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We Need To Guide One Another Better.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:58 PM (PST)

photo by Megan Thomas

Hey everyone.

The post flower moon vibes have been something else, huh? Can we please stop the massacres and disasterpiece human folly and just love one another?

Let’s start out today with this timely tweet from Max Berger re: Elon camping out with the Republicraps. Phew…it has been a week (and I do mean weak). At least I can spend time fan dreaming that She-Hulk, Daredevil and (especially) Jessica Jones might hang out and eat nachos together soon.

Anyway, we need to guide one another better. Pick each other up when we fall and not give in to our worst potentials. Not expect perfect victims. Have empathy.

What else…George Bush’s own mouth he slips and says that invading Iraq was unjustified …then everyone laughs. Dude is a war criminal. 1000s of dead Americans and Iraqis on his hands. Have some collective memory, America.

I have been defending Amber Heard from armies of utter TikTok morons the last few days, people who literally say things like ,”what power dynamics are there when anyone can call the cops and report abuse?”

Like, sit the entire fuck down already. Stan bullies who don’t respect boundaries and are falling for Putin lackey leaked curated talking points, wbk. I loved his movies too. It is utterly heartbreaking.

She never named him in the op ed. HE tried to get HER out of movies.

It is so so so easy to perpetuate hysterical women tropes before having all the information. Also, you’re full chest out thinking Disney and Warner Bros thought the face of their company should be a dude who calls women “gold digging/ c-m guzzlers” (who is on recording saying she didn’t want dime of his money and counter sued AFTER he initiated it)…and he boasts about sex with a Russian teen? Defends Roman Polanski. How is that or a massive spiral of drug addiction Amber’s fault?!

Maybe Disney wouldn’t care actually since they have basic overrated whataboutism edgelord Bill Burr in Mandalorian w every bro saying “ that’s my dog” while he defends Carano being anti Semitic on Twitter. I don’t want to hear any bullshit about Jason and Amber having no chemistry when Aquaman is literally the best DCEU movie to date.

So are we gonna power skip to MJ songs w Diddy and Morgan Wallen like morons as if nothing matters or are we gonna do any work to improve?

Other than that, been enjoying some Hekseblad and Vital Spirit tunes the last few days in between mindlessly singing When In Rome’s “The Promise”.

Anyway, utterly fuck the Daily Wire and any gullible shithead eager to join the ranks of their hateful disciples.

Amber has more than proven she deserves to win the trial vs. Johnny Dump (project your own fecal obsession much, diaper dude?) and it is revolting how people are pretending otherwise. This from a rocker who loved the Viper Room and Manson and yadda yadda Dead Man Jarmusch all that noise. Doesn’t mean I can’t notice when a former acting hero turns sour and abuses power. Real resorative justice is not played out like a revenge fantasy, public witch hunt that will affect whether SA survivors can speak out in the future as well. Lowering the bar for defamation suits so abusers with more power can weaponize the courts is not what a person who really gives a shit about anyone else would do.

In other bummer ass news, High On Fire’s Matt Pike is obviously a massively influential guitar God, but the lazy ass Icke fawning definitely was overdue for a great WTF piece like this reckoning. Matt, love you forever as a genuine hero to us all musically. Still, dude…please tone it way the fuck down and use this as a humbling moment to take the critique to heart. My own older sister got sucked into QAnon bullshit like this and when I showed her the origin links to the Anti Jewish and super bigoted Protocols of the Elders Of Zion conspiracy bullshit, she blocked me and hasn’t spoken to me… even since our mom died.

Don’t throw your meaningful role in the scene away to be another Iced Earth, dude. That already sucked enough for metal fans. There is a difference between curiosity or “free thinking” and questioning things or eating mounds of horse shit and then regurgitating it and focus shifting or downplaying the harm when people draw attention to it. That goes for Jon Schaffer or whoever. It reminds me of people saying “it isn’t that harmful” when I called out Brent from Mastodon for the F-Slur thing last year. Then I got a bunch of hate mail and saw comments mocking being respectful to queer people all over the internet because I cared about getting the band to apologize to the queer community. A band I loved, like High on Fire, Iced Earth, etc. for years.

Like Icke-stanning with the laziest of threadbare caveats, All That Remains or other band people similarly using F slurs and acting like it doesn’t matter is very privileged. Think of all the anti LGBTQ hate right now in this world and tell me it is overreacting to want people to be more conscious or not sound like 90’s jocks in the fucking alternative music scene of 2022.

Siri, play “Learn From This Mistake” by Down. Everyone listen and think about what it means to have a self reckoning. Yes, there are many reasons why I picked that song.

Sending love and healing to the Anathema camp today.

Lastly, CT is a safe state for trans rites and abortion refugees now.

Happy mental health month, assholes. Rock over London. Rock on Chicago.

PS…being out resourced doesn’t equate to justice.

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PSYCROPTIC announce new album ‘Divine Council’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:09 AM (PST)

Tasmanian extreme metallers Psycroptic have today announced their eighth studio album, Divine Council, set to be released via Prosthetic Records on August 5. Alongside the album announcement, the Australian extreme metal group have shared the lead single, “Rend Asunder”, and an accompanying music video for the track – directed by Michael Rankine and filmed at Oi Studios in Tasmania, AU – which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6G-yrx6BQs

Listen to “Rend Asunder” via Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Spotify and Bandcamp now. Pre-order / Pre-save Divine Council here: https://lnk.to/Psycroptic

 

Speaking on the album announcement and “Rend Asunder”, the band comments: “‘Rend Asunder’ is a little bit of a different style of track for us – stripped back and streamlined, but it still has the Psycroptic sound. It’s straight to the point – fast, catchy and hard hitting from the outset. We think people will dig it from the first listen. We can’t wait to play it live, it will definitely be in the set for our upcoming tours.”

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RIP Trevor Strnad

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 4:02 AM (PST)

By now most of you have heard the shocking and incredibly tragic news that Trevor Strnad of melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder has passed away. Through nine albums of punishing and unapologetic death metal worship and funny antics, Strnad led the band to amazing heights and inspired countless kids to feel excited to be part of this scene.

It just…underscores mental health month being a bunch of fucking lip service to most people. Sorry if that sounds mean (and is certainly not directed at any of his friends or loved ones who have tried to help him over the years), but this is pretty triggering to me. I just lost my own mom and just feel for dude so hard. It is really hard to feel like you are supposed to just go through that and then go back to being normal right away. Fucking hell. I just mean that society in general really fails to have enough mechanisms in place to catch everyone when they are falling.

TBDM wrote on socials: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.” The band also shared the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Crank some Everblack today.

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RIP Gabe Serbian

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 4:43 PM (PST)

Sad news today as word gets out that The Locust drummer Gabe Serbian has passed. Condolences to friends and family. Certainly one of the most skilled and chaos channeling drummers in human memory. I saw them live just once but it is an insane memory that feels like a dream. It was at Park Fest at Purchase College and I think Biz Markie was the same day, wow. Of course Gabe is also known for important contributions to Cattle Decap and Dead Cross.

Today, Beltane, is his birthday…even more upsettingly.

“This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist,” says a post on the band’s official Facebook page. “He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life.”

Metal Riot’s Top 5 for April 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8:41 PM (PST)

Aries season is here and it is not only my birth month but a stellar fucking month for fiery metal releases. Shit, the Meshuggah video practically has a Balrog in it. Horns, indeed. Heriot, Meshuggah, Egregore, Caliban and Lords Of The Trident take the cake for us this month here at MR HQ. Support!

 

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ASTRONOID announce ‘Radiant Bloom’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 7:01 AM (PST)

Astronoid, the Boston band whose music has been described as an “awesome intersection of black metal pummel and shoegaze luster” (Pitchfork) and whose 2019 self-titled album was dubbed “the sweetest, softest heavy metal of the year” by NPR, release their eagerly-awaited third album, Radiant Bloom, on June 3 via 3DOT Recordings.

“It’s a balance of aggression and emotion,” explains vocalist, guitar player and songwriter Brett Boland about the band’s first new album in three years. “This is our next evolution. It’s a reflection of everything over the past few years, and it’s the most personal album we’ve made so far. Radiant Bloom is about the state of being human and all the trials and tribulations that come along with that. It’s about mundanity and boredom and about everything moving so fast that you feel like you can’t do it all. It’s about the flood of feelings that goes along with everyday experiences and trying to cope with the swirling vortex of life humming around you.”

A preview of the nine-song collection arrives today with the release of “Eyes” (https://lnk.to/astronoid-eyes), a track Boland describes as “not feeling completely sure of who you are or what you’re doing.”

The self-produced album is also the band’s debut on 3DOT Recordings, a label created and guided by Periphery. “We’re thrilled to announce the signing of Astronoid to 3DOT Recordings,” explains Periphery guitar player Mark Holcomb. “Astronoid have been on our radar since 2017 when we toured the U.S. together, and we’ve wanted to sign them since we launched the label in 2018. Not only have they become friends of ours over the years, but we’re big fans of their music. We believe Radiant Bloom is their strongest album to date. 3DOT has always been a label that prioritizes creativity no matter the genre or style, and Astronoid fits firmly in its vision.”

Radiant Bloom pre-orders are available now (https://store.astronoidband.com), with the release offered on several limited-edition vinyl variants, CD, cassette and digitally.

RIP Taylor Hawkins

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 5:00 AM (PST)

I worked late last night and collapsed, so didn’t hear the news about Taylor Hawkins until early this morning. All I can say is this is a rough one for everyone. An almost universally inspiring dude brimming with life, Hawkins could make anyone enthusiastic about rock. When “The Pretender” intro drums kick in it will never not be epic. There are simply too many moments he contributed for us all to distill it down into a fitting epitaph, but perhaps we can simply crank the music in awe.

Our hearts go out to his friends, family and the Foo brotherhood. Go support the Studio 666 movie since one of the last things that happened during his tenure with the band was that they supported the metal community! The entire hard rock world (and the entire WORLD world) mourns this loss.

TESTAMENT get DAVE LOMBARDO back!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 5:44 PM (PST)

Well, what can I say but I am a happy little pickle today because my probably favorite thrash band got Dave Lombardo back on drums for the first time in years! That’s right, Thrash gods TESTAMENT can continue most of The Gathering line up’s blazing chemistry AND it would also be killer to hear Dave play on newer classics like “Native Blood” and “Children of the Next Level”. And while we love James Murphy, you all know Skolnick and Dave is gonna be so sick. If only Dave McKean would come back and do some art, haha. I just hope they also take a crack at “True Believer” live, a personal fave.

Chuck Billy declares “I’ll state the obvious, We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament. We are so excited to share the stage again with Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for The Gathering (release), and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”

 

Dave Lombardo stated, “This is a long-awaited reunion that was bound to happen. Once upon a time, we created a thrash masterpiece. I have no doubt that our musical chemistry will pick up exactly where we left off. I love the Testament family and am very excited to be joining them once again. Pure brutality awaits.”

 

Eric Peterson expresses, “Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high expresses, “Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high!”
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RIP Mark Lanegan, restless bard of lonely places

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 6:25 AM (PST)

As anyone remotely rock minded with the internet knows by now, Mark Lanegan has passed. The inspired troubadour and shadow delving poet was 57 and leaves a huge impact in his wake. Like a Tom Waits or a Bukowski, Lanegan could bring you into the seedy life with his evocative and descriptive turns of phrase while also having so much “feel” to his croon. The guy could be smooth and gravelly at the same time and hypnotize anyone, steal the show on a QoTSA album chock full of talent and commanded respect with rare grace.

His voice made you feel like someone knew what it felt like to find a real friend in a cold world.

In a time when so many artists seem willing to cut corners, take the easy way out or just not have any dignity or gravitas, when flash in the pan gimmicks and unearned braggadocio is rewarded over talent…it is sad to see someone go whose life work was a beacon of inspiration.

Variety has a great round up of some of his career best tunes HERE.

I hate writing memorial articles because they feel so insufficient, technically are news but feel vulture-like when we need time to pass to absorb it all as well but…well, it also feels even worse to NOT acknowledge a loss to me. Screaming Trees and the grunge movement were such an embedded part of my youth and I have such a deep and profound respect and thanks for many of the people part of that who radically inspired me and made me want a life of rock n roll as more than a trend. I can only describe the revelations they made me have as maybe what it was like for someone to read On The Road for the first time, albeit set to a Seattle grungy chord instead of jazz. The sheer minimalist brilliance of Bubblegum has also grown to be and remains my favorite Dark Mark record, just a stunner top to bottom on how to do all killer, not overstaying welcome tunes that all bang and have depth.

I’ll break this off with a humorous excerpt from an excellent Diffuser interview w Mark by James Stafford from 2014:

Do you see yourself more as a lyricist, composer, or right there in the middle with both having equal weight?

I consider myself to be an out of work breakfast cook, though I haven’t had to do that work in a long time. Nah, whenever I’m asked for occupation on a visa application or passport, I just say singer.

 

RIP Jonny Z

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 6:33 PM (PST)

RIP Jonny Zazula, cofounder of mighty Megaforce Records (arguably the metal label which had the biggest impact in metal history). The news was confirmed in a Facebook post from Zazula’s daughter, Rikki. Our hearts go out to Rikki and the rest of Jonny Z’s loved ones. His dedication and love of the artform rippled outward and helped countless people, leaving behind a huge impact.

 

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Alice Cooper shares thoughts on Meat Loaf’s passing

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 7:45 AM (PST)

Shock rock / classic rock legend Alice Cooper has written some kind and sincere words about the recent passing of his friend Meat Loaf. I have been listening to Meat Loaf at work and sort of processing his loss and the impact of his theatrical career. We VERY arguably wouldn’t have had many aspects of theatrical rock, be it Avantasia or My Chemical Romance, without someone like him paving the way.

I have not been posting much about him yet because am dealing with a recent death in my own family and really I just felt like I couldn’t muster good enough words to summarize someone’s whole, complex life. I don’t have to agree with everything he said or did over a life that spanned decades, just as I don’t agree with everything I ever did myself. It is cruel when people just make mocking memes when someone dies because they don’t like some of their politics. I don’t want to contribute to that lack of compassion. He was an amazing performer who went through a great deal.

I just want to send condolences to Pearl, Scott and the rest of his family and share this touching tribute from Alice for now,

God bless. – MYE

 

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Gene Hoglan and Testament part ways

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 5:47 AM (PST)

Gene Hoglan and Testament have parted ways amicably. Hoglan is always the type to sort of fly in for awhile and help a band make their best records in years (see Fear Factory’s Mechanize) and knocked it out of the park on all the recent Testament releases.

That said, I have been listening to The Gathering the most lately and would love to see them somehow get Dave back for another round behind the throne.

The band issued a statement:

To all our Testament fans around the world,

First off, we are beyond grateful to have had Gene Hoglan ”Official Page” behind our drum throne for ten years, several albums and countless tour dates. Unfortunately, our brother Gene’s additional tours and solo endeavors in 2022 conflict insurmountably with Testament’s rescheduled dates after two years of lost time due to the pandemic. Rather than Testament having to reschedule upcoming dates (yet again) or Gene having to cancel his own plans, we have decided to amicably part ways. We understand that this announcement will cause some disappointment but rest assured: There is no drama, only the best of vibes between us. As Gene embarks upon a new chapter, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for bringing the most powerful drum beats to Testament and heavy metal. We have no doubt he will continue to bring it as only he can. Gene Hoglan will always be family and we ask all of you to join us in wishing him only the best of luck going forward!

Also rest assured that we will continue to deliver yet another top notch addition to Testament and will reveal soon! We will see you all on tour very soon!
Testament

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HAKEN announce return of keyboardist Pete Jones

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:06 PM (PST)

Progressive rockers Haken are excited to announce the return of the band’s original keyboard player, Pete Jones, to the fold. He will make his debut on the band’s upcoming live dates in support of their most recent album ‘Virus’, released in 2020 to much acclaim.

The band comments: “We are truly thrilled to welcome Pete back into Haken. Pete is a phenomenally gifted musician and, in the short time since his return, he has breathed new life into the band, inspiring us to explore fresh and exciting musical territory. This is a new era for Haken and we cannot wait to share it with all of you!”

Pete adds: “I’m thrilled to rejoin the fellowship, after following the band closely over the years and watching them grow. It was great to reconnect with Rich on the Nova Collective record, and then to work more closely with the guys over the past couple of Haken albums. I can’t wait for the next chapter, and am pumped to be a part of it!”

The band recently announced the postponement of their European tour dates, with new dates soon to be announced. Their North American tour alongside Symphony X is set to go ahead starting May 10th, 2022 in New York City, running through the month and ending June 12th, in New Jersey. Find the full list of dates here: https://hakenmusic.com/tour/

Listen to the band’s latest album ‘Virus’ here: https://haken.lnk.to/Virus

U.D.O. to release new covers album via Atomic Fire

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:47 PM (PST)

German heavy metal renegade Udo Dirkschneider has announced a covers album My Way, out April 22nd via Atomic Fire. Some foundational rock classics and some unexpected numbers are on here. I am probably most excited for the “No Class” cover.

An excerpt from the press release:

Titled My Way, the record contains seventeen cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from Dirkschneider. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes-surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout.

“Now, when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs,” he recalls. Here, Alex Harvey’s “Faith Healer” allows the artist to feel those days of an era long past. The fact that “Nutbush City Limits” is also on the album reveals a secret rarely told until now, “What hardly anyone knows so far: I was a huge fan of Ike and Tina Turner, and especially Tina’s voice. We always covered this song during Accept rehearsals in the early days. It was one of the mainstays of our Accept rehearsal repertoire for years. Regrettably, there is no recording of it.”

 

With Wolfsheim’s “Kein Zurück,” Dirkschneider sings in German for the first time in his career, “I immediately felt like the words understood me. It seemed to me that the lyrics were telling the story of my career, of my highs and lows and all the good and bad experiences that life has. There simply is ‘no going back’ for those who choose to live as a musician.”

 

My Way Track Listing:
1. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
2. Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)
3. Sympathy (Uriah Heep)
4. They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)
5. Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)
6. Hell Raiser (The Sweet)
7. No Class (Motörhead)
8. Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
9. The Stroke (Billy Squier)
10. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
11. He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (The Scorpions)
12. T.N.T. (AC/DC)
13. Jealousy (Frankie Miller)
14. Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)
15. We Will Rock You (Queen)
16. Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)
17. My Way (Frank Sinatra)
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I loved the band SIERRA and am stoked for their fresh start of sorts as WILLOWATER. While the band are currently seeking a drummer, they have completed an EP called Loyal and have a lot of plans for the road ahead of them.

“They’re all leftover Sierra tunes, minus Ultimatum, that we wanted to make sure got completed. Our pandemic project,” Jason Taylor tells me.

Today the band announced via Facebook that Loyal is out Dec 3rd and the first single will be out later this week.

 

Artwork for the EP is by @10.years.time.

 

I am loving the art, which sort of gives me Pink Floyd vibes. Really excited to see the wheels start turning for the Willowater machine. Stay tuned!
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