Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon Halloween comp art, bands revealed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:12 AM (PST)



Tyrant Of Death ,MongrelBandThe Great GoddamnFad NauseamGolden Torso (ex-Kylesa), Night Viper (ex-Church Of Misery), GET OUT. , Geezer , Tiger PissRed Neckromancer Cirrhosis and Septa will all partake in the bloody ritual that is Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon this Halloween. The compilation will be out on the holiday with select tracks revealed leading up to the spookiest night of the year.

Last year on pumpkin day I published a Davey Havok (Afi , Xtrmst) interview on this site and wondered how I would top the October gothy vibes of that this year. I talked to Dave Buck at our sister site Dying Scene and he was all for the comp idea. Bands soon got into it and here we are.

The compilation will feature 13 tracks based on many types of monsters from alien weed mummies to vampires to small children to gorillas and zombies, etc. The cover art by my friend Kim Zangrando came from my love for Jarboe’s Mahakali album and Penny Dreadful and a Kali-themed Bride of Frankenstein just seemed like the coolest thing in the world. Kim took my basic idea and made the awesome image above complete with rad lunar vibes.

Stay tuned starting in October for a song a week leading up to the full release on Halloween. Don’t forget to howl!!!!!


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Behemoth release video for “The Satanist”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 4:46 PM (PST)


Witness the visual accompaniment to Behemoth‘s track “The Satanist” HERE. As is often the case with the Polish group’s near limitless ambition, the video is a conceptual and aesthetic victory for all those who would run free.

Behemoth front man Nergal comments: ”Behemoth has always been about breaking boundaries, taboos, leaving its comfort zone and thinking out of the box! Here we go again with the brand new video from us. It’s already a fourth official clip off “The Satanist”… The concept came from the director, Andrzej Dragan. It’s situated in modern Warsaw in the present times. It’s where the carnal world meets the unknown… it’s where the ZOS meets KIA… It’s where SACRUM is raped by PROFANUM…”

Director Andrzej Dragan adds: “This is a picture of alienation and ultimate rejection of an oversensitive character by an anonymous city.”

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Song Of The Week: Queensrÿche’s “Guardian”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1:21 PM (PST)


Todd LaTorre has reignited the disillusioned ‘Ryche fan base tired of the weird antics of Geoff Tate. I am a lifelong admirer of Tate’s skill and vision but it’s pretty sad these days he is in a band called Operation: Mindcrime. I knew we were headed for some kind of trouble when they were doing the Cabaret stuff a few years ago. I was a fan of some of the disputed records like Tribe (which I LOVE) and even liked parts of Dedicated To Chaos, but the new stuff just has that extra level of epic feeling you want, even without some classic members.

So, Tate aside, let’s take the high road here and focus on the awesomeness of said new stuff. “Guardian” has some vintage riffing, shrieking vocals the way you want them in this band and even some surprises (a very heavy ending riff). Check out our song of the week BELOW.

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Windhand stream “Grief’s Infernal Flower” with NPR, tour dates

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:02 PM (PST)

Grief’s Infernal Flower, the upcoming third full-length from Virginia stoner/doom visionaries WINDHAND, is now streaming in full ahead of its September 18th release date. Listen to the 71-minute-long opus exclusively via NPR Music HERE.The band also recently announced a poster design contest for its upcoming Halloween-themed music video for the single “Two Urns,” off Grief’s Infernal Flower. Fans are encouraged to submit their original poster designs for a chance to win cash and prizes. Get the full details HERE.

WINDHAND will be hitting the road for a run of US dates with Danava and Monolord this coming October and November that will also include an appearance at the first-ever Night of the Shred in San Diego. You can find a full list of dates below.

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Corpse Flower Record’s Celtic Frost tribute comp pre-orders available

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:25 PM (PST)

11796468_392205997651184_2431513423946858337_n Pre – Order packages for the Morbid Tales!: A Tribute to Celtic Frost 12″ LP are finally available! Featuring Child Bite w/ Phil Anselmo, Municipal Waste, Evoken, Temple Of Void, Persekutor, Acid Witch, Coffins Slave (Scott Carlson from Repulsion) and more!! Limited to 500 copies on 5 different colors and an exclusive flexi disc of Coffins Slave’s Hellhammer track “Reaper”.

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Metallica release some footage from Saint Petersburg 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM (PST)


Metallica have released 18 minutes of fly on the wall footage shot by the MetOnTour reporter on August 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Footage includes a birthday pie-ing, Tuning Room, plus “One” from the show.

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Cynic break up again

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4:40 PM (PST)


Prog metal heroes Cynic have released a break up statement, the second in their off and on history. Hopefully the future will iron things out as their return was a huge boon to the scene:

It is with a heavy heart that I post today’s CYNIC news. CYNIC is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the ‘BOOK OF CYNIC’ has come to an end.

I will say the last shows we played in JAPAN have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that CYNIC can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.

I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with CYNIC.

This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we’re doing individually.

I wish all of you love & peace.


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“Do you know who you are? Part of the solution, or the one that falls?”, sings Atreyu drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller on a key track from the band’s return record and perhaps finest hour to date Long Live. The full, melodic and made for singalong voice of Brandon is, to be truthful, the most crucial ingredient for a tune to fully sound like Atreyu to my ears. But the whole band are firing on all cylinders as a team more than ever.

After a semi-lengthy break the band have returned with a refreshed attitude with no room for cynics. Talking to Brandon he seems as gassed up and invested in his band as the early days and insists this was not just a cash grab. He laughs when I ask who he still wants to share a stage with and honestly can’t think of many bands they haven’t played with yet. Nonetheless, the eagerness to get back to the fans and bring them a release they can all rally around is very apparent on  even the first play of Long Live.

Read more BELOW.

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Aosoth to release new 2 song EP

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM (PST)


Aosoth are set to release a new EP!

After critically acclaimed “IV: Arrow In Heart” record took its toll on black metallers in 2013 and left an imprint on a great deal of year-end lists (inc. CVLT Nation, Stereogum, Popmatters, Heavy Magazine or, the French sowers of intelligent dark art, Aosoth, are coming back with a new EP, “IV”, slated for an October 23rd release on Agonia Records!

Recoded, mixed and mastered at BST Studio, the two-track EP will feature one new song and a remix from the last album, IV: Arrow In Heart.

On the new material, the band commented: “Third and last of three appendixes, serving as bridges between our fourth full-length record and the next”.

Cover artwork has been created by Somnyum.

The EP will be available in: black 10″ MLP, gold 10″ MLP (limited to 177 copies) and picture 10″ MLP (limited to 333 copies) only.

Side A: “Broken Dialogue”
Side B: “Appendix C”

More info BELOW

Huntress: Jill Janus on Static, “Flesh” and beating Cancer.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM (PST)


In a time when metal and rock fans seem split between compassionate human beings and those who accept trolling and bullying or outright violence (as in the freshly raging Deiphago controversy and the idiots who are anti-Kim Kelly as some “SJW Anti-Christ” types), I am as always inspired by Jill Janus and her band Huntress. From the start the band just came out co-ed and no apologies roaring and while Jill was often not taken seriously enough for her looks or called gross names, she continued to forge ahead and play to bigger and bigger crowds alongside her bandmates.

A blend of classic early 80′s metal and power mad hard rock plus serious astral projection/occult leanings and horror/sci-fi or even power metal themes, this band is just pure heavy metal.

I’ve wanted to communicate with Jill for years now and while I was sad to learn that Huntress had to cancel their September dates because Jill is still resting after BEATING CANCER (see that positivity, young witches and warlocks?!!), it was cool to learn she grew up near Oneonta about an hour from I live. Let’s go to the Iroquois Museum sometime, Jill! It’s really amazing!

Anyway, Huntress have made one of the years best ragers with new album Static. From the assertive vertigo of “Mania” to the strong title track, it is a ruler. You can find out all about it as we discuss crystals, cool hashtags and troll slaying BELOW.

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Acey Slade (Dark Party, Joan Jett, Murderdolls) on new chapter

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM (PST)


Brooklyn’s Acey Slade is a lovable rogue, a people person who somehow seems to know everyone yet has a mystique about him. From Trashlight Vision to fan faves Murderdolls to Dope to recently playing with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Acey is a real lifer who deserves everything good that comes his way.

Now Acey is getting back to putting out some of his own music and has a Pledge music campaign up and running HERE.


“Around the new year of 2015 it occurred to me that it had been a very long time since I had put out any of my own original music. It also occurred to me that if this was going to happen anytime soon I had better start working on it now, as I had a very busy year of tour ahead of me with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. So I set out to record an EP on my lap top with no real expectations.

Then I met my studio engineer Tom Camuso who had Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz original Neve recoding console, and he wanted to work on this project. Then Frank Ferrer of Guns and Roses and also Kriz from Dead Star Assembly got involved on drums. Then Christian Martucci of Stone Sour and Dee Dee Ramones band got involved. THEN Kato Khandwala who mixed the last Pretty Reckless and Blondie albums came on board.

You see PEOPLE are what brings music to life.”

Read more BELOW.

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Interview: Akurion – Mike DiSalvo’s fierce new Canadian force

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11:12 AM (PST)

 No weak minds and hearts need apply their ears here. The time has come. Let the takeover begin…

“Mike DiSalvo is back and I couldn’t be fuckin’ happier” says a fan on the Akurion bandcamp.

The ex-Cryptopsy vocalist is a fan favorite to a certain slice of death metal fans and Akurion is a veritable underground supergroup to those in the DM know. It is not every day someone like DiSalvo, with some influential records under his belt, tells me I asked a question he’s never been asked before.

Let’s all check out the scoop on the moody and brutal genius of Akurion BELOW.

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Interview: Stratovarius – Timo Kotipelto on 16th album, “Eternal”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 8:18 AM (PST)


Stratovarius are a legacy band who have given so much over the years. They have played a role in many chapters of power metal through their different, yet all talented, line ups. Eternal is their newest and finds the band emitting blazing power metal epic victories as skillfully as ever. Despite it being their 16th album in the history of the band, Eternal can stand on its’ own alongside classics like Polaris or the shining majesty of Destiny.

I included their most recent previous record Nemesis on my top 5 albums of the year when it was released, but while Eternal is not as perhaps aggressive as that recent statement , it nonetheless is a super worthy anthem that many fans of earlier Stratovarius as well as Matias-era fans will rightfully treasure.

Read an interview with Timo (vocals) BELOW.

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Cirrhosis to appear on Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon comp.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM (PST)


Over many, many years I have played shows with various incarnations of CIRRHOSIS on the same bills . The band has had a lot of line up changes over the years and some close friends and even ex members pass away. I was just saying to my good pal Mucus Cirrhosis “don’t let the kingdom suffer the quarrels”. We’re all stronger when we work together, survive and rage. Mucus and Aaron Morris have always shown me nothing but respect , so I’m thrilled to have them writing a creature from the black lagoon type song for Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon HALLOWEEN Compilation! More details soon! Almost all the bands have been announced!

Halloween comp artwork (by the powerhouse Kim Zangrando) reveal in next few weeks! But we are stoked to say that Tyrant Of Death ,MongrelBandThe Great GoddamnFad NauseamGolden Torso (ex-Kylesa), Night Viper (ex-Church Of Misery), GET OUT. , Geezer and Septa are locked in. The last few slots are mainly “filled” but working out recording logistics, etc. This is shaping up to be a rad “Metal Riot Creature Honeymoon!”

“i spent many late night watching all three classic movies. i tried to get into the creatures head. ……This deadication to the Gill-man is a tribute to his lonesome agony in the abyss and a graphic tale of how mankind invaded his solace and they all got slaughtered” – Mucus Cirrhosis.

I interviewed my favorite Battlecross dude, Don Slater.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM (PST)

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Rise To Power, mother cluckers.

I finally interviewed Battlecross, one of the fastest rising bands in modern groove/thrash.

Read it BELOW.

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