Decibel Magazine Tour 2017 announced featuring Kreator and more

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:58 PM (PST)



Decibel Magazine’s 2017 tour is looking mighty stacked. I never thought they would top the At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre a few years back but it is awesome to see thrash legends Kreator joined by USA death masters Obituary and two great up and coming acts in Midnight and Horrendous. It is super cool the newer acts will play to some of their biggest crowds yet on these dates.

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Grave Digger premiere “Healed By Metal” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 6:15 PM (PST)

Grave Digger

German heavy metallers Grave Digger have premiered their most recent music video for their song “Healed By Metal”.

“Healed By Metal” is the title track off of Grave Digger’s newest album which is due out on January 13 via Napalm Records.

If you’re a fan of that classic 80′s heavy metal sound, be sure to check out this larger-than-life song.

Head here to watch the music video for “Healed By Metal”.

Xandria premiere lyric video for “We Are Murderers (We All)”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM (PST)


German symphonic metallers Xandria have released the lyric video for their song “We Are Murderers (We All)” featuring Bjorn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork.

“We Are Murderers (We All)” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Theater of Dimensions due out January 27.

Check out the lyric video for “We Are Murderers (We All)” and the tracklist for Theater of Dimensions here.

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Dark Messiah release self-titled debut EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:28 PM (PST)


Winnipeg thrash metallers Dark Messiah have recently released their self-titled debut EP.

Dark Messiah is dark and gritty while keeping the thrash bombast! Coming in at just over 26 minutes it is well worth anyone’s time. The sound reminds me more of Venom and Slayer than Megadeth and Anthrax.

You can stream Dark Messiah in its entirety here.

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Fistula release “Promiscuity Ingenuity”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:57 PM (PST)


Ohio sludge metallers Fistula have released their latest track “Promiscuity Ingenuity” via Clrvynt.

“Promiscuity Ingenuity” comes off the band’s album The Shape of Doom to Cumm))) (Totem Cat Records) which was released last month.

Head over to Clrvynt to stream “Promiscuity Ingenuity”.

You can also check out the Longing for Infection (released in July) and The Shape of Doom to Cumm))) here.

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Almah unleash “Sperenza” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:36 PM (PST)


Brazilian power metallers Almah have released their latest music video “Sperenza”.

“Sperenza” comes off the band’s latest album E.V.O, which was released in September via Test Your Metal Records.

E.V.O is the 5th studio album from ALMAH and was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at IMF studios. The release is a concept album based on the evolution of people’s mind and soul during the so-called Age of Aquarius – the new era that the world is about to live. The author of the concept, Edu Falaschi, touches different subjects connected to the main idea, creating very positive lyrics for the album’s atmosphere.

Check out the music video for “Sperenza” here.

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Cleopatra announces Ministry Trax! Rarities release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:57 PM (PST)


Cleopatra today announced a very special limited edition double LP collection of early rare tracks and versions from Al Jourgensen’s Ministry and various side projects pressed on clear vinyl with printed inner sleeve!

Includes the super rare RevCo track “Drums Along The Carbide!” and the extra dope banned version of “Let’s Get (Physical)!

Of course there are also digital options. Check it out HERE and go back in time to some stuff that is still nonetheless very innovative.

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Unearthly Trance discography now available on Bandcamp

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 3:01 PM (PST)


New York doom troupe Unearthly Trance‘s massive compositions are all available at Bandcamp now right HERE. Everything from their dark and cosmical “Sabbath Of Spirals” track from 10″ split with Ramesses to early efforts to acclaimed albums like Electrocution and The Trident. Not many bands have riffs as slow and heavy as these dudes.Whether new to their superincumbent onslaught or a long time fan, you’re in for an experience.


Scum stream 20 years old unreleased “Garden Of Shadows” LP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 3:40 PM (PST)


Wow. Invisible Oranges have unveiled quite the score in exclusive streams. Finland’s Scum’s third album Garden Of Shadows sat dormant for two decades until now. What a waste! So many people would’ve been head and otherwise banging to this beast! How cool to have it finally see the light of metal day! It almost reminds me of (not vocally) heavier parts of Sabbath’s TYR meeting the early death metal of Amorphis or even some of the slower and heavier early Moonspell in “Golden Seeds”, if more death than blackened and operatic. “Mountain Of The Hawks” is some of the most triumphant epic heavy metal I have heard in awhile! You can hear it HERE in full.

A quote excerpt from PT Askola: We were then living on the eastern side of Finland in the village of Parikkala (4000-5000 people) near the Russian border and everything new was happening in the west/south side of Finland in cities like Helsinki, Tampere, Turku. So we were always about two-three years behind the times.

In 1996, many death metal bands in Finland quit or changed style very radically to gothic or a more poppy and soft style. This put a little bit of pressure on me because I’m not a good enough singer with clean vocals, and in 1995, I was also very into 90s crustpunk-hardcore. I was singing in a crust band called Katastrofialue (Disaster Area) and at the same time, I discovered Hawkwind and other psych/heavy prog-music. So I told the members of Scum that we must to make more progressive death metal songs with digital effects, which resulted in songs like “Golden Seeds,” “On the Altar of the Mystic Centuries,” and “Trilogian Tales”.

This is a fascinating listen and the album deserves to get some serious notice. Head over to Invisible Oranges and crank it!

Cliterati stream 5 track EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 3:22 PM (PST)



West Coast punk and metal fiends Clitorati are streaming their bad ass new EP via Bandcamp HERE. The band features Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess members and have a fierce, socially awake power.

Their self-titled EP is due via Tankcrimes soon but can be streamed now. Recorded and mixed by Andrew Grosse and mastered by Jose DeLara at Caravan Studios on their home turf in Oregon, the five-track punisher will be made available on cassette on December 9th, 2017.

“CLITERATI is a band who believe in equality through inclusion. We are queer, straight, people of color, and white,” relays screamer Ami Lawless. “Our influences include the bands Doom, L7, and Bolt Thrower with a healthy dose of Pacific Northwest D-punk. This band was brought together by Amelia Collins and we continue in loving memory of her vision to bring a breath of fresh air to Portland punk. These five rippers are the result of spending many hours in a dark dank Portland basement while smoking copious amounts of weed. Hopefully these songs will make you wanna get your clit in the pit. The positive responses at our live shows has been off the hook. We’re looking forward to taking CLITERATI on the road in 2017.”

We sure as heck need more bands like this right now, cuz things are looking bleak when the “outsider” meets with Goldman Sachs and faces no punishment for bragging about sexual assault. Let’s remember that the best punk should always mean something.

Triple Six METAL RIOT Staff 2016 Best Of Year End List!!!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:21 AM (PST)


As some of you know, 2016 sucked. It started with so much promise and went to Hell fast. And kept going. There is no bottom in site yet for the snowball effect of this mostly horrible twelve months, but we have to believe it can get better. Art, communication and strength must win the day over fear, hate and cynicism. That said, we usually wait a little bit past Thanksgiving to post Metal Riot year end lists, but since the world could end at any moment the last thing we want our aimless revenants wandering around regretting is an incomplete top metal list. So call this “The Final Countdown” if you must, but maybe the sun WILL come out tomorrow.

To make a long story short, I grabbed our most regular contributors Drewdas Priest and Longhairedpoet aka Jessica/TransAnarchist and we each compiled our top six best albums of 2016 so you are getting three sixes in a row…cuz 666. Get it? It’s metal. We also answer favorite music video of 2016 and what we felt was a standout single of the year as well (a sort of ‘song of the year’).

Now, let me say that it must fairly be noted that IMO nothing came close to the life ‘closing statement’ masterpiece of David Bowie’s Blackstar, as poetic a shaking off of this mortal coil as I have ever heard and an amazing parting gift to his fans. Certainly heavy in tone enough to warrant a nod of deep respect from a metal site. But we ARE making a metal and dark rock list here, so let’s get our knives sharpened and start carving up and fighting over the corpse of this piece of shit 2016!

The cool thing is we all have different taste, so there is a decent variety to our choices.

Read more BELOW.

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Pre Order the new Hour Of Penance album, hear angry new track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM (PST)


“XXI Century Imperial Crusade” is the first taste of Cast The First Stone, the looming album from death metal force Hour Of Penance. It was revealed through Prosthetic Records via the Italian band’s Bandcamp page HERE. Pre orders are live and the album drops January 27th in full. If the rest of the songs are half as good as this first marshall cry, we are in for a bruiser.


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Castle to tour with Mos Generator on West Coast

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 2:52 PM (PST)
Castle hits the road this week with the big rock champions in Mos Generator for a riff packed West Coast jaunt.


Metal Riot has said of the band that ,” (Castle) have more of a road worn, rock n roll presence than most without even seeming to try so hard.”


Dates and video links below.
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Don’t miss the Martyrdöd premiere of “List”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 12:13 PM (PST)


Martyrdöd from Gothenburg are back with a full album stream of the very, very solid List (did you expect anything else from these lads?), out via Southern Lord on Friday. Their buzzing yet melodically laced D-beat influenced careening punk metal is some of the most vital extreme music I have ever had the pleasure of devouring. It makes me feel like some Extreme Noise Terror kids got high and discovered Bauhaus but then really wanted to be Discharge anyway. Team Rock has the new album stream HERE and I assure you it will help fire you up or escape the darkness of gathering storm clouds for a few minutes. The title track and “Intervention” are particularly inspiring forays into the beauty of raw disharmony, further evidence this band is top tier talent-wise.

You can still pre-order List HERE as well and it is highly effin’ recommended.


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Doug “Beans” Thompson joins Shadow Witch

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 5:37 AM (PST)
Upstate NY stoner rockers Shadow Witch have announced an awesome scene veteran skinsman as their new drummer, Mr. Doug “Beans” (Murphy’s Law, Mearth., Brooklyn demos). He is sure to add even more thump and adrenaline to their expert blend of hard rock groove, trippy yet classic soloing and deep end riffing.

Says Doug: ” I saw these guys live a few months ago and was blown away, and the new CD is killer – HEADLESS ARMY is one of the heaviest songs I’ve heard in a long time. When I heard they were searching for a new drummer, I jumped at it. I’m grateful and honored to be rockin’ with these guys, and looking forward to playing live and recording in the near future.”

 Vocalist Earl Walker Lundy ,”We couldn’t be happier ! Doug is just crushin’ it at rehearsals, and already adding to material for our next record, adding his own distinct sound.”
Check out Shadow Witch on Bandcamp HERE.