NOTHING announces dope ass tour with Frankie Rose

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:08 PM (PST)

Noisegaze melodic rockers NOTHING have announced an inspired tour with Frankie Rose. Tix are available for now HERE.

I am really tempted to pull the trigger on some tix for the NY show, but I have no idea wtaf I will be doing in October or where I will even be. I thought I would at least tell y’all and support the band that way.

The excellent band are supporting 2020’s The Great Dismal, a perfect jump on point for fans who somehow missed all their other dope records and a triumphant reminder of their power for everyone else.

Speaking of which, NOTHING celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Tired of Tomorrow full-length (my favorite) with a special deluxe LP! The limited LP features a flexi disc 7” with an exclusive unreleased demo and alternate ‘aged’ artwork. Officially out worldwide on November 5th.


In 1989, Annihilator founder Jeff Waters was asked by his close friend Dave Mustaine to become the new guitarist of his band Megadeth but turned down the offer. The reason he declined was that he wanted to stay in his own band Annihilator. Former Cacophony guitarist Marty Friedman eventually took the position.


Believe me when I say that once you hear “Starvation” from one of my favorite new powerhouse metal combos CRYPTA you will be STARVING for…MORE CRYPTA!

I have been watching the Brazilian/Dutch death metal band ramp up their promo on social media and the hype is well-founded for this group!

CRYPTA will release their debut album, Echoes Of The Soul, on June 11 via Napalm Records.

Formed in June 2019, the four-piece consists of vocalist and bassist Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto on drums (both former members of Brazilian thrash metallers NERVOSA), plus  guitarists Sonia Anubis (COBRA SPELL, ex-BURNING WITCHES) and Tainá Bergamaschi (ex-HAGBARD). I was already amazed by Sonia’s talent and also a Nervosa fan and it has been rad to discover Tainá as well. Hope you enjoy this group as much as I am. Their chemistry is no joke!!

I have a lot of respect for Fernanda Lira’s transparency in how it has meant a lot to brave the daunting task of starting over after a long time in another band and to still have love and support from real fans. “I should thrive not die from starvation,” howled in her intense snarling death voice is a highlight of the year for us over here so far, for sure! Solid mantra!

Check out the new lyric video HERE!

Armageddon Label will release the debut EXIL release on July 23rd, a whirlwind of social commentary in the form of Swedish hardcore. 11 tracks, 26 minutes. Gnarly! Hear the rip roaring and speedy “Maniac” on the Greetings from Sweden – Quarantined Hardcore vol 1 compilation HERE.

Interesting snippets from the press release:

Three quarters of the band are born and raised Umeå Hardcore. Their paths have crossed before, going back some 25 years (see below). But EXIL are based in Stockholm. It’s a hellish neo-liberal experiment of a capital city: Ayn Rand’s own privatized garden of lust, or an even shittier 50 Shades of Grey with Rich Uncle Pennybags-gone-Pinhead as the dom and we, the people, as the subs.

EXIL play fast, stupid music with smart lyrics permeated with a sense of alienated bleakness. Much of the lyrical bantering deal with the above, life in the big city, and the mind-shattering daily life of modern Western society. It exposes how economic injustice is expressed in an urban environment, with parasitic landlords and immense gentrification that pushes all culture that doesn’t conform to lame middle-class norms to the absolute periphery of cities like Stockholm.

SVART records signees I Am The Night have released a chilling yet seductive video for the pummeling and dark “Hear Me O’ Unmaker” track. The group have very old school black metal influences with strong original material and arguably quite a bit more polish which nonetheless does not detract from the rage.

The band release new mini LP on June 11th 2021.

The group consists of a wide pool of talent, Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum), Janne Markkanen (ex-Omnium Gatherum), Okko Solanterä and Walteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost, Bodom After Midnight).

“Black metal art has been a continuous and serious pursuit in my personal life since my early teenage years”, explains guitarist Vanhala, and he continues; “In The Nightside Eclipse, Storm Of The Light’s Bane and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas opened the gate to the dark side for me years ago, as can be heard from the music we make with I Am The Night.”

Some things are better left alone and not changed once perfect (for example, when Marvel in the obnoxious AXIS event stupidly retconned The Scarlet Witch’s origins again as not a mutant and instead we find out later she is a pet project of the High Evolutionary’s dumb experiments. Fuck off. I want her back as Magneto’s kin, way more impactful). While many bands in black metal have experimented with core sounds and principles to great or even superior results in an ongoing process of discovery, there is nothing quite like the original sonic influences done right! It just rings true on some bleak level.

Vanhala states that: “Our debut record, the result of a yearning for ancient darkness, turned out to be just the time capsule we wanted it to be, far removed from modern metal. I’ve seldom found anything interesting in post nineties Black Metal. We wanted to realize this in the underground way that felt fitting to the music, and chose to work with Svart Records.”

Hard rockers ROYALTY KULT have a new video out for “Enjoying The End” that has Doc Coyle guesting on some vibey guitar parts and some full bore, maximum shred later on in the tune. The catchy but song will stick in your head and features Joshua Michael’s memorable alt metal influenced, impassioned vocals. Fans of Soul Searching Sun-era LOA or Crossfade will eat this up. Incidentally the video was also directed by Ron from the band Opiate For The Masses (still have that cd in my car).

Awenden and Feminazgul split is out now

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5:00 AM (PST)

When I purchased the digital version of the Awenden/Feminazgul split (out today) via Tridroid I got extra good temperance karma because there was only one copy of the limited first edition tape version of the release left but I left it for some other lucky metalhead.

I hit play on “Sam Slater Lighting Candles” earlier and fell into the lush and drifting opening sounds like Alice down the rabbit hole. A lot of us have been really crossing our fingers this inspired split (from two of the current most actually relevant bands in black metal) was really happening. Stop pinching yourselves, comrades. Or pinch harder? Either way… it is here and lives entirely up to the low key, best kept secret buzz that preceded the arrival of this release. Meredith Yayanos theremin power is never a bad thing!

So yeah, dig into this and get the foul taste of Belphegor using homophobic slurs out of your mind and into the dustbin where hate speech belongs. A better world is indeed possible.

Brisbane rockers HIT ‘N’ MIZZ have released an energetic video for their ‘Want Me?’ single. Taken from the Australian rock band’s Action EP, the song has a lot going for it. Melodic but gritty guitars and a larger than life vibe that could perk up the ears of fans of 80’s rock and alternative, the song in a way reminds me of The Cult meets Lita Ford through a punkier vibe.

The video was filmed by Alex Nelson from Emerge Creative. Watch it below!

photo by Henrik Stolt

Swedish blackened death veterans KING OF ASGARD have released the foreboding and sinister track  ‘ammobiærg’ as the third single taken from their forthcoming album svartrviðr (“black wood”), which is slated for release on May 28, 2021. Check it out below!

KING OF ASGARD comment: “We are now closing the circle of our song premieres with the epic giant ‘ammobiærg’ as the third conjuring”, tells bass player Jonas Albrektsson. “Once again, we visit that mythical mountain Omberg and its protector, Queen Omma or ‘Ama’ in Old Norse. This pagan goddess is still lingering in the plains, heights, and waters and in the legends surrounding that fog-clad mountain since ancient times. Although centuries have passed, she continues to wield spiritual influence upon all people that reside on her abode and its surroundings. This is our sonic reverence to that grey hermit shrouded in shadow and misty glow. Come join us and wander into our dark past.”

Tracklist
1. frôðr
2. rifna
3. hæimr
4. kvikr
5. ammobiærg
6. svartrviðr
7. harmdauðr
8. fæigR

Bloodbath have awesome news today for death metal fans in North America! The icons will at last return to North America in 2022, playing several shows leading up to an appearance at Maryland Deathfest XVIII. The current dates are listed below. To say this is exciting news is an understatement!

Bloodbath comment: “We have been crushingly disappointed from tours falling through in the past, and it would be naive to say there isn’t an element of uncertainly about tours in the future. However, we are determined to commit to playing the US in 2022 and we are pleased to announce the following new dates.”

05/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/23 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
05/24 Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
05/25 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
05/27 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest

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Bodom After Midnight – ‘Paint The Sky With Blood’ EP

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:46 PM (PST)

 

When it comes to Finnish death metal, I could go on talking for hours about it. Renowned big names such as Abhorrence, Demigod, and Amorphis have helped the scene build a continuous worldwide legacy that will forever prevail. And speaking of Finnish death metal, of course we can’t forget the legendary, off-kilter Children of Bodom with their viciously hell-raising sounds. Unfortunately, the band didn’t last more than 25 years (even though it’s probably best for them and it’s meant to be so I can’t complain, considering the situations). Moreover, the passing of Alexi Laiho has definitely left everyone actively involved in the metal scene devastated.

As for me personally, Children of Bodom opened the gates of discovery towards the Finnish death metal scene for me as a 12 year-old back in 2010, therefore hearing the news about his passing shocked me to a great extent. Just right before passing away, Alexi Laiho, together with Bodom After Midnight, left his one last legacy in the form of a sonic thrashing, which is this Paint the Sky with Blood EP that I’m reviewing.

Bodom After Midnight itself is a new act in the Finnish metal scene that Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg proceeded to form, not so long after the disbanding of Children of Bodom. Together with bassist Mitja Toivonen (of Santa Cruz fame) and drummer Waltteri Váyrynen (of Paradise Lost fame), they went on to create ferocious resonances that bear an inclination towards persistence and heavy rhythms. Posthumous works (in this case, music) are always heart-wrenching to listen to, mostly if you have a profound attachment towards the late musician. So whenever I listen to this EP, somehow fragments of reminiscence towards Children of Bodom would still replay itself in my head. I can sense some Blooddrunk-ish hints here and there, and the album artwork of this EP reminds me of Hate Crew Deathroll. But enough reminiscence for today, I guess.

This EP consists of three tracks, in which, two of them are original tracks, and one of them is a cover of Dissection’s very own “Where Dead Angels Lie”. The title track is one hell of a far-out wonder; it presents intricate chord progressions, frantic drumming, and chorus with enchanting melodies. The fast paced guitar solo also helps build an intense nuance that makes the tune even more ghastly.The second track, “Payback’s a Bitch”, is quite strong on thrash influences. Aggressive riffs and barrelling rhythms are two of the qualities I noticed first when I came across this track for the first time. The distortions on the vocals really got me hooked as well. And finally, the Dissection cover. They took a bold step by attempting to cover a song by these Swedish extreme metal einherjar, and that bold step turned out to be a good step. It starts off as tranquil with its intro that features orchestral instrumentation, but then strikes like a malevolent thunder, and while Bodom After Midnight presented their own kind of eclectic authenticity in a cover, they still retain the dark and atmospheric ambience that Dissection has.

Even if Bodom After Midnight is not going to continue on with the absence of Alexi Laiho, I’m already satisfied enough with the release of this impeccable EP. It explores
many sides of death metal converging with a bit of thrash and the way they keep their sounds consistent throughout the whole EP is one of its good sides. Thank you for your last riffs, Alexi Laiho. Rest in power.

 

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES released their first single, “Spectre of Extinction”, off their forthcoming album The Nightmare Of Being out July 2nd via Century Media Records. Check out the epic opening track, which features a guest lead-guitar appearance by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, via the album pre-order link HERE.

Tomas Lindberg Redant states, “It is always very hard to choose which song to release to the public first, especially with this album having so many layers and textures. We did feel, however, that this, the opening track of the record, represented the overall feel of the album. It has the musical depths that you would expect from an AT THE GATES track, and still carries that intensity and urgency that we have always tried to get across with our music. 

 

For the video, it was wonderful to be able to continue the work with the mighty Patric Ullaeus, as he understands our vision with the music and is willing to go all the way to portray the song’s inner dimensions. I think he did that excellently with this one and I’m very proud of the result. The lyrics deal with humanity’s will and how that clashes with our consciousness, and our knowledge of our mortality. Enjoy!”
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RIP Will Mecum (Karma To Burn)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:06 PM (PST)

Tragic news for rock fans as Karma To Burn have announced the passing of OG member and seriously talented guy Will Mecum:

Dear friends, we come with very heavy hearts to tell you that Will Mecum is no longer with us. Earlier this week, Will suffered a traumatic head injury from an accidental fall. On the evening of April 29th, Will passed on to the next realm. His spirit will live on through his music, and as an organ donor his spirit will live through others who may need help. Words cannot describe how much we appreciated the amount of love and support all of you showed the band throughout the years, it was truly an honor to share the experience of celebrating Will’s riffs all over the world. Rest in Power, Will.

An underground staple, KTB have plenty of accomplishments to be proud of and Mecum was a pioneer, a handsome rogue and a musical lifer hero to many. Our hearts go out to everyone.

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Two Minutes to Late Night presents Splitsville: a new recurring live stream where two bands cover a song from each other’s catalog. It’s a homage to the classic 7″ cover splits nerds have to own but with two kick-ass music videos to go along with it. This nextSplitsvilleis going to be between hardcore pioneers Integrity and genre-defying shoegaze rock band Nothing. The stream will feature Integrity covering Nothing and Nothing covering Integrity with videos of the quality you come to expect from Two Minutes to Late Night PLUS exclusive crossover merch for both bands you can only buy during the 24-hour stream.

The live stream for the Nothing / Integrity – Splitsville performance with begins TONIGHT Friday, April 30th through the Two Minutes to Late Night Bandcamp channel here: https://twominutestolatenight.bandcamp.com/merch/splitsville-episode-2-integrity-nothing

Additionally a limited, one-time pressing only will be available through Relapse Records and 2 Minutes to Late Night’s Splitsville! This 7″ will only be available to pre-order from Friday, April 30th at 8PM EST at the launch of NOTHING’s and INTEGRITY’s Splitsville performances through Saturday, May 1st at 8PM EST. Relapse will only press the amount that is pre ordered and will ship this Fall.

Domenic Palermo (Nothing) comments:

“Integrity is the best hardcore band ever. to be able to collaborate with Dwid and the gang is bucket list level shit. I feel both honored and extremely nervous to be involved. I really hope we don’t play ourselves.” 

Dwid Hellion (Integrity) comments:

“I continue to be a long time fan of NOTHING and it is a great pleasure to be able to participate on the latest installment of SPLITSVILLE with them. Roaring such beauty into its own inversion.” 

Tracking the album at Nada Recording Studio

I just recently self-released a new, punk influenced album on Bandcamp for my collaborative WALKING BOMBS multi-genre project called Tears We Should Have Shed. People have been really loving this one and I super appreciate the support and energy exchange with you.

This record was made safely against the odds during 2020 in beautiful, forested Upstate, NY. It deals with a lot of collective and personal grief and the idea of how do we move through and transform that without destroying ourselves as individuals or a whole. I was blessed beyond belief to have an amazing crew of friends work on this record with me, Elizabeth “Le Fey” DaPena (Globelamp), Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week, Jerk Magnet), David Brenner (Gridfailure), David Bodie (ex-Time Of Orchids, Divest, Kayo Dot), Taraka Larson (Taraka, ex-Prince Rama), Jack Manley (The Jennifer Shop), and Justin Zipperle (Shadow Witch).

More info on each song from the album BELOW.

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On June 25th, Fractal Universe will release their new album, The Impassable Horizon, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, a video for the new single, “A Clockwork Expectation” (directed by Vincent Tournaud), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/fractaluniverse – where The Impassable Horizon can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl, as well as digitally. Fans can also visit Fractal Universe‘s official store for additional vinyl and more: https://shop.fractaluniverseband.com/categorie-produit/the-impassable-horizon/

RIYL Cynic. Gojira, Atheist, Archspire.

Shot at Gouffre de Poudrey – France’s largest equipped cave – Fractal Universe had this to say about the video for “A Clockwork Expectation”: “We wanted this music video to be shot in a grandiose natural environment. It was a unique and unreal experience to spend two days all alone in the extreme conditions – seventy meters underground, 7°C – of this otherworldly beautiful location. In the middle section, we used UV light and customized the instruments accordingly, to give that part a particular dark vibe! The body-painting parts contributing to that atmosphere were designed by Kazim 2C.”

Fractal Universe line-up:
Guitar/Vocals/Saxophone: Vince Wilquin
Guitar: Hugo Florimond
Bass: Valentin Pelletier
Drums: Clément Denys