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FORETOKEN release debut album ‘Ruin’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12:15 PM (PST)

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Prosthetic Records have teamed up with Virginia’s ambitious Foretoken to release Ruin, a blend of folk, death and black metal styles.

Dan Cooley commented:
“The record’s release brings an equal mix of excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. We’ve spent the last almost two years writing and obsessing over every detail of the album. There are definitely some things we’ve learned throughout that process which we will incorporate in the next record, but for now we’re confident our debut, Ruin, is everything we wanted it to be: cinematic, energetic, and at times melancholy. We hope everyone enjoys the album and we want to thank everyone who supported us early on through Bandcamp.”

Bandmate, Steve Redmond added:
“We’re super excited for everyone to hear the album. This project started as nothing more than a “bedroom studio project” that would’ve probably never seen the light of day and evolved into something much more. This is my first time writing a symphonic metal record and it has been incredibly fun. It has also been a learning experience. With Ruin we really want the listener to be able to go on a musical journey through these myths and legends. We hope we were able to capture that with this record. We hope everyone has as much fun listening to Ruin as we had making it. ”

During the creation of Ruin, the pair enlisted Hannes Grossmann (Triptykon, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) on drum duties. The album also features James Malone (Arsis) in a dueling guitar solo on the track A Deathless Prison, and was mixed by both Steve Redmond and Jacob Hansen; with mastering being done by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. Jacob Hansen is a renowned producer/engineer who has worked on albums such as The Black Dahlia Murder’s Nightbringers and Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Veleno. The album’s art is a piece by Tomas Honz entitled Fallen Empires .

Heavy metallers Eleine have unleashed a powerful new video for “As I Breathe”, a blend of symphonic and melodeath that just kicked my ass! Huge melodies and punishing guitar abounds! Fans of Tarja, Arch Enemy, Delain will find plenty to love about this killer tune. Dancing In Hell is this Swedish band’s third long player and you should definitely pre order it today! It releases late November and is sure to be one of the last monumental records of the underground you can use to blast 2020 into the stratosphere as we look towards better days.

If you like vocals with the melodic confidence of Ghost paired with ripping but pro sounding trad metal influences ala the best of early The Sword or Slough Feg, might I suggest you get your barbarian loving asses over yonder and check out the newest track from Eternal Champion. Dude really is not gonna let you take away thousands of swords, so don’t try. Really enjoyed Arthur Rizk’s propulsive drumming on this, among the many other elements that work well to create a near perfect fantasy metal track (also produced, mixed and mastered by Rizk).

ETERNAL CHAMPION’s highly anticipated second full-length will be released worldwide on November 20th 2020 via No Remorse Records on CD, LP and in a box set. In US territory, the vinyl records will be exclusively released and distributed by Sword Worship

Today, Shadow Kingdom Records announces the signing of Pounder. The band’s sophomore, Breaking the World, will be out later this autumn on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. Expect it to come at you harder than Snake Plissken jumping off a tsunami onto Map of the Stars Eddie’s car in Escape From LA. The follow up to Uncivilized should find the band – vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey, bassist Alejandro Corredor, and lead guitarist Tom Draper – continuing to plow their field full of classic NWOBHM and speed influences, perhaps in an even heavier vein.

Stay tuned!

On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

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This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

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RIP Martin Birch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.

Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.

Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.

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Corey Taylor announces solo album ‘CMFT’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 9:17 AM (PST)

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced a new solo album CMFT. The album is due out October 2 via Roadrunner Records.

Ahead of that release, Taylor has released the first two singles from the album: “CMFT Must Be Stopped (feat. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie)” and “Black Eyes Blue.”

Check out the videos for the two singles here.

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Helios are going to be turning a lot of heads. The tri-state area band was formerly known as Storm Dragon and now is composed of legend Tim Aymar (Pharaoh, Control Denied) , Jonathan Stanley (Mirror Mirror & Bury My Blessings), Eric Rymers (Shiva Stone), Jack Buckholt, and Jeff Loy. They have some scorching new demo material out that already crushes many band’s completed albums. Tim sounds absolutely phenomenal with these guys and the material is complex but accessible for a near perfect heavy metal experience. It is a great blend of technical skill and direct songwriting with sky rattling vocal heights, a super tight rhythm section and crunchy riffs. Looking forward to more! I asked the band how it felt to have things moving forward. Anyone from Priest and trad metal fans to power metal fans to disciples of their previous bands will love this!

“It feels very rewarding! We have worked so hard to rebuild and reinvent the band and we think the addition of Tim did just that. We thank the fans and friends of the band for being so patient through this and we can’t wait to finish the record and play live for everyone!” – Jonathan Stanley.

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US prog metal outfit OCEANS OF SLUMBER release the second single, “The Adorned Fathomless Creation”, today off their forthcoming self-titled album out September 4th via Century Media Records worldwide. The song opens with a chaotic tempest before the hypnotic clean vocals enter on top of a frantic riff for powerful effect. One of the most innovative band of songwriters on the planet.

“Violence, revenge, retribution, repeat. The adorned fathomless creation that is humanity, that is society, that is each of us. Warped and blinded by this eye for an eye mentality, we stumble along the path of this insidious and cyclical nature of violence and pain. Hate begets more hate. Fear a contagion. Compassion a lost art of emotional bending. Outcry, anger, rage, repeat. We long for the gentle embrace of compassion, hope to be soothed by a love that is no where to be found. So the machine churns, spewing smoke along a degenerative wasteland. Victim, valor, vengeance, repeat. Our only hope is to remember that among ourselves is an ability to connect, an ability to heal, an ability to grow. To break the machine and free ourselves from its corrosive and cancerous nature. Teach, acknowledge, heal, repeat,” states Oceans Of Slumber about the track relese.

Oceans Of Slumber is available as a standard CD jewelcase, gatefold black 2LP+CD, digital album. Pre-order the album HERE.

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Matt Harvey of Exhumed/Gruesome/Pounder

Hey folks. Drinking coffee and listening to the “Human Being” version from The Spaghetti Incident and my brain is fried from binging Mr. Robot back episodes til 4am, but wanted to share this cool thing Decibel did. This is awesome and responsible stuff, not bands just like biting beer cans and shit. Be sure to head HERE for an online gallery of a TON of metal musicians rocking their masks in support of public health. We need this shit cuz a lot of morons listen to metal, so maybe this will help. Just like Eminem’s dope verse on the Kid Cudi track last night, every bit of common fucking sense helps from our entertainers! I am guessing we won’t see any batshit Iced Earth dudes on here. Halford, Chthonic Diety, Anthrax, KEN Mode, Horrendous, Die Choking (which you very well might if you don’t wear a mask, Matt Harvey, Krieg, Max Cavalera and many more participated. Hails. Very cool!

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Knotfest.com have announced today that they will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of Slipknot‘s eponymous debut album with a live broadcast of their seminal home-movie collection Welcome To Our Neighborhood that features home shot footage of the early days of Slipknot, interviews, early live performance footage of Wait And Bleed, Surfacing and Scissors and more. The film will be broadcast live on Friday, June 26th 2020 beginning at 2pm PST/5pm EST/11pm CET over on Knotfest.com

The band have also dropped an Official Quarantine Merch Capsule, which is available now from SlipknotMerch.com

The ongoing Concert Streaming series has already treated fans to sets from Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex and Suffocation, Suicide Silence and In Flames all of which have raised funds donated to COVID-19 relief charities

The many Knotfest events worldwide – Knotfest Festivals, Knotfest Roadshow Tours, and Knotfest At Sea – have one purpose, which is to celebrate our community of loud music, art, and culture – together. When we are unable to physically come together to do this, for the sake of the common health and safety of all – Knotfest is keeping the celebration going with these weekly live performances.

Slipknot and Knotfest welcome ALL in the heavy metal community to these events. We hope you enjoy.

In the words of Corey Taylor: Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.

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Valkyrie will return in 2020 after five years since their last record. Newest track “The Choice” is pure classic metal influenced ear candy to me, just riff after hummable riff like a perfect groove, mid temp ride out into a melodic pasture full of weird creatures as you contemplate your past with longing. The dual guitars and great, organic feel of this one is reminding me of the best work of The Sword, Slough Feg and even a little Blue Oyster Cult “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”. This song is absolutely on my wavelength.

The Virginia based band will release Fear via Relapse on July 24th.

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“Say a prayer for humanity/lost in the halls of insanity”. That lyric could be a timeless folk song, but is delivered with power metal confidence and melodic warrior muster on Greyhawk‘s excellent album Keepers Of The Flame (out today)!

Rev Taylor (vox) leads this company of Seattle metal adventurers boldly forth to visit new realms (no, not CHAZ). Taylor’s voice reminds me slightly of the full chested confidence of singers such as Matt Barlow or Blaze Bayley. This group is potent and expresses their Blind Guardian, Dio and Hammerfall compatible charm with the ease of a roguish grin. Fighter Records made a wise choice with this band!

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After a number of years absence that left fans wondering if we would ever hear Sister Sin again, the Swedish rockers have returned to pump us up with blazing rock n roll glory. The band performed a Raw & Mean From Rehearsal live stream over this past weekend and it was epic to hear their underground, fiery anthems again. Liv Sin has stayed busy with her Burning Sermons album and solo band but many people have also missed the rowdy and bar room brawl ready Sister Sin songs. It was killer to hear “24/7” kick off the set (about an hour into the video below) and feel the adrenaline build! Will more be forthcoming? I don’t know, but this was one of the best things to happen yet in 2020 for rock fans.

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