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RIVERS OF NIHIL will return to the road this Fall on a North American tour supporting The Contortionist. The month-long trek – which begins on September 11th in Dallas, Texas and runs through October 15th in Indianapolis, Indiana – will feature the band performing their latest full-length, The Work, in its entirety!

 

Comments guitarist Brody Uttley, “We can’t wait to hit the road with The Contortionist this September. On the heels of playing Where Owls Know My Name in its entirety in 2019, we’ve decided to offer our fans another full album live experience. The new songs that we’ve been playing from The Work have been going over in a huge way live, so we hope to make this one the most immersive live experiences that we’ve ever brought out. This one is sure to be one to remember. See you there.”

 

Preview and purchase The Work at metalblade.com/riversofnihil.

 

Tickets are on sale now! See all confirmed dates below.
RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ The Contortionist:
9/11/2022 The Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
9/13/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/14/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
9/16/2022 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
9/17/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/18/2022 El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2022 Bossanova – Portland, OR
9/21/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/23/2022 Metro Music Hall -Salt Lake City, UT
9/24/2022 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
9/26/2022 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2022 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
9/28/2022 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
9/30/2022 Le Studio TD -Montreal, QC
10/01/2022 Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/02/2022 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/04/2022 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
10/06/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
10/07/2022 Union Stage – Washington, DC
10/08/2022 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/09/2022 Paradise – Boston, MA
10/11/2022 Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/12/2022 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
10/13/2022 Eastside Bowl – Nashville, TN
10/15/2022 Deluxe @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
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QUEENSRŸCHE announce their 16th studio album, Digital Noise Alliance, which is set for release on October 7th. To celebrate the announcement the band have released their new song and music video “In Extremis” off the forthcoming release. The track is available on all digital platforms and the music video can be viewed, HERE.

 

“This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones. Clinging to the last sense available, letting them know you will still be hearing them after correspondence or perceived consciousness is visible. Other conceptual metaphors flash in and out, taking note of a world that will not bend to accommodate such suffering, a universe of mockery, and a universe void of such abilities,” states QUEENSRŸCHE about “In Extremis”.

 

With a career that not only spans, but has charted the course of multiple genres, QUEENSRŸCHE remains a force in their own right with the new release that continues the ever-evolving legacy the Bellevue, Washington born band began in 1982 when they first hit the scene with their well-received self-titled EP. Their recent U.S. tour with Judas Priest proved that the band’s time off the road and in the studio only stoked their ambition and fire.

 

Once again teaming up with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), Digital Noise Alliance not only refracts QUEENSRŸCHE’s past accomplishments but also pushes into the band’s future. It is the band effortlessly moving from strength to strength: immediate and thought-provoking. Quintessentially QUEENSRŸCHE.

 

Right after the release of Digital Noise Alliance, the band will embark on another tour opening for the mighty Judas Priest on their “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour.

 

QUEENSRYCHE Tour Dates:
Opening for Judas Priest
Oct. 13 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale
Oct. 15 Albany, NY – MVP Arena
Oct. 16 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall Fenway
Oct. 18 Uniondale, NY at Nassau Veterans
Oct. 19 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Oct. 21 Kalamazoo, MI at Wings Event Center
Oct. 22 Detroit, MI at Masonic Temple Theatre
Oct. 24 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Oct. 25 Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
Oct. 27 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater
Oct. 29 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center Moline
Oct. 30 Mankato, MN – Mayo Clinic Event Center
Nov. 01 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
Nov. 02 Rapid City, SD – The Monument
Nov. 07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Center
Nov. 08 Tucson, AZ – TCC Arena
Nov. 10 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Nov. 12 Park City (Wichita),KS -Hartman Arena
Nov. 13 St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
Nov. 15 Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
Nov. 17 Southaven, MS – Landers Center
Nov. 18 Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Canes River Center
Nov. 20 Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Nov. 22 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
Nov. 23 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
Nov. 25 Dallas, TX – The Factory – Deep Ellum
Nov. 26 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
Nov. 28 Edinburg, TX – Burt Ogden Arena
Nov. 29 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
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European rock act DEAD EYED CREEK, featuring former members of Satyricon and Triptykon, have released their debut music video for “Set Me Free,” featuring American actress Ruby Modine.

In the fall of 2019, before anyone expected a global pandemic, Dutch guitarist Job Bos (Dark FortressThe Ruins of Beverast, ex-Satyricon) approached longtime friend and drummer Norman Lonhard (ex-Triptykon) with the idea of creating music together. The duo soon recruited Icelandic vocalist Einer Vilberg, notable for being one of the finalists in Stone Temple Pilot’s vocalist search in 2016, and bassist Max Blox, who proved to be the right fit on both a musical and personal level.

Tadrart Acacus

“I’ve been working with music for over half of my life. This time I felt the need to go far back to my roots, and play the kind of music I grew up with,” says Bos. “I never really played guitar, but I had all these ideas in my head, so the only way to realize these ideas was to pick up a guitar and start. It was such a natural and rewarding process and it turned out pretty damn good!” 

Having already recorded their upcoming debut album with German producer Michael Zech (Secrets of the MoonThe Ruins of Beverast), the international quartet’s yet-to-be-titled debut is wonderfully iconoclastic with heavy riffs, monstrous grooves, and tragic, yet beautiful, ballads.

Acclaimed American director Matt Mahurin (MetallicaU2Alice in Chains) has teamed up to craft the band’s music videos with the first featuring actress Ruby Modine (Shameless), daughter of film icon Matthew Modine.

The band is currently negotiating with labels on a release, so for now, familiarize yourself with “Set Me Free!”

DEAD EYED CREEK is:

Einar Vilberg – vocals
Job Bos – guitars
Max Blok – bass
Norman Lonhard – drums

PC: Florian Moritz

Melodeath-charged thrashers Katapult has dropped the video for the “Nihilism for the Gods” single. The track serves as the first preview of the Basel/Umeå outfit’s debut album, Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes, which arrives on 25 November 2022 digitally and on digipak CD via Discouraged Records [Pre-Orders Available AT THIS LOCATION].

Comments Florian Moritz (Guitars) on the track:
“‘Nihilism for the Gods’ started as a song about total exhaustion from fighting your everyday battles and being vulnerable. Then it turned into something bigger about the human duality and sheer disgust of people’s behavior and how the big picture is connected to our very own and personal battles we have each day.”

“Nihilism for the Gods” is available on DSPs RIGHT HERE.

Album Track Listing:
01. The End
02. Comfortably Numb
03. The Hands of the Devil
04. Sweetheart Come
05. The Arsonist
06. Nihilism for the Gods
07. Litany of Spirals
08. Invite the Sin
09. Schädel
10. All This Because of Greed
11. 21th Century Gladiator Boy
12. Bränn bilder och minnen (feat Fredrik Lindkvist)
13. Oh God for One More Breath

STORMLAND announce ‘The Human Cost’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 5:32 AM (PST)

Canadian progressive technical death metal act Stormland has emerged from the COVID years with a new album, The Human Cost, set for release on September 30th, 2022.

The band made the announcement via a video released to social media and YouTube. This video includes parts of the songs “Marida,” “Test Subject,” “Rebuilt For Your Whims,” and “Esper.”

See teaser announcement below.

The Human Cost was written and recorded over the course of two years by Stormland’s Justin Pierrot and is the first of his albums to feature extended range guitar and bass.

The eight tracks continue the trend started on the prior Stormland offerings Songs of Future Wars and Incident Report: UC-0791227. The new album applies the lore of the Mobile Suit Gundam meta-series to inform its eight songs concerning the wide-ranging effects of war on a potential future.

The album also features guest appearances from Leda Paige (The Hallowed CatharsisJiseiSissyXO) on lead single “Test Subject” and Ross Sewage (ExhumedImpaledLudicra) on “Rebuilt For Your Whims.” The album mixed and mastered by Patrick Bruss of The Filth Chamber in Denver, Colorado.

This eight song album maintains the Gundam thematic lens, while bringing new tools, including eight string guitars and six string bass, to add new colors to the increasingly technical and progressive sound. Thus, with The Human Cost, Stormland fully makes the leap into the realm of progressive technical death metal. “This entire album is a massive leap forward for me,” said Pierrot “The 8-string guitar really helped me open up my songwriting due to the extra range. It forced me to really push myself so that I didn’t just rely on the low low E string but used every inch of the fretboard in an effort to create death metal that will make people feel something.”

Schuler Benson (@deathmetalradio on social media), the host of Gimme Radio’s “Malpractice” and co-host of the YouTube series “Symposium of Sickness,” stated, “The Human Cost is equal parts oath and monument, shedding blood in the service of Gundam lore while passionately navigating death metal subgenres with style-shifting fluidity. Come to see the damage the machine can do, stay to connect with the human face underneath.”

About:

Conceived in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist/programmer Justin Pierrot, Stormland has been active at varying levels ever since. Primarily a studio project, this Canadian death metal act has seen its lyrical focus evolve from vague sociopolitical vitriol (Complaints and Grievances demo, 2009) to analyzing the more mundane and fantastical (True, North, Strong, and Cranky EP, 2015) before eventually coming to rest on the Gundam theme (Songs of Future Wars, 2018 and Incident Report: UC-0791227, 2019).

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EP Review: The World Without Us – “Body Forth”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 1:09 PM (PST)

The World Without Us. What’s in a name?

I was at a spiritual Goddess-centric event the other day and was talking with someone about how the Earth will  likely survive humanity, even as we destroy ourselves. The sad part is we need more people to witness for the planet in thankfulness and kindness, reverence for creatures, etc.

So, Body Forth.

The band tries to compress a lot into 4 self-released songs and mostly succeed in both giving you a taste of their potential and leaving you wanting more, though some sections can be a little fatiguing. With even more dynamics ala Periphery, this group could really break out.

TWWU name made me at first think of The World We Knew, but this band is their own entity. I was actually startled to hear such prominent clean vocals first when “Eden” kicks in (after a Meshuggah-esque thuddy but sophisticated intro), expecting harsh vox the whole time. I actually like the cleans better in the case of this band. Screams aren’t bad but Mario excels as a clean singer in a way some bands can’t (and without it getting too whiny range-wise), so I would rather hear that. It kind of reminds me of how Veil of Maya just became so much more impactful the last few albums by dropping the tough guy shit as main emphasis over otherwise intelligent arrangements, lol.

Personal taste aside, this 4 songer is a banger. Complex arangements meet the excellent  Kevin Antreassian production and come out both intense AND polished to a fine point. “Cult” roars with faster and precise murderous intent. “Weeds” is not a Life Of Agony cover but rather a venemous and abrasive math-core bruiser that doesn’t let up, even while going interesting places. “Peril” clobbers in with an opening riff that hits like Coal Chamber /Acacia Strain, in some punishing weird way.

This record has some heavy moments but also will mainly appeal to fans of BTBAM, The Contortionist, Septa etc.

The World Without Us – Body Forth Tracklist
1, Eden
2. Cult
3. Weeds
4. Peril

The World Without Us – Body Forth Line-Up
Mario Paulo Canavarro – Vocals
Christopher Fenimore – Lead Guitar
James Sundwall – Rhythm Guitar
Zach Strouse – Bass (Burial In The Sky/Rivers of Nihil)
Drums- Stephen Campbell

*Additional bass guitar writing on some tracks by Tyler Capone-Vitale of Cognitive (Metal Blade Records)

Band Spotlight: Escuela Grind

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 6:06 PM (PST)

Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.

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June 17, 2022, PHOENIX – Grey Daze, the band that birthed a modern rock icon, Chester Bennington, release The Phoenix, today via Loma Vista Recordings (stream it here). The 10-song bookend to 2020’s Amends, the newly-recorded album is a celebration of both Bennington and a testament to both the tenacity and talent of the surviving band members.

As news of the album’s existence was shared, Grey Daze founder, drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdell said: “Amends was more emotional and reflective. We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness. Now, we’re back to gratitude.”

Dowdell, accompanied by bass player Mace Beyers and guitar player Cristin Davis, with producer Esjay Jones, and with the blessing of Bennington’s family, reconvened in late 2020, re-recording, and re-working the songs which initially appeared, in a very different form, on the band’s largely unknown mid-‘90s releases. A group of special guests also played on the powerful new collection, with Dave Navarro and Richard Patrick featured on “Holding You” and “Believe Me” (respectively), and Bennington’s daughters, Lily and Lila, paying homage to their dad on “Hole.” The band documented the process via a YouTube series which can be seen here.

The Phoenix’s arrival is marked with the debut of a Heidi Gadd directed video for “Drag” (https://found.ee/GD_DragVideo). Dowdell explains the themes behind the song: “’Drag’ is a very dark and droning heavy track, but the underlying message is really special. Chester is telling us, literally, that life is too short to be intoxicated, life is too short to be a drag. It is a song that gives any listener with a substance abuse past something to feel good about, something to help pull themselves out of that dark place.”

Reception for the newly released album reflects the band’s upbeat and joyful tone, with Brooklyn Vegan calling it a “’90s alt-metal banger that finds Chester’s voice as unmistakable as heavier, Revolver describing it as “soaring,” and Rolling Stone dubbing the single “Starting to Fly” a “rock anthem.”

Over the course of Grey Daze’s first incarnation, which ran 1994 to 1997, the group recorded and released two albums. It is those albums that serve as a foundation for both Amends and The Phoenix. Prior to Bennington’s passing he publicly announced the Grey Daze’s return, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered discography. With Talinda Bennington’s blessing, and working with Producer Esjay Jones, the surviving band members: Dowdell, Beyers, and Davis, moved forward, as both a way to pay tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate, but also to expose his fans to another dimension of the dynamic singer. Amends arrived in 2020, with Rolling StoneRevolverBillboard, and Kerrang! praising the collection. NME summed it up best, saying Amends is “a great modern rock record fronted by one of the best vocalists in the game.”

WHITE HILLS and TELEKINETIC YETI to tour next month.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 5:25 PM (PST)

 

New York City-based psychedelic rock duo WHITE HILLS will return to the road next month on a North American tour with Iowa-based stoner doom duo Telekinetic Yeti. The journey will commence on July 19th in Charlotte, North Carolina and run through August 29th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Suffice to say that these creative acts will both likely bring their A games to what is sure to be an inspired meeting of mind melting madcaps! See all confirmed dates below.

Death Metal wrecking ball force Tomb Mold have dropped Aperture Of Body today. “Prestige Of Rebirth” is worth the price of admission alone, but this whole three songer is a serious entry that shows the group continuing to flex and grow their sound since Planetary Clairvoyance.

Extreme metallers EMASCULATOR have exciting news tonight as they announce their official fucking band line-up!

⚔️🔥 Introducing the Emasculator lineup 2022 🔥⚔️
Mallika Sundaramurthy – Vocals (Unfathomable Ruination, Nidorous, ex-Abnormality)
Teresa Wallace – Guitars (Cartilage, Dreaming Dead {live})
Morgehenna – Bass (PoonTickler, ex-KryptKeeper)
Ball Mincer- Drum Programming
The recording of the promo is almost done! Can’t wait to share it with you guys. Look out for updates soon!

Maggot Stomp working with EXCAVATE.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 7:49 PM (PST)

Maggot Stomp, the underground death metal rising entity, have announced they are working with Memphis band EXCAVATE for their debut Imperial Horror.

Venom Prison cancel all upcoming 2022 performances

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 4:55 AM (PST)

Venom Prison will be suspending touring for the remainder of the year to accommodate Larissa’s pregnancy. TBH, you can hardly fault them because it isn’t exactly easy to play death metal shows as intense as they do with a fragile, pregnant belly. Best wishes to the band.

Statement from Twitter below:

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BORIS release “Question 1” audio.

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 6:05 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Yoshihiro Mori

The legendary BORIS celebrate a 30 year career as one of experimental music’s most forward-thinking, heavy, and innovative bands with the new album Heavy Rocks (2022). Today, BORIS share the second single “Question 1” from Heavy Rocks (2022).

Additionally, BORIS recently announced their Summer US tour dates with Philadelphia’s NOTHING! The tour kicks off after BORIS and NOTHING’s performances at Psycho Las Vegas, and runs through late August and September. Includes a festival performance at Post Festival in Indianapolis. A full tour schedule is available below and tickets are on sale now at https://borisheavyrocks.com/shows/

Heavy Rocks (2022) is out August 12 on LP/CD/CS/Digital. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads/Streaming HERE.

SIENA ROOT present “Little Burden” music video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 12:48 PM (PST)


Today, Siena Root present the official video for “Little Burden.” The track is the first single from the upcoming new studio album Revelation, which is set for international release on August 19th via Metalville Records. I am feeling a little bit of Royal Thunder meets Heart vibes here, very cool.

“This is a first taste of Siena Root’s journey when introducing the more acoustic side of the Dynamic Root Rock Experience,” says the band. “The song deals with leaving the city and the experiences that come with that. ‘Little Burden’ is a song that describes the feeling of melancholy and battle one experiences when faced with the arbitrary issues of man and when burdens, however small and inconsequential, make you weary and sometimes even poisons you.”

Sometimes the little things that sting you over and over like rabid space gnats can indeed be more annoying than bigger events you just have to deal with once, I concur. Hails to this great band! Get to know them better below.