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Sweden’s The Moth Gatherer have teamed up with Dennis Lyxzén of the legendary Refused to bring us “This Providence Of Bones”. The song is taken from new EP The Comfortable Low.  This song is interesting, almost like Cult of Luna with more electronic elements and hardcore undercurrents.

The new EP (again through Agonia Records) will be available digitally and in limited edition coloured vinyls:

- grey LP (limited to 250 copies),

- grey LP with black & white splatter (limited to 250 copies).

THE MOTH GATHERER commented: “After ‘The Earth Is The Sky’ (2015) we felt like we needed to push our limits while not forgetting our roots. Our roots in hardcore and our current interest in electronica made their mark on these two songs, a constant travel through harsh and beautiful soundscapes. The music and lyrics are supposed to feel like painful beauty and to provoke reflection. The themes revolve around an inner search, a way to rise while being pushed down by depression”.

Pre-orders:
Physical: 
http://tinyurl.com/comfylow
Digital: http://tinyurl.com/comfydigi

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I think I first read about Foreseen in Alasdair Bulmer’s POWER FROM HELL column for New Noise? Was awhile ago so I forget. But the crossover thrash and the stark yet so metal sounding album name Helsinki Savagery had me wanting to be sold before I even heard it. They were fast as fuck and gnarly and the cover art had like 7 albums worth of skulls on it and a grim reaper looking monster with big hypo needle and a freaky little emaciated person inside the open robes like The Ghost Of Christmas Present was about to get Ignorance and Want hooked on smack. And a skeleton dude wearing a denim jacket training a pissed off dog in the background for seemingly no reason other than it is cool to see a denim jacket wearing skeleton. I remember when I was in the Misfits tribute band Wolfsblood w Andy Animal before I was replaced by the way cooler and prettier Leah Fishman (now of PMS & The Moodswings)…anyway, I remember that Andy really wanted to also start a band called Denim Skeleton. Or maybe there already was one? Was it all a dream?

Anyway, Foreseen are back with a new album on the rad as heck 20 Buck Spin called Grave Danger! Can’t wait to hear this crossover cross burner boner inducing rage roaster! The cover art this time isn’t as off the rails but is nonetheless still super awesome. The band kick off a tour on 4/21 stateside and we have the dates BELOW.

The Browning robbed in Italy

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:15 PM (PST)

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Kansas City beat-droppers in The Browning were robbed on tour in Italy. It happened in Milan on Thursday.

Over $10k worth of things were stolen, including all of the band’s equipment and some of their luggage. The band has had to cancel the rest of their European tour, which was scheduled to last through early March.

From the band:

“The list of things taken is extensive and the cost to replace everything is over $10k, not to mention all of our luggage and clothing. Most heart breaking of all, they have stolen all of our musical equipment. We literally have no way, to play our music live as our show files lived on 3 laptops, and 4 separate external hard drives, all of which were stolen. We have to cancel the rest of our European tour and we have to rebuild our live show from scratch.”

The band has started up a GoFundMe, stating, “We have never asked for our fans help because it should only be done when completely necessary, and to be completely honest, we NEED your help.”

Check out the video for the GoFundMe here and head directly to the GofundMe here.

Here at Metal Riot we really appreciate the music that the folks in The Browning make and we hope that they are able to raise the money they need in order to keep making the music they love.

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We interrupt my daydreaming post watching the brightly hued goth pop  of the rad new Soko video to give you some widdly widdly progtastic virtuoso Berklee College of music type metal news.

Boston, MA based progressive act Native Construct has just launched the instrumental version of their critically-acclaimed debut release, Quiet World. It was really cool when The Ocean did a similar thing with arguably their finest record Pelagial  recently. A cool treat for fans who like having the option to hear it either way. Heck, I wouldn’t be mad if Scale The Summit had a vocal version of their records, though I think I’d always prefer that band instrumentally just because I’m so used to them like that, haha.

The instrumental tracks, as was the case with the original release, were mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording in North Carolina. Listen to the album now via your favorite streaming or download service at: http://smarturl.it/quietworldinstrument

Guitarist Myles Yang comments: “One of the hallmarks of ‘Quiet World’ is the extreme density of the arrangements. The album is saturated with important, but oftentimes subtle layers and Easter eggs. Every time I’ve happened to hear this music with the vocals muted, I’ve been struck by just how much is going on under there that I had stopped paying attention to. Without the vocals as the main focal point, you really start to notice all those countless details. It’s a totally fresh and very interesting perspective on this music. We just had to put it out there for all our hardcore fans.

On top of that, we’re pleased to be able to include the 8th track, ‘Silence,’ on this release. This was originally a bonus track available only on the Japanese version of ‘Quiet World’, but it really is an essential component of the concept. glhf.”

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Remember that spooky, loopy “Digital Crush” track we unveiled here a little while back?

Now sonic soothsayer Gridfailure has premiered a new song “Hostile Alchemist” over at Decibel HERE. Taken from a forthcoming Hostile Alchemy EP, which was made in protest to the current “misinformation-fueled politics driving the true threat of a global nuclear holocaust”. Fans of the harsher side of Pharmakon,  more formless ambient black metal, Lou Reed’s groundbreaking Metal Machine Music, Insect Ark, Scorn or those who like it when their tv gets possessed like in Poltergeist will enjoy the audio manipulations of Gridfailure’s Dave Brenner thoroughly.

The song “Hostile Alchemy” features some amazing collaborators from some of the coolest acts in the current scene. You get guest vocals from the always proving she is way too talented Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm), synth from lovable nihilist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves), and accordion from the eclectic Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), plus layers of vocals, bass, guitar, synth, keys, xylophone, Theremin, percussion, electronics, and more from Brenner.

Expect a lot of good stuff to keep churning forth from Gridfailure. This project is funner than spending too long licking 9V Batteries and even more likely to socially ostracize you. In all seriousness, it is a super cool foray into uncharted territory in a musical landscape that far too often forgoes risk and the fun of experimentation while favoring empty fashionable gestures.

Gridfailure is not concerned with that shit.

 

Band Spotlight: Nihility

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:47 PM (PST)

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UK underground buzz band Nihility have been causing a stir with their bludgeoning blend of styles.  The influences range from the death metal side of early Death, Suffocation and Dead Congregation through to metallic hardcore bands such as Kickback, All Out War and others of that ilk. They are heavy enough to please Xibalba fans but also have the DM edge you’ve been missing since long before Earache stopped carrying that torch in favor of Danny Worsnop’s country album, haha.

A statement from Nihility: We’ll be releasing our first full length record (title and label TBA) some time towards the middle of this year. It will consist of nine new tracks that we consider to be our most concise and aggressive material to date.We have a summer tour booked that we’re really excited to announce shortly and hope to finally visit Europe some time towards the end of this year as well.

If you crave some real deal shit in the meantime check out their highly recommended Consumed EP and kick some lamps in your apartment, just don’t scare your cat.

Photo courtesy of Oli Johnson (aka the 5th Beatle of Nihility photo journalism). Thanks, Oli! 

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Spite to tour in Spring with Distinguisher

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:46 PM (PST)

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Looking for perhaps the current angriest new band in Deathcore? Beatdown enthusiasts Spite will not be tamed and bring their very low tuned, blood gargling sound to stages in the Spring. They have commented on social media to expect some new tunes in the mix as well as maybe older fan favorites from the Misery EP. The band are working on new stuff for Stay Sick , so stay tuned. OR if not ,“Why don’t you go die like the frog looking fuck you are and croak?”

Dates BELOW.

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ALL OUT WAR To Headline Bozzfest Benefit Show For D. Shawn Bosler

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM (PST)

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Over the Christmas holiday, longtime Decibel contributor David Shawn Bosler was in a serious car accident that left him with a horrific list of broken bones and injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and putting him on a long road to full rehabilitation.

On March 24th, 2017, Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn is hosting a benefit show, with 100 percent of the money raised going to Bosler’s recovery fund. Decibel has assembled a true, once-in-a-lifetime bill for the cause, topped by a rare live appearance from savage metalcore stalwarts ALL OUT WAR. They’re joined by local black metal philosophers ANICON, brutal Philly grinders DIE CHOKING, and the hypnotic bass soundscapes of INSECT ARK.

There will also be some one-of-a-kind items up for raffle to help Bosler and his family. The collective range and power of the bands who have generously donated their time and support to this fund is a testament to Shawn’s reach in the world of extreme metal and beyond, and we hope locals will join us at Saint Vitus Bar to support him by taking in an amazing show! Tickets are just $15 and available at THIS LOCATION.

If you can’t make it, but still want to contribute, please consider donating to the Bosler family’s GoFundMe campaign HERE.

Prog-Death Trio DISCHORDIA Finalize Tour Dates For The Wastelands Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:27 AM (PST)

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In just a few short weeks Oklahoma-City based prog-death trio Dischordia will be hitting the road for The Wastelands Tour. Joining Dischordia on the tour is St. Louis natives Quaere Verum.

The “Bone Hive” video from Dischordia reminds me of some crazy alliance between Meshuggah, early Soulfly and Neuraxis. Very cool. I think our readers will really dig this.

The tour dates can be found BELOW, and here is hoping it is a great one!

Woe stream “The Ones We Lost” with Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:01 PM (PST)

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Woe, the favorite black metal band of Blossom‘s Joey Lawrence (I made that up), might not look super corpse painty, but they indeed will harsh your mellow yellow and send you spiralling down into a dark hole of awesome, yet despondent, bottomless black metal anguish. They might look like baristas or your ex girlfriend’s cool older brother who you got to do your homework once before you stole his Pabst and he told his sister he was gonna kick your ass, but they are not just hipsters turned metal weekend warriors. Actually, one of the long haired dudes looks like he would be down to put out a cigarette on your arm. But don’t hold anyone else’s potential intellectual vibes and handsome looks against them.

In all seriousness, Woe is grim AF. Hope Attrition is due soon on Vendetta and today Decibel Magazine offers up “The Ones We Lost,” for those who want to feel even fucking shittier alone on Valentine’s Day. I have watched the heart ripping out and catching on fire of Temple Of Doom a few times today and am obviously also kind of buzzed, so …count me in!

Woe are no joke. When you hear the stream pay careful attention at the 6:48 mark for some sheer brilliance.

Read more BELOW.

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Just watched the awesome first episode of Legion and am now web diddling in pajamas (that isn’t what it sounds like) whilst listening to Demon Lung’s A Dracula and wishing they had a new release soon. What do I spy in my emails? Some great news to share with you rage-o-holics. First, let me thank you for reading us over here in Metal Riot land. Whether every day or once in awhile or this is your MRiot cherry popping and you will never come back, thank you. Writing about and debating metal keeps some of us alive through the shitty parade of mandatory holidays that society crams down our throats, while completely burying cool ones like Saturnalia and National Plum Pudding Day (allegedly that is Feb. 12th and I missed it, who knew?).

Anyway, metal news! Blackened thrashers ALL HELL will release a record on Prosthetic later this year. Scant details are available at this time, but we can share that the North Carolina act’s latest is called The Grave Alchemist and sports some sexy kinda campy but still cool vampire art!

Tracklisting BELOW.

Venom Prison announced as direct support for Suicide Silence

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2:19 PM (PST)

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One of our current top favorites Venom Prison have been announced as direct support for Suicide Silence on an upcoming brief UK run. This reflects well on Suicide Silence. Honestly, Venom Prison are on fire right now and while Suicide Silence are great live…well, Venom Prison are hungry and out to take heads right now. If the sound guy doesn’t duck down the levels of the opener like in many wussy tour packages, there is actually a risk Venom Prison could hand Suicide Silence their ass a little bit (except of course the crowd will favor the band they know better). Still, I love when headliners are down with not having shit openers to make themselves look better and I would skip across the pond not to see these dates (and to escape “Agent Orange”) lickety split if I could.

Whether you like what some have dubbed “Kornicide Silence” or not, these shows will be dope.

The early days of Suicide Silence pushed us into wider ranges of heavier music and diversified our influences, there is no doubt that Suicide Silence are an influential and phenomenal live band to this day” remarked VENOM PRISON.

Extreme music is an impressively broad spectrum, and if anything, fans are deprived of the opportunity to explore and diversify their tastes in the same way that we did, due to increasingly tight and niche sub-genres. This tour provides an opportunity to spread our debut full length ‘Animus’ to yet another audience and it allows those fans to embrace a newer band like Venom Prison, with whom they may not yet be familiar.”

 

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Watch Metallica and Lady Gaga together with no audio problems

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:48 PM (PST)

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It is a shame the problem with James Hetfield’s mic at the Grammy awards distracted from an otherwise fun team-up between the thrash/hard rock legends of Metallica and one of the most exciting voices in Pop, Lady Gaga. I thought it was a blast anyway and that the sort of chaotic element made it a little more anarchic, but a lot of people were bummed. Gaga loves metal and has supported Anthrax and Lazer/Wulf before, so it wasn’t as weird a pairing as some closed minded people thought. She is very versatile and not to be underestimated.

I especially enjoyed when Lady Gaga sang some extra highs next to Lars and when she dove into the crowd and came back up like a crazed jungle cat woman (bad ass!), as well as how James was such a pro sharing a mic with her and singing over his shoulder while still effortlessly riffing with that famous pick hand of his! That was impressive. I hope they had some fun anyway.

Personally I thought it was awesome to see some metal on this award show again and also later on see Busta Rhymes go IN on Trump, lmao.

You can watch the whole MetalliGaga thing with NO AUDIO PROBLEMS at Sixx Sense HERE!! The web feed of the Grammys carried James’ mic audio fine. So if you were bummed out watch this one and you’ll feel better.

Head HERE for new Metallica tour dates with Avenged Sevenfold and HERE  for the Joanne tour. I’d go to either in a heart beat.

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Kittie bassist Trish Doan passes

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM (PST)

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A death in the music scene is always sad, but even more so when the person is so young. Bad day for Kittie fans as the band has reported the passing of bassist Trish Doan at age 31.

“It is with immeasurable sadness that we share news of the passing of our sister and best friend Trish Doan. Finding the right words is tough. She was so bright and vibrant and talented and we loved her and still do. She was so much more than just a musician or member of the band. She was our blood, our sister and family. Finding our way without her will be challenging, like a ship without a lighthouse, and we are devastated. We ask that you please respect our privacy and her family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

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Megadeth win Best Metal Grammy, interesting times ensue

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:54 AM (PST)

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Megadeth won the Best Metal Grammy for their admittedly awesome song “Dystopia”. It’s prob my fave track by them since “Public Enemy No. 1″ on Th1rt3en a few years back. Anyway, for those who were drunk enough to imagine Megadeth ever winning a Grammy, you might not have imagined that they would walk down the carpet to Metallica! Or that it would seem to take awhile to get to the stage because the camera makes it look like they were hanging out with Korn (who admittedly it seems like were just hugging them or giving congrats). Or that Mustaine would thank Jesus and tell a pretty funny story about Kenny G having to wait even longer to win a Grammy than Megadeth.

He especially thanks the metal community and then makes a “69″ joke, which you can watch below. Much as I have been annoyed at Megadave since his Obama is behind mass shootings BS rant a few years ago, as a longtime fan of his music since I was a kid, it was cool to see. Beyond a doubt, Megadeth staged a really big comeback with Dystopia and this cements it.

Watch their acceptance and listen to the winning song BELOW.

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