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L – R: Ira Lehtovaara (Guitar) | Kevin Withers (Drums) | Brandon Sanders (Bass) | Gabe Rosa (Guitar) | Angelo Bonaccorso (Vocals)

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Death/thrash outfit RAIDER, hailing from Waterloo, Canada unleashed their debut album Guardian of The Fire this past March. The eight-track LP is a rush of E-standard mayhem, thrash overtones, and blackened vocals. Lyrically, the album’s theme revolves around overcoming lies and hatred that stand between all of us and the truth.

Fans of bands of Sepultura, Annihilator, and Skeletonwitch, RAIDER is one of the underground death/thrash bands to keep an eye on in 2020 as they continue to raise hell in the moshpit.

Today the band shares their latest music video No Sign of The Dawn”, a groovy thrash attack about the cost of taking our world for granted. It’s a reflection on getting human priorities straight.

The band adds:

“Our world stands on the edge of a knife. The virus is but another horseman in the ever-growing mountain of omens. We often get distracted and seem to forget that we are still on our way to one of many total deliverances. We have to unite, think, and speak for ourselves or we will be spoken for. If we do not choose the path that leads us to a better future, we will be forced down a path to ruin, of which there are many, and each of their songs remains the same: For the mortal world there is no sign of the dawn.”

Watch No Sign of The Dawn” HERE.

“Guardian of The Fire'” is available on BandcampSpotifyApple Music.

SOLITARY have a new single out called “Abominate”, a classic sounding thrash song fans of Overkill, Sacred Reich, early Testament or Kreator could quickly find common ground with. The old school vibe is paired with impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level. New album The Truth Behind the Lies is set for international release on October 23rd via Metalville Records. Featuring footage from the band’s Bloodstock Open Air appearance and the working sketches of the album artwork. Loving Richard Sherrington’s hoarse and bitter vocals on this one!

SEPULTURA release “Guardians Of Earth” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Sepultura‘s fearless and ferocious Quadra is one of their most cohesive and stunning musical achievements yet in the band’s long legacy. The album is the band’s most successful record since 1998’s Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in 7 countries (8, considering the UK Rock Charts). It is also their most successful album in Germany and Switzerland to date, exceeding the chart positions of Roots, with positions number 5 and number 13, respectively.

From Andreas and Eloy masterfully building up anticipation in the intro to the massive heavy sections screaming for awareness, “Guardians Of Earth” is yet another reason this album is so timely. Watch the gorgeous and moving video below.

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RIP Riley Gale of Power Trip

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:40 PM (PST)

Riley Gale of Power Trip, arguably the fastest rising band in metal and hardcore in recent memory, has died. The metal and punk community are devastated but it is nice to see so many people coming together to honor and mourn a truly great frontman. Rest In Power Riley was trending on Twitter over some really evil stuff, so it is cool to see good can win sometimes even at a sad fucking moment. Love rises and hardcore can be family still.

I remember being at the Warzone tribute in the Lower East Side a few years ago and ‘Executioner’s Tax’ was maybe the only newer song I heard played over the PA that day along with classic punk and KRS-One and stuff. I remember people were just vibin’ so hard to the Power Trip and I knew they were the great top new thrash band of this era. Major love and condolences to all who are affected by this terrible loss. – MYE.

 

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RIP Tony Costanza (Machine Head, Crisis, Crowbar, etc)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:48 AM (PST)

This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.

I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal

 

Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.

Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.

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Band Spotlight: Warbringer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:25 PM (PST)

California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. “Firepower Kills” probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. “Crushed Beneath The Tracks” and “Power Unsurpassed” in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band’s performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/

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On August 21, 2020, 30 years to the day after its initial launch, thrash/metal-masters Anthrax will celebrate with the release of the deluxe anniversary edition of their fifth studio album, the Gold-certified Persistence of Time, produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson (Megaforce). Available exclusively on disc and vinyl, the CD package will include two CDs and one DVD, the vinyl edition offers four LPs, as well as revised cover art that reflects what had been the album’s original visual concept. Pre-orders can be placed HERE.

As with Anthrax’s previous anniversary deluxe editions, the band’s Charlie Benante shepherded the one for Persistence of Time. Disc One is comprised of the 11-track album, fully-remastered by Paul Logus (who mastered Anthrax’s Worship Music and For All Kings. the Anthems EP, and the DVDs “Kings Among Scotland” and “Chile on Hell”). Disc One also features a special “bonus B-side” version of “I’m The Man” from 1990 that leans more hip-hop than rock, and a live version of “Time” that was recorded at Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills in 1991. The final two songs on Disc One, as well as all nine tracks on Disc Two, are special recordings from “Charlie’s Stash,” an incomparable wealth of Anthrax music from the band’s rehearsals, writing sessions, preproduction, and live performances that Benante has recorded over the past 40 years and has been kept safely filed away. These recordings will put listeners “in the room” with the band, privy to the evolution of the songs on Persistence of Time starting with Benante’s original riffs and demos for the songs, moving on to Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Dan Spitz, and Benante shaping the songs in rehearsal, then into preproduction, and finally into the recording studio. Said Benante, “you’ll hear parts of songs that never made it to the final recording or songs with an arrangement different from the finished song.”

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Foundational thrash band Trauma prep new album

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM (PST)

 

Thrash veterans Trauma , widely known as the pre-Metallica band of Cliff Burton, have new plans in the works.

Late 2020 will prove to be a busy time for the first wave thrashers, as they will release their fourth full-length release overall, as well as touring throughout Europe on a bill also featuring Ross the Boss and Burning Witches. I dig Burning Witches a lot but defriended Ross on Facebook awhile ago over wack Trumpy posts (before that I was a huge fan). Hopefully he has cooled his jets on that MAGA nonsense, cuz he is a big talent and I have met him in real life. He actually played an awesome show in a small bar on 9/11 years ago that I helped book, so I have complicated bummed out feelings about it.

Anyway, this is about Trauma. What a relatable name for a lot of us! Comprised of members Donny Hillier – lead vocals, Kris Gustofson – drums, Greg Christian – bass guitar, Joe Fraulob – guitars and Steve Robello – guitars, Trauma looks to build on the buzz created by their last album, 2018’s As the World Dies.

“Trauma is currently considering what the album should be called,” explains Kris. “Usually for us we have to think about a theme/scope of the recorded songs and what it represents for the time now. Hopefully we will have something soon that makes sense for the recorded collection of tracks, It seems that the new record title, may be a little similar in its title as to our last album, ‘As the World Dies’.”

Currently until Covid-19 has run course more I am not posting ANY tour dates on the site as I think it is too soon and irresponsible of media outlets. I am not mad at bands for planning ahead with hope in their hearts, but I am focusing more on release based content than tour promo for now. I don’t think anywhere should be rushing to re-open without significant phasing and contingencies as well, not gaslighting that we can’t have a social safety net and can just afforf to help corporate and fat cat bailouts the most in times of crisis. Just letting readers know why I haven’t been pushing any 2021 or whenever tours on here the last few weeks.

But yeah – sorry for mixed energy post. Just wanted to celebrate the band has a new album in the works and you can head over to Trauma’s Facebook for other info.

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Thanks for a decade of supporting Metal Riot

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 12:30 PM (PST)

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Just wanted to post today that it is crazy we have been rocking out with you readers for a decade now here at Metal Riot. All of you that continue to read and support the site are awesome, so major thanks for keeping checking in over here. Personally this is the longest I have been with any publication or site and I am thankful for all the magazines and outlets I have written for over the years from Amp, New Noise (FRA & USA), Kingston Times, PopMatters to Dying Scene and others. Metal Riot has really become like home and allowed me unprecedented freedom and a chance to craft so much content for metal and punk fanatics. Big shout out to all the people who have contributed over the years, written rad albums we have discussed or who played a part in any way. – Morgan Y. Evans

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ELLEFSON to release Post-Malone cover

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:49 PM (PST)

ELLEFSON, the solo band of Grammy-Winning MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the release date for their cover of the POST MALONE track “OVER NOW”, which will release exclusively on BANDCAMP on 5/9, and on all other digital outlets on 5/15. The track will appear on their as yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due in October.

Produced by Ellefson, Vocalist Thom Hazaert, and guitarist Andy Martongelli, engineered and mixed by Allessio Garavello, with vocals engineered by Richard Easterling and Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred), and featuring cover art by Melody Myers (Altitudes and Attitudes, Escape The Fate) the track is a heavy reimagining of the R&B flavored Posty favorite (co-written with Tommy Lee), also featuring drummer Paolo Caridi, and guest background vocals by legendary former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Asia vocalist, and frequent Ellefson/Hazaert collaborator Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

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Morgan here with some Quarantine updates from Metal Riot land to you. I am very upset to report that a close family member has the virus. It’s my mom. So far she is low fever and is doing ok. She is in a dementia ward and it is really hard. I am trying not to lose my mind with worry. It is hard to feel powerless. As a result, posts may be sporadic while I process this but really writing about music is also a good emotional distraction and way to bring folks together. Thank you to all who stand by our site and continue to rock with us.

Before I talk about some cool music news, I have been catching up on a few movies I never got to see when they came out and have to say that any of y’all who hated on Pacific Rim: Uprising are fucking idiots. That movie ruled and Steven S. DeKnight is the man. It didn’t have as many stars as the original but the emotional motivation was richer and I liked it even better. Especially of note the rad, explosive ending on Mount Fuji. So there.

Hard rocker Gilby Clarke of GnR fame is back with a rambling new single perfect for all of you who might be missing born to lose sleazy watering holes and who have the gritty rock n roll blues in your hearts.

Gilby recently released his latest single ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’ via Golden Robot Record and now Gilby has now released the video for ‘Rock n’ Roll Is Getting Louder’. The video was shot in Palmdale CA and Downtown Los Angeles and band performance footage in Hollywood club Oh My Ribs! It was directed by Christopher C. Pearson.

Gilby’s live band members Bass Player, EJ Curse (Silent Rage, White Lion) and Drummer, Jimmy D’Anda (Bullet Boys, George Lynch) both appear in the clip along with some great cameo’s by Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Jimmy Herald (Hillbilly Herald) and Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (formally of Guns N’ Roses, Carole King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper). Fun tune.

Greyhawk deliver power metal glory to fly us triumphantly above these terrible days. Eddis from the Keep on the Borderlands novel would totally stan when she rides out to kill hobgoblins. The title track to upcoming release Keepers of the Flame (June 16th, 2020) is reminiscent of mid tempo Stratovarius meets Ronnie James Dio, to my ears. Love the band’s fearless big vocals and harmonies. A melodic war cry from the skies!

Awesome news for Nick Menza fans! The first of three episodes of the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” featuring the late MEGADETH drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in MEGADETH, PANTERA, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and their road crews, hosted by entertaining EXODUS Frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza can now be streamed below.

The three part series “Behind The Scenes With Nick Menza” is footage from Menza’s personal and private collection VHS tapes that features previously unreleased live concert footage of PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS the drummer captured during 1992 and 1993 when PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS opened for MEGADETH on the Countdown To Extinction tour.

The series is being produced by Menza’s long time manger Robert Bolger, Wayne Marsala and Brian Huntington of Grey Haven Media.

The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove what doctors feared was a cancerous growth. RIP once again to a real one.

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Hey folks. Hope you have all bought an Integrity facemask and are enjoying Ice T destroying the morons in Trapt on Twitter today. Fucking nu metal vanilla energy drink gym buddy system band thought they could talk shit? I have to laugh. Y’all were probably too scared to listen to Body Count growing up like it was saying Candyman 5x and Ice would appear and Home Invasion album cover your parent’s goofy asses. Then you’d have had no one to buy your gear or give you rides, lmao. Headstrong can = obstinate and moronic, just sayin’. Anyway, buy the new Body Count album!

While Maga folks pissed at sane quarantine rules block Ambulances from saving lives in Michigan I am home in Upstate, NY today listening to “Thick Skin” by Limp Wrist, trying to find my cat’s laser pointer mousey chase toy before she kills me and pondering a lot how many musicians unable to tour right now are going to be adjusting to the harsh reality that the music industry was even less propped up than they thought. Your rock star illusions are a vanity in 2020 and we need to all get back into the idea of punk as an activist lifestyle community rather than a series of exchangeable personality cults. That said, plenty of great bands are hurting right now so please hit up some Bandcamp’s if you can. Plenty of bands (Darsombra especially has been killing it and shout out to White Hills as well), have had cool live streams going on. Saint Vitus Bar has had cool programming as well.

We’ve got brutal almost punk energized death metal from Centinex today to kick some music news off for you. Pre order some killer vinyl options of the band’s forthcoming Death In Pieces from Agonia HERE today. The album is out May 29th, 2020 and will likely make quarantine more of a crime scene.

SoCal thrash metal force Warbringer will release their highly anticipated full-length follow up to 2017’s acclaimed Woe To The Vanquished, entitled Weapons of Tomorrow, on April 24 via Napalm Records. The band has now unleashed a new video for the grandiose album closer track “Glorious End,” which in theme with the album’s concept, presents itself as a war epic narrated by an exchange between two close heroes – father and son.

Check out the brand new lyric video below, and witness the somber tale and splendiferous sound of “Glorious End.”

Warbringer vocalist John Kevill says: “‘Glorious End’ is the grand finale of Weapons of Tomorrow, and a first-person narrative war epic. The verse is done as a father-son dialogue, in which the son promises the father that he will live up to his ancestor’s legacy of courage, honor, and duty. The song and title have a cruel twist of irony, as the protagonist’s bravery is rendered useless by the horrific new weapons of his time, and he questions the virtues of his father as he dies. This kind of narrative storytelling element is something we feel is pretty unique to Warbringer among thrash metal bands. The music is hard-charging and aggressive, but also somber, grandiose, and well, glorious. The epic side of Warbringer is something we haven’t shared in a single yet, and we thought it was long overdue. Now onwards, brave sons.”

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Thrash act BONDED released a pulverizing debut Rest In Violence back in January via Century Media that you will want to make sure you get to hear a little of before it burns your skull to cinders. It is actually now a German stamina test to see how much of the record you can withstand before your ears burst into flame, at least in my quarantined imagination. This album will make you feel passionate about the bonds in your life, keep the fire in your step and help give you the will to fight through the clouds in your mind.

Formed by scene veterans Bernd “Bernemann” Kost (Guitar) and Markus “Makka“ Freiwald (Drums) in 2018 after their exit as longtime members of SODOM, musical partners Marc Hauschild (Bass) and Destroy Them / ex Suicidal Angels member Chris Tsitsis (Guitar) were quickly added to the ranks in order to continue working on new own song-material as well as to develop the concept for a new entity, which was finally completed with the addition of Assassin frontman Ingo Bajonczak (Vocals) and consequently named BONDED.

Get to know this amazing project and read our exclusive new interview with Bernemann BELOW!

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Album Review: Testament – Titans Of Creation

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM (PST)

From the moment you hear “Children Of The Next Level” blast out of the speaker’s with supreme artillery confidence, it is evident that 2020 Testament is take no prisoners prepared to stand taller than any new buzz band in the genre. The huge grin of nostalgia and thrill of promised new glory that fans get each release is an awesome feeling that the band deliver on with ease. Undoubtedly in the top 4 now that Slayer are no longer standing (and arguably they were already deserving of being in the Big 4 over Megadeth for friggin’ years), Titans Of Creation is a near masterpiece of thrash. From Hoglan completely savaging the kit with jaw dropping performances locked tight with Steve DiGiorgio to many memorable lyrics and the bedrock structuring Testament is known for thanks in no small part to Eric Peterson, you can’t lose with this album.

“Curse Of Osiris” is a track that  opens with blistering hate that reminded me of superfast early The Legacy style Testament married to some unholy near Demonic worthy screams amidst the standard Chuck iconic barks and even some blasts. The tom rolls on this song! Chuck is in full command on this song, a total boss.  “Catacombs” has a theatrical ancient epic vibe you might expect on an instrumental current Sepultura track. This band is perfect for rallying the dejected right now.

“Dream Deceiver” stands out with more melodic, groove thrash riffage and a pushy mid-tempo chorus that alternates with technical faster measures for a thrilling and satisfying fix. “She won’t stop haunting me at night!” I firmly believe 100% that no other major thrash band has had as good a late stage 4 album run as Testament have pulled off since turning heads sharply when the excellent The Formation Of Damnation salvaged the group from an early grave. Just thinking back to the live shows from that time is such an exciting feeling, but I am just as excited about them this current album as ever. This really is the meaning of LEGACY (pun intended). Alex is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of the genre and this album certainly cements that yet again.

“The Healers” is timely considering the Coronavirus scare Chuck and Steve just went through and is one of the more stage ready powerful songs of the album telling us to get back in touch with nature in a time of 5G debates, pollution, mass death and traffic jams. Howling wolves and a respect for Mother Earth pepper the lyrical content with emotion and strength drawn from old wisdom. It’s one of the band’s most explosive and bad ass songs – along with the still anthemic “Native Blood” – in their storied discography. Also, who else in metal can bellow “My healing powers crystal blue” and have it sound tough as shit?

“Night of the Witch” is cool but was actually one of the weaker songs on the album. It is a single and still kicks the ass of half the bands out there, so that is pretty cool if a song still as good as NoTW is actually not the strongest material on a record. I can see why they released it as a single though, since the song has some of the eviler riffing and darker “Hell” vibes a lot of devil craving metal maniacs lust for. Skolnick and Peterson really own this song the most in the band, lending a Pantera level of technical flourish and rage to a few moments.

Again, this is peak 2020 metal that will strengthen any fan during this hard time. Hails to the legends!

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Philadelphia Metal Outfit, IN THE FIRE releases official music video for “Channel” off the 2019 album Volatile Beings. The video was filmed by Galactic Force Media on the coldest night of February 2020 and guests Fred Fred Eric of Total Fucking Destruction as “Panda”.

IN THE FIRE, a conception of Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction, Azure Emote) has also recently released a new album, ‘The Living Horror Show featuring Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) on Drums. Both albums are available digitally and on limited CD via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

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