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[Photo by Kandiss Bradley]

The White Swan is the impressive new outlet for Kittie’s super talented and rad Mercedes Lander, alongside Kira Longeuay and Shane Jeffers (Bloodmoon Collective). The doomgaze project will scratch your heavy and melodic adventurous and quirky itch quite well. It is cool they honored Tracy (who rules and lives in my town). She deserves to be discovered by a new generation and the cool and dramatic adaptation suits this genre perfectly. Cool to see Mercedes playing guitar and her vocals soar above the roaring and euphonious dirge. It manages to allow the listener to feel somber and rejoice at the same time.

You can go to Bandcamp to order Nocturnal Transmission.

Watch the video/hear the song via the fine folks at Metal Injection HERE.

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Cover art for GVF’s single, “My Way, Soon”

As we inch deeper into spooky season a lot of great bands are getting around to releasing stuff before the impending end of the year (and potential civil war). It has been a dread filled existential crisis of a year for likely everyone and so it is some solace to see the creative juices flow from some of our guiding lights. It sure is a hell of a lot better to hear good music than be awash in internet propaganda from QAnon folks who have rebranded Nazi Cult themes to suit their disgusting, fact-eroding purposes. I am sorry if this bullshit has infected the logic of any of your loved ones. It is really horrific and sad that these dipshits have any traction and cloud real anti-trafficking efforts with disinfo as well.

Anyway, from Eddie Van Halen passing to Trump skipping around the White House giving out Covid like Halloween candy to imbecile Rand Paul suggesting the fly that landed on Pence is part of the ‘deep state’,  I could really use some fucking rock n roll! How about you?

First up, GRETA VAN FLEET return! I for one LOVE this band. They are back with a light bearing, groove heavy, rambling rocker “My Way, Soon”. I was worried they were breaking up after a few hazy social media posts recently but I guess the hiatus has thankfully passed.

Y’all need to get lives and stop shitting on these dudes so hard for wearing their Zep influences. This song reminds me a bit of “Over The Hills And Far Away” in a good way, a song made for joy, introspection and travel without slipping into Journey “Faithfully” levels of cheese. The melodies are infectious and lift your spirits while the band sound more comfortable than ever. Probably my favorite song from them since the likewise ear worm filled “When The Curtain Falls.”

Let’s get frank here. How many bands sound like Ramones , Misfits or hell, even Green Day? About a zillion. Or wanna be Depeche Mode bands or Interpol biting Joy Division? Or ultimate problematic losers Foxygen doing DARVO on Globelamp as well as trying to rip off Stones and ELO terribly. Greta are really nice guys doing what they love and actually play instruments for fucks sake and fans love it so stay pressed. It’s 2020- try to enjoy life.

“This song was inspired by what three years of touring did by opening so many doorways.  This is my truth, how I feel about all of our travels, but I know it echoes the experiences and changes of perspectives for Jake, Sam, and Danny as well,” says Josh.

As Danny explains, “The definition of ’normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album.  We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things.  And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”

Photo by Jim Louvau

Killer Be Killed, the actual super group (that term gets tossed out much 2 casually often), are back as well! Max, Ben, Greg and Troy are all part of some of the most iconic bands in modern underground history and this collaboration has always seemed too “pinch me” good to be true, but it’s indeed actually real! The band’s excellently named Reluctant Hero sophomore album is due in November.

The track debuted yesterday via Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal hosted by Jose Mangin. The video, which was shot in Arizona last month, was directed by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. All we can say is, “Fuck yeah, dudes!”

I am loving the whole rollercoaster of a heavy mind bending tune but Troy especially is commanding in his patented rough edged melodic style vocals.

Troy said of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. ‘Dream Gone Bad’ was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”

Prepare to have your mind exploded, fam. Let’s goooooooo.

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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.

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.

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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Melodic folk death metal band Ensiferum have released a new lyric video for my favorite song “Run From The Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. This record has been an explosive and inspiring new era for the band and is one of the absolute best epic metal albums of 2020, a must support release! The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin has been a huge hit with fans, one of the best decisions of Ensiferum’s already storied legacy!

“Run From the Crushing Tide” is one of the songs which best captures the grim sea adventure themes of this specific album. Amazing high vocals, roaring gutturals and a truly momentous warrior-minded guitar centric bridge. I am very pleased they have released this song as a single as it is perhaps the best song on the record.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009).

“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”

The album is also charting well!

–Finland: #1 – official albums chart
–Germany: #3 – official albums chart
–Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
–USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
–USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
–USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
–USA: #94 – top current albums chart
–Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
–UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
–Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
–Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
–Austria: #26 – official albums chart

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Heavy metallers Eleine have unleashed a powerful new video for “As I Breathe”, a blend of symphonic and melodeath that just kicked my ass! Huge melodies and punishing guitar abounds! Fans of Tarja, Arch Enemy, Delain will find plenty to love about this killer tune. Dancing In Hell is this Swedish band’s third long player and you should definitely pre order it today! It releases late November and is sure to be one of the last monumental records of the underground you can use to blast 2020 into the stratosphere as we look towards better days.

Now this is what I am talking about! Love when a band does their own cool take on a cover, especially something that isn’t such an obvious song pick in the first place. Symphonic metal band RAVENLIGHT have offered up a killer and fresh take on Ghost’s Meliora B-side ‘Zenith’, transmuted into the band’s own Irish symphonic metal aesthetic. The results are pretty glorious, I must say.

Singer Rebecca Feeney had the following to say about the track: “Zenith may seem a not so obvious song for a cover, however, we went with Zenith for many reasons. I really enjoyed singing along to it, it really suited my range. Furthermore, we felt that Zenith is a very underrated Ghost song, due to the fact that it is a bonus track on the Vinyl version of Meliora, so it is not as well known as other tracks, giving us a chance to really put our own spin on it.”
Hey Cardinal or Papa or whoever is in charge of the Ghouls these days, grab this band up with an opening slot the next time touring can happen again!

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Photo Credit: Errick Easterday

Boundaries have announced their debut full-length, Your Receding Warmth, due out November 13th via Unbeaten Records. To mark the occasion, the band shared the devastating lead single “Carve” with an accompanying music video that ‘…follows the good and bad that rushes into one’s life to fill an emotional gap’. I love how the very angry vocals are still intelligible, yet all consuming. Also really like the guitar tone, heavy but not just completely distorted mush. The very first riff even reminded me of RATM for half a second before going into more metalcore/aggro post hardcore territory. Also really digging the album title, painting a relatable picture of estrangement. The anticipated album was recorded with producer Randy Leboeuf at Graphic Nature Audio and we look forward to it. . Your Receding Warmth is available to preorder here and the music video for “Carve” is available to watch on YouTube as well as to stream on Spotify.

Arizona’s REALIZE channel Godflesh, Nailbomb, and Meathook Seed with their sophomore album Machine Violence, assembling an abrasive and hyper-aggressive take on industrial metal. Machine Violence is out September 25th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records (continuing to celebrate 30 years in style). Digital is HERE and Physical pre-orders are available HERE.

Oblivion Beach are an awesome band

A few days ago gothic infused doom rockers OBLIVION BEACH released their powerful third single “Teachings Outside the Garden” along with a music video from their upcoming debut album Cold River Spell, set to be released on October 16th via Schwarzdorn Production.

OBLIVION BEACH’s new video was shot in Rovaniemi, Finland in April 2020 by Ilari Kallinen and you can watch it below. Fans of everything from Draconian to The Gathering and Candlemass will eat this up.

Eyes premiere “Distance” video over at Decibel Magazine

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Danish metallic hardcore noisemakers Eyes have released a video for their song “Distance” over at Decibel Magazine!

“Distance” comes off the band’s upcoming debut album Underperformer due out September via Indisciplinarian.

Eyes is made up by five young veterans from the Danish metal and hardcore scene, and the new album Underperformer reflects a combo that does not worry one bit about what fans, the scene, or people in general might think. One senses an artistic kinship with bands such as Daughters, Pissed Jeans, and Converge, all bands who started out with a particular sound and have changed and developed their musical vision significantly; something Eyes aims for as well, and succeeds in.

Barely over two years since the band’s eponymous debut EP saw the light of day, Eyes delivers their Underperformer. The record was produced by Tobias Munk Tønder (Église, Drukner), mastered by Jacob Bredahl (Lifesick, I Am Bones) who also contributes guest vocals to several songs on the record, and completed with artwork by Jon Gotlev/No Heroes.

The new video for “Distance” was directed by Ausrine Kurgonaite and Chey Long-Andersen.

Eyes lead singer Victor Kaas states about the “Distance” single:

“‘Distance’ is the shortest and most aggressive track on the record, by a small margin, as the whole record is pretty fucking aggressive. It was also one of the first songs we wrote for the album and it ended up being the song that really shaped the sound of Underperformer. Lyrically, the song is about discovering when something isn’t as it should be in your life. The feeling of reaching out, only to be met with dismissal and misunderstanding. If you’re depressed; don’t stop reaching out. Not everyone will understand; someone will.”

Head over to Decibel Magazine to see the video for “Distance.”

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Brazilian Death Metallers The Troops of Doom have released a video for their track “Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

The track comes off the band’s forthcoming EP The Rise of Heresy due out October 9 via Blood Blast Distribution.

The Troops of Doom is led by guitarist Jairo “Tormentor” Guedz from the band The Mist and former member of Sepultura’s original lineup. The band also includes bassist/vocalist Alex Kafer (Enterro, Explicit Hate, ex-Necromancer), drummer Alexandre Oliveira (Southern Blacklist, Raising Conviction), and guitarist Marcelo Vasco (Patria, Mysteriis, acclaimed graphic artist for legendary bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Machine Head, Soulfly, and Hatebreed among many others).

The Rise Of Heresy features four original songs and two cover versions of Sepultura classics, “Bestial Devastation” and “Troops Of Doom.” In advance of the EP’s release, The Troops of Doom are pleased to unleash a lyric video for first single “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.”

Check out the lyric video for “Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” as well as the album art for The Rise of Heresy here.

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