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If you were worried Halloween was going to be crappy this year due to social distancing -even though everyone would already have masks, haha- at least we will still have some killer music to enjoy thanks to Lizzy Borden (and yes, I do think during Covid that it is better to be safe than sorry, fyi). The spooky hard rockers have announced Best Of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 (out on Metal Blade Nov. 13th). Today you can hear them covering pretty much the best band ever , The Ramones!

It picks up where 1994’s Best of Lizzy Borden leaves off, containing 12 tracks that showcase the Deal with the Devil (2000), Appointment with Death (2007) and My Midnight Things (2018) albums. Additionally, the collection features 2 new cover songs recorded in the summer of 2020 (the first recordings by Lizzy‘s latest live show line-up!): Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Burnin’ for You” and The Ramones‘ “Pet Sematary” – both mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour).

Digitally re-mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden – where Lizzy‘s cover of “Pet Sematary” can also be heard just in time for Halloween! You can also hear it below where it is embedded as surely as it is stuck in my head!

Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Long May They Haunt Us
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Obsessed with You
5. (This Ain’t) The Summer of Love
6. Under Your Skin
7. Lovin’ You Is Murder
8. The Scar Across My Heart
9. There Will Be Blood Tonight
10. We Only Come Out at Night
11. Abnormal
12. Live Forever
13. Pet Sematary
14. Burnin’ for You

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Smashing Pumpkins released an album that no one really heard much called Monuments To An Elegy but the new song “Floodgate” from Portland’s finest (and pretty much anywhere’s finest right now) gloomy but fun loving stargazers Soft Kill actually feels like one. The beautiful and dirgy song – love that gnarly bass tone – features the basically iconic post-punk powerhouse Tamaryn alongside the band for a triumphant lament that manages to capture most of the overwhelming sadness of this year and still feel strong.

Be sure to check out the video premiere and interview at Post-Punk .com and a truly earth shatteringly rock solid accompanying mini essay from Tamaryn. I was deeply moved by the part that said ,“Loneliness is universal and therefore doesn’t actually exist.” 

Both devastating and reassuring, kinda like this song.

Be sure to grab the already essential Dead Kids, R.I.P. City, the newest Soft Kill album – out Nov. 20, 2020.

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Legendary Dutch death doom elite ASPHYX finally returns with their new, 10th full-length studio album entitled Necroceros. The new album was recorded at Tom Meier’s Tom Meier Studio and at Paul Baayens’ The Mörserstudio, then it was mixed and mastered by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann at Greenman Studios. Necroceros, which once again features front cover artwork by Axel Hermann, will be available worldwide on January 22nd, 2021 via
Century Media Records.

 

ASPHYX frontman Martin van Drunen states, “The first recordings for ‘Necroceros’ started somewhere in November 2019. Mainly just rough ideas. We hired Tom’s studio for a couple of jam-sessions so we could record as soon as we thought something had potential. We finished about 6/7 songs, but after a few listenings we decided there had still quite some work to be done.
 

 

After the 3 previous albums and this one being ASPHYX’s 10th official full studio record we were very well aware that the standard had to be incredibly high. Our advantage was that for the first time we had a steady line-up. Since “Incoming Death” we were damned good “worked in” together, one “felt” what the other wanted or where he was music-wise going. With Paul having tons of riffs on the shelves, the earlier takes and the unexpected rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak and thus all our gigs being canceled one after the other, we booked Tom once more for a bunch of jam-recordings. Which turned out marvelously…
 
It took 2 weekends to finally arrange all songs and tape the drum-tracks. Going completely berserk while playing and being totally satisfied with the variety, rawness, brutality and dynamics of each particular track, we were 100% certain that we were heading in the right direction.
 
Long before all the above was happening, I already had introduced “Necroceros” as a working title. It came out spontaneously, sounded powerful and since we used the word “Death” in every release-title, so did “Necro”. The idea was a sci-fi fantasy entity on an eternal course, existing only to devour planets, turning universes into meaningless voids. And while the boys were laying guitars and bass over the drums I searched and wrote the themes and lyrics for every single track. And there we were…
 
To mix with Seeb was a shot in the dark, but he had told me one of his wishes was to ever be able to mix a Death Metal album for a band like ASPHYX. And since we wanted a fresh input, we gave him a chance by letting Seeb do a test and it fused simply excellent.
 
As always, we passed the working title on to Axel Hermann to skizz about and let him throw his morbid imagination over it with detailed bits and pieces. And once more he didn’t let us down with another brilliant masterpiece.
 
And here we are. Something old, something new, something krushing, something sparkling, something alcoholic, something genius, but all very, very ASPHYX!”
The first single and video for the forthcoming album, along with more details about Necroceros, will be released on November 6th, at the start of the album’s pre-order campaign. Stay tuned for more details.
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Sad sight to behold, frankly

Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves went full Maga Clown this week, right in time for a GOP coup of the Supreme Court that threatens women’s rights, the division of church and state, environmental protections, LGBTQ, corporate abuse and so much more! But don’t worry! Tommy says on his Instagram that there are studies that say climate change is natural anyway! That’s as moronic as believing the Earth is flat or systematic racism doesn’t exist and we live in  meritocracy. How does Linda Perry, who I believe writes songs for Dorothy, feel about this? How does Dorothy!? Doc Coyle was in God Forbid! This is wack af.

It isn’t free thinking to join the endorsement ranks of the KKK, Lil Pump and the Taliban, Tommy. It’s dumb as fuck and chauvinistic. Also, you blocked my verified Puerto Rican girlfriend – the singer Globelamp- for critiquing you for not caring how it will affect women’s rights and falsely equating social democracy with ‘CoMMuNism’. Here is an article about how Trump is similar to Castro, dude. Don’t get it twisted. Bernie is a democratic socialist, not a communist. And Biden is a centrist! 

Oh no! Unions! A social safety net for the marginalized! Dudes who might care (or you think would care) about marginalized groups still often don’t blink when women are on the political chopping block. And now, a patriarchy loving cultist being rammed into the supreme court isn’t good for women.

Trickle down economics is piss for the poor. It has always been a gop lie. And acting like business tycoons care one iota of a fuck and will be ethical if deregulated is so beyond crazy I don’t know where to start, but it seems to be a core belief of people conned by those who think objectivism is at all feasible or moral in a corrupt society. You are only helping vulture capitalism and entrenched white supremacy.

It also matters that all people who can get abortions rights are threatened! They probably just think it is murder. Abortion rates don’t drop from banning them. They just get more dangerous and more people die! That is not pro life!

Bad Wolves (and the drummer of System Of A Down for that matter) can get in the fucking garbage.

Y’all got the bag so now you don’t care about marginalized folks? You dare to pretend Trump has been cool for LGBTQ? Ben Weinman super bummed me out today being on insta telling Tommy he had “balls of steel.” More like shit for brains.

It is super sad to see Tommy misled and fall for horrible propaganda. I have moshed my heart out at Vext/Candiria shows many years ago. It is akin to mental illness to believe Trump- a serial mafia backed grifter failson RACIST- and I am not sorry in the slightest for saying that. I am not saying I get to decide how he votes and I am white as snow but he seems like the snowflake for blocking critique, especially when the alt right cry they have been shadowbanned and about ‘FreEDumB Of SpeEECKKKCGGH!’ at every opportunity when people don’t want to host their hate enabling viewpoints. I am a demiflux pansexual, despite my skin color. And diabetic. Both of which also make me unsafe in Trumplandia.

Anyway, get a fucking clue Tommy! Pathetic! Go fuck off with 50 Cent and Ted Nugent into delusion land. PS Antifa serves a god damn purpose. Last I checked it was the same thing we pretended to care about in ww2, dipshit.

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I have to admit I wondered, like many, if Steve Tinnon could fill Tim’s big shoes as vocalist in beloved technical metalcore stalwarts WITHIN THE RUINS. They are one of the metalcore bands I have most enjoyed over the years and have plugged often in various publications. Happy to report that this new material is massive and as crazy as ever. I cautiously say it, but “Black Heart” might even be the catchiest song they have ever written with HUGE potential due to this head snapping riffage like Within The Ruins channeled “Thunderstruck” on meth and just an unbelievable level of confidence projected by the whole group! It’s maniacal and will make fans optimistic again about the group’s future. Tinnon seems downright possessed.

Here’s hoping when shows return that they still incorporate older material in the live set as well, though. Gotta mix it up!

The track comes by way of the band’s impending full-length of the same name, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music on November 27th. A lot of music writers are gonna be scrambling to add this to some lists, I’ll wager.

Black Heart will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorder options, visit THIS LOCATION.

Comments Tinnon of the track and accompanying video, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for the title track to our new album, Black Heart! We really enjoyed making this one and getting to tell a bit more of the story behind the music. It’s a very angry, personal song, and a lot of the tracks stem from what it’s about. It’s an important track in regards to the overall theme of the record, and we couldn’t be happier with how the video turned out!”

 

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Photo credit: Harvey Wallbanger

London based trap metal artist Mimi Barks has released a new video for attitude-filled fresh track “11.PLAGUE/666”. Fans of Concrete Dream, Otep, Killvein, Hollywood Undead and  Iggy Azalea might feel this new rager. Some of you might remember her Enter The Void EP from last year turning heads.

Photo credits: Jacob Slaton/Ebru Yildiz

Pallbearer celebrate the release of the much awaited Forgotten Days record with a making of video that shares behind the scenes stories from the brooding and revelation-filled fourth album. With this release the Arkansas band cement their status as one of the strongest leaders and most important acts in not just modern metal but also rock in general.

“It’s been inspiring creatively, I think we’ve written so much more material over the past year than ever before,” bass player/songwriter Joseph D. Rowland explains in the first moments of the interview. “We were able to really let some of the lyrics develop earlier in the process than we have in the past. We were able to really focus in on ideas, develop riffs, with lyrical patterns in mind, themes in mind… this time there was so much more opportunity to tightly hone in on those things.”

The Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Johan Johannson) produced album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Forgotten Days (https://www.pallbearerdoom.com/forgotten-days) is available in a number of limited edition vinyl variants with physical bundles available via both the Nuclear Blast and Pallbearer webstores, as well as digitally and on CD/cassette.

Crank it.

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Canadian heavy metal band Sinful Ways have a new melodic metal song out “Burst Into Flames” and an accompanying video. This song itself is high energy, and though the vocals don’t quite take off into the stratosphere they still are catchy and serviceable to an otherwise very well executed metal tune. I also just prefer screams or more soaring octaves/heights with this style, so that could be my bias.

Fans of Lazarus A.D., Bullet For My Valentine, Blaze-era Maiden and newer Trivium will likely dig aspects of this up and coming group. Will be cool to see if they hopefully do a whole album in this direction in the future.

The band explains what they are trying to convey with this single:

“Sinful Ways wants fans to relate to our music in some way and make them feel connected to us as a band and our music. We want them to take their interpretation of the songs to relate in one way or another.”

MARIALENA releases “Prophecies” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Athens, Greece based operatic singer Marialena Trikoglou has released a lyric video for her dramatic song “Prophecies” from 2020 solo album Vanity. Front woman in the metal band Subfire, Marialena’s album is a delight for symphonic power metal fans.

Watch the video below.

Video editing and graphics by Spyros Roditis

Makeup by Maria Pappa

Photo by Buzz Osborne

Alt metal and snarky art rock legends Mr. Bungle have released a thrashterpiece of a track “Sudden Death” from The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo – out 10/30 on mighty Ipecac. You can definitely hear the old school vibes in these stomping and raging patterns (perfectly suited to new members Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo.

TICKETS & EXCLUSIVE MERCH FOR THE HALLOWEEN VIRTUAL LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE, “THE NIGHT THEY CAME HOME!,” ALSO AVAILABLE NOW

www.mrbungle.live

GHOST BRIGADE to release special four cd boxed set

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:53 AM (PST)

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Finnish melodic dark metal outfit GHOST BRIGADE will be releasing ‘MMV – MMXX,’ a specially priced box set that will feature CD versions of the band’s four Season of Mist full-length releases. The limited collection will be released on December 4 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

The band are respected veterans who are also a bit under appreciated yet well known in post-metal circles for their intense and brainy yet emotional releases. This is a very good deal for a special collection you will value greatly.

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Relapse Records presents 2R0I2P0, the brand new collaborative album from BORIS and MERZBOW. The 10 track album showcases every bit of the excitement and pulse-pounding rock and metal heard throughout the inimitable, expansive BORIS catalog, as it meets the signature harsh noise and soundscapes of the equally prolific MERZBOW.

 2R0I2P0’s opening track “Away From You” is on all streaming services HERE.

An album that is at once familiar and unique for its time, melodic and harsh in equal parts, 2R0I2P0 aims to find sonic harmony. After all, 2R0I2P0 translates to “Twenty Twenty R.I.P.” “This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world,” BORIS comments. “This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again.”

2R0I2P0 is out December 11th on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Pre-Orders are available HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

2R0I2P0 Tracklist:

  1. Away From You
  2. To The Beach
  3. Coma
  4. Love
  5. Absolutego
  6. Journey
  7. Uzume
  8. Evol
  9. Boris
  10. Shadow Of Skull

 

Stream YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” HERE.

 

BrooklynVegan presents “Búho Lanzadardos,” the new single from Salt Lake City, Utah indigenous black metal outfit, YAOTL MICTLAN. The song is a precursor for the band’s impending third full-length release, Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar, nearing release through American Line Productions at the end of October.

 

YAOTL MICTLAN drummer Yaotl tells the story of their new song, writing, “The track ‘Búho Lanzadardos'” (Spearthrower Owl), starts with a minute long indigenous instrumentation intro that sends the listener back to the Mesoamerican past when war, rituals, royal bloodlines, and city-states were a part of life in Ancient Mexico. We collaborated with our good friend Mazatecpatl who recorded the intro for this track in his hometown of Guadalajara Mexico. This song is a tribute to Spearthrower Owl ruler of the ancient central Mexican city Teotihuacan in the year 378, who sent an army lead by Born of Fire to march across Mesoamerica to overtake the most powerful Mayan city-state at the time called Tikal in Guatemala. 1,642 years later you can still witness Born of Fire and Spearthrower Owl’s legacy in the ruins of Tikal and several other Mayan ruins in buildings that they commissioned with central Mexican gods like Tlaloc plastered and carved into them.”

 

Hear YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” now only through BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.

 

Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar will see release next Friday, October 30th on CD and digital formats through Mexico City’s American Line Productions. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE and CD preorders at the label webshop HERE.

 

YAOTL MICTLAN – which translates into “Warrior(s) from the land of the Dead” in the Mexican language Nahuatl – delivers their most epic material to date on Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar. Focusing on a deeper Mesoamerican mysticism feel with this album, the eight new songs transport the listener into the band’s immersive, ethnic, blackened metal vision. Amid the searing riffs and hammering metal attack, beautiful auras and melodies meet with traditional and pre-Hispanic instrumentation.

Grammy-nominated band Code Orange have announced “Back Inside The Glass,” an all-immersive environmental experience placing Code Orange’s live show at the center of awe-inspiring virtual landscapes.

Broadcasting live October 31st at 4:00PM EST / 1:00PM PST, “Back Inside The Glass” will see Code Orange delivering a colossal livestream performance in a way never-before-seen, and will feature special guests Machine GirlYear Of The Knife (playing their LP Internal Incarceration in full) and Jesus Piece kicking off the stream with brand-new sets delivered through a cinematic lens.

Tickets for “Back Inside The Glass”, including VIP packages with a virtual fan experience that allows viewers to digitally project themselves into the venue as the band performs, are on sale now at live.codeorangetoth.com. All tickets will receive an instant download of “The Cutter,” a never-before released track from the Underneath album sessions. Fans can also tune in at 3:00PM EST / 12:00PM PST for Mudbangers Ball (Vol.2), a special livestream preshow hosted by Riki Rachtman featuring interviews and new heavy music videos, reimagining a beloved format.

Code Orange vocalist Jami Morgan commented on the announcement: “We are very excited to present the next chapter of the Code Orange live streaming experiment. We are hoping to deliver something on a whole new level with ‘Back Inside The Glass’ and are glad to have our brothers and sisters in Jesus Piece, Year Of The Knife, and Machine Girl along with us.”

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Today, Slovak Metal Army announces November 23rd as the international release date for Shaark‘s long-awaited fifth album, Deathonation.

In the meantime, a whole grip of new tracks from Deathonation have been revealed. The official video “Union of Pain” can be seen & heard HERE, at Shaark‘s official YouTube channel; and the new tracks “MonSteroid” HERE and the title track “Deathonation” HERE, both at the band’s official YouTube channel.

Tracklisting for Shaark’s Deathonation
1. Adventus Mali
2. Union of Pain
3. Monsteroid
4. Corruption
5. Trip to Non-Return
6. Deathonation
7. Trapped in The Net part I
8. Trapped in The Net part II
9. Friends of Evil
10. Speed King (bonus track)