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John Hoyles and Spiders actually could “save rock n roll”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:36 AM (PST)

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Maybe it is naive to put the burden of “saving rock n roll” entirely on proto metal/glam/garage punks Spiders from Gothenburg, Sweden, but the vibes and power the band bring are so good and so strong that you want to imagine a better world where their new song “Why Don’t You?” speeds to the top of the charts. So, so good.

The band have been around for a number of years at this point (and have shared the stages with the likes of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Graveyard and some new band called Metallica), but I had somehow never heard them until recently. Thank God. Not that  I wouldn’t have enjoyed their earlier stuff, far from it…but awareness of the group came along and restored my faith/made me feel good right at a time when I needed a pure rock n roll jolt of lightning. Here is hoping they do the same for you.

It’s a breath of fresh air to have a band cut through the plasticity of pop culture so flawlessly. Shit, “Why Don’t You?” is pretty much a perfect rock song even if they had never done anything else.

John Hoyles checked in for a fun conversation BELOW.

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Premiere: Intercourse’s “True Patriot”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 3:46 AM (PST)

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Intercourse is a noisy hc punk rock 5 piece from New Haven, CT. “True Patriot” is taken from their upcoming Enablers EP.

It is a particularly frenetic track with some sharp words. Don’t be scared by the photo of the Donald.

Check it out HERE.

Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘The Ultimate Sin’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM (PST)

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One thing that is absolutely true is that Ozzy Osbourne has had a rough go. That may be less true today, but it was absolutely true back in the mid-80s.

Not only was Ozzy dealing with substance abuse, he was having a hard time keeping a cohesive line-up for his solo project. In 1985 when he recorded The Ultimate Sin, he recruited Phil Soussan on bass. Ozzy had been working with Bob Daisley during the Randy Rhoads era, and the first part of the Jake E. Lee era. In fact, Daisley had written most of the material for the album with Jake E. Lee and Ozzy Osbourne, as he had co-written Ozzy’s first three. Daisley went on to play on three Uriah Heep albums, and even on Black Sabbath’s 1987 The Eternal Idol. Daisley would ultimately return for 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked before permanently departing after 1991’s No More Tears.

The Ultimate Sin was Jake E. Lee’s second and last album with Ozzy, after starting with him in 1983 to record Bark at the Moon.

The album was an introduction of Randy Castillo on drums, and he would stick around for two more albums (1988’s No Rest For The Wicked and 1991’s No More Tears). Castillo also performed live duty on 1990’s live EP Just Say Ozzy and 1993’s Live & Loud.

Before The Ultimate Sin Ozzy had done three solo albums in three years. After 1983’s Bark at the Moon it took him three years to release The Ultimate Sin.

Read my full retrospective on the album here.

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Jason Taylor of Canada’s promising newish sludge prog band Sierra checks in to kick off this week with a great interview. Some may know the band from their Kylesa endorsed Retro Futurist release Pslip from a few years ago, a record that lures me back for repeat listens even amidst all the daily promos and other shit on my plate to distract me. It was kind of like I had found a trippier C.O.C. or stoner rock Tool and the music had a certain warm hazy but powerful quality I loved.

Time passes and the band is back with the 72 EP, a unique long form song with a grisly tale behind it. The 72 EP will see self-release by the band on March 4th, on both CD and digital formats and is sure to be more than worth discovering.

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Deep Cuts: Hatebreed

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:23 PM (PST)

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Make no mistake, it was truly Hatebreed who broke metalcore open wide to the younger generation. While bands like Biohazard, D.R.I. and most famously Suicidal Tendencies popularized crossover and great bands like Unearth, All Out War and, say, Earth Crisis , Chain Of Strength or even Emmure also went as heavy, only perhaps newer Suicide Silence or KSE has connected to people across the spectrum of metal and hardcore to persevere with such a focused message of “You can pull through.”

We are stoked for The Concrete Confessional and wanted to give the guys some love.

Now that Pantera is perhaps irredeemably stained for some and other people, as much as they like Slipknot, can’t get over the grown men in jumpsuits and masks thing (I personally love Slipknot), who is still here that can unite the tribes with such force? Five Finger Death Punch are too goofy or conservative for many people, despite great big riffs and groove. Thrash is cool and probably the overall most popular style of metal ever yet some people want even heavier than the Lamb Of God style hybrid. Well, guess what? We still have mighty Hatebreed. This band went from Satisfaction… days to fucking opening for KISS (at least I think Frank told me they did when I interviewed him in Poughkeepsie once for Crusher).

Anyway, Hatebreed are always powerful live. I have never been let down by one of their shows, ever. Not to mention Matt Byrne is one of the friendliest dudes and the whole band genuinely live to spread a good message and get the Led out, so to speak. Unity above the bullshit.

Fuckin’ represent with these 3 Hatebreed DEEP CUTS bangers! Remain Steadfast!

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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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Deep Cuts : Iced Earth

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12:47 PM (PST)

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The funny thing about metal music is that we have extremely passionate fans. You typically don’t get our type of fans with other genres. I’ve never heard of anyone coming out of a concert hall yelling “,I got so fucked up in the pit tonight! Best CELINE DION show ever!!!” (Morgan’s note: “I would.”)

That being said, while most metal bands have these rabid fans, there are certain bands who seem to have an even more passionate type of fan. Bands like IRON MAIDEN, MANOWAR, and even ICED EARTH have these fans. Fans who love absolutely everything the band puts out. Fans who, when asked, cannot tell you a single song they don’t like, but can rattle off 200 song titles when you ask them for their top favorite song. They have the logos, lyrics, and album covers tattooed on their bodies. They are like Juggalos, except they’re actually human, and you don’t necessarily have to cross the street when you see them walking towards you.

When I was asked to do a Deep Cuts on ICED EARTH, I felt two giant waves hit me. The first was “Well, this is awesome! I don’t get to talk about ICED EARTH enough.” The second wave that hit me was more like a “well, I pretty much love everything they’ve put out, as do their fans. What the fuck am I gonna write about”? After much consideration, writing, editing, rewriting, and reconsidering, I decided to just say screw it and write about my top favorite ICED EARTH songs, regardless if they were the band’s big hits or if they went under the radar. It seemed like the obvious choice.

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Metal Riot Interviews FROM ASHES TO NEW Re: “Day One”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:53 AM (PST)

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Q+A answered by: Chris Musser (vocals)

 

Day One from From Ashes To New will turn some heads this year, for those who can hang with commercially capable yet strong hard rock infused with rap, hooks and riffs tailor made for big venues. Better Noise Records is doing the honors and the vocalist Chris checked in to give us the low down info.

 

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Interview: Spylacopa – On the anticipated “Demon John” record.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:19 PM (PST)

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“Once you begin trying to please people, all of the heart and truth and spirit is gone. It must come from that deep place inside or the listener will see right through you.” John LaMacchia 

Spylacopa and Candiria are kicking out the jams a lot at present, all around more of how avant garde fringe metal scene weirdos who still like hardcore pits AND post rock want things to be in the world. Always a big pleasure to speak to John LaMacchia and especially when the respected scene vet with the enthusiasm of a new blood has a lot boiling on the stove, so

Pre orders are avail at www.spylacopa.bandcamp.com

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It’s not every day in this world that you get to work with someone who is genuine, honest, and just damn likable. In my time here at Metal Riot I’ve got to know fellow team member Morgan and he’s gotten to know me – and it’s been just absolutely fucking awesome.

When I finally came out to Morgan as a transgender woman, and he told me he was bisexual, we were really able to riff about the way being queer in this scene affects a person. When Morgan’s new hard rock/metal band GET OUT. released their debut album Let Me In  I knew I wanted after the first listen that I had to talk to Morgan more about the album, and all of the meaning behind it. Out of that came this interview – and another great chance for Morgan and myself to keep and build on the momentum we’re bringing to you – the readers – here at Metal Riot! \mm/

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Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi’s ‘Seventh Star’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:19 PM (PST)

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Thirty years ago, Black Sabbath as a band, an idea, and as a consistent part of heavy metal was all but gone. Starting with Heaven and Hell, the first Black Sabbath album without the original line-up, the band started to go through many odd years. Mob Rules saw the band down to half of the original members. Born Again was most of the band back together, with Ian Gillian on vocals instead of Ozzy or Ronnie.

But by time Seventh Star came out Black Sabbath was down to one original member, Tony Iommi. It stayed that way until Geezer came back in for 1992’s Dehumanizer. The band closed out with 1995’s Forbidden being down to just Iommi, again. Geezer and Iommi in the 18 year gap, played a lot of concerts with Black Sabbath, but no new music was recorded. Then starting in 2007 they worked with Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice in Heaven and Hell to record Live from Radio City Music HallThe Devil You Know and Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell.

You can read more of this 30th anniversary retrospect here.

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Brimstone Coven are our first interview of 2016. We feel they represent the qualities that make metal great, a deep respect for the past with a desire for an individual, modern footprint. Plus killer tunes.

“Journey for knowledge/within the open mind.”

It is lamentable that That Metal Show was cancelled and hopefully it will find another home, yet let us never fail to have in depth discussions on metal’s supreme incredible gifts to the world.

 

Get their latest Black Magic HERE.

 

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I was going to take the day off from metal writing due to Lemmy’s death, but then I gathered myself and decided the show must go on. Lemmy knew rock n roll was a full time job and he taught us all that every day. We don’t even really take a holiday break around here, just crank the tunes more. This seemed due reason to post my final interview of the year for Metal Riot. And I can think of no better band than Pronostic from Montreal to fit the occasion.

Relentless and yet full of startling highs and growled anguish that defies the lows, the band are much like this past complex year was itself.

This Montreal older school sounding tech death band are monstrously impressive musicians, hovering under the radar but with killer material and lots of shows under thier belts. I do not know the band that well and was approached about them recently to check them out, but right away listening to their latest LP An Atomic Decision I recognize they are adept in walking the realms of metal. You don’t get as good as the music on their title track or or the solo frenzied brilliance of “Useless Wait” by being poseurs. This band sounds like they live for this.

That’s what music ought to be about.

Fans of Allegaeon, Hate Eternal and Neuraxis will quickly cater to aspects of the band’s potent sounds, but especially striking is the melodic power that seeps through the fiery charge of these songs. An Atomic Decision is with only the somewhat garishly nu-metal sounding monicker of an instrumental titled “Menstrumental” (nonetheless a terrific classical/metal showboat reprieve) slightly marring the proceedings.

And I’m sure we can all relate to the cover art.

Metal Riot recommends you dive in and prepare to step into the New Year scarred but unbroken BELOW.

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The Top 6 Albums of 2015 (longhairedpoet)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM (PST)

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With news late this year that Eddie Hermida is getting back together with All Shall Perish, with an Ozzy solo album expected in 2016, with talk of another Black Sabbath album and with another Meat Loaf album in the works, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

2015 was a bad year for me personally, but I wanted to make sure that unlike in 2014, I came and did a ‘best of’ list.

Looking back at the year that was, I tried to be as thorough as I could be. In the end I came up with six brutal fucking albums.

So, without any further ado, here it is – my top 6 albums of 2015.

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I’ve been a fan of Walls of Jericho for years, ever since the old Hellfest 2000 DVD with bands like Brother’s Keeper and Shai Hulud that Mic Todd gave me freakin’ 14 years ago (before we hated each other for a long time). There is one scene where Walls of Jericho’s confident vocalist Candace Kucsulain straight up flips some running dude over her and throws him into the crowd.

I was like ,”Ok, she’s a bad ass.”

I dug The Bound Feed The Gagged debut a lot but in all these years have always missed them live, even
on some bigger package tours. It was worth the wait, a blur of inspired messages and crunching guitar attack.

I have, however, seen Life Of Agony. This was my third time seeing the veteran
band at Starland, vocalist Mina’s professed “favorite venue in America”. They
never fail to impress at this place, even if one of their rowdier anthems is called
“Love To Let You Down.”

No, Mina’s birthday bash found the group and their single opening act both in top form, delivering fired up and relevant sets to a crowd eager for some stress relief but wary of recent events. On Twitter Caputo had written before the show:

2all my #BadSeeds.. let’s keep it fun& exciting 2nite, but keep your eyes open!

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