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Morgan here with some Quarantine updates from Metal Riot land to you. I am very upset to report that a close family member has the virus. It’s my mom. So far she is low fever and is doing ok. She is in a dementia ward and it is really hard. I am trying not to lose my mind with worry. It is hard to feel powerless. As a result, posts may be sporadic while I process this but really writing about music is also a good emotional distraction and way to bring folks together. Thank you to all who stand by our site and continue to rock with us.

Before I talk about some cool music news, I have been catching up on a few movies I never got to see when they came out and have to say that any of y’all who hated on Pacific Rim: Uprising are fucking idiots. That movie ruled and Steven S. DeKnight is the man. It didn’t have as many stars as the original but the emotional motivation was richer and I liked it even better. Especially of note the rad, explosive ending on Mount Fuji. So there.

Hard rocker Gilby Clarke of GnR fame is back with a rambling new single perfect for all of you who might be missing born to lose sleazy watering holes and who have the gritty rock n roll blues in your hearts.

Gilby recently released his latest single ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’ via Golden Robot Record and now Gilby has now released the video for ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’. The video was shot in Palmdale CA and Downtown Los Angeles and band performance footage in Hollywood club Oh My Ribs! It was directed by Christopher C. Pearson.

Gilby’s live band members Bass Player, EJ Curse (Silent Rage, White Lion) and Drummer, Jimmy D’Anda (Bullet Boys, George Lynch) both appear in the clip along with some great cameo’s by Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Jimmy Herald (Hillbilly Herald) and Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (formally of Guns N’ Roses, Carole King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper). Fun tune.

Greyhawk deliver power metal glory to fly us triumphantly above these terrible days. Eddis from the Keep on the Borderlands novel would totally stan when she rides out to kill hobgoblins. The title track to upcoming release Keepers of the Flame (June 16th, 2020) is reminiscent of mid tempo Stratovarius meets Ronnie James Dio, to my ears. Love the band’s fearless big vocals and harmonies. A melodic war cry from the skies!

Awesome news for Nick Menza fans! The first of three episodes of the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” featuring the late MEGADETH drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in MEGADETH, PANTERA, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and their road crews, hosted by entertaining EXODUS Frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza can now be streamed below.

The three part series “Behind The Scenes With Nick Menza” is footage from Menza’s personal and private collection VHS tapes that features previously unreleased live concert footage of PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS the drummer captured during 1992 and 1993 when PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS opened for MEGADETH on the Countdown To Extinction tour.

The series is being produced by Menza’s long time manger Robert Bolger, Wayne Marsala and Brian Huntington of Grey Haven Media.

The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove what doctors feared was a cancerous growth. RIP once again to a real one.

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Band Spotlight: ELDER

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:56 AM (PST)

With each average ten minute track on the new Elder opus OMENS (Armageddon Shop, 4/24) the increasingly more progressive rock by leaps and bounds band of trailblazers head further into more exciting horizons. The standout cut “Embers” soars from almost flirting with Sunny Day Real Estate/Fairweather melodic but moody charm to sophisticated progressive alternative post metal. I know, that is a mouthful…but it’s pure ear heaven. They were always good, but the level of freedom in the current material is extremely exciting, melodic and strong chakra opening good shit. This record defies shuffle mode and rather than pouts simply works on capturing your complete attention with brilliant performances. Press play on the title track and just let it all go. Along with bands like Huntsmen, Bask and King Buffalo, they are helping lead the way for a new pack of innovators still coloring within yet expanding historical sub-genres.

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Providence looks… pretty freaky.

Hope everyone is holding up? I’ve been watching a lot of 80’s action movies and just want to say that Kathryn Harrold deserves more props for what a bad ass and fashionable babe she was in Raw Deal.

Let’s get with the program here. Today we are going to shine a big fat Mordor eye on some juicy new albums on the bleak horizon in hopes of keeping you all invested in this mortal coil. I am very excited about all of these releases.

First up, Ulthar‘s new 20 Buck Spin releas Providence! Pre-ordered this one the second I heard the hell churn of “Through Downward Dynasties” this morning. Hard not to relate to the whirlwind frustration of the motion sickness inducing extreme metal song. 8 song follow up to the much drooled over Cosmovore release. More brain melting artwork and dizzying death. June 12th, 2020 is the drop date.

Featuring within its ranks Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, Vale), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Pale Chalice), ULTHAR’s Providence was recorded by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave) at Earhammer Studios, mastered by Adam Tucker (False, Thou, Obsequiae) at Signaturetone Recording and comes swathed again in the staggering art renderings of renowned British fantasy illustrator Ian Miller with layout by Ross Sewage (Exhumed, Impaled).

As the band’s label opines: Releasing at a time where our own world has devolved into a surrealistic nightmare of viral trepidation and encased solitude, Ulthar’s ‘Providence’ becomes a prescient view into the strange paradoxes that only months ago seemed unbelievable but now all too possible. Where horizons cease, where grace is dead, where nothing lives, so be it amen.


NAGLFAR is Kristoffer W. Olivius (vocals), Andreas Nilsson (guitar), andMarcus E. Norman (guitar).

Naglfar have released a venomous visualizer video for “Cry of the Serafim” from forthcoming Century Media release Cerecloth (out May 8th). Loving the intermittently snarled and brimstone belched vocals on this second wave indebted, yet heavier sounding jam. The album was recorded and mixed by guitarist Marcus Norman at Wolf’s Lair Studio and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

“With ‘Cry of the Serafim’ we wanted to explore a heavier and darker sound. Trying to create something different from what we usually do, while still keeping the NAGLFAR spirit intact,” states NAGLFAR about the track.

Really looking forward to Foundations, the next release from Twilight Fauna. Our readers may recall that I have dug this project for awhile now and every release has something insightful to offer. “Tavern Hill”, from beautiful intro to melodic and ghostly near post rock crescendos, absolutely stuns. I didn’t even know this was coming out soon, because I am very clearly a fucking idiot…until last night! Best surprise of quarantine!

I highly advise y’all to get even partially invested in the music Paul and Josh have made. It’s pretty boundlessly satisfying and atmospheric, a deep reflection on the contrasting hopes, pain and beauty of Appalachia. May 11th, 2020!

Last up is a very interesting new track from Hail Spirit Noir. A compelling and exciting mixture of progressive and black metal influences with certain crazy sections reminding me of stuff as varied as Opeth and Old Dead Tree arguing with Frantic Bleep and Zombi about what is the most superior Ihsahn solo record. You can tell the band put  tons of effort into the songwriting and it will lift your head to formerly unperceived possibilities.

Eden In Reverse is due out on Agonia June 19th. Album title seems pretty cognizant of our human path of destruction and how nature will likely not care when we are gone.

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Hello from me and my dinosaur friends from our bunker in the Savage Land , dear readers. I have been breaking all laws of decency by microwaving pre-mixed packet asparagus risotto whilst my gf learns how to play “Fourteen Years” by GnR on the piano. Happy Fiona Apple and Siege Of Mandalore day. The President is inciting armed insurgency during a pandemic and the 25th Amendment exists just as much as the 2nd, but no one will act to remove the Orange pants shitter while he encourages us to die for crappy jobs.

Today in metal news (April 17th), The Black Dahlia Murder have also released their new full-length, Verminous, physically in the USA and digitally worldwide (Verminous will be available physically in Europe on April 24th). Check a dime slime colored and vampiric metal monikered video “Removal of the Oaken Stake” below!

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers’ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous’,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad.

Irish symphonic power metal band Ravenlight are releasing their debut album Project Genesis this year on June 26th 2020 via Novus Records. The album name kind of reminds me of something Fear Factory would come up with after watching Terminator and Resident Evil movies a few years ago, but the music is more stirring and epic rain swept cliffs type stuff. Check out the song “The Circle” HERE and pre-order this heartfelt musical journey. The band have supported Evergrey and have a lot of potential.

Hardcore demons Integrity have a new live album that just dropped! Live At Northwest Terror Fest MMXVIII is streaming and available to purchase HERE. The highlight for me on this excellent document of killer energy and perfectly bad ass happy accidents is probably a monster clobbering version of “Jagged Visions Of My True Destiny”, positively seething from the speakers with malevolence and guitar glory. Humanity IS the fucking devil.

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50% or so less ranting and more blurbing today here at Metal Riot, so I am calling it ‘quarantine blurbs’ today. I know life is already full of things we have to adapt to right now, but you’ll be ok. Let’s get right into it! Great stuff today to share with you!

Throwdown are back with a surprise covers EP of rarities including the heavy band’s take on Sepultura, Misfits, Crowbar, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Pantera classics. Take Cover is out tomorrow and the fairly faithful “Planets Collide” cover is crank worthy and streaming now HERE at Bandcamp.

Julie Christmas remains one of the most talented and legit real artists in experimental heavy leaning music. Quiet or unapologetically raw and screaming, she demands your attention with captivating performances and a huge release of emotional range. Her masterful solo record The Bad Wife is already ten years old somehow. Fucking hell. I miss seeing her live. Time flies.

Rising Pulse Records has repressed the album with new cover art on two deluxe vinyl colors (Bone with Black Splatter – 150 units and Milky Clear & Bone Triple Stripe – 150 Units). The packaging includes a reverse board jacket with silver ink varnish print and a full color Inner-sleave. Designed by artist Andrea Horne with art direction by Julie Christmas. All copies of this record will ship with a poster from the original 2010 pressing. Pick up your copy HERE.

She’s also on Saint Vitus Bar’s live Insta TONIGHT!

Lastly, you know we love Vile Creature around here and the band has big 3rd album news over at their Instagram today, which you can see below! Guess I’ll go eat worms!

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On June 19 we will be releasing our third full length record titled "Glory, Glory! Apathy took Helm!" on Prosthetic Records. You can hear the first song, "You Who Has Never Slept" over at Kerrang (link in our bio). You can preorder the CD/LP through Prosthetic Records now, and the VHS (yes, VHS) version through us starting next week . . Today is the day we were to have played our commissioned music piece with our besties Bismuth at Roadburn, it seems fitting that on a day earmarked for creativity that we still push forward with it, albeit in a different way. At 4pm KW will be on IG live on the @roadburnfest account talking with Tanya about roadburn . . The album was recorded in February in our hometown with Adam Tucker engineering, mixing, & mastering. Big Love and thanks to Danika Zandboer, Stephen Wilson, & Brianna Duguay for shooting, drawing, and modeling for our album art, respectively. . . There is a lot more rad stuff and more songs to share in the coming two months before the record is out, and we can't wait to clue you in on them. For now, enjoy the song and stay safe y'all.

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West Coast grim sludge vets -(16)- have an excellently titled new album Dream Squasher out this year. What a perfect name for trying to get ahead in this shitty world. Ten songs via Relapse out June 5th worldwide. Pre Order my fave vinyl variant HERE.

“A conscious effort was made to inject positivity into the lyrical themes,” guitarist and lead vocalist Bobby Ferry explains. “The best we could come up with is loving your dog so much, you’d end up killing yourself if the dog dies.”

This is easily gonna be one of the best of the year, no contest.

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Hey folks. Hope you have all bought an Integrity facemask and are enjoying Ice T destroying the morons in Trapt on Twitter today. Fucking nu metal vanilla energy drink gym buddy system band thought they could talk shit? I have to laugh. Y’all were probably too scared to listen to Body Count growing up like it was saying Candyman 5x and Ice would appear and Home Invasion album cover your parent’s goofy asses. Then you’d have had no one to buy your gear or give you rides, lmao. Headstrong can = obstinate and moronic, just sayin’. Anyway, buy the new Body Count album!

While Maga folks pissed at sane quarantine rules block Ambulances from saving lives in Michigan I am home in Upstate, NY today listening to “Thick Skin” by Limp Wrist, trying to find my cat’s laser pointer mousey chase toy before she kills me and pondering a lot how many musicians unable to tour right now are going to be adjusting to the harsh reality that the music industry was even less propped up than they thought. Your rock star illusions are a vanity in 2020 and we need to all get back into the idea of punk as an activist lifestyle community rather than a series of exchangeable personality cults. That said, plenty of great bands are hurting right now so please hit up some Bandcamp’s if you can. Plenty of bands (Darsombra especially has been killing it and shout out to White Hills as well), have had cool live streams going on. Saint Vitus Bar has had cool programming as well.

We’ve got brutal almost punk energized death metal from Centinex today to kick some music news off for you. Pre order some killer vinyl options of the band’s forthcoming Death In Pieces from Agonia HERE today. The album is out May 29th, 2020 and will likely make quarantine more of a crime scene.

SoCal thrash metal force Warbringer will release their highly anticipated full-length follow up to 2017’s acclaimed Woe To The Vanquished, entitled Weapons of Tomorrow, on April 24 via Napalm Records. The band has now unleashed a new video for the grandiose album closer track “Glorious End,” which in theme with the album’s concept, presents itself as a war epic narrated by an exchange between two close heroes – father and son.

Check out the brand new lyric video below, and witness the somber tale and splendiferous sound of “Glorious End.”

Warbringer vocalist John Kevill says: “‘Glorious End’ is the grand finale of Weapons of Tomorrow, and a first-person narrative war epic. The verse is done as a father-son dialogue, in which the son promises the father that he will live up to his ancestor’s legacy of courage, honor, and duty. The song and title have a cruel twist of irony, as the protagonist’s bravery is rendered useless by the horrific new weapons of his time, and he questions the virtues of his father as he dies. This kind of narrative storytelling element is something we feel is pretty unique to Warbringer among thrash metal bands. The music is hard-charging and aggressive, but also somber, grandiose, and well, glorious. The epic side of Warbringer is something we haven’t shared in a single yet, and we thought it was long overdue. Now onwards, brave sons.”

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Peter Steele is ten years gone.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 8:38 AM (PST)

 

we really miss you

Today 4/14/2020 is a huge day in metal for anniversaries. Iron Maiden’s classic debut turns 40 (“Running Free”!) as does the legendary British Steel from Judas Priest (“Metal Gods”, “Breaking The Law” etc.)! Those albums deserve essays all their own but of course I had to shout them out today. I have to take a friend to the dentist shortly amidst the pandemic for emergency surgery, but I have time to at least make this post acknowledging the big milestones today. That said, it is also the anniversary of a more recent and much more tragic event in metal.

Peter Steele fans pretty much mourn the passing of the gloomy, satirical goth metal giant everyday, but today is ten years since he passed away. God, I can’t believe it has been a decade. I have spent so much time with the band’s music over the last 20+ years that it is weird to have someone be absent but still with you in spirit and song.

Billboard has a Johnny Kelly article HERE about the sad anniversary and remembering his friend. Take Steele’s life as an example of the impact you can make charting your own course. Type O Negative’s World Coming Down , arguably their most depressing and melodic album, just got a vinyl re-issue and t-shirt reprint via Roadrunner recently. Order it HERE and crank it on streaming services today, or whichever is your favorite record from the Green Man.

 

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Hey folks. Hope you are still social distancing and not being idiots. This aint over yet, so don’t get too cocky and put others at risk. I have been using this time to of course stress about a blackhole of impending poverty but also to go deep down a Throbbing Gristle-rabbit hole and write lots of new song sketches of my own on life under quarantine and structural imbalances in America that hate the poor. We all know shit is horrible, so let’s try and cope together with some music news.

Slovakian heavy metal band HAMMERHEART just released their first single from their upcoming full length CD which is due later on this year. The song is called “Distant Skies” and features the man himself Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN) on lead vocals. Blaze is a favorite around here, so it is always a thrill to hear new music involving the dude. This tune is a no brainer, a total ripper of Maiden-influenced charm that will make fans of Blaze era stuff thrilled today! Crank it.

Black metal band TOMBS released Monarchy Of Shadows earlier this year, always extending their sound and influence forward. The band has just also dropped previously unreleased live tracks from a 2019 set in Chicago, IL, which was recorded by Spenser Morris on June 17, 2019 at Livewire Lounge. Abraxas Ritual: Live in Chicago features four live cuts and is available to stream or purchase now via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION. There is a rock solid live version of “Deceiver” opening the EP and for the price of $5 you can’t go wrong. One of the most vital and rad live bands in all of metal. Respect!

Thetan/Kool Keith photo by Dave Brenner (Gridfailure)

Experimental rap icon Kool Keith has released a new baller collab record with Nashville power violence duo Thetan for Anti Corp Music. Shit gets real weird! “Gaping Black Hole” is amazing. Space Goretex is the first album combining all of KOOL KEITH’s primary personas – Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis.

The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by THETAN’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. I fucking love X-Cops! Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.

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What The Dead Men Say is a well named album for the ninth release from heavy metal modern champions Trivium. Sadly as there are mass graves around the world right now there are probably many dead with things left unsaid in this mortal plane. This new record from one of the hardest working bands in the business cements their legacy and proves once and for all they are a long term force in the genre who broke well above many of their one time peers from the pack of bands they emerged with. It is full of tight performances, a love of big moments and insane musicianship and packs a lot of punch along with the emotions.

My favorite recent record from the band remains the Michael Baskette produced and easy to connect with Heaven & Hell influenced Silence In The Snow, though I like the Josh Wilbur crisp production on this even better. Wilbur produced the recent The Sin & The Sentence record as well (which feels like it just came out to my time blurring together mind), but on What The Dead Men Say you really feel the pairing clicking more than ever between Wilbur and the band. Songs like the relentless and brilliant “Catastrophist” or the instrumental and cinematic Annihilator meets Death Magnetic sized Metallica – opener “IX” burst forth with complete confidence and go to work on you fast.

“I looked up what the word ‘Catastrophist’ means, and it’s one geological view of how the world has been shaped by very catastrophic and immediate changes,” says Paolo Gregoletto. “You can apply the same narrative to the C.E.O. of an oil company making decisions for profit, but ruining wildlife. You know it’s going to be a disaster, but you do it anyway. When you’re born, you have no say in the world you grow up in. You do as you get older though.”

“Bending The Arc To Fear” could give Arch Enemy a run for their money with a fierce melodeth intro before a big verse opens up into catchier terrain.

The balance between screams, hooks and borderline hokey but still rad big rock moments is very well done, with a very healthy amount of savagery left intact for the mosher metalcore and heavy metal kids out front. Listening to this record legit makes you proud of how far Heafy and pals have come. The press release reveals the genesis of “The Defiant” can be traced back to “streaming in a Hungary dressing room trailer at a festival.” They are always incorporating their journey into the work and holding their own against the trends. It has earned the band a lot of respect over the years and a place in the halls of metal forever. No fan can hear the glistening solo of “Sickness Unto You” and not feel some force in their chest call them to higher purpose, even as the song revels in anger at the parts of us left dead by the world. But the album never gives in.

“I’d love for people to be inspired to pick up an instrument and write a song,” Heafy says. “The reason I love metal is it goes against the grain. The best way to overcome darkness is to make something creative. Whether the impact is small or large, I hope it’s positive for listeners. We hopefully built a community to make them feel safe where they can talk about what they want, enjoy it, and get help if they need it. It’s possible to even find a lot of love and light in there.”

While their are still some older and bigger bands around, Trivium are well poised to be the leaders of the pack for the next generation as time marches on. “The Ones We Leave Behind” uplifts with soaring melodic riff moments and tribal into speed obsessed drums paired with inspiring and hoarse sung vocals, giving the feeling the band does it for the fans as much as themselves. It’s another big win all around.

 

Thrash act BONDED released a pulverizing debut Rest In Violence back in January via Century Media that you will want to make sure you get to hear a little of before it burns your skull to cinders. It is actually now a German stamina test to see how much of the record you can withstand before your ears burst into flame, at least in my quarantined imagination. This album will make you feel passionate about the bonds in your life, keep the fire in your step and help give you the will to fight through the clouds in your mind.

Formed by scene veterans Bernd “Bernemann” Kost (Guitar) and Markus “Makka“ Freiwald (Drums) in 2018 after their exit as longtime members of SODOM, musical partners Marc Hauschild (Bass) and Destroy Them / ex Suicidal Angels member Chris Tsitsis (Guitar) were quickly added to the ranks in order to continue working on new own song-material as well as to develop the concept for a new entity, which was finally completed with the addition of Assassin frontman Ingo Bajonczak (Vocals) and consequently named BONDED.

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Hello my quarantined darlings. RIP to the great Honor Blackman of Pussy Galore and Avengers (not Marvel, ya dimwits) fame. Pour one out for an icon of lesbian cement mixer criminal networks and judo adept lady aviators. Honor was also in Jason and the Argonauts.  Very cool.

It is raining outside and I am reeling from Bernie dropping out, which feels like a crappy hangover times 10,000. This situation sucks. Thankfully even during the pandemic I have somehow been sober since New Years and haven’t even had a cigarette all year, so things are going very well on the self care front – praise the gods. Last year was really rough for me and I did not want to repeat that in 2020. Some things we can try to manage, even when the world is chaos.

Hoping to do a lot of blogging on here since I have lost 5 fucking jobs in this pandemic. What else is there to do besides watch El Camino on Netflix because it somehow feels LESS crazy than reality? No, I will not watch that racist animal cruelty adept mullet motherfucker in Tiger King.

In DOPE movie and music related news, Sacred Bones (one of the best labels on Earth) is releasing a new collection in honor of horror classic The Thing.

In collaboration with our friends at Waxwork Records, we’re offering the all-new Lost Cues: The Thing by John Carpenter on Sacred Bones mailorder-exclusive “Ice Tomb” vinyl, their reissue of Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the film on Sacred Bones mailorder-exclusive “Snowfall” vinyl, and both of those releases bundled together in a deluxe slipcase. – Sacred Bones

On to some metal news!

Acherontas have a new record due from mighty Agonia this year called, fittingly, Psychic Death – The Shattering Of Perceptions. Hell yeah! Due the virus outbreak, the release date of the album has been postponed to June 26th.

“The Shattering of Perceptions” is a pretty ideal song name right now as people can’t believe they can see the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years in some places due to air pollution lifting or here in America the veil is fully lifted on how far people will go to protect the wealth class over the poor who need medicare for all during a pandemic. Obviously this is my own reflection on what the title made me feel and nothing to do with Greek occult black metal. I’m pretty effin’ pissed about Bernie not being the candidate right now in the USA. Anyway, here is the band of mystical Hellenic daddies in their own words.

ACHERONTAS commented on the new album: “Two years after the release of Faustian Ethos the coven of Acherontas returns with a monumental album, delivering the most mature, potent and diverse offering throughout a vibrant discography of 23 years up to date, fulfilling the promises left abound with closure of the triptych Psychic Death. The shattering of Perceptions and the unfolding of the Psyche. A manifest of sound, spirit and matter, blending across the ancient routes of divination. Across all the cardinal directions, the core elements of the Psychic structure detonate and flourish, risen and aflame as a newborn supernova, embedding axioms and attributes on the vital points of existence, on the ethers as in the depths. The uncharted map of man’s subtle anatomy becomes flooded with the governing universal force of Vitae, the arrows of Life, the nectars of Death and the flames of Rebirth. The crystal halls of the Psyche reverberate, once more, with a monumental milestone to glorify the Ascension to Godhood, the Devil and the Inner Demon. Expect a fierce return deep into the roots of the 90s that we had grown up and evolved through the Black Arts… No more words… Actions define Men and the Brave Spirits”.

Wow, that sounds a lot more deep than the average conversation in sewer online discourse these days. The new song below is thrilling and very mind opening, layer upon layer of dynamics revealed in a journey of bleakly inspiring Greek songwriting. Loved the little bell at the end as well or chime or whatever with the rushing wind. Really intriguing and I look forward into delving into the band’s extensive back catalogue, which I dot know as well as -say- Rotting Christ or Varathron.

Flushing humanity into a vortex , 2020 Karma

In more Greek metal news, Enshadowed have a razor sharp new single of death dancing black metal fury and a blend of Hellenic and Scandinavian influences for your ears today. Stare Into The Abyss, indeed. It is over in a raw and fiery blink of the eye, but not before shredding you to bone bits in a friction of evil like a fiberglass tornado of baby devil teeth! Order the 6 panel digipack HERE.

Hear “The Great Animist” below and don’t forget to wear PPE.

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Dark Fortress social distance by staying 666ft. apart and of course dwelling in dark fortresses.

Dark Fortress have sculpted a new masterpiece of black metal drenched with the blood squeezed from a death metal shroud. Spectres From The Old World is a significant piece of work and surely due a lot of attention from the metal community if there is any justice left on this plague-ridden rock.

The band was just forced to cancel release shows due to Covid-19 in March but we are pleased to publish at last a recent conversation with musical genius Morean (also of Alkaloid and Noneuclid renown) about the new record to help lift some of the sting or perhaps steer people towards this great 2020 Century Media release if they were unaware. (Buy merch HERE)!

MYE. Spectres from the Old World is an intense and powerful album, highly anticipated by fans. I loved the album title. Do you think we are always haunted by the past or sometimes we actually forget it too quickly and repeat tragic things? It is also good to know where things come from, like musical styles. Some older bands like
yours and also God Dethroned come to mind as having great new music this year, still fighting for the dark metal legacy!

Morean: As a species, that’s definitely true. Just look around you and what mankind is discussing right now. I remember that at the turn of the century, I felt like the human race might be at the eve of an evolutionary quantum leap. Now, twenty years later, it’s obvious that the monkey part of us that throws feces at the monkeys in the other tree is not actually that far in the past. At the same time, we can transform the Earth into one giant telescope to take pictures of black holes, land probes on comets, genetically engineer organisms and so on. I think our technical evolution is so far ahead of our mental and emotional evolution that it’s still a big question if progress will have the upper hand in the near future, or if we just go to some dystopian Mad Max-like society, only postponing its last degenerate breath. Time will tell, but we’re far from being able to relax about it. The “old world” of this album is something else entirely though; it refers to the universe of the previous album, where the protagonist has transformed into a being of pure light and reincarnates here as the sentient fabric of a newborn cosmos, in great agony. It’s black metal after all.

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Chicago’s LIKE RATS are streaming their caustic latest rager HERE. Death Monolith is out April 10th via Hibernation Release. The title seems pretty timely with a raging pandemic, Bernie dropping out while Biden dodges commenting on rape allegations but has time to talk about how he loves Fig fucking Newtons and the Trump shitshow continues apace. Oof. Brutal times and not in a good “brootal” way.

Anyway, “Ashen Rain” is pretty fantastic and helping keep me from licking the absolute bottom floorboard of depression right now, so there’s that. Great material and glad this band is releasing new and meaningful art.

LIKE RATS comments, Death Monolith is an attempt to combine the lowly, violent aspects of our primitive nature with the horror and awe that we feel when confronted not just with death, but with our place in the cosmos.”

Death Monolith explores themes of obsession, love, loss, depression, and sociological commentary on the human condition. Vocalist Dan Polak comments on the lyrical themes in the album, “Underneath, or rather looming above in the heavens, is the connective theme of our awareness of the fragility of this existence and that we are very small on a cosmic scale.”

Track listing:
1. World Devourer
2. Ashen Rain
3. Foul Wind
4. Death Monolith
5. The Omega Equation
6. Crimson Cosmos
7. Contagion
8. Land of Gloom

Recorded and engineered by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in February/March 2019
Album artwork by John Regan / Hand of Doom.

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Album Review: Testament – Titans Of Creation

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM (PST)

From the moment you hear “Children Of The Next Level” blast out of the speaker’s with supreme artillery confidence, it is evident that 2020 Testament is take no prisoners prepared to stand taller than any new buzz band in the genre. The huge grin of nostalgia and thrill of promised new glory that fans get each release is an awesome feeling that the band deliver on with ease. Undoubtedly in the top 4 now that Slayer are no longer standing (and arguably they were already deserving of being in the Big 4 over Megadeth for friggin’ years), Titans Of Creation is a near masterpiece of thrash. From Hoglan completely savaging the kit with jaw dropping performances locked tight with Steve DiGiorgio to many memorable lyrics and the bedrock structuring Testament is known for thanks in no small part to Eric Peterson, you can’t lose with this album.

“Curse Of Osiris” is a track that  opens with blistering hate that reminded me of superfast early The Legacy style Testament married to some unholy near Demonic worthy screams amidst the standard Chuck iconic barks and even some blasts. The tom rolls on this song! Chuck is in full command on this song, a total boss.  “Catacombs” has a theatrical ancient epic vibe you might expect on an instrumental current Sepultura track. This band is perfect for rallying the dejected right now.

“Dream Deceiver” stands out with more melodic, groove thrash riffage and a pushy mid-tempo chorus that alternates with technical faster measures for a thrilling and satisfying fix. “She won’t stop haunting me at night!” I firmly believe 100% that no other major thrash band has had as good a late stage 4 album run as Testament have pulled off since turning heads sharply when the excellent The Formation Of Damnation salvaged the group from an early grave. Just thinking back to the live shows from that time is such an exciting feeling, but I am just as excited about them this current album as ever. This really is the meaning of LEGACY (pun intended). Alex is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of the genre and this album certainly cements that yet again.

“The Healers” is timely considering the Coronavirus scare Chuck and Steve just went through and is one of the more stage ready powerful songs of the album telling us to get back in touch with nature in a time of 5G debates, pollution, mass death and traffic jams. Howling wolves and a respect for Mother Earth pepper the lyrical content with emotion and strength drawn from old wisdom. It’s one of the band’s most explosive and bad ass songs – along with the still anthemic “Native Blood” – in their storied discography. Also, who else in metal can bellow “My healing powers crystal blue” and have it sound tough as shit?

“Night of the Witch” is cool but was actually one of the weaker songs on the album. It is a single and still kicks the ass of half the bands out there, so that is pretty cool if a song still as good as NoTW is actually not the strongest material on a record. I can see why they released it as a single though, since the song has some of the eviler riffing and darker “Hell” vibes a lot of devil craving metal maniacs lust for. Skolnick and Peterson really own this song the most in the band, lending a Pantera level of technical flourish and rage to a few moments.

Again, this is peak 2020 metal that will strengthen any fan during this hard time. Hails to the legends!

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