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AS I MAY reveal “Traitor” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 11:56 AM (PST)

Alt-metallers As I May give us a big, catchy groove heavy hard rock tune today with “Traitor” and the song’s official video below. The Finnish band recall early Filter, Korn and even some Load-era Metallica on this Nu-anced and gnarly Nu-mber.

“Traitor” is accompanied by a colorful performance video to enhance the listening experience. You will want to jump up and down but also probably will experience too much neon-induced vertigo.

Directed by Kimmo Pulliainen, the music video for “Traitor” was shot at As I May’s rehearsal place, which is an old military bomb shelter. The band’s concept was to have cyberpunk feeling to compliment the use of synth on the single. Starring in the video as the character of “Milana” is band friend Leevis along with all the light work and atmosphere planned by the band’s own light engineer Mikko Harju.

As I May is:
Lasse Hiltunen – Vocals, Guitars
Jani Valhola – Guitars, Vocals
Tipi Nokelainen – Vocals, Bass
Leevi Räsänen – Drums

Just gonna leave this here. 100% great thread from Albini, who has done some great soul searching in recent years (and always was a musical genius WITH THE GREATEST TONE OF ALL TIME), on how famous people justify becoming shitty and why it sucks to punch down on trans folx. Fuck Netflix’s shitty edgelord profit chasing via Dave and Ricky and also for firing almost all their queer creative teams recently. Have fun during Pride this year, fuck faces.

Save the link for DARSOMBRA’s 4/20 4:20 video premiere HERE.

 

Baltimore, Maryland psyche/prog duo DARSOMBRA will premiere the outlandishly otherworldly official video for “Call The Doctor” this Wednesday in celebration of 4/20.

Just in from the band: “DARSOMBRA’s new official music video to ‘Call The Doctor’ will be streaming LIVE in YOUR time zone on April 20th, 2022, at 4:20pm no matter where in the world you are!

Tune in to youtube.com/darsombra (direct link to livestream: https://youtu.be/zMce0VITr9c) to catch the brand new video (a meditation on the Earth origins of every science-fiction/fantasy narrative, and lovingly described as Star-Trek-meets-David-Attenborough), which will be playing on a loop at 20 minutes after the hour, every hour, on April 20th, from 12:20am EDT (UTC-4) through 11:20pm EDT

 

In other words, from 4:20pm at the International Date Line (UTC-12) to 4:20pm Kamchatka time (UTC +12)! Tell all your friends in Siberia! (and Belize! and Poland! and Micronesia! and Zimbabwe! and Secaucus!). It’ll be 4/20 all over the world… Happy 4/20!”

 

Having just performed at Grim Reefer Fest in their hometown with Heavy Temple, Cavern, Grave Bathers, Haze Mage, and more, DARSOMBRA’s five-week Spring tour also begins this week. Launching this Saturday, April 23rd, the band will cruise westward across the country and into Mexico through May 29th, with random roadside pop-up shows to be expected along the way. Follow the band’s social media points below for by-the-minute updates for these special, sporadic events.

 

The Call The Doctor/Nightgarden cassette maxi-single will also be in just in time for the tour, available in Gold, Silver, White, Blue, and Red versions. Catch the tape first at the band’s merch table on the tour dates, and then at their webshop post-tour after May 31st.

 

DARSOMBRA released the two-song Call The Doctor/Nightgarden EP in April 2021 as a bridge between their 2019-issued Transmission LP and its successor, a massive double-album, which is currently being completed. Watch for updates on the new record to post this Summer.

 

DARSOMBRA Tour Dates:
4/23/2022 Black Forge II – McKees Rocks, PA
4/24/2022 Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH
4/25/2022 The I Fell – Bloomington, IN
4/26/2022 Lindberg’s – Springfield, MO
4/27/2022 Aces Of 8 – Oklahoma City, OK
4/29/2022 Cirque Du So Gay – Santa Fe, NM
4/30/2022 Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2022 Kickstand Kafe – Flagstaff, AZ
5/06/2022 Sci-Hop Brewing Co. – Tijuana, MX
5/07/2022 The Brown Building – San Diego, CA
5/08/2022 Planta Libre – Mexicali, MX
5/13/2022 The Offbeat – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2022 Mee Heng Low – San Luis Obispo, CA
5/15/2022 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
5/24/2022 Fritzy’s – Colorado Springs, CO
5/25/2022 Skylark – Denver, CO
5/27/2022 Eighth St. Taproom – Lawrence, KS
5/28/2022 miniBar – Kansas City, MO
5/29/2022 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH

 

DARSOMBRA is also working on a remix project, collecting reimagined versions of their song “Call The Doctor.” Artists interested in taking part in the remix project are invited to contact the band through their website or social media channels.

Alt-metal and hard rockers FLAW have released the debut single and video from upcoming album Revival. A gloomy yet driven hard charger propelled by the charismatic croon of Chris Volz, the song’s video was directed by Michael Sarna (Candlebox, Megadeth). Check it out below!

Intruder Green went on a bender and woke up in the Tracksuit, er, Trenchcoat Draculas?

Slimy grimy rappers and rockers TWIZTID have released a video for catchy but calamitous and crunchy end of year rap rock bop “No Change”. The song features punchy guitar, a memorable and driving chorus and the agitated rhymes TWIZTID are known for. Matt B. from Nu Metal enthusiasts From Ashes To New is along for the ride. Unlikely Prescription continues to do very well!

LIMP BIZKIT have just released Still Sucks on Halloween after a long time between records. While the album title will seem like a glaring Primus bite to anyone from the earlier 90’s than Limp’s heyday and “Turn It Up, Bitch” knowingly winks and nods biting Cypress Hill vibes, while Wes has his worst outfit maybe ever with a vaguely offensive weird chin of a different skin tone, the group have still managed to release their best record in a long time.

The main strength here is they sound more self-aware than ever. It is very meme conscious/meta (and no, I am not a Zuck fan).

These dudes weren’t incapable of ever having fun or taking the piss, but the new record raises the bar on the in on it (“dad” aka Beastie Boys) vibes and finds them really playing to their warts and all strengths the most, even if he says b+tch an obnoxious amount of times and it is overkill.

The style is not as eternally fresh as Fred boasts, or it wouldn’t need so many gimmicks. But it still jams hard. The songwriting is mostly fun and every song is memorable…, from the melodic ballad “Don’t Change” to the show starter and standout giant weirdo guitar riffage track “Out Of Style” about doing your own thing regardless of popularity changes. The production is great and the riffs sound huge, while I personally always love record scratching and don’t care if haters hate it in hard rock. The funniest and most self-deprecating song “Love The Hate” shows the band really don’t care if you hate them anyway over a cool experimental groove. But the album also started out with a sample about doing better in the world, so…?

“Barnacle” aspires to STP/Nirvana grungy crunch and ought to be great energy if they play it live. Despite the obvious influences, it is a rockin’ tune ostensibly about clingers and party poopers that comes in refreshingly at under two minutes and pretty much works well.

By the time the well written and smooth “Goodbye” hits with bravely perilous Maroon 5/Sugar Ray vibes (a weird way to end their career if it is their actual goodbye), you’ll nonetheless have had a good time and begrudgingly admit they are talented if you hated them. They aren’t really chasing likes anyway.

The moment some of us (and others definitely weren’t waiting) is here as notorious pranksters Limp Bizkit are back with the “Dad Vibes” unleashed on the masses. Frankly, if you were a hater this song isn’t going to change your mind. If you like things like fun and can allow that the band is basically a funny, larger than life meme for Nu Metal excess at this point…it is a fucking good time (with a Sabotage-copped look and a hallway/hood pass).

Also happy to report that despite some concerns it seems Fred says “sad” and not a homophobic slur in the chorus, so we will be bumping this today in celebration. Welcome back, dudes. Hope this crushes the charts and Marilyn Manson gets mad cuz Wes Borland is out there living his best life.

Photo credit: Kane Hibberd

Alt metal goofballs Twelve Foot Ninja have released a stompy new nu metal song called “Over and Out” with Jinjer‘s skilled vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk. The result is something everyone from Faith No More to Coal Chamber fans could rock with, a melodic and sturdy hard charger about life being worth living. The track is the third preview of their forthcoming album (Vengeance, out Oct. 15 via Volkanik Music).

“The song is an ode to the complicated relationship we have with our own mortality and how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise,” explains singer Kin Etik. “The French first coined the phrase ‘l’appel du vide,’ which is the feeling of wondering what it would be like to jump in front of a truck or to jump off a cliff. It translates into English as the ‘call of the void.’ The phenomenon is actually a positive affirmation that by not answering the call you unequivocally choose life.”

On inviting Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmayluk to work with the band on “Over and Out”: “We wanted someone who could represent the lyric ‘the devil in my blood’ – both the darkness and the light. Tatiana embodies what we needed for this track perfectly so asking her to feature on it was a no brainer. Her band Jinjer and Twelve Foot Ninja have played together a number of times and we instantly connected the first time we met in the Ukraine capital Kyiv. We’ve since tom to respect Tatiana as a musician and as a human so we’re stoked she’s agreed to jump on this track.”

photo credit: Alex Lopez

“When the TFN guys asked me to feature on one of their new tracks, I immediately said yes without even hearing it!” says Tatiana. “The song and video were a lot of fun and very different from anything I’ve done with Jinjer… it’s a great pleasure to be an honorary member of the Twelve Foot Ninja clan now!”

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Tom Morello pushes his horizons further yet again with an awesome alt rock collab with experimental dream pop artists Phantogram. I couldn’t bother to find the mental strength needed to jump in the watery sewage required to blog about the ridiculous Nirvana lawsuit, so here is something way more inspiring instead.

“Driving To Texas” is soothes yet is uneasy, like a narcotic mirage haze hiding true crime deep dives or a missing town. It calls to mind unfinished business or distant hopes and will haunt you like an old regret pulling you in even as you have your foot on the gas.

“I changed my state to replicate the blackness of the blood you drew” is an awesome fucking line.

Next up from #TheAtlasUndergroundFire 🔥

“DRIVING TO TEXAS (feat. Phantogram) is a dark journey, a struggle for a tortured soul. The vocals, the sound textures, even the guitar solo evoke a terrifying counter reality where the road to the abyss beckons sweetly. I’d worked with Josh on the 2018 Atlas Underground album and was thrilled when Phantogram reached out to collaborate again. Sarah’s voice is haunting and beautiful and Josh’s production is so fresh and eerie.” -Tom Morello

Listen to Driving To Texas ft Phantogram – out now: smarturl.it/TMDrivingToTexas

TETRARCH release “Stich Me Up” official video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 2:44 AM (PST)

If you ever wondered what it might look like if the Nolanverse Scarecrow was bullied in school, the new video from buzz band of the moment TETRARCH has got your Nu Metalcore social anxiety fix covered…in rage and rags! The Unstable release continues to have the power to draw in new listeners in droves and I have a feeling this will be a pretty major gateway band for a new generation of kids into heavy music. Which is not to say by “gateway” that they suck but rather that they will probably open a world of heavy to some people who are gonna need it, and that is a great thing. Whereas “Negative Noise” had kind of a Linkin Korn Chamber vibe going on, this one leans more towards Korn on the Core, lol.

Get your boogie on.

Lead guitarist Diamond Rowe says: “Shooting the video for ‘Stitch Me Up’ was super fun and we are honestly thrilled with how it came out. The way the storyline was shot has such a cinematic feel to it and the finished product just looks awesome. The theme of this video is kind of about being an outcast in your everyday life. You can sometimes feel like a complete freak when it seems like no one else sees things the same way that you do or has common interests, but finally meeting up with people that are like you can make you feel safe and whole. It reminds me a lot of all of us in the heavy music community and how we may be looked at in strange ways, but when we’re all together we are just one big happy family sharing our love of music.”

 

In the wake of the Matt Damon self-own and the All That Remains singer not getting why normalizing the F slur “in another context” is still harmful, it was concerning to hear the new Limp Bizkit song “Dad Vibes” kind of sound like it drops the F slur in the chorus. It is hard to make out.

Does Fred say ‘Sag’ or ‘FxG’ in the chorus? The infamous Nu Metal band’s set at Lollapalooza was fun and almost weirdly wholesome, the part with Durst in full Beastie Boys “Sabotage”-mode dancing with the sign language guy was frankly endearing. So I hope the new song played to the crowd over the PA didn’t blow all that up. And that Fred isn’t planning to smirk and say he meant a cigarette or some shit. We aren’t going back to the ’87 Cro-Mags bullshit.

It would especially piss me off as I was just defending Bizkit as John Scher’s unfair scapegoats for all the many problems of Woodstock ’99 in the new HBO documentary. Scher is a complete gaslighting shitbag throughout the doc (and I am a lifelong Woodstock kid who grew up there). Scher also victim blames women for their assaults as if nudity was, y’know, never a thing at Woodstocks. Fuck off.

But back to the present…Frankly, after DaBaby rightfully was dropped for horrible Aids comments, it would be pretty racist to let Limp play if they were gonna just play a song that uses the word ‘F+g’ in the fucking chorus to a huge crowd of adrenalized potential Delta carriers, but what do I know?

Other than that, the set was pretty off the hook and so I hope I am wrong. “My Generation” will always be a bop.

Anyway, stream “Industry Baby” , Russian Circles (I remember when Underoath supported George Bush, yuck) and Apricitas, ttys.

By now it is safe to say most metal fans are counting down the days to August 27th when the new Jinjer release drops. The band have always been cool but the new material finds them considerably upping their game, technicality, intensity and emotional impact to new heights and dark depths. You’d have to be a pretty cynical fucking snob to not be able to grab ahold of some of the intensity of this banger and get taken for a thrill ride. Precision, groove, melody and even some Gojira-worthy clobber…it’s all there!

Jinjer state: “With years getting older, we often realize that the world around us is far from what we expected it to be. Through the eyes of a kid everything seemed way more colorful, better and optimistic, didn’t it? When did it all turn wrong? When did it all turn so gray? Is this really the world’s fault? Or it is only about us chasing the wrong goals… the wrong careers, ambitions and achievements, rather than embracing one important truth… Rephrasing John Lennon, if one chases something else other than happiness, then they didn’t understand life at all …”

No word yet from Tatiana Shmaylyuk and company if, as Sepultura and Metropolis have taught us, the “Mediator” Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart. We’re too dumb from headbanging right now to be philosophical!

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RIP Bryan St. Pere of HUM

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 3:24 PM (PST)

Devastated to report that Bryan St. Pere of HUM has died. I had to hibernate after I heard the news today. The band are a huge influence on my life and have been for years, always better than anything that came after them and many of their “peers” from the formative years. I’m honestly too sad to write about it at the moment in depth. Just vibing quietly alone to “Waves” off Inlet and thinking of all the years they have been important to me and the memories attached, etc. I didn’t know him or any of the band but they are legends in my pantheon. Bryan was the perfect combination of supportive percussive bedrock, stylish but controlled flourish and hard hitting chops. My heart goes out to all those who loved Bryan. Eternal Hails, to quote Darkthrone.

Read more HERE.

KING WOMAN releases “Psychic Wound” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 4:18 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Nedda Afsari

KING WOMAN have released the video for “Psychic Wound”, the latest music from the group which continues to be both harrowing and comforting in equal measure. Some intense screams on this one from Kris and the band (drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf) again provide a perfect framework of dissonance and sonic subversion. Celestial Blues comes out July 30th via Relapse.

This and Donald Rumsfeld dying are a little bit of cosmic justice on an otherwise fucking horrible news day.

“‘Psychic Wound’ is about paying the price for eating forbidden fruit,” explains Kris Esfandiari of the riveting track and its visual companion. “When desire turns into obsession it can keep you longer than you intended to stay and nearly destroy your sanity.”

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb). Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker).

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 ALIEN WEAPONRY have returned, announcing the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Tangaroa, out September 17, 2021 via Napalm Records! The first track has big melodies and an obvious Korn influence. Like Gojira, the band have also opted not to discuss stupid shit during this time of unprecedented environmental threat and are instead focusing on world issues for this song – illegal fishing practices. Through raising this awareness, ALIEN WEAPONRY hope to support the important work and efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. If you recently watched Seaspiracy but that wasn’t somehow enough to make you stop eating fish, maybe this video will at least empower you to donate. 

 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Lewis de Jong says about the track:
“We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste. The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”

 

Drummer Henry de Jong adds:
“‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.”

 

Henry de Jong says about Tangaroa:
“The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ – the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process. We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”

 

Lewis de Jong adds about the album’s artwork and thematic details:
“The album is named after the track ‘Tangaroa’, and we went with this theme on the artwork. The album is drawn from some new experiences we’ve had as well as some ancient Māori tales. I think we have stepped things up from the last album.”

 

Bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds also adds:
“This album’s use of even more traditional Māori sounds and styles is a very exciting step forward for us.”

 

Tangaroa tracklisting:
1. Titokowaru
2. Hatupatu
3. Ahi Kā
4. Tangaroa
5. Unforgiving
6. Blinded
7. Kai Whatu
8. Crooked Monsters
9. Buried Underground
10. Dad
11. Īhenga
12. Down The Rabbit Hole