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Chuck Wright, longtime member of Quiet Riot (until he recently stepped down), has released a timely and dope video for his Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky project. Wright has teamed up with one of the best modern vocalists and an array of talent to deliver this first video and track at a time America needs it:

The first single is a hard-rocking, intense interpretation of Björk’s 1995 hit “Army of Me” and is accompanied by a video that represents Wright’s exploration into disorder and parallels with the recent chaotic state of world affairs. The visuals include a 3D animation of an “army” of Ruth Bader Ginsburgs, the late Supreme Court Justice, feminist icon, and steadfast advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. “I chose to recognize the late Justice Ginsburg in this video as she was such a formidable presence on and off the bench. She challenged the status quo knocking down legal obstacles to women’s equality and inspired an army of believers.” 
 
The track “Army Of Me” features several of Wright’s musical peers including the late Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) on drums, guitarist Lanny Cordola (House of Lords), and Sven Martin (Jonathan Davis Band) on keyboards along with songstress Whitney Tai, the recent “Best Vocalist” winner at The Intercontinental Music Awards. 

The full-length album from Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky, coming in 2022, features over 30 guest performers including members of Mr. Big, Skid Row, Tesla, Dream Theater, Great White, Asia, Jefferson Starship, acclaimed solo artists Allen Hinds, Toshi Yanagi, and many others. Wright is finally stepping out on his own with a wide range of genres, from Jazz Fusion, Prog, Funk to in-your-face Hard Rock, which was in itself one of the things that led him to want to forge his own way and create this unique collection of songs within his “Sheltering Sky” project.

Photo by Mari Kawaguchi

BESVÄRJELSEN cover AC/DC and thus prove life is good

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 6:41 PM (PST)

BESVÄRJELSEN from Sweden fuckin’ bring the vibes so hard and are simply one of the coolest bands in the modern world. Today they have seriously tipped the coolness scales even further in their favor with a solid take on a stone cold classic, “Back In Black.”

This cover is from the forthcoming MER Redux Series installment “Back in Black [Redux]. The record also features fuckin’ Red Fang, Supersuckers (!!), Heavy Temple, Earthride, Whores. and more!

Lea Amling Alazam comments: “A boyfriend gave me a ‘Let There Be Rock’ CD when I was 15 years old and I got immediately hooked”, writes the singer. “I longed to see AC/DC live, and in 2009 they were set to play in Stockholm. I sat on my skateboard outside the ticket venue for 12 hours in the shittiest weather just to get a ticket. The show was amazing, one of the best evenings in my life. Front row headbanger! When I found out that we were going to cover ‘Back in Black’, I wanted to cry, both happy and sad tears. Such an iconic, amazing rock song, and I’ve ruined it many times at karaoke. The thought of having to record it and not living up to… well, how do you even do it? I wanted to honour Brian’s bluesy vocal with a rusty stoned vibe and yeah, I don’t know, it turned out freakin’ great!”

 

 

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Rolo Tomassi have released a thrilling new song “Drip”. Loving the minute and a half long headfuck of an intense build up before things get even MORE cacophonous. Thank fuck this record drops in 2022 cuz my year end list is already cluttered af and trimming it any further to fit something else new is probably gonna be hell on wheels as it is, haha.

Worldwide pre-orders for their 6th studio album Where Myth Becomes Memory are live now from becomesmemory.com

California heavyweights No Bragging Rights have released a heroic new song about addiction called “Walking Blind”. Love the melodic punk meets complex Shai Hulud vibes of this one and the vocal performances are exceptional with energy, soul and emotion in every line.

Vocalist Mike Perez comments to Lambgoat: “Getting help for addiction is extremely difficult even when the person is sincere in their attempts to get clean. The song talks about addiction and how you grab at anything to fill the void as you are spiralling. The hope is to fully surrender and to be sincere in your efforts to get help.”

CYNIC preview “Diamond Light Body”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6:49 AM (PST)

Paul Masdival’s CYNIC releases Ascension Codes on November 26th and the progressive rock community is awaiting it eagerly (seriously, the vinyl looks like it is going to be lovely). The band is now sharing a preview and video teaser for the track “Diamond Light Body,” featuring artwork by visionary artists, Martina Hoffmann and Robert Venosa. Design and animations by Randy Gaul and Jonatan Martinez (the latter worked with Masvidal on the Mythical Human Vessel trilogy). The full track is available on their Bandcamp to hear, incidentally.

“Diamond Light Body is a song that emerges from the ashes like a phoenix” says Paul Masvidal, Cynic founder.

Also, ICYMI: Masvidal recently shared a touching tribute to late bassist Sean Malone, who died on December 7, 2020. To commemorate Malone’s legacy, CYNIC has released a never-before-heard recorded performance of the song “Integral,” in which Malone performs fretless bass.  “Integral” was originally released as a solo guitar and vocal track on Cynic’s Re-Traced EP. The emotional tribute can be found at THIS LOCATION.

As an act of support, CYNIC is inviting fans to donate as you wish for the “Integral” song download, which comes with a guitar/bass transcription of the song and an instrumental (no bass mix) to play along with. 50 percent of proceeds will be shared with suicide prevention organizations: To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) and The Trevor Project. The remaining will go towards funding a documentary about the lives and artistry of Sean Malone and Sean Reinert.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY release “End of Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:50 AM (PST)
It is always a good time to be a Zakk Wylde fan, but it REALLY is lately. Not only is there the awesome news Ozzy finally has ZW on the next album again where he belongs, we have gotten a killer tour with Obituary and Prong as well as lots of new BLS music this year. And they said rock is dead!

 

And I mean all types of rock. Doom Crew Inc. has everything from ballads like “Love Reign Down” for the piano loving fans, with Zakk sounding almost like Joe Cocker, to intensely hard rockin’ moments like the larger than life “End of Days”! The band wisely made a video for “End of Days”, as it is a highly memorable and attention grabber that has a glorious melodic and doomy hard rock presence. Has Zakk finally written his band’s quintessential “Albatross”? Time will decide!

From BLS HQ:
You can listen to the new single and watch the video for “End of Days,” OUT NOW!
Limited edition vinyl and merch is available for pre-order, featuring a Doom Crew Inc. Deluxe Edition Box Set that includes a special picture disc vinyl variant and a hand-written, signed lyric card.

 

Doom Crew Inc. is available everywhere Black Friday, 2021.

 

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Finnish death doom pioneers SWALLOW THE SUN release their newest single “Enemy”, taken off their upcoming album Moonflowers, which will be released worldwide on November 19th via Century Media Records. Compared to the dark and mournful “Woven Into Sorrow”, their latest single release, “Enemy”, presents the heavier and more dramatic side of the album without seeming less sad and gloomy. Watch the video, which was produced by Dronicon Films, below.

Moonflowers will be available as Ltd. Deluxe sky blue 3LP+2CD & Art Print Box Set, Ltd. 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold black 2LP+CD and digital album (incl. Bonus album) and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Been nice to see more people giving props to Tony Martin-era Sabbath lately, which has many hidden gems to choose from. Hierarchy crushed “Headless Cross” in late 2020 and added extreme metal elements, and now we also get this stunning Sorcerer take on “When Death Calls” just shy of a year later.

According to Sorcerer guitarist Peter Hallgren, “Black Sabbath is an endless source of inspiration for writing good music in whatever style of hard rock and metal.” Additionally, singer Anders Engberg says: “You can hear it in the early Sorcerer songs, that we are a lot about Black Sabbath. Maybe we tend to mix in the more melodic parts – more like the Dio and Tony Martin era albums – in the music we make today. For me ‘When Death Calls’ is one of the strongest songs I think they have written. A really doomy song, which in my opinion sounds a lot like the music we create in Sorcerer. After having a blast recording ‘Gates of Babylon’, we decided to give covering another spin. ‘When Death Calls’ was unanimously chosen as the track to go for!

Sadly, Brian May does not cameo. Nonetheless, it still rules.

Sorcerer’s “When Death Calls” is now streaming on all digital platforms: metalblade.com/sorcerer

Sorcerer line-up:
Anders Engberg: Vocals
Kristian Niemann: Guitar
Peter Hallgren: Guitar
Justin Biggs: Bass
Richard Evensand: Drums

Co-production, Keyboards: Conny Welén
Mixing and Mastering: Ronny Björnström
Cover art: Jani Stefanovic

The moment some of us (and others definitely weren’t waiting) is here as notorious pranksters Limp Bizkit are back with the “Dad Vibes” unleashed on the masses. Frankly, if you were a hater this song isn’t going to change your mind. If you like things like fun and can allow that the band is basically a funny, larger than life meme for Nu Metal excess at this point…it is a fucking good time (with a Sabotage-copped look and a hallway/hood pass).

Also happy to report that despite some concerns it seems Fred says “sad” and not a homophobic slur in the chorus, so we will be bumping this today in celebration. Welcome back, dudes. Hope this crushes the charts and Marilyn Manson gets mad cuz Wes Borland is out there living his best life.

Killswitch Engage – Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitars), Joel Stroetzel (guitars), Mike D’Antonio (bass), and Justin Foley (drums) – have remained the most important band in metalcore over the years for many reasons, most of which are top tier songs. The band today release the official video for “Us Against the World” from their latest album, Atonement, out now. Other reasons besides musical that they remain at the top of the pack is their sense of purpose and camaraderie paired with affirmations of moving through adversity.

The footage is taken from the band’s August 2021 livestream event that took place at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“This is one of my favorite songs off the album so I’m glad it is getting some attention and a visual component. It’s a song about facing down the odds and finding confidence to overcome and conquer a situation. I originally wrote it as a battle cry song with my warrior Highland Scottish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestors in mind. However, it can be about friendship, love, or even the camaraderie of being in a band traveling the world. The title says it all — ‘Us Against The World!'” – Jesse Leach

The video was directed by David Brodsky and Allison Woest for MyGoodEye.

Killswitch Engage are currently on the road, touring with SlipknotFever 333, and Code Orange as part of the pretty epic Knotfest Roadshow. The band will also appear at several key fall festivals. All KsE tour dates are below.

Killswitch Engage on tour:
09/24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest
09/25 – Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest
09/26 – Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest

with Slipknot, Fever 333, Code Orange:
09/28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
10/01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
10/02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10/03 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
10/05 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
10/08 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
10/09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
10/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
10/13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/15 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
10/17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
10/19 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Code Orange)
10/30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
11/01 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
11/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
11/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest)

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CARCASS reveal “The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 4:47 AM (PST)

Death metal institution Carcass always have devotees or critics fighting over which era is best but the fact is they have never released a bad album. They also have not been content to just do what people say either.

“The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” from Torn Arteries has a very cool almost alt-rock intro that is interesting and sets the stage for the explosive and cynical mirth that follows. Dudes really brought their A game to this track, a dizzying array of memorable riffs and drum patterns paired with a snarled and cheeky analysis of inevitable mortality. The head bang to riff ratio is very high!

What’s not to love? And we all have “daddy issues with father time” here and there, right?

Carcass remain kings of what they do, a lack of pretension to their work allowing them to have decidedly more fun while still creating very blissfully bloody metallic atmospheres and self-aware snark.

 

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Finnish melodic death metal pioneers INSOMNIUM release their brand-new song and music video for “The Wanderer” off the band’s new EP Argent Moon. Watch the music video, HERE.

 

“’The Wanderer’ is the fourth and final song on our ‘Argent Moon’ EP. Composition by Markus Vanhala and lyrics by yours truly. Our goal on this EP was to try a bit different kind of songs and in this sense I believe ‘The Wanderer’ excels. I don’t think it really resembles any other song we have done before, yet it still sounds like Insomnium. The video was shot on Suomenlinna fortress island in Helsinki,” states INSOMNIUM frontman Niilo Sevänen.

 

“The Wanderer” follows INSOMNIUM’s previously released singles “The Conjurer“, “The Reticent“ and “The Antagonist“, off of their EP Argent Moon, which was released today via Century Media Records and is available worldwide on all digital platforms and in various physical formats. Argent Moon is available as a Ltd. CD Digipak, LP+CD and as digital album. Purchase the album, HERE.

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Now that Ingested are headed elsewhere, Bound in Fear just might take the cake for the most intense band on the Unique Leader roster currently. The staggeringly heavy new song “Beyond the Mire” could make a blue whale seasick and has some inventive riffing amidst deathcore staples. Ben Mason sounds like a a greedy therapist’s jackpot with these seriously intense vocals.

The UK band drops their album Penance on Oct. 15th, which also boasts some of the most ominous artwork of 2021 and features guest vocals from Jamie Graham (Viscera), Nick Arthur (Molotov Solution), Kevin Muller (Aluvial) & Taylor Barber (Left to Suffer).

The collaborative and heartfelt new Times Of Grace record Songs of Loss and Separation was worth the very long wait and a testament to the songwriting skill and bond between Jesse Leach and Adam D.

Songs of Loss and Separation is out now via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide.

The newest new video is for the track “Far From Heavenless” and was shot by Nick Hipa at 29 Palms in Southern California. The song has been uplifting many of the group’s fans and is considered a highlight of the momentous return record! As someone with a lot of religious ancestry yet who is embedded in the metal and punk scene, I found it a positive message for those who might feel unwanted at times due to the hypocrisy of some zealots who use faith to divide.

“I really enjoyed creating this song,” guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says. “It addresses losing faith in something — whether it be organized religion, a person, or even society itself. Judgement is an alienating thing.” He continues,” The video was a lot of fun to make…many thanks to Nick Hipa for coming up with the vision and dedication to get it done.

“This song is a deep cut for me,” says vocalist Jesse Leach. “It reveals the dark undercurrent of the corruption and hypocrisy that can be found in some organized religion. It’s about the backlash, criticism, and casting out of those who question and seek more than what is given and spoon-fed. On one side of the message is love and acceptance; on the other is condemnation and alienation. It is one in a series of songs written about an undying thirst and desire for a deeper truth. There is beauty to religion and ritual. But there are some who use this deep conviction for personal gain, manipulation, and even evil.”

KRISIUN release “Scourge Of The Enthroned” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 5:43 PM (PST)

KRISIUN are one of the most reliable bands in metal and today we are gifted with a new six minute perfect storm of inarguably metal as fuck death thrash full of moment after insane moment. Wickedly relentless drums, red hot mini-solo blasts, snarled death vocals of defiance…it’s all here! Check out “Scourge Of The Enthroned” from this underground veteran band of lifers below. Keeping the Brazilian metal flame proudly burning hot, bright and high!

To celebrate the release the band have also just announced resigning to Century Media Records after successfully releasing 9 albums together and being on the label for over 20 years.
Philipp Schulte, Vice President Century Media comments, “We are very happy to announce the extension of our cooperation with Krisiun. Century Media Records and Krisiun are working together for more than 20 years. We are grateful for the trust that Max, Alex and Moyses have put in us, and looking forward to many more years as their label home.”

 

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