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New York based solo/collaborator projects GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE unveil their third collaborative album together, Harbinger Winds, confirming the jazz-influenced record for early September release through Nefarious Industries.

 

Culminating nearly five years of unpredictable progression, regression, erosion, and transformation, Harbinger Winds was finally completed in February of 2022, a wide array of guest contributors helping shape this album’s post/avant lo-fi jazz direction. Engineered, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Rockland County and MEGALOPHOBE’s Benjamin Levitt at Forked Audio in Brooklyn, the two contribute a wide array of vocals, guitars and basses, keys and synth, drums and percussion, accordion, theremin, cello, harmonica, and more, electronics/effects, tape manipulation, nature recordings, and more.

 

Joining Brenner and Levitt on the album are platinum session musician/performer Mac Gollehon (Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Buddy Rich, David Bowie, Blondie, Onyx, more), Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore), Sally Gates (Titan To Tachyons, ex-Orbweaver), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Morgan Evans (Walking Bombs), Matt Bacon, Rosa Henriquez, Rob Levitt, and Denise Fillion. The cover art, photography, and videos for Harbinger Winds were created by Brenner, with additional photos and video by Levitt, the album then mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Lost Dog Street Band, Thetan).

 

Levitt writes, “This one was a long, long time in the making. We gathered up the original recordings and gathered them together because we heard something like a coherent record in there somewhere. Some years, and a whole other collaborative record later, we finally went back and listened to what we had. We stripped everything down and, for me at least, that was when the sound and the vibe of Harbinger Winds really emerged. Everything we added after that point — instruments, field recordings, vocals, all of it — was all chasing that vibe. Moody, sexy, dark with some shards of light piercing through. Then to have so many friends and collaborators add their sounds elevated the whole thing. We are so lucky to have these amazing musicians listen to these strange tracks and know just what they needed to do. We’re stoked to have them on the record and are incredibly excited to finally, after all this time, put this out into the world and have everyone else hear it.”

 

The fourteen-plus-minute title track closes Harbinger Winds with a massive amalgamation of sounds where all nine outside collaborators who appear on the album converge, the song presented to the masses through an intense, psychedelic video.

 

Watch GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE’s “Harbinger Winds” video and find other streaming options for the single RIGHT HERE.


Harbinger Winds 
will see release September 9th through all digital providers and as a limited Opaque Red cassette. Find preorder/merch options at Nefarious Industries HERE.

 

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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.

Tadrart Acacus

“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

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.

THE MACHINIST release timely new song “Pig”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8:16 AM (PST)

Photographer credit: Adam Alexander

Very excited to hear recently that NYC extreme band THE MACHINIST, one of the most intense and propulsive acts in metal, have a new Prosthetic release coming out. The sophomore album is called All Is Not Well, a sentiment that certainly holds true in our toxic and uninformed society.

From the press release:

On their latest single, THE MACHINIST lambast racially motivated institutional police violence with no holds barred candour and scorn. PIG will receive a music video treatment in the near future, with more news in due course. All is Not Well is set for release via Prosthetic Records on July 8.

Speaking on PIG‘s release, Amanda Gjelaj (vocals) comments: “Writing PIG was very emotional. Lyrically, it’s in your face and gets straight to the point. We were in the middle of a global pandemic and in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement, going to protests and seeing things I never thought I would have to see. This song is political but very real. We want our fans to feel and understand how serious these times are. With that being said, we are very excited to show everyone PIG.”

Photo by Liana Rakijian

Black metal solo artist HULDER will release her The Eternal Fanfare mini-LP via 20 Buck Spin this July, today unveiling the record’s cover art, track listing, and first single.

 

With the release of her Godslastering: Hymns Of A Forlorn Peasantry, HULDER made it known that the pure traditional black metal of earlier releases could be classical, rich in detail and creatively novel once again. A triumphant debut that indicated much more to come.

 

On the new MLP The Eternal Fanfare, HULDER expands the scope laid out on the debut, taking the production value to new places with more low-end depth and forceful resonance. The songwriting capability continues to sharpen into a dense confluence of her disparate influences such as on the cinematically expansive “Burden Of Flesh And Bone” and “Sylvan Awakening” to the cold stormblast ferocity of the title track. Opener “Curse From Beyond” is a celestial atmospheric piece akin to Dead Can Dance at their most mysteriously plaintive while the pensive lament of closer “A Perilous Journey” concludes The Eternal Fanfare with an aura of melancholic finality.

 

The Eternal Fanfare presents a stark interlude between the Godslastering… album and the forthcoming second full length. Yet on its own, a powerful statement of haunting new horizons and evolving mastery, ascendant, and bottomless at once.

 

The Eternal Fanfare will be released on CD and digitally July 1st with the vinyl edition to follow on July 29th. Preorders will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, stream “Sylvan Awakening” via YouTube HERE or Bandcamp HERE.

 

The Eternal Fanfare MLP Track Listing:
1. Curse From Beyond
2. Burden Of Flesh And Bone
3. Sylvan Awakening
4. The Eternal Fanfare
5. A Perilous Journey

 

 

In conjunction with the release of The Eternal Fanfare, HULDER will return to the road on a US tour with labelmates Skeleton. The Awakening Of Lithan Divinity Tour begins June 25th in Englewood, Colorado and runs through August 5th in Portland, Oregon. The tour includes a special performance at 20 Buck Spin’s label showcase in Los Angeles, California July 29th. Additional support will be provided by Devil Master on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.

 

HULDER:
6/25/2022 Trve Brewing – Englewood, CO w/ Vastum, Khemmis, Panopticon, Dreadnought
w/ Skeleton:
7/09/2022 Aces High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT
7/12/2022 1867 Bar – Lincoln, NE
7/13/2022 Raccoon Motel – Davenport, IA
7/14/2022 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
7/15/2022 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Devil Master
7/16/2022 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN w/ Devil Master
7/17/2022 The Ready Room – Louis, MO w/ Devil Master
7/18/2022 Boggs Social – Atlanta, GA
7/19/2022 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
7/20/2022 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL #
7/22/2022 The Goat – New Orleans, LA
7/23/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX #
7/24/2022 The Lost Well – Austin, TX #
7/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
7/29/2022 20 Buck Spin Label Showcase @ First Street Pool Billiards – Los Angeles, LA
7/30/2022 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA #
8/05/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR #
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Morning, all. Reeling from an utterly MASSIVE and awesome 3rd Episode of Obi Wan and kicking off Pride 2022 with some self care and coffee in the early AM and I was thrilled to also see a new Birds In Row song is finally out! “Water Wings” is a rollicking and moving blend of songwriting and exorcism from the French pot-stirrers, sure to be a fan favorite as it is processed.

The intro sort of reminds me of Jay Z’s “Hard Knock Life” haha before some regular stomping rock drops like a ton of bricks. Welcome back, fellas!

Hey all,
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We thought this day would never come but finally … here is the time for us to turn a page and move to another one.
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We started thinking about new music as soon as we released “We Already Lost The World”. The run we had with this last album was overwhelming. Shows were flowing, discussions with you all were deep and interesting. But still we wanted to create something else. After a long run on the road, we finished our european tour with Alcest and Kaelan Mikla, with a new threat being the pandemic. A week or two afterward, lockdown happened. And it felt good, cause we needed some rest and some time to focus on the next thing to happen. Time passed, lockdowns after lockdowns, social tensions after social tensions, and we were here trying to create music, without knowing if it made any sense anymore.
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We started writing about depression, mental health, and their direct link to politics and social interactions, without knowing how much it would mean to us today.
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Here is “Water Wings”. A new song, the first in 4 years : orcd.com/waterwings
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Working on new music took way more from us than we expected. It’s been a violent process in the waiting, the preparation, the overthinking. It brought us to start turning the page by bringing some change in the way we were doing things. And after several discussions, we are stoked and excited to announce our signing with Red Creek recordings ( @redcrk ), the label created by Johannes Persson from Cult of Luna and Alexis Sevenier from ORA management.
It meant separating Birds in Row from Deathwish, who we have been working with for a decade. And what a decade. We owe them more than we could imagine, and are grateful they let us move on to the path we’ve chosen.
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To brighter days
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Much love
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BIR
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#birdsinrow #redcreekrecordings

Wisconsin sludgers Northless have a new record coming. A Path Beyond Grief will be released on July 22, 2022 on two exclusive vinyl variants and on all digital platforms via Translation Loss! The album features totally bad ass new artwork by Paul Evan Jeffrey (see above). Pre-order and digital pre-save are available now. Artwork, track listing, and album details can be found below. The good folks at Brooklyn Vegan have a track stream HERE.

Loving the doomier Godlflesh/Crowbar (Crowflesh?) worthy tones on the single. Just soul crunching and vast.

Mixed and mastered by Adam Tucker.

A Path Beyond Grief features the following guests performers:
Alaina Leisten: bassoon on “Nihil Sanctum Vitae” and “Forbidden World Of Light”

Erin Severson (Former Worlds): Additional vocals on “Nihil Sanctum Vitae”, “A Path Beyond Grief”, “Forbidden World Of Light”, and “Carried”

Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man): Additional vocals on “Of Shadow And Sanguine”

Album artwork by Paul Evan Jeffrey.
Promo photo by Bronson Karaff.

NORTHLESS is:
Erik Stenglein – guitar, vocals, synths
Jeff Nicholas – drums, vocals
James Becker – bass
Dan Lee – guitar

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Nihil Sanctum Vitae
  2. A Path Beyond Grief
  3. Forbidden World Of Light
  4. Carried
  5. Of Shadow And Sanguine
  6. What Must Be Done
  7. Nothing That Lives Will Last

On July 22nd, Canada’s WAKE will release their sixth full-length, Thought Form Descent, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a new video for the single “Swallow the Light” (directed by Michael Jari Davidson//@MJD_DOP) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/wake

To track the album, the band once again collaborated with Dave Otero (AllegaeonCattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO. “Dave is someone who does something we love – supersedes what people think of him. Sure, he recorded many successful death metal albums, but his ability to understand pop music and its composition, his knowledge of music theory and his willingness to get right into the movement of a song and its chord progressions, not just the riffs, are things that go way beyond ‘death metal’. He can make hard right turns into wildly different sonic territory without batting an eyelash, and he always has an idea during the deviation, too. He contributed a lot to this record.” Having prepared exhaustively in advance, once in the studio the band were able to try new things, play with ideas and rearrange songs, having the time to go down the proverbial rabbit hole and see where it took them. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts also makes an appearance, playing guitar on “Pareidolia” and “Observer To Master”, the latter track one of the most melodic on the record.

Thought Form Descent track-listing:
01. Infinite Inward
02. Swallow the Light
03. Mourning Dirge (Repose of the Dead)
04. Pareidolia (feat. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts)
05. Venerate (The Undoing of All)
06. Observer to Master (feat. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts)
07. Bleeding Eyes of the Watcher
08. The Translation of Deaths

 

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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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.

CRASHDÏET release “Together Whatever” single

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 4:49 AM (PST)

If hard rock glam, mugging and big sing-a-long payoff moments are for you, you’ll love the new one from sleaze merchants CRASHDÏET. Today the popular band announce the release of their upcoming album, Automaton, available for pre-sale now on digital, CD and vinyl, through Crusader Records/Golden Robot Records. The digital and CD are set to drop on April 29, with limited edition coloured vinyl due for release on September 9.

AUTOMATON
TRACK LISTING

01. Automaton
02. Together Whatever
03. Shine On
04. No Man’s Land
05. Darker Minds
06. Dead Crusade
07. Powerline (feat. Michael Starr)
08. Resurrection Of The Damned
09. We Die Hard
10. Shell Shock
11. Unbroken
12. I Can’t Move On (Without You)

Pre-order/add/save Automaton HERE

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On July 1st, traditional heavy metal’s Haunt will release their seventh full-length, Windows of Your Heart, via Iron Grip // Church Recordings. One of the most exciting, skilled, melodic and engaging bands in modern metal, Haunt deserve all the praise and more for their tireless drive and growing pile of anthems. Honestly, they are one of the only bands I really go out of my way to make extra time to listen to currently in rock. That is not to say there aren’t plenty of bands who I love and I listen often to lots of music, rather that Haunt is always rewarding and worth the attention in a busy schedule.

For a first preview of the record, a lyric video for the title track can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/5yAzfkp1bVA – on Haunt’s newly launched YouTube. Fans are encouraged to check the channel regularly for upcoming Q&A sessions, official interviews, new lyric videos for Haunt’s catalog, play-throughs from main-man Trevor William Church, full band in-studio live video recordings, plus behind-the-scenes tour videos.

To pre-order a copy of Windows of Your Heart, please visit Haunt’s Bandcamp or The Heavy Metal Store’s Bandcamp.

photo credit Andy Lei

Iran’s Heterochrome has a new album From the Ashes coming out this spring and the second single to entice listeners is the heavy “Badbadak (The Flight)”. Somber and driving in both topic and music, the single revisits the 2020 tragedy of flight 752. The band explains further:

“January of 2020 marked the tragedy of the Iranian Government shooting down the Ukrainian passenger airplane killing many of our loved ones including one of Mida’s old schoolmates. In the grief following that loss, Mida drew from an old school song called Badbadak (The Kite) and wrote this song. The music video represents the same suffering.”

The visually striking video was created by Mani Zonoozi who made it in a small aquarium with underwater equipment in the USA. It also features shots from Mida and Arash recorded in Canada and Finland.

The single and video for “Badbadak (The Flight)” can be heard at https://youtu.be/Ce1pjpfvWvE

and at Bandcamp – https://heterochrome.bandcamp.com/track/the-flight

This is not the only song on the album to deal with dark subject matters, as a whole, it is a much deeper dive into the personal experiences of the band members than their debut. They hope that the fans appreciate the new path they are taking, and connect with the songs on the same personal level as them. Written as a concept album, each track forms a small part of a bigger picture, and while each serving is a unique story on its own the album has been tailored to be enjoyed as a whole.

Heterochrome started out with a melodic and emotional progressive sound, however over time they started to experiment with the alternative, electronic, and nu-metal genres as well, trying to find a balance to perfectly capture the essence of their sound between those styles and traditional Persian music. They are recommended listening for fans of Porcupine Tree, Gojira, and Draconian.

From The Ashes will be released on May 13, 2022.

L-R – Tim Brown – Guitar, Pete Klassen – Bass, – Dan Cleary – Vocals, Jono Webster – Drums, – John Simon Fallon – Guitar
Photo Credit: Dana Zuk

Canadian shredders STRIKER will be hitting the road in April and May 2022 to support Finnish heavy metallers Beast In Black for their first North American headlining tour along with Florida power metal warriors Seven Kingdoms. Band links and info HERE.

Before kicking off the first date of the tour in Orlando, FL on April 7th, STRIKER are unveiling their latest single “Strange Love” with a new music video that features the debut of the band’s latest lineup addition of long time friend and guitarist John Simon Fallon (The Order of Chaos). In Metal Riot’s estimation this is one of the most fun, intriguing and well executed rock mash of influences we have seen in months.

“Strange Love” is the band’s first new music of 2022 since releasing their previous single 2021’s “Deathwish”. The band is currently in songwriting mode for their follow-up record to their Juno award-winning album 2018’s Play To Win.

“When we wrote Strange Love we were dabbling in the dark arts of funk, and although it really doesn’t sound like it we drew big inspiration from bands like Extreme and Faith No More. It was a bit of a detour on our metal journey, but it was a lot of fun to record. We have one more song to release from that recording session too, which leans even further into that style so keep an eye out for that!” adds vocalist Dan Cleary.