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If you are tired of the parade of extremely ugly Republicans on tv and want some cool death metal distraction , we have killer news from L.A. tech death metallic monsters Abysmal Dawn today! Abysmal Dawn remain one of the most intense bands out there and will be embarking on a North American tour as direct support for VADER in February of next year! Their star will surely continue to grow and consume all!

The run will kick off on February 4 in San Diego, CA and will conclude on February 28 in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. The full run of dates can be found below. For updates on ticket links and on-sale times, follow ABYSMAL DAWN on BandsInTown HERE.

In addition to the tour announcement, ABYSMAL DAWN has even bigger news in store for 2020! The band has just completed work on their long-awaited fifth studio album, which will be their debut to Season of Mist. The forthcoming full-length was mixed by Charles Elliott and produced and recorded by Charles Elliot and Mike Bear at Tastemaker Audio while the drums were tracked by John Haddad at Trench Studios. The offering was mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. I for one am incredibly pumped at this news and was hoping the band would land a new, solid contract somewhere soon!

Speaking about the upcoming offering, ABYSMAL DAWN comments:
“We’re officially done with album number 5! It’s been quite some time since we released any new music, and we feel we have something special on our hands. It took a lot of time, effort, and seeing through some trying times to get to this moment. We’re very proud of the outcome and think fans will agree it was worth the wait. Musically we’re pushing our limits more than ever, while still maintaining what people love about Abysmal Dawn. Now we take a quick breath before getting back once again to spreading our brand of misanthropic extreme metal across the globe. See you on the road in 2020!”

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Guest List: Stormland’s Justin Pierrot’s top 5 albums of 2019

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:16 PM (PST)

The excellent Incident Report: UC​-​0791227 propelled the one man Gundam-themed death metal machine known as Stormland from British Columbia into the ears of quite a few more death metal minded folks.  Justin from Stormland also performed the music on one of my favorite songs “Miracle Drug” on one of my own albums released this year and is just an awesome dude and supportive, real friend. Homie can also really wail the shit out of a guitar and is growing stronger with each release (“Contact” fucking slaps). This project really has legs to be a cult favorite if the releases continue.  Fallon Bowman and Jacob Frebe even make appearances on the recent EP.

Anyhow, we know Justin lives and breathes music and family and so we thought he would be the perfect choice for our Guest List Year End list this year. Here are my dude’s personal choices for his favorite 5 releases of this dwindling to a close insane year.

Justin’s picks: 

1) Allegaeon – Apoptosis. It continues to blow my mind the leaps that Allegaeon makes from album to album. You can practically hear the “level up” chime whenever the first single for a new release comes out. The songcraft and musicianship are always ace, and both guitarist Mike Stancel and new bassist Brandon Michael shine throughout. Apoptosis is a magnum opus of an album.

2) Babymetal – Metal Galaxy. While far more overtly pop than Metal Resistance, it’s still a strong,strong album. Yes, singles like “Elevator Girl” and “PA PA YA” are strong, but they’re not the stars. Deep cuts like pop radio-ready “Brand New Day” and the powerfully groovy “Kagerou” are where the album shines.

3) Ithaca – The Language of Injury. Beyond proclaiming themselves the new Masters of the Alarm Clock Riff, Ithaca’s debut longplayer is one of the most emotive albums I’ve heard all year. The rage and despair are palpable on songs like the title track and “Better Abuse.” It won’t shock me to see Ithaca become a staple on my personal AOTY lists for years to come.

4) KMFDM – Paradise. This came out of nowhere for me. I was not expecting new KFMDM in this, the year of our Lord, 2019. And yet here we are, and here it is. And it is good. It’s probably the strongest album, front to back, they’ve put out since the 1990s. It will make you smile, it will make you dance, and it will keep you angry at the ongoing fascist creep going on in our world.

Yup, KMFDM, as always, is Antifa.

5) Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind. A tighter album than 2018’s The Silent Vigil, Memoriam knocked a minute or two off the average song length for a leaner and meaner third release. This is death metal the way I likes it: With stomp, a bit of melody, and a sense of constant forward momentum.

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Asking Alexandria release ‘The Violence’ Sikdope remix with video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:50 PM (PST)

EDM DJ Sikdope has done a pretty cool remix for “The Violence” by Asking Alexandria.

Speaking on his bombastic remix of Asking Alexandria’s latest arena-filling anthem, Sikdope says:
“I’ve been a fan of Asking Alexandria for as long as I can remember. They’re also great friends of mine, so of course I was thrilled when they asked me to remix “The Violence” (also one of my favorite tracks this year). I sang in a rock band as a teenager so remixing this track felt like second nature to me; I got to go back to my roots but also showcase the evolution of my sound. This remix feels like such an accomplishment for me because when I was in a band as a kid, my dream was to have a release on Sumerian… now I’m on it as a DJ.”
Adding to this, Asking Alexandria guitarist, Ben Bruce says
“I’m a firm believer that the best collaborations come from when artists come together through a true and real connection. A great collaboration can’t be forced, they are born from a mutual respect and passion. In this case Sikdope and myself had been friends and mutual fans of each other’s work for many years prior to this collaboration. We went out for dinner one night and decided, spur of the moment, to collaborate! I’m so excited that we finally got to work together and through combined efforts have created such a MONSTER of a tune!”

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Carnifex and 3TEETH announce Spring co-headline Meta X Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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For everyone moping about the end of Slayer, here is some fresh metal news to maybe cheer your ragged little evil hearts up a little bit, eh? In an interesting pairing, Carnifex and 3TEETH are heading out together in a sure to be pretty darn sick co-headlining run. META X starts on March 13th in Santa Ana wrapping up on April 17th in Los Angeles, making stops in major markets including New York City, Nashville, Chicago, and more. The tour will also feature support from Skold and The Browning. Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, December 6th and can be found HERE.

3TEETH Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle

3TEETH will be on tour in support of their latest album METAWAR, released this past July, following a headlining run in Europe. METAWAR, which was produced by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), is available HERE. Carnifex will be supporting World War X, which was produced by Jason Suecof, released August 2nd, via Nuclear Blast Records, available HERE.

Speaking about the tour, Alexis Mincolla of 3TEETH and Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex are excited to team up together for Meta X. “We are a truly deadly combination of underground metal. Get ready for huge live production from all the bands on the bill along with extended sets. This Meta X tour is going to roll into cities like an industrialized war machine laying waste to everything in its path and you’re not going to want to miss it.”

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Nevermore Guitar Anthology book sees release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Happy Thanksgiving week, folks. I don’t really get many opportunities to post that much NEVERMORE news anymore, but today is an exception. Fans of the powerful and heralded heavy metal band’s legacy can rejoice and be grateful for Nevermore: The Guitar Anthology, a new book that will help you learn how to play some of the band’s coolest songs so you can impress the disgruntled curly haired older dude at your local guitar shop. For real though, if you can play any of these monster tunes – you will become way cooler. I fucking love Nevermore. RIP Warrel.

Order the book HERE.

“The Guitar Anthology” features guitar tab and notation for 10 songs from the Nevermore catalog. All songs were transcribed note for note from the original recordings by Heathen/Exodus (live) guitarist Kragen Lum and former Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth. Learn how to play the songs exactly as played on the recordings with these 100% accurate transcriptions! Presented in 2 guitar format so you can learn to play every riff and solo just as Jeff Loomis, Tim Calvert and Steve Smyth played them on the albums. Includes foreword by Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis. 200 pages. This Deluxe Print Edition of the book also includes an exclusive Nevermore bookmark and a brand new Jeff Loomis Dunlop guitar pick not yet available to the public. This Deluxe Print Edition also includes a Digital Copy of the book in PDF format and is only through SubLevel Records!

Songs Included:
Beyond Within
Born
Dreaming Neon Black
Enemies Of Reality
Narcosynthesis
The River Dragon Has Come
The Seven Tongues Of God
This Godless Endeavor
This Sacrament
What Tomorrow Knows

Upon purchase of this Deluxe Print Edition + Digital Copy you will receive an email notification that the book is available for download. Use the link provided in the email to download the eBook in PDF format to your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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Neil Fallon is the lyricist, singer, and rhythm guitar player of the rock band CLUTCH. What you might not know, is that since 2017, he’s also been on the board of the non-profit organisation INNOCENT LIVES FOUNDATION.

Based in the United States but working globally, the ILF is committed to helping children by unmasking anonymous online predators and aiding law enforcement to bring them to justice. Through open source intelligence gathering, the ILF create dossiers on possible child exploiters by searching the Internet for information and scouring the dark web for proof. Once evidence is found, the ILF turns the dossiers over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. In 2019 more than 80 of the dossiers produced by the ILF are being used by law enforcement to track, capture, and and apprehend child predators. The ILF is a 501c3 charitable organisation and relies solely on donations.

Now, Fallon has organised a special online auction of rare and sought after rock ‘n roll memorabilia to benefit the Innocent Lives Foundation.

The auction lots include signed guitars from Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Zakk Wylde, Thursday, and Clutch. Also up for bids are signed posters from the Foo Fighters and Black Label Society. Finally, there is a limited edition (#21 of 25) black and white photo print of Chris Cornell, courtesy of Andrew Stuart and approved by the Cornell estate.

When asked why he wanted to organise an auction for the ILF, Fallon responded, “No one wants to hear, let alone talk, about the topic of child abuse. We can choose to look away, but the victims don’t have that option. I realized that if I am in a position to help, how could I not? Putting together this auction is an easy thing to do for kids that need our help so desperately.”

Interested fans can place bids at: auctions.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

Bidding starts on November 25th at 11am EST (8am PST / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET) and concludes on December 7th at 11:59pm EST.

Fallon returns to the UK with CLUTCH for headline shows pre-Christmas, with special guests Graveyard and Kamchatka. For tickets, visit www.pro-rock.com.

About the Innocent Lives Foundation
The ILF uses experts from around the globe to save children and stop the spread of child abuse material, which can include child pornography, child erotica, and content displaying any type of child abuse. They create technology and processes to combat child abuse material. They use this technology to assist law enforcement in bringing predators to justice.

To donate or for more info on the ILF’s work, please visit www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

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Aborym announce new album ‘Hostile’ for 2020

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:36 AM (PST)


Hot on the heels of their 25 Anniversary Celebration through the release of the trilogy Something for Nobody (3 LPs, released via Dead Seed Production in the between of 2017 and 2019) ABORYM are about to enter the most prolific period within their extensive career with the highly anticipated brand new album HOSTILE due for international release on 2020 by DEAD SEED PRODUCTIONS.

Their 8th studio album is titled HOSTILE and ABORYM are currently recording it at NGM studios and Synthesis Studios with the sound engineer Andrea Corvo.

The new album will be mixed in Rome and Bangkok by the legendary producer Keith Hillebrandt, sound-designer, remixer and programmer from San Francisco (now Bangkok based) who has worked within the music software business and with/for various artists such as Stevie Wonder, Consolidated and David Bowie. He has also manipulated sound in many musical outfits including Nine Inch Nails, Blast Conservatory, Cleopatra System and Full Court Press (a band he was in), as well as working in Naut Humon’s Sound Traffic Control. Keith Hillebrandt has also released four solo albums and an EP. On David Bowie’s I’m Afraid Of Americans, Hillebrandt is listed as a full member of NIN along with Dave Ogilvie, Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser.

The mastering will be entrusted to the Aborym long time associate Marc Urselli, 5-time Grammy Award nominated, 3-time Grammy Award winning engineer, producer, mixer, sound designer. Marc Urselli works with artists from around the world such as U2, Foo Fighters, Sting, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Nick Cave, Børns, Mike Patton, John Zorn, Elton John […]

“It’s taken us a while,” – says lead singer and mastermind Fabrizio Giannese aka Fabban – “but over the last couple of years I put together a great team of individuals to work with, and that, as well as a revitalized and energetic new commitment has triggered an effect that has dramatically overhauled ABORYM. Hostile is testament to that. It’s rude, it’s ballsy and at the same time it’s sensitive and extremely intimate”

“It was a great pleasure making the new album,” concludes Giannese. “Sometimes you hit a period where everything just fits together perfectly and turns out exactly as you hoped it would. Hostile reflects that very sentiment, and much more.”

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Metal Riot’s Top 15 albums of 2019.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:10 AM (PST)

Immortal Bird deserve to thrive

 

Hi everyone. As usual, I am inclined to post my AOTY list a little on the early side to hopefully get capitalist metal scum to buy more of these masterpieces in advance of the holiday season. I also am very busy doing important shit like going through a hellish move to get away from a slumlord, petitioning Marvel to reinstate Julian MacMahon as Dr. Doom in the MCU , etc. I have also been busy being furious that the entire Metal Riot Twitter account was deleted by vengeful Melanie Martinez and Foxygen stans just because I said that my gf Globelamp and I are not part of a god damn murder plot against stupid Foxygen and that anyone who thinks that is an idiot (FYI: their official twitter tweeted and deleted awhile ago “she tried to kill me and isn’t done”…complete evil nonsense). She has dental records that her teeth were knocked out, geniuses. It wasn’t from no one. The Melanie stans also hated that my gf stood up for the woman who accused Melanie of assault. Everything is wack. Not a good look to support Foxygen, to put it nicely.

Sorry I dropped some F bombs, Twitter! I notice you still have Richard Spencer on there with a god damn turkey emoji dogwhistling Native American genocide, you trash! Sorry I stood up for my abused girlfriend and want some losers to leave us alone. I do apologize to anyone inconvenienced and will continue to do my best to support lots of bands, though I am disgusted by the Twitter platform so not sure I will be replacing the account.

Anyway, it has been an intense year so I sure as hell hope these impeachment hearings gain some traction. Quick shameless plug. I was honored to release two albums this year with my Walking Bombs project via Nefarious Industries, the war, hate and capitalism themed Suicide By Citizenship and the non binary themed Sphinges Sibling Selves and Queens.

I am still in awe of the assembled allies who took part in these albums, from Gridfailure to members of Tad, Caustic Resin/Earth, Cycle Sluts From Hell, Kylesa, All Out War, Globelamp , The Beautiful Bastards and more. I will remain very thankful for years to come for these releases, which helped me express myself during a very hard personal year where my gf and I were battling Foxygen legally and dealing with DARVO. Thank you EVERYONE who checked my records out this year or did a premiere. More to come in 2020!

The following are some of the musical powerful albums by others that really resonated with me the most this year.  Well, I mean they are the ones cloests to the hard rock, metal and punk genres. I also listened to lots of Tamaryn, Kerli and Jenny Lewis, as should you all. Bless you cool cats and let’s all keep the faith, I value you all and thank you for continuing to support the site. In the next few weeks before the end of the year we will also post short lists from other staff and guest artist favorite list contributors to continue our year end celebration. Stay loud and proud! Love, fangs and headbangs, y’all. Today is trans day of remembrance as I write this and let’s make the world brighter.

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WITHERED will be embarking on a European tour in January 2020 in support of label mates CANNABIS CORPSE. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.  A big heads up to the metalheads across the pond, cuz you will not want to miss out on this disgustingly great package deal. Additionally, Withered  have released a pummeling and yet moody lyric video for their “Somnium Decay” track to mark the announcement.

WITHERED comment: “It’s been nearly a decade and a half since we’ve left the shores of North America. Withered has decided it is time again to get face to face with our fans & friends in the old countries of Europe. We are excited to share this massive effort with our friends in Cannabis Corpse and help celebrate the release of their new album. We have a very special set list planned that will undoubtedly dose our audiences with surrealism and a true darkened longing with music that spans our entire catalog to date. I’m excitedly nervous to reconnect so intimately with my roots and with friends we haven’t seen in nearly 15 years. It promises to be an awakening we cannot wait to share with everyone.”

“Somnium Decay” can be downloaded HERE.

 

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We will be joining our friends and label mates Cannabis Corpse this coming January for our first full European tour. Dates and ticket link below. https://bnds.us/5vmev7 03 Jan 20 Aalst (BE) Cinema 04 Jan 20 Utrecht (NL) DB’s 05 Jan 20 Bochum (DE) Die Trompete 06 Jan 20 Hamburg (DE) Monkey’s 07 Jan 20 Aalborg (DK) 1000Fryd 08 Jan 20 Copenhagen (DK) Vega 09 Jan 20 Stockholm (SE) Hus7 10 Jan 20 Oslo (NO) Vaterland 11 Jan 20 Malmo (SE) Plan B 12 Jan 20 Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik 13 Jan 20 Prague (CZ) Underdogs 14 Jan 20 Bratilava (SK) Kulturak Klub 15 Jan 20 Munchen (DE) Backstage 16 Jan 20 Innsbruck (AT) P.M.K. 17 Jan 20 Bologna (IT) Freakout Club 18 Jan 20 Bolzano (IT) Pippo Stage 19 Jan 20 Zurich (CH) Werk21 20 Jan Aachen (DE) Musikbunker 21 Jan 20 London (UK) Boston Music Room 22 Jan 20 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2 23 Jan 20 Edinburgh (UK) Banneman’s 24 Jan 20 Bridgewater (UK) The Cobblestones 25 Jan 20 Leeds (UK) Temple of Boom @madtourbooking @seasonofmistofficial #cannabiscorpse #witheredmetal

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Marilyn Manson has been announced as the opener for Ozzy’s rescheduled North American dates in 2020, sure to be a memorable pairing for fans on a historic tour. The “NO MORE TOURS 2” kicks off May 27 in Atlanta and concludes July 31 in Las Vegas.

 

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Armored Saint to make progress on new recordings soon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2:21 PM (PST)

Heavy metal veterans Armored Saint always deliver on the metal and hard rock front. Gonzo Sandoval has revealed that the band are recording again next month.

Read more on Facebook HERE.

Here’s one from previous record, 2015’s excellent Win Hands Down, to hold you over while we all wait! Also worth noting is that the legend Joey Vera is going to be in Mercyful Fate as well for the upcoming reunion era, filling the big shoes of recently departed member Timi Hansen (who gave Vera his blessing before cancer took Hansen from us).

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Migration Fest 2020 initial lineup announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:15 PM (PST)

Initial Migration Fest line up announcement for next year! One of the best festivals to support. Always amazing bands and good ethics. You can’t go wrong with the bands announced thus far. Let me especially recommend the new Falls Of Rauros album, if you for some reason haven’t heard it yet.

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Bask November 2020 Tour supporting “III” is underway

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:01 PM (PST)

Appalachian psych rockers BASK will kick off their headlining North American tour today, November 14 in Atlanta, GA. The band will be touring in support of their recently released third studio album, ‘III.’ The full itinerary is as follows:

Bask “III” Album Release Tour:
11/14: Atlanta, GA @ 529
11/15: Columbia, SC @ Columbia Museum of Art
11/16: Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
11/17: Richmond, VA @ Banditos
11/19: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
11/20: Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
11/21: Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
11/22: Cambridge, MA @ Hong Kong
11/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds
11/24: Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
11/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
11/26: Kent, OH @ The Outpost Concert Club
11/27: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
11/29: Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
11/30: Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway

‘III’ was released on November 8 via Season of Mist, making it the band’s debut to the label. The record can be heard in full at THIS LOCATION.

‘III’ can be ore-ordered HERE.

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Taking a moment from perusing the House Of Harlow 1960 crystal collection and being amused at the Rose Quartz Crystal Statement Ear Jackets name. They are a nice design but the merging of “crystal” and “statement” screams hippie + bougie to me in a way that I am sure was psychically intentional. No shade, Nicole Richie. That’s how you get ’em. Not a bad collection, sis!

Anyway, back here in Riot-ville to tell you unwashed weirdos the lowdown on some sounds.

Necropanther‘s much awaited The Doomed City is streaming HERE. The Colorado metallers mean business on this Logan’s Run inspired riff fest. I especially like the absurdly whiplash-ready track “Cathedral” which ought to appeal to both fans of Power Trip, old gargle scream Skeletonwitch and Pantera in fairly equal measure. Somewhere Farrah Fawcett is windmilling like Corpsegrinder and The production on this and the growls are just…is evil overused as a descriptor in metal? The stream comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday November 15th.

Following a few December gigs, stoner icons Sleep will be on indefinite hiatus. I never expected another record, let alone the brilliance of The Sciences. I mean, it isn’t hard for dudes as rad at rocking as Sleep to make a good album, but that record was “chef’s kiss”.  This Chicago date with Big Business looks pretty sick, for a pretty penny. I’d go, though. Lot worse things you could do with that money and you probably have enough weed already if this interests you, fam.

Seriously though, much thanks to Sleep for inspiring so many and keeping it real across the vastnesses of here, there and wherever. Hails.

 

 

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Hey kids. Just taking a break from The Mandalorian to tell you that gravel throated sludge icon Kirk Windstein has a solo album Dream In Motion coming next year (allegedly also featuring a Jethro Tull cover I am a little wary of, no offense to the big lug). Heavy Consequence has a premiere of the first video for the title track, which almost makes up for their ghastly top 25 albums of the decade list the other day (hahaha). Not sure yet if Windstein is part of the Down reunion show announced for next year, but somebody knows.

Can I just add that as usual Kirk is still the daddy of all the best riffs?

As for his decision to record a solo LP, Windstein states:
“The idea to record a solo album started out as, ‘I’m going to do an acoustic record,’ but that’s just so cliché, you know? Nothing against that, but it’s been done a million times. But I had been thinking about doing something a little more mellow for some time. It’s something I wanted to do, I needed to do. It’s another side of my songwriting, my personality. It’s another side of me. It’s something I did for myself. It’s not even that this isn’t heavy, because there are bits and pieces that are very heavy. But even the heaviest riff on this is something I couldn’t really do in Crowbar. If some Crowbar fans don’t like it, I’ll understand. But I hope people dig it.”

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