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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Rolling Stone has premiered a previously unreleased moving cover of Bowie’s classic “Heroes” as interpreted by the much missed Lemmy and his band Motörhead. It will appear on an upcoming covers record.
The accompanying video footage reminds with ease how pure and real a rock n’ roll band they were and that music can really bring us together.
I’m glad the last time I saw them on the 2012 Mayhem Fest they totally crushed it and gave Slayer and Slipknot a run for their money, showing that the old dogs still had it in, uh, spades.
RIP Lemmy/deaf forever.Add to My Radar
Metal Insider published a nice recap of the importance of Maiden‘s recent The Book Of Souls Tour in the long and short run a few days ago. Check it out below.
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New Hampshire’s Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar) have announced a September 15th release date for their upcoming self-titled album on New Damage Records. The band’s sound has changed drastically along with the shortened name, though it is still quality music. Time will tell if this shift works and the band retains old fans or simply grows into a new era completely. It probably isn’t a bad idea to do the self-titled sort of re-branding now so they don’t become more firmly established first and then have a self titled Motley Crue type backlash. The band were at a cross-roads after their former frontman left, so this is the perfect time to sort of start semi-fresh, if ever.
Vattnett is now available for pre-order.
A music video for a track titled “Spun” is premiering today on Revolver HERE.
Frontman Casey Aylward tells Revolver, “Spun was the last song I wrote for the record and also the last song we recorded and put together. Conceptually it’s about being uncomfortable and very unhappy in your situation at the time, feeling helpless, feeling like it won’t ever end.” He adds, “The video touches on this theme by using the idea of searching for light within a world of darkness. While some choose to accept or live within the blackness, others try to find or create a light to see their way out. Definitely a song that poured out of me, as if I needed it exorcised from me. When it was done I knew it had to be the first song on the record. I feel like it perfectly introduces what you can expect to hear from the rest of the record, albeit it on a pretty dark note.”Add to My Radar
Mudvayne at one point were near the very pinnacle of the heavy music world and that was in large part due to the impact of their November, 2002 studio release The End of All Things to Come. While L.D. 50 was raw and full of youthful freakery, the sophomore record found the band refining their attack and really bringing the playing and vocals to a fully realized place with arrangements, hooks and screams that were next level. The songs held up live as well. I am really stoked I got to see them play Ozzfest along with Sabbath and Maiden one year and still remember everyone yelling along and throwing rather dangerous mud projectiles in the crowd.
Now for the 15th Anniversary (damn I feel old that I am already writing about Nu Metal anniversaries), SRC has two vinyl options on this rager for the very first time.
180 Gram clear with black smoke (LTD 500 copies)
180 Gram Red Vinyl (LTD 1000 copies)
Housed in a matte gatefold jacket with Spot-UV
11 x 22 dull text insert
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Portrait from Sweden release a new record on August 25th, a (cough) fiery set of songs entitled Burn The World. It seems a fitting title for the direction humankind is headed lately from war to global warming to constant political unrest.
Soaring 80’s-esque vocals recalling Queensryche, Priest and Mercyful Fate style wailing pair with a charged up mid tempo arrangement fans of a classic sound and good songwriting will be enthused about. This song really rips.Add to My Radar
Apex is choosing to accept your fate and make the best of it! – Brittney
Don’t be mistaken, the title of this article is not implying that Apex from Canada’s much raved about Unleash The Archers is a failure by any means, rather that it proves they have so much to give that they can climb the metal stairway to heaven immeasurably from here. Apex is already an album of the year contender to a few of my friends I have spoken with.
Formed in 2007, the power metal and thrash hybrid band eschew boring classifications and instead just boldly mold themselves into their own metal unit, a true heavy metal band like Judas Priest, Sister Sin, King Diamond, Accept, Huntress, Valient Thorr, Ross The Boss Band, Tower, The Agonist or any real deal blue blooded defenders of the faith out there.
Let’s catch up with vocalist Brittney, who I personally always say has some of the best pipes in the game these days, and get the scoop on the new album Apex.
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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
Greek heavy metallers Serpent Lord have revealed another new song called “Blood Offering”. It has an especially cool bridge with climbing and yes, serpentine guitars before the bold vocals return. Another strong song from a band which obviously bleeds for metal.
The recordings were done at Infected Studios in 2017, mixed and mastered by George Infected.
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Body Count have a new video, perhaps their goriest ever. “Here I Go Again” will likely offend many but I for one found it to be hysterical and entertaining. Obviously Ice-T chopping up grandmas is way over the top and not meant to be taken seriously. The slow creepy voice narration from homie is also a lot of fun. You can see Ice hamming it up being both overly menacing and also making freaked out faces throughout as things get bloodier and bloodier.
In addition to the new video for “Here I Go Again”, BODY COUNT will be making their long awaited return to the stage in North America next month. The band will play their first show in the states since releasing Bloodlust on July 15th at the Chicago Open Air festival taking place at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.Add to My Radar
Defy The Tide have been placing themselves in as many circumstances that will spread their music to the masses as they can since forming in 2014. The Pittsburgh, PA melodic metal band has just released a new music video for their current single “Traced In Flames“, a meld of metalcore and classic heavy metal elements paired with the warm voice of Carly Simon-Warneke. She almost sounds like a female version of Devil You Know’s Howard Jones’ famous clean vocals. We ship a duet, please! The cool song comes from their four track EP, Soteria which was produced by John Burke of Vibe Studios and released this past April.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
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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