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Band Spotlight: Harvey & Wolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:35 AM (PST)

Rockabilly hero Danny B. Harvey paired with ex-Cycle Slut From Hell/She Wolves/Star & Dagger legit metal lifer Dava She Wolf? Sign us up!

If you crave a sleazy, whiskey soaked grit to your rock n’ roll (with more than a hint of bar brawl or floor crawl inducing Link Wray and Motörhead inspired antics), proceed directly to your pre-scheduled bangover courtesy of the new Fine Spirits EP.

Harvey has worked with rock and metal people before ranging from Lemmy to David Vincent, but this new EP of slinky, kinky and far from watered down boozy crawlers is infectious and downright reckless. Each song on the EP will crawl into your ear and possess you to slink and shake while being as heavy as C.O.C. but as wild as the West. The replay factor on this is huge.  Let’s hope Harvey & Wolf keep this going awhile, cuz it sounds fun for them but is really fun for us!

Check out our favorite track “The Prowl”! It packs a slow motion groovy wallop.


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Ruby The Hatchet announce headlining tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:58 PM (PST)

Philadelphia psych rock quintet Ruby the Hatchet has announced U.S. headlining tour dates in support of its celebrated new album Planetary Space Child. This band is so talented. I played some tracks for one of my best friend’s recently when she asked me what is a band that I think rocks so hard right now and she agreed that they indeed kick ass. So cool to hear a band that is so authentic about what they do and with such powerhouse tunes. 

Fresh off U.S. dates alongside Pallbearer, Ruby the Hatchet will launch the upcoming tour on April 13 in Canton, OH. The spring trek will include support from Youngblood Supercult and Heavy Temple and also see Ruby the Hatchet‘s perform as part of Austin’s acclaimed Levitation Festival on April 26. From April 19-23, Ruby the Hatchet will play west coast live dates supporting Windhand, which ought to be extremely rad.

Dates BELOW.

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The coolest video we have to show you today by far comes from Switzerland’s dark post-hardcore melodic heroes Impure Wilhelmina. The song is called “We Need A New Sun” and the video, while more or less a performance clip, is well shot, vibey and strong.

Wow, all I can say is that this song really hits the mark and pulls you in. It has a lot going for it, a soft and almost classical vibe in places that will appeal to fans of Metallica and Daylight Dies more somber moments as well as a punishing blackened post-metal sort of crispified Cult Of Luna onslaught at the 3:17 mark.

I don’t know why I put off checking out their Radiation album but I am def going to change that immediately. At almost 7 minutes you would think this song could turn into a snoozer but I have listened to it three times in a row and it has a sad, expansive comfort to it that should not be slept on by fans of great rock. Congrats to the band on a killer job!

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ESTER SEGARRA to release photo anthology book

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:31 PM (PST)

Renowned photographer ESTER SEGARRA has been an integral part of the worldwide heavy music landscape for over 15 years. SEGARRA’s multitude of photos have been featured in every major metal magazine, a wide array of critically acclaimed albums, some of the most popular band photos circulating the internet, and has worked for perennial artists such as MAYHEM, ROTTING CHRIST, WATAIN, DARKTHRONE, ABBATH, ELECTRIC WIZARD, and many more.

After years of compiling her work, ESTER SEGARRA will release her anthology photo-book titled ‘Ars Umbra’ later this year via Season of Mist. The ‘Ars Umbra’ anthology will feature an original score composed by Uno Bruniusson (GRAVE PLEASURES, IN SOLITUDE, PROCESSION, and more).

Regarding the book announcement, ESTER SEGARRA comments: “The anthology, ‘Ars Umbra’ celebrates 15 years of my music photography. Pictures and music are presented in the form of a photo-book with an added original soundtrack, which I had specially commissioned from percussionist extraordinaire, Uno Bruniusson (ex-IN SOLITUDE, DEATH ALLEY, PROCESSION). His music has been created to provide a rhythm, a mind-space that alters the experience of the book. This project has consumed me for the last two years and I am very glad and honoured to have it finally released via Season of Mist, which is most fitting; considering their eclectic roster of bands, their boundary pushing attitude and their graphic art outlet E-Kunst. Having worked many times with this label before, I know their fire is as strong as mine. The time will soon come to unleash and fuel the flames of ‘Ars Umbra’!


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Party rocking optimism enthusiast Andrew W.K. picks us up during the best and worst of times. Dude is just always on his own frequency and it is usually infectious and inspiring. If you need proof he still has it, check out the recent material from latest party rock record “You’re Not Alone’.

“They made me think I was crazy/that the pain was here to say, but now that I’ve found the answers/I’m never ever gonna lose my way…ever again!”

Andrew W.K. embraces overcoming struggles with the kind of insistence that we can still have good outcomes we could surely use these days. It is refreshing again to hear his new stuff in a time when it is so fucking easy to get discouraged, and the new songs rock! “Music Is Worth Living For” was anthem as fuck! And the new song “Ever Again” also rages with the utmost joy of being alive. It can be heard below. Crack one open (or not) and hug your homies.


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Life Of Agony announce new drummer Veronica Bellino

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 2:23 PM (PST)

Life Of Agony mean more to me than almost any heavy band, having saved my ass and countless others from depression many times. Their shows and love for their fans are legendary, truly a place where there’s no more pain for awhile. Their recent record was in the top three spots of our 2017 year end best of list and they continue to be a vital and important force in hard rock.

The contributions of drummer Sal Abruscato, also known for his work with Type O Negative and as the frontman of A Pale Horse Named Death, will never be forgotten by fans. Nonetheless, it is a new day as Veronica Bellino has joined the group. Sal with be spending more time with his family and reactivating APHND, however…good news!

More below and WELCOME Veronica! We are so fucking stoked to hear her live!

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Aerosmith’s debut eponymous album turns 45 this month!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:46 AM (PST)
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Boston hard rocker’s Aerosmith have been in the game for a while now – releasing fifteen studio albums, touring the world, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 – Aerosmith has sold a certified 84.7 million units, making them one of the top 30 best selling music artists of all time!

That all started 45 years ago with the release of their debut album Aerosmith. Released on Columbia Records in January 1973, Aerosmith had been recorded in a month at Intermedia Studios in Boston and produced by Adrian Barber.

When the album was released in 1973, it and it’s biggest single, “Dream On,” didn’t catch on at first. It wouldn’t be until the album was re-released in 1976 that “Dream On” would become a top ten single and the album itself would reach 21 on the Billboard 200 that same year. The album has gone on to be certified 2x Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Canada as well (though it would ultimately be overshadowed by the band’s third album Toys in the Attic).

Only one song on this album is a cover, Rufus Thomas’s “Walkin’ the Dog.” The rest are written primarily by Tyler, with Steven Emspack co-writing on “Somebody,” and Joe Perry co-writing on “Movin’ Out.”

Without further ado, check out my thoughts on this album on its 45th anniversary here.

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My favorite hard rock band Clutch, indeed the truest road tested road doggin’ purveyors of rabble rousing rock n roll in recent modernity, have done and entered the studio to begin tracking a new album and follow-up to 2015’s gosh darn straight up ear-aphrodisiac Psychic Warfare. Recording is currently taking place at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with producer and engineer Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Red Fang) at the helm.

The greatest band on this scorched rock are also playing the Bud Light sponsored Rocklahoma in May alongside other greats like Halestorm, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, New Years Day and Diamond Head (to name a few). Shit yeah to all that.

A mid 2018 release of the title TBA Clutch record (in progress) via Weathermaker Music is expected.

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The Compulsions release “Dirtbag Blues” gritty rocker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:59 AM (PST)

Featuring players from David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, New York Dolls and Raging Slab, The Compulsions (arguably the NYC hard rock band with the most attitude) have returned.  Every incarnation of the band has been deadly but they are currently on fire and have a new third album due called Ferocious.

Check the raunchy hedonistic upbeat number out HERE.

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RIP Malcolm Young.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM (PST)

AC/DC is hard rock gospel, despite being on a ‘Highway To Hell’. Thank you Malcolm Young for co-founding one of the most kick ass bands of all time. Take some time today to blast some AC/DC. Any neighbor who gets pissed off at that is a total wanker anyway and not worth wasting politeness on.

Young died surrounded by family and will be missed by thousands upon thousands of people.

the backbone of the rock machine that got me into playing the guitar

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Metal Riot’s 50 Best of 2017

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:11 PM (PST)

2017 managed to be even more exhausting and painful than 2016, for the most part. I hate to sound so negative (despite writing for a metal blog), but it is the truth. Thankfully we had so much good music to help save us from extinction. While we lost many more great artists this year to the great beyond, this list alone is a reminder that a lot of kick ass bands are just hitting their stride. Rock n’ roll is in safe hands as long as acts like these take the time to remain so invested in their art. Yes, even Gwar (hahaha).

While in the past we have often had lengthy descriptions for each album that made our rather amorphic year end lists, this year (album of the year excluded), we listed the artist name and the album cover. It is less about being lazy than encouraging you to discover some of this music for yourself. Live in it a little or discover something new without preconceptions other than the recommendation (though let’s get real, if you are reading Metal Riot you prob stay attuned to the goings ons of many an obscure or well known band anyhow). But yeah, we wrote about it all year long, after all…let’s experience it together. Smack the tambourine together and slit our wrists and twist and shout and all that crap.

Suffice to say, it is awesome to see a wide variety of sub genres, related branches and different types of people represented. We hope you feel the same. You BETTER feel the same when it comes to the awesomeness of having several antifascist black metal bands on our list. And anybody who wants to complain about Limp Wrist beating out some more “metal” acts hasn’t heard how intense, timely and passionate Facades is.

From Life Of Agony‘s explosive comeback supporting Mina Caputo to Woe‘s scorching “No Blood Has Honor” (and the album that houses it) to the hits you in the gut critically acclaimed Zeal and Ardor record to Bell Witch‘s engulfing latest opus to Kreator breaking the sound barrier to Wage War even proving there is still some life in Metalcore, you’ll find quite a lot to digest here and revisit or look up if you already haven’t heard or purchased these babies.

Thanks to all our staff writers who participated. June, Tyrus, Andrew , Jessica and… myselves.

Anyway, there will be some random posts here and there before the end of 2017 on Metal Riot, but I am scaling back the next few weeks to deal with some very important family stuff, start the next stage of my transition mindfully, brace for the holidays and to both help assist with the next Globelamp album AND work on an EP I am doing as Walking Bombs in collaboration with the noise project Gridfailure. Thanks for everyone who gives a shit! I’m extra stoked on a lot of the records this year as well as the piece we got to run on the Warzone NYHC tribute.



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Pre Order Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light: Live’ album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:39 PM (PST)

Linkin Park fans can pre order the new live One More Light album if the tribute show still left them missing the real singer, all good energy aside. The band have issued a statement along with the news:

Chester Charles Bennington


We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light.  After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that—since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio—he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night.  Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.

The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary.  Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music.

Every night before walking out onto the stage, we would huddle, get focused, and share whatever last-second remarks popped into our heads.  Chester always took it upon himself to turn the name of the city where we were playing into a first-rate pun.  This was our ritual.  Best of all, it was a moment to express our gratitude that we were living our dream. 

Chester never forgot to express his appreciation to our crew—the men and women who traveled the world with us, making our dream into reality night after night.  Without them, these shows would not have been possible. 

Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny, and kind.  With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection.  His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant.  For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you.  For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us.

-Joe, Dave, Rob, Mike, & Brad  

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Corrosion Of Conformity with Pepper in the line-up is by far the most popular version of the band, though all their records over the years are terrific. Anyway, No Cross No Crown is the name of the pending first C.O.C. record with Pepper back in the band after a little over a decade. The first single is fantastic and will rock you out of all the misery in the air with some glorious guitars, a potent rhythmic charge and Pepper’s hoarse and bluesy, assured and gruff vocals. God damn, I needed this today!

Pre-Order No Cross No Crown HERE.

“Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows,” Keenan recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s just go to Europe and see if it works.’ So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year… We toured for a year and then started tracking about ten or eleven months ago.”

No Cross No Crown will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment worldwide on January 12th, 2018 on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats.

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I Am Grog (Die So Fluid) Boutique launches with ‘Prevail’ exclusive

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:23 AM (PST)

Hey everyone. I was baked and listening to the SOAD meets Don Cab glory that is Lazer/Wulf this morning and thinking how primarily instrumental bands maybe have an easier time opening minds than some bands with a specific agenda, as maybe someone who is more uptight could still be moved by a certain musical passage to have their little clammed shut Chakras open and dump out some detritus. But I think also we should always be who we need to be (so long as it isn’t harmful and super problematic.) That said, I see no problem in admitting I am seeing both Dokken and the My Little Pony movie tomorrow and have no shame.

At Metal Riot we will continue to write about some things ‘tough guy’ metal dudes may never understand, from trans representation to, well, admitting it is also ok to like a band like Young Lungs and not have to blow your brains out all the time. Anyway, my life also includes cool light worky good bad good witchy stuff like plugging Globelamp’s Patreon or boosting the word on a new boutique from Grog of Die So Fluid (They have a new record dropping, btw)! Cuz metal and rock are boring without cool jewelry!

Grog, who is one of the all time coolest, says:

In the Grog boutique, you’ll find sterling silver pendants, mesmerizing stones, fun pieces made with vintage finds and beads, and a series of lace collar pieces exploring the theme I began in ‘the story of the hat’. Don’t forget everything is handmade and full of yogic goodness 🙂

I’m celebrating by donating an exclusive piece called ‘Prevail’ to the Die So Fluid PledgeMusic campaign to help raise funds for the album release and tour. So the title is fitting!

The necklace is an absolute favourite of mine, it was the centrepiece of my last collection, but I liked it so much I withdrew it from the shop to wear in photos, videos and out on the town. Now I’m passing it on to a good home in the name of rock!

Every piece I create is unique and this is an opportunity to acquire something show-stopping, very personal to me, and one-of-a-kind, whilst contributing to the band on Pledge.

Exclusive jewellery item ‘Prevail’ by Grog.

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“A Paranormal Evening With ALICE COOPER” 2018 Tour announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:47 PM (PST)

OG shock rocker and horror metal founder Alice Cooper has announced his early 2018 tour details. The veteran rocker still searches for inspiration in the creepy and peculiar corners of the dark side of life and recently released the successful Paranormal. It was his first album in six years and 27th overall, out via earMUSIC this past August. Paranormal features special guests like U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Now Alice has announced tour dates which you can see BELOW.

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