King Woman release new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:56 PM (PST)

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The rapturous and at times almost laboriously commanding (in a good way) new King Woman album is like moving through rolling clouds, a cornucopia of emotion within a vast and sometimes oppressive space. There is an immense freedom here, but also claustrophobia and sorrow. Huge liberating swells of movement up and down and across the ROYGBIV of a doomgaze spectrum that will haunt, heal and harness your inner demons to better use. Certainly one of the most important Relapse releases in recent, or any, years and by far the best album released yet in 2017.

I’m your garden of Eden 
I’m your promised land 
You deny me the freedom 
Still 
I’m innocent 

 

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Harvestman presents art, track listing for “Music for Megaliths”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:45 PM (PST)

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Neurot Recordings presents the fourth full-length recorded document from HARVESTMAN – one of Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Steve Von Till’s solo ventures – with the impending release of Music For Megaliths.

 

As with prior HARVESTMAN and other solo releases by Steve Von Till, Music For Megaliths sees the artist handling a wide array of instruments and approaches, including vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizers, hurdy gurdy, effects, and more, fully performed, recorded, and mixed at his own The Crow’s Nest studio in Northern Idaho. Neurosis’ Jason Roeder also provides drums to the album’s fifth track, “Levitation.” The seven sonically and mentally expansive tracks were mastered by James Plotkin, and the album completed with artwork by Thomas Hooper.

 

Confirming the album for release on May 19th, Neurot has unveiled the artwork, track listing, and more for the exploratory new album, with audio samples and more to be released in the coming weeks.

Track listing BELOW.

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Texans ASYLUM announce ‘Psalms Of Paralysis’ Due Out March 17

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

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Ha, you have to be careful reading press releases sometimes because adjectives for a band’s music might seem like an album name. Case in point, I got an email today announcing: TEXAN DEATH HORDE ASYLUM ANNOUNCE VILE DEBUT ALBUM

Of course I read it fast and think, “But VILE is that lesser appreciated fifth Cannibal Corpse album that I love.”  Don’t worry! I realized not that they meant the new album is CALLED ‘vile’,  but that it IS vile…and in an evil way. Not bad vile. Or in a vial. Though evil labs are metal. And evil. Oh, dang!

Let’s get to what we’re really talkin’ about here, shall we? And that is…how jacked is that one dude on the left? Does he carry all the gear?!

Ok, ok, ok! ASYLUM (no, not the lesser appreciated fifth album by Disturbed! Damn you all!) …ahem, ASYLUM from Texas are technical death metal. I am playing their riff fest promo and “Heliophobic” woke up my dog, which is usually a sign that someone is shrieking or shredding pretty hard. I think she responded to the harsh, almost early 3 Inches Of Blood gruff vocals ala the great Jamie Hooper. She is kind of used to this stuff by now but my dog I think prefers slower and more melodic stuff like Pallbearer and Alunah to death metal, if I had to make an educated assessment.

Anyway the Asylum album will find  your individual thought patterns and show no mercy, sure to take your piece of mind as songs gouge your brain cells and kill ‘em all with riff after vulgar display of…Jesus, I just fucked up like 10 times. I am not implying this band is biting anyone, rather that I am dumb and need glasses and that metal blogging for 20 years eventually leaves you devoid of adjectives you haven’t used before , the foundations of burden in the English Language running their course of empire. Oi.

Psalms Of Paralysis was mixed, mastered and engineered by Irving Lopez at Imperial Mind Engineering in Dallas, Texas and features a guest solo from Vital Remains lead guitarist Dean Arnold on the track “Obsidian Spine.” That sounds pretty cool to us!

“Irving entirely surpassed our expectations for recording, adhering to strict schedules and fine-tuning the music to our liking with zen-like patience,” said founding guitarist Jonathan Hatley. “Working with Irving Lopez at Imperial Mind Engineering was a fantastic experience!”

Pre-orders for Psalms Of Paralysis are currently being offered at the following location: http://asylumtx.bigcartel.com

If you need me, I will be Googling an online thesaurus for the words Crushing and Deadly. Cheers.

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Daybreak Embrace release “The Moment” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:20 PM (PST)

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Hard rockers Daybreak Embrace have released a melodic, drifting ballad perfect for long and introspective drives. It is pretty much live footage and while the video is good (and shows a big crowd from Woodstock Poland 2016!), you sort of get pulled in more by the song itself, which sounds like an unwritten radio hit that you know but have never heard before. That is a compliment. While it is straight up hard rock it is well written and by no means am I implying it is a drag. It’s a cool song and you find yourself singing along or replaying it in short order. It isn’t easy for the song to overshadow visuals often, as the eye distracts.

Since Velvet Revolver and Scott parted ways, there haven’t been too many bands doing this kind of stuff well (Killcode and Chevelle come to mind as exceptions). Styles and time change. But cool to know some bands are still pulling it off well.

“The Moment” is a tribute to the fans and family gained on a cross-continent journey full of love, life and loud music.” – Kenny Figueroa (Guitar)

“We realize that we are living dreams right now because of your love and support.” – Ryan “Fry” Dorries (Bass)

Buy “The Moment” on iTunes

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Photo by Bobby Bates

No one is gonna give you anything. It’s the opposite, they are gonna take. So you gotta work for every single record sale, fan, t shirt sale, record deal, tour etc etc. Only way to do that is push every aspect of the band. So that’s what we do. – Pat Sheridan

New Jersey’s Fit For An Autopsy‘s latest album The Great Collapse is arguably a near perfect death core record , but that seems limiting as it is both heavier, more dynamic and full of more technical and classic death metal and elements of hardcore influence than oversimplified bands who are just stoked to hit the breakdown. Rather than go more Nu Metal as the genre is revived, FFAA have managed to grow while getting even heavier, anchoring their strongest line up yet, improving everything from lyrics to arrangements and staying humble. That said, the band are pretty much the true kings of fuck mountain as far as this style goes right now, and if other bands sell more it isn’t because FFAA isn’t doing a better job.

When the full thing drops in March, it is going to be a game changer for the already liked band. Trust that this record is next level in pretty much every way and is one of the heaviest and most emotive slabs of hot fist upside the ear you are likely to ever hear. Shit, it will probably make you deaf anyway.

It was awesome to talk to Pat Sheridan about the new album, the band’s growth and other topics.

Read more below.

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Album Review: Dying Whale – “Last Moments Of Misery”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:33 AM (PST)

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In early February Valdosta, Georgia doom punkers Dying Whale released a monster record Last Moments Of Misery through their Bandcamp and with physical options through the always great Nefarious Industries (East Of The Wall, A Fucking Elephant, etc.).
Tracked at Earthsound in Georgia with Lee Dyess (Mayday Parade, From First to Last, I Set My Friends on Fire), and featuring vocal contributions from Rich Weinberger (Gatherers), Jeff Hill (Machinist!), Kelby Clark (Divorce Ring), Nannen Gatchell (Smiler), and Victor Skamiera (Fero Lux), this record packs a super hard punch that everyone from fans of Cancer Bats to Coliseum to early Cave In (especially “The Cloud I Hold” at the glorious :17 seconds pit starting mark) will enjoy.

Opener “Black Sky Absorbs You In” almost reminded me of Botch playing sludge punk, so obviously that is pretty fucking awesome. “Thorn Sized Wounds” has some compelling slower passages and the vocal roar really steps up a notch. I can relate to the title because I slid down a small cliff yesterday into a thorn bush, so this is giving me feels. The twelve tracks on this album are mostly around the two minute mark, with some longer ones here and there. Still, despite the somewhat shorter song duration the material is so energized and ass kicking that you feel like you got your mosh nut.

“Forged By Silver” is my favorite track, a kind of streamlined, clangy punk song that reminds me of some of the Touch & Go bands who took a more diaganol approach to life. Dying Whale have the potential to really develop into a force of nature for the scene here and I hope they really stick at it. I’d love to see them on a KEN Mode type tour or with some of the Tank Crimes bands. “The Tear Between Life And Love” sounds so unhinged but the band are tightly in unison no matter how rollicking and warped the guitar gets or
how often between tom roll crazy and rapid attack the drums alternate. I also really like how the mix is not worried about sounding like the band are hot shots and more about delivering a hot steaming cup of rock and kick drum into your skull.

The band are generally rough and rowdy over quiet, but display a keen sense of dynamics. The ominous and almost horror score/Today Is The Day outro of the awesomely titled “Dreading My Exclusion” is one of the coolest parts of an album full of dope moments. “The Reaper” and the title track almost get Turbid North heavy but Dying Whale also have a clear punk streak which makes the material sharper
and more urgent, less plodding or worried about proving they are evil metal dudes and more interested in just peeling your face off. Fans of Golden Torso, Septa or The Great Goddamn from our Halloween comp a few years ago are also encouraged to give this many a spin.

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Sweden’s The Moth Gatherer have teamed up with Dennis Lyxzén of the legendary Refused to bring us “This Providence Of Bones”. The song is taken from new EP The Comfortable Low.  This song is interesting, almost like Cult of Luna with more electronic elements and hardcore undercurrents.

The new EP (again through Agonia Records) will be available digitally and in limited edition coloured vinyls:

- grey LP (limited to 250 copies),

- grey LP with black & white splatter (limited to 250 copies).

THE MOTH GATHERER commented: “After ‘The Earth Is The Sky’ (2015) we felt like we needed to push our limits while not forgetting our roots. Our roots in hardcore and our current interest in electronica made their mark on these two songs, a constant travel through harsh and beautiful soundscapes. The music and lyrics are supposed to feel like painful beauty and to provoke reflection. The themes revolve around an inner search, a way to rise while being pushed down by depression”.

Pre-orders:
Physical: 
http://tinyurl.com/comfylow
Digital: http://tinyurl.com/comfydigi

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I think I first read about Foreseen in Alasdair Bulmer’s POWER FROM HELL column for New Noise? Was awhile ago so I forget. But the crossover thrash and the stark yet so metal sounding album name Helsinki Savagery had me wanting to be sold before I even heard it. They were fast as fuck and gnarly and the cover art had like 7 albums worth of skulls on it and a grim reaper looking monster with big hypo needle and a freaky little emaciated person inside the open robes like The Ghost Of Christmas Present was about to get Ignorance and Want hooked on smack. And a skeleton dude wearing a denim jacket training a pissed off dog in the background for seemingly no reason other than it is cool to see a denim jacket wearing skeleton. I remember when I was in the Misfits tribute band Wolfsblood w Andy Animal before I was replaced by the way cooler and prettier Leah Fishman (now of PMS & The Moodswings)…anyway, I remember that Andy really wanted to also start a band called Denim Skeleton. Or maybe there already was one? Was it all a dream?

Anyway, Foreseen are back with a new album on the rad as heck 20 Buck Spin called Grave Danger! Can’t wait to hear this crossover cross burner boner inducing rage roaster! The cover art this time isn’t as off the rails but is nonetheless still super awesome. The band kick off a tour on 4/21 stateside and we have the dates BELOW.

The Browning robbed in Italy

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:15 PM (PST)

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Kansas City beat-droppers in The Browning were robbed on tour in Italy. It happened in Milan on Thursday.

Over $10k worth of things were stolen, including all of the band’s equipment and some of their luggage. The band has had to cancel the rest of their European tour, which was scheduled to last through early March.

From the band:

“The list of things taken is extensive and the cost to replace everything is over $10k, not to mention all of our luggage and clothing. Most heart breaking of all, they have stolen all of our musical equipment. We literally have no way, to play our music live as our show files lived on 3 laptops, and 4 separate external hard drives, all of which were stolen. We have to cancel the rest of our European tour and we have to rebuild our live show from scratch.”

The band has started up a GoFundMe, stating, “We have never asked for our fans help because it should only be done when completely necessary, and to be completely honest, we NEED your help.”

Check out the video for the GoFundMe here and head directly to the GofundMe here.

Here at Metal Riot we really appreciate the music that the folks in The Browning make and we hope that they are able to raise the money they need in order to keep making the music they love.

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We interrupt my daydreaming post watching the brightly hued goth pop  of the rad new Soko video to give you some widdly widdly progtastic virtuoso Berklee College of music type metal news.

Boston, MA based progressive act Native Construct has just launched the instrumental version of their critically-acclaimed debut release, Quiet World. It was really cool when The Ocean did a similar thing with arguably their finest record Pelagial  recently. A cool treat for fans who like having the option to hear it either way. Heck, I wouldn’t be mad if Scale The Summit had a vocal version of their records, though I think I’d always prefer that band instrumentally just because I’m so used to them like that, haha.

The instrumental tracks, as was the case with the original release, were mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording in North Carolina. Listen to the album now via your favorite streaming or download service at: http://smarturl.it/quietworldinstrument

Guitarist Myles Yang comments: “One of the hallmarks of ‘Quiet World’ is the extreme density of the arrangements. The album is saturated with important, but oftentimes subtle layers and Easter eggs. Every time I’ve happened to hear this music with the vocals muted, I’ve been struck by just how much is going on under there that I had stopped paying attention to. Without the vocals as the main focal point, you really start to notice all those countless details. It’s a totally fresh and very interesting perspective on this music. We just had to put it out there for all our hardcore fans.

On top of that, we’re pleased to be able to include the 8th track, ‘Silence,’ on this release. This was originally a bonus track available only on the Japanese version of ‘Quiet World’, but it really is an essential component of the concept. glhf.”

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Remember that spooky, loopy “Digital Crush” track we unveiled here a little while back?

Now sonic soothsayer Gridfailure has premiered a new song “Hostile Alchemist” over at Decibel HERE. Taken from a forthcoming Hostile Alchemy EP, which was made in protest to the current “misinformation-fueled politics driving the true threat of a global nuclear holocaust”. Fans of the harsher side of Pharmakon,  more formless ambient black metal, Lou Reed’s groundbreaking Metal Machine Music, Insect Ark, Scorn or those who like it when their tv gets possessed like in Poltergeist will enjoy the audio manipulations of Gridfailure’s Dave Brenner thoroughly.

The song “Hostile Alchemy” features some amazing collaborators from some of the coolest acts in the current scene. You get guest vocals from the always proving she is way too talented Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm), synth from lovable nihilist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves), and accordion from the eclectic Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), plus layers of vocals, bass, guitar, synth, keys, xylophone, Theremin, percussion, electronics, and more from Brenner.

Expect a lot of good stuff to keep churning forth from Gridfailure. This project is funner than spending too long licking 9V Batteries and even more likely to socially ostracize you. In all seriousness, it is a super cool foray into uncharted territory in a musical landscape that far too often forgoes risk and the fun of experimentation while favoring empty fashionable gestures.

Gridfailure is not concerned with that shit.

 

Band Spotlight: Nihility

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:47 PM (PST)

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UK underground buzz band Nihility have been causing a stir with their bludgeoning blend of styles.  The influences range from the death metal side of early Death, Suffocation and Dead Congregation through to metallic hardcore bands such as Kickback, All Out War and others of that ilk. They are heavy enough to please Xibalba fans but also have the DM edge you’ve been missing since long before Earache stopped carrying that torch in favor of Danny Worsnop’s country album, haha.

A statement from Nihility: We’ll be releasing our first full length record (title and label TBA) some time towards the middle of this year. It will consist of nine new tracks that we consider to be our most concise and aggressive material to date.We have a summer tour booked that we’re really excited to announce shortly and hope to finally visit Europe some time towards the end of this year as well.

If you crave some real deal shit in the meantime check out their highly recommended Consumed EP and kick some lamps in your apartment, just don’t scare your cat.

Photo courtesy of Oli Johnson (aka the 5th Beatle of Nihility photo journalism). Thanks, Oli! 

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Spite to tour in Spring with Distinguisher

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:46 PM (PST)

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Looking for perhaps the current angriest new band in Deathcore? Beatdown enthusiasts Spite will not be tamed and bring their very low tuned, blood gargling sound to stages in the Spring. They have commented on social media to expect some new tunes in the mix as well as maybe older fan favorites from the Misery EP. The band are working on new stuff for Stay Sick , so stay tuned. OR if not ,“Why don’t you go die like the frog looking fuck you are and croak?”

Dates BELOW.

ALL OUT WAR To Headline Bozzfest Benefit Show For D. Shawn Bosler

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM (PST)

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Over the Christmas holiday, longtime Decibel contributor David Shawn Bosler was in a serious car accident that left him with a horrific list of broken bones and injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and putting him on a long road to full rehabilitation.

On March 24th, 2017, Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn is hosting a benefit show, with 100 percent of the money raised going to Bosler’s recovery fund. Decibel has assembled a true, once-in-a-lifetime bill for the cause, topped by a rare live appearance from savage metalcore stalwarts ALL OUT WAR. They’re joined by local black metal philosophers ANICON, brutal Philly grinders DIE CHOKING, and the hypnotic bass soundscapes of INSECT ARK.

There will also be some one-of-a-kind items up for raffle to help Bosler and his family. The collective range and power of the bands who have generously donated their time and support to this fund is a testament to Shawn’s reach in the world of extreme metal and beyond, and we hope locals will join us at Saint Vitus Bar to support him by taking in an amazing show! Tickets are just $15 and available at THIS LOCATION.

If you can’t make it, but still want to contribute, please consider donating to the Bosler family’s GoFundMe campaign HERE.

Prog-Death Trio DISCHORDIA Finalize Tour Dates For The Wastelands Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:27 AM (PST)

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In just a few short weeks Oklahoma-City based prog-death trio Dischordia will be hitting the road for The Wastelands Tour. Joining Dischordia on the tour is St. Louis natives Quaere Verum.

The “Bone Hive” video from Dischordia reminds me of some crazy alliance between Meshuggah, early Soulfly and Neuraxis. Very cool. I think our readers will really dig this.

The tour dates can be found BELOW, and here is hoping it is a great one!

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