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We’re stoked today to help spread the dark anti-gospel of Italian black metal act XEPER‘s new release Ad Numen Satanae. While the Garden of Eden snake on the cover art does kind of look like a lovable if mischievous missing cast member from The Land Before Time series wandered into a hot and heavy moment between Adam and Eve whilst innocently seeking a tree star, this record is actually pretty evil. Spare but crisp production meets sophisticated but molten black and coldly focused dark path passion. It is a cleaner sound than some early wave BM fans will like but to my ears it is a great blend of classic aesthetics and more sophisticated musicianship.

The album will be available on CD and digitally via Soulseller Records on February 26th 2021. The vinyl release follows on May 7th.

XEPER was formed in 2007 in Treviso / Italy by guitarist Guh.Lu, best known as a former member of bands such as Setherial or Impiety and currently as the bass player of Gorgoroth. The project features musicians from the worldwide Black Metal scene like V. Einride (Whoredom Rife) on drums, Maelstrom on vocals and guest appearances of the great Blasphemer (Vltimas, ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), Mantus (Patria) and various others.


Artwork by Marcelo Vasco.

Tracklist:

1. Fiat Interitus

2. The Hidden Genesis

3. Under The Will Of Satan

4. Riding The Spiral Of Lilith

5. Purity And Death

6. Snake That Brought The Flame

7. Ad Numen Satanae

 

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ANUBIS cover MEGADETH’s “Tornado Of Souls”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:50 AM (PST)

Cleopatra artist’s ANUBIS, a rising thrash force from  Los Angeles, have a new Megadeth cover out! Featuring veterans of local and national metal bands Hatchet, Screams of Syrens, and Hydera, ANUBIS “,…combines the speed and aggression of thrash metal bands like Megadeth, Testament, Havok with the twin guitar attack and soaring vocals of melodic metal like Helloween, Savatage, and Iron Maiden.”

This cover version is lean and sleek with the band clearly determined to showcase what they can do. While it is hard not to compare it to the iconic and meaner original, this version pops and leaps out of the speakers with a modern metallic commendable lifeforce.

We look forward to seeing what else this band has in store!

GOD OF NOTHING release the vertigo inducing “Locust”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:33 AM (PST)

Real heavy and dissonant furniture smashery today via deathcore band GOD OF NOTHING‘s new single “Locust”. Love the uneasy and queasy intro leads over the churning, mosh ready hate fest (and the weird af Korn-esque possessed serial killer janitor in a mop closet rubbing his bloody hands together vocals around 2:30).

When asked about the song, Vocalist and songwriter Ritz Holsclaw had this to say “This song is for people that feel alone and left in the dark. It’s a statement letting people know, it’s okay to not be okay. Our friend Adam Mercer is a personal friend that we felt would best fit this song with his experience of struggle. Just know, it’s okay to not be okay.”

Well, that fits with my murderer alone in the dark impression! And it is ok not to be ok, though this song doesn’t sound like Demi Lovato and Marshmello (no hate, I love that song). But yeah, this might not make you feel that much better as this shit is fuckin’ bleak! But we all need to vent those kind of emotions sometimes as well!

An upcoming LP just announced by the band is called Vicious Cycle which is due out March 12 Worldwide on LEGEND Recordings. This is a great label that is also home to acts we adore such as September Mourning, Karma Kids and Paralandra, to name a few.

“Locust” also features Adam Mercer of A Wake In Providence. All pre-orders include 3 instant downloads of already released tracks “Burn” and “Sledge” as well!

Pre-order bundles are available right now at

https://www.legendshop.co/category/god-of-nothing

MADAME MAYHEM releases “Cruel Heart” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:17 PM (PST)

MADAME MAYHEM released her new single “Cruel Heart” to all digital platforms! The single was co-written by Madame Mayhem and Keith Wallen (of Breaking Benjamin).

 

“This was one of the first songs Keith Wallen and I wrote together. I always have such a great experience co-writing with Keith. I remember listening to this demo on my way home after we finished writing and just getting so excited to share it. I have been patiently waiting for the right moment to release this single and I think now is as good a time as any! This song is near and dear to my heart and I am excited for the world to hear it!” says Madame Mayhem.

 

She adds, “I performed this song live on tour a few times prior to recording it, which only makes this release even more special because of the excitement the crowds had for “Cruel Heart” hearing it for the first time as an unknown song. I remember having conversations with fans after the shows about how much they connected with it, which means so much to me! I hope the song continues to connect with people through this release.”

This song was produced and arranged by Johnny K (Disturbed, Megadeth, Sevendust, Finger Eleven), who also played bass on the track. Lead vocals and backing vocals were performed by Madame MayhemKeith Wallen performed guitars and backing vocals and Jason “JBomb” Harrison was on drums.

 

The video was directed by http://www.onerpmstudios.com/.

Greta Van Fleet release “Heat Above”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:27 AM (PST)

Classic rock enthusiasts by way of modern methodology, Greta Van Fleet have returned with a new single today. The warm, colorful and hopeful sounding “Heat Above” sounds like all the different Hobbit families in the Shire are getting along and walking towards a sunrise for a picnic (not even kidding). It is a mood lifter and full of imagination and, as often is the case with the band’s material, a feeling of movement.

New album The Battle At Garden’s Gate will be out 4/16 via Lava/Republic, produced by Greg Kurstin (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Adele).

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Very impressed today by the new single from epic/extreme metallers Wythersake (Washington D.C.). The song is from their upcoming Scarlet Records debut Antiquity and will turn heads with very heavy aplomb, philosophical themes, a blend of grandiloquent adventurous leanings and death defying guitar solos above and beyond what I expected. RIYL Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh,  Hypocrisy, Ex Deo.

The record was produced by Wythersake and engineered by Gabriel Luis at Sound Room Media and it seems like they obviously had some incredible chemistry or communication because the results speak for themselves. This is now firmly on my radar and ought to be on yours as well! Hails!!

“‘Iniquity’ touches on the belief that you are wicked and a lost sinner from the moment you are born. The process of teaching this forces people to accept this uncritically – questioning the belief itself is considered a transgression, which creates a type of echo chamber. Ultimately, breaking away from the bonds
of that type of indoctrination is a very liberating and rewarding experience.” – Wythersake

Portland spiritual metalcore band FALLSTAR have released a new song from their upcoming Facedown release (and fourth album)  Sunbreather. The first really huge sounding melodic yet heavy song I have heard in 2021, I found it a gripping blend of styles with commercial appeal via the excellent and hard to pull off performance by Chris Ratzlaff but still anchored strongly to the underground.

La Nausée from Ghent, Belgium have released an unbelievably heavy new sludge monster of a song called “Split”. It kind of reminds me of Black Tusk channeling White Zombie, just completely devilish and infectious but clobbering riff patterns with an extra aggro vocal intensity as the cherry on top. It kind of feels like…well, like having a giant antler shoved through your face! : )

La Nausée on the song ‘SPLIT’:

‘This song is about where we can place ourselves in this world, in this life. The force of nature is unparalleled. The mind is too small to grasp the whole picture. Essence precedes existence, but not for us. We are to decide our state of being and make ourselves whole.’

 

‘For this song we teamed up with Stef Exelmans to do the mix and master and we really like the result. He did an awesome job in the past recording the latest TURPENTINE VALLEY and BEAR albums and we knew immediately that he was the man we wanted to work with.’

 

‘The artwork was made by Kacper Gilka Art who is an amazingly talented illustrator from Poland and we love his work and felt a connection between the song and the art so that was an easy choice.’

Today, American metal torchbearers Pounder stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Breaking the World, at Decibel magazine’s website. Set for international release on January 29th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Pounder’s Breaking the World in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Heavy metal forever!

Happy Friday, weirdos. I am still laughing from all the people on Twitter who thought that Pat Smear during the Foo Fighters inauguration performance was actually Obama. Can you imagine how crazy that must’ve seemed to them? Imagine the past four years he was just quietly biding his time and learning to shred on “Times Like These” to troll Trump with a superior inauguration for his pal Biden.

Anyway, here we are in the great big aftermath or messy diaper left behind from the Trump fiasco. Seems like a great time to get excited about some new music.

Tomahawk — the rock band featuring Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, etc.) and John Stanier (ex-Helmet, Battles) — are back with their first full-length album in eight years, titled Tonic Immobility and set to arrive on March 26 through Ipecac Recordings.

I had just recently busted out their debut and have been driving around frequently listening to that or Belly’s Star at like 6am as a good indicator of my daily mood, lol. So glad I have actually seen them live a few times and that the project isn’t dead in the water. The new Bungle line-up is certainly a supergroup but this one maybe even more so for snobs like me, haha. Stanier!!!

“Tonic Immobility could just be something in the air we’re feeling,” says Denison. “It’s been a rough year between the pandemic and everything else. A lot of people feel somewhat powerless and stuck as they’re not able to make a move without second guessing themselves or worrying about the outcomes. For as much as the record possibly reflects that, it’s also an escape from the realities of the world. We’re not wallowing in negativity or getting political. For me, rock has always been an alternate reality to everything else. I feel like this is yet another example.”

Interesting. Perhaps a strange, psychic cousin to DEP’s Option Paralysis?

The lead single can be heard below now and sounds as them as you’d expect.

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MONOLORD share “I’m Staying Home” 2 song EP

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:34 PM (PST)

Swedish power trio MONOLORD return with the two track single “I’m Staying Home.” Recorded during the No Comfort album sessions, “I’m Staying Home” sees the band harnessing the power of the riff once again with their trademark take on crushing sludge rock and doom!

 

Vocalist/Guitarist Thomas Jäger comments:

“A leftover track from the No Comfort session with the lyrics re-recorded to suit our current state. Stay the fuck home.”

 

“I’m Staying Home” is available on all streaming services HERE. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and officially out February 5, 2021.

 

Mixed and mastered by MONOLORD drummer Esben Willems, the single features the eponymous new title-track alongside an exclusive live recording of the No Comfort lead single “The Bastard Son,” captured at Freak Valley Festival in 2019.

Artwork by Michael Hutter

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Hear SONIC BLAST’s new song “Quest For Camelot”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:40 AM (PST)

Medieval Times is about to get lit!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas (or whatever you have or haven’t been celebrating) and is enjoying the post-holiday gluttony glow. A lot of people are broke af right now but smug, moronic American “economists” are still trying to tell us $2000 a citizen is dangerous. No. Letting Billionaires not contribute to social safety nets or all of us rotting and starving from class inequality is dangerous, fucko. Trickle down economics is the threat. Stop the gaslighting. We pretend to have abolished feudalism hundreds of years ago, but that is a lie.

Anyway, quick shout out to Mountain fans mourning Leslie West and also the great NYHC band Killing Time who are grieving Rich McLoughlin’s passing right now. Thank you so much to both of these powerful men for their contributions to music forever! I was very busy the last few days with the holiday and my overnight job cleaning a fucking gym so I didn’t have the energy to post anything until now.

Let’s get to some epic power metal to gallop us towards 2021 boldly, shall we? Today I share with you the new single from Greek metallers Sonic Blast! While the band name might remind you of the sound your ass makes when you have eaten too much Christmas dinner, hopefully you also remember the raw and explosive sound of true heavy metal or at least Sonic the Hedgehog gaining power as you progress on a quest!

Today’s quest however is more traditional…a “Quest For Camelot”! Shouldn’t this Greek band be singing about Odysseus or something? There is no rule that says they can’t also enjoy Arthurian lore! While the production feels a little clunky here and there, the song and the band’s passion (especially the vocals) lift you up and remind us to carry on through whatever trials we face! Turn it up, friends! And get me some chaos emerald shards!

The band was formed in Kozani,Greece (2015). Nick Dedes (Guitar) and Dimitris Gkatziaris (Guitar,Bass) were the founding members, while Thimios P. (Drums), Nick Vogiatzis (Keyboards) and Dimitris Vachtsevanos (Vocals) are the latest additions. The band has participated in local music festivals such as “Sourdstock” and “Kozani Four”. The first Album titled “Humanity Divided” is expected to be released soon.

Sludge legends and poetic vagrants of the psychic wounds of humanity, EYEHATEGOD are fucking underground blues metal punk pirates of the truest order. The band have set a March 12 release date for the band’s first new full-length album in seven years, A History of Nomadic Behavior.

Singer Mike IX Williams said of the songs on the album, “We’re not a political band, but it was hard not to be affected by the news from the past year. During this recording, I thought a lot about how stupid humanity has become and how America is now completely divided with these people who don’t believe in science and blindly follow liars and nonsensical ideologies. Some of those feelings may have found their way into these songs, but it is mostly subliminal.”

A History of Nomadic Behavior follows a period that saw the New Orleans based band on the road for three years, preceded by Williams suffering liver failure and a transplant. “We toured our asses off for three years and that’s where A History of Nomadic Behavior basically comes from,” adds Williams before touching on his health challenge: “Death is a part of life, it’s a roll of the dice. Sometimes you take life as it comes, other times you fight to stay alive.” The album was produced by Eyehategod, Sanford Parker (Yob, Voivod) and James Whitten (Thou, High on Fire), with mixing by Whitten. The band recorded at HighTower Recording and Hypercube studios.

Album pre-orders are available now (https://Eyehategod.lnk.to/AHistoryofNomadicBehaviorPR). Get on that shit now.

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Calgary, Canada’s progressive prog Red Cain have launched the pre-order for their new album Kindred: Act IIset for digital release on January 22, 2021. The CD physical release will be done by Sliptrick Records at a later date in the new year. The upcoming full length continues and ends the band’s storytelling of their Kindred saga.

Vocalist Evgeniy Zayarny adds:

“Here we go, friends – the pre-order for our next LP “Kindred: Act II” is LIVE! Thank you for your belief in our work. Ride on with us on the second half of the “Kindred” saga – this mad march toward the Sun. Experimental, aggressive, and recognizably Red Cain in its style, “Kindred: ACT II” picks up and expands on the events from our previous album, centralizing the story around the Aztec warrior Zalcoatl, ritually chosen to save his people, and trapped inside an alien pyramid to battle a hungry, unearthly Lovecraftian entity that plans to use him to be released into the world beyond its archaic prison.”

“Demons” is a driving and insistent banger that could appeal to fans of everything from symphonic metal to The 69 Eyes to perhaps even Rammstein. It has been out for a few months and bodes well for the full release! A very cool sound with a lot of groove as well and a playful side that nonetheless remembers to be rooted in respect for heavy metal. The song is a lustful and dramatic celebration. “Let the sun light you up like a cigarette”, indeed.

Along with the pre-order of Kindred: Act II”, Red Cain is giving fans seven custom pieces of digital art designed by the band along with an immediate download of their goth-rock headbanger”Demons”.

Album pre-order available at the following link: https://redcain.bandcamp.com/album/kindred-act-ii

Hear GLOBELAMP and Chris Cheveyo (ex- ROSE WINDOWS) cover PINK FLOYD today

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:58 AM (PST)

A lot of big music news today, from a Tribulation line-up shake up to a new Greta Van Fleet album pre order and Gemini Syndrome fresh material, Terminal Bliss signing to Relapse in a promising pairing and so much more.  On this rainy day off I am listening to Moonspell’s melodic and shadowy “Incantatrix” from the brilliant and catchy yet even more underground and gothic Omega White material , a somewhat secret and cult release from Portugal’s finest gloom wolf poets.

That all mentioned, it is also the last Bandcamp Friday of 2020 and we wanted to bring attention to a special collab for all you fans of Pink Floyd out there. Yes, it is not metal. We know however that most metal heads have mad love for one of the most compelling and insanity navigating acts out there in classic rock history. Follow the link below for a compelling quarantine made DIY trippy cover of “Brain Damage” by psych folker Elizabeth Gomez aka GLOBELAMP. She has enlisted the very talented Chris Cheveyo of ROSE WINDOWS fame on guitar for some of the classic parts. It amounts to a thrilling pairing of masterful and darkly beautiful psych folk. The two know one another from the PNW music scene.

“I am a big fan of Syd Barrett and this song – often called “Lunatic” early on – alludes to the struggles he faced,” says Gomez.  “I am into wordplay and it is a clever way of drawing a connection between the moon and lunacy, using the cycles of the moon as a reference to feeling crazy. It is smart how the song was not called Dark Side Of The Moon, which you think might be the song title.”

Brain Damage | Globelamp (bandcamp.com)