Cleveland's Ringworm are more hardcore than metal, but the ferocity of discography and consistent hard work year after year rewards them pure metal status. Not to mention, have you heard 2014's metalcore title holder Hammer Of The Witch? Ringworm today are as angry and relevant as ever.
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Newburgh’s All Out War deserve way more credit for, in my opinion, starting the better strains of the metalcore movement as we know it today. Between these guys, Overcast and perhaps bands like Integrity, Stigmata, Shai Hulud and even Pro-Pain to some degree, the seeds sewn on a classic like D.R.I.’s Crossover germinated into a much darker, uglier and heavier beast. All those bands had love for Slayer but AoW paired it with brutal breakdowns and street attitude akin to Agnostic Front. Early metalcore paved the way for bands like Killswitch and Unearth to get big, to say nothing of much later and less heavy third or fourth generation bands of today.
With no All Out War, I don’t think you could’ve ever had a proper Hatebreed, for example (another band I hold in high regard as a Hudson Valley scene vet who has witnessed Jasta and co. leave a huge mark on first the Tri-State area and then the world of heavy music).
Mike Score of All Out War has kept his love for the scene strong over the years through various incarnations. The band are back and crushed the Acheron with Sworn Enemy, Living Laser and more the other night. Seriously, if you claim to be metalcore and don’t know these guys, fuck your band.
Check out the shots from MR contributing photographer Matt Slater HERE (or be condemned to suffer).Add All Out War to My Radar
This morning’s excitement is that my girlfriend’s daughter just got a Charizard Pokemon card. It’s a mega and has a crimson dive attack for 300 damage. In other news, I hope you are all as stoked as I am for the news that Wovenwar are touring with new school prog-core thrillers Periphery. I have been really late on the Periphery game as the more technical stuff I am into usually has gruffer vocals, but I’m really enjoying “The Scourge” and love the shit out of the Wovenwar debut. It is stunning what Wovenwar managed to accomplish on that record during a time when most bands would have buckled completely (I am talking, of course, about the Tim Lambesis scandal).
Wovenwar have been making new converts despite the cleaner vocal sound and I implore people to really give the band a shot. Tour dates and a menacing Charizard after the jump HERE.
Cancer Bats are super fierce, passionate and able to write material with a range of emotions. Dead Set On Living was a modern classic more people should check out.
Now the boys are back in town with Searching For Zero to street in March of next year via Metal Blade. Produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Glassjaw, Sepultura) , the lyric video for the diabolical “Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake” totally crushes and can be seen below.
Fans can order now at metalblade.com/cancerbats. North American tour dates for 2015 are being scheduled and will be announced soon!
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Sick tour alert for you rabble rousers and couch slouches (to reference D.R.I.). Inanimate Existence from Santa Cruz are hitting the road with a band known for hitting the bong, the green thumbed semi-peaceful warriors of Cannabis Corpse. Major ear violators Mammoth Grinder, one of the more intense acts today, are also on the package. This is a powerful bill of rising bands with a respected sound and work ethic, so don’t miss out. Some great venues like Echoplex, Siberia and Saint Vitus bar on the routing as well. My comrades at New Noise Magazine are one of the sponsors and only put their name on killer tours.
Dates below and music for “Omen” from Tibetan folk inspired death metal meditation A Never Ending Cycle Of Atonement if you click HERE.Add Inanimate Existence to My Radar
June Martinez of Metal Riot sat down with Tony Pizzuti – Guitarist of fast rising alt/ metalcore band The Word Alive on having “Lighthouse” on ESPN, what it means to be Real to the band and much more. It’s a personable and chill chat between our roving correspondent and Tony.
The interview was at the Glass House in Pomona and it was interesting to hear their take on the ViP packages.
Tony’s beard is pretty snazzy. Check out the exclusive interview HERE and stand up tall. “Lighthouse” video also included after the jump. #keepitrealAdd The Word Alive to My Radar
Poland is known for uncompromising death metal that is way over the top, but 2014 was a banner year even by the high standard of metal history. I have already mentioned the unholy trio of new releases from Vader, Behemoth and Decapitated which made huge waves this year, but Calm Hatchery need to be the 4th entry into this polish “big death 4 for 2014″.
Always a promising outfit, the intimidating Calm Hatchery first spooked me with their creepy name a few years ago when the Sacrilege Of Humanity record was released. Few bands give me chills like that but the name actually kind of freaked me out (reminding me of insect swarms or tombs of snakes waiting patiently in Indiana Jones movies, or something) and I wanted to hear their older stuff too. Hard to believe that was already nearly five years, but the band and Selfmadegod Records have continued to stand strong for extreme music. Listen to the first 18 seconds of “Flaming Prophecies” alone and by the time the opening drum fill sets up the onslaught, you wil probably already be sold.
From razor edged speed riffs and rapid fire death metal drumming, this is war metal with no regrets. The band are intellectual with their more thought provoking artwork than most but can hang hard or outmatch most peers in death metal. Flat out, their songs are memorable and here display a certain middle eastern quality that is intoxicating (the very apt “The Eternal Cycle”) and adds a sense adventure to the imminent danger in these songs.
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“After a year of hard work on our two new albums, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega we’re excited to be able to share the first look at music from either album,” said guitar player Mark Holcomb. “‘The Scourge’ shows off a darker, more brooding side of the first album, Alpha, and it touches on some of the melodic and lyrical themes referenced throughout the two albums. Enjoy!”Add Periphery to My Radar
No, we don’t have three unlikely bands covering renditions of Slaughter’s “Up All Night” (though that would be interesting). Instead however there are three new videos you should peep below from prog upstarts White Arms Of Athena, legends At The Gates and a lyric vid from Travis from Coheed’s always rather interesting side project Davenport Cabinet.
Check ‘em out HERE and start the weekend early.Add White Arms Of Athena to My Radar
So happy to say that my good friend and constant inspiration Karyn Crisis has signed to Century Media with her newest project:
Karyn Crisis is a name worthy of more praise and attention. While select circles of people know and appreciate her prior vocals with the critically-acclaimed Crisis from 1993-2006, many are still naive to her influence and impact. This demure girl raged harder than many men, slugging it out with impactful live performances at hardcore and metal shows, screaming often times like a demon, other times singing like an angel. She led the way and has become an influence for female-fronted extreme bands. And then she disappeared. In the interim she made a name for herself as an artisan via her paintings and leatherwork, and now she’s returned with a stellar new project, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, and a fabulous new album to be released next year through Century Media Records.
“This band began 5 years ago in Tuscany, Italy, as an alchemical journey between Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) and myself as we searched for a way to musically honor the Witches who came before me and who have been guiding me in Spirit, teaching me their Ancient Ways,” explains Karyn.
The album was financed by fans via websites like Kickstarter and Etsy; then Karyn together with Davide Tiso, Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura) recorded the 13 songs atThe Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist).
Upon completion of the album, Karyn began shopping the album and reconnected with Century Media President Marco Barbieri, who had signed Crisis back in 1993 when he worked at Metal Blade Records.
“In my opinion, Karyn is a true renaissance artist and I am intrigued by anything she puts her touch on,” explains Barbieri. “She remains an undeniable icon in the annals of hardcore and metal with her vocal and live performances, and I am pleased that she has been re-infected by the muse and is sharing her undeniable talents again for longtime fans as well as a new generation. Gospel Of The Witches is not Crisis; it has her fingerprint all over it, lending an ear to early influences, but here she and her band take the listener on all sorts of new journeys and adventures musically, vocally and emotionally. I am proud to be working with Karyn again.”
In closing, Karyn states, “I’m so excited to announce that I’ve signed a worldwide deal for my new band, Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches, to Century Media. Working out this new partnership is a testament to the enduring connections my art and voice have made throughout the years with industry people and fans who’ve continued to support me and encourage me to keep singing.”Add Karyn Crisis Band to My Radar
Ides Of Gemini are one of the more meaningful acts operating on this barren Earth today, a synergy of ritual and romantic hymns to nature and the forces of spirit and self amidst the cosmos and this dark modern world. I recently was pleased to interview J. Bennett for this site and now the acclaimed dreamers have a new video out for you moody types. Ides sort of fill the same place in my hard heart as the much missed Ludicra or the active (last I checked) Amber Asylum, different in tone and sound but so compelling they cradle your heart in burnt hands. The buzzng guitar and bewitching vocal melody will sneak into your bone marrow.
In celebration of its release, today Noisey, reveals the vibey video vibes s of their erotic Daciana Birladeanu-directed ”Seer Of Circassia” video. Elaborates singer/bassist Sera Timms, “The concept of the album traces the symbolic-psychological breakdown of a character over ten days ['Seer Of Circassia' takes place on day four]. We’re working within the structures of psycho-spiritual alchemical transformation, utilizing Carl Jung’s school of analytical psychology. Essentially we have a story of the psychological conflict of opposing forces — yin-yang, male/female/dark light, etc. — each driven by desire. The masculine archetype in this story desires control and structure, while the feminine archetype desires recognition and equality as it has been repressed in the ‘Old World.’ Our protagonist is the Emperor, based creatively on the last Emperor of Constantinople, who represents the ego, masculine, solar consciousness along with control, structure, domination, force and power.”
View the gorgeously shot “Seer Of Circassia” video at THIS LOCATION.
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Damn, Barney Greenway”s vocals sound like Melvins/Grindcore on this song, just insane grind screams we know and love him for plus some stylized kind of bellowing. It’s pure Napalm Death insanity as only they can bring, streaming now at Decibel HERE.
“Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an exposé of slave labor in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up),” said Greenway.
Utilitarian, though a recent release, was one of the strongest of Napalm’s career, and if “Cesspits” is any indication they are still on a roll for the forthcoming Apex Predator – Easy Meat next year.Add Napalm Death to My Radar
I am a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan ever since years ago when my dad came back from Tower Records in NYC and gave me a copy of Siamese Dream and the mighty Core by Stone Temple Pilots ‘cuz he thought they seemed like my cup of tea. SP changed the way I heard rock music and though they are not metal by any stretch “Frail And Bedazzled” from Pisces Iscariot (at times my fave SP record) is as exciting a rock song with great guitar work as you can find anywhere. Zeitgeist also was super fucking underrated when it came out, Billy’s darkest record and a thrilling big chord rock ride with few frills.
Anyway, in addition to showing it is ok to have a sensitive side and being a big wrestling fan, the reason Billy Corgan is being mentioned on Metal Riot today is that Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave and recent Black Sabbath fame is one of two special…ahh, just read the darn press release:
In support of their eighth studio album Monuments to an Elegy , available December 9, The Smashing Pumpkins will play a series of special shows in select cities around the globe, and we’re proud to announce that Webster Hall is one of them. These performances will feature a special lineup which will include Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums and Mark Stoermer (The Killers) on bass joining The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder. “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows,” said Corgan “and if our rehearsals are any indication they should be one-of-a-kind.” Webster Hall tickets go on sale November 19th at 12pm EST via Ticketweb.
The SP camp also released a new song recently with Tommy Lee on drums. I guess Billy wasn’t kidding when he recently said he kind of understands Axl Rose and his Chinese Democracy approach. Hey, it’s all good with me. He always grabs good talent (I liked that Mike Byrne guy’s playign a lot, though it was more spare than Jimmy Chamberlin’s untouchable busy ass skill. What happened to that Matt dude?). I’ll always prefer the classic line-up, but things should look interesting for the near SP future (Hey Billy, if you need a candidate I suggest Nate Kelley who played two songs on the first Coheed record and was in Shabutie 6 years before that, a time when Claudio Sanchez and Nate were huge disciples of you and Chamberlin. I can wish, right?)…
To be continued.Add The Smashing Pumpkins to My Radar
Astral Doors newest (and 7th album!) Notes From The Shadows will appeal to any fan of classic metal like The Rods and Saxon or of course RJD (r.i.p.), who vocalist NPJ’s inflection and cadences have often been compared to over the years this Swedish band have made their mark. Nils Patrick Johansson as a vocalist likes to do those kind garble things at the end of his words like Ronnie did when he really meant it as in Dio epic moments like where Ronnie sang “You’re a rainbow…in the daaaahhhhhhhhhhk/ no sign of the morning” from near the end of that classic solo Dio song, for example. That said, Astral Doors stand firmly on their own heavy metal feet though love is displayed for the greats, of course. It is very cool they have done so many records in just over a dozen years, as many bands just don’t have that kind of output. (Tool, stop making wine and watching wrestling and get finished in the studio please, hahaha).
As in the past, Astral Doors hit hard with big heavy metal riffs and crisp dueling guitar action topoped by NPJ’s firm vocals up front. Religious and occult imagery abound, though it is a shame the cover art is so hack and silly looking it will probably make some people think this record is more sub par than it really is. That cheezy lich looking wizard and dragon on the cover could have been rendered with a lot more skill, since the band obviously care about the music on this record. Crystal Viper have also fallen under criticism recently for their deteriorating record art quality, which is a shame as they are another band who rock the heavy metal sound of yore to great effect.
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