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

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Stream YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” HERE.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Zakk Sabbath cover “Under The Sun”

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was deeply moved after reading an article about the Red Scare era HUAC horrors faced by one time silver screen Citizen Kane darling Dorothy Comingore (lareviewofbooks.org/article/destroyed-by-huac-the-dorothy-comingore-story/) and how she was wrongfully institutionalized, framed and slut shamed. Seeing as how we are in a new red scare today as conservatives target every common sense solution as ‘radical socialism’ and the Trump era has been all about gaslighting and zealous authoritarian dogma, it seemed the perfect time to honor the life of an unbelievably strong woman in song who had her rights threatened to a horrible extent.

This will very likely be on my in progress next album Tears We Should’ve Shed but due to Covid fudging up the year, I am giving it to the public now before the election and as a timely teaser track well in advance. I have been listening to The Adverts, Against Me! and Bad Religion, as you might be able to tell.

Thank you to Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week) and Dave Bodie (ex-Divest, Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids) for helping me achieve this track and for Nada Recording Studios for being the perfect place to track it. 

God bless y’all and Dorothy Comingore. Don’t give up the fight.
-Morgan Y. Evans

Click HERE to hear the song. 

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Elle Noir releases “The Day I Died” Gothic video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM (PST)

Elle Noir‘s “The Day I Died” is a mercurial and melodic ballad that weaves a shadowy yet comforting spell upon the listener’s senses.

“The Day I Died” is the metaphor of emotional death. It tells of a world where nothing has value anymore, which is also an inner world given by mental states like depression.

The gothic singer has cited Nightwish, Smashing Pumpkins Adore era and Marilyn Manson as formative steps in the development of her musical awareness, but this song also leans into an even more somber and diaphanous sort of rippling melancholic musing that, while sung beautifully, feels nonetheless like a personal secret or inner monologue that has somehow spilled into the light of day.

“My inner worlds are always autobiographical, my songs are always lived in the first person. Death, mental illness and emotional states of discomfort are central themes in my writing. When I write a lyric I always have an image in mind and try to describe it. My lyrics are little narrated and very visual.”
– Elle Noir

Check out the compelling and floaty clip below as you ponder mortality.

ICON FOR HIRE release ‘Curse Or Cure’ single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:31 AM (PST)

If pop hard rock infused glory is your bag you will be all about the stadium ready new Icon For Hire jam “Curse Or Cure”. One of the biggest sounding songs yet from the mega popular outfit (almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify), “Curse Or Cure” channels stuff like Linkin Park and Pvris for maximum melodic and huge rock vibes. I feel like Halsey or From Ashes To New fans would heavily fuck with this as well.

“Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song.  Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

 

Symphonic metal horror masters CARACH ANGREN are proud to announce their collaboration with DC comics for the new series “Dark Nights: Death Metal.” The first episode is out now and features the band’s new song, “Skull with a Forked Tongue,” which is taken from their latest full length ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus.‘ The episode can be seen at THIS LOCATION.

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In case you have missed it! Check out the first promotional episode of DC Comics' Dark Knights: Death Metal OST featuring one of our new songs! Link in Bio! "From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates. Credits: Story by Scott Snyder Art by Greg Capullo Directed by Tyler Bates Edited by Lorena Perez Batista Batman – Andy Biersack The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe Score by Tyler Bates Drums by Dave Lombardo Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde Mixed by Robert Carranza “Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren"

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About the series:
From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates.Credits:
Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Directed by Tyler Bates
Edited by Lorena Perez Batista
Batman – Andy Biersack
The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer
Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe
Score by Tyler Bates
Drums by Dave Lombardo
Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde
Mixed by Robert Carranza
“Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren”

Franckensteina Strataemontanus‘ is out NOW and can be streamed, downloaded, and/or purchased HERE.

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Hello everyone. Of course it is 9/11 and as a New Yorker while I am somber I am also celebrating life and the unifying power of our music scene. Big news day with lots of new music. Disturbed covered Sting and it is enjoyable, Cryptodira have dropped a surprise EP . Good times here, fam. Of course the news closest to our hearts here at Metal Riot is that the ever-moshable Hatebreed have delivered another anthem, “Weight Of The False Self”.

No, it is not specifically an exercise anthem (not fat shaming! Like Planet Fitness we are a judgement free zone), but it could be!

I am one of those East Coasters who never get tired of anything this band does musically. I have seen them many times and they always deliver and still have the best pits. It’s just all smiles and flying fists and friends. Always self-motivating and empowering? Appreciate that shit, y’all!

“Weight Of The False Self” crushes and is another gem in a long line of Hatebreed shout along face smooshers. Order the new album HERE. Fucking stoked!

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Hatebreed announce the eighth studio album, Weight Of The False Self. The 12-track album is stocked with pit-stirring anthems and will arrive on Nov. 27th via @nuclearblastrecords. ⠀ Pre-order, pre-save and listen to the title track at the link in our bio ☝️. ⠀ "When writing lyrics and riffs, I try to be in the moment, getting a mental picture of my current reality in order to convey what I want to say," says @JameyJasta. "Sometimes, I think my reality consists of two irreducible elements, expressed by the age-old interior battle of the dualistic self. The angel on one shoulder stands firm, providing reason, wisdom, and compassion while the devil dances angrily on the other, ranting with passion, spite, and dark desire. I often wonder if a truly centered mind is attainable, an effortless and non-dualistic state of equilibrium. Until then, I'll just listen to both sides of my personality and hope I make the right choice. At the end of the day, the listener will choose to hear what they want, but when I am writing, I imagine the voice of the angel to be a lil' louder." ⠀ #WeightOfTheFalseSelf was produced by frequent #Hatebreed collaborator Zeuss and it arrives hot on the heels of the sold-out anniversary shows that Hatebreed embarked upon throughout 2019 and the unprecedented success of 2016's The Concrete Confessional. Not only did the latter tally over 42 million Spotify streams, but the single "Looking Down The Barrel of Today” also clocked 30 million-plus Spotify streams. The band also covered Revolver and The Guardian bestowed a 4-out-of-5 star rating on the album, proving that over 20 years deep into its career, this Connecticut #metal #hardcore institution remains as vital as ever. ⠀ "Weight of The False Self is a perfect representation of Hatebreed in 2020, a fresh onslaught of soon to be classics with all the elements that led you here since day one," explains guitarist @FloridaFrank. ⠀ Drummer @MatthewPeterByrne shares, "There's no shortage of beefy-riffs and adrenaline-fueled-drums on this record. I'm proud to say that we will consistently provide a soundtrack to which you can mosh in your living room and destroy your apartment." ⠀ Art: @EliranKantor

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Finnish Kerava-based folk metal band Elvenscroll is set to release their debut EP Never To Be Mourned on November 6th 2020 via Inverse Records. This seven members strong group released a first single Wayfarer’s Mourning today and it gives a good hint what is to be expected from an EP.

The band comments:
“Wayfarer’s Mourning is a homage to all lost souls who have suffered through the long and winding road of life and know its misfortunes. Let the power chords, choir singing and heroic melodies bring you strength to carry on this miserable journey. “

Recorded by Elvenscroll
Drums recorded by Jasse Hast / Frozenmost Productions
Mixed by Juhis Kauppinen at Shedstudios
Mastered by Matias Ahonen at Audiamond

Intersectional feminist punk band WAR ON WOMEN return with new album Wonderful Hell(out digitally October 30th + physically on November 13th via Bridge Nine). You can hear a new single today! The title track, which unintentionally echoes John Lewis’ notion of “good trouble” as a catalyst for change, emerged during a period when vocalist/lyricist Shawna Potter was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by life in the Trump era. “I think it expresses something that a lot of people are feeling. Like, ‘Okay, we had our moment. Now it’s time to get back to work. We can’t let this happen again. We can’t endure another four years of this,’” she comments.

 

It is disgusting the DOJ is being used as Trump’s personal flunkies to try to make sure there is no fair justice for E. Jean Carroll. The system is a joke! We need bands like this more than ever. Loving the new song. Reminds me of if old War On Women listened to a bunch of Dagnasty and Embrace and added more dissonant melody. Fucking rad!

 

Recorded with the band’s guitarist and co-founder Brooks Harlan alongside J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in February 2020 and completed in April (when in a COVID-19-free timeline the band would have been on tour with Bad Religion), Wonderful Hell is the first War On Women album to feature the band’s current lineup of Potter, Harlan, bassist/vocalist Sue Werner, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer “Jenarchy” Vito, and drummer Dave Cavalier.  Like War On Women’s previous albums, Wonderful Hell includes anthemic songs that tackle systemic racism, acknowledge the natural feelings of wanting to give up or self-destruct in the face of insurmountable adversity, and some that aim straight at the jugular of gender disparity.

Check out the song “Wonderful Hell” HERE. I have said it before but I truly feel they are the most important current band in punk rock.

Look for Wonderful Hell to be available digitally on October 30th, 2020 (+ on physical formats on November 13th, 2020).  More news, music, and pre-orders coming soon from War On Women (sign up to receive pre-order details here).

Wonderful Hell Track Listing:
1.  Aqua Tofana
2.  Milk and Blood
4.  This Stolen Land
5.  White Lies
6.  Big Words
7.  Seeds
8.  Her?
9.  In Your Path
10.  The Ash is Not the End
11.  Demon
Artist photo by: Julia Schwendner
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Rotterdam’s DISTANT are pretty much the most brutally no frills downtempo deathcore band I have heard in awhile. I am not quite convinced they do not want to destroy us all, even if they seem to be normal folks. There has to be some kind of demonic inhabitation going on here. Also, I have gotta say I am a big fan of the simplicity of their vibey band name, the implied alienation really works for me. How did no one have that name yet?!

The band- who could certainly appeal to fans of Oceano, Black Tongue or Chelsea Grin – have an EP due out on tastemakers Unique Leader on October called Dawn of Corruption. The 6 song release was mixed and mastered by Simone Pietroforte at Divergent Studio and sounds like Colossus shitting out Wolverine (in a good way).

“Hellmouth” has been out about a week and some change but I just caught wind of it and so wanted to make sure we had you fanatics covered over here for your RDA of heavy!

Happy Labor Day Freakend, head bangers. I hope you have all seen Bill & Ted 3 by now and are sort of aimlessly looking for something to chase it down with, cuz I have your RDA of hard rock fun right here! Here are two fun new music videos to help you keep your fists pumping over the weekend and into the far future.

First up we head with the mastermind Mr. Corey Taylor down ‘HWY 666’ in a new animated clip! #CMFT is out Oct. 2nd and is gonna own hard rock for late 2020. This song is demon spit, burnt asphalt and pure rebellion.

And secondly we have a rad new cover by Madame Mayhem for you of the Aerosmith classic “Livin’ On The Edge”, certainly fitting for these times. I always loved Joe’s guitars in this song and the cover does it justice! Just enough sweet and snarl in perfect balance. Makes sense…Madame Mayhem is very talented and this cover song was produced and arranged by Mark Hudson, who was also a songwriter on  the original “Living On The Edge” with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

The video is “From The Vault” throwback footage, making of, and behind the scenes of the hustle at the beginning of MM’s rock career, a real behind the scenes take with live performance shots too! Crank it up! You can’t fake this kind of road won , rock as lived experience authenticity! And did we mention her voice rules?!

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Today, pan-international death metal elite Darkened reveal a new lyric video for “Kingdom of Decay. The track is the fourth to be revealed from the band’s highly anticipated debut album, Kingdom of Decay, set for international release on September 11th via Edged Circle Productions. With an entrancing lyric video created by David Havlena (www.hdart.info), see & hear Darkened‘s title track “Kingdom of Decay” in its entirety HERE at Edged Circle‘s official YouTube channel.

The Wild Bunch 2 is gonna be lit.
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We need the art/discourse of our world to speak to our times. Homogeneity is hopefully impossible but we always seem to strive for it as a species to brand ourselves within confines that constitute an allegedly safe, capitalist ‘normal’ – even as we scramble to buy sugary drinks that would kill any mildly diabetic person, indebt ourselves as we purchase crap we don’t need at all for a false sense of upward mobility or adhere to impossible beauty standards.

It is hard to face our grief and collectively or individually mourn. It is oh so easy in these times of Covid and racial conflict to go numb with sorrow. Some people even construct false confidence, like people in denial as they swagger around all while catching Covid at a fucking Smash Mouth concert. I can’t help but also think of the false bravado of Tom Waits in Jim Jarmusch’s still hard to top Down By Law, drinking and driving around New Orleans with no seatbelt on in a stolen car and mumbling half hearted attempts at self-encouragement like his shitty life isn’t about to hit the skids even worse (as if getting dumped by Ellen Barkin isn’t a sad enough fate for any down and out character). As Waits noted himself on Blood Money, “Everything Goes To Hell” anyway.

Thankfully now we have a record called Dream Griever from the excellent new project BLEAKHEART. It will startle your senses open like a bucket of ice water dumped on your head, even when the music is quite mellow.  Initially the endeavor served as the solo project of JP Damron (Vermin Womb, In The Company Of Serpents) who soon recruited friend Kelly Schilling (Dreadnought) to contribute her voice. Following the release of their first demo they were joined by Mark Chronister and Josh Kauffman.

“The Visitor” is a beautiful and stark channeling of melancholia that calls to mind some of the more ethereal solo Jarboe material, the spacious chill of B I G | B R A V E or even some hallucinatory psych rock Western film score paired with mournful, frustrated humanism. It is an anthem for the pain of repeating past mistakes. Will we ever learn?

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By juxtaposing somber, low-fi, guitar-driven soundscapes with shimmering, ethereal vocals and keys, Dream Griever seeks to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition. “The album explores the patterns of destruction and turmoil created within ourselves, and the time we lose within those fleeting cycles,” says Schilling. Through anger, deception, loss, and wanting, Dream Griever presents a vulnerable and beautiful atmosphere of introspection around the pitfalls of human experience. “The record goes to all of those places – the acknowledgement, the attempted escape, and the inevitable missteps into the depths of our own machinations.”
Dream Griever was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Pete DeBoer (Blood Incantation, Dreadnought) at World Famous Studios in February/March 2020 and comes swathed in the art of Brian D’Agosta (Gostworks Art).

BLEAKHEART‘s Dream Griever will see release independently on CD, cassette, and digitally with Sailor Records handling the vinyl edition. For preorders, visit the band’s Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

 

Dream Griever Track Listing:
1. Ash Bearer
2. Heed The Haunt
3. The Visitor
4. The Dead Moon
5. Dream Griever
BLEAKHEART:
JP Damron – guitars
Mark Chronister – guitars
Josh Kauffman – drums
Kelly Schilling – vocals, keys