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Megadeth win Best Metal Grammy, interesting times ensue

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:54 AM (PST)


Megadeth won the Best Metal Grammy for their admittedly awesome song “Dystopia”. It’s prob my fave track by them since “Public Enemy No. 1″ on Th1rt3en a few years back. Anyway, for those who were drunk enough to imagine Megadeth ever winning a Grammy, you might not have imagined that they would walk down the carpet to Metallica! Or that it would seem to take awhile to get to the stage because the camera makes it look like they were hanging out with Korn (who admittedly it seems like were just hugging them or giving congrats). Or that Mustaine would thank Jesus and tell a pretty funny story about Kenny G having to wait even longer to win a Grammy than Megadeth.

He especially thanks the metal community and then makes a “69″ joke, which you can watch below. Much as I have been annoyed at Megadave since his Obama is behind mass shootings BS rant a few years ago, as a longtime fan of his music since I was a kid, it was cool to see. Beyond a doubt, Megadeth staged a really big comeback with Dystopia and this cements it.

Watch their acceptance and listen to the winning song BELOW.

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Wacken 2015 footage of three Opeth songs released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:18 PM (PST)


Wacken Open Air have posted footage of Opeth‘s 2015 performance featuring the songs “Heir Apparent”, “The Grand Conjuration” and “Deliverance”. “Heir Apparent” is a particularly good version, very skillfully rendered in front of the huge crowd (not that we would you expect anything less from the masters). It is also fun to point out that the three tunes result in almost 40 minutes of footage. That’s what’s up. Take a break from what you were doing and enjoy this thrilling mini-concert. There is a particularly funny bit of stage banter before “The Grand Conjuration” starts up at 10:30 or so.

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KSE two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package exclusive to Record Store Day.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:20 PM (PST)


Killswitch Engage have released a cool trailer for Beyond the Flames: Home Video Part II . It is a two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package and is exclusive to Record Store Day. Just look at that opening crowd shot!

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Korn release official video for “Take Me”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 1:24 PM (PST)


Korn has been rebuilding and focusing their brand for a few albums now and The Serenity Of Suffering looks set to be their biggest success in some time. New clip “Take Me” gives me Life Is Peachy meets The Paradigm Shift vibes, combining dissonant guitar and trademark elements with slicker but still well written hooks.

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Korn debut death photography video with Loudwire for “Insane”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 3:43 PM (PST)


The new Ryan Valdez helmed Korn video for “Insane” from October’s pending heavy shaker The Serenity Of Suffering is loose upon the world. It is def some of the heaviest stuff we have heard from the band since they got both their classic guitarists working together again. The video is a look at post-mortem photography in Korn-y style. You can pre-order the album via Amazon or iTunes.

Watch the video HERE.

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Masculinity means different things to different people. Some people think it means gay bashing (when actually what is more masculine than two guys loving each other)? Other people think it means having to show your insecurities by attacking others in the name of free speech. KKWarslut from Destroyer 666 has been extra repugnant the last few weeks defending himself like a caveman saying he isn’t racist but saying effeminate men are a detriment to the metal scene and calling women “bitches” in the same breath on Facebook threads.

I have stood shirtless with Manowar fans drunk yelling “May your sword be wet, like a young girl in her prime”. If that was a default setting for how metal always has to be, however, it would quickly lose any relevance and be worse than Spinal Tap for lack of the cerebral.

Look, no one cares if you don’t like modern gender theory, KK. Fact is, modern life is more aware and nuanced thankfully than ever before and allows a society where people like Mina Caputo can transition bravely or even Metal Riot’s own Longhairedpoet who helps run this site every day, you ungrateful fuckers. I myself am bi but lots of trauma and have a hard time trusting even nice smelling men who hit on me at bars and are sweet. Out of the forty or fifty girls I have dated over the years casually or seriously, the MAJORITY told me experiences in their past of being raped. Think about that. Heartbreaking. Is it any wonder after being closeted so long and hearing so much stuff like that or experiencing a  sociopath harass someone dear to me that I’d have a hard time subbing for anyone often?

In the metal scene, you should be able to have any look, style, gender, fluidity…whatever. Even faux military looks in black metal don’t bother me if the band isn’t hateful towards women, gays, other races, etc. I don’t care if you have a vagina on your God Damn face if we are mutual fans of something (or anyway). This is supposed to be an inclusive place. Maybe I’m more of a hardcore kid at heart with unity shit like that than some black metal outdated bullshit that is actually pathetic and not rebellious. Fear of others for perceived weakness is not strength.

There are still problems. Orlando proved that. G.L.O.S.S. shouldn’t have to advocate violent revenge on their new album Trans Day Of Revenge. It shouldn’t have to get that sadly dark but people are murdered while others laugh and show no compassion or objectivity, so their rage is understandable.

But briefly back to Destroyer 666…10,000 metal fans buying a cd from a guy who casually uses “faggot” and says men shouldn’t be effeminate in an election year could definitely have a negative social impact  if they then go and vote for Trump (again, you have to follow the above link to know what I’m referencing).

So, some very welcome news today comes from Slipknot then. The Iowa outsiders who became HUGER than fuck have done something VERY cool:

When we started this tour, we had reservations about playing in North Carolina because of a law recently passed there called HB2. The law halts the rights of LGBTQ people, doesn’t allow for cities to pass a living wage for the working class. We believe that regardless of who you are, or what you believe in this country- and in our own metal community- that everyone should be given access to equal opportunities they need to succeed. This law flies in the face of those values.

We believe that regardless of who you are, or who you love, you shouldn’t have to face hatred at home or in your community. Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don’t care where you pee- just please flush. It’s pretty simple, really.

We’ve decided to partner with Equality NC, the LGBTQ advocacy group leading the fight against this hateful bill. You can talk to Equality NC at our show about how to get involved, and get registered to vote in NC. That way we won’t have to talk about this the next time we come back there. We’re coming to North Carolina to show our fans that they can make the difference needed to repeal this law and return their state to a place that welcomes everyone and values differences.

We here at Metal Riot are thrilled to see a band so big in a genre often still too callous take a stand for the right thing.


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Megadeth announce headlining tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:56 AM (PST)


Megadeth have announced a fall headlining tour. The tour will start on September 20 in Wyoming and running 18 shows before wrapping up in New Jersey on October 16.

The tour will see support from Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok.

Comments Amon Amarth on the tour: ”We are proud to be supporting the legendary and mighty Megadeth on their US tour in September! Sharpen your blades and bring out your drinking horns, because this will be a brutal show that no true metalhead should miss. Raise your horns!”

Check out the full slate of tour dates here.

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Trivium to tour North America with Sabaton and Huntress

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 9:49 AM (PST)


Are you ready, America? We’re bringing our Silence In The Snow headline tour back to the states this fall with Sabaton and Huntress. Tickets go on-sale this Saturday at See you soon. \m/ – Trivium 

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Queensryche, Armored Saint, Midnight Eternal tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:51 PM (PST)


Queensryche and Armored Saint is quite a package for fans of classic heavy metal with soaring, melodic and gritty momentum. Both bands have been really strong again in recent years, shedding off worse stretches and hitting powerful new strides that have fans thrilled. Semi-gothic rock/metallers Midnight Eternal are a band on the rise who are very fun live, vocalist Raine Hilai bringing warmth and confidence to the stage and backed by some serious players.

Armored Saint vocalist John Bush comments: “Armored Saint is looking forward to doing some shows this winter with Queensryche. They’re an incredible band and great guys. Plus it’s a great match for the fans. We did some shows together in Europe last summer and the gigs were awesome. There are some cities in America that Saint hasn’t played in years. Some over a decade! I’m sure people are very excited that we’re finally coming. It’s about time. We’ll kick some ass. Get ready!!!”

See below for all upcoming dates!

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Remembering Nick Menza (July 23, 1964 – May 21, 2016)

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:54 AM (PST)



I’m fighting back tears as I write this. 2016 has been a horrible year for musician deaths, and sadly, we have just added another name to the list.

The metal world suffered a tragic blow last night when Nick Menza passed suddenly from heart failure at 51 while on stage in LA as he performed with OHM at The Baked Potato club.

As the drummer for MEGADETH from 1989 to 1998, Nick played on 4 of the band’s biggest albums to date, and became a huge influence to millions across the globe. Nick also appeared on some of Marty Friedman’s solo albums, and had even recorded his own solo album after his release from MEGADETH titled Life After Deth. He also recently announced he was set to unveil a collection of “Rhythm-On-Canvas” art he’d been working on that he called “Rhythm Hits The Wall”.

My heart goes out to all those Nick has left behind – family, friends, bandmates, and millions of fans worldwide. Nick was a tremendously talented man who lived a legendary life and died doing what he loved.

Check out comments from Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman here.

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It is hard deciding if the best approach to reviewing such an exhaustive and important milestone  for Opeth as The Book Of Opeth, a super rewarding and fans in mind work of art (would you expect anything less?) from one of metal’s most revered bands, with a more exhaustive or impressionistic approach.

Aesthetically, it is as stunning visually as any of the band’s greatest achievements. The moody respect for the essential mystery of nature and the spirit and cerebral leaning craftsmanship with an emphasis on complexity has carried over, albeit instead of actual riffs we have the stories in the book which allow a hand swiped view through the foggy window of awe; a peak into the inner workings of a group who have earned every inch of respect over the past 25 years and change.

Much like the crucial Decibel anointed Choosing Death or Only Death Is Real from Bazillion Points, this Opeth doozy is fun while chock full of enough respect for sociology and the genre to warrant such an endeavor even if the band wasn’t as important as they ARE. You really get a sense of their development over the course of hundreds of killer photos, lush layout page detailing and fantastic reflections from members. Like Sean Yseult’s recent I’m In The Band or even, say, the massive Emperor 24 vinyl box set which the mere thought of makes me weep and shiver, this is a serious fucking beast of merchandise of the highest order and a celebration of accomplishment with a major sense of adventure and wonder for the entire business of it all. More than a labor of vanity or love, this says pay attention, this is about the collective work of amazing lives.

More below.

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Killswitch release “Cut Me Loose” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM (PST)

killswitch-engage-incarnate-250x250At the end of the day Killswitch Engage are on top because regardless of whoever is at the mic the band simply have better songs than most of their peers. New tune “Cut Me Loose” continues this tradition with some awesome performances and varied sounds from the whole band.

One thing that is cool about Incarnate‘s tracks we have heard so far is that it doesn’t sound like the band tried to make Disarm The Descent or Alive And Just Breathing pt. 2 with Jesse. That would be a mistake as those records are great on their own.

Still, the new stuff fits well within KSE’s very well established vibe.

There is even a beautiful reservoir shot  at the end that looks like where I grew up in Upstate, NY and kind of sets a tone for holding strength when set against the raging near deathcore heavy hardcore clang of the end riff.

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“Hate By Design” is here with a great lyrical message for the whole world/scene.
Watch now at (and see sick new merch) or below.

Incarnate – now available for pre-order.
It is unleashed 3/11/16 via Roadrunner Records.

Feelin’ Jesse’s Only Living Witness shirt in the clip. And the verse riffage is maximum kill.

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Album Review: Megadeth – “Dystopia”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM (PST)


Being a life long MEGADETH fan, I admit that I was devastated in 2002 when it was announced that the band was disbanding due to Mustaine’s nerve issues in his arm. Shortly after, issues between the Daves [Mustaine and Ellefson] surfaced, giving me that feeling that the final nail was in the coffin of MEGADETH, and I’d never get to see my favorite band ever again. Sure, their last two albums had been Risk and The World Needs A Hero, both of which I had liked, but weren’t nearly as strong as their prior releases. It seemed like this was truly the end.

You can only imagine the sheer ecstasy I had when I learned that Mustaine had relearned to play, and was coming back with a new MEGADETH album (2004′s excellent The System Has Failed) with a returning Chris Poland [guitarist from Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and the groundbreaking Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?). Little did I know that album would mark the start of an amazing “Decade Of Deth”. (Yes, I actually air-quoted that as I typed it. What, you wanna fight about it?) The lineup changed a million times over, but the tunes were all killer during that decade.

2004 gave us The System Has Failed, paired up with the incredibly cool Gigantour in the summer of 2005. 2007 gave us United Abominations, with the amazingly good “Washington Is Next” single. Endgame came in 2009, and 2011 gave us a returning David Ellefson and the album Thirteen. (For the record, the song “13″ is one of my top favorite recent MEGADETH tracks). The band was on fire, so it can only be expected that 2013′s Supercollider would be fucking incredible. Am I right?

Ok, so Supercollider was anything but “super”. Definitely the most lackluster of any MEGADETH record to date, but seeing as their first album hit in 1985, their track record so far has been pretty good. I mean, the album wasn’t so horrible that half the band felt they needed to quit shortly after its release, was it? (2 side notes here: First off, if you haven’t already heard Supercollider, it is worth a shot. “Kingmaker”, “Dance In The Rain” featuring DISTURBED’s David Draiman, and THIN LIZZY cover “Cold Sweat” are worth listening to. Secondly, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover both formed ACT OF DEFIANCE after leaving MEGADETH, and their album kicks serious ass. I suggest buying that one now. Well, not “now”. Finish reading my babbling here, and then go purchase it.)

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Dream Theater continue a recent streak with ball of fire new single “Moment Of Betrayal”, an exciting yet measured march from new 2x album The Astonishing that sets each section in conjunction towards a composition steadily ascending in excitement. Like the better DT epics, no matter how many parts or rhythmic shift there is a larger compositional scope at play.

Love to see these guys hit the road with the currently also flying high again Queensryche and/or Megadeth.

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