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The new NOÊTA song “Elm” is the title track of their newest Prophecy release, out 4/23. It sounds like wrestling your deepest sorrows on a forest bed somewhere distant and overcast, if you could even see the sky. It is an intensely beautiful and intense realization of dark folk, tension and muted stillness paired with fae, bittersweet emotion. The song just feels wonderfully, painfully alive in a delicate state of strength. It almost fluctuates between chill and warmth in remarkable conversation with it’s own state of self. Remarkable energy paired with Êlea’s memorable vocal presence, especially when you learn the song is concerned with embracing or departing life itself.

NOÊTA comment: “The title-track ‘Elm’ is in parts told through the words of Sylvia Plath”, reveals frontwoman Êlea. “Her poem ‘Elm’ is an almost physical expression of anxiety and depression as something real and vivid that is living inside some of us –  something that is dark, terrifying and malevolent. Being haunted by anxiety and depression can lead to fear of the uncontrollable malignity living within the self. It claims the afflicted as its own in order to kill. This poem became even more upsetting to me after learning that Sylvia Plath went on to commit suicide not long after she wrote it.”


Since its formation in 1983 Dave Mustaine has been the only consistent member of Megadeth.


Red Fang’s new album cover, artwork by Orion Landau

 

True rock believers RED FANG return with Arrows this year, scheduled for a June 4th release via Relapse Records. I am loving the super limited tape option which probably already sold out as I write this. As for the title track video…it is certainly humorous. Don’t goof with katana swords though, kids. I remember in social studies class years ago my buddy and I interviewed this sword master guy once who said he knew of a guy who played with one once drunk and like decapitated his St. Bernard or something super horrible and that story has scarred me for years. The bong chopping here is much more benign.

“It was so gratifying to put these songs on tape with Funk!” says guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles of the album that was produced by longtime collaborator Chris Funk (Murder The Mountains, Whales and Leeches). “It felt very comfortable with a loose schedule. We didn’t take it one song at a time, but added guitars, vocals, or general weirdness whenever an idea sprang to mind. We busted out a hurdy gurdy! It was that fun.

Long live Rock!!”

“WOW! We are SO EXCITED to finally release this record to the world! We finished the album way back in December 2019 and then… something happened that is not worth discussing…,” adds vocalist/bassist Aaron Beam“Making this record felt totally loose and easy. It felt like we were just doing whatever the fuck we wanted, and not overthinking anything. That attitude reminded me a lot of what it felt like to make Murder the Mountains. The result doesn’t sound anything like MTM, but it has more of that vibe.”

 

News of the eagerly-awaited album, the band’s first collection in five years, arrives with a new chapter in the band’s unparalleled canon of Whitey McConnaughy-directed music videos as the foursome unveils a clip for“Arrows” (https://youtu.be/lwQPJ1G2n5o). “Arrows” finds Red Fang once again exploring creative ways to spend the label’s music video budget in a subtle nod to the band’s classic “Wires” video.

“His way of presenting us really works,” says guitarist David Sullivan of the band’s relationship with Whitey. “That first video he did for us for ‘Prehistoric Dog’ gave us a big jumpstart as far as the band getting popular. And we love working with him.” 

Arrows tracklist:

 

    1. Take it Back
    2. Unreal Estate
    3. Arrows
    4. My Disaster
    5. Two High
    6. Anodyne
    7. Interop-Mod
    8. Fonzi Scheme
    9. Days Collide
    10. Rabbits in Hive
    11. Why
    12. Dr. Owl
    13. Funeral Coach

 

Pre-orders for the 13-song album are available now, with Arrows available in a variety of formats, including standard versions of the LP, CD, cassette and digitally, as well as, a limited-edition liquid filled LP, deluxe CD (exclusive to Europe and Relapse.com), and two collectible bundles: LP with a limited Arrows blacklight poster and a Red Fang x Psycho Las Vegas limited-edition Texas Hold’em themed box set. Dubbed the Fortune Hunter Gamblers Pack, the poker-themed package includes branded casino-quality playing cards, dice, collector’s coin, custom boxing, and a card of authenticity (all featuring custom artwork by Ian Colazzo), as well as the LP, and t-shirt. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (http://bit.ly/redfangarrows), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (https://orcd.co/redfangarrows).

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India’s socially aware thrashers AGAINST EVIL have a new lyric video (with band footage as well) for anti propaganda song “End Of The Line”. It is the title track of their pending new album. Billy Sheehan is even on a tune.

Shasank (Rhythm, Lead Guitar) shares more details about the song: “This is the title song and also the heaviest song on the album! It’s about a dystopian future where common people have no rights and are trapped under the control of evil governments and shadow organizations. We also got the idea for the cover artwork after writing this song, where the band also known as The Army of Four are being sentenced to death by the electric chair for rebellion against the evil government. Overall, it’s a very aggressive heavy metal song with a good blend of thrash.” 

Seems timely when you think of how authoritarian governments are removing band’s entire digital work from streaming if they disagree.

The album End of the Line will be out May 14th via German/Swiss based record label Doc Gator Records in Europe and independently the rest of the world. The sound of Against Evil is best described as Heavy Metal with Power and Speed ​​Metal influence.

RIYL Overkill, Testament, Annihilator, Acrassicauda, Evile.

(Gothenburg, Sweden – April 1, 2021) – Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES announces their new full-length album The Nightmare Of Being today. The album is set for release on July 2nd via Century Media Records.

 

While main parts for The Nightmare Of Being were recorded in several different Swedish studios (drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg), the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who previously worked with AT THE GATES on their 2014 comeback album At War With Reality. The album’s visual concept and album cover was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

 

“The overall theme deals with the topic of pessimism, and I have been diving deep down in pessimistic philosophers. Trying to understand this way of looking at the world. It is not a negative album, more a gateway into new ideas for me personally, trying out different perspectives. You could call the album an introduction to pessimism as a concept, I guess. It is a very dark album, but not negative,” states AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant about the album concept.

 

Musically The Nightmare Of Being unveils a newly liberated and adventurous AT THE GATES with some of the bravest and most mesmerizing material they have ever written. Lindberg Redant adds, “It still sounds like AT THE GATES, 100 percent. It is just more of everything.”

 

The Nightmare Of Being Tracklist:
1. Spectre of Extinction
2. The Paradox
3. The Nightmare of Being
4. Garden of Cyrus
5. Touched by the White Hands of Death
6. The Fall into Time
7. Cult of Salvation
8. The Abstract Enthroned
9. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter of Reason

 

Further details about The Nightmare Of Being, its various formats, and pre-order will be revealed on April 30th. Mark your calendars!
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‘This album is essentially a reflection of the societal ills that hold us back from having the grand culture and community the United States loves to pretend it has.’ – KZ

Hello dear readers and happy Trans Day of Visibility. Hope people are lifting one another up today and feeling good and loved. I need cold water thrown on my face after the inane stupor I entered from just reading an article about how friggin’ Michale Graves might testify on behalf of some loser Proud Boy Jan. 6th insurrectionists. Uh, that’s your character witness? What is he gonna do? Get up there and go ,”You’re lookin’ through the eyes of a Psycho! An American Psycho (Whoa-oh!).” The sad part is I don’t know if that would work in the fash mob defendants favor more or less considering how compromised many of our courts are.

One thing that DOESN’T make me want to scream in frustration (at least not in a bad way) is listening to the cathartic and brilliant new record Modern Grotesque from melodic post-screamo East Coasters Dreamwell, pretty much the most impressive shit I have discovered in a long time. This record , especially after the shared PTSD of 2020 we are all semi-thawing from,  just feels like a massive release of hope, heart and triumphant defiance. A cry for a more caring and dignified world for people who are different, sensitive or just genuine… for the lovers, dreamers and you (to get more Kermit than Pepe up in here). It is an album that reminds me that feeling things is not weakness and which has some of the fiery and passionate type of playing that first got me into bands like UOA, At The Drive In or On The Might Of Princes.

Modern Grotesque also boasts some of the most impactful melodic playing I have heard in a long time this side of really good Modest Mouse, moments that just take artful twists and turns that couldn’t have been generated through a cynical aim and only through vibrant and vulnerable love for the music.

Please enjoy my chat with vocalist KZ as much as I did.

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Vertigo from Finnish occult psych metal hybrid Jess and the Ancient Ones is nearly here, a brilliant bouquet of bold songwriting, deep mental excavation and explosive creativity. The Svart backed record (order HERE) releases this May in time for some of the finest weather for celebrating the sacred planet we inhabit -and too often regularly abuse- as well as the wider cosmos. It is an album that defies easy categorization even as it revels in nostalgia, riding waves of late 60’s bliss turned to unease through the dark heart of our current disoriented moment of mass ptsd and hopefully out the other side to better horizons. Rarely has escapism sounded so timely and alive, a defiance of folding up and dying without making a joyful, organ-steeped noise.

It is one of the most exciting, colorful and living testaments to rock you will hear this year and is in heavy rotation in my home, one of my favorite releases of 2021 yet by a long shot. The tornado on the cover might seem foreboding byt is also a fitting symbol of the intensity of the soaring vocals and enlightened playing within! It was a pleasure to pick the brain of guitarist Thomas Corpse about the release and other topics related to the band and their orbit.

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Metal has long had dalliances with Tolkien lore in the long shadow cast by Zeppelin’s Middle Earth appreciation. Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth,  Ephel Dúath and many more (including of course even the highly problematic Burzum) have names or themes inspired by Mordor or other realms. Recently the highly entertaining Gimli, Son Of Gloin project has been getting some buzz/traction. Now we have the new lyric video from Cuban black metal pioneers Mephisto off their Pentafixion release to add to the list of metal thus inspired. The band Mephisto was founded in September 1997 in the city of Holguín, Cuba and blend orchestral and other metal influences into their tapestry of darkness.

Mephisto are:

Osney Cardoso Riaño -Vocals
Alexander Jorge Parra – Bass
Kevin Chaperón – Guitars
Fabián F. Rodríguez González – Guitars
David Leonardo Nieves Naranjo – Drums

With simply one listen to ’68’s thunderous opening track “The Knife, The Knife, The Knife” from new (third) record Give One Take One you will know you are not only witnessing a special moment in the band’s development into something even more formidable but it is also very obvious that this crowd pleaser in waiting for live shows is destined to be a complete free for all when people can enjoy raging to it safely.

Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains) has managed to help coax the band into catchier territory that renders them even more anthemic without losing ANY of their immediacy. Few bands out right now could pull off what “Life And Debt” does without sounding overly earnest or self-conscious.

Give One Take One combines the band’s penchant for two man carnival showmanship with higher than ever octane Black Flag meets Blues Explosion spiritual adrenaline highs. The whole thing leaves competition in the dust and shows better than ever the insane chemistry of this duo.

Josh Scogin grew by leaps and bounds as an entertainer during the reign of the fabulous and chaotic post hardcore band The Chariot (who surpassed Norma Jean in quality quite rapidly). ’68 however continues to stake a claim for the most theatrical project from Scogin yet, which is saying something! Nikko Yamada is unstoppable, combining Lightning Bolt-esque jaw dropping feats of daring with finesse and groove and a very adept talent for knowing when less is more and more is even more.

Speaking on the album release, Scogin said:
“This album has been a long time coming. We recorded in the summer of 2019 and had to sit on them until now, the next step in to see these songs fulfilled live. I’m hoping that comes sooner than later.” 

He further commented on the creation of the documentary:
“While we sat in limbo during the 2020 shutdown, I gathered all my footage that I had and created a documentary. It was mostly done for fun, to keep me from losing my mind because I’m not good at sitting idle.  The end product shows a small glimpse into the world of ‘68 and how winging it by the seat of your pants can be a real adventurous way to live.”

Seriously, this record is pure rock’ n roll, about as good as it gets in 2021 or any year.


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If you want some technical death metal that combines chilling terror with Universal dread, you could do far worse than the absolutely fuck-nuts arrangements of Blindfolded and Led to the Woods. Out today, the death metal collective’s latest release Nightmare Withdrawals is a major train barreling off the tracks chaos embracer that is deceptive in that the band are in complete control the whole time.

Nightmare Withdrawals was recorded at The Sitting Room Studio, mixed by Samuel K Sproull, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, and completed with cover art by Agreatmass and additional artwork/design by Nina Morice. The album features guest vocal contributions from Karl Sanders of Nile on “Atop The Wings Of A Magpie” and Callum Gay of Spook The Horses on “Lucid Visitations.”
Writes guitarist Ben Atkinson, “Nightmare Withdrawals continues from our past records with chaotic and complex riffs but draws in a more nuanced and locked in approach with heavy grounded sections. From beginning to end the album tells a story of agony, trauma and release that is dark, unique, soul crushing, yet emotive.”

 

 

Hey there Megadeth and general thrash fanatics! Cool news today. I got to in a small way facilitate an introduction between Robert Bolger (longtime Nick Menza manager) and rocker/web designer Mark Aceves of the band ZED through my friend Lara Noel McGlynn who knew Mark. Long story short, here’s a website with a sneak preview of an upcoming Nick Menza documentary about the late, great thrash icon’s life!  Playing even a tiny, inconsequential part in this means a lot to me as Countdown… was very much one of the first records that got me into ‘heavier’ metal.

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment was founded by owner Holly Mollohan, who guides fans through the teaser clip.

Click HERE for more info, a terrific photo gallery, performance videos and to see a documentary teaser trailer \m/.

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March 24, 2021 – The New York-based group Zero Trust celebrated the release of their self-titled debut EP today in partnership with Equal Vision Records. Zero Trust might be a new name, but they boast résumé credits spanning decades of the most creative, cutting-edge pockets of the area’s storied hardcore scene. With a lineup consisting of members of Coheed and Cambria, Bulldoze, Full Scale Riot, Agents of Man, Skarhead, and more, the group formed as a creative outlet during the quarantined isolation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On their inaugural release, Zero Trust expands upon their collective experience, blurring the lines between hardcore, metal, and alternative rock with substantive lyrical themes from vocalist BJ Allen, who reflects on the socio-political turmoil that has erupted throughout the past year. To accompany the release, Zero Trust also shared the official music video for the opening track “Birch” (Editor’s Note: I vaguely think there was also a pretty cool Shabutie song called this from around the Penelope era that Travis maybe even sang (?), but maybe I am buggin’? Either way this shit is dope).

Zero Trust is out now and available to stream here.

Speaking on the single, BJ Allen (vocals) says:
“Birch is about exploring the part of your mind that knows the whole system is against you, while also knowing that if humanity were to be unified, civil and just we would be in a much better position.”

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Today RIGHT HERE or HERE you can pre-order the forthcoming (5/21) Dismemberment Cabaret collaboration release between noise scientist Gridfailure and esteemed jazz trumpet and pop genius Mac Gollehon. You can also see an eerie but colorful and nightmare jazzy visualizer for track “Roaming Blackouts”.

Dismemberment Cabaret Track Listing:
1. Evisceration Guest List
2. Transient Fault
3. Crime Scene Designers
4. A Diet Of Maggots
5. Roaming Blackouts
6. Fracture Mechanics
7. Gusher
8. El Temblor
9. Pieces
10. Harakiri Afterparty

Following the release of Dismemberment Cabaret, Nefarious Industries will also release the new LP from MAC GOLLEHON & THE HISPANIC MECHANICS later this year. GOLLEHON is also featured on the third GRIDFAILURE collaboration with Megalophobe which will also see release later this year.
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Todd La Torre has a new lyric video out for hard charging hard rock/metal hybrid track “Critical Cynic.” Check it out below. La Torre is an awesome dude with so much talent and has contributed wonderful things to the Queensrÿche legacy!

Todd La Torre’s solo record Rejoice In The Suffering is an event worth celebrating.

“Rejoice In The Suffering was truly a labor of love. It’s a pure metal record that certainly showcases a wide range of my vocal abilities. I feel there is something for any true fan of metal on this album. This album is full of groove, dynamics, power, and substance and I can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains Todd La Torre.

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Metal News: Good, Bad and Ugly (3/19/21)

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:14 PM (PST)

鬼 Photo credit: Robin Parsons

Greetings and happy Snyder Cut weekend. To say that the new, proper version of Justice League is better is a massive understatement. It is nice to actually see the POC in the movie have actual meaningful and important arcs. And so much better action! Bravo! The other version was way too focus grouped out of a soul and is one example (like Rise Of Skywalker) where a shorter run time and weird editing choices actually hurt the film. Snyder’s cut is literally 1,000x better and it has been awesome to see people fighting for more out of loving something rather than hating things for once. DC and Warner Bros. would be fools if they don’t make this the official canon version. Cue Wonder Woman hype theme!

But anyhow, we are here to talk metal. Lots of SHITTY stuff going on from Jon Schaffer being denied bond (that part is good, just shitty that he is a MAGA insurrectionist dipshit) to Stephen Carpenter sounding delusional enough that he could join Schaffer in Iced Earth at this rate. 9/11 happened and it is insulting af to New Yorkers to claim otherwise. I literally played CBGB’s the week it reopened and can remember the relief and catharsis of fearful New Yorkers glad to be out doing something positive after so much pain palpably.
WTF is going on where these musicians like these dudes or John Dolmayan (personally doing his best to make sure people rebrand his group System Of A Clown despite the rest of the band’s noble social justice efforts) have been all over the world and have so many opportunities to be educated but instead become conspiracy nuts, unforgivably compare BLM to the KKK or in Carpenter’s case likely smoke so much weed they literally can’t differentiate reality anymore? It is a god damn shame. I loved all those bands a lot at different points. Same for Ministry who have announced a new tour with Helmet and Front Line Assembly (more of my all time faves, sadly) but I am pretty sure Wikipedia still lists Sin Quirin in the band Ministry with no restorative justice reckoning so that is a hard pass. Some people didn’t forget about the grooming stuff just cuz everyone got distracted by Covid the last year. Everyone go watch the Woody Allen doc (God, Allen is utter gaslighting scum, IMO) if you don’t think media can’t help or harm when it comes to sweeping things aside.

Sometimes “cancel culture” (a right wing seeded talking point to focus shift) is actually about accountability, folks. I know you all want to feel super defensive because people don’t want you to tweet ableist shit or be morons or rape apologists anymore, but can everyone fuck right off?

On an even more somber note, Hearts go out today to the Underoath camp who are dealing with the tragic death of of old school guitarist Corey Steger. Our condolences and prayers go out to his surviving family and friends. He was very young and it is terribly sad. May his memory continue to shine for all those who loved him.

Man, that is a lot of depressing stuff. Let’s get to some music.

THE EMBER, THE ASH has today released “Becoming the Eidolon”, the third single to be taken from their upcoming album, Fixation. Accompanying the track, THE EMBER, THE ASH has also shared a lyric video – continuing the album’s highly stylized visual aesthetic. Born as a solo project from a musical polymath known only as 鬼, THE EMBER, THE ASH straddles the gulf between textured metalcore and symphonic black metal – not the most common combination of sub-genres. Love how confidently the track barrels in from the top.

In death metal news…April 16th, Cannibal Corpse will release their fifteenth studio album, Violence Unimagined, via Metal Blade Records. Fans can read an exclusive interview with Cannibal Corpse about Violence Unimagined and more in the May 2021 issue of Decibel Magazine, which features the band on the cover. To purchase your copy online now, please visit: https://store.decibelmagazine.com/products/may-2021-199 – or pick up an issue at newsstands starting April 7th!

Super stoked to hear a large body of material with these guys featuring Erik Rutan!

“I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well,” Alex Webster enthuses. This is not all that he brings to the band. “He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be. Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well. That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”


 

 

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Guess Dr. Manhattan decided he needed a little Man Cave Love Shack

France’s Pathfinders are ready to make first contact with the landing of their debut album Ares Vallis via label Music-Records on April 16, 2021.

Just like the NASA space probe “Mars Pathfinder” that their name is originated from, Pathfinders are embarking on an encounter of the metal kind. Entering the Ares Vallis, the band is rooted in a primary sound of groove metal, but introduces fans into an astronomical discovery of twelve tracks assembled with progressive, thrashy, djenty, and melodic tones.

The band adds:

“We are fascinated with space exploration, especially following recent odysseys to the red planet. We believe it may be the next step in humanity’s evolution of uncovering what this universe holds. This is an album of us telling stories on adventures to and from Mars.”

The band’s lead single “Damned Earth” was released earlier this year, and it immediately crushes everything in its path, leading an assault with speed and breakdowns, along with a tinge of hardcore tendencies mixed with accelerating quantum force.

Fans of bands such as Lamb of God, Periphery, Parkway Drive, and In Flames will be intrigued to enter the undiscovered metal terrain that Pathfinders are offering up.

Pathfinders was formed in 2018 and consist of the Gaucher brothers Jérémy (Bass) and Romain (Guitar) with Jérémy Barthélémy (Drums), Benjamin Daguet (Guitar), and Clément Levy (Vocals).

“Damned Earth” can be heard on the following links:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/ujmLEJ4tFu0
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2OP2Ivv

“Ares Vallis” will be available on all digital platforms via Music-Records on April 16, 2021.
CD pre-order here.

Digital download of single “Damned Earth” on Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal here.

Fun Fact: The album title “Ares Vallis” is named after an outflow channel on Mars, which appears to have been carved by fluids, perhaps water.