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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
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With their 2015 debut, Birth And The Burial, metal band Act of Defiance – featuring Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – delivered a blast of pure and unadulterated metal that ignored fads and hit home hard. This year, the band returns with their sinister new album, entitled Old Scars, New Wounds, hitting retailers on September 29th via Metal Blade Records.
Today, you can watch a full performance video for the album’s intro track, “M.I.A.”, via http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance. The video was put together by Robert Graves (http://www.ashadowbeyond.com/).Add to My Radar
“Everyone is your enemy Everyone’s your friend. Every possible series of
events is happening all at once,” says Aidan Gillen (Pertyr Baelish) on Game Of Thrones at one point this season. I’m starting off this first post on the site about Nachtmystium in a few years with this quote because I always believe there can be many potential outcomes to a story or at least believe in rehabilitation. I also believe people can change but that sometimes they really hurt one another along the way and that often healing never happens.
I guess what I am trying to say is we all have the capacity to really let one another down or to choose a different path.
I didn’t cover a lot of Blake Judd’s near death spiral, robbing of fans and months spent homeless much the past few years. We had been pretty good friends at one point and regularly communicated during the middle to end stages of The World We Left Behind album. It really was a big bummer, as someone who kicked dope a long time ago but knows how wretched and self-erasing an addiction it can be, when I learned that my friend had bottomed out worse than ever. One of the last times I had talked to him he needed money and wanted to sell some artwork and I mentioned it to a popular occult artist friend of mine in Chicago, which never happened. But in hindsight for awhile felt really lousy wondering if it had been a hustle on Blake’s part, especially since he had never wronged me but I had learned he had obviously wronged others.
I also am friendly with some of his former Twilight band mates who had some major static with him towards the end of his tenure with the band and at other points. I’d never want to willfully upset those dudes as I love Stavros from Atlas Moth and we have met in person and get along pretty well. I also like Neill from Krieg who has arguably had the biggest rift with Blake and who was very kind to me with some good advice when I was not drinking for a few years around the time my dad passed. We communicate every so often and I have been loving the shit out of the Poison Blood record.
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Southern sludge pioneers Damad’s vocalist Victoria Scalisi has very sadly succumbed to her battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed by the scene. Our hearts go out to her friends and family. Fred Pessaro wrote a short but sweet tribute at Revolver with more info and some live footage from the recent sadly cut short Damad reunion.Add to My Radar
While I am a fan of the site No Clean Singing, I was always mainly a melodic vocalist in bands of mine like Antidote 8 , Divest or Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch over the years. I love melodic rock and metal singers just as much as a good roar or guttural grindcore Barney Greenway bark as long as their is soul, a cool energy and lyrics I can relate to or at least appreciate. Heck, metal without melody means no Judas Priest and that is just unacceptable. Even bands like Darkthrone, Candiria or Converge have embraced some melodic singing at times, so what’s the big deal? There is room for all kinds of styles in music.
Anyway, I decided to make a short list of some recent singles or album cuts that I dig which have cool choruses that don’t cheapen the song despite being catchy.
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Bandcamp has released a statement announcing that they are doing a fantastic pro trans rights campaign this week:
This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center, who support and protect trans rights on multiple fronts. Please read more about why we’re doing this, and help us spread the word.
As two of our writers are trans (myself included), it means a lot to us. I am starting my transition and am crowd funding HERE if you would care to support. I have found some love and support from various parts of the metal community (shout out to Karyn Crisis, My friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder and Unbalanced, Mina Caputo , Hammercult and Blake Judd for being extra awesome and supportive when I told them), but it would be a lie to say it feels like society as a whole is accepting. As Bandcamp elaborates:
Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.
In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.
A few great recent releases or just damn good purchases I would recommend for you music lovers are:
Downtown Boys‘ Cost Of Living
Car Bomb‘s Meta
Astari Night‘s Dreams Of Majesty
Less Art‘s Strangled Light
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California hardcore band Lionheart have decided that they aren’t really calling it quits after all and instead they will become a part time band. Personally I think more bands should do this rather than calling it a day because you have other obligations. I saw these dudes once live and they blew the lid off the venue and outshined the headliner, so that’s gotta mean something.
ATTN: When we announced our breakup, over a year ago, we meant it. Balancing jobs and personal lives w/ trying to tour…
In addition, the band have announced dates with Nasty, saying:
Much love to our boys in Nasty. We wouldn’t have even considered coming back if we couldn’t do it with friends. Thanks for getting us back on track. See ya in the pit.Add to My Radar
DiWulf Publishing House is very excited to announce the October 31g release of the debut book from author Freddy Alva, Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore. This 350 page tome is an ode to the New York of the late 1970s and early ’80s and showcases a vibrant merging of two uniquely New York subcultures: Hip-Hop’s hallmark of graffiti art and its influence over and incorporation into the emerging Hardcore Punk scene. Packed with over 180 photos, most of which have never been seen before, Urban Styles chronicles a time when youth culture ran rampant through the city and its boroughs; an anarchist’s dream of subterranean expression that combined the visual aesthetics of the established Hip-Hop culture and the sonic bombast of New York’s nascent version of Hardcore Punk.
Through a series of in-depth interviews with graff writers and musicians, and an exhaustive amount of research, Freddy compiles a compelling history told by those who were at the forefront of both movements. Told in vivid firsthand accounts, Urban Styles is a journey of connections that stretch from the train yards to the Sunday all-ages matinees; from Hip-Hop to Hardcore. It is the story of disenfranchised youth, the city that bred their expressionism, and the cross-pollination and far-reaching influence of two dominant subcultures. Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore documents an exciting time in New York’s artistic history; a pre-Internet world when the city was still dangerous and the delineation of criminals and artists was not so clear.
Alva, already a noted historian and documenter of the New York Hardcore scene, constructs a gritty, multi-cultural narrative told through the experiences and memories of such notable gaff writers and musicians as Sacha Jenkins, Sergio DEEM Vega (Quicksand/Deftones), Mackie HYPER Jayson (Cro-Mags/Bad Brains), Chaka Malik (Burn/Orange 9mm), MQ, and Danny EZEC Diablo, among others.
Scheduled for release on October 31st 2017, Urban Styles is the second book to be published by DiWulf, the independent imprint whose inaugural release No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, went on to sell over 5,000 copies through two sold-out printings, and is still available in e-book and print-on-demand.
I’ve been on Linkin Park‘s fan club mailing list a long time now and they always treat the fans very well over there. Today they collectively eased a small amount of a lot of sorrow by sharing a heartfelt memorial letter for vocalist and friend Chester Bennington, who died by suicide last week.
Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.
You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.
Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.
Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.
Until we see you again,
Few bands reward die hard fans over and over again as well as the metallic sludge cavalcade that is Kirk Windstein’s long adventuring CROWBAR. One of the most potent to this very day veteran bands and one of the first more extreme groups I remember being really blown away by many years ago on Headbanger’s, CROWBAR have delivered album after album and monster riff after monster riff.
The band has some of the most revered heavy gems and arrangements in metal to true metal fans and yet also speak in the eternal secret language of the real underground, purveyors of shadow hits that are the “lifesblood for the downtrodden”, so to speak. Like Candlemass, The Obsessed, Orange Goblin or other bands who are not as big as Sabbath but row in equally heady and heavy waters, CROWBAR are hugely inspirational for those who furrow the brow and trudge through this world while carrying a lot of it on their back.
Today we usher CROWBAR into our DEEP CUTS vault, revealing our choices for three songs from the band that we think are lesser appreciated and yet truly bad ass numbers.
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Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. The cause of death is currently being reported as a suicide. This news comes just over two months after news broke that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had committed suicide.
Chester was the lead singer of Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise (and released an EP with Stone Temple Pilots).
I’ve been a Linkin Park fan for a decade. I, like many people my age, started listening to them in middle and high school. By the time I was a freshman in high school my three favorite albums by Linkin Park had already been released. The summer after my sophomore year of high school I listened to “We Made It” incessantly.
Unlike with some other bands and musicians I like and listen to, I don’t know anything about the personal life of Chester or any of the members of Linkin Park, save for what I’ve learned listening to their music. What I do know is that despite the people who mocked me for liking Linkin Park’s music, it helped me at some of the toughest and angstiest moments of my life. First introduced to the band via a mix CD my cousin had, I eventually went out and bought Meteora, Hybrid Theory and Minutes to Midnight.
When I was 14, 15, 16 years old and the world felt like shit, and my life felt like shit, and I lived in the middle of nowhere and it didn’t often feel like I had much more than the hand-me-down 5-CD changer on my dresser, I could put on an album like Hybrid Theory and either turn it up to speaker-busting volumes and just thrash as hard as I could, or turn it down and lay in bed and let Chester’s voice wash over me.
The music that Chester made with Linkin Park was music that made a difference for my mental health. That still does make a difference for my mental health. Listening to songs like “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” and “A Place For My Head” showed me that it’s okay to struggle, that it’s okay to be frustrated, it’s okay to be unsure of yourself, it’s okay to stumble. I would listen to “A Place For My Head” and wait for Chester to start, real low and quiet, to sing, “You try to take the best of me // Go away” and I would think about the people who had outed me in middle school, I thought about the people who called me a faggot, I thought about the kids who would ask me on the bus if I was a boy or a girl, and through Chester, I would yell at them to go away, without ever opening my mouth.
There’s always been a lot of fun to be had at the expense of Linkin Park fans, as if the band appealed to some kind of lowest common denominator. The truth is that there is an ignorance around mental health. There is an ignorance around the depression and anxiety that Linkin Park fans attempted to treat with their copies of their favorite Linkin Park albums. There is an ignorance of the depression that Chester tried to treat with every word he sang or screamed.
Hybrid Theory sold 30 million copies. 30 million people related to the struggles that Chester and co. were expressing on that album and in 17 years our conversations about mental health have been regrettably sparse. Unless someone kills themselves or someone else, we seem content to not talk about mental health. As long as the people around us seem fine when they’re around us, we seem content to not talk about mental health. As long as it doesn’t affect us, we seem content to not not talk about mental health.
As someone who has lived with a diagnosis of depression for ten years and who also has anxiety and gender dysphoria, I have always tried to speak openly and honestly about my mental health, and I’ve always waited for the communities around me to talk about it.
For us here at Metal Riot, our thoughts are with Chester’s family and friends today. Chester’s impact will not be forgotten, and hopefully we can honor his memory by striving to always be as open and candid as he was in his music.
If you or a loved one is considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)Add to My Radar
The tastefully bleak and bold Cercle Social Records camp has launched the Pre-Order for pushy post-punk’s Haunted Horses new 5 song EP HERE! The Seattle group have a very compelling sound that is both spare and huge, the live drums bashing through the discordant yet melodic guitar layers and sort of morose but personally affecting vocals for a sound that reaches out and grabs you tightly. Really hope people get into this industrialized punk EP.
Seattle’s The Stranger describes the band as “confrontational prog punk as imagined by a troupe of angry cave-dwelling Luddites, Haunted Horses manifest a furious onslaught of sound rarely found these days, at times channeling prime-era Liars in their cacophonies of claustrophobic angst.”
New music is not available to preview yet but you can get crushed and crush on the older vibes of HH’s “The Void” music video HERE. It’s pretty close to some of the energy of the new stuff I have been lucky to get a preview taste of only the newer stuff I heard was more driving without sacrificing cool experimental aspects.
Get yr shit together and get on over and order a copy! The EP drops July 20th, so you won’t even have long to wait!
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King of the ghouls Alice Cooper has a frightful delight due out soon for fans, a classic TV Special and concert film on DVD from arguably his most classic era.
Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD will be released on September 8, 2017 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare, now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 Welcome To My Nightmare concert film.
Aired on ABC in the US, Alice Cooper: The Nightmare showcases every song from the legendary Welcome To My Nightmare album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy.
Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmarewas a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like “School’s Out”, “Only Women Bleed”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “I’m Eighteen”, and “Department Of Youth” were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare, and they loved every minute of it.
The combination of the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film and Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror – Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day.Add to My Radar
Now that the 4th of July has come and gone and the light beer and rockets red glare has faded, hopefully anyone who was distracted by imperialism’s big huzzah can get back to remembering that protest is patriotism and that things are hella effed up right now. Did you see the G20 debacle? America is a laughingstock to the world right now.
Here is a list of ten songs to jam loud that pack a punch and are motivating as some of us try to stave off the new Dark Ages. : )
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Southern Lord will release UNSANE‘s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017. The cover art and track listing for the album have now been made public. This is def one of the releases we are most excited for this year and old school fans will be pleased to see that they didn’t exactly stray far conceptually for the new cover art, hahaha.
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