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Weekend Warpath: Insignium, Denied, Earth Electric

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Hello, weekend warriors. We just got an air conditioner and I have the afternoon off so am taking a moment to do a little extra metal blogging about some cool shit for you.

Some of you may know that I was really into Ex-Mayhem guitarist Rune Eriksen’s melodic gothy band Ava Inferi, purveyors of some totally under appreciated and dark, poetic masterful records. I even got to interview them once back in the days of MySpace. Well, Rune Eriksen and chillingly talented vocalist Carmen Simões (who has also worked with mighty Moonspell, one of my all time favorite bands) now have a cool new hard rock band called Earth Electric! The video, directed by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (GHOST) is below.

Regarding the video, Earth Electric comment: “Our second official video was shot by Costin Chioreanu on various stages throughout Spain and Norway as a part of the ambulant “Tales Of The Wind” exhibition. The video itself is a vivid and psychedelic expression of the powerful energies we create in our most desired setting; on stage! “

Immerse yourself in this band from Portugal’s impressive psychedelic hard rock right away! RIYL Purson, Hammers Of Misfortune, Slough Feg.

German black metallers Insignium recently signed with Apostasy Records and on August 31st, Insignium will reveal the fruits of their recent labors with their new album Infamie Und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes Sich Erhebt. I don’t know a lot about this band but they haven’t released anything in like thirteen years and the music is pretty fucking awesome. I did try hard to make sure they are not NSBM before posting and could not find anything to prove otherwise, which it sucks that I have to even say that but it is 2018.

So yeah, I certainly hope this is cool to post. The artwork and especially the riffs are pretty fucking incredible and I am enjoying it.

Denied from Sweden have a new lyric video for heavy metal anthem in the making “False Truth”. The lyrics are pretty pedestrian (see “Die MF Just Die” repeated at numerous points) and a lot of casual F bombs, but there is something about the energy of the song I enjoyed. It isn’t the most original ever but sometimes you just want to rock. I mean, it worked for Drowning Pool, right?

Denied feature singer Soren Adamsen, vocals (ex ARTILLERY) and Chris Vowden, guitar (ex OPETH) and “False Truth” is taken from the album “Freedom of speech…” that was released 13th Feb 2018 via Sliptrick Records. The song featuring Johan Fahlberg (JADED HEART) on vocals.

 

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Secret Cutter photo by Tim Wynarczuk

Hey, cannibalistic cohorts. Slamming down some Annie’s bunny pasta like a god damn party animal right now and eager to give you the scoop on some cool new metal news for the day. In an effort to cover a little more ground with my zany schedule (and also because I am generally happier when I am a chatty Cathy and not  just drearily re-posting press releases under the gun), I am gonna try to do some daily little mini lists of cool condensed happenings as well as our usual style posts. We will see how long it lasts. Anyway, let’s hit the battlefield running.

Secret Cutter have streamed the closing track “Oblivion” (not a Mastodon cover, yo) from their new record Quantum Eraser over at the fine site Invisible Oranges.

Says the Pennsylvania based band of the track, “‘Oblivion’ is, for lack of a better term, the grand finale of our second LP Quantum Eraser. It is the last and heaviest song on the record. Musically, the song was written as a funeral march. The song addresses taking the wrong path til the end, caused by self-delusion and trusting the wrong people.”

 

Let SECRET CUTTER’s “Oblivion” out of the cage at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.

 

Progressive wing spreaders Redemption have launched the “Indulge In Color” play through video. On July 27th, Redemption will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Check out the video HERE.

 

“We have a number of elements to our sound, from more aggressive riff-driven material, to more melodic metal with technical elements, to more progressive material,” says Nick van Dyk. “It’s hard to capture our sound with just one song. So we’re particularly excited to release this longer track that showcases our more progressive elements and Tom’s amazing singing in that context. I know people are eager to hear how he sounds on this type of track and I think his performance here is going to blow people away.” 

 

Aethereus have partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere a new song called “The Pale Beast”, the first single from the Tacoma, Washington headbanger’s debut album Absentia. This band has a lot of potential and could certainly be a Summer Slaughter type of contender. Incidentally, Summer Slaughter dates are here, come to think of it. I shoulda been plugging that more of late. Shit has been crazy, sorry. And yeah, Aethereus are not on it but maybe in the future?

You CAN however listen to Aethereus – “The Pale Beast” HERE.

We recommend you do so loudly. Absentia is the group’s first release with new members Matt Behner on drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation) along with Vance Bratcher (Vocalist) and Scott Hermanns (Bassist) who play in the highly praised Seattle symphonic death metal outfit The Devils of Loudon.
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Skyharbor release “Dim” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM (PST)

New Delhi metallers Skyharbor have released their latest music video for their song “Dim.”

“Dim” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Sunshine Dust, which is due out on September 7 via EntertainmentOne

The music video was directed by Tom Flynn and Mike Watts.

About the music video Guitarist Keshav Dhar had this to say, “We’re stoked to present our music video for ‘Dim.’ It was an amazing experience filming a video together for the first time as a band, and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we did making it!”

Dhar adds about the album, “It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound.”

Vocalist Eric Emery says about “Dim”: “’Dim’ is one of my favorite songs on the record and I can’t wait to share the video with everyone. Thematically, the song alludes to the volatile current political climate in the US, as well as exploring what our potential future could look like should we continue down this road.“

Check out the video for “Dim” as well as the cover art and tracklist for Sunshine Dust here.

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Prog metal giants Between The Buried And Me remain dedicated to always pushing their craft forward. A new record is not that far off and here is the scoop from this excellent and respected band:

Excited to announce that Automata II will be out July 13th and we’ll be on this year’s The Summer Slaughter Tour! Pre-orders available now at betweentheburiedandme.com

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Midas Fall on UK tour in support of ‘Evaporate’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 12:29 AM (PST)

Scottish post-rockers Midas Fall are currently on tour in the UK in support of their latest album Evaporate.

Evaporate was released by Monotreme Records.

Check out the tour dates and stream Evaporate here.

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Cynic’s Paul Masvidal releases fan requested play-through video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:59 AM (PST)

CYNIC guitarist Paul Masvidal has released a fresh play-through video for the band’s classic track “Evolutionary Sleeper” from their 2008 album ‘Traced in Air’. The “Evolutionary Sleeper” guitar play-through is streaming here now. “Evolutionary Sleeper” is available here.

Regarding the track Paul Masvidal comments: “‘Evolutionary Sleeper’ was the acorn for all that became ‘Traced in Air’. Fans have been asking for a play-through of this song since it was released in 2008, and here it is! Thanks to Ivan and Positive Grid.” 

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Album Review: Sierra – “The Mirror”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:29 PM (PST)

In a time when there is a lot of sad news to report from the tragic death of underground rock bassist hero Caleb from Cave In in an auto wreck to the break up of Seven Sisters of Sleep over horrifying things (best of luck to the other guys who must be in awful shock), I am glad I can put out some positive words today that hopefully will cheer some of you up a tiny bit. The new Sierra record is really, really good. I know it is just music and not serious like the other things I mentioned above, but good art underscores the beauty and cool parts of life and music is literally the soundtrack to our lives. With that in mind, it is awesome that in 2018 when temptation could lead the creative type to make any kind of sounds they want to, that some dudes from Ontario still care enough about rock n roll to make a near perfect hard rock album. When anyone says ,”No new rock is as good as the great old stuff” I will go so far as to say you could play them The Mirror and they will at least look a little sheepish and admit it was pretty god damned awesome even if not made in the late 1970s.

I am a huge Kylesa fan so checked out and enjoyed most of the bands Phillip Cope has given his thumbs up to over the years. Phil and Laura always have recommended awesome crust, psych and retro rockin stonery stuff to others in the scene and Sierra was one of the coolest newer bands I learned about because of them. On The Mirror (which Cope produced), the band have made their strongest statement to date. If a feel good but emotionally nuanced blend of alternative hard rock, 70s influences and even a little prog and thrash somehow melted into one seamless cohesive sound works for you, you need to check this out.

From start of the mellow acoustic and synth intro song (which doesn’t sound like it but for some reason reminded me of Mr. Crowley, if only because I know Sierra love the Ozzman and have done a rippin’ “War Pigs” cover with effin’ Wino, no less) you will want to hear where this goes. The track name “Falling” suits the cover art -which would be a great companion piece to The Jesus Lizard’s DOWN album if the Sierra guy falling ever wants a falling pet dog for company. The song itself sounds huge, big and dominant with melodic undertones like the large sound of the recent Bask Ramble Beyond stuff- for example. The guitar playing and songwriting are mature and fun and while the vocals aren’t show boaty they always fit the tunes.

My favorite lyric is probably on the anthemic “Rainbow’s End”, which exclaims relatably that ,”If you don’t fit into this world, it’s because you’re supposed to change it.” What a positive update to Saint Vitus’ “Born Too Late” message of not fitting in, haha. Just kidding. But for real, it is motivating and the song makes you feel optimistic and want to do good for the people you value or a little old lady, while rocking out hard. “The Last Time” is kinda thrashy and the solos on the record rip. The instruments sound massive and clear but not overdoing it. “The Mirror” even has slow drums that come in with the dominance of Killswitch Engage’s “The End Of Heartache” but in a different metal sub genre. All in all this is just a truly solid and enjoyable time and you will likely play it again all the way through often.

I am really into it. What else can I say? Can’t find a single damn thing wrong with it so I am giving it 5 stars.

Orphaned Land to return to North America supporting Tyr!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:57 PM (PST)

Orphaned Land will return to North America to promote their latest record of hard rock, oriental metal and progressive sounds entitled Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs. The band have been enlisted as direct support to Faroese viking metallists TYR on their upcoming tour this May along with support from Ghost Ship Octavius and Aeternam. That is an incredible bill and I swear by the sword in my hand I am filled with the thrill for metal at this news. Stay tuned for dates to be announced in the coming weeks!

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North Carolina progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have come into 2018 with a slew of exciting news!

The band has announced a two-part concept album entitled Automata and part one is expected to be released on March 9 via Sumerian Records.

They will embark on a North American headlining tour with The Dear Hunter and Leprous on March 2.

Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (Lead Vocals, Keyboards) states: “Every single week music comes and goes. We can get music instantly and with this luxury, the listener has a hard time sitting down with albums and exploring their every twist and turn. Because of this, we have decided to release our new album in two parts. Our music is dense and our albums are very long, so we want to give people two separate moments to dive in this year and explore new music that we’ve put our entire being into. We hope you enjoy the creation as much as we’ve enjoyed the process.”

Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Founder) states: “I first toured with BTBAM in early 2000s when they were on Lifeforce. Since then we remained friends and I have watched their career grow nonstop through eras on Victory and Metal Blade. I am very grateful such a seminal, influential and progressive group of musicians have chosen to partner with Sumerian for their next chapter. It’s days like this that remind me of my roots and excite me about our future.”

Check out more details, including the official tour poster and the tracklist for Automata here.

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RIP Warrel Dane

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:39 PM (PST)

Editor’s Note: Sorry for posting this late into the night but we have been reeling over here as fans from news that Sanctuary and Nevermore metal legend Warrel Dane has passed away. Thoughts, thanks and condolences to his people. 

Ok, here we go… A shocking blow to the metal world today, metal legend Warrel Dane passed away from a heart attack in Brazil. Dane was known as the singer for SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE. He was in the process of recording his second solo album when he passed.

My introduction to SANCTUARY came in the early 90s. I was a young metalhead in the making and received a mixtape featuring the SANCTUARY classic “Future Tense”. I got both of their albums as quickly as a kid my age could (thinking I was 7/8ish).

NEVERMORE came into my life a bit later on. Remember, these were the days before you could just google search your favorite singers, and see what bands they were in. I think I was about 14 when I picked up a random metal compilation that featured NEVERMORE’s “I Am The Dog”. I even remember listening to it thinking “, This guy sounds like the singer from fucking SANCTUARY”.

I’m sure you could imagine my surprise and excitement to find out it was in fact the same singer. It wasn’t long after that I had picked up each NEVERMORE record that was out at the time. Warrel Dane, thank you for being such a huge part of my life and providing me with a lifetime of music.

I was fortunate enough to see you in person once in 2005 while you were on the first Gigantour. Sadly, the security guy took my camera at the door, so I wasn’t able to get a photo with you that day, but I was able to get a copy of This Godless Endeavor autographed. Hopefully, we can meet again on the other side, be it darkness or light. Much love There were a few quotes that I wanted to share, and I felt that was the best way to end the posting. Some said things much better than I could.

“So much to say but can’t find the words. Just solace in knowing we were friends again at the end of the day and that we enjoyed way more good times together than we did bad.” – Van Williams (NEVERMORE)

“We were good again, but not at the point of us jamming together. He was more dedicated to only music and he knew I had many other worlds to defile. I really wish we could have written again together. I wrote many things he probably would have been surprised by. Actually, I got SERPENT’S KNIGHT [Warrel’s pre- SANCTUARY band] back together in hopes to do a Seattle gig maybe with SANCTUARY after their next CD. He should still be alive. There was still much more in that man to give.” – Brad Poland (SERPENT’S KNIGHT)

“Warrel Dane is up in Heaven leading a legion of “Battle Angels”. I can hear that scream echoing through the clouds.. ‘Fall on your knees and hail to their dawn!’ Rest in Peace my friend” – Sean Peck (DEATH DEALER / CAGE)

 

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The Contortionist announce dates with Nothing More

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 9:35 AM (PST)

Prog-heads The Contortionist have announced dates with outspoken rockers Nothing More, a one two punch bill that is sure to thrill fans of both young up and comers. These are both bands with huge potential for rock’s future and this pairing is overdue.

“We’re very happy to announce that we will be sharing the stage with Nothing More,” says vocalist Michael Lessard. “We have continually tried to tour with bands that excite us and push us to evolve, and Nothing More does both of those things. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!”

The Contortionist’s Clairvoyant reunited the band with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead).

Click HERE for all tour dates!

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Orphaned Land’s “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” art and info

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4:08 PM (PST)

Orphaned Land are a special group within the family tree of metal, just so inspiring, unifying and cinematic. Today’s great news is that the band will release their new studio album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records.

Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). It will be very interesting to hear these capable men in the context of the band’s larger than life sound! The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs! Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can’t wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!”

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Agusa stream “Bortom Hemom” via Obelisk

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM (PST)

[photo by Julio Barcellos]

Swedish progressive folk rockers Agusa are streaming their latest song “Bortom Hemom” via Obelisk.

The song comes off the forthcoming self-titled album, which is due out in late October via Laser’s Edge.

Agusa’s Mikael Ödesjö said of the song:

“‘Bortom Hemom’ translates roughly as ‘Beyond Homeward’ and consists of two sections joined together by a bridge. The first part is in 7/4 and the second in 3/4. Perhaps our most ‘progressive’ effort this far. Enjoy!”

Head on over to Obelisk to stream “Bortom Hemom.”

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It is not often you hear someone as clearly at home with a guitar in their hands as true virtuoso Al Joseph. I don’t listen to mostly instrumental guitarists that often, though I do get down to some Marty Friedman and love Scale The Summit, but I was so blown away when I heard Al Joseph’s recent stratospheric All Of Creation record that I had to track the man down and ask him about writing it, his technique, inspirations, hope and dreams, etc.

What a cool person! I promise if you listen to this record you will be very inspired to create, experience and LIVE! Satriani, Pettruci, Townsend Project and Reid fans will be into this for sure, but really you don’t have to love technical leads to find a human element here to latch on to. We here at Metal Riot highly advise you make some time for Al’s amazing art.

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Ne Obliviscaris announce North American ‘Urn’ tour with Allegeaon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 4:06 PM (PST)

I am getting a slow start posting today as I did a lot of non music related work today and am wiped out, plus wasted a bunch of time reading bad reviews of The Dark Tower movie. I actually thought the movie was pretty cool and while it was very, very streamlined, you’d have to be an idiot not to grasp the plot and it left set up to develop a lot more stuff from the books in the future or in the potential tv show as well. People should relax. The cast was cool and McConaughey whispering emotionless hate commands was fairly fear inducing. The film also serves as a canonical sequel to the novel series, which concludes with the revelation that Roland’s quest is a cyclical time loop; the presence of the Horn of Eld, which Roland carries in the film, indicates that this is the next cycle.

Anyway, this is not a movie review site but I always have tangents about comic shows and fantasy adaptations accidentally, haha. NOW here is some cool tour news for fans of the current bigger stars of the young crop of tech and extreme prog metal.

Australian progressive metallers NE OBLIVISCARIS have announced a headlining US tour! The “Urn North American Tour 2017” begins on November 1 in San Francisco, and sees the band traveling across the country, making stops in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Austin, and more, before concluding on December 4. Support on this tour comes from ALLEGAEON. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, the band comments: “We will be landing for this tour only a few days after ‘URN’ is released and couldn’t be more excited to present to you the first tour of our ‘Urn’ album cycle. You can expect a full 90 min. show featuring songs from all 3 albums!”

NE OBLIVISCARIS will tour in support of their new album Urn. The band’s highly anticipated album (Number 8 on our top ten most anticipated Metal Riot Fall albums list) will be released worldwide on October 27.  “Urn (Part I) – And Within The Void We Are Breathless” is streaming online now at the Season of Mist YouTube channel.

Urn is now available for pre-order across various CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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