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Just watched the awesome first episode of Legion and am now web diddling in pajamas (that isn’t what it sounds like) whilst listening to Demon Lung’s A Dracula and wishing they had a new release soon. What do I spy in my emails? Some great news to share with you rage-o-holics. First, let me thank you for reading us over here in Metal Riot land. Whether every day or once in awhile or this is your MRiot cherry popping and you will never come back, thank you. Writing about and debating metal keeps some of us alive through the shitty parade of mandatory holidays that society crams down our throats, while completely burying cool ones like Saturnalia and National Plum Pudding Day (allegedly that is Feb. 12th and I missed it, who knew?).

Anyway, metal news! Blackened thrashers ALL HELL will release a record on Prosthetic later this year. Scant details are available at this time, but we can share that the North Carolina act’s latest is called The Grave Alchemist and sports some sexy kinda campy but still cool vampire art!

Tracklisting BELOW.

Watch Metallica and Lady Gaga together with no audio problems

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:48 PM (PST)


It is a shame the problem with James Hetfield’s mic at the Grammy awards distracted from an otherwise fun team-up between the thrash/hard rock legends of Metallica and one of the most exciting voices in Pop, Lady Gaga. I thought it was a blast anyway and that the sort of chaotic element made it a little more anarchic, but a lot of people were bummed. Gaga loves metal and has supported Anthrax and Lazer/Wulf before, so it wasn’t as weird a pairing as some closed minded people thought. She is very versatile and not to be underestimated.

I especially enjoyed when Lady Gaga sang some extra highs next to Lars and when she dove into the crowd and came back up like a crazed jungle cat woman (bad ass!), as well as how James was such a pro sharing a mic with her and singing over his shoulder while still effortlessly riffing with that famous pick hand of his! That was impressive. I hope they had some fun anyway.

Personally I thought it was awesome to see some metal on this award show again and also later on see Busta Rhymes go IN on Trump, lmao.

You can watch the whole MetalliGaga thing with NO AUDIO PROBLEMS at Sixx Sense HERE!! The web feed of the Grammys carried James’ mic audio fine. So if you were bummed out watch this one and you’ll feel better.

Head HERE for new Metallica tour dates with Avenged Sevenfold and HERE  for the Joanne tour. I’d go to either in a heart beat.

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Kittie bassist Trish Doan passes

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM (PST)


A death in the music scene is always sad, but even more so when the person is so young. Bad day for Kittie fans as the band has reported the passing of bassist Trish Doan at age 31.

“It is with immeasurable sadness that we share news of the passing of our sister and best friend Trish Doan. Finding the right words is tough. She was so bright and vibrant and talented and we loved her and still do. She was so much more than just a musician or member of the band. She was our blood, our sister and family. Finding our way without her will be challenging, like a ship without a lighthouse, and we are devastated. We ask that you please respect our privacy and her family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

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What to do as I wait to see if Lady Gaga does her part to make another Super Bowl featuring the garbage Tom Brady led Patriots bearable (seriously, I hope she goes big and insults Trump and plays all her most gay friendly stuff and also “Angel Down” for Trayvon)? Hmmm, some Canadians dressing like Vikings? Hey, this band is pretty dope. Orchestral and heavy metal plus some folk elements, even some horns. Harsh and clear multi-gender vocals and arrangements reaching for glory. Promised Land by Valfreya is fun and has some powerful performances.

The record looks like it has been on Bandcamp for a few weeks now but it seemed like a cool thing to still plug for you rapscallions anyway. Hey, they say Vikings went to Canada so maybe it was the Promised Land. Shit, it certainly has been looking pretty good to me lately!

Anyway, this band is fun and should appeal to fans of everything from Wintersun to Skalmold to even something like Within Temptation, a bit. I am def enjoying track #2 “Odin’s Fury” the best, as grim vocals and mid tempo attack riffs meet some swirling and battle charged elements head on before spiraling dueling guitar and noticeably intense drumming take us into some huge group vocals on the super bad ass and commanding bridge.  Vocalist Crook is not messing around and she has crazy range, while the whole band support one another very, very well with complimentary parts that elevate each piece. Very cool to learn about this band.


Zakk Sabbath announces US tour dates with Beastmaker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:18 PM (PST)


Zakk Wylde’s shit hot Black Sabbath tribute band is hitting the road with effin’ Beastmaker for one hell of a rock n roll tour.

This tribute group features Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and one of my favorite drummers Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stoneage, Bloodclot) will embark on their first ever US headline tour May 19 – June 10 2017!

Tickets will go on sale Saturday February 4th at and VIP upgrade packages will be available on Monday February 6th at ZakkSabbath.VIP.

Support will come from Beastmaker (Rise Above Records) whose new album Inside The Skull will be released on May 26th.

Watch this damn trailer and tell me it doesn’t ear fuck you! That is some glorious footage/War Piggery!!


HellYeah release 2017 Europe/UK Tour Trailer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:21 PM (PST)


The HellYeah crew have released a trailer for upcoming Euro Dates in support of latest record Undeniable. Full list of dates HERE. Catch a little adrenaline preview below.

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Los Angeles based Metal band Athanasia has released the official music video for the lead single off their upcoming debut album, The Order Of The Sliver Compass. This is the second music video release from the album, following the critically acclaimed “Spoils Of War“. Originally premiered on Metal Underground, “The Order Of The Silver Compass” was directed by renowned filmmaker Matt Zane and filmed at Modern Sector Studios in Burbank, CA.

This power trio have been working hard and you can pre order their upcoming debut HERE (there are also some sick patches with tight, evil design work). I have a feeling you’ll be hearing more from this group, as they could likely appeal to fans of everyone from Venom to Cradle Of Filth to Bullet For My Valentine. These guys have a big and impressive sound.



The metal world suffered a tragic blow today with the death of Geoff Nicholls, the longtime unsung hero of the mighty BLACK SABBATH who was sadly taken from us after a long battle with lung cancer. Geoff was the guitarist / keyboardist of Quartz until 1979 before joining SABBATH for the 1980 masterpiece Heaven And Hell. Nicholls was a part of SABBATH until 2004, and even was a part of the Tony Martin Band following his departure from BLACK SABBATH.

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin had this to say: “Although I have known for some time of his cancer, and I spoke to him regularly through that period, our last conversation was just before Christmas. He was resigned to his deteriorating health and wished me well. That was the last I spoke to him. I can’t tell you how much I am saddened by his passing, even though we knew of his diagnosis. He will be VERY missed. I will always regard him as my writing partner and advisor and all around friend and confidante”.

BLACK SABBATH main man Tony Iommi issued a statement via Facebook. “Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again.”

As a tribute, I thought it would be appropriate timing to really share 3 severely deep cuts from SABBATH that prominently features Geoff’s keyboarding. These are songs I have enjoyed for years, and regardless if you’ve grown up with them or are hearing them for the first time now, I hope you like these picks too.


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Vocalist Steve Grimmett remains in a South American hospital after being refused flight home when the airline disallowed him to board on Saturday evening.  Grimmett has been battling a life-threatening condition for a week after being rushed to a local hospital in Ecuador; the singer was amidst a tour in support of GRIM REAPER’s latest album, Walking In The Shadows. (It made one of our year end lists last year HERE).


Grimmett’s wife, Amelia Grimmett, has been updating fans around the globe of the singer’s condition via the band’s official Facebook page since the reports started to surface on January 14.  “Last Saturday, whilst doing a gig in Ecuador, Steve was taken very ill,” she noted.  “He finished the gig sitting down but was transported to a local hospital immediately after the performance where they operated to remove an infection.”


In an interview with Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice this past weekend, Ms. Grimmett further detailed the situation. “The band was only ten days into a South American tour when Steve began to feel ill.  He took some tablets thinking it was maybe altitude sickness.  However during the early part of the band’s performance, Steve’s health went downhill quickly.  He was taken to hospital and rushed into surgery to attempt to remove a growing infection on his foot.  The following morning, they scanned him and confirmed the infection had spread.  He was rushed back in to surgery and was told he would at minimum loose a few toes, worse-case scenario his foot.  Additional tests were conducted and the infection had again spread.  On Wednesday, a decision was made for a third operation; one that resulted in doctors removing Steve’s right leg below the knee in order to stop the infection that could, if allowed to spread, take his life.”


Fans have taken to social media since initial reports started to appear regarding the beloved singer.  Now an official fundraising page has been created to help Steve with costs that are quickly rising.  Donations can be made HERE.
Grimmett is currently expected to return to England on Friday. “Steve is booked on a plane to fly home this week,” notes Amelia.  She shares, “the rest of the band has now flown back so Steve will be on his own in the hospital but he says he’s ok.  The embassy has promised they will look after him and get him back to the UK safely.”
Steve Grimmett has issued the following statement, “I would like to thank my band mates for their support and to our fans for doing the same.”  Amelia adds, “I am overwhelmed with all the messages of support.  Even though this was a life-changing operation, it saved Steve’s life, and me and the rest of our family are eternally grateful.”
All forthcoming Grim Reaper dates are cancelled.  Updates as they relate to Steve’s status will be shared via the band’s official Facebook page at
The full The Metal Voice video interview can be seen HERE.


Walking In The Shadows is available now from Dissonance Productions.

Iron Maiden announce 2017 North American Tour with Ghost

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:10 PM (PST)


Iron Maiden have announced a new leg of their The Book Of Souls tour, this time with popular ghoulish rockers Ghost as support. It is a great pairing for two very theatrical bands and I think Ghost will startle some older Maiden fans with their live show. And of course…the main attraction…MAIDEN!!! I wonder if they got the idea for the Maya stuff from Saxon’s Sacrifice album. Anyway, it should be a fucking awesome tour. I’d love to hear  ”If Eternity Should Fail” or “The Great Unknown” in a huge venue alongside classics like “Fear Of The Dark” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name”, though I don’t know what the tour setlist will be for this leg. Tickets on sale next week.

Dates BELOW.

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ROOT release “Black Iris” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:15 PM (PST)


Pre second wave black metal Czech masters of dark suspense ROOT have a big 2017 ahead, set to appear at Maryland Deathfest and getting strong reviews for 2016′s “Kärgeräs – Return From Oblivion”In addition, a great reissue of Hell Symphony can be coveted or purchased HERE.

See the new video for “Black Iris” below as ROOT keep metal traditions alive and show past, present and future generations how heavy ceremony is done.

Liv Sin releases “Let Me Out” debut single for new project

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 1:14 PM (PST)


Liv “Sin” Jagrell, former singer of hard rockers Sister Sin, is by far one of the cooler and nicer people I have met in all my years in the rock scene. I’m really glad I got to see her former band rock a small club again in Poughkeepsie before the Swedes called it quits. Liv and the drummer wanted to keep going, but I guess the other dudes backed out. I was just wearing their shirt yesterday!

Anyway, have we got some Friday the 13th fun for you! Liv’s new band is called Liv Sin and the first single can be heard HERE. I would describe it as decidedly more heavy metal than hard rock, but still featuring her powerful vocal presence up front and center. It’s a cool new direction for sure.

Pre-Order the new CD via Despotz Records HERE now!

Castle announce March 2017 “Still Reaping” US Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:38 PM (PST)


March of 2017 sees one of our favorites Castle‘s first batch of touring for the year, a “Still Reaping” jaunt to keep the blood flowing while the band work on new material. This trio of classic heavy metal and doom minded warriors give some of the most bang for your buck you will ever get as a fan live or on wax, so be sure to catch them if you can. Dates and recent cut “Welcome To The Graveyard” BELOW.

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Crowbar to tour with Suicidal Tendencies, Havok

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 7:24 PM (PST)


Great news from camp Crowbar:

Happy New Year everyone! We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hitting the road this year w/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – OFFICIAL & HAVOK here are the dates! We will be doing a few warm up shows too, stay tuned for more info!

Feb 22 Santa Ana, Ca Observatory
Feb 23 San Diego, CA Observatory
Feb 24 Tucson, AZ Club X
Feb 25 Farmington, NM Top Deck
Feb 27 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
Feb 28 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Mar 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Mar 3 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Mar 4 Ft. Meyers, Fl Harborside Events Center
Mar 5 Tampa, Fl State Theatre
Mar 7 Memphis, Tn New Daisy Theatre
Mar 8 Lawrence, KS Granada
Mar 10 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall Complex

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Song Of The Week: Blaze Bayley – “Crazy Christmas”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 10:50 AM (PST)


In many ways the holiday’s can eat Rudolph’s dick. There is always a lot of pressure, you go broke, and does any gift ever really express how you care about someone? Or worse…maybe you go all out and then the person doesn’t really give a shit about you. Or you get more socks (that’s honestly not bad because the sock monster is real, yo).

Anyway, we don’t want to pimp Christmas as more important than the other holidays this time of year (especially Saturnalia). BUT our man Blaze Bayley, one of our very favorite dudes, he made a jam this year called “Crazy Christmas” that will make you want to get wasted with Santa and Ernest and crash the sleigh into your neighbor’s house faster than you can say ,” Kris Kringle on a Crucifix”.

Blaze, we love you. Thank you for reminding us that Christmas can indeed be metal and giving us more options to drink rum and eggnog too alongside classics from August Burns Red, Bad Religion and King Diamond. I am personally listening to Flock of Seagulls and drinking Chimay though, cuz eff it all.


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