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Judas Priest’s ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ turns 40!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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Sad Wings of Destiny turns 40-years-old on March 23 and to celebrate this mammoth fucking album, I present to you a retrospective on it!

Sad Wings of Destiny is Judas Priest’s second album. It is the only album which features drummer Alan Moore. That year Kiss’s Destroyer came out, Rush released 2112, AC/DC released High Voltage internationally and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in Australia, Black Sabbath released Technical Ecstasy and Deep Purple broke up. But for Judas Priest, things were just taking off. Off the back of Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest signed to CBS Records and got 60,000 pounds to record their next album Sin After Sin, which came out the very next year.

Read the full retrospective of the album here.

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Baroness announce US tour dates for April, May 2016

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 4:20 PM (PST)

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Baroness have announced new US tour dates in support of latest release Purple. Catch the acclaimed live band this Spring if you can.

Dates below.

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The musical brainchild of bassist Tas Danazoglou (Satan’s Wrath, ex-Electric Wizard) Mirror‘s collection of cult crypt-kickers and mighty conjurings bears all the hallmarks of an instant classic. A chance meeting with respected producer (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost) and accomplished drummer Jaime Gomez Arellano led to the pair hitting on a shared vision of a classically aligned outfit that drew inspiration from the epic amplified landscapes of lore and legend whilst avoiding the lure of mere tribute, rather reinventing the sound and fury they loved anew. They were soon joined by Satan’s Wrath axeman Stamos K, and their fate further sealed by the arrival of the mightily operatic tenor of vocalist Jimmy Mavromatis, before the ouroborus was completed with the arrival of Los Angeles-based guitarist Matt Olivo (Repulsion). Together as Mirror they deliver a thunderously resonant salvo of metal magnificence.

Check the band’s excellent new video for “Galleon” HERE.

This April, Mirror will support Repulsion at select dates in the UK. In regards to these special performances, Tas Danazoglou comments: “We are very excited to play two shows supporting Repulsion. We will deliver pure, relentless heavy metal and hopefully many more shows will follow.”

 

Mirror tour dates

w/ Repulsion, Dripback

April 12 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control (+ Exxxecutioner)

April 13 – London, UK – Underworld (+ Lunatic Hooker)

 

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Holy Grail dates with DevilDriver and more announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM (PST)
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Quite the Spring tour announcement! DevilDriver with Holy Grail, Incite and Hemlock!

 

Dates BELOW.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘The Ultimate Sin’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM (PST)

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One thing that is absolutely true is that Ozzy Osbourne has had a rough go. That may be less true today, but it was absolutely true back in the mid-80s.

Not only was Ozzy dealing with substance abuse, he was having a hard time keeping a cohesive line-up for his solo project. In 1985 when he recorded The Ultimate Sin, he recruited Phil Soussan on bass. Ozzy had been working with Bob Daisley during the Randy Rhoads era, and the first part of the Jake E. Lee era. In fact, Daisley had written most of the material for the album with Jake E. Lee and Ozzy Osbourne, as he had co-written Ozzy’s first three. Daisley went on to play on three Uriah Heep albums, and even on Black Sabbath’s 1987 The Eternal Idol. Daisley would ultimately return for 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked before permanently departing after 1991’s No More Tears.

The Ultimate Sin was Jake E. Lee’s second and last album with Ozzy, after starting with him in 1983 to record Bark at the Moon.

The album was an introduction of Randy Castillo on drums, and he would stick around for two more albums (1988’s No Rest For The Wicked and 1991’s No More Tears). Castillo also performed live duty on 1990’s live EP Just Say Ozzy and 1993’s Live & Loud.

Before The Ultimate Sin Ozzy had done three solo albums in three years. After 1983’s Bark at the Moon it took him three years to release The Ultimate Sin.

Read my full retrospective on the album here.

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GET OUT. premiere “Seven Heavens” lyric video via NEW NOISE

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12:08 PM (PST)
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New York hard rock purveyors GET OUT. have premiered the official lyric video for their track, “Seven Heavens”, at New Noise Magazine. The track appears on the group’s debut full-length record Let Me In, which The Ring Master Review hails as having a “potent sound which gets straight to the point without distracting frills and a commandingly solid release providing increasingly thickening enjoyment.” Vocalist Morgan Y. Evans says of the new track:

“Here is our first ever lyric video. It is for “Seven Heavens” a song about hoping for peace or the possibility to salvage unity in the face of aggression, Aiming for less conflict and better communication in an often cutthroat world. Remembering that all of our time is valuable and to value what other people bring to the table/scene. Not letting disrespectful people slow you down. The video was done by Spinkickproductions.com. That company does a lot of cool metalcore and rap videos. Plus they are an hour away in the Troy/Albany area so it was cool to hire someone in the wider regional Upstate, NY scene. We all have to support one another to make this framework of the underground grow and retain strength.”

Check out the video RIGHT HERE

Read more BELOW.

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Lords of Black premiere “Tears I Will Be”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:12 PM (PST)

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Madrid heavy metal warriors Lords of Black have premiered their newest track “Tears I Will Be”.

“Tears I Will Be” comes off of Lords of Black’s sophomore album II which will be released by Frontiers Music SRL on March 18.

Check out “Tears I Will Be” here.

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GET OUT. tease “War Chest” EP and guests, part ways with drummer.

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:35 AM (PST)

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Kingston , NY metal/hard rock band GET OUT. have parted ways with their drummer. Fill-ins have been selected for the next few
shows as the band chooses a replacement and moves forward on their next EP, to be entitled War Chest.

GET OUT. recently released debut Let Me In via Bandcamp, iTunes and other digital platforms after first debuting two songs on Metalriot.com‘s Creature Honeymoon 2015 Halloween compilation alongside bands such as Geezer, Night Viper, Septa and Tyrant Of Death.

Says vocalist/writer Morgan Ywain Evans:

“Moving forward we are expanding to some heavier territory while still including some of the rock elements already displayed. The drummer we fired is busy with his career and, to keep it civil, we felt there wasn’t enough urgency for the band. As a result of letting him engineer most of us felt the completion of the album took months longer than expected. There was even some lost enthusiasm and people who didn’t even show up on mix day when it finally arrived. Obviously no active band can really function well on that kind of dragged out clock.”

Evans continues: “That said, we wish him good luck. While we might not survive as long, we admire how the band Shai Hulud or even Murphy’s Law adapted with various line ups to challenges yet nonetheless kept momentum going and overcame obstacles. We are currently testing out various candidates on drums and second guitar, as ex-guitarist Jeremy Swift also is out of the band due to injury and being more focused on his blues funk/ power pop band The Beautiful Bastards. But we are completely fine. Our next EP War Chest will showcase our soon to be much heavier side to go with the more alternative rock, hard rock and stoner influences on Let Me In. We have some material written already and it rips absolute ass.”

Guests have not been confirmed for the next EP but expect full details next month. The guests are rumored to include heavy hitters Paul “Ablaze” of Blackguard, metalcore legend Mike Score of All Out War and more TBA.

As with Let Me In, art for War Chest will be once again handled by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design (Hollow Earth, Vulture, Black Yo)))ga).

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Holy Grail release new song from ravenously anticipated new LP via MetalSucks

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:40 PM (PST)

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With their third release Times of Pride and Peril on the brink of release, Los Angeles heavy metal quintet HOLY GRAIL have released a punishing new track “Descent Into The Maelstrom”. Lauded as “the direct descendants of bands like Priest and Maiden” by MetalSucks, you can listen to the song, which they claim causes “instant involuntary headbanging… it’s that good,” HERE.

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In response to the justifiable backlash to his drunken white power salute at the end of the recent Dimebash, Phil Anselmo has stated to his bandmates in Down they move on without him. It is good he is drawing the line so as not to have others associated as much with his own struggle. Down should really just go on hiatus though as all the band members have other projects for the most part from C.O.C. to EHG. I can only really imagine Karl Agell from Kinghitter /Blind-era C.O.C. filling his shoes and that probably wouldn’t happen ever.

UPDATE: Pepper Keenan has released a related statement. Read it HERE. In addition a hometown DOWN show in NOLA has been axed by promoters. 

Personally, I feel like Phil was wasted and did something really dumb. I’m not apologizing for his actions but booze does not always reveal hidden tendencies. Sometimes it makes us stupidly insensitive and casual or out of control in hurtful ways. While his actions are reprehensible, you have to look at his whole life which also includes many moments of inclusiveness and even teaching people about the different cultural sub genres of heavy metal from nations around the world, including people of all stripes. There are as well plenty of times he was a hot mess and ranted and raved, it is true. Especially in the Superjoint Ritual early days.

He says below he is utterly responsible for his actions, which is a good start. And also intends to finally face the booze demons. As Kirk Windstein named one of the very best Crowbar albums…Sever The Wicked Hand, man. Maybe the crazy dude who shot Dimebag would have regretted if if he had lived but we will never know because he acted crazy and got his brains justifiably blown out for murdering one of the greatest guitarists of all time at a gathering of kindred metal fan spirits. Some actions have very high consequences for a reason. They are social safeguards that keep us from chaos and hatred.

Personally, I have hope for Phil and honestly believe he was amped up and being an idiot. Though I don’t think many will forgive this huge debacle anytime soon and as All Shall Perish in a very well spoken statement noted, it is a huge stain on Pantera’s legacy. I remember Phil said if he ever had the chance to do a Pantera tribute w the band minus Dime and with Wylde on guitar that he would train like an MMA fighter or some such to get back to where he once was. That, sadly, is not what happened.

As for Down, that is one of the very finest bands in the world and this is a huge blow to rock n roll. Though not as much of a blow as those who were hurt and heartbroken by his outburst. We live in an evolving time. Sometimes people are more sensitive than maybe is good but in this case? It is good these issues are being discussed. Vital. Look at the blood in our streets. #blacklivesmatter very much.

We also are really selective in what topics we address when it comes to outrage, as evidenced by emo kids who still scream along and laugh to Glassjaw’s  famed ,”Suck on the end of this dick that cums lead” lyric, for the first example that comes to mind. Just sayin’.

Scott Ian is 100% correct that Anselmo should donate to some charities.

Anselmo’s statement follows:

“Every citizen in this entire world has the unalienable right to live with dignity and respect without hate or oppression. And I mean this, with all of my crushed, yet, guilty heart. It’s common knowledge that we can choose to either learn from our mistakes, or continue on a path of insensitivity and destruction.

I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through ACTION, not just mere words. My band mates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me.

“My biggest obstacle(s) are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on. I’m repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I’m going through right now is justified by the hurt I’ve caused. I realize we live in a society where apologies are NOT accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I’m shunned till I hit the dirt.

“From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused. With truth, love, hope & respect- Philip H. Anselmo”

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The Sword announce tour dates w Purson, Royal Thunder

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM (PST)

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The Sword, Purson and Royal Thunder are arguably all bands with some of the most top notch actual “song writing” going on these days in rock and metal. They make other bands look foolishly outclassed, honestly.

You can pick up any album by The Sword and, like Fu Manchu, Zeke , Hellacopters or Karp before them, likely have your day straightened out.

See dates BELOW.

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Well, here it is.

Hopefully sincere as many people (myself absolutely included) have often loved the guy and he has done great things. I’ve been pressed for time all week and so haven’t commented much except on Twitter and our Facebook wall about this.

Huge Down fan and wanted to not be biased by that as also no room for racism in scene. Plus, Shit…can’t we fucking have a week without drama? I’m even trying to put my own behind me. But shit has to get addressed when it comes up or lingers long unresolved, whatever the case.

Hate to learn the racism angle some have accused him of (such as some of the other allegations Rob Flynn mentioned, like calling The Burning Red the “nigger era” of  Machine Head, for example) might be true or a pattern.

I know people who know him well and say he is the funniest and nicest dude. Down just jammed with Living Colour.

When I met him at a Down signing on 9/11 in NYC years ago he was extremely friendly to all the fans of different races and genders. Which is why I was quick to defend Phil to at least be given benefit of a response to the accusations of racism. Also, Down’s Van Halen cover of “Aint Talkin’ Bout Love”  at that show in ’09 was...far beyond awesome and one of the best live moments of my life as a fan.

We need more discussion to evolve, and it is good he apologized. Flynn was seemingly wrong in that there maybe was white wine backstage (not that it is ar all a great excuse). While I am against censorship it was still a tasteless end to a rocking night of unity.

I feel bad for dude in that everyone knows how much pain he was in for years over Dimebag and for this to have happened while he was trashed at the end of a cathartic night must feel fucking crazy. Like, I hope dude does not shoot himself. Seriously. 

But, woah. Yeah, people are not psyched.

I think he can come back from this through continued frank discussion and taking the right steps. Even if he was a full time racist, American History X proves people can unlearn bad habits. Being really drunk sometimes leads to horribly casual/shitty language and irresponsible actions. I know once years ago at a concert after a devastating personal loss where I was drinking myself blind to mask the pain of deaths in my family I was so upset I got blind drunk on absinthe, beer and Wild Turkey and tried to make people beat me up /pile on the pain  by yelling horrible, horrible things (the little I recall).

And I am bi sexual (closeted at the time and VERY self loathing) and not racist at all. I love people.

Part of why I haven’t had a drink for three years out of grief and a desire to never blackout like that again.

Hopefully that is similarly the bottom line here and his cooking show doesn’t lose sponsors. \m/

It’s good he is admitting this hurt/shocked people. We all really need more healing in this world. Maybe it is time to mellow out and listen to some Alcest, everybody. Or some reggae.

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Brimstone Coven releases ‘Black Magic’ album via Metal Blade Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:37 PM (PST)

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West Virginian metallers Brimstone Coven have released their newest album Black Magic today via Metal Blade Records.

Check out the tracklist for the album and stream the album here.

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It’s not every day in this world that you get to work with someone who is genuine, honest, and just damn likable. In my time here at Metal Riot I’ve got to know fellow team member Morgan and he’s gotten to know me – and it’s been just absolutely fucking awesome.

When I finally came out to Morgan as a transgender woman, and he told me he was bisexual, we were really able to riff about the way being queer in this scene affects a person. When Morgan’s new hard rock/metal band GET OUT. released their debut album Let Me In  I knew I wanted after the first listen that I had to talk to Morgan more about the album, and all of the meaning behind it. Out of that came this interview – and another great chance for Morgan and myself to keep and build on the momentum we’re bringing to you – the readers – here at Metal Riot! \mm/

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RIP Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM (PST)

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Jimmy Bain epitomized the solid metal bass player, supporting the band, capable of flourish yet above all holding a rock bottom groove as the bedrock between any tune he played on. In this capacity, much like Michael Anthony in VH glory days, Bain was a Godsend. His contributions to metal can never be repaid, from writing credits on “Rainbow In The Dark” to Hear N’ Aid to the classic as fuck Rising album toeven working with Phil Lynott (and almost playing on a Scorpions album, if I recall).

In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time, and that’s just ONE of Bain’s unforgettable contributions.

Blabbermouth has a good, full piece on Bain HERE. \m/

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