January wrap-up: The 4 best albums of the month (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:17 PM (PST)

I’ve kind of tried to make extra effort since the start of the new year to keep up listening to the latest albums as they come out (I’m fortunate enough to have a Google Play Music account and I use it profusely).

Since I’ve listened to so many new albums this month, I thought I’d share with you my four favorites.

Check the list out here.

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Prior to joining Faith No More in 1988, Mike Patton was (still) the singer of the experimental band Mr. Bungle, who had only released a handful of demo tapes. Their self-titled debut album would not be released until 1991, when Patton was still in Faith No More, who had just blasted into the mainstream with their signature song "Epic".


Jonathan Davis releases “What It Is” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM (PST)

Bakersfield, California metaller Jonathan Davis has released the first single from his debut solo album. The album will be released by Sumerian Records.

The first single “What It Is,” was released on January 25.

Of the record Davis had this to say, “This time, I’m pulling something out of the audience,” he grins. “I’ve bared my soul for so fucking long I thought it’d be really cool to pull listeners in a different direction for once. I’m taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that’s spiritual, positive, and makes them really think! It’s just art. I’ve changed lives with Korn, but I wanted to open minds with this shit.”

He went on to say, about why he hasn’t released a solo album before now: “This is how fate would have it,” he explains. “Deals would come and go. Then, we’d do a Korn record and a tour. There was no time for me to do this. All of the stars finally aligned. Velvet Hammer believed in it. Sumerian Records came to the fold. It’s like an extension of where I was at on the Queen of the Damned shit mixed with rock, early goth, new romantic, and everything I love. It’s going to take you on a journey.”

Check out “What It Is” here.

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Avenged Sevenfold skipping The Grammys actually matters a lot

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:48 PM (PST)

News broke this week that hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold, by far one of the biggest names in rock with appeal across a decent age spread, are skipping this year’s Grammy Awards. Turns out that yet again the awards show is shitting on rock, even though hard rock is one of the most populist art forms and deserves respect. Rock n roll is the foundation, baby. WTF! They think there is no correlation between shutting out a genre from a program that millions watch and an effect on album sales?

I’m sorry but a lot of people are sheeple and will get caught up in hype so even if you don’t think, say, August Burns Red is as metal as Mangled Goat Orifice or Borknagar or whoever you think should have gotten nominated in the rock song or metal categories, having a real hard rock or metalcore or thrash band nominated can be a huge gateway to sales for heavier genres.

A7X was nominated for their first Grammy this year, getting a nod in the “Best Rock Song” category for “The Stage.” They were less than stoked that the award would only be part of the pre show and not even televised and rightfully are telling the awards show to go fuck themselves. I think it is one of the coolest things the band has ever done with their platform and sends a good message to fans to stand up for what you value. Whether you like them or not it sends a message.

This is a band that has been direct support for fuckin’ Metallica. Legacy acts like Slayer and other big metal bands are retiring. Not everyone can pull of a Guns N Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour, y’know? If we don’t have the mainstream supporting at all, the underground will endure but it sure as hell isn’t easy for bands to last without a lot of luck to go with their pluck. Shit, The Grammys never even wanted to support Metallica THEMSELVES in the first place and the band has gone on to outsell tons of shitty acts in other genres who have only lasted a year or two at best. So show some god damn respect, Grammys. Or are you trying to make sure rock is dead?

Other musicians also were dismayed that the emphasis on being as inclusive of rock alongside other genres is being diminished:

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Mike Shinoda drops ‘Post Traumatic’ EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM (PST)
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Mike Shinoda has released an EP titled Post Traumatic.

According to Billboard, Shinoda has this to say of the EP:

“The past six months have been a rollercoaster,” he explained. “Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude — for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create,” Shinoda said in a statement.

“Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted and edited myself. At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience. As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor — it’s just me. Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion of the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you.”

This three-song EP is an intimate experience and wonderful art. We here at Metal Riot continue to wish Mike and all the members of Linkin Park and all of Chester’s family and friends the best.

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Sleeping Giant release “I Am”, final shows imminent

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 5:05 AM (PST)

The brand new and final album from Christian metal core act Sleeping Giant I Am is out now!  Check it out now on iTunesAmazonSpotify and our online store.

FINAL SLEEPING GIANT SHOWS:
Jan. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ Nothing Left
Feb. 16 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Advent
Feb. 17 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse – SOLD OUT

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Dimmu Borgir announce new album ‘Eonian’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:13 PM (PST)

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Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir are preparing to make a return with the release of their 9th studio album, Eonian.

From Dimmu Borgir’s Facebook page: “The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and Gaute Storaas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir. The cover artwork was designed in fascinating detail by Zbigniew M. Bielak (Ghost, Behemoth, Mayhem).”

The album has an expected release date of May 4. The first single, “Interdimensional Summit” will be released on February 23.

“Time, when not approaching it from the construct we’re used to can’t be defined and thus it is illusory”, explains axemaster Silenoz. “There’s only an ‘eternal now’, which the album title is already hinting at. When we travel between the worlds seen and unseen, the perception of time ceases to exist, it has no function. Our energy is our torch and our compass when we make rifts and pierce through the veil – when we go beyond.”

Vocalist Shagrath adds: “Eonian represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of Dimmu Borgir and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history.”

Cover artwork by Zbigniew M. Bielak

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Machine Head drop new song “Volatile”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Machine Head are preparing to unleash their newest album Catharsis on January 26 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment!

Ahead of that release they’ve dropped on more song, “Volatile.”

Every track off this album so far have been amazing. “Volatile,” for its part, is a political song to remind anyone who’s confused, about the original and long-lasting political bent of heavy metal – “Sick of the white folks privileged and vain // Protesting a culture that isn’t the same // Don’t blame the false elites // When Nazi assholes march the streets.”

You’re going to want to pick up a copy of this album.

In the mean time you can stream “Volatile” and check out tour dates for Machine Head here.

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Necrot announce first ever European show

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:46 PM (PST)

Oakland, California death metal punks Necrot have announced their first ever set of European show.

The band will be playing the Kill-Town Death Fest in Copenhagen from September 6-9 this fall. They will also be playing the Decibel Magazine’s Metal and Beer Pre-Fest with Midnight, Powermad, and Coffin Dust.

Check out the full list of shows Necrot has lined up here.

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New music from CHAOSTAR at last

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Today I saw that my friend Androniki of the incredible project Chaostar had posted about some new music. This project is so incredible and they are on their own wavelength entirely. So blessed to have new sounds from them today in a time when the arts need cultivating and nurturing more than ever! Three cheers to this amazing band!

Chaostar truly examine all of the highs and lows of the human experience with their epic and operatic sound. Their music is on another level entirely compared to most bands, tapping into the sublime center of life’s raw beating vulnerable heart and the  inherent strength in attempting to defy mortality through ambitious artistic statement.

Dear friends, 
We are proud to unveil the first single of our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’ (out March 23) under the label Season of Mist, which can now be pre-ordered here: 
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CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki comments: “Dear all, it is with great pleasure to announce that we are launching the first song “Stones and Dust” from our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’. Every blessed virtue in this world multiplies and growths when being shared and not constrained. Like wisdom, knowledge, and patience, the flame of light itself can brighten a room, but when being divided and shared can illuminate the entire world’s human intellect. This has been the motivational thinking that flared-up the creation of the new CHAOSTAR album. Our existence consists of dust formed into concrete shapes of hard stones, awaiting to degrade back into the light-weight form of dust and finally to the liberated state of time, light, and space.”
The members of the band Christos AntoniouAndroniki Skoula Chaostar B Charalampos Paritsis and Nick Vell salute you and aspire to introduce you to a magical experience.

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Sacred Reich return to Metal Blade Records

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:22 AM (PST)

Thrash metal legends Sacred Reich have signed with Metal Blade Records! They are currently writing material for what will be their sixth album and first since 1996’s Heal. Since their 1985 inception, the band has become one of the most revered 80s thrash bands and have continued to carry the torch with European tours, festival appearances, their first US tour in over 20 years, plus their 2012 Live at Wacken album. Given Sacred Reich‘s politically conscious material, today’s divisive climate means the band’s views are more relevant and vital than ever.

Sacred Reich vocalist and bassist Phil Rind comments:
We are very happy to announce that SACRED REICH have signed with Metal Blade Records and we are writing songs for a new album. Our plan is to go into the studio this summer and have a new record out early next year. We are super excited and can’t wait to share some new music with you!

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Satyricon announce final United States tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 8:34 PM (PST)

 

Darkened metal forebears Satyricon have had a vast impact on the underground through their winding and adventurous career. Deep Calleth Upon Deep from last year is another example of the band’s tireless pursuit of their own route, a solid addition to a respected career. The band have decided however that an upcoming tour in the Spring will be their last Stateside tour, though I am not sure if they are planning on calling it quits or just retreating back to Norwegian Woods.

Read more BELOW for dates and info.

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Life Of Agony announce new drummer Veronica Bellino

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:23 PM (PST)

Life Of Agony mean more to me than almost any heavy band, having saved my ass and countless others from depression many times. Their shows and love for their fans are legendary, truly a place where there’s no more pain for awhile. Their recent record was in the top three spots of our 2017 year end best of list and they continue to be a vital and important force in hard rock.

The contributions of drummer Sal Abruscato, also known for his work with Type O Negative and as the frontman of A Pale Horse Named Death, will never be forgotten by fans. Nonetheless, it is a new day as Veronica Bellino has joined the group. Sal with be spending more time with his family and reactivating APHND, however…good news!

More below and WELCOME Veronica! We are so fucking stoked to hear her live!

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Slayer announce final world tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:22 PM (PST)

I guess it had to happen someday. Slayer, arguably the best extreme live thrash band of all time, are calling it a day. I have so many insane memories of seeing them live, from Roseland with Fear Factory and Kilgore to at Mayhem with Slipknot to the Mid Hudson Civic Center to touring with Megadeth on the American Carnage tour to a bunch of other times. There just is nothing quite like seeing the band drop into the bridge of “War Ensemble” live and I doubt there ever will be again.

I liked Repentless and hoped they would have one more in them before a curtain call, but you’d be criminally insane to not believe they have had a historic run to rival nearly any band in metal or any genre. Hails, dudes. Kinda sad to see you guys go before the Kardashians.

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The Devil Wears Prada release “Transit Blues” tour video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:52 PM (PST)

TDWP fans can now enjoy a sweaty, energetic live video for the title track from the band’s recent Transit Blues effort. The album is one of the group’s most mature, well written and intense efforts. IMO, these dudes have grown a million-fold and found their own identity at this point.

See the clip below.

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We have been stans of Insect Ark for awhile now , the Dana Schechter  (M. Gira’s Angels Of Light, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Zeal & Ardor, Gnaw) founded project which expanded to a duo featuring Ashley Spungin (Taurus, Purple Rhinestone Eagle) to enhance a powerful creative drive. If there were animated gifs of them we would retweet them at people to show them we mean business. Anyway, my dorkery aside…the band has an awesome dynamic and their material is killer. Super great news is that Profound Lore will release their newest full length on Feb. 23rd. Entitled Marrow Hymns, it is one of our most anticipated early 2018 must hear records.

Revolver is showcasing the band’s new song “Sea Harps” now right HERE.

Says Schechter, “‘Sea Harps,’ a favorite in our live sets, is loosely based on the Greek myth of the Sirens. Broadcasting an ominous and lonely call into the night, the Sirens’ song was irresistible to all who heard it, luring sailors to an untimely and violent death.”

The latest song has a marvelous dirgy quality and an insanely textural physicality. The atmosphere of the early songs is expanded on this track into an intense whirl of lap steel, bass and repetitive drum patterns, like climbing up a very tall stone staircase in the fog to finally break free and get a wide view for miles and miles of nature surpassing our falling cities ambivalently. The song wins without losing any of the alienation or restless wanderlust that made the old songs so compelling. I can see why it reminds Dana of someone being pulled through a turbulent sea towards the rocks.

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