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Rammstein making final album?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 10:03 AM (PST)

Waking up on an early Sunday afternoon after a very late night. Celebrating the spontaneous news that Clover is playing with SubRosa near me tonight on a one off from SubRosa’s dates with Wovehand and I didn’t even know about this particular gig til an hour ago! Also celebrating the amazing news of the ICP Juggalo March decimating the pathetic “Mother Of All” Dumpster Fire MAGA Moron marches, which I will laugh my ass about forever as the losers slink back to Kekistan. I also just had a crazy night where I saw an 80 year old cowboy driving around with a wood splitter attached to his Prius (!!!) to practice trailer parking because he said the government was trying to say he was too old to drive anymore. He also had a gold rolex and a pistol and was yelling about how a lack of eating pussy was destroying society, I swear to God. Between him and a random metal head on the street who started screaming Mercyful’s “Into My Coven” at a sloppy wedding after party to freak them out, it was a crazy night at the bar I was at.

But anyway, we are here to talk about Rammstein.Can we all agree that this band have ascended to absolute insane heights no one perhaps ever saw coming when many first heard of them around Nu Metal times? And wow, did they ever transcend that limiting tag!

Blabbermouth REPORTS that RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Kruspe says that the band’s upcoming album could be its last. The reason why kind of makes sense:

“…somehow we managed to move back to the beginning of the world of RAMMSTEIN where we, basically, are very emotional and very enthusiastic about writing again. It wasn’t like that before. We came back to a point that everyone is really respecting the other one, and it feels kind of like a circle almost, that we start from zero again, which feels nice.”

Man, I wish some of the bands I had been in had been able to do that and keep members instead of becoming failed democracies or back stabbing and imploding on themselves. But anyway, I am sure whatever the band do it will be awesome and we are eager to hear it. If it is the Neue Deutsche Härte acts swan song, they ought only be proud of their massive, freaky and unlikely legacy.

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Gemini Syndrome Welcomes aboard MEEGS RASCÕN (Coal Chamber)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:11 PM (PST)

Meegs from Coal Chamber has joined talented melodic hard/groove rockers Gemini Syndrome. I feel like it is gonna be a good fit.

Speaking about the addition of Meegs to the band, Brian Medina (drums) shares, “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Meegs into the Gemini Syndrome Family. He is such a creative and innovative musician, and one of my most trusted and closest friends on this Earth. He’s been here since the inception of Gemini Syndrome, and it’s great to bring someone who is already family into the fold.”

Fans can purchase VIP packages for Gemini Syndrome’s “Brought To Light” tour, which include an exclusive acoustic performance HERE.

 

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Venom Prison exit scheduled dates with Decapitated, issue statement

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5:24 AM (PST)

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UK extreme metallers Venom Prison are one of the most exciting and take no shit bands in death metal right now, a massive breath of fresh air. Now the band have done the right thing and pulled out of upcoming tour dates with Decapitated in response to the band’s gang rape allegations. Read their statement below.

It is with great dismay that Venom Prison is opting to pull out of our scheduled dates in the UK with Decapitated. As you are no doubt aware, the members of Decapitated were arrested on Saturday, 9th September in Santa Ana, California.

It is no secret that Venom Prison are opposed to rape and sexual assault, the band continue to advocate women’s rights and bring attention to the many serious issues which continue to plague the extreme music genres.

Venom Prison would like to stress that everyone is entitled to a fair trial – via the appropriate legal channels, not just via social media – and Decapitated remain respected musicians until proven otherwise. In addition, we would state that the burden of proof in any criminal matter, at least in the UK, is that of beyond all reasonable doubt, that 99% what is alleged to have happened did happen. On that basis, until an individual is convicted, we are not in a position to comment on the present allegations.

It is imperative that we state that we don’t believe these things ‘just happen’, so regardless as to the extent of the allegations, inevitably situations such as the one Decapitated have found themselves in, more often do than don’t involve some degree of inappropriate behaviour.

As above, we have not made any effort to hide our views on what we see as an issue that is becoming more and more visible, an unfortunate ugliness that continues to spread. On that basis, we apologise to anyone who has already purchased tickets specifically to see Venom Prison, and whilst we would ask that you reserve your judgment, Venom Prison will not be performing at the scheduled dates.

Furthermore, we have opted to donate £200 to Rape Crisis England & Wales. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness to issues such as rape and sexual assault, in music and anywhere, we must continue to take a stand and as long as Venom Prison is a band, we will continue to resist censorship and make our feelings known.

We thank you for your continued support.

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How to react at first when a sexual assault allegation hits the scene

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1:52 PM (PST)

TW: Sexual assault, scene idiot fans.

So, I have been a Decapitated fan for years and was really looking forward to covering their NYC show next week. I was on the guest list and have several of their records and was stoked. Do you think that my primary concern upon hearing that the band are accused of gang rape is that I hope it is not true and their career is not maligned? No.

If your first response upon hearing a fan say they were assaulted is to automatically discount them because you like the art of someone who is also human and capable of being very flawed or massively fucking up as many humans throughout history have proven (trust me – some VERY popular bands are major liars), if your first response is to knee jerk call the accuser a slut or groupie or liar, if your first response is to go buy merch from the band to prove you believe in them no matter what (see As I Lay Dying fans after Tim’s arrest), perhaps your priorities are super fucked up? Yes.

More BELOW.

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Undisputed melodic death metal kings At The Gates (basically the Metallica of their metallic sub-genre, only without ever pulling a Reload), have decided on a new guitarist. Instead of, say, jacking Ola Englund from The Haunted or Mike Schleibaum from Darkest Hour as some expected, the band have decided to give the coveted slot to an old friend. Jonas Stålhammar (pictured above) is currently a member of The Lurking Fear, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades and God Macabre. He has previously played in Abhoth, Utumno and Macabre End.

At Metal Riot we are very excited to hear what fruit this union doth bear.

We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders’ performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018. 

We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on AT THE GATES record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band’s sound.

We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for AT THE GATES, and our fans, for sure.”

Additionally, AT THE GATES have just announced their first live shows for 2018 to be as follows:

AT THE GATES – Live 2018
02.-04.03.2018 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Netherlands Deathfest
13.-15.07.2018 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Fest
Many more dates to be announced soon…

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Enter to win a Kerry King B.C. Rich guitar

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 3:59 PM (PST)

“The Breakdown,” a brand new, long-form video interview with Slayer‘s Kerry King, premieres today exclusively at AltPress.com.  Go HERE to check it out.

 

Produced by B.C. Rich, who endorses King, “The Breakdown” has a very candid King talking about his guitars, how he came to start playing the guitar, guitar heroes of his and for the generation of up-and-coming guitar players, being a fan and having that get in the way of “friending” some of his heroes, his friendships with Dimebag and Zakk Wylde, what he misses the most about Jeff Hanneman, and much more.

 

“I didn’t want to play guitar,” King reveals in the interview.  “My dad gave me a handful of things to keep me out of trouble when I was thirteen, the guitar was one of them and I think that karate was another.  I didn’t feel like getting my ass kicked every day, so this guitar thing sounds pretty awesome.”  

 

In addition to the interview, AltPress.com has teamed up with B.C. Rich to give away one brand new Kerry King Signature guitar, the KKW30 model, with its unmistakable Kerry King styling and graphics.  Those interested in entering the sweepstakes should go HERE.

 

“It seems like the last ten, fifteen years isn’t throwing out new guitar heroes, which is unfortunate but I think that’s because the bands people like don’t have guitar heroes in them,” King says in “The Breakdown.”  “It’s discouraging, but I don’t think that should discourage people from becoming that next guitar god.”

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RIP Johnny Beernuts from The Arkhams

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:21 PM (PST)

For awhile there, The Arkhams were probably the coolest little psychobilly band that could in the NYC area. I was a huge fan and not just cuz I had been friends with some of them a long time. Their albums and songs fuckin’ slay and combined tradition and irreverence with ingenuity and fun. The people in the band I have known are fighters, passionate and great human beings.

It was very sad today to learn of the passing of one of the band’s main members Johnny Beernuts (Johnny Giancone). They haven’t been active in awhile but the memories will remain for anyone who ever witnessed this scorching band of pranksters level a room. I was honored to sing a guest verse on a song “Not For This World” with them once about losing friends too young and sadly now there is another name to add.

Metal Riot sends out biggest condolences to their camp tonight and the band’s friends and fans. This fucking sucks. Hug the ones you love and remind them they are wonderful. Matt, Bobcat, Rose…I love the heck out of y’all. Glasses raised tonight.

I am so sorry to break the news that our beloved Johnny Beernuts has left this world. I though we had more…

Posted by The Arkhams on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Mastodon to release “Cold Dark Place” in 2017

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 4:50 PM (PST)

Mastodon may still be basking in the Emperor Of Sand acclaim, largely seen as their best work in a few records, but the band seem to be about to release ANOTHER album in a potential matter of weeks. A listing for the album has appeared on Amazon UK.

While little is known at this time, Brent Hinds said it was going to be a solo album as he wrote the songs following a breakup. Things must have changed for it to bear the Mastodon full band name stamp and it is pretty cool of the band to back him and make it an official group release, though I am very curious to see how much each member played on the actual thing. It isn’t like Mastodon is The Smashing Pumpkins where at the end of the day if he wanted to Billy Corgan could make a whole acoustic record and still market it as the Pumpkins and you couldn’t exactly say it wasn’t.

Of the release, Hinds said that it is “pretty dark, beautiful, spooky, funky, ethereal, melancholy music, which also sounds like the Bee Gees a little bit.”  

I was just thinking of how cool that one off Game Of Thrones spooky and uncharacteristically extra mellow song “White Walker” was, so I am looking forward to this (though side note if you saw the latest Game Of Thrones leak you are prob fucking pissed at the Night King right now). Anyway, I wonder how cray they went with the harmonies to mention the Bee Gees in the context of a band who broke big on “Blood & Thunder.”

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The new Iron Maiden comic seems pretty darn legit

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Metalsucks ran a piece on the new Iron Maiden comic expanding on their recent video game. Read it HERE. Not much to add except this seems like a pretty fun idea and we will take any excise to post about Iron Maiden around here . My favorite variant cover is above.

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Metal Riot Top Ten 2017 Autumn releases to get stoked about

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:01 AM (PST)

Travelin Jack by Martin Beck

Well, if you can pull your eyes away from the shit show that is America 2017 for a minute, we thought it would be a good time to lift some spirits (or help you brood if you like doom metal) by sharing our top 10 albums of the Fall to look forward to!

This year has already seen some incredible releases from Limp Wrist to Dead Cross to Extremity to Fireburn and on and on, but here are a few yet to hit the streets that are gonna get the metal and rock world babbling in short order! Grab a spliff, swing your partner round and round and smash fascism/hail the riff lords above and below!!!

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Sera Timms’ BLACK MARE to release album, tour with Junius soon

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:10 AM (PST)
Amidst a backdrop of political strife wherein such fundamental principles as the health, safety, and common decency toward women continue to erode more with each executive order and Twitter fit, the spirit of BLACK MARE stands unbridled under the singular vision and limitless purview of its driving force, one Sera Timms.

Death Magick Mother is the second proper full length album from Los Angeles, California’s BLACK MARE. Seven songs in length, this documentation captures Timms amidst a dynamic cohesion and confluence of inspiration unlike any prior. Whereas previous output operated under a founding principle of rhythmic repetition and atmospheric simplicity toward trace-like escapism, Death Magick Mother is Timms stepping right in front of the lens for a closeup. Mixed by Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering, bolder arrangements lend themselves toward soaring, dynamic vocal melodies and nuanced harmonization to highly-satisfying effect. Spot-on performances and command of all instrumentation across the spectrum further propels the sense of arrival in mastery over her chosen craft. In many ways, this album is an awakening for both its creator and listeners alike.

Death Magick Mother will see release digitally via Magic Bullet on September 15th with LPs to follow. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.  

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Act Of Defiance announce next album

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 4:11 PM (PST)

With their 2015 debut, Birth And The Burial, metal band Act of Defiance – featuring Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – delivered a blast of pure and unadulterated metal that ignored fads and hit home hard. This year, the band returns with their sinister new album, entitled Old Scars, New Wounds, hitting retailers on September 29th via Metal Blade Records.

Today, you can watch a full performance video for the album’s intro track, “M.I.A.”, via http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance. The video was put together by Robert Graves (http://www.ashadowbeyond.com/).

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“Everyone is your enemy Everyone’s your friend. Every possible series of
events is happening all at once,” says Aidan Gillen (Pertyr Baelish) on Game Of Thrones at one point this season. I’m starting off this first post on the site about Nachtmystium in a few years with this quote because I always believe there can be many potential outcomes to a story or at least believe in rehabilitation. I also believe people can change but that sometimes they really hurt one another along the way and that often healing never happens.

I guess what I am trying to say is we all have the capacity to really let one another down or to choose a different path.

I didn’t cover a lot of Blake Judd’s near death spiral, robbing of fans and months spent homeless much the past few years. We had been pretty good friends at one point and regularly communicated during the middle to end stages of The World We Left Behind album. It really was a big bummer, as someone who kicked dope a long time ago but knows how wretched and self-erasing an addiction it can be, when I learned that my friend had bottomed out worse than ever. One of the last times I had talked to him he needed money and wanted to sell some artwork and I mentioned it to a popular occult artist friend of mine in Chicago, which never happened. But in hindsight for awhile felt really lousy wondering if it had been a hustle on Blake’s part, especially since he had never wronged me but I had learned he had obviously wronged others.

I also am friendly with some of his former Twilight band mates who had some major static with him towards the end of his tenure with the band and at other points. I’d never want to willfully upset those dudes as I love Stavros from Atlas Moth and we have met in person and get along pretty well. I also like Neill from Krieg who has arguably had the biggest rift with Blake and who was very kind to me with some good advice when I was not drinking for a few years around the time my dad passed. We communicate every so often and I have been loving the shit out of the Poison Blood record.

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RIP Victoria Scalisi of Damad

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:38 PM (PST)

Southern sludge pioneers Damad’s vocalist Victoria Scalisi has very sadly succumbed to her battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed by the scene. Our hearts go out to her friends and family. Fred Pessaro wrote a short but sweet tribute at Revolver with more info and some live footage from the recent sadly cut short Damad reunion.

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5 newer hard rock and metal songs with actually good hooks

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4:11 PM (PST)

While I am a fan of the site No Clean Singing, I was always mainly a melodic vocalist in bands of mine like Antidote 8 , Divest or Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch over the years. I love melodic rock and metal singers just as much as a good roar or guttural grindcore Barney Greenway bark as long as their is soul, a cool energy and lyrics I can relate to or at least appreciate. Heck, metal without melody means no Judas Priest and that is just unacceptable. Even bands like Darkthrone, Candiria or Converge have embraced some melodic singing at times, so what’s the big deal? There is room for all kinds of styles in music.

Anyway, I decided to make a short list of some recent singles or album cuts that I dig which have cool choruses that don’t cheapen the song despite being catchy.

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