First, let me start by saying props to Toilet Ov Hell for calling Sweden’s Shining what they have become…‘edge lords’. I’ll give credit there for the inspiration for the title of this article, because it made me laugh. Niklas Kvarforth makes some bad ass music but has always kind of been a black metal poor man’s GG Allin. It’s been done before and that route of “shock” rock antics is, well…kinda tacky and frankly, basic. Dude’s brilliant music is completely cheapened by this shit, like getting clicks by doing obnoxious shit and then saying people are “pussies” if they roll their eyes or that they are like, ‘bound to the norms of a society you despise’ or some black metal shite. Cool story, bro. Grow the fuck up. At least Kvarforth also supports some pretty anti-social rap whereas a lot of black metal people would just be bigots and call the rappers savages while then using basically the same kind of language against women you find in the most sexist rap, for example.
Many years ago in my early twenties I was kicked out of CBGB once very trashed for throwing chairs at the audience and fighting the sound guy on stage after drinking most of a bottle of I don’t even remember what. Some of this was documented in an article in the porn/music mag Screw Magazine, which was amazing…but I was still a jerk. And I am told I was spitting in the face of Josh Eppard, my drummer at the time, for having worked once for a local police benevolent association. Ridiculous shit. Then we got beer bottles thrown at us meant for me that whizzed instead by Josh’s head barely missing him. I can’t blame dude for having quit the band after that. I think I thought I had to be a maniac to compete with the punk legacy of the place but in hindsight, I was a total asshole and could have hurt someone. WTF is so cool about alienating people who might actually support your cause?
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Virginia’s Inter Arma have announced a new stretch of European tour dates with Der Weg einer Freiheit.
Inter Arma will be on tour starting May 25 with Pallbearer and Gatecreeper. They will start their tour with Der Weg einer Freiheit on September 21 and that tour will run til October 14.
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On this national day of prayer where we are fucking the poor and sick and pissing on anything holy by allowing Churches to dictate politics and still pay no taxes (much like the very rich), you might as well blast some fucking Goatwhore and point your middle finger at the sky, right?! I for one am psyched as fuck for the latest from one of the most consistent killer acts in metal. Can they top the last two? This is one of the few bands in metal who have only improved with every release and yet the early stuff inverts virgins as well!!
Goatwhore will release their anticipated Vengeful Ascension full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.
“Working with Rutan was awesome,” says Goatwhore front-man Ben Falgoust. “We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that.”
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Inter Arma were in my top 5 metal albums of 2016 at #2 behind only Eight Bells Landless and are far and away one of the most exciting and potentially long term future legacy bands in the genre. This band can fill the shoes of some of the greats when they are gone if they keep it true and stay on the fascinating trip they have begun to growing acclaim. This is a band, like Pallbearer, Spirit Adrift, Gorguts or Doomstress who keep metal exciting and worth it for the undying zombie bloggers out there like myself.
Now the Virginian crushers have announced North American tour dates throughout August and September. The band will perform headlining concerts from August 5-17 then appear at the third annual Psycho Las Vegas the weekend of August 18-20. Afterward, INTER ARMA will provide support for Pelican from August 21-26 with additional headline shows to follow. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 5. All confirmed tour dates below.
Additionally, INTER ARMA has shared a trance-inducing video for the title-track from 2016’s critically acclaimed full-length Paradise Gallows. Watch the video, directed by Jordan Vance. Check out the new video and tour dates BELOW.Add to My Radar
There miiiiiiiight be a lot of bands with ‘witch’ in the name. It is almost like ordering toppings at a metal fast food place. “I’ll take a side of decayed nun zombies and the Skeleton…no, the Angel…er, Shadow Witch with extra fries and..Acid Witch, ughh. I can’t decide!”
Well, we have another one for you but they are also worth your time! Wormwitch are a bad ass band from Vancouver and since we have not reached peak witch yet (that will be a band called Witch Witch), let it ride!! Anyway, all dorky jokes aside, this band smokes!
Check out their latest song at Nine Circles HERE and tell ’em Metal Riot sent ya. The band have a cool sound, somewhat black/extreme metal hybrid with some post rock elements. While that is popular these days, they are writing good songs and not just on the trendy tip of the devil’s trident, know what I’m sayin’? You will find the band’s arrangements and construction of dark vibes compelling and inspiring, I assure you.Add to My Radar
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Chicago based evil ragers Sons Of Famine have signed to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The band are not just a buncha edgelords, rather a collection of metal disciples including current/ex members of CorpseVomit, Lividity, Gigan, Kommandant, Summon, Yakuza, Nachtmystium, Evil Incarnate and Imperial Savagery. Though their facebook says they are “…anti-everything, and we hope you die a miserable death!!” That is slightly edgelordy. Thanks! They rock a lot, though. So…Hails.
The band have released their new EP entitled Alcohol And Razorblades as a Digital Album for only $4.44 ! Congrats to them on working with one of the cooler labels out there. Cheers to all.Add to My Radar
Gravenous Hour is the second full-length effort from Moscow-based death metal assault, KATALEPSY. Set for release on May 27th through Unique Leader, Gravenous Hour was captured at Cosmos Studios by Arkady Navaho (T.H.R.O.N., Obstetrical Palsy) with artwork by W. Smerdulak (Semargl, Blackthorn, Distant Sun et al).
In advance of its release today No Clean Singing unshackles the first single from the record in the form of a lyric video for “Critical Black Mass,” the popular web portal issuing of the tune: “I’m having fun imagining the mosh pits that are going to erupt when KATALEPSY reach the 0:45 mark of this song at their live shows. I don’t expect the mayhem to stop until the song is over either (if then). Actually, it’s probably going to start from the first seconds of this militaristic assault. The pile-driving riffs, seething guitar leads, and ravenous growls in ‘Critical Black Mass’ are merciless manifestations of blood-lusting brutality, and the jet-fueled drum fusillades epitomize the sensation of high-caliber weapons on full auto. But in an age when blazing fast, technically impressive death metal is detonating just about everywhere you look, what really sets the song apart are the two guitar solos that erupt in the track’s back half. They’re not just blindingly fast and incinerating, they’re utterly deranged and alien. They take a song that’s already rocketing into orbit and propel it way beyond the gravity well.”
Witness “Critical Black Mass” at THIS LOCATION.
Couch Slut from NYC are really interesting in that they provoke but don’t
always define, reflecting the listener. Eschewing preachy interviews and letting the art be interpreted
by the projections of the viewer more often than not is novel these days.
The controversy over the context of their Handshake Inc. My Life As A Woman almost Raymond Pettibon-esque cover art faded a bit when people realized the band were a co-ed bunch of noise/metal/post-punk
ragers with sophisticated aesthetics, but people should notice more how killer
the music is. Shows with Insect Ark, Melt Banana and Pyrrhon have helped, as
will a June NYC Vitus Northside Fest appearance sure to kick ass!
Key track: the psycho, jazz, dirge headfuck of “Carpet Farmer”.
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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
If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.