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RIP Frank Watkins (Obituary/Gorgoroth)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM (PST)

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Sorry to post this news late (and certainly no disrespect meant to death metal fans mourning everywhere). RIP to Frank Watkins, best known as a classic member of Obituary. He has succumbed to cancer. I didn’t know Frank but my old friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder/Unbalanced did and I’ll repost his words here:

I got some very upsetting news today that my friend -manager-mentor- Frank Watkins passed away . It just pisses me off “The higher power” what ever you believe in takes the best from this earth and leaves the shit behind!! Frank was the guy that would give you the shirt off his back tell you straight up what he thought no dickin around.When everyone would walk out of the room on you he would be the person that walked in.My thoughts and prayers go out to Frank’s family and bands he has played with.It was great touring and hanging with you bro.I now youre up there playing with Cliff Burton and the bests. I LOVE AND MISS YOU ALREADY BRO!! R.I.P

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In just a little over a month, Philip H. Anselmo’s HOUSECORE HORROR FEST will terrorize San Antonio. Now in its third year of audio and visual pandemonium, this year’s multi-stage gore gala will take place at the Aztec Theater, The Korova and the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel on November 13th -15th, 2015 and features three film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings, the return of The Metal Masters And Horror panel with special appearances from performing bands and legendary filmmakers throughout the weekend as well as what’s mutated into one of the most punishing live lineups of the year!

 

For the onscreen carnage cravers, this year’s edition of HHF includes 80 eye-gougingfilm screenings throughout the weekend. Having sifted through a record-breaking amount of independent film submissions, the HOUSECORE HORROR FEST plague-bringers narrowed it down to 45 gems from filmmakers around the globe, including Israel, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Canada, Denmark and more. Anselmo added to the banquet of visual grotesqueries, reaching deep into his personal vault of repulsions to bring fest goers a variety of personal horror favorites including Cannibal ManDon’t Torture A Duckling and Baba Yaga.

More info BELOW.

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Exmortus announce “Ride Forth” album, hot on heels of Marty Friedman tour

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:24 AM (PST)

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Further cementing their status as one of the forerunners of heavy metal’s up-and-coming regime, the neoclassical-influenced extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS recently finished an epic month-long trek across North America with legendary guitarist Marty Friedman. The band will continue to showcase their “fantastic guitar style and blistering musicanship” (Metal Assault) on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, Ride Forth! Scheduled for release in early 2016, Ride Forth was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Calif. with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation), who also helmed the band’s critically lauded 2014 label debut Slave to the Sword.

 

Continued BELOW.

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GET OUT. reveal “Let Me In” debut album cover art by Chris Smith

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:51 AM (PST)

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Kingston, NY’s GET OUT. have revealed the cover art for their pending debut record Let Me In via their bandcamp page. The artwork was done by scene stalwart Chris Smith of Gray Aria Design who most recently did the Black Yo)))ga Music For Asanas Ritual vol. 1 artwork. It was intended to capture the variety of influences, from dark rock to stoner rock to metalcore and punkified thrash in the band’s sound.

The first single from Let Me In is called “Bloody Marys” , a sort of later period Life Of Agony meets STP hard rock influenced number. The full tracklisting will be announced soon and GET OUT. is also on Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon compilation, out in full on Halloween.

No official release date yet for Let Me In has been announced.

“Chris has always been very cool and a great illustrator or designer,” says vocalist/music journalist Morgan Y. Evans. “He did some art for a few other bands I have been in and when I heard how moody some of our songs were becoming, I knew he was a great choice to ask again. We’ve got a cool t-shirt design he did coming and he also did our band logo. Despite the tragedy surrounding the band Enabler, I am a huge fan of the art Chris did for them while Amanda was still in that band as well as the killer poster art Chris has done for everyone from The Atlas Moth to Ken Mode and Lo Pan.”

 

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IWABO robbed, let’s help them out

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM (PST)
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iwrestledabearonce deserve some support.

 

On the night of Sept. 20th, 2015 our trailer was stolen in Denton, TX. Inside that trailer, we had a lot of our touring gear (Mikey’s drum set, speaker cabinets, road cases) and all of our merchandise.. The total amount of everything stolen is over $20,000, not including the trailer itself. Our bass player Ricky was moving the van and trailer from one safe storage space to another and parked the van overnight across the street from his house in a church parking lot. The same place we’re used to parking every time we have a stop in his town. This was discovered the next day, on the 21st, and police reports were filed. The police have informed us that recovering any of this is extremely unlikely, even though we have no idea what use someone would have with a whacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man with our band’s name on it; plus all of our merchandise that we were going to sell on this next tour.

 

Help the band HERE if you can.

 


 

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Unsigned band to watch: Check out “Divided States” from TX’s Hawk Vs Dove

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM (PST)

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Check out Hawk Vs Dove‘s new rebuilt Facebook band page HERE. Citing Earth, Jesus Lizard, Boris and Butthole Surfers as influences, they are one of the best kept rock n blues metal secrets in Texas. HVD have shared stages with MothershipHarvey Milk and more. Check out their self released beast of a new record Divided States HERE.

File this under taste, riffs and class. Somebody like Last Hurrah, Tee Pee, Ripple or Small Stone should re-release this on vinyl in a perfect world.

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Hooded Menace’s “Darkness Drips Forth” will ooze stomp you flat

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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Fall is here and October is nigh. Peter Steele’s month of choice, this October will undoubtedly be a rad one for the unrusting genre of metal as we have our Metal Riot Creature Honeymoon comp coming out on Halloween via bandcamp, but there’s more! Hooded Menace‘s Darkness Drips Forth would ensure a kick ass October even if it was the only metal record to come out at all that month! The four song Relapse release is due Oct. 30th and can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp HERE.

This release couldn’t be more worth your while, melodic guitar threaded doom n’ death with a titanic rhythm section that creates a steel framework to prop up the band’s bold and apocalyptic city of sounds. Each song stretches well past the attention span of the average troll, yet you don’t need to muster resolve to keep listening as you’re swept up in the avalanche and carried along. It will take hardy souls to survive the onslaught, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor. From “Ashen With Solemn Decay”, which features writhing, hoarse vocals and complete guitar surrender akin to Baroness jamming with Novembers Doom, to key track “Elysium of Dripping Death” (which you can hear now), you will be left floored and riff whored.

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“Repentless” has highest ever chart debut in Slayer’s 32 years

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:03 AM (PST)
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Repentless, the 12th studio album from the iconic thrash/metal band SLAYER and the first without beloved founding member Jeff Hanneman, makes the highest Billboard debut in the band’s 32-year recording career, coming in at #4 on the Top 200 Album Charts and scanning 50,000 units. Slayer’s Christ Illusion had been the band’s highest debut, premiering in 2006 at #5. Repentless, the band’s first album produced by Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), also lands at #2 on Billboard’s Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Hard Music charts.

Repentless now also holds the record as the band’s career-highest chart debut in Germany (#1), Holland (#2), Australia (#3), New Zealand (#8), the UK (#11) and on the Japanese International Chart (#1), and bowed at #3 in Finland, #4 in Belgium, and #5 in both Sweden and Greece. Additionally, the album debuted in the Top 10 in France (#7), Italy (#8), Hungary (#9), and Japan, (#10).

“The entire Nuclear Blast global team thanks Slayer and their loyal fans everywhere for the tremendous first-week success for Repentless,” said Gerardo Martinez, NB’s General Manager, USA. “Slayer made an amazing album that stayed true to who the band is, and the fans’ overwhelming response is proof of that.”

“Repentless,” the album’s first music video, made its premiere on the album’s 9/11 release date and has since logged more than 1.9 million YouTube views and is north of two-million views on Slayer’s Facebook page. The video was directed by BJ McDonnell (“Hatchet III”), filmed at the Sybil Brand women’s prison in East Los Angeles, and features copious amounts of blood, grizzly murders, and cameo appearances by some of Hollywood’s most recognized anti-heroes, including Danny Trejo (“From Dusk Till Dawn”) and Tony Moran (“Halloween”).

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Sad news: RIP Bolt Thrower’s ‘Kiddie’ Kearns

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:46 AM (PST)

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From the Black Conjuration Festival Facebook page.

Bolt Thrower have issued the following statement;

“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew”

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Song Of The Week: Queensrÿche’s “Guardian”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1:21 PM (PST)

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Todd LaTorre has reignited the disillusioned ‘Ryche fan base tired of the weird antics of Geoff Tate. I am a lifelong admirer of Tate’s skill and vision but it’s pretty sad these days he is in a band called Operation: Mindcrime. I knew we were headed for some kind of trouble when they were doing the Cabaret stuff a few years ago. I was a fan of some of the disputed records like Tribe (which I LOVE) and even liked parts of Dedicated To Chaos, but the new stuff just has that extra level of epic feeling you want, even without some classic members.

So, Tate aside, let’s take the high road here and focus on the awesomeness of said new stuff. “Guardian” has some vintage riffing, shrieking vocals the way you want them in this band and even some surprises (a very heavy ending riff). Check out our song of the week BELOW.

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In the mist, dark figures move and twist
Was all this for real or just some kind of Hell?

The following is a lengthy reflection on identity and difference in the metal, rock, indie and avant-garde world(s) and how we can learn to grow stronger. It happens to be formated around the lyrics of Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast”, which is as apt a metaphor for the music industry and scene as any.

Shit, it’s better than most.

Read more BELOW.

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Invisible Oranges ran a killer piece a few days ago that we want to steer some of our readers towards. It’s an in depth mutation meditation on Municipal Waste’s modern classic Hazardous Mutation. Hard to believe it’s been a decade since this album was unleashed on us bastards but if you can read you can read about it HERE.

“For most, the term “crossover thrash” brings to mind a fairly limited sound and set of images: bandanas, flipped brims, skateboards, just wanting a Pepsi, and so forth. And yet, like all subgenres must, thrash has matured and evolved since ripping into the metal genre at large in the early 80s. And unlike the evolutions of other subgenres, the evolution of thrash metal out of the 1980s and into the contemporary consciousness can be traced to a single album, the ne plus ultra of “retro-thrash:” Municipal Waste’s 2005 landmark Hazardous Mutation, which was released a decade ago today.”

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Motörhead honored by L.A. city council on 40th anniversary

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:39 PM (PST)

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In case you missed it, Andrew Bansal at Metal Assault has a very cool article about our boys with bite being honored:

For a band with no members originating from the city, rock ‘n roll veterans Motörhead have established as much of a connection with Los Angeles as any hometown band. 

Read it HERE.

 

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Weird Kids Table: 5 bands daring to mix genre and get cray

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 9:14 AM (PST)

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Sorry kids, but the buck doesn’t stop at Converge. As much as I am a HUGE fan
of J. Bannon and the gang, it didn’t even completely start there. Any early
Today IS The Day or Starkweather fans out there? Yes, Converge are for many
the go to band for a mix of some of the most extreme metal, hardcore and noise
with DIY heart out there. They have earned their stars as scene generals
through serious drive and are an example of “you reap what you sew” in a GOOD
way!

For me, it is thrilling to find bands who are unafraid to tread a bold path.
Myrkur comes to mind as a total “no fucks given” type who is making really
cool music out of combined aesthetics. I’ll even say I personally think the
latest Liturgy record is totally ingenius and you can call me a hipster while
I ignore you and really enjoy myself. It’s ok, I like Dissection’s records as
well (even as a bi sexual male…God, that was such a fucking shame).
Look, We’re all gonna die someday so make the art you want to. Have you HEARD
how rad the new Tribulation is? Seriously!

You really want all of mom and dad’s cash to go towards you being another mall
emo clone band or strictly “commercial” hard rock radio (in a pretty much post
radio age, lmao) sound? It’s pretty commercial to me that Fear Factory, Cattle
Decapitation and Lamb Of God are posting the best chart numbers of their
careers, even if it is easier to chart high these days by selling a few
thousand records in the day of music entitlement. I’m all for shared
experience and sampling and content trade and mix tape culture but also see
the music being given out on platforms artists never signed up to be on or
used to sell Youtube ads. Don’t pretend all your reasons for wanting free
music are pure. It fuckin’ makes it really hard on working creatives so cut
the shit.

That said, a punk rock non whiny spirit is also important and here are some
bands that don’t get discouraged easily and do their own thing SO FUCKING
WELL.

See the list BELOW.

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Slash and Axl pals again? This is good news.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM (PST)

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So I saw my buddy Tigman from 101.5 WPDH Poughkeepsie post on Facebook a Blabbermouth piece you should all see HERE.

I’m a die hard gunners fan (half of the new songs on my band GET OUT.’s pending hard rock/metal full length debut have high and low octave double tracked Axl influenced Appetite type vocal tricks utilized in the choruses). I also feel SLASH is one of the most entertaining books on rock n roll EVER written (along with Lemmy’s White Line Fever), just mandatory. And with all due respect to Myles Kennedy and Slash’s solo band or the recently departed from the Nu-Guns camp guys like Bumblefoot and Ashba, seeing Slash and Axl again someday would be amazing.

I’m not an Axl hater though I also understand why fans hate he is late for shows and wonder why for awhile there was a guy with a KFC bucket playing guitar. There was a reason why Against Me! classic Reinventing Axl Rose existed, but you also gotta remember that Axl EARNED his hubris. Dude went from a fucked up childhood to conquering the world… and I think it’s cool he stood up to the Hall of Fame and public pressure at the time for the Appetite line up to perform. While that would’ve been awesome and I understand why Adler was so disappointed, it also made sense in other ways for Rose to say “Hey, this is my band now.”  On the plus side, it appears Axl and Slash are friendly again.

I personally am bummed we didn’t get another record with Ashba but am thrilled Fortus and (honestly my fave Guns drummer besides Sorum) Frank Ferrer remain, as they play in The Compulsions (one of the best rock bands going) as well and just kick ass/have talent and vibe/class. I’d love to see Duff, Slash and the current line up meld or rotate Tommy Stinson and Duff or whatever like they have been doing. Maybe all of that is speculation but it’d be a cool way to bridge the old school and new school gap as older fans strictly hating on the Chinese Democracy-era band means missing out on some killer newer tunes like “I.R.S.” and one of Axl’s best ever songs “Street Of Dreams”. Even Slash said it was a good record when it came out.

Crack open some Night Train.

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