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Wednesday Warrior Wind Up: Khemmis, Sorxe , Hideous Divinity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM (PST)

Hey everyone. Can’t believe Trump’s disgusting family separation policy is not causing the full blown meltdown of society. I can’t believe I am even writing about metal right now but I figured I will use the platform to put positivity out there and remind us all to stay strong and committed to keeping the world alive where music and togetherness can defeat evil. Even Andrea Pitzer who wrote One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps agrees that these are exactly that.

Anyhow, here are some highlights for Wednesday of some heavy metal happenings to help soundtrack the grinding of our collective teeth.

The new Khemmis is out this week! June 22nd sees the highly anticipated release of Desolation via mighty 20 Buck Spin. I find it very easy to lose myself in the band’s large and melodic metal-scapes, bold, medieval and classic. Yet they somehow also convey their currency as a vital band of this moment as well, determined to bridge the old way into shaping metal’s forward future trudge.

Anyway, I love this band and “Bloodletting” fuckin’ rips to me. Much like Pallbearer, all their stuff sounds so rad I could never feel the need to really super argue particulars of the merits of newer albums production versus older. I think both those bands are a great example of groups who have so much feel in their work that whatever production approach they settle on it still moves mountains of souls across oceans. Seriously though, “Bloodletting” fucking rocks so hard. Highly recommend the new stuff. They have a solid identity and I trust this band to keep a consistent quality level in whatever they do.

HIDEOUS DIVINITY have announced that they will be embarking on an extensive tour of Canada this Summer. The tour, which runs from July 19 – August 5 and sees the group performing in North America for the first time, will cover a massive portion of Canada and is in continuing support of their 2017 record Adveniens.

Depths of Hatred and Vultures will round out the lineup.

Dates HERE. 

Physical order bundles of Adveniens are available HERE and digital order bundles HERE. The drumming is fucking nuts and so are the unrelenting arrangements. Wish I’d heard this album sooner.

Experimental sludge/post metal crew SORXE have confirmed they’ll hit the road next month headlining the “Death Of Summer” tour!

“Sorxe is extremely excited to hit the road at the end of August! We are coming to a select few cities in support of our debut release on Prosthetic Records – Matter & Void. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones” states the band on the upcoming tour.

Watch the first ever SORXE music video for “Hypnotizer” off their sophomore studio album, Matter & Void.

Matter & Void is out now on Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, Botch, Isis) and is available in the following formats: CD, limited edition violet and black swirl LP and all digital outlets.

Catch SORXE live on the “Death Of Summer” tour dates below.

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Secret Cutter photo by Tim Wynarczuk

Hey, cannibalistic cohorts. Slamming down some Annie’s bunny pasta like a god damn party animal right now and eager to give you the scoop on some cool new metal news for the day. In an effort to cover a little more ground with my zany schedule (and also because I am generally happier when I am a chatty Cathy and not  just drearily re-posting press releases under the gun), I am gonna try to do some daily little mini lists of cool condensed happenings as well as our usual style posts. We will see how long it lasts. Anyway, let’s hit the battlefield running.

Secret Cutter have streamed the closing track “Oblivion” (not a Mastodon cover, yo) from their new record Quantum Eraser over at the fine site Invisible Oranges.

Says the Pennsylvania based band of the track, “‘Oblivion’ is, for lack of a better term, the grand finale of our second LP Quantum Eraser. It is the last and heaviest song on the record. Musically, the song was written as a funeral march. The song addresses taking the wrong path til the end, caused by self-delusion and trusting the wrong people.”

 

Let SECRET CUTTER’s “Oblivion” out of the cage at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

 

Progressive wing spreaders Redemption have launched the “Indulge In Color” play through video. On July 27th, Redemption will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Check out the video HERE.

 

“We have a number of elements to our sound, from more aggressive riff-driven material, to more melodic metal with technical elements, to more progressive material,” says Nick van Dyk. “It’s hard to capture our sound with just one song. So we’re particularly excited to release this longer track that showcases our more progressive elements and Tom’s amazing singing in that context. I know people are eager to hear how he sounds on this type of track and I think his performance here is going to blow people away.” 

 

Aethereus have partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere a new song called “The Pale Beast”, the first single from the Tacoma, Washington headbanger’s debut album Absentia. This band has a lot of potential and could certainly be a Summer Slaughter type of contender. Incidentally, Summer Slaughter dates are here, come to think of it. I shoulda been plugging that more of late. Shit has been crazy, sorry. And yeah, Aethereus are not on it but maybe in the future?

You CAN however listen to Aethereus – “The Pale Beast” HERE.

We recommend you do so loudly. Absentia is the group’s first release with new members Matt Behner on drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation) along with Vance Bratcher (Vocalist) and Scott Hermanns (Bassist) who play in the highly praised Seattle symphonic death metal outfit The Devils of Loudon.
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Hey every rocker out there. How was your weekend? I had a good one. Had a great heart to heart with my old friend Chris Bittner who just worked on the newest Coheed and Cambria record that is coming out and I felt a lot of good will afterwards and a desire to try and let negative bygones be bygones with those dudes. We have a lot of mutual friends and while I def hope sometime they acknowledge my sister Cambria in order for me to feel fully heard and respected for her sake, I also can’t blame them too much for being wary of me at all or having a grudge to nurse after how bad our fighting got over the years.

But I will say here that I am feeling really good and hope for much better healing energy going forward and wish them well. I really appreciated Bittner coming to talk to me in person after last week and listening to me about my struggles with hormone levels and PTSD when I was triggered by some unrelated stuff last week and happened to also admonish them in some tweets about some old shit. But I really hope we can grow here, be thankful for our lives and families and remember that life gives chances to treat ourselves and others better. PMA. New album sounds cool. New song HERE.

Anyhow, I am in a super good mood today as a result of that compartmentalized tension lifting off my shoulders and had some herb and drove around blasting some Chinese Democracy cuz it is fucking great no matter what some of y’all might think. My apartment is like a million degrees and thankfully my gf is installing some fans for us while I blather like a hot sweaty lazy blob, haha. I did work two jobs already today, gimme a break!

But ANYWAY, more super awesome news to kick off the week! NE OBLIVISCARIS have announced North American headliner tour dates to coincide with their support run for WinterSun. While I would want to see them with WinterSun probably as both bands are tremendously skilled, these other dates will entice die hards as they feature the band’s full 90+ minute headline sets, and stop in Orlando, Portland, OR, Kansas City, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

NE OBLIVISCARIS are touring in support of their new album ‘Urn’. ‘Urn’ is streaming here. 

Metallic hardcore up and comers Knaaves are fucking righteous and incredible. Along with the new Baptists and Jesus Piece I think the Knaaves material is by far the rowdiest and most adrenalized stuff I have heard from any heavy band this year. Anyhow, Knaaves have a new limited tape for order of their recent January two songer! Pick it up like change in a Sick Of It All pit, kids!! Only 100 copies of the tape available!

Ok I have a late newspaper article to write for another publication and am sweatier than Trump’s perspiring and nervous sycophants as Mueller closes in, so I will talk to y’all later in the week. Check out that NE OBLIVISCARIS tour run of dates below. Urn is dark and majestic and surely brilliant stuff live.

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Take care of each other out there

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 12:19 AM (PST)

cipher (a buncha years ago at Trash Bar)

We’ve all been at a show where a band says “punch somebody in the face” or “tear this place down”! Well, maybe you haven’t but I have been at a lot of unsavory concerts. Let’s focus instead on the people who have asked from the stage that we take care of one another out there on the floor.

Some thoughts follow.

After the horrid bro eviction of Kelly Marie Tran (who anyone with a brain knows brought a lot of heart and fun to The Last Jedi) from social media by alleged Star Wars fans who missed the fucking point of every movie, after the suicide of someone overflowing with life essence like Anthony Bourdain, after the giant fucking embarrassment of projecting and weak playground bully Trump at the G7 summit and the subsequent even further denigration of what actually makes America great, I just want to make a just shy of 3am weekend post that says that Metal Riot is very much a place for marginalized, depressed and outcast people of all genders. There is a place for you here as a reader if you are not a bigoted and irredeemable trollish jerk.

Don’t let any true bully tell you otherwise. Metal and punk are more important for those who use music to lift themselves up than those who use it to punch down.

And sure, people can improve and change who maybe are currently assholes…but if you don’t have a basic desire to respect others, well…every good mosh pit gets rid of the worst assholes, y’know? The rest of life, including online spaces, oughtn’t be any different.

As a non binary trans masc person who stopped HRT just a little shy of a year a few months ago due to really struggling with mood swings (it is a different journey for everyone and I personally have a lot of trauma that I have to be super mindful of not unbalancing), I know very well that life is not a cake walk all the time. It makes me scoff when people say to get a thick skin to me as an “SJW” when they likely did not grow up most of their early childhood with no electricity like I did, kick heroin years ago or have dozens of friends die too young. Or maybe they did and just went to the darkest place inside, I don’t know? All I know is…A LOT of people come to metal to find a refuge and like minded people who want to pump their fist to Accept, get deeply contemplative to Wardruna or flip their shit along to the latest Nervosa record at high speeds of headbanging. Metal belongs to the world. The world is a place of diversity. If you can’t handle that, cry me a river.

I personally know I have contributed a lot to the underground scene regardless of how well known I am. We have had male, female and those who are in between write for this site. We love musicians and writers of varied ethnic backgrounds and nationalities here. You can not undo the progress that has been made by the less archaic types in the scene who want love to prevail. We don’t need to be stoked about jokes about music fans getting shot (even if it isn’t in our favorite genre) or be psyched at some extreme metal band unapologetically calling people poofters cuz they think they get a pass as drunk Australians or whatever.

If we are to survive and stay relevant to the modern world, even in the more coarse realm of metal,  we have to believe that connectivity under the umbrella of metal or fandom or citizenship or whatever does not have to mean we are stoked about people walking all over us. And no, that does not mean men’s rights advocates need to be met with equal respect when they don’t even acknowledge privilege is real or the entire course of human history, for example. Bug entirely off with that crap.

Anyway, I am gonna go to bed. Just wanted to say do your thing and don’t let the bastards grind you down for wanting to bring light to the world, even the world of aggressive music.

PS check this out.

PSx2 Jamie Clayton liked an IG post comment I left tonight and I am living. Hails.

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Do you know Transient? You certainly should. The Portland grind band completely smoke a lot of the competition and have finally announced a new record. After a half decade the band- featuring members of Landmine Marathon, Endorphins Lost, and more – will soon return with their second LP, Sources Of Human Satisfaction, set for release via Six Weeks Records in August. The album has the band working with Eric Wood of Bastard Noise and is certainly one of the things to be most excited for in 2018 in heavy rock. Shit, “heavy rock” hardly covers the effects of listening to the severe jackhammer mishap sounds of Transient’s full fledged extreme glory.

The band offers, “The title and concept of the album Sources Of Human Satisfaction deals with human happiness and unhappiness – how people aim to please themselves often through external factors and achievements rather than through a focus on and cultivation of internal controls.  Why do we seek what we seek and desire what we desire?”
 
Sources Of Human Satisfaction was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios Oakland, California, with additional recording by Dylan Ludwig at Raven Sound Studio Prescott, Arizona, after which Wood’s noise elements were recorded by Michael Rozon at Speed Semen Clove Factory Sun City, California. The album is completed with artwork by S. Jordan Palmer and Alexa R. Simpson and layout/photos by the band.

Six Weeks Records will release Sources Of Human Satisfaction on LP and digital formats on August 10th; watch for audio premieres, preorders, and more to be released in the weeks ahead.

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Lair Of The Minotaur return

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:51 PM (PST)

The brutalizing LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR trio rears its gnarled head once again in 2018; the band has just recorded a new EP and announced live plans for late summer.

Following an extensive hiatus sharpening their axes, the Gods have called LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR back to battle. The classic “road dog” lineup of Steven Rathbone (guitar/vocals), Donald James Barraca (bass) and Chris Wozniak (drums) gathered to record a new EP on Memorial Day weekend.

The as-yet-unnamed EP will be released in conjunction LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR’s performance at Scorched Tundra Fest 2018 in Chicago on Friday, August 31st. The Scorched Tundra Fest performance will be an exclusive date for 2018 and will also mark the band’s first show in five years. Tickets are on sale HERE.

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April 2018 Roundup: 4 fave albums of month (mye)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM (PST)

As April came in like a ram and goes out like a bull, here are my picks for the four most rad albums that I enjoyed this month as we charge into the Spring.

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The annual International Day of Slayer is just around the corner – June 6, 2018 – and this year, the day’s celebration will begin with the release of Slayer’s Repentless special collectors edition vinyl box set.

 

The limited edition release will be available in black, red and gold-colored discs, and only 2500 of each color will be manufactured worldwide.  Each set will feature six single vinyl EPs, each one measuring a unique 6.66-inches in diameter, and each will contain two songs from the Repentless album.  The red and black disc versions will retail for $66.66, while the gold disc set will be priced at $73.99.  The box sets can be pre-ordered starting today HERE.

 

On January 22, Slayer announced that the band will do one final world tour to say goodbye and thank the fans for more than three decades of great times, and then move on.  With support from Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament, Slayer’s North American Leg One dates start on May 10 in San Diego, CA.  All announced dates are HERE.

 

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LA based Theatrical Metal Band RAVEN BLACK has announced the pre-order launch for their highly anticipated 2nd album, 13. The incredibly visual quartet has also released the pre-order for their debut comic book, A Dark Metal Carnival: The Beginning and has begun booking their Spring tour set to launch in May. “Monster” is available to stream NOW on Spotify and download on iTunes.

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March 2018 Round Up: 4 fave albums of the month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:40 AM (PST)

Eagle Twin by Russel Albert Daniels

March For Our Lives is going on today and I am so stoked at the bravery and power of all the voices in unison demanding change. This has been an incredible month of social change and even accountability in metal as well as the world.

Well, it was VERY hard to pick just four albums for this month’s four favorites. There were a dozen records I really LOVED this month. Some flirt with dark stuff but weren’t really metal like my actual fave any genre record of the month – the new one from post-gothers VOWWS called Under The World. Other stuff I want to shout out includes stuff that is absolutely killer like Andrew WK (who had the two most uplifting singles in hard rock by far for the year thus far at a time we really need it), Memoriam, Slaves BC or especially also Rivers Of Nihil’s great prog influenced leap forward or  BESVÄRJELSEN‘s potent Swedish doom brew Vallmo.

These records were and are bad ass af but ultimately edged out to the four records BELOW which I felt were the best four albums associated with the metal genre this month.

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Long-running Washington-based heavy rock trio MOS GENERATOR will release a new full-length this May via Listenable Records. Titled Shadowlands, the eight-track studio offering was recorded in three sessions — June 2017, November 2017, and January 2018 — at the HeavyHead Recording Company in Port Orchard, Washington and comes swathed in the cover art of Adam Burke [Pilgrim, Satan’s Satyrs, Hooded Menace, Artificial Brain et al].

“Right from the opening song, Shadowlands is a record that, to me, feels more honest than our previous releases,” relays founding guitarist/vocalist/principal songwriter Tony Reed. “On this record, I introduce many other styles that I enjoy but they are intertwined so subtly that it doesn’t interrupt the classic MOS GENERATOR sound. That is a balance I’ve been looking for over the last few albums and I think the presence of [drummer] Jon Garrett and [bassist] Sean Booth have a lot to do with achieving that balance. It’s a heavy rock record that breaths and if I had to describe it further I would say it mixes ’70s style heavy rock, progressive rock, and also has some weird ’80s and ’90s underground rock nuances.”

Shadowlands will see release via Listenable Records in Europe on May 11th followed by a US street date of May 18th with preorder info to be announced in the coming weeks.
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Wayfarer announce new album details

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 2:09 PM (PST)

Denver black metal act WAYFARER has issued the cover art, track listing, and other details of their impending third LP, World’s Blood, nearing May release through Profound Lore Records. The band also announces new spring tour dates with the likes of Primitive Man, Krallice, Forn, and more.

A reflection of the Rocky Mountains and high plains of their native Colorado, WAYFARER tells a story that is uniquely American. Drawing influence as much from the dusty, dark Americana of the “Denver sound” and the scores of epic Westerns as they do the fury and melody of black metal, WAYFARER brings something original to the table with a sound that is at once aggressive and honest. Their third album World’s Blood paints a hallucinatory picture of the Western frontier, and the haunting presence of the blood in the soils from a culture lost to time.

WAYFARER recorded World’s Blood in the winter of early 2018 at The Thousand Caves in New York under the watchful production of Colin Marston. The cover displays an antique photograph by Edward S. Curtis taken in Montana in 1908.

Profound Lore will release World’s Blood on May 25th; audio samples, preorders, and more will be released in the weeks ahead.

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Shadow Woods is back from the brink! After the original Maryland based property was sold, things looked bleak. Somehow the organizers pulled things back together and this looks to be the best year yet!

Shadow Woods is the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering and runs from Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22th in Purcellville, VA at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC).

For the fourth year, the festival will host over 40 of the underground’s leading bands, representing many genres and subgenres of heavy metal, folk, rock, experimental, and noise. “It was pretty clear from the positive feedback I received after the 2017 fest that festival goers did not want to see Shadow Woods end, even though our property in Maryland had been sold,” said Mary Spiro, fest founder. So without a venue or a confirmed lineup, I started quietly raising the funds to do a new fest via the contributions of past attendees. In January 2018, I was able to find an fantastic site to host the fest that was even better than what we had before. The lineup came together very quickly and I am extremely proud and excited to present these past favorites and new discoveries.” 

Imperial Trumphant, Cloak, Rozamov, Tombs, Xasthur, Destroyer Of Light, Hubris, Heavy Temple, Uada, Forest Of Legend and many more will play the festival over three days in September of 2018!

 

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Wormed drummer G-Calero passes away at age of 27

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:16 PM (PST)

Sad news today as we learn that Wormed‘s technical percussive marvel G-Calero, real name Guillermo Calero, has passed away at the age of just 27. Truly sad and Calero was so talented. Our condolences to the band, friends and family of the departed.

Wormed are by far one of the more interesting technical extreme death bands. We highly recommend you check out their recent Krighsu effort. It is more than worth your time and money.

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YOB, the Oregon-based trio that Pitchfork proclaimed “one of the progressive acts of their generation,” will release Our Raw Heart, the band’s eighth full-length album and Relapse Records’ debut, on June 8.

“We’re very excited to share this new music,” says singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt. “We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait.”

The news of the seven-track album’s release arrives as the band confirm a North American tour, kicking off June 14 at 89th Street in Oklahoma City. The outing, which will feature direct support from Bell Witch, also includes performances at Austin Terror Fest and Mutants of the Monster 2018. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive). Decibel Magazine and Stereogum named the release as one of their most anticipated albums of 2018. Pre-Orders for Our Raw Heart will be available April 10 via Relapse.com.

YOB’s most recent release, Clearing the Path to Ascend, was one of 2014’s most heralded releases, with Rolling Stone saying the music “makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” Stereogum said the four-track album offers “a universe unto itself” while Decibel said the songs were “as riveting as you could ever hope for them to be.”

YOB recently reissued their fifth full-length album, The Great Cessation, in December via Relapse. That album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.

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