Portland's perhaps gnarliest band Lord Dying are back with dark power rager Poisoned Altars (Relapse Records), a sludgier album than cult hit Summoning The Faithless yet still rock n roll grime slime that will own the room live. In 2014 Lord Dying played 114 shows across 23 countries and show no signs of slowing down now. Crank "A Wound Outside of Time" and bring the thunder.
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Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest.
INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013′s monolithic Sky Burial. Both records can be streamed via their official Bandcamp HERE.
Check out the Metal Riot review of recent awe inspiring 45 minute song The Cavern HERE.Add Inter Arma to My Radar
THE ROAD HOME, embodied by Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Noah Landis as well as Munly J Munly, will begin their West Coast tour this Thursday, January 22nd, which will run through Wednesday, February 4th, in support of the outfit’s recent rebirth, and in conjunction, have released a newly re-recorded track.
The title track to SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME‘s 2012 debut LP, The Forgiven Ghost In Me, the project founded as a solo venture for Kelly, has recently been reinterpreted with the full inclusion of both Landis and Munly, as both now find themselves permanent residents of THE ROAD HOME. Reborn, this anthem now sees the light of day through an exclusive premiere via Cvlt Nation, who offers on the revised rendition of the new rendition, “This haunting track really shows the evolution of the project and showcases the formidable musicians behind its creation.”
Revisit “The Forgiven Ghost In Me” in a new light with THE ROAD HOME through Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
Tour dates and more info BELOW on this exciting evolution of an already great batch of material.Add Neurosis to My Radar
So, shred mistress of all life The Great Kat has released cryptic news of a recording she did in 1984 with famed acid guru and psychedelic psychology space warrior Timothy Leary. Leary was friends with some cool musicians, even Charles Mingus (as discussed in wife Sue Graham Mingus’ excellent Tonight At Noon, one of my very favorite books).
The Great Kat’s recent decree declares:
2 REVOLUTIONARY GENIUSES UNITE!
TIMOTHY LEARY, Mind-Altering Guru, met THE GREAT KAT, ShredClassical Guru in NY in 1984, sparks flew, created never before released “RIGHT BRAIN LOVER” SONG!
Timothy Leary, mind-altering guru, met The Great Kat in NY, sparks flew, created never before released “RIGHT BRAIN LOVER”! TIMOTHY LEARY, famous Harvard psychology professor and mind-altering guru collaborated with KAT THOMAS – The Great Kat, famous Juilliard grad violin virtuoso on the rock song “RIGHT BRAIN LOVER”! Timothy Leary wrote the wild psychedelic lyrics and Kat composed the music reminiscent of Billy Idol and The Ramones. Timothy Leary and Kat recorded “Right Brain Lover” starring Kat’s electric violin virtuosity and rock singing and Leary rapping the lyrics with his inimitable voice. Stay tuned to hear this HISTORIC masterpiece. Timothy Leary, mind-altering guru, met The Great Kat in NY, sparks flew, created never before released “RIGHT BRAIN LOVER”! TIMOTHY LEARY, famous Harvard psychology professor and mind-altering guru collaborated with KAT THOMAS – The Great Kat, famous Juilliard grad violin virtuoso on the rock song “RIGHT BRAIN LOVER”! Timothy Leary wrote the wild psychedelic lyrics and Kat composed the music reminiscent of Billy Idol and The Ramones. Timothy Leary and Kat recorded “Right Brain Lover” starring Kat’s electric violin virtuosity and rock singing and Leary rapping the lyrics with his inimitable voice. Stay tuned to hear this HISTORIC masterpiece.Letter from TIMOTHY LEARY to KAT THOMAS (The Great Kat) about collaborating on music, which produced the unreleased song “RIGHT BRAIN LOVER”
Timothy Leary wrote the wild psychedelic lyrics and Kat composed the music reminiscent of Billy Idol and The Ramones. Timothy Leary and Kat recorded “Right Brain Lover”, starring Kat’s electric violin virtuosity and rock singing and Timothy Leary rapping the lyrics with his inimitable voice. Stay tuned to hear this HISTORIC masterpiece.
What a mental and physical cock tease! Grumble…aghhhh. (explodes in a pile of blood and glowing brains)
Click HERE for a LETTER that Tim Leary sent The Great Kat about the song.Add The Great Kat to My Radar
Metallic bruisers Unearth have released a new video for “The Swarm” from Watchers Of Rule via Metal Injection. It features some of the fastest riffing and more insane drumming yet heard from the road warriors and is another in a long line of solid songs cementing them as among the finest bands in metal. Unearth in recent years have really found a great balance between their live attack and superior production. Check “The Swarm” out HERE.Add Unearth to My Radar
Exist Immortal‘s Darkness Of An Age is a mix of moody breaks, an emphasis on real vocals (if you don’t know what I mean by that I feel sorry for you) and guitar heroics wed to metal core traits. Meyrick de la Fuente is a skilled crooner with a just shy of mature sounding voice that cuts through the distortion or floats on top of spacier moments. The band endeavor to stand out from the pack of peers scrambling for the metalcore crown who often sound far too similar and for the most part they are successful. My main complaint is that most metal core bands lose regional identity, with a band from Australia or the UK for the most part sounding pretty similar to American bands. At least Exist Immortal are trying to stretch things out, not rely solely on breakdowns and add some guitar flair, dizzying technical flourishes and emotional drive to songs that still have some more generic traits here and there.
Scheduled for an independent re-release February 10, 2015, the group will re-issue, Darkness Of An Age, in North America offering with it a generous helping of bonus material including remixes and re-worked tracks as well as three previously unreleased songs via reputable digital service providers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify as well as the groups own Bandcamp page.
“Desolace” has an almost Dream Theater meets Deftones coldness to the spacious alt-prog intro that is easilly one of the most interesting passages on the record. I honestly want to hear less screaming from these guys. The stuff I am gravitating to more these days from younger bands is along the lines of Maid Myriad and Wings Denied, bands who don’t rely on the anonymous metalcore screams to augment their tunes. I am not against clean meets scream vocals, but if you are going to do them they need to really feel important to stand out from the literally countless bands doing it. My criticism is that the record is enjoyable and fun while you listen to it, though some of the songs don’t linger too much.”Liberator” featuring Sam Rudderforth of The Colour Line is a catchy exception or my favorite track “Imperator” which churns like unruly waters as October File-esque melodic roaring replaces more generic screams before Meyrick nails a mood perfect pre-chorus. This band has some growing to do but their ambition and talent are already there in spades.
Louisiana volume dealers, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off another bout of live demolitions this month commencing with a set of California rumblings through Bakersfield, Lancaster, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo and Fresno. From there, the band will head east to sonically traumatize Boston, Massachusetts, Clifton, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York for two nights and a very special show in Baltimore, Maryland with the Cro Mags, Saint Vitus and Misery Index!
For dates see BELOW.Add Eyehategod to My Radar
I’m singing from the perspective of a traditionally marginalized group of people, so I’m not fucking reaching across anything. I’m saying my piece. – Shawna Potter
Yes, we have a somewhat under used punk rock category on Metalriot.com , a category I usually use to classify faster hardcore bands who aren’t metal core bands. But yeah, our sister site is the fabled Dyingscene.com, remember? Punk, hardcore and metal have a long history as bedfellows at the best of times (Excel’s Split Image or Slayer’s Undisputed Attitude come to mind) to the worst of times when skinheads and long hairs in denim jackets would beat the crap out of one another. What does this have to do with War On Women? The Bridge Nine band are more than powerful enough to be on this site and if anything MORE intense than many of the bands we feature who gurgle metal lyrics about killing people. Heck, they even can tour with Municipal Waste and hold their own!
In a rock climate where Phil Labonte of All That Remains casually tosses out the word “Faggot” (making me really bummed cuz I used to love his vocals on Shadows Fall’s early Somber Eyes To The Sky) and where politicians and certain media outlets try to spin “dissent” and “protest” as Un-American while allegedly loving the Boston Tea Party, we need bands who will step up and pierce the heart of current affairs with vitriol, wit and sarcastic grace wed to angry guitars and blistering drums. War On Women are probably my favorite punk band of the moment. I would have been sold at the phrase ex-Liar’s Academy (that first EVR release still holds up) but I know my friend Matt Fox from Shai Hulud also likes War On Women so I checked out “Servilia” and was blown away. This is a thrashy mix of punk rock fury!
Their self titled full length War On Women will be available on CD, LP and Digital formats on February 10th and is up for pre-order now on B9Store.com. Featuring 11 tracks, this new album was recently recorded with J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage (Against Me!, Coliseum, Lemuria) and is a vital, if at times very unsettling, odyssey.
For my talk with outspoken and super rad, fearless front woman Shawna Potter click HERE.
Binge watching is a trend some credit to the entertaining Netflix program House of Cards release of a full season at once. It is in fact an old tradition that finds roots in Twilight Zone New Years Eve marathons, Sports channel subscriptions, Grateful Dead fans following Jerry and pals around the country on tour and even late night I Love Lucy re-runs and a bucket of ice cream, quite a grand tradition in many social circles. Now, Monte Pittman, axe-man extraordinaire for such bands as Prong and Madonna, has joined in the binge watching bacchanal. The awesome guitar force (soon to be seen live on tour with Ministry for some of their From Beer To Eternity supporting treks) has 3 fuckin’ new videos out! Shit yeah!
One year ago today Monte released The Power Of 3 album of his own songs. To celebrate the anniversary, three new music videos have been released! “Delusions of Grandeur,” “Away from Here,” and “Missing,” are online now in the youtube playlist HERE. “Delusions of Grandeur” was shot at the end of 2014 with bassist Max Whipple and drummer Scott Fuller with director Vince Edwards. “Away from Here” was shot by Brad Jurjens and AJ Satsangi, and “Missing” was shot live at the Whisky a Go Go by Brad Jurjens and Ian Shea. The tunes are thrashy, powerful and charge forth like metallic metal horses.
I love Monte. And now I’m gonna talk Prong for a sec. While classic Raven-era rules, Monte’s time in Prong is still among my favorites…And I love the new post-Monte Prong line up with my old Woodstock/L.A. friend Jason Christopher (New Dead Radio, Slimy Penis Breath, Black President, Stone Sour) as well. Monte is more on his own trip and a band leader or lead guitarist type, whereas Jason is the perfect support man on bass to keep Tommy Victor inspired and amped up. Trust me.
Tangent…I tuned in to Metal Sucks podcast they other day cuz they had Jean Paul from Clutch on who is one of my very favorite drummers. They also were discussing Prong. Metal Sucks got it wrong the other day when they said Prong have maybe run out of ideas and so are doing a covers record. That bummed me out. Yeah, they picked Bad Brains, Husker Du, Black Flag and more for the up coming Songs From The Black Hole. Jason is old friends with Dr. Know and Daryl J. of Bad Brains from the Upstate, NY scene with me, the Coheed and Three guys and my old band mates in Divest . Tommy Victor showing Husker Du and other influences stems from Victor’s CBGB’s days and love of many styles, I’d wager. This has always made Prong’s odd alternative chords and ferocious guitar parts miles above the majority of the pack and why Nirvana should’ve not teased Jason Everman for liking Prong. And the last two Prong records and live album slew ( especially Carved Into Stone) and the Pittman-era Power Of The Damager RULES!
Anyway, Monte Pittman is a class dude and his own stuff reflects a wide ranging musical palette. So check out these Monte babies and keep watchin’ til your eyeballs fall out and land on a fork.
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Two of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business - each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.
THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th. Tickets are on sale now.
Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood And Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004′s Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show onApril 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem, May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour, May 24th in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows. For further info on Mastodon, go to: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/. For further info on Clutch go tohttp://www.pro-rock.com
Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour.”We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!”
For more info proceed BELOW.Add Clutch to My Radar
The idea behind Sonic Child was to write a concept album about our love for music. “Just music” is what we are about, not style or fashion. – Nick van Delft
Germany’s Zodiac are one of the best classic sounding hard rock bands going at the moment (in addition to having one of the trippiest cover images of last year for Sonic Child). It was a pleasure to communicate with Nick van Delft from the band for New Noise (USA) and you can check out our introductory chat HERE. Highly recommend these guys. RIYL Graveyard, Kyng, SteppenwolfAdd Zodiac to My Radar
Classic rock fans will thrill at the news that guitar whiz Michael Schenker of MSG, UFO and Scorpions renown, will bring his Temple Of Rock line up on tour this Spring in North America! In support of new album Spirit On A Mission, to be released March 24, 2015.
From the press release:
Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock line-up proves to be one of the strongest that the German guitarist has ever played with, as it features the former Scorpions “Rock You Like A Hurricane” rhythm section of Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums), as well as Doogie White (vocals, formerly of Rainbow), and Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards, and longtime Michael Schenker Group member).
The tour kicks off on March 25th at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA (the day after the release of ‘Spirit on a Mission’), and wraps up on May 2nd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (with special guest Don Dokken on the bill). In between, the tour will go coast to coast, including a performance at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 15th.
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker of hitting the road in support of Spirit On A Mission. “Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote Spirit On A Mission. I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock.” To get a taste of the new line-up, view the video for the tune “Vigilante Man” HERE.
For tour dates see BELOW and keep the rock alive! Don’t believe them when they say rock is dead. It is up to us all!Add Michael Schenker Group to My Radar
Adam Warren and the boys in much appreciated Midwest death core band Oceano are returning with their first new album from 2013 with new record Ascendants. Re-touching on the origin of the ideas in Contagion, the record is not a linear storyline from that record but “we did follow a general cohesive theme,” says Warren. Pre-Order this bad boy HERE.
Tracked by producer Nick Nativo (MONSTERS), the record deals with Adam’s ideas on many topics such as humans coming from more than what society and religion tells us. The general theme seems to be that we are the Children of Gods and have higher essence in our DNA but have forgotten. It’s pretty cool. I for one am stoked for this. Hear Adam talk about it in depth BELOW!Add Oceano to My Radar
Royal Thunder, the female-fronted hard rock quartet whose debut album, CVI, earned praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, Revolver and saw singer Mlny Parsonz land on the cover of Decibel Magazine, release their follow-up full-length, Crooked Doors, on April 7 via Relapse Records.
“It’s been too long,” said the band. “Thanks for being patient with us in delivering this album! We hope you are fond of it. Looking forward to revisiting familiar places and face.”
The eleven-song album was recorded throughout 2014, with principal recording done at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta, GA with producer Joey Jones.
Emmure have released a different style of video for “A Gift A Curse” from Eternal Enemies. The clip features caged David statues, some Blue Man Group/Slipknot love children hitting conga drums, oozing black tentacles and the low tuned sound fans of the band crave. It’s MLK day and we are supposed to come together, which I totally agree with. At the same time, the production, aggression and overall weirdness of this clip make it appealing even on a day especially meant for mindfulness. But yeah, let’s take care of each other out there, people.
Check out the video BELOW.Add Emmure to My Radar