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KREATOR to release ‘UNDER THE GUILLOTINE’ deluxe set

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:47 AM (PST)

The story of Kreator’s meteoric rise to the global elite of thrash metal bands from their humble beginnings in Essen Germany, began under their first name of Tormentor in the early 80’s. It was their ‘Blitzkreig’ and ‘End Of The World’ demos changing hands in the era’s bustling underground tape-trading network that exposed them to the international metal community.  Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention of Germany’s own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal.

Kreator’s tenure at the label spawned six studio albums and established them as one of the most influential on the thrash scene, one they dominate to this day.  1985 debut, Endless Pain was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. 1986’s Follow up, Pleasure To Kill is considered the band’s first “classic” album and raised the bar with more diversity of tempos, while losing nothing in terms of ferocity or speed. 1987’s Terrible Certainty further cemented the reputation that Kreator were one of the genre’s finest exponents.  In 1989 the band closed the decade with the thrash triumph of Extreme Aggression, their biggest seller to date.  1990’s huge magnum opus Coma Of Souls confirmed them in thrash history before they diversified their sound on the experimental, Renewal in 1992.

Under The Guillotine is a deluxe celebration of Kreator’s, Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their first decade of recorded work and contains :

Endless Pain – (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)
Pleasure To Kill – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)
Terrible Certainty – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve) 
Extreme Aggression – (Half/half vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Coma Of Souls – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Renewal – (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Some Pain Will Last DVD – Containing ‘From The Vault’ mini documentary, plus two previously unreleased audio live concerts and an Andy Sneap remix of Live In East Berlin 1990
12” x 12”, 40 page hardback book of photography, quotes and lyrics from the first decade of the bands existence. Contains rare and previously unseen photos from the era.
Reproduction ‘End Of The World’ demo cassette 
‘Demon’ figurine USB drive containing MP3 audio of all the expanded editions of all the albums.
All encased in an executioners, guillotine box.
The first 250 orders from the Noise Records store will also receive a signed art card by Mille Petrozza.

Also available as an introduction piece is ‘Under The Guillotine – The Noise Anthology’ – an 18 track double-vinyl collection of Kreator’s Noise era classics, pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare and unseen photos. And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 30 track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook.  Both feature rare tracks and remixes from the bands discography.

 

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Earlier this year, CRO-MAGS released their first album in twenty years with the critically-acclaimed In The Beginning. To close out this year of international turmoil and disease, the band announces the 6-song EP, 2020, available worldwide digitally on December 11thCRO-MAGS also release the eponymous track 2020 – venting all the frustration and rage, CRO-MAGS style, at the unprecedented chaos of this year.

The record itself is unintentionally 20 minutes and 20 seconds, and plays out more like a time-capsule look into the dumpster fire known as the year 2020. CRO-MAGS founder Harley Flanagan explains, “Just by coincidence we recorded 20 minutes and 16 seconds of music, so we simply added a few seconds of real-world chaos. The album cover is meant to look like a calendar – 7 squares across, with one picture from 2020 per day. Corona Virus, quarantine, empty streets, brutality, burning buildings, violence and destruction: 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget.”

2020 Track Listing

1 – Age Of Quarantine

2 – 2020

3 – Life On Earth

4 – Violence and Destruction

5 – Chaos In The Streets

6 – Cro-Fusion

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Sanhedrin sign to Metal Blade

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:09 AM (PST)

Photo credit: Marc Braner

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Brooklyn’s Sanhedrin to its worldwide roster!

Formed in 2015, Sanhedrin have released two albums to-date: A Funeral For The World (2017) and The Poisoner (2019). The trio (which consists of former Amber Asylum/Lost Goat bassist/vocalist Erica Stoltz, Black Anvil guitarist Jeremy Sosville and drummer Nathan Honor) blends doom and classic metal into gripping, instantaneously memorable songs with lyrics that delve into the darker elements of humanity and the cyclical nature of destructive ideas. Thought-provoking and inherently catchy at the same time, Sanhedrin is unafraid to venture into unchartered territory.

The band will enter the studio to record their third full-length – and Metal Blade Records debut – in spring 2021.

Sanhedrin comments: “We are excited and humbled to join Metal Blade Records! Their legacy spans four decades and countless amazing artists, many of whom have inspired us over the years. We are proud to be part of its future, and look forward to what this new partnership will bring for Sanhedrin.”

METAL RIOT’S TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2020 ‘BEST OF’ LIST

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:35 PM (PST)

2020 has been quite a challenge -to say the least- for so many people. Unless you are a fat cat getting inexplicably bailed out or the Catholic Church getting relief money (even though they were only in debt from pedo lawsuit settlement payouts), chances are 2020 found you broke, lonely, thirsty and miserable, scared or mourning loved ones. Music was no stranger to this. We lost any certainty of what the future holds in an already difficult industry and even lost Neil Peart, fucking EVH and Riley Gale on top of everything else. But people also made great art that will stand the test of time, profound sacrifices and held fast, rallied for racial justice and so much more. It is an important time to be alive and just as beautiful as it can be painful! And there is still December ahead of us as of this writing. Hope against horror.

The following list of Metal Riot’s top albums of 2020 reflects records that capture excellence, performance, drive, willpower and survival in no uncertain terms. As well as killer tunes, of course! Kudos and thanks to all the bands.We usually post our list just after Thanksgiving but I am gonna be recording that week in the studio with Globelamp and Sean Paul from Nightmares For A Week, so…let’s get started ending the year earlier! Hey Decibel published theirs first, okay?!! Rock the fuck on, lovers and dreamers. Please buy all of these releases or whatever you dig. And remember, dear readers…I came up and so could you…And fuck the boys in blue.

1. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SepulturaQuadra

Sepultura’s highest charting album since 1998 (and their best since 2009’s bruising A-Lex, which it surpasses) is nothing short of a monument to a lifetime in metal, the determined triumph of a legacy name never saying die and following their trusted vision over popular opinion. Quadra works on every level. In a year filled with so much death even the band’s name vibrates on some heavy karmic level, but “Isolation” especially resonates deeply in a time of so much social upheaval for justice reform. Each section of the album masterfully represents different styles the group has been known for from classic thrash to tribal groove to slower and grim anthems to technical workouts, but it all works incredibly well. From saving the environment to tackling depression and self destruction, Derrick commands stronger than ever while Eloy Casagrande stakes his claim as the most driven and insane drummer currently active in metal. Jens Bogren brought out the absolute best in this line-up. A+ all the way.

Throw in how during quarantine the band kept morale high across the metal world with interviews and killer jams during their SepulQuarta series with the likes of Scott Ian, Shavo Odadjian, Rob Cavestany and many more, and the band take the cake for our heroes of 2020.

2. Skeletal RemainsThe Entombment Of Chaos

There has been a lot of top notch death metal this year of different sub-genre varieties from Ingested to Necrot to God Dethroned to Abysmal Dawn and others. That said, Skeletal Remains ABSOLUTELY destroyed most of the competition with their latest near perfect death metal monstrosity The Entombment Of Chaos. From the thrilling horror of the Seagrave art to some of the most intense and odds defying music of the band’s tenure, this record offers relentless replay value. From the imposing violence of “Tombs Of Chaos” to the eerie “Enshrined In Agony” to the standout “Dissectasy”, the group have vaulted much closer to the top of the pack.

“No, we don’t want your cult Kool-Aid”

3. VÖLUR – Death Cult

Arguably the most creative album of 2020 – and with SUCH a timely album title – Death Cult is the intoxicating yet deadly sound of seductive decay and the will to escape empty indoctrination. Gorgeous violin based doom defies expectations at every turn and the band’s singular sense of purpose is thrilling. The Toronto band’s third album is a must hear and will likely cause even the most necessity hardened hearts in 2020 to break into smoldering halves.

Thankfully no one is touring this year anyway cuz this vehicle looks suspect

4. Soft KillDead Kids, R.I.P. City

Bestial Mouths, Nothing, Ulver and other brave sailors on the seas of sorrow all released truly killer records in 2020 that rank among their best ever, but Soft Kill’s newest is my favorite simultaneously spooky yet painfully real and poetic release of this fucked hellhole of a year. A reminder that even at the lowest low people are still out there worth celebrating and fighting for. A testament to loss, love and possibility in art and community. This band has yet to let me down and their catalogue got me through a lot of depression this year when I was both determined to stay sober but also was reeling from narrowly avoiding a diabetic coma and going into serious medical debt. So glad I snagged this on limited tape release already!

5. BlackguardStorm

The Chinese Democracy of extreme epic metal albums was released very early in January of one of the most fucked up years in human history and it would be a damn shame if it didn’t get more accolades in the madcap shuffle, especially since we have all lived through quite a fucking ‘storm’ together this year. In limbo for about seven years, you’d never believe this exciting and possibly the most ferocious album of 2020 was recorded by a band burnt out by relentless touring. Storm finds the Canadian underground warriors delivering frenetic and death defying performances, their best songwriting plus cameos from Lindsay Schoolcraft, Morgan Lander and Per fucking Nilsson ! Unleash The Archers, Germany’s Varg and Ensiferum all delivered some exemplary epic records in 2020, but Blackguard’s potential swan song was above the pack and well worth one of the most frustrating waits in metal history. I am beside myself with joy and hails that it finally saw the light of a bleary day.

6. UprisingII

“A Lesson in basic human Empathy” has my favorite lyrics of 2020 (I mean, besides “High Road” by Kesha) and even more wonderful that it comes from a black metal project, a genre often known for apathy and heartless cruelty.

Judgment based on action not on colour, race or sex no harming of sentient beings but respecting life help where help is needed No condemnation of the innocent take responsibility for your wealth that is built on the backs of others

Talk about something we sorely needed this year! And lest you think I am only swayed by lefty ideology to get on this list, the album features many of the best riffs and arrangements and startlingly emotional playing of the year. This album is a refuge and a reminder that work still needs to be done.

 

7. -(16)- – Dream Squasher

It says something about 2020 that several albums – Bleakheart’s also brilliant and gothy Dream Griever comes to mind – had titles that reflected the thwarting of dreams. “Ride The Waves” is about as perfect a punk metal mash as you’ll ever here. Dropping like a piano from a skyscraper onto our heads during the mid point of 2020 when things couldn’t seem bleaker, veteran sludge band -(16)- delivered the most clobbering album of recent memory. There is also the best anthem to loving your dog since Wisdom In Chains penned “Girls Lie, Cops Lie, Dogs Love”. And we all dealt with some ‘harvesters of fabrication’ this year. Bobby Ferry is a champion on this album, which crushed everything else Relapse (and most other labels) released this year.

8. Spirit Adrift – Enlightened In Eternity

Speaking of dogs, epic metal pitties (we have to stan)! This has to be the best album cover maybe…ever? Nathan Garrett makes us all proud to be metalheads yet again with another brilliant album from the guy in metal who possibly plays with the most heart. “Ride into the Light” is the best Snakes For The Divine song High On Fire never wrote and “if we make it through the night we will ride into the light” is major 2020 vibes. COC influences abound, while “Screaming From Beyond” reveres classic metal through and through and yet feels current and connective to this moment. “Stronger Than Your Pain” is my favorite of the bunch, a pressing reminder to keep heart as hypnotic and melodic riffage brings to the forefont a will to carry on from the murk of doubts.

9. Oceans Of SlumberS/T 

Cammie Gilbert gave the best vocal performance in all of metal throughout the jaw dropping self-titled Oceans Of Slumber release (don’t even get me started on how good the band’s arguably best ever Type O Negative cover of “Wolf Moon” is). Oceans Of Slumber is a self-titled album that lives up to the underscored nature of self-titled albums, which can run the risk of not living up to the hype but in this case leaps galaxies to defy even the loftiest expectations. This is not just ‘prog metal’ that is annoyingly obtuse for the sake of being brainy. This is a soulful and heavy merger of so many genres into a seamless whole that it is a world unto itself yet full of the very best connective tissue to deeper realizations that make the human experience worth living.

10. DrainCalifornia Cursed 

Santa Cruz hardcore band Drain supplied the illest crossover record of 2020 (even stacked up with the also amazing Mr. Bungle frantic freak thrash record). Revelation Records did the world a big favor in backing this band, one of the most high energy groups in hardcore right now. It is almost impossible to turn this off before listening all the way through or at the very least flipping over a table.

11. Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!

Much like Canada’s Wolverine, doom duo Vile Creature keep unwittingly revealing they are the best there is at what they do. Everything about this release is amazing, from the most ambitious and full payoff compositions of the group’s career, to the support they are getting (well deserved) in the scene, to the already basically iconic art. The 3rd pressing is even on trans flag colored vinyl. Adam Tucker’s mix and master sounds better than anything they have released to date and really brings all their brilliance to the forefront without killing the furrowed brow vibes. The doom and gloom also has celestial level vibes on this record that add some very unique listening textures and feel larger than life, a friction of glory and gore.

12.  SkeletonS/T

It is fitting to include a Texas based punk/metal hybrid band on here in closing in a year where the loss of Riley from Power Trip brought huge attention to the impact the Lone Star state has had on the modern scene. By far the nastiest and filthiest riffs of the year (Worm Moon Offerings a close second), this record is in the Bane Give Blood and Slayer Reign In Blood tradition of blink and you’ll miss it, all killer/ no filler, wham bam thank you, etc. over and done leave ’em scorched and wanting more albums. Super stoked to see where this band goes in the future. Then you also have a song like “Catacombs” with some brief atmospheric intro perfection before the proceedings battle to a fiery finale.

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Band Spotlight: Deeds Of Flesh

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:57 AM (PST)

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.

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There is something to be said about Detroit style hard rock. There is no denying the electrifying energy once Seduce hits the stage. Seduce continues to sell out venues with their die hard fans that like it fast, hard, & loud.

Detroit’s very own Seduce is a heavy rock power trio that has been playing their own style, in your face music since the 80’s. Their unique sound integrates the weightiness and authenticity of their vast influences, Detroit grit, and their expertise of delivery which is why Seduce continues their success.

Seduce was featured in the movie Decline of the Western Civilization “The Metal Years. They just get better over time with rock and roll that our ears long for. Seduce consists of singer and bassist Mark Andrews, guitarist David Black and Drummer Chuck Burns.

Seduces’ 1985 self-titled first album has become a highly sought after album among the underground metal community worldwide and is still coveted today.

Now for the good stuff- Prudential Music Group & Rouge Records is proud to announce the December 2020 reissue of Seduce’s record Too Much Ain’t Enough which features the bonus track “Homicide” on special limited edition purple vinyl. The re-issue will be distributed through Sony Orchard.

This will sell out quickly. Both albums are available through https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store.html#!/Seduce/c/28915535

Photo credit: Travis Shinn

Nov. 13, LONDON – Periphery, who released Periphery: Live in London today, have made the 10-song album available as a hyper-limited cloudy blue vinyl variant, limited to 250 copies (https://store.periphery.net/). Vinyl purchasers will receive an exclusive bonus CD of the album.

“For years Periphery has wanted to do a live record. We’d always talk about it, what show would we capture? When would we do it? What would we want it to sound like? On November 15, 2019 we figured out the answers to those questions by capturing our entire show in London and we couldn’t be more excited to show it to everyone,” explains guitar player Jake Bowen. “London has consistently been one of our favorite places to play and this show was certainly one we’ll never forget, so we present to you our first live album…Periphery: Live in London!”

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Clutch has released its new single “Passive Restraints” today. “Passive Restraints”  originally appeared as the title track to the bands 2nd EP released in 1992. This newly recorded version is part of the Weathermaker Vault Series and features guest vocals by Randy Blythe from Lamb of GodClutch and Blythe have collaborated on this track live for several years now, the last time at European festival appearances in the summer of 2019. The song can be streamed on Spotify at this location: https://orcd.co/ passiverestraints and on the band’s official YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/yy2575t7

 

The upcoming official video for the song was directed by David Brodsky (The Black Dahlia Murder, Papa Roach).

 

Passive Restraints’ was one of the first Clutch songs I wrote lyrics to,” states frontman Neil Fallon. “It was a staple of Clutch sets for years but fell by the wayside as we wrote more and more songs over the years. When we toured with Lamb of God a few years back, Randy would often ask us to bring it back into rotation. We dragged our feet, and finally, we caved. And we were glad we did. The last time Clutch played Copenhell, Randy joined us on stage to perform the song. We decided to re-record it for the WM Vault Series and thought it was only fitting to have Randy join us.”

 

“When Clutch asked if I wanted to sing an older song with them during our 2016 tour together, I knew immediately which one I wanted to do- ‘Passive Restraints adds Blythe. “We performed it in Milwaukee, then again a few years later at Copenhell Fest in Denmark, and I had a blast both times. I think they were a bit surprised I chose a song released in 1992, but I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve followed their development as a band since the early days and have enjoyed every album, but as a musician, I know sometimes it’s fun to dust off something you haven’t played in many years and see how it sounds. The song holds up to this day, and I was honored to sing on its re-release.”  

 

The single “Passive Restraints” comes from the upcoming album “WeatherMaker Vault Series Vol. I” out on Friday November 27th.
CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

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AC/DC release “Realize” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:07 AM (PST)

Nothing to scratch your head at here, just the feel good news that AC/DC are indeed back with the second single “Realize” from their impending monster new album Power Up (out November 13th). I keep thinking of PWR BTTM when I see the PWR/UP stuff online, but whatever. The music is as utilitarian yet grand in bluesy, gritty scope as ever. Sure, there is a song called “Through The Mists Of Time”, which sounds like a Maiden or Rhapsody Of Fire song title, but you can’t blame the lads for getting a bit misty eyed or nostalgic in their old age. Still, this is no bullshit, true rock n’ roll.

While I haven’t been crazy about the album titles for the last few releases from the band, there is no questioning that the music still packs the punch and distinctive qualities the group are legendary for. The follow-up to 2014’s Rock Or Bust features AC/DC‘s 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).

Power Up was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien. Having this exist in a miserable 2020 is downright fucking heartwarming news.

Kick back and enjoy the sound of some real veteran pros doing what they do best with a touch (but not too much) of modern slickness, but not too much greasing of the wheel. This is just good, workmanlike stadium level songwriting (with a slight touch of “Thunderstruck” melodic call back in the backing melody). God bless AC/DC and rock n roll.

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Death metal contingent ABIOTIC have returned with an exciting new pending release, Ikigai.

The album will be released on Friday, February 12th, 2021 via The Artisan Era. Cover art was handled by Caelan Stokkermans known for his work with Soreption, Cattle Decapitation, and Fires in the Distance. Abiotic – Ikigai was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Tony Simone at Zenbeast Media. Vocals were recorded and produced by Nick Loiacono at Fang Studios.

Abiotic guitarist John Matos comments on the development of Ikigai
“Our intention behind Ikigai was to come back with a vengeance. As it has been over 5 years since our last release, we wanted to put together the most cohesive, diverse, deep, and brain shattering record we possibly could and I feel like we’ve achieved that and more with this album. Having written this over the course of the last couple of years and finishing this record during a pandemic, the feelings we sought to bring out with this record; pain, grief, desperation, and perseverance are palpable in every note, every chord, and every word, with lyrics touching on topics of suicide, depression, addiction, climate change and the struggle of finding our reason for being.

We wanted to make this record real and relatable in every sense. This album is without a doubt the best material we’ve ever put together, with brand new elements, and a production/mix that has taken our sound to new heights. The addition of Tony Simone and Kilian Duarte solidified this. We decided to include a variety of guests that we’ve always wanted to collaborate with, like Trevor Strnad, Chaney Crabb, Brandon Ellis, Scott Carstairs, Jared Smith, and Jonathan Carpenter, and are beyond excited for everyone to hear them.

We really wanted to push the boundaries of what fans expect from us while giving them the signature sound we’ve honed in that they’ve come to love. Personally, Ikigai is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life, especially after not knowing if the band was ever going to come back. But we’re back. And we’re here to stay.”

Abiotic – Ikigai Tracklisting
1. Natsukashii
2. Ikigai
3. Covered the Cold Earth
4. Smoldered (Feat. Chaney Crabb of Entheos)
5. The Wrath
6. If I Do Die (Feat. Brandon Ellis of The Black Dahlia Murder)
7. Souvenir of Skin (Feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
8. Her Opus Mangled (Feat. Jared Smith of Archspire)
9.  Horadric Cube (Feat. Scott Carstairs of Fallujah)
10. Grief Eater, Tear Drinker (Feat. Jonathan Carpenter ex-The Contortionist)
11. Gyokusai

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New York City hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL release their new live video of “Never Back Down” recorded straight from their homes. Check out the video HERE. The track is off their album The Last Act Of Defiance and follows the previous quarantine sessions “Alone“, “The Bland Within“, “Paper Tiger” and “Hardcore Horseshoe“. Make sure to subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel in order to get notified about future releases like the last quarantine clip that will be released in two weeks.

 

“This Quarantine Jam is a perfect anthem for these times! ‘Never Back Down’! Coming from the ‘Last At Of Defiance’ album. Here’s rally cry to get you through all the shit and the seemingly endless plague. It’s high energy, anthemic hardcore music, rooted in punk and Oi are a perfect fit to the take no shit everyman and everywoman lyrics. A reminder that no matter what they throw at you, keep on pushing, keep on fighting,” states SICK OF IT ALL about the release.
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ABNORMALITY announce break up

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 9:47 AM (PST)

Technical death metal monsters Abnormality sadly have announced a break up. I am listening right now to the pulverizing perfection of “Curb Stomp” from their final Metal Blade album Sociopathic Constructs and I am truly going to miss this band. One of the most powerful metal acts in the underground as far as songwriting skills, technical prowess and imposing menace, Abnormality were immensely brutal and bad ass.

This is pretty much a gut punch for death metal fans and adds to a rough 2020, but we will always have their brilliant records and new projects.

The band’s announcement can be read below or on Facebook.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
It is with a heavy heart today we inform you that we are closing this chapter of our lives and Abnormality is no more. This was a difficult but mutual decision by all the members and there are no hard feelings. It has been going on for a while that we felt we were growing apart, and the pandemic and travel bans were the final nail in the coffin.
We are grateful for these past 15 years of making heavy music for you all and playing stages across the country and across the globe. We will never forget the awesome memories and the friendships forged.

A huge thank you to Metal Blade Records, and to all of our fans for the love and support over all these years. Most of us will continue making music in other projects, so rest assured you will see us individually in one form or another.

Long-running Oakland, California-based doom metal band CARDINAL WYRM is preparing to release their fourth album, Devotionals, on December 11th. Alongside the album’s details, cover art, and preorders, the song “Nightmarchers” has been made available for streaming.

CARDINAL WYRM‘s Devotionals can be described as heavy, intricate, driving, progressive, and genre bending music that seeks to tell a story. The album features Pranjal Tiwari (S.C.R.A.M.) on drums and lead vocals, Nathan A. Verrill (Terebellum, Fyrhtu) on guitars and backing vocals, and Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Terebellum, Hammers Of Misfortune, Fyrhtu) playing bass and providing additional vocals.

The follow-up to their Svart Records-released 2016 album Cast Away SoulsCARDINAL WYRM‘s Devotionals was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Necrot, Vastum, Brainoil) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Sunn O))), Vastum). The album is completed with cover artwork by Kim Holm, photography by Michael Thorn and Amy Oshit, and layout/design by Shelby Lermo.

Stream the first single from CARDINAL WYRM’s Devotionals, “Nightmarchers,” now at THIS LOCATION.

CARDINAL WYRM will self-release Devotionals on cassette and across all digital service providers on December 11th. Find preorder options HERE and watch for a vinyl edition likely early next year.
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Killer Be Killed, who release one of the year’s most anticipated rock records, Reluctant Hero, on Nov. 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, have debuted a third single from the eagerly-awaited collection: “Inner Calm From Outer Storms”. The sophisticated and multi-layered attack of this song has a blend of alternative, extreme metal and relentless emotion that is hard to top. Probably the best tune yet from this tour de force of a band.

“‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’ is about having the ability to sense a distant or unseen target,” explains Troy Sanders. “It explores a journey of reckless abandon where the destination may, or may not, actually exist.”

Greg Puciato agrees, saying the lyrics reference “the idea of being open to the freedom of having chaos be a state of existence.”

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The cognitive dissonance of seeing Maga morons dance to YMCA has finally been topped as Tom Morello from RATM/Prophets Of Rage/Audioslave fame shared a deeply absurd and sad video of blue balls matters advocates dancing to Rage’s classic “Killing In The Name”. Did these absolute fucking dipshits not realize it is an anti racist cop anthem? They probably heard the part about those working forces burning crosses and thought ,”Cool! We Stan that! MAGA! A storm is coming!”

Thank God black voters overwhelmingly voted against Trump and helped topple this utter shitstain on Amerkkkan history. You can hold blue accountable and move the dial further left. That is not possible with the GOP. They constantly try to surpress black votes and downplay the Southern Strategy they implemented for decades to demonize blacks. They made a climate in America that made it impossible to even be elected in the USA as a Democrat unless you appeared ‘tough on crime’ too, for decades. Which thankfully many Dems now regret pandering too because it helped hurt people. The GOP also act like Dems think no minorites are allowed to be “free thinkers” rather than the fact that it is just super depressing to see them get gaslit and swindled.

GOP willingly cheer for Russian intrusions into elections then have the gall to have white privileged morons like the very Anchorman named Buck Sexton claim the DEMS did voter fraud? As if there isn’t already bi-partisan observation of the polls, always! And spare me your Dominion blue vote machine conspiracies. Why didn’t we win the Senate outright then? Make it make sense. And none of you cared about, say, Jeb Bush or GOP voter suppression before this election, I notice.

You are the same clowns who think white cis males haven’t been centered in all of modern history, the same motherfuckers who would hear “Down Rodeo” and be like ,”what’s wrong with not seeing a brown skin man since grandma bought one?”

Just because he slurred like a drunken wrestling fan doesn’t mean DONALD TRUMP was ever populist! He is a gilded, failed conman who grifted the country out of hundreds of millions of dollars and tried to destroy our sacred institutions and gaslight the fight against white supremacy and paint ANTI FASCISM as bad!

WELCOME BACK TO REALITY. Here’s a cold blue dousing. Biden won by the biggest general margin ever and yeah a lot of Dems mailed in votes cuz we didn’t want super spreader parties like you Rona Romancing White Supremacists. If we got rid of the electoral college we wouldn’t have these scary moments nearly as often. Reproductive rights wouldn’t always be on the chopping block.

Voting DOES matter. Look at Georgia. We can’t burn down the entire system in one day and not have countless marginalized people hurt in the process. We can reform and coalition build.

And for the left, stay vigilant and keep moving things more progressive. Stay active and keep voting to get progress made in local elections. And above all call out disinfo when you see it perpetuated and make MAGA types feel the social consequences. I don’t mean cancel everyone without trying to educate but if it is hopeless it is not just “cancelling”, it is called not having to do permanent emotional labor for idiots who can’t grasp the bare bone structures of human history despite more access to information than ever before. Some of them are just gullible bigots!

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