ARCH ENEMY return with their first song in four years, “Deceiver, Deceiver”. Fans will surely not be disappointed by this precision, hostility driven anthem. The band remain in tremendous form and this well-crafted song is arguably more proof they are undoubtedly still in the top of the field when it comes to melodic death metal. If you need to blast someone’s ears off and feel a sense of righteous integrity, just wait until you hear this one.

Earlier today the band announced the song, as frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz said: “Surprise! We are ARCH ENEMY and we are back with our newest single ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ which is available everywhere that you listen to music now. So go check it out and also check out our stories because we are counting down to the live music video premiere for ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ later today, so we’ll see you there.”

 

 

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Rob Halford of Judas Priest is considered the first openly gay heavy metal star, having come out in 1998.


MASTODON release “Sickle and Peace” audio

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 12:22 PM (PST)

MASTODON have released official audio for “Sickle and Peace” from their upcoming Hushed and Grim double album extravaganza. This era certainly has my favorite album art the group has used in awhile and this song is the best new thing I have heard from it yet. I like the weird, moody and proggy verses leading into the more bombastic arena sludge choruses, plus hints of flavorful trad metal/hard rock sprinklings and a brilliant, emotive solo. Hear it for yourselves below. This song is certain to add even more dynamics to their ever evolving range.

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VENOM PRISON to release ‘Erebos’ in early 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 9:04 AM (PST)

New VENOM PRISON news? It is about time!

The celebrated extremists have announced plans to release a new full-length titled Erebos on February 4 via Century Media Records. It will surely continue to cement their place as one of the world’s most exciting heavy bands.

“Being able to work with our dear friend Eliran on another piece of art for Venom Prison has been exciting as always. Kantor knows the band perfectly well to capture our music and poetry into a visual masterpiece every single time. ‘Erebos’ was a personal one for both Eliran Kantor and ourselves. This artwork captures the moment a young person dies inside as they are surrounded by horror. In the moment their innocence is lost and desensitization will from now on fuel the repetition of the cycle of violence in their life. This is ‘Erebos’ the one born from chaos,” states Venom Prison.

 

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Finnish death doom pioneers SWALLOW THE SUN release their newest single “Enemy”, taken off their upcoming album Moonflowers, which will be released worldwide on November 19th via Century Media Records. Compared to the dark and mournful “Woven Into Sorrow”, their latest single release, “Enemy”, presents the heavier and more dramatic side of the album without seeming less sad and gloomy. Watch the video, which was produced by Dronicon Films, below.

Moonflowers will be available as Ltd. Deluxe sky blue 3LP+2CD & Art Print Box Set, Ltd. 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold black 2LP+CD and digital album (incl. Bonus album) and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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King Buffalo’s fourth full-length record, Acheron, will be released on December 3, 2021. The widely-hailed heavy psych outfit will have vinyl and CD preorders available on October 22, via http://kingbuffalo.bigcartel.com.

 

What will inevitably be known as ‘the cave record,’ Acheron is the second King Buffalo LP of 2021. It follows Spring’s The Burden of Restlessness and finds the Rochester, New York, trio of guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson expanding their sound once again.

 

Both records – and an intended third in the series to follow in 2022 – were born of the pandemic-era touring shutdown, and The Burden of Restlessness showed that in a grim theme and last-minute daring to hope for something better. Acheron – named for the “river of woe” in Greek mythology – brings the tension and disquiet of the prior offering into a new context.

 

To put the four extended songs of Acheron to tape, the band traveled three hours east from Rochester to Howe Caverns in NY, recording with trusted engineer Grant Husselman and videographer Adam Antalek – who worked on their Quarantine Sessions early in 2020 – to document a day-long live session in a cave. In the cave. “Underground” in the most literal sense.

 

It is fitting that Acheron was recorded near water. A stream flowing is audible at various points throughout the album, including at the very start of the opening title-track.

 

In sound, Acheron is likewise spacious and fluid. Where The Burden of Restlessness was sharper angles, Acheron doesn’t round off those edges as much as add complexity to the shape of the whole. In some ways, the wash of tone in “Zephyr” will be familiar to those who took on 2018’s Longing to Be the Mountain or the band’s 2016 debut, Orion – let alone any of the four EPs they’ve done alone the way – but in “Shadows” and “Cerberus,” the band’s intent becomes clear.

 

They’re not just isolating songs from a single writing period to frame different sides of their style. They’re telling a story as much about their sonic growth as about that time they loaded all their gear into a cave (no easy feat) and hit record. Acheron pushes forward from The Burden of Restlessness; still just months old received by fans as an immediate album-of-the-year contender. It takes the communion with and contemplation of the organic that’s been so much a part of who King Buffalo were before and uses it to inform who they’ve become, are still becoming.

 

Because the story isn’t over yet, of course, and whatever King Buffalo bring to the third chapter in this purported trilogy will have its own plot thickening to do. Acheron, with its graceful composition, patient delivery and ownership of its more intense aspects, sees King Buffalo become all the more engaging and less predictable en route to whatever it is that comes next.

 

Acheron was written by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in 2021. Produced by King Buffalo, engineered and mixed by Grant Husselman, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. The artwork was created by Ryan T. Hancock with cover fonts by Mike Turzanski and album layout by Scott Donaldson.

 

Acheron Tracklist: 
1. Acheron
2. Zephyr
3. Shadows
4. Cerberus

 

King Buffalo is: 
Sean McVay – Guitar, Vocals, & Synth
Dan Reynolds – Bass & Synth
Scott Donaldson – Drums
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Death metal royalty CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced perhaps the most evil (yet fun) tour in modern memory in support of Violence Unimagined. I mean, holy frig – that is a stacked line-up.

A celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Metal Blade Records, the trek begins February 19th in Atlanta, Georgia and makes its way through over two dozen cities, closing on March 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Additional support will be provided by Shadow Of Intent. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 15th at 10:00am local time.

Comments CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Alex Webster, “We’re very excited to announce our first tour for Violence Unimagined as part of this amazing lineup with Whitechapel and Revocation. We can’t wait to get back on the road and be on stage again. See you all soon!”

Comments Whitechapel’s Alex Wade, “We are excited to get back on the road after two years of no shows and what better band to do it with than death metal legends CANNIBAL CORPSE. We thank them for bringing us along and can’t wait to see you all out there playing songs off our new album Kin.”

Comments Revocation’s Dave Davidson, “It’s been almost two years since our last show; needless to say we’re beyond excited to hit the road with CANNIBAL CORPSE, Whitechapel, and Shadow Of Intent this Winter. This tour will be an absolute banger; get your tickets now so you’re not left out in the cold wishing you were circle pitting with all of your friends”

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Been nice to see more people giving props to Tony Martin-era Sabbath lately, which has many hidden gems to choose from. Hierarchy crushed “Headless Cross” in late 2020 and added extreme metal elements, and now we also get this stunning Sorcerer take on “When Death Calls” just shy of a year later.

According to Sorcerer guitarist Peter Hallgren, “Black Sabbath is an endless source of inspiration for writing good music in whatever style of hard rock and metal.” Additionally, singer Anders Engberg says: “You can hear it in the early Sorcerer songs, that we are a lot about Black Sabbath. Maybe we tend to mix in the more melodic parts – more like the Dio and Tony Martin era albums – in the music we make today. For me ‘When Death Calls’ is one of the strongest songs I think they have written. A really doomy song, which in my opinion sounds a lot like the music we create in Sorcerer. After having a blast recording ‘Gates of Babylon’, we decided to give covering another spin. ‘When Death Calls’ was unanimously chosen as the track to go for!

Sadly, Brian May does not cameo. Nonetheless, it still rules.

Sorcerer’s “When Death Calls” is now streaming on all digital platforms: metalblade.com/sorcerer

Sorcerer line-up:
Anders Engberg: Vocals
Kristian Niemann: Guitar
Peter Hallgren: Guitar
Justin Biggs: Bass
Richard Evensand: Drums

Co-production, Keyboards: Conny Welén
Mixing and Mastering: Ronny Björnström
Cover art: Jani Stefanovic

photo by Jess Dankmeyer

East Coast extremists FULL OF HELL have forged a formidable path through the underground the last few years and now return with their latest uncompromising collection of anguish and triumph, Garden of Burning Apparitions. This is a towering record that will stop you in your tracks and consume YOU, instead of serving as empty consumption. Parts of this record prove you really can love both your Hammerhead and your Harmony Corruption, kids.

Some of the band stop by today to fill us in on the new and even noisier than ever variant of the band’s evolving sound and just what it means to be FoH in 2021.

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Riot readers, listening to Ensiferum’s excellent Two Paths and reading my email and saw that we thankfully have an update on Richie from Judas Priest. He is so talented and just two years younger than me. Glad the dude is on the mend – see below in Richie’s own words:

‘Maniacs…

I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with.  I’ve always considered myself THE most fortunate man ever – to be able to play my favourite music – with my favourite band – to my favourite people around the world…

Today just being able to type this to you all is the biggest gift of all…

As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing ‘Painkiller’ as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity….

I was having what my doctor called an aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection.

From what I’ve been told by my surgeon, people with this don’t usually make it to the hospital alive…..

I was taken to nearby Rudd Heart & Lung Center and quickly went into what turned out to be a 10 ½ hour emergency open heart surgery.

Five parts of my chest were replaced with mechanical components…..I’m literally made of metal now….

It could have all ended so differently – we only had an hours set that night due to Metallica’s performance after us – and it does cross my mind if it was a full set, would I have played until total collapse…? If it hadn’t happened in such a high adrenaline situation would my body have been able to keep going long enough to reach the hospital…?

The amazing Heart & Lung Center was 4 miles away from the gig site – if it had been further away……..

We can always drive ourselves crazy with these things but I’m still alive thankfully.  Whatever the circumstances, when watching that footage, the truth is, knowing what I know now, I see a dying man…..

I’ve been moved to tears and humbled by friends, family, my fantastic band, crew and management and also you guys sending me videos and messages of love and support during the last week – I thank you all so much and although I have a recovery road ahead of me, as soon as I’m able to get up and running again, you’ll be the first to know and we’ll get back out there delivering the goods for you all….!

One last thing maniacs, this came totally out of the blue for me – no history of a bad heart, no clogged arteries etc…my point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me.  If you can get yourselves checked – do it for me please……     

Lots of love and see you down the front again soon….

Richie…’

This is from our strong falcon –  he will be flying high again just as soon as he is able….

JUDAS PRIEST
October 6th, 2021

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Well, this was a fun one. There are many blood flinging thrash albums that have kicked our asses here and back again over the years, but which one has the best opening track of all time?

We asked a wide range of scene folks for their opinions. Prong, Exhumed, Psychic Hit, High Command, Titan To Tachyons, Crisis, Walking Bombs, Filth Is Eternal, Bad Wolves, Hororhaus, Stormland, Gridfailure, Luna 13, Extinction A.D., The End A.D. members and alumni plus our pal Drewdas Priest all chime in with thoughts.

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Cleveland death enthusiasts 200 STAB WOUNDS have revealed the painstakingly wince inducing gory cover art of their Dr. Giggles approved debut album Slave To The Scalpel.

“Drilling Your Head”, the first single, is as unforgiving as it comes and would click well with fans of Stigmata, Skinless, Obituary and Internal Bleeding (to name a few). So yeah, it is fucking all brutesy, no cutesy.

Maggot Stomp will release Slave To The Scalpel November 12th on CD, cassette, and all digital platforms, with a vinyl edition due in early 2022. Examine preorder options HERE.

Pre Order and check out the first deranged rager HERE.

Slave To The Scalpel Track Listing:
1. Skin Milk
2. Tow Rope Around The Throat
3. Stifling Stew
4. Itty Bitty Pieces
5. Phallic Filth
6. Slave To The Scalpel
7. Drilling Your Head
8. Paths To Carnage
9. Expirated Splatter

The moment some of us (and others definitely weren’t waiting) is here as notorious pranksters Limp Bizkit are back with the “Dad Vibes” unleashed on the masses. Frankly, if you were a hater this song isn’t going to change your mind. If you like things like fun and can allow that the band is basically a funny, larger than life meme for Nu Metal excess at this point…it is a fucking good time (with a Sabotage-copped look and a hallway/hood pass).

Also happy to report that despite some concerns it seems Fred says “sad” and not a homophobic slur in the chorus, so we will be bumping this today in celebration. Welcome back, dudes. Hope this crushes the charts and Marilyn Manson gets mad cuz Wes Borland is out there living his best life.

photo by jorn veberg

Norwegian doom metal pioneers FUNERAL will be releasing their newest full-length, Praesentialis in Aeternum, on December 10, 2021 via Season of Mist!

The band is now sharing the massive and darkly melodic first single, “Ånd,” which features guest vocals from Lars Are Nedland (SOLEFALD/BORKNAGAR), along with an official music video that was created entirely by the band!

Pre-orders for Praesentialis in Aeternum are now live HERE. You can pre-save the record on streaming services HERE.

Judas Priest postpone tour as Richie has heart issues

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:26 AM (PST)

Fresh off Louder Than Life, metal icons Judas Priest have had to again postpone 50th anniversary celebration touring after Richie Faulkner was hospitalized.

How about instead we all try wishing well a young guy who steals the show every night and who has done his best to keep the band we love fucking rolling full steam ahead for many years now.

Metal Riot has your back, Richie. Sending healing love and firepower to you, buddy.

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A big thanks this week to the Succumb camp for doing this brand new interview with us promoting the new, must hear XXI release. Not quite a “best kept secret” anymore now that their star is rising, but certainly they remain a band you hope thrive yet also whom are so good you almost still want to covet their music to yourself in a secret, blood encrusted cave. I actually was worried they had broken up but still rocked one of their older debut shirt designs anyway cuz they fucking rule even if they HAD been one and done.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

Cheri Musrasrik, of course, is a very enigmatic vocalist but the whole band have stepped things up from their already brilliant early material to deliver a complete knock out punch via this latest release. I knew they were special but always hoped they could be THIS special. If that doesn’t make sense now, it will when you hear the new record from this bleak and bludgeoning crew of cadaver kickers.

Thank you to Derek, Harry, Cheri and Kirk for all participating in this. Read more BELOW.