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Note to readers and bands about last year of lost content

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:20 PM (PST)

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Good news and bad news, friends and foes. The obvious good news (if you love us) is that we’re back! In case you noticed, the site has been non functional for a few weeks. A Danzig album was announced, Ratt became the real Ratt again, Scorpions and Megadeth announced a tour and we could do naught but gnash our teeth! I assume none of you got your news elsewhere since you are so loyal to us. Good little hellhounds (pats you on head). But yeah, we got hit with a malware issue due to some infestation that attacked recent Drewdas Priest’s Blaze Bayley album review. We love Blaze and to send malware against a 5 star review of his recent record is basically up there with attacking democracy itself!

The site is thankfully malware free again and we will resume posting starting…NOW! But, the bad news is we lost about a year of content that simply vanished. Even after two sweeps of the old server and some very helpful tech peeps doing their darnedest, the stuff is just gone. There was some killer interview content from Cliterati to Burn to Fit For An Autopsy, tons of news posts (I myself lost about 400 posts judging by my post counter) and even our 2016 year end list. Crom!!!!!! 

Some of that stuff is sadly lost for good as it was transcribed right off my phone into our back end. Other stuff will be salvaged as soon as possible. I will personally never talk shit on the new Suicide Silence album ever again because in fact the site went down right after I gave it a 2.5 star review. I would like to say that it is in fact a masterpiece and ten stars is not enough, in case any mad SS fans out there hacked us and infected the 5 star Blaze review as vengeance.

Joking aside, we thought for a minute things were doneso and it is with great joy and the blood of battle coursing in our veins that we can once again shout ,”Onward pounding into glory ride. Sign of the hammer, be my guide. Final warning all stand aside. Sign of the hammer, it’s my time.” 

Let there be metal. Let there be riots. Once again we bring you…METAL RIOT!

 

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My Epic “Memoir” music and ‘Viscera’ tour news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST)

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“Memoir” is the second single from My Epic’s upcoming release “Viscera”, out on May 6. Don’t forget to pre-order with limited vinyl and apparel options in our online store.  Or pre-order on iTunes.

My Epic will be touring in support of “Viscera” from April 29 – May 21.  Click here to check out all of the tour dates.

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Black Tusk admit “God’s On Vacation” via new video.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:34 AM (PST)
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As they close out their last week of their extensive 8-week-long North American tour, Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK have unveiled another music video for their “God’s On Vacation” single from their latest album, Pillars of Ash (January 29, Relapse). Check out this NSFW video, directed by Alixandra Petrovich, now on Vevo and YouTube. “God’s on Vacation” also recently appeared in the Mortal Combat XL trailer and NPR said the song brings the past into the present with its “Slayer-slashed riffs, gut-curdling wah-wah, an unrelenting rhythm section and trashy-as-hell hardcore-punk hooks.”

 Since their formation over 10 years ago, Black Tusk have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in rock. After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EP’s and thousands of shows under their belts, the punk/metal power trio was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band, which also features guitarist Andrew Fidler and drummer James May with Corey Barhorst (Niche, Kylesa) now on bass, are releasing Pillars of Ash, the culmination of three brothers-in-arms’ blood, sweat and tears, and is Black Tusk’s finest accomplishment to date.

Road dates below.

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Glorior Belli‘s last album, the devilishly swampy Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurl, was damn near perfect. Thus it is with psychotic anticipation that we can let you know the French black metal project have a new beast on the way. Out May 6th on Agonia Records, you can bet Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) is going to punish. Check out the lyric video for the title track below, a blasting ode to darkness which sounds very professional yet rippingly emphasizes the band’s black metal side more prominently once again. Ahhh, so stoked!

Pre order HERE.

Read more about the record including a band quote and tracklisting BELOW.

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Stadium shaking head movers Linkin Park have announced they are giving away Hybrid Theory for a limited time with Google Play in thanks to fans.

Our first album, Hybrid Theory, was made with all the love, passion, and naïveté that an artist can give to their first recordings. We are humbled and grateful that it has been embraced so widely, and we still find it hard to believe it became the biggest selling rock album of the century. As a thank you to our fans, we’ve partnered with Google Play to give you Hybrid Theory for free. –Linkin Park

Get it HERE.

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Australia’s #1 progressive metal export, Ne Obliviscaris have launched a forward-thinking new concept, one that could potentially help many bands the world over fill the gap in revenue that has dwindled over the years due to the decline in music sales and other revenue streams that once kept bands on the road. These days those tables have turned and artists need to tour to promote a release. Touring however, does not come cheap as the band go into heavy detail about in their statement below.

Having had one of the most successful music crowd funding campaigns ever via Pozible, NeO fans have proven their willingness to support a band that provides them with so much entertainment and meaning.

In 2014 the band raised over $86 000AUD via their fans, which broke the Australian record for crowd funding and to this day it remains one of the highest netting music campaigns in the world.

With NeO currently finishing up their massive North American tour with Cradle Of Filth, they are looking towards the future and that involves their fans at every conceivable level in a fashion arguably unprecedented in the industry.

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The Anthrax listening party for 11th album For All Kings at the excellent Butler, NJ based media and educational facility Architekt Music (Sevendust, Thank You, Scientist) was a real treat. A limited group of lucky fans were treated to lengthy and quite hysterical Q+A, delicious catering (I’d been wondering what the food would consist of due to the interesting varied backgrounds of the band members) and the first real taste of the triumphant latest album from the thrash greats. Truly one of the strongest entries in Anthrax history, For All Kings deserves a place in the collection of every metal fan.

Scott Ian came out and introduced the record joking that we had all gathered to hear the new Megadeth album before seriously thanking everyone and letting the room hear the epic and energized tunes. Huge choruses that showcase Belladonna’s considerable ear for hooks that could stand up with the Black Album but nonetheless still elsewhere pack an earlier thrash glory days reminiscent metal punch, massive riffs from the band ranging from almost Ministry-esque tight syncopation to classic metal leads and Priest influenced barn burners plus some of the craziest Charlie Benante drumming on wax to date add up to one serious contender.

More below.

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Anette Olzon attacked

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:52 PM (PST)

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A lot of news over the weekend and today, from D.R.I. working on new material to Dave Lombardo touring with Suicidal Tendencies. We are gonna focus on a sad story, however. Violence against someone in the metal community and a chance to put healing energy back out there should always take priority over other band news. Heck, all we have is one another.

Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon deserves some get well wishes. Send her some nice comments at her Instagram, please.

The Shine singer was attacked randomly and some people even watched and failed to help her. That is wack!

 Today changed rapidly from a good day into a horrible day when I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car. In the hospital now cause she hit me hard and I fell backwards in the stony street with my back head and I am quite shaken and bruised and the worst thing of it all was that there were two adult men standing one feet away watching me get beaten doing f-ckin nothing! Cowards!! Thank god a girl ran after and then finally two REAL men took the junkie down and she is now with the police! Drugs people are making people really dangerous!! I’ll write more after the dr but please be careful out there!

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Skeletonwitch introduce new vocalist Adam Clemans

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:26 AM (PST)

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Big shoes to fill vocally, but this dude seems up for it. Great scream! Skeletonwitch are too important to the scene and epic to be donezo!

Hail! 

 Today, the Ohio-based blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH – who will join Abbath, High On Fire and Tribulation on this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour, which kicks off March 17 – officially welcomes Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) as their new vocalist. Last month, the group recorded a new EP, due to be released this summer, with Clemans at Baltimore’s Developing Nations with producer Kevin Bernsten (Magrudergrind, Noisem, Mutilation Rites). A brief teaser of new music can be heard in the below video, in which Clemans discusses how he came to join the band.

 

“I’m very proud to be a part of the SKELETONWITCH camp, and I’m very excited about how the new EP turned out,” says Clemans. “Working with like-minded musicians is always a pleasure, and I’m confident that the new chapter of this band will carry the SKELETONWITCH banner properly and proudly.”

Adds guitarist Scott Hedrick, “We are extremely excited to announce Adam as the new singer for SKELETONWITCH. He’s a killer vocalist, lyricist, and all-around creative force. Please welcome him to the SKELETONWITCH family as we begin this new chapter. As always, thanks to everyone who has, and continues to, support us.”

Clemans appears alongside Abbath, High On Fire’s Matt Pike and Tribulation’s Johannes Andersson on the cover of the new issue of Decibel Magazine, which hits newsstands on March 2 and is available for pre-order at this location.

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GET OUT. tease “War Chest” EP and guests, part ways with drummer.

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:35 AM (PST)

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Kingston , NY metal/hard rock band GET OUT. have parted ways with their drummer. Fill-ins have been selected for the next few
shows as the band chooses a replacement and moves forward on their next EP, to be entitled War Chest.

GET OUT. recently released debut Let Me In via Bandcamp, iTunes and other digital platforms after first debuting two songs on Metalriot.com‘s Creature Honeymoon 2015 Halloween compilation alongside bands such as Geezer, Night Viper, Septa and Tyrant Of Death.

Says vocalist/writer Morgan Ywain Evans:

“Moving forward we are expanding to some heavier territory while still including some of the rock elements already displayed. The drummer we fired is busy with his career and, to keep it civil, we felt there wasn’t enough urgency for the band. As a result of letting him engineer most of us felt the completion of the album took months longer than expected. There was even some lost enthusiasm and people who didn’t even show up on mix day when it finally arrived. Obviously no active band can really function well on that kind of dragged out clock.”

Evans continues: “That said, we wish him good luck. While we might not survive as long, we admire how the band Shai Hulud or even Murphy’s Law adapted with various line ups to challenges yet nonetheless kept momentum going and overcame obstacles. We are currently testing out various candidates on drums and second guitar, as ex-guitarist Jeremy Swift also is out of the band due to injury and being more focused on his blues funk/ power pop band The Beautiful Bastards. But we are completely fine. Our next EP War Chest will showcase our soon to be much heavier side to go with the more alternative rock, hard rock and stoner influences on Let Me In. We have some material written already and it rips absolute ass.”

Guests have not been confirmed for the next EP but expect full details next month. The guests are rumored to include heavy hitters Paul “Ablaze” of Blackguard, metalcore legend Mike Score of All Out War and more TBA.

As with Let Me In, art for War Chest will be once again handled by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design (Hollow Earth, Vulture, Black Yo)))ga).

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Scott Ian of Anthrax (set to release what is likely the thrash album of the year For All Kings unless Megadeth prevail), is getting better with age like a thrashing metal vintage. Scott has urged Phil Anselmo to follow up on his apology with a donation to a Jewish charity to prove his contrition. Read more HERE.

That said, “Fuck The Middle East” by S.O.D. wasn’t such a great articulation of cultural relations either. Which pains me to type as I actually try to write something nice about Anthrax almost every day. Though obviously a very old song (which was said to be a “Pro-Israel” song) and not as bad as the nazi salute onstage wasted after jamming with a low profile d-lister like Dave Grohl. Oh, and the lyrics of “Speak English Or Die” are horrible, which a friend reminded me of on Facebook. I hope there is a quote somewhere saying that was satire. There must be or I can’t imagine I ever would’ve kept following S.O.D. or Anthrax. I’m just foggy and half baked right now.

The whole world needs more tolerance and love. Maybe it is smart that Ghost covered ABBA.

I hope with the passing of recent beloved musicians or relations (in my case) or even the Paris attacks showcasing fragile eggshells we stand on, that every breath is savored, that imagination and a wish to see and learn about cultures and the world fills everyone, the lust for life. I’m 37 and the desire to experience the world is only sharpened as I look at maps in an old Alan Furst ww2 setting novel, hear cries for unity from the metal community or communicate with new friend Eugene Tymchyk from Odessa’s Septa. we can all wash blood from our hands, embrace, discuss, rock, discover. Time is a resource. Remember that when you are standing around bitching or not accomplishing something you are literally sacrificing that moment forever. Choices.

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Well, here it is.

Hopefully sincere as many people (myself absolutely included) have often loved the guy and he has done great things. I’ve been pressed for time all week and so haven’t commented much except on Twitter and our Facebook wall about this.

Huge Down fan and wanted to not be biased by that as also no room for racism in scene. Plus, Shit…can’t we fucking have a week without drama? I’m even trying to put my own behind me. But shit has to get addressed when it comes up or lingers long unresolved, whatever the case.

Hate to learn the racism angle some have accused him of (such as some of the other allegations Rob Flynn mentioned, like calling The Burning Red the “nigger era” of  Machine Head, for example) might be true or a pattern.

I know people who know him well and say he is the funniest and nicest dude. Down just jammed with Living Colour.

When I met him at a Down signing on 9/11 in NYC years ago he was extremely friendly to all the fans of different races and genders. Which is why I was quick to defend Phil to at least be given benefit of a response to the accusations of racism. Also, Down’s Van Halen cover of “Aint Talkin’ Bout Love”  at that show in ’09 was...far beyond awesome and one of the best live moments of my life as a fan.

We need more discussion to evolve, and it is good he apologized. Flynn was seemingly wrong in that there maybe was white wine backstage (not that it is ar all a great excuse). While I am against censorship it was still a tasteless end to a rocking night of unity.

I feel bad for dude in that everyone knows how much pain he was in for years over Dimebag and for this to have happened while he was trashed at the end of a cathartic night must feel fucking crazy. Like, I hope dude does not shoot himself. Seriously. 

But, woah. Yeah, people are not psyched.

I think he can come back from this through continued frank discussion and taking the right steps. Even if he was a full time racist, American History X proves people can unlearn bad habits. Being really drunk sometimes leads to horribly casual/shitty language and irresponsible actions. I know once years ago at a concert after a devastating personal loss where I was drinking myself blind to mask the pain of deaths in my family I was so upset I got blind drunk on absinthe, beer and Wild Turkey and tried to make people beat me up /pile on the pain  by yelling horrible, horrible things (the little I recall).

And I am bi sexual (closeted at the time and VERY self loathing) and not racist at all. I love people.

Part of why I haven’t had a drink for three years out of grief and a desire to never blackout like that again.

Hopefully that is similarly the bottom line here and his cooking show doesn’t lose sponsors. \m/

It’s good he is admitting this hurt/shocked people. We all really need more healing in this world. Maybe it is time to mellow out and listen to some Alcest, everybody. Or some reggae.

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RIP Paul Kantner: Remember the Love Alamo, kids.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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I saw you, comin’ back to me…

The latest rocker who gave their all; to part this Earth yet remain in our memories is Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane.

Personally, I love Airplane and Starship. They were groovy and didn’t care. That’s cool.

Why are we discussing this on a metal site? Well , for one…Sanctuary’s White Rabbit cover is one of the coolest metal covers of all time. Secondly, Jefferson Airplane had a golden streak where they got everything right before grapes soured or the smooth voiced Grace of graces had problems down the road in her life. Paul and the gang were bold enough to wave the love flag instead of beating the drums of war. This alone is metal as fuck in a truer sense than basement losers listening to gore metal.

People fetishize Charles Manson, the man who almost ruined the Beatles, LSD and the hope of the 60’s peace movements single handedly. Maybe he was a frail man who started out analytical and wanting to know what was behind the veil or the Satanic power mad world behind the curtain of politics, but he ended up as a scared little murderer who needed validation from vulnerable followers that did his dirty work for him. Plus, Sharon Tate was so amazing and we were robbed of her and her friends lives in such a disgusting fashion. I personally was just writing for another site that I think the Manson murders scarred us and shoved us more violently towards the fear mongering world we live in today than people realize. Hunter S. Thompson knew. And by the way, we all know HE was an Airplane fan.

Surrealistic Pillow, the title alone makes my loins feel lysergic and the head start to daydream. Love it.

It was so cool once to learn about Flower Travellin’ Band from my friend Laura Pleasants of Kylesa or to once upon a time discover the stoner rock sub genres that are more retro like The Golden Grass,Purson and Jex Thoth, albeit with an emphasis on picking back up an old torch yet without making the same mistakes of yesteryear.

It doesn’t have to be cool to be miserable. Anthrax wrote “anti-social” but actually want to have happy lives, for example.

Yeah, let’s not fetishize the murderers. We think it is edgy but while it is cool to psychoanalyze things or listen to Church Of Misery or the newest Wreckmeister Harmonies or Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads or whatever, but if it is dwindled into essentially a fashion statement devoid of meaning we are in trouble.  Or we might as well put Che Guevara and Trump faces on every other frisbee and sell em out of the same tent at the county fair.

Death Valley ’69 by Sonic Youth and other smarter trips through the underbelly aside, it is cooler to push the “WE CAN” culture. Take the seediness out of the underground and look at pot as medicine, meditation as research, kindness as strength, acceptance as a test of Manhood.

Doing speed or carving nazi symbols on your face and being a dipshit might make for good TV, but you’re still a dick. Martin Shkreli can claim altruistic goals but still perhaps to be strapped to a chair and forced to watch Philadelphia and Dallas Buyers Club over and over Clockwork Orange style until he admits he has been acting like a dipshit robber baron Oliver Queen playboy without the redeeming Green Arrow side. Fuck you, dude.

The shit that Jefferson Airplane and San Fran held up triumphantly in the flower power daze of hopes and dashed dreams. But remember, flowers grow back. You just need good soil.

Whatever happened to wishes wished on a star?

 

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Anthrax get their Smithsonian treatment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM (PST)
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How great is the above photo?! Classic.

These knuckleheads have given the world so much and the world owes them true metal thanks for all time \m/.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax, “How New York of the ’80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash,” as part of its Places of Invention exhibit’s interactive online map.

Check it out here.

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RIP Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM (PST)

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Jimmy Bain epitomized the solid metal bass player, supporting the band, capable of flourish yet above all holding a rock bottom groove as the bedrock between any tune he played on. In this capacity, much like Michael Anthony in VH glory days, Bain was a Godsend. His contributions to metal can never be repaid, from writing credits on “Rainbow In The Dark” to Hear N’ Aid to the classic as fuck Rising album toeven working with Phil Lynott (and almost playing on a Scorpions album, if I recall).

In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time, and that’s just ONE of Bain’s unforgettable contributions.

Blabbermouth has a good, full piece on Bain HERE. \m/

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