Ghost releases “Faith” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:27 PM (PST)

Swedish rockers Ghost released a lyric video for their song “Faith” earlier this week.

Ghost’s “Ultimate Tour Named Death” North American headline arena tour starts on September 13 in Bakersfield, CA and will see an expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favorite songs from the band’s albums and EPs catalogs. The set list will include fan-favorites “Square Hammer,” “Cirice,” “Ashes,” “He Is,” “Year Zero,” Rats,” “Mummy Dust, “Life Eternal, “Dance Macabre,” and “Faith.”

Check out the “Faith” lyric video as well as Ghost tour dates, including the dates for “Ultimate Tour Named Death” here.

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Enforced stream “Reckoning Force” over at BrooklynVegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:11 PM (PST)

[photo by Morgan Parrish]

Virginia Thrashers Enforced released their latest track “Reckoning Force” over at BrooklynVegan earlier this week.

“Reckoning Force” comes off the band’s upcoming album At The Walls which will be released via WAR Records on July 19.

Enforced’s At The Walls LP features a remixed and remastered version of the 2017 demo and their “Retaliation” promo, and introduces two brand new songs to the mix. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album’s cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track “Skinned Alive.”

Of “Reckoning Force,” Enforced vocalist Knox Colby states, “The lyrics mull about the effects of opening old wounds with friends and family for pride or over disagreements. A few lines hypothesize the idea of throwing everything away just to win an argument, leaving you isolated and bitter only to be crushed by an unforeseen force.”

On the songwriting for the track, guitarist Will Wagstaff offers, “This song was partially written with Isaac (Hullinger) on drums, and partially written with new drummer Alex (Bishop). We wrote most of the fast riffs with Isaac and then kind of put the solo part and intro together with Alex. I remember we modified the fast riff a bit once we had written the intro. We wanted to kind of have a ‘Pull The Plug’ (Death) style vibe during the intro and then bust into the fast riff. Both this song and ‘Skinned Alive’ definitely represent somewhat of a transition stylistically pushing into a more death-thrash direction where we’re going to be featuring more double bass parts, more intricate guitar play and thrashing slam riffs.”

Check out Enforced show dates here.

Asking Alexandria release new track “The Violence”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:59 PM (PST)

Earlier this week English rockers Asking Alexandria released their latest track “The Violence.”

Complete with a cheesy zombie movie music video that features the boys in the band, the track is the first new track since the band’s 2017 self-titled album.

The music video was written and directed by Jensen Noen and presented by Scissor Films and Sumerian Films. The video follow the plight of every day zombies: Cocaine Shane (Danny Worsnop), Peter (Ben Bruce), Disco Luke (Cameron Liddell), Phat Noah (James Cassells) and Waterboy Eric (Sam Bettley).

Says guitarist Ben Bruce:

“We are back bigger, better, louder and more insane than ever before. This single encompasses everything we have been working towards. Huge guitars, anthemic drums and some of the catchiest, most technically accomplished vocals that Danny has ever delivered, and this is only just the beginning.”

Worsnop adds:

“The Violence was an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we’d done before and create something fresh and engaging. Thematically the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power. As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough. I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve created here, we had a great time making it, and even more fun shooting the video!”

Asking Alexandria are headed out on the road later this month with Papa Roach and Bad Wolves on the “Who Do You Trust” US Summer Tour. Then in September Asking Alexandria will join Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Savage After Midnight on another North American tour.

Check out “The Violence” and Asking Alexandria tour dates here.

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Black Tusk and Cloak announce U.S. tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:33 PM (PST)

Georgia metallers Black Tusk and Cloak have teamed up for a U.S. tour.

The two bands, who are both currently on tour, will embark on the road together in September.

Check out all of Black Tusk and Cloak’s tour dates here.

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Paladin announces tour dates with Druids

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:14 PM (PST)

Atlanta metallers Paladin have announced a handful of tour dates with Druids.

Paladin are touring in support of their new album Ascension out now via Prosthetic Records.

The band will play a show in Atlanta later this month before hitting the road with Druids for a few shows.

Check out the full list of shows here.

Derrick Green vocal masterclass Europe tour in October

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:35 PM (PST)

Personally, I believe Derrick Green of Sepultura to be one of the best vocalists in Metal. He has done a lot of killer work with the band since joining but since people are so stubbornly obsessed with the early Sep-mythology they often have somehow not realized that Machine Messiah, Against, A-lex and Dante XXI (to name my favorites with Green) also kick complete ass. Just because the band covered U2 once – and WELL – some idiots wrote off Green, who frankly has more talent in his charismatic demeanor than they could ever muster, and certainly a more powerful bellow or melodic voice than most of his haters. Green is a pro and unphased, kicking ass consistently. Hats off to the dude.

SEPULTURA’s Derrick Green will be on the road in Europe for a Vocal Masterclass Tour during the month of October (2019). Check below the dates and HERE for tickets.

10.10 – Duycker – Amsterdam, NL
11.10 – Ls Relais Des Artistes – Le Bioux, CH
12.10 – Legend Club – Milan, IT
13.10 – Pitcher – Dusseldorf, DE
14.10 – The Underground – London, UK

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Devourment photo by Paul Moseley

Hey there rockers and face eaters. Today I’ve got a handful of varied genre musical items for you (including news on my own next album). I assume everyone and their mother already heard the Slayer Final Tour news, so we are gonna focus on some other stuff for you today. Let’s start out with some engrossingly horrific new blood covered ear slaughter from a legendary death metal act.

 

Texas’ brutal death metal veterans DEVOURMENT are pleased to unleash “Narcissistic Paraphilia” via Metal Injection’s Dank Slams. The track comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length, Obscene Majesty, set for release via Relapse Records next month.

 

Comments DEVOURMENT, “This song focuses on the internal monologue of the archetypal serial killer’s psychology. One that is typified by pathological narcissism and auditory hallucinations. The kind that can compel a seemingly mild-mannered person to pursue a life filled with debased violence, mayhem, fear, and death.”

 

Writes Metal Injection, “…a DEVOURMENT listening experience is akin to being obliterated like a particle in the Large Hadron Collider and then devoured by a supermassive black hole.”

 

Stream “Narcissistic Paraphilia,” via Metal Injection’s Dank Slams, at THIS LOCATION.

Walking Bombs (aka yours truly)

In grungy/metal/industrial/punk weirdness news, my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs has my second album of 2019 due out in August via Nefarious Industries. Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens is available to pre-order today HERE and the opening track “Pisces Rising Shine” is available, a kind of Melvins/STP-outer space stoner grunge jam featuring myself on bass and vocals, Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums and Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell, Star & Dagger, She Wolves) on guitars. While a lot of this album in particular deals with being non-binary, this first single is more of an examination of humanity’s push/pull drive between imagination and exploration or destructive tendencies.

Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens (Night variant) by Julie Catona

The twelve-song Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens was recorded late 2018 through early summer 2019 at Bohemesphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jay Andersen, who performs the majority of the guitars on the album, as well as some drums and keyboards. The record also features guest performances from Dava She Wolf (Star & Dagger, Cycle Sluts From Hell), Alison Babylon (The Beautiful Bastards, Oblivion Grin), David Brenner (Gridfailure), Elizabeth “Le Fey” Gomez (Globelamp), Jem Violet, Nate Kelley (Shabutie, Laterals, PPSP), Kentro, and Justin Pierrot (Stormland), and is completed with cover art by Julie Catona (Future Illustrations).

Thanks a lot to anyone who has supported this project so far, now heading into (I think) my 12th year as Walking Bombs. Feels good to be building something, however humble, out of what was once just me and an acoustic guitar and some sheets of paper. Read more about the new release in full HERE. 

Wear Your Wounds are preparing to release one of the best things I have had my ears full of all year, Rust On The Gates Of Heaven. The record is out in a matter of days and is going to blow people’s minds, building on the natural strengths of the first record with a more organic confidence. This fascinating group is way too powerful to be stifled by the “post-rock” tag, creating immersive almost impressionistic songs that swallow you whole and can take the form of dream or nightmare. It is very exciting to hear Jacob Bannon expand this initial solo project into a band that really defies limitations and is doing stuff just as impressive as Converge while also pushing Bannon’s creative growth exponentially.

Suffice to say, I am really a fan of this record and you should all check out the new audio for “Rainbow Fades”, one of the more hallucinatory songs on the album that glides through a sort of sorrowful calm with moments that even recall Pink Floyd. Killer shit.

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Deep Cuts: Chelsea Wolfe (by Renee Ruin)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8:02 AM (PST)

CW photo by Shaina Hedlund

While we wait for Chelsea Wolfe’s 9/13 Birth Of Violence to grace our ears, I thought it would be cool to ask my knowledgeable and fantastic friend Renee Ruin (definitely check out reneeruin.com!) to be a guest blogger and do a Deep Cuts on this multi-faceted and darkly prismatic, ever evolving and brilliant artist. She was super chill and said yes and so here we are with another edition to Metal Riot’s Deep Cuts.

For those who don’t know, this is an on again off again on again column where we dissect three lesser known tunes, covers or performances by an artist we love. Enjoy Renee’s Chelsea choices and be sure to pre-order the new record to support working artists.

Read More BELOW.

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CHRCH on tour now w/ USNEA

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 10:26 AM (PST)

[photo by Chad Kelco]

West coast doom metallers CHRCH are on tour now with Usnea.

The tour, which kicked off in Sacramento on July 5, will be in Los Angeles tonight and run through July 18, when it will end in Denver.

CHRCH are touring in support of Light Will Consume Us All out now via Neurot RecordingsLight Will Consume Us All was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills (King Woman, Bog Oak, VRTRA) at Earthtone Studios in Sacramento.

Check out tour dates here.

Vorna release new single “Maa martona makaa”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:12 AM (PST)

Finnish metallers Vorna have released their latest single “Maa mortona makaa” off of their upcoming album Sateet palata saavat.

Sateet palata saavat is due out on September 27 via Lifeforce Records.

From the band:

“Maa martona makaa (transl. ”The Ground Lies Dead”) is undoubtedly the darkest offering we have put forth for you to hear. The lyrics deal with issues such as pessimism and fear of disappointment, and how those suck out the joy even from all the positive things. There simply couldn’t be a better time to release this song than in the middle of the most beautiful summer – this really helps underline the message the song carries.”

Check out “Maa mortona makaa,” “Syvyydet,” and some Vorna tour dates here.

Ascend The Hollow release lyric video for “Sea of Crises”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:01 AM (PST)

© Olga Kuzmenko

European metallers Ascend The Hollow a couple of days ago released their lyric video for their song “Sea of Crises.”

Last month the band released their album Echoes Of Existence via Dr. Music Promotion.

“Sea of Crises” features guest vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal) and a guest appearance by Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Scar The Martyr, Shadow Domain) on the guitar.

The lyric video for “Sea of Crises” was done by video artist Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Skindred, Visionatica, Rotting Christ).

Check out the lyric video for “Sea of Crises” and the video for “Prisoners Of The Storm” here.

War of Ages announce ‘Void’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 8:43 AM (PST)

Pennsylvania metallers War of Ages have announced their newest album Void to be released on September 13 via Facedown Records.

Void is the follow up to 2017’s Alpha and was recorded at Sicktones Studios.

Check out the first two tracks off of Void – “Miles Apart” and “Sulphur and Salt” over on the band’s Spotify.

 

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Greetings, y’all. Wanted to get this Fourth of July week of hellish fireworks and bloated nationalistic selectivism off to a better bang with some activism against this hateful Trump regime. I am just back from an ICE/Concentration Camp protest outside Democrat Antonio Delgado’s office in Kingston, NY where many gathered to protest Dems caving on giving funding to Trump’s manufactured border crisis. There was a diverse and passionate crowd including one Jewish man who spoke in horror of having any kind of horrible camps still on this planet. I interviewed a Jamaican immigrant who was a landlady now and she described the racism she had to overcome and a lot of positive energy was put out into my community in the face of this horror show today. I am thankful to have a month and a half sober again, to be back doing activism more and encouraged by my community and support to be back on low dose estrogen , living my truths and experience other amazing people around me who care about trying to heal the world.

There is a lot of negativity in the metal and rock scene and entertainment in general. Ronnie Radke the walking Wikipedia landmine this week was making very transphobic sounding tweets then trying to backpedal through retweets that clunkily seem like he is trying in bad faith to “learn” while simultaneously disavowing the gender spectrum. I tweeted to Brett from Epitaph that maybe it was time to drop their worst signing ever Falling In Reverse but I am sad to say that the dude from Bad friggin’ Religion, one of my all time favorite bands, was too busy retweeting Ricky Gervais both sides schticking about “leftist extremists” being “bad as well” and thus helping do “Antifa is bad” propaganda layup assistance to Andy Ngo grifter fash supporting false equivalency types. Ughh. Jasta also tweeted in support of Louis CK this week and Corey Taylor liked it, which got crickets. Oh, and fucking Varg has a twitter where he is pretending to be god damned…I can’t…Gandalf The (cough) White. FML. And I thought it was a bad time to be a Swiftie this week!

THANK FUCKING NO GOD then that the excellent souls of Black Flags Over Brooklyn and Bandcamp have put out a sick as fuck hardcore, metal and weirdo RIFFS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE comp to help inspire morale and fight tyranny as well as fight back for abortion rights for people who can get abortions (which includes trans men, by the way). The comp features some of my favorite acts including my friends in Fucked and Bound (covering Sonic Youth, ahhh!!) , Cliterati, my fave Hether Fortune, Redbait and many more. Emma Ruth Rundle, Terminal fucking Nation, Ithaca, Jucifer, False, Woe, Vile Creature, Twilight Fauna, Immortal Bird, Svalbard, Twin Temple, Racetraitor, mighty Underdark…the list of radness goes on and on. HELP SUPPORT and raise funds for abortion rights! Let’s do this!

This comp is a tremendous example of good and positive energy and momentum in the scene and I hope it keeps growing so everything can get better and we can all treat one another with respect for the sake of the future. Pick this up today and spread the word far and wide!

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Band Spotlight: False

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:57 PM (PST)

If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False‘s Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener “A Victual to Our Dead Selves” for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. “Rime On The Song Of Returning” is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny’s heights. If this album holds significance of metal’s future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre’s horizons.

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Witch Vomit prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Portland death metallers Witch Vomit are preparing to release their newest album Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave on August 30 via 20 Buck Spin.

Ahead of that release the band, earlier this week, released “Dripping Tombs.”

Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave was recorded and mixed by Evan Mersky (Mournful Congregation, Hellshock, Nightfell) and mastered by Dan Randall (Meatwound, Necrot, Ghoul, Vivasick), with artwork by Matt Stikker (Outer Heaven, Power Trip).

Witch Vomit will appear at a handful of fests in the coming weeks including Stardust VII in Brooklyn, New York alongside labelmates Fetid, Daeva and more.

Check out “Dripping Tombs” and Witch Vomit show dates here.

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