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I was lying in bed reading a Grand Admiral Thrawn book and annoyed that my hot water is out, listening to Sabbath and Alice Cooper on Spotify and being kind of a lazy piece of shit when the guilt set in. Morgan, it is 50 years since Sabbath’s debut and you haven’t posted anything, you worthless poseur. The dark well from which all metal of value doth flow, the haunting grounds of “The Wizard”, the nativity in black. A warning to every sleeping village that music had forever changed. Zep never got so evil. Mentioning Mordor doesn’t come close to Sabbath’s shadows. What the hell was I doing running a metal site if I can’t get my ass up to praise the lords on this sacred day? So what if I smell bad and am wearing my girlfriend’s PINK sweatpants, even better.

Now I sit in front of the computer trembling in awe thinking of the power of that record and how amazing the fifty years since have been as not just pond ripples but tidal waves of influence have rolled out from those doomy notes. Someone on Twitter said Priest invented metal and I am sorry,  but…while they both had an early start Sabbath had five evil as fuck albums out before Priest even got Rocka Rolla (a good but comparatively wimpy album). Even if you were so insane as to discount the first 4 Sabbath albums as just heavy blues- which ignores “Children of the (fucking) Grave” on Master Of Reality, can anyone seriously look at the tormented person on the grim ass cover art of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and hear the title track and say THAT isn’t metal??? Seriously?

Often imitated, never quite matched…the Sabbath legacy. Pick up some new merch today. You can’t just copy greatness and expect the same heights. On that note, why the hell does that band the Used with that dude Bert who used to date Kelly have a new album called fucking Heartwork?! Are you serious, dudes? Have you really never heard of god damned CARCASS!!?? Ooof. But I digress.

Anyway, God and the Devil bless Ozzy for still being here and still making rock n roll. Thank you Tony and all the boys and the long list of others attached to the band over the years. You all changed my life forever and the lives of countless others. Thank you.

 

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RIP Reed Mullin, legendary drum hero of C.O.C.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 12:51 PM (PST)

Man, I wanted to start out by saying here’s some love to everyone hurting from this sudden news of Reed Mullin’s passing. What a powerful life he had in the underground rock scene. Those iconic shuffling fills and grooves or explosions of life-filled energy and a Cheshire grin or funny skeptical look. So many powerful records and songs that he was a part of – the epitome of earth shaking and important rock n roll and hardcore.

I hate writing memorial pieces as part of the “job” of running a rock news blog. It isn’t that you don’t want to collectively mourn or celebrate a life. News explodes fast and I don’t want to ever seem like an ambulance chaser before a human being processing the news as a fan that someone real died. A real person with friends and family and often the full impact or shape of a life can only be seen by God. You can never summarize a life accurately and do it justice. I just don’t believe it is possible.

Reed seemed like an awesome fucking dude and his playing was legendary. I am so thankful for the inspiration he gave me as a fan and so many others and for the few brief convos we had on Facebook. Put C.O.C. on your Spotify shuffle today and you’ll have hours of proof of how good his work was (don’t forget the underrated Candlelight stuff from before Pepper was back). But that doesn’t tell the full story of what he meant to others as a person.

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RIP Sean Reinert

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Season of Mist Records announced earlier today that Sean Reinert, the drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and producer for the band Cynic, has died.

Cynic’s bassist Sean Malone posted on Facebook today about Reinert’s passing:

“I was luckier than most. Complete musical trust—especially between a bassist and a drummer—is a rare and precious thing. Rare, because it’s not something you find by looking for it. Precious, because some may go an entire lifetime without ever having experienced it. But I was luckier than most. Sean offered his trust during every rehearsal, every recording, and every performance we ever did, and it’s likely that I’ll never experience the same again. The truth is that we’re all lucky—lucky to have been alive while Sean Reinert was making music.”

You can read Season of Mist’s tweet below.

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Photos: Warhorse, Hell Bent and Ritual Blade rock The Middle East

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 12:20 PM (PST)

Doom dealers Warhorse reared their handsome heads to make a very special appearance at the legendary Middle East in Cambridge, MA on January 16th. Hell Bent and Ritual Blade were also part of the riff ritual and we are pleased to offer you good folks some photographic evidence courtesy of Petra Dollet. Check out the gallery of this awesome night below.

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Sin Quirin accused of rape of two adolescents, pattern of Ephebophilia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:47 AM (PST)

CW: Rape,  minor abuse, drugs.

Writing this post is triggering as hell and my hands have been shaking.

The great writer Maggie Serota at Billboard has published a must read piece regarding child rape allegations against Sin Quirin of one of my all time favorite bands Ministry. The headline of the article falsely says Underage Sexual Relationships but there is no such thing because you aren’t in a “relationship” if someone is not able to legally consent , not to mention there is a wild power dynamic imbalance. Two alleged victims have spoken out and there appears to be a lot of corroborating email evidence and more – including statements from a former partner of the Ministry guitarist, Lacey Sculls.

I have several thoughts. Ministry needs to kick or at minimum sit Sin down out of the band line-up immediately while this is looked into. I have interviewed Al 2x and Sin once and know former member of the band and they were a huge part of my social consciousness developing. So what. Despite talking to Al being a highlight of my professional career, Sin needs to sit down and not be on the tour with KMFDM while this gets “sorted out”.

Al issued a rather anemic statement through legal channels: In a statement, the band’s lawyer said, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen “is unaware of any of potential nefarious activity by any member of Ministry during their respective tenure(s) with the band including but not limited to Mr. Sin Quirin.”

Well, hire someone else for the upcoming tour anyway. Even if you are “unaware” of it, there needs to be accountability in these matters and erring on side of caution to show survivors in your fandom and the wider world that this is something the band doesn’t take lightly. Especially since Al has condemned R. Kelly rightfully in the past.

This is a situation where the band can find someone else easy who would jump at the chance to play Sin’s parts. Dino Cazares or anyone who can play fast industrial would be great. Quirin’s attorney also calling one of the allegations “hilariously false” is a huge no no. It is not a hilarious situation in any way. This is the kind of tone deaf insensitive to victims BS response that- even if for example Maynard from Tool was innocent of edging the age of consent and having security poach girls off boyfriends at shows- soured me from supporting Tool at all again after Maynard rebuked the recent allegations against him with snarky tweets that could be very discouraging to people on fence about coming forward.

If someone is innocent I am not saying they should never play again but otherwise they need to be accountable and then it is up to the victims comfort what happens.

“The thing about being young is you have a harder time saying no,” recalls one of the alleged Sin victims. “…I really don’t want to let this person down, but I also don’t want this person to hurt me.”

I have a lot of sexual trauma and can relate to that statement. When I was 15 I was statutory raped by someone twice my age when I was incapacitated on three bags of heroin after a NIN/Manson show and my first time ever in Harlem in an unfamiliar neighborhood. It is one of my core traumas from early life and I never spoke about it for years because the person’s father is the first black person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in a huge category and was a symbol of unity. I didn’t want to tarnish their family legacy and thought I would be mocked. It was very emasculating to me as a very closeted non-binary person, on top of everything else. I felt “not a man”.

I am lucky to have had a measure of restorative justice with this person and another friend who did something to me (there are several more including a literal doctor who I never will). That is not always healthy or possible. But the mental burdens certainly persisted for years of compartmentalization and therapists have agreed it is one of my foundational traumas from youth. I have spent years navigating very difficult times of mania, hyper apology, self-destructive cycles and racing thoughts, insomnia and other things that sadly still rear their head at time. Thankfully with the new decade I am meditating and sober again from booze, so far so good (and no narcotics at all since 1999). Sometimes due to this and other things like varying dysphoria or mental baggage I have had to be celibate for years at a time.

We can’t just pretend these scars and hurdles are all fake or people aren’t left holding the bag for other people’s “it was a wild, rock n roll time”. I have to think of that every time I love, say, David Bowie or Zeppelin. Humanity has to try and be accountable when there has been harm. Or at the very LEAST try and be healing and calm in the surrounding discourse so as not to encourage the type of “His Side Too” online bullying that Backstreet Boys fans dumped on  the wonderful Melissa Schuman.

Sure, the conversation has evolved a lot since the 70’s and 80’s when more rock “gods” than not were doing super sketch shit… but even if someone like Sin WAS innocent – if we don’t even have civil discourse around these matters and sound arrogant like Sin’s lawyer or Maynard (who I believe said he shouldn’t have to bother responding to allegations or something similar), how the hell are people ever going to heal or feel safe. How can we trust the intentions of a band with social lyrics like Ministry? OR should we focus instead on the part in your book where you mock Madonna smelling like‘ tuna and dog shit’, Al?

 

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RIP Elijah Nelson of Black Breath

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 12:36 PM (PST)

Very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Elijah Nelson of death metal band Black Breath. Was lucky enough to catch them live once and have them fully melt my face and the Elijah was a huge part of that and will be greatly missed by fans and loved ones. The group certainly are deserving of their cult following and regardless of all that it is always tragic when this sort of thing happens. Sending love out to everyone. Blasting some “Children of The Horn” right now.

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Pleased to report that there is still more metal and hardcore content to throw your way as we head towards the end of this insane decade. Our new contributing photographer Petra Dollet shot legends Obituary, the hungry False Prophet, respected ragers Extinction AD and the wild High Command for us at the quite recent Palladium Upstairs night of the run and here is a gallery of hate splattered visual impressions for you die-hards RIGHT HERE. Looks like it was an awesome night of heavy antics!

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Top 5 2019 Critical List : Jessica Rae Fisher

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM (PST)

Jessica Rae Fisher

The following is the personal list of year end album top 5 favorites from frequent yearly Metal Riot contributor Jessica Rae Fisher, aka Longhairedpoet. Much appreciation to Jessica for your support of the metal scene. \m/

Motionless in White – Disguise

Motionless in White brought the heat this year with Disguise. Chris Motionless brought some disgusting vocals. The stand out track for me was “Thoughts & Prayers.”

Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target

Thy Art is Murder never fail to disappoint and that is no less true this year with Human Target. The album starts with the brutal title track, but the album hinges, for me, around “Death Squad Anthem” and “Make America Hate Again.”

Ashbringer – Absolution

Ashbringer’s Absolution is probably the most “one of these things is not like the other” of my picks for this year, but the soundscapes that the band creates on the album, especially in both parts of “Eternal Separation,” are undeniably amazing. With tracks ranging from just over 7 minutes to 10 minutes 20 seconds, this 1 hour and 8-minute album is a marathon and not a sprint. Let each track envelope you in itself. It’s well worth it.

Counterparts – Nothing Left to Love
“Wings of Nightmares” really brought me into this album. These Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian hardcore metallers won me over this year with their combination of punishing instrumentation and emotive lyrics. Also check out “Paradise and Plague.”


Upon A Burning Body – Southern Hostility
Upon a Burning Body pushed through to stand out this year with Southern Hostility. This follow-up to their 2016 effort Straight From The Barrio has a strong opener in the track “Southern Hostility,” faithful to UABB’s style. Other standout tracks include “King of Diamonds,” “Burn,” and “Soul Searcher.”

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Moonspell have never made a bad album. Stay jealous about it.

December’s Underground pulse beats strong as the blood flows towards year’s end and we have a few more cool news items to discuss with you here at Metal Riot. Today we discuss a much needed re-issue of Moonspell’s most divisive record, a young hard rock band Through Fire’s cover of a Roxette classic and some Stone Sour news!

Moonspell are one of my ALL TIME favorite bands, respected but deserving of so much more love and awe. The band has never been one-dimensional and remain one of the true touchstones of gothic infused, dark metal with a black poetic soul. Released originally by the band in 1998, Sin/Pecado (which gets a gorgeous re-issue treatment this month via Napalm) became the great divider of the Moonspell wolfpack. Produced by their long time companion (Waldemar Sorychta – Wolfheart, Irreligious), the songs of this “accursed” album were signs of a rebellion of the band against the sound that made them famous in the scene.

Moonspell’s biggest flaw or quality, judge for yourself, is never to be satisfied with anything,” Frontman Ribeiro says. “There was true creative anguish burning inside us in 1997, after we were done with the endless Irreligious’ tours, that created the perfect (shit)storm that would be Sin. It was a strange year for us, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, were letting loose and seemed to be also under the same mood as we did, or vice-versa. It doesn’t matter. Metal was turning its wheel and we’re all on the falling side. We took the fall and enjoyed doing it anyway. It wasn’t Moses dividing the waters, but it did hurt sometimes to feel alone. Curiosly a lot of other people entered Sin’s mood a couple of years later and now they beg of us to play those songs live. If you’re reading this and need another taste at sin, let’s indulge each other and pick up that second skin from the late-nineties deep closet.”

I don’t understand how a true fan wouldn’t like this album. It is of course not black metal but certainly vibes with some of the darkly romantic decadence they displayed on Irreligious. “Magdalene” in particular is one of their best songs, stunning performances in particular on that song from Pedro and Ricardo in particular which would add even more dynamics to the band’s legendary live shows. I hope more fans discover this release. Happy for the band it is getting more respect as an important creative moment. Bands should not be forced to never follow their muse creatively into interesting, nuanced dalliances and diversions.

Omaha upstart’s Through Fire have a new Sumerian backed cover of a Roxette classic “Listen To Your Heart”. I am a big fan of the original and the band were one of the catchiest around in their heyday. I actually shouted them out on a verse of an industrial song on my band Walking Bomb’s most recent album, cuz I listen to them in the kitchen with my girlfriend sometimes, haha.

(Update: This was written just a day before I found out the sad news about the passing of Marie Fredrikkson. RIP to an awesome artist). 

Anyway, this new hard rock version aint half bad. While not the style of rock I gravitate to the most, I admire the band bringing back a tune that deserves more love and putting their own spin on it for a new generation!

All Animal, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album was produced by guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain. The title track single ‘All Animal’ was #1 on SiriusXM Octane Big Uns’ Countdown for 2 consecutive weeks and spent 18 weeks on the Billboard rock radio charts.
The band is currently on their ‘Holiday Havoc’ Tour with Brkn Love, Saul and Dead Posey. Tickets are available from ThroughFireMusic.com

Stone Sour are here to inspect your naughty to nice stocking ratio

Speaking of hard rock, current genre leaders Stone Sour have a new live video for the song “Whiplash Pants”. I loved seeing Corey’s t-shirt of The Specials! Right on!

Speaking on the band’s first official live release, guitarist Josh Rand says,

“This is the Reno show in its entirety, just how it went down on October 5th, 2018. We’re extremely proud of the fact that it’s 100% live with absolutely no overdubs! It’s not perfect but neither are we. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did playing it.”

Anyway, this is a high energy clip showing the bond between band and fans in a great way, more evidence of why they remain at the top of the pack in the hearts of many. The close camera guitar leads section is pretty fucking sick indeed as well. The clip is taken from the upcoming live album, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno which will be released on December 13th via Cooking Vinyl. Find the new track on your streaming platform of choice and watch the video below.

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Nevermore Guitar Anthology book sees release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Happy Thanksgiving week, folks. I don’t really get many opportunities to post that much NEVERMORE news anymore, but today is an exception. Fans of the powerful and heralded heavy metal band’s legacy can rejoice and be grateful for Nevermore: The Guitar Anthology, a new book that will help you learn how to play some of the band’s coolest songs so you can impress the disgruntled curly haired older dude at your local guitar shop. For real though, if you can play any of these monster tunes – you will become way cooler. I fucking love Nevermore. RIP Warrel.

Order the book HERE.

“The Guitar Anthology” features guitar tab and notation for 10 songs from the Nevermore catalog. All songs were transcribed note for note from the original recordings by Heathen/Exodus (live) guitarist Kragen Lum and former Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth. Learn how to play the songs exactly as played on the recordings with these 100% accurate transcriptions! Presented in 2 guitar format so you can learn to play every riff and solo just as Jeff Loomis, Tim Calvert and Steve Smyth played them on the albums. Includes foreword by Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis. 200 pages. This Deluxe Print Edition of the book also includes an exclusive Nevermore bookmark and a brand new Jeff Loomis Dunlop guitar pick not yet available to the public. This Deluxe Print Edition also includes a Digital Copy of the book in PDF format and is only through SubLevel Records!

Songs Included:
Beyond Within
Born
Dreaming Neon Black
Enemies Of Reality
Narcosynthesis
The River Dragon Has Come
The Seven Tongues Of God
This Godless Endeavor
This Sacrament
What Tomorrow Knows

Upon purchase of this Deluxe Print Edition + Digital Copy you will receive an email notification that the book is available for download. Use the link provided in the email to download the eBook in PDF format to your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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Neil Fallon is the lyricist, singer, and rhythm guitar player of the rock band CLUTCH. What you might not know, is that since 2017, he’s also been on the board of the non-profit organisation INNOCENT LIVES FOUNDATION.

Based in the United States but working globally, the ILF is committed to helping children by unmasking anonymous online predators and aiding law enforcement to bring them to justice. Through open source intelligence gathering, the ILF create dossiers on possible child exploiters by searching the Internet for information and scouring the dark web for proof. Once evidence is found, the ILF turns the dossiers over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. In 2019 more than 80 of the dossiers produced by the ILF are being used by law enforcement to track, capture, and and apprehend child predators. The ILF is a 501c3 charitable organisation and relies solely on donations.

Now, Fallon has organised a special online auction of rare and sought after rock ‘n roll memorabilia to benefit the Innocent Lives Foundation.

The auction lots include signed guitars from Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Zakk Wylde, Thursday, and Clutch. Also up for bids are signed posters from the Foo Fighters and Black Label Society. Finally, there is a limited edition (#21 of 25) black and white photo print of Chris Cornell, courtesy of Andrew Stuart and approved by the Cornell estate.

When asked why he wanted to organise an auction for the ILF, Fallon responded, “No one wants to hear, let alone talk, about the topic of child abuse. We can choose to look away, but the victims don’t have that option. I realized that if I am in a position to help, how could I not? Putting together this auction is an easy thing to do for kids that need our help so desperately.”

Interested fans can place bids at: auctions.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

Bidding starts on November 25th at 11am EST (8am PST / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET) and concludes on December 7th at 11:59pm EST.

Fallon returns to the UK with CLUTCH for headline shows pre-Christmas, with special guests Graveyard and Kamchatka. For tickets, visit www.pro-rock.com.

About the Innocent Lives Foundation
The ILF uses experts from around the globe to save children and stop the spread of child abuse material, which can include child pornography, child erotica, and content displaying any type of child abuse. They create technology and processes to combat child abuse material. They use this technology to assist law enforcement in bringing predators to justice.

To donate or for more info on the ILF’s work, please visit www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

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Metal Riot’s Top 15 albums of 2019.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:10 AM (PST)

Immortal Bird deserve to thrive

 

Hi everyone. As usual, I am inclined to post my AOTY list a little on the early side to hopefully get capitalist metal scum to buy more of these masterpieces in advance of the holiday season. I also am very busy doing important shit like going through a hellish move to get away from a slumlord, petitioning Marvel to reinstate Julian MacMahon as Dr. Doom in the MCU , etc. I have also been busy being furious that the entire Metal Riot Twitter account was deleted by vengeful Melanie Martinez and Foxygen stans just because I said that my gf Globelamp and I are not part of a god damn murder plot against stupid Foxygen and that anyone who thinks that is an idiot (FYI: their official twitter tweeted and deleted awhile ago “she tried to kill me and isn’t done”…complete evil nonsense). She has dental records that her teeth were knocked out, geniuses. It wasn’t from no one. The Melanie stans also hated that my gf stood up for the woman who accused Melanie of assault. Everything is wack. Not a good look to support Foxygen, to put it nicely.

Sorry I dropped some F bombs, Twitter! I notice you still have Richard Spencer on there with a god damn turkey emoji dogwhistling Native American genocide, you trash! Sorry I stood up for my abused girlfriend and want some losers to leave us alone. I do apologize to anyone inconvenienced and will continue to do my best to support lots of bands, though I am disgusted by the Twitter platform so not sure I will be replacing the account.

Anyway, it has been an intense year so I sure as hell hope these impeachment hearings gain some traction. Quick shameless plug. I was honored to release two albums this year with my Walking Bombs project via Nefarious Industries, the war, hate and capitalism themed Suicide By Citizenship and the non binary themed Sphinges Sibling Selves and Queens.

I am still in awe of the assembled allies who took part in these albums, from Gridfailure to members of Tad, Caustic Resin/Earth, Cycle Sluts From Hell, Kylesa, All Out War, Globelamp , The Beautiful Bastards and more. I will remain very thankful for years to come for these releases, which helped me express myself during a very hard personal year where my gf and I were battling Foxygen legally and dealing with DARVO. Thank you EVERYONE who checked my records out this year or did a premiere. More to come in 2020!

The following are some of the musical powerful albums by others that really resonated with me the most this year.  Well, I mean they are the ones cloests to the hard rock, metal and punk genres. I also listened to lots of Tamaryn, Kerli and Jenny Lewis, as should you all. Bless you cool cats and let’s all keep the faith, I value you all and thank you for continuing to support the site. In the next few weeks before the end of the year we will also post short lists from other staff and guest artist favorite list contributors to continue our year end celebration. Stay loud and proud! Love, fangs and headbangs, y’all. Today is trans day of remembrance as I write this and let’s make the world brighter.

Read the Year End List BELOW.

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Taking a moment from perusing the House Of Harlow 1960 crystal collection and being amused at the Rose Quartz Crystal Statement Ear Jackets name. They are a nice design but the merging of “crystal” and “statement” screams hippie + bougie to me in a way that I am sure was psychically intentional. No shade, Nicole Richie. That’s how you get ’em. Not a bad collection, sis!

Anyway, back here in Riot-ville to tell you unwashed weirdos the lowdown on some sounds.

Necropanther‘s much awaited The Doomed City is streaming HERE. The Colorado metallers mean business on this Logan’s Run inspired riff fest. I especially like the absurdly whiplash-ready track “Cathedral” which ought to appeal to both fans of Power Trip, old gargle scream Skeletonwitch and Pantera in fairly equal measure. Somewhere Farrah Fawcett is windmilling like Corpsegrinder and The production on this and the growls are just…is evil overused as a descriptor in metal? The stream comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday November 15th.

Following a few December gigs, stoner icons Sleep will be on indefinite hiatus. I never expected another record, let alone the brilliance of The Sciences. I mean, it isn’t hard for dudes as rad at rocking as Sleep to make a good album, but that record was “chef’s kiss”.  This Chicago date with Big Business looks pretty sick, for a pretty penny. I’d go, though. Lot worse things you could do with that money and you probably have enough weed already if this interests you, fam.

Seriously though, much thanks to Sleep for inspiring so many and keeping it real across the vastnesses of here, there and wherever. Hails.

 

 

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Hey kids. Just taking a break from The Mandalorian to tell you that gravel throated sludge icon Kirk Windstein has a solo album Dream In Motion coming next year (allegedly also featuring a Jethro Tull cover I am a little wary of, no offense to the big lug). Heavy Consequence has a premiere of the first video for the title track, which almost makes up for their ghastly top 25 albums of the decade list the other day (hahaha). Not sure yet if Windstein is part of the Down reunion show announced for next year, but somebody knows.

Can I just add that as usual Kirk is still the daddy of all the best riffs?

As for his decision to record a solo LP, Windstein states:
“The idea to record a solo album started out as, ‘I’m going to do an acoustic record,’ but that’s just so cliché, you know? Nothing against that, but it’s been done a million times. But I had been thinking about doing something a little more mellow for some time. It’s something I wanted to do, I needed to do. It’s another side of my songwriting, my personality. It’s another side of me. It’s something I did for myself. It’s not even that this isn’t heavy, because there are bits and pieces that are very heavy. But even the heaviest riff on this is something I couldn’t really do in Crowbar. If some Crowbar fans don’t like it, I’ll understand. But I hope people dig it.”

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Hey gang. Feeling the cooling positivity of that day after blue wave feeling and sipping some black coffee. Finally checking out this Cro-Mags (Harley version) promo from the remnants of Victory and I have to say that I don’t really understand why anyone says it sucks. “From The Grave” with Phil from Motorhead is a ripping rad rager and the vocals do sound ferocious if not my favorite voice for the band. I am way more of a fan of the John and Mackie version and wish they could somehow just dead this shit in the name of PMA and form the tightest , ugly heavy and illest combo going but after the violence and all the hate I understand why it is two distinct camps. It is sad, but I am gonna try and keep an open heart and love both.

Been going through a lot of crazy shit the last month with a very crummy landlord situation and family stuff as well as the year winding down so haven’t had the gusto to do too much self-insertion into any posts, but I wanted to thank you all who continue to support the site and also in the scene and general world who believe in ourselves and one another. We can heal a lot and restore balance to the force or justice or progress as a scene or wider society if we can process our pains and biases and try to move things in a productive and healing direction while still having respect for oneself and boundaries. I have to believe for all the good and bad days we all have that a lot of us underneath it all are better people than not or at least want to be. Sending you all love and horns tonight. Don’t mind me, I finally finished reading The Elfstones of Shannara and the sacrifice of Amberle to bond  with the land as the next tree protector to shelter and cradle life through synergy has affected me and made me think about interconnectedness.

Anyway, on to some evil ass gnarly metal news- hahaha!

It has been a big Season Of Mist week around here so let’s not stop now! Defiled from Japan have a new album announced. This death metal group rip so fucking hard, it is truly a spectacle of unhinged wonder. The band will release their new studio album, Infinite Regress on January 24, 2020. The album art and track-list can be found below. Additionally, the band have revealed “Tragedy,” the first single from the effort. “Tragedy” can be heard below.

DEFILED comment: “The day has finally come! We are so incredibly proud to announce our new record, ‘Infinite Regress.’ The album will be out on 24th Jan 2020 via our home of Season of Mist. Please give a listen to our first official premiere song ‘Tragedy’ and we hope you guys enjoy it. Cheers!”

I don’t know about you but I think “Tragedy” fucking rules and love the brainy intro that devolves into fierce speed and then interesting slower deathy kinda tribal thud before back to a full fledged powerful attack. And some chunky ass lead parts amidst the growling chaos! This band is so cool and I really like their arrangements and clear dedication to not giving a shit about trends.

‘Infinite Regress’ can be pre-ordered in various formats HERE.

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