A glorious announcement and new song from doomsters Cardinal Wyrm is below. One of the heaviest bands out there in the doom scene, they are more vocally ominous (while still capable of musicality) than most. This band just has a gigantic sound (ever hear their epic Bathory cover? Make sure you do).

Here is the band’s statement on the new follow up to Black Hole Gods:

We have a new album coming out on Svart Records. Cast Away Souls features Pranjal TiwariNathan A. Verrill and Leila Abdul-Rauf (also of Vastum & Hammers of Misfortune) and fantastic art by Kim Holm (Den Unge Herr Holm). The album was recorded and engineered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright of AUDIOSIEGE.

Revel in the new track “The Resonant Dead” on Soundcloud HERE.

PS. we here at Metal Riot are super down with Leila being in all the coolest bands (new Vastum tour dates HERE). How does she do it? And also recently had a swell solo record Insomnia (maybe that answers how she does all this, actually).

A friend of Lars Ulrich's came up with the name Metallica while brainstorming monikers for a fanzine. When he decided not to use it Ulrich decided to take it as his new band's name.

Ufomammut to begin recording their 8th full length album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:13 PM (PST)


Italian psychedelic power trio Ufomammut is currently in the process of forging their eighth LP, following their 2015 effort for Neurot Recordings, Ecate. The band is knuckling down at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone, just north of Milan, the first time recording with their soundlord Ciccio and his comrades of Femore Production. Having spent much of the past year refining their exploratory jam sessions to make them fit for purpose – expect more of their inimitable dense, organic riffing to emerge in 2017, with teasers on the way sooner.

Having just wrapped up a European tour which included dates with their friends in Neurosis and fellow countrymen Grime, Ufomammut has their sights set on Australia and New Zealand, and will be traveling there in early October with the masters of doom tone, Monolord. Those dates are followed by further European shows, which include a performance at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds on November 5th, alongside Electric Wizard, Enslaved, Cult of Luna, Akercocke, and many more.

Check out full Ufomammut tour dates here.

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Zakk Wylde announces Meet & Greet dates at Guitar Center

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:02 PM (PST)


Zakk Wylde has announced a select number of meet & greet appearances in support of the launch of Wylde Audio. Fans will have a chance to meet Wylde in-store and test out his new line of Wylde Audio guitars.

Wylde’s new line of guitars includes three models (Odin, Viking and Warhammer) that are available at Guitar Center stores and online. To celebrate, the former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Black Label Society founder is heading out on the road this September to meet with fans at select Guitar Center stores across the country.

Wylde will continue touring through the end of October, this time with Zakk Sabbath serving as support for Clutch. Zakk Sabbath includes himself, bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) performing only Black Sabbath songs.

Check out dates and locations for Zakk Wylde’s Guitar Center meet-and-greets as well as the video for “Sleeping Dogs” ft. Corey Taylor here.


Spellcaster announce west coast fall tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 3:41 PM (PST)

Portland traditional heavy metal outfit Spellcaster have announced a series of headlining shows along the West Coast this Fall en route to their upcoming performance at California’s Frost & Fire II Festival featuring Cirith Ungol, Midnight, Omen and many more. Spellcaster will be joined by Pittsburgh NWOBHM act Midnight Chaser on select dates leading up to the festival in addition to one-off shows with Kataklysm, Visigoth, Hellchamber and Iron Kingdom.

Bassist Gabe Franco commented:

“We’re really looking forward to hitting the road again. We will be playing cities we have not hit in years and with MIDNIGHT CHASER no less. To top it all off we will be appearing at Frost & Fire Fest II in Ventura, CA with a multitude of killer bands old and new. See you all soon!”

Midnight Chaser vocalist Josh Rodstein also chimed in stating:

“Midnight Chaser is stoked to announce five West coast dates leading up to Frost and Fire Fest II with our pals and old Heavy Artillery label mates, Spellcaster!!! Don’t miss our triumphant return to the west coast. Bring your moms! Let’s Party!”

Check out the full list of dates here.


I’m a fan of cool combinations. For example. the new DC Comics title Green Lanterns features two rookie Lanterns working together, a hot headed, street racing Lebanese-American named Simon Baz who is wrongly accused of terrorism and Jessica Cruz, an agoraphobic woman with PTSD who comes off like a real human being. It has made their new book feel fresh and interesting, despite the concept of the Green Lantern being around for ages and even surviving a horrible cinematic bungling a few years ago. Likewise, the Abysmal Predator tour features a bad ass combination of legacy names and fresh faces.

While the sort of clunky tour name smooshed together into a sort of menacingly murderous collage of the headliner’s recent album titles leaves a bit to be desired, the line-up certainly does not. From Misery Index to the on FIRE right now Abnormality to stubborn pioneers Pig Destroyer to thrash sensations Power Trip (fresh off a recent tour with Anthrax, Lamb Of God & Deafheaven, no less), this is a seriously great package tour.

The Black Dahlia Murder comments: “It is our great pleasure to once again reunite with our long-time pals in Napalm Death; we really hit it off with them when we were just little tykes on our first-ever European tour so many years ago. To this day, Napalm remain a vital force in music and are some of my absolute heroes. It feels great to finally be able to announce this amazing line-up we’ve been brewing…Keeping a secret this good was killing me inside! All of the bands are absolutely killer and we couldn’t be more proud to be considered a part of this elite. We’ll see you this fall, bring your helmet!”


See below for all upcoming dates!

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Meat Loaf’s ‘Blind Before I Stop’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM (PST)

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The easiest criticism of Blind Before I Stop is that it is typical 80′s fare. Labeled most often as a heavy metal album, it seems to incorporate so many tropes of ’80′s pop music (music that nebulously traveled around the radio and MTV in the ’80′s). It incorporates an instrument that was contentious for use in anything that wanted to pass as heavy metal, the keyboard. Programming  is used on the album as well (the three folks who use keyboards are also credited for programming).

William Ruhlmann, writing a review for, states that the album emphasizes, “… a heart-stoppingly loud rhythm section (sometimes playing at Euro-disco tempo), icy keyboards in the mid-range, and endlessly diddling high pitched guitar solos on a series of forgettable tunes.”

And certainly in this writer’s humble opinion the album isn’t Meat Loaf’s most stand-out album. It fulfilled a contractual obligation with Arista Records and included three singles, including the album’s title track. Some are of the opinion that Meat Loaf is a one-hit-wonder. Others are of the opinion that Bat Out of Hell II was at least a come-back (far fewer are as kind with Bat Out of Hell III).

Check out my full retrospective of Blind Before I Stop here.

ex Giant Squid plus ex Agalloch equals Khôrada

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 8:02 AM (PST)
Photo by Cody Keto

Photo by Cody Keto

It warms our cockles to learn that from the dissolution of two of the best bands art metal has produced in centuries comes a new project that has the potential to be incredible. With the members involved, it is almost impossible to think it will be anything other than stunning. Don Anderson had hinted to me a number of weeks back that he and several other former Agalloch members would likely still work together with a new person, but I had no idea it was my pal Aaron from Giant Squid, a band I still rave about to anyone who will listen often. Aaron has been busy drawing Godzilla and being a dad, but he is talented to not make music, so this is heartening news indeed!

The new band is…  Khôrada !

Official Announcement below.


New music from Witch Mountain with Kayla and Justin at last

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 9:38 AM (PST)


West Coast popular doomers Witch Mountain are back with new recordings at last. Finally we get to hear the talents of Kayla Dixon on vocals and Justin Brown on bass on a recording. “Burn You Down” and “Hare’s Stare 2016″ will not let you down. We expect great things from Witch Mountain for a long time to come, building on an already considerably respectable history.

Check out the recordings HERE.

And also incidentally check out THIS INTERVIEW I did with Kayla on her top vocal influences, from Halford to Whitney.

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Macy Gray turns Metallica into jazz and it is pretty chill

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:39 PM (PST)


I’d file this under things I wouldn’t have expected to have heard today but I’ve spent most of the day sleeping off an epic as fuck sold out Dresden Dolls show where one of the last songs of the night was a brilliant cover of “War Pigs.” Regardless, while that may have primed me a bit for unconventional takes on metal classics, Macy Gray was an interesting name to see pop up n my press release inbox today alongside the more usual heavy fare like Gatecreeper ‘s new song at Bloody Disgusting , new Candiria music or Preorder links for the new Scorpions live in Munich DVD.

But, as the world is at times an interesting place and Macy Gray is extremely talented (even if I haven’t heard anything she has done sadly since the first Spider-man movie in 2002! Sorry, Macy), today I got an email promoting Macy Gray covering “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. As a jazz song.

I know what you are thinking. It sounds more like something Metallica would’ve reimagined and done themselves a number of years ago before they stopped making as many questionable decisions as possible and started really trying their best to kick ass again, but all that aside this Macy Gray version of a song you know VERY well if you are remotely a metalhead is really kind of cool and different. She managed to somehow change the slow and slightly overwrought but very emotionally connective power of the original and transform it into a smoky lounge song that emphasized the longing at the song’s heart.

I have some fond memories of my sister Cambria buying her breakthrough cassette and our family playing it during a particularly fond dinner memory of a nice night when our father and a friend’s family’s patriarch were both still alive before cancer took them both (albeit years apart). I suggest you give this unique cover a chance and maybe add it to some laid back or conversational evening’s soundtrack of your own.

Gray’s new jazz-infused album Stripped promises to be ,”an intimate offering recorded live on high resolution audio in a decommissioned Brooklyn church around one binaural microphone”.

Listen HERE.

Obituary release ultra punishing slow deather “Loathe”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 10:01 AM (PST)


2016 is a metal year that keeps on giving. If you aren’t feeling anything this year you’re just not paying close enough attention because there have been so many killer tunes and releases. The deadly fun doesn’t stop yet! Death metal legends Obituary have released a ferocious new plodder, a brutally slow and grim monument to true death called “Loathe”. I can’t get over how effortlessly bad ass this song is, but it’s fuckin’ Obituary. For awhile Coffins from Japan were leading the pack with their doom death, but Obituary is back in a big way with this number.

Pre Orders are available now for Obituary’s new two new studio track single with a full live set attached! The new release is called Ten Thousand Ways To Die and features the new jams plus a set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band’s storied catalog. Recorded in eleven different cities during the band’s highly successful 2015 Inked In Blood world tour.

New Euro tour dates with Exodus/Prong/King Parrot plus tracklisting and the new single are Below.

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Oakland’s Serpent Crown  write really, really awesome stuff. Just finished their tune “Bloodmoon” from an advance promo of their September sophomore record and it left scorch flames up my whole front and back, like friggin’ grill marks from Hell! This is some classic metal rendered with an extra savage punk rock sort of crunching thrash attack and the raging vocals and head slicing guitar majesty of Dara Santhai.

Their sophomore release  Incantations Of Vengeance, isn’t out until next month on limited-edition cassette and via Bandcamp (eventually). Captured at Green Dot Studios by Snake Green, Incantations Of Vengeance features Tommy Anderson on bass and Rob Ruiz (Psychosomatic) on drums. The band has since recruited Chris “Woz” Wozniak from Lair Of The Minotaur as their full-time drummer.

You’ll have to wait to hear the whole thing, but I highly recommend you stop whatever you are doing (even if you are listening to the awesome as hell Blood Incantation everyone is raving about for the 11th time tonight or watching Flash re-runs from Season 1 like me single, hated and alone) and fucking blast this first officially released track “Uncertain Life, Certain Death” until the sky darkens from the smoke.

It’s so bad ass. Burn your ears and mind out HERE.

Interview: King Buffalo – The expanding power of ‘Orion’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 5:23 PM (PST)

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King Buffalo are one of the year’s best surprises, a drifty yet hard rocking psych band breaking out wider after three initial years now that more and more people are immersing themselves in new album Orion (Listen and purchase HERE).

Listening to Orion is like being behind the controls in a lucid dream, navigating the soundtrack of your subconscious as it unfolds before you through blue and purple clouds, empty cities, hopes and regrets or the odd desert or two. It stirs our gypsy soul enough that we had to check in with Scott Donaldson and discuss the highly enjoyable record.

Read more below.

Korn debut death photography video with Loudwire for “Insane”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 3:43 PM (PST)


The new Ryan Valdez helmed Korn video for “Insane” from October’s pending heavy shaker The Serenity Of Suffering is loose upon the world. It is def some of the heaviest stuff we have heard from the band since they got both their classic guitarists working together again. The video is a look at post-mortem photography in Korn-y style. You can pre-order the album via Amazon or iTunes.

Watch the video HERE.

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Saving Grace release new video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:59 PM (PST)


Saving Grace have released a video for their brand new single “Recidivist,” available now on iTunes and announced a new album Into Hell, slated for a 2017 release. They have also announced a run of New Zealand tour dates.

The single was engineered by Zorran Mendonsa who handled production duties on the band’s first three studio albums (Behind Enemy Lines, Unbreakable and The King is Coming) and the video was directed by Scott Hansen at Digital Thunderdome (Bury Your Dead, A Day To Remember, Carnifex, The Ghost Inside). The brutal new song is superbly tight and the video does a very good job of heightening tension in a genre often flooded with poorly thrown together half story/half performance and one lame breakdown part videos.

These dudes know what they are doing and are growing with every release. Hails.

Serpentine Dominion releases “The Vengeance In Me”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:23 PM (PST)


Different branches of heavy metal come together in the formation of Serpentine Dominion. The band consists of Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage/Guitars), George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse/Vocals), Shannon Lucas (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder/Drums).

The origins of Serpentine Dominion can be traced back to 2009′s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which boasted a line-up that included Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, and The Black Dahlia Murder. During that fateful summer, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz made a proposition to Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher: “George, I want to write you a record.” On the Mayhem Fest tour, Shannon Lucas, who performed with The Black Dahlia Murder through 2012, was tapped to record drums on the album. Between 2009 and 2016, Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage released three albums each, so scheduling time to work on Serpentine Dominion was no easy feat – but when their rigorous schedules allowed, Serpentine Dominion began to come together, with Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach penning the lyrics, which touch on corruption within the government, religion, big business, and other timely issues. Ultimately, though, this debut is a pure passion project; it was written and recorded simply for why musicians get into music in the first place: fun.

Check out “The Vengeance In Me” and the Serpentine Dominion track-listing here.

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