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Elle Noir releases “The Day I Died” Gothic video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM (PST)

Elle Noir‘s “The Day I Died” is a mercurial and melodic ballad that weaves a shadowy yet comforting spell upon the listener’s senses.

“The Day I Died” is the metaphor of emotional death. It tells of a world where nothing has value anymore, which is also an inner world given by mental states like depression.

The gothic singer has cited Nightwish, Smashing Pumpkins Adore era and Marilyn Manson as formative steps in the development of her musical awareness, but this song also leans into an even more somber and diaphanous sort of rippling melancholic musing that, while sung beautifully, feels nonetheless like a personal secret or inner monologue that has somehow spilled into the light of day.

“My inner worlds are always autobiographical, my songs are always lived in the first person. Death, mental illness and emotional states of discomfort are central themes in my writing. When I write a lyric I always have an image in mind and try to describe it. My lyrics are little narrated and very visual.”
– Elle Noir

Check out the compelling and floaty clip below as you ponder mortality.

SOLITARY have a new single out called “Abominate”, a classic sounding thrash song fans of Overkill, Sacred Reich, early Testament or Kreator could quickly find common ground with. The old school vibe is paired with impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level. New album The Truth Behind the Lies is set for international release on October 23rd via Metalville Records. Featuring footage from the band’s Bloodstock Open Air appearance and the working sketches of the album artwork. Loving Richard Sherrington’s hoarse and bitter vocals on this one!

Melodic death band DORMANTH are  confidently revealing details for their upcoming 4th album, Complete Downfall, which will be released on December 15th, 2020 via Xtreem Music on CD. One of the first melodic death metal bands from Spain and at it since the nineties when metal wasn’t as trendy, DORMANTH have experience and skill on their side to appeal to fans looking to connect with something real.

ICON FOR HIRE release ‘Curse Or Cure’ single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:31 AM (PST)

If pop hard rock infused glory is your bag you will be all about the stadium ready new Icon For Hire jam “Curse Or Cure”. One of the biggest sounding songs yet from the mega popular outfit (almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify), “Curse Or Cure” channels stuff like Linkin Park and Pvris for maximum melodic and huge rock vibes. I feel like Halsey or From Ashes To New fans would heavily fuck with this as well.

“Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song.  Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

 

SEPULTURA release “Guardians Of Earth” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Sepultura‘s fearless and ferocious Quadra is one of their most cohesive and stunning musical achievements yet in the band’s long legacy. The album is the band’s most successful record since 1998’s Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in 7 countries (8, considering the UK Rock Charts). It is also their most successful album in Germany and Switzerland to date, exceeding the chart positions of Roots, with positions number 5 and number 13, respectively.

From Andreas and Eloy masterfully building up anticipation in the intro to the massive heavy sections screaming for awareness, “Guardians Of Earth” is yet another reason this album is so timely. Watch the gorgeous and moving video below.

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DARK TRANQUILLITY release “Phantom Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquility are returning with their new masterpiece Moment, which will be released on November 20th via Century Media. Listen to the first single “Phantom Days” here, which fuses their “their trademark blend of bright melodies and venomous evil,” as noted by Brooklyn Vegan. Elsewhere, Loudwire proclaimed that their “melododeath reign continues.”

Moment was recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The album sees the addition of two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band. It’s been four years since the Dark Tranquility released their last album Atoma, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. The band is considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates.

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On October 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release LP re-issues of their sophomore album, 2015’s Monarchy, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy now at: https://www.metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where hoodie, t-shirt, guitar tab book and flag bundles are also available!

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Symphonic metal horror masters CARACH ANGREN are proud to announce their collaboration with DC comics for the new series “Dark Nights: Death Metal.” The first episode is out now and features the band’s new song, “Skull with a Forked Tongue,” which is taken from their latest full length ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus.‘ The episode can be seen at THIS LOCATION.

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In case you have missed it! Check out the first promotional episode of DC Comics' Dark Knights: Death Metal OST featuring one of our new songs! Link in Bio! "From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates. Credits: Story by Scott Snyder Art by Greg Capullo Directed by Tyler Bates Edited by Lorena Perez Batista Batman – Andy Biersack The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe Score by Tyler Bates Drums by Dave Lombardo Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde Mixed by Robert Carranza “Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren"

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From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates.Credits:
Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Directed by Tyler Bates
Edited by Lorena Perez Batista
Batman – Andy Biersack
The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer
Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe
Score by Tyler Bates
Drums by Dave Lombardo
Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde
Mixed by Robert Carranza
“Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren”

Franckensteina Strataemontanus‘ is out NOW and can be streamed, downloaded, and/or purchased HERE.

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Hello everyone. Of course it is 9/11 and as a New Yorker while I am somber I am also celebrating life and the unifying power of our music scene. Big news day with lots of new music. Disturbed covered Sting and it is enjoyable, Cryptodira have dropped a surprise EP . Good times here, fam. Of course the news closest to our hearts here at Metal Riot is that the ever-moshable Hatebreed have delivered another anthem, “Weight Of The False Self”.

No, it is not specifically an exercise anthem (not fat shaming! Like Planet Fitness we are a judgement free zone), but it could be!

I am one of those East Coasters who never get tired of anything this band does musically. I have seen them many times and they always deliver and still have the best pits. It’s just all smiles and flying fists and friends. Always self-motivating and empowering? Appreciate that shit, y’all!

“Weight Of The False Self” crushes and is another gem in a long line of Hatebreed shout along face smooshers. Order the new album HERE. Fucking stoked!

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Hatebreed announce the eighth studio album, Weight Of The False Self. The 12-track album is stocked with pit-stirring anthems and will arrive on Nov. 27th via @nuclearblastrecords. ⠀ Pre-order, pre-save and listen to the title track at the link in our bio ☝️. ⠀ "When writing lyrics and riffs, I try to be in the moment, getting a mental picture of my current reality in order to convey what I want to say," says @JameyJasta. "Sometimes, I think my reality consists of two irreducible elements, expressed by the age-old interior battle of the dualistic self. The angel on one shoulder stands firm, providing reason, wisdom, and compassion while the devil dances angrily on the other, ranting with passion, spite, and dark desire. I often wonder if a truly centered mind is attainable, an effortless and non-dualistic state of equilibrium. Until then, I'll just listen to both sides of my personality and hope I make the right choice. At the end of the day, the listener will choose to hear what they want, but when I am writing, I imagine the voice of the angel to be a lil' louder." ⠀ #WeightOfTheFalseSelf was produced by frequent #Hatebreed collaborator Zeuss and it arrives hot on the heels of the sold-out anniversary shows that Hatebreed embarked upon throughout 2019 and the unprecedented success of 2016's The Concrete Confessional. Not only did the latter tally over 42 million Spotify streams, but the single "Looking Down The Barrel of Today” also clocked 30 million-plus Spotify streams. The band also covered Revolver and The Guardian bestowed a 4-out-of-5 star rating on the album, proving that over 20 years deep into its career, this Connecticut #metal #hardcore institution remains as vital as ever. ⠀ "Weight of The False Self is a perfect representation of Hatebreed in 2020, a fresh onslaught of soon to be classics with all the elements that led you here since day one," explains guitarist @FloridaFrank. ⠀ Drummer @MatthewPeterByrne shares, "There's no shortage of beefy-riffs and adrenaline-fueled-drums on this record. I'm proud to say that we will consistently provide a soundtrack to which you can mosh in your living room and destroy your apartment." ⠀ Art: @EliranKantor

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Finnish Kerava-based folk metal band Elvenscroll is set to release their debut EP Never To Be Mourned on November 6th 2020 via Inverse Records. This seven members strong group released a first single Wayfarer’s Mourning today and it gives a good hint what is to be expected from an EP.

The band comments:
“Wayfarer’s Mourning is a homage to all lost souls who have suffered through the long and winding road of life and know its misfortunes. Let the power chords, choir singing and heroic melodies bring you strength to carry on this miserable journey. “

Recorded by Elvenscroll
Drums recorded by Jasse Hast / Frozenmost Productions
Mixed by Juhis Kauppinen at Shedstudios
Mastered by Matias Ahonen at Audiamond

Intersectional feminist punk band WAR ON WOMEN return with new album Wonderful Hell(out digitally October 30th + physically on November 13th via Bridge Nine). You can hear a new single today! The title track, which unintentionally echoes John Lewis’ notion of “good trouble” as a catalyst for change, emerged during a period when vocalist/lyricist Shawna Potter was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by life in the Trump era. “I think it expresses something that a lot of people are feeling. Like, ‘Okay, we had our moment. Now it’s time to get back to work. We can’t let this happen again. We can’t endure another four years of this,’” she comments.

 

It is disgusting the DOJ is being used as Trump’s personal flunkies to try to make sure there is no fair justice for E. Jean Carroll. The system is a joke! We need bands like this more than ever. Loving the new song. Reminds me of if old War On Women listened to a bunch of Dagnasty and Embrace and added more dissonant melody. Fucking rad!

 

Recorded with the band’s guitarist and co-founder Brooks Harlan alongside J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in February 2020 and completed in April (when in a COVID-19-free timeline the band would have been on tour with Bad Religion), Wonderful Hell is the first War On Women album to feature the band’s current lineup of Potter, Harlan, bassist/vocalist Sue Werner, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer “Jenarchy” Vito, and drummer Dave Cavalier.  Like War On Women’s previous albums, Wonderful Hell includes anthemic songs that tackle systemic racism, acknowledge the natural feelings of wanting to give up or self-destruct in the face of insurmountable adversity, and some that aim straight at the jugular of gender disparity.

Check out the song “Wonderful Hell” HERE. I have said it before but I truly feel they are the most important current band in punk rock.

Look for Wonderful Hell to be available digitally on October 30th, 2020 (+ on physical formats on November 13th, 2020).  More news, music, and pre-orders coming soon from War On Women (sign up to receive pre-order details here).

Wonderful Hell Track Listing:
1.  Aqua Tofana
2.  Milk and Blood
4.  This Stolen Land
5.  White Lies
6.  Big Words
7.  Seeds
8.  Her?
9.  In Your Path
10.  The Ash is Not the End
11.  Demon
Artist photo by: Julia Schwendner
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Rotterdam’s DISTANT are pretty much the most brutally no frills downtempo deathcore band I have heard in awhile. I am not quite convinced they do not want to destroy us all, even if they seem to be normal folks. There has to be some kind of demonic inhabitation going on here. Also, I have gotta say I am a big fan of the simplicity of their vibey band name, the implied alienation really works for me. How did no one have that name yet?!

The band- who could certainly appeal to fans of Oceano, Black Tongue or Chelsea Grin – have an EP due out on tastemakers Unique Leader on October called Dawn of Corruption. The 6 song release was mixed and mastered by Simone Pietroforte at Divergent Studio and sounds like Colossus shitting out Wolverine (in a good way).

“Hellmouth” has been out about a week and some change but I just caught wind of it and so wanted to make sure we had you fanatics covered over here for your RDA of heavy!

On September 18th, blackened death lords Behemoth will release CD and vinyl re-issues of their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, which can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/behemoth. This will be a thrill for completists who may not have heard it in awhile. I wish they would also re-master Grom and put it on Spotify, but hey.

Originally released in 1995, And the Forests Dream Eternally is available as a double LP or 2-CD Mediabook, both containing bonus vintage audio material and exclusive archival content. The vinyl options look stunning.

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Melodic folk death metal band Ensiferum have released a new lyric video for my favorite song “Run From The Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. This record has been an explosive and inspiring new era for the band and is one of the absolute best epic metal albums of 2020, a must support release! The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin has been a huge hit with fans, one of the best decisions of Ensiferum’s already storied legacy!

“Run From the Crushing Tide” is one of the songs which best captures the grim sea adventure themes of this specific album. Amazing high vocals, roaring gutturals and a truly momentous warrior-minded guitar centric bridge. I am very pleased they have released this song as a single as it is perhaps the best song on the record.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009).

“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”

The album is also charting well!

–Finland: #1 – official albums chart
–Germany: #3 – official albums chart
–Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
–USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
–USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
–USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
–USA: #94 – top current albums chart
–Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
–UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
–Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
–Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
–Austria: #26 – official albums chart

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Today you can stream the current recorded works of Egregore, the recently launched solo project of Utah-based multi-instrumentalist M.A.E. A collaboration with Sentient Ruin will see the light via a limited edition cassette compilation retrospective titled Thought Form , scheduled for a late September 2020 release.

Envisioned by band mastermind M.A.E and Sentient Ruin together, “Thought Form” is a fifteen-minute cassette tape compilation that includes all of Egregore’s tracks released so far via various self released demo tapes and splits, plus two more brand new previously unreleased tracks. Stream it in full now on Bandcamp (link above).

The band somehow already has made it to Metal Archives and delivers a rough hewn, splintering stake to the heart of the scene. “Dysthymic Gloom” is like a brutal rodeo ride amidst a blood red clouded hurricane that will appeal to fans of Napalm Death, early Exhumed or  even the first Fantomas record. Check it out now!