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Downfall Of Gaia seek new guitarist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 3:37 PM (PST)

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German extreme metallers Downfall Of Gaia have announced their split with guitarist Peter Wolff. We here at Metal Riot believe this to be far and away one of the best extreme bands on the scene right now and hope they soldier through.

The band comments:

“The year is coming to an end and we would like to thank each and everyone for an intense and busy 2015!
Europe, USA, Japan and Australia – it has been a crazy ride! But unfortunately it’s not only 2015 that is coming to an end. Priorities in life do change and from time to time you have to make choices and walk the path that’s best for yourself even if it differs from the direction of others. So today is the day where we have to say goodbye to Peter! We would like to thank him for the last 7 years, the highs and lows, the willing and the unforgettable time we spent with each other! Our last show with Peter on guitar will be in April 2016.More info soon! Downfall of Gaia will continue as always! So right now we are looking for a new guitar player! Someone based in Berlin or Hamburg (best case/no must) with enough time, passion and willing to tour worldwide!
If this sounds like you – get in contact via booking@downfallofgaia.com. Thanks!”

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Prince Rama discuss black metal commune, Monster Energy Drinks and more.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM (PST)

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“For Xtreme Now, Prince Rama’s reported influences include Monster Energy Drink, living in a black metal commune on the island Vormsi off the coast of Estonia, the past, the present, the not-too-distant future, Scandinavian folklore, near-death experiences, ancient ruins, and Vikings.” – Interview Magazine.

Prince Rama may be more akin to the dance/art house set but they will rock most bands off the stage and I have tweeted with them about Guns N Roses. Their new album is going to be so awesome and they were much more interesting than most metal bands I have seen in years live when I caught them at Kingston’s O+ Fest this past year.

So yeah, their new record is kind of like when those dudes in Harold and Kumar keep yelling “EXTREME!”, so I decided to give them an “Extreme Metal” category story over here as a nod to their radness. I mean, they have a Liturgy-esque manifesto and have even written the Top 10 Hits for the End Of The World and hats off, cuz that is as metal as it gets! So sometimes they sound like the New Power Generation a little bit (or should I say NOW power generation?). That’s cool!

The illustrious Interview magazine has a (surprise!) interview with the sisters about pitch shifted multi-gender vocals and character perspectives, and as noted- how hanging out in a  Black Metal commune in Estonia and other elements like Monster Energy Drink shaped their new sounds. The also featured new single “Bahia” is great to dance to, energizing and super dope.

Pre-Order the new record HERE.

DESTRÖYER 666 announce “Wildfire”

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:04 PM (PST)

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Australia’s black/thrash instigators DESTRÖYER 666 have announced new details behind their forthcoming album. The influential metal legends will release ‘Wildfire‘ worldwide on February 26. ‘Wildfire‘ promises a return to the band’s thrashing roots.The artwork for ‘Wildfire’ can be found below. Working track titles include “Traitor”, “Live and Burn”, and a title track. More news regarding the album, including the details behind physical formats and several track premieres will be available in the weeks to come.

 

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Roadburn 2016 is lookin’ sexy as usual with Black Mountain, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and other killer acts slated to appear, but many people will be drooling about a full set of Jane Doe from some band called Converge you may have heard of. While that is cool, I think all the emphasis on that record takes away from how many of their other albums are just as awesome (Axe To Fall and You Fail Me in particular). But hey, it’s still rad. But I’m much more keen on the second announcement which finds the band teaming up with some awesome guests to reinterpret some of their weirder tunes.

To celebrate the upcoming 15 year anniversary of their legendary Jane Doe album, CONVERGE will perform the album in its entirety for the first and last time. The album is considered a classic that defined the metallic hardcore genre as we know it today. This special set is exclusive to the Roadburn Festival and will not be played again anywhere, ever.

CONVERGE will play the Jane Doe album live in its entirety at Roadburn 2016 on Thursday, April 14. 

CONVERGE “Blood Moon” is a collaboration between members Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton, and Ben Koller and guest musicians Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm, Stephen Brodsky, and Steve Von Till. Together as a multi-instrumental group they will create renditions of existing CONVERGE material focusing on the band’s slower, more ambitious work within their legendary catalogue. 
CONVERGE “Blood Moon” will perform live at Roadburn 2016 on Saturday, April 16.

To find out more about CONVERGE at Roadburn, click HERE

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Moloken release “Subliminal Hymns” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 12:21 PM (PST)

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Swedish progressive sludge metallers Moloken have released the music video for their song “Subliminal Hymns”.

“Subliminal Hymns” comes from the band’s upcoming album All Is Left To See.

All Is Left To See will be released on November 13 in North America via Temple of Torturous.

Check out “Subliminal Hymns” here.

Album Review: Turbid North – “Eyes Alive”.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM (PST)

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Turbid North finally return with the proper follow up to the impactful debut Orogeny and despite taking half the time since the last Tool album, which is still five years and too long for a rising band, it was worth the wait. If anything, Eyes Alive exceeds expectations, since no one was sure if the new three piece version of the band would pack the same punch. A catastrophic solar concept album where people are forced to live underground, the record hits hard and has the power of early Mastodon or Kingdom of Sorrow without being too derivative.

Slaved over tones, cliff shearing/mountain crumbling solos, thrashy sections, bellowed vocals. This one has it all for aggressive sludge metal fans. The riffs have a testosterone infused swinging arms feel without becoming ninjitsu hardcore, more on the King Kong side of things. At 9 tracks, it is nonetheless a full plate. Most of the tunes could be a full workout session in themselves.

Again, he once quartet have become a trio and while it means this record has a slightly less death metal sound, I’m liking the way the drums really cut through more now (see “The Pyramid Drones”). If anything, the leaner sound allows you to really hear the bass growl and textural differences. They sound more than capable of hopping in a van and laying waste to wherever. The band have the hunger in their sound that has perhaps been replaced in a proper Mastodon record by more slick, proggy comfort (to take nothing away from metal’s biggest success story of the last decade or so who deserve their success).

Turbid North remain a very cool band, though the material is most interesting on repeat listens when the band show their influences less. “Destroyer of Worlds” is almost like a grind song with slower Sirius-era Gojira verses before it really becomes interesting and the drums go apeshit while really weird dissonance takes over until the band just sludge the hell out.

“Black Sun Rising” is the most awe inspiring initially, with a Kirk Windstein worthy slow and trippy melodic opening section worth raising lighters or fists too. “The Great Dying” is another standout track, the band allowing themselves to relax and vibe out to a sun baked, stretched out darker desert rock soundtrack that could appeal to C.O.C. , ASG or even Down fans. Not reinventing the wheel here but it’s a rock solid record.

To be released via Turbid North’s newly created label, The Pyramid, a pre-order bundle for Eyes Alive is available via www.TurbidNorth.comthat will include an exclusive album t-shirt with CD or digital album.

Emptiness sign with Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:43 PM (PST)

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Emptiness have a new home with Season of Mist. I interviewed the experimental Belgian death metal band (and I do mean experimental) awhile ago for their last monster Nothing But The Whole and can’t wait to hear what scary music they make next. Like Hypothermia .Swallowed, or Harmonic Cross, the dudes in Emptiness seem more about creating a total mindfuck of a bleak vibe rather than adhering to expectation. I admire that greatly and kudos to Season Of Mist for supporting real art like this.

Regarding the signing, EMPTINESS comment: “We are currently working on the follow-up to ‘Nothing But The Whole’, for which our aim is to release it in late 2016 on our new label Season of Mist. We also would like to thank Dark Descent for supporting us in our decision and for helping to spread the seeds of the void. Important news will follow in due time.”

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PYRRHON is one of those bands that I love but whom for whatever reason I haven’t written enough about. Then I postponed writing about them out of guilt, haha. This is what happens when you blog too much. Kind of like years ago how I loved the first Pavement indie rock album so much I was afraid the rest would let me down, I heard some PYRRHON awhile back and was like, “daaaamn, son.” Then I hid from them in a medicated stupor. Afraid that I was drawn to this madness. But it is a liberating and necessary madness. “Turing’s Revenge” is nothing short of music as liberation.

Suffice to say, I am an idiot. Or maybe I didn’t want the world to end from their manic, psycho death metal spreading like an untamed virus.

Well, whatever. I guess I just don’t like the human race enough anymore to protect them or want to support the band better. It was a real drag they were dropped from Relapse after releasing The Mother of Virtues, a freak fest that actual schizophrenia, Gigan or true crime fans might understand but other people who cling to the death metal of yesteryear might just be ripped apart by. It perhaps didn’t help that the record had a sort of pregnant looking female creature on the cover with eyeballs and bugs swarming all over it. Like this one Trap Them t shirt on either Shirts and Destroy or Shirtkiller that no one ever buys that has a strangled baby on the shirt, it’s probably not gonna sell as much as the new 5 Seconds of Summer t shirt or some bubblegum crap.

Let’s face it. People have horrible taste (dead baby Trap Them shirt aside, cuz even I thought that was a pretty hideous design and I revere that band).
But I mean, people like gaudy, ugly, tacky horrible bands and their stupid neon designs and fake stories and fame pandering.

PYRRHON don’t do that stuff. They tour hard and hustle and write real music. They are almost apologetic when a press release describes their new EP as ,
It’s kind of like Daughters, Brutal Truth, Merzbow and Autopsy created a batch of catchy-by-reverse-psychology songs, and then promised to never speak of them again.

They forgot to mention how “Viral Content” is like a sand paper condom skullfuck while Scratch Acid and Cephalic Carnage party like rockstars around a bonfire of melted, previously boned and discarded skulls.

SO what I’m saying is, please don’t let this band go away. Go stream their newish EP Growth Without End, the best thing they’ve perhaps done yet (although as an Invisibles fan I’m still partial to their old song “King of All Tears”. I get scared just thinking that name. But new jam  “Forget Yourself” is as brilliant as death spazz grind gets, barely contained chaos.

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I’ve been really blessed this year, one of the most painful and shitty of my life from deaths to death threats, to do some of the most inspiring interviews of my career over the last few months, from Tearist to a recent chat with Killing Joke to this piece with Norway’s Shining. Jørgen Munkeby has taken the Blackjazz concept to new heights, literally. The fucking band of maniacs have made one of their best records yet with the brazenly fierce International Blackjazz Society but also recently shot a concert on Trolltunga, defying death and rocking out with a performance both historic and literally far above the limits most band are willing to go to.

It was very inspiring and enjoyable to speak with Munkeby on his new record, the evolution of jazz and metal’s uneasy alliance, Trolltunga, keeping warm huddling around burning churches, playing with Ihsahn and Melissa Auf der Mar and why you can’t give up if you have a shitty soundguy.

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Turbid North have been a lower radar favorite for a few years now, one of the best kept secrets of extreme metal. The new tune “The Pyramid Drones” could change that. Complete with a performance video that combines truly sick death metal chops that rips like old Morbid Angel combined with the fatter, sludgier earlier Mastodon sound many miss, this song is is a bigger grand slam than you can half finish at Denny’s. Complete with Illuminaughty sounding song title that reminds us all to not be toooo shocked at the troops still being stuck in Afghanistan. Never trust anybody.

Actually, nevermind. “The Pyramid Drones” is taken from Turbid Norths forthcoming album, Eyes Alive to drop on the bands own label, November 20th. Guitarist Nick Forkel described it as a dystopian sci-fi concept album that takes place in a future where the sun is a red giant and most people are forced to live underground. It follows one mans life in this society from when he first discovers whats been hidden from him, up to his final days and the hard journey he had to take in-between.”

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Converge’s “Thousands Of Miles Between Us” Pre-Order available

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 5:03 PM (PST)

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Thousands of Miles Between Us from Converge is the long awaited sequel to their landmark 2003 DVD release The Long Road Home. Thousands of Miles Between Us from Converge will be offered in 3 unique configurations; HD-Digital (Feature set only), 3 X Blu-ray set, and Limited Deluxe Box set versions. Pre-order HERE.

 

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Immortal Bird tour headliner kicks off Monday 10/12

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:09 AM (PST)

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Listening to Alunah’s “Scourge & The Kiss” and waking up gradually after a fun O+ Festival last night where I played w Dead Empires and saw a few other good bands around my city of Kingston like The Grape & The Grain and Lara Hope &The Ark-Tones. Anyhow, this struck my eye as must share info, as Immortal Bird are amazing and have one of the year’s best releases Empress/Abscess. It definitely has the coolest cover art of 2015, imho.

Plus, how cool to see the I.Bird play alongside the homies of Landmine Marathon and the Brothers of the Sonic Cloth at SWTF? Fuuuck!!!

Chicago’s IMMORTAL BIRD will kick off their headlining takeover next week. The band’s latest journey – which follows their recent and successful Summer excursion — will commence on October 12th in Denver crumbling the stages of over a dozen venues through nine states including an appearance at this year’s Southwest Terror Fest(Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) in Tucson, Arizona. IMMORTAL BIRD will be joined by Colombian Necktie as well as Metal Blade recording artists Secrets Of The Sky on select dates.

Offers vocalist Rae Amitay of IMMORTAL BIRD‘s latest live adventure: “Our East Coast tour was our first run of dates since Empress/Abscesswas released and we had a blast. Louisville Deathfest and Death To False Metal Fest were awesome and we can’t wait to get out there again for Shadow Woods Metal Fest in September, as well as a more extensive West Coast tour in October. During the latter we’ll be playing Southwest Terror Fest before we’re joined for about a week by our pals in Secrets Of The Sky. We’ll also be visiting several new cities for the first time. Lots to be stoked about!”

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We’ve supported the metal ascent of Turbid North for awhile now around here. Please to say the frozen Alaskans who thawed out via the death metal scorching heat of Texas have a new one in the can finally. Metal Sucks has the song premiere of the lead off single HERE.

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Lots of good news to start off the metal weekend. “Wake Up And Smell The…” from Carcass is finally available on vinyl HERE. Monte Pittman retweeted yesterday’s Confrontational interview to his 80k+ twitter followers (thanks, dude!). Mortiis are returning to the USA and have new music coming. Kylesa’s new album is out. I just got the new Skindred promo which is sure to make me jump up and down. Aaaand last but certainly not least, I know some of you have been getting into Tau Cross, right?

TAU CROSS, the veteran punk / metal collective, revolving around Amebix bassist/frontman Rob Miller, Voivod drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin, and members of cult crust outfit Misery, will be playing a one off show at Roadburn 2016, along with Neurosis and Amenra, on Saturday, April 16th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

“TAU CROSS are delighted to announce that we have been invited to play at the 2016 Roadburn Festival. This will be our only upcoming European show, we are all looking forward to playing at this very special event” – Rob Miller.

Organizers say:

“Having TAU CROSS on the main-stage is causing us joy of unbridled proportions. Miller and Langevin are not only mutual admirers and peers, but their bands have been a huge influence on all things Roadburn. With all of the seminal bands and great musicians taking part on Saturday, it’s guaranteed to be epic.”

To find out more about TAU CROSS at Roadburn, click HERE

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IWABO robbed, let’s help them out

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM (PST)
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iwrestledabearonce deserve some support.

 

On the night of Sept. 20th, 2015 our trailer was stolen in Denton, TX. Inside that trailer, we had a lot of our touring gear (Mikey’s drum set, speaker cabinets, road cases) and all of our merchandise.. The total amount of everything stolen is over $20,000, not including the trailer itself. Our bass player Ricky was moving the van and trailer from one safe storage space to another and parked the van overnight across the street from his house in a church parking lot. The same place we’re used to parking every time we have a stop in his town. This was discovered the next day, on the 21st, and police reports were filed. The police have informed us that recovering any of this is extremely unlikely, even though we have no idea what use someone would have with a whacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man with our band’s name on it; plus all of our merchandise that we were going to sell on this next tour.

 

Help the band HERE if you can.

 


 

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