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Atriarch announce ‘Dead As Truth’ album, premiere song

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charlie Benante Relaunches Benante’s Blend Coffee Line

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2:28 PM (PST)

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A bunch of cool bands from Life Of Agony to Tombs have branched out into the interesting realm of coffee sales on the side. This is not a joke. Whatever pays the bills or is a passion, right? I mean Purple Pam, Bad Brains and a bunch of other bands made hot sauce as well! And we know a lot of groups have made beer, from Daylight Dies to Sepultura Weizen to Kid Rock’s shitty “Badass American Lager”!

Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante loves coffee. This might explain how at his age he is still able to fucking out slay pretty much every other drummer in thrash with the debatable exception of Lombardo and Hoglan. Is caffeine the secret to the power of Suzerain’s intro? Who knows.

Anyway, having teamed up to collaborate with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee Co., his brand “Benante’s Blend” has undergone enhancements that include higher quality choice of coffee beans, a change in the way the beans are roasted that give the coffee a larger and more flavorful taste, and other tweaks, Benante and Dark Matter are proud to announce the relaunch of “Benante’s Blend.”

The coffee will still be available in two varieties, the “Be All End All” blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the “Forever Metal” blend, a milder coffee.  And, despite the upgrades, Benante is keeping the price the same.
“I’d been hearing about Dark Matter for awhile,” said Benante.  “They’re based in Chicago where I live, so I tried some of their coffee and thought it was great.  We hooked up, I went down to their headquarters and spent a day there just talking coffee, doing some tasting and I have to say, I felt like I was part of this coffee family.  Everyone there really enjoys the art of coffee, as do I, so this was something I was really interested in being a part of.  We worked together to come up with what I feel is a perfect cup of coffee, and I’m happy to say that my Benante’s Blend is under the umbrella of the Dark Matter coffee family.”
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Wow. End of an era. News has broke that longtime Baroness guitarist Pete Adams, who played a HUGE role in the band’s ascent to arguably the coolest sludge prog pop hybrid band just about ever, has left the band amicably. So glad I saw their first return show post crash. Pete will still be active in the awesome af Valkyrie (which he plays in with his brother) and Baroness have even announced a replacement already.  We are sure they will still be great. Still, we gotta toast Pete on his way out as watching him and John together was always magic and felt like a real brotherhood as well. Maximum eternal hails.

Read a lengthy statement from everyone BELOW. It is warm and inspiring, actually.

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Danzig is one of my all time biggest musical heroes. By far. I defend him generally no matter what. I really believe in a lot of his material and was in a tribute band with Andy Animal that was one of the best experiences of my life – Wolfsblood. That said, he is an adult and has the resources to do research and cite credible sources if he is gonna cause ripples that endanger real women and Muslims. On a Memorial Day when Trump blanks on properly honoring a 23 year Army vet in Portland who was killed stopping white supremacy because it might offend Trump’s KKK fuckboi fanbase who are too dumb to notice they have done more domestic terrorism than Muslims except the ones Trump turns a blind eye too if he does business with them, I don’t need Danzig spitting bs about border shit and 1950s gender roles or disinfo about Planned Parenthood that Alex Jones republipunks will take as Gospel cuz they beat off to the cover art of Black Laden Crown before even being sure if it was done by Simon Bisley or not.

Tommy Victor is one of my favorite heroes as well. This kind of casual BS affects a lot of fan bases AND endangers women. Real women. Not hypothetical babies. Not 1950s fake good old days that never were good in the first place from an intersectional perspetive. No last caress. Do not pass go or collect a skull. FUCK OFF with that shit. Way to super alienate a life long die hard and the numerous women in my life who would be dead if the rhetoric Trump is now spewing and cronies who amplify it is allowed to run rampant. Guess what, most fake Christians spreading the gospel according to pro life are dumb and misinformed as a fucking post Christ was never really crucified on, you cucks to kleptocracy. Die for oil, suckers.

Danzig has been around the world. Go to Mississippi and see how easy it is for women there. Don’t need extra fuel on the fire for ignorant citronella bonfires.

Worry about the production on your last few albums sucking and being a far cry from the glory days even with good songwriting! And in vicinity of the Misfits reunion scrutiny of what comes next THIS is how you choose to move ahead during a promotional time? Fuck off with that shit.

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I’m not just saying this to promote MY records or anyone’s really specifically, but here is a thought on art in general. Music can bring people together of many cultures. It is very hard for artists to have a sustainable career when no one purchases their art, even if they work hard. You can only get so far without support. Now, Ariana Grande or Eagles Of Death Metal have lots of fans, BUT…if fear and terror starts also cutting in to concert attendance and (unlikely, but) somehow dented it enough, that is a direct assault on culture exchange. The arts struggle enough. The whole idea of a starving artist being more valid is masochistic and puts artists at a huge disadvantage when many of them already have a lot on their plate already as sensitive or tuned in souls.

A great refutation of ideology you don’t like, be it violence or even a political movement or corporation you are against, is to vote with your dollars. Buy organic food, etc. Do what you can. I would hope the deaths of the music fans of Ariana Grande in Manchester , some with their whole lives ahead of them now stolen, might move some of you to go out and purchase a work of art, a shirt, a book, a movie, a record or something to help further the arts and to ESPECIALLY keep music, loud unabashedly alive music of any genre (except NSBM, duh), blasting in the faces of those who see it as a threat to divisions or who don’t want sexual, racial or social mores or gender roles to evolve. One love. PMA. Our hearts at Metal Riot go out to Ariana and her fans. What a sick, sad fucking senseless thing.

Here are a few recommendations of artists of different genres, races, genders and spiritual backgrounds we suggest you support and show that humanity will NOT be thrown backwards, be it by xenophobic Trumpster Divers (supporting only Arab nations you make money off of doesn’t count, Conald Chump/Trump), radical terror groups like Isis or whoever the fuck tries to front on unity and love:

Lizzo: https://twitter.com/lizzo

Tommy Genesis world wide: https://twitter.com/brasil_tommy

Solstafir: https://twitter.com/solstafiroffcal

Lara Hope and The Arktones: https://www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com/

Downtown Boys: https://twitter.com/DowntownBoys

Flatfoot 56: https://www.flatfoot56.com/ 

VOWWS: https://twitter.com/vowwsband 

I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything- I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight.

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RIP Chris Cornell

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:22 AM (PST)

No words will do justice to your legacy. Thank you

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In This Moment reveal “Ritual” artwork

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:24 AM (PST)

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Theatrical tour machines In This Moment have seemingly named their next offering Ritual. Some artwork was revealed today and fans are freaking out. “River Of Fire”, a new song the band has been playing live, was fucking awesome when I saw them in Albany (one of the biggest highlights of the set). More news as we get it.

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Multi-instrumentalist, song writer, and audio engineer THOMAS ANDREW DOYLE (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Hog Molly) will unveil the cinematic sounds of his Incineration Ceremony full-length via Yuggoth Records. Set for release May 16th, the adventurous nine-track offering is a return to roots of sorts for DOYLE.

 

Spending his formative years in music playing in jazz clubs while attending school studying classical and jazz music at Boise State University, DOYLE comes forth with a symphonic take on what is going on in his head. Spawned from the dark and dreary recesses of DOYLE‘s psyche comes an immense sound of textures, rhythms, and material suitable for film and standalone listening, disquieting all who are within an earshot.

 

People familiar with DOYLE‘s manifestations should expect the unexpected. DOYLE‘s entry into the world of symphonic composition is no novice beginner’s attempt. Incineration Ceremony is a musical journeyman’s expression that is genuine, heartfelt, honest, uncompromising, and authoritative.
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Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam) joins Overkill

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM (PST)

Jason Bittner, a drummers drummer who is a scene vet and has of course played with bands like the much missed Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam and briefly with Crisis, has joined thrash titans Overkill. This is a pretty fucking insanely good fit as Jason’s style is going to synch up very well for the band.

Press release here:

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).
“OVERKILL would like to announce it’s newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason “Sticks” Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy “The Mexicutioner” Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine.
Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

Jason “Sticks” Bittner states, “When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer………ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

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Being a closet Nazi does not make you a cool force of evil lurking in the shadows or whatever nonsense people tell themselves while listening to Skrewdriver alone and hating “weaker groups” but secretly wanting to be dominated by Terry Crews these days. Want a competing arena or marketplace of ideas and freedom? Fine. But many are simply too afraid to own their racist shit in public for fear of being ostracized by reasonable human beings. And yet you mock people closeted in the gay community or other  minorities who’ve feared for lives through history?

Some people praise Halford for being brave enough to come out in metal yet still help nurture conditions that make it hard to do so. Black metal has a massive problem with the cult of ambiguity. Black metal, for example, historically covets a sense of murky ambiguity often that can create occult or moral mystery or in actuality simply enable room for a lot of bs to go down.

Yes, it is easy on paper to agree with Trevor Noah when he says that Ann Coulter’s free speech must be protected, but when GOP groups, people with serious self-hate denial issues like Milo or goofy Proud Boy dorks are willingly going where they are overwhelmingly not wanted and the President is dog whistling Andrew Jackson enthusiasts because he is too much of a little slug to actually admit he is a racist piece of shit, there is a problem. The enabling of a larger platform at private institutions or elsewhere for controversy seeking scum who want to incite violence and then blame the oppressed groups for protesting is the epitome of gaslighting. It is generations of racism, white supremacist prison industrial complex prison for profit free labor crushing the spirits of black communities and then blaming them for their own unrest while simultaneously profiling and shooting them disproportionately. Go fuck yourself.

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Ozzy and Zakk reunite

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 1:41 PM (PST)

OZZY OSBOURNE AND ZAKK WYLDE SET TO REUNITE FOR 2017 TOUR

Rock fans rejoice!

For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again.

Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark OZZY’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.

OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who OZZY describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined OZZY’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on OZZY’s acclaimed BLACK RAIN album.

In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, OZZY’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). OZZY’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

“I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS,” Zakk Wylde adds.

Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic.

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Song Of The Week: Lola Black’s “Dead To Me”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:39 PM (PST)

Denver’s Lola Black recently released a catchy hard rock song “Dead To Me” that is sure to be an anthem for the band’s fans.  With footage from Higher Elevation Rock Festival and KBPI Car Show last summer, the “Dead to Me” video was produced by Negative4 Productions. The band will also be re-releasing their EP Till Death Do Us Part via The Label Group on the same day as “Dead To Me,” May 5th, on iTunes and all other online retailers.

I dig Lola’s vocals. Kind of reminds me of if Alannah Myles fronted an early 00’s influenced hard rock band but with a lot more snarling grit to her voice to go with the smooth hooks. This is almost certainly going to be a band to watch if they keep up the production value on the videos. Best of luck to them.

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Thy Will Be Done have been a top notch live act for years, a band who deserve just as much recognition as NWOAHM bands like Lamb Of God, God Forbid or Shadows Fall (the last two don’t play anymore, of course) as total stage slayers. TWBD have a recent song “Breath Of Light” out and are set to finally return to the stage on April 28th. We are so psyched for the dudes and wanted to throw some horns up in their direction and J. Costa was kind enough to respond to our inquiry about how it feels to be nearly back after drummer Jay Waterman’s heart issues.

“It’s overwhelmingly emotional and exciting to be on the cusp of returning to the stage with our drummer; who got the green-light from his cardiologist, back behind the kit where he loves to be, and a new lead guitarist added to the fold. It’s been an arduous couple years, but we’re ready to shake the Earth and roll out the thunder!” – J.Costa

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