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Exumer announce “The Raging Tides”, tracklisting and art

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:23 PM (PST)

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German thrash metallers Exumer have announced The Raging Tides as their upcoming fourth full-length, set to be released January 29th via Metal Blade Records! To hear the first single – the album’s title track – and to pre-order the record in various formats, head over to:http://www.metalblade.com/exumer

Recorded with producer/engineer Waldemar Soychta at Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund, Germany, The Raging Tides is a deliberate and violent thrash attack that stays true to the band’s 30 year legacy. Conceptually and lyrically, vocalist Mem V. Stein has based the bulk of the record around human suffering – specifically “caused by torture or other means for political, religious, or personal gain for the individuals/organizations who inflict the pain,” Stein asserts. Inspired by a wide range of books and articles, the title of the album itself, according to Stein, “represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe.”

See below for The Raging Tides‘ track-listing, with more news coming soon!

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Slayer announce U.S. tour with Testament and Carcass

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:19 AM (PST)

slayer testament carcass tourThrash metal icons Slayer have announced a U.S. tour with Testament and Carcass, which will take place in February and March of next year. The dates and locations are below.

Slayer released Repentless, their first album in six years, last September on Nuclear Blast. Testament are currently working on a new album, which will be their first since 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth, while Carcass last released Surgical Steel in 2013.

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Top 5 Metal Videos of 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM (PST)

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In the basically post MTV age people pretty much have to search for music videos unless they are forced down our throats like “Hotline Bling”, but it means that in more underground musical chambers there are still some really cool things being done. Whether as incentive to wow ever fickle blog culture based fans or because artists just feel like they are supposed to make music videos, the following 5 clips really kicked ass and went the extra mile to create a special experience for fans.

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As many readers of my bloody quill scribbles know, I tend to prefer to write about bands I like then give more press to bands I think suck or who are assholes, unless they have personally wronged me in which case I will take them to task with a vengeance. Exmortus are a band I have zero complaints about and they seem to be quite diehard, just out there to kick ass and support metal’s growth like Battlecross, Napalm Death or other bands who live to tour and hit it hard and true with a stake through the heart of poseurs.

Exmortus are one of my favorites in the modern metal scene and I can firmly get behind their sentiments in “Death To Tyrants”. a killer new Ride Forth track which has a new lyric video premiering at Revolver HERE. The Exmortus bunch are sounding ever more Skeletonwitchy meets Exodus to me, but it aint like that is a bad thing at all. The song has the same name as one of the best newer Sick Of It All albums but we’ll let that slide this time.

Basically, if only this song came with donuts it would be perfect.
Be one of the first 300 customers to pre-order “Ride Forth” on CD, LP (black, red or smoke variants) or bundled with a t-shirt, long sleeve or zip-up hoodie from the Prosthetic webshop and you’ll receive a phone call from one of the band members! Order it now: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/bands/exmortus

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photo by Jorge Riaño

“This is the modern world. We don’t need no one to tell us what’s right or
wrong.” – The Jam.

The Jam’s 2nd album came out in 1977, but we still could relate to the
sentiments expressed in the title track to The Modern World today. It is very
interesting to me how the 80’s and early 90’s seemed the decades of the greatest “shock
value” or censorship battles and today we still have moralizing pundits and morons like
Donald Trump or fake christians who denounce people as trash or sinners yet
support racist platforms or heinously compassion free social positions.

At the same time that we live in an age of gamergate and twitter battles
against “the evils of SJWs”, we have morphed into a culture where Nothing’s
Shocking– not because of conjoined topless twins with their heads on fire or
whatever titillated in the early rock alternative days when Jane’s Addiction
popularized the phrase, but because any carnival barker like Trump gets
absorbed into the overall white noise (even when they lead the headlines).
Thus you can seemingly say anything as long as it bleeds and leads and yet the
deeper contextual meaning is lost, ramifications be damned. Like George Bush
literally lying out of his ass about the Iraq war constantly, for example.

So what I’m saying is, God bless John Oliver or Pussy Riot for injecting some content back into the mainstream. Or a band like death metal’s Jungle Rot who released the awesome Order Shall Prevail this year, which looks at issues like marshall law.

We live in a time of a glut of pop and even political desperation. Politicians
will say anything to get elected. Pop stars are rewarded for portraying edgy,
co-opted looks and styles but towing the corporate line.

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Megadeth release “The Threat Is Real” audio.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:16 PM (PST)

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Megadeth‘s new track is probably the best thing from the band since the System Has Failed stuff, the last time I was really into more than one or two songs off a record (though Endgame was pretty decent). This new tune “The Threat Is Real” is awesome, though. Kudos to Mustaine for listening to the fans desire for some of the thrashier, more virtuoso side of Megadeth we have been missing. Listen HERE.

That said, I have never been able to listen to the band the same way since the Mustaine comments about Obama being behind the movie theater Dark Knight Rises Shootings. Look, we know he calls shots on the drone kill list but believing in the false flag movie theater shooting stuff as a plot to take away gun rights was really too much. We don’t need to fabricate shootings because they happen way too often. And I’m not even anti-gun. I think it is a tool like anything else but way too many people are not mature or sane enough to handle the responsibility. So yeah, Mustaine saying that made me go running for my Testament CDs instead. I’m not sure I’m ever gonna be won back fully from that, despite this track having some great performances on it. That said, it’s a real shredder and I loved it.

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Black Tusk reveal “God’s On Vacation” single, new album news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM (PST)

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The death of Athon was a tragedy for metal and it is heartening to learn his final studio tracks will be included on a January release from Black Tusk entitled Pillars Of Ash. Despite keeping an ear to the ground, I had no idea about this and so was thrilled to get the news yesterday. Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of distortion and volume triumphing over tragedy I’d also mention Drew Cook of Dimesland, who passed away unexpectedly last year, is immortalized on that great guitar band’s Psychogenic Atrophy HERE.

But yes, NPR has the stream of a new Black Tusk single HERE. The song is as stomping and awesome as anything in the band’s rad catalogue and underscores their place near the top of metal’s upstart crop of most relentless bands. There is a dark, punk rock heart to this band’s sludge and it gives them a more rock n roll heart possessed by few bands this side of High On Fire, The Bronx and other really rowdy groups. Athon’s presence will always be felt. Truly one of my best memories as a music fan was that I got to share a small bill opening for them once while he was alive.

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Exmortus reveal Philip Lawvere artwork for “Ride Forth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM (PST)

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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.

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Battlecross announce North American tour w/ Havok

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:27 AM (PST)

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Michigan thrash metallers Battlecross have announced a headlining North American tour.

Battlecross will see support from HavokNekrogoblikon and Black Fast.

Check out Battlecross tour dates here.

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An announcement from ANTHRAX.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM (PST)

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Album Review: Act Of Defiance – “Birth and the Burial”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM (PST)

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So, I picked up the ACT OF DEFIANCE debut album Birth And The Burial today. I was a little skeptical at first, since the last time two dudes left MEGADETH and tried something new, David Ellefson and Jimmy DeGrasso gave us F5, which left a lot to be desired. Not to say that the band wasn’t any good, but you would expect more out of ex-MEGADETH guys. A lot more.

ACT OF DEFIANCE, formed by ex-MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitars), along with singer Henry Derek (ex-SCAR THE MARTYR) and bassist Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL) went down a completely opposite path as the boys in F5. The band is a perfect blend of so many different sun-genres of metal, there’s something for virtually everyone. Very old school, no nonsense, in your face metal, but still very new school at the same time.

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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.

 

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Black Breath stream “Slaves Beyond Death” with Invisible Oranges

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM (PST)

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West Coast bile spitters Black Breath have returned for their first record since Jamie Byrum was hit by a car and it is one gnarly record. Slaves Beyond Death is somehow even darker than previous efforts from a band who made early impressions years back with a sunny song called “Spit On The Cross”. Yes, this is bleaker than that. Invisible Oranges has a stream of Slaves Beyond Death in full HERE and you can pre-order the album HERE.

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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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Album Review: Slayer – “Repentless”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM (PST)

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I have not really been able to stomach most of the reviews or negative attitudes towards the current incarnation of Slayer since Jeff H. died. Do you really think Hanneman would want us all turning on the band he was in for so many years? I can’t blame Araya for singing “Pissing match of egos” on the thrash-tastic title track of this latest entry into the band’s storied discography. Personally I think people are really easily swayed by band wagons these days and you get a few trolls or bad reviews up and running and suddenly no one thinks for themselves.

“We’re killing ourselves a little more everyday!,” Araya also screams on the title track.

I’ve written for other sights about how I prefer Katy Perry to Taylor Swift any day, but essentially at the end of the day it is about personalities. Pop music is mainly written by three or four people! Wake up! We are part of a still thriving underground and it is weak that Mayhem Fest had low turn out this year just because a more commercial band like A7X wasn’t headlining. But below the surface of the mainstream all we get is a sea of fucking arguing.

While Kerry King’s comments about the Mayhem Fest this year divided some fans, the infighting in the metal scene could also be pointed right back at plenty of more closed minded Slayer fans who will only accept the classic line up. I love the current Slayer and think they did as great a job as humanly possible with Paul and Gary. Really, could anyone be as good replacements for Dave and Jeff as these cats? They’ve been killing it live and both are classic members of the thrash pantheon in their own rights. Paul even arguably played on Slayer’s arguably MOST classic record GOD HATES US ALL since the early days!

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