The Summer Slaughter Tour 2019 has been officially announced. In addition to a “special guest”, this edition will feature:

Cattle Decapitation
Carnifex
The Faceless
Rivers of Nihil
Nekrogoblikon
Lorna Shore
Brand of Sacrifice

Dates BELOW.

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Phil Anselmo of Pantera went into cardiac arrest in 1996 due to a heroin overdose. He was revived by paramedics and issued the following statement four days later "I, Philip H. Anselmo...injected a lethal dose of heroin into my arm, and died for four to five minutes"


Killswitch Engage, Clutch hitting the road

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:51 PM (PST)

Metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage and hard rockers Clutch will hit the road this summer for a North American co-headline and festival tour. The John and Mackie version of Cro-Mags (“Cro-Mags JM”) is on this one as well, so it is certainly an energized line-up.

Dates below.

7/11 London, ON @ Rock the Park Festival
7/12 Syracuse, NY @ SI Hall
7/13 Inwood, WV @ Earth Rocker Festival
7/14 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
7/16 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Clyde
7/18 Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 Cadott, WI @ Cadott Rock Fest
7/20 OshKosh, WI @ Rock USA Festival 2019
7/22 Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater
7/23 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/25 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Event Center
7/26 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal
7/28 Bangor, ME @ Impact Festival
7/30 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
8/1 Columbus, OH @ Express Live
8/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater
8/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium Outdoors

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Redbait‘s pending June 14th release Cages (Pre order HERE) is mandatory listening if you don’t want to miss out on one of the brightest lights of 2019’s underground. The band’s New Age Records debut will make you feel revolution singing in your blood, a powerful second EP from a group with so much promise ahead of them. Listening to their guitars churning like a raging river atop powerful drums backing up intense political vocals, you can’t deny the immediacy or the band’s ability to lay it all on the line. There is nothing worse to me in music than being apathetic about your art or platform and no one would ever accuse Redbait of that.

Today we are thrilled to debut one of my favorite songs from their new release, the thrilling composition “Bred For The Knife”. The production is pitch perfect between remembering energy over pristine while still sounding incredible, well serving the driving and subtly complex song. This one has a few tricks up the sleeve you wouldn’t expect from where it begins, including my favorite bridge of the EP (it kind of sounds like Queensryche meets Bane!). This band knows just where to give more and when to hold back. It’s exceptional. I hope someone whispers in the ears of Rolo Tomassi or Propagandhi to take them on tour immediately.

Says Madeline –

“We wrote “Bred for the Knife” as a commentary on the commodification of animals, specifically in factory farming. The problem of violence against animals isn’t taken seriously and I think that can largely be attributed to the fact that the butchering and processing of animals bodies are discreet and avoided. It isn’t a practice that a lot of people are willing to confront. The lyrics mention animal cruelty, environmental destruction, and worker exploitation as interconnected struggles in this industry. The commodification of animals is a cruel outcome of capitalist society. It’s something that most of us feel very compelled to talk about and inspire conversation through the music we make.”

It really is an important issue. Some pro life dipshit on Twitter was arguing with my girlfriend yesterday and saw no harm in not caring about the environment or animals when she brought up why he ate meat if he was pro-life. He said he doesn’t eat babies, refusing to see her point. Well, bud – you ever have leg of lamb? Congrats. You ate a baby. It’s still a baby. Asshole.

Recorded and mixed by Will Jameson, Cages will be available on 7” vinyl from New Age Records.

Transparent green: 200
Transparent pink: 400
’77 Pressing (transparent pink with green New Age label): 77

Digital version will be available 06-14-19 at https://redbait.bandcamp.com/

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Gloom-core freaky deakies Motionless In White have quite a vast following of similarly minded ghouls who have been waiting for the band to release more stuff from Disguise (available June 7th). Well, the band have a new video out for “Undead Ahead 2: The Tale of the Midnight Ride” which you can check out below!

I gotta say they are getting better at perfecting the heavy to spooky combo-splatter platter and the animation is pretty rad. Plus, the cleans sound a lot more confident. We stan Headless Horseman romantic tragedy-core!

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Mario Quintero of NY’s Spotlights is our latest proud addition to Metal Riot’s interviews. The alternative rock influenced band have been making waves for several releases now, but their newest Ipecac opus Love & Decay is next level phenomenal. This is a big scopealbum with numerous standout tracks (the chill slow burn build of closer “The Beauty Of Forgetting” comes to mind right away), but which can easily consume your full attention all the way through. It sparks a deep dive into your imagination and often feels like it could soundtrack a space exploration video of massive bodies floating in the void. Certainly on the short list of best musical releases of 2019 for me thus far, I know I am going to spend a lot of time with this pensive, personal and powerfully moving album probably for many years. It has that special energy in the performances, vibes, melody and songwriting that makes you circle back to it…and did I mention big ass juicy riffs as well?!

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UN to tour with WORMWITCH this Summer

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 4:52 PM (PST)

Seattle death doom quartet, UN will embark on a summer tour following the success of their 2018 full-length, Sentiment and their 2019 split LP with Coltsblood. The doom legion will begin their journey in Wyoming at the coveted Fire In The Mountains music festival where they will play alongside bands such as Wolves In The Throne Room, Blood Incantation, Ruins Of Beverast, Spectral Voice, and more. They will then make their way across the US for 11 dates with Vancouver, BC blackened death/neofolk metal band WORMWITCH (Prosthetic). The tour will wrap up in Chicago, IL before making their way back home to Seattle.

About the tour, UN frontman Monte Mccleery commented, “We are excited to bring the songs of Sentiment back on the road and tour alongside the exceptional WORMWITCH!”

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Pittsburgh heavyweights Slaves BC have released an intense new song “300 Dead Rapist Priests Floating at the Bottom of the Ocean”.

Says the band ,”This song was written in response to the report about the over 300 priests in Pennsylvania that have committed child rape in their churches.”

If you think the song title is just meant to shock or ‘virtue signaling’ you are 1. an asshole and 2. gonna have to eat your words when you hear how the track masterfully manages to induce horrific claustrophobic anxious agony and never cheapens such serious subject matter. The song is very long and while very well done, the oppressiveness almost feels inescapable. It is like an eerie micro/macro of how long trauma can stay with someone and ripple outward to affect everything in their life. I found it a rewarding but also very challenging listen for that reason, albeit it is inarguably a killer song. One of the most meaningful and extreme, emotional and incredibly well executed performances yet from a band that hopefully has no plans of slowing down applying their vital pushback to the dipshits, edgelords and relics of the metal world.

Here’s hoping as many of you give this your attention this week as those who are scrambling to watch another exploitative Ted Bundy doc this week. Let’s support actually helping victims.

 

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Cult Of Luna release new single “The Silent Man”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 1:03 PM (PST)

It feels corny to call them cult heroes since ‘cult’ is literally in their band name, but Cult Of Luna are exactly that. Expanding boundaries until they have basically charted their own course away from preconceptions and burdensome genre limitations, the band continue their cosmic climb on the noisy new thriller “The Silent Man”. This is one hell of a great way to start my week, I don’t know about you.

A new full length is expected in Fall via Metal Blade, but for now this is a generous new taste of the band’s first non collaborative material since Vertikal 1&2. Some beautiful, world moving big guitar work in here (though the vox sound a little loud in the mix for me for that kind of screaming). Still, that’s the closest to a complaint I have. This is a powerful work that crashes down on you like a massive wave. It is so big in scope you can’t imagine anything else being the title track, but I guess we will see. Loving the semi-spaghetti western 6:20 mark post-rock section as well. Yes! Well done, gents.

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SO I’M GONNA PREFACE THIS BY SAYING THAT REDBAIT ARE MY FRIENDS.

I THINK IT IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE THIS TAPE, BUT I ALSO DON’T WANT THIS TO COME OFF LIKE UNFAIRLY BALANCED PROPAGANDA FOR MY FRIENDS BANDS MIXED IN WITH REVIEWS OF OTHER STUFF AS SOME SORT OF SLEIGHT OF HAND KINDA THING.

I’LL START WITH THE THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THIS JUST TO DO IT AND AS USUAL THEY’RE KINDA NIT-PICKY. THERE WERE A FEW VOCAL SECTIONS IN “OUR TOWN” THAT FELT LIKE THEY AWKWARDLY STITCHED TOGETHER PARTS OF THE TRACK. I WISH IT JUST STARTED HARDER. AND THE CLEAN VOCAL SECTION AT THE BEGINNING OF “FOREVER ENDS NOW” JUST REALLY WASN’T MY SPEED. IN GENERAL THE TRACKS ALL SEEM LIKE KIND OF SLANT RHYMES WITH EACH OTHER IN THAT THEY’RE MOSTLY COHESIVE. BUT LIKE ONE TRACK WILL SEEM LIKE IT’S REALLY INFORMED BY BANDS LIKE THE CHARIOT, AND THE NEXT WILL HAVE A HANDFUL OF TERROR RIFFS I DIDN’T EXPECT. I WOULDN’T ACTUALLY HAVE BELIEVED “BRED FOR THE KNIFE” WAS FROM THE SAME RELEASE UNTIL THEY BRING IT BACK AT THE END.

BUT ALL THAT SHIT PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE GOOD SHIT ABOUT THIS.
THE TEN MINUTE TAPE IS THE APEX OF PHYSICAL FORMAT RELEASE.
THIS DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET BORING AND I THINK THAT’S HUGE.
THE “FULL LENGTH” AS A MONOLITH GIVES BIRTH TO A LOT OF SAWDUST TRACKS AND THIS SKIPS OVER THAT STEP ENTIRELY IN THE PROCESS. AND THIS JUST FEELS SO LIKE, AT THE UPPER END OF DIY RAW RELEASES.

THIS THING HAS TONS OF RIFFS. THE PRODUCTION IS DELIGHTFULLY GRIMY. THERE’S PLENTY OF TIME FOR KARATE. THE POLITICS BEHIND THESE GUYS ARE FUCKING 10/10. AND I’M REALLY INTO THE ONE DUDE IN THE BAND THAT WEARS A SKI MASK. MORE OF THE BAND SHOULD JUMP ON THAT.

ADDITIONALLY THE ONE VOCALIST’S PHRASING REMINDS ME A LOT OF GRACE PERRY FROM LANDMINE MARATHON AND I MEAN THAT AS REALLY HIGH PRAISE.

ALSO ADDITIONALLY THAT ONE LIKE, PROVOLONE CHEESE DUM DUM CAVEMAN FIGHT RIFF BREAKDOWN IN “CAGES” WAS WONDERFUL. IF YOU’RE NEAR ME WHEN THEY PLAY THIS AT OUR SHOW TOGETHER IN STL YOU’RE GOING OUT ON A STRETCHER.

GOOD TAPE. IT’S NOT THE MONA LISA OR LA PIETA BUT I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT DEMANDS EVERY FUCKING PIECE OF ART BE THE CISTINE CHAPEL CEILING TO BRAND IT PASSABLE. tHIS IS LIKE A DELIGHTFUL SLICE OF PIE YOU CAN TELL YOUR FRIEND WORKED REALLY HARD ON WITHOUT DOING A BUNCH OF GOOFY FOOD NETWORK OVER THE TOP SHIT TO IT. REDBAIT IS FUCKING COOL. WE’RE LUCKY TO HAVE THEM. THIS CONTAINS RIFFS. THEY’RE GOOD PEOPLE. THEY DO THE RIGHT THING AND THAT’S WHAT FUCKING COUNTS. 3.5 OUTTA 5. 4 IF THEY’D DO MORE SKI MASKS.

(Pre Order ‘Cages’ HERE).

Morning unearthed skull lickers. I am up early cuz my cat stepped on my face and , well, since my phone broke and I can’t scroll absentmindedly in bed I decided to do the next best thing and write absentmindedly on my laptop. I want to make you aware of a video and a lyric video from two brilliant acts you may already know and love or who might be about to rip you a new one for the first time.

Featuring ex members of Ovid’s Withering and current members of Monotheist, 7 Horns 7 Eyes, and Regurgitated Pus, Nekroí Theoí have been causing a stir. Outspoken death metal with incongruous chords and emotional complexity? Sign us up . Order Dead Gods right HERE. The band have a crushingly heavy new video about the link between the cops and racist groups. Yes, Virginia…it is a problem. Check it out below and get pissed.

Swedish crust punk/metal outfit MARTYRDÖD has issued a lyric video for “Pharmacepticon” as their seventh album, Hexhammaren, nears North America through Southern Lord. This almost feels more like a real video than a lyric vid though because it is kinda vibey and lonely. Preorders for the album are HERE.

I am always in total awe of this band’s uncanny ability to sneak the saddest melodic threads through their quite heavy riffing. It just makes it have so much more of a grab for the soul even while the rage is also smothering. One of the sickest bands in the scene record after record. “Pharmacepticon” has a more mid tempo stride and absolutely colossal guitars. This band has never let me down yet.

The band’s crushing seventh album, as with prior MARTYRDÖD works, was recorded by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (Wolfbrigade, At The Gates, Agrimonia) in Gothenburg, Sweden. MARTYRDÖD states of Hexhammaren, “The album came out really strong. We tried to just let loose and not get distracted with details. The recording was straight up raw and sincere with fast takes and improvised solos.”

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Viking melodic death metal kings Amon Amarth have released their latest opus to battle and immortal raging, the well titled Berserker. I remember in high school in my D&D group everyone was obsessed with the Berserker warrior class character and people would always fight over who got to be that class of rampaging slaughter on two legs. Berserker is the band’s 11th album in a storied career and finds them reliable as ever to their brand.

Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour). After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs — initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself — the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.

Preview and purchase AMON AMARTH’s Berserker at https://amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker.

Catch the warriors on the road with Slayer, Lamb Of God and Cannibal Corpse if you want an entire lineup of bands that will rip off your head and shit down your neck! Good times! Remaining dates below.

AMON AMARTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse:
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA

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Pre Order the new False record ‘Portent’ now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5:56 PM (PST)

False realized mid photo it was the wrong time of year to find fiddlehead ferns, alas.

Sipping on some very hot matcha and listening to Living Tomb by Ossuarium and living for it right now, the steaming semi-bitter beverage pairing wonderfully with the tripping off of mutant mold deadly metal of the music. Unlike many metal fans, I actually got my laundry done today and am feeling victorious. There is a Gridfailure, Zud, Parkbench Messiah show in Kingston, NY that I booked tomorrow and I will have friends coming through but I work a lot so it feels good that I actually got my house cleaned up and made my belongings presentable for humans after a few weeks of being totally burnt out and looking like Steve Martin in The Jerk. Speaking of appearances, I noticed today along with some others that William Barr really does look like Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs. Uncanny and disturbing. Guess I will go watch dead bugs crawl out of haunted kittens on Haunting Of Hill House now to feel arguably less freaked out.

On the realness though, I need to steer you all today towards the sure to be excellent new False record Portent from Gilead Media. The black metallers new song “A Victual Unto Our Dead Selves” awaits you over at Revolver HERE. I am super digging the inspiring gallop of the long intro build up before Rachel’s raspy snarls arrive. Killer grandiose keyboard flourish on this track as well for fans of Emperor type stuff who don’t want to support Faust related records anymore. Not sure how the band didn’t manage to be exhausted by the halfway mark of this lengthy rager (and five minutes in is when things get really crazy and even bigger in scope). Listeners however, will not be fatigued but rather invigorated and transported.

About the track, guitarist Jimmy C comments, “Throughout the years False have watched one another not only sacrifice and suffer, but grow and become more full versions of themselves. Throughout it all, we had one another to count on for guidance, empathy, and support. This song is a manifestation of that continued growth and self-actualization with and through one another. It is our full beings, and a celebration of all that shaped us and what we cast off to become a more intrinsic whole“. Lead vocalist and lyricist, Rachel adds, “We have a longstanding history with one another that includes much strife as it does triumph. Together, we have grown into resilient beings. Our strength lies in the suffering we have been through together – any challenges faces are more surmountable and any triumphs are by comparison even sweeter”.

“Portent” is available for pre-order now via Gilead Media on LP/CD/digital. 

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Holy smokes, this is just what I needed to get out of the doldrums today. One of the most intense and brightest lights of the underground are back. Immortal Bird have released some initial music from their anticipated Thrive On Neglect sophomore release (and 20 Buck Spin debut) and it gets like twenty extra gold star stickers for gnarly pit-worthiness. While the band’s earlier stuff is excellent, this feels like growth in many ways. The mean but more crisp production, even harsher vocals and a tightening of musical devastation all around feels like a huge win. I love it when a band I already liked and was rooting for goes ahead and hits a fucking giant grand slam. Feast your ears on ‘Anger Breeds Contempt’ below. \m/

Bandcamp:
https://20buckspin.bandcamp.com/album/thrive-on-neglect

1. Anger Breeds Contempt
2. House Of Anhedonia
3. Vestigial Warnings
4. Avolition
5. Solace In Dead Structures
6. Quisquilian Company
7. Stumbling Toward Catharsis

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Castle are so used to melting faces they even melt their own sometimes

Hey everyone. Hope your Monday is going groovy. I’ve had a relatively rad day, though I am truly bummed over the news of one of my all time favorite bands Royal Trux pulling the plug on their upcoming tour. Glad they still made the White Stuff record, cuz that shit ruled and was an unexpected blessing, even if they don’t play anymore or whatever is going on. Things happen. It’s all love, though. Big influences on me, for sure.

Anyway, I did get to see  my favorite underground metal band Castle finally play a full set a week or so back. Castle pound for pound deliver the leanest and meanest best sick riff value paired with killer vocals, power trio might and road dog radness you can get for your money’s worth release after release. The coolest. They tour all the time but I never got a chance for various workaholic reasons to see them in full. I opened for them the last time they came to my city with my Walking Bombs project but they had PA problem in the venue so it took the band years to want to come back. I am happy as a sun loving salamander (wait, they love sun – right?) they did, though. The band absolutely cooked the eyeballs off the place in support of their recent Deal Thy Fate monsterpiece and local support Witch Kiss and Shadow Witch (with Doug Beans of Murphy’s Law fame killing it on the kit for Shadow Witch) slew as well.

It was a great night with awesome people who live and breathe the rock n roll experience. Made me damn glad to know all of them and I headbanged my little brain right out my ear holes. Not bad for a middle of the week mind bruiser! Cheers to everyone! Good times.

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OZZY OSBOURNE Announces Rescheduled 2020 UK And European Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 12:25 PM (PST)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has just announced rescheduled shows in the UK and Europe on his “NO MORE TOURS 2” tour.

 

The six-week trek kicks off in OZZY’s native UK on January 31 before wrapping March 16 in Zurich, Switzerland. The tour includes stops throughout the UKNottingham, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle, London (O2 Arena), Glasgow and OZZY’s Birmingham hometown–before heading to Europe for gigs in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland. This news follows an April announcement about OZZY‘s North American dates, which will kick off in February 2020 (more details here).

 

Says OZZY: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe for these shows. Thank you to all the fans for sticking with me and waiting for the new dates to be announced. I can’t wait to see you all next year.”

 

OZZY‘s initial 2020 European dates are below.
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Fri
1/31
Nottingham, UK
Motorpoint Arena
Sun
2/2
Dublin, IE
Arena
Wed
2/5
Manchester, UK
Manchester Arena
Fri
2/7
Newcastle, UK
Utilita Arena
Mon
2/10
London, UK
02 Arena
Wed
2/12
Glasgow, UK
SSE Hydro
Fri
2/14
Birmingham, UK
Resorts World Arena
*Mon
2/17
Dortmund, DE
Westfalenhalle
Thu
2/20
Helsinki, FI
Hartwell Arena
Sat
2/22
Stockholm, SE
Friends Arena
Mon
2/24
Berlin, DE
Mercedes-Benz Arena
*Wed
2/26
Vienna, AT
Stadhalle
*Sat
2/29
Prague, CZ
02 Arena
Tue
3/3
Hamburg, DE
Barclaycard Arena
Thu
3/5
Munich, DE
Olympianhalle
**Sat
3/7
Mannheim, DE
SAP Arena
Tue
3/10
Bologna, ITL
Unpol Arena
***Fri
3/13
Madrid, ES
Wiznik Arena
Mon
3/16
Zurich, CH
Hallenstadion
*Indicates new show.
**New show–city and venue change from Frankfurt, Festhalle–tickets no longer valid.
***New show–city and venue change from Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi–tickets no longer valid.
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