malikoglou. While Ilkhani’s role is not as large in this song as Confess’ other work, it still is important in its own right regardless. All parts combined here, ‘See You Other Side’ proves in regards to its musical content to be a piece that any hardcore fan will appreciate. It shows that great hardcore and great rock in general can come from any part of the world; even the most war-torn corners of the world.

Having noted the impressive nature of ‘See You Other Side’s musical content, the next logical step is to examine the song’s lyrical content. Khosravi noted of the song’s lyrical content that it is meant to be a response to all of the negativity surrounding the communities of the Middle East. They are meant not to be negative but to serve as a starting point to give listeners hope amidst all of the bleakness surrounding them. That is made clear right from the song’s opening verse as Khosravi screams, “Destruction of underestimation/Hope and dreams are weapons of the war/Rejection of conclusion/Wash away your eyes from the tears.” That verse alone speaks volumes. It comes across as saying that amid all of the strife and suffering, hope and dreams can be used to fight all of that negativity. Rejection of conclusion/Wash away your eyes from the tears is just as clear. He comes across as telling listeners to not give in to the sense of hopelessness and desperation brought on by everything going on. The irony here is that while these lyrics may be in response largely to the situation in the Middle East, they could apply just as much to any other part of the world.

The opening verse of ‘See You Other Side’ offers a clear understanding of the message being conveyed by Confess in its latest single. While its lyrics paint a picture that is clear enough, the song’s closing verse makes that message even more obvious as Khosravi screams, “Hating me for being someone’s loved one?/You never know what it feels like when your duty’s done/The negative thirteen/Plus the positive thoughts/My tongue is a trigger/And my brain is a gun/You’d better run/That’s right.” The line in which Khosravi notes a person not knowing “what it feels like” when his or her “duty is done” seems to verbally attack the suicide bombers and their twisted mentalities. His continued thoughts concerning the power of positive thoughts both emotionally and mentally in the verse’s closing line presents a message that is just as optimistic for listeners. That is especially obvious as he writes in the song’s previous verse, “My scars are bleeding out too fast/They are deep/Deep as my last breath/My mind’s bruised/I’ll start first global war of wrath/We feel the same as you/Try to send it back at last.” One can only assume that these lines make reference to the brainwashing that so many younger people in the Middle East go through by those extremist groups. That being assumed, it can be inferred that these lines set against the more optimistic vibe of the song’s closing lines that Khosravi is telling his listeners that they don’t have to listen to that brainwashing; that there is hope out there and better things than what the extremists are trying to get them to do. It is a good final message for fans in this song. Together with the song’s intense musical content, the song’s collective lyrical content makes the song a work that proves that even from the worst situations, great things can rise. It is a message that he entire Middle East needs just as much as other nations of the world. Given the chance, it will spread and it will rise, making itself and the band in whole the push that the world needs to win the war on terror once and for all.

‘See You Other Side’ is a powerful new work from Iran’s Confess. The intensity of the song’s musical content will make any metal purist proud; especially those purists that are fans of the thrash and hardcore realms. The song’s lyrical content gives the song even more punch. Both elements assembled together, they make ‘See You Other Side’ a message that given the chance could inspire listeners both in the band’s home country and in countries around the world and in turn begin to help turn the tide in the war on terror just as much as entertain. Audiences can, again, hear ‘See You Other Side’ now online via SoundCloud at http://www.soundcloud.com/confess1. More information on the band’s new single is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at http://www.facebook.com/ConfessBand. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.