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I am listening to the uplifting pop infused vocal of “Mercy Mirror” from my promo copy of the new album Resist from the internationally influential act Within Temptation. It is a great record, another victory for a band with many who have never been shy about aiming for epic bombast where others have their eyes lower to the ground. The follow up to 2014’s excellent Hydra (has it been so long already?!) was worth the interminable wait for fans and is sure to be a major release of the quarter. The album contains guest appearances by singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Anders Fridén (In Flames) and Jasper Steverlinck (Arid), which is chill, but the band don’t need cameos for the whole album to stand strong. Sharon and the gang sound very inspired and ready to add to their legacy.

Get the album as of February 1st! It is still a few hours before release day as I write this.

From the cinematic “Endless War” with a piano-outro to live for to the already popular with fans rallying cry “Raise Your Banner” to the stomping crunch of “Trophy Hunter”, this record will fill a big void for a lot of people wanting to feel lifted up during some very depressing times right now. Some people listen to the most angry stuff in times of trouble but also it is good to remember hope and a sweeping sense of history, which Within Temptation provide in ample doses throughout. They truly just come off as very professional and next level grandiose (but I mean that as a compliment in their case).

The band comment on their new futuristic direction:  “We were done with orchestras and classic metal riffs. We’ve done it a thousand times before! This time we’ve expanded our horizon and started listening to powerful artists from other genres that implement bombastic sounds and huge basses into their tracks. All of a sudden we thought: we need these new exciting sounds too – but not the slick artificial feel that so often is connected to it. We started finding ways to roughen up these modern sounds, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before.”

“Supernova”, my favorite song on the record, proves by itself that this was not a risk that was taken in vain. Amazing, huge stuff.

Tour Dates below.

WITHIN TEMPTATION:
2/28: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/1: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
3/2: New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
3/3: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/5: Montreal, QC @ Olympia
3/6: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
3/8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/9: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

3/11: Denver, CO @ The Summit
3/12: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
3/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
3/15: Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theater
3/16: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
3/18: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
3/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater

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Hi friends. Hope you had a good weekend like I did. While it was somber as it is the 4 year anniversary of my dad dying of cancer (thanks to those who reached out to me and my sister Cambria), I also had a wonderful recording experience in the studio for my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs on Sunday. My old friend Nate Kelley (of Laterals/first Coheed record/Shabutie/PPSP) came to Saugerties, NY to Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and laid down some sick drum grooves for my next album, one of 2 I am putting out this year – stay tuned. It is so nice when you haven’t collaborated with someone for a long time but you reconnect creatively and the spark is still right there.  Such an inspiring feeling. Here’s Nate laying some guitars down on a song I wrote about my self-acceptance of being Nonbinary. This whole record a lot of it is about me embracing that.

Speaking of inspiring collabs, industrial pop duo VOWWS (who I have also collaborated with before, incidentally) are one of my very favorite modern bands. Truly a constantly evolving, darkly lush and yet colorful group beyond the grays, blacks and white smoke and mirrors, VOWWS have now teamed up with none other than Chino from mighty Deftones and Danny Lohner, a.k.a Renhölder (Nin, Manson) for a reworking of their song “Structure of Love”. Check it out now right HERE and start your week off with a soothing but spooky explosion of feeling.

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Speaking of feels, bummed couldn’t make it to Black Flags Over Brooklyn this weekend due to work and recording obligations but SUPER stoked for Kim Kelly and all the organizers and participating bands from Glacial Tomb to Vile Creature to Occultist who it looks like from social media made it an unforgettable weekend and a strong declaration that racism has NO home in heavy metal. Seriously, fuck off edgelords and bigots! The festival promise that video and photos are forthcoming and I am sure more outlets who were lucky to attend will have ample coverage but here is a little video montage below.

Lastly, we are no longer going to be featuring Profound Lore artists on this site (many of whom we seriously LOVE) unless the label drops Craig Pillard of Disma/Ex-Incantation. Our friends at Toiletovhell have the best run down of the bullshit HERE, but basically the dude who has alleged he gave up being a racist asshole appears to have gone and agreed to perform at some racist ass festival called Hot Shower fest or something in Italy with his scummy noise project Sturmführer. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and despite the Big trouble In Little China avatar twitter account who called me a cuck and said “go fight Nazis in the 40s” pretending there aren’t major problems today in 2019, I’d like to extend a hearty fuck you to anyone promoting fascism in the music scene in 2019 or EVER. Update: the band has FIRED Pillard. Read more HERE.

As seen above, Profound Lore told us via letter that they reached out to Disma and the rest of the band had no idea about it and were awaiting a response but we have to be skeptical and guarded. No fashionable boutique label softball treatment for fake repenting fash/fash adjacent performers. Other bands on the roster should complain, not waffle for the sake of record deals.

My girlfriend Globelamp was recently accused via Twitter by someone from the “indie band” (actually on a very big three label semi-monopoly Secretly Group) Foxygen of an ongoing plot to kill their singer Sam France – despite moving to the other side of the country from him and never wanting to see him again and five years since she left the band without any incident of being violent towards him. She maintains that he backhanded out her teeth and has a doctors note of violent impact and a 5k dental repair bill on her side, and now has a lawyer to fight him -whereas initially she did not 5 years ago and the band we believe did a bad faith RO attempt to prevent her from looking into finances as well as to discourage her from coming forward about her domestic violence claims. The band’s official account accused her of horrible shit including a “she tried to kill me and she’s not done” section, lovely…which she was never charged for remotely. The tweet was deleted but we have a screenshot obtained. But behind the scenes they are actually trying that shit in court asking for a lifelong RO (worse than Tim Lambesis who is back on fucking tour!!) and saying she can’t protest and tell people she claims she was abused as that is harassment against them! There is NO gag order on her and the prior granted and expiring RO was granted against her for an alleged trespassing that Lizzie says Sam’s mom lied about to help cover her son’s tracks. She maintains she saw a text from his father to never admit what he did and I must say since we have dated I have seen her harassed by a ton of anonymous troll accounts weirdly over informed on intimate details . You can read more HERE and HERE.

I have seen the anxiety and pain this has caused her and ptsd and it is real and I firmly believe in her innocence and did for years before we ever dated. Unfortunately a lot of people in the scene don’t want to rock the boat with her old employer of Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jajaguwar and Secretly Canadian) or tone police her demanding perfect victimhood (she was blocked by Kathleen Hanna, Best Coast and Kimya Dawson when asked for help). Fuck that Bikini Kill reunion tour and I am glad the bots got all the tickets. This person is really suffering and you all say to believe victims. WTF.

Anyway, to make a long story short my lifelong friend Simone Felice produced some Conor Oberst new stuff with Phoebe Bridgers. Our friend James Felice who performs with Conor is also ON Elizabeth’s recent Globelamp album Romantic Cancer (nefarious industries), but guess what?…Conor and Phoebe’s record got scooped up by Secretly Group. So even though we love Bright Eyes and his solo stuff and collabs and he is Lizzie’s perhaps favorite all time male performer and she has covered him zillions of times – as awkward as it is we have to say fuck supporting that record and any other artists on the label who think it is ok to not speak out about Foxygen being on the same labels and trying to ruin a girl’s life and get her blacklisted. Our door was slammed on on New Year’s Morning with a court summons and it was total bullshit. I can’t see my girlfriend for months now and through Valentine’s Day as she had to go back to California to court. If any of y’all seriously think I would allow a murder plot to be forming out of my apartment under my nose y’all are idiots.

So yeah, I think the music media is pathetic for not covering this and also it should go to show if I am not even going to support friend adjacent records in the name of doing the right thing and stopping labels from keeping unapologetic people who have no inkling of restorative justice on their rosters, I sure as FUCK am not gonna stand for casual fascism from metal labels. Profound Lore and Season of Mist for that matter with D666, Shining (Sweden) saying homophobic shit on tour and the drummer Hellhammer of Mayhem’s dead gay jokes and “black metal is for white people” bullshit (see Wikipedia) are long overdue for a housecleaning or much better explanation and apology to those harmed than edgelordism. I wish my friends on those labels would tell the label owners to fuck off from profiting from those bands until they majorly atone if at all and clean up the roster.

Peace.

 

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RIP Bruce Corbitt

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:48 PM (PST)

Bruce Corbitt of Warbeast/Rigor Mortis fame has lost his battle with cancer. Condolences to  Jeanna Corbitt and all his fans. What a cool, strong, underground legend of a human being. Hope he is already jamming out with Scaccia. Read more at Exclaim! HERE.

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RIP Lorna Doom of The Germs

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 4:37 PM (PST)

We have heard reports that Lorna Doom of The Germs, a true fucking icon of punk, has passed away. The passing was confirmed by Don Bolles. Our hearts go out to Don, Pat and all her friends. No further information is available at present so just blast GI. I mean shit, you really should anyway.

 

Help out Mike from Mindforce

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Mike Shaw from the band Mindforce and his partner Nicole are old friends of mine and I was very upset to hear that homie almost lost his very valuable life – seriously, this is one of the good guys – when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle early this year. Please help out if you can. It is a long recovery and Mike is a strong dude but the PMA from the community is vital right now. Send some love and money if you can. Represent!

5 cool records that turn 20 years old this year

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6:44 PM (PST)

 

1999 was a really crazy year for me. I was in college at SUNY New Paltz, was a raging drunk, very promiscuous and played some of the best underground shows of my life with my old sludge punk/metal band FUSE. We played shows with awesome bands like Orange 9mm, mearth. Pitchfork Militia and Joeys Throwin’ Elbows and put out a CD Organizm that year that I am still really proud of and had a unique meld of influences. I had a year off heroin after a bad problem for five years as a teen and despite a lot of challenges I started one of the more fertile creative periods of my life as well as a deep dive into more and more music. It was chaotic and not entirely halcyon and I still had a lot of buried insecurities to unpack about my gender fluidity and being bi, often taking it out on myself onstage in very self destructive displays that were also likely inspired by Marilyn Manson (Mechanical Animals is certainly the record I spun the most that year and remains my favorite of his), but it was a transformative and cathartic time.

I am very happy that twenty years later despite all the ups and downs since that I am still writing about music and recording it myself. I think the troubled young person of that year would shoot me a sly wink and a shit eating grin and give me a thumbs up before whirling away in a blur of manic energy.

Here is a look at 5 records from the year 1999 that I think hold up 20 years later. Read more BELOW.

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Misgiving want you to know they are going to squash any…misgivings.

Happy New Year, lovelies. New Year’s Eve was crazy. I am a bouncer at a bar and it was a very messy party. I have a terrible sniffle today from germs from shaking too many people’s hands and handling money all night charging a cover to get in and dance to a new wave dj. Chugging Vitamin C and praying while simultaneously tweeting about how the Lords Of Chaos movie is gonna suck today. Was just also listening to “Bleeding Mascara” by Atreyu and feeling old af, lol. Let’s get to some of our first stories of the year.

Mark Deutrom (Photo by Jennifer Deutrom)

Ex-Melvins/Clown Alley bassist Mark Deutrom is the man. He played on my favorite heavy album of all time, Stoner Witch. Used to love seeing the dude live. Mark has a new effort coming out called Blue Bird via Season of Mist and we want y’all to support. Trippy, well composed stuff.

Deutrom offers with the release the album, “A thread of sentimentality represented by the blue bird runs from the late 19th century, through the 20th, vanishing behind the fog of digital ascendancy in the 21st… or maybe it’s just over the hill.”

Stream MARK DEUTROM’s The Blue Bird at YouTube RIGHT HERE and see the “Maximum Hemingway” official music video HERE.

Tyler from upcoming Metalcore band Misgiving stops by today! The band have a new video out called “Absolution” and it shows a lot of passion. We wanted to help the band boost it and give them some New Year’s shine.
This video is for our song ‘Absolution’, which is our first single off our upcoming EP, ‘Resolve’, which comes out February 22nd.
 
The song is about facing yourself and the mistakes you’ve made, and then being able to bestow forgiveness upon yourself for those wrongdoings. I believe that it’s so much easier to forgive others than it is to forgive yourself seeing as you are your own worst critic.
 
The video was directed by Alex Heider. He’s a local videographer who does amazing work, and we were super happy with his professionalism and more importantly, his pricing, haha. We’re all pretty young dudes,  but we want this to be as serious as possible, so we didn’t cut any corners, but we also have a budget still, you know?
 
The song was produced by Jeremy Anderson of the Richmond Metalcore band, RVNT. He’s an amazing producer, a great friend, and his band also slaps, so you should check them out as well. 
 
All in all, we really hope you enjoy the video. Make sure if you like the song to go save it on Spotify, or Apple Music, and throw it into one of your daily playlists to get ready for the EP release!” – Tyler
Check it out HERE. 

Yatra by Shane G.

Maryland-based psychedelic doom trio YATRA (ex-Blood Raven) prepares for the release of their debut album, Death Ritual, through Grimoire Records this Friday. Advancing its release, New Noise Magazine is now streaming the entire record. The full length debut from the band is rightfully anticipated. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, Yob, and Sleep will find plenty to enjoy in Death Ritual.

Dana Helmuth of Yatra offers, “We are humbled to present this first offering of YATRA, Death Ritual, and look forward to hearing about the journey that it takes you on.”

Stream YATRA’s entire Death Ritual album at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features three mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Helmuth.

Lastly today, psych folk, folk punk and experimental musician Globelamp has started a very personal GoFundMe to raise legal funds to help her fight back against an alleged abuser, her ex bandmate and ex-partner in the indie band Foxygen. Read her concise statement on the subject along with her fundraiser HERE. She moved to the other side of the country to be as far away in USA as possible and strongly contests her ex bandmate’s claims.

 

Disclaimer. Globelamp is also my partner now and whether you choose to believe her or support or not, she has a right to say her version of events and to ask for help. She also has done several avant-garde and post-punk / metal cameos this year which will see release as the year progresses and be an interesting shift for fans, though people who love her folk styles can also stream Romantic Cancer via Nefarious Industries (Bangladeafy, Gridfailure). Fans of moody psych folk and bittersweet love songs will dig it.
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Angus Clark with the late Jill Janus

2018 was an intense year. That’s an understatement. I hope in 2019 we manage, where possible, to be more understanding to one another and foster growth. I am thinking about how much passion people carry for hardcore, metal and the like and I hope we can harness that into continuing to improve and not by gaslighting and targeting journalists who are trying to ask reasonable questions about potential ties to NSBM or sexism or other issues. I can like a band’s music but if they start doing that, it is really a souring experience.

It’s weird being a musician and a writer because your net of considerations is perhaps wider. I am not saying that as a superiority thing or in any way to diminish writers who aren’t also artists. If anything I think being a writer as well as a performer makes me side with journalists more, because they get way too much shit from a lot of bands who ought to know better (which doesn’t mean some writers can’t do better as well, trust me). Still, there are a lot of hateful little troll caves sprinkled through our fair Metal Middle Earth, so to speak. And even a few sewery Mordors. But I digress.

Or do I? Mental health was a big concern this year for myself and others. One of my favorite metallers, Jill from Huntress, was lost way too soon as she struggled with depression. Her fight was not in vain though as she inspired so many and will always be remembered.

Look, we get that some of you just wanna rock or have ‘fun’ or be edge lords. Other people use metal and hardcore as a refuge and to heal from experiencing hate. You aren’t an outsider if you are reinforcing the status quo of patriarchy, transphobia, racism, factory farming, yadda yadda. I was super bummed. for instance, to see Mark Hunter of Chimaira and Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under /Cannibal Corpse fame yucking it up on Twitter the other night making arguably transphobic jokes about educating people to be more inclusive of non binary people. Mark said he felt he was on acid for seeing a video about AFAB people who menstruate but identify as male.  Maybe, just maybe he meant that it was weird for him to get used to or wrap his head around as it is outside his cis het experience, but he didn’t call out the supporters in his comments who were saying they should be burned- which thankfully Twitter had the user remove.

Hot take. it is actually good to teach people to be inclusive of different gender identities and make them understand that different people are figuring out themselves at different times in their lives. Barnes made it even worse and wrote “yawn” when confronted about his own shitty follow up joke that sounded like a fifteen year old just heard about Woodstock.

LGBTQAI people have contributed and continue to contribute so much to punk and metal culture. Stop shitting on us with normalizing nasty jokes at our expense. That isn’t ‘extreme’ or cool or ‘metal’. It’s just embarrassing. Read the Non Binary Wiki and get your head out of a bad batch of AC/DC covers and songs about murdering girls and maybe catch up with 2019 where people are facing serious persecution. I am never listening to any of either of your music again, dudes. I hope that was worth losing several decades of support over.

Thanks, y’all who have supported this site and who try to make the scene a better place. “SJWS” are not “the real Nazis”. Please. Let’s do better. Support Black Flags Over Brooklyn in 2019, for starters. And we will take it from there, cool? See you on the other side of the calendar, kids.

 

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Cannibal Corpse guitarist wins white privilege award of 2018

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM (PST)

Good thing Patrick O’Brien wasn’t carrying skittles like Trayvon or he might have been in danger of being shot. Look, I love Alex – one of the absolute chilliest dudes in metal, and I feel very very bad for the rest of the Cannibal Corpse band right now. Right when they should be celebrating joining Slayer’s farewell tour some complete bullshit happens. I don’t know if it was a mental break or covering up some illegal shit in his burning home or Patrick was drunk or what, but initial reports say O’Brien’s house was burning down while meanwhile he was assaulting some lady and then hiding in a yard before charging cops with a knife. Florida does not look kindly on any of this but I can’t help but think of the utter hypocrisy of how this would have played out if O’Brien was black. I never want to hear another Trump bootlicking right wing metal edgelord say white privilege doesn’t exist ever again. Moronic.

I am wondering if dude had some illegal weapons in his house and bugged out and got mega paranoid and tried to hide nearby? Seems like a full blown panic attack and certainly doesn’t make a lick of sense.

Anyway, Cannibal are still obviously one of the best death metal bands of all time and are genre kings. What the fuck does anyone need to be doing wild ass antics like this for? Hopefully Patrick gets some help mentally because he has certainly ruined his life and is lucky to still be breathing. Damn shame. But why do cops not use tasers more often when someone is of a darker hue?

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Hey pals. My rescue cat Lil Puff is meowing her ass off for food even though she already had lunch (don’t worry, she doesn’t have worms). Nonetheless, I am going to try to concentrate long enough to type out some metal news for you today. First up, Happy Michael Flynn day! Secondly, before we start I want to share this thread from Twitter that has been thankfully well received about what I will and will not cover these days. While this excludes a number of large bands as a result, I really don’t care and they are already centered on many a site or festival. To progress, you actually have to seem like you give a shit about being a better person.

Now to some rad tours, videos and yadda yadda.

Seattle death doom merchants UN, hot off of releasing one of the the coolest albums in recent times Sentiment, are now touring the release further. CHRCH are in tow for this one and each show promises to be a special meeting of minds!

Maggot Heart are one of the most compelling bands in the world at the moment. The project spearheaded by Linnéa Olsson is driving, timely and colorful even at the bleakest points. It’s a great post-punk sounding platter of sounds and the newest release Dusk To Dusk is great. It really seems like a lot of care went into these skillful tunes.

Some February dates have been announced:

FEBRUARY
8 MTS, OLDENBURG, DE
9 Grauzone Fest, DEN HAAG, NL
10 MTC, COLOGNE, DE
11 Slow Club, FREIBURG, DE
12 Black Label, LEIPZIG, DE
13 Alte Meierei, KIEL DE
14 Musikens Hus, GOTHENBURG SWE*
15 1000Fryd, AALBORD, DK*
16 Huset, COPENHAGEN, DK*
*w/ OKKULTOKRATI

 

Deadbird by Adam Peterson

Lastly today but not leastly, underground mainstays Deadbird kick total ass and have a music video out at mighty Kerrang! The long-running Arkansas psychedelic doom/sludge metal outfit – formed by current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more – released their first new album in a decade in October.

DEADBIRD’s first video comes in the form of “Heyday,” the longest track on III: The Forest Within The Tree. The video was directed and created by my homie David Brenner (Gridfailure) utilizing nature footage filmed by the band’s Alan Short and his wife Tera in Northwest Arkansas, and live footage of the band filmed by Frank Huang at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh during this year’s Migration Fest.

Alan Short offers, “My wife Tera and I shot all of the nature footage at the White Rock Wilderness Area and The Upper Buffalo National River, both in Northwest Arkansas. Our families have been seeking peace and refuge from the insanity and demands of city life in these areas for generations. Much of it has been protected from development, but we must stay vigilant. In fact, we just got news that the effort we have been involved in to deny industrial hog farming in the vicinity a permit that would have allowed them to continue polluting the river with run-off was successful! Permit denied!”
 
He adds, “I feel like the video is the perfect balance of elements for DEADBIRD; immersion in loud electric rock and roll and the contemplation of and within the natural world inform both our songwriting and our lives. Participating in music (both transmitting and receiving) is a powerful way to shed the static of the human world. Listening to a river’s water speak as it moves over rocks can remove the shadow from one’s heart. Putting these elements together shows not just who we are, but how we are.”

Check it out RIGHT HERE!

 

 

 

 

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Happy 70, Ozzy.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:51 PM (PST)

Ozzy turned 70 today, proving you really can achieve anything with the help of heavy metal and perhaps some unholy magic pacts? In all seriousness, congrats to Ozzy and thanks for all the years loving and living rock n roll. Everyone has a favorite album or song or show or memory and I hope it is not insulting to say that with all his antics over the years there are many people who were expected to outlive Ozzy but he proved them wrong and has had a wild, full and incredible life.

Here’s one of my favorites from The Prince Of Darkness. “Road To Nowhere”? Nah, man. More like road to eternal metal glory.

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RIP Erik Lindmark

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3:08 PM (PST)

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Pope Richard

Pope Richard of Blackened Death Records and numerous not so subtle projects (including the controversial and excellent Gaylord, the bleak Suicide Wraith and many more) put out our selection for best comp of the year with the vital Worldwide Organization Of Metalheads Against Nazis II.

Being as polarizing a figure as Richard is usually means you might be an edge lord, but in this case it is refreshingly because Richard is doing so much right. As if writing a song called “Varg Impaled” wasn’t enough of a gift to the scene, Pope Richard also has contributed a guest blogger year end list to us here at Metal Riot this year! Hails and thanks!

Peruse below Richard’s thoughts on 2018’s metal scene, putting out the comp and what the best albums were of the year in their estimation.

It’s mid November and the nights are long and chilly. The days are short and chilly. And I’m in London, so things are /extra/ grey. But as the SADness descends upon us like a wet and fleeting snow, we have heavy metal to warm our hearts and lift our spirits.

2018 was a huge year for metal and all of its subgenres. We have had great releases from death metal bands, black metal acts, doom metal groups, and the immense push of the new wave of anti-fascist heavy metal has /really/ ramped up. For more on that you can check out Blackened Death’s releases “WOMAN” and “WOMAN II” on our Bandcamp. We managed to raise over £2000 between both comps for Doctors Without Borders due to this massive anti-fascist metal community that is pulling together. 2019 is gonna be B I G.

But that’s enough self-aggrandizing – let’s talk about some damn ass heavy metal.

More BELOW.

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My Top 15 Favorite Underground Albums of 2018 (Morgan Y. Evans)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 2:33 PM (PST)

 

Hello readers and rioters. Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, honoring those who were killed due to transphobia. I am contemplative and worked hard today but now am resting and wrapping up my year end list. We have several coming over the next few days from all enby or binary trans writers which happens to be the bulk of staff and also (guess what?!) is normal! Yep, there are all kinds of people in the world. Deal with it. 

Anyway, I like to get the lists going around the week of Black Friday so that (ugly yoke of capitalism pandering aside) you or your friends might actually buy something on here for yourself or -gasp- as a gift to others. And yes, naysayers, most writers in music media have heard a slew of Haulix promos months in advance and besides last minute album drops during weeks when most press are already on break in December, rest assured we pretty much might know what we liked already. This year it was HARD to condense because I liked so many albums and some really, really good ones did not make it. I trimmed this in half from thirty, blah blah blah. I am pleased however with the variety of styles I ended up with which reflects a semi-decent range of the underground though also is somewhat slanted towards my tastes, bigly. I really believe in these bands, though. 

I had an intense year. Was part of making an awesome psych folk/indie album with my partner and I am really proud of her and it. Also finished a collab record due out next year with Gridfailure and my solo project Walking Bombs that features some nuts guests like Mike Score (All Out War), Brett Netson (Caustic Resin) and many more amazing people TBA in 2019 (stay tuned). I stopped HRT after a year and am living more non binary than a fully binary transition. Losing my parents house and some other mental health factors led me to decide to be super mindful of my moods right now and I have been mostly successful and am feeling more level than I have in half a decade, thank God. I might in the future take estradiol again but I also lost my father only a few years ago and it weighs on me so I also stopped electrolysis because the resemblance of our faces is one of the last tangible things I have of him. It’s complicated, I don’t know. Love you all though.

But through all that and some other challenges music remained a wonderful blanket and refuge or a brittle, cathartic ice water bath both invigorating and frighteningly emotional as we live under fucking Trump. Let’s NOT ever have as stupid a President again, Ok? This is toxic on a world level. 

Anyhow, here are my favorite top 15 of 2018 for Metal Riot. Support the arts and your friends and say no to the nasties out there. – Morgan Y. Evans

1. My album Of The Year: Soft Kill – Savior

From tragedy comes one of the most elegant and inspiring, beautiful albums you’ll ever hear. Cold and warm completely blur into one emotional high and low and high and low and we’re dancing on glass. Treasure your moments and create fearlessly the art and world you want to live within. Crucial.

Read more top picks below.

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November Reign: Squalus, Monolord news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 12:50 PM (PST)

Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.

Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.

Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.

“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”

“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.

The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!

MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

MONOLORD comment on the signing:

“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”

MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.

Stream MONOLORD’s discography on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE and Apple Music HERE.

MONOLORD Tour Dates:

— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —

Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg

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