If you like vocals with the melodic confidence of Ghost paired with ripping but pro sounding trad metal influences ala the best of early The Sword or Slough Feg, might I suggest you get your barbarian loving asses over yonder and check out the newest track from Eternal Champion. Dude really is not gonna let you take away thousands of swords, so don’t try. Really enjoyedΒ Arthur Rizk’s propulsive drumming on this, among the many other elements that work well to create a near perfect fantasy metal track (also produced, mixed and mastered by Rizk).

ETERNAL CHAMPION’s highly anticipated second full-length will be released worldwide on November 20th 2020 via No Remorse Records on CD, LP and in a box set. In US territory, the vinyl records will be exclusively released and distributed by Sword Worship


Judas Priest's 1986 album "Turbo" was intended to be a double album under the name "Twin Turbos", which would consist of lighter, more commercial hard rock, and the other half would be heavier and less synth-driven. However, this turned out not to be the case and "Turbo" was released as a single album, while "Ram It Down" (released two years later) contains songs that were recorded during the sessions of the same album.


RIP Frankie Banali

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:23 PM (PST)

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali sadly lost his fight with pancreatic cancer yesterday, a somber moment for rock. Banali had a truly incredible life changing rock history for the better and of course also was on the very first metal album to ever go number one, the legendary Metal Health (which sold over ten million glorious copies).

An official statement from his family said that Banali “put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working, and a series ofΒ strokesΒ made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

Banali will be missed by fans and loved ones around the world.

Extreme metal absolute god damn legends Carcass have released a towering new stomper “The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue”, one of their more trudge worthy and clobbering numbers that alternates between brutal plodding murder and rampaging rage-gallop frenzy. The band have announced their first new music in seven years will take bloody shape in the form of the Despicable EP (out in October via Nuclear Blast). This bodes very well for their next record and is a way to tide fans over in the meantime.

Tracklisting for the EP:

01. “The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue”
02. “The Long And Winding Bier Road”
03. “Under The Scalpel Blade” (album version)
04. “Slaughtered In Soho”

 

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I was recently in the hospital for a week and one of the first things I did when I could finally relax at home again was just chill and listen to Emma Ruth Rundle‘s all encompassing, big and moody sound to try and let go of all the uncertainty and vertigo I had just gone through. It was a good release. She is one of the most powerful artists out there – much better than a lot of fawned over people who get more press- and it is compelling that there will be a new off kilter alternative collab release called May Our Chambers Be Full between her and one of the most passionate and hard working underground bands, Thou. I was just enjoying their kind of Eyehategod meets drinking floor cleaner much heavier take on Agents Of Oblivion’s “Paroled in ’54” the other night (I am a huge Agents/Dax fan and used to cover ‘The Hangman’s Daughter’ at almost all the earliest Walking Bombs shows I did). Loving New Orleans photographer Craig Mulcahy’s evocative gender cloudy art for the physical edition (Out October 30th via Sacred Bones Alliance).

Pre Order here or here and check out ‘Ancestral Recall’ in all it’s marching glory below. The 2020 musical bar has been raised , folks. Who is gonna top this?

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Arizona’s REALIZE channel Godflesh, Nailbomb, and Meathook Seed with their sophomore album Machine Violence, assembling an abrasive and hyper-aggressive take on industrial metal.Β Machine Violence is out September 25th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records (continuing to celebrate 30 years in style). Digital is HERE and Physical pre-orders are available HERE.

Oblivion Beach are an awesome band

A few days ago gothic infused doom rockers OBLIVION BEACH released their powerful third single β€œTeachings Outside the Garden” along with a music video from their upcoming debut album Cold River Spell, set to be released on October 16th via Schwarzdorn Production.

OBLIVION BEACH’s new video was shot in Rovaniemi, Finland in April 2020 by Ilari Kallinen and you can watch it below. Fans of everything from Draconian to The Gathering and Candlemass will eat this up.

Today, Shadow Kingdom Records announces the signing of Pounder. The band’s sophomore,Β Breaking the World, will be out later this autumn on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. Expect it to come at you harder than Snake Plissken jumping off a tsunami onto Map of the Stars Eddie’s car in Escape From LA. The follow up to Uncivilized should find the band –Β vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey, bassist Alejandro Corredor, and lead guitarist Tom Draper – continuing to plow their field full of classic NWOBHM and speed influences, perhaps in an even heavier vein.

Stay tuned!

To say we merely ‘approve’ of the new Spirit Adrift artwork would be a gross understatement! Look at those loyal metal pitties! Yes, we have not heard any of the record yet. I have to run out the door in a minute and was listening to Deftones’ Diamond Eyes, haha. It doesn’t matter. It is highly unlikely that Spirit Adrift just suddenly fell off and decided to suck all of a sudden after being one of the best newer modern bands in metal with each release. Even if this was somehow terrible (which it won’t be), we would have to stan. The art looks really good on the longsleeve t merch fyi.

Pre Order HERE , you fun loving bastards! And check out “Harmony Of The Spheres” and tell me how it is cuz I have to wait a few more hours until I can hear it! \m/

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KORPSESOTURI announce new album details

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30 AM (PST)

 

KORPSESOTURI have opened a terrifying maw in the Earth to exude the reeking death metal slime odor of their latest mortality fixated attack. This is punishing stuff, very well executed and relentless! Their 10 song sophomore album Korpskrist isΒ set to be released on October 22nd, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD & 12″ LP formats.

Listen to “Pedon Sielu SisΓ€ltΓ€si” below.

On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

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GhΓΆsh are raising the bar for exciting acts to follow in 2020. “Nu Junglism. Digital Hardcore.”Whatever you wanna call it, this Philly duo have a fierce and kinetic, living punk energy that is a refreshing mutation of numerous styles into an explosive and vital sound. The tracks on their Bandcamp blew me away with a fresh poetic attack and a DIY vibe of anarchic, creative freedom. Party starting and with something subversive to say. Plus an unexpected take on a Limp Bizkit classic.

I really can’t rave about this group enough. Not many acts can pry me out of my current Entombed, Pink Floyd and Sun Ra rabbit holes, but when it happens of late I am probably listening to these freak flag flyers. Please check out the full convo with Symphony and Zach below.

Photo by Danin Drahos

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

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RIP Martin Birch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.

Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.

Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.

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Entombed AD singer LG Petrov diagnosed with cancer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:04 PM (PST)

A GoFundMe has been set up for singer LG Petrov of Swedish death metal’s notorious Entombed AD.

The band said: “Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and strength goes out to our brother. If you want to support him In these hard times, click the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal”

LG has lived for metal to the hilt and we all are rooting for him during this challenge.

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Scott Harris

‘I’m using a black metal format with an intro piece and ending piece (ala Bathory) and how Mortician uses their intro and outros on tracks with movie excerpts, except I tune them down for a more trippy freaky effect’. – Scott Harris

Welcome to Hororhaus. A blend of 80’s synth, horror creep, goth and black metal inspired elements, the Scott Harris helmed project released one of the best EP’s of 2020 with the low key underground banger Entrance EP. Check out a full stream below and an exclusive interview about this sophisticated mercurial marvel of murky and menacing body moving music below. It is one of the best and most haunting escapes you could take during this surreal time.

READ MORE HERE.

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