Coast To Coast: Sacramento, California To Richmond, Virginia

It’s me again, Nikki Knight your reviewer of all underground local music from both my home towns Sacramento CA and Richmond. When I’m not being sent to shows I like to go on my own and support my local bands just like I did back home in California. This time in my Coast to Coast review we will he discussing a hardcore power/memeviolence band and a slam band of apes that would slam you into oblivion.

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The aggression and the high voltage energy of Grindcore and Power violence, Slam Metal has been a big part of what attracts me to go see shows. D Beat blasts, and thrashy crowd killing riffs and all the different mixes punk and metal and thrash an in a fascinating way. Yes both are similar and both are different but in all the same the pits kick your ass! Well this time I’m here to bring you the best from Sac and RVA

Now these kids are very dear to my heart. When I first started booking shows, I was in awe of their filthy and offensive lyrics, their extreme, aggressive sound and the sheer insanity, they bring to any show they are on, made me proud to be their punk Mama. Alcoholic Sex Detonation. They are memeviolence and powerviolence and they are fucked up. They induce a riot like pit, that hurdles people into walls, and have people laughing due to the silliness and the depravity in their song titles and jokes. Their Lyrics are pretty messed up to but in just the right way. Their sound is amazing! Perfect vocals awesome riffs, and killer drums that may or may not split you in two. Their album It’s Not Rape If It’s Dead is one of my all time favorites. Not only do they have a great sound, but they have hilarious sound bites and skits, that can make you shit yourself if your not prepared. unfortunately they have been on hiatus. Still check out their facebook page and bandcamp so you can experience the awesomeness of ASD.

Now in RVA, we have an outbreak of killer apes that love to SLAM. BananaSlama is a band of 4 apes that somehow possess the power of slam metal. Their hardcore slam sound, crushes you as these apes scream, growl and make monkey noise. They speak English but sing in Simeon, but the music is killer, the monkey vocals are powerful and funny at the same time. You should not miss a live show, because they tear it up more than King Kong tears up a city.

Please checkout their Facebook page here and like, share and comment on this article and tell us who we should review next as I take both of my lovely cities ,Sacramento CA and Richmond VA, and expose them to music from both coasts. Please continue reading for more hardcore music news reviews and updates

Corrosion of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown” (Nuclear Blast)

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No Cross No Crown is Corrosion of Conformity’s tenth studio album, and the first with singer/guitarist Pepper Keenan since 2005’s In The Arms of God, and man is it good to see and hear Pepper back doing his thing.  I’ll admit that C.O.C. is one of my all time favorite bands, whether it be their hardcore punk albums to the southern “sludge” metal titans they are today.  No Cross No Crown has all the elements that one would expect from today’s C.O.C. lineup, and it’s just too bad this album wasn’t released until after Xmas because this is a gift for us all.  Aside from the cover art, which could’ve been so much better, this album kicks ass from start to finish.
C.O.C fires on all cylinders on this album.  No Cross No Crown, has all the elements, that made both Deliverance and Wiseblood kickass albums. I mean how can you go wrong with the trio of Woody Weatherman (guitar), Reed Mullin (drums) and Mike Dean (bass)?  These guys go together like a 12 pack and a couple of joints on a Friday night.   As great as that trio is, with Pepper Keenan (guitar/vocals), it just takes C.O.C. to a whole different level.
The very first song you hear is the acoustic interlude “Novus Deus”, which roughly translates to new god. The song/album begins with someone taking a deep breathe, which is fitting, because this album doesn’t let up beginning to end.  With the exception of a couple signature C.O.C. acoustic breaks, this is an album that takes you through what C.O.C does best. Riffs. Riffs and more riffs. Pepper’s vocals sound great on this album, and so does the entire band.
 Each song has a direction and doesn’t fuck around  Except for the four acoustic interludes, this album is “southern” metal at its finest.  It really sounds like they met up on a hot southern day and just started jamming..But in a really good way. “The Luddite” is a great album opener with aggressive vocals which leads into the albums first single “Cast the First Stone”.  This is a great song that incorporates everything C.O.C. does best.  Riffs, vocals, drum ,bass.  You want it? Well you’ve got it on this song.
The acoustic break after “Cast the First Stone”. “No Cross” of course is slow, but a different kind of slow.  The kind of slow that sounds like some is taking that long walk to the gallows kind of slow.  Its a good way to showcase the riffs that are about to come your way.  “Wolf Named Crow” just kicks your ass from start to finish. I could list every song, but it would get redundant. Like driving to the gas station. You know where you’re going and why you’re going there, but you need it!  This album is life’s gas .Fill up and press the pedal to the floor! This album is a huge reminder that C.O.C. is back in all their “southern” sludge, doom, heavy, and face punching glory.
01 – “Novus Deus
02 – “The Luddite
03 – “Cast The First Stone
04 – “1. No Cross
05 – “Wolf Named Crow
06 – “Little Man
07 – “Matre’s Diem
08 – “Forgive Me
09 – “Nothing Left To Say
10 – “Sacred Isolation
11 – “Old Disaster
12 – “E.L.M.
13 – “2. No Cross No Crown
14 – “A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void)
15 – “Son And Daughter

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Author: John Adams

An Evening With The Faceless and Aethere – Live Photo Review

The Faceless and Aethere @ The Phoenix Theater…courtesy of Jason Ingram

11/29/17

Petaluma, California

 

AN EVENING WITH GWAR IN SACRAMENTO – LIVE PHOTO REVIEW

Scumdogs of the universe and lords of chaos Gwar, attacked the stage at a sold Ace of Spades with an unbridled fury. Bringing the The Blood of Gods Tour, to a standing or squirming room only crowd, in downtown Sacramento, we were all in for a treat as they pummeled us with “War On Gwar”, the first track off the new record and closing the night out with their cover of the AC/DC classic “If You Want Blood, You’ve Got It”

 

NE OBLIVISCARIS – “Urn” (Season of Mist)

Founded in the Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Ne Obliviscaris took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Argyll, Scotland’s Clan Campbell which means “forget not”. From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths.

Ne Obliviscaris had just released a new album in October, “Urn” via Season of the Mist. I gave it a listen and I found it quite interesting. I have never heard of this band before so I was heavily interested in checking it out. Formed in 2003, Ne Obliviscaris (pronounced; Nay Ob-li-vis-kar-is) hit the live scene February, 2006 to widespread critical acclaim throughout Australia with many hailing their unique sound, intense live shows and talented line-up.

This melodic metal band from Australia has some good points. I liked the industrial vibe of mixing the light and the dark. It felt like Placebo meets Abbath in a kind of way. It gave me the feeling of Frankenstein and his monster created a metal band. The clean singer and violinist ,Tim Charles, gives a heavenly peaceful sound in contrast to the chaotic demon like growls of Xenyor. I must say some of the songs fell flat in conveying the emotions of the heavier parts but it still painted beautiful dark pictures in my mind. The album opener “Libera (Part 1) – Saturnine Spheres” and third track “Intra Venis” are two of my faves off this record.

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I found it very interesting the way the violin, heavy guitar and drums blended together to give it a dark Victorian feel. The contrast between the singers sold it for me I just wish Xenyor pulled more emotion into his powerful voice instead of at time’s falling flat. They both are very talented and I will be checking out their previous albums because now I want to catch up and be prepared for what they will have next. If you haven’t checked out their album please do. I am quite sure you will find it interesting and it will draw you in with its hypnotically vibrant sound and dark tone. Please keep following Capital Chaos TV and I for your music news and reviews. please check out my next Coast to Coast review where I bring you the best from Sacramento and Richmond VA, two of my home towns.

Check out Ne Obliviscaris, on the remaining dates of their tour with Allegaeon and grab a copy of their new album, online here or at a record store near you.

28 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
29 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
30 – Houston, TX – Acadia Live

December
1 – Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
3 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
4 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

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Author: Nikki Knight

Exhumed “Death Revenge” in Richmond, Virginia – Live Show Review

Hey there, it’s Nikki Knight bringing you once again, a review of another awesome Metal show! This time it is Gore Metal God’s Exhumed with Arkaik, Disintegrated & Loud Night at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. Allow me walk you through my awesome night full of metal, moshing and mayhem.

First to hit the stage was Loud Night, and yes they were indeed loud and awesome. The guitar riffs and bass were amazing. The drummer pounded the drums as if to pound away flesh. The music was great and high energy. The vocalist had a powerful voice and took control of the crowd. He made us laugh in between songs. This was a definite good choice to have them open this show

After a smoke break, and a little praying to the booze God’s that someone offers to buy my broke ass a beer (successful), Disintegrated came on to the stage. This is an awesome grindcore band. The fast rhythm of the drums, pummeling your face, took off with the excellent riffs of the guitar and bass. The lead singers vocals were deep and guttural. The power in his voice, vibrated through out the whole crowd. They didn’t take too long, in between songs to get started on the next one. It was like rapid attack of mosh worthy grindcore metal. I truly enjoyed their set.

Next up was Riverside, California’s Arkaik. They have a new album “Nemethia” that came out on Unique Leader Records in September. Definitely check them out because they are not ones to miss. The technicality of the guitarists riffs, were amazing and so fast you can hardly see their fingers. The crowd ate them up and so did I. The vocalist had very strong and powerful range. He kept checking in on the audience maintaining our full focus. He introduced a few new songs, and I will be honest I am interested in this new album and I haven’t even heard the first ones. This show has made me a fan.

Now for the part we had been waiting for, Exhumed. On this tour they are introducing their 6th album on Relapse Records, “Death Revenge”, which is a concept album, that takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. The show opens up with the eerie “Death Revenge Overture”, red lights and low billowing fog setting the tone. A masked mad scientist, comes out on stage to get the crowd ready, as the band is getting together on stage. Matt Harvey brings the songs to life with his voice and creates a feeling of chaotic wonderment. The band works well together bouncing off each others energy. The sound of the guitars bass and drums, along with the vocals create a fun filled environment. The mosh pits were rolling as a drunk girl, hops up on stage, partying it up, as the band continues to play and we’re quite patient with her as security helped her off the stage. I helped keep her busy moshing, with having her almost knock me over.

Then the masked man came back with a chainsaw wielding it through the crowd as everyone cheered. He then put some sort of electric helmet on the guitarist ,and electrocuted him as he played a solo riff, and came back to life, with the masked man handing him a beer, because of course beer helps heal that sort of thing. As the set progressed, more people started to move around and mosh, people were so in awe, a very memorable new friend screamed “I would suck dick for this band!”. Near the end of the set, the masked man pulls out this coffin, and opens it up revealing a dead body. He takes the head and sprays the front row with blood. After the last song people kept clamoring for more so they did two encore songs. I did not want this show to end. Be on the look out for tour dates near you, and definitely check out their new release, “Deaths Revenge” currently availble at all of your favourite music outlets.

Image may contain: 4 peopleCheck out Exhumed, on the remaining dates of this tour, with Arkaik and grab a copy of their new album, online here or at a record store near you.
11/27/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/28/2017 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/29/2017 Sonia’s – Boston, MA
11/30/2017 Fuzebox – Albany, NY
12/01/2017 Buzzbin – Canton, OH
12/02/2017 Pike Room – Detroit, MI
12/03/2017 Northside Yacht – Cincinnati, OH
12/04/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
12/05/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
12/06/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/07/2017 Vaudeville Mews -Des Moines, IA
12/08/2017 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK

Set list….Death Revenge Overture, Defenders of the Grave, Lifeless, Decrepit Crescendo, Casketkrusher, Torso, Limb from Limb, Dead End, Night Work, Waxwork, Unspeakable, Distorted and Twisted to Form, Coins Upon the Eyes, As Hammer to Anvil, Open the Abscess

I’m here to let you know the happenings in the hardcore metal and punk scene from Sac to RVA. I hope you enjoy this article there is so much more to come. Please support your local scene and touring bands. Keep watching videos and stay up to date on articles for all your music needs here at Capital Chaos TV.

MORBID ANGEL – “Kingdoms Disdained” (Silver Lining Music)

Anybody remember Illud Divinum Insanus? The total departure of Morbid Angel’s genre defining sound that set the blue print for countless death metal bands to follow. Well throw that shit out of the window, because Morbid Angel is BACK! Not just back for putting out another album, but back to remind everyone that they are kings of death metal. Kingdoms Disdained is an album that from the first tack, “Piles Of Little Arms”, that just kicks you’re ass in the best way a death metal album can. With the departure of David Vincent doing his Outlaw Country thing, Steve Tucker is right back where he belongs. His vocals sound great on this album and it’s good to hear him back in the fold.

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As much as it is refreshing to hear Steve Tucker growl his way through this album, it’s even better to hear Trey Azagthoth do what he does best, which is come up with insane riffs that is like putting on an old jacket that you’ve missed for so long. Scott Fuller on drums does a good job trying to replace the shoes that can never be replaced with the departure of Pete Sandoval. This album screams redemtion, and we love it!

From the blistering album opener “Piles Of Little Arms”, to the closer “The Fall of Idols”, this album truly is a great Morbid Angel album. Some standout tracks are “Fear No Master”, “Piles Of Little Arms”, and “From The Hands Of Kings”. The only filler, or weak song on this album, is “Garden Of Disdain”, which to me has a liittle to much of a hardcore vibe to it. Other than that singular stand alone track, this truly is a return form for the Tampa Bay death legends. Songs such as, “Declaring New Law”, to “The Pillars Crumbling”, there is something there for die-hard Morbid Angel fans who lost “faith” in the band with the release of their last album. So throw out Illud Divinum Insanus” and grab ahold of “Kingdoms Disdain” and let yourself go to the good ole days when Morbid Angel were the trendsetters of this often overlooked genre. Welcome back Morbid Angel, about fucking time!!!!!!

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Author: John Adams