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Musing on Music - ONOMA

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When you think of Israel, you don't think of alternative heavy metal. ONOMA is out to change all that. ONOMA  just released their first single and video entitled Bug. It's quite amazing. It has a Tool-ish Alice in Chains-ish feel to it. It's stark and gritty and full of massive riffage thanks to Asaf Keidan on guitar. The bass sound on BUG is thumpin. In parts of the song, the bass is forefront.  I love it! Andrei Aframov is a powerhouse. The vocals are sweetly wicked. Elad Koren has a sultry edge to his voice and then he lets it all out when he switches to the screamo type vocals. It makes you go O_o  He's just that good! Saggi Chen's drumming hard and driving. If Bug is any indication of how the debut album sounds, "All Things Change" was a dark horse of 2012! To bad I didn't know about them sooner, or they'd be on the Top 10 Albums of 2012.  Sylvia Masy and James Murphy created some wicked alchemy with ONOMA's debut album. All Things Chang…

Top 10 Photographs of 2012

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Everyone tends to list the Top 10 Albums or Top 10 Videos of the year. I've done both in recent posts for the Kali Diaries. Now I'd like to present something new. The Top 10 Photographs of 2012. My shooting year was cut short due to relocation to South Korea. I only had 6 months to get out there and shoot something. It was still a chore to find 10 of the best photographs I've taken this year. I discounted the Comicons and other events and kept it strictly metal! One of the "problems" shooting metal shows is trying to steady a Canon and head bang. LOL  All the bands I've shot this year have given 110% on stage. They are awesome live and it's been a privilege to shoot them. So here are my, Victoria Anderson, Top 10 Photographs of 2012! Enjoy!!!

#10 Metallica at Orion Festival June 2012

#09 Baroness in Philadelphia

#08 Goatwhore in Brooklyn, NY

#07 Anthrax in NYC


#06 Death Angel in NYC, opening for Anthrax! 
#05 Diamond Plate in Philly! 

#04 Bonded By Blood

End of the World Reading List

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End of the World Top 12 of 2012

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Point***Narf***Egads!! It's December 21, 2012 and it's supposed to be the end of the world! So what better time than now to give a mondo shout out to the Top 12 Albums of 2012!! There were so many damn fine albums released, it was hard to whittle it down to Just 12!! But hey, it's the end of the world, so we may as well party like we're out of time! Let's get our last night on Earth hoppin with some groovy music!

#12  The Sword - Apocryphon
The Sword deliver the perfect swagger and defiance for the end of the world! Apocryphon is stoner rock at its' best.

#11 Beastwars - Beastwars
Sludgy. Doomy. It's like molasses oozing out of your speakers. You want a heavy dark tome for your last few hours on planet Earth? Beastwars! It's truly a heavy album.

#10 Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
A beautifully haunting yet moving album. Every song flows with enchantment. Emerald Forest and The Blackbird is pure joy to listen to.

#09 Hexen - Being and Not…

Doro North America Tour 2013

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Showingno signs of slowing down, Doro Pesch and her band will begin another tour of the USA in support of critically acclaimedRaise Your Fist.   DORO will be will be returning to North America in 2013 to rock the masses in support of this year's release of Raise Your Fist.

DORO North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/01/2013 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
2/02/2013 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/03/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/04/2013 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
2/05/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House of Blues – West…

Munruthel - CREEDamage (Svarga Music)

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Munruthel - CREEDamage (Svarga Music)

Ok - this had me in the opening strains of the introductory song. Munruthel's CREEDamage is operatic and big. It's like a blockbuster Conan film or something. The orchestration is just immense and overpowering. If you didn't know any better you would think it's from one of the planet's top classically trained orchestras. Indeed, just the song titles are awe inspiring. Ardent Dance of War's God, Rolls of Thunder From Fiery Skies, Krada P.1 The Blood, P.2 The Surya, and P.3 The Fire. Amazing.

The vocals are the Mojo Dojo growly style vocals that invoke Viking lore and evil hordes. But don't get used to them. They are deliciously balanced by sweeping and ethereal vocal harmonies; most of which are in a foreign language. The female vocals are handled by Alina Gornostayeva. This further enhances the operatic nature of the album. The compositions are enough to make Wagner dizzy! Rolls of Thunder From Firey Skies is just gobsm…

Bonded By Blood EURO TOUR!!!

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Squeeeeeeeee Bonded By Blood is hitting the road next year. This is a lucky duck thing for all those residing in Germany and the UK! Catch one or two or five shows. You won't regret it! Bonded are touring Europe and the UK in support of their critically acclaimed album THE AFTERMATH. Says lead vocalist Mauro Gonzalez: "We are beyond excited for this up coming tour! Europe Bonded by blood is coming for you!"

Dec 22 Key Club w Agent Steel, Hirax, Midnight West Hollywood, CA
Jan 12 Glass House w/Oceano, Vektor, White Wizzard Pomona, CA
Jan 17 K17 w/Vader & Aborted Berlin, Germany
Jan 18 F-Haus w/Vader & Aborted Jena, Germany
Jan 19 Turock w/Vader & Aborted Essen, Germany
Jan 20 Vera w/Vader & Aborted - Groningen, Netherlands
Jan 21 Markthalle w/Vader & Aborted - Hamburg, Germany
Jan 22 Lakei w/Vader & Aborted - Helmond, Netherlands
Jan 23 Fiasko w/Vader & Aborted - Kassel, Germany
Jan 24 Devil&…

Friday Night Dance Party - December Edition

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Hey all you cool kats and jaded primadonnas! Welcome to the last Friday Night Dance Party of 2012! We're gonna party likes it's 199...oops We are definitely out of time. This is supposedly the end of the world December 12, 2012 121212... I don't know about all that, but it's a darn good excuse for a blazing party! So if Wednesday is really the end of all things, why not have the most groovilicious weekend right now!

Here are your top videos from 2012. Let's get this party started!

1. Doro - Raise Your Fist In the Air from Raise Your Fist In the Air


2. Rival Sons -  Keep On Swinging from Head Down


3.  Orange Goblin - Red Tide Rising from A Eulogy For The Damned


4. Moonspell - Lickanthrope from Alpha Noir


5. Bonded By Blood - Crawling In The Shadows from The Aftermath


6. Primal Rock Rebellion - Tortured Tone from  Awoken Broken


7. Kiss The Gunner's Daughter - Still Here 


8.  Sister Sin - End of the Line from Now and Forever


9.  Job For A Cowboy - Tarnished Glutto…

Orange Goblin 2013 Tour Schedule

Here is proof positive the world won't come to a crashing halt on December 12. Orange Goblin Touring Schedule for 2013, so far!

JANUARY

Sat 26 – Workmans Club, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
Sun 27 – Limelight 2, Belfast, N. Ireland
Wed 30 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wales
Thu 31 – The Haunt, Brighton, England

FEBRUARY

Fri 1 – Talking Heads, Southampton, England
Sat 2 – White Rabbit, Plymouth, England
Sun 3 – The Fleece, Bristol, England
Tue 5 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich, England
Wed 6 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
Thu 7 – Corporation, Sheffield, England
Fri 8 – The Duchess, York, England
Sat 9 – NQ Live, Manchester, England
Mon 11 – King Tuts, Glasgow, Scotland
Tue 12 – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool, England
Wed 13 – Rock City, Nottingham, England
Fri 15 – o2 Islington Academy, London, England
Sat 23 – Soundwave Festival, Brisbane, Australia
Sun24 – Soundwave Festival, Sydney, Australia

MARCH

Fri 1 – Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Sat 2 – Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, Au…

Diamond Plate Announce New Singer

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Chicago thrashers DIAMOND PLATE have confirmed the addition of MATT ARES to the band as their new vocalist and bassist, following the departure of former frontman JON MACAK.

The band have started working on the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, GENERATION WHY?, with the new album due to be released in 2013.

DIAMOND PLATE have issued the following statement:

(Left to right: Konrad Kupiec, Mario Cianci, Matt Ares, Jim Nicademus) "Over the past few months we have been writing and demoing songs for the next album. During that time, we felt that the chemistry between Jon and the rest of the band wasn't as strong as it needed to be. We decided to move on, and find someone that shared the same passion to create the music that we've always wanted to make. We wish Jon all the best, and we want to thank him for being a part of this band.

"We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Matt Ares into the band as vocalist and bassist. Matt has really been a breath of fresh…

Browning Part Ways With Rhythm Section

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It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I must report that the Browning are losing two of the finest musicians I've ever had the pleasure of shooting (with my Canon) and hanging with. The rhythm section comprised of Noah Robertson on drums and Jesse Glidewell on bass are departing the Browning says lead singer Jonny McBee.


Hey everyone! Just wanted to update you on somethings!
Jesse and Noah have both decided to step down both for their own personal reasons. I want to thank both of them for putting work into this with us! This doesn't effect any of our upcoming touring plans and our NEW ALBUM we are in the process of writing :)

Stoked for you guys to hear these new songs when its ready, and stoked to see all of you out at some shows!
... Another big tour update coming next week :)

Drew will be going back to bass, and our friend Cody is coming out to play drums! See you all soon! ♥

- Jonny


Hat's off to Noah and Jesse! Kali Diaries wishes you long life and prosperi…

All Hail The Yeti: new drummer and tour dates

Kicking off just days ago Los Angeles-based stoner/groove metallers ALL HAIL THE YETI is currently embarked on the recently announced Reconcile For Revenge Tour, the first full trek in support of their self-titled debut full-length, released at the end of August worldwide via AFM Records. The outfit is currently raging across the western half of the country, and has just expanded the tour, adding an additional slew of dates to the brutal trek.
ALL HAIL THE YETI has also confirmed the recent addition of a new drummer following the recent departure of Skylar Feigel. Frontman Connor Garritty released an official statement on the new band member this week: We are very excited to announce that we have recruited a new drummer. Steve White officially joined the band in early October. His enthusiasm and positivity are a refreshing start to this new chapter of the band. He is an outstanding drummer that brings a whole new element to the table that we never had before. The vibe …

Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence

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Between the Buried and Me released The Parallax II: Future Sequence on October 9, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. To say this is a concept album is a bit of an understatement. The North Carolina based band released a very heady, sometimes confusing, but always interesting album. Parallax sounds like some groovy 70s Yes inspired album. It's full of guitars and keyboards and harmonies. It's a total throwback with a modern feel. Nothing on Parallax feels dated. The songs showcase the guitar work of Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring in a truly inspired way. What's totally cool about this album is that the guitars are very Yes, very ELP and it has the vocal harmonies of prog rock but it also has the crazy growly vocals that meander in and out of already complex fusion compositions.

Parallax is a musical journey. You feel a bit like Alice though the looking glass. You never know where the album is going to take you. You just intuitively know that the path is going to be fun and inte…

Friday Night November Dance Party

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SQUEEEEEE Another Friday Night Dance Party is upon us! This Friday Night brings us post Halloween, post Dia De Los Muertos, Sandy - lots of tricks and treats. Tonite's Dance Party is dedicated to my friends and family in Jersey! Neither rain, nor surge, nor dark of night (thanx PSE&G) can put a dent in our Ramones P-Funk Revolution! I bring you five brand spanking new and totally bitchen to get your Friday Night Groove Thang started!

First up is a video featuring the "love of my life" (falls over in school gyrl giggles) From Berliner Untergrund TV here is Daniel Gun with Mehrals ein 16er-Nr25 featuring a very sexy very loverly Burkhard Schmitt of Hate Squad as part of the posse.



Next up is a wicked tune by Okkultokrati entitled Snakereigns. It's short, but totally bitchen!



Totally not gonna leave my buds in The Browning out of this dance party. They are fun to shoot (with my Canon) and are a great band to interview to boot! Here is Dominator from their choice al…

Bonded By Blood Cancels End of Tour

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Blerg and double Blerg!!! Welcome to 2012: home of broke down vans and shoddy workmanship. It truly doth suck when a band as great as Bonded By Blood gets side lined due to vehicle malfunctions, but that's just what happened this month. Bonded By Blood had to cancel the last few dates with Death Angel and a few So. Cal. shows due to issues with their van... multiple issues. It's a head ache when any working person can't get to work due to car issues. It's worse when you have hundreds upon hundreds of adoring fans counting on you making it to the venue, gearing up, and making their ears bleed.

On 10-17-12 our rear axel blew causing us to miss the last 3 dates of Death Angel's Ultra Violence tour. In the beginning of this tour we had to get the radiator replaced twice (due to bad mechanics) and as a result with all the van's damages we can longer afford to get a new van like we had hoped for future tours. We lost a lot of money..

We are now reaching out to our fan…

Katie Calautti talks to Bruce Campbell about Evil Dead Movie

A mondo shout out and huge bevy of thanx to Katie Calautti  and Spin Off Online for this bitchin' interview with legendary Bruce Campbell. Kati caught up with Bruce at the NYC Comicon at the Javits Center and they discuss the brew-haha over the upcoming Evil Dead Movie. Check out Kati Calautti and more at Spin Off Online.

Bruce Campbell is a man who requires no introduction, but – in case you’ve been living under a rock (or trapped in the basement of a cursed cabin) for the past 30 years – he’s the chainsaw-wielding star of the Sam Raimi-directed Evil Dead movies. The trilogy is a cult classic, beloved by its vehemently protective fan base, which is why the announcement of a remake (produced by Campbell, Raimi and another original producer, Rob Tapert) garnered cries of outrage.
Shortly before revealing a first look at the Evil Dead remake at New York Comic Con, Campbell sat down with a group of reporters to discuss the film. He didn’t shy from addressing fan skepticism, …

October Friday Night Dance Party

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Squeeeee Fall is here! Time for the leaves to turn purdy colours! Time for the jumpers to come out! Time for heavy weight denim jeans and flannel shirts! Today is another wonderous First Friday and I'm bringing you the bestest and heaviest in all things metal! Tonight features a Lucky 7 streak of hip swaying, groovilicious, heavy man, just heavy lovin for your ears. So sit back, relax, and let the music do the talkin!

Beastwars - Empire

You can pick up this totally awesome album on Beastwars on Bandcamp. This band is from New Zealand and they totally bring the house down!



The Sword - Apocryphon

October 22 marks the release of the newest Sword album Apocryphon. It kicks mondo ass!! This is the first video release from the album. It's super sweet! Pre-order it at: http://www.swordofdoom.com



Orange Goblin - Red Tide Rising

Happiness on the Goblin train as Orange Goblin have announced a very comprehensive tour schedule to round out 2012. Orange Goblin released A Eulogy For The Damned

Bonded By Blood Tour Dates 2012

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Bonded By Blood have hit the road again in support of their critically acclaimed album The Aftermath! These titans of thrash metal will be on the road until October. Do yourself a favor and check them out! You won't be sorry!


Orange Goblin To Tour the World in 2013

ORANGE GOBLIN TO TOUR THE WORLD IN 2013!

BAND ANNOUNCED FOR SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL in AUSTRALIA!

2013 will see Orange Goblin embark on their biggest touring schedule EVER as they continue to promote the critically acclaimed ‘A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED’ album, released in February 2012 on Candlelight Records and hotly tipped to be a contender for the album of the year polls.

The touring schedule will kick off with a 15 date UK TOUR at the end of January and start of February, dates of which are to be announced soon. We are also very happy to announce that the band will then head to AUSTRALIA for the very first time ever to join the SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2013 (alongside Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Kyuss Lives!, Ghost, Red Fang, The Sword, Gallows and many more). The full dates for Soundwave 2013 are as follows:

SAT 23rd FEB - BRISBANE - RNA SHOWGROUNDS
SUN 24th FEB - SYDNEY - OLYMPIC PARK
FRI 1st MAR - MELBOURNE - FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE
SAT 2nd MAR - ADELAIDE …

Jessie Sanchez of Bonded By Blood talks about upcoming headlining tour for The Aftermath

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The Hobbit - Official Trailer

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SQUEEEEEEEEE the most amazing thing you will ever see (OK the Dredd stuff) but next to that!!! The next official trailer for the Peter Jackson epic THE HOBBIT!!! It's just amazing. I can't wait until this is released. Peter Jackson hit it out of the ballpark with the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and now he's taken on the first book of the "series"; a precursor if you will. THE HOBBIT tells of Bilbo Baggin's adventure with the dwarves. Filmed again against the stunning backdrop of New Zealand, this film promises to be a visual feast for the eyes that many thanks to Andrew Lesnie (cinematographer and 22 time Oscar winner).  THE HOBBIT brings back Ian McKellen as Gandolf, Cate Blanchett as an Elvin Queen, Hugo Weaving and Elrond, and Elijah Wood as Frodo.  So many familiar faces one is instantly comfortable. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out this year and next year, 2013, the second installment The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.


September Friday Night Dance Party

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Another first Friday is upon us. That means another Friday Night Dance Party! Start a fresh new Autumn night right by whoopin' it up in your living room! Plenty of new music to keep the party going!

Let's kick it off with one of my personal favourites!

Rival Sons - "Keep On Swinging"

"Keep On Swinging" is the first single from the band's highly-anticipated new album, HEAD DOWN. RIVAL SONS frontman JAY BUCHANAN comments:"Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure.  Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time.  Excuse me while I go to hell."  RIVAL SONS drummer MICHAEL MILEY adds:"We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure.  The Spirit was moving in that room.  We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can't reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the…