Friday the 13th Finishing Moves: Cauldron, Woe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:43 PM (PST)

Hey there ya headbanging tree-huggers, if you can’t be in London protesting Trump or can’t fit into a  soon to be outlawed as “Antifa” Jason Voorhees mask you might as well hang out here with us at Metal Riot. So let’s get this party started!!! Are you excited? No? You ought to be. New music time!

New Gods is the forthcoming new full-length from Canadian heavy metal trio CAULDRON. Slated to drop September 7th via The End Records in North America and Dissonance Productions in Europe, the band’s fifth full-length and follow up to the critically-lauded 2016 album In Ruin was captured by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Wooden Sky) at Union Sound in Toronto.

 

This band always delivers in the larger than life memorable song department and pack a punch, so I am really looking forward to them giving us new stuff. “Letting Go” gets your blood running from the get-go with an incredible intro riff and plenty of thrills for classic metal types and Sabbath disciples. This song reminds me of a mix of Vol. 4 and Seventh Star through the Cauldron vapors.

 

In advance of its release, Decibel offers up a first taste of the record with “Letting Go.”

 

Offers founding vocalist/bassist Jason Decay, “‘Letting Go’ is one of the first tracks that came together for the new record. We really couldn’t deny the melody found in this song and I think somehow it still sounds very CAULDRON… once in a while you just have to rock and roll the bones. I am very proud of the songwriting, performances, and production on this one,” he continues, “and it is definitely the most confident I have been in a finished album of ours. It’s dark, it’s heavy, and it has a very melodic sense of AOR. I’m pretty sure people who were into In Ruin will like this one just as much if not more!”

 

Hear “Letting Go” at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.  

 

 
CAULDRON’s New Gods will come available in CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
 

 

In conjunction with the release of New GodsCAULDRON will be playing a handful of US shows in September with support provided by Barrow Wight. The band has also confirmed a special record release show in their hometown of Toronto set for September 15th at Junction City Music Hall. Click HERE for more show and ticket info.

 

CAULDRON:
9/06/2018 The Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Barrow Wight
9/07/2018 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA w/ Barrow Wight
9/08/2018 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Barrow Wight
9/15/2018 Junction City Music Hall – Toronto, ON

Black metal force to be reckoned with Woe are a bright light in a dark genre, one of the most rewarding acts in extreme metal. We stan 2017 return to the fray Hope Attrition almost as much as Chinese Democracy around here, which is to say…a bunch! Seriously, they are brilliant and fierce, pushing their art further into blackened hallways of rebirth and the strive for something tangibly real. Love it.

 

The band have announced a twelve day tour that begins in Colorado Springs on September 15th, my sister Cambria’s birthday (incidentally). Joining Woe for the tour will be Greenville, SC grinding death metal outfit, WVRM.

 

“Wvrm is a band that brings an uncompromising AGGRESSION that we truly appreciate and connect with. We’re glad to be fighting on their side” comments WOE frontman, Chris Grigg.

 

 

Woe, WVRM Tour dates:
9/15 – Colorado Springs, CO, Triple Nickel
9/16 – Denver, CO, HI-Dive
9/17 – Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
9/19 – Seattle, WA, Highline
9/20 – Portland, OR, Highwater Mark
9/21 – Sacramento, CA, Blue Lamp
9/22 – Oakland, CA, Elbo Room
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA, 5 Star Bar
9/24 – San Diego, CA, Space
9/25 – Tempe, AZ, Yucca Tap Room
9/26 – Tucson, AZ, Fly Catcher
9/28 – Austin, TX, TBA (Woe only)
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D.B.C. stands for Dead Brain Cells.


Photo by Matthew Zinke

Colorado death metal architects ALLEGAEON will return to the road to kick off the 12th Annual Summer Slaughter Tour. Sharing the stage with Between The Buried And Me, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Erra, The Agony Scene, Soreption, Terror Universal, and Entheos, the tour commences tonight July 13th in Raleigh, North Carolina and will roll through over two-dozen venues upon its conclusion on August 19th in Austin, Texas. Tickets are on sale NOW at THIS LOCATION. See all confirmed dates below.
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September Scum Tour (Micawber, Ahtme, Lago)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 12:32 PM (PST)

Kansas City based tech sickos AHTME and Phoenix, Az’s monolithic death metal titans LAGO have announced that they will be touring alongside headliner Micawber in September as part of “The September Scum Tour”. The tour will run from September 14 – 29 and hit a large chunk of the east coast, midwest, and Texas.

Dates below:

9/14 Austin, Tx @ Come and Take It Live
9/15 Ft Worth, Tx @ Tomcats West
9/16 Houston, Tx @ Acadia Bar
9/17 New Orleans, La @ Santos Bar
9/19 Greenville, Sc @ The Green Room
9/21 Frederick, Md @ Cafe 611
9/22 Trenton, Nj @ Championship Bar
9/23 Brooklyn, Ny @ The Kingsland
9/25 Pittsburgh, Pa @ The Smiling Moose
9/27 Chicago, Il @ GMan
9/29 Denver, Co @ Trailside Saloon

LAGO will be touring in support of their devastating new album Sea Of Duress which is available physically HERE and digitally HERE.

AHTME will be supporting their newest tech death masterpiece Sewerborn. Physical copies are available HERE and digital copies are available HERE.

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Sebastian Bach‘s Home Away From Home 2018 Tour hit Poughkeepsie, NY like a tornado over the weekend, giving the Sunday night fans their money’s worth and more. The Sebastian Bach band were in excellent form and blew the lid off the venerable venue, one of the best shows of many concerts I have seen there over the last few decades.

From the bass drum bearing Vinnie Paul’s name in large letters as tribute to Bach’s recently departed friend to a number of songs dedicated to him (including a well received “Cemetary Gates” cover!), there was a lot of love put out for the heavy metal drummer’s memory. I was glad Bach could get some of that energy out there because frankly when Vinnie Paul died he seemed more upset than almost anyone and I was worried the dude was gonna go on a major bender from some of his social media posts.

What the Poughkeepsie crowd got was a bunch of cool opening bands and a razor sharp set from Bach and his band, plus plenty of funny stage banter to keep the laughter flowing along with the good heavy metal times. Bach joked that he couldn’t do the “Rattlesnake Shake” if he wasn’t in a good mood after delivering an infectiously rowdy version of the tune along with a lot of other Skid Row classics including “Monkey Business” and the enthusiastically bellowed along with anthems “18 & Life” and “I Remember You.” As Bach admitted, it was “pretty rockin’ for a Sunday night”.

“American Metalhead” was perhaps the heaviest song of the night, the song’s stomping groove shaking the walls of the venue. My gf and I rocked out so hard at one point that we knocked a whole bunch of drinks off of a table accidentally, haha.

Bach made plenty of jokes about how he was thanking the fans for hundreds of years of support and funny one liners about being old like that, but his semi-nasal banshee cry cut through the air like a siren as loudly as ever. Truly, it was a really good time and great to see people coming together in the spirit of rock n roll.

Direct support The Standstills from Ontario, Canada kicked ass, a dynamic duo who combined hard rock power with a sort of White Stripes minimalism to super thumpy and clobbering effect. They definitely played their hearts out and their new single “Wild” rocks. Metalfier also held their own, the NYC area hard rock and metal group combining orcish grunts and leers with old school thrash and a fist pumping attitude.

Still, as good as the openers gave it is hard to fully compete with a legend who has been rocking their ass off for several decades to the point where Bach knows how to work a crowd in his sleep. And he was most def wide awake and firing on all cylinders at this concert, so don’t misread my meaning.

Thanks to all the bands for a much needed wild night and check out photos BELOW.

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Weekend Warpath: Insignium, Denied, Earth Electric

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Hello, weekend warriors. We just got an air conditioner and I have the afternoon off so am taking a moment to do a little extra metal blogging about some cool shit for you.

Some of you may know that I was really into Ex-Mayhem guitarist Rune Eriksen’s melodic gothy band Ava Inferi, purveyors of some totally under appreciated and dark, poetic masterful records. I even got to interview them once back in the days of MySpace. Well, Rune Eriksen and chillingly talented vocalist Carmen Simões (who has also worked with mighty Moonspell, one of my all time favorite bands) now have a cool new hard rock band called Earth Electric! The video, directed by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (GHOST) is below.

Regarding the video, Earth Electric comment: “Our second official video was shot by Costin Chioreanu on various stages throughout Spain and Norway as a part of the ambulant “Tales Of The Wind” exhibition. The video itself is a vivid and psychedelic expression of the powerful energies we create in our most desired setting; on stage! “

Immerse yourself in this band from Portugal’s impressive psychedelic hard rock right away! RIYL Purson, Hammers Of Misfortune, Slough Feg.

German black metallers Insignium recently signed with Apostasy Records and on August 31st, Insignium will reveal the fruits of their recent labors with their new album Infamie Und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes Sich Erhebt. I don’t know a lot about this band but they haven’t released anything in like thirteen years and the music is pretty fucking awesome. I did try hard to make sure they are not NSBM before posting and could not find anything to prove otherwise, which it sucks that I have to even say that but it is 2018.

So yeah, I certainly hope this is cool to post. The artwork and especially the riffs are pretty fucking incredible and I am enjoying it.

Denied from Sweden have a new lyric video for heavy metal anthem in the making “False Truth”. The lyrics are pretty pedestrian (see “Die MF Just Die” repeated at numerous points) and a lot of casual F bombs, but there is something about the energy of the song I enjoyed. It isn’t the most original ever but sometimes you just want to rock. I mean, it worked for Drowning Pool, right?

Denied feature singer Soren Adamsen, vocals (ex ARTILLERY) and Chris Vowden, guitar (ex OPETH) and “False Truth” is taken from the album “Freedom of speech…” that was released 13th Feb 2018 via Sliptrick Records. The song featuring Johan Fahlberg (JADED HEART) on vocals.

 

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Friday Funeral Flowers: Manticora , Black Fast

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:31 PM (PST)

To Kill To Live To Kill – Official Manticora Cover. By David Troest

Feeling pretty impressed with the new Manticora “Echoes Of A Silent Scream” video. It doesn’t look super high budget but they did a good job and the music is technically skillful and just enraged enough. The video gives me recollections of Sin City‘s Kevin who Elijah Wood embodied so creepily. So yeah, add a samurai sword and this is not for the faint of heart.

August 3rd 2018 sees the release of Manticora’s To Kill To Live To Kill.  Recorded and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, Persefone etc.), the record gives me Nevermore vibes in a really good way. It is their first new album in 8 years and you can tell the group worked super hard on it, so don’t sleep! The songs are even tied into a graphic horror novel  was written by the lead singer, Lars F. Larsen, and the artwork resembles the stories of the novel. This is the first part of a concept double-album, that will be released as two separate albums, one year apart.

Manticora have released 7 critically acclaimed albums, since 1999, and toured numerous times around Europe as well as in the US + played at prestigious festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower USA, etc.

Photo: Kenny Williamson

St. Louis’ thrashers Black Fast have released a third new single titled “Husk” exclusively via Revolver Magazine. “Husk was the last song to come together just as we started recording this album,” says the band. “It’s a little different from the rest of the songs and we knew right away it had to be the closer. Plus, it has a fucking slide solo.”

Check it out HERE. That solo is EPIC!!! It’s nice to see the band fighting their way forward.

The band will release Spectre of Ruin on Friday, July 13, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne) and have once again worked with the mighty Erik Rutan (Hell Eternal, Agnostic Front, Morbid Angel). So far what I have heard is scorching and the vocals sound like a howling skeleton ripping up from the ground. This shit will def make people give them more respect for having a bit more longevity and adding a lot of impressive new material to their growing batch of already dope songs to pull from.

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Thursday’s news, space jammers. First order of business,  a hearty don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out to “EPA Administrator” aka corrupt scum Scott Pruitt. The GOP will forever own the stain of climate denial and corrupt profiteering from endangering humanity recklessly.

Secondly, Therese Okoumou, you are the embodying spirit of a more perfect union, the right to protest injustice and the hope for change to stop the destruction of any semblance of American dignity before we can heal our deep trauma as a nation at ideological war between the forces of Good and the hideous gaslighting White Supremacists who revise history and quake in terror of progressive change. Thank you so much, true American hero. You have more bravery and dignity than the entire GOP and all their supporters in your pinky.

The below image, reshared by Bernice King, is as iconic an American image as I have ever seen in my 40 years.

I couldn’t in good faith just write about (even inspiring or revolutionary) music today without acknowledging the power of this moment. Now, let me direct you to some metal news to stir your spirits.

The new Deafheaven album can be streamed at NPR today! Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is available to curious ears in full RIGHT HERE. I have been crazy busy and so have not heard it yet myself but am gonna put it on in the background as I write this. The intro of “You Without End” that kicks things off has some somber but kind of warm piano and some post-rock vibes before a spoken sample thing and I am digging this mellow expansive beginning so far. It’s nice to be truthful and absorb stuff at your own pace rather than feel like you have to cram an experience in just to get a review shoved out. But anyway, I’m really looking forward to hearing how these guys have evolved as they have grown on me with time. So far I have to say already that this tune is kind of the coolest thing I have heard from them yet and is straddling some more interesting and colorful lines for my tastes.

True punks Cliterati have a new EP called Nuked At Birth you can savor over at Cvlt Nation at present! One of the most uncompromising, fun and important bands in 2018’s underground, Cliterati are miles above most of the pack in terms of importance, relevance and perhaps most importantly…anthemic fucking music!

The latest from the Oregon-grown hardcore punk collective featuring Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess alumni –  this EP serves as a precursor to the band’s split with Violation Wound, set for release via Tankcrimes later this month, and includes one original track as well as the band’s scathing renditions of L7’s “Fast & Frightening” and Cro-Mags’ “Hard Times.” Holy tofurkin’ awesome, batgirl!

Comments CLITERATI screamer, Ami Lawless, “We’re stoked on this free EP with the title track also being the name of our upcoming summer tour. We also have a new Nuked At Birth shirt design to complete the trifecta! The other two tracks are covers that we sometimes do live. This EP was all done in one day. We just decided to have a fun recording/mixing/mastering session, no pressure, and give it to the people who’ve been supporting our band since the demo. The lyrics to ‘Nuked At Birth’ are loosely based on the book Geek Love. Go read it!”

Ami, I used to have a copy of Geek Love and regret I never finished reading it. Thanks for reminding me! The first half was pretty good and someone stole it a long ass time ago, hahaha.

Hear Nuked At Birth, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

Download the EP for the cool price of FREE at the official CLITERATI Bandcamp page HERE.

Cast The Stone

American death/black metallers CAST THE STONE and David Hall (Uneasy Sleeper, PortalThe Melvins) unleash a video for their cover of Indfestdead’s (Dan SwanöJesusatan”. The track appears on the band’s forthcoming six-track EP “Empyrean Atrophy”, due for release on August 31st via Agonia Records.

This shit fuckin’ rocks and the David Hall (Portal, Melvins) video is really nuts and visually well done but prob needs a genuine serious warning if you are epileptic. Intense!

 

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Happy 4th, people. Cranking out this news item and spending mine doing bong rips, watching Season 2 of GLOW and plan on listening to some John Trudell later in honor of the Native Americans who got fucked over royally in our quest for a “land of opportunity.” Remember when you shoot off shitty fireworks and drink horse piss beer this week that America is soaked in genocide and thus anyone who has a shred of dignity as an American or who wants to actually forge a more perfect union needs to help to stamp out racism wherever they see it, especially when it is in America’s name. Also, fireworks scare the shit out of cool dogs and hurt their ears so don’t be a moron all weekend.

Here are some metallic updates to make ya salivate faster than a …SMIRNOFF® Watermelon?

Oklahoma City’s Dischordia have released some video content over at ItDjents HERE. The Progressive death metallers are impressive and talented drummer Josh Fallin has recorded a playthrough for their latest entire Binge/Purge EP, split into two videos!

New York noise act Gridfailure traversed the interstate to come by Saugerties, NY’s Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and finish a collaborative album with my grunge/folk/post punk project Walking Bombs. We have some great forthcoming news about the record, entitled Suicide By Citizenship, to share with you all in the near future. Call it a reflection on keeping your sanity in a capitalist dystopian society that wants to eat you alive.

Check out the following IG post below to see some photos and a studio clip we shot yesterday with engineer and contributor Jay Andersen (Surmiser) and Mike Score of metalcore legends All Out War, one of many awesome as hell collaborators on the forthcoming album. Stay tuned for details.

Meant to post more on this awhile ago but the 4th of July seems appropriate. Anti-fascist hardcore band Raicetraitor are making a comeback, thankfully. The band have a new Bandcamp Page. Additionally, one of my childhood best friends Simon Ampel is an animator and worked with the group on a brutal takedown of the prison for profit system we live under that is unfair to African Americans in gross disproportion, a mockery of “justice”. The song “Damage” premiered a month back on Cvlt Nation and can be seen below.

 

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Skeletonwitch and Mantar announce UK/European co-headline tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 8:18 AM (PST)

US blackened thrash metallers SKELETONWITCH and German black/doom/punk chimera MANTAR are stoked to announce that they will be hitting the UK and Europe this winter for a co-headline run.

Support will come from Belgium thrash outfit EVIL INVADERS and German deathers DEATHRITE.

Tickets will go on sale Friday July 6th at 10am BST via the link below:  https://www.facebook.com/MantarBand/events

SKELETONWITCH & MANTAR
w/ Evil Invaders and Deathrite

Presented by Nuclear Blast, Prosthetic Records, Cobra Agency & Doomstar Bookings.

14.11.2018 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, Denmark
15.11.2018 Krosset – Oslo, Norway
16.11.2018 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
17.11.2018 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
19.11.2018 Musikzentrum – Hannover, DE
20.11.2018 Hirsch – Nürnberg, DE
21.11.2018 Turock – Essen, DE
22.11.2018 Dynamo – Zürich, CH
23.11.2018 KJH Hallschlag – Stuttgart, DE
24.11.2018 Rockhouse – Salzburg, AT
26.11.2018 Backstage – München, DE
27.11.2018 Arena – Wien, AT
28.11.2018 Explosiv – Graz, AT
29.11.2018 Nova Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Republic
30.11.2018 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
1.12.2018 SO 36 – Berlin, DE
2.12.2018 Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
4.12.2018 Rebellion – Manchester, UK
5.12.2018 Mama Roux´s – Birmingham, UK
6.12.2018 Underworld – London, UK
7.12.2018 Petit Bain – Paris, France
8.12.2018 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
9.12.2018 Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands

More news below.
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[NECROT photo by Peyote Gutierrez]

Plunging through the knee-deep sweltering shit show of this week and we are only at Tuesday, huh? Shout out to my friend Mikey from Islander who just got kicked off Warped Tour for jumping into a fucking drum set when they have kept bands on who were super problematic before. Man, I jumped into a drum back line wasted years ago and it started a bar brawl that got a packed place shut down three hours early and my blood all over the place but it still got worked out.

This shit is dumb, yo. Mikey was probably just fired up with adrenaline and excited to be playing the last Warped. Why did they get such a stiff punishment?

Mikey seems deeply apologetic cuz he is a nice guy but it seems pathetic they would kick one of the best bands off the tour and give a lukewarm rebuke to The Dickies when Leonard Graves Phillips made jokes about  teen girls and how he would love to snort Viagra off their asses and fuck your daughters and was called out for berating a rightfully disgusted feminist in the crowd by War On Women’s Shawna Potter in 2017.

Anyway, this New York heatwave is still in full effect but here is some more metal and rock news for you hooligans.

West Coast death metal reign seizing band of the moment NECROT have confirmed that they are set to play the first ever Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles. Set to take place December 1st and 2nd at the historic Wiltern, the band will share the stage with the likes of Testament, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, YOB, Power Trip, Skeletal Remains, and Haunt, with additional bands to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are on sale now at THIS LOCATION.

Our friends in Milwaukee metallic hardcore band KNAAVES have released their first music video. Directed by Brian Radmond, the clip features performance footage merged with a plot about Elizabeth Short,  known posthumously as “the Black Dahlia”.

Pittsburgh, Pa based slamming deathcore group SIGNS OF THE SWARM have recently announced that they have parted ways with their original vocalist CJ McCreery and will be replacing him with Dave Simonich.

The group issued in a collective statement, “CJ Mccreery and SIGNS OF THE SWARM have decided to part ways. The split between the band and CJ was mutual and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

With that being said, anyone who has seen us on the Ingested run and Devastation on the Nation may have noticed that we had our good friend Dave Simonich filling in on vocals. We are pleased to announce that Dave will be joining Signs of the Swarm as our new permanent vocalist.

This change has given us opportunities that could not have been possible before, and with that we are beyond excited for the future of the band and what we have to come.”

Watch new vocalist Dave Simonich display his otherworldy chops with this cover of “Cowards Deathbed” HERE.

“Cowards Deathbed” is from SIGNS OF THE SWARM’s 2017 Unique Leader debut The Disfigurement of Existence which can be purchase physically HERE and digitally HERE.

Catch SIGNS OF THE SWARM on tour with Traitors, Deadland, Distinguisher, and Falsifier in July and August. Dates below.

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Monday ‘Merica Moshivation: Laterals, Gemini Syndrome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:36 PM (PST)

Happy start to your week, patriots. And by patriots I mean anyone who hates Trump. I am sweating like crazy from the New York heatwave (otherwise known as probably the new regular weather thanks to global warming now).  Had a good weekend and there was even a pro immigration #FamiliesBelongTogether march by my apartment. What else is going on? I just bought a copy of The Last Jedi to own fanboy losers out there who hate it and am looking forward to enjoying the amazing cast performances, especially from Carrie Fisher, again soon as I am done writing this.

As we head into the 4th of July week, remember kids: We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic. That spark, this Resistance, must survive. That is our mission.

Laterals are a New York based power smoothie of alternative rock, emo/punk and melodic adrenaline. The more punk or emo approving fans on this site who have a wider range of tastes than, say, dirty laundry insistent death metal addicts, will want to check out the acts new release Retrotech.  The sludge pop indie duo could rock alongside many types of bands and features vocalist guitarist Dee Kelley and drummer and vocalist Nate Kelley (ex-Shabutie/Coheed, Divest). Their newest exciting effort Retrotech was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Greg Talenfeld at OK Records, Nyack, NY. Good people. Show ’em support.

Alternative metal five-piece Gemini Syndrome is slated to headline the Synner Conversion Tour this summer, taking a break from writing their third studio album, expected to be released in late 2018 via RED MUSIC. Gemini Syndrome are an incredible blend live of driving worn groove underground sing-a-long hard rock anthems and emotional highs and lows. I saw them with In This Moment and would certainly see them again.

“The Oracle has foreseen that Gemini Syndrome will be sharing the stage with fellow conspirators, Code Red Riot, occurring in alignment with the Estival Solstice. This Summer Conversion is a recess in writing and recording our next album, the third and final act of the trilogy. We look forward to sharing this sacred rite with you.” – Brian Steel Medina (drums)

SYNNER CONVERSION TOUR w/ Code Red Riot:
07/08 @ The Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
07/10 @ Lefty’s Live – Des Moines, IA
07/11 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
07/12 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI †
07/13 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
07/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
07/15 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
07/17 @ Guitars – Joplin, MO
07/18 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
07/19 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
07/20 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
07/21 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
07/22 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ

† Festival date, no Code Red Riot

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June Wrap-up: My 4 favorite albums this month

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

It’s been sunshine and metal time this June. If you haven’t had a chance to hear the four albums that make my list this month, you’re going to want to go and check them out!

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Friday Feral Feast: Gridfailure, Extremity, Yob

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Extremity photo by photo by Aloysius V. Cummings

 

Happy Friday. Well, as happy as it can be when journalists were just murdered and where a very likely criminal President under investigation should ABSOLUTELY not be allowed to appoint a new SCOTUS judge. Free bird, give the bird and free freedom fries for everyone except fascists, yo. Here’s the low down on the dirge and the binge and the purge you all need before the real Purge gives you the urge to flee to Canada.

20 Buck Spin is preparing to release Extremity‘s full length debut, one of my favorite bands in metal right now big time. The West Coast death metal band features veterans from fucking Vastum, Ludicra, Agalloch, Repulsion, Cretin, hello!??! What else do you need to know?! God, I miss Ludicra.

Anyway, Extremity made our year end list with the Extremely Fucking Dead mini-release and aren’t slowing down.A new song is out called “Like Father Like Son”. Coffin Birth comes out in July and today vocalist/bassists/guitarists Shelby Lermo dishes on the new single, “Coffin Birth was my fourth time recording with Greg at Earhammer Studios in the last three years, and fourth or fifth time for Aesop as well. That level of familiarity with an engineer really allows for a free exchange of ideas, and a chance to get a little weirder with things. ‘Like Father Like Son’ is the seventh of eight songs on the album and serves as a closing chapter in a story about death, family, immortality, and fate.”

Stream “Like Father, Like Son” at No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.

20 Buck Spin will issue Coffin Birth on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats July 20th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where total crusher  “Grave Mistake” is also streaming HERE.

Gridfailure

Our homeboy Gridfailure has announced some Summer live activity. Dave Brenner’s creative garden of noise spawn will seep forth to conquer very unsuspecting hipsters skulls in August (well, they are playing Lucky 13 and everyone there is actually pretty much a down as fuck metalhead in my experience lol).

Massive brain melters Yob have announced Fall European tour dates with Wiegedood. Dates are BELOW. Yob yobviously friggin’ rules.
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Gojira news to kick off this Thursday. Bloodstock Tickets are on sale this FRIDAY at 9am at bloodstock.uk.com ! Gojira are a big attraction for the UK’s No.1 metal fest this August and will perform alongside other bad ass acts including Alestorm, Cannibal Corpse and Septicflesh.

Gojira have also shared a live performance of their song “Global Warming,” filmed at the band’s New York City headquarters, Silver Cord Studio. Gojira discussed why they chose to film the live performance of “Global Warming,” a standout track from their acclaimed LP From Mars To Sirius, in a note to fans. Seriously, that album still rules all life so hard. Your fave can’t even relate to how hard it rocks.

“A few weeks ago, we played ‘Global Warming’ together for the first time since the recording of From Mars To Sirius (2004). We never played it live before, as it is a challenging one to play, and place in a set list. It’s emotionally heavy, and would almost ‘hurt’ the rest of the songs in a way.” They continued, “Global warming is a reality and a relevant topic, we feel it’s good to be reminded of one of the most important challenges of our time: How to grow as a species without being a parasite to our planet, the only home we have. ‘We will see our children growing’ is a mantra for future generations, and in a figurative way we hope the children in all of us will grow, evolve, and take action for a more compassionate and meaningful world.”

Renowned photographer ESTER SEGARRA has revealed another look at her forthcoming photo anthology, ‘Ars Umbra’. The video, featuring photos from MOTORHEAD, GHOST, ROTTING CHRIST, ABBATH, and much more, explains the creative processes behind the Barcelona-born photographer’s upcoming book, and much more. The video is streaming here and below.

ESTER SEGARRA comments: “This insightful video gives you a glimpse into how ‘Ars Umbra’ came to be – and a little glimpse of my “f*ck it” attitude, which has held me in good stead throughout my career. This video will guide you through what lead up to the creation of the anthology!”

‘Ars Umbra’ will be released worldwide on July 6. The anthology will feature an original score composed by Uno Bruniusson (GRAVE PLEASURES, IN SOLITUDE, PROCESSION, and more). ‘Ars Umbra’ is available for pre-order here.

Regarding the photo-book, Segarra comments: “After 15 years, my music photography comes full cycle with this book. Ars Umbra marks the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one, a point in the never-ending circle of life and death, the serpent that eats its own tail. Designed by Münster Studio and Branca Studio from Barcelona, it is thought to fit in within your vinyl collection. To be experienced together with the soundtrack. To go slow and deep. Much love, effort and dedication has been put into the making of this project and no words can fully express what it feels like to have it released, having been through hell and back. I can only say I am incredibly grateful to everything and everyone that has made this moment possible. May the beast be unleashed!”

Meka Nism have a theatrical music video out for a song called “Trailblazer” (from new EP The War Inside) that will appeal to fans of symphonic and semi-nu metal as well as various strains of gothy influenced hard rock. I like the clean vocals from Ms. Meka and the driving grooves. This Florida band was not really on my radar before so I figured I’d give ’em a shout today for something different.

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Wednesday Whammy: Pig Destroyer, Twilight Fauna, A Dying Planet

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:58 AM (PST)

A Dying Planet photo by Brian Kirksey

Hey there killers and saints. We made it to Wednesday. Gotta make sure each day these days, ya know? Good news is lots of cool music haps today and #ptsdawarenessday is spreading depression awareness, so that is good stuff. Bad news is fake SCOTUS justice/stolen seat Gorsuch is helping push through more and more fascism and now Union rights are getting screwed badly via #Janus ruling.  Mitch McConnell is the ugliest piece of shit walking besides Trump. Yuck. I guess when we are all exploited even more we can all listen to Municipal Waste in the gutter and drink cheap beer still, but it would be nice as shit to have work protections and a living wage, y’know? On the plus side, Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez won and that is big news.

And now the metal! If you are not scrambling for your life from an onslaught of MAGA troll negativity or Gestapo-like ICE agents, spend some time in the realm of metal when you need some self care and serious riffage. Today I have three cool developments for you to make you feel a little better about our imperiled world.

A Dying Planet (I know the name is not exactly PMA, hahaha) have a debut out in August. The band features members of Zero Hour and Cynthesis and are a progressive group you will want to know about. The outfit has completed its debut album, Facing The Incurable, and has slated it for independent release in August.

The band also features twin brothers getting progressive together, so that is pretty cool. I like the album name as it sort of reminds me of the tipping point for ecological harm. Wake up, people.

Pig Destroyer by Joey Wharton

Pig Destroyer news! How we savor those words! The notorious extreme metal band are celebrating twenty one years wrecking ears this year and are playing Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest in December (along with Testament doing a New Order and The Gathering set, wtf!!! So cool… plus Triptykon doing a Celtic Frost set, fuuuuck!!) . A new Pig Destroyer album is also coming this year in September from the fine folks at Relapse. Watch this thing below for Head Cage!

And now, for the raddest news of the day of all from mighty Twilight Fauna. I am jamming hard the new “Crooked Road” track right now and dear lord the awesomeness is real. The transition around the one minute mark from fast BM to ambient tranquility was pretty stunning. Please support one of the coolest and most genuine acts around.

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