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Swallow The Sun, Infected Rain and Wheel to tour North America

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM (PST)

Finnish melancholy death-doom metal masters Swallow The Sun have just announced their North American headline tour today. The band will be on tour this Spring with special guests Infected Rain and Wheel. Catch the band on tour starting April 20th in Tampa and ending on May 24th in Dallas. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

“We have been touring many times in North America since 2007 but never headlined before this,” states Swallow The Sun’s Mikko Kotamäki about the upcoming headline tour. “So it’s about time to play you a decent length shows, not just 30-45min like before. Better get your tickets now and spread the word. No excuses, you asked for it, you got it! See you soon!”

The band will be touring in support of their most recent full-length album When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light. Swallow The Sun’s seventh studio album was produced by the band’s very own Jaani Peuhu and Juha Raivio and is their most personal, cleanest work to date. Purchase and stream When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light, which Heavy Blog Is Heavy calls “songwriting perfection”, HERE.

Swallow The Sun is Mikko Kotamaki (vocals), Matti Honkonen (bass), Juuso Raatkainen (drums), Jaani Peuhu (keys and vocals), Juho Raiha (guitar), and Juha Raivio (guitar and keys).

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Moonspell have never made a bad album. Stay jealous about it.

December’s Underground pulse beats strong as the blood flows towards year’s end and we have a few more cool news items to discuss with you here at Metal Riot. Today we discuss a much needed re-issue of Moonspell’s most divisive record, a young hard rock band Through Fire’s cover of a Roxette classic and some Stone Sour news!

Moonspell are one of my ALL TIME favorite bands, respected but deserving of so much more love and awe. The band has never been one-dimensional and remain one of the true touchstones of gothic infused, dark metal with a black poetic soul. Released originally by the band in 1998, Sin/Pecado (which gets a gorgeous re-issue treatment this month via Napalm) became the great divider of the Moonspell wolfpack. Produced by their long time companion (Waldemar Sorychta – Wolfheart, Irreligious), the songs of this “accursed” album were signs of a rebellion of the band against the sound that made them famous in the scene.

Moonspell’s biggest flaw or quality, judge for yourself, is never to be satisfied with anything,” Frontman Ribeiro says. “There was true creative anguish burning inside us in 1997, after we were done with the endless Irreligious’ tours, that created the perfect (shit)storm that would be Sin. It was a strange year for us, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, were letting loose and seemed to be also under the same mood as we did, or vice-versa. It doesn’t matter. Metal was turning its wheel and we’re all on the falling side. We took the fall and enjoyed doing it anyway. It wasn’t Moses dividing the waters, but it did hurt sometimes to feel alone. Curiosly a lot of other people entered Sin’s mood a couple of years later and now they beg of us to play those songs live. If you’re reading this and need another taste at sin, let’s indulge each other and pick up that second skin from the late-nineties deep closet.”

I don’t understand how a true fan wouldn’t like this album. It is of course not black metal but certainly vibes with some of the darkly romantic decadence they displayed on Irreligious. “Magdalene” in particular is one of their best songs, stunning performances in particular on that song from Pedro and Ricardo in particular which would add even more dynamics to the band’s legendary live shows. I hope more fans discover this release. Happy for the band it is getting more respect as an important creative moment. Bands should not be forced to never follow their muse creatively into interesting, nuanced dalliances and diversions.

Omaha upstart’s Through Fire have a new Sumerian backed cover of a Roxette classic “Listen To Your Heart”. I am a big fan of the original and the band were one of the catchiest around in their heyday. I actually shouted them out on a verse of an industrial song on my band Walking Bomb’s most recent album, cuz I listen to them in the kitchen with my girlfriend sometimes, haha.

(Update: This was written just a day before I found out the sad news about the passing of Marie Fredrikkson. RIP to an awesome artist). 

Anyway, this new hard rock version aint half bad. While not the style of rock I gravitate to the most, I admire the band bringing back a tune that deserves more love and putting their own spin on it for a new generation!

All Animal, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album was produced by guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain. The title track single ‘All Animal’ was #1 on SiriusXM Octane Big Uns’ Countdown for 2 consecutive weeks and spent 18 weeks on the Billboard rock radio charts.
The band is currently on their ‘Holiday Havoc’ Tour with Brkn Love, Saul and Dead Posey. Tickets are available from ThroughFireMusic.com

Stone Sour are here to inspect your naughty to nice stocking ratio

Speaking of hard rock, current genre leaders Stone Sour have a new live video for the song “Whiplash Pants”. I loved seeing Corey’s t-shirt of The Specials! Right on!

Speaking on the band’s first official live release, guitarist Josh Rand says,

“This is the Reno show in its entirety, just how it went down on October 5th, 2018. We’re extremely proud of the fact that it’s 100% live with absolutely no overdubs! It’s not perfect but neither are we. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did playing it.”

Anyway, this is a high energy clip showing the bond between band and fans in a great way, more evidence of why they remain at the top of the pack in the hearts of many. The close camera guitar leads section is pretty fucking sick indeed as well. The clip is taken from the upcoming live album, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno which will be released on December 13th via Cooking Vinyl. Find the new track on your streaming platform of choice and watch the video below.

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Spiritbox Gets Technical with New Song “Rule Of Nines”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3:50 PM (PST)

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Spiritbox (ex-Iwrestledabearonce) has released with a new single and music video titled, “Rule Of Nines”. The song which follows up on the Singles Collection EP, is based on a dark image of just laying down on the ground, giving up and becoming so still that you just became part of the ground.

“This song is special to us, because it marks the first time we have able to go into the studio with our producer and create a song in our ideal environment. We didn’t have to make any compromises. I think our other songs have been little steps in the right direction but “Rule of Nines” is a proper leap forward, and the whole process has ripped me out of my comfort zone. I’ve learned to embrace that feeling of the unknown and just trust myself.”

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Paladin to release Nevermore covers EP featuring Travis Smith art

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3:41 PM (PST)

Very, very cool news today as we learn that one of the brightest new stars in metal Paladin are releasing a covers EP dedicated to the legends Nevermore this month! Prosthetic is releasing the EP digitally on December 13th, 2019 to end the year on a soaring and intense note.  The cover art for the Anamnesis EP has been created by Travis Smith, a longtime artistic collaborator of both Nevermore and Warrel Dane.

Pre-save the Anamnesis EP at Spotify HERE. 

Of the choice of songs on the EP, PALADIN guitarist/vocalist, Taylor Washington comments:

“River Dragon was an obvious choice since it’s probably their most recognizable song. I wanted to do something from This Godless Endeavor since it’s still my favorite Nevermore album, and Final Product was kind of the default choice since it doesn’t have any super ridiculous hard parts in it. We also wanted to do an older song, one that wasn’t played on a 7 string. The name is a mouthful, but I’ve always been partial to 42147 because it’s filled with great riffs and the subject matter is interesting.”

A chance meeting with Nevermore drummer, Van Williams, gave PALADIN the impetus to pursue the idea of recording the songs, which will be released on 13 December – the anniversary of Dane’s death. The band’s connection to Nevermore goes back several years as Taylor explains:

“I remember picking up This Godless Endeavor from a liquidation sale at a music store back in high school. From the first listen it immediately resonated with me and I knew it would become one of my favorite albums and Nevermore one of my favorite bands. When Prosthetic proposed the idea of doing a Nevermore tribute EP to commemorate Warrel Dane’s death, I honestly hesitated. Jeff Loomis is an absolute monster on guitar and Warrel had one of the most distinct and dynamic voices to grace the metal world. The task of having to do justice to those two and Nevermore as a whole was a daunting one, but I couldn’t say no. I decided to sing the songs the way I would rather than try to sound like Warrel since that would feel disingenuous to me.”

 

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Philadelphia psych rock quintet RUBY THE HATCHET has premiered a cover of Uriah Heep’s 1972 “Easy Livin’” via a new music video. A staple of their recent live sets, the band recorded the cover at Retro City Studios in NJ. The group commented on the cover:

Uriah Heep is a band favorite and still an unsung hero of sorts in our opinion. Many of their songs make our karaoke cuts, but Easy Livin’ was especially fun to figure out now that we have been toying with live three part harmonies. All of the high notes in our cover are vocally supported by Johnny, and of course Owen…still trying to put a mic in front of Lake. Plus, when you have someone like Sean playing organ, a Heep cover is a must.”

This cover is excellent and sent chills up my back to my brain. Good times! Ruby The Hatchet just thrill me whenever I give them a listen. I have never been let down by this incredible act yet.

RUBY THE HATCHET will kick off an upcoming North American tour with Kadavar this Thursday December 5th in Atlanta, GA. The tour runs through December 21st and a full list of dates is available below.

Additionally, RUBY THE HATCHET will release their three full-length albums and EP on limited edition, colored cassette via Brutal Panda Records. The cassettes will be available on December 6th and can be ordered at THIS LOCATION. So sick!

RUBY THE HATCHET are currently writing their follow-up to 2017’s celebrated album Planetary Space Child. A 2020 release is expected with more info to follow.

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If you are tired of the parade of extremely ugly Republicans on tv and want some cool death metal distraction , we have killer news from L.A. tech death metallic monsters Abysmal Dawn today! Abysmal Dawn remain one of the most intense bands out there and will be embarking on a North American tour as direct support for VADER in February of next year! Their star will surely continue to grow and consume all!

The run will kick off on February 4 in San Diego, CA and will conclude on February 28 in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. The full run of dates can be found below. For updates on ticket links and on-sale times, follow ABYSMAL DAWN on BandsInTown HERE.

In addition to the tour announcement, ABYSMAL DAWN has even bigger news in store for 2020! The band has just completed work on their long-awaited fifth studio album, which will be their debut to Season of Mist. The forthcoming full-length was mixed by Charles Elliott and produced and recorded by Charles Elliot and Mike Bear at Tastemaker Audio while the drums were tracked by John Haddad at Trench Studios. The offering was mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. I for one am incredibly pumped at this news and was hoping the band would land a new, solid contract somewhere soon!

Speaking about the upcoming offering, ABYSMAL DAWN comments:
“We’re officially done with album number 5! It’s been quite some time since we released any new music, and we feel we have something special on our hands. It took a lot of time, effort, and seeing through some trying times to get to this moment. We’re very proud of the outcome and think fans will agree it was worth the wait. Musically we’re pushing our limits more than ever, while still maintaining what people love about Abysmal Dawn. Now we take a quick breath before getting back once again to spreading our brand of misanthropic extreme metal across the globe. See you on the road in 2020!”

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Guest List: Stormland’s Justin Pierrot’s top 5 albums of 2019

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:16 PM (PST)

The excellent Incident Report: UC​-​0791227 propelled the one man Gundam-themed death metal machine known as Stormland from British Columbia into the ears of quite a few more death metal minded folks.  Justin from Stormland also performed the music on one of my favorite songs “Miracle Drug” on one of my own albums released this year and is just an awesome dude and supportive, real friend. Homie can also really wail the shit out of a guitar and is growing stronger with each release (“Contact” fucking slaps). This project really has legs to be a cult favorite if the releases continue.  Fallon Bowman and Jacob Frebe even make appearances on the recent EP.

Anyhow, we know Justin lives and breathes music and family and so we thought he would be the perfect choice for our Guest List Year End list this year. Here are my dude’s personal choices for his favorite 5 releases of this dwindling to a close insane year.

Justin’s picks: 

1) Allegaeon – Apoptosis. It continues to blow my mind the leaps that Allegaeon makes from album to album. You can practically hear the “level up” chime whenever the first single for a new release comes out. The songcraft and musicianship are always ace, and both guitarist Mike Stancel and new bassist Brandon Michael shine throughout. Apoptosis is a magnum opus of an album.

2) Babymetal – Metal Galaxy. While far more overtly pop than Metal Resistance, it’s still a strong,strong album. Yes, singles like “Elevator Girl” and “PA PA YA” are strong, but they’re not the stars. Deep cuts like pop radio-ready “Brand New Day” and the powerfully groovy “Kagerou” are where the album shines.

3) Ithaca – The Language of Injury. Beyond proclaiming themselves the new Masters of the Alarm Clock Riff, Ithaca’s debut longplayer is one of the most emotive albums I’ve heard all year. The rage and despair are palpable on songs like the title track and “Better Abuse.” It won’t shock me to see Ithaca become a staple on my personal AOTY lists for years to come.

4) KMFDM – Paradise. This came out of nowhere for me. I was not expecting new KFMDM in this, the year of our Lord, 2019. And yet here we are, and here it is. And it is good. It’s probably the strongest album, front to back, they’ve put out since the 1990s. It will make you smile, it will make you dance, and it will keep you angry at the ongoing fascist creep going on in our world.

Yup, KMFDM, as always, is Antifa.

5) Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind. A tighter album than 2018’s The Silent Vigil, Memoriam knocked a minute or two off the average song length for a leaner and meaner third release. This is death metal the way I likes it: With stomp, a bit of melody, and a sense of constant forward momentum.

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Asking Alexandria release ‘The Violence’ Sikdope remix with video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:50 PM (PST)

EDM DJ Sikdope has done a pretty cool remix for “The Violence” by Asking Alexandria.

Speaking on his bombastic remix of Asking Alexandria’s latest arena-filling anthem, Sikdope says:
“I’ve been a fan of Asking Alexandria for as long as I can remember. They’re also great friends of mine, so of course I was thrilled when they asked me to remix “The Violence” (also one of my favorite tracks this year). I sang in a rock band as a teenager so remixing this track felt like second nature to me; I got to go back to my roots but also showcase the evolution of my sound. This remix feels like such an accomplishment for me because when I was in a band as a kid, my dream was to have a release on Sumerian… now I’m on it as a DJ.”
Adding to this, Asking Alexandria guitarist, Ben Bruce says
“I’m a firm believer that the best collaborations come from when artists come together through a true and real connection. A great collaboration can’t be forced, they are born from a mutual respect and passion. In this case Sikdope and myself had been friends and mutual fans of each other’s work for many years prior to this collaboration. We went out for dinner one night and decided, spur of the moment, to collaborate! I’m so excited that we finally got to work together and through combined efforts have created such a MONSTER of a tune!”

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Carnifex and 3TEETH announce Spring co-headline Meta X Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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For everyone moping about the end of Slayer, here is some fresh metal news to maybe cheer your ragged little evil hearts up a little bit, eh? In an interesting pairing, Carnifex and 3TEETH are heading out together in a sure to be pretty darn sick co-headlining run. META X starts on March 13th in Santa Ana wrapping up on April 17th in Los Angeles, making stops in major markets including New York City, Nashville, Chicago, and more. The tour will also feature support from Skold and The Browning. Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, December 6th and can be found HERE.

3TEETH Photo credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle

3TEETH will be on tour in support of their latest album METAWAR, released this past July, following a headlining run in Europe. METAWAR, which was produced by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), is available HERE. Carnifex will be supporting World War X, which was produced by Jason Suecof, released August 2nd, via Nuclear Blast Records, available HERE.

Speaking about the tour, Alexis Mincolla of 3TEETH and Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex are excited to team up together for Meta X. “We are a truly deadly combination of underground metal. Get ready for huge live production from all the bands on the bill along with extended sets. This Meta X tour is going to roll into cities like an industrialized war machine laying waste to everything in its path and you’re not going to want to miss it.”

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Nevermore Guitar Anthology book sees release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Happy Thanksgiving week, folks. I don’t really get many opportunities to post that much NEVERMORE news anymore, but today is an exception. Fans of the powerful and heralded heavy metal band’s legacy can rejoice and be grateful for Nevermore: The Guitar Anthology, a new book that will help you learn how to play some of the band’s coolest songs so you can impress the disgruntled curly haired older dude at your local guitar shop. For real though, if you can play any of these monster tunes – you will become way cooler. I fucking love Nevermore. RIP Warrel.

Order the book HERE.

“The Guitar Anthology” features guitar tab and notation for 10 songs from the Nevermore catalog. All songs were transcribed note for note from the original recordings by Heathen/Exodus (live) guitarist Kragen Lum and former Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth. Learn how to play the songs exactly as played on the recordings with these 100% accurate transcriptions! Presented in 2 guitar format so you can learn to play every riff and solo just as Jeff Loomis, Tim Calvert and Steve Smyth played them on the albums. Includes foreword by Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis. 200 pages. This Deluxe Print Edition of the book also includes an exclusive Nevermore bookmark and a brand new Jeff Loomis Dunlop guitar pick not yet available to the public. This Deluxe Print Edition also includes a Digital Copy of the book in PDF format and is only through SubLevel Records!

Songs Included:
Beyond Within
Born
Dreaming Neon Black
Enemies Of Reality
Narcosynthesis
The River Dragon Has Come
The Seven Tongues Of God
This Godless Endeavor
This Sacrament
What Tomorrow Knows

Upon purchase of this Deluxe Print Edition + Digital Copy you will receive an email notification that the book is available for download. Use the link provided in the email to download the eBook in PDF format to your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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Neil Fallon is the lyricist, singer, and rhythm guitar player of the rock band CLUTCH. What you might not know, is that since 2017, he’s also been on the board of the non-profit organisation INNOCENT LIVES FOUNDATION.

Based in the United States but working globally, the ILF is committed to helping children by unmasking anonymous online predators and aiding law enforcement to bring them to justice. Through open source intelligence gathering, the ILF create dossiers on possible child exploiters by searching the Internet for information and scouring the dark web for proof. Once evidence is found, the ILF turns the dossiers over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. In 2019 more than 80 of the dossiers produced by the ILF are being used by law enforcement to track, capture, and and apprehend child predators. The ILF is a 501c3 charitable organisation and relies solely on donations.

Now, Fallon has organised a special online auction of rare and sought after rock ‘n roll memorabilia to benefit the Innocent Lives Foundation.

The auction lots include signed guitars from Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Zakk Wylde, Thursday, and Clutch. Also up for bids are signed posters from the Foo Fighters and Black Label Society. Finally, there is a limited edition (#21 of 25) black and white photo print of Chris Cornell, courtesy of Andrew Stuart and approved by the Cornell estate.

When asked why he wanted to organise an auction for the ILF, Fallon responded, “No one wants to hear, let alone talk, about the topic of child abuse. We can choose to look away, but the victims don’t have that option. I realized that if I am in a position to help, how could I not? Putting together this auction is an easy thing to do for kids that need our help so desperately.”

Interested fans can place bids at: auctions.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

Bidding starts on November 25th at 11am EST (8am PST / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET) and concludes on December 7th at 11:59pm EST.

Fallon returns to the UK with CLUTCH for headline shows pre-Christmas, with special guests Graveyard and Kamchatka. For tickets, visit www.pro-rock.com.

About the Innocent Lives Foundation
The ILF uses experts from around the globe to save children and stop the spread of child abuse material, which can include child pornography, child erotica, and content displaying any type of child abuse. They create technology and processes to combat child abuse material. They use this technology to assist law enforcement in bringing predators to justice.

To donate or for more info on the ILF’s work, please visit www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

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Aborym announce new album ‘Hostile’ for 2020

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:36 AM (PST)


Hot on the heels of their 25 Anniversary Celebration through the release of the trilogy Something for Nobody (3 LPs, released via Dead Seed Production in the between of 2017 and 2019) ABORYM are about to enter the most prolific period within their extensive career with the highly anticipated brand new album HOSTILE due for international release on 2020 by DEAD SEED PRODUCTIONS.

Their 8th studio album is titled HOSTILE and ABORYM are currently recording it at NGM studios and Synthesis Studios with the sound engineer Andrea Corvo.

The new album will be mixed in Rome and Bangkok by the legendary producer Keith Hillebrandt, sound-designer, remixer and programmer from San Francisco (now Bangkok based) who has worked within the music software business and with/for various artists such as Stevie Wonder, Consolidated and David Bowie. He has also manipulated sound in many musical outfits including Nine Inch Nails, Blast Conservatory, Cleopatra System and Full Court Press (a band he was in), as well as working in Naut Humon’s Sound Traffic Control. Keith Hillebrandt has also released four solo albums and an EP. On David Bowie’s I’m Afraid Of Americans, Hillebrandt is listed as a full member of NIN along with Dave Ogilvie, Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser.

The mastering will be entrusted to the Aborym long time associate Marc Urselli, 5-time Grammy Award nominated, 3-time Grammy Award winning engineer, producer, mixer, sound designer. Marc Urselli works with artists from around the world such as U2, Foo Fighters, Sting, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Nick Cave, Børns, Mike Patton, John Zorn, Elton John […]

“It’s taken us a while,” – says lead singer and mastermind Fabrizio Giannese aka Fabban – “but over the last couple of years I put together a great team of individuals to work with, and that, as well as a revitalized and energetic new commitment has triggered an effect that has dramatically overhauled ABORYM. Hostile is testament to that. It’s rude, it’s ballsy and at the same time it’s sensitive and extremely intimate”

“It was a great pleasure making the new album,” concludes Giannese. “Sometimes you hit a period where everything just fits together perfectly and turns out exactly as you hoped it would. Hostile reflects that very sentiment, and much more.”

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Metal Riot’s Top 15 albums of 2019.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:10 AM (PST)

Immortal Bird deserve to thrive

 

Hi everyone. As usual, I am inclined to post my AOTY list a little on the early side to hopefully get capitalist metal scum to buy more of these masterpieces in advance of the holiday season. I also am very busy doing important shit like going through a hellish move to get away from a slumlord, petitioning Marvel to reinstate Julian MacMahon as Dr. Doom in the MCU , etc. I have also been busy being furious that the entire Metal Riot Twitter account was deleted by vengeful Melanie Martinez and Foxygen stans just because I said that my gf Globelamp and I are not part of a god damn murder plot against stupid Foxygen and that anyone who thinks that is an idiot (FYI: their official twitter tweeted and deleted awhile ago “she tried to kill me and isn’t done”…complete evil nonsense). She has dental records that her teeth were knocked out, geniuses. It wasn’t from no one. The Melanie stans also hated that my gf stood up for the woman who accused Melanie of assault. Everything is wack. Not a good look to support Foxygen, to put it nicely.

Sorry I dropped some F bombs, Twitter! I notice you still have Richard Spencer on there with a god damn turkey emoji dogwhistling Native American genocide, you trash! Sorry I stood up for my abused girlfriend and want some losers to leave us alone. I do apologize to anyone inconvenienced and will continue to do my best to support lots of bands, though I am disgusted by the Twitter platform so not sure I will be replacing the account.

Anyway, it has been an intense year so I sure as hell hope these impeachment hearings gain some traction. Quick shameless plug. I was honored to release two albums this year with my Walking Bombs project via Nefarious Industries, the war, hate and capitalism themed Suicide By Citizenship and the non binary themed Sphinges Sibling Selves and Queens.

I am still in awe of the assembled allies who took part in these albums, from Gridfailure to members of Tad, Caustic Resin/Earth, Cycle Sluts From Hell, Kylesa, All Out War, Globelamp , The Beautiful Bastards and more. I will remain very thankful for years to come for these releases, which helped me express myself during a very hard personal year where my gf and I were battling Foxygen legally and dealing with DARVO. Thank you EVERYONE who checked my records out this year or did a premiere. More to come in 2020!

The following are some of the musical powerful albums by others that really resonated with me the most this year.  Well, I mean they are the ones cloests to the hard rock, metal and punk genres. I also listened to lots of Tamaryn, Kerli and Jenny Lewis, as should you all. Bless you cool cats and let’s all keep the faith, I value you all and thank you for continuing to support the site. In the next few weeks before the end of the year we will also post short lists from other staff and guest artist favorite list contributors to continue our year end celebration. Stay loud and proud! Love, fangs and headbangs, y’all. Today is trans day of remembrance as I write this and let’s make the world brighter.

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WITHERED will be embarking on a European tour in January 2020 in support of label mates CANNABIS CORPSE. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.  A big heads up to the metalheads across the pond, cuz you will not want to miss out on this disgustingly great package deal. Additionally, Withered  have released a pummeling and yet moody lyric video for their “Somnium Decay” track to mark the announcement.

WITHERED comment: “It’s been nearly a decade and a half since we’ve left the shores of North America. Withered has decided it is time again to get face to face with our fans & friends in the old countries of Europe. We are excited to share this massive effort with our friends in Cannabis Corpse and help celebrate the release of their new album. We have a very special set list planned that will undoubtedly dose our audiences with surrealism and a true darkened longing with music that spans our entire catalog to date. I’m excitedly nervous to reconnect so intimately with my roots and with friends we haven’t seen in nearly 15 years. It promises to be an awakening we cannot wait to share with everyone.”

“Somnium Decay” can be downloaded HERE.

 

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We will be joining our friends and label mates Cannabis Corpse this coming January for our first full European tour. Dates and ticket link below. https://bnds.us/5vmev7 03 Jan 20 Aalst (BE) Cinema 04 Jan 20 Utrecht (NL) DB’s 05 Jan 20 Bochum (DE) Die Trompete 06 Jan 20 Hamburg (DE) Monkey’s 07 Jan 20 Aalborg (DK) 1000Fryd 08 Jan 20 Copenhagen (DK) Vega 09 Jan 20 Stockholm (SE) Hus7 10 Jan 20 Oslo (NO) Vaterland 11 Jan 20 Malmo (SE) Plan B 12 Jan 20 Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik 13 Jan 20 Prague (CZ) Underdogs 14 Jan 20 Bratilava (SK) Kulturak Klub 15 Jan 20 Munchen (DE) Backstage 16 Jan 20 Innsbruck (AT) P.M.K. 17 Jan 20 Bologna (IT) Freakout Club 18 Jan 20 Bolzano (IT) Pippo Stage 19 Jan 20 Zurich (CH) Werk21 20 Jan Aachen (DE) Musikbunker 21 Jan 20 London (UK) Boston Music Room 22 Jan 20 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2 23 Jan 20 Edinburgh (UK) Banneman’s 24 Jan 20 Bridgewater (UK) The Cobblestones 25 Jan 20 Leeds (UK) Temple of Boom @madtourbooking @seasonofmistofficial #cannabiscorpse #witheredmetal

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Marilyn Manson has been announced as the opener for Ozzy’s rescheduled North American dates in 2020, sure to be a memorable pairing for fans on a historic tour. The “NO MORE TOURS 2” kicks off May 27 in Atlanta and concludes July 31 in Las Vegas.

 

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