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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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Baltimore, Maryland’s audiovisual progressive/psychedelic duo DARSOMBRA will be headlining the 8th Annual Mushroom City Art Festival online this Sunday, October 4th, from 8-9pm EDT. The band has performed at Baltimore’s Mushroom City Art Festival in their local Leakin Park for the past four years, so this year, instead of a strict music performance for that hour of online entertainment, the band has created a TV show, A Trip With Darsombra, which serves as the first episode of their new channel, Darsombra TV.

 

Since forming in 2006, DARSOMBRA has released an extensive catalog of albums and smaller releases through a vast network of underground labels including At A Loss, Public Guilt, Exile On Mainstream, Translation Loss, and Noise Bombing, before releasing their fourth LP, Transmission, independently in 2019. Uniting Brian Daniloski on guitar, vocals, and effects, and Ann Everton on synthesizer, vocals, gong, and visuals, DARSOMBRA is a transcendental and emotive experience. Live, they create a symbiotic audio-video involvement that creates a temporary reality, woven by sight, sound, and movement. These psychedelic and transcendental characteristics are transferred to record as closely as possible. . . and live, it is a truly cinematic rock ‘n’ roll show.

 

Transmission consists of one continuous forty-one-minute flood ofsprawling, mind-expanding, musical exploration. Ranging from relentless, charged, and cinematic, to ephemeral, transcendent, and delicate, the song embraces its many qualities as it wraps itself into a thematic, uncompromising saga with a million different interpretations available to the listener.

 

The band offers with the launch of their new channel, “Darsombra TV is here! Performances, scenes of life around Maryland, and a first listen to some rapidly developing new tracks from DARSOMBRA are some of what fans can expect from our upcoming online performance for Baltimore’s 8th Annual Mushroom City Art Festival! A Trip With Darsombra is an hour-long variety show featuring the music of DARSOMBRA, as well as scenes from band members Ann Everton and Brian Daniloski’s adventures in Maryland. Come take a trip with Ann and Brian as they journey from Baltimore’s notorious Leakin Park and the original locations of their previous performances for Mushroom City Art Festival, to their garden in nearby West Baltimore for an intimate rooftop show, to A Day At The Beach With Darsombra at Assateague Island National Seashore, and finally ending up back in Leakin Park for a very special surprise performance! This action-packed hour of Darsombra TV also includes exercises for screen-weary eyeballs, a bawdy pony gatehouse adventure, and a Leakin Park Mushroom Extravaganza showing some fungal developments in the park since lockdown in March 2020. DARSOMBRA fans will also appreciate exclusive previews of upcoming tracks from the band. . . come and join us on A Trip With Darsombra!”

 

A Trip With Darsombra airs live this Sunday, October 4th at 8-9pm EDT at THIS LOCATION.
Transmission is out now on LP, CD, cassette, and digital download directly through DARSOMBRA. Each format of the album bears slightly different artwork and design elements than the others.

 

Find a wide array of options at the band’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp where the entire album is streaming HERE.

Well, it has been a GREAT morning. 21 Savage and BlackPink gifting us with new fire. Full moon October blood magick bringing the sweet overnight news that Hope Hicks gave potentially most of the worst GOP traitor morons Rona. I am living. Kim Gordon in full no fucks given mode posting memes of Trump in a coffin from the Simpsons. You love to see it. FYI if the Heroes act isn’t passed by the greedy GOP scum who have been blocking well deserving concerned Americans from getting 2k a month while bailing out their corporate welfare recipient top tier 1% cronies and calling social democracy ‘communism’, airlines are reporting they might have to FIRE up to 36,000 workers.

Pardon me if I shed zero tears for a Covid denying mobbed up, tax dodging racist rapist grifter failson who has tried his hardest to destroy our country for Putin and for self-enrichment, upcharged the fucking Secret Service and who is tanned the color of Kraft mac n cheese powder! Trump Jr really on Insta trying to talk shit on Hunter Biden with a prostitution ring and trafficking conspiracy when his own family is buck toothed nepotism incarnate and his dad hired Epstein’s ENTIRE fucking legal team and is linked to the Russian mob. And we all know your dad is fine with exploiting then shaming sex workers. Stormy, I love you. Keep doing ya thing, girl.

Trump and Melania getting Rona is straight up Karma and if you have a problem with that, suck it. Thoughts and prayers…that it gets worse! Stealing millions through golfing for your ‘health’. Your health isn’t worth the suffering you cause the whole world, rancid slob.

Anyway, celebrating by sharing some bad ass metal with y’all this morning. The unforgiving and frenzied fantastic riff filled thrash of Netherblade! Brave The Cold! Brutal Hardcore Death Grind featuring Mitch Harris (Napalm Death) & Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth / Soilwork). And lastly, ATLASES brilliant melodic post-metalcore glory! Hails, y’all.

Happy October. Fuck White Supremacy and you if you have a problem with that!

 

Many cheers to U.K. grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, who released their new studio album Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism on Friday via Century Media Records. The legends have seen the album place highly on several international sales charts:

Germany: # 18

Austria: # 37

Switzerland: # 26

Finland: # 35

Belgium: # 88

Spain: # 78

France: # 120

UK (Rock Chart): # 3

U.S. charts:

# 5 Top New Artist Albums

# 6 Current Hard Music Albums

# 14 Current Rock Albums

# 41 Top Current Albums

# 48 Current Digital Albums

# 57 Digital Albums

# 58 Billboard Top Albums

And check out a “Metal Talks” episode with Napalm Death vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway via Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX4Woqxy7tpda

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Apex Predator – Easy Meat album and the sjxteenth studio album effort by Napalm Death. It was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.

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L – R: Ira Lehtovaara (Guitar) | Kevin Withers (Drums) | Brandon Sanders (Bass) | Gabe Rosa (Guitar) | Angelo Bonaccorso (Vocals)

Photo Credit – Wesley Raffan

Death/thrash outfit RAIDER, hailing from Waterloo, Canada unleashed their debut album Guardian of The Fire this past March. The eight-track LP is a rush of E-standard mayhem, thrash overtones, and blackened vocals. Lyrically, the album’s theme revolves around overcoming lies and hatred that stand between all of us and the truth.

Fans of bands of Sepultura, Annihilator, and Skeletonwitch, RAIDER is one of the underground death/thrash bands to keep an eye on in 2020 as they continue to raise hell in the moshpit.

Today the band shares their latest music video No Sign of The Dawn”, a groovy thrash attack about the cost of taking our world for granted. It’s a reflection on getting human priorities straight.

The band adds:

“Our world stands on the edge of a knife. The virus is but another horseman in the ever-growing mountain of omens. We often get distracted and seem to forget that we are still on our way to one of many total deliverances. We have to unite, think, and speak for ourselves or we will be spoken for. If we do not choose the path that leads us to a better future, we will be forced down a path to ruin, of which there are many, and each of their songs remains the same: For the mortal world there is no sign of the dawn.”

Watch No Sign of The Dawn” HERE.

“Guardian of The Fire'” is available on BandcampSpotifyApple Music.

Horrible news as Burton C Bell quits Fear Factory

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:49 PM (PST)

Fear Factory‘s classic line up changed my life. Seeing them years ago at Tramps in NYC playing “Piss Christ” was the most intense baptism of musical fire and a complete revelation on what intensity of sound merged with science fiction could accomplish. It has been agonizing as a fan over the years to see the fighting and constant musical chairs, despite many great albums along the way. And don’t get me started on Christian’s occasional very wacky hot take comments like recently downplaying the problematic nature of the Confederate flag when reminiscing about Pantera on IG (who I love but it is more than ok to critique about that). Raymond has always been super cool to me and with the exception of Gene Hoglan it also was a drag to see his impact downplayed by drum machines or lesser, if talented, characters behind the kit.

Burton C. Bell has now quit the band (who endured lengthy litigation between the classic line up members in recent years) and has released a lengthy, sad fucking statement you can read HERE. It seems pretty damn harsh on Dino, much as I love Burt. I can’t even write all the deets out for you all right now because I am so effin’ bummed.

Sadly, I now hope Dino just finishes the last album mix tweaks and releases it and lets the band end. It will be sad but we will have the final album. It isn’t a band that would be cool to continue without Burton. He is intrinsically linked to the psychic machinery of the material like a cyborg with head implants. Whenever key elements have been removed it has somewhat worked but also something has been slightly missing. Some bands are a sum of their parts and that chemistry.

Dino should just start Divine Heresy again (replacing Tommy in that is a LOT easier than replacing BURTON in FER FACTORY). Burton is happy with Ascension Of The Watchers. The other guys should do a follow up to the critically undervalued Arkaea record Years In The Darkness. But if Fear Factory can’t be fixed then spare parts isn’t the solution.

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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.

SOLITARY have a new single out called “Abominate”, a classic sounding thrash song fans of Overkill, Sacred Reich, early Testament or Kreator could quickly find common ground with. The old school vibe is paired with impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level. New album The Truth Behind the Lies is set for international release on October 23rd via Metalville Records. Featuring footage from the band’s Bloodstock Open Air appearance and the working sketches of the album artwork. Loving Richard Sherrington’s hoarse and bitter vocals on this one!

Melodic death band DORMANTH are  confidently revealing details for their upcoming 4th album, Complete Downfall, which will be released on December 15th, 2020 via Xtreem Music on CD. One of the first melodic death metal bands from Spain and at it since the nineties when metal wasn’t as trendy, DORMANTH have experience and skill on their side to appeal to fans looking to connect with something real.

Skeletal Remains have built up a reputation for being a reliable source for some of the best death metal around where old school feel and fury and the ‘raw’ stuff manages to coincide with technical aspects without the scales being tipped. Plenty of stuff your Death or Massacre addict could vibe with and champion while still retaining the attention of people looking for something new, The Entombment Of Chaos is a must hear record for anyone who wants to properly get a grasp on a comprehensive list of the best stuff that came out this year. Despite some upheavals, the current incarnation of the band have released their most essential, confident and potentially career defining release yet! Even if you are not some scholarly metal cleric in a dusty tower, you can casually pick this up and find a killer outlet to both channel rage and have fun.

I spoke to Mike about the new album, coping with Covid, being part of the storied history of death metal, love for the fans and more RIGHT HERE!

‘Each song is teeming with rancor and a profound disgust with the things we see happening every day in the world, in the news, in our cities, in our backyards… the title, Detest is violently appropriate for the mood of this EP. Music is art and art has always been a non-bastardized, unfiltered version of history as told through those who lived it in their own words.’ – Matthew (vox)

Hell’s Teeth have made an explosive statement on their new DETEST EP. This metallic hardcore infused deadly extreme metal band could be huge if they get the right support, but either way they will make powerful and corrosive, heavy art. Fans of everyone from Power Trip to The Black Dahlia Murder to Turmoil to Baptists could hang hard with this release. Honestly though, with a band this legit and driven it is lazy to simply compile easy ‘sounds a little like sometimes’ points. You’d be selling yourself and the band very short if you didn’t hear their original vision for yourself free from bias.

Made up of scene die hards from the Hudson Valley area, Hell’s Teeth are just the shot in the arm the scene could use to keep things enthusiastic, no bullshit and venomous. I spoke to some of the band about this exciting release, tracked by Sean Paul Pillsworth (of Nightmares For A Week, The Inevitables) at Nada Recording Studio in beautiful Montgomery, NY. You wouldn’t believe such a serene setting could produce a recording this hostile!

Read more BELOW.

band photos by Michael Mannhaupt

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.

 

SEPULTURA release “Guardians Of Earth” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Sepultura‘s fearless and ferocious Quadra is one of their most cohesive and stunning musical achievements yet in the band’s long legacy. The album is the band’s most successful record since 1998’s Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in 7 countries (8, considering the UK Rock Charts). It is also their most successful album in Germany and Switzerland to date, exceeding the chart positions of Roots, with positions number 5 and number 13, respectively.

From Andreas and Eloy masterfully building up anticipation in the intro to the massive heavy sections screaming for awareness, “Guardians Of Earth” is yet another reason this album is so timely. Watch the gorgeous and moving video below.

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DARK TRANQUILLITY release “Phantom Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquility are returning with their new masterpiece Moment, which will be released on November 20th via Century Media. Listen to the first single “Phantom Days” here, which fuses their “their trademark blend of bright melodies and venomous evil,” as noted by Brooklyn Vegan. Elsewhere, Loudwire proclaimed that their “melododeath reign continues.”

Moment was recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The album sees the addition of two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band. It’s been four years since the Dark Tranquility released their last album Atoma, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. The band is considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates.

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On October 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release LP re-issues of their sophomore album, 2015’s Monarchy, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy now at: https://www.metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where hoodie, t-shirt, guitar tab book and flag bundles are also available!

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