RIP Martin Eric Ain

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:23 AM (PST)

This year and last both took some major talents from this mortal coil, but their energy, spirits and work live on. Today we have learned the sad news that true extreme metal legend and pioneer Martin Eric Ain has passed away at 50 years old of a heart attack.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer: “I am deeply affected by [Martin’s] passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982.”

If it were not for Martin’s impact, many bands we take for granted today would not exist. Pay respect to a founder and buy this book or revisit his integral music now. Consider that every risk we take in life, every creative endeavor, can actually change the world no matter the odds.

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Although Cattle Decapitation's lyrics focus on the consumption of and mistreatment of animals only two of the members are vegetarians, vocalist Travis Ryan and guitarist Josh Elmore.


Cattle Decapitation Euro 2017 Tour Documentary Online

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM (PST)

This past summer, Cattle Decapitation embarked on a European trek, during which the band filmed a tour documentary, directed by Paul McGuire / Obscenery Films (https://obsceneryfilms.com/). To watch the behind-the-scenes and live footage from Cattle Decapitation on the road, please visit:http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation, where the video is now streaming live. Fans can also watch on YouTube HERE.

Guitarist Josh Elmore comments: “For several years now, fans have been asking the band to release a video chronicle with live performance footage and enhanced or ‘behind the scenes’ documentation. During a recent European run, our friend Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films traveled with the band and captured glimpses of what day-to-day life on the road is like for Cattle Decapitation and spoke with the members as they reflected on years of touring and what their future holds. The result is an entertaining, humorous and informative documentary that shows the band as a live entity and also what goes on during their down time on tour; play-throughs, interviews, concert chaos, Euro-tourism and more. We hope you enjoy it!”

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While we all mourn the end of DEP, the band have some stuff still up their sleeves. Behold the new video for “Limerent Death”, one of the key tracks from grand finale Dissociation ( Note: so far it is a finale, I mean. Ministry made like 3 farewell records after all and now are just basically back so who knows…anything is possible in an age where At The Gates, Quicksand and At The Drive In all have new reunion material). But yeah, whether the band return someday remains to be seen. Meanwhile celebrate their succinct brand of brash bombast HERE.

Vocalist Greg Puciato comments: “So … we could’ve gone the normal route and put a video out before our record came out, but the truth is we were so wiped out from the writing and the recording and the weight of the breakup that we just couldn’t give a shit at the time. Besides, we knew that nothing more conceptual than live footage ever felt right for this song anyway, and at the time, after being off tour for a while … well … there just wasn’t any. So here’s a little something, directed by Oleg Rooz, who lived with us for our last European tour and shot endlessly. It’s only a year after our album came out and about a dozen shows away from the band finale, but hey … fashionably late.”

 

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Nocturnal Graves to re-issue “Satan’s Cross” debut

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:10 PM (PST)

Part of the joy of being a metal blogger (there aren’t many but the ones that there are are pretty sweet) is being able to write a sentence such as “Australian death metal brutes Nocturnal Graves will re-release Satan’s Cross upon the unsuspecting peasant hordes.” I take my kicks where I can find ’em.

The new edition of the album features cover art from renowned painter Paolo Girardi (BLACK BREATH, DIOCLETIAN, HIEROPHANT, and many more) and the album’s 5 track pre-production demos. The devil looks more ripped, I gotta say. He has been juicing. Pre order now so you will soon be juicin’ with Lucy yourself.

The deluxe reissue of Satan’s Cross will be released on CD and a limited LP + 10″ mini LP set on December 8 Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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Surmiser and Walking Bombs release “Sexy Beasts” 2 song split

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:46 PM (PST)

Upstate, NY projects Surmiser and Walking Bombs have released a new 2 song split exclusively via Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.

The Surmiser track finds the space grunge band re-interpreting the first song they ever wrote “What End?” into a slightly more driving and post-punk attack that still has a sort of heavy distortion that will please fans of Melvins’ epic cover of The Wiper’s “Youth Of America” while perhaps also appealing to the Publicist UK crowd with droll yet potent vocals.

Walking Bombs jumps genres with practically every song (their last song was an extreme grindcore tune), but this new one is a very psych pop influenced non-metal song called “Queen E”. It barely passes two minutes but has many textures in that time until the ‘peak’ at the ending. This one is more for the kind of grunge fan who also leaned towards The Breeders and Kurt’s Beatles influence rather than the more Nevermind-fitting Surmiser track. Check them out!

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Some notable late October heavy releases

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:55 PM (PST)

From the crunchy guitar and classic metal vocal power of Savage Messiah’s “Solar Corona” from Hands Of Fate to Bell Witch’s herculean Mirror Reaper to All Pigs Must Die’s latest audio attack to Gwar’s first record without Oderus, late October 2017 has some brilliant moments for the metal world to enjoy and argue over! Check out why we recommend this handful for you to purchase before November’s coming fire BELOW.

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If you are the sort of person who doesn’t even feel squeamish or register an emotional shift when you see Nick from Fear The Walking Dead pushing a cart full of zombie heads, chances are you will feel a twinge of happiness in the bowels of your darkened soul pit as you hear “Red Before Black” by mighty death metal kings Cannibal Corpse for the first time. The song is probably their most immediate anthem of recent years since “Priests Of Sodom”, just an undeniable moment for the band from the opening note.

Check out the premiere of the title track to their new record HERE via our pals at Metal Sucks.

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Expect a new record on the horizon from extreme art grinders Pig Destroyer.

The celebrated band has entered the studio to begin recording their 6th studio album and follow-up to 2012’s Book Burner. The yet-to-be-named full-length is being recorded at the band’s own Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, MD and recorded/produced by guitarist Scott Hull. The album is expected to be released Summer 2018 via Relapse Records.

Additionally, PIG DESTROYER has announced a few exclusive concerts for the winter. The band will tour the weekend of December 7-9 in California with a tremendously intense line up featuring Despise You, Necrot & labelmates Call of the Void!

PIG DESTROYER kicks off 2018 with two East Coast shows in New Jersey and in Long Island at Obnoxious Noise Fest. The band has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2018 on May 26 in Baltimore, MD. Stay tuned for further tour details in the near future.

Itinerary BELOW.

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Lionheart release “Still Bitter Still Cold” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:53 PM (PST)

The bros of Lionheart have released a video for their latest slammer “Still Bitter Still Cold”.

 The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Welcome To The West Coast II and premiered with Kerrang! Magazine.

The song title and lyrics are a continuation/tie-in to some of our older material,” says vocalist Rob Watson. “The mid-tempo groove is heavy, dark, and helps tell the story perfectly. This is one of our favorite tracks on the new album and one we really look forward to playing live.

Welcome To The West Coast II is available now for pre-order via Fast Break Records (for US) and BDHW (for EU).

“Still Bitter Still Cold” is live now on Spotify.

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Archspire set to kick off ‘Bloodletting’ North American Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 9:34 AM (PST)

A reminder that tech death maestros Archspire, which placed at #14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, will embark on the “Bloodletting North America XI” tour later this month.  The Kennedy Veil, Origin and a slew of other bands are also on the package.

A full list of confirmed tour dates and the music for “Involuntary Doppelgänger” can be found below.

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Band Spotlight: Omnium Gatherum

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:07 AM (PST)

OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming “Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates).

You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw

Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, “In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying.”

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I Am Grog (Die So Fluid) Boutique launches with ‘Prevail’ exclusive

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:23 AM (PST)

Hey everyone. I was baked and listening to the SOAD meets Don Cab glory that is Lazer/Wulf this morning and thinking how primarily instrumental bands maybe have an easier time opening minds than some bands with a specific agenda, as maybe someone who is more uptight could still be moved by a certain musical passage to have their little clammed shut Chakras open and dump out some detritus. But I think also we should always be who we need to be (so long as it isn’t harmful and super problematic.) That said, I see no problem in admitting I am seeing both Dokken and the My Little Pony movie tomorrow and have no shame.

At Metal Riot we will continue to write about some things ‘tough guy’ metal dudes may never understand, from trans representation to, well, admitting it is also ok to like a band like Young Lungs and not have to blow your brains out all the time. Anyway, my life also includes cool light worky good bad good witchy stuff like plugging Globelamp’s Patreon or boosting the word on a new boutique from Grog of Die So Fluid (They have a new record dropping, btw)! Cuz metal and rock are boring without cool jewelry!

Grog, who is one of the all time coolest, says:

In the Grog boutique, you’ll find sterling silver pendants, mesmerizing stones, fun pieces made with vintage finds and beads, and a series of lace collar pieces exploring the theme I began in ‘the story of the hat’. Don’t forget everything is handmade and full of yogic goodness 🙂

I’m celebrating by donating an exclusive piece called ‘Prevail’ to the Die So Fluid PledgeMusic campaign to help raise funds for the album release and tour. So the title is fitting!

The necklace is an absolute favourite of mine, it was the centrepiece of my last collection, but I liked it so much I withdrew it from the shop to wear in photos, videos and out on the town. Now I’m passing it on to a good home in the name of rock!

Every piece I create is unique and this is an opportunity to acquire something show-stopping, very personal to me, and one-of-a-kind, whilst contributing to the band on Pledge.

Exclusive jewellery item ‘Prevail’ by Grog.

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War Of Ages news: Hear a track from ‘Alpha’ now!

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:09 PM (PST)

The brand new War Of Ages album “Alpha” will be released on December 8.  Check out the first single “Cut Throat” below and help us spread the word to your friends!

Pre-Orders are available now and included Blood and Fire Colored Vinyl, Limited edition screen printed posters by Dave Quiggle, T-Shirts, hats and more!

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I am listening to “Delusions” from Wistful by Norwegian songstress Sylvaine right now after a deep sleep and it is gently easing me back to reality after I collapsed into bed this evening. The music has me feeling like I am still dreaming though I am also admittedly in the dark, very exhausted from a moving job and somewhat dizzy from Spiro and being over-caffeinated today. Honestly, this music is so easy to get lost in and so comfortable as an escape from the state of things right now that I want to just stop typing, close my eyes and drift off with it, but then I would fail to remind our dear readers in Europe about Sylvaine’s new tour which starts imminently!

Shores Of Null who support are a Metal Riot favorite (read a review of their latest HERE) and I have never heard of Harikiri For The Sky, but how bad could they be to earn a spot on such a cool tour? Hopefully she will come back to the United States soon as well.

Dates BELOW.

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Roadburn 2018 Festival Line Up Developing

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:38 PM (PST)

Art by Richey Beckett

Tickets go on sale October 19th for 2018’s Roadburn! The line-up is still developing but some amazing stuff has been announced so far, as usual for this esteemed fest. This year we are especially excited about Uniform, Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas, Weedeater and Maggot Heart but there is plenty for (almost) everyone who has tastes outside of the mainstream. Check it out HERE.

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