The Press War Hits Cambridge’s Middle East on January 25th!

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Boston’s The Press War is hoping to broaden your musical palette when you hear the term Indie/Pop/Punk in reference to their sound. Take opener “Pandering” off the New Again EP as a prime example as it takes the Pop sensibilities of Husker Du and merges it with the driving force of Bad Religion’s finest moments. [Read more…]

Untitled Metal Column: Volume 10 (Abstracter, Wound Empire)

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Sometimes the best music is that which you know nothing about beforehand. Take Abstracter for example. Promo came across my desk and like everything that comes across my desk, I gave it a solid listen. Guys and gals, I know we’re barely a week into the new year but hitting “play” on Wound Empire, the second release from Oakland’s Abstracter, is easily one of the best decisions I’ll have made all year. Guaranteed. [Read more…]

Karma To Burn Release Arch Stanton In North America, Prepare For Live Assault

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Are you looking to start 2015 off with a rawk and/or roll bang? Well, you’re in luck because West Virginia’s Karma To Burn is back and ready to do just that for you! Arch Stanton, their sixth overall, is like a rebirth. Mainstays Rob Oswald and Rich Mullins have departed and like a phoenix Will Mecum has again risen from the ashes with a new band, a new purpose, and a new found glory. [Read more…]

Kristen Ford Homecoming Hits Middle East January 3rd!

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It’s time Boston/Cambridge! Kristen Ford is finally returning home. We ran a piece back in May of 2014 when Ms. Ford was about to say farewell to this fine city so we’re just as excited as you are to see 2015 start off with her homecoming. [Read more…]

The Dreaming Rise Again On Ambitious Third Album

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“You will never break us/We will fight until the bitter end/You will never break us/We will always find the strength to Rise Again! “-Christopher Hall, “Rise Again”, 2015 [Read more…]

15 for ’15: A Rock And Roll Fables Guide To The Best Releases Of The New Year

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In no way in any sort of order, here’s the albums we think you should be looking forward to in 2015:

1. Amen (TBC/TBA)

No clue what the album is called and no clue when it’s coming out but it should be coming at you in 2015. Casey Chaos is back, my friends! Reinvigorated and alive (Didja see Amen’s triumphant set at Knotfest?!?!?!), Chaos rules next year and is joined by former Amen bassist John Fahnestock and some guy named Dave Lombardo playing drums. Make no mistake, this should be one of the heaviest and most prolific metal release of 2015. [Read more…]

Rock And Roll Fables Best/Worst Of 2014: Editor’s Picks

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Ah, fuck it! I was all poised to do another “Top 14 of 14” music list and then Bostonregina inspired me yet again to do a post like hers from last year (And hopefully this year, bb????) Anywho, without further adieu, here’s the RNRF Editor’s pick for 2014:

Best Album: The Faint-Doom Abuse

2014 was the year that electronics totally owned me or I totally gave myself up to electronic music. I’m still not sure yet. Either way, whether it was new discoveries like Mr. Kitty or Trust or Skinny Puppy ruling the live scene, electronic music simply owned my life this year. One of my favorite electronic bands also happened to drop a bombshell of an album this year seemingly out of nowhere. The Faint quietly reconvened in 2012 for the Danse Macabre tour and an EP of all new music and then…nothing. That nothing turned out to be this year’s Doom Abuse which was released in April. Taking the best parts of all of their previous albums and infusing their sound with an urgency not heard in some time, The Faint is more alive now then ever before. For our review, head on over here. [Read more…]

Unearth The Kings Plan To End 2014 Loudly With And Yet It Moves!

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Need a little slab of metal to end 2014 with a bang and kickstart the new year right? Well, Unearth The Kings plan to deliver on both counts with their debut EP, And Yet It Moves. Featuring members of Pitchshifter, Cars On Fire, and the mighty earthtone 9, And Yet It Moves is an instantly likable, easily listenable 3-track beast that mixes the legendary riffs of Crowbar (and earthtone 9) with a vocal intensity in the style of Keith Buckley. [Read more…]

Sascha Konietzko: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

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Time flies when you’re having fun or in the case of KMFDM’s founder, Sascha Konietzko, when you’re prolifically creating new music. He elaborated on the topic recently via phone:

“Well, it’s just something I can’t help. When I wake up in the morning I go in my studio, and unless I have chores to do,  I just sort of work on stuff that comes to my mind. I feel more inspired these days than I did when I began making music.”  [Read more…]

Igor Cavalera: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

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Pandemonium, the third offering from Cavalera Conspiracy is easily their heaviest yet. From the onslaught of “Babylonian Pandemonium” and “Bonzai Kamikazee” it’s easy to see that CC has found  a place in the musical echelon that suits them well and that happy place happens to be heavy as hell. Max Cavalera sounds like a veritable monster on the opening track with a throaty growl that’s unlike any vocal performance he’s given while brother Igor pounds away at ludicrous speeds one moment, settling into a tribal groove the next. [Read more…]