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The best thing I have heard yet in 2019 is "ICE watch", a completely rugged face buster from Arkansas hardcore band Terminal Nation which premiered at No Echo HERE. It will give you the insane over the top feels of a lot of heavy stuff without wondering if the band members have become weird conservative farts or are suddenly gonna cape for YAITW. The song even manages to out mosh the band's recent tune "Pulse Of The Dead" from Absolute Control. Good news is, TN have a split out with the homies in Neckbeard Deathcamp in February (it is sure to be a big year for both bands this year) and the gossip is we might get a TN full length this year as well. If you want to feel socially responsible while still doing reprehensible shit in the pit (I mean watch out for your peeps if someone falls down...but you know what I mean), this band will be entirely your shit. Bellowed vocals, powerviolence glory and a firm anti-xenophobia message.
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The band says of the song, “The end of mankind is here in the form of “Take Us All.” This song is super catchy with its dark melodies and roller coaster dynamics. It’s got a big vocal hook along epic dual guitar solos.”
The album was tracked at Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia, and then mixed in Canada by producer Glen Robinson (Annihilator, Queensryche and Voivod).
As vocalist/guitarist Darren Cherry says of While The Wheels Still Turn, “We really wanted to make an album similar to old Ozzy Osbourne record where songs like ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Goodbye To Romance’ can sit comfortably. This is music from the heart and soul!”
Check out the video for “Take Us All” as well as the cover art and tracklist for While The Wheels Still Turn here.Add to My Radar
King Diamond announces new DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Songs For The Dead Live’; new video “Sleepless Nights (Live at The Fillmore)” !
King Diamond is releasing an epic DVD set featuring Graspop and Fillmore full sets of Abigail. This release looks seriously sick. As a die hard King fan I am beyond elated today and singing in falsetto and pissing off my dramatic cat.
“Songs For The Dead Live gives those who missed out on seeing these shows in the flesh a chance to vividly experience them, offering so much deeper an experience than your run of the mill live DVD.”
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Ozzy turned 70 today, proving you really can achieve anything with the help of heavy metal and perhaps some unholy magic pacts? In all seriousness, congrats to Ozzy and thanks for all the years loving and living rock n roll. Everyone has a favorite album or song or show or memory and I hope it is not insulting to say that with all his antics over the years there are many people who were expected to outlive Ozzy but he proved them wrong and has had a wild, full and incredible life.
Here’s one of my favorites from The Prince Of Darkness. “Road To Nowhere”? Nah, man. More like road to eternal metal glory.
Happy Birthday @OzzyOsbourne, have a great 70th! All the best, Tony.
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) December 3, 2018
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Happy 70th birthday Ozzy!!! @ Royal Arena https://t.co/Ql3UZyyHMC
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) December 3, 2018
With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.
And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.
Kicking off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.
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Hey kids, rock n roll and I’d even dare to say rock on. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of how effed up politics is at the moment and am a little wiped out so let’s just take it slow today and stick to some metal news. Actually, eff that. I will mention that Trans Military, the first ever feature film to receive funding from GLAAD, can be previewed HERE.
Ok, now to a band singing about killer sharks, etc. and more chunky news.
Northern California’s turbulent, JAWS worshipping, genre defying, progressive quartet Squalus, reveal “Fourth of July” from their forthcoming split with Chico, CA progressive sludge band, Shadow Limb, titled, “Mass and Power”. Listen to “Fourth of July” today at Decibel Magazine.
“For those who don’t know, our 2017 debut record, The Great Fish… is a retelling of Jaws,” explains guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory. “To fit it all on a single LP, we had to cut a song. The track ‘Fourth of July’—which recreates the early conversation between Mayor Vaughn and Sheriff Brody about shutting down the beaches—was originally supposed to be the second track on the album, sitting in between songs that depict attacks on the first two victims. The completionist in me loved having a song for that scene with all that great dialogue, but for a number of reasons it was the most likely candidate to be severed when trimming down the album playtime. Knowing that we wanted to do something with it down the line gave us the perfect excuse to release this split with Shadow Limb, and record a couple new songs while we were at it.”
“Mass and Power” will be released on December 14th via Translation Loss Records on LP/digital.
The fuckin’ riff crushers in Monolord have signed to Relapse! The Swedish trio pretty much win over anyone who sees them live and with each album (Empress Rising, Vænir and Rust) have managed to somehow raise the bar even further. It’s not fair to other bands with worse talent and work ethic!
MONOLORD’s yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album is expected to be released in late 2019. Stay tuned for more information.
MONOLORD comment on the signing:
“Stoked about this! Working with people who are driven by the passion for music above anything else has always been key for us. The fine music lovers at Relapse are just the kind of passionate people we want to spread the decibel gospel with and we feel confident that this is gonna be a very sweet ride together.”
MONOLORD are currently on tour throughout Europe with Kadavar. A full list of remaining tour dates is available below.
MONOLORD Tour Dates:
— All Dates Nov 15-Dec 01 w/ Kadaver —
Nov 15 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
Nov 16 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte Zurich
Nov 17 Eindhoven, NL @ Helldorado
Nov 18 Groningen, NL @ VERA Groningen
Nov 20 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum Bielefeld
Nov 21 Kortrijk, BE @ Concertzaal
Nov 22 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
Nov 23 Leipzig, DE @ Sonne Island
Nov 24 Schweinfurt, DE @ Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
Nov 25 Neukirchen, DE @ Sagewerk
Nov 27 Cham, DE @ L.A. Live Style Cafe
Nov 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage Munchen
Nov 29 Bochum, DE @ Zeche Bochum
Nov 30 Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
Dec 01 Freiburg, DE @ Jazzhaus Freiburg
Portland, Oregon metal noise makers Hair Puller are preparing to release their debut full length album Old Friend on November 16. The album will be released on vinyl via Nadine Records and on cassette via Accident Prone Records.
The band returned to the studio in October 2017, recording drums at Stop / Start with friend and scene-mate Robert Comitz of Marriage + Cancer, and recording the rest themselves over the next several months. The resulting 10 songs were mixed by guitarist Eric Leavell, and mastered by Julian Silva of On Air Mastering.
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The hardcore and metal community are in shock and very sad from the breaking news that legendary NYHC guitarist Todd Youth has passed away. He leaves behind a legacy of creativity that saved countless people’s lives. Hardcore will never be the same.
Todd’s Fireburn bandmate Ras Israel Joseph I (also of Bad Brains Rise fame ) posted on Facebook:
On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth
There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with gbh from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna is taking his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and The Devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. one day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.
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Today is a extremely sad day for the NYHC Scene. Our friend, brother and early member of Agnostic Front Todd Youth has passed. This is a very hard time for his immediate family and those that were close to him, so we ask that you please respect his family by giving them the space they need as they move through the initial stages of this tragedy. There is still a lot unknown, in the meantime thank you for respecting their wishes. Rest In Peace my brother, please say hi to Raybeez for me 💔
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REST IN PEACE MY BROTHA!!!
I AM SO UPSET RIGHT NOW CAUSE YOU WERE LIVING YOUR LIFE & YOU WERE DOING YOUR THANG.
YOU ALWAYS SHOWED ME LOVE ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS COMING UP IN THIS… https://t.co/eqIPbgGKPd
— DANNY DIABLO (@DannyDiablo) October 27, 2018
Rest in Peace Todd Youth. Thanks for all the great music. True NYHC legend.
— All Out War 666 (@mikescore1) October 27, 2018
Just hearing that Todd Youth has passed away. Sad news to hear. RIP Todd Youth.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) October 27, 2018
Love, blessings & a safe journey to Todd Youth. #NYHC
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) October 27, 2018
rip todd youth. what a sad day. here is some positive energy in the form of reposting the article we did on the warzone tribute from Tompkins, a day that had so much positive energy that infected everyone who was there with inspiration for years to come.https://t.co/RsQjjogpYm pic.twitter.com/GWuXceJYm9
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) October 27, 2018
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Man, Season 3 Episode 4 of Daredevil with the jail situation was stressssful af! Please stream that show so it does NOT get the axe like Iron Fist and Luke Cage did just as they were really hitting their groove! WTF they are just gonna sleep on Daughters of The Dragon now or Heroes For Hire? This is some bullshit, Marvel! Anyhow, here for some random metal items and to send some love out there to the LGBTQAI folk in the scene today who need support after a horrible 24 hours in this bad dream. Let’s get down to it.
Ozzy has been recovering from an infection but now we have the great news of a big New Year’s Eve Ozzfest Celebration for the big lunk. WE LOVE YOU OZZY!!! Body Count, Marilyn, Rob Zombie and Jonathan from Korn’s solo band along with the Ozz-meister himself are gonna make sure it is a night fans will remember for many years to come. I have a feeling this will be a historical concert in metal history as time passes. Info below!
I wish Ozzfest was still a huge full summer tour. I know it had some bands too “mainstream” for some cooler than thou types, but I for one think the scene benefits from bigger tentpole bands as it allows smaller bands to open for them. My friends Gizmachi played one year. I first saw Killswitch with Howard there. Lots of good memories. Plus, there are a lot of bands Ozzy has supported over the years big and small on the festival who I like still to this day from Mudvayne to Kittie to Neurosis. Who remembers Drain STH? Right on. Metal is a big enough tent for all kinds of bands (except Nazis).
— Ozzfest (@TheOzzfest) October 22, 2018
Samsara from Catharsis is now on Bandcamp along with pretty much every Crimethinc release! This is awesome. Blasting “The Evolution of Dying” as we speak to celebrate.
Next up, I wanted to thank some trans folks and some allies in the scene (or really anyone who falls in that category during these times or ever). Trump is trying to erase trans people’s rights to exist as we KNEW he would. Well, most of us who aren’t super gullible at least.
just remembering this gem of a take this morning https://t.co/9eOq9abb7p
— Joe Monstermashnkill (@JoeThrashnkill) October 22, 2018
Anyway, I made a little video today (below) and want to also suggest you read this thread and support the Equality Act! It will make this kind of bs much harder to do to marginalized communities. Please support artists and regular trans people in your communities (binary, enby or whatever) and educate yourself to defeat tired talking points with ease. And ASK how you can help? I am lucky and have several platforms as well as a very supportive community but these are also hard times with rights threatened and not everyone is in the same boat.
Thanks trans folk + allies in scene @JessieRaeFisher @MinaCaputo @otepofficial @PopeRichard @globelamp @gileadmedia @eyehatethou @kngwmn @Doomstress + others. Not all have a platform like them so if you care please ask how you can help. Self discovery matters! #wewillnotbeerased pic.twitter.com/PLdRYfgZ6r
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) October 22, 2018
Now for today’s most important news item. Ghoul have a poll for World’s hottest Ghoul. This is harder than picking a favorite Spice Girl (for most people. I stan Melanie B).
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Who is the HOTTEST Ghoul?
— Ghoul (@GhoulOfficial) October 23, 2018
Ozzy Osbourne has now cancelled the remaining four shows on his North American “No More Tours 2.” Following additional evaluation from his doctors, Osbourne will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.
The four cancelled shows were originally scheduled as follows: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (October 6), Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista (October 9), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (October 11) and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (October 13). The three California shows had previously been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors. All four shows will be rescheduled for 2019.
“I’m so fu**ing bummed about cancelling these shows,” Osbourne says. “The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”
Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
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— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) October 11, 2018
I was listening to Epica’s The Quantum Enigma today kind of baked and driving in the intense gray rain, the passionate performances and unabashed soaring complexity of the material inspiring me as Upstate, NY’s dampened fall colors blurred by under a wet obfuscating temporary canopy of droplets. The song “Victims Of Contingency” hit me powerfully and re-centered my focus on the mantra that time is a special, fleeting yet permament construct. What we do in our limited moments become our choices and how we lived. It is so simple but we overlook this out of the familiarity of routine daily, even as we are constantly surrounded by so many miracles and options it is a wonder anyone ever decides to “BE” anything.
Anyhow, that said I love when people are decisive and make bold artistic statements and this year has been loaded with them, from the assuredly high constitution rolling persistence of Anicon’s ferocious and focused Entropy Mantra to the compositional and emotive brilliance of Oceans of Slumber’s The Banished Heart to the groove metal activism of Otep’s Kult 45. Whether the emotional performances/beauty in the branches between spare folk and acoustic black metal simplicity is your bag or being inspired to be the next Dimmu and you aim for extremely elaborate compositions, here is some respect for the artists out there. We toast you with a cup of my liberal tears (which only make me more Goth, eternal win. Take that, chumps).
Oh that reminds me, anyone want to start a cover band of pre-Born Again Dave era Megadeth called Magadeth and we cover just “Foreclosure Of A Dream” and early Metallica songs and make fun of Alex Jones and people who think Obama was behind False Flags instead of, y’know, rampant lack of rational gun control being a cause in rising and alarming gun violence trends and school/public shootings? Kanye was visiting Trumpy with Kid Rock today, so I guess racism is solved. Guess what, stooges? The only invisible wall (to quote Ye) is gonna be the one on the border we don’t allow to be built as vile stain on our nation’s alleged love of diversity.
Where was I? Cool metal stuff to tell you about today to underscore my point about this fertile scene of special decisive statement making artists! Actually most of us have anxiety but that doesn’t mean the albums always sound like it!
First up, speaking of Oceans Of Slumber (a serious album of the year contender at the moment), they are selling the ONLY backdrop from their Winter era at Big Cartel! This is a cool opportunity for a dedicated fan to have a major piece of the band’s history. I would snatch it up if I had the scratch for sure! \m/
FOR SALE | WORLD WIDE!
— OceansofSlumber (@OceansofSlumber) October 9, 2018
In bummer news for them (and great news for Visceral Disgorge) Soreption have had to drop out of their slot on the Farewell Frank Suffocation Tour. Cattle Decap shared a tweet letting fans know that the tour line up had changed. I mean, I assume other bands shared that info also but I stan Cattle Decap the most so saw it there first, haha. Fucking Krisiun is on that tour as well. Christ, that is a bad ass line up even with a little switch-around. Let’s support!
Unfortunately due to Visa Issues @Soreption is forced to step down from the tour. Taking their place in the lineup will be @VisceralDisgorg We wish the best to Soreption but we know that Visceral Disgorge will not disappoint!!!
— Cattle Decapitation (@cattledecap) October 11, 2018
Here for a little reminder that today is National Coming Out Day, a tweet on the subject from our account:
#NationalComingOutDay the punk/metal scene IS a place for queer perspectives. You wouldn’t have either genre without influencial gay outsider culture. Thanks @otepofficial for making me feel confident to come out as bi during a chat years ago. And enby last year. 🏳️🌈🙏🤟🏽
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) October 11, 2018
Huge high fives and horns to queer creators and fans out there. Sing Priest’s Turbo as loud as you can into a shower head today at some point. We love you all. Remind people that The Sex Pistols wouldn’t have had such a cultural impact if it weren’t for the UK Club scene and fashion attitudes, thanks! XO.
Lastly today, CHTHONIC have a new video out for “A Crimson Sky’s Command”!
With many tracks from CHTHONIC’s fresh Battlefields of Asura album being associated with different Taiwanese gods and goddesses, “A Crimson Sky’s Command” was inspired by the god of war “Te-ia-kong”, or “Xuantian Shangdi” in Mandarin. The lyrics naturally takes on warpath and aggressiveness, however, frontman Freddy Lim states that “on top of the imagery at the face value, it also represents the courage we need to face, confront and overcome our own weakness”.
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Since 1979 SAXON have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge, which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career. With no signs of letting up, the SAXON Juggernaut continues with the release earlier this year of their latest album THUNDERBOLT and an ongoing World Tour that’s going from strength to strength.
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Agonia Records, one of our favorite extreme labels around here, are working with the Greek band Lucifer’s Child. If you haven’t heard of them the group consists of vocalist Marios Dupont (Karma Violens) and drummer Nick Vell (Chaostar), George Emmanuel (ex-Chaostar), Stathis Ridis (a member of another long-running Hellenic metal unit, Nightfall).
Now they’ve released new single “The Order” in the form of a music video directed by George Koimisis and the band themselves. It’s the title track from the band’s fothrcoming album, set to be released on November 9th via Agonia Records. Watch the video HERE.Add to My Radar
London heavy metal bruisers Amulet announce the addition of talented new permanent singer Federico “Mace” Mazza and finish writing second album.
Mace joined in early Summer following a successful show supporting Cirith Ungol and Angel Witch at The Underworld in Camden in May 2018. Since that show the new line-up have been working hard with Mace to finish writing their long-gestating second album. The band are excited about the addition of his powerful pipes and confident about the 12 heavy new songs they are preparing. Mace has lived in London for several years and has fronted tasty Italian metal act Asgard since a teenager 15 years ago. He replaces original singer Jamie Elton who moved to Sweden in 2016. Amulet said farewell to Jamie with a German tour in June 2018.Add to My Radar