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Pope Richard

Pope Richard of Blackened Death Records and numerous not so subtle projects (including the controversial and excellent Gaylord, the bleak Suicide Wraith and many more) put out our selection for best comp of the year with the vital Worldwide Organization Of Metalheads Against Nazis II.

Being as polarizing a figure as Richard is usually means you might be an edge lord, but in this case it is refreshingly because Richard is doing so much right. As if writing a song called “Varg Impaled” wasn’t enough of a gift to the scene, Pope Richard also has contributed a guest blogger year end list to us here at Metal Riot this year! Hails and thanks!

Peruse below Richard’s thoughts on 2018’s metal scene, putting out the comp and what the best albums were of the year in their estimation.

It’s mid November and the nights are long and chilly. The days are short and chilly. And I’m in London, so things are /extra/ grey. But as the SADness descends upon us like a wet and fleeting snow, we have heavy metal to warm our hearts and lift our spirits.

2018 was a huge year for metal and all of its subgenres. We have had great releases from death metal bands, black metal acts, doom metal groups, and the immense push of the new wave of anti-fascist heavy metal has /really/ ramped up. For more on that you can check out Blackened Death’s releases “WOMAN” and “WOMAN II” on our Bandcamp. We managed to raise over £2000 between both comps for Doctors Without Borders due to this massive anti-fascist metal community that is pulling together. 2019 is gonna be B I G.

But that’s enough self-aggrandizing – let’s talk about some damn ass heavy metal.

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My Top 15 Favorite Underground Albums of 2018 (Morgan Y. Evans)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 2:33 PM (PST)

 

Hello readers and rioters. Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, honoring those who were killed due to transphobia. I am contemplative and worked hard today but now am resting and wrapping up my year end list. We have several coming over the next few days from all enby or binary trans writers which happens to be the bulk of staff and also (guess what?!) is normal! Yep, there are all kinds of people in the world. Deal with it. 

Anyway, I like to get the lists going around the week of Black Friday so that (ugly yoke of capitalism pandering aside) you or your friends might actually buy something on here for yourself or -gasp- as a gift to others. And yes, naysayers, most writers in music media have heard a slew of Haulix promos months in advance and besides last minute album drops during weeks when most press are already on break in December, rest assured we pretty much might know what we liked already. This year it was HARD to condense because I liked so many albums and some really, really good ones did not make it. I trimmed this in half from thirty, blah blah blah. I am pleased however with the variety of styles I ended up with which reflects a semi-decent range of the underground though also is somewhat slanted towards my tastes, bigly. I really believe in these bands, though. 

I had an intense year. Was part of making an awesome psych folk/indie album with my partner and I am really proud of her and it. Also finished a collab record due out next year with Gridfailure and my solo project Walking Bombs that features some nuts guests like Mike Score (All Out War), Brett Netson (Caustic Resin) and many more amazing people TBA in 2019 (stay tuned). I stopped HRT after a year and am living more non binary than a fully binary transition. Losing my parents house and some other mental health factors led me to decide to be super mindful of my moods right now and I have been mostly successful and am feeling more level than I have in half a decade, thank God. I might in the future take estradiol again but I also lost my father only a few years ago and it weighs on me so I also stopped electrolysis because the resemblance of our faces is one of the last tangible things I have of him. It’s complicated, I don’t know. Love you all though.

But through all that and some other challenges music remained a wonderful blanket and refuge or a brittle, cathartic ice water bath both invigorating and frighteningly emotional as we live under fucking Trump. Let’s NOT ever have as stupid a President again, Ok? This is toxic on a world level. 

Anyhow, here are my favorite top 15 of 2018 for Metal Riot. Support the arts and your friends and say no to the nasties out there. – Morgan Y. Evans

1. My album Of The Year: Soft Kill – Savior

From tragedy comes one of the most elegant and inspiring, beautiful albums you’ll ever hear. Cold and warm completely blur into one emotional high and low and high and low and we’re dancing on glass. Treasure your moments and create fearlessly the art and world you want to live within. Crucial.

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November Reign: Squalus, Monolord news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:50 PM (PST)

Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.

Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.

Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.

“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”

“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.

The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!

MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

MONOLORD comment on the signing:

“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”

MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.

Stream MONOLORD’s discography on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE.

MONOLORD Tour Dates:

— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —

Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg

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Stan Lee passes away at 95

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM (PST)

What can we say? Stan Lee, RIP. His impact changed the world and brought worlds of endless imagination to millions. A few reactions I grabbed initially off social media below. I am taking the day off or maybe I’ll stream Ant Man & The Wasp cuz this super sucks, fam. At least he got to see at the end of his life that his impact was never going away. Excelsior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post Midterm Metal Mind Melt: SunStare, Gnaw News Items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1:27 PM (PST)

 

Hey gang. Midterms in the U-S-of-A have come and gone and progress is huge and mostly positive, though there is still much to be done. Even today Jim Acosta was accosted by buffoonish blubbering Trump and it seems like the are ditching Sessions as fast as possible to try and prepare some crooked bs in preparation for the Dems reclaiming the House in January. Hold fast.

If you are needing some musical release today, I can’t help you with “relaxation” after the manic energy swell of the election, but these bands can purge a large release of energy cathartically in a more robust way. SunStare from France are a convincingly passionate post-metal project with very cool guitar textures and a great bass tone in particular on new material. Please Pre Order their latest album Eroded (out this month) HERE. A lot of the best post metal or other sludgy forms I heard of came from talking with French extreme music fan friends and journos, and the scene over there has a lot of cool talent in various underground genres. SunStare have been active since 2013 and are certainly talented enough to capture your attention and pull you into their world quickly and for keeps.

Noise monsters Gnaw have released a new video for “Prowled Mary” from the Translation Loss release Cutting Pieces from last year. This record is a visceral experience and should be navigated at least a few times by anyone who cares about current relevant bands whether you become a big fan and keep coming back to it or not. This song in particular calls to mind the creepier side of Today Is The Day to me.

 

The “Prowled Mary” video was directed by Sean M. Sullivan and Adam Drawdy and edited by Sean M. Sullivan. GNAW vocalist Alan Dubin offers, “‘Prowled Mary’ is sort of the odd man out on the Cutting Pieces album. Even though it’s not ferocious noisy metal like most of the other songs, it’s probably the creepiest. It has some strange instrumentation including an actual chain-link fence and electric congas, but I think it’s the cello that really adds to the eerie vibe. The video was filmed and put together by the team of Sean M. Sullivan and Adam Drawdy whose experimental video work we’ve admired for a long time now.”

 

PopMatters writes with their premiere of the video, “Here, GNAW demonstrates that sometimes the most extreme place to go is down; the vocals are just at the level of whisper, the music itself a faint, disturbing phantom which lurks at the edge of audibility, asking the listener to imagine a darker, more disturbing rendition of Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building?’ Does the piece become more or less disturbing when one takes into account the visuals? Terror, as the saying goes, is in the eye of beholder but the ‘Prowled Mary’ clip doesn’t disappoint.”

 

See GNAW’s “Prowled Mary” video at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
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Also, a message to my fellow Swifties…

 

 

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20 Buck Spin presents the long-awaited deluxe vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings, the sprawling, lauded, 2011-released album by Australian funeral doom purveyors, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, this week issuing details and preorders for the new pressing.

Early in 2018 MOURNFUL CONGREGATION dropped their first album in more than six years, The Incubus Of Karma. The widely acclaimed album was heralded as another landmark for the extreme/funeral doom genre, adding perhaps the brightest jewel to the band’s crown. The band travelled to both the US and Europe once again to administer last rites to the faithful.

Back in 2011 the band released another monument to melancholy, the stunningly grandiose The Book Of Kings. Landing in Decibel’s Top 40 albums that year, the album was the pinnacle of their progressively-minded dirge to that point and includes what may be the most epic track in a catalog that defines the word, the thirty-plus-minute title track that weaves a tale of regality through the life, death, crowning, and dethronement of nameless kings.

Having begun the year with MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, 20 Buck Spin now sees fit to bookend the 2018 campaign with this gorgeous vinyl edition of The Book Of Kings. Having been requested by fans for several years, this version of the album is now presented on two slabs of vinyl housed in a gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and accented with metallic bronze print, along with a beautiful, full-sized, twelve-page booklet.

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So awhile ago my girlfriend, psych folk and romantic literary melancholic punk folk artist Globelamp was banned from the streaming chat Live.Me (who she alleges still have several thousand dollars of hers) for talking about abuse she went through and asking her followers to stick up for her. She also had seen a guy on the app, which features a lot of younger people, named “Pedophile Jim”. She had pointed that out to her followers and Live.Me blocked them when they tweeted at the app to get pedophiles off the service. Obviously, that is disgusting of them to block people trying to make a popular site safe for young users. It also isn’t something she would mention without cause as her friend Arrington was accused by idiot pizzagate conspiracy theorists of being part of the alleged cult.

I was on the Metal Riot Twitter the other day and saw the Florida band Dramatica tweet that Manowar blocked them for critiquing the bands very dry, business minded response to the shockingly shitty revelations that Karl Logan had been arrested for kiddy porn. One of our staff writers has a Manowar tat. “Return of The Warlord” is one of my favorite songs of all time. THAT SAID, it is pretty disturbing that Manowar are blocking bands and critics who are disgusted by what Karl allegedly did. He was charged with six counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and has apparently thankfully been dropped by the band. I am sure that is emotionally really a fucked up thing for the Manowar guys to go through, but it doesn’t help to block people who feel betrayed. They should be feeling lucky no one called for them to disband immediately like Seven Sisters Of Sleep.

 

The other day rapper (I use that term loosely because the vast majority of new trap rappers are not real rap to me and are god awful) Takashi 69 got 4 years probation and 1,000 hours community service after using a minor in a filmed sex act.

Court documents state, “The defendant, knowing the character and content thereof, employed, authorized and induced a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in a sexual performance, and being a parent, legal guardian and custodian of such child, the defendant consented to the participation of such child in a sexual performance.” 

How is this justice? Restorative Justice is important and real and valuable, but since this dude was 18 and I believe even lied about that at first and has had people like Nicki Minaj and Future and others help him massively instead of boosting feminists , it hardly seems like this is adequate. He has a very pampered life and needs to show some serious contrition, not just making more violent and sexist music. At the very least dude needs to throw some bills around to RAINN.

 

In what I find almost the most disturbing, People Magazine wrote an article a few days ago called I Love It! Saint and North West Hilariously Dress Up as Dad Kanye and Lil Pump for Halloween.

It is no secret that at this point I find the Kardashians and Kanye to be a huge cancerous boil on society, just super problematic constantly with zero genuine regret and completely fake people. The kids may have been dressed as characters from (originally) a game, but now most people who aren’t gamers also associate the imagery with a terrible song Kanye and Lil Pump did for PornHub. Personally I am glad my two year old Halloween memory isn’t of being dressed as something for a video from a song where dad was talking about loving to get “hoes”besides mom. It is fucking gross no one even thought this was wrong. That is some weird ass oedipal conflict or some other psychological problem in the making weird shit. The kids didn’t even have a say, likely. Does that mean they saw the video and heard the song? Do we have any boundaries now? I wouldn’t play kids “Fucked With A Knife” by Cannibal Corpse. Like Pepe The Frog will always be associated with Trump and Alt-Right racism now and “anti-globalist” anti-Semitism dog whistling, you can’t take larger cultural symbology away from situations and say “, but I want it to still be just a sun wheel.”

Did Roblox approve Kanye’s shitty catcalling video and not see a conceptual problem here of pairing the imagery that way?

How is this shit cute? It is arguably very easy for this to be used as low key signaling or worse, for outright creepos to ask kids if they saw Kanye’s “I Love It” video in poorly regulated chat spaces like Live.Me or elsewhere. Protect Kids and don’t let any of this type of shit slide in entertainment. Corey Feldman might be a mess but he was obviously messed up by something. I feel bad for that dude, for real.

Someone thought it was racist to consider this a problem.

Well, guess what? It would be problematic if James Woods or any white celebrity (and fyi Kim is not black) dressed their kids up as characters from a music video with lyrics like that as well. I am not even a fan of babies wearing friggin’ Slayer onesies at this point in my life, ok? Is that conservative of me? I don’t think so. I think if a kid can’t make an educated choice of what the meaning is of imagery on a cultural level (especially stuff associated with sexual content) or violent content or a pentagram or something it shouldn’t be on them. And by the way, no big surprise but when my trans friend Maya and when Globelamp and others were posting about this in disgust on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, comments were being protectively deleted left and right. Disgusting! Stop hiding from honest concern, whether you are Manowar or Kim Kardashian or anyone. It makes our world less safe for the young. Brains over business. It is common sense this is a problem.

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Static-X 20th Anniversary “Wisconsin Death Trip” news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:03 PM (PST)

Hey rockers, meant to post about this a little while ago but Static-X have some cool tribute news for fans in 2019 on the way. New music and more. RIP WAYNE! I am really happy I saw them live with Mindless Self Indulgence in New Jersey once (if I recall). Long time ago. Time flies, fuck. Follow your dreams while you can, kids.

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Queensrÿche Announce New Album ‘The Verdict’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 4:59 PM (PST)

Rock icons Queensrÿche have just announced their newest album The Verdict out March 1st via Century Media Records. The band’s forthcoming release was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA. Pre-orders and formats will be announced soon. In the meantime, the band has a Pledge pre-order campaign currently running HERE.

“I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record,” states Queensrÿche vocalist Todd La Torre about The Verdict. “The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding. I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!”

Michael “Whip” Wilton (guitar) adds, “The Verdict is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time. I couldn’t possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this.”

To support The Verdict, Queensrÿche have also announced their spring U.S. headline tour today with special guests Fates Warning. The Cringe will be joining both bands on select dates. The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3rd in Seattle. The band recently finished a run supporting SCORPIONS this past September. For more information on upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website HERE.

The Verdict follows the bands most recent release, Condition Hüman, received rave reviews from outlets such as Loudwire, KNAC, About.com, and more. The 2014 release debuted on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart at #5 with over 14,000 units sold first week and 100,000 albums sold globally to date.

Queensrÿche Headline Tour Dates
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only
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RIP Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig, Fireburn etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:54 PM (PST)

The hardcore and metal community are in shock and very sad from the breaking news that legendary NYHC guitarist Todd Youth has passed away. He leaves behind a legacy of creativity that saved countless people’s lives. Hardcore will never be the same.

Todd’s Fireburn bandmate Ras Israel Joseph I (also of Bad Brains Rise fame ) posted on Facebook:

On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth
There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with gbh from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna is taking his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and The Devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. one day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.

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Hey friends. As a non binary trans person who struggles with PTSD and even keel mood regulation, the news is getting to me and I am taking a break for a few days to decompress and focus on working my day jobs, not despairing and spending time with my girlfriend (the singer Globelamp ) and our cat, Lil Puff. We played Albany last night (no cat involved) sharing a bill at Pauly’s Hotel with this upbeat melodic punk band Lame Brains from Germany (I know that name is kinda ableist but they were a fun kind of goofy punk band from Berlin and very cool guys) and I am still sleepy. I also might catch up on Man In The High Castle Season 3 but that also seems a little fatiguing with all the god damn Nazis out there right now in real life.

From the transphobic Absu news to Mina from Life Of Agony telling the depressing reasons Sal is really out of the band (I remember sadly defriending the guy after he complained on Facebook months back about anti-Trump protesters. Think I defriended Ross The Boss for pro Trump posts in the same god damn week, bummer) to Kat leaving Agoraphobic Nosebleed to these press attacks from the crook “president”, I am feeling wiped out but trying to hold fast. Sending so much love to you all who fight the good fight.

October came and flew by faster than a bat fleeing Ozzy or Dracula late to dinner. Yeah, I know those are both pretty candy, corny statements. Oh man, haha. I am so cool. Just kidding. Anyway, my top 4 of October are all major bangers. Before I list my top 4 I want to say PLEASE purchase the inspiring WOMAN 2 comp (love that Ghoul opener!!!), which only doesn’t make the list as I am listing top full length original albums for October, not compilations.

1.Super Unison – Stella was by far my favorite album this month. “I wanna be as strong as you, wind in your hair/free…” Phenomenal post hardcore record featuring  Meghan O’Neil (formerly of PUNCH) on bass and vocals, Kevin DeFranco on guitar, and Justin Renninger (formerly of Snowing) on drums.I will be covering this to a more in depth degree in the coming days. It is exceptional, raw and cathartic but very skilled. Steve Albini tracked it and it makes me feel about fifteen years younger, in a good way. This is so inspiring to hear a band play with so much heart and conviction in a time when it is so easy to want to go numb instead.

2. Glacial Tomb S/T: A complete monster. So much excitement in one album and perhaps the strongest debut of 2018 for metal. Interview with the band HERE. 

3. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want – A dynamic and poetic carnival, frenzied and insightful in the same breath. “The Flammable Man” and “Long Road, No Turns” zoom out from the speakers like hidden bee swarms while “The Reason They Hate Me” is lurching and menacing in a busy way that evokes chaotic times. This album is an incredible experience and one of the most unique of the year in terms of calamitous cacophony that doesn’t over clutter somehow, but you wouldn’t expect anything less. Comeback is an understatement. “Satan In The Wait” is one of the best songs this group of malcontents have ever conjured from their unlimited well of contradictions, a sad siren dirge for 2018.

4. Shining – Animal : I was chatting online with J. Munkeby from Shining the other day (disclaimer- we are friendly and he was on my last album Brave Hours on the opening cut) and he said how he feels like the new Shining album is kind of the most provocative thing they could do right now after so much time doing weird music. “It’s pretty much upside-down, and a bit surrealistic that making simpler or more commercial music is the best way to provoke,” he said. I am sure he won’t mind me including that here. Shining have managed to make a complex party rock record that doesn’t suck.

I always liked the sort of European piss taking element of even early Shining like the experimental stuff that was borderline Mr. Bungle at times, but this album kind of reminds me of how Boris subverts rock cliché on some of their most popular records (Pink comes to mind). While this sounds way more like mainstream industrial rock than the chaotic rock clamor of Boris, Shining are smart and cheeky and also the album tackles serious elements as well. It is always better in my opinion when a band with real underground ties like these guys, Audioslave, Monster Magnet or the aforementioned Life Of Agony can have a big rock crossover moment and flirt or conquer with the mainstream or any charts, because it can only help to hopefully make the bigger world out there a fraction smarter (always worth it). Some American critics are probably to “cool” to get some of this but it is their loss.

 

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Man, Season 3 Episode 4 of Daredevil with the jail situation was stressssful af! Please stream that show so it does NOT get the axe like Iron Fist and Luke Cage did just as they were really hitting their groove! WTF they are just gonna sleep on Daughters of The Dragon now or Heroes For Hire? This is some bullshit, Marvel! Anyhow, here for some random metal items and to send some love out there to the LGBTQAI folk in the scene today who need support after a horrible 24 hours in this bad dream. Let’s get down to it.

Ozzy has been recovering from an infection but now we have the great news of a big New Year’s Eve Ozzfest Celebration for the big lunk. WE LOVE YOU OZZY!!! Body Count, Marilyn, Rob Zombie and Jonathan from Korn’s solo band along with the Ozz-meister himself are gonna make sure it is a night fans will remember for many years to come. I have a feeling this will be a historical concert in metal history as time passes. Info below!

I wish Ozzfest was still a huge full summer tour. I know it had some bands too “mainstream” for some cooler than thou types, but I for one think the scene benefits from bigger tentpole bands as it allows smaller bands to open for them. My friends Gizmachi played one year. I first saw Killswitch with Howard there. Lots of good memories. Plus, there are a lot of bands Ozzy has supported over the years big and small on the festival who I like still to this day from Mudvayne to Kittie to Neurosis. Who remembers Drain STH? Right on. Metal is a big enough tent for all kinds of bands (except Nazis).

Samsara from Catharsis is now on Bandcamp along with pretty much every Crimethinc release! This is awesome. Blasting “The Evolution of Dying” as we speak to celebrate.

Next up, I wanted to thank some trans folks and some allies in the scene (or really anyone who falls in that category during these times or ever). Trump is trying to erase trans people’s rights to exist as we KNEW he would. Well, most of us who aren’t super gullible at least.

Anyway, I made a little video today (below) and want to also suggest you read this thread and support the Equality Act! It will make this kind of bs much harder to do to marginalized communities. Please support artists and regular trans people in your communities (binary, enby or whatever) and educate yourself to defeat tired talking points with ease. And ASK how you can help? I am lucky and have several platforms as well as a very supportive community but these are also hard times with rights threatened and not everyone is in the same boat.

 

Now for today’s most important news item. Ghoul have a poll for World’s hottest Ghoul. This is harder than picking a favorite Spice Girl (for most people. I stan Melanie B).

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Oli Herbert, Woman 2 first day sales, Castle, Chelsea Wolfe/APC news items

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Slew of music stories for you goblins today. First though, CW Supergirl is finally bringing Lex Luthor onto the show. Please write them and tell them to consider me for the role as I am bald enough (too many tats though).

The metal world was rocked by the sad news of Oli Herbert from All That Remains passing away unexpectedly, with many people expressing how nice he was and what a sad turn of events it is. I have definitely stopped being a fan of the band some time ago, but politics aside, this is a super sad situation for everyone involved and we wish them sincere condolences. Oli certainly was talented and was loved by a lot of people.

Some mourners below:

Definitely shitty. That said and politics NOT aside,  I waited a day to write that I ALSO wish sincere condolences to the families of children murdered in preventable gun nut school rampages almost daily which ARE mostly acted out by white supremacists who are all gassed up by toxic Info Wars who All That Remains’ singer Phil went on recently, so I hope if he doesn’t like death he reconsiders some of his horrible positions on poorly regulated gun access and shady outlets. It is genuinely sad that his friend died but I also don’t think helping Phil stay famous to spout whataboutisms, pretend “f-gg-t” isn’t a harmful word and other macho nonsense was the most awesome life choice for anyone in that band just because they got paid.

I have almost more dead friends than living at this point and so am by no means mocking the end of someone’s life, just hoping it will also cause the singer of this band to do some soul searching on the fleeting nature of time and how glorifying poor gun regulation and the NRA only brings more death to OTHER people’s family and friend groups. And how ANY right wing power leads to mental health care for depression and instability being put way on the backburner. Sorry if that’s “too soon” but that is the same thing Republicans say every time we ask for meaningful reform. I am beyond offended by anyone who is supporting or enabling their platforms in 2018 under Trump.

In other shitty news:

In WONDERFUL news, the WOMAN 2 Anti-Nazi comp had a super big first day:

 

CASTLE by Matt Haines

Castle, still prob the band we have covered most on this site, remain unstoppably rad and a pitch perfect heavy metal band. The West Coast road warriors have a new album Deal They Fate streaming HERE today! Matt and Liz are the coolest. Hails!! Castle has also announced U.S. tour dates in support of Deal Thy Fate. The band will launch a two week West Coast trek on November 23. The just-announced live dates are as follows:

Castle U.S. tour dates:

November 23   Dunsmuir, CA           Spirits
November 24   Portland, OR            Tonic Bar
November 25   Bellingham, WA       Shakedown
November 26   Salem, OR                The Space
November 27   Seattle, WA               Highline
November 28   Eugene, OR               Old Nick’s
November 29   Oakland, CA              Elbo Room
November 30   Sacramento, CA       Blue Lamp
December 1     San Jose, CA             Caravan
December 4     Phoenix, AZ                Yucca Tap
December 5     Los Angeles, CA        Resident
December 6     San Diego, CA           Tower Bar
December 7     Ventura, CA               The Garage

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Hey metal fam. Besides work I have been spending the day discussing with people or listening to people about who really invented metalcore and driving around enjoying the new Pig Destroyer. It was good to also have an excuse to listen to Starkweather at my morning job today, though you don’t really need an excuse to hear the Crossbearer / Into The Wire reissue. “Mainline” is so fucking sick.

As for the new Pig Destroyer (which I have finally been returning to and absorbing more), I can’t imagine why anyone would be unhappy with Head Cage. There is not a wasted note on the album (despite many of them), the tones are massive and beyond devastating, the performances are manic and yet super precise but organic and adrenalized. The band sound excited with the material. And the low end is frankly fucking unreal, it sounds so heavy and awesome.

I think some people just perpetuate the myth that higher end production means a band sucks now, but that is actually toxic to bands. Not that music is gonna always make you “a living” or that should be the prime reason for making all art but if you love an artist it isn’t fair that you demand their work be super raw or commercially barely viable to the average person. It’s already fucking Pig Destroyer, lol, not SZA (who I stan). I don’t have a problem with bands I love succeeding either. I mean, you should try and pay attention to what you are hitching your wagon too as far as big companies go, but it is cool to have good music out there in the world. Every weirder band that gets bigger helps just maybe make the most mainstream heavy bands a little less shitty, haha. Did I just do what I said I hate? Lol.

Anyway, “Terminal Itch” finds a relentless kinship between guitar and drum obscenity while “Circle River” reminds me of Pig Destroyer taking a crack at noise and Melvins influences within a framework of their usual punishing aesthetic touches. I fucking loved every minute of it. “Army Of Cops” is going to prove itself to be a big song within their body if work over time as well, I’d wager. This shit will be standing after whatever dust settles, one hundred percent. The riffs on this record are fucking brutes brootal brootiful. And you HAVE to love that two minute mark hardcore break in “Cops”. It spells M-O-S-H.

Blackened Death Records have released the second edition of the important anti-fascist metal comp W.O.M.A.N. today.

Worldwide Organization of Metalheads Against Nazis II deserves support and features a killer variety of acts from Ghoul (“Nazi Smasher”) to Redbait ( “Dick Punch” studio version!) to other awesome acts we love and have mentioned  in the past like Immortal Bird, Jucifer, Stormland and Suicide Wraith.

October’s Surpise (besides my Queen Taylor Swift helping register thousands to vote and endorsing a blue candidate before midterms, go girl!) was today’s This Will Destroy You second album of the year drop! Love the energy this record kicks off with, like the grandiosity of Muse channeled through something completely opposite and more underground like UOA or something, ha . Undeniable passion! Very cool! Check out the impressive New Others Part Two HERE!

Mercyful Fate (aka the band I kind of spend half the time thinking is the best metal band ever) have re-issued some of their lesser heralded yet of course worthy as heck efforts on 180g picture discs. Time in particular looks outstanding in that format. YES! Go! Purchase! Consume! And yes you can also get more well known albums like Melissa and Don’t Break The Oath in this killer format option HERE.

“You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic Mercyful Fate albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.” – King Diamond

 

Lastly, After nearly four years of absence, ENSIFERUM has announced a full North American headlining tour. Set to begin January 5th and run through January 29th, support will be provided by mighty Septicflesh as well as an additional opener still to be announced. My mouth is watering hoping it is someone really cool, especially since I missed that awesome Amorphis/Moonspell package coming through my area and wanted to cry.

Comments bassist Sami Hinkka, “It’s been way too many years since we rocked with our North American warrior brothers and sisters. So early 2019 we will set sails and head to your shores and we are not coming alone. We will join forces with a brilliant and ass kicking band, Septicflesh, and a special guest. What a way to start a new year! This tour will leave its mark on the history of metal so get your ticket in advance and get ready to mosh with us like there is no tomorrow. On this tour, we have no chance to play in every city that we would want to, so we are doing our best to return to North America for a second time in 2019. Stay tuned and see you soon!”

ENSIFERUM w/ Septicflesh, special guest TBA:
1/05/2019 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
1/06/2019 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
1/07/2019 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
1/08/2019 Imperial Bell – Quebec City, QC
1/09/2019 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
1/01/2019 Opera House – Toronto, ON
1/11/2019 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
1/12/2019 The Forge – Joliet, IL
1/13/2019 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
1/14/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
1/15/2019 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
1/17/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
1/18/2019 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
1/19/2019 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
1/20/2019 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
1/21/2019 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
1/22/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
1/23/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
1/24/2019 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
1/25/2019 Come And Take It Live! – Austin, TX
1/26/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
1/28/2019 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
1/29/2019 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
1/31 – 2/04/2019 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

 

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