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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)

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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.

DEAFBRICK stream album at Cvlt Nation

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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RIP Frankie Banali

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

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

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

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