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May Metal Mass Destruction: Exumer, Wormwitch, EZOX tidbits

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:55 AM (PST)

Exumer want you to know about tick prevention/Photo credit: Silvy Maatman

 

Today we would like to start by saying an RIP to icons of metal art Rosław Szaybo and Larry Carroll, known for their work with Judas Priest and Slayer, respectively.

“Our memories of Rosław Szaybo are strong and he will always be remembered for his now legendary covers he created for Judas Priest as well as the Priest logo – our thoughts and condolences are with his family – love to Ros,” Judas Priest said of Roslaw.

I also want to say that today, 5/23 is always a somber day for me for personal reasons, the anniversary of the passing of my first drummer. It is important to me to spread his drumming since his life was cut short rather young and he was a great talent in the 90’s Woodstock music scene and good guy, so humor my tweet here – please. One love.

On a brighter note, we have a lot of powerful metal news for you today.

First up, metal masters Exumer have a new video out.

The idea behind Exumer’s new video clip “King’s End” is to visually pay homage to the look and visual aesthetics of the MTV/Headbanger’s Ball era clips from the late 80s and early 90s. Especially when CGI became available as a tool to add effects that were otherwise financially impossible to obtain. The clip was entirely shot, edited and directed by Goreminister in Essen (Turock Club)/Germany during Exumer’s last European dates.

Exumer singer Mem V. Stein: “We were approached by our buddy Goreminister, who has his own You Tube channel and is a pretty known character in the Metal scene in and around Essen, if we would be interested in a new video that resembles old Headbanger’s Ball clips. We instantly were on board with the concept and are now excited to launch something that uniquely resembles the early 90s over the top videos we devoured back when Metal was still on Television.”

Get ready for the fun contradictory combination of nostalgic feelings for a new music video, lifers.

What have you all been listening to? I am real keen on the new Wormwitch Heaven That Dwells Within that came out in April, which I finally purchased last night HERE. Even ordered the physical cd cuz it will be nice to have for driving in areas where streaming isn’t so good. Super snarled, dourly melodic blackened deathy thrashened song writing dark majesty with just enough balance between bite and precision.

 

About one year and a half after the official release of their EP Crawl To Paradise (2018), French melodic metallers EZOX just officially released its debut album called One Last Breath, produced @ Recuiem Prod studios (All Dogmas We Hate) and available right now for CD & Digital editions on bandcamp and the main legal platforms.

In addition to the album-release, the band also unveiled a 4K music video for the single “For Today” available on YouTube platform.

Stream the whole album on Bandcamp .

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The Acacia Strain will tour with Kublai Khan, Judiciary, and Chamber this summer for the “Impact Crater Tour 2019.” Dates are listed below and for the fuck of it first I am also throwing in one of their nastiest newer jams “Dark Harvest” cuz you know you wanna crank that shit today.

7/31 Waterford, NY @ Chrome
8/1 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
8/2 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
8/3 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
8/4 Cudahy, WI @ X-Ray Arcade
8/6 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
8/7 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/8 Nashville, TN @ The End
8/9 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
8/10 Augusta, GA @ The Epicenter
8/11 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
8/13 Louisville, KY @ The Tiger Room
8/14 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
8/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
8/16 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
8/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

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“We are excited and honored to announce this short run of shows with the legendary Ringworm, in support of our new record. We greatly respect their tenacity and uncompromising refusal to fit into a preconceived genre mold, and look forward to sharing our new material and laying waste to these stages alongside veterans of the American extreme underground” states ALL HELL‘s Jacob Curwen.   

 

On June 7th, 2019; ALL HELL will release The Witch’s Grail,  inspired by the Decadent Movement. Pre-orders for The Witch’s Grail are available now and the album will be released on all digital platforms and on CD and LP in the following limited variants: Gold Marble Wax and Clear/Black Split Wax. 

 

PRE-ORDER the upcoming new album, The Witch’s Grail here: http://smarturl.it/AllHellBand

 

See ALL HELL performing May 17th in Greenville, SC at the Flipside Arts Fest afterparty with Oakskin, Coffin Torture, and power-take-Off before hitting the road with RINGWORM in June. Dates below. 
May
17  Greenville, SC @ Flipside Arts Fest (Afterparty)
June
7 Brooklyn, NY @ El Cortez
8 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
9 Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk Taphouse
10 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11 Atlanta, GA @ 529

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Wow, death metal freakers. I think I can safely say we can all rejoice today at this fierce news! One of the all time greats and some fresh and important new blood, both combining innovation and tradition. This is not a tour any extreme metalhead should want to skip out on.

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Shattered Sun release new song “Shades of Melodie”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 4:43 PM (PST)

Hey gang. I am all achy from rocking out on Sunday to P.O.D. in Poughkeepsie and having fun over the weekend. They rocked the house and also dedicated their mellower song “Beautiful” to Clown from Slipknot in the wake of his daughter’s tragic passing and it was a moving moment. I’d also like to say briefly that Terry from Obituary’s daughter also just passed away in a tragic accident and to please help if you can.

There is an online fundraiser for her kids and stuff and it is very sad what happened. I might not have always agreed with some of Butler’s recent politics about Trump’s wall the last few years but I certainly have compassion for anyone who lost a child to tragedy and I think it is very important we lift one another up in the metal scene through things like this. It’s a meaningful way we can create more healing and understanding.

Texas Metalcore/trad thrash crossover band Shattered Sun have a new album on the way and have released a stunner of a new track via Outburn and a must read interview for fans of the band on their newest era. The song also has to do with daughters, which I guess is our unintentional theme today – but that’s ok! Be thankful for your loved ones.

All I can say is the song represents a major leap forward for the dudes and the new line-up and changes in the act seem healthy and exciting. I love this band and have always had good experiences talking to them or seeing them live and fully support them as an important younger rising act. I think they are between labels at the moment but that likely wont last long and either way we will support them around these parts.

Vocalist Marcos Leal says of the new song, “This song is particularly special to me given it’s about my daughter Melodie. It’s safe to say that becoming a father changes a man – it becomes your every living and dying breath to be the guide and protector to your child. I know a lot of people can relate to the message of this song and I’m excited for you all to get a taste of the new era of Shattered Sun!”

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Slipknot return with bad ass anthem “Unsainted”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:37 PM (PST)

Man, if this here be “mainstream metal” I am not complaining. Like every other heavy music news outlet today we had to remind ya about new Slipknot. The fiercely good jam “Unsainted” from We Are Not Your Kind already has over a million YouTube views, which is friggin’ nuts. I don’t know about you but I got chills imagining how the live singalongs with the crowd are gonna be for this number and I already am digging it more than anything on the previous record. This reminds me of the first album combined with The Subliminal Verses but with a towering maturity and confidence rather than the initial hunger of the pack. Very solid effort from a band this far into their career who could be just serving up a plate of shit and raking in the cash anyway, but Corey Taylor and company care more than that.

It is crazy when you hear a rock song for the first time and can safely say ,”Ok, this is an easy pick for one of the biggest rock songs of the year”, but here we are. And it shouldn’t be startling since Slipknot have some of the most diehard fans around and are very consistent.

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Ingested have announced a Russia and Ukraine tour, EP out in June.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:21 PM (PST)

Well, Morrissey is fucking cancelled but but there is still some good left in Manchester…INGESTED! Way cooler vocals anyway! The ‘World Wide Slam Kings’ are taking their heavy hitting act to Russia and Ukraine coming up and have a new EP called Call Of The Void (not to be confused with the bad ass band named that) out in June via Unique Leader Records.

Drummer Lyn Jeffs commented, “We’ve heard nothing but good things about how Russia and Ukraine slams hard so we are stoked to finally bringing INGESTED to your part of the world. Let’s make this a tour to remember this October!”

Dates below –

10/24 Kiev, UA @ Tepli Lampoviy
10/25 Kharkiv, UA @ LF Club
10/26 Moscow, RU @ Gorod
10/27 St Petersburg, RU @ Mod

INGESTED are currently on the road alongside Cryptopsy and Gloryhole Guillotine and have announced a number of dates across Europe this summer.

w/ Cryptopsy and Gloryhole Guillotine
15/5 Hamburg, DE @ Bambi Galore –
16/5 Berlin, DE @ Nuke Club –
17/5 Chemnitz, DE @ Ajz –
18/5 Chrudim, CZ @ R-Klub –
19/5 Brno, CZ @ Melodka –

w/ Within Destruction
14/6 Apeldoorn, NL @ Gigant
15/6 Munich, DE @ Slamavaria*
16/6 Klagenfurt, AT @ Club Stereo*
17/6 Ljubljana, SL @ Orto Bar
18/6 Szeged, HU @ Jate Klub*
19/6 Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Flying Circus*
20/6 Kosice, SK @ Colloseum*
21/6 Litomerice, CZ @ Death Coffee Party
22/6 Tynec nad Labem, CZ @ Tynecky Mazec Festival
* w/ Within Destruction

Physical pre-order bundles for The Call of the Void are available HERE
Digital order bundles HERE

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First off, if you can please donate to Yellow Fund to help women in Alabama. Banning abortions and making it a felony or worse so women face jail and lose the right to vote is evil, disgusting and backwards. It also doesn’t stop them, only makes it less safe. Why don’t they pass a mandatory child support law for fathers? I know why.

Using the platform here quick to boost some people in the music community who have cried foul on this barbaric bullshit.

 

 

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Is this just a way to swing voters for next election?? Doubtful. Tho, STATE ELECTIONS MATTER ‼️ Please, let’s donate to @aclu_nationwide & @plannedparenthood to help continue the fight against this insanity. 😓😓😓 THESE MEN STAND TO MAKE BILLIONS OFF PRIVATELY FUNDED PRISONS & increasing number of felons who wouldn’t be able to vote😓 Banking on women’s BODIES & RIGHTS to get them RICH & RE-ELECTED = #evil #evil #evil #evilwhitemen ‼️ Ladies, ARE YOU ANGRY? 😡😡😡 #Repost @camillebwaddington ・・・ 2019 . rg @guardian these are the 25 men who voted to pass the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, outlawingthe procedure at all stages of pregnancy. the near blanket ban contains an exemption for when a woman s health is at seriousrisk, but NOT FOR RAPE OR INCEST doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison . 🤮🤮🤮

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this is happening in america. we. know. our. history. when fascism rises, one of the most important pillars of control is reproductive freedom. if you control the wombs, you control the population, the wealth, the entire agenda. i am going to fight this darkness with my whole life. we are all so busy. but as a woman who had an abortion at 17 & therefore got to follow this path to here and now, with a huge following, career & a voice to shout with, i feel like it’s my job to protect all the women behind me. i’ll shout til i’m hoarse. CHOICE. CHOICE. CHOICE. ‪i am – totally coincidentally – touring the south this weekend (may 17/18). i am going to turn my shows in atlanta and nashville into points of action & fury. every touring artist NOW should be galvanizing and organizing. this is nuts. we have to fight back with all we’ve got.‬ we have to. if you can, you must. if you want to come to my atlanta show on the 17th, i’m effectively giving tickets away to anyone who can’t afford them. link in stories.

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Baroness have released the driving and magnificent “Throw Me An Anchor” from Gold & Grey, probably my favorite single from the release yet in turns of energy, performance and composition. Plus, just how good have they gotten at those big melodic choruses? It’s getting unreal. This song also has an almost maddeningly dope proggy outro that somehow reminds me of Blood Brothers and Rush at the same time. Here for it!

Additionally, Baroness will be touring Europe September through November with larger than life rabble rousers Volbeat and mighty hard rockers Danko Jones. As of Friday, May 24th , Tickets will be on sale HERE .

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Sólstafir have released the video for “Bláfjall”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:19 PM (PST)

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In support of their exceptionally good Beredreyminn release, Icelandic post-rock band  Sólstafir have released a characteristically cinematic video for “Bláfjall” via Classic Rock Magazine HERE.

SÓLSTAFIR comment: “Here it is, our 3rd video by the almighty Bowen Staines. After we did our last video with Bowen, ‘Lágnætti,’ we talked about for years to make another video together. As usual, adventures are like magnets when we join up forces, and this one was no different. We are super proud of the result, and yet again, Bowen shows that he is the master of this game. Enjoy, ‘Bláfjall.'”

Director Bowen Staines adds: “‘Bláfjall’ was produced and filmed in Iceland from August – October 2018, and edited until April 2019 at the Don’t Panic Films studio in Massachusetts. While originally shot in 4K, the finished product was then scanned in its entirety onto 35mm film. ‘Bláfjall’ tells the story of a mind overtaken with grief, and the mental gymnastics often employed to circumvent grief in order to avoid confronting it.

“Everyone has their secret sorrows which the world knows not; wounds that never show on the body. In ’Bláfjall,’ these wounds take the form of memories relived in the present, yet altered by the knowledge of what will come in the future. If grief were sentient, it would attack these memories with the voracity of a virus slowly destroying a computer hard drive, or an illness ravaging a body.

“Pre-production for ‘Bláfjall’ started almost two years ago, and the first day of principal photography began in Hvalfjörður, Southwest Iceland. Predictably, it was so windy (a 115kg dolly track blew over), that I had to rewrite that day’s five-page shotlist in the trunk of Addis’s Jeep.

“The rest of the video came together wonderfully, thanks to our cast of Flosi Þorgeirsson (HAM, Glerakur), Bella Morgan, Palli Banine, and Minerva Geirdal. The only other notable thing that happened during this production were the days leading up to crashing that infamous Mercedes.

“The car was an automatic, and the transmission slipped like butter. The momentum from the slightest forward acceleration, say, at a stoplight, would send the gearshift flying back into first gear, and the engine redlining; there is no sound quite like doing 40 on the highway in first gear. I was heading to pick up Flosi in Reykjavík, when suddenly I was doing 60kph in reverse while still going forwards, with the whole car transforming into an industrial noise album.

“The day we filmed the crash, we’d spent hours lining the car up, bracing the steering wheel properly, and closing the roads. It looked like it was dead-on, and then it wasn’t. It missed the other car by centimeters, veered off the road, hit an embankment on the side of a someone’s driveway, cleared the entire driveway, went through a fence, and crashed into a rock in front of a horse stable. The next try was dead-on.

“A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to everyone who was involved with the making of Sólstafir’s ‘Bláfjall.’ To the guys in the band: thank you for trusting me so unconditionally, and allowing me to tell this story with your music. As always, it is a true pleasure to create with you.

“We hope that you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it.
Takk fyrir okkur.”

 

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The Summer Slaughter Tour 2019 has been officially announced. In addition to a “special guest”, this edition will feature:

Cattle Decapitation
Carnifex
The Faceless
Rivers of Nihil
Nekrogoblikon
Lorna Shore
Brand of Sacrifice

Dates BELOW.

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Killswitch Engage, Clutch hitting the road

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:51 PM (PST)

Metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage and hard rockers Clutch will hit the road this summer for a North American co-headline and festival tour. The John and Mackie version of Cro-Mags (“Cro-Mags JM”) is on this one as well, so it is certainly an energized line-up.

Dates below.

7/11 London, ON @ Rock the Park Festival
7/12 Syracuse, NY @ SI Hall
7/13 Inwood, WV @ Earth Rocker Festival
7/14 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
7/16 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Clyde
7/18 Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 Cadott, WI @ Cadott Rock Fest
7/20 OshKosh, WI @ Rock USA Festival 2019
7/22 Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater
7/23 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/25 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Event Center
7/26 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal
7/28 Bangor, ME @ Impact Festival
7/30 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
8/1 Columbus, OH @ Express Live
8/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater
8/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium Outdoors

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Redbait‘s pending June 14th release Cages (Pre order HERE) is mandatory listening if you don’t want to miss out on one of the brightest lights of 2019’s underground. The band’s New Age Records debut will make you feel revolution singing in your blood, a powerful second EP from a group with so much promise ahead of them. Listening to their guitars churning like a raging river atop powerful drums backing up intense political vocals, you can’t deny the immediacy or the band’s ability to lay it all on the line. There is nothing worse to me in music than being apathetic about your art or platform and no one would ever accuse Redbait of that.

Today we are thrilled to debut one of my favorite songs from their new release, the thrilling composition “Bred For The Knife”. The production is pitch perfect between remembering energy over pristine while still sounding incredible, well serving the driving and subtly complex song. This one has a few tricks up the sleeve you wouldn’t expect from where it begins, including my favorite bridge of the EP (it kind of sounds like Queensryche meets Bane!). This band knows just where to give more and when to hold back. It’s exceptional. I hope someone whispers in the ears of Rolo Tomassi or Propagandhi to take them on tour immediately.

Says Madeline –

“We wrote “Bred for the Knife” as a commentary on the commodification of animals, specifically in factory farming. The problem of violence against animals isn’t taken seriously and I think that can largely be attributed to the fact that the butchering and processing of animals bodies are discreet and avoided. It isn’t a practice that a lot of people are willing to confront. The lyrics mention animal cruelty, environmental destruction, and worker exploitation as interconnected struggles in this industry. The commodification of animals is a cruel outcome of capitalist society. It’s something that most of us feel very compelled to talk about and inspire conversation through the music we make.”

It really is an important issue. Some pro life dipshit on Twitter was arguing with my girlfriend yesterday and saw no harm in not caring about the environment or animals when she brought up why he ate meat if he was pro-life. He said he doesn’t eat babies, refusing to see her point. Well, bud – you ever have leg of lamb? Congrats. You ate a baby. It’s still a baby. Asshole.

Recorded and mixed by Will Jameson, Cages will be available on 7” vinyl from New Age Records.

Transparent green: 200
Transparent pink: 400
’77 Pressing (transparent pink with green New Age label): 77

Digital version will be available 06-14-19 at https://redbait.bandcamp.com/

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Gloom-core freaky deakies Motionless In White have quite a vast following of similarly minded ghouls who have been waiting for the band to release more stuff from Disguise (available June 7th). Well, the band have a new video out for “Undead Ahead 2: The Tale of the Midnight Ride” which you can check out below!

I gotta say they are getting better at perfecting the heavy to spooky combo-splatter platter and the animation is pretty rad. Plus, the cleans sound a lot more confident. We stan Headless Horseman romantic tragedy-core!

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Mario Quintero of NY’s Spotlights is our latest proud addition to Metal Riot’s interviews. The alternative rock influenced band have been making waves for several releases now, but their newest Ipecac opus Love & Decay is next level phenomenal. This is a big scopealbum with numerous standout tracks (the chill slow burn build of closer “The Beauty Of Forgetting” comes to mind right away), but which can easily consume your full attention all the way through. It sparks a deep dive into your imagination and often feels like it could soundtrack a space exploration video of massive bodies floating in the void. Certainly on the short list of best musical releases of 2019 for me thus far, I know I am going to spend a lot of time with this pensive, personal and powerfully moving album probably for many years. It has that special energy in the performances, vibes, melody and songwriting that makes you circle back to it…and did I mention big ass juicy riffs as well?!

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