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QUEENSRŸCHE announce their 16th studio album, Digital Noise Alliance, which is set for release on October 7th. To celebrate the announcement the band have released their new song and music video “In Extremis” off the forthcoming release. The track is available on all digital platforms and the music video can be viewed, HERE.

 

“This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones. Clinging to the last sense available, letting them know you will still be hearing them after correspondence or perceived consciousness is visible. Other conceptual metaphors flash in and out, taking note of a world that will not bend to accommodate such suffering, a universe of mockery, and a universe void of such abilities,” states QUEENSRŸCHE about “In Extremis”.

 

With a career that not only spans, but has charted the course of multiple genres, QUEENSRŸCHE remains a force in their own right with the new release that continues the ever-evolving legacy the Bellevue, Washington born band began in 1982 when they first hit the scene with their well-received self-titled EP. Their recent U.S. tour with Judas Priest proved that the band’s time off the road and in the studio only stoked their ambition and fire.

 

Once again teaming up with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), Digital Noise Alliance not only refracts QUEENSRŸCHE’s past accomplishments but also pushes into the band’s future. It is the band effortlessly moving from strength to strength: immediate and thought-provoking. Quintessentially QUEENSRŸCHE.

 

Right after the release of Digital Noise Alliance, the band will embark on another tour opening for the mighty Judas Priest on their “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour.

 

QUEENSRYCHE Tour Dates:
Opening for Judas Priest
Oct. 13 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale
Oct. 15 Albany, NY – MVP Arena
Oct. 16 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall Fenway
Oct. 18 Uniondale, NY at Nassau Veterans
Oct. 19 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Oct. 21 Kalamazoo, MI at Wings Event Center
Oct. 22 Detroit, MI at Masonic Temple Theatre
Oct. 24 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Oct. 25 Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
Oct. 27 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater
Oct. 29 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center Moline
Oct. 30 Mankato, MN – Mayo Clinic Event Center
Nov. 01 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
Nov. 02 Rapid City, SD – The Monument
Nov. 07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Center
Nov. 08 Tucson, AZ – TCC Arena
Nov. 10 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Nov. 12 Park City (Wichita),KS -Hartman Arena
Nov. 13 St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
Nov. 15 Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
Nov. 17 Southaven, MS – Landers Center
Nov. 18 Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Canes River Center
Nov. 20 Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Nov. 22 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
Nov. 23 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
Nov. 25 Dallas, TX – The Factory – Deep Ellum
Nov. 26 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
Nov. 28 Edinburg, TX – Burt Ogden Arena
Nov. 29 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
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European rock act DEAD EYED CREEK, featuring former members of Satyricon and Triptykon, have released their debut music video for “Set Me Free,” featuring American actress Ruby Modine.

In the fall of 2019, before anyone expected a global pandemic, Dutch guitarist Job Bos (Dark FortressThe Ruins of Beverast, ex-Satyricon) approached longtime friend and drummer Norman Lonhard (ex-Triptykon) with the idea of creating music together. The duo soon recruited Icelandic vocalist Einer Vilberg, notable for being one of the finalists in Stone Temple Pilot’s vocalist search in 2016, and bassist Max Blox, who proved to be the right fit on both a musical and personal level.

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“I’ve been working with music for over half of my life. This time I felt the need to go far back to my roots, and play the kind of music I grew up with,” says Bos. “I never really played guitar, but I had all these ideas in my head, so the only way to realize these ideas was to pick up a guitar and start. It was such a natural and rewarding process and it turned out pretty damn good!” 

Having already recorded their upcoming debut album with German producer Michael Zech (Secrets of the MoonThe Ruins of Beverast), the international quartet’s yet-to-be-titled debut is wonderfully iconoclastic with heavy riffs, monstrous grooves, and tragic, yet beautiful, ballads.

Acclaimed American director Matt Mahurin (MetallicaU2Alice in Chains) has teamed up to craft the band’s music videos with the first featuring actress Ruby Modine (Shameless), daughter of film icon Matthew Modine.

The band is currently negotiating with labels on a release, so for now, familiarize yourself with “Set Me Free!”

DEAD EYED CREEK is:

Einar Vilberg – vocals
Job Bos – guitars
Max Blok – bass
Norman Lonhard – drums

June 17, 2022, PHOENIX – Grey Daze, the band that birthed a modern rock icon, Chester Bennington, release The Phoenix, today via Loma Vista Recordings (stream it here). The 10-song bookend to 2020’s Amends, the newly-recorded album is a celebration of both Bennington and a testament to both the tenacity and talent of the surviving band members.

As news of the album’s existence was shared, Grey Daze founder, drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdell said: “Amends was more emotional and reflective. We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness. Now, we’re back to gratitude.”

Dowdell, accompanied by bass player Mace Beyers and guitar player Cristin Davis, with producer Esjay Jones, and with the blessing of Bennington’s family, reconvened in late 2020, re-recording, and re-working the songs which initially appeared, in a very different form, on the band’s largely unknown mid-‘90s releases. A group of special guests also played on the powerful new collection, with Dave Navarro and Richard Patrick featured on “Holding You” and “Believe Me” (respectively), and Bennington’s daughters, Lily and Lila, paying homage to their dad on “Hole.” The band documented the process via a YouTube series which can be seen here.

The Phoenix’s arrival is marked with the debut of a Heidi Gadd directed video for “Drag” (https://found.ee/GD_DragVideo). Dowdell explains the themes behind the song: “’Drag’ is a very dark and droning heavy track, but the underlying message is really special. Chester is telling us, literally, that life is too short to be intoxicated, life is too short to be a drag. It is a song that gives any listener with a substance abuse past something to feel good about, something to help pull themselves out of that dark place.”

Reception for the newly released album reflects the band’s upbeat and joyful tone, with Brooklyn Vegan calling it a “’90s alt-metal banger that finds Chester’s voice as unmistakable as heavier, Revolver describing it as “soaring,” and Rolling Stone dubbing the single “Starting to Fly” a “rock anthem.”

Over the course of Grey Daze’s first incarnation, which ran 1994 to 1997, the group recorded and released two albums. It is those albums that serve as a foundation for both Amends and The Phoenix. Prior to Bennington’s passing he publicly announced the Grey Daze’s return, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered discography. With Talinda Bennington’s blessing, and working with Producer Esjay Jones, the surviving band members: Dowdell, Beyers, and Davis, moved forward, as both a way to pay tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate, but also to expose his fans to another dimension of the dynamic singer. Amends arrived in 2020, with Rolling StoneRevolverBillboard, and Kerrang! praising the collection. NME summed it up best, saying Amends is “a great modern rock record fronted by one of the best vocalists in the game.”

WHITE HILLS and TELEKINETIC YETI to tour next month.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 5:25 PM (PST)

 

New York City-based psychedelic rock duo WHITE HILLS will return to the road next month on a North American tour with Iowa-based stoner doom duo Telekinetic Yeti. The journey will commence on July 19th in Charlotte, North Carolina and run through August 29th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Suffice to say that these creative acts will both likely bring their A games to what is sure to be an inspired meeting of mind melting madcaps! See all confirmed dates below.

BORIS release “Question 1” audio.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 6:05 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Yoshihiro Mori

The legendary BORIS celebrate a 30 year career as one of experimental music’s most forward-thinking, heavy, and innovative bands with the new album Heavy Rocks (2022). Today, BORIS share the second single “Question 1” from Heavy Rocks (2022).

Additionally, BORIS recently announced their Summer US tour dates with Philadelphia’s NOTHING! The tour kicks off after BORIS and NOTHING’s performances at Psycho Las Vegas, and runs through late August and September. Includes a festival performance at Post Festival in Indianapolis. A full tour schedule is available below and tickets are on sale now at https://borisheavyrocks.com/shows/

Heavy Rocks (2022) is out August 12 on LP/CD/CS/Digital. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads/Streaming HERE.

SIENA ROOT present “Little Burden” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 12:48 PM (PST)


Today, Siena Root present the official video for “Little Burden.” The track is the first single from the upcoming new studio album Revelation, which is set for international release on August 19th via Metalville Records. I am feeling a little bit of Royal Thunder meets Heart vibes here, very cool.

“This is a first taste of Siena Root’s journey when introducing the more acoustic side of the Dynamic Root Rock Experience,” says the band. “The song deals with leaving the city and the experiences that come with that. ‘Little Burden’ is a song that describes the feeling of melancholy and battle one experiences when faced with the arbitrary issues of man and when burdens, however small and inconsequential, make you weary and sometimes even poisons you.”

Sometimes the little things that sting you over and over like rabid space gnats can indeed be more annoying than bigger events you just have to deal with once, I concur. Hails to this great band! Get to know them better below.

BRIDEAR post “Determination” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:10 AM (PST)

 

Japanese metal band BRIDEAR released their brand-new album, Aegis Of Athena on the 16th of this month. Be sure to check out the new, hard rocking video for “Determination” below. It kind of reminds me of a blend of hard rock “love metal” meets Paramore emotional heights and hooks.

Regarding the single singer KIMI says, “This song is an anthem and conveys so much power, strength, and of course determination. Just like our new album.”

Continuing about the video guitarist AYUMI says, “This is the first video we have done for a song I wrote for the band. I’m really excited to see it come to life!”

Metal Riot’s Top 5 for May 2022!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 6:43 PM (PST)

Hello Multiversal/Mad World fans. Being demiflux I have a multitude of conversations with myself anyway, let alone multi-versal dream alternates. For the record I am hella team Wanda. May has been beautiful so far, regardless of who and how many of you we are discussing. Spring is my favorite time of year.

Obviously I am not including how odious the attacks on reproductive freedom are right now. Let me just use this platform briefly to please direct your attention to this Natalie Crawford MD post re: IVF impact from a draconian state that despises pregnant people (hint: it actually makes it a lot harder for a lot of folx to have kids, periodt).

Let’s get to the top five for this month, so far as it now stands. Some really awesome music coming your way, people! Lot of things going on out there and we have to band together and let the good survive and stay strong in the hour of adversity. One love to all the good fighters and light workers and healers and Doomriders out there.

  1. HELIOS takes my number one spot for this month! This band needs to be huge. They just convey the melodic true metal intensity to frightening heights. The music takes you completely away and into an orange clenching state of chemical connection with electricity and metalhood. Everyone knows Tim Aymar’s bands always deliver and this is no exception. Eric Rymers truly commands on the kit and the band fire off some scorching energy. Pharaoh, Helloween and Dark Tranquillity fans take heed! May 13th on Bandcamp get the Touch The Sun self released full length first! “Kill Your Mother” is searing up the sky now!

2. OuOne (InsideOut) is my number two May pick. A hyper talented and colorful group from China. This is poppy prog that permeates your consciousness with visions of human kind improving for the better, the sharply defined yet warm and engaging, complex arrangements inspiring hope for a more imaginative future.

 

3. Ecstatic Vision and the head spinning Elusive Mojo (Heavy Psych Sounds) record take the number 3 spot this month! The band sound looser and groovier than ever, rip roaring through the cosmic Ley lines of Lemmy’s nostrils and Hawkwind tenure mixed with proto-punchdrunk devilry. Fuckin’ awesome and the band’s chops sound honed to the teeth.

Elusive Mojo was recorded live to 2” tape in their beloved hometown of Philadelphia by Joe Boldizar (Sonic Praise) with Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet), and mastered by their old drinking buddy Tim Green (Melvins).

4. Motor Sister‘s Get Off (Metal Blade) zooms in at number 4 for May. “Coming For You” tears down the walls with Pearl and band commanding attention via first rate hard rock that has unmatched confidence…deservedly so.

Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jim Wilson (Mother Superior), guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint), drummer John Tempesta (White ZombieThe Cult) and vocalist Pearl Aday (Pearl), Motor Sister was originally formed as a Mother Superior covers band that grew beyond that into a snarling and very fun new entity made of legends.

Concludes guitarist Scott Ian: “Get Off is the best hard rock record since Appetite For Destruction.

The band will be celebrating the release of the new album with a live performance at Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on May, 15th. More information is available here. Fans can also catch Motor Sister at Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach, FL on May 22nd.

 

5. Syberia – Statement on Death (Metal Blade/Blacklight Media) is my number five for the month. Fans of heady but physical, deep musical statements and bands like Russian Circles, Red Sparowes , Cult Of Luna, Mogwai etc. will fall deep into the restless post-metal clouds of this moody monument from the Barcelona based brainy and beautiful bashers.

Start with “Stolen Childhood”, as intended, and just let it envelope you. You probably will cry.

That’s it.

PS – F U to any loser who thinks Legends Of Tomorrow doesn’t deserve a proper finale to the series.

 

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The limited vinyl reissue of the eponymous debut full-length from Seattle grunge trio Sandrider  is out TODAY on Satanik Royalty Records.

 

Initially released in 2011 on Good To Die Records, Sandrider was recorded at The Red Room by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Isis, Mono, The Sword) and is a “simmering, brooding masterpiece that gives way throughout to massive eruptions of oozing fire and fury” (The Sleeping Shaman). While they drop the name of influences such as Pacific Northwest icons Mudhoney and Soundgarden, as well as such indie favorites like The Jesus Lizard and Drive Like Jehu, SANDRIDER hits on a sound that is all their own. Wrote Exclaim accurately, “Sandrider is characterized by a sense of restraint and control, a powerful sound that’s carefully leashed. The tone is aggressive and muscular, but deployed very carefully, often pulled back or stripped down for effect. The thick, ropey guitar tone hints at sludge, but resists being weighed down. The riffs drive forward with a momentum that evokes a massive beast propelling itself through sand, forcing the desert to bend around it. Sandrider is vast, gripping the listener, and intellectual without over-thinking. This is an extremely promising debut form a powerful new project.”

 

Sandrider is out now on Red and Black and Classic Black vinyl. Order your copy today HERE.

 

In the mythology that is Frank Herbert’s Dune books, a sandrider is a person who has managed to capture and ride one of the gigantic sandworms that live on the planet Arrakis. If you can imagine someone managing to wrangle a huge wriggling creature, you have some sense of the musical power that the Seattle hard rock titans SANDRIDER has managed to tame and keep control of.

 

That should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the Seattle rock and metal scene, as SANDRIDER features three of the city’s most unstoppable forces: drummer Nat Damm and guitarist John Weisnewski of Akimbo, and bassist Jesse Roberts of The Ruby Doe.

 

Said Weisnewski, “I decided to start putting SANDRIDER together when I got an itch to start playing guitar in a band again. [Weisnewski played bass in Akimbo.] Originally it was just me and Nat playing around, but it didn’t really come together until we started talking to Jesse. I think we were bullshitting while he was tattooing me when I originally brought it up. He came down to our practice space and things clicked really well. After the first practice we were all pretty happy with how things were sounding.”
Things only improved from there. The band would be touted as one of the best bands in Seattle by alt-weekly The Stranger and quickly found themselves sharing the stage with other Pacific Northwest rock luminaries as Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Lesbian, and Helms Alee. Since then, SANDRIDER has released a total of three full-length albums and a split EP with Kinski with new music to be announced in the months to come.

 

SANDRIDER:
Jon Weisnewski – guitar, vocals
Nat Damm – drums
Jesse Roberts – bass, vocals


Some swashbuckling The Sword photo set action from tbeir recent stop with Clutch at Hampton Beach Casino for ya this morning. The energy is certainly in these photos which will make you literally hear and feel the music in your head and body.

Check out the latest gallery below (and thanks to Petra as well as the band).

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Photo credit: Jeremy Vallin

Telekinetic Yeti, the Iowa-based duo of Alex Baumann (guitar/vocals) and Rockwel Heim (drums) who recently announced the upcoming release of Primordial (July 8, Tee Pee Records), have added several dates around their anticipated May 15 Desertfest NYC performance.

We are more than thrilled to be included on such a heavy festival featuring some of our favorite bands,” said Baumann of the band’s upcoming performance at Desertfest NYC. “And although we are looking forward to playing shows again in general, we can’t wait to perform songs off of the new album in front of a live audience.”

The band previewed the 11-song album with the release of “Ancient Nug” and its accompanying video (https://youtu.be/dr3bQUAakq0).

Primordial was produced by Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness). Album pre-orders are available now (https://teepeerecords.com/products/telekinetic-yeti-primordial-cd-lp), with the collection available on several limited-edition colored vinyl variants, CD and digitally.

Telekinetic Yeti’s debut album, Abominable, was one of the year’s most talked about debuts, with The Obelisk dubbing it the “debut of the year,” and saying “it could have been another band’s second or third record for the level of cohesion on display.” Metal Injection noted their “explosive live show” as tours with Clutch, Red Fang and Weedeater followed. With Primordial, the band takes their game to a whole new level. The album explores themes as diverse as evolution, sorcery, black magic and the contradictions of the gloriously uplifting yet simultaneously melancholic human condition.

Tour dates:

May 11 Canton, OH Buzzbin

May 12 Youngstown, OH Westside Bowl *

May 14 Boston, MA Middle East *

May 15 New York, NY Desertfest NYC

May 16 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

May 17 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups

*-w/Eyehategod

**-w/Orange Goblin

Tickets for all shows are on-sale now.

POP EVIL release “Eye Of The Storm” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 4:47 AM (PST)

(Credit: Nick Fancher)

Hard rock group Pop Evil has released their gritty single, “Eye of the Storm” with an accompanying video directed by Sam Shapiro.

The rock track is a powerful number that conveys the chaos of a hurricane through dark, electric instrumentals with a pummeling, chaotic metal maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its center. The video is an allegory of the song’s meaning and paints a picture of the storm with rapid, flashing lights and rain flooding the scene. [Watch Stream].

As for the song’s lyrical plea, the band explains: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. The wind howls at your door as darkness fills the sky and everything you know is being tested. You don’t know if you can survive it. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.”  

The band will begin their headlining tour on June 23 in Milwaukee at Summerfest concluding on August 14 in Wichita at The Cotillion with special guests, ZILLION and Oxymorrons. The band will be supporting Shinedown on their Summer 2022 Canadian tour starting on July 19 in Quebec City at Centre Videotron ending on August 3 in Abbotsford at Abbotsford Centre.

2022 North American Summer Tour Dates:

06/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

06/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rock The Lot @ The Intersection*^

07/08 – Bay City, MI @ Wenonah Park World Friendship Shell*^

07/09 – Green Bay, WI @ Epic Events Center*^

07/12 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater*^

07/14 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee#

07/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^

07/16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater^

07/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^

07/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#

07/20 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia#

07/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#

07/23 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor#

07/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub+

07/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre#

07/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place#

07/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#

07/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino#

07/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Convention Centre#

08/02 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre#

08/03 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

08/05 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^

08/06 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^

08/07 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^

08/08 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^

08/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^

08/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip

08/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^

08/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^

* support from Oxymorrons

^ support from ZILLION

+ local support

# supporting Shinedown

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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.

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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.

Album Review: GHOST – ‘Impera’

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 5:12 AM (PST)

Ok, so I know immediately there’s going to be some haters coming my way just to say “, but GHOST isn’t Metal!”, and we get it. You’re so edgy and cool, but blow it out your ass already. GHOST genre-jumps like a motherfucker, and sometimes, that genre is “Metal As Fuck” (yeah, that’s a genre I just coined. If you don’t like it, you can bite me once Covid restrictions are up).

WALTARI and AVANTASIA aren’t metal 100% of the time, but are still well respected by metal fans, so lighten up and let yourself enjoy the music. Besides, TOBIAS FORGE has already given us death metal in the form of REPUGNANT and was a part of glam metal band CRASHDÏET for some time as well, so the dude is Metal, like it or not.

Now that that part is out of the way, I must tell you that my introduction to GHOST came a little later than many. I jumped on board in summer of 2017 when a girl I liked said to me “check this band out” before hitting play on the song “Squarehammer”. Catchy as “hell”, pun intended, and I was immediately on the square, and on the level, if you know what I mean, and I think that you do! I sought out a few more songs before I started picking up all the albums I could because I loved this band, and I’m a physical media guy who hadn’t quite jumped on the streaming idea just yet. I’m streaming a lot these days, but the physical album is always needed when I really need to immerse myself fully into a new album for reviews, which is why I waited til release day to do this.

I’ve said it a million times over, and I will die on this hill – you can’t fully appreciate a new album without physically holding it in your hand while reading lyrics and thank you notes while studying the cover art, band photos, etc. I’m old school that way. Plus, when you stream, you have nothing to bring with you when you get to meet the band and ask for something autographed. It’s nice to show the bands you love how much you support their efforts, you know? I once had BLAZE BAYLEY of all people sign like 25-30 album covers for me when he played in Poughkeepsie, NY several years back. Everything from his days in IRON MAIDEN to his most recent solo work, and he was very happy to do so!

Speaking of IRON MAIDEN and having physical albums, have you seen the cover to the new GHOST album, Impera? I mean, I’m here to review this album, so it’s probably about time I start talking about the album. What better place to start than the cover art? The cover has a bit of an IRON MAIDEN vibe to it, like the artist took inspiration from their Somewhere In Time cover, mixed with my personal favorite – The X Factor. The artwork on the inside of the booklet is worth checking out as well. Really helps set the mood for the musical journey we’re about to take. The album opens up with “Imperium”, a slow moving melodic instrumental that eventually builds its way up to “Kaisarion”, a fast paced fun tune that has a similar energy to “Squarehammer” but with a bit more of a punk vibe to it. I was feeling an almost BAD RELIGION vibe to it, ironically. Go figure. Next up is “Spillways” which kinda started off in a BON JOVI “Runaway” type of intro for a couple seconds but it quickly became a GHOST song, and one of my top favorites on the album at that.

So far, we’re off to a really strong start for the first album with the newly appointed Papa IV fronting the band. The first Papa to not be of the bloodline, and he’s killing it. Next up comes “Call Me Little Sunshine” which maybe you’ve already heard as it was released as a single about a month ago, and that is followed up by another single you may already know, “Hunter’s Moon” which was released for the soundtrack of Halloween Kills. Both killer tunes. Next song up is “Watcher In The Sky”, which sounds like it might have been BLACK SABBATH inspired. Not that it sounds like a song of theirs in particular, just that the vocal melody sounds a bit like a combination of OZZY and DIO inspired styles while the main riff has an almost Tony Iommi flair in many parts.

The next track, “Dominion” is a slow, doomy sounding organ track which acts as a mood transitional track, as the next song to come is “Twenties”, which is pretty much the heaviest track on the album, guaranteed to grab you “by the hoo-hahs”, as the lyrics will tell you. After that grab, naturally it’s time for the ballad. “Darkness At The Heart Of My Love” serves as that ballad, and it does not disappoint. That’ll be one to have the lighters out at the live show for sure.

“Griftwood” follows, and if this one makes it into the live set, I could see a lot of call and response singing with the crowd happening. “Bite Of Passage” is next which is a very short guitar instrumental that leads into the final song on this offering, “Respite Of The Spitalfields” which sounds almost CANDLEMASS inspired to a degree, which isn’t surprising as before becoming Papa IV, Cardinal Copia did an excellent cover of METALLICA’s “Enter Sandman” with members of CANDLEMASS. There’s another part in the song that feels partially inspired by the instrumental section of WHITESNAKE’s “Still Of The Night”, but again, I stress it doesn’t sound like the song, just that it could have been inspired by it.

It’s all a very original album, chock full of bangers where everything feels like it belongs right here on this album. It’s “very nice, very evil” as Danhausen would say. Huge fan of this album. It’s definitely in my top 5 GHOST albums, but that’s kind of a given since it’s the 5th album, but all joking aside, I’ll rank it as my second favorite album. Tough to beat Opus Eponymous, ya know? That said, I must advise you not to pray for much of anything for the next few weeks, because instead of listening to prayers, Jesus will likely be listening to Impera, and I can’t blame him, because this album slaps like a motherfucker, so blast it at home and hope it doesn’t leave too many handprints across your ass!