Band Spotlight: SURMISER

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM (PST)

Upstate NY’s Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static.

Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.

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In 1990, Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine attempted to drop Suicidal Tendencies off the bill of the infamous Clash of the Titans tour, which also featured Slayer and Testament. Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir responded by attacking Mustaine's addictions and joking that he "lived at the Betty Ford Center". The feud nearly became violent on the Clash of the Titans tour when Muir challenged Mustaine to an onstage fistfight.


Skyharbor release “Dim” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

New Delhi metallers Skyharbor have released their latest music video for their song “Dim.”

“Dim” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Sunshine Dust, which is due out on September 7 via EntertainmentOne

The music video was directed by Tom Flynn and Mike Watts.

About the music video Guitarist Keshav Dhar had this to say, “We’re stoked to present our music video for ‘Dim.’ It was an amazing experience filming a video together for the first time as a band, and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we did making it!”

Dhar adds about the album, “It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound.”

Vocalist Eric Emery says about “Dim”: “’Dim’ is one of my favorite songs on the record and I can’t wait to share the video with everyone. Thematically, the song alludes to the volatile current political climate in the US, as well as exploring what our potential future could look like should we continue down this road.“

Check out the video for “Dim” as well as the cover art and tracklist for Sunshine Dust here.

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Hi friends. How was your weekend? Other than my girlfriend absurdly seemingly getting accused of ongoing attempted murder (“was trying to kill me and isn’t done”) and other untrue things through the official Foxygen Twitter account and then it getting deleted – but we got a screen shot-, mine was nice. By the way she actually is just covering Taylor Swift songs to her YouTube Channel followers and moved to the other side of the country as the guy, if the truth matters to anyone.

But yeah, I got to briefly meet jazz guitarist Mike Demicco on the street the other night, which was very cool. I also saw lots of friends at a Kyle & The Pity Party, Tins, Globelamp show and had a great night of inspired indie rock and also worked the door at a New World Home Cooking pop up party at a regional cocktail bar. Chef Ric Orlando has won Chopped! multiple times and it was rad to catch up with him and get to eat some of his spicy blackened green beans that all Woodstockers know, love and miss since his restaurant moved out of town towards the capitol district. Ric fired me once when I was like 16 as a prep cook at his original location for catching me trying to dry off a salad I had accidentally dumped steam rack cup water onto when I was high, hahaha.

But now it is time to talk metal!

Lizzy Borden’s new material is so gnarly, catchy, glampiric and rockin’ hard rock with all the right elements to lodge in your skull like a sonic hatchet. This record is gonna be amazing! Everything I have heard so far sounds HUGE, cosmic and rock n roll! Kudos to the people involved, fuck yeah!

A new song is out todat called “The Scar Across My Heart” and I am wishing big time they would tour with Andrew WK and The 69 Eyes right now! Can we make this happen?!

Lizzy Borden comments: “With ‘The Scar Across My Heart,’ I wanted to explore those kinds of relationships that tattoo your soul. You’re forever linked to this person, even though it can never be for one reason or another. ‘We bury all our yesterdays and try and drink these scars away’ – I’m talking about a no-hope situation, a never-meant-to-be situation, but I’m still singing ‘We’re gonna make it now.’ I’m always looking for that human reaction no matter how delusional or unrealistic.”

June 15th will see the release of My Midnight Things via Metal Blade Records, which can be pre-ordered at metalblade.com/lizzyborden  \m/

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Take care of each other out there

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 12:19 AM (PST)

cipher (a buncha years ago at Trash Bar)

We’ve all been at a show where a band says “punch somebody in the face” or “tear this place down”! Well, maybe you haven’t but I have been at a lot of unsavory concerts. Let’s focus instead on the people who have asked from the stage that we take care of one another out there on the floor.

Some thoughts follow.

After the horrid bro eviction of Kelly Marie Tran (who anyone with a brain knows brought a lot of heart and fun to The Last Jedi) from social media by alleged Star Wars fans who missed the fucking point of every movie, after the suicide of someone overflowing with life essence like Anthony Bourdain, after the giant fucking embarrassment of projecting and weak playground bully Trump at the G7 summit and the subsequent even further denigration of what actually makes America great, I just want to make a just shy of 3am weekend post that says that Metal Riot is very much a place for marginalized, depressed and outcast people of all genders. There is a place for you here as a reader if you are not a bigoted and irredeemable trollish jerk.

Don’t let any true bully tell you otherwise. Metal and punk are more important for those who use music to lift themselves up than those who use it to punch down.

And sure, people can improve and change who maybe are currently assholes…but if you don’t have a basic desire to respect others, well…every good mosh pit gets rid of the worst assholes, y’know? The rest of life, including online spaces, oughtn’t be any different.

As a non binary trans masc person who stopped HRT just a little shy of a year a few months ago due to really struggling with mood swings (it is a different journey for everyone and I personally have a lot of trauma that I have to be super mindful of not unbalancing), I know very well that life is not a cake walk all the time. It makes me scoff when people say to get a thick skin to me as an “SJW” when they likely did not grow up most of their early childhood with no electricity like I did, kick heroin years ago or have dozens of friends die too young. Or maybe they did and just went to the darkest place inside, I don’t know? All I know is…A LOT of people come to metal to find a refuge and like minded people who want to pump their fist to Accept, get deeply contemplative to Wardruna or flip their shit along to the latest Nervosa record at high speeds of headbanging. Metal belongs to the world. The world is a place of diversity. If you can’t handle that, cry me a river.

I personally know I have contributed a lot to the underground scene regardless of how well known I am. We have had male, female and those who are in between write for this site. We love musicians and writers of varied ethnic backgrounds and nationalities here. You can not undo the progress that has been made by the less archaic types in the scene who want love to prevail. We don’t need to be stoked about jokes about music fans getting shot (even if it isn’t in our favorite genre) or be psyched at some extreme metal band unapologetically calling people poofters cuz they think they get a pass as drunk Australians or whatever.

If we are to survive and stay relevant to the modern world, even in the more coarse realm of metal,  we have to believe that connectivity under the umbrella of metal or fandom or citizenship or whatever does not have to mean we are stoked about people walking all over us. And no, that does not mean men’s rights advocates need to be met with equal respect when they don’t even acknowledge privilege is real or the entire course of human history, for example. Bug entirely off with that crap.

Anyway, I am gonna go to bed. Just wanted to say do your thing and don’t let the bastards grind you down for wanting to bring light to the world, even the world of aggressive music.

PS check this out.

PSx2 Jamie Clayton liked an IG post comment I left tonight and I am living. Hails.

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Zeal & Ardor announce North American tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:04 AM (PST)

Swiss-American music-makers Zeal & Ardor have announced a slew of North American tour dates.

The tour is in support of Stranger Fruit which is out today!

Zeal & Ardor will be supported on tour by Astronoid.

The band won’t be hitting North American until September 20, but you can see their full list of tour dates here.

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Wisconsin death metallers Jungle Rot have released their newest track “Fearmonger” which features Schmier of Destruction.

“Fearmonger” comes off of Jungle Rot’s upcoming self-titled album, which is due out July 20.

Vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise explains the songs origin:

“We covered the Destruction classic ‘Invincible Force’ some years ago and Schmier told me ours is his favorite Destruction cover he has ever heard from any band. Years later we toured together and right away Schmier approached me to start singing the song with him in concert. His trademark style and my vocals worked so well together that when I began writing this new record, the idea immediately came up to have him as a guest vocalist. He loved it and was honored to be a part of it. That’s how we created ‘Fearmonger.’”

Jungle Rot will be hitting the road with Havok and Extinction A.D. later this summer.

You can check out “Fearmonger” as well as Jungle Rot tour dates and the Jungle Rot tracklist here.

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New Exmortus album ‘The Sound of Steel’ out now

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:41 AM (PST)

Californian metallers Exmortus‘s latest tome The Sound of Steel is out today via Prosthetic Records.

Exmortus are preparing to hit the road at the end of the month in support of the new album.

Special guests The Absence and Hatchet will join the tour, dubbed the Summer of Steel tour, as well as regional favorites – Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates MICAWBER on select dates.

The Sound of Steel was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation).

Check out a full list of tour dates here.

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Lesser Glow stream full length ‘Ruined’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 1:37 PM (PST)

Boston doom metallers Lesser Glow are streaming their debut effort Ruined.

Lesser Glow features former members of Black Elm, Irepress, and The Proselyte.

Here’s what the band has to say about the album:

“With Ruined, we set out to simply make heavy music. There was no meditated preconception of genre or specific end goal, but more a true amalgamation of influence and focused frustration that shaped the sound. Thematically, Ruined comments on humanity’s perpetual ability for self-destruction, both in solitude and in numbers. Willingly ignorant, we are doomed to repeat ourselves through cyclical consumerism.”

The band will also be embarking on tour starting on June 22.

Check out tour dates and listen to Ruined here.

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Knoxville deathcore heavyweights Whitechapel are kicking off a co-headlining tour with The Black Dahlia Murder.

The tour begins on June 8 and will run through July 13. Whitechapel will be playing This Is Exile in its entirety in celebration of the album’s tenth anniversary, while The Black Dahlia Murder will be playing Nightbringers in its entirety.

Support on the tour will be provided by Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown, and Shadow Of Intent.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Do you know Transient? You certainly should. The Portland grind band completely smoke a lot of the competition and have finally announced a new record. After a half decade the band- featuring members of Landmine Marathon, Endorphins Lost, and more – will soon return with their second LP, Sources Of Human Satisfaction, set for release via Six Weeks Records in August. The album has the band working with Eric Wood of Bastard Noise and is certainly one of the things to be most excited for in 2018 in heavy rock. Shit, “heavy rock” hardly covers the effects of listening to the severe jackhammer mishap sounds of Transient’s full fledged extreme glory.

The band offers, “The title and concept of the album Sources Of Human Satisfaction deals with human happiness and unhappiness – how people aim to please themselves often through external factors and achievements rather than through a focus on and cultivation of internal controls.  Why do we seek what we seek and desire what we desire?”
 
Sources Of Human Satisfaction was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios Oakland, California, with additional recording by Dylan Ludwig at Raven Sound Studio Prescott, Arizona, after which Wood’s noise elements were recorded by Michael Rozon at Speed Semen Clove Factory Sun City, California. The album is completed with artwork by S. Jordan Palmer and Alexa R. Simpson and layout/photos by the band.

Six Weeks Records will release Sources Of Human Satisfaction on LP and digital formats on August 10th; watch for audio premieres, preorders, and more to be released in the weeks ahead.

Song list BELOW.

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Killswitch sign to Metal Blade/Sony, tour with Iron Maiden

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 5:58 PM (PST)

Big news today as Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Killswitch Engage to their roster! Partnering with Sony Music Entertainment outside of North America, the band will be releasing their upcoming album in 2019 worldwide. I love all their records but consistently rock Disarm The Descent and As Daylight Dies in my car the most often these days. Whatever they do though always has the drive, passion and depth that fans know and love. And of course…RIIIIFFFS!

Man, with this in the works and the new effort from Exmortus coming out this week, we are having a jubilantly thrash-corian week, huh? Yes, I just wrote that. I will hang my head in shame now…or, bang it?

Metal Blade’s CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: “I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitch for a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family.” 

Jesse Leach (vocals): “I’m beyond stoked to sign with the legendary Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music. It’s clear they truly understand and believe in what we do as a band, and we’re psyched to have them on our side. It’s an exciting new chapter for KSE and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.” 

Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar): “I’m very excited to say that Killswitch Engage will be joining forces with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music! Super stoked to join the ranks with a long list of many epic metal acts, as well as a team of excellent human beings who truly have a genuine love for metal music. Here’s to an awesome future with awesome labels!” 

Benjamin Voss, Senior A&R Manager Columbia/Sony Music Germany: “I am very happy and proud to work with such an amazing band like Killswitch Engage in the future. We are absolutely excited about releasing their new album on Sony Music outside North America.” 

Currently finishing work on their upcoming album, Killswitch Engage have taken a break from recording to embark on a summer European tour with Iron Maiden. The trek will also see the band appear at various premier festivals (Sweden Rock, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, etc.), along with a few special headlining shows. Then in the fall, the band will be touring across Australia with Parkway Drive. See below for all dates!

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Cast The Stone prepare to release ‘Empyrean Atrophy’ EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 2:21 AM (PST)

St. Louis metallers Cast The Stone are preparing to release their latest EP Empyrean Atrophy.

Empyrean Atrophy will be released on August 31 via Agonia Records.

Cast The Stone is Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour), Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), Jesse Schobel (Legend, ex-Scour) and vocalist Andy Huskey.

The cover art for Empyrean Atrophy was done by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs (Primordial, Kreator, Napalm Death).

Guitarist Mark Kloeppel commented:

“The band’s sound is a testament to an enduring spirit thats driven us to return to our most organic influences, merge them together, incorporate disparate elements, and forge our own sound. Each person has a distinct sound unto themselves, so it’s really cool how smooth and cohesive this stuff comes across. You can immediately hear how different this is from the other things we’ve been involved in, yet it’s still very true to our individual styles. Our bassist Derek progressively weaves my guitars and Jesse’s uber-creative drumming style together in a way that only he can. This is all crowned off by Andy Huskey’s crazy death metal vocals which are… well, just listen.”

The first single for Empyrean Atrophy is due June 7.

Check out the tracklist for Empyrean Atrophy here.

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Jesus Piece to release ‘Only Self’ in August

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:17 PM (PST)

Philadelphia hardcore metallers Jesus Piece are preparing to release their debut LP Only Self via Southern Lord Recordings.

Only Self is due out August 24.

Only Self was recorded in Chicago at Bricktop Recording Studio with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Like Rats, Lord Mantis) mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Full Of Hell), and completed with artwork by Dom Pabon.

Check out the first single off the album “Curse of the Serpent” as well as the tracklist here.

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May wrap-up: The 4 best albums of the month (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2:55 PM (PST)

How is it already June, folks?! Sorry for the delay, but I am prepared to let y’all know about my four favorite albums from the month of May.

Check them out here.

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Thou “Magus” Pre-order is live, hear new song on NPR

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 9:12 AM (PST)

You can now order a new effort from underground heroes Thou via Sacred Bones. The record is called Magus and is certain to be baller. The bandcamp has different art than a press release  I got today, so not sure which is ‘most’ official but it will surely be rad.

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