L – R: Ira Lehtovaara (Guitar) | Kevin Withers (Drums) | Brandon Sanders (Bass) | Gabe Rosa (Guitar) | Angelo Bonaccorso (Vocals)

Photo Credit – Wesley Raffan

Death/thrash outfit RAIDER, hailing from Waterloo, Canada unleashed their debut album Guardian of The Fire this past March. The eight-track LP is a rush of E-standard mayhem, thrash overtones, and blackened vocals. Lyrically, the album’s theme revolves around overcoming lies and hatred that stand between all of us and the truth.

Fans of bands of Sepultura, Annihilator, and Skeletonwitch, RAIDER is one of the underground death/thrash bands to keep an eye on in 2020 as they continue to raise hell in the moshpit.

Today the band shares their latest music video No Sign of The Dawn”, a groovy thrash attack about the cost of taking our world for granted. It’s a reflection on getting human priorities straight.

The band adds:

“Our world stands on the edge of a knife. The virus is but another horseman in the ever-growing mountain of omens. We often get distracted and seem to forget that we are still on our way to one of many total deliverances. We have to unite, think, and speak for ourselves or we will be spoken for. If we do not choose the path that leads us to a better future, we will be forced down a path to ruin, of which there are many, and each of their songs remains the same: For the mortal world there is no sign of the dawn.”

Watch No Sign of The Dawn” HERE.

“Guardian of The Fire'” is available on BandcampSpotifyApple Music.


The low budget artwork on Megadeth's Killing is My Business...and Business is Good album cover, consisting of plastic skull with tinfoil was not intended to be the original artwork. Combat records was suppose to have original artwork created from a sketch Dave Mustaine had given them but lost it and made the low budget replacement.


Horrible news as Burton C Bell quits Fear Factory

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:49 PM (PST)

Fear Factory‘s classic line up changed my life. Seeing them years ago at Tramps in NYC playing “Piss Christ” was the most intense baptism of musical fire and a complete revelation on what intensity of sound merged with science fiction could accomplish. It has been agonizing as a fan over the years to see the fighting and constant musical chairs, despite many great albums along the way. And don’t get me started on Christian’s occasional very wacky hot take comments like recently downplaying the problematic nature of the Confederate flag when reminiscing about Pantera on IG (who I love but it is more than ok to critique about that). Raymond has always been super cool to me and with the exception of Gene Hoglan it also was a drag to see his impact downplayed by drum machines or lesser, if talented, characters behind the kit.

Burton C. Bell has now quit the band (who endured lengthy litigation between the classic line up members in recent years) and has released a lengthy, sad fucking statement you can read HERE. It seems pretty damn harsh on Dino, much as I love Burt. I can’t even write all the deets out for you all right now because I am so effin’ bummed.

Sadly, I now hope Dino just finishes the last album mix tweaks and releases it and lets the band end. It will be sad but we will have the final album. It isn’t a band that would be cool to continue without Burton. He is intrinsically linked to the psychic machinery of the material like a cyborg with head implants. Whenever key elements have been removed it has somewhat worked but also something has been slightly missing. Some bands are a sum of their parts and that chemistry.

Dino should just start Divine Heresy again (replacing Tommy in that is a LOT easier than replacing BURTON in FER FACTORY). Burton is happy with Ascension Of The Watchers. The other guys should do a follow up to the critically undervalued Arkaea record Years In The Darkness. But if Fear Factory can’t be fixed then spare parts isn’t the solution.

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Elle Noir releases “The Day I Died” Gothic video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM (PST)

Elle Noir‘s “The Day I Died” is a mercurial and melodic ballad that weaves a shadowy yet comforting spell upon the listener’s senses.

“The Day I Died” is the metaphor of emotional death. It tells of a world where nothing has value anymore, which is also an inner world given by mental states like depression.

The gothic singer has cited Nightwish, Smashing Pumpkins Adore era and Marilyn Manson as formative steps in the development of her musical awareness, but this song also leans into an even more somber and diaphanous sort of rippling melancholic musing that, while sung beautifully, feels nonetheless like a personal secret or inner monologue that has somehow spilled into the light of day.

“My inner worlds are always autobiographical, my songs are always lived in the first person. Death, mental illness and emotional states of discomfort are central themes in my writing. When I write a lyric I always have an image in mind and try to describe it. My lyrics are little narrated and very visual.”
– Elle Noir

Check out the compelling and floaty clip below as you ponder mortality.

SOLITARY have a new single out called “Abominate”, a classic sounding thrash song fans of Overkill, Sacred Reich, early Testament or Kreator could quickly find common ground with. The old school vibe is paired with impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level. New album The Truth Behind the Lies is set for international release on October 23rd via Metalville Records. Featuring footage from the band’s Bloodstock Open Air appearance and the working sketches of the album artwork. Loving Richard Sherrington’s hoarse and bitter vocals on this one!

Melodic death band DORMANTH are  confidently revealing details for their upcoming 4th album, Complete Downfall, which will be released on December 15th, 2020 via Xtreem Music on CD. One of the first melodic death metal bands from Spain and at it since the nineties when metal wasn’t as trendy, DORMANTH have experience and skill on their side to appeal to fans looking to connect with something real.

Skeletal Remains have built up a reputation for being a reliable source for some of the best death metal around where old school feel and fury and the ‘raw’ stuff manages to coincide with technical aspects without the scales being tipped. Plenty of stuff your Death or Massacre addict could vibe with and champion while still retaining the attention of people looking for something new, The Entombment Of Chaos is a must hear record for anyone who wants to properly get a grasp on a comprehensive list of the best stuff that came out this year. Despite some upheavals, the current incarnation of the band have released their most essential, confident and potentially career defining release yet! Even if you are not some scholarly metal cleric in a dusty tower, you can casually pick this up and find a killer outlet to both channel rage and have fun.

I spoke to Mike about the new album, coping with Covid, being part of the storied history of death metal, love for the fans and more RIGHT HERE!

‘Each song is teeming with rancor and a profound disgust with the things we see happening every day in the world, in the news, in our cities, in our backyards… the title, Detest is violently appropriate for the mood of this EP. Music is art and art has always been a non-bastardized, unfiltered version of history as told through those who lived it in their own words.’ – Matthew (vox)

Hell’s Teeth have made an explosive statement on their new DETEST EP. This metallic hardcore infused deadly extreme metal band could be huge if they get the right support, but either way they will make powerful and corrosive, heavy art. Fans of everyone from Power Trip to The Black Dahlia Murder to Turmoil to Baptists could hang hard with this release. Honestly though, with a band this legit and driven it is lazy to simply compile easy ‘sounds a little like sometimes’ points. You’d be selling yourself and the band very short if you didn’t hear their original vision for yourself free from bias.

Made up of scene die hards from the Hudson Valley area, Hell’s Teeth are just the shot in the arm the scene could use to keep things enthusiastic, no bullshit and venomous. I spoke to some of the band about this exciting release, tracked by Sean Paul Pillsworth (of Nightmares For A Week, The Inevitables) at Nada Recording Studio in beautiful Montgomery, NY. You wouldn’t believe such a serene setting could produce a recording this hostile!

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band photos by Michael Mannhaupt

ICON FOR HIRE release ‘Curse Or Cure’ single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:31 AM (PST)

If pop hard rock infused glory is your bag you will be all about the stadium ready new Icon For Hire jam “Curse Or Cure”. One of the biggest sounding songs yet from the mega popular outfit (almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify), “Curse Or Cure” channels stuff like Linkin Park and Pvris for maximum melodic and huge rock vibes. I feel like Halsey or From Ashes To New fans would heavily fuck with this as well.

“Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song.  Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

 

SEPULTURA release “Guardians Of Earth” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Sepultura‘s fearless and ferocious Quadra is one of their most cohesive and stunning musical achievements yet in the band’s long legacy. The album is the band’s most successful record since 1998’s Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in 7 countries (8, considering the UK Rock Charts). It is also their most successful album in Germany and Switzerland to date, exceeding the chart positions of Roots, with positions number 5 and number 13, respectively.

From Andreas and Eloy masterfully building up anticipation in the intro to the massive heavy sections screaming for awareness, “Guardians Of Earth” is yet another reason this album is so timely. Watch the gorgeous and moving video below.

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DARK TRANQUILLITY release “Phantom Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquility are returning with their new masterpiece Moment, which will be released on November 20th via Century Media. Listen to the first single “Phantom Days” here, which fuses their “their trademark blend of bright melodies and venomous evil,” as noted by Brooklyn Vegan. Elsewhere, Loudwire proclaimed that their “melododeath reign continues.”

Moment was recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The album sees the addition of two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band. It’s been four years since the Dark Tranquility released their last album Atoma, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. The band is considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates.

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On October 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release LP re-issues of their sophomore album, 2015’s Monarchy, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy now at: https://www.metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where hoodie, t-shirt, guitar tab book and flag bundles are also available!

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Symphonic metal horror masters CARACH ANGREN are proud to announce their collaboration with DC comics for the new series “Dark Nights: Death Metal.” The first episode is out now and features the band’s new song, “Skull with a Forked Tongue,” which is taken from their latest full length ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus.‘ The episode can be seen at THIS LOCATION.

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In case you have missed it! Check out the first promotional episode of DC Comics' Dark Knights: Death Metal OST featuring one of our new songs! Link in Bio! "From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates. Credits: Story by Scott Snyder Art by Greg Capullo Directed by Tyler Bates Edited by Lorena Perez Batista Batman – Andy Biersack The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe Score by Tyler Bates Drums by Dave Lombardo Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde Mixed by Robert Carranza “Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren"

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About the series:
From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates.Credits:
Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Directed by Tyler Bates
Edited by Lorena Perez Batista
Batman – Andy Biersack
The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer
Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe
Score by Tyler Bates
Drums by Dave Lombardo
Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde
Mixed by Robert Carranza
“Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren”

Franckensteina Strataemontanus‘ is out NOW and can be streamed, downloaded, and/or purchased HERE.

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Hello everyone. Of course it is 9/11 and as a New Yorker while I am somber I am also celebrating life and the unifying power of our music scene. Big news day with lots of new music. Disturbed covered Sting and it is enjoyable, Cryptodira have dropped a surprise EP . Good times here, fam. Of course the news closest to our hearts here at Metal Riot is that the ever-moshable Hatebreed have delivered another anthem, “Weight Of The False Self”.

No, it is not specifically an exercise anthem (not fat shaming! Like Planet Fitness we are a judgement free zone), but it could be!

I am one of those East Coasters who never get tired of anything this band does musically. I have seen them many times and they always deliver and still have the best pits. It’s just all smiles and flying fists and friends. Always self-motivating and empowering? Appreciate that shit, y’all!

“Weight Of The False Self” crushes and is another gem in a long line of Hatebreed shout along face smooshers. Order the new album HERE. Fucking stoked!

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Hatebreed announce the eighth studio album, Weight Of The False Self. The 12-track album is stocked with pit-stirring anthems and will arrive on Nov. 27th via @nuclearblastrecords. ⠀ Pre-order, pre-save and listen to the title track at the link in our bio ☝️. ⠀ "When writing lyrics and riffs, I try to be in the moment, getting a mental picture of my current reality in order to convey what I want to say," says @JameyJasta. "Sometimes, I think my reality consists of two irreducible elements, expressed by the age-old interior battle of the dualistic self. The angel on one shoulder stands firm, providing reason, wisdom, and compassion while the devil dances angrily on the other, ranting with passion, spite, and dark desire. I often wonder if a truly centered mind is attainable, an effortless and non-dualistic state of equilibrium. Until then, I'll just listen to both sides of my personality and hope I make the right choice. At the end of the day, the listener will choose to hear what they want, but when I am writing, I imagine the voice of the angel to be a lil' louder." ⠀ #WeightOfTheFalseSelf was produced by frequent #Hatebreed collaborator Zeuss and it arrives hot on the heels of the sold-out anniversary shows that Hatebreed embarked upon throughout 2019 and the unprecedented success of 2016's The Concrete Confessional. Not only did the latter tally over 42 million Spotify streams, but the single "Looking Down The Barrel of Today” also clocked 30 million-plus Spotify streams. The band also covered Revolver and The Guardian bestowed a 4-out-of-5 star rating on the album, proving that over 20 years deep into its career, this Connecticut #metal #hardcore institution remains as vital as ever. ⠀ "Weight of The False Self is a perfect representation of Hatebreed in 2020, a fresh onslaught of soon to be classics with all the elements that led you here since day one," explains guitarist @FloridaFrank. ⠀ Drummer @MatthewPeterByrne shares, "There's no shortage of beefy-riffs and adrenaline-fueled-drums on this record. I'm proud to say that we will consistently provide a soundtrack to which you can mosh in your living room and destroy your apartment." ⠀ Art: @EliranKantor

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Finnish Kerava-based folk metal band Elvenscroll is set to release their debut EP Never To Be Mourned on November 6th 2020 via Inverse Records. This seven members strong group released a first single Wayfarer’s Mourning today and it gives a good hint what is to be expected from an EP.

The band comments:
“Wayfarer’s Mourning is a homage to all lost souls who have suffered through the long and winding road of life and know its misfortunes. Let the power chords, choir singing and heroic melodies bring you strength to carry on this miserable journey. “

Recorded by Elvenscroll
Drums recorded by Jasse Hast / Frozenmost Productions
Mixed by Juhis Kauppinen at Shedstudios
Mastered by Matias Ahonen at Audiamond

Intersectional feminist punk band WAR ON WOMEN return with new album Wonderful Hell(out digitally October 30th + physically on November 13th via Bridge Nine). You can hear a new single today! The title track, which unintentionally echoes John Lewis’ notion of “good trouble” as a catalyst for change, emerged during a period when vocalist/lyricist Shawna Potter was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by life in the Trump era. “I think it expresses something that a lot of people are feeling. Like, ‘Okay, we had our moment. Now it’s time to get back to work. We can’t let this happen again. We can’t endure another four years of this,’” she comments.

 

It is disgusting the DOJ is being used as Trump’s personal flunkies to try to make sure there is no fair justice for E. Jean Carroll. The system is a joke! We need bands like this more than ever. Loving the new song. Reminds me of if old War On Women listened to a bunch of Dagnasty and Embrace and added more dissonant melody. Fucking rad!

 

Recorded with the band’s guitarist and co-founder Brooks Harlan alongside J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in February 2020 and completed in April (when in a COVID-19-free timeline the band would have been on tour with Bad Religion), Wonderful Hell is the first War On Women album to feature the band’s current lineup of Potter, Harlan, bassist/vocalist Sue Werner, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer “Jenarchy” Vito, and drummer Dave Cavalier.  Like War On Women’s previous albums, Wonderful Hell includes anthemic songs that tackle systemic racism, acknowledge the natural feelings of wanting to give up or self-destruct in the face of insurmountable adversity, and some that aim straight at the jugular of gender disparity.

Check out the song “Wonderful Hell” HERE. I have said it before but I truly feel they are the most important current band in punk rock.

Look for Wonderful Hell to be available digitally on October 30th, 2020 (+ on physical formats on November 13th, 2020).  More news, music, and pre-orders coming soon from War On Women (sign up to receive pre-order details here).

Wonderful Hell Track Listing:
1.  Aqua Tofana
2.  Milk and Blood
4.  This Stolen Land
5.  White Lies
6.  Big Words
7.  Seeds
8.  Her?
9.  In Your Path
10.  The Ash is Not the End
11.  Demon
Artist photo by: Julia Schwendner
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