Profile: Atlanta’s Noise Rockers Palaces

Unless you’re either an Atlanta concert lizard or a huge fan of noise rock, chances are you’ve never heard of Palaces. And truly, that’s a damn shame. BUT, the band is readying their first output since 2012 in the form of Hellas Chasma and it’s a cavalcade of brutal noise rock that at times eschews the genre for grind, punk or hardcore. Plainly put, this is a nine headed beast that ain’t for the faint of heart. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the trio so head inside to see what they had to say. And by all means, hit the links contained within to show them support!

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Profile: Kevin Keegan of Vancouver’s Dead Quiet

Dead Quiet, who are on the eve of their third full length Truth and Ruin, sit in a great spot between the type of heavy metal and hard rock that cuts deep and leaves its mark long after the music’s over. The band brings forth their love of the classics with an undeniable knowledge of what made it all work in the first place; heavy rhythms and riffs coupled with organ playing that sounds straight out of the 70s. Their first two albums stretched out a bit more and even meandered a bit in spots which lent more to stoner or psychedelic metal but this time out it’s clear the focus is to just get in, slay, and get out while still being catchy enough to stick the melodies deep in the brain cavity. Just ahead of the album’s release, we caught up with guitarist and vocalist Kevin Keegan armed with our set of Profile questions to dig a little deeper into the band, his history, and thoughts. Head inside to see how it went down and be sure to support them by hitting the links contained within.

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Profile: Paul Goings of Baton Rouge’s Shadow People

Noise rock, when done properly, elicits images of washed out lethargy from the underbelly of nastiness yet comfortable like a familiar bed. Confused? If so, you haven’t experienced the right noise rock yet. This is a genre that is unlike any other in the sense that the artists feelings, experiences, or general life outlook directly reflects in the music and thus, us as listeners can relate in one way or another. Who hasn’t faced adversity? Depression? Gutter thoughts? Face it, we all have but to varying degrees. Noise artists get to express these feelings through their music and we get to experience it from a safe distance but through the lens of our own tribulations making this a unique line of music. Baton Rouge’s Shadow People are a prime example of a band that knows how to do it, and do it right, even though they ride a thin line between this, sludge and hardcore. Their fourth effort Washing In Soap Opera is short but its barbs last long after the final note plays. As you’ll read below, bassist Paul Goings is as unabashedly no-bullshit in his answers as the music is truthful about the darker side of life most of us will only ever experience through song. The answers contained within and this EP is well worth your time so read up and hit those links to snag a copy for yourself. Trust me on this.

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Profile (Sunday Edition): Tom Ridley of Poisonous Birds

Sunday’s are reserved for metal adjacent things that you shouldn’t miss out on. Call it a Rainbows in the Dark Profile edition or Rainbows in the Profile. Either way, the UK’s Poisonous Birds just released a stunning EP, We Can Never Not Be All Of Us, that’s as much electronica as it is lush, cinematic post-rock. However, simple genre tags are rendered useless across these six tracks of highly charged, highly emotional, and extraordinarily detailed art. The title was taken from a Bon Iver podcast in reference to tensions on the Texas border but with current events it has become even more timely. Simply put, this is an EP that not only was born from an important message but also has the power to soothe at a time when we all need it most. We recently had the chance to ask Tom Ridley (vocals, electronics, production) our set of Profile questions so read on below to see how it went down. And, be sure to pick up a copy of the EP from the links contained within.

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Profile: Andy Barton of Power Metallers Grimgotts

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For a band that started out as a Harry Potter parody outfit, London’s symphonic power metallers Grimgotts have come a long way. They’ve since created their own mythical realm with Andria and are in the midst of a three part EP series chronicling epic battles between men and dragons with their most recent release, Sagas. Hot on the heels of said release we had the chance to pose our set or Profile questions to vocalist Andy Barton so head below to see what he had to say and grab a copy of Sagas from the links contained within. Continue reading