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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.
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Murdock Street from Ascend/Descend is critical recent listening for fans of the borders between extreme metal and the most agitated of street hardcore. Influenced as much by the primal rage within our natures as they are by social issues, the band are driven, capable and tight, yet seem like they are holding a lot together to keep from coming mentally unwound. It is great when you can hear the sound of music not only bringing people closer together, but saving them from feeling down.Add to My Radar
Sarke‘s new album Bogefod is one of the best early quarter releases for metal this year, without a doubt. Based on the story of Torolv Bogefod from the Norse classic Eyrbyggja saga, it is a very grim and gnarly record full of undead hate for the “Blood of Men”, a darkly beating rock n roll heart and dirty distortion that gives it, at times, that proto black Celtic Frost edge albeit with the skillful rendering of a metal album forged in 2016. “The wickeds transient sleep” thrashes about with enough murderous, blackened vigor to create both circle pits or isolated invisible orange clutching and scowling at a stormy sky alone in the forest.
Most of the record has a rough edge yet also a professionally executed love for classic heavy metal. The bridge of “The wickeds transient…”, for example, dips into some really brooding, sustained note Candlemass territory for a few glorious moments before a cruel mid tempo stomp riff marches in declaring “anguish”. “Sunken” declares “a final grave/the watery marsh” over a dirty riff that almost sounds like early Megadeth, capping a record that feels more often like an audio version of a bad ass historical horror movie.
“Barrow of Torolv” brings classical dynamics to a slower and more doom based highly impressive string augmented track, truly adding to the mood of the story told in pained snarls by Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto. “Dawning” later on in the record, is even a classical-laced ballad with ethereal female vocals like mourning over a grave. “Evil heir” is another highlight, dark and foreboding as we realize the tale is not over. Both Sarke as a band, and the story Bogefod’s lyrics presents will even take part in a movie called SAGA, where Nocturno Culto has a leading role. If it is as good as this fourth record from an underrated band, it will be very worth your time.
Today, Swiss avant-garde extreme metal titans SCHAMMASCH proudly unveil the first track from their highly anticipated new album, Triangle, which is set for worldwide release on April 29 via Prosthetic Records.
Triangle marks the band’s third album and encompasses 100 minutes in its entirety, with three distinct 33-minute movements differing in atmosphere and style and each representing the three stages of the album’s strong concept – Part I: The Process Of Dying, Part II: Metaflesh and Part III: The Supernal Clear Light Of The Void. This very unique concept is visually presented by a series of four photographs presented as a bold triple-gatefold, limited-edition 3LP set and a 3CD set with imagery realised by acclaimed photographer Ester Segarra (Watain, Behemoth) and graphic designer Valnoir (Alcest, The Black Dahlia Murder). Rarely is such a grand musical and aestethic feat accomplished within the bounds of extreme metal.
“Consensus,” the first track to see the light of day from their forthcoming epic, can be seen streaming below.
Hissing is a black/death/doom metal band from Seattle, WA. Started in 2014 out of a mutual interest in exploring dissonant and punishing sounds and inspired by bands such as Portal, Incantation, Blut Aus Nord, and Swans. Hissing have self-released a demo and a self-titled EP (soon to be reissued through Disorder Recordings on CD), with a 7″ and several other releases forthcoming in 2016
CD and digital are available directly from the band and label via the links below.Un/Hissing tour dates:
3/24 – Vancouver, BC – Hindenburg
3/25 – Seattle, WA – Highline
3/27 – Eugene, OR – TBA
3/28 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite
3/29 – Glendale, CA – The Complex
3/30 – Long Beach, CA – The Que Sera
3/31 – Oakland, CA – The Golden Bull
4/01 – Chico, CA – Cafe Coda
4/02 – Portland, OR – Highwater Mark
4/03 – Olympia, WA – Obsidian
Critically-acclaimed metal band BLACK COBRA are streaming their forthcoming album Imperium Simulacra. The stream, featuring an in-depth interview with drummer Rafael Martinez, is available now at Decibel Magazine.
Imperium Simulacra, which has been hailed as “the richest Black Cobra outing to-date” (The Obelisk), and “music meant to soundtrack armies conquering demon hordes atop roiling volcano peaks. It’s what happens when you combine rhythmic prowess with amp worship and unerring focus.” (Decibel Magazine) will be released worldwide on Feb. 26 and is available for pre-order here.Add to My Radar
Relapse Records is proud to announce the deluxe vinyl reissue of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s classic and highly influential Relapse debut EP Under The Running Board. Originally released in 1998 and unavailable on vinyl for over six years, this special pressing will be the album’s first time ever on 10″ wax, allowing for higher-fidelity. The LP also includes an etching on side B.
The reissue of Under The Running Board is set for worldwide release this coming March 4. Pre-orders are available via Relapse.com AT THIS LOCATION, and the album can be streamed via Bandcamp HERE. A trailer for the reissue can be viewed HERE.Add to My Radar
Northern Germany’s infernal extreme metal duo, MANTAR, will release their Nuclear Blast debut Ode To The Flame worldwide on April 15th.
Comments the band of the offering: “The title Ode To The Flame is chosen in tradition of the debut record, Death By Burning to maintain the cleansing power of fire as the key theme. Fire is able to reset anything and will erase this planet one day from any plague that’s been around. Furthermore it’s obviously an ode to passion and iron will. Ode To The Flame isn’t dramatic, it’s drastic. By all means. We discussed the possibility of having no cover at all,” the band continues of the minimalist cover art shrouding Ode To The Flame, “We kinda liked the idea of boycotting the need of any so called ‘art’ which bands try to get people’s attention with. The theme of the record is so one-dimensional and obvious that we decided to skip artwork and just put the title on the record to make it look more like an old book. A manifest, a challenge. We don’t want people to speculate about any meaning. The meaning is clear: kill, destroy, fuck shit up.”
Watch the official in-studio video teaser as well as a teaser of the track “Era Borealis” AT THIS LOCATION.
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As soon as you hear “Murdock” from Boston area extreme hardcore band Ascend/Descend you will likely be rocked the fuck out but also sort of checking your metal and punk data banks to see what it reminded you of, in a good way. I discovered the band via a feature over at Nefarious Realm a few weeks back and have since become pretty enamored of their fierce and fiery sound. Vocalist Michelle Dugan sounds almost like a female version of Black Tusk’s members various howls sometimes, charged up with a punk edge over music that roams between Nausea-esque crusty battery to more streamlines Converge/Coalesce/Deadguy “Pins and Needles” territory to cool twists and turns all the band’s own.
I knew I had to pick the band’s brains about new release Murdock Street and get situated in their world a little bit. It is more exciting for me to cover a newer band with heart like this than some jaded old rockstar farts or scene kids who bought amps on trust fund money and will be out of the picture in a year. This band is def one of the bright new underground lights to follow in 2016! The incredible record sounds hungry, lean and mean. Fans of everything from Immortal Bird to Kylesa to Starkweather can find something here to love. But don’t just take my word for it!
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Swedish black metal/post-rock wanderers, HYPOTHERMIA, are entering 2016 with fresh blood and touring plans. The group has officially welcomed bassist Phil A. Cirone (Craft, Kall, ex-Shining) into its ranks, and announced a headlining European mini-tour to take place this spring, in celebration of their latest album “Svartkonst” and new things on the horizon.
Phil had this to say about becoming a member of the band: “I consider it a great honor to have been granted the opportunity to add my weapon of choice to the Hypothermia arsenal. I will wield it with the utmost respect for this great art”.
HYPOTHERMIA will play selected shows in France, Germany and Belgium, along with a stop at Finland’s Turku Saatanalle IV Festival (the latter also including Mgła, Archgoat, Ondskapt and more). Their spring trek will feature support from Georgian black metal/progressive rock outfit, Psychonaut 4.
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No fucks given, longstanding UK tyrants CRADLE OF FILTH, will return to North America next year on the Inquisitional Torture Tour 2016! January 26th through March 8th marks the journey, hitting twenty-seven cities. Support will be provided by the crowd movers in Butcher Babies and the mind blowing Ne Obliviscaris from Australia. Seriously, I am just getting into the latter’s Citadel album and it is completely rewarding and multi-faceted. Tickets are now available at THIS LOCATION.
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German extreme metallers Downfall Of Gaia have announced their split with guitarist Peter Wolff. We here at Metal Riot believe this to be far and away one of the best extreme bands on the scene right now and hope they soldier through.
The band comments:
“The year is coming to an end and we would like to thank each and everyone for an intense and busy 2015!
Europe, USA, Japan and Australia – it has been a crazy ride! But unfortunately it’s not only 2015 that is coming to an end. Priorities in life do change and from time to time you have to make choices and walk the path that’s best for yourself even if it differs from the direction of others. So today is the day where we have to say goodbye to Peter! We would like to thank him for the last 7 years, the highs and lows, the willing and the unforgettable time we spent with each other! Our last show with Peter on guitar will be in April 2016.More info soon! Downfall of Gaia will continue as always! So right now we are looking for a new guitar player! Someone based in Berlin or Hamburg (best case/no must) with enough time, passion and willing to tour worldwide!
If this sounds like you – get in contact via email@example.com. Thanks!”
“For Xtreme Now, Prince Rama’s reported influences include Monster Energy Drink, living in a black metal commune on the island Vormsi off the coast of Estonia, the past, the present, the not-too-distant future, Scandinavian folklore, near-death experiences, ancient ruins, and Vikings.” – Interview Magazine.
Prince Rama may be more akin to the dance/art house set but they will rock most bands off the stage and I have tweeted with them about Guns N Roses. Their new album is going to be so awesome and they were much more interesting than most metal bands I have seen in years live when I caught them at Kingston’s O+ Fest this past year.
So yeah, their new record is kind of like when those dudes in Harold and Kumar keep yelling “EXTREME!”, so I decided to give them an “Extreme Metal” category story over here as a nod to their radness. I mean, they have a Liturgy-esque manifesto and have even written the Top 10 Hits for the End Of The World and hats off, cuz that is as metal as it gets! So sometimes they sound like the New Power Generation a little bit (or should I say NOW power generation?). That’s cool!
The illustrious Interview magazine has a (surprise!) interview with the sisters about pitch shifted multi-gender vocals and character perspectives, and as noted- how hanging out in a Black Metal commune in Estonia and other elements like Monster Energy Drink shaped their new sounds. The also featured new single “Bahia” is great to dance to, energizing and super dope.
Pre-Order the new record HERE.
Australia’s black/thrash instigators DESTRÖYER 666 have announced new details behind their forthcoming album. The influential metal legends will release ‘Wildfire‘ worldwide on February 26. ‘Wildfire‘ promises a return to the band’s thrashing roots.The artwork for ‘Wildfire’ can be found below. Working track titles include “Traitor”, “Live and Burn”, and a title track. More news regarding the album, including the details behind physical formats and several track premieres will be available in the weeks to come.