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Melodeath-charged thrashers Katapult has dropped the video for the “Nihilism for the Gods” single. The track serves as the first preview of the Basel/Umeå outfit’s debut album, Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes, which arrives on 25 November 2022 digitally and on digipak CD via Discouraged Records [Pre-Orders Available AT THIS LOCATION].

Comments Florian Moritz (Guitars) on the track:
“‘Nihilism for the Gods’ started as a song about total exhaustion from fighting your everyday battles and being vulnerable. Then it turned into something bigger about the human duality and sheer disgust of people’s behavior and how the big picture is connected to our very own and personal battles we have each day.”

“Nihilism for the Gods” is available on DSPs RIGHT HERE.

Album Track Listing:
01. The End
02. Comfortably Numb
03. The Hands of the Devil
04. Sweetheart Come
05. The Arsonist
06. Nihilism for the Gods
07. Litany of Spirals
08. Invite the Sin
09. Schädel
10. All This Because of Greed
11. 21th Century Gladiator Boy
12. Bränn bilder och minnen (feat Fredrik Lindkvist)
13. Oh God for One More Breath

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.”

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.

Photo by Martin Häusler

June 2021 saw the release of HELLOWEEN’s sensational self-titled studio album. Adored by fans and critics alike, the record catapulted straight to the charts earning the No. 1 position in Germany and Spain, the Top 5 of seven countries, and the Top 15 multiple times worldwide.

 

Today, HELLOWEEN celebrates with fans again with a video for “Best Time.” Serving as the party song of the album, the track has been streamed via Spotify more than four million times. Written by Sascha Gerstner and Andi Deris, the sunny hymn propagates hope and optimism.

 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery / I will have the best time of my life / Yes, I know I’m gonna be alright / I’m feeling better in the neon light…”

 

Gerstner elaborates, “I had an ’80s neo noir vibe in my head. The riff originally was a synth riff, which we arranged for guitars later. The wording ‘I will have the best time of my life’ was pretty spontaneous because I had this strong feeling to leave the past behind and to seize the day! Andi instantly loved the idea as well as the refrain and together we created the track as it is now!”

 

Directed by Martin Häusler who handled the band’s “Skyfall” video, “Best Time” is a visually enticing 3D road movie that includes live clips of the band as well as a cameo appearance by Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Notes White-Gluz, “After playing multiple festivals and touring extensively in South America together a few years back, HELLOWEEN and I decided to make a fun video to reminisce about the good times while simultaneously planning for many more!”

 

The band’s special “Best Time” vinyl single was released on May 20th via Atomic Fire. Limited to 2000 copies, the record features terrific ‘80s retro artwork by cartoonist and HELLOWEEN fan Marcos Moura and is available in three color variants. Besides the title track “Best Time,” one gets an alternative, exclusive vocal mix directly from the desk of HELLOWEEN’s longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind.

 

“Best Time” can be ordered in Pink Vinyl at Atomic Fire Records HERE, White/Purple Marbled Vinyl at Pumpkins Store HERE, and White/Blue Marbled Vinyl at EMP HERE.

 

Order HELLOWEEN’s self-titled album as well as other records and merchandise from the Atomic Fire Records webshop HERE.

 

Subscribe to Atomic Fire Records on YouTube and listen to “Best Time” in the AFR New Releases playlist on Spotify HERE.

 

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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!”

Dutch Thrashers DISQUIET have published another video clip for their upcoming new album Instigate To Annihilate.  

The single is also available on all usual streaming platforms.

Instigate To Annihilate will be released on May 6th 2022 via Soulseller Records on CD, LP and digitally. It was mixed and mastered at Tomster Studios and features an artwork by Wouter Florusse.

With their third full-length DISQUIET takes you to the far reaches of thrash and melodic death metal, offering you epic heights. The band shows its determination to challenge itself and explore new dimensions like collaborations with vocalists Charlotte Wessels (ex-Delain) and Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist), guitarist Damir Eskic (Destruction) and Koen Romeijn (Heidevolk) and even an instrumental song for the first time. Even with all the innovations, DISQUIET has not lost its focus: Ferocious and crushing riffs, catchy sing-along choruses, and hints of old school thrash with uplifting rhythms that take you into the critical message called DISQUIET.


Tracklist:

01. Rise Of The Sycophants
02. Demonic Firenado (ft. guest solo by Damir Eskic Destruction)

03. Designed To Violate

 
04. Instigate To Annihilate
05. Wrecked (ft. Vicky Psarakis / The Agonist)

06. No Moral Dignity

07. Destroyance

08. Sicario

09. A Dying Fall

10. The Final Trumpet (ft. Charlotte Wessels Ex-Delain)

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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.

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

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:

GREG PUCIATIO releases “Lowered” feat. Reba Meyers

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 5:03 AM (PST)

photo by Jim Louvau

Jack of all trades vocalist Greg Puciato has released a transfixing, spacious and melodic taste of his sophomore solo album Mirrorcell, releasing this Summer on Federal Prisoner. Jim Louvau and Tony Aguilera directed the video for “Lowered”, which features the ex-Dillinger madcap frontman collaborating with Reba from Code Orange and is sure to spark a sense of wanderlust in the listener.

“When she came to the studio we had like…zero vocals for that song. I had been a little unusually stuck with that one lyrically and as far as vocal phrasings and melodies” Puciato explains. “Reba and I had such an explosion of musical and personal chemistry right away, and we ended up writing and recording all of the vocals in about six hours. It was one of the purest collaborations I’ve ever done, in terms of feeling, just really natural and explosive. She really blew me away overall. The combined energy was instant. That song turned into something really special because of that energy.”

Puciato once again recorded all guitars and bass for the collection, and continued his long-running relationship Producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cure, Snapcase). Chris Hornbrook played drums on the nine-song album.

Mirrorcell pre-orders are available now via Federal Prisoner’s website (Federalprisoner.shop) with the album available on a variety of formats including multiple limited-edition vinyl variants, a cassette, CD and an accompanying merch collection. A pair of limited-edition “Lowered” vinyl singles, and cassette, are also available.

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Alt-metal and hard rockers FLAW have released the debut single and video from upcoming album Revival. A gloomy yet driven hard charger propelled by the charismatic croon of Chris Volz, the song’s video was directed by Michael Sarna (Candlebox, Megadeth). Check it out below!

German metalcore mainstays Caliban have released another reliably churny and gurgly metalcore opus, the tormented new single “Ascent Of The Blessed”. While nothing is out of the ordinary here, including the solid hooks, the longtime fans of the band and the sub-genre will certainly find plenty to headbang to their hearts content about.  The band’s new Century Media release Dystopia follows hot on the heels of Zeitgeister and has fans chomping at the bit. Initial reactions during the single premiere were very positive.

That said, the band go deeper than your average metalcore band lyrically.

Vocalist Andreas Dörner states about “Ascent Of The Blessed”, “This song is inspired by my imagination of a near-death-experience and the question about my life. It’s about the question if one is a good or an evil person.”

New album Dystopia was produced by Benjamin Richter (Moonspell, Emil Bulls) and guitarist Marc Görtz, as well as co-produced by Callan Orr (Dream On, Dreamer).

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The metal and hardcore world is still bummed from the break-up of ETID (rightfully so) and there are always a slew of tour announcements I could post or some grumpy tough guy face shit. Heck, both Dead Lord and I think Caliban have releases called Dystopia coming out, even though it is already an Iced Earth AND Megadeth album, lol…but whatever. So how about instead we talk about something fucking FUN today?!! I for one don’t feel like taking anything that seriously in metal right now after how shitty the world has been for awhile.

THUNDEROR are a semi-ridiculous yet awesome Canadian synth drenched NWOTHM/AOR hybrid and TRIO featuring alumni of Skull Fist and Operus. No, they have not made a Manowar style Modest Mouse cover song with new single “Fire It Up”. Today the band release their OWN song called “Fire It Up”. Let’s face it…it isn’t the most shockingly original song title. But then again the theme is universal! And anyway Modest Mouse just criminally ripped off Soft Kill’s whole album concept for a half ass music video, so they can’t point fingers anyway.

Anyway, Thunderor features Skull Fist members and DO manage to rock in a synthtastic and fun, motorcycle metal manner. And singing drummers always is a gutsy move, but perhaps better than yet another annoying frontperson. And points for multi-tasking! Some catchy high vocals as well!

JJ Tartaglia explains in further detail:

“It’s the title track from the record, so it’s the perfect one to release as a single. If you pay attention you’ll notice there are actually two different choruses that happen back-to-back throughout the song, so no shortage of hooks! The song is for those who feel a longing for escape; you can cure that with motorcycles and romance.”

Indeed, someone reward these heroes with lots of action babes, explosions and some metal trophies!

What next? Pre order this bad boy HERE, of course! Fire It Up comes out on February 25th, 2022 via Boonsdale Records.

Maybe we will have to wait until after that to get THUNDEROR to write a “Thuderorstruck” or cover Imagine Dragons and chant their own band name awkwardly instead of “Thunder”.

Track Listing:
1. Fire It Up (5:12)
2. How We Roll (4:14)
3. All or Nothing (4:31)
4. Dangerous Times (5:24)
5. Thunderor (4:32)
6. On the Run (4:04)
7. Into the Storm (1:34)
8. We Can Make It (4:21)
9. Cold Tears (5:17)
Album Length: 39:09)

VENOM PRISON release “Nemesis” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 8:27 AM (PST)

 

UK’s VENOM PRISON releases their new song and music video for “Nemesis”, taken from their upcoming album Erebos. Similarly to their previously released music videos, the video was directed and produced by Thomas Coe-Brooker. Watch the video, HERE.

 

“This song is about the urge to hurt the person who has caused you irreparable harm and has changed your life forever. It deals with having been left to fix the damage done to you all by yourself. This specifically relates to experiencing narcissistic abuse and the trauma resulting from it”, states VENOM PRISON about “Nemesis”.

 

VENOM PRISON further explain, “Narcissists tend to pick empaths as their victims because they are emotional sponges who can absorb feelings from other people easily and this makes them very attractive to narcissists as these people will fulfil all of their needs in a selfless way. This results in a parasitic relationship. With ‘Nemesis’ we wanted to capture the emotions of aggression, determination and pain in a more traditional Venom Prison manner. Bringing you brutal moments, energetic pace and the head banging assault of heavy metal.”

Erebos will be out on February 4th, 2022. Pre-orders are available HERE
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Abbath announces new album, releases “Dream Cull” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:12 PM (PST)

Black metal anti-hero Abbath has released a new Francisco Munoz crafted video that finds our titular imp stomping around some gloomy terrain and bringin’ the no fux given vibes to the start of 2022. Dread Reaver will arrive on March 25th. This album art is the closest I have seen to Abbath cosplaying the Tim Curry devil Darkness from Legend, and I aint mad at it!