Threat Signal deliver forceful new single “Exit The Matrix”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:45 PM (PST)

Threat Signal have returned with some long awaited new music. “Exit The Matrix” is the first taste of Disconnect (pre order HERE now!), due out on November 10th worldwide via Agonia Records. Def cool to hear their sound again and there is even a little more progressive edge to the bridge and solo section that were a cool surprise. Not feeling the cleans on this one as much as some of the older stuff, but Jon Howard remains an in charge force on the screams nonetheless. I really do think if Linkin Park moves forward he is literally the only ideal choice for the job.

Anyway, I am gonna go back to enjoying the last few episodes of American Gods that I need to catch up on but this Threat Signal news was absolutely welcome energy that a lot of us were waiting for! Great to have them back.

THREAT SIGNAL – Exit The Matrix (Official Lyric Video)

NEW SONG PREMIERE! Listen to the first single from our long-awaited fourth studio album, "Disconnect", due out on November 10th worldwide via Agonia Records. The track "Exit The Matrix" is available in the form of a lyric video below, or on YouTube, at:https://youtu.be/Kviui27X7RUPRE-ORDER the new album at:CD/BOX/LP/MERCH: https://agoniarecords.com/threatsignaliTunes: http://radi.al/THREATSIGNALBandcamp: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/disconnectJon commented: "Well, we made it to album number 4! To say its been a tough ride would be an understatement, but as the shit piles on, we'll keep shovelling that shit off!! So we began writing this album back in 2012, and continued writing over the next 3 years until we were able to hit the studio again. Basically our thought process while writing was to not have an end goal of what the album should sound like. We didn't plan to make a really heavy album, or a melodic album, or take anyone else's input on what we should sound like. We basically just wrote songs with a clear and open mindset until Disconnect grew together. This album ranges from melodic metal, to hard rock, to thrash metal, and even down to a chill acoustic tune, its a roller coaster of a ride while staying true to the Threat Signal sound. You will feel the energy from all of our previous albums plus something new. A big thanks to Agonia records for believing in us and finally getting this album released. Also a HUGE thanks to the fans for sticking with us over the years. I'd like to dedicate our album Disconnect to my fallen friend and former Threat Signal drummer Norm Killeen. May you be jamming with the best of them in the next life!!! Peace and love"."Disconnect" was recorded and produced by Jon Howard and lead guitarist Travis Montgomery. Mixing and mastering were done by Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Battlecross, Coal Chamber). Artwork for the album was created by Ludovic Cordelieres of Rusalkadesign (Kamelot).Tracklist:1. Elimination Process2. Nostalgia3. Walking Alone4. Exit The Matrix5. Falling Apart6. Aura7. Betrayal8. To Thine Own Self Be True9. Dimensions10. Terminal Madness11. Eyes Sewn Shut (*BOX CD exclusive)Album formats:- Digipack CD.- Limited BOX (CD + bonus track, poster, patch and sticker).- Regular black LP.- Limited transparent blue/opaque red ("colour in clolour") LP.- Digital.- TS.

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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's first musical experience was dancing to Chubby Checker's the Twist at his grandparents house.


It is not often you hear someone as clearly at home with a guitar in their hands as true virtuoso Al Joseph. I don’t listen to mostly instrumental guitarists that often, though I do get down to some Marty Friedman and love Scale The Summit, but I was so blown away when I heard Al Joseph’s recent stratospheric All Of Creation record that I had to track the man down and ask him about writing it, his technique, inspirations, hope and dreams, etc.

What a cool person! I promise if you listen to this record you will be very inspired to create, experience and LIVE! Satriani, Pettruci, Townsend Project and Reid fans will be into this for sure, but really you don’t have to love technical leads to find a human element here to latch on to. We here at Metal Riot highly advise you make some time for Al’s amazing art.

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BIG|BRAVE Streams Entire ‘Ardor’ LP at Bandcamp

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11:12 AM (PST)

It is always a good thing when you can hear new music from Canada’s Big|Brave.The three piece have a new record out Ardor via mighty Southern Lord this week and they remain one of the most enjoyable and reality changing bands out there, capable of scooping you right out of your banal existence and into your mind’s eye.

Stream BIG|BRAVE’s Ardor, featured at Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.

As with their previous release, Au De La, the new Ardor album was recorded at the Hotel2Tango, this time by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of Jerusalem In My Heart). Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra), who was a special guest on Au De La, played violin on all the three new tracks, and Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) played contrabass on two of the tracks.

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Gemini Syndrome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:06 AM (PST)
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Album Review: Shrapnel – ‘Raised On Decay’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:05 PM (PST)

Daaaamn. Shrapnel are back! Raised On Decay (Spinefarm) is a big next step for the British thrashers after a good, if flawed, debut The Virus Conspires. You can tell they have been working hard because the new record increases all of their strengths and you can hear the band finding their own voice a little more. They were never bad but they are becoming who they were meant to be. You can hear it in the explosive 2:28 mark of “Echoes Of Emptiness” as they transcend the confines of an otherwise rad thrash song into full guitar solo glory and then a truly unhinged bridge that will satisfy Death Angel and Kreator fans alike and proves they can match the intensity of Warbringer and Battlecross when they assert themselves fully.

There is a lot of bad ass riffing here. “Jester” doesn’t even have to demand your attention because it has it. A hard charged riff slips into a super bad ass extended tom roll section and then we are off to the fuckin’ races. You can tell these guys are deeply invested in the music and set to prove they deserve the big time. Man, they need to be on the road with Testament or Shattered Sun like RIGHT now!

“Choir Of Wolves” is an example of a slightly weaker cut, though the song title is cool. An almost Queensryche intro with evil sort of bordeline campy King Diamond dark talking vocals (might have been better instrumental, frankly) sets the stage for a very militaristic sounding song that has some clobbering tones and great moments but is mostly held together by the stomp tempo and the great lead guitar. Other songs are more on point all the way through, in particular thrash fans will fucking delight (there is no other word) to the speed and skill excess of “Carved From Above”.

I dug this band when I first heard them and highly recommend this for a band who you feel like you can sort of be a part of from the ground floor up. I sincerely hope they stay going and make a handful more records after this, cuz they are really having an extended musical moment of greatness here for the vast majority of the offered tracks.

 

 

Katla’s compelling new “Nátthagi” premieres at Metal Injection

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:58 PM (PST)

Katla is an Icelandic band featuring ex-Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and singer/multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson (Fortíð, Potentiam).

From a press release:

Named in tribute to one of Iceland’s greatest active volcanos, Katla creates powerful, panoramic music where shimmering guitars, crushing melodies and atmospheric density meet dark, entrancing power. Katla‘s debut album, Móðurástin, will be released on October 27 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Dool).

In advance of the record’s release, Katla debuts the new song “Nátthagi” which features “dark, post-hardcore vocals from Guðmundsson”, “strong hooks” and “a unique, entrancing quality.” Hear Katla‘s “Nátthagi” at THIS location (via Metal Injection).

Wow. I LOVE this tune. Really great tempo and the melody and drums really propel it and capture attention, stirring emotions. I know Pálmason’s split with his old band was hard and they are a big group to exit, but if we have two bands now this excellent I have to say that seems like a pretty good thing for the metal scene (another example of this would be Khorada and the fucking excellent Pillorian record).

So yeah, support Katla, cuz this is really good stuff so far. 

 

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Gideon set for part two of Wage War’s “Deadweight” Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 6:47 PM (PST)

Hardcore faithful Gideon are set for part two of Wage War’s ‘Deadweight ‘Tour along with Varials, Loathe and Oceans Ate Alaska. This will be a high energy tour, for sure.

 

Can't wait for Round 2 with Wage War, Oceans Ate Alaska, Varials and Loathe. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon local. wagewarband.com

Posted by Gideon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Castle ‘Stone Thrones’ West Coast Tour starts in early November

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:39 PM (PST)

Heavy doom/metal unit CASTLE — currently in the midst of their Endless Graveyard live takeover — will take to the streets again in November for the west coast Stone Thrones tour. The trek begins November 24th and runs through December 2nd winding its way through nine cities spread across Washington, Oregon, and California. See all confirmed dates below.

Stone Thrones Tour:
11/24/2017 The Valley – Tacoma, WA
11/25/2017 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
11/26/2017 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
11/27/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
11/28/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
11/29/2017 Spirits – Dunsmuir, CA
11/30/2017 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
12/01/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/02/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

 

CASTLE continues to tour in support of their molten Welcome To The Graveyard full-length, issued last summer via Ván Records. WelcomeTo The Graveyard was captured by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon and is currently available at THIS LOCATION.

 

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Gemini Syndrome Welcomes aboard MEEGS RASCÕN (Coal Chamber)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:11 PM (PST)

Meegs from Coal Chamber has joined talented melodic hard/groove rockers Gemini Syndrome. I feel like it is gonna be a good fit.

Speaking about the addition of Meegs to the band, Brian Medina (drums) shares, “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Meegs into the Gemini Syndrome Family. He is such a creative and innovative musician, and one of my most trusted and closest friends on this Earth. He’s been here since the inception of Gemini Syndrome, and it’s great to bring someone who is already family into the fold.”

Fans can purchase VIP packages for Gemini Syndrome’s “Brought To Light” tour, which include an exclusive acoustic performance HERE.

 

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Venom Prison exit scheduled dates with Decapitated, issue statement

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:24 AM (PST)

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UK extreme metallers Venom Prison are one of the most exciting and take no shit bands in death metal right now, a massive breath of fresh air. Now the band have done the right thing and pulled out of upcoming tour dates with Decapitated in response to the band’s gang rape allegations. Read their statement below.

It is with great dismay that Venom Prison is opting to pull out of our scheduled dates in the UK with Decapitated. As you are no doubt aware, the members of Decapitated were arrested on Saturday, 9th September in Santa Ana, California.

It is no secret that Venom Prison are opposed to rape and sexual assault, the band continue to advocate women’s rights and bring attention to the many serious issues which continue to plague the extreme music genres.

Venom Prison would like to stress that everyone is entitled to a fair trial – via the appropriate legal channels, not just via social media – and Decapitated remain respected musicians until proven otherwise. In addition, we would state that the burden of proof in any criminal matter, at least in the UK, is that of beyond all reasonable doubt, that 99% what is alleged to have happened did happen. On that basis, until an individual is convicted, we are not in a position to comment on the present allegations.

It is imperative that we state that we don’t believe these things ‘just happen’, so regardless as to the extent of the allegations, inevitably situations such as the one Decapitated have found themselves in, more often do than don’t involve some degree of inappropriate behaviour.

As above, we have not made any effort to hide our views on what we see as an issue that is becoming more and more visible, an unfortunate ugliness that continues to spread. On that basis, we apologise to anyone who has already purchased tickets specifically to see Venom Prison, and whilst we would ask that you reserve your judgment, Venom Prison will not be performing at the scheduled dates.

Furthermore, we have opted to donate £200 to Rape Crisis England & Wales. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness to issues such as rape and sexual assault, in music and anywhere, we must continue to take a stand and as long as Venom Prison is a band, we will continue to resist censorship and make our feelings known.

We thank you for your continued support.

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Forgotten Tomb premiere new song “We Owe You Nothing”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM (PST)

“We Owe You Nothing”, the ninth studio album from Italian black/doom metal overlords FORGOTTEN TOMB, is set to be released on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records. What a perfect way to start an early Halloween killing spree!

The new album’s title track & first single can be heard below. It’s got a sleazy sort of big rock element and swagger that sounds almost like the grim bastards are enjoying themselves, haha. Nonetheless, after the song’s intro the track shifts into monstrously huge and heavy groove metal that almost sounds like Deathless-era Throwdown with John Tardy doing black metal vocals!  Whuuuuuuttt?!!! That sounds fucking insane on paper and it is certainly different but undeniably crushing and the guitar tones are fucking dominant and gigantic. I have never wanted to ignorantly pit start to Forgotten Tomb more than wanting to die alone in a bath tub listening to them (in a good way – my fave is still the very emotionally barren Springtime Depression), but there is a first time for everything! If you are looking for straight up black metal though, seems like that ship has more than sailed.

Much like being a long term fan of Aborym, Darkthrone or Enslaved, if you can stop demanding what this band is ‘supposed’ to be, you might just enjoy where they are at now. This is undeniably metal to the core and has some very cool passages.

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Tribulation to tour with Arch Enemy, studio update

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:10 PM (PST)

Dark conquerors of the imagination Tribulation (shit, that kind of rhymed in a semi-corny way and broke the spell, haha)…Um, rad as heck band of Swedish vampire deathlords Tribulation are in the studio AND also getting set to tour with Arch Enemy.

The band commented, “After tracking all the drums in the classic Soundtrade Studios we are now residing in Studio Cobra. It is a strange and wicked brew that we are currently concocting together with Martin Ehrencrona. 2018 will see the Vampyre return in a new form to usher in a new era of ventures and audible gloominess.”
 
TRIBULATION’s yet untitled fourth studio album is set to be released in January 2018. More information on the album will follow in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, TRIBULATION have been recently announced as support for Swedish metal giants Arch Enemy on the European leg of their “Will To Power” world tour!  “It is happening again!”, exclaimed the group, “We are returning to the road in conjunction with the release of our new album, first stop Europe with no other than ARCH ENEMY. See you all soon!” Full dates can be found below.

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How to react at first when a sexual assault allegation hits the scene

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1:52 PM (PST)

TW: Sexual assault, scene idiot fans.

So, I have been a Decapitated fan for years and was really looking forward to covering their NYC show next week. I was on the guest list and have several of their records and was stoked. Do you think that my primary concern upon hearing that the band are accused of gang rape is that I hope it is not true and their career is not maligned? No.

If your first response upon hearing a fan say they were assaulted is to automatically discount them because you like the art of someone who is also human and capable of being very flawed or massively fucking up as many humans throughout history have proven (trust me – some VERY popular bands are major liars), if your first response is to knee jerk call the accuser a slut or groupie or liar, if your first response is to go buy merch from the band to prove you believe in them no matter what (see As I Lay Dying fans after Tim’s arrest), perhaps your priorities are super fucked up? Yes.

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Marilyn Manson releases “We Know Where You Fucking Live”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM (PST)

Marilyn Manson has been, in my opinion, pretty consistent through his musical career overall, but most people always associate an artist’s ‘best’ work with their most popular period due to shared cultural reference points. The truth is, while a lot of Manson stuff on the last handful records drifted into the sort of mid-tempo pained moaning and self-deprecating poetry territory it wasn’t overall bad. Some people need stuff to be extra in their faces for it to make them feel the same level of adrenaline (look at Linkin Park fans who only like their first record when they have arguably been decent songwriters most of their career).

Anyway, if you like the more hard rock side of Manson you will likely dig this new single from 10th LP Heaven Upside Down (the album is due Oct. 6th from Loma Vista Recordings). It has the sense of social paranoia, some yeowling scratchy screams and a semi-stompy beat that will likely make it a strong live number. If anything it is a pointed examination of the lack of privacy in the swarming cesspool we call modern culture.

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Undisputed melodic death metal kings At The Gates (basically the Metallica of their metallic sub-genre, only without ever pulling a Reload), have decided on a new guitarist. Instead of, say, jacking Ola Englund from The Haunted or Mike Schleibaum from Darkest Hour as some expected, the band have decided to give the coveted slot to an old friend. Jonas Stålhammar (pictured above) is currently a member of The Lurking Fear, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades and God Macabre. He has previously played in Abhoth, Utumno and Macabre End.

At Metal Riot we are very excited to hear what fruit this union doth bear.

We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders’ performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018. 

We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on AT THE GATES record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band’s sound.

We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for AT THE GATES, and our fans, for sure.”

Additionally, AT THE GATES have just announced their first live shows for 2018 to be as follows:

AT THE GATES – Live 2018
02.-04.03.2018 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Netherlands Deathfest
13.-15.07.2018 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Fest
Many more dates to be announced soon…

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