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Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM (PST)

News of Vinnie Paul’s death first broke an hour ago on Billboard as of the time I’m writing this. A while later news of his passing was posted on the Pantera Facebook page.

Vinnie Paul was, as the Facebook page makes note of, the drummer of Pantera and Hellyeah. He was also the drummer in Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan.

From the time of the release of Pantera’s Metal Magic through till his death, Vinnie Paul had been involved in the heavy metal scene for over 35 years, setting the rhythm from behind his kit that would drive Pantera and Hellyeah to the front of the pack.

You can’t throw a rock in the heavy metal community without finding a fan of the music Vinnie helped make. From shotgun-slinging Cowboys From Hell to those who have a New Found Power, to those who just like to throw up their devil horns and declare Hellyeah! Vinnie Paul has been a prolific contributor to the scene.

Metal Riot contributor Andrew Johann Datoush had this to say about the news:

“I’ve always been a fan of everything Pantera did prior to Cowboys From Hell. That entire era for them was criminally underrated. There was some excellent song writing in those days. Dime had a different guitar style back then, and Vinnie’s drumming back then very clearly showed his love of KISS. There was definitely some Eric Carr influence to his drumming present in those days. While a lot of fans will be playing some of the harder tracks during their tributes tonight, I’ll be sticking with their more melodic era, and playing their tune “We’ll Meet Again” from their Power Metal album. Rest easy Vinnie. Give Heaven a Hell of a soundtrack!”

As I listen to “Matter of Time” and feel a chill run through my body, I don’t have anything more to say. We here at Metal Riot are all deeply saddened by Vinnie Paul’s death. It’s almost 1am here on the east coast of the U.S. and sometimes all you have is to put the metal on and break the fucking knob.

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul!

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Nonpoint announce ‘X’ and release two new songs

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 4:22 PM (PST)

“Generation Idiot” metallers Nonpoint have announced their newest album X (which they want to pronounced as “ten”).

is due out August 24 via Spinefarm Records.

Ahead of the release of X Nonpoint has released videos for “Chaos and Earthquakes” and “Dodge Your Destiny”

Said vocalist Elias Soriano:

“Ten – I can already tell is going to become a flagship record for us. Watching people’s reactions when we play them the newmusic tells me that we have created something that is going to move crowds and may even redefine us. It’s the year of the X.”

Check out the cover art and tracklist for as well as “Chaos and Earthquakes” and “Dodge Your Destiny” here.

 

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Wisconsin metallers Lords of the Trident have revealed the artwork and tracklist for their upcoming seventh album Shadows From the Past.

Shadows From The Past is due out August 24.

Vocalist Fang VonWrathenstein comments:

“This album is our most ambitious musical work to date, and the first album with our new members Baron Helleshaar and Master Herc. Fans who have been with us for a while will notice that our new songs are a bit more complex, and our songwriting continues to mature. The new songs are definitely still Lords songs, but explore some new musical themes. I believe the new album will be our strongest offering yet, and contain some songs that are sure to be fan favorites going forward.”

Check out the tracklist and album art for Shadows From The Past here.

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Sails of Serenity release “Left Behind” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:37 PM (PST)

Turkish heavy metallers Sails of Serenity have recently signed to Famined Records and have today released the music video for their song “Left Behind.”

“Left Behind” comes from the band’s upcoming album The Crossing which is due out August 17.

The song features vocals from Başer Çelebi of Furtherial.

Sails of Serenity had this to say about “Left Behind” and signing to Famined Records:

“Inspired by Captain Ahab’s story from Moby Dick, ‘Left Behind’ tells us about a man, estranged to himself by his convictions; a man left behind in a sense. This is symbolized in the music video as a man left alone in an island. Being a part of the Famined Records family is a new and exciting step for us. With ‘Left Behind’ and our upcoming album The Crossing, we believe that we will achieve our main goal to make our music heard by people all around the world.”

The Crossing was mixed and mastered by Gabor Toth (Harmed) at Ghostship Recordings (Beyond Deviation, Swallowed Alive, Bloodbather) and the opening piece on the album will include orchestration by Eren Başbuğ (Dream Theater).

Check out the video for “Left Behind” here.

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Friday’s Fatal Funhouse: Slipknot, Void Vator, Axis Of Despair

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:19 PM (PST)

Void Vator

This used to be a funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns
It’s time to start the countdown
I’m gonna burn it down down down
I’m gonna burn it down

Hey y’all. No, I am not gonna be writing about Pink here today despite quoting her song “Funhouse” above. I just figured it was a good way to segue the title of this article into news about Slipknot, since they have masks and stuff.

Mr. Corey Taylor says…the new Slipknot album is now in the demo stages and is gonna be Iowa levels of heavy”, which is to say not as heavy as, say,  Xibalba but heavier than Stone Sour or the last album. So that is still pretty darn heavy. The band are hoping it will land on the 20th anniversary year of their debut, making a neat little bloody perfect crop circle to pit within.

Somewhere between Black Label Society and Pop Evil lives the new performance video from Void Vator, a hot little number called “Until It’s Gone”. The video sort of features the band rockin’ out, partyin’ and bein’ dudes, but not every music video has to be rocket science or…I was gonna say brain surgery but we do cover a lot of death metal on this site and so we are fans of gory brain surgery videos, actually. “Until It’s Gone” is off their 2017 released debut EP, Dehumanized. Dudes, that is pretty close to the name of one of my favorite Dio-helmed albums of all time but I dug your video so we will let it pass this time. Just don’t call the next EP Heaven & Smell or something. Or…do? That might actually be awesome.

This band has some rockin’ vibes and seem like they love what they are doing. A lot of bands have to pose these days or seem to be cooler than thou so it is nice to see a band just letting their hair down and laying down some big fat heavy rock action.

Anyway, Void Vator has ALSO announced their SOUTHWEST 2018 TOUR. Launching July 19th in Las Vegas, the tour will wind through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before winding down Phoenix on July 28th. Check the dates out on their Facebook page.

The most extreme item on this Friday news list of note is that Axis Of Despair have two new tunes out, “The Wolven Law” and “Crush The Empire”. These new songs follow the already released and self-explanatory “A Life Of Ceaseless Grind.” If you like grind and real rollicking hell punk you will eargasm to this immediately and then perish only to have your organs re-animate and burst forth still dancing and raging from your flesh prison and doing a little organ jumping bean grind ritual mosh with each other…nevermind. It all goes off the rails so fast around here. Where was I?

This Swedish grindcore group was formed by current and former members of Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet Som Insats, Nervgift, Overtorture. Shit, you had me at Nasum. Their Contempt For Man full length is gonna be out this year on Southern Lord. Southern Lord are once again having a virtually unstoppable year. I am still ass kicked by Jesus Piece, Baptists and the new Eagle Twin. Damn, dudes!

But yeah, check yourself out Contempt For Man‘s presently consumable onslaughts over at Bandcamp HERE. This band is certainly a wrecking crew. My neck hurts after like five minutes of this music. Love the dry, harsh vocal sound over the brittle tones and explosive performance energy! Top notch.

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Light This City photo by Joe Ellis

Hey y’all. How is everyone today? Time for some Thursday highlights as we wade through the muck and mire of this week. Today is my mom’s bday and she has dementia so I need to go visit her and not spend too much time on riffs today, but here are a few items of note.

After many years in prog metal/viking blackened veterans Enslaved, drummer  Cato Bekkevold, who has played with the band since 2003, has quit the influential band. No word yet on a replacement. Here is one of my favorite performances of his on the brilliant song “To The Coast”.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails had some words regarding Taylor Swift this week.  “You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot,” Reznor told The New York Times.

Why did you only use her name, dude? There is only one Taylor selling out arenas and breaking records as a woman left and right at the moment. You could have listed some other top tier artists also but picked a soft target scape-goat. So let me help clear things up. And I saw the Downward Spiral Tour at MSG in the day, y’all so don’t act like I am ignorant about what Nine Inch Nails is about. I listen to The Fragile more than a LOT of other albums. I also firmly am pro punching nazis.

Still, as an indoctrinated Swift supporter who once was an ignorant hater of her and as a lifelong metalhead and political activist, I think Trent is way off the mark with Taylor. People are erasing what Taylor has actually done.

She donated to March For Our Lives and RAINN despite it alienating any conservative fans she had because she knew it was the right thing to do, had 2,000 foster kids to her show free and met them all, went through a sexual assault trial, KimYe Snapchat gaslighting and her mom’s cancer recently and whatever she does she is called ‘overshadowing’ so she has preferred to let her donations and her constant support of LGBTQ speak for her beliefs. How much have you donated recently, Trent?

She worked with so many black artists and it is far beyond tokenism but still gets called a nazi even after working with Kendrick because someone thought one lyric of “I rose up from the dead” in LWYMMD was about a nazi army returning? Reach, much?

You know the far right will get excited about white paint on a picket fence, right? That doesn’t mean it is a nazi fence. I thought her song “Starlight” about The Kennedy family plus liberal boyfriends and watching 13th documentary with Todrick weren’t exactly David Duke’s cup of tea.

Consider also that if Taylor had come out and just said ‘Fuck Trump’ right away a lot of conservative fans would have been told to burn her albums and thus lost probably the most empowered female artist on their radar who actually has been working hard and playing instruments/writing songs since she was a kid turning down bad development deals other artists would have jumped on to their detriment. Instead she kept them listening and then took their money and used it to educate them about supporting gay rights and pro peace measures to stop gun violence.

The most problematic thing about Taylor is that one of her music video directors Joseph Kahn is sexist casually often and rude to her fans and believes pit bulls should be killed, so I detest him and hopefully he does not stay on much longer. He often makes bad decisions that get her dragged. A lot of her fans have been vocal that they dislike him so we really are hoping Taylor fires him like she did a sexist dancer recently.

Here is my gf trying to get through to Trent.

Taylor is not ALWAYS super vocal but at least puts her donations and support out there. Maybe her pro LGBTQIA speech didn’t feel political enough and important to YOU, Trent…but to many of those of us who fall under one or more of those letters it was very important.

A lot of liberal artists are out there saying one thing about loving Clinton like Katy Perry but were still supporting MAGA Kanye or kissing his ass (Courtney Love). Meanwhile Kanye is literally saying naively that he gave MAGA a new direction and caping for Trump even as he put kids in makeshift concentration camps but then people say “separate the art from the artist.” Kanye is putting out an album a week with problematic people (as well as being one himself) and DO YOU ALL REALLY THINK Kim Kardashian was super invested in long term prison reform when her husband is helping support Trump and they couldn’t even keep supporting a charity named after Kanye’s own mom? Now THAT is some optics.

Or XXXTentacion dies (of course it is sad when a life is wasted young) and everyone says “he was changing” to ignore the bad things he did like they don’t matter when he showed barely a shred of evidence of contrition or accountability. He literally just a week or two before his death in the very well done article by Tarpley Hitt said feminism is bad and women have the real power over men and had a tweet up for like 5 years on Twitter saying he wanted to murder Taylor Swift, but ok, y’all. Nice guy alert! Who is covered with a gay man’s blood laughing in front of their crying mom and then gets more violent after that? But let’s say Taylor is the most problematic.

I will be seeing Sebastian Bach, Taylor’s Rep Tour, Act Of Defiance and some doom metal bands this month and will be having fun at all of the shows.
My point is that Beyonce rented out a whole theater to screen a Woody Allen movie and played Bush’s inauguration once and Timberlake supported Woody Allen. Katy Perry helped support the patriarchy by supporting Kanye gaslighting in the song “Famous” and she sang along to a whole arena calling another woman a bitch and giving a man credit for Taylor’s career even though Taylor has been outselling Kanye since Fearless or rather since forever and always, lmao.
She also gets held to an impossible double standard where if a man writes negatively about ex’s he is praised but if she does she is a slut. 

This Friday, Bay Area melodic death metal quintet LIGHT THIS CITY will embark on their West Coast Tour supporting their acclaimed Terminal Bloom LP, the recently-reactivated outfit’s first album in a decade. This band was always cool during their early era and haven’t lost any of their oomph since. If anything, the new stuff sounds so happy to exist at all that the performances feel extra alive and edgy. So glad to have them back around to do their genre right. (Please get that Dissection T-shirt out of your next band promo photo though, y’all. I usedta love that album as well but didn’t notice it on your band member when I posted this and it kind of looks bad when I was just talking about gay rights a few paragraphs ago).

 

In the wake of Terminal Bloom‘s release, LIGHT THIS CITY now hits the highways with support from labelmates Gygax (yes, that is a D&D reference, for you youngsters). The Terminal Bloom West Coast Tour begins this Friday, June 22nd in San Diego, then hits Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and ends in Sacramento on July 1st. Stand by for additional widespread tour dates from the band to be announced in the months ahead.

 

Stream LIGHT THIS CITY’s Terminal Bloom LP at THIS LOCATION .

 

Terminal Bloom is available on CD, LP, and digital formats now through Creator-Destructor Records; find order options at the label webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

 

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Wednesday Warrior Wind Up: Khemmis, Sorxe , Hideous Divinity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. Can’t believe Trump’s disgusting family separation policy is not causing the full blown meltdown of society. I can’t believe I am even writing about metal right now but I figured I will use the platform to put positivity out there and remind us all to stay strong and committed to keeping the world alive where music and togetherness can defeat evil. Even Andrea Pitzer who wrote One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps agrees that these are exactly that.

Anyhow, here are some highlights for Wednesday of some heavy metal happenings to help soundtrack the grinding of our collective teeth.

The new Khemmis is out this week! June 22nd sees the highly anticipated release of Desolation via mighty 20 Buck Spin. I find it very easy to lose myself in the band’s large and melodic metal-scapes, bold, medieval and classic. Yet they somehow also convey their currency as a vital band of this moment as well, determined to bridge the old way into shaping metal’s forward future trudge.

Anyway, I love this band and “Bloodletting” fuckin’ rips to me. Much like Pallbearer, all their stuff sounds so rad I could never feel the need to really super argue particulars of the merits of newer albums production versus older. I think both those bands are a great example of groups who have so much feel in their work that whatever production approach they settle on it still moves mountains of souls across oceans. Seriously though, “Bloodletting” fucking rocks so hard. Highly recommend the new stuff. They have a solid identity and I trust this band to keep a consistent quality level in whatever they do.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY have announced that they will be embarking on an extensive tour of Canada this Summer. The tour, which runs from July 19 – August 5 and sees the group performing in North America for the first time, will cover a massive portion of Canada and is in continuing support of their 2017 record Adveniens.

Depths of Hatred and Vultures will round out the lineup.

Dates HERE. 

Physical order bundles of Adveniens are available HERE and digital order bundles HERE. The drumming is fucking nuts and so are the unrelenting arrangements. Wish I’d heard this album sooner.

Experimental sludge/post metal crew SORXE have confirmed they’ll hit the road next month headlining the “Death Of Summer” tour!

“Sorxe is extremely excited to hit the road at the end of August! We are coming to a select few cities in support of our debut release on Prosthetic Records – Matter & Void. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones” states the band on the upcoming tour.

Watch the first ever SORXE music video for “Hypnotizer” off their sophomore studio album, Matter & Void.

Matter & Void is out now on Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, Botch, Isis) and is available in the following formats: CD, limited edition violet and black swirl LP and all digital outlets.

Catch SORXE live on the “Death Of Summer” tour dates below.

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Secret Cutter photo by Tim Wynarczuk

Hey, cannibalistic cohorts. Slamming down some Annie’s bunny pasta like a god damn party animal right now and eager to give you the scoop on some cool new metal news for the day. In an effort to cover a little more ground with my zany schedule (and also because I am generally happier when I am a chatty Cathy and not  just drearily re-posting press releases under the gun), I am gonna try to do some daily little mini lists of cool condensed happenings as well as our usual style posts. We will see how long it lasts. Anyway, let’s hit the battlefield running.

Secret Cutter have streamed the closing track “Oblivion” (not a Mastodon cover, yo) from their new record Quantum Eraser over at the fine site Invisible Oranges.

Says the Pennsylvania based band of the track, “‘Oblivion’ is, for lack of a better term, the grand finale of our second LP Quantum Eraser. It is the last and heaviest song on the record. Musically, the song was written as a funeral march. The song addresses taking the wrong path til the end, caused by self-delusion and trusting the wrong people.”

 

Let SECRET CUTTER’s “Oblivion” out of the cage at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

 

Progressive wing spreaders Redemption have launched the “Indulge In Color” play through video. On July 27th, Redemption will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Check out the video HERE.

 

“We have a number of elements to our sound, from more aggressive riff-driven material, to more melodic metal with technical elements, to more progressive material,” says Nick van Dyk. “It’s hard to capture our sound with just one song. So we’re particularly excited to release this longer track that showcases our more progressive elements and Tom’s amazing singing in that context. I know people are eager to hear how he sounds on this type of track and I think his performance here is going to blow people away.” 

 

Aethereus have partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere a new song called “The Pale Beast”, the first single from the Tacoma, Washington headbanger’s debut album Absentia. This band has a lot of potential and could certainly be a Summer Slaughter type of contender. Incidentally, Summer Slaughter dates are here, come to think of it. I shoulda been plugging that more of late. Shit has been crazy, sorry. And yeah, Aethereus are not on it but maybe in the future?

You CAN however listen to Aethereus – “The Pale Beast” HERE.

We recommend you do so loudly. Absentia is the group’s first release with new members Matt Behner on drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation) along with Vance Bratcher (Vocalist) and Scott Hermanns (Bassist) who play in the highly praised Seattle symphonic death metal outfit The Devils of Loudon.
Hails.
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Hey every rocker out there. How was your weekend? I had a good one. Had a great heart to heart with my old friend Chris Bittner who just worked on the newest Coheed and Cambria record that is coming out and I felt a lot of good will afterwards and a desire to try and let negative bygones be bygones with those dudes. We have a lot of mutual friends and while I def hope sometime they acknowledge my sister Cambria in order for me to feel fully heard and respected for her sake, I also can’t blame them too much for being wary of me at all or having a grudge to nurse after how bad our fighting got over the years.

But I will say here that I am feeling really good and hope for much better healing energy going forward and wish them well. I really appreciated Bittner coming to talk to me in person after last week and listening to me about my struggles with hormone levels and PTSD when I was triggered by some unrelated stuff last week and happened to also admonish them in some tweets about some old shit. But I really hope we can grow here, be thankful for our lives and families and remember that life gives chances to treat ourselves and others better. PMA. New album sounds cool. New song HERE.

Anyhow, I am in a super good mood today as a result of that compartmentalized tension lifting off my shoulders and had some herb and drove around blasting some Chinese Democracy cuz it is fucking great no matter what some of y’all might think. My apartment is like a million degrees and thankfully my gf is installing some fans for us while I blather like a hot sweaty lazy blob, haha. I did work two jobs already today, gimme a break!

But ANYWAY, more super awesome news to kick off the week! NE OBLIVISCARIS have announced North American headliner tour dates to coincide with their support run for WinterSun. While I would want to see them with WinterSun probably as both bands are tremendously skilled, these other dates will entice die hards as they feature the band’s full 90+ minute headline sets, and stop in Orlando, Portland, OR, Kansas City, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

NE OBLIVISCARIS are touring in support of their new album ‘Urn’. ‘Urn’ is streaming here. 

Metallic hardcore up and comers Knaaves are fucking righteous and incredible. Along with the new Baptists and Jesus Piece I think the Knaaves material is by far the rowdiest and most adrenalized stuff I have heard from any heavy band this year. Anyhow, Knaaves have a new limited tape for order of their recent January two songer! Pick it up like change in a Sick Of It All pit, kids!! Only 100 copies of the tape available!

Ok I have a late newspaper article to write for another publication and am sweatier than Trump’s perspiring and nervous sycophants as Mueller closes in, so I will talk to y’all later in the week. Check out that NE OBLIVISCARIS tour run of dates below. Urn is dark and majestic and surely brilliant stuff live.

Tour dates BELOW.

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North Carolina rockers ASG have released their latest music video, for their song “Lightning Song.”

“Lightning Song” comes off of Survive Sunrise out today via Relapse Records.

ASG are currently on the Survive Sunrise summer tour. Support on the tour is provided by Lo Pan and Beitthemeans.

Survive Sunrise was recorded, mixed and mastered with longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet). The cover art was designed by Malleus (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Melvins).

Check out the music video for “Lightning Song,” ASG tour dates and the Survive Sunrise cover art here.

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Chelsea Grin release “See You Soon”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 12:45 PM (PST)

Utah deathcore metallers Chelsea Grin have released their latest song “See You Soon.”

“See You Soon” comes off the band’s upcoming album Eternal Nightmare, which is out July 13 via Rise Records.

The band will be hitting the road, joining the last cross-country Warped Tour, starting on June 21.

This will be the band’s first album with Tom Barber as vocalist.

You can check out “See You Soon,” Eternal Nightmare cover art and the full statement from the band on the line-up change and the new album here.

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Fistula kick off sludge mandatory Southern Desecration Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 5:33 PM (PST)

Sludge mandatory? Does that mean muddy boots? Drawers? RIIFFFFS!!! Riffs full of sunshine after the rain! Er, no. Knee deep in the shit riffs!

Fistula are fucking heavy as all heck and have split EPs with Come To Grief, Hemdale and mighty  veterans -(16)- . Fistula are celebrating 20 years of obviously caring a lot what others think and catring to the latest pop chart trends , so be sure to tell them you love them and have them sign your chest (non gender specific).

The short, five-date journey leads to and from their performance at this year’s edition of Austin Terror Fest.

FISTULA – Southern Desecration Tour: 
6/13/2018 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
6/14/2018 Ziggy’s – Chattanooga, TN
6/16/2018 Austin Terror Fest – Austin, TX
6/17/2018 Silverleaf – Denton, TX
6/19/2018 Trixie’s Louisville, KY

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Band Spotlight: SURMISER

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM (PST)

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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Skyharbor release “Dim” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

New Delhi metallers Skyharbor have released their latest music video for their song “Dim.”

“Dim” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Sunshine Dust, which is due out on September 7 via EntertainmentOne

The music video was directed by Tom Flynn and Mike Watts.

About the music video Guitarist Keshav Dhar had this to say, “We’re stoked to present our music video for ‘Dim.’ It was an amazing experience filming a video together for the first time as a band, and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we did making it!”

Dhar adds about the album, “It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound.”

Vocalist Eric Emery says about “Dim”: “’Dim’ is one of my favorite songs on the record and I can’t wait to share the video with everyone. Thematically, the song alludes to the volatile current political climate in the US, as well as exploring what our potential future could look like should we continue down this road.“

Check out the video for “Dim” as well as the cover art and tracklist for Sunshine Dust here.

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Hi friends. How was your weekend? Other than my girlfriend absurdly seemingly getting accused of ongoing attempted murder (“was trying to kill me and isn’t done”) and other untrue things through the official Foxygen Twitter account and then it getting deleted – but we got a screen shot-, mine was nice. By the way she actually is just covering Taylor Swift songs to her YouTube Channel followers and moved to the other side of the country as the guy, if the truth matters to anyone.

But yeah, I got to briefly meet jazz guitarist Mike Demicco on the street the other night, which was very cool. I also saw lots of friends at a Kyle & The Pity Party, Tins, Globelamp show and had a great night of inspired indie rock and also worked the door at a New World Home Cooking pop up party at a regional cocktail bar. Chef Ric Orlando has won Chopped! multiple times and it was rad to catch up with him and get to eat some of his spicy blackened green beans that all Woodstockers know, love and miss since his restaurant moved out of town towards the capitol district. Ric fired me once when I was like 16 as a prep cook at his original location for catching me trying to dry off a salad I had accidentally dumped steam rack cup water onto when I was high, hahaha.

But now it is time to talk metal!

Lizzy Borden’s new material is so gnarly, catchy, glampiric and rockin’ hard rock with all the right elements to lodge in your skull like a sonic hatchet. This record is gonna be amazing! Everything I have heard so far sounds HUGE, cosmic and rock n roll! Kudos to the people involved, fuck yeah!

A new song is out todat called “The Scar Across My Heart” and I am wishing big time they would tour with Andrew WK and The 69 Eyes right now! Can we make this happen?!

Lizzy Borden comments: “With ‘The Scar Across My Heart,’ I wanted to explore those kinds of relationships that tattoo your soul. You’re forever linked to this person, even though it can never be for one reason or another. ‘We bury all our yesterdays and try and drink these scars away’ – I’m talking about a no-hope situation, a never-meant-to-be situation, but I’m still singing ‘We’re gonna make it now.’ I’m always looking for that human reaction no matter how delusional or unrealistic.”

June 15th will see the release of My Midnight Things via Metal Blade Records, which can be pre-ordered at metalblade.com/lizzyborden  \m/

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