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Band Spotlight: An Early Ending

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM (PST)

Hailing from the ridiculously fertile grounds of modern metal, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania quintet An Early Ending are precisely and powerfully carving their own way into the metal world. However, their story could have turned out quite different. While on tour in 2009, the band was in a very serious and damaging car accident. Fully recovered, recharged, and now packing new guitarist heat, they are on the precipice of a new trail to be blazed. An Early Ending emanates a technical and brave sound, embracing regional influences such as August Burns Red and Texas In July while blending and belting clean and savage vocal stylings similar to early Bullet for My Valentine and “The Curse”-era Atreyu. This arsenal of aurally decimating weapons, along with a new EP due out September 6th via CI Records, makes “Igniter” an eagerly anticipated release as well as a culmination of two years of uncertainty, pain and doubt that have been positively channeled into something truly amazing and inspiring.

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Band Spotlight: Nero Order

Posted by JDKleinhans on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 10:49 AM (PST)

Known for the trash metal boom of the ’80’s, San Francisco has since become an often overlooked metal scene. But when you have a band like Nero Order creating their unique brand of visceral doom metal you better pay attention. Champions of the DIY ethos, Nero Order’s “The Tower” is a completely self-funded and self-released album of 4 mind-crunching and sludge-faced doom metal that heralds to the days of old school Neurosis. Believing in the art of metal and not to eek out a profit, the band is sharing “The Tower” as a free download. So, download it, listen to it, and head on over to their Facebook page and let them know what you think of their elephantine rhythms, expansive and tragic melodies, moody and severe vocals, their simultaneously abrasive and consonant, dynamic, cacophonous sound that is academic in scope and violent in delivery.

“For I am I: ergo, the truth of myself; my own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex—asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.” – Austin Osman Spare

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Band Spotlight: Painmask

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:36 PM (PST)

If you want to remember when metalcore was thrilling (think 2nd wave when people were finally more comfortable with “crossover”) and when bands like Biohazard and Life Of Agony were first blowing minds, Painmask are firm disciples yet with brutal twists all their own. Singer Jay Avery also is a major advocate for medical marijuana and has worked with friend Kyle Kushman to spread the word. After an extended hiatus Painmask are back strong showing that you can’t keep a real band down. They have a new EP and are recording a full length, hoping for the best but determined to hold middle fingers high and play music regardless of corny trends.  Give them a listen on their facebook.

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Band Spotlight: Behold! The Monolith

Posted by Theis Doomlund on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM (PST)

Here at we pride ourselves on discovering fresh acts straight from the teeming metal underground and sharing them with you readers. One such is Behold! The Monolith from Los Angeles, CA. Formed in 2007, Behold! The Monolith has spent the last couple of years forging a unique sounding blend of neo-prog compositions, raw vocal style and most importantly; mind-crushingly heavy riffs. B!TM has previously released a self-titled Ep and a self-titled album on their own label Arctic Forest Records. They’re currently recording new material, so stay tuned to Metal Riot for updates. In the meantime, listen to a couple of their tracks here.

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Band Spotlight: Sarke

Posted by Christine on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM (PST)

Formed in 2008 by its namesake, Sarke is a mesmerizing journey through dark and soothing soundscapes inspired by legends like Mayhem, Slayer, Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Motorhead and Kreator.

All music and lyrics are written by Sarke, but adding the legendary voice of Darkthone’s Nocturno Culto has brought another dimension to the grimness.

Sarke’s new album, “Oldarhian”, will arrive in stores via Indie Recordings on April 15, 2011.

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Band Spotlight: Sahg

Posted by Christine on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM (PST)

Not many heavy metal bands can boast of chart positions and two-page bulletins in all the national newspapers for a debut album. Sahg can. With their gloomy chords, ten ton rhythms and a taste for the heavy rock pioneers of the seventies, the Bergen-based quartet had the audience and critics toss their hats in the air with excitement. Sahg I (2006) filled a void in the Norwegian metal fauna, and was an indisputable success in Norway, as well as abroad. The album got 10 out of 10 points in German Rock Hard Magazine, and 8 out of 10 in the UK edition of Metal Hammer. The success debut album brought the band on tour stateside, as opening act for extreme metal pioneers Celtic Frost, and made Sahg “the one to watch” at a string of metal festivals.

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Horse Called War

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 1:43 PM (PST)

Horse Called War hails from Oklahoma City, a place where the earth is stained in blood. In a state with such a brutal history, is seems the very ground they walk welcomes the ground and pound sound they create. Citing current influences from Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel, they break through genre labels and carve their own niche in the metal world. Machine gun drums, rapid-fire guitar riffs, and voracious vocals define their brand, as well as keeping their feet firmly on the ground. Horse Called War strives to bring a meaningful measure of reality regardless of societal norms and expectations through the forms and framework of technical groove metal. They have performed with the likes of Anthrax, Lamb of God, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom. This quintessential quintet already shook the scene with 2007’s “Becoming” and now, they ready up for their new release to drop early this summer.

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The Resurrection Sorrow

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM (PST)

One of the very best bands carrying the torch for a viable hard rock and metal scene in New York City these days is The Resurrection Sorrow. Along with bands like DeMilitia and God’s Green Earth, they are helping make the Big Apple slightly less hipster friendly. Live, this onslaught of some of the loudest riffing you’re likely to ever encounter onstage is combined with roaring melodies and horror poetry of front man (and comic book scribe) Alex Dementia. This band is still at “best kept secret” status but have been kicking down doors with serious touring, good time attitudes and the monolithic and dark riff majesty of their recent HOUR OF THE WOLF release (which came complete with spooky Seldon Hunt cover art). Highly recommended for fans of everything from Down and Danzig to Ufomammut and Motorhead. Alex even occasionally has been known to stomp through venue floors!

Band Spotlight: Subrosa

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM (PST)

Subrosa is a doom drenched mysterious band of metal loving girls and guys from Salt Lake City, Utah with influences as diverse as PJ Harvey, The Melvins and Katatonia. Featuring haunting, bluesy female vocals with a poetic twist and a massive sound that incorporates violin over pulverizing dirge riffs, the band gained considerable attention after releasing STREGA on I Hate Records in 2008. Like a long cry in the dark, the band resonates with the rich undercurrents of nature and doesn’t flinch from any side of life’s tapestry in their compelling, dark songs. “Extreme straightforwardness is the name of the game in getting to the primitive center inside all of us that has the most power to overpower.”  Sample a few of their tracks on the band’s MySpace page.

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