Holocaustum stream HPGD release “In The Fields They Bled”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:07 AM (PST)

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Blood will have blood and Holocatustum are now streaming their quite bloody new release In The Fields They Bled. Precise yet brutally blunt death metal with shredded vocals from below courtesy of Shawna Silvers.

Purchase the CD for only $10 with free shipping at http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd111.html

Listen to the entire album for FREE, then purchase the Digital Download for only $6.66 at https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-fields-they-bled

Opener “Can you not smell the stench?” was the right starter for this album, just about everything right about death metal. Tasteful but emboldened drumming, slippery leads from Charlie Baughman that dazzle don’t sit too high in the mix and push it into showboat metal territory, gurgled roars from hell (as aforementioned) and life mourning stringed instrument darkly distorted noise vengeance. Hails!

 


Annihilator is known as the highest selling heavy metal artist in Canadian history, although most of the sales have not been in their home country.


Album Review: Faith No More – “Sol Invictus”

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM (PST)

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Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus in far too easy cliffnotes shorthand would be a slice of The Real Thing with the general brevity of the songs (not the 2x vinyl album duration) of King For A Day, with plenty of unfamiliar yet familiar textures and pratfall avoiding moments of sheer joy and snark from camp “Rock Band” Patton and Co. Hearing Mike Bordin’s straight up, scarce frills yet so spot on percussion parts on the somewhat desert rock and Tomahawk-esque spaghetti western gangsta thriller “Cone Of Shame” is like putting on your favorite old coat that still is cooler than the new styles.

Was it worth the wait? Yes. I’m gonna say absolutely. This is a really great return to alternative nation.

The title track opens things up with the calm self control the band brought to the stage in Brooklyn a few years back opening with fucking “Midnight Cowboy” before just exploding with energy from there. Same digs here. “Sol Invictus” starts on a somber and slow, piano balladry note before we are thrust deep into “Superhero”, the band’s true comeback single. “LEADER OF MEN! GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!!!” Man, that is the lyric of our times for the bank puppets we answer to who are all really still in bed with Wall Street and Big Pharma.

“Superhero” and “Motherfucker” appealed to Real Thing and perhaps Album Of The Year-era fans strongly, both great singles. “Superhero” in particular just has so much of the classic FNM sound no one has ever imitated well. There are even a few “Take This Bottle” worthy moments here (if perhaps no “Midlife Crisis” – Angel Dust will always be their best record to me. It’s just a fucking masterpiece front to back. “Smaller and Smaller”, kids. HIGH water mark dopest song maybe ever, in my book).

I’ve got to say that “Sunny Side Up” is one of the best lyrics Patton has penned in years, continuing the homerun streak he has had with recent songs he’s been a part of like “Stone Letter” or Peeping Tom’s dope ass “Kill The Dj” and the score for The Solitude Of Prime Numbers (which had the coolest, leafy packaging I’ve seen in a long time).

There’s swing, stomp, sass, some PMA, some funk, scat alley cat yeowwls we know and love, beautiful piano parts (sans floppy fish) and plenty of gimpery to go around. Like Soundgarden’s King Animal or the forthcoming Failure disc, it defies critics who think the band are cash grabbing. There isn’t a song as sexy as “Stripsearch”, one of the last pre-break serious gems the band wrote which inspired some friends of mine to start a whole short lived band with the same name years ago…but I was slightly baked and exhausted in the bus station in NYC today listening to the NPR premiere of Sol Invictus in the headphones and just fucking found myself jamming the hell out and drumming in a pink t shirt not giving a fuck if people stared at me. What the hell ever. That’s a good sign.

Then I was looking at the picture of the two friendly cops on the wall by Gate 32 when Patton sang “Aint no grave gonna hold this body down”, and it made me feel something really deep and profound for the fabric of our society so at odds over hate and racism.

I’m not giving it a 4.5 out of comparisons to shittier bands but because it stands on its’ own merits. If that was the case it would have had a five (and probably should since once this site gave a five star rating to The Bunny, The Bear). But yeah, I really wanted someone to bring back the power of weird ass, ambitious rock for the radiation soaked masses. Oh wait, somebody has. Faith No More!!! Goodbye, Motherfucker(s)! You had it coming! #rainbowswillcurveforme 

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“We strive to create. It is an essential part of who we are as individuals. We will only stop when we are dead!” – Matt

Cryptopsy vocalist Matt McGachy  was awesome and checked in to tell us about the Back To The US 2015 Tour the death metal veteran tyrants are engaging in (Tickets HERE! Get them). Cryptopsy have been curdling blood since before you popped pubes, so give them respect! Also, check their new crowd funding effort and chip in, metalheads!

I’ll tell you what…I just rode 6 hours on a bus today. Mother’s Day I went to babysit my sister’s kids out of state as a favor. It was good to se family but the long ride back to Upstate, NY was ringing my ears. People in early summer in NYC are either amazing to look at, day walker hipster scum or Romero zombie/walkers who stink of piss and mental illness. I mean, it depends on where you are. I love NYC to death, even now. Still, I had forgotten to take my meds for 3 days and swicthed seats so a nice Asian couple could sit together and my last hour home this “large framed” woman in a sleeveless shirt was sweating and fainting on me half asleep, really edging me out. Seeing all this beautiful former countryside roll by as I came back through Rhode Island and Mass and then crawled past NJ adult gift stores and empty lots, it bummed me out. I try to be compassionate and believe in the best in humanity but sometimes you see the swarming, hungry masses just now learning to not have GMOs in their Chipotle and you wanna barf and scream “why, God?! Why are we such slaves to wolfish, murderous impulse.” Then you want to listen to metal and scream and cry.

Fucking Cryptopsy, whichever album (and I do mean ALL of them – seriously, how could you think “The Headsmen” wasn’t fucking insane?!!) have more guts, dedication and tenacity than half the citizens of the United States in guitarist Chris Donaldson ’s little picking finger alone. These dudes have slaved over countless riffs, logged many miles and held on to the torch of extreme and deadly music long before social media troll-core blog page comment nazis started wearing big ass ear gauges.

Read this exclusive interview with Canada’s dark soldiers BELOW. Special thanks to Paul Ablaze from Blackguard for hooking this up!

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While beer is always a sponsor at Saint Vitus, tonight was brought to you by Trooper, Iron Maiden’s English ale. Revolver Magazine also took part in this party, which explains the all the magazines that were being repurposed as coasters. Headlining the night’s performances was Doyle, which features, as you could have figured out, guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein of The Misfits fame. Direct support tour long was Heavygrinder, who stepped out of her normal industrial/ EDM touring ilk, onto a tour with actual fucking metal musicians. She tells me “Touring with metal bands is what I’ve been aiming for.” Local support Tournament fully embraced the “Drunker than everybody else” motto of Vitus. Goddamn they were loud and loaded. and a perfect start to the night.

Click here for the review and pictures of the show.

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Tesseract release live video for “Nocturne”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM (PST)

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Music keeps a lot of us sane, though Tesseract‘s nerve defying dare-devilry IS often insane. Taken from the live album,’ Odyssey/Scala‘, Century Media, 2015, the performance is a well shot and extremely capable expression of melody, climbing and complex arrangements and a plunge into the unknown. Prog fans can dig it BELOW.

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Album Review: Svetlanas – Naked Horse Rider

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:39 AM (PST)

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Svetlanas were just banned in Russia, play punk that is borderline thrash metal and have one of the fiestiest and most confrontational front-women around, Olga. The new record was produced by Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves and Andy Carpenter and is on boutique DIY working class punk label Altercation Records. You should be drooling by now anyway but did I mention it also has arguably the best cover art of the year?

It is not because I am Estonian and we are stereotyped as hating Russians after years of the occupation by the USSR, though my grandpa was sent to Siberia under Stalin and I never met him. No, I am not a hypocrite and can say that American politics is a clusterfuck of hypocrites too, but that doesn’t make what Putin is doing right. Censorship,Pussy Riot’s incarceration, homophobic idiocy and brutal police state tactics undermine anything genuine Putin says, much like no one is fooled when we have inter-continental stare downs over missile base locations and try to act like the USA is the only one moral enough to have nukes. No one should fucking have nukes, unless horrible face rape aliens appear from the sky and we have to defend ourselves. Jesus! Drink some vodka and dance, everyone! All of our countries love vodka.

Anyway, from the no ripcord yanking high speed charge of the hysterical “I Must Break You” which should be in 50 Shades Darker (ahahaha), to the hysterical title of “Crimea River” that deals with the very real and sad topic of the Crimea conflict to “Sacrifice Your Orifice” and “Go Fuck You Self”, there is a lot of real meat here in the satire. I mean, the band fucking pretend to be KGB Agents, which makes it pretty damn funny they’ve been banned from Russia. Pick this up and thank me later. Snarling brilliance, no fucks given. #altercationrecords #svetlanas #KISSarmy #Putinwillbepouting #KGB #thrash #punkrock #thedwarves 

Holy Grail in studio, third scorching heavy metal LP due this Autumn

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 3:21 PM (PST)

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I wrote Autumn instead of Fall because it just sounds so damn provincial. It makes me laugh, ok?

The esteemed gentleman of thrashing heavy metal war demi-gods Holy Grail will issue a follow up to sophomore triumph Ride The Void. This band live are a sight to behold with dizzying leads and soaring vocals.  The group spent much of 2014 writing their as-yet-untitled new release. Guitarist Eli Santana and drummer Tyler Meahl also kept busy by touring extensively with Huntress, whose lead guitarist Blake Meahl is Tyler’s brother.

Last month, Holy Grail triumphantly returned to the stage with a live performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. during the home opener of the L.A. Kiss arena football team. A photo gallery (courtesy of Voorhees Photo) can be seen at this location. The band expects to announce summer tour dates in the coming weeks.

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Mastodon cancels Oklahoma City show. Nine ravaging tornadoes follow.

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:17 PM (PST)

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Obviously, Mother Nature was pissed that Mastodon cancelled, as they haven’t played there since ‘012. Before that, ’09 in Tulsa, OK. More infuriated were the ticket holders, who’s refund wasn’t immediately issued. The promoter originally wanted to honor the tickets at a future date, one far from equivalent. After she heard this, Ma dropped car-drowning flood waters, and they reconsidered. All tickets from The Diamond Ballroom show will be refunded.

Two things Mastodon should learn from this: First, don’t leave Oklahoma without Mom’s permission. Second, ask your previous tour mates Dethklok how to withstand tornadoes, as seen here.YouTube Preview Image

Fortunately, no lives were lost in the capricious weather. If you feel some extra metal in your pocket, Red Cross relief funds can be donated here.

Thanks to StrongBeard for the inside info.

Stay tuned here and our @MetalRiot Instagram for a very special two-night coverage of this tour as it rolls through Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Central Park, New York City late this month.

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“You may not know what this flavor is now, because it’s a whole different ball
game.” – Dez Fafara

Coal Chamber are back in 2015 with 4th long player Rivals, an imaginative plunge through their signature dark grooves, spastic screams and oddball twists and turns that is an exciting return to the scene. Arguably their heaviest record yet, Rivals finds the once splintered band conquering demons, looking forward instead of back and all about kicking ass. Pre order HERE.

It was great to talk to workaholic Dez Fafara, fresh back from Mexico City, about his career, nu metal haters, the B52′s, falling in love with music and much more.

Check it out below and get Loco!

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Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have premiered an exclusive clip from the “Making of Coma Ecliptic” DVD on Billboard today! In the clip, lead singer Tommy Rogers discusses the concept of the band’s upcoming, highly anticipated, album Coma Ecliptic. Fans can watch the video now HERE!

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Sick tour news: Soulfly, Soilwork, Decapitated, Shattered Sun anyone?

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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Tribal nu and thrash metal titans Soulfly will bring da shit live in support of pending 2015 album Archangel. The “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” Tour is full of bands with a never say die work ethic that should shoot down critics and get fans into a frenzy.

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00 am local time. Meet and greet packages will be made available as well. For more info and tickets visitwww.soulfly.com.

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Secrets Of The Sky release well shot video for “Angel In Vines”

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 5:53 AM (PST)

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Oakland’s doomiest sons, Secrets Of The Sky have nothing to fear in terms underground acceptance. The band’s already garnered critical acclaim for their past work and are set to return with Metal Blade release Pathways, a record that builds on their already formidable mix of styles with even more dynamics. “Angel In Vines” is very Type O meets Daylight Dies reminiscent to my ears, in the best way!  Waves of sound will hurl you across vast spaces and the new music video is a dance of life versus the toxic.

Elaborates guitarist Clayton Bartholomew, “For this video, we went back to director Andrew Nethery, who also did the video for the song ‘Decline’ from our first record, To Sail Black Waters. He did a great job for that video and was an easy guy to work with. For the ‘Angel In Vines’ video, we let him run with his own vision. The song itself relates to the loss of innocence, and he found an interesting analogy to express this same sentiment, while keeping the video abstract and not just giving away the premise of the song. We like that he was able to avoid cliché and the imagery he was able to capture is a definite work of art on its own.”

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Band Spotlight: Huntress

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:19 PM (PST)

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Huntress kick ass. Their throwback thrashing space time leaping sound is fun and Jill Janus leads her divisive band forward at full throttle no matter what haters say. They earn respect. She was awesome before this band as well as a DJ or in Chelsea Girls and is fucking hysterical. One of my life goals is to smoke a fat ass blunt with her someday. I don’t get how anyone could really listen to Starbound Beast and find this band insincere. I think they find Jill intimidating, like people hate Andy from Black Veil Brides for the sin of being smart AND a death glam man-babe (even though he’s worked his skinny ass off). AND no one could see her perform or in images and really think Jill wasn’t in control of her career, even if people find her a sex symbol. I’ve crushed on her awesomeness a bit since I wrote for Crusher Magazine years ago! She is theatrical, the band slay and  Jill often shouts out the greats of the past. Bottom line: stop the hate. You’re loss is great!

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Deep Cuts: Metal Church

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1:44 PM (PST)

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For months, we sat and waited. Who was it going to be? Someone known? Someone unknown? Who was going to be the new singer for the legendary METAL CHURCH? Well, after waiting what felt like an eternity, we got an answer that certainly did not disappoint. What we got was former METAL CHURCH singer, Mike Howe making his return. METAL CHURCH was always a favorite of mine growing up. Each singer brought something different to the band.

When the announcement was made, I already had my mind made up to do a Deep Cuts on these guys, but how to do it was hard to grasp. What songs should I pick? What era or eras? As I sit here writing this, my roommate is watching The Incredible Hulk and we are trying to decide who was the better Bruce Banner. Was it Edward Norton or was it Mark Ruffalo? In the standalone Hulk film, Norton was untouchable, Ruffalo wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. However, Norton would have been unlikely to have the comedic side to him to go toe to toe with Tony Stark, which wouldn’t have been nearly as effective as Ruffalo being in the Avengers movies. The point of me bringing up the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, I did just see Age Of Ultron twice (wasn’t it awesome??), but most importantly, I had to illustrate the point that all 3 METAL CHURCH singers, like both Hulk actors, were perfect for their eras, and can’t be topped when it came to what they brought to the table during their time. That being said, I can’t single out a single singer for one of my favorite bands, and will be doing one song from each era.

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Have you seen the new Morgoth video for “Traitor”?

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1:22 PM (PST)

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Morgoth  are not the most championed of metal bands but are certainly one of the most solid. New video “Traitor” is gritty death metal with a street feel, a sense of raw nerve unease in the still liberating and grim music that connects directly to the central nervous system when paired with the images of struggle, exploitation and conflict in the video footage. The riffs are simple, effective and punishing as cymbals clang and depressing images of child soldiers ruin your ignorantly blissful day. Ungod is the band’s latest record via Century Media and “Traitor” was
directed, filmed & edited by Dirk Behlau, http://www.thepixeleye.com

See it below.

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