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PIG HEART TRANSPLANT – Iron Lung-Related Industrial/No Wave Project To See Release Via 20 Buck Spin

Posted in extreme music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Pig Heart Trans

The second full-length of demolition from PIG HEART TRANSPLANT — the solo works of one Jon Kortland of Iron Lung – has been declared for release this September, as a conjoined release between 20 Buck Spin and the band’s own Iron Lung Records.

The alter ego of Jon Kortland, one half of surgical powerviolence duo, Iron Lung, PIG HEART TRANSPLANT delivers both a vicious beating and violent outcome, however the operating methodology is an entirely different animal; slow, churning, industrial, electronic, painfully percussive, a bureaucratic nightmare of State Power with gears grinding the individual into a hallow shell, perfectly molded into one of Them. This is 1984.

Kortland’s second opus, For Mass Consumption is composed of twenty-eight tracks, each approximately forty-four seconds long, each song bearing a four-letter word, structured in a perfectly palatable way for optimum group adoption and mindless adherence to common purpose. Electronic manipulation, no wave guitar noise, abrasive hammering and eerie synthetic ambiance imbue the listener with the seedy malaise of manipulation on a societal scale. One might recognize the pulverizing brutality of early Swans on tracks like “Film” or “Pigs,” the pulsing throb of Brighter Death Now and IRM on “Coma” or even Robert McNaugton’s soundtrack work for Henry: Portrait Of Serial Killer on “1970” or “1980.”

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For the first widespread preview of this aural torture, tune in to the fourth track from For Mass Consumption, “Born,” being broadcast from THIS LOCATION.

Undoubtedly a horrifying work of aural terror, PIG HEART TRANSPLANT‘s For Mass Consumption is the logical result of a culture bent on banal conformity and the futile struggle against its domination. 20 Buck Spin is pleased to bring this tormented future vision into the present in collaboration with Iron Lung Records. The album will storm North America first via 20 Buck Spin on September 2nd, followed days later on September 8th upon European populations. Vinyl and cassette editions will follow via Iron Lung Records shortly after.

New performances among the humans should be considered forthcoming, alongside additional previews of For Mass Consumption and more. Devotees of early Swans (early), SPK, Test Dept, Bastard Noise, Pharmakon, Godflesh and of course, Iron Lung, get hip to this one.

For Mass Consumption – Track Listing:

1. Drug, 2. Film, 3. Gift, 4. Born, 5. Male, 6. Numb, 7. Pigs, 8. Acts, 9. Pray. 10. Swim, 11. Thaw, 12. Coma, 13. Copy, 14. 1970, 15. Dirt, 16. Used, 17. Cuts, 18. City, 19. Line, 20. Home, 21. Scum, 22. Safe, 23. Half, 24. Edit, 25. Belt, 26. Mute, 27. Sold, 28. 1980

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info:

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http://www.20buckspin.com

http://www.facebook.com/20buckspin

http://twitter.com/20buckspinlabel

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http://lifeironlungdeath.blogspot.com

http://ironlungrecords.bigcartel.com

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LONG LIVE PIG HEART TRANSPLANT.

LONG LIVE EXTREME MUSIC.

Stone.

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The Power Of The Riff West – Will Set L.A. Ablaze Next Week

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Festival Roster Finalized With The Addition Of LEWD ACTS

The 2012 installment of The Power Of The Riff West is now just one week away, as more than twenty acts will infiltrate Los Angeles’ Echo/Echoplex next Saturday, August 11th.

In addition to recent festival additions including SUNN 0))), NAUSEA (CA), DESPISE YOU and more, this week LEWD ACTS have also been added, now finalizing the festival’s massive lineup: SUNN 0))), OFF!, DR. KNOW, REPULSION, NOOTHGRUSH, XIBALBA, DESPISE YOU, EAGLE TWIN, NAUSEA (CA), POWER TRIP, ANCESTORS, LEWD ACTS, ALPHA & OMEGA, BIO-CRISIS, HOAX, GAZA, DNF, RETOX, THE LOVE BELOW, COPS, HORDES, XAPHAN

The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining.

Tickets for The Power Of The Riff West are on sale now AT THIS LOCATION.

Tickets for The Power Of The Riff East — the two-day event in Brooklyn on September 1st and 2nd to feature PENTAGRAM, AGNOSTIC FRONT, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, SUNN 0))), WINTER, REPULSION, DEAD IN THE DIRT and more — can be purchased RIGHT HERE

Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff events are co-curated and organized by Southern Lord. TPOTR is an event that honors Extreme Music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info, click on the links below!

http://www.thepoweroftheriff.com

http://twitter.com/#!/TPOTR

https://www.facebook.com/ThePowerOfTheRiff

http://www.southernlord.com

LONG LIVE THE POWER OF THE RIFF.

LONG LIVE SOUTHERN LORD.

LONG LIVE EXTREME MUSIC.

Stone.

WINDFAERER – New Track Stream Posted

Posted in Black Metal, Extreme Metal, folk metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Garden State Blackened Metal troupe WINDFAERER are currently streamingA Glimpse of Light,” the second track off their new EP, Solar. The self-released follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed Tribus debut was recorded with Bobby Torres at Frightbox Recording in Clifton, New Jersey and offers up seven tracks of sadistic beauty laden with elements of Black and Melodic Death Metal while exuding a folkloric edge.

Check out A Glimpse of Light” at THIS LOCATION.

Literally meaning “one who travels with the wind,” as in a vessel at sea, WINDFAERER began as a means of self-expression for guitarist/bassist/vocalist Michael Gonçalves, inspired by his Hispanic/Iberian heritage and fueled by his passion for Extreme Music. With WINDFAERER, he focused his energies on creating a melodic, blasting and emotional entity and eventually recruited like-minded musicians in violinist Benjamin Karas and drummer JP Andrade.

Gonçalves notes: “This music is a vessel for my expression. WINFAERER is not to follow trends or be part of a scene of some sort; it is about independence and being true. Solar feels like a healthy progression for WINDFAERER‘s music,” he continues. “I’ve included more input from my bandmates in the writing process and we’re excited to show the world our brand of Metal with this EP. We are more energized than ever to keep creating.”

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on WINDFAERER, click on the link below!

http://www.windfaerer.com

http://www.facebook.com/windfaerer

LONG LIVE WINDFAERER.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – Featured In ATMOSFEAR Extreme Music Magazine Issue #8

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, magazines, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ANA KEFR – The California based Extreme Metal band ANA KEFR have a featured interview in the latest issue (#8) of ATMOSFEAR Extreme Music Magazine. What sets ANA KEFR apart from their Extreme Metal peers, is their progressive leanings musically and philosophical lyrics. Make no Metal mistake, ANA KEFR is an Extreme Metal band, 100% from top to bottom and side to side. ANA KEFR is an Extreme Metal band that is on the rise and a must to check out and hear, if you haven’t already.

* ANA KEFR was voted #9 in Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Metal Albums of 2011, with their critically applauded album: The Burial Tree (II). (Posted on Metal Odyssey December 17th, 2011).

(Source: Sundisc PR)

* For more info on ANA KEFR, click on the link below:

www.anakefr.com

* For more info on ATMOSFEAR, click on the link below:

www.atmosfearzine.com

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

FUCK THE FACTS: New Track Streaming Via Decibel Magazine

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, grindcore, hardcore music, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Ottawa’s bastardized grinders FUCK THE FACTS have posted the track “Alone” from the band’s upcoming album Die Miserable. Check it out at Decibel Magazine’s website here.

FUCK THE FACTS have previously posted several other tracks from Die Miserable, including “A Coward’s Existence” and “Drift,” as well as an in-studio video documenting the recording of the album.

Set for release in North America via Relapse Records this October 11th on CD, limited edition LP, and digital download, Die Miserable was recorded between tours at their own home studio, and bears artwork by vocalist Melanie Mongeon. Featuring almost 40 minutes of FUCK THE FACTS‘ scorching blend of socio-politically-charged Grind, Hardcore and Metal fans worldwide have embraced for the past decade, the album showcases some of the finest work the band has embodied to date.

FUCK THE FACTS Tour Dates:

9/24/2011 Salle Multi de Meduse – Quebec City, QC

10/9/2011 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON w/ Napalm Death

Stay tuned for tons of tour dates and other FUCK THE FACTS news over the coming weeks.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

LONG LIVE FUCK THE FACTS.

Stone.

GLORIOR BELLI: Band Issues The Great Southern Darkness Video Teaser

Posted in Black Metal, Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

French Black Metal goliaths, GLORIOR BELLI, recently issued a video teaser for upcoming new full-length, The Great Southern Darkness. Check it out now at Revolvermag.com.

The Great Southern Darkness offers up 11 tracks that magnify  GLORIOR BELLI‘s finest qualities: Debilitatingly fast, yet simultaneously dark and swampy with all the Americana/Stoner/Blues elements the band and their fans have come to embrace. Said Revolver in an advance review of the record: “The album combines vicious Black Metal riffery with deep New Orleans Stoner grooves to create a Metal monolith that is equal parts northern blaze and southern trendkill.”

Formed in the suburbs of Paris during the close of 2002, what began as a noxious duo soon became an untamable beast, acting as a beacon for everyone looking to free themselves of the influence of the Demiurge. Lyrics and themes explored throughout the years reveal a sincere inclination for rebel-ism and a sense of poetry. Today, the name GLORIOR BELLI has garnered a stellar reputation in the Extreme music community for mixing desert rock textures with the brutal, ominous, doom-laden vibe typical of Black Metal. But don’t bother trying to restrain that which cannot be confined, for this is merely the greatest curse of the cosmic scheme.

The Great Southern Darkness is scheduled for a North America release on September 27, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out “Secret Ride To Rebellion” at the band’s official landing page, where you will also find pre-order details, HERE.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

LONG LIVE GLORIOR BELLI.

Stone.

NAILS – Metal Injection Premieres Brand New Video “Conform/Scum Will Rise” Today!

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, hardcore metal music, hardcore music, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Just moments ago, online Metal video juggernaut Metal Injection posted the brand new video from California-based hardcore warriors NAILS! Part of Scoin’s ongoing bi-annual underground artist series, the video is for the brutally pissed “Conform/Scum Will Rise” from their acclaimed 2010 Southern Lord release Unsilent Death, and was directed by Joel Perkins.

Check out the video right now at this location and get ready to smash something.

NAILS also just annihilated audiences at the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California, and are also about to embark on a three-date assault on the Northeast U.S. alongside labelmates All Pigs Must Die. They’re also confirmed to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Maryland Deathfest, Rain Fest and more in the months to follow.

NAILS Live Attacks:

3/31/2011 – Great Scott – Boston, MA – Great Scott w/ Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows

4/01/2011 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows

4/02/2011 – The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA w/ Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows, Deathbeds

4/16/2011 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest

5/27/2011 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

5/29/2011 – Neumos – Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest

6/03/2011 – Cobalt Cafe – Canoga Park, CA w/ Cruel Hand, The Carrier, Former Thieves, The Greenery

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming NAILS album, additional live dates and much more.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

http://www.myspace.com/unsilentdeath

http://www.southernlord.com

http://www.myspace.com/southernlordrecordings

http://twitter.com/twatterlord

LONG LIVE NAILS.

Stone.

ANA KEFR – “The Burial Tree (II)” Progressively Extreme and Resists Metal Boundaries

Posted in avant-garde music, Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ANA KEFRThe Burial Tree (II) is the follow up to Volume 1, Ana Kefr’s critically acclaimed full-length debut released back in 2009. Both of these albums have been handed off to the Metal world via their own imprint label: Muse Sick. With a May 3rd, 2011 release date solidified, Ana Kefr’s new album is already making more noise than a sold out Arena of Detroit Red Wings fans. Originating from Riverside, California, Ana Kefr combines Extreme Metal with with progressive elements aplenty.

With smart and philosophical lyrics, Ana Kefr may have very well created their own Metal genre, which I’ll call – Thinking Man’s Extreme Metal. Maybe an easier label to blanket Ana Kefr with is Progressive Extreme Metal, only that would be too academic. Making things easier for us all, I’ll take a line from Hard Rock warriors Tesla: Call it what you want. I’m calling Ana Kefr an open book Extreme Metal Band… Metal be thy name.

It’s very easy to get caught up in Metal genre labels, with that said, Ana Kefr is not going to punch out at the Extreme Metal time clock anytime soon. Time is on this band’s side. What Ana Kefr brings with their extremity is layers of sounds that are so intriguing, my captivation level had reached an all new high while listening to The Burial Tree (II)… and that was during my initial listen through. What Ana Kefr has convincingly conveyed to my ears, is musical influences do not have to stand out as a bulls-eye within the structures of their songs. Ana Kefr has a keen ability to make their musical mood evolve into a potpourri of tonal originality, regardless if they are not pioneers of Metal experimentalism. Musical influences I or anyone else hears within an album of songs, is undeniably subjective. Still, the fun begins once my perception of sound takes that daringly brave leap. I’ll continue onward…

Between the Metal linings of Ana Kefr’s music, I sense influences ranging from Queensryche to Savatage, with a possible yet legitimately subtle nod to Cradle Of Filth. Do I dare state that quite logically, a reference point may have once been The Electric Light Orchestra when it comes to the atmospheric elements to The Burial Tree (II)? Maybe and maybe not. The Trans Siberian Orchestra epic-like canvas of sound hurls itself straight upon my ears from the sensory presence of The Burial Tree (II). Only this band bestows a much darker, outwardly aggresivemainstream shattering and stormier presentation of music and this album’s non-conforming bark is as muscular as it’s Extreme laden bite. The Burial Tree (II) is a box of puzzle pieces that unloads in my brain, then gets put together fluidly as each song spills forth it’s uniqueness of musical character.

Rhiis D. Lopez creates the feelings and sounds that drive Ana Kefr’s music to such elegantly Extreme profoundness with his wizardry on the keys, not to mention his emotionally Extreme vocals, resulting in that open air journey of the mind I’ve signed on to, before I can even refuse. Around each bend, through the maniacal twists and turns, are those sounds and vibrations that may just go unnoticed after the first six or maybe seven listens of The Burial Tree (II), Ana Kefr is that enterprising of a band. Can Ana Kefr be too complex for their own good? In my Metal opinion, not in this post-Millennium decade.

A thinking man’s Metal will stop me in my tracks, making me realize that there is much more to know and explore about music and it’s infinite possibilities. With a clarinet and saxophone being introduced to the musical repertoire of The Burial Tree (II), Ana Kefr is careful enough to not overstep and become overly creative. Not to dissect apart a need for woodwinds in an already progressively driven atmosphere of Metal, the level of their use substantiates Ana Kefr’s belief in less is more when it comes to not over exploiting these ageless instruments. Devouring an album such as The Burial Tree (II) overnight or over the course of a two week period is absurd. This is an album and a band that just might become your Metal companion for your mind… the big and thick book you can’t push aside.

Expect Blackened Death vocals, searing guitar parts that boils over and gives way to melody, unexpected episodes of calm, with a bounty of synthetic fullness that engulfs the top and background of these 14 songs heard on The Burial Tree (II). All the while, the Extreme Metal direction that Ana Kefr travels never goes astray from it’s determined path of being the equalizer. To put it best, mainstream would walk on the other side of the street upon seeing Ana Kefr emerging from the darkened alley.

Ana Kefr does not present a cut and dry approach, nor do they administer a cut and dry sound to sum up in a tidy album review for Metal aficionado’s on the go. What I will say, is Ana Kefr remarkably joins the highs with the lows, impeccably balancing each song’s tempo and personality to eye popping approval. Those eyes popping are mine by the way. When a band can take me aboard their musical journey, regardless of how Extreme or mellow it may be and bring me to a place I’ve never been before, then that band deserves my Metal commendation. The Burial Tree (II) is a Metal album that encompasses musical elements of various Metal genres. These are intelligent musicians that have given thought to their music and lyric’s complexity and made a fearless album of songs along the way. Ana Kefr shook up my Metal soul with The Burial Tree (II), I’m quite certain they will try to eventually seize it altogether. Metal be thy name, I can’t let it go just yet.

* Album cover art for The Burial Tree (II) was created by the Dutch artist Bianca Van Der Werf and is aptly titled: The Watcher.

ANA KEFR:

Rhiis D. Lopez – lead vocals, keyboards & clarinet

Kyle Coughran – rhythm guitar & vocals

Brendan Moore – lead guitar, saxophone & vocals

Alphonso Jimenez – bass

Shane Dawson – drums & percussion

Track Listing For The Burial Tree (II):

Ash-Shahid

Emago

Monody

In The House Of Distorted Mirrors

Thaumatrope

Bathos And The Iconoclast

The Zephirus Circus

Jeremiad

Apoptosis

Parasites

Paedophilanthrope

Fragment

The Blackening

The Collector

LONG LIVE ANA KEFR.

Stone.

Heavy Metal, Hard Rock And All Extreme Music Rules. Always Has, Always Will.

Posted in classic rock music, extreme music, Hard Rock, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, news, rock & roll, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

So let it be Metal written, so let it be Metal told.

Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Classic Rock and all Extreme Music Rules. There you have it. That’s how I feel and no one can change my Metal mind on this. When I reference “Extreme Music”… it is an all encompassing and generic term that I personally use. This includes Punk Rock, Death Metal, Black Metal, Gothic Metal, Grindcore, Hardcore and any and all sub genres of such Extreme Music. Metal be thy name.

* To all of the plastic mainstream “awards shows” that are televised throughout the year and continue to ignore the music and bands that are, (gulp), Heavy, (except for Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards), they can all kiss my Metal lovin’ ass.

* To the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: (I think you all know this one is coming), you can kiss my Metal lovin’ ass.

* To all the phony millionaire/billionaire record executives throughout the decades that shunned Heavy Music so that zit-faced boy bands and lip syncing performers could get “pushed” up the charts and on radio… you can all really pucker up… and kiss my Metal lovin’ ass.

* To those “Four Cartels” of the music industry, that abolished Heavy Metal from FM airplay and MTV back in the early ’90’s… kiss my Metal lovin’ ass. You losers.

* To all the writers who give “lousy” reviews on a band’s album, (while not bothering to listen to the given album), due to a respective band having conservative views… you all can really kiss my Metal lovin’ ass. You know who you are too, you political phonies with dumb-ass agendas.

* To all the liars behind the misleading and bias “record charts”, just keep on fooling the public and kiss my Metal lovin’ ass while your at it.

* To all the members of the “Flavor Of The Month Club” when it comes to music: Hey! Kiss my Metal lovin’ ass! You bet you know who you are… now your embarrassed.

* To that old and cranky, dictatorial political group known as the PMRC, that wanted to “change the world” through their radical thoughts and abuse of power, many years ago… see below:

* To the idiots that decided to have “amended” versions of CD’s to sell, go ahead… kiss my Metal lovin’ ass. Censorship IS NOT COOL, especially when it comes to music. Um, wasn’t there something once known asFreedom Of Speech in America? Kiss my Metal lovin’ ass again, you pathetic censor morons.

* To any band or musician who openly supports a presidential or any political candidate and gets mixed up in the immoral and unethical world of politics, by having a benefit concert for “political fundraising”… I don’t want you to kiss my ass. Please, just keep Rock ‘N’ Roll out of electing any millionaire/billionaire politician. Here’s a Metal thought: instead of having a fund-raising concert for some slimy politician, try having a fund-raising concert for a children’s hospital or orphanage. Duh. Duh again.

* To all the Phd’s, text book scholars and lawyers who “think” Heavy Metal promotes and causes violent behavior and deplorable acts on society… you can all take a bow… and while your bending over… kiss my Metal lovin’ ass.

* To all those who are annoyed that I use the fabulous word “Metal” so much in this and other posts on Metal Odyssey… um, you don’t have to kiss my Metal lovin’ ass at all. I actually have pity for you, due to the symptom you have, which is called: Metal envy. It must suck to have it.

I’m in a Metal lovin’ mood of the highest degree today, obviously. Then again, I’m always in a Metal lovin’ mood, only today it just feels so damn good. To all the nay sayers and antagonists of Heavy Music throughout the decades… hey… kiss my Metal lovin’ ass. You know why? Hell, we Metalheads, Punks and Extreme Music fans WON. The bands and the Heavy Music we love never hid, dried up or ran away. Many Heavy and Extreme bands have come and gone… still countless of these bands are still touring and making music to this very second.

I consistently try to remind visitors to Metal Odyssey, that there are scores of pathetic and narrow minded groups of people in our society that want to “control” and censor the Heavy Music that has made my life and countless other lives better. Self righteous and mean spirited groups like the PMRC need to be brought up over and over again, so fans of Heavy Music know of their censorship agenda that they set into place more than two decades ago. You can try to bury something that stinks and pretend it never existed… only the “stench” still lingers.

One last thought. To all of the idiots and “deep thinkers” that years ago would tell me “someday you will mature and stop listening to Heavy Metal and all that other garbage your listening to”… KISS MY METAL LOVIN’ ASS.

Metal Be Thy Name.

Stone.

ARSON ANTHEM “INSECURITY NOTORIETY” – RELEASES OCTOBER 12, 2010!

Posted in hard rock music, hardcore bands, hardcore metal music, hardcore punk rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Punk rock, punk rock albums, punk rock bands, punk rock music, rock and roll, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

ARSON ANTHEM – The first “full length” studio album from ARSON ANTHEM – Insecurity Notoriety, will be released on October 12, 2010, on Phil Anselmo’s very own… Housecore Records. The triple threat combination of Hardcore, Thrash and Punk are what you can expect from ARSON ANTHEM… with the onslaught of Hardcore dominating their music. Sure, you can call ARSON ANTHEM a “supergroup” based on their incredible lineup, only this is a band that brings it Hard… Heavy… and F’n Hardcore! No bullshit found in the music of ARSON ANTHEM.

*As Phil Anselmo has stated about Insecurity Notoriety: “This is vicious Hardcore, so trip out on this record!” – (Hard Rock Hideout Interview, September 20, 2010)

ARSON ANTHEM:

Mike IX Williams – vocalist

Phil Anselmo – guitars

Hank Williams III - drums

Collin Yeo - bass guitar

* Brief Metal career background on the members of ARSON ANTHEM:

Phil Anselmo has forged in Metal, his legendary career as lead vocalist for the iconic Pantera. Phil is the vocalist for the kick-ass and Louisiana born Metal Band – Down. Superjoint Ritual and Christ Inversion are just two more past bands that Phil has been a driving force behind. Mike Williams is the lead vocalist for the Metal Band – Eyehategod. Hank Williams III played bass for Superjoint Ritual and is a vocalist/guitarist for his very own Metal/Punk Band – Assjack. Collin Yeo heads up his eerie and alternatively contagious band – PonyKiller.

* For more info on ARSON ANTHEM, just click the link below:

ARSON ANTHEM – myspace music

* For more info on Housecore Records, just click on link below:

HOUSECORE RECORDS

* For more info on DOWN, just click on the link below:

DOWN – myspace music

* For more info on Hank Williams III and Assjack, just click the link below:

Hank Williams III – Official Website

* For more info on EYEHATEGOD, just click the link below:

EYEHATEGOD – myspace music

* For more info on PonyKiller, just click on the cool link below:

PonyKiller – myspace music

* The debut and self-titled ARSON ANTHM EP, (8 songs), was released on February 19, 2008, on Housecore Records.

Track Listing For ARSON ANTHEM EP:

Year Of The Fork

Doomed Morale

Bunker Life

Hammer Them Out

Wrecked Like Clockwork

Cops Shoot Coke

The Avoider

Sri Lankan Medication

LONG LIVE THE HARDCORE OF ARSON ANTHEM!

Stone.

MODERN LIFE IS WAR – “Midnight In America” Hardcore Punk that pummels the senses

Posted in Album Review, cool album covers, essential hardcore albums, essential punk rock albums, extreme music, hardcore punk rock albums, hardcore punk rock music, hardcore punk rock songs, Music, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock albums 2007, punk rock music, punk rock songs, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Modern Life Is War "Midnight In America" small picModern Life Is War caught my attention this past Summer of ’09, as I was perusing the clearance rack at my local Hot Topic. I was stunned, to say the least, to see a quality Hardcore Punk Band like this, on a clearance rack, of all places. It is a shame Modern Life Is War disbanded back in 2008… this was one loud, rowdy, Hardcore Punk Band that created some cool albums in less than a decade, (4 albums and 1 debut EP). From looking around the internet, Modern Life Is War certainly have a ton of fans hoping for a reunion of any kind. Going back to my clearance rack experience at Hot Topic… uncovered was a limited edition 7″ colored vinyl of the single Stagger Lee and the b side The Motorcycle Boy Reigns, included in a package with the Midnight In America CD with full liner notes booklet. The price… $4.98… man, that was one Hardcore Punk package too damn good to pass over. My wife actually found it first, she directed me in the right direction on this Hot Topic trip, she could not believe what we found… and for the price. If anyone who is remotely interested in listening to a quality American Hardcore Punk Band from this decade… Modern Life Is War is as fine and raucous a choice you can make.

Midnight In America is eleven songs that will either make you believe just how good this band was or have you wishing they were still around creating Hardcore Punk. Midnight In America is an impressive display of the emboldened confidence that Modern Life Is War bestowed, both in the lyrics and the Hardcore Punk Music they created. This album has it’s melodic moments, still, I’ll be damned if that takes away from the Hardcore Punk muscle that this band so viciously displays. My favorite song from this album is These Mad Dogs of Glory. The over powering Hardcore swagger just seems to boil over on this song… with pissed off enthusiasm for good measure. Night Shift At The Potato Factory and The Motorcycle Boy Reigns are songs that prove speed is a factor when it comes to real Hardcore Punk. Finding Modern Life Is War on a clearance rack proves that it is not always the crap music that gets marked down… there are many things in life that are deceiving, this is one example. If Modern Life Is War does decide on a comeback, they should know that they have this middle aged Metalhead out there, who feels they kicked some Hardcore butt during their reign.

Midnight In America was released in 2007 on Equal Vision Records.

Modern Life Is War, as they appear on Midnight In America:

Jeffrey Eaton on vocals, John Eich  on  guitar & vocals, Tyler Oleson on Drums

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RANCID – “let the dominoes fall” is Punk Rock to devour

Posted in 1990's punk rock music, Album Review, current punk rock music, essential punk rock albums, extreme music today, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock music, punk rock music 2009, punk rock music today, punk rock songs, recent punk rock albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

fullsizeRancid“let the dominoes fall” took me by surprise as I walked the CD aisles at Target today. Why is this? Well, for one, it was actually there, in stock. Secondly, the humane price of  $7.98 was screaming out at me to – buy now! $7.98… that is cheaper than buying two happy meals for my daughters. Talk about value… there are also 19 songs on the new Rancid CD as well. It is a cool treat to finally not get ripped off by the retail CD prices… when I find a great deal, I tell people. The liner notes in this Rancid CD are a bonus – it is a very large Rancid poster (depicting the CD cover of band and logo). This poster is so large, it is suitable for hanging on your wall of choice. (Sorry, I did not take an actual measurement of this poster, take my word for it, it is large). On the backside of the poster you will find all the lyrics to the songs. 

As for the songs – excellent stuff, this Rancid Punk Rock is. What I like most about Rancid, is there are no hidden agendas – just Punk Rock comin’ at ya’ the way it should be… with plenty of Old School Punk Rock sound and feel to rejoice over. I always found the Ramones and Misfits to be an instant cure to the doldrums and stagnant complacency, that an ordinary day may bring. Rancid fits this bill for me as well. I need Punk Rock as much as any of my Metal Music genres I revere. To make my point about curing the doldrums… my first listen to the tune “LA river” and I was stoked. “LA river” now and forever will get me moving, this songs beat and lyrics are instantly memorable and very addicting. In my opinion, Rancid does a convincing and yet, modest job at airing out some social commentary… “this place” tackles the subject matter of monster corporations causing the demise of Lake Shore foundries. “civilian ways” is for me, lyrically, a commendable Punk Rock statement. This song touches on the life of a U.S. soldier returning home from war… only this soldier now finds civilian ways to be foreign. Rancid does not overstate themselves while staying true to their music, the lyrics of “i ain’t worried” is a proud rallying cry for the Punk Rock genre.

Overall, “let the dominoes fall” has proven to be an excellent Punk Rock CD for me, Rancid has 19 tunes here for a reason… they’re all credible. Truth be told, I listened to this CD four times today alone… not counting the number of times I listened to “LA river”, which was many times more. I highly recommend Rancid “let the dominoes fall” to all Punk Rock fans and all Extreme Music fans across the globe. Rancid are: Tim Armstrong on guitar & vocals, Lars frederiksen on guitar & vocals, Matt Freeman on bass & vocals and Branden Steineckert on drums. Rancid “let the dominoes fall” was released on June 2, 2009, on Hellcat Records/Epitaph Records.

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BLACK FLAG “LIVE ’84” – extreme, real and essential Punk Rock

Posted in 1980's live punk rock albums, 1980's punk rock albums, 1980's punk rock music, Album Review, black flag albums, essential punk rock albums, Extreme, legends of punk rock, live punk rock music, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock albums, punk rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Black Flag “Live ’84” is a listening lesson of the early days of Extreme Music. There is no denying… Black Flag is Punk Rock. In my Metal opinion, when I think of the Punk Rock bands that laid out the blueprint for Hardcore and Extreme Music, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Misfits and Black Flag come to mind instantly. Each of these bands are so instrumental in the development of the Punk Rock, Extreme and Hardcore movements. Listening to “Live ’84” and I cannot help myself by becoming absorbed by the distortion, feedback, speed, heaviness and pissed off sound and attitude that engulfs me. Nothing beats listening to a vintage, live, Punk Rock album like this. The raw solos and low production only add to the real Punk spirit of this live Black Flag album. Henry Rollins as with each member of Black Flag, bestowed the take it or piss off approach to their music, I personally hear and feel it on “Live ’84”. For me, I am taking it… every Black Flag second of it.

I know this sounds like a cliche here… they just don’t make Punk Rock like this anymore. Heck, they don’t make bands at all like this anymore – bands that aren’t encapsulated and sheltered by their respective genre and packaged up for a massive marketing campaign for the masses. To review the songs on this Black Flag album would be a waste of my Metal time. Take my Metal word for it… this is an essential, live, Punk Rock album from Black Flag. The sum of all the musical parts here, make for an unquestionable exposure to what Punk Rock was supposed to sound like in 1984. Grit, angry, blue collar, loud, very, very fast, non-synchronized (in parts) and maddeningly abrupt musically. There is my music review for “Live ’84”. I will say that “Rats Eyes” is my favorite track, it is extremely heavy and maniacal – just Punk perfect. Take it or leave it, Black Flag is as essential to the history of Heavy Music as is the blast beat. Henry Rollins, made for as formidable a front man, as there ever existed in Punk Rock or any Heavy Music genre for that matter. Listen to this album and you might just agree with me on this.

19 songs are on “Live ’84”, only 3 tracks clock in under 2 minutes each. There are 9 songs that clock in at over 4 minutes each – with the opener “The Process of Weeding Out” coming in at 8:37. Black Flag were not your stereotypical Punk Rock band when it came to the playing times of tunes. If a martian came down to Earth, asked me for a prime example of Punk Rock and/or Extreme Music from the 1980’s, well, I would definitely hand this alien a copy of Black Flag “Live ’84”. To give proper credit where it is due, I would also hand over to this smelly space creature… a copy of the Misifts “Earth A.D.”, which was released in 1983. I think what makes me gravitate towards Black Flag “Live ’84” is hearing the brutal Punk Rock belief, in the music these guys were playing, throwing heavy caution to the wind, while not giving a crap what the commercial music world and sappy pop critics thought or said.

A Metal Odyssey roll call of the members of Black Flag, as they appear on “Live ’84″: Henry Rollins on lead vocals, Greg Ginn on guitar, Kira on bass, Bill Stevenson on drums and Tom Troccoli and various audience members on backing vocals.

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