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Gost, the “dark synthwave frontrunner” (Kerrang!), has set an Aug. 13 release date for his new album, Rites of Love and Reverence (Century Media Records).

“I have recently been fixated on the subject of witchcraft and its effect on women throughout history,” explains Gost. “I myself practice rituals to help clear my mind and focus on my day to day endeavors. This curiosity into witchcraft’s history and my own traditions combined to inspire the new album.”

A key conceptual element is the inclusion of Dutch photographer Nona Limmen’s photograph on the album cover, as Gost explains: “I have been a fan of Nona Limmen’s work for some time now. The inspiration for the new album is much about witchcraft from the feminine perspective. For women, throughout history, witchcraft has been negative, empowering, poisonous, and beautiful. The moment I saw this photographer by Nona, I could not imagine using anything else to convey the album’s content as beautifully and powerfully as this image does.”

Gost has spent the past several years on the road, touring with a wide range of artists from his synthwave brethren like Perturbator and Carpenter Brut, to industrial artists like 3TEETH and Author & Punisher, as well as some of the biggest names in metal, like Mayhem and Power Trip. The mysterious producer cut his teeth playing in metal bands, eventually drifting towards electronic music, which combined with his fascination with the occult, John Carpenter and ‘80s slasher flicks, gave birth to his uniquely powerful sound. With haunting atmospherics and evocative aesthetics, Gost quickly developed a loyal following in both the electronic, rock and metal communities.

Black Label Society announce the release of their first-ever career spanning box set, titled NONE MORE BLACK today via Entertainment One. Featuring their to date 12 full-length studio albums, this massive collection is comprised of 20 all newly pressed vinyl and includes a compilation bonus tracks and reworked originals vinyl, Song Remains Not The Same Vol. 2. Also included is a beautifully made 32-page hardcover retrospective photo book, a NMB bottle opener, and an exclusive, “Odin’s Demolition Squad” back patch to add to your BLS vest. To celebrate the release of NMB, BLS has dropped their official music video for “Blind Man”, a bonus track previously only found on Catacombs of the Black Vatican. But wait, there’s more… guitar icon and frontman Zakk Wylde has unleashed a hilarious infomercial for the occasion here. The limited quantity Boxset is now available to order in eOne’s Heavy US, UK and EU stores here.

Vinyl Selections in Boxset:
Grimmest Hits 2LP
Stronger Than Death 2LP
1919 Eternal 2LP
The Blessed Hellride LP
Hangover Music Vol. VI 2LP
Mafia 2LP
Shot To Hell LP
Order Of The Black 2LP
Catacombs Of The Black Vatican 2LP
Nuns And Roaches LP
Sonic Brew 2LP
Song Remains Not The Same II 3LP

Bonus Tracks:
Song Remains Not The Same Vol. II
1. My Dying Time
2. Blind Man
3. Graveyard Disciples
4. The Nomad
5. Scars
6. House of Doom
7. A Love Unreal
8. We Live No More
9. Cry Me A River
10. The Chosen One
11. Empty Promises
12. Lead Me To Your Door

photo by Joey Wharton

“We were always clear on wanting this record to sound live and feel like it could have been recorded in an earlier time, and to steer clear of the sort of slick, modern rock sound that some people prefer.” – Jay Lindsey

Richmond, VA doomy psych philosophers BOOK OF WYRMS are a band who completely rocked my socks off the most unexpectedly this year thus far. This is not to say I underestimated them but rather that I had never heard their hearty blend of intensely immersive and vibey riffs, haunting vocals and ‘feels like you there’ production before. Suffice to say it was an incredible and welcome discovery.

It makes sense such a trippy but earthy band comes from such a beautiful and complicated state.

I knew I has to corral members onto these here blog ‘pages’ and get an interview. Their new full length Occult New Age is an essential tool for uplifting yourself through heavy and yet empathic creative roads. I work nights and so often have kind of crazy dreams in the day and just woke from one where there was a sort of mentally blocked character who became destructive or was almost choosing to be a killer, I’m trying to remember. He was kind of bullied in a small town for being sensitive to otherworldly forces by his own estimate and so was sort of frantic to prove or discover them around him to show he was telling the truth. But people pushed him down instead of nourishing his gifts so he was also almost resentful of the unknown. It was sad, actually. Waking from that and knowing I was going to publish this piece today, I couldn’t help but wonder what this dream entity/character’s life would have been like in their ‘story’ if they had a record as steeped in channeling and understanding these concerns as Book Of Wyrms have managed to write.

Occult New Age really feels like both a refuge and a tool as much as a place for your mystical, doom loving ears to call home.

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MUDVAYNE reunion!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:32 AM (PST)
They’re baaaaaaaaaaaack!

 

Groove/alt-metal fan types can thrill today as the long rumored and hoped for MUDVAYNE reunion becomes tangible fact!

Ryan was one of my favorite interviews years ago for Crusher Magazine and I saw the dudes destroy Ozzfest in Connecticut one year as a giant mud fight raged, one of the most memorable and intense live performances I ever saw at a large festival. Their odd aesthetic, intense musicianship and energy has been missed!

 

A cryptic message about evolving through shrooms (or something) was paired with some glitchy footage on the band’s Facebook.

And did I mention…show dates?!!

The brooding nu metal titans have announced that they’re indeed reuniting after a 12-year hiatus AND will be performing at all four Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. festivals in 2021

These symptoms suggested that our evolution, I suppose, from the animal kingdom into human kingdom itself was catalyzed or triggered by our encounter with these hallucinogenics, and… Yes, we are an ape with a symbiotic relationship to a mushroom, and that has given us self reflection, language, religion, and all the spectrum of effects that flow from these things And one can only wonder how these hallucinogens might effect our future evolution as well They have brought us to this point and as we make our relationship to them conscious, we may be able to take control of our future evolutionary path

 

~~ MudDvAyNe 2021 ~~
Inkcarceration
September 10 – 12

 

Aftershock
October 7 – 10

 

Louder Than Life
September 23 – 26

 

Welcome To Rockville
November 11 – 14

Mudvayne formed in 1996 and has sold over six million records worldwide, earning Gold certification for three albums (L.D. 50, The End Of All Things To Come, Lost and Found). The band is known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. Mudvayne is Chad Gray (vocals), Greg Tribbett (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew McDonough (drums, synthesizer) and Ryan Martinie (bass).

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents recalls, “In our fan surveys, Mudvayne has consistently been one of the most requested bands – even though they weren’t an active band! We’ve been working for years to make this happen, so when I got the call that they’d finally take a meeting, [DWP Executive VP & Talent Buyer] Gary Spivack and I jumped at the chance to fly to Vegas. We sat down for dinner with Mudvayne, their lawyer Eric German, manager Diony Sepulveda and agent Ryan Harlacher – the band hadn’t even been in the same room together for 10 years – and pleaded our case for why the time was right for this to happen. We were hoping to announce this in 2020, we’re fortunate enough to be able to do it in 2021, and DWP is super pumped to have Mudvayne exclusively at all four of our festivals this year.”

The full list of Mudvayne performances at 2021 DWP festivals is as follows. Specific show dates and performance times will be announced later.

– Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, which takes place September 10-12 at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. Early bird passes are on sale now. Full lineup announcement coming Tuesday, April 20 at Noon ET.

– Louder Than Life, which takes place September 23-26, 2021 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Early bird passes are on sale now.

– Aftershock – revealed as the “mystery reunion band,” performing on Saturday, October 8 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. Weekend passes are sold out, but a very limited number of single day passes are still available.

– Welcome To Rockville, which takes place November 11-14 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Early bird passes are on sale now.

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Finnish atmospheric death metal crypt delvers GHASTLY return this year with third brooding opus Mercurial Passages. As the album nears late May release through 20 Buck Spin, the ghoulish new movement “Out Of The Psychic Blue” is now playing as the label issues preorders and more.

20 Buck Spin will deliver Mercurial Passages on LP CD, cassette, and digital formats on May 28th. Preorders are now live at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Mercurial Passages was recorded and mixed at Parasite Dune Studios by Ian J. D’Waters and mastered at Redmount Studios by Magnus Lindberg. The mind altering artwork adorning the release is from Riikka Pesonen, once more working with the band for a memorable pairing. Fans of Necrot, Oranssi Pazuzu or Sadistik Forest would likely also find a lot to enjoy within these dreary and dangerous realms. Few bands are writing on this level with so much micro-genre awareness and individual expression.

 

Check out “Out Of The Psychic Blue” below.

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American acid folk, one time black metal outfit XASTHUR are now releasing a lyric video of the title track as the first single taken from their forthcoming album Victims of the Times, which is slated for release on July 9, 2021. The song deals with social ills and is marvelously trippy, morose, melodic and insightful. Really enjoyed this, like a chapter from a bleak road trip novel like The Talisman.

The American acid folk outfit are also revealing cover arttracklist, and further details of their new full-length. Please view all album details below.

XASTHUR comment: “The title track of our new album ‘Victims of the Times’ has much to do with the state of mind behind how nothing is making sense these days, along with and leading up to homelessness and poverty”, muses mastermind Scott. “This song deals with not caring, being oblivious, delusional, and naive. Consciousness, unconsciousness, people who lie to themselves, thinking or not thinking about things happening to them, money and lack thereof; which leads them from the cities to the streets, like a prison.”

“I lost my home in the middle of the making of that last record”, Scott begins to relate the stark truth behind “Victims of the Times”. “I had gotten used to writing music and lyrics in any kind of living situation. I had been moving a lot, moving from place to place, many being temporary. The ‘I need to be in a cabin in the woods with isolation and candlelight to write music’ type of tale did not fit my situation. I had to learn how to make my music anywhere without such luxuries. Since I never know how long I’ll be somewhere, and because I’m always hundreds of miles apart from anyone, things changed with people, motives, goals, and expectations of all involved.
 
The foundation of this album should be considered ‘LIVE’, because each song was individually recorded live without any studio magic or technology. I worked on my own without a beat or metronome, which resulted in a raw production, but that is how it has always been in the XASTHUR tradition.”
 

Line-up
Scott – 12 & 6-string guitars, keyboards, all music and lyrics
Chris – bass, guitar, vocals
Joe – 12 & 6-string guitar

Style: Acid Folk, Doomgrass, Tech Folk

Recorded live in hotels, on porches and in living rooms throughout the USA.
Written and recorded by Scott Conner throughout the USA between 2016 to 2020
Mixed by Chris Hernandez in California 2020

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Tom from EXODUS announces cancer treatment

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:54 AM (PST)
Hey Exodus fans and all metal folks. Keep Tom Hunting in your prayers or thoughts or hails (whatever you do) today.
The band wrote: With our never ending support for our bandmate, friend and brother. We Love You.

Important statement from our man Tom Hunting:

“Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re 1 step closer to killing it!
Ok, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!
We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!”
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Los Angeles-based Light The Torch will release their new album and second full-length You Will Be the Death of Me on June 25th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band shared the video for the first track, “Wilting in the Light,” which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth.

“The album was a welcome distraction, and we dumped every emotion we had into YWBTDOM,” says the band’s vocalist Howard Jones. “Everything we went through individually and together with this album drew Fran, Ryan, and I together. I couldn’t be more proud of this album knowing I made it with my family.”

Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity yet anchored to skyscraping melodies, Light the Torch crafted 12 metallic anthems, including an unexpected cover of the ’80s hit “Sign Your Name” by R&B singer Terence Trent D’Arby.

You Will Be the Death of Me was recorded at Sparrow Sound in Glendale, CA where the band once again worked with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, Suicide Silence].

Light The Torch consists of Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar], and Ryan Wombacher [bass].

Whitechapel‘s Alex Rudinger was brought on to fill out drums duties for the release.

Photo: Reid Haithcock

WATCH: “Your Crucifixion” (Official Music Video)

PREORDER: Dream of Ascension

Metallic hardcore band Tooth and Claw announced the impending release debut full-length, titled Dream of Ascension, via Good Fight Music on May 21st. The group also shared the scathing lead single “Your Crucifixion” and the accompanying music video via a premiere with Decibel Magazine. On the track, the band mixes pissed-off hardcore with hints of death metal, twisting menacing riffs in with plenty of groove before launching into an eerie chorus. Despite the unchecked anger found on the single and throughout the album, the band says, “Believe it or not, Your Crucifixion might be the most optimistic, uplifting song on our LP.”

Formed during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders of Spring 2020, Tooth and Claw features Scott Crouse (Earth Crisis, Sect), Daniel Austin (Die Young), James Chang (Undying, Catharsis, Sect), and Cameron Joplin (Magnitude) exploring new realms of aggression. On their debut album, Dream of Ascension, Tooth and Claw skirt the typical tropes found in hardcore by mixing their bludgeoning attacks with sinister melodies, achieving a balance of innovation and pure aggression. Watch the video for “Your Crucifixion” here and preorder the album Dream of Ascension here.

Tracklist:
1. Dream of Ascension
2. Your Crucifixion
3. Time’s Desire
4. Seventy Times Seven
5. Kiss of Night
6. Arrival
7. Torn in Half
8. Spiritual Lust
9. Ravage

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One of the few good things about this pandemic life has meant time for people to dig deep and soul search for an even more meaningful sense of self-expression. After all, we have had reminders daily that time is precious and you ought to be true to yourself, right? As a writer it has also been a good chance to have random email convos with incredible and talented cool folks and Suzi Moon is certainly high on the list of radness level as far as “rad people I have gotten to communicate with” in recent times goes.

Suzi Moon radiates the essence of punk attitude and makes the balance of sweet and sour seem effortless in glam gutter songs like “I’m Not A Man” or the rollicking “Nuthin’ To Me” that you can snarl or sing-a-long with like nobodies business. Yes, the Civet and Turbulent Hearts alumna is going solo and has delivered a fantastic video for the instantly memorable “Special Place In Hell” track from upcoming debut EP CALL THE SHOTS.

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See the new LUNA 13 clip “Sekhmet” at Knotfest HERE. One of our favorite industrial metal acts, it is great to see the inventive, bass heavy and evil as fuck group thriving!  This song is in homage to a history of female warrior goddesses. Filmed in the duo’s home of Joshua Tree, California, the video is set in a desolate desert background and features contributions from art crew Grindhaus with the video directed by the group’s Otis Johnson

Dr. Luna says to Knotfest.com, “The video is a group of Wastelanders invoking Sekhmet in the desert with fire. It was the very first track we wrote for our God.Dis album release and represents our style of going from slow doom to thrash in a blink.”

 

Knotfest.com says of the video and track: The hellacious duo of Dr. Luna and Lilith Bathory continue to refine their signature of black metal adjacent electronica with their latest offering … the tandem’s latest is among the effort’s heaviest, indulging the band’s black metal sensibilities in a track that plays out like a spiraling decent into the bowels of hell.”

 

“Sekhmet” is the latest single from the dark lord duo’s album God.Dis that was released last November through new label, COP International (the home of Stabbing WestwardChiasm, Stoneburner, Deathline International and Suicide Queen). Previous videos have included “Cursing The Sky” (premiered via Outburn) and “Sacrificial Lamb” (premiered via Decibel). Thematically, songs on God.Dis cover the grounds of witchcraft, nuclear war and modern conspiracy theories. It’s a release that Sonic Perspectives deems “feels both simultaneously ethereal and omnipresent.”

BESVÄRJELSEN join Magnetic Eye Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:50 AM (PST)

BESVÄRJELSEN have penned a multi-album deal with Magnetic Eye Records. The Swedish forest rockers will release their sophomore album via the label this year and also contribute a track to the forthcoming “Back in Black Redux” homage to AC/DC.

BESVÄRJELSEN comment: “We are extremely thrilled to be joining Magnetic Eye Records”, writes drummer Erik Bäckwall. “We know that we have come to the right team as we will be joining an amazing roster on this renowned label. In all modesty, we think that we have written our finest material yet for the new record, so we are very much looking forward to record and share it with the world as soon as possible!”

Jadd Shickler welcomes the Swedes: “I feel extremely privileged in welcoming Besvärjelsen onto our roster and I promise that the world of heavy music will be floored by what this amazing group does next”, comments the Magnetic Eye Records label director. “Having been part of the heavy rock underground for some time, I am fortunate to know many great musicians going back quite a few years. Sometimes such artists re-emerge with new bands and projects and I am lucky to be one of the first to hear about them.  The very moment that original Dozer drummer Erik let me hear material from his new band Besvärjelsen, I knew they were something special and magical. Altareth, Heavy Temple, and now Besvärjelsen, 2021 is shaping up to be a hell of year for great bands joining Magnetic Eye Records.”

The boundary pushing creative characters behind THE LION’S DAUGHTER are streaming their potent new record Skin Show ahead of Friday’s Season of Mist release date. The immaculately Sanford Parker produced and Colin Jordan mastered release builds on the synth explorations of Future Cult with an even more sophisticated aura of barely contained unease or outright explosive sleek yet blackened dystopian angst. These songs create an atmosphere of illicit and surreal, disturbingly tormented sensual unrest that is accentuated by the visual presentation intensely.

Giordano says, “We worked with (artist) Mothmeister again for the album art and used a similar approach as we did with the music. Things are stripped down, more direct, more focused. There’s a sense of fear, isolation, and madness that very much correlates with the music. The character on the outside is in white and surrounded in light, while the character on the inside is in black surrounded by darkness. But it’s ultimately two sides of the same character. I think that’s a good representation of the themes within the album, dark things within people that they may want to keep hidden.”

The band will also be hosting an in-person album release party and merch pop up in their hometown of St. Louis, MO on April 8 on the Punk Patio of The Record Space. Fans who attend the event will be able to purchase the record one day in advance of the release and will have an opportunity to meet and greet the band. 4 Hands Brewing will be sponsoring the event and providing free beverages to those who are 21+. The event is free to attend and will occur from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. CDT. RSVP HERE.

In addition, THE LION’S DAUGHTER will be hosting a two-hour radio special via Gimme Metal on April 9 @ 3:00 P.M. EDT to celebrate the release of the new record! Frontman Rick Giordano has cultivated a very special playlist and will be present in the live chat to interact with fans! As always, it is FREE to subscribe and sign up! Tune in HERE.

Moreover, THE LION’S DAUGHTER will also be supporting the new offering with a brand new live stream! The virtual concert is part of a four night event by Sinkhole and will air on Sunday, April 11 @ 8:00 P.M. EDT. The band will also be joined by HELL NIGHT for a double feature! Tickets and merch bundles are available at THIS LOCATION.

Las Vegas metalcore veterans DISTINGUISHER have released a music video for their emotionally charged new single “We All Suffer” at Metal Injection HERE. A direct follow up to their well received track “Nothing Is Real” – released in March – the song sees the group showcasing their full dynamic range and melodic abilities with Metal Injection commenting “Combining heavy, nu-metal influenced groove, powerful vocals, and chilling melodies, with a solid bit of djent at the end, Distinguisher pulls together all the best elements of metalcore in a fresh way.”

The group elaborated on the thought process behind “We All Suffer” saying, “We All Suffer” directly follows up a track we released 3 weeks ago titled “Nothing Is Real.” The idea of making two songs with accompanying music videos that tie in together was something we’ve talked about doing for a very long time. The goal of this release I think stemmed from wanting to showcase the contrast of the band. We want people to know that we will continue to push the extremes of our sound, whether it’s heavy, more melodic, or even more nu-metal influenced. Both titles were meant to be blunt and painfully inevitable. While “Nothing Is Real” touches on the perception of life and the anxieties that come with it, “We All Suffer” simply states the inevitable in that we will all one day be gone, and that’s something I’ve continued to struggle with the older I get. “We All Suffer” lyrically is filled mainly with questions that I personally feel never get answered in life, and the song’s overwhelming sense of emotion was very much centered around the chorus. I’ll never forget the night Josh and I locked in what would be the main vocal melody, the rest of the song came together so naturally from there. We’re all incredibly proud of the music we continue to make, but we all individually stand by this being our favorite Distinguisher song to date, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

“We All Suffer” is part of DISTINGUISHER’s 2 track release Nothing Is Real / We All Suffer which sees the group deftly alternating between raw, punishing aggression, soaring choruses, and mosh pit inducing groove while never straying from their highly emotional and fearlessly honest lyrical content. The effort leaves listeners in no doubt that DISITINGUISHER are at the very forefront of metalcore’s new crop of bands that are pushing the genre further than ever before.

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The new NOÊTA song “Elm” is the title track of their newest Prophecy release, out 4/23. It sounds like wrestling your deepest sorrows on a forest bed somewhere distant and overcast, if you could even see the sky. It is an intensely beautiful and intense realization of dark folk, tension and muted stillness paired with fae, bittersweet emotion. The song just feels wonderfully, painfully alive in a delicate state of strength. It almost fluctuates between chill and warmth in remarkable conversation with it’s own state of self. Remarkable energy paired with Êlea’s memorable vocal presence, especially when you learn the song is concerned with embracing or departing life itself.

NOÊTA comment: “The title-track ‘Elm’ is in parts told through the words of Sylvia Plath”, reveals frontwoman Êlea. “Her poem ‘Elm’ is an almost physical expression of anxiety and depression as something real and vivid that is living inside some of us –  something that is dark, terrifying and malevolent. Being haunted by anxiety and depression can lead to fear of the uncontrollable malignity living within the self. It claims the afflicted as its own in order to kill. This poem became even more upsetting to me after learning that Sylvia Plath went on to commit suicide not long after she wrote it.”