Castle ‘Stone Thrones’ West Coast Tour starts in early November

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:39 PM (PST)

Heavy doom/metal unit CASTLE — currently in the midst of their Endless Graveyard live takeover — will take to the streets again in November for the west coast Stone Thrones tour. The trek begins November 24th and runs through December 2nd winding its way through nine cities spread across Washington, Oregon, and California. See all confirmed dates below.

Stone Thrones Tour:
11/24/2017 The Valley – Tacoma, WA
11/25/2017 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
11/26/2017 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
11/27/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
11/28/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
11/29/2017 Spirits – Dunsmuir, CA
11/30/2017 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
12/01/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/02/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

 

CASTLE continues to tour in support of their molten Welcome To The Graveyard full-length, issued last summer via Ván Records. WelcomeTo The Graveyard was captured by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon and is currently available at THIS LOCATION.

 

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Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven and Hell frontman Ronnie James Dio is credited with originating the popular horns hand gesture, saying that it was an gesture his grandmother used to ward off evil spirits.


Gemini Syndrome Welcomes aboard MEEGS RASCÕN (Coal Chamber)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:11 PM (PST)

Meegs from Coal Chamber has joined talented melodic hard/groove rockers Gemini Syndrome. I feel like it is gonna be a good fit.

Speaking about the addition of Meegs to the band, Brian Medina (drums) shares, “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Meegs into the Gemini Syndrome Family. He is such a creative and innovative musician, and one of my most trusted and closest friends on this Earth. He’s been here since the inception of Gemini Syndrome, and it’s great to bring someone who is already family into the fold.”

Fans can purchase VIP packages for Gemini Syndrome’s “Brought To Light” tour, which include an exclusive acoustic performance HERE.

 

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Venom Prison exit scheduled dates with Decapitated, issue statement

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:24 AM (PST)

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UK extreme metallers Venom Prison are one of the most exciting and take no shit bands in death metal right now, a massive breath of fresh air. Now the band have done the right thing and pulled out of upcoming tour dates with Decapitated in response to the band’s gang rape allegations. Read their statement below.

It is with great dismay that Venom Prison is opting to pull out of our scheduled dates in the UK with Decapitated. As you are no doubt aware, the members of Decapitated were arrested on Saturday, 9th September in Santa Ana, California.

It is no secret that Venom Prison are opposed to rape and sexual assault, the band continue to advocate women’s rights and bring attention to the many serious issues which continue to plague the extreme music genres.

Venom Prison would like to stress that everyone is entitled to a fair trial – via the appropriate legal channels, not just via social media – and Decapitated remain respected musicians until proven otherwise. In addition, we would state that the burden of proof in any criminal matter, at least in the UK, is that of beyond all reasonable doubt, that 99% what is alleged to have happened did happen. On that basis, until an individual is convicted, we are not in a position to comment on the present allegations.

It is imperative that we state that we don’t believe these things ‘just happen’, so regardless as to the extent of the allegations, inevitably situations such as the one Decapitated have found themselves in, more often do than don’t involve some degree of inappropriate behaviour.

As above, we have not made any effort to hide our views on what we see as an issue that is becoming more and more visible, an unfortunate ugliness that continues to spread. On that basis, we apologise to anyone who has already purchased tickets specifically to see Venom Prison, and whilst we would ask that you reserve your judgment, Venom Prison will not be performing at the scheduled dates.

Furthermore, we have opted to donate £200 to Rape Crisis England & Wales. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness to issues such as rape and sexual assault, in music and anywhere, we must continue to take a stand and as long as Venom Prison is a band, we will continue to resist censorship and make our feelings known.

We thank you for your continued support.

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Forgotten Tomb premiere new song “We Owe You Nothing”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:34 PM (PST)

“We Owe You Nothing”, the ninth studio album from Italian black/doom metal overlords FORGOTTEN TOMB, is set to be released on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records. What a perfect way to start an early Halloween killing spree!

The new album’s title track & first single can be heard below. It’s got a sleazy sort of big rock element and swagger that sounds almost like the grim bastards are enjoying themselves, haha. Nonetheless, after the song’s intro the track shifts into monstrously huge and heavy groove metal that almost sounds like Deathless-era Throwdown with John Tardy doing black metal vocals!  Whuuuuuuttt?!!! That sounds fucking insane on paper and it is certainly different but undeniably crushing and the guitar tones are fucking dominant and gigantic. I have never wanted to ignorantly pit start to Forgotten Tomb more than wanting to die alone in a bath tub listening to them (in a good way – my fave is still the very emotionally barren Springtime Depression), but there is a first time for everything! If you are looking for straight up black metal though, seems like that ship has more than sailed.

Much like being a long term fan of Aborym, Darkthrone or Enslaved, if you can stop demanding what this band is ‘supposed’ to be, you might just enjoy where they are at now. This is undeniably metal to the core and has some very cool passages.

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Tribulation to tour with Arch Enemy, studio update

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:10 PM (PST)

Dark conquerors of the imagination Tribulation (shit, that kind of rhymed in a semi-corny way and broke the spell, haha)…Um, rad as heck band of Swedish vampire deathlords Tribulation are in the studio AND also getting set to tour with Arch Enemy.

The band commented, “After tracking all the drums in the classic Soundtrade Studios we are now residing in Studio Cobra. It is a strange and wicked brew that we are currently concocting together with Martin Ehrencrona. 2018 will see the Vampyre return in a new form to usher in a new era of ventures and audible gloominess.”
 
TRIBULATION’s yet untitled fourth studio album is set to be released in January 2018. More information on the album will follow in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, TRIBULATION have been recently announced as support for Swedish metal giants Arch Enemy on the European leg of their “Will To Power” world tour!  “It is happening again!”, exclaimed the group, “We are returning to the road in conjunction with the release of our new album, first stop Europe with no other than ARCH ENEMY. See you all soon!” Full dates can be found below.

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How to react at first when a sexual assault allegation hits the scene

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1:52 PM (PST)

TW: Sexual assault, scene idiot fans.

So, I have been a Decapitated fan for years and was really looking forward to covering their NYC show next week. I was on the guest list and have several of their records and was stoked. Do you think that my primary concern upon hearing that the band are accused of gang rape is that I hope it is not true and their career is not maligned? No.

If your first response upon hearing a fan say they were assaulted is to automatically discount them because you like the art of someone who is also human and capable of being very flawed or massively fucking up as many humans throughout history have proven (trust me – some VERY popular bands are major liars), if your first response is to knee jerk call the accuser a slut or groupie or liar, if your first response is to go buy merch from the band to prove you believe in them no matter what (see As I Lay Dying fans after Tim’s arrest), perhaps your priorities are super fucked up? Yes.

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Marilyn Manson releases “We Know Where You Fucking Live”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM (PST)

Marilyn Manson has been, in my opinion, pretty consistent through his musical career overall, but most people always associate an artist’s ‘best’ work with their most popular period due to shared cultural reference points. The truth is, while a lot of Manson stuff on the last handful records drifted into the sort of mid-tempo pained moaning and self-deprecating poetry territory it wasn’t overall bad. Some people need stuff to be extra in their faces for it to make them feel the same level of adrenaline (look at Linkin Park fans who only like their first record when they have arguably been decent songwriters most of their career).

Anyway, if you like the more hard rock side of Manson you will likely dig this new single from 10th LP Heaven Upside Down (the album is due Oct. 6th from Loma Vista Recordings). It has the sense of social paranoia, some yeowling scratchy screams and a semi-stompy beat that will likely make it a strong live number. If anything it is a pointed examination of the lack of privacy in the swarming cesspool we call modern culture.

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Undisputed melodic death metal kings At The Gates (basically the Metallica of their metallic sub-genre, only without ever pulling a Reload), have decided on a new guitarist. Instead of, say, jacking Ola Englund from The Haunted or Mike Schleibaum from Darkest Hour as some expected, the band have decided to give the coveted slot to an old friend. Jonas Stålhammar (pictured above) is currently a member of The Lurking Fear, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades and God Macabre. He has previously played in Abhoth, Utumno and Macabre End.

At Metal Riot we are very excited to hear what fruit this union doth bear.

We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders’ performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018. 

We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on AT THE GATES record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band’s sound.

We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for AT THE GATES, and our fans, for sure.”

Additionally, AT THE GATES have just announced their first live shows for 2018 to be as follows:

AT THE GATES – Live 2018
02.-04.03.2018 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Netherlands Deathfest
13.-15.07.2018 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Fest
Many more dates to be announced soon…

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Ensiferum release live acoustic “Two Of Spades” video

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:09 PM (PST)

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their anticipated seventh full-length, Two Paths, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape. In anticipation of this sure to add to their already hearty legacy release, the band has now launched a fun live acoustic version of “Two of Spades” for their true fans (from their previous album, One Man Army). Frankly, this performance, especially the sing-a-long at the end is friggin’ awesome.

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Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:31 PM (PST)
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’68 release energized new video for “Eventually We All Win”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:41 PM (PST)

I have been a fan of Josh Scogin’s work since he was in Norma Jean, which feels like a lifetime ago. I am admittedly just getting more into ’68 now because it took me THIS long to chill out a bit about being bummed The Chariot broke up. I interviewed him twice for that project for… I think both times were NEW NOISE, and fell in love with the chaos and unity of their live shows after seeing them a few times.

Anyway, I really dig the new ’68 video for “Eventually We All Win”. I had heard them before now of course, but this song really clicked with me and got me pumped and into the present moment. It captures the same kind of experimentation and relentless energy that has made Scogin’s past projects so special and appreciated and Michael McClellan is no slouch either behind the kit here. This two piece sound like a full post hardcore band most of the time, such is the caliber of their push and pull.

Catch ’68 On Tour Supporting The Bronx
September 22nd – October 19th

Tickets Available Now via TheyAre68.com

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Show Photos: Venom Inc. , Goatwhore at Gramercy (9/2/17)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:03 PM (PST)

Our friend Ignacio Orellana over at ArmyOfOnetv.com caught Goatwhore and Venom Inc. (all ex-Venom members who pretty much smoke Cronut’s Venom at this point) performing impressively surly sets to the ravenous Gramercy Theater crowd a few nights back in NYC and was chill enough to send some of the shots with us over here at the Riot of all things METAL.

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Enter to win a Kerry King B.C. Rich guitar

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 3:59 PM (PST)

“The Breakdown,” a brand new, long-form video interview with Slayer‘s Kerry King, premieres today exclusively at AltPress.com.  Go HERE to check it out.

 

Produced by B.C. Rich, who endorses King, “The Breakdown” has a very candid King talking about his guitars, how he came to start playing the guitar, guitar heroes of his and for the generation of up-and-coming guitar players, being a fan and having that get in the way of “friending” some of his heroes, his friendships with Dimebag and Zakk Wylde, what he misses the most about Jeff Hanneman, and much more.

 

“I didn’t want to play guitar,” King reveals in the interview.  “My dad gave me a handful of things to keep me out of trouble when I was thirteen, the guitar was one of them and I think that karate was another.  I didn’t feel like getting my ass kicked every day, so this guitar thing sounds pretty awesome.”  

 

In addition to the interview, AltPress.com has teamed up with B.C. Rich to give away one brand new Kerry King Signature guitar, the KKW30 model, with its unmistakable Kerry King styling and graphics.  Those interested in entering the sweepstakes should go HERE.

 

“It seems like the last ten, fifteen years isn’t throwing out new guitar heroes, which is unfortunate but I think that’s because the bands people like don’t have guitar heroes in them,” King says in “The Breakdown.”  “It’s discouraging, but I don’t think that should discourage people from becoming that next guitar god.”

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“…It’s about moving forward and leaving what’s behind you exactly that, behind you.” – Brock Lindow

 

Everyone sort of recalls the cover art for 36 Crazyfists A Snow Capped Romance the best, perhaps. It is kind of the record art you maybe subtly most associate with the band as far as branding, even though I listen to other albums by them more. But I feel like the NEW artwork for Lanterns sort of fits them as a band the most. The traveler faces the cold and the road ahead but is not overcome by it, a solid metaphor for an inspirational band that has pushed forward no matter what for over two decades as a leading light in grooving, depressive, melodic nu hardcore fusion and hard rock. There was a solid thumbs up from fans for the new track “Death Eater”, which premiered recently at Loudwire .

 

This group just really hits the sweet spot for me as far as cultivating their own sound and path/holding their own no matter what is the current biggest trend. I think they fuckin’ slay year after year.

 

It was great to catch up with vocalist Brock and learn more about the ebb and flow of sadness and motivation that fed one of the strongest releases yet from a band with plenty of good songs under their belts already.

 

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Immolation’s Euro ATONEMENT Tour with Azarath, Melekesh commences

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:14 AM (PST)

Hey, it’s 3AM here and I just got back from a late night coffee at a diner with a friend conceptualizing world takeover. Metal Riot and Dying Scene had some hack bot bullshit again but we are back and I am really stoked to remind all our European readers to attend the Immolation ATONEMENT Tour ASAP. This is one of the most perfect live tour line ups for death metal and various extreme extremities of the Fall! Let’s face it – Immolation are friggin’ death metal gods. “Destrucive Currents” seems like a fitting song for the times right now.

Yes, Immolation of course are always amazing and I am really a fan of Polish death lords Azarath’s latest record In Extremis in particular from this line-up of groups at the moment. Completely uncompromising and incredible ferocity, technical but not pompous and still very old school in enraged bashing execution.

Anyway, a moment of metal respect and silence for everyone struggling with hurricane forces right now. And for the fans who need a lift up remember metal is there for you and may your days and nights be full of only the best of it! This tour is a good way to ensure that is what happens to you!!

Dates and music below.

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