Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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How great is the above photo?! Classic.
These knuckleheads have given the world so much and the world owes them true metal thanks for all time \m/.
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax, “How New York of the ’80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash,” as part of its Places of Invention exhibit’s interactive online map.
Check it out here.
After recently completing a North American tour with label-mates Allegaeon, plus some shows with Killswitch Engage right before the new year, Act of Defiance is ready to get back on the road again, for another headlining trek!
Shawn Drover (drums) comments: “After just getting home from a great co-headlining tour with our good friends in Allegaeon, we are super stoked to get right back on the road for round 2, with our 2016 North American tour!!!! There were lots of cities that we were unable to play on our first go around, so this time we wanted to hit as many places as we can to keep promoting ‘Birth And The Burial’ shortly after the holiday season. We really want to tour as much as possible for this record and bring 100% true HEAVY METAL to as many people as possible. See you on the road!!!!”
Following this tour, Act of Defiance will join Hatebreed in June for 7 special shows. See below for all upcoming dates!Add to My Radar
California thrash metallers Warbringer are preparing to tear across North America. The tour will start January 5 at the Gramercy Theatre.
Check out a comment from vocalist John Kevill and the full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
“Breathing Lightning,” the first official track from Anthrax‘s upcoming album For All Kings due out February 26 (Megaforce/North America), goes to radio today. The band’s Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian talk about the writing and recording of the song in this new video clip HERE.
“Breathing Lightning” and the track “Evil Twin” will be available at indie retail beginning January 15 as a download card included in each box of the band’s fully customized, limited-edition full, 52-card deck playing cards. On February 26, the card will enable the holder to download the entire album.
“I know what you are thinking. Doesn’t the Metal Riot staff ever rest? Shouldn’t they be more hungover and not posting today? Well, I’m sure some of us are (probably Nich Madl). I haven’t had a drink in about three years. And while year end lists are freshly posted, confetti and streamers and smashed champagne glasses are still being swept up, Motley took their bow and the memory of Lemmy’s death is still ringing in our ears, let’s remember that this New Year we can make metal and hard rock as meaningful and powerful as it has ever been. We have new releases to look forward to from Lycus, Primal Fear, Cauldron’s new album, Peace Killers and more. Biohazard’s Mata Laeao turns twenty! AND Metallica’s Black Album turns fucking twentyfive this year! It’s a controversial yet landmark record that was a more unified representation of all the facets their career has come to include under the band’s umbrella of styles than any other release (though my favorite era and many others is the earlier stuff). BUT I can still remember exactly where I was when the “Enter Sandman” video came out. The thumping drums and sense of anticipation. Let’s treat this year the same way. Let’s aim big but stay strong.” – Morgan Ywain Evans
“Short, sweet and to the point: “2015 was such a fuckin’ pisser that I could not be more ready for 2016, which is going to fucking rock. We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned. Some killer albums are slated to come out this year and we can’t wait to cover them and talk about them. In addition to the straight news, we’re going to rock some editorials, including looking back at some of the amazing moments in metal that have brought us here today, so get fucking ready!” – Longhairedpoet/Jessica Fisher
“I’m looking forward to new music, seeing the scene grow closer and prosper , and I’m looking forward to photographing way more shows!” – Crashqueen/June Aispuro
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The UK black metallers in Venom Inc. are preparing to tear across North America in the new year.
Venom Inc. will be supported on the tour by Necrophagia.
The bands will play twenty-one shows starting in Atlanta, Georgia on January 5 and wrapping up on January 28 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Check out the full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Exmortus return with Ride Forth, another powerful team up between the band and Prosthetic Records. From a razor edged cover of Beethoven’s “Apassionata” that would make The Great Kat and Bill & Ted of Wyld Stallyns proud to rugged and rowdy thrash originals with grimy yowls that invigorate with the same battle hardened intensity you’d expect from Skeletonwitch or the much missed crimson screams of early 3 Inches Of Blood.
“Black Sails” is a mid paced march that really stands out, the band a single entity of undeniable dueling guitars, melodic veined fiery runs and drumming that pumps you up and holds things together. Exmortus always get me charged up and wanting to go jog up a mountain. “For The Horde” is one of the fastest tunes from the group yet, a lightning blur of guitars that swipe like the downward killing stroke of a vorpal blade. It’s easy to envision the ramparts, just sayin’.
“Let Us Roam” is another favorite, the band really allowing themselves to cut loose with the shred but with an emphasis on cool songwriting arrangements and strong vocal engagement that deifies the grasp of some tech death bands, for example. Perhaps it is the thrashier influence at the heart of these also very classic heavy metal influenced tunes that invigorates rather than the distraction that comes with tech death in knowing that you could be listening to classic old school death metal and it would probably be better (though I love some tech stuff like Revocation and Fallujah bigtime). “Fire and Ice” gives Evile a run for their money with a very Metallica-tastic intro before a super medieval tinged gallop ensues, just an epic metal treat for fans of this stuff.
Verdict is once again Exmortus fans shall behold triumph.
Are Battlecross the hardest working blokes in metal? In recent years they have certainly seemed like it. The thrashers released their best album yet Rise To Power in 2015 and were a constant presence on big tours, connecting to fans and in online discussions. This band already has the potential to be one of the next generation of thrash greats if they stay the course. We hope they continue their rise. They prove that you can’t do this if you are bound by fear! Get out there and hustle! \m/Add to My Radar
Having mercilessly dropped their Slaves Beyond Death LP through Southern Lord at the end of September, BLACK BREATH now adds their impending participation in the Blood Mantra Across North America Tour with Decapitated and Theories to their upcoming live actions in support of the record.
First up, next week the BLACK BREATH horde will take on the Pacific Northwest on a mini-tour running from December 17th through the 20th, with shows in Seattle, Walla Walla, Spokane and Vancouver, joined by Skelator on all but the final show. December 30th sees the band close out the year with a one-off show in Bellingham supporting Red Fang.
German thrash metallers Exumer have announced The Raging Tides as their upcoming fourth full-length, set to be released January 29th via Metal Blade Records! To hear the first single – the album’s title track – and to pre-order the record in various formats, head over to:http://www.metalblade.com/exumer
Recorded with producer/engineer Waldemar Soychta at Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund, Germany, The Raging Tides is a deliberate and violent thrash attack that stays true to the band’s 30 year legacy. Conceptually and lyrically, vocalist Mem V. Stein has based the bulk of the record around human suffering – specifically “caused by torture or other means for political, religious, or personal gain for the individuals/organizations who inflict the pain,” Stein asserts. Inspired by a wide range of books and articles, the title of the album itself, according to Stein, “represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe.”
See below for The Raging Tides‘ track-listing, with more news coming soon!Add to My Radar
Slayer released Repentless, their first album in six years, last September on Nuclear Blast. Testament are currently working on a new album, which will be their first since 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth, while Carcass last released Surgical Steel in 2013.Add to My Radar
In the basically post MTV age people pretty much have to search for music videos unless they are forced down our throats like “Hotline Bling”, but it means that in more underground musical chambers there are still some really cool things being done. Whether as incentive to wow ever fickle blog culture based fans or because artists just feel like they are supposed to make music videos, the following 5 clips really kicked ass and went the extra mile to create a special experience for fans.
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As many readers of my bloody quill scribbles know, I tend to prefer to write about bands I like then give more press to bands I think suck or who are assholes, unless they have personally wronged me in which case I will take them to task with a vengeance. Exmortus are a band I have zero complaints about and they seem to be quite diehard, just out there to kick ass and support metal’s growth like Battlecross, Napalm Death or other bands who live to tour and hit it hard and true with a stake through the heart of poseurs.
Exmortus are one of my favorites in the modern metal scene and I can firmly get behind their sentiments in “Death To Tyrants”. a killer new Ride Forth track which has a new lyric video premiering at Revolver HERE. The Exmortus bunch are sounding ever more Skeletonwitchy meets Exodus to me, but it aint like that is a bad thing at all. The song has the same name as one of the best newer Sick Of It All albums but we’ll let that slide this time.
Basically, if only this song came with donuts it would be perfect.
Be one of the first 300 customers to pre-order “Ride Forth” on CD, LP (black, red or smoke variants) or bundled with a t-shirt, long sleeve or zip-up hoodie from the Prosthetic webshop and you’ll receive a phone call from one of the band members! Order it now: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/bands/exmortus
“This is the modern world. We don’t need no one to tell us what’s right or
wrong.” – The Jam.
The Jam’s 2nd album came out in 1977, but we still could relate to the
sentiments expressed in the title track to The Modern World today. It is very
interesting to me how the 80’s and early 90’s seemed the decades of the greatest “shock
value” or censorship battles and today we still have moralizing pundits and morons like
Donald Trump or fake christians who denounce people as trash or sinners yet
support racist platforms or heinously compassion free social positions.
At the same time that we live in an age of gamergate and twitter battles
against “the evils of SJWs”, we have morphed into a culture where Nothing’s
Shocking– not because of conjoined topless twins with their heads on fire or
whatever titillated in the early rock alternative days when Jane’s Addiction
popularized the phrase, but because any carnival barker like Trump gets
absorbed into the overall white noise (even when they lead the headlines).
Thus you can seemingly say anything as long as it bleeds and leads and yet the
deeper contextual meaning is lost, ramifications be damned. Like George Bush
literally lying out of his ass about the Iraq war constantly, for example.
So what I’m saying is, God bless John Oliver or Pussy Riot for injecting some content back into the mainstream. Or a band like death metal’s Jungle Rot who released the awesome Order Shall Prevail this year, which looks at issues like marshall law.
We live in a time of a glut of pop and even political desperation. Politicians
will say anything to get elected. Pop stars are rewarded for portraying edgy,
co-opted looks and styles but towing the corporate line.
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