Todd La Torre has a new lyric video out for hard charging hard rock/metal hybrid track “Critical Cynic.” Check it out below. La Torre is an awesome dude with so much talent and has contributed wonderful things to the Queensrÿche legacy!

Todd La Torre’s solo record Rejoice In The Suffering is an event worth celebrating.

“Rejoice In The Suffering was truly a labor of love. It’s a pure metal record that certainly showcases a wide range of my vocal abilities. I feel there is something for any true fan of metal on this album. This album is full of groove, dynamics, power, and substance and I can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains Todd La Torre.

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Since its formation in 1984, Jeff Waters has been the only consistent member of Annihilator.


Metal News: Good, Bad and Ugly (3/19/21)

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:14 PM (PST)

鬼 Photo credit: Robin Parsons

Greetings and happy Snyder Cut weekend. To say that the new, proper version of Justice League is better is a massive understatement. It is nice to actually see the POC in the movie have actual meaningful and important arcs. And so much better action! Bravo! The other version was way too focus grouped out of a soul and is one example (like Rise Of Skywalker) where a shorter run time and weird editing choices actually hurt the film. Snyder’s cut is literally 1,000x better and it has been awesome to see people fighting for more out of loving something rather than hating things for once. DC and Warner Bros. would be fools if they don’t make this the official canon version. Cue Wonder Woman hype theme!

But anyhow, we are here to talk metal. Lots of SHITTY stuff going on from Jon Schaffer being denied bond (that part is good, just shitty that he is a MAGA insurrectionist dipshit) to Stephen Carpenter sounding delusional enough that he could join Schaffer in Iced Earth at this rate. 9/11 happened and it is insulting af to New Yorkers to claim otherwise. I literally played CBGB’s the week it reopened and can remember the relief and catharsis of fearful New Yorkers glad to be out doing something positive after so much pain palpably.
WTF is going on where these musicians like these dudes or John Dolmayan (personally doing his best to make sure people rebrand his group System Of A Clown despite the rest of the band’s noble social justice efforts) have been all over the world and have so many opportunities to be educated but instead become conspiracy nuts, unforgivably compare BLM to the KKK or in Carpenter’s case likely smoke so much weed they literally can’t differentiate reality anymore? It is a god damn shame. I loved all those bands a lot at different points. Same for Ministry who have announced a new tour with Helmet and Front Line Assembly (more of my all time faves, sadly) but I am pretty sure Wikipedia still lists Sin Quirin in the band Ministry with no restorative justice reckoning so that is a hard pass. Some people didn’t forget about the grooming stuff just cuz everyone got distracted by Covid the last year. Everyone go watch the Woody Allen doc (God, Allen is utter gaslighting scum, IMO) if you don’t think media can’t help or harm when it comes to sweeping things aside.

Sometimes “cancel culture” (a right wing seeded talking point to focus shift) is actually about accountability, folks. I know you all want to feel super defensive because people don’t want you to tweet ableist shit or be morons or rape apologists anymore, but can everyone fuck right off?

On an even more somber note, Hearts go out today to the Underoath camp who are dealing with the tragic death of of old school guitarist Corey Steger. Our condolences and prayers go out to his surviving family and friends. He was very young and it is terribly sad. May his memory continue to shine for all those who loved him.

Man, that is a lot of depressing stuff. Let’s get to some music.

THE EMBER, THE ASH has today released “Becoming the Eidolon”, the third single to be taken from their upcoming album, Fixation. Accompanying the track, THE EMBER, THE ASH has also shared a lyric video – continuing the album’s highly stylized visual aesthetic. Born as a solo project from a musical polymath known only as 鬼, THE EMBER, THE ASH straddles the gulf between textured metalcore and symphonic black metal – not the most common combination of sub-genres. Love how confidently the track barrels in from the top.

In death metal news…April 16th, Cannibal Corpse will release their fifteenth studio album, Violence Unimagined, via Metal Blade Records. Fans can read an exclusive interview with Cannibal Corpse about Violence Unimagined and more in the May 2021 issue of Decibel Magazine, which features the band on the cover. To purchase your copy online now, please visit: https://store.decibelmagazine.com/products/may-2021-199 – or pick up an issue at newsstands starting April 7th!

Super stoked to hear a large body of material with these guys featuring Erik Rutan!

“I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well,” Alex Webster enthuses. This is not all that he brings to the band. “He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be. Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well. That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”


 

 

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Guess Dr. Manhattan decided he needed a little Man Cave Love Shack

France’s Pathfinders are ready to make first contact with the landing of their debut album Ares Vallis via label Music-Records on April 16, 2021.

Just like the NASA space probe “Mars Pathfinder” that their name is originated from, Pathfinders are embarking on an encounter of the metal kind. Entering the Ares Vallis, the band is rooted in a primary sound of groove metal, but introduces fans into an astronomical discovery of twelve tracks assembled with progressive, thrashy, djenty, and melodic tones.

The band adds:

“We are fascinated with space exploration, especially following recent odysseys to the red planet. We believe it may be the next step in humanity’s evolution of uncovering what this universe holds. This is an album of us telling stories on adventures to and from Mars.”

The band’s lead single “Damned Earth” was released earlier this year, and it immediately crushes everything in its path, leading an assault with speed and breakdowns, along with a tinge of hardcore tendencies mixed with accelerating quantum force.

Fans of bands such as Lamb of God, Periphery, Parkway Drive, and In Flames will be intrigued to enter the undiscovered metal terrain that Pathfinders are offering up.

Pathfinders was formed in 2018 and consist of the Gaucher brothers Jérémy (Bass) and Romain (Guitar) with Jérémy Barthélémy (Drums), Benjamin Daguet (Guitar), and Clément Levy (Vocals).

“Damned Earth” can be heard on the following links:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/ujmLEJ4tFu0
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2OP2Ivv

“Ares Vallis” will be available on all digital platforms via Music-Records on April 16, 2021.
CD pre-order here.

Digital download of single “Damned Earth” on Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal here.

Fun Fact: The album title “Ares Vallis” is named after an outflow channel on Mars, which appears to have been carved by fluids, perhaps water.

GENGHIS TRON release video for “Pyrocene”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Experimental musical gymnasts GENGHIS TRON have of course returned in a new configuration. I was hesitant at first because I loved the old records but have been low key digging and absorbing the new stuff as I can check it out.

The band’s first new studio outing in over a decade, Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky are now joined by two new collaborators: vocalist Tony Wolski and Sumac/Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. It helps a lot that Nick is one of the best drummers on the fucking planet and I like that Tony is not just copying their older approach.

Check out “Pyrocene” below which gives me Russian Circles/Autolux vibes in places. Order Dream Weapon HERE (with cover art that gives me Scale The Summit meets Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy feels).

Photo by Trevor Naud

Photo by Elizabeth Gomez (Globelamp)

Kingston, New York-based avant rock/punk outfit WALKING BOMBS presents its most infectious material to date, with the expansive new full-length release Tears We Should Have Shed. With the record now confirmed for independent digital release in April, the cover art, track listing, preorders, and track “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” have been posted.

The project of one Morgan Y. Evans, joined by a wide cast of collaborators, WALKING BOMBS here delivers a musical study in navigating regretful occurrences in humanity with Tears We Should Have Shed. It is a record steeped in sorrows and triumphs, delivered through a wide range of varied musical styles.

Recorded throughout 2020, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sean Paul Pillsworth at Nada Recording Studio in Montgomery, New York (Senses Fail, Shai Hulud, My Chemical Romance), Tears We Should Have Shed sees Evans performing lead vocals as well as acoustic guitar, trombone, bass, guitar, and piano contributions across the album. Additionally, the record features contributions from Elizabeth “Le Fey” DaPena (Globelamp), Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week, Jerk Magnet), David Brenner (Gridfailure), David Bodie (ex-Time Of Orchids, Divest, Kayo Dot), Taraka Larson (Taraka, ex-Prince Rama), Jack Manley (The Jenifer Shop), and Justin Zipperle (Shadow Witch).

“I’ve always enjoyed bands like Orange 9mm, Faith No More, or Swans where even though you knew it was them you might be surprised song to song or album to album by some big stylistic twists and turns.  My own work in bands since 1993 has also reflected that often,” Evans states. “This WALKING BOMBS album explores a lot of punk and hardcore and kind of Type O influences more than some of my other releases with this project that were more grunge or post punk heavy. There’s also a little bit of classic rock influence sprinkled here and there. But it all compliments the general themes of regret for human folly.”

Songs like “Brash Bandages” and “GeneralGrievousAngel” deal with self-reflection and sobriety, whereas elsewhere the harsh noise landscape of “Focus Shifting The Apocalypse” or the pop-punk-meets-Jawbreaker-influenced “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” examine the frenzied, cult-like impact of disinformation on a gullible society. The goth-toned title track and Bad Religion-influenced “I Will Miss You” look at the highs and lows of the life of an underground lifer musician. Other moments include examinations of Red Scare-era and modern sexism, healing, gaslighting, and trauma.

Evans delves, “This is not so much a record about trying styles and ‘seeing what sticks’ because I can’t live my life by that unhealthy metric. It’s very important to not take the ability to release a range of music while alive for granted. I almost went into a diabetic coma last year and have a year of sobriety again. Covid and a lot of intense events of 2020 really made me restless to channel some love and pain. If feels like a triumph that we safely made a record last year. It meant a lot to me to have everyone involved who played a role, but especially to finally make a full-length album deep in the woods at Nada Recording Studio with my dear friend Sean Paul Pillsworth after several decades in the scene together.”

Stream the title track to Tears We Should Have Shed’s closing punk ripper “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” RIGHT HERE.

WALKING BOMBS will release Tears We Should Have Shed digitally on April 23rd. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the coming weeks.

 

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Metalcore Band Ventruss Release” “Talladega”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:52 AM (PST)

Searching the Bayou for Olaf?

“Talladega” is here from metalcore band Ventruss (not to be confused with Asajj Ventress), a snappy and energetic new single from the Louisiana crew. Sure, you have your semi-standard metalcore dudes in a field yelling and headbanging scenes but also some car porn, some flirtation with rap metal and some big melodies as well. The song deals with overcoming insecurity, but the band seem quite confident.

Check out the video below.

Metal and horror legend Rob Zombie has released a new video for the single “Crow Killer Blues”, more evidence that The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy finds the musical madman seemingly loosening up and just enjoying the ride again. It is making for some of his best material in years, every song full of the dark circus of Zombie crunchy yet heavy and groovy vibe fans know and love. This one really slams home when those vocals come in.

Get your party scowl on as the wind’s howl below.

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Swedish Shadow glam metallers TOXICROSE tread through the darkness with gutter glory, riding the boundaries of heavy metal and hard rock’s flirtation with the Id. New song “Domination” totally rocks (love the melodic back up vocals)! The band really outdid themselves with the arrangement, a rollicking verse building to a gritty and imporing chorus and a truly huge sounding, bombastic bridge. Fans of The 69 Eyes, Slaughter, Crashdïet will absolutely love this.

Left to right:
Michael, Drums & backing vocals
Johannes, Bass & backing vocals
Andy, Lead vocals
Tom, Guitar & backing vocals

 

Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).

As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.

It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.

Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.

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Are Savatage back and working on new music?

Posted by Metal Dude on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8:56 PM (PST)

After not much activity for more than 15 years, save for a “special” performance at the Wacken Open Air fest back in 2015, legendary American metal band Savatage have possibly broken their silence! It seems they have been working on new material for what will be the band’s first proper album since 2001’s Poets and Madmen.

This news was broken by Sandi McGinnis Duran, who claims to be a friend of their lead singer Jon Oliva, and shared the following message written by Jon himself on at least two Savatage fan Facebook groups:

“This is Jon Oliva speaking to all the people in the Savatage groups first of all I would like to really thank you all for being fans of the band and hanging in there believe me I’ve been hanging in there too there are many surprises coming up we ain’t done yet I wish I could disclose some of them to you but I’ll probably get sued or some stupid s*** like that we’re working on new material we’re getting things together just be a little patient which I know you guys have been for a hundred years I love you all thank you so much for your support it ain’t over until it’s over Yogi Berra said that great baseball player I’m getting off of this subject we’re also working on a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra record and that’s going really well we are working on new Sava material all is good I love all you guys thank you so much God bless you all.”

While the official lineup has not yet been confirmed, the assumption is it will include the same members from that 2015 “reunion”: vocalist Jon Oliva, guitarists Chris Caffery and Al Pitrelli, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Jeff Plate.

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Columbian death metal act NO RAZA are respected and feared for their pummeling and dynamic death metal creations. Out today is a well curated compilation perfect for the newly curious or old fans of the group , released by Noble Demon (Humavoid, Mercury Circle). The band was formed in the late 90’s in Columbia but are now based in Florida and certain to make an even bigger dent in the scene when shows return!

Vocalist and guitarist Juan Cano states:

“‘The Best Of No Raza’ is a compilation that we have created with the most representative songs throughout our history, a journey through our entire discography with a select repertoire loaded with classic death metal sounds and intense lyrics, which have been constructed and marked an ideology that encompasses the human being in all its aspects, through its existence on this earthly plane.“

Crank the confident and menacing “Atrición” today or peep the video for it below.

 

ERRA release “Shadow Autonomous”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:23 PM (PST)

Erra have a new harsh/melodic varying track out today called “Shadow Autonomous”, a vibrant and lively complex track from their new arsenal of material. Getting BTBAM/Saosin vibes from this one a little bit. Pre Order their new release HERE.

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ORYX release “Last Breath” track via Brooklyn Vegan

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM (PST)

Denver sludge trio, ORYX have unleashed a deadly new track titled, “Last Breath” today at Brooklyn Vegan. The track comes from the bands forthcoming full-length, Lamenting A Dead World, due for release on April 30, 2021 via Translation Loss Records.

About the track, vocalist and guitarist Tommy Davis shares: “Last Breath is a rumination on the Earth responding to humanity parasitically taking from it without constraint or care. Wandering in mortal dissolution, our vanquish is certain death.”

Lamenting A Dead World is set for release on April 30, 2021 via Translation Loss Records. The much awaited album has already received high praise from across the metalsphere and continues to turn heads with each powerful and emotive listen. Pre-order and digital pre-save is available now HERE. Track listing, album info, and more is listed below.

On Thursday, March 25th at 12PM PST//3PM EST//8PM CET, The Ocean will host a special livestream show, featuring a performance of 2018’s Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic in its entirety!

The Ocean comments: “We will be performing ‘Phanerozoic I’ in its entirety on Thursday, March 25, 8PM CET – streamed live from Pier2, a shipyard in the port of Bremen, Germany.
Please join to make this evening special – it will be a show without any audience in the live room. We’ll be playing for you guys at your homes, wherever they are.
After more than a year of absence from playing music, we’re stoked to be getting back together to rehearse and perform – even more so, because we have a new space which we are currently transforming into our own recording studio. This is the beginning of a new era for us. We’ve battled against the inertia of 2020 with writing a whole bunch of new material, and the result is that we’ve got 2 new albums ready to record once the construction work is done.
For now, there are no plans to make this available online after the event, nor to do this again, so don’t miss out on this.
If this goes well, we‘ll promise to do something for ‘Phanerozoic II’ a bit later in the year. ;)”

Purchase your ticket at: https://www.club100-bremen.de/the-ocean. Ticketholders will be able to replay the full stream for 48 hours from the start of the show.

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RIP LG Petrov

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Today we hang our heads, raise our horns in respect and send all the love in our charred, heavy hearts out to friends and family of iconic death metal vocalist Lars-Göran “LG” Petrov and all the bands he was ever in. The extremely influential death metal cult singer was the bellowing and intense voice of Nihilist, Entombed, Firespawn, Entombed A.D. and for many THE buck stops here voice of Swedish death.

Albert from mighty Decibel posted a fitting memorial tribute of note HERE. I get too emotional about these things and he did a better job recapping dude’s life than I can today under these circumstances.

Converge posted a thrilling live clip of them full of excitement and intensity performing live with LG on Instagram HERE. It gave me goosebumps, made me pump my fist and cry. Fuck.

Entombed A.D. posted the following to Facebook (where many fans are leaving moving tribute comments to the late singer):

We are devastated to announce that our beloved friend Lars-Göran Petrov has left us.⁣⁣
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Our brother, leader, vocalist, our Chief Rebel Angel went on another ride last night. It’s with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Lars-Göran Petrov has left us. He was (is!!!) an incredible friend, and a person that has touched so many people. He has changed so many lives with his voice, his music, his character and his unique personality. LG’s smile is something that we will carry forever in our hearts. When asked in an interview what he would like to have written on his grave and what about his legacy, he said: “I will never die, it will never die”. And you didn’t. You will live forever in our hearts. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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R.I.P. LG Petrov.

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