New Sepultura song “DarkSide” is upon you

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PST)

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From the legendary band:

Everyone has a DarkSide!

A song Sepultura made for DarkSide Books. Enjoy!

Check it out HERE and pay respects to the band on their 30 Year Anniversary! I love the post-Max line ups as much as the early days of the band and the fact it is still an issue at all shows how ridiculous metal fans can be sometimes.

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Megadeth was given an $8,000 advance to produce their debut album Killing is My Business...and Business is Good but spent half of the money on drugs, booze and food and was forced to fire their original producer and produce the album themselves


Coffins releasing new “Perpetual Penance” collection with HPGD

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM (PST)

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Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have announced the new double CD collection from Japan’s Death/Doom fiends Coffins entitled Perpetual Penance, set for release on June 9th on CD and Digital formats. This is an essential compilation of Coffins vinyl only and split release tracks, features artwork by Uchino. The first 100 orders come with a free chrome Coffin keychain, a miniature casket that opens to store your victims ashes! 

Pre Order HERE.

Below is the official description:

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is proud to unleash the new Coffins double CD collection Perpetual Penance. This is an essential compilation of Coffins vinyl only and split release tracks from artists including Noothgrush, Macabra, Sourvein, Warhammer, Disgrace, Hooded Menace and Stormcrow. Coffins continue their devastating legacy of ancient torture with this 96 minute presentation of bone-crushing Death/Doom sickness! Features original artwork by Uchino himself and showcases out of print/hard to find vinyl tracks from the following outlets: Southern Lord, Decibel Magazine, Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, Forcefield Records, Break The Chains, A Pile Of Dirt Music, Doomentia Records, 20 Buck Spin and Hydro-Phonic Records. For fans of Abscess, Acid Witch, Anatomia, Asphyx, Autopsy, Carnage, Celtic Frost, Cianide, Disma, Divine Eve, Grave, Hellhammer, Hooded Menace, Mythic, Venom and Winter

 

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Album Review: Gutter Instinct – “The Insurrection” Ep

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 7:46 PM (PST)

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If you like Swedish metal fast, roaring and unafraid to get dirty hands death grinding, Gutter Instinct are for you. The Insurrection EP is a 4 song tease of a brain smasher that heralds the start of a big push for this awesome band via Prosthetic Records. Things kick off with a sweep and air raid sounding hellish atmosphere before the full on attack begins.

Gutter Instinct have only been a band a few years but you’d never tell it from the concise little life burner of an EP here. You can imagine live decimation even if the band just got up and played these 4 songs. I honestly can’t even imagine a room withstanding many more than that in a Gutter Instinct live set.

This band does not mess around. They get down to unrelenting death metal but with a decent enough production that still leaves room for rawer sounds. It sounds just good enough to not have the recording quality distract from the evil.

Taking some of their earlier Cannibal influence and adding in some more grind and blackened moments pays off well. One such win is the apeshit soloing over a super fast drum blast that batters into a razor’s edge hard charging Napalm unison riff attack on “The Invisible Hand”, Gutter Instinct nearly derailing but they never do. In fact they make it seem easy, but still have feeling in the playing.

“We Hate You” is one of the more interesting arrangements in recent death metal, respectfully dissonant weirdness birthing buzzsaw snarl straight from tremelo hell into a fucking stomp a mudhole bridge that takes no prisoners. They never get as black or crusty as Mutilation Rites but rather lean more on the Portal or classic death metal influences more.

Any true death metal fan worth their salt who doesn’t mind some more blackened textures but with the emphasis still mainly on DEATH will love the heck out of this band.

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Deep Cuts: Blaze Bayley

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:26 PM (PST)

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Known as the lead singer of WOLFSBANE in the 80s, IRON MAIDEN in the 90s, and his own solo band since 2000, BLAZE BAYLEY is truly what he said he was with his 2008 album, titled The Man Who Would Not Die. Having just passed the 30 year mark in the metal world, Blaze is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, and in fact, his voice seems to get stronger with each album.

Picking out the traditional 3 songs for this article was a very tough task. Being the BLAZE BAYLEY fanboy that I admittedly am, I had 3 bands with incredible song writing to choose from, all with a decade worth of material.

See BELOW.

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Royal Thunder’s “Time Machine” to relevant rock music

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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Other than The Great Give Back by The Heartless Breakers and a few other standout records by bands ironically with heart, you might think rock was really in poor shape in 2015. It’s actually not the case, as Royal Thunder‘s new video for Crooked Doors lead track and future anthem “Time Machine” gloriously proves with a bang. Not many bands on this site could hang on tour as Wilco’s opener (Nocturnal Poisoning/Wilco would be so rad). Personally, I think that it’s super cool the legendary Wilco took RT out.

Anyway, “Time Machine” has a riff that really reminds me melodically somehow of the chorus of Muse’s “Uprising” hit, but it’s also nothing like it. The slinky, gypsy rock main line builds up to a somber and reflective harrowing of personal trials, purged out in the louder rock moments of the song with vigorous bravery.

Three cheers to Royal Thunder, still the ones to beat for hard rock in the first quarter of 2015. They really are just ailing it and firing on all cylinders. The lyrics of this one in particular are some of the most flooring and powerful on the new record, especially that second verse. Ooofff.  You will feel something.

Watch the video BELOW.

System of a Down performed HUUUUUGE Armenian first time show

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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“We can’t afford to be neutral on a moving train,” sings Serj Tankian in SOAD‘s epic and still truly relevant  ”Deer Dance”. The goosebump worthy sized crowd show System are still picking up the slack for way too many apathetic bands interested in singing about bullshit. The world is burning. 11134237_10203051187915151_117549323_n

System of a Down performed live today at Republic Square to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. It was their first ever show in Armenia, where they are properly seen as serious social crusaders for a better world. They even covered The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” in Armenian and completely flipped it into “psycho groupie cocaine craaazy” mode.

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11178548_10203051188115156_2136766576_nA “Who Now Remembers The Armenians?” quote from Hitler played in an animated film about the wrong of hiding the cycles of Genocide in Cambodia, Darfur and “too many other killing fields across the globe. In Africa, Asia, The Middle East…the world stands back and watches. ” A huge roar went up from the invigorated crowd for the Wake Up The Souls finale , live streamed on Rolling Stone HERE. It was like one of those epic concerts they used to have in the late 80′s/early 90′s, like AC/DC playing Russia or something. But this was more important.

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“A whole race genocide/never taken away all of our pride,” sang Serj and the crowd, one moving mass of awareness, firmly stood through downpouring rain for the right to be SEEN. If you’ve ever had ancestors or relatives in War or have any empathy, it was a moving pro peace event that should inspire to great heights. I doubt many have ever heard so many people sing along to a modern hard rock band.

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More BELOW.

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Antigama post incendiary trailer for “The Insolent”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:15 AM (PST)

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Polish grind machine Antigama are back with an aggressive new trailer for well monickered new release The Insolent.

Preorders for multiple physical versions of The Insolent have been made available. The album is available on cassette, eco-pack/gatefold digisleeve CD, black 12″ gatefold LP, and a translucent 12″ gatefold LP, limited to 100 copies worldwide. All four versions are now available for preorder in the US via Selfmadegod’s stateside mailorder outlet, Earsplit Distro, RIGHT HERE, and internationally directly from Selfmadegod including shirt bundles HERE.

View the new album trailer for ANTIGAMA’s The Insolent at THIS LOCATION.  Short bursts of hellfire that fans of Today Is The Day, Nasum and of course Antigama will gnash teeth for will fill your ears before a ticking clock counts down the seconds with ominous anticipation.

Also be sure to check dates with one of my favorites, Drugs Of Faith, just BELOW.

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Earth Day 2015 Metal Riot playlist

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:29 PM (PST)

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If you don’t know that our planet is one of gazillions in a multi-dimensional, interconnected energy continuum that is easy to reconcile with almost any faith system AND science (as long as you aren’t a bigot, homophobe or in willful denial because you REALLY like Monsanto foods and Wal-Mart USA), I feel bad for you. I will send good vibes your way when I meditate between repeat plays of Earth’s Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 & 2.

Sharks are dying, glaciers are frying and if the bees go we’ll all start crying. Let’s get real here and stop having our music mainly be about distraction. Of war and peace, war might seem more metal but peace is more tenable and requires a stronger spirit to manifest in the world. I grew up in Woodstock, NY so the bands from my scene and myself knew we had like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Band to live up to…so half assed art was not really an option. It kills me to see how dispassionate, ADD and apathetic some people are today, and in society as a whole. Go drink some wheat grass and read a book! And of course, listen to metal.

Just don’t let the bastards grind you down. #propeace #worldmetalunity #preservehumanity #healtheworld #keepmoshingthough #testament #gospelofthewitches #cattledecapitation #stratovarius #earthcrisis

Below are 5 songs for today’s Metal Riot EARTH DAY playlist 2015. Check ‘em HERE.

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Ides Of Gemini just sadly had to cancel their support slot on the Mountain Goats tour but if you listen to unstoppable new single “Carthage” you’d never assume there was any force capable of stopping the iron backbone in this music. CVLT Nation has the stream HERE. Seriously, when the heavier guitars first kick in I dare you not to have at least a tiny orgasm.

I just smoked a bowl and watched the half of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies I had yet to see to celebrate Earth Day, after spending my afternoon in Woodstock, NY watching His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje (the peace advocate who the Chinese didn’t want to be allowed to speak to American students here for fear his message would spread), tell a warm and jubilant crowd that Woodstock’s hippies are similar to most Tibetan saints in “loving nature and unity”.  This “Carthage” track is about all I could have hoped to follow up such a day of sweeping fantasy cinema and my earlier outside spiritual afternoon revelation amongst like minded folk who care and know that compassion is a tougher face to wear than hate.

“Carthage” is full of resolve and beauty as well as a feeling of sorrow and somber, intricate textures. But the main thing is a stomping near grunge metal riff and soaring melodic banshee cries. It is the A side of their Record Store Day vinyl (the B side is a cover of “Strange Fruit” that will drop you to your knees). Head over to CVLT Nation and tell ‘em Metal Riot sent ya.

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Veil of Maya test pressings are pretty stunning

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:18 AM (PST)

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Something for all the Vinyl fans out there. First test pressing just landed!

Pre-Order HERE: https://killermerch.com/artist/veilofmaya

watch a new video HERE.

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Agonia Records announce Forgotten Tomb, Nocturnal Depression Euro jaunt

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:55 PM (PST)

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Agonia are one of the sickest labels around the underground and Forgotten Tomb are a strong act for fans of moribund blackened Italian doom. The band will lead a headlining European tour this fall, so even USA fans have time to get a plane ticket.

Supporting their latest record Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love, released by Agonia Records in April 2015. The band will perform a brand-new set of songs, including material from all their discography that hasn’t been played in a while (or never before). Interested promoters can get in touch here (as all dates are not filled, it seems): nihil_management@live.it

Hailing from France, NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION will team up as support for the whole tour, promoting their new album Spleen Black Metal (Avantgarde Music).

The tour dates will be announced soon. In meantime Forgotten Tomb revealed tour lead up dates for the summer BELOW.

Interview: John The Baker talks Skate Til U Die, Bay Area

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:47 AM (PST)

 

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“I quit driving cars in 1991 to protest the Gulf War.”John The Baker

Very happy to say we’ve got a cool ass interview with John The Baker about Skate Til U Die. This is a killer event with heart for good causes and is ALSO just plain awesome for skaters and music fans. I’ll let John tell you about it in a minute but first let me tell you about John!

Fans of anarcho punk, MDC, Tank Crimes stuff or the DIY West Coast punk/crust scene are often fans of John The Baker. He’s also known as the punk singer who once won a censorship battle in (allegedly liberal) Woodstock, NY after getting arrested for singing a song about cops sleeping with underage girls in town . Oh, and got a settlement he used to put out his CD and mail complimentary copies to local police stations. That was a band called Slimy Penis Breath which also featured a young, dumb and full of cum (this is meant affectionately) Jason Christopher who now plays bass in mighty Prong. JTB was kind of a lot of kids “punk rock uncle” in the scene, though he actually is related to Josh and Joey Eppard.

The 90′s Woodstock/Kingston, NY punk scene I grew up in was a blast. You had Slimy Penis Breath, sludge n roll onslaught .mearth , noise rockers Dripping Goss (feat. Brian Goss of Warzone and at one point Frank Ferrer, now of Guns N Roses), Simone Felice doing weird post-punk rock before his interest turned to The Band, poetry and the Catskill mountains and more. Sean Paul Pillsworth and the Jerk Magnet/Anadivine pop punks. You also had John the Baker’s mega talented nephews Joey and Josh Eppard known for playing in prog/emo bands Three and Coheed & Cambria), plus Shabutie (Claudio Sanchez’ amazingly fluid and funky pre-Coheed and Cambria band with Mic Todd and my best friend multi-instrumentalist Nate Kelley)  and also bands like apocalyptic rockabilly meets Am Rep on Primus-style telecaster weirdos Pitchfork Militia and my early teen angst grunge band Melancholy. Hardcore band (and Metal Riot favorites) Painmask, still active today. AND Woodstock had Bad Brains members living in town raising families! This led to Bad Brains dudes playing on Coheed’s first record or being involved in producing my later band Divest along with a local (now famous) studio Applehead, also where Coheed and Three have both recorded amazing albums.

There was a lot of creativity and home grown shows and a lot of partying, but a scene sprung from hometown hopes, the shadow of the 60′s & also the close proximity of the Albany hardcore scene created a really interesting mix of styles and people in the post-”alternative rock” explosion surrounding Nirvana. Some of the bands are still playing today. We’ve had ups and downs like any scene and life lessons learned. Three/Lunch Meat guitarist Jason Foster and Melancholy drummer Pat Howland were two local talents who both died and are very missed. I’m very happy to say after about nine years of not speaking  I’m friendly again with the recovering Mic Todd, the former Coheed bassist and have had some really good talks with him lately as well as gotten off booze myself. As a rowdy scene we could have taken it easier on ourselves and others at times BUT the cool thing is the music is surviving and as a collection of people we all changed a lot of lives for the better!

John the Baker (one of the first vegan bakers I ever met) was a heavy player in the DIY Woodstock 90′s scene and always out playing his acoustic guitar in Woodstock. He still plays “Fuck The Fascists USA” and other songs I fondly remember in his current band, the subtly named Fucktard. I’m really inspired by John’s drive and he’s one of the handful of people most responsible (along with my bassist friend Dave Daw and Jess Killganon from the cobaltandcalcium page) for helping me quit drinking out of the bottom of a fifteen year depression. John has always been a remarkable advocate for getting out and organizing shows and benefits, making art on your own terms and not getting pushed around. I remember him showing me with exciteent a letter he got back from Jello Biafra , the one true Dead Kennedy’s vocalist. John eventually went West and worked with Alternative Tentacles, Jello’s label. He even sang back ups on a killer Melvins record Jello did with the grunge godfathers, my longtime almost favorite band ever!

JTB has always been a skateboarder. I’ve got a cool black and white picture of him somewhere with a deck sitting and hanging out shooting the shit with my ex-girlfriend from like 20 years ago. It was awesome to catch up with John and get the scoop on Skate Til U Die, an event he’s dead center of which is TRULY aimed at smashing apathy, people powered transportation and PMA.

Read the SKATE TIL U DIE interview BELOW! And “fist fuck the pope!”

#spectorbass #powellperalta #boneswheels#alternativetentacles #tankcrimes #skatetiludie #skateboarding #charity

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Paradise Lost reveal potent new lyric video for “No Hope In Sight”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9:15 AM (PST)

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In one of the better lyric videos I’ve seen, Paradise Lost and Century Media have revealed a song sure to thrill fans of the long running metal institution. It’s on the slower Type O and PL doom side of things, a powerful number with a bridge to fight for. I’m still reeling from seeing Vallenfyre crush live so this PL song is very welcome. I’m also allegedly related to Milton who wrote Paradise Lost, so I’m always into this band’s stuff. It makes little red demons in my skull dance in a cartoon field of flames. I’ve followed them sporadically since Draconian Times and they always have a good visual element to their design as well.

You can feel the song build in your veins watching the lyric video HERE.

PARADISE LOST comments: “Check out the first track from our new album “The Plague Within”. “No Hope In Sight” was one of the first tracks we wrote and it reflects a blend of styles. From death metal to gothic to classic rock. It’s like all eras of PL wrapped up into one track.  We hope you all like it!

“No Hope In Sight“ is already available on all digital outlets and you can pre-order the digital album here:

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Album Review: Ensiferum – “One Man Army”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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Ensiferum‘s One Man Army is a melodic folk metal fan’s delight if you don’t mind higher end production with still gritty sounding guitar. That said, there is still a raw and very real attack to the material. Think at times of a trace of
Slaughter Of The Soul sped up through symphonic Helsinki bombast and warcry screams mixed with folk metal. A thirst for history, warmetal and spirited endeavors will be quenched but an at times thin guitar sound but you’ll also experience a lot more variety in material and even genre as the record progresses through epic to speed to folky dreams.

“Axe Of Judgement” gets things off to a determined gallop after the intro mood setter “March Of War”. Ensiferum play a lot of their strengths right on ”Axe…” with a short but lightning lead, seeming black metal influence and speed paired with epic metal touches. ”Heathen Horde” is one of the best songs from the band yet and would surely appeal to fans of Hammerfall or Turisas, easilly. The mid section quiet ”traditional” part of the song is glorious while the drums thunder beneath spoken shouts and a riff that’d make Estonia’s Metsatoll jealous. Man, I’d kill to see those two live. “Lady Of The Slain” by Tyr comes to mind asanother recent battle field epic that kindles the spark of heroism in the heart of the epic metal fan in a similar way.

Click HERE for the full review.

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