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Unearth ‘The Oncoming Storm’ Vinyl Re-Issue news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:15 PM (PST)

Pre Orders are now available HERE for a re-issue of Unearth‘s breakout album The Oncoming Storm. The record helped make the band one of the guiding lights of Metalcore in the early 00’s and built on the promise of earlier material soundly. Perhaps the band’s most ‘classic’ early release with fans, Unearth really hit an early career stride with this release by slightly refining their twin guitar attack into a more road tested and deadly professional sound. Nonetheless, it still remains heavy as hell and the band have never broken that pact with fans.

The Oncoming Storm LP re-issue
–180g Black Vinyl
–orange-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 300)
–“flame” splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 200)
–pumpkin orange marbled vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 300)
–root beer marbled vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 300)
–gold / black split vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 700)

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RIP Malcolm Young.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM (PST)

AC/DC is hard rock gospel, despite being on a ‘Highway To Hell’. Thank you Malcolm Young for co-founding one of the most kick ass bands of all time. Take some time today to blast some AC/DC. Any neighbor who gets pissed off at that is a total wanker anyway and not worth wasting politeness on.

Young died surrounded by family and will be missed by thousands upon thousands of people.

the backbone of the rock machine that got me into playing the guitar

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Metal Riot’s 50 Best of 2017

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:11 PM (PST)

2017 managed to be even more exhausting and painful than 2016, for the most part. I hate to sound so negative (despite writing for a metal blog), but it is the truth. Thankfully we had so much good music to help save us from extinction. While we lost many more great artists this year to the great beyond, this list alone is a reminder that a lot of kick ass bands are just hitting their stride. Rock n’ roll is in safe hands as long as acts like these take the time to remain so invested in their art. Yes, even Gwar (hahaha).

While in the past we have often had lengthy descriptions for each album that made our rather amorphic year end lists, this year (album of the year excluded), we listed the artist name and the album cover. It is less about being lazy than encouraging you to discover some of this music for yourself. Live in it a little or discover something new without preconceptions other than the recommendation (though let’s get real, if you are reading Metal Riot you prob stay attuned to the goings ons of many an obscure or well known band anyhow). But yeah, we wrote about it all year long, after all…let’s experience it together. Smack the tambourine together and slit our wrists and twist and shout and all that crap.

Suffice to say, it is awesome to see a wide variety of sub genres, related branches and different types of people represented. We hope you feel the same. You BETTER feel the same when it comes to the awesomeness of having several antifascist black metal bands on our list. And anybody who wants to complain about Limp Wrist beating out some more “metal” acts hasn’t heard how intense, timely and passionate Facades is.

From Life Of Agony‘s explosive comeback supporting Mina Caputo to Woe‘s scorching “No Blood Has Honor” (and the album that houses it) to the hits you in the gut critically acclaimed Zeal and Ardor record to Bell Witch‘s engulfing latest opus to Kreator breaking the sound barrier to Wage War even proving there is still some life in Metalcore, you’ll find quite a lot to digest here and revisit or look up if you already haven’t heard or purchased these babies.

Thanks to all our staff writers who participated. June, Tyrus, Andrew , Jessica and… myselves.

Anyway, there will be some random posts here and there before the end of 2017 on Metal Riot, but I am scaling back the next few weeks to deal with some very important family stuff, start the next stage of my transition mindfully, brace for the holidays and to both help assist with the next Globelamp album AND work on an EP I am doing as Walking Bombs in collaboration with the noise project Gridfailure. Thanks for everyone who gives a shit! I’m extra stoked on a lot of the records this year as well as the piece we got to run on the Warzone NYHC tribute.

Terviseks

Read the METAL RIOT BEST OF LIST 2017 BELOW.

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Band Spotlight: Exhorder

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:08 PM (PST)

Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums.

If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don’t know Exhorder,  you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle’s time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome.

The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12.

Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .

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Pre Order Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light: Live’ album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:39 PM (PST)

Linkin Park fans can pre order the new live One More Light album if the tribute show still left them missing the real singer, all good energy aside. The band have issued a statement along with the news:

Chester Charles Bennington

1976-2017

We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light.  After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that—since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio—he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night.  Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.

The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary.  Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music.

Every night before walking out onto the stage, we would huddle, get focused, and share whatever last-second remarks popped into our heads.  Chester always took it upon himself to turn the name of the city where we were playing into a first-rate pun.  This was our ritual.  Best of all, it was a moment to express our gratitude that we were living our dream. 

Chester never forgot to express his appreciation to our crew—the men and women who traveled the world with us, making our dream into reality night after night.  Without them, these shows would not have been possible. 

Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny, and kind.  With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection.  His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant.  For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you.  For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us.

-Joe, Dave, Rob, Mike, & Brad  

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Dark Funeral part ways with Dominator

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:33 AM (PST)

Swedish black metal masters, DARK FUNERAL, have just announced that they are parting ways with their drummer Nils “Dominator” Fjellstroem.

Lord Ahriman comments: “We must sadly inform you that we have agreed to let Nils ‘Dominator’ Fjellstroem take a much needed timeout from the band to handle personal matters. We of course wish him the best!

Yet the world keeps turning and so DARK FUNERAL will stride on. We have hired an extremely talented drummer that will fill in Nils’ position until further notice.

All scheduled shows and tours will take place as planned! Stay tuned for further announcements!

2018 will be an epic year as we have two celebrations to make, our classic album “Vobiscum Satanas” turns 20 years old and DARK FUNERAL celebrate 25 years as a band. More news to follow, stay tuned!”

 

DARK FUNERAL live:
12/2   Leeuwarden, NL – Into Darkness Festival
3/29   Oslo, NO – Inferno Metal Festival

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RIP Chuck Mosley

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:14 PM (PST)

I am devastated to hear the news that Chuck Mosley (of Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement fame, etc.) has died.   I am so sad. I almost opened for him  a few months ago but was still dealing with anxiety about coming out to my community as trans and so I gave up the slot to another band, but I did interview him for my local paper HERE.

He was a poetic and super creative lyricist who paved the way for a lot of the alternative movement.
I have a LOT more of my talk with him I didn’t transcribe yet cuz I didn’t have enough word count. I will wait a respectful amount of time and then publish some on Metal Riot in the coming weeks. He told me some great stuff about why he styled his hair the famous way he did.

Chuck recently was on the new Primitive Race record which comes out THIS month.

So glad I got to meet him in person briefly and become friends and also get to see him and Doc from Bad Brains reunite in person that same night. Doc arrived at Chuck’s show at The Anchor in Kingston as I was talking to Chuck and I got to see them hug. Chuck’s energy telling stories was so infectious and he gave me almost 2 hours of his time when I interviewed him. Very grateful for the experience. He really seemed so excited to be making lots of new music and he will be very missed by the music community. RIP.

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Corrosion Of Conformity with Pepper in the line-up is by far the most popular version of the band, though all their records over the years are terrific. Anyway, No Cross No Crown is the name of the pending first C.O.C. record with Pepper back in the band after a little over a decade. The first single is fantastic and will rock you out of all the misery in the air with some glorious guitars, a potent rhythmic charge and Pepper’s hoarse and bluesy, assured and gruff vocals. God damn, I needed this today!

Pre-Order No Cross No Crown HERE.

“Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows,” Keenan recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s just go to Europe and see if it works.’ So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year… We toured for a year and then started tracking about ten or eleven months ago.”

No Cross No Crown will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment worldwide on January 12th, 2018 on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats.

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Threat Signal stream new album ‘Disconnect’ in full

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 9:33 AM (PST)

Threat Signal have returned with their near impervious new smasher Disconnect. You can order the bruising new futuristic groove metal album from Agonia HERE in lots of format options  (we’re kinda digging the lifesaver looking red and blue vinyl). Props to the dudes on a fearsome return. This record really enhances their overall discography and unifies a lot of elements. Some exciting moments, to be sure. RIYL Fear Factory, Soilwork, Linkin Park.

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Crowbar tour with Tombs, Incite, Tricounty Terror to begin this weekend

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 4:51 PM (PST)

So, I can’t believe how terrible the writing is on the Marvel Inhumans show. Seriously, Black Bolt blows up a cop car and they just arrest him, throw him in gen pop and neither S.H.I.E.L.D. nor any other real heroes come to investigate who the fuck he is.  Karnak, who is supposed to never make mistakes and is played admirably by Ken Leung as he tries to juggle the hot turd Marvel’s shitty tv budget and rushed production schedule handed him and the rest of the decent enough cast , falls down a hill and bumps his head.  Karnak loses his powers from this idiotic mishap and then tries to hang out with some marijuana growers with the fakest looking herb I have ever seen on tv. So so corny. Thankfully, I am here today to remind y’all that something much more consistent exists…the eternally good legacies of Crowbar and Tombs. Neither band has ever made a bad record (though Crowbar admittedly have many more than most bands besides , like, the Melvins and Kreator, haha).

Crowbar are touring in support of The Serpent Only Lies and still deliver the goods just as powerfully as ever. Truly one of the most dogged underground legacy bands and it is great to see them bringing out a cool variety of acts representing different corners of metal.

Dates BELOW.

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Metal singer is first openly trans person to win state legislator

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM (PST)

Danica Roem made myself and a lot of other people cry last night when she won a race in VA against an LGBTQ bigot. Metal Riot has two trans writers, myself included, so it was certainly nice to see some national representation turn the tide on hate. Minneapolis even elected their first African American trans woman to city council! We are regular people who just want to live our lives.

Decibel has Roem’s victory speech HERE, in which she actually also thanks metalheads! Metal scribe Kim Kelly has a good profile on Roem you can read HERE as well.

Parker Molloy from Upworthy had one of my favorite reactions on Twitter:

 

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Whitechapel to begin tour with Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, more

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 5:13 PM (PST)

WHITECHAPEL will kick off their North American headlining tour this Friday. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the band’s The Somatic Defilement release, the A Decade Of Defilement tour will run from November 10th through December 16th and find WHITECHAPEL performing select tracks from The Somatic Defilement, some of which have not been played since the album’s release. Support will be provided by Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering. See below for all confirmed dates.

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Album Review: Morbid Angel – “Kingdoms Disdained”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4:20 PM (PST)

Morbid Angel are back, reunited with Steve Tucker, death metal and a proper respect for the elder tentacle gods. The Morbid Disco of Illud Divinum Insanus and David Vincent are nowhere in sight and the band sound evil, fired up and hungry to recapture the death metal crown.

I don’t begrudge a band experimentation, but Morbid Angel had a near flawless legacy of album after solid death metal album. Illud just effed with that way too much and some of the vocals were just…how do I say this…goofy, hot garbage. Steve Tucker understands what the guys who made Illud let themselves forget, that while there are many bands influenced by Morbid Angel (Gojira prominently come to mind), there is no one who can BE Morbid Angel quite like the Morbid Angel. You can take the David Vincent out but I Am Morbid should take note that you can’t really do it without Trey Azagthoth. It just won’t have the same feel.  We have Igorr, Zeal & Ardor, lapis exilis or any number of all over the place stylistically bands in the underground but Morbid Angel are a precious well of slime that can not be replaced. I think about Jay Z telling people to buy his old albums if people want that him, but with Morbid Angel or Slayer it is just different. It just feels wrong when they stray too far somehow, haha.

Anyway, Kingdoms Disdained is incredibly enjoyable. Opening with the shifting and double bass heavy “Piles Of Little Arms”, the band are off to the races. The song title is almost too death metal, like a borderline early Cannibal Corpse title, but the group clearly want to prove they are back at it with no funny business.

The drums are kind of loud in the mix in places but there is a very present yet dirty quality to the bass and guitars. Rutan knocked it out of the park and he knows Morbid Angel, for sure.  Much like he has done with Goatwhore and Agnostic Front or other bands, Rutan captures their strengths and core sound and brings it up front and center to great organic result.

So, the guitar work? The first outro solo at 3:32 is brief but definitely opens a chaos portal and sets up second slogger “D.E.A.D.” awesomely. “D.E.A.D.” has CRAZY riffage, really inspired stuff from Trey that climbs the walls and will make you stare with eyes wide and mouth open at the stereo or computer scarcely believing the structure. “Garden Of Disdain” opens with a lightning fast attack before crashing into a classic mid tempo gnarly crawl riff the way only Morbid Angel can really do it. It is as heavy or heavier than anything on Blessed Are The Sick or Formulas.

While the cover art made me scared they were going to go in some modern technical death direction, the record is very old school. “Paradigms Warped” has the sort of brutal heft that lifts you out of your skin which I crave from Morbid Angel, whether they are blasting you with speed or crushing you to dust. This song falls mostly on the latter side of the spectrum, a trudge through bloody mud towards a black hole swallowing cities as double bass reigns wild. There is also some great slow and muscular bass that is quite prominent through a dissonant chordal section. “For No Master” really lets Scotty Fuller prove his worth on drums, holding down the speed and tom action stupendously. I would say this album is better than Heretic and very close if not equal to Gateways, but it is also really fresh and so far I have loved every second of it.

I don’t want to spoil the awesome finale track, but suffice to say it rips your head off and you know the Gods have returned.

 

The Contortionist announce dates with Nothing More

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 9:35 AM (PST)

Prog-heads The Contortionist have announced dates with outspoken rockers Nothing More, a one two punch bill that is sure to thrill fans of both young up and comers. These are both bands with huge potential for rock’s future and this pairing is overdue.

“We’re very happy to announce that we will be sharing the stage with Nothing More,” says vocalist Michael Lessard. “We have continually tried to tour with bands that excite us and push us to evolve, and Nothing More does both of those things. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!”

The Contortionist’s Clairvoyant reunited the band with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead).

Click HERE for all tour dates!

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Ozzy announced ‘Farewell’ tour. Who believes it?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne is soon announcing dates for what he claims will be his last full tour, though he may do shows here and there in the future. The guy is getting up there, so I can respect that. Still, it is easy to wonder if this is bullshit. No More Tours was a long time ago in the early 90’s and his brand has only grown bigger. Money can be very tempting, not that Ozzy needs any more. But who knows. Maybe this is it!?

Metal Sucks has the full scoop HERE.

I am glad he has been playing with Zakk again, as it will give this farewell more of a merry conclusion that the Bill Ward-less Sabbath The End travesty. I’m fully in camp Ward on that one, who is TOURING with Day Of Errors alongside Witch fucking Mountain in December, which makes it look like the other Sabbath guys just didn’t want to pay Bill squarely.

Anyway, here is what the Oz-meister says:

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

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