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CALIBAN to release German-language album ‘Zeitgeister’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:41 AM (PST)

One of my personal favorite metalcore bands ever, Germany’s CALIBAN have released many rock solid examples of the genre and worked hard to keep the sound both meaningful and alive in the scene through hard work and valuable, emotionally resonant material. They balance heavy and catchy better than most bands doing that contrast, as well.

Now the band are doing something cool I think they ought to be applauded for, re-recording a bunch of tunes in their native German. I think it is problematic when band’s feel like they can only sing in English because of capitalism and the market share. Hey, wasn’t “Despacito”  like the biggest YouTube played video ever? Maybe we should be encouraging more education and culture exchange rather than normalizing English constantly being centered?

From the press release:

It took German metalcore vets, CALIBAN, recording a cover of Rammstein’s “Sonne” to realize that their native tongue was a seamless fit with their time-tempered collision of punishing riffs and Andreas Dörner’s urgent vocals. With fans hungry for the Essen-borne quintet to record an album exclusively in German, the band simply said, “Why not?”, and Zeitgeister, which will be released on May 14th, was born.

11 genre-defining LPs deep into their career, the band’s vision for the album came naturally – a career retrospective and deep-dive into CALIBAN favorites that haven’t had been seen live in some time.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but once we allowed us to make them as different from the originals as we felt it was needed it came fairly naturally”, explains guitarist and main songwriter Marc Görtz. Of course, some updating was necessary when it came to translating the songs to German. “It turned out to be surprisingly tricky,” states Dörner. “While I feel more at home with my native German it made it a lot more complicated, as I had more options to phrase something.”

Formed in 1997, CALIBAN’s legacy has been a tireless one, touring the globe and sharing stages with the likes of Kreator, Killswitch Engage and Dark Tranquillity just to mention a few. Zeitgeister was a welcome homecoming. With the help of long-running producer Benjamin Richter (Moonspell, Emil Bulls) CALIBAN hand-picked seven tracks to bring new life to:

“Trauma” (feat. Matthi from Nasty, originally “Arena Of Concealment”)
“Herz” (originally “I Will Never Let You Down”)
“Ausbruch nach Innen” (originally “Tyranny Of Small Misery”)
“Feuer, zieh’ mit mir” (originally “Between The Worlds”)
“Nichts ist für immer” (originally “All I Gave”)
“Intoleranz” (originally “Intolerance”)
“Mein Inferno” (originally “My Little Secret”)
“Zeitgeister” also boasts a new track, “nICHts”.
Stay tuned for Pre Orders and more info!

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TW: Anti-Semitism and Domestic Violence.

More accusations towards Nazi-memorabilia enthusiast Marilyn Manson have come out in relation to his abuse allegations. Evan Rachel Wood is feeling safer now and sharing more details. It certainly is sketchy as fuck to learn that he bought Eva Braun’s handbag at one point, allegedly? Who has that now and have they hopefully gotten rid of it or thrown it in a dumpster? I know there have been WW2 enthusiasts in rock before like Lemmy who collected all manner of memorabilia but Lemmy was also VERY outspoken about hating prejudice and racism and his favorite artist of all time was Little Richard. Manson seems to have very much become that which he once lampooned on Portrait Of An American Family as the toxic underbelly of American society. WTpsychoticF, dude?

His long running manager Tony Ciulla has dropped him NOW, which is completely unimpressive. How could you really not know anything between Antichrist Superstar until now, dude? While many fans are grappling how someone who has written albums important to them could be so allegedly shitty, that is not the thing to center! Mechanical Animals really helped me feel better about expressing gender fluidity but I am sure as fuck not gonna put that incidental fact above the pain of the women who have come forward. Get some perspective, fuckers!

Wood, 33, claimed on her Instagram Story Friday that in addition to emotional and sexual abuse, Manson, 52, was also abusive towards her regarding her Jewish heritage. She also denied ever having a BDSM relationship with him and dismantled other pathetic talking points abuse apologists have tried to direct towards her.

The Westworld, Frozen and True Blood actress shared Manson’s tattoos which she says are hidden swastikas and a Nazi-death’s head inspired symbol of a skull-and-crossbones. She said he didn’t have them when they started dating.

“He would draw swastikas over my bedside table when he was mad at me,” says Wood, who also related on IG in her story that she was called a Jew as an insult and her mother’s heritage discussed in a demeaning way.

I heard the ‘n’ word over and over,” she added. “Everyone around him was expected to laugh and join in. If you did not or (god forbid) called him out, you were singled out and abused more.”

People in the scene who want to victim blame and whose first impulse is to fall into every abuse apologist trope should READ THIS ARTICLE right away. It was a huge red flag when Manson’s team tried to deflect from him ending a recent interview abruptly with Metal Hammer when asked about Evan alluding previously to him being an abuser (before she outright named him) by using Rose McGowan as a token “MeToo” survivor who is friendly with him. If anyone ever tries to do that you can tell them to fuck off and that one experience does not mean everyone else’s were similar.

Also, metal and worker’s rights scribe, Kim Kelly (whose work is much appreciated for what she brings to the scene) has posted a Gizmodo piece to help people recognize Nazi and Racist dogwhistling from metal bands HERE. It has some very good techniques to try to familiarize yourself with. I for one will not promote anything from Hells Headbangers because they just don’t try hard enough to vet shit, IMO.

Reporting on metal is a complicated process and we try our best to not contribute to anything super shitty. The best thing the community can do is have an ongoing discourse on how to improve things. At various points I have not written about whole bands or labels if they are unrepentant, have done zero sincere restorative justice or it’s just way too sketch to know. This goes for multiple reasons/topics. Together we can try and stay on top of this stuff instead of making an anything goes climate. You are under no obligation to support Destroyer 666 casually calling people whores or “effeminate men” as an insult just because you like metal.

The term “cancel culture” is itself an alt-right seeded concept (like “virtue” signal or “SJW”) that seeks to diminish the efforts of accountability and social justice.  Contrarian fuckheads seem to think no one has the intelligence to be able to understand nuance or degrees of contrition. If that were the case there would never be ex-neo nazis like Christian Picciolini who now do important anti-racism activism!

And then there is this I’d like to draw your attention towards:

Lastly, some smart words from Kris Esfandiari, who we have often said for awhile now is the dopest current singer in metal (and several other genres).

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When Swans released Soundtracks For The Blind back in the day it was hailed often as a type of soundtrack to a non-existent film. A similarly immersive experience awaits those who dare to tread the seventy three minute new collaborative piece by NYC’s experimental artists RACK and GRIDFAILURE, subtly entitled The Sun Exploded. Rather than a non-existent film, this one reminds us more of watching Tetsuo: The Iron Man on PCP.

There is a lot of great new stuff out today (as usual for Bandcamp Friday) from the one man Viking dreams of Feskarn’s Raven’s Way to a new extra chill Soft Kill two song release to Sweden’s progressive sludge metallers Vokonis’ new ominus banger “Blackened Wings”. This Rack and Grid team up us by far the scariest, however.

The Rack (Jon Paris) contributions are about a decade old, files that Dave Brenner of Gridfailure then manipulated and wove amidst his unique process of noise sculpting to create not just a seamless call and response but an altogether new uncharted territory. Power electronic ritual sacrificial bloodbath ensues over more traditional elements for a thrilling and terrifying end to the sliver of hope you had left for an anxiety free day!

Recorded by David Brenner and Jon Paris.
Mixed/designed by David Brenner.
Mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering.
Art/design by David Brenner.

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WAKE sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM (PST)

WAKE have signed officially to Metal Blade in what is certain to be an inspired collaboration. Devouring Ruin was a landmark moment and it is exciting to think of what type of full length will follow it up for the creatively insatiable Alberta band.

Since their formation in 2009, they’ve released numerous EPs and singles, plus five full-lengths – touring the world in support of it. Their upcoming sixth album is set to be recorded in July 2021 with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire)].

WAKE comments: “All of us in WAKE have had a lot of regard both for Metal Blade and for the bands on its roster from any era. An endless stream of Metal Blade artists have been played in our van during any number of tours. For us, playing music has always been something that we’ve tried to do on our own terms and with our own vision. We’ve explored a lot of ground musically, and that was influenced by the history that Metal Blade was there to write. So, we’re very excited to say that we’ve joined up with Metal Blade. Expect a lot more noise from our camp in the near future.”

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

Photo credit: Mike Wells

It is most definitely not about the he said, she said bullshit according to Wes Borland in regards to Marilyn Manson allegedly being a shitty, damaged and extremely toxic, unrepentant person. Head to Metalsucks HERE for a piece where Borland is quoted from Twitch saying that he believes all the women who have come forward. The list of allegations is horrific. Ashley Lindsey Morgan’s allegation (TW assault, racism) has particularly lingered in my head for how horrible it is to threaten someone Jewish with harm unless they purchase you fucking Nazi relics? Disgusting.

One other thing I want to mention that really bugs me and has had me arguing constantly with scumbag reply guys on posts around various online outlets about this topic is when they ignore saying something supportive to the people who have made a brave allegation and instead cheaply say ,“his music sucked anyway.” 

That is not me defending someone’s art. It is pointing out that it is not the time and fucking place to focus shift and imply, intentionally or not, that is isn’t that big a deal because you thought an artist wasn’t fucking good. How about instead have more empathy for the harm that is being discussed and try and learn a thing or two as well (this also goes for the people mocking AOC for mentioning resurgent compounded traumas and PTSD) about the myriad of reasons why people stay silent. Instead you scum are contributing to them.

 

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Black metal agitators NORDJEVEL will return with a new EP this year entitled Fenriir (Pre order now HERE). Indie Recordings is handling the release – which is named after the famed wolf from Norse mythology, naturally- and the EP will be released on May 7th. I feel like Floki from Vikings (based on Flóki Vilgerðarson) would especially be stoked about the pagan art of the giant wolf in question chomping off a Christian priest’s unlucky bonce.

We have been writing material for the upcoming full-length, and are still working on it now, but, due to the ongoing pandemic situation we decided to delay its release until late 2021, in the hope of being able to play live and tour with the album.

“Fenriir” is an EP that shows all sides of NORDJEVEL, from the very beginning, right up to where we are now. We had a few extra tracks which we decided early on in the recording process didn`t fit our upcoming album, so we decided to include two tracks, the title track “Fenriir”, along with “Rovdyr”, and make them exclusively available for this EP.

To make the release more special, we also decided to record ” Gnawing The Bones” which is one of the new songs that will be on the upcoming album. We also wanted to include a live track, so we mixed and mastered a version of ” Det Ror Og Ror” which was recorded live at Brutal Assault in 2019 by Hugo Alvarstein.

And of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to record a cover of “Fallen Angel” by the mighty POSSESSED. It is our tribute to them as the pioneers they are for our music, and also to honour them after we had the pleasure of touring with them last year.

NORDJEVEL’s lineup on Fenriir includes Doedsadmiral on Vocals, Destructhor and Valla on Guitars, Dzepticunt on Bass and Dominator on Drums. Vocals, bass and guitars were recorded at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway, by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, whilst drums recorded at Studio LV5 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

With Artwork and layout by Doedsadmiral and long-time collaborator Khaos Diktator Design, “Fenriir” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats. Track listing for “Fenriir” is as follows:

  1. Fenriir
  2. Gnawing The Bones
  3. Rovdyr
  4. Fallen Angel (Possessed Cover)
  5. Det Ror og Ror (Live At Brutal Assault 2019)
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ANCIENT SETTLERS is a Spain/France based melodeath band that was formed in 2020 by Rex Chiesa & Herman Riera (Ex-Haboryn), Rene González (Ex-Aesthesis), Emmy Reyes and Antony Hamäläinen (Meridian Dawn, Former Nightrage & Armageddon).

“A Monument Restored” is their latest track, another glimpse of their forthcoming Autumnus EP. The band offer a tightly executed and emotional song that fans of In Flames, 5Rand or Dark Tranquility would likely thrill to hear. The opening lyrics paint a poetic picture of spiritual alienation that stood out to me as strong.

You want the truth
A bloody silhouette
Dust and bones are all I show
To a God I’ll never know
Why break my spirit?
Sit dead on your throne
Chasing down the never was
Dead gardens for your home

Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has named Marilyn Manson as her abuser in a post on Instagram. Hopefully she can find healing from this situation and metal fans will not just attack her because she spoke out against an artist they like. Four other women have come forward as well.

 

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Brutal Records‘ signees Venomous represent some of the finest metal from São Paulo. With a new EP Tribus on the horizon for February the band is making their single “Unity” available at streaming platforms. This is an anticipated new chapter after The Black Embrace and you can of course see the already available “Unity” video below. The song covers a range of styles and is the last part of a trilogy that started with their song “Trinity” back in 2018. “Unity” portrays a clouded reality against harsh death vocals and energetic yet old school sounds paired with a few moments that even remind me of early In Flames and a progressive leaning bridge, plus the band’s patented shifting rhythmic awareness. It adds up to an enjoyable headbanging experience that makes you crave more.

“Our single Unity from the EP TRIBUS will be available tomorrow in all streaming platforms! TRIBUS will be fully available on 26 February!”

Venomous | Brazilian Metal (@venomousoficial) • Instagram photos and videos

With a name like MESSIAHVORE, you know the band probably aint playing Country and Western music. Hailing from Denver, Colorado MESSIAHVORE are set to release their self-titled album via Coffin & Bolt / Golden Robot Records on 26th February. Pre-order HERE.

“MESSIAHVORE‘s first album release features 9 tracks. All the music was recorded live in studio and then the vocals and some extras added after the fact. We were stoked to have tracked all in the same room with one another and bring the music with the natural energy, feedback and volume of our live performances.

The recording was done in Denver in our own commercially run studio known as “The Crash Pad” Bart, the guitarist and singer engineered the recording. We simply set up and test tracked, locked in the tones and let it rip. The results speak for themselves. We are proud of our first effort and are looking forward to sharing it with all the heavy music fans of the world.

Lots of density on this debut release. Thick guitars and bass combined with saturated vocals. Catchy hooks but not overly commercial. “The Last Word” is an epic instrumental that supplies ambient vibe for days. “Betrothed” hits hard and is either about overbearing control or Vampires. You can make the call. “Cult Worship” is one of our favorites and “Doublecross” starts out with some Sabbath vibe then moves into desert rock territory. MESSIAHVORE mixes elements of groove metal, doom, stoner rock and a bit of industrial to complete the sound.”

It was a fast start for the band, opening for Fu Manchu, Sasquatch, Nebula, Daikaiju and were slated to play with Lord Dying then the COVID hit the states. You know the rest of that story. This led to them buckling down and writing a seven song EP. The band signed to Coffin & Bolt Records which is incorporated with the international mainstay Golden Robot Records.

Hello all you mad, grandiose bloodfiends and welcome to the first fucking day the United States has ever had a woman VP! I don’t want to hear purity politics right now. It is a historic milestone and there are a hell of a lot worse people than Kamala who could have gotten in there. We have to work together to keep the Dems moving in a progressive direction but it is possible. Do NOT tell me that the 15 executive orders Biden signed into law today RIGHT AWAY (with the New Radicals and Gaga still ringing in our ears) are just “eXaCtLY ThE SaME aS ThE GoP”. That is privileged nonsense beyond belief, especially when the faketriots just tried to stage a literal unjustified coup over their fake election fraud nonsense and we are now BACK in the Paris Agreement. Millions will soon have a viable path to citizenship. Sit down and eat your food.

On that note, I keep seeing idiots who still back the twice impeached loser (who simpered away sullenly to the tune of YMCA) saying online in Trump’s defense that he “never started a war”. I think almost starting a fucking civil war HERE counts! And as if he didn’t ruin the nuclear deal with Iran and assassinated a top leader and pushed them into China’s arms and bombed Yemen just a little bit as well (killing an infant girl from the jump). Oh, and abandoned allies in Syria. Pardoning Kodak Black doesn’t make up for you pardoning Steve Bannon who wants to incite a xenophobic race war either, asshole.

On that note a little bit more, bye bye Iced Earth. Like complete moron Ariel Pink (who says “life isn’t fair” about homeless people but whines about being dropped by his label for supporting a fascist), Iced Earth have been dropped from Century Media’s artist page.

Jon is a talented as hell musician and a completely gullible idiot who doubled down on bad takes time and time again until it led him into the six criminal charges he now faces. What a massive fucking letdown. Stu Block and the band’s lukewarm responses have been weak sauce as well. You all should have quit the band and issued a “fuck him” statement. It is also weak, much as I love a ton of Century Media bands and their PR people are awesome folks, that the label declined to comment to Metal Injection. They should have said they are 100% not here for his bullshit either.

Maybe I sound harsh to some of you? Well, it is pretty awful seeing loved ones or people in your community or families fall down the Q rabbit hole of utter dogshite. Seeing it rot their logic and fact checking abilities and destroy families. Seeing it ruin musicians you once admired past the point of no return. We have tried to help many of you and it is ok to have boundaries. There must be a firm stance about this shit. Marina Abramović is cooler than all of you and a Storm is most definitely NOT coming. Except legally for orange fucko.

Winter’s Verge have released a new video for “Blood On The Foam” from The Ballad Of James Tig release. Fans of Alestorm, Wuthering Heights or even Delain and Manowar will thrill to this Cyprus band’s powerful heavy metal soundtrack to questing! Let the melodic and lively tune wash over you like the ocean’s spray (not a juice commercial, duh).

Since its formation in 2005, the band has so far released 4 full studio albums and 3 Eps and built a strong reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in Cyprus, with a powerful blend of epic, melodic and symphonic metal. The band is made up of 6 of the most experienced and respected musicians in the Cypriot rock and metal scene – George Charalambous on vocals, Deniel Pavlovsky and Savvas Parperi on guitars, Stavry Michael on keys, Miguel Trapezaris on bass and Danny Georgiou on drums.

Lastly today, the first full length release from San Diego death metal outfit Putrescine. The Fading Flame will be available March 26 on vinyl, CD, and cassette from Tridroid Records! Putrescine’s dissonant, churning death metal makes no secret of their influences; fans of Carcass, Morbid Angel, and At the Gates will find much to enjoy, and the band continues to use imagery from video games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne to frame issues of antifascism, personal trauma, and queer radicalism.

That’s it for today, lovers. Remember: Frenemies
Who when you’re down, ain’t your friend…
Every night we smash a Mercedes-Benz

 

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RIP Marsha Zazula of Megaforce Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM (PST)

The entire world of metal and rock owes Marsha Zazula a debt of gratitude for co-founding Megaforce Records in the early 80’s with Jon Zazula. The label helped launch Metallica into the stratosphere and advance thrash metal much further into mainstream consciousness, where it has arguably remained the most popular form of metal for all time.

Megaforce of course has also helped with records by Anthrax, Bad Brains, Raven, Overkill, Patti Rothberg and so many more terrific and legendary artists.

Marsha has passed at the age of 68 from cancer. While I never got the chance to talk to her I do know Rikki and on behalf of Metal Riot want to send her and all of Marsha’s loved ones and friends our most heartfelt condolences and eternal thankful horns up high for her help making metal the best genre ever.

There he is! That’s him! That’s… the Warrior! He shot Cyrus!

New York is known for a ton of uncompromising bands unafraid to tell tales from the hard side over the years from Madball to Black Anvil to Crisis to of course Biohazard to Made Out Of Babies to Gridfailure to Krallice to Locked In A Vacancy to Indecision to Unsane, to name a few (haha). Add grime mongers GRAVESEND to the list. Methods Of Human Disposal is a very Sopranos sounding album title if I ever heard one (and yes, I know that is dirty Jersey).

20 Buck Spin has chosen the band as their first release of 2021 and it is fitting. While we all want to move forward like 2020 never happened, you can’t just ignore the horrors of any past period of history. New York’s blood curdling and tough as nails history is on display in these tracks, crucified and yet still alive. The drums sound like a blood soaked cardboard pillow (in a good way), the music churns like a haunted subway tunnel and the overall effect is terrifying as the band absolutely destroy on their new track “End Of The Line”. Guitar pounds like jackhammers at your sanity and the noxious vocals emit a foul haze of corruption and downtrodden malaise. Love it!

The record releases Feb. 19th but you can get a fix now.

Methods Of Human Disposal was recorded in September 2020 by Nolan Voss of Thirty Legion, mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Xibalba), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Vastum, Terminal Nation). That’s quite a team!

John Schaffer from Iced Earth can get in the garbage, but it seems he is already there. The reptilian fearing,  delusional Confederate Flag apologist is cool with marching with Nazis and trying to overturn a valid election – the safest in history – to disenfranchise the black vote. Now the police are looking for him. Why hasn’t anyone done a wellness check on this dude on a regular basis for years now?

I regret every time I have ever supported this band in the past , including a cover story for New Noise. You’ll never be Maiden. Go crawl up Set’s mystical snake asshole. Sons Of Liberty is dumb as fuck. Sure you have a super nuanced view of social issues when your band’s best singer literally quit to be a cop. LMAO.

An almost even bigger fuck you to edge lord indie m*th connoisseur / revenge por* burn out Ariel Pink, who not only supports Trump now but also emotionally blackmailed my partner Globelamp once by telling her if she ever mentioned him in public for verbal abuse that he would go and publicly support accounts run by supporters of her abuser, despite knowing the sites are full of slander against her. Even stupider, he once gave her career advice and told her that you can’t go around saying whatever you want in life all the time and expect to be taken seriously (she has the screenshots)…then goes from mansplaining to supporting known civil conversationalist Donald Trump.

If you march with Nazis, you are condoning them. Period. Ariel is also Jewish, so it is extra fucking stupid.

If you are into telling people that the Dems were really behind slavery, I hope hundreds of years later you also are cool with showing people 13th and how in bed with prison for profit the GOP have been and remind everyone of the Southern Strategy, among so many other things. Also, calling out Biden for his racist policy history is fine, as it is with the Clintons. That doesn’t mean Biden hasn’t improved a lot on the issues compared to Donald FUCKING Trump (who literally tried to take credit for a black man’s economic gains and started the racist birther movement). The ‘tear gas the peaceful protestors for racial justice for my photo op’ guy.

There is no place in America where white, cis male entitlement is “the real victim”. BLM would never have gotten so far into the capital yesterday and with a MUCH more valid reason to be mad at institutions that have failed them.

Pink is claiming how he was there to ‘peacefully support the President’, as if supporting grifter mafia slimebag Trump in any way is acceptable at all?!!

Hope you both enjoy the Maga sewer, you fucking traitor loving flops. Shut the fuck up, pay some taxes for a social safety net and realize you are privileged lala land loving clowns.

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Spanish technical death metal masters WORMED are now streaming a brand new play-through video for the song “Bionic Relic,” which is taken from 2019’s sci-fi EP, Metaportal. Check out the play-through HERE!

WORMED comment: “We’re not  fans of play-throughs, but since this world is changing and we haven’t played anywhere for a year (!!!) we thought you would like to enjoy a display of a ‘Metaportal’ track, ‘Bionic Relic’ with the full band. This was recorded on different planets. We live light years from each other and it’s quite hard to be all together for recording any footage. Become a ‘Bionic Relic’ with us!

Wormed might not be super keen on play-throughs but we sure are and they are great at them! Enjoy our collective race towards the singularity with this bop!

Metaportal was released on July 19, 2019 and can be streamed, downloaded, and ordered HERE.

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