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RIP Jonny Z

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 6:33 PM (PST)

RIP Jonny Zazula, cofounder of mighty Megaforce Records (arguably the metal label which had the biggest impact in metal history). The news was confirmed in a Facebook post from Zazula’s daughter, Rikki. Our hearts go out to Rikki and the rest of Jonny Z’s loved ones. His dedication and love of the artform rippled outward and helped countless people, leaving behind a huge impact.

 

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Alice Cooper shares thoughts on Meat Loaf’s passing

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 7:45 AM (PST)

Shock rock / classic rock legend Alice Cooper has written some kind and sincere words about the recent passing of his friend Meat Loaf. I have been listening to Meat Loaf at work and sort of processing his loss and the impact of his theatrical career. We VERY arguably wouldn’t have had many aspects of theatrical rock, be it Avantasia or My Chemical Romance, without someone like him paving the way.

I have not been posting much about him yet because am dealing with a recent death in my own family and really I just felt like I couldn’t muster good enough words to summarize someone’s whole, complex life. I don’t have to agree with everything he said or did over a life that spanned decades, just as I don’t agree with everything I ever did myself. It is cruel when people just make mocking memes when someone dies because they don’t like some of their politics. I don’t want to contribute to that lack of compassion. He was an amazing performer who went through a great deal.

I just want to send condolences to Pearl, Scott and the rest of his family and share this touching tribute from Alice for now,

God bless. – MYE

 

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Gene Hoglan and Testament part ways

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 5:47 AM (PST)

Gene Hoglan and Testament have parted ways amicably. Hoglan is always the type to sort of fly in for awhile and help a band make their best records in years (see Fear Factory’s Mechanize) and knocked it out of the park on all the recent Testament releases.

That said, I have been listening to The Gathering the most lately and would love to see them somehow get Dave back for another round behind the throne.

The band issued a statement:

To all our Testament fans around the world,

First off, we are beyond grateful to have had Gene Hoglan ”Official Page” behind our drum throne for ten years, several albums and countless tour dates. Unfortunately, our brother Gene’s additional tours and solo endeavors in 2022 conflict insurmountably with Testament’s rescheduled dates after two years of lost time due to the pandemic. Rather than Testament having to reschedule upcoming dates (yet again) or Gene having to cancel his own plans, we have decided to amicably part ways. We understand that this announcement will cause some disappointment but rest assured: There is no drama, only the best of vibes between us. As Gene embarks upon a new chapter, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for bringing the most powerful drum beats to Testament and heavy metal. We have no doubt he will continue to bring it as only he can. Gene Hoglan will always be family and we ask all of you to join us in wishing him only the best of luck going forward!

Also rest assured that we will continue to deliver yet another top notch addition to Testament and will reveal soon! We will see you all on tour very soon!
Testament

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HAKEN announce return of keyboardist Pete Jones

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:06 PM (PST)

Progressive rockers Haken are excited to announce the return of the band’s original keyboard player, Pete Jones, to the fold. He will make his debut on the band’s upcoming live dates in support of their most recent album ‘Virus’, released in 2020 to much acclaim.

The band comments: “We are truly thrilled to welcome Pete back into Haken. Pete is a phenomenally gifted musician and, in the short time since his return, he has breathed new life into the band, inspiring us to explore fresh and exciting musical territory. This is a new era for Haken and we cannot wait to share it with all of you!”

Pete adds: “I’m thrilled to rejoin the fellowship, after following the band closely over the years and watching them grow. It was great to reconnect with Rich on the Nova Collective record, and then to work more closely with the guys over the past couple of Haken albums. I can’t wait for the next chapter, and am pumped to be a part of it!”

The band recently announced the postponement of their European tour dates, with new dates soon to be announced. Their North American tour alongside Symphony X is set to go ahead starting May 10th, 2022 in New York City, running through the month and ending June 12th, in New Jersey. Find the full list of dates here: https://hakenmusic.com/tour/

Listen to the band’s latest album ‘Virus’ here: https://haken.lnk.to/Virus

U.D.O. to release new covers album via Atomic Fire

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:47 PM (PST)

German heavy metal renegade Udo Dirkschneider has announced a covers album My Way, out April 22nd via Atomic Fire. Some foundational rock classics and some unexpected numbers are on here. I am probably most excited for the “No Class” cover.

An excerpt from the press release:

Titled My Way, the record contains seventeen cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from Dirkschneider. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes-surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout.

“Now, when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs,” he recalls. Here, Alex Harvey’s “Faith Healer” allows the artist to feel those days of an era long past. The fact that “Nutbush City Limits” is also on the album reveals a secret rarely told until now, “What hardly anyone knows so far: I was a huge fan of Ike and Tina Turner, and especially Tina’s voice. We always covered this song during Accept rehearsals in the early days. It was one of the mainstays of our Accept rehearsal repertoire for years. Regrettably, there is no recording of it.”

 

With Wolfsheim’s “Kein Zurück,” Dirkschneider sings in German for the first time in his career, “I immediately felt like the words understood me. It seemed to me that the lyrics were telling the story of my career, of my highs and lows and all the good and bad experiences that life has. There simply is ‘no going back’ for those who choose to live as a musician.”

 

My Way Track Listing:
1. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
2. Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)
3. Sympathy (Uriah Heep)
4. They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)
5. Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)
6. Hell Raiser (The Sweet)
7. No Class (Motörhead)
8. Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
9. The Stroke (Billy Squier)
10. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
11. He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (The Scorpions)
12. T.N.T. (AC/DC)
13. Jealousy (Frankie Miller)
14. Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)
15. We Will Rock You (Queen)
16. Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)
17. My Way (Frank Sinatra)
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I loved the band SIERRA and am stoked for their fresh start of sorts as WILLOWATER. While the band are currently seeking a drummer, they have completed an EP called Loyal and have a lot of plans for the road ahead of them.

“They’re all leftover Sierra tunes, minus Ultimatum, that we wanted to make sure got completed. Our pandemic project,” Jason Taylor tells me.

Today the band announced via Facebook that Loyal is out Dec 3rd and the first single will be out later this week.

 

Artwork for the EP is by @10.years.time.

 

I am loving the art, which sort of gives me Pink Floyd vibes. Really excited to see the wheels start turning for the Willowater machine. Stay tuned!
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Not Harm’s Way like Astroworld being completely negligent to the safety of fans and then Kim Kardashian tweeting about selling make-up before any condolences, but Harm’s Way like one of the heaviest and legit hardcore bands in recent memory having an anniversary/remix edition of a modern classic:

After being out of print for years, we present the deluxe 10 year anniversary edition of Harm’s Way – Isolation. Expanded over two LPs, packaged in a heavy weight tip-on gatefold LP jacket with UV spot varnish, printed inner sleeves and a gatefold insert. Disc One features a re-master of Isolation by Colin Jordan while Disc Two features select tracks remixed & reimagined by Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, JK Flesh), Andrew Nolan (Intensive Care, The Endless Blockade), Dylan Walker (Full of Hell, Sore Dream) and Petbrick (Igor Cavalera and Wayne Adams).

Get on it! I am especially loving the pulsing, fierce and 75 percent more Godflesh on club acid sounding Justin Broadrick remix of “Breeding Grounds”.

 

MASTODON have long been one of my favorite bands. I have seen them a number of times and even flew halfway across the country once to catch them play with my friend’s in KYLESA opening. It made me furious and sad today to see Brent today in multiple metal media outlets (with NONE calling him out) quoted using ‘gay’ as a negative word for touring with DISTURBED.

Whatever anyone’s opinion of Disturbed is besides the point. We are NOT gonna be in 2021 and have grown ass men in public normalizing gay as some weak or bad thing. I expected better from them, I really did. And especially it is tacky af since another member just dressed as Halford from Priest for Halloween! That would be rad if another member wasn’t using ‘gay’ as a pejorative.

“mEtAl DoESn’T CaRE AbOUt FeElings”. Cool, then FUCK YOU. I am super sick of this shit as a pansexual human being, let alone metal participant. No one will say shit cuz it is with a band with Pike and everyone will shrug it off. Fuck that, you are supposed to be leaders in the scene. Man the fuck up.

Unless they issue a formal apology I can’t support them anymore…look, I believe in growth and forgiveness and we all have needed it before in life at some point. This shit is just not cool, though. At all. The amount of lack of concern for other’s safety and privilege it takes to shrug that away is revolting. I hope Disturbed honestly say something about it as well.

UPDATE- Brann just hit me up and we spoke at length and he was very apologetic that Brent had used the word that way and didn’t want LGBTQ fans to feel unsafe. He said to me he is going to respond to my comment on their insta and address it to make queer fans feel safer. He definitely listened to me and was very respectful about it, which I appreciated. He also was respectful when I told him I was leaving this article up to advocate for not normalizing it on behalf of the queer metal community. Thank you, Brann. That means a lot. Though it looks like my original comment on their Insta might have been deleted? So I am curious how they will respond. 

I will say I told Brann I know no one wants this to happen when a new album drops but it is right to apologize to lgbtq fans and not be like All That Remains and double down on f–got or gay being cool as a pejorative. Apologizing would make us gay and bi and etc folx feel seen and so I hope the band and label don’t try to just pretend it didn’t happen. 

Sharing only one screenshot below, because I trust Brann but I don’t trust major label gaslighting damage control. The rest of our convo will remain private but he was very receptive and consoling and cool, which I appreciated. Again, I am not trying to cancel the band, rather to make sure this shit stops happening in metal and there is demonstrable growth. 

UPDATE TWO- I guess my comment wasn’t deleted on their Insta but I couldn’t find it for a minute, but Brann responded to it officially. It at least shows the other dudes in band don’t want to think they are green lighting their non lgbtq fans to normalize “GAY” as an insult. That makes a teachable moment. I certainly feel more seen as a result: 

 

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CULT OF LUNA have announced their new full-length album, The Long Road North, set for release on February 11th, 2022 on Metal Blade Records. The album marks as a follow-up to this years The Raging River EP, and prove that for over two decades, CULT OF LUNA have forged a sound that has grown incomparable to others – ambitious, epic, visceral, and drenched in emotion.

Pre-orders will begin on December 1st, 2021 at: metalblade.com/cultofluna

“The long road north is a long road home. A direction dictated by a call that penetrates rock and echoes through the forest,” states vocalist/guitarist Johannes Persson. “It flows over every lake, accelerated by the wind. When it reaches you, you know it’s time. Time to move forward. You don’t know where it will lead but you put the trust in it. With eyes raised towards the midnight sun it pulls you closer. The road is long and the end is uncertain.”

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Common Humanity or Covidiocracy?

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:47 AM (PST)
I finally watched The Hunt last night cuz couldn’t sleep and I LOVE Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank. Absolutely loved the movie and thought it was one of the funniest I have seen in a long time as well as a smart send up of many relevant things. The ending twist was great and showed how expectations can be inaccurate and people can also all fall for some falsehoods no matter who they are or make poor decisions or statements under stress.  The low Rotten Tomatoes and critics rating is not a shock, sadly. Because it was actually great. Anyway, I thought it was very sharp about perceptions that distort people from seeing ANY mutual humanity.

 

As a non-binary AMAB person who takes estradiol and is a progressive, I also am well aware of the concept of “not uniting” with people who might want marginalized people dead, as is commonly voiced when people say we need a new Rainbow Coalition-type revolution to change things for real equity for the poor. Maga and Antifa or BLM have some incompatible fundamental bedfellow beliefs as to what they are comfortable rubbing elbows with, though ironically some of them did come together recently to protest mandates. The problem is, both sides generally see the other as wanting them dead or actually want it instead of growth or healing or no gaslighting from racists. Discussion does not work on everyone and emotional labor can lead to many a wasted effort if someone is a lost cause, but we also can’t give up hope for better communication in the world or it is all over, in any subject.

 

I almost went into a diabetic coma last year and part of my care since I got out of the hospital clinging to my life force like a blanket is that I need to keep my stress low. It is very hard nowadays as the entire country wants to make terrible generalizations and rip one another into pieces. I try my best to zoom out and forgive unto others and remember everyone has different concerns stressing them out into treating one another badly. I honestly say the Lord’s prayer every day for the whole fuckin’ world. I am really trying to walk a path now of doing less harm and not exploding.

 

I have people on both sides of the vaccination issue very dear to me, and they are not all republicans. Including on the anti vax side my friend Chaka from Burn/O9mm, including my recent ex-partner of the last 4 years Globelamp who wont get it because she is vegan and Puerto Rican (who were experimented on a lot in history by the US Government)…and yes, I do know Puerto Rico leads in vax rates. That doesn’t mean everyone with that background trusts things. She will never trust those Big Pharma companies that frankly are shit more often than not. I cannot force her to feel comfortable with potential menstrual irregularity, even if it is short term.

 

I am never going to kick anyone out of my life who decides not to get it for their own reasons and I also am not gonna say they shouldn’t have medical care. We shouldn’t TAX the unvaxxed more and cite medical costs as the reason when we ought to be taxing huge companies and billionaires more who created the environment where we have to even be discussing health care costs needing to supercede people’s individual choice or conditions where we couldn’t all get paid leave through the pandemic until it died off so we could just have waited it out in the first place. Fucking ELON and AMAZON could have bankrolled THAT and we wouldn’t be debating half of this shit and hating one another every day. We certainly could have trimmed our bloated endless wars ‘DeFeNSe BuDgEt’ to allow more people of all stripes to wait things out at home but you aren’t hearing anyone say that (and definitely not the GOP).

I also am gonna ask those people who do not get it as well as those who do to also try to be as safe as possible based on their choice and not parade around making fun of others or being reckless.  Because people do not have to humor you if you downplay risk and cuz end of the day…EVERYONE is afraid of some different facet of this, be it control or agendas or dying or censorship or long covid or any way you slice it. If anti vaxxers weren’t also afraid they wouldn’t care about losing their jobs, so maybe don’t call everyone sheep. Counterproductive af. Just like it is not productive for pro vax people to call every vax hesitant person names. It fucking all sucks. So everyone please stop calling one another commies and nazis and walking dead and all kinds of unhelpful crap.

 

Please can we also agree and know there needs to be a huge health care overhaul and emphasis on real health in this world? That also doesn’t stop transmission alone. That said, I am immunocompromised and 2x vaxxed but also believe in body autonomy in all aspects of life. Way too easy for that to go off the rails and be used as precedent in the future. And what is killing me is seeing so few people realize no one will ever all agree. We need more mutual solutions.
And I hate seeing people argue STILL that Covid can’t kill anyone unless they are “just fat or old”. So untrue. Cuz that is part of what is killing others.

 

People who are blaming Dems for mandates in schools also should recall that Trump had all the damn shit forced to close down anyway because of his own piss poor willful denial initial response, which led to thousands and thousands more deaths which could have been prevented, UP TO 80% OF WHICH could have potentially been avoided? 

 

People can’t try to find common things they can agree on at bare minimum to show compassion and trust build. For example, I was very upset to see France is gonna fucking charge people more to be tested who aren’t jabbed and others get it free. That is coercion, sorry.

 

I think testing needs to be free worldwide and everyone should be masking regardless of vax status. Testing availability and emphasis should have been way more prominent the entire fucking pandemic and not harder for poor people then or now. It is gatekeeping. While health officials are split on testing use for admission tickets and at jobs for multiple reasons, it certainly could have prevented things getting so bad in the first place. For some people even that is too much.

 

Libertarians argue often that private free market decisions should be basically akin to God’s law, despite how power accrues that way with no regulation and destroys “choice” anyway. I also am not naive enough to think Government really answers very often to the people. Look at the current quite intentional gridlock in Washington conveniently blocking meaningful economic reform for the poor and voter disenfranchisement. So you essentially have different type mafia states-either capitalism or bought off politicians- with the illusion of participation anyway. That said, we should still participate because any leverage we can get can also matter from the bottom up, especially locally. And sometimes things do get shoved through and good can triumph.

 

Another thing…Regardless of what one thinks of federal level mandates… private companies have a right to their own decisions and to face the consequences of that for better or worse, whether people are upset that some people lose jobs or whatever the situation. That said, I think as many choices available as possible to allow people to keep their jobs is the way to go. My ex’s step dad is a pilot and has flown countless flights safely and been tested very regularly to high standards and should not have to lose his job if he is careful enough and social distances. Airlines can afford to do shorter term and longer term test varieties on their employees.

 

Even with the death tolls vastly showing more danger to unvaxxed people, you still can’t pretend one size fits all and that there is never any harmful reactions to it either (regardless of how small that pool is). That said, anti vax people also need to stop downplaying long covid and pretending it is “the same as the flu”. Which can be bad enough, anyway. People also need to be able to ask questions. Treating Eric Clapton, who got vaxxed, as the anti-christ for wanting discussion is not helpful, nor is mocking his son’s death as some “gotcha” sick fucking troll response. I also think it is fair af to critique any artist who advocates for no meaningful safety precautions whatsoever.

 

But are we saying any kid who raises their hand in class deserves to never be called on? That is what happens on social media when shite algorithms and poor moderation flag or ban way too many things instead of just linking to more data. I am for fact checking and deplatforming actual fascists, not people with genuine questions. Especially since tons of these platforms still don’t do a good job at all policing sexism, hate speech towards lgbtq, racism and any manner of other things more long term dangerous than someone wondering aloud about menstruation changes or mandate ethical questions.

 

We should have had a much better rollout for testing and emphasis this whole time.  I know many people who have lost loved ones who died of different ages and body types and health levels…and denying that builds anger and resentment. Just like people making tests too expensive in many places for hesitant folx or ANYONE is to me the same as…well, how can I want socialized medicine but argue testing shouldn’t be free?! I want insulin costs for my diabetes down, y’know? Similar principal. I just see both sides of the issue doing things that will backfire on the results they want and it is a shame. Comparing it to Nazi Germany when we have a temporary mandate in some cities is grossly disproportionate and will only make divides stronger, surefire way to get pro vaccine people to say that these measures wouldn’t be needed if other people would take the pandemic seriously (but they also stopped mostly masking themselves, which is hypocritical to me regardless of vax status).

 

I have been to three events in the last several years and at each I made sure to be as safe as possible and also tested after the one that was indoors where I was briefly unmasked. It can mutate and everyone can transmit it and regardless of vax status and survival rates etc. someone is at risk from that . Someone who is loved. And people are also too cocky, imo.

 

It ALSO never was gonna inspire more trust when CDC used the July 4th shit to try to make Biden look good but in my opinion rolled back masking way too early for vaxxed only. It was reckless. It gave them an inflated sense of bravado like it was all over, just like I didn’t like how Trump politicized it and was very dishonest throughout the pandemic about a million times. Or how companies making the vax or pushing alternatives are both profiting immensely from lack of transparency of “intellectual data” or just being plain shitty, which does not inspire confidence. Or how the NYHC show in Tompkins that was rightfully controversial had tons of unvaxxed dudes not masking and acting like transmission is a joke or being ableist and contrarian, which also doesn’t help stop jack shit. This time period is causing a lot of pain and stubborn rifts in communication and I think THAT is the biggest lasting danger of all cuz that will fracture everything if it runs unchecked. One love, we need to remember that.

 

I also don’t think anyone of any belief should ever trust any historical event at face value and regardless of any choice, that is also never a good stance to just automatically believe anything without discourse or to put it past people to run multiple moving parts. So I get people not trusting every book by the cover. That said, I also tell the people who think it might have a chip (it doesn’t) or be eugenics that we don’t need to be chipped because we have phones and secondly that maybe the eugenics plan could be that they are also putting out a mostly safe vaccine but you are being tricked into not getting it and are being eliminated that way, no? If you are gonna dive in the pool consider every scenario, y’know? Because black and hispanic people, for example, are dying a lot from Covid.

 

Anyway you slice it, this time period fucking sucks. It is breaking my heart.

VENOM PRISON to release ‘Erebos’ in early 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 9:04 AM (PST)

New VENOM PRISON news? It is about time!

The celebrated extremists have announced plans to release a new full-length titled Erebos on February 4 via Century Media Records. It will surely continue to cement their place as one of the world’s most exciting heavy bands.

“Being able to work with our dear friend Eliran on another piece of art for Venom Prison has been exciting as always. Kantor knows the band perfectly well to capture our music and poetry into a visual masterpiece every single time. ‘Erebos’ was a personal one for both Eliran Kantor and ourselves. This artwork captures the moment a young person dies inside as they are surrounded by horror. In the moment their innocence is lost and desensitization will from now on fuel the repetition of the cycle of violence in their life. This is ‘Erebos’ the one born from chaos,” states Venom Prison.

 

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King Buffalo’s fourth full-length record, Acheron, will be released on December 3, 2021. The widely-hailed heavy psych outfit will have vinyl and CD preorders available on October 22, via http://kingbuffalo.bigcartel.com.

 

What will inevitably be known as ‘the cave record,’ Acheron is the second King Buffalo LP of 2021. It follows Spring’s The Burden of Restlessness and finds the Rochester, New York, trio of guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson expanding their sound once again.

 

Both records – and an intended third in the series to follow in 2022 – were born of the pandemic-era touring shutdown, and The Burden of Restlessness showed that in a grim theme and last-minute daring to hope for something better. Acheron – named for the “river of woe” in Greek mythology – brings the tension and disquiet of the prior offering into a new context.

 

To put the four extended songs of Acheron to tape, the band traveled three hours east from Rochester to Howe Caverns in NY, recording with trusted engineer Grant Husselman and videographer Adam Antalek – who worked on their Quarantine Sessions early in 2020 – to document a day-long live session in a cave. In the cave. “Underground” in the most literal sense.

 

It is fitting that Acheron was recorded near water. A stream flowing is audible at various points throughout the album, including at the very start of the opening title-track.

 

In sound, Acheron is likewise spacious and fluid. Where The Burden of Restlessness was sharper angles, Acheron doesn’t round off those edges as much as add complexity to the shape of the whole. In some ways, the wash of tone in “Zephyr” will be familiar to those who took on 2018’s Longing to Be the Mountain or the band’s 2016 debut, Orion – let alone any of the four EPs they’ve done alone the way – but in “Shadows” and “Cerberus,” the band’s intent becomes clear.

 

They’re not just isolating songs from a single writing period to frame different sides of their style. They’re telling a story as much about their sonic growth as about that time they loaded all their gear into a cave (no easy feat) and hit record. Acheron pushes forward from The Burden of Restlessness; still just months old received by fans as an immediate album-of-the-year contender. It takes the communion with and contemplation of the organic that’s been so much a part of who King Buffalo were before and uses it to inform who they’ve become, are still becoming.

 

Because the story isn’t over yet, of course, and whatever King Buffalo bring to the third chapter in this purported trilogy will have its own plot thickening to do. Acheron, with its graceful composition, patient delivery and ownership of its more intense aspects, sees King Buffalo become all the more engaging and less predictable en route to whatever it is that comes next.

 

Acheron was written by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in 2021. Produced by King Buffalo, engineered and mixed by Grant Husselman, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. The artwork was created by Ryan T. Hancock with cover fonts by Mike Turzanski and album layout by Scott Donaldson.

 

Acheron Tracklist: 
1. Acheron
2. Zephyr
3. Shadows
4. Cerberus

 

King Buffalo is: 
Sean McVay – Guitar, Vocals, & Synth
Dan Reynolds – Bass & Synth
Scott Donaldson – Drums
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Riot readers, listening to Ensiferum’s excellent Two Paths and reading my email and saw that we thankfully have an update on Richie from Judas Priest. He is so talented and just two years younger than me. Glad the dude is on the mend – see below in Richie’s own words:

‘Maniacs…

I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with.  I’ve always considered myself THE most fortunate man ever – to be able to play my favourite music – with my favourite band – to my favourite people around the world…

Today just being able to type this to you all is the biggest gift of all…

As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing ‘Painkiller’ as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity….

I was having what my doctor called an aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection.

From what I’ve been told by my surgeon, people with this don’t usually make it to the hospital alive…..

I was taken to nearby Rudd Heart & Lung Center and quickly went into what turned out to be a 10 ½ hour emergency open heart surgery.

Five parts of my chest were replaced with mechanical components…..I’m literally made of metal now….

It could have all ended so differently – we only had an hours set that night due to Metallica’s performance after us – and it does cross my mind if it was a full set, would I have played until total collapse…? If it hadn’t happened in such a high adrenaline situation would my body have been able to keep going long enough to reach the hospital…?

The amazing Heart & Lung Center was 4 miles away from the gig site – if it had been further away……..

We can always drive ourselves crazy with these things but I’m still alive thankfully.  Whatever the circumstances, when watching that footage, the truth is, knowing what I know now, I see a dying man…..

I’ve been moved to tears and humbled by friends, family, my fantastic band, crew and management and also you guys sending me videos and messages of love and support during the last week – I thank you all so much and although I have a recovery road ahead of me, as soon as I’m able to get up and running again, you’ll be the first to know and we’ll get back out there delivering the goods for you all….!

One last thing maniacs, this came totally out of the blue for me – no history of a bad heart, no clogged arteries etc…my point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me.  If you can get yourselves checked – do it for me please……     

Lots of love and see you down the front again soon….

Richie…’

This is from our strong falcon –  he will be flying high again just as soon as he is able….

JUDAS PRIEST
October 6th, 2021

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Cleveland death enthusiasts 200 STAB WOUNDS have revealed the painstakingly wince inducing gory cover art of their Dr. Giggles approved debut album Slave To The Scalpel.

“Drilling Your Head”, the first single, is as unforgiving as it comes and would click well with fans of Stigmata, Skinless, Obituary and Internal Bleeding (to name a few). So yeah, it is fucking all brutesy, no cutesy.

Maggot Stomp will release Slave To The Scalpel November 12th on CD, cassette, and all digital platforms, with a vinyl edition due in early 2022. Examine preorder options HERE.

Pre Order and check out the first deranged rager HERE.

Slave To The Scalpel Track Listing:
1. Skin Milk
2. Tow Rope Around The Throat
3. Stifling Stew
4. Itty Bitty Pieces
5. Phallic Filth
6. Slave To The Scalpel
7. Drilling Your Head
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Judas Priest postpone tour as Richie has heart issues

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:26 AM (PST)

Fresh off Louder Than Life, metal icons Judas Priest have had to again postpone 50th anniversary celebration touring after Richie Faulkner was hospitalized.

How about instead we all try wishing well a young guy who steals the show every night and who has done his best to keep the band we love fucking rolling full steam ahead for many years now.

Metal Riot has your back, Richie. Sending healing love and firepower to you, buddy.

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