Catch Trees On Mars and Se’nam Palmer On The Wintour 2016 Or Your Life Is Forfeit

If you’re looking to get a good dose of prog and shred in your diet so early in the year, look no further than The Wintour 2016 , featuring prog’n’roll act Trees on Mars and the progressive jazz stylings of Se’nam Palmer ! “We’re very excited to get back on the road again and play a few places we’ve never been before!

We feel that our brand of prog & roll and Se’nam’s ethereal loops are a perfect match, so you won’t want to miss out,” said Hayden Graham of Trees On Mars. “This is my first tour ever,” Palmer said of the upcoming outing. “I would have never imagined that I would reach a point in my life where I’m ready to hit the road and share my music with you guys.

Come to the show, enjoy the music, give me a high five—do whatever you feel to enjoy Trees on Mars and me. I absolutely cannot wait to to see all of you amazing people. ?” Check the tour dates below to see if this tour is coming near you. Mark your calendars!

2/19 Raleigh, NC @ TBA 2/20 Charleston, SC @ The Vinyl Countown
2/21 Savannah, GA @ The Furnace 2/22 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
2/23 Gainesville, Fl @ Loosey’s Downtown
2/24 Mobile, Al @ The Alchemy Tavern
2/25 Shreveport, LA @ H&H Lounge
2/26 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
2/27 Austin, TX @ Dozen Street
2/28 Houston, TX @ Texas Rose Saloon
3/1 Houma, LA @ The Boxer and the Barrel
3/2 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern
3/3 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
3/4 Nashville,TN @ Spring Water Supper Club

Check out their music below! More importantly, if you’re near any of those stops, make sure to catch this tour! You won’t be disappointed. ?

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Intronaut Announce North American Headlining Tour With The Ocean As Support

A day for tours? A day for tours. In our second announcement for drool-worthy tours, we are proud to bring you another bomb with Intronaut taking North America by storm with Germany’s The Ocean as support. A long and progressive tale ties the two bands, as they have collective ly played nearly 100 shows together . This tour should push them over that landmark when the bands make their way across North America hitting major cities in the US and Canada.

Tour dates below!

03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
03/16 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
03/17 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
03/18 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/19 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
03/20 Lawrence, KS – Aftershock
03/21 Ft Worth, TX – Tomcats
03/22 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
03/23 Houston, TX – Walters
03/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/25 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/26 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
03/27 Charlotte, NC – Rabbit Hole
03/28 Washington DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
03/29 New York, NY – Marlin Room at Webster Hall
03/30 Boston, MA – Middle East 03/31 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz

04/01 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
04/02 Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
04/03 Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club
04/04 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
04/05 Winnipeg, MB – Goodwill
04/06 Regina, SK – Exchange
04/07 Edmonton, AB – Skylite
04/08 Calgary, AB – Dickens
04/09 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/11 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
04/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/13 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill The Ocean will be playing songs from Pelagial , Transcendental , and Precambrian , while Intronaut will be playing The Direction of Last Things in its entirety, as well as some other tasty goodies. Don’t miss this tour. Do not.

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Between The Buried And Me Announce Co-Headlining Tour With August Burns Red; Good Tiger And The Faceless Supporting

Between the Buried and Me is proud to announce a co-headlining tour with friends August Burns Red ! After extensively touring for Coma Ecliptic [ review ] in 2015, the ride isn’t slowing down in 2016 as the North Carolina band will embark on a fourth North American leg in support of their most recent release. As support, we have the tumultuous The Faceless —who recently solidified a lineup Brandon Giffin on bass, Derek “Demon Carcass” Rydquist on vocals, and Justin McKinney on guitar to support Michael Keene—and the very strong-out-of-the-gate favorites Good Tiger !

If you’re not familiar with Good Tiger, make sure to check out our review of their debut, A Head Full of Moonlight , because it’s excellent and you should really be jamming it. Tour dates below!

Between The Buried And Me | August Burns Red co-headline tour dates w/ The Faceless & Good Tiger

Mar. 4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 5 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Mar. 7 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing
Mar. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Mar. 10 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
Mar. 11 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Theater
Mar. 12 – St Louis, MO @ Pageant
Mar. 14 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Mar. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
Mar. 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Mar. 17 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
Mar. 18 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Mar. 19 – San Bernardino, CA @ Self Help Festival | NOS Event Center
Mar. 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
Mar. 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar. 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Mar. 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Mar. 25 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
Mar. 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Mar. 29 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Mar. 30 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre

Apr. 1 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick
Apr. 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
Apr. 3 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Apr. 5 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Apr. 6 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Apr. 7 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
Apr. 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Apr. 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Apr. 10 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre
Apr. 12 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
Apr. 13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ Lupos
Apr. 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore
Apr. 16 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Apr. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

May 6 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range

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A Gift to Artwork: Megadeth

Last month we dove deep to explore the importance of cover artwork, namely through our analysis of two excellent pieces of artwork adorning the latest Caligula’s Horse records. This time we take a closer look at the covers of thrash titans Megadeth , starting with 1986’s iconic Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?

Given its political nature, context is crucial to understanding the artwork and it was created during the latter stages of the Cold War, amidst escalated tensions between the world’s two foremost superpowers of the time, the USA and the Soviet Union/USSR. The world in this period of history was, at times, on the brink of a nuclear third world war, and it was only knowledge that such a cataclysmic event would bring about the Mutually Assured Destruction of both sides which prevented such horrors from occurring. Unfortunately, in the world of Megadeth, that appears to be exactly what has eventuated. Read more »

Protest The Hero want to cut out labels for good using Bandcamp’s new subscription service. But is it enough?

Protest The Hero

Since the closing of the Scurrilous tour cycle, it seems that Protest the Hero have reached an important decision: they are through with the middleman – by middleman, I of course mean the record label — and, after finding themselves in financial trouble after producing three top-tier albums, you can hardly blame them.

It was for this reason, then, that the band made the executive decision to forego the middleman almost entirely for their fourth album. To mixed reactions, the band announced the fourth album would be crowdfunded. Of course, as we now know, this decision was an extremely smart one. Volition , which was funded through an IndieGogo campaign that accumulated approximately $350,000, proved that the DIY method can be wildly successful.

Fast forward two years. Fans are itchin’ for some new tunes. Would it be entirely cliche to go the IndieGogo route once more? Maybe. Would it be as successful? That’s difficult to gauge. One thing is certain, however — Protest are much better off making music on their own terms. Read more »

Slayer – Repentless

There’s a certain inevitability that comes along with critiquing one of the “classics”; an act so well known that their very name rings throughout the air, from East to West and North to South of Heaven. What’s inevitable is that at some point during their new work, it starts to sound familiar, lacking any real drive. Whether or not this is countered with throwback performances can be the key factor in making an eleventh record jump or trip. Slayer are certainly not jumping, it can’t be expected with the loss of a man so key to their success.

At this point, they may need a minute to check themselves because Repentless is definitely a toe stub of a step forward. The middle tracks of this album, “When The Stillness Comes” and “Chasing Death” are possibly the least attention grabbing eight minutes of 2015. King’s riffs here sound like they’ve been played through a surrogate, not entirely capable of playing as fast as the moment requires. Even one of his unique leads fails to get going, stuttering before failing to take off whatsoever. The stillness never leaves until the albums last track, which is probably only a touch more memorable than it’s preceding cuts due to the gleefully sassy nature of it’s title. The material all stalls because of riffs that go on for fucking ever. Don’t even bother with the intro track. Seriously. King is in a glass house when it comes to the extent of his song writing skills and he barely makes it out of this album alive because of it; only thanks to a couple of magic grooves and time changes into breakneck speeds does he remain with head above water.

There is genuinely nothing new here and so be it. If Slayer are going to continue then this is probably the best thing that can happen. Get the first one outta the way and charge forward. To counter all of the bashing, Repentless doesn’t sound totally shit. Every cymbal and bit of kit rolls clearly and clearly and Araya’s bass is audible enough to remind everyone listening what it is he does between verses. The guitars are pretty flat and the tone is set from beginning to end of the record but Kerry King.

Again, at this point it stops being that big a deal as it’s already clear where the albums strength comes from and it is not the ingenuity or skill on display here. It’s that it’s a Slayer album. People will find reason to continue to play this, long after being fully aware of how little this album has changed absolutely anybodies reaction to Slayer, regardless of their circumstances. Except for when Araya belts out a call to spark up – “Let’s get high!”. Pretty fucking funny. The most memorable part about the album for quite a few, would be a safe bet. Next time around might be different if King gives Holt something to do. Probably not. It’ll be a Slayer album. Slayer’s Repentless gets… 2.5/5

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Children of Bodom – I Worship Chaos

Finnish melodeath superstars Children of Bodom have gone through several identity crises. Starting off as neoclassical melodic death metal, they had a lot of success. Their album Hatebreeder is indisputably a classic of the genre. But over time, they turned their sound into a more groove-oriented version of themselves with shred sections. This sound still had a lot of acclaim, as their fourth album Hate Crew Deathroll was also received very positively, even though some lamented the loss of their older influences. With their next few albums, they kept slightly changing their sound to be more accessible while simultaneously trying to capture their spark from their earlier days, but it never clicked, even though slog the way they had some great songs. After several disappointing albums, and the loss of famed guitarist Roope Latvala, Bodom are faced with their deciding moment. They could either pick themselves back up and make a comeback, or risk forever being written off. Thankfully, their ninth album, I Worship Chaos , is more the former than the latter.

What really makes a Bodom album tick? If we’re talking post- Hate Crew, it’s basically solid grooves, chantable choruses, angry one-liners from Laiho and cheesy lead sections. Well, I Worship Chaos has got all of those covered. Each song is full of memorable little licks, be it some aggressively-nod-inducing riffs, earworm melodies or just proclamations screamed by Alexi (who sounds angrier than he has in a while). But what’s really important isn’t just that these elements are thrown in to tick boxes, it’s that they all come together in a way that makes for an enjoyable listening experience. And  that’s definitely the case here. Roope Latvala’s departure was definitely concerning as his lead playing was thought to be a big part of the band’s sound, but Alexi seems to be managing just fine without him. Perhaps the solos are a bit less intense, but there isn’t a noticeable drop in songwriting quality overall. In fact, the album feels better written than several of its predecessors. Everything is in lockstep, riffs carry tension and resolution very well between each other, and they don’t feel tired.

This is an especially impressive feat if one considers the fact that melodic death metal has been around for quite a while and the template has been “figured out” long ago. Even Bodom have contributed to that process in the past, and nine albums deep into their career, it would be easy for them to feel like there’s not much left to say (in fact many though that was the case even seven albums deep into their career, so in some ways I Worship Chaos is a resurgence of quality). Sure, Alexi doesn’t sound like he feels as rife with angry creativity as he did fifteen years ago, but he sounds a lot more invigorated than he did five years ago.

The benchmark for success in melodeath isn’t necessarily innovation anyway, it’s polish. And polish is in abundance on this album. It’s hard to underline in words the specific tightness that makes this album tick. This isn’t something that one can identify on paper. It’s the feeling of genuineness and effort conveyed by the tone of the writing. To the careful listener, that the songs were put together not by haphazard cobbling of ideas that were left on the drawing board after a writing session but were carefully put together to ensure every cog clicks properly with everything else, is obvious, and that is when the heart put into the album is apparent. Overall, I Worship Chaos is a polished, heartfelt album that makes it sound like Children of Bodom are enjoying their own music again; and fans should join in on that as well. The band are better than they have been for several albums, and new life has been breathed into their music. In a way, they’re back from the dead, telling us that we were wrong to write them off. ? Children of Bodom-  I Worship Chaos  gets… 4/5 -NT

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