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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Rob Halford of Judas Priest is considered the first openly gay heavy metal star, having come out in 1998.


Converge’s 4/9 Bloodmoon event at Roadrunner in Boston was quite the night. Our photographer friend Petra Dollet was there for us and got some beautiful shots capturing the raw energy and victory for live music. Nice to feature these thrilling artists AND have Petra back as well. Props to Caspian and Earsplit for helping us get this feature going.

All shots by Petra Dollet. 

Dig in HERE.

Add Converge to My Radar   Add to My Radar

SVNEATR sign with Prosthetic

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7:45 AM (PST)

Photographer credit: Jade Weekes

Prosthetic Records are delighted to announce the signing of Vancouver, Canada’s SVNEATR. The black metal group, pronounced Sun Eater, are in the process of completing their third full-length album which will be released via the Los Angeles label in due course. Alongside the signing announcement, SVNEATR are set to head out on a month long Canadian tour in support of Hexis this June.

Formed in 2014 and subsequently releasing 2015’s Serpents & Storms demo before 2018 and 2021 long players The Howl, The Whisper, The Hunt and Chinook repsectively, SVNEATR’s blend of atmospheric and progressive black metal is sure to appeal to fans of Enslaved and Dark Throne as well as Opeth and Woods of Ypres.

Speaking on their signing to Prosthetic, Vitharr Monteith (guitar / vocals) comments:

SVNEATR is unbelievably stoked to be partnering up with Prosthetic Records for our third record and beyond! They’re a label we’ve held in high regards for many years and we are excited to be joining such a stacked roster with some of our favourite bands!

“We’re currently recording our yet-to-be-titled album and it’s going to be heavier, more musically diverse and darker than our previous record. We truly feel like we’ve hit a rhythm and found a unique sound, honing in on what defines us as artists and creators, and we’re getting tighter with each song. We seriously can’t wait to share with you this distilled thunder we’ve been working on! To our fellow Canadians, catch us on our upcoming Canada tour supporting the mighty Hexis in June!”

 

Winds Across Canada Tour – supporting Hexis

June 3 – TBA – Victoria, BC

June 4 – TBA – Nanaimo, BC

June 5 – Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC

June 6 – Jackknife Brewing – Kelowna, BC

June 7 – Blue Grotto – Kamloops, BC

June 8 – Omineca Arts Centre – Prince George, BC

June 9 – Broken City – Calgary, AB

June 10 – Temple – Edmonton, AB

June 11 – Black Cat Tavern – Saskatoon, SK

June 12 – Cloud Nine Live Bar – Regina, SK

June 13 – Bulldog Event Centre – Winnipeg, MB

June 14 – TBA – Thunder Bay, ON

June 15 – Fraser Tavern – North Bay, ON

June 16 – Cafe Dekcuf – Ottawa, ON*

June 17 – The Atria – Oshawa, ON

June 18 – Doors Pub – Hamilton, ON

June 19 – See Scape – Toronto, ON*

June 22 – Overtime Sports Bar – Kingston, ON

June 23 – Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC*

June 24 – Le Murdoch – Sherbrooke, QC

June 27 – Bar A Piton – Saguenay, QC

June 28 – Rimouski Underground – Rimouski, QC

June 29 – Monteith Manor – Woodstock, NB

June 30 – Broken Record – Fredericton, NB

July 1 – Gus’s Pub – Halifax, NS

*without Hexis

Band Spotlight: BLACK MESA

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 10:41 AM (PST)

There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of “fuck it/let’s really go for it” more than others. NY’s Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.

TW: Rape.

Indian metal band DYMBUR, who draw from the power of the fig tree, Mixed & mastered by founder and guitarist Cornelius Kharsyntiew at Legato Recording Studio, the video for “Rape Culture” was produced by Andreas Nathaniel War and edited by Cornelius Kharsyntiew. The video is a chilling and intense experience, accentuated by the band’s somber and angry heavy sounds.

“The song ‘Rape Culture’ is an attempt to raise awareness on the rape crisis that is prevalent in India. With the country’s capital Delhi being termed ‘The Rape Capital of The Nation’, DYMBUR realized that it was high time that we need to address this issue. The song also talks about victims of rape such as Nirbhaya and Asifa. Off course, the other characters in the song are fictional but were an absolute necessity.

Beside this the song also show cases Khasi Traditional Instruments (Ka Duitara, Ka Mieng, Ka Bom, Ka Shaw Shaw) indicating the band’s shift towards folk metal, which we termed as ‘KHASI THRAAT FOLK METAL’” – CORNELIUS KHARSYNTIEW

Metal Riot’s Top 5 for April 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8:41 PM (PST)

Aries season is here and it is not only my birth month but a stellar fucking month for fiery metal releases. Shit, the Meshuggah video practically has a Balrog in it. Horns, indeed. Heriot, Meshuggah, Egregore, Caliban and Lords Of The Trident take the cake for us this month here at MR HQ. Support!

 

Add Caliban to My Radar   Add to My Radar

PAIN OF SALVATION release North American Tour Trailer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8:57 AM (PST)

Swedish progressive metal / rock pioneers and innovators Pain of Salvation are getting closer to beginning their North American next month. The band will be supported by French art rock band Klone. The tour kicks off with an appearance on Cruise to the Edge and concludes with a stop at the ProgPower USA festival event.

Tickets for the Pain of Salvation shows in the USA and Canada can be found here:
https://painofsalvation.com/tour-dates/

The band have released this video trailer for the upcoming tour:

ASTRONOID announce ‘Radiant Bloom’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 7:01 AM (PST)

Astronoid, the Boston band whose music has been described as an “awesome intersection of black metal pummel and shoegaze luster” (Pitchfork) and whose 2019 self-titled album was dubbed “the sweetest, softest heavy metal of the year” by NPR, release their eagerly-awaited third album, Radiant Bloom, on June 3 via 3DOT Recordings.

“It’s a balance of aggression and emotion,” explains vocalist, guitar player and songwriter Brett Boland about the band’s first new album in three years. “This is our next evolution. It’s a reflection of everything over the past few years, and it’s the most personal album we’ve made so far. Radiant Bloom is about the state of being human and all the trials and tribulations that come along with that. It’s about mundanity and boredom and about everything moving so fast that you feel like you can’t do it all. It’s about the flood of feelings that goes along with everyday experiences and trying to cope with the swirling vortex of life humming around you.”

A preview of the nine-song collection arrives today with the release of “Eyes” (https://lnk.to/astronoid-eyes), a track Boland describes as “not feeling completely sure of who you are or what you’re doing.”

The self-produced album is also the band’s debut on 3DOT Recordings, a label created and guided by Periphery. “We’re thrilled to announce the signing of Astronoid to 3DOT Recordings,” explains Periphery guitar player Mark Holcomb. “Astronoid have been on our radar since 2017 when we toured the U.S. together, and we’ve wanted to sign them since we launched the label in 2018. Not only have they become friends of ours over the years, but we’re big fans of their music. We believe Radiant Bloom is their strongest album to date. 3DOT has always been a label that prioritizes creativity no matter the genre or style, and Astronoid fits firmly in its vision.”

Radiant Bloom pre-orders are available now (https://store.astronoidband.com), with the release offered on several limited-edition vinyl variants, CD, cassette and digitally.

Italian dark rockers CADAVERIA, the vehicle for Italian-based metal singer Raffaella Rivarolo, have signed to Time To Kill Records (Rabid Dogs, Fulci, 5rand) and announced an imminent musical splash.

We are very excited to finally announce that our new album will be out on May 27th, 2022. We proudly introduce you to “Emptiness”, CADAVERIA sixth album, coming almost eight years after the last full length “Silence”. We are very happy to have signed a deal with Time To Kill Records, that will release “Emptiness” in many physical formats: CD, double LP and cassette! Since now you can pre-save the album on Spotify at this link http://bit.ly/cadaveria-emptiness

The cover art was created by Roberto Toderico Art. There is a lot to say about its meaning and about the title… We will reveal everything in the coming weeks.
In the meantime we want to thank everyone who made this opus possible and all of you who have been waiting for it for so long!

CRASHDÏET release “Together Whatever” single

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

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

AUTOMATON
TRACK LISTING

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

Pre-order/add/save Automaton HERE

Add Crashdïet to My Radar   Add to My Radar

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

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

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

photo credit Andy Lei

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTHING begin EU / UK Spring 2022 headlining tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 7:58 AM (PST)

Philadelphia’s NOTHING begin their EU/UK Spring 2022 headline tour tonight! The 25-date tour begins in Prague, CZ and ends on May 1 in Hamburg, DE.

NOTHING is touring in support of their most recent full-length The Great Dismal.

Tickets: https://www.bandofnothing.com/shows

NOTHING EU/UK SPRING 2022 TOUR DATES

03/30/2022 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs
03/31/2022 – Berlin, DE @ Hole 44
04/01/2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
04/02/2022 – Malmö, SE @ Plan B
04/04/2022 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
04/05/2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7
04/06/2022 – Helsinki, FIN @ Kuudes Linja
08/04/2022 : Tallinn, EE @ Sveta Baar
09/04/2022 : Riga, LV @ NOASS
04/11/2022 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique at Rotonde
04/12/2022 – Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat
04/13/2022 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
04/14/2022 – Utrecht, NL @ De Helling
04/16/2022 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
04/17/2022 – Birmingham, UK @ Dead Wax
04/18/2022 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
04/19/2022 – Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell Social Club
04/20/2022 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
04/22/2022 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
04/24/2022 – Köln, DE @ Gebäude 9
04/25/2022 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
04/26/2022 – Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
04/27/2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Connexion
04/29/2022 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
05/01/2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Order and listen to NOTHING’s discography on Bandcamp HERE.

A full collection of NOTHING music videos are available HERE.

Add Nothingface to My Radar   Add to My Radar

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

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

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

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

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

RIP Taylor Hawkins

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 5:00 AM (PST)

I worked late last night and collapsed, so didn’t hear the news about Taylor Hawkins until early this morning. All I can say is this is a rough one for everyone. An almost universally inspiring dude brimming with life, Hawkins could make anyone enthusiastic about rock. When “The Pretender” intro drums kick in it will never not be epic. There are simply too many moments he contributed for us all to distill it down into a fitting epitaph, but perhaps we can simply crank the music in awe.

Our hearts go out to his friends, family and the Foo brotherhood. Go support the Studio 666 movie since one of the last things that happened during his tenure with the band was that they supported the metal community! The entire hard rock world (and the entire WORLD world) mourns this loss.