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Taking inspiration from MTV’s “Unplugged”-series from the 90’s, Haunt has announced a new acoustic album, Unplugged Vol.1, due to be released via Iron Grip and Church Recordings next Friday, November 12th. For a preview of this record, the first single, “Beautiful Distraction”, can be streamed now at: hauntthenation.bandcamp.com – where Unplugged Vol.1 can also be pre-ordered in the following versions:

–green vinyl (limited to 100 copies)

–red vinyl (limited to 100 copies)

–black vinyl (limited to 100 copies)

–CD (limited to 1000 copies)

–cassette (limited to 50 copies)

 

During the pandemic, Haunt’s main-man Trevor William Church wondered what it would be like if suddenly there was no more electricity – and, what Haunt would sound like if he was forced to change his vision. Church then got a hand-me-down acoustic guitar from his dad, and he quickly realized there was something more to this idea: he started reimagining songs from his previous records, using minimalist production and instruments that can only be played without electricity. The resulting album – Unplugged Vol.1 – features the following 8 newly recorded, acoustic tracks:

 

Unplugged Vol.1 track-listing

1. Beautiful Distraction

2. In Our Dreams

3. Have No Fear

4. Luminous Eyes

5. Light The Beacon

6. On The Stage

7. Reflectors

8. Cosmic Kiss

 

MASTODON have long been one of my favorite bands. I have seen them a number of times and even flew halfway across the country once to catch them play with my friend’s in KYLESA opening. It made me furious and sad today to see Brent today in multiple metal media outlets (with NONE calling him out) quoted using ‘gay’ as a negative word for touring with DISTURBED.

Whatever anyone’s opinion of Disturbed is besides the point. We are NOT gonna be in 2021 and have grown ass men in public normalizing gay as some weak or bad thing. I expected better from them, I really did. And especially it is tacky af since another member just dressed as Halford from Priest for Halloween! That would be rad if another member wasn’t using ‘gay’ as a pejorative.

“mEtAl DoESn’T CaRE AbOUt FeElings”. Cool, then FUCK YOU. I am super sick of this shit as a pansexual human being, let alone metal participant. No one will say shit cuz it is with a band with Pike and everyone will shrug it off. Fuck that, you are supposed to be leaders in the scene. Man the fuck up.

Unless they issue a formal apology I can’t support them anymore…look, I believe in growth and forgiveness and we all have needed it before in life at some point. This shit is just not cool, though. At all. The amount of lack of concern for other’s safety and privilege it takes to shrug that away is revolting. I hope Disturbed honestly say something about it as well.

UPDATE- Brann just hit me up and we spoke at length and he was very apologetic that Brent had used the word that way and didn’t want LGBTQ fans to feel unsafe. He said to me he is going to respond to my comment on their insta and address it to make queer fans feel safer. He definitely listened to me and was very respectful about it, which I appreciated. He also was respectful when I told him I was leaving this article up to advocate for not normalizing it on behalf of the queer metal community. Thank you, Brann. That means a lot. Though it looks like my original comment on their Insta might have been deleted? So I am curious how they will respond. 

I will say I told Brann I know no one wants this to happen when a new album drops but it is right to apologize to lgbtq fans and not be like All That Remains and double down on f–got or gay being cool as a pejorative. Apologizing would make us gay and bi and etc folx feel seen and so I hope the band and label don’t try to just pretend it didn’t happen. 

Sharing only one screenshot below, because I trust Brann but I don’t trust major label gaslighting damage control. The rest of our convo will remain private but he was very receptive and consoling and cool, which I appreciated. Again, I am not trying to cancel the band, rather to make sure this shit stops happening in metal and there is demonstrable growth. 

UPDATE TWO- I guess my comment wasn’t deleted on their Insta but I couldn’t find it for a minute, but Brann responded to it officially. It at least shows the other dudes in band don’t want to think they are green lighting their non lgbtq fans to normalize “GAY” as an insult. That makes a teachable moment. I certainly feel more seen as a result: 

 

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CULT OF LUNA have announced their new full-length album, The Long Road North, set for release on February 11th, 2022 on Metal Blade Records. The album marks as a follow-up to this years The Raging River EP, and prove that for over two decades, CULT OF LUNA have forged a sound that has grown incomparable to others – ambitious, epic, visceral, and drenched in emotion.

Pre-orders will begin on December 1st, 2021 at: metalblade.com/cultofluna

“The long road north is a long road home. A direction dictated by a call that penetrates rock and echoes through the forest,” states vocalist/guitarist Johannes Persson. “It flows over every lake, accelerated by the wind. When it reaches you, you know it’s time. Time to move forward. You don’t know where it will lead but you put the trust in it. With eyes raised towards the midnight sun it pulls you closer. The road is long and the end is uncertain.”

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY release “End of Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:50 AM (PST)
It is always a good time to be a Zakk Wylde fan, but it REALLY is lately. Not only is there the awesome news Ozzy finally has ZW on the next album again where he belongs, we have gotten a killer tour with Obituary and Prong as well as lots of new BLS music this year. And they said rock is dead!

 

And I mean all types of rock. Doom Crew Inc. has everything from ballads like “Love Reign Down” for the piano loving fans, with Zakk sounding almost like Joe Cocker, to intensely hard rockin’ moments like the larger than life “End of Days”! The band wisely made a video for “End of Days”, as it is a highly memorable and attention grabber that has a glorious melodic and doomy hard rock presence. Has Zakk finally written his band’s quintessential “Albatross”? Time will decide!

From BLS HQ:
You can listen to the new single and watch the video for “End of Days,” OUT NOW!
Limited edition vinyl and merch is available for pre-order, featuring a Doom Crew Inc. Deluxe Edition Box Set that includes a special picture disc vinyl variant and a hand-written, signed lyric card.

 

Doom Crew Inc. is available everywhere Black Friday, 2021.

 

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Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey announce co-headliner

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 2:19 PM (PST)

“I’ll make you famous…”

Two of today’s most dynamic live bands, Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey, are joining forces to bring their high-octane rock’n’roll out on a 30-date, co-headline North American tour. The “Young Guns” tour begins on January 21 and will see the bands alternating the closing slot. The artist tickets presale begins tomorrow at 10AM local, pre-sale password is YOUNGGUNS; the general on-sale starts Friday, November 5 at 10AM local. Log on with this link: http://younggunstour.komi.io/

“We played one co-headline show with Dirty Honey back in September. As soon as the night was over, we knew this would be a great package to take across the US. We couldn’t be more excited to share the stage with them and give all of the fans an unforgettable night of rock music,” explains Wolfgang Van Halen.

Both of these “young guns” spent their summer on high-profile U.S. tours – Dirty Honey with The Black Crowes and Mammoth WVH with Guns N’ Roses. With only two live gigs under their collective belt, Mammoth WVH’s tour initiation was a baptism-by-fire, opening for the iconic Guns N’ Roses in stadiums. At the end of the tour, in Hollywood, Florida, Guns N’ Roses brought Wolfgang Van Halen back onstage to join them performing “Paradise City.”

After selling out their U.S. headline tour in June, Dirty Honey brought their sexy, bluesy rock’n’roll to amphitheaters with The Black Crowes. Vocalist Marc LaBelle grew up listening to the Crowes, so this tour was truly a dream come true. Winning over those who had primarily come to see The Black Crowes, Dirty Honey received standing ovations at the majority of the tour’s 35 shows. Not bad for a still-breaking, opening act.

The “Young Guns” tour is in support of both artist’s self-titled debut albums; Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey, both released earlier this year. Both bands saw their debut singles – Dirty Honey’s “When I’m Gone” and Mammoth WVH’s “Distance” – occupy the #1 position on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. In addition, both bands’ debut albums made quite impressive bows; Mammoth WVH debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and Dirty Honey – the band, totally independent with no label affiliation – claimed the #2 position on that chart.

“People who come to our shows are going to see two bands who are looking to prove that rock’n’roll is definitely very much alive and well,” said Dirty Honey’s Marc LaBelle. “We both carry the weight of that on our shoulders, and there’s a lot to prove.”

Dates for the “Young Guns” tour are as follows:

JANUARY 2022

21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL

22 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

24 The Bluestone, Columbus, OH

25 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI

26 The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

28 State Theatre, Portland, ME

29 Big Night Live, Boston, MA

30 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA

FEBRUARY

1 Webster Hall, New York, NY

2 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

4 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

5 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC

6 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

8 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN

9 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

11 Hard Rock Orlando, Orlando, FL

12 The Plant, Dothan, AL

15 The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX

16 House of Blues, Dallas, TX

18 Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO

20 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO

21 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT

22 Revolution, Boise, ID

24 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

25 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

MARCH

1 House of Blues, San Diego, CA

2 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

4 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ

5 Fantasy Casino, Indio, CA

Der Weg Einer Freiheit release “Immortal”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 1:38 PM (PST)

photo by Mario Schmitt

German black metal experimentalists Der Weg einer Freiheit will be releasing a brand new-full length, Noktvrn, on November 19 via Season of Mist! The band is now sharing the official music video for their deep, dark new track, “Immortal,” which features guest vocalist Dávid Mako of THE DEVIL’S TRADE.

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT vocalist  Nikita Kamprad comments on the collaboration: “Early 2018, I was asked by Crippled Black Phoenix to fill in on guitars. After two shows in the Netherlands and Germany we started our journey through the eastern parts of Europe and in Budapest we were joined by a Hungarian dark singer-songwriter I never heard of back then. This was the first time I met our friend Dávid Mako aka The Devil’s Trade who’s one of those artists being able to move you to tears solely through his voice. Ever since I saw him performing his doomy folk songs for the first time I knew there’s something absolutely unique about him and on top he’s just one of the nicest and most humble human beings I know.
 
“Having finished the instrumental of the song I was pretty sure, it needed a ‘different’ kind of vocal for the verse parts. Being a song that is quite different already, combining a simple song structure with new approaches in sound design and using synthesizers for the very first time, I had a feeling to make the song even more special by giving it a guest vocal performance. Without hesitation we asked Dávid for this and he immediately accepted our invitation.”
 
We hope you are as excited about the song as we are, as after the 1st and 2nd single this is probably not the typical Der Weg einer Freiheit song you would expect!”

Dávid Mako adds: “I love Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Every single one of them. To take part in their vision is among the best things ever happened to me.”

Noktvrn‘ is available for pre-ordering in the Season of Mist shop on CD digipak, Deluxe CD + DVD box, Vinyl and Cassette HERE. Pre-save the album HERE.

Common Humanity or Covidiocracy?

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:47 AM (PST)
I finally watched The Hunt last night cuz couldn’t sleep and I LOVE Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank. Absolutely loved the movie and thought it was one of the funniest I have seen in a long time as well as a smart send up of many relevant things. The ending twist was great and showed how expectations can be inaccurate and people can also all fall for some falsehoods no matter who they are or make poor decisions or statements under stress.  The low Rotten Tomatoes and critics rating is not a shock, sadly. Because it was actually great. Anyway, I thought it was very sharp about perceptions that distort people from seeing ANY mutual humanity.

 

As a non-binary AMAB person who takes estradiol and is a progressive, I also am well aware of the concept of “not uniting” with people who might want marginalized people dead, as is commonly voiced when people say we need a new Rainbow Coalition-type revolution to change things for real equity for the poor. Maga and Antifa or BLM have some incompatible fundamental bedfellow beliefs as to what they are comfortable rubbing elbows with, though ironically some of them did come together recently to protest mandates. The problem is, both sides generally see the other as wanting them dead or actually want it instead of growth or healing or no gaslighting from racists. Discussion does not work on everyone and emotional labor can lead to many a wasted effort if someone is a lost cause, but we also can’t give up hope for better communication in the world or it is all over, in any subject.

 

I almost went into a diabetic coma last year and part of my care since I got out of the hospital clinging to my life force like a blanket is that I need to keep my stress low. It is very hard nowadays as the entire country wants to make terrible generalizations and rip one another into pieces. I try my best to zoom out and forgive unto others and remember everyone has different concerns stressing them out into treating one another badly. I honestly say the Lord’s prayer every day for the whole fuckin’ world. I am really trying to walk a path now of doing less harm and not exploding.

 

I have people on both sides of the vaccination issue very dear to me, and they are not all republicans. Including on the anti vax side my friend Chaka from Burn/O9mm, including my recent ex-partner of the last 4 years Globelamp who wont get it because she is vegan and Puerto Rican (who were experimented on a lot in history by the US Government)…and yes, I do know Puerto Rico leads in vax rates. That doesn’t mean everyone with that background trusts things. She will never trust those Big Pharma companies that frankly are shit more often than not. I cannot force her to feel comfortable with potential menstrual irregularity, even if it is short term.

 

I am never going to kick anyone out of my life who decides not to get it for their own reasons and I also am not gonna say they shouldn’t have medical care. We shouldn’t TAX the unvaxxed more and cite medical costs as the reason when we ought to be taxing huge companies and billionaires more who created the environment where we have to even be discussing health care costs needing to supercede people’s individual choice or conditions where we couldn’t all get paid leave through the pandemic until it died off so we could just have waited it out in the first place. Fucking ELON and AMAZON could have bankrolled THAT and we wouldn’t be debating half of this shit and hating one another every day. We certainly could have trimmed our bloated endless wars ‘DeFeNSe BuDgEt’ to allow more people of all stripes to wait things out at home but you aren’t hearing anyone say that (and definitely not the GOP).

I also am gonna ask those people who do not get it as well as those who do to also try to be as safe as possible based on their choice and not parade around making fun of others or being reckless.  Because people do not have to humor you if you downplay risk and cuz end of the day…EVERYONE is afraid of some different facet of this, be it control or agendas or dying or censorship or long covid or any way you slice it. If anti vaxxers weren’t also afraid they wouldn’t care about losing their jobs, so maybe don’t call everyone sheep. Counterproductive af. Just like it is not productive for pro vax people to call every vax hesitant person names. It fucking all sucks. So everyone please stop calling one another commies and nazis and walking dead and all kinds of unhelpful crap.

 

Please can we also agree and know there needs to be a huge health care overhaul and emphasis on real health in this world? That also doesn’t stop transmission alone. That said, I am immunocompromised and 2x vaxxed but also believe in body autonomy in all aspects of life. Way too easy for that to go off the rails and be used as precedent in the future. And what is killing me is seeing so few people realize no one will ever all agree. We need more mutual solutions.
And I hate seeing people argue STILL that Covid can’t kill anyone unless they are “just fat or old”. So untrue. Cuz that is part of what is killing others.

 

People who are blaming Dems for mandates in schools also should recall that Trump had all the damn shit forced to close down anyway because of his own piss poor willful denial initial response, which led to thousands and thousands more deaths which could have been prevented, UP TO 80% OF WHICH could have potentially been avoided? 

 

People can’t try to find common things they can agree on at bare minimum to show compassion and trust build. For example, I was very upset to see France is gonna fucking charge people more to be tested who aren’t jabbed and others get it free. That is coercion, sorry.

 

I think testing needs to be free worldwide and everyone should be masking regardless of vax status. Testing availability and emphasis should have been way more prominent the entire fucking pandemic and not harder for poor people then or now. It is gatekeeping. While health officials are split on testing use for admission tickets and at jobs for multiple reasons, it certainly could have prevented things getting so bad in the first place. For some people even that is too much.

 

Libertarians argue often that private free market decisions should be basically akin to God’s law, despite how power accrues that way with no regulation and destroys “choice” anyway. I also am not naive enough to think Government really answers very often to the people. Look at the current quite intentional gridlock in Washington conveniently blocking meaningful economic reform for the poor and voter disenfranchisement. So you essentially have different type mafia states-either capitalism or bought off politicians- with the illusion of participation anyway. That said, we should still participate because any leverage we can get can also matter from the bottom up, especially locally. And sometimes things do get shoved through and good can triumph.

 

Another thing…Regardless of what one thinks of federal level mandates… private companies have a right to their own decisions and to face the consequences of that for better or worse, whether people are upset that some people lose jobs or whatever the situation. That said, I think as many choices available as possible to allow people to keep their jobs is the way to go. My ex’s step dad is a pilot and has flown countless flights safely and been tested very regularly to high standards and should not have to lose his job if he is careful enough and social distances. Airlines can afford to do shorter term and longer term test varieties on their employees.

 

Even with the death tolls vastly showing more danger to unvaxxed people, you still can’t pretend one size fits all and that there is never any harmful reactions to it either (regardless of how small that pool is). That said, anti vax people also need to stop downplaying long covid and pretending it is “the same as the flu”. Which can be bad enough, anyway. People also need to be able to ask questions. Treating Eric Clapton, who got vaxxed, as the anti-christ for wanting discussion is not helpful, nor is mocking his son’s death as some “gotcha” sick fucking troll response. I also think it is fair af to critique any artist who advocates for no meaningful safety precautions whatsoever.

 

But are we saying any kid who raises their hand in class deserves to never be called on? That is what happens on social media when shite algorithms and poor moderation flag or ban way too many things instead of just linking to more data. I am for fact checking and deplatforming actual fascists, not people with genuine questions. Especially since tons of these platforms still don’t do a good job at all policing sexism, hate speech towards lgbtq, racism and any manner of other things more long term dangerous than someone wondering aloud about menstruation changes or mandate ethical questions.

 

We should have had a much better rollout for testing and emphasis this whole time.  I know many people who have lost loved ones who died of different ages and body types and health levels…and denying that builds anger and resentment. Just like people making tests too expensive in many places for hesitant folx or ANYONE is to me the same as…well, how can I want socialized medicine but argue testing shouldn’t be free?! I want insulin costs for my diabetes down, y’know? Similar principal. I just see both sides of the issue doing things that will backfire on the results they want and it is a shame. Comparing it to Nazi Germany when we have a temporary mandate in some cities is grossly disproportionate and will only make divides stronger, surefire way to get pro vaccine people to say that these measures wouldn’t be needed if other people would take the pandemic seriously (but they also stopped mostly masking themselves, which is hypocritical to me regardless of vax status).

 

I have been to three events in the last several years and at each I made sure to be as safe as possible and also tested after the one that was indoors where I was briefly unmasked. It can mutate and everyone can transmit it and regardless of vax status and survival rates etc. someone is at risk from that . Someone who is loved. And people are also too cocky, imo.

 

It ALSO never was gonna inspire more trust when CDC used the July 4th shit to try to make Biden look good but in my opinion rolled back masking way too early for vaxxed only. It was reckless. It gave them an inflated sense of bravado like it was all over, just like I didn’t like how Trump politicized it and was very dishonest throughout the pandemic about a million times. Or how companies making the vax or pushing alternatives are both profiting immensely from lack of transparency of “intellectual data” or just being plain shitty, which does not inspire confidence. Or how the NYHC show in Tompkins that was rightfully controversial had tons of unvaxxed dudes not masking and acting like transmission is a joke or being ableist and contrarian, which also doesn’t help stop jack shit. This time period is causing a lot of pain and stubborn rifts in communication and I think THAT is the biggest lasting danger of all cuz that will fracture everything if it runs unchecked. One love, we need to remember that.

 

I also don’t think anyone of any belief should ever trust any historical event at face value and regardless of any choice, that is also never a good stance to just automatically believe anything without discourse or to put it past people to run multiple moving parts. So I get people not trusting every book by the cover. That said, I also tell the people who think it might have a chip (it doesn’t) or be eugenics that we don’t need to be chipped because we have phones and secondly that maybe the eugenics plan could be that they are also putting out a mostly safe vaccine but you are being tricked into not getting it and are being eliminated that way, no? If you are gonna dive in the pool consider every scenario, y’know? Because black and hispanic people, for example, are dying a lot from Covid.

 

Anyway you slice it, this time period fucking sucks. It is breaking my heart.

The most diabolical and dastardly dirge you are likely to hear today is a to die for doomy, cacophonous landslide from Philly’s Eye Flys called, charmingly, “Dead Larvae”. The Troy based (just an hour or so from me, holla!) Closed Casket Activities are releasing an EP called Exigent Circumstance to follow up 2020’s Tub Of Lard record and we are quite stoked about this. These vinyl variants with big, ugly flys on them look outstanding, some of the coolest designs I have seen in a hot while.

Anyway, prepare to smoosh your eyeballs out with this new jam. You can skip strong coffee for a day because it will already leave you blasted awake and likely in a steaming pile able to be shoveled into a garbage bag. The ideal listening experience!

LIMP BIZKIT have just released Still Sucks on Halloween after a long time between records. While the album title will seem like a glaring Primus bite to anyone from the earlier 90’s than Limp’s heyday and “Turn It Up, Bitch” knowingly winks and nods biting Cypress Hill vibes, while Wes has his worst outfit maybe ever with a vaguely offensive weird chin of a different skin tone, the group have still managed to release their best record in a long time.

The main strength here is they sound more self-aware than ever. It is very meme conscious/meta (and no, I am not a Zuck fan).

These dudes weren’t incapable of ever having fun or taking the piss, but the new record raises the bar on the in on it (“dad” aka Beastie Boys) vibes and finds them really playing to their warts and all strengths the most, even if he says b+tch an obnoxious amount of times and it is overkill.

The style is not as eternally fresh as Fred boasts, or it wouldn’t need so many gimmicks. But it still jams hard. The songwriting is mostly fun and every song is memorable…, from the melodic ballad “Don’t Change” to the show starter and standout giant weirdo guitar riffage track “Out Of Style” about doing your own thing regardless of popularity changes. The production is great and the riffs sound huge, while I personally always love record scratching and don’t care if haters hate it in hard rock. The funniest and most self-deprecating song “Love The Hate” shows the band really don’t care if you hate them anyway over a cool experimental groove. But the album also started out with a sample about doing better in the world, so…?

“Barnacle” aspires to STP/Nirvana grungy crunch and ought to be great energy if they play it live. Despite the obvious influences, it is a rockin’ tune ostensibly about clingers and party poopers that comes in refreshingly at under two minutes and pretty much works well.

By the time the well written and smooth “Goodbye” hits with bravely perilous Maroon 5/Sugar Ray vibes (a weird way to end their career if it is their actual goodbye), you’ll nonetheless have had a good time and begrudgingly admit they are talented if you hated them. They aren’t really chasing likes anyway.

 

Long-running deathcore unit IMPENDING DOOM today drops their anticipated Hellbent EP! The surprise release, initially slated for January, is available via MNRK Heavy on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally.

 

Hellbent boasts the enduring trio who formed the creative core of IMPENDING DOOM in Riverside, California: vocalist Brook Reeves, guitarist Manny Contreras, and bassist David Sittig. Recorded with engineer Joseph Calleiro at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), the EP is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality, with just enough of a modern flourish. As reliably as ever, the band endeavor to bring woe with crushing heaviness, sick death metal and grindcore riffage, impossibly guttural growls, and steadfast reverence for God. The EP also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.

 

Preview and purchase Hellbent today at THIS LOCATION.

 

View the band’s previously released video for “Satanic Panic” at THIS LOCATION and watch for new videos to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

 

Additionally, IMPENDING DOOM will return to the touring circuit with shows confirmed in California and Texas. More dates will be announced soon.

 

IMPENDING DOOM w/ Bury Your Dead, Ov Sulfur, Foreign Pain:
12/11/2021 The Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
12/12/2021 Full Circle Brewery – Fresno, CA
w/ Oh, Sleeper, War Of Ages:
1/19/2022 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
1/20/2022 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
1/21/2022 Southside Music Hall – Dallas, TX
1/22/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
1/23/2022 Boozerz Rock Bar – Corpus Christi, TX
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Band Spotlight: ARCHSPIRE

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:12 PM (PST)

The current “it” darlings of tech, ARCHSPIRE return with Bleed The Future! This band has not lost their edge like many others caught in a dragon chase for commercial appeal, instead absolutely destroying it on their latest release. Only Obsolete and Ophidian I even come close recently to pulling off shit this crazy and Archspire’s “Drone Corpse Aviator” by far led the pack for the fastest chops freak out of 2021, while still containing some very dynamic calm between the storm, majestic guitar parts as well. I am honestly just thrilled for these dudes that they have pulled off such a bad ass follow-up to the hard to top Relentless Mutation (2017). This moment was worth the wait and the future will take your pound of flesh one way or the other. Get on board and hold fast!

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Just gonna leave this message from KREATOR here as it certainly speaks for itself:

Hordes! We are beyond excited to reveal the new dates for our postponed co-headline State of Unrest tour, raising hell alongside Lamb of GodThy Art Is Murder and Gatecreeper.

Unfortunately, due to venue availability, we were unable to reschedule our performance in Oberhausen. However, we are excited to announce our return to Essen for a very special hometown show.

Tickets are on sale now at www.stateofunresttour.com

*Tickets bought prior to the tour reschedule remain valid*

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PIJN sign to Prosthetic Records.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 7:29 AM (PST)

Photographer credit: Gobinder Jhitta

 

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of Manchester, UK based uplifting post-everything ensemble, PIJN. The band has recently completed work on the follow up to 2018’s debut full length, Loss, with more news due in the coming months. They will be on tour in the UK in November, with Mountain Caller as support.

Of their signing to Prosthetic, the band commented: “We’re incredibly excited to be working with such a strong team of people at Prosthetic. Everyone has already made us feel incredibly welcome and taken care of, and it feels like we’ve found a new home for our weird music.”

Prosthetic’s Becky Laverty added: “PIJN are a band with big ideas and endless potential. We’re really looking forward to taking the next steps of their journey alongside them, and excited to see where this will lead.”

The size and shape of PIJN has ebbed and flowed over the years, expanding to as many as fifteen performers. The core of the group is Joe Clayton (guitar), Maggie Lister (cello), Luke Rees (bass) and Nick Watmough (drums, piano), who are frequently joined by a revolving cast of collaborators. Loss was released to widespread critical acclaim, and saw the band perform alongside artists as diverse as Oathbreaker, Conjurer, The Armed, Inter Arma and A.A.Williams, as well as notching up sets at festivals such as Arctangent, Complexity and Roadburn.

PIJN November UK tour (with Mountain Caller)

10 November – Nottingham, Salutation Inn

11 November – London, 229
12 November – Manchester, Factory251
13 November – Leeds, Boom
14 November – Edinburgh, Bannermans

ACID KING post studio and roster update

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 4:24 AM (PST)

San Fran Freedoomers ACID KING posted earlier this week that they are in top fighting form and gearing up for their next offering of highest quality doom. We can’t wait!

Super Freaking Psyched to have @jasonmwiller (Charger, Jello Biafra and GSM) join the acid king party to play drums on the new release for #postwax @blues.funeral . This is a unique and crushing line up with Jason Landrian (Black Cobra) guitar and Bryce Shelton (Badr Vogu, Hawkwind ) Bass. The songs will tell the story of our journey in the last 2 years . #acidking #stonerrock #stonerdoom #heavypsych #synthdoom @marshallamps_uk @ampeg @gibsonguitar @wolfbat @dustbowlbrewingco #newrecord #psyched #pandoomic

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Finnish melodic death metal masters OMNIUM GATHERUM have just announced their Origin North American Tour 2022. The band will be hitting the road for their headline tour with support from Allegaeon and Century Media labelmates Black Crown Initiate starting on February 26th in Brooklyn, NY and wrapping on March 27th in Boston, MA. Tickets are available for purchase, HERE.

 

“HELLO THERE METAL PEOPLE! We have amazing news for all of you. OG will be hitting the road again, in North America. We are super excited to be able to come back and see all of you awesome bastards again. And of course, play the hell out of the new album for you. The tour will kick off in New York on February 26th and will go on across the continent until March 27th. We will be joined by two great bands, ALLEGAEON and BLACK CROWN INITIATE! See ya on the road,” states OMNIUM GATHERUM about the tour announcement.

 

OMNIUM GATHERUM recently released their new single and music video for Fortitude, which follows the release of Paragon and Reckoning, off their forthcoming album Origin, out on November 5th worldwide via Century Media Records. Origin will be available as Ltd. CD Digipak, Gatefold LP and as digital album. All physical formats are available for pre-order, HERE.

OMNIUM GATHERUM Origin North American Tour 2022 Dates:
w/Allegaeon and Black Crown Initiate
February 26 – Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
February 27 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
February 28 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
March 1 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
March 4 – Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
March 5 – Houston, TX – Satellite Bar
March 6 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
March 8 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
March 9 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
March 10 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
March 11 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
March 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Catch One @ Jewel
March 13 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
March 14 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
March 15 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
March 16 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
March 18 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
March 19 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
March 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
March 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
March 22 – Madison, WI – The Crucible
March 23 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
March 24 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground 
March 25 – Montreal, QC – The Ritz 
March 26 – Quebec City, QC – Source de la Martiniere
March 27 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
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