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Nowadays you have a lot of caustic and rowdy bands from The Midnight Ghost Train to Couch Slut to Ken Mode, Chrome Waves, Fucked & Bound or Lord Dying to choose from, but was a time when Unsane stood nearly alone in the sludgy and anti-social face peeling department. Sure, bands like Today Is The Day, Helmet, Quicksand and Hammerhead held down the fort as well for mean and lean grooves with vocal bite, but Unsane were perhaps the most dangerous. You could smell the bum piss on a subway support beam and hear the screeching sound of failing brakes, the metallic taste of blood in your mouth and a fear spike of adrenaline amidst the careening guitar and rolling rhythms of Chris Spencer and his band. Matador certainly never put out anything close to as ugly as Total Destruction, a mandatory listen for any noise rock and extreme music fan as far as I’m concerned. I wore that tape out like a motherfucker.

Here’s the thing. Unsane STILL out rip most bands. By FAAARRRR. They make try too hard deathcore bands seem like a fucking joke to me because Unsane never had to work so hard to be intense and it comes off as a hell of a lot more authentic than a lot of heavy styles. Plus, that slide guitar and screaming telecaster! Totally pioneering shit. And seriously, what the FUCK was Hootie and The Blowfish thinking trying to name an album Scattered, Smothered & Covered?!! That shit is on lock. You might as well try to name your album Nevermind or It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back for how absurd it is to try and have the same record title as Unsane’s most famous masterpiece.

It has been five years since true to form stomper Wreck and awhile since I last saw the band with my friend Elodie from New Noise (France) fucking destroy Union Pool with the much missed Made Out Of Babies, easily one of the funnest shows I ever saw in my fucking life. I was just thinking YESTERDAY as the Comey revelations about Conald Dump heat up how I could really use some new Unsane to blow out my ears and vent out all the collected shit detritus and performative emotional labor of being part of society these days.

Dave Curran tracked the new album at Gatos Trail Studios in Yucca Valley, California, it was mixed by Andrew Schneider at Acre in New York City, and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago. That’s a damn good team.

Southern Lord will release UNSANE’s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017 with cover art, track listing, audio samples, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

Advancing the release of Sterilize¸ UNSANE has announced a run of US tour dates from July 15th through August 3rd, booked around the band’s performance at AmRep Bash 17 in Minneapolis, with Fashion Week providing support for the trek. Additional tour dates through the release of the new LP are to be expected.

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Napalm Death holds the Guinness World Record for the shortest song ever recorded, the one second You Suffer, from their 1987 debut album Scum.


Portland death metallers Witch Vomit are streaming “Accursed Temple of the Great Deceiver” over at CVLTNation.

“Accursed Temple of the Greater Deceiver” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Poisoned Blood which is due out June 30 via 20 Buck Spin.

You can check out another new Witch Vomit track, “Doomed In The Realm of the Dead” here.

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Incantation release video for “Rites of The Locust”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:45 PM (PST)

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Pennsylvania death metallers Incantation have released a 360-degree video for their song “Rites of The Locust.”

“Rites of The Locust” comes off  the band’s upcoming album Profane Nexus, which is due out on August 11 via Relapse Records.

Incantation Guitarist and Vocalist John McEntee, had this to say regarding the direction of the video:
“With the advent of 360-video visualizer technology, we were able to convey the song’s powerful imagery alongside the intensity of the music. This song is an example of one of the more aggressive songs on the album. We feel it’s the perfect representation of death metal and everything an Incantation fan wants. Rage motherfuckers!”
Check out the video for “Rites of The Locust” and the album art for Profane Nexus here.
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Charlie Benante Relaunches Benante’s Blend Coffee Line

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2:28 PM (PST)

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A bunch of cool bands from Life Of Agony to Tombs have branched out into the interesting realm of coffee sales on the side. This is not a joke. Whatever pays the bills or is a passion, right? I mean Purple Pam, Bad Brains and a bunch of other bands made hot sauce as well! And we know a lot of groups have made beer, from Daylight Dies to Sepultura Weizen to Kid Rock’s shitty “Badass American Lager”!

Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante loves coffee. This might explain how at his age he is still able to fucking out slay pretty much every other drummer in thrash with the debatable exception of Lombardo and Hoglan. Is caffeine the secret to the power of Suzerain’s intro? Who knows.

Anyway, having teamed up to collaborate with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee Co., his brand “Benante’s Blend” has undergone enhancements that include higher quality choice of coffee beans, a change in the way the beans are roasted that give the coffee a larger and more flavorful taste, and other tweaks, Benante and Dark Matter are proud to announce the relaunch of “Benante’s Blend.”

The coffee will still be available in two varieties, the “Be All End All” blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the “Forever Metal” blend, a milder coffee.  And, despite the upgrades, Benante is keeping the price the same.
“I’d been hearing about Dark Matter for awhile,” said Benante.  “They’re based in Chicago where I live, so I tried some of their coffee and thought it was great.  We hooked up, I went down to their headquarters and spent a day there just talking coffee, doing some tasting and I have to say, I felt like I was part of this coffee family.  Everyone there really enjoys the art of coffee, as do I, so this was something I was really interested in being a part of.  We worked together to come up with what I feel is a perfect cup of coffee, and I’m happy to say that my Benante’s Blend is under the umbrella of the Dark Matter coffee family.”
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Korn debut new video for “Black Is The Soul” via Noisey

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8:16 PM (PST)

Korn‘s new video for “Black Is The Soul” has premiered via Noisey. The track comes from the band’s latest album, The Serenity Of Suffering, released last fall and is my personal favorite song on the new record. It finds the band mining their darker territory and a heavy dissonant bridge recalling the debut but very well merged with larger grandiose elements and a huge chorus that is one of Jonathan Davis’ biggest yet.

The video calls to mind Lacuna Coil’s Karmacode cover art visually a little bit if you added in the spooky alien murky blackness of some key scenes in Scar Jo’s Under The Skin . But of course this is also a Korn vid so you get the band rocking out a lot as well as some freaky visual elements that seem to be about wrestling with feeling whole.

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Enfold Darkness announce new album ‘Adversary Omnipotent’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 2:54 PM (PST)

Nashville, Tennessee metallers Enfold Darkness have announced their forthcoming album Adversary Omnipotent.

The album will be released on July 14 via The Artisan Era.

This is Enfold Darkness’s sophomore effort and their first album since 2009’s Our Cursed Rapture.

You can check out a teaser for Adversary Omnipotent and the tracklist for the album here.

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The Contortionist release “Reimagined” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 2:35 PM (PST)

Indiana progressive metallers The Contortionist have released a music video for their song “Reimagined.”

The video for “Reimagined” is the first music video off of the band’s forthcoming full-length album Clairvoyant which will be released on September 15 via Entertainment One Music and Good Fight Music.

Keyboardist Eric Guenther spoke on the album:

“’Clairvoyant’ is the product of not only months of writing and recording dozens of song ideas over the last year, but also a definitive creative artifact outlining the artistic confluence of the six members of The Contortionist for our past and future endeavors. Collectively, we’re feeling proud, apprehensive, but ultimately excited to finally have this record speak for us as a meticulously sculpted voyage into our musical psyche. On album and stage, between the art’s presentation, zealous and even forceful sonic immersion, and interpretable lyrical and visual metaphor, we are attempting to bring the listener deeper into the world and musical language of The Contortionist. ‘Reimagined’ struck everyone simply as the most truthful and sincere place to start in this new universe.”

Check out the video for “Reimagined” as well as the cover art and tracklist for Clairvoyant and The Contortionist tour dates here.

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UK hard rockers Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have released a new studio recording, “Land of Hope and Glory.”

Blackmore wanted to show his solidarity and support for the UK with this recording. He was moved to release “Land of Hope and Glory” which is a reworking of “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” (the tune most commonly recognized as “the graduation song”).

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow recently enjoyed success on their 2016 European tour, earning critical acclaim. The band has recently released a concert film from this tour called Memories In Rock: Live In Germany and will release the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD on June 9.

“Land Of Hope And Glory” will be featured on the bands’ upcoming album To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond. This collection includes newly recorded and remixed versions of previous tracks as well as brand new tracks, and will be released in July.

Check out “Land of Hope and Glory” via Amazon or iTunes.

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Norway’s Legacy Of Emptiness stream “Over The Past”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 7:48 PM (PST)

June 12th will see Norwegian band Legacy Of Emptiness release Over The Past via Black Lion Records  (order digitall and physical copies HERE). The symphonic black metal project has Over The Past was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios and features fantastic cover artwork created by Alex Tartsus that compliments the musical work perfectly and will draw you in.

The album features lots of new material and has a total run time of 48:45 minutes with nary a sleeper in the batch. It’s really a very strong and significantly gripping record that reminds us of the days when we all didn’t have 800 options by half invested here and gone again bands and so had to choose what albums to buy wisely, the point being that this is one you would likely play again and again and get your money’s worth. If nothing else, at least make sure you hear “Evening Star” feat. a cameo from Swanö and a compelling and melodic sound that will coerce Old Man’s Child, Katatonia and Dark Funeral fans alike.

The band comments:

As the title will hint we are now writing a new chapter. This album as been a journey to hell and back for us all. Accidents,cancer and other illnesses has been thrown our way from the day we started writing and recording this beast… Over the past! 

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New England hardcore punks Slow Death have released their debut album Hate-Filled World via Corpse Flower Records.

The band is comprised of Randy Larsen, former bassist and singer for noise rockers Cable and Empty Flowers, drummer Matt Spearin of Disapperer, guitarist Jeremy Medeiros, and bassist Jesse Sherman.

In August of 2016, the band entered Dead Air Studios with Will Killingsworth (Vaccine, Orchid, Laceration, Ampere, Bucket Full Of Teeth) to track their first record which was recorded and mixed in just two days. Just as quickly as the record was recorded, Corpse Flower Records agreed to release the record as a one-sided 12″ with a screen-printed B-side created by renowned illustrator Mark Rudolph (Carcass, Coalesce, Battlecross etc.).

Boasting eight battering songs, clocking in at around eighteen minutes, Slow Deaths’s meticulous mix of old punk and hardcore blended with some early AmRep style noise rock is sure to catch the attention of heavy music fans young and old. Lyrically, the band centers its attention on old horror movies and serial killers, mixed with a sentiment of depression and frustration.

You can head over to Corpse Flower Records Bandcamp and stream the album in its entirety.

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Timeworn release ‘Venomous High’ full-length

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:01 PM (PST)

Norwegian metallers Timeworn have released their newest album Venomous High via Fysisk Format.

The follow up to 2015’s critically lauded debut Luminescent Wake was recorded at Oslo’s legendary Caliban Studios (Sibiir, Blood Command, Djevel, etc.).

You can check out the tracklist and cover art and stream Venemous High in its entirety here.

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Wednesday 13 releases newest video for “Condolences”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:11 PM (PST)

Wednesday 13 released his newest album Condolences on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Wednesday 13 speaks about the title track:

“We weren’t trying to do a really long, Iron Maiden-type of song — it just came out that way. It wasn’t forced and I think it’s awesome! It’s one of the first songs I wrote for the record. The title Condolences came from when David Bowie passed away; I kept seeing ‘Condolences, sorry for your loss.’ I realized how powerful that word was, so I picked my guitar up and started writing the riff for it; I had the chorus instantly.”

He continued:

“We shortened the song for the video — we cut two minutes off of it. But it’s still a really, really dark song. And I think we captured that vibe in the video. It’s definitely the strangest thing I’ve ever done – I filmed my fake funeral. I had all my friends there, putting flowers on a casket; it was really weird! I had a wreath that said, ‘In Memory of Wednesday 13.’ I’m the priest in it, doing my eulogy, and I’m also inside the casket, like I’m being buried alive. When we filmed the video, the director, Matt Zane, said, ‘This reminds me of Twisted Sister – ‘Burn In Hell’ or ‘Captain Howdy.’ And I was like, ‘Holy shit, it does! I didn’t even realize it.”

Read more about the video for “Condolences” and watch it here. You can also find Wednesday 13 tour dates at the link.

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New Hampshire metallers Vattnet have shortened their name from Vattnet Viskar and have released a new song entitled “Dark Black” via Brooklynvegan.

The band has signed with New Damage Records, which will release the band’s upcoming full-length worldwide. Check back with Metal Riot as album details will be announced shortly.

Bassist Casey Aylward says:

“This is definitely the first riff that kicked off the record and solidified the direction that we knew we wanted to aim for going forward. As for lyrics, it’s about people in your life that consistently let you down, the people around them down, and of course themselves down. There’s a point where there is really no helping them because you realize that ultimately their freedom of choice will supersede anything you could do for them, and even if you cut them out of your life, you and others can still be collateral damage. It can be a dark thing to completely give up on humans or to be given up on.The title is an attempt to add a futile amount of humor to the subject, dark comedy if you will, dark black. Macabre.”

Read more about Vattnet here.

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Marty Freedman “Wall Of Sound” PreOrders available

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:37 PM (PST)

Marty Friedman is always one of the coolest shredders going, just a next level player who is not afraid to take leaps of faith. Now Marty returns in August with his latest release Wall Of Sound, continuing his inspired team up with Prosthetic Records. Some kick ass collabs on this one again as Black Veil Brides, Shining and Deafheaven members have cameos. And of course it is chock full of Marty.

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Decapitated release “Never” guitar playthrough via GearGods

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:34 PM (PST)

Polish extreme metallers Decapitated have released a guitar playthrough for their song “Never” via GearGods.

“Never” comes off of the band’s upcoming album Anticult due out July 7 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the music video for “Never” as well as Michal Lysejko’s drum playthrough here.

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