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U.D.O. to release new covers album via Atomic Fire

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:47 PM (PST)

German heavy metal renegade Udo Dirkschneider has announced a covers album My Way, out April 22nd via Atomic Fire. Some foundational rock classics and some unexpected numbers are on here. I am probably most excited for the “No Class” cover.

An excerpt from the press release:

Titled My Way, the record contains seventeen cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from Dirkschneider. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes-surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout.

“Now, when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs,” he recalls. Here, Alex Harvey’s “Faith Healer” allows the artist to feel those days of an era long past. The fact that “Nutbush City Limits” is also on the album reveals a secret rarely told until now, “What hardly anyone knows so far: I was a huge fan of Ike and Tina Turner, and especially Tina’s voice. We always covered this song during Accept rehearsals in the early days. It was one of the mainstays of our Accept rehearsal repertoire for years. Regrettably, there is no recording of it.”


With Wolfsheim’s “Kein Zurück,” Dirkschneider sings in German for the first time in his career, “I immediately felt like the words understood me. It seemed to me that the lyrics were telling the story of my career, of my highs and lows and all the good and bad experiences that life has. There simply is ‘no going back’ for those who choose to live as a musician.”


My Way Track Listing:
1. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
2. Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)
3. Sympathy (Uriah Heep)
4. They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)
5. Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)
6. Hell Raiser (The Sweet)
7. No Class (Motörhead)
8. Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
9. The Stroke (Billy Squier)
10. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
11. He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (The Scorpions)
12. T.N.T. (AC/DC)
13. Jealousy (Frankie Miller)
14. Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)
15. We Will Rock You (Queen)
16. Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)
17. My Way (Frank Sinatra)
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Trad and classic metal shadow weavers SANHEDRIN create music that manages to be semi-ornate while also not forgetting to rock. Metal Blade release Lights On is the very anticipated new slab from this Brooklyn outfit and is set to take the heavy metal world by storm.

Hear “Correction” today here and pre-order HERE.

On this particular track, vocalist/bassist Erica Stoltz explains, “The pandemic put the unbridled excess of humanity on hold. The reference was a play on the term ‘correction’ as used in economics. The comparison is between the slow roll of global death by virus and other man-made instantaneous destructors like atomic bombs.

Well, a lot of people have still profited plenty during the pandemic and kept promoting excess or staying more concerned about capitalism than actually helping people, but the song rocks and casts a wider view. Check it out.

Lights On Track Listing:
01. Correction
02. Lights On
03. Lost at Sea
04. Change Takes Forever
05. Code Blue
06. Scythian Women
07. Hero’s End
08. Death Is a Door


VENOM PRISON release “Nemesis” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 8:27 AM (PST)


UK’s VENOM PRISON releases their new song and music video for “Nemesis”, taken from their upcoming album Erebos. Similarly to their previously released music videos, the video was directed and produced by Thomas Coe-Brooker. Watch the video, HERE.


“This song is about the urge to hurt the person who has caused you irreparable harm and has changed your life forever. It deals with having been left to fix the damage done to you all by yourself. This specifically relates to experiencing narcissistic abuse and the trauma resulting from it”, states VENOM PRISON about “Nemesis”.


VENOM PRISON further explain, “Narcissists tend to pick empaths as their victims because they are emotional sponges who can absorb feelings from other people easily and this makes them very attractive to narcissists as these people will fulfil all of their needs in a selfless way. This results in a parasitic relationship. With ‘Nemesis’ we wanted to capture the emotions of aggression, determination and pain in a more traditional Venom Prison manner. Bringing you brutal moments, energetic pace and the head banging assault of heavy metal.”

Erebos will be out on February 4th, 2022. Pre-orders are available HERE
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Sitting here thinking at 8am about what directions I would like to take the blog this year and as I sip my coffee I have some political thoughts to unload. I am gonna do more “journaling” type entries here this year again instead of merely commenting on or posting press releases only like many blogs. Life is too short to not use your platforms (and that goes for both shoes and avenues of public engagement).

Joe Biden, when speaking on the first anniversary of the January 6th MAGA moron temper tantrum, gave a still rather tepid speech that pundits acted like was some testosterone fueled Superbowl championship. He should have actually spoken in even more firm terms about the white supremacist backed disinfo campaign that led manipulated, but still not off the hook, people to try to overturn the results of the election. The GOP have long counted on voter suppression and the blame game to distract from the failure of trickle down and their eternal grift, couched in false “freedom” lingo to people who believe foolhardy populist jargon from greaseballs who are just as or more elitist than the people they are attacking.

In addition to ending poverty so as to stop crime the right way, passing actually meaningful environmental reform,  erasing student and medical debt, protecting the courts and ending corporate lobbying, the left has sorely needed to combat corporate oligarchy as WELL as the growing white supremacy context erasing of the right. As we speak DeSantis is trying to stop critical race theory. Enough is enough.

The semblance of a tattered democracy is all we have. We can’t finally get around to talking about it after the same lukewarm unity blabber. We do need compassion and to zoom out and see one another in this life, but that doesn’t mean accepting false narratives or not pointing out evil agendas either for the sake of a false sense of calm while Mitch and Trump and all the other fuckheads plot. We can have boundaries.

And Biden is not exactly a real friend or ally either. He is doing a shit job on the environment, he just bailed out the fucking MEAT industry (just as corny and unethical as Trump caping for coal) and is frankly an out of touch napkin in the wind half the time who constantly sounds like a fucking Boomer. We needed Bernie. I personally wish Ilhan was president. Fuck all y’all. Lol.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about part of Biden’s messaging. The other day he said ,“You can’t obey the law only when it is convenient.” Real leftists should actually be wary of that, especially from an administration that still hasn’t done dick to close the horrific Guantanamo. As any Antifa activist worth their salt knows, you can’t always color within the lines to be truly effective in stopping entrenched power structures or hate groups. There are also times when it is absolutely justified to value people over property and make a statement through civil disobedience, even if it means burning some shit (sorry, King Buzzo).

January 6th wasn’t it. That was, as I think Azealia Banks or someone said, some big meth energy. Privileged clownery cosplaying as freedom fighting while upholding the status quo. And guess what, Dems? Biden is mostly the status quo as well. He is not enough for the demands of this moment.

It is pathetic that we allowed voter suppression to go on for so long that we now are even at risk of losing mail in ballot protections and barely ever fought against gerrymandering and the limited poll places in swing states.

Anyway, I want to talk to you about a new Tull song! Yes, Jethro Tull. The thorn in the side of many a bitter Metallica fan and a band I always was semi-indifferent too because back when I was mad at Claudio from Coheed for personal reasons I thought he always overhyped them, but I used to also hate on the Grateful Dead and now I love them. Time sweetens some tea, so they say. I love being woken up to things.

I am a more sober and less grudge bearing person these days and believe everyone has karma to sort through (as long as they actually do it), and I am certainly the most open minded I have ever been about music. Turns out old Claud was right and Tull do have their moments of ruling. I mean, I love Blood Ceremony and those Incubus songs that had flute and shit, so whatever. Cambria, my sister, played flute. It’s all good. Hail the pipes of Pan.

The Zealot Gene will see a January 28th, 2022 release on Inside Out Music. Loving the complex and thoughtful, well crafted and multi-layered composition – though it here and there makes some potential false equivalencies. You can still tell though that Anderson really wants to find a way through this mess. But let’s also not forget some instances of anger are justified and we can’t always be whistling happy go lucky moderates either. That is just a pile of pleasantries and toxic positivity, even though we need baseline discourse to function as a society (which is why I am for only censoring hate speech). It is also why, to back-pedal from the Big Lie, the GOP also have some members now who know they need to protect their political capital for optics.

Ian Anderson comments of the track: “The title track offers many allusions to the radical, politically-charged world of populism in leadership. As a song lyric, it sums up, for me, the divisive nature of societal relationships and the extreme views which fuel the fires of hate and prejudice, more so today perhaps, than at any time in history. Perhaps you think you know who I might have been thinking about here but, in reality, there are probably right now at least five prominent, dictatorial national figures who could fit the bill.”

Abbath announces new album, releases “Dream Cull” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:12 PM (PST)

Black metal anti-hero Abbath has released a new Francisco Munoz crafted video that finds our titular imp stomping around some gloomy terrain and bringin’ the no fux given vibes to the start of 2022. Dread Reaver will arrive on March 25th. This album art is the closest I have seen to Abbath cosplaying the Tim Curry devil Darkness from Legend, and I aint mad at it!

Statement from Dirty Honey and Mammoth / WVH

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 5:54 PM (PST)


Dirty Honey

We take the health and safety of the bands, road crews, local venue staff and especially our fans very seriously.

Due to an abundance of caution regarding the recent COVID surge, we have decided to postpone the start of the YOUNG GUNS TOUR to February 20, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. Any performance that was scheduled prior to February 20th in Denver has been rescheduled until after March 5th. The shows scheduled from February 20th through to March 5th  will remain as previously announced. The show in Portland, ME originally scheduled for January 28th is canceled and all ticket holders for that event can receive a refund at point of purchase. The revised tour schedule has allowed us to add a few additional shows to the itinerary and those shows will be on sale on Friday, January 14th at 10AM local time. More information on all shows and tickets for all dates can be found at:

The revised itinerary is below:


20 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO

21 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

22 Revolution, Boise, ID

24 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

25 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA


1 House of Blues, San Diego, CA

2 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

4 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ

5 Fantasy Casino, Indio, CA

9 House of Blues, Dallas, TX

10 Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX

12 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK*

13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO

15 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

16 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

18 The Bluestone, Columbus, OH

20 Roxian Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA*

23 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

24 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT

26 Big Night Live, Boston, MA

27 Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT*

28 Webster Hall, New York, NY

30 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

31 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA


1 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

3 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

5 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC

6 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

8 Marathon Music Works, Nashville,TN

9 The Plant, Dothan, AL

10 Hard Rock Orlando, Orlando, FL

* On sale this Friday, January 14, 2022


Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 8:38 AM (PST)


Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 – Following the enormous success of their 2021 co-headline US tour, metal titans MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD have today announced the second US run of their aptly named METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR. Joining them will be special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES. Tickets for the second leg of THE METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR, produced by Live Nation, will go on general sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 14th from


THE METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR was originally announced and planned for 2020 but was halted by the pandemic. Fans waited patiently for touring to return and in the summer of 2021 were granted their wish. THE METAL TOUR OF THE YEAR was one of the first national amphitheater tours to hit the road in 2021 and saw co-headliners MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD hit 29 cities across North America with special guests TRIVIUM and HATEBREED, who stepped in to replace IN FLAMES who couldn’t join the tour due to travel restrictions. The tour was met with enormous acclaim, truly living up to its name and playing to a whopping 172,000 metal fans in the process.


Speaking on the success of the initial leg of the tour and his excitement in hitting the road again in 2022, MEGADETH’s leader and frontman, Dave Mustaine says:


 “The Metal Tour of The Year is exactly what it sounds like – a night of some of the best heavy metal bands in the world – live and loud. Anyone who came to a show last year knows what I mean, only this one’s going be even better. Do not miss out.”


Randy Blythe, inimitable frontman of LAMB OF GOD, adds:


“It was great to get out on the road for an incredible tour last summer with Megadeth, Trivium and Hatebreed so we figured we’d do it again! We look forward to hitting new cities with Megadeth, Trivium and In Flames, who we’re happy to have over for leg 2!”


TRIVIUM’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy adds:


“The Metal Tour Of The Year was one of the strongest, most incredible Metal tours in ages – it’s namesake nothing but accurate. How do you follow that up? By doing it again – even bigger, even better, and have it play everywhere it didn’t on the first leg. MTOTYII – let’s do this. “


With IN FLAMES singer, Anders Fridén stating:


”We are excited to finally be able to join our dear friends in Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium on this year’s, Metal Tour of The Year! We can’t wait to be back on the road in America and to reunite with you all. Don’t miss this tour it’s a juggernaut.”


Produced by Live Nation, the second leg of this epic metal trek will kick off on Saturday, April 9th in Las Vegas, NV and hit a further 21 cities before wrapping in Allentown, PA on Sunday, May 15.
Tickets and VIP packages for all artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 10am local time via
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From Suicide Silence’s Facebook:

We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Chaos & Carnage tour across the U.S. with this crushing lineup of bands! We’ll be hitting the road with Carnifex, Lorna Shore, Upon A Burning Body, AngelMaker, DISTANT & another yet to be announced special guest!⁣
Be sure to follow Chaos And Carnage Tour & check for tickets and further information.⁣
General Admission Tickets On Sale: Friday, January 14, 10:00AM Local Time⁣
C&C VIP Package Upgrades On Sale: Friday, January 21 at 10:00AM Local Time ⁣
5/6 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades⁣
5/7 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom⁣
5/8 Seattle, WA – El Corazon ⁣
5/10 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater ⁣
5/11 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater ⁣
5/13 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze⁣
5/14 Chicago, IL – WC Social Club ⁣
5/15 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot⁣
5/17 Columbus, OH – King of Clubs ⁣
5/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels ⁣
5/19 Boston, MA – Big Night Live ⁣
5/20 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre ⁣
5/21 Reading, PA – Reverb ⁣
5/22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage ⁣
5/24 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ⁣
5/25 Tampa, FL – Orpheum ⁣
5/27 Arlington, TX – So What Festival ⁣
5/28 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live ⁣
5/29 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger ⁣
5/31 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre⁣
6/1 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre ⁣
6/2 Las Vegas NV – 24 Oxford ⁣
6/3 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues ⁣
6/4 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
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Metal Riot’s Top 5 Picks for January 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Hanging Garden by Kalle Pyyhtinen

January is here and that means, in my neck of the woods, a lot of colorless and damp days with dead branches waiting to be reincarnated amidst a cold atmosphere perfect for listening to “Flood II” by Sisters Of Mercy on repeat en route to and from paying too much for Starbucks like an asshole.

Amidst being annoyed at people who completely missed out on how meta and dope- even with Jada Pinkett Smith turning into Yoda- the new Matrix movie was (I also LOVED all the low key Sense 8 cameos, xoxoxo!) and the much more time consuming tasks of working full time and dealing with my beloved mother passing away, you’d be correct in assuming I haven’t been interested in doing much of jack shit or had time to listen to a lot of new music. That said, here are a few things on my radar I thought were cool enough to bother mentioning in my meager little attempts here at maintaining both a music blog and my sanity as both a writer and human being right now. These are pretty perfect releases for a 2022 kick off where we are all still shell shocked and weary, if cautiously hopeful (possibly against our better judgment).

So, in no particular order:

HANGING GARDEN‘s Neither Moth nor Rust is a good fit for the oddball cross section of people who might be just as stoked for a Katatonia release as Evanescence or some art rocky Thom Yorke shit. To be honest, this record doesn’t even need the gutturals because the melodies and almost post-metal guitars could stand on their own without the extra oomph. Not that I mind some good screams.

“On The Shore Of Eternity” is my favorite track, the melodic intro really reminiscent of the grandeur of The Cure song this band’s name recalls. Check out the title track to the EP below.

DEEPER GRAVES will release the excellent dark post-punk inspired The Colossal Sleep this year, my favorite thing from the prolific Jeff Wilson in a while. This project is really starting to come into its own. Discard black metal preconceptions and approach this as a new, evolving chapter, similar to how Coliseum fans had to embrace Fotocrime or AN fans with Cold Cave. This is darker and dirtier than those projects, the band name not a misnomer. “Corridors” is probably my favorite tune of the new EP, the best uneasy soundtrack to wanting to leave somewhere since the Jesus Lizard released “Din”.

AGE OF APOCALYPSE release a banger Jan. 21st. Faced with the ferocious and/or atmospheric Grim Wisdom, LOA, Twitching Tongues, Type O and Section 8 stans will likely rejoice…except they are gloomy fucks like me and we don’t really do that often. But there are exceptions! The title track here is an absolute slammer. Like, think of the most pulverized watermelon to ever fall victim to Gallagher and that doesn’t come close. This is totally the shit. I am sure some dope hardcore and metalcore will come out this year but if you had to blow your wad in fuckin’ January and were only allowed to rock this one most of the year, you probably wouldn’t be that upset about it.

Portland trailblazer (see what I did there?) MIZMOR will release the highly anticipated brooder Wit’s End this month, a record which seems to be just completely tired of everyone’s bullshit. The teaser alone will make any listener consider anti-depressants, if they aren’t already on them (no shame, just sayin’). Recorded, produced, and mixed by A.L.N. at his home studio, July 2020 – February 2021 and brought to you by Gilead Media. Releases Jan. 14th.

WILDERUN‘s Epigone is out January 7th and shows the band in fine form. Progressive and symphonic but not in the most predictable ways, the band have made their cleanest sounding yet most thrillingly challenging material to date.

“This is certainly a “meta” record for me,” states guitarist and vocalist Evan Berry. “It’s the record that has the most to do with the artistic process.” 

REVOCATION have completed album number eight

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 6:16 PM (PST)

Happy New Year, readers. I have not been posting much yet this year due to tragic family matters but am going to get back into the swing of it sporadically as I feel up to it. Wanted to share some cool REVOCATION news. The premiere technical thrashers of modern metal have today posted about a follow up to The Outer Ones:

Happy New Year heathens, album #8 is completed and is due out in the fall. This is our most diabolical record to date, we can’t wait to share more with you all when the time comes 🤘

Hails to the dudes. It will be interesting to see what the current line-up has in store.

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BEAST IN BLACK announce first ever USA tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:27 AM (PST)


BEAST IN BLACK have announced an extensive string of US dates with support from Seven Kingdoms and Striker, via Facebook:


Ladies and Gentlemen, let us announce Beast In Black‘s first ever tour in the USA which is gonna be our first headline tour over there too! 🥳


We will do these 4 weeks right before the tour with Nightwish!
Be sure you’ll get a massive load of Beast In Black songs from Berserker, From Hell With Love and Dark Connection albums! 🤘

Tickets on sale from Friday
Supports: Seven Kingdoms and Striker
04.07.2022 🇺🇸 ORLANDO, FL – The Haven
04.08.2022 🇺🇸 TAMPA, FL – Orpheum
04.09.2022 🇺🇸 ATLANTA, GA – The Masqurerade
04.11.2022 🇺🇸 DALLAS, TX – Amplified Live
04.12.2022 🇺🇸 SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Rock Box
04.14.2022 🇺🇸 MESA, AZ – Nile Theater
04.15.2022 🇺🇸 ANAHEIM, CA – The Parish
04.16.2022 🇺🇸 SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Atrium at Catalyst
04.18.2022 🇺🇸 PORTLAND, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04.19.2022 🇺🇸 SEATTLE, WA – El Corazon
04.20.2022 🇨🇦 VANCOUVER, BC – The Rickshaw
04.22.2022 🇨🇦 CALGARY, AB – Dickens
04.23.2022 🇨🇦 EDMONTON, AB – Starlite Room
04.25.2022 🇺🇸 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Metro
04.26.2022 🇺🇸 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Black Sheep
04.27.2022 🇺🇸 LAWRENCE, KS – Granada Theater
04.29.2022 🇺🇸 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Fine Line
04.30.2022 🇺🇸 JOLIET, IL – The Forge
05.01.2022 🇺🇸 CLEVELAND, OH – Beachland Ballroom
05.02.2022 🇺🇸 DETROIT, MI – El Club

It was December 24th, in the tragic year of 1914, in the middle of a cold night. After six months in the muddy trenches, World War 1 still hadn’t come to an end on Christmas Eve; the soldiers were missing home even more than on any other day and started quietly singing carols. Although an official truce was declined from the governments, an eerie silence haunted the empty battlefields on the morning of December 25th. That was when the British and German soldiers slowly crawled out of their trenches to wish each other a Merry Christmas, take photographs, play games, and even exchange a few gifts.

In this animated story video, SABATON depicts this remarkable event that would come to be known as the “Christmas Truce.” This brand new video was unveiled during the band’s ongoing Christmas Advent Calendar on their social media channels and website.

Watch the new “Christmas Truce” video below!

“This is the story of the ‘Christmas Truce,’ and this is why we wrote our latest single,” said Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström. “We now give you a different way of experiencing our music and the history behind it.”

The “Christmas Truce” video was produced by Yarnhub, who also created the animated story videos for Sabaton’s “No Bullets Fly” and “Night Witches.”

A new edit of the “Christmas Truce” single is now available on all streaming platforms. You can listen to it here: 

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SYLVAINE releases “Nowhere, Still Somewhere” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:29 AM (PST)

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist SYLVAINE will be releasing her fourth studio album, Nova on March 4, 2021! The musician is now releasing the first single, “Nowhere, Still Somewhere,” which is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful music video. The clip, which was directed by Linnea Syversen, can be found at THIS LOCATION.

SYLVAINE comments on the track and video: “‘Nowhere, Still Somewhere’ was one of the last songs I wrote for Nova and expresses the feeling of losing control, being unable to hold on to things or to move forward, despite how many efforts are made. Being a very personal song, on a very personal record, I knew the video for this song would be an intimate one, making the choice of director key. From the moment I meet Linnea Syversen, I knew she would be the perfect person to create such a special project with. Besides the help of Grayscale, who shot some amazing drone footage for us, and Hogan Mclaughlin, who lent us one of his wonderful garments, this video was created solely by Linnea and I, letting us go into this creative bubble together and spend hour upon hour shooting clips to underlie the emotional quality that ‘Nowhere, Still Somewhere’ holds. The video is fragile and strong all at once, abstract, yet touching and visually showcases the duality that is forever present in my music.”

Video Director Linnea Syversen adds: “To work with Kathrine Shepard/Sylvaine has been very inspiring and exciting. ‘Nowhere, Still Somewhere’ is touching and strong at the same time and I instantly had images popping up into my mind while listening to the song for the first time. We had some real challenging shooting days, some of which were also really cold, but Kathrine was amazingly dedicated and resilient. After this collaboration, I’m left with a lot of good memories and feel so excited to show this one off to the world.” 

Video Credits:
Video by Linnea Syversen
Drone Operator – Grayscale
Dress – Hogan Mclaughlin
Additional editing – Guilherme Henriques

The song and album are available for pre-saving on all other digital platforms HERE while the record is available for pre-orders HERE.

Intruder Green went on a bender and woke up in the Tracksuit, er, Trenchcoat Draculas?

Slimy grimy rappers and rockers TWIZTID have released a video for catchy but calamitous and crunchy end of year rap rock bop “No Change”. The song features punchy guitar, a memorable and driving chorus and the agitated rhymes TWIZTID are known for. Matt B. from Nu Metal enthusiasts From Ashes To New is along for the ride. Unlikely Prescription continues to do very well!

METAL RIOT’s Top 25 Albums Of 2021.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:21 PM (PST)

King Woman at Saint Vitus Bar- Oct. 16th, 2021

Ok, friends. Here we are again… 2021 has been a serious slog while also being full of some amazing blessings.I was very happy to get to share another year of Metal Riot with you all and ride the vortex waves.I usually don’t post a lot for the month of December and we tend to be the second or third site to publish our list (after DECIBEL, generally).I am gonna spend a lot of December working, reflecting and being grateful for two years of sobriety and also contemplating The Wheel Of Time saga, etc.

THANK YOU to all the bands who made killer music this year and amazing people I was able to speak with or befriend, etc. YOU are the scene. XO.

I also deserve a break after having to deal with many unwanted trolls for simply pointing out to Mastodon that Brent shouldn’t be calling stuff “gay” as a pejorative.

Numerous people decided they needed to contact me and call me queerphobic names afterwards.A nd I am sure I have done way more for metal and punk than all of those shit trolls combined. The LGBTQAI artists in metal made some of the most amazing work in the scene this year and don’t deserve to be alienated by lazy and inconsiderate speech. I seriously had one moron named like Jarhead666 or something tell me I was butthurt and metal isn’t the place for my ‘CrItICal Sjw theory’ or some shit, because I introduced this goon to the concept of heteronormative centering, or some such.

But seriously, while I genuinely appreciated Brann talking to me and meant it when I told him I have loved those dudes as a band a long time (ever since being stuck near the Lincoln Tunnel years ago with a friend and finding that blasting Remission actually CAN move complete gridlocked traffic).

I’d just like to add that now as a result of that “bad day” -as David Draiman of Disturbed and the Mastodon camp are graciously calling Brent’s shitty moment- even more hateful speech has butterfly effected all over social media and caused emotional distress to many good folx just trying to find a place in metal. The seeds we sew matter.

A bad day is not being on the Jasta podcast. A bad day is Matthew Shepard.

That said, one love to you all.If anyone wants to blacklist me, well…I only write about what I want anyway.

And so…Here are METAL RIOT’s top 25 of the year for 2021. I expanded it from 12 this year because there was a true wealth of killer albums and because I am happy to be alive, celebrating music and able to flex my opinions on it…whether you think I am an ignorant SJW who doesn’t know anything or not.

(drumroll…) Album Of The YearKING WOMAN‘s soul scorching noir doom record Celestial Blues is hands down our album of 2021 for exemplifying so much that is awesome about heavy music’s potential in 2021, from cadences to symbolism to the transformative power of art. And of course bad ass riffs! It also makes Kris and co.the only band in the site’s history to win AOTY twice!I guess it was fitting that two of my favorite records this year would reference Paradise Lost (the other being this excellent groover fest from my friend Taraka, also highly recommended).

From the opening plaintive narration of the album title over spare, jazzy and sorrowful notes to the impossible, mournful but playful shuffle of “Golgotha” to the anguish and hypnosis of “Psychic Wound” and the crowd sing-a-long of the year “Morning Star”, Celestial Blues feels like stepping into a smoky, mythological theater, a personal passion play full of highs and lows brighter than sunlight or darker than a grim Gotham alleyway. King Woman remain a group who understand suspense, tension build and payoff more than many and here they have also crafted some of their most sophisticated arrangements yet paired with arguably the most anthemic vocal and lyrical work Kris has delivered to date.

KW live shots by MYE

Seed pic by Omari Spears @o.shoots

2. SEED‘s Dun Pageant is a likewise challenging, thrilling and rewarding plunge through the soul and psyche by another band with almost 100% their own sound, well deserving of our second place spot for 2021.This Anti-fascist, queer centric force from Boston is creating an incredible sonic refuge for outsiders who need a found family in the scene. And most importantly, their music is fucking incredible. Practically any song on this record can crack you wide open and move you to a flood tears or strengthen your resolve. There is a deep sense of poetic yearning and desire to belong embedded within these melodic, indie flirting doom songs which nonetheless offer an unyielding stance in the face of a cruel world. Fans of everything from the most dramatic PJ Harvey material to Across Tundras to slower, weird ass Jesus Lizard songs could find a home here amidst some of the most existentialist yet determined music I may have ever heard in my life.

3. Succumb‘s overdue return on XXI was worth the wait and then some.Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden with compelling artwork by Stefan Thanneur (my favorite cover art of the year), the record retained the band’s edgy death metal sound and upped the ante on the philosophical subtexts. Read all my further thoughts about it HERE in an interview with the band!

4. Underdark ‘s Abi told the Hellbent for Metal crew recently, if I accurately recall, that ‘folk music in England is traditionally lefty and BM is folk music’. Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry melds left wing class consciousness spirit with Slint/Enablers spoken word vibes at times and of course the fire in the veins black metal this UK group is a standard bearer of. Believing in the power of change and doing things their way, the band have managed to really get solid footing under their feet during a turbulent time in the music world. I can’t possibly do justice in a short plug to the vibrancy and life that is in every note and utterance on this record, but it is amazing. Also, they always make me want to play Forgotten Realms.

5. Violet Cold‘s Empire Of Love is a landmark release championing inclusivity and borderless genres, a masterstroke from an already prolific and trend setting act. Read my 5 star review HERE.

6. Gojira is the “biggest band” represented on our list this year. Gojira remain ambassadors for our planet and sanity in a world sorely lacking it , musical geniuses and dudes who are deeply respectful of the environment we get to call home.From refusing to be gaslit about Tibet to standing up for the Amazon to of course musing about the meaning of life in our Universe and creating some super headfucky yet face ripping arrangements, they remain pound for pound unfuckwithable on mighty Fortitude. And they 100% ought to win the Grammy the most out of those nominated, fyi.

7. Withered outdid even their impressive past work on the trudging and oppressive Verloren . That “Dissolve” guitar sound is to literally die for and you can never pin them down. It’s a mood. Once you take the time to really get inside this record it is completely addictive and really ought to come with a warning label because of how easy it is for this blackened sludge fest to completely remove any semblance of a remaining fuck given.Well done, lads. Carcass, The Lurking Fear and plenty of others made some dastardly records this year but this takes the cake for me in that category.

8. Filth Is Eternal‘s Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal is a glorious and gritty punk record with the most attitude you likely heard this year.The non-stop energy and adrenaline was a constant go to for me when I needed a bucket of cold water thrown on me to snap me out of the morose of this miserable year. I fucking love this band with all my soul and you  readers should listen to this 20 times before we meet again if you want to stay friends.

Brian of Filth Is Eternal pic by Joshua Simons @groteskanimal

9. Wharflurch did the near impossible and stood out amidst a year positively drunk on top rate death metal releases.If you haven’t experienced this highly enjoyable bad trip yet for the first time you are in for a fucking treat.Very original and batshit act creating some brain melting yet skull crushing sounds simultaneously, if that makes sense.And seriously, who has a better album title than Psychedelic Realms ov Hell? I mean, come on!”Phantasmagorical Fumes”, indeed.

Tower NYC…lookin’
tougher than shit

10. Tower‘s Shock to the System has a classic trad metal looking cover that calls to mind epic releases of yesteryear from Scorpions or early Anthrax while pulling listeners in to one of the best modern bands influenced by the classics around. Along with Pounder’s Breaking The World or Haunt’s recent plethora of powerful pleasers, Tower demonstrate true heavy metal will never die (and this time with a little more Never Say Die era Sabbath influence mixed in, from the sound of things).The musical chemistry between Sarabeth and James remains one of the best in rock and the recording line-up brought this sophomore effort to new heights worthy of Linden’s falcon crye.The true shock to the system is how much enjoyment you can get from one album.

11. Krallice‘s lofi black metal on Demonic Wealth somehow marries the original bleakness of the genre with the loneliness of NYC and wet cardboard, broken dreams, rain dripping off a fire escape vibes amidst the death throes of capitalism.One of the best album titles in metal history? Yep. This is a run down worker unable to afford Christmas gifts type shit.Cold and atmospheric and unique with callbacks to 2nd wave and weirdo ambient stuff. Drums recorded on a phone!?Smash the uber rich after repurposing their built to break detritus. This album is the perfect Krallice response for a pandemic full of people just hoping to get through in one piece.

12. Nadja‘s Luminous Rot is an out of body experience more than a musical one, imo.I had a deep dive interview with the band that you can read HERE and remain incredibly impressed with this specific statement in (and out) of the timestream.

13. Catalyst Crime made the greatest symphonic metal release of 2021 by a considerable margin. If “Condemn Me To Chaos” doesn’t get lodged in your head for weeks at a time, I don’t know what the heck is wrong with you. Just listen to it.

14. Obsolete‘s Animate / Isolate blew me away with the Revocation worthy skill, young again hyper fast speed enthusiasm and melodic thrash aptitude on display.This record goes against the trends and is better for it, just a charming and bad ass chops fest that also remembers to induce headbanging amidst the whiz kid shit.Really, this band should be way bigger.

15. Crypta‘s Echoes Of The Soul is the funnest death/thrash hybrid of the year, a monster fuck you to naysayers and another notch in the belt for Brazil’s long and storied metal legacy.T he ladies in Crypta truly feel like a “band”, each member bringing a lot of personality and individualism to the table to add to the whole yet in a way where you couldn’t imagine the group with other members. The chops, the style and attitude paired with the consistent vibe that they breathe, eat and shit metal truly makes this one of the most exciting releases of the year, an energy that translates to the terrific and tyrannical material.

16. Finland’s REVULSION delivered a ferocious self titled debut via Transcending Obscurity way back in February.The intensity here will turn the head of pretty much any self respecting death metal fan yet is not just an endurance test. It even gives the new Cannibal material a run for the money in the punishment department. Bad ass af.

17. Pupil Slicer‘s Mirrors was explosive, mathy and meaningful in the best of ways.I am pretty sure no band went harder than they did in 2021 during their “Collective Unconscious” track. From the 1:47 mark-through to the end of the song, a riff reminiscent of the Moby cover of “New Dawn Fades” meets Coalesce at their meatiest twists and turns through tortured post-core-black-churning anguish and back through to the light.They didn’t really need to cover Converge when they are making originals this powerful already.

18. Gridfailure feat. Mac Gollehon‘s demented mad hatter excursions into noise jazz horror on Dismemberment Cabaret take the 18th spot.I am certainly biased here because Brenner from Gridfailure is a good friend and has collaborated with me often on my Walking Bombs releases over the years, but if you can’t hear the sheer fucksanity brilliance of these end times soundscape spasms featuring a very cool cat who played with everyone from Bowie to Billy Ocean, well…I feel bad for you. I certainly listened to this a hell of a lot more times than I did albums by much bigger legacy acts this year.

19. Book Of Wyrms are one of my favorite recent finds and I listened to this one a LOT. Serious chemistry and freedom allure here paired with incredible vintage vibes and the desire to roam. You can feel the band loving what they do with every passage and each frontier crossed.It feels like each song was from the result of true blue jamming, the old fashioned way. Sorely need more records like Occult New Age to usher in a real Aquarian doom metal/”new” classic rock age in hella style!”Colossal Yield” is pretty much a perfect song (except my computer says the track length is 4:21?).

20. Eremit‘s Bearer Of Many Names honestly got me more stoked than the Bell Witch record everyone was gushing about a number of years back, each passage here really momentous and worthy of the awesome, sci-fi Jurassic tomb fuckery artwork.You need to make TIME for this bad boy, but the rewards are many. Seriously gargantuan and impressive crater charred doom from Germany.

21. ABIOTIC have more emotional connection than your average tech death and made sure their return post-break up record was a memorable one. Truly sick leads. Many brilliant passages. Hard to turn off.

22. The recent JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES Vertigo album is our second record of this year end list to feature really bad weather (along with Revulsion)!Make of that what you will.Unlike that Finnish death metal diamond in the rough, JATAO traffic in slinky and smart psych and doom.The continuation of sorts to the psyche shifting path they tread on The Horse And Other Weird Tales, the Vertigo release is well worth the ride.

23. Cultum Draculesti are lofi queer vampire BM perfection and their S/T record even outdid the excellent Antigone The Martyr. I adore how down the rabbit hole of their own vision they go, while also being capable of really eerie but musical moments like “Dhampir” that you can play around casual classic horror movie fans whilst laughing to yourself how unaware they are of how even more extra you are.

24. Cerebral Rot made the hands down FUGLIEST death metal this year, just so gnarly, evil and pitch perfect. The utter just disdain for humanity felt in every sickening and crude riff is off the charts. So fucking heavy. Excretion of Mortality is the loathing for the human condition that we all felt at some point this year.

25. Employed To Serve‘s Conquering is the essential metalcore experience of the year, a level up from a band who already are firmly focused on being long haul contenders, from every indicator. Unlike numerous contemporaries who got detrimentally more commercial in a manner that hinders their quality regardless of any tent expansion in fandom, EoS have perfectly shown how you can grow while not alienating your core fans who got you going.Conquering is not stagnant, but rather ENHANCED. It kicks down doors and has a level of conviction and attack that will leave you truly impressed.I’d love to see a bigger band like DevilDriver , Killswitch or Trivium do a full US tour in the next few years with these up and comers.

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