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Please pray for Gary Miller from Bad Brains aka Dr Know.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM (PST)

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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.

Peace.

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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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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.

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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!

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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!

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Eddie Hermida rejoins All Shall Perish for new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 9:27 PM (PST)

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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/

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Spotify pulls Victory Records music, refuses to pay royalties?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM (PST)

 

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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.”

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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.

 

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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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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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