Band Spotlight: Auteur

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM (PST)

Auteur are a mysterious and electrifying band from the West Coast who merge metalcore and rock influences for a chaotic but catchy sound. Before & After is a must hear and explosive record that fans of ETID, The Bled, Septa, The Bronx, etc. will likely eat up like free blueberry waffles. Don’t just take our word for it. Get the syrup outta your ears and go listen! 11 tracks that show a passionate band really going for it. FAVE SONG: “Strawmen”

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Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are known as the "Big Four" of thrash metal.


With a name like MESSIAHVORE, you know the band probably aint playing Country and Western music. Hailing from Denver, Colorado MESSIAHVORE are set to release their self-titled album via Coffin & Bolt / Golden Robot Records on 26th February. Pre-order HERE.

“MESSIAHVORE‘s first album release features 9 tracks. All the music was recorded live in studio and then the vocals and some extras added after the fact. We were stoked to have tracked all in the same room with one another and bring the music with the natural energy, feedback and volume of our live performances.

The recording was done in Denver in our own commercially run studio known as “The Crash Pad” Bart, the guitarist and singer engineered the recording. We simply set up and test tracked, locked in the tones and let it rip. The results speak for themselves. We are proud of our first effort and are looking forward to sharing it with all the heavy music fans of the world.

Lots of density on this debut release. Thick guitars and bass combined with saturated vocals. Catchy hooks but not overly commercial. “The Last Word” is an epic instrumental that supplies ambient vibe for days. “Betrothed” hits hard and is either about overbearing control or Vampires. You can make the call. “Cult Worship” is one of our favorites and “Doublecross” starts out with some Sabbath vibe then moves into desert rock territory. MESSIAHVORE mixes elements of groove metal, doom, stoner rock and a bit of industrial to complete the sound.”

It was a fast start for the band, opening for Fu Manchu, Sasquatch, Nebula, Daikaiju and were slated to play with Lord Dying then the COVID hit the states. You know the rest of that story. This led to them buckling down and writing a seven song EP. The band signed to Coffin & Bolt Records which is incorporated with the international mainstay Golden Robot Records.

Today, American metal torchbearers Pounder stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Breaking the World, at Decibel magazine’s website. Set for international release on January 29th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Pounder’s Breaking the World in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Heavy metal forever!

Upstate, NY heavy hitters SICKBAY have become a staple of the regional heavy scene, putting out material consistently and always upping their dark and deadly game. Death metal with a slight amount of hardcore crossover in the mix, Sickbay are clearly not worried about trends and just intent on creating the special blend of brutality that makes them tick. Jim Sinon stops by Metal Riot today to discuss the band’s history, latest bludgeon-fest Death’s Cold Grip and more BELOW.

The 2021 incarnation of Texan veteran groove maniacs PISSING RAZORS sees original members Eddy Garcia (Drums) and Mat Lynch (Guitars) joined by Joe Rodriguez (Vocals) and Geo Gomez (Bass).

The band returns with their latest single and video “Wasting Away” (1.22.21) – a blistering interpretation of the Nailbomb classic featuring Skinlab frontman Steev Equivel on guest vocals alongside the band. The cover is faithful and as intense as you would hope. This only makes sense, since Nailbomb is still maybe the most intense Max stuff (with maybe some of Blunt Force Trauma like “Warlord” coming close). Pissing Razors do an admirable job in channeling the chaos of the original with their own rabid spin on it.

“Shortly after Nailbomb’s 1994 Point Blank release, we added ‘Wasting Away’ to our live set simply for its sheer intensity, brutally honest approach, and blatant raw attack. There’s no smoke and mirrors, no fancy production tricks there. The track demands attention, commands respect, and we are proud to revisit its place in the early development of our own musical pursuits and sound. The pure cut-throat approach to its sonic foundation is what we have consistently strived to ingrain into our own body of work and it still holds true today. We hope we do it justice…” Mat Lynch (Guitars)

Happy Friday, weirdos. I am still laughing from all the people on Twitter who thought that Pat Smear during the Foo Fighters inauguration performance was actually Obama. Can you imagine how crazy that must’ve seemed to them? Imagine the past four years he was just quietly biding his time and learning to shred on “Times Like These” to troll Trump with a superior inauguration for his pal Biden.

Anyway, here we are in the great big aftermath or messy diaper left behind from the Trump fiasco. Seems like a great time to get excited about some new music.

Tomahawk — the rock band featuring Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, etc.) and John Stanier (ex-Helmet, Battles) — are back with their first full-length album in eight years, titled Tonic Immobility and set to arrive on March 26 through Ipecac Recordings.

I had just recently busted out their debut and have been driving around frequently listening to that or Belly’s Star at like 6am as a good indicator of my daily mood, lol. So glad I have actually seen them live a few times and that the project isn’t dead in the water. The new Bungle line-up is certainly a supergroup but this one maybe even more so for snobs like me, haha. Stanier!!!

“Tonic Immobility could just be something in the air we’re feeling,” says Denison. “It’s been a rough year between the pandemic and everything else. A lot of people feel somewhat powerless and stuck as they’re not able to make a move without second guessing themselves or worrying about the outcomes. For as much as the record possibly reflects that, it’s also an escape from the realities of the world. We’re not wallowing in negativity or getting political. For me, rock has always been an alternate reality to everything else. I feel like this is yet another example.”

Interesting. Perhaps a strange, psychic cousin to DEP’s Option Paralysis?

The lead single can be heard below now and sounds as them as you’d expect.

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Hello all you mad, grandiose bloodfiends and welcome to the first fucking day the United States has ever had a woman VP! I don’t want to hear purity politics right now. It is a historic milestone and there are a hell of a lot worse people than Kamala who could have gotten in there. We have to work together to keep the Dems moving in a progressive direction but it is possible. Do NOT tell me that the 15 executive orders Biden signed into law today RIGHT AWAY (with the New Radicals and Gaga still ringing in our ears) are just “eXaCtLY ThE SaME aS ThE GoP”. That is privileged nonsense beyond belief, especially when the faketriots just tried to stage a literal unjustified coup over their fake election fraud nonsense and we are now BACK in the Paris Agreement. Millions will soon have a viable path to citizenship. Sit down and eat your food.

On that note, I keep seeing idiots who still back the twice impeached loser (who simpered away sullenly to the tune of YMCA) saying online in Trump’s defense that he “never started a war”. I think almost starting a fucking civil war HERE counts! And as if he didn’t ruin the nuclear deal with Iran and assassinated a top leader and pushed them into China’s arms and bombed Yemen just a little bit as well (killing an infant girl from the jump). Oh, and abandoned allies in Syria. Pardoning Kodak Black doesn’t make up for you pardoning Steve Bannon who wants to incite a xenophobic race war either, asshole.

On that note a little bit more, bye bye Iced Earth. Like complete moron Ariel Pink (who says “life isn’t fair” about homeless people but whines about being dropped by his label for supporting a fascist), Iced Earth have been dropped from Century Media’s artist page.

Jon is a talented as hell musician and a completely gullible idiot who doubled down on bad takes time and time again until it led him into the six criminal charges he now faces. What a massive fucking letdown. Stu Block and the band’s lukewarm responses have been weak sauce as well. You all should have quit the band and issued a “fuck him” statement. It is also weak, much as I love a ton of Century Media bands and their PR people are awesome folks, that the label declined to comment to Metal Injection. They should have said they are 100% not here for his bullshit either.

Maybe I sound harsh to some of you? Well, it is pretty awful seeing loved ones or people in your community or families fall down the Q rabbit hole of utter dogshite. Seeing it rot their logic and fact checking abilities and destroy families. Seeing it ruin musicians you once admired past the point of no return. We have tried to help many of you and it is ok to have boundaries. There must be a firm stance about this shit. Marina Abramović is cooler than all of you and a Storm is most definitely NOT coming. Except legally for orange fucko.

Winter’s Verge have released a new video for “Blood On The Foam” from The Ballad Of James Tig release. Fans of Alestorm, Wuthering Heights or even Delain and Manowar will thrill to this Cyprus band’s powerful heavy metal soundtrack to questing! Let the melodic and lively tune wash over you like the ocean’s spray (not a juice commercial, duh).

Since its formation in 2005, the band has so far released 4 full studio albums and 3 Eps and built a strong reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in Cyprus, with a powerful blend of epic, melodic and symphonic metal. The band is made up of 6 of the most experienced and respected musicians in the Cypriot rock and metal scene – George Charalambous on vocals, Deniel Pavlovsky and Savvas Parperi on guitars, Stavry Michael on keys, Miguel Trapezaris on bass and Danny Georgiou on drums.

Lastly today, the first full length release from San Diego death metal outfit Putrescine. The Fading Flame will be available March 26 on vinyl, CD, and cassette from Tridroid Records! Putrescine’s dissonant, churning death metal makes no secret of their influences; fans of Carcass, Morbid Angel, and At the Gates will find much to enjoy, and the band continues to use imagery from video games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne to frame issues of antifascism, personal trauma, and queer radicalism.

That’s it for today, lovers. Remember: Frenemies
Who when you’re down, ain’t your friend…
Every night we smash a Mercedes-Benz

 

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Cattle Decapitation launches video for “Finish Them”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:13 AM (PST)

Happy last day of Trump, the best case for retroactive abortion that ever lived. God, the last four years were fucking disgraceful. What a complete nightmare combined with the utmost tacky, moronic bullshit gaslighting.

At least it looks like Iced Earth are facing some consequences for their idiot band leader’s role in the pointless capitol insurrection and got dropped. Talk about someone going down the tubes and squandering their talent for a loser like Trump.

Anyway, the world really needs to focus on the environment as well as stopping fascist enabling morons. Trump damaged the environmental protections more than any leader in American history (and he doesn’t deserve to be called a leader at all). Seems like a fitting way to send off this shit show by posting some Cattle Decapitation.

Cattle Decapitation released their latest record, Death Atlas, to critical acclaim in 2019; today, the band has launched a new video for the album track, “Finish Them”. Directed by Nicholas Vidler, the video features live footage from Cattle Decapitation’s sold-out shows in Melbourne, Australia in early 2020.

Vocalist Travis Ryan comments: “When traveling to Australia to embark on our Australia/New Zealand/Japan tour in early 2020, we wondered what would await us on their soil as bushfires were raging, claiming the lives of millions of wild animals, altering the lives of many of our fans and citizens of Australia. What we didn’t expect was record turnouts with serious rabid fans that I think just wanted to take their minds off the current state of affairs and do their best to have a good time given the utterly shit circumstances they were experiencing. We quickly organized meet and greets at the last minute and were able to raise well over $25,000AUD for the Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary, who had pretty much lost everything in the fires. Thanks to the incredible support from our fans down under and through other folks ready to help, they were able to rebuild. We really felt like we had been given a gift by the fans, so we wanted to give back to these people who came out and raged with us by releasing our final music video for ‘Death Atlas,’ which showcases how sick the shows were and how truly amazing our fans are. Look close, maybe you’ll find yourself in the crowd! Looking forward to returning to the stage one day, hopefully soon!”

Enjoy this madness until you can watch the New Radicals reunite or whatever. Here’s to everyone who made it through the last four years and the ones we lost along the way.

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In defense of ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:16 AM (PST)

With the welcome rumor that Kat Dennings will be in WandaVision in some capacity, I wanted to go back and see Thor: The Dark World for the first time in awhile. It often gets dragged and I had started to believe the general consensus through the hypnotic power of repetition, but revisiting the movie reminded me that I actually loved it in theaters and it was , in fact, one of my favorites in the MCU.

Personally I am tired of people acting like Thor: The Dark World is the worst Marvel movie. It just simply is not true. Maybe you have to be a weird, queer fan of dramatic costumes, freaky fantasy elf shit and dramatic highs and lows like me, but…from the elaborate sci-fi settings to wider universe building and mythical expansion, to eerie and ominous dark elves to easily one of the coolest of the Infinity Stones and a great supporting cast, the movie holds up better than people give it credit. Sure, Malekith might look kind of like Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2 if he sported a Joey Jordison mask, but he was (and is) still a formidable threat.

It might not have the flash and knee slap levels of the revolutionary Ragnarok (pretty much the best MCU film after Black Panther and Winter Soldier, easily), but it nonetheless has a lot for fans of dark fantasy. Plus. the movie still had plenty of comedy and character building as well. DC for awhile had everything looking dour and smog infested but it is good to have a balance of dark and light tones in different films for Universe building. That made Birds of Prey and Shazam! really stand out in contrast and freshen things up. Likewise, if every Marvel movie was Ant Man (which I also love, don’t get me wrong), it would get too damn zany after awhile. Dark World sets high stakes with real consequences (Frigga and her beautiful funeral scene) and I personally love the visual feel of a lot of it. It is the tense middle movie of the first three and it creates a great contrast between all of the Thor movies for a very enjoyable trilogy arc. It certainly works better than the much more uneven Iron Man 2.

Natalie Portman was semi-sidelined due to being infected with energy but her character was still completely integral to the plot and it was annoying in other movies afterward how she was scarcely referenced for awhile. I also think the love interest between the scientist and the walking mythical anomaly/alien was always a fun angle and the two had fun banter and a cute awkwardness that added to their appeal as characters. She validated his research and he had even more to fight for.

Did I mention that this movie has some of the best flight action sequences in all of Marvel’s onscreen content?

Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter said, “Although director Alan Taylor manages to get things going properly for the final battle in London, the long stretches before that on Asgard and the other branches of Yggdrasil are a drag, like filler episodes of Game of Thrones but without the narrative complexity, mythical heft or all-pervading sexiness.”

I would argue with that statement because the narrative complexity was still being literally built, much of it in this movie. This is still very early on in the MCU as the stories filled in gaps for movie-goers unfamiliar with the wider comic galaxy or the realms. Also, while it may not be as scandalous as GoT by a long shot, you can’t pretend no one finds Portman or Hemsworth attractive, lmao. And personally I love all the Asgard stuff. It is always some of the coolest visual material in Marvel whenever you see the Rainbow Bridge spanning impossible reaches.

Dark World is also one of the most metal of Marvel’s movies, the awkward Manowar fan of the MCU. But essential for die hards and for the development of the wider saga of the ancient relics. It will be hopefully re-assessed as time passes and we see more Jane Foster growth in the future.

Album Review: Undergang – ‘Aldrig i Livet’

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3:13 AM (PST)
Undergang – Aldrig i Livet 
Review By Ralka Skjerseth
Release Date: December 4th, 2020
Label: Dark Descent Records, Me Saco Un Ojo, Extremely Rotten Productions

 

The precarious side of the Copenhagen underground music scene has always been fascinating to me, especially with names like Halshug and Nuclear Death Terror surrounding. This time, I found a recent interesting discovery which is the death metal act Undergang. The band has been around since 2008, actually. And back in December 4th, 2020, they released an impeccable new album called Aldrig I Livet which is signed to Dark Descent Records, Me Saco Un Ojo, and Extremely Rotten Productions.

 

Having characteristics that incorporate the elements of Finnish old school death metal, Undergang’s sounds will remind their listeners of Abhorrence and Demilich, mostly when it comes to the intricate riffs and gnarly guttural vocals. The Finnish influence can also be found on the name of one of their previous records, Kuolema Parantaa Kaikki Haavat (translation: “death heals all wounds” in Finnish). It’s not like I understand enough Danish to comprehend the whole lyrics on this album, but my intermediate proficiency in Norwegian (which is mutually intelligible with Danish) helps me understand the main themes that are elucidated in the lyrics; which are death, bacterial infection, corpses, and the act of slaughter. Belligerent enough to represent the brutality of the death metal scene — followed by the fact that Aldrig I Livet roughly means “over my dead body”. The cover art of this album, which is said to bear a striking resemblance to Totalitär’s Sin Egen Motståndare (although not intentional), manifests Undergang’s own familiar idea that death is the escape from life when life gets too much, with the illustration of a man cutting his own throat. It strengthens the gory imagery of Undergang.

 

It has been almost four years ever since Undergang last released a full-length album. If their previous release Misantropologi (2017) is rather inclined towards doom metal-esque elements with its slower paces and absence of blast beats, then Aldrig I Livet rather sticks to their death metal roots; with its abrasive and chaotic grinding sounds, even though the deeply resonating doom elements are still a bit intact. The undecipherable vocals of Aldrig I Livet present erratic layers of distortion and involve a lot of gurgling. There are a lot of menacing hooks you can find on this album, also followed by stark riffs with thick atmospheres. The drums kind of implement punk elements, and the groovy fast paces of the drums help build a ghastly nuance. Reverb and distortion can also be found on this album, precisely on the title track “Aldrig i livet”. Meanwhile, cleaner guitars are presented on “Ufrivillig donation af vitale organer”. The track “Sygelige nydelser…” features feedback and has a vehemently heavy guitar solo from around 01:15 to 01:14. You will come across resonances that will remind you of early Carcass materials on the track “Indtørret”, and you will come across a convergence between death metal and crust punk on the track “Rødt dødt kød”. The track “Menneskeæder” is one of the tracks that makes you instantly notice the Finnish old school death metal reference.

 

My verdict is that Aldrig I Livet intensely brings you to a funereal yet memorable death metal experience. You will find incoherent distortions and massive hooks here and there, and that’s surreal. Not only that it will bring you back to early Carcass materials, but also early Obituary materials. I can see that Undergang keeps on growing and improving, and Aldrig I Livet is one of the manifestations of their growth.

MONOLORD share “I’m Staying Home” 2 song EP

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:34 PM (PST)

Swedish power trio MONOLORD return with the two track single “I’m Staying Home.” Recorded during the No Comfort album sessions, “I’m Staying Home” sees the band harnessing the power of the riff once again with their trademark take on crushing sludge rock and doom!

 

Vocalist/Guitarist Thomas Jäger comments:

“A leftover track from the No Comfort session with the lyrics re-recorded to suit our current state. Stay the fuck home.”

 

“I’m Staying Home” is available on all streaming services HERE. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and officially out February 5, 2021.

 

Mixed and mastered by MONOLORD drummer Esben Willems, the single features the eponymous new title-track alongside an exclusive live recording of the No Comfort lead single “The Bastard Son,” captured at Freak Valley Festival in 2019.

Artwork by Michael Hutter

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Lee McKinney of Born Of Osiris fame is a multi-faceted dude with a wide range of talents, a regular prog-metalcore Joe Fixit.

Today McKinney has released a peek inside his creative flow with a play-through for “Amanuensis” from his great recent Sumerian solo record Infinite Mind.

Speaking on the release, McKinney shares:
“I’m excited to launch this video for Amanuensis because in a way it shows off the process of how I write these songs. For the first time in a video, you’ll see me in my studio playing guitar, bass, keys, and more. I hope you enjoy it!”
McKinney also recently announced his MMA-focused podcast “The Art Of The Breakdown” in addition to his “Infinite Mind” podcast, both available on YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify.

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THY CATAFALQUE release “Napút” video.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM (PST)

Hungarian avant garde collective THY CATAFALQUE are now unveiling a brand new music video for the track “Napút,” which is taken from their latest album ‘Naiv.’ The video can be seen at THIS LOCATION.

Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments on the stream: “This is a video we shot in my home town, Makó. Many of these locations are the places I grew up in and although nothing fancy is going on, it was nice to get back to where the songs came from. With this one, we close the lid on ‘Naiv’ and focus on the next album.

‘Naiv’ was released in January of 2020 and was named the #1 Album of the Year by Last Rites. The record can be ordered, streamed, and downloaded HERE.

RIP Marsha Zazula of Megaforce Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM (PST)

The entire world of metal and rock owes Marsha Zazula a debt of gratitude for co-founding Megaforce Records in the early 80’s with Jon Zazula. The label helped launch Metallica into the stratosphere and advance thrash metal much further into mainstream consciousness, where it has arguably remained the most popular form of metal for all time.

Megaforce of course has also helped with records by Anthrax, Bad Brains, Raven, Overkill, Patti Rothberg and so many more terrific and legendary artists.

Marsha has passed at the age of 68 from cancer. While I never got the chance to talk to her I do know Rikki and on behalf of Metal Riot want to send her and all of Marsha’s loved ones and friends our most heartfelt condolences and eternal thankful horns up high for her help making metal the best genre ever.

There he is! That’s him! That’s… the Warrior! He shot Cyrus!

New York is known for a ton of uncompromising bands unafraid to tell tales from the hard side over the years from Madball to Black Anvil to Crisis to of course Biohazard to Made Out Of Babies to Gridfailure to Krallice to Locked In A Vacancy to Indecision to Unsane, to name a few (haha). Add grime mongers GRAVESEND to the list. Methods Of Human Disposal is a very Sopranos sounding album title if I ever heard one (and yes, I know that is dirty Jersey).

20 Buck Spin has chosen the band as their first release of 2021 and it is fitting. While we all want to move forward like 2020 never happened, you can’t just ignore the horrors of any past period of history. New York’s blood curdling and tough as nails history is on display in these tracks, crucified and yet still alive. The drums sound like a blood soaked cardboard pillow (in a good way), the music churns like a haunted subway tunnel and the overall effect is terrifying as the band absolutely destroy on their new track “End Of The Line”. Guitar pounds like jackhammers at your sanity and the noxious vocals emit a foul haze of corruption and downtrodden malaise. Love it!

The record releases Feb. 19th but you can get a fix now.

Methods Of Human Disposal was recorded in September 2020 by Nolan Voss of Thirty Legion, mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Xibalba), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Vastum, Terminal Nation). That’s quite a team!