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Now that Ingested are headed elsewhere, Bound in Fear just might take the cake for the most intense band on the Unique Leader roster currently. The staggeringly heavy new song “Beyond the Mire” could make a blue whale seasick and has some inventive riffing amidst deathcore staples. Ben Mason sounds like a a greedy therapist’s jackpot with these seriously intense vocals.

The UK band drops their album Penance on Oct. 15th, which also boasts some of the most ominous artwork of 2021 and features guest vocals from Jamie Graham (Viscera), Nick Arthur (Molotov Solution), Kevin Muller (Aluvial) & Taylor Barber (Left to Suffer).

The collaborative and heartfelt new Times Of Grace record Songs of Loss and Separation was worth the very long wait and a testament to the songwriting skill and bond between Jesse Leach and Adam D.

Songs of Loss and Separation is out now via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide.

The newest new video is for the track “Far From Heavenless” and was shot by Nick Hipa at 29 Palms in Southern California. The song has been uplifting many of the group’s fans and is considered a highlight of the momentous return record! As someone with a lot of religious ancestry yet who is embedded in the metal and punk scene, I found it a positive message for those who might feel unwanted at times due to the hypocrisy of some zealots who use faith to divide.

“I really enjoyed creating this song,” guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says. “It addresses losing faith in something — whether it be organized religion, a person, or even society itself. Judgement is an alienating thing.” He continues,” The video was a lot of fun to make…many thanks to Nick Hipa for coming up with the vision and dedication to get it done.

“This song is a deep cut for me,” says vocalist Jesse Leach. “It reveals the dark undercurrent of the corruption and hypocrisy that can be found in some organized religion. It’s about the backlash, criticism, and casting out of those who question and seek more than what is given and spoon-fed. On one side of the message is love and acceptance; on the other is condemnation and alienation. It is one in a series of songs written about an undying thirst and desire for a deeper truth. There is beauty to religion and ritual. But there are some who use this deep conviction for personal gain, manipulation, and even evil.”

KRISIUN release “Scourge Of The Enthroned” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 5:43 PM (PST)

KRISIUN are one of the most reliable bands in metal and today we are gifted with a new six minute perfect storm of inarguably metal as fuck death thrash full of moment after insane moment. Wickedly relentless drums, red hot mini-solo blasts, snarled death vocals of defiance…it’s all here! Check out “Scourge Of The Enthroned” from this underground veteran band of lifers below. Keeping the Brazilian metal flame proudly burning hot, bright and high!

To celebrate the release the band have also just announced resigning to Century Media Records after successfully releasing 9 albums together and being on the label for over 20 years.
Philipp Schulte, Vice President Century Media comments, “We are very happy to announce the extension of our cooperation with Krisiun. Century Media Records and Krisiun are working together for more than 20 years. We are grateful for the trust that Max, Alex and Moyses have put in us, and looking forward to many more years as their label home.”

 

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TETRARCH release “Stich Me Up” official video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 2:44 AM (PST)

If you ever wondered what it might look like if the Nolanverse Scarecrow was bullied in school, the new video from buzz band of the moment TETRARCH has got your Nu Metalcore social anxiety fix covered…in rage and rags! The Unstable release continues to have the power to draw in new listeners in droves and I have a feeling this will be a pretty major gateway band for a new generation of kids into heavy music. Which is not to say by “gateway” that they suck but rather that they will probably open a world of heavy to some people who are gonna need it, and that is a great thing. Whereas “Negative Noise” had kind of a Linkin Korn Chamber vibe going on, this one leans more towards Korn on the Core, lol.

Get your boogie on.

Lead guitarist Diamond Rowe says: “Shooting the video for ‘Stitch Me Up’ was super fun and we are honestly thrilled with how it came out. The way the storyline was shot has such a cinematic feel to it and the finished product just looks awesome. The theme of this video is kind of about being an outcast in your everyday life. You can sometimes feel like a complete freak when it seems like no one else sees things the same way that you do or has common interests, but finally meeting up with people that are like you can make you feel safe and whole. It reminds me a lot of all of us in the heavy music community and how we may be looked at in strange ways, but when we’re all together we are just one big happy family sharing our love of music.”

 

From the Northern Sky blazing /Silencing Machine-meld to the meaty Enslavedy prog metal meets almost stoner riffing to the expansive WITTR-esque bleak cosmic pastoral synth enhanced bridge, the new video “Shapeshifter Huntsman” from Canadian band Crystal Coffin will rock your face off before you can say “Paragon Belial” three times! This band has come back out the gate with a bang and sound hungry and ferocious with the vibe and chops to back it up!

The Starway Eternal drops later in the year, but check out the first substantive taste below. A Beast in the Field announces October 15th as the release date. This band is the shit.

Tracklisting for Crystal Coffin’s The Starway Eternal
1. Shapeshifter Huntsman
2. The Starway Eternal
3. Skeletons
4. Console of Horror
5. The Red Forest
6. Cremation: Between Fire and Ice
7. The Descent
8. Mega Tomb (including Tomorrow’s Ghost)

Heavy metal/metalcore melders Trivium have announced their tenth record. The anticipated riff fest is entitled (quite awesomely) In The Court Of The Dragon and may singlehandedly make George R.R. Martin get off his ass and finish the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Well, maybe not. Regardless, we are stoked to get more of an idea what our band of merry men will do to follow the excellent What The Dead Men Say.

The band sound more streamlined than ever but manage to pack an admirable amount of undeniable riffing and precise musicianship into this future anthem. I was especially into Alex Bent‘s rock solid drumming on this new song “Feast Of Fire”. Check out the video below.

Tracklist:
“X”
“In The Court Of The Dragon”
“Like A Sword Over Damocles”
“Feast Of Fire”
“A Crisis Of Revelation”
“The Shadow Of The Abattoir”
“No Way Back Just Through”
“Fall Into Your Hands”
“From Dawn To Decadence”
“The Phalanx”

 

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The Iron Maiden machine has gifted us with another future classic, the massive new song (and accompanying epic animated video) “The Writing On The Wall”. While I liked the band’s last few efforts, this single struck me as the most classic feeling number in awhile. No shade on The Book Of Souls or The Final Frontier intended, as both have plenty of rad moments like the galloping “Speed of Light” and larger than life, cinematic “Starblind”, to name two jams. But something about this new song just hit me like OLD Maiden. It is super easy to sing along with and has such an adventurous 80’s feel and a larger than life, grandiose video steeped in Maiden lore of (cough) Biblical proportions. I would kill for a whole record like this if the band has one more in them before the writing is, indeed, on the wall.

Bruce Dickinson conceived the video in conjunction with former Pixar executives Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon. It was eventually produced with the London-based animation studio BlinkInk and does not fall short.

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HORISONT release “Sheldon Churchyard” cover

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 9:36 AM (PST)
Sweden’s HORISONT release a cover track and music video for Larry Jon Wilson’s “Sheldon Churchyard”, which was recorded during the band’s downtime. The song is available on all DSPs and fans can watch the video HERE.

 

“As big fans of country music we wanted to do a couple of songs that people might not expect from us. Still, we wanted them to sound like Horisont. So we set up at Let Them Swing Studio and hit the record button just to see where the songs took us. This is the result. Let Them Swing Studio is a recording studio in the countryside outside of Gothenburg, Sweden, owned and run by Kim and Malin. They rebuilt an old barn on their property and set it up for live recording. With no neighbors in sight, it’s an ideal place to make noise 24-7. A weekend mixed of relaxed creativity and fun,” states HORISONT about the new tracks.

 

Stay tuned for the release of the band’s next cover, which will be out soon. Both songs are not part of HORISONT’s last album Sudden Death, which was released in May 2020, and is available to stream/purchase HERE.
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I was raised by the wolves, ate ’til they full (I was raised by…), Runnin’ through the night, playin’ with your life, Go against the pack, that’s risking your life!

Today’s big black metal news is that boscage and boss riff enthusiasts WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have released another single from their highly anticipated Primordial Arcana record (due out August 20th, 2021 on Relapse Records (North America) and Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada). They are always reliable but “Spirit Of Lightning” is maybe my favorite tune from them in awhile. There is just enough audible Bathory infused charm paired with harsh vocal perfection which seemingly attempts nothing less than to make some primal sense of existence and convey a reverence for the connective awe we can share through music, nature worship and deep diving into the collective unconscious. It all melds together into one of their catchiest and most emotion stirring songs yet.

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HITTEN release “Eyes Never Lie” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 8:05 AM (PST)

Powerful 80’s influenced band HITTEN are a great hard rock act from Europe with a huge sound fans of Queensryche, Ratt or Scorpions will love. The band has a new album due this November!

The band comments: “After what we all have experienced in 2020 it feels great and gratifying to finally be able to show you ‘Eyes Never Lie’, the first single of our upcoming new album Triumph & Tragedy. We have been working all the last year on every detail of this record. It represents a whole new step into the band sound and we really can not feel more proud of the final result. For the mix process we have joined forces again with Javier Félez from Moontower Studios who did an outstanding mix job followed by the great mastering job of Patrick W Engel (Temple of Disharmony). ‘Eyes Never Lie’ sums up pretty well what you will find in the whole record: big drum sound, heartbeat bass lines, great guitar riffs and solos by the ‘Terror Twins’, all spiced up with stunning vocal melodies.”

 The cover artwork was created by Marc Schoenbach (Sadistart Designs) and the back cover and booklet graphics have been made by Dani Meseguer (Bloodyart Designs).

 Tracklist:

Built To Rock

Eyes Never Lie

Meant To Be Mean

Hard Intentions (Secret Dancer)

Ride Out The Storm

Core Of The Flame

Under Your Spell

Light Beyond The Darkness

Something To Hide

Triumph & Tragedy 

 

Line-up:

Alexx Panza – Vocals

Dani Meseguer – Guitars

Johnny Lorca – Guitars

Horacio Rodríguez – Bass

Willy Medina – Drums

 

KING WOMAN releases “Psychic Wound” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 4:18 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Nedda Afsari

KING WOMAN have released the video for “Psychic Wound”, the latest music from the group which continues to be both harrowing and comforting in equal measure. Some intense screams on this one from Kris and the band (drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf) again provide a perfect framework of dissonance and sonic subversion. Celestial Blues comes out July 30th via Relapse.

This and Donald Rumsfeld dying are a little bit of cosmic justice on an otherwise fucking horrible news day.

“‘Psychic Wound’ is about paying the price for eating forbidden fruit,” explains Kris Esfandiari of the riveting track and its visual companion. “When desire turns into obsession it can keep you longer than you intended to stay and nearly destroy your sanity.”

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb). Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker).

July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

October 15 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

October 16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

October 29 Oakland, CA Starline

October 30 Oakland, CA Starline

October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)

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ARMORED SAINT release “Lone Wolf” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 12:36 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Travis Shinn

The Armored Saint camp have released a video for new melodic hard rock tune “Lone Wolf”. Last October, Armored Saint released their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has launched a new video for the album track, “Lone Wolf”.

Robert Graves comments: “With ‘Lone Wolf’, the band and I agreed right away that this was an opportunity to create a narrative driven video that would convey the song’s lyrical themes, while also creating an engaging visual experience. And so, a noir-styled heist in the heart of LA just seemed to fit the song perfectly. We decided to keep the story simple and allow the tone of the video to help convey the song’s significance. This gave us (the crew) the opportunity to create an aesthetic that intensified the song’s mood, while also getting some incredible action scenes to tell the story. Needless to say, Armored Saint fans are in for a ride. I think they’re gonna love it!”

Bassist Joey Vera adds: “Working again with director Robert Graves was incredible. Not only is this video great to watch, but underneath the storyline lies a layer of allegory, metaphor and symbolism. Kind of a first for us. John Bush’s great lyrics twist and turn into meanings not visible at first sight. It’s a view into a person’s journey through life and how they maneuver through it all and what they gain from that experience in the end. The neo-noir look Robert created in both the story and the band performances make this a great addition to the Armored Saint video catalogue.”

Vocalist John Bush adds: “Working with Robert is awesome. The guy is truly amazing. He’s gonna be a star.
This time we pushed the dialogue. It was challenging for me, but I had fun with it. For motivation, I tried to channel some of the great actors who come into the casting studio that my wife and I run.
‘Wolf’ tackles the view of people who spend a lot of time on their own. Something I spent years doing. The solitary individuals that always keep us guessing. This video is dedicated to them.”

That said, I am not sure I would trust Bush along on a heist anytime soon!

Armored Saint also have new merchandise – including a flannel long sleeve, ashtray, flask, lighter, license plate holder, and more! – available at: indiemerch.com/armoredsaint

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I am gonna give tech death prog core creatives Born Of Osiris the benefit of the doubt that they didn’t intentionally bite Three’s excellent banger “Alien Angel” (which still rocks) and that BoO came up with their album title on their own. It is quite possible since aliens and angels are both common (I see and talk to them constantly, don’t you? haha) and, like Fallujah, Born Of Osiris have also often seemed into weird cosmic and portentous art and symbols.

Regardless, no shade. This new material sounds next level energetic and some of the best production yet from a band that continues to add to their impact and push their skills with each meaningful release.

Born Of Osiris will release their new album, Angel Or Alien, on July 2nd via Sumerian Records. Pre-order the album here, and check out the preview below.

Tracklisting:

“Poster Child”
“White Nile”
“Angel Or Alien”
“Waves”
“Oathbreaker”
“Threat Of Your Presence”
“Love Story”
“Crossface”
“Echobreather”
“Lost Souls”
“In For The Kill”
“You Are The Narrative”
“Truth And Denial”
“Shadowmourne”

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Dee Snider reveals song with Corpsegrinder

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 5:37 PM (PST)

Metal icon Dee Snider has been spreading his wings into heavier territory in recent years, though he has always supported bands on the heavier end of the spectrum (think of that great Strangeland soundtrack-better than the movie!- that had Crisis, Bile, Clay People, etc.).

Dee Snider recently announced the upcoming release of his fifth full-length, Leave A Scar. Once again produced by Jamey Jasta, the outing will arrive on July 30 through Napalm Records. Big props to Jasta for getting what makes Dee tick so perfectly and being able to honor his legacy while actually helping add to it in a big new way! And huge props to Dee for not getting complacent like so many elder statesman of rock!

Today, Snider has unveiled the album’s second single, “Time to Choose,” which features guest vocals from Cannibal Corpse frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. The song is rad heavy metal, though by George’s standards it is like chamber pop. That is no slight to Dee. The song rules. It just is way more on the heavy metal end of the spectrum than death metal and that is also fine by me. It is enjoyable and head banging will certainly ensue.

Dee Snider comments: “‘Time To Choose’ deals with a subject I’ve addressed often over the course of my writing career: good vs. evil (see ‘Burn In Hell’). Given the heaviness of this track, I felt adding George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher’s voice to this would drive home the seriousness of the choices we make. I was honored when he agreed to contribute his incredibly powerful voice.”

 

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CREDIT: Marc Signer (Stardust Visuals)

Ok, let’s have some fun. Taking a break from being unsure how the hell the NBA finals are gonna play out anymore (kind of vibin’ with the Clippers lately, weirdly enough!) to promoting some metal for you goons! Summertime is here and it is time for some fun video fuckery! Entitled ‘FuVkery’ from now on (not to be confused with Cofvefe, ever) thanks to our new band of note…Defenver!

I guess this band was called Defender and changed the name to be more Korny? Not sure.

The Swiss post-hardcore outfit DEFENVER gives a shit about the enviroment and they think you should too. The band just dropped a music video for the third single off their sophomore album, Blank Bouquet, which will be released on July 16th. Shot at gorgeous botanical garden in Zurich, “Unsustainable” is a song about our relationship with the environment and plea to stop destroying it.

“The song deals with the struggle of overcoming our egocentricity and overthink our consumer behavior and the conviction that the only way forward is by moving together to a more sustainable lifestyle,” explains vocalist Kevin Zeier. “Earth is the Mother of all life that we know of. The failure to appreciate and sustain her will lead to our demise. In the video, we tried to bring the songs lyrics to life by having a women incarnating mother earth and being consumed by the parasites that represents our unsustainable and destructive lifestyle.”

I am all about bands singing more about the environment lately. And please stop fucking eating meat, everyone. We are facing such a fucked world if we don’t radically change our habits. I work at a gym overnights and it makes me think these douche jocks are more interested in vanity than health cuz literally no one recycles. No one will care about your gun show when we all die in a heap of plastic waste, asses!

Anyway, this “Unsustainable” song sounds very good on 11. Crank it!

Crypta! A “Dark Night Of The Soul” full band playthrough for you maniacs. Obviously one of the coolest releases of the year and a band fully capable of making their own mark regardless of how beloved their old projects already were. Crypta keep kicking total ass and making greater impressions on me and they all seem cool af. Luana has some of my favorite drum videos on Insta (and also Eloy from Sep , of course). Support everything this band does! Catch them with Deicide and Krisiun! FUCK!!! SICK TOUR.

Obviously a lot of you have probably seen the new Jinjer clip already since it premiered on the 17th and they are well on their way to being fucking huge. But let’s pretend I didn’t work my shitty night job and then sleep for two days unable to barely post anything and that we posted this promptly, ok!? “Vortex” sounds fucking great and Jinjer seem to be ever-shifting into weirder guitar patterns like some odd mix of Nu Metal and Deathcore flirting with fucking Gorguts and I am ALL FOR THAT FLIRT! Basically this is quite the genre tech mash in a very rad way. One of their best songs yet. Fucking dominant and amazing band I pray I get the chance to see live one of these days finally. This video is racking up views faster than you can say Tatiana Shmailyuk, Roman Ibramkhalilov, Eugene Abdiukhanov
and Vladislav Ulasevich!!! Hails!

 

 

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