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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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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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We're thrilled to be releasing 'Magus,' the new full-length by Thou, on August 31. You can listen to the song "The Changeling Prince" now, and hear the band interviewed on All Songs Considered, via @nprmusic: https://t.co/K6uSY8KD4P pic.twitter.com/cOgQcgdyKh
— Sacred Bones Records (@SacredBones) May 31, 2018
The brutalizing LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR trio rears its gnarled head once again in 2018; the band has just recorded a new EP and announced live plans for late summer.
Following an extensive hiatus sharpening their axes, the Gods have called LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR back to battle. The classic “road dog” lineup of Steven Rathbone (guitar/vocals), Donald James Barraca (bass) and Chris Wozniak (drums) gathered to record a new EP on Memorial Day weekend.
The as-yet-unnamed EP will be released in conjunction LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR’s performance at Scorched Tundra Fest 2018 in Chicago on Friday, August 31st. The Scorched Tundra Fest performance will be an exclusive date for 2018 and will also mark the band’s first show in five years. Tickets are on sale HERE.
There is no more Black Sabbath and there is no Abbath Assembly (a rejected name for the new Immortal?), but there is the one and only Sabbath Assembly! The stellar group, one of the best and most compelling in modern metal, have announced some East Coast looming dates. We are stoked!
@sabbathassembly is bringing the heat to the east coast this summer. Our cohorts in #Sanhedrin are along for the ride and are guaranteed to slay. Join us for these bewitching nights of music and mayhem. Photo: @thomasmphotography * * 6/14 Brooklyn NY – The Gutter 6/15 Washington DC – @atlasbrewworks 6/16 Richmond VA – @strangematterrva 6/17 Philadelphia PA – Kungfu Necktie
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Mutilation Rites have announced their 3rd LP Chasm is due in July! Preorder now at Gilead Media and Argento Records. Always so gnarly and rage encrusted! Celebrate this happy hippie flower full moon with some kush and a preview of this sweet and vile darkness!
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HEAR “PIERCED LARYNX” AT KERRANG NOW: http://www.kerrang.com/the-news/exclusive-mutilation-rites-premiere-first-track-off-new-album-chasm/
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Exmortus tour and album news! Rejoice ye thrash addicted maniacs! Some very cool news to share!
But first, well…today has been pretty cool so far. Florence and the Machine announced a North American Tour, Roseanne got her racist tweeting ass dropped by ABC, the very vindicated Ms. Taylor Swift is about to play Chicago and kick major ass right as KimYe put their feet in their mouths so hard they are being dragged by the whole damn city and Donda’s House dropped TrumpYe’s mom’s name since he is so fake (maybe Taylor can donate when she visits town and save the day. That would be fitting tea).
I just got a copy of Rational Mysticism by John Horgan and despite being out of herbs I can’t complain too much on this sunny day. Seems a perfect time to help share the news about some caustic, face ripping metal to all you loyal hordes who don’t care about my forays into politics and pop culture. You know I never forget the headbangers and reanimated denim wearing skeletons over here at Metal Riot, right? Even though my gf has ensorcelled me into listening to Red everyday and now I think it rules. Whatever, y’know what? I love Taylor and she never agreed to be called a bitch and have her likeness used in “Famous” distastefully or have a braggart take credit for her hard earned career.
But yes, even though I am now a fully indoctrinated Swiftie, I still love the charred ruin of thrash blasted skulls and thus am pleased as punch to share this Exmortus news!
EXMORTUS will hit the road this summer headlining The Summer of Steel Tour! Featuring support from The Absence and Hatchet alongside Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates Micawber (who fucking destroy and who I have been bumping loudly to scare my neighbors into thinking I am a complete serial killer who switches back and forth between Taylor and death metal between bong rips) on select shows; EXMORTUS will embark on tour dates across North America beginning June 28th in San Diego.
“We are stoked to unleash The Sound of Steel upon North America this Summer! This is our first headlining tour and we’re honored to have within our ranks: The Absence and Hatchet, as well as special regional guests — Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and Micawber. So, come and have your minds melted by the new tunes as well as old favorites! See you soon!” says EXMORTUS founder, vocalist & guitarist Conan.
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Prog metal giants Between The Buried And Me remain dedicated to always pushing their craft forward. A new record is not that far off and here is the scoop from this excellent and respected band:Add Between the Buried and Me to My Radar
Somehow I never heard of this bad ass death metal project Sinsaenum that features a wild combo of harder metal peeps. Joey Jordison (who is much missed in Slipknot), Sean Zatorsky , Attila Csihar, Stephane Buriez, Heimoth and Frédéric Leclercq are members and all contribute to the band’s intense sound.
Sinsaenum will release their sophomore album Repulsion For Humanity on August 10 via earMUSIC. I am very impressed by the band’s memorable writing paired take no prisoners brutality and fiery soloing.
“It is still death metal, it’s undeniable,” said founding member and mastermind Frédéric Leclercq. “But we found it interesting to mix it with other elements that we all like. This is only one aspect of the album and what Sinsaenum is about – ‘Final Resolve’ is just an obvious first single due to its catchiness. Because yes, it is possible to play death metal and be catchy [laughs].”Add Sinsaenum to My Radar
2018 is proving that each month has had plenty of cool metal and hardcore punk or extreme experimental music to peruse, thus making a choice of just 4 albums rather difficult. Heck, we got a Burn The Priest covers album featuring Melvins, Bad Brains and Cro-Mags covers this month, for pit’s sake. That is ridiculously rad. I decided to focus on original music releases though for my top choices for May. Remember that this is just what I was grooving along with the most. It doesn’t mean I think the new Dimmu sucks or whatever you want to project.
As I turned friggin’ 40 years old in April, I am more and more enticed to talk more about what music I like in my writing than what I don’t. Bands I am not crazy about get algorithm benefit from being discussed that helps them anyway, so I would rather try and put the word out and focus on what I think is actually good in metal rather than shred apart someone else’s gateway band. Unless a group has done something truly horrible and never changed, I am loathe to spend too much time on them when I could be plugging the new Baptists record, for instance.
I think a lot of the time we are so precious about having a better grasp of what music is “supposed to” be that we really wreck the potential for growth. The mainstream to me is like the Democratic party. I would rather participate and improve it with discourse than throw it out entirely and have a Trump style disaster (to use a metaphor) where all mainstream music is divorced from talent because no one stuck up for any real artists once they got famous. It is still a massive tragedy to me that Chester from Linkin Park had to deal with so much initial hate for making the poppier One More Light album that it maybe led to him choosing death. We really need to be more open minded, y’all. Everything has a place in the great wheel, yo.
That said, my list starts out with a lot of melody and ends up with a lot of Savagery, so you just gotta deal with it.
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Australian tech death metallers Psycroptic and UK metallers Venom Prison are joining Aborted on the “Devastation On The Nation” tour.
The tour kicks off on May 25 at Kingsland in Brooklyn and will include Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Signs of the Swarm (select dates), and Vale of Pnath (select dates).
On their latest album, which is nearing completion, Psycroptic had this to say, “It’s turning out really cool. I think it’s our best album by far. It sounds like a mix of all our albums, plus some newer and darker sounding elements thrown in. Artwork is complete, and looks insane! We’ll unveil that in good time…”
As for Venom Prison, this will be their first ever US tour!
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Diamond Head return to North America on Thursday, May 24 for a string of live dates. The exclusive performances include the band’s return to Rocklahoma where the band are a top billing artist alongside Godsmack, Ghost, Motley Crue’s Vince Neill, and Clutch.
Guitarist Brian Tatler comments: “‘Diamond Head are looking forward to returning to the United States to play at Rocklahoma and five other dates in Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Illinois.” Continuing he notes, “we were booked to play at last years Rocklahoma but a storm arrived while we were waiting to set up and the festival decided to cancel all the bands for the rest of the evening. It is in hurricane alley after all, I am hoping this time we have good weather.”
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New York metallers Life of Agony are currently on tour on the west coast. as part of the Rise of the Underground tour.
The band has also confirmed that they are starting work on a new studio album, which is expected to be released in late 2019 via Napalm Records.
Check out Life of Agony’s full tour schedule, including fall European dates here.Add Life of Agony to My Radar
French death-grinders BENIGHTED have announced a fall European tour that sees the band joining ABORTED and CRYPTOPSY. The tour kicks off on November 1 and concludes on November 25. A full list of confirmed full dates can be found below.
BENIGHTED are touring in support of ‘Necrobreed’. ‘Necrobreed’ will “rip you to shreds… Not even a second after the album’s introductory soundbite is over, the French deathgrind outfit are tearing into eleven fast and furious tracks” (Decibel Magazine), and is streaming now at Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and many more!
BENIGHTED are currently slated for a number of festival dates in 2018 with more live dates to be announced in the months to come. Appearances already confirmed for this year include Hellfest in France, Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic, Party San in Germany, and many more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.Add Benighted to My Radar
Germany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.
Watch the official video for “Diluvium” via below and all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION. “Diluvium” was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes.Add Obscura to My Radar