Perpetual Chaos continues to turn heads for thrashers Nervosa. While Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto are missed, the new record slays and now we have multiple good bands instead of one (Crypta is fucking awesome). Diva Satanica is really doing an admirable job at what seemed impossible, much like Floor from Nightwish managing to carry on for an already respected institution.

Schmier from Destruction appears on the new single, “Genocidal Command” which has some clear Slayer influences from the opening scream.  Prika Amaral has done a great job ensuring the group stayed formidable despite the major line-up changes.

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Sepultura's Quadra album is the band's most successful record since 1998's Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in seven countries (eight, considering the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart).


Band Spotlight: MOVE

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 7:20 AM (PST)

MOVE are a high energy Boston hardcore act who are defying racism while crafting timely and Earth shaking punk anthems for change! Hit up Triple-B Records for the Freedom Dreams 7″ HERE or head to Bandcamp and support this electrifying band on our favorite digital platform.

“…We march on to achieve salvation/Say their names we won’t be intimidated/ I fight and I fight and I fight I refuse to rest until I see progress/All to one day see these fucking freedom dreams/ We’ll never stop until we find liberation, Black Excellence unstained by degradation/ Where freedom reigns over incarceration/ Where Black joy is only met with celebration.”

RIYL Cold World, American Nightmare, Jesus Piece.

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MEMORIAM are one of the too few bands that kept me sane the last few years when everyone else and their mother was either turning right wing edgelord, bickering amongst themselves over dumb shit and undermining productive coalition building or wallowing in their privilege instead of accepting genuine critique. This band stayed strong and released killer record after killer record! They spread an “old school death metal and political awareness can be good bedfellows” message that never sacrificed tunes over schooling the masses yet still manage to not skimp in the important knowledge department either (even when banging skulls together)!

The band consists of Bolt Thrower’s iconic Karl Willetts alongside ex-members of Benediction and Sacrilege and will never let you down.

To The End, the group’s triumphant latest, will be out via Reaper Entertainment in late March. Order it HERE.

Karl Willetts states:
“This is one of the first songs that came together for the new album. A song, we got a serious political theme to it, written in the whole time span of the “black lives matter” demonstrations.
So this song is inspired by these events and it is inspired by a friend of mine, who was involved in one of these demonstrations in the USA. She was there to video the event.
And in the process of this, she managed to get arrested and received 80 hours of community service for her work on the demonstration. But she managed it to get very good video footage of the police, warning the crowd and threatening to use chemical weapons to get them off the streets. It was frightening to see these scenes and it inspired me to write the lyrics of the song.
So the lyrics fit very well with the music, which is very hard and hitting. This song is a tribute to all people who was part of the black lives matters demonstrations and of course to my friend.”

 

Along with Boston hardcore band Move‘s explosive and must hear Freedom Dreams , MEMORIAM’s “Failure To Comply” rounds out a really solid week for informed and meaningful new material in the heavy music scene!

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Metal Video Meltdown: Gizmachi, Veil Of Maya news items

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:24 AM (PST)

Late weekend news on a couple of bangers for ya today as I try to distract myself from the obstinate idiocy of Bill Maher and Megyn Kelly. Enough pretending you are liberal, Bill. You constantly platform and are starry eyed at or giddy about agreeing with bigoted pieces of shit. Anyway…

Gizmachi are back after a noted absence from the scene, a sort of hybrid blend of extreme, Nu and fusion metal who I often used to enjoy seeing on stacked bills in Poughkeepsie back in the day. I just woke up and made coffee and discovered the band’s new video for “Look What I’ve Become.”

I was certainly startled to see no Sean Kane in the video but rather the much balder head of Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid. What the heck is going on? Well, all I know for sure is the band has a new album coming out March 12th called Omega Kaleid and it is awesome to see them rise up again. Always a killer live show and a lot of passion and talent in this group, so we wish them the best whatever the line-up situation is!

In a double whammy for you tech metal nutsos out there, prog-core torchbearers Veil Of Maya are also back with a new jam! See the animated video for “Viscera” below!  Lukas Magyar continues to elevate the sophistication of the band’s material as the group unveil a Mad Max hellscape in an animated clip for fans.

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Canadian deathcore band BRAND OF SACRIFICE have released a new video for “Altered Eyes” from their anticipated March 5th album Lifeblood.

“We’re excited to present the last single before Lifeblood drops March 5. “Altered Eyes” is something of a spiritual successor to “Charlotte,” a breakout success from our last album that took off way more than we anticipated. Funnily enough, both come in at track four on their respective album, but it’s more about the vibe; both tracks rock and groove as much as they riff and gut. Speaking of, much like most of Lifeblood, this track is based on Berserk protagonist Guts, in this case the torment he felt watching his love interest lose her sanity amidst hellish abuse. “Altered Eyes” paints that hell with fiery Doom-scapes.

We initially weren’t even planning a video for this track—how could we even dream of measuring up to the epic that is “Animal”? Upon seeing Tony Simone’s work for his own band, Abiotic, we knew we had to do it. The CGI animation puts it in an entirely different realm than what we’ve done with Joey Durango. It’s similarly intense, but lives entirely in its own world and on its own two feet.”

Doom duo BODY VOID sign to Prosthetic, album out in April

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 2:27 PM (PST)

credit: Benjamin Collins

Hello and good day to everyone except those stonewalling relief checks (of course they want them to arrive at last during tax season so they have to be given right back) and the fucking utter scumbags who stole Lady Gaga’s dogs and shot her poor trainer.

So yeah…I needed some good news today and we have it in the form of a killer doom signing!

Bold and experimental doomers Body Void have signed to tastemakers Prosthetic. The duo are one of the coolest bands I found during my tenure on the dumpster fire of Twitter. The group will release Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth 4/23 and you can pre order HERE today. I guess they recorded it in New Hampshire last year. I might stay up all night and then drive to that state tomorrow to impulsively go wired on caffeine to America’s Stonehenge, incidentally.

Read an in depth interview and hear massive new single “Wound” today at Metal Injection HERE.

Liking the shriek vocal on this one and the black and white footage was gorgeous. Strap in for a thirteen minute Hell-scape.

At Blackheart Sound in Manchester, New Hampshire the two members of BODY VOID worked with producer Eric Sauter, to process their feelings – both those that had been long festering, and those which were new and raw – into the four tracks that make up their third studio album. An additional layer of electronic filth was applied with the help of solo noise musician, and BODY VOID touring bassist, Entresol.

Of the single, Willow Ryan (Guitar, bass, vocals) comments: Wound is a song not only about the ecological harm we’ve done to the earth, but the spiritual harm we’ve done to ourselves as a result of corporate capitalism. Saving the planet and our collective souls is a singular endeavor. We are the earth in both a physical and metaphysical sense, and we cannot continue as a species if we value profit above all life on this floating ball of dust and debris we call home. We are doomed to extinction if our only mode of existence is accumulation and exploitation.

And speaking on the signing says: We’re incredibly excited to join Prosthetic Records. Not only to be part of its historic and diverse roster full of bands we love and respect, but also to join with our dear doomy friends in Bismuth, Vile Creature, and Weltesser. The label has been incredibly kind and welcoming to us and we’re excited to find out what we’re able to achieve going forward.

Prosthetic Records’ Becky Laverty adds: “I have admired BODY VOID from afar for some time now, so I’m thrilled that we get to work with them on this excellent album. We’re really looking forward to being a part of the BODY VOID story, and seeing what paths it leads us down.”

Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth tracklist:
1. Wound
2. Forest Fire
3. Fawn
4. Pale Man

BODY VOID is:
Willow Ryan – Guitar, bass, vocals
Edward Holgerson – Drums

We’re stoked today to help spread the dark anti-gospel of Italian black metal act XEPER‘s new release Ad Numen Satanae. While the Garden of Eden snake on the cover art does kind of look like a lovable if mischievous missing cast member from The Land Before Time series wandered into a hot and heavy moment between Adam and Eve whilst innocently seeking a tree star, this record is actually pretty evil. Spare but crisp production meets sophisticated but molten black and coldly focused dark path passion. It is a cleaner sound than some early wave BM fans will like but to my ears it is a great blend of classic aesthetics and more sophisticated musicianship.

The album will be available on CD and digitally via Soulseller Records on February 26th 2021. The vinyl release follows on May 7th.

XEPER was formed in 2007 in Treviso / Italy by guitarist Guh.Lu, best known as a former member of bands such as Setherial or Impiety and currently as the bass player of Gorgoroth. The project features musicians from the worldwide Black Metal scene like V. Einride (Whoredom Rife) on drums, Maelstrom on vocals and guest appearances of the great Blasphemer (Vltimas, ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), Mantus (Patria) and various others.


Artwork by Marcelo Vasco.

Tracklist:

1. Fiat Interitus

2. The Hidden Genesis

3. Under The Will Of Satan

4. Riding The Spiral Of Lilith

5. Purity And Death

6. Snake That Brought The Flame

7. Ad Numen Satanae

 

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Serena Cherry (SVALBARD) announces NOCTULE solo release

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:44 AM (PST)

During the UK national lock down in 2020, Serena decided to write an entire black metal album themed to the RPG computer game Skyrim. Each song is about different dungeons, story lines and weapons within the award-winning game. She notes: “I have always associated Skyrim with black metal. The snowy mountain settings, the morbid themes, the Norse mythology backbone – it just goes hand in hand for me.” Prior to her 10 year career as the front woman of Svalbard, Serena previously played in a black metal band and has been excited to get back to her musical roots. With hypnotic, interlocking tremolo guitar leads, pummeling blast beats and reverb drenched vocals; NOCTULE sees Serena spread her dragon wings and take off in an intriguing musical direction on her own.

Today, listen to the title track to Wretched Abyss in the form of a music video. The video is streaming now at Revolver Magazine. “The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films,” comments Cherry. “‘Wretched Abyss’ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in Skyrim,” Cherry tells us. “He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.”

Track listing:
1. Elven Sword
2. Labyrinthian
3. Wretched Abyss
4. Evenaar
5. Winterhold
6. Deathbell Harvest
7. Unrelenting Force
8. Become Ethereal

NOCTULE is:
Serena Cherry

Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Bristol, UK, in January 2021 with Matt Francis.
Additional guitars & additional writing on Evenaar and Deathbell Harvest by Matt Francis

Photo: John Ashby @gryphonbristol

TOMBS release video for “Secrets Of The Black Sun”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:52 AM (PST)

Often ferocious and always thought provoking blackened art metallers Tombs have premiered the latest video in the New York band’s arsenal. A standout and gloomy highlight from recent  guest-heavy triumph Under Sullen Skies, the track sort of floats in a no man’s land between DSBM and post-rock for an unnerving and thrilling listening experience. Add in guest vocal textures from the great musical medium Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Lvxuri) paired with Mike Hill’s tortured musings and you have one hell of a ride.

It is enormous to hear the group not settle for taking the easy way out and releasing the same song every go ’round. It is one reason they remain one of the most important vanguard acts in modern extreme metal.

“Everyone contributes on this record and the door has always been open for others to do so. There has always been this misconception that I’m some sort of tyrant always telling people what to do and play. The fact of the matter is that most of the time I outwork people; that’s just the way I am. No one is ever going to outwork me on any level in any area of my life and I was always coming up with material. Now, I have these maniacs in the band who are equally motivated and there’s a whole new life injected into TOMBS. That’s awesome and I love it. These days we’ll try anything and we actually write stuff and throw it out because it’s not perfect. It’s more like a writing committee, which I really appreciate. It’s not just me writing everything. It’s a big difference from ‘The Grand Annihilation’ which was basically a solo record.” – Mike Hill. 

ANUBIS cover MEGADETH’s “Tornado Of Souls”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:50 AM (PST)

Cleopatra artist’s ANUBIS, a rising thrash force from  Los Angeles, have a new Megadeth cover out! Featuring veterans of local and national metal bands Hatchet, Screams of Syrens, and Hydera, ANUBIS “,…combines the speed and aggression of thrash metal bands like Megadeth, Testament, Havok with the twin guitar attack and soaring vocals of melodic metal like Helloween, Savatage, and Iron Maiden.”

This cover version is lean and sleek with the band clearly determined to showcase what they can do. While it is hard not to compare it to the iconic and meaner original, this version pops and leaps out of the speakers with a modern metallic commendable lifeforce.

We look forward to seeing what else this band has in store!

Today sees Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) release his first solo record in five years with ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’. Expect Warwick’s signature grit and soul in a hearty and heartfelt new batch of terrific tunes.

Ricky comments on the release of his new album “This album is a statement of my intent, a love of rock n roll, songwriting and playing from the heart. The only way I know how. I’m so honored I now have the opportunity to share it with all of you!”

Buy the album on various formats, including a 2CD Digipack which includes the bonus covers album ‘Stairwell Troubadour’ (which includes everything from Maiden to Dead Or Alive to Ramones to Britney Spears covers!), now from:

– http://nblast.de/RickyWarwick-WLWHAF

– https://www.musicglue.com/ricky-warwick/

For the process of recording the album, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Thunder’s Luke Morley, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns ‘N Roses and even Ricky’s daughter Pepper. Keith also produced the new album, having previously worked with Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke and Alice Cooper. Keith noted that “Ricky is a true Rock-n-Roll soul… he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”

Check out a new video below! “You’re My Rock’N’Roll” is an infectious yet street-wise song that feels like what it means to live for rock, a punk-tinged power anthem that brings to mind working class, scab knuckled hands wiping down the bar to start all over again. It’s the sort of song that would make the Social Distortions and Rose Tattoos of the world proud, a fine tribute to the many faces known and unknown behind the genre’s glory and ongoing legacy.

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GOD OF NOTHING release the vertigo inducing “Locust”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:33 AM (PST)

Real heavy and dissonant furniture smashery today via deathcore band GOD OF NOTHING‘s new single “Locust”. Love the uneasy and queasy intro leads over the churning, mosh ready hate fest (and the weird af Korn-esque possessed serial killer janitor in a mop closet rubbing his bloody hands together vocals around 2:30).

When asked about the song, Vocalist and songwriter Ritz Holsclaw had this to say “This song is for people that feel alone and left in the dark. It’s a statement letting people know, it’s okay to not be okay. Our friend Adam Mercer is a personal friend that we felt would best fit this song with his experience of struggle. Just know, it’s okay to not be okay.”

Well, that fits with my murderer alone in the dark impression! And it is ok not to be ok, though this song doesn’t sound like Demi Lovato and Marshmello (no hate, I love that song). But yeah, this might not make you feel that much better as this shit is fuckin’ bleak! But we all need to vent those kind of emotions sometimes as well!

An upcoming LP just announced by the band is called Vicious Cycle which is due out March 12 Worldwide on LEGEND Recordings. This is a great label that is also home to acts we adore such as September Mourning, Karma Kids and Paralandra, to name a few.

“Locust” also features Adam Mercer of A Wake In Providence. All pre-orders include 3 instant downloads of already released tracks “Burn” and “Sledge” as well!

Pre-order bundles are available right now at

https://www.legendshop.co/category/god-of-nothing

ABBATH enters the studio

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:08 AM (PST)

Good news for black metal hellions today as ABBATH announces the band have entered the studio:

In the beginning of February, we have entered Dub Studio in Kristiansand with producer Endre Kirkesola to record what will be the third ABBATH -Official- album. The record is due later this year and promises to be everything you have learned to love about ABBATH’s music and then some.

Expect to be blown away, this is some of the best material we’ve written so far – hard, heavy, catchy and huge. The best of all worlds.
More details of the release will be posted soon, stay tuned for updates.
Photo credits: Endre Kirkesola

Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

Progressive death metal greats GOJIRA have announced their anticipated new record Fortitude for an April 30th release via Roadrunner. Fortitude is sure to be one of the biggest heavy rock releases of the year and was recorded and produced by Joe Duplantier at Silver Cord Studio in Queens, and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine). To say it is going to kick ass would be a huge understatement. With Rush Limbaugh croaking and now this news, today can’t get any better!

The new single deals with mortality and personal growth and can be observed with awe below.

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THE CROWN release “We Drift On” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:06 AM (PST)

Photo credit: Ida Kucera

THE CROWN are going to absolutely clobber this year with their Royal Destroyer release. Today you can hear the majesty of “We Drift On” (directed by Christoffer Tönnäng and Oskar Norberger), a minacious yet resolute tune that has an accompanying video full of unpleasant inward thoughts.

Guitarist Marko Tervonen comments: “I think that after 30 years, people are aware that we can play pretty brutal music. But we also sometimes like to take it down a notch and explore other areas. I guess in 2021, it’s pretty difficult to ‘surprise’ people with a brutal song, so we hope to surprise you with this more mellow tune. Dare I even use the word ‘ballad’ *insert-fear-here*
Ok. Lean back, drift on and enjoy.”

Uh, don’t worry dude. It still sounds pretty damn heavy and very metal.


“It is our album number ten, so now we are in the big boys club,” says bassist Magnus Olsfelt. “I think it in some ways is our crowning achievement, and it encompasses our sound across all albums on one defining record. It’s got it all – the early 90s death metal stuff, the haunting melodies, the thrash, the punk, the grind, the heavy metal and the more epic and doomy stuff.”

Together with legendary producer Fredrik Nordström, the band tracked the resulting 10 songs at Gothenburg’s Studio Fredman. “We push ourselves to the limit, really trying to make everything as good as it can get, trying to make every song as impactful as possible,” Olsfelt states. While he believes that people need to hear the album themselves to be able to accurately describe it, Olsfelt also asserts that The Crown have achieved something that makes for a “continuous whole” – while being diverse. There are also some surprises in store for fans. “We have some of the most intense stuff ever, like one song is about one minute long, and we also have a ballad!”

Royal Destroyer track-listing
1. Baptized in Violence
2. Let the Hammering Begin!
3. Motordeath
4. Ultra Faust
5. Glorious Hades
6. Full Metal Justice
7. Scandinavian Satan
8. Devoid of Light
9. We Drift On
10. Beyond the Frail

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