GLASSJAW to tour US for anniversary of first two albums

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12:17 AM (PST)

Glassjaw have revealed plans to hit the road in early 2022 to celebrate the 20th anniversaries of their first two albums, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence (2000) and Worship and Tribute (2002). Some of the tour will be two-night stands during with the group playing one of the albums each night, while other stops will find them playing both.

Anyway, pack your shit and leave and take my memories of her with you.

3/2 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 (EYEWTKAS)
3/3 Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 (W&T)
3/4 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (EYEWTKAS)
3/5 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (W&T)
3/8 Denver, CO @ The Summit (both albums)
3/10 San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center (both)
3/11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (EYEWTKAS)
3/12 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (W&T)
3/14 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven (both)
3/16 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall (both)
3/18 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (both)
3/19 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (both)
3/20 Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore (both)
3/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (both)
3/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (EYEWTKAS)
3/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (W&T)
3/25 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount (EYEWTKAS)
3/26 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount (W&T)


Annihilator is known as the highest selling heavy metal artist in Canadian history, although most of the sales have not been in their home country.


Swedish black metal cultists Wormwood have announced a new release date for their upcoming record Arkivet:

“Due to the spring’s problems in the Suez Canal and Covid-19, we unfortunately have to announce that the Arkivet release will be postponed. This is because the vinyl pressing plant hasn’t been able to deliver on time, due to a lack of materials from the factories.

This is terribly sad news for us, but unfortunately beyond our ability to speed up. The new release date is set for August 27th. We apologize to all of you who have pre-ordered the album, but urge you to wait another month. It will be worth it.”

Pre-order the album here.

Arkivet tracklisting:

“The Archive”
“Overgrowth”
“End Of Message”
“My Northern Heart”
“Ensamheten”
“The Slow Drown”
“The Gentle Touch Of Humanity”

“The Archive” video, a moody and compelling piece, can be seen below:

Alt metal and hardcore groove fans will be pleased to hear that Cristian Machado is back swinging for the fences after the well publicized Ill Nino shake-up. Cristian Machado (vocals), Ahrue Luster (guitar) and Diego Verduzco (guitar) have announced that they have united to launch new act Lions At The Gate with bassist Stephen Brewer and drummer Fern Lemus. The band have dropped their debut single “Not Even Human” along with an official music video and Linktree.

Good to see scene regulars keep going and shifting forms against the odds while still remembering their roots. Prepare yourself for some thrashing anger, a huge hook and plenty of Nu-stomp.

Find the track on streaming platforms and watch the video here:

Speaking on the band’s debut release, frontman Cristian Machado says, “I feel so blessed to be in Lions at the Gate. We’ve all been making albums for a long time but I think it was time for us to make something special and memorable again. This album is exactly that. Take away our musical history, take away our long hair, take away our personal feelings, just make believe we were never there. This Lions at the Gate album is amazing. We finally made a modern metal album that metalheads will enjoy beginning to end. It’s deep, it’s memorable, I can’t wait for everyone to hear it, I can’t wait for everyone to hear the featured female artist on one of the songs!”

Guitarist, Diego Verduzco adds, “I’m beyond proud and excited to announce our new band Lions At The Gate. Life is all about change and I feel that this music is the most dynamic and honest that we’ve ever written. I feel a sense of freedom and am completely reinvigorated and even anxious (in a good way) to be a part of something that pulls influence from so many directions . Each member brings a unique set of talent and tools. It’s quite frankly some of the best music we’ve ever written. Organic, honest, and true.”

Guitarist, Ahrue Luster adds, “I’m more excited about Lions at the Gate than anything that I’ve been a part of since I started my musical career.”

Photo by Nedda Afsari

Kris Esfandiari seems able to swoop in randomly from another dimension and effortlessly remind the music world, regardless of genre, they are playing with fire if they get overly cocky. Esfandiari just operates on another level where even the concept of artistic growth feels like trite shorthand for the fucking massive elemental forces unleased everytime Kris sings. King Woman (the doomgaze outfit Esfandiari fronts) will return with Celestial Blues this July 30th and continue to demolish all takers, if the jaw dropping power of their first video from the album is any indicator.

The lead single “Morning Star” was apparently a one-take performance, only strengthening my whole theory about the band basically conjuring their sound from a vortex. Fucking VIBES, dude! This tune is intense, like a lullaby from Dormammu’s Dark Dimension. If this were “Sympathy for the Devil” no one would have to “please allow…” a Mephistopheles-esque hat tipping introduction because you’d already know what fucking time it is. And if you don’t know, now you know.

“Creating this album has brought me great peace and closure,” says Esfandiari of Celestial Blues. “Grateful to finally share it with all of you.”

Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker). The band is rounded out by drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf. Visual collaborations featured in the album packaging were created by Nedda Afsari, Collin Fletcher, and Jamie Parkhurst.

Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (bit.ly/kingwomancb), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (orcd.co/kingwomancb).

Created In The Image Of Suffering was our album of the year when it came out, so to say we are stoked on this new development is an understatement.

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King Woman has confirmed a series of performances in support of the new album. Tickets and VIP Fan Club passes are on-sale this Friday, June 4 at 10 am pacific.

July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

October 15 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 16 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 17 Brooklyn, NY TBA

October 29 Oakland, CA Starline

October 30 Oakland, CA Starline

October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)

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MUDDLES release “Human Aptitude” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:36 PM (PST)

French rock band MUDDLES have a new winner of a video for their song “Human Aptitude”, a melodic and shifting groove rock and metal hybrid that ought to appeal to fans of Chevelle, Lacuna Coil and many more. The song is from their imminent June 11 Klonosphere Records release Mind Muddling, and shows the serious (cough) aptitude of the group for writing melodic, tough-edged and memorable head boppers.

Track-listing de « Mind Muddling » :
01. Collapse
02. Introspection
03. September Day
04. Spring isn’t canceled
05. Toxic Friend
06. Djentleman
07. Untouchable
08. We are not Alright
09. Deep
10. Human Aptitude

Line-up :
Barbara Mogore – Chant
Jérome Pelouin – Guitare
Mario Light – Basse
Fabien Dunoyer – Batterie

 

Hell’s Heroes IV in Houston has announced a skull crushing line-up for the April 2022 event. There is literally something for almost any metal fan unless you are a complete whiner.

From Candlemass to Riot V to Haunt to Sumerlands and many more, the line-up is jaw droppingly rad.

 

The full lineup for the 2022 Hell’s Heroes Festival is as follows:

Dark Angel
Candlemass
Cirith Ungol
Riot V
Eternal Champion
Satan
Whiplash
Medieval Steel
Slough Feg
Enforcer
Night Demon
High Spirits
Haunt
Traveler
Sumerlands
Screamer
Savage Master
Bewitcher
Smoulder
Night Cobra
Natur
Solicitor
Legendary
Lady Beast
Blood Star
Warcloud
Saber

“It’s beyond words how excited I am that Hell’s Heroes is back and better than ever for 2022,” says organizer – and Night Cobra frontman – Christian Larson. “Since we had to skip two years due to the pandemic, we decided to add a second day to the festival this time and really go crazy on the lineup! Excited to see everyone in 2022!”

 

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photo by Janina Gallert

It is always stimulating when a band makes a long term impact by never sacrificing their drive to expand consciousness. Not every band has the guts or resolve to be a Dead Meadow, Kylesa, a Pharmakon or a Skinny Puppy. It is not an easy task to never fail to resist kowtowing to the framework of popular entertainment norms. To make each statement count.

Luminous Rot by metalgaze sound painters Nadja (Leah Buckareff & Aidan Baker) shows the duo remain capable of resisting the autopilot tendencies of many a long running group, whilst still retaining hallmarks that made them appeal to noise hungry weirdos, artsy types and sewer dwelling mutants. It is amongst a short list of my very favorite musical ‘moments’ of the year.

It was truly a Wayne’s World “We’re Not Worthy” checklist moment for me to get to interview the group about one of the year’s most thrilling records, an album that deserves to be revisited often by listeners in 2021. Frankly, it makes a lot of other albums feel semi-amateurish and will go over some people’s heads. What else is new?

We discussed Southern Lord, sci-fi “norms”, David Pajo’s role, pandemic peculiarities and much more. Luminous Rot is particularly compelling in how it effortlessly melds both obtuse and more welcoming musical forms into a cohesive soak.

Read onward BELOW.

David Ellefson no longer in MEGADETH after scandal

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 12:47 PM (PST)

MEGADETH have parted ways with their most acclaimed bassist David Ellefson. Obviously there is a lot to unpack here from the moral standpoint of what happened (even if it wasn’t grooming, which depends on whose word you take at face value…edging the age of consent and lying to your wife is fucked up) to other people saying Mustaine is also likely glad to get someone else who he can pay less as well. Any way you slice it amounts to a lousy shit pile of a stain on the legacy of the remaining classic member’s bond.  Still, I hope if Ellefson truly does try to aspire to Christian values that David will work towards making amends and focusing on his family.

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POWERWOLF have released the epic first single from forthcoming  July 16, 2021 album Call Of The Wild.

Matthew Greywolf on the new single: “We are more than proud to present “Beast of Gévaudan,” the first song off our upcoming album, Call Of The Wild. The story behind the song couldn’t fit better into the world of POWERWOLF: It’s about a mysterious beast that killed countless people in the south of France at the end of the 18th century. The beast was never caught and there have always been many legends surrounding the events, up to the interpretation of the clergy, who saw the beast as ‘God’s punishment’ or even as a ‘savior of mankind from the worldly and sinful existence.’”

“Call Of The Wild” track listing:

01. Faster Than The Flame
02. Beast Of Gévaudan
03. Dancing With The Dead
04. Varcolac05. Alive Or Undead
06. Blood For Blood (Faoladh)
07. Glaubenskraft
08. Call Of The Wild
09. Sermon Of Swords
10. Undress To Confess
11. Reverent Of Rats

Various formats (2-CD mediabook, 3-LP vinyl box, 3-CD earbook, digital) of the new album include the bonus album “Missa Cantorem” — a survey of tracks with newly recorded vocals by friends and companions of the band. The collaborator list is, simply put, fucking impressive.

“Missa Cantorem” (bonus album) track listing:

01. Sanctified With Dynamite – feat. Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR)
02. Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend – feat. Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY)
03. Nightside Of Siberia – feat. Johan Hegg (AMON AMARTH)
04. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone – feat. Doro Pesch
05. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike) – feat. Matthew Kiichi Heafy (TRIVIUM)
06. Killers With The Cross – feat. Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK)
07. Kiss Of The Cobra King – feat. Chris Harms (LORD OF THE LOST)
08. We Drink Your Blood – feat. Johannes Eckerström (AVATAR)
09. Resurrection By Erection – feat. Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM)
10. Saturday Satan – feat. Jari Mäenpää (WINTERSUN)

POWERWOLF is:

Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

Photo credit: Matteo Vdiva Fabbiani / VDPICTURES

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Noise architect Gridfailure, the experimental ongoing catharsis of David Brenner, has teamed up with world-renowned trumpet player Mac Gollehon for an entire album, Dismemberment Cabaret. Stream it at MetalSucks HERE in advance of its official Nefarious Industries release tomorrow, May 21. Open your mind and let these masters of avant-garde brain melting noise jazz  alter it forever. RIYL Miles Davis, Nadja, Boredoms, John Zorn, Painkiller.

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ENTHEOS sign to METAL BLADE

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:11 AM (PST)

Continuing the long tradition of elevating the best metal bands to even greater heights, Metal Blade have officially signed ENTHEOS. The band’s new album and Metal Blade debut will arrive in 2022. Everyone is stoked for this era of the band as a formidable duo (with more touring guns hired live, I believe I recall).

Entheos members Navene Koperweis and Chaney Crabb comment: “We are incredibly excited to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade is a pillar in the metal community and consistently releases music from many of the world’s greatest bands. We are proud to be associated with such a label and look forward to our future working together. Six years, two albums and many tours later, it is just the two of us, and we want to prove that the heart and soul of Entheos is not only far from gone, but that in this iteration, we can still deliver the best and most passionate release that we have created.”

Kudos to the band for not being deterred by change and forging their path ahead. Both members are very talented. Let’s gooooo!

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LITA FORD US Tour Dates Announced

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11:43 PM (PST)

Hard rock heroine and living legend LITA FORD will bring her lively legacy act to a slew of venues and a few Festivals this June and July in the USA! RESPECT!

June
5 –  Sunbury, PA – Live United Live Music Fest
11 – Rice Lake, WI – AquaFest
24 – Brainerd, MN – Lakes Jam Festival
25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
26 – Tulsa, OK – IDL Ballroom

July
1 – Indianapolis, IN – Marion County Fair
4 – Columbia, MD – M3 Rock Festival
8 – Streator, IL – Northpoint Field
16 – Ashland, VA – Marks & Harrison Pavillion
17 – Roanoke, VA – Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
19 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
20 – Mentor, OH – Mentor Civic Amphitheater
21 – Lorain, OH – Rockin’ The River Festival
23 – Grover Hill, OH – Wetzel Moto Rally
24 – Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
31 – Beaver Dam, KY – Rock The Dam Fest

MORE HERE. 

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BALA has come to shake you out of you complacency! The  Galicia, Spain duo is Anxela Baltar (vocals, guitars) and Violeta Mosquera (vocals, drums), wielding heavy grooves and catchy but determined and anarchic vocals to excellent effect. I detect some L7 crunch and wolfish glee mixed with Breeders level melodic command, if more spiteful. In short, this fucking rips!

Purchase their red hot Century Media debut Maleza today! 

NOTHING announces dope ass tour with Frankie Rose

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:08 PM (PST)

Noisegaze melodic rockers NOTHING have announced an inspired tour with Frankie Rose. Tix are available for now HERE.

I am really tempted to pull the trigger on some tix for the NY show, but I have no idea wtaf I will be doing in October or where I will even be. I thought I would at least tell y’all and support the band that way.

The excellent band are supporting 2020’s The Great Dismal, a perfect jump on point for fans who somehow missed all their other dope records and a triumphant reminder of their power for everyone else.

Speaking of which, NOTHING celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Tired of Tomorrow full-length (my favorite) with a special deluxe LP! The limited LP features a flexi disc 7” with an exclusive unreleased demo and alternate ‘aged’ artwork. Officially out worldwide on November 5th.

Believe me when I say that once you hear “Starvation” from one of my favorite new powerhouse metal combos CRYPTA you will be STARVING for…MORE CRYPTA!

I have been watching the Brazilian/Dutch death metal band ramp up their promo on social media and the hype is well-founded for this group!

CRYPTA will release their debut album, Echoes Of The Soul, on June 11 via Napalm Records.

Formed in June 2019, the four-piece consists of vocalist and bassist Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto on drums (both former members of Brazilian thrash metallers NERVOSA), plus  guitarists Sonia Anubis (COBRA SPELL, ex-BURNING WITCHES) and Tainá Bergamaschi (ex-HAGBARD). I was already amazed by Sonia’s talent and also a Nervosa fan and it has been rad to discover Tainá as well. Hope you enjoy this group as much as I am. Their chemistry is no joke!!

I have a lot of respect for Fernanda Lira’s transparency in how it has meant a lot to brave the daunting task of starting over after a long time in another band and to still have love and support from real fans. “I should thrive not die from starvation,” howled in her intense snarling death voice is a highlight of the year for us over here so far, for sure! Solid mantra!

Check out the new lyric video HERE!