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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.
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Texas thrashers Warbeast are streaming their latest song “Maze of the Minotaur” over at Decibel.
“Maze of the Minotaur” comes off of Warbeast’s upcoming album Enter The Arena due out August 4 via Housecore Records.
The record features newest Warbeast recruits, guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud.
“I wanted write in a different mode than we normally do; some more mid-paced and slower breakdowns mixed with thrash,” relays guitarist Scott Shelby of the track. “So this happened to really stand out as a notable song. I’m also proud to break out my version of Tony Iommi leads from the Born Again era on this track. Then of course I gave it to [vocalist] Bruce [Corbitt] and he roped it off with the crazy story of the ‘Maze Of The Minotaur.'”
“My favorite subjects to write about are obviously about horror, psychos, medieval times, and Greek mythology,” Corbitt adds. “I’ve wanted to write a song about the Minotaur for years [In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man]. As soon as I heard the music Shelby came up with, I knew this was the one to capture the atmosphere. The chorus part of the music pretty much spoke to me and I could hear it actually saying the lyrics. That’s when you know it’s going to be a special song.”
Corbitt was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The disease is treatable though rarely curable. Corbitt is currently undergoing an intensive schedule of radiation treatments and played his final show on May 27.
The band’s CD release party will be taking place on July 14. Vocals will be handled by Anselmo, Edwin Neal (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and Wayne Abney (Hammer Witch).
Comments Anselmo, “In light of the complicated situations surrounding Bruce Corbitt, lead vocalist for Rigor Mortis and Warbeast, respectively, most of us sisters and brothers in the heavy metal community are very aware of, I’d like to extend an enormous amount of just-praise upon him. Since the late 1980s to the present, Bruce has always been a person to count on as a friend, and an excellent man to work closely with. Our love of music brought us together and created an unbreakable bond, and that is a priceless cornerstone that can’t be ignored when examining one’s life in hindsight. Bruce has always shot me straight, given me life advice, and from my perspective, has always been there for anyone and everyone in need, for a myriad of unselfish reasons. I thank all that’s good out there I had the chance to be a part of the four Warbeast releases, and I feel Bruce’s best is on their latest record, Into The Arena. He’s a warrior, a fighter, and best of all, for the better of the genre, one of the most recognized voices in all of heavy metal. Well done, Big Brother.”
You can donate to Bruce Corbitt’s Medical Expenses Fund here.Add to My Radar
Arguably the biggest rock record of the Summer has arrived! Pick up Stone Sour‘s new Hydrograd HERE today. It has been a lot of fun to see this band grow as a more and more unique entity of their own over the years, creating compelling songs with huge hooks that truly show a belief in hard rock, balladry or whatever the heck they do. Cheers. That cover art REALLY reminds me of Boysetsfire’s great Tomorrow Come Today record, but the bands are of course very different.Add to My Radar
Toledo blues rockers Five Horse Johnson are streaming their latest full-length album Jake Leg Boogie over at Echoes and Dust.
Eric Oblander (vocals/harp) had this to say about the album:
“In many ways, making Jake Leg Boogie was one of the easiest albums to create, even though it took four years to make — sorry, Small Stone [laughs]. Our drummer Tim Gahagan is the engine that drives this band. Over the years, we have been very blessed to have a bevy of kick ass drummers sit in with us. I mean, it’s not every band who gets to make not one, buttwo albums with the great Jean Paul Gaster. But we all grew up with Tim, he was our very first drummer decades ago, and few people understand how we want to do this thing better than he does. That, along with Phil D taking a larger role in the writing process really opened up some fresh angles for us. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Steve or Brad play better on any of our albums to date, and Brad’s lyric and vocal performances are the best yet. I striped back my harp playing and vocals a bit and tried to find the juicy, primal center, and getting back to collaborating with Brad on lyrics really helped me find fresh, new ways to sing some of the thoughts that were rolling around in my head. Also, thanks to artist Mark Dancey’s understanding of the FIVE HORSE JOHNSON mission, the album art was, as usual, exactly what we wanted and needed. At the end of the day FIVE HORSE JOHNSON is just a group of guys who like to laugh at each other’s jokes, throw back a few beers, travel the world playing music together, and record the coolest albums we can along the way, to document our experiences. Sometimes, if you don’t over think it and just get to it, good things happen. And that’s what’s at the heart of our new album Jake Leg Boogie. We hope ya’ll dig listening to it as much as we dug making it.”
Head over to Echoes and Dust to stream Jake Leg Boogie in its entirety.Add to My Radar
New Jersey instrumentalists NY In 64 have released a playthrough for their song “50 Lbs. of Ash” over at GearGods.
The follow-up to 2015’s self-titled debut sees New Jersey-based instrumental outfit NY In 64 – the band formed by members of 1990s screamo act You And I and prog metal troupe East Of The Wall – pushing their sonic template to new heights, realizing an even more refined and uniquely inspired style of instrumental hardcore aggression on The Gentle Indifference Of The Night.
The guitars and bass for The Gentle Indifference Of The Night were recorded by Chris Alfano at Volume Fact, the drums and additional guitars recorded by John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios. The record was mixed by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and its layout completed with photography by Justin Hock and layout by the band and Brent Eyestone.
NY In 64 will release additional videos from The Gentle Indifference Of The Night and announce new regional tour dates in the coming weeks.
Head over to GearGods to watch the “50 Lbs. Of Ash” playthrough.
You can check out the video for “Couldn’t Be Saved” here.Add to My Radar
Swedish melodic death metallers Amon Amarth are preparing to reissue their fifth and sixth albums via their long-time record label Metal Blade. Fate of Norns and With Oden On Our Side are 13 and 11 years old respectively.
Metal Blade has already re-released Amon Amarth’s debut album Once Sent From The Golden Hall as well as 1999’s The Avenger, The Crusher and Versus The World.
Amon Amarth released their latest album, Jomsviking, in 2016.
Check out the full list of options for both Fate of Norns and With Oden On Our Side here.Add to My Radar
“Accursed Temple of the Greater Deceiver” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Poisoned Blood which is due out June 30 via 20 Buck Spin.
You can check out another new Witch Vomit track, “Doomed In The Realm of the Dead” here.Add to My Radar
Pennsylvania death metallers Incantation have released a 360-degree video for their song “Rites of The Locust.”
“Rites of The Locust” comes off the band’s upcoming album Profane Nexus, which is due out on August 11 via Relapse Records.
“With the advent of 360-video visualizer technology, we were able to convey the song’s powerful imagery alongside the intensity of the music. This song is an example of one of the more aggressive songs on the album. We feel it’s the perfect representation of death metal and everything an Incantation fan wants. Rage motherfuckers!”
Nashville, Tennessee metallers Enfold Darkness have announced their forthcoming album Adversary Omnipotent.
The album will be released on July 14 via The Artisan Era.
This is Enfold Darkness’s sophomore effort and their first album since 2009’s Our Cursed Rapture.
You can check out a teaser for Adversary Omnipotent and the tracklist for the album here.Add to My Radar
UK hard rockers Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have released a new studio recording, “Land of Hope and Glory.”
Blackmore wanted to show his solidarity and support for the UK with this recording. He was moved to release “Land of Hope and Glory” which is a reworking of “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” (the tune most commonly recognized as “the graduation song”).
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow recently enjoyed success on their 2016 European tour, earning critical acclaim. The band has recently released a concert film from this tour called Memories In Rock: Live In Germany and will release the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD on June 9.
“Land Of Hope And Glory” will be featured on the bands’ upcoming album To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond. This collection includes newly recorded and remixed versions of previous tracks as well as brand new tracks, and will be released in July.Add to My Radar
New England hardcore punks Slow Death have released their debut album Hate-Filled World via Corpse Flower Records.
The band is comprised of Randy Larsen, former bassist and singer for noise rockers Cable and Empty Flowers, drummer Matt Spearin of Disapperer, guitarist Jeremy Medeiros, and bassist Jesse Sherman.
In August of 2016, the band entered Dead Air Studios with Will Killingsworth (Vaccine, Orchid, Laceration, Ampere, Bucket Full Of Teeth) to track their first record which was recorded and mixed in just two days. Just as quickly as the record was recorded, Corpse Flower Records agreed to release the record as a one-sided 12″ with a screen-printed B-side created by renowned illustrator Mark Rudolph (Carcass, Coalesce, Battlecross etc.).
Boasting eight battering songs, clocking in at around eighteen minutes, Slow Deaths’s meticulous mix of old punk and hardcore blended with some early AmRep style noise rock is sure to catch the attention of heavy music fans young and old. Lyrically, the band centers its attention on old horror movies and serial killers, mixed with a sentiment of depression and frustration.
You can head over to Corpse Flower Records Bandcamp and stream the album in its entirety.Add to My Radar
The follow up to 2015’s critically lauded debut Luminescent Wake was recorded at Oslo’s legendary Caliban Studios (Sibiir, Blood Command, Djevel, etc.).
You can check out the tracklist and cover art and stream Venemous High in its entirety here.Add to My Radar
Wednesday 13 speaks about the title track:
“We weren’t trying to do a really long, Iron Maiden-type of song — it just came out that way. It wasn’t forced and I think it’s awesome! It’s one of the first songs I wrote for the record. The title Condolences came from when David Bowie passed away; I kept seeing ‘Condolences, sorry for your loss.’ I realized how powerful that word was, so I picked my guitar up and started writing the riff for it; I had the chorus instantly.”
“We shortened the song for the video — we cut two minutes off of it. But it’s still a really, really dark song. And I think we captured that vibe in the video. It’s definitely the strangest thing I’ve ever done – I filmed my fake funeral. I had all my friends there, putting flowers on a casket; it was really weird! I had a wreath that said, ‘In Memory of Wednesday 13.’ I’m the priest in it, doing my eulogy, and I’m also inside the casket, like I’m being buried alive. When we filmed the video, the director, Matt Zane, said, ‘This reminds me of Twisted Sister – ‘Burn In Hell’ or ‘Captain Howdy.’ And I was like, ‘Holy shit, it does! I didn’t even realize it.”
Read more about the video for “Condolences” and watch it here. You can also find Wednesday 13 tour dates at the link.
The band has signed with New Damage Records, which will release the band’s upcoming full-length worldwide. Check back with Metal Riot as album details will be announced shortly.
Bassist Casey Aylward says:
“This is definitely the first riff that kicked off the record and solidified the direction that we knew we wanted to aim for going forward. As for lyrics, it’s about people in your life that consistently let you down, the people around them down, and of course themselves down. There’s a point where there is really no helping them because you realize that ultimately their freedom of choice will supersede anything you could do for them, and even if you cut them out of your life, you and others can still be collateral damage. It can be a dark thing to completely give up on humans or to be given up on.The title is an attempt to add a futile amount of humor to the subject, dark comedy if you will, dark black. Macabre.”
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Marty Friedman is always one of the coolest shredders going, just a next level player who is not afraid to take leaps of faith. Now Marty returns in August with his latest release Wall Of Sound, continuing his inspired team up with Prosthetic Records. Some kick ass collabs on this one again as Black Veil Brides, Shining and Deafheaven members have cameos. And of course it is chock full of Marty.
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