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Pittsburgh, Pa slamming deathcore powerhouse SIGNS OF THE SWARM have unveiled a new music video for “Lost Within Reflection” off of their latest album ‘Vital Deprivation’. The band recently launched their Patreon where they will give anyone who signs up access to unreleased music, watch new music videos before they are premiered to the public, free SOTS merch, tablature, & much more!

The band commented, “We are excited to bring you another video from our latest album Vital Deprivation with Lost Within Reflection. We filmed this on the last tour we did with Shadow of Intent, watching this makes us miss you guys that much more. We can’t wait to get back out on the road and see you all again. Video shot/edited by Dylan Gould of Stay Goulden.”

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Solidarity. #BlackLivesMatter

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 5:18 PM (PST)

Antifa is not terrorism. It is not an organization. This “President” is not a healer of divides. He is a bully and a fraud. This is a Kali Yuga time period where “contention” and “unrest” can lead to massive change. We have to remember our humanity and also not be afraid to take a stand against injustice, be it CCP’s evil anti-Uighur camps in China, falsehoods about activists or (ESPECIALLY in the United States ) the perpetuation of white supremacist systems of inequality. There is a general class war on everyone but some people suffer even more with less privilege and it has been that way for way too long. It is a sad stain on this country that real rebels will acknowledge.

Please keep your head up out there and also please don’t loot black owned local shops. That hurts people who already are suffering. One love/PMA.

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It was a peaceful protest and then they tried to break us up. Confuse us. Intimidate us. Weaken our resolve. Make cowards out of us. NEVA! The energy on the ground was indescribable. Feelings of disbelief, sadness, loss, anger backed by a desire for change and accountability! Our bodies may hurt but our spirits are filled with fire and gratitude. Folks got hurt. You have no right to judge how others express absolute and dire exhaustion and frustration over a corrupt system lead by zombies who do not value human life. I felt the fear as we ran multiple times in groups only to return to face the spirit of evil once again! We stood! Together! Unafraid! Blessings to all those who showed up and stood for something in Amerika!!!!! May the people gather May they know their strength Dear “allies” and fellow living beings Your silence is compliance Injustice against one Is truly injustice against all This spirit of hatred runs deep So Speak up Rise up Take action Stand in the gap Be the shield Stand firm in the frontline! And speak truth to power Speak life to goodness Speak life and love to all NOW Be safe out there fam. Today was intense Give thanks to the ancestors living and dead who walked and walk with us 🙌🏾👁 Tired of being fucking tired POWER TO THE PEOPLE POWER TO THE GOD WITHIN

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Astralborne to raise hell

Morning to all you little fun loving imps out there. Lot of news today for metal. Plenty of new stuff and re-issues happening right now.

Before we start, Season Of Mist have a new website. Septicflesh, Gargoyl, Molassess (Farida Lemouchi’s new band) and plenty of other stuff to peruse.

Let’s get to the main content.

Ohio-based melodic death metal three piece, ASTRALBORNE have today released their debut album, Eternity’s End via Prosthetic Records. A video for the title track of the album has also been unveiled today, which can be seen below. Eternity’s End is available to purchase here.

Of the album release, the band comment:
“The moment we have been waiting for is finally here! For ASTRALBORNE, that moment is over three years in the making, from conception to execution. This is an important album for us, both cathartic and momentous, as all music should be. We want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone for their continued support, as well as to Prosthetic Records for their belief in us and this record. We absolutely cannot wait to share this album with the world and we hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.”

MOONSPELL‘s The Butterfly Effect , a semi-slept on record in their discography, is getting a reissue. Cool to see some of the band’s more experimental releases getting the love lately so more people see the full scope of all they have done over their long midnight ride. I love the green cassette tape option. The band has simply been killing it on the limited reissues and merch lately! A thrill for fans.

Influenced by industrial elements of the Nineties, this full-length release from the Portuguese pioneers captivates with down-tuned guitars, an electronic veil of ghostly synths and the concept of the scientific chaos theory, proclaiming that even the smallest events in life can lead to tremendous consequences.

Photo credit: Alex Krauss

New York avant-garde metal outfit IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT release their first single and music video “Rotted Futures” today. The track is off their upcoming fourth studio album Alphaville, which will be released on July 31st, 2020. Watch the video for “Rotted Futures” below.

“No one knows what the future shall look like. Well, some might know the shape of things to come. Some will bet on it. Perhaps we’re living it. Perhaps it will be quite different. If we had a special looking glass that could reveal millennia of repeated timelines we might observe big dreams for a bright future, built upon systemic shifts that eventually fall. Behold the future,” states IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT about the release.

Alphaville will be available in the following formats and can be pre-ordered HERE.
Gatefold Empire Black 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (black Vinyl)
Gatefold Atomic Sunrise 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (transp. sun yellow Vinyl)
Gatefold Statue of Verdigris 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (mint colored Vinyl)
Ltd. CD Edition
Digital Album

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British death metal ballers INGESTED have unveiled a lockdown video for new single ‘Dead Seraphic Forms’, and announced the release of new album Where Only Gods May Tread on 14th August via Unique Leader. A new lockdown video featuring thirty eight (phew) cameos of bored metal musicians goofing around in quarantine can be consumed below. Expect much intense riffing and clowning.

Drummer Lyn Jeffs comments “So, here is our second single ‘Dead Seraphic Forms’ from our upcoming album Where Only Gods May Tread. We’ve put together a lockdown music video and brought a load of our good friends for the ride, and we want you involved too! All you have to do is name as many people as you can in the video in the video comments below, then like this post and share it on social media! We will pick a winner at random from the people who name the most correct cameos and they will WIN A PRE ORDER BUNDLE FOR THE NEW ALBUM! So what are you waiting for?! Watch the video and get on this competition!! Big love and STAY SAFE X”

Dominic Grimard (Ion Dissonance, The Last Felony) handled bass duties on the album and there are special guest appearances from Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down), Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain) and Matt Honeycutt (Kublai Khan).

The new album was mixed and mastered by long time producer of INGESTED and Cryptopsy guitarist Christian Donaldson (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist), engineering was handled by both Nico Beninato and Sam Yates at Foel Studios in Wales. The artwork was created by legendary artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Hypocrisy, Entombed, Rivers Of Nihil, Gorguts, Decrepit Birth).

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Foundational thrash band Trauma prep new album

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM (PST)

 

Thrash veterans Trauma , widely known as the pre-Metallica band of Cliff Burton, have new plans in the works.

Late 2020 will prove to be a busy time for the first wave thrashers, as they will release their fourth full-length release overall, as well as touring throughout Europe on a bill also featuring Ross the Boss and Burning Witches. I dig Burning Witches a lot but defriended Ross on Facebook awhile ago over wack Trumpy posts (before that I was a huge fan). Hopefully he has cooled his jets on that MAGA nonsense, cuz he is a big talent and I have met him in real life. He actually played an awesome show in a small bar on 9/11 years ago that I helped book, so I have complicated bummed out feelings about it.

Anyway, this is about Trauma. What a relatable name for a lot of us! Comprised of members Donny Hillier – lead vocals, Kris Gustofson – drums, Greg Christian – bass guitar, Joe Fraulob – guitars and Steve Robello – guitars, Trauma looks to build on the buzz created by their last album, 2018’s As the World Dies.

“Trauma is currently considering what the album should be called,” explains Kris. “Usually for us we have to think about a theme/scope of the recorded songs and what it represents for the time now. Hopefully we will have something soon that makes sense for the recorded collection of tracks, It seems that the new record title, may be a little similar in its title as to our last album, ‘As the World Dies’.”

Currently until Covid-19 has run course more I am not posting ANY tour dates on the site as I think it is too soon and irresponsible of media outlets. I am not mad at bands for planning ahead with hope in their hearts, but I am focusing more on release based content than tour promo for now. I don’t think anywhere should be rushing to re-open without significant phasing and contingencies as well, not gaslighting that we can’t have a social safety net and can just afforf to help corporate and fat cat bailouts the most in times of crisis. Just letting readers know why I haven’t been pushing any 2021 or whenever tours on here the last few weeks.

But yeah – sorry for mixed energy post. Just wanted to celebrate the band has a new album in the works and you can head over to Trauma’s Facebook for other info.

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Lots of stuff happening over at Knotfest.com. Web-series, concert streams and much more.

Slipknot and the team behind their Knotfest brand have today revealed that Knotfest.com has been re-imagined to create a global multi-media hub for news, exclusive interviews, performances, merchandise and more dedicated to covering the very best of art, music, culture and media for fans of heavy culture.

To celebrate the launch in explosive fashion and marking what would have been the kick-off weekend of the highly anticipated Knotfest Roadshow US tour, Knotfest.com will be hosting an exclusive Knotfest Roadshow streaming event this Friday, May 29th at 3pm PDT.

This special online event will be hosted by Beez and feature exclusive concert streams and interviews with Slipknot, Underoath and Code Orange. In addition, a limited Slipknot Knotfest Roadshow merch drop will be available here for 72 hours only (starting Friday morning), featuring the tour merch collection that would have been sold this summer, while strictly limited Knotfest merch is available now here. (Editor’s Note: Including protective face masks)

Slipknot will be streaming their 2019 headline set from Graspop Festival in Belgium, filmed shortly before the band’s chart topping album, We Are Not Your Kind was released. It will preview with an exclusive interview with Clown conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Underoath will be streaming their performance from The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas from 2016 where they performed their seminal album, They’re Only Chasing Safety in full and will feature a portion of Ryan J. Downey’s Deep Dive interview with Underoath frontman, Spencer Chamberlain conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Code Orange will be streaming their ‘Last Ones Left: In Fear of the End’ performance that originally aired on Twitch back in March to launch their critically acclaimed album, Underneath and will feature a portion of Clown’s Electric Theater chat with frontman Jami Morgan.

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Bay Area death experts Necrot grace us with the disturbing murk of “Stench of Decay” today. The band will release Mortal via beloved punk/metal label Tank Crimes August 28th. This ought to prove to anyone with ears that Necrot are pretty much the best new-ish death metal act around.

“When we first started, our goal was to play death metal and put out some tapes,” says Luca Indrio. “We always wanted to write an album that twenty years from now would be remembered as a true classic of the genre. With Blood Offerings, we may have done that but with Mortal we have definitely done that. Time will prove us right.”

Bold words but I believe them. Blood Offerings was sick as hell and if this is half as good it will still be better than a lot of crap people like too much. Recorded by Grammy award winning engineer Greg Wilkinson (High On Fire, Autopsy) and mastered by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, Mastodon), the follow up to Blood Offerings can be pre-ordered HERE.

The killer production, riffs and menace of “Stench Of Decay” are very good signs.

Notes Indrio, “‘Stench Of Decay’ is the smell of our world falling under the greed and senseless pride of men. It is the stench you smell in the morning when you realize that outside your door is nothing but ugly humans ready to deceive, steal, or even kill for a little more power or money. ‘Stench Of Decay’ is what we have been breathing since day one and we will continue breathing it until everything and everyone we know and love inevitably disappears.”

Where is the lie?

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Bleed From Within have built upon their humble origins with each release, nowadays a powerhouse of kinetic energy and irresistible groove heavy metalcore that draws as much from NWOAHM as deathcore. Fifth album (!) Fracture is their most cohesive release yet and the metalcore standout release thus far in 2020. It is certainly an album that ought to generate a lot of excitement.

A few weeks ago I sent questions to the Scottish band’s own Steven Jones who shares thoughts about recent global events, the new album and more! Be sure also to join the ambitious group on Facebook this Friday from 7pm BST as they go live, discussing all things Fracture listening to the album, and answering your questions!

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Christian “Speesy” Giesler (KREATOR bassist 1994-2019) has teamed with Florida duo Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC, MASSACRE, THE ABSENCE) and Taylor Nordberg (MASSACRE, THE ABSENCE) in the punk outfit, FORE. The lineup is rounded out by vocalist/lyricist Brian Stephenson (OLD JAMES, SKULL FIST).

FORE have released two songs, “What’s Right For You”, and “Today We Rise (No Tomorrow)” which can be streamed/purchased on the band’s Bandcamp page.

On the formation of the group, guitarist Nordberg said: “Jeramie and I both love that late 80s/early 90s punk like BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE, THE OFFSPRING, NOFX, so we decided it was time for us to make a punk band. We had already worked with Speesy and Brian in our “One Song In One Day” quarantine series, so we knew they were talented, pro, and easy to work with.”

Speesy added “So excited about a new band! Taylor asked me if I wanted to do something punk-like, and I agreed immediately as everyone knows, I’m a very, very big punk fan. From the idea to now, only 5 or 6 weeks have past.”

The group’s first songs, along with the rest of the band‘s debut album, were mixed and mastered by Nordberg and Kling at their own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.

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Thanks for a decade of supporting Metal Riot

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 12:30 PM (PST)

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Just wanted to post today that it is crazy we have been rocking out with you readers for a decade now here at Metal Riot. All of you that continue to read and support the site are awesome, so major thanks for keeping checking in over here. Personally this is the longest I have been with any publication or site and I am thankful for all the magazines and outlets I have written for over the years from Amp, New Noise (FRA & USA), Kingston Times, PopMatters to Dying Scene and others. Metal Riot has really become like home and allowed me unprecedented freedom and a chance to craft so much content for metal and punk fanatics. Big shout out to all the people who have contributed over the years, written rad albums we have discussed or who played a part in any way. – Morgan Y. Evans

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Hey scuzz buckets. I titled this blog entry as ‘Metal VS Punk’ but hopefully y’all know that is some BS for clicks and that here at MR we strongly encourage you to support both. I can’t imagine how much more my life would have sucked without both genres and all the colors in-between.

Today we have one metal and one punk video for you to kickstart Memorial Day Weekend.

Veteran act Paradise Lost always cast a shadowy spell and honor their legacy while refusing to stagnate. So many good releases over the years and Obsidian is going to only add to that (as well as be on many year end lists). “Darker Thoughts” is a gorgeous and epic, brooding video partially shot both before and after Covid-19 hit. Since the 15th of this month it has already gotten over 247,000 views (not too shabby for a band with true extreme roots who never compromise). The record is also charting very well!

Ash Pears from AshTV managed to film bits of the video with Nick before the lockdown but had to piece together the rest of the video using random footage to make things work.

Nick Holmes states: “Musically, this is a song of 2 halves and was originally written as an intro towards the end of the Obsidian writing process. As a result, it’s one of the more spontaneous songs on the album. Lyrically, it’s a song about choosing the wrong path – failing to look before you leap, and dealing with the consequence of dubious decisions.”

Green Day have covered the Blondie classic “Dreaming” as a gift to all their fans during tough times. The video is fun, the cover is great and faithful to both bands and I am stoked a band that huge is reminding people of the classics. EVERYONE should go read Debbie Harry’s iconic new book Face It about her life. Honestly one of my top five rock books ever up there with Slash and White Line Fever.

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Northern power metal band Sonata Arctica will perform an acoustic concert “Acoustic Adventures 2020” via live stream. This is the only chance to experience the band’s acoustic gig in 2020.

There will be two shows; the first one aimed for the fans in America (May 29th) and the second one for the audiences in Europe and the UK (30.5.).
https://www.facebook.com/events/185351349228036/

Live stream on Friday 29.5.2020
https://www.semilive.fi/product/gigs-and-concerts/sonata-arctica-live-stream/

Los Angeles: 5pm
Chicago: 7pm
New York: 8pm
Mexico City: 7pm
Sao Paulo: 9pm

Live stream on Saturday 30.5.2020
https://www.semilive.fi/product/gigs-and-concerts/sonata-arctica-live-stream-2/

Helsinki: 9 pm
Tokyo: 3am (May 31st)
Melbourne: 10am (May 30th)

TICKETS: 8,50€
Access to the live stream and archived video for 48 hours.

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Sonata Arctica "Acoustic Adventures 2020" – Live Stream Concerts announced through SemiLive Sonata Arctica will perform an acoustic concert “Acoustic Adventures 2020” via live stream. This is the only chance to experience the band’s acoustic gig in 2020. There will be two shows; the first one aimed for the fans in America, the second one for the audiences in Europe and the UK: Friday, May 29th 2020 Los Angeles 5 pm / Chicago 7 pm / New York 8 pm / Mexico City 7 pm / São Paulo 9 pm / Melbourne 10 am (+ 1 day) / Tokyo 9 am (+1 day) Saturday, May 30th 2020 Helsinki 21:00 / Berlin 20:00 / London 19:00 / Moscow 21:00 The shows will be streamed through SemiLive. Tickets (Access to the live stream and the archived video for 48 hours) for the shows are now on sale at: https://www.semilive.fi/product/gigs-and-concerts/sonata-arctica-live-stream/ #sonataarctica #acousticadventures2020 #greybeardcm #semilive

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A compelling and very multi-layered record concerning ‘root essence’, occult layers of self, the Tarot and much more, Lux is a major moment for Denver’s In The Company Of Serpents. Pummeling sludge, dreamy wasteland hallucination and solar ego fat melt are all part of the experience.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero, the album is the most dynamic release yet from a band who, like Ufomammut or Bask, are content to stack up solid releases upon each other and let the work speak for itself rather than get cocky and big heads. Still, the band have to be feeling pretty stoked on some of this brilliant material. “The Fool’s Journey” is ten minutes of patient stage setting that then leads to one payoff moment after another. The essential statement examined on here is that all is sound, mind, light.

“The Chasm At The Mouth Of All” is probably my favorite, creeping along like Giant Squid was more desert rock minded with a craggy old wise man on verse vocals. I was definitely feeling the bleak country moments of that one.Ethan Lee McCarthy & Ben Hutcherson provide guest vocals on “Scales of Maat” and Paul Primus adds tasty viola to some interludes, giving this whole release the feeling of some dark film revealing moments of hope during a weary series of trials.

If you have slept on this band before this is a great place to start and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of huge riffs from the formidable trio as well as bellowing screams to counterbalance the more “open minded” moments. It’s a profound and killer record anyone from Neil Young to Mastodon fans could curl up next to a campfire with (while keeping a watchful eye out for deadly critters).

New Zealand-based death metal trio ULCERATE are pleased to unveil their official new video for “Dissolved Orders.” The track comes by way of Stare Into Death And Be Still, the band’s critically lauded sixth full-length, out now on Debemur Morti Productions.

The deepest, purest, and most meticulous form of ULCERATE, Stare Into Death And Be Still is a soul-searching conflagration of atypical melodicism, immaculate virtuosic dexterity, and sublimated psychological upheaval. A breathtaking new beginning for one of the most uniquely talented bands in extreme music.

Stream Stare Into Death And Be Still in its entirety at THIS LOCATION.

With Stare Into Death And Be Still, ULCERATE’s signature, ultra-atmospheric fusion of unorthodox death metal with the textures of futurist black metal is here pared down with the consummate hand of experience, giving stunning credence to the riff, the song, and the meaning. Thematically, the album draws upon recent personal experience to confront the truism that death and tragedy aren’t always sudden or violent; that people are often passive observers trapped, “in the silent horror of observing death calmly and cleanly.”

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My favorite live band of prison planet escaping Earth rockers are likely just as good via virtual concert.

Clutch will perform a streamed concert titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1” on May 27th. They will be supported remotely by Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul. That’s a decent range of hard rock variety. This unique online concert format has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group (STG), and LiveFrom Events and will use cutting-edge streaming technology to close the distance between the bands and the fans for an amazing virtual concert experience.

Says Neil Fallon: “Over the past weeks, Clutch has been streaming very short sets on our YouTube channel, OfficialClutch. We are excited to announce that we will be playing a much longer set and teaming up with Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul for a virtual four-band bill. Doors are at 3:30 PM, Saul goes on at 4 PM, followed by Blacktop Mojo at 4:35 PM and Crowbar at 5:10 PM. Clutch’s set will start at approximately 5:55 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Have a beer in your pajamas!”

Pre-registration is available today, with tickets going onsale on Wednesday at 10am EST: www.livefrom.events/ DoomSaloon

Clutch also revamped their fan fave stoner anthem (one of several, haha) “Willie Nelson”. The new version is a little cleaner production-wise and slightly more uptempo/soulful.

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