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Band Spotlight: Eleine

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 6:39 PM (PST)

I really dug “Die From Within” from Sweden’s splendorous and gothic infused hard rockers Eleine. The song had Nightwishy or Evanescence worthy drama while also veering into heavier territory fans of 5Rand or Epica could love…with even a few parts borderline Septic Fleshy. The outfit feel like a real team made of Madeleine Liljestam – vocals, Rikard Ekberg – guitar, vocals and Jesper Sunnhagen – drums.

2022 finds the group joining the Atomic Fire roster and playing with Firewind! This is sure to be a big year for a very deserving act who offer both connection and the relief of escapism for the astute listener.

“Signing with Atomic Fire Records is a huge step in the right direction for ELEINE,” Liljestam comments. “We’re entering a new era of metal, not only with this new, mighty label but also in a world where we have faced challenges as a music industry alongside our dedicated and loyal fans. Finding a label that agrees that both the physical and digital media world actually work together, and don’t have to exclude each other, made us feel that this is a label that will stay true to metal and at the same time evolve alongside the industry and us as a band.”

It was December 24th, in the tragic year of 1914, in the middle of a cold night. After six months in the muddy trenches, World War 1 still hadn’t come to an end on Christmas Eve; the soldiers were missing home even more than on any other day and started quietly singing carols. Although an official truce was declined from the governments, an eerie silence haunted the empty battlefields on the morning of December 25th. That was when the British and German soldiers slowly crawled out of their trenches to wish each other a Merry Christmas, take photographs, play games, and even exchange a few gifts.

In this animated story video, SABATON depicts this remarkable event that would come to be known as the “Christmas Truce.” This brand new video was unveiled during the band’s ongoing Christmas Advent Calendar on their social media channels and website.

Watch the new “Christmas Truce” video below!

“This is the story of the ‘Christmas Truce,’ and this is why we wrote our latest single,” said Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström. “We now give you a different way of experiencing our music and the history behind it.”

The “Christmas Truce” video was produced by Yarnhub, who also created the animated story videos for Sabaton’s “No Bullets Fly” and “Night Witches.”

A new edit of the “Christmas Truce” single is now available on all streaming platforms. You can listen to it here: https://music.sabaton.net/ChristmasTruce 

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METAL RIOT’s Top 25 Albums Of 2021.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:21 PM (PST)

King Woman at Saint Vitus Bar- Oct. 16th, 2021

Ok, friends. Here we are again… 2021 has been a serious slog while also being full of some amazing blessings.I was very happy to get to share another year of Metal Riot with you all and ride the vortex waves.I usually don’t post a lot for the month of December and we tend to be the second or third site to publish our list (after DECIBEL, generally).I am gonna spend a lot of December working, reflecting and being grateful for two years of sobriety and also contemplating The Wheel Of Time saga, etc.

THANK YOU to all the bands who made killer music this year and amazing people I was able to speak with or befriend, etc. YOU are the scene. XO.

I also deserve a break after having to deal with many unwanted trolls for simply pointing out to Mastodon that Brent shouldn’t be calling stuff “gay” as a pejorative.

Numerous people decided they needed to contact me and call me queerphobic names afterwards.A nd I am sure I have done way more for metal and punk than all of those shit trolls combined. The LGBTQAI artists in metal made some of the most amazing work in the scene this year and don’t deserve to be alienated by lazy and inconsiderate speech. I seriously had one moron named like Jarhead666 or something tell me I was butthurt and metal isn’t the place for my ‘CrItICal Sjw theory’ or some shit, because I introduced this goon to the concept of heteronormative centering, or some such.

But seriously, while I genuinely appreciated Brann talking to me and meant it when I told him I have loved those dudes as a band a long time (ever since being stuck near the Lincoln Tunnel years ago with a friend and finding that blasting Remission actually CAN move complete gridlocked traffic).

I’d just like to add that now as a result of that “bad day” -as David Draiman of Disturbed and the Mastodon camp are graciously calling Brent’s shitty moment- even more hateful speech has butterfly effected all over social media and caused emotional distress to many good folx just trying to find a place in metal. The seeds we sew matter.

A bad day is not being on the Jasta podcast. A bad day is Matthew Shepard.

That said, one love to you all.If anyone wants to blacklist me, well…I only write about what I want anyway.

And so…Here are METAL RIOT’s top 25 of the year for 2021. I expanded it from 12 this year because there was a true wealth of killer albums and because I am happy to be alive, celebrating music and able to flex my opinions on it…whether you think I am an ignorant SJW who doesn’t know anything or not.

(drumroll…) Album Of The YearKING WOMAN‘s soul scorching noir doom record Celestial Blues is hands down our album of 2021 for exemplifying so much that is awesome about heavy music’s potential in 2021, from cadences to symbolism to the transformative power of art. And of course bad ass riffs! It also makes Kris and co.the only band in the site’s history to win AOTY twice!I guess it was fitting that two of my favorite records this year would reference Paradise Lost (the other being this excellent groover fest from my friend Taraka, also highly recommended).

From the opening plaintive narration of the album title over spare, jazzy and sorrowful notes to the impossible, mournful but playful shuffle of “Golgotha” to the anguish and hypnosis of “Psychic Wound” and the crowd sing-a-long of the year “Morning Star”, Celestial Blues feels like stepping into a smoky, mythological theater, a personal passion play full of highs and lows brighter than sunlight or darker than a grim Gotham alleyway. King Woman remain a group who understand suspense, tension build and payoff more than many and here they have also crafted some of their most sophisticated arrangements yet paired with arguably the most anthemic vocal and lyrical work Kris has delivered to date.

KW live shots by MYE

Seed pic by Omari Spears @o.shoots

2. SEED‘s Dun Pageant is a likewise challenging, thrilling and rewarding plunge through the soul and psyche by another band with almost 100% their own sound, well deserving of our second place spot for 2021.This Anti-fascist, queer centric force from Boston is creating an incredible sonic refuge for outsiders who need a found family in the scene. And most importantly, their music is fucking incredible. Practically any song on this record can crack you wide open and move you to a flood tears or strengthen your resolve. There is a deep sense of poetic yearning and desire to belong embedded within these melodic, indie flirting doom songs which nonetheless offer an unyielding stance in the face of a cruel world. Fans of everything from the most dramatic PJ Harvey material to Across Tundras to slower, weird ass Jesus Lizard songs could find a home here amidst some of the most existentialist yet determined music I may have ever heard in my life.

3. Succumb‘s overdue return on XXI was worth the wait and then some.Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden with compelling artwork by Stefan Thanneur (my favorite cover art of the year), the record retained the band’s edgy death metal sound and upped the ante on the philosophical subtexts. Read all my further thoughts about it HERE in an interview with the band!

4. Underdark ‘s Abi told the Hellbent for Metal crew recently, if I accurately recall, that ‘folk music in England is traditionally lefty and BM is folk music’. Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry melds left wing class consciousness spirit with Slint/Enablers spoken word vibes at times and of course the fire in the veins black metal this UK group is a standard bearer of. Believing in the power of change and doing things their way, the band have managed to really get solid footing under their feet during a turbulent time in the music world. I can’t possibly do justice in a short plug to the vibrancy and life that is in every note and utterance on this record, but it is amazing. Also, they always make me want to play Forgotten Realms.

5. Violet Cold‘s Empire Of Love is a landmark release championing inclusivity and borderless genres, a masterstroke from an already prolific and trend setting act. Read my 5 star review HERE.

6. Gojira is the “biggest band” represented on our list this year. Gojira remain ambassadors for our planet and sanity in a world sorely lacking it , musical geniuses and dudes who are deeply respectful of the environment we get to call home.From refusing to be gaslit about Tibet to standing up for the Amazon to of course musing about the meaning of life in our Universe and creating some super headfucky yet face ripping arrangements, they remain pound for pound unfuckwithable on mighty Fortitude. And they 100% ought to win the Grammy the most out of those nominated, fyi.

7. Withered outdid even their impressive past work on the trudging and oppressive Verloren . That “Dissolve” guitar sound is to literally die for and you can never pin them down. It’s a mood. Once you take the time to really get inside this record it is completely addictive and really ought to come with a warning label because of how easy it is for this blackened sludge fest to completely remove any semblance of a remaining fuck given.Well done, lads. Carcass, The Lurking Fear and plenty of others made some dastardly records this year but this takes the cake for me in that category.

8. Filth Is Eternal‘s Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal is a glorious and gritty punk record with the most attitude you likely heard this year.The non-stop energy and adrenaline was a constant go to for me when I needed a bucket of cold water thrown on me to snap me out of the morose of this miserable year. I fucking love this band with all my soul and you  readers should listen to this 20 times before we meet again if you want to stay friends.

Brian of Filth Is Eternal pic by Joshua Simons @groteskanimal

9. Wharflurch did the near impossible and stood out amidst a year positively drunk on top rate death metal releases.If you haven’t experienced this highly enjoyable bad trip yet for the first time you are in for a fucking treat.Very original and batshit act creating some brain melting yet skull crushing sounds simultaneously, if that makes sense.And seriously, who has a better album title than Psychedelic Realms ov Hell? I mean, come on!”Phantasmagorical Fumes”, indeed.

Tower NYC…lookin’
tougher than shit

10. Tower‘s Shock to the System has a classic trad metal looking cover that calls to mind epic releases of yesteryear from Scorpions or early Anthrax while pulling listeners in to one of the best modern bands influenced by the classics around. Along with Pounder’s Breaking The World or Haunt’s recent plethora of powerful pleasers, Tower demonstrate true heavy metal will never die (and this time with a little more Never Say Die era Sabbath influence mixed in, from the sound of things).The musical chemistry between Sarabeth and James remains one of the best in rock and the recording line-up brought this sophomore effort to new heights worthy of Linden’s falcon crye.The true shock to the system is how much enjoyment you can get from one album.

11. Krallice‘s lofi black metal on Demonic Wealth somehow marries the original bleakness of the genre with the loneliness of NYC and wet cardboard, broken dreams, rain dripping off a fire escape vibes amidst the death throes of capitalism.One of the best album titles in metal history? Yep. This is a run down worker unable to afford Christmas gifts type shit.Cold and atmospheric and unique with callbacks to 2nd wave and weirdo ambient stuff. Drums recorded on a phone!?Smash the uber rich after repurposing their built to break detritus. This album is the perfect Krallice response for a pandemic full of people just hoping to get through in one piece.

12. Nadja‘s Luminous Rot is an out of body experience more than a musical one, imo.I had a deep dive interview with the band that you can read HERE and remain incredibly impressed with this specific statement in (and out) of the timestream.

13. Catalyst Crime made the greatest symphonic metal release of 2021 by a considerable margin. If “Condemn Me To Chaos” doesn’t get lodged in your head for weeks at a time, I don’t know what the heck is wrong with you. Just listen to it.

14. Obsolete‘s Animate / Isolate blew me away with the Revocation worthy skill, young again hyper fast speed enthusiasm and melodic thrash aptitude on display.This record goes against the trends and is better for it, just a charming and bad ass chops fest that also remembers to induce headbanging amidst the whiz kid shit.Really, this band should be way bigger.

15. Crypta‘s Echoes Of The Soul is the funnest death/thrash hybrid of the year, a monster fuck you to naysayers and another notch in the belt for Brazil’s long and storied metal legacy.T he ladies in Crypta truly feel like a “band”, each member bringing a lot of personality and individualism to the table to add to the whole yet in a way where you couldn’t imagine the group with other members. The chops, the style and attitude paired with the consistent vibe that they breathe, eat and shit metal truly makes this one of the most exciting releases of the year, an energy that translates to the terrific and tyrannical material.

16. Finland’s REVULSION delivered a ferocious self titled debut via Transcending Obscurity way back in February.The intensity here will turn the head of pretty much any self respecting death metal fan yet is not just an endurance test. It even gives the new Cannibal material a run for the money in the punishment department. Bad ass af.

17. Pupil Slicer‘s Mirrors was explosive, mathy and meaningful in the best of ways.I am pretty sure no band went harder than they did in 2021 during their “Collective Unconscious” track. From the 1:47 mark-through to the end of the song, a riff reminiscent of the Moby cover of “New Dawn Fades” meets Coalesce at their meatiest twists and turns through tortured post-core-black-churning anguish and back through to the light.They didn’t really need to cover Converge when they are making originals this powerful already.

18. Gridfailure feat. Mac Gollehon‘s demented mad hatter excursions into noise jazz horror on Dismemberment Cabaret take the 18th spot.I am certainly biased here because Brenner from Gridfailure is a good friend and has collaborated with me often on my Walking Bombs releases over the years, but if you can’t hear the sheer fucksanity brilliance of these end times soundscape spasms featuring a very cool cat who played with everyone from Bowie to Billy Ocean, well…I feel bad for you. I certainly listened to this a hell of a lot more times than I did albums by much bigger legacy acts this year.

19. Book Of Wyrms are one of my favorite recent finds and I listened to this one a LOT. Serious chemistry and freedom allure here paired with incredible vintage vibes and the desire to roam. You can feel the band loving what they do with every passage and each frontier crossed.It feels like each song was from the result of true blue jamming, the old fashioned way. Sorely need more records like Occult New Age to usher in a real Aquarian doom metal/”new” classic rock age in hella style!”Colossal Yield” is pretty much a perfect song (except my computer says the track length is 4:21?).

20. Eremit‘s Bearer Of Many Names honestly got me more stoked than the Bell Witch record everyone was gushing about a number of years back, each passage here really momentous and worthy of the awesome, sci-fi Jurassic tomb fuckery artwork.You need to make TIME for this bad boy, but the rewards are many. Seriously gargantuan and impressive crater charred doom from Germany.

21. ABIOTIC have more emotional connection than your average tech death and made sure their return post-break up record was a memorable one. Truly sick leads. Many brilliant passages. Hard to turn off.

22. The recent JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES Vertigo album is our second record of this year end list to feature really bad weather (along with Revulsion)!Make of that what you will.Unlike that Finnish death metal diamond in the rough, JATAO traffic in slinky and smart psych and doom.The continuation of sorts to the psyche shifting path they tread on The Horse And Other Weird Tales, the Vertigo release is well worth the ride.

23. Cultum Draculesti are lofi queer vampire BM perfection and their S/T record even outdid the excellent Antigone The Martyr. I adore how down the rabbit hole of their own vision they go, while also being capable of really eerie but musical moments like “Dhampir” that you can play around casual classic horror movie fans whilst laughing to yourself how unaware they are of how even more extra you are.

24. Cerebral Rot made the hands down FUGLIEST death metal this year, just so gnarly, evil and pitch perfect. The utter just disdain for humanity felt in every sickening and crude riff is off the charts. So fucking heavy. Excretion of Mortality is the loathing for the human condition that we all felt at some point this year.

25. Employed To Serve‘s Conquering is the essential metalcore experience of the year, a level up from a band who already are firmly focused on being long haul contenders, from every indicator. Unlike numerous contemporaries who got detrimentally more commercial in a manner that hinders their quality regardless of any tent expansion in fandom, EoS have perfectly shown how you can grow while not alienating your core fans who got you going.Conquering is not stagnant, but rather ENHANCED. It kicks down doors and has a level of conviction and attack that will leave you truly impressed.I’d love to see a bigger band like DevilDriver , Killswitch or Trivium do a full US tour in the next few years with these up and comers.

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KHEMMIS announce VILE CREATURE as January tour guest

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 3:23 PM (PST)

Metallic songsmith champions KHEMMIS have announced the groundbreaking doomscendant squadron VILE CREATURE as support for their Deceiver West Coast dates. “House Of Cadmus” and “You Who Has Never Slept” potentially in one concert? Sign the fuck up!

Ben Hutcherson of Khemmis commented, “We are very excited to announce that the mysterious ‘Special Guests’ on our upcoming Deceiver West Coast tour are none other than Canadian gloombringers Vile Creature. We cannot wait to hit the road with our friends and see all of you maniacs in the crowd!”

Vile Creature adds, “We are elated to be joining Khemmis, as great a band as they are people, on their west coast tour. These are our first shows since September 2019 (holy shit remember back then? Things were so simple) and it is our first time out west!”

KHEMMIS DECEIVER WEST COAST TOUR MMXXII
with special guests Vile Creature
1.08 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater *
1.13 Boise, ID Neurolux *
1.14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
1.15 Vancouver, BC Fox Cabaret
1.16 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
1.18 Berkley, CA Cornerstone
1.19 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
1.21 Phoenix, AZ Nile Underground
1.22 Las Vegas, NV The Usual Place
1.23 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge *
*=no Vile Creature

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Awesome tour news today as KsE announce The Atonement Tour updates. I was lucky to briefly meet Jesse and his partner recently and have been a supporter a long time, and the band just continue to prove they are a cornerstone of the meaningful modern metal movement.

The Atonement Tour makes its return with the same powerful lineup, which includes Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s August Burns Red as main support and Light the Torch as the opening act. As fans are more than well aware, LTT frontman Howard Jones served as KsE’s singer from 2002 through 2012.

This tour package was originally planned for Spring 2020 but was ultimately postponed two dates into the original run due to the global shutdown that was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now include all of the rescheduled dates as well as several new locations across the U.S.

The long wait is finally over,” says KsE singer Jesse Leach. “We worked very hard to carefully piece this tour back together properly. After the tour was shut down two days in when it started in 2020, we are bringing it back! We are honored and stoked to have August Burns Red and Howard Jones and the boys in Light the Torch along to make this an ‘all killer, no filler’ line up.

Jones echoes the sentiment, saying, “FINALLY! We get to pick up where we left off on the Atonement tour with KsE and ABR! We couldn’t be more excited to resume with the same lineup, and additional dates have been added so don’t miss this noisy party. Now, stop reading this and get your tickets. GO! This will be a tour to remember and you do not want to miss it!

All dates are below. Tickets are onsale here: killswitchengage.com

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ON TOUR:
WITH AUGUST BURNS RED + LIGHT THE TORCH:
01/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
01/29 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
01/31 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
02/01 – Montreal, QC – M-Telus
02/02 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
02/04 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome
02/05 – Portland, ME – State Theater
02/06 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
02/08 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
02/10 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
02/11 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
02/12 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
02/14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
02/15 – Dallas, TX – SouthSide Ballroom
02/17 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
02/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
02/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
02/21 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
02/22 – Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium
02/23 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
02/25 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
02/26 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
02/27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
03/01 – Boise, ID – Revolution
03/02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
03/03 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
03/05 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center
03/06 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
03/07 – Chicago, IL – Radius
03/08 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
03/10 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
03/11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
03/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall

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Hey there metal fans. Taking a break from enjoying the excellent new Bullet For My Valentine album (even if their band name is still awful) to let you know about a baller new Dark Tranquility tour announcement:

The wait is over and we are finally coming back to North America! We are super excited to get over and see our incredible American and Canadian fans after this long. You guys have always been there for us and to be able to do this expansive tour together with the fantastic Kataklysm and our friends from Nailed to Obscurity is going to be amazing. Bring on 2022! Tickets go on sale on Friday 12th Nov.

Since I can’t make their dates across the pond with Ensiferum (who I am a big fan of), I will def be trying to make one of these DT shows. Awesome line-up for sure.

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AEON release “Church Of Horror” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:42 PM (PST)

Album artwork by: Paolo Girardi

AEON are one of those bands that even Cannibal Corpse dudes will hear and be like ,“Wow, that’s pretty intense, complex and evil”. Get the picture? The band have unfortunately not released jack shit in way too long, but the wait it over! This is a great day!

2021 has proven an insane year for death metal with bands like Obsolete, Cerebral Rot and Bizarre delivering in the realms of avant-garde technical deathy prog thrash, grimy disgusting old school filth death and Lovecraftian punishment, respectively. And then there are plenty of even super techier bands doing a new school thing.

But Aeon are in a class and vibe all their own. Perfectly bridging so many styles while retaining a decidedly older technical enhanced type of feel, “Church Of Horror” is a relentless barrage of evil. You get the feeling after he delivered the twisted sermons on the House Of God album that King Diamond would listen to “Church Of Horror” to climax on the altar with some vile succubus and then cool off using a baptismal font as a makeshift birdbath ball splash/bidet.

So yeah, it’s pretty good, er…evil!

On October 15th, Aeon will release their new album, God Ends Here, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, a lyric video for the new single, “Church of Horror”, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/aeon – where God Ends Here can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– jewelcase-CD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– gold vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– orange w/ red splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold / black melt vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

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Anthrax announces their first European tour since the summer of 2019!
Kicking off on September 27, 2022 in Birmingham, England, the band will play 27 dates in 15 countries, wrapping up in Zurich, Switzerland on November 5.  Crossover thrashers band Municipal Waste will support on all dates. This is a live combo that is the epitome of the thrash essence!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 20 at 10AM BST, 11AM CET; go to www.anthrax.com for all purchasing information.

 

“It sure has been a long time since we rock’n’rolled in the UK and Europe,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, “but we’re coming back soon to bring the noise to all of you guys.  Being that we can’t get over there until 2022, we’re going to make sure that every show will be an eventful one.  We won’t just be playing four decades of songs to celebrate our ongoing 40th anniversary – hey, we’ll be giving YOU some history! – but we just might have some brand new ones for you as well.  Can’t wait to see all your happy, smiling faces!!!”

On this tour, fans can expect Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, and Jon Donais/guitar – to draw from all four decades – fan favorite and deep cuts –  for their nightly setlist.

 

 
“There’s just something special about Europe,” said Belladonna. “Our fans there have always had a full-fledged excitement about our shows, and I enjoy performing more than anyone can imagine, so we’re really looking forward to this tour.”

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photo by Janina Gallert

It is always stimulating when a band makes a long term impact by never sacrificing their drive to expand consciousness. Not every band has the guts or resolve to be a Dead Meadow, Kylesa, a Pharmakon or a Skinny Puppy. It is not an easy task to never fail to resist kowtowing to the framework of popular entertainment norms. To make each statement count.

Luminous Rot by metalgaze sound painters Nadja (Leah Buckareff & Aidan Baker) shows the duo remain capable of resisting the autopilot tendencies of many a long running group, whilst still retaining hallmarks that made them appeal to noise hungry weirdos, artsy types and sewer dwelling mutants. It is amongst a short list of my very favorite musical ‘moments’ of the year.

It was truly a Wayne’s World “We’re Not Worthy” checklist moment for me to get to interview the group about one of the year’s most thrilling records, an album that deserves to be revisited often by listeners in 2021. Frankly, it makes a lot of other albums feel semi-amateurish and will go over some people’s heads. What else is new?

We discussed Southern Lord, sci-fi “norms”, David Pajo’s role, pandemic peculiarities and much more. Luminous Rot is particularly compelling in how it effortlessly melds both obtuse and more welcoming musical forms into a cohesive soak.

Read onward BELOW.

Brisbane rockers HIT ‘N’ MIZZ have released an energetic video for their ‘Want Me?’ single. Taken from the Australian rock band’s Action EP, the song has a lot going for it. Melodic but gritty guitars and a larger than life vibe that could perk up the ears of fans of 80’s rock and alternative, the song in a way reminds me of The Cult meets Lita Ford through a punkier vibe.

The video was filmed by Alex Nelson from Emerge Creative. Watch it below!

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.

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.

TOMBS release video for “Secrets Of The Black Sun”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:52 AM (PST)

Often ferocious and always thought provoking blackened art metallers Tombs have premiered the latest video in the New York band’s arsenal. A standout and gloomy highlight from recent  guest-heavy triumph Under Sullen Skies, the track sort of floats in a no man’s land between DSBM and post-rock for an unnerving and thrilling listening experience. Add in guest vocal textures from the great musical medium Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Lvxuri) paired with Mike Hill’s tortured musings and you have one hell of a ride.

It is enormous to hear the group not settle for taking the easy way out and releasing the same song every go ’round. It is one reason they remain one of the most important vanguard acts in modern extreme metal.

“Everyone contributes on this record and the door has always been open for others to do so. There has always been this misconception that I’m some sort of tyrant always telling people what to do and play. The fact of the matter is that most of the time I outwork people; that’s just the way I am. No one is ever going to outwork me on any level in any area of my life and I was always coming up with material. Now, I have these maniacs in the band who are equally motivated and there’s a whole new life injected into TOMBS. That’s awesome and I love it. These days we’ll try anything and we actually write stuff and throw it out because it’s not perfect. It’s more like a writing committee, which I really appreciate. It’s not just me writing everything. It’s a big difference from ‘The Grand Annihilation’ which was basically a solo record.” – Mike Hill. 

Very impressed today by the new single from epic/extreme metallers Wythersake (Washington D.C.). The song is from their upcoming Scarlet Records debut Antiquity and will turn heads with very heavy aplomb, philosophical themes, a blend of grandiloquent adventurous leanings and death defying guitar solos above and beyond what I expected. RIYL Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh,  Hypocrisy, Ex Deo.

The record was produced by Wythersake and engineered by Gabriel Luis at Sound Room Media and it seems like they obviously had some incredible chemistry or communication because the results speak for themselves. This is now firmly on my radar and ought to be on yours as well! Hails!!

“‘Iniquity’ touches on the belief that you are wicked and a lost sinner from the moment you are born. The process of teaching this forces people to accept this uncritically – questioning the belief itself is considered a transgression, which creates a type of echo chamber. Ultimately, breaking away from the bonds
of that type of indoctrination is a very liberating and rewarding experience.” – Wythersake

RIP Marsha Zazula of Megaforce Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM (PST)

The entire world of metal and rock owes Marsha Zazula a debt of gratitude for co-founding Megaforce Records in the early 80’s with Jon Zazula. The label helped launch Metallica into the stratosphere and advance thrash metal much further into mainstream consciousness, where it has arguably remained the most popular form of metal for all time.

Megaforce of course has also helped with records by Anthrax, Bad Brains, Raven, Overkill, Patti Rothberg and so many more terrific and legendary artists.

Marsha has passed at the age of 68 from cancer. While I never got the chance to talk to her I do know Rikki and on behalf of Metal Riot want to send her and all of Marsha’s loved ones and friends our most heartfelt condolences and eternal thankful horns up high for her help making metal the best genre ever.