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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Anthrax's 1987 third album "Among the Living" is a tribute dedication to their friend Cliff Burton of Metallica, who was killed in a bus accident six months before its release.


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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Immortal Bird to begin first European tour with Moshpig this month

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1:13 PM (PST)

I was just playing Immortal Bird the other day to sort of expand the horizons of someone ‘stuck’ in Converge and ETID land. Not that there is anything wrong with those acts – they are both super talented and awesome – but a lot of younger kids I know sort of get in to them and stop there. There is a whole wide world of heavy music waiting for you beyond the most popular acts!

Anyway, Immortal Bird are a big favorite here at Metal Riot – one of the most self-challenging and determined acts out there. They are now kicking off their first European tour! To our Euro readers…GO TO THIS!!! And of course check out their recent music HERE.

“It’s our first time touring Europe,” says vocalist Rae Amitay. “We’re going out with a super intense and fun French grindcore band, Moshpig, hitting four countries in two weeks, and a couple of the highlights will be the Damnation Prefest in Leeds and Bilbao Deathfest in Spain with Sete Star Sept, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Internal Suffering, and a bunch more. Very stoked to get out of the US for a minute!”

The tour starts October 21st and features French grindcore band Moshpig as well.

Dates BELOW.

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Song Of The Week: “Of Blackened Wing” by WITCHERY

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:08 PM (PST)

The newest single from WITCHERY is here. It is taken from I Am Legion,  due out on November 10, 2017 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Some dark death march sections pair very well with the faster thrashing moments for a fully on fire listen.

WITCHERY guitarist Jensen checked in with the following comment about “Of Blackened Wing”: “’Of Blackened Wing’ is a song that perfectly combines both the old and new sounds of WITCHERY. It mixes the thrashing touch of old with the grittiness and rawness of new. It’s one of my personal favorites on the “I Am Legion” album and it will definitely be a part of our set for our upcoming live shows.

Check out “Of Blackened Wing” in a video by Martin Hultgren (Gryt Film) streaming below.

You can also stream the single when you pre-order “I Am Legion” at: http://smarturl.it/WITCHERY-IAmLegion

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The brotherhood that is Black Label Society are hitting the road again. Rocking plenty a face off of late with Zakk Sabbath and Ozzy is not enough for the insatiable guitarist Zakk Wylde and the man with a plan is taking BLS back to the stages of America in 2018. The band will be supporting Grimmest Hits and are bringing a stellar array of heavy support on select dates from Eyehategod, Red Fang and Corrosion Of fuckin’ Conformity.

Dates BELOW.

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Forgotten Tomb’s 360 video for new song ‘Second Chances’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM (PST)

Another new Forgotten Tomb song, this one an 8 minute inspired dirge called “Second Chances”, is now online. The  new song is from their upcoming studio album We Owe You Nothing, due out on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records.

FORGOTTEN TOMB commented: “Our discography has always been divided by trilogies. ‘We Owe You Nothing’ closes the third trilogy which started with ‘…And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil’ followed by ‘Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love’ and it’s the heaviest among the 3 albums, with an emphasis on slower/mid tempos and a sludgier approach while retaining also our trademark melodies and dissonant arpeggios, plus some twists which open new doors to the next era of the band. Due to circumstances surrounding it, it’s been an extremely painful album to make and therefore it’s one of our darkest, while being also filled with raw energy”.

 

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“A Paranormal Evening With ALICE COOPER” 2018 Tour announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:47 PM (PST)

OG shock rocker and horror metal founder Alice Cooper has announced his early 2018 tour details. The veteran rocker still searches for inspiration in the creepy and peculiar corners of the dark side of life and recently released the successful Paranormal. It was his first album in six years and 27th overall, out via earMUSIC this past August. Paranormal features special guests like U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Now Alice has announced tour dates which you can see BELOW.

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