Lizard King

Jim Morrison: Still Dead

Unlike Tupac, the odds of seeing a holographic Jim Morrison are slim. But modern technology has produced the official Doors App, promising “to bring The Doors’ story to life” by delving deep into every aspect of their career. Materials used are from the band’s archive and dozens of other sources including over 40 short form videos and all 6 music videos The Doors made. Of course there’s tons of music, lyrics, posters, essays and even a chance to “drive” Jim Morrison’s Shelby GT 500 Mustang. Want to find out what really happened at that infamous Miami concert? Check out The Doors App.




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Loud Rock Charts: 5/7

Sodom’s Epitome of Torture dropped on our (metal)heads two weeks ago. What the hell? How did I miss that? More importantly, who’s the assbag that forget to send me a memo and do my job for me?

Also, if you have yet to check out The Ocean’s newest record, you are sorely missing out on what is arguably the best record to come out so far this year…and dare I say it of last year as well. Honestly, all of the records listed below are all worth permanently damaging your hearing to, but you already knew that, right?

1 SODOM Epitome Of Torture SPV
2 MASTERS OF METAL Masters Of Metal [EP] Krypto 9
3 UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS Mind Control Metal Blade
4 ATROCITY Okkult Napalm
5 AVANTASIA The Mystery Of Time Nuclear Blast

 

 

 

1 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade
2 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
3 ARSIS Unwelcome Nuclear Blast
4 SHINING One One One Prosthetic
5 LOSTALONE I’m A UFO In This City The End
6 AMORPHIS Circle Nuclear Blast
7 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Descent Roadrunner
8 SACRED MOTHER TONGUE Out Of The Darkness The End
9 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 13 Suicidal
10 WOE Withdrawal Candlelight

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Loud Rock Charts: 4/30

With these last adds/charts comes the end of April, and the beginning of something beautiful. And metal. Can we dub this month “Metal May”? Because there are some seriously mindblowing tours coming to the Bay Area and Santa Cruz over the course of the next 4 weeks.

Inhale…

We’ve got Gorod/Fallujah on May 3rd, Cancer Bats/Kvelertak/Black Tusk on May 7th, Arsis on May 16th, Cannibal Corpse/Napalm Death/Immolation on May 17th, Dillinger Escape Plan/Faceless/Royal Thunder on May 19th, Kylesa on May 24th, Opeth/Katatonia on May 26th, and finally Decapitated on May 30th.

Phew.

I don’t know when May decided to go the way of the headbangers, but I sure as hell am not complaining.
1 AMORPHIS Circle Nuclear Blast
2 SACRED MOTHER TONGUE Out Of The Darkness The End
3 CATHEDRAL The Last Spire Metal Blade
4 STARKILL Fires Of Life Century Media
5 PURSON The Circle And The Blue Door Metal Blade

 

 

1 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade
2 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Descent Roadrunner
3 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
4 ARSIS Unwelcome Nuclear Blast
5 LOSTALONE I’m A UFO In This City The End
6 SHINING One One One Prosthetic
7 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 13 Suicidal
8 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
9 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm
10 WHILE SHE SLEEPS This Is The Six The End

 

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Loud Rock Charts: 4/23

This week has been unexpectedly awesome in terms of our metal adds for the week. We’ve got The Ocean’s highly anticipated record, which comes in two versions, one with vocals and one without. If for some reason growly vocals don’t do it for you, I highly suggest checking out the instrumental version of the album. It’s arguably one of the best releases this year has seen so far.

Other great adds include Shining’s follow up to Blackjazz, a weird avant-garde mind-fuckery of sorts, and Arsis’ Unwelcome, which is most certainly welcome (har har).

1 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade
2 SHINING One One One Prosthetic
3 ARSIS Unwelcome Nuclear Blast
4 LOUNA Behind A Mask Red Decade
5 QUEENSRYCHE Frequency Unknown Cleopatra

 

 

1 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
2 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 13 Suicidal
3 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
4 PYRITHION The Burden Of Sorrow Metal Blade
5 WHITECHAPEL The Somatic Defilement Candlelight
6 BLEED FROM WITHIN Uprising Century Media
7 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
8 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Descent Roadrunner
9 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
10 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm

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A Critical Analysis of the Summer Slaughter Butthurt

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On the fateful day of Friday March 22nd, a dramatic event that has shaken and reverberated across the entire metal community occurred: the line up at this years Summer Slaughter Festival was announced. Hordes upon hordes of furious metal heads took to their respective computers to proclaim that this is irrevocably the worst thing to happen since the first use of Comic Sans. It was as if thousands of voices cried out in terror, with guttural screams ranging from how the tour has “sold out” to shrieks of despair exclaiming that Summer Slaughter has gone soft on us. All this backlash from a simple tour announcement raises the questions: what gives? Why all the moaning and groaning at what seems (at least at first glance) like a solid line up? It’s prompted yours truly to do some critical thinking, like counting on my fingers, to try and figure this whole mess out.

 

First, let’s look at the bands on the line up. As seen to the left, four of the eight announced bands (Dillinger, Animals, Periphery, and The Ocean) are almost universally considered to be some of the premier progressive acts currently making music in the metal genre. It’s also worth noting that of these four, three of them are at the top of the bill, implying that they’ll be playing the longest sets during every show. The remaining four bands could loosely be described as death metal, with Norma Jean being the outlier. The point of all this band cataloging  is to show that at least half of the tour will be playing progressive metal. This isn’t counting the bands that have yet to be announced, which, if my sources are correct, include Veil of Maya and Within the Ruins, two more fairly progressive metal acts.

Another important note: Animals as Leaders and Periphery have already both been on this bill, with Periphery touring as recently as last year (you can throw Veil of Maya in that bucket too if my hypothesis is correct).

Looking at the previous Summer Slaughter line ups, it’s really interesting to see how the tour has progressed over these past 5 years. It’s gone from featuring some of the biggest death metal bands in the genre, such as Necrophagist and Black Dahlia Murder, to more progressive outfits, like Between the Buried and Me and Dillinger Escape Plan. In reality, this is where the entire metal genre has been headed during the past 5 years. We are currently in the middle of the transition from death metal being the most popular subgenre to progressive metal. If you’re still in doubt, just look at how fast Protest the Hero completed their Indiegogo campaign, or the incredibly rapid rise in popularity both Animals as Leaders and Periphery have found after only two albums. The point is, there’s a big shift in the metal genre right now, and the current Summer Slaughter line up is entirely indicative of this.

Thus, with all this information in mind, can we really blame all the angry metal heads out there raging over the Summer Slaughter bill? If, hypothetically, the Progressive Nation Tour started to feature black metal after 5 years, it’d be pretty easy to be upset at such a scenario. Sure, there are definitely black metal bands who push the envelope and “progress” the genre, but do they really belong on a bill that advertises itself as a progressive metal tour? An answer to such a question is one of pure opinion, and it can be debated, but there’s no real right answer. It’s just like saying that Animals as Leaders aren’t “extreme” enough to be on a tour that showcases some of the most “extreme” bands in the metal genre. How is “extreme” defined? The trio that make up Animals as Leaders are without a doubt some of the most talented musicians out there, and can certainly shred it up when they want to, but does that make them “extreme”? The same goes for the rest of the aforementioned bands. It’s completely up to debate just how extreme these musicians are, with no clear right or wrong answer. Even so, it’s hard to deny the fact that each and every band on the current line up is unique and different in their own way, and should not be missed simply because they might be out of place on this festival.

So when you’re on the forums of Heavy Blog is Heavy, or you’re perusing the Summer Slaughter Facebook page, before you go judging the metal heads who are completely bashing the line up, understand where they are coming from. Sure, they’re going to be missing out on some of the finest acts that the metal genre has to offer when the festival rolls around this summer, but know that their indignation is at least somewhat reasonable, with just a slight hint of butthurt.

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Rookie Rising

Scribecash, an emcee and songwriter from the Inland Empire, is on the rise to greatness at only 17 years of age.  Recently releasing her free EP Dauntless, Scribecash shares her vocal and lyrical talents offering original conscious and topical lyrics.  Aside from her lyrical abilities, the female emcee takes charge of producing every one of tracks in her projects.  With over 30k followers on twitter and numerous features on blogs, Scribecash has been building a strong fan base and making her way to the top.  Insomnia, her new album, will be released April 21st that will be featured exclusively on Datpiff.com.   You can follow her on Twitter and instagram @therealscribe