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Author Jeff Wagner is set to release his new book, Destination Onward: The Story Of Fates Warning.

Says Jeff: “Here’s what I’ve been working on for the past couple years (or three?). The book cover was based on an idea of my own, executed and made reality by Scott Hoffman and Patrick Crawford.

“‘Destination Onward’ is based on many hours of exclusive and recent interviews conducted with all members of Fates Warning past and present. I also interviewed various friends, roadies, family, peer musicians and record label folk. It’s a fun, serious, nerdy, and occasionally hilarious look at one of the greatest metal bands of all time.

“Writing ‘Destination Onward’ was a total labor of love. Fates Warning’s music has captivated and nourished me since 1985. I know some of you share this devotion.

“More info forthcoming in the weeks and months to come!”

Pre-orders for Destination Onward: The Story Of Fates Warning will not be available until mid-autumn 2021. There will be an eBook version to follow sometime in 2022.

 

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RIP Jeff LaBar of CINDERELLA

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 1:24 AM (PST)

Heavy hearts today as we learn of the passing of Jeff LaBar. His work in Cinderella added to the rich and colorful tapestry of glam and hard rock and he will be missed by true fans around the world. Frankly, Cinderella deserve to be more respected these days and always fucking ruled. You young jack asses need to put respect on their names and crank some Night Songs.  LaBar had a sad story but also lots of glory and was an influence to many with a riveting level of skill and style for miles.

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ENFORCER announce departure of Tobias Lindqvist

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:51 PM (PST)
Sweden’s trad metal standouts ENFORCERhave announced the exit of Tobias Lindqvist. The band had great chemistry and hopefully everything is going to remain cool after this, but I have faith.
Says the band:

We regret to inform you that Tobias Lindqvist has decided to quit the band. We wish him good luck with whatever is next for him in his life.

 

”It has been a great twelve years and now it’s time for me to move on. I just want to take this opportunity to thank the band and the fans for hundreds and hundreds of fantastic shows around the world. It has been a blast! And the best of luck to Enforcer in the future!” -T

 

We, Enforcer, plan to continue according to plans with all recordings and single releases without letting this slow us down. When it comes to future shows, we will see how that will be working out once shows are possible again.
If you haven’t already, fucking crank total brain burner “Kiss Of Death” as loud as you can today!
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On October 22nd internationally, Dying Victims Productions will release a special new EP from HexenbrettIntermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi, on CD, music cassette, and 12” vinyl formats. And today, Deaf Forever magazine’s website reveals the new track “Die Teuflischen von Acapulco (Satan Sangre).” Hear Hexenbrett‘s “Die Teuflischen von Acapulco (Satan Sangre)” in its entirety exclusively HERE.

It was but May of the cursed year of 2020 when Hexenbrett truly came into their own with their shockingly masterful debut album, Zweite Beschwörung: Ein Kind zu töten, courtesy of Dying Victims. While the enigmatic duo of Josto Feratu and Scarlettina Bolétte had definitely turned heads with Erste Beschwörung EP in 2019, their debut album’s idiosyncratic kaleidoscope of Varathron, Jean Rollin, Danzig, Goblin, and Van Halen emerged as completely unique and unlike little else around.

Predictably unpredictable, Hexenbrett return with a crazed ‘n’ crazy EP that’s the result of canceled concerts and tours: the four-song Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi. As suggested by its titled, the record is no “beschwörung” but, rather, an intermezzo. Because, for the first time in the brief history of Hexenbrett, this EP does not feature performances by Josto Feratu or Scarlettina Bolétte. Instead, the tracks were recorded by what had been the live line-up for 2020, but of course under the watchful eyes and ears of the clandestine couple.

Suitably, Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi strays some from the Hexenbrett sound so far revealed whilst etching the band’s twisted identity even further. With all songs and lyrics written by the duo of Feratu and Bollétte – except for a reverential cover of the early Misfits track “Return of the Fly” – the band’s original material here displays new facets in Hexenbrett’s sound: heavier, weirder, more atmospheric and more aggressive. It’s basically more of everything and the most accurate presentation of The Sound Of the Bloody Iris to date, and bloody fucking good no matter how you cut!

While Hexenbrett’s previous full-length record featured unexplainable additional sounds in the background of the tracks, the material on Intermezzo… had to be re-recorded many times as things got lost continuously. It seems as if Feratu and Bolétte are still haunted from their past… But hark! Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi is no taster/teaser of the second Hexenbrett full-length. Those mysteries are only known to the duo.

In the meantime, hear the brand-new track “Die Teuflischen von Acapulco (Satan Sangre)” exclusively HERE, courtesy of Deaf Forever, Germany’s defenders of the true. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Hexenbrett’s Intermezzo dei quattro coltelli nudi
1. Die Teuflischen Von Acapulco (Satan Sangre) [4:39]
2. Return Of The Fly [Misfits cover] [3:00]
4. Joie De Mort    [3:29]
5. Sadist [5:24]

Welcome, folx and fuckers.

Trying to survive all the hellish Dr. Luke complicit trash (seriously, fuck all the enablers at Prescription Songs and all the waffling, desperate artists who work with them and then play dumb or downplay the harm) playing at my night job by thinking about if the alleged Ed Sheeran death metal album will be called dE(a)d Sheeran. Where my royalties at? Use that shit, Ed.

I have to say that the Taskmaster debate surrounding Black Widow is fucking dumb af. The movie was excellent, one of the better Marvel films for action, tragedy, bonding and humor. The cast dynamics were compelling and well done. Anyone annoyed about the Taskmaster reveal comes off as a sexist clown to me. It made PERFECT sense for this film, Taskmaster now being a horrifying summation of the sexism and control of the terrifying Red Room. And I guess y’all really don’t get this whole multiverse thing? Stop whining. I am sure out there somewhere is your more comics accurate Green Arrow meets Crossbones looking He-Man bodied Tony Masters who has nowhere near as compelling a reason for why he is powered.

The real controversy should be the cognitive dissonance between the themes of protecting innocence and female empowerment of the film and the fact that ScarJo fucking supports Woody unrepentant slimebag Allen. But instead we have fan boys whining that Taskmaster pulled a cool ass Samus Aran reveal.

Let’s go to the metal videotape. This is your very own Warner (Power)Wolf speaking! I know that is too old a reference for some of y’all.

In Flames will no longer appear on the “Metal Tour of the Year,” featuring Megadeth, Lamb Of God, and Trivium. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the difficult decision to not join the Metal Tour of The Year,” explained In Flames.

Hatebreed have now been swapped onto the bill to replace In Flames. The current itinerary is listed HERE.

Honestly, with all due respect to In Flames, Hatebreed are going to tear up this tour so fucking hard and it isn’t going to be pretty. This is going to be a killer line-up still and Hatebreed will have a chance to clobber people into putting more respect on Weight Of The False Self‘s underappreciated name. Stoked!

Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe comments: “It’s been far too long since we got together to do our thing— by ‘we’ I mean bands, road crew, bus drivers, truck drivers, local venue staff, vendors, audience, parking lot attendants, the freaking janitors- the whole damn enchilada. ALL OF US. TOGETHER. Everyone has been waiting, but the time has come to put the puzzle back together— I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready to hit the road with lamb of god. See y’all in a few months with Megadeth, Trivium, and now Hatebreed. Over a year with no live music? These shows are gonna be INSANE…”

In other news, Korn have announced that Suicidal Tendencies bass player Ra Diaz will accompany them on their upcoming summer tour, as Korn bassist Fieldy takes time off “to heal.” This is going to be awesome and Ra Diaz is a tremendous talent who ought to own that shit completely. An inspired choice- and from another huge West Coast band. Glad also that Fieldy is focusing on self care. That actually shows strength to acknowledge. Get well soon, holmes.

The group had the following to say: “We appreciate your kind words of support in response to the recent tour update about Fieldy. While our brother takes some time to heal, we wanted to let you know that we are bringing our friend Ra Diaz from Suicidal Tendencies out with us this summer to fill in on Korn bass duties. We’ve all been rehearsing to get ready to bring the heat, and we can’t wait to see you next month.”

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RIP Bryan St. Pere of HUM

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 3:24 PM (PST)

Devastated to report that Bryan St. Pere of HUM has died. I had to hibernate after I heard the news today. The band are a huge influence on my life and have been for years, always better than anything that came after them and many of their “peers” from the formative years. I’m honestly too sad to write about it at the moment in depth. Just vibing quietly alone to “Waves” off Inlet and thinking of all the years they have been important to me and the memories attached, etc. I didn’t know him or any of the band but they are legends in my pantheon. Bryan was the perfect combination of supportive percussive bedrock, stylish but controlled flourish and hard hitting chops. My heart goes out to all those who loved Bryan. Eternal Hails, to quote Darkthrone.

Read more HERE.

Hi folx.
We had a former admin recently say homophobic comments on some Facebook groups and it super pissed me off. I am a pansexual demiflux/non-binary trans person (as I documented in this song I often refer to as my own Korn’s “Daddy” of my personal enby journey). Thus, it fucking sucked to see someone I didn’t even know still had admin roles not only pretend to be a deceased person (long story) but also say messed up things through our site’s official Facebook capacity.  A site which has been held together mainly by lgbtqia people the last half decade plus. I have the screenshots somewhere of which members posts were flagged. Suffice to say they weren’t mine even though I run all the social media except for these weird ass thrash groups this dude was posting in. Which is over now. I have full control over things imminently and want to be absolutely clear…that shit is not cool.

 

There are not just cis straight men in the scene. Get used to it. Why the eff would you want that anyway?!! Not to mention, in society in general! More trans people exist in metal than you probably know, though it is awesome Liturgy, Life Of Agony, Cretin etc. have become more visible. Here is something I wrote on my Facebook the other day after seeing yet more trans bigotry in some forums.

 

Tw for those w dysphoria- gender stuff.
Happy pride month wrap up. Sex and gender both exist on a spectrum and science backs this. Use Google. If you think the following is just word salad you might just be lazy, cis centric and bigoted. I am a valid non binary person without lifting a single performative painted nail or if I ever go back on HRT again or not , if I choose. A binary trans person who hasn’t access to care is also still trans pre op. Stop creating climates of performative dysphoria pole vaulting.

 

Bioessentialism is misguided gatekeeping. PeriodT (pun intended). No I am not mocking periods in general. Perspective. Trans people who are pre transition are not “biological men and women.” Neither are enbys. They are trans people who are becoming and/or already are their authentic full selves. God (if real) is non binary and also created variety in nature. Not just a binary.
Bioessentialism upholds gender norms far more than any trans person and that is just obviously true, because trans people otherwise wouldn’t threaten anyone’s heteronormativity sensibilities (which also often falsely assume/equate sexual w gender identity) . Most trans people are actively deconstructing gender norms.
Of course male privilege exists. Not all trans people were Amab. Reducing all trans people to an imposter cis male boogeyman out to get you is insulting in many levels and completely narrow . You know what else definitely rampantly exists? Transmisogyny and transphobic rhetoric. Trans people are not trying to and literally can’t erase the existence of cis people. That’s absurd.

 

That said , you are also allowed to have sexual preferences for ANY reason. It could be a trigger or just any number of reasons why you like or dislike something or someone. That’s autonomy. You are never obligated to do anything. It might not always be quantifiable though some might be sociology, sure. But Genital preferences don’t mean you get to go around misgendering trans people. You should never reduce anyone to their genitals anyway. That is dehumanizing.

 

Trans and cis people have many different experiences and many similar as well as areas of semi-overlap. We can’t dismiss cis women for wanting to discuss specific medical concerns or historical obstacles and we also can’t yell over trans men or enby peeps who say to please include them as potential child bearing or period having folx. Because they are. And trans people are not mentally ill.

 

“On the whole, bioessentialism reduces individuals to their parts. It restricts free expression of gender and sexuality, limiting our self-presentation critically. It gives rise to harmful stereotypes that marginalize every one of us who cannot conform: men who don’t subscribe to the traditional ideas of masculinity, women who rise above their stations, and transgender and gender-non-conforming (GNC) people. Of these groups, the trans and GNC community suffers most disproportionately. Their struggle is also the most ignored.” – women’s republic

BLACK METAL RAINBOWS Kickstarter Launch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 1:34 PM (PST)

Book logo by https://www.lordofthelogos.com/

Taking a break from listening to TrueAnon Podcast roast the crap out of Elon Husk to tell you about some inspiring black metal news for your Pride and mine! Big Kickstarter launch today for a project that includes many people whom I admire and love, Black Metal Rainbows! Kickstarter launch for this project is HERE.

I can already hear D666 fans calling us pooftahs for posting this!

Black Metal Rainbows is a 400-page, full-color anthology of radical, queer, and leftist writings and artworks that uncover black metal as a genre of openness and inclusivity. 

Black metal is a paradox. A noisy underground metal genre brimming with violence and virulence, it has captured the world’s imagination for its harsh yet flamboyant style and infamous history involving arson, blasphemy, and murder. Today black metal is nothing less than a cultural battleground between those who claim it for nationalist and racist ends, and those who say: Nazi black metal fvck off!

Black Metal Rainbows is a radical new vision of black metal – a book like no other: a unique collection of stunning artworks and thought-provoking writings by a wide range of 80+ writers, artists, activists and visionaries, including Drew Daniel of Matmos/The Soft Pink Truth, Kim KellyHunter Hunt-Hendrix of LiturgyMargaret Killjoy of FeminazgulLaina Dawes of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy MetalEspi KvltCharles Forsman of The End of the Fucking WorldEugene S. Robinson of Oxbow, Svein Egil Hatlevik of Fleurety and Zweizz, an oral history of Dødheimsgard‘s album 666 International, a Tridroid Records label profile, and much more. 

Across essays and interviews, artworks and comics, this gorgeously-designed full-color book foregrounds black metal’s evolution and celebrates its long-term anti-authoritarian spirit. Black metal Rainbows is a necessary conversation-starter, a destroyer of gates and gatekeepers. Because beyond the clichés of grimness and hate, lies a musical genre rich in creativity, humor, and all the colors of the rainbow. We see black metal as open, inclusive, and unlimited: a musical genre whose vital spirit of total antagonism rebels against the forces of political conservatism. All hail the golden age of pluralistic black metal!

From the crypt to the cloud, Black Metal Rainbows unearths black metal’s sparkling core and illuminates its prismatic spectrum: deep within the black, far beyond grimness, and over a darkly glittering rainbow. Nothing is trve, and everyone is permitted. Long live black metal’s trve rainbow!

“Black Metal Rainbows? But of course! Behold a treatise of the unholiest order. These pages unravel the densely layered alchemy that is black metal, and its undeniable relationship to the rebellious queer spirit we as a community so desperately need to resurrect. Rainbow hails to all involved for digging deep and unearthing a fabulous piece of f^ggot witchery. May the seance begin!” Paul Masvidal, Cynic

 

“Despite being there in the moment during the ascent of the Venoms, the Bathorys, and the Hellhammers, I’ve tended to fidget warily from afar since black metal partly curdled into a mess of homogenized inhumanity. So, I welcome this collective liberating howl beyond the stereotypes of icy forests and puerile hatred. Bravo!” —Barney Greenway, Napalm Death

 

“Black metal is a fascinating genre—in part because of its complicated (and bloody) history but also because of the rigorous theory and deep thoughts buzzing around it. If you were to put together a perfect black metal book, one that captures that essential complexity while also providing historical and personal insights, it would be Black Metal Rainbows, a sprawling collection of essays, interviews, band and label profiles, and all kinds of art for both the true kvlt and the curious. It sets the new standard for how we should think about this music.” —Brandon Stosuy, The Creative Independent

 

“Black metal is the ultimate outsider musical genre, so it makes sense that us queers and weirdos would build a home within its barren fields. Black Metal Rainbows is a necessary anthology documenting the strong anti-oppressive backbone being woven into black metal’s very fabric.” KW Campol, Vile Creature

“Usually discussions related to black metal devolve into a mad-libs sameness: throw together “grim,” “obscure,” and a glancing reference to (anything) polar-adjacent, and somehow a complicated product of diverse personalities, locations, and influences are presumed to be adequately described and defined. When any field of creative activity is skeletonized down to a brief sketch or caricature, all the contradictions and the mess of human endeavor are leached out of the discussion, and the sameness and monolithic quality of our broader culture that black metal was deployed to resist, ultimately creeps its way back in. Black Metal Rainbows tries to re-center the conversation back into the messiness and contradictory impulses that make black metal a touch point for so many independent/disparate artists, writers, and others.” Banks Violette

 

“Somewhere in the distance, I can hear the keyboard warriors blubbering: ‘Mom, the pool’s dirty!’ But mom is too busy listening to Myrkur and slamming Mai Tais at the gay bar. Besides, she knows what the rest of us know: Black metal’s white bread phase is over. Black Metal Rainbows is all the colors of the dark.” —J. Bennett

 

“Groups that prize authority and enforce homogeneity are inherently vulnerable to dull extremism; a fascistic, fetishistic process as easily observed in such factions of black metal as in any church a banal black metal might burn. Of course the idea that art should belong only to one privileged class of people is as plunged in hubris as the idea of owning god. In shattering the flatly ludicrous and ludicrously flat illusion of black metal as some immutable orthodox mirror for white/western/cis/hetero/abled/male supremacists, Black Metal Rainbows is a milestone that we, as participants in disturbing said illusion and enthusiasts of punching upward in all its forms, can only celebrate.” Gazelle Amber Valentine, Jucifer

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 ALIEN WEAPONRY have returned, announcing the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Tangaroa, out September 17, 2021 via Napalm Records! The first track has big melodies and an obvious Korn influence. Like Gojira, the band have also opted not to discuss stupid shit during this time of unprecedented environmental threat and are instead focusing on world issues for this song – illegal fishing practices. Through raising this awareness, ALIEN WEAPONRY hope to support the important work and efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. If you recently watched Seaspiracy but that wasn’t somehow enough to make you stop eating fish, maybe this video will at least empower you to donate. 

 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Lewis de Jong says about the track:
“We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste. The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”

 

Drummer Henry de Jong adds:
“‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.”

 

Henry de Jong says about Tangaroa:
“The album is tied together with the message of ‘Tangaroa’ – the whole album is more a snapshot of the band’s brains during the writing process. We have also written songs that are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand). Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”

 

Lewis de Jong adds about the album’s artwork and thematic details:
“The album is named after the track ‘Tangaroa’, and we went with this theme on the artwork. The album is drawn from some new experiences we’ve had as well as some ancient Māori tales. I think we have stepped things up from the last album.”

 

Bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds also adds:
“This album’s use of even more traditional Māori sounds and styles is a very exciting step forward for us.”

 

Tangaroa tracklisting:
1. Titokowaru
2. Hatupatu
3. Ahi Kā
4. Tangaroa
5. Unforgiving
6. Blinded
7. Kai Whatu
8. Crooked Monsters
9. Buried Underground
10. Dad
11. Īhenga
12. Down The Rabbit Hole

Photo credit: Buzz Osborne

Mr. Bungle have released The Night They Came Home (Ipecac Recordings), their NorCal band’s first live album. The 14-song album, accompanied by a physical-only film release, captures the band’s Halloween 2020 livestream event, and features the new live video for “Eracist” (https://youtu.be/TUSUlCBE0BQ).

“‘Eracist’ is a unique song in the Raging Wrath book,” explains Trevor Dunn. “There was no initial demo, only a ‘moshy’ riff that Patton had come up with in the ’80s that Trey somehow remembered. Once that was unearthed Patton completed the tune with a double-time bridge and some lyrics about erasure and denial. It seems to me that it somehow feels contemporary while fitting in with our teenage songwriting style. I guess that’s because it was written over a span of 35 years! You may notice that it’s one of the only songs on the ‘demo’ that actually has a vocal melody. Back in the ’80s we were mostly thinking about drums & guitar, which of course, is really all that metal is about.”

The Night They Came Home finds Mr. Bungle performing songs from their recently released album, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo. The two-hour film, directed by Jack Bennett, is available on CD + Blu-Ray, CD + DVD, and VHS, while the album is also available digitally. The Blu-Ray/DVD iterations feature Bungle’s performance, Neil Hamburger’s opening set, three official music videos (“Raping Your Mind,” “Eracist,” and “Sudden Death”), as well as extended behind-the-scenes footage including several surprise cameos. The VHS release, limited to 1000 collectible copies, is an edited, performance-only portion of the film.

The band performs at Riot Fest (Chicago) in September. The festival marks the first time Mike Patton has pulled double-duty on the same bill, with both Mr. Bungle and Faith No More playing the festival.

“The Night They Came Home” track list:

  1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Mr. Rogers cover)
  2. Anarchy Up Your Anus
  3. Raping Your Mind
  4. Bungle Grind
  5. Methematics
  6. Hell Awaits/Summer Breeze (Slayer/Seals & Croft medley/cover)
  7. Eracist
  8. World Up My Ass (Circle Jerks cover)
  9. Glutton For Punishment
  10. Hypocrites/Habla Español O Muere (S.O.D. cover)
  11. Spreading The Thighs of Death
  12. Loss for Words (Corrosion of Conformity cover)
  13. Sudden Death
  14. Loss of Control (Van Halen cover)

 

Infernal alchemists NEW SKELETAL FACES will unleash their long-awaited Sextinction seven-inch EP on June 25th.

 

Transmuting sound into power, the follow up to 2019’s critically-lauded Celestial Disease full-length finds NEW SKELETAL FACES expanding upon their signature sound invoking the darkest, esoteric elements of rock and roll. Featuring deathrock anthem “Banshee Sex Tomb” and the thunderous metal-tinged dirge of “Extinction Of Bodies,” NEW SKELETAL FACES intoxicate the listener once again with an arcane brew of sex, disenchantment, and danger!

Lyrically, both songs are suitably unpleasant. “Banshee Sex Tomb” attacks the listener by questioning innocence and morality. Rejecting both values, the song spirals downward into a romantic embrace of nihilism. “Extinction Of Bodies” is pure Armageddon. The verses clearly express the insignificance of humanity as replaceable species, and hints of a celestial force causing this destruction. Both songs are dire prophecies.

 

Recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely by the band, NEW SKELETAL FACES’ limited-edition Sextinction EP is pressed on bone colored vinyl and features original cover art by vocalist/guitarist Errol Fritz. Staying true to DIY ethics, the record includes hand numbered and wax stamped obi-strips by the band themselves. Fans of Christian Death, Fields Of The Nephilim, and the dark side of punk-metal (ie Amebix) pay heed.

 

For Sextinction preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

 

Sextinction Track Listing:
Side A – “Banshee Sex Tomb”
Side B – “Extinction Of Bodies”

Catch NEW SKELETAL FACES live July 3rd at Bricks Bar in Maywood, California supporting Only Theatre Of Pain featuring Rikk Agnew and Gitane Demone performing Christian Death’s classic debut. Stay tuned for additional shows to be announced in the weeks to come.
NEW SKELETAL FACES:
7/03/2021 Bricks Bar – Maywood, CA w/ Only Theatre Of Pain

In related news, NEW SKELETAL FACES will be featured in the forthcoming Hemlock: A Night Of Deathrock book. Hemlock is a club located in San Diego, California centered around old school goth, deathrock, and post punk. The book is a culmination of photos, stories, art, merch, posters, bands, and DJs, as well as the community that has supported Club Hemlock throughout the years. An official book release party will be held at The Casbah in San Diego, California on June 19th.

Swedish black metal cultists Wormwood have announced a new release date for their upcoming record Arkivet:

“Due to the spring’s problems in the Suez Canal and Covid-19, we unfortunately have to announce that the Arkivet release will be postponed. This is because the vinyl pressing plant hasn’t been able to deliver on time, due to a lack of materials from the factories.

This is terribly sad news for us, but unfortunately beyond our ability to speed up. The new release date is set for August 27th. We apologize to all of you who have pre-ordered the album, but urge you to wait another month. It will be worth it.”

Pre-order the album here.

Arkivet tracklisting:

“The Archive”
“Overgrowth”
“End Of Message”
“My Northern Heart”
“Ensamheten”
“The Slow Drown”
“The Gentle Touch Of Humanity”

“The Archive” video, a moody and compelling piece, can be seen below:

Hell’s Heroes IV in Houston has announced a skull crushing line-up for the April 2022 event. There is literally something for almost any metal fan unless you are a complete whiner.

From Candlemass to Riot V to Haunt to Sumerlands and many more, the line-up is jaw droppingly rad.

 

The full lineup for the 2022 Hell’s Heroes Festival is as follows:

Dark Angel
Candlemass
Cirith Ungol
Riot V
Eternal Champion
Satan
Whiplash
Medieval Steel
Slough Feg
Enforcer
Night Demon
High Spirits
Haunt
Traveler
Sumerlands
Screamer
Savage Master
Bewitcher
Smoulder
Night Cobra
Natur
Solicitor
Legendary
Lady Beast
Blood Star
Warcloud
Saber

“It’s beyond words how excited I am that Hell’s Heroes is back and better than ever for 2022,” says organizer – and Night Cobra frontman – Christian Larson. “Since we had to skip two years due to the pandemic, we decided to add a second day to the festival this time and really go crazy on the lineup! Excited to see everyone in 2022!”

 

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David Ellefson no longer in MEGADETH after scandal

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 12:47 PM (PST)

MEGADETH have parted ways with their most acclaimed bassist David Ellefson. Obviously there is a lot to unpack here from the moral standpoint of what happened (even if it wasn’t grooming, which depends on whose word you take at face value…edging the age of consent and lying to your wife is fucked up) to other people saying Mustaine is also likely glad to get someone else who he can pay less as well. Any way you slice it amounts to a lousy shit pile of a stain on the legacy of the remaining classic member’s bond.  Still, I hope if Ellefson truly does try to aspire to Christian values that David will work towards making amends and focusing on his family.

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POWERWOLF have released the epic first single from forthcoming  July 16, 2021 album Call Of The Wild.

Matthew Greywolf on the new single: “We are more than proud to present “Beast of Gévaudan,” the first song off our upcoming album, Call Of The Wild. The story behind the song couldn’t fit better into the world of POWERWOLF: It’s about a mysterious beast that killed countless people in the south of France at the end of the 18th century. The beast was never caught and there have always been many legends surrounding the events, up to the interpretation of the clergy, who saw the beast as ‘God’s punishment’ or even as a ‘savior of mankind from the worldly and sinful existence.’”

“Call Of The Wild” track listing:

01. Faster Than The Flame
02. Beast Of Gévaudan
03. Dancing With The Dead
04. Varcolac05. Alive Or Undead
06. Blood For Blood (Faoladh)
07. Glaubenskraft
08. Call Of The Wild
09. Sermon Of Swords
10. Undress To Confess
11. Reverent Of Rats

Various formats (2-CD mediabook, 3-LP vinyl box, 3-CD earbook, digital) of the new album include the bonus album “Missa Cantorem” — a survey of tracks with newly recorded vocals by friends and companions of the band. The collaborator list is, simply put, fucking impressive.

“Missa Cantorem” (bonus album) track listing:

01. Sanctified With Dynamite – feat. Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR)
02. Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend – feat. Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY)
03. Nightside Of Siberia – feat. Johan Hegg (AMON AMARTH)
04. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone – feat. Doro Pesch
05. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike) – feat. Matthew Kiichi Heafy (TRIVIUM)
06. Killers With The Cross – feat. Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK)
07. Kiss Of The Cobra King – feat. Chris Harms (LORD OF THE LOST)
08. We Drink Your Blood – feat. Johannes Eckerström (AVATAR)
09. Resurrection By Erection – feat. Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM)
10. Saturday Satan – feat. Jari Mäenpää (WINTERSUN)

POWERWOLF is:

Attila Dorn – vocals
Falk Maria Schlegel – organ
Charles Greywolf – guitar
Matthew Greywolf – guitar
Roel van Helden – drums

Photo credit: Matteo Vdiva Fabbiani / VDPICTURES

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