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Astralborne to raise hell

Morning to all you little fun loving imps out there. Lot of news today for metal. Plenty of new stuff and re-issues happening right now.

Before we start, Season Of Mist have a new website. Septicflesh, Gargoyl, Molassess (Farida Lemouchi’s new band) and plenty of other stuff to peruse.

Let’s get to the main content.

Ohio-based melodic death metal three piece, ASTRALBORNE have today released their debut album, Eternity’s End via Prosthetic Records. A video for the title track of the album has also been unveiled today, which can be seen below. Eternity’s End is available to purchase here.

Of the album release, the band comment:
“The moment we have been waiting for is finally here! For ASTRALBORNE, that moment is over three years in the making, from conception to execution. This is an important album for us, both cathartic and momentous, as all music should be. We want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone for their continued support, as well as to Prosthetic Records for their belief in us and this record. We absolutely cannot wait to share this album with the world and we hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.”

MOONSPELL‘s The Butterfly Effect , a semi-slept on record in their discography, is getting a reissue. Cool to see some of the band’s more experimental releases getting the love lately so more people see the full scope of all they have done over their long midnight ride. I love the green cassette tape option. The band has simply been killing it on the limited reissues and merch lately! A thrill for fans.

Influenced by industrial elements of the Nineties, this full-length release from the Portuguese pioneers captivates with down-tuned guitars, an electronic veil of ghostly synths and the concept of the scientific chaos theory, proclaiming that even the smallest events in life can lead to tremendous consequences.

Photo credit: Alex Krauss

New York avant-garde metal outfit IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT release their first single and music video “Rotted Futures” today. The track is off their upcoming fourth studio album Alphaville, which will be released on July 31st, 2020. Watch the video for “Rotted Futures” below.

“No one knows what the future shall look like. Well, some might know the shape of things to come. Some will bet on it. Perhaps we’re living it. Perhaps it will be quite different. If we had a special looking glass that could reveal millennia of repeated timelines we might observe big dreams for a bright future, built upon systemic shifts that eventually fall. Behold the future,” states IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT about the release.

Alphaville will be available in the following formats and can be pre-ordered HERE.
Gatefold Empire Black 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (black Vinyl)
Gatefold Atomic Sunrise 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (transp. sun yellow Vinyl)
Gatefold Statue of Verdigris 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (mint colored Vinyl)
Ltd. CD Edition
Digital Album

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Foundational thrash band Trauma prep new album

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM (PST)

 

Thrash veterans Trauma , widely known as the pre-Metallica band of Cliff Burton, have new plans in the works.

Late 2020 will prove to be a busy time for the first wave thrashers, as they will release their fourth full-length release overall, as well as touring throughout Europe on a bill also featuring Ross the Boss and Burning Witches. I dig Burning Witches a lot but defriended Ross on Facebook awhile ago over wack Trumpy posts (before that I was a huge fan). Hopefully he has cooled his jets on that MAGA nonsense, cuz he is a big talent and I have met him in real life. He actually played an awesome show in a small bar on 9/11 years ago that I helped book, so I have complicated bummed out feelings about it.

Anyway, this is about Trauma. What a relatable name for a lot of us! Comprised of members Donny Hillier – lead vocals, Kris Gustofson – drums, Greg Christian – bass guitar, Joe Fraulob – guitars and Steve Robello – guitars, Trauma looks to build on the buzz created by their last album, 2018’s As the World Dies.

“Trauma is currently considering what the album should be called,” explains Kris. “Usually for us we have to think about a theme/scope of the recorded songs and what it represents for the time now. Hopefully we will have something soon that makes sense for the recorded collection of tracks, It seems that the new record title, may be a little similar in its title as to our last album, ‘As the World Dies’.”

Currently until Covid-19 has run course more I am not posting ANY tour dates on the site as I think it is too soon and irresponsible of media outlets. I am not mad at bands for planning ahead with hope in their hearts, but I am focusing more on release based content than tour promo for now. I don’t think anywhere should be rushing to re-open without significant phasing and contingencies as well, not gaslighting that we can’t have a social safety net and can just afforf to help corporate and fat cat bailouts the most in times of crisis. Just letting readers know why I haven’t been pushing any 2021 or whenever tours on here the last few weeks.

But yeah – sorry for mixed energy post. Just wanted to celebrate the band has a new album in the works and you can head over to Trauma’s Facebook for other info.

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Lots of stuff happening over at Knotfest.com. Web-series, concert streams and much more.

Slipknot and the team behind their Knotfest brand have today revealed that Knotfest.com has been re-imagined to create a global multi-media hub for news, exclusive interviews, performances, merchandise and more dedicated to covering the very best of art, music, culture and media for fans of heavy culture.

To celebrate the launch in explosive fashion and marking what would have been the kick-off weekend of the highly anticipated Knotfest Roadshow US tour, Knotfest.com will be hosting an exclusive Knotfest Roadshow streaming event this Friday, May 29th at 3pm PDT.

This special online event will be hosted by Beez and feature exclusive concert streams and interviews with Slipknot, Underoath and Code Orange. In addition, a limited Slipknot Knotfest Roadshow merch drop will be available here for 72 hours only (starting Friday morning), featuring the tour merch collection that would have been sold this summer, while strictly limited Knotfest merch is available now here. (Editor’s Note: Including protective face masks)

Slipknot will be streaming their 2019 headline set from Graspop Festival in Belgium, filmed shortly before the band’s chart topping album, We Are Not Your Kind was released. It will preview with an exclusive interview with Clown conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Underoath will be streaming their performance from The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas from 2016 where they performed their seminal album, They’re Only Chasing Safety in full and will feature a portion of Ryan J. Downey’s Deep Dive interview with Underoath frontman, Spencer Chamberlain conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Code Orange will be streaming their ‘Last Ones Left: In Fear of the End’ performance that originally aired on Twitch back in March to launch their critically acclaimed album, Underneath and will feature a portion of Clown’s Electric Theater chat with frontman Jami Morgan.

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Christian “Speesy” Giesler (KREATOR bassist 1994-2019) has teamed with Florida duo Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC, MASSACRE, THE ABSENCE) and Taylor Nordberg (MASSACRE, THE ABSENCE) in the punk outfit, FORE. The lineup is rounded out by vocalist/lyricist Brian Stephenson (OLD JAMES, SKULL FIST).

FORE have released two songs, “What’s Right For You”, and “Today We Rise (No Tomorrow)” which can be streamed/purchased on the band’s Bandcamp page.

On the formation of the group, guitarist Nordberg said: “Jeramie and I both love that late 80s/early 90s punk like BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE, THE OFFSPRING, NOFX, so we decided it was time for us to make a punk band. We had already worked with Speesy and Brian in our “One Song In One Day” quarantine series, so we knew they were talented, pro, and easy to work with.”

Speesy added “So excited about a new band! Taylor asked me if I wanted to do something punk-like, and I agreed immediately as everyone knows, I’m a very, very big punk fan. From the idea to now, only 5 or 6 weeks have past.”

The group’s first songs, along with the rest of the band‘s debut album, were mixed and mastered by Nordberg and Kling at their own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.

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Thanks for a decade of supporting Metal Riot

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 12:30 PM (PST)

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Just wanted to post today that it is crazy we have been rocking out with you readers for a decade now here at Metal Riot. All of you that continue to read and support the site are awesome, so major thanks for keeping checking in over here. Personally this is the longest I have been with any publication or site and I am thankful for all the magazines and outlets I have written for over the years from Amp, New Noise (FRA & USA), Kingston Times, PopMatters to Dying Scene and others. Metal Riot has really become like home and allowed me unprecedented freedom and a chance to craft so much content for metal and punk fanatics. Big shout out to all the people who have contributed over the years, written rad albums we have discussed or who played a part in any way. – Morgan Y. Evans

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So Flynn – despite being obviously guilty of a ton of shit – skips out of charges thanks to the Baby Sinclair-helmed DOJ’s blatant corruption, I finally get a onetime stimulus check of money Trump and cronies have stolen from us a zillion times over and it instantly has to go towards a pricey car repair and James Woods (of all shitbags I can’t stand) tweeted something accurate about how Cuomo sucks and harmed senior homes. This evening is just obviously destined to serve as an excuse to eat quarantine sour patch kids and chase them with black coffee while rewatching American Horror Story: Apocalypse for the third time. Not to get all conspiracy theory, but Episode 9 “Fire and Reign” (the one with Anastasia that really could’ve used some Dead Again era Type O on the soundtrack) when the Cooperative has a meeting really gets me musing inwardly on how much Elon Musk is a dumb bro who seems to have blatantly been a cheerleader for eugenics during the whole god damn pandemic and, uh, his kid has a really dumb fucking name.  Way to ensure your kid renames themselves John Smith and grows up to play really bad boring pop country just to rebel against you and (probable) Godfather Joe Rogan.

Anyway, here’s five hardcore videos to help randomly fight the stir crazy.

Downset – “One Blood”: I could have used an older Downset video but we need to be united to defeat Coronavirus. This song yells “United” a bunch and it was fun interviewing them for I forget what magazine when this dropped. Wow, over five years ago already. Also, this comeback album did not get enough love. I know it is dumb of me but I can’t stop chuckling about how someone wrote ‘One Blunt!’ in the YouTube comments. The guitar tone is so gnarly and I want to stage dive.

Merauder – “Master Killer”:

Not exactly a deep cut but why wouldn’t you be randomly blasting this anyway on a Friday night in quarantine before a snowstorm in May, assholes? Prioritize!

Biohazard – “Shades Of Grey”:

Just admit that Biohazard was better than music now. Don’t deny the epic lack of social distancing in the crowd crunchy scenes (but don’t do that shit right now). Long haired Evan is the coolest. I also want to say fuck racism and RIP Ahmaud Arbery.

Sick Of It All – “Take The Night Off”: This isn’t even old Sick Of It All (new SOIA rules too), but Death To Tyrants is an apt title yet again. And we have to keep taking the night off right now to protect people. Don’t believe the bullshit propaganda to get you to endanger others and die for the “economy”.

 

Youth Of Today – “No More “: Stop eating animals. It’s disgusting.

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Russian goth metal band Inner Missing‘s cup brimmeth over with shadowed emotion and introspective, deep reflections. Their records are up for streaming now on many platforms. I suggest you start with Ghostwriter on Bandcamp (“The Loss”, track 2, is especially epic and well constructed) and work your way backwards. They have plenty of remarkable compositions. All 7 albums are available for the first time on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, etc. via Finnish record label Inverse Records.

The band has shared stages with My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Saturnus and Throes of Dawn just to name a few and Inner Missing is highly recommended for the fans of aforementioned bands.

“Does anyone remember where we put that tomb? Just scowl and pretend you know.”

One of my most anticipated for 2020 was Forgotten Tomb’s Nihilistic Estrangement and boy, does it deliver. The May 8th Agonia release is streaming below and has a mouth full of very sharp teeth to go along with the melody rich yet heavy black metal glory. This is another classic for the Italian band. Fucking love this album/act.

Nihilistic Estrangement was produced by Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio (vocal, guitars) and mixed by Alessandro “Algol” Comerio (bass). Jack Control mastered the album at Enormous Door Studios (Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Martyrdod).

Tracklist:
1. Active Shooter
2. Iris’ House Pt. I
3. Iris’ House Pt. II
4. Distrust³
5. Nihilistic Estrangement
6. RBMK

Line-up:
Ferdinando “Herr Morbid” Marchisio – vocals, guitars
Alessandro “Algol” Comerio – bass
Kyo-Naam “Asher” Rossi – drums

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Cult of cool dads?

Greetings corona conquerors. I am sipping coffee in my pjs and positively living from Axl dragging Steve Munchkin on Twitter about virus deaths. Chinese Democracy did more for the world and democracy than you ever did, Steve. Bootlicking moron. Plus Suicide Squad blew (except for Diablo).

Anyway, happy 2 year anniversary (I think) to Melania’s “Be Best”- LMAO.

Wanna tell y’all about this Belgian band of rocker dudes Cult Of Scarecrow today. I like their new video -made in quarantine- for “Adrift and Astray”. The keyboard set up got me stoked and I like that they are like regular metal dudes who are older and obviously doing what they love and thus not poseurs.

Thought I’d give their entertaining video and styles some love today as the whole thing is about an evil virus that wants to destroy metal being defeated as we rise back eventually from the ashes. Word up, dudes.

Official #1 album of the afterlife, ongoing…

Much like multi-faceted Goddesses of ancient times like Hecate, Demeter and Freya who were associated both with harvest/abundance and death or battle, Actually Huizenga is both a total baller and a subterranean legend who inspires well-deserved cult worship and who I am stoked to call a friend. Punk icon Ian Svenonius ( The Make-Up, Nation Of Ulysses) guest stars in the new video for “Burn The Witch” from the at times campy but still deeply relevant industrial project Patriarchy. Asking For It was pretty much my absolute favorite (of all genres) album last year -peeling back layers of social constructs amidst a blend of lusty cemetery industrial pop and death rock. Plus the songwriting quality, both musically and the lyrics, is insane. Every video has been dope af. I should’ve fucking put it on our year end list but since I am clearly an idiot I mostly leaned towards stuff on the 2019 year end list that was more blatantly metal or hardcore (with one exception of a folk Guns n Roses cover). Hopefully I will be forgiven. Actually Huizenga & Andrew Means are a crucial act to know in 2020.

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A reminder that Horisont are set to release Sudden Death on May 15th! The follow up to About Time is coming at last. I have been loving the piano intro to “Free Riding” in particular. This tune just scratches all my Thin Lizzy itches in the right ways (and some prog ones too). Unabashed scandinavian stud music.

 

Lastly today, we need to celebrate that Alestorm has a new album with a completely epic title Curse Of The Crystal Coconut out May 29th via Napalm. “Treasure Chest Party Quest” has lyrics about babies with tiny metal hands being born drunk. If this fucknuts video doesn’t make you laugh a little in these bleak, shitty times then nothing will. Also, the production of the song is pretty huge…and of course the bearded baby. This is one of the greatest experiences I have had while in quarantine, frankly.

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ELLEFSON to release Post-Malone cover

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:49 PM (PST)

ELLEFSON, the solo band of Grammy-Winning MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the release date for their cover of the POST MALONE track “OVER NOW”, which will release exclusively on BANDCAMP on 5/9, and on all other digital outlets on 5/15. The track will appear on their as yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due in October.

Produced by Ellefson, Vocalist Thom Hazaert, and guitarist Andy Martongelli, engineered and mixed by Allessio Garavello, with vocals engineered by Richard Easterling and Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred), and featuring cover art by Melody Myers (Altitudes and Attitudes, Escape The Fate) the track is a heavy reimagining of the R&B flavored Posty favorite (co-written with Tommy Lee), also featuring drummer Paolo Caridi, and guest background vocals by legendary former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Asia vocalist, and frequent Ellefson/Hazaert collaborator Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

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Spylacopa

Today, May 1st, Bandcamp are waiving their share of revenue sales for 24 hours. Groceries For Seniors is a good start, if charity is in your heart more than genre. Here are ALSO (of course) a few great weirdo rock and metal releases we recommend you buy or check out if you are looking for something or someone cool to support or listen to.

First up, Sacred Bones has a new Sabbath covers comp out. The Uniform gnarly take on “Symptom Of The Universe” (sans melodic “Yeahhhhs”) is pretty rad. Thou doing “Supernaut” is probably my favorite track, all things said. Just beastly. They also include Hilary Woods doing “N.I.B.” plus Marissa Nadler’s “Solitude” cover and Zola Jesus doing “Changes”, among others.

 

Barishi- Old Smoke : A beastly stomper that recalls and nearly rivals earliest, angriest Mastodon, staggering like a wounded warrior through prog-coated mazes of confusion pursued by a mean ass Minotaur. “The Silent Circle” has one of the most no holds barred album opening riff onslaughts of the year once it gets rolling out of the fog. A welcome return from the Vermont masterminds and sure to create a big wave. Support!


Adzes – No One Wants To Speak About It: The always top notch Tridroid Records folks are going to be releasing the Adzes melodic sludge debut a lot of us have been waiting for. This is likely to be one of the top releases in the genre as far as musical quality goes this year. This Seattle project is A+ passionate and worker centric, perfect for a May day plug.  Forest Bohrer channels some major Godflesh vibes on “Divide” and the artwork accentuates the themes of wealth inequality destroying humanity.

Spylacopa – It’s All Over Now : Some digitally enhanced shoegaze influenced moody art pop material from the always eclectic Spylacopa project. John LaMacchia (Candiria) and Rising Pulse are always worth checking up on.
“Lost we are without/The guiding beacons burning out” feels like a good summary of how hard it is to keep faith during this sketchy moment for humanity.

During the writing of SUNN O)))’s opus Life Metal, Greg and Stephen created three rehearsal demos of riffs and production ideas in Anderson’s Downtown LA rehearsal studio. SUNN O))) is pleased to offer them via Bandcamp Day, TODAY ONLY. Proceeds will go to Global Food Banking Network.

Find the demos here:
https://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/life-metal-rehearsal-260518
https://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/life-metal-rehearsal-250518
https://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/life-metal-rehearsal-230518

Ok, friends. Back to crying about Order 66 for me. See ya soon.

 

 

 

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Rainy day check-in and some music recommendations for you today here at Metal Riot.

I am doing ok. My mother, as I wrote a day or so back, has coronavirus along with 70 other patients at her elder care/dementia facility. For now she is stable and things are going as smooth as can be hoped under awful circumstances. Trying not to lose my mind about it still and breathe through it.

As of May 1st I will also be celebrating 4 months sober from booze, no weed and cigs completely after a hard struggle and depressed 2019. During a pandemic, I feel like I am proud of myself for not guzzling red wine every day and divebombing into a serious spiral. Thank you to those who have encouraged me. Love and horns to you all. Count your blessings.

Last night I was watching Chloe Mendel’s IG live, which was cool. She is creative director for faux fur brand Maisonatia and was doing a fundraiser for Paws Chicago. She is also incidentally (we are a rock site, lol) Billy Corgan’s partner and Chloe was telling stories about how she was getting creative with Tie Dye techniques on some unsold Pumpkins tour merch to make them look more vintage. It was interesting! Props to anyone staying creative or positive during this time and also using their platform to remind that animals need help right now too.

I actually recently bought my gf Elizabeth/Globelamp the chord book for the Adore album-the gothiest SP record- which arrived just before we took a drive to see the Tibetan prayer flags near the KTD Monastery above Woodstock, NY (as we do every few years). Yes, we wore masks and stayed far away from people. It was very spiritually replenishing.

Elizabeth and I have been arguing with a lot of mindless Swifties during the pandemic who are covering for Taylor Swift. Swift made anti-Semitic public statements against Soros as “greedy”. My gf used to be a Swiftie but the second she critiqued Taylor for anything she was mocked mercilessly out of the fandom and trolled for trying to get solidarity against her well connected indie scene abuser’s DARVO tactics. She also is hated by them because she recently wrote a Medium piece about how Taylor Swift is a hypocrite for pretending to be “woke” while she spent years ignoring Trump- so she could keep making money off her conservative fans, let’s get real- only to make a huge fuss (and an awful documentary centering her privileged perspective) on how hard it was to come out as a moderate Democrat. Since then Swift has played Amazon prime day during a worker’s strike and while Amazon supports ICE and also played China for Xi while there are millions in Muslim re-education camps. Taylor could have pulled a Bjork and shouted ‘Tibet!’ but instead she just made money and ignored the suffering and capitalistic rubber stamp she gave to Alibaba Singles Day. Her fans have even trolled us and said no Uighur’s have been harmed in China and Globelamp is just “jealous”. Um, calling a female musician the “jealous” trope when they critique your pop fave you stan isn’t aligned with the espoused theme of “The Man”.

Seriously, why can privileged known shitbag Sam France start a label called “Fascist Records” and pretend it is about the unfair music industry (you’re wealthy and from Calabasas, stfu…you’re not Prince) or Swift can dogwhistle about Soros from her zillion houses during the Covid-19 outbreak and the music media thinks it is chill?

I wish humans learned from the past. I am reading the awesome Nico: The Life & Lies Of An Icon by Richard Witts and there is a haunting passage where she (someone deeply scarred by the war since childhood) suggests that post-WW2 ,“It is a pity they rebuilt Berlin. They should have left it empty. It would make a marvelous museum now. The National Museum of Destruction.”

This shit is not a joke for scene points.

It seems we are more divided in the world than ever, heedless of environmental issues and corporate cronyism/blind spots, etc. In America we have the DNC gaslighting for Biden and misleading about NY Times’ Tara Reade conclusions with the gross playbook Lisa Bloom established to try and once save Weinstein’s hideous ass being now weaponized against anyone from Rose Twitter or elsewhere who thinks regardless of party accusations can’t be erased by Voltron-formations of politicians saying ,”He’s a good guy.” I can relate to Rose McGowan feeling alienated by it. I never thought I’d see Gillibrand and Warren (naïve as I was) run cover for Biden. It’s gross and more proof they should have not impeded Bernie. It has alienated so many people, even folks who were Blue No Matter Who before like myself out of a desire to get rid of Trump (yes, I wanted Bernie or Warren to win and then hoped things could be improved if it “had to be” a centrist). But FUCK this Tara Reade silencing, gaslighting DNC crap.

There must be a reckoning and push for restorative justice and a higher bar set than using the Kavanaugh approach (from the LEFT!) – or Anita Dunn compromising Times Up via PR for Biden. GROSS! Wack!

You can’t pretend no victim’s story doesn’t shift slightly at times as they work up the nerve over time to confront powerful figures. It’s textbook. Survival doesn’t fit neatly into your party lines.

We really do need a revolution in this country and a much better social safety net, along with a total mental restructuring around empathy over dollars and power.

Anyhow, thanks for letting me rant. We’re all in this human mess together and this is my only current platform besides music (I lost 5 jobs including my 8 year newspaper gig shuttering due to the virus). Gotta vent somewhere! XO, y’all.

Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II is on the way.

My friend and sometime noise collaborator Dave Brenner aka GRIDFAILURE has announced Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II. The second album in the five-title concept series will see its initial release on June 5th via Nefarious Industries. It is going to be seismic.  Pre Order HERE and check out “No Defensive Wounds To Be Found”.

Containing material spanning GRIDFAILURE’s entire four-year lifespan, Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II infuses many styles of analog and digital percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, many types of keys and synth, accordion, trumpet, theremin, powerelectronics, harmonica, didgeridoo, field recordings, and more, some of which were recorded outdoors including in extreme weather events. The record features guest contributions from members of Deadbird, Vastum, T.O.M.B., Chrome Waves, Mountaineer, A Fucking Elephant, Megalophobe, The Third Kind, Cutworm, Fuck Your Birthday, Fyrhtu, Feel Happiness, and musicians who’ve played with likes of David Bowie and Miles Davis, and more.

Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II was performed/arranged, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, who also drew the cover art. The record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg, Thetan).

HETHER FORTUNE is one of my favorite artists and people. She’s even one of the last real punks, I’d even go so far as to say. Hether has a new demo and rarities collection out this week. Buy it on Friday when Bandcamp gives 100% to the artists during this fucked time.

The release is called Whenever I’m In Doubt About Things I Do I Listen to the High Street Wailing Sounds in a Queue. Among other highlights it has some Wax Idols songs as demos, her Tom & Stevie cover, a killer Verve cover she was playing live in recent solo gigs (which made me pre-order this as soon as I learned about it) and more. Dig the lengthy Fiona Apple style When The Pawn…, The Idler Wheel… -esque long ass album title. Or maybe she was inspired just as much by Shai Hulud’s Hearts Once Nourished…? Hard to say! Just support it!

Lastly today before I fade back into the Catskill mists, outstanding death metal act IN MOURNING have a slick re-release of their Monolith record coming out via Agonia. How hot is that double pink vinyl?! Shut up and order it HERE.

Until next time, best wishes and may hope stay with you through this shitshow.

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Morgan here with some Quarantine updates from Metal Riot land to you. I am very upset to report that a close family member has the virus. It’s my mom. So far she is low fever and is doing ok. She is in a dementia ward and it is really hard. I am trying not to lose my mind with worry. It is hard to feel powerless. As a result, posts may be sporadic while I process this but really writing about music is also a good emotional distraction and way to bring folks together. Thank you to all who stand by our site and continue to rock with us.

Before I talk about some cool music news, I have been catching up on a few movies I never got to see when they came out and have to say that any of y’all who hated on Pacific Rim: Uprising are fucking idiots. That movie ruled and Steven S. DeKnight is the man. It didn’t have as many stars as the original but the emotional motivation was richer and I liked it even better. Especially of note the rad, explosive ending on Mount Fuji. So there.

Hard rocker Gilby Clarke of GnR fame is back with a rambling new single perfect for all of you who might be missing born to lose sleazy watering holes and who have the gritty rock n roll blues in your hearts.

Gilby recently released his latest single ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’ via Golden Robot Record and now Gilby has now released the video for ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’. The video was shot in Palmdale CA and Downtown Los Angeles and band performance footage in Hollywood club Oh My Ribs! It was directed by Christopher C. Pearson.

Gilby’s live band members Bass Player, EJ Curse (Silent Rage, White Lion) and Drummer, Jimmy D’Anda (Bullet Boys, George Lynch) both appear in the clip along with some great cameo’s by Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Jimmy Herald (Hillbilly Herald) and Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (formally of Guns N’ Roses, Carole King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper). Fun tune.

Greyhawk deliver power metal glory to fly us triumphantly above these terrible days. Eddis from the Keep on the Borderlands novel would totally stan when she rides out to kill hobgoblins. The title track to upcoming release Keepers of the Flame (June 16th, 2020) is reminiscent of mid tempo Stratovarius meets Ronnie James Dio, to my ears. Love the band’s fearless big vocals and harmonies. A melodic war cry from the skies!

Awesome news for Nick Menza fans! The first of three episodes of the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” featuring the late MEGADETH drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in MEGADETH, PANTERA, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and their road crews, hosted by entertaining EXODUS Frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza can now be streamed below.

The three part series “Behind The Scenes With Nick Menza” is footage from Menza’s personal and private collection VHS tapes that features previously unreleased live concert footage of PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS the drummer captured during 1992 and 1993 when PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS opened for MEGADETH on the Countdown To Extinction tour.

The series is being produced by Menza’s long time manger Robert Bolger, Wayne Marsala and Brian Huntington of Grey Haven Media.

The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove what doctors feared was a cancerous growth. RIP once again to a real one.

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Providence looks… pretty freaky.

Hope everyone is holding up? I’ve been watching a lot of 80’s action movies and just want to say that Kathryn Harrold deserves more props for what a bad ass and fashionable babe she was in Raw Deal.

Let’s get with the program here. Today we are going to shine a big fat Mordor eye on some juicy new albums on the bleak horizon in hopes of keeping you all invested in this mortal coil. I am very excited about all of these releases.

First up, Ulthar‘s new 20 Buck Spin releas Providence! Pre-ordered this one the second I heard the hell churn of “Through Downward Dynasties” this morning. Hard not to relate to the whirlwind frustration of the motion sickness inducing extreme metal song. 8 song follow up to the much drooled over Cosmovore release. More brain melting artwork and dizzying death. June 12th, 2020 is the drop date.

Featuring within its ranks Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, Vale), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Pale Chalice), ULTHAR’s Providence was recorded by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave) at Earhammer Studios, mastered by Adam Tucker (False, Thou, Obsequiae) at Signaturetone Recording and comes swathed again in the staggering art renderings of renowned British fantasy illustrator Ian Miller with layout by Ross Sewage (Exhumed, Impaled).

As the band’s label opines: Releasing at a time where our own world has devolved into a surrealistic nightmare of viral trepidation and encased solitude, Ulthar’s ‘Providence’ becomes a prescient view into the strange paradoxes that only months ago seemed unbelievable but now all too possible. Where horizons cease, where grace is dead, where nothing lives, so be it amen.


NAGLFAR is Kristoffer W. Olivius (vocals), Andreas Nilsson (guitar), andMarcus E. Norman (guitar).

Naglfar have released a venomous visualizer video for “Cry of the Serafim” from forthcoming Century Media release Cerecloth (out May 8th). Loving the intermittently snarled and brimstone belched vocals on this second wave indebted, yet heavier sounding jam. The album was recorded and mixed by guitarist Marcus Norman at Wolf’s Lair Studio and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

“With ‘Cry of the Serafim’ we wanted to explore a heavier and darker sound. Trying to create something different from what we usually do, while still keeping the NAGLFAR spirit intact,” states NAGLFAR about the track.

Really looking forward to Foundations, the next release from Twilight Fauna. Our readers may recall that I have dug this project for awhile now and every release has something insightful to offer. “Tavern Hill”, from beautiful intro to melodic and ghostly near post rock crescendos, absolutely stuns. I didn’t even know this was coming out soon, because I am very clearly a fucking idiot…until last night! Best surprise of quarantine!

I highly advise y’all to get even partially invested in the music Paul and Josh have made. It’s pretty boundlessly satisfying and atmospheric, a deep reflection on the contrasting hopes, pain and beauty of Appalachia. May 11th, 2020!

Last up is a very interesting new track from Hail Spirit Noir. A compelling and exciting mixture of progressive and black metal influences with certain crazy sections reminding me of stuff as varied as Opeth and Old Dead Tree arguing with Frantic Bleep and Zombi about what is the most superior Ihsahn solo record. You can tell the band put  tons of effort into the songwriting and it will lift your head to formerly unperceived possibilities.

Eden In Reverse is due out on Agonia June 19th. Album title seems pretty cognizant of our human path of destruction and how nature will likely not care when we are gone.

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Hello from me and my dinosaur friends from our bunker in the Savage Land , dear readers. I have been breaking all laws of decency by microwaving pre-mixed packet asparagus risotto whilst my gf learns how to play “Fourteen Years” by GnR on the piano. Happy Fiona Apple and Siege Of Mandalore day. The President is inciting armed insurgency during a pandemic and the 25th Amendment exists just as much as the 2nd, but no one will act to remove the Orange pants shitter while he encourages us to die for crappy jobs.

Today in metal news (April 17th), The Black Dahlia Murder have also released their new full-length, Verminous, physically in the USA and digitally worldwide (Verminous will be available physically in Europe on April 24th). Check a dime slime colored and vampiric metal monikered video “Removal of the Oaken Stake” below!

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers’ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous’,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad.

Irish symphonic power metal band Ravenlight are releasing their debut album Project Genesis this year on June 26th 2020 via Novus Records. The album name kind of reminds me of something Fear Factory would come up with after watching Terminator and Resident Evil movies a few years ago, but the music is more stirring and epic rain swept cliffs type stuff. Check out the song “The Circle” HERE and pre-order this heartfelt musical journey. The band have supported Evergrey and have a lot of potential.

Hardcore demons Integrity have a new live album that just dropped! Live At Northwest Terror Fest MMXVIII is streaming and available to purchase HERE. The highlight for me on this excellent document of killer energy and perfectly bad ass happy accidents is probably a monster clobbering version of “Jagged Visions Of My True Destiny”, positively seething from the speakers with malevolence and guitar glory. Humanity IS the fucking devil.

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50% or so less ranting and more blurbing today here at Metal Riot, so I am calling it ‘quarantine blurbs’ today. I know life is already full of things we have to adapt to right now, but you’ll be ok. Let’s get right into it! Great stuff today to share with you!

Throwdown are back with a surprise covers EP of rarities including the heavy band’s take on Sepultura, Misfits, Crowbar, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Pantera classics. Take Cover is out tomorrow and the fairly faithful “Planets Collide” cover is crank worthy and streaming now HERE at Bandcamp.

Julie Christmas remains one of the most talented and legit real artists in experimental heavy leaning music. Quiet or unapologetically raw and screaming, she demands your attention with captivating performances and a huge release of emotional range. Her masterful solo record The Bad Wife is already ten years old somehow. Fucking hell. I miss seeing her live. Time flies.

Rising Pulse Records has repressed the album with new cover art on two deluxe vinyl colors (Bone with Black Splatter – 150 units and Milky Clear & Bone Triple Stripe – 150 Units). The packaging includes a reverse board jacket with silver ink varnish print and a full color Inner-sleave. Designed by artist Andrea Horne with art direction by Julie Christmas. All copies of this record will ship with a poster from the original 2010 pressing. Pick up your copy HERE.

She’s also on Saint Vitus Bar’s live Insta TONIGHT!

Lastly, you know we love Vile Creature around here and the band has big 3rd album news over at their Instagram today, which you can see below! Guess I’ll go eat worms!

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On June 19 we will be releasing our third full length record titled "Glory, Glory! Apathy took Helm!" on Prosthetic Records. You can hear the first song, "You Who Has Never Slept" over at Kerrang (link in our bio). You can preorder the CD/LP through Prosthetic Records now, and the VHS (yes, VHS) version through us starting next week . . Today is the day we were to have played our commissioned music piece with our besties Bismuth at Roadburn, it seems fitting that on a day earmarked for creativity that we still push forward with it, albeit in a different way. At 4pm KW will be on IG live on the @roadburnfest account talking with Tanya about roadburn . . The album was recorded in February in our hometown with Adam Tucker engineering, mixing, & mastering. Big Love and thanks to Danika Zandboer, Stephen Wilson, & Brianna Duguay for shooting, drawing, and modeling for our album art, respectively. . . There is a lot more rad stuff and more songs to share in the coming two months before the record is out, and we can't wait to clue you in on them. For now, enjoy the song and stay safe y'all.

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