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Stephen’s Ride to the Hills Iron Maiden Plante Cycles Road – Kyle Kelley

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Stephen’s Ride to the Hills Iron Maiden Plante Cycles Road – Kyle Kelley

Stephen’s Ride to the Hills Iron Maiden Plante Cycles Road
Photos by Kyle Kelley and words by John Watson

Everyone loves a good Maiden homage. When Stephen decided he wanted to tackle the world of custom framebuilding, he headed to Yamaguchi‘s school to learn from arguably the best. Back in 2015, he left his home of Rancho Cucamonga for Rifle, Colorado to attend Yamaguchi’s class. Along with him he brought a set of Paragon road dropouts and began learning how to cut, mitre, lug and fillet braze. The result is this “traditional” road bike. A 1″ steerer, non-oversized diameter tubing road frame, with a lugged head tube cluster and fillet brazed rear triangle.

Upon completion, Stephen sent the frame to Jordan Low with a note: make it Iron Maiden themed.

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King Dude and Ghost at Emo’s in Austin

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King Dude and Ghost at Emo’s in Austin

Each year, my friends in the band King Dude roll through Austin for a tour of some sorts. Whether it’s a festival or just a quick stop through, I always look forward to having them around. Usually they crash at my house and we get to drink bourbon and hang out. I like to think that it’s a bit of a break from the chaos that is touring across the country in a van.

This tour in particular found them opening for Ghost, the Swedish stadium NWOBHM band. While I haven’t been into Ghost all that much, I will say I really enjoyed their live act and stage antics. They packed out Emo’s East in Austin and put on one hell of a show. The fans were sooooo into it!

Each of these bands have been busting their asses on the road for the past two weeks and tonight’s the first stop on their east coast tour. If they’re coming through your town, give them some love. Also, you can now pre-order King Dude’s newest record, Fear at TJ’s label, Not Just Religious Music.

The PiNP Top 10 Albums of 2013

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The PiNP Top 10 Albums of 2013

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that in lieu of Tuesday Teardown, I’ve started a #PiNPLP hashtag. I wish I could stay on top of reviewing music, but it’s been increasingly difficult over the years. What I have been on top of however, is expanding my catalog into some pretty strange and obscure acts.

Here’s a disclaimer first: PLEASE go out to your local record shop and have them order these albums for you if you’re interested in including them in your own catalog. They could really use your business.

This year’s Top 10 Albums of 2013 is hardly all metal but there are some very dark bands in there. I’m pretty stoked on this list, so check it out, in no particular order below!

Local Access Only in Melbourne

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Local Access Only in Melbourne

“Local access only” is not to be confused with “locals only”. If there’s one thing to be said about Australians its that they love to show visitors how great their land is. Land is something that’s very ethereal these days. Tourism changes the way one interacts or engages with a place. For example, a surfer would have a very similar experience as a cyclist in Australia but a businessman or businesswoman might have a different perspective altogether.

As cyclists, we look for the most anti-social areas to socialize. No one wants to chat on a busy street. #NotBeachRd. We look at cities differently and while many people prefer the beaten path, some head out down roads with no KOM, no segments and no social scene. I’ve been very blessed to be given such a unique view of Victoria and over the years have met some great guides.

This roll of film was lost. Ok, not lost, just in the bottom of my film container in the fridge. It contains some moments from rides, a Black Breath show in Melbourne and some other randomness. Check out the narrated photos for the full story.

Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4
Fuji Pro400h

Full Circle

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Full Circle

It should be “Full Backwards Circle”.

Ride whatever you want, when and how you want to. I think that’s the moral of the story here. Thanks to FYXO for the impromptu photo shoot. Check out more words and photos at FYXO.  Oh and to the assholes who stole my bag in SF, die. I’m going to miss those jeans and that t-shirt.

The Endo Customs Necronomicog Kit Pre-Order is On!

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The Endo Customs Necronomicog Kit Pre-Order is On!

Look, I know this is a very metal kit and some of you aren’t into metal. TOO BAD. Even Tracko wears this kit and he’s as hippy as they come. Since the last run of the Endo Customs-made Necronomicog kits, I’ve received a ton of emails asking to do another run. Well, you’ve got a month to pre-order this time and I even listed it close to payday.

You have until June 1st to place your order. Expect shipments mid-July (maybe sooner).

Click here for the jersey – $115
Click here for the bibs – $135
Click here for one pair of arm and one pair of knee warmers – $75

These kits are made in Los Angeles from only the best quality materials. Almost every kit I wear is made by Endo and I wouldn’t use anyone else!

Seabase: Galibier

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Seabase: Galibier

It’s been a while since Patrick Seabase put out a video but it was worth the wait. The climb is serene and shit gets real around the 4:30 mark. Black metal and track bikes will always get a rise out of me. Well done man.

Tuesday Teardown: Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

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Tuesday Teardown: Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

Everyone that thinks Darkthrone was better when they had their brief affair with black metal might as well not even continue with this Tuesday Teardown. Back when F.O.A.D. hit, it was greeted with high amounts of cynicism from people expecting more of their death / thrash / black metal cross-over melee. F.o.A.D. marked a key point in Darkthrone’s timeline: they started to have (even more) fun with music. Then came Dark Thrones and Black Flags, one of the best punk / d-beat albums of 2008. Finally, in 2010, the band’s magnum opus, Circle the Wagons hit, blowing everything else out of the fucking water (I’m being a bit partial here). It is still one of my favorite all time albums. Ever.

Each of Darkthrone’s albums have experimented with metal in various states, so a NWOBHM album shouldn’t surprise anyone. That’s exactly what The Underground Resistance is pushing and I fucking love it. So far, the whole package looks great. The first single “Leave No Cross Unturned” is the last cut on the album and with a howl Fenriz and Nocturno Culto kick it into high gear. Typical of their previous releases (mention Sarke, mention Sarke), Fenriz wrote half of the songs and Nocturno, the other*. So far, I like what I hear! I ordered the vinly and t-shirt package from Peaceville last week!

The Underground Resistance was mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door, here in Texas and the artwork was penned by Jim Fitzpatrick. Check out the first single “Leave No Cross Unturned” below.

Tuesday Teardown: Krypts – Unending Degredation

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Tuesday Teardown: Krypts – Unending Degredation

I absolutely love Finnish death metal and I can now add Krypts to the rank of Claws / Hooded Menace, Unholy and Amorphis. This band creates such an enveloping sound that they very well may be the new, true arbiters of death in Finland. The torch of heaviness has been passed and with the buzz surrounding this new album, they’re doing a hell of a job.

Enter the metaphors: Krypts’ sound is a dying behemoth, flailing its limbs before death. It envelops you like a breached submarine as it topples into an abyss, seconds before crushing you like a tin can. Their riffs crawl like a venomous centipede out of decaying corpse and the percussions thunder like the drums of an ancient, subterranean cannibal race of rats.

That’s how menacing Krypts’ highly-anticipated album, Unending Degredation is. Over four years in the making, this album represents the hard work of a band that made its name by crawling from the crypt to the pit. Simply listen to “Inhale” before “the Black Smoke” surrounds you. Like their death doom brethren, some tracks linger. “Dormancy of the Ancients” and “Beneath the Archaic” are as slow as a swarm of maggots, devouring a carcass.

How else are you to describe death metal? Just look at the fucking artwork. Are you not scared shitless? As dark and foreboding as their sound may be, Krypts brings a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Maybe 2013 won’t suck for death metal after all? Check out one track from Unending Degredation below and pre-order the vinyl direct through Dark Descent.

Tuesday Teardown: Bongripper / Hate – Split LP

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Tuesday Teardown: Bongripper / Hate – Split LP

Bongripper? What do I have to say about Bongripper? For starters, I’ve been a fan of these Chicago doom destroyers since I first heard Hate Ashbury in 2008. Then Satan Worshipping Doom hit me in the gut in 2010. The intense momentum this fucking band has picked up since then is insurmountable. Everything they touch turns green and emits pure heaviness when sparked. After a successful show at Roadburn last year (which you can now buy their live recording here), the band has been working on re-issuing one of their classic albums, Great Barrier Reefer (also for sale now). Still, it had been a while since there was new material from the band. Their Sex Tape / Snuff Film 7″ was just enough to hold over my craving for wall-punching heaviness and now, their new split with Hate features their newest track “Fisting”.

So how is it? Fucking brutal. It’s difficult to type this write up while the song is playing. 11 minutes of giant riffs, heavy as fuck bass and colliding percussions. Just imagine the Old Ones colliding in a battle for the last rip from the bong. Around the 9 minute work, the well-coined Bongripper riffs hit the table and the entire world collapses before a cacophony of d-beat erupts. What I’m trying to say is, this album is intense and I haven’t even talked about side B…

By contrast, Hate’s songs crack open the sky and shatter the stars. As hell rains from the heavens (yes, that is possible), you’re left picking up your teeth. It’s an interesting contrast but that’s what make splits so great, right?

Pre-order the Bongripper / Hate – Split LP here at BONGRIPPER’s site and listen to the whole thing for free at their Bandcamp, where you can also buy the digital version.

Tuesday Teardown: Bosse-de-Nage – III

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Tuesday Teardown: Bosse-de-Nage – III

It’s only by coincidence that this week’s Tuesday Teardown pick is also on Profound Lore. Hey, I’m a sucker for USBM and SF’s Bosse-de-Nage has been on my radar for the past year or so. While re-organizing some desktop material, I came up on their latest album that I never got around to listening to (cue my discussion on vinyl vs the digital junkspace that is MP3 music). Anyway, onto post-black metal, or as Bosse-de-Nage comes to call it, grey metal. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a suitable title for this band, as is post-hardcore and for that matter, I tend to think of USBM as a little ambiguous anyway.

Check out more Tuesday Teardown below!