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The cognitive dissonance of seeing Maga morons dance to YMCA has finally been topped as Tom Morello from RATM/Prophets Of Rage/Audioslave fame shared a deeply absurd and sad video of blue balls matters advocates dancing to Rage’s classic “Killing In The Name”. Did these absolute fucking dipshits not realize it is an anti racist cop anthem? They probably heard the part about those working forces burning crosses and thought ,”Cool! We Stan that! MAGA! A storm is coming!”

Thank God black voters overwhelmingly voted against Trump and helped topple this utter shitstain on Amerkkkan history. You can hold blue accountable and move the dial further left. That is not possible with the GOP. They constantly try to surpress black votes and downplay the Southern Strategy they implemented for decades to demonize blacks. They made a climate in America that made it impossible to even be elected in the USA as a Democrat unless you appeared ‘tough on crime’ too, for decades. Which thankfully many Dems now regret pandering too because it helped hurt people. The GOP also act like Dems think no minorites are allowed to be “free thinkers” rather than the fact that it is just super depressing to see them get gaslit and swindled.

GOP willingly cheer for Russian intrusions into elections then have the gall to have white privileged morons like the very Anchorman named Buck Sexton claim the DEMS did voter fraud? As if there isn’t already bi-partisan observation of the polls, always! And spare me your Dominion blue vote machine conspiracies. Why didn’t we win the Senate outright then? Make it make sense. And none of you cared about, say, Jeb Bush or GOP voter suppression before this election, I notice.

You are the same clowns who think white cis males haven’t been centered in all of modern history, the same motherfuckers who would hear “Down Rodeo” and be like ,”what’s wrong with not seeing a brown skin man since grandma bought one?”

Just because he slurred like a drunken wrestling fan doesn’t mean DONALD TRUMP was ever populist! He is a gilded, failed conman who grifted the country out of hundreds of millions of dollars and tried to destroy our sacred institutions and gaslight the fight against white supremacy and paint ANTI FASCISM as bad!

WELCOME BACK TO REALITY. Here’s a cold blue dousing. Biden won by the biggest general margin ever and yeah a lot of Dems mailed in votes cuz we didn’t want super spreader parties like you Rona Romancing White Supremacists. If we got rid of the electoral college we wouldn’t have these scary moments nearly as often. Reproductive rights wouldn’t always be on the chopping block.

Voting DOES matter. Look at Georgia. We can’t burn down the entire system in one day and not have countless marginalized people hurt in the process. We can reform and coalition build.

And for the left, stay vigilant and keep moving things more progressive. Stay active and keep voting to get progress made in local elections. And above all call out disinfo when you see it perpetuated and make MAGA types feel the social consequences. I don’t mean cancel everyone without trying to educate but if it is hopeless it is not just “cancelling”, it is called not having to do permanent emotional labor for idiots who can’t grasp the bare bone structures of human history despite more access to information than ever before. Some of them are just gullible bigots!

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DESTROY PLANETS release “Burn In Hell” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:29 AM (PST)

Destroy Planets have released an alt metal sledgehammer of a track that rotates between bratty rap-esque chants and rumbling deathcore lows from vocalist Tanya over syncopated, dialed-up aggression from the band.

“This song means different things to us. Tanya composed the lyrics and to her the song is about betrayal and being able to move forward dealing with the struggles betrayal presents. Other band members feel the lyrics can represent two halves of the same person having an internal conflict or that there are two people where one person is living a fake lie and the other person is perhaps trying to escape this. The whole feel of the song could be seen as what goes around comes around or struggling with demons in your past that you can not escape from.”- Destroy Planets

Photo credit: Harvey Wallbanger

London based trap metal artist Mimi Barks has released a new video for attitude-filled fresh track “11.PLAGUE/666”. Fans of Concrete Dream, Otep, Killvein, Hollywood Undead and  Iggy Azalea might feel this new rager. Some of you might remember her Enter The Void EP from last year turning heads.

Photo by Buzz Osborne

Alt metal and snarky art rock legends Mr. Bungle have released a thrashterpiece of a track “Sudden Death” from The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo – out 10/30 on mighty Ipecac. You can definitely hear the old school vibes in these stomping and raging patterns (perfectly suited to new members Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo.

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Portuguese metal bands are always some of the most passionate and talented and Inhuman are no exception. I am liking the new single “Chaotic Nothing” a lot and wanted to share it with you below. Reminds me a bit of the melodic side of new Sepultura mixed with dark alt rock and even some prog elements. The band have teamed with Moonspell’s famed vocalist Fernando Ribeiro for the release of their long awaited new album CONTRA on his Alma Mater records on Nov. 6th (I reaaallly like the purple vinyl limited option)! Bandcamp version HERE.

This news warms my heart and gets the blood charged with power. Produced by Daniel Cardoso (Anathema, Ava Inferi), the music sounds huge, distinctive and all encompassing.

Baltimore, Maryland’s audiovisual progressive/psychedelic duo DARSOMBRA will be headlining the 8th Annual Mushroom City Art Festival online this Sunday, October 4th, from 8-9pm EDT. The band has performed at Baltimore’s Mushroom City Art Festival in their local Leakin Park for the past four years, so this year, instead of a strict music performance for that hour of online entertainment, the band has created a TV show, A Trip With Darsombra, which serves as the first episode of their new channel, Darsombra TV.

 

Since forming in 2006, DARSOMBRA has released an extensive catalog of albums and smaller releases through a vast network of underground labels including At A Loss, Public Guilt, Exile On Mainstream, Translation Loss, and Noise Bombing, before releasing their fourth LP, Transmission, independently in 2019. Uniting Brian Daniloski on guitar, vocals, and effects, and Ann Everton on synthesizer, vocals, gong, and visuals, DARSOMBRA is a transcendental and emotive experience. Live, they create a symbiotic audio-video involvement that creates a temporary reality, woven by sight, sound, and movement. These psychedelic and transcendental characteristics are transferred to record as closely as possible. . . and live, it is a truly cinematic rock ‘n’ roll show.

 

Transmission consists of one continuous forty-one-minute flood ofsprawling, mind-expanding, musical exploration. Ranging from relentless, charged, and cinematic, to ephemeral, transcendent, and delicate, the song embraces its many qualities as it wraps itself into a thematic, uncompromising saga with a million different interpretations available to the listener.

 

The band offers with the launch of their new channel, “Darsombra TV is here! Performances, scenes of life around Maryland, and a first listen to some rapidly developing new tracks from DARSOMBRA are some of what fans can expect from our upcoming online performance for Baltimore’s 8th Annual Mushroom City Art Festival! A Trip With Darsombra is an hour-long variety show featuring the music of DARSOMBRA, as well as scenes from band members Ann Everton and Brian Daniloski’s adventures in Maryland. Come take a trip with Ann and Brian as they journey from Baltimore’s notorious Leakin Park and the original locations of their previous performances for Mushroom City Art Festival, to their garden in nearby West Baltimore for an intimate rooftop show, to A Day At The Beach With Darsombra at Assateague Island National Seashore, and finally ending up back in Leakin Park for a very special surprise performance! This action-packed hour of Darsombra TV also includes exercises for screen-weary eyeballs, a bawdy pony gatehouse adventure, and a Leakin Park Mushroom Extravaganza showing some fungal developments in the park since lockdown in March 2020. DARSOMBRA fans will also appreciate exclusive previews of upcoming tracks from the band. . . come and join us on A Trip With Darsombra!”

 

A Trip With Darsombra airs live this Sunday, October 4th at 8-9pm EDT at THIS LOCATION.
Transmission is out now on LP, CD, cassette, and digital download directly through DARSOMBRA. Each format of the album bears slightly different artwork and design elements than the others.

 

Find a wide array of options at the band’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp where the entire album is streaming HERE.

Korn and Yelawolf cover Charlie Daniels

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:40 AM (PST)

I am very very sick and so not posting much this week. Charlie Daniels believed some super dumb conservative shit later in life but “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” will always remain a bop. Here is an insane new version of it from Korn and Yelawolf at Bandcamp. Props to Korn for continuing their tradition to do oddball covers, not just metal. Seems to be for a good cause with Awakening Youth. I am too tired to read more about it right now. Ok, legit time to go throw up and tremble in weak sickly horror again. My ass sounds as flappy as Fieldy’s bass tone right now. Y’all boogie down to this now and I will hopefully see you soon.

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REVOLUTION, THE ONLY SOLUTION!!!

In which the now Trump bootlicking drummer of System Of A Down betrays all their material and tells me that Black Lives Matter are the same as the Brown Shirts. Serj Tankian, fuck this clown already. John Dolmayan (aka BYOBootlicker, my new name for him) has truly lost it. Ok, so every other basic armchair expert loves to say the “DemonCRats are thE reAl fashitz” yet COMPLETELY IGNORE the GOP SOUTHERN STRATEGY, but calling BLACK LIVES MATTER the new Brown Shirts is beyond revolting gaslighting. When I interviewed him years ago he was going through a McDonalds drive through. Not exactly ‘woke’ or helpful to the message.

John seems like a Seventh Kavalry Qanon moron who Ayn Rand and Steve Ditko spawned at a Nu Metal bakesale. What a god damn letdown! How fucking sad too that John has compared people fighting for freedom to not be MURDERED BY POLICE BRUTALITY to Hitler’s god damn Sturmabteilung ! While your band stood for the recognition of a covered up genocide you now spread HIDEOUS RACIST FALSE EQUIVALENCY! Fuck Off.

What happened to ,”Pushing little children with their fully automatics…”?

Serj, Daron, Shavo…fire this asshole or get him an intervention like YESTERDAY! For the love of God! Is this why you guys have been sorely needed as a band but haven’t released an album in forever? Just to humor this clown?!! Heartbreaking. One of the best political bands ever totally derailed by one member’s mind destroyed by money and conspiracy drivel. This is even worse than Korn jamming with utter homophobe Mike Huckabee. Seriously, WTF are you guys doing?!! Read the fucking room.

Seriously John, go P.L.U.C.K. yourself.

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It is our official opinion that the babes in Mantar were unfairly excluded from being featured in the 1993 Marc Jacobs grunge collection for Perry Ellis.

Mantar are one of the most righteous and raucous bands out there these days and now the German noise sludgers are delivering an all killer grunge tribute album Grungetown Hooligans II. The excellent Brutal Panda is releasing this slab on June 26th. It is directed towards lesser heralded acts who made some of the best music of that era and includes L7, Jesus Lizard, Babes In Toyland covers and more. The “100%” Sonic Youth cover is especially pitch perfect and adds a lot more snarl while capturing the sneer of the original. “Puss” the Jesus Lizard cover is not as booze soaked and blindly madcap Yow microphone swallowing as the original but retains the swing and glory of the riffing while adding more metallic roar to the vocals. And the drum break is still pure fucking payoff.

Check out the “Ghost Highway” fresh take on a Mazzy Star classic below. Kudos to the band for taking a slight left turn here from prior releases and doing something different.

Poppy ponders existence

Poppy has released a rad cover of t.A.T.u’s “All The Things She Said.” She has grown a lot on me as an artist and I think she is doing cool stuff. Nice to see her really spreading her wings and in a much better situation. I think this is also a good cover choice as t.A.T.u were also under-estimated when they were active by a lot of people. She writes:

This cover song was delivered to my label over two weeks ago, with the purpose of being released in time for Pride Month. Unfortunately, in the time elapsed since then, we’ve been faced with a tragedy that calls for our much needed attention. While we are still fighting for equality in the lgbtq+ community, we still have a long way to go, and there still remains an absurd amount of injustice for minorities in America.

I cannot adequately express my distain for how our government, and above all, our president is reacting to what’s happening in America right now.I encourage you to educate yourself, go out and protest, donate, and raise your voice to speak out against this injustice.

I’ll also be sharing a few links to donate to if you have the means to do so.

I stand with you in love

-Moriah

 

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KILLVEIN is one of those inspiring rare types of artists who seem fueled by a frenzy to create, a high level of passion that palpable in the air like when you know there will be a storm soon. The self-taught producer and multi-instrumentalist charges up everything with purposeful intent and has released a lot of material the last few years, drawing from a diverse pool of sounds ranging from hooky trap to black metal to rock.

Recently Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe fame was impressed enough by the up and coming artist to feature KILLVEIN on two tracks from the forthcoming Tommy Lee solo release ANDRO. I heard a rowdy rock cut. “Knock Me Down” is so ripe with pent up, ready for the mosh pit bravado that it is more closely resembles an explosion than a song (while still, in actuality, being a good song).

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Cover Story: OTEP

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 5:56 AM (PST)

Sitting around quarantine and thinking back to bands I have been in that had members who would argue if it was cool or not to play covers made me think it might be neat-o to showcase some covers by one artist on the site today. OTEP seemed like a good pick because A. She rules as a person and has always been cool to our site and B. Just look at that “Shelter In Place” message behind the band photo. Wise choice during Covid-19, fam. And I think that photo is older than last year? Prophetic!

Anyway, OTEP rocks and the real best reason to choose some of the band’s best covers is that THERE ARE A BUNCH OF DOPE ONES TO SHOW YOU. Seriously, some bands are so snobby but it is cool to show your influences. I thought it was cool how when Chester from Linkin Park died even Chris from Coldplay wasn’t too “big” and covered “Crawling” in his memory.

Here’s four tunes poet and nu-fusion groove metal activist Otep Shamaya chose to cover with her band over the years.

  1. ‘Breed’ by Nirvana is an iconic grunge punk tune and the high energy video disturbs and taunts and plays appearances like David Lynch took the class on a Nu Metal field trip to hell.

2. ‘Not To Touch The Earth’ by the Doors is my favorite OTEP cover because as a poet Shamaya really vibes with Jim and respects the material and also because it is cool to hear one of the most intense “bad trip” doors songs ever (and not the most obvious cover choice from the band’s tunes) become straight up metal!

3. ‘Wake Up’ by RATM. Otep certainly vibes with smashing the control machine/Matrix and critiquing capitalism’s worst excesses, so this makes perfect sense. Also, hello…rap rock. ‘Nuff said.

4. Lorde’s ‘Royals’ lyrically is a great choice and this one remains a fan favorite in the Tribe. We’re in this together so hope this makes quarantine or whatever you are going through a little more bearable as we have money fears and the future is even more uncertain, fam. One love. PMA.

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Today, PAPA ROACH releases the official video for the track “Feel Like Home.” The minimalistic, high-energy video was filmed at home, under quarantine, providing a rare and very entertaining look into the band members’ and their family at home.

The band explains “We’re all home, in quarantine, and decided to try and entertain our families a little bit with one of our favorite songs from the record – we hope it brings a little joy and positivity. Really looking forward to seeing people around the world trying their own! “

And with that comment – Papa Roach and Better Noise Music are launching the #FEELLIKEHOMECHALLENGE, encouraging fans anywhere in the world to create their own version of the video, from home, for the opportunity at several prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,200. All entries are to be submitted by Sunday May 31st, at which point band will review all entries and choose a winner with 2 runner up prizes, along with prizing for 10 submissions selected at random on June 8, 2020 Anyone can enter anywhere in the world.


Papa Roach just wrapped a 4 hour epic live-streamed retrospective this past weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary release of their debut album INFEST. The program, dubbed “INFEST IN-Conversation” featured Special Guests, Dave Buckner (Papa Roach), Chino & Risa Moreno (Deftones), Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (Linkin Park), Marcos Siega (TV/Film Director) and Jason AalonButler (Fever 333). The program ran simultaneously across the band’s official Twitch, Facebook, Youtube, VK, and Twitter accounts garnering an audience of 1.8 million during the broadcast.

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Stitched Up Heart are a hard rock/alt metal band who have been absolutely exploding the last few years due to their high energy, melodic power and connection with fans. With numerous top 30 mainstream rock hits, over twenty million worldwide streams and a lot of fresh eyes on them, this band is not only headed places but ALREADY somewhere many acts never reach. New album Darkness explores a dynamic range of emotions while managing to be huge, catchy and electrifying.  It is sure to appeal to those enduring angsty growing pains or older rock fans looking to feel new energy.

Singer Mixi took some time out during this crazy and horrible pandemic to talk about the new album with me, her approach and some philosophy as well as getting through this time as a planet, animal fostering and vegetarianism.

All the best to this band and make sure to check out Darkness. They sound better than ever.

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Islander are a band close to my heart and it was cool to learn today they’ve covered R.E.M., another of my favorite bands. They are one of the great live bands in the game right now and their cover of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” is their first bit of music released since signing to Better Noise Music. The band took a break from writing their upcoming album to cover this timely track, in recognition of the worldwide pandemic and the toll it has taken on the Carvajal family. The band’s brothers, Mikey and Chris Carvajal, wanted to use the track to raise funds for a cause close to their (and their Aunt’s) hearts.

It’s interesting because I saw R.E.M. on the Monster tour and it was amazing how they made a big venue feel so intimate and personal. Interestingly enough, I saw Islander a few times and they have somehow made every show seem often more energetic and huge than headliners they are out with. Very different style of music in general, but both had or have the power to make any moment feel loaded with import.

The world is being hit hard by COVID-19. Our hearts especially go out to the NYC community and everyone struggling right now. Our Aunt/Tia Lolin is one of the many that have passed away because of this terrible virus. So this effort to raise funds is dedicated to her huge heart and love for her neighbors. She was always thinking of others before herself. In honor of Tia Lolin, a portion of proceeds from this track will go to the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund to support the artists and freelancers that are struggling in her hometown of NYC. We love you, fellow artists. We love you, Tia Lolin. – Islander

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VËLLA release their debut album “COMA”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 12:56 PM (PST)

VËLLA from Portugal have released their debut alternative metal album Coma. Raising Legends Records put it out. The album was recorded at Raising Legends Lisboa studios with the band’s bass player, Caesar Craveiro, taking over the production, mixing and mastering tasks.

The group remind me of a sort of Korn/Chevelle blend of influences, from what I have heard so far. Check their song “Mannequin” below and see if it is for you.

The record features some special guests, such as the singer from the Portuguese groove metal band Equaleft, Miguel Inglês, who lends his voice to the song “The Promise”. Ana Marques gives her voice to the track “Tormento”, which also has the contribution of Ariana Pereira’s violin, and “I’ll Be The End”, the last song of the record, has the vocal collaboration of André Ferreira aka Wild Maui.

VËLLA’s guitar player Mário Rui comments: “This record illustrates the union of 5 musicians without fear of taking risks. We rely on the vision of each member to create the best music possible, without defining genres or barriers. In the end, the result was 12 distinct tracks, featuring heavy riffs, memorable choruses, melancholy environments and addictive melodies. We wrote a record that certainly won’t leave anyone indifferent.”

Oz Vilesov, the other guitar player, adds: “While we wrote the record we never had a pre-defined genre in mind. We chose to be guided by our own songs and this resulted in a record with multiple facets.”

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