RIP Erik Lindmark

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3:08 PM (PST)

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The black metal band Gorgoroth takes their name from the Plateau of Gorgoroth in JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings.


High Cost

Formerly known as Septic Rot, the formidable NYC 5 piece now known as High Cost blew me away when I heard the advance promo of the up and coming act’s new forthcoming (Nov. 30th, Tridroid Records) Self-Titled release. It is so effin’ awesome to still get that feeling of excitement from a new band sometimes and to remember bygone days when word of mouth, the back of some zine or trusted sources was the main way to find out about extreme music, be it punk, crust or death metal.

Nowadays the internet allows us to almost know about too much and the process of separating the cream from the crap can feel like wading through seas of white noise at times waiting for a pearl of passion, but rest assured the real DIY scene is still thriving and out there. The cassette version of their debut EP contains 7 tracks on Side A and noise remixes and live recordings on side B. Lyrics deal with mental health struggles and are written by lead singer Kiki.

Honestly this almost made my year end list and was in the top twenty five before I had to trim down to fifteen for my final list. This band has huge potential and remind me of how fired up I was when I first heard cool world engaged bands like Landmine Marathon or Disfear or other ragers.

Check out the stomping intro to “Illusion” before it explodes into raw punk and shreds you to bits at lightning speed and then devolves into an awesome Cro-Magnon stomp and by then you will maybe be smooshed flat but hooked and want more.

Let’s meet the gang! Read more below.

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Jarboe releases “Karuna” single

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:50 PM (PST)

Jarboe releases the first single titled, “Karuna” from her spiritually enlightened new album due out on December 14th, “The Cut Of The Warrior”. “Karuna” is streaming now via PopMatters.

The song, a 7+ minute meditation, includes clanging metal percussion, gongs, chanting, and was recorded inside a meditation dome. “Karuna” was then mixed by Kris Force (Amber Asylum).

“The Cut Of The Warrior” is scheduled for release on December 14th via Translation Loss Records. Pre-order is available now.

Jarboe offers a spiritually enlightened work titled “The Cut of the Warrior”. Four gorgeous compositions that pull inspiration from Jarboe’s kinship to buddhism are meticulously crafted and presented. The album is armed with three alternative mixes/collaborations with Byla (featuring members of Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), End Christian and Kris Force (Amber Asylum) while being housed in a stunning layout by Dehn Sora.

“The Cut of the Warrior refers to the practice of Chöd by illustrating repeated attempts to cut through the ego”, explains Jarboe. “The Chöd practitioner seeks to tap the power of fear through activities such as rituals set in graveyards and visualizations of offering their bodies in a tantric feast in order to put their understanding of emptiness to the ultimate test.”

“The Cut of the Warrior” will be released on December 14, 2018.

Track Listing:
1. Wayfaring Stranger In The Bardo
2. GodGoddess
3. Feast
4. Karuna
5. Karuna (Byla mix)
6. Wayfaring Stranger In The Bardo (End Christian mix)
7. GodGoddess reprise (Kris Force mix)

Album credits:
Written, performed, recorded by Jarboe
Mastered by Kris Force

Album layout by Dehn Sora

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My favorite albums of 2018 (Jessica Fisher)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9:27 AM (PST)

What a year! Calendar years for me, since I still live by a U.S. academic calendar, starts and ends on a “break.” This time last year I hadn’t really ever seen any of the Star Wars movies before, and over winter break last year I watched them all. This time last year I was finishing up my first semester of grad school and this year I’m finishing up my fourth. This time last year I didn’t believe in the idea of Georgia as a purple state, after Stacy Abrams performance in the midterm, I’m more intrigued than I’ve ever been before. I’m hoping to graduate with my Master’s in American Studies in May. When I write this piece next year, I could  be writing it as a PhD student (or an adjunct professor). I’ve made a conscious effort to listen to more new music in general, inside and outside of metal, this year, and it’s been a good experience. You can check out some of my finds and favorites over at my Medium.

My album of the year: Catharsis by Machine Head

Catharsis has been a necessary album for getting through this year. From the opening decree of “Volatile,” “Awww, fuck the world!” to the folk-punk inspired “Bastards” to the 8 minute “Heavy Lies The Crown” to the closing track, “Eulogy,” this mix of personal and political helped me process and work through my own anger and angst at the socio-political realities we find ourselves in.

Check out the rest of my list here.

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Pope Richard

Pope Richard of Blackened Death Records and numerous not so subtle projects (including the controversial and excellent Gaylord, the bleak Suicide Wraith and many more) put out our selection for best comp of the year with the vital Worldwide Organization Of Metalheads Against Nazis II.

Being as polarizing a figure as Richard is usually means you might be an edge lord, but in this case it is refreshingly because Richard is doing so much right. As if writing a song called “Varg Impaled” wasn’t enough of a gift to the scene, Pope Richard also has contributed a guest blogger year end list to us here at Metal Riot this year! Hails and thanks!

Peruse below Richard’s thoughts on 2018’s metal scene, putting out the comp and what the best albums were of the year in their estimation.

It’s mid November and the nights are long and chilly. The days are short and chilly. And I’m in London, so things are /extra/ grey. But as the SADness descends upon us like a wet and fleeting snow, we have heavy metal to warm our hearts and lift our spirits.

2018 was a huge year for metal and all of its subgenres. We have had great releases from death metal bands, black metal acts, doom metal groups, and the immense push of the new wave of anti-fascist heavy metal has /really/ ramped up. For more on that you can check out Blackened Death’s releases “WOMAN” and “WOMAN II” on our Bandcamp. We managed to raise over £2000 between both comps for Doctors Without Borders due to this massive anti-fascist metal community that is pulling together. 2019 is gonna be B I G.

But that’s enough self-aggrandizing – let’s talk about some damn ass heavy metal.

More BELOW.

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Woe

Thanksgiving is a time when many people look past the hideous aspects of history and focus instead on their stomachs, so what better way to spend the holiday than to pay attention to real world issues and promote a festival showcasing some of the best talent fighting fascism in metal? We are grateful to anyone who doesn’t have blinders on! A massive threat to society that edgelords and gaslighters try to pretend isn’t a problem so as to transparently help entrench the power of the at fault “alt-right” further, fascism has no place in any world that doesn’t want to destroy itself.

We are grateful for powerhouse and metal tastemaker/activist Kim Kelly for all the work she does, shots she takes and fucks she doesn’t give in pursuing what is right with the goal of making metal more inclusive and relevant in 2018. Suffice to say it is rad that the awesomely named Black Flags Over Brooklyn fest she has started has announced an initial lineup of Nazi detesting bands for a flagship 2019 kick off festival. This is sure to be amazing and powerful so stay tuned! Some of our favorites like East Coast black metal titans Woe and our #2 album of the year winners Vile Creature are already on board!

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My Top 15 Favorite Underground Albums of 2018 (Morgan Y. Evans)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 2:33 PM (PST)

 

Hello readers and rioters. Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, honoring those who were killed due to transphobia. I am contemplative and worked hard today but now am resting and wrapping up my year end list. We have several coming over the next few days from all enby or binary trans writers which happens to be the bulk of staff and also (guess what?!) is normal! Yep, there are all kinds of people in the world. Deal with it. 

Anyway, I like to get the lists going around the week of Black Friday so that (ugly yoke of capitalism pandering aside) you or your friends might actually buy something on here for yourself or -gasp- as a gift to others. And yes, naysayers, most writers in music media have heard a slew of Haulix promos months in advance and besides last minute album drops during weeks when most press are already on break in December, rest assured we pretty much might know what we liked already. This year it was HARD to condense because I liked so many albums and some really, really good ones did not make it. I trimmed this in half from thirty, blah blah blah. I am pleased however with the variety of styles I ended up with which reflects a semi-decent range of the underground though also is somewhat slanted towards my tastes, bigly. I really believe in these bands, though. 

I had an intense year. Was part of making an awesome psych folk/indie album with my partner and I am really proud of her and it. Also finished a collab record due out next year with Gridfailure and my solo project Walking Bombs that features some nuts guests like Mike Score (All Out War), Brett Netson (Caustic Resin) and many more amazing people TBA in 2019 (stay tuned). I stopped HRT after a year and am living more non binary than a fully binary transition. Losing my parents house and some other mental health factors led me to decide to be super mindful of my moods right now and I have been mostly successful and am feeling more level than I have in half a decade, thank God. I might in the future take estradiol again but I also lost my father only a few years ago and it weighs on me so I also stopped electrolysis because the resemblance of our faces is one of the last tangible things I have of him. It’s complicated, I don’t know. Love you all though.

But through all that and some other challenges music remained a wonderful blanket and refuge or a brittle, cathartic ice water bath both invigorating and frighteningly emotional as we live under fucking Trump. Let’s NOT ever have as stupid a President again, Ok? This is toxic on a world level. 

Anyhow, here are my favorite top 15 of 2018 for Metal Riot. Support the arts and your friends and say no to the nasties out there. – Morgan Y. Evans

1. My album Of The Year: Soft Kill – Savior

From tragedy comes one of the most elegant and inspiring, beautiful albums you’ll ever hear. Cold and warm completely blur into one emotional high and low and high and low and we’re dancing on glass. Treasure your moments and create fearlessly the art and world you want to live within. Crucial.

Read more top picks below.

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Jørgen Munkeby of Shining is a road warrior and so perhaps his range of experiences has allowed him to learn how to see the humor in the following crappy situation you’ll read about in a second. I had hit him up as part of our preliminary year end coverage to see if he had a
“road story” worth sharing that was funny from this year, considering his band has been tearing it up live in support of awesome new hard rock album Animal. Turns out he had plenty to say but it wasn’t anything a band would usually laugh about. This guy has a good attitude, even when complaining, hahaha.

I’m currently midway on a 6-week release headline tour for Shining’s new album
Animal in Europe. All shows have been great, and it’s been absolutely awesome to see
how well the new songs go down with the audience. We usually open our set with the
songs “Animal” and “My Church”, and from right from the start we see more people singing
along than we’ve ever had in our shows before, which is amazing! But the funniest thing that has happened -or maybe craziest is a more correct word? – is what happened after I broke the neck off my guitar in a show in Marseille, France, last week!

All of the instruments I use, except my saxophone, are pretty new and cheap standard
stuff, because I want to be able to get the same stuff quickly from any store or backline
rental company in case it is delayed by an airline or breaks down on tour. My two guitars
on tour has been a Gibson SG Standard and an Edwards SG guitar, which is basically a
cheap but great Japanese copy of the Gibson SG. The neck of the Edwards guitar
actually broke on the last brutal and physical note on a song during a show in
Netherlands two years ago, but was later repaired.

On the last note of our song “The Madness And The Damage Done” during our Marseille
show last week, I felt that I had been a bit controlled during the whole show because of
a bruised rib I got during a show in Paris a week before. I was missing a little bit of action and physicality,so I decided to make the last note of the song a big and aggressive one, and I raised my guitar high before the note and signaled to the band that we were going to play a heavy ending when I brought the guitar down. But during that heavy downward motion my guitar snapped in two pieces just like it had done two years ago.

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One of my favorite gosh darn honest REAL rock n roll bands, The Compulsions have been kicking out blues influenced, skinned knuckles fiery albums for awhile now. With an emphasis on songwriting you don’t see enough of anymore hog-tied to a sense of sly humor, the NYC brainchild of Rob Carlyle continues to astound. I HATE when people say rock is dead when we should be blaming the dumb fucks who decided to kill rock radio and push crap instead. Of course people are gonna be more into what they hear every god damn day! How about we remind people of the power of guitar and real dedication?

The Compulsions narrowed thirty songs down to the ten that will be featured on Ferocious. Bumblefoot, Frank Ferrer and other big scene talents like Nicki Richards and Earl Slick have all played a part in recent Compulsions doings, so be sure to check out the finished project when it drops! We will keep you posted.

 

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LACUNA COIL – “THE 119 SHOW – LIVE IN LONDON” Available now!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:13 AM (PST)

November 16, 2018 – 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of LACUNA COIL‘s debut. To celebrate this special year, they played an exceptional show on January 19th in London at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. The unique, one-time event was filmed and recorded for “The 119 Show – Live In London”, which is out now.

To celebrate the release, LACUNA COIL have released another clip from the DVD. Check out “Nothing Stands In Our Way (The 119 Show – OFFICIAL VIDEO)” HERE and below.

“We’ve been counting the days and THE DAY has finally come: our ‘119 Show – Live in London’ is officially OUT!,” states Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia. “Whether you want to re-live that one-of-a-kind night with Incandescence Circus at the O2 Forum or you want to see it for the very first time, this release will be the perfect add to your musical/visual collection… or even as a perfect Christmas gift! Hope you enjoy the vision as much as we loved to put this together for you all!”

The band previously released “Blood, Tears, Dust (The 119 Show – Live In London)”: as well as a trailer. Fans will be able to view not only a very special live performance, and which featured, UK circus group Incandescence, but also a career spanning set that includes LACUNA COIL songs never played live before.

“The 119 Show – Live In London” is available in the following formats: 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/2CD, Digital Album. Fans can purchase the DVD HERE.

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November Reign: Squalus, Monolord news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:50 PM (PST)

Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.

Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.

Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.

“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”

“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.

The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!

MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

MONOLORD comment on the signing:

“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”

MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.

Stream MONOLORD’s discography on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE.

MONOLORD Tour Dates:

— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —

Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg

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Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 is looking siiiiiiick

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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October Tide to start work on new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:57 PM (PST)

OCTOBER TIDE‘s Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia), co-founder and guitarist of the Swedish, melodic death metal group, reports that the band has been writing songs for their sixth studio album, follow-up to “Winged Waltz” from 2016, and has booked a studio for the end of November, to start the recording process.

Norrman commented: “We haven’t made much noise about this so far, but we have written a bunch of songs lately. In fact, we have almost a whole album more or less finished”.

The plans are to have the album – whose mixing and mastering duties will be handeled by Karl Daniel Liden (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Cult Of Luna) – completed by late January, and released on Agonia Records in spring 2019.

OCTOBER TIDE‘s last live appearance took place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on October 26th. Shortly before the recording sessions, the band will travel south to Bucharest (Romania), where they’ll perform at the Metal Gates Festival with Rotting Christ, Shining and Draconian. Whilst recording the album, they’ll play a show at December Doom Festival in Vantaa (Finland), with plans to do a special  setlist from their debut release,“Rain Without End”.

Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members, Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, OCTOBER TIDE spawned two, now-cult releases, “Rain Without End” (1997) and “Grey Dawn” (1999), before going on hiatus for over eleven years. Reunited in 2009, the Swedes released three studio albums: “A Thin Shell” (2010), “Tunnel Of No Light” (2013) and “Winged Waltz” (2016), all of which featured exceptional guitar work, on top of the band’s emotional touch on death metal.

Upcoming shows:
2018-11-17: Bucharest @ Metal Gates Festival, ROM
2018-12-01: Vantaa @ December Doom Festival, FIN
2018-12-07: Göteborg @ Sticky Fingers, SWE

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Stan Lee passes away at 95

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM (PST)

What can we say? Stan Lee, RIP. His impact changed the world and brought worlds of endless imagination to millions. A few reactions I grabbed initially off social media below. I am taking the day off or maybe I’ll stream Ant Man & The Wasp cuz this super sucks, fam. At least he got to see at the end of his life that his impact was never going away. Excelsior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crowbar announce new live dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:49 PM (PST)

Crowbar have a bunch of new tour dates, further evidence that you cannot stop this band…ever. They will outlast Bob Dylan, cockroaches, the half life of Twinkies, the death of the sun. None heavier! \m/ Purchase tickets HERE.

* HEADLINE 
# SUPPORTING KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
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11/20/19 – COLUMBIA, SO @ NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN *
11/21/19 – HARRISONBURG. VA @ GOLDEN PONY
11/23/19 – AMITYVILLE. NV @ AMITYVILLE MUSIC HALL *
11/24/19 – PROVIDENCE, RI @ THE STRAND #
11/25/19 – POUGHKEEPSIE, NV @ THE CHANGE #
11/27/19 – READING. PA @ REVERB #
11/28/19 – CLEVELAND, OH @ AGORA BALLROOM #
11/30/19 – LOUISVILLE, KY @ MERCURY THEATER #
12/01/19 – CHATTANOOGA. TN @ THE SIGNAL #
12/02/19 – ASHEVILLE, NG @ ORANGE PEEL # 
12/04/19 – LVNGHBURG. VA @ PHASE 2 #
12/05/19 – WILMINGTON, DE @ THE QUEEN #
12/03/19 – SAYREVILLE, NJ @ STARLAND BALLROOM #
12/08/19 – HUNTINGTON, WV @ GLUB V *
12/09/19 – MEMPHIS. TN @ GROWLER’S *
12/10/19 – LAFAYETTE, LA @ BOOM BOOM *
SUPPORTING CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
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1/19/19 – SAN ANTONIO, TX ALAMO CITY MUSIC HALL
1/20/19 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK DIAMOND BALLROOM
1/21/19 – KANSAS CITY, MO THE RIOT ROOM
1/22/19 – DENVER, CO GOTHIC THEATRE
1/24/19 – PHOENIX, AZ CRESCENT BALLROOM
1/25/19 – LAS VEGAS, NV FREMONT COUNTRY CLUB
1/26/19 – SAN DIEGO, CA BRICK BY BRICK
1/27/19 – LOS ANGELES, CA TERAGRAM BALLROOM
1/29/19 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA SLIM’S
1/31/19 – PORTLAND, OR HAWTHORNE THEATRE
2/1/19 – SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS
2/2/19 – VANCOUVER, BC RICKSHAW THEATRE
2/4/19 – EDMONTON, AB STARLITE ROOM
2/5/19 – CALGARY, AB MARQUEE
2/7/19 – WINNIPEG, MB PARK THEATRE
2/8/19 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN FINE LINE
2/9/19 – CHICAGO, IL BOTTOM LOUNGE
2/10/19 – FLINT, MI MACHINE SHOP
2/12/19 – CLEVELAND, OH BEACHLAND BALLROOM
2/13/19 – NEW YORK, NY THE GRAMERCY THEATRE
2/16/19 – BOSTON, MA BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
2/17/19 – PHILADELPHIA, PA UNDERGROUND ARTS
2/18/19 – BALTIMORE, MD OTTOBAR
2/20/19 – TORONTO, ON OPERA HOUSE
2/21/19 – PITTSBURGH, PA MR. SMALLS THEATRE
2/22/19 – RALEIGH, NC LINCOLN THEATRE
2/23/19 – ATLANTA, GA THE MASQUERADE
2/24/19 – TAMPA, FL ORPHEUM
2/26/19 – PENSACOLA, FL VINYL MUSIC HALL
2/27/19 – NASHVILLE, TN THE COWAN
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