If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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Australian rap-metallers The Weight of Silence released their latest track, “Green Is The New Black” earlier this week.
The track, which was released on July 17, features vocalist Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body.
Dubbed “trap metal” in the press release and being associated with the likes of Attila, “Green Is The New Black,” is, you guessed it, about smoking weed. It’s also about getting a blow job on a plane. And then Danny is also there and has a lyric.
The Weight of Silence vocalist Jacob Pedersen explains the bands new direction for “Green is the New Black”, the debut single from their upcoming album:
“We’ve been really influenced as a group by some of the newer trap and rap sounds coming out at the moment and we’re blending that with the metal influence we’ve always had. We are also very honoured to have Danny Leal take a part in this and really bring a section in this already lively song to a new level. Upon A Burning Body’s music has been a big influence on us and you’ll hear that in this upcoming album release. You can expect heavy, hard hitting riffs with huge and heavy vocals, alongside moments with trapbeats and rap vocals.”
You can check out the video for “Green Is The New Black” here.
Big metal news heading into the weekend as we learn from an oddly brief and very formal statement that NWOAHM hero Chris Adler is officially out of Lamb Of God. Best wishes to both camps moving forward. Art Cruz, who has been playing with the band live for awhile, will be on the next album. Adler’s precise and deadly drumming is a HUGE part of the band’s appeal to a lot of fans, though hardly the sum total of it. Still, this is a big blow to longtime fans, though as with Slayer and Slipknot we know that even after an iconic drummer leaves a band can still potentially make good albums.
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Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just dropped the new song “I Am Broken Too.” Listen and watch the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqHJPpXmYuI – which features singer Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics.
The song appears on the band’s eighth album, Atonement, out August 16th on Metal Blade Records. The album is available for pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/kse-atonement. Killswitch Engage previously shared the new single “Unleashed.” Watch the visualizer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-sI1EB8BA
Leach discussed the song exclusively with Alternative Press. Read the interview here: https://www.altpress.com/features/killswitch-engage-i-am-broken-too-jesse-leach-interview
The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from the song to Hope for the Day (https://www.hftd.org/), a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through the use of music and art. “This song is very near and dear to my heart,” Leach explains. “I wanted the listener to feel the urgency, the heaviness of the topic as well as a possible connection. Many people suffer from mental illness in one form or another. I want nothing more than for people to feel like they are not alone in this struggle. There is always someone there to help, to listen, and to be there for you. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your brokenness consume you. Broken can be fixed, or at the very least, maintained. No one is alone in this fight.”
Regarding the decision to work with Hope for the Day, Leach says, “I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organization we partner with for this song. I admire their tireless efforts to spread mental awareness and suicide prevention. The phrase and the hashtag #ItsOkNotToBeOk is a simple yet powerful statement. I think it coincides with #IamBrokenToo perfectly! Johnny Boucher and his organization are out spreading the powerful message of connectivity and solidarity in this fight for understanding mental health issues. I’m honored to have them on our team for this song and this movement to continue to raise awareness and keep the conversation going for mental health issues.”
“‘I Am Broken Too’ is a song that truly encompasses what we need to be doing in society, talking about what we have been through,” Boucher says. “We know that by talking about our experiences, we are able to relate and be encouraged to ask for help. Hope for the Day has been working with KsE on breaking the silence around mental health since 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working with them on raising the visibility of resources in our communities.”
Killswitch Engage will be doing an exclusive in-store performance on August 14th at 5pm PT at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Fans will be able to purchase the album to get guaranteed admission and a limited-edition “Live at Amoeba” poster. All further details about this show are here: https://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-4846/
The band will also perform a special intimate show at The Space in Las Vegas on August 13th. Tickets go on sale today at this location: https://www.thespacelv.com/
Killswitch Engage are currently on tour with Clutch (see dates below). Fans attending the dates with Clutch will be able to purchase a limited edition laminate containing a unique code to receive a CD copy of the new album Atonement delivered to their front door on or just prior to the August 16th release date (may not apply for some of the festival dates).
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German deathcore metallers Mental Cruelty have released a guitar play through for their song “God Hunt.”
“God Hunt” is off of the band’s Unique Leader debut Inferis.
Mental Cruelty will be a part of the Bloodletting North America Tour in September and October with Disentomb, Visceral Disgorge, Signs of the Swarm, Organectomy, and Continuum.
Check out tour dates and the guitar play through for “God Hunt” here.
Swedish rockers Ghost released a lyric video for their song “Faith” earlier this week.
Ghost’s “Ultimate Tour Named Death” North American headline arena tour starts on September 13 in Bakersfield, CA and will see an expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favorite songs from the band’s albums and EPs catalogs. The set list will include fan-favorites “Square Hammer,” “Cirice,” “Ashes,” “He Is,” “Year Zero,” Rats,” “Mummy Dust, “Life Eternal, “Dance Macabre,” and “Faith.”
Check out the “Faith” lyric video as well as Ghost tour dates, including the dates for “Ultimate Tour Named Death” here.Add to My Radar
“Reckoning Force” comes off the band’s upcoming album At The Walls which will be released via WAR Records on July 19.
Enforced’s At The Walls LP features a remixed and remastered version of the 2017 demo and their “Retaliation” promo, and introduces two brand new songs to the mix. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album’s cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track “Skinned Alive.”
Of “Reckoning Force,” Enforced vocalist Knox Colby states, “The lyrics mull about the effects of opening old wounds with friends and family for pride or over disagreements. A few lines hypothesize the idea of throwing everything away just to win an argument, leaving you isolated and bitter only to be crushed by an unforeseen force.”
On the songwriting for the track, guitarist Will Wagstaff offers, “This song was partially written with Isaac (Hullinger) on drums, and partially written with new drummer Alex (Bishop). We wrote most of the fast riffs with Isaac and then kind of put the solo part and intro together with Alex. I remember we modified the fast riff a bit once we had written the intro. We wanted to kind of have a ‘Pull The Plug’ (Death) style vibe during the intro and then bust into the fast riff. Both this song and ‘Skinned Alive’ definitely represent somewhat of a transition stylistically pushing into a more death-thrash direction where we’re going to be featuring more double bass parts, more intricate guitar play and thrashing slam riffs.”
Check out Enforced show dates here.
Earlier this week English rockers Asking Alexandria released their latest track “The Violence.”
Complete with a cheesy zombie movie music video that features the boys in the band, the track is the first new track since the band’s 2017 self-titled album.
The music video was written and directed by Jensen Noen and presented by Scissor Films and Sumerian Films. The video follow the plight of every day zombies: Cocaine Shane (Danny Worsnop), Peter (Ben Bruce), Disco Luke (Cameron Liddell), Phat Noah (James Cassells) and Waterboy Eric (Sam Bettley).
Says guitarist Ben Bruce:
“We are back bigger, better, louder and more insane than ever before. This single encompasses everything we have been working towards. Huge guitars, anthemic drums and some of the catchiest, most technically accomplished vocals that Danny has ever delivered, and this is only just the beginning.”
“The Violence was an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we’d done before and create something fresh and engaging. Thematically the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power. As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough. I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve created here, we had a great time making it, and even more fun shooting the video!”
Asking Alexandria are headed out on the road later this month with Papa Roach and Bad Wolves on the “Who Do You Trust” US Summer Tour. Then in September Asking Alexandria will join Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Savage After Midnight on another North American tour.
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Atlanta metallers Paladin have announced a handful of tour dates with Druids.
Paladin are touring in support of their new album Ascension out now via Prosthetic Records.
The band will play a show in Atlanta later this month before hitting the road with Druids for a few shows.
Check out the full list of shows here.
Personally, I believe Derrick Green of Sepultura to be one of the best vocalists in Metal. He has done a lot of killer work with the band since joining but since people are so stubbornly obsessed with the early Sep-mythology they often have somehow not realized that Machine Messiah, Against, A-lex and Dante XXI (to name my favorites with Green) also kick complete ass. Just because the band covered U2 once – and WELL – some idiots wrote off Green, who frankly has more talent in his charismatic demeanor than they could ever muster, and certainly a more powerful bellow or melodic voice than most of his haters. Green is a pro and unphased, kicking ass consistently. Hats off to the dude.
SEPULTURA’s Derrick Green will be on the road in Europe for a Vocal Masterclass Tour during the month of October (2019). Check below the dates and HERE for tickets.
10.10 – Duycker – Amsterdam, NL
11.10 – Ls Relais Des Artistes – Le Bioux, CH
12.10 – Legend Club – Milan, IT
13.10 – Pitcher – Dusseldorf, DE
14.10 – The Underground – London, UK
In grungy/metal/industrial/punk weirdness news, my solo/collaborative project Walking Bombs has my second album of 2019 due out in August via Nefarious Industries. Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens is available to pre-order today HERE and the opening track “Pisces Rising Shine” is available, a kind of Melvins/STP-outer space stoner grunge jam featuring myself on bass and vocals, Jay Andersen (Surmiser) on drums and Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell, Star & Dagger, She Wolves) on guitars. While a lot of this album in particular deals with being non-binary, this first single is more of an examination of humanity’s push/pull drive between imagination and exploration or destructive tendencies.
The twelve-song Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens was recorded late 2018 through early summer 2019 at Bohemesphere Studios in Saugerties, New York, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jay Andersen, who performs the majority of the guitars on the album, as well as some drums and keyboards. The record also features guest performances from Dava She Wolf (Star & Dagger, Cycle Sluts From Hell), Alison Babylon (The Beautiful Bastards, Oblivion Grin), David Brenner (Gridfailure), Elizabeth “Le Fey” Gomez (Globelamp), Jem Violet, Nate Kelley (Shabutie, Laterals, PPSP), Kentro, and Justin Pierrot (Stormland), and is completed with cover art by Julie Catona (Future Illustrations).
Thanks a lot to anyone who has supported this project so far, now heading into (I think) my 12th year as Walking Bombs. Feels good to be building something, however humble, out of what was once just me and an acoustic guitar and some sheets of paper. Read more about the new release in full HERE.
Wear Your Wounds are preparing to release one of the best things I have had my ears full of all year, Rust On The Gates Of Heaven. The record is out in a matter of days and is going to blow people’s minds, building on the natural strengths of the first record with a more organic confidence. This fascinating group is way too powerful to be stifled by the “post-rock” tag, creating immersive almost impressionistic songs that swallow you whole and can take the form of dream or nightmare. It is very exciting to hear Jacob Bannon expand this initial solo project into a band that really defies limitations and is doing stuff just as impressive as Converge while also pushing Bannon’s creative growth exponentially.
Suffice to say, I am really a fan of this record and you should all check out the new audio for “Rainbow Fades”, one of the more hallucinatory songs on the album that glides through a sort of sorrowful calm with moments that even recall Pink Floyd. Killer shit.Add to My Radar
While we wait for Chelsea Wolfe’s 9/13 Birth Of Violence to grace our ears, I thought it would be cool to ask my knowledgeable and fantastic friend Renee Ruin (definitely check out reneeruin.com!) to be a guest blogger and do a Deep Cuts on this multi-faceted and darkly prismatic, ever evolving and brilliant artist. She was super chill and said yes and so here we are with another edition to Metal Riot’s Deep Cuts.
For those who don’t know, this is an on again off again on again column where we dissect three lesser known tunes, covers or performances by an artist we love. Enjoy Renee’s Chelsea choices and be sure to pre-order the new record to support working artists.
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The tour, which kicked off in Sacramento on July 5, will be in Los Angeles tonight and run through July 18, when it will end in Denver.
CHRCH are touring in support of Light Will Consume Us All out now via Neurot Recordings. Light Will Consume Us All was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills (King Woman, Bog Oak, VRTRA) at Earthtone Studios in Sacramento.
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Finnish metallers Vorna have released their latest single “Maa mortona makaa” off of their upcoming album Sateet palata saavat.
Sateet palata saavat is due out on September 27 via Lifeforce Records.
From the band:
“Maa martona makaa (transl. ”The Ground Lies Dead”) is undoubtedly the darkest offering we have put forth for you to hear. The lyrics deal with issues such as pessimism and fear of disappointment, and how those suck out the joy even from all the positive things. There simply couldn’t be a better time to release this song than in the middle of the most beautiful summer – this really helps underline the message the song carries.”
Check out “Maa mortona makaa,” “Syvyydet,” and some Vorna tour dates here.