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Scythe: Exclusive ‘Beware The Scythe’ Track-By-Track with front man Rick Scythe

Few death metal musicians take the time to go over the lyrical concepts of their albums, but Rick Scythe is not your average death metal musician. Recently he was kind enough to take the time to go over the entire Beware The Scythe album track-by-track with me. Read on to see the lyrical inspirations behind the album.

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Few death metal musicians take the time to go over the lyrical concepts of their albums, but Rick Scythe is not your average death metal musician. Recently he was kind enough to take the time to go over the entire Beware The Scythe album track-by-track with me. Read on to see the lyrical inspirations behind the album.

Rick: Beware The Scythe is not a concept album, but most of the songs deal with the occult/hidden side of reality; from past, present and future as well as various conspiracy topics. I will give a brief synopsis of each track:

“The Iron Witch”: This song is based on the 1920’s silent film, ‘Haxen’ It deals with witchcraft and the occult from the beginning of time through the 1920’s.

“Mastermind”: Is the second song. This song is a glimpse of the not-so-distant future of humanity. It deals with the practices of the global elite who mock the laws of nature by spawning abominations such as chimera hybrids; creating intelligent cyborgs that are self aware; spraying poison in the skies and vaccines to make people slow and dimwitted and other atrocities. The song is written in a vague, open way in order for the listener to analyze various lines and make up their own mind.

“Beware The Scythe”: This is the metal anthem of the album. It is simply my perspective on the metal way of life. It has some personal, symbolic lines in there which detail some of my personal struggles, and ultimate triumphs in my life. There is also some humor in there and some aspects which describe what Scythe is all about. It is about being patient, looking within for strength, waiting for the right time to strike and ultimately crushing all those who have every betrayed you!

“Tyrannical Stranglehold”: This is a modern day view of the world created by the Illuminati tyrants. It boggles my mind how people can be so ignorant and believe things coming from the globalist controlled media and the Fascist PC Thugs. This is about the slow, strong stranglehold upon mankind. Remember: freedom of speech is now almost dead. Hurting someones feelings is now considered a “Hate Crime”. Using un-PC terms now makes someone not only a pariah, but a criminal. Certain words are now banned, certain literature is banned, emails and phone calls are screened, people are violated and groped in the name of security, security cameras spy on your every move yet the masses just accept this. If you told people back in the 1950’s that this would be our way of life in the 21st century, no one would believe it. Who are the real terrorists?

“Tunguska Death Ray”: This is the opening track to side 2. This is an example of Scythian Speed Metal! It is about Nikola Tesla’s “Death Ray” and the “Tunguska Event” of 1908. Telsa had many inventions that could have helped create a planetary utopia, but of course was squelched by globalists such as Westinghouse, Rockefeller and so forth. Basically this deals with his invention called the “Death Ray” which he actually named “The Peace Ray” It could basically decimate entire Armies or Invaders without use of toxic radioactive material. He wanted to test this device in 1908 when his friend Peary was exploring the North Pole. Legend has it that he over shot the North Pole and hit Tunguska, Siberia… which makes sense because of the total obliteration in June 1908 when the Tunguska event happened. Of course modern scientists claim it was a meteor that caused the devastation, but seriously… There is as much evidence of a meteor hitting as there is a plane crashing in Shanksville; but just like that, people believe the original story without using logic and common sense. Obviously the globalists want to keep people ignorant to Tesla and his great inventions.

“Opus Dei of the Dead”: This is the ballad of the album, if you can call a song this heavy a ballad. It is about the pagan ceremony, “Candlemass Eve”. Basically was thought to be way more Satanic than Halloween. Pure evil ceremonies and chants, witching festivities for the elite to give them power to control the world. The words to this are written more or less like a mantra. Repeating words over and over is a popular occult, magical practice. The words resonate and create energy. So the lyrics are written in this mantra chanting style. It is an evil, weird song about an evil, weird practice.

“Talons Of Steel”: This is a basic, no frills headbanging classic! Musically it is like a strange hybrid combination of Manowar, “Born Again” era Black Sabbath and Hellhammer. Lyrically it is about Bohemian Grove and the “Cremation of Care” ceremony. Once a year the elite billionaire tyrants gather; including politicians, CEO’s of Multinational Corporations, bankers and lawmakers to have a little fun, and talk a little shop. No women are allowed, but they still find time to have orgies, get intoxicated and worship a giant stone owl named “Molach”. They have nice little pagan ceremonies where they sacrifice effigies to Molach… this sounds absurd, but it is 100% true. We have a picture of it in the gatefold of the LP and the back of the CD tray.

“Eye Of The Crow”: This is inspired by “The Hymn of Heloise” which was written by a medieval monk named, Peter Abelard. The poem is very long and very evil. A basic story of unholy passion. The song, by contrast is very short; I like the contrast of using few words to paint a large picture. The words are all taken from the poem, but when put into the context of a short metal song, but can take on various interpretations by the listener.

“Planet Of The Humans”: This is about the race of giants written about in manuscripts and artwork from every ancient civilization: from the Assyrians, to Babylonians, to the Bible. It was inspired by The Book of Enoch, which basically states that races of fallen angels came down to Earth to breed with human women and created a race known as “The Annunaki”. This giant race and their offspring were killed by the Great Flood. However, Nibiru, or as the Bible calls it “Wormwood” is actually a dwarf Star to our Sun which travels in an elliptical orbit that enters near Earth every 3,600 years. When it does it causes great calamities, such as the Great Flood and the Fall of Babylon. Greek and Roman Gods were quite possibly real and from this star system. The hybrid beasts you see in Assyrian and Mesopotamian art are real “chimera” creations of these abominable tyrants.

Check out the album: ‘Beware The Scythe’

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Morning Bear Reveals Latest Single “A Simple Understanding”

John Runnels unveils the revival of his indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of new single, “A Simple Understanding”.

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Denver raised and now Copenhagen based singer/songwriter John Runnels unveils the revival of his orchestral indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of a deeply personal and emotionally charged single, “A Simple Understanding.” Marking the band’s return after a six-year hiatus, Morning Bear’s latest offering provides an intimate glimpse into the mind of its creator, navigating through the profound challenges of loss, resilience, and self-discovery.

Characterised by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music weaves together the calm and delicate stylings reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez, while embracing the complexity and depth akin to the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and unconventional arrangements, including cello, violin, piano, and more, Morning Bear crafts a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.

The catalyst for Morning Bear’s resurgence lies in the transformative journey of band leader John Runnels, who, after facing a series of devastating events and losses, found solace and inspiration amid the chaos. The global pandemic, the loss of three close friends in separate tragedies, a severe injury, and battles with anxiety and depression marked a period of uncertainty for Runnels, but he emerged stronger and more resilient.

“A Simple Understanding”, a continuation of the first releases from Morning Bear after a long hiatus, showcases Runnels in an intimate and vulnerable performance, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. Released at the time of year where it is most difficult for mental health, John recorded this in a single, live take during a rainstorm in a small garage in a village outside of Andover, UK, and the song captures the raw emotion of Runnels’ struggles and experiences. The lyrics delve into themes of self-loathing and finding hope in the darkest moments of life.

He says “People are often their own worst critic. ‘A Simple Understanding’ speaks to the self-loathing you feel when you have hit rock bottom. How do we find something to hold onto when we’re in the darkest points of our lives?

Morning Bear invites audiences to join them, to embrace vulnerability and share the power of music to heal and connect. With echoes of early Bon Iver in its acoustic performance, ‘A Simple Understanding’ is a brutally honest and delicately executed piece of songwriting that is sure to resonate with listeners, John Runnels bears all in this captivating and emotionally charged offering that sticks.

Morning Bear "A Simple Understanding" single artwork

Morning Bear “A Simple Understanding” single artwork

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Blind Channel – ‘Exit Emotions’ [Album Review]

While ‘Exit Emotions’ (Century Media Records) contains many of the tropes from the golden age of nu-metal, it still feels refreshing. Blind Channel continue to move from strength to strength.

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Blind Channel ‘Exit Emotions’ album artwork
Blind Channel ‘Exit Emotions’ album artwork

Cast your minds back to 2021; it was a dark time for humanity, with the entirety of the world still gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, countries going in and out of lockdowns, and the entertainment industry being brought to its knees. Yet, in the midst of all of this, mankind fought on, with some events managing to take place. One of these was Eurovision, which has delivered, over the years, some incredible winners and given lesser-known artists global recognition. 2021 saw Måneskin take the crown, but on their heels was Finland’s own Blind Channel in sixth place with their song “Dark Side.”

The Finnish nu-metalers already had a handful of records to their name but it was Lifestyles of the Sick and Dangerous that contained their aforementioned Eurovision entry and made the world really sit up and take notice. With its mix of metal, hip-hop, synth and a touch of glam, it was a breath of fresh air from the European region better known for its output of, let’s say, the (much) heavier side of metal.

With Exit Emotions, Blind Channel now have their eyes focused on bigger things. Whilst they have broken through to the mainstream beyond their borders, it’s not enough for the six-piece, as they explore what it means to truly be on the global stage.

Exit Emotions kicks in hard with “Where’s the Exit,” with its distorted nu-metal beat laced with some techno elements followed swiftly by distorted vocals mixing rap and metal styles seamlessly. Dual vocalists Joel Hokka and Niko Moilanen bounce off each other in a symbiotic way, indicating how in tune with each other these guys can be. “Where’s the Exit” feels like it throws everything the band can portray at the wall from their varying influences, and while, on paper, a mix of metal, rock, hip hop, techno, and synth, if difficult to get right, Blind Channel nail it with absolute precision. Several songs on this record follow this formula, like “Deadzone,” “Wolves of California,” and “XOXO” (amongst others), and if the entirety of the record kept to this, whilst fun to listen to, it would run the risk of becoming samey. Thankfully, Blind Channel does mix things up throughout.

Blind Channel, photo by Christian Ripkens

Blind Channel, photo by Christian Ripkens

Keeping it Surreal” maintains a relatively heavy approach but dials it back a tad to give the hip-hop elements more of a chance to shine and deliver a more emotional element with the band, highlighting the surrealness of their current position. This is followed by the extra-emotional “Die Another Day.” The tune opens with a piano melody and slows the entire pace of the record, and moves into ballad territory. Hokka and Moilanen are accompanied by RØRY, ensuring the sensitive lyrics portrayed are emphasized to the max. Despite the relative negativity of the lyrics, the trio somehow makes this extra melancholy tune drive forward positive feelings.

Exit Emotions is a great follow-up to Lifestyles of the Sick and Dangerous, and although it contains many of the tried and tested tropes of what was delivered in the golden age of nu-metal, it still feels refreshing. The band has gone from strength to strength since their respectable placement at 2021’s Eurovision, which demonstrates they have lots more to offer than just their hit song “Dark Side.”

Read our interview with Joel Hokka and Niko Moilanen at last year’s Download 20.

Exit Emotions Track Listing:

1. Where’s the Exit
2. Deadzone
W3. olves of California
4. XOXO
5. Keeping it Surreal
6. Die Another Day
7. Phobia
8. Happy Doomsday
9. Red Tail Lights
10. Not You Bro
11. Flatline
12. One Last Time… Again

Run Time: 35:15
Release Date: March 1, 2024
Record Label: Century Media Records

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Silent Planet Bring Their “Superbloom Tour” to Worcester Palladium [Photos]

Silent Planet brought their “Superbloom Tour” to Worcester Palladium with support from Johnny Booth, Aviana, and Thornhill.

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Silent Planet on Feb 20, 2024, photo by Christina Altamirano
Silent Planet on Feb 20, 2024, photo by Christina Altamirano

Silent Planet brought their “Superbloom Tour” to the Worcester Palladium on February 20, 2024. They had Johnny Booth, Aviana, and Thornhill join them on this fun adventure.

I had no idea what to expect during Johnny Booth and was happy with the outcome. Johnny Booth is a five-piece hardcore band from New York. They performed a seven-song setlist with a few cuts like “2040,” “Full Tilt,” “Asymmetrical,” and “Deep Fake.” Johnny Booth stands out with their crushing melodies and multi-genre influences.

Following Johnny Booth was the Swedish alt-metal band Aviana. I had heard a few songs off Spotify, but I’ve never seen them live, and I loved every second of their time! The band wore masks and cloaks, so you can’t see anything under it. When they opened with “Rage,” the crowd chanted “Rage” with frontman Joel Holmqvist. Other songs were “Illuminate,” “My Worst Enemy,” “Oblivion,” and “Obsession.” This is definitely a band worth checking out!

Next was the Aussie alt-metal band Thornhill. If you know Thornhill, then you know you’re going to have a good show! They played eight songs, consisting of “Arkangel,” “Viper Room,” “Coven,” and “Casanova,” and closed with “Where We Go When We Die.” During their set, you can see fans all over having fun and dancing to the music.

Lastly, Silent Planet! The band incorporates a screen in the back for stunning visuals to accompany the songs being played. They performed mostly new songs off their latest album, Superbloom, and other beloved songs like “Panic Room,” “Native Blood,” and closed with “Superbloom.” Towards the end of their set, they did a jam session, which was fun to watch! During their encore, they performed their popular song “Trilogy.”

The “Superbloom Tour” is coming to a close this week. If you got to see it, then you know you got to go to an awesome show. Here’s to the next one!

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