Finnish Kerava-based folk metal band Elvenscroll is set to release their debut EP Never To Be Mourned on November 6th 2020 via Inverse Records. This seven members strong group released a first single Wayfarer’s Mourning today and it gives a good hint what is to be expected from an EP.

The band comments:
“Wayfarer’s Mourning is a homage to all lost souls who have suffered through the long and winding road of life and know its misfortunes. Let the power chords, choir singing and heroic melodies bring you strength to carry on this miserable journey. “

Recorded by Elvenscroll
Drums recorded by Jasse Hast / Frozenmost Productions
Mixed by Juhis Kauppinen at Shedstudios
Mastered by Matias Ahonen at Audiamond


Even though Voivod's Denis D'amour (aka Piggy) died in 2005, he is still credited as a guitarist on the albums "Katorz" (2006) and "Infini" (2009), which were actually recorded in 2004, a year before he died.


Intersectional feminist punk band WAR ON WOMEN return with new album Wonderful Hell(out digitally October 30th + physically on November 13th via Bridge Nine). You can hear a new single today! The title track, which unintentionally echoes John Lewis’ notion of “good trouble” as a catalyst for change, emerged during a period when vocalist/lyricist Shawna Potter was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by life in the Trump era. “I think it expresses something that a lot of people are feeling. Like, ‘Okay, we had our moment. Now it’s time to get back to work. We can’t let this happen again. We can’t endure another four years of this,’” she comments.

 

It is disgusting the DOJ is being used as Trump’s personal flunkies to try to make sure there is no fair justice for E. Jean Carroll. The system is a joke! We need bands like this more than ever. Loving the new song. Reminds me of if old War On Women listened to a bunch of Dagnasty and Embrace and added more dissonant melody. Fucking rad!

 

Recorded with the band’s guitarist and co-founder Brooks Harlan alongside J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in February 2020 and completed in April (when in a COVID-19-free timeline the band would have been on tour with Bad Religion), Wonderful Hell is the first War On Women album to feature the band’s current lineup of Potter, Harlan, bassist/vocalist Sue Werner, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer “Jenarchy” Vito, and drummer Dave Cavalier.  Like War On Women’s previous albums, Wonderful Hell includes anthemic songs that tackle systemic racism, acknowledge the natural feelings of wanting to give up or self-destruct in the face of insurmountable adversity, and some that aim straight at the jugular of gender disparity.

Check out the song “Wonderful Hell” HERE. I have said it before but I truly feel they are the most important current band in punk rock.

Look for Wonderful Hell to be available digitally on October 30th, 2020 (+ on physical formats on November 13th, 2020).  More news, music, and pre-orders coming soon from War On Women (sign up to receive pre-order details here).

Wonderful Hell Track Listing:
1.  Aqua Tofana
2.  Milk and Blood
4.  This Stolen Land
5.  White Lies
6.  Big Words
7.  Seeds
8.  Her?
9.  In Your Path
10.  The Ash is Not the End
11.  Demon
Artist photo by: Julia Schwendner
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Rotterdam’s DISTANT are pretty much the most brutally no frills downtempo deathcore band I have heard in awhile. I am not quite convinced they do not want to destroy us all, even if they seem to be normal folks. There has to be some kind of demonic inhabitation going on here. Also, I have gotta say I am a big fan of the simplicity of their vibey band name, the implied alienation really works for me. How did no one have that name yet?!

The band- who could certainly appeal to fans of Oceano, Black Tongue or Chelsea Grin – have an EP due out on tastemakers Unique Leader on October called Dawn of Corruption. The 6 song release was mixed and mastered by Simone Pietroforte at Divergent Studio and sounds like Colossus shitting out Wolverine (in a good way).

“Hellmouth” has been out about a week and some change but I just caught wind of it and so wanted to make sure we had you fanatics covered over here for your RDA of heavy!

On September 18th, blackened death lords Behemoth will release CD and vinyl re-issues of their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, which can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/behemoth. This will be a thrill for completists who may not have heard it in awhile. I wish they would also re-master Grom and put it on Spotify, but hey.

Originally released in 1995, And the Forests Dream Eternally is available as a double LP or 2-CD Mediabook, both containing bonus vintage audio material and exclusive archival content. The vinyl options look stunning.

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Melodic folk death metal band Ensiferum have released a new lyric video for my favorite song “Run From The Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. This record has been an explosive and inspiring new era for the band and is one of the absolute best epic metal albums of 2020, a must support release! The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin has been a huge hit with fans, one of the best decisions of Ensiferum’s already storied legacy!

“Run From the Crushing Tide” is one of the songs which best captures the grim sea adventure themes of this specific album. Amazing high vocals, roaring gutturals and a truly momentous warrior-minded guitar centric bridge. I am very pleased they have released this song as a single as it is perhaps the best song on the record.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009).

“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”

The album is also charting well!

–Finland: #1 – official albums chart
–Germany: #3 – official albums chart
–Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
–USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
–USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
–USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
–USA: #94 – top current albums chart
–Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
–UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
–Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
–Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
–Austria: #26 – official albums chart

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Today you can stream the current recorded works of Egregore, the recently launched solo project of Utah-based multi-instrumentalist M.A.E. A collaboration with Sentient Ruin will see the light via a limited edition cassette compilation retrospective titled Thought Form , scheduled for a late September 2020 release.

Envisioned by band mastermind M.A.E and Sentient Ruin together, “Thought Form” is a fifteen-minute cassette tape compilation that includes all of Egregore’s tracks released so far via various self released demo tapes and splits, plus two more brand new previously unreleased tracks. Stream it in full now on Bandcamp (link above).

The band somehow already has made it to Metal Archives and delivers a rough hewn, splintering stake to the heart of the scene. “Dysthymic Gloom” is like a brutal rodeo ride amidst a blood red clouded hurricane that will appeal to fans of Napalm Death, early Exhumed or  even the first Fantomas record. Check it out now!

FORETOKEN release debut album ‘Ruin’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12:15 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Robert Escue

Prosthetic Records have teamed up with Virginia’s ambitious Foretoken to release Ruin, a blend of folk, death and black metal styles.

Dan Cooley commented:
“The record’s release brings an equal mix of excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. We’ve spent the last almost two years writing and obsessing over every detail of the album. There are definitely some things we’ve learned throughout that process which we will incorporate in the next record, but for now we’re confident our debut, Ruin, is everything we wanted it to be: cinematic, energetic, and at times melancholy. We hope everyone enjoys the album and we want to thank everyone who supported us early on through Bandcamp.”

Bandmate, Steve Redmond added:
“We’re super excited for everyone to hear the album. This project started as nothing more than a “bedroom studio project” that would’ve probably never seen the light of day and evolved into something much more. This is my first time writing a symphonic metal record and it has been incredibly fun. It has also been a learning experience. With Ruin we really want the listener to be able to go on a musical journey through these myths and legends. We hope we were able to capture that with this record. We hope everyone has as much fun listening to Ruin as we had making it. ”

During the creation of Ruin, the pair enlisted Hannes Grossmann (Triptykon, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) on drum duties. The album also features James Malone (Arsis) in a dueling guitar solo on the track A Deathless Prison, and was mixed by both Steve Redmond and Jacob Hansen; with mastering being done by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. Jacob Hansen is a renowned producer/engineer who has worked on albums such as The Black Dahlia Murder’s Nightbringers and Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Veleno. The album’s art is a piece by Tomas Honz entitled Fallen Empires .

Heavy metallers Eleine have unleashed a powerful new video for “As I Breathe”, a blend of symphonic and melodeath that just kicked my ass! Huge melodies and punishing guitar abounds! Fans of Tarja, Arch Enemy, Delain will find plenty to love about this killer tune. Dancing In Hell is this Swedish band’s third long player and you should definitely pre order it today! It releases late November and is sure to be one of the last monumental records of the underground you can use to blast 2020 into the stratosphere as we look towards better days.

Happy Labor Day Freakend, head bangers. I hope you have all seen Bill & Ted 3 by now and are sort of aimlessly looking for something to chase it down with, cuz I have your RDA of hard rock fun right here! Here are two fun new music videos to help you keep your fists pumping over the weekend and into the far future.

First up we head with the mastermind Mr. Corey Taylor down ‘HWY 666’ in a new animated clip! #CMFT is out Oct. 2nd and is gonna own hard rock for late 2020. This song is demon spit, burnt asphalt and pure rebellion.

And secondly we have a rad new cover by Madame Mayhem for you of the Aerosmith classic “Livin’ On The Edge”, certainly fitting for these times. I always loved Joe’s guitars in this song and the cover does it justice! Just enough sweet and snarl in perfect balance. Makes sense…Madame Mayhem is very talented and this cover song was produced and arranged by Mark Hudson, who was also a songwriter on  the original “Living On The Edge” with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

The video is “From The Vault” throwback footage, making of, and behind the scenes of the hustle at the beginning of MM’s rock career, a real behind the scenes take with live performance shots too! Crank it up! You can’t fake this kind of road won , rock as lived experience authenticity! And did we mention her voice rules?!

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September Showdown: Top 4 release picks of the month

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Varg wonder if they should have gone glamping when they quickly run out of Oreos and Ale.

September is seeping with molten metallic sensory overload and we are here today to break down some of our top records of the month to check out. This is not a fully comprehensive list, as there is a lot of cool stuff on the imminent horizon. This is, however, some of the stuff I have been bumping the most this past week that I think is rad.

Check out my top picks nearing release BELOW.

DEAFBRICK stream album at Cvlt Nation

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:51 AM (PST)

photo by Felipe Pagani

Deafbrick – the collaborative album between Brazil’s DEAFKIDS and the UK’s PETBRICK – will see release this Friday in North America through Neurot Recordings and in Europe via Rocket Recordings. CVLT Nation is now hosting an advance stream of the entire album alongside an interview with both acts. This is a very exciting moment for the underground as both acts are pillars of inventive cacophony and this collab is sure to be something left field and morale boosting for fans of extreme, freaky chaos and percussive weirdness.

PETBRICK is the creation of Wayne Adams (Big Lad, Death Pedals) and Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulwax, Cavalera Conspiracy) and more. The band has released several EPs and albums through Closed Casket Activities, Rocket Recordings, and more over recent years, and they have toured and collaborated live with a variety of acts.

 

DEAFKIDS erupted into the international scene when Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings signed them in 2016. Since then, the label has issued two albums from the trio, and they toured internationally including opening for Neurosis, Bell Witch, Big|Brave, and others across North America, and alongside Rakta, Petbrick, and others in Europe.

 

CVLT Nation writes in part of the album’s intense and psychedelic attack, “DeafBrick is a unique aural experience and I’ll give it to the guys: there’s nothing quite like it on this planet. Their collaboration brings out the best in both bands and tends to temper any of their individual excesses. This is a focused, intelligent record of noise, industrial, metal, and punk. This is the most original album I’ve heard all year, but it is definitely not one of the most pleasant. There’s an element here, one of deprogramming, or maybe it’s programming, but you can feel your brain bleed in certain parts, like the band is issuing forth sounds that are breaking down mental barriers you never knew existed. This isn’t dangerous, but it is singular, and once you allow yourself to delve into its depths, you won’t come out the same person.”
Listen to the entire DEAFKIDS & PETBRICK Deafbrick collab at CVLT Nation early RIGHT HERE.
Also see the previously issued videos for “Sweat-Drenched Wreck” HERE and “Força Bruta” HERE.

 

Deafbrick will see release on LP and digital platforms this Friday, September 4th. In North America, find preorders through Neurot Recordings HERE and HERE. In Europe find preorders through Rocket Recordings HERE. Preorders for all digital providers are available HERE.
 

Today, pan-international death metal elite Darkened reveal a new lyric video for “Kingdom of Decay. The track is the fourth to be revealed from the band’s highly anticipated debut album, Kingdom of Decay, set for international release on September 11th via Edged Circle Productions. With an entrancing lyric video created by David Havlena (www.hdart.info), see & hear Darkened‘s title track “Kingdom of Decay” in its entirety HERE at Edged Circle‘s official YouTube channel.

The Wild Bunch 2 is gonna be lit.
(Photo by Sarah Hoster)

We need the art/discourse of our world to speak to our times. Homogeneity is hopefully impossible but we always seem to strive for it as a species to brand ourselves within confines that constitute an allegedly safe, capitalist ‘normal’ – even as we scramble to buy sugary drinks that would kill any mildly diabetic person, indebt ourselves as we purchase crap we don’t need at all for a false sense of upward mobility or adhere to impossible beauty standards.

It is hard to face our grief and collectively or individually mourn. It is oh so easy in these times of Covid and racial conflict to go numb with sorrow. Some people even construct false confidence, like people in denial as they swagger around all while catching Covid at a fucking Smash Mouth concert. I can’t help but also think of the false bravado of Tom Waits in Jim Jarmusch’s still hard to top Down By Law, drinking and driving around New Orleans with no seatbelt on in a stolen car and mumbling half hearted attempts at self-encouragement like his shitty life isn’t about to hit the skids even worse (as if getting dumped by Ellen Barkin isn’t a sad enough fate for any down and out character). As Waits noted himself on Blood Money, “Everything Goes To Hell” anyway.

Thankfully now we have a record called Dream Griever from the excellent new project BLEAKHEART. It will startle your senses open like a bucket of ice water dumped on your head, even when the music is quite mellow.  Initially the endeavor served as the solo project of JP Damron (Vermin Womb, In The Company Of Serpents) who soon recruited friend Kelly Schilling (Dreadnought) to contribute her voice. Following the release of their first demo they were joined by Mark Chronister and Josh Kauffman.

“The Visitor” is a beautiful and stark channeling of melancholia that calls to mind some of the more ethereal solo Jarboe material, the spacious chill of B I G | B R A V E or even some hallucinatory psych rock Western film score paired with mournful, frustrated humanism. It is an anthem for the pain of repeating past mistakes. Will we ever learn?

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By juxtaposing somber, low-fi, guitar-driven soundscapes with shimmering, ethereal vocals and keys, Dream Griever seeks to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition. “The album explores the patterns of destruction and turmoil created within ourselves, and the time we lose within those fleeting cycles,” says Schilling. Through anger, deception, loss, and wanting, Dream Griever presents a vulnerable and beautiful atmosphere of introspection around the pitfalls of human experience. “The record goes to all of those places – the acknowledgement, the attempted escape, and the inevitable missteps into the depths of our own machinations.”
Dream Griever was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Pete DeBoer (Blood Incantation, Dreadnought) at World Famous Studios in February/March 2020 and comes swathed in the art of Brian D’Agosta (Gostworks Art).

BLEAKHEART‘s Dream Griever will see release independently on CD, cassette, and digitally with Sailor Records handling the vinyl edition. For preorders, visit the band’s Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

 

Dream Griever Track Listing:
1. Ash Bearer
2. Heed The Haunt
3. The Visitor
4. The Dead Moon
5. Dream Griever
BLEAKHEART:
JP Damron – guitars
Mark Chronister – guitars
Josh Kauffman – drums
Kelly Schilling – vocals, keys

WISDOM IN CHAINS, SHARP/SHOCK TEAM UP FOR 4-SONG E.P.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:48 PM (PST)
Underground hardcore icons Wisdom In Chains face off with the ultra hyped Sharp/Shock for the ultimate hardcore / pop punk split, out on September 11th.  Each band shreds a fresh original and then cues up on their own handpicked cover.  Wisdom In Chains uncovers the glory of the ultra obscure Epoxies, while Sharp/Shock celebrates a classic hit from the legendary Buzzcocks.
Today, we’ve unveiled Side A opener “Richie’s Revenge” from Wisdom In Chains.  The track showcases the band’s trademark PA Hardcore sound while remaining as relevant and timeless as ever.
The Wisdom In Chains / Sharp/Shock Split E.P. will be available physically and digitally on September 11th from Fast Break! Records.  Pre-orders are available here, and new music from Sharp/Shock will arrive soon.
Track Listing:
1.  Need More Time (Wisdom in Chains)
2.  Richie’s Revenge (Wisdom in Chains, originally performed by The Epoxies)
3.  The Ploy in Employment (Sharp/Shock)
4.  Ever Fallen In Love (Sharp/Shock, originally performed by The Buzzcocks)
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Now this is what I am talking about! Love when a band does their own cool take on a cover, especially something that isn’t such an obvious song pick in the first place. Symphonic metal band RAVENLIGHT have offered up a killer and fresh take on Ghost’s Meliora B-side ‘Zenith’, transmuted into the band’s own Irish symphonic metal aesthetic. The results are pretty glorious, I must say.

Singer Rebecca Feeney had the following to say about the track: “Zenith may seem a not so obvious song for a cover, however, we went with Zenith for many reasons. I really enjoyed singing along to it, it really suited my range. Furthermore, we felt that Zenith is a very underrated Ghost song, due to the fact that it is a bonus track on the Vinyl version of Meliora, so it is not as well known as other tracks, giving us a chance to really put our own spin on it.”
Hey Cardinal or Papa or whoever is in charge of the Ghouls these days, grab this band up with an opening slot the next time touring can happen again!

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