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On July 22nd, Canada’s WAKE will release their sixth full-length, Thought Form Descent, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a new video for the single “Swallow the Light” (directed by Michael Jari Davidson//@MJD_DOP) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/wake

To track the album, the band once again collaborated with Dave Otero (AllegaeonCattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO. “Dave is someone who does something we love – supersedes what people think of him. Sure, he recorded many successful death metal albums, but his ability to understand pop music and its composition, his knowledge of music theory and his willingness to get right into the movement of a song and its chord progressions, not just the riffs, are things that go way beyond ‘death metal’. He can make hard right turns into wildly different sonic territory without batting an eyelash, and he always has an idea during the deviation, too. He contributed a lot to this record.” Having prepared exhaustively in advance, once in the studio the band were able to try new things, play with ideas and rearrange songs, having the time to go down the proverbial rabbit hole and see where it took them. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts also makes an appearance, playing guitar on “Pareidolia” and “Observer To Master”, the latter track one of the most melodic on the record.

Thought Form Descent track-listing:
01. Infinite Inward
02. Swallow the Light
03. Mourning Dirge (Repose of the Dead)
04. Pareidolia (feat. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts)
05. Venerate (The Undoing of All)
06. Observer to Master (feat. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts)
07. Bleeding Eyes of the Watcher
08. The Translation of Deaths

 

POP EVIL release “Eye Of The Storm” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 4:47 AM (PST)

(Credit: Nick Fancher)

Hard rock group Pop Evil has released their gritty single, “Eye of the Storm” with an accompanying video directed by Sam Shapiro.

The rock track is a powerful number that conveys the chaos of a hurricane through dark, electric instrumentals with a pummeling, chaotic metal maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its center. The video is an allegory of the song’s meaning and paints a picture of the storm with rapid, flashing lights and rain flooding the scene. [Watch Stream].

As for the song’s lyrical plea, the band explains: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. The wind howls at your door as darkness fills the sky and everything you know is being tested. You don’t know if you can survive it. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.”  

The band will begin their headlining tour on June 23 in Milwaukee at Summerfest concluding on August 14 in Wichita at The Cotillion with special guests, ZILLION and Oxymorrons. The band will be supporting Shinedown on their Summer 2022 Canadian tour starting on July 19 in Quebec City at Centre Videotron ending on August 3 in Abbotsford at Abbotsford Centre.

2022 North American Summer Tour Dates:

06/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

06/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rock The Lot @ The Intersection*^

07/08 – Bay City, MI @ Wenonah Park World Friendship Shell*^

07/09 – Green Bay, WI @ Epic Events Center*^

07/12 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater*^

07/14 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee#

07/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^

07/16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater^

07/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^

07/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#

07/20 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia#

07/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#

07/23 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor#

07/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub+

07/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre#

07/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place#

07/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#

07/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino#

07/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Convention Centre#

08/02 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre#

08/03 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

08/05 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^

08/06 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^

08/07 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^

08/08 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^

08/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^

08/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip

08/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^

08/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^

* support from Oxymorrons

^ support from ZILLION

+ local support

# supporting Shinedown

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Save the link for DARSOMBRA’s 4/20 4:20 video premiere HERE.

 

Baltimore, Maryland psyche/prog duo DARSOMBRA will premiere the outlandishly otherworldly official video for “Call The Doctor” this Wednesday in celebration of 4/20.

Just in from the band: “DARSOMBRA’s new official music video to ‘Call The Doctor’ will be streaming LIVE in YOUR time zone on April 20th, 2022, at 4:20pm no matter where in the world you are!

Tune in to youtube.com/darsombra (direct link to livestream: https://youtu.be/zMce0VITr9c) to catch the brand new video (a meditation on the Earth origins of every science-fiction/fantasy narrative, and lovingly described as Star-Trek-meets-David-Attenborough), which will be playing on a loop at 20 minutes after the hour, every hour, on April 20th, from 12:20am EDT (UTC-4) through 11:20pm EDT

 

In other words, from 4:20pm at the International Date Line (UTC-12) to 4:20pm Kamchatka time (UTC +12)! Tell all your friends in Siberia! (and Belize! and Poland! and Micronesia! and Zimbabwe! and Secaucus!). It’ll be 4/20 all over the world… Happy 4/20!”

 

Having just performed at Grim Reefer Fest in their hometown with Heavy Temple, Cavern, Grave Bathers, Haze Mage, and more, DARSOMBRA’s five-week Spring tour also begins this week. Launching this Saturday, April 23rd, the band will cruise westward across the country and into Mexico through May 29th, with random roadside pop-up shows to be expected along the way. Follow the band’s social media points below for by-the-minute updates for these special, sporadic events.

 

The Call The Doctor/Nightgarden cassette maxi-single will also be in just in time for the tour, available in Gold, Silver, White, Blue, and Red versions. Catch the tape first at the band’s merch table on the tour dates, and then at their webshop post-tour after May 31st.

 

DARSOMBRA released the two-song Call The Doctor/Nightgarden EP in April 2021 as a bridge between their 2019-issued Transmission LP and its successor, a massive double-album, which is currently being completed. Watch for updates on the new record to post this Summer.

 

DARSOMBRA Tour Dates:
4/23/2022 Black Forge II – McKees Rocks, PA
4/24/2022 Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH
4/25/2022 The I Fell – Bloomington, IN
4/26/2022 Lindberg’s – Springfield, MO
4/27/2022 Aces Of 8 – Oklahoma City, OK
4/29/2022 Cirque Du So Gay – Santa Fe, NM
4/30/2022 Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2022 Kickstand Kafe – Flagstaff, AZ
5/06/2022 Sci-Hop Brewing Co. – Tijuana, MX
5/07/2022 The Brown Building – San Diego, CA
5/08/2022 Planta Libre – Mexicali, MX
5/13/2022 The Offbeat – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2022 Mee Heng Low – San Luis Obispo, CA
5/15/2022 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
5/24/2022 Fritzy’s – Colorado Springs, CO
5/25/2022 Skylark – Denver, CO
5/27/2022 Eighth St. Taproom – Lawrence, KS
5/28/2022 miniBar – Kansas City, MO
5/29/2022 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH

 

DARSOMBRA is also working on a remix project, collecting reimagined versions of their song “Call The Doctor.” Artists interested in taking part in the remix project are invited to contact the band through their website or social media channels.

CRASHDÏET release “Together Whatever” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 4:49 AM (PST)

If hard rock glam, mugging and big sing-a-long payoff moments are for you, you’ll love the new one from sleaze merchants CRASHDÏET. Today the popular band announce the release of their upcoming album, Automaton, available for pre-sale now on digital, CD and vinyl, through Crusader Records/Golden Robot Records. The digital and CD are set to drop on April 29, with limited edition coloured vinyl due for release on September 9.

AUTOMATON
TRACK LISTING

01. Automaton
02. Together Whatever
03. Shine On
04. No Man’s Land
05. Darker Minds
06. Dead Crusade
07. Powerline (feat. Michael Starr)
08. Resurrection Of The Damned
09. We Die Hard
10. Shell Shock
11. Unbroken
12. I Can’t Move On (Without You)

Pre-order/add/save Automaton HERE

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On July 1st, traditional heavy metal’s Haunt will release their seventh full-length, Windows of Your Heart, via Iron Grip // Church Recordings. One of the most exciting, skilled, melodic and engaging bands in modern metal, Haunt deserve all the praise and more for their tireless drive and growing pile of anthems. Honestly, they are one of the only bands I really go out of my way to make extra time to listen to currently in rock. That is not to say there aren’t plenty of bands who I love and I listen often to lots of music, rather that Haunt is always rewarding and worth the attention in a busy schedule.

For a first preview of the record, a lyric video for the title track can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/5yAzfkp1bVA – on Haunt’s newly launched YouTube. Fans are encouraged to check the channel regularly for upcoming Q&A sessions, official interviews, new lyric videos for Haunt’s catalog, play-throughs from main-man Trevor William Church, full band in-studio live video recordings, plus behind-the-scenes tour videos.

To pre-order a copy of Windows of Your Heart, please visit Haunt’s Bandcamp or The Heavy Metal Store’s Bandcamp.

photo credit Andy Lei

Iran’s Heterochrome has a new album From the Ashes coming out this spring and the second single to entice listeners is the heavy “Badbadak (The Flight)”. Somber and driving in both topic and music, the single revisits the 2020 tragedy of flight 752. The band explains further:

“January of 2020 marked the tragedy of the Iranian Government shooting down the Ukrainian passenger airplane killing many of our loved ones including one of Mida’s old schoolmates. In the grief following that loss, Mida drew from an old school song called Badbadak (The Kite) and wrote this song. The music video represents the same suffering.”

The visually striking video was created by Mani Zonoozi who made it in a small aquarium with underwater equipment in the USA. It also features shots from Mida and Arash recorded in Canada and Finland.

The single and video for “Badbadak (The Flight)” can be heard at https://youtu.be/Ce1pjpfvWvE

and at Bandcamp – https://heterochrome.bandcamp.com/track/the-flight

This is not the only song on the album to deal with dark subject matters, as a whole, it is a much deeper dive into the personal experiences of the band members than their debut. They hope that the fans appreciate the new path they are taking, and connect with the songs on the same personal level as them. Written as a concept album, each track forms a small part of a bigger picture, and while each serving is a unique story on its own the album has been tailored to be enjoyed as a whole.

Heterochrome started out with a melodic and emotional progressive sound, however over time they started to experiment with the alternative, electronic, and nu-metal genres as well, trying to find a balance to perfectly capture the essence of their sound between those styles and traditional Persian music. They are recommended listening for fans of Porcupine Tree, Gojira, and Draconian.

From The Ashes will be released on May 13, 2022.

L-R – Tim Brown – Guitar, Pete Klassen – Bass, – Dan Cleary – Vocals, Jono Webster – Drums, – John Simon Fallon – Guitar
Photo Credit: Dana Zuk

Canadian shredders STRIKER will be hitting the road in April and May 2022 to support Finnish heavy metallers Beast In Black for their first North American headlining tour along with Florida power metal warriors Seven Kingdoms. Band links and info HERE.

Before kicking off the first date of the tour in Orlando, FL on April 7th, STRIKER are unveiling their latest single “Strange Love” with a new music video that features the debut of the band’s latest lineup addition of long time friend and guitarist John Simon Fallon (The Order of Chaos). In Metal Riot’s estimation this is one of the most fun, intriguing and well executed rock mash of influences we have seen in months.

“Strange Love” is the band’s first new music of 2022 since releasing their previous single 2021’s “Deathwish”. The band is currently in songwriting mode for their follow-up record to their Juno award-winning album 2018’s Play To Win.

“When we wrote Strange Love we were dabbling in the dark arts of funk, and although it really doesn’t sound like it we drew big inspiration from bands like Extreme and Faith No More. It was a bit of a detour on our metal journey, but it was a lot of fun to record. We have one more song to release from that recording session too, which leans even further into that style so keep an eye out for that!” adds vocalist Dan Cleary.

OU (China) release “Travel” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4:51 AM (PST)

Taking a break from wondering why Skid Row is putting out something called “The Gang’s All Here” when that is clearly not the case to pivot to telling you about some cool prog metal from China. Progressive metal quartet OU (pronunciation: “O”) have announced that their debut album ‘one’ will be out on May 6th, 2022 on InsideOutMusic. Today, the band are pleased to share the album’s first single titled “Travel.” It leaps from the speakers to spin a world of colorful soundscape visions through the imagination. The band have a tremendous capacity for morphing melody, rhythms and space around them.

Pre-order “one” here:
https://ou.lnk.to/One

Tracklisting:
1.       Travel 穿      00:05:54
2.       Farewell 夔   00:04:12
3.       Mountain 山  00:04:18
4.       Ghost 灵       00:03:34
5.       Euphoria 兴   00:07:19
6.       Prejudice 豸  00:04:31
7.       Dark 暗        00:07:17
8.       Light 光        00:04:05

Hailing from Beijing, China, the group combine a variety of elements and influences (Devin Townsend, The Gathering, Radiohead to name a few), to create their extremely unique sound.
 
Formed by drummer and songwriter Anthony Vanacore, the idea behind OU came from each member having a long history of playing in local house bands and seeking new challenges in their growth as musicians. Vanacore would go on to recruit talented guitarist and fellow house band veteran Jing Zhang, as well as highly sought-after bassist Chris Cui, with the three of them laying the initial groundwork for the song structure and creative approach. OU recruited highly talented singer Lynn Wu to front the project, who brings with her ethereal vocals that contrast with the dynamic and engaging music, delivering a powerful and soaring sound. On their debut, OU set out with only one clear goal in mind, and that was to make certain that every song had its own unique identity.

 

Malevolence Drop New Single/Video “Life Sentence”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 1:04 PM (PST)

pic by Nat Wood

Last month, Malevolence announced their highly anticipated new album Malicious Intent (out 20th May) with blazing first singleOn Broken Glass, marking their place amongst metal’s heavyweights. With an impressive set of European tour dates on the horizon alongside the record of their career, 2022 is inevitably Malevolence’s year.

 

Today, the Sheffield 5-piece have delivered a decisive smackdown in the form of their crushing second single, ‘Life Sentence’. Accompanied by Daniel Priess’ brainchild video concept, ‘Life Sentence’ is another punishing masterpiece from these Steel-City savages.

Malevolence front-man Alex Taylor stated, “Anyone that has followed us for a while knows that Malevolence is capable of delivering a fairly wide spectrum of different sounds. Sometimes we want to write ballads, sometimes we want to write big choruses and sometimes we want to write songs that make you want to smash everything in your house to pieces. One of the hardest, darkest and most aggressive tracks from Malicious Intent, Life Sentence is dedicated to anyone that thought we had gone soft!”

March Actual Madness Metal Variety Hour.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7:29 AM (PST)

Slaegt, 2022.

As Obi Won would say, Hello There!”

I feel like I haven’t been able to post much this month, buried in work at my day job and having also just low key started working on a new Walking Bombs record for my band. SOOO much killer shit is going on right now as well as the ton of anniversary milemarkers for classic albums that just went down. Maiden, Anthrax, Pantera, White Zombie…yadda yadda. They all had what some consider their best albums ever have anniversaries. Personally I think La Sexorcisto is the best White Zombie album ever and also that despite this awful hot take that without Jay and Sean the band during this era would have had infinitely less groove, grime and generational heavy metal riffage that defined a 90’s way to keep heavy alive. Not to mention what a beast Ivan was, the perfect drummer for that record in so many ways. Can you tell it is my favorite mainstream 90’s metal album?

I didn’t get to make a top 5 albums full aticle post for March but some killer records came out. My favorites I hope you check out this month are from Mares Of Thrace, Crowbar, Sundowning (not to be confused with the This Is Hell modern classic) , Falls Of Rauros and Slaegt. 

Also really looking forward to new Zola Jesus in May!!!

So yeah, just gonna blurb some stuff at ya. Super pressed for time and mentally fried right now but gotta keep the dream alive, baby.

June Of 44′- way too slept on these days despite being critical legends- have a new shirt to benefit Ukraine aid via UNICEF. Shirtkiller has the merch HERE. Putin is an absolute garbage person and a despot.

Onward…Bobby Lees! Great news. The Woodstock, NY (my area digs where I grew up) based blues ragers have signed to Ipecac thanks to Henry Rollins introing them. Fuck yeah. Killer band. Seen ’em live a few times and we have loved the records around here awhile now. Well deserved.

The Bobby Lees said of partnering with Ipecac: “We’re very excited to be on Ipecac Recordings! They have bands we love, and most importantly the label is run by honest, no bullshit people. They let their artists make their own decisions and we really appreciate that. It’s rare nowadays for a label to take a chance on a band that doesn’t fit in one lane. Ipecac welcomed us and that challenge with open arms. They seem to be a label that fights for the misfits and the bands that have their own pulse. As soon as we met them, we knew this album found its home.”

Peep the new shit!

The Sound Of Scars Life Of Agony doc is out. Go appreciate the realness.

Thanks everyone for reading and see ya soon. Sorry for the smoosh post of 90 different things but at least you have a buffet to choose from.

 

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Over the top pioneers RAMMSTEIN have a new album called Zeit due on April 29th. Sure to be one of the biggest splashes in heavy music this (or any) year, the title track offers quite the crescendo after a ballad-like sense of controlled calm.

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MOONLIGHT HAZE release “Never Say Never”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 5:24 AM (PST)

pic: Beatrice Demori

Symphonic rockers MOONLIGHT HAZE have a new song out! This is the newest electrifying single to be released from Animus, out March 18th via Scarlet Records. Check out melodic and tight “Never Say Never” HERE today, a single blazing confidently and with hope. A song for reaching for dreams and savoring the moment before it is gone, this is a timely tune for a torn up world where nothing is promised but the stars beckon above to every spirit.

“’Never Say Never’ gives us a lot of energy: we hope the same feeling will be delivered to everybody! It’s quite a fast and strong tune – about willpower and the effort of observing things from a different view, leading us to achieve goals that might have looked unreachable before”-
Chiara Tricarico
, frontwoman & lyricist.

Pre-orders: https://orcd.co/mhanimus

WOLF release title track for ‘Shadowland’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:54 PM (PST)

Swedish Heavy Metal masters WOLF release their new single and title track for “Shadowland”, a hymn to all metal fans. The track, which contains swinging guitars, pounding bass and drums, topped with an incredibly catchy vocal melody that reminds of Ozzy Osbourne’s early career, is off the band’s9th studio effort, Shadowland, which will be released through Century Media on April 1st. Watch the video for “Shadowland”, HERE. The song can also be streamed on all major streaming platforms, HERE.

WOLF vocalist and guitarist Niklas Stalvind states,”Thank you all for giving ‘Dust’ such a warm welcome! We hope you will like the new song ‘Shadowland’ as well and give it many spins. A bit darker perhaps, and a bit more mysterious, showing another side of our new album. Nevertheless, 100% Wolf metal. Enjoy!”

The artwork was once again handled by the one and only Thomas Holm (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond).
Shadowland is available to pre-order, HERE, and is available in the following formats:

·       Black LP + Poster
·       White LP + Poster (limited to 300 / available at CM Distro)
·       Transp. Red LP + Poster (limited to 300 / available at EMP)
·       Transp. Orange LP + Poster (limited to 300 / Band exclusive)
·       Ltd. CD Digipak
·       Digital Album
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VESSEL release “Misguided” official audio

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 5:42 AM (PST)

VESSEL invite you to wrestle with your soul today. It can be fun!

Tel-Aviv melodic heavy mettalers VESSEL have released a stomping, mid tempo cruiser called “Misguided”. The track showcses the falcon-cry of Bruno V Passy over admirable instrumental support from the band, scratching that hard to reach itch between the Slough Feg and Queensrÿche shoulder blades! Golden Robot Records continue to have a proven ear for talent.

California’s NIGHT DEMON ride on with style with their new cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Sun Goes Down.” Probably the most enjoyable Lizzy cover I have heard this side of the time I “saw” Lemmy play “Rosalie” but was so hammered from the Russian Vodka Room with Christine from the much missed Crusher Mag that I remember like three songs from the whole show. Kids, don’t get so trashed you can’t remember the details of shows you’d kill to remember years later!

Anyway, Night Demon aced this Lizzy cover and the vocals in particular sound SO smooth and good. On March 25th the popular heavy metal act will release Year Of The Demon (not to be confused with the semi-similar name of a pretty cool band, fyi).

Jarvis Leatherby (Vocals / Bass) comments: “2020 was certainly the ‘Year of the Demon’ in so many ways! Never in our wildest imagination would we be releasing (5) 7″ singles in a calendar year, and nowhere in our fans’ imagination would one of the hardest touring bands of the last decade be sidelined (along with the rest of the world) by this virus that demonized our lives. We are proud to finally release these songs as a complete collection and include the rare B-sides that only saw the light of day on the collector’s record player. Here’s to 2022 and the future bringing us all something more to hope for. We have a lot more to come this year!”

Comprised of the band’s five standalone 7″ singles from 2020, this 10-track Century Media collection features original songs, cover tunes, and previously unheard live recordings. Pre-order your copy of Year of the Demon at: https://nightdemonmusic.lnk.to/YearOfTheDemon. Really looking forward to it! Enjoy this top rate Lizzy cover below! Well done, fellas!