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Metal Riot’s Top 5 for May 2022!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 6:43 PM (PST)

Hello Multiversal/Mad World fans. Being demiflux I have a multitude of conversations with myself anyway, let alone multi-versal dream alternates. For the record I am hella team Wanda. May has been beautiful so far, regardless of who and how many of you we are discussing. Spring is my favorite time of year.

Obviously I am not including how odious the attacks on reproductive freedom are right now. Let me just use this platform briefly to please direct your attention to this Natalie Crawford MD post re: IVF impact from a draconian state that despises pregnant people (hint: it actually makes it a lot harder for a lot of folx to have kids, periodt).

Let’s get to the top five for this month, so far as it now stands. Some really awesome music coming your way, people! Lot of things going on out there and we have to band together and let the good survive and stay strong in the hour of adversity. One love to all the good fighters and light workers and healers and Doomriders out there.

  1. HELIOS takes my number one spot for this month! This band needs to be huge. They just convey the melodic true metal intensity to frightening heights. The music takes you completely away and into an orange clenching state of chemical connection with electricity and metalhood. Everyone knows Tim Aymar’s bands always deliver and this is no exception. Eric Rymers truly commands on the kit and the band fire off some scorching energy. Pharaoh, Helloween and Dark Tranquillity fans take heed! May 13th on Bandcamp get the Touch The Sun self released full length first! “Kill Your Mother” is searing up the sky now!

2. OuOne (InsideOut) is my number two May pick. A hyper talented and colorful group from China. This is poppy prog that permeates your consciousness with visions of human kind improving for the better, the sharply defined yet warm and engaging, complex arrangements inspiring hope for a more imaginative future.

 

3. Ecstatic Vision and the head spinning Elusive Mojo (Heavy Psych Sounds) record take the number 3 spot this month! The band sound looser and groovier than ever, rip roaring through the cosmic Ley lines of Lemmy’s nostrils and Hawkwind tenure mixed with proto-punchdrunk devilry. Fuckin’ awesome and the band’s chops sound honed to the teeth.

Elusive Mojo was recorded live to 2” tape in their beloved hometown of Philadelphia by Joe Boldizar (Sonic Praise) with Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet), and mastered by their old drinking buddy Tim Green (Melvins).

4. Motor Sister‘s Get Off (Metal Blade) zooms in at number 4 for May. “Coming For You” tears down the walls with Pearl and band commanding attention via first rate hard rock that has unmatched confidence…deservedly so.

Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jim Wilson (Mother Superior), guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint), drummer John Tempesta (White ZombieThe Cult) and vocalist Pearl Aday (Pearl), Motor Sister was originally formed as a Mother Superior covers band that grew beyond that into a snarling and very fun new entity made of legends.

Concludes guitarist Scott Ian: “Get Off is the best hard rock record since Appetite For Destruction.

The band will be celebrating the release of the new album with a live performance at Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on May, 15th. More information is available here. Fans can also catch Motor Sister at Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL on May 22nd.

 

5. Syberia – Statement on Death (Metal Blade/Blacklight Media) is my number five for the month. Fans of heady but physical, deep musical statements and bands like Russian Circles, Red Sparowes , Cult Of Luna, Mogwai etc. will fall deep into the restless post-metal clouds of this moody monument from the Barcelona based brainy and beautiful bashers.

Start with “Stolen Childhood”, as intended, and just let it envelope you. You probably will cry.

That’s it.

PS – F U to any loser who thinks Legends Of Tomorrow doesn’t deserve a proper finale to the series.

 

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J’adore The Exile! The new album (links here) from the latest incarnation of stompers Mares Of Thrace is a long hoped for victory! Blackguard’s Storm and this Mares record are both recent Canada-blessed releases that somehow took nearly as long as Chinese Democracy to arrive. What does it mean, hmmm? I don’t think anything (but all were worth the wait).

The chemistry of the performances and captured takes between vocalist/guitarist Thérèse Lanz add new drummer/bassist Casey Rogers is insane. Be prepared for one of the most satisfying and Earth moving heavy musical expressions of energy in human memory.

Thérèse Lanz answers my goofy ass questions below.

 

VHS¥DEATH is the genre fluid, dark and gothic tinged borderless experimental project of Natalie Wardle (She/They). We checked in with the restlessly inventive UK based creator about the new Corrupted Geisha EP, one of my favorite things so far this year. I know as a writer it is my purported purpose to tell you WHY I like it, but music is also experiental.

For myself, I feel that there is a very wide open palette in play here and it is exciting to not know where a release is going to bring you track to track but being thrilled to trust the artist in the twists and turns/mind warp. There is also a sort of dancing around the edges of limitations, like journaling a transmogrification of pain as messenger to shackle shedding revelatory process via samples, sound collage and just bad ass music that makes you want to get down, freak out and dare to feel things…even if that feeling is vertigo, a chill up your spine, certain doom or the contradictions of human conditions.

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The latest Deeper Graves effort The Colossal Sleep is one of our top selections of the month, a post-punk informed shadow work that really demands attention and at the end of the day rides alone genre-wise. Jeff Wilson (also of Chrome Waves, Contrition and a slew of other past bands of varying degrees of notoriety) has made one of his most piercing and lachrymose, yet decidedly unpretentious records yet. Catch the first video HERE.

It was a good time catching up with my friend and learning more about the current state of his life, label and musical endeavors.

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Sitting here thinking at 8am about what directions I would like to take the blog this year and as I sip my coffee I have some political thoughts to unload. I am gonna do more “journaling” type entries here this year again instead of merely commenting on or posting press releases only like many blogs. Life is too short to not use your platforms (and that goes for both shoes and avenues of public engagement).

Joe Biden, when speaking on the first anniversary of the January 6th MAGA moron temper tantrum, gave a still rather tepid speech that pundits acted like was some testosterone fueled Superbowl championship. He should have actually spoken in even more firm terms about the white supremacist backed disinfo campaign that led manipulated, but still not off the hook, people to try to overturn the results of the election. The GOP have long counted on voter suppression and the blame game to distract from the failure of trickle down and their eternal grift, couched in false “freedom” lingo to people who believe foolhardy populist jargon from greaseballs who are just as or more elitist than the people they are attacking.

In addition to ending poverty so as to stop crime the right way, passing actually meaningful environmental reform,  erasing student and medical debt, protecting the courts and ending corporate lobbying, the left has sorely needed to combat corporate oligarchy as WELL as the growing white supremacy context erasing of the right. As we speak DeSantis is trying to stop critical race theory. Enough is enough.

The semblance of a tattered democracy is all we have. We can’t finally get around to talking about it after the same lukewarm unity blabber. We do need compassion and to zoom out and see one another in this life, but that doesn’t mean accepting false narratives or not pointing out evil agendas either for the sake of a false sense of calm while Mitch and Trump and all the other fuckheads plot. We can have boundaries.

And Biden is not exactly a real friend or ally either. He is doing a shit job on the environment, he just bailed out the fucking MEAT industry (just as corny and unethical as Trump caping for coal) and is frankly an out of touch napkin in the wind half the time who constantly sounds like a fucking Boomer. We needed Bernie. I personally wish Ilhan was president. Fuck all y’all. Lol.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about part of Biden’s messaging. The other day he said ,“You can’t obey the law only when it is convenient.” Real leftists should actually be wary of that, especially from an administration that still hasn’t done dick to close the horrific Guantanamo. As any Antifa activist worth their salt knows, you can’t always color within the lines to be truly effective in stopping entrenched power structures or hate groups. There are also times when it is absolutely justified to value people over property and make a statement through civil disobedience, even if it means burning some shit (sorry, King Buzzo).

January 6th wasn’t it. That was, as I think Azealia Banks or someone said, some big meth energy. Privileged clownery cosplaying as freedom fighting while upholding the status quo. And guess what, Dems? Biden is mostly the status quo as well. He is not enough for the demands of this moment.

It is pathetic that we allowed voter suppression to go on for so long that we now are even at risk of losing mail in ballot protections and barely ever fought against gerrymandering and the limited poll places in swing states.

Anyway, I want to talk to you about a new Tull song! Yes, Jethro Tull. The thorn in the side of many a bitter Metallica fan and a band I always was semi-indifferent too because back when I was mad at Claudio from Coheed for personal reasons I thought he always overhyped them, but I used to also hate on the Grateful Dead and now I love them. Time sweetens some tea, so they say. I love being woken up to things.

I am a more sober and less grudge bearing person these days and believe everyone has karma to sort through (as long as they actually do it), and I am certainly the most open minded I have ever been about music. Turns out old Claud was right and Tull do have their moments of ruling. I mean, I love Blood Ceremony and those Incubus songs that had flute and shit, so whatever. Cambria, my sister, played flute. It’s all good. Hail the pipes of Pan.

The Zealot Gene will see a January 28th, 2022 release on Inside Out Music. Loving the complex and thoughtful, well crafted and multi-layered composition – though it here and there makes some potential false equivalencies. You can still tell though that Anderson really wants to find a way through this mess. But let’s also not forget some instances of anger are justified and we can’t always be whistling happy go lucky moderates either. That is just a pile of pleasantries and toxic positivity, even though we need baseline discourse to function as a society (which is why I am for only censoring hate speech). It is also why, to back-pedal from the Big Lie, the GOP also have some members now who know they need to protect their political capital for optics.

Ian Anderson comments of the track: “The title track offers many allusions to the radical, politically-charged world of populism in leadership. As a song lyric, it sums up, for me, the divisive nature of societal relationships and the extreme views which fuel the fires of hate and prejudice, more so today perhaps, than at any time in history. Perhaps you think you know who I might have been thinking about here but, in reality, there are probably right now at least five prominent, dictatorial national figures who could fit the bill.”

Metal Riot’s Top 5 Picks for January 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Hanging Garden by Kalle Pyyhtinen

January is here and that means, in my neck of the woods, a lot of colorless and damp days with dead branches waiting to be reincarnated amidst a cold atmosphere perfect for listening to “Flood II” by Sisters Of Mercy on repeat en route to and from paying too much for Starbucks like an asshole.

Amidst being annoyed at people who completely missed out on how meta and dope- even with Jada Pinkett Smith turning into Yoda- the new Matrix movie was (I also LOVED all the low key Sense 8 cameos, xoxoxo!) and the much more time consuming tasks of working full time and dealing with my beloved mother passing away, you’d be correct in assuming I haven’t been interested in doing much of jack shit or had time to listen to a lot of new music. That said, here are a few things on my radar I thought were cool enough to bother mentioning in my meager little attempts here at maintaining both a music blog and my sanity as both a writer and human being right now. These are pretty perfect releases for a 2022 kick off where we are all still shell shocked and weary, if cautiously hopeful (possibly against our better judgment).

So, in no particular order:

HANGING GARDEN‘s Neither Moth nor Rust is a good fit for the oddball cross section of people who might be just as stoked for a Katatonia release as Evanescence or some art rocky Thom Yorke shit. To be honest, this record doesn’t even need the gutturals because the melodies and almost post-metal guitars could stand on their own without the extra oomph. Not that I mind some good screams.

“On The Shore Of Eternity” is my favorite track, the melodic intro really reminiscent of the grandeur of The Cure song this band’s name recalls. Check out the title track to the EP below.

DEEPER GRAVES will release the excellent dark post-punk inspired The Colossal Sleep this year, my favorite thing from the prolific Jeff Wilson in a while. This project is really starting to come into its own. Discard black metal preconceptions and approach this as a new, evolving chapter, similar to how Coliseum fans had to embrace Fotocrime or AN fans with Cold Cave. This is darker and dirtier than those projects, the band name not a misnomer. “Corridors” is probably my favorite tune of the new EP, the best uneasy soundtrack to wanting to leave somewhere since the Jesus Lizard released “Din”.

AGE OF APOCALYPSE release a banger Jan. 21st. Faced with the ferocious and/or atmospheric Grim Wisdom, LOA, Twitching Tongues, Type O and Section 8 stans will likely rejoice…except they are gloomy fucks like me and we don’t really do that often. But there are exceptions! The title track here is an absolute slammer. Like, think of the most pulverized watermelon to ever fall victim to Gallagher and that doesn’t come close. This is totally the shit. I am sure some dope hardcore and metalcore will come out this year but if you had to blow your wad in fuckin’ January and were only allowed to rock this one most of the year, you probably wouldn’t be that upset about it.

Portland trailblazer (see what I did there?) MIZMOR will release the highly anticipated brooder Wit’s End this month, a record which seems to be just completely tired of everyone’s bullshit. The teaser alone will make any listener consider anti-depressants, if they aren’t already on them (no shame, just sayin’). Recorded, produced, and mixed by A.L.N. at his home studio, July 2020 – February 2021 and brought to you by Gilead Media. Releases Jan. 14th.

WILDERUN‘s Epigone is out January 7th and shows the band in fine form. Progressive and symphonic but not in the most predictable ways, the band have made their cleanest sounding yet most thrillingly challenging material to date.

“This is certainly a “meta” record for me,” states guitarist and vocalist Evan Berry. “It’s the record that has the most to do with the artistic process.” 

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS wowed the world yet again when they dropped Abyss and our pal JD Kleinhans catches up at length with the one and only Britney Slayes in an exclusive video segment for us covering numerous topics. Happy holiday season, everyone. Stay Metal!!!

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Our last interview of 2021 is with the enigmatic black metal outfit IRAVU from Malaysia. The occasion is to highlight the excellent Like Shades Of Night recent EP (one of our very favorite EPs this year along with also the hardcore band Move’s Freedom Dreams from the USA). And of course we want to spread the word on a very cool up and coming artist as we celebrate worldwide metal. I cannot wait to hear more black metal from this anti-fascist and focused one person group, the brain-child of talented musician Hareesh Kumar Shanggar.

It is honestly an honor to boost new bands like this who are so good and work hard on their craft and from the heart. It gives me hope for the music scene and creativity to create communication and foundations for change.

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METAL RIOT’s Top 25 Albums Of 2021.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:21 PM (PST)

King Woman at Saint Vitus Bar- Oct. 16th, 2021

Ok, friends. Here we are again… 2021 has been a serious slog while also being full of some amazing blessings.I was very happy to get to share another year of Metal Riot with you all and ride the vortex waves.I usually don’t post a lot for the month of December and we tend to be the second or third site to publish our list (after DECIBEL, generally).I am gonna spend a lot of December working, reflecting and being grateful for two years of sobriety and also contemplating The Wheel Of Time saga, etc.

THANK YOU to all the bands who made killer music this year and amazing people I was able to speak with or befriend, etc. YOU are the scene. XO.

I also deserve a break after having to deal with many unwanted trolls for simply pointing out to Mastodon that Brent shouldn’t be calling stuff “gay” as a pejorative.

Numerous people decided they needed to contact me and call me queerphobic names afterwards.A nd I am sure I have done way more for metal and punk than all of those shit trolls combined. The LGBTQAI artists in metal made some of the most amazing work in the scene this year and don’t deserve to be alienated by lazy and inconsiderate speech. I seriously had one moron named like Jarhead666 or something tell me I was butthurt and metal isn’t the place for my ‘CrItICal Sjw theory’ or some shit, because I introduced this goon to the concept of heteronormative centering, or some such.

But seriously, while I genuinely appreciated Brann talking to me and meant it when I told him I have loved those dudes as a band a long time (ever since being stuck near the Lincoln Tunnel years ago with a friend and finding that blasting Remission actually CAN move complete gridlocked traffic).

I’d just like to add that now as a result of that “bad day” -as David Draiman of Disturbed and the Mastodon camp are graciously calling Brent’s shitty moment- even more hateful speech has butterfly effected all over social media and caused emotional distress to many good folx just trying to find a place in metal. The seeds we sew matter.

A bad day is not being on the Jasta podcast. A bad day is Matthew Shepard.

That said, one love to you all.If anyone wants to blacklist me, well…I only write about what I want anyway.

And so…Here are METAL RIOT’s top 25 of the year for 2021. I expanded it from 12 this year because there was a true wealth of killer albums and because I am happy to be alive, celebrating music and able to flex my opinions on it…whether you think I am an ignorant SJW who doesn’t know anything or not.

(drumroll…) Album Of The YearKING WOMAN‘s soul scorching noir doom record Celestial Blues is hands down our album of 2021 for exemplifying so much that is awesome about heavy music’s potential in 2021, from cadences to symbolism to the transformative power of art. And of course bad ass riffs! It also makes Kris and co.the only band in the site’s history to win AOTY twice!I guess it was fitting that two of my favorite records this year would reference Paradise Lost (the other being this excellent groover fest from my friend Taraka, also highly recommended).

From the opening plaintive narration of the album title over spare, jazzy and sorrowful notes to the impossible, mournful but playful shuffle of “Golgotha” to the anguish and hypnosis of “Psychic Wound” and the crowd sing-a-long of the year “Morning Star”, Celestial Blues feels like stepping into a smoky, mythological theater, a personal passion play full of highs and lows brighter than sunlight or darker than a grim Gotham alleyway. King Woman remain a group who understand suspense, tension build and payoff more than many and here they have also crafted some of their most sophisticated arrangements yet paired with arguably the most anthemic vocal and lyrical work Kris has delivered to date.

KW live shots by MYE

Seed pic by Omari Spears @o.shoots

2. SEED‘s Dun Pageant is a likewise challenging, thrilling and rewarding plunge through the soul and psyche by another band with almost 100% their own sound, well deserving of our second place spot for 2021.This Anti-fascist, queer centric force from Boston is creating an incredible sonic refuge for outsiders who need a found family in the scene. And most importantly, their music is fucking incredible. Practically any song on this record can crack you wide open and move you to a flood tears or strengthen your resolve. There is a deep sense of poetic yearning and desire to belong embedded within these melodic, indie flirting doom songs which nonetheless offer an unyielding stance in the face of a cruel world. Fans of everything from the most dramatic PJ Harvey material to Across Tundras to slower, weird ass Jesus Lizard songs could find a home here amidst some of the most existentialist yet determined music I may have ever heard in my life.

3. Succumb‘s overdue return on XXI was worth the wait and then some.Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden with compelling artwork by Stefan Thanneur (my favorite cover art of the year), the record retained the band’s edgy death metal sound and upped the ante on the philosophical subtexts. Read all my further thoughts about it HERE in an interview with the band!

4. Underdark ‘s Abi told the Hellbent for Metal crew recently, if I accurately recall, that ‘folk music in England is traditionally lefty and BM is folk music’. Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry melds left wing class consciousness spirit with Slint/Enablers spoken word vibes at times and of course the fire in the veins black metal this UK group is a standard bearer of. Believing in the power of change and doing things their way, the band have managed to really get solid footing under their feet during a turbulent time in the music world. I can’t possibly do justice in a short plug to the vibrancy and life that is in every note and utterance on this record, but it is amazing. Also, they always make me want to play Forgotten Realms.

5. Violet Cold‘s Empire Of Love is a landmark release championing inclusivity and borderless genres, a masterstroke from an already prolific and trend setting act. Read my 5 star review HERE.

6. Gojira is the “biggest band” represented on our list this year. Gojira remain ambassadors for our planet and sanity in a world sorely lacking it , musical geniuses and dudes who are deeply respectful of the environment we get to call home.From refusing to be gaslit about Tibet to standing up for the Amazon to of course musing about the meaning of life in our Universe and creating some super headfucky yet face ripping arrangements, they remain pound for pound unfuckwithable on mighty Fortitude. And they 100% ought to win the Grammy the most out of those nominated, fyi.

7. Withered outdid even their impressive past work on the trudging and oppressive Verloren . That “Dissolve” guitar sound is to literally die for and you can never pin them down. It’s a mood. Once you take the time to really get inside this record it is completely addictive and really ought to come with a warning label because of how easy it is for this blackened sludge fest to completely remove any semblance of a remaining fuck given.Well done, lads. Carcass, The Lurking Fear and plenty of others made some dastardly records this year but this takes the cake for me in that category.

8. Filth Is Eternal‘s Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal is a glorious and gritty punk record with the most attitude you likely heard this year.The non-stop energy and adrenaline was a constant go to for me when I needed a bucket of cold water thrown on me to snap me out of the morose of this miserable year. I fucking love this band with all my soul and you  readers should listen to this 20 times before we meet again if you want to stay friends.

Brian of Filth Is Eternal pic by Joshua Simons @groteskanimal

9. Wharflurch did the near impossible and stood out amidst a year positively drunk on top rate death metal releases.If you haven’t experienced this highly enjoyable bad trip yet for the first time you are in for a fucking treat.Very original and batshit act creating some brain melting yet skull crushing sounds simultaneously, if that makes sense.And seriously, who has a better album title than Psychedelic Realms ov Hell? I mean, come on!”Phantasmagorical Fumes”, indeed.

Tower NYC…lookin’
tougher than shit

10. Tower‘s Shock to the System has a classic trad metal looking cover that calls to mind epic releases of yesteryear from Scorpions or early Anthrax while pulling listeners in to one of the best modern bands influenced by the classics around. Along with Pounder’s Breaking The World or Haunt’s recent plethora of powerful pleasers, Tower demonstrate true heavy metal will never die (and this time with a little more Never Say Die era Sabbath influence mixed in, from the sound of things).The musical chemistry between Sarabeth and James remains one of the best in rock and the recording line-up brought this sophomore effort to new heights worthy of Linden’s falcon crye.The true shock to the system is how much enjoyment you can get from one album.

11. Krallice‘s lofi black metal on Demonic Wealth somehow marries the original bleakness of the genre with the loneliness of NYC and wet cardboard, broken dreams, rain dripping off a fire escape vibes amidst the death throes of capitalism.One of the best album titles in metal history? Yep. This is a run down worker unable to afford Christmas gifts type shit.Cold and atmospheric and unique with callbacks to 2nd wave and weirdo ambient stuff. Drums recorded on a phone!?Smash the uber rich after repurposing their built to break detritus. This album is the perfect Krallice response for a pandemic full of people just hoping to get through in one piece.

12. Nadja‘s Luminous Rot is an out of body experience more than a musical one, imo.I had a deep dive interview with the band that you can read HERE and remain incredibly impressed with this specific statement in (and out) of the timestream.

13. Catalyst Crime made the greatest symphonic metal release of 2021 by a considerable margin. If “Condemn Me To Chaos” doesn’t get lodged in your head for weeks at a time, I don’t know what the heck is wrong with you. Just listen to it.

14. Obsolete‘s Animate / Isolate blew me away with the Revocation worthy skill, young again hyper fast speed enthusiasm and melodic thrash aptitude on display.This record goes against the trends and is better for it, just a charming and bad ass chops fest that also remembers to induce headbanging amidst the whiz kid shit.Really, this band should be way bigger.

15. Crypta‘s Echoes Of The Soul is the funnest death/thrash hybrid of the year, a monster fuck you to naysayers and another notch in the belt for Brazil’s long and storied metal legacy.T he ladies in Crypta truly feel like a “band”, each member bringing a lot of personality and individualism to the table to add to the whole yet in a way where you couldn’t imagine the group with other members. The chops, the style and attitude paired with the consistent vibe that they breathe, eat and shit metal truly makes this one of the most exciting releases of the year, an energy that translates to the terrific and tyrannical material.

16. Finland’s REVULSION delivered a ferocious self titled debut via Transcending Obscurity way back in February.The intensity here will turn the head of pretty much any self respecting death metal fan yet is not just an endurance test. It even gives the new Cannibal material a run for the money in the punishment department. Bad ass af.

17. Pupil Slicer‘s Mirrors was explosive, mathy and meaningful in the best of ways.I am pretty sure no band went harder than they did in 2021 during their “Collective Unconscious” track. From the 1:47 mark-through to the end of the song, a riff reminiscent of the Moby cover of “New Dawn Fades” meets Coalesce at their meatiest twists and turns through tortured post-core-black-churning anguish and back through to the light.They didn’t really need to cover Converge when they are making originals this powerful already.

18. Gridfailure feat. Mac Gollehon‘s demented mad hatter excursions into noise jazz horror on Dismemberment Cabaret take the 18th spot.I am certainly biased here because Brenner from Gridfailure is a good friend and has collaborated with me often on my Walking Bombs releases over the years, but if you can’t hear the sheer fucksanity brilliance of these end times soundscape spasms featuring a very cool cat who played with everyone from Bowie to Billy Ocean, well…I feel bad for you. I certainly listened to this a hell of a lot more times than I did albums by much bigger legacy acts this year.

19. Book Of Wyrms are one of my favorite recent finds and I listened to this one a LOT. Serious chemistry and freedom allure here paired with incredible vintage vibes and the desire to roam. You can feel the band loving what they do with every passage and each frontier crossed.It feels like each song was from the result of true blue jamming, the old fashioned way. Sorely need more records like Occult New Age to usher in a real Aquarian doom metal/”new” classic rock age in hella style!”Colossal Yield” is pretty much a perfect song (except my computer says the track length is 4:21?).

20. Eremit‘s Bearer Of Many Names honestly got me more stoked than the Bell Witch record everyone was gushing about a number of years back, each passage here really momentous and worthy of the awesome, sci-fi Jurassic tomb fuckery artwork.You need to make TIME for this bad boy, but the rewards are many. Seriously gargantuan and impressive crater charred doom from Germany.

21. ABIOTIC have more emotional connection than your average tech death and made sure their return post-break up record was a memorable one. Truly sick leads. Many brilliant passages. Hard to turn off.

22. The recent JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES Vertigo album is our second record of this year end list to feature really bad weather (along with Revulsion)!Make of that what you will.Unlike that Finnish death metal diamond in the rough, JATAO traffic in slinky and smart psych and doom.The continuation of sorts to the psyche shifting path they tread on The Horse And Other Weird Tales, the Vertigo release is well worth the ride.

23. Cultum Draculesti are lofi queer vampire BM perfection and their S/T record even outdid the excellent Antigone The Martyr. I adore how down the rabbit hole of their own vision they go, while also being capable of really eerie but musical moments like “Dhampir” that you can play around casual classic horror movie fans whilst laughing to yourself how unaware they are of how even more extra you are.

24. Cerebral Rot made the hands down FUGLIEST death metal this year, just so gnarly, evil and pitch perfect. The utter just disdain for humanity felt in every sickening and crude riff is off the charts. So fucking heavy. Excretion of Mortality is the loathing for the human condition that we all felt at some point this year.

25. Employed To Serve‘s Conquering is the essential metalcore experience of the year, a level up from a band who already are firmly focused on being long haul contenders, from every indicator. Unlike numerous contemporaries who got detrimentally more commercial in a manner that hinders their quality regardless of any tent expansion in fandom, EoS have perfectly shown how you can grow while not alienating your core fans who got you going.Conquering is not stagnant, but rather ENHANCED. It kicks down doors and has a level of conviction and attack that will leave you truly impressed.I’d love to see a bigger band like DevilDriver , Killswitch or Trivium do a full US tour in the next few years with these up and comers.

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photo by Jess Dankmeyer

East Coast extremists FULL OF HELL have forged a formidable path through the underground the last few years and now return with their latest uncompromising collection of anguish and triumph, Garden of Burning Apparitions. This is a towering record that will stop you in your tracks and consume YOU, instead of serving as empty consumption. Parts of this record prove you really can love both your Hammerhead and your Harmony Corruption, kids.

Some of the band stop by today to fill us in on the new and even noisier than ever variant of the band’s evolving sound and just what it means to be FoH in 2021.

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Well, this was a fun one. There are many blood flinging thrash albums that have kicked our asses here and back again over the years, but which one has the best opening track of all time?

We asked a wide range of scene folks for their opinions. Prong, Exhumed, Psychic Hit, High Command, Titan To Tachyons, Crisis, Walking Bombs, Filth Is Eternal, Bad Wolves, Hororhaus, Stormland, Gridfailure, Luna 13, Extinction A.D., The End A.D. members and alumni plus our pal Drewdas Priest all chime in with thoughts.

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A big thanks this week to the Succumb camp for doing this brand new interview with us promoting the new, must hear XXI release. Not quite a “best kept secret” anymore now that their star is rising, but certainly they remain a band you hope thrive yet also whom are so good you almost still want to covet their music to yourself in a secret, blood encrusted cave. I actually was worried they had broken up but still rocked one of their older debut shirt designs anyway cuz they fucking rule even if they HAD been one and done.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

Cheri Musrasrik, of course, is a very enigmatic vocalist but the whole band have stepped things up from their already brilliant early material to deliver a complete knock out punch via this latest release. I knew they were special but always hoped they could be THIS special. If that doesn’t make sense now, it will when you hear the new record from this bleak and bludgeoning crew of cadaver kickers.

Thank you to Derek, Harry, Cheri and Kirk for all participating in this. Read more BELOW.

photo by Jack Grisham

October 19th will see the release of an amazing self-titled solo release from KIRA. Kira Roessler has always been a bold and inventive player in bands like Black Flag, dos, The Visitors and many other lesser known yet also influential underground acts.

 

Basically like many punkers I always thought Roessler was one of the coolest people to ever walk the face of this rotten world, so it was awesome to get to chat about the solo record that Kitten Robot Records is releasing after a thirteen year gestation of the material. Roessler has also branched out and been part of sound teams in recent years for Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker, A Star is Born(2018), and Game of Thrones Season 2, in recent years.

 

Kira was produced by Kira and Paul Roessler (TSOL, Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) and is incredibly refreshing and layered, an uncompromising artist’s pure vision that hurdles genres to capture personal horizons.

 

Stream a taste of the solo album via “The Ghosts” here.

 

And READ MORE BELOW for the full and in-depth interview!

pic by Alex Bershaw

 

CINEMA CINEMA join us today with a new track! The band sometimes sound like Attila Csihar got into devilish mischief inserting hidden messages into back alley Sergei Prokofiev compositions instead of smoking a doob and listening for Satan’s commands in the bridge of “Stairway To Heaven” like normal rockers, so I was excited to see what they have cooked up next! The answer is…”Bratislava”!

The nine minute song is an enthralling exploration of feel and musical adventurousness as the band weave through dynamic peaks and valleys during their at times relaxing and at times anxious (but entirely intriguing) journey. At times it comes off like a Pinback and Don Byron slow burn mescaline voyage, which is obviously fucking amazing.

Ev Gold tells us:

“Things got chaotic in our attempt to leave after the gig in Bratislava, on tour a few years ago. I had to walk out into a lane of oncoming traffic with my hands up, to plea for a halt. Seemingly no way possible to back the van out otherwise. There was a protest outside of a castle a few blocks away from the show, which at first sounded ‘cool’, but wasn’t after all. People and cars flooded the streets. Our place to crash for the night fell through, now we needed to leave Slovakia and drive to Vienna to sleep. We finally made it out and got to a quiet stretch of road over the border, then heard sirens. Pulled over by Austrian Law Enforcement. It was a saga. Deserved a song years later.”

The song precedes the band’s sixth album, CCXMDII, nearing release in August through Nefarious Industries.

CINEMA CINEMA was established in 2008 by Brooklyn-born cousins, vocalist/guitarist Ev Gold and drummer Paul Claro. They’ve been described as “experi-metal punks” by the Village Voice, a “jolt of adrenaline” by BrooklynVegan, and “feral and unrelenting” by Big Takeover.

In 2019, the duo joined with Nefarious Industries to release their fifth album, CCXMD. Taking a stylistic left turn from any previously recorded output, they found themselves delving into ambient and atmospheric free-jazz territories. CINEMA CINEMA invited reed aficionado Matt Darriau – best known for his work with Grammy award-winning world-music ensemble The Klezmatics – to join the group for the collaborative, entirely improvised affair. Darriau had been a guest on the band’s 2017 LP Man Bites Dog, providing saxophone on a handful of tracks. The album was described as, “no-holds-barred punk-jazz,” by Brooklyn Rail, and, “as intelligent as it is unintelligible,” by Invisible Oranges.

CINEMA CINEMA now presents their sixth full-length, CCXMDII, which serves as companion and conclusion to 2019’s CCXMD. Woodwind expert Matt Darriau returns, bringing along more tools from his repertoire as the trio submerge themselves in the strange beauty of chaotic sound, found together in the moment. CCXMDII was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Vin Cin at Electric Plant Studios in Brooklyn, New York, with artwork, design, and layout by Lauren A. Kelley.

Nefarious Industries will release CCXMDII on CD and all digital platforms on August 20th. Find preorders including merch bundles HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to post over the weeks ahead.

Touring extensively through the past decade, CINEMA CINEMA has performed over four hundred fifty shows across eleven countries. The duo has toured numerous times alongside SST Records founder Greg Ginn, including a fifty-plus-date 2014 North American tour opening for Black Flag, select dates supporting Black Flag in 2013, and shared dates in 2010, 2011, and 2012 with Ginn’s other outfits The Royal We and The Taylor Texas Corrugators. In addition, the band has half a dozen European tours to their credit, including a 2013 stint in support of Martin Bisi Band and a run of Summer festivals in 2016.

CINEMA CINEMA appears in and has contributed music to the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Sound And Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio. The band was also included on BC35, a celebration of the 35th anniversary of BC Studio – alongside members of Swans, Sonic Youth and other studio alumni, released via Bronson Recordings in 2018.

CCXMDII Track Listing:
1. A Life Of Its Own
2. Cloud 2
3. Continued
4. Bratislava
5. Crack Of Dawn
6. Trigger
7. Cloud 4

CINEMA CINEMA:
Ev Gold – guitars/vocals
Paul Claro – drums/percussion

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Hard Rock Heroism 2021

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 12:29 AM (PST)

With Guns N’ Roses eternal Appetite For Destruction inching towards its’ mid-thirties yesterday, it is a good time to consider the current state of hard rock genre. While the danger days of the Sunset Strip are gone or much more watered down than they used to be, the genre of hard rock as a whole was never confined to L.A. anyway. Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold pull huge crowds and still rule the roost currently and bands like Rival Sons or Royal Blood have been holding down the fort. And don’t forget the charming and dedicated Wolfie Van Halen! Who are some artists in the genre that inspire y’all currently? It is ok, Niratias – as Chevelle tell us. So it is ok if you aren’t decisive. We got you covered!

Ayron Jones has impressed me lately with a blend of soul, grunge influences and so much more. Jones can really play but also knows restraint and dynamics. Plus, I love any Seattle musician who gives props to Kim Thayil as an influence. Check out the Child Of The State release and turn your frown upside down with some great tunes. Certainly one of the coolest dudes in the game right now.

We are past the time when bands like Candlebox or Bush were in super heavy rotation but that doesn’t mean there aren’t modern rock bands getting lots of love. Some acts such as In This Moment, for example, have some stage shows that rival pop acts in scale and imagination. And Clutch continues to grow and dominate everything they take a Kraken at.

Count The Pretty Reckless out at your own peril. The band’s fourth album is basically unstoppable and a huge and vindicating moment for the Taylor Momsen led act. The Pretty Reckless became the first female-fronted band to have five number one singles when “Death by Rock and Roll” rose to the top of the Mainstream Rock Chart. I know that term is frowned upon as we all want to consider cis women (or any woman) a musician before their sex or gender identity but it still is a fucking rad accomplishment however you frame it. Much respect.

I never understood people who trash talked Momsen. She seems cool as fuck and her band rocks. They certainly are dedicated to their craft and it honestly just reeks of the basest sexism when people dismissed her out of hand. Who is laughing now, fuck faces?!! hahaha.

In April 2018, the band’s longtime-producer, Kato Khandwala, was involved in a motorcycle accident and died later due to injuries from the crash. I commend Taylor and the band for not giving up in such a bleak moment and for the fact that Taylor was able to come back from a dark time and reclaim her health. What is more rock and roll than a personal redemption?

August will see the release of Power Trio from outspoken power rocker Danko Jones, one of the most talented and fiery live performers in the world.

The long running band deserve an award at this point for being genre torch bearers and literally never sucking.  Three cheers for hard rock’s continued survival!

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