EXODUS release their newest single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 5:05 AM (PST)

We got a new EXODUS tune for you, a ripping nasty bastard of an anthem that arrived a few days ago called “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)”. Zetro sounds positively inhabited by demons on this speed fest and Gary proves again he writes some of the most aggressive riffs in thrash. We have all been rooting for Tom Hunting, so it is nice to hear some explosive new music from the group’s forthcoming Persona Non Grata release to, uh, improve morale.

I can’t believe it has been so fucking long since Blood In, Blood Out already! Seven years?!! The album artwork reminds me of like Signs Of The Swarm and Pathology hung out with Sodom for a weekend of mutilating and mutating, so I guess that can go with some Exodus vibes as they have never had just one look to their records other than you see it and know “this shit is gonna be metal”.

The new album is out November 19th via Nuclear Blast.

Pre-Order Now:
exodusattack.com/site/persona-non-grata
Pre-Save & Listen:
https://exodus.bfan.link/persona-non-grata

Watch the music video for “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)” at https://nblast.de/Exodus-TBWC-YT

Album artwork by Par Olofsson.

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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."


STONETRIP

Melbourne hard rockers Stonetrip have released a song addressing addiction, a new single called “Nightmare”. Calling to mind early Def Leppard or The Cult with bluesy atmospheric enhanced hard rock, the song just has a certain feeling of authenticity that elevates it from your average rock fodder. Ricki Rae of Lighthill Sound Recording Studio worked on it with the group and the results speak for themselves.

From the press release:

‘Nightmare’ is the reality of silent suffering for too long. Your overindulgent urges catch up with your uncontrollable need for sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll, with them being continually consumed to a blur. You know the solution is too hard to deal with, yet you keep fighting yourself every day for the cure. You return to sleep, waking to do it all over again. It’s a Nightmare!

As someone who is on a nearly two years booze free stretch and has also been a narcotics addict, I found this tune very relatable. It called to mind a place I never want to go back to and the music made me thankful for the gains I have made and good people in my life.

Album artwork by: Daniel Rusilowicz

On October 15th, Hate will release their new album, Rugia, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, the title track can now be heard at: metalblade.com/hate .

“It was clear to me that it should build upon and evolve from our previous record, ‘Auric Gates Of Veles’ (2019), both musically and lyrically. However, every Hate record stands as a separate journey, and never twice to the same place. You never know exactly where it will lead you,” states vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner, who has led the band since 1991. Hate also have a new drummer Nar-Sil (Neolith, Virgin Snatch, Embrional), who sounds decidedly hungry on the ominous new single. “Working with a new drummer this time around was a fascinating experience for me. Nar-Sil’s technique and presence are quite different from Pavulon’s, and that definitely comes across. I believe we managed to construct a refreshing new chapter to our discography, composing nine truly sinister onslaughts of pure rage.”

 

 

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ROLO TOMASSI Drop “Cloaked” Video, Sign To eOne

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:26 PM (PST)

ROLO TOMASSI are back. The band can now reveal they have signed to eOne (High On Fire, Black Label Society, The Contortionist) and, in celebration, have today released their massive, brand new single and video, “Cloaked”.

James Spence (vocals and keys) on the signing – “We’re thrilled to be signing with eOne Heavy for this new record. It was an easy decision for us and they’ve been a dream to work with. We’re looking forwards to everything that follows.”

On the signing, Scott Givens, the SVP of rock and metal at eOne explains – “Rolo Tomassi are a band that we have long wanted to have on your roster. We are thrilled they have chosen us to be their label partners.”

Eva Spence (vocals), now based in her new home in New Jersey, USA – “We’re excited to finally share new music after spending the last two years working on our new record. Writing has been essential for us this past year in the absence of playing live, we can’t wait to get back on the road and hope to see you at a show soon.”

Co-lead vocalist James Spence explains a bit more about the new video – “David and James who worked on the video really helped us to bring to life the themes of the song. The narrative visualises the process of change within us with every new experience we have. The themes of dualism and identity are explored through the contrasting colours and the movements of the characters.”

More news on ROLO TOMASSI coming soon.

 

AEON release “Church Of Horror” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:42 PM (PST)

Album artwork by: Paolo Girardi

AEON are one of those bands that even Cannibal Corpse dudes will hear and be like ,“Wow, that’s pretty intense, complex and evil”. Get the picture? The band have unfortunately not released jack shit in way too long, but the wait it over! This is a great day!

2021 has proven an insane year for death metal with bands like Obsolete, Cerebral Rot and Bizarre delivering in the realms of avant-garde technical deathy prog thrash, grimy disgusting old school filth death and Lovecraftian punishment, respectively. And then there are plenty of even super techier bands doing a new school thing.

But Aeon are in a class and vibe all their own. Perfectly bridging so many styles while retaining a decidedly older technical enhanced type of feel, “Church Of Horror” is a relentless barrage of evil. You get the feeling after he delivered the twisted sermons on the House Of God album that King Diamond would listen to “Church Of Horror” to climax on the altar with some vile succubus and then cool off using a baptismal font as a makeshift birdbath ball splash/bidet.

So yeah, it’s pretty good, er…evil!

On October 15th, Aeon will release their new album, God Ends Here, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, a lyric video for the new single, “Church of Horror”, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/aeon – where God Ends Here can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– jewelcase-CD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– gold vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– orange w/ red splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold / black melt vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)

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After dropping off their run with The Obsessed due to safety concerns, it is more bummer news for the rad band The Skull as doom vocalist legend Eric Wagner’s Covid has taken a turn for the worse. Please remember that even if many people have lived from Covid that is by no means cause for being dismissive or that it can’t have long lasting effects or a reason to downplay that many amazing people have NOT survived.

 

Pop Evil, Korn and now The Skull all with singers struck with Covid? It is almost like we should ease back on shaky live shows right now and instead support bands in other ways.

 

The band released the following statement
Hey All.
More bad news….
We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has gotten worse and he was admitted to the Hospital yesterday with COVID pneumonia .
All the other members have tested Negative.
Positive thoughts and words will be helpful.

On behalf of Metal Riot we hold our highest hopes and energy intentions that Eric will be back amongst us all soon.
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Anthrax announces their first European tour since the summer of 2019!
Kicking off on September 27, 2022 in Birmingham, England, the band will play 27 dates in 15 countries, wrapping up in Zurich, Switzerland on November 5.  Crossover thrashers band Municipal Waste will support on all dates. This is a live combo that is the epitome of the thrash essence!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 20 at 10AM BST, 11AM CET; go to www.anthrax.com for all purchasing information.

 

“It sure has been a long time since we rock’n’rolled in the UK and Europe,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, “but we’re coming back soon to bring the noise to all of you guys.  Being that we can’t get over there until 2022, we’re going to make sure that every show will be an eventful one.  We won’t just be playing four decades of songs to celebrate our ongoing 40th anniversary – hey, we’ll be giving YOU some history! – but we just might have some brand new ones for you as well.  Can’t wait to see all your happy, smiling faces!!!”

On this tour, fans can expect Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, and Jon Donais/guitar – to draw from all four decades – fan favorite and deep cuts –  for their nightly setlist.

 

 
“There’s just something special about Europe,” said Belladonna. “Our fans there have always had a full-fledged excitement about our shows, and I enjoy performing more than anyone can imagine, so we’re really looking forward to this tour.”

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From the Northern Sky blazing /Silencing Machine-meld to the meaty Enslavedy prog metal meets almost stoner riffing to the expansive WITTR-esque bleak cosmic pastoral synth enhanced bridge, the new video “Shapeshifter Huntsman” from Canadian band Crystal Coffin will rock your face off before you can say “Paragon Belial” three times! This band has come back out the gate with a bang and sound hungry and ferocious with the vibe and chops to back it up!

The Starway Eternal drops later in the year, but check out the first substantive taste below. A Beast in the Field announces October 15th as the release date. This band is the shit.

Tracklisting for Crystal Coffin’s The Starway Eternal
1. Shapeshifter Huntsman
2. The Starway Eternal
3. Skeletons
4. Console of Horror
5. The Red Forest
6. Cremation: Between Fire and Ice
7. The Descent
8. Mega Tomb (including Tomorrow’s Ghost)

end of an era

Wow, big energy shift of one of the best and biggest bands in melodic death metal as Dark Tranquillity have reported the departure of both founding drummer Anders Jivarp and bass player Anders Iwers . Cranking “Identical To None” from the triumphant, pandemic gloom defying Moment to honor their footprint tonight.

Filling in for the pair on immediate shows will be Joakim Strandberg Nilsson and Christian Jansson.

A clearly emotional Dark Tranquillity vocalist and co-founder Mikael Stanne said the following:

“Times have truly changed. This last year and a half has been challenging to say the least, and we’ve all had time to think over our decisions and motivations in all aspects of life. When removed from what you take for granted, it becomes clear that you realize what is truly important in life. And this is different for everybody.

“Anders Jivarp and Anders Iwers have decided to move on to other things and not be a part of the band anymore. These are two of the most amazing, loyal and dedicated friends and musicians you could ever find and as sad as we are seeing them go, we know that if passion leads you elsewhere you should follow it.

“Anders Jivarp has of course been there from the very beginning, being instrumental in creating the sound that eventually became our own. His songs are some of our most beloved and with the exception of one insane evening in Istanbul 20 years ago he has played every single show since the band’s inception. We’re excited to hear what will come out of Anders’ future musical projects.

“Anders Iwers has been with us for the last six years but since we have known each other from the very early days of the band it felt like he had always been there. He played on our two latest records, not to mention being an integral part of our live shows.

“We love you guys so much and we wish you the absolute best in everything that you do.”

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Heavy metal/metalcore melders Trivium have announced their tenth record. The anticipated riff fest is entitled (quite awesomely) In The Court Of The Dragon and may singlehandedly make George R.R. Martin get off his ass and finish the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Well, maybe not. Regardless, we are stoked to get more of an idea what our band of merry men will do to follow the excellent What The Dead Men Say.

The band sound more streamlined than ever but manage to pack an admirable amount of undeniable riffing and precise musicianship into this future anthem. I was especially into Alex Bent‘s rock solid drumming on this new song “Feast Of Fire”. Check out the video below.

Tracklist:
“X”
“In The Court Of The Dragon”
“Like A Sword Over Damocles”
“Feast Of Fire”
“A Crisis Of Revelation”
“The Shadow Of The Abattoir”
“No Way Back Just Through”
“Fall Into Your Hands”
“From Dawn To Decadence”
“The Phalanx”

 

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pic by Alex Bershaw

 

CINEMA CINEMA join us today with a new track! The band sometimes sound like Attila Csihar got into devilish mischief inserting hidden messages into back alley Sergei Prokofiev compositions instead of smoking a doob and listening for Satan’s commands in the bridge of “Stairway To Heaven” like normal rockers, so I was excited to see what they have cooked up next! The answer is…”Bratislava”!

The nine minute song is an enthralling exploration of feel and musical adventurousness as the band weave through dynamic peaks and valleys during their at times relaxing and at times anxious (but entirely intriguing) journey. At times it comes off like a Pinback and Don Byron slow burn mescaline voyage, which is obviously fucking amazing.

Ev Gold tells us:

“Things got chaotic in our attempt to leave after the gig in Bratislava, on tour a few years ago. I had to walk out into a lane of oncoming traffic with my hands up, to plea for a halt. Seemingly no way possible to back the van out otherwise. There was a protest outside of a castle a few blocks away from the show, which at first sounded ‘cool’, but wasn’t after all. People and cars flooded the streets. Our place to crash for the night fell through, now we needed to leave Slovakia and drive to Vienna to sleep. We finally made it out and got to a quiet stretch of road over the border, then heard sirens. Pulled over by Austrian Law Enforcement. It was a saga. Deserved a song years later.”

The song precedes the band’s sixth album, CCXMDII, nearing release in August through Nefarious Industries.

CINEMA CINEMA was established in 2008 by Brooklyn-born cousins, vocalist/guitarist Ev Gold and drummer Paul Claro. They’ve been described as “experi-metal punks” by the Village Voice, a “jolt of adrenaline” by BrooklynVegan, and “feral and unrelenting” by Big Takeover.

In 2019, the duo joined with Nefarious Industries to release their fifth album, CCXMD. Taking a stylistic left turn from any previously recorded output, they found themselves delving into ambient and atmospheric free-jazz territories. CINEMA CINEMA invited reed aficionado Matt Darriau – best known for his work with Grammy award-winning world-music ensemble The Klezmatics – to join the group for the collaborative, entirely improvised affair. Darriau had been a guest on the band’s 2017 LP Man Bites Dog, providing saxophone on a handful of tracks. The album was described as, “no-holds-barred punk-jazz,” by Brooklyn Rail, and, “as intelligent as it is unintelligible,” by Invisible Oranges.

CINEMA CINEMA now presents their sixth full-length, CCXMDII, which serves as companion and conclusion to 2019’s CCXMD. Woodwind expert Matt Darriau returns, bringing along more tools from his repertoire as the trio submerge themselves in the strange beauty of chaotic sound, found together in the moment. CCXMDII was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Vin Cin at Electric Plant Studios in Brooklyn, New York, with artwork, design, and layout by Lauren A. Kelley.

Nefarious Industries will release CCXMDII on CD and all digital platforms on August 20th. Find preorders including merch bundles HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to post over the weeks ahead.

Touring extensively through the past decade, CINEMA CINEMA has performed over four hundred fifty shows across eleven countries. The duo has toured numerous times alongside SST Records founder Greg Ginn, including a fifty-plus-date 2014 North American tour opening for Black Flag, select dates supporting Black Flag in 2013, and shared dates in 2010, 2011, and 2012 with Ginn’s other outfits The Royal We and The Taylor Texas Corrugators. In addition, the band has half a dozen European tours to their credit, including a 2013 stint in support of Martin Bisi Band and a run of Summer festivals in 2016.

CINEMA CINEMA appears in and has contributed music to the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Sound And Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio. The band was also included on BC35, a celebration of the 35th anniversary of BC Studio – alongside members of Swans, Sonic Youth and other studio alumni, released via Bronson Recordings in 2018.

CCXMDII Track Listing:
1. A Life Of Its Own
2. Cloud 2
3. Continued
4. Bratislava
5. Crack Of Dawn
6. Trigger
7. Cloud 4

CINEMA CINEMA:
Ev Gold – guitars/vocals
Paul Claro – drums/percussion

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HEAVY TEMPLE tour dates

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:16 AM (PST)

Heavy Temple by Gene Smirnov

One of 2021’s truest blessings is the Magnetic Eye backed Heavy Temple release Lupi Amoris, a mental and physical thrill ride we knew the groovy group had in them all along. This line-up is on fire! Now the first US tour dates in support of this magical document are here.

“We were fortunate enough to be able to put out an album during a time of much uncertainty, especially regarding live shows, so needless to say we’re excited to get back in the van”, writes frontwoman High Priestess Nighthawk. “Music, especially for us metalheads, is such a huge part of our lives. The last year and a half has been rough, to say the least, without any shows. We’ve been practicing the songs from ‘Lupi Amoris’ this whole time, and we’re ready for people to hear them the way we always intended, live and in person, even if we all have to take a few extra precautions to keep ourselves and our fans safe when we get there.”

US TOUR DATES
26 AUG 2021 Pittsburgh, PA (US) Preserving Underground
27 AUG 2021 Detroit, MI (US) Sanctuary
28 AUG 2021 Columbus, OH (US) Ace of Cups
29 AUG 2021 Harrisonburg, VA (US) The Golden Pony
30 AUG 2021 Columbia, SC (US) Art Bar
31 AUG 2021 Atlanta, GA (US) Boggs & Social
01 SEP 2021 Chattanooga, TN (US) JJ’s Bohemia
03-05 SEP 2021 Cookeville, TN (US) Muddy Roots Music Festival

Steve Austin of Today Is The Day has released all 13 of the pioneering outsider band’s major recorded statements onto streaming platforms via SuperNova Records. All the way back to How To Win Friends And Influence People!

SuperNova Records was most prevalent in the late 1990s and early 2000s, releasing a wide array of independent underground rock and metal artists. The label has been ramped up over recent months and now emerges in full-time capacity, uniting TODAY IS THE DAY’s vast catalog under the artist’s control.

SuperNova now presents TODAY IS THE DAY’s LPs initially released through Amphetamine Reptile Records, Relapse Records, Blackmarket Activities, Southern Lord Recordings, The End Records, and BMG across all digital providers through the label’s deal with The Orchard/Sony, including the How To Win Friends And Influence People, Supernova, Willpower, Today Is The Day, Temple Of The Morning Star, In The Eyes of God, Live Till You Die, Sadness Will Prevail, Kiss The Pig, Axis Of Eden, Pain Is A Warning, Animal Mother, and No Good To Anyone LPs.

 

Austin has painstakingly organized and optimized all the original TODAY IS THE DAY music and art masters 100% true to their original release; a dedication in sound and art to bring the original experiences that were had throughout the years to both long time listeners and new fans. With only overall volume levels being adjusted through mastering to current modern times standards, the craftsmanship that made these groundbreaking releases what they were is being preserved, so that the listener can experience the vast catalog without any alteration or deviance from the original powerful music and message.

I always prefer artist friendly Bandcamp, so here is that link.

TODAY IS THE DAY will release a new album through SuperNova in 2022 as well, with many other new projects already in the works, including records from new label signings GRIDFAILURE and WOORMS, among others.

I have been listening to Pain Is A Warning throughout the day today and I marveled at how the TITD discography all works so seamlessly together regardless of what twists and turns the band took over the years (and what supporting characters were playing alongside Steve). The mellow “This Is You” is getting me through this sweltering Summer evening and putting me in a contemplative mode.

Hails to Steve. More consistent album to album than fucking Black Sabbath! (Speaking of which, the best ever cover of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is still a secret closer track on Temple Of The Morning Star, fear not). Much respect for showing that year after year through blood, sweat and tears you can live a life for the underground.

 

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INTER ARMA, YAUTJA US Winter Tour Dates Announced

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM (PST)

INTER ARMA Photo Credit: Bibiana Reis

Heralded stoics INTER ARMA will bring their unique blend of sonic mind to the road with labelmates and force of destruction YAUTJA in December 2021. Additional support will be provided by Eye Flys & Yashira. As someone with a middle initial of Y. it is very exciting for me to see all these Y inclusive band names (and I also got to write about Yatra today)! SO…I guess we are gonna have to start saying Inter Yarma. I guess Yarma is a Star Wars planet?! Ok, then! Even better!

INTER ARMA’s latest full-length Sulphur English is out now on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical packages are available for order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

YAUTJA’s newer album The Lurch is out now on CD/LP/Digital. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads/Streaming HERE.

YAUTJA Photo Credit: Chappy Hull

TOUR DATES:

12/1 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse (No Yautja or Yashira)
12/2 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
12/3 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
12/4 Chicago, IL @ Reggies #
12/5 Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
12/6 Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
12/7 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
12/8 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall
12/9 Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House
12/10 Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony
12/12 Memphis, TN @ Growlers

# Peace Simulation Midwest Pop-up Showcase w/ Primitive Man, Indian, more

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YATRA sign to Prosthetic Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Photo by Shane Gardner

Marylandy doomy deathy sludgy force of metal YATRA have inked a deal with Prosthetic! The band is crafting the follow up to last year’s All Is Lost and we are expecting great things! Seriously, this is fantastic news as the band already (like Haunt) spoiled us in 2020 with multiple astoundingly good releases.

Of the signing to Prosthetic the band commented: “We are very happy to be working with Prosthetic Records, and super excited about this new album that we have just recorded. It is our best album yet, and a crucial step for us in the evolution of YATRA as a band, in the darkness of this changing world we are living in. “

YATRA is:
Sean Lafferty – drums
Maria Geisbert – Bass
Dana Helmuth – Guitar/Vocals

YATRA US tour 

August 13 – Sam’s Uptown – Charleston, WV
August 14 – Oliver Brewing – Baltimore, MD
August 19 – Odditorium – Asheville, NC
August 20 – Flicker – Athens, GA
August 21 – Freetown – Lafayeyye, LA
August 22 – Santos Bar – New Orleans, LA
August 24 – Lamplighter – Memphis, TN
August 25 – Milestone – Charlotte, NC
August 26 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
August 27 – Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN
August 28 – Remedy – Pittsburg, PA
August 29 – Westside Bowl – Youngstown, OH *
August 30 – Alchemy – Providence, RI*
August 31 – 33 Golden Street – New London, CT*
September 02 – Bar Freda – Queens, NY*
September 03 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA*
September 04 – Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD*

* – with High Reeper

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