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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).

Read our chat with KILLVEIN below.

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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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Lot of tour news today from Ozzy sadly having to cancel his farewell dates with Marilyn Manson due to illness to Faith No More and Korn hitting the road with Spotlights, Helmet and others in tow. For me, the coolest announcement was from, uh, the Punchbowl? Alt rock fusion funk metal hard rock blender of weirdness icons Primus are known to have their own legendary take on Rush’s “YYZ” that often segues into “John The Fisherman” and created a nerdy bridge between fun living fandoms many years ago. Shit, due to my age I probably was aware of the cover version first. Anyhow, both powerful trios capable of crazy instrumental prowess and weird ass vocals – of course it made sense. Seriously can you hear  Hellbound 17 1/2 (theme from)” and not hear some Rush influence?

To honor the late, great Neil Peart we now are lucky to get Les and the gang doing a Farewell To Kings full album tour. Pretty special. Check out the dates HERE.

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This summer, #Primus will pay homage to prog-rock legends @rush with a "Tribute to Kings", a cross-country tour that will feature the iconic 'A Farewell to Kings' in its entirety. Special guests @officialwolfmother will be joining the tour, with @theswordofficial and @battlestheband opening select dates. "A little over one year ago, Ler LaLonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth," says bandleader Les Claypool. "Being that 'A Farewell to Kings' was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, "Cygnus X1", the choice narrowed quickly. Years ago, I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd Animals in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I've ever done. Dubbing the tour 'Primus: A Tribute to Kings'; it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019, but when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the "Tribute to Kings" tour was postponed. Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early 90's, we were pretty delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor, but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric. The "Tribute to Kings" tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends" A special pre-sale, including VIP upgrade options, will go on sale tomorrow, Wed, February 19 at 10am local time. General public on sale is this Friday, February 21 at 10am local time. Ticket & show info at www.primusville.com/tour

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Moonspell have never made a bad album. Stay jealous about it.

December’s Underground pulse beats strong as the blood flows towards year’s end and we have a few more cool news items to discuss with you here at Metal Riot. Today we discuss a much needed re-issue of Moonspell’s most divisive record, a young hard rock band Through Fire’s cover of a Roxette classic and some Stone Sour news!

Moonspell are one of my ALL TIME favorite bands, respected but deserving of so much more love and awe. The band has never been one-dimensional and remain one of the true touchstones of gothic infused, dark metal with a black poetic soul. Released originally by the band in 1998, Sin/Pecado (which gets a gorgeous re-issue treatment this month via Napalm) became the great divider of the Moonspell wolfpack. Produced by their long time companion (Waldemar Sorychta – Wolfheart, Irreligious), the songs of this “accursed” album were signs of a rebellion of the band against the sound that made them famous in the scene.

Moonspell’s biggest flaw or quality, judge for yourself, is never to be satisfied with anything,” Frontman Ribeiro says. “There was true creative anguish burning inside us in 1997, after we were done with the endless Irreligious’ tours, that created the perfect (shit)storm that would be Sin. It was a strange year for us, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, were letting loose and seemed to be also under the same mood as we did, or vice-versa. It doesn’t matter. Metal was turning its wheel and we’re all on the falling side. We took the fall and enjoyed doing it anyway. It wasn’t Moses dividing the waters, but it did hurt sometimes to feel alone. Curiosly a lot of other people entered Sin’s mood a couple of years later and now they beg of us to play those songs live. If you’re reading this and need another taste at sin, let’s indulge each other and pick up that second skin from the late-nineties deep closet.”

I don’t understand how a true fan wouldn’t like this album. It is of course not black metal but certainly vibes with some of the darkly romantic decadence they displayed on Irreligious. “Magdalene” in particular is one of their best songs, stunning performances in particular on that song from Pedro and Ricardo in particular which would add even more dynamics to the band’s legendary live shows. I hope more fans discover this release. Happy for the band it is getting more respect as an important creative moment. Bands should not be forced to never follow their muse creatively into interesting, nuanced dalliances and diversions.

Omaha upstart’s Through Fire have a new Sumerian backed cover of a Roxette classic “Listen To Your Heart”. I am a big fan of the original and the band were one of the catchiest around in their heyday. I actually shouted them out on a verse of an industrial song on my band Walking Bomb’s most recent album, cuz I listen to them in the kitchen with my girlfriend sometimes, haha.

(Update: This was written just a day before I found out the sad news about the passing of Marie Fredrikkson. RIP to an awesome artist). 

Anyway, this new hard rock version aint half bad. While not the style of rock I gravitate to the most, I admire the band bringing back a tune that deserves more love and putting their own spin on it for a new generation!

All Animal, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album was produced by guitarist/songwriter Justin McCain. The title track single ‘All Animal’ was #1 on SiriusXM Octane Big Uns’ Countdown for 2 consecutive weeks and spent 18 weeks on the Billboard rock radio charts.
The band is currently on their ‘Holiday Havoc’ Tour with Brkn Love, Saul and Dead Posey. Tickets are available from ThroughFireMusic.com

Stone Sour are here to inspect your naughty to nice stocking ratio

Speaking of hard rock, current genre leaders Stone Sour have a new live video for the song “Whiplash Pants”. I loved seeing Corey’s t-shirt of The Specials! Right on!

Speaking on the band’s first official live release, guitarist Josh Rand says,

“This is the Reno show in its entirety, just how it went down on October 5th, 2018. We’re extremely proud of the fact that it’s 100% live with absolutely no overdubs! It’s not perfect but neither are we. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did playing it.”

Anyway, this is a high energy clip showing the bond between band and fans in a great way, more evidence of why they remain at the top of the pack in the hearts of many. The close camera guitar leads section is pretty fucking sick indeed as well. The clip is taken from the upcoming live album, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno which will be released on December 13th via Cooking Vinyl. Find the new track on your streaming platform of choice and watch the video below.

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Unless you are a huge snob with a giant stick up your ass, you can admit that In This Moment are one of the most enjoyable live bands out there with an over the top production and stage presence as well as huge sounding tunes that blow away most bands these days. You will always get your money’s worth and leave entertained. I would go see them basically anytime with zero hesitation. Maria rules and runs a great band.

Big tour announcement today for 2020 as In This Moment announce dates with the loved or reviled Black Veil Brides (guess what? They also rule, haters stay pressed). This is gonna be a bad ass and BIG tour. Ded and Raven Black are the lucky openers here. Get pumped.

Here is my fave In This Moment tune “River Of Fire” to satiate you until you go to this tour.

Here’s a little Black Veil also for you crying hardcore kid snobs. Hahaha. \m/

 

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Raven Black release” He Is The One” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 4:33 PM (PST)

Wow, today really was a treasure trove of new metal riches with Ozzy, Sepultura and King Diamond all releasing some outstanding material that knocked me on my ass. I also want to steer you in the direction of a fun band we like around here who those of you who can take a little camp with your metal (and remember kids, you can’t have many a decent horror film without kids at a camp, haha).

Dark alt metal rock force Raven Black have released their charmingly deranged new single “He Is The One” as a lyric video. The seasick swing of this possessed sounding song will make you run to hide in the cupboard or under the bed from your demons…but there may be no place to hide? Muhahahahahah! Pre Order the band’s upcoming record HERE.

RAVEN BLACK will also be joining up with STATIC-X, DOPE, and WEDNESDAY 13 on the second leg of the 20th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour / Memorial to Wayne Static Tour beginning today in Austin, TX and wrapping up December 8 in Colorado Springs, CO.

“We are incredibly excited to also be performing on the second leg of the Static-X Wisconsin death trip 20th anniversary tour Featuring co-headliners Mushroomhead and Drowning Pool and support from + DOPE + & Wednesday 13!” – RAVEN BLACK

 

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Special news today regarding Alt-rock champs Primitive Race .

As many of you know, I am a big Chuck Mosley fan and loved his inadvertent farewell record, Soul Pretender. It is firmly one of my favorite records of the last ten years. Chuck’s passing six days after the album was released was a massive fucking tragedy and this project, which started as an industrial tinged band of rotating creatives, really was a terrific vehicle for the former Faith No More singer, empathic and eccentric musical genius.

Now there is a vital remix record Cranial Matter featuring an amazing cast of influential characters to honor Chuck and re-work the material in fun ways.

Remixes from: Toshi Kasai (Dale Crover Band, Big Business, Melvins), Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies), Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy producer/mixer), Mike “Bumblebee” Morasky (Steel Pole Bathtub, Milk Cult), Phildo Owen (Revolting Cocks, Skatenigs), Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Rodney Anonymous (The Dead Milkmen), Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins, Cows, Tomahawk, Hepa/Titus)

Special tribute track in Chuck Mosley’s memory with vocals by Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface).
Deluxe digital Bandcamp edition includes exclusive remixes from: Crabbi (Pop Will Eat Itself, Primitive Race), John Fryer (Producer of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, HIM), and Jim Marcus (Die Warzau, Pigface, Go Fight).

Regarding the Toshi Kasai Mix of ‘Cranial Matter’…

“Toshi has become a great friend and it was a no brainer asking him to take part on this record. His involvement was a perfect fit following his work on Soul Pretender. He tracked and engineered all Dale’s drums. I already knew he was a hell of a remixer from the work he did with Buzz (Melvins) on a KMFDM EP we worked on together previously. I’m very happy with what he did.” – Chris Kniker

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Australian rap-metallers The Weight of Silence released their latest track, “Green Is The New Black” earlier this week.

The track, which was released on July 17, features vocalist Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body.

Dubbed “trap metal” in the press release and being associated with the likes of Attila, “Green Is The New Black,” is, you guessed it, about smoking weed. It’s also about getting a blow job on a plane. And then Danny is also there and has a lyric.

The Weight of Silence vocalist Jacob Pedersen explains the bands new direction for “Green is the New Black”, the debut single from their upcoming album:

“We’ve been really influenced as a group by some of the newer trap and rap sounds coming out at the moment and we’re blending that with the metal influence we’ve always had. We are also very honoured to have Danny Leal take a part in this and really bring a section in this already lively song to a new level. Upon A Burning Body’s music has been a big influence on us and you’ll hear that in this upcoming album release. You can expect heavy, hard hitting riffs with huge and heavy vocals, alongside moments with trapbeats and rap vocals.”

You can check out the video for “Green Is The New Black” here.