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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.
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“After five years away we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGH is still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music. The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn’t changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, Love Will Kill All. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. ‘Set Me Free’ is a song that speaks of new beginnings.” – Brandan Schieppati
Bleeding Through always had a little too much of the sort of emo revenge/girl done me wrong vibe for some more traditional death metal heads, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they weren’t a killer metalcore band. One of the best, in fact. I saw them twice to date and each time, once at the Troubadour and once at Warped years ago, they completely conquered the stage in a blur of energy, passion and technical skill. They are arguably one of the most intense bands to come from Orange County of the last twenty years . People who thought they peaked early probably didn’t give enough love to Declaration or the few after that.
I am listening to John Denver right now and doing bong rips but while I am currently in a more mellow mode, I still suggest you check out the band’s latest scorcher and welcome them properly back to the thick of the metal fight. I can’t wait to hear the whole new record and want to run through a brick wall from the adrenaline spike. I hope they put out “No One From Nowhere” as a single as well, a punishing scream fest soundtrack as battering ram tune I caught already besides “Set Me Free”. Anyway, enjoy!Add to My Radar
All That Remains’ walking example of male privilege and denial Phil Labonte made a giant ass out of himself yet again by going on Infowars (Disinfowhores) and talking with pedo apologist Milo. The segment was so fucking tone deaf to what is really wrong with society as these smug trolls huffed one another’s gas. Infowars even called Phil the last defender of freedom and metal. To paraphrase Emma González , BULLSHIT!
Google exists if you want to watch the day old choad of a segment. I don’t recommend it and am NOT linking it. Labonte espouses a very fact phobic brand of Libertarian thinking, from what I have always gathered from him. Myself and a lot of LGBTQ fans of OTEP (as well as Otep herself), took him to task recently for repeatedly using “faggot” like it was ok for him to say it, ever. He even mansplained to Otep, a lesbian activist, why it is ok. Dude, fuck that.
Any label that supports All That Remains at this point should take a look in the mirror. The Madness is platforming such fucking idiocy. Infowars even said of Labonte ,“One man is fighting against the pussification of rock music.” Pussies are way stronger than you, chump.
Now Phil is on Infowars probably smirking that he gets to talk to a gay pro troll like Milo who loves offensive words and harming people or doxxing trans people. It is disgusting. Fuck your gun murder apologist nonsense. Fuck your FACT IGNORING support of Milo, who worked with Breitbart to allow NAZIS to copy edit the actual content of the site! You are officially now chumming it with an actual collaborator and basically just became one, Phil.
Milo clearly has major self hate issues he hides behind a cocky veneer, even as he helps people who hate gays.
The REAL freedom in metal is being fought for by anti fascist bands who want more representation, more diversity, more lgbtq, women, POC. Not by your smug cis white male know it all metalcore pop bullshit. I don’t even dislike ATR’s music. I like a lot of poppier metal and rock bands like Pop Evil or Halestorm or Baby Metal, for example. What I don’t like is people helping Trump culture where nothing matters flourish.
Here is an article about how the 2nd Amendment was ratified to PRESERVE SLAVERY!!
God bless the Parkland kids for having more guts than most of the media and the “let’s debate this like adults” wishy washy generation that gets steamrolled and falls for Republican tricks EVERY TIME! Fuck Bi-partisan compromise on kids being murdered. The NRA are literally buying politicians like Marco Rubio who trade dead kids for dollars and in ground pools and cars and then dare to feign like they care to the survivor’s faces.
We should change the names of AR-15s to “Marco Rubio” because they are so easy to buy.
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018
Talib Kweli refused to play the Riot Room in KC after he learned the venue supported booking black metallers Taake. Taake claim to be just about shock rock and used a swastika onstage once. Sorry, but bands who do that shit SHOULD get dragged about it for the rest of their careers. It should have heavy social consequences, not something to chuckle about over at Decibel Beer Fest to your chums and say ,”Remember when I used to flirt with symbolism that millions died because of. I’m so edgy.”
Phil, if you think you are more of an activist than Talib Kweli, I have REAL news for you. And like Otep, I am not entirely against responsible gun owners, but we do NOT have that as our general policy in America. The laws are wayyy too easy. Teens can get an AR-15 easier than a car? Fuck you.
Anyway, it was cool to talk to Talib today on Twitter where he was fighting with a racist black metal apologist and he reshared a few of my tweets I hope y’all will check out. Shout out to Dawn Ray’d.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) February 23, 2018
Anyhow, yeah… if you think Taake isn’t racist, THIS was their official response to being called on it years ago:
So yeah, let’s stop allowing bands like Taake and All That Remains to coast on a free pass for being dumpster fires in the name of “free speech.” It is not “SJWs” that are ruining society by hoping we are more inclusive and kind to one another or that our kids aren’t mowed down for NRA profits.
Phil, if you can read, here is an article DECIMATING every talking point the NRA ever spouts. Eat shit, all of you murder apologists. Or go run away from the shots fired like the “good guy with a gun” guard who was afraid to go into the school to save the Florida kids as they were slaughtered, despite being armed.
I also know people can change over time. But one way to get the benefit of the doubt is to seem like you REMOTELY GIVE A FUCK! Not by being a “well, actually” defensive mansplainer after kids are massacred.
Too many great bands these days exist who aren’t shit heads to bother with continuing the careers of outdated moronic meatbags who help enable the worst aspects of America with their ignorant political views. I am done. Billy Corgan said that “SJWS” are the same as the KKK. Eff the Pumpkins reunion. Done.
Wayyyyy over the toxic fact resistant apologists out there in rock and metal. Get a life and help make life better for the World, not centering trolls, nazis, gun nuts and fuckbois.
A school shooter doesn't give a shit if you are a democrat or a republican. This should concern us all. It could be your child.
— GLOBELAMP #neveragain (@globelamp) February 23, 2018
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Los Angeles doom metallers Twitching Tongues release their newest song “Kill For You.”
“Kill For You” comes off the band’s upcoming album Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred which will be released on March 9 via Metal Blade Records.
Twitching Tongues will also be touring with Hatebreed, Crowbar and Acacia Strain from March 16-29 and True Love and Vamachara from March 30-April 8.
Check out “Kill For You,” the track list for Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred and Twitching Tongues tour dates here.Add to My Radar
The band are currently in the studio, finishing up a brand new eleven-song album entitled Vitae, which is scheduled for release this summer.
Says guitarist Niklas Edström:
“It’s such an honor to be a part of Eclipse Records! We can’t wait sharing what we have for you all, and we hope from the bottom of our hearts that you’ll enjoy it. Set Before Us has always been driven by two main goals; we want to give our audience solid music, and a brilliant live show. We have poured are hearts and souls into this record, and Eclipse Records will certainly help us grow. We’re both grateful and excited to sign with them!”
Check out “Earth Destroyer” here.Add to My Radar
Caliban are excited to reveal their new album, Elements, will be released on April 6 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. The band have unveiled the first single,”Intoxicated”, with an energetic music video which can be seen below.With Elements, CALIBAN brought back long-time collaborator—who’s been working with the band since 2007’s The Awakening—and studio wizard Benny Richter to co-produce with Görtz at his Nemesis Studios. CALIBAN also hired on Germany-based Andy Posdziech (Any Given Day) and buddy Sebastian ‘Sushi’ Biesler (Eskimo Callboy), as well as Australia-based Callan Orr (Dream On, Dreamer) to assist in the recording process. Elements was mixed by Görtz and mastered by Olman Viper (who previously worked with the band on I Am Nemesis (2012), Ghost Empire (2014), and Gravity (2016)).
“The production on Elements was pretty different,” says Görtz. “The instrumental side of the production was produced by me, Andy, and Callan. Then, Benny and myself worked on fine-tuning the music. The vocals, however, were produced by Benny, with Sushi acting as a vocal coach. We wanted Benny to focus on the vocals and the vocal production. Getting them right was very important to us.”
The band commented on he album’s cover artwork, as seen featured above, stating:
“We used the elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as symbols for realization, ideas, power, and emotion. These symbols inspire us to continue to do what we love the most, which is to create, evolve, and be inspired by our music. And these elements directly correspond to the cover art, which was done by Marcel Gadacz (Dream On, Dreamer). He did the art for Gravity, so we’re happy to have him back.”
News broke this week that hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold, by far one of the biggest names in rock with appeal across a decent age spread, are skipping this year’s Grammy Awards. Turns out that yet again the awards show is shitting on rock, even though hard rock is one of the most populist art forms and deserves respect. Rock n roll is the foundation, baby. WTF! They think there is no correlation between shutting out a genre from a program that millions watch and an effect on album sales?
I’m sorry but a lot of people are sheeple and will get caught up in hype so even if you don’t think, say, August Burns Red is as metal as Mangled Goat Orifice or Borknagar or whoever you think should have gotten nominated in the rock song or metal categories, having a real hard rock or metalcore or thrash band nominated can be a huge gateway to sales for heavier genres.
A7X was nominated for their first Grammy this year, getting a nod in the “Best Rock Song” category for “The Stage.” They were less than stoked that the award would only be part of the pre show and not even televised and rightfully are telling the awards show to go fuck themselves. I think it is one of the coolest things the band has ever done with their platform and sends a good message to fans to stand up for what you value. Whether you like them or not it sends a message.
This is a band that has been direct support for fuckin’ Metallica. Legacy acts like Slayer and other big metal bands are retiring. Not everyone can pull of a Guns N Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour, y’know? If we don’t have the mainstream supporting at all, the underground will endure but it sure as hell isn’t easy for bands to last without a lot of luck to go with their pluck. Shit, The Grammys never even wanted to support Metallica THEMSELVES in the first place and the band has gone on to outsell tons of shitty acts in other genres who have only lasted a year or two at best. So show some god damn respect, Grammys. Or are you trying to make sure rock is dead?
Honored. Unfortunately they have taken "Best Rock Song" off the telecast this year so we won't be attending. Maybe next time. https://t.co/GIotEyLCuK
— Avenged Sevenfold (@TheOfficialA7X) January 23, 2018
Other musicians also were dismayed that the emphasis on being as inclusive of rock alongside other genres is being diminished:
Rock and metal sell out theaters,arena’s,festivals and stadiums around the world .Why isn’t the “Best Rock Song” category being televised by the Grammy’s? #SupportAllMusic I THINK IT WOULD HELP KEEP A WELL BALANCED AWARD SHOW. —Thoughts?
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) January 28, 2018
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This generation has no respect for real music, how to play an actual instrument, and the craftsmanship that goes into writing a song.
— Globelamp (@globelamp) January 28, 2018
FINAL SLEEPING GIANT SHOWS:
Jan. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ Nothing Left
Feb. 16 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Advent
Feb. 17 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse – SOLD OUT
TDWP fans can now enjoy a sweaty, energetic live video for the title track from the band’s recent Transit Blues effort. The album is one of the group’s most mature, well written and intense efforts. IMO, these dudes have grown a million-fold and found their own identity at this point.
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Pre Orders are now available HERE for a re-issue of Unearth‘s breakout album The Oncoming Storm. The record helped make the band one of the guiding lights of Metalcore in the early 00’s and built on the promise of earlier material soundly. Perhaps the band’s most ‘classic’ early release with fans, Unearth really hit an early career stride with this release by slightly refining their twin guitar attack into a more road tested and deadly professional sound. Nonetheless, it still remains heavy as hell and the band have never broken that pact with fans.
The Oncoming Storm LP re-issue
–180g Black Vinyl
–orange-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 300)
–“flame” splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 200)
–pumpkin orange marbled vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 300)
–root beer marbled vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 300)
–gold / black split vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 700)
Threat Signal have returned with their near impervious new smasher Disconnect. You can order the bruising new futuristic groove metal album from Agonia HERE in lots of format options (we’re kinda digging the lifesaver looking red and blue vinyl). Props to the dudes on a fearsome return. This record really enhances their overall discography and unifies a lot of elements. Some exciting moments, to be sure. RIYL Fear Factory, Soilwork, Linkin Park.
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Give "Disconnect" an early listen at https://t.co/SCKaA9WzMw before it hits the shops tomorrow! #threatsignal #disconnect #agoniarecords #thrashmetal #melodeath #metalcore #progressivemetal #melodicmetal #newalbum pic.twitter.com/hJzdLo6Zlg
— Threat Signal (@threatsignal) November 9, 2017
Danica Roem made myself and a lot of other people cry last night when she won a race in VA against an LGBTQ bigot. Metal Riot has two trans writers, myself included, so it was certainly nice to see some national representation turn the tide on hate. Minneapolis even elected their first African American trans woman to city council! We are regular people who just want to live our lives.
Parker Molloy from Upworthy had one of my favorite reactions on Twitter:
If there's one thing Danica Roem's election tells us, it should be that it's time to start the Draft G.L.O.S.S. for Congress campaign.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 8, 2017
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Some people who are more kvlt bag on In This Moment because they are (gasp) melodic and poppy at times, theatrical and very popular. Guess what? They are blowing away acts much bigger than them on the regular and won me over hugely after I finally saw them live. Maria Brink couldn’t possibly be more committed to what she is doing and “Roots” is sure to win more converts as she leads her band in a song of strength and resilience. They put in 100% in presentation, a huge layered rock sound and striking energy and passion. Check out this latest cut from Ritual.Add to My Radar