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MONOLORD announce 2022 US Tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8:37 AM (PST)

Doomsters Monolord have announced an extensive US tour for 2022! The band have a new album on the horizon you can pre order now, Your Time To Shine. Def looking forward to more big, melodic glory doom on this one. Check out “The Weary”, which is astounding and not wearisome, below.

“It’s finally happening! We’re coming back to the US and this time we are bringing our good friends in FIREBREATHER. Can’t wait to meet you all again.”

Dates and tickets: https://linktr.ee/monolord

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Florida Death Metal legends OBITUARY announce the 11th Hour 12-Pack Studio Live Stream happening Saturday, September 25 at 5pm EST. Tickets & merch bundles are available at www.ObituaryLive.com. The broadcast will be available for viewing up to 2 weeks after the initial stream and on demand for an additional 2 weeks after. Buy it now and watch it later!!

OBITUARY Comments:

“Down to the wire…as the band is in the studio, putting the final touches on the new album, we are also gearing up and preparing for the U.S. Tour with BlackLabelSociety which is just a few weeks away. With that said, we know that fans around the world are also waiting and wondering when they will be able to see us perform live so this is what we are going to do: We are setting the cameras back up in the studio and will stream one of our final rehearsals for everyone to be a part of!

We are picking 12 songs for the tour setlist and are turning to our fans for help!

We want to hear from you guys which songs we should play so let’s hear it!  You tell us which songs you want to hear and we will monitor all our socials and the Obituary website for all of your song suggestions and YOU GUYS will help us pick the setlist for the tour AND we will play them in front of the cameras for you guys! We’ll taking suggestions all week and unveiling the setlist next Monday, September 20th!

We are also going to bring you inside the studio to witness the boys writing, discussing and working on new material plus give you a little taste of the New Album and play you guys a NEW SONG, if that sounds cool with you!”

We are officially calling this the “11th hour 12-pack” Studio-Live-Stream!

You guys Ready?

Let’s do this!!!”

OBITUARY Tour Dates:

— All Dates Oct 01 – Nov 28 w/ Black Label Society & Prong —

Oct 01 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Oct 02 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
Oct 04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Oct 05 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Oct 07 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Oct 08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Oct 12 West Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Oct 13 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Oct 15 Bowler, WI Mohican N. Star Gaming &
Resort
Oct 16 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club Stage
Oct 17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Oct 18 Minneapolis, MN The Fillmore
Oct 19 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Oct 21 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live Hotel &
Casino
Oct 22 Athens, GA Georgia Theater
Oct 23 Dothan, AL The Plant
Oct 24 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Oct 26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
Oct 28 Huntsville, AL Mars Music Hall
Oct 29 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Oct 30 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Oct 31 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Nov 02 Philadelphia, PA Franklin Music Hall
Nov 04 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Nov 05 Albany, NY Empire Live
Nov 06 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
Nov 07 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Nov 09 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
Nov 10 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
Nov 11 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Nov 13 Sault Ste. Marie, MI Kewadin Casino
Nov 14 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 15 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Nov 16 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov 18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Nov 19 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
Nov 20 Grand Prairie, TX Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov 21 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Nov 23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
Nov 24 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Nov 26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Nov 27 Denver, CO Summit Theater
Nov 28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

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RED FANG cancel US Fall Tour and Louder Than Life appearance

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 9:27 AM (PST)

RED FANG have announced today plans to cancel a slew of upcoming appearances out of caution over the current shit minefield that is American touring during a pandemic.

Unfortunately, our cautious optimism has turned into stark realism and we have decided to cancel our appearance at Louder Than Life festival and our upcoming Fall US tour in the interest of public safety. We feel it’s not realistic to play shows in a safe/responsible manner and the best thing to do is hang back and wait until the situation improves. Until then, take care of each other. Love, Red Fang.

Refunds will be available at point of sale.

The humorous hard hitting heshers newest album is called Arrows and it fuckin’ slaps like gym shorts commando balls. Kudos to the band for following their moral compass.

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INTER ARMA, YAUTJA US Winter Tour Dates Announced

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM (PST)

INTER ARMA Photo Credit: Bibiana Reis

Heralded stoics INTER ARMA will bring their unique blend of sonic mind to the road with labelmates and force of destruction YAUTJA in December 2021. Additional support will be provided by Eye Flys & Yashira. As someone with a middle initial of Y. it is very exciting for me to see all these Y inclusive band names (and I also got to write about Yatra today)! SO…I guess we are gonna have to start saying Inter Yarma. I guess Yarma is a Star Wars planet?! Ok, then! Even better!

INTER ARMA’s latest full-length Sulphur English is out now on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical packages are available for order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

YAUTJA’s newer album The Lurch is out now on CD/LP/Digital. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads/Streaming HERE.

YAUTJA Photo Credit: Chappy Hull

TOUR DATES:

12/1 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse (No Yautja or Yashira)
12/2 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
12/3 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
12/4 Chicago, IL @ Reggies #
12/5 Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
12/6 Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
12/7 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
12/8 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall
12/9 Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House
12/10 Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony
12/12 Memphis, TN @ Growlers

# Peace Simulation Midwest Pop-up Showcase w/ Primitive Man, Indian, more

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Via the Fuck The Facts Facebook:

 

We are saddened to share the news that former FTF guitarist Tim Audette recently passed away after fighting a long and courageous battle with M.S.

 

Tim was there at the very start of the band formation of Fuck The Facts in 2001, and played on the albums ‘Mullet Fever‘ and ‘Backstabber Etiquette‘, as well as our splits with Ames Sanglantes and Sylvester Staline.
Even though he had a much more traditional metal background, Tim always embraced every wild idea that was brought to the table, and had a big part in the all the music that we created and released during his period in the band. We are lucky to have known him and shared so many adventures together.

 

Our hearts go out to all of his family and friends. RIP Tim.

Sending love from Metal Riot to the band during this sad time. Those are some classic records he was part of and it is a tragic day. Cranking “A Few Words For The End” as we speak in his honor.
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While brains reel from the moronic false equivalency that rappers are “bullied by the Gay community” (according to T.I.), let me just ask if I imagined “No Vaseline” being critically acclaimed for years despite how problematic it always was? Or Army Of The Pharaohs being basically unlistenable to me due to how many times the songs say F++got. If you want to use a genre that is inherently supposed to be anti-bigotry to spew insecure, weak projected cis het toxic masculinity, see a fucking therapist. It’s 2021, enough bullshit.

Underdark finally have released their Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry opus, which felt at times like it would never arrive! Five sturdy tunes from the anti-fascist black metal collective full of atmosphere, dark grace and hope for a better world! What’s not to love? The distortion will knock you backwards and the compositions are very well arranged with never a drop of feeling sacrificed. And they aren’t narcissistic draconian conservative edgelord bootlickers misdirected into thinking they are rebels! Always a plus in black metal! And that cover art is stunning.

By the time you get through the numerous explosive, heart rending moments to the climactic dirge of “Skeleton Queen” your jaw will be on the floor.

For Vinyl/CS/ Digital Downloads, Please visit:

Surviving Sounds (UK): survivingsounds.bandcamp.com

Through Love Records (Euro): shop.throughloverec.com

Tridroid Records US/CAN): tridroid.bandcamp.com

Kris Esfandiari has some of the most inventive vocal patterns in modern music, soothing, terrifying, jazzy and commanding from one measure to the next.

Also out today of course is the essential new King Woman album Celestial Blues, which I couldn’t possibly gush about more. It is truly a divine day for groundbreaking and imaginative, soul-stirring heavy releases. You can read my review of Celestial Blues right here, five out of five stars. Fucking Hell, I’d give it more if our site module was designed that way, lol. Kris and company deserve all the props in the world for how real they go into places many fear to tread, genuine shadow work shit. The way out is through. Fucking unreal levels of awesome. “Golgotha” and “Morning Star” ALONE as a two song 7″ would already be two of the most memorable songs of any year, compelling vocal layering paired with sophisticated musical choices creating massive results.

These two records are two of my absolutely most stoked for releases for 2021 and I am thrilled they have arrived to make life more bearable, especially after a week where we had so much loss in the metal and rock world. Forward, march.

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Album Review: King Woman – ‘Celestial Blues’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:23 PM (PST)

King Woman
Celestial Blues
Relapse

5/5

Some of the best art comes from outgrowing that which does not serve us, self-empowerment through (not strictly Biblical) transfiguration. Doing the hard work of allowing change. Everyone has light and dark sides and, not always, but in many cases that depends on your vantage point. But sometimes we have to risk it all to grow and thrive.

As far as an example that relates to the new King Woman album, what came to mind first was Margarita (influenced by Faust’s Gretchen) from one of my favorite books. Yes, I mean Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (I have a large rib tat of the evil sarcastic drunken Satanic black cat Behemoth pointing his pistol towards my crotch, hahaha). Anyway, not only did this classic book serve as the impetus for “Sympathy For The Devil” but it featured a skewering of false and vain people, an examination of Christ and Judas as almost co-dependant in how they expose one another’s weak spots, a woman escaping an unhealthy situation and demanding art be deified and a sort of culmination of apotheosis via a Walpurgis Night wild ceremony. While King Woman’s new completely cathartic doom and bloom (over strictly gloom) sophomore album draws more from Paradise Lost influences- the classic of literature, not the metal band- there are some similar touchstones here. Albeit with smoky, jazz alluding shadowy atmosphere paired with heavy metal and brilliant vocal layering.

Created in the Image of Suffering was our album of the year when it came out and I kind of think this one is even better already. Damn, yo.

The title track captivates from the start with a plaintively almost hesitant Kristina Esfandiari speaking the album name over sparse and atmospheric, frail notes. It almost sounds like a statement of intent…celestial blues. To feel the vast cosmos in all sadness and beauty, contradiction and pain. All of the band’s music has felt like both a refuge and semi-addictive but also totally overwhelming at times, and things start right off that way this time as well. Something about the initial energy reminded me fleetingly of PJ Harvey’s “Catherine”, maybe the saddest song and my favorite from the Is This Desire? era and the “I damn to Hell every second you breathe” sparse bluesy vibe.

King Woman (and Jack Shirley) have created a masterful event here. Esfandiari channels characters and bares bones over intense and well composed doomgaze. I have been thinking how it feels more streamlined, but not in a watered down sense. It is like the band have managed to not lose their avant-garde edge while really refining and focusing the material more than ever. There is a hypnotic pull and spellbinding tension to doom songs that other less talented bands would plod on worshipping the riff into bong induced monotony until the horse is beaten dead. While that can be cool sometimes, there is also something powerful in respecting then crescendo and emotional peaks that come with pairing such material with pretty much the best vocalist in several genres at the moment (I have been telling people that about Kris for a few years now and stand by it).

“Psychic Wound” is like a tormented lullaby with the most intense screams yet attached to this project and the catchiest melody and riffing as well to date. It is both sensual and also terrifying, like the paint is gonna peel off the walls and gush blood like Evil Dead 2 at any minute (which the video sort of reflects, haha). It has become one of my top three favorite songs from the group (along with “Deny” and “King Of Swords”, if you were wondering). “Morning Star” is completely amazing with the most intimidating and bad ass video of the year paired with chanting at the end that is pure falling from the heavens payoff and will light the fire in any heavy music fan like a ritual torch. Like the new Amenra record De Doorn, you are experiencing total respect and immersion into the artistic process. A little patience will be rewarded aplenty, such as when the six minute plus “Golgotha” showcases this group’s ability to raptly weave dynamics, storytelling and rhythmic shifts into unconventional storytelling that is like a doorway to another land. “Coil” is another standout track, stacatto percussive hits and hyperventilating ushering in a sort of tribal beat and riff that is almost like King Woman channeling Dead Kennedys and anarcho (post) punk. It is big and droning and exciting.

There is really just no one doing it this good right now and KW continue to top themselves. But isn’t that the point of flying closer to the sun, to dare to dream of bigger possibility? This is the kind of shit that people are going to be able to revisit for years and ultimately that will change (and can even save) lives.

I was raised by the wolves, ate ’til they full (I was raised by…), Runnin’ through the night, playin’ with your life, Go against the pack, that’s risking your life!

Today’s big black metal news is that boscage and boss riff enthusiasts WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have released another single from their highly anticipated Primordial Arcana record (due out August 20th, 2021 on Relapse Records (North America) and Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada). They are always reliable but “Spirit Of Lightning” is maybe my favorite tune from them in awhile. There is just enough audible Bathory infused charm paired with harsh vocal perfection which seemingly attempts nothing less than to make some primal sense of existence and convey a reverence for the connective awe we can share through music, nature worship and deep diving into the collective unconscious. It all melds together into one of their catchiest and most emotion stirring songs yet.

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KING WOMAN releases “Psychic Wound” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 4:18 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Nedda Afsari

KING WOMAN have released the video for “Psychic Wound”, the latest music from the group which continues to be both harrowing and comforting in equal measure. Some intense screams on this one from Kris and the band (drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf) again provide a perfect framework of dissonance and sonic subversion. Celestial Blues comes out July 30th via Relapse.

This and Donald Rumsfeld dying are a little bit of cosmic justice on an otherwise fucking horrible news day.

“‘Psychic Wound’ is about paying the price for eating forbidden fruit,” explains Kris Esfandiari of the riveting track and its visual companion. “When desire turns into obsession it can keep you longer than you intended to stay and nearly destroy your sanity.”

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb). Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker).

July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

October 15 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

October 16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

October 29 Oakland, CA Starline

October 30 Oakland, CA Starline

October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)

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Gore experts Exhumed will soon get back to what they do best, corrupting the youth with some of the bloodiest death metal ever! The Worming Through America tour begins October 22 and features support from Creeping Death, Bewitcher & Enforced! Can you say “Shattered Sanity” three times fast?!!  Tickets are on sale this Friday and a full schedule is available below.

EXHUMED Comments:

“We’re beyond psyched to be back on the road AT LAST! It’s been far too long since the teeming masses have choked on our foul stench. We’ve put together a killer, diverse lineup to crack craniums and rupture eardrums in a town (hopefully) near you, as well as some new surprises, including ‘Worming,’ an exclusive ‘tour-only’ vinyl EP. Gas up your chainsaws, put your beers and corpses on ice and get ready for us to roll into your neck of the woods and wake up some neighbors!”

EXHUMED TOUR DATES:

All Dates Oct 22 – Nov 20 w/ Creeping Death / Bewitcher / Enforced (Drops after Nov 13)

Oct 22 Costa Mesa, CA The Commissary

Oct 23 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick

Oct 24 Mesa, AZ Nile Underground

Oct 25 Flagstaff, AZ Yucca North

Oct 26 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad

Oct 27 El Paso, TX The Rock House

Oct 28 Odessa, TX Cactus House

Oct 29 San Antonio, TX The Rock Box

Oct 30 Austin, TX The Lost Well

Oct 31 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey

Nov 02 Indianapolis, IN Black Circle Brewing

Nov 03 Cincinnati, OH Legends

Nov 04 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

Nov 05 Norfolk, VA Taphouse

Nov 06 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery

Nov 07 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

Nov 08 Boston, MA Sonia

Nov 09 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

Nov 10 Detroit, MI Sanctuary

Nov 11 Chicago, IL Reggie’s

Nov 12 Madison, WI Crucible

Nov 13 Davenport, IA Racoon Motel

Nov 14 Omaha, NE Slowdown *

Nov 15 Denver, CO Oriental Theater *

Nov 16 Salt Lake City, UT Ace’s High Saloon *

Nov 17 Boise, ID The Shredder *

Nov 18 Seattle, WA El Corazon *

Nov 19 Portland, OR Dante’s *

Nov 20 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Opera House *

* No Enforced

EXHUMED Are:

Matt Harvey – Guitar, Vocals

Ross Sewage – Bass, Vocals

Mike Hamilton – Drums

Sebastian Phillips – Guitar

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The Obsessed and The Skull announce exciting doom tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM (PST)

[THE SKULL photo by Alyssa Hermann]

Wino and Eric Wagner on the same tour? Sign us up and spark a fatty.

THE OBSESSED and THE SKULL will join forces for a US co-headlining tour this Summer. Set to commence July 29th in Cleveland, Ohio, the doom rock caravan will wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, drawing to a close on August 16th in Rochester, New York. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

 

THE OBSESSED/THE SKULL:
7/29/2021 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH **
7/30/2021 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee WI
7/31/2021 Cobra Lounge – Chicago IL
8/01/2021 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN (matinee show)
8/01/2021 Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY (evening show)
8/02/2021 Brickyard Bar – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2021 Growlers – Memphis, TN
8/04/2021 George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR
8/05/2021 Bears – Shreveport, LA
8/06/2021 Division Brewery/Grrowl – Arlington, TX
8/07/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX ##
8/07/2021 Ripple Fest @ Texas Ski Ranch – New Braunfels, TX ^^
8/08/2021 Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/09/2021 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX **
8/10/2021 Freetown Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA **
8/10/2021 Santos – New Orleans, LA ##
8/11/2021 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
8/12/2021 Pour House – Raleigh, NC
8/13/2021 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
8/14/2021 GoldSounds – Brooklyn, NY
8/15/2021 Alchemy – Providence, RI
8/16/2021 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
** THE OBSESSED only
## THE SKULL only
^^ WINO Solo
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Album Cover Art by Amjad Faur and Wolves in the Throne Room

Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date, and their first release via Relapse Records (North America only) out August 20th.

Watch the “Mountain Magick” music video, directed by Wolves in the Throne Room, on YouTube HERE.

“Mountain Magick was shot in the northern reaches of the Olympic Mountains and the ancient forests that shroud the foothills. We wrote the story, created the costumes, shot the footage and did the editing ourselves, so it is a true product of our hearts and souls. Creating our own videos has been a long standing dream and now It’s very exciting to bring these Visions into the Cinematic Realm.”  

Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: In addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.

Primordial Arcana is out August 20 on DLX 2xLP/2xLP/LP/CD/CS/Digital via Relapse Records (North America) and available through Century Media in Europe. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and the band HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

Primordial Arcana super limited Deluxe 2LP boxset includes the deluxe 2LP featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” pressed on black inside translucent gold and tan half ‘n half with black, oxblood and olive green splatter housed in a deluxe boxset with gold foil stamping. Boxset also includes a 3′ x 3’ album art flag, a custom 12-sided dice set with velvet pouch, a 3.5″ embroidered patch and a die-cut medallion with chain. Exclusively available through Relapse.com and alternate vinyl colorway available direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore.

Primordial Arcana super limited, one time pressing Deluxe 2LP is cut at 45rpm featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” not contained on the core 1LP album. North American colorways of this version available through Relapse.com and direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore and live performances.

Primordial Arcana Tracklist:

  1. Mountain Magick
  2. Spirit of Lightning
  3. Through Eternal Fields
  4. Primal Cham (Gift of Fire)
  5. Underworld Aurora
  6. Masters of Rain and Storm
  7. Eostre
  8. Skyclad Passage (Bonus Track)

MORE INFO:

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s new album title Primordial Arcana is a reference to the band’s ongoing reach back to the most ancient, archetypal energies.

Leadoff track “Mountain Magick” sets the august tone with alpine guitar melodies cresting skyward in triumph.  “Spirit of Lightning” returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Meanwhile, “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)” is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim “as above, so below” as envisioned by Keyworth. In fact, Primordial Arcana is the first WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM record in which Kody was a part of the writing process from the start, so it benefits from his background in cosmic funeral doom.

Always uncompromising, Primordial Arcana sees WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM stay true to their unique vision. An album born out of the DIY ethos, Primordial Arcana proves to be the band’s most genuine and focused. One of the year’s most ambitious recordings, Primordial Arcana cements WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s legacy as one of US Black Metal’s most daring, unique, and quintessential bands.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Is:

Nathan Weaver – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Aaron Weaver – Drums/Synth/Voice
Kody Keyworth – Vocals/Guitar

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AMENRA share “Voor Immer” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:09 AM (PST)

Photo by Jeroen Mylle

AMENRA share the official “Voor Immer” music video from the impending Relapse debut full-length De Doorn (June 25). Watch the full video on YouTube HERE.

Additionally, AMENRA announce a livestream event celebrating the release of De Doorn. The fire ritual will commence on June 27 at 9pm CET. More info at tickets are available HERE.

AMENRA vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout comments:

“What you lose in the fire, you will find in the ashes”

“Voor Immer” (“For Ever”) was one of the first songs we have written for De Doorn. We played it for the very first time in 2018 on the city square of Dixmude, West Flanders Belgium. Accompanied by the carillon, its bells a typical instrument from Belgium and the low countries, we connected the earth with the sky. It was initially written for a commemoration ceremony of the ending of the first world war. 

Images of widows and mothers bereft of their sons. Destroyed cities and whom was left to die. Finding strength and courage to rebuild what once was there, without what was theirs.

The last time we played it live was in Menen, West Flanders Belgium end 2019. That night we gathered and burnt all our unacknowledged loss. Revealing by fire the 20feet high bronze AMENRA statue glowing red, a symbol of hope.

This is a song about finding that hope, the strength to carry on. Its content ever present in the world today. 

“to fall and to rise
under merciless skies
light and grace
lines marring a mothers face
wounds inflicted by love
scarring our skin
here and above
our home. blemish on the land
cuts fading to the softest trace
outstretched. a beggars hand
one last poem
and letters unread
it ends here. and weighs us
down like lead
I stumble I fall
my eyes to the ground
one last sigh
a silent sound”

De Doorn is out June 25 on Deluxe 2xLP/2xLP/CD/CS/Digital. Physical pre-orders via Relapse.com are available HERE. Digital Downloads/Streaming HERE.

 

Photo by Nedda Afsari

Kris Esfandiari seems able to swoop in randomly from another dimension and effortlessly remind the music world, regardless of genre, they are playing with fire if they get overly cocky. Esfandiari just operates on another level where even the concept of artistic growth feels like trite shorthand for the fucking massive elemental forces unleased everytime Kris sings. King Woman (the doomgaze outfit Esfandiari fronts) will return with Celestial Blues this July 30th and continue to demolish all takers, if the jaw dropping power of their first video from the album is any indicator.

The lead single “Morning Star” was apparently a one-take performance, only strengthening my whole theory about the band basically conjuring their sound from a vortex. Fucking VIBES, dude! This tune is intense, like a lullaby from Dormammu’s Dark Dimension. If this were “Sympathy for the Devil” no one would have to “please allow…” a Mephistopheles-esque hat tipping introduction because you’d already know what fucking time it is. And if you don’t know, now you know.

“Creating this album has brought me great peace and closure,” says Esfandiari of Celestial Blues. “Grateful to finally share it with all of you.”

Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker). The band is rounded out by drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf. Visual collaborations featured in the album packaging were created by Nedda Afsari, Collin Fletcher, and Jamie Parkhurst.

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb).

Created In The Image Of Suffering was our album of the year when it came out, so to say we are stoked on this new development is an understatement.

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King Woman has confirmed a series of performances in support of the new album. Tickets and VIP Fan Club passes are on-sale this Friday, June 4 at 10 am pacific.

July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

October 15 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 16 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 17 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 29 Oakland, CA Starline

October 30 Oakland, CA Starline

October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)

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NOTHING announces dope ass tour with Frankie Rose

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:08 PM (PST)

Noisegaze melodic rockers NOTHING have announced an inspired tour with Frankie Rose. Tix are available for now HERE.

I am really tempted to pull the trigger on some tix for the NY show, but I have no idea wtaf I will be doing in October or where I will even be. I thought I would at least tell y’all and support the band that way.

The excellent band are supporting 2020’s The Great Dismal, a perfect jump on point for fans who somehow missed all their other dope records and a triumphant reminder of their power for everyone else.

Speaking of which, NOTHING celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Tired of Tomorrow full-length (my favorite) with a special deluxe LP! The limited LP features a flexi disc 7” with an exclusive unreleased demo and alternate ‘aged’ artwork. Officially out worldwide on November 5th.