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If you were worried Halloween was going to be crappy this year due to social distancing -even though everyone would already have masks, haha- at least we will still have some killer music to enjoy thanks to Lizzy Borden (and yes, I do think during Covid that it is better to be safe than sorry, fyi). The spooky hard rockers have announced Best Of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 (out on Metal Blade Nov. 13th). Today you can hear them covering pretty much the best band ever , The Ramones!

It picks up where 1994’s Best of Lizzy Borden leaves off, containing 12 tracks that showcase the Deal with the Devil (2000), Appointment with Death (2007) and My Midnight Things (2018) albums. Additionally, the collection features 2 new cover songs recorded in the summer of 2020 (the first recordings by Lizzy‘s latest live show line-up!): Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Burnin’ for You” and The Ramones‘ “Pet Sematary” – both mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour).

Digitally re-mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden – where Lizzy‘s cover of “Pet Sematary” can also be heard just in time for Halloween! You can also hear it below where it is embedded as surely as it is stuck in my head!

Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Long May They Haunt Us
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Obsessed with You
5. (This Ain’t) The Summer of Love
6. Under Your Skin
7. Lovin’ You Is Murder
8. The Scar Across My Heart
9. There Will Be Blood Tonight
10. We Only Come Out at Night
11. Abnormal
12. Live Forever
13. Pet Sematary
14. Burnin’ for You

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Smashing Pumpkins released an album that no one really heard much called Monuments To An Elegy but the new song “Floodgate” from Portland’s finest (and pretty much anywhere’s finest right now) gloomy but fun loving stargazers Soft Kill actually feels like one. The beautiful and dirgy song – love that gnarly bass tone – features the basically iconic post-punk powerhouse Tamaryn alongside the band for a triumphant lament that manages to capture most of the overwhelming sadness of this year and still feel strong.

Be sure to check out the video premiere and interview at Post-Punk .com and a truly earth shatteringly rock solid accompanying mini essay from Tamaryn. I was deeply moved by the part that said ,“Loneliness is universal and therefore doesn’t actually exist.” 

Both devastating and reassuring, kinda like this song.

Be sure to grab the already essential Dead Kids, R.I.P. City, the newest Soft Kill album – out Nov. 20, 2020.

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I have to admit I wondered, like many, if Steve Tinnon could fill Tim’s big shoes as vocalist in beloved technical metalcore stalwarts WITHIN THE RUINS. They are one of the metalcore bands I have most enjoyed over the years and have plugged often in various publications. Happy to report that this new material is massive and as crazy as ever. I cautiously say it, but “Black Heart” might even be the catchiest song they have ever written with HUGE potential due to this head snapping riffage like Within The Ruins channeled “Thunderstruck” on meth and just an unbelievable level of confidence projected by the whole group! It’s maniacal and will make fans optimistic again about the group’s future. Tinnon seems downright possessed.

Here’s hoping when shows return that they still incorporate older material in the live set as well, though. Gotta mix it up!

The track comes by way of the band’s impending full-length of the same name, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music on November 27th. A lot of music writers are gonna be scrambling to add this to some lists, I’ll wager.

Black Heart will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorder options, visit THIS LOCATION.

Comments Tinnon of the track and accompanying video, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for the title track to our new album, Black Heart! We really enjoyed making this one and getting to tell a bit more of the story behind the music. It’s a very angry, personal song, and a lot of the tracks stem from what it’s about. It’s an important track in regards to the overall theme of the record, and we couldn’t be happier with how the video turned out!”

 

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Photo credit: Harvey Wallbanger

London based trap metal artist Mimi Barks has released a new video for attitude-filled fresh track “11.PLAGUE/666”. Fans of Concrete Dream, Otep, Killvein, Hollywood Undead and  Iggy Azalea might feel this new rager. Some of you might remember her Enter The Void EP from last year turning heads.

Photo credits: Jacob Slaton/Ebru Yildiz

Pallbearer celebrate the release of the much awaited Forgotten Days record with a making of video that shares behind the scenes stories from the brooding and revelation-filled fourth album. With this release the Arkansas band cement their status as one of the strongest leaders and most important acts in not just modern metal but also rock in general.

“It’s been inspiring creatively, I think we’ve written so much more material over the past year than ever before,” bass player/songwriter Joseph D. Rowland explains in the first moments of the interview. “We were able to really let some of the lyrics develop earlier in the process than we have in the past. We were able to really focus in on ideas, develop riffs, with lyrical patterns in mind, themes in mind… this time there was so much more opportunity to tightly hone in on those things.”

The Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Johan Johannson) produced album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Forgotten Days (https://www.pallbearerdoom.com/forgotten-days) is available in a number of limited edition vinyl variants with physical bundles available via both the Nuclear Blast and Pallbearer webstores, as well as digitally and on CD/cassette.

Crank it.

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Canadian heavy metal band Sinful Ways have a new melodic metal song out “Burst Into Flames” and an accompanying video. This song itself is high energy, and though the vocals don’t quite take off into the stratosphere they still are catchy and serviceable to an otherwise very well executed metal tune. I also just prefer screams or more soaring octaves/heights with this style, so that could be my bias.

Fans of Lazarus A.D., Bullet For My Valentine, Blaze-era Maiden and newer Trivium will likely dig aspects of this up and coming group. Will be cool to see if they hopefully do a whole album in this direction in the future.

The band explains what they are trying to convey with this single:

“Sinful Ways wants fans to relate to our music in some way and make them feel connected to us as a band and our music. We want them to take their interpretation of the songs to relate in one way or another.”

MARIALENA releases “Prophecies” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Athens, Greece based operatic singer Marialena Trikoglou has released a lyric video for her dramatic song “Prophecies” from 2020 solo album Vanity. Front woman in the metal band Subfire, Marialena’s album is a delight for symphonic power metal fans.

Watch the video below.

Video editing and graphics by Spyros Roditis

Makeup by Maria Pappa

Relapse Records presents 2R0I2P0, the brand new collaborative album from BORIS and MERZBOW. The 10 track album showcases every bit of the excitement and pulse-pounding rock and metal heard throughout the inimitable, expansive BORIS catalog, as it meets the signature harsh noise and soundscapes of the equally prolific MERZBOW.

 2R0I2P0’s opening track “Away From You” is on all streaming services HERE.

An album that is at once familiar and unique for its time, melodic and harsh in equal parts, 2R0I2P0 aims to find sonic harmony. After all, 2R0I2P0 translates to “Twenty Twenty R.I.P.” “This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world,” BORIS comments. “This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again.”

2R0I2P0 is out December 11th on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Pre-Orders are available HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

2R0I2P0 Tracklist:

  1. Away From You
  2. To The Beach
  3. Coma
  4. Love
  5. Absolutego
  6. Journey
  7. Uzume
  8. Evol
  9. Boris
  10. Shadow Of Skull

[Photo by Kandiss Bradley]

The White Swan is the impressive new outlet for Kittie’s super talented and rad Mercedes Lander, alongside Kira Longeuay and Shane Jeffers (Bloodmoon Collective). The doomgaze project will scratch your heavy and melodic adventurous and quirky itch quite well. It is cool they honored Tracy (who rules and lives in my town). She deserves to be discovered by a new generation and the cool and dramatic adaptation suits this genre perfectly. Cool to see Mercedes playing guitar and her vocals soar above the roaring and euphonious dirge. It manages to allow the listener to feel somber and rejoice at the same time.

You can go to Bandcamp to order Nocturnal Transmission.

Watch the video/hear the song via the fine folks at Metal Injection HERE.

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Cover art for GVF’s single, “My Way, Soon”

As we inch deeper into spooky season a lot of great bands are getting around to releasing stuff before the impending end of the year (and potential civil war). It has been a dread filled existential crisis of a year for likely everyone and so it is some solace to see the creative juices flow from some of our guiding lights. It sure is a hell of a lot better to hear good music than be awash in internet propaganda from QAnon folks who have rebranded Nazi Cult themes to suit their disgusting, fact-eroding purposes. I am sorry if this bullshit has infected the logic of any of your loved ones. It is really horrific and sad that these dipshits have any traction and cloud real anti-trafficking efforts with disinfo as well.

Anyway, from Eddie Van Halen passing to Trump skipping around the White House giving out Covid like Halloween candy to imbecile Rand Paul suggesting the fly that landed on Pence is part of the ‘deep state’,  I could really use some fucking rock n roll! How about you?

First up, GRETA VAN FLEET return! I for one LOVE this band. They are back with a light bearing, groove heavy, rambling rocker “My Way, Soon”. I was worried they were breaking up after a few hazy social media posts recently but I guess the hiatus has thankfully passed.

Y’all need to get lives and stop shitting on these dudes so hard for wearing their Zep influences. This song reminds me a bit of “Over The Hills And Far Away” in a good way, a song made for joy, introspection and travel without slipping into Journey “Faithfully” levels of cheese. The melodies are infectious and lift your spirits while the band sound more comfortable than ever. Probably my favorite song from them since the likewise ear worm filled “When The Curtain Falls.”

Let’s get frank here. How many bands sound like Ramones , Misfits or hell, even Green Day? About a zillion. Or wanna be Depeche Mode bands or Interpol biting Joy Division? Or ultimate problematic losers Foxygen doing DARVO on Globelamp as well as trying to rip off Stones and ELO terribly. Greta are really nice guys doing what they love and actually play instruments for fucks sake and fans love it so stay pressed. It’s 2020- try to enjoy life.

“This song was inspired by what three years of touring did by opening so many doorways.  This is my truth, how I feel about all of our travels, but I know it echoes the experiences and changes of perspectives for Jake, Sam, and Danny as well,” says Josh.

As Danny explains, “The definition of ’normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album.  We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things.  And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”

Photo by Jim Louvau

Killer Be Killed, the actual super group (that term gets tossed out much 2 casually often), are back as well! Max, Ben, Greg and Troy are all part of some of the most iconic bands in modern underground history and this collaboration has always seemed too “pinch me” good to be true, but it’s indeed actually real! The band’s excellently named Reluctant Hero sophomore album is due in November.

The track debuted yesterday via Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal hosted by Jose Mangin. The video, which was shot in Arizona last month, was directed by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. All we can say is, “Fuck yeah, dudes!”

I am loving the whole rollercoaster of a heavy mind bending tune but Troy especially is commanding in his patented rough edged melodic style vocals.

Troy said of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. ‘Dream Gone Bad’ was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”

Prepare to have your mind exploded, fam. Let’s goooooooo.

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L – R: Ira Lehtovaara (Guitar) | Kevin Withers (Drums) | Brandon Sanders (Bass) | Gabe Rosa (Guitar) | Angelo Bonaccorso (Vocals)

Photo Credit – Wesley Raffan

Death/thrash outfit RAIDER, hailing from Waterloo, Canada unleashed their debut album Guardian of The Fire this past March. The eight-track LP is a rush of E-standard mayhem, thrash overtones, and blackened vocals. Lyrically, the album’s theme revolves around overcoming lies and hatred that stand between all of us and the truth.

Fans of bands of Sepultura, Annihilator, and Skeletonwitch, RAIDER is one of the underground death/thrash bands to keep an eye on in 2020 as they continue to raise hell in the moshpit.

Today the band shares their latest music video No Sign of The Dawn”, a groovy thrash attack about the cost of taking our world for granted. It’s a reflection on getting human priorities straight.

The band adds:

“Our world stands on the edge of a knife. The virus is but another horseman in the ever-growing mountain of omens. We often get distracted and seem to forget that we are still on our way to one of many total deliverances. We have to unite, think, and speak for ourselves or we will be spoken for. If we do not choose the path that leads us to a better future, we will be forced down a path to ruin, of which there are many, and each of their songs remains the same: For the mortal world there is no sign of the dawn.”

Watch No Sign of The Dawn” HERE.

“Guardian of The Fire'” is available on BandcampSpotifyApple Music.

SOLITARY have a new single out called “Abominate”, a classic sounding thrash song fans of Overkill, Sacred Reich, early Testament or Kreator could quickly find common ground with. The old school vibe is paired with impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level. New album The Truth Behind the Lies is set for international release on October 23rd via Metalville Records. Featuring footage from the band’s Bloodstock Open Air appearance and the working sketches of the album artwork. Loving Richard Sherrington’s hoarse and bitter vocals on this one!

Melodic death band DORMANTH are  confidently revealing details for their upcoming 4th album, Complete Downfall, which will be released on December 15th, 2020 via Xtreem Music on CD. One of the first melodic death metal bands from Spain and at it since the nineties when metal wasn’t as trendy, DORMANTH have experience and skill on their side to appeal to fans looking to connect with something real.

SEPULTURA release “Guardians Of Earth” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Sepultura‘s fearless and ferocious Quadra is one of their most cohesive and stunning musical achievements yet in the band’s long legacy. The album is the band’s most successful record since 1998’s Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in 7 countries (8, considering the UK Rock Charts). It is also their most successful album in Germany and Switzerland to date, exceeding the chart positions of Roots, with positions number 5 and number 13, respectively.

From Andreas and Eloy masterfully building up anticipation in the intro to the massive heavy sections screaming for awareness, “Guardians Of Earth” is yet another reason this album is so timely. Watch the gorgeous and moving video below.

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DARK TRANQUILLITY release “Phantom Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquility are returning with their new masterpiece Moment, which will be released on November 20th via Century Media. Listen to the first single “Phantom Days” here, which fuses their “their trademark blend of bright melodies and venomous evil,” as noted by Brooklyn Vegan. Elsewhere, Loudwire proclaimed that their “melododeath reign continues.”

Moment was recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The album sees the addition of two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band. It’s been four years since the Dark Tranquility released their last album Atoma, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. The band is considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates.

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