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New Sepultura song “DarkSide” is upon you

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PST)

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From the legendary band:

Everyone has a DarkSide!

A song Sepultura made for DarkSide Books. Enjoy!

Check it out HERE and pay respects to the band on their 30 Year Anniversary! I love the post-Max line ups as much as the early days of the band and the fact it is still an issue at all shows how ridiculous metal fans can be sometimes.

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“Benante’s Blend” new coffee line announced

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM (PST)
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It’s been a long time coming, but unabashed coffee connoisseur, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, has entered the world of entrepreneurship, announcing “Benante’s Blend.” The coffee will come in two different varieties: the ‘Be All End All’ blend which is a dark roast with a real kick, and the ‘Forever Metal’ blend, a milder coffee. “Benante’s Blend” will be available beginning today through Benante’s website HERE.

 ”I grew up in a large Italian family and coffee was a daily staple in our home,” said Benante. “As a kid, I loved coffee so much, my mother said that at one point, she put some coffee in my bottle. For me, the taste of coffee is one of the greatest tastes that there is on earth, so I decided to create what was for me, the perfect cup of coffee.”

This is actually Benante’s second foray into the world of coffee. Years ago, he joined up with Dave Mustaine for a line of coffee and coffee products. “I’ve learned so much since then,” said Benante, “especially about selecting and blending the right beans, and how important roasting is.”

Benante hooked up with a company that specializes in coffee roasting. “I was pretty specific about the tastes I was looking for,” Benante explained. “I told them the type of coffee I wanted, what some of my favorite coffees were, and we built it from there. We combined beans from different regions, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sumatra and Africa, and tweaked the amount of time the beans were roasted to get just the right taste. It was a process, I tested a lot of different blends, but it was a lot of fun.”

 

“I love coffee so much,” Benante added, “if I could make it a cologne, I would wear it.”

In between coffee tastings, Benate has been recording the next Anthrax album due out later this year. The band kicks off leg one of its 2015-2016 global tour on April 24. Dates are below.

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The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2015 Artist Line-Up

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM (PST)

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SLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice have all been announced for Mayhem. While there is no band as mainstream as last years headliners Avenged Sevenfold on here this year, the main stage has a lot to offer.

Tickets are On Sale Beginning Friday April 17, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time

General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 Hours of Onsale (while supplies last). Not bad for 13 bands performing on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE. I’d pay that to see just Sister Sin’s wild and razor edged rock show alone.

The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning thrashers Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, HELLYEAH, and The Devil Wears Prada. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice. Nice to see Code Orange on this tour as they will give even the main stage acts a run for their money. And I can’t wait for Jungle Rot to hammer down some real death metal on the unsuspecting.

Kerry King, guitarist of ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.”

For more see BELOW.

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Metal lords Crowbar to tour USA with Battlecross, Lord Dying

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:26 AM (PST)

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Well this is the best tour announcement in a few weeks! Metal sludge lords Crowbar (still in my opinion the heaviest band out there in many ways), have announced North American dates with West Coast gnarly organ bruisers Lord Dying and thrashtastic party force Battlecross.

Dates BELOW.

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Clockwise from Left/front:  Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donias

5 time Grammy nominated metal lifers Anthrax are about done with their follow-up to the widely praised and fan recent favorite Worship Music (the “comeback” album to many followers of the band).

I’m extremely stoked to hear Jon Donias’ contributions, as the band reports he’s played leads on 7 or 8 tunes so far. Jon, of course, was part of the great Shadows Fall and replaced longtime fan fave Rob Caggiano. Fans can catch both on tour when Caggiano’s current band, Danish hellions Volbeat, tour with Anthrax this year (dates below).

Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”

Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”

“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”

“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”

Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.

Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are BELOW (as well as their recent contribution to the new Game Of Thrones mix tape).

 
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Deep Cuts: Megadeth

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:16 AM (PST)

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“One of the columns I was excited to have you involved in is our Metal Riot ‘Deep Cuts’ series. I’d like you to do MEGADETH!”

That was the line that stood out to me when I got my welcome to the Metal Riot world. I was on my lunch break from my day job inside a Stewart’s station when I got this message and in my joy, let out a very loud “OH FUCK YEAH!!”, much to the displeasure of a woman and young child sitting at the table next to me. I can only assume her displeasure was because I get to listen to a lot of MEGADETH and call it ‘work’, and she can’t. Really, there is no other logical explaination I can come up with. MEGADETH has been one of my top favorites for as long as I can remember, so I really was excited to be asked to write about them. I got into the band while collecting movie soundtracks as a kid. “Go To Hell” from the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack was my introduction to the band, but “Angry Again” from Last Action Hero is what really snagged my attention.

So now, I’ve got the impossible task of narrowing down the band’s 30 year career of killer tunes down to only 3 cuts. We all know the mega-classics. “Trust”, “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”, “Symphony Of Destruction”, “Peace Sells”, etc. have all been staples in the band’s setlist for years. I wanted to pick out some tunes that don’t seem to get as much love. Obviously, I had to leave out a ton, so gems like “44 Minutes”, “The Disintegrators” and “Die Dead Enough” will have to wait until we do another write up.

For what 3 songs made the “Cuts” snarl and sneer HERE.

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I just saw on Lambgoat that metal lords of summer  Metallica (Lars, I forgive you for the no bass on AJFA cuz it’s still my fave Metallica album)…ahem…are planning on co-headlining this years awesome Lollapalooza line up. Man, when I was a kid Lolla was the shit. 1996 when they last were headliners it was really controversial that a big metal band would play an “alternative” festival. This was the times when Axl had to make his arguably greatest “we’ve had our share of problems with so called Alternative bands” speech (Kurt Cobain/jukie remarks aside, Mr. Rose had some good points on being “human” otherwise) and Hetfield and co were seen by more cynical alt rockers as proto dinosaurs (which is funny and makes no sense since Metallica as well as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Melvins owe so much to the school of Black Sabbath equally. Soundgarden a bit more Led Zep, perhaps). Tangents.

I just looked up the 1996 line up for a refresher and grinned.

Wu-Tand and Rage! That was a fuckin’ team up and Republican people were like legit scared in America. It was great! And Psychotica! That band used to be HUGE in  NYC, at least. Did I see them once at Roseland? Shit, I forget. R.I.P. Joey Ramone, that’s what really matters. James, Lars, Kirk and Rob…please have one of your PR who might hopefully stumble across this article forward my suggestion that you do one of your rad Ramones covers i honor of Joey and the boys to commemorate your return. It’d be an epic Lolla win moment. Advice FREE. Memories…PRICELESS.

I’d also like to see a Tame Impala/Metallica unison version of “No Leaf Clover”. They can be called Tame Metallimpalicca. ok, I’m stoned.

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Album Review: Wrath – “Stark Raving Mad”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3:52 PM (PST)

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Anyone remember the movie Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3?
You know, the really dark and gritty one starring Vigo Mortensen and Ken Foree… Getting anywhere yet?
No?
Ok, let’s try this – the one with the kickass metal soundtrack?
Oh yeah, now we’re getting somewhere.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…
Back in 1990/91, when I was a wee little tyke, I saw this movie for my first time. I was into a lot of horror as a kid, but the most memorable part for me wasn’t the scares or the gore. It was this intense metal sound that came blasting through my giant ass 36 inch box of a TV. The music that was featured in the movie was my introduction to metal, though addmittedly, I can recall my very first cassette tape I owned was the soundtrack to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which featured bands like WINGER and SLAUGHTER, but that’s another story for another time, as I am here to talk about one of the TCM3 soundtrack bands today. No, it’s not LAAZ ROCKIT, who had the song Leatherface. I’m not talking about SACRED REICH or DEATH ANGEL either. I’m talking about a band known as WRATH, who’s song “When Worlds Collide” can be heard in the film during a fight scene while a little girl stares out the window holding a doll and a knife chanting “Get Them! Get Them!” I haven’t seen the movie in quite some time, but upon looking up this track, I remembered exactly where I heard it the second it got to the solo. Pretty good memory, eh?

Fast forward to 2015, this very day, and I sit here rocking out to new music by WRATH. That’s right folks, WRATH is making a comeback! The album is called Stark Raving Mad. It’s a very old school style thrash album, filled with shrieking vocals and 80s influenced riffs.

For the full review see BELOW. (Note: This album came out last year late Summer but since we missed it and are glad they are back we are running this review anyway!)

Titan’s Eve prepare to drop ‘Chasing The Devil’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:44 AM (PST)

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Vancouver thrashers Titan’s Eve are getting ready to drop a new album.

Chasing The Devil is due out on July 12.

Vocalist and guitarist Brian Gamblin said this of the new album,

“We are so proud and excited to start sharing our upcoming album Chasing The Devil with the metal community! All we want as a band is to empower and connect with all of you and this new album will do just that.”

Check out the Chasing The Devil album preview and Titan’s Eve tour and festival dates here.

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Interview: Shattered Sun – Where the hell is Alice, TX?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:30 PM (PST)

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Thrash metal “returned” with a vengeance in recent years and is arguably still the most popular form of metal. When a band like Shattered Sun come along it reminds you why. This Texas based band play thrash with skill, resolve and the certainty that it is time well spent. You can hear this faith in the genre all throughout their Victory Records debut Hope Within Hatred. In fact, the band’s drive was strong enough to get them noticed first by Spineshank and then by Adrenaline PR and Testament. Now Shattered Sun are on the verge of becoming much more well known opening for big crowds on the Dark Roots Of Thrash II tour.

Marcos Leal (vocals) from Shattered Sun tells us how the 6 piece band made noise loud enough to be heard outside of their humble hometown and onto one of the most enviable thrash tours of the year.

For more see BELOW.

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This upcoming European Skeletonwitch jaunt gets a huge Metal Riot/The Golden Child bloody oatmeal bowl of approval. Serpents Unleashed had “Unending, Ever Living” on it which was just about the most epic song Skeletonwitch have ever released. Goatwhore‘s last record got a 5 star review on this site. I’ve been rocking a lot of Mortals recently as well in my down time when not writing about music. It is a band I’ve returned to for enjoyment and my time is limited, if that tells you anything.

Other great news is Skeletonwitch are expecting. A little baby skeletonwitch with a bone rattle? No they are EXPECTING a new record to be released later this year if all goes well. Guitarist Scott Hedrick commented, “After we return from melting faces in Europe, our entire focus will be on writing a new album. We have a mountain of riffs and ideas that will be carved into epic tunes. Excited to get started!”

Tour dates HERE. I’d totes skip the pond to follow this tour if I could afford it.

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Victory Records Shattered Sun signed prizes Metal Riot contest!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5:45 AM (PST)

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Alright, Shattered Sun are awesome…a killer new thrash force on the metal scene! They tour soon with Testament and Exodus. Our friends at Victory Records are running a contest with us! 2 winners for a prize package including: a copy of Hope Within Hatred CD, album poster, and t-shirt (all autographed by the band)!!! to win, be one of the first people to answer the trivia question below. Send answer to our Metal Riot Facebook message inbox, not in comments below! Winners will be randomly selected from the first twenty who answer it right! Good luck!

For the trivia question and to see all the prizes and a lyric video , see BELOW.

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Byzantine are in perhaps better shape than ever with a newly re-constituted line up and a fundamentally ripping new album To Release Is To Resolve. Chris Ojeda and Matt Wolfe speak to Metal Riot about how sometimes letting go is moving forward. Get the scoop on the veteran thrash/NWOAHM band’s latest work BELOW.

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Worship Music was worth the wait, but while it was a big hit for Anthrax, arguably pushing them back behind Metallica as the number 2 most popular classic thrash band currently, there were still some doubters who were biased by the whole Dan Nelson saga. I’m looking forward to the new Anthrax stuff. It’s great to have Joey Belladonna on fire again since his return and now with Jonathan Donais on board I have a feeling it is going to be some of the best stuff in Anthrax’s lengthy career. They just seem really fired up and more genuine in their excitement right now than the other big 4 bands. Plus, Donais (ex-Shadows Fall) was a worthy talent to replace the very pro Rob Caggiano in the band. With 2015 bringing new Armored Saint AND Anthrax releases, anyway you slice it this will be a win for heavy metal!

Click HERE for some in studio footage of new Anthrax!

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Lars Ulrich says there is a lot of new Metallica music to sort through. Lars spoke to Rolling Stone HERE on progress for the proper follow-up to Death Magnetic. ”We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them. It’s pretty close,” Ulrich noted. 

In addition the band are re-releasing No Life ‘Til Leather (The Dave Mustaine debate will rage on forever) on cassette format, like the original. Don’t all old tape players eat tapes by now? I thought after a few years all tape players become tape eating monsters. Does anyone make new cassette players, oh wise Phantom Lords?

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