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MUDVAYNE reunion!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:32 AM (PST)
They’re baaaaaaaaaaaack!

 

Groove/alt-metal fan types can thrill today as the long rumored and hoped for MUDVAYNE reunion becomes tangible fact!

Ryan was one of my favorite interviews years ago for Crusher Magazine and I saw the dudes destroy Ozzfest in Connecticut one year as a giant mud fight raged, one of the most memorable and intense live performances I ever saw at a large festival. Their odd aesthetic, intense musicianship and energy has been missed!

 

A cryptic message about evolving through shrooms (or something) was paired with some glitchy footage on the band’s Facebook.

And did I mention…show dates?!!

The brooding nu metal titans have announced that they’re indeed reuniting after a 12-year hiatus AND will be performing at all four Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. festivals in 2021

These symptoms suggested that our evolution, I suppose, from the animal kingdom into human kingdom itself was catalyzed or triggered by our encounter with these hallucinogenics, and… Yes, we are an ape with a symbiotic relationship to a mushroom, and that has given us self reflection, language, religion, and all the spectrum of effects that flow from these things And one can only wonder how these hallucinogens might effect our future evolution as well They have brought us to this point and as we make our relationship to them conscious, we may be able to take control of our future evolutionary path

 

~~ MudDvAyNe 2021 ~~
Inkcarceration
September 10 – 12

 

Aftershock
October 7 – 10

 

Louder Than Life
September 23 – 26

 

Welcome To Rockville
November 11 – 14

Mudvayne formed in 1996 and has sold over six million records worldwide, earning Gold certification for three albums (L.D. 50, The End Of All Things To Come, Lost and Found). The band is known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. Mudvayne is Chad Gray (vocals), Greg Tribbett (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew McDonough (drums, synthesizer) and Ryan Martinie (bass).

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents recalls, “In our fan surveys, Mudvayne has consistently been one of the most requested bands – even though they weren’t an active band! We’ve been working for years to make this happen, so when I got the call that they’d finally take a meeting, [DWP Executive VP & Talent Buyer] Gary Spivack and I jumped at the chance to fly to Vegas. We sat down for dinner with Mudvayne, their lawyer Eric German, manager Diony Sepulveda and agent Ryan Harlacher – the band hadn’t even been in the same room together for 10 years – and pleaded our case for why the time was right for this to happen. We were hoping to announce this in 2020, we’re fortunate enough to be able to do it in 2021, and DWP is super pumped to have Mudvayne exclusively at all four of our festivals this year.”

The full list of Mudvayne performances at 2021 DWP festivals is as follows. Specific show dates and performance times will be announced later.

– Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, which takes place September 10-12 at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. Early bird passes are on sale now. Full lineup announcement coming Tuesday, April 20 at Noon ET.

– Louder Than Life, which takes place September 23-26, 2021 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Early bird passes are on sale now.

– Aftershock – revealed as the “mystery reunion band,” performing on Saturday, October 8 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. Weekend passes are sold out, but a very limited number of single day passes are still available.

– Welcome To Rockville, which takes place November 11-14 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Early bird passes are on sale now.

Tom from EXODUS announces cancer treatment

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:54 AM (PST)
Hey Exodus fans and all metal folks. Keep Tom Hunting in your prayers or thoughts or hails (whatever you do) today.
The band wrote: With our never ending support for our bandmate, friend and brother. We Love You.

Important statement from our man Tom Hunting:

“Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re 1 step closer to killing it!
Ok, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!
We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!”
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Los Angeles-based Light The Torch will release their new album and second full-length You Will Be the Death of Me on June 25th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band shared the video for the first track, “Wilting in the Light,” which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth.

“The album was a welcome distraction, and we dumped every emotion we had into YWBTDOM,” says the band’s vocalist Howard Jones. “Everything we went through individually and together with this album drew Fran, Ryan, and I together. I couldn’t be more proud of this album knowing I made it with my family.”

Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity yet anchored to skyscraping melodies, Light the Torch crafted 12 metallic anthems, including an unexpected cover of the ’80s hit “Sign Your Name” by R&B singer Terence Trent D’Arby.

You Will Be the Death of Me was recorded at Sparrow Sound in Glendale, CA where the band once again worked with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, Suicide Silence].

Light The Torch consists of Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar], and Ryan Wombacher [bass].

Whitechapel‘s Alex Rudinger was brought on to fill out drums duties for the release.

India’s socially aware thrashers AGAINST EVIL have a new lyric video (with band footage as well) for anti propaganda song “End Of The Line”. It is the title track of their pending new album. Billy Sheehan is even on a tune.

Shasank (Rhythm, Lead Guitar) shares more details about the song: “This is the title song and also the heaviest song on the album! It’s about a dystopian future where common people have no rights and are trapped under the control of evil governments and shadow organizations. We also got the idea for the cover artwork after writing this song, where the band also known as The Army of Four are being sentenced to death by the electric chair for rebellion against the evil government. Overall, it’s a very aggressive heavy metal song with a good blend of thrash.” 

Seems timely when you think of how authoritarian governments are removing band’s entire digital work from streaming if they disagree.

The album End of the Line will be out May 14th via German/Swiss based record label Doc Gator Records in Europe and independently the rest of the world. The sound of Against Evil is best described as Heavy Metal with Power and Speed ​​Metal influence.

RIYL Overkill, Testament, Annihilator, Acrassicauda, Evile.

(Gothenburg, Sweden – April 1, 2021) – Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES announces their new full-length album The Nightmare Of Being today. The album is set for release on July 2nd via Century Media Records.

 

While main parts for The Nightmare Of Being were recorded in several different Swedish studios (drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg), the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who previously worked with AT THE GATES on their 2014 comeback album At War With Reality. The album’s visual concept and album cover was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

 

“The overall theme deals with the topic of pessimism, and I have been diving deep down in pessimistic philosophers. Trying to understand this way of looking at the world. It is not a negative album, more a gateway into new ideas for me personally, trying out different perspectives. You could call the album an introduction to pessimism as a concept, I guess. It is a very dark album, but not negative,” states AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant about the album concept.

 

Musically The Nightmare Of Being unveils a newly liberated and adventurous AT THE GATES with some of the bravest and most mesmerizing material they have ever written. Lindberg Redant adds, “It still sounds like AT THE GATES, 100 percent. It is just more of everything.”

 

The Nightmare Of Being Tracklist:
1. Spectre of Extinction
2. The Paradox
3. The Nightmare of Being
4. Garden of Cyrus
5. Touched by the White Hands of Death
6. The Fall into Time
7. Cult of Salvation
8. The Abstract Enthroned
9. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter of Reason

 

Further details about The Nightmare Of Being, its various formats, and pre-order will be revealed on April 30th. Mark your calendars!
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Today RIGHT HERE or HERE you can pre-order the forthcoming (5/21) Dismemberment Cabaret collaboration release between noise scientist Gridfailure and esteemed jazz trumpet and pop genius Mac Gollehon. You can also see an eerie but colorful and nightmare jazzy visualizer for track “Roaming Blackouts”.

Dismemberment Cabaret Track Listing:
1. Evisceration Guest List
2. Transient Fault
3. Crime Scene Designers
4. A Diet Of Maggots
5. Roaming Blackouts
6. Fracture Mechanics
7. Gusher
8. El Temblor
9. Pieces
10. Harakiri Afterparty

Following the release of Dismemberment Cabaret, Nefarious Industries will also release the new LP from MAC GOLLEHON & THE HISPANIC MECHANICS later this year. GOLLEHON is also featured on the third GRIDFAILURE collaboration with Megalophobe which will also see release later this year.
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Metal News: Good, Bad and Ugly (3/19/21)

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:14 PM (PST)

鬼 Photo credit: Robin Parsons

Greetings and happy Snyder Cut weekend. To say that the new, proper version of Justice League is better is a massive understatement. It is nice to actually see the POC in the movie have actual meaningful and important arcs. And so much better action! Bravo! The other version was way too focus grouped out of a soul and is one example (like Rise Of Skywalker) where a shorter run time and weird editing choices actually hurt the film. Snyder’s cut is literally 1,000x better and it has been awesome to see people fighting for more out of loving something rather than hating things for once. DC and Warner Bros. would be fools if they don’t make this the official canon version. Cue Wonder Woman hype theme!

But anyhow, we are here to talk metal. Lots of SHITTY stuff going on from Jon Schaffer being denied bond (that part is good, just shitty that he is a MAGA insurrectionist dipshit) to Stephen Carpenter sounding delusional enough that he could join Schaffer in Iced Earth at this rate. 9/11 happened and it is insulting af to New Yorkers to claim otherwise. I literally played CBGB’s the week it reopened and can remember the relief and catharsis of fearful New Yorkers glad to be out doing something positive after so much pain palpably.
WTF is going on where these musicians like these dudes or John Dolmayan (personally doing his best to make sure people rebrand his group System Of A Clown despite the rest of the band’s noble social justice efforts) have been all over the world and have so many opportunities to be educated but instead become conspiracy nuts, unforgivably compare BLM to the KKK or in Carpenter’s case likely smoke so much weed they literally can’t differentiate reality anymore? It is a god damn shame. I loved all those bands a lot at different points. Same for Ministry who have announced a new tour with Helmet and Front Line Assembly (more of my all time faves, sadly) but I am pretty sure Wikipedia still lists Sin Quirin in the band Ministry with no restorative justice reckoning so that is a hard pass. Some people didn’t forget about the grooming stuff just cuz everyone got distracted by Covid the last year. Everyone go watch the Woody Allen doc (God, Allen is utter gaslighting scum, IMO) if you don’t think media can’t help or harm when it comes to sweeping things aside.

Sometimes “cancel culture” (a right wing seeded talking point to focus shift) is actually about accountability, folks. I know you all want to feel super defensive because people don’t want you to tweet ableist shit or be morons or rape apologists anymore, but can everyone fuck right off?

On an even more somber note, Hearts go out today to the Underoath camp who are dealing with the tragic death of of old school guitarist Corey Steger. Our condolences and prayers go out to his surviving family and friends. He was very young and it is terribly sad. May his memory continue to shine for all those who loved him.

Man, that is a lot of depressing stuff. Let’s get to some music.

THE EMBER, THE ASH has today released “Becoming the Eidolon”, the third single to be taken from their upcoming album, Fixation. Accompanying the track, THE EMBER, THE ASH has also shared a lyric video – continuing the album’s highly stylized visual aesthetic. Born as a solo project from a musical polymath known only as 鬼, THE EMBER, THE ASH straddles the gulf between textured metalcore and symphonic black metal – not the most common combination of sub-genres. Love how confidently the track barrels in from the top.

In death metal news…April 16th, Cannibal Corpse will release their fifteenth studio album, Violence Unimagined, via Metal Blade Records. Fans can read an exclusive interview with Cannibal Corpse about Violence Unimagined and more in the May 2021 issue of Decibel Magazine, which features the band on the cover. To purchase your copy online now, please visit: https://store.decibelmagazine.com/products/may-2021-199 – or pick up an issue at newsstands starting April 7th!

Super stoked to hear a large body of material with these guys featuring Erik Rutan!

“I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well,” Alex Webster enthuses. This is not all that he brings to the band. “He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be. Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well. That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”


 

 

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Photo by Elizabeth Gomez (Globelamp)

Kingston, New York-based avant rock/punk outfit WALKING BOMBS presents its most infectious material to date, with the expansive new full-length release Tears We Should Have Shed. With the record now confirmed for independent digital release in April, the cover art, track listing, preorders, and track “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” have been posted.

The project of one Morgan Y. Evans, joined by a wide cast of collaborators, WALKING BOMBS here delivers a musical study in navigating regretful occurrences in humanity with Tears We Should Have Shed. It is a record steeped in sorrows and triumphs, delivered through a wide range of varied musical styles.

Recorded throughout 2020, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sean Paul Pillsworth at Nada Recording Studio in Montgomery, New York (Senses Fail, Shai Hulud, My Chemical Romance), Tears We Should Have Shed sees Evans performing lead vocals as well as acoustic guitar, trombone, bass, guitar, and piano contributions across the album. Additionally, the record features contributions from Elizabeth “Le Fey” DaPena (Globelamp), Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week, Jerk Magnet), David Brenner (Gridfailure), David Bodie (ex-Time Of Orchids, Divest, Kayo Dot), Taraka Larson (Taraka, ex-Prince Rama), Jack Manley (The Jenifer Shop), and Justin Zipperle (Shadow Witch).

“I’ve always enjoyed bands like Orange 9mm, Faith No More, or Swans where even though you knew it was them you might be surprised song to song or album to album by some big stylistic twists and turns.  My own work in bands since 1993 has also reflected that often,” Evans states. “This WALKING BOMBS album explores a lot of punk and hardcore and kind of Type O influences more than some of my other releases with this project that were more grunge or post punk heavy. There’s also a little bit of classic rock influence sprinkled here and there. But it all compliments the general themes of regret for human folly.”

Songs like “Brash Bandages” and “GeneralGrievousAngel” deal with self-reflection and sobriety, whereas elsewhere the harsh noise landscape of “Focus Shifting The Apocalypse” or the pop-punk-meets-Jawbreaker-influenced “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” examine the frenzied, cult-like impact of disinformation on a gullible society. The goth-toned title track and Bad Religion-influenced “I Will Miss You” look at the highs and lows of the life of an underground lifer musician. Other moments include examinations of Red Scare-era and modern sexism, healing, gaslighting, and trauma.

Evans delves, “This is not so much a record about trying styles and ‘seeing what sticks’ because I can’t live my life by that unhealthy metric. It’s very important to not take the ability to release a range of music while alive for granted. I almost went into a diabetic coma last year and have a year of sobriety again. Covid and a lot of intense events of 2020 really made me restless to channel some love and pain. If feels like a triumph that we safely made a record last year. It meant a lot to me to have everyone involved who played a role, but especially to finally make a full-length album deep in the woods at Nada Recording Studio with my dear friend Sean Paul Pillsworth after several decades in the scene together.”

Stream the title track to Tears We Should Have Shed’s closing punk ripper “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” RIGHT HERE.

WALKING BOMBS will release Tears We Should Have Shed digitally on April 23rd. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the coming weeks.

 

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Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).

As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.

It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.

Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.

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Are Savatage back and working on new music?

Posted by Metal Dude on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8:56 PM (PST)

After not much activity for more than 15 years, save for a “special” performance at the Wacken Open Air fest back in 2015, legendary American metal band Savatage have possibly broken their silence! It seems they have been working on new material for what will be the band’s first proper album since 2001’s Poets and Madmen.

This news was broken by Sandi McGinnis Duran, who claims to be a friend of their lead singer Jon Oliva, and shared the following message written by Jon himself on at least two Savatage fan Facebook groups:

“This is Jon Oliva speaking to all the people in the Savatage groups first of all I would like to really thank you all for being fans of the band and hanging in there believe me I’ve been hanging in there too there are many surprises coming up we ain’t done yet I wish I could disclose some of them to you but I’ll probably get sued or some stupid s*** like that we’re working on new material we’re getting things together just be a little patient which I know you guys have been for a hundred years I love you all thank you so much for your support it ain’t over until it’s over Yogi Berra said that great baseball player I’m getting off of this subject we’re also working on a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra record and that’s going really well we are working on new Sava material all is good I love all you guys thank you so much God bless you all.”

While the official lineup has not yet been confirmed, the assumption is it will include the same members from that 2015 “reunion”: vocalist Jon Oliva, guitarists Chris Caffery and Al Pitrelli, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Jeff Plate.

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RIP LG Petrov

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Today we hang our heads, raise our horns in respect and send all the love in our charred, heavy hearts out to friends and family of iconic death metal vocalist Lars-Göran “LG” Petrov and all the bands he was ever in. The extremely influential death metal cult singer was the bellowing and intense voice of Nihilist, Entombed, Firespawn, Entombed A.D. and for many THE buck stops here voice of Swedish death.

Albert from mighty Decibel posted a fitting memorial tribute of note HERE. I get too emotional about these things and he did a better job recapping dude’s life than I can today under these circumstances.

Converge posted a thrilling live clip of them full of excitement and intensity performing live with LG on Instagram HERE. It gave me goosebumps, made me pump my fist and cry. Fuck.

Entombed A.D. posted the following to Facebook (where many fans are leaving moving tribute comments to the late singer):

We are devastated to announce that our beloved friend Lars-Göran Petrov has left us.⁣⁣
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Our brother, leader, vocalist, our Chief Rebel Angel went on another ride last night. It’s with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Lars-Göran Petrov has left us. He was (is!!!) an incredible friend, and a person that has touched so many people. He has changed so many lives with his voice, his music, his character and his unique personality. LG’s smile is something that we will carry forever in our hearts. When asked in an interview what he would like to have written on his grave and what about his legacy, he said: “I will never die, it will never die”. And you didn’t. You will live forever in our hearts. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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R.I.P. LG Petrov.

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Serena Cherry (SVALBARD) announces NOCTULE solo release

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:44 AM (PST)

During the UK national lock down in 2020, Serena decided to write an entire black metal album themed to the RPG computer game Skyrim. Each song is about different dungeons, story lines and weapons within the award-winning game. She notes: “I have always associated Skyrim with black metal. The snowy mountain settings, the morbid themes, the Norse mythology backbone – it just goes hand in hand for me.” Prior to her 10 year career as the front woman of Svalbard, Serena previously played in a black metal band and has been excited to get back to her musical roots. With hypnotic, interlocking tremolo guitar leads, pummeling blast beats and reverb drenched vocals; NOCTULE sees Serena spread her dragon wings and take off in an intriguing musical direction on her own.

Today, listen to the title track to Wretched Abyss in the form of a music video. The video is streaming now at Revolver Magazine. “The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films,” comments Cherry. “‘Wretched Abyss’ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in Skyrim,” Cherry tells us. “He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.”

Track listing:
1. Elven Sword
2. Labyrinthian
3. Wretched Abyss
4. Evenaar
5. Winterhold
6. Deathbell Harvest
7. Unrelenting Force
8. Become Ethereal

NOCTULE is:
Serena Cherry

Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Bristol, UK, in January 2021 with Matt Francis.
Additional guitars & additional writing on Evenaar and Deathbell Harvest by Matt Francis

Photo: John Ashby @gryphonbristol

Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

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

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

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Austin’s punk encrusted blackened deep fried hellhounds SKELETON were in our Top 12 of 2020 last year for the overall best records of that hellscape year we’d otherwise love to forget , so we are stoked to hear they also now have a quick surprise EP Demo out between full lengths!

Stream SKELETON’s Ordainment Of Divinity at THIS LOCATION.

 

Ordainment Of Divinity is available on digital and limited cassette formats. Find digital orders at THIS LOCATION and physical orders HERE.   

 

Ordainment Of Divinity Track Listing:
1. Opening Rites
2. I
3. II
4. III
5. IV

Disheartening DELAIN news as band members splinter

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:08 AM (PST)

World shattering news for fans of alternative symphonic metallers Delain today as we learn the powerhouse and incredibly intuitive and creative group are essentially breaking up, at least as we have known them. While the band will continue on as Martijn’s band, the important components of Charlotte, Timo, Otto and relatively new Joey are out. I am reeling from the news as a fan.

At least with Fear Factory while the loss of Burton is fucking intolerable and the most famed rhythm section have been gone forever you know the highly and admirably driven Dino is still surrounded by guys who have been in the band awhile and are passionate about industrial metal. With Martijn taking the reigns completely here and not only the loss of the one of a kind Charlotte but also especially Timo, Delain is in my mind a completely new band and should just change the name rather than pretend otherwise.

Charlotte has a statement HERE and Martijn HERE, in the interest of fairness. Regardless of my personal opinion, we here at MetalRiot wish all the members the best and thank them for the many memories and amazing songs and smiles that the Delain we have loved in this incarnation brought us. Despite the careful language there is clearly frustration and it doesn’t sound fully amicable.

If you didn’t pick up the recent Apocalypse & Chill please do so and let’s show the band we appreciate what they have given us.

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