The Sword – Warp Riders Album Review

Metal has this amazing ability to never lose relevancy in the grand scheme of the musical world. Each time it seemed like it was starting to falter — when Pantera was breaking up, Slayer was having neck surgeries from headbanging, and Metallica was getting older in the public eye — something happened, like The Sword riding in like the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse — only, instead of bringing the end of the world, they brought retro-influenced metal back.   Needless to say, that throwback metal style is all the rage now. The Sword just recently opened up for Metallica, and after releasing two albums to sett the stage, it is time for their definitive album. Warp Riders is the

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Ganglians – Still Living Album Review

Although, the sophomore album from Ganglians opens with the perplexing dedication, “This is a sad sad song for all you sad sad people,” it quickly becomes evident that the objective of the album is actually to brighten up lives with the right touch of reverb and sun-drenched melodies. As the voice of lead singer Ryan Grubbs is full of glee and the song “Drop The Act” manifests into an upbeat beach tune, the word “sad” would never come to mind when describing anything from Still Living. Listen to “Drop The Act” – DOWNLOAD MP3 Listen to “Sleep” – DOWNLOAD MP3 Hailing from Sacramento, California, Ganglians earned comparisons to The Beach Boys early on in their career. The group’s debut EP

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Nurses Premiere New Single, “Trying To Reach You”, Fall Tour With Dominant Legs

Nurses share a new track today from their highly anticipated album, Dracula. The song, “Trying to Reach You” premiered this morning on Pitchfork’s Forkcast. Gentle piano over a vibey bass line complements shuffling and varied percussion that opens into a forest of instruments and layered vocals in a demonstration of what Pitchfork calls Nurses’ “avant-pop” sound. Dracula is available for the first time TODAY for pre-order from SC Distribution. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of the full album. Vinyl and CD bundles are available and the instant download will include Dark Jordan Mixtape, a digital-only 9-track EP from the band, comprised of out-takes, home recordings and sound experiments. Listen to “Trying To Reach You” – DOWNLOAD MP3 Listen

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Chad VanGaalen Interview (w/ Animated Video Retrospective)

“I try not to think at all. If I pre-think anything, it’s usually bad.”

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Intuitive Navigation: An Evening Of Psychedelic Music, Movement, Wearable Sculpture Art & Film

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm @ Holocene, Portland $5.00 21+ FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221291931247972 After last winter’s successful MMMicrofestival, REDEFINE magazine returns to Holocene to bring you another evening of bounds-pushing cross-disciplinary performances. INTUITIVE NAVIGATION invites like-minded performers from Portland and Seattle to transform the atmosphere of Holocene into a hypnotic, self-reflective zone. Five bands will showcase the spectrum of possibility found in psychedelic music while focusing on one central goal: to unite concertgoers in a similar consciousness of meditative bliss. Bands will pair up with at least one dancer and one visual artist for costumed performances which celebrate the act of ritual — a mode of expression as symbolically cathartic as it is aesthetically pleasant. Drawing inspiration

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The Power Of The Riff 2011 : From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, Trap Them Live Show Review

Greg Anderson is known for a lot of things in the heavy metal world, especially his part in Goatsnake and Sunn O))). With the introduction of Southern Lord Records and the recent splash the label has been making in snatching up all the best up-and-coming metal bands, it seems that pretty soon he will be known for manning the label of all heavy labels. At leas, that is the way it seemed after Anderson’s aptly metal-named The Power Of The Riff tour — a collection of pure, unadulterated metal shows that blasted up and down the west coast. The Pacific Northwest has been churning out some healthy new blood into the metal scene, and was appropriately given two dates of

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