Ereb Altor release new video for “Midsommarblot”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:06 AM (PST)

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Ereb Altor, one of the band’s in metal with the most consistently good material, have released a new video for the song  ”Midsommarblot”. While the kids won’t be screaming out that song name at the dub step dance floors anytime soon, real metal heads will surely raise a glass of mead over their fallen brethren’s bloody corpses to honor them with this new musical oath to metal glory. The song is a new entry to the epic and slower side of the band’s material , which tends to either honor the more viking or sometimes fast side of Bathory fandom. That said, Ereb Altor’s saga-esque melodic vocals possess a bold strength all their own and their songs often offer keen insights with poetic lyrics and a yearning for something better than the modern world.

Watch the new clip BELOW! Keep the fire alive!

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Using props and disguised in costumes Death Piggy, a punk band from Virginia, began opening for themselves as "Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh", a fictional barbaric band from Antarctica who played nonsense songs while sacrificing fake animals. After band members noticed that more people were coming to see the opening act, Death Piggy was phased out and "Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh" was shortened to "Gwar."


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If ambient doom music that swallows you whole is your thing you will want to check out this new LeChantFunebre collaboration Ghosts At The Deathbed from Neill Jameson ( – Vocals / Drums) , Jason Phillips (- Guitar), Jeff Wilson (- Guitar / Synth / Bass).

“We’d known each other for years and it just seemed natural to work together on something creative,” says Neill Jameson of the collaboration. “We’re very sardonic and negative people so it’s a very natural work environment to come up with something that’s emotionally very bleak.”

The EP is a forlorn yet inspiring odyssey that has a similar coldness in feel to Krieg‘s latest Transient (though much different music). We’re excited here at Metal Riot to premiere this official stream for you cold hearted snakes. It’s a thrilling and at times inhuman sounding descent into alienation that fills up and underscores the spaces between us in the inanimate, crumbling world (If you like the smothering ambient elements you’ll eat up Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow’s Ex-Machina soundtrack, incidentally).  Track 3 on Ghosts At The Deathbed- “Southern Facing Sign” is particularly  despondent and satisfying. As Steve Buscemi once said ,” embrace the horror.”

I’ve been listening to a lot of Mindrot again lately and, like those oft-forgotten geniuses, this LeChantFunebre stuff is unafraid to let synth and doom thumb wrestle. The results are a staggering yet humble monument to the organic struggle with life itself, made by three friends. I hope they’ll consider doing more in the future with this, as the atmosphere they’ve crafted is hard to let go of. Order it HERE.

Listen to the full stream BELOW and rise above…or sink deeper, if you prefer.

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The Decibel Magazine Tour: At The Gates and pals take over NYC

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM (PST)

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Thinking back on the whirlwind night of Decibel Magazine Tour‘s Webster Hall finale, the main thing that comes to mind is not the sweaty masses of hairy metal dudes, bad ass chics or even the amazing music from Vallenfyre, Pallbearer, Converge and At The Gates (playing their first set in NYC in many years).

No, what got me the most was thinking of the influence and deep involvement of all the members of these bands in the metal scene and how much passion can spread to coat the world in one person’s lifetime of work. From Converge’s Jacob Bannon’s Deathwish Inc. label/distro to his artistic influence on the visual side of the scene to Vallenfyre’s cast of characters deeply influential work in bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride to Pallbearer playing big hip festivals only metal bands like Mastodon or Metallica usually get asked to play to At The Gates deep legacy on melodeath to the members involvement in other groups ranging from The Haunted to Disfear and Skitsystem, you’ve got a huge web of metal history, present and future emanating from the stage.

For the full review see BELOW.

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High On Fire to release “Luminiferous” June 23

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:14 AM (PST)

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Matt Pike’s revered sludge n’ roll juggernaut High On Fire will release Luminiferous, their 7th(!!) album, on June 23rd via eOne music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis, an album hailed as “not for the faint of heart ” by The New Yorker and “a fantastically constructed bloodbath” by Entertainment Weekly.

Feast your eyes on that cover art! Swamp Thing/The Green Man/Jolly Green Giant is stoked, as are we!

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

For track listing see BELOW.

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Valborg stream “Comtesse”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM (PST)

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German doom metallers Valborg stream “Comtesse” off of their forthcoming album Romantik, which is a follow up to 2012′s Nekrodepression.

Romantik will be released on May 19 via Temple of Torturous and will feature six tracks.

Check out “Comtesse” here.

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New Years Day begin recording

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM (PST)

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California alternative metallers New Years Day have begun recording the follow-up to their 5-song EP Epidemic, which was released last fall.

The as-of-yet untitled album will be the band’s Another Century Records debut and will be the band’s third full-length album

Check out what vocalist Ash Costello had to say about the new album as well as music videos for “Defame Me” and “Angel Eyes” (Featuring Chris Cerulli from Motionless In White) here.

Catch New Years Day on Warped Tour all summer long.

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Rusted release “Betrayed”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:52 PM (PST)

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Chilean heavy metallers Rusted today released a new track, “Betrayed”.

“Betrayed” comes off the album Rise Up.

Check out “Betrayed” and the Rise Up track list here.

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Skinless release new track “Serpenticide”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:08 PM (PST)

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New York death metal band Skinless have recently reformed and are coming full-force for the metal world.

Skinless will unless their new album (and classic sound) on June 2 with the release of Only The Ruthless Remain.

Today Skinless have release the first track from Only The Ruthless Remain, “Serpenticide”.

Vocalist Sherwood Webber talked a bit about the album:

“[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new SKINLESS, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, ha!”

Check out “Serpenticide” and Skinless tour dates here.

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Lightning Bolt tour with Metz, Liturgy on select dates starts 4/15

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:11 PM (PST)

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From one extreme music fan to all you readers out there, indie noise progenitors Lightning Bolt are more energetic and crazed than most melodeath or hardcore bands you’ll ever see. From erasing the boundaries between band and audience to 20 years of hyper rhythmic mania to their latest crunker Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt have kept the train rolling all night long. Tour kicks off tomorrow in Buffalo, NY

METZ and Liturgy are tour mates on this trek, albeit at different dates. If you’re so entrenched in your stinky Florida death metal ways to dismiss this as hipster music, I kinda feel bad for you but will be too busy enjoying the innovation of these acts.

Click HERE for full dates.

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Scott Edwards Gallery is pleased to present “Sean Yseult – Soirée D’Evolution: Tableaux Vivants et Nature Mortes.” This Exhibition features the most recent work of Sean Yseult (former White Zombie bassist) based on a sordid secret society soiree in 1873 and the elaborate living pictures & still lifes staged as part of their lavish parties. Opening Reception will be held Saturday April 18, 7pm-12am.

As soon as I read the above in my email I had to reach out to my friend Sean Yseult to see what she had been bubbling in her ever boiling cauldron of creativity. We spoke not only about some amazing new news for White Zombie fans but also of her new band Star & Dagger‘s next move as well as absinthe, feral girls who drink blood,  Tableaux Vivants and so much more!

For this epic read see BELOW.

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Coal Chamber and Ministry team up on aggro new single

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:41 PM (PST)

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Coal Chamber are the ghouls of Nu Metal Groove and Ministry are the most undead of Industrial Metal hybrid Bands (with all due respect to departed guitarist Mike Scaccia). The pairing of the Dez and Al friendship on wax is a song called “Suffer In Silence” that has the rolling wall of intimidating groove that made Nu Metal so popular but here any cheezy elements are more of a camp, as the witty style of Coal Chamber paints a story of midnight walks and Al Jourgensen brings his persona and karma to bear down on the track like the old pro he is. Hell or high water, this was gonna rock in some way.

I like Coal Chamber best when they have this sort of dry drum production with just good crunchy guitar and some effected vocals, I believe. Most people prefer their second album Chamber Music, my least favorite (except for the Peter Gabriel cover with Ozzy).

Check out the collaboration with Al Jourgesen  BELOW.

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The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2015 Artist Line-Up

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM (PST)

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SLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice have all been announced for Mayhem. While there is no band as mainstream as last years headliners Avenged Sevenfold on here this year, the main stage has a lot to offer.

Tickets are On Sale Beginning Friday April 17, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time

General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 Hours of Onsale (while supplies last). Not bad for 13 bands performing on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE. I’d pay that to see just Sister Sin’s wild and razor edged rock show alone.

The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning thrashers Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, HELLYEAH, and The Devil Wears Prada. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice. Nice to see Code Orange on this tour as they will give even the main stage acts a run for their money. And I can’t wait for Jungle Rot to hammer down some real death metal on the unsuspecting.

Kerry King, guitarist of ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.”

For more see BELOW.

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Interview: Felix Martin

Posted by NichTheHair on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:38 PM (PST)


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Growing up in Venezuela, Felix Martin developed his own way of playing guitar: by playing two at the same time. After making two dual neck guitars with independent luthiers and guitar makers, he later went on to graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Felix nods players like Stuart Hamm and Steve Vai, but also blends his own percussive and jazz-bass technique with his 14-string guitars. Felix has released two albums with Prosthetic Records, one of which brings to life his live performance. Truly a forward thinking musician, he spent years tediously creating The Human Transcription, in which he has given the human voice note values. He has turned the speeches of several historical figures into compositions based upon these voice to note transcriptions.

Felix and I caught up while he was pout on his first headlining tour of North America. Read more here.

 

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Album Review: Acid King – “Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere”

Posted by Joan on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM (PST)

 

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Heavy and atmospheric, stoner band Acid King return with their 2015 album, “Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere”. Fronted by San Francisco natives, Lori S. (vocals and guitar), along with bandmates, Joey Osbourne (drums) and Peter Lucas (bass), this trio delivers on slow groove and ambiance. Unlike their previous efforts, this album’s vocal stylings and guitar work play more on the doomy side of stoner, offering the listener a darker and more introspective tone than what might be expected from their earlier work on Acid King III. After a slow building and jamming Intro track, Acid King’s second track, Space Pictures, coalesces into a thick, unassuming, sludge-inspired sound, placing the band’s sound somewhere between King Woman meets Sleep meets Electric Wizard. Add to that, the driving doom of their sixth track, “Infinite Skies”, and you’ll feel like donning your biker jacket and going for a ride.

Click HERE for more of the review.

Deep Cuts: Dokken

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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Imagine, if you will, you’re standing in a venue. You can be in a small nightclub, or you can be in a stadium for a huge concert. Now, imagine your favorite band has just opened with their first song. Don’t worry, we aren’t asking you for details, so you can say STRYPER or SLAYER, no judging here. (Unless you say Kanye West, in which case, Beyoncé will get your street cred) Your favorite band has just killed it with their opener, and then you hear the words that will make or break your entire night. Some asshole in the crowd to your left shouts out “PLAY SOME DOKKEN!!!”

Yes kids, you might have guessed it. I was that guy. Actually, that’s a partial lie. I’m still that guy. No, not the guy pissed off at the Kanye West concert because someone is yelling about DOKKEN. No, I’m the guy telling the people on stage, no matter what genre, to play some DOKKEN! I know, why would I be at a Kanye West concert cheering for DOKKEN? Well, first off, have you ever heard his music? It’s no DOKKEN, that’s for sure. Secondly, this might be one of those crazy Euro festivals where they have MEGADETH and Bo Diddley co-headlining together, I don’t do the booking…

(editor’s note: Bo Diddley is deceased, Drew.)

So, now that I’ve properly introduced myself as the asshole at the venue, you can begin to imagine just how hyped I was to begin “researching” for this post, and by researching, I mean blasting DOKKEN music for hours, while I sing and play a wicked air guitar for an imaginary stadium full of people from the comforts of my bedroom.

I’m not gonna lie. As eager as I was to do this, I had an impossible task ahead of me. Choose three songs from DOKKEN’s legendary career. Only three. “In My Dreams”, “Dream Warriors”, “Lightning Strikes Again”, “Kiss Of Death”… So many excellent tunes, so little space. This is Deep Cuts, so we gotta cut a little deeper than that (what cuts deeper than Freddy’s claws?) , and I think I’ve got it narrowed down to three lesser known gems that all long time DOKKEN fans, as well as the new and even (?) future DOKKEN fans can all agree on.

See BELOW for the cuts.

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