It’s raining and gloomy here in NYC today and that is making me spend far too much time surfing around the web and “ugh” on Facebook but fortunately my email has been hefty with awesome news to share with the readership to get me away from the drivel over there. With that being said, once such note announced an early 2016 tour with a headlining Lamb Of God who will be bringing along Anthrax as direct support and both Deafheaven and Kylesa as the lead off bands. I’ve embedded the tour poster and the official press copy for your indulgence and then I’ll return with my two cents.
The Press Release: “World-renowned American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD are pleased to announce their upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests and thrash metal legends Anthrax, with additional support from two more bands to be announced soon. The tour will begin on Friday, January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA and visit several major U.S. markets before coming to a close in Los Angeles, CA on February 12th. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates. General on-sale for tickets begins this Friday, November 13th at 10:00am local time. American Express Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 10th at 2:00 P.M. local time through Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 P.M. local time, in select markets. LAMB OF GOD is touring in support of their new studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, which launched via Epic Records and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this past summer. VII: Sturm Und Drang is available for purchase now at physical retailers everywhere, or digitally via Lamb-of-God.com, iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play” (I’ve embedded a code to Amazon.com below this narrative for your ease of use). End of Transmission. Continue reading Lamb Of God & Anthrax Shall Deliver Us To Metal In Early 2016→
Just wanted to share this quick touring announcement from the band Kylesa who will be heading on on a healthy headlining run. Dig into the full press details that we received and mark down the show that is closest to you. Here we go.
The Press Release:
Kylesa kick off their first North American tour in support of Ultraviolet (May 28, Season of Mist) on May 10 in Gainesville, Fla. at the High Dive.
“It’s been a while since we’ve done a headlining tour in the US or Canada,” explained singer/guitar player Laura Pleasants, referring to the near two-year gap since the Savannah band’s last run. “We are looking forward to doing a proper tour supporting Ultraviolet. It will be good to see friends and fans (old and new) and hit these once familiar landscapes again. “
Spin premiered “Quicksand,” a new song from the 11-track album, earlier this week (http://www.spin.com/articles/kylesa-quicksand-ultraviolet-stream) describing the song “joins the melodies of ‘90s shoegaze with the churn of modern sludge.” Ultraviolet pre-orders are available now via Season of Mist’s e-shop (http://e-shop.season-of-mist.com/en/predefined-search/37879). Continue reading Kylesa Announce Headlining Tour Supporting “Ultraviolet”→
These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.
You can say with levels of certainty that bands like All That Remains and Burn In Silence along with a laundry list of others owe a debt of gratitude to Killswitch Engage for both their music and their efforts on the Heavy Metal genre as a whole. It was Killswitch who made it clear that both the intensity of Metalcore and the traditional melody of conventional Metal could and would work together with a bombastic result; now with As Daylight Dies, the band continues to show why they are the undisputed masters of this formula for many years. As you listen, you find that the aggression is still there and you find it prominently displayed on “Unbroken” where Jones rails against the world in anger only to break into the melodic parts with ease and perfection. Tracks like opener “As Daylight Dies” and “This Is Absolution” remind you that you are listening to professionals who have really grown into their role as a leader for this brand of Metal. The success that they have achieved over the past few years have really given the format a massive push ahead the rest and with every tune on the new record you can see why they have become so influential in this kind of sound. Instead of choosing to rest upon the laurels of success, we find the new album once again taking the band in a venture ahead to new again and focusing a little more on the melodic side than ever before. This might cause some dismay in the folks who wanted a non-stop brutality fest and they should be aware that the use of melody does not mean that they have grown soft by any stretch. This is actually a very killer album and I expect that when its numbers come back that it turns more people onto the group than it does turn off. In Metal, the only constant is change and since they deal with so much in the way of competition, I am glad to see KE opting to lead the charge one more time. One of my favorites is “Still Beats Your Name” which is an intensely dynamic number with throttling drums by Justin Foley, while “Reject Yourself” closes out the release with a punch that is as hard as only Killswitch Engage can deliver. As Daylight Dies, the power of KE grows all the stronger.
KISS: ”Alive 1975-2000” (Universal Music)
It’s been over thirty years and KISS is still one of the most visually exciting bands ever formed and the levels of spectacle and entertainment at their concerts have given millions of fans worldwide experiences that are forever remembered. This CD collection celebrates the performances of KISS by featuring all three of their Alive releases as well as a special bonus disk. Alive was the album that saved KISS’ career for it was not until the band took the risk of releasing a double live album that their true powers over the listener were realized. Yes they had an ever-growing fan base but the albums were not selling. Instead of the career suicide many predicted with this effort it became a blockbuster that many live recordings are measured against. The band’s anthem would officially claim that status as a result of Alive and soon “Rock And Roll All Nite” was on radio stations everywhere. Alive II was culled from three shows at The Forum in LA and the increase in technology allowed KISS to make this release much more of an in your face listen than its predecessor. The third side would give the listener five new studio tracks to enjoy. “R&R All Night” is presented as a bonus on this set. Alive III finds a long unmasked and different roster KISS (Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were long gone). In their place were Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer (Singer had joined shortly after the passing of Eric Carr). Also released on video the album was met with approval but dissent at the one CD instead of two. The bonus CD is the long missing Millennium Concert, recorded in front of 45,000 fans during the bands “Farewell Tour” and once again featured the founding four members. Continually delayed, this album would simply vanish from the radar of fans. Some tracks made their way to the Boxed Set but that would be it. It would also be the final live recording to feature completely original members, as Ace would leave again and be replaced by Tommy Thayer. Wrapped in a highly decorative deluxe digipack it includes a booklet that features every insert found in the original albums as well as a score of bonus photos. It’s time to get out the greasepaint and stick out your tongue once again for KISS – “The Hottest Band In The World”. Continue reading Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 6→
Artist: Kylesa Title: “Time Will Fuse It’s Worth” Label: Prosthetic Records Release Date: 10/31/2006 Genre: Sludge Punk Rock Rating: 3/5
They might label this group as a Sludge band but oddly enough, I didn’t hear as much of that and instead found the total and unbridled fury of Hardcore, blended in with some brave Psychedelic experimentation. Savannah Georgia’s Kylesa is one of those bands that seem to move out of a defined box and offers their listeners a twist of old school Metal that is mixed in with the classic Punk from a time long ago. On top of the gritty/dirty sound, there is a strong Psychedelic Jam band groove going on which makes this interesting to find with Hardcore vocals being used over the riffs. A lot of the recording comes off with a“live” feel and one can almost imagine that they are sitting in the rehearsal space with the group as they perform the music on this album. The lineup of the quintet is comprised of Corey Barhorst (bass/vocals), Phillip Cope (guitar/vocals), Laura Pleasants (guitar/vocals), Jeff Porter (drums) and Carl McGinley (drums/noise). The size of the band for this kind of music allows for a little more use of experiment and with a dual male and female vocal, they allow for different feels to be attempted. I would have liked to see the use of more melodic vocals than they delivered and felt that they did not truly take advantage to the potentially different tones each could have tried since both seem to sing darker and rougher on all the tracks. Continue reading “Time Will Fuse It’s Worth” by Kylesa→