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Dust Bolt – “Trapped In Chaos”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5:25 PM (PST)

German thrashers Dust Bolt are preparing to return with their fourth full-length album Trapped In Chaos on January 18 via Napalm RecordsTrapped In Chaos is the follow-up to 2016’s Mass Confusion.

The band bring together an enjoyable mixture of a wide range of thrash variances. While you won’t find any Venom-esque darker, heavier types of thrash on this offering, for example, you also won’t find Dust Bolt playing the same blistering guitar for speeds sake for eleven tracks straight.

Check out my full review of Trapped In Chaos here.

Legion of the Damned – “Slaves of the Shadow Realm”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:08 PM (PST)

Thrashy death metallers Legion of the Damned return next month with the follow up to 2014’s Ravenous PlagueSlaves of the Shadow Realm, due out January 4 via Napalm Records, not only should serve as the soundtrack for your next session of Yu-Gi-Oh, but is a testament to band determined to make blistering extreme metal music. Slaves of the Shadow Realm will be the band’s eighth album since changing their name from Occult to Legion of the Damned thirteen years ago. It will be the band’s thirteenth album overall.

Check out my full review of Slaves of the Shadow Realm here.

My favorite albums of 2018 (Jessica Fisher)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9:27 AM (PST)

What a year! Calendar years for me, since I still live by a U.S. academic calendar, starts and ends on a “break.” This time last year I hadn’t really ever seen any of the Star Wars movies before, and over winter break last year I watched them all. This time last year I was finishing up my first semester of grad school and this year I’m finishing up my fourth. This time last year I didn’t believe in the idea of Georgia as a purple state, after Stacy Abrams performance in the midterm, I’m more intrigued than I’ve ever been before. I’m hoping to graduate with my Master’s in American Studies in May. When I write this piece next year, I could  be writing it as a PhD student (or an adjunct professor). I’ve made a conscious effort to listen to more new music in general, inside and outside of metal, this year, and it’s been a good experience. You can check out some of my finds and favorites over at my Medium.

My album of the year: Catharsis by Machine Head

Catharsis has been a necessary album for getting through this year. From the opening decree of “Volatile,” “Awww, fuck the world!” to the folk-punk inspired “Bastards” to the 8 minute “Heavy Lies The Crown” to the closing track, “Eulogy,” this mix of personal and political helped me process and work through my own anger and angst at the socio-political realities we find ourselves in.

Check out the rest of my list here.

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Pope Richard

Pope Richard of Blackened Death Records and numerous not so subtle projects (including the controversial and excellent Gaylord, the bleak Suicide Wraith and many more) put out our selection for best comp of the year with the vital Worldwide Organization Of Metalheads Against Nazis II.

Being as polarizing a figure as Richard is usually means you might be an edge lord, but in this case it is refreshingly because Richard is doing so much right. As if writing a song called “Varg Impaled” wasn’t enough of a gift to the scene, Pope Richard also has contributed a guest blogger year end list to us here at Metal Riot this year! Hails and thanks!

Peruse below Richard’s thoughts on 2018’s metal scene, putting out the comp and what the best albums were of the year in their estimation.

It’s mid November and the nights are long and chilly. The days are short and chilly. And I’m in London, so things are /extra/ grey. But as the SADness descends upon us like a wet and fleeting snow, we have heavy metal to warm our hearts and lift our spirits.

2018 was a huge year for metal and all of its subgenres. We have had great releases from death metal bands, black metal acts, doom metal groups, and the immense push of the new wave of anti-fascist heavy metal has /really/ ramped up. For more on that you can check out Blackened Death’s releases “WOMAN” and “WOMAN II” on our Bandcamp. We managed to raise over £2000 between both comps for Doctors Without Borders due to this massive anti-fascist metal community that is pulling together. 2019 is gonna be B I G.

But that’s enough self-aggrandizing – let’s talk about some damn ass heavy metal.

More BELOW.

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Stan Lee passes away at 95

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM (PST)

What can we say? Stan Lee, RIP. His impact changed the world and brought worlds of endless imagination to millions. A few reactions I grabbed initially off social media below. I am taking the day off or maybe I’ll stream Ant Man & The Wasp cuz this super sucks, fam. At least he got to see at the end of his life that his impact was never going away. Excelsior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tourniquet release “Sinister Scherzo” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:20 PM (PST)

This new Tourniquet song has some pretty wild production and a thrashtastic arrangement. It is from the new album Gazing At Medusa. Have you gazed at Medusa today? I guess if you did you would not be able to respond because you would’ve rightfully been turned into a statue. Oh man, my cat just farted. Jesus. Anyway, that cover art makes me want to smoke and watch those bad Clash of the Titans remakes. The old school Medusa was way cooler (compare HERE).

Drummer and songwriter Ted Kirkpatrick comments: “We’re thrilled with the response to the first two singles. This album took considerably longer to record than expected, but we feel the fans will find it to be worth the wait. It’s been great to work with Tim and Chris on this one.”

The album is mixed and mastered by Aaron Pace. T-shirts are available, and pre-orders are up for both CD and vinyl at tourniquet.net

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BLACK TUSK extend album release tour, stream live set

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 1:27 PM (PST)

BLACK TUSK have announced more new live dates as they continue on their ‘T.C.B.T.’ album release tour. New dates include an album release show in their home town of Savannah, Pittsburgh, and more. Select dates see them joined by CLOAK, EARTHLING, and feature an appearance at Brewtal Beer Fest with DYING FETUS and more. A full list of confirm tour dates can be found below.

BLACK TUSK are touring in support of their new album ‘T.C.B.T.’ The new album, hailed as “a mission statement, a two-finger salute to remind y’all that they’re still here, still bringing the darkness, and still taking care of business.” (Noisey) is available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

‘T.C.B.T.’ is also streaming now across all digital platforms, including YouTube, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and more!

BLACK TUSK recently saw their New York City performance at Saint Vitus Bar captured by Maximum Volume Silence Live. The full set is streaming now at Metal Injection. This is some of the first official footage of the band as a newly expanded quartet.

Dates BELOW!

 

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Warbringer announce new single & European tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 1:06 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Alex Solca

California thrashers Warbringer have announced that they are preparing to release a new single, “Power Unsurpassed,” digitally (August 17) and on Vinyl (August 24).

Vocalist John Kevill on “Power Unsurpassed:”

“We are putting out a single, “Power Unsurpassed,” so we have some new material for you all this summer, as we gear up to write and record our 6th record. It’s designed as a total neck-breaker, with hammering riffs and a shredding solo. It is about people who want to take orders from no one, and to make their will reality- at any price. We’ll be playing this when we return to Europe this month, at festivals and alongside Sepultura. It has been a good year since we invaded European shores, and as always we look forward to delivering completely savage live thrash metal to all in attendance. We will play a mix of material from Woe to the Vanquished, the previous 4 albums, as well as the new single “Power Unsurpassed,” which we expect will completely crush in the pit. There’s a mixture of club dates and festival appearances, but as fans know, Warbringer will bring total aggression to any stage, anytime, anywhere. Europe- You’re Next!”

“Power Unsurpassed” was produced by Mike Plottnikoff (In Flames, Fear Factory) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Metallica). With the album artwork by Hugo Juarez.

Check out Warbringer tour dates and “Power Unsurpassed” album art here.

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Bayview Suspect

Hey kids. A LOT of cool underground band news for you today so let’s get things started with some groove/metalcore troopers.

Survival Or Ruin from Bayview Suspect will be released on September 14th through Rockpit Records. Pre-order is now available and comes in various options including digital download, physical CD and an exclusive bundle pack comprised of CD, digital download, t-shirt, 2 stickers and a limited edition banner style poster featuring the EP artwork available at a special pre-order price for a limited time. Order now at www.bayviewsuspect.com/store.

The intensity of their newest song “Laced With Deception” caught my ear a few days ago ad I thought I would share the band’s latest accompanying lyric video with you. NWOAHM and Euro-metal influences combine for a bold flavor.

The Crown are the biggest band on the list today, back in a big way with recent devastator Cobra Speed Venom. It is one of the long running band’s finest hours, completely no holds barred speed and aggression to the max. The band have a new video out for the track “In The Name Of Death”.

The band comments: The Crown gives you a death-chillin’ tune as a counter action for this ridiculously hot season – ‘In The Name Of Death’! A tune that will automatically make you drink more beer!”

Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom at the classic Studio Fredman, the new album kills. To preview and purchase Cobra Speed Venom, please visit: metalblade.com/thecrown

Please support as this is one of the stronger ragers in recent memory and the band are pushing it hard. They sound hungry and really are out to show they still have what it takes and can hold their own alongside any Arch Enemy, Vader or The Haunted out there.

In more metal news that is awesome rather than wretched, Manitoba’s Arcticcircle have an awesome new album called Where Ice Meets Ocean that we have just become aware of. Some really strong and multi-faceted stuff on there so please go and check it out. I really enjoyed the big drum sound and guitars on “Cosmic Egg” and the marching surge of “Firebird Over Falcon Lake” in particular. Lot of sub-genre crossing streams here and while some of the bellowed vocals might not be for everyone, the music kicks total ass. “Oracle Bones” is probably my favorite on here, perseverant and full of cool tempo shifts and outstanding guitar. Def compatible with your Hark, Solstice, Mastodon and Turbid North on vinyl collections.

Gonna leave you all well satiated on riffs and rage today with the new video “Vagabond” from Ontario punks Hellbent.  It was filmed by Alex Earl Grey and edited by Jospeh Viktor Roth. The band have a lot on their plate coming up and I thought you all should get them on your radar ASAP.

Ok, that’s it from me for today, folks. Gonna finish watching Let Me Make You A Martyr on Shudder now. It features Marilyn Manson and also my new friend Sam Quartin from blues punks The Bobby Lees (who fuckin’ scorch!!) and is pretty awesome so far. TTYS!

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Skeletonwitch and Mantar announce UK/European co-headline tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 8:18 AM (PST)

US blackened thrash metallers SKELETONWITCH and German black/doom/punk chimera MANTAR are stoked to announce that they will be hitting the UK and Europe this winter for a co-headline run.

Support will come from Belgium thrash outfit EVIL INVADERS and German deathers DEATHRITE.

Tickets will go on sale Friday July 6th at 10am BST via the link below:  https://www.facebook.com/MantarBand/events

SKELETONWITCH & MANTAR
w/ Evil Invaders and Deathrite

Presented by Nuclear Blast, Prosthetic Records, Cobra Agency & Doomstar Bookings.

14.11.2018 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, Denmark
15.11.2018 Krosset – Oslo, Norway
16.11.2018 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
17.11.2018 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
19.11.2018 Musikzentrum – Hannover, DE
20.11.2018 Hirsch – Nürnberg, DE
21.11.2018 Turock – Essen, DE
22.11.2018 Dynamo – Zürich, CH
23.11.2018 KJH Hallschlag – Stuttgart, DE
24.11.2018 Rockhouse – Salzburg, AT
26.11.2018 Backstage – München, DE
27.11.2018 Arena – Wien, AT
28.11.2018 Explosiv – Graz, AT
29.11.2018 Nova Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Republic
30.11.2018 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
1.12.2018 SO 36 – Berlin, DE
2.12.2018 Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
4.12.2018 Rebellion – Manchester, UK
5.12.2018 Mama Roux´s – Birmingham, UK
6.12.2018 Underworld – London, UK
7.12.2018 Petit Bain – Paris, France
8.12.2018 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
9.12.2018 Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands

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June Wrap-up: My 4 favorite albums this month

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:35 PM (PST)

It’s been sunshine and metal time this June. If you haven’t had a chance to hear the four albums that make my list this month, you’re going to want to go and check them out!

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New Exmortus album ‘The Sound of Steel’ out now

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:41 AM (PST)

Californian metallers Exmortus‘s latest tome The Sound of Steel is out today via Prosthetic Records.

Exmortus are preparing to hit the road at the end of the month in support of the new album.

Special guests The Absence and Hatchet will join the tour, dubbed the Summer of Steel tour, as well as regional favorites – Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates MICAWBER on select dates.

The Sound of Steel was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation).

Check out a full list of tour dates here.

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Exmortus announce the quite stacked Summer Of Steel Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 12:52 PM (PST)

Exmortus tour and album news! Rejoice ye thrash addicted maniacs! Some very cool news to share!

But first, well…today has been pretty cool so far. Florence and the Machine announced a North American Tour, Roseanne got her racist tweeting ass dropped by ABC, the very vindicated Ms. Taylor Swift is about to play Chicago and kick major ass right as KimYe put their feet in their mouths so hard they are being dragged by the whole damn city and Donda’s House dropped TrumpYe’s mom’s name since he is so fake (maybe Taylor can donate when she visits town and save the day. That would be fitting tea).

I just got a copy of Rational Mysticism by John Horgan and despite being out of herbs I can’t complain too much on this sunny day. Seems a perfect time to help share the news about some caustic, face ripping metal to all you loyal hordes who don’t care about my forays into politics and pop culture. You know I never forget the headbangers and reanimated denim wearing skeletons over here at Metal Riot, right? Even though my gf has ensorcelled me into listening to Red everyday and now I think it rules. Whatever, y’know what? I love Taylor and she never agreed to be called a bitch and have her likeness used in “Famous” distastefully or have a braggart take credit for her hard earned career.

But yes, even though I am now a fully indoctrinated Swiftie, I still love the charred ruin of thrash blasted skulls and thus am pleased as punch to share this Exmortus news!

EXMORTUS will hit the road this summer headlining The Summer of Steel Tour! Featuring support from The Absence and Hatchet alongside Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates Micawber (who fucking destroy and who I have been bumping loudly to scare my neighbors into thinking I am a complete serial killer who switches back and forth between Taylor and death metal between bong rips) on select shows; EXMORTUS will embark on tour dates across North America beginning June 28th in San Diego.

FUCK YEAH!!!

“We are stoked to unleash The Sound of Steel upon North America this Summer! This is our first headlining tour and we’re honored to have within our ranks: The Absence and Hatchet, as well as special regional guests — Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and Micawber. So, come and have your minds melted by the new tunes as well as old favorites! See you soon!” says EXMORTUS founder, vocalist & guitarist Conan.

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Diamond Head return to North America on Thursday, May 24 for a string of live dates.  The exclusive performances include the band’s return to Rocklahoma where the band are a top billing artist alongside Godsmack, Ghost, Motley Crue’s Vince Neill, and Clutch.

Guitarist Brian Tatler comments: “‘Diamond Head are looking forward to returning to the United States to play at Rocklahoma and five other dates in Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Illinois.”  Continuing he notes, “we were booked to play at last years Rocklahoma but a storm arrived while we were waiting to set up and the festival decided to cancel all the bands for the rest of the evening. It is in hurricane alley after all, I am hoping this time we have good weather.”

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The annual International Day of Slayer is just around the corner – June 6, 2018 – and this year, the day’s celebration will begin with the release of Slayer’s Repentless special collectors edition vinyl box set.

 

The limited edition release will be available in black, red and gold-colored discs, and only 2500 of each color will be manufactured worldwide.  Each set will feature six single vinyl EPs, each one measuring a unique 6.66-inches in diameter, and each will contain two songs from the Repentless album.  The red and black disc versions will retail for $66.66, while the gold disc set will be priced at $73.99.  The box sets can be pre-ordered starting today HERE.

 

On January 22, Slayer announced that the band will do one final world tour to say goodbye and thank the fans for more than three decades of great times, and then move on.  With support from Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament, Slayer’s North American Leg One dates start on May 10 in San Diego, CA.  All announced dates are HERE.

 

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