FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY have announced The Great Collapse North American tour in continued support of their new LP of the same name. Support will come from TOMBS and MOON TOOTH. Dates kick off in early June and stretch through the first week in July. Tickets will go on sale Friday 4/21.

“We’re happy to announce The Great Collapse North American tour,” says vocalist Joe Badolato. “Tombs and Moon Tooth are sick live bands, and make for a fun mixed bill. A little different than our normal touring partners, but we’re excited to play for some new fans. Lots of new songs on this one, and a few old ones we haven’t pulled out in years.”

Fit For An Autopsy released The Great Collapse on March 17, 2017 via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music in North America and SPV overseas. Initial sales of the album landed the band on a variety of Billboard charts, some of which the first time in the band’s career. The Great Collapse debuted at #6 Hard Music, #9 Indie, #16 Rock and #47 Current Top 200.

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Musical critics have described Coroner as the "Rush of thrash metal".


The Cult announce tour dates with VOWWS

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:05 PM (PST)
In very exciting news, hard rock dancing dervishes The Cult will be hitting the road with perhaps my favorite group of the moment VOWWS. This is an inspired pairing for a quick US run and our readers who can stand some melody but still want their music with some mystique are encouraged to catch this as these shows will be lit. I mean what I am trying to say is, smoke she is a rising / Fire, yeah smoke on the horizon.
VOWWS: JOINING ++ CULT LIVE 2017 ++ for US dates
TICKETS: http://www.bandsintown.com/TheCult

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With The Dead (Ex Cathedral, Electric Wizard) release new song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 4:45 PM (PST)

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Doom tyrants With The Dead have given fans a Decibel Flexi Series slab of rare riff meat. The song is an over bearing punisher called “Vessel of Solitude.” The tune is an in between basher for fans who are impatient as we await the band’s sophomore release, expected this year. Check out the track here.

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Band Spotlight: Sabbath Assembly

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PST)

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band’s self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
We have been thrilled by the group’s endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.  One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one’s religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).

 

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SubRosa present new video for “Killing Rapture”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 12:04 AM (PST)

One of my all time favorites and quite likely yours at this point, SubRosa have a new video out for “Killing Rapture”. The clip is interesting, reminding me of the poetic natural side and camera work of Zhang Yimou’s HERO in the gorgeous and simple opening shot and evolving to a strong juxtaposition of seeming rural rootedness against modern dissociation of self. The rapture in the title in the wee morning hours after Good Friday has just ended and as we may be on the brink of worse bombings in the world, the baby’s face in one moment of the clip…it all has me wondering what the future holds and why pundits are so eager to chase the war ratings and drum up support for unreasonable horrors.

Anyhow, this is an intense and interpretive, well made clip set to the band’s particular and stirring sound. Eternal respect to this group.

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Nightbringer stream new album “Terra Damnata”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:20 PM (PST)

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American black metal band Nightbringer have released their latest opus Terra Damnata, one of the highest hopes of the year for the genre. It does not let the listener down, a lengthy meditation on the dying world in the age of Kali with many passages that blaze by faster than you can say Austin Osman Spare while choking yourself. It has some of the most unrepentant passages of sheer assailment I have heard on any black metal since perhaps 1349’s recent primarily ferocious Massive Cauldron Of Chaos but the guitar playing here is way more experimental for the most part.

The record releases today, in case you weren’t already spending most of your day with the new Kendrick album and want to be actually damned, not just say DAMN. Blasting this is also a great way to piss off Jesus freaks on Good Friday. Stream Terra Damnata HERE or at Bandcamp HERE. I’m really enjoying the end sections of “Midnight’s Crown” past the 4:11 mark where things get downright Emperor level grandiose. Bad ass.

Regarding the album, vocalist Naas Alcameth comments: “With Terra Damnata we have tread even deeper into the labyrinth of certain esoteric traditions and sacred mythos, closer to the heart of the living darkness that destroys all and liberates but few. The spirit of the album is one of an ever backwards turning and embracing of both terror and ecstasis, love and death, before the gods and daemons of the Age of Misrule.”

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Suffocation reveal “Your Last Breaths”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM (PST)

Death metal legends Suffocation have released a new song entitled “Your Last Breaths”. Not “Breath”? I guess that “Last Breath” is already a stone cold on the slab Hatebreed classic.  And I suppose if you are dying in the murder induced puddle that precedes most death metal songs you would be grateful for every final gasp, so maybe plural is the way to go? Except that if it really hurt you would want it to be over with and be a singular final breath. Hmmm…

Anyway, the song is probably going to be huge in a live setting but the drum sound here doesn’t do justice to the rest of the arrangement. The guitar solo sections, heavier slam parts and technical flourishes as well as the signature low growls and attacking guitar tones are on point though. All in all it still certainly is a solid cup of DM for the day and gives an idea of some of what to expect from …Of The Dark Light. I mean, you know it was gonna be Suffocation but the cover art sort of looks like Fallujah got more evil or somesuch.

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Wormwitch premiere “Even The Sun Will Die”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM (PST)

There miiiiiiiight be a lot of bands with ‘witch’ in the name. It is almost like ordering toppings at a metal fast food place. “I’ll take a side of decayed nun zombies and the Skeleton…no, the Angel…er, Shadow Witch with extra fries and..Acid Witch, ughh. I can’t decide!” 

Well, we have another one for you but they are also worth your time! Wormwitch are a bad ass band from Vancouver and since we have not reached peak witch yet (that will be a band called Witch Witch), let it ride!! Anyway, all dorky jokes aside, this band smokes!

Check out their latest song at Nine Circles HERE and tell ’em Metal Riot sent ya. The band have a cool sound, somewhat black/extreme metal hybrid with some post rock elements. While that is popular these days, they are writing good songs and not just on the trendy tip of the devil’s trident, know what I’m sayin’? You will find the band’s arrangements and construction of dark vibes compelling and inspiring, I assure you.

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It is no big secret that we feel Woe‘s Hope Attrition is the American black metal release to beat of the moment, a high bar set for 2017. The new Nightbringer is gonna be awesome as well, but we aren’t really here to pit bands against one another, rather celebrate people making strong art.

Anyhow, if you want to see some real (and likely reluctant to take on the mantle, but nonetheless deserving) ambassadors of some of the best in USBM and you happen to be in Europe at the moment, the Woe tour with Germany’s Ultha kicks off today.

In related news, WOE recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Absinthe Invocation demo, written in a single, drunken night on April 4th, 2007. “The ten years since have been surprising, to say the least,” comments band founder Chris Grigg. “To all who have listened and supported, we thank you. The demo is free on Bandcamp. It is sloppy and raw but hints at what would come.” Check out Absinthe Invocation at THIS LOCATION.

Tour date info BELOW.

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Parkway Drive announce select N American 2017 dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

 

Parkway Drive have announced a brief headlining metalcore tour with friends The Word Alive and Wage War in tow:

We’re excited to announce a select run of shows in the U.S. and Canada this June. These will be our ONLY North American shows for 2017, so don’t miss out!! Joining us will be The Word Alive andWage War. Tickets on sale this Friday APR 14.

6/20 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
6/21 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
6/22 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
6/23 Montebello, QC @ Rock Fest
6/24 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
6/25 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
6/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

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Demonical announce new vocalist Alexander Högbom

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST)

Swedish death metal band Demonical  have announced a change of vocalists.

DEMONICAL commented:

“We have parted with vocalist Sverker Widgren due to various time- and priority related matters. As there are always two sides to every story and answers might differ depending on who you ask, we prefer to keep the more detailed reasons amongst the ones involved and not publically go into further explanations. However, in order to avoid any speculations we can inform you that there is no bad blood between any of us, we want to thank Sverker for all the years in the band and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.

As the band has always operated under the motto “only the best is good enough”, we are thrilled to announce that one of Sweden’s premium death metal vocalists, Alexander Högbom (known from acts such as October Tide and Centinex) has joined us as our new permanent commander.

In order to raise the flames even higher, we can hereby also reveal that after more than two years in Demonical on a session basis, guitarist Eki Kumpulainen and drummer Kennet Englund have both become full-time members of the band.

With this determined and solid line-up we are very much looking forward to the upcoming Finnish shows next week, the summer tour across Eastern Europe during July as well as the album recording in the autumn.

Yes that’s right, during the fall we will (finally) record our fifth full-length album for an early 2018 release. We have tapped an award-winning Swedish producer for the task and we are confident that the album – which summons bits and pieces from all our previous releases – will become an improved quality-related chapter for Demonical and push our Swedish Death Metal Darkness to a new level.

The future looks more than victorious!”.     

Alexander Högbom added:

“It is with excitement and great honor I will shoulder Sverker Widgren’s position in Demonical. I have known the band for almost 10 years now and we have toured together all over the globe with my other bands both as support and vice versa. This is one more step for me into the chasm of Swedish Death Metal Darkness”.

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Iced Earth reveal cover art for new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM (PST)

Iced Earth have revealed the artwork to next record Incorruptible, a fitting title for a band who refuse to be anything less than metal to the grave. Dystopia by Iced Earth shoulda won a Grammy and pretty sure they had that album name first Mega Dave. Anyway, this one follows the also excellent Plagues Of Babylon and is going to be the great Stu Block’s third proper record with the band, so we are thrilled for the dudes that it continues to pan out.

From the band’s official Facebook:

Surprise everyone!! Iced Earth doesn’t follow the rules, they told us tomorrow, we said let’s give it to the fans now!!
Here is the new cover art for “Incorruptible” – OUT JUNE 16th WORLDWIDE !!
Pre order info and various formats released here on Monday !!
#IcedEarth #Incorruptible
Artwork by David Newman-Stump and Roy Young

Tracklisting and format details BELOW.

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Thrice release video for “Hurricane”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10:45 AM (PST)

The gents in Thrice have always been amazing songwriters whatever mode they write in and this “new” sort of alt rock mid tempo near hard rock ballad is still an exciting and mature moment for the band. The new song “Hurricane” is from last years excellent To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere and the video plays kind of like a mini movie of sorts more than a performance clip or some such. It is seeming to examine ideas of innocence, the passage of time and self reflection (at least it seemed to me watching it).

 

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Ensiferum offer studio update

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Helsinki heavy metal band Ensiferum  may look like they need a little more sun, but that is because Finnish people are usually pretty darn pale and also because the respected band recently entered the Astia studio in Lappeenranta, Finland to begin work on their seventh full-length, produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.)! Set to be released September 2017 via Metal Blade Records, the quintet has now issued an update about the recording process for the follow up to the bloody excellent One Man Army from in the studio.

Sami Hinkka (bass) comments: “Hi, folks! Greetings from the Astia studio!
For this album, we wanted to catch our live energy on a totally new level with the best possible sound. So every song was played together while recording drums. Most of the bass lines were also taken from those live takes to guarantee the maximum groove. There are songs on the album we recorded without a click so get ready for some serious rocking, people!
Since Anssi Kippo is such a studio wizard, he has synced his legendary Otari MTR-90mk2 2” 24 -tape recording machine (recognizable, for example, from Metallica‘s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ -video) with his computer, so we will record drums, bass, rhythm guitars and lead vocals on tape, and the rest that can’t fit on the tape, we’ll record on computer. Also the mixing will be done the analogue way on tape to make sure that the sound will remain as raw, punchy and as unprocessed as possible.
The second week is almost over and we are perfectly on schedule: drums, bass lines and half of the rhythm guitars are done.
We are doing ~12 hour long days, so unfortunately this time there won’t be ‘beer of the week’ or any fooling around video diaries, but there will be plenty of time for that after the album is done and the touring starts again. 😉
Stay tuned for more news! Cheers!”

Before the album’s release, European fans will be able to catch Ensiferum at various festivals this summer. See below for all dates, with more shows to be announced soon!

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European metalcore band The Royal‘s new album Seven  sees the band growing even more formidable and driven. “Viridian” is one of the most impressive tracks and fans of Parkway Drive, faster As I Lay Dying, Misery Signals, Blessthefall and more will surely add this band to their list of must haves.

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