Brandon Butler releases statement on Veil Of Maya exit

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)


Veil Of Maya has always been mostly about the intricate guitar parts, with vocals seeming almost an afterthought or about Dexter and Heroes episodes or whatever. Still, the exit of Brandon Butler from the popular group was a shock. It isn’t as much of a frustrating loss as, say, Punch losing Meghan O’Neal Pennie right as They Don’t Have To Believe was gaining traction (seriously, wtf?), but Butler worked earnestly during his time in VoM.

Here is his statement.

“As most of you know by now I am no longer in Veil of Maya. This decision was one of the toughest ones I have ever made in my life. The journey I have had traveling the world and playing for people who want to hear music I helped create is impossible to describe in words. The last 7 years of my life have been one wild ride and there is nothing I would take back about it. It was a dream of mine to make an impact with my words, even if in just a few lives. I will NEVER stop being passionate for music and writing as it is a massive part of my life. I feel as if I was on the verge of writing some of my best lyrics yet with the VOM guys and wish I could have showed you all.

“Marc, Sam, and Danny are currently working extremely hard on some amazing stuff that I know you guys will enjoy. They have a strong vision for how this album should sound and personally and creatively I had a different view from theirs which caused a wedge between us in this last year. I spent 7 years of my life hanging out with those guys grinding it out on the road and will always love them like brothers regardless of how it ended. It was an adventure with tons of ups and downs. Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of my time with veil. You changed my life for the better! The biggest thing I will miss is sharing experiences and stories with my friends around the world. Thank you for everything you have given me. VOM has the best fans ever! It was an absolute honor sharing the stage with you all and I’ll miss it. Stay fucking metal \m/”

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After 9 years singing for Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish, vocalist Tarja Turunen was dismissed from the group after the other members felt her husband and commercial interests had changed her attitude and behavior toward the band.

Death Wolf release new track; announce new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:41 AM (PST)

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Who has been waiting for new Death Wolf?

Ahead of their new album, coming out in Spring 2015, they’ve dropped a new track, “Today King, Tomorrow Dead”.

The new album will be called III: Östergötland and will be released via Blooddawn Productions/Century Media Records.

You can stream “Today King, Tomorrow Dead” here.

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Check Out the Latest Relapse Records Podcast!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM (PST)


Whether you take the bus, subway, train, walk, exercise or just want to kill some time there’s no reason not to stream or download the latest podcast from one of heavy metal’s greatest independent record labels!

September’s issue of the Relapse Records podcast is their 31st installment and has a killer tracklist

Head over here to check out the tracklist and download one of the heaviest podcasts on the internet!

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Process of Guilt/Rorcal Split Streaming Over at Cvlt Nation!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:47 AM (PST)


Two doomster bands drag corpses through swams in their latest split 12″!

Process of Guilt from Portugal and Rorcal from Switzerland have released the best doom metal I’ve heard all year!

The physical LP won’t drop for a couple more weeks, but thanks to those crazy metalheads over at Cvlt Nation, we can all get our sludge on now!

Head on over to Cvlt Nation to check out Process of Guilt and Rorcal here!

Process of Guilt and Rorcal will be tearing up Europe this fall! Check out tour dates here.

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Annihilated release ‘XIII Steps To Ruination’ title track

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM (PST)


Los Angeles is handing us our asses with this new track from Annihilated.

Consisting of Eric Matranga (Ex-Excretion, Grotesque), Scott Fuller (Abysmal Dawn) and Eric Cohen (Ex-Arkaik) Annihilated bring their own style of brutality to the extreme metal scene.

XIII Steps to Ruination is due out on October 28th.

To hear the track and find out more cool stuff about Annihilated and their signing to Unique Leader Records click here.

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Interview: Orange Goblin – Welcome the heavy space rock, “Sabbath Hex”

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM (PST)


Music is an art form and it should be enjoyed and used as a pressure valve by those that create it. – Ben

Orange Goblin are Back From The Abyss with a space faring new record of star sailing and stage clobbering anthems for rockers, lovers and voyagers. Click Here for an interview with Ben and a look at the “Sabbath Hex” music video.

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Decapitated stream sixth full length “Blood Mantra”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM (PST)


Decapitated and Metal Hammer have a full album stream of the band’s new album, Blood Mantra, which will hit streets on September 30 in North America. This Decapitated line-up is so nasty. Just listen to opener “Exiled In Flesh” and try not to have the complete essence of heavy metal course through your blood. This is power.

Plenty to please fans of the weird detours on the excellent and bold Carnival Is Forever , the new one will please older fans of their more brutal side as well as anyone looking for a metal route to take after Gorgut’s Colored Sands. You can even hear them cut loose a bit and just plain rock on adrenal-stomper “Veins”. I can see that decimating just about any crowd. Grab this. An ESSENTIAL release for the Fall. Poland has struck a vein of molten gold thrice this year with Vader, Decapitated and Behemoth.

Click HERE to stream.

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My 666th Metal Riot post = “Highway To Hell”, Thanks Malcolm

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM (PST)


This post is my 666th Metal Riot post, so I wanted to make it special. I was gonna just give it to Maiden and post “Number Of The Beast” or something but it’s gotta go to AC/DC in honor of Malcolm’s retirement. Thanks for the sheer brilliance, mate.  #highwaytohell

Turn this up, kids.

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Album Review: Fit For A King – “Slave To Nothing”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM (PST)


Fit For A King‘s Slave To Nothing is impressive, a step forward for the band while retaining enough old sound to appeal to fans familiar with their history. The Will Putney (Suicide Silence, Miss May I) assisted production is perfect for the band. I would kill to work with Will and the band are obviously relishing their collaboration. Solid State Records is matching their greatest releases with this. It certainly is up to par with Demon Hunter’s best, with a display of soaring melody plus a whiplash groove to please fans looking to fill the Chimaira or God Forbid voids as well.

“Young & Undeserving” just sounds mean starting out, but really takes off with spacious guitars and melodic vocals that would please fans of Saosin’s brighter moments of the Cove era. The title track of the album was my least favorite at first, but on repeated listens the repeated shouts and determination felt genuine. Lead verse intro riff also pounds and grooves hard. Kudos to Jared Easterling completely owning this album with a beastly drum arrangements. The record doesn’t reach the ferocity of the also groove heavy Those Who Fear’s latest, but it does really bludgeon at times and with a good sense of purpose. “Cleanse My soul” is great for an introspective singalong drive with a detour or two into deathcore country breakdowns and back, while “The Final Thoughts OF A Dying Man” has some gorgeous lead guitar runs that would make Within the Ruins fans alert, proving Fit For A King aren’t just another band with “King” in their name who are trend-wagon moshing. The guitar work and pining for younger innocence on this mixed with a will to grow get a big thumbs up. This record will make a real fun live show as well, no doubt.

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Homework of the day: Russia’s Second To Sun’s “Three Fairy Tales” EP

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM (PST)


Second To Sun plays modern and avant-garde heavy metal music with the elements of black metal and ethnic Finno-Ugric music. You will want to experience their new EP, a web of black metal and progressive instrumental influenced sounds that you will be glad to be snared by. My favorite is “Barmaley”, which has mysterious guitar and cool staggered drum patterns.

Belarusian artist Oleg Zelenkevich provided cover artwork.

Second To Sun was formed by guitarist Vladimir Klimov-Lehtinen and drummer Artem Vishnyakov in 2012. Soon after the release of the first EP titled The God’s Favourite Whore, Artem left the band and S2S had become a one man band, but later Anton Danilevsky joined Vladimir as a bassist and Theodor Borowski as a drummer. In 2013, the band released their first full-length album, Based On A True Story, and a year later this  EP titled Three Fairy Tales.  The band is currently writing material for a new full-length album.

Check the EP out HERE.

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The 1:11 chainsaw to the zombie chic’s gut makes this whole experience worth it alone, but damn…Cannibal Corpse have done it again. A Skeletal Domain, their 13th LP, is the highest charting Billboard record in Cannibal’s gory history, landing at #32 in the Top 200 Chart for first week numbers. Remember, this is extreme death metal. There is a lot of pop and other crap to contend with and the Cannibal boys have done us proud.

Shit, I need to nap more often. I swear, I passed out and woke up in a stupor to late news of an impending Ministry “From Beer to EternaTour” (congrats to insanely great drummer AAaron Rossi on the impending birth of his kid) and a NEW Cannibal video!

If you can’t get enough of a desperate survivor going h.a.m. on some unruly undead, “Kill or Become” is for you.

Click HERE to watch it! “Fire up the chainsaaaawwwwwwwwwww”

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Melvins beat “Sesame Street Meat” with help from Butthole Surfers

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM (PST)


While we are all bummed out about Malcolm Young retiring, let’s be thankful that we at least know the Melvins will probably never, ever hang it up.

The Quietus has premiered a new Butthole/Melvins jaunt entitled “Sesame Street Meat”. I don’t know if that is a nod to the whole “please don’t tickle me, Elmo” controversy awhile ago but it is a solid jam full of heavy ass Eggnog-worthy low end and some of the quirky textural detours their major label years or even under-appreciated gem Hostile Ambient Takeover afforded listeners. But all in all it is more early grunge sounding than most of what they have done between now and, say, A Senile Animal. Great stuff. Click HERE to get blessened.

Paul Leary and JD Pinkus join the band on new album Hold It In, out October 14th. Pre-order HERE.

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Giant Squid set to return with “Minoans”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM (PST)


San Francisco progressive doom-rock scientists, GIANT SQUID will release their anxiously-awaited fifth LP Minoans October 28 via Translation Loss Records. Recorded and mixed with engineer Tim Green (Earthless, Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA, the record sees the avant-garde band at their most refined, focused and vital as it fully embraces its Mediterranean leanings and lyrically excavates one of the earliest civilizations known to history; examining how the aquatic demise of the ancient proto-Greek people may foretell our own end. Minoans is the follow up to GIANT SQUID’s 2011 release Cenotes, an album that was hailed as “science sludge” by Pitchfork and “earthy, experimental doom metal à la Neurosis” by Revolver.

GIANT SQUID has been wielding palatial vocals and enormous waves of cello, keys, and exotic sludge riffs for over ten years, garnering universal critical acclaim. On Minoans, marine biology and natural history metaphorically collide with heartbreaking stories of historic human tragedy; resulting in some of the most emotional and sincere music being made today in any underground scene. Recorded this past June and tested live over the summer supporting like-minded peers YOB, Minoans is crushingly heavy, exotically beautiful, a musical; GIANT SQUID’s finest hour to date. Conceptual artwork created by guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory adds to soaring scope of this ambitious album.

“Minoans is the record I’ve always known Giant Squid could make; ancient, exotic and other-worldly, while showing a new level of refined focus,” comments Gregory. “Lyrically, the album is a giant love letter to the Mediterranean and specifically Bronze-age Greece – a region, people, and time period that deeply fascinates me – and which I feel mirrors these heartbreakingly brutal, turbulent times we live in today.”

Check out an interactive art piece on the demise of the Minoans HERE.

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Interview: King Diamond – Live after death and…saxophone hatred

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM (PST)


“I might have to bring Grandma back some day. I use her a lot on stage. Not just during “Welcome Home”. She stays around and we do something horrible to her (laughing). You’ll experience that. It’s almost like going back to the Inquisition. For a few minutes I feel like that. It’s all in good spirits, y’know, but it feels like the whole crowd WANTS something bad to happen.” – King Diamond

When you hear the phrase “Hail to the King” some people think of Elvis. Others think of Bruce Campbell’s character Ash from the Evil Dead films. Mall kids think of Avenged Sevenfold. But for old school metal heads there is only one king…King fucking Diamond.

Pop culture has occasional moments of shadowed fringe brilliance like the horror/fantasy comic The Lords Of Misrule (which also has an evil old Granny w tea cups full of blood, perhaps not incidentally). True Blood was mainstream but sometimes had some inspired Nocturnal Poisoning’s Doomgrass album finds Xasthur experimenting with a compelling mix of poverty ghost blues and watery darkness. 1349 are named after the year the black plague came to Norway, so that is pretty darn metal. But only King Diamond has truly married high concept horror of both the low brow and literary minded historical varieties to classic metal sounds for decades with such consistent vision, death defying vocal heights and an all encompassing approach that goes beyond shock rock tactics.

Now King Diamond is back from near death with a North American tour (including Fun Fun Fun Fest) and a new lease on life. It was an honor to speak with, in my opinion, the greatest living metal singer about his recent years, career highlights and how it feels to do nasty things to his characters.

Abandon all hope and enter HERE to read more.

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Job For A Cowboy throw a mean curve with “Sun Eater”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM (PST)


Danny Walker + Job For A Cowboy = pretty cool things. Sun Eater, the forthcoming release from the very popular (and once considered nu-school death/grind band) complicates genres further by sounding not much like Job For A Cowboy, whatever that means. Well, what it actually means on new single “Sun Of Nihility” is some awesome death-laced murk and slower tempos. I for one am all on board. Kudos to the band and their label for letting a potential risk take the music to cool new places. Demonocracy was a great statement of brutality but this taste of Sun Eater has me wanting to eat a whole lot more…er, technical death jam riffs? I dunno.

Click HERE to hear some new music.

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