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Band Spotlight: Defy The Tide

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:56 PM (PST)

Defy The Tide have been placing themselves in as many circumstances that will spread their music to the masses as they can since forming in 2014. The Pittsburgh, PA melodic metal band has just released a new music video for their current singleTraced In Flames, a meld of metalcore and classic heavy metal elements paired with the warm voice of Carly Simon-Warneke. She almost sounds like a female version of Devil You Know’s Howard Jones’ famous clean vocals. We ship a duet, please! The cool song comes from their four track EP, Soteria which was produced by John Burke of Vibe Studios and released this past April.

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Timeworn release ‘Venomous High’ full-length

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:01 PM (PST)

Norwegian metallers Timeworn have released their newest album Venomous High via Fysisk Format.

The follow up to 2015’s critically lauded debut Luminescent Wake was recorded at Oslo’s legendary Caliban Studios (Sibiir, Blood Command, Djevel, etc.).

You can check out the tracklist and cover art and stream Venemous High in its entirety here.

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New Hampshire metallers Vattnet have shortened their name from Vattnet Viskar and have released a new song entitled “Dark Black” via Brooklynvegan.

The band has signed with New Damage Records, which will release the band’s upcoming full-length worldwide. Check back with Metal Riot as album details will be announced shortly.

Bassist Casey Aylward says:

“This is definitely the first riff that kicked off the record and solidified the direction that we knew we wanted to aim for going forward. As for lyrics, it’s about people in your life that consistently let you down, the people around them down, and of course themselves down. There’s a point where there is really no helping them because you realize that ultimately their freedom of choice will supersede anything you could do for them, and even if you cut them out of your life, you and others can still be collateral damage. It can be a dark thing to completely give up on humans or to be given up on.The title is an attempt to add a futile amount of humor to the subject, dark comedy if you will, dark black. Macabre.”

Read more about Vattnet here.

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Marty Freedman “Wall Of Sound” PreOrders available

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:37 PM (PST)

Marty Friedman is always one of the coolest shredders going, just a next level player who is not afraid to take leaps of faith. Now Marty returns in August with his latest release Wall Of Sound, continuing his inspired team up with Prosthetic Records. Some kick ass collabs on this one again as Black Veil Brides, Shining and Deafheaven members have cameos. And of course it is chock full of Marty.

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Thomas Andrew Doyle streams ‘Incineration Ceremony’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:11 PM (PST)

Multi-instrumentalist Thomas Andrew Doyle is streaming his latest effort Incineration Ceremony.

Guest musician friend and composer Peter Scartabello adds additional percussion on two tracks while the artwork and layout of friend Demian Johnston puts the mood of the record into a visual representation of some of the musical content.

Check out Incineration Ceremony over at the Yuggoth Records Bandcamp and here Doyle speak on the record over at Obelisk.net.

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Greek metal is always very interesting, from the tendency for dark melody to infect the riffs, to more classic mid tempo march parts and powerful vocals. Serpent Lord (not to be confused with this Serpent Lord or THIS one) will appeal to fans of legendary bands like Rotting Christ and Varathron, sure, but they also have enough epic qualities that feel less dark and more like surviving the battle – as if there is a little bit of Sabaton influence in there as well Mediterranean influences. Whatever is in the recipe, they are doing it right.

This song is comes their demo CD which was released on May 13th, at their show with the legendary band Omen, and it will also be included on their upcoming debut album (to be recorded this summer at Infected Studios). We wish them well. There are some sick as heck awesome Serpent named bands from Serpent Crown to Serpentine Path, but Serpent Cult are welcome to add to the snake pile if they keep putting out music this metal.

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Meltasia announced an as to be expected doozy ass line up today (with a few holes left to fill). Mungo Jerry and Midnight on the same weekend? Say no more. I will def try to be there to see Roky’s set and of course mighty Tower, but there is plenty of other juicy radness to go around. Be nice to the goats.

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Interview: Beastmaker – Inside The Skull with Trevor Church

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:25 AM (PST)

Photo by Ester Segarra

“I enjoy writing songs so much that even my shitty songs are meaningful and important to me.” – Trevor Church

I was going to go jogging today but actually ate so many chickpeas trying to re submerge into healthier dieting that I feel like I may puke. That could also be because I had a bunch of Prosecco with the chickpeas but anyway, to make a long story short I am instead lying in bed guilt listening to the first Carnivore record (remastered and expanded soon for a Metalville re-issue, incidentally).

Anyhow, a few weeks ago I was eternally cucked when I had to miss Beastmaker, Geezer and friggin’ Black Sabbath at Gramercy at the last minute. All I can do is wallow beneath the dripping head of a vaguely familiar looking demagogue that Kathy Griffin was waving around yesterday and pray that if I lap up some of the droplets of falling gore that my metal points will rise again like a health meter in some early 90’s side scrolling fighting game. But wait, the Gods of metal have intervened and today brings a chance to redeem myself by sharing with you the good news of Beastmaker’s crushing new opus Inside The Skull ! 

Songs like “Evil One” and “Now Howls The Beast” not only deliver everything a true metal fan could want in a song, but will also be sure to appease fans of the band’s cool earlier songs.

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IKILLYA‘s star is deservedly rising after considerable effort in the trenches of trashitude. With the band about to drop new album War For An Idea, I caught up with my friend Jason (vocals) and asked him five records that shaped why he has chosen the path of metal devotion. This is the second of our new “Formative Years” column (I did the first one here if you care). Jason’s rad picks (he settled on six) as well as the band’s top notch thrash-core clip for IKILLYA’s “Betray Your Creator” (RIYL Lamb of God, Byzantine, Testament) are below.

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Bison premiere new song “Until The Earth Is Empty” at Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM (PST)

Judging by the above promo photo, Vancouver’s Bison have left their eyeballs wherever they dropped off the B.C. – but NBD! They still have ears you will notice and even if they were (probably are) deaf, the rumblings of their level of heaviness are so vast that the band undoubtedly would still manage to craft their brand of hairy, dimebag and meth pouch rubber banded to your nutsack in an NA meeting heavy sludge metal. Actually, hold the meth. I think eyeball eating bath salts and face picking methery are more of a Florida thing than Vancouver, though again we are wondering where dudes eyes are.

It’s raining hard and I just ate tacos and am severely unmotivated because I am in the middle of a move, but this new Bison track slays enough to postpone my nap over. Def feeling the cool rhythmic shifts and subtly melodic dissonant riffage. I feel like Ken Mode and Kowloon fans could also dig this as much as, say, High On Fire disciples. It even has a cool, kind of Cormac McCarthy-esque meaning. I assumed “Until The Earth Is Empty” meant they would party longer than humanity and be the last ragers on Earth (assuming Andrew WK or Keith Richards are not the last), or that maybe it was about our inclination as a species to head towards destruction full tilt. BUT NO!

“It’s something my partner said to me in regards to finding our sons, if they were taken or missing,” offers guitarist/vocalist James Farwell of the track. “It’s the idea that you would look for something or someone that you loved no matter how long it took, or until the earth was empty. In her case that would also mean killing everyone in her path. She is very passionate.”

Adds Decibel, “You Are Not the Ocean is loaded with sludgy, slow-but-focused riffs, melodic guitar solos, and heavy percussion, but it’s also emotionally heavy, as you can hear on new song ‘Until The Earth Is Empty.’”

Hear “Until The Earth Is Empty” courtesy of Decibel at THIS LOCATION. Annnnd don’t forget to pre order the new album HERE.

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BardSpec release “Gamma” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:36 PM (PST)

Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson’s project BardSpec has released a music video for the track “Gamma.”

“Gamma” comes off of BardSpec’s forthcoming album Hydrogen due out June 23 via Norse Music.

Comments Bjørnson of the band’s latest single:

‘Gamma’ is a meditation on the magic of science, or perhaps the science of magic. The mysteries of the atom and nuclear physics have fascinated me deeply as long as I can remember. Enlightened humans have known for thousands of years that the concept of ‘god’ dwells within the corporal being, and with the atom bomb the proof was definite…to me at least. As scientist in charge [American theoretical physicist and professor of physics Julius Robert] Oppenheimer said, watching the first test atom bomb go off: ‘I have become Shiva: Destroyer Of Worlds.’ The other aspect of radiation is its communicative powers; of carrying information over enormous distances. We learn things about the universe and its early days from watching bursts of Gamma Ray make its way through the universe. Musically speaking it is one of the heavier songs, which I managed to sneak in a little Sigur Ros tribute into as well.

Check out the video for “Gamma” here.

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Anciients to tour with Goatwhore

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:44 AM (PST)

Vancouver’s Anciients are an astounding act who wield extreme metal, a semi-melodic sludge ala Blood Mountain Mastodon’s heavier moments and more progressive or Tool-esque elements into their own can of wyrms. My favorite track from them “Pentacle” is a perfect introduction if you have never heard it.

The band’s 2016 effort Voice of the Void was quite worthy and gets the full Metal Riot seal of approval…which means I have head banged to it and spilled coffee on myself more than once at this point in my life, basically. Now the band are returning to America to back up the warriors of Goatwhore for a tour that shall yield utmost conquest, beyond a doubt!

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Seven Spires to release “Solveig” August 4 via SAOL

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:51 PM (PST)

Boston metallers Seven Spires are preparing to release their latest album Solveig on August 4 via SAOL.

Fans of Seven Spires can get special versions of Solveig by donating to Seven Spires GoFundMe.

Check out “The Cabaret of Dreams” video as well as the tracklist and cover art for Solveig here.

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Myrkur reveals new album title

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM (PST)

Danish composer Myrkur announced that her new album will be titled Mareridt.

Mareridt is due out this fall via Relapse RecordsMareridt is the follow up to 2015’s M, which was Myrkur’s debut album.

Mareridt was produced between Seattle and Copenhagen by Randall Dunn who is known for his work with Marissa Nadler, Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, and Wolves In The Throne Room.

Stay tuned for the announcement of special guests appearing on Mareridt.

Editor’s Note: While we have really liked Myrkur’s music in the past and present, she did make some comments that were seen by some as Islamophobic in the recent past HERE. I know some very chill people who back her and others who now don’t. I did previously but then was on the fence after the comments came out. It would be nice if she would clarify her position, as I have not been able to find much clarification. It after all takes five seconds to say ,”I am against religious extremism, not inherently against one religion on principle.” Most religions have followers with varying degrees of nuance or with different interpretations of texts, after all. We have decided to publish this post for now due to the caliber and general integrity of some of the people she has worked with but it would be awesome if Amalie would put the issue to rest more thoroughly in our current world political climate. 

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-Steve Grimmett recorded a solo album, Personal Crisis, that was originally released in 2007 via Germany’s Metal Heaven Records.  The album never saw proper North American distribution. That will change on June 30, when Dissonance Productions makes this gem available for the English singer’s stateside fans.-

I’ve always thought that if there were to be a Mount Rushmore of Heavy Metal singers, Steve Grimmett would be one of the most deserving men to be a part of it. Think about it. He was a singer for bands like ONSLAUGHT, LIONSHEART, and of course, the legendary GRIM REAPER! You know, now that I think about it, I’m pretty offended that there isn’t a metal Mount Rushmore. Can we get a trending campaign going to raise awareness? #NotMyRushmore immediately springs to mind. (Editor’s Note: If Dio was on it as well we could sing “Man On The Rushmore Mountain”).

While we are awaiting our mountain, some great news has come to light. In 2007, Steve Grimmett recorded a solo album which got an extremely limited release. It sadly would never be seen on North American soil…until now. Well, by “now”, I mean June 30th, so there’s a little wait time left my little Drewgies. (Get it? I’m Drew, A Clockwork Orange, see what I did there? Yeah, ok… I’ll stop.) Once I learned of this news, to say I was pumped would be an understatement.

I grew up with the GRIM REAPER albums in my collection. Fuck, I opened this by saying Grimmett was on my personal metal singer Mount Rushmore. (The other 3 are Dickinson, Halford and indeed the mighty Dio if you’re wondering.) This man has had one of the greatest voices in metal and he’s still kicking ass with that god-like voice of his today. Don’t believe it? Buy last year’s GRIM REAPER album Walking In The Shadows.

As soon as I got my advance of the Personal Crisis  album re-issue, I began to assemble my team in my office (Johnnie Walker gold reserve and my dancing Groot plant), and together, we had one killer heavy metal happy hour, as this album is an unrelenting metal assault. A classic metal sound with killer riffs and Grimmett’s powerful voice on what may possibly be his best recording. There isn’t one weak moment on the album. Ian Nash [guitars], Richard Walker [bass], and Pete Newdeck [drums] created a perfect sound that really compliments Steve’s voice. Key Tracks – 1. Karma 2. Enemy (with guest vocals by Joanne Ruiz) 3. Fallen