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MEMORIAM are one of the too few bands that kept me sane the last few years when everyone else and their mother was either turning right wing edgelord, bickering amongst themselves over dumb shit and undermining productive coalition building or wallowing in their privilege instead of accepting genuine critique. This band stayed strong and released killer record after killer record! They spread an “old school death metal and political awareness can be good bedfellows” message that never sacrificed tunes over schooling the masses yet still manage to not skimp in the important knowledge department either (even when banging skulls together)!

The band consists of Bolt Thrower’s iconic Karl Willetts alongside ex-members of Benediction and Sacrilege and will never let you down.

To The End, the group’s triumphant latest, will be out via Reaper Entertainment in late March. Order it HERE.

Karl Willetts states:
“This is one of the first songs that came together for the new album. A song, we got a serious political theme to it, written in the whole time span of the “black lives matter” demonstrations.
So this song is inspired by these events and it is inspired by a friend of mine, who was involved in one of these demonstrations in the USA. She was there to video the event.
And in the process of this, she managed to get arrested and received 80 hours of community service for her work on the demonstration. But she managed it to get very good video footage of the police, warning the crowd and threatening to use chemical weapons to get them off the streets. It was frightening to see these scenes and it inspired me to write the lyrics of the song.
So the lyrics fit very well with the music, which is very hard and hitting. This song is a tribute to all people who was part of the black lives matters demonstrations and of course to my friend.”

 

Along with Boston hardcore band Move‘s explosive and must hear Freedom Dreams , MEMORIAM’s “Failure To Comply” rounds out a really solid week for informed and meaningful new material in the heavy music scene!

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Metal Video Meltdown: Gizmachi, Veil Of Maya news items

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:24 AM (PST)

Late weekend news on a couple of bangers for ya today as I try to distract myself from the obstinate idiocy of Bill Maher and Megyn Kelly. Enough pretending you are liberal, Bill. You constantly platform and are starry eyed at or giddy about agreeing with bigoted pieces of shit. Anyway…

Gizmachi are back after a noted absence from the scene, a sort of hybrid blend of extreme, Nu and fusion metal who I often used to enjoy seeing on stacked bills in Poughkeepsie back in the day. I just woke up and made coffee and discovered the band’s new video for “Look What I’ve Become.”

I was certainly startled to see no Sean Kane in the video but rather the much balder head of Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid. What the heck is going on? Well, all I know for sure is the band has a new album coming out March 12th called Omega Kaleid and it is awesome to see them rise up again. Always a killer live show and a lot of passion and talent in this group, so we wish them the best whatever the line-up situation is!

In a double whammy for you tech metal nutsos out there, prog-core torchbearers Veil Of Maya are also back with a new jam! See the animated video for “Viscera” below!  Lukas Magyar continues to elevate the sophistication of the band’s material as the group unveil a Mad Max hellscape in an animated clip for fans.

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Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

Progressive death metal greats GOJIRA have announced their anticipated new record Fortitude for an April 30th release via Roadrunner. Fortitude is sure to be one of the biggest heavy rock releases of the year and was recorded and produced by Joe Duplantier at Silver Cord Studio in Queens, and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine). To say it is going to kick ass would be a huge understatement. With Rush Limbaugh croaking and now this news, today can’t get any better!

The new single deals with mortality and personal growth and can be observed with awe below.

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THE CROWN release “We Drift On” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:06 AM (PST)

Photo credit: Ida Kucera

THE CROWN are going to absolutely clobber this year with their Royal Destroyer release. Today you can hear the majesty of “We Drift On” (directed by Christoffer Tönnäng and Oskar Norberger), a minacious yet resolute tune that has an accompanying video full of unpleasant inward thoughts.

Guitarist Marko Tervonen comments: “I think that after 30 years, people are aware that we can play pretty brutal music. But we also sometimes like to take it down a notch and explore other areas. I guess in 2021, it’s pretty difficult to ‘surprise’ people with a brutal song, so we hope to surprise you with this more mellow tune. Dare I even use the word ‘ballad’ *insert-fear-here*
Ok. Lean back, drift on and enjoy.”

Uh, don’t worry dude. It still sounds pretty damn heavy and very metal.


“It is our album number ten, so now we are in the big boys club,” says bassist Magnus Olsfelt. “I think it in some ways is our crowning achievement, and it encompasses our sound across all albums on one defining record. It’s got it all – the early 90s death metal stuff, the haunting melodies, the thrash, the punk, the grind, the heavy metal and the more epic and doomy stuff.”

Together with legendary producer Fredrik Nordström, the band tracked the resulting 10 songs at Gothenburg’s Studio Fredman. “We push ourselves to the limit, really trying to make everything as good as it can get, trying to make every song as impactful as possible,” Olsfelt states. While he believes that people need to hear the album themselves to be able to accurately describe it, Olsfelt also asserts that The Crown have achieved something that makes for a “continuous whole” – while being diverse. There are also some surprises in store for fans. “We have some of the most intense stuff ever, like one song is about one minute long, and we also have a ballad!”

Royal Destroyer track-listing
1. Baptized in Violence
2. Let the Hammering Begin!
3. Motordeath
4. Ultra Faust
5. Glorious Hades
6. Full Metal Justice
7. Scandinavian Satan
8. Devoid of Light
9. We Drift On
10. Beyond the Frail

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Brutal Records‘ signees Venomous represent some of the finest metal from São Paulo. With a new EP Tribus on the horizon for February the band is making their single “Unity” available at streaming platforms. This is an anticipated new chapter after The Black Embrace and you can of course see the already available “Unity” video below. The song covers a range of styles and is the last part of a trilogy that started with their song “Trinity” back in 2018. “Unity” portrays a clouded reality against harsh death vocals and energetic yet old school sounds paired with a few moments that even remind me of early In Flames and a progressive leaning bridge, plus the band’s patented shifting rhythmic awareness. It adds up to an enjoyable headbanging experience that makes you crave more.

“Our single Unity from the EP TRIBUS will be available tomorrow in all streaming platforms! TRIBUS will be fully available on 26 February!”

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Upstate, NY heavy hitters SICKBAY have become a staple of the regional heavy scene, putting out material consistently and always upping their dark and deadly game. Death metal with a slight amount of hardcore crossover in the mix, Sickbay are clearly not worried about trends and just intent on creating the special blend of brutality that makes them tick. Jim Sinon stops by Metal Riot today to discuss the band’s history, latest bludgeon-fest Death’s Cold Grip and more BELOW.

Album Review: Undergang – ‘Aldrig i Livet’

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3:13 AM (PST)
Undergang – Aldrig i Livet 
Review By Ralka Skjerseth
Release Date: December 4th, 2020
Label: Dark Descent Records, Me Saco Un Ojo, Extremely Rotten Productions

 

The precarious side of the Copenhagen underground music scene has always been fascinating to me, especially with names like Halshug and Nuclear Death Terror surrounding. This time, I found a recent interesting discovery which is the death metal act Undergang. The band has been around since 2008, actually. And back in December 4th, 2020, they released an impeccable new album called Aldrig I Livet which is signed to Dark Descent Records, Me Saco Un Ojo, and Extremely Rotten Productions.

 

Having characteristics that incorporate the elements of Finnish old school death metal, Undergang’s sounds will remind their listeners of Abhorrence and Demilich, mostly when it comes to the intricate riffs and gnarly guttural vocals. The Finnish influence can also be found on the name of one of their previous records, Kuolema Parantaa Kaikki Haavat (translation: “death heals all wounds” in Finnish). It’s not like I understand enough Danish to comprehend the whole lyrics on this album, but my intermediate proficiency in Norwegian (which is mutually intelligible with Danish) helps me understand the main themes that are elucidated in the lyrics; which are death, bacterial infection, corpses, and the act of slaughter. Belligerent enough to represent the brutality of the death metal scene — followed by the fact that Aldrig I Livet roughly means “over my dead body”. The cover art of this album, which is said to bear a striking resemblance to Totalitär’s Sin Egen Motståndare (although not intentional), manifests Undergang’s own familiar idea that death is the escape from life when life gets too much, with the illustration of a man cutting his own throat. It strengthens the gory imagery of Undergang.

 

It has been almost four years ever since Undergang last released a full-length album. If their previous release Misantropologi (2017) is rather inclined towards doom metal-esque elements with its slower paces and absence of blast beats, then Aldrig I Livet rather sticks to their death metal roots; with its abrasive and chaotic grinding sounds, even though the deeply resonating doom elements are still a bit intact. The undecipherable vocals of Aldrig I Livet present erratic layers of distortion and involve a lot of gurgling. There are a lot of menacing hooks you can find on this album, also followed by stark riffs with thick atmospheres. The drums kind of implement punk elements, and the groovy fast paces of the drums help build a ghastly nuance. Reverb and distortion can also be found on this album, precisely on the title track “Aldrig i livet”. Meanwhile, cleaner guitars are presented on “Ufrivillig donation af vitale organer”. The track “Sygelige nydelser…” features feedback and has a vehemently heavy guitar solo from around 01:15 to 01:14. You will come across resonances that will remind you of early Carcass materials on the track “Indtørret”, and you will come across a convergence between death metal and crust punk on the track “Rødt dødt kød”. The track “Menneskeæder” is one of the tracks that makes you instantly notice the Finnish old school death metal reference.

 

My verdict is that Aldrig I Livet intensely brings you to a funereal yet memorable death metal experience. You will find incoherent distortions and massive hooks here and there, and that’s surreal. Not only that it will bring you back to early Carcass materials, but also early Obituary materials. I can see that Undergang keeps on growing and improving, and Aldrig I Livet is one of the manifestations of their growth.

Lee McKinney of Born Of Osiris fame is a multi-faceted dude with a wide range of talents, a regular prog-metalcore Joe Fixit.

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.

Speaking on the release, McKinney shares:
“I’m excited to launch this video for Amanuensis because in a way it shows off the process of how I write these songs. For the first time in a video, you’ll see me in my studio playing guitar, bass, keys, and more. I hope you enjoy it!”
McKinney also recently announced his MMA-focused podcast “The Art Of The Breakdown” in addition to his “Infinite Mind” podcast, both available on YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify.

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Spanish technical death metal masters WORMED are now streaming a brand new play-through video for the song “Bionic Relic,” which is taken from 2019’s sci-fi EP, Metaportal. Check out the play-through HERE!

WORMED comment: “We’re not  fans of play-throughs, but since this world is changing and we haven’t played anywhere for a year (!!!) we thought you would like to enjoy a display of a ‘Metaportal’ track, ‘Bionic Relic’ with the full band. This was recorded on different planets. We live light years from each other and it’s quite hard to be all together for recording any footage. Become a ‘Bionic Relic’ with us!

Wormed might not be super keen on play-throughs but we sure are and they are great at them! Enjoy our collective race towards the singularity with this bop!

Metaportal was released on July 19, 2019 and can be streamed, downloaded, and ordered HERE.

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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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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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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.

Legendary Dutch death doom elite ASPHYX finally returns with their new, 10th full-length studio album entitled Necroceros. The new album was recorded at Tom Meier’s Tom Meier Studio and at Paul Baayens’ The Mörserstudio, then it was mixed and mastered by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann at Greenman Studios. Necroceros, which once again features front cover artwork by Axel Hermann, will be available worldwide on January 22nd, 2021 via
Century Media Records.

 

ASPHYX frontman Martin van Drunen states, “The first recordings for ‘Necroceros’ started somewhere in November 2019. Mainly just rough ideas. We hired Tom’s studio for a couple of jam-sessions so we could record as soon as we thought something had potential. We finished about 6/7 songs, but after a few listenings we decided there had still quite some work to be done.
 

 

After the 3 previous albums and this one being ASPHYX’s 10th official full studio record we were very well aware that the standard had to be incredibly high. Our advantage was that for the first time we had a steady line-up. Since “Incoming Death” we were damned good “worked in” together, one “felt” what the other wanted or where he was music-wise going. With Paul having tons of riffs on the shelves, the earlier takes and the unexpected rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak and thus all our gigs being canceled one after the other, we booked Tom once more for a bunch of jam-recordings. Which turned out marvelously…
 
It took 2 weekends to finally arrange all songs and tape the drum-tracks. Going completely berserk while playing and being totally satisfied with the variety, rawness, brutality and dynamics of each particular track, we were 100% certain that we were heading in the right direction.
 
Long before all the above was happening, I already had introduced “Necroceros” as a working title. It came out spontaneously, sounded powerful and since we used the word “Death” in every release-title, so did “Necro”. The idea was a sci-fi fantasy entity on an eternal course, existing only to devour planets, turning universes into meaningless voids. And while the boys were laying guitars and bass over the drums I searched and wrote the themes and lyrics for every single track. And there we were…
 
To mix with Seeb was a shot in the dark, but he had told me one of his wishes was to ever be able to mix a Death Metal album for a band like ASPHYX. And since we wanted a fresh input, we gave him a chance by letting Seeb do a test and it fused simply excellent.
 
As always, we passed the working title on to Axel Hermann to skizz about and let him throw his morbid imagination over it with detailed bits and pieces. And once more he didn’t let us down with another brilliant masterpiece.
 
And here we are. Something old, something new, something krushing, something sparkling, something alcoholic, something genius, but all very, very ASPHYX!”
The first single and video for the forthcoming album, along with more details about Necroceros, will be released on November 6th, at the start of the album’s pre-order campaign. Stay tuned for more details.
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Greenwitch sign to Horror Pain Gore Death

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:53 AM (PST)

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed California’s sci-fi inspired old school Death Metal devastators Greenwitch. The new EP CosmoSteelBlood Trinity is up now for pre-order and will be released November 20th on CD and Digital formats, along with merchandise and bundles.  “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” was recorded, mixed and engineered by Taylor Young (Kruelty, Vitriol, NAILS) at The Pit Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Obituary, YOB) at Audiosiege Below is the official description:

Horror Pain Gore Death welcome Greenwitch to the roster with “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity”! Hailing from California, Greenwitch perform sci-fi inspired old school Death Metal that is full of intensity, extremity and interstellar brutality. “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” utilizes the classic HM-2 tone along with cosmic noise to convey an epic tale of the aftermath of a power struggle between the 9 Galactic Lords and 3 extradimensional beings. Prepare yourself for an astral assault as Greenwitch take you on a mystical journey through the deepest, darkest dimensions of devastation! “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” was recorded, mixed and engineered by Taylor Young (Kruelty, Vitriol, NAILS) at The Pit Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Obituary, YOB) at Audiosiege. For fans of Blood Incantation, Disembowel, Full Of Hell, Kommand, Kruelty, Necrot, Outer Heaven, Sanguisugabogg, Triumvir Foul, Undeath and Xibalba

Skeletal Remains have built up a reputation for being a reliable source for some of the best death metal around where old school feel and fury and the ‘raw’ stuff manages to coincide with technical aspects without the scales being tipped. Plenty of stuff your Death or Massacre addict could vibe with and champion while still retaining the attention of people looking for something new, The Entombment Of Chaos is a must hear record for anyone who wants to properly get a grasp on a comprehensive list of the best stuff that came out this year. Despite some upheavals, the current incarnation of the band have released their most essential, confident and potentially career defining release yet! Even if you are not some scholarly metal cleric in a dusty tower, you can casually pick this up and find a killer outlet to both channel rage and have fun.

I spoke to Mike about the new album, coping with Covid, being part of the storied history of death metal, love for the fans and more RIGHT HERE!