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I’m not just saying this to promote MY records or anyone’s really specifically, but here is a thought on art in general. Music can bring people together of many cultures. It is very hard for artists to have a sustainable career when no one purchases their art, even if they work hard. You can only get so far without support. Now, Ariana Grande or Eagles Of Death Metal have lots of fans, BUT…if fear and terror starts also cutting in to concert attendance and (unlikely, but) somehow dented it enough, that is a direct assault on culture exchange. The arts struggle enough. The whole idea of a starving artist being more valid is masochistic and puts artists at a huge disadvantage when many of them already have a lot on their plate already as sensitive or tuned in souls.

A great refutation of ideology you don’t like, be it violence or even a political movement or corporation you are against, is to vote with your dollars. Buy organic food, etc. Do what you can. I would hope the deaths of the music fans of Ariana Grande in Manchester , some with their whole lives ahead of them now stolen, might move some of you to go out and purchase a work of art, a shirt, a book, a movie, a record or something to help further the arts and to ESPECIALLY keep music, loud unabashedly alive music of any genre (except NSBM, duh), blasting in the faces of those who see it as a threat to divisions or who don’t want sexual, racial or social mores or gender roles to evolve. One love. PMA. Our hearts at Metal Riot go out to Ariana and her fans. What a sick, sad fucking senseless thing.

Here are a few recommendations of artists of different genres, races, genders and spiritual backgrounds we suggest you support and show that humanity will NOT be thrown backwards, be it by xenophobic Trumpster Divers (supporting only Arab nations you make money off of doesn’t count, Conald Chump/Trump), radical terror groups like Isis or whoever the fuck tries to front on unity and love:

Lizzo: https://twitter.com/lizzo

Tommy Genesis world wide: https://twitter.com/brasil_tommy

Solstafir: https://twitter.com/solstafiroffcal

Lara Hope and The Arktones: https://www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com/

Downtown Boys: https://twitter.com/DowntownBoys

Flatfoot 56: https://www.flatfoot56.com/ 

VOWWS: https://twitter.com/vowwsband 

I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything- I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight.

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RIP Chris Cornell

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:22 AM (PST)

No words will do justice to your legacy. Thank you

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In This Moment reveal “Ritual” artwork

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:24 AM (PST)

Photo by Catharina Christiana

Theatrical tour machines In This Moment have seemingly named their next offering Ritual. Some artwork was revealed today and fans are freaking out. “River Of Fire”, a new song the band has been playing live, was fucking awesome when I saw them in Albany (one of the biggest highlights of the set). More news as we get it.

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Multi-instrumentalist, song writer, and audio engineer THOMAS ANDREW DOYLE (TAD, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Hog Molly) will unveil the cinematic sounds of his Incineration Ceremony full-length via Yuggoth Records. Set for release May 16th, the adventurous nine-track offering is a return to roots of sorts for DOYLE.

 

Spending his formative years in music playing in jazz clubs while attending school studying classical and jazz music at Boise State University, DOYLE comes forth with a symphonic take on what is going on in his head. Spawned from the dark and dreary recesses of DOYLE‘s psyche comes an immense sound of textures, rhythms, and material suitable for film and standalone listening, disquieting all who are within an earshot.

 

People familiar with DOYLE‘s manifestations should expect the unexpected. DOYLE‘s entry into the world of symphonic composition is no novice beginner’s attempt. Incineration Ceremony is a musical journeyman’s expression that is genuine, heartfelt, honest, uncompromising, and authoritative.
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Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam) joins Overkill

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM (PST)

Jason Bittner, a drummers drummer who is a scene vet and has of course played with bands like the much missed Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam and briefly with Crisis, has joined thrash titans Overkill. This is a pretty fucking insanely good fit as Jason’s style is going to synch up very well for the band.

Press release here:

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).
“OVERKILL would like to announce it’s newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason “Sticks” Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy “The Mexicutioner” Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine.
Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

Jason “Sticks” Bittner states, “When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer………ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

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Being a closet Nazi does not make you a cool force of evil lurking in the shadows or whatever nonsense people tell themselves while listening to Skrewdriver alone and hating “weaker groups” but secretly wanting to be dominated by Terry Crews these days. Want a competing arena or marketplace of ideas and freedom? Fine. But many are simply too afraid to own their racist shit in public for fear of being ostracized by reasonable human beings. And yet you mock people closeted in the gay community or other  minorities who’ve feared for lives through history?

Some people praise Halford for being brave enough to come out in metal yet still help nurture conditions that make it hard to do so. Black metal has a massive problem with the cult of ambiguity. Black metal, for example, historically covets a sense of murky ambiguity often that can create occult or moral mystery or in actuality simply enable room for a lot of bs to go down.

Yes, it is easy on paper to agree with Trevor Noah when he says that Ann Coulter’s free speech must be protected, but when GOP groups, people with serious self-hate denial issues like Milo or goofy Proud Boy dorks are willingly going where they are overwhelmingly not wanted and the President is dog whistling Andrew Jackson enthusiasts because he is too much of a little slug to actually admit he is a racist piece of shit, there is a problem. The enabling of a larger platform at private institutions or elsewhere for controversy seeking scum who want to incite violence and then blame the oppressed groups for protesting is the epitome of gaslighting. It is generations of racism, white supremacist prison industrial complex prison for profit free labor crushing the spirits of black communities and then blaming them for their own unrest while simultaneously profiling and shooting them disproportionately. Go fuck yourself.

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Ozzy and Zakk reunite

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 1:41 PM (PST)

OZZY OSBOURNE AND ZAKK WYLDE SET TO REUNITE FOR 2017 TOUR

Rock fans rejoice!

For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again.

Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark OZZY’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.

OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who OZZY describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined OZZY’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on OZZY’s acclaimed BLACK RAIN album.

In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, OZZY’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). OZZY’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

“I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS,” Zakk Wylde adds.

Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic.

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Song Of The Week: Lola Black’s “Dead To Me”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:39 PM (PST)

Denver’s Lola Black recently released a catchy hard rock song “Dead To Me” that is sure to be an anthem for the band’s fans.  With footage from Higher Elevation Rock Festival and KBPI Car Show last summer, the “Dead to Me” video was produced by Negative4 Productions. The band will also be re-releasing their EP Till Death Do Us Part via The Label Group on the same day as “Dead To Me,” May 5th, on iTunes and all other online retailers.

I dig Lola’s vocals. Kind of reminds me of if Alannah Myles fronted an early 00’s influenced hard rock band but with a lot more snarling grit to her voice to go with the smooth hooks. This is almost certainly going to be a band to watch if they keep up the production value on the videos. Best of luck to them.

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Thy Will Be Done have been a top notch live act for years, a band who deserve just as much recognition as NWOAHM bands like Lamb Of God, God Forbid or Shadows Fall (the last two don’t play anymore, of course) as total stage slayers. TWBD have a recent song “Breath Of Light” out and are set to finally return to the stage on April 28th. We are so psyched for the dudes and wanted to throw some horns up in their direction and J. Costa was kind enough to respond to our inquiry about how it feels to be nearly back after drummer Jay Waterman’s heart issues.

“It’s overwhelmingly emotional and exciting to be on the cusp of returning to the stage with our drummer; who got the green-light from his cardiologist, back behind the kit where he loves to be, and a new lead guitarist added to the fold. It’s been an arduous couple years, but we’re ready to shake the Earth and roll out the thunder!” – J.Costa

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Former Nothingface singer Matt Holt dies

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM (PST)

A big shame for groove metal fans today as we learn that Matt Holt, ex-Nothingface singer, passed away on April 15th. While he was estranged from some of his former band mates, the particulars of that don’t outweigh that he was a big talent and rocked hard on some killer albums.

I remember my old band DIVEST was really influenced by the group’s Violence album, a ferocious record top to bottom and full of difficult screams and cool harmonized melodic passages that influenced some of my own style along with Alice In Chains. As a singer I def admired the range of Holt and that even people who only liked screaming couldn’t dismiss him because he could also really scream his head off. Glad I got to see them rip it live once opening for Pantera. I still think “Bleeder” fucking rules. RIP.

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Soilwork announce new drummer, Bastian Thusgaard

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:32 AM (PST)

Technical , extreme, hooky and accessible all without ever sucking? Of course we are discussing mighty Soilwork. When their former drummer Dirk peaced out (to inferior, yet more popular) band Megadeth, it left a big hole in Soilwork. The band have a shit ton of songs and any one of them presents many challenges to even a skilled player. Listen to, say, “Enemies In Fidelity” on recent masterpiece The Ride Majestic alone and tell me that a lot of drummers come to mind who could smoke that song in their sleep. Short list, huh? Well, it seems the Swedes have finally found a new member who fits the bill! Bastian Thusgaard, welcome aboard one of the greatest acts in metal!

Read a statement from the band and Bastian below.

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Demonical announce new vocalist Alexander Högbom

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST)

Swedish death metal band Demonical  have announced a change of vocalists.

DEMONICAL commented:

“We have parted with vocalist Sverker Widgren due to various time- and priority related matters. As there are always two sides to every story and answers might differ depending on who you ask, we prefer to keep the more detailed reasons amongst the ones involved and not publically go into further explanations. However, in order to avoid any speculations we can inform you that there is no bad blood between any of us, we want to thank Sverker for all the years in the band and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.

As the band has always operated under the motto “only the best is good enough”, we are thrilled to announce that one of Sweden’s premium death metal vocalists, Alexander Högbom (known from acts such as October Tide and Centinex) has joined us as our new permanent commander.

In order to raise the flames even higher, we can hereby also reveal that after more than two years in Demonical on a session basis, guitarist Eki Kumpulainen and drummer Kennet Englund have both become full-time members of the band.

With this determined and solid line-up we are very much looking forward to the upcoming Finnish shows next week, the summer tour across Eastern Europe during July as well as the album recording in the autumn.

Yes that’s right, during the fall we will (finally) record our fifth full-length album for an early 2018 release. We have tapped an award-winning Swedish producer for the task and we are confident that the album – which summons bits and pieces from all our previous releases – will become an improved quality-related chapter for Demonical and push our Swedish Death Metal Darkness to a new level.

The future looks more than victorious!”.     

Alexander Högbom added:

“It is with excitement and great honor I will shoulder Sverker Widgren’s position in Demonical. I have known the band for almost 10 years now and we have toured together all over the globe with my other bands both as support and vice versa. This is one more step for me into the chasm of Swedish Death Metal Darkness”.

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Iced Earth reveal cover art for new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM (PST)

Iced Earth have revealed the artwork to next record Incorruptible, a fitting title for a band who refuse to be anything less than metal to the grave. Dystopia by Iced Earth shoulda won a Grammy and pretty sure they had that album name first Mega Dave. Anyway, this one follows the also excellent Plagues Of Babylon and is going to be the great Stu Block’s third proper record with the band, so we are thrilled for the dudes that it continues to pan out.

From the band’s official Facebook:

Surprise everyone!! Iced Earth doesn’t follow the rules, they told us tomorrow, we said let’s give it to the fans now!!
Here is the new cover art for “Incorruptible” – OUT JUNE 16th WORLDWIDE !!
Pre order info and various formats released here on Monday !!
#IcedEarth #Incorruptible
Artwork by David Newman-Stump and Roy Young

Tracklisting and format details BELOW.

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Godhunter releases album trailer and art for “Codex Narco”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1:21 PM (PST)

The Godhunter project remains an interesting and evolving band , both opaque in what they will do next and yet politically in your face at the same time. Turns out that “next” is finally another release. Codex Narco is the newest record, which features contributions from members of CHRCH, Demon Lung, Mountaineer, Thorne, Methra, and others and more inward looking song topics, rumor has it.

I’m loving the cover art. It makes me think of SST Records if they’d designed pagan children’s books or something instead of St Vitus and Black Flag records.

In line with GODHUNTER’s commitment to speaking out about social issues, the proceeds of Codex Narco’s sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood, the statement reflected in the pink color scheme of the artwork by Bailey Illustration and layout by Cool Ghoul Ltd. (Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man). Codex Narco was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and features a cover of Tegan & Sara’s “Walking With A Ghost,” for which a video is being created to support suicide prevention.

See the trailer for Codex Narco at THIS LOCATION.

More news on this one as we get it in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, check the track listing below.

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Mike IX Williams to return to Eyehategod’s live show at Berserker Fest

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:16 AM (PST)
EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike IX Williams will make his triumphant return to the stage next month following a successful liver transplant this past December. Williams, who hasn’t performed live in a year, will make his stage debut on April 14th at this year’s Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan alongside Off!, Negative Approach, Gwar, Weedeater, The Obsessed, and so many more. From there, the band will hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York with future live encounters to be announced in the months to come. 

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