Light This City photo by Joe Ellis

Hey y’all. How is everyone today? Time for some Thursday highlights as we wade through the muck and mire of this week. Today is my mom’s bday and she has dementia so I need to go visit her and not spend too much time on riffs today, but here are a few items of note.

After many years in prog metal/viking blackened veterans Enslaved, drummer  Cato Bekkevold, who has played with the band since 2003, has quit the influential band. No word yet on a replacement. Here is one of my favorite performances of his on the brilliant song “To The Coast”.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails had some words regarding Taylor Swift this week.  “You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot,” Reznor told The New York Times.

Why did you only use her name, dude? There is only one Taylor selling out arenas and breaking records as a woman left and right at the moment. You could have listed some other top tier artists also but picked a soft target scape-goat. So let me help clear things up. And I saw the Downward Spiral Tour at MSG in the day, y’all so don’t act like I am ignorant about what Nine Inch Nails is about. I listen to The Fragile more than a LOT of other albums. I also firmly am pro punching nazis.

Still, as an indoctrinated Swift supporter who once was an ignorant hater of her and as a lifelong metalhead and political activist, I think Trent is way off the mark with Taylor. People are erasing what Taylor has actually done.

She donated to March For Our Lives and RAINN despite it alienating any conservative fans she had because she knew it was the right thing to do, had 2,000 foster kids to her show free and met them all, went through a sexual assault trial, KimYe Snapchat gaslighting and her mom’s cancer recently and whatever she does she is called ‘overshadowing’ so she has preferred to let her donations and her constant support of LGBTQ speak for her beliefs. How much have you donated recently, Trent?

She worked with so many black artists and it is far beyond tokenism but still gets called a nazi even after working with Kendrick because someone thought one lyric of “I rose up from the dead” in LWYMMD was about a nazi army returning? Reach, much?

You know the far right will get excited about white paint on a picket fence, right? That doesn’t mean it is a nazi fence. I thought her song “Starlight” about The Kennedy family plus liberal boyfriends and watching 13th documentary with Todrick weren’t exactly David Duke’s cup of tea.

Consider also that if Taylor had come out and just said ‘Fuck Trump’ right away a lot of conservative fans would have been told to burn her albums and thus lost probably the most empowered female artist on their radar who actually has been working hard and playing instruments/writing songs since she was a kid turning down bad development deals other artists would have jumped on to their detriment. Instead she kept them listening and then took their money and used it to educate them about supporting gay rights and pro peace measures to stop gun violence.

The most problematic thing about Taylor is that one of her music video directors Joseph Kahn is sexist casually often and rude to her fans and believes pit bulls should be killed, so I detest him and hopefully he does not stay on much longer. He often makes bad decisions that get her dragged. A lot of her fans have been vocal that they dislike him so we really are hoping Taylor fires him like she did a sexist dancer recently.

Here is my gf trying to get through to Trent.

Taylor is not ALWAYS super vocal but at least puts her donations and support out there. Maybe her pro LGBTQIA speech didn’t feel political enough and important to YOU, Trent…but to many of those of us who fall under one or more of those letters it was very important.

A lot of liberal artists are out there saying one thing about loving Clinton like Katy Perry but were still supporting MAGA Kanye or kissing his ass (Courtney Love). Meanwhile Kanye is literally saying naively that he gave MAGA a new direction and caping for Trump even as he put kids in makeshift concentration camps but then people say “separate the art from the artist.” Kanye is putting out an album a week with problematic people (as well as being one himself) and DO YOU ALL REALLY THINK Kim Kardashian was super invested in long term prison reform when her husband is helping support Trump and they couldn’t even keep supporting a charity named after Kanye’s own mom? Now THAT is some optics.

Or XXXTentacion dies (of course it is sad when a life is wasted young) and everyone says “he was changing” to ignore the bad things he did like they don’t matter when he showed barely a shred of evidence of contrition or accountability. He literally just a week or two before his death in the very well done article by Tarpley Hitt said feminism is bad and women have the real power over men and had a tweet up for like 5 years on Twitter saying he wanted to murder Taylor Swift, but ok, y’all. Nice guy alert! Who is covered with a gay man’s blood laughing in front of their crying mom and then gets more violent after that? But let’s say Taylor is the most problematic.

I will be seeing Sebastian Bach, Taylor’s Rep Tour, Act Of Defiance and some doom metal bands this month and will be having fun at all of the shows.
My point is that Beyonce rented out a whole theater to screen a Woody Allen movie and played Bush’s inauguration once and Timberlake supported Woody Allen. Katy Perry helped support the patriarchy by supporting Kanye gaslighting in the song “Famous” and she sang along to a whole arena calling another woman a bitch and giving a man credit for Taylor’s career even though Taylor has been outselling Kanye since Fearless or rather since forever and always, lmao.
She also gets held to an impossible double standard where if a man writes negatively about ex’s he is praised but if she does she is a slut. 

This Friday, Bay Area melodic death metal quintet LIGHT THIS CITY will embark on their West Coast Tour supporting their acclaimed Terminal Bloom LP, the recently-reactivated outfit’s first album in a decade. This band was always cool during their early era and haven’t lost any of their oomph since. If anything, the new stuff sounds so happy to exist at all that the performances feel extra alive and edgy. So glad to have them back around to do their genre right. (Please get that Dissection T-shirt out of your next band promo photo though, y’all. I usedta love that album as well but didn’t notice it on your band member when I posted this and it kind of looks bad when I was just talking about gay rights a few paragraphs ago).

 

In the wake of Terminal Bloom‘s release, LIGHT THIS CITY now hits the highways with support from labelmates Gygax (yes, that is a D&D reference, for you youngsters). The Terminal Bloom West Coast Tour begins this Friday, June 22nd in San Diego, then hits Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and ends in Sacramento on July 1st. Stand by for additional widespread tour dates from the band to be announced in the months ahead.

 

Stream LIGHT THIS CITY’s Terminal Bloom LP at THIS LOCATION .

 

Terminal Bloom is available on CD, LP, and digital formats now through Creator-Destructor Records; find order options at the label webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

 

LTC Tour dates Below.
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The name of the band Job for a Cowboy was taken from a line in a high school text book that read "Sounds like a job for a Cowboy" by frontman Johnny Davy.


Wednesday Warrior Wind Up: Khemmis, Sorxe , Hideous Divinity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. Can’t believe Trump’s disgusting family separation policy is not causing the full blown meltdown of society. I can’t believe I am even writing about metal right now but I figured I will use the platform to put positivity out there and remind us all to stay strong and committed to keeping the world alive where music and togetherness can defeat evil. Even Andrea Pitzer who wrote One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps agrees that these are exactly that.

Anyhow, here are some highlights for Wednesday of some heavy metal happenings to help soundtrack the grinding of our collective teeth.

The new Khemmis is out this week! June 22nd sees the highly anticipated release of Desolation via mighty 20 Buck Spin. I find it very easy to lose myself in the band’s large and melodic metal-scapes, bold, medieval and classic. Yet they somehow also convey their currency as a vital band of this moment as well, determined to bridge the old way into shaping metal’s forward future trudge.

Anyway, I love this band and “Bloodletting” fuckin’ rips to me. Much like Pallbearer, all their stuff sounds so rad I could never feel the need to really super argue particulars of the merits of newer albums production versus older. I think both those bands are a great example of groups who have so much feel in their work that whatever production approach they settle on it still moves mountains of souls across oceans. Seriously though, “Bloodletting” fucking rocks so hard. Highly recommend the new stuff. They have a solid identity and I trust this band to keep a consistent quality level in whatever they do.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY have announced that they will be embarking on an extensive tour of Canada this Summer. The tour, which runs from July 19 – August 5 and sees the group performing in North America for the first time, will cover a massive portion of Canada and is in continuing support of their 2017 record Adveniens.

Depths of Hatred and Vultures will round out the lineup.

Dates HERE. 

Physical order bundles of Adveniens are available HERE and digital order bundles HERE. The drumming is fucking nuts and so are the unrelenting arrangements. Wish I’d heard this album sooner.

Experimental sludge/post metal crew SORXE have confirmed they’ll hit the road next month headlining the “Death Of Summer” tour!

“Sorxe is extremely excited to hit the road at the end of August! We are coming to a select few cities in support of our debut release on Prosthetic Records – Matter & Void. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones” states the band on the upcoming tour.

Watch the first ever SORXE music video for “Hypnotizer” off their sophomore studio album, Matter & Void.

Matter & Void is out now on Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, Botch, Isis) and is available in the following formats: CD, limited edition violet and black swirl LP and all digital outlets.

Catch SORXE live on the “Death Of Summer” tour dates below.

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Secret Cutter photo by Tim Wynarczuk

Hey, cannibalistic cohorts. Slamming down some Annie’s bunny pasta like a god damn party animal right now and eager to give you the scoop on some cool new metal news for the day. In an effort to cover a little more ground with my zany schedule (and also because I am generally happier when I am a chatty Cathy and not  just drearily re-posting press releases under the gun), I am gonna try to do some daily little mini lists of cool condensed happenings as well as our usual style posts. We will see how long it lasts. Anyway, let’s hit the battlefield running.

Secret Cutter have streamed the closing track “Oblivion” (not a Mastodon cover, yo) from their new record Quantum Eraser over at the fine site Invisible Oranges.

Says the Pennsylvania based band of the track, “‘Oblivion’ is, for lack of a better term, the grand finale of our second LP Quantum Eraser. It is the last and heaviest song on the record. Musically, the song was written as a funeral march. The song addresses taking the wrong path til the end, caused by self-delusion and trusting the wrong people.”

 

Let SECRET CUTTER’s “Oblivion” out of the cage at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

 

Progressive wing spreaders Redemption have launched the “Indulge In Color” play through video. On July 27th, Redemption will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Check out the video HERE.

 

“We have a number of elements to our sound, from more aggressive riff-driven material, to more melodic metal with technical elements, to more progressive material,” says Nick van Dyk. “It’s hard to capture our sound with just one song. So we’re particularly excited to release this longer track that showcases our more progressive elements and Tom’s amazing singing in that context. I know people are eager to hear how he sounds on this type of track and I think his performance here is going to blow people away.” 

 

Aethereus have partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere a new song called “The Pale Beast”, the first single from the Tacoma, Washington headbanger’s debut album Absentia. This band has a lot of potential and could certainly be a Summer Slaughter type of contender. Incidentally, Summer Slaughter dates are here, come to think of it. I shoulda been plugging that more of late. Shit has been crazy, sorry. And yeah, Aethereus are not on it but maybe in the future?

You CAN however listen to Aethereus – “The Pale Beast” HERE.

We recommend you do so loudly. Absentia is the group’s first release with new members Matt Behner on drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation) along with Vance Bratcher (Vocalist) and Scott Hermanns (Bassist) who play in the highly praised Seattle symphonic death metal outfit The Devils of Loudon.
Hails.
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Hey every rocker out there. How was your weekend? I had a good one. Had a great heart to heart with my old friend Chris Bittner who just worked on the newest Coheed and Cambria record that is coming out and I felt a lot of good will afterwards and a desire to try and let negative bygones be bygones with those dudes. We have a lot of mutual friends and while I def hope sometime they acknowledge my sister Cambria in order for me to feel fully heard and respected for her sake, I also can’t blame them too much for being wary of me at all or having a grudge to nurse after how bad our fighting got over the years.

But I will say here that I am feeling really good and hope for much better healing energy going forward and wish them well. I really appreciated Bittner coming to talk to me in person after last week and listening to me about my struggles with hormone levels and PTSD when I was triggered by some unrelated stuff last week and happened to also admonish them in some tweets about some old shit. But I really hope we can grow here, be thankful for our lives and families and remember that life gives chances to treat ourselves and others better. PMA. New album sounds cool. New song HERE.

Anyhow, I am in a super good mood today as a result of that compartmentalized tension lifting off my shoulders and had some herb and drove around blasting some Chinese Democracy cuz it is fucking great no matter what some of y’all might think. My apartment is like a million degrees and thankfully my gf is installing some fans for us while I blather like a hot sweaty lazy blob, haha. I did work two jobs already today, gimme a break!

But ANYWAY, more super awesome news to kick off the week! NE OBLIVISCARIS have announced North American headliner tour dates to coincide with their support run for WinterSun. While I would want to see them with WinterSun probably as both bands are tremendously skilled, these other dates will entice die hards as they feature the band’s full 90+ minute headline sets, and stop in Orlando, Portland, OR, Kansas City, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

NE OBLIVISCARIS are touring in support of their new album ‘Urn’. ‘Urn’ is streaming here. 

Metallic hardcore up and comers Knaaves are fucking righteous and incredible. Along with the new Baptists and Jesus Piece I think the Knaaves material is by far the rowdiest and most adrenalized stuff I have heard from any heavy band this year. Anyhow, Knaaves have a new limited tape for order of their recent January two songer! Pick it up like change in a Sick Of It All pit, kids!! Only 100 copies of the tape available!

Ok I have a late newspaper article to write for another publication and am sweatier than Trump’s perspiring and nervous sycophants as Mueller closes in, so I will talk to y’all later in the week. Check out that NE OBLIVISCARIS tour run of dates below. Urn is dark and majestic and surely brilliant stuff live.

Tour dates BELOW.

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North Carolina rockers ASG have released their latest music video, for their song “Lightning Song.”

“Lightning Song” comes off of Survive Sunrise out today via Relapse Records.

ASG are currently on the Survive Sunrise summer tour. Support on the tour is provided by Lo Pan and Beitthemeans.

Survive Sunrise was recorded, mixed and mastered with longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet). The cover art was designed by Malleus (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Melvins).

Check out the music video for “Lightning Song,” ASG tour dates and the Survive Sunrise cover art here.

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Chelsea Grin release “See You Soon”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 12:45 PM (PST)

Utah deathcore metallers Chelsea Grin have released their latest song “See You Soon.”

“See You Soon” comes off the band’s upcoming album Eternal Nightmare, which is out July 13 via Rise Records.

The band will be hitting the road, joining the last cross-country Warped Tour, starting on June 21.

This will be the band’s first album with Tom Barber as vocalist.

You can check out “See You Soon,” Eternal Nightmare cover art and the full statement from the band on the line-up change and the new album here.

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Fistula kick off sludge mandatory Southern Desecration Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 5:33 PM (PST)

Sludge mandatory? Does that mean muddy boots? Drawers? RIIFFFFS!!! Riffs full of sunshine after the rain! Er, no. Knee deep in the shit riffs!

Fistula are fucking heavy as all heck and have split EPs with Come To Grief, Hemdale and mighty  veterans -(16)- . Fistula are celebrating 20 years of obviously caring a lot what others think and catring to the latest pop chart trends , so be sure to tell them you love them and have them sign your chest (non gender specific).

The short, five-date journey leads to and from their performance at this year’s edition of Austin Terror Fest.

FISTULA – Southern Desecration Tour: 
6/13/2018 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
6/14/2018 Ziggy’s – Chattanooga, TN
6/16/2018 Austin Terror Fest – Austin, TX
6/17/2018 Silverleaf – Denton, TX
6/19/2018 Trixie’s Louisville, KY

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Band Spotlight: SURMISER

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM (PST)

Upstate NY’s Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static.

Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.

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Skyharbor release “Dim” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

New Delhi metallers Skyharbor have released their latest music video for their song “Dim.”

“Dim” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Sunshine Dust, which is due out on September 7 via EntertainmentOne

The music video was directed by Tom Flynn and Mike Watts.

About the music video Guitarist Keshav Dhar had this to say, “We’re stoked to present our music video for ‘Dim.’ It was an amazing experience filming a video together for the first time as a band, and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we did making it!”

Dhar adds about the album, “It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound.”

Vocalist Eric Emery says about “Dim”: “’Dim’ is one of my favorite songs on the record and I can’t wait to share the video with everyone. Thematically, the song alludes to the volatile current political climate in the US, as well as exploring what our potential future could look like should we continue down this road.“

Check out the video for “Dim” as well as the cover art and tracklist for Sunshine Dust here.

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Hi friends. How was your weekend? Other than my girlfriend absurdly seemingly getting accused of ongoing attempted murder (“was trying to kill me and isn’t done”) and other untrue things through the official Foxygen Twitter account and then it getting deleted – but we got a screen shot-, mine was nice. By the way she actually is just covering Taylor Swift songs to her YouTube Channel followers and moved to the other side of the country as the guy, if the truth matters to anyone.

But yeah, I got to briefly meet jazz guitarist Mike Demicco on the street the other night, which was very cool. I also saw lots of friends at a Kyle & The Pity Party, Tins, Globelamp show and had a great night of inspired indie rock and also worked the door at a New World Home Cooking pop up party at a regional cocktail bar. Chef Ric Orlando has won Chopped! multiple times and it was rad to catch up with him and get to eat some of his spicy blackened green beans that all Woodstockers know, love and miss since his restaurant moved out of town towards the capitol district. Ric fired me once when I was like 16 as a prep cook at his original location for catching me trying to dry off a salad I had accidentally dumped steam rack cup water onto when I was high, hahaha.

But now it is time to talk metal!

Lizzy Borden’s new material is so gnarly, catchy, glampiric and rockin’ hard rock with all the right elements to lodge in your skull like a sonic hatchet. This record is gonna be amazing! Everything I have heard so far sounds HUGE, cosmic and rock n roll! Kudos to the people involved, fuck yeah!

A new song is out todat called “The Scar Across My Heart” and I am wishing big time they would tour with Andrew WK and The 69 Eyes right now! Can we make this happen?!

Lizzy Borden comments: “With ‘The Scar Across My Heart,’ I wanted to explore those kinds of relationships that tattoo your soul. You’re forever linked to this person, even though it can never be for one reason or another. ‘We bury all our yesterdays and try and drink these scars away’ – I’m talking about a no-hope situation, a never-meant-to-be situation, but I’m still singing ‘We’re gonna make it now.’ I’m always looking for that human reaction no matter how delusional or unrealistic.”

June 15th will see the release of My Midnight Things via Metal Blade Records, which can be pre-ordered at metalblade.com/lizzyborden  \m/

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Take care of each other out there

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 12:19 AM (PST)

cipher (a buncha years ago at Trash Bar)

We’ve all been at a show where a band says “punch somebody in the face” or “tear this place down”! Well, maybe you haven’t but I have been at a lot of unsavory concerts. Let’s focus instead on the people who have asked from the stage that we take care of one another out there on the floor.

Some thoughts follow.

After the horrid bro eviction of Kelly Marie Tran (who anyone with a brain knows brought a lot of heart and fun to The Last Jedi) from social media by alleged Star Wars fans who missed the fucking point of every movie, after the suicide of someone overflowing with life essence like Anthony Bourdain, after the giant fucking embarrassment of projecting and weak playground bully Trump at the G7 summit and the subsequent even further denigration of what actually makes America great, I just want to make a just shy of 3am weekend post that says that Metal Riot is very much a place for marginalized, depressed and outcast people of all genders. There is a place for you here as a reader if you are not a bigoted and irredeemable trollish jerk.

Don’t let any true bully tell you otherwise. Metal and punk are more important for those who use music to lift themselves up than those who use it to punch down.

And sure, people can improve and change who maybe are currently assholes…but if you don’t have a basic desire to respect others, well…every good mosh pit gets rid of the worst assholes, y’know? The rest of life, including online spaces, oughtn’t be any different.

As a non binary trans masc person who stopped HRT just a little shy of a year a few months ago due to really struggling with mood swings (it is a different journey for everyone and I personally have a lot of trauma that I have to be super mindful of not unbalancing), I know very well that life is not a cake walk all the time. It makes me scoff when people say to get a thick skin to me as an “SJW” when they likely did not grow up most of their early childhood with no electricity like I did, kick heroin years ago or have dozens of friends die too young. Or maybe they did and just went to the darkest place inside, I don’t know? All I know is…A LOT of people come to metal to find a refuge and like minded people who want to pump their fist to Accept, get deeply contemplative to Wardruna or flip their shit along to the latest Nervosa record at high speeds of headbanging. Metal belongs to the world. The world is a place of diversity. If you can’t handle that, cry me a river.

I personally know I have contributed a lot to the underground scene regardless of how well known I am. We have had male, female and those who are in between write for this site. We love musicians and writers of varied ethnic backgrounds and nationalities here. You can not undo the progress that has been made by the less archaic types in the scene who want love to prevail. We don’t need to be stoked about jokes about music fans getting shot (even if it isn’t in our favorite genre) or be psyched at some extreme metal band unapologetically calling people poofters cuz they think they get a pass as drunk Australians or whatever.

If we are to survive and stay relevant to the modern world, even in the more coarse realm of metal,  we have to believe that connectivity under the umbrella of metal or fandom or citizenship or whatever does not have to mean we are stoked about people walking all over us. And no, that does not mean men’s rights advocates need to be met with equal respect when they don’t even acknowledge privilege is real or the entire course of human history, for example. Bug entirely off with that crap.

Anyway, I am gonna go to bed. Just wanted to say do your thing and don’t let the bastards grind you down for wanting to bring light to the world, even the world of aggressive music.

PS check this out.

PSx2 Jamie Clayton liked an IG post comment I left tonight and I am living. Hails.

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Zeal & Ardor announce North American tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:04 AM (PST)

Swiss-American music-makers Zeal & Ardor have announced a slew of North American tour dates.

The tour is in support of Stranger Fruit which is out today!

Zeal & Ardor will be supported on tour by Astronoid.

The band won’t be hitting North American until September 20, but you can see their full list of tour dates here.

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Wisconsin death metallers Jungle Rot have released their newest track “Fearmonger” which features Schmier of Destruction.

“Fearmonger” comes off of Jungle Rot’s upcoming self-titled album, which is due out July 20.

Vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise explains the songs origin:

“We covered the Destruction classic ‘Invincible Force’ some years ago and Schmier told me ours is his favorite Destruction cover he has ever heard from any band. Years later we toured together and right away Schmier approached me to start singing the song with him in concert. His trademark style and my vocals worked so well together that when I began writing this new record, the idea immediately came up to have him as a guest vocalist. He loved it and was honored to be a part of it. That’s how we created ‘Fearmonger.’”

Jungle Rot will be hitting the road with Havok and Extinction A.D. later this summer.

You can check out “Fearmonger” as well as Jungle Rot tour dates and the Jungle Rot tracklist here.

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New Exmortus album ‘The Sound of Steel’ out now

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:41 AM (PST)

Californian metallers Exmortus‘s latest tome The Sound of Steel is out today via Prosthetic Records.

Exmortus are preparing to hit the road at the end of the month in support of the new album.

Special guests The Absence and Hatchet will join the tour, dubbed the Summer of Steel tour, as well as regional favorites – Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates MICAWBER on select dates.

The Sound of Steel was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation).

Check out a full list of tour dates here.

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Lesser Glow stream full length ‘Ruined’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 1:37 PM (PST)

Boston doom metallers Lesser Glow are streaming their debut effort Ruined.

Lesser Glow features former members of Black Elm, Irepress, and The Proselyte.

Here’s what the band has to say about the album:

“With Ruined, we set out to simply make heavy music. There was no meditated preconception of genre or specific end goal, but more a true amalgamation of influence and focused frustration that shaped the sound. Thematically, Ruined comments on humanity’s perpetual ability for self-destruction, both in solitude and in numbers. Willingly ignorant, we are doomed to repeat ourselves through cyclical consumerism.”

The band will also be embarking on tour starting on June 22.

Check out tour dates and listen to Ruined here.

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