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Serena Cherry (SVALBARD) announces NOCTULE solo release

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:44 AM (PST)

During the UK national lock down in 2020, Serena decided to write an entire black metal album themed to the RPG computer game Skyrim. Each song is about different dungeons, story lines and weapons within the award-winning game. She notes: “I have always associated Skyrim with black metal. The snowy mountain settings, the morbid themes, the Norse mythology backbone – it just goes hand in hand for me.” Prior to her 10 year career as the front woman of Svalbard, Serena previously played in a black metal band and has been excited to get back to her musical roots. With hypnotic, interlocking tremolo guitar leads, pummeling blast beats and reverb drenched vocals; NOCTULE sees Serena spread her dragon wings and take off in an intriguing musical direction on her own.

Today, listen to the title track to Wretched Abyss in the form of a music video. The video is streaming now at Revolver Magazine. “The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films,” comments Cherry. “‘Wretched Abyss’ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in Skyrim,” Cherry tells us. “He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.”

Track listing:
1. Elven Sword
2. Labyrinthian
3. Wretched Abyss
4. Evenaar
5. Winterhold
6. Deathbell Harvest
7. Unrelenting Force
8. Become Ethereal

NOCTULE is:
Serena Cherry

Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Bristol, UK, in January 2021 with Matt Francis.
Additional guitars & additional writing on Evenaar and Deathbell Harvest by Matt Francis

Photo: John Ashby @gryphonbristol

Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

Progressive death metal greats GOJIRA have announced their anticipated new record Fortitude for an April 30th release via Roadrunner. Fortitude is sure to be one of the biggest heavy rock releases of the year and was recorded and produced by Joe Duplantier at Silver Cord Studio in Queens, and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine). To say it is going to kick ass would be a huge understatement. With Rush Limbaugh croaking and now this news, today can’t get any better!

The new single deals with mortality and personal growth and can be observed with awe below.

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Austin’s punk encrusted blackened deep fried hellhounds SKELETON were in our Top 12 of 2020 last year for the overall best records of that hellscape year we’d otherwise love to forget , so we are stoked to hear they also now have a quick surprise EP Demo out between full lengths!

Stream SKELETON’s Ordainment Of Divinity at THIS LOCATION.

 

Ordainment Of Divinity is available on digital and limited cassette formats. Find digital orders at THIS LOCATION and physical orders HERE.   

 

Ordainment Of Divinity Track Listing:
1. Opening Rites
2. I
3. II
4. III
5. IV

Disheartening DELAIN news as band members splinter

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:08 AM (PST)

World shattering news for fans of alternative symphonic metallers Delain today as we learn the powerhouse and incredibly intuitive and creative group are essentially breaking up, at least as we have known them. While the band will continue on as Martijn’s band, the important components of Charlotte, Timo, Otto and relatively new Joey are out. I am reeling from the news as a fan.

At least with Fear Factory while the loss of Burton is fucking intolerable and the most famed rhythm section have been gone forever you know the highly and admirably driven Dino is still surrounded by guys who have been in the band awhile and are passionate about industrial metal. With Martijn taking the reigns completely here and not only the loss of the one of a kind Charlotte but also especially Timo, Delain is in my mind a completely new band and should just change the name rather than pretend otherwise.

Charlotte has a statement HERE and Martijn HERE, in the interest of fairness. Regardless of my personal opinion, we here at MetalRiot wish all the members the best and thank them for the many memories and amazing songs and smiles that the Delain we have loved in this incarnation brought us. Despite the careful language there is clearly frustration and it doesn’t sound fully amicable.

If you didn’t pick up the recent Apocalypse & Chill please do so and let’s show the band we appreciate what they have given us.

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CALIBAN to release German-language album ‘Zeitgeister’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:41 AM (PST)

One of my personal favorite metalcore bands ever, Germany’s CALIBAN have released many rock solid examples of the genre and worked hard to keep the sound both meaningful and alive in the scene through hard work and valuable, emotionally resonant material. They balance heavy and catchy better than most bands doing that contrast, as well.

Now the band are doing something cool I think they ought to be applauded for, re-recording a bunch of tunes in their native German. I think it is problematic when band’s feel like they can only sing in English because of capitalism and the market share. Hey, wasn’t “Despacito”  like the biggest YouTube played video ever? Maybe we should be encouraging more education and culture exchange rather than normalizing English constantly being centered?

From the press release:

It took German metalcore vets, CALIBAN, recording a cover of Rammstein’s “Sonne” to realize that their native tongue was a seamless fit with their time-tempered collision of punishing riffs and Andreas Dörner’s urgent vocals. With fans hungry for the Essen-borne quintet to record an album exclusively in German, the band simply said, “Why not?”, and Zeitgeister, which will be released on May 14th, was born.

11 genre-defining LPs deep into their career, the band’s vision for the album came naturally – a career retrospective and deep-dive into CALIBAN favorites that haven’t had been seen live in some time.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but once we allowed us to make them as different from the originals as we felt it was needed it came fairly naturally”, explains guitarist and main songwriter Marc Görtz. Of course, some updating was necessary when it came to translating the songs to German. “It turned out to be surprisingly tricky,” states Dörner. “While I feel more at home with my native German it made it a lot more complicated, as I had more options to phrase something.”

Formed in 1997, CALIBAN’s legacy has been a tireless one, touring the globe and sharing stages with the likes of Kreator, Killswitch Engage and Dark Tranquillity just to mention a few. Zeitgeister was a welcome homecoming. With the help of long-running producer Benjamin Richter (Moonspell, Emil Bulls) CALIBAN hand-picked seven tracks to bring new life to:

“Trauma” (feat. Matthi from Nasty, originally “Arena Of Concealment”)
“Herz” (originally “I Will Never Let You Down”)
“Ausbruch nach Innen” (originally “Tyranny Of Small Misery”)
“Feuer, zieh’ mit mir” (originally “Between The Worlds”)
“Nichts ist für immer” (originally “All I Gave”)
“Intoleranz” (originally “Intolerance”)
“Mein Inferno” (originally “My Little Secret”)
“Zeitgeister” also boasts a new track, “nICHts”.
Stay tuned for Pre Orders and more info!

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TW: Anti-Semitism and Domestic Violence.

More accusations towards Nazi-memorabilia enthusiast Marilyn Manson have come out in relation to his abuse allegations. Evan Rachel Wood is feeling safer now and sharing more details. It certainly is sketchy as fuck to learn that he bought Eva Braun’s handbag at one point, allegedly? Who has that now and have they hopefully gotten rid of it or thrown it in a dumpster? I know there have been WW2 enthusiasts in rock before like Lemmy who collected all manner of memorabilia but Lemmy was also VERY outspoken about hating prejudice and racism and his favorite artist of all time was Little Richard. Manson seems to have very much become that which he once lampooned on Portrait Of An American Family as the toxic underbelly of American society. WTpsychoticF, dude?

His long running manager Tony Ciulla has dropped him NOW, which is completely unimpressive. How could you really not know anything between Antichrist Superstar until now, dude? While many fans are grappling how someone who has written albums important to them could be so allegedly shitty, that is not the thing to center! Mechanical Animals really helped me feel better about expressing gender fluidity but I am sure as fuck not gonna put that incidental fact above the pain of the women who have come forward. Get some perspective, fuckers!

Wood, 33, claimed on her Instagram Story Friday that in addition to emotional and sexual abuse, Manson, 52, was also abusive towards her regarding her Jewish heritage. She also denied ever having a BDSM relationship with him and dismantled other pathetic talking points abuse apologists have tried to direct towards her.

The Westworld, Frozen and True Blood actress shared Manson’s tattoos which she says are hidden swastikas and a Nazi-death’s head inspired symbol of a skull-and-crossbones. She said he didn’t have them when they started dating.

“He would draw swastikas over my bedside table when he was mad at me,” says Wood, who also related on IG in her story that she was called a Jew as an insult and her mother’s heritage discussed in a demeaning way.

I heard the ‘n’ word over and over,” she added. “Everyone around him was expected to laugh and join in. If you did not or (god forbid) called him out, you were singled out and abused more.”

People in the scene who want to victim blame and whose first impulse is to fall into every abuse apologist trope should READ THIS ARTICLE right away. It was a huge red flag when Manson’s team tried to deflect from him ending a recent interview abruptly with Metal Hammer when asked about Evan alluding previously to him being an abuser (before she outright named him) by using Rose McGowan as a token “MeToo” survivor who is friendly with him. If anyone ever tries to do that you can tell them to fuck off and that one experience does not mean everyone else’s were similar.

Also, metal and worker’s rights scribe, Kim Kelly (whose work is much appreciated for what she brings to the scene) has posted a Gizmodo piece to help people recognize Nazi and Racist dogwhistling from metal bands HERE. It has some very good techniques to try to familiarize yourself with. I for one will not promote anything from Hells Headbangers because they just don’t try hard enough to vet shit, IMO.

Reporting on metal is a complicated process and we try our best to not contribute to anything super shitty. The best thing the community can do is have an ongoing discourse on how to improve things. At various points I have not written about whole bands or labels if they are unrepentant, have done zero sincere restorative justice or it’s just way too sketch to know. This goes for multiple reasons/topics. Together we can try and stay on top of this stuff instead of making an anything goes climate. You are under no obligation to support Destroyer 666 casually calling people whores or “effeminate men” as an insult just because you like metal.

The term “cancel culture” is itself an alt-right seeded concept (like “virtue” signal or “SJW”) that seeks to diminish the efforts of accountability and social justice.  Contrarian fuckheads seem to think no one has the intelligence to be able to understand nuance or degrees of contrition. If that were the case there would never be ex-neo nazis like Christian Picciolini who now do important anti-racism activism!

And then there is this I’d like to draw your attention towards:

Lastly, some smart words from Kris Esfandiari, who we have often said for awhile now is the dopest current singer in metal (and several other genres).

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When Swans released Soundtracks For The Blind back in the day it was hailed often as a type of soundtrack to a non-existent film. A similarly immersive experience awaits those who dare to tread the seventy three minute new collaborative piece by NYC’s experimental artists RACK and GRIDFAILURE, subtly entitled The Sun Exploded. Rather than a non-existent film, this one reminds us more of watching Tetsuo: The Iron Man on PCP.

There is a lot of great new stuff out today (as usual for Bandcamp Friday) from the one man Viking dreams of Feskarn’s Raven’s Way to a new extra chill Soft Kill two song release to Sweden’s progressive sludge metallers Vokonis’ new ominus banger “Blackened Wings”. This Rack and Grid team up us by far the scariest, however.

The Rack (Jon Paris) contributions are about a decade old, files that Dave Brenner of Gridfailure then manipulated and wove amidst his unique process of noise sculpting to create not just a seamless call and response but an altogether new uncharted territory. Power electronic ritual sacrificial bloodbath ensues over more traditional elements for a thrilling and terrifying end to the sliver of hope you had left for an anxiety free day!

Recorded by David Brenner and Jon Paris.
Mixed/designed by David Brenner.
Mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering.
Art/design by David Brenner.

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WAKE sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM (PST)

WAKE have signed officially to Metal Blade in what is certain to be an inspired collaboration. Devouring Ruin was a landmark moment and it is exciting to think of what type of full length will follow it up for the creatively insatiable Alberta band.

Since their formation in 2009, they’ve released numerous EPs and singles, plus five full-lengths – touring the world in support of it. Their upcoming sixth album is set to be recorded in July 2021 with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire)].

WAKE comments: “All of us in WAKE have had a lot of regard both for Metal Blade and for the bands on its roster from any era. An endless stream of Metal Blade artists have been played in our van during any number of tours. For us, playing music has always been something that we’ve tried to do on our own terms and with our own vision. We’ve explored a lot of ground musically, and that was influenced by the history that Metal Blade was there to write. So, we’re very excited to say that we’ve joined up with Metal Blade. Expect a lot more noise from our camp in the near future.”

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

Photo credit: Mike Wells

It is most definitely not about the he said, she said bullshit according to Wes Borland in regards to Marilyn Manson allegedly being a shitty, damaged and extremely toxic, unrepentant person. Head to Metalsucks HERE for a piece where Borland is quoted from Twitch saying that he believes all the women who have come forward. The list of allegations is horrific. Ashley Lindsey Morgan’s allegation (TW assault, racism) has particularly lingered in my head for how horrible it is to threaten someone Jewish with harm unless they purchase you fucking Nazi relics? Disgusting.

One other thing I want to mention that really bugs me and has had me arguing constantly with scumbag reply guys on posts around various online outlets about this topic is when they ignore saying something supportive to the people who have made a brave allegation and instead cheaply say ,“his music sucked anyway.” 

That is not me defending someone’s art. It is pointing out that it is not the time and fucking place to focus shift and imply, intentionally or not, that is isn’t that big a deal because you thought an artist wasn’t fucking good. How about instead have more empathy for the harm that is being discussed and try and learn a thing or two as well (this also goes for the people mocking AOC for mentioning resurgent compounded traumas and PTSD) about the myriad of reasons why people stay silent. Instead you scum are contributing to them.

 

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Black metal agitators NORDJEVEL will return with a new EP this year entitled Fenriir (Pre order now HERE). Indie Recordings is handling the release – which is named after the famed wolf from Norse mythology, naturally- and the EP will be released on May 7th. I feel like Floki from Vikings (based on Flóki Vilgerðarson) would especially be stoked about the pagan art of the giant wolf in question chomping off a Christian priest’s unlucky bonce.

We have been writing material for the upcoming full-length, and are still working on it now, but, due to the ongoing pandemic situation we decided to delay its release until late 2021, in the hope of being able to play live and tour with the album.

“Fenriir” is an EP that shows all sides of NORDJEVEL, from the very beginning, right up to where we are now. We had a few extra tracks which we decided early on in the recording process didn`t fit our upcoming album, so we decided to include two tracks, the title track “Fenriir”, along with “Rovdyr”, and make them exclusively available for this EP.

To make the release more special, we also decided to record ” Gnawing The Bones” which is one of the new songs that will be on the upcoming album. We also wanted to include a live track, so we mixed and mastered a version of ” Det Ror Og Ror” which was recorded live at Brutal Assault in 2019 by Hugo Alvarstein.

And of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to record a cover of “Fallen Angel” by the mighty POSSESSED. It is our tribute to them as the pioneers they are for our music, and also to honour them after we had the pleasure of touring with them last year.

NORDJEVEL’s lineup on Fenriir includes Doedsadmiral on Vocals, Destructhor and Valla on Guitars, Dzepticunt on Bass and Dominator on Drums. Vocals, bass and guitars were recorded at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway, by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, whilst drums recorded at Studio LV5 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

With Artwork and layout by Doedsadmiral and long-time collaborator Khaos Diktator Design, “Fenriir” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats. Track listing for “Fenriir” is as follows:

  1. Fenriir
  2. Gnawing The Bones
  3. Rovdyr
  4. Fallen Angel (Possessed Cover)
  5. Det Ror og Ror (Live At Brutal Assault 2019)
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ANCIENT SETTLERS is a Spain/France based melodeath band that was formed in 2020 by Rex Chiesa & Herman Riera (Ex-Haboryn), Rene González (Ex-Aesthesis), Emmy Reyes and Antony Hamäläinen (Meridian Dawn, Former Nightrage & Armageddon).

“A Monument Restored” is their latest track, another glimpse of their forthcoming Autumnus EP. The band offer a tightly executed and emotional song that fans of In Flames, 5Rand or Dark Tranquility would likely thrill to hear. The opening lyrics paint a poetic picture of spiritual alienation that stood out to me as strong.

You want the truth
A bloody silhouette
Dust and bones are all I show
To a God I’ll never know
Why break my spirit?
Sit dead on your throne
Chasing down the never was
Dead gardens for your home

Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has named Marilyn Manson as her abuser in a post on Instagram. Hopefully she can find healing from this situation and metal fans will not just attack her because she spoke out against an artist they like. Four other women have come forward as well.

 

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Brutal Records‘ signees Venomous represent some of the finest metal from São Paulo. With a new EP Tribus on the horizon for February the band is making their single “Unity” available at streaming platforms. This is an anticipated new chapter after The Black Embrace and you can of course see the already available “Unity” video below. The song covers a range of styles and is the last part of a trilogy that started with their song “Trinity” back in 2018. “Unity” portrays a clouded reality against harsh death vocals and energetic yet old school sounds paired with a few moments that even remind me of early In Flames and a progressive leaning bridge, plus the band’s patented shifting rhythmic awareness. It adds up to an enjoyable headbanging experience that makes you crave more.

“Our single Unity from the EP TRIBUS will be available tomorrow in all streaming platforms! TRIBUS will be fully available on 26 February!”

Venomous | Brazilian Metal (@venomousoficial) • Instagram photos and videos

With a name like MESSIAHVORE, you know the band probably aint playing Country and Western music. Hailing from Denver, Colorado MESSIAHVORE are set to release their self-titled album via Coffin & Bolt / Golden Robot Records on 26th February. Pre-order HERE.

“MESSIAHVORE‘s first album release features 9 tracks. All the music was recorded live in studio and then the vocals and some extras added after the fact. We were stoked to have tracked all in the same room with one another and bring the music with the natural energy, feedback and volume of our live performances.

The recording was done in Denver in our own commercially run studio known as “The Crash Pad” Bart, the guitarist and singer engineered the recording. We simply set up and test tracked, locked in the tones and let it rip. The results speak for themselves. We are proud of our first effort and are looking forward to sharing it with all the heavy music fans of the world.

Lots of density on this debut release. Thick guitars and bass combined with saturated vocals. Catchy hooks but not overly commercial. “The Last Word” is an epic instrumental that supplies ambient vibe for days. “Betrothed” hits hard and is either about overbearing control or Vampires. You can make the call. “Cult Worship” is one of our favorites and “Doublecross” starts out with some Sabbath vibe then moves into desert rock territory. MESSIAHVORE mixes elements of groove metal, doom, stoner rock and a bit of industrial to complete the sound.”

It was a fast start for the band, opening for Fu Manchu, Sasquatch, Nebula, Daikaiju and were slated to play with Lord Dying then the COVID hit the states. You know the rest of that story. This led to them buckling down and writing a seven song EP. The band signed to Coffin & Bolt Records which is incorporated with the international mainstay Golden Robot Records.

Hello all you mad, grandiose bloodfiends and welcome to the first fucking day the United States has ever had a woman VP! I don’t want to hear purity politics right now. It is a historic milestone and there are a hell of a lot worse people than Kamala who could have gotten in there. We have to work together to keep the Dems moving in a progressive direction but it is possible. Do NOT tell me that the 15 executive orders Biden signed into law today RIGHT AWAY (with the New Radicals and Gaga still ringing in our ears) are just “eXaCtLY ThE SaME aS ThE GoP”. That is privileged nonsense beyond belief, especially when the faketriots just tried to stage a literal unjustified coup over their fake election fraud nonsense and we are now BACK in the Paris Agreement. Millions will soon have a viable path to citizenship. Sit down and eat your food.

On that note, I keep seeing idiots who still back the twice impeached loser (who simpered away sullenly to the tune of YMCA) saying online in Trump’s defense that he “never started a war”. I think almost starting a fucking civil war HERE counts! And as if he didn’t ruin the nuclear deal with Iran and assassinated a top leader and pushed them into China’s arms and bombed Yemen just a little bit as well (killing an infant girl from the jump). Oh, and abandoned allies in Syria. Pardoning Kodak Black doesn’t make up for you pardoning Steve Bannon who wants to incite a xenophobic race war either, asshole.

On that note a little bit more, bye bye Iced Earth. Like complete moron Ariel Pink (who says “life isn’t fair” about homeless people but whines about being dropped by his label for supporting a fascist), Iced Earth have been dropped from Century Media’s artist page.

Jon is a talented as hell musician and a completely gullible idiot who doubled down on bad takes time and time again until it led him into the six criminal charges he now faces. What a massive fucking letdown. Stu Block and the band’s lukewarm responses have been weak sauce as well. You all should have quit the band and issued a “fuck him” statement. It is also weak, much as I love a ton of Century Media bands and their PR people are awesome folks, that the label declined to comment to Metal Injection. They should have said they are 100% not here for his bullshit either.

Maybe I sound harsh to some of you? Well, it is pretty awful seeing loved ones or people in your community or families fall down the Q rabbit hole of utter dogshite. Seeing it rot their logic and fact checking abilities and destroy families. Seeing it ruin musicians you once admired past the point of no return. We have tried to help many of you and it is ok to have boundaries. There must be a firm stance about this shit. Marina Abramović is cooler than all of you and a Storm is most definitely NOT coming. Except legally for orange fucko.

Winter’s Verge have released a new video for “Blood On The Foam” from The Ballad Of James Tig release. Fans of Alestorm, Wuthering Heights or even Delain and Manowar will thrill to this Cyprus band’s powerful heavy metal soundtrack to questing! Let the melodic and lively tune wash over you like the ocean’s spray (not a juice commercial, duh).

Since its formation in 2005, the band has so far released 4 full studio albums and 3 Eps and built a strong reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in Cyprus, with a powerful blend of epic, melodic and symphonic metal. The band is made up of 6 of the most experienced and respected musicians in the Cypriot rock and metal scene – George Charalambous on vocals, Deniel Pavlovsky and Savvas Parperi on guitars, Stavry Michael on keys, Miguel Trapezaris on bass and Danny Georgiou on drums.

Lastly today, the first full length release from San Diego death metal outfit Putrescine. The Fading Flame will be available March 26 on vinyl, CD, and cassette from Tridroid Records! Putrescine’s dissonant, churning death metal makes no secret of their influences; fans of Carcass, Morbid Angel, and At the Gates will find much to enjoy, and the band continues to use imagery from video games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne to frame issues of antifascism, personal trauma, and queer radicalism.

That’s it for today, lovers. Remember: Frenemies
Who when you’re down, ain’t your friend…
Every night we smash a Mercedes-Benz

 

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