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Dan Sugarman exits As Blood Runs Black

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 4:33 PM (PST)

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Dan Sugarman, lead guitarist of California deathcore band As Blood Runs Black has left the band.

Sugarman plans to begin a new collaborative effort through Patreon.

The album will feature some of the biggest names in modern deathcore as well as musicians from all across the heavy metal spectrum.

Sugarman had this to say about his transition:

“I am formally announcing my departure from As Blood Runs Black. I wouldn’t trade those experiences in for anything, but I am feeling called to pursue my solo career and future opportunities that allow me focus on where I want to be as a musician. And as some of my fans and friends know, my mom is currently fighting brain cancer, and I feel it’s best that I put touring on the back burner for a while.”

Check out the musicians announced so far and the full comments from Sugarman here.

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Frost* announce upcoming album ‘Falling Satellites’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 4:46 PM (PST)

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UK progressive rockers Frost* have announced their upcoming album Falling Satellites.

Falling Satellites will be released via InsideOut Music on May 27. This will be the band’s first album in eight years.

Jem Godfrey, the keyboard player and songwriter of the album had this to say:

“It’s been a long time coming, but we got there in the end. I think this is our strongest album to date and moves the sound forwards whilst still referencing what’s gone before. It’s also great to have finally co-written some songs with John in a Frost* context. The end results were better than either of us could have imagined, we just can’t wait to get out and play it all live now.”

Check out the track list for the album and Frost* tour dates here.

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Australia’s #1 progressive metal export, Ne Obliviscaris have launched a forward-thinking new concept, one that could potentially help many bands the world over fill the gap in revenue that has dwindled over the years due to the decline in music sales and other revenue streams that once kept bands on the road. These days those tables have turned and artists need to tour to promote a release. Touring however, does not come cheap as the band go into heavy detail about in their statement below.

Having had one of the most successful music crowd funding campaigns ever via Pozible, NeO fans have proven their willingness to support a band that provides them with so much entertainment and meaning.

In 2014 the band raised over $86 000AUD via their fans, which broke the Australian record for crowd funding and to this day it remains one of the highest netting music campaigns in the world.

With NeO currently finishing up their massive North American tour with Cradle Of Filth, they are looking towards the future and that involves their fans at every conceivable level in a fashion arguably unprecedented in the industry.

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NYC’s alternative hard rock/progressive metal band Vajra are a singular entity, a very special experience who deserve to be playing big festivals to thousands . Even in a small club setting the band recall the exotic blend of  Jane’s Addiction or South Africa’s Tribe After Tribe crossed with the eerie Siouxsie Sioux meets East Indian influenced rock vocals of  Annamaria Pinna. Vajra offer a potent brew, melodic and earthy yet in touch with a completely different plane of existence through forward thinking, elaborate grooves and spiritual energy. The band’s rhythm section recall the proficiency of Tool or Krokodil and their guitarist Dave Sussman used to play in Bile!

Currently the band have over 4600 views in just one week since their newest video “3.14 (Water Mix)” has been released and we here at Metal Riot want to help that number climb. Check the video out below.

Fans can vote for the new video on Loudwire’s top metal countdown HERE. Show some support.

“We are trying to make the Top 10 Rock and Metal Vids at Loudwire. People can vote once an hour until Fri 3/4. Our last video for ‘Inside The Flame’ was tenured as the video that was on the countdown for the longest amount of time. Of course, that’s the goal for this one as well, especially since we did this video 100% DIY (we wrote it, directed it, starred in it, shot it, edited it, art directed etc). It is based on something that happened in my past.” – Annamaria Pinna

Redemption release lyric video for ‘The Art of Loss’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM (PST)

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On February 26th, Los Angeles prog-metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! In anticipation of its release, the band has launched a video for the album’s title track online (featuring guest guitarist Chris Poland). Directed by Brian Cox / Flarelight Films (http://flarelightfilms.com), “The Art of Loss” video can be viewed here:metalblade.com/redemption

Director Brian Cox comments: “It’s very easy to dwell on the past. To stew in pain, wishing you could get someone or something back that you may have lost. But in the end, you will always have yourself, no matter how much things might change. Nobody can ever take that from you and that’s the message I tried to convey with this video.”

Redemption‘s Nick van Dyk (guitars/keyboards) adds: “We’re very excited to have worked with Brian to bring this song to life in this medium. The story of regret, survival, transcendence and the realization that we have the ability to be authors of our own destiny is brought home with the visuals that Brian has directed. Needless to say, it’s also surreal to perform with the great Chris Poland. This video is a great representation of what Redemption stands for, musically and thematically.”

For another preview of The Art of Loss, please visit metalblade.com/redemption to view the lyric video for the first single, “Damaged” – featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman – and to pre-order the album in various formats. The second single, “Thirty Silver” – featuring guest guitarists Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick – can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/redemption-thirty-silver

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009’s Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis). Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011’s This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End”– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. See below for the official track-listing!

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Song Of The Week: Fallujah’s ‘The Void Alone’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:24 AM (PST)

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Fallujah‘s new tune is flat out incredible. The production sounds better than the last record while retaining the guitar creativity and epic scope. The lyrics and arrangement, overall songwriting and clean vocals from Tori Letzler also simply smoke most bands in their genre. This song will pull you right in.

The new record Dreamless is out April 29th. Get super stoked.

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Prosthetic Records teams up with jazz prog act Watchtower

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM (PST)

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PROSTHETIC RECORDS will be releasing legendary progressive metallers WATCHTOWER‘s recent digital-only tracks on LP and CD. The four tracks will be combined with one brand new song, creating the EP “Concepts of Math: Book One” and will be released on limited edition vinyl and digipack CD later this year.

 

Comments vocalist Alan Tecchio:

“I am so stoked to be a part of this legendary jazz-metal-prog group once again! Right now we are close to finishing the tracking for the additional 10 minute song that we are adding to the other four tunes. This will complete the EP that Prosthetic plans to release later this year. I can tell you that the new song is especially super cool and has that classic Watchtower sound. I think the fans, both new and old, will have a deep appreciation for what is going to be available from us later this year.”

 

Guitarist Ron Jarzombek further remarked on the partnership:

“I’m psyched to be on the same label as my old friend Marty Friedman! Prosthetic has also been home to great bands like Gojira, Animals As Leaders, All That Remains, as well as my fellow Texans, Scale the Summit. It’s nice to know we are in good company on this label. The music we’ll release later this year picks up right where we left off with ‘Control And Resistance’.”

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Jason Taylor of Canada’s promising newish sludge prog band Sierra checks in to kick off this week with a great interview. Some may know the band from their Kylesa endorsed Retro Futurist release Pslip from a few years ago, a record that lures me back for repeat listens even amidst all the daily promos and other shit on my plate to distract me. It was kind of like I had found a trippier C.O.C. or stoner rock Tool and the music had a certain warm hazy but powerful quality I loved.

Time passes and the band is back with the 72 EP, a unique long form song with a grisly tale behind it. The 72 EP will see self-release by the band on March 4th, on both CD and digital formats and is sure to be more than worth discovering.

Read MORE below.

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Julie Christmas has become the rare unicorn of post-metal who pops up fleetingly from time to time to renew our dying hope and then goes back to being an adult. She recently did some killer stuff with Spylacopa again not to mention owning the ears with her cameo on the recent PIGS record. For many people of certain tastes she is the most missed singer in the underground, besides deceased people like Oderus, Nina Simone and stuff we can’t change.

So to hear that not only is there more Julie on the way but  she is working with FUCKING CULT OF FUCKING LUNA?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

This news has me like a person back from the dentist trying to talk but still half numb and drooling, so Ima just respectfully link you to Lambgoat now and cry tears of joy because Monday doesn’t suck anymore.

Hope For The Dying’s new song is epic.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:14 AM (PST)

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Love this band’s fine sense of musicianship. Quality.

RIYL Thy Will Be Done, Shadows Fall, Cynic.

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Dream Theater continue a recent streak with ball of fire new single “Moment Of Betrayal”, an exciting yet measured march from new 2x album The Astonishing that sets each section in conjunction towards a composition steadily ascending in excitement. Like the better DT epics, no matter how many parts or rhythmic shift there is a larger compositional scope at play.

Love to see these guys hit the road with the currently also flying high again Queensryche and/or Megadeth.

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Mastodon to release limited “White Walker” picture disc

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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Mastodon will release a 12″ vinyl picture disc of their non-album track “White Walker” on February 19th via Warner Bros. Records.

Side A features “White Walker,” which was released digitally last winter as part of the Game of Thronesmixtape Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2. The track was commissioned by the show’s producers when the band appeared on the show as extras. Insanely dope Welsh illustrator Richey Beckett designed the artwork, which was inspired by the show.

The B-Side of the 12′ features an a Cappella version of “White Walker”,the original idea for the song recorded by Brann Dailor on his phone in his kitchen.

The artwork is a still from the episode in which the band members appeared as murdered “wildlings” who are brought back to life by White Walkers.

The Mastodon “White Walker” picture disc will be pressed in very limited quantities and will be available for pre-order beginning today here and in retails stores beginning Feb 19th. Do not hesitate as these will sell out fast!


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The Contortionist and Monuments epic tour news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM (PST)

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The Contortionist will hit the road yet again this spring in continued support of their latest release. Monuments, Entheos and Sleepmakeswaves will serve as support through the end of April. “Over the months of touring behind Language, we would imagine an ideal lineup and the same names kept coming up,” says keyboardist Eric Guenther. “We always get psyched on tours with huge variety and dynamic shifts through every band.”

“The spring tour is going to be stacked, no exception. We are hitting the road with our friends on a tour we have been working to get together since ‘Language’ came out. We can’t wait to bring this spectacle around the U.S.”

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Queensryche release “Eye 9” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM (PST)

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Washington state progressive metallers Queensryche have released a music video for their song “Eye 9”.

“Eye 9” came off of Queensryche’s newest album Condition Human which was released last October via Century Media Records.

Check out the “Eye 9” music video and Queensryche tour dates here.

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Like Animals release “Caterwaul” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:35 AM (PST)

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Ontario math rockers Like Animals have released the lyric video for their song “Caterwaul”.

“Caterwaul” comes off of the upcoming EP Feral which will be released on January 22.

Check out the video for “Caterwaul” as well as the Feral track listing and cover art here.

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