I’m a sucker for anything the gravel voiced Saints loving riff carebear Kirk Windstein puts out. I don’t think dude has yet to release a bad Crowbar song 11 albums in. This new title track for The Serpent Only Lies is extra juicy, though. The choruses have a surprising almost Alice In Chains quality but the verses are the faster but never too far above mid tempo cuz it’s too damn heavy to get off the ground type of circle pit Crowbar riffs as opposed to super slow sludge with trippy melodic undercurrents.

Sounds like Kirk is still looking within, trying to be a good dude and practice due diligence while never letting the fans of this metal institution down.

The “The Serpent Only Lies” single is available for streaming and as an iTunes Instant Gratification download, meaning fans who preorder the record will receive the song instantly.

 Crowbar will release The Serpent Only Lies, on October 28, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and via SPV overseas. “We are so excited about our 11th studio record! The Serpent Only Lies is a powerful follow up,” adds Windstein. “Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork!”

The Serpent Only Lies will be the follow up to the highly buzzed about Symmetry in Black. That album sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release in 2014, the highest of any LPs in the band’s 27 year career, beating out its predecessor, 2011′s Sever the Wicked Hand.

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Those Who Fear drop “Ten Years” audio clip

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:13 PM (PST)


Crushing groovesters Those Who Fear are one of the heaviest bands in the Facedown stable. Check pre order options for their new banger State Of Mind HERE (album is out in December). Today you can also spread the word to your pals to check out the new audio  for “Ten Years”. Love that characteristic intro.

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Thor Harris (ex-Swans) has a new ensemble Thor & Friends driven by contemplative modes and a lineup built around Peggy Ghorbani playing marimba and Sarah Gautier on mallet instruments, keyboards, and voice. There are quite a number of other contributors as well to the eponymous debut but today you can feast your eyes on this truly gorgeously shot new video for “Medieval”. While it is a fr cry from Aborted or some other bands we often feature, the reflective and near meditational mood of this piece is sure to appeal to fans of avant garde music or stuff like Ides Of Gemini, Amber Asylum and other groups that have a mercurial genre fan base.



Starkill reveal “Through The Darkness” via New Noise

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 1:36 PM (PST)


Starkill return this year with Shadow Sleep (Pre Order HERE), a well crafted new chapter in the band’s spectacular symphonic melodeath journey. Catch a new lyric video for “Through The Darkness” via our friend’s at New Noise (USA) HERE.

The album releases Nov. 4th and is eagerly anticipated by many fans of the more grandiose end of the heavy spectrum. The new song features the addition of Sarah Lynn Collier.

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Overkill stream “Our Finest Hour”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:16 AM (PST)


East Coast thrash die hards Overkill have a new song called “Our Finest Hour”. Check out the new lyric video below. While it isn’t the band’s actual finest hour, it is pretty darn cool. Do Overkill ever really release anything that isn’t 100% metal? Hell no. The band are currently finishing up a new record The Grinding Wheel, their 8 millionth thrashtastic attack.

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Superjoint’s Phil Anselmo maintains is not racist in Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 5:26 PM (PST)


There is a very interesting new Phil Anselmo interview over at Decibel you will prob want to read as a metal fan. Most people’s verdict has already been decided on if they support Phil or not anymore, but this sheds a lot more light on the infamous Dimebash “White Wine” night. I for one think dude got jammered and made a seriously critical error. I don’t think people overreacted though because racism is horrible. Look at our fucking country right now, right? Everyone go watch @13thfilm immediately.

Interestingly, Doug Pinnick of King’s X apparently got a smooch from Phil that night backstage, we also learn.

“I’m not deflecting at all. What I did was insulting, absolutely, and abhorrent, because it did truly upset people, and it hurts my heart that anyone would think that I’m the dreaded ‘R’ word—a racist. Anyone who truly knows me knows that it’s utterly ridiculous. But if I did offend my Jewish friends, people I work with, my associates, other people in bands… if I were to upset people in that particular way—that’s why I apologized. That apology is there—and no, you won’t get another one ever again,” adding moments later “It’s kinda funny, considering I’ve got a Mexican drummer and a half-black guitar player.” – Phil Anselmo


I love when artists take the familiar or iconic and add their own unique flavor to it. Take the Cave In cover of “I Love I Jah” by Bad Brains, for example. It’s so awesome and def a Cave In style but totally pays love and respect to the original without just biting it entirely. Peep the always frighteningly talented artist Florian Bertmer’s new art for the Coliseum/Doomriders Magic Bullet Records November reissue of the Not Of This World tribute split 7″!

Back in 2005, COLISEUM’s Ryan Patterson self-released a 12″ on his label Auxiliary which featured both his band and Boston’s DOOMRIDERS’ ultimate tribute to the almighty Danzig. Each band turned a cover of a song from the classic self-titled debut Danzig LP, with COLISEUM adding two originals and DOOMRIDERS putting up one original. A CD version of the release was also issued on the defunct Level Plane label.

While the COLISEUM material was later repackaged into a collections release on Temporary Residence, the DOOMRIDERS material remained out-of-print for many years. As part of the upcoming celebrations to commemorate Magic Bullet Records’ 20th anniversary, the label is celebrating the friends and musicians (lifers) that were a significant inspiration as the years went on, starting with a split 7″ featuring both bands’ Danzig covers from the 2005 Not Of This World split. Without question, the gentlemen that comprise(d) both bands have been essential to the growth of the label, be it releasing great music on Magic Bullet (i.e. DOOMRIDERS’ debut LP Black Thunder, DISAPPEARER’s The Clearing 2xLP/CD, the first four OLD MAN GLOOM LP’s, JESUIT’s Discography LP/CD, etc.), screening shirts for Magic Bullet bands (via Shirtkiller), booking and playing shows with Magic Bullet bands, and on and on.

This special, limited reissue features brand new Danzig tribute artwork from the steady hands of visual artist Florian Bertmer. Magic Bullet will reissue Not Of This World on November 18th on black, white, and clear 7″ vinyl pressings. Preorders are available at the label store HERE and via BandcampHERE.
Not Of This World Track Listing:
1. Am I Demon (COLISEUM)
2. Possession (DOOMRIDERS)


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Svetlanas robbed, let’s help ‘em out

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 4:17 PM (PST)


Hard touring punk outfit Svetlanas were robbed and can use some help. A statement from the band:

Touring is great, we do love to stay on the road but sometimes things can get rough. We got robbed yesterday in San Francisco and we’re extremely grateful to Liza and Travis from Hammerlock, Dave Dictor and all the guys from Millions of Dead Cops and Ilya the promoter of our Oakland show for giving us an immediate economical help and full support.
It always great to have true friends out there thank you guys.

We got part of the money of the tour stolen, clothes, a laptop, a tablet, an hard drive, two passports and many other things. Fortunately they didn’t have the time to stole any personal instruments except for some small drums accessories. The damange is around $5000+ and it’s a huge loss of money. We’re on the road and it’s hard for us to set any crowdfounding page so whoever is willing to help can send an economical help to our PayPal address store@svetlanas.su.
Once home we’ll send you a small gift to say thank you. BTW the show must go on so see you tonight at The Redwood in Los Angeles!

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Walking Bombs new tune “Peace Quest: Ephedra Fragilis” at Svbterranean

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 4:02 PM (PST)


Walking Bombs has a new collaborative track with multi-instrumentalist Martyr Art premiering today at Svbterranean RIGHT HERE.

Early November sees the release of the PEACE QUEST ep (Pre order HERE), a collaborative effort that also features industrial artist Kris Bernard, Jay Andersen of grunge punks Surmiser (who recorded and mixed the EP), chaos sound painter Gridfailure, doom punk bassist Laurie Safdie plus a mastering job by Tad Doyle at Witch Ape Studios. The second single and title track of sorts is called “Peace Quest: Ephedra Fragilis”.

Project founder Morgan Y. Evans explains:

“Jay had this stompy structure that was High On Fire influenced and he played drums and guitar on it,…We sent it to Martyr Art and he added a sick solo and psychotic fuzz bass, both of which added an almost Pantera feel to a few sections. I’m thrilled. The song is about how hard it is to keep your temper in check when under attack or also facing naysayers and Grima Wormtongue types in life…but trying your best to be peaceful even when super triggered. It’s funny because you literally never know what genre you will get from this project of mine. The next record will not be this heavy as a handful of the PEACE QUEST tunes.”

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Boreworm announce “Entomophobia”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 2:41 PM (PST)


Some people prefer long players but I maintain that EPs are still a great way to transition creative energy between full lengths, pull in casual fans and make them want more or just adapt to the changing needs of a music market that more closely resembles the ‘singles’ days of old. From Imperial Triumphant to Dillinger Escape Plan to Danzig to Alice In Chains, some of metal’s greatest have a can’t miss EP in their discography that makes for a fun hunt for completists.

Add Boreworm to that list. Entomophobia (pre order HERE) is the sophomore EP from the technical death metal band. Expect the cosmic horror themed death metal of a caliber that landed them as the sole unsigned band on Summer Slaughter in 2014. Former THE CONTORTIONIST vocalist and frontman David Hoffman is now on board and we are expecting badassery.

Engineered and mixed by guitarist Mike Bielenda and mastered at The Pop Machine in Indianapolis by Wes Heaton, Entomophobia will be released independently on November 19 through Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and all other platforms worldwide. Digital pre-orders can be placed here and CD pre-order bundles can be found at this location.

Tracklisting and a play through BELOW.


Rivers Of Nihil continue a dominant ascent of the death metal world, touring Monarchy hard. Starting this Thursday (October 20th), Rivers of Nihil will head back out on the road, joining Obscura, Revocation, andBeyond Creation for a must-see tour across Europe. In anticipation of this trek, the band has launched a guitar play-through for “Reign of Dreams”, taken from their latest album, Monarchy. To watch Rivers of Nihil‘s Jon Topore and Brody Uttley demo the track through the “Revv Generator 120″, please visit HERE.

Rivers of Nihil tour dates BELOW.

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Hostile alchemist GRIDFAILURE has completed the Further Layers Of Societal Collapse EP impending its free digital distribution on Samhain 2016, leaking new track “Digital Crush” through Metal Riot.

GRIDFAILURE is the auditory harvest of David Brenner (Earsplit, ex-Theologian, ex-Heidnik), who abuses dozens of instruments, brewing a haunted apocalypse aura. The outfit’s Ensuring The Bloodline Ends Here debut was released in May via The Compound Recs. With a second album, Teeth Collection, nearing completion, Further Layers Of Societal Collapse provides some insight of the bizarre directions the unit’s output is taking. The use of field recordings infusing elements of nature and civilization into the mix carries into the new material, which infuses more percussive elements and guitars than the debut. Contributions from cohorts BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot) and Pete Tsakiris reflect the first GRIDFAILURE collaborations to see release, a trait that lies heavily in the upcoming releases.

GRIDFAILURE’s Further Layers Of Societal Collapse delivers nearly a half-hour of unharnessed dementia, infiltrating additional realms of biomechanical madness, meshing ghostly and fractured elements of dark ambient, power electronics, and industrial metal with the confrontational wrath of tectonic hardcore on a rudderless course where anything goes.

“The name of the new EP came from my cohort Morgan here; when Walking Bombs asked me to contribute ‘additional layers of societal collapse’ to their ‘Demagogue’ anti-Trump anthem, I immediately plagiarized/altered the line. The levels of corrosion and mutation on the EP reflect our bleak future. This is a biomechanical horror-electronics nightmare soundtrack, documenting another step further into the post-Sixth Mass Extinction wastelands where primitive ways and artificial intelligence cannibalize each other for survival. I re-purposed antiquated technologies for the recording of this EP, beginning with this track. Ween yourself from technology before you become it a part of it. Liberate Te Ex Gridfailure.” – Dave Brenner


Band Spotlight: Witchery

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:13 PM (PST)


Witchery are back in a huge way with the top notch In His Infernal Majesty‘s Service (out Nov. 25th on Century Media). Angus Norder is more than capable in the new vocalist seat and you can be relieved to know that …Infernal celebrates the 20th year of the band in hellacious style. From the opening charge of “Lavey-athan” to the deadly Slayer-friendly march of “In Warm Blood” to the at times creepy and elsewhere just full on heavy death metal “Escape From Dunwich Valley”, this record kicked my ass into crimson chunks. Everyone will soon bear witness to a monster return from this truly striving act.


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Disturbed to release ‘Live at Red Rocks’ on Nov. 18th

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:53 PM (PST)



Multi-platinum band Disturbed will release a new live album, entitled
Live at Red Rocks, on November 18 via Warner Bros. Records. The album features songs spanning Disturbed’s 20-year-career, including Mainstream Rock chart hits “Down With The Sickness,” “Stricken,” “Inside the Fire,” “Indestructible,” “The Vengeful One,” “The Light,” and their now Platinum-certified version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic hit “The Sound of Silence.”Live at Red Rocks is available for pre-order as of today via all DSPs, and those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album track “The Light.”
Pre-order Live at Red Rocks HERE.
Live at Red Rocks captures Disturbed’s August 15, 2016 show at the fabled Colorado amphitheater where the band stopped during their tour in support of current album Immortalized, which has been certified Gold.  Immortalized has spawned three No. 1 singles, including the Platinum “The Sound of Silence” which spent seven straight weeks at No. 1 at Rock Radio and reached the Top 20 at Alternative Radio. The song first became a viral sensation following the release of the powerful music video, which now has over 117 million views, and their breathtaking performance of the song on Conan, which has more than 28 million views. The album’s current single, “Open Your Eyes,” is following in the smash hit’s success, currently at No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart.
Watch Disturbed perform “The Sound of Silence” on CONAN right HERE.
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Martyrdöd are back with a video teaser for “Harmagedon” from sixth album List, due on November  25thvia Southern Lord. I’m very interested in seeing how the band follows up 2014′s Elddop, arguably one of the best heavy albums of the decade for completely brilliant riffing alone. These guys are ahead of many bands in the scene as far as quality control goes.

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