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Vektor “Terminal Redux” pre-order exclusives

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:23 PM (PST)

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After nearly 5 long years, Philadelphia-based progressive thrashers Vektor are back with their third studio album entitled, Terminal Redux. Both embracing and expanding upon the intricate layers of the preceding albums, Black Future and Outer Isolation, the band deliver the album that we all knew they were capable of.

 Never one to take a metal-by-numbers approach to song-writing, Vektor have embraced some unusual audio elements, including the vocal assistance of a group of Philadelphia soul singers, adding further texture to the sound without compromising on the riff-heavy fury. Recorded in part at the band’s home studio, along with Panther Pro-Audio in Philadelphia, Terminal Redux is a fine demonstration of technical precision, a 73+ minute masterclass in complexity, and affirmation that there is still plenty of innovation and intelligence in modern day metal.

 

EXCLUSIVE TO THE EARACHE WEBSTORE, we have limited edition colour vinyl, with 400 ‘Pterotoptic’ Purple vinyl coming with an exclusive woven patch, and a further 100 including a hand-signed photocard! For those who prefer CDs, you have not been ignored, as we also have 500 CDs with an alternative woven patch and hand-signed photocard. Pre-orders start at 1pm EST, and when you throw in 4 brand new T-shirts and 2 awesome hoodies, and this is one deal you simply don’t want to miss out on!

 

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Album Review: Anthrax – “For All Kings”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM (PST)

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Anthrax are back with For All Kings, the hotly anticipated and very well assembled follow up to Worship Music. They have added another jewel to their crown with this one.

From the start it is superior, even though Worship was a solid return to form. Not only do we get to hear what Jonathan Donais can REALLY add, the whole thing just sounds better sonically than pretty much anything the band has done prior. Plus, peep that Alex Ross artwork! Another very memorable and amusing cover!

“You Gotta Believe” is good enough to carry the record by itself, but the rest is no filler. Still, the opening rager (after the build up intro track) is a future classic that finds Belladonna sounding modern and in full command. It is one of Joey’s best performances in a long time and a fair match for the best of John Bush, despite me having a big love for The Sound Of White Noise era. The sense of nostalgia is because we all grew up with these guys but the songs are more than some mere retread of past victory. Melody, fiery battle charged riffs and great unison sections beneath red hot leads…pure Anthrax glory.

“Monster At The End” has a big elbows in the pit stomper riff with some superb leads again over the top. The vocals are crystal clear but gritty and Frank Bello’s bass rumbles like the Running of the Bulls. Pure headbanger’s delight.

Benante also needs to be commended as his solid backbone and well placed accents are perfect. He has his Anthrax team player hat on fully but gets to do some great signature rolls, speed up parts and flat out cuts loose as we all want in other parts.

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Skeletonwitch introduce new vocalist Adam Clemans

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:26 AM (PST)

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Big shoes to fill vocally, but this dude seems up for it. Great scream! Skeletonwitch are too important to the scene and epic to be donezo!

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 Today, the Ohio-based blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH – who will join Abbath, High On Fire and Tribulation on this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour, which kicks off March 17 – officially welcomes Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) as their new vocalist. Last month, the group recorded a new EP, due to be released this summer, with Clemans at Baltimore’s Developing Nations with producer Kevin Bernsten (Magrudergrind, Noisem, Mutilation Rites). A brief teaser of new music can be heard in the below video, in which Clemans discusses how he came to join the band.

 

“I’m very proud to be a part of the SKELETONWITCH camp, and I’m very excited about how the new EP turned out,” says Clemans. “Working with like-minded musicians is always a pleasure, and I’m confident that the new chapter of this band will carry the SKELETONWITCH banner properly and proudly.”

Adds guitarist Scott Hedrick, “We are extremely excited to announce Adam as the new singer for SKELETONWITCH. He’s a killer vocalist, lyricist, and all-around creative force. Please welcome him to the SKELETONWITCH family as we begin this new chapter. As always, thanks to everyone who has, and continues to, support us.”

Clemans appears alongside Abbath, High On Fire’s Matt Pike and Tribulation’s Johannes Andersson on the cover of the new issue of Decibel Magazine, which hits newsstands on March 2 and is available for pre-order at this location.

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Scott Ian of Anthrax (set to release what is likely the thrash album of the year For All Kings unless Megadeth prevail), is getting better with age like a thrashing metal vintage. Scott has urged Phil Anselmo to follow up on his apology with a donation to a Jewish charity to prove his contrition. Read more HERE.

That said, “Fuck The Middle East” by S.O.D. wasn’t such a great articulation of cultural relations either. Which pains me to type as I actually try to write something nice about Anthrax almost every day. Though obviously a very old song (which was said to be a “Pro-Israel” song) and not as bad as the nazi salute onstage wasted after jamming with a low profile d-lister like Dave Grohl. Oh, and the lyrics of “Speak English Or Die” are horrible, which a friend reminded me of on Facebook. I hope there is a quote somewhere saying that was satire. There must be or I can’t imagine I ever would’ve kept following S.O.D. or Anthrax. I’m just foggy and half baked right now.

The whole world needs more tolerance and love. Maybe it is smart that Ghost covered ABBA.

I hope with the passing of recent beloved musicians or relations (in my case) or even the Paris attacks showcasing fragile eggshells we stand on, that every breath is savored, that imagination and a wish to see and learn about cultures and the world fills everyone, the lust for life. I’m 37 and the desire to experience the world is only sharpened as I look at maps in an old Alan Furst ww2 setting novel, hear cries for unity from the metal community or communicate with new friend Eugene Tymchyk from Odessa’s Septa. we can all wash blood from our hands, embrace, discuss, rock, discover. Time is a resource. Remember that when you are standing around bitching or not accomplishing something you are literally sacrificing that moment forever. Choices.

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Album Review: Megadeth – “Dystopia”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM (PST)

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Being a life long MEGADETH fan, I admit that I was devastated in 2002 when it was announced that the band was disbanding due to Mustaine’s nerve issues in his arm. Shortly after, issues between the Daves [Mustaine and Ellefson] surfaced, giving me that feeling that the final nail was in the coffin of MEGADETH, and I’d never get to see my favorite band ever again. Sure, their last two albums had been Risk and The World Needs A Hero, both of which I had liked, but weren’t nearly as strong as their prior releases. It seemed like this was truly the end.

You can only imagine the sheer ecstasy I had when I learned that Mustaine had relearned to play, and was coming back with a new MEGADETH album (2004’s excellent The System Has Failed) with a returning Chris Poland [guitarist from Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and the groundbreaking Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?). Little did I know that album would mark the start of an amazing “Decade Of Deth”. (Yes, I actually air-quoted that as I typed it. What, you wanna fight about it?) The lineup changed a million times over, but the tunes were all killer during that decade.

2004 gave us The System Has Failed, paired up with the incredibly cool Gigantour in the summer of 2005. 2007 gave us United Abominations, with the amazingly good “Washington Is Next” single. Endgame came in 2009, and 2011 gave us a returning David Ellefson and the album Thirteen. (For the record, the song “13” is one of my top favorite recent MEGADETH tracks). The band was on fire, so it can only be expected that 2013’s Supercollider would be fucking incredible. Am I right?

Ok, so Supercollider was anything but “super”. Definitely the most lackluster of any MEGADETH record to date, but seeing as their first album hit in 1985, their track record so far has been pretty good. I mean, the album wasn’t so horrible that half the band felt they needed to quit shortly after its release, was it? (2 side notes here: First off, if you haven’t already heard Supercollider, it is worth a shot. “Kingmaker”, “Dance In The Rain” featuring DISTURBED’s David Draiman, and THIN LIZZY cover “Cold Sweat” are worth listening to. Secondly, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover both formed ACT OF DEFIANCE after leaving MEGADETH, and their album kicks serious ass. I suggest buying that one now. Well, not “now”. Finish reading my babbling here, and then go purchase it.)

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Exumer release ‘The Raging Tides’ today

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM (PST)

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German thrash masters Exumer have today released their latest album The Raging Tides via Metal Blade Records.

Check out the track list and stream The Raging Tides and check out Exumer tour dates here.

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Anthrax get their Smithsonian treatment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM (PST)
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How great is the above photo?! Classic.

These knuckleheads have given the world so much and the world owes them true metal thanks for all time \m/.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has just posted a video profile of Anthrax, “How New York of the ’80s Helped Influence Anthrax to Create East Coast Thrash,” as part of its Places of Invention exhibit’s interactive online map.

Check it out here.

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After recently completing a North American tour with label-mates Allegaeon, plus some shows with Killswitch Engage right before the new year, Act of Defiance is ready to get back on the road again, for another headlining trek!

Shawn Drover (drums) comments: “After just getting home from a great co-headlining tour with our good friends in Allegaeon, we are super stoked to get right back on the road for round 2, with our 2016 North American tour!!!! There were lots of cities that we were unable to play on our first go around, so this time we wanted to hit as many places as we can to keep promoting ‘Birth And The Burial’ shortly after the holiday season. We really want to tour as much as possible for this record and bring 100% true HEAVY METAL to as many people as possible. See you on the road!!!!”

 

Following this tour, Act of Defiance will join Hatebreed in June for 7 special shows. See below for all upcoming dates!

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Warbringer kick off North American tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM (PST)

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California thrash metallers Warbringer are preparing to tear across North America. The tour will start January 5 at the Gramercy Theatre.

Warbringer will co-headline with Enforcer. Exmortus will open and Cauldron.

Check out a comment from vocalist John Kevill and the full list of tour dates here.

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Anthrax are “Breathing Lightning”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 6:39 AM (PST)
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“Breathing Lightning,” the first official track from Anthrax‘s upcoming album For All Kings due out February 26 (Megaforce/North America), goes to radio today. The band’s Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian talk about the writing and recording of the song in this new video clip HERE.

“Breathing Lightning” and the track “Evil Twin” will be available at indie retail beginning January 15 as a download card included in each box of the band’s fully customized, limited-edition full, 52-card deck playing cards. On February 26, the card will enable the holder to download the entire album.

 

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“I know what you are thinking. Doesn’t the Metal Riot staff ever rest? Shouldn’t they be more hungover and not posting today? Well, I’m sure some of us are (probably Nich Madl). I haven’t had a drink in about three years. And while year end lists are freshly posted, confetti and streamers and smashed champagne glasses are still being swept up, Motley took their bow and the memory of Lemmy’s death is still ringing in our ears, let’s remember that this New Year we can make metal and hard rock as meaningful and powerful as it has ever been. We have new releases to look forward to from Lycus, Primal Fear, Cauldron’s new album, Peace Killers and more. Biohazard’s Mata Laeao turns twenty! AND Metallica’s Black Album turns fucking twentyfive this year! It’s a controversial yet landmark record that was a more unified representation of all the facets their career has come to include under the band’s umbrella of styles than any other release (though my favorite era and many others is the earlier stuff). BUT I can still remember exactly where I was when the “Enter Sandman” video came out. The thumping drums and sense of anticipation. Let’s treat this year the same way. Let’s aim big but stay strong.” – Morgan Ywain Evans

“Short, sweet and to the point: “2015 was such a fuckin’ pisser that I could not be more ready for 2016, which is going to fucking rock. We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned. Some killer albums are slated to come out this year and we can’t wait to cover them and talk about them. In addition to the straight news, we’re going to rock some editorials, including looking back at some of the amazing moments in metal that have brought us here today, so get fucking ready!” – Longhairedpoet/Jessica Fisher

“I’m looking forward to new music, seeing the scene grow closer and prosper , and I’m looking forward to photographing way more shows!” – Crashqueen/June Aispuro

 

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Venom Inc. to tour North America with Necrophagia

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 3:28 PM (PST)

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The UK black metallers in Venom Inc. are preparing to tear across North America in the new year.

Venom Inc. will be supported on the tour by Necrophagia.

The bands will play twenty-one shows starting in Atlanta, Georgia on January 5 and wrapping up on January 28 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Album Review: Exmortus – “Ride Forth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 9:28 AM (PST)

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Exmortus return with Ride Forth, another powerful team up between the band and Prosthetic Records. From a razor edged cover of Beethoven’s “Apassionata” that would make The Great Kat and Bill & Ted of Wyld Stallyns proud to rugged and rowdy thrash originals with grimy yowls that invigorate with the same battle hardened intensity you’d expect from Skeletonwitch or the much missed crimson screams of early 3 Inches Of Blood.

“Black Sails” is a mid paced march that really stands out, the band a single entity of undeniable dueling guitars, melodic veined fiery runs and drumming that pumps you up and holds things together. Exmortus always get me charged up and wanting to go jog up a mountain. “For The Horde” is one of the fastest tunes from the group yet, a lightning blur of guitars that swipe like the downward killing stroke of a vorpal blade. It’s easy to envision the ramparts, just sayin’.

“Let Us Roam” is another favorite, the band really allowing themselves to cut loose with the shred but with an emphasis on cool songwriting arrangements and strong vocal engagement that deifies the grasp of some tech death bands, for example. Perhaps it is the thrashier influence at the heart of these also very classic heavy metal influenced tunes that invigorates rather than the distraction that comes with tech death in knowing that you could be listening to classic old school death metal and it would probably be better (though I love some tech stuff like Revocation and Fallujah bigtime). “Fire and Ice” gives Evile a run for their money with a very Metallica-tastic intro before a super medieval tinged gallop ensues, just an epic metal treat for fans of this stuff.

Verdict is once again Exmortus fans shall behold triumph.

Band Spotlight: Battlecross

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM (PST)

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Are Battlecross the hardest working blokes in metal? In recent years they have certainly seemed like it. The thrashers released their best album yet Rise To Power in 2015 and were a constant presence on big tours, connecting to fans and in online discussions. This band already has the potential to be one of the next generation of thrash greats if they stay the course. We hope they continue their rise. They prove that you can’t do this if you are bound by fear! Get out there and hustle! \m/

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Blood Mantra Across North America adds Black Effin’ Breath

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PST)

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Having mercilessly dropped their Slaves Beyond Death LP through Southern Lord at the end of September, BLACK BREATH now adds their impending participation in the Blood Mantra Across North America Tour with Decapitated and Theories to their upcoming live actions in support of the record.

First up, next week the BLACK BREATH horde will take on the Pacific Northwest on a mini-tour running from December 17th through the 20th, with shows in Seattle, Walla Walla, Spokane and Vancouver, joined by Skelator on all but the final show. December 30th sees the band close out the year with a one-off show in Bellingham supporting Red Fang.

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