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Metal News: Good, Bad and Ugly (3/19/21)

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:14 PM (PST)

鬼 Photo credit: Robin Parsons

Greetings and happy Snyder Cut weekend. To say that the new, proper version of Justice League is better is a massive understatement. It is nice to actually see the POC in the movie have actual meaningful and important arcs. And so much better action! Bravo! The other version was way too focus grouped out of a soul and is one example (like Rise Of Skywalker) where a shorter run time and weird editing choices actually hurt the film. Snyder’s cut is literally 1,000x better and it has been awesome to see people fighting for more out of loving something rather than hating things for once. DC and Warner Bros. would be fools if they don’t make this the official canon version. Cue Wonder Woman hype theme!

But anyhow, we are here to talk metal. Lots of SHITTY stuff going on from Jon Schaffer being denied bond (that part is good, just shitty that he is a MAGA insurrectionist dipshit) to Stephen Carpenter sounding delusional enough that he could join Schaffer in Iced Earth at this rate. 9/11 happened and it is insulting af to New Yorkers to claim otherwise. I literally played CBGB’s the week it reopened and can remember the relief and catharsis of fearful New Yorkers glad to be out doing something positive after so much pain palpably.
WTF is going on where these musicians like these dudes or John Dolmayan (personally doing his best to make sure people rebrand his group System Of A Clown despite the rest of the band’s noble social justice efforts) have been all over the world and have so many opportunities to be educated but instead become conspiracy nuts, unforgivably compare BLM to the KKK or in Carpenter’s case likely smoke so much weed they literally can’t differentiate reality anymore? It is a god damn shame. I loved all those bands a lot at different points. Same for Ministry who have announced a new tour with Helmet and Front Line Assembly (more of my all time faves, sadly) but I am pretty sure Wikipedia still lists Sin Quirin in the band Ministry with no restorative justice reckoning so that is a hard pass. Some people didn’t forget about the grooming stuff just cuz everyone got distracted by Covid the last year. Everyone go watch the Woody Allen doc (God, Allen is utter gaslighting scum, IMO) if you don’t think media can’t help or harm when it comes to sweeping things aside.

Sometimes “cancel culture” (a right wing seeded talking point to focus shift) is actually about accountability, folks. I know you all want to feel super defensive because people don’t want you to tweet ableist shit or be morons or rape apologists anymore, but can everyone fuck right off?

On an even more somber note, Hearts go out today to the Underoath camp who are dealing with the tragic death of of old school guitarist Corey Steger. Our condolences and prayers go out to his surviving family and friends. He was very young and it is terribly sad. May his memory continue to shine for all those who loved him.

Man, that is a lot of depressing stuff. Let’s get to some music.

THE EMBER, THE ASH has today released “Becoming the Eidolon”, the third single to be taken from their upcoming album, Fixation. Accompanying the track, THE EMBER, THE ASH has also shared a lyric video – continuing the album’s highly stylized visual aesthetic. Born as a solo project from a musical polymath known only as 鬼, THE EMBER, THE ASH straddles the gulf between textured metalcore and symphonic black metal – not the most common combination of sub-genres. Love how confidently the track barrels in from the top.

In death metal news…April 16th, Cannibal Corpse will release their fifteenth studio album, Violence Unimagined, via Metal Blade Records. Fans can read an exclusive interview with Cannibal Corpse about Violence Unimagined and more in the May 2021 issue of Decibel Magazine, which features the band on the cover. To purchase your copy online now, please visit: https://store.decibelmagazine.com/products/may-2021-199 – or pick up an issue at newsstands starting April 7th!

Super stoked to hear a large body of material with these guys featuring Erik Rutan!

“I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well,” Alex Webster enthuses. This is not all that he brings to the band. “He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be. Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well. That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”


 

 

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Photo by Elizabeth Gomez (Globelamp)

Kingston, New York-based avant rock/punk outfit WALKING BOMBS presents its most infectious material to date, with the expansive new full-length release Tears We Should Have Shed. With the record now confirmed for independent digital release in April, the cover art, track listing, preorders, and track “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” have been posted.

The project of one Morgan Y. Evans, joined by a wide cast of collaborators, WALKING BOMBS here delivers a musical study in navigating regretful occurrences in humanity with Tears We Should Have Shed. It is a record steeped in sorrows and triumphs, delivered through a wide range of varied musical styles.

Recorded throughout 2020, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sean Paul Pillsworth at Nada Recording Studio in Montgomery, New York (Senses Fail, Shai Hulud, My Chemical Romance), Tears We Should Have Shed sees Evans performing lead vocals as well as acoustic guitar, trombone, bass, guitar, and piano contributions across the album. Additionally, the record features contributions from Elizabeth “Le Fey” DaPena (Globelamp), Sean Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week, Jerk Magnet), David Brenner (Gridfailure), David Bodie (ex-Time Of Orchids, Divest, Kayo Dot), Taraka Larson (Taraka, ex-Prince Rama), Jack Manley (The Jenifer Shop), and Justin Zipperle (Shadow Witch).

“I’ve always enjoyed bands like Orange 9mm, Faith No More, or Swans where even though you knew it was them you might be surprised song to song or album to album by some big stylistic twists and turns.  My own work in bands since 1993 has also reflected that often,” Evans states. “This WALKING BOMBS album explores a lot of punk and hardcore and kind of Type O influences more than some of my other releases with this project that were more grunge or post punk heavy. There’s also a little bit of classic rock influence sprinkled here and there. But it all compliments the general themes of regret for human folly.”

Songs like “Brash Bandages” and “GeneralGrievousAngel” deal with self-reflection and sobriety, whereas elsewhere the harsh noise landscape of “Focus Shifting The Apocalypse” or the pop-punk-meets-Jawbreaker-influenced “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” examine the frenzied, cult-like impact of disinformation on a gullible society. The goth-toned title track and Bad Religion-influenced “I Will Miss You” look at the highs and lows of the life of an underground lifer musician. Other moments include examinations of Red Scare-era and modern sexism, healing, gaslighting, and trauma.

Evans delves, “This is not so much a record about trying styles and ‘seeing what sticks’ because I can’t live my life by that unhealthy metric. It’s very important to not take the ability to release a range of music while alive for granted. I almost went into a diabetic coma last year and have a year of sobriety again. Covid and a lot of intense events of 2020 really made me restless to channel some love and pain. If feels like a triumph that we safely made a record last year. It meant a lot to me to have everyone involved who played a role, but especially to finally make a full-length album deep in the woods at Nada Recording Studio with my dear friend Sean Paul Pillsworth after several decades in the scene together.”

Stream the title track to Tears We Should Have Shed’s closing punk ripper “Time To Go (Fuck Q)” RIGHT HERE.

WALKING BOMBS will release Tears We Should Have Shed digitally on April 23rd. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and watch for additional audio previews and more to be issued in the coming weeks.

 

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Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).

As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.

It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.

Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.

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RIP LG Petrov

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Today we hang our heads, raise our horns in respect and send all the love in our charred, heavy hearts out to friends and family of iconic death metal vocalist Lars-Göran “LG” Petrov and all the bands he was ever in. The extremely influential death metal cult singer was the bellowing and intense voice of Nihilist, Entombed, Firespawn, Entombed A.D. and for many THE buck stops here voice of Swedish death.

Albert from mighty Decibel posted a fitting memorial tribute of note HERE. I get too emotional about these things and he did a better job recapping dude’s life than I can today under these circumstances.

Converge posted a thrilling live clip of them full of excitement and intensity performing live with LG on Instagram HERE. It gave me goosebumps, made me pump my fist and cry. Fuck.

Entombed A.D. posted the following to Facebook (where many fans are leaving moving tribute comments to the late singer):

We are devastated to announce that our beloved friend Lars-Göran Petrov has left us.⁣⁣
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Our brother, leader, vocalist, our Chief Rebel Angel went on another ride last night. It’s with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Lars-Göran Petrov has left us. He was (is!!!) an incredible friend, and a person that has touched so many people. He has changed so many lives with his voice, his music, his character and his unique personality. LG’s smile is something that we will carry forever in our hearts. When asked in an interview what he would like to have written on his grave and what about his legacy, he said: “I will never die, it will never die”. And you didn’t. You will live forever in our hearts. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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R.I.P. LG Petrov.

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Serena Cherry (SVALBARD) announces NOCTULE solo release

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:44 AM (PST)

During the UK national lock down in 2020, Serena decided to write an entire black metal album themed to the RPG computer game Skyrim. Each song is about different dungeons, story lines and weapons within the award-winning game. She notes: “I have always associated Skyrim with black metal. The snowy mountain settings, the morbid themes, the Norse mythology backbone – it just goes hand in hand for me.” Prior to her 10 year career as the front woman of Svalbard, Serena previously played in a black metal band and has been excited to get back to her musical roots. With hypnotic, interlocking tremolo guitar leads, pummeling blast beats and reverb drenched vocals; NOCTULE sees Serena spread her dragon wings and take off in an intriguing musical direction on her own.

Today, listen to the title track to Wretched Abyss in the form of a music video. The video is streaming now at Revolver Magazine. “The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films,” comments Cherry. “‘Wretched Abyss’ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in Skyrim,” Cherry tells us. “He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.”

Track listing:
1. Elven Sword
2. Labyrinthian
3. Wretched Abyss
4. Evenaar
5. Winterhold
6. Deathbell Harvest
7. Unrelenting Force
8. Become Ethereal

NOCTULE is:
Serena Cherry

Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Bristol, UK, in January 2021 with Matt Francis.
Additional guitars & additional writing on Evenaar and Deathbell Harvest by Matt Francis

Photo: John Ashby @gryphonbristol

Photo by Gabrielle Duplantier

Progressive death metal greats GOJIRA have announced their anticipated new record Fortitude for an April 30th release via Roadrunner. Fortitude is sure to be one of the biggest heavy rock releases of the year and was recorded and produced by Joe Duplantier at Silver Cord Studio in Queens, and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine). To say it is going to kick ass would be a huge understatement. With Rush Limbaugh croaking and now this news, today can’t get any better!

The new single deals with mortality and personal growth and can be observed with awe below.

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Austin’s punk encrusted blackened deep fried hellhounds SKELETON were in our Top 12 of 2020 last year for the overall best records of that hellscape year we’d otherwise love to forget , so we are stoked to hear they also now have a quick surprise EP Demo out between full lengths!

Stream SKELETON’s Ordainment Of Divinity at THIS LOCATION.

 

Ordainment Of Divinity is available on digital and limited cassette formats. Find digital orders at THIS LOCATION and physical orders HERE.   

 

Ordainment Of Divinity Track Listing:
1. Opening Rites
2. I
3. II
4. III
5. IV

Disheartening DELAIN news as band members splinter

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:08 AM (PST)

World shattering news for fans of alternative symphonic metallers Delain today as we learn the powerhouse and incredibly intuitive and creative group are essentially breaking up, at least as we have known them. While the band will continue on as Martijn’s band, the important components of Charlotte, Timo, Otto and relatively new Joey are out. I am reeling from the news as a fan.

At least with Fear Factory while the loss of Burton is fucking intolerable and the most famed rhythm section have been gone forever you know the highly and admirably driven Dino is still surrounded by guys who have been in the band awhile and are passionate about industrial metal. With Martijn taking the reigns completely here and not only the loss of the one of a kind Charlotte but also especially Timo, Delain is in my mind a completely new band and should just change the name rather than pretend otherwise.

Charlotte has a statement HERE and Martijn HERE, in the interest of fairness. Regardless of my personal opinion, we here at MetalRiot wish all the members the best and thank them for the many memories and amazing songs and smiles that the Delain we have loved in this incarnation brought us. Despite the careful language there is clearly frustration and it doesn’t sound fully amicable.

If you didn’t pick up the recent Apocalypse & Chill please do so and let’s show the band we appreciate what they have given us.

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CALIBAN to release German-language album ‘Zeitgeister’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:41 AM (PST)

One of my personal favorite metalcore bands ever, Germany’s CALIBAN have released many rock solid examples of the genre and worked hard to keep the sound both meaningful and alive in the scene through hard work and valuable, emotionally resonant material. They balance heavy and catchy better than most bands doing that contrast, as well.

Now the band are doing something cool I think they ought to be applauded for, re-recording a bunch of tunes in their native German. I think it is problematic when band’s feel like they can only sing in English because of capitalism and the market share. Hey, wasn’t “Despacito”  like the biggest YouTube played video ever? Maybe we should be encouraging more education and culture exchange rather than normalizing English constantly being centered?

From the press release:

It took German metalcore vets, CALIBAN, recording a cover of Rammstein’s “Sonne” to realize that their native tongue was a seamless fit with their time-tempered collision of punishing riffs and Andreas Dörner’s urgent vocals. With fans hungry for the Essen-borne quintet to record an album exclusively in German, the band simply said, “Why not?”, and Zeitgeister, which will be released on May 14th, was born.

11 genre-defining LPs deep into their career, the band’s vision for the album came naturally – a career retrospective and deep-dive into CALIBAN favorites that haven’t had been seen live in some time.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but once we allowed us to make them as different from the originals as we felt it was needed it came fairly naturally”, explains guitarist and main songwriter Marc Görtz. Of course, some updating was necessary when it came to translating the songs to German. “It turned out to be surprisingly tricky,” states Dörner. “While I feel more at home with my native German it made it a lot more complicated, as I had more options to phrase something.”

Formed in 1997, CALIBAN’s legacy has been a tireless one, touring the globe and sharing stages with the likes of Kreator, Killswitch Engage and Dark Tranquillity just to mention a few. Zeitgeister was a welcome homecoming. With the help of long-running producer Benjamin Richter (Moonspell, Emil Bulls) CALIBAN hand-picked seven tracks to bring new life to:

“Trauma” (feat. Matthi from Nasty, originally “Arena Of Concealment”)
“Herz” (originally “I Will Never Let You Down”)
“Ausbruch nach Innen” (originally “Tyranny Of Small Misery”)
“Feuer, zieh’ mit mir” (originally “Between The Worlds”)
“Nichts ist für immer” (originally “All I Gave”)
“Intoleranz” (originally “Intolerance”)
“Mein Inferno” (originally “My Little Secret”)
“Zeitgeister” also boasts a new track, “nICHts”.
Stay tuned for Pre Orders and more info!

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TW: Anti-Semitism and Domestic Violence.

More accusations towards Nazi-memorabilia enthusiast Marilyn Manson have come out in relation to his abuse allegations. Evan Rachel Wood is feeling safer now and sharing more details. It certainly is sketchy as fuck to learn that he bought Eva Braun’s handbag at one point, allegedly? Who has that now and have they hopefully gotten rid of it or thrown it in a dumpster? I know there have been WW2 enthusiasts in rock before like Lemmy who collected all manner of memorabilia but Lemmy was also VERY outspoken about hating prejudice and racism and his favorite artist of all time was Little Richard. Manson seems to have very much become that which he once lampooned on Portrait Of An American Family as the toxic underbelly of American society. WTpsychoticF, dude?

His long running manager Tony Ciulla has dropped him NOW, which is completely unimpressive. How could you really not know anything between Antichrist Superstar until now, dude? While many fans are grappling how someone who has written albums important to them could be so allegedly shitty, that is not the thing to center! Mechanical Animals really helped me feel better about expressing gender fluidity but I am sure as fuck not gonna put that incidental fact above the pain of the women who have come forward. Get some perspective, fuckers!

Wood, 33, claimed on her Instagram Story Friday that in addition to emotional and sexual abuse, Manson, 52, was also abusive towards her regarding her Jewish heritage. She also denied ever having a BDSM relationship with him and dismantled other pathetic talking points abuse apologists have tried to direct towards her.

The Westworld, Frozen and True Blood actress shared Manson’s tattoos which she says are hidden swastikas and a Nazi-death’s head inspired symbol of a skull-and-crossbones. She said he didn’t have them when they started dating.

“He would draw swastikas over my bedside table when he was mad at me,” says Wood, who also related on IG in her story that she was called a Jew as an insult and her mother’s heritage discussed in a demeaning way.

I heard the ‘n’ word over and over,” she added. “Everyone around him was expected to laugh and join in. If you did not or (god forbid) called him out, you were singled out and abused more.”

People in the scene who want to victim blame and whose first impulse is to fall into every abuse apologist trope should READ THIS ARTICLE right away. It was a huge red flag when Manson’s team tried to deflect from him ending a recent interview abruptly with Metal Hammer when asked about Evan alluding previously to him being an abuser (before she outright named him) by using Rose McGowan as a token “MeToo” survivor who is friendly with him. If anyone ever tries to do that you can tell them to fuck off and that one experience does not mean everyone else’s were similar.

Also, metal and worker’s rights scribe, Kim Kelly (whose work is much appreciated for what she brings to the scene) has posted a Gizmodo piece to help people recognize Nazi and Racist dogwhistling from metal bands HERE. It has some very good techniques to try to familiarize yourself with. I for one will not promote anything from Hells Headbangers because they just don’t try hard enough to vet shit, IMO.

Reporting on metal is a complicated process and we try our best to not contribute to anything super shitty. The best thing the community can do is have an ongoing discourse on how to improve things. At various points I have not written about whole bands or labels if they are unrepentant, have done zero sincere restorative justice or it’s just way too sketch to know. This goes for multiple reasons/topics. Together we can try and stay on top of this stuff instead of making an anything goes climate. You are under no obligation to support Destroyer 666 casually calling people whores or “effeminate men” as an insult just because you like metal.

The term “cancel culture” is itself an alt-right seeded concept (like “virtue” signal or “SJW”) that seeks to diminish the efforts of accountability and social justice.  Contrarian fuckheads seem to think no one has the intelligence to be able to understand nuance or degrees of contrition. If that were the case there would never be ex-neo nazis like Christian Picciolini who now do important anti-racism activism!

And then there is this I’d like to draw your attention towards:

Lastly, some smart words from Kris Esfandiari, who we have often said for awhile now is the dopest current singer in metal (and several other genres).

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When Swans released Soundtracks For The Blind back in the day it was hailed often as a type of soundtrack to a non-existent film. A similarly immersive experience awaits those who dare to tread the seventy three minute new collaborative piece by NYC’s experimental artists RACK and GRIDFAILURE, subtly entitled The Sun Exploded. Rather than a non-existent film, this one reminds us more of watching Tetsuo: The Iron Man on PCP.

There is a lot of great new stuff out today (as usual for Bandcamp Friday) from the one man Viking dreams of Feskarn’s Raven’s Way to a new extra chill Soft Kill two song release to Sweden’s progressive sludge metallers Vokonis’ new ominus banger “Blackened Wings”. This Rack and Grid team up us by far the scariest, however.

The Rack (Jon Paris) contributions are about a decade old, files that Dave Brenner of Gridfailure then manipulated and wove amidst his unique process of noise sculpting to create not just a seamless call and response but an altogether new uncharted territory. Power electronic ritual sacrificial bloodbath ensues over more traditional elements for a thrilling and terrifying end to the sliver of hope you had left for an anxiety free day!

Recorded by David Brenner and Jon Paris.
Mixed/designed by David Brenner.
Mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering.
Art/design by David Brenner.

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WAKE sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM (PST)

WAKE have signed officially to Metal Blade in what is certain to be an inspired collaboration. Devouring Ruin was a landmark moment and it is exciting to think of what type of full length will follow it up for the creatively insatiable Alberta band.

Since their formation in 2009, they’ve released numerous EPs and singles, plus five full-lengths – touring the world in support of it. Their upcoming sixth album is set to be recorded in July 2021 with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire)].

WAKE comments: “All of us in WAKE have had a lot of regard both for Metal Blade and for the bands on its roster from any era. An endless stream of Metal Blade artists have been played in our van during any number of tours. For us, playing music has always been something that we’ve tried to do on our own terms and with our own vision. We’ve explored a lot of ground musically, and that was influenced by the history that Metal Blade was there to write. So, we’re very excited to say that we’ve joined up with Metal Blade. Expect a lot more noise from our camp in the near future.”

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

Photo credit: Mike Wells

It is most definitely not about the he said, she said bullshit according to Wes Borland in regards to Marilyn Manson allegedly being a shitty, damaged and extremely toxic, unrepentant person. Head to Metalsucks HERE for a piece where Borland is quoted from Twitch saying that he believes all the women who have come forward. The list of allegations is horrific. Ashley Lindsey Morgan’s allegation (TW assault, racism) has particularly lingered in my head for how horrible it is to threaten someone Jewish with harm unless they purchase you fucking Nazi relics? Disgusting.

One other thing I want to mention that really bugs me and has had me arguing constantly with scumbag reply guys on posts around various online outlets about this topic is when they ignore saying something supportive to the people who have made a brave allegation and instead cheaply say ,“his music sucked anyway.” 

That is not me defending someone’s art. It is pointing out that it is not the time and fucking place to focus shift and imply, intentionally or not, that is isn’t that big a deal because you thought an artist wasn’t fucking good. How about instead have more empathy for the harm that is being discussed and try and learn a thing or two as well (this also goes for the people mocking AOC for mentioning resurgent compounded traumas and PTSD) about the myriad of reasons why people stay silent. Instead you scum are contributing to them.

 

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Black metal agitators NORDJEVEL will return with a new EP this year entitled Fenriir (Pre order now HERE). Indie Recordings is handling the release – which is named after the famed wolf from Norse mythology, naturally- and the EP will be released on May 7th. I feel like Floki from Vikings (based on Flóki Vilgerðarson) would especially be stoked about the pagan art of the giant wolf in question chomping off a Christian priest’s unlucky bonce.

We have been writing material for the upcoming full-length, and are still working on it now, but, due to the ongoing pandemic situation we decided to delay its release until late 2021, in the hope of being able to play live and tour with the album.

“Fenriir” is an EP that shows all sides of NORDJEVEL, from the very beginning, right up to where we are now. We had a few extra tracks which we decided early on in the recording process didn`t fit our upcoming album, so we decided to include two tracks, the title track “Fenriir”, along with “Rovdyr”, and make them exclusively available for this EP.

To make the release more special, we also decided to record ” Gnawing The Bones” which is one of the new songs that will be on the upcoming album. We also wanted to include a live track, so we mixed and mastered a version of ” Det Ror Og Ror” which was recorded live at Brutal Assault in 2019 by Hugo Alvarstein.

And of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to record a cover of “Fallen Angel” by the mighty POSSESSED. It is our tribute to them as the pioneers they are for our music, and also to honour them after we had the pleasure of touring with them last year.

NORDJEVEL’s lineup on Fenriir includes Doedsadmiral on Vocals, Destructhor and Valla on Guitars, Dzepticunt on Bass and Dominator on Drums. Vocals, bass and guitars were recorded at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway, by Nordjevel and Christer Krogh, whilst drums recorded at Studio LV5 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

With Artwork and layout by Doedsadmiral and long-time collaborator Khaos Diktator Design, “Fenriir” will be available in CD, Digital and Vinyl formats. Track listing for “Fenriir” is as follows:

  1. Fenriir
  2. Gnawing The Bones
  3. Rovdyr
  4. Fallen Angel (Possessed Cover)
  5. Det Ror og Ror (Live At Brutal Assault 2019)
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ANCIENT SETTLERS is a Spain/France based melodeath band that was formed in 2020 by Rex Chiesa & Herman Riera (Ex-Haboryn), Rene González (Ex-Aesthesis), Emmy Reyes and Antony Hamäläinen (Meridian Dawn, Former Nightrage & Armageddon).

“A Monument Restored” is their latest track, another glimpse of their forthcoming Autumnus EP. The band offer a tightly executed and emotional song that fans of In Flames, 5Rand or Dark Tranquility would likely thrill to hear. The opening lyrics paint a poetic picture of spiritual alienation that stood out to me as strong.

You want the truth
A bloody silhouette
Dust and bones are all I show
To a God I’ll never know
Why break my spirit?
Sit dead on your throne
Chasing down the never was
Dead gardens for your home