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Death Metal Soul Wreckage: Krisiun, Abhorrence news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:17 PM (PST)

Krisiun

Hello, friends. Friendly reminder that Queen’s ‘Princes Of The Universe’ is the greatest pillar of human achievement. Before we get into some death metal from around the world, let us contemplate the glory.

Ok, so I worked hard all morning and then saw my mom at her elder care facility and then passed the fuck out way too long and now am really delirious. I woke up and made a peanut butter and banana sandwich and ate it one handed while sitting down to pee and I kind of feel like Elvis. My gf is practicing (awesome) Goo Goo Dolls covers on her acoustic guitar and our cute ass cat Amber will not stop staring at me like she knows more than me about The hydrostatic equation. I need some herbs.

Anyway, one thing I can kind of do even when half asleep and moronic is give my opinion on upcoming death metal releases! Let’s remember what we came here for?! Hello? Is anyone there?

Friendly reminder that Friday, September 07, 2018 sees the release of a monstrously massive new onslaught from death metal stalwarts Krisiun entitled Scourge Of The Enthroned. That is about as death metal an album name I have ever heard and I can not believe it has not already been taken by Carcass or Hate Eternal.

Anyway, Krisiun have literally always kicked ass. I remember reading about them years ago as a new death metal and thrash fan wanting to widen my net beyond Sepultura as far as bands from Brazil. The cover art by Eliran Kantor is based on Sumerian mythology and shows three ancient gods transcending the beginning of creation. The title track on the new rager is particularly fucking stunning and will take your head clean off, so I am not sure why they put it first on the album unless they plan to re-animate fans corpses with every song.

I just got the promo for this record and am rapidly devouring it. I can’t believe these guys are on their eleventh album. Man, it is so inspiring when bands manage to reach such heights doing what they love! Hail Krisiun! Check out the first single, released a few weeks back, called “Demonic III” below! Pre Order HERE.

Svart Records is proud to present Megalohydrothalassophobic, an all-new Abhorrence EP full of old-school Finnish death metal.  The EP will be released by Svart Records on September 15th.The lineup of the Finnish DM trailblazers is the same as back in 1990, with the addition of drummer Waltteri Väyrynen, of Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre fame.

This release continues the ancient spooky ass Gods theme I was mentioning about Krisun above, as the band have promised they bring us ,”… a vision of Lovecraftian horror in the age of the ecological catastrophe. The lyrics fuse together the deeply unsettling tales of H.P. Lovecraft with the thought-provoking philosophy of Timothy Morton, arguably the most important thinker of the anthropoce, the current catastrophical age of human existence.” Blessed Altar Zine has a pretty fair review of the promo Here . I personally would have given it a little bit higher rating.

I hope they release new song “Hyperobject Beneath the Waves” as another single because it will rock your socks off and also because it somehow takes the kind of deep sea metal chaos theme vibes that many bands have done a lot and makes it still terrifying.

Abhorrence

Get a taste of the record below with the also rad and uncompromising “Anthem for the Anthropocene” below. Then try to say the album name ten times fast, we dare ya!

 

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Bayview Suspect

Hey kids. A LOT of cool underground band news for you today so let’s get things started with some groove/metalcore troopers.

Survival Or Ruin from Bayview Suspect will be released on September 14th through Rockpit Records. Pre-order is now available and comes in various options including digital download, physical CD and an exclusive bundle pack comprised of CD, digital download, t-shirt, 2 stickers and a limited edition banner style poster featuring the EP artwork available at a special pre-order price for a limited time. Order now at www.bayviewsuspect.com/store.

The intensity of their newest song “Laced With Deception” caught my ear a few days ago ad I thought I would share the band’s latest accompanying lyric video with you. NWOAHM and Euro-metal influences combine for a bold flavor.

The Crown are the biggest band on the list today, back in a big way with recent devastator Cobra Speed Venom. It is one of the long running band’s finest hours, completely no holds barred speed and aggression to the max. The band have a new video out for the track “In The Name Of Death”.

The band comments: The Crown gives you a death-chillin’ tune as a counter action for this ridiculously hot season – ‘In The Name Of Death’! A tune that will automatically make you drink more beer!”

Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom at the classic Studio Fredman, the new album kills. To preview and purchase Cobra Speed Venom, please visit: metalblade.com/thecrown

Please support as this is one of the stronger ragers in recent memory and the band are pushing it hard. They sound hungry and really are out to show they still have what it takes and can hold their own alongside any Arch Enemy, Vader or The Haunted out there.

In more metal news that is awesome rather than wretched, Manitoba’s Arcticcircle have an awesome new album called Where Ice Meets Ocean that we have just become aware of. Some really strong and multi-faceted stuff on there so please go and check it out. I really enjoyed the big drum sound and guitars on “Cosmic Egg” and the marching surge of “Firebird Over Falcon Lake” in particular. Lot of sub-genre crossing streams here and while some of the bellowed vocals might not be for everyone, the music kicks total ass. “Oracle Bones” is probably my favorite on here, perseverant and full of cool tempo shifts and outstanding guitar. Def compatible with your Hark, Solstice, Mastodon and Turbid North on vinyl collections.

Gonna leave you all well satiated on riffs and rage today with the new video “Vagabond” from Ontario punks Hellbent.  It was filmed by Alex Earl Grey and edited by Jospeh Viktor Roth. The band have a lot on their plate coming up and I thought you all should get them on your radar ASAP.

Ok, that’s it from me for today, folks. Gonna finish watching Let Me Make You A Martyr on Shudder now. It features Marilyn Manson and also my new friend Sam Quartin from blues punks The Bobby Lees (who fuckin’ scorch!!) and is pretty awesome so far. TTYS!

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“Warriors Of The World” by Manowar is playing as I type this, an epic and humorous background soundtrack to my current musings of this past weekend of watching Charmed with my gf and sadly missing Migration Fest (check out this, this and this). I hate that I still have not seen Krallice live. Re: Charmed, it is awesome that Alyssa Milano is such an activist IRL for making the world a better place since on that show Phoebe Halliwell kind of often is making bad calls that make things go awry and IRL she doesn’t wanna go out like that. Ok, do I have any brain cells? Jesus.

Mark Shelton from Manilla Road’s passing was unexpected and quite sad. Listen to his work and celebrate his life. I don’t know what more to say. Condolences to fans, friends and family.

I was hoping to catch Dylan Carlon of Earth at BSP Kingston with It’s Not Night: It’s Space this past Sunday, but I was too wiped out from my non writing jobs and had to stay in.

So to kick off this week’s news, I very much relate to the Manowar lyrics ,”It’s more than our religion it’s the only way to live/But the enemies of metal we can’t forgive.” Meant to tell y’all last week that on August 24th, Manowar will release LP re-issues of their classic albums Fighting the World, Kings of Metal, and Triumph of Steel via Metal Blade Records. I can’t believe they can even fit the Achilles song on vinyl at all since it is a friggin’ hundred years long. Anyway, pre-order your copies now at: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/search/?q=Manowar-LPs-2018

Rome’s Lady Reaper are a metal/rock band who have been around since 2009 but recently put out a new album called Mise En Abyme via Valery Records. Anyway, the band have this ridiculous video that I think has been out since April but it made me laugh when I was baked. It seems to be about how they hate their cleaning jobs and want to rock and then the singer has a very Vigo The Carpathian Ghostbusters 2 esque moment where he sort of beckons the band into a mirror. The fuck did I just watch?

Anyway, it was entertaining and the band look like they are having fun and not overly serious. It is ok to laugh sometimes in this dumb shit world, right? I dug the use of Fender and an SG together, I think it was…which could have maybe not worked out so well but the band aren’t fighting frequencies. Anyway, this is super goofy but the band seem like they want to strive to sound as big metal as possible while still laughing at themselves and having fun even if they aren’t as big as Manowar. That’s a good attitude, y’know? Hails.

Fit For A King from Dallas are back with a new metalcore track called “Backbreaker”. I think the vocals scream something about a body ablaze at one point, which reminds me of Shai Hulud a bit too much, but the song is pretty crushing for the genre. The band are very energetic live and continue to rally new fans to their banner.

The new track is off of their forthcoming release Dark Skies, which comes out September 14th via Solid State Records. This is the third single the band has released off of the upcoming release, following “Tower of Pain” and “The Price Of Agony“.

Remaining current tour dates for ya below:

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JULY’S BEJEWELED DAGGERS: 4 Faves Of The Month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 5:07 PM (PST)

Hi readers. Since 2018 started Jessica and I have been doing monthly recap lists of whatever four records got our attention the most. This could be a matter of personal taste or something about a work that struck a chord or matched a moment well, but it is less a critical rejection of other works not featured than an embrace of albums that proved themselves the most compelling to me during this July. So take it as one of those “staff recommends this cd” sections you used to see at Rhino Records only much cooler, duh. Very happy to say that everything on this list features performers playing their hearts out.

1. Twilight Fauna’s Where Birds Sing My Name takes the top spot for me this month. The latest from Paul Ravenwood and drummer Josh Thieler of mighty Slaves BC is a beautiful and soul baring effort, dynamic and stouthearted. From straight up banjo songs to arrow sharp black metal that feels like blood is flowing through it rather than pretension and cold-pose, this is a fitting companion to The Year the Stars Fell. The Green and yellow splatter vinyl is too dope to comprehend with my mortal mind. We are lucky to have this project in our metal midst to remind people that records handled with personal reverence can still move mountains and bring oxygen to fatigued forms.

2. Berlin’s Maggot Heart are honestly so fucking cool I can’t take it. The new record Dusk To Dusk was almost my number one pick of the month but my heart succumbed to my East Coast loyalty that Twilight Fauna instilled. But yeah, Linnéa Olsson is so talented and chill and her latest record with her post The Oath + Grave Pleasures outfit is perfect anarchic post punk with a low key metallic sting that should make most American rock bands feel fucking hella embarrassed in comparison for the weak crap they are putting out. The songwriting on this is unreal, especially the manic “Medication” and galloping “Blood Envy” coming to mind as just phenomenal tunes. Recorded in Stockholm in 2017, it cements the potent creative bond with drummer Uno Bruniusson (mainly of the much missed In Solitude fame). I can’t recommend enough surrendering to this record and letting the modern world’s stresses seem like they can be relieved and defeated by the spooky and catchy but semi-detached vocals, rolling and thundering but kind of punk drums and absolutely alive guitar and bass performances. I bought this faster than anything that came out all year. Please please please support them cuz I need them to stick around.

3. With all due respect to Ordinary Corrupt Human Love and some of the other moving or ambitious records out this month that did not make my July list, Mutilation Rites going more death metal was a no brainer for me. And I mean no brainer in a zombies ate all the brains but still want more cuz they are in a death metal frenzy type of no brainer. Chasm from Gilead Media and the NYC scuz rebels of Mutilation Rites continues the bands feedback and buzzsaw /slow burn attempt to become Hades’ official house band. “Pierced Larynx” gives me intense feels of glorious dread and death dirge. It has a more punk rooted crusty underbelly amidst the slower Exhumed and blackened talons in your throat vibes. The monumentally metal drums that pound through the intro to “Post Mortem Obsession” that set up the roaring chaos to follow had me in awe. 6 songs but all fairly lengthy and they all slap. Like Hooded Menace or Black Cobra, the band keep the core elements of what makes them work but tweak their approach slightly with each outing just enough to keep it fresh but familiar. It is intense but not to the point of being silly, just vital and brilliant. This was my fave DM album of the month, all very due respect to Coffin Birth .

4. Birds In Row’s We Already Lost The World takes my fourth and final spot on the list for July. I feel like it is an important record people will remember in years to come. It has a post hardcore infused edgy and kinetic insistence that many albums fail to manufacture, cuz you can’t fake that shit. This French band, currently already supporting fucking Neurosis and Converge, have long term potential and most importantly great songs. “Love Is Political” is just a great song name and the song tears at scabs. “We vs. Us” reminds me of some of what I love most about Cave In and Modern Life Is War in one unexpected fell swoop. Personal War made a buzz but this is gonna take them to the next level. I don’t know how to sum up adequately the mixture of transcending pain the music and artwork stirs up, but this is well worth checking out and surrendering to the barely hopeful cacophony of.

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Skyharbor by Argon Photography

Happy hump day, humanoids. This midpoint of the week finds us fresh off the news that (gasp) Trump and cronies lied about Karen McDougal and he probably can be convicted of a felony for some aspects of this. That is great news in my book. Let’s celebrate the continued debasement of America by getting into some sick music news, chums. Oh, incidentally I also found out today that I have the same birthday (day, not year) as former Bush guitarist Nigel Pulsford. Who knew?!

Ok, let’s talk about (drumroll)…Skyharbor! This is a cool nu-progressive Indian-American band that I only learned about recently. Kind of give me Linkin Park meets BTBAM vibes, if that combo makes sense mentally. The band has a new track “Dissent” premiering at Revolver HERE. I am more into the big cleans and the sort of shimmering prog parts than the nu metal groove stuff but honestly it is all chill and works seamlessly. They’d be great on a tour with Islander, Nothing More, Periphery or Threat Signal, in my mind.

“Dissent is a really interesting track for us,” says vocalist Eric Emery. “It’s sort of a throwback to all of our metal influences from our youth blended with the skyharbor sound. It’s a bit of an outlier on the record stylistically, but it has definitely turned into one of our favorite songs.”

Skyharbor will release Sunshine Dust on September 7, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Keshav adds, “It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound.”

The Oxford Coma

The Oxford Coma have hooked up with great Philly label Nefarious Industries (Bangladeafy, Fuck Your Birthday, Laces Out). I fucking love their weird ass clangy, groovy and dry blend of rock n roll infused underground weirdness. It is quite hard to describe but could appeal to fans of Mike Patton’s bands, pigfuck, weird ass proggy stuff or just anti-social but kind of fun and difficult music in general.

The Oxford Coma’s Billy Tegethoff states, “The journey to the perfect label has been daunting, to say the least, but when I saw Nefarious Industries’ interview with Decibel that said something to the effect of ‘we look for the most adventurous and least commercially viable acts we can find,’ I was like, hey this is it. These guys are willing to put in time and effort to get weird bands to a receptive audience; a mission we share. I think it’s a perfect partnership. It allows us to keep doing what we always have as an independent band, but now we have friends and labelmates to do it with. Party.”

 

Nefarious Industries’ Greg Meisenberg reports, “We’re all chilling at a 4th of July BBQ, skewering shrimp, lighting up firecrackers, and the conversation drifts to this email we all got the night before from a band that describes themselves as progressive psychedelic grunge rock with a record titled Everything Out Of Tune that sounds like King Missile’s rendition of Failure covering Primus. Naturally, we were stoked! Plus, we’re all huge fans of the Oxford comma. And puns. Definitely looking forward to 2019!”
Watch for more on this development as the band sets up to record the new LP next year.

 

In the meantime, The Oxford Coma is currently booking a Western US tour for September and October in support of their Steve Albini-produced second LP, Everything Out Of Tune. Watch for the routing to be announced shortly.

 

Everything Out Of Tune is out now on limited edition colored vinyl LP and all digital providers; find physical merch options through the band HERE and via Nefarious IndustriesHERE, place digital orders HERE, and see several videos from the album HERE.
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With legendary blast drummer Pete Sandoval ready to revive TERRORIZER for another momentous grinding onslaught,  the groundbreaking band have united with The End Records for the release of their long-anticipated new full-length, Caustic Attack. Produced by Jason Suecof (Deicide, All That Remains, Kataklysm, Battlecross) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and featuring the apocalyptic cover art of Timbul Cahyono (Rotting Corpse, Pyrexia), the record serves as the band’s first studio offering in six years.

“The original TERRORIZER didn’t have solos, so we took the same approach,” Lee Harrison says. “It was just riff after killer riff. That was an interesting challenge for me – to keep the music fresh without relying on solos. But the great thing about not having solos is it allows us to keep a dense sound as a three-piece. When you put leads in there, you need a second guitar or else the bottom falls out. Staying a three-piece makes it easier to travel and tour, and we didn’t want to mess with that formula.”
 
Now that Sandoval is devoting all his time and effort to TERRORIZER (he left Morbid Angel in 2013), he plans to tour extensively and then record another album. The six-year curse is officially broken.

“It feels so great to be back playing every day,” Sandoval says. “I worked really hard on my recovery and all that work is really paying off now because when I play these songs I feel the same way I did in 1990 or 2000. I feel young again and I can play with no problem. And that’s hard to do because this new album has a lot of changes, double-bass, fast blast beats. You name it.”

TERRORIZER’s Caustic Attack will see release via The End Records this fall. Further details including track teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime you can never get enough World Downfall, a stone cold mandatory classic that still smokes most stuff released now.

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Hello my Hell spawned goons. Hope your lives are gonna be unshitty as we move through some weird astrology shit the next few days. I have a LOT of cool news for ya.

We fucking LOVE Monte Pittman around here. The ex-Prong and current Madonna axe man is a fucking riff maniac and a super cool guy, truly a gifted metal and hard rock player with his solo band and honestly creative and inspiring on anything he goes near. Now we have the very cool word on the street that he is gonna be touring with Sebastian Bach! Just saw Bach in Poughkeepsie a week or so back and it fucking rocked (read a review HERE)! I can imagine that this pairing is gonna get some fists pumping and kick major ass all around.

Set to commence September 26th and run through November 3rd, the trek, which includes additional support from One Bad Son, will find Pittman supporting two new solo albums, Better Or Worse and Between The Space, set for release via Metal Blade Records. See all confirmed dates below.

Pittman comments: “The album Between The Space is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts. The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always, when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. 

 

The album Better Or Worse is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. Better Or Worse and Between The Space both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”

 

For a preview of both albums, visit: metalblade.com/montepittman where the new singles “Depth Perception” (from Better Or Worse) and “Evidence” (from Between The Space) can be streamed.

MONTE PITTMAN w/ Sebastian Bach, One Bad Son:
9/26/2018 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
9/27/2018 The Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
9/28/2018 The Commonwealth Room – South Salt Lake, UT
9/30/2018 BLK Live – Scottsdale, AZ
10/02/2018 Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
10/03/2018 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
10/05/2018 IDL Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
10/06/2018 Canton Hall – Dallas, TX
10/07/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
10/09/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/10/2018 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
10/12/2018 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
10/13/2018 Trixie’s Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY
10/14/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
10/16/2018 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA
10/18/2018 The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
10/19/2018 Aura – Portland, ME
10/20/2018 Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH
10/21/2018 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/24/2018 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/25/2018 The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
10/26/2018 Boathouse Live – Newport News, VA
10/27/2018 Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
10/28/2018 The Senate at Tin Roof – Columbia, SC
10/30/2018 37 Main – Buford, GA
10/31/2018 The Foundation Performing Arts & Conference Center – Spindale, NC
11/02/2018 The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
11/03/2018 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

Toronto’s CREATURES sophomore EP “II” is due out this Friday, July 20th via their indie label Old Haunt Records. Fans of Upon A Burning Body, Carnifex and the like will dig the skull smooshing deathcore sounds the band churn’s out with the ease of blood pouring from a gaping wound. The band have been building their resume of radness for a few years now and are set to make a bigger impact if they keep moving forward strongly.

Show Dates:
June 30 – Toronto, ON – Bovine (EP Release Party) – info
August 16 – Barrie, ON – Foxx Lounge – info w/ Kavara
August 19 – Hamilton, ON – The Doors Pub – info w/ Kavara
August 20 – Brantford, ON – Our Place – info

And Cannibal Corpse have a fucking AWESOME tour lined up. I can’t even believe how heavy this one is, phewww! Hate fucking Eternal and Harms friggin’ Way are along for the ride. Tix on sale Friday.

US tour dates with @hateeternal and @harmsway13 announced! Tickets on sale this Friday.

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SELFISH THINGS
Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn

Welcome to Tuesday’s Titanic Treasonous Tidbits. I am not talking about Jack and Rose or even Conald here, but awesome rock n roll news you need in order to live a fuller, richer life. Today we have some groovy spooky post punk, some CKY hard rock action and a little Warped Tour related band of interest for you ghouls. It isn’t our heaviest of posts, but it still rocks with the most. 

Ok, first up is just a heads up that post punk artistes Wax Idols return to the road today in support of newest opus Happy Ending This band deserves stans to flicker about them in awe (while dramatic music plays) like the little cave bats enveloping Christian Bale. They are not metal but we have a punk category in our drop down menu and the band’s unflinching attitude, uncompromising vision, miles of style and ability to blend gallow’s humor with an actual desire for things to be better out there is punk af in our book.

Hard rock hesher heroes CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have released a brand new music video for their track, “Wiping Off The Dead” from their most recent LP,The Phoenix. Directed by Dave Causa, this is the third music video we’ve seen from the band off their current release.

“Our good friend Dave Causa filmed us rehearsing for our UK tour last summer and the end result was us making a badass music video,” says drummer Jess Margera. “It was filmed before we ever played a single show for the release of our album. Thank you, Dave, and thank you CKY alliance! Enjoy this great video from the archives.”

CKY is headed back out on the road this summer on a co-headlining run with SLAVES and additional support coming from the incredible Royal Thunder and the buzz building Awaken I Am. Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages are available now. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more. The band will also be doing highlighted performances on select festival dates such as Lollapalooza, Sturgis bike rally, Psycho Las Vegas, and Blue Ridge Rockfest!

CKY released The Phoenix last summer via Entertainment One (eOne). The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

Toronto-based alternative rock band SELFISH THINGS have released a video for their song “Hangman,” a cut from their EP Vertical Love which was released earlier this year The video was released HERE, and can be watched below:

When asked about the video, frontman Alex Biro said that “We were a month and a half into tour (hence me looking so fucking tired) and ended up driving back to Cleveland after our show in Columbus to knock out the video. The director and his team had scouted a pretty desolate, blown out, old tire factory in a particularly rundown part of the city, which really fit well aesthetically with the overall concept of the song. We wanted to focus on iconographic elements that amplified the message while still trying play to the lyrics (the hanging hearts, for example). I hope people enjoy it more than I did making it – don’t sit in a coffin with nightcrawler’s.”

Keep up the sweet jams, dudes. I love the chunky guitar tones, emo-esque hooks and the group’s give it your all energy. The vocals remind me of Blink and The Sleeping kind of eloping with Taking Back Sunday.

The release of the “Hangman”  video comes right before a busy touring schedule for the band kicks off this summer. In addition to supporting The Spill Canvas from July 26-August 11, they will also be playing Warped Tour July 17 at The Flats at Budweiser Stage on The Lemmon Stage.

TOUR DATES w/ THE SPILL CANVAS

7/17 – Toronto, ON – Vans Warped Tour (No The Spill Canvas)
7/26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
7/27 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
7/28 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
7/29 – Durham, NC – Motorco
7/31 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
8/01 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
8/02 – Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
8/03 – Boston, MA – Middle East
8/04 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
8/05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
8/07 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
8/08 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
8/09 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
8/10 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
8/11 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
8/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
9/14 – Dallas, TX – RBC
9/15 – Houston, TX – Secret Group
9/16 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
9/18 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
9/19 – Mesa, AZ – Rebel Lounge
9/20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
9/21 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
9/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hi-Hat
9/23 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
9/24 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
9/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
9/27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
9/28 – Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown
9/29 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird

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Mid July Metallic Mind Meld: Today Is The Day, Beyond Creation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:52 PM (PST)

Today Is The Day

I love how metal fans are so single minded that you can type the word “metallic” and we will ALL think of Metallica first before the actual meaning of the word, hahaha. How are ya out there today, riff ragers? I have decided to stop putting off fixing a shelf in my apartment but discovered I need a new hand drill so here I am blogging about metal instead of running to the hardware store. How’s that for dedication?

Here are some news items to get us deeper into July’s dark and hot embrace.

TODAY IS THE DAY has announced a run of US tour dates for August, with shows leading up to and following their performance at Psycho Las Vegas festival. 2017 saw TODAY IS THE DAY celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their seminal Temple Of The Morning Star LP with a reissue of the album an an extensive tour.

TITD really changed things for me as far as helping me merge in my mind the love of Am Rep style weirdness and skronk with savage extreme metal and the more brutal extreme hardcore. This band is such a gift to real fans and always also have the ability to weird out your cupcake metal fan who thinks (all due respect) that things don’t get much heavier or more emotionally barren than, say, Megadeth or some shit. Steve Austin will always reign in psychic pain and any band he puts together always slays and displays riffs, skulls and the dying modern world’s relatively fresh corpse in the sun halitosis reek of hypocrisy.

BEYOND CREATION have announced an extensive North American tour beginning this Fall. The “Diluvium North American Tour” kicks off on September 13 in Oakland, and sees BEYOND CREATION joining forces with OBSCURA, ARCHSPIRE, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. The absurdity of how awesome this tour is…I just…it’s off the fucking charts! So metal!!!

BEYOND CREATION are touring in support of their critically acclaimed second record, Earthborn Evolution. Earthborn Evolution, which has been described as “The best death metal album so far this year, one that will surely propel them to the upper echelon of progressive and technical death metal.” (New Noise Magazine), is streaming at the band’s official Bandcamp page.

BEYOND CREATION Tour Dates
All dates with OBSCURA, ARCHSPIRE, INFERI, EXIST
Sep. 13 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
Sep. 14 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
Sep. 15 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sep. 16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Sep. 17 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
Sep. 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Sep. 20 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Sep. 21 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Sep. 22 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Sep. 23 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
Sep. 24 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Multi
Sep. 25 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Sep. 26 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
Sep. 27 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Sep. 29 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Sep. 30 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Oct. 01 New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
Oct. 02 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 03 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live!
Oct. 04 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Gas Bar & Grill
Oct. 06 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 07 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720

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Friday the 13th Finishing Moves: Cauldron, Woe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:43 PM (PST)

Hey there ya headbanging tree-huggers, if you can’t be in London protesting Trump or can’t fit into a  soon to be outlawed as “Antifa” Jason Voorhees mask you might as well hang out here with us at Metal Riot. So let’s get this party started!!! Are you excited? No? You ought to be. New music time!

New Gods is the forthcoming new full-length from Canadian heavy metal trio CAULDRON. Slated to drop September 7th via The End Records in North America and Dissonance Productions in Europe, the band’s fifth full-length and follow up to the critically-lauded 2016 album In Ruin was captured by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Wooden Sky) at Union Sound in Toronto.

 

This band always delivers in the larger than life memorable song department and pack a punch, so I am really looking forward to them giving us new stuff. “Letting Go” gets your blood running from the get-go with an incredible intro riff and plenty of thrills for classic metal types and Sabbath disciples. This song reminds me of a mix of Vol. 4 and Seventh Star through the Cauldron vapors.

 

In advance of its release, Decibel offers up a first taste of the record with “Letting Go.”

 

Offers founding vocalist/bassist Jason Decay, “‘Letting Go’ is one of the first tracks that came together for the new record. We really couldn’t deny the melody found in this song and I think somehow it still sounds very CAULDRON… once in a while you just have to rock and roll the bones. I am very proud of the songwriting, performances, and production on this one,” he continues, “and it is definitely the most confident I have been in a finished album of ours. It’s dark, it’s heavy, and it has a very melodic sense of AOR. I’m pretty sure people who were into In Ruin will like this one just as much if not more!”

 

Hear “Letting Go” at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.  

 

 
CAULDRON’s New Gods will come available in CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
 

 

In conjunction with the release of New GodsCAULDRON will be playing a handful of US shows in September with support provided by Barrow Wight. The band has also confirmed a special record release show in their hometown of Toronto set for September 15th at Junction City Music Hall. Click HERE for more show and ticket info.

 

CAULDRON:
9/06/2018 The Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Barrow Wight
9/07/2018 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA w/ Barrow Wight
9/08/2018 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Barrow Wight
9/15/2018 Junction City Music Hall – Toronto, ON

Black metal force to be reckoned with Woe are a bright light in a dark genre, one of the most rewarding acts in extreme metal. We stan 2017 return to the fray Hope Attrition almost as much as Chinese Democracy around here, which is to say…a bunch! Seriously, they are brilliant and fierce, pushing their art further into blackened hallways of rebirth and the strive for something tangibly real. Love it.

 

The band have announced a twelve day tour that begins in Colorado Springs on September 15th, my sister Cambria’s birthday (incidentally). Joining Woe for the tour will be Greenville, SC grinding death metal outfit, WVRM.

 

“Wvrm is a band that brings an uncompromising AGGRESSION that we truly appreciate and connect with. We’re glad to be fighting on their side” comments WOE frontman, Chris Grigg.

 

 

Woe, WVRM Tour dates:
9/15 – Colorado Springs, CO, Triple Nickel
9/16 – Denver, CO, HI-Dive
9/17 – Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
9/19 – Seattle, WA, Highline
9/20 – Portland, OR, Highwater Mark
9/21 – Sacramento, CA, Blue Lamp
9/22 – Oakland, CA, Elbo Room
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA, 5 Star Bar
9/24 – San Diego, CA, Space
9/25 – Tempe, AZ, Yucca Tap Room
9/26 – Tucson, AZ, Fly Catcher
9/28 – Austin, TX, TBA (Woe only)
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Weekend Warpath: Insignium, Denied, Earth Electric

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Hello, weekend warriors. We just got an air conditioner and I have the afternoon off so am taking a moment to do a little extra metal blogging about some cool shit for you.

Some of you may know that I was really into Ex-Mayhem guitarist Rune Eriksen’s melodic gothy band Ava Inferi, purveyors of some totally under appreciated and dark, poetic masterful records. I even got to interview them once back in the days of MySpace. Well, Rune Eriksen and chillingly talented vocalist Carmen Simões (who has also worked with mighty Moonspell, one of my all time favorite bands) now have a cool new hard rock band called Earth Electric! The video, directed by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (GHOST) is below.

Regarding the video, Earth Electric comment: “Our second official video was shot by Costin Chioreanu on various stages throughout Spain and Norway as a part of the ambulant “Tales Of The Wind” exhibition. The video itself is a vivid and psychedelic expression of the powerful energies we create in our most desired setting; on stage! “

Immerse yourself in this band from Portugal’s impressive psychedelic hard rock right away! RIYL Purson, Hammers Of Misfortune, Slough Feg.

German black metallers Insignium recently signed with Apostasy Records and on August 31st, Insignium will reveal the fruits of their recent labors with their new album Infamie Und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes Sich Erhebt. I don’t know a lot about this band but they haven’t released anything in like thirteen years and the music is pretty fucking awesome. I did try hard to make sure they are not NSBM before posting and could not find anything to prove otherwise, which it sucks that I have to even say that but it is 2018.

So yeah, I certainly hope this is cool to post. The artwork and especially the riffs are pretty fucking incredible and I am enjoying it.

Denied from Sweden have a new lyric video for heavy metal anthem in the making “False Truth”. The lyrics are pretty pedestrian (see “Die MF Just Die” repeated at numerous points) and a lot of casual F bombs, but there is something about the energy of the song I enjoyed. It isn’t the most original ever but sometimes you just want to rock. I mean, it worked for Drowning Pool, right?

Denied feature singer Soren Adamsen, vocals (ex ARTILLERY) and Chris Vowden, guitar (ex OPETH) and “False Truth” is taken from the album “Freedom of speech…” that was released 13th Feb 2018 via Sliptrick Records. The song featuring Johan Fahlberg (JADED HEART) on vocals.

 

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Friday Funeral Flowers: Manticora , Black Fast

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:31 PM (PST)

To Kill To Live To Kill – Official Manticora Cover. By David Troest

Feeling pretty impressed with the new Manticora “Echoes Of A Silent Scream” video. It doesn’t look super high budget but they did a good job and the music is technically skillful and just enraged enough. The video gives me recollections of Sin City‘s Kevin who Elijah Wood embodied so creepily. So yeah, add a samurai sword and this is not for the faint of heart.

August 3rd 2018 sees the release of Manticora’s To Kill To Live To Kill.  Recorded and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, Persefone etc.), the record gives me Nevermore vibes in a really good way. It is their first new album in 8 years and you can tell the group worked super hard on it, so don’t sleep! The songs are even tied into a graphic horror novel  was written by the lead singer, Lars F. Larsen, and the artwork resembles the stories of the novel. This is the first part of a concept double-album, that will be released as two separate albums, one year apart.

Manticora have released 7 critically acclaimed albums, since 1999, and toured numerous times around Europe as well as in the US + played at prestigious festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower USA, etc.

Photo: Kenny Williamson

St. Louis’ thrashers Black Fast have released a third new single titled “Husk” exclusively via Revolver Magazine. “Husk was the last song to come together just as we started recording this album,” says the band. “It’s a little different from the rest of the songs and we knew right away it had to be the closer. Plus, it has a fucking slide solo.”

Check it out HERE. That solo is EPIC!!! It’s nice to see the band fighting their way forward.

The band will release Spectre of Ruin on Friday, July 13, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne) and have once again worked with the mighty Erik Rutan (Hell Eternal, Agnostic Front, Morbid Angel). So far what I have heard is scorching and the vocals sound like a howling skeleton ripping up from the ground. This shit will def make people give them more respect for having a bit more longevity and adding a lot of impressive new material to their growing batch of already dope songs to pull from.

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Thursday’s news, space jammers. First order of business,  a hearty don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out to “EPA Administrator” aka corrupt scum Scott Pruitt. The GOP will forever own the stain of climate denial and corrupt profiteering from endangering humanity recklessly.

Secondly, Therese Okoumou, you are the embodying spirit of a more perfect union, the right to protest injustice and the hope for change to stop the destruction of any semblance of American dignity before we can heal our deep trauma as a nation at ideological war between the forces of Good and the hideous gaslighting White Supremacists who revise history and quake in terror of progressive change. Thank you so much, true American hero. You have more bravery and dignity than the entire GOP and all their supporters in your pinky.

The below image, reshared by Bernice King, is as iconic an American image as I have ever seen in my 40 years.

I couldn’t in good faith just write about (even inspiring or revolutionary) music today without acknowledging the power of this moment. Now, let me direct you to some metal news to stir your spirits.

The new Deafheaven album can be streamed at NPR today! Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is available to curious ears in full RIGHT HERE. I have been crazy busy and so have not heard it yet myself but am gonna put it on in the background as I write this. The intro of “You Without End” that kicks things off has some somber but kind of warm piano and some post-rock vibes before a spoken sample thing and I am digging this mellow expansive beginning so far. It’s nice to be truthful and absorb stuff at your own pace rather than feel like you have to cram an experience in just to get a review shoved out. But anyway, I’m really looking forward to hearing how these guys have evolved as they have grown on me with time. So far I have to say already that this tune is kind of the coolest thing I have heard from them yet and is straddling some more interesting and colorful lines for my tastes.

True punks Cliterati have a new EP called Nuked At Birth you can savor over at Cvlt Nation at present! One of the most uncompromising, fun and important bands in 2018’s underground, Cliterati are miles above most of the pack in terms of importance, relevance and perhaps most importantly…anthemic fucking music!

The latest from the Oregon-grown hardcore punk collective featuring Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess alumni –  this EP serves as a precursor to the band’s split with Violation Wound, set for release via Tankcrimes later this month, and includes one original track as well as the band’s scathing renditions of L7’s “Fast & Frightening” and Cro-Mags’ “Hard Times.” Holy tofurkin’ awesome, batgirl!

Comments CLITERATI screamer, Ami Lawless, “We’re stoked on this free EP with the title track also being the name of our upcoming summer tour. We also have a new Nuked At Birth shirt design to complete the trifecta! The other two tracks are covers that we sometimes do live. This EP was all done in one day. We just decided to have a fun recording/mixing/mastering session, no pressure, and give it to the people who’ve been supporting our band since the demo. The lyrics to ‘Nuked At Birth’ are loosely based on the book Geek Love. Go read it!”

Ami, I used to have a copy of Geek Love and regret I never finished reading it. Thanks for reminding me! The first half was pretty good and someone stole it a long ass time ago, hahaha.

Hear Nuked At Birth, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

Download the EP for the cool price of FREE at the official CLITERATI Bandcamp page HERE.

Cast The Stone

American death/black metallers CAST THE STONE and David Hall (Uneasy Sleeper, PortalThe Melvins) unleash a video for their cover of Indfestdead’s (Dan SwanöJesusatan”. The track appears on the band’s forthcoming six-track EP “Empyrean Atrophy”, due for release on August 31st via Agonia Records.

This shit fuckin’ rocks and the David Hall (Portal, Melvins) video is really nuts and visually well done but prob needs a genuine serious warning if you are epileptic. Intense!

 

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Happy 4th, people. Cranking out this news item and spending mine doing bong rips, watching Season 2 of GLOW and plan on listening to some John Trudell later in honor of the Native Americans who got fucked over royally in our quest for a “land of opportunity.” Remember when you shoot off shitty fireworks and drink horse piss beer this week that America is soaked in genocide and thus anyone who has a shred of dignity as an American or who wants to actually forge a more perfect union needs to help to stamp out racism wherever they see it, especially when it is in America’s name. Also, fireworks scare the shit out of cool dogs and hurt their ears so don’t be a moron all weekend.

Here are some metallic updates to make ya salivate faster than a …SMIRNOFF® Watermelon?

Oklahoma City’s Dischordia have released some video content over at ItDjents HERE. The Progressive death metallers are impressive and talented drummer Josh Fallin has recorded a playthrough for their latest entire Binge/Purge EP, split into two videos!

New York noise act Gridfailure traversed the interstate to come by Saugerties, NY’s Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and finish a collaborative album with my grunge/folk/post punk project Walking Bombs. We have some great forthcoming news about the record, entitled Suicide By Citizenship, to share with you all in the near future. Call it a reflection on keeping your sanity in a capitalist dystopian society that wants to eat you alive.

Check out the following IG post below to see some photos and a studio clip we shot yesterday with engineer and contributor Jay Andersen (Surmiser) and Mike Score of metalcore legends All Out War, one of many awesome as hell collaborators on the forthcoming album. Stay tuned for details.

Meant to post more on this awhile ago but the 4th of July seems appropriate. Anti-fascist hardcore band Raicetraitor are making a comeback, thankfully. The band have a new Bandcamp Page. Additionally, one of my childhood best friends Simon Ampel is an animator and worked with the group on a brutal takedown of the prison for profit system we live under that is unfair to African Americans in gross disproportion, a mockery of “justice”. The song “Damage” premiered a month back on Cvlt Nation and can be seen below.

 

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[NECROT photo by Peyote Gutierrez]

Plunging through the knee-deep sweltering shit show of this week and we are only at Tuesday, huh? Shout out to my friend Mikey from Islander who just got kicked off Warped Tour for jumping into a fucking drum set when they have kept bands on who were super problematic before. Man, I jumped into a drum back line wasted years ago and it started a bar brawl that got a packed place shut down three hours early and my blood all over the place but it still got worked out.

This shit is dumb, yo. Mikey was probably just fired up with adrenaline and excited to be playing the last Warped. Why did they get such a stiff punishment?

Mikey seems deeply apologetic cuz he is a nice guy but it seems pathetic they would kick one of the best bands off the tour and give a lukewarm rebuke to The Dickies when Leonard Graves Phillips made jokes about  teen girls and how he would love to snort Viagra off their asses and fuck your daughters and was called out for berating a rightfully disgusted feminist in the crowd by War On Women’s Shawna Potter in 2017.

Anyway, this New York heatwave is still in full effect but here is some more metal and rock news for you hooligans.

West Coast death metal reign seizing band of the moment NECROT have confirmed that they are set to play the first ever Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles. Set to take place December 1st and 2nd at the historic Wiltern, the band will share the stage with the likes of Testament, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, YOB, Power Trip, Skeletal Remains, and Haunt, with additional bands to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are on sale now at THIS LOCATION.

Our friends in Milwaukee metallic hardcore band KNAAVES have released their first music video. Directed by Brian Radmond, the clip features performance footage merged with a plot about Elizabeth Short,  known posthumously as “the Black Dahlia”.

Pittsburgh, Pa based slamming deathcore group SIGNS OF THE SWARM have recently announced that they have parted ways with their original vocalist CJ McCreery and will be replacing him with Dave Simonich.

The group issued in a collective statement, “CJ Mccreery and SIGNS OF THE SWARM have decided to part ways. The split between the band and CJ was mutual and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

With that being said, anyone who has seen us on the Ingested run and Devastation on the Nation may have noticed that we had our good friend Dave Simonich filling in on vocals. We are pleased to announce that Dave will be joining Signs of the Swarm as our new permanent vocalist.

This change has given us opportunities that could not have been possible before, and with that we are beyond excited for the future of the band and what we have to come.”

Watch new vocalist Dave Simonich display his otherworldy chops with this cover of “Cowards Deathbed” HERE.

“Cowards Deathbed” is from SIGNS OF THE SWARM’s 2017 Unique Leader debut The Disfigurement of Existence which can be purchase physically HERE and digitally HERE.

Catch SIGNS OF THE SWARM on tour with Traitors, Deadland, Distinguisher, and Falsifier in July and August. Dates below.

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