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Cover art for GVF’s single, “My Way, Soon”

As we inch deeper into spooky season a lot of great bands are getting around to releasing stuff before the impending end of the year (and potential civil war). It has been a dread filled existential crisis of a year for likely everyone and so it is some solace to see the creative juices flow from some of our guiding lights. It sure is a hell of a lot better to hear good music than be awash in internet propaganda from QAnon folks who have rebranded Nazi Cult themes to suit their disgusting, fact-eroding purposes. I am sorry if this bullshit has infected the logic of any of your loved ones. It is really horrific and sad that these dipshits have any traction and cloud real anti-trafficking efforts with disinfo as well.

Anyway, from Eddie Van Halen passing to Trump skipping around the White House giving out Covid like Halloween candy to imbecile Rand Paul suggesting the fly that landed on Pence is part of the ‘deep state’,  I could really use some fucking rock n roll! How about you?

First up, GRETA VAN FLEET return! I for one LOVE this band. They are back with a light bearing, groove heavy, rambling rocker “My Way, Soon”. I was worried they were breaking up after a few hazy social media posts recently but I guess the hiatus has thankfully passed.

Y’all need to get lives and stop shitting on these dudes so hard for wearing their Zep influences. This song reminds me a bit of “Over The Hills And Far Away” in a good way, a song made for joy, introspection and travel without slipping into Journey “Faithfully” levels of cheese. The melodies are infectious and lift your spirits while the band sound more comfortable than ever. Probably my favorite song from them since the likewise ear worm filled “When The Curtain Falls.”

Let’s get frank here. How many bands sound like Ramones , Misfits or hell, even Green Day? About a zillion. Or wanna be Depeche Mode bands or Interpol biting Joy Division? Or ultimate problematic losers Foxygen doing DARVO on Globelamp as well as trying to rip off Stones and ELO terribly. Greta are really nice guys doing what they love and actually play instruments for fucks sake and fans love it so stay pressed. It’s 2020- try to enjoy life.

“This song was inspired by what three years of touring did by opening so many doorways.  This is my truth, how I feel about all of our travels, but I know it echoes the experiences and changes of perspectives for Jake, Sam, and Danny as well,” says Josh.

As Danny explains, “The definition of ’normal’ has very much broadened over the past couple of years, and it has affected us as musicians, especially in the writing and recording of this new album.  We realized that while growing up, we had been shielded by a lot of things, we were unaware of a lot of things.  And then we were thrown out into this huge world, and it was a bit of a culture shock at first.”

Photo by Jim Louvau

Killer Be Killed, the actual super group (that term gets tossed out much 2 casually often), are back as well! Max, Ben, Greg and Troy are all part of some of the most iconic bands in modern underground history and this collaboration has always seemed too “pinch me” good to be true, but it’s indeed actually real! The band’s excellently named Reluctant Hero sophomore album is due in November.

The track debuted yesterday via Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal hosted by Jose Mangin. The video, which was shot in Arizona last month, was directed by Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera. All we can say is, “Fuck yeah, dudes!”

I am loving the whole rollercoaster of a heavy mind bending tune but Troy especially is commanding in his patented rough edged melodic style vocals.

Troy said of the song: “Dissecting the idea of uncertainty and how you pull from that to find your way. ‘Dream Gone Bad’ was initially spearheaded by Max and I, and as I listen back, through the collaborative process this creation’s final form has now become a dream-come-true.”

Prepare to have your mind exploded, fam. Let’s goooooooo.

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RIP to guitar god Eddie Van Halen

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:17 PM (PST)

There are no words for how sad I am about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. The rock icon succumbed to cancer and left behind a huge, untouchable legacy. I like Van Halen better than fucking Led Zep, ok?! The guitarist forever changed the landscape of modern sound and inspired so many with his unfathomable compositions and dizzying talent. I listened to “Runnin’ With The Devil” tonight after I was done ugly crying and throwing up once and got goosebumps on my arms during the solo even though, like you, I have heard it a hundred thousand times.

Thank you so much Eddie for all you gave us! It was a thrill of my life to play briefly in a EVH and Motley tribute show and get to open for Jake E. Lee and it was so fun playing your songs on a stage and imagining what it was like for you guys. “Unchained” is the funnest song to sing in the world. It was touching to see Sammy offer condolences to Wolf. This is just brutal. No one has ever replicated what you did the same way.

A band who could combine humor, soul, pop, technical prowess, fun, sadness, theatrics and so much more. A person who encompassed it all. A legend.

Please play “Dreams” loudly tonight or any song from any era and just LOVE it all.

We’ll get higher and higher
Straight up we’ll climb
We’ll get higher and higher
Leave it all behind

 

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ICON FOR HIRE release ‘Curse Or Cure’ single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:31 AM (PST)

If pop hard rock infused glory is your bag you will be all about the stadium ready new Icon For Hire jam “Curse Or Cure”. One of the biggest sounding songs yet from the mega popular outfit (almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify), “Curse Or Cure” channels stuff like Linkin Park and Pvris for maximum melodic and huge rock vibes. I feel like Halsey or From Ashes To New fans would heavily fuck with this as well.

“Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song.  Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

 

Happy Labor Day Freakend, head bangers. I hope you have all seen Bill & Ted 3 by now and are sort of aimlessly looking for something to chase it down with, cuz I have your RDA of hard rock fun right here! Here are two fun new music videos to help you keep your fists pumping over the weekend and into the far future.

First up we head with the mastermind Mr. Corey Taylor down ‘HWY 666’ in a new animated clip! #CMFT is out Oct. 2nd and is gonna own hard rock for late 2020. This song is demon spit, burnt asphalt and pure rebellion.

And secondly we have a rad new cover by Madame Mayhem for you of the Aerosmith classic “Livin’ On The Edge”, certainly fitting for these times. I always loved Joe’s guitars in this song and the cover does it justice! Just enough sweet and snarl in perfect balance. Makes sense…Madame Mayhem is very talented and this cover song was produced and arranged by Mark Hudson, who was also a songwriter on  the original “Living On The Edge” with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

The video is “From The Vault” throwback footage, making of, and behind the scenes of the hustle at the beginning of MM’s rock career, a real behind the scenes take with live performance shots too! Crank it up! You can’t fake this kind of road won , rock as lived experience authenticity! And did we mention her voice rules?!

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Halestorm announce ‘Reimagined EP’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:58 AM (PST)

Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm have announced their newest EP Reimagined to be released in August.

The EP features a song with Amy Lee of Evanescence and will also include a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Check out “Break In (Feat. Amy Lee)” here.

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Black Veil Brides have today released the re-recorded track “Perfect Weapon” off their recently announced brand new, re-imagined, re-recorded 2020 edition of their debut album re-titled Re-Stitch These Wounds. It sounds dominating and confident. Fans can check out the re-imagined track, “Perfect Weapon” below. This new album comes in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut We Stitch These Wounds. The forthcoming album Re-Stitch These Wounds will be released via Sumerian Records on Friday, July 31st. Pre-Orders are available from ReStitchTheseWounds.com.

Speaking on Re-Stitch These Wounds and his band’s 10th year milestone, frontman, Andy Biersack says:

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to revisit and reimagine our debut album for its 10 year anniversary. A decade ago I was just a teenager trying to find my way and meet like minded musicians, I was fortunate enough to meet Jake and Jinxx and we clicked instantly. I can remember writing so many of these songs in the tiny Hollywood apartment Jake and I shared and tracking our own demos, so to have the opportunity to take a look at these songs again and update them for the modern era of the band with Jake at the helm producing and mixing is a full circle moment for us.

We have never been happier as a band then in the current lineup and it’s amazing to get the chance to start over and do with this record what we always wished we could have done the first time around. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the original album but rather a companion piece that we hope fans can enjoy and see the musical evolution of the band in a unique way.”

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Having a very bad and emotional day due to a death in the family. Distracting myself from feeling down by sharing some good old fashioned rock n’ roll with you all to try to make the world a cooler place. Really enjoyed the take no prisoners new jam “Gasoline” from Swedish hard rock fighters BÜRNER.  These guys are no bullshit and will release the new album Baptized in Gasoline on 30th September 2020 via Time To Kill Records. It truly scratches the Lemmy itch and is a bad ass tune that picked me up off the ground a bit. Maybe it will cheer you all up as well if needed. Either way, the band fucking rock.

Tracklisting
01. Hey Hey
02. Hammerdown
03. Kill You Til You’re Dead
04. Run Like Hell
05. Gasoline
06. Slaughter
07. The Burner
08. Don’t Fake The Ache
09. Murder
10. Million Reasons To Cry

Extra tracks (only on CD):

11. Rock’n’roll
12. On the Shitlist

Lynette now has enough arms to give all the trick or treaters candy at once this year or perform a full band concert alone

How is everyone today? I am Reeling from finally seeing the 2018 movie Overlord. That was intense. Wow, a future cult classic. Why didn’t anyone tell me how good it was? Like The Thing meets Inglorious Basterds and with Jovan Adepo! That parachute scene is one of the craziest combat scenes I have ever seen in a war/horror movie. I am also pretty annoyed NY is going into stage 4. I just don’t think this reopening shit is safe yet, periodt. Especially when we are learning how much fucking grift went into the “relief” with no rent freeze and shit cash compared to other countries we are allegedly superior than. Kanye and megachurches and slimebag Kushners get relief but American citizens have to listen to Mitch gaslight? Hell no. Anyone trashing Ilhan Omar on Twitter right now is a moron and not to be trusted at all. We DO need huge structural and economic reform. Do not let bootlicking slugs fool you.

Phew. Anyway, RIP to the goat Ennio Morricone. I did not see enough tributes to his greatness on Facebook. For A Few Dollars More is my personal favorite theme he did. It is absolutely perfect. Speaking of the uber-corrupt Facebook, I only still use it for family and some people I would lose complete contact with otherwise, but I did become Facebook friends with friggin’ Mortiis today. That is one of the coolest things to happen to me perhaps ever. Speaking of brilliant instrumental music, you all better be listening to Spirit Of Rebellion. Talk about a genius.

Ok, so today (it is already about 8pm as I write this but my routine has been completely flipped the last few days) I have news about Spylacopa and Bestial Mouths!

First up, Resurrected In Black is the stunning brand new new release from Lynette Cerezo’s ongoing Berlin/LA triumph Bestial Mouths. One of the key acts spearheading a relevant revival of gothy, club friendly but also experimental and daunting industrial music with psychic cave-like depths (see also Caress, Vowws, Boy Harsher for semi-kindred spirits), Bestial Mouth’s latest is the most commanding yet. Cerezo really takes full control here and the results are incomparable. The song arrangements are even more gripping than before and showcase one of the strongest vocalists out there these days the way she deserves.  Fave tracks: Dry As Dust, The Loss, The Fall.

Come for the Ween cover. feel blurry like Puddle Of Mudd? NO, it doesn’t sound like that. This is just a dumb caption, ok?!

 

NYC avant-garde Candiria offshoot Spylacopa have been an enduring and powerful project over the years, somehow manifesting an almost primeval channeling of energies regardless of the widely morphing genres John LaMacchia’s interests roam amongst. The current stellar line-up also includes Frank Godla, Sabrina Ellie and Michael MacIvor and they have released a killer cover of Ween’s most cult classic tune “Baby Bitch” this week HERE. John and Sabrina killed it on the vox together and man that fretless sounds so fuckin’ good with Frank’s drums. Also love the beefy fills that are like barely restrained but don’t cross the threshold. This is why Godla is a drumboat (that is a new technical term for drummers who create a vortex of nerdy percussion crushes amongst other percussionists, haha).

Mixed by John LaMacchia and mastered by Mario Quintero / Audio MQ, the cover sounds incredible and is for a good cause, to benefit The Innocence Project. Full premiere here at Brooklyn Vegan! Support. Seriously, we need to make sure people aren’t wrongfully convicted and that lives are not destroyed. PMA.

 

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My favorite live band of prison planet escaping Earth rockers are likely just as good via virtual concert.

Clutch will perform a streamed concert titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1” on May 27th. They will be supported remotely by Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul. That’s a decent range of hard rock variety. This unique online concert format has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group (STG), and LiveFrom Events and will use cutting-edge streaming technology to close the distance between the bands and the fans for an amazing virtual concert experience.

Says Neil Fallon: “Over the past weeks, Clutch has been streaming very short sets on our YouTube channel, OfficialClutch. We are excited to announce that we will be playing a much longer set and teaming up with Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul for a virtual four-band bill. Doors are at 3:30 PM, Saul goes on at 4 PM, followed by Blacktop Mojo at 4:35 PM and Crowbar at 5:10 PM. Clutch’s set will start at approximately 5:55 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Have a beer in your pajamas!”

Pre-registration is available today, with tickets going onsale on Wednesday at 10am EST: www.livefrom.events/ DoomSaloon

Clutch also revamped their fan fave stoner anthem (one of several, haha) “Willie Nelson”. The new version is a little cleaner production-wise and slightly more uptempo/soulful.

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Taraka Larson, Sean-Paul Pillsworth, Morgan Y. Evans

WALKING BOMBS has released a new track in association with Nefarious Industries. The Guns N’ Roses influenced punk song features guests Taraka Larson (ex-Prince Rama) and Sean-Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week).

Hear WALKING BOMBS’ “Brash Bandages” early via New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release “Brash Bandages” on all digital platforms this Friday, Marcy 27th. Find preorders HERE.A new album will follow later this year.

“The song was a meditation on if it was possible to write a tune inspired by GnR but about how to survive in life and make healthier choices for yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically,” Evans says. “We jokingly were calling it “Appetite For Kombucha”. It still rocks though and was super fun to crank out before I get full bore working on my next album.” – Morgan Y. Evans

The single follows WALKING BOMBS’ productive 2019 which saw the release of two albums through Nefarious Industries, leading with the Suicide By Citizenship collaborative album with Gridfailure, which featured guests from Tad, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Surmiser, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more. Just a few months later, the outfit released the Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens album which featured guests from Cycle Sluts From Hell, The Beautiful Bastards, Globelamp, Gridfailure, Stormland, and others.

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Paralandra release new “Love Will Win” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8:03 AM (PST)

Springfield, MO Hard rock road tested melodic sensations Paralandra are a best kept not-so secret band in the genre who could appeal with ease to Delain, Godsmack and Halestorm fans. The group have a solid work ethic and are back with a timely new video -filmed by Adrienne Beacco- for their new song “Love Will Win.” Big vocals and a lot of guitar shred in this one over in charge rock grooves that mean business. I like the lyric where I think Casandra Carson is saying ,“when the lie is so sweet you’ll follow your fiction.” Hope I got that right!

Anyhow, give the video some love below and hopefully it gets your mind off of the stressful virus for a moment. Sending hope and a raised fist out to everyone reading this.

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Metallic hardcore troopers RINGWORM have some looming tour dates with fellow veterans All Out War, the buzzed about High Command and ragers Genocide Pact (who just got a killer nod from no less than Kerrang as one of the top 50 best death metal bands right now).

RINGWORM is touring in support of their 8th studio album Death Becomes My Voice, out now on CD/LP/Digital. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

Tour Dates BELOW.

 

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Psychy stony proggy hard rockers King Buffalo are just the thing for getting your wheels and imagination turning on those overcast days where the clouds won’t seem to part. You can listen to their  tasteful 8 minute new road worthy opus “Eta Carinae” now from new EP Dead Star, out March 20th, if you want to get the yellow motion lines on your mental highway flying past again at optimum speeds.  I am liking the propulsive grooves and smooth vocal hypnosis of this one. This band never tip their hand and just grow on you like a familiar shirt you don’t want to change, but hopefully occasionally is laundered- hahaha.

“These six songs deviate and expand on horizons that we as King Buffalo haven’t yet reached,” says drummer Scott Donaldson, who also handled the graphic layout of Dead Star with Ryan T. Hancock’s striking cover art. “It’s extremely exciting to make something familiar, but unlike anything we’ve previously done. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Dead Star was written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in December of 2019 & January 2020. Produced & engineered by Sean McVay, mixed by Grant Husselman, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. The artwork was created by Ryan T Hancock with fonts by Mike Turzanski.

Dead Star Track list:
1. Red Star Pt. 1
2. Red Star Pt. 2
3. Echo of a Waning Star
4. Ecliptic
5. Eta Carinae
6. Dead Star

Dead Star is the Rochester rock trio’s 4th EP overall and kicks off a busy 2020 that finds the band schlepping their sonic spaciousness to more stages and markets. Dates BELOW.

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Photo Credit: Jake Gravbot

 

Philadelphia psych rock quintet RUBY THE HATCHET has premiered a cover of Uriah Heep’s 1972 “Easy Livin’” via a new music video. A staple of their recent live sets, the band recorded the cover at Retro City Studios in NJ. The group commented on the cover:

Uriah Heep is a band favorite and still an unsung hero of sorts in our opinion. Many of their songs make our karaoke cuts, but Easy Livin’ was especially fun to figure out now that we have been toying with live three part harmonies. All of the high notes in our cover are vocally supported by Johnny, and of course Owen…still trying to put a mic in front of Lake. Plus, when you have someone like Sean playing organ, a Heep cover is a must.”

This cover is excellent and sent chills up my back to my brain. Good times! Ruby The Hatchet just thrill me whenever I give them a listen. I have never been let down by this incredible act yet.

RUBY THE HATCHET will kick off an upcoming North American tour with Kadavar this Thursday December 5th in Atlanta, GA. The tour runs through December 21st and a full list of dates is available below.

Additionally, RUBY THE HATCHET will release their three full-length albums and EP on limited edition, colored cassette via Brutal Panda Records. The cassettes will be available on December 6th and can be ordered at THIS LOCATION. So sick!

RUBY THE HATCHET are currently writing their follow-up to 2017’s celebrated album Planetary Space Child. A 2020 release is expected with more info to follow.

Tour dates BELOW.

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EDM DJ Sikdope has done a pretty cool remix for “The Violence” by Asking Alexandria.

Speaking on his bombastic remix of Asking Alexandria’s latest arena-filling anthem, Sikdope says:
“I’ve been a fan of Asking Alexandria for as long as I can remember. They’re also great friends of mine, so of course I was thrilled when they asked me to remix “The Violence” (also one of my favorite tracks this year). I sang in a rock band as a teenager so remixing this track felt like second nature to me; I got to go back to my roots but also showcase the evolution of my sound. This remix feels like such an accomplishment for me because when I was in a band as a kid, my dream was to have a release on Sumerian… now I’m on it as a DJ.”
Adding to this, Asking Alexandria guitarist, Ben Bruce says
“I’m a firm believer that the best collaborations come from when artists come together through a true and real connection. A great collaboration can’t be forced, they are born from a mutual respect and passion. In this case Sikdope and myself had been friends and mutual fans of each other’s work for many years prior to this collaboration. We went out for dinner one night and decided, spur of the moment, to collaborate! I’m so excited that we finally got to work together and through combined efforts have created such a MONSTER of a tune!”

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