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Friday the 13th Finishing Moves: Cauldron, Woe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:43 PM (PST)

Hey there ya headbanging tree-huggers, if you can’t be in London protesting Trump or can’t fit into a  soon to be outlawed as “Antifa” Jason Voorhees mask you might as well hang out here with us at Metal Riot. So let’s get this party started!!! Are you excited? No? You ought to be. New music time!

New Gods is the forthcoming new full-length from Canadian heavy metal trio CAULDRON. Slated to drop September 7th via The End Records in North America and Dissonance Productions in Europe, the band’s fifth full-length and follow up to the critically-lauded 2016 album In Ruin was captured by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Wooden Sky) at Union Sound in Toronto.

 

This band always delivers in the larger than life memorable song department and pack a punch, so I am really looking forward to them giving us new stuff. “Letting Go” gets your blood running from the get-go with an incredible intro riff and plenty of thrills for classic metal types and Sabbath disciples. This song reminds me of a mix of Vol. 4 and Seventh Star through the Cauldron vapors.

 

In advance of its release, Decibel offers up a first taste of the record with “Letting Go.”

 

Offers founding vocalist/bassist Jason Decay, “‘Letting Go’ is one of the first tracks that came together for the new record. We really couldn’t deny the melody found in this song and I think somehow it still sounds very CAULDRON… once in a while you just have to rock and roll the bones. I am very proud of the songwriting, performances, and production on this one,” he continues, “and it is definitely the most confident I have been in a finished album of ours. It’s dark, it’s heavy, and it has a very melodic sense of AOR. I’m pretty sure people who were into In Ruin will like this one just as much if not more!”

 

Hear “Letting Go” at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.  

 

 
CAULDRON’s New Gods will come available in CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
 

 

In conjunction with the release of New GodsCAULDRON will be playing a handful of US shows in September with support provided by Barrow Wight. The band has also confirmed a special record release show in their hometown of Toronto set for September 15th at Junction City Music Hall. Click HERE for more show and ticket info.

 

CAULDRON:
9/06/2018 The Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Barrow Wight
9/07/2018 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA w/ Barrow Wight
9/08/2018 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Barrow Wight
9/15/2018 Junction City Music Hall – Toronto, ON

Black metal force to be reckoned with Woe are a bright light in a dark genre, one of the most rewarding acts in extreme metal. We stan 2017 return to the fray Hope Attrition almost as much as Chinese Democracy around here, which is to say…a bunch! Seriously, they are brilliant and fierce, pushing their art further into blackened hallways of rebirth and the strive for something tangibly real. Love it.

 

The band have announced a twelve day tour that begins in Colorado Springs on September 15th, my sister Cambria’s birthday (incidentally). Joining Woe for the tour will be Greenville, SC grinding death metal outfit, WVRM.

 

“Wvrm is a band that brings an uncompromising AGGRESSION that we truly appreciate and connect with. We’re glad to be fighting on their side” comments WOE frontman, Chris Grigg.

 

 

Woe, WVRM Tour dates:
9/15 – Colorado Springs, CO, Triple Nickel
9/16 – Denver, CO, HI-Dive
9/17 – Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
9/19 – Seattle, WA, Highline
9/20 – Portland, OR, Highwater Mark
9/21 – Sacramento, CA, Blue Lamp
9/22 – Oakland, CA, Elbo Room
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA, 5 Star Bar
9/24 – San Diego, CA, Space
9/25 – Tempe, AZ, Yucca Tap Room
9/26 – Tucson, AZ, Fly Catcher
9/28 – Austin, TX, TBA (Woe only)
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Weekend Warpath: Insignium, Denied, Earth Electric

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:46 AM (PST)

Hello, weekend warriors. We just got an air conditioner and I have the afternoon off so am taking a moment to do a little extra metal blogging about some cool shit for you.

Some of you may know that I was really into Ex-Mayhem guitarist Rune Eriksen’s melodic gothy band Ava Inferi, purveyors of some totally under appreciated and dark, poetic masterful records. I even got to interview them once back in the days of MySpace. Well, Rune Eriksen and chillingly talented vocalist Carmen Simões (who has also worked with mighty Moonspell, one of my all time favorite bands) now have a cool new hard rock band called Earth Electric! The video, directed by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (GHOST) is below.

Regarding the video, Earth Electric comment: “Our second official video was shot by Costin Chioreanu on various stages throughout Spain and Norway as a part of the ambulant “Tales Of The Wind” exhibition. The video itself is a vivid and psychedelic expression of the powerful energies we create in our most desired setting; on stage! “

Immerse yourself in this band from Portugal’s impressive psychedelic hard rock right away! RIYL Purson, Hammers Of Misfortune, Slough Feg.

German black metallers Insignium recently signed with Apostasy Records and on August 31st, Insignium will reveal the fruits of their recent labors with their new album Infamie Und Urgewalt – Wenn Altes Sich Erhebt. I don’t know a lot about this band but they haven’t released anything in like thirteen years and the music is pretty fucking awesome. I did try hard to make sure they are not NSBM before posting and could not find anything to prove otherwise, which it sucks that I have to even say that but it is 2018.

So yeah, I certainly hope this is cool to post. The artwork and especially the riffs are pretty fucking incredible and I am enjoying it.

Denied from Sweden have a new lyric video for heavy metal anthem in the making “False Truth”. The lyrics are pretty pedestrian (see “Die MF Just Die” repeated at numerous points) and a lot of casual F bombs, but there is something about the energy of the song I enjoyed. It isn’t the most original ever but sometimes you just want to rock. I mean, it worked for Drowning Pool, right?

Denied feature singer Soren Adamsen, vocals (ex ARTILLERY) and Chris Vowden, guitar (ex OPETH) and “False Truth” is taken from the album “Freedom of speech…” that was released 13th Feb 2018 via Sliptrick Records. The song featuring Johan Fahlberg (JADED HEART) on vocals.

 

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Friday Funeral Flowers: Manticora , Black Fast

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:31 PM (PST)

To Kill To Live To Kill – Official Manticora Cover. By David Troest

Feeling pretty impressed with the new Manticora “Echoes Of A Silent Scream” video. It doesn’t look super high budget but they did a good job and the music is technically skillful and just enraged enough. The video gives me recollections of Sin City‘s Kevin who Elijah Wood embodied so creepily. So yeah, add a samurai sword and this is not for the faint of heart.

August 3rd 2018 sees the release of Manticora’s To Kill To Live To Kill.  Recorded and mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction, Persefone etc.), the record gives me Nevermore vibes in a really good way. It is their first new album in 8 years and you can tell the group worked super hard on it, so don’t sleep! The songs are even tied into a graphic horror novel  was written by the lead singer, Lars F. Larsen, and the artwork resembles the stories of the novel. This is the first part of a concept double-album, that will be released as two separate albums, one year apart.

Manticora have released 7 critically acclaimed albums, since 1999, and toured numerous times around Europe as well as in the US + played at prestigious festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower USA, etc.

Photo: Kenny Williamson

St. Louis’ thrashers Black Fast have released a third new single titled “Husk” exclusively via Revolver Magazine. “Husk was the last song to come together just as we started recording this album,” says the band. “It’s a little different from the rest of the songs and we knew right away it had to be the closer. Plus, it has a fucking slide solo.”

Check it out HERE. That solo is EPIC!!! It’s nice to see the band fighting their way forward.

The band will release Spectre of Ruin on Friday, July 13, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne) and have once again worked with the mighty Erik Rutan (Hell Eternal, Agnostic Front, Morbid Angel). So far what I have heard is scorching and the vocals sound like a howling skeleton ripping up from the ground. This shit will def make people give them more respect for having a bit more longevity and adding a lot of impressive new material to their growing batch of already dope songs to pull from.

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Thursday’s news, space jammers. First order of business,  a hearty don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out to “EPA Administrator” aka corrupt scum Scott Pruitt. The GOP will forever own the stain of climate denial and corrupt profiteering from endangering humanity recklessly.

Secondly, Therese Okoumou, you are the embodying spirit of a more perfect union, the right to protest injustice and the hope for change to stop the destruction of any semblance of American dignity before we can heal our deep trauma as a nation at ideological war between the forces of Good and the hideous gaslighting White Supremacists who revise history and quake in terror of progressive change. Thank you so much, true American hero. You have more bravery and dignity than the entire GOP and all their supporters in your pinky.

The below image, reshared by Bernice King, is as iconic an American image as I have ever seen in my 40 years.

I couldn’t in good faith just write about (even inspiring or revolutionary) music today without acknowledging the power of this moment. Now, let me direct you to some metal news to stir your spirits.

The new Deafheaven album can be streamed at NPR today! Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is available to curious ears in full RIGHT HERE. I have been crazy busy and so have not heard it yet myself but am gonna put it on in the background as I write this. The intro of “You Without End” that kicks things off has some somber but kind of warm piano and some post-rock vibes before a spoken sample thing and I am digging this mellow expansive beginning so far. It’s nice to be truthful and absorb stuff at your own pace rather than feel like you have to cram an experience in just to get a review shoved out. But anyway, I’m really looking forward to hearing how these guys have evolved as they have grown on me with time. So far I have to say already that this tune is kind of the coolest thing I have heard from them yet and is straddling some more interesting and colorful lines for my tastes.

True punks Cliterati have a new EP called Nuked At Birth you can savor over at Cvlt Nation at present! One of the most uncompromising, fun and important bands in 2018’s underground, Cliterati are miles above most of the pack in terms of importance, relevance and perhaps most importantly…anthemic fucking music!

The latest from the Oregon-grown hardcore punk collective featuring Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess alumni –  this EP serves as a precursor to the band’s split with Violation Wound, set for release via Tankcrimes later this month, and includes one original track as well as the band’s scathing renditions of L7’s “Fast & Frightening” and Cro-Mags’ “Hard Times.” Holy tofurkin’ awesome, batgirl!

Comments CLITERATI screamer, Ami Lawless, “We’re stoked on this free EP with the title track also being the name of our upcoming summer tour. We also have a new Nuked At Birth shirt design to complete the trifecta! The other two tracks are covers that we sometimes do live. This EP was all done in one day. We just decided to have a fun recording/mixing/mastering session, no pressure, and give it to the people who’ve been supporting our band since the demo. The lyrics to ‘Nuked At Birth’ are loosely based on the book Geek Love. Go read it!”

Ami, I used to have a copy of Geek Love and regret I never finished reading it. Thanks for reminding me! The first half was pretty good and someone stole it a long ass time ago, hahaha.

Hear Nuked At Birth, courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.

Download the EP for the cool price of FREE at the official CLITERATI Bandcamp page HERE.

Cast The Stone

American death/black metallers CAST THE STONE and David Hall (Uneasy Sleeper, PortalThe Melvins) unleash a video for their cover of Indfestdead’s (Dan SwanöJesusatan”. The track appears on the band’s forthcoming six-track EP “Empyrean Atrophy”, due for release on August 31st via Agonia Records.

This shit fuckin’ rocks and the David Hall (Portal, Melvins) video is really nuts and visually well done but prob needs a genuine serious warning if you are epileptic. Intense!

 

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Happy 4th, people. Cranking out this news item and spending mine doing bong rips, watching Season 2 of GLOW and plan on listening to some John Trudell later in honor of the Native Americans who got fucked over royally in our quest for a “land of opportunity.” Remember when you shoot off shitty fireworks and drink horse piss beer this week that America is soaked in genocide and thus anyone who has a shred of dignity as an American or who wants to actually forge a more perfect union needs to help to stamp out racism wherever they see it, especially when it is in America’s name. Also, fireworks scare the shit out of cool dogs and hurt their ears so don’t be a moron all weekend.

Here are some metallic updates to make ya salivate faster than a …SMIRNOFF® Watermelon?

Oklahoma City’s Dischordia have released some video content over at ItDjents HERE. The Progressive death metallers are impressive and talented drummer Josh Fallin has recorded a playthrough for their latest entire Binge/Purge EP, split into two videos!

New York noise act Gridfailure traversed the interstate to come by Saugerties, NY’s Bohemesphere Studio yesterday and finish a collaborative album with my grunge/folk/post punk project Walking Bombs. We have some great forthcoming news about the record, entitled Suicide By Citizenship, to share with you all in the near future. Call it a reflection on keeping your sanity in a capitalist dystopian society that wants to eat you alive.

Check out the following IG post below to see some photos and a studio clip we shot yesterday with engineer and contributor Jay Andersen (Surmiser) and Mike Score of metalcore legends All Out War, one of many awesome as hell collaborators on the forthcoming album. Stay tuned for details.

Meant to post more on this awhile ago but the 4th of July seems appropriate. Anti-fascist hardcore band Raicetraitor are making a comeback, thankfully. The band have a new Bandcamp Page. Additionally, one of my childhood best friends Simon Ampel is an animator and worked with the group on a brutal takedown of the prison for profit system we live under that is unfair to African Americans in gross disproportion, a mockery of “justice”. The song “Damage” premiered a month back on Cvlt Nation and can be seen below.

 

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[NECROT photo by Peyote Gutierrez]

Plunging through the knee-deep sweltering shit show of this week and we are only at Tuesday, huh? Shout out to my friend Mikey from Islander who just got kicked off Warped Tour for jumping into a fucking drum set when they have kept bands on who were super problematic before. Man, I jumped into a drum back line wasted years ago and it started a bar brawl that got a packed place shut down three hours early and my blood all over the place but it still got worked out.

This shit is dumb, yo. Mikey was probably just fired up with adrenaline and excited to be playing the last Warped. Why did they get such a stiff punishment?

Mikey seems deeply apologetic cuz he is a nice guy but it seems pathetic they would kick one of the best bands off the tour and give a lukewarm rebuke to The Dickies when Leonard Graves Phillips made jokes about  teen girls and how he would love to snort Viagra off their asses and fuck your daughters and was called out for berating a rightfully disgusted feminist in the crowd by War On Women’s Shawna Potter in 2017.

Anyway, this New York heatwave is still in full effect but here is some more metal and rock news for you hooligans.

West Coast death metal reign seizing band of the moment NECROT have confirmed that they are set to play the first ever Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles. Set to take place December 1st and 2nd at the historic Wiltern, the band will share the stage with the likes of Testament, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, YOB, Power Trip, Skeletal Remains, and Haunt, with additional bands to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are on sale now at THIS LOCATION.

Our friends in Milwaukee metallic hardcore band KNAAVES have released their first music video. Directed by Brian Radmond, the clip features performance footage merged with a plot about Elizabeth Short,  known posthumously as “the Black Dahlia”.

Pittsburgh, Pa based slamming deathcore group SIGNS OF THE SWARM have recently announced that they have parted ways with their original vocalist CJ McCreery and will be replacing him with Dave Simonich.

The group issued in a collective statement, “CJ Mccreery and SIGNS OF THE SWARM have decided to part ways. The split between the band and CJ was mutual and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

With that being said, anyone who has seen us on the Ingested run and Devastation on the Nation may have noticed that we had our good friend Dave Simonich filling in on vocals. We are pleased to announce that Dave will be joining Signs of the Swarm as our new permanent vocalist.

This change has given us opportunities that could not have been possible before, and with that we are beyond excited for the future of the band and what we have to come.”

Watch new vocalist Dave Simonich display his otherworldy chops with this cover of “Cowards Deathbed” HERE.

“Cowards Deathbed” is from SIGNS OF THE SWARM’s 2017 Unique Leader debut The Disfigurement of Existence which can be purchase physically HERE and digitally HERE.

Catch SIGNS OF THE SWARM on tour with Traitors, Deadland, Distinguisher, and Falsifier in July and August. Dates below.

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Monday ‘Merica Moshivation: Laterals, Gemini Syndrome

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:36 PM (PST)

Happy start to your week, patriots. And by patriots I mean anyone who hates Trump. I am sweating like crazy from the New York heatwave (otherwise known as probably the new regular weather thanks to global warming now).  Had a good weekend and there was even a pro immigration #FamiliesBelongTogether march by my apartment. What else is going on? I just bought a copy of The Last Jedi to own fanboy losers out there who hate it and am looking forward to enjoying the amazing cast performances, especially from Carrie Fisher, again soon as I am done writing this.

As we head into the 4th of July week, remember kids: We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic. That spark, this Resistance, must survive. That is our mission.

Laterals are a New York based power smoothie of alternative rock, emo/punk and melodic adrenaline. The more punk or emo approving fans on this site who have a wider range of tastes than, say, dirty laundry insistent death metal addicts, will want to check out the acts new release Retrotech.  The sludge pop indie duo could rock alongside many types of bands and features vocalist guitarist Dee Kelley and drummer and vocalist Nate Kelley (ex-Shabutie/Coheed, Divest). Their newest exciting effort Retrotech was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Greg Talenfeld at OK Records, Nyack, NY. Good people. Show ’em support.

Alternative metal five-piece Gemini Syndrome is slated to headline the Synner Conversion Tour this summer, taking a break from writing their third studio album, expected to be released in late 2018 via RED MUSIC. Gemini Syndrome are an incredible blend live of driving worn groove underground sing-a-long hard rock anthems and emotional highs and lows. I saw them with In This Moment and would certainly see them again.

“The Oracle has foreseen that Gemini Syndrome will be sharing the stage with fellow conspirators, Code Red Riot, occurring in alignment with the Estival Solstice. This Summer Conversion is a recess in writing and recording our next album, the third and final act of the trilogy. We look forward to sharing this sacred rite with you.” – Brian Steel Medina (drums)

SYNNER CONVERSION TOUR w/ Code Red Riot:
07/08 @ The Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
07/10 @ Lefty’s Live – Des Moines, IA
07/11 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
07/12 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI †
07/13 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
07/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
07/15 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
07/17 @ Guitars – Joplin, MO
07/18 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
07/19 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
07/20 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
07/21 @ Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
07/22 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ

† Festival date, no Code Red Riot

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Friday Feral Feast: Gridfailure, Extremity, Yob

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Extremity photo by photo by Aloysius V. Cummings

 

Happy Friday. Well, as happy as it can be when journalists were just murdered and where a very likely criminal President under investigation should ABSOLUTELY not be allowed to appoint a new SCOTUS judge. Free bird, give the bird and free freedom fries for everyone except fascists, yo. Here’s the low down on the dirge and the binge and the purge you all need before the real Purge gives you the urge to flee to Canada.

20 Buck Spin is preparing to release Extremity‘s full length debut, one of my favorite bands in metal right now big time. The West Coast death metal band features veterans from fucking Vastum, Ludicra, Agalloch, Repulsion, Cretin, hello!??! What else do you need to know?! God, I miss Ludicra.

Anyway, Extremity made our year end list with the Extremely Fucking Dead mini-release and aren’t slowing down.A new song is out called “Like Father Like Son”. Coffin Birth comes out in July and today vocalist/bassists/guitarists Shelby Lermo dishes on the new single, “Coffin Birth was my fourth time recording with Greg at Earhammer Studios in the last three years, and fourth or fifth time for Aesop as well. That level of familiarity with an engineer really allows for a free exchange of ideas, and a chance to get a little weirder with things. ‘Like Father Like Son’ is the seventh of eight songs on the album and serves as a closing chapter in a story about death, family, immortality, and fate.”

Stream “Like Father, Like Son” at No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.

20 Buck Spin will issue Coffin Birth on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats July 20th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where total crusher  “Grave Mistake” is also streaming HERE.

Gridfailure

Our homeboy Gridfailure has announced some Summer live activity. Dave Brenner’s creative garden of noise spawn will seep forth to conquer very unsuspecting hipsters skulls in August (well, they are playing Lucky 13 and everyone there is actually pretty much a down as fuck metalhead in my experience lol).

Massive brain melters Yob have announced Fall European tour dates with Wiegedood. Dates are BELOW. Yob yobviously friggin’ rules.
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Gojira news to kick off this Thursday. Bloodstock Tickets are on sale this FRIDAY at 9am at bloodstock.uk.com ! Gojira are a big attraction for the UK’s No.1 metal fest this August and will perform alongside other bad ass acts including Alestorm, Cannibal Corpse and Septicflesh.

Gojira have also shared a live performance of their song “Global Warming,” filmed at the band’s New York City headquarters, Silver Cord Studio. Gojira discussed why they chose to film the live performance of “Global Warming,” a standout track from their acclaimed LP From Mars To Sirius, in a note to fans. Seriously, that album still rules all life so hard. Your fave can’t even relate to how hard it rocks.

“A few weeks ago, we played ‘Global Warming’ together for the first time since the recording of From Mars To Sirius (2004). We never played it live before, as it is a challenging one to play, and place in a set list. It’s emotionally heavy, and would almost ‘hurt’ the rest of the songs in a way.” They continued, “Global warming is a reality and a relevant topic, we feel it’s good to be reminded of one of the most important challenges of our time: How to grow as a species without being a parasite to our planet, the only home we have. ‘We will see our children growing’ is a mantra for future generations, and in a figurative way we hope the children in all of us will grow, evolve, and take action for a more compassionate and meaningful world.”

Renowned photographer ESTER SEGARRA has revealed another look at her forthcoming photo anthology, ‘Ars Umbra’. The video, featuring photos from MOTORHEAD, GHOST, ROTTING CHRIST, ABBATH, and much more, explains the creative processes behind the Barcelona-born photographer’s upcoming book, and much more. The video is streaming here and below.

ESTER SEGARRA comments: “This insightful video gives you a glimpse into how ‘Ars Umbra’ came to be – and a little glimpse of my “f*ck it” attitude, which has held me in good stead throughout my career. This video will guide you through what lead up to the creation of the anthology!”

‘Ars Umbra’ will be released worldwide on July 6. The anthology will feature an original score composed by Uno Bruniusson (GRAVE PLEASURES, IN SOLITUDE, PROCESSION, and more). ‘Ars Umbra’ is available for pre-order here.

Regarding the photo-book, Segarra comments: “After 15 years, my music photography comes full cycle with this book. Ars Umbra marks the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one, a point in the never-ending circle of life and death, the serpent that eats its own tail. Designed by Münster Studio and Branca Studio from Barcelona, it is thought to fit in within your vinyl collection. To be experienced together with the soundtrack. To go slow and deep. Much love, effort and dedication has been put into the making of this project and no words can fully express what it feels like to have it released, having been through hell and back. I can only say I am incredibly grateful to everything and everyone that has made this moment possible. May the beast be unleashed!”

Meka Nism have a theatrical music video out for a song called “Trailblazer” (from new EP The War Inside) that will appeal to fans of symphonic and semi-nu metal as well as various strains of gothy influenced hard rock. I like the clean vocals from Ms. Meka and the driving grooves. This Florida band was not really on my radar before so I figured I’d give ’em a shout today for something different.

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Wednesday Whammy: Pig Destroyer, Twilight Fauna, A Dying Planet

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:58 AM (PST)

A Dying Planet photo by Brian Kirksey

Hey there killers and saints. We made it to Wednesday. Gotta make sure each day these days, ya know? Good news is lots of cool music haps today and #ptsdawarenessday is spreading depression awareness, so that is good stuff. Bad news is fake SCOTUS justice/stolen seat Gorsuch is helping push through more and more fascism and now Union rights are getting screwed badly via #Janus ruling.  Mitch McConnell is the ugliest piece of shit walking besides Trump. Yuck. I guess when we are all exploited even more we can all listen to Municipal Waste in the gutter and drink cheap beer still, but it would be nice as shit to have work protections and a living wage, y’know? On the plus side, Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez won and that is big news.

And now the metal! If you are not scrambling for your life from an onslaught of MAGA troll negativity or Gestapo-like ICE agents, spend some time in the realm of metal when you need some self care and serious riffage. Today I have three cool developments for you to make you feel a little better about our imperiled world.

A Dying Planet (I know the name is not exactly PMA, hahaha) have a debut out in August. The band features members of Zero Hour and Cynthesis and are a progressive group you will want to know about. The outfit has completed its debut album, Facing The Incurable, and has slated it for independent release in August.

The band also features twin brothers getting progressive together, so that is pretty cool. I like the album name as it sort of reminds me of the tipping point for ecological harm. Wake up, people.

Pig Destroyer by Joey Wharton

Pig Destroyer news! How we savor those words! The notorious extreme metal band are celebrating twenty one years wrecking ears this year and are playing Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest in December (along with Testament doing a New Order and The Gathering set, wtf!!! So cool… plus Triptykon doing a Celtic Frost set, fuuuuck!!) . A new Pig Destroyer album is also coming this year in September from the fine folks at Relapse. Watch this thing below for Head Cage!

And now, for the raddest news of the day of all from mighty Twilight Fauna. I am jamming hard the new “Crooked Road” track right now and dear lord the awesomeness is real. The transition around the one minute mark from fast BM to ambient tranquility was pretty stunning. Please support one of the coolest and most genuine acts around.

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Terrible Tuesday: Maynard and Dean accusations, Voyager news

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM (PST)

Hi everyone. Been super busy so sorry about late post but haven’t had a chance until now. Monday we only posted about Vinnie Paul and were processing the tragic news, but the week is now in full effect and not bringing a lot better. Trump’s stolen SCOTUS seat is going to destroy the country with barbaric Christo-fascist rulings against women and Muslims and Dems need to step the fuck up pronto and stop worrying about civility in a time of serious constitutional crisis. I’ve been exhausted from society collapsing and working to pay bills, but here is some rock news late into your Tuesday.

TW: Assault, Rape.

Maynard James Keenan and Dean DeLeo of Tool/APC and Stone Temple Pilots have both faced some very serious allegations over the last few days. Toilet Ov Hell has the most comprehensive piece thus far on the Maynard story which you can read HERE. MetalSucks details Dean DeLeo accusations HERE. Please for the love of God do not harass the people coming forward or let your love of the music of these people prevent you from considering the negative experiences of potential trauma survivors. These are human beings and deserve love and consideration rather than to be bullied because you like the band(s) they are calling out. There is no way to heal wounds by compounding pain through further darkness.

It all makes me wonder, as the negative STP press was always slanted that Weiland was the problematic one in band for his addiction struggles but “Sex Type Thing” was actually about an ex of his getting gang raped and the emotional hell of it all. Maybe he compartmentalized a lot. I feel like he would be really devastated by this news about a band mate.

Let’s sincerely hope there is closure here and the right karmic justice outcome for anyone involved in these events.

Voyager

In musical news that isn’t horrible, Season of Mist has released VOYAGER‘s fourth and fifth albums, ‘The Meaning of I’ and ‘V’ respectively, on June 22. ‘V’ was the band’s international breakthrough recording, and cited as “wondrous and spellbinding on merit alone, they’re worth talking about” by Blabbermouth. “V” is the follow up to ‘The Meaning of I’ (2011), which was hailed as, “A triumph of progressive, yet accessible writing and stellar musicianship, this album blows me away and earns the first perfect score of 2011. This is the ideal album to blast as you secretly build your space/time disruption device or interocitor and all lovers of melodic, proggy metal must give this a try (as well as their last album). This is the meaning of kick ass!” (Angry Metal Guy). Both albums are streaming here.

VOYAGER have toured the world outside North America extensively, as both a headliner and support to the likes of DEFTONES, COHEED & CAMBRIA, OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, and KARNIVOOL among others. These tours have included festival performances at such festivals as Bloodstock (UK), Prog in the Park (UK), Tech Fest (UK), ProgPower (EU), EuroBlast (DE), Evoken Fest (JP), and more.

VOYAGER have announced as the headliner for the first night of Progpower USA XIX in September. Progpower USA is the longest-running and most influential festival of its kind in North America.

The band will also bring their live show to the UK, Japan, and Mexico in the coming months. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Hope you all have a better week as it goes on. Everything mostly sucks right now but we have to keep our candles lit inside.

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Chad Gray of hard rockers HELLYEAH has spoken his thoughts to fans on the passing of drum legend Vinnie Paul. If you are a fan or anyone in general you should read this as it is heartfelt and full of brotherhood. Condolences to the folks in HELLYEAH who we appreciate a lot around here.

First off I’m sorry to all of you for our loss. It’s consumed me as I’m sure it has many of you. I’m sure you can all understand This has been incredibly hard and impossible for me to wrap my head around. I just don’t want to believe it’s real. I want to tell all my crew I love you guys so much. We couldn’t do what we do with out you. And I want to say thank you to everyone around the world for your kind words, blessings and condolences to all of us through this tragic time. We love you all! And to all of my friends in and out of the music business thank you for reaching out to me. It means more to me then I could ever express. I don’t know what I would do without you. So Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It really has taken “the heavy metal family” to another level. This has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to face in my life! I’m so confused, sad and as helpless as I’ve ever been. I’m at a loss and completely devastated. But I’m trying. It’s the equivalent of an emotional riot in my head and In my heart as I write this. But I’m trying to focus on anything good. I know Vinnie would want that. And the good things are my memories of him. His smile, his infectious laugh and his personality that beamed light. Him and his brother Dimebag lived to make people smile. That’s what I’m gonna miss the most. I just want to say thank you Vinnie Paul! For saving my life, for your music, for your endless generosity, for accepting me into your life, for creating our music that touched people, for being proud to be in hellyeah and for always treating me like a brother and more importantly for treating me like a friend. So many times I’ve looked back to see you just bashing away and have to pinch myself. It was Unbelievable! And for all of those things you will live forever in my heart. And I will never let you go!!! I will always love you and go to the end of the earth to carry the torch for you and Dimes legacy. R.I.P Vincent Paul Abbott. I know your with DIMEBAG Right now Smiling down on us. Even in all this emotional darkness, that thought alone makes me smile right back. I LOVE YOU! Your eternal friend, -Chadnesss

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Here is Vinnie recently talking about Hellyeah’s recent record Unden!able.

More tour talking. Enjoy hellions! Metal On! The Screamin' Demon

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Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM (PST)

News of Vinnie Paul’s death first broke an hour ago on Billboard as of the time I’m writing this. A while later news of his passing was posted on the Pantera Facebook page.

Vinnie Paul was, as the Facebook page makes note of, the drummer of Pantera and Hellyeah. He was also the drummer in Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan.

From the time of the release of Pantera’s Metal Magic through till his death, Vinnie Paul had been involved in the heavy metal scene for over 35 years, setting the rhythm from behind his kit that would drive Pantera and Hellyeah to the front of the pack.

You can’t throw a rock in the heavy metal community without finding a fan of the music Vinnie helped make. From shotgun-slinging Cowboys From Hell to those who have a New Found Power, to those who just like to throw up their devil horns and declare Hellyeah! Vinnie Paul has been a prolific contributor to the scene.

Metal Riot contributor Andrew Johann Datoush had this to say about the news:

“I’ve always been a fan of everything Pantera did prior to Cowboys From Hell. That entire era for them was criminally underrated. There was some excellent song writing in those days. Dime had a different guitar style back then, and Vinnie’s drumming back then very clearly showed his love of KISS. There was definitely some Eric Carr influence to his drumming present in those days. While a lot of fans will be playing some of the harder tracks during their tributes tonight, I’ll be sticking with their more melodic era, and playing their tune “We’ll Meet Again” from their Power Metal album. Rest easy Vinnie. Give Heaven a Hell of a soundtrack!”

As I listen to “Matter of Time” and feel a chill run through my body, I don’t have anything more to say. We here at Metal Riot are all deeply saddened by Vinnie Paul’s death. It’s almost 1am here on the east coast of the U.S. and sometimes all you have is to put the metal on and break the fucking knob.

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul!

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Friday’s Fatal Funhouse: Slipknot, Void Vator, Axis Of Despair

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:19 PM (PST)

Void Vator

This used to be a funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns
It’s time to start the countdown
I’m gonna burn it down down down
I’m gonna burn it down

Hey y’all. No, I am not gonna be writing about Pink here today despite quoting her song “Funhouse” above. I just figured it was a good way to segue the title of this article into news about Slipknot, since they have masks and stuff.

Mr. Corey Taylor says…the new Slipknot album is now in the demo stages and is gonna be Iowa levels of heavy”, which is to say not as heavy as, say,  Xibalba but heavier than Stone Sour or the last album. So that is still pretty darn heavy. The band are hoping it will land on the 20th anniversary year of their debut, making a neat little bloody perfect crop circle to pit within.

Somewhere between Black Label Society and Pop Evil lives the new performance video from Void Vator, a hot little number called “Until It’s Gone”. The video sort of features the band rockin’ out, partyin’ and bein’ dudes, but not every music video has to be rocket science or…I was gonna say brain surgery but we do cover a lot of death metal on this site and so we are fans of gory brain surgery videos, actually. “Until It’s Gone” is off their 2017 released debut EP, Dehumanized. Dudes, that is pretty close to the name of one of my favorite Dio-helmed albums of all time but I dug your video so we will let it pass this time. Just don’t call the next EP Heaven & Smell or something. Or…do? That might actually be awesome.

This band has some rockin’ vibes and seem like they love what they are doing. A lot of bands have to pose these days or seem to be cooler than thou so it is nice to see a band just letting their hair down and laying down some big fat heavy rock action.

Anyway, Void Vator has ALSO announced their SOUTHWEST 2018 TOUR. Launching July 19th in Las Vegas, the tour will wind through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before winding down Phoenix on July 28th. Check the dates out on their Facebook page.

The most extreme item on this Friday news list of note is that Axis Of Despair have two new tunes out, “The Wolven Law” and “Crush The Empire”. These new songs follow the already released and self-explanatory “A Life Of Ceaseless Grind.” If you like grind and real rollicking hell punk you will eargasm to this immediately and then perish only to have your organs re-animate and burst forth still dancing and raging from your flesh prison and doing a little organ jumping bean grind ritual mosh with each other…nevermind. It all goes off the rails so fast around here. Where was I?

This Swedish grindcore group was formed by current and former members of Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet Som Insats, Nervgift, Overtorture. Shit, you had me at Nasum. Their Contempt For Man full length is gonna be out this year on Southern Lord. Southern Lord are once again having a virtually unstoppable year. I am still ass kicked by Jesus Piece, Baptists and the new Eagle Twin. Damn, dudes!

But yeah, check yourself out Contempt For Man‘s presently consumable onslaughts over at Bandcamp HERE. This band is certainly a wrecking crew. My neck hurts after like five minutes of this music. Love the dry, harsh vocal sound over the brittle tones and explosive performance energy! Top notch.

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Light This City photo by Joe Ellis

Hey y’all. How is everyone today? Time for some Thursday highlights as we wade through the muck and mire of this week. Today is my mom’s bday and she has dementia so I need to go visit her and not spend too much time on riffs today, but here are a few items of note.

After many years in prog metal/viking blackened veterans Enslaved, drummer  Cato Bekkevold, who has played with the band since 2003, has quit the influential band. No word yet on a replacement. Here is one of my favorite performances of his on the brilliant song “To The Coast”.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails had some words regarding Taylor Swift this week.  “You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot,” Reznor told The New York Times.

Why did you only use her name, dude? There is only one Taylor selling out arenas and breaking records as a woman left and right at the moment. You could have listed some other top tier artists also but picked a soft target scape-goat. So let me help clear things up. And I saw the Downward Spiral Tour at MSG in the day, y’all so don’t act like I am ignorant about what Nine Inch Nails is about. I listen to The Fragile more than a LOT of other albums. I also firmly am pro punching nazis.

Still, as an indoctrinated Swift supporter who once was an ignorant hater of her and as a lifelong metalhead and political activist, I think Trent is way off the mark with Taylor. People are erasing what Taylor has actually done.

She donated to March For Our Lives and RAINN despite it alienating any conservative fans she had because she knew it was the right thing to do, had 2,000 foster kids to her show free and met them all, went through a sexual assault trial, KimYe Snapchat gaslighting and her mom’s cancer recently and whatever she does she is called ‘overshadowing’ so she has preferred to let her donations and her constant support of LGBTQ speak for her beliefs. How much have you donated recently, Trent?

She worked with so many black artists and it is far beyond tokenism but still gets called a nazi even after working with Kendrick because someone thought one lyric of “I rose up from the dead” in LWYMMD was about a nazi army returning? Reach, much?

You know the far right will get excited about white paint on a picket fence, right? That doesn’t mean it is a nazi fence. I thought her song “Starlight” about The Kennedy family plus liberal boyfriends and watching 13th documentary with Todrick weren’t exactly David Duke’s cup of tea.

Consider also that if Taylor had come out and just said ‘Fuck Trump’ right away a lot of conservative fans would have been told to burn her albums and thus lost probably the most empowered female artist on their radar who actually has been working hard and playing instruments/writing songs since she was a kid turning down bad development deals other artists would have jumped on to their detriment. Instead she kept them listening and then took their money and used it to educate them about supporting gay rights and pro peace measures to stop gun violence.

The most problematic thing about Taylor is that one of her music video directors Joseph Kahn is sexist casually often and rude to her fans and believes pit bulls should be killed, so I detest him and hopefully he does not stay on much longer. He often makes bad decisions that get her dragged. A lot of her fans have been vocal that they dislike him so we really are hoping Taylor fires him like she did a sexist dancer recently.

Here is my gf trying to get through to Trent.

Taylor is not ALWAYS super vocal but at least puts her donations and support out there. Maybe her pro LGBTQIA speech didn’t feel political enough and important to YOU, Trent…but to many of those of us who fall under one or more of those letters it was very important.

A lot of liberal artists are out there saying one thing about loving Clinton like Katy Perry but were still supporting MAGA Kanye or kissing his ass (Courtney Love). Meanwhile Kanye is literally saying naively that he gave MAGA a new direction and caping for Trump even as he put kids in makeshift concentration camps but then people say “separate the art from the artist.” Kanye is putting out an album a week with problematic people (as well as being one himself) and DO YOU ALL REALLY THINK Kim Kardashian was super invested in long term prison reform when her husband is helping support Trump and they couldn’t even keep supporting a charity named after Kanye’s own mom? Now THAT is some optics.

Or XXXTentacion dies (of course it is sad when a life is wasted young) and everyone says “he was changing” to ignore the bad things he did like they don’t matter when he showed barely a shred of evidence of contrition or accountability. He literally just a week or two before his death in the very well done article by Tarpley Hitt said feminism is bad and women have the real power over men and had a tweet up for like 5 years on Twitter saying he wanted to murder Taylor Swift, but ok, y’all. Nice guy alert! Who is covered with a gay man’s blood laughing in front of their crying mom and then gets more violent after that? But let’s say Taylor is the most problematic.

I will be seeing Sebastian Bach, Taylor’s Rep Tour, Act Of Defiance and some doom metal bands this month and will be having fun at all of the shows.
My point is that Beyonce rented out a whole theater to screen a Woody Allen movie and played Bush’s inauguration once and Timberlake supported Woody Allen. Katy Perry helped support the patriarchy by supporting Kanye gaslighting in the song “Famous” and she sang along to a whole arena calling another woman a bitch and giving a man credit for Taylor’s career even though Taylor has been outselling Kanye since Fearless or rather since forever and always, lmao.
She also gets held to an impossible double standard where if a man writes negatively about ex’s he is praised but if she does she is a slut. 

This Friday, Bay Area melodic death metal quintet LIGHT THIS CITY will embark on their West Coast Tour supporting their acclaimed Terminal Bloom LP, the recently-reactivated outfit’s first album in a decade. This band was always cool during their early era and haven’t lost any of their oomph since. If anything, the new stuff sounds so happy to exist at all that the performances feel extra alive and edgy. So glad to have them back around to do their genre right. (Please get that Dissection T-shirt out of your next band promo photo though, y’all. I usedta love that album as well but didn’t notice it on your band member when I posted this and it kind of looks bad when I was just talking about gay rights a few paragraphs ago).

 

In the wake of Terminal Bloom‘s release, LIGHT THIS CITY now hits the highways with support from labelmates Gygax (yes, that is a D&D reference, for you youngsters). The Terminal Bloom West Coast Tour begins this Friday, June 22nd in San Diego, then hits Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and ends in Sacramento on July 1st. Stand by for additional widespread tour dates from the band to be announced in the months ahead.

 

Stream LIGHT THIS CITY’s Terminal Bloom LP at THIS LOCATION .

 

Terminal Bloom is available on CD, LP, and digital formats now through Creator-Destructor Records; find order options at the label webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

 

LTC Tour dates Below.
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