Swedish power trio MONOLORD return with the two track single “I’m Staying Home.” Recorded during the No Comfort album sessions, “I’m Staying Home” sees the band harnessing the power of the riff once again with their trademark take on crushing sludge rock and doom!
Vocalist/Guitarist Thomas Jäger comments:
“A leftover track from the No Comfort session with the lyrics re-recorded to suit our current state. Stay the fuck home.”
Mixed and mastered by MONOLORD drummer Esben Willems, the single features the eponymous new title-track alongside an exclusive live recording of the No Comfort lead single “The Bastard Son,” captured at Freak Valley Festival in 2019.
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Today McKinney has released a peek inside his creative flow with a play-through for “Amanuensis” from his great recent Sumerian solo record Infinite Mind.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments on the stream: “This is a video we shot in my home town, Makó. Many of these locations are the places I grew up in and although nothing fancy is going on, it was nice to get back to where the songs came from. With this one, we close the lid on ‘Naiv’ and focus on the next album.”
The entire world of metal and rock owes Marsha Zazula a debt of gratitude for co-founding Megaforce Records in the early 80’s with Jon Zazula. The label helped launch Metallica into the stratosphere and advance thrash metal much further into mainstream consciousness, where it has arguably remained the most popular form of metal for all time.
Megaforce of course has also helped with records by Anthrax, Bad Brains, Raven, Overkill, Patti Rothberg and so many more terrific and legendary artists.
Marsha has passed at the age of 68 from cancer. While I never got the chance to talk to her I do know Rikki and on behalf of Metal Riot want to send her and all of Marsha’s loved ones and friends our most heartfelt condolences and eternal thankful horns up high for her help making metal the best genre ever.
You can't overstate the impact Marsha Zazula had on American heavy metal. She's beloved.
Marsha & Jonny Z did so much to launch Metallica from their home in NJ in the early days that Cliff Burton would read bedtime stories to their daughter. That's the sort of scene they created. https://t.co/BOP3LOKgq0
— Del. Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) January 10, 2021
Just now hearing sad news that Marsha Zazula passed away. As many know I worked w/Marsha & Jon at Megaforce Records in late 80’s. Marsha was one of a kind & played a huge role in the company & was always very supportive. Condolences to Jon & the family. RIP
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) January 10, 2021
— Murder In The Front Row (@MurderFrontRow) January 10, 2021
Rip…so so sad our condolences to family and friends. https://t.co/fEs2pjiOgz
— kingsx (@kingsx) January 10, 2021
New York is known for a ton of uncompromising bands unafraid to tell tales from the hard side over the years from Madball to Black Anvil to Crisis to of course Biohazard to Made Out Of Babies to Gridfailure to Krallice to Locked In A Vacancy to Indecision to Unsane, to name a few (haha). Add grime mongers GRAVESEND to the list. Methods Of Human Disposal is a very Sopranos sounding album title if I ever heard one (and yes, I know that is dirty Jersey).
20 Buck Spin has chosen the band as their first release of 2021 and it is fitting. While we all want to move forward like 2020 never happened, you can’t just ignore the horrors of any past period of history. New York’s blood curdling and tough as nails history is on display in these tracks, crucified and yet still alive. The drums sound like a blood soaked cardboard pillow (in a good way), the music churns like a haunted subway tunnel and the overall effect is terrifying as the band absolutely destroy on their new track “End Of The Line”. Guitar pounds like jackhammers at your sanity and the noxious vocals emit a foul haze of corruption and downtrodden malaise. Love it!
The record releases Feb. 19th but you can get a fix now.
Methods Of Human Disposal was recorded in September 2020 by Nolan Voss of Thirty Legion, mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Xibalba), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Vastum, Terminal Nation). That’s quite a team!
John Schaffer from Iced Earth can get in the garbage, but it seems he is already there. The reptilian fearing, delusional Confederate Flag apologist is cool with marching with Nazis and trying to overturn a valid election – the safest in history – to disenfranchise the black vote. Now the police are looking for him. Why hasn’t anyone done a wellness check on this dude on a regular basis for years now?
I regret every time I have ever supported this band in the past , including a cover story for New Noise. You’ll never be Maiden. Go crawl up Set’s mystical snake asshole. Sons Of Liberty is dumb as fuck. Sure you have a super nuanced view of social issues when your band’s best singer literally quit to be a cop. LMAO.
An almost even bigger fuck you to edge lord indie m*th connoisseur / revenge por* burn out Ariel Pink, who not only supports Trump now but also emotionally blackmailed my partner Globelamp once by telling her if she ever mentioned him in public for verbal abuse that he would go and publicly support accounts run by supporters of her abuser, despite knowing the sites are full of slander against her. Even stupider, he once gave her career advice and told her that you can’t go around saying whatever you want in life all the time and expect to be taken seriously (she has the screenshots)…then goes from mansplaining to supporting known civil conversationalist Donald Trump.
If you march with Nazis, you are condoning them. Period. Ariel is also Jewish, so it is extra fucking stupid.
If you are into telling people that the Dems were really behind slavery, I hope hundreds of years later you also are cool with showing people 13th and how in bed with prison for profit the GOP have been and remind everyone of the Southern Strategy, among so many other things. Also, calling out Biden for his racist policy history is fine, as it is with the Clintons. That doesn’t mean Biden hasn’t improved a lot on the issues compared to Donald FUCKING Trump (who literally tried to take credit for a black man’s economic gains and started the racist birther movement). The ‘tear gas the peaceful protestors for racial justice for my photo op’ guy.
There is no place in America where white, cis male entitlement is “the real victim”. BLM would never have gotten so far into the capital yesterday and with a MUCH more valid reason to be mad at institutions that have failed them.
Pink is claiming how he was there to ‘peacefully support the President’, as if supporting grifter mafia slimebag Trump in any way is acceptable at all?!!
Hope you both enjoy the Maga sewer, you fucking traitor loving flops. Shut the fuck up, pay some taxes for a social safety net and realize you are privileged lala land loving clowns.
Hey metal heads
Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth was involved in the storming at Capitol Hill
Just in case you wanted to know, and like, not give a shit about the band anymore pic.twitter.com/21Vr2yC3nX
— Chainbrain (@xChainbrain) January 7, 2021
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Fuck Ariel Pink. Seriously his best ideas were always ripping off someone else… creepy little fascist Shitbag from Beverly Hills. raised in a god damn cage… mother fuck him
— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) January 7, 2021
Greg Puciato, whose recent streaming event, “Fuck Content,” merged the worlds of recording and performance, has released a video for “Don’t Wanna Deal” (https://youtu.be/h9A1nVA-O5Q), a song whose creation was chronicled in the film.
Puciato said of the new track: “I ‘Don’t Wanna Deal’ with having to come up with something to say about this song or video clip so I’m not gonna.”
The 16-track Fuck Content album features five new songs not available on Puciato’s critically-acclaimed solo debut, Child Soldier: Creator of God, as well as live versions of ten of the album tracks. While all vinyl variants have now sold out, a collectible Blu-ray is currently available, as are limited-edition, Jesse Draxler-designed merch items (https://federalprisoner.shop/). Both the film and album are available digitally, with downloads available directly via the Federal Prisoner webstore, and album streams available across all major platforms.
Fuck Content is a reflection of where Puciato is in his post-The Dillinger Escape Plan life. He recently celebrated the release of Killer Be Killed’s sophomore album, Reluctant Hero, with the band landing on the covers of both Revolver and Kerrang!. The album also debuted atop the iTunes Rock and Metal charts. His solo debut, Child Soldier: Creator of God, arrived the previous month, with Consequence of Sound saying the 15-song album delivers “an experimental yet heavy sound that echoes Puciato’s versatility as an artist.” Puciato released four videos to accompany the release: “Do You Need Me to Remind You?” (https://youtu.be/d7Iaw_wjhaY), “A Pair of Questions” (https://youtu.be/VgCMGAvurl0), “Deep Set” (https://youtu.be/sJhPsE6K5t0), and “Fire For Water” (https://youtu.be/kcq8ooRTRpw). In addition to writing and recording two high profile releases, Puciato surprised fans at the end of last year by joining Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell for a pair of special performances.Add to My Radar
Metaportal was released on July 19, 2019 and can be streamed, downloaded, and ordered HERE.
Devastating news today as I learned from Revocation’s Instagram of the sudden passing of the true rock n roll warrior Alexi Laiho. Hot on the heels of the news of another musical genius of another genre, the enigmatic rapper MF Doom, we now start 2021 saying goodbye to a hero of shred with the passing of Alexi.
I am so glad he had a keen work ethic and there are many CoB releases for us to treasure for years to come. I am so glad I got to see them live finally once when they toured with Clutch and Black Label Society. The metal scene weeps today. Some people may think shred virtuoso playing is “cheesy” or over the top but it is a bedrock foundational corner of thrash and heavy metal. When I hear Alexi play soaring solos that bordered on power metal at times but soaked in the grim blood of rock n’ roll infused thrash madness, it could lift me out of my daily pains and into a world of possibility and thankful escape. I am sure I am not alone in this.
Laiho was an Aries like me and just a year and a few days younger and it makes me really want to underscore to you readers to please, please treasure your loved ones, lives and moments. Don’t waste the opportunity to reach for your dreams!
A statement from his official Facebook team can be read below:
One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.
Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.
Besides Children of Bodom, Laiho was known for acts such as Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band. Awarded with a Metal Hammer Golden Gods and several other international prizes, the guitarist was also the main star, leading a group of one hundred guitar players at Helsinki Festival in 2015 in “100 Guitars From Hel” – a massive concert piece he composed.
“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel”, Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen from Bodom After Midnight state.
The talented guitarist and musician relished his roles as stepdad in his patchwork family, and as uncle and godfather. Especially during the last years, the important family ties brought a welcomed balance to his life and the active touring. Laiho was particularly close with his big sister, parents and his sister’s daughter. Laiho’s sister says:
“We are all absolutely shocked and devastated. We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother’s funeral will take place privately.”
Alexi Laiho will also be deeply missed by his family in Australia.
“Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken”, Kelli Wright-Laiho says.
The remaining members of Bodom After Midnight do not give any interviews at this time.
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The other night I was watching the mini documentary There Will Be Quiet about the straight edge hardcore band Judge’s lauded return to the stage from a few years ago and was moved by the story of Mike Judge dealing with social disconnect from growing up in a society that shames men for being emotional. The cult of toxic toughness is something that is well overdue for a change in the greater Universe, major Aquarian vibes are an important part of the coming future astrologically and we cannot sustain a society and world that is so machismo at the expense of the tender nuances that allow us, if we dare, to not live as compartmentalized shells or paranoid androids. I say that from a male perspective because for better (and usually worse) we still live under a conquering Sky God global patriachy paradigm.
It is remarkable how cool it is to see the change and growth of the dudes in this Judge documentary and made me super psyched for the power of hardcore and friendship to heal and uplift still in our underground!
Let’s take that kind of big energy into 2021. Watch that Judge doc if you have never seen it and let’s try to all channel our Anthony Civarelli this year – as in welcome and uplift one another and remember our shared victories as he does for Mike in the documentary’s powerful ending.
I have also been really enjoying Rituals Of Mine’s Hype Nostalgia, a record so musically chill and emotive yet full of real connection amidst the stylistic potency that it reminds me of when I first lost my mind at how good early Portishead is. It’s that awesome. I was moved by learning of how Terra Lopez navigated grief in the wake of the loss of a family member and other struggles and believe me when I say it is relatable to a lot of horrific trauma from my own life that feels sometimes like it would cripple me from moving forward forever. My heart goes out to Lopez for being brave enough also to make this super potent record and get in touch with a ‘pre-loss’ perspective.
As the record’s Bandcamp bio says: Lopez wanted to create a soundscape from a pre-loss perspective, revealing how the darkness she experienced was just microcosms of her being.
I feel like that is a great motivating energy to think about as we leave 2020 as well. Who were we from before this painful pandemic year and what have we learned? What can we carry forward together differently? I have had many comversations with my girlfriend Elizabeth, the psych folk musician Globelamp, about how happy she was as a DIY musician before she was manipulated, discarded for demanding fair pay and a victim of DARVO during a terrible time in her life as a member and immediately following her time in the fucked up band Foxygen (still remember how you thought starting a personal niche label called “Fascist Records” was cool under Trump or at all, Sam. Fucking psycho privileged idiot.)
My point is, how does tragedy define us? How can we retain the inner child and spark of enthusiasm we once had in the face of daunting challenges that swallow us whole? How do we embody what we have been through in a healthy way and move forward but remember our brightness inside? For better or worse- and it is also a privilege to pretend the USA was “ok” before MAGA and not built on white supremacist gaslighting, vulture capitalism protecting the 1% from equal taxation at the expense of the poor and also awash in nightmare factory farming bleak karma culture- we have all just shared in an abusive psychic relationship with Donald Trump. The scars may heal but are a symptom of a wider disease. And it also won’t just go away by spiritual bypassing and toxic positivity, though PMA is still super important!
One thing I know is, we can’t give up.
After nearly dying this year and just avoiding a diabetic coma, I am more eager than ever to seize the day and to heal with people, try to promote great bands and send empowering vibes out to you all. Let’s remember the heroes of the scene we lost this year from Riley to EVH to Frankie Banali and other folks who gave us their all to remind us that life can be an incredible place together. Let’s be inclusive and defy the odds. Let’s make our best songs yet to come and also honor where we have been. Let’s change the ugly paradigm we have been under the heel of and celebrate the best in us in 2021. And yes, that also means holding Dems accountable for not being progressive enough and not resting on laurels just cuz of a temporary illusory Blue win “respite”.
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Hope everyone had a good Christmas (or whatever you have or haven’t been celebrating) and is enjoying the post-holiday gluttony glow. A lot of people are broke af right now but smug, moronic American “economists” are still trying to tell us $2000 a citizen is dangerous. No. Letting Billionaires not contribute to social safety nets or all of us rotting and starving from class inequality is dangerous, fucko. Trickle down economics is the threat. Stop the gaslighting. We pretend to have abolished feudalism hundreds of years ago, but that is a lie.
Anyway, quick shout out to Mountain fans mourning Leslie West and also the great NYHC band Killing Time who are grieving Rich McLoughlin’s passing right now. Thank you so much to both of these powerful men for their contributions to music forever! I was very busy the last few days with the holiday and my overnight job cleaning a fucking gym so I didn’t have the energy to post anything until now.
Let’s get to some epic power metal to gallop us towards 2021 boldly, shall we? Today I share with you the new single from Greek metallers Sonic Blast! While the band name might remind you of the sound your ass makes when you have eaten too much Christmas dinner, hopefully you also remember the raw and explosive sound of true heavy metal or at least Sonic the Hedgehog gaining power as you progress on a quest!
Today’s quest however is more traditional…a “Quest For Camelot”! Shouldn’t this Greek band be singing about Odysseus or something? There is no rule that says they can’t also enjoy Arthurian lore! While the production feels a little clunky here and there, the song and the band’s passion (especially the vocals) lift you up and remind us to carry on through whatever trials we face! Turn it up, friends! And get me some chaos emerald shards!
The band was formed in Kozani,Greece (2015). Nick Dedes (Guitar) and Dimitris Gkatziaris (Guitar,Bass) were the founding members, while Thimios P. (Drums), Nick Vogiatzis (Keyboards) and Dimitris Vachtsevanos (Vocals) are the latest additions. The band has participated in local music festivals such as “Sourdstock” and “Kozani Four”. The first Album titled “Humanity Divided” is expected to be released soon.
Scene stalwarts RELAPSE RECORDS have gifted us with a fucking gigantic 30th Anniversary label sampler to smash the remainder of 2020 into the dust with. It’s a handy little survey course on the label’s celebrated history supporting the best of death, extreme, doom metal and whatever the heck else strikes their fancy. From titanic moments in scene history like Neurosis’ “Through Silver In Blood” or of course Mastodon’s “Blood And Thunder” to a huge range of tracks including Benumb, Don Caballero , The Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Tusk, Nothing, King Woman, Incantation, Morgion, Nux Vomica, Gism, Daylight Dies, Harvey Milk, Royal Thunder, Skinless, Iron Monkey, Mindrot and so many more…this is a deep dive into thrilling nostalgia and a love of the counter culture.
It must have taken them all year just to upload all these fucking songs to Bandcamp!
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The new release Void & Decay from WITHIN NOSTALGIA drops today, a well produced yet spirited blend of creative expression, oppressive musings and glimmers of hope. The five song effort is a cool late year addition to a 2020 that was stuffed with impressive material from many artists in the metal world, as worthy as anything else out there of your time and more so than many. The digital album is just $5 on Bandcamp and could appeal to fans of colder USBM or psych metal. I would kill to see them play a concert with Cardinal Wyrm, who also just released a super trippy and killer late 2020 effort.
There is a video for my favorite track from the release called “Desideratum” you can vibe with below.
Refusing to be restricted to a single sub-genre, Within Nostalgia flirts with a wide range of influences, including black, doom, and death. The band comments on the album:
“We’re very excited to put this release out. Not only for fans but for ourselves as well since we’ve really found our sound and direction. You can obviously tell there is a black metal influence but it’s so much more than that on this album. We’ve really embraced the strangeness of our sound and let go of any preconceived notation of what “metal” is to us.”
I am gonna be sure to crank this a bunch as I channel the weird energy building up to the important December 21st, 2020 Jupiter and Saturn conjunction, baby.
Technical death metal pioneers DEEDS OF FLESH return after a seven year hiatus with their 9th studio album Nucleus, set for release via Unique Leader Records on 11th December 2020 (Vinyl release 15th January 2021). The band's first release since the tragic passing of guitarist / vocalist and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark, who lost a battle with sclerosis in 2018, Nucleus features guest performances some of the biggest names in extreme metal to celebrate his life and contribution to metal. Vocalist Jacoby Kingston is joined by members of Pathology, Gorguts, Dying Fetus, Submerged, Decrepit Birth and more. With a mix of the old and new style of DEEDS OF FLESH writing, this album is the completion of a story that began with Of What's to Come (2008) and ran through Portals to Canaan (2013). The music was written by Erik Lindmark (RIP), Craig Peters, Ivan Munguia and Darren Cesca, and had been recorded and partially mixed for almost four years. When Erik Lindmark passed in 2018, vocalist Jacoby Kingston came out of retirement to help finish the album. Alongside long-time drummer Mike Hamilton, they finished the story arc, wrote the lyrics and made the vocal arrangements for Nucleus.