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METAL RIOT’S TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2020 ‘BEST OF’ LIST

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:35 PM (PST)

2020 has been quite a challenge -to say the least- for so many people. Unless you are a fat cat getting inexplicably bailed out or the Catholic Church getting relief money (even though they were only in debt from pedo lawsuit settlement payouts), chances are 2020 found you broke, lonely, thirsty and miserable, scared or mourning loved ones. Music was no stranger to this. We lost any certainty of what the future holds in an already difficult industry and even lost Neil Peart, fucking EVH and Riley Gale on top of everything else. But people also made great art that will stand the test of time, profound sacrifices and held fast, rallied for racial justice and so much more. It is an important time to be alive and just as beautiful as it can be painful! And there is still December ahead of us as of this writing. Hope against horror.

The following list of Metal Riot’s top albums of 2020 reflects records that capture excellence, performance, drive, willpower and survival in no uncertain terms. As well as killer tunes, of course! Kudos and thanks to all the bands.We usually post our list just after Thanksgiving but I am gonna be recording that week in the studio with Globelamp and Sean Paul from Nightmares For A Week, so…let’s get started ending the year earlier! Hey Decibel published theirs first, okay?!! Rock the fuck on, lovers and dreamers. Please buy all of these releases or whatever you dig. And remember, dear readers…I came up and so could you…And fuck the boys in blue.

1. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SepulturaQuadra

Sepultura’s highest charting album since 1998 (and their best since 2009’s bruising A-Lex, which it surpasses) is nothing short of a monument to a lifetime in metal, the determined triumph of a legacy name never saying die and following their trusted vision over popular opinion. Quadra works on every level. In a year filled with so much death even the band’s name vibrates on some heavy karmic level, but “Isolation” especially resonates deeply in a time of so much social upheaval for justice reform. Each section of the album masterfully represents different styles the group has been known for from classic thrash to tribal groove to slower and grim anthems to technical workouts, but it all works incredibly well. From saving the environment to tackling depression and self destruction, Derrick commands stronger than ever while Eloy Casagrande stakes his claim as the most driven and insane drummer currently active in metal. Jens Bogren brought out the absolute best in this line-up. A+ all the way.

Throw in how during quarantine the band kept morale high across the metal world with interviews and killer jams during their SepulQuarta series with the likes of Scott Ian, Shavo Odadjian, Rob Cavestany and many more, and the band take the cake for our heroes of 2020.

2. Skeletal RemainsThe Entombment Of Chaos

There has been a lot of top notch death metal this year of different sub-genre varieties from Ingested to Necrot to God Dethroned to Abysmal Dawn and others. That said, Skeletal Remains ABSOLUTELY destroyed most of the competition with their latest near perfect death metal monstrosity The Entombment Of Chaos. From the thrilling horror of the Seagrave art to some of the most intense and odds defying music of the band’s tenure, this record offers relentless replay value. From the imposing violence of “Tombs Of Chaos” to the eerie “Enshrined In Agony” to the standout “Dissectasy”, the group have vaulted much closer to the top of the pack.

“No, we don’t want your cult Kool-Aid”

3. VÖLUR – Death Cult

Arguably the most creative album of 2020 – and with SUCH a timely album title – Death Cult is the intoxicating yet deadly sound of seductive decay and the will to escape empty indoctrination. Gorgeous violin based doom defies expectations at every turn and the band’s singular sense of purpose is thrilling. The Toronto band’s third album is a must hear and will likely cause even the most necessity hardened hearts in 2020 to break into smoldering halves.

Thankfully no one is touring this year anyway cuz this vehicle looks suspect

4. Soft KillDead Kids, R.I.P. City

Bestial Mouths, Nothing, Ulver and other brave sailors on the seas of sorrow all released truly killer records in 2020 that rank among their best ever, but Soft Kill’s newest is my favorite simultaneously spooky yet painfully real and poetic release of this fucked hellhole of a year. A reminder that even at the lowest low people are still out there worth celebrating and fighting for. A testament to loss, love and possibility in art and community. This band has yet to let me down and their catalogue got me through a lot of depression this year when I was both determined to stay sober but also was reeling from narrowly avoiding a diabetic coma and going into serious medical debt. So glad I snagged this on limited tape release already!

5. BlackguardStorm

The Chinese Democracy of extreme epic metal albums was released very early in January of one of the most fucked up years in human history and it would be a damn shame if it didn’t get more accolades in the madcap shuffle, especially since we have all lived through quite a fucking ‘storm’ together this year. In limbo for about seven years, you’d never believe this exciting and possibly the most ferocious album of 2020 was recorded by a band burnt out by relentless touring. Storm finds the Canadian underground warriors delivering frenetic and death defying performances, their best songwriting plus cameos from Lindsay Schoolcraft, Morgan Lander and Per fucking Nilsson ! Unleash The Archers, Germany’s Varg and Ensiferum all delivered some exemplary epic records in 2020, but Blackguard’s potential swan song was above the pack and well worth one of the most frustrating waits in metal history. I am beside myself with joy and hails that it finally saw the light of a bleary day.

6. UprisingII

“A Lesson in basic human Empathy” has my favorite lyrics of 2020 (I mean, besides “High Road” by Kesha) and even more wonderful that it comes from a black metal project, a genre often known for apathy and heartless cruelty.

Judgment based on action not on colour, race or sex no harming of sentient beings but respecting life help where help is needed No condemnation of the innocent take responsibility for your wealth that is built on the backs of others

Talk about something we sorely needed this year! And lest you think I am only swayed by lefty ideology to get on this list, the album features many of the best riffs and arrangements and startlingly emotional playing of the year. This album is a refuge and a reminder that work still needs to be done.

 

7. -(16)- – Dream Squasher

It says something about 2020 that several albums – Bleakheart’s also brilliant and gothy Dream Griever comes to mind – had titles that reflected the thwarting of dreams. “Ride The Waves” is about as perfect a punk metal mash as you’ll ever here. Dropping like a piano from a skyscraper onto our heads during the mid point of 2020 when things couldn’t seem bleaker, veteran sludge band -(16)- delivered the most clobbering album of recent memory. There is also the best anthem to loving your dog since Wisdom In Chains penned “Girls Lie, Cops Lie, Dogs Love”. And we all dealt with some ‘harvesters of fabrication’ this year. Bobby Ferry is a champion on this album, which crushed everything else Relapse (and most other labels) released this year.

8. Spirit Adrift – Enlightened In Eternity

Speaking of dogs, epic metal pitties (we have to stan)! This has to be the best album cover maybe…ever? Nathan Garrett makes us all proud to be metalheads yet again with another brilliant album from the guy in metal who possibly plays with the most heart. “Ride into the Light” is the best Snakes For The Divine song High On Fire never wrote and “if we make it through the night we will ride into the light” is major 2020 vibes. COC influences abound, while “Screaming From Beyond” reveres classic metal through and through and yet feels current and connective to this moment. “Stronger Than Your Pain” is my favorite of the bunch, a pressing reminder to keep heart as hypnotic and melodic riffage brings to the forefont a will to carry on from the murk of doubts.

9. Oceans Of SlumberS/T 

Cammie Gilbert gave the best vocal performance in all of metal throughout the jaw dropping self-titled Oceans Of Slumber release (don’t even get me started on how good the band’s arguably best ever Type O Negative cover of “Wolf Moon” is). Oceans Of Slumber is a self-titled album that lives up to the underscored nature of self-titled albums, which can run the risk of not living up to the hype but in this case leaps galaxies to defy even the loftiest expectations. This is not just ‘prog metal’ that is annoyingly obtuse for the sake of being brainy. This is a soulful and heavy merger of so many genres into a seamless whole that it is a world unto itself yet full of the very best connective tissue to deeper realizations that make the human experience worth living.

10. DrainCalifornia Cursed 

Santa Cruz hardcore band Drain supplied the illest crossover record of 2020 (even stacked up with the also amazing Mr. Bungle frantic freak thrash record). Revelation Records did the world a big favor in backing this band, one of the most high energy groups in hardcore right now. It is almost impossible to turn this off before listening all the way through or at the very least flipping over a table.

11. Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!

Much like Canada’s Wolverine, doom duo Vile Creature keep unwittingly revealing they are the best there is at what they do. Everything about this release is amazing, from the most ambitious and full payoff compositions of the group’s career, to the support they are getting (well deserved) in the scene, to the already basically iconic art. The 3rd pressing is even on trans flag colored vinyl. Adam Tucker’s mix and master sounds better than anything they have released to date and really brings all their brilliance to the forefront without killing the furrowed brow vibes. The doom and gloom also has celestial level vibes on this record that add some very unique listening textures and feel larger than life, a friction of glory and gore.

12.  SkeletonS/T

It is fitting to include a Texas based punk/metal hybrid band on here in closing in a year where the loss of Riley from Power Trip brought huge attention to the impact the Lone Star state has had on the modern scene. By far the nastiest and filthiest riffs of the year (Worm Moon Offerings a close second), this record is in the Bane Give Blood and Slayer Reign In Blood tradition of blink and you’ll miss it, all killer/ no filler, wham bam thank you, etc. over and done leave ’em scorched and wanting more albums. Super stoked to see where this band goes in the future. Then you also have a song like “Catacombs” with some brief atmospheric intro perfection before the proceedings battle to a fiery finale.

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There is something to be said about Detroit style hard rock. There is no denying the electrifying energy once Seduce hits the stage. Seduce continues to sell out venues with their die hard fans that like it fast, hard, & loud.

Detroit’s very own Seduce is a heavy rock power trio that has been playing their own style, in your face music since the 80’s. Their unique sound integrates the weightiness and authenticity of their vast influences, Detroit grit, and their expertise of delivery which is why Seduce continues their success.

Seduce was featured in the movie Decline of the Western Civilization “The Metal Years. They just get better over time with rock and roll that our ears long for. Seduce consists of singer and bassist Mark Andrews, guitarist David Black and Drummer Chuck Burns.

Seduces’ 1985 self-titled first album has become a highly sought after album among the underground metal community worldwide and is still coveted today.

Now for the good stuff- Prudential Music Group & Rouge Records is proud to announce the December 2020 reissue of Seduce’s record Too Much Ain’t Enough which features the bonus track “Homicide” on special limited edition purple vinyl. The re-issue will be distributed through Sony Orchard.

This will sell out quickly. Both albums are available through https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store.html#!/Seduce/c/28915535

Death metal contingent ABIOTIC have returned with an exciting new pending release, Ikigai.

The album will be released on Friday, February 12th, 2021 via The Artisan Era. Cover art was handled by Caelan Stokkermans known for his work with Soreption, Cattle Decapitation, and Fires in the Distance. Abiotic – Ikigai was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Tony Simone at Zenbeast Media. Vocals were recorded and produced by Nick Loiacono at Fang Studios.

Abiotic guitarist John Matos comments on the development of Ikigai
“Our intention behind Ikigai was to come back with a vengeance. As it has been over 5 years since our last release, we wanted to put together the most cohesive, diverse, deep, and brain shattering record we possibly could and I feel like we’ve achieved that and more with this album. Having written this over the course of the last couple of years and finishing this record during a pandemic, the feelings we sought to bring out with this record; pain, grief, desperation, and perseverance are palpable in every note, every chord, and every word, with lyrics touching on topics of suicide, depression, addiction, climate change and the struggle of finding our reason for being.

We wanted to make this record real and relatable in every sense. This album is without a doubt the best material we’ve ever put together, with brand new elements, and a production/mix that has taken our sound to new heights. The addition of Tony Simone and Kilian Duarte solidified this. We decided to include a variety of guests that we’ve always wanted to collaborate with, like Trevor Strnad, Chaney Crabb, Brandon Ellis, Scott Carstairs, Jared Smith, and Jonathan Carpenter, and are beyond excited for everyone to hear them.

We really wanted to push the boundaries of what fans expect from us while giving them the signature sound we’ve honed in that they’ve come to love. Personally, Ikigai is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life, especially after not knowing if the band was ever going to come back. But we’re back. And we’re here to stay.”

Abiotic – Ikigai Tracklisting
1. Natsukashii
2. Ikigai
3. Covered the Cold Earth
4. Smoldered (Feat. Chaney Crabb of Entheos)
5. The Wrath
6. If I Do Die (Feat. Brandon Ellis of The Black Dahlia Murder)
7. Souvenir of Skin (Feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
8. Her Opus Mangled (Feat. Jared Smith of Archspire)
9.  Horadric Cube (Feat. Scott Carstairs of Fallujah)
10. Grief Eater, Tear Drinker (Feat. Jonathan Carpenter ex-The Contortionist)
11. Gyokusai

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Long-running Oakland, California-based doom metal band CARDINAL WYRM is preparing to release their fourth album, Devotionals, on December 11th. Alongside the album’s details, cover art, and preorders, the song “Nightmarchers” has been made available for streaming.

CARDINAL WYRM‘s Devotionals can be described as heavy, intricate, driving, progressive, and genre bending music that seeks to tell a story. The album features Pranjal Tiwari (S.C.R.A.M.) on drums and lead vocals, Nathan A. Verrill (Terebellum, Fyrhtu) on guitars and backing vocals, and Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Terebellum, Hammers Of Misfortune, Fyrhtu) playing bass and providing additional vocals.

The follow-up to their Svart Records-released 2016 album Cast Away SoulsCARDINAL WYRM‘s Devotionals was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Necrot, Vastum, Brainoil) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Sunn O))), Vastum). The album is completed with cover artwork by Kim Holm, photography by Michael Thorn and Amy Oshit, and layout/design by Shelby Lermo.

Stream the first single from CARDINAL WYRM’s Devotionals, “Nightmarchers,” now at THIS LOCATION.

CARDINAL WYRM will self-release Devotionals on cassette and across all digital service providers on December 11th. Find preorder options HERE and watch for a vinyl edition likely early next year.
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Legendary Dutch death doom elite ASPHYX finally returns with their new, 10th full-length studio album entitled Necroceros. The new album was recorded at Tom Meier’s Tom Meier Studio and at Paul Baayens’ The Mörserstudio, then it was mixed and mastered by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann at Greenman Studios. Necroceros, which once again features front cover artwork by Axel Hermann, will be available worldwide on January 22nd, 2021 via
Century Media Records.

 

ASPHYX frontman Martin van Drunen states, “The first recordings for ‘Necroceros’ started somewhere in November 2019. Mainly just rough ideas. We hired Tom’s studio for a couple of jam-sessions so we could record as soon as we thought something had potential. We finished about 6/7 songs, but after a few listenings we decided there had still quite some work to be done.
 

 

After the 3 previous albums and this one being ASPHYX’s 10th official full studio record we were very well aware that the standard had to be incredibly high. Our advantage was that for the first time we had a steady line-up. Since “Incoming Death” we were damned good “worked in” together, one “felt” what the other wanted or where he was music-wise going. With Paul having tons of riffs on the shelves, the earlier takes and the unexpected rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak and thus all our gigs being canceled one after the other, we booked Tom once more for a bunch of jam-recordings. Which turned out marvelously…
 
It took 2 weekends to finally arrange all songs and tape the drum-tracks. Going completely berserk while playing and being totally satisfied with the variety, rawness, brutality and dynamics of each particular track, we were 100% certain that we were heading in the right direction.
 
Long before all the above was happening, I already had introduced “Necroceros” as a working title. It came out spontaneously, sounded powerful and since we used the word “Death” in every release-title, so did “Necro”. The idea was a sci-fi fantasy entity on an eternal course, existing only to devour planets, turning universes into meaningless voids. And while the boys were laying guitars and bass over the drums I searched and wrote the themes and lyrics for every single track. And there we were…
 
To mix with Seeb was a shot in the dark, but he had told me one of his wishes was to ever be able to mix a Death Metal album for a band like ASPHYX. And since we wanted a fresh input, we gave him a chance by letting Seeb do a test and it fused simply excellent.
 
As always, we passed the working title on to Axel Hermann to skizz about and let him throw his morbid imagination over it with detailed bits and pieces. And once more he didn’t let us down with another brilliant masterpiece.
 
And here we are. Something old, something new, something krushing, something sparkling, something alcoholic, something genius, but all very, very ASPHYX!”
The first single and video for the forthcoming album, along with more details about Necroceros, will be released on November 6th, at the start of the album’s pre-order campaign. Stay tuned for more details.
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Sad sight to behold, frankly

Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves went full Maga Clown this week, right in time for a GOP coup of the Supreme Court that threatens women’s rights, the division of church and state, environmental protections, LGBTQ, corporate abuse and so much more! But don’t worry! Tommy says on his Instagram that there are studies that say climate change is natural anyway! That’s as moronic as believing the Earth is flat or systematic racism doesn’t exist and we live in  meritocracy. How does Linda Perry, who I believe writes songs for Dorothy, feel about this? How does Dorothy!? Doc Coyle was in God Forbid! This is wack af.

It isn’t free thinking to join the endorsement ranks of the KKK, Lil Pump and the Taliban, Tommy. It’s dumb as fuck and chauvinistic. Also, you blocked my verified Puerto Rican girlfriend – the singer Globelamp- for critiquing you for not caring how it will affect women’s rights and falsely equating social democracy with ‘CoMMuNism’. Here is an article about how Trump is similar to Castro, dude. Don’t get it twisted. Bernie is a democratic socialist, not a communist. And Biden is a centrist! 

Oh no! Unions! A social safety net for the marginalized! Dudes who might care (or you think would care) about marginalized groups still often don’t blink when women are on the political chopping block. And now, a patriarchy loving cultist being rammed into the supreme court isn’t good for women.

Trickle down economics is piss for the poor. It has always been a gop lie. And acting like business tycoons care one iota of a fuck and will be ethical if deregulated is so beyond crazy I don’t know where to start, but it seems to be a core belief of people conned by those who think objectivism is at all feasible or moral in a corrupt society. You are only helping vulture capitalism and entrenched white supremacy.

It also matters that all people who can get abortions rights are threatened! They probably just think it is murder. Abortion rates don’t drop from banning them. They just get more dangerous and more people die! That is not pro life!

Bad Wolves (and the drummer of System Of A Down for that matter) can get in the fucking garbage.

Y’all got the bag so now you don’t care about marginalized folks? You dare to pretend Trump has been cool for LGBTQ? Ben Weinman super bummed me out today being on insta telling Tommy he had “balls of steel.” More like shit for brains.

It is super sad to see Tommy misled and fall for horrible propaganda. I have moshed my heart out at Vext/Candiria shows many years ago. It is akin to mental illness to believe Trump- a serial mafia backed grifter failson RACIST- and I am not sorry in the slightest for saying that. I am not saying I get to decide how he votes and I am white as snow but he seems like the snowflake for blocking critique, especially when the alt right cry they have been shadowbanned and about ‘FreEDumB Of SpeEECKKKCGGH!’ at every opportunity when people don’t want to host their hate enabling viewpoints. I am a demiflux pansexual, despite my skin color. And diabetic. Both of which also make me unsafe in Trumplandia.

Anyway, get a fucking clue Tommy! Pathetic! Go fuck off with 50 Cent and Ted Nugent into delusion land. PS Antifa serves a god damn purpose. Last I checked it was the same thing we pretended to care about in ww2, dipshit.

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GHOST BRIGADE to release special four cd boxed set

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:53 AM (PST)

Photo by Samuli Raappana

Finnish melodic dark metal outfit GHOST BRIGADE will be releasing ‘MMV – MMXX,’ a specially priced box set that will feature CD versions of the band’s four Season of Mist full-length releases. The limited collection will be released on December 4 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

The band are respected veterans who are also a bit under appreciated yet well known in post-metal circles for their intense and brainy yet emotional releases. This is a very good deal for a special collection you will value greatly.

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Today, Slovak Metal Army announces November 23rd as the international release date for Shaark‘s long-awaited fifth album, Deathonation.

In the meantime, a whole grip of new tracks from Deathonation have been revealed. The official video “Union of Pain” can be seen & heard HERE, at Shaark‘s official YouTube channel; and the new tracks “MonSteroid” HERE and the title track “Deathonation” HERE, both at the band’s official YouTube channel.

Tracklisting for Shaark’s Deathonation
1. Adventus Mali
2. Union of Pain
3. Monsteroid
4. Corruption
5. Trip to Non-Return
6. Deathonation
7. Trapped in The Net part I
8. Trapped in The Net part II
9. Friends of Evil
10. Speed King (bonus track)

RIP to guitar god Eddie Van Halen

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:17 PM (PST)

There are no words for how sad I am about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. The rock icon succumbed to cancer and left behind a huge, untouchable legacy. I like Van Halen better than fucking Led Zep, ok?! The guitarist forever changed the landscape of modern sound and inspired so many with his unfathomable compositions and dizzying talent. I listened to “Runnin’ With The Devil” tonight after I was done ugly crying and throwing up once and got goosebumps on my arms during the solo even though, like you, I have heard it a hundred thousand times.

Thank you so much Eddie for all you gave us! It was a thrill of my life to play briefly in a EVH and Motley tribute show and get to open for Jake E. Lee and it was so fun playing your songs on a stage and imagining what it was like for you guys. “Unchained” is the funnest song to sing in the world. It was touching to see Sammy offer condolences to Wolf. This is just brutal. No one has ever replicated what you did the same way.

A band who could combine humor, soul, pop, technical prowess, fun, sadness, theatrics and so much more. A person who encompassed it all. A legend.

Please play “Dreams” loudly tonight or any song from any era and just LOVE it all.

We’ll get higher and higher
Straight up we’ll climb
We’ll get higher and higher
Leave it all behind

 

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Baltimore, Maryland’s audiovisual progressive/psychedelic duo DARSOMBRA will be headlining the 8th Annual Mushroom City Art Festival online this Sunday, October 4th, from 8-9pm EDT. The band has performed at Baltimore’s Mushroom City Art Festival in their local Leakin Park for the past four years, so this year, instead of a strict music performance for that hour of online entertainment, the band has created a TV show, A Trip With Darsombra, which serves as the first episode of their new channel, Darsombra TV.

 

Since forming in 2006, DARSOMBRA has released an extensive catalog of albums and smaller releases through a vast network of underground labels including At A Loss, Public Guilt, Exile On Mainstream, Translation Loss, and Noise Bombing, before releasing their fourth LP, Transmission, independently in 2019. Uniting Brian Daniloski on guitar, vocals, and effects, and Ann Everton on synthesizer, vocals, gong, and visuals, DARSOMBRA is a transcendental and emotive experience. Live, they create a symbiotic audio-video involvement that creates a temporary reality, woven by sight, sound, and movement. These psychedelic and transcendental characteristics are transferred to record as closely as possible. . . and live, it is a truly cinematic rock ‘n’ roll show.

 

Transmission consists of one continuous forty-one-minute flood ofsprawling, mind-expanding, musical exploration. Ranging from relentless, charged, and cinematic, to ephemeral, transcendent, and delicate, the song embraces its many qualities as it wraps itself into a thematic, uncompromising saga with a million different interpretations available to the listener.

 

The band offers with the launch of their new channel, “Darsombra TV is here! Performances, scenes of life around Maryland, and a first listen to some rapidly developing new tracks from DARSOMBRA are some of what fans can expect from our upcoming online performance for Baltimore’s 8th Annual Mushroom City Art Festival! A Trip With Darsombra is an hour-long variety show featuring the music of DARSOMBRA, as well as scenes from band members Ann Everton and Brian Daniloski’s adventures in Maryland. Come take a trip with Ann and Brian as they journey from Baltimore’s notorious Leakin Park and the original locations of their previous performances for Mushroom City Art Festival, to their garden in nearby West Baltimore for an intimate rooftop show, to A Day At The Beach With Darsombra at Assateague Island National Seashore, and finally ending up back in Leakin Park for a very special surprise performance! This action-packed hour of Darsombra TV also includes exercises for screen-weary eyeballs, a bawdy pony gatehouse adventure, and a Leakin Park Mushroom Extravaganza showing some fungal developments in the park since lockdown in March 2020. DARSOMBRA fans will also appreciate exclusive previews of upcoming tracks from the band. . . come and join us on A Trip With Darsombra!”

 

A Trip With Darsombra airs live this Sunday, October 4th at 8-9pm EDT at THIS LOCATION.
Transmission is out now on LP, CD, cassette, and digital download directly through DARSOMBRA. Each format of the album bears slightly different artwork and design elements than the others.

 

Find a wide array of options at the band’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp where the entire album is streaming HERE.

Well, it has been a GREAT morning. 21 Savage and BlackPink gifting us with new fire. Full moon October blood magick bringing the sweet overnight news that Hope Hicks gave potentially most of the worst GOP traitor morons Rona. I am living. Kim Gordon in full no fucks given mode posting memes of Trump in a coffin from the Simpsons. You love to see it. FYI if the Heroes act isn’t passed by the greedy GOP scum who have been blocking well deserving concerned Americans from getting 2k a month while bailing out their corporate welfare recipient top tier 1% cronies and calling social democracy ‘communism’, airlines are reporting they might have to FIRE up to 36,000 workers.

Pardon me if I shed zero tears for a Covid denying mobbed up, tax dodging racist rapist grifter failson who has tried his hardest to destroy our country for Putin and for self-enrichment, upcharged the fucking Secret Service and who is tanned the color of Kraft mac n cheese powder! Trump Jr really on Insta trying to talk shit on Hunter Biden with a prostitution ring and trafficking conspiracy when his own family is buck toothed nepotism incarnate and his dad hired Epstein’s ENTIRE fucking legal team and is linked to the Russian mob. And we all know your dad is fine with exploiting then shaming sex workers. Stormy, I love you. Keep doing ya thing, girl.

Trump and Melania getting Rona is straight up Karma and if you have a problem with that, suck it. Thoughts and prayers…that it gets worse! Stealing millions through golfing for your ‘health’. Your health isn’t worth the suffering you cause the whole world, rancid slob.

Anyway, celebrating by sharing some bad ass metal with y’all this morning. The unforgiving and frenzied fantastic riff filled thrash of Netherblade! Brave The Cold! Brutal Hardcore Death Grind featuring Mitch Harris (Napalm Death) & Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth / Soilwork). And lastly, ATLASES brilliant melodic post-metalcore glory! Hails, y’all.

Happy October. Fuck White Supremacy and you if you have a problem with that!

 

Many cheers to U.K. grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, who released their new studio album Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism on Friday via Century Media Records. The legends have seen the album place highly on several international sales charts:

Germany: # 18

Austria: # 37

Switzerland: # 26

Finland: # 35

Belgium: # 88

Spain: # 78

France: # 120

UK (Rock Chart): # 3

U.S. charts:

# 5 Top New Artist Albums

# 6 Current Hard Music Albums

# 14 Current Rock Albums

# 41 Top Current Albums

# 48 Current Digital Albums

# 57 Digital Albums

# 58 Billboard Top Albums

And check out a “Metal Talks” episode with Napalm Death vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway via Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX4Woqxy7tpda

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Apex Predator – Easy Meat album and the sjxteenth studio album effort by Napalm Death. It was again recorded with longtime producer Russ Russell and features artwork by Frode Sylthe.

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Horrible news as Burton C Bell quits Fear Factory

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:49 PM (PST)

Fear Factory‘s classic line up changed my life. Seeing them years ago at Tramps in NYC playing “Piss Christ” was the most intense baptism of musical fire and a complete revelation on what intensity of sound merged with science fiction could accomplish. It has been agonizing as a fan over the years to see the fighting and constant musical chairs, despite many great albums along the way. And don’t get me started on Christian’s occasional very wacky hot take comments like recently downplaying the problematic nature of the Confederate flag when reminiscing about Pantera on IG (who I love but it is more than ok to critique about that). Raymond has always been super cool to me and with the exception of Gene Hoglan it also was a drag to see his impact downplayed by drum machines or lesser, if talented, characters behind the kit.

Burton C. Bell has now quit the band (who endured lengthy litigation between the classic line up members in recent years) and has released a lengthy, sad fucking statement you can read HERE. It seems pretty damn harsh on Dino, much as I love Burt. I can’t even write all the deets out for you all right now because I am so effin’ bummed.

Sadly, I now hope Dino just finishes the last album mix tweaks and releases it and lets the band end. It will be sad but we will have the final album. It isn’t a band that would be cool to continue without Burton. He is intrinsically linked to the psychic machinery of the material like a cyborg with head implants. Whenever key elements have been removed it has somewhat worked but also something has been slightly missing. Some bands are a sum of their parts and that chemistry.

Dino should just start Divine Heresy again (replacing Tommy in that is a LOT easier than replacing BURTON in FER FACTORY). Burton is happy with Ascension Of The Watchers. The other guys should do a follow up to the critically undervalued Arkaea record Years In The Darkness. But if Fear Factory can’t be fixed then spare parts isn’t the solution.

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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.