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METAL RIOT’S TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2020 ‘BEST OF’ LIST

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:35 PM (PST)

2020 has been quite a challenge -to say the least- for so many people. Unless you are a fat cat getting inexplicably bailed out or the Catholic Church getting relief money (even though they were only in debt from pedo lawsuit settlement payouts), chances are 2020 found you broke, lonely, thirsty and miserable, scared or mourning loved ones. Music was no stranger to this. We lost any certainty of what the future holds in an already difficult industry and even lost Neil Peart, fucking EVH and Riley Gale on top of everything else. But people also made great art that will stand the test of time, profound sacrifices and held fast, rallied for racial justice and so much more. It is an important time to be alive and just as beautiful as it can be painful! And there is still December ahead of us as of this writing. Hope against horror.

The following list of Metal Riot’s top albums of 2020 reflects records that capture excellence, performance, drive, willpower and survival in no uncertain terms. As well as killer tunes, of course! Kudos and thanks to all the bands.We usually post our list just after Thanksgiving but I am gonna be recording that week in the studio with Globelamp and Sean Paul from Nightmares For A Week, so…let’s get started ending the year earlier! Hey Decibel published theirs first, okay?!! Rock the fuck on, lovers and dreamers. Please buy all of these releases or whatever you dig. And remember, dear readers…I came up and so could you…And fuck the boys in blue.

1. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SepulturaQuadra

Sepultura’s highest charting album since 1998 (and their best since 2009’s bruising A-Lex, which it surpasses) is nothing short of a monument to a lifetime in metal, the determined triumph of a legacy name never saying die and following their trusted vision over popular opinion. Quadra works on every level. In a year filled with so much death even the band’s name vibrates on some heavy karmic level, but “Isolation” especially resonates deeply in a time of so much social upheaval for justice reform. Each section of the album masterfully represents different styles the group has been known for from classic thrash to tribal groove to slower and grim anthems to technical workouts, but it all works incredibly well. From saving the environment to tackling depression and self destruction, Derrick commands stronger than ever while Eloy Casagrande stakes his claim as the most driven and insane drummer currently active in metal. Jens Bogren brought out the absolute best in this line-up. A+ all the way.

Throw in how during quarantine the band kept morale high across the metal world with interviews and killer jams during their SepulQuarta series with the likes of Scott Ian, Shavo Odadjian, Rob Cavestany and many more, and the band take the cake for our heroes of 2020.

2. Skeletal RemainsThe Entombment Of Chaos

There has been a lot of top notch death metal this year of different sub-genre varieties from Ingested to Necrot to God Dethroned to Abysmal Dawn and others. That said, Skeletal Remains ABSOLUTELY destroyed most of the competition with their latest near perfect death metal monstrosity The Entombment Of Chaos. From the thrilling horror of the Seagrave art to some of the most intense and odds defying music of the band’s tenure, this record offers relentless replay value. From the imposing violence of “Tombs Of Chaos” to the eerie “Enshrined In Agony” to the standout “Dissectasy”, the group have vaulted much closer to the top of the pack.

“No, we don’t want your cult Kool-Aid”

3. VÖLUR – Death Cult

Arguably the most creative album of 2020 – and with SUCH a timely album title – Death Cult is the intoxicating yet deadly sound of seductive decay and the will to escape empty indoctrination. Gorgeous violin based doom defies expectations at every turn and the band’s singular sense of purpose is thrilling. The Toronto band’s third album is a must hear and will likely cause even the most necessity hardened hearts in 2020 to break into smoldering halves.

Thankfully no one is touring this year anyway cuz this vehicle looks suspect

4. Soft KillDead Kids, R.I.P. City

Bestial Mouths, Nothing, Ulver and other brave sailors on the seas of sorrow all released truly killer records in 2020 that rank among their best ever, but Soft Kill’s newest is my favorite simultaneously spooky yet painfully real and poetic release of this fucked hellhole of a year. A reminder that even at the lowest low people are still out there worth celebrating and fighting for. A testament to loss, love and possibility in art and community. This band has yet to let me down and their catalogue got me through a lot of depression this year when I was both determined to stay sober but also was reeling from narrowly avoiding a diabetic coma and going into serious medical debt. So glad I snagged this on limited tape release already!

5. BlackguardStorm

The Chinese Democracy of extreme epic metal albums was released very early in January of one of the most fucked up years in human history and it would be a damn shame if it didn’t get more accolades in the madcap shuffle, especially since we have all lived through quite a fucking ‘storm’ together this year. In limbo for about seven years, you’d never believe this exciting and possibly the most ferocious album of 2020 was recorded by a band burnt out by relentless touring. Storm finds the Canadian underground warriors delivering frenetic and death defying performances, their best songwriting plus cameos from Lindsay Schoolcraft, Morgan Lander and Per fucking Nilsson ! Unleash The Archers, Germany’s Varg and Ensiferum all delivered some exemplary epic records in 2020, but Blackguard’s potential swan song was above the pack and well worth one of the most frustrating waits in metal history. I am beside myself with joy and hails that it finally saw the light of a bleary day.

6. UprisingII

“A Lesson in basic human Empathy” has my favorite lyrics of 2020 (I mean, besides “High Road” by Kesha) and even more wonderful that it comes from a black metal project, a genre often known for apathy and heartless cruelty.

Judgment based on action not on colour, race or sex no harming of sentient beings but respecting life help where help is needed No condemnation of the innocent take responsibility for your wealth that is built on the backs of others

Talk about something we sorely needed this year! And lest you think I am only swayed by lefty ideology to get on this list, the album features many of the best riffs and arrangements and startlingly emotional playing of the year. This album is a refuge and a reminder that work still needs to be done.

 

7. -(16)- – Dream Squasher

It says something about 2020 that several albums – Bleakheart’s also brilliant and gothy Dream Griever comes to mind – had titles that reflected the thwarting of dreams. “Ride The Waves” is about as perfect a punk metal mash as you’ll ever here. Dropping like a piano from a skyscraper onto our heads during the mid point of 2020 when things couldn’t seem bleaker, veteran sludge band -(16)- delivered the most clobbering album of recent memory. There is also the best anthem to loving your dog since Wisdom In Chains penned “Girls Lie, Cops Lie, Dogs Love”. And we all dealt with some ‘harvesters of fabrication’ this year. Bobby Ferry is a champion on this album, which crushed everything else Relapse (and most other labels) released this year.

8. Spirit Adrift – Enlightened In Eternity

Speaking of dogs, epic metal pitties (we have to stan)! This has to be the best album cover maybe…ever? Nathan Garrett makes us all proud to be metalheads yet again with another brilliant album from the guy in metal who possibly plays with the most heart. “Ride into the Light” is the best Snakes For The Divine song High On Fire never wrote and “if we make it through the night we will ride into the light” is major 2020 vibes. COC influences abound, while “Screaming From Beyond” reveres classic metal through and through and yet feels current and connective to this moment. “Stronger Than Your Pain” is my favorite of the bunch, a pressing reminder to keep heart as hypnotic and melodic riffage brings to the forefont a will to carry on from the murk of doubts.

9. Oceans Of SlumberS/T 

Cammie Gilbert gave the best vocal performance in all of metal throughout the jaw dropping self-titled Oceans Of Slumber release (don’t even get me started on how good the band’s arguably best ever Type O Negative cover of “Wolf Moon” is). Oceans Of Slumber is a self-titled album that lives up to the underscored nature of self-titled albums, which can run the risk of not living up to the hype but in this case leaps galaxies to defy even the loftiest expectations. This is not just ‘prog metal’ that is annoyingly obtuse for the sake of being brainy. This is a soulful and heavy merger of so many genres into a seamless whole that it is a world unto itself yet full of the very best connective tissue to deeper realizations that make the human experience worth living.

10. DrainCalifornia Cursed 

Santa Cruz hardcore band Drain supplied the illest crossover record of 2020 (even stacked up with the also amazing Mr. Bungle frantic freak thrash record). Revelation Records did the world a big favor in backing this band, one of the most high energy groups in hardcore right now. It is almost impossible to turn this off before listening all the way through or at the very least flipping over a table.

11. Vile Creature – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!

Much like Canada’s Wolverine, doom duo Vile Creature keep unwittingly revealing they are the best there is at what they do. Everything about this release is amazing, from the most ambitious and full payoff compositions of the group’s career, to the support they are getting (well deserved) in the scene, to the already basically iconic art. The 3rd pressing is even on trans flag colored vinyl. Adam Tucker’s mix and master sounds better than anything they have released to date and really brings all their brilliance to the forefront without killing the furrowed brow vibes. The doom and gloom also has celestial level vibes on this record that add some very unique listening textures and feel larger than life, a friction of glory and gore.

12.  SkeletonS/T

It is fitting to include a Texas based punk/metal hybrid band on here in closing in a year where the loss of Riley from Power Trip brought huge attention to the impact the Lone Star state has had on the modern scene. By far the nastiest and filthiest riffs of the year (Worm Moon Offerings a close second), this record is in the Bane Give Blood and Slayer Reign In Blood tradition of blink and you’ll miss it, all killer/ no filler, wham bam thank you, etc. over and done leave ’em scorched and wanting more albums. Super stoked to see where this band goes in the future. Then you also have a song like “Catacombs” with some brief atmospheric intro perfection before the proceedings battle to a fiery finale.

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SEPULTURA release “Guardians Of Earth” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Sepultura‘s fearless and ferocious Quadra is one of their most cohesive and stunning musical achievements yet in the band’s long legacy. The album is the band’s most successful record since 1998’s Against, charting in 17 countries and entering the top 20 in 7 countries (8, considering the UK Rock Charts). It is also their most successful album in Germany and Switzerland to date, exceeding the chart positions of Roots, with positions number 5 and number 13, respectively.

From Andreas and Eloy masterfully building up anticipation in the intro to the massive heavy sections screaming for awareness, “Guardians Of Earth” is yet another reason this album is so timely. Watch the gorgeous and moving video below.

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Band Spotlight: Sepultura

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM (PST)

Icons of world thrash Sepultura are the un-killable underground dynasty that refuses naysayers and continues to evolve and make bonds with new fans year after year. 2020 finds the band -Andreas Kisser (Guitars), Derrick Green(Vocals), Eloy Casagrande (Drums) and Paulo Jr. (bass) releasing one of the most incredible statements of the group’s storied legacy, Quadra. If you still only like the early eras you are willfully a stick in the mud or unable to hear greatness. “Isolation”, the pain exuding “Last Time”, the new class war anthem “Capital Enslavement” and the onslaught “Agony Of Defeat” are just a few examples of one of the most solid records in recent metal memory. Sepultura still have plenty of staying power!

“On ‘Quadra’, we felt the urge to revisit that old thrash feeling of ‘Beneath the Remains’ or ‘Arise’,’ only seen through the eyes of  today,”Andreas Kisser utters the magic words. “Add to that the tribal percussion, the orchestral elements, the choirs, the melodies and the clean vocals and you get a thorough run-through of our entire career, backed by a very contemporary approach.” 

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Personally, I believe Derrick Green of Sepultura to be one of the best vocalists in Metal. He has done a lot of killer work with the band since joining but since people are so stubbornly obsessed with the early Sep-mythology they often have somehow not realized that Machine Messiah, Against, A-lex and Dante XXI (to name my favorites with Green) also kick complete ass. Just because the band covered U2 once – and WELL – some idiots wrote off Green, who frankly has more talent in his charismatic demeanor than they could ever muster, and certainly a more powerful bellow or melodic voice than most of his haters. Green is a pro and unphased, kicking ass consistently. Hats off to the dude.

SEPULTURA’s Derrick Green will be on the road in Europe for a Vocal Masterclass Tour during the month of October (2019). Check below the dates and HERE for tickets.

10.10 – Duycker – Amsterdam, NL
11.10 – Ls Relais Des Artistes – Le Bioux, CH
12.10 – Legend Club – Milan, IT
13.10 – Pitcher – Dusseldorf, DE
14.10 – The Underground – London, UK

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New Sepultura song “DarkSide” is upon you

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PST)

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From the legendary band:

Everyone has a DarkSide!

A song Sepultura made for DarkSide Books. Enjoy!

Check it out HERE and pay respects to the band on their 30 Year Anniversary! I love the post-Max line ups as much as the early days of the band and the fact it is still an issue at all shows how ridiculous metal fans can be sometimes.

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“Aggravations, hostility…but there’s a difference. We are free!” – Derrick Green, from “Spectrum”

Metal icons Sepultura are true survivors, a band that has stood for years as heavy music ambassadors to Brazil and beyond. Now the heavy metal tribal kings are poised to make a glorious racket yet again with the release of Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio, out in North America on September 16th, 2014.

The album finds Sepultura plowing with vigor through classics like “Territory” and sing along fan favorite anthems “Sepulnation” and “Roots Bloody Roots” alongside the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles! Could that much sound even be properly captured on CD/DVD? I checked in with imposing talent, vocalist Derrick Green, to get the story on one of the most impressive live statements of the band’s globe trotting career.

Click HERE for more!

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My Epic is excited to announce the release of the instrumental version of “Behold”, the band’s fourth studio album.  The album will be available through all digital outlets on May 27.  You can now listen to the song ‘Arise’ on our You Tube page (Not a Sepultura cover. Enabler did that). .   ‘Arise’ is the first track on Behold and is the first of a trilogy of songs depicting the return of Jesus.  This is a look at the magnitude & brevity of the world He holds together.

Pre-Orders are online now for just $7.99 on iTunes or Amazon MP3.

Stay posted for more My Epic news coming very soon (hint: it involves vinyl!)

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Top Ten most metal classic RPG characters

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM (PST)

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Kids today want to be on Instagram and listen to mall core instead of playing D&D and listening to death metal. Poseurs! You probably have never even heard of “Tasha’s uncontrollable hideous laughter”, you selfie taking tramps and bro-step dweebs!

Thankfully there is hope. Even Madonna is getting into dressing up like Game of Thrones now that she is a cool mom. Still, Game of Thrones is great and all but the lack of any real good adaptations to film or tv of classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons worlds is pathetic. The Dragonlance cartoon was horrible and had terrible animation. The D&D movie with Jeremy Irons was a joke (and he is a great actor). Lord of the Rings is still going strong as a franchise and there are plenty of geeks who grew up on TSR/Wizards of the Coast RPG worlds like Spell Jammer, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Dark Sun or Greyhawk. Can we please get a good version of something from one of these properties? Make them grim and awesome! Ogres! Umber Hulks! Boobs! C’mon!!!

Anyway, in a fit of geek rage I compiled an educational list of some of the most truly metal and bad ass characters in the history of AD&D role playing worlds. I have even paired them with a character appropriate metal song for you dorks out there. Put down your girlfriends (if you have one) and pick up some twenty sided dice!

To read the top ten metal AD&D character list click HERE.

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Sepultura posts new track “The Age of the Atheist”

Posted by GageT on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM (PST)

sepulturaagesingle_600Brazilian metal staples Sepultura have put up a new track for streaming called “The Age of the Atheist.” The track comes from their upcoming album The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart, which is due out October 25 via Nuclear Blast.

The track will be released as a digital single and on colored vinyl (with the B-side featuring a cover of Death track “Zombie Ritual”) on September 27, also via Nuclear. The artwork for the single, which you can see off to the left, was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner, who specializes in charcoal drawing.

Click here to check out the new track.

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Sepultura post new album trailer, announce North American tour dates

Posted by GageT on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM (PST)

sepulturaBrazilian headbangers Sepultura have just released part 2 of the trailer for their new album, The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart (due out Oct 29 via Nuclear Blast). The album was recorded with producer Ross Robinson (who has worked with Korn, Machine Head, and Fear Factory).

They also announced a headlining North American tour in support of the album. Joining them on this “Tsunami of Metal” tour is Unearth, Kataklysm, Scar the Martyr (select dates), Anciients (select dates), and openers Dark Sermon.

You can check out that album trailer (along with the first) and the tour dates here.

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Sepultura announces title of their upcoming album

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM (PST)

Sepultura-European-TourBrazilian metal band Sepultura have announced the name of their upcoming album, The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The HeartThe Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart will be the bands thirteenth studio album and a follow up to the 2011 album Kairos.

The album was inspired by Fritz Langs 1927 film Metropolis but is not a concept album. The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart was tracked by Ross Robinson’s in his studio in Venice, California, is set to be mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts and will be released by Nuclear Blast.

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Sepultura begins working on new album

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM (PST)

Sepultura-European-TourBrazilian metal band Sepultura have announced that they have begun working on a new album. The as of yet untitled album will be the bands lucky thirteenth studio album and a follow up to the 2011 effort Kairos. The band began recording earlier this week out of High Five Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the album is set for release late 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

 

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Deep Cuts: Sepultura

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM (PST)

For the third notch in the Metal Riot “Deep Cuts” belt, I decided to take a look at the legendary force of nature from Brazil, the almighty Sepultura. Whichever era of the band (and yes, whichever singer) they just keep kicking ass. Whether leading the charge for death thrash back in the day, championing world music and metal colliding in explosive fusion or drop tuning and adding groove, whatever they have done is almost always brutality defined.

Growing up, the first heavy tape I got was Agnostic Front on one side and Sepultura on the other. That one little cassette introduced me to the first hardcore and death metal bands I would grow to love. These are not so much simply artists as much as war horses who to me were heroes upholding pure expression through heavy music. Shit, Sepultura reminded people that metal existed in other places besides England and America!

Let’s take a peek at what Sepultura cuts made “Deep Cuts”. Click HERE and mosh!

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Colorado thrashers, Havok, have released a cover version of the Sepultura song “Arise” off their upcoming EP, “Point Of No Return.” The EP was recorded by the band with some help from James Murphy. The EP will include two new Havok songs, the Sepultura cover, and a cover of Slayer‘s “Postmortem/Raining Blood.”

To check out the new song “Arise,” click here.

The new EP will be released May 22nd through Candlelight Records.

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Brazilian death metalers Krisiun will return to North America this April in support of their their recently released, 8th studio album, The Great Execution.  Joining them are bay area thrash act Death Angel, Brazilian/American thrashers Seputura, and Colorado thrashers Havok.

Krisiun vocalist/bassist Alex Camargo comments:

“Hey everyone!!! We in Krisiun would like to invite all you diehard metal brothers to come on out and support our upcoming shows around the USA and Canada. We are gonna share the stage with our fellow countrymen, the almighty Sepultura, for the first time, plus fucking Death Angel and Havok. We guarantee you this combination of bands will unleash hell every night. See you guys out there!!!”

Click here for complete tour dates.

The Great Execution was released October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America via Century Media Records.

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