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Hey there Megadeth and general thrash fanatics! Cool news today. I got to in a small way facilitate an introduction between Robert Bolger (longtime Nick Menza manager) and rocker/web designer Mark Aceves of the band ZED through my friend Lara Noel McGlynn who knew Mark. Long story short, here’s a website with a sneak preview of an upcoming Nick Menza documentary about the late, great thrash icon’s life!  Playing even a tiny, inconsequential part in this means a lot to me as Countdown… was very much one of the first records that got me into ‘heavier’ metal.

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment was founded by owner Holly Mollohan, who guides fans through the teaser clip.

Click HERE for more info, a terrific photo gallery, performance videos and to see a documentary teaser trailer \m/.

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March 24, 2021 – The New York-based group Zero Trust celebrated the release of their self-titled debut EP today in partnership with Equal Vision Records. Zero Trust might be a new name, but they boast résumé credits spanning decades of the most creative, cutting-edge pockets of the area’s storied hardcore scene. With a lineup consisting of members of Coheed and Cambria, Bulldoze, Full Scale Riot, Agents of Man, Skarhead, and more, the group formed as a creative outlet during the quarantined isolation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On their inaugural release, Zero Trust expands upon their collective experience, blurring the lines between hardcore, metal, and alternative rock with substantive lyrical themes from vocalist BJ Allen, who reflects on the socio-political turmoil that has erupted throughout the past year. To accompany the release, Zero Trust also shared the official music video for the opening track “Birch” (Editor’s Note: I vaguely think there was also a pretty cool Shabutie song called this from around the Penelope era that Travis maybe even sang (?), but maybe I am buggin’? Either way this shit is dope).

Zero Trust is out now and available to stream here.

Speaking on the single, BJ Allen (vocals) says:
“Birch is about exploring the part of your mind that knows the whole system is against you, while also knowing that if humanity were to be unified, civil and just we would be in a much better position.”

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Todd La Torre has a new lyric video out for hard charging hard rock/metal hybrid track “Critical Cynic.” Check it out below. La Torre is an awesome dude with so much talent and has contributed wonderful things to the Queensrÿche legacy!

Todd La Torre’s solo record Rejoice In The Suffering is an event worth celebrating.

“Rejoice In The Suffering was truly a labor of love. It’s a pure metal record that certainly showcases a wide range of my vocal abilities. I feel there is something for any true fan of metal on this album. This album is full of groove, dynamics, power, and substance and I can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains Todd La Torre.

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GENGHIS TRON release video for “Pyrocene”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Experimental musical gymnasts GENGHIS TRON have of course returned in a new configuration. I was hesitant at first because I loved the old records but have been low key digging and absorbing the new stuff as I can check it out.

The band’s first new studio outing in over a decade, Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky are now joined by two new collaborators: vocalist Tony Wolski and Sumac/Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. It helps a lot that Nick is one of the best drummers on the fucking planet and I like that Tony is not just copying their older approach.

Check out “Pyrocene” below which gives me Russian Circles/Autolux vibes in places. Order Dream Weapon HERE (with cover art that gives me Scale The Summit meets Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy feels).

Photo by Trevor Naud

Metalcore Band Ventruss Release” “Talladega”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:52 AM (PST)

Searching the Bayou for Olaf?

“Talladega” is here from metalcore band Ventruss (not to be confused with Asajj Ventress), a snappy and energetic new single from the Louisiana crew. Sure, you have your semi-standard metalcore dudes in a field yelling and headbanging scenes but also some car porn, some flirtation with rap metal and some big melodies as well. The song deals with overcoming insecurity, but the band seem quite confident.

Check out the video below.

Metal and horror legend Rob Zombie has released a new video for the single “Crow Killer Blues”, more evidence that The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy finds the musical madman seemingly loosening up and just enjoying the ride again. It is making for some of his best material in years, every song full of the dark circus of Zombie crunchy yet heavy and groovy vibe fans know and love. This one really slams home when those vocals come in.

Get your party scowl on as the wind’s howl below.

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Swedish Shadow glam metallers TOXICROSE tread through the darkness with gutter glory, riding the boundaries of heavy metal and hard rock’s flirtation with the Id. New song “Domination” totally rocks (love the melodic back up vocals)! The band really outdid themselves with the arrangement, a rollicking verse building to a gritty and imporing chorus and a truly huge sounding, bombastic bridge. Fans of The 69 Eyes, Slaughter, Crashdïet will absolutely love this.

Left to right:
Michael, Drums & backing vocals
Johannes, Bass & backing vocals
Andy, Lead vocals
Tom, Guitar & backing vocals

 

ERRA release “Shadow Autonomous”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:23 PM (PST)

Erra have a new harsh/melodic varying track out today called “Shadow Autonomous”, a vibrant and lively complex track from their new arsenal of material. Getting BTBAM/Saosin vibes from this one a little bit. Pre Order their new release HERE.

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Metallica rang in 35 (!) years of the iconic Master Of Puppets with a Colbert performance of “Battery”. The classic thrash song still packs quite a punch despite the band being older and you can feel the emotion in the performance. The banner from the Damage Inc. tour made the moment even more resonant as a subtle tribute to Cliff and a reminder of everywhere we have been with this band. In 2015, Master of Puppets became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Kirk’s soloing on “Battery” on Colbert also really makes me wonder again how in the hell the decision was ever made to keep solos off St. Anger. Personally I find that worse than the snare.

There likely may never be another metal band to reach this band’s heights and we would do well to keep celebrating their impact.

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Perpetual Chaos continues to turn heads for thrashers Nervosa. While Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto are missed, the new record slays and now we have multiple good bands instead of one (Crypta is fucking awesome). Diva Satanica is really doing an admirable job at what seemed impossible, much like Floor from Nightwish managing to carry on for an already respected institution.

Schmier from Destruction appears on the new single, “Genocidal Command” which has some clear Slayer influences from the opening scream.  Prika Amaral has done a great job ensuring the group stayed formidable despite the major line-up changes.

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MEMORIAM are one of the too few bands that kept me sane the last few years when everyone else and their mother was either turning right wing edgelord, bickering amongst themselves over dumb shit and undermining productive coalition building or wallowing in their privilege instead of accepting genuine critique. This band stayed strong and released killer record after killer record! They spread an “old school death metal and political awareness can be good bedfellows” message that never sacrificed tunes over schooling the masses yet still manage to not skimp in the important knowledge department either (even when banging skulls together)!

The band consists of Bolt Thrower’s iconic Karl Willetts alongside ex-members of Benediction and Sacrilege and will never let you down.

To The End, the group’s triumphant latest, will be out via Reaper Entertainment in late March. Order it HERE.

Karl Willetts states:
“This is one of the first songs that came together for the new album. A song, we got a serious political theme to it, written in the whole time span of the “black lives matter” demonstrations.
So this song is inspired by these events and it is inspired by a friend of mine, who was involved in one of these demonstrations in the USA. She was there to video the event.
And in the process of this, she managed to get arrested and received 80 hours of community service for her work on the demonstration. But she managed it to get very good video footage of the police, warning the crowd and threatening to use chemical weapons to get them off the streets. It was frightening to see these scenes and it inspired me to write the lyrics of the song.
So the lyrics fit very well with the music, which is very hard and hitting. This song is a tribute to all people who was part of the black lives matters demonstrations and of course to my friend.”

 

Along with Boston hardcore band Move‘s explosive and must hear Freedom Dreams , MEMORIAM’s “Failure To Comply” rounds out a really solid week for informed and meaningful new material in the heavy music scene!

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Metal Video Meltdown: Gizmachi, Veil Of Maya news items

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:24 AM (PST)

Late weekend news on a couple of bangers for ya today as I try to distract myself from the obstinate idiocy of Bill Maher and Megyn Kelly. Enough pretending you are liberal, Bill. You constantly platform and are starry eyed at or giddy about agreeing with bigoted pieces of shit. Anyway…

Gizmachi are back after a noted absence from the scene, a sort of hybrid blend of extreme, Nu and fusion metal who I often used to enjoy seeing on stacked bills in Poughkeepsie back in the day. I just woke up and made coffee and discovered the band’s new video for “Look What I’ve Become.”

I was certainly startled to see no Sean Kane in the video but rather the much balder head of Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid. What the heck is going on? Well, all I know for sure is the band has a new album coming out March 12th called Omega Kaleid and it is awesome to see them rise up again. Always a killer live show and a lot of passion and talent in this group, so we wish them the best whatever the line-up situation is!

In a double whammy for you tech metal nutsos out there, prog-core torchbearers Veil Of Maya are also back with a new jam! See the animated video for “Viscera” below!  Lukas Magyar continues to elevate the sophistication of the band’s material as the group unveil a Mad Max hellscape in an animated clip for fans.

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Canadian deathcore band BRAND OF SACRIFICE have released a new video for “Altered Eyes” from their anticipated March 5th album Lifeblood.

“We’re excited to present the last single before Lifeblood drops March 5. “Altered Eyes” is something of a spiritual successor to “Charlotte,” a breakout success from our last album that took off way more than we anticipated. Funnily enough, both come in at track four on their respective album, but it’s more about the vibe; both tracks rock and groove as much as they riff and gut. Speaking of, much like most of Lifeblood, this track is based on Berserk protagonist Guts, in this case the torment he felt watching his love interest lose her sanity amidst hellish abuse. “Altered Eyes” paints that hell with fiery Doom-scapes.

We initially weren’t even planning a video for this track—how could we even dream of measuring up to the epic that is “Animal”? Upon seeing Tony Simone’s work for his own band, Abiotic, we knew we had to do it. The CGI animation puts it in an entirely different realm than what we’ve done with Joey Durango. It’s similarly intense, but lives entirely in its own world and on its own two feet.”

TOMBS release video for “Secrets Of The Black Sun”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:52 AM (PST)

Often ferocious and always thought provoking blackened art metallers Tombs have premiered the latest video in the New York band’s arsenal. A standout and gloomy highlight from recent  guest-heavy triumph Under Sullen Skies, the track sort of floats in a no man’s land between DSBM and post-rock for an unnerving and thrilling listening experience. Add in guest vocal textures from the great musical medium Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Lvxuri) paired with Mike Hill’s tortured musings and you have one hell of a ride.

It is enormous to hear the group not settle for taking the easy way out and releasing the same song every go ’round. It is one reason they remain one of the most important vanguard acts in modern extreme metal.

“Everyone contributes on this record and the door has always been open for others to do so. There has always been this misconception that I’m some sort of tyrant always telling people what to do and play. The fact of the matter is that most of the time I outwork people; that’s just the way I am. No one is ever going to outwork me on any level in any area of my life and I was always coming up with material. Now, I have these maniacs in the band who are equally motivated and there’s a whole new life injected into TOMBS. That’s awesome and I love it. These days we’ll try anything and we actually write stuff and throw it out because it’s not perfect. It’s more like a writing committee, which I really appreciate. It’s not just me writing everything. It’s a big difference from ‘The Grand Annihilation’ which was basically a solo record.” – Mike Hill. 

Today sees Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) release his first solo record in five years with ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’. Expect Warwick’s signature grit and soul in a hearty and heartfelt new batch of terrific tunes.

Ricky comments on the release of his new album “This album is a statement of my intent, a love of rock n roll, songwriting and playing from the heart. The only way I know how. I’m so honored I now have the opportunity to share it with all of you!”

Buy the album on various formats, including a 2CD Digipack which includes the bonus covers album ‘Stairwell Troubadour’ (which includes everything from Maiden to Dead Or Alive to Ramones to Britney Spears covers!), now from:

– http://nblast.de/RickyWarwick-WLWHAF

– https://www.musicglue.com/ricky-warwick/

For the process of recording the album, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Thunder’s Luke Morley, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns ‘N Roses and even Ricky’s daughter Pepper. Keith also produced the new album, having previously worked with Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke and Alice Cooper. Keith noted that “Ricky is a true Rock-n-Roll soul… he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”

Check out a new video below! “You’re My Rock’N’Roll” is an infectious yet street-wise song that feels like what it means to live for rock, a punk-tinged power anthem that brings to mind working class, scab knuckled hands wiping down the bar to start all over again. It’s the sort of song that would make the Social Distortions and Rose Tattoos of the world proud, a fine tribute to the many faces known and unknown behind the genre’s glory and ongoing legacy.

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