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Hey rockers and rollers. I’m winding down near the end of an interesting day.

Started estradiol on a lower dose again working with my doctor and as a multi-gender person I am excited that I am figuring out what is right for me with the help of someone I trust. PLEASE support Planned Parenthood who offer more than just -ALSO VITAL- abortion services. It is 2019, not the god damn 1950’s. Anyway, I swear to God I have been back on it a few hours after a year and a half and feel like zero desire to drink or smoke a cigarette and very clear headed and motivated, which is fucking wonderful.

It is the anniversary of the release of St. Anger today – released June 5th, 2003- as I write this and so I have been rocking out to the Metallica/Jah Rule collab (I am just gonna pretend it was called “Jump In the Fyre”) and wondering how even Swizz Beatz didn’t tell Lars to fix his snare sound. That said, I honestly listen to that album low key on the regular and it is entertaining and has some bad ass riffs, so hey – it’s entertainment to me. I remember the day I bought it on cd I went and bought a Guiness at a now discontinued chain restaurant in the Hudson Valley Mall and at the time was stoked that they were playing so fast again. I also remember at the Coheed listening party I was at for In Keeping Secrets… Mic Todd was being hysterical and answering his phone “St Anger” everytime someone called him. He prob doesn’t remember that but it had me in stitches that night.

Anyway, Every band has eras where they are struggling and at least the dudes got through it. Plus, there’s a few certified bangers on there like “Frantic” – you know you love that intro- and the riffs (not the vocals) of “Invisible Kid”, for example. I am glad dudes have at least revisited “Frantic” live and let Kirky cut loose a little more.

In other news, Varg got his fash dork garden karate YouTube channel banned finally and all I can say is…Varg sucks. Anyone upset by that is a moron or probably a “Conservative Crybully”. Go buy So Much For The Tolerant Left today like I did to celebrate.

In other news, my gf Globelamp’s traumatic story of the horrible time she had around her time in Foxygen has finally been picked up by Pitchfork and hopefully will now not be ignored by other outlets that used to kiss that band’s ass for being on a big, enabling indie label. I should certainly hope my regular readers here don’t think we are part of some insane ongoing murder plot allegation and thank you to everyone who believed us about the DARVO and who have supported us during the months since I have been able to see my partner. It’s been a lonely and stressful ass year and I have tried hard to keep things rolling along anyway. Thank you very much Hether Fortune and one or two other friends who reached out to ask if I was doing self care regimen when I was having a hard time with all this recently. That meant a lot. I am feeling better and thankful for this scene and the good people.

We don’t have the money to keep flying her back and forth from New York where we live to California where court is and we want to get an RO granted on Sam from Foxygen. A temporary one was granted but he has hidden from it despite knowing about it through a twitter exchange and now this huge Pitchfork article. Globelamp on the other hand has complied with every court demand and appearance. Sam also has come onto our Instagrams and if he is allegedly scared of us why would he and his partner antagonize us? He came onto Globelamp’s IG and was probably loving that he could leave comments and because of DARVO she couldn’t respond, so disgusting.

It also is telling that this unbiased article caused their entire camp (including the predatory trolls who constantly try to gaslight and trigger my partner’s ptsd and who lie and say I am a sex slave in a dungeon and have made transphobic statements mocking me as a non binary person with no condemnation of the transphobia and lies from fake peace and love ambassadors Foxygen) to freak out online like babies caught with their hand in the cookie bag. Jagjaguwar should drop them immediately. Anyway, I wanted to say thanks to some of the metal/punk community and people like Timothy Heller and Meredith Graves who offered Lizzie some support. It really meant a lot to Lizzie/Globelamp.

Now back to some proper metal news!

Korn thought it was a good idea for Brian to jam on their most iconic song “Blind” with a massive GOP homophobe during Pride Month. I have been a fan since the debut and am beyond disgusted at this bullshit. Will not be linking to the atrocity and it is going to be awhile before I consider listening to them again or supporting unless they acknowledge that was some serious wack bullshit. Very bummed out and love their records. You can’t just pretend Mike Huckabee is some chummy dude. He is horrid. I did laugh online that someone wrote on twitter they should have played “Ass Itch”.

Amon Amarth news! The Viking warriors of riffs, beer and roars have a new song out about Captain America’s…er, Thor’s hammer. Check out the bad ass video below! Fight sequence/concept rules! “Working the bellows…!” AHHHH!!! METAL! Hope you all have a killer rest of the week and stand up for one another, metal friends!

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So I was half watching Season 4 of The 100 (I still fuck with that show, love the cast) and simultaneously scrolling Instagram absent-mindedly like an overstimulated, over-worked semi-human in 2019. Suddenly some awesome, huge alt-rock guitar and an unmistakable voice reached my ears and made my eyes open wide. Listen HERE.

So I stare at my tiny phone screen and how friggin’ stoked am I to realize it is Chris fuckin’ Traynor of Bush and most importantly one of my all time favorite bands Orange 9MM (who I dropped out of college to open for like an idiot, but he wasn’t in the band at that point. PS. It was still worth it -lol). And yes, he was collaborating in the studio with Grey Daze , a project Chester was involved in throughout his life. In addition to the massive song Chester did with Mark Morton that just came out, this little Grey Daze audio clip gave me huge chills and everything sounds brilliant and emotive. The held out notes over the big guitar sounds so soulful. An older Grey Daze tweet from December makes it sound like much of the tracks are older and finally being completed.

Even cooler, Traynor responded to me on Twitter and IG about it. I’m over the moon!

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Hi friends. Hope you had a good weekend like I did. While it was somber as it is the 4 year anniversary of my dad dying of cancer (thanks to those who reached out to me and my sister Cambria), I also had a wonderful recording experience in the studio for my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs on Sunday. My old friend Nate Kelley (of Laterals/first Coheed record/Shabutie/PPSP) came to Saugerties, NY to Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and laid down some sick drum grooves for my next album, one of 2 I am putting out this year – stay tuned. It is so nice when you haven’t collaborated with someone for a long time but you reconnect creatively and the spark is still right there.  Such an inspiring feeling. Here’s Nate laying some guitars down on a song I wrote about my self-acceptance of being Nonbinary. This whole record a lot of it is about me embracing that.

Speaking of inspiring collabs, industrial pop duo VOWWS (who I have also collaborated with before, incidentally) are one of my very favorite modern bands. Truly a constantly evolving, darkly lush and yet colorful group beyond the grays, blacks and white smoke and mirrors, VOWWS have now teamed up with none other than Chino from mighty Deftones and Danny Lohner, a.k.a Renhölder (Nin, Manson) for a reworking of their song “Structure of Love”. Check it out now right HERE and start your week off with a soothing but spooky explosion of feeling.

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Speaking of feels, bummed couldn’t make it to Black Flags Over Brooklyn this weekend due to work and recording obligations but SUPER stoked for Kim Kelly and all the organizers and participating bands from Glacial Tomb to Vile Creature to Occultist who it looks like from social media made it an unforgettable weekend and a strong declaration that racism has NO home in heavy metal. Seriously, fuck off edgelords and bigots! The festival promise that video and photos are forthcoming and I am sure more outlets who were lucky to attend will have ample coverage but here is a little video montage below.

Lastly, we are no longer going to be featuring Profound Lore artists on this site (many of whom we seriously LOVE) unless the label drops Craig Pillard of Disma/Ex-Incantation. Our friends at Toiletovhell have the best run down of the bullshit HERE, but basically the dude who has alleged he gave up being a racist asshole appears to have gone and agreed to perform at some racist ass festival called Hot Shower fest or something in Italy with his scummy noise project Sturmführer. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day and despite the Big trouble In Little China avatar twitter account who called me a cuck and said “go fight Nazis in the 40s” pretending there aren’t major problems today in 2019, I’d like to extend a hearty fuck you to anyone promoting fascism in the music scene in 2019 or EVER. Update: the band has FIRED Pillard. Read more HERE.

As seen above, Profound Lore told us via letter that they reached out to Disma and the rest of the band had no idea about it and were awaiting a response but we have to be skeptical and guarded. No fashionable boutique label softball treatment for fake repenting fash/fash adjacent performers. Other bands on the roster should complain, not waffle for the sake of record deals.

My girlfriend Globelamp was recently accused via Twitter by someone from the “indie band” (actually on a very big three label semi-monopoly Secretly Group) Foxygen of an ongoing plot to kill their singer Sam France – despite moving to the other side of the country from him and never wanting to see him again and five years since she left the band without any incident of being violent towards him. She maintains that he backhanded out her teeth and has a doctors note of violent impact and a 5k dental repair bill on her side, and now has a lawyer to fight him -whereas initially she did not 5 years ago and the band we believe did a bad faith RO attempt to prevent her from looking into finances as well as to discourage her from coming forward about her domestic violence claims. The band’s official account accused her of horrible shit including a “she tried to kill me and she’s not done” section, lovely…which she was never charged for remotely. The tweet was deleted but we have a screenshot obtained. But behind the scenes they are actually trying that shit in court asking for a lifelong RO (worse than Tim Lambesis who is back on fucking tour!!) and saying she can’t protest and tell people she claims she was abused as that is harassment against them! There is NO gag order on her and the prior granted and expiring RO was granted against her for an alleged trespassing that Lizzie says Sam’s mom lied about to help cover her son’s tracks. She maintains she saw a text from his father to never admit what he did and I must say since we have dated I have seen her harassed by a ton of anonymous troll accounts weirdly over informed on intimate details . You can read more HERE and HERE.

I have seen the anxiety and pain this has caused her and ptsd and it is real and I firmly believe in her innocence and did for years before we ever dated. Unfortunately a lot of people in the scene don’t want to rock the boat with her old employer of Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jajaguwar and Secretly Canadian) or tone police her demanding perfect victimhood (she was blocked by Kathleen Hanna, Best Coast and Kimya Dawson when asked for help). Fuck that Bikini Kill reunion tour and I am glad the bots got all the tickets. This person is really suffering and you all say to believe victims. WTF.

Anyway, to make a long story short my lifelong friend Simone Felice produced some Conor Oberst new stuff with Phoebe Bridgers. Our friend James Felice who performs with Conor is also ON Elizabeth’s recent Globelamp album Romantic Cancer (nefarious industries), but guess what?…Conor and Phoebe’s record got scooped up by Secretly Group. So even though we love Bright Eyes and his solo stuff and collabs and he is Lizzie’s perhaps favorite all time male performer and she has covered him zillions of times – as awkward as it is we have to say fuck supporting that record and any other artists on the label who think it is ok to not speak out about Foxygen being on the same labels and trying to ruin a girl’s life and get her blacklisted. Our door was slammed on on New Year’s Morning with a court summons and it was total bullshit. I can’t see my girlfriend for months now and through Valentine’s Day as she had to go back to California to court. If any of y’all seriously think I would allow a murder plot to be forming out of my apartment under my nose y’all are idiots.

So yeah, I think the music media is pathetic for not covering this and also it should go to show if I am not even going to support friend adjacent records in the name of doing the right thing and stopping labels from keeping unapologetic people who have no inkling of restorative justice on their rosters, I sure as FUCK am not gonna stand for casual fascism from metal labels. Profound Lore and Season of Mist for that matter with D666, Shining (Sweden) saying homophobic shit on tour and the drummer Hellhammer of Mayhem’s dead gay jokes and “black metal is for white people” bullshit (see Wikipedia) are long overdue for a housecleaning or much better explanation and apology to those harmed than edgelordism. I wish my friends on those labels would tell the label owners to fuck off from profiting from those bands until they majorly atone if at all and clean up the roster.

Peace.

 

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Static-X 20th Anniversary “Wisconsin Death Trip” news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:03 PM (PST)

Hey rockers, meant to post about this a little while ago but Static-X have some cool tribute news for fans in 2019 on the way. New music and more. RIP WAYNE! I am really happy I saw them live with Mindless Self Indulgence in New Jersey once (if I recall). Long time ago. Time flies, fuck. Follow your dreams while you can, kids.

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Deftones have cooked up a kick ass festival concept with the first annual Dia De Los Deftones. The event is on the way with food, beverage and music on November 3 at Petco Park at the Park in San Diego, California. All-ages lineup includes Future, Mike Shinoda (of LINKIN PARK), local legends ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, H09909, DOJA CAT, VOWW and VEIN.

Dia De Los Deftones goes on sale Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $75 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com. Presale opportunities will be available on Tuesday, July 17 starting at 10 a.m PST.

I found out through the homies Vowws IG page, one of my favorite bands. Listening to the brilliant industrial post pop scrawl crawl of “Charm and Demand” right now, actually. This whole thing looks like it will be dope af. I also hear that Vein record is awesome, everyone keeps saying. Heckity heck yeah.

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Mike Shinoda drops ‘Post Traumatic’ EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM (PST)
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Mike Shinoda has released an EP titled Post Traumatic.

According to Billboard, Shinoda has this to say of the EP:

“The past six months have been a rollercoaster,” he explained. “Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude — for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create,” Shinoda said in a statement.

“Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted and edited myself. At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience. As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor — it’s just me. Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion of the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you.”

This three-song EP is an intimate experience and wonderful art. We here at Metal Riot continue to wish Mike and all the members of Linkin Park and all of Chester’s family and friends the best.

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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

1976-2017

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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Hey. Morgan from Metal Riot/Walking Bombs here with a cover song for you today. I want to thank you all for your own lives, for the ways you enrichen mine and for the times we can manage to remember one another’s goodness after distance grows.

In a time when the most toxic and defensive people attack others as “triggered snowflakes” while pushing for the same old same old white supremacy and kleptocratic patriarchy under the extremely fake guise of “shaking up the system”, when unrepentant and hurtful people with no desire to truly communicate gaslight society (remember kids- saying nazis are actually socialist is like saying GOP is still the party of Lincoln), when civil rights are threatened, when love is laughed at but the hard choice of physical resistance to violent fascism is also condemned, sensitive artists and souls or people with PTSD can really struggle. When we do make mistakes it is even harder to forgive ourselves. The waters are churning too much, like a blender that never shuts off and has no lid but somehow you are expected to keep the contents inside when everyone else is rewarded for being unplugged or complacent, even as they have no current flowing through their hearts.

Anyway, I wanted to send love to Scott from Neurosis, especially Sinead O’Connor and others alive and still with us trying to bravely battle stigma and depression in this climate. Or activists like Bree Newsome or Talib Kweli who put so much out there on the front lines of activism every day. Or people who were too exhausted to go on like Chester or Chris or Scott Weiland or any of the greats we have lost. Even Prince or MJ who gave so much but had a curated existence just to function on the cosmic frequency they did.

I love people but have a hard time with crowds anymore. Not to say I am an empath, necessarily…but when you have had bad experiences and are suspicious or scan for danger to survive or have had trust completely broken, when you sabotage yourself….your spider sense is often tingling. I love people but it can be so draining. And I need a lot of alone time society doesn’t always allow for unless you really have cash. Even monitoring it is easy to spiral for some of us.

I went today to a place I almost took my own life a few years ago. I wanted to send some light and loving energy out from that spot to remind how crucial communication (when possible) and room for healing are. I have a long semi-coherent intro, but I covered Sinead’s bittersweet “Last Day Of Our Acquaintance”  for anyone who has had relationships or friendships or their own personal aura clouded by struggles with depression. I have so much respect for people like Hether Fortune who talks online sometimes about the benefits of therapy or Christopher Stroop who is doing #emptythepews work to combat Evangelical societal abuse or other artists who try to stay engaged with social issues even when it is very taxing. I do it myself so much I exhaust myself and it is so important to also practice self care, especially for artists as well who often feel we have to be raw or on edge to be AUTHENTIC. Sometimes it is enough to function, honeys.

And as for forgiveness, some relationships don’t get fixed. Or sometimes in wider society we have situations, like with emboldened hate groups in the streets- where the option of forgiveness has to be in God’s hands because if you don’t act the motherfuckers will run over a girl or some kind of actual catastrophe will arise, but other times in this life a gentle word or listening CAN sometimes turn the tide.

May the road rise to meet all (er, most) of you. We have some healthy if not always easy discussions about what is problematic and what is helpful or good to keep alive in our scene right now. While I hope we can allow room for expression I also hope it is not just for the sake of itself and we can keep things actually growing productively, whether towards healing through art, helping one another with some hardcore scene style positive encouragement or trying on one another’s shoes wherever situations still allow safe room to do so.

And some people will give up on you, but you can’t give up on yourself. Actually, scratch that…you aren’t always bad just because you perhaps break after all.

Went a place I almost took my life few years back (I had wanted to die where I had good memories even though I was so low). Here is A cover song and thoughts on depression and thanks / prayers and best wishes for Scott Kelly, Supporting Sinéad Oconnor , Chris Cornell, Linkin Park and various lost lives and lovers. Xo. Do your best, darlings.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 2, 2017

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I’ve been on Linkin Park‘s fan club mailing list a long time now and they always treat the fans very well over there. Today they collectively eased a small amount of a lot of sorrow by sharing a heartfelt memorial letter for vocalist and friend Chester Bennington, who died by suicide last week.

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

Visit Chester.LinkinPark.com

#RIPChester

Call 1-800-273-8255
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Chester Bennington dies at age 41

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:04 PM (PST)

Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. The cause of death is currently being reported as a suicide. This news comes just over two months after news broke that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had committed suicide.

Chester was the lead singer of Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise (and released an EP with Stone Temple Pilots).

I’ve been a Linkin Park fan for a decade. I, like many people my age, started listening to them in middle and high school. By the time I was a freshman in high school my three favorite albums by Linkin Park had already been released. The summer after my sophomore year of high school I listened to “We Made It” incessantly.

Unlike with some other bands and musicians I like and listen to, I don’t know anything about the personal life of Chester or any of the members of Linkin Park, save for what I’ve learned listening to their music. What I do know is that despite the people who mocked me for liking Linkin Park’s music, it helped me at some of the toughest and angstiest moments of my life. First introduced to the band via a mix CD my cousin had, I eventually went out and bought Meteora, Hybrid Theory and Minutes to Midnight.

When I was 14, 15, 16 years old and the world felt like shit, and my life felt like shit, and I lived in the middle of nowhere and it didn’t often feel like I had much more than the hand-me-down 5-CD changer on my dresser, I could put on an album like Hybrid Theory and either turn it up to speaker-busting volumes and just thrash as hard as I could, or turn it down and lay in bed and let Chester’s voice wash over me.

The music that Chester made with Linkin Park was music that made a difference for my mental health. That still does make a difference for my mental health. Listening to songs like “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” and “A Place For My Head” showed me that it’s okay to struggle, that it’s okay to be frustrated, it’s okay to be unsure of yourself, it’s okay to stumble. I would listen to “A Place For My Head” and wait for Chester to start, real low and quiet, to sing, “You try to take the best of me // Go away” and I would think about the people who had outed me in middle school, I thought about the people who called me a faggot,  I thought about the kids who would ask me on the bus if I was a boy or a girl, and through Chester, I would yell at them to go away, without ever opening my mouth.

There’s always been a lot of fun to be had at the expense of Linkin Park fans, as if the band appealed to some kind of lowest common denominator. The truth is that there is an ignorance around mental health. There is an ignorance around the depression and anxiety that Linkin Park fans attempted to treat with their copies of their  favorite Linkin Park albums. There is an ignorance of the depression that Chester tried to treat with every word he sang or screamed.

Hybrid Theory sold 30 million copies. 30 million people related to the struggles that Chester and co. were expressing on that album and in 17 years our conversations about mental health have been regrettably sparse. Unless someone kills themselves or someone else, we seem content to not talk about mental health. As long as the people around us seem fine when they’re around us, we seem content to not talk  about mental health. As long as it doesn’t affect us, we seem content to not not talk about mental health.

As someone who has lived with a diagnosis of depression for ten years and who also has anxiety and gender dysphoria, I have always tried to speak openly and honestly about my mental health, and I’ve always waited for the communities around me to talk about it.

For us here at Metal Riot, our thoughts are with Chester’s family and friends today. Chester’s impact will not be forgotten, and hopefully we can honor his memory by striving to always be as open and candid as he was in his music.

If you or a loved one is considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Avenged Sevenfold release “Dose”

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM (PST)

First came their cover of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” followed by a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo.” Now Avenged Sevenfold continue the rollout of new tracks with the release of “Dose,” a song originally intended to be part of the track listing on newest album, The Stage.

“Musically, ‘Dose’ was supposed to be a Part 2 to “Roman Sky” and had a very cinematic feel, but we turned it into more of a tripped-out metal song,” says vocalist M. Shadows. “The lyrics were inspired by an unsolved mystery that dates back to the 1950s about an airline traveler who, if you believe the story, supposedly fell into our dimension from another. According to reports, he showed up in a Tokyo airport with a passport from a country that didn’t exist anywhere on a map. He was detained for questioning, but mysteriously vanished from a room guarded by immigration officials, taking with him all evidence of his existence. It ties into the theory that there are infinite possibilities of our lives being played out across space and time. Don’t know if the story is true, but I’m fascinated by that kind of stuff and thought it’d be a fun idea for a song.”

Check out the song, which almost comes off like A7X with a Soundgarden feel, below.

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Stadium shaking head movers Linkin Park have announced they are giving away Hybrid Theory for a limited time with Google Play in thanks to fans.

Our first album, Hybrid Theory, was made with all the love, passion, and naïveté that an artist can give to their first recordings. We are humbled and grateful that it has been embraced so widely, and we still find it hard to believe it became the biggest selling rock album of the century. As a thank you to our fans, we’ve partnered with Google Play to give you Hybrid Theory for free. –Linkin Park

Get it HERE.

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Deftones announce tour dates for Spring

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 11:14 AM (PST)

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Taking a break from watching that surprisingly funny Netflix show Love to tell you kids that Deftones have a bevvy of upcoming shows (including a SXSW Spin showcase date avec CHVRCHES). I for one am stoked to hear more of GORE, despite Deftones own guitarist not seeming as keen on it in recent comments as the rest of the band. He probably was exaggerating his displeasure at the current direction however, since for the last 4 album press cycles or whatever Stephen Carpenter has been saying he loves Meshuggah in practically every interview.

What has always made Deftones great (and why I particularly love the S/T record best) is their variety but ability to also still deliver the heavy. As long as they don’t transform into Team Sleep (which would be odd since Deftones were in full swing first) there is room for Deftones to keep their experimental and pretty side flourishing.

Anyway, these dates are sure to feature a variety of tunes for fans of different eras. Dates below.

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Song of the Week: Deftones’ fluid “Prayers/Triangles” track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM (PST)

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Deftones have a new record on the way called Swish. Or was it Gore? Yeah, I think it is Gore.

Merch Direct has some pretty cool Tame Impala-esque pop art meets perfume bottle/high fashion fonts and Nu Snapbacks vibes going on HERE for those looking for some tasty related gear, but the best treat is the new, hard to classify single “Prayers/Triangles”. It’s a watery track almost reminiscent guitar-wise of Chino’s Palms project with former members of Isis (yes, the fucking band). It might even be my favorite track from the band since “Minerva” from the underrated sick as fuck S/T record where they really learned to temper their inner fire with patience, though there have certainly been plenty of killer songs since then to now.

But yeah, this song is what’s up. In 2016 more than ever we can find ways to collage and buck expectation, be it the sensual yet bright, tropical house infused future pop of newcomer Eriel Indigo (who is likely to be huge) , the morphic funk and street aware R&B of Lion Babe or, to stay in the metal world and not freak some of y’all out, the psychotic jazz and black metal melange of DHG or Shining, for example.

Deftones can make you feel dreamy, lifted or rabble-roused, but you always feel something, even if it is the familiar sensation of surrendering to fate and all the unknown yet electric variables that entails.

All hail the kings, crowns glistening, etc.

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Metallica release some footage from Saint Petersburg 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM (PST)

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Metallica have released 18 minutes of fly on the wall footage shot by the MetOnTour reporter on August 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Footage includes a birthday pie-ing, Tuning Room, plus “One” from the show.

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