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Weapons Of Anew touring with Tesla

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:46 PM (PST)

Ray West of Spread Eagle fame has a newer project called Weapons Of Anew hard rock fans will eat up. Ray has always had a commanding yet hooky voice and is capable of hitting you with numerous styles. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about ten years ago (already) for Crusher Magazine and he is such a chill dude. Kriss Norris (ex-Darkest Hour/Scar the Martyr) is part of the group now as well and a record hits in September.

Some fans may be hip to Weapons of Anew already as they worked in the studio with James Murphy of Death/Testament fame and have toured with Alter Bridge. Now the group are hitting the road in the Fall with the classic hard rock band Tesla. Unless you are a new school rock fan, you don’t need anyone to tell you this will be a solid tour. If only Tesla play something from Bust A Nut and WOA cover a Spread Eagle song we can make new little metal babies. Sorry, couldn’t resist that terrible joke. But for real, anyone who can’t appreciate Troy Luccketta is a traitor to metal, haha.

Anyway, check out Weapons of Anew’s recent “Killshot” below (it has kind of a Nonpoint/Fozzy vibe) and get prepped for a rocking time.

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Well, this latest development is absurd

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:34 PM (PST)

Remember the other day when my sis Cambria finally felt comfortable talking about being erased by Coheed? And then the good folks at Metal Sucks boosted it? The band never responded (of course), but I did start to have a productive and semi-healing conversation with Josh Eppard’s uncle John The Baker – a dude I genuinely like.

Anyway, the band’s proxy former troll leader who used to ramp up fans and PM my supporters to try and convince them I am crazy (that’s not slander, they have the evidence and one is a staff writer at Metal Injection even, hahaha)…this dude Dirty Ern who also performs with Josh in his rap group Weerd Science decided the least completely dismissive response was to try to SELL WEERD SCIENCE albums in the comments section of the FB thread on the Metal Riot post I was boosting about Cambria’s heartfelt interview/conversation with me.

Look, I don’t want to fight them but this completely helps prove my point of how it very much seems like they value profits over people and burying things or trying to save face over real reconciliation. It’s complete bullshit and not punk at all. GTFO w that shit. Do you know how expensive it is and daunting to get trans medicine and surgeries? VERY. Or to be open about depression? And this dude is straight ridiculing everything we said in the interview by asking people to buy their records on the same thread? When the band hasn’t even bothered to respond?

Also not smart when I know how long they kept Mic Todd in the band past when it was healthy for the sake of financial stability to their brand before finally letting him go at his absolute worst and then putting all the blame on him.

I have said many times as a manic depression suffering trans person with bigger issues how I would really like positive closure with them and this is the kind of bullshit they have done for years. Then I get blamed as “crazy” for complaining about it. Eff that shit. I just want them to admit all the things they lied about over the years and to have a constructive healing with me and mutually apologize. Doesn’t that seem like a better lesson for everyone than hero worshiping a dude who would rather throw shade at real people in cartoon songs about murdering girls?

I’ve tried to make peace many times but they won’t hold up their end in full and so hope I just shut up and go away or try to dismiss me. Over that shit.

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King of the ghouls Alice Cooper has a frightful delight due out soon for fans, a classic TV Special and concert film on DVD from arguably his most classic era.

Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD will be released on September 8, 2017 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare, now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 Welcome To My Nightmare concert film.

Aired on ABC in the US, Alice Cooper: The Nightmare showcases every song from the legendary Welcome To My Nightmare album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy.

Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmarewas a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like “School’s Out”, “Only Women Bleed”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “I’m Eighteen”, and “Department Of Youth” were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare, and they loved every minute of it.

The combination of the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film and Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror – Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day.

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Mastodon perform on Conan (see video)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:45 AM (PST)

I like all of Mastodon’s releases for various reasons, but Emperor Of Sand is certainly the best one since Crack The Skye, IMO. Even if you don’t like all the material or more melodic vocals, the guitar solos on this album in particular are fucking earth scorching. Anyhow, the band slogged through a fun version of “Show Yourself” last night and you can’t deny the song is catchy as heck. Check the footage out HERE.

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The people around our group at that time acknowledged the weirdness of it. I know I exist. – Cambria Evans
For years I have had an on again off again argument with Coheed and Cambria. We grew up together in various bands. Their first drummer Nate was my best friend and in bands with me as well. We have had many amazing times and many horrible times and in the early days we all used to play shows together all the time.

 

I remember a particular day in 1997 vividly where a side project band of mine called The Electric Ten Inch was jamming at Shabutie’s regular practice space at Nate Kelley’s family home in Bearsville, NY. The band was myself, Mic Todd on bass, Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn), Nate on guitar and Damien Shannon on lead (he went on to work on Ween’s White Pepper album, incidentally).  Claudio Sanchez was there listening to us jam out on the song “Ghost”, which was about addiction. He was sitting on the floor bopping his head to Mic’s bassline. The sense of brotherhood amongst us all was very strong and the musical energy was so rad.

 

I never thought in a million years I would one day spend almost two decades simply asking for Claudio to admit my sister Cambria exists. She was a part of our scene, collected door money at shows that I booked for us all and is a real and good person. She is also my hero for coming out of our drug crazed Woodstock 90s scene mostly unscathed.

 

My sister is more reconciled to a lot that has happened including the gaslighting and does not let it affect her anymore, despite her initial discomfort. I however have a lot of ptsd from rape trauma, trans issues, being a former junkie and much more that is already hard enough to navigate without gaslighting . I get very bad anxiety attacks. I trigger very, very hard from unresolved conflicts that I bury.  Especially since our dad died and only a short while afterwards people hit me up saying Coheed had a new song mocking me. I want peace but can not always control my mood swings, despite taking medication. I can only try my best. I used to even share stages with them since the band name change but when lots of time passed and they never admitted the truth, it really ate at me and offended me. Being threatened with violence by people also didn’t help.

 

I also have shielded my sister the best I could for years from online trolls calling me a liar or her a whore, people telling me to kill myself (which I have attempted before including as recently as 2015) or shitty things going on behind the scenes to discredit me and get me blacklisted. It has honestly really been hellish and made it hard not to feel a constant low level paranoia. It is also very hurtful because I have tried to save their lives before from drugs. I also put out the first cd compilation Shabutie was ever on w one of my friends Tom (called Error 404 Not Found) in 1999. I booked most of their early shows for them. I even dated the ex bassists ex wife and we have a very tangled history. Coheed even stole the guitarist of my old band of seven years Divest (who had the same producers) to be their touring keyboardist after members promised to help us get a record deal but instead we were broken up by him jumping ranks. And I know they have told people to steer clear of me.

 

Ten fucking years later it really broke my heart when “You’ve Got Spirit Kid” came out with alleged fresh attacks about me. They had used lyrics of mine before in “Hearshot Kid Disaster” and all kinds of weirdness over the years. But this new song came right as I was finally speaking to Mic Todd again after 9 years trying to heal our friendship and was giving him cancer remedies meant for my dad. I blew up online at Claudio and Mic and I have not talked again since. It sucks. He used to be one of my very best friends. Someone even vandalized my non writing related workplace at that time and I thought it was an associate of the band who I was arguing with, though now am not sure and have forgiven him.

 

That said, my sister and I really do want peace with the past and present members. People think I am a hypocrite at times because I will say that and then lose my temper and attack them again in very angry language. I get how that can make me seem like a bully to people who don’t know the massive personal histories or the wall of silence from Claudio. I find that to be like tone policing an abuse victim who is trying to raise awareness. I mean there is a reason my band now is called Walking Bombs. I can only do my best and try not to explode but I really struggle. Doc from Bad Brains asked me at my dad;s funeral to try and lift the burden from my heart and let it go. AND I really want that but with mental health problems it comes back up. It feels like everyone is fine if I shut up about it but after near two decades of telling people I have serious manic depression issues and would simply like the respect of the warts and all truth to help heal and not re-trigger me, you’d think the band could take five minutes to make a public statement. It would seriously help me stay level and not freak out on them anymore randomly.

 

After many years my sister finally feels comfortable with me asking her some questions. I am very glad it doesn’t upset her or reach her any more, though she also has had far less drama with them than I have.

 

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Five Horse Johnson stream ‘Jake Leg Boogie’ via Echoes and Dust

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 3:52 PM (PST)

Toledo blues rockers Five Horse Johnson are streaming their latest full-length album Jake Leg Boogie over at Echoes and Dust.

Eric Oblander (vocals/harp) had this to say about the album:

“In many ways, making Jake Leg Boogie was one of the easiest albums to create, even though it took four years to make — sorry, Small Stone [laughs]. Our drummer Tim Gahagan is the engine that drives this band. Over the years, we have been very blessed to have a bevy of kick ass drummers sit in with us. I mean, it’s not every band who gets to make not one, buttwo albums with the great Jean Paul Gaster. But we all grew up with Tim, he was our very first drummer decades ago, and few people understand how we want to do this thing better than he does. That, along with Phil D taking a larger role in the writing process really opened up some fresh angles for us. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Steve or Brad play better on any of our albums to date, and Brad’s lyric and vocal performances are the best yet. I striped back my harp playing and vocals a bit and tried to find the juicy, primal center, and getting back to collaborating with Brad on lyrics really helped me find fresh, new ways to sing some of the thoughts that were rolling around in my head. Also, thanks to artist Mark Dancey’s understanding of the FIVE HORSE JOHNSON mission, the album art was, as usual, exactly what we wanted and needed. At the end of the day FIVE HORSE JOHNSON is just a group of guys who like to laugh at each other’s jokes, throw back a few beers, travel the world playing music together, and record the coolest albums we can along the way, to document our experiences. Sometimes, if you don’t over think it and just get to it, good things happen. And that’s what’s at the heart of our new album Jake Leg Boogie. We hope ya’ll dig listening to it as much as we dug making it.”

Head over to Echoes and Dust to stream Jake Leg Boogie in its entirety.

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Wovenwar release new video for “Cascade”

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:01 PM (PST)

After releasing their sophomore full-length, Honor Is Dead, to critical acclaim last year, Wovenwar is launching a new video for the album track “Cascade” today. It was directed/edited by the band’s own Nick Hipa (guitar).

More aggressive and fluid than its self-titled predecessor, Honor Is Dead was written with contributions from all members. The results speak for themselves, capturing a group that sounds truly unified, and hungry. Expanding upon the ruthlessly catchy melodies and hooks of their debut, Honor Is Dead makes for a listening experience with real depth, and a broad emotional range. Driven by a darker lyrical theme, the album’s 11 tracks hit with devastating force!

To preview and purchase Honor Is Dead, please visit: metalblade.com/wovenwar

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Grave Pleasures sign to Century Media, “Motherblood” looms

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 4:24 PM (PST)

Century Media has wisely signed Grave Pleasures, one of the best bands in the world right now. Arguably the current buzz band of death rock (and actually really good), Grave Pleasures return with Motherblood this year. Recently the band has been supporting Killing Joke and has been molting into a new era.

Motherblood was recorded at Orgone Studios in the UK (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Ulver). It has been scheduled to a worldwide release for late September/early October 2017.

Mat McNerney comments on the albums concept and music:

“Like the great sacrament of ancient times that was the blood sacrifice of the mother, we too have laid down our most holy flesh at your feet. This record, which is a bold re-definition of death-rock and our totemic challenge to our pretenders, shall be our most grand and sordid testament. If you have never danced with the skeletons, then this album is your gateway drug to all the nihilistic pleasures of the grave. Apocalyptic post-punk never sounded so desperately bleak and wild yet never grinned so maniacally and writhed so fervently with tongues that whip the tombs. The Kali figure of our cover is the eternal icon of nuclear fear. She presides over the religion of an apocalyptic future. A desolate future we proudly celebrate with caustic music of the most furious punk. Come imbibe and wash your mind in our Motherblood. We’re dancing in the lion’s mouth. The elevator only goes down.”

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Blacktop Mojo announce FREE Where The Wind Blows Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:17 AM (PST)

I feel like I must have misread this but the press release for the Blacktop Mojo Where The Wind Blows Tour coming up says:  Keep an eye out all summer for new dates on the band’s Facebook page. As a thank you to their friends, fans, and supporters, ALL of the shows will be free. 

Dang, dude. That is some fan service! Hope the fans appreciate such a big gesture and buy some merch. It could be a good promotional play or costly, but either way it is certainly a pretty rad move on the part of the Palestine, TX hard rock band. Currently creating a growing buzz with their new album Burn The Ships, Black Top Mojo’s got the kind of working class hard rock with muscular riffs but radio crossover appeal that fans of bands like Candlebox , Zac Brown Band or Adelita’s Way will appreciate. Nothing too flashy here, just people loving big rock.

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Pics: Ghost at Palace Theatre in Albany

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:16 PM (PST)

We have not had any photos for a little bit from our beloved butter muffin/camera pro Matt Slater (also of the band Beneath The Remains), as he has been chillin’ and here and there doing some stuff for the cool Outsider Magazine. Today Slater Master Hate returns to the Metal Riot fold with some cool shots of Sweden’s reigning melodic spooky gang Ghost from their recent off night from Iron Maiden tour headlining stop in Albany, NY. I can imagine it was a hell of a great show in such a good venue to see Ghost and Zombi.

Check ’em out!

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UK hard rockers Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have released a new studio recording, “Land of Hope and Glory.”

Blackmore wanted to show his solidarity and support for the UK with this recording. He was moved to release “Land of Hope and Glory” which is a reworking of “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” (the tune most commonly recognized as “the graduation song”).

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow recently enjoyed success on their 2016 European tour, earning critical acclaim. The band has recently released a concert film from this tour called Memories In Rock: Live In Germany and will release the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD on June 9.

“Land Of Hope And Glory” will be featured on the bands’ upcoming album To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond. This collection includes newly recorded and remixed versions of previous tracks as well as brand new tracks, and will be released in July.

Check out “Land of Hope and Glory” via Amazon or iTunes.

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Ontario rockers Abandoned Souls have premiered a lyric video for their song “Make It Last.”

You can check out the lyric video for “Make It Last” over at Metal Nation Radio.

The song is the title track off of the EP that Abandoned Souls released last April.

The band comments on the EP:

“We want to give the fans a pure and unfiltered listening experience, one that reflects us and where we are at in our musical journey and our lives. It is as much a reflection of who we are as musicians as it is of us as people. The philosophy behind “’Make It Last’ is a reference to always trying to make the good times in life last as long as you can. As much as possible, try to live every minute like it could be your last…Time is fleeting, so…Make It Last!”

Check out the cover art for Make It Last as well as Abandoned Souls show dates here.

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Photo by Dante Torrieri

Wow. End of an era. News has broke that longtime Baroness guitarist Pete Adams, who played a HUGE role in the band’s ascent to arguably the coolest sludge prog pop hybrid band just about ever, has left the band amicably. So glad I saw their first return show post crash. Pete will still be active in the awesome af Valkyrie (which he plays in with his brother) and Baroness have even announced a replacement already.  We are sure they will still be great. Still, we gotta toast Pete on his way out as watching him and John together was always magic and felt like a real brotherhood as well. Maximum eternal hails.

Read a lengthy statement from everyone BELOW. It is warm and inspiring, actually.

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Blah Blah Blah. New feature around here henceforth shall be talking to an artist about five records that were very important to them as they grew their first baby bat wings. Since it is 7:50 AM and I can’t just magically have answers from Ola Englund or Scott Hull in my back pocket moments after conceiving this column, I will go first myself to kick off this edition.

As some of you know, I not only do the majority of heavy lifting around here for Metalriot.com but have also been a singer for over 20 years in the Hudson Valley, NY region. We have had many bands and musicians come from or settle here. Coheed, one of the dudes from Bask, Shai Hulud (originally from Florida, I know), All Out War, Nightmares For A Week, Three, Pitchfork Militia, Geezer, Diet Cig, Casting Ships, Painmask, Clover, Shadow Witch. Even one time pretty big ska influenced bands like Perfect Thyroid and Conehead Buddha. Take your pick. There are a lot of ’em old and new.

A great part of growing up here was being immersed in a deep well of creativity so close to Woodstock, NY and many varied tastes. You also were close to the Albany and Poughkeepsie hardcore scenes and a lot more. I am currently focused on my solo/collaborative work as Walking Bombs , which allows me to do whatever genres I wish with various friends or solo. The next wave of material is gonna up the ante on some of the punk and sludge/grunge influences, but I just released an album called Brave Hours that is more on the alt rock/post-punk side. I also used to sing for many other bands from Fuse to Divest to Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch and Antidote 8, to name a few.

Some of you know me. Others don’t. Perhaps you might find it interesting to know some records that inspired me to do what I do everyday. Don’t fret. I will find some more famous people for future entries, hahaha.

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Footage of Burton C. Bell with Delain at The Whisky

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:36 PM (PST)

Head to Blabbermouth here to check out some cool footage of legendary industrial-metal vocalist Burton C. Bell rocking out on their collab “Where Is The Blood” with the bad asses in Delain at the Whisky A Go Go. Burton has done plenty of cool guest spots over the years from Ministry to Soulfly, but the one with Delain remains a favorite of many. The article also confirms that the Fear Factory break up rumor is unfounded, thankfully. And here is the original collab below, if you’ve never heard that.

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