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On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

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This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

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RIP Martin Birch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.

Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.

Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.

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Entombed AD singer LG Petrov diagnosed with cancer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:04 PM (PST)

A GoFundMe has been set up for singer LG Petrov of Swedish death metal’s notorious Entombed AD.

The band said: “Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and strength goes out to our brother. If you want to support him In these hard times, click the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal”

LG has lived for metal to the hilt and we all are rooting for him during this challenge.

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Listening to “DEMON(S)” right now from DARKEST HOUR as I write this and thinking fondly of how this band has kept going and always deliver bangers passionately and reliably. Truly one of the modern underground acts that deserves more credit for carrying the torch for a long time.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR have just announced a special livestream event to benefit their favorite local venue during these unprecedented times.

To aid their good friends at the Black Cat in the band’s hometown of Washington DC, DARKEST HOUR is proud to announce a worldwide live streaming event to be held on September 26th, 2020 via VEEPS.com. All the profits of this event will go to the Black Cat Employee fund. 

The band writes, “We have been spending a lot of time thinking of our family, friends, and colleagues who are all struggling to find a way through these trying times. The Black Cat has been a constant refuge for us over the years and so it feels right to our best to give back now. We need art, we need music, and we will need a place to all come together eventually to heal form all of this. We want those of our friends who work in the music/art/live events industry to know that we see you, we are here for you, and most of all that you are not alone.
We will be rolling out a special digital merchandise store, and some other surprises so follow along on our social media as we reveal more details. Happy to do our part to support the fund and give back to a community and club that has given so much to us.
Thanks so much in advance for helping get the word out. Just trying to get creative, stay active, give back, all while we try and write the best album of our lives!”
Purchase your presale ticket HERE, or feel free to donate anytime HERE.

Stay tuned for further updates on DARKEST HOUR as they continue to write their new album for release through Southern Lord in 2021.

Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge), DARKEST HOUR‘s eleventh LP Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora continues to solidify the band’s legacy as a major metal powerhouse. Raw, complex, melodic, yet cutting with razor blade precision, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is a fierce album which shows the long-running band as lethal and ravenous as ever.

Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is available on CD, LP, picture disc LP, digital via Southern Lord, including a brand-new pressing on purple vinyl limited to 300 copies. Find options at the label’s webstore HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and through all digital providers.

In other news, DARKEST HOUR recently launched an official fan club via Patreon as part of their 25th anniversary. Here, fans can choose their desired tier to access lots of band content; some of it never before accessible, some of it so old it has been lost to the black hole of the Internet, and some of it totally brand new and exclusive. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
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RIP Tony Costanza (Machine Head, Crisis, Crowbar, etc)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:48 AM (PST)

This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.

I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal

 

Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.

Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.

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NAPOLI VIOLENTA

Hey everyone. So wow, I had a crazy week. I have been in the hospital for a week and finally emerged in a Twilight Zone-like calm to a glowing parking lot after a huge Isaias related storm had passed that I filmed out my hospital room window in Kingston, NY. I was super sick and didn’t know I had new onset diabetes. My A1C was like 14.3, so super shitty. Thankfully I don’t have COVID like I thought (though I was confused cuz I have been super careful). But yeah, I have almost never been sicker in my life and it feels beyond awesome to be back home with my cat, listening to Emma Ruth Rundle’s On Dark Horses and feeling the absolute luxury of a fan blowing on me in bed. Lol. It is the little things after a scare like that.

Basically, I kind of have to keep my cool and act like Obama now – as in, stay chill no matter what the hell is going on (does that mean I can drone people still though?) and really monitor my sugar levels. For someone with an insane history of not taking the best care of myself at points in my life, I should still count myself lucky. And I can still write to you all about head caving metal and punk. So let’s get on that.

First, some killer grind from Italy! “Jesuscrust Superscum” rocked my face off!

NAPOLI VIOLENTA was born in the Neapolitan hinterland in 2018. Four old exponents of the Neapolitan metal/HC punk scene whose identity remains unknown and shrouded in silence started collaborating to conjure up the most dangerous kind of extreme music. The intent was immediately to merge Poliziottesco – a subgenre of crime and action films that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s – and Grindcore, two worlds, two revolutions that at first sight couldn’t be any more distant, but both renowned for being cynical, infamous and violent.
The project therefore takes its name from the film of the same name directed by Umberto Lenzi in 1976, “Napoli Violenta”, the second chapter of the “Trilogia Commissario Betti”, starring Maurizio Merli and with a soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi. Musically, inspiration is clearly drawn by early Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, Brutal Truth… the logo itself is a clear example of “pezzotto” (fugazi art), which represents a tribute to the genre.

NAPOLI VIOLENTA are proud to announce that they have signed a worldwide contract with Time To Kill Records, joining the label’s growing roster which includes some acts I love like 5Rand and Shockproof. I am gonna post the band’s nice tribute to John Saxon below, since I was super sick and didn’t get to post anything when he died. Anyway, stay tuned for more from this band cuz they absolutely destroy our collective asses.

Anyway, thank you everyone who loves this site and it is good to still be here. I spent days like on the edge of a potential coma and could barely move, so it feels amazing to be human again.

Former Meowtain riot grrrl punk singer turned Psych Folk artist Globelamp (Elizabeth Gomez) has shared a series of IG posts showing receipts of Haley Dahl from Sloppy Jane seemingly threatening her with violence awhile ago for daring to make a public claim that Haley’s friend and Burger Records producer Joel Jerome sexually harassed Gomez during the recording of her album The Orange Glow. Gomez claims he would make tons of bad sexual comments, take pictures of her cleavage for a “spank bank” and say she had to have his baby, among other things.

In addition, Gomez has posted how she tried to warn Conor from Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers from working with Secretly Group record labels because they helped Sam France from Foxygen. She posted tweets showing friendships between Sloppy Jane, Joel Jerome and Phoebe Bridgers and pointed out that if the dynamic between Ryan Adams and Phoebe mattered than why don’t the same folks care about what she says Joel did to her, with Phoebe’s best friend Haley even seeming to threaten her in a public manner and then Phoebe and Conor signing to Foxygen’s label and not caring about the multiple warnings Globelamp claims she tried to give through mutual former collaborator James Felice (who may not have bothered to ever say anything) and through multiple attempts at contacting Conor and Phoebe on social media through her verified platforms.

Phoebe today blocked Globelamp instead of accounting for any of this.

#sexualharassment #burgerrecords #sloppyjane #joeljerome #brighteyes #phoebebridgers #conoroberst #darvo #foxygen #jagjaguwar 

German-based progressive metal aliens Intercepting Pattern are proud to announce their upcoming debut album, The Encounter, which will be released on Friday, September 4th via Rising Nemesis Records. Cover artwork for The Encounter was handle by ex-Dark Tranquility guitarist Niklas Sundin known for his work with Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Green Carnation, and many others. The Encounter was produced, mixed, & mastered by Fountainhead (ex-Obscura, Pitts/Minnemann Project) at Fountainhead HQ in Germany.

Formed in 2016, the band is compromised of seasoned musicians known for their time in projects such as Defeated Sanity, Infecting the Swarm, and Cerebric Turmoil. Created and designed as one free-flowing 30-minute long genre-bending composition, The Encounter ebbs and flows between heavy syncopated grooves, jazz fusion flourishes, ethereal synth layered passages, and cybernetic death metal with seamless ease. Harkening back to the futuristic stylings of Frederik Thordendal’s Special Defects and Meshuggah, The Encounter draws from a deep well of progressive metal influences while forging a path all their own beyond mere imitation. For release purposes, The Encounter is split into 10 “song” sections although it is strongly suggested to listen to it in one session as it was intended when being created.

Intercepting Pattern – The Encounter will strongly appeal to fans of groups such as Meshuggah, Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects, Cynic, Exivious, Lye By Mistake, Vildhjarta, Coprofago, and Panzerballett.

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Actually being trans is more metal than pretending to be a cosmic blackened fuckboi

So as of now for the immeasurable future while I am running this site we will not be covering ANY artists on Agonia Records. We have heaped resounding praise on many of their artists before. Some of my legit favorite metal bands are on the label. Forgotten Tomb, Centinex, Varathron, Hail Spirit Noir…sorry, take it up with your label. In Mourning even made our top albums of 2019 last year. But I am not doing shit to help promote a label that signs a band who have been accused of unrepentant transphobia against a former band member, Vis Crom aka Melissa Moore. Now there is an attempted very slight rebranding going on, which one Facebook comment noted was akin to IHOP changing a letter.

Moore has issued a new and more detailed account of her firing from Absu and a screenshot of a phone call that appears to show Russ being a complete gaslighting piece of shit. It is so disgusting it makes me want to throw up.

Proscriptor aka Russ Givens and Ezezu aka Paul Williamson are transphobes who threw me out of Absu like a piece of trash because I’m trans. This is not the whole story, I’m just starting it here right now…it’s really hard and painful for me. I need to find a way to talk about this in more detail. If they just recorded a full new 12 song album that’s none of my business, but it’d be incredibly disappointing to learn that after kicking me out they still used my playing and songs. I hope that’s not the case. During our final tour in 2017 I told my bandmates that I’m trans. This was the moment everything changed between us. I didn’t ask them to call me a different name or use different pronouns. I just let them know I was trans, and that’s it. They started treating me like a pariah. Like, they didn’t even want to share a hotel room with me. I figured their obvious negativity would resolve itself once the realization had time to settle. Nothing was different about my performance in the band or my quality as a person. Shortly after that, Russ fired me in a text message (attached). When he references “your decision” he’s talking about my “decision” to transition. After receiving this text I called Russ back and told him he couldn’t use my playing or my songs on the album we just recorded. His response: “Uh, why?” I said, “First tell me why you fired me,” and his response was “You fired yourself…with your decision”.

You’re legacy, Russ? Friends don’t guilt other friends for being trans, asshole. How about the fact that it isn’t edgy or esoteric to be a transphobic cis dude? WTF is cool and magical about that? Literally nothing. It is incel reddit garbage.

ANYONE ought to find that offensive but as a Demiflux person I super find it offensive. Here is a great article for anyone reading this who might be inclined to write ,”science doesn’t care about your feelings.”

We are in no way obligated to platform bands that are unapologetic about messed up shit or labels who think it is cool to deflect looking at these concerns. There can be restorative justice in the world and scene but this sure as fuck aint it. And the label DELETING my comments about it on their IG post below SURE AS Hell didn’t make me less inclined to write this article, morons!

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Agonia Records today confirms the signing of the new, Texas-based “mythological occult metal” act Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû (@officialabsu). The debut/self-titled album’s release date is to be announced in the latter portion of 2020. When drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) dissolved Absu on January 27th 2020, his main intention was to splinter the 30-year old faction into a renewed songwriting concord. Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is the obvious by-product of that chemical breakdown and securing the ranks is continuing bassist/vocalist Ezezu and new guitar virtuoso Vaggreaz. #proscriptormcgovernsapsû #absu #apsû #apsu #occultmetal #mythologicalmetal #blackmetal #usblackmetal #zemial #rosstheboss #possessed #auranoir #vltimas #agressor #agatus #zbigniewbielak #jtlongoria #karldanielliden #thrashmetal #deathmetal #heavymetal #barathrumvitriol #TheSunofTiphareth #TheThirdStormofCythraul #Tara #InTheEyesOfIoldanach #Abzu #tracklisting #newalbum

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Matt Harvey of Exhumed/Gruesome/Pounder

Hey folks. Drinking coffee and listening to the “Human Being” version from The Spaghetti Incident and my brain is fried from binging Mr. Robot back episodes til 4am, but wanted to share this cool thing Decibel did. This is awesome and responsible stuff, not bands just like biting beer cans and shit. Be sure to head HERE for an online gallery of a TON of metal musicians rocking their masks in support of public health. We need this shit cuz a lot of morons listen to metal, so maybe this will help. Just like Eminem’s dope verse on the Kid Cudi track last night, every bit of common fucking sense helps from our entertainers! I am guessing we won’t see any batshit Iced Earth dudes on here. Halford, Chthonic Diety, Anthrax, KEN Mode, Horrendous, Die Choking (which you very well might if you don’t wear a mask, Matt Harvey, Krieg, Max Cavalera and many more participated. Hails. Very cool!

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Excited to see some unexpected news in my inbox today! One of the more influential (but still pretty underground and not appreciated enough by new jacks) hardcore bands of the last few decades are getting more love!

Bridge Nine is excited to announce that we will be releasing BURIED ALIVE‘s new EP Death Will Find You on August 21st! Hailing from Buffalo NY and featuring Terror’s Scott Vogel on vocals, Buried Alive were known for their unique metallic edge and, despite their short-lived existence, proved to be one of the most influential hardcore bands from the late 90’s. Twenty years after their initial breakup, Buried Alive are back and ready to release “Death Will Find You”, an EP featuring two brand new songs and two re-mastered songs from their split with Reach The Sky.

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Lynette now has enough arms to give all the trick or treaters candy at once this year or perform a full band concert alone

How is everyone today? I am Reeling from finally seeing the 2018 movie Overlord. That was intense. Wow, a future cult classic. Why didn’t anyone tell me how good it was? Like The Thing meets Inglorious Basterds and with Jovan Adepo! That parachute scene is one of the craziest combat scenes I have ever seen in a war/horror movie. I am also pretty annoyed NY is going into stage 4. I just don’t think this reopening shit is safe yet, periodt. Especially when we are learning how much fucking grift went into the “relief” with no rent freeze and shit cash compared to other countries we are allegedly superior than. Kanye and megachurches and slimebag Kushners get relief but American citizens have to listen to Mitch gaslight? Hell no. Anyone trashing Ilhan Omar on Twitter right now is a moron and not to be trusted at all. We DO need huge structural and economic reform. Do not let bootlicking slugs fool you.

Phew. Anyway, RIP to the goat Ennio Morricone. I did not see enough tributes to his greatness on Facebook. For A Few Dollars More is my personal favorite theme he did. It is absolutely perfect. Speaking of the uber-corrupt Facebook, I only still use it for family and some people I would lose complete contact with otherwise, but I did become Facebook friends with friggin’ Mortiis today. That is one of the coolest things to happen to me perhaps ever. Speaking of brilliant instrumental music, you all better be listening to Spirit Of Rebellion. Talk about a genius.

Ok, so today (it is already about 8pm as I write this but my routine has been completely flipped the last few days) I have news about Spylacopa and Bestial Mouths!

First up, Resurrected In Black is the stunning brand new new release from Lynette Cerezo’s ongoing Berlin/LA triumph Bestial Mouths. One of the key acts spearheading a relevant revival of gothy, club friendly but also experimental and daunting industrial music with psychic cave-like depths (see also Caress, Vowws, Boy Harsher for semi-kindred spirits), Bestial Mouth’s latest is the most commanding yet. Cerezo really takes full control here and the results are incomparable. The song arrangements are even more gripping than before and showcase one of the strongest vocalists out there these days the way she deserves.  Fave tracks: Dry As Dust, The Loss, The Fall.

Come for the Ween cover. feel blurry like Puddle Of Mudd? NO, it doesn’t sound like that. This is just a dumb caption, ok?!

 

NYC avant-garde Candiria offshoot Spylacopa have been an enduring and powerful project over the years, somehow manifesting an almost primeval channeling of energies regardless of the widely morphing genres John LaMacchia’s interests roam amongst. The current stellar line-up also includes Frank Godla, Sabrina Ellie and Michael MacIvor and they have released a killer cover of Ween’s most cult classic tune “Baby Bitch” this week HERE. John and Sabrina killed it on the vox together and man that fretless sounds so fuckin’ good with Frank’s drums. Also love the beefy fills that are like barely restrained but don’t cross the threshold. This is why Godla is a drumboat (that is a new technical term for drummers who create a vortex of nerdy percussion crushes amongst other percussionists, haha).

Mixed by John LaMacchia and mastered by Mario Quintero / Audio MQ, the cover sounds incredible and is for a good cause, to benefit The Innocence Project. Full premiere here at Brooklyn Vegan! Support. Seriously, we need to make sure people aren’t wrongfully convicted and that lives are not destroyed. PMA.

 

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Metal Riot’s Top 5 early summer albums for you

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12:25 PM (PST)

“I wouldn’t social distance and now my face looks like this” -Florida Man

Hey there all you cookie puss lookin’ social distancing butterflies. Today is that special time when we unveil our top 5 records to give yourself an even more miserable summer with. Just kidding. Only some of this stuff is miserable and all of it kicks ass enough to make you keep the faith. Hopefully it also makes you stay at home and stop bitching about going out. Just help flatten the damn curve already. If the whole country had sat home for a month straight in April without bullshitting, we wouldn’t be in such bad shape.

Ughh, my cat just took a brutally smelly dump. Hold on a second.

Ok, yuck. Let’s start this off below. Enjoy these smoldering speaker blowers, one and all.

Knotfest.com have announced today that they will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of Slipknot‘s eponymous debut album with a live broadcast of their seminal home-movie collection Welcome To Our Neighborhood that features home shot footage of the early days of Slipknot, interviews, early live performance footage of Wait And Bleed, Surfacing and Scissors and more. The film will be broadcast live on Friday, June 26th 2020 beginning at 2pm PST/5pm EST/11pm CET over on Knotfest.com

The band have also dropped an Official Quarantine Merch Capsule, which is available now from SlipknotMerch.com

The ongoing Concert Streaming series has already treated fans to sets from Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex and Suffocation, Suicide Silence and In Flames all of which have raised funds donated to COVID-19 relief charities

The many Knotfest events worldwide – Knotfest Festivals, Knotfest Roadshow Tours, and Knotfest At Sea – have one purpose, which is to celebrate our community of loud music, art, and culture – together. When we are unable to physically come together to do this, for the sake of the common health and safety of all – Knotfest is keeping the celebration going with these weekly live performances.

Slipknot and Knotfest welcome ALL in the heavy metal community to these events. We hope you enjoy.

In the words of Corey Taylor: Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.

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