Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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The Los Angeles-based, neoclassical metal-inspired extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS will further their claim that “metal is king” in early 2016 with their blistering new album, Ride Forth. The menacing cover for the new release – featuring oil-painted artwork by the legendary Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost), who previously contributed his epic artistry to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 label debut, Slave To The Sword – can be seen above.
“Ride Forth” was recorded earlier this year with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) before the group hit the road alongside guitar legend Marty Friedman on his recent North American tour. More details about the new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.Add to My Radar
Preparations continue to be made for the release of SUNN O)))‘s upcoming LP, Kannon, this December. The album will see its release via Southern Lord Recordings, and this week the album’s cover art and preorder options have been issued.
Consisting of three self-titled pieces of a triadic whole, the roots to SUNN O)))’s new album trace deeply into the sessions of their 2009-released Monoliths & Dimensions LP and very recent collaborative recordings with Ulver (Terrestrials, 2014) and Scott Walker (Soused, 2015), culminated and fully realized this year. Recorded and mixed with SUNN O)))’s close colleague and co-producer Randall Dunn at Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast!, Kannon is as always composed around the immense guitar and bass interplay of founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, and includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others.
The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.
Some new insight from artist Angela Lafont Bolliger on her inspiration for the creation of the sculpture for Kannon’s cover artwork has been issued:
“I was working on a visual concept inspired by Gian Lorenzo Berninis “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” (a life-sized Italian baroque sculpture in white marble) and had shared a short description about this project. I took a great interest in the conceptual thought behind the album…
…SUNN O)))’s compositions are minimal but intensely sculptural in depth and detail. This was my inspiration and it was important to me to transcend that idea into the sculpture I would create for the album artwork. Stephen and I both loved the idea that this sculpture could be something really ancient, like a comet – yet also indefinable and timeless…
…I started with an intense research of Guanyin, the imagery, the history, and immersed myself completely into the subject. I then put together a very detailed presentation of ideas… we came to a unanimous decision and went for an idea of “the abstraction of the God of Mercy”. It started by sculpting different black reflective materials, which I then combined with ancient rocks and crystals allowing the surface to be rich and to be viewed as something unseen – an undulating form representing Guanyin’s many hands and heads..
…Highlights were the creation of the sculpture, different materials with versatile textures and creating a tactile object, a sensuous, meditative process. During the photographic shoot of the sculpture, every glossy highlight and detail was amplified. Rotating the sculpture a completely different form would emerge through the lens. This is what fascinates me in art – creation can surprise and transform.”
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As some of you have now heard, legendary guitarist Gary Miller aka Dr Know of Bad Brains has fallen ill.
I have some details but am not going to tell the whole story in lieu of the band and family not making a statement yet.
Doc is like my mentor and a good friend and my cousin has been involved with him. Plus we share some music connections.
I will just say for now that doctors are doing what they can. He is alive at present and there is some hope.
Please keep that PMA strong for Gary. He has given us so much. Below is a quote from an old interview I did with my friend.
I know most of you are bummed about the fuckin’ Mets losing Game 2. Mebbe this’ll cheer ya. I said I’d wait til Halloween to post the last song on the Metal Riot CREATURE HONEYMOON Bandcamp comp, but I lied.Here it is…track 15! Geezer‘s awesome as fuck Frankenstein stoner rock jam of tiumph “To Build A Monster”. Big thanks to Pat Harrington and everyone involved in the track for getting this on here. This comp was a blast to put together. Happy Halloween 4ever!!! Thanks to all 14 bands and everyone who made this happen.Add to My Radar
I’ve become a big Septa fan in a short amount of time, so it was awesome to get the Ukraine bad boys to contribute one of their madhouse spazzy metal songs to Metal Riot’s Creature Honeymoon comp HERE. We have fittingly had waves of zombie themed song attacks every week and Septa represent the final Zombie attack, before we reveal our final monster song, the final boss of the Creature Honeymoon. Who else? Frankenstein via a tune by NY’s Geezer. But you have to wait juuust a little while longer for that one, Meanwhile headbang to the Septa tune, the screamiest and perhaps heaviest song on the compilation!Add to My Radar
Halloween is almost upon us. It is likely you have seen candy corny decorations and foam spiders or skeletons, ghouls and goblins littering lawns or the odd cool graveyard with grim reaper in your neighborhood. But you have not had an experience quite like our CREATURE HONEYMOON comp.
Every week we have been revealing songs about or inspire by monsters and/or darkness from bands around the globe (and a batch from my own hometown of Kingston, NY). A wide variety of styles have been included, ripping themselves up from the underground to thrill and kill.
The full comp will be out on Halloween but at this point the majority of the record has been released. This week’s two additions include my band GET OUT‘s tribute to True Blood , nightlife vampirism and my own struggles beating alcohol and depression. It’s called “Bloody Marys” and first debuted via the O + Festival a few week ago. The song was influenced musically by stuff like Life Of Agony, Diablo Blvd., The Cult…you get the idea.
The other track added this week is an amazing cosmic dread inspired one time team up between psych doomers It’s Not Night : It’s Space and the mighty face frying Acid Roach! Dudes jammed out for over ten minutes to create this powerful spell of Lovecraft meets Terence McKenna inspired completely awe inducing number “True Hallucinations”. It engulfs you like staring into the dark heavens. Super thrilled to have this song on the comp.
Check these songs and already released tracks from Night Viper, Shadow Witch, Tiger Piss and more on our Metal Riot Bandcamp page HERE!Add to My Radar
The man behind the voice that revitalized a band in mourning is reported to be going home.
Eddie will be joining All Shall Perish to record a new album. If they’ll tour together afterwords is yet to be seen.
The full All Shall Perish line up will be:
Eddie Hermida – Vocals
Ben Orum – Guitar
Chris Storey – Guitar
Caysen Russo – Bass
Matt Kuykendall – Drums
Craig Betit – Additional Vocals
There’s nothing to suggest this puts Suicide Silence‘s future into question. The band is currently kicking ass with Korn through the rest of the month, and will be dropping a EP, Sacred Words, which will feature the single of the same name, as well as three live tracks from RockPart 2015 and other unreleased tracks on October 23.
So basically, Eddie may be pulling double-duty, but that means he’s doing us double the favor! Plenty of deathcore naysayers out there, but All Shall Perish and Suicide Silence are fucking titans. I’ll be slamming Sacred Words until the new All Shall Perish music comes out.
Check back here for a Sacred Words review and for all your heavy metal news! \mm/Add to My Radar
This from our friends at Victory Records. Granted, Victory has a history of disputing with some artists that blew up via the label and then argued over contract issues, but whatever side you take on those instances this Spotify situation is unrelated and seems pretty fucked up. People say things like “no one has to agree to sign up for Spotify” but that’s minimizing the point that it has become an expected outlet for public consumption and that they clearly don’t really care about paying artists well. I’ll side with Intronaut over Metalsucks Sergeant D (a tech dude) on this one any-fuckin-day. Sorry. Spotify blows goats for artists.
You might notice that we try and generally focus on pushing bands and helping careers over here (not dissing other blogs by saying that) rather than ripping bands down (unless they truly suck or have done some really questionable shit like…let fans bully my sister Cambria through continued lies or post transphobic tweets or beat women, etc.). It’s a hard fucking time for bands these days and true believers should be supported in a gross millennial world of Youtube counts determining the value of art. Shut the fuck up and try and be in a real band these days.
“Chicago, October 20, 2015 – Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.
Late yesterday, Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly, that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam (www.audiam.com). Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).
The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.
Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.”
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.PAdd to My Radar
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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.
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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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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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