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Mr. Rex Brown, he who once supplied the bottom end groove of Pantera, has a new solo record on the way called SMOKE ON THIS… due in July from Eone. Loudwire has a new song “Crossing Lines” right HERE.

It is an interesting track, sort of a gritty alternative hard rock song with Rex’s very bluesy and biker bar room smokey drawl leading the way. There are also some elements that recall Southern Rock and an organ section, cool stuff and different than the heavier side we have heard in Down and Kill Devil Hill and of course most Pantera, but by all means rocking.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.”

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will the the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below as well for the first time along with both digital and physical pre orders options.

Brown continues, “We’re not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” Brown enthuses. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

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Raven Black premiere new video at Revolver

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:42 AM (PST)

Alt Metal L.A. spooky groovers Raven Black have premiered a new video “Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars” over at Revolver HERE. The song comes from the theatrical group’s recent Seven Sins EP, which found the band working with esteemed producer Ulrich Wild and is set to be followed by a full length this year. The band dip their toes into the pool of West Coast Nu Metal ala Coal Chamber meets Suicide Squad visually but also have a punkier sound going on that fans of, say, One-Eyed Doll or Jack Off Jill will certainly be likely to dig. Check ’em out!

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Desert doom contingent Godhunter have released a track from pending political and personal purge Codex Narco, a lengthy and smoldering track called “Like Glass Under Black Fingernails”. The vocals vary from disgusted snarl to melodic passages that call to mind Only Living Witness, Twitching Tongues or Section 8 in a call and response style over thundering rhythm tracks and other layers that combine to create a vortex of painful visions and maximize the feelings at play.

Find out the background on the song’s deeper meanings and listen to it HERE.

Codex Narco will see digital release through Battleground Records and cassette release through Baby Tooth Records on May 19th; preorders are now posted HERE.

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With The Dead (Ex Cathedral, Electric Wizard) release new song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 4:45 PM (PST)

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Doom tyrants With The Dead have given fans a Decibel Flexi Series slab of rare riff meat. The song is an over bearing punisher called “Vessel of Solitude.” The tune is an in between basher for fans who are impatient as we await the band’s sophomore release, expected this year. Check out the track here.

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Nightbringer stream new album “Terra Damnata”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:20 PM (PST)

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American black metal band Nightbringer have released their latest opus Terra Damnata, one of the highest hopes of the year for the genre. It does not let the listener down, a lengthy meditation on the dying world in the age of Kali with many passages that blaze by faster than you can say Austin Osman Spare while choking yourself. It has some of the most unrepentant passages of sheer assailment I have heard on any black metal since perhaps 1349’s recent primarily ferocious Massive Cauldron Of Chaos but the guitar playing here is way more experimental for the most part.

The record releases today, in case you weren’t already spending most of your day with the new Kendrick album and want to be actually damned, not just say DAMN. Blasting this is also a great way to piss off Jesus freaks on Good Friday. Stream Terra Damnata HERE or at Bandcamp HERE. I’m really enjoying the end sections of “Midnight’s Crown” past the 4:11 mark where things get downright Emperor level grandiose. Bad ass.

Regarding the album, vocalist Naas Alcameth comments: “With Terra Damnata we have tread even deeper into the labyrinth of certain esoteric traditions and sacred mythos, closer to the heart of the living darkness that destroys all and liberates but few. The spirit of the album is one of an ever backwards turning and embracing of both terror and ecstasis, love and death, before the gods and daemons of the Age of Misrule.”

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Suffocation reveal “Your Last Breaths”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM (PST)

Death metal legends Suffocation have released a new song entitled “Your Last Breaths”. Not “Breath”? I guess that “Last Breath” is already a stone cold on the slab Hatebreed classic.  And I suppose if you are dying in the murder induced puddle that precedes most death metal songs you would be grateful for every final gasp, so maybe plural is the way to go? Except that if it really hurt you would want it to be over with and be a singular final breath. Hmmm…

Anyway, the song is probably going to be huge in a live setting but the drum sound here doesn’t do justice to the rest of the arrangement. The guitar solo sections, heavier slam parts and technical flourishes as well as the signature low growls and attacking guitar tones are on point though. All in all it still certainly is a solid cup of DM for the day and gives an idea of some of what to expect from …Of The Dark Light. I mean, you know it was gonna be Suffocation but the cover art sort of looks like Fallujah got more evil or somesuch.

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Wormwitch premiere “Even The Sun Will Die”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM (PST)

There miiiiiiiight be a lot of bands with ‘witch’ in the name. It is almost like ordering toppings at a metal fast food place. “I’ll take a side of decayed nun zombies and the Skeleton…no, the Angel…er, Shadow Witch with extra fries and..Acid Witch, ughh. I can’t decide!” 

Well, we have another one for you but they are also worth your time! Wormwitch are a bad ass band from Vancouver and since we have not reached peak witch yet (that will be a band called Witch Witch), let it ride!! Anyway, all dorky jokes aside, this band smokes!

Check out their latest song at Nine Circles HERE and tell ’em Metal Riot sent ya. The band have a cool sound, somewhat black/extreme metal hybrid with some post rock elements. While that is popular these days, they are writing good songs and not just on the trendy tip of the devil’s trident, know what I’m sayin’? You will find the band’s arrangements and construction of dark vibes compelling and inspiring, I assure you.

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European metalcore band The Royal‘s new album Seven  sees the band growing even more formidable and driven. “Viridian” is one of the most impressive tracks and fans of Parkway Drive, faster As I Lay Dying, Misery Signals, Blessthefall and more will surely add this band to their list of must haves.

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Crusty Death/Doom outfit VALLENFYRE , one of the most killer bands in heavy music will release its third album, Fear Those Who Fear Him, via Century Media Records on June 2nd, 2017.

Now, the band proudly presents the first single and video clip for this opus. Greg Mackintosh (vocals and guitar) comments: “’Kill All Your Masters’ is about the frustration and anger we feel towards the many people and regimes in positions of power, whether it be political, religious or corporate, inflicting crimes and injustices on an often docile and enslaved population, who in many ways seem happy to be told what to do by anything from ancient books to lifestyle magazines.”

If you are on extra edge from how fucking dumb the world has been of late, this is some much needed riff/hate therapy.

Album Purchase options HERE.

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Walking Bombs, the solo +  collaborative varied genre effort of vocalist and writer Morgan Ywain Evans today released a new song from pending 2nd album Brave Hours a week before the full release drops via Bandcamp HERE. This track features Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums, Evans on vocals, bass and acoustic and lead cold melodic guitar from Gatecreeper/Spirit Adrift guitarist Nate Garrett. Andersen tracked in Saugerties, NY and it was mastered by grunge icon Tad Doyle at Witch Ape.

Says Evans: “The lyrics and melody are honestly from like 2004. It was originally a song for my old band DIVEST that we never recorded but played live a few times and sounded very different. I always liked the lyrics so reconfigured the music into a sort of Soundgarden Down On The Upside inspired number. It is mellow but dark. The arrangement is kind of weird so I figured this would be a cool one to have Nate play on. We became friendly last year and he is such a cool and genuine dude. It certainly doesn’t sound like his other bands- more like The Edge from U2 or something- sad and spaced out- and he said it was fun to try new things. I love the weird scale he does at the end over the sort of shambling bridge as the song falls into a sort of depressed ending. It is basically a tune about moving forward or being left behind by the world or a relationship.”

Go check it out!

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Earth Electric stream new track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:48 AM (PST)

EARTH ELECTRIC, the hard rock brainchild of Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (ex-MAYHEM, AURA NOIR, TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, ex-AVA INFERI) are streaming another new track off their forthcoming album, ‘Vol. 1: Solar’. The track, a symphonic hard rock opus titled “The Endless Road” is streaming now, here.

Regarding the new track, EARTH ELECTRIC comments:

“We have chosen ‘The Endless Road’ as the third and final single from ‘Vol.1 Solar’. This one used to be called ‘Burn’ when it was in my Cubase folder – most likely due to the umpteen amount of times I’ve traveled abroad with that glorious Deep Purple album on my headphones. Somehow something must have slipped in; however, I digress. For me, this song represents something alluring and charming yet indefinitely old, something untamed and wild, something that transcribes perfectly into our unique take on hard rock. Carmen’s interest in Gypsy magic and aesthetics is massively present in the lyrics and the hypnotic melodies move forward in a carefree and sort of ‘unattached’ way assisting the music. To be honest, what is a rock band without having a song dedicated to these mysterious traveling people?”

As the press release says: ‘Vol. 1: Solar’, sees the renowned musician joined by front-woman Carmen Simoes (ex-AVA INFERI, ex-MOONSPELL), and marks a return to his roots by exploring a more progressive sound firmly based on rock music. Recorded in Orgone Studio with acclaimed producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (GHOST, CATHEDRAL, PARADISE LOST, PRIMORDIAL), ‘ Vol. 1: Solar’ will be released via Season of Mist worldwide on May 12.

I interviewed Rune once for the defunct Crusher Magazine years ago in the real Myspace days when he was in Ava Inferi and he was great to talk to. So cool to know he is doing music with Carmen again, one of the greatest singers in rock and metal who deserves way more acclaim. I also felt Mayhem was never as powerful again since Rune left, though they tried.

‘ Vol. 1: Solar’ is available for pre-order across multiple CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

The artwork  was illustrated by Costin Chioreanu (GHOST, WATAIN, MAYHEM).

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Oceano release new single “The Great Tribulation”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:04 PM (PST)

Oceano have released a new room destroyer of a song entitled “The Great Tribulation”, one of their most intense tracks to date. Old school death metal fans will perhaps appreciate the faster drumming parts on this song interspersed with the atmosphere enhanced techy deathcore parts. I for one could do without the colder background sounds as a lot of bands are doing that lately along with the glitchy rhythmic breaking apart thing employed a few times, but the straight death parts wail. Anyone who appreciates, say, Chris Barnes style death gurgles should like Adam Warren’s style on this, a fairly old school approach to a mostly new school sound. I’d honestly like to hear him front some straight up early 90’s sounding Cannibal throwback type stuff himself sometime.

Anyhow, this new song is from latest album Revelation. It is crazy to think that they are on album five already. Feels like Depths just came out! Time flies.

Sez the band:

We are proud to present you with the first single off our new album, ‘Revelation’, available May 19th via Sumerian Records.

Physical pre-orders including vinyl and many more special items are available here – http://smarturl.it/Revelation-Bundles

Digital pre-orders available here –
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Revelation-IT
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Revelation-AM
GooglePlay: http://smarturl.it/Revelation-GP

 

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Below reveal details for “Upon A Pale Horse” , first single out

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Sweden’s Below are a strong doom band who, like Pilgrim and October Tide off the top of my head, could deserve a bit wider following. The group’s last record Across The Dark River had some really good moments. I especially dug the song “The Whitechapel Murderer” , which almost called to mind if Tony Martin had sung on the doomiest moments of Heaven & Hell’s The Devil You Know instead of RJD. Now the band is back with another sort of out of focus charcoal grave rubbing looking album cover to go with their dark sonic vision.

The new record Upon A Pale Horse will be out via Metal Blade mid May and you can hear first song “1,000 broken bones” (which sounds more like a Cannibal Corpse song name than doom metal, haha) right HERE. All metal genre jokes aside, we really dig this act. Check them out pronto!

Below comments: “With ‘Upon a Pale Horse‘ we feel that we have found our sound. We have grown as songwriters and this album contains our fastest and slowest, shortest and longest, heaviest and most melodic songs to date. Making this album more diverse yet still staying true to the core of heavy riffs and melodies that is Below. We recorded ‘Upon a Pale Horse‘ in Deep Blue Studios, the studio where we recorded our first EP, so in some sense it felt like we were returning to our roots.”

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Die So Fluid release new song “Bittersweet”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Die So Fluid , one of our fave hard rock bands, have released a new tune. “Bittersweet” is the first song from new album and premiered first on tattoo.com HERE. One Bullet From Paradise is the album title for the L.A./London based act, the first since the tragic passing of longtime drummer Al Fletcher. This one kind of reminds me of a stompy L7 riff if it was more gothic pop. Very confident fun mixed with the band’s usual flirtation with darkness and enjoyable performances. It also features the lyric ,”I like girl scout cookies made from girl scouts”, which is kind of amazing.

Says popular singer Grog: Bittersweet is an alter ego who came to life as I wrote the song. Part me, part fictional, she embodies all the stuff I like about many of my fave female tv, film and graphic novel characters. She makes a statement about embracing yourself as you are, thorns n all. She’s kick ass but not psycho, sexy and clever, fun and darkly deep. She parties hard and rocks her talents hard.”

I love this band and Grog also makes jewellery sometimes. I got my mom, who has dementia, one of her necklaces and she wears it almost every day still. Anyway, check this jam out and show them some support as they get through a hard time and yet continue to celebrate living strong in the moment!

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Sólstafir stream new track, “Bláfjall”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:16 AM (PST)

Outlandish and mysterious Icelandic rock band SÓLSTAFIR are streaming the second new track off their new album Berdreyminn. The  album closer titled “Bláfjall” is streaming now both at the indie music outlet Brooklyn Vegan and metal site Invisible Oranges

It seems the Guðmundur Óli Pálmason situation, though certainly stressful for all parties, did not stop the remaining members from creating new, strong art. This latest song is more driving than recent material with am interesting, proggy/classic rock bent. The vocals seem more pained. I can’t stop listening to it, frankly. Very cool.

Regarding the new track, SÓLSTAFIR vocalist/guitarist Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments on the personal meaning behind the track and its intent: The meaning of ‘Bláfjall’ is blue – as in a black, black mountain, and it revolves around man’s battle against his own mind and those inner demons that often lead to self-destruction and harming one’s loved ones. I have myself struggled with alcoholism and it remains a never-ending battle and continuously walking further up a mountain in foggy darkness. But this is also about hope, because there is a way out, but you have to grab that rope when it comes swinging towards you and hold on to it as tight as you can. Everybody can end up lost on the black mountain, or ‘Bláfjall’ in this case.

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