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Beyond Creation – “Algorythm”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:24 PM (PST)

I wrote a few days ago about Crippled Black Phoenix’s Great Escape, as an album I’d previously missed this year. Another album I missed this year was Beyond Creation‘s Algorythm. This slab of technical death metal is just what the doctor ordered, as I’ve spent the last few days in cloudy, rainy hell. Beyond Creation, who have been on the Decibel Magazine Tour and the Summer Slaughter Tour and are signed to Season of Mist Records, are further grounding themselves into the scene with this, their third studio album.

Check out my full review here.

King Diamond is releasing an epic DVD set featuring Graspop and Fillmore full sets of Abigail. This release looks seriously sick. As a die hard King fan I am beyond elated today and singing in falsetto and pissing off my dramatic cat.

“Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.”

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Candlemass prepare to release new album in 2019

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 12:28 PM (PST)

Swedish doom metallers Candlemass are preparing to release their newest album The Door To Doom in February.

This will be the band’s first album since their 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus to feature vocalist Johan Langquist.

The Door To Doom will be released via Napalm Death Records and features Tony Iommi on “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.”

Tony Iommi on his appearance:

“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought ‘why not’ “.

Leif Edling states:

“We feel very honoured that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on ASTOROLUS. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally this is a dream come true. Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it, gave me chills down the spine! I’m still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!”

Check out the tracklist and album art for The Door To Doom here.

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Soen streaming “Martyrs” video at Metal Injection

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 12:02 PM (PST)

Swedish progressive metallers Soen are streaming the music video for their song “Martyrs” over at Metal Injection.

The music video starts with the lead singer dressing in drag and meeting the rest of the band out on the town. They are also dressed in drag.

Vocalist Joel Ekelöf had this to say about the video:

“The video and the song reflects the importance to stand up for yourself and not be trapped in other peoples’ expectations of you. People are going to try to push you down and they want you to conform to the prevailing ideals, but as long as you follow your own path, you are never wrong.”

This message is matched with the band disrobing from their drag at the end of the video.

Produced by David Castillo and Iñaki Marconi at Ghostward Studios and Studio 6, Lotus features the first recorded Soen material with newest recruit, Canadian-born guitarist Cody Ford.

Check out the music video for “Martyrs” and Soen European tour dates here.

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Crippled Black Phoenix – “Great Escape”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:02 AM (PST)

No matter how dedicated to the noise one is, they are bound to miss some great releases. One of those releases that I missed this year was Crippled Black Phoenix‘s Great Escape. The band’s sound defies genre categorization (and this is coming from me, the queen of genres). CBP’s dragging sound and melodic vocals are preceded by the first track on Great Escape, “You Brought It Upon Yourselves,” which is an aggravating collection of samples which eventually overlap and bump into each other, stacked over beautiful instrumentation. While the shortest song on Great Escape clocks in at 2:50 (“Uncivil War (pt 1)”), this album is not for folks who don’t like long, meandering tracks (the album has two songs over ten minutes long).

Check out my full review of Great Escape here.

Hey pals. My rescue cat Lil Puff is meowing her ass off for food even though she already had lunch (don’t worry, she doesn’t have worms). Nonetheless, I am going to try to concentrate long enough to type out some metal news for you today. First up, Happy Michael Flynn day! Secondly, before we start I want to share this thread from Twitter that has been thankfully well received about what I will and will not cover these days. While this excludes a number of large bands as a result, I really don’t care and they are already centered on many a site or festival. To progress, you actually have to seem like you give a shit about being a better person.

Now to some rad tours, videos and yadda yadda.

Seattle death doom merchants UN, hot off of releasing one of the the coolest albums in recent times Sentiment, are now touring the release further. CHRCH are in tow for this one and each show promises to be a special meeting of minds!

Maggot Heart are one of the most compelling bands in the world at the moment. The project spearheaded by Linnéa Olsson is driving, timely and colorful even at the bleakest points. It’s a great post-punk sounding platter of sounds and the newest release Dusk To Dusk is great. It really seems like a lot of care went into these skillful tunes.

Some February dates have been announced:

FEBRUARY
8 MTS, OLDENBURG, DE
9 Grauzone Fest, DEN HAAG, NL
10 MTC, COLOGNE, DE
11 Slow Club, FREIBURG, DE
12 Black Label, LEIPZIG, DE
13 Alte Meierei, KIEL DE
14 Musikens Hus, GOTHENBURG SWE*
15 1000Fryd, AALBORD, DK*
16 Huset, COPENHAGEN, DK*
*w/ OKKULTOKRATI

 

Deadbird by Adam Peterson

Lastly today but not leastly, underground mainstays Deadbird kick total ass and have a music video out at mighty Kerrang! The long-running Arkansas psychedelic doom/sludge metal outfit – formed by current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more – released their first new album in a decade in October.

DEADBIRD’s first video comes in the form of “Heyday,” the longest track on III: The Forest Within The Tree. The video was directed and created by my homie David Brenner (Gridfailure) utilizing nature footage filmed by the band’s Alan Short and his wife Tera in Northwest Arkansas, and live footage of the band filmed by Frank Huang at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh during this year’s Migration Fest.

Alan Short offers, “My wife Tera and I shot all of the nature footage at the White Rock Wilderness Area and The Upper Buffalo National River, both in Northwest Arkansas. Our families have been seeking peace and refuge from the insanity and demands of city life in these areas for generations. Much of it has been protected from development, but we must stay vigilant. In fact, we just got news that the effort we have been involved in to deny industrial hog farming in the vicinity a permit that would have allowed them to continue polluting the river with run-off was successful! Permit denied!”
 
He adds, “I feel like the video is the perfect balance of elements for DEADBIRD; immersion in loud electric rock and roll and the contemplation of and within the natural world inform both our songwriting and our lives. Participating in music (both transmitting and receiving) is a powerful way to shed the static of the human world. Listening to a river’s water speak as it moves over rocks can remove the shadow from one’s heart. Putting these elements together shows not just who we are, but how we are.”

Check it out RIGHT HERE!

 

 

 

 

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Happy 70, Ozzy.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:51 PM (PST)

Ozzy turned 70 today, proving you really can achieve anything with the help of heavy metal and perhaps some unholy magic pacts? In all seriousness, congrats to Ozzy and thanks for all the years loving and living rock n roll. Everyone has a favorite album or song or show or memory and I hope it is not insulting to say that with all his antics over the years there are many people who were expected to outlive Ozzy but he proved them wrong and has had a wild, full and incredible life.

Here’s one of my favorites from The Prince Of Darkness. “Road To Nowhere”? Nah, man. More like road to eternal metal glory.

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Judas Priest North American 2019 Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 1:33 PM (PST)

With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.

Kicking off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.

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We’ve got a special video premiere for you hard rock fans today! Two Inch Voices from Florida are here to bring you their big melodic guitar groove rock that Deftones , Quicksand and O9mm fans will eat up. I even hear a little bit of stuff in the guitar work that reminds me of Shift or Seaweed or something like that. The music might be a blend of emotionally searching and aggro, but the video looks like it was a lot of fun. Hey, Florida does have a lot of sunshine so we can understand if the band went for a 311 goes to the MTV Beach House kinda vibe, haha. It’s cold as fuck in NY where I am right now and I wish I was moshing and jumping around a big ass pool!

We spoke to Jeff from the band about the creation of this moment.

TIV is = Gary “Dubbz” Ferguson- Bass/Vocals, Sean McCord- Drums, Jeffery Arnold aka J Laveau- Guitar/Vocals 

What was it like to write “Downstroke”?

Jeff: Writing “Downstroke” was a blast! It started with Gary (Bass/Vocals) and I jamming on acoustics, at his house. Gary started playing this melodic staccato, riff, I knew it was something; 1.Because he’s playing it, 2.Because it moved really well. So we jammed on this for a minute or two. (this part will eventually become the verses.) So Gary asks if I had anything for the chorus, and because the drive of the song is so good, I wanted to keep the momentum going; so I chopped the riff and went full strum. This took the song to a whole other level! I love how larger than life it sounds and feels! It’s as if whatever you were feeling just lifts away. Aaaaand if you couldn’t tell the bridge/ breakdown parts are our Metal/Hardcore roots shining through. I mean who doesn’t love a little Metal or Hardcore in their musical diet? Haha. I mean really.

I digress, but yeah by the end of the night, we had the song structured and recorded. We brought the song to our drummer at the time, recorded the song instrumental; I took it home and wrote lyrics. The first thing that came to me lyrically was the chorus, “We shine/we shine like diamonds, above a blackened time!” Once that was in my head, I knew the rest of the song would write itself. The chorus means more than anything else I say in the song, maybe to me. Because we are all diamonds and sometimes the world can be dark, and extremely brutal, that’s when we have to SHINE and SHINE the brightest.

What was it like to make the video?

Jeff: Oh man, making this video was out of this world FUN! It helped that Gary and I knew what we wanted for the theme, when we finished writing the song. Haha. That throwback vibe! So we had somewhere to start, and it took us a while to get our location though. In our part of Florida, you don’t have many two story homes, and this was real important for the look of the video. After a couple months of searching and talking to people, I finally posted a sort of ad on my timeline; “Looking to borrow a 2 story house for 5 hours, to shoot a music video.” Yes this is what it said. Who’s going to respond to this, right? But what else could I do? This video was going to happen! Sure enough, not even 10 mins later, this very cool cat from the band “Things Nocturnal”, offered to help. Unbelievable! It was just like that. He invited the band over to look at his place, and we set a date to shoot right then and there. When you or anyone watches the video, they’ll see why.

The video team was led by my very good friend, (Producer/Director/Editor/The Man) Ryan Sousa of Film Native in Tampa, Fl, in collaboration with M90 Studios. Ryan and I have been friends for a while; he did Two Inch Voices’ first video “Into Oblivion”, in 2010. So when Gary and I were talking about videos for the new single, it only made sense to introduce Gary to Ryan. After that meeting, we began sharing ideas and really working together to make something wonderful. And I believe we’ve done that. We’ve made something wonderful. 

 

Reverbnation.com/TwoInchVoices
Facebook.com/TwoInchVoices
Instagram: @twoinchvoices
Twitter: @TwoInchVoices

Film Company:
Film Native: www.filmnative.com
Instagram: @filmnative

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Saint Vitus announce headlining European Tour: ’40 F’N Years’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 3:05 PM (PST)

SAINT VITUS have announced new European live dates for April and May 2019. A full list of confirmed shows for the ’40 F’N Years’ trek can be found below.

 

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High On Fire announce Electric Messiah Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:45 PM (PST)

Hey friends. Here to announce a cool tour for you metal heads while taking a break from berating people online about why it is wrong for Jay Z and Meek to appear on a song with Rick Ross calling someone (even a pedophile like Tekashi69) a f**got. Guess what? You can’t have social justice that still enables homophobia, sexism or transphobia, y’all. It isn’t that hard and pathetic cis heteronormative dudes are still like this, especially in marginalized communities when it is used to keep them down as well. Super sad. We need to uplift one another. Which reminds me I once had a rad talk about Christ consciousness with Matt Pike on the phone years ago.

High On Fire have a new tour coming up for the kick ass Electric Messiah. Click HERE for tickets.

These dates will be the first time the band has played live since the cancelation of their tour with Municipal Waste earlier this year due to the partial amputation of Matt Pike’s toe. I was hoping they would tour with Weedeater so we could have a dual sludgy toe tragedy tour. But in all seriousness we are glad Mr. Pike is doing better and that must have been horrible. Sending mad love to the band and respect for another superb record!

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RIP Erik Lindmark

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3:08 PM (PST)

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High Cost

Formerly known as Septic Rot, the formidable NYC 5 piece now known as High Cost blew me away when I heard the advance promo of the up and coming act’s new forthcoming (Nov. 30th, Tridroid Records) Self-Titled release. It is so effin’ awesome to still get that feeling of excitement from a new band sometimes and to remember bygone days when word of mouth, the back of some zine or trusted sources was the main way to find out about extreme music, be it punk, crust or death metal.

Nowadays the internet allows us to almost know about too much and the process of separating the cream from the crap can feel like wading through seas of white noise at times waiting for a pearl of passion, but rest assured the real DIY scene is still thriving and out there. The cassette version of their debut EP contains 7 tracks on Side A and noise remixes and live recordings on side B. Lyrics deal with mental health struggles and are written by lead singer Kiki.

Honestly this almost made my year end list and was in the top twenty five before I had to trim down to fifteen for my final list. This band has huge potential and remind me of how fired up I was when I first heard cool world engaged bands like Landmine Marathon or Disfear or other ragers.

Check out the stomping intro to “Illusion” before it explodes into raw punk and shreds you to bits at lightning speed and then devolves into an awesome Cro-Magnon stomp and by then you will maybe be smooshed flat but hooked and want more.

Let’s meet the gang! Read more below.

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Jarboe releases “Karuna” single

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:50 PM (PST)

Jarboe releases the first single titled, “Karuna” from her spiritually enlightened new album due out on December 14th, “The Cut Of The Warrior”. “Karuna” is streaming now via PopMatters.

The song, a 7+ minute meditation, includes clanging metal percussion, gongs, chanting, and was recorded inside a meditation dome. “Karuna” was then mixed by Kris Force (Amber Asylum).

“The Cut Of The Warrior” is scheduled for release on December 14th via Translation Loss Records. Pre-order is available now.

Jarboe offers a spiritually enlightened work titled “The Cut of the Warrior”. Four gorgeous compositions that pull inspiration from Jarboe’s kinship to buddhism are meticulously crafted and presented. The album is armed with three alternative mixes/collaborations with Byla (featuring members of Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), End Christian and Kris Force (Amber Asylum) while being housed in a stunning layout by Dehn Sora.

“The Cut of the Warrior refers to the practice of Chöd by illustrating repeated attempts to cut through the ego”, explains Jarboe. “The Chöd practitioner seeks to tap the power of fear through activities such as rituals set in graveyards and visualizations of offering their bodies in a tantric feast in order to put their understanding of emptiness to the ultimate test.”

“The Cut of the Warrior” will be released on December 14, 2018.

Track Listing:
1. Wayfaring Stranger In The Bardo
2. GodGoddess
3. Feast
4. Karuna
5. Karuna (Byla mix)
6. Wayfaring Stranger In The Bardo (End Christian mix)
7. GodGoddess reprise (Kris Force mix)

Album credits:
Written, performed, recorded by Jarboe
Mastered by Kris Force

Album layout by Dehn Sora

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Pope Richard

Pope Richard of Blackened Death Records and numerous not so subtle projects (including the controversial and excellent Gaylord, the bleak Suicide Wraith and many more) put out our selection for best comp of the year with the vital Worldwide Organization Of Metalheads Against Nazis II.

Being as polarizing a figure as Richard is usually means you might be an edge lord, but in this case it is refreshingly because Richard is doing so much right. As if writing a song called “Varg Impaled” wasn’t enough of a gift to the scene, Pope Richard also has contributed a guest blogger year end list to us here at Metal Riot this year! Hails and thanks!

Peruse below Richard’s thoughts on 2018’s metal scene, putting out the comp and what the best albums were of the year in their estimation.

It’s mid November and the nights are long and chilly. The days are short and chilly. And I’m in London, so things are /extra/ grey. But as the SADness descends upon us like a wet and fleeting snow, we have heavy metal to warm our hearts and lift our spirits.

2018 was a huge year for metal and all of its subgenres. We have had great releases from death metal bands, black metal acts, doom metal groups, and the immense push of the new wave of anti-fascist heavy metal has /really/ ramped up. For more on that you can check out Blackened Death’s releases “WOMAN” and “WOMAN II” on our Bandcamp. We managed to raise over £2000 between both comps for Doctors Without Borders due to this massive anti-fascist metal community that is pulling together. 2019 is gonna be B I G.

But that’s enough self-aggrandizing – let’s talk about some damn ass heavy metal.

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