If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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To celebrate ten years of War Of Ages mighty guitar and faith charged Pride Of The Wicked, our pals at Facedown are “bringing us hope”, celebrating with limited editions of gold and clear/red color-mix vinyl, and a special edition ten-year anniversary shirt. Pre-order now! (Scheduled to ship Feb. 19)
Regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs, this is undoubtedly an awesome metalcore record with some fantastic guitar work, especially. I always have thought this band deserves to be way bigger.
“I never thought I’d be on my own/now bring me peace that shelters me…”
In other rad WoA news, the band are on a big, much deserved tour package for P.O.D., Dead Letter Circus and 10 Years are touring. Dates for this stacked package are HERE!Add to My Radar
If the cover art vibes and fact that this is their first without troubled and departed guitarist Justin Lowe doesn’t affect you a little bit, you are pretty heartless.
Tracklisting BELOW (along with the meticulously staccato and effectively energized metalcore of “Lost In The Static”.)Add to My Radar
New York metal crossover mainstays, ALL OUT WAR, will embark on a weekend-long trek through the Northeast US this week, with shows in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, including two toy drive charity shows.
This Friday, December 18th, sees ALL OUT WAR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Shai Hulud, Mother Of Mercy, Eternal Sleep and more, which will serve as the first of two toy drive shows on the trek. The second toy drive gig is the next night, Saturday, December 18th, in the band’s native stomping grounds in Poughkeepsie, New York, joined by Shai Hulud, Eternal Sleep and Recycled Earth. Fans are urged to bring a toy/gift for donation to a family in need to these shows. A third show will take place on Sunday, December 20th, in Chicoppee, Massachusetts with Shai Hulud, Eternal Sleep and more.
Dates and the video for “Nothing Left To Bleed” BELOW.
Killswitch Engage are back with a beefier sounding new track, a strong new single called “Strength Of The Mind”. The song stands out well from recent material while still having a place in the core sound. There is a very heavy bridge that old school fans wike like, a pretty heavy vocal performance and some killer guitar runs. All in all, this song grooves hard. Though I’m not as in love with it as some of the standout stuff on Disarm The Descent, I think it will grow and has that certain throwback, early 00’s vibe.Add to My Radar
Agnostic Front are heading to Mexico!
NEXT Month MEXICO!!!! Early in January!!!!!! See you in the pit!!!!
January 8, 2016 Mexico City @ Cosa Nostra
January 9, 2016 Monterrey @ La Tumba
January 10, 2016 Guadalajara @ Foro independencia
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The debut Rival Choir (formerly Mouth Of The South) album “I Believe, Help My Unbelief” will be released on February 5 and pre-orders are available now. Check out all the pre-order bundle options in their online store.
Check out the Rival Choir track “Aftermath” below. It’s a pretty cool first single with a great kind of Deftones/Far reminiscent slower groove in places and a strong vocal presence before going into some Chariot territory with a bang. Dig the new direction.Add to My Radar
New Strength from Kublai Khan attempts to capture the bands wildfire live energy with mostly succesful results. The band play a particularly low end heavy brand of metalcore that doesn’t skimp in the energy department. They don’t exhaust ears by overly leaning on deathcore breakdowns, prefering rapid attack hardcore and groove heavy, almost borderline nu metal you wouldn’t find out of place on a downset or emmure album. The cool thing about that is that live you have plenty of basslines breaking things up before jackhammer guitars piledrive sweaty crowds, but can it translate onto their sophomore release?
The results are mixed. While some people will certainly find this to be right up their alley and the band are much more driven, pissed off and self-assured than many contemporaries, tracks start to blend together. “Smoke and Mirrors” will surely please modern metalcore fans with an anti-corruption in the industry theme and a full on pitting focus for the whole tune, the roared vocals really convincing you that the band are hellbent on survival with or without your help or trends. “Come Out Of Your Room” is another highlight, with a vicious opening riff that is as aggressive as the heaviest Gideon stuff, for example. It’s probably the most charged up besides the excellent and emotionally raw “Ghost Pains (pt.3)” with the very honest line “I am the product of a single mother.” Fuckin’ cool stuff and reminds me of the power of early Hatebreed.
read more below.
Music creates different reactions in different people. Different strokes to rule the world, so to speak. Heavy music is just as divided over sub genres as indie rock or electronic or rap. Some people only like death metal or prog or love or hate metalcore. Don’t even get me started on how many styles of punk people like to bicker over.
Writing is a bit more matter of fact. Stripped of the noise of guitar or screams, words alone can invite in or dissuade anyone. Whether you are a fan of singer Mike Hranica’s very popular band The Devil Wears Prada or not, I’d strongly suggest anyone read his new book Three Dots & The Guilt Machine. Order it HERE.
Mostly poetry or reflections on travel, faces met along the way or the numbing or raw feeling filled clamor of the modern world, the book is really, really good. It is probably my favorite thing Mike has actually had his name attached to, though I am a big fan of his band’s fifth record 8:18.
It was nice to have a very mellow phone chat with Mike about the five year process of making this book, wrestling with incomplete work as well as what to keep personal, the power of memory and some additional discussion of his band’s recent conceptual Space EP. Check it out BELOW.Add to My Radar
California based extreme metal titans Suicide Silence will release a digital only EP entitled Sacred Words on October 23, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The EP features the single “Sacred Words” as well as various unreleased tracks, including three live tracks taken from the band’s RockPart Festival performance on August 9, 2015 in Hungary.
“We are dropping a digital EP with some sick live tracks and much more,” commented guitarist Mark Heylum. “Get your fill of Suicide Silence with this release of Sacred Words dropping October 23! I said goddamn!”
Sacred Words digital EP track list:
1. Sacred Words
2. Inherit The Crown (live)
3. Cease To Exist (live)
4. Sacred Words (live)
5. Sacred Words (We Are Strong Remix)
6. Sacred Words (instrumental)
“Crushed” by Parkway Drive from the album IRE is the Aussie band’s brazen new video. The record is available September 25th and so fr every single has been even more massive than usual. One of the best in their field.
Pre-order on iTunes: http://found.ee/ParkwayDriveIre
“Welcome to the free world
Where nothing’s as it seems
Tell me, can you find a cure
When you can’t see, and you can’t feel the disease…”
To enter, watch the video of Kellen and Ant playing “Stay the Course” here, then film your own playthrough video and post a link to your video in the YouTube playthrough video’s comments. The band will watch ALL the submissions and pick a winner (the person who plays the song as accurately as possible). Note that you’ll also need to fill out the entry form below by September 18, 2015!
One grand-prize winner will win:
• A new ESP LTD EC-50 BLKS guitar (pictured above)
Here’s the official “Stay the Course” music video for extra inspiration!
CONTEST OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF U.S. AND CANADA. SEE THE VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR CONTEST RULES AND PRIZES!
Guitarist Kellen McGregor says, “Stay the Course was a lot of fun to write and very rewarding to see it be received so well by our fans. We always get requests for play-throughs of our songs and felt this song in particular would be a perfect fit! We hope y’all have fun with the covers and we look forward to checking them out!”
Memphis May Fire recently played to record crowds as one of the headliners on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour and are set to follow that up with a tour of Australia, Europe and the UK this fall. The band is also confirmed to play Warped Tour UK on October 18 in London, alongside Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red and many more.
Twitching Tongues have been taking hardcore passion and the disdain of the grimiest metal to new heights/depths, banging out quality release after release. Hard to believe album number three is here already and on mighty Metal Blade! Great work pays off and this band have earned it with a sound that recalls a knife fight between Carnivore and newer styles with heavy, modern distortion. In Love There Is No Law was the next level from good but uneven break out Sleep Therapy .I am confident Disharmony will take it even further down the moonlit path of blessed misery for these guys. These dudes have always had a strong merch game so I rooted for them, haha (isn’t that odd how it can work now?)…but it’s great that through discipline and gig seasoned growth they are truly coming into themselves.
“This record represents every single thing we have done and have worked towards these past 5 years…It is a new beginning for this band, and it feels incredible to finally share it with all of you.” – Colin Young
The record is due in early October and the band has also unleashed a new video, directed by Tyler Bradberry, for the record’s title track and launched a pre-order for the record today at metalblade.com/twitchingtongues. They’ve already been crushing this song live , so you might recognize it already.Add to My Radar
More drama, mama.
The Paramedic have parted ways with singer Mike Luciano aka Angry Metalcore Guy (though their Facebook still has a main picture of him (above).
The follow up coverage and twitter debate over a controversial interview I did with Luciano has been interestingly thin/one sided, in my opinion. Mike has in my experience, been an awesome dude. It feels to me like his boys in the Paramedic kind of bailed on him.
They released a statement which you SHOULD read in full on their Facebook but here’s ONLY A SMALL PART OF IT:
As of late, there has been a lot of attention on Mike for some of his opinions and views that he has shared with the world. Although this wasn’t a problem for Mike, the rest of us in The Paramedic did have an issue with these things, as we do not share those views and opinions with him.
We called the Metal Riot article Burning Crosses, Sucking Ds and Throwing Shade with The Paramedic (a clearly sarcastic, inflammatory title) not because of no respect for tender issues but because it is kind of ridiculous that a mixed race band with a singer who is often mislabelled as black by some of the very publications discussing him, and a band who have distanced themselves from their ex drummer’s racist political affiliations would be considered true blue racists themselves.
But Luciano called their ex drummer a “nigga”.
The debate about casual racism and word appropriations or recontextualizing has college courses built around it. Notorious B.I.G., Mindless Self Indulgence or even Black Sabbath’s “Digital Bitch” (which I was blasting this morning) have made use of words like nigga or bitch, in MSI’s case a song finds uppity cracker records founder Jimmy Urine singing ,” I could be the one tonight/All you niggas in the back come and jack me off.”
As far as I can tell none of these magazines have ever gone after MSI and Jimmy Urine has covered Wu Tang and is loved by many black people. And obviously Biggie and Tupac for example were black but both said crass things at times, though are widely and QUITE fairly considered creative geniuses and important social figures.
By the way I’m not advocating that because great and popular bands used these words that they don’t have the power to harm.
A friend of mine Lorelei said to me today:
people want to be treated with respect, and when you’re part of a minority population (brown, queer, women, etc), that rarely happens
There’s a key point I’d like to make and was trying/hoping to in the article.
Substream Magazine did a follow up piece on my interview with Luciano that extracted and cherry picked his quotes. I have no animosity or beef with that publication so wonder why they didn’t address the full scope of my talk with Luciano. Out of context of our chat and excluding parts where Mike agreed with me that girls have it rough out there or is against Cosby or that Mike and I talked in depth about the blurry, tender line of criticizing Caitlyn Jenner for seeming fake in Luciano’s eyes without coming off as anti-Trans by people who rightfully want the trans movement protected. Mike also said how he thinks Johnny from Slaves needs to get out and do press and man up and face allegations Warped Tour alleged abuse victims made against Craig. We used the “sucking Ds” phrase in the title of my article to joke about removing our ribs ala Marilyn Manson rumors and because I am bi and was joking about hooking up with metalcore beef as a joke! Crossfit!!! It’s a thing! Lol. And because Mike clearly had no problem talking with someone of a different sexual orientation (an important point as he has been misjudged as anti trans community for a comment about Caitlyn Jenner once – who Mike thinks is fake as a person – where Mike said Caitlyn isn’t a hero just for cutting off her dick, or a similar easy to misinterpret as hostile turn of phrase).
Example: What would you think of Mike if I ONLY posted these quotes from our interview:
Me: It’s hard for girls out there, man.
Mike- Absolutely. What have we done to society to over sexualize it? We have Teen
Mom. Twerking is number one. Sixteen and Pregnant. It’s the biggest sensation
since the jitterbug to twerk. The modern world is jamming it down our throats.
Mike- (on trans topic) If that’s who Caitlyn or someone wants to be, then go for it. No one is
stopping you. It’s between them and their higher power.
I am far far far from a rape apologist as well. In particular much outrage was over Mike and I discussing how manipulation can happen from guys AND girls, which is true. There are girls who blame and stir drama. I’ve met some of these types. It’s really sad. But there ALSO are many girls (or guys who have been raped or non cis gendered) who have been in genuine peril and have PTSD and super real issues affecting them that sometimes never go away and destroy lives. Mike and I talked about some of this off record as well and I hope in my writing things weren’t lost in translation, contributing to Mike losing his post in a band he clearly was passionate about and loved. I would hate that. If you only read Mike’s quote saying girls who false accuse should: “spin on a spiked cock” , you’d probably think Mike was a bit much to take, but that is not even a fraction of the guy’s whole persona.
We had even discussed how I was linking it to my Amanda Daniels support article I did with Amanda’s blessing for feminist site The Flounce, which many major sites have ignored despite it having other big talents in the metal and avant garde or indie rock scene speaking up for Amanda and AGAINST rape and violence.
I would never link off a Paramedic article to that if I felt Luciano was a woman hater or pro rape. Luciano was glad I was linking to Amanda’s piece! Why hasn’t any site mentioned that or how I am bi and Mike and I were talking about the word “bitch” as used in anger or by different genders or ethnic groups and the debate over “inherent context”? Yes, saying the N word or faggot can definitely hurt people.
The point is the only real way forward, like a high anxiety fight with an ex lover or something, is to try and reset from the hurt and have CONVERSATION. Don’t stall it out or recontextualize. It is awesome we have social media to swoop down on abusive sites like Return Of Kings or super racist, homophobic or abuse of power situations like the bad cops who give GOOD cops a bad name (there are plenty of good cops, don’t kid yourself…but saying #blacklivesmatter is not important is denying the horrible stain of blood on our Nations hands).
Hate and violence can have a righteous cause behind it sometimes also. Sometimes people who are so hurt by institutionalized classist oppression (which affects us all who aren’t the 1% but MORE SO affects minorities worldwide!), sometimes people throw bricks or shoot those two poor cops in NYC or do fucked up shit also. While you can’t let someone break nto your house and rape your mom, for a harsh hypothetical example, you also can’t stand still and accept being tear gassed for no reason, or choked out while you say “I can’t breathe” and your gentle giant heart breaks knowing you wont see your fucking kids again, god dammit! Why is this world so fucked up?!!! Ahhh!!!
I love Substream and AP as magazines (still got a Thursday AP cover saved somewhere from years ago) and I think it’s important to have social commentary pieces. IT’S MY LITERAL BREAD AND BUTTER AND MY PASSION. Metalriot.com has several female contributors and as far as I know are one of or maybe the only main all metal sites that has two major contributors either bi or trans. So trust me, we don’t fucking like hatred unless it is a good classic Venom song or “Catharsis” by Hate!
The thing is, in the age of social media’s butterfly effect, how do we do the harder tightrope walking of genuinely course correcting when feelings are soured or lines crossed? Is it to only be as PC as possible all the time? That creates eggshell world and no forgiveness. But we also need to be compassionate like Christ was supposed to be and try and have civil discourse so that growth is possible.
Best of luck to Mike in the future and the Paramedic as well as the publications involved. I hope this piece can continue a much needed conversation but add more depth to it. 140 character culture has GOT to evolve. We need to unite the tribes and have unity, like my pal just saw Bane and was super inspired they spoke out against the beating of Tom Alderson, for example. Can we start again?
And true haters…I’m gonna quote Mike here from a Paramedic song: “Fuck you and have a nice day.”
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