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STORMLAND announce ‘The Human Cost’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 5:32 AM (PST)

Canadian progressive technical death metal act Stormland has emerged from the COVID years with a new album, The Human Cost, set for release on September 30th, 2022.

The band made the announcement via a video released to social media and YouTube. This video includes parts of the songs “Marida,” “Test Subject,” “Rebuilt For Your Whims,” and “Esper.”

See teaser announcement below.

The Human Cost was written and recorded over the course of two years by Stormland’s Justin Pierrot and is the first of his albums to feature extended range guitar and bass.

The eight tracks continue the trend started on the prior Stormland offerings Songs of Future Wars and Incident Report: UC-0791227. The new album applies the lore of the Mobile Suit Gundam meta-series to inform its eight songs concerning the wide-ranging effects of war on a potential future.

The album also features guest appearances from Leda Paige (The Hallowed CatharsisJiseiSissyXO) on lead single “Test Subject” and Ross Sewage (ExhumedImpaledLudicra) on “Rebuilt For Your Whims.” The album mixed and mastered by Patrick Bruss of The Filth Chamber in Denver, Colorado.

This eight song album maintains the Gundam thematic lens, while bringing new tools, including eight string guitars and six string bass, to add new colors to the increasingly technical and progressive sound. Thus, with The Human Cost, Stormland fully makes the leap into the realm of progressive technical death metal. “This entire album is a massive leap forward for me,” said Pierrot “The 8-string guitar really helped me open up my songwriting due to the extra range. It forced me to really push myself so that I didn’t just rely on the low low E string but used every inch of the fretboard in an effort to create death metal that will make people feel something.”

Schuler Benson (@deathmetalradio on social media), the host of Gimme Radio’s “Malpractice” and co-host of the YouTube series “Symposium of Sickness,” stated, “The Human Cost is equal parts oath and monument, shedding blood in the service of Gundam lore while passionately navigating death metal subgenres with style-shifting fluidity. Come to see the damage the machine can do, stay to connect with the human face underneath.”

About:

Conceived in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist/programmer Justin Pierrot, Stormland has been active at varying levels ever since. Primarily a studio project, this Canadian death metal act has seen its lyrical focus evolve from vague sociopolitical vitriol (Complaints and Grievances demo, 2009) to analyzing the more mundane and fantastical (True, North, Strong, and Cranky EP, 2015) before eventually coming to rest on the Gundam theme (Songs of Future Wars, 2018 and Incident Report: UC-0791227, 2019).

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Extreme metallers EMASCULATOR have exciting news tonight as they announce their official fucking band line-up!

⚔️🔥 Introducing the Emasculator lineup 2022 🔥⚔️
Mallika Sundaramurthy – Vocals (Unfathomable Ruination, Nidorous, ex-Abnormality)
Teresa Wallace – Guitars (Cartilage, Dreaming Dead {live})
Morgehenna – Bass (PoonTickler, ex-KryptKeeper)
Ball Mincer- Drum Programming
The recording of the promo is almost done! Can’t wait to share it with you guys. Look out for updates soon!

Venom Prison cancel all upcoming 2022 performances

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 4:55 AM (PST)

Venom Prison will be suspending touring for the remainder of the year to accommodate Larissa’s pregnancy. TBH, you can hardly fault them because it isn’t exactly easy to play death metal shows as intense as they do with a fragile, pregnant belly. Best wishes to the band.

Statement from Twitter below:

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By FAR my favorite long running epic power metal band, STRATOVARIUS have never let me down. I would follow them around like a hippie chasing after Phish if I had any money. Looking forward to more of the sweeping and high spirited and “dare to hope” grandeur that has made this band a refuge for many from an unforgiving world. Anyway, there awesome new album announcement is here today and I am LOVING the cover art and this message from the band:

Our new (seven-letters 🙃) album “Survive” is out September 23rd and available for pre-order now!⁠

Survive is full of drama and emotion, while the core message is one of struggle, defiance, hope and victory. The single is available on all streaming platforms already and we’ll be releasing a video later today.⁠

Pre-order Survive now ➤⁠
https://Stratovarius.lnk.to/SurviveAlbumFA ⁠

Listen to the Survive single ➤⁠ https://Stratovarius.lnk.to/SurviveSingleFA⁠

Join the official video premiere of Survive today at 4pm CEST ➤⁠
https://youtu.be/deL5dM9csNc⁠

#stratovarius #kingsofpowermetal #powermetalsince1984 #survive #earmusic ⁠

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ENTERPRISE EARTH announce new singer!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Progressive deathcore outfit ENTERPRISE EARTH is pleased to officially welcome singer Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow) to their ranks. Worland has been fronting the band throughout their 2022 live adventures.

Comments guitarist Gabe Mangold, “We’re very stoked to officially announce Travis Worland as the new singer of ENTERPRISE EARTH. His vocal style, performance, personality, and work ethic are a perfect fit for us and we cannot wait for everyone to hear the first song that we’ve created together, ‘Psalm Of Agony’ (coming June 17th). Prepare for the best incarnation of ENTERPRISE EARTH yet.
Adds Worland, “After months of touring with the band, I am happy to assimilate into the entity that is ENTERPRISE EARTH. ‘Psalm Of Agony’ is the first step in a culmination of efforts only just beginning.”

ENTERPRISE EARTH recently wrapped up a European tour supporting Fit For An Autopsy. In July, the band will kick off their US headlining run. The Chosen Tour begins July 22nd in Seattle, Washington and runs through August 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Support will be provided by Within Destruction, Sentinels, and labelmates Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below.

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Within Destruction, Sentinels, Great American Ghost:
7/22/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
7/23/2022 Dantes – Portland, OR
7/25/2022 Goldfields – Roseville, CA
7/26/2022 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
7/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
7/28/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
7/29/2022 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
7/30/2022 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
7/31/2022 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
8/02/2022 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/03/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
8/04/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
8/05/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/06/2022 Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
8/07/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
8/09/2022 Planet Trog – Allentown, PA
8/10/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/11/2022 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
8/12/2022 The Outpost – Kent, OH
8/13/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
8/14/2022 WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
8/16/2022 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
8/17/2022 Skylark – Rock Island, IL
8/18/2022 The Marquee – Sioux City, IA
8/19/2022 HQ – Denver, CO
8/20/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
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Just gonna leave this here. 100% great thread from Albini, who has done some great soul searching in recent years (and always was a musical genius WITH THE GREATEST TONE OF ALL TIME), on how famous people justify becoming shitty and why it sucks to punch down on trans folx. Fuck Netflix’s shitty edgelord profit chasing via Dave and Ricky and also for firing almost all their queer creative teams recently. Have fun during Pride this year, fuck faces.

We Need To Guide One Another Better.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:58 PM (PST)

photo by Megan Thomas

Hey everyone.

The post flower moon vibes have been something else, huh? Can we please stop the massacres and disasterpiece human folly and just love one another?

Let’s start out today with this timely tweet from Max Berger re: Elon camping out with the Republicraps. Phew…it has been a week (and I do mean weak). At least I can spend time fan dreaming that She-Hulk, Daredevil and (especially) Jessica Jones might hang out and eat nachos together soon.

Anyway, we need to guide one another better. Pick each other up when we fall and not give in to our worst potentials. Not expect perfect victims. Have empathy.

What else…George Bush’s own mouth he slips and says that invading Iraq was unjustified …then everyone laughs. Dude is a war criminal. 1000s of dead Americans and Iraqis on his hands. Have some collective memory, America.

I have been defending Amber Heard from armies of utter TikTok morons the last few days, people who literally say things like ,”what power dynamics are there when anyone can call the cops and report abuse?”

Like, sit the entire fuck down already. Stan bullies who don’t respect boundaries and are falling for Putin lackey leaked curated talking points, wbk. I loved his movies too. It is utterly heartbreaking.

She never named him in the op ed. HE tried to get HER out of movies.

It is so so so easy to perpetuate hysterical women tropes before having all the information. Also, you’re full chest out thinking Disney and Warner Bros thought the face of their company should be a dude who calls women “gold digging/ c-m guzzlers” (who is on recording saying she didn’t want dime of his money and counter sued AFTER he initiated it)…and he boasts about sex with a Russian teen? Defends Roman Polanski. How is that or a massive spiral of drug addiction Amber’s fault?!

Maybe Disney wouldn’t care actually since they have basic overrated whataboutism edgelord Bill Burr in Mandalorian w every bro saying “ that’s my dog” while he defends Carano being anti Semitic on Twitter. I don’t want to hear any bullshit about Jason and Amber having no chemistry when Aquaman is literally the best DCEU movie to date.

So are we gonna power skip to MJ songs w Diddy and Morgan Wallen like morons as if nothing matters or are we gonna do any work to improve?

Other than that, been enjoying some Hekseblad and Vital Spirit tunes the last few days in between mindlessly singing When In Rome’s “The Promise”.

Anyway, utterly fuck the Daily Wire and any gullible shithead eager to join the ranks of their hateful disciples.

Amber has more than proven she deserves to win the trial vs. Johnny Dump (project your own fecal obsession much, diaper dude?) and it is revolting how people are pretending otherwise. This from a rocker who loved the Viper Room and Manson and yadda yadda Dead Man Jarmusch all that noise. Doesn’t mean I can’t notice when a former acting hero turns sour and abuses power. Real resorative justice is not played out like a revenge fantasy, public witch hunt that will affect whether SA survivors can speak out in the future as well. Lowering the bar for defamation suits so abusers with more power can weaponize the courts is not what a person who really gives a shit about anyone else would do.

In other bummer ass news, High On Fire’s Matt Pike is obviously a massively influential guitar God, but the lazy ass Icke fawning definitely was overdue for a great WTF piece like this reckoning. Matt, love you forever as a genuine hero to us all musically. Still, dude…please tone it way the fuck down and use this as a humbling moment to take the critique to heart. My own older sister got sucked into QAnon bullshit like this and when I showed her the origin links to the Anti Jewish and super bigoted Protocols of the Elders Of Zion conspiracy bullshit, she blocked me and hasn’t spoken to me… even since our mom died.

Don’t throw your meaningful role in the scene away to be another Iced Earth, dude. That already sucked enough for metal fans. There is a difference between curiosity or “free thinking” and questioning things or eating mounds of horse shit and then regurgitating it and focus shifting or downplaying the harm when people draw attention to it. That goes for Jon Schaffer or whoever. It reminds me of people saying “it isn’t that harmful” when I called out Brent from Mastodon for the F-Slur thing last year. Then I got a bunch of hate mail and saw comments mocking being respectful to queer people all over the internet because I cared about getting the band to apologize to the queer community. A band I loved, like High on Fire, Iced Earth, etc. for years.

Like Icke-stanning with the laziest of threadbare caveats, All That Remains or other band people similarly using F slurs and acting like it doesn’t matter is very privileged. Think of all the anti LGBTQ hate right now in this world and tell me it is overreacting to want people to be more conscious or not sound like 90’s jocks in the fucking alternative music scene of 2022.

Siri, play “Learn From This Mistake” by Down. Everyone listen and think about what it means to have a self reckoning. Yes, there are many reasons why I picked that song.

Sending love and healing to the Anathema camp today.

Lastly, CT is a safe state for trans rites and abortion refugees now.

Happy mental health month, assholes. Rock over London. Rock on Chicago.

PS…being out resourced doesn’t equate to justice.

screenshot from a piece by someone else.

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PSYCROPTIC announce new album ‘Divine Council’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:09 AM (PST)

Tasmanian extreme metallers Psycroptic have today announced their eighth studio album, Divine Council, set to be released via Prosthetic Records on August 5. Alongside the album announcement, the Australian extreme metal group have shared the lead single, “Rend Asunder”, and an accompanying music video for the track – directed by Michael Rankine and filmed at Oi Studios in Tasmania, AU – which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6G-yrx6BQs

Listen to “Rend Asunder” via Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Spotify and Bandcamp now. Pre-order / Pre-save Divine Council here: https://lnk.to/Psycroptic

 

Speaking on the album announcement and “Rend Asunder”, the band comments: “‘Rend Asunder’ is a little bit of a different style of track for us – stripped back and streamlined, but it still has the Psycroptic sound. It’s straight to the point – fast, catchy and hard hitting from the outset. We think people will dig it from the first listen. We can’t wait to play it live, it will definitely be in the set for our upcoming tours.”

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RIP Trevor Strnad

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 4:02 AM (PST)

By now most of you have heard the shocking and incredibly tragic news that Trevor Strnad of melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder has passed away. Through nine albums of punishing and unapologetic death metal worship and funny antics, Strnad led the band to amazing heights and inspired countless kids to feel excited to be part of this scene.

It just…underscores mental health month being a bunch of fucking lip service to most people. Sorry if that sounds mean (and is certainly not directed at any of his friends or loved ones who have tried to help him over the years), but this is pretty triggering to me. I just lost my own mom and just feel for dude so hard. It is really hard to feel like you are supposed to just go through that and then go back to being normal right away. Fucking hell. I just mean that society in general really fails to have enough mechanisms in place to catch everyone when they are falling.

TBDM wrote on socials: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.” The band also shared the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Crank some Everblack today.

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RIP Gabe Serbian

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 4:43 PM (PST)

Sad news today as word gets out that The Locust drummer Gabe Serbian has passed. Condolences to friends and family. Certainly one of the most skilled and chaos channeling drummers in human memory. I saw them live just once but it is an insane memory that feels like a dream. It was at Park Fest at Purchase College and I think Biz Markie was the same day, wow. Of course Gabe is also known for important contributions to Cattle Decap and Dead Cross.

Today, Beltane, is his birthday…even more upsettingly.

“This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist,” says a post on the band’s official Facebook page. “He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life.”

Metal Riot’s Top 5 for April 2022

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

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

 

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ASTRONOID announce ‘Radiant Bloom’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

TESTAMENT get DAVE LOMBARDO back!

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 5:44 PM (PST)

Well, what can I say but I am a happy little pickle today because my probably favorite thrash band got Dave Lombardo back on drums for the first time in years! That’s right, Thrash gods TESTAMENT can continue most of The Gathering line up’s blazing chemistry AND it would also be killer to hear Dave play on newer classics like “Native Blood” and “Children of the Next Level”. And while we love James Murphy, you all know Skolnick and Dave is gonna be so sick. If only Dave McKean would come back and do some art, haha. I just hope they also take a crack at “True Believer” live, a personal fave.

Chuck Billy declares “I’ll state the obvious, We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament. We are so excited to share the stage again with Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for The Gathering (release), and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”

 

Dave Lombardo stated, “This is a long-awaited reunion that was bound to happen. Once upon a time, we created a thrash masterpiece. I have no doubt that our musical chemistry will pick up exactly where we left off. I love the Testament family and am very excited to be joining them once again. Pure brutality awaits.”

 

Eric Peterson expresses, “Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high expresses, “Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high!”
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RIP Mark Lanegan, restless bard of lonely places

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 6:25 AM (PST)

As anyone remotely rock minded with the internet knows by now, Mark Lanegan has passed. The inspired troubadour and shadow delving poet was 57 and leaves a huge impact in his wake. Like a Tom Waits or a Bukowski, Lanegan could bring you into the seedy life with his evocative and descriptive turns of phrase while also having so much “feel” to his croon. The guy could be smooth and gravelly at the same time and hypnotize anyone, steal the show on a QoTSA album chock full of talent and commanded respect with rare grace.

His voice made you feel like someone knew what it felt like to find a real friend in a cold world.

In a time when so many artists seem willing to cut corners, take the easy way out or just not have any dignity or gravitas, when flash in the pan gimmicks and unearned braggadocio is rewarded over talent…it is sad to see someone go whose life work was a beacon of inspiration.

Variety has a great round up of some of his career best tunes HERE.

I hate writing memorial articles because they feel so insufficient, technically are news but feel vulture-like when we need time to pass to absorb it all as well but…well, it also feels even worse to NOT acknowledge a loss to me. Screaming Trees and the grunge movement were such an embedded part of my youth and I have such a deep and profound respect and thanks for many of the people part of that who radically inspired me and made me want a life of rock n roll as more than a trend. I can only describe the revelations they made me have as maybe what it was like for someone to read On The Road for the first time, albeit set to a Seattle grungy chord instead of jazz. The sheer minimalist brilliance of Bubblegum has also grown to be and remains my favorite Dark Mark record, just a stunner top to bottom on how to do all killer, not overstaying welcome tunes that all bang and have depth.

I’ll break this off with a humorous excerpt from an excellent Diffuser interview w Mark by James Stafford from 2014:

Do you see yourself more as a lyricist, composer, or right there in the middle with both having equal weight?

I consider myself to be an out of work breakfast cook, though I haven’t had to do that work in a long time. Nah, whenever I’m asked for occupation on a visa application or passport, I just say singer.