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Greetings corona conquerors. I am sipping coffee in my pjs and positively living from Axl dragging Steve Munchkin on Twitter about virus deaths. Chinese Democracy did more for the world and democracy than you ever did, Steve. Bootlicking moron. Plus Suicide Squad blew (except for Diablo).

Anyway, happy 2 year anniversary (I think) to Melania’s “Be Best”- LMAO.

Wanna tell y’all about this Belgian band of rocker dudes Cult Of Scarecrow today. I like their new video -made in quarantine- for “Adrift and Astray”. The keyboard set up got me stoked and I like that they are like regular metal dudes who are older and obviously doing what they love and thus not poseurs.

Thought I’d give their entertaining video and styles some love today as the whole thing is about an evil virus that wants to destroy metal being defeated as we rise back eventually from the ashes. Word up, dudes.

Official #1 album of the afterlife, ongoing…

Much like multi-faceted Goddesses of ancient times like Hecate, Demeter and Freya who were associated both with harvest/abundance and death or battle, Actually Huizenga is both a total baller and a subterranean legend who inspires well-deserved cult worship and who I am stoked to call a friend. Punk icon Ian Svenonius ( The Make-Up, Nation Of Ulysses) guest stars in the new video for “Burn The Witch” from the at times campy but still deeply relevant industrial project Patriarchy. Asking For It was pretty much my absolute favorite (of all genres) album last year -peeling back layers of social constructs amidst a blend of lusty cemetery industrial pop and death rock. Plus the songwriting quality, both musically and the lyrics, is insane. Every video has been dope af. I should’ve fucking put it on our year end list but since I am clearly an idiot I mostly leaned towards stuff on the 2019 year end list that was more blatantly metal or hardcore (with one exception of a folk Guns n Roses cover). Hopefully I will be forgiven. Actually Huizenga & Andrew Means are a crucial act to know in 2020.

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A reminder that Horisont are set to release Sudden Death on May 15th! The follow up to About Time is coming at last. I have been loving the piano intro to “Free Riding” in particular. This tune just scratches all my Thin Lizzy itches in the right ways (and some prog ones too). Unabashed scandinavian stud music.

 

Lastly today, we need to celebrate that Alestorm has a new album with a completely epic title Curse Of The Crystal Coconut out May 29th via Napalm. “Treasure Chest Party Quest” has lyrics about babies with tiny metal hands being born drunk. If this fucknuts video doesn’t make you laugh a little in these bleak, shitty times then nothing will. Also, the production of the song is pretty huge…and of course the bearded baby. This is one of the greatest experiences I have had while in quarantine, frankly.

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50% or so less ranting and more blurbing today here at Metal Riot, so I am calling it ‘quarantine blurbs’ today. I know life is already full of things we have to adapt to right now, but you’ll be ok. Let’s get right into it! Great stuff today to share with you!

Throwdown are back with a surprise covers EP of rarities including the heavy band’s take on Sepultura, Misfits, Crowbar, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Pantera classics. Take Cover is out tomorrow and the fairly faithful “Planets Collide” cover is crank worthy and streaming now HERE at Bandcamp.

Julie Christmas remains one of the most talented and legit real artists in experimental heavy leaning music. Quiet or unapologetically raw and screaming, she demands your attention with captivating performances and a huge release of emotional range. Her masterful solo record The Bad Wife is already ten years old somehow. Fucking hell. I miss seeing her live. Time flies.

Rising Pulse Records has repressed the album with new cover art on two deluxe vinyl colors (Bone with Black Splatter – 150 units and Milky Clear & Bone Triple Stripe – 150 Units). The packaging includes a reverse board jacket with silver ink varnish print and a full color Inner-sleave. Designed by artist Andrea Horne with art direction by Julie Christmas. All copies of this record will ship with a poster from the original 2010 pressing. Pick up your copy HERE.

She’s also on Saint Vitus Bar’s live Insta TONIGHT!

Lastly, you know we love Vile Creature around here and the band has big 3rd album news over at their Instagram today, which you can see below! Guess I’ll go eat worms!

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On June 19 we will be releasing our third full length record titled "Glory, Glory! Apathy took Helm!" on Prosthetic Records. You can hear the first song, "You Who Has Never Slept" over at Kerrang (link in our bio). You can preorder the CD/LP through Prosthetic Records now, and the VHS (yes, VHS) version through us starting next week . . Today is the day we were to have played our commissioned music piece with our besties Bismuth at Roadburn, it seems fitting that on a day earmarked for creativity that we still push forward with it, albeit in a different way. At 4pm KW will be on IG live on the @roadburnfest account talking with Tanya about roadburn . . The album was recorded in February in our hometown with Adam Tucker engineering, mixing, & mastering. Big Love and thanks to Danika Zandboer, Stephen Wilson, & Brianna Duguay for shooting, drawing, and modeling for our album art, respectively. . . There is a lot more rad stuff and more songs to share in the coming two months before the record is out, and we can't wait to clue you in on them. For now, enjoy the song and stay safe y'all.

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West Coast grim sludge vets -(16)- have an excellently titled new album Dream Squasher out this year. What a perfect name for trying to get ahead in this shitty world. Ten songs via Relapse out June 5th worldwide. Pre Order my fave vinyl variant HERE.

“A conscious effort was made to inject positivity into the lyrical themes,” guitarist and lead vocalist Bobby Ferry explains. “The best we could come up with is loving your dog so much, you’d end up killing yourself if the dog dies.”

This is easily gonna be one of the best of the year, no contest.

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Hey folks. Hope you are still social distancing and not being idiots. This aint over yet, so don’t get too cocky and put others at risk. I have been using this time to of course stress about a blackhole of impending poverty but also to go deep down a Throbbing Gristle-rabbit hole and write lots of new song sketches of my own on life under quarantine and structural imbalances in America that hate the poor. We all know shit is horrible, so let’s try and cope together with some music news.

Slovakian heavy metal band HAMMERHEART just released their first single from their upcoming full length CD which is due later on this year. The song is called “Distant Skies” and features the man himself Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN) on lead vocals. Blaze is a favorite around here, so it is always a thrill to hear new music involving the dude. This tune is a no brainer, a total ripper of Maiden-influenced charm that will make fans of Blaze era stuff thrilled today! Crank it.

Black metal band TOMBS released Monarchy Of Shadows earlier this year, always extending their sound and influence forward. The band has just also dropped previously unreleased live tracks from a 2019 set in Chicago, IL, which was recorded by Spenser Morris on June 17, 2019 at Livewire Lounge. Abraxas Ritual: Live in Chicago features four live cuts and is available to stream or purchase now via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION. There is a rock solid live version of “Deceiver” opening the EP and for the price of $5 you can’t go wrong. One of the most vital and rad live bands in all of metal. Respect!

Thetan/Kool Keith photo by Dave Brenner (Gridfailure)

Experimental rap icon Kool Keith has released a new baller collab record with Nashville power violence duo Thetan for Anti Corp Music. Shit gets real weird! “Gaping Black Hole” is amazing. Space Goretex is the first album combining all of KOOL KEITH’s primary personas – Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis.

The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by THETAN’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. I fucking love X-Cops! Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.

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Fight The Fight release “Pacemaker” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 5:01 PM (PST)

Norwegian metallers Fight The Fight have released the video for their song “Pacemaker.”

“Pacemaker” comes off the band’s upcoming album Deliverance due out on September 18th via Metal Blade Records in North America and Indie Recordings everywhere else.

Check out the video for “Pacemaker” here.

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Italian melodic heavy band 5RAND have released their Dark Mother track “Silent Spring” as a single to mark the start of the season and share some solidarity and hope through this terrible time.

Dear friends, Today marks the beginning of Spring and we want to dedicate this song to you.
We are all living a Silent Spring, here in Italy and all around the world, a tragedy has struck at the heart of our community, but we will get through this… together! Yours,- 5RAND

The track features Francesco Ferrini of Fleshgod Apocalypse and is a remarkable blend of creative dynamics, beautiful melodic moody hooks and screams as well as powerful musicianship that is quite emotional.

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The Acacia Strain release ‘E’ 7″ and digital single

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:35 AM (PST)

New England metallers The Acacia Strain have dropped E a new 7′ and digital release today through Rise Records.

It features two tracks — “Solace and Serenity” and “The Lucid Dream.”  The latter track features vocalist Jess Nyx of Mortality Rate.

“I’ve been a fan of Jess since Judiciary introduced me to her voice, and I’m extremely happy to have her on a song,” says singer Vincent Bennett. “Solace, serenity — enter the lucid dream. The second chapter is here. We descend further and further into our own undoing.”

The band previously issued the “D” seven inch and digital single. It included “Feed A Pigeon, Breed A Rat” and “Seeing God,” the latter of which features Aaron Heard of Jesus Piece/Nothing.

Check out E as well as D here.

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Bad Wolves advocate for recovery with new music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:10 PM (PST)

Los Angeles metallers Bad Wolves released a video earlier this week for their song “Sober.” “Sober” comes off the band’s 2019 effort N.A.T.I.O.N. “Sober” also is featured on the film Sno Babies from Better Noise Films, and the music video for the song features footage from the film.

“This song was a unique opportunity to talk about addiction not only from the perspective of the addict but also from the perspective of their loved ones,” says lead singer Tommy Vext. “The message is very different from traditional songs that seem to always perpetuate a mentality of self-victimization which is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that perpetuates the mental obsessive side of alcoholism and addiction. In the end the moral of the story is about holding on to not giving up on ourselves or the people who are trying – who are really, really trying to make and better themselves.”

Watch the video for “Sober” and read more about Bad Wolves efforts here.

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Baroness announce May co-headlining tour with Against Me!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:53 AM (PST)

Georgia heavy metallers Baroness are preparing a co-headlining North American tour with Against Me!.

The tour, which will take place in May, will see support from Destroy Boys and Drug Church.

Before shredding across North America Baroness will be touring in Europe in March. Baroness are currently touring in support of 2019’s Gold & Grey.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Fight The Fight release video for “Triggerfinger”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM (PST)

Norwegian metallers Fight The Fight have released a video for their latest single “Triggerfinger.”

“Triggerfinger” is off the band’s upcoming album Deliverance due out on September 18 via Blacklight Media Records/Indie Recordings.

The video and the sound remind me of Nonpoint. The band says of the song, “The song is about being at war with yourself, the mind and the alter ego. Everything gets out of control or maybe it all falls in part? It’s up to you how you see it.”

The band says of the themes of the album: “You can say that in many ways writing this album has been a path to set free our individual alter egos. These are all coming out in the lyrics during the album. It is not about cleansing but realizing. Always be true to yourself and everyone around you. Sometimes you have to let that beast out and here it is, a beast of an album!”

Check out the video for “Triggerfinger” here.

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Judas Priest , icons of true metal, have announced a 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour for frothing metal fanatics who still crave the band’s molten and particular sound. Halford is still capable of ruling the stage and the band’s recent Firepower was masterful evidence that they still can startle with the power of even new material. I am certainly supporting this over KK’s Priest silliness. No Offense to KK but fuck Ripper…he’s consistently said lots of dumb sexist right wingy shit and after I argued with him about degrading Stormy Daniels in super trashy ways and sex workers in general I will never support any records he is on again. And I once upon a time LOVED his Iced Earth-era  (sorry but he never matched Rob in Priest…that’s a fucking Joke).

Anyway, back to positivity…

Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature fucking Sabaton as openers! How sick is that?!!  It is being fueled by the indeed highest charting album of Priest’s career Firepower which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal – we can’t wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event!” – Judas Priest

Dates BELOW.

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

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

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

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

 

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

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 12:51 PM (PST)

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

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

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

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Marilyn Manson has been announced as the opener for Ozzy’s rescheduled North American dates in 2020, sure to be a memorable pairing for fans on a historic tour. The “NO MORE TOURS 2” kicks off May 27 in Atlanta and concludes July 31 in Las Vegas.

 

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Armored Saint to make progress on new recordings soon

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2:21 PM (PST)

Heavy metal veterans Armored Saint always deliver on the metal and hard rock front. Gonzo Sandoval has revealed that the band are recording again next month.

Read more on Facebook HERE.

Here’s one from previous record, 2015’s excellent Win Hands Down, to hold you over while we all wait! Also worth noting is that the legend Joey Vera is going to be in Mercyful Fate as well for the upcoming reunion era, filling the big shoes of recently departed member Timi Hansen (who gave Vera his blessing before cancer took Hansen from us).

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