Only a mother could be proud of…ok, that’s not fair. We are all proud of Ice nine Kills.

During the mammoth #FearlessAtHome live stream event that took on Saturday, horror themed theatricore outfit, ICE NINE KILLS celebrated the 40th Anniversary of classic horror movie, Friday The 13th, with the debut of “Jason’s Mom” – a very special, acoustic parody in honor of one of the deadliest matriarchs in movie history, just in time for Mother’s Day. They dedicated the performance to Adam Schlesinger whose genius song writing and smash hit, “Stacy’s Mom”, provided the inspiration for the song.

Speaking on their re-imagining of the Fountains of Wayne classic track and the 40th Anniversary of Friday The 13th, INK frontman, Spencer Charnas says

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Friday The 13th and with tomorrow being Mother’s Day, we thought this acoustic cover would be the perfect way to celebrate. We want to dedicate this to the memory of the inspirational songwriter Adam Schlesinger, who co-wrote this amazing and enduring pop song for Fountains Of Wayne.

We hope all the Moms out there have a truly killer Mother’s Day.

Ice Nine Kills also payed homage to Friday The 13th with this month’s Nightmare On The Ninth merch drop. The ‘Mommy Knows Best’ collection celebrates Forty Years of Friday and is available for a limited time from NightmareOnTheNinth.com The movie was also the inspiration for their track “Thank God It’s Friday”. Taken from their 2018 opus, The Silver Scream, the track has clocked up 2 million YouTube views and 9.6 million streams on Spotify since it’s release.

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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."


Cover Story: OTEP

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 5:56 AM (PST)

Sitting around quarantine and thinking back to bands I have been in that had members who would argue if it was cool or not to play covers made me think it might be neat-o to showcase some covers by one artist on the site today. OTEP seemed like a good pick because A. She rules as a person and has always been cool to our site and B. Just look at that “Shelter In Place” message behind the band photo. Wise choice during Covid-19, fam. And I think that photo is older than last year? Prophetic!

Anyway, OTEP rocks and the real best reason to choose some of the band’s best covers is that THERE ARE A BUNCH OF DOPE ONES TO SHOW YOU. Seriously, some bands are so snobby but it is cool to show your influences. I thought it was cool how when Chester from Linkin Park died even Chris from Coldplay wasn’t too “big” and covered “Crawling” in his memory.

Here’s four tunes poet and nu-fusion groove metal activist Otep Shamaya chose to cover with her band over the years.

  1. ‘Breed’ by Nirvana is an iconic grunge punk tune and the high energy video disturbs and taunts and plays appearances like David Lynch took the class on a Nu Metal field trip to hell.

2. ‘Not To Touch The Earth’ by the Doors is my favorite OTEP cover because as a poet Shamaya really vibes with Jim and respects the material and also because it is cool to hear one of the most intense “bad trip” doors songs ever (and not the most obvious cover choice from the band’s tunes) become straight up metal!

3. ‘Wake Up’ by RATM. Otep certainly vibes with smashing the control machine/Matrix and critiquing capitalism’s worst excesses, so this makes perfect sense. Also, hello…rap rock. ‘Nuff said.

4. Lorde’s ‘Royals’ lyrically is a great choice and this one remains a fan favorite in the Tribe. We’re in this together so hope this makes quarantine or whatever you are going through a little more bearable as we have money fears and the future is even more uncertain, fam. One love. PMA.

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poorly cropped band logo of today

So Flynn – despite being obviously guilty of a ton of shit – skips out of charges thanks to the Baby Sinclair-helmed DOJ’s blatant corruption, I finally get a onetime stimulus check of money Trump and cronies have stolen from us a zillion times over and it instantly has to go towards a pricey car repair and James Woods (of all shitbags I can’t stand) tweeted something accurate about how Cuomo sucks and harmed senior homes. This evening is just obviously destined to serve as an excuse to eat quarantine sour patch kids and chase them with black coffee while rewatching American Horror Story: Apocalypse for the third time. Not to get all conspiracy theory, but Episode 9 “Fire and Reign” (the one with Anastasia that really could’ve used some Dead Again era Type O on the soundtrack) when the Cooperative has a meeting really gets me musing inwardly on how much Elon Musk is a dumb bro who seems to have blatantly been a cheerleader for eugenics during the whole god damn pandemic and, uh, his kid has a really dumb fucking name.  Way to ensure your kid renames themselves John Smith and grows up to play really bad boring pop country just to rebel against you and (probable) Godfather Joe Rogan.

Anyway, here’s five hardcore videos to help randomly fight the stir crazy.

Downset – “One Blood”: I could have used an older Downset video but we need to be united to defeat Coronavirus. This song yells “United” a bunch and it was fun interviewing them for I forget what magazine when this dropped. Wow, over five years ago already. Also, this comeback album did not get enough love. I know it is dumb of me but I can’t stop chuckling about how someone wrote ‘One Blunt!’ in the YouTube comments. The guitar tone is so gnarly and I want to stage dive.

Merauder – “Master Killer”:

Not exactly a deep cut but why wouldn’t you be randomly blasting this anyway on a Friday night in quarantine before a snowstorm in May, assholes? Prioritize!

Biohazard – “Shades Of Grey”:

Just admit that Biohazard was better than music now. Don’t deny the epic lack of social distancing in the crowd crunchy scenes (but don’t do that shit right now). Long haired Evan is the coolest. I also want to say fuck racism and RIP Ahmaud Arbery.

Sick Of It All – “Take The Night Off”: This isn’t even old Sick Of It All (new SOIA rules too), but Death To Tyrants is an apt title yet again. And we have to keep taking the night off right now to protect people. Don’t believe the bullshit propaganda to get you to endanger others and die for the “economy”.

 

Youth Of Today – “No More “: Stop eating animals. It’s disgusting.

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Russian goth metal band Inner Missing‘s cup brimmeth over with shadowed emotion and introspective, deep reflections. Their records are up for streaming now on many platforms. I suggest you start with Ghostwriter on Bandcamp (“The Loss”, track 2, is especially epic and well constructed) and work your way backwards. They have plenty of remarkable compositions. All 7 albums are available for the first time on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, etc. via Finnish record label Inverse Records.

The band has shared stages with My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Saturnus and Throes of Dawn just to name a few and Inner Missing is highly recommended for the fans of aforementioned bands.

“Does anyone remember where we put that tomb? Just scowl and pretend you know.”

One of my most anticipated for 2020 was Forgotten Tomb’s Nihilistic Estrangement and boy, does it deliver. The May 8th Agonia release is streaming below and has a mouth full of very sharp teeth to go along with the melody rich yet heavy black metal glory. This is another classic for the Italian band. Fucking love this album/act.

Nihilistic Estrangement was produced by Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio (vocal, guitars) and mixed by Alessandro “Algol” Comerio (bass). Jack Control mastered the album at Enormous Door Studios (Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Martyrdod).

Tracklist:
1. Active Shooter
2. Iris’ House Pt. I
3. Iris’ House Pt. II
4. Distrust³
5. Nihilistic Estrangement
6. RBMK

Line-up:
Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio – vocals, guitars
Alessandro “Algol” Comerio – bass
Kyo-Naam “Asher” Rossi – drums

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Cult of cool dads?

Greetings corona conquerors. I am sipping coffee in my pjs and positively living from Axl dragging Steve Munchkin on Twitter about virus deaths. Chinese Democracy did more for the world and democracy than you ever did, Steve. Bootlicking moron. Plus Suicide Squad blew (except for Diablo).

Anyway, happy 2 year anniversary (I think) to Melania’s “Be Best”- LMAO.

Wanna tell y’all about this Belgian band of rocker dudes Cult Of Scarecrow today. I like their new video -made in quarantine- for “Adrift and Astray”. The keyboard set up got me stoked and I like that they are like regular metal dudes who are older and obviously doing what they love and thus not poseurs.

Thought I’d give their entertaining video and styles some love today as the whole thing is about an evil virus that wants to destroy metal being defeated as we rise back eventually from the ashes. Word up, dudes.

Official #1 album of the afterlife, ongoing…

Much like multi-faceted Goddesses of ancient times like Hecate, Demeter and Freya who were associated both with harvest/abundance and death or battle, Actually Huizenga is both a total baller and a subterranean legend who inspires well-deserved cult worship and who I am stoked to call a friend. Punk icon Ian Svenonius ( The Make-Up, Nation Of Ulysses) guest stars in the new video for “Burn The Witch” from the at times campy but still deeply relevant industrial project Patriarchy. Asking For It was pretty much my absolute favorite (of all genres) album last year -peeling back layers of social constructs amidst a blend of lusty cemetery industrial pop and death rock. Plus the songwriting quality, both musically and the lyrics, is insane. Every video has been dope af. I should’ve fucking put it on our year end list but since I am clearly an idiot I mostly leaned towards stuff on the 2019 year end list that was more blatantly metal or hardcore (with one exception of a folk Guns n Roses cover). Hopefully I will be forgiven. Actually Huizenga & Andrew Means are a crucial act to know in 2020.

V is for Vaniljkakor

A reminder that Horisont are set to release Sudden Death on May 15th! The follow up to About Time is coming at last. I have been loving the piano intro to “Free Riding” in particular. This tune just scratches all my Thin Lizzy itches in the right ways (and some prog ones too). Unabashed scandinavian stud music.

 

Lastly today, we need to celebrate that Alestorm has a new album with a completely epic title Curse Of The Crystal Coconut out May 29th via Napalm. “Treasure Chest Party Quest” has lyrics about babies with tiny metal hands being born drunk. If this fucknuts video doesn’t make you laugh a little in these bleak, shitty times then nothing will. Also, the production of the song is pretty huge…and of course the bearded baby. This is one of the greatest experiences I have had while in quarantine, frankly.

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ELLEFSON to release Post-Malone cover

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:49 PM (PST)

ELLEFSON, the solo band of Grammy-Winning MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the release date for their cover of the POST MALONE track “OVER NOW”, which will release exclusively on BANDCAMP on 5/9, and on all other digital outlets on 5/15. The track will appear on their as yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due in October.

Produced by Ellefson, Vocalist Thom Hazaert, and guitarist Andy Martongelli, engineered and mixed by Allessio Garavello, with vocals engineered by Richard Easterling and Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred), and featuring cover art by Melody Myers (Altitudes and Attitudes, Escape The Fate) the track is a heavy reimagining of the R&B flavored Posty favorite (co-written with Tommy Lee), also featuring drummer Paolo Caridi, and guest background vocals by legendary former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Asia vocalist, and frequent Ellefson/Hazaert collaborator Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

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Photo by Darren Craig

Today, PAPA ROACH releases the official video for the track “Feel Like Home.” The minimalistic, high-energy video was filmed at home, under quarantine, providing a rare and very entertaining look into the band members’ and their family at home.

The band explains “We’re all home, in quarantine, and decided to try and entertain our families a little bit with one of our favorite songs from the record – we hope it brings a little joy and positivity. Really looking forward to seeing people around the world trying their own! “

And with that comment – Papa Roach and Better Noise Music are launching the #FEELLIKEHOMECHALLENGE, encouraging fans anywhere in the world to create their own version of the video, from home, for the opportunity at several prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,200. All entries are to be submitted by Sunday May 31st, at which point band will review all entries and choose a winner with 2 runner up prizes, along with prizing for 10 submissions selected at random on June 8, 2020 Anyone can enter anywhere in the world.


Papa Roach just wrapped a 4 hour epic live-streamed retrospective this past weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary release of their debut album INFEST. The program, dubbed “INFEST IN-Conversation” featured Special Guests, Dave Buckner (Papa Roach), Chino & Risa Moreno (Deftones), Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (Linkin Park), Marcos Siega (TV/Film Director) and Jason AalonButler (Fever 333). The program ran simultaneously across the band’s official Twitch, Facebook, Youtube, VK, and Twitter accounts garnering an audience of 1.8 million during the broadcast.

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Spylacopa

Today, May 1st, Bandcamp are waiving their share of revenue sales for 24 hours. Groceries For Seniors is a good start, if charity is in your heart more than genre. Here are ALSO (of course) a few great weirdo rock and metal releases we recommend you buy or check out if you are looking for something or someone cool to support or listen to.

First up, Sacred Bones has a new Sabbath covers comp out. The Uniform gnarly take on “Symptom Of The Universe” (sans melodic “Yeahhhhs”) is pretty rad. Thou doing “Supernaut” is probably my favorite track, all things said. Just beastly. They also include Hilary Woods doing “N.I.B.” plus Marissa Nadler’s “Solitude” cover and Zola Jesus doing “Changes”, among others.

 

Barishi- Old Smoke : A beastly stomper that recalls and nearly rivals earliest, angriest Mastodon, staggering like a wounded warrior through prog-coated mazes of confusion pursued by a mean ass Minotaur. “The Silent Circle” has one of the most no holds barred album opening riff onslaughts of the year once it gets rolling out of the fog. A welcome return from the Vermont masterminds and sure to create a big wave. Support!


Adzes – No One Wants To Speak About It: The always top notch Tridroid Records folks are going to be releasing the Adzes melodic sludge debut a lot of us have been waiting for. This is likely to be one of the top releases in the genre as far as musical quality goes this year. This Seattle project is A+ passionate and worker centric, perfect for a May day plug.  Forest Bohrer channels some major Godflesh vibes on “Divide” and the artwork accentuates the themes of wealth inequality destroying humanity.

Spylacopa – It’s All Over Now : Some digitally enhanced shoegaze influenced moody art pop material from the always eclectic Spylacopa project. John LaMacchia (Candiria) and Rising Pulse are always worth checking up on.
“Lost we are without/The guiding beacons burning out” feels like a good summary of how hard it is to keep faith during this sketchy moment for humanity.

During the writing of SUNN O)))’s opus Life Metal, Greg and Stephen created three rehearsal demos of riffs and production ideas in Anderson’s Downtown LA rehearsal studio. SUNN O))) is pleased to offer them via Bandcamp Day, TODAY ONLY. Proceeds will go to Global Food Banking Network.

Find the demos here:
https://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/life-metal-rehearsal-260518
https://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/life-metal-rehearsal-250518
https://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/life-metal-rehearsal-230518

Ok, friends. Back to crying about Order 66 for me. See ya soon.

 

 

 

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Rainy day check-in and some music recommendations for you today here at Metal Riot.

I am doing ok. My mother, as I wrote a day or so back, has coronavirus along with 70 other patients at her elder care/dementia facility. For now she is stable and things are going as smooth as can be hoped under awful circumstances. Trying not to lose my mind about it still and breathe through it.

As of May 1st I will also be celebrating 4 months sober from booze, no weed and cigs completely after a hard struggle and depressed 2019. During a pandemic, I feel like I am proud of myself for not guzzling red wine every day and divebombing into a serious spiral. Thank you to those who have encouraged me. Love and horns to you all. Count your blessings.

Last night I was watching Chloe Mendel’s IG live, which was cool. She is creative director for faux fur brand Maisonatia and was doing a fundraiser for Paws Chicago. She is also incidentally (we are a rock site, lol) Billy Corgan’s partner and Chloe was telling stories about how she was getting creative with Tie Dye techniques on some unsold Pumpkins tour merch to make them look more vintage. It was interesting! Props to anyone staying creative or positive during this time and also using their platform to remind that animals need help right now too.

I actually recently bought my gf Elizabeth/Globelamp the chord book for the Adore album-the gothiest SP record- which arrived just before we took a drive to see the Tibetan prayer flags near the KTD Monastery above Woodstock, NY (as we do every few years). Yes, we wore masks and stayed far away from people. It was very spiritually replenishing.

Elizabeth and I have been arguing with a lot of mindless Swifties during the pandemic who are covering for Taylor Swift. Swift made anti-Semitic public statements against Soros as “greedy”. My gf used to be a Swiftie but the second she critiqued Taylor for anything she was mocked mercilessly out of the fandom and trolled for trying to get solidarity against her well connected indie scene abuser’s DARVO tactics. She also is hated by them because she recently wrote a Medium piece about how Taylor Swift is a hypocrite for pretending to be “woke” while she spent years ignoring Trump- so she could keep making money off her conservative fans, let’s get real- only to make a huge fuss (and an awful documentary centering her privileged perspective) on how hard it was to come out as a moderate Democrat. Since then Swift has played Amazon prime day during a worker’s strike and while Amazon supports ICE and also played China for Xi while there are millions in Muslim re-education camps. Taylor could have pulled a Bjork and shouted ‘Tibet!’ but instead she just made money and ignored the suffering and capitalistic rubber stamp she gave to Alibaba Singles Day. Her fans have even trolled us and said no Uighur’s have been harmed in China and Globelamp is just “jealous”. Um, calling a female musician the “jealous” trope when they critique your pop fave you stan isn’t aligned with the espoused theme of “The Man”.

Seriously, why can privileged known shitbag Sam France start a label called “Fascist Records” and pretend it is about the unfair music industry (you’re wealthy and from Calabasas, stfu…you’re not Prince) or Swift can dogwhistle about Soros from her zillion houses during the Covid-19 outbreak and the music media thinks it is chill?

I wish humans learned from the past. I am reading the awesome Nico: The Life & Lies Of An Icon by Richard Witts and there is a haunting passage where she (someone deeply scarred by the war since childhood) suggests that post-WW2 ,“It is a pity they rebuilt Berlin. They should have left it empty. It would make a marvelous museum now. The National Museum of Destruction.”

This shit is not a joke for scene points.

It seems we are more divided in the world than ever, heedless of environmental issues and corporate cronyism/blind spots, etc. In America we have the DNC gaslighting for Biden and misleading about NY Times’ Tara Reade conclusions with the gross playbook Lisa Bloom established to try and once save Weinstein’s hideous ass being now weaponized against anyone from Rose Twitter or elsewhere who thinks regardless of party accusations can’t be erased by Voltron-formations of politicians saying ,”He’s a good guy.” I can relate to Rose McGowan feeling alienated by it. I never thought I’d see Gillibrand and Warren (naïve as I was) run cover for Biden. It’s gross and more proof they should have not impeded Bernie. It has alienated so many people, even folks who were Blue No Matter Who before like myself out of a desire to get rid of Trump (yes, I wanted Bernie or Warren to win and then hoped things could be improved if it “had to be” a centrist). But FUCK this Tara Reade silencing, gaslighting DNC crap.

There must be a reckoning and push for restorative justice and a higher bar set than using the Kavanaugh approach (from the LEFT!) – or Anita Dunn compromising Times Up via PR for Biden. GROSS! Wack!

You can’t pretend no victim’s story doesn’t shift slightly at times as they work up the nerve over time to confront powerful figures. It’s textbook. Survival doesn’t fit neatly into your party lines.

We really do need a revolution in this country and a much better social safety net, along with a total mental restructuring around empathy over dollars and power.

Anyhow, thanks for letting me rant. We’re all in this human mess together and this is my only current platform besides music (I lost 5 jobs including my 8 year newspaper gig shuttering due to the virus). Gotta vent somewhere! XO, y’all.

Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II is on the way.

My friend and sometime noise collaborator Dave Brenner aka GRIDFAILURE has announced Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II. The second album in the five-title concept series will see its initial release on June 5th via Nefarious Industries. It is going to be seismic.  Pre Order HERE and check out “No Defensive Wounds To Be Found”.

Containing material spanning GRIDFAILURE’s entire four-year lifespan, Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II infuses many styles of analog and digital percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, many types of keys and synth, accordion, trumpet, theremin, powerelectronics, harmonica, didgeridoo, field recordings, and more, some of which were recorded outdoors including in extreme weather events. The record features guest contributions from members of Deadbird, Vastum, T.O.M.B., Chrome Waves, Mountaineer, A Fucking Elephant, Megalophobe, The Third Kind, Cutworm, Fuck Your Birthday, Fyrhtu, Feel Happiness, and musicians who’ve played with likes of David Bowie and Miles Davis, and more.

Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II was performed/arranged, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, who also drew the cover art. The record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg, Thetan).

HETHER FORTUNE is one of my favorite artists and people. She’s even one of the last real punks, I’d even go so far as to say. Hether has a new demo and rarities collection out this week. Buy it on Friday when Bandcamp gives 100% to the artists during this fucked time.

The release is called Whenever I’m In Doubt About Things I Do I Listen to the High Street Wailing Sounds in a Queue. Among other highlights it has some Wax Idols songs as demos, her Tom & Stevie cover, a killer Verve cover she was playing live in recent solo gigs (which made me pre-order this as soon as I learned about it) and more. Dig the lengthy Fiona Apple style When The Pawn…, The Idler Wheel… -esque long ass album title. Or maybe she was inspired just as much by Shai Hulud’s Hearts Once Nourished…? Hard to say! Just support it!

Lastly today before I fade back into the Catskill mists, outstanding death metal act IN MOURNING have a slick re-release of their Monolith record coming out via Agonia. How hot is that double pink vinyl?! Shut up and order it HERE.

Until next time, best wishes and may hope stay with you through this shitshow.

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Stitched Up Heart are a hard rock/alt metal band who have been absolutely exploding the last few years due to their high energy, melodic power and connection with fans. With numerous top 30 mainstream rock hits, over twenty million worldwide streams and a lot of fresh eyes on them, this band is not only headed places but ALREADY somewhere many acts never reach. New album Darkness explores a dynamic range of emotions while managing to be huge, catchy and electrifying.  It is sure to appeal to those enduring angsty growing pains or older rock fans looking to feel new energy.

Singer Mixi took some time out during this crazy and horrible pandemic to talk about the new album with me, her approach and some philosophy as well as getting through this time as a planet, animal fostering and vegetarianism.

All the best to this band and make sure to check out Darkness. They sound better than ever.

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Morgan here with some Quarantine updates from Metal Riot land to you. I am very upset to report that a close family member has the virus. It’s my mom. So far she is low fever and is doing ok. She is in a dementia ward and it is really hard. I am trying not to lose my mind with worry. It is hard to feel powerless. As a result, posts may be sporadic while I process this but really writing about music is also a good emotional distraction and way to bring folks together. Thank you to all who stand by our site and continue to rock with us.

Before I talk about some cool music news, I have been catching up on a few movies I never got to see when they came out and have to say that any of y’all who hated on Pacific Rim: Uprising are fucking idiots. That movie ruled and Steven S. DeKnight is the man. It didn’t have as many stars as the original but the emotional motivation was richer and I liked it even better. Especially of note the rad, explosive ending on Mount Fuji. So there.

Hard rocker Gilby Clarke of GnR fame is back with a rambling new single perfect for all of you who might be missing born to lose sleazy watering holes and who have the gritty rock n roll blues in your hearts.

Gilby recently released his latest single ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’ via Golden Robot Record and now Gilby has now released the video for ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’. The video was shot in Palmdale CA and Downtown Los Angeles and band performance footage in Hollywood club Oh My Ribs! It was directed by Christopher C. Pearson.

Gilby’s live band members Bass Player, EJ Curse (Silent Rage, White Lion) and Drummer, Jimmy D’Anda (Bullet Boys, George Lynch) both appear in the clip along with some great cameo’s by Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Jimmy Herald (Hillbilly Herald) and Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (formally of Guns N’ Roses, Carole King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper). Fun tune.

Greyhawk deliver power metal glory to fly us triumphantly above these terrible days. Eddis from the Keep on the Borderlands novel would totally stan when she rides out to kill hobgoblins. The title track to upcoming release Keepers of the Flame (June 16th, 2020) is reminiscent of mid tempo Stratovarius meets Ronnie James Dio, to my ears. Love the band’s fearless big vocals and harmonies. A melodic war cry from the skies!

Awesome news for Nick Menza fans! The first of three episodes of the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” featuring the late MEGADETH drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in MEGADETH, PANTERA, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and their road crews, hosted by entertaining EXODUS Frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza can now be streamed below.

The three part series “Behind The Scenes With Nick Menza” is footage from Menza’s personal and private collection VHS tapes that features previously unreleased live concert footage of PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS the drummer captured during 1992 and 1993 when PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS opened for MEGADETH on the Countdown To Extinction tour.

The series is being produced by Menza’s long time manger Robert Bolger, Wayne Marsala and Brian Huntington of Grey Haven Media.

The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove what doctors feared was a cancerous growth. RIP once again to a real one.

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Band Spotlight: ELDER

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:56 AM (PST)

With each average ten minute track on the new Elder opus OMENS (Armageddon Shop, 4/24) the increasingly more progressive rock by leaps and bounds band of trailblazers head further into more exciting horizons. The standout cut “Embers” soars from almost flirting with Sunny Day Real Estate/Fairweather melodic but moody charm to sophisticated progressive alternative post metal. I know, that is a mouthful…but it’s pure ear heaven. They were always good, but the level of freedom in the current material is extremely exciting, melodic and strong chakra opening good shit. This record defies shuffle mode and rather than pouts simply works on capturing your complete attention with brilliant performances. Press play on the title track and just let it all go. Along with bands like Huntsmen, Bask and King Buffalo, they are helping lead the way for a new pack of innovators still coloring within yet expanding historical sub-genres.

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Providence looks… pretty freaky.

Hope everyone is holding up? I’ve been watching a lot of 80’s action movies and just want to say that Kathryn Harrold deserves more props for what a bad ass and fashionable babe she was in Raw Deal.

Let’s get with the program here. Today we are going to shine a big fat Mordor eye on some juicy new albums on the bleak horizon in hopes of keeping you all invested in this mortal coil. I am very excited about all of these releases.

First up, Ulthar‘s new 20 Buck Spin releas Providence! Pre-ordered this one the second I heard the hell churn of “Through Downward Dynasties” this morning. Hard not to relate to the whirlwind frustration of the motion sickness inducing extreme metal song. 8 song follow up to the much drooled over Cosmovore release. More brain melting artwork and dizzying death. June 12th, 2020 is the drop date.

Featuring within its ranks Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, Vale), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Pale Chalice), ULTHAR’s Providence was recorded by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave) at Earhammer Studios, mastered by Adam Tucker (False, Thou, Obsequiae) at Signaturetone Recording and comes swathed again in the staggering art renderings of renowned British fantasy illustrator Ian Miller with layout by Ross Sewage (Exhumed, Impaled).

As the band’s label opines: Releasing at a time where our own world has devolved into a surrealistic nightmare of viral trepidation and encased solitude, Ulthar’s ‘Providence’ becomes a prescient view into the strange paradoxes that only months ago seemed unbelievable but now all too possible. Where horizons cease, where grace is dead, where nothing lives, so be it amen.


NAGLFAR is Kristoffer W. Olivius (vocals), Andreas Nilsson (guitar), andMarcus E. Norman (guitar).

Naglfar have released a venomous visualizer video for “Cry of the Serafim” from forthcoming Century Media release Cerecloth (out May 8th). Loving the intermittently snarled and brimstone belched vocals on this second wave indebted, yet heavier sounding jam. The album was recorded and mixed by guitarist Marcus Norman at Wolf’s Lair Studio and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

“With ‘Cry of the Serafim’ we wanted to explore a heavier and darker sound. Trying to create something different from what we usually do, while still keeping the NAGLFAR spirit intact,” states NAGLFAR about the track.

Really looking forward to Foundations, the next release from Twilight Fauna. Our readers may recall that I have dug this project for awhile now and every release has something insightful to offer. “Tavern Hill”, from beautiful intro to melodic and ghostly near post rock crescendos, absolutely stuns. I didn’t even know this was coming out soon, because I am very clearly a fucking idiot…until last night! Best surprise of quarantine!

I highly advise y’all to get even partially invested in the music Paul and Josh have made. It’s pretty boundlessly satisfying and atmospheric, a deep reflection on the contrasting hopes, pain and beauty of Appalachia. May 11th, 2020!

Last up is a very interesting new track from Hail Spirit Noir. A compelling and exciting mixture of progressive and black metal influences with certain crazy sections reminding me of stuff as varied as Opeth and Old Dead Tree arguing with Frantic Bleep and Zombi about what is the most superior Ihsahn solo record. You can tell the band put  tons of effort into the songwriting and it will lift your head to formerly unperceived possibilities.

Eden In Reverse is due out on Agonia June 19th. Album title seems pretty cognizant of our human path of destruction and how nature will likely not care when we are gone.

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Hello from me and my dinosaur friends from our bunker in the Savage Land , dear readers. I have been breaking all laws of decency by microwaving pre-mixed packet asparagus risotto whilst my gf learns how to play “Fourteen Years” by GnR on the piano. Happy Fiona Apple and Siege Of Mandalore day. The President is inciting armed insurgency during a pandemic and the 25th Amendment exists just as much as the 2nd, but no one will act to remove the Orange pants shitter while he encourages us to die for crappy jobs.

Today in metal news (April 17th), The Black Dahlia Murder have also released their new full-length, Verminous, physically in the USA and digitally worldwide (Verminous will be available physically in Europe on April 24th). Check a dime slime colored and vampiric metal monikered video “Removal of the Oaken Stake” below!

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers’ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous’,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad.

Irish symphonic power metal band Ravenlight are releasing their debut album Project Genesis this year on June 26th 2020 via Novus Records. The album name kind of reminds me of something Fear Factory would come up with after watching Terminator and Resident Evil movies a few years ago, but the music is more stirring and epic rain swept cliffs type stuff. Check out the song “The Circle” HERE and pre-order this heartfelt musical journey. The band have supported Evergrey and have a lot of potential.

Hardcore demons Integrity have a new live album that just dropped! Live At Northwest Terror Fest MMXVIII is streaming and available to purchase HERE. The highlight for me on this excellent document of killer energy and perfectly bad ass happy accidents is probably a monster clobbering version of “Jagged Visions Of My True Destiny”, positively seething from the speakers with malevolence and guitar glory. Humanity IS the fucking devil.

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50% or so less ranting and more blurbing today here at Metal Riot, so I am calling it ‘quarantine blurbs’ today. I know life is already full of things we have to adapt to right now, but you’ll be ok. Let’s get right into it! Great stuff today to share with you!

Throwdown are back with a surprise covers EP of rarities including the heavy band’s take on Sepultura, Misfits, Crowbar, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Pantera classics. Take Cover is out tomorrow and the fairly faithful “Planets Collide” cover is crank worthy and streaming now HERE at Bandcamp.

Julie Christmas remains one of the most talented and legit real artists in experimental heavy leaning music. Quiet or unapologetically raw and screaming, she demands your attention with captivating performances and a huge release of emotional range. Her masterful solo record The Bad Wife is already ten years old somehow. Fucking hell. I miss seeing her live. Time flies.

Rising Pulse Records has repressed the album with new cover art on two deluxe vinyl colors (Bone with Black Splatter – 150 units and Milky Clear & Bone Triple Stripe – 150 Units). The packaging includes a reverse board jacket with silver ink varnish print and a full color Inner-sleave. Designed by artist Andrea Horne with art direction by Julie Christmas. All copies of this record will ship with a poster from the original 2010 pressing. Pick up your copy HERE.

She’s also on Saint Vitus Bar’s live Insta TONIGHT!

Lastly, you know we love Vile Creature around here and the band has big 3rd album news over at their Instagram today, which you can see below! Guess I’ll go eat worms!

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On June 19 we will be releasing our third full length record titled "Glory, Glory! Apathy took Helm!" on Prosthetic Records. You can hear the first song, "You Who Has Never Slept" over at Kerrang (link in our bio). You can preorder the CD/LP through Prosthetic Records now, and the VHS (yes, VHS) version through us starting next week . . Today is the day we were to have played our commissioned music piece with our besties Bismuth at Roadburn, it seems fitting that on a day earmarked for creativity that we still push forward with it, albeit in a different way. At 4pm KW will be on IG live on the @roadburnfest account talking with Tanya about roadburn . . The album was recorded in February in our hometown with Adam Tucker engineering, mixing, & mastering. Big Love and thanks to Danika Zandboer, Stephen Wilson, & Brianna Duguay for shooting, drawing, and modeling for our album art, respectively. . . There is a lot more rad stuff and more songs to share in the coming two months before the record is out, and we can't wait to clue you in on them. For now, enjoy the song and stay safe y'all.

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