Temple of Void announce ‘The World That Was’ release date

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 2:26 PM (PST)

Detroit metallers Temple of Void are preparing to release their newest album The World That Was on March 27.

The World That Was will be released by Shadow Kingdom Records. The album will be the follow-up to 2017’s Lords of Death.

Stay tuned for the first track from The World That Was to be released. In the meantime check out the album art and tracklist for The World That Was here.

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Prior to joining Metallica in 1983, Kirk Hammett was the guitarist for Exodus. His only recordings with Exodus were their first two demos, an untitled demo from 1982 and Die by His Hand, which was recorded not long before he joined Metallica.


Signum Regis pay tribute to Angra’s Andre Matos

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Slovakia’s progressive power metallers Signum Regis have released a video for their cover of Angra’s “Stand Away.”

The video is a tribute to Brazilian heavy metaller’s Angra’s vocalist and pianist Andre Matos, who passed away in 2019.

You can check out the video for Signum Regis’s cover of “Stand Away” here.

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Blood Spore announce ‘Fungal Warfare Upon All Life’ release date

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:06 AM (PST)

Philadelphia extreme metallers Blood Spore have announced that they will release their new EP Fungal Warfare Upon All Life on February 28.

The EP will be released via Blood Harvest Records. Ahead of the release of Fungal Warfare Upon All Life Blood Spore have released the track “Hostile Fruiting Bodies.”

Stream “Hostile Fruiting Bodies” at Blood Harvest Records Bandcamp here or stream the whole EP over at Blood Spore’s Bandcamp here.

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Hyaena release “Chains” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:49 AM (PST)

French djent metallers Hyaena recently released their new album Poison Pen!

To promote the release of the album the band has released a music video for their song “Chains.”

Check out the music video for “Chains” here.

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Facedown Records announce Facedown Fest 2020

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:19 AM (PST)

California Christian metal label Facedown Records has announced 2020’s Facedown Fest!

This year’s Facedown Fest will take place from March 6-7 at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California!

The lineup includes War of Ages, Bloody Sunday, Dynasty, Deathbreaker, My Epic, Comrades, Everything in Slow Motion, Dens, Weathered, and American Arson.

The fest will see Bloody Sunday reuniting with their They Attack At Dawn lineup.

Check out the Facedown Fest 2020 playlist over at Spotify.

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RIP Elijah Nelson of Black Breath

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 12:36 PM (PST)

Very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Elijah Nelson of death metal band Black Breath. Was lucky enough to catch them live once and have them fully melt my face and the Elijah was a huge part of that and will be greatly missed by fans and loved ones. The group certainly are deserving of their cult following and regardless of all that it is always tragic when this sort of thing happens. Sending love out to everyone. Blasting some “Children of The Horn” right now.

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Frogg share “Ancient Rain” guitar playthrough

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:48 PM (PST)

For fans of Obscura, Arsis, Born of Osiris, Kalmah, The Zenith Passage

Technical metallers Frogg has shared a guitar playthrough for their track “Ancient Rain.”

“Ancient Rain” is a track off the upcoming debut EP A Reptilian Dystopia due out on January 17.

Frogg has been in the works for years in the mind of Sky Moon Clark and over the years he has been inoculating a stash of riffs, licks, and raw emotion, which will now be poured out into the world. As the band puts it, “it’s a fiery punch to the gut.”

Clark adds:

“Our EP is kind of our raw sound put on a plate without much refinement, but it’s still the basic punch and flavor Frogg has to offer. Just think of the EP as our base, while our in-the-works Album I (expected 2021/2022) will be a more fleshed-out form of Frogg with an emphasized focus on the overall songs start to finish.”

Check out the playthrough for “Ancient Rain” here.

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Doom Candy release new track “Doom Candy”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:25 PM (PST)

Self-described elektro-thrash metallers Doom Candy have released a new track “Doom Candy (Zardonic Remix).”

The song is from the group’s forthcoming Suicide Effects EP which is set to be released in 2020.

Doom Candy features music from Jeffrey Nothing and Thomas Church.

Check out “Doom Candy” here.

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Montecharge streaming ‘Demons Or Someone Else’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST)

Swiss metallers Montecharge are streaming their first full-length album Demons Or Someone Else now over at their Bandcamp.

Montecharge is ffo: Cortez, Converge, Knut, Old Man Gloom, Gorguts

Montecharge emerged in 2007 as a reunion between two members of Amok, a defunct grind/death outfit from Geneva, Switzerland. They rapidly wrote their first tracks with the intent to deliver aggressive music while aiming for a form of subtlety.

As a side-project, the band initially remained a guitar/drum duo. They self-produced a 5-track EP in 2012, which was released as a 10’’ vinyl limited to 100 copies.In 2013, Montecharge expanded to include a third member in order to reinforce its experimental inclinations with synthesizers, Theremin and various noise machines.

The trio then recorded three tracks in studio to answer the call of a Swedish multi-band project named Elemental Nightmares. One track was published on the compilation and two were released on a 7’’ with Hummus Records. After a second hiatus due to implications in other projects the band regrouped in 2016 with renewed strength to write their first album and search for a vocalist.

Both of which came to fruition early 2017: Montecharge took on the studio as a quartet tor ecord an album with Thierry Van Osselt (of Knut fame) in Geneva.

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Pleased to report that there is still more metal and hardcore content to throw your way as we head towards the end of this insane decade. Our new contributing photographer Petra Dollet shot legends Obituary, the hungry False Prophet, respected ragers Extinction AD and the wild High Command for us at the quite recent Palladium Upstairs night of the run and here is a gallery of hate splattered visual impressions for you die-hards RIGHT HERE. Looks like it was an awesome night of heavy antics!

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Top 5 2019 Critical List : Jessica Rae Fisher

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM (PST)

Jessica Rae Fisher

The following is the personal list of year end album top 5 favorites from frequent yearly Metal Riot contributor Jessica Rae Fisher, aka Longhairedpoet. Much appreciation to Jessica for your support of the metal scene. \m/

Motionless in White – Disguise

Motionless in White brought the heat this year with Disguise. Chris Motionless brought some disgusting vocals. The stand out track for me was “Thoughts & Prayers.”

Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target

Thy Art is Murder never fail to disappoint and that is no less true this year with Human Target. The album starts with the brutal title track, but the album hinges, for me, around “Death Squad Anthem” and “Make America Hate Again.”

Ashbringer – Absolution

Ashbringer’s Absolution is probably the most “one of these things is not like the other” of my picks for this year, but the soundscapes that the band creates on the album, especially in both parts of “Eternal Separation,” are undeniably amazing. With tracks ranging from just over 7 minutes to 10 minutes 20 seconds, this 1 hour and 8-minute album is a marathon and not a sprint. Let each track envelope you in itself. It’s well worth it.

Counterparts – Nothing Left to Love
“Wings of Nightmares” really brought me into this album. These Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian hardcore metallers won me over this year with their combination of punishing instrumentation and emotive lyrics. Also check out “Paradise and Plague.”


Upon A Burning Body – Southern Hostility
Upon a Burning Body pushed through to stand out this year with Southern Hostility. This follow-up to their 2016 effort Straight From The Barrio has a strong opener in the track “Southern Hostility,” faithful to UABB’s style. Other standout tracks include “King of Diamonds,” “Burn,” and “Soul Searcher.”

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Swallow The Sun, Infected Rain and Wheel to tour North America

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM (PST)

Finnish melancholy death-doom metal masters Swallow The Sun have just announced their North American headline tour today. The band will be on tour this Spring with special guests Infected Rain and Wheel. Catch the band on tour starting April 20th in Tampa and ending on May 24th in Dallas. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

“We have been touring many times in North America since 2007 but never headlined before this,” states Swallow The Sun’s Mikko Kotamäki about the upcoming headline tour. “So it’s about time to play you a decent length shows, not just 30-45min like before. Better get your tickets now and spread the word. No excuses, you asked for it, you got it! See you soon!”

The band will be touring in support of their most recent full-length album When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light. Swallow The Sun’s seventh studio album was produced by the band’s very own Jaani Peuhu and Juha Raivio and is their most personal, cleanest work to date. Purchase and stream When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light, which Heavy Blog Is Heavy calls “songwriting perfection”, HERE.

Swallow The Sun is Mikko Kotamaki (vocals), Matti Honkonen (bass), Juuso Raatkainen (drums), Jaani Peuhu (keys and vocals), Juho Raiha (guitar), and Juha Raivio (guitar and keys).

Dates BELOW.

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Moonspell have never made a bad album. Stay jealous about it.

December’s Underground pulse beats strong as the blood flows towards year’s end and we have a few more cool news items to discuss with you here at Metal Riot. Today we discuss a much needed re-issue of Moonspell’s most divisive record, a young hard rock band Through Fire’s cover of a Roxette classic and some Stone Sour news!

Moonspell are one of my ALL TIME favorite bands, respected but deserving of so much more love and awe. The band has never been one-dimensional and remain one of the true touchstones of gothic infused, dark metal with a black poetic soul. Released originally by the band in 1998, Sin/Pecado (which gets a gorgeous re-issue treatment this month via Napalm) became the great divider of the Moonspell wolfpack. Produced by their long time companion (Waldemar Sorychta – Wolfheart, Irreligious), the songs of this “accursed” album were signs of a rebellion of the band against the sound that made them famous in the scene.

Moonspell’s biggest flaw or quality, judge for yourself, is never to be satisfied with anything,” Frontman Ribeiro says. “There was true creative anguish burning inside us in 1997, after we were done with the endless Irreligious’ tours, that created the perfect (shit)storm that would be Sin. It was a strange year for us, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, were letting loose and seemed to be also under the same mood as we did, or vice-versa. It doesn’t matter. Metal was turning its wheel and we’re all on the falling side. We took the fall and enjoyed doing it anyway. It wasn’t Moses dividing the waters, but it did hurt sometimes to feel alone. Curiosly a lot of other people entered Sin’s mood a couple of years later and now they beg of us to play those songs live. If you’re reading this and need another taste at sin, let’s indulge each other and pick up that second skin from the late-nineties deep closet.”

I don’t understand how a true fan wouldn’t like this album. It is of course not black metal but certainly vibes with some of the darkly romantic decadence they displayed on Irreligious. “Magdalene” in particular is one of their best songs, stunning performances in particular on that song from Pedro and Ricardo in particular which would add even more dynamics to the band’s legendary live shows. I hope more fans discover this release. Happy for the band it is getting more respect as an important creative moment. Bands should not be forced to never follow their muse creatively into interesting, nuanced dalliances and diversions.

Omaha upstart’s Through Fire have a new Sumerian backed cover of a Roxette classic “Listen To Your Heart”. I am a big fan of the original and the band were one of the catchiest around in their heyday. I actually shouted them out on a verse of an industrial song on my band Walking Bomb’s most recent album, cuz I listen to them in the kitchen with my girlfriend sometimes, haha.

(Update: This was written just a day before I found out the sad news about the passing of Marie Fredrikkson. RIP to an awesome artist). 

Anyway, this new hard rock version aint half bad. While not the style of rock I gravitate to the most, I admire the band bringing back a tune that deserves more love and putting their own spin on it for a new generation!

All Animal, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album was produced by guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain. The title track single ‘All Animal’ was #1 on SiriusXM Octane Big Uns’ Countdown for 2 consecutive weeks and spent 18 weeks on the Billboard rock radio charts.
The band is currently on their ‘Holiday Havoc’ Tour with Brkn Love, Saul and Dead Posey. Tickets are available from ThroughFireMusic.com

Stone Sour are here to inspect your naughty to nice stocking ratio

Speaking of hard rock, current genre leaders Stone Sour have a new live video for the song “Whiplash Pants”. I loved seeing Corey’s t-shirt of The Specials! Right on!

Speaking on the band’s first official live release, guitarist Josh Rand says,

“This is the Reno show in its entirety, just how it went down on October 5th, 2018. We’re extremely proud of the fact that it’s 100% live with absolutely no overdubs! It’s not perfect but neither are we. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did playing it.”

Anyway, this is a high energy clip showing the bond between band and fans in a great way, more evidence of why they remain at the top of the pack in the hearts of many. The close camera guitar leads section is pretty fucking sick indeed as well. The clip is taken from the upcoming live album, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno which will be released on December 13th via Cooking Vinyl. Find the new track on your streaming platform of choice and watch the video below.

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Spiritbox Gets Technical with New Song “Rule Of Nines”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3:50 PM (PST)

Photo Cred: Kyle Joinson

Spiritbox (ex-Iwrestledabearonce) has released with a new single and music video titled, “Rule Of Nines”. The song which follows up on the Singles Collection EP, is based on a dark image of just laying down on the ground, giving up and becoming so still that you just became part of the ground.

“This song is special to us, because it marks the first time we have able to go into the studio with our producer and create a song in our ideal environment. We didn’t have to make any compromises. I think our other songs have been little steps in the right direction but “Rule of Nines” is a proper leap forward, and the whole process has ripped me out of my comfort zone. I’ve learned to embrace that feeling of the unknown and just trust myself.”

Watch the music video for “Rule Of Nines” below.

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Paladin to release Nevermore covers EP featuring Travis Smith art

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3:41 PM (PST)

Very, very cool news today as we learn that one of the brightest new stars in metal Paladin are releasing a covers EP dedicated to the legends Nevermore this month! Prosthetic is releasing the EP digitally on December 13th, 2019 to end the year on a soaring and intense note.  The cover art for the Anamnesis EP has been created by Travis Smith, a longtime artistic collaborator of both Nevermore and Warrel Dane.

Pre-save the Anamnesis EP at Spotify HERE. 

Of the choice of songs on the EP, PALADIN guitarist/vocalist, Taylor Washington comments:

“River Dragon was an obvious choice since it’s probably their most recognizable song. I wanted to do something from This Godless Endeavor since it’s still my favorite Nevermore album, and Final Product was kind of the default choice since it doesn’t have any super ridiculous hard parts in it. We also wanted to do an older song, one that wasn’t played on a 7 string. The name is a mouthful, but I’ve always been partial to 42147 because it’s filled with great riffs and the subject matter is interesting.”

A chance meeting with Nevermore drummer, Van Williams, gave PALADIN the impetus to pursue the idea of recording the songs, which will be released on 13 December – the anniversary of Dane’s death. The band’s connection to Nevermore goes back several years as Taylor explains:

“I remember picking up This Godless Endeavor from a liquidation sale at a music store back in high school. From the first listen it immediately resonated with me and I knew it would become one of my favorite albums and Nevermore one of my favorite bands. When Prosthetic proposed the idea of doing a Nevermore tribute EP to commemorate Warrel Dane’s death, I honestly hesitated. Jeff Loomis is an absolute monster on guitar and Warrel had one of the most distinct and dynamic voices to grace the metal world. The task of having to do justice to those two and Nevermore as a whole was a daunting one, but I couldn’t say no. I decided to sing the songs the way I would rather than try to sound like Warrel since that would feel disingenuous to me.”

 

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