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new_england_metal_and_hardcore_festival_logoWith the 15th installment of New England’s Metal and Hardcore Festival right around the corner the organizers of the festival have put together a documentary featuring concert footage, interviews, photos, etc.

Click here to watch the movie.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival starts on  Thursday, April 18 and runs until Sunday, April 21, 2013 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. This year’s festival will include Anthrax, Opeth, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies and many, many more.

Video: Starkill premieres “Whispers of Heresy”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM (PST)

StarkillChicago based death metal band Starkill have released premiered another video from their upcoming album Fires of Life. The song, Whispers of Heresy is off the bands upcoming album is set for release via Century Media on April 30th in the States and May 13th in Europe.

You can hear the song here.

Starkill will be touring to support their upcoming release with Hypocrisy, Krisun, Aborted and Arsis starting on May 1st in New York, NY. You can see the full list of tour dates here.

Lesbian to release Forestelevision

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM (PST)

Lesbian Seattle Doomers Lesbian are releasing their album Forestelevision via Translation Loss Records on June 25. This will be Lesbian’s third full length and their Translation Loss Records debut. The album consists only of one 44+ minute title track.

The Lesbian discography includes Power Hor from Holy Mountain Records, a split 10″ with Ocean from Roadburn Records, a self-released two song tour EP and Stratospheria Cubensis from Important Records.

Lesbian is:

Arran McInnis
Dan LaRochelle
Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy
Dorando Hodous

Live Video: Iced Earth – “Stormrider”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM (PST)

iced-earth-ancient-kourion-coverFlorida heavy metal group Iced Earth have released a live video of the song “Stormrider” from their upcoming live DVD/Blu-Ray release called Live In Ancient Kourion. The DVD/Blu- Ray is due out April 16th in North America and the 15th in Europe via Century Media.

To check out the video over at Revolver click right here.

To hype the DVD Iced Earth have also released live versions of the songs “I Died For You” and “Damien” which you can find here and here respectively.  For this video, the band recorded in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre over 2.5 hours to create a unique atmosphere. The band is also playing several upcoming European shows this summer that you can get more info on right here, although they do not seem to be scheduled for anywhere as epic.

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Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter charges

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:13 AM (PST)

293.ab.randy.070612A panel of Czech judges has ruled that concert promoters and not Randy Blythe are responsible for the death of 19-year-old Daniel Nosek at the concert that took place in on May of 24th 2010. In light of a great amount of pressure Randy seems to have said and done all the right things and as elated as he must be to not have to spend anymore time in a Czech prison he was sure to keep Daniel and his family in his thoughts and prayers.

Blythe posted the following statement Instagram:
“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support.”

Blythe declined to talk after the trial but made the following statements to the court earlier:
“As I’ve stated previously, I do not wish to avoid my responsibility, and if I thought I were guilty I would plead guilty right now,” he said. “I still believe I acted responsibly to protect myself, my band, our equipment, and our audience. I did not strike anyone or run across the stage to push anyone,” as one witness had claimed.


The prosecutor immediately appealed the decision.

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Century Media and Earache Records come together for US licensing deal

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM (PST)

Century MediaCentury Media and Earache Records have announced plans to have Century Media release Earache Records physical catalog of CDs and LPs in the United States while digital distribution of  Earache’s back-catalog and new releases will remain in-house.

Quotes from label bosses can be found below:

First round of Mayhem Festival 2013 dates announced

Posted by GageT on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM (PST)

2013-datesThe initial round of Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates have been announced. No word on what bands will be there yet, but the lineup will be released on March 13th.

Check out the dates here.

Doomriders in studio

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM (PST)

DoomriderslogoBoston heavy metal band Doomriders, helmed by Converge’s bassist Nate Newton, have entered the studio. The as of yet untitled album is being recorded at Newton’s Converge bandmate, Kurt Ballou’s Godcity studio in Salem, MA. The album will be a follow up the the bands 2009  Darkenss Comes Alive and is set for release mid-2013, unsurprisingly, via Deathwish.


Video: SuidAkra – “Eternal Defiance” album trailer

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM (PST)

urlGerman folk/death metallers SuidAkrA have released a trailer for their upcoming album, Eternal Defiance.  Frontman Arkadius Antonik recently had this to say about the new album:

“As on the previous two releases, it will be a concept album again, created by [famous Belgian graphic artist] Kris Verwimp in cooperation with us. Our new concept includes a lot of new elements and surprises which will be reflected in the music as well.”

To find the trailer you can click right here.

Eternal Defiance is due out sometime this May under AFM Records.  This will be SuidAkrA’s eleventh album the follow up to 2011’s Book Of Dowth.

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Cover Art Battle Royale 2012: Semifinals

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM (PST)

Four more down, only four remain. Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle Royale 2012 continues. Below you will find our semifinalists as determined by the fans and Metal Riot’s very own heathens and cretins. It’s time to get your asses voting and determine what two bands will move on to next week’s ULTIMATE BATTLE ROYALE. GOVOTENOW!

And don’t forget to spread the word.

Cover Art Battle Royale 2012: Quarterfinals

Posted by JDKleinhans on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM (PST)


Round 1 is over. Only eight remain. Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle Royale 2012 continues. Below you will find our quarterfinalists as determined by the fans and Metal Riot’s very own heathens and cretins. It’s time to get your asses voting and determine what 4 bands will move on to next week’s seminfinal round. GO! VOTE! NOW!

And don’t forget to spread the word.

Cover Art Battle Royale 2012: Quarter Final Preview

Posted by JDKleinhans on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM (PST)

The opening round of the Cover Art Battle Royale 2012 is now complete and 8 bands have moved on to the Quarter Finals. Here is a little preview for what is in store for you starting in a little over 24 hours from now.

Quaterfinal Battle #1

XanthochroidBlessed He With Boils (Erthe and Axen)
Murder ConstructResults (Relapse)

Quarterfinal Battle #2

BilocateSummoning The Bygones (Code 666)
ETHSIII (Season Of Mist)

Quarterfinal Battle #3

AlcestLes Voyages de L’Ame (Prophecy)
DehumanizedControlled Elite (Comatose)

Quarterfinal Battle #4

EnslavedRIITIIR (Nuclear Blast)
BorknagarUrd (Century Media)

Cover Art Battle Royale 2012: Opening Round

Posted by JDKleinhans on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM (PST)


The moment has finally arrived, the Cover Art Battle Royale 2012. Below you will find the top 16 covers as determined the fans and Metal Riot’s very own heathens and cretins. So, get voting and determine what 8 bands will move on to next week’s quarterfinal round. GO! VOTE! NOW!

And don’t forget to spread the word.

Get a better look of the Cover Art Battle Royale 2012 bracket here.

Phil Anselmo interviews 50 Cent for

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:36 AM (PST)

If you didn’t already know (I didn’t) ex-Pantera and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo is a contributing writer for and is by his own admission utterly and completely removed from pop culture. Interestingly enough, this time around Phil gets to interview rapper 50 Cent. Overall it’s a good read especially if you’re a boxing fan and pretty entertaining. It starts out like this:

“I am so far removed from pop-culture, it’s pitiful. My foundations (for those of you who know me) are well laid and stern to the point of outright deafening indifference . . . especially when it comes to boxing . . and music.

But fuck all that, that’s my problem.

So, with an intro like the above reads, I gotta say, when I was assigned an interview with 50-Cent, I had no clue who the man was.


Call me morbid, call me pale, call me a victim of pugilistic dementia, but I must say, speaking to this man was an interesting experience. I was beyond impressed with his smarts, his sense of humor, his accomplishments and his future plans.

Despite my hardheaded “opinions” when it comes to the music that pops up randomly on my i-pod, as people go, 50-Cent was, and is, a super class act, and deserves all the accolades he gets.”

To read the whole interview over at click here.

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Cover Art Battle: December Cover Art Showdown

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Looks like December is the quietest release month of the year since January. So, we’re skipping the weekly battles and just going right to the Cover Art Showdown for all of December. Enough shenanigans. Time for you to go and vote.

That is all.

Don’t forget to like us on our Facebook page to stay up to date on this and future Cover Art Battles and look through our gallery of past winners with comments from the bands.