We have some shitty news for High On Fire fans. If you are like us you know they are one of the consistently greatest acts in modern music and are a devastating force live, but you will not get to see the band on previously announced upcoming dates at the moment. The Electric Messiah tour, sponsored by Revolver, has been derailed.

Matt Pike issued a statement and sounds devastated.

“Dear Friends and fans,
To my brothers, my crew, and anyone else this affects. I do apologize for the inconvenience of this cancelation. I feel as though I’m explaining lightning striking twice. I wanted nothing more in the world to play these songs live, nor ever cancel something I say I’m gonna do.” 
“I am a warrior for our art, and have endured some painful things to what we do. The timing and repeating nature of this is my nightmare and almost impossible. Nevertheless, to save yet another toe, my big one, I have been grounded by circumstances out of my control. I will have more of a medical report to come but right now I’m at great risk of losing it, and/or a bigger portion of my foot due to Diabetes. Which I have been managing very well.”
“It just shows how this disease can affect our lives. Please forgive me, and if you know anything about me, you know this is not like me. We will be back!”

Matt, on behalf of Metal Riot, we can only imagine how shitty this feels and are sending a ton of love. Please worry about yourself first. You have already given way more to metal than most ever come close to in a lifetime.
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The black metal band Gorgoroth takes their name from the Plateau of Gorgoroth in JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings.


Ensiferum have kicked off a lively tour with Septicflesh, Arsis

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 4:18 AM (PST)
After a near four-year absence, Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM will make their way to North American shores this weekend on a month-long headlining tour. The trek will commence on January 5th in Baltimore, Maryland and run through January 29th in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by Septicflesh and Arsis. Following the tour, ENSIFERUM will also make an appearance on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2019 cruise before heading to Mexico. See all confirmed dates below.

In anticipation of the upcoming live dates, the band posted a new beer tasting video filmed at the 2018 MetalDays Festival as well as a live clip, recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland on May 12th, 2018. Both are viewable at THIS LOCATION.

“When we made One Man Army (2015), we wanted it to sound more like a live album than a traditional studio album,” notes bassist Sami Hinkka “With Two Paths, we took that to the next level with analog recording, cutting down tracks and even recording songs without a click, and because of that there is a totally different kind of groove compared to most modern metal albums. It all comes down to writing music that sounds good to us and is fun to play live, and I would say with Two Paths we’ve done everything better than we ever have before.”

Dates BELOW.
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Misgiving want you to know they are going to squash any…misgivings.

Happy New Year, lovelies. New Year’s Eve was crazy. I am a bouncer at a bar and it was a very messy party. I have a terrible sniffle today from germs from shaking too many people’s hands and handling money all night charging a cover to get in and dance to a new wave dj. Chugging Vitamin C and praying while simultaneously tweeting about how the Lords Of Chaos movie is gonna suck today. Was just also listening to “Bleeding Mascara” by Atreyu and feeling old af, lol. Let’s get to some of our first stories of the year.

Mark Deutrom (Photo by Jennifer Deutrom)

Ex-Melvins/Clown Alley bassist Mark Deutrom is the man. He played on my favorite heavy album of all time, Stoner Witch. Used to love seeing the dude live. Mark has a new effort coming out called Blue Bird via Season of Mist and we want y’all to support. Trippy, well composed stuff.

Deutrom offers with the release the album, “A thread of sentimentality represented by the blue bird runs from the late 19th century, through the 20th, vanishing behind the fog of digital ascendancy in the 21st… or maybe it’s just over the hill.”

Stream MARK DEUTROM’s The Blue Bird at YouTube RIGHT HERE and see the “Maximum Hemingway” official music video HERE.

Tyler from upcoming Metalcore band Misgiving stops by today! The band have a new video out called “Absolution” and it shows a lot of passion. We wanted to help the band boost it and give them some New Year’s shine.
This video is for our song ‘Absolution’, which is our first single off our upcoming EP, ‘Resolve’, which comes out February 22nd.
 
The song is about facing yourself and the mistakes you’ve made, and then being able to bestow forgiveness upon yourself for those wrongdoings. I believe that it’s so much easier to forgive others than it is to forgive yourself seeing as you are your own worst critic.
 
The video was directed by Alex Heider. He’s a local videographer who does amazing work, and we were super happy with his professionalism and more importantly, his pricing, haha. We’re all pretty young dudes,  but we want this to be as serious as possible, so we didn’t cut any corners, but we also have a budget still, you know?
 
The song was produced by Jeremy Anderson of the Richmond Metalcore band, RVNT. He’s an amazing producer, a great friend, and his band also slaps, so you should check them out as well. 
 
All in all, we really hope you enjoy the video. Make sure if you like the song to go save it on Spotify, or Apple Music, and throw it into one of your daily playlists to get ready for the EP release!” – Tyler
Check it out HERE. 

Yatra by Shane G.

Maryland-based psychedelic doom trio YATRA (ex-Blood Raven) prepares for the release of their debut album, Death Ritual, through Grimoire Records this Friday. Advancing its release, New Noise Magazine is now streaming the entire record. The full length debut from the band is rightfully anticipated. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, Yob, and Sleep will find plenty to enjoy in Death Ritual.

Dana Helmuth of Yatra offers, “We are humbled to present this first offering of YATRA, Death Ritual, and look forward to hearing about the journey that it takes you on.”

Stream YATRA’s entire Death Ritual album at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features three mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Helmuth.

Lastly today, psych folk, folk punk and experimental musician Globelamp has started a very personal GoFundMe to raise legal funds to help her fight back against an alleged abuser, her ex bandmate and ex-partner in the indie band Foxygen. Read her concise statement on the subject along with her fundraiser HERE. She moved to the other side of the country to be as far away in USA as possible and strongly contests her ex bandmate’s claims.

 

Disclaimer. Globelamp is also my partner now and whether you choose to believe her or support or not, she has a right to say her version of events and to ask for help. She also has done several avant-garde and post-punk / metal cameos this year which will see release as the year progresses and be an interesting shift for fans, though people who love her folk styles can also stream Romantic Cancer via Nefarious Industries (Bangladeafy, Gridfailure). Fans of moody psych folk and bittersweet love songs will dig it.
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Angus Clark with the late Jill Janus

2018 was an intense year. That’s an understatement. I hope in 2019 we manage, where possible, to be more understanding to one another and foster growth. I am thinking about how much passion people carry for hardcore, metal and the like and I hope we can harness that into continuing to improve and not by gaslighting and targeting journalists who are trying to ask reasonable questions about potential ties to NSBM or sexism or other issues. I can like a band’s music but if they start doing that, it is really a souring experience.

It’s weird being a musician and a writer because your net of considerations is perhaps wider. I am not saying that as a superiority thing or in any way to diminish writers who aren’t also artists. If anything I think being a writer as well as a performer makes me side with journalists more, because they get way too much shit from a lot of bands who ought to know better (which doesn’t mean some writers can’t do better as well, trust me). Still, there are a lot of hateful little troll caves sprinkled through our fair Metal Middle Earth, so to speak. And even a few sewery Mordors. But I digress.

Or do I? Mental health was a big concern this year for myself and others. One of my favorite metallers, Jill from Huntress, was lost way too soon as she struggled with depression. Her fight was not in vain though as she inspired so many and will always be remembered.

Look, we get that some of you just wanna rock or have ‘fun’ or be edge lords. Other people use metal and hardcore as a refuge and to heal from experiencing hate. You aren’t an outsider if you are reinforcing the status quo of patriarchy, transphobia, racism, factory farming, yadda yadda. I was super bummed. for instance, to see Mark Hunter of Chimaira and Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under /Cannibal Corpse fame yucking it up on Twitter the other night making arguably transphobic jokes about educating people to be more inclusive of non binary people. Mark said he felt he was on acid for seeing a video about AFAB people who menstruate but identify as male.  Maybe, just maybe he meant that it was weird for him to get used to or wrap his head around as it is outside his cis het experience, but he didn’t call out the supporters in his comments who were saying they should be burned- which thankfully Twitter had the user remove.

Hot take. it is actually good to teach people to be inclusive of different gender identities and make them understand that different people are figuring out themselves at different times in their lives. Barnes made it even worse and wrote “yawn” when confronted about his own shitty follow up joke that sounded like a fifteen year old just heard about Woodstock.

LGBTQAI people have contributed and continue to contribute so much to punk and metal culture. Stop shitting on us with normalizing nasty jokes at our expense. That isn’t ‘extreme’ or cool or ‘metal’. It’s just embarrassing. Read the Non Binary Wiki and get your head out of a bad batch of AC/DC covers and songs about murdering girls and maybe catch up with 2019 where people are facing serious persecution. I am never listening to any of either of your music again, dudes. I hope that was worth losing several decades of support over.

Thanks, y’all who have supported this site and who try to make the scene a better place. “SJWS” are not “the real Nazis”. Please. Let’s do better. Support Black Flags Over Brooklyn in 2019, for starters. And we will take it from there, cool? See you on the other side of the calendar, kids.

 

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Acrania – “Tyrannical Hierarchy, Vol. 1”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:43 PM (PST)

British death metallers Acrania returned last month with Tyrannical Hierarchy, Vol. 1, the band’s first release since 2014’s Totalitarian Dystopia. The band had this to say about the release of their EP and what they’ve been up to the past few years:

“Back in 2015 we were burnt out from touring, set backs & constant member changes so we decided to call it quits. We had no intention of releasing new music at the time and despite remaining close friends, we each quickly moved on to new projects. After a couple of years, whilst hanging out we naturally started to finish off these unfinished tracks… Working to prefect them whilst drawing on the experience each of us had gained through working on our new projects. Through doing this, we inevitably re-ignited the passion we had when we first started the band, ultimately leading to the completion and release of this EP.”

I may be almost a month late, but once I realized this album was out, I knew I had to write about it. It goes hard as fuck.

Check out my full review of Tyrannical Hierarchy, Vol. 1 here.

Dust Bolt – “Trapped In Chaos”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5:25 PM (PST)

German thrashers Dust Bolt are preparing to return with their fourth full-length album Trapped In Chaos on January 18 via Napalm RecordsTrapped In Chaos is the follow-up to 2016’s Mass Confusion.

The band bring together an enjoyable mixture of a wide range of thrash variances. While you won’t find any Venom-esque darker, heavier types of thrash on this offering, for example, you also won’t find Dust Bolt playing the same blistering guitar for speeds sake for eleven tracks straight.

Check out my full review of Trapped In Chaos here.

Relapse Records release 2018 sampler

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:39 PM (PST)

Relapse Records probably more dedicatedly than any other label in the scene release an annual free sampler. I, personally, thought it had to have been more frequent then annually, but, the press release says annually.

The sampler this year features 33 tracks “With genres ranging from death metal, black metal, doom, sludge, and grindcore to hard rock, electronic, synth, industrial, darkwave, experimental, and more,” according to the press release.

Check out the sampler here.

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Jinjer – “Micro (EP)”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 5:24 PM (PST)

Ukranian metallers Jinjer return with their follow up to 2016’s full-length King of Everything next month. The five-song EP Micro is due out January 11 via Napalm Records.

Check out my review of the Micro EP here.

Legion of the Damned – “Slaves of the Shadow Realm”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:08 PM (PST)

Thrashy death metallers Legion of the Damned return next month with the follow up to 2014’s Ravenous PlagueSlaves of the Shadow Realm, due out January 4 via Napalm Records, not only should serve as the soundtrack for your next session of Yu-Gi-Oh, but is a testament to band determined to make blistering extreme metal music. Slaves of the Shadow Realm will be the band’s eighth album since changing their name from Occult to Legion of the Damned thirteen years ago. It will be the band’s thirteenth album overall.

Check out my full review of Slaves of the Shadow Realm here.

Greystone Canyon premiere “Take Us All” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 3:47 PM (PST)

Australia’s Greystone Canyon have premiered the music video for their song “Take Us All” off of their debut album While The Wheels Still Turn out now via Rockshots Records.

The band says of the song, “The end of mankind is here in the form of “Take Us All.” This song is super catchy with its dark melodies and roller coaster dynamics. It’s got a big vocal hook along epic dual guitar solos.”

The album was tracked at Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia, and then mixed in Canada by producer Glen Robinson (Annihilator, Queensryche and Voivod).

As vocalist/guitarist Darren Cherry says of While The Wheels Still Turn, “We really wanted to make an album similar to old Ozzy Osbourne record where songs like ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Goodbye To Romance’ can sit comfortably. This is music from the heart and soul!”

Check out the video for “Take Us All” as well as the cover art and tracklist for While The Wheels Still Turn here.

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Deathchant premieres “Pessimist”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1:45 PM (PST)

L.A. doomers Deathchant have premiered their newest track “Pessimist.”

“Pessimist” comes off the band’s forthcoming self-titled album due out on January 10 via King Volume Records.

The album was captured live over a two-day period at a secluded cabin in Big Bear, California.

Check out “Pessimist” and “Hex” as well as Deathchant tour dates here.

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Darkest Hour announce tour w/ Unearth & The Agony Scene

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1:04 PM (PST)

D.C. metallers Darkest Hour have announced the Canadian winter leg of their tour with Unearth and The Agony Scene.

The tour, dubbed the “Death to False Metalcore Tour” will start at the end of January and run through April first. The leg with Unearth and The Agony Scene runs seven shows from January 31 to February 8.

Darkest Hour are touring in support of their album Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, released in 2017.

Check out a full list of tour dates here.

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Misery Index release “New Salem” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Baltimore death metallers Misery Index have released the music video for their newest song “New Salem.”

The song precedes the band’s upcoming album Rituals of Power due out on March 8 via Season of Mist.

“New Salem” seems to echo an idea of there being “very bad people” on both sides: “In a pacified endemic state, it’s another echo-chamber slave // Addicted to extremes of ideologies // Where left and right amalgamate and hang us from their tallest trees.”

If the people are in a “pacified endemic state,” then how is it also that they are hanging people from “their tallest trees”?

Is “New Salem” an anthem for a new violent centrist?

The band says of the track:

“‘New Salem’ sums up perfectly the lyrical vitriol and musical dynamics featured across Rituals Of Power. We wanted to introduce the album, not just with a straight-ahead ripping tune, but with a smack to the face; it’s a wakeup call for any concerned citizen and a code red for civilization. Ugly times call for stark and uncomfortable statements, and ‘New Salem’ castigates the faults and ineptitudes of our broken media system and the Crucible-esque, witch-hunt culture it fuels.”

Of Rituals of Power the band says:

Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age. Each of the nine songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one ‘reanimated’ monster; it’s roughly thirty-five minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier.”

Check out the video for “New Salem” here.

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Hate Eternal – “Upon Desolate Sands”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM (PST)

It’s been two decades since Hate Eternal came barreling out of Florida’s gulf coast. Through six previous studio albums and a number of line-up changes throughout the years, Hate Eternal has kept its vision in tact via frontman Erik Rutan. Through it all, Hate Eternal is as brutal as ever. Upon Desolate Sands is a testament to the commitment of a hate, eternal.

Check out my full review of Upon Desolate Sands here.

All Else Fails release “A Dream of Names” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 3:40 PM (PST)

Canadian metallers All Else Fails have released a music video for their song “A Dream of Names” ahead of the release of their newest album The False Sanctuary.

“In a lot of ways this album is at a state of the union address. It’s been 2 years since the release of The Forever Lie, and already the themes of financial corruption, abuse of religious power, and political scandal seem tame. I wrote this one half with a sarcastic smirk, half with an crippling sense that we are well past the point of return.” says vocalist/guitarist Barrett Klesko.

Check out the “A Dream of Names” music video here.

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