Punk rock pals The Red Owls stream “Do You Feel Any Better?”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 1:36 PM (PST)


https://theredowls.bandcamp.com/releases is where you need to head for some quality, powerful pop punk with hard rock attack for your weekend. I dare any metal drummer to not be impressed with the precise attack of drummer Justin Meyer, even if you aren’t into punk bands. This is a great record.

Formed in early 2015 by ex-members and members of The Ataris, Nightmares for a Week, and Anadivine. The Red Owls came together to record “Do You Feel Any Better?. This EP marks the beginning of their creative pursuit to capture the sounds that their collective influences left ringing in their ears while adding a healthy dose of new life to this nostalgic genre.


released October 9, 2015Guitar: John Collura
Bass and Vocals: Sean-Paul Pillsworth
Drums: Justin MeyerDrums and Vocals tracked at Nada Recording Studio by John Naclerio.

Grindcore band Leng Tch'e takes it's name from the Chinese method of torture called lingchi which translates to "Death by a Thousand Cuts."

Whitechapel to release “The Brotherhood of the Blade” DVD

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:43 AM (PST)



On October 30th, Whitechapel will unleash their new feature length video release, The Brotherhood of the Blade, which follows the sextet on tour and at home, and dives deep into the hearts and minds of one of metal’s brightest acts. Featuring an exclusive documentary, The Brotherhood of the Blade stands as a glimpse into the band’s world, into each member’s outlook, and the changes they’ve experienced over the past near-decade on the road. Shot and directed by Mathis Arnell for Naughty Mantis, with live show audio recording, mixing, and mastering by Audiohammer’s Mark Lewis, this CD/DVD set is an audio/visual apex that fans won’t want to miss.


To view the trailer for The Brotherhood of the Blade and to reserve your copy of the CD/DVD, please visit HERE.

More info BELOW.

Add Whitechapel to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Exmortus announce “Ride Forth” album, hot on heels of Marty Friedman tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:24 AM (PST)


Further cementing their status as one of the forerunners of heavy metal’s up-and-coming regime, the neoclassical-influenced extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS recently finished an epic month-long trek across North America with legendary guitarist Marty Friedman. The band will continue to showcase their “fantastic guitar style and blistering musicanship” (Metal Assault) on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, Ride Forth! Scheduled for release in early 2016, Ride Forth was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Calif. with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation), who also helmed the band’s critically lauded 2014 label debut Slave to the Sword.


Continued BELOW.

Add Exmortus to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Interview: Metatron talks The Wolves Of Avalon’s “Die Hard” 7″

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 10:52 AM (PST)


The Wolves of Avalon is the embodiment of the ancient British spirit, a reflection of a time past and of an age now demolished by the modern chaos that has erupted between the many religious and political factions that poison the cultures of the Earth. – Metatron


The Meads of Asphodel mainman, Metatron, has returned with his pagan black metal project, The Wolves of Avalon, and an all star cover of Venom’s old school classic ‘Die Hard’ featuring Mantas himself, Amebix’s Rob Miller (now of Tau Cross), Primordial’s Alan Averill and Sigh’s Mirai!

To say that I was excited about this is bloody well an understatement. The grit and attack here is nearly unprecedented until you remember the dedication to metal of those involved. Moonlighters go home. This will flat out kill the unfaithful. Die hard!!! Orders for true warriors are available HERE.


Read BELOW to find out what is going on with the band in the future and the genesis of this killer 7″.


Add The Wolves Of Avalon to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: Novelists – “Souvenirs”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:38 AM (PST)


Novelists from Paris are not a tribute band to the works of Sartre or -even better- Boris Vian (who once devoted much of a book to describing a piano that could make specialty cocktails depending on what notes you played). No, the young group are a progressive metalcore band full of attack, djent and busy guitar parts, albeit with some solid melodic parts to set them apart from the bands who only scream over this style. I will go on the record and say it is not my favorite sub genre of metal as I find regionalism tends to go by the wayside and make many of these bands near indistinguishable regardless of country of origin (Exist Immortal, Rise Of Doom, We Came As Romans all kind of sound more or less the same to me despite being good at what they do). Heck, even black metal really has many bands that adhere to form. My bias works in the band’s favor here as Novelists still have a lot to grab ahold of the listener’s ears (even a primarily stoner rock fan like me).

Read more BELOW.

Giant Squid break up. FTW. I hate life now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:55 PM (PST)


West coast innovators Giant Squid have made several underground (underwater?) classics in recent years and sadly might be done for now.

Read the statement HERE.

The amount of disdain this fills me with for all the shitty bands I usually try to ignore who clog the arteries of the music world is palpable.

Damn it. Truly one of the best bands out there. But the records will remain for those lucky to find them. Some bands make a few albums and break up while copying trends along the way. GS made the ichthyologist . ‘Nuff said.

Add Giant Squid to My Radar   Add to My Radar


Alien weed mummies, more zombies, wolverines, tiger pee and a love of darkness define Metal Riot’s 2nd week countdown to Halloween as we reveal 4 more songs from October’s METAL RIOT CREATURE HONEYMOON comp HERE.

Punk band Tiger Piss feat. Lara Hope deliver a ten year anniversary look back at their first underground hit “Zombie Slave” (technically about a sex zombie rather than the undead).Svart Records artists Night Viper from Gothenburg (featuring Horisant’s Tom Sutton) blaze forward with the classic heavy metal sound of “The Wolverine”. Tyrant Of Death delivers a one man industrial metal/harsh noise hymn to those who love darkness. And last but not least my own band GET OUT. reveal the second song from our pending debut LET ME IN, a tune called “Scarab Of Green” that is both a tribute to Dio’s “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” and a cursed tale about an angry stoner mummy who is pissed he was disturbed from his trapped bong cloud eternal sleep beneath the sands by looters.

Thus far seven tracks have been revealed, about half of the comp. Stay tuned each week for more songs leading up to Halloween!

Add GET OUT to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Kylesa embark on North American tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM (PST)


Savannah’s genre-defying KYLESA have embarked on a tour across North America. The tour kicks off tonight in St. Petersburg, FL and sees the band criss-crossing North America throughout the fall. A full list of confirmed tour dates in support of new album Exhausting Fire can be found below.

Add Kylesa to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Cattle Decap tour with Cannibal Corpse to kick off this week

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1:46 PM (PST)

Road warring San Diego deathgrind unit, CATTLE DECAPITATION, will kick off their tour supporting Cannibal Corpse later this week. Set to commence on October 8th in Jacksonville, the journey will run through nearly a month’s worth of cities, coming to a close on November 7th in Orlando. Additional support will be provided by Soreption. Check out the tour trailer HERE.


Dates and more info BELOW.

Add Cattle Decapitation to My Radar   Add to My Radar


We’ve supported the metal ascent of Turbid North for awhile now around here. Please to say the frozen Alaskans who thawed out via the death metal scorching heat of Texas have a new one in the can finally. Metal Sucks has the song premiere of the lead off single HERE.

Add Turbid North to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Suicide Silence details EP

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM (PST)


California based extreme metal titans Suicide Silence will release a digital only EP entitled Sacred Words on October 23, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The EP features the single “Sacred Words” as well as various unreleased tracks, including three live tracks taken from the band’s RockPart Festival performance on August 9, 2015 in Hungary.

“We are dropping a digital EP with some sick live tracks and much more,” commented guitarist Mark Heylum. “Get your fill of Suicide Silence with this release of Sacred Words dropping October 23! I said goddamn!”

Sacred Words digital EP track list:

1. Sacred Words
2. Inherit The Crown (live)
3. Cease To Exist (live)
4. Sacred Words (live)
5. Sacred Words (We Are Strong Remix)
6. Sacred Words (instrumental)

Add Suicide Silence to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Album Review: Queensrÿche – “Condition Human”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM (PST)


The only way it could be more apparent at this point that losing Geoff Tate
was the best career saving decision Queensryche ever made was if the current
line up performed some Frequency Unknown songs in the set and did a better
job at those as well. Understand that every time I have to write something
like that about Tate-ryche and the fall from grace of one of metal’s once
towering voices, a little part of the kid in me who fell in love with every
track on Empire dies. But the new band have made me believe again, along wth
many others. Geoff Tate is grasping at straws with his distastefully named
Operation: Mindcrime band, a move that cheapens the iconic album’s brand more
than a new Queensryche line up that kicks ass and has a classic sound ever

And I feel for Tate. It’s gotta hurt. But make no mistake…Condition Human is hands down the best Queensryche album in
20+ years, the best since Promised Land by far and the first to finally once
and for all make you say ,“Chris DeGarmo who”?

To be fair, I liked moments of Tribe and even Dedicated To Chaos had a few late Tate great moments where his better character shone through like “Get Started” which sounds a little like Pearl Jam doing a mid tempo Queensryche song but was fun. But the “we don’t suffer fools” lyric from that song and “Time to change the view” line turned out to fit Tate the best.

Read on BELOW.

Album Review: Once Human – “The Life I Remember”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:17 AM (PST)


Logan Madder will always hold a place in the heart of any metal fan who has ever been in the midst of a “Davidian” riff onslaught, but the producer and guitarist is much more than that. Returning to the stage after a decade plus, Madder has re-emerged with a strong new group Once Human.

I’m a fan of some of Madder’s production with especially Gojira and less so with Five Finger Death Punch, if more so because the band annoy me than any fault in the production. Once Human, however, it feels like Madder pulled out all the stops to assert his new group is the bomb. He did a good job. The title track in particular is enough to make any fan of this kind of alt metal/crossover thrash salivate. From the roared vocals of Lauren Hart, which recall Tarrie B at her most unhinged married to some real hooks, a dry and punishing amped up drum attack from secret weapon Dillon Trollope and groove metal power to make the 90′s blush, the band are nonetheless not a throwback. There is plenty of studio wizardry and unexpected textural twists, dives and especially cool spacious elements in the guitars to contrast the heaviest moments.

Pick up a copy HERE.

“Time Of The Disease” is powerful groove metal, ballistic bass, a slick solo and augmented by awesome string and vocal patterns like something from a gothic horror movie before major melodeath kicks in. Hart’s voice has a particular low end to her scream not heard this effectively since Karyn Crisis. “I Am War” is another highlight, a war march intro with cooed vocals that gets more uneasy as the band build the 1:52 track from a dreary military march through a dollhouse nightmare like soldiers and Marilyn Manson-esque circus outcasts had a party.

Read more BELOW.


I hate this mindset of human beings as human resources. It’s dehumanzing
terminology. Because people are SO important. We believe everybody is born
gifted. The life is the location of your God gift and the selfless execution
of your gift. The idea of personal sovereignty, that each and every one of us
can be King or Queen when we exercise our true will. Spiritually,
biologically, lovingly. - Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke.

I just saw the subversive as fuck Laetitia Sadier of legendary Stereolab
deliver a powerful yet so controlled set at a venue (the wonderful BSP Kingston) in my Upstate, NY city.
Always an activist in her music over the years, demanding and getting as much
attention from an audience or out of a subtle or quiet and poetic song as some
bands do through hollering, it was truly inspiring. One thing Sadier said in
her soft spoken but deep way at the show was how one of her songs “Find Me The
Pulse Of The Universe” was about how despite how small and perhaps immaterial
we may seem compared to the vast universe sometimes, we are all unique. She
brought real conviction to her show, whether discussing wealth disparity, how
it is good to nurture a long distance relationship in healthy ways if you
really love someone or pining for “glimpses of a world of pure thought that
few will ever know.”

Noise rock and post/punk or at times industrial metal legends Killing Joke
embody the idea of the unique personal and musical quest more than many other
bands combined, these same principles of fighting for actual creative and
human value that Sadier was espousing on stage in my town tonight. “New Cold
War” on brand spanking new rager Pylon is as relevant and emblematic of their
drive and style as anything in the group’s storied career (which dates back to
the year I was fucking born, 1978). Yep, Yankees won the world series. Killing
Joke was born and so was I, hahaha. 78′ was a good vintage!

The idea of knowing it is your absolute right to protect and fight for
your art and your right to experience the world through the lens of your own
journey and creations, to not settle for having the passion stomped out of you
by a dull or draconian society, is something I have spoken of at length lately
with some of the most amazing people I value most in my life, from avant garde
noise music/female comet Yasmine Kittles of Tearist via inspired
correspondence that has blown my mind and made me feel like the luckiest
person lately to a series of amazing artists like Brooks Blackhawk from the
very dark Atriarch or my dear, hard working friend (and former DIVEST bandmate) Sean Paul
Pillsworth of pop punkers The Red Owls dishing in a recent piece called Don’t
Break The Oath that we ran on this site about never giving up your vision.

Killing Joke have always stayed at the forefront of relevant political
discourse, cutting edge post-punk squall with hypnotic, throbbing bass and the
madman from the pulpit apocalyptic lyrics and truly unique voice of Jaz
Coleman. They have refined their sound to the essence of potency and it is
very apparent on the swirling, climbing ladder of growing intensity that
weaves through Pylon.

A composer, Permaculture advocate and avid student of philosophy who is
unafraid to chase his own demons where they take him, Coleman is a towering
figure of the underground.

Read more BELOW.

Add Killing Joke to My Radar   Add to My Radar

Slipknot premiere newest deranged video with “XIX”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM (PST)


Clown from Slipknot has directed the band’s latest clip “XIX” from .5: The Gray Chapter. The track is very dark and has a certain gothic feel, one of their more interesting and nuanced numbers. Even if the clip wasn’t sure to be a singalong live anthem ready made as a great segue between heavier numbers ala Korn’s 4 U it features naked ladies in veils with nooses dangling between their breasts and some stark imagery of floating coffins, twisted trees and flowers. A cool clip and song.

Check it out BELOW.

Add Slipknot to My Radar   Add to My Radar