RED FANG cancel US Fall Tour and Louder Than Life appearance

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 9:27 AM (PST)

RED FANG have announced today plans to cancel a slew of upcoming appearances out of caution over the current shit minefield that is American touring during a pandemic.

Unfortunately, our cautious optimism has turned into stark realism and we have decided to cancel our appearance at Louder Than Life festival and our upcoming Fall US tour in the interest of public safety. We feel it’s not realistic to play shows in a safe/responsible manner and the best thing to do is hang back and wait until the situation improves. Until then, take care of each other. Love, Red Fang.

Refunds will be available at point of sale.

The humorous hard hitting heshers newest album is called Arrows and it fuckin’ slaps like gym shorts commando balls. Kudos to the band for following their moral compass.

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British extreme metal band Anaal Nathrakh take their name from a charm in the 1981 film Excalibur. It is said to mean "serpent's breath."


GREYHAWK are a band you should already know about as a metal fan. Keepers Of The Flame has some of the most anthemic and sing-a-long-able heavy metal/power metal hybrid tracks on it and was one of the better records of 2020. Hammerfall, Stratovarius or Helloween fans, for example, would eat this group up. The solos, the unison rhythmic power, the sturdy metal celebrating vocals and strong, melodic epic feel…this band gets it AND have a great name.

Today’s news concerns the band’s bassist stopping a nearly active shooter, however. The Idaho Statesman has the details HERE, but suffice to say we are glad Darin Wall is ok and was able to contain a potentially more deadly situation at The Shredder venue by confronting a sketchy dude. Wall took a bullet in the leg for his efforts and is recovering from the gunshot.

Darin, you are more valiant than the beefy sword dude on your band’s album cover!

The band’s statement is below:

Friends,

 

As you may have heard, there was an incident after our show at The Shredder in Boise last night. Our bassist Darin was shot in the upper leg while confronting a belligerent armed individual who was threatening concertgoers and band members outside the venue. Darin’s injury is thankfully not life-threatening, and after a night in the hospital and a long day of travel, he is safe at home in Seattle, resting and beginning his recovery. The shooter is in custody, awaiting arraignment on multiple felony assault charges. We are rattled and exhausted, but grateful to be alive and breathing! If it were not for quick thinking on the part of Darin and others on the scene, it is very possible that lives would have been lost.

 

Thanks so much to all of you who have already reached out in support of Darin, and special thanks also to the Boise Police Department, the staff at St. Alphonsus Medical Center, and the community members who stepped up and offered their help.

 

We want to emphasize that the shooter was not in attendance at the gig, and as far as we know has no connection to the Boise metal scene. We now know this individual was harassing and threatening people elsewhere in the city earlier in the night, and it seems clear that he was cruising for trouble more or less at random. We won’t let this incident overshadow our overwhelmingly positive experience of this venue and Idaho’s heavy metal community as a whole. We eagerly await the opportunity to return to Boise and rock The Shredder again!

 

Love and steel,
Greyhawk

Now that Ingested are headed elsewhere, Bound in Fear just might take the cake for the most intense band on the Unique Leader roster currently. The staggeringly heavy new song “Beyond the Mire” could make a blue whale seasick and has some inventive riffing amidst deathcore staples. Ben Mason sounds like a a greedy therapist’s jackpot with these seriously intense vocals.

The UK band drops their album Penance on Oct. 15th, which also boasts some of the most ominous artwork of 2021 and features guest vocals from Jamie Graham (Viscera), Nick Arthur (Molotov Solution), Kevin Muller (Aluvial) & Taylor Barber (Left to Suffer).

“I Won’t Prove” it track art/lyrics from Portland’s Emasculator’s Threatening Visibility (2015)

A few years ago I released a Walking Bombs album with Nefarious Industries called Sphinges, Sibling Selves and Queens (which just turned 2). It had three or four songs on it that directly discussed my gender journey and one song in particular that was really intense to create and was very screamy and cathartic by the end. It felt vulnerable but also profound to be out in my truth and unashamed and forcing confidence on myself to carry a shield and boldly present it to the world, regardless of reaction. I am glad I had the strength. And I don’t blame anyone for any stops or starts or different approaches to their own journey or lack thereof.

That said, after feeling the huge range of emotions that goes along with fucking spilling your guts about your gender to a cold fucking world, I know how helpful it can feel as a trans spectrum punk/metalhead to have other tunes to rock out with that are pro trans. So here are some links to a few songs or records that I am taking refuge in lately as a non binary person.

For awhile all anyone talked about the last few years was G.L.O.S.S. (who were awesome, no shade). “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)” remains a total anthemic raging bop, in particular. It is just nice to also see more discourse these days about a lot more trans inclusive artists and more presence in the underground in general, from Feminazgul to mighty Doomstress to Cliterati to Underdark to Sonja to Dreamwell. 

Speaking of Melissa and Sonja, I had a really fun time laughing with her the other night about trans-morphed classic punk song names (“Gimme Gimme Puberty Blockers”) and encourage everyone to PLEASE support the awesome Toxic Femme.

Of course on a wider stage you also have Life Of Agony and Against Me! with very visible trans members. And I miss Cretin a lot. Stranger is so fucking brutal, a perfect blend of proto grind, death metal tightened chaos. Marissa Martinez remains inspiring.

I was thrilled to learn of the band Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T. freaking the fucking shit out of dumb fuck conservatives after the Wi Spa nightmare and their recent Queerpocalypse endeavors.

“Panic Defence” by Pupil Slicer is on one of my favorite albums of the year that will def be on my year end list and is a great example, as well as just a fucking crushing jam/ extreme music beacon. This band goes hard.

Portland’s Emasculator, not to be confused with my friend Mallika Sundaramuthy’s post Castrator upcoming project, have a pretty brilliant and definitely North West punky crusty rioty hybrid sound which screams DIY shows and zines and meaning every word. I only recently discovered their brilliant track “I Won’t Prove It” and am super enjoying it.

The song is the last track on their Threatening Visibility 2015 release and I literally stumbled across it today, drawn by some gender warp magnetic force. Thank you, oh great non binary Universal forces! Really love the textures and sense of unease but powering through drive and eventual confidence found in the song as well as a sense of outside forces encroaching through dogma. The distorted momentum is addictive.

‘endless doubting/relentless questions/you second guessing my experience is so atrocious.’

Andras and Demeter Wept in the very productive lo-fi black metal wonders Cultum Draculesti have been really inspiring me lately with their awesome music and unabashed demand for trans respect and reparations as well.

Their self titled album in particular is raw and beautiful and vampiric in all the ways I like.

Liturgy’s Origin Of The Alimonies I also have to mention as perhaps the most mind expanding and intense of all the Liturgy releases as well as one of the most forward thinking triumphs and musical statements that will hopefully have aliens think we weren’t all shit if they ever find our smoldering remnants and somehow a copy of it remains in the future post-apocalypse once some vines and trees grow back, etc. ala The 100.

The record I maybe have listened to the most out of the trans friendly releases this year however is Dun Pageant from Seed. This record is just painfully stark and beautiful like an alienated lullaby, melodic and jarring akin somewhat to the tension and release of Big ‡ Brave. Out of all of the above (besides Against Me!, obvs…) I could see it reaching the most people if given half a push/chance by the music industry and society. It feels like a lost banshee telephoning in via Ley Lines to warn us that the 90’s didn’t push hard enough for inclusivity.

‘Dun Pageant’ artwork

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Album Review: Iron Maiden – “Senjutsu”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 9:03 AM (PST)

And now the question must be asked…Is Eddie the biggest cultural appropriator in metal or a galaxy-wide undead magic ambassador? Seriously, we have had Egyptian Eddie, Book Of Souls Eddie, Yautja look-a-like space alien Eddie, Indian headdress Eddie and now Samurai Eddie? Relax, dude. You’re like the Lana Del Rey of metal mascots at this point. It is feeling slightly cringe.

Anyway, here comes the real review…in a time of horrible compressed five second attention span Spotify-advert ready “music” being shoved commercially into our minds and reprogramming us to forget what any non soda commercial production sounds like, it feels counterintuitive to critique an institution of heavy metal intergrity like the legendary Iron Maiden. But being a rock writer and respecting the genre history also means you have to get your hands dirty sometimes.

Senjutsu, the 17th studio album, will give you a general Iron Maiden feel and elicit a certain nostalgia. It also certainly has highlights and if you love the band you can’t help but root for them and feel a huge sense of gratitude and warmth that lends a more charitable view to the records shortcomings. But let’s get down to brass tacks. If you play the new Iron Maiden album back to back with Blaze Bayley’s “War Within Me” or “The Dream of Alan Turing” there is no question that the Blaze solo album blows it out of the water for passionate performances and a much higher energy level. Blaze also simply sounds WAY stronger than Dickinson vocally now, who has sounded winded often on the last few Maiden releases. Blaze also did a Samurai thing first, so I hear.

As much as I love Bruce and he is iconic, and as much as he hasn’t gotten as bad as some of Axl’s worst having an off night on stage reed thin dry falsetto parrot sounds or  the outright gerbil swallowing, marbles and beer foam gargling internet melting trainwrecks in the case of Vince Neil, there are times even on studio tracks when Bruce sounds like he is struggling. He actually sounds better live sometimes than on the albums, IMO.

“The Writing On The Wall” was a great choice for a single, an exciting even if slower track that sounds like more classic era Maiden met with some spaghetti western adventure. It was a thrill to hear the single and gave me a lot of hope for the record. Unfortunately the album doesn’t curtail the bloat that hurt The Book Of Souls and The Final Frontier. Maiden have always been their own worst editors. I guess it is hard when you are used to huge and epic songs and have a very enabling fandom. And I love Maiden and this review already sounds way harsher than intended, so let me clarify.

As latter day metal elder Statesman, I understand that Dickinson and company might be holding it down and emphasizing long form poetic lyrical stories that stretch over vast track times. The problem is this makes for great read along with the booklet story time moments more than an invitation for repeat listening  unless the music is also as in synch with the story such as on the pretty decent “When The Wild Wind Blows” from The Final Frontier. When it works as a formula, it is still epic. When it doesn’t, shit gets super meandering. And it doesn’t help that Bruce these days needs more multi-tracking to beef up the vocals and the delivery lacks as much energy often and is more anemic.

They just can’t deliver the same punch as their younger and higher energy days as often, which is not their fault. The problem is they don’t trim fat or play to their current strengths enough.  “Lost In A Lost World” literally sounds like a bunch of cool yet wholly random and vaguely cheery at times Maiden riffs sort of glued together (though it does have an outro section after a pretty rockin’ solo that mixes the dynamics up and is one of the most thrilling moments on the album). It is a shame the song feels kind of disjointed because the intro of the song is an introspective, weary traveler type section that has some of the most powerful appeals to the bittersweet nature of our human condition on an album of juggled themes. But all in all it aint “Stranger In A Strange Land” (which the Brave New World album title already set a precedent for referencing, it seems) and this new song shares titles with a Moody Blues song that is pretty well loved.

4:31 of “The Time Machine” almost is a Rage Against The Machine riff, so there are some twists and turns. Ultimately the record suffers though from too much mid tempo similarity that doesn’t really crest. Track two, “Stratego” feels like it just sort of ends because it doesn’t know what else to do. While guitar solos are a highlight and the keyboards as well, the solos vary between lighting an emotional spark and feeling like a space filler, it hurts to say.

“Days Of Future Past” kicks off with some punch and swagger that reminded me of “The Eye” by King Diamond before the best riff of the album precedes Bruce’s arguably strongest performance and fullest voiced takes on the record. I kept being distracted though as an X-Men nerd comparing the lyrics to the story or movie version and also wondering why Bruce didn’t just write a song about the Silver Samurai fighting Eddie, lol. “Death Of The Celts” feels the most “important” as far as the lyrics and music having the most resonant connective tissue and the slow and moody intro is absolutely fantastic, one of the band’s best arrangements in years and a song which will absolutely entrance audiences if they play it live to a packed house.

All in all, while I am happy it is here and some of the themes and musical passages are quite cool (including a hard rock section of “The Parchment” that musically reminded me of a less interesting than “Zombie Eaters” by Faith No More), it doesn’t wind me up half as much as I hoped it would.

The collaborative and heartfelt new Times Of Grace record Songs of Loss and Separation was worth the very long wait and a testament to the songwriting skill and bond between Jesse Leach and Adam D.

Songs of Loss and Separation is out now via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide.

The newest new video is for the track “Far From Heavenless” and was shot by Nick Hipa at 29 Palms in Southern California. The song has been uplifting many of the group’s fans and is considered a highlight of the momentous return record! As someone with a lot of religious ancestry yet who is embedded in the metal and punk scene, I found it a positive message for those who might feel unwanted at times due to the hypocrisy of some zealots who use faith to divide.

“I really enjoyed creating this song,” guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says. “It addresses losing faith in something — whether it be organized religion, a person, or even society itself. Judgement is an alienating thing.” He continues,” The video was a lot of fun to make…many thanks to Nick Hipa for coming up with the vision and dedication to get it done.

“This song is a deep cut for me,” says vocalist Jesse Leach. “It reveals the dark undercurrent of the corruption and hypocrisy that can be found in some organized religion. It’s about the backlash, criticism, and casting out of those who question and seek more than what is given and spoon-fed. On one side of the message is love and acceptance; on the other is condemnation and alienation. It is one in a series of songs written about an undying thirst and desire for a deeper truth. There is beauty to religion and ritual. But there are some who use this deep conviction for personal gain, manipulation, and even evil.”

RUBY THE HATCHET sign to Magnetic Eye Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5:57 PM (PST)

Photo by Mike Wuthrich

RUBY THE HATCHET have signed a deal with Magnetic Eye Records, joining the label as its biggest signing yet. The meteoric rising psychedelic rockers from New Jersey will release scorching new material in 2022 via the label.

Singer Jillian Taylor describes what’s ahead for RUBY THE HATCHET: “Our next album is going to encapsulate 5-plus years of musical growth.  Multiple members have become singers and songwriters within the band, and listeners will hear new voices and directions picking up right where ‘Planetary Space Child’ left off and expanding upwards. Ruby has evolved a lot through our touring years, and there has been much to reflect on over the last year specifically. Our first foray with MER is going to be a major ear tease for what’s to come with the upcoming full-length. On our last US tour supporting Kadavar, we stopped into Earthquaker HQ in Akron, Ohio, for a session before our show that night. It was the dead of winter and we were trying out two new songs throughout the tour that the band was super excited about. At this point, we had been road-dogging for a few years straight and felt very much in the pocket. When we listened back to the session after returning home, we couldn’t believe it was live… Jeff France and the Earthquaker crew had captured us in the height of our tour tightness, and as soon as we brought it to MER, they agreed that this live session deserved a special release of its own. We like to take our time and truly try to challenge ourselves with every release, so thank you to everyone for waiting. It always feels as if we first embark by writing outside of our abilities, like trying to lasso wild horses in the dark, but now we’re saddled up and ready to ride.”

On the signing, Taylor continues: “This next group of songs really scratch the itch of rock and roll progression for us, and taking them to Magnetic Eye Records is something we are incredibly excited about.  The gang had such a good feeling upon initially working with Jadd and MER several years back for our contribution to their Pink Floyd Redux releases. They were one of the first labels we saw doing curated cover compilations and reaching out to bands organically to get involved. Ruby has been in the game for a while now, but we keep it pretty simple and centered around the craft, something MER picked up on and made easy… no frills, just people digging music. Ideas and communication flow freely with them, and we are really looking forward to all the fun collaborations this partnership will bring.”

MER’s Jadd Shickler welcomes RUBY THE HATCHET: “Magnetic Eye took some big steps in 2020, and started to think about bands we’d always loved to imagine on our roster but hadn’t felt ready to approach previously”, reveals the label director. “Ruby the Hatchet immediately leapt to my mind. They’re masters at taking inspiration from decades of rock history and creating fresh, progressive, captivating songs.  And live, there’s just no one and nothing like them onstage in this century.  I couldn’t have been happier to find them excited at the prospect of working together, and I’m really stoked at the ways Magnetic Eye’s scope is expanding thanks to the arrival of bands like Ruby, Heavy Temple and Besvärjelsen.  I can’t wait to see this all reach critical mass in 2022, and hope the fans of what we do are just as excited!”

RUBY THE HATCHET’s “Live at Earthquaker” 7-inch EP will arrive near the beginning of 2022.  Their new full-length album will be released later in 2022 as well, and is being recorded with PAUL RITCHIE (The Parlor Mob, gods) at New Future Studio in Belmar, NJ.

The band have announced the following upcoming performances:

9/18/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s • with Heavy Temple, Grave Bathers & Leather Lung
9/24/21 – Seaside Heights, NJ – EJ’s for Cheap Thrills • with Wreaths and Castle Rat
10/3/21 – Princeton, NJ – Terrace F Club
10/29/21 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint • with Deathchant
10/30/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool • with High Reeper & Deathchant
10/31/21 – Boston, MA – The Middle East • with Sasquatch, Lo Pan & Deathchant

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UNDEATH stream ‘Diemented Dissection’ via DECIBEL

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 10:10 AM (PST)

Photographer credit: Errick Easterday

US death metal band, UNDEATH are today streaming a new track – titled Diemented Dissection – via Decibel Magazine. Originally released as part of Decibel’s Flexi Series , Diemented Dissection follows the Rochester, NY group’s 2020 debut full length – Lesions of a Different Kind –  and is streaming ahead of the start of their September and October North American tour alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, After The Burial, Carnifex and Rivers of Nihil.


Speaking on the song, UNDEATH comment: “We wrote and recorded Diemented Dissection specifically for the Decibel Flexi Series. It’s easily one of our fastest songs and it’s a total barnburner the whole damn time. Hope you dig it! Destroy your whole living room to this shit.”

Diemented Dissection is the first piece of newly recorded material since the band upgraded to a five-piece. The band has been working on new material for release in 2022 – more news will be available in the coming months.

Band Spotlight: FILTH IS ETERNAL

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:34 PM (PST)

The gnarliest punk album of the year just dropped. Love Is A Lie, Filth Is Eternal from Filth Is Eternal (formerly F’d and B’d) reminds us that there was a time when Seattle bands were considered dangerous, when Mudhoney might jump on your face and half the roster of Sub Pop didn’t look like even Starbucks wasn’t gentrified enough for their tepid, pale faced indie rock bullshit. Filth Is Eternal plays an explosive blend of go for the throat, not a moment wasted punk n’ roll married to Sonic Youth flirting dissonance and with tones ugly enough to make Fudge Tunnel blush and The Bronx seem like Captain & Tennille. Fronted by an actual snarling wild animal over some of the best riffs and beats you have ever heard.

This record reminds me of a show I played in 1997 with my old band Fuse where I got wasted on unclean tapline Rolling Rocks and bottom shelf whiskey after getting a tattoo and ended up rolling on a country bar floor half nude and bleeding and smearing black grime and tattoo inky residue and blood everywhere, waking up the next day feeling kind of aroused and ready to fight literally anything but also half dead. Sirhan Sirhan is gonna get out of jail and be all stoked to enter polite society and this shit will play and it will retrigger a hypnotic trance and make dude go all Winter Soldier on some dudes.

If your band doesn’t bang as hard as the ending of “The Dog”, just quit now.

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KRISIUN release “Scourge Of The Enthroned” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 5:43 PM (PST)

KRISIUN are one of the most reliable bands in metal and today we are gifted with a new six minute perfect storm of inarguably metal as fuck death thrash full of moment after insane moment. Wickedly relentless drums, red hot mini-solo blasts, snarled death vocals of defiance…it’s all here! Check out “Scourge Of The Enthroned” from this underground veteran band of lifers below. Keeping the Brazilian metal flame proudly burning hot, bright and high!

To celebrate the release the band have also just announced resigning to Century Media Records after successfully releasing 9 albums together and being on the label for over 20 years.
Philipp Schulte, Vice President Century Media comments, “We are very happy to announce the extension of our cooperation with Krisiun. Century Media Records and Krisiun are working together for more than 20 years. We are grateful for the trust that Max, Alex and Moyses have put in us, and looking forward to many more years as their label home.”

 

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Tom Morello pushes his horizons further yet again with an awesome alt rock collab with experimental dream pop artists Phantogram. I couldn’t bother to find the mental strength needed to jump in the watery sewage required to blog about the ridiculous Nirvana lawsuit, so here is something way more inspiring instead.

“Driving To Texas” is soothes yet is uneasy, like a narcotic mirage haze hiding true crime deep dives or a missing town. It calls to mind unfinished business or distant hopes and will haunt you like an old regret pulling you in even as you have your foot on the gas.

“I changed my state to replicate the blackness of the blood you drew” is an awesome fucking line.

Next up from #TheAtlasUndergroundFire 🔥

“DRIVING TO TEXAS (feat. Phantogram) is a dark journey, a struggle for a tortured soul. The vocals, the sound textures, even the guitar solo evoke a terrifying counter reality where the road to the abyss beckons sweetly. I’d worked with Josh on the 2018 Atlas Underground album and was thrilled when Phantogram reached out to collaborate again. Sarah’s voice is haunting and beautiful and Josh’s production is so fresh and eerie.” -Tom Morello

Listen to Driving To Texas ft Phantogram – out now: smarturl.it/TMDrivingToTexas


Listening to “At The End Of My Daze” and continuing to celebrate the works of Eric Wagner today, even as the sad news of Charlie Watts passing also rolls in. Man, fucking rough year for rock.

 

Anyway, I know a lot of our readers are hurting right now and I wanted to share this touching tribute from Bruce Franklin that was posted via Trouble‘s official current channels.

 

We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our old friend and former bandmate, Eric Wagner. I am struggling with how to describe the complex relationship we had together, in just a few paragraphs. A person’s life deserves the fullness of a book, but I will try to convey things in brief form.

I met Eric when I was 16 and he was 18. We played in our first band together and even though he hadn’t realized it yet, I saw the potential that he had. We saw a lot of things the same way, which led us to ditch the band we were in and look for something more serious. We found Rick’s band Trouble, who were looking for a lead vocalist and guitarist. Those next couple of years produced the sound and early songs of Trouble, that you would all come to know and love. Eric definitely played a big part with his unique lyrics and visions for album artwork, along with his eventual iconic image fronting the band.

 

On a more personal note, we could all tell some great stories of things Eric used to say that would make us all laugh until we cried. You had to be there and if you were, you know what I’m talking about. I’ll also never forget the hours upon hours that Eric and I would spend in his apartment, sometimes just talking about tv shows, movies, or sports. Other times, talking seriously about lyrics, songs, and band direction.

 

Eric grew from an aspiring lyric writer and novice singer to become a serious lyricist and kind of poet. When the band hit its peak, Eric had fully realized his potential as a singer and lyricist. This helped to catapult Trouble to new heights and made forever fans out of thousands of you. Eric was what musicians call a “lifer”. He made music his life’s mission. He was always working on the next thing and God knows he wasn’t doing it for the money

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It’s a tough thing to accept that a close friend is gone and you will never see them again. We all will have to get by with our memories and Eric’s bountiful legacy of music through 5 decades.

 

God bless and keep our brother Eric.
Rest in Peace ¥
Bruce Franklin on behalf of Trouble

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Fleshgod Apocalypse lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Francesco Paoli has been hospitalized from a rock climbing accident. He seems to be ok, but keep the dude in your metal thoughts! We already lost Charlie Watts and Eric Wagner this week, can’t lose any more rockers we love right now!

Paoli, an experienced climber, was seriously injured this past weekend while rock climbing in his native Italy.

“Last Saturday, August 21st, our singer Francesco Paoli suffered severe injuries while rock climbing the Gran Sasso mountains in Abruzzo, Italy,” Fleshgod Apocalypse announced. “Despite suffering several fractures, Francesco is currently stable at a local hospital while receiving treatment for his injuries. In light of this, Fleshgod Apocalypse is forced to cancel their Cremona, Italy show at ‘Road to Luppolo’ scheduled this Sunday the 29th. More details will be shared as soon as we have more info available.”

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TETRARCH release “Stich Me Up” official video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 2:44 AM (PST)

If you ever wondered what it might look like if the Nolanverse Scarecrow was bullied in school, the new video from buzz band of the moment TETRARCH has got your Nu Metalcore social anxiety fix covered…in rage and rags! The Unstable release continues to have the power to draw in new listeners in droves and I have a feeling this will be a pretty major gateway band for a new generation of kids into heavy music. Which is not to say by “gateway” that they suck but rather that they will probably open a world of heavy to some people who are gonna need it, and that is a great thing. Whereas “Negative Noise” had kind of a Linkin Korn Chamber vibe going on, this one leans more towards Korn on the Core, lol.

Get your boogie on.

Lead guitarist Diamond Rowe says: “Shooting the video for ‘Stitch Me Up’ was super fun and we are honestly thrilled with how it came out. The way the storyline was shot has such a cinematic feel to it and the finished product just looks awesome. The theme of this video is kind of about being an outcast in your everyday life. You can sometimes feel like a complete freak when it seems like no one else sees things the same way that you do or has common interests, but finally meeting up with people that are like you can make you feel safe and whole. It reminds me a lot of all of us in the heavy music community and how we may be looked at in strange ways, but when we’re all together we are just one big happy family sharing our love of music.”

 

RIP Eric Wagner of The Skull, Trouble and Probot fame

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 6:22 AM (PST)

I saw Lee Dorian and Orange Goblin posting RIP messages about Eric Wagner and then saw confirmed on Blabbermouth, so it sure seems like the worst news is true. Eric Wagner, high priest of “white metal” doom (for spirituality, not race), has left us after a battle with Covid.

The Skull recently dropped off its tour with The Obsessed, citing “the ongoing and growing COVID situation sweeping the nation again, particularly in the South.” The band said that it would “reschedule as much as we can and tour again properly when things calm down.”

Please everyone be as safe out there as possible. I know it is delusional to think everyone will choose to do the same thing, so we have to communicate to one another and not create even bigger, horrible rifts in society. Whatever your beliefs on vaccination or faith or not, please bare minimum mask and be cautious. It is the tiniest thing SOME of us can agree on, so let’s please do that. We need more love to get through this horrible time or we will push ourselves even further apart. We need solutions that can work for all of society to function, so please everyone focus on that and stop downplaying Covid is even a risk or treating one another as subhuman and shunning anyone who doesn’t agree, cuz that won’t convince anyone of anything.

And also, before you call them the Flu Fighters again maybe think Dave Grohl is being cautious for a reason.

RIP Eric.

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