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METAL RIOT’s Top 25 Albums Of 2021.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:21 PM (PST)

King Woman at Saint Vitus Bar- Oct. 16th, 2021

Ok, friends. Here we are again… 2021 has been a serious slog while also being full of some amazing blessings.I was very happy to get to share another year of Metal Riot with you all and ride the vortex waves.I usually don’t post a lot for the month of December and we tend to be the second or third site to publish our list (after DECIBEL, generally).I am gonna spend a lot of December working, reflecting and being grateful for two years of sobriety and also contemplating The Wheel Of Time saga, etc.

THANK YOU to all the bands who made killer music this year and amazing people I was able to speak with or befriend, etc. YOU are the scene. XO.

I also deserve a break after having to deal with many unwanted trolls for simply pointing out to Mastodon that Brent shouldn’t be calling stuff “gay” as a pejorative.

Numerous people decided they needed to contact me and call me queerphobic names afterwards.A nd I am sure I have done way more for metal and punk than all of those shit trolls combined. The LGBTQAI artists in metal made some of the most amazing work in the scene this year and don’t deserve to be alienated by lazy and inconsiderate speech. I seriously had one moron named like Jarhead666 or something tell me I was butthurt and metal isn’t the place for my ‘CrItICal Sjw theory’ or some shit, because I introduced this goon to the concept of heteronormative centering, or some such.

But seriously, while I genuinely appreciated Brann talking to me and meant it when I told him I have loved those dudes as a band a long time (ever since being stuck near the Lincoln Tunnel years ago with a friend and finding that blasting Remission actually CAN move complete gridlocked traffic).

I’d just like to add that now as a result of that “bad day” -as David Draiman of Disturbed and the Mastodon camp are graciously calling Brent’s shitty moment- even more hateful speech has butterfly effected all over social media and caused emotional distress to many good folx just trying to find a place in metal. The seeds we sew matter.

A bad day is not being on the Jasta podcast. A bad day is Matthew Shepard.

That said, one love to you all.If anyone wants to blacklist me, well…I only write about what I want anyway.

And so…Here are METAL RIOT’s top 25 of the year for 2021. I expanded it from 12 this year because there was a true wealth of killer albums and because I am happy to be alive, celebrating music and able to flex my opinions on it…whether you think I am an ignorant SJW who doesn’t know anything or not.

(drumroll…) Album Of The YearKING WOMAN‘s soul scorching noir doom record Celestial Blues is hands down our album of 2021 for exemplifying so much that is awesome about heavy music’s potential in 2021, from cadences to symbolism to the transformative power of art. And of course bad ass riffs! It also makes Kris and co.the only band in the site’s history to win AOTY twice!I guess it was fitting that two of my favorite records this year would reference Paradise Lost (the other being this excellent groover fest from my friend Taraka, also highly recommended).

From the opening plaintive narration of the album title over spare, jazzy and sorrowful notes to the impossible, mournful but playful shuffle of “Golgotha” to the anguish and hypnosis of “Psychic Wound” and the crowd sing-a-long of the year “Morning Star”, Celestial Blues feels like stepping into a smoky, mythological theater, a personal passion play full of highs and lows brighter than sunlight or darker than a grim Gotham alleyway. King Woman remain a group who understand suspense, tension build and payoff more than many and here they have also crafted some of their most sophisticated arrangements yet paired with arguably the most anthemic vocal and lyrical work Kris has delivered to date.

KW live shots by MYE

Seed pic by Omari Spears @o.shoots

2. SEED‘s Dun Pageant is a likewise challenging, thrilling and rewarding plunge through the soul and psyche by another band with almost 100% their own sound, well deserving of our second place spot for 2021.This Anti-fascist, queer centric force from Boston is creating an incredible sonic refuge for outsiders who need a found family in the scene. And most importantly, their music is fucking incredible. Practically any song on this record can crack you wide open and move you to a flood tears or strengthen your resolve. There is a deep sense of poetic yearning and desire to belong embedded within these melodic, indie flirting doom songs which nonetheless offer an unyielding stance in the face of a cruel world. Fans of everything from the most dramatic PJ Harvey material to Across Tundras to slower, weird ass Jesus Lizard songs could find a home here amidst some of the most existentialist yet determined music I may have ever heard in my life.

3. Succumb‘s overdue return on XXI was worth the wait and then some.Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden with compelling artwork by Stefan Thanneur (my favorite cover art of the year), the record retained the band’s edgy death metal sound and upped the ante on the philosophical subtexts. Read all my further thoughts about it HERE in an interview with the band!

4. Underdark ‘s Abi told the Hellbent for Metal crew recently, if I accurately recall, that ‘folk music in England is traditionally lefty and BM is folk music’. Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry melds left wing class consciousness spirit with Slint/Enablers spoken word vibes at times and of course the fire in the veins black metal this UK group is a standard bearer of. Believing in the power of change and doing things their way, the band have managed to really get solid footing under their feet during a turbulent time in the music world. I can’t possibly do justice in a short plug to the vibrancy and life that is in every note and utterance on this record, but it is amazing. Also, they always make me want to play Forgotten Realms.

5. Violet Cold‘s Empire Of Love is a landmark release championing inclusivity and borderless genres, a masterstroke from an already prolific and trend setting act. Read my 5 star review HERE.

6. Gojira is the “biggest band” represented on our list this year. Gojira remain ambassadors for our planet and sanity in a world sorely lacking it , musical geniuses and dudes who are deeply respectful of the environment we get to call home.From refusing to be gaslit about Tibet to standing up for the Amazon to of course musing about the meaning of life in our Universe and creating some super headfucky yet face ripping arrangements, they remain pound for pound unfuckwithable on mighty Fortitude. And they 100% ought to win the Grammy the most out of those nominated, fyi.

7. Withered outdid even their impressive past work on the trudging and oppressive Verloren . That “Dissolve” guitar sound is to literally die for and you can never pin them down. It’s a mood. Once you take the time to really get inside this record it is completely addictive and really ought to come with a warning label because of how easy it is for this blackened sludge fest to completely remove any semblance of a remaining fuck given.Well done, lads. Carcass, The Lurking Fear and plenty of others made some dastardly records this year but this takes the cake for me in that category.

8. Filth Is Eternal‘s Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal is a glorious and gritty punk record with the most attitude you likely heard this year.The non-stop energy and adrenaline was a constant go to for me when I needed a bucket of cold water thrown on me to snap me out of the morose of this miserable year. I fucking love this band with all my soul and you  readers should listen to this 20 times before we meet again if you want to stay friends.

Brian of Filth Is Eternal pic by Joshua Simons @groteskanimal

9. Wharflurch did the near impossible and stood out amidst a year positively drunk on top rate death metal releases.If you haven’t experienced this highly enjoyable bad trip yet for the first time you are in for a fucking treat.Very original and batshit act creating some brain melting yet skull crushing sounds simultaneously, if that makes sense.And seriously, who has a better album title than Psychedelic Realms ov Hell? I mean, come on!”Phantasmagorical Fumes”, indeed.

Tower NYC…lookin’
tougher than shit

10. Tower‘s Shock to the System has a classic trad metal looking cover that calls to mind epic releases of yesteryear from Scorpions or early Anthrax while pulling listeners in to one of the best modern bands influenced by the classics around. Along with Pounder’s Breaking The World or Haunt’s recent plethora of powerful pleasers, Tower demonstrate true heavy metal will never die (and this time with a little more Never Say Die era Sabbath influence mixed in, from the sound of things).The musical chemistry between Sarabeth and James remains one of the best in rock and the recording line-up brought this sophomore effort to new heights worthy of Linden’s falcon crye.The true shock to the system is how much enjoyment you can get from one album.

11. Krallice‘s lofi black metal on Demonic Wealth somehow marries the original bleakness of the genre with the loneliness of NYC and wet cardboard, broken dreams, rain dripping off a fire escape vibes amidst the death throes of capitalism.One of the best album titles in metal history? Yep. This is a run down worker unable to afford Christmas gifts type shit.Cold and atmospheric and unique with callbacks to 2nd wave and weirdo ambient stuff. Drums recorded on a phone!?Smash the uber rich after repurposing their built to break detritus. This album is the perfect Krallice response for a pandemic full of people just hoping to get through in one piece.

12. Nadja‘s Luminous Rot is an out of body experience more than a musical one, imo.I had a deep dive interview with the band that you can read HERE and remain incredibly impressed with this specific statement in (and out) of the timestream.

13. Catalyst Crime made the greatest symphonic metal release of 2021 by a considerable margin. If “Condemn Me To Chaos” doesn’t get lodged in your head for weeks at a time, I don’t know what the heck is wrong with you. Just listen to it.

14. Obsolete‘s Animate / Isolate blew me away with the Revocation worthy skill, young again hyper fast speed enthusiasm and melodic thrash aptitude on display.This record goes against the trends and is better for it, just a charming and bad ass chops fest that also remembers to induce headbanging amidst the whiz kid shit.Really, this band should be way bigger.

15. Crypta‘s Echoes Of The Soul is the funnest death/thrash hybrid of the year, a monster fuck you to naysayers and another notch in the belt for Brazil’s long and storied metal legacy.T he ladies in Crypta truly feel like a “band”, each member bringing a lot of personality and individualism to the table to add to the whole yet in a way where you couldn’t imagine the group with other members. The chops, the style and attitude paired with the consistent vibe that they breathe, eat and shit metal truly makes this one of the most exciting releases of the year, an energy that translates to the terrific and tyrannical material.

16. Finland’s REVULSION delivered a ferocious self titled debut via Transcending Obscurity way back in February.The intensity here will turn the head of pretty much any self respecting death metal fan yet is not just an endurance test. It even gives the new Cannibal material a run for the money in the punishment department. Bad ass af.

17. Pupil Slicer‘s Mirrors was explosive, mathy and meaningful in the best of ways.I am pretty sure no band went harder than they did in 2021 during their “Collective Unconscious” track. From the 1:47 mark-through to the end of the song, a riff reminiscent of the Moby cover of “New Dawn Fades” meets Coalesce at their meatiest twists and turns through tortured post-core-black-churning anguish and back through to the light.They didn’t really need to cover Converge when they are making originals this powerful already.

18. Gridfailure feat. Mac Gollehon‘s demented mad hatter excursions into noise jazz horror on Dismemberment Cabaret take the 18th spot.I am certainly biased here because Brenner from Gridfailure is a good friend and has collaborated with me often on my Walking Bombs releases over the years, but if you can’t hear the sheer fucksanity brilliance of these end times soundscape spasms featuring a very cool cat who played with everyone from Bowie to Billy Ocean, well…I feel bad for you. I certainly listened to this a hell of a lot more times than I did albums by much bigger legacy acts this year.

19. Book Of Wyrms are one of my favorite recent finds and I listened to this one a LOT. Serious chemistry and freedom allure here paired with incredible vintage vibes and the desire to roam. You can feel the band loving what they do with every passage and each frontier crossed.It feels like each song was from the result of true blue jamming, the old fashioned way. Sorely need more records like Occult New Age to usher in a real Aquarian doom metal/”new” classic rock age in hella style!”Colossal Yield” is pretty much a perfect song (except my computer says the track length is 4:21?).

20. Eremit‘s Bearer Of Many Names honestly got me more stoked than the Bell Witch record everyone was gushing about a number of years back, each passage here really momentous and worthy of the awesome, sci-fi Jurassic tomb fuckery artwork.You need to make TIME for this bad boy, but the rewards are many. Seriously gargantuan and impressive crater charred doom from Germany.

21. ABIOTIC have more emotional connection than your average tech death and made sure their return post-break up record was a memorable one. Truly sick leads. Many brilliant passages. Hard to turn off.

22. The recent JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES Vertigo album is our second record of this year end list to feature really bad weather (along with Revulsion)!Make of that what you will.Unlike that Finnish death metal diamond in the rough, JATAO traffic in slinky and smart psych and doom.The continuation of sorts to the psyche shifting path they tread on The Horse And Other Weird Tales, the Vertigo release is well worth the ride.

23. Cultum Draculesti are lofi queer vampire BM perfection and their S/T record even outdid the excellent Antigone The Martyr. I adore how down the rabbit hole of their own vision they go, while also being capable of really eerie but musical moments like “Dhampir” that you can play around casual classic horror movie fans whilst laughing to yourself how unaware they are of how even more extra you are.

24. Cerebral Rot made the hands down FUGLIEST death metal this year, just so gnarly, evil and pitch perfect. The utter just disdain for humanity felt in every sickening and crude riff is off the charts. So fucking heavy. Excretion of Mortality is the loathing for the human condition that we all felt at some point this year.

25. Employed To Serve‘s Conquering is the essential metalcore experience of the year, a level up from a band who already are firmly focused on being long haul contenders, from every indicator. Unlike numerous contemporaries who got detrimentally more commercial in a manner that hinders their quality regardless of any tent expansion in fandom, EoS have perfectly shown how you can grow while not alienating your core fans who got you going.Conquering is not stagnant, but rather ENHANCED. It kicks down doors and has a level of conviction and attack that will leave you truly impressed.I’d love to see a bigger band like DevilDriver , Killswitch or Trivium do a full US tour in the next few years with these up and comers.

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NERVOSA and BURNING WITCHES team up for DOUBLE THE METAL

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 5:49 AM (PST)

 

NERVOSA have announced BURNING WITCHES as new tour mates following thrashers WARBRINGER having to ditch for medical reasons. The tour is sure to remain a memorable and dynamic time:

Double The Thrash becomes Double The Metal Tour!
As @warbringermusic had to pull out of our upcoming tour for medical reasons, we are thrilled to announce that @burningwitchesofficial will be joining @nervosathrash as worthy double-headliners on the forthcoming Double The Metal Tour 2022!

17.02.22 DE – Hamburg / Logo
18.02.22 DK – Aalborg / Aalborg Street Food
19.02.22 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
20.02.22 SE – Gothenburg / Valand
21.02.22 SE – Stockholm / Hus 7
22.02.22 NO – Oslo / Youngs
24.02.22 FI – Tampere / Yo-talo
25.02.22 FI – Helsinki / On the Rocks
27.02.22 DE – Hannover / Béi Chéz Heinz
28.02.22 BE – Diest / Hell
01.03.22 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
02.03.22 NL – Arnhem / Willemeen
03.03.22 DE – Essen / Turock
04.03.22 DE – Köln / Helios 37
05.03.22 DE – Osnabrück / Bastard Club
06.03.22 DE – Übach-Palenberg / Rockfabrik *
08.03.22 FR – Savigny Le Temple / l’Empreinte *
09.03.22 FR – Nantes / Le Ferrailleur *
10.03.22 ES – Bilbao / Stage Live *
11.03.22 PT – Porto / Hard Club *
12.03.22 PT – Lisbon / RCA Club *
13.03.22 ES – Madrid / Copérnico *
15.03.22 ES – Murcia / Garaje Beat Club *
16.03.22 ES – Barcelona / Bóveda *
17.03.22 FR – Toulouse / l’Usine à Musique *
18.03.22 FR – Lyon / Rock n Eat *
19.03.22 CH – Wetzikon / Hall Of Fame *
20.03.22 IT – Milan / Legend Club *
22.03.22 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse *
23.03.22 AT – Vienna / Viper Room *
24.03.22 SK – Kosice / Collosseum *
26.03.22 CZ – Zlin / Masters of Rock Cafe *
27.03.22 CZ – Prague / Nova Chmelnice *
28.03.22 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra *
29.03.22 PL – Warsaw / Hydrozagadka *
31.03.22 DE – Erfurt / From Hell *
01.04.22 DE – Berlin / Lido *
02.04.22 DE – Annaberg-Bucholz / Alte Brauerei *
03.04.22 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser *
04.04.22 DE – Dresden / Reithalle Strasse E
05.04.22 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
06.04.22 FR – Colmar / Le Grillen
07.04.22 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
08.04.22 DE – Bruchsal / Fabrik
09.04.22 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
10.04.22 BE – Roeselare / De Verlichte Geest
12.04.22 UK – London / Underworld
13.04.22 UK – Bilston / The Robin
15.04.22 UK – Glasgow / Classic Grand
18.04.22 UK – Manchester / Rebellion
Art by @alcidesburn
#nervosa #burningwitches #tour

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Chuck Wright, longtime member of Quiet Riot (until he recently stepped down), has released a timely and dope video for his Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky project. Wright has teamed up with one of the best modern vocalists and an array of talent to deliver this first video and track at a time America needs it:

The first single is a hard-rocking, intense interpretation of Björk’s 1995 hit “Army of Me” and is accompanied by a video that represents Wright’s exploration into disorder and parallels with the recent chaotic state of world affairs. The visuals include a 3D animation of an “army” of Ruth Bader Ginsburgs, the late Supreme Court Justice, feminist icon, and steadfast advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. “I chose to recognize the late Justice Ginsburg in this video as she was such a formidable presence on and off the bench. She challenged the status quo knocking down legal obstacles to women’s equality and inspired an army of believers.” 
 
The track “Army Of Me” features several of Wright’s musical peers including the late Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) on drums, guitarist Lanny Cordola (House of Lords), and Sven Martin (Jonathan Davis Band) on keyboards along with songstress Whitney Tai, the recent “Best Vocalist” winner at The Intercontinental Music Awards. 

The full-length album from Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky, coming in 2022, features over 30 guest performers including members of Mr. Big, Skid Row, Tesla, Dream Theater, Great White, Asia, Jefferson Starship, acclaimed solo artists Allen Hinds, Toshi Yanagi, and many others. Wright is finally stepping out on his own with a wide range of genres, from Jazz Fusion, Prog, Funk to in-your-face Hard Rock, which was in itself one of the things that led him to want to forge his own way and create this unique collection of songs within his “Sheltering Sky” project.

Photo by Mari Kawaguchi

BESVÄRJELSEN cover AC/DC and thus prove life is good

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 6:41 PM (PST)

BESVÄRJELSEN from Sweden fuckin’ bring the vibes so hard and are simply one of the coolest bands in the modern world. Today they have seriously tipped the coolness scales even further in their favor with a solid take on a stone cold classic, “Back In Black.”

This cover is from the forthcoming MER Redux Series installment “Back in Black [Redux]. The record also features fuckin’ Red Fang, Supersuckers (!!), Heavy Temple, Earthride, Whores. and more!

Lea Amling Alazam comments: “A boyfriend gave me a ‘Let There Be Rock’ CD when I was 15 years old and I got immediately hooked”, writes the singer. “I longed to see AC/DC live, and in 2009 they were set to play in Stockholm. I sat on my skateboard outside the ticket venue for 12 hours in the shittiest weather just to get a ticket. The show was amazing, one of the best evenings in my life. Front row headbanger! When I found out that we were going to cover ‘Back in Black’, I wanted to cry, both happy and sad tears. Such an iconic, amazing rock song, and I’ve ruined it many times at karaoke. The thought of having to record it and not living up to… well, how do you even do it? I wanted to honour Brian’s bluesy vocal with a rusty stoned vibe and yeah, I don’t know, it turned out freakin’ great!”

 

 

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KHEMMIS announce VILE CREATURE as January tour guest

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 3:23 PM (PST)

Metallic songsmith champions KHEMMIS have announced the groundbreaking doomscendant squadron VILE CREATURE as support for their Deceiver West Coast dates. “House Of Cadmus” and “You Who Has Never Slept” potentially in one concert? Sign the fuck up!

Ben Hutcherson of Khemmis commented, “We are very excited to announce that the mysterious ‘Special Guests’ on our upcoming Deceiver West Coast tour are none other than Canadian gloombringers Vile Creature. We cannot wait to hit the road with our friends and see all of you maniacs in the crowd!”

Vile Creature adds, “We are elated to be joining Khemmis, as great a band as they are people, on their west coast tour. These are our first shows since September 2019 (holy shit remember back then? Things were so simple) and it is our first time out west!”

KHEMMIS DECEIVER WEST COAST TOUR MMXXII
with special guests Vile Creature
1.08 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater *
1.13 Boise, ID Neurolux *
1.14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
1.15 Vancouver, BC Fox Cabaret
1.16 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
1.18 Berkley, CA Cornerstone
1.19 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
1.21 Phoenix, AZ Nile Underground
1.22 Las Vegas, NV The Usual Place
1.23 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge *
*=no Vile Creature

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REVOLVER streams ‘Return Of The California Takeover’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 10:13 AM (PST)

Earth Crisis pic by Veronika Reinert

Stream The Return Of The California Takeover HERE.

 

Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of The Return Of The California Takeover, the new live LP from EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE, in advance of the LP’s release this Friday via WAR Records.

 

In February of 2020, EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE joined forces in Los Angeles for The Return Of The California Takeover; two shows paying homage to The California Takeover… Live, the classic live album featuring all three bands. Released on Victory Records in 1996, The California Takeover… Live is considered by many fans of the genre as one of the all-time best live hardcore records.

 

WAR Records is proud to release the audio companion to the 2020 event, with the retail version of The Return Of The California Takeover. The LP finds EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE all in fighting form, joining forces to play sets filled with the songs that helped define 1990s hardcore. The Return Of The California Takeover is a sonic document to a very special night shared by all those in attendance.

 

Recorded live at the Teragram Ballroom on February 23rd, 2020, The Return Of The California Takeover was produced by Aaron Bruno of Awolnation along with Eric Stenman (Thrice, Deftones, Will Haven) co-producing, engineering, and mixing. The record was mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy) and features artwork by Linas Garsys.

 

EARTH CRISIS guitarist Scott Crouse offers, “I’m really glad we were all able to get together again and give the younger folks an opportunity to see something they missed out on, and also the older people the chance to relive the good old days. The live recording really turned out great. I really think it properly captures the vibe of that night.”

 

SNAPCASE vocalist Daryl Taberski reveals, “The California Takeover is more than just a snapshot of ‘90s hardcore, it brings out the best in each of our bands and also our audience as well. There are a lot of laughs and camaraderie when our three bands get together, but more importantly we spark an increased energy on stage for each other.”

 

STRIFE guitarist Andrew Kline writes, “I am so glad that the tape was rolling, and that we were able to capture the energy and positivity of that night. The Return of The California Takeover shows were not about living in the past, but rather bringing the past full circle to the present… Having younger bands like Magnitude and Hesitation Wounds on the bill really solidified the fact that the style of hardcore that we play is still important and still running through the veins of the new generation of hardcore kids…”

 

The feature at Revolver adds, “In 1996, Victory Records released a soon-to-be iconic live album called The California Takeover, which featured recordings from a three-band bill in L.A. that boasted EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE — three of the most popular and influential hardcore bands of the Nineties. The live LP took on a legendary status in the halls of hardcore, and in February 2020, it happened again. Dubbed The Return of the California Takeover, those three pillars of metallic hardcore teamed up at the Teragram Ballroom in L.A. for a night that honored their legacies and proved that all three of them still got it.”

 

Stream the entire The Return Of The California Takeover LP featuring EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE early only through Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.

 

WAR Records will release The Return Of The California Takeover this Friday, November 19th, on LP, CD, and digital formats. The vinyl will be available in four variants: 300 color-in-color pressed as band exclusives, 400 on olive green available through RevHQ, BrooklynVegan, Hardtimes, Revolver, Coretex, and more, and two WAR Records exclusive pressings, with 100 on glow in the dark wax with Japanese OBI Strip and 200 tricolor California Flag pressing, all including a 24”x36” poster.

 

Find preorders for all formats now at the WAR Records webshop RIGHT HERE.

 

After their postponement over the Summer, the rescheduled California Takeover East Coast dates have been issued, rebooking the shows for May of 2022, when EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE will bring the action to Buffalo, New York on May 13th, followed by two shows in Philly on May 14th and 15th.

 

EARTH CRISIS, SNAPCASE, and STRIFE California Takeover East Coast:

5/13/2022 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
5/14/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
5/15/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

The Return Of The California Takeover Track Listing:
1. Earth Crisis – Forged In The Flames
2. Earth Crisis – Constrict
3. Snapcase – Incarnation
4. Snapcase – Zombie Prescription
5. Strife – Waiting
6. Strife – Stand As One
7. Snapcase – Drain Me
8. Snapcase – Caboose
9. Strife – Lift
10. Strife – Force Of Change
11. Earth Crisis – To Ashes
12. Earth Crisis – Born From Pain
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Hope Con are easily one of my top hardcore faves ever and it was a super highlight of my life in punk to share a bill with them once a long ass time ago. Every slice of their caustic catalogue is essential but Death Knows Your Name really holds a vaunted place in the bleak heart of many a fan. From the performances to the songwriting, tones and energy plus the intense production, it is all there in your face. There is never a time I don’t hear it and get pumped.

Now, a remastered edition arrives with an extra song and revamped packaging via Deathwish Inc. on January 14!

Originally released in 2006, Death Knows Your Name is the landmark third full-length album from the legendary Boston band The Hope Conspiracy.  Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, the record is a powerful chapter in the band’s recorded legacy. From the haunting first notes of “They Know Not” to the Earth shaking “Stolen Days,” the unrelenting rage of the album is undeniable. From musicianship to presentation, Death Knows Your Name still stands as a high watermark for the genre.

Now, Death Knows Your Name  is receiving the deluxe treatment.  Featuring  the classic eleven-song album along with a bonus track “Eurohell” which— until now— was only previously available on their “Hang Your Cross” EP (now out of press). 

The physical packaging for Death Knows Your Name has also been revamped, featuring a special “Black on Black” printing of Aaron Horkey’s incredible artwork for the release.

Pre-order Death Knows Your Name (Deluxe) here ahead of the January 14th, 2022 release date and visit The Hope Conspiracy online here.

Death Knows Your Name (Deluxe), track listing:

1. They Know Not (Remastered)

2. Deadtown Nothing (Remastered)

3. A Darkness in the Night (Remastered)

4. Animal Farm (Remastered)

5. Curse of the Oil Snakes (Remastered)

6. Hang Your Cross (Remastered)

7. Suicide Design (Remastered)

8. Leech Bloody Leech (Remastered)

9. So Many Pigs So Few Bullets (Remastered)

10. Sadistic Sacred Whore (Remastered)

11. Stolen Days (Remastered)

12. Eurohell (Bonus, Remastered)

MAGGOT HEART announce new tour dates

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 5:07 AM (PST)

The Berlin-based noise rock-meets-hard rock trio MAGGOT HEART are on a roll right now. They recently had two original songs featured in the critically acclaimed Swedish crime drama series Dough, and came out with some of their best work to date on the split EP with OKKULTOKRATI in September. Next month they open up for AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, as well as headline their own Berlin show before heading out on the first leg of their “Zero Hour Tour” in February 2022 – bringing with them the Danish act Offermose as support. All dates below, pre-sale tickets on sale here.

MAGGOT HEART LIVE 2021 & 2022

29/11 SO36, BERLIN DE w/Amyl & The Sniffers (SOLD OUT!)

3/12 Urban Spree, BERLIN DE

25/2 Zukunft, BERLIN DE w/Offermose

27/2 Alte Meirei, KIEL DE w/Offermose

28/2 Goldgrube, KASSEL DE w/Offermose

1/3 Slow Club, FREIBURG DE w/Offermose

2/3 Kapu, LINZ AT w/Offermose

3/3 PMK, INNSBRUCK AT w/Offermose

4/3 Jugendcafe, ZWIESEL DE w/Offermose

5/3 UT Connewitz, LEIPZIG DE

2/6 MYSTIK FESTIVAL, GDANSK PL

Rolo Tomassi have released a thrilling new song “Drip”. Loving the minute and a half long headfuck of an intense build up before things get even MORE cacophonous. Thank fuck this record drops in 2022 cuz my year end list is already cluttered af and trimming it any further to fit something else new is probably gonna be hell on wheels as it is, haha.

Worldwide pre-orders for their 6th studio album Where Myth Becomes Memory are live now from becomesmemory.com

California heavyweights No Bragging Rights have released a heroic new song about addiction called “Walking Blind”. Love the melodic punk meets complex Shai Hulud vibes of this one and the vocal performances are exceptional with energy, soul and emotion in every line.

Vocalist Mike Perez comments to Lambgoat: “Getting help for addiction is extremely difficult even when the person is sincere in their attempts to get clean. The song talks about addiction and how you grab at anything to fill the void as you are spiralling. The hope is to fully surrender and to be sincere in your efforts to get help.”

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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CYNIC preview “Diamond Light Body”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6:49 AM (PST)

Paul Masdival’s CYNIC releases Ascension Codes on November 26th and the progressive rock community is awaiting it eagerly (seriously, the vinyl looks like it is going to be lovely). The band is now sharing a preview and video teaser for the track “Diamond Light Body,” featuring artwork by visionary artists, Martina Hoffmann and Robert Venosa. Design and animations by Randy Gaul and Jonatan Martinez (the latter worked with Masvidal on the Mythical Human Vessel trilogy). The full track is available on their Bandcamp to hear, incidentally.

“Diamond Light Body is a song that emerges from the ashes like a phoenix” says Paul Masvidal, Cynic founder.

Also, ICYMI: Masvidal recently shared a touching tribute to late bassist Sean Malone, who died on December 7, 2020. To commemorate Malone’s legacy, CYNIC has released a never-before-heard recorded performance of the song “Integral,” in which Malone performs fretless bass.  “Integral” was originally released as a solo guitar and vocal track on Cynic’s Re-Traced EP. The emotional tribute can be found at THIS LOCATION.

As an act of support, CYNIC is inviting fans to donate as you wish for the “Integral” song download, which comes with a guitar/bass transcription of the song and an instrumental (no bass mix) to play along with. 50 percent of proceeds will be shared with suicide prevention organizations: To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) and The Trevor Project. The remaining will go towards funding a documentary about the lives and artistry of Sean Malone and Sean Reinert.

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CATTLE DECAPITATION have announced a proper US tour for the recent Death Atlas. Can you even imagine “With All Disrespect” live? Intensity! Let’s do this!

“We are ecstatic to be able to finally announce a US tour after 2 years of inactivity in the United States due to the pandemic!,” proclaim Cattle Decapitation. “Our latest album and what we consider to be the bands’ finest hour in our entire 25 year history, Death Atlas, will finally get its due in the states. Before things shut down, we had nailed down what we felt was our best live set we had ever done and had played it in Australia, New Zealand and Japan but were cut off before we could bring it to the states after you all had fully digested it. Well, we’re happy to say we’ll be taking some time out of our busy writing schedule to do this album some justice live starting this January, 2022. We’ll be bringing along some bands whose names fit nicely in the aesthetic of Death Atlas including The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Creeping Death and Extinction A.D! We ALL deserve everything that’s coming! Death… at last!”

 

Cattle Decapitation, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Creeping Death, Extinction A.D. tour dates:

1/18 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
1/19 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
1/20 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
1/21 Berkeley, CA @ The Cornerstone (no Creeping Death)
1/22 Reno, NV @ Cargo
1/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre (no Creeping Death)
1/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (no Creeping Death)
1/27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall (no Creeping Death)
1/28 Colorado Springs @ The Black Sheep
1/29 Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater (no Creeping Death)
1/31 Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo AC
2/1 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
2/2 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
2/3 Hobart, IN @ Hobart Art Theater
2/4 Columbus, OH @ The Foundry
2/5 Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
2/6 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
2/8 Worcester, MA @ Pallladium Upstairs
2/9 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
2/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
2/12 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
2/14 Houston, TX @ Secret Group
2/15 Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
2/16 Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
2/19 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/20 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater

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Awesome tour news today as KsE announce The Atonement Tour updates. I was lucky to briefly meet Jesse and his partner recently and have been a supporter a long time, and the band just continue to prove they are a cornerstone of the meaningful modern metal movement.

The Atonement Tour makes its return with the same powerful lineup, which includes Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s August Burns Red as main support and Light the Torch as the opening act. As fans are more than well aware, LTT frontman Howard Jones served as KsE’s singer from 2002 through 2012.

This tour package was originally planned for Spring 2020 but was ultimately postponed two dates into the original run due to the global shutdown that was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now include all of the rescheduled dates as well as several new locations across the U.S.

The long wait is finally over,” says KsE singer Jesse Leach. “We worked very hard to carefully piece this tour back together properly. After the tour was shut down two days in when it started in 2020, we are bringing it back! We are honored and stoked to have August Burns Red and Howard Jones and the boys in Light the Torch along to make this an ‘all killer, no filler’ line up.

Jones echoes the sentiment, saying, “FINALLY! We get to pick up where we left off on the Atonement tour with KsE and ABR! We couldn’t be more excited to resume with the same lineup, and additional dates have been added so don’t miss this noisy party. Now, stop reading this and get your tickets. GO! This will be a tour to remember and you do not want to miss it!

All dates are below. Tickets are onsale here: killswitchengage.com

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ON TOUR:
WITH AUGUST BURNS RED + LIGHT THE TORCH:
01/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
01/29 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
01/31 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
02/01 – Montreal, QC – M-Telus
02/02 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
02/04 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome
02/05 – Portland, ME – State Theater
02/06 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
02/08 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
02/10 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
02/11 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
02/12 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
02/14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
02/15 – Dallas, TX – SouthSide Ballroom
02/17 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
02/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
02/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
02/21 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
02/22 – Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium
02/23 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
02/25 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
02/26 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
02/27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
03/01 – Boise, ID – Revolution
03/02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
03/03 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
03/05 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center
03/06 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
03/07 – Chicago, IL – Radius
03/08 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
03/10 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
03/11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
03/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall

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Band Spotlight: Despised Icon

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 5:33 AM (PST)
Canadian Deathcore pioneers DESPISED ICON celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2022. To celebrate the anniversary, the band announces the re-release of Consumed By Your Poison(2002) and their sophomore album, The Healing Process (2005), out worldwide on January 7th via Century Media Records.

 

Both re-issues will be available on limited coloured 180g vinyl variants with new vinyl mastering (+ Bonus CD), in the CD format and as digital albums. The Healing Process comes in an alternate, previously unreleased mix version with selected additional live-tracks from the band’s 2008 DVD-show as bonus. Pre-orders  HERE.

 

DESPISED ICON states, “To commemorate our 20th anniversary, we are releasing our debut album Consumed By Your Poison as well as our sophomore album The Healing Process again. Consumed By Your Poison is out on vinyl for the very first time and with the original artwork. The Healing Process comes with a completely different mix and mastering, a long lost mix version Yannick St-Amand did at the end of the recording session in June 2004. We hope you enjoy these pieces of the band’s history that changed our lives forever…
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