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Blood Ceremony announce European tour dates

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 2:27 PM (PST)

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Toronto’s finest, Blood Ceremony, are set to return with their anticipated fourth full-length album for Rise Above Records, titled Lord Of Misrule, to be released worldwide March 25th 2016.

Recorded and mixed at Toerag studios, London, by Liam Watson (Tame Impala, The Datsuns, White Stripes, Supergrass, Hugh Cornwall etc), Lord Of Misrule see’s this respected band opening up their sound and exploring new, exciting territories, whilst not straying from the true essence of their roots.

To coincide with the albums release, they will be out on the road in Europe. Details of support etc to be announced soon.

Dates BELOW.

Album Review: With The Dead – “S/T”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM (PST)


After Cathedral’s monumental swan song The Last Spire, easily one of the best
doom records and farewell records in the history of metal and a huge win for
post 00′s true heavy metal, many wondered if we would hear Lee Dorian’s raspy,
unique voice again. The high wizard of Rise Above Records has returned much
sooner than some may have expected with the new, less active band With the
Dead, featuring fouding Electric Wizard rhythm section Tim Bagshaw and Mark
Greening.Their new S/T record is excellent.

This was a huge year for doomy, sludgy, stoner bands-especially those on the
more extreme side. From Demon Lung’s A Dracula‘s groovy but bewitching might
to Crypt Sermon’s classic sound to Hooded Menace’s death infused slime sludge
to Lucifer rising and proving we’d still have Gary Jennings of Cathedral’s
mighty talent in the scene as well! Hearing Dorian intone ,“Illuminate this
cosmic heart” on With The Dead’s “Crown of Burning Stars” is more than a
simple pleasure in life. If you love the real history of metal, this album
will hit you like numerous super hard birthday punches from your best mates.
It’s all there for doom fans. Haunting, occult samples to rattling, room sound
drums with cutting cymbals to bulldozer riffs at ponderous tempos from beyond
the grave, your mind will drift to brink of the edge of outer space with
Dorian narrating like Lewis Carrol’s mad hatter was an undertaker and Master
of Reality was mandatory listening at your funeral. “I Am Your Virus” features
some cleaner passages on guitar and great use of space, but the majority of
the passages on this album are crushing, doomy yet melodic and fully
charred like a dying, still smoking caldera.

Band Spotlight: Horisont

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)


Gothenburg’s Horisont are guitar rock incarnate. They can boogie hard enough to woo the most discerning Graveyard or Atomic Rooster fans while maintaining the most fabulous aspects of retro rock’s finest, dual attack axe/ hazy days. New album Odyssey has everything from Zep-esque balladry via “Beyond The Sun” to fist shaking party rock like fan favorite “Break The Limit”. This band definitely has some special juju and deserve to hit bigger stages. Plus they feature one of our favorite Metal Riot allies Tom Sutton (Night Viper, ex- Church Of Misery, The Order of Israfel).

Recommended track: “Red Light”

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Ghost’s “Cirice” video is a talent show of Satanic delight

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:02 AM (PST)


Ghost‘s highly anticipated (by ghouls and trolls alike) new record Meliora has an official first video for Sabbath meets Flash Gordon sounding first single “Cirice”? I love everything this refreshing band touches.

Best talent show ever? I dunno. I remember my sixth grade performance of Partners In Kryme’s “Turtle Power”  was pretty shell-tastic (me and my friends had paper mache turtle masks and hockey goalie padding for shells). But this new Ghost video might ust have us beat. You decide BELOW.

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“Put the lotion in the Papal Tiara!”

Hmm, that title is not meant to disparage the mighty Ghoul, but let’s face it…there aren’t a lot of bands anywhere remotely as subversive as Ghost. People can talk shit but they are home doing something a fraction as cool and probably wearing three day old underwear. Their new song is called “Cirice” and comes with maybe the coolest piece of artwork they have done yet, like listen to “American Girl” and get freakin’ kidnapped and thrown in a pit levels of WOAH. Slam dunk for Satan and Big Papa III. Ad the song is brilliant, one of their more adept  and certainly a net level for the band. It’s like a dark cloud got thrown over 80′s arena pop rock and haunted with heavy metal’s bloody trail of conquest.

While these Swedes are not as Kvlt anymore as some other cool band like like Night Viper or , but they can still stomp a Mercyful mudhole in your ass and whistle Abba during a black Sabbath mass over your grave of mutilation, as blood is pissed and wine is sipped. “Can you hear the rumble?”

“Cirice” is from the upcoming album MELIORA (which has nothing to do with Linkin Park’s METEORA, though both may be works of the devil. Actually, I can’t even front and pretend I don’t bump Linkin Park, haha.

Available August 21st, 2015. Download this track for free at:


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Horisont’s “Break The Limit” video is retro metal perfection

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM (PST)


Gothenburg’s Horisont have a new single with dwarf-tastic art. Outer space dwarf is gonna take your lunch money! And heck…the music is great as well. Seriously, the shitty VHS quality and potent punch of the band’s new jam makes me want to induce munchies and eat tater tots pronto while whipping my hair back and forth (except I’m bald and currently out of sticky icky). This band is killer and RIYL Amulet or Witchcraft and great classic influenced metal/hard rock of that ilk, though. Plus my buddy Tom from top notch doom band The Order Of Israfel is in Horisont’s ranks as a guitarist, so check ‘em out HERE now!

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Electric Wizard enter fairly high on the Billboard 200

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM (PST)

Electric Wizard, the UK-based doom outfit led by the provocative Jus Oborn, have the outfit’s highest chart debut to date, with their Spinefarm Records’ debut, Time to Die, entering Billboard’s Top 200 at 62.

The nine-song release, featuring singles “I am Nothing” and “SadioWitch,” is also one of the band’s most critically-acclaimed to date with Mojo Magazine declaring the album “the most uncompromising album of the year” and Pitchfork saying the album “deserves every accolade thrown its way” and going on to say “they’ve surpassed expectations and proved that they’re still as vital as they ever were.”

Produced by Oborn, the album was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in East London, with analog gear used exclusively throughout, with finishing touches done at Skyhammer Studio in “deepest, darkest” Cheshire by Chris Fielding.
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Incense For The Damned: Electric Wizard stream “Time To Die” at NPR

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM (PST)


I can still remember when NPR was just the background for day trips to antique sales in my parents old station wagon. Now NPR is streaming the new album from Electric Wizard. Go figure. Anyway, this is one of THE most important records of the year and one of the darkest jewels in the grim crown of Electric Wizard releases. Stoned but not dethroned, baby. Eletric Wizard are currently on the covers of New Noise (USA) and Decibel.

Time to Die has a more hateful vibe than our last single, ‘Legalise Drugs & Murder’ and our last album, Black Masses,” explains vocalist/guitarist Jus Osborn.  “Those two are kinda tripped-out stoner epics, but this is way harsher and darker.  This album is cursed… almost evil.  All of our albums in the past have had a theme – revenge, drugs, black magick – and the theme of this one is death.  Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult believe in the final sacrifice.  We have gone full circle – it was inevitable, but we had to do it.  We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.”

Click HERE to face the music.

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Purson release “Danse Macabre”, announce Euro tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM (PST)

1385175_728307817182726_419683283_nPsych rockin’ retro heads Purson, one of the best bands from London these fair days, have released a new track from their anticipated next release …In The Meantime (which has nothing to do with Helmet or Spacehog, I presume).

Rosalie Cunningham leads her band of merry men through a Jefferson Airplane gobfest of organ, top notch boogie riffs and the bewitching and sexy vocals they are known for. Loving the background harmonies and ooohs.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… We proudly present to you ‘Danse Macabre’ the first track to be taken from our forthcoming Extended Player ‘In The Meantime’. We hope you all enjoy… – Purson

and this nugget:

We are thrilled to announce our autumnal parade across these fair isles. Gather in your masses boys and girls and witness the stompers, groovers and trippers from our forthcoming Extended Player, “In The Meantime…”, set for physical and digital release around the same time. A spectacular evening with Purson will cost but a few round metal ones and tickets are available from the usual outlets. We’re dying to take you away!

P.S. Sam and I crafted some promotional eye candy for your informations and sweet sensations. Share it if you like!

Peace and Love- Rosalie x

To check out the dates and hear the electric new track, click HERE.

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Jason McCash formerly of The Gates of Slumber and Burn it Down Dies

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:32 AM (PST)

TheGatesOfSlumberFormer The Gates of Slumber and Burn It Down bassist Jason McCash has passed away at 37. McCash died on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 37 years old. There are no further details at this time.

The Gates of Slumber frontman Karl Simon had the following to say:  “My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion – no more of TGoS. It’s dead beyond dead, and I’ve lost a brother. Please be respectful or silent. It’s a small world and I’m still alive. Remember that shit.”

McCash leaves behind his wife and three children. Donations can be made to the family here.

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RIP Jason McCash

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM (PST)


In shocking news, ex-The Gates of Slumber member Jason McCash has passed. No report yet on cause of death. Rough day between Jason, Leee Black Childers, John Pinette and (far less importantly) the Undertaker’s streak. WTF!??

Karl Simon posted this brief and heartbreaking statement:

My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion – no more of TGoS. It’s dead beyond dead, and I’ve lost a brother. Please be respectful or silent. It’s a small world and I’m still alive. Remember that shit.

Members of the metal community from Dave Witte to Nachtmystium to Star & Dagger to Church Of Misery expressed sorrow at the unexpected passing. Doom onward through the Gates of the next world, Jason.

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Ghost B.C. posts “Papaganda” documentary clip

Posted by GageT on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM (PST)

ghostbc2013cdMysterious doom metallers Ghost B.C. (or Ghost, as you still probably know them in Europe), premiered part one of their new documentary series called Papaganda. 

Papaganda looks at the reign of frontman Papa Emeritus II and the future of the band. Director Greg Olliver had this to say:

“You can’t point a camera at Ghost without every frame of footage looking like heavy-metal gold. To work with a band that’s on a fast rise to fame and has a mysterious story which is currently unraveling requires an entirely different approach. Add in the anonymity of the group and the look that they have… and you suddenly have a whole lot to chew on as a director. The only downside is that I felt a bit silly on stage filming NOT wearing a robe and black mask.”

Filming for the series began earlier on the festival circuit and will continue through the year. Apparently a full-length documentary will follow after that.

Check out the Papaganda clip here.

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Ghost B.C.’s new album just topped the Swedish charts

Posted by GageT on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM (PST)

ghostbc2013cdIn an oddly awesome turn of events, Ghost B.C.‘s new record, Infestissumam, has risen to the top of the Swedish music charts, according to the Swedish music-industry web site, selling nearly five times as many copies as the number 2 spot, Miss Li’s Wolves. Apparently Sweden just can’t get enough of those lovable ghouls.

What makes this even better is the fact that four CD manufacturers initially just refused to print the CD because of some of the deluxe edition’s artwork. The manufacturers all objected to the Gustave Dore-inspired sacrilegious imagery, which apparently depicts something like a forest nymph orgy.

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Ghost B.C. stream entire forthcoming album “Infestissumam”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM (PST)

ghostbc2013cdMysterious Swedish satanic heavy metallers Ghost B.C. are streaming their entire upcoming release Infestissumam via  This will be the band’s sophomore release and is due out April 16th under the new label Loma Vista Recordings.  This will be the follow up to 2010′s Opus Eponymous and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz.  Reportedly the release was pushed back a week after four CD manufacturers refused to print a piece of artwork depicting some kind of forest nymph orgy.  Hmmm.

To listen to the album click right here.

With the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Ghost B.C.  frontman Papa Emeritus II had announced he would run for the office and even set up a website where people could vote and hear a new song.  It appears he was not chosen.  Although the website is still up, so if you want to check it out it’s right here.

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urlThose lovable Swedish satanists Ghost B.C. are at it again.  Frontman Papa Emeritus II has announced that with the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, he will nominate himself to run for the title of Pope.  he has even set up a website where you can vote and in return hear a brand new song titled “Year Zero.”

To cast your vote and listen to “Year Zero” click right here.

“Year Zero” will be on Ghost B.C.’s upcoming sophomore release titled Infestissumam being released under the new label Loma Vista Recordings. This will be the follow up to 2010′s Opus Eponymous and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz.

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