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

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

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September Showdown: Top 4 release picks of the month

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Varg wonder if they should have gone glamping when they quickly run out of Oreos and Ale.

September is seeping with molten metallic sensory overload and we are here today to break down some of our top records of the month to check out. This is not a fully comprehensive list, as there is a lot of cool stuff on the imminent horizon. This is, however, some of the stuff I have been bumping the most this past week that I think is rad.

Check out my top picks nearing release BELOW.

DEAFBRICK stream album at Cvlt Nation

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:51 AM (PST)

photo by Felipe Pagani

Deafbrick – the collaborative album between Brazil’s DEAFKIDS and the UK’s PETBRICK – will see release this Friday in North America through Neurot Recordings and in Europe via Rocket Recordings. CVLT Nation is now hosting an advance stream of the entire album alongside an interview with both acts. This is a very exciting moment for the underground as both acts are pillars of inventive cacophony and this collab is sure to be something left field and morale boosting for fans of extreme, freaky chaos and percussive weirdness.

PETBRICK is the creation of Wayne Adams (Big Lad, Death Pedals) and Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulwax, Cavalera Conspiracy) and more. The band has released several EPs and albums through Closed Casket Activities, Rocket Recordings, and more over recent years, and they have toured and collaborated live with a variety of acts.

 

DEAFKIDS erupted into the international scene when Neurosis’ Neurot Recordings signed them in 2016. Since then, the label has issued two albums from the trio, and they toured internationally including opening for Neurosis, Bell Witch, Big|Brave, and others across North America, and alongside Rakta, Petbrick, and others in Europe.

 

CVLT Nation writes in part of the album’s intense and psychedelic attack, “DeafBrick is a unique aural experience and I’ll give it to the guys: there’s nothing quite like it on this planet. Their collaboration brings out the best in both bands and tends to temper any of their individual excesses. This is a focused, intelligent record of noise, industrial, metal, and punk. This is the most original album I’ve heard all year, but it is definitely not one of the most pleasant. There’s an element here, one of deprogramming, or maybe it’s programming, but you can feel your brain bleed in certain parts, like the band is issuing forth sounds that are breaking down mental barriers you never knew existed. This isn’t dangerous, but it is singular, and once you allow yourself to delve into its depths, you won’t come out the same person.”
Listen to the entire DEAFKIDS & PETBRICK Deafbrick collab at CVLT Nation early RIGHT HERE.
Also see the previously issued videos for “Sweat-Drenched Wreck” HERE and “Força Bruta” HERE.

 

Deafbrick will see release on LP and digital platforms this Friday, September 4th. In North America, find preorders through Neurot Recordings HERE and HERE. In Europe find preorders through Rocket Recordings HERE. Preorders for all digital providers are available HERE.
 

WISDOM IN CHAINS, SHARP/SHOCK TEAM UP FOR 4-SONG E.P.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:48 PM (PST)
Underground hardcore icons Wisdom In Chains face off with the ultra hyped Sharp/Shock for the ultimate hardcore / pop punk split, out on September 11th.  Each band shreds a fresh original and then cues up on their own handpicked cover.  Wisdom In Chains uncovers the glory of the ultra obscure Epoxies, while Sharp/Shock celebrates a classic hit from the legendary Buzzcocks.
Today, we’ve unveiled Side A opener “Richie’s Revenge” from Wisdom In Chains.  The track showcases the band’s trademark PA Hardcore sound while remaining as relevant and timeless as ever.
The Wisdom In Chains / Sharp/Shock Split E.P. will be available physically and digitally on September 11th from Fast Break! Records.  Pre-orders are available here, and new music from Sharp/Shock will arrive soon.
Track Listing:
1.  Need More Time (Wisdom in Chains)
2.  Richie’s Revenge (Wisdom in Chains, originally performed by The Epoxies)
3.  The Ploy in Employment (Sharp/Shock)
4.  Ever Fallen In Love (Sharp/Shock, originally performed by The Buzzcocks)
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RIP Riley Gale of Power Trip

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:40 PM (PST)

Riley Gale of Power Trip, arguably the fastest rising band in metal and hardcore in recent memory, has died. The metal and punk community are devastated but it is nice to see so many people coming together to honor and mourn a truly great frontman. Rest In Power Riley was trending on Twitter over some really evil stuff, so it is cool to see good can win sometimes even at a sad fucking moment. Love rises and hardcore can be family still.

I remember being at the Warzone tribute in the Lower East Side a few years ago and ‘Executioner’s Tax’ was maybe the only newer song I heard played over the PA that day along with classic punk and KRS-One and stuff. I remember people were just vibin’ so hard to the Power Trip and I knew they were the great top new thrash band of this era. Major love and condolences to all who are affected by this terrible loss. – MYE.

 

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RIP Frankie Banali

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:23 PM (PST)

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali sadly lost his fight with pancreatic cancer yesterday, a somber moment for rock. Banali had a truly incredible life changing rock history for the better and of course also was on the very first metal album to ever go number one, the legendary Metal Health (which sold over ten million glorious copies).

An official statement from his family said that Banali “put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working, and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

Banali will be missed by fans and loved ones around the world.

I was recently in the hospital for a week and one of the first things I did when I could finally relax at home again was just chill and listen to Emma Ruth Rundle‘s all encompassing, big and moody sound to try and let go of all the uncertainty and vertigo I had just gone through. It was a good release. She is one of the most powerful artists out there – much better than a lot of fawned over people who get more press- and it is compelling that there will be a new off kilter alternative collab release called May Our Chambers Be Full between her and one of the most passionate and hard working underground bands, Thou. I was just enjoying their kind of Eyehategod meets drinking floor cleaner much heavier take on Agents Of Oblivion’s “Paroled in ’54” the other night (I am a huge Agents/Dax fan and used to cover ‘The Hangman’s Daughter’ at almost all the earliest Walking Bombs shows I did). Loving New Orleans photographer Craig Mulcahy’s evocative gender cloudy art for the physical edition (Out October 30th via Sacred Bones Alliance).

Pre Order here or here and check out ‘Ancestral Recall’ in all it’s marching glory below. The 2020 musical bar has been raised , folks. Who is gonna top this?

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To say we merely ‘approve’ of the new Spirit Adrift artwork would be a gross understatement! Look at those loyal metal pitties! Yes, we have not heard any of the record yet. I have to run out the door in a minute and was listening to Deftones’ Diamond Eyes, haha. It doesn’t matter. It is highly unlikely that Spirit Adrift just suddenly fell off and decided to suck all of a sudden after being one of the best newer modern bands in metal with each release. Even if this was somehow terrible (which it won’t be), we would have to stan. The art looks really good on the longsleeve t merch fyi.

Pre Order HERE , you fun loving bastards! And check out “Harmony Of The Spheres” and tell me how it is cuz I have to wait a few more hours until I can hear it! \m/

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On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

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This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

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RIP Martin Birch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.

Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.

Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.

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Entombed AD singer LG Petrov diagnosed with cancer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:04 PM (PST)

A GoFundMe has been set up for singer LG Petrov of Swedish death metal’s notorious Entombed AD.

The band said: “Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and strength goes out to our brother. If you want to support him In these hard times, click the link in the Bio and feel free to donate. #fuckcancer #fightforlifeandmetal”

LG has lived for metal to the hilt and we all are rooting for him during this challenge.

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Listening to “DEMON(S)” right now from DARKEST HOUR as I write this and thinking fondly of how this band has kept going and always deliver bangers passionately and reliably. Truly one of the modern underground acts that deserves more credit for carrying the torch for a long time.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR have just announced a special livestream event to benefit their favorite local venue during these unprecedented times.

To aid their good friends at the Black Cat in the band’s hometown of Washington DC, DARKEST HOUR is proud to announce a worldwide live streaming event to be held on September 26th, 2020 via VEEPS.com. All the profits of this event will go to the Black Cat Employee fund. 

The band writes, “We have been spending a lot of time thinking of our family, friends, and colleagues who are all struggling to find a way through these trying times. The Black Cat has been a constant refuge for us over the years and so it feels right to our best to give back now. We need art, we need music, and we will need a place to all come together eventually to heal form all of this. We want those of our friends who work in the music/art/live events industry to know that we see you, we are here for you, and most of all that you are not alone.
We will be rolling out a special digital merchandise store, and some other surprises so follow along on our social media as we reveal more details. Happy to do our part to support the fund and give back to a community and club that has given so much to us.
Thanks so much in advance for helping get the word out. Just trying to get creative, stay active, give back, all while we try and write the best album of our lives!”
Purchase your presale ticket HERE, or feel free to donate anytime HERE.

Stay tuned for further updates on DARKEST HOUR as they continue to write their new album for release through Southern Lord in 2021.

Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge), DARKEST HOUR‘s eleventh LP Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora continues to solidify the band’s legacy as a major metal powerhouse. Raw, complex, melodic, yet cutting with razor blade precision, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is a fierce album which shows the long-running band as lethal and ravenous as ever.

Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is available on CD, LP, picture disc LP, digital via Southern Lord, including a brand-new pressing on purple vinyl limited to 300 copies. Find options at the label’s webstore HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and through all digital providers.

In other news, DARKEST HOUR recently launched an official fan club via Patreon as part of their 25th anniversary. Here, fans can choose their desired tier to access lots of band content; some of it never before accessible, some of it so old it has been lost to the black hole of the Internet, and some of it totally brand new and exclusive. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
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RIP Tony Costanza (Machine Head, Crisis, Crowbar, etc)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:48 AM (PST)

This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.

I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal

 

Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.

Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.

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NAPOLI VIOLENTA

Hey everyone. So wow, I had a crazy week. I have been in the hospital for a week and finally emerged in a Twilight Zone-like calm to a glowing parking lot after a huge Isaias related storm had passed that I filmed out my hospital room window in Kingston, NY. I was super sick and didn’t know I had new onset diabetes. My A1C was like 14.3, so super shitty. Thankfully I don’t have COVID like I thought (though I was confused cuz I have been super careful). But yeah, I have almost never been sicker in my life and it feels beyond awesome to be back home with my cat, listening to Emma Ruth Rundle’s On Dark Horses and feeling the absolute luxury of a fan blowing on me in bed. Lol. It is the little things after a scare like that.

Basically, I kind of have to keep my cool and act like Obama now – as in, stay chill no matter what the hell is going on (does that mean I can drone people still though?) and really monitor my sugar levels. For someone with an insane history of not taking the best care of myself at points in my life, I should still count myself lucky. And I can still write to you all about head caving metal and punk. So let’s get on that.

First, some killer grind from Italy! “Jesuscrust Superscum” rocked my face off!

NAPOLI VIOLENTA was born in the Neapolitan hinterland in 2018. Four old exponents of the Neapolitan metal/HC punk scene whose identity remains unknown and shrouded in silence started collaborating to conjure up the most dangerous kind of extreme music. The intent was immediately to merge Poliziottesco – a subgenre of crime and action films that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s – and Grindcore, two worlds, two revolutions that at first sight couldn’t be any more distant, but both renowned for being cynical, infamous and violent.
The project therefore takes its name from the film of the same name directed by Umberto Lenzi in 1976, “Napoli Violenta”, the second chapter of the “Trilogia Commissario Betti”, starring Maurizio Merli and with a soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi. Musically, inspiration is clearly drawn by early Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, Brutal Truth… the logo itself is a clear example of “pezzotto” (fugazi art), which represents a tribute to the genre.

NAPOLI VIOLENTA are proud to announce that they have signed a worldwide contract with Time To Kill Records, joining the label’s growing roster which includes some acts I love like 5Rand and Shockproof. I am gonna post the band’s nice tribute to John Saxon below, since I was super sick and didn’t get to post anything when he died. Anyway, stay tuned for more from this band cuz they absolutely destroy our collective asses.

Anyway, thank you everyone who loves this site and it is good to still be here. I spent days like on the edge of a potential coma and could barely move, so it feels amazing to be human again.