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Check out the new Hatebreed video for “Seven Enemies”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:41 PM (PST)

On my death bed I will probably ask the people planning on chiseling some silly bullshit on my headstone to instead use some Hatebreed lyrics: You want me to hold my tongue/Then why the fuck am I here?

Haha. But in all seriousness, Hatebreed are back with a new video for “Seven Enemies”. Check it out below. It is particularly Hatebreedy, so turn it up and get reminded what dedication to hardcore means.

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Grave Pleasures sign to Century Media, “Motherblood” looms

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 4:24 PM (PST)

Century Media has wisely signed Grave Pleasures, one of the best bands in the world right now. Arguably the current buzz band of death rock (and actually really good), Grave Pleasures return with Motherblood this year. Recently the band has been supporting Killing Joke and has been molting into a new era.

Motherblood was recorded at Orgone Studios in the UK (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Ulver). It has been scheduled to a worldwide release for late September/early October 2017.

Mat McNerney comments on the albums concept and music:

“Like the great sacrament of ancient times that was the blood sacrifice of the mother, we too have laid down our most holy flesh at your feet. This record, which is a bold re-definition of death-rock and our totemic challenge to our pretenders, shall be our most grand and sordid testament. If you have never danced with the skeletons, then this album is your gateway drug to all the nihilistic pleasures of the grave. Apocalyptic post-punk never sounded so desperately bleak and wild yet never grinned so maniacally and writhed so fervently with tongues that whip the tombs. The Kali figure of our cover is the eternal icon of nuclear fear. She presides over the religion of an apocalyptic future. A desolate future we proudly celebrate with caustic music of the most furious punk. Come imbibe and wash your mind in our Motherblood. We’re dancing in the lion’s mouth. The elevator only goes down.”

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Zaum to tour Canada this August with Flying Fortress

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM (PST)

Zaum are not your average doom band, combining sitar, bass and drums with mantra and lengthy compositions to electrifying effect. The more esoteric side of OM comes to mind a bit here and there but really this band are on mostly their own trip and it is well worth discovering for new fans. Recent album Eidolon is a rewarding late 2016 release you might have missed.

Now the group are set to tour Canada in August with their friends in Flying Fortress. Dates BELOW.

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Goatwhore stream new single “Mankind Will Have No Mercy”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:20 PM (PST)

photo by Peter Beste

“Mankind Will Have No Mercy” is the latest single from Goatwhore. New album Vengeful Ascension, set for worldwide release this Friday, June 23rd, via Metal Blade Records.

If you don’t like Goatwhore for some reason you should just leave this site now. They have never made a bad record and basically combine many of the best attributes of real metal into a consistent and world defiling whole. Sammy remains the riff master extraordinaire and are there really that many frontpersons as metal as Ben? We thinketh not. Hail the whore! Give me a G. Give me an O! Give me an A! Give me a T! Nevermind. But really.

Check out the audio menace of “Mankind Will Have No Mercy” at: metalblade.com/goatwhore – where the record can also be pre-ordered.

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Atriarch announce ‘Dead As Truth’ album, premiere song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:02 PM (PST)

Dark metallers Atriarch return with their latest album this year, a sure to be moving and moody outing called Dead As Truth.

Listen to the opening track, “Inferno” from Dead As Truth via YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp plus all streaming services.

Dead As Truth is set for release on August 11th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Candiria’s full 2017 Hellfest Open Air Festival set online now

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:29 PM (PST)

Candiria have been pretty much my favorite live act for a long time. The current line-up just played Hellfest Open Air Festival in Clisson, France and pro footage has surfaced online HERE! Expect many favorites (including a really dope version of “Blood”) and rest assured Carley can still do those signature jump spins! This is a really top notch set all around. US fans can catch the quintessential NYC urban fusion pioneers all summer on Warped Tour along with other cool acts like War On Women, Sick Of It All, Gwar and Neck Deep.

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Shattered Sun became a thrash band we loved after vocalist Marcos Leal sold us on his passion for thrashin’ during an interview with Metal Riot a few years ago. We knew we had to keep an eye on this bunch. Now after a lot of growth and touring the band are back with The Evolution of Anger next month (Pre Order HERE).

Marcos stops by again today to participate in our new formative years column with five records that changed his own life, as surely as his own band has made a difference for someone from a new generation. Check out his picks and Shattered Sun’s new video for “Burn It Down” BELOW!

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Body Count release gory and funny video for “Here I Go Again”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:32 AM (PST)

Body Count have a new video, perhaps their goriest ever. “Here I Go Again” will likely offend many but I for one found it to be hysterical and entertaining. Obviously Ice-T chopping up grandmas is way over the top and not meant to be taken seriously. The slow creepy voice narration from homie is also a lot of fun. You can see Ice hamming it up being both overly menacing and also making freaked out faces throughout as things get bloodier and bloodier.

In addition to the new video for “Here I Go Again”, BODY COUNT will be making their long awaited return to the stage in North America next month. The band will play their first show in the states since releasing Bloodlust on July 15th at the Chicago Open Air festival taking place at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

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Album Review: Expulsion – “Nightmare Future”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 8:41 PM (PST)

Seven songs in fourteen minutes as vomited out by alumni from Exhumed, Lightning Swords Of Death, Intronaut and of course Repulsion? How could you possibly go wrong?!

This Expulsion project seems like the guys just wanted to have a total fucking blast while still showing their utter devotion to extreme grind and thrash. The songs are high speed, take no prisoners bangers that give Iron Reagan or Lock Up a fair fight in the over the top intensity department. Out mid Ju;y via Relapse, this is kind of a must purchase little record – even if they never make another one.

“Total Human Genocide” has more political lyrics from Exhumed’s Matt Harvey (akin to some of the excellent Necrocracy themes). “Altar Of Slaughter” gets more gory with classic Harvey stuff about eye gouging and laughing while sawing someone, etc. Everything is quite metal. All in all you are here for the overall effect than the lyrics on this outing.

Matt Olivo – Guitar, Danny Walker – Drums and Menno Verbaten – Bass do a tremendous job here. The hyper march of “Funeral Bells” or the many distorted and barelling down on you kick ass bass parts from Verbaten add perfect support for the riff-sanity from Olivo that all allows for Harvey to go off with ease. Not much more to say other than that for an idea conceived for fun, this smokes a lot of full time acts out there. But what would you expect from this cast of characters?

Nightmare Future was produced by Matt Olivo, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford). Physical preorders and bundles are available at Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be preordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

Castle reveal “Black Widow” music video, announce tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:58 PM (PST)

Heavy metal nomads Castle have announced a slew of new dates and to celebrate have released a new video! This is one of the most valuable acts in metal and we are super pleased to report they have also been working hard on a fifth album in the Mojave Desert.

In anticipation of the upcoming shows, CASTLE is pleased to unveil the visual accompaniment to the track “Black Widow,” compiled from footage from their Canadian tour last year and viewable at THIS LOCATION.

New tour dates BELOW.
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Today we visit Argentina for some pulverizing thrashing mastery. GRANADA bring us their newest single “Solve et Coagula” and we dare you not to bang your heads! This is focused with a modern and precise kill factor but also has a very raw edge of anger for old school fans of 90’s metal and hardcore. Fans of Machine Head, Krisiun or any any proper death/thrash will be blown away.

GRANADA was formed in the year 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founded by Guillermo Estévez (vocals and guitar), the band´s debut show was in 2010 with Black Dahlia Murder (USA), and continued with a series of shows in every possible venue in Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina. With three full lengths and one EP, the band has crossed the border by touring the neighboring countries and achieving huge admiration from audiences all over the world.

GRANADA achieves their own sound with their 4th album Sincronizado, recorded at “El Pie Recording Studio” and Chulengo, produced by Guillermo Estévez. The album will be released by Symbol of Domination Prod. (Purchase HERE), and will be distributed by Icarus Records (Argentina) and Blacktape Unorthodox Records (Argentina)

The band’s remarks on the track are as follows:

“Solve” or “solutio” refers to the breaking down of elements and “Coagula” refers to their coming together. In the process of transmuting base metal into gold or arriving at the Philosopher’s stone, this contained both literal and hidden meaning. Solve et Coagula expresses transmutation from base to a finer state, the perpetual goal of spiritual growth and human evolution.

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The first time I heard Drug Honkey was almost a decade ago now! It stuck out from a pile of boring emo-goth promo cds like a cancerous growth – Death Dub. ‘WTF is this?’, I thought. I took the cdr home from my then editor’s apartment and soon was lost in a swirl of cacophony and acidic rage amidst a Scorn-like clatter of urban blight and very cool, weird atmosphere. The vocals sounded like they were sung by a demon punching up through concrete but the music was both smothering and spacious. Fuck yeah!

I remember thinking how cool it was that there were still some underground bands who took the lessons of Godflesh to heart that you can do something outside the template of what is standard metal and add some punk freedom into the recipe to create a unique experience. This was a nightmarish but addictive sound and perfect with a spliff for those already halfway into an existential crisis who figure, ‘Fuck it, let’s go full bore.’

Cue 2017 and the band are still around and getting better reviews, and deservedly so, than ever for new album Cloak Of Skies on the label Transcending Obscurity. Cloak of Skies boasts seven tracks, including a remix by the legendary Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu) and a guest saxophone feature from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles). Cover art was hand-painted by renowned artist Paulo Girardi (Inquisition, Power Trip).

Let’s catch up with Paul Gillis and learn more about this current era of a long running project who do things their own way! Read it BELOW.

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Thou , Cloud Rat, False, Moloch updated Summer tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:31 PM (PST)

Updated tour dates for the impending hive mind smasher of a tour between quite the gathering of extreme and visionary acts Thou, False, Cloud Rat and Moloch can be found as above and so below.

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All Out War have never been shy about confronting the ugly side of humanity through some of the heaviest music around. The Newburgh underground metalcore legends style just gets more potent with age and their new material has been as strong as a lot of the classics.

New album Give Us Extinction has a killer team attached, tracked at West West Side Studios (Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Turmoil) – the album was recorded and mixed by the legendary Steve Evetts and mastered by Alan Douches — with cover artwork by Alexandre Goulet. Guest vocals are provided to the tracks “Choking On Indifference” and “Cybergod” (Nausea cover!) by Emily Muscara (Straphangers) and the track “Carcass Rot” by Michelle Eddison (ex-Starkweather). Organized Crime Records will release the album on LP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th; preorders will be issued in the coming days alongside audio samples and more.

Tracklisting below. Support one of the realest of the real heavy bands.

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Yob to return to the stage this weekend at Northwest Terror Fest

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:50 PM (PST)
Cosmic doom trio YOB will make their return to the stage this week at the Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Washington alongside Coven, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves In The Throne Room, and so many others. The performance serves as guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt’s first show since undergoing emergency diverticulitis surgery earlier this year. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the digestive tract and is often life-threatening.

 

Said Scheidt in a recent Facebook post to fans, “…Everything is different on my insides, and I’m learning to adjust to both healing pains and new normals. Time will tell which is which. All the same, slow and steady is my mantra. I have a feeling of gratitude that is consistent, and we’re writing so much new music with YOB that I don’t know how we’re going to distill it all… I wish nothing but love and health, laughs and inspiration for our shared, diverse, unique tribe. For those who have sent me messages, shared love, their time and help with my survival during these trials of mine, I remain ever thankful and count myself as beyond lucky. My ability to weather all of this and continue working is framed by these blessings. We are so looking forward to these shows…seeing friends, watching bands, and getting to share the stage. It’s surreal to be able to do it again. Can’t wait.” 

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