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Canadian heavy metal band Sinful Ways have a new melodic metal song out “Burst Into Flames” and an accompanying video. This song itself is high energy, and though the vocals don’t quite take off into the stratosphere they still are catchy and serviceable to an otherwise very well executed metal tune. I also just prefer screams or more soaring octaves/heights with this style, so that could be my bias.

Fans of Lazarus A.D., Bullet For My Valentine, Blaze-era Maiden and newer Trivium will likely dig aspects of this up and coming group. Will be cool to see if they hopefully do a whole album in this direction in the future.

The band explains what they are trying to convey with this single:

“Sinful Ways wants fans to relate to our music in some way and make them feel connected to us as a band and our music. We want them to take their interpretation of the songs to relate in one way or another.”

MARIALENA releases “Prophecies” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Athens, Greece based operatic singer Marialena Trikoglou has released a lyric video for her dramatic song “Prophecies” from 2020 solo album Vanity. Front woman in the metal band Subfire, Marialena’s album is a delight for symphonic power metal fans.

Watch the video below.

Video editing and graphics by Spyros Roditis

Makeup by Maria Pappa

Photo by Buzz Osborne

Alt metal and snarky art rock legends Mr. Bungle have released a thrashterpiece of a track “Sudden Death” from The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo – out 10/30 on mighty Ipecac. You can definitely hear the old school vibes in these stomping and raging patterns (perfectly suited to new members Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo.

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GHOST BRIGADE to release special four cd boxed set

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:53 AM (PST)

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Finnish melodic dark metal outfit GHOST BRIGADE will be releasing ‘MMV – MMXX,’ a specially priced box set that will feature CD versions of the band’s four Season of Mist full-length releases. The limited collection will be released on December 4 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

The band are respected veterans who are also a bit under appreciated yet well known in post-metal circles for their intense and brainy yet emotional releases. This is a very good deal for a special collection you will value greatly.

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Relapse Records presents 2R0I2P0, the brand new collaborative album from BORIS and MERZBOW. The 10 track album showcases every bit of the excitement and pulse-pounding rock and metal heard throughout the inimitable, expansive BORIS catalog, as it meets the signature harsh noise and soundscapes of the equally prolific MERZBOW.

 2R0I2P0’s opening track “Away From You” is on all streaming services HERE.

An album that is at once familiar and unique for its time, melodic and harsh in equal parts, 2R0I2P0 aims to find sonic harmony. After all, 2R0I2P0 translates to “Twenty Twenty R.I.P.” “This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world,” BORIS comments. “This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again.”

2R0I2P0 is out December 11th on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Pre-Orders are available HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

2R0I2P0 Tracklist:

  1. Away From You
  2. To The Beach
  3. Coma
  4. Love
  5. Absolutego
  6. Journey
  7. Uzume
  8. Evol
  9. Boris
  10. Shadow Of Skull

 

Stream YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” HERE.

 

BrooklynVegan presents “Búho Lanzadardos,” the new single from Salt Lake City, Utah indigenous black metal outfit, YAOTL MICTLAN. The song is a precursor for the band’s impending third full-length release, Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar, nearing release through American Line Productions at the end of October.

 

YAOTL MICTLAN drummer Yaotl tells the story of their new song, writing, “The track ‘Búho Lanzadardos'” (Spearthrower Owl), starts with a minute long indigenous instrumentation intro that sends the listener back to the Mesoamerican past when war, rituals, royal bloodlines, and city-states were a part of life in Ancient Mexico. We collaborated with our good friend Mazatecpatl who recorded the intro for this track in his hometown of Guadalajara Mexico. This song is a tribute to Spearthrower Owl ruler of the ancient central Mexican city Teotihuacan in the year 378, who sent an army lead by Born of Fire to march across Mesoamerica to overtake the most powerful Mayan city-state at the time called Tikal in Guatemala. 1,642 years later you can still witness Born of Fire and Spearthrower Owl’s legacy in the ruins of Tikal and several other Mayan ruins in buildings that they commissioned with central Mexican gods like Tlaloc plastered and carved into them.”

 

Hear YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” now only through BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.

 

Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar will see release next Friday, October 30th on CD and digital formats through Mexico City’s American Line Productions. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE and CD preorders at the label webshop HERE.

 

YAOTL MICTLAN – which translates into “Warrior(s) from the land of the Dead” in the Mexican language Nahuatl – delivers their most epic material to date on Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar. Focusing on a deeper Mesoamerican mysticism feel with this album, the eight new songs transport the listener into the band’s immersive, ethnic, blackened metal vision. Amid the searing riffs and hammering metal attack, beautiful auras and melodies meet with traditional and pre-Hispanic instrumentation.

Grammy-nominated band Code Orange have announced “Back Inside The Glass,” an all-immersive environmental experience placing Code Orange’s live show at the center of awe-inspiring virtual landscapes.

Broadcasting live October 31st at 4:00PM EST / 1:00PM PST, “Back Inside The Glass” will see Code Orange delivering a colossal livestream performance in a way never-before-seen, and will feature special guests Machine GirlYear Of The Knife (playing their LP Internal Incarceration in full) and Jesus Piece kicking off the stream with brand-new sets delivered through a cinematic lens.

Tickets for “Back Inside The Glass”, including VIP packages with a virtual fan experience that allows viewers to digitally project themselves into the venue as the band performs, are on sale now at live.codeorangetoth.com. All tickets will receive an instant download of “The Cutter,” a never-before released track from the Underneath album sessions. Fans can also tune in at 3:00PM EST / 12:00PM PST for Mudbangers Ball (Vol.2), a special livestream preshow hosted by Riki Rachtman featuring interviews and new heavy music videos, reimagining a beloved format.

Code Orange vocalist Jami Morgan commented on the announcement: “We are very excited to present the next chapter of the Code Orange live streaming experiment. We are hoping to deliver something on a whole new level with ‘Back Inside The Glass’ and are glad to have our brothers and sisters in Jesus Piece, Year Of The Knife, and Machine Girl along with us.”

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Today, Slovak Metal Army announces November 23rd as the international release date for Shaark‘s long-awaited fifth album, Deathonation.

In the meantime, a whole grip of new tracks from Deathonation have been revealed. The official video “Union of Pain” can be seen & heard HERE, at Shaark‘s official YouTube channel; and the new tracks “MonSteroid” HERE and the title track “Deathonation” HERE, both at the band’s official YouTube channel.

Tracklisting for Shaark’s Deathonation
1. Adventus Mali
2. Union of Pain
3. Monsteroid
4. Corruption
5. Trip to Non-Return
6. Deathonation
7. Trapped in The Net part I
8. Trapped in The Net part II
9. Friends of Evil
10. Speed King (bonus track)

Zakk Sabbath cover “Under The Sun”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:16 AM (PST)

ZAKK SABBATH have covered the BLACK SABBATH classic ‘Under the Sun’, a bombastic and massive encapsulation of the track. Safe to say, nobody is honoring Sab quite like Zakk these days! “Under the Sun” is the third digital single taken from the forthcoming MER Redux series installment Vol. 4 [Redux]. The record also features Whores, Spirit Adrift, Thou and more!

ZAKK SABBATH is the BLACK SABBATH tribute band featuring guitarist and vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE), and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEEN OF THE STONE AGE), who have been constantly gigging since 2014 with their  unique yet respectful take on the Birmingham four’s classic early songs.

Tracklist
1. THOU – Wheels of Confusion
2. THE OBSESSED – Tomorrow’s Dream
3. HIGH REEPER – Changes
4. MATT PIKE – FX
5. SPIRIT ADRIFT – Supernaut
6. GREEN LUNG – Snowblind
7. WHORES – Cornucopia
8. TONY REED – Laguna Sunrise
9. HAUNT – St. Vitus Dance
10. ZAKK SABBATH – Under the Sun

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Yautja sign to Relapse!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:34 AM (PST)

Photo Credit: Scott Evans

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Nashville underground trio YAUTJA!

Formed in 2010, YAUTJA has made waves across the metal scene for the past decade. Featuring members of several other musical projects including Thou, Coliseum, Mutilation Rites and more, YAUTJA amalgamate death metal, hardcore punk, grind and noise rock into a furious sound of their own.

YAUTJA Comment:

“The members of Yautja have been fans of Relapse artists and releases since middle school and the label has always been an outlet for discovering new and subversive music for us. We couldn’t be more stoked to share the music we’ve been working on over the past few years through this label.”

YAUTJA has released two full lengths and a 12″ EP as well as a handful of demos and splits through Forcefield Records, Gilead Media and Anti-Corporate Music Inc. to critical acclaim. Known for their pummeling live shows, YAUTJA has toured with the likes of Revocation, Exhumed, Dropdead, Inter Arma, Cult Leader, Rivers of Nihil, Black Breath, and more.

In 2020, the band headed to Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago to document their newest material – engineered by Scott Evans/Antisleep Audio and mastered by Brad Boatright/Audiosiege. 2021 will see the release of a new YAUTJA full length. More information about this release, and more, will be revealed in the months to come.

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The White Swan is the impressive new outlet for Kittie’s super talented and rad Mercedes Lander, alongside Kira Longeuay and Shane Jeffers (Bloodmoon Collective). The doomgaze project will scratch your heavy and melodic adventurous and quirky itch quite well. It is cool they honored Tracy (who rules and lives in my town). She deserves to be discovered by a new generation and the cool and dramatic adaptation suits this genre perfectly. Cool to see Mercedes playing guitar and her vocals soar above the roaring and euphonious dirge. It manages to allow the listener to feel somber and rejoice at the same time.

You can go to Bandcamp to order Nocturnal Transmission.

Watch the video/hear the song via the fine folks at Metal Injection HERE.

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Greenwitch sign to Horror Pain Gore Death

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:53 AM (PST)

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed California’s sci-fi inspired old school Death Metal devastators Greenwitch. The new EP CosmoSteelBlood Trinity is up now for pre-order and will be released November 20th on CD and Digital formats, along with merchandise and bundles.  “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” was recorded, mixed and engineered by Taylor Young (Kruelty, Vitriol, NAILS) at The Pit Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Obituary, YOB) at Audiosiege Below is the official description:

Horror Pain Gore Death welcome Greenwitch to the roster with “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity”! Hailing from California, Greenwitch perform sci-fi inspired old school Death Metal that is full of intensity, extremity and interstellar brutality. “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” utilizes the classic HM-2 tone along with cosmic noise to convey an epic tale of the aftermath of a power struggle between the 9 Galactic Lords and 3 extradimensional beings. Prepare yourself for an astral assault as Greenwitch take you on a mystical journey through the deepest, darkest dimensions of devastation! “CosmoSteelBlood Trinity” was recorded, mixed and engineered by Taylor Young (Kruelty, Vitriol, NAILS) at The Pit Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Obituary, YOB) at Audiosiege. For fans of Blood Incantation, Disembowel, Full Of Hell, Kommand, Kruelty, Necrot, Outer Heaven, Sanguisugabogg, Triumvir Foul, Undeath and Xibalba

Cover art for GVF’s single, “My Way, Soon”

As we inch deeper into spooky season a lot of great bands are getting around to releasing stuff before the impending end of the year (and potential civil war). It has been a dread filled existential crisis of a year for likely everyone and so it is some solace to see the creative juices flow from some of our guiding lights. It sure is a hell of a lot better to hear good music than be awash in internet propaganda from QAnon folks who have rebranded Nazi Cult themes to suit their disgusting, fact-eroding purposes. I am sorry if this bullshit has infected the logic of any of your loved ones. It is really horrific and sad that these dipshits have any traction and cloud real anti-trafficking efforts with disinfo as well.

Anyway, from Eddie Van Halen passing to Trump skipping around the White House giving out Covid like Halloween candy to imbecile Rand Paul suggesting the fly that landed on Pence is part of the ‘deep state’,  I could really use some fucking rock n roll! How about you?

First up, GRETA VAN FLEET return! I for one LOVE this band. They are back with a light bearing, groove heavy, rambling rocker “My Way, Soon”. I was worried they were breaking up after a few hazy social media posts recently but I guess the hiatus has thankfully passed.

Y’all need to get lives and stop shitting on these dudes so hard for wearing their Zep influences. This song reminds me a bit of “Over The Hills And Far Away” in a good way, a song made for joy, introspection and travel without slipping into Journey “Faithfully” levels of cheese. The melodies are infectious and lift your spirits while the band sound more comfortable than ever. Probably my favorite song from them since the likewise ear worm filled “When The Curtain Falls.”

Let’s get frank here. How many bands sound like Ramones , Misfits or hell, even Green Day? About a zillion. Or wanna be Depeche Mode bands or Interpol biting Joy Division? Or ultimate problematic losers Foxygen doing DARVO on Globelamp as well as trying to rip off Stones and ELO terribly. Greta are really nice guys doing what they love and actually play instruments for fucks sake and fans love it so stay pressed. It’s 2020- try to enjoy life.

“This song was inspired by what three years of touring did by opening so many doorways.  This is my truth, how I feel about all of our travels, but I know it echoes the experiences and changes of perspectives for Jake, Sam, and Danny as well,” says Josh.

As Danny explains, “The definition of ’normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album.  We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things.  And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”

Photo by Jim Louvau

Killer Be Killed, the actual super group (that term gets tossed out much 2 casually often), are back as well! Max, Ben, Greg and Troy are all part of some of the most iconic bands in modern underground history and this collaboration has always seemed too “pinch me” good to be true, but it’s indeed actually real! The band’s excellently named Reluctant Hero sophomore album is due in November.

The track debuted yesterday via Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal hosted by Jose Mangin. The video, which was shot in Arizona last month, was directed by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. All we can say is, “Fuck yeah, dudes!”

I am loving the whole rollercoaster of a heavy mind bending tune but Troy especially is commanding in his patented rough edged melodic style vocals.

Troy said of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. ‘Dream Gone Bad’ was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”

Prepare to have your mind exploded, fam. Let’s goooooooo.

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Portuguese metal bands are always some of the most passionate and talented and Inhuman are no exception. I am liking the new single “Chaotic Nothing” a lot and wanted to share it with you below. Reminds me a bit of the melodic side of new Sepultura mixed with dark alt rock and even some prog elements. The band have teamed with Moonspell’s famed vocalist Fernando Ribeiro for the release of their long awaited new album CONTRA on his Alma Mater records on Nov. 6th (I reaaallly like the purple vinyl limited option)! Bandcamp version HERE.

This news warms my heart and gets the blood charged with power. Produced by Daniel Cardoso (Anathema, Ava Inferi), the music sounds huge, distinctive and all encompassing.

RIP to guitar god Eddie Van Halen

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:17 PM (PST)

There are no words for how sad I am about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. The rock icon succumbed to cancer and left behind a huge, untouchable legacy. I like Van Halen better than fucking Led Zep, ok?! The guitarist forever changed the landscape of modern sound and inspired so many with his unfathomable compositions and dizzying talent. I listened to “Runnin’ With The Devil” tonight after I was done ugly crying and throwing up once and got goosebumps on my arms during the solo even though, like you, I have heard it a hundred thousand times.

Thank you so much Eddie for all you gave us! It was a thrill of my life to play briefly in a EVH and Motley tribute show and get to open for Jake E. Lee and it was so fun playing your songs on a stage and imagining what it was like for you guys. “Unchained” is the funnest song to sing in the world. It was touching to see Sammy offer condolences to Wolf. This is just brutal. No one has ever replicated what you did the same way.

A band who could combine humor, soul, pop, technical prowess, fun, sadness, theatrics and so much more. A person who encompassed it all. A legend.

Please play “Dreams” loudly tonight or any song from any era and just LOVE it all.

We’ll get higher and higher
Straight up we’ll climb
We’ll get higher and higher
Leave it all behind

 

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