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Nov. 13, LONDON – Periphery, who released Periphery: Live in London today, have made the 10-song album available as a hyper-limited cloudy blue vinyl variant, limited to 250 copies (https://store.periphery.net/). Vinyl purchasers will receive an exclusive bonus CD of the album.

“For years Periphery has wanted to do a live record. We’d always talk about it, what show would we capture? When would we do it? What would we want it to sound like? On November 15, 2019 we figured out the answers to those questions by capturing our entire show in London and we couldn’t be more excited to show it to everyone,” explains guitar player Jake Bowen. “London has consistently been one of our favorite places to play and this show was certainly one we’ll never forget, so we present to you our first live album…Periphery: Live in London!”

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Clutch has released its new single “Passive Restraints” today. “Passive Restraints”  originally appeared as the title track to the bands 2nd EP released in 1992. This newly recorded version is part of the Weathermaker Vault Series and features guest vocals by Randy Blythe from Lamb of GodClutch and Blythe have collaborated on this track live for several years now, the last time at European festival appearances in the summer of 2019. The song can be streamed on Spotify at this location: https://orcd.co/ passiverestraints and on the band’s official YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/yy2575t7

 

The upcoming official video for the song was directed by David Brodsky (The Black Dahlia Murder, Papa Roach).

 

Passive Restraints’ was one of the first Clutch songs I wrote lyrics to,” states frontman Neil Fallon. “It was a staple of Clutch sets for years but fell by the wayside as we wrote more and more songs over the years. When we toured with Lamb of God a few years back, Randy would often ask us to bring it back into rotation. We dragged our feet, and finally, we caved. And we were glad we did. The last time Clutch played Copenhell, Randy joined us on stage to perform the song. We decided to re-record it for the WM Vault Series and thought it was only fitting to have Randy join us.”

 

“When Clutch asked if I wanted to sing an older song with them during our 2016 tour together, I knew immediately which one I wanted to do- ‘Passive Restraints adds Blythe. “We performed it in Milwaukee, then again a few years later at Copenhell Fest in Denmark, and I had a blast both times. I think they were a bit surprised I chose a song released in 1992, but I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve followed their development as a band since the early days and have enjoyed every album, but as a musician, I know sometimes it’s fun to dust off something you haven’t played in many years and see how it sounds. The song holds up to this day, and I was honored to sing on its re-release.”  

 

The single “Passive Restraints” comes from the upcoming album “WeatherMaker Vault Series Vol. I” out on Friday November 27th.
CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

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AC/DC release “Realize” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:07 AM (PST)

Nothing to scratch your head at here, just the feel good news that AC/DC are indeed back with the second single “Realize” from their impending monster new album Power Up (out November 13th). I keep thinking of PWR BTTM when I see the PWR/UP stuff online, but whatever. The music is as utilitarian yet grand in bluesy, gritty scope as ever. Sure, there is a song called “Through The Mists Of Time”, which sounds like a Maiden or Rhapsody Of Fire song title, but you can’t blame the lads for getting a bit misty eyed or nostalgic in their old age. Still, this is no bullshit, true rock n’ roll.

While I haven’t been crazy about the album titles for the last few releases from the band, there is no questioning that the music still packs the punch and distinctive qualities the group are legendary for. The follow-up to 2014’s Rock Or Bust features AC/DC‘s 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).

Power Up was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien. Having this exist in a miserable 2020 is downright fucking heartwarming news.

Kick back and enjoy the sound of some real veteran pros doing what they do best with a touch (but not too much) of modern slickness, but not too much greasing of the wheel. This is just good, workmanlike stadium level songwriting (with a slight touch of “Thunderstruck” melodic call back in the backing melody). God bless AC/DC and rock n roll.

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New York City hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL release their new live video of “Never Back Down” recorded straight from their homes. Check out the video HERE. The track is off their album The Last Act Of Defiance and follows the previous quarantine sessions “Alone“, “The Bland Within“, “Paper Tiger” and “Hardcore Horseshoe“. Make sure to subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel in order to get notified about future releases like the last quarantine clip that will be released in two weeks.

 

“This Quarantine Jam is a perfect anthem for these times! ‘Never Back Down’! Coming from the ‘Last At Of Defiance’ album. Here’s rally cry to get you through all the shit and the seemingly endless plague. It’s high energy, anthemic hardcore music, rooted in punk and Oi are a perfect fit to the take no shit everyman and everywoman lyrics. A reminder that no matter what they throw at you, keep on pushing, keep on fighting,” states SICK OF IT ALL about the release.
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Killer Be Killed, who release one of the year’s most anticipated rock records, Reluctant Hero, on Nov. 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, have debuted a third single from the eagerly-awaited collection: “Inner Calm From Outer Storms”. The sophisticated and multi-layered attack of this song has a blend of alternative, extreme metal and relentless emotion that is hard to top. Probably the best tune yet from this tour de force of a band.

“‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’ is about having the ability to sense a distant or unseen target,” explains Troy Sanders. “It explores a journey of reckless abandon where the destination may, or may not, actually exist.”

Greg Puciato agrees, saying the lyrics reference “the idea of being open to the freedom of having chaos be a state of existence.”

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The cognitive dissonance of seeing Maga morons dance to YMCA has finally been topped as Tom Morello from RATM/Prophets Of Rage/Audioslave fame shared a deeply absurd and sad video of blue balls matters advocates dancing to Rage’s classic “Killing In The Name”. Did these absolute fucking dipshits not realize it is an anti racist cop anthem? They probably heard the part about those working forces burning crosses and thought ,”Cool! We Stan that! MAGA! A storm is coming!”

Thank God black voters overwhelmingly voted against Trump and helped topple this utter shitstain on Amerkkkan history. You can hold blue accountable and move the dial further left. That is not possible with the GOP. They constantly try to surpress black votes and downplay the Southern Strategy they implemented for decades to demonize blacks. They made a climate in America that made it impossible to even be elected in the USA as a Democrat unless you appeared ‘tough on crime’ too, for decades. Which thankfully many Dems now regret pandering too because it helped hurt people. The GOP also act like Dems think no minorites are allowed to be “free thinkers” rather than the fact that it is just super depressing to see them get gaslit and swindled.

GOP willingly cheer for Russian intrusions into elections then have the gall to have white privileged morons like the very Anchorman named Buck Sexton claim the DEMS did voter fraud? As if there isn’t already bi-partisan observation of the polls, always! And spare me your Dominion blue vote machine conspiracies. Why didn’t we win the Senate outright then? Make it make sense. And none of you cared about, say, Jeb Bush or GOP voter suppression before this election, I notice.

You are the same clowns who think white cis males haven’t been centered in all of modern history, the same motherfuckers who would hear “Down Rodeo” and be like ,”what’s wrong with not seeing a brown skin man since grandma bought one?”

Just because he slurred like a drunken wrestling fan doesn’t mean DONALD TRUMP was ever populist! He is a gilded, failed conman who grifted the country out of hundreds of millions of dollars and tried to destroy our sacred institutions and gaslight the fight against white supremacy and paint ANTI FASCISM as bad!

WELCOME BACK TO REALITY. Here’s a cold blue dousing. Biden won by the biggest general margin ever and yeah a lot of Dems mailed in votes cuz we didn’t want super spreader parties like you Rona Romancing White Supremacists. If we got rid of the electoral college we wouldn’t have these scary moments nearly as often. Reproductive rights wouldn’t always be on the chopping block.

Voting DOES matter. Look at Georgia. We can’t burn down the entire system in one day and not have countless marginalized people hurt in the process. We can reform and coalition build.

And for the left, stay vigilant and keep moving things more progressive. Stay active and keep voting to get progress made in local elections. And above all call out disinfo when you see it perpetuated and make MAGA types feel the social consequences. I don’t mean cancel everyone without trying to educate but if it is hopeless it is not just “cancelling”, it is called not having to do permanent emotional labor for idiots who can’t grasp the bare bone structures of human history despite more access to information than ever before. Some of them are just gullible bigots!

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VOIVOD release “Iconspiracy” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 8:43 AM (PST)
Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD are returning with a much overdue new live release entitled Lost Machine – Live. The album was recorded in Québec City during the worldwide touring cycle for the band’s latest studio album The Wake and will be released worldwide on November 27th, 2020 via Century Media Records.

 

To celebrate the forthcoming release, the band have dropped their second single off the live album today. Watch the video for “Iconspiracy HERE.

 

And now, ‘Iconspiracy’, the second single/video from our upcoming release ‘Lost Machine – Live’. Like the video for the first single ‘The Lost Machine’, the footage comes from the Montréal Jazz Fest 2019 and the audio is from the Québec City Summer Fest 2019, where the entire live album was recorded. ‘Iconspiracy’ has become one of our favorite songs to perform on tour since the album ‘The Wake’ came out in 2018. The video direction is by Felipe Belalcazar and my art was animated by Jaan Silmberg. There are a lot more projects in the works. Meanwhile, have fun with this one,” states VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.
 
Lost Machine – Live can be pre-ordered in its various editions HERE.
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Fronted by the charismatic person Edith Coleslaw aka Ashley Pooler, Abertooth Lincoln recently dropped their debut single for Riot Records, “Hell House”and now the accompanying music video (below).

Hailing from Dayton, Ohio Abertooth Lincoln are an aggressive, spacey hardcore progressive punk band. Their music is heavy, weird, complicated and can flip genres within seconds. But the bottom line is they are unique and refreshing.

“This is the story of two naive but rebellious teenagers that magically get transported to a world within a comic book, in which they are subjected to the horrors of an evangelical hell house attraction. To save others from experiencing the same trauma and judgement, the teens take matters into their own hands, waging a bloody battle against the “demons” of Hell House. Hell Houses are a real thing, managed by evangelical churches in every state. They are run by people who get off on judging and condemning their neighbors, and pretending to be actual demons dragging sinners to hell. It’s violent indoctrination and fear tactics used on teens, and we thought it’d be fun if the people that do this sorta thing got sent to hell for a change.”
– Abertooth Lincoln

DESTROY PLANETS release “Burn In Hell” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:29 AM (PST)

Destroy Planets have released an alt metal sledgehammer of a track that rotates between bratty rap-esque chants and rumbling deathcore lows from vocalist Tanya over syncopated, dialed-up aggression from the band.

“This song means different things to us. Tanya composed the lyrics and to her the song is about betrayal and being able to move forward dealing with the struggles betrayal presents. Other band members feel the lyrics can represent two halves of the same person having an internal conflict or that there are two people where one person is living a fake lie and the other person is perhaps trying to escape this. The whole feel of the song could be seen as what goes around comes around or struggling with demons in your past that you can not escape from.”- Destroy Planets

Happy Halloween, my ghoulish darlings! Pleased to report that Rob Zombie has released probably his gnarliest track in awhile for y’all. “The Triumph of King Freak…” kicks off with some weird and cool atmospherics before clobbering down with some vintage Zombie heavy charm followed by some major boogie. John5 kicks ass on this one as well with a few parts bordering on Tom Morello inventiveness.  The song is from the modestly titled album, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, out March 12, 2021 via Nuclear Blast.  Loving the crazy boom box and scratch sections that gave me weird flashbacks to the fun detours on Beck’s Odelay album.

“I do not forgive/I do not save.” Hell fuckin’ yeah! This seems like it is going to be a creative and very major record for the master of undead ceremonies.

Zombie is also making an exclusive colored 7-inch available for the new single with B-side “The Serenity Of Witches.”  Check it out here.

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If you were worried Halloween was going to be crappy this year due to social distancing -even though everyone would already have masks, haha- at least we will still have some killer music to enjoy thanks to Lizzy Borden (and yes, I do think during Covid that it is better to be safe than sorry, fyi). The spooky hard rockers have announced Best Of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 (out on Metal Blade Nov. 13th). Today you can hear them covering pretty much the best band ever , The Ramones!

It picks up where 1994’s Best of Lizzy Borden leaves off, containing 12 tracks that showcase the Deal with the Devil (2000), Appointment with Death (2007) and My Midnight Things (2018) albums. Additionally, the collection features 2 new cover songs recorded in the summer of 2020 (the first recordings by Lizzy‘s latest live show line-up!): Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Burnin’ for You” and The Ramones‘ “Pet Sematary” – both mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour).

Digitally re-mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden – where Lizzy‘s cover of “Pet Sematary” can also be heard just in time for Halloween! You can also hear it below where it is embedded as surely as it is stuck in my head!

Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Long May They Haunt Us
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Obsessed with You
5. (This Ain’t) The Summer of Love
6. Under Your Skin
7. Lovin’ You Is Murder
8. The Scar Across My Heart
9. There Will Be Blood Tonight
10. We Only Come Out at Night
11. Abnormal
12. Live Forever
13. Pet Sematary
14. Burnin’ for You

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Smashing Pumpkins released an album that no one really heard much called Monuments To An Elegy but the new song “Floodgate” from Portland’s finest (and pretty much anywhere’s finest right now) gloomy but fun loving stargazers Soft Kill actually feels like one. The beautiful and dirgy song – love that gnarly bass tone – features the basically iconic post-punk powerhouse Tamaryn alongside the band for a triumphant lament that manages to capture most of the overwhelming sadness of this year and still feel strong.

Be sure to check out the video premiere and interview at Post-Punk .com and a truly earth shatteringly rock solid accompanying mini essay from Tamaryn. I was deeply moved by the part that said ,“Loneliness is universal and therefore doesn’t actually exist.” 

Both devastating and reassuring, kinda like this song.

Be sure to grab the already essential Dead Kids, R.I.P. City, the newest Soft Kill album – out Nov. 20, 2020.

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I have to admit I wondered, like many, if Steve Tinnon could fill Tim’s big shoes as vocalist in beloved technical metalcore stalwarts WITHIN THE RUINS. They are one of the metalcore bands I have most enjoyed over the years and have plugged often in various publications. Happy to report that this new material is massive and as crazy as ever. I cautiously say it, but “Black Heart” might even be the catchiest song they have ever written with HUGE potential due to this head snapping riffage like Within The Ruins channeled “Thunderstruck” on meth and just an unbelievable level of confidence projected by the whole group! It’s maniacal and will make fans optimistic again about the group’s future. Tinnon seems downright possessed.

Here’s hoping when shows return that they still incorporate older material in the live set as well, though. Gotta mix it up!

The track comes by way of the band’s impending full-length of the same name, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music on November 27th. A lot of music writers are gonna be scrambling to add this to some lists, I’ll wager.

Black Heart will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorder options, visit THIS LOCATION.

Comments Tinnon of the track and accompanying video, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for the title track to our new album, Black Heart! We really enjoyed making this one and getting to tell a bit more of the story behind the music. It’s a very angry, personal song, and a lot of the tracks stem from what it’s about. It’s an important track in regards to the overall theme of the record, and we couldn’t be happier with how the video turned out!”

 

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London based trap metal artist Mimi Barks has released a new video for attitude-filled fresh track “11.PLAGUE/666”. Fans of Concrete Dream, Otep, Killvein, Hollywood Undead and  Iggy Azalea might feel this new rager. Some of you might remember her Enter The Void EP from last year turning heads.

Photo credits: Jacob Slaton/Ebru Yildiz

Pallbearer celebrate the release of the much awaited Forgotten Days record with a making of video that shares behind the scenes stories from the brooding and revelation-filled fourth album. With this release the Arkansas band cement their status as one of the strongest leaders and most important acts in not just modern metal but also rock in general.

“It’s been inspiring creatively, I think we’ve written so much more material over the past year than ever before,” bass player/songwriter Joseph D. Rowland explains in the first moments of the interview. “We were able to really let some of the lyrics develop earlier in the process than we have in the past. We were able to really focus in on ideas, develop riffs, with lyrical patterns in mind, themes in mind… this time there was so much more opportunity to tightly hone in on those things.”

The Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Johan Johannson) produced album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Forgotten Days (https://www.pallbearerdoom.com/forgotten-days) is available in a number of limited edition vinyl variants with physical bundles available via both the Nuclear Blast and Pallbearer webstores, as well as digitally and on CD/cassette.

Crank it.

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