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AU Vol. 17–2 Issue 98

Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00 Published in Volume 17

Absolute Underground #98 - Lockdown Love: Valentine's Day Covid Dating Advice Issue featuring exclusive interviews with Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Steel Panther's Stix Zadinia, and Deaner from FUBAR.

Also In This Issue:

 

  • Teenage Violets
  • Ape War
  • Malice Divine
  • Powder Seekers - Micah McGinnity
  • The Shit Talkers
  • Cevin Key
  • Manticore Kiss
  • The Peelers
  • Mediaslaves
  • Daemon Grey
  • JC Townsend
  • Thunder Queens

AU Vol. 17–1 Issue 97

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 00:00 Published in Volume 17

Absolute Underground #97 - Christmas Cancelled Issue. Dedicated to Logan's Pub aka The Tavern of the Damned (RIP) -
Featuring Love Letters to Logan's and photo and gig poster collages.

Also In This Issue:

  • Without Mercy
  • Citizen Rage
  • Doghouse Rose
  • Chris Spedding
  • The Waning Light
  • Refused
  • Cursed Blessings - Dragged In
  • The TV Dead
  • The Aggros
  • The Boys
  • Fang
  • Jayne County

December 12, 2020, 66 Livehouse, Tianjin China

 

The first snow of the year appeared in Tianjin on this day and with it, five of China’s most esteemed metal acts came into town for the Golden Age Metal Festival. Unlike other recent festivals which had a few filler bands, the five here were all top quality acts which could, and have, headlined their own tours.

66 Livehouse was jam-packed by the time the first band of the night got on stage, 雪沉乐队. At the One Of Us III Metal Festival a few months back, they were the final band to play, meaning that after nine acts, the crowd was spent. Here, their brand of modern folk metal was the beginning of an avalanche of energy which didn’t let up all night. In particular, crowd favorite “乌木” ignited the crowd like a New Year’s firework.

Black Kirin have traded in a lot of the black metal aesthetic since the last time they came through town for high concept, dramatic storytelling under a blackened tapestry. Gone is the corpse paint but gained is a show that is all-encompassing, like a 45 minute drama or Chinese opera, only this story is that of some of the darkest times in China. An image I will never forget was as the band was band playing, on the video screen behind them (previously showing their “Nanking Massacre” video), an image that resembles a school photo of children slaughtered, while the choral voices of infantile spirits were heard accompanying the grieving shrieks of the vocalist. It was, in a word - powerful.

Zuriaake, meaning “Lake of Corpses” have created a mythology for themselves these past few years. Their costumes come across like Sunn O))) mixed with the first iteration of Ghost, though oriental. Their live show was ceremonious. First, tree branches with lanterns were set upon the stage. Then, incense was lit to set the mood. Then, the members, all dressed in ominous black robes and fishing hats, their faces concealed, slowly emerged to properly mystify the audience. A strange vial was opened and splashed upon audience members in the front rows about three songs in like a black baptism. Their brand of atmospheric black metal was much like the incense which permeated through their set - lingering and potent, and when they left the stage, it was as if a spell had been lifted. As I said before, tonight was the first time it has snowed heavily all year, and I kid you not, when going outside for some fresh air after their performance, it was coming down heavily right after their set. It was something magical.

Recently the Mongolian band The Hu have received a lot of attention due to their unique brand of folk metal - making some cheeky commenters claim to be proud of being Mongolian despite not being a native of the country. Their cover of “Sad But True” by Metallica has certainly aided the hype. However, I would argue that Nine Treasures are just as, if not better than The Hu. This Inner Mongolian band creates folk metal songs that are infectiously catchy, and utilize a lot of the same instrumentation (such as the morin khuur), and throat singing seen by their brethren up north. When the band broke into “Wisdom Eyes”, the audience became as unglued as a stable of horses after a wasp nest was tossed in it. Truly one of China’s musical treasures.

I had a few preconceived notions about The Samans before catching them at this show. I had only heard their track “Whale Song”, which has a chorus lifted from Linkin Park’s “Numb”, which left me feeling uneasy. As the final band of the night, and not knowing much about them besides this, they had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the band stuck some ancient Chinese melo-death down my throat and relieved my ailments. The band has more in common with Rammstein or nu metal acts such as downthesun than Linkin Park. The vocals are rough and distorted, while songs like “Death March” and “Attila” have plenty of crunch in the riff department. Despite being quite heavy, they don’t forget about their culture, and the odd folk melody can be heard within the chaos. At this point in the night you’d expect the crowd to be tired, but during The Samans, the stage divers and crowdsurfers came out like gangbusters, giving one last go while covered in sweat before venturing out into the cold after the show, and to their ordinary lives the next day. As for this show - it was golden.

 

-Ryan Dyer

The Next Fest - 66 Livehouse, Tianjin China

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 23:40 Published in Live Reviews

The Next Fest

 

66 Livehouse, Nov 1, Tianjin China

 

During the months spent isolated during the coronavirus outbreak, it seems promoters and bands have been busy. This new festival, entitled The Next Fest, is just one of the newer multi-band festivals popping up in China in the latter months of 2020. Each festival is fairly broad in a musical sense and has bands of different genres, which goes a long way in bringing in a larger group of fans. The Next Fest featured nine bands and took place at the 66 Livehouse in Tianjin, which is quickly becoming the go-to place for larger, but not stadium-sized, touring bands.

The first to perform was death metal act Bergrisar, who started off with an atomic blast in one of the heaviest sets of the night. These corpse painted fiends handed out blackened blastbeats like leftover Halloween candy.

Wearing Madball shirts, Six Four One embodied the spirit of NY hardcore with a set resembling a Bronx street fight. They demanded early walls of deaths as people still piled in the venue and then piled into themselves in a scene which was a crude contrast to the social distancing still going on in most of the world.

The one band I would say was the odd one out on this night was Cosmos. Dressed in loose robes and standing rather still on the stage, their prog soundscapes mixed with metalcore vocals was interesting but not very rousing for the audience. Still, their musicianship was appreciated with a rousing applause at the end of their set.

The Will On Kill is a band of strapping young lads who brought a contemporary deathcore pizzazz to the night. The name of the band bugs me every time I see it - shouldn’t it be The Will To Kill? Regardless, they brought a sublime, youthful aggression to the stage with demonic growls and well placed clean choruses.

Known for being the premier Chinese folk metal band, Dream Spirit arrived on stage in full costume ready to spellbind the audience. Since the last time I saw them there seems to have been a few lineup changes, but the classic sound of high quality folk metal was as clear as ever, which had the crowd celebrating like it was Chinese New Year.

Who said nu metal is dead? I didn’t know what to expect from Mega Soul, and when I heard they were nu metal, set my expectations a little low, but this band was truly punishing in a live sense and their new nu aesthetic was anything but hokey. True, they did have a few cliches like tormented vocals, and even did a tease for Korn’s “Blind”, but then tore into one of their original tracks which was like Mudvayne at their heaviest - the bass sound almost jumping out of the speakers and possessing the people in the pit.

Continuing with the nu bands of the night, a lethal dose of Chinese rap metal was what we got with Liquid Oxygen Can. Starting off with a freestyle rap, which led into a brutal breakdown, the band, with a skull logo surrounded by two bottles of what I imagine to be vodka (but could be baijiu) were equal parts street and sawmill. At the conclusion of their set, they had the hottest girls in the place (and a lone guy who wanted to boogie) get up on stage to dance to a final sickening outro.

A microphone stand decorated with horns and animal skulls was set up on the stage for the emergence of China’s oldest black metal band, Ritual Day. Introduced to the western world through Sam Dunn’s Global Metal, the band has been at it for 20 years now, ever evolving their craft with added traditional instrumentation, blackened atmosphere and on stage theatrics. The band, wearing their now iconic corpse paint, played their half symphonic, half thrash barrage set to an audience who looked on in astonishment.

The most break-neck breakdowns were reserved for the final band of the night, Awake Mountains. Another youthful deathcore ensemble who utilize clean vocals in areas, the band and especially the singer channeled western genre staples like Suicide Silence into their look and sound, while bringing some elements of originality such as spoken word sampling. The audience had been there for a long time, but I had to give it to these guys - their sheer energy woke everyone up like an adrenaline injection to the heart for one last showing in the pit.

 

-Ryan Dyer

AU Vol. 16–6 Issue 96

Thursday, 01 October 2020 00:00 Published in Volume 16

Absolute Underground #96 - Halloween Freak Show Issue!
Featuring Clive Barker's Hellraiser & Nightbreed interviews with the cast. Jam packed with even more Ghoulies, Terrifier, Troma's Lloyd Kaufman, Monster Squad, and GWAR! We also talk to Kane Hodder of Friday the 13th & Hatchet infamy.

Also in this issue:

  • The Cabal Cut - Russell Cherrington
  • Nightbreed - Narcisse - Hugh Ross
  • Terrifier
  • The Damned - Rat Scabies - Paul Gray
  • Clive Barker
  • Doug Bradley - Simon Bamford - Barbie Wilde - Nicholas Vince
  • Artist Profile - Graham Humphreys
  • The Monster Squad - Andre Gower
  • Kane Hodder
  • Ghoulies - Luca Bercovici & Jefery Levy
  • Gwar - Pustulus Maximus
  • Lloyd Kaufman - #Shakespearesshitstorm

 

AU Vol. 16–5 Issue 95

Saturday, 01 August 2020 00:00 Published in Volume 16

Absolute Underground #95 - Special memorial issue dedicated to SNFU's Ken Chinn a/k/a Mr. Chi Pig.

also in this issue:

  • Support Canadian Venues
  • Mr. Chi Pig Eulogy by Mr. Plow
  • Mr. Chi Pig Memorial Photo Collage by Cat Ashbee
  • Nardwuar vs Chi Pig
  • BLKR
  • Unleash The Archers
  • Open Your Mouth and Say Mr. Chi Pig
  • Mr Pig Has Left The Building by Chris Walter
  • Marc Belke
  • Joe Keithley
  • SNFU
  • Rebel Priest
  • The Slackers
  • Sons of Butcher

AU Vol. 16–3 Issue 93

Monday, 20 April 2020 16:20 Published in Volume 16

Absolute Underground #93 - COVID-420 Special featuring important information about how to stay safe and high during this global pandemic. Learn the real origins of 420, your endocannabinoid system, sharing weed not germs, 7 livestreams to watch this 420, and how to clean your bong without iso.

Also in this issue:

 

  • Kelly Watson-Schutz Memorial
  • Chain Whip
  • Weed Olympics
  • Untimely Demise
  • The Lef7overs
  • Uriah Heep
  • The Dictators - Andy Shernoff
  • Michael Alago
  • Cannabis Corner
  • Psycho Fest - Royal Thunder
  • Psycho Fest - Monophonics
  • Titty Titty Bong Bong
  • Jesus Loves - Jesus Hates
  • Corona Zombies
  • Sasquatch Brothers

Metal Blade Records

Monday, 23 March 2020 15:14 Published in Underground News

YYCMA Awards

Monday, 23 March 2020 14:55 Published in Underground News

AU Vol. 16–2 Issue 92

Saturday, 01 February 2020 00:00 Published in Volume 16

Absolute Underground #92 - Special exclusive interview with Powerclown's lead singer Dan Scum from Yokohama Prison in Japan.

Also in this issue:

  • Alien Boys
  • Fully Crazed
  • Third Chamber
  • Choices Made
  • The TV Dead
  • Sasquatch Brothers
  • Subculture
  • Tessitura
  • David del Castillo
  • Absolute Horror - Tobe Hooper
  • BOIDS
  • Lee Aaron
  • Michael Schenker Fest
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