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Brisbane rockers HIT ‘N’ MIZZ have released an energetic video for their ‘Want Me?’ single. Taken from the Australian rock band’s Action EP, the song has a lot going for it. Melodic but gritty guitars and a larger than life vibe that could perk up the ears of fans of 80’s rock and alternative, the song in a way reminds me of The Cult meets Lita Ford through a punkier vibe.

The video was filmed by Alex Nelson from Emerge Creative. Watch it below!

Los Angeles-based Light The Torch will release their new album and second full-length You Will Be the Death of Me on June 25th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band shared the video for the first track, “Wilting in the Light,” which was directed by Ramon Boutviseth.

“The album was a welcome distraction, and we dumped every emotion we had into YWBTDOM,” says the band’s vocalist Howard Jones. “Everything we went through individually and together with this album drew Fran, Ryan, and I together. I couldn’t be more proud of this album knowing I made it with my family.”

Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity yet anchored to skyscraping melodies, Light the Torch crafted 12 metallic anthems, including an unexpected cover of the ’80s hit “Sign Your Name” by R&B singer Terence Trent D’Arby.

You Will Be the Death of Me was recorded at Sparrow Sound in Glendale, CA where the band once again worked with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen [Bullet for My Valentine, Suicide Silence].

Light The Torch consists of Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar], and Ryan Wombacher [bass].

Whitechapel‘s Alex Rudinger was brought on to fill out drums duties for the release.

The boundary pushing creative characters behind THE LION’S DAUGHTER are streaming their potent new record Skin Show ahead of Friday’s Season of Mist release date. The immaculately Sanford Parker produced and Colin Jordan mastered release builds on the synth explorations of Future Cult with an even more sophisticated aura of barely contained unease or outright explosive sleek yet blackened dystopian angst. These songs create an atmosphere of illicit and surreal, disturbingly tormented sensual unrest that is accentuated by the visual presentation intensely.

Giordano says, “We worked with (artist) Mothmeister again for the album art and used a similar approach as we did with the music. Things are stripped down, more direct, more focused. There’s a sense of fear, isolation, and madness that very much correlates with the music. The character on the outside is in white and surrounded in light, while the character on the inside is in black surrounded by darkness. But it’s ultimately two sides of the same character. I think that’s a good representation of the themes within the album, dark things within people that they may want to keep hidden.”

The band will also be hosting an in-person album release party and merch pop up in their hometown of St. Louis, MO on April 8 on the Punk Patio of The Record Space. Fans who attend the event will be able to purchase the record one day in advance of the release and will have an opportunity to meet and greet the band. 4 Hands Brewing will be sponsoring the event and providing free beverages to those who are 21+. The event is free to attend and will occur from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. CDT. RSVP HERE.

In addition, THE LION’S DAUGHTER will be hosting a two-hour radio special via Gimme Metal on April 9 @ 3:00 P.M. EDT to celebrate the release of the new record! Frontman Rick Giordano has cultivated a very special playlist and will be present in the live chat to interact with fans! As always, it is FREE to subscribe and sign up! Tune in HERE.

Moreover, THE LION’S DAUGHTER will also be supporting the new offering with a brand new live stream! The virtual concert is part of a four night event by Sinkhole and will air on Sunday, April 11 @ 8:00 P.M. EDT. The band will also be joined by HELL NIGHT for a double feature! Tickets and merch bundles are available at THIS LOCATION.

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. 

Very impressed today by the new single from epic/extreme metallers Wythersake (Washington D.C.). The song is from their upcoming Scarlet Records debut Antiquity and will turn heads with very heavy aplomb, philosophical themes, a blend of grandiloquent adventurous leanings and death defying guitar solos above and beyond what I expected. RIYL Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh,  Hypocrisy, Ex Deo.

The record was produced by Wythersake and engineered by Gabriel Luis at Sound Room Media and it seems like they obviously had some incredible chemistry or communication because the results speak for themselves. This is now firmly on my radar and ought to be on yours as well! Hails!!

“‘Iniquity’ touches on the belief that you are wicked and a lost sinner from the moment you are born. The process of teaching this forces people to accept this uncritically – questioning the belief itself is considered a transgression, which creates a type of echo chamber. Ultimately, breaking away from the bonds
of that type of indoctrination is a very liberating and rewarding experience.” – Wythersake

RIP Marsha Zazula of Megaforce Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM (PST)

The entire world of metal and rock owes Marsha Zazula a debt of gratitude for co-founding Megaforce Records in the early 80’s with Jon Zazula. The label helped launch Metallica into the stratosphere and advance thrash metal much further into mainstream consciousness, where it has arguably remained the most popular form of metal for all time.

Megaforce of course has also helped with records by Anthrax, Bad Brains, Raven, Overkill, Patti Rothberg and so many more terrific and legendary artists.

Marsha has passed at the age of 68 from cancer. While I never got the chance to talk to her I do know Rikki and on behalf of Metal Riot want to send her and all of Marsha’s loved ones and friends our most heartfelt condolences and eternal thankful horns up high for her help making metal the best genre ever.

Sweden’s SOILWORK have never gone along with trends and have always charted their own course. Sure, the band has elements of melodic and extreme metal as well as even progressive at times but they really dance to the beat of their own passionate drum and have for years regardless of who is involved. Order the group’s ‘most ambitious and pretentious’ new EP here.

Today marks a huge moment for the band creatively as they release a very lengthy epic song and quirky mythical fish out of water themed video for “A Whisp Of The Atlantic”. It is very cool to see the band taking some risks and detours and many passages of the song are simply brilliant. They have so much good material at this point it is almost impossible to fathom, but nonetheless we are still blessed with even more growth and power from these prolific metal staples.

Hello friends.
Lot to be stoked about for 2018 already from new Clutch album being started to Watain to American Nightmare returning to Judas Priest and new stuff from Agrimonia. I have been dealing with psycho land lord bullshit and my parent’s house facing foreclosure as well as helping Globelamp make her witchy new emo folk album Romantic Cancer (out in early 2018, deets announced soon). It has been an interesting ‘press break’ after the holidays, but we are indeed back. Anyway, throwing up a press release today as am pressed for time but want to get you all stoked on a sick pairing of the APMD homies and fucking Baptists! Killer energy to start the year with charged up and on fire! Let’s do this.
Press Release:

 

In support of their monstrous 2017-released Hostage Animal, ALL PIGS MUST DIE has announced a string of West Coast shows in support of the album. These shows follow the band’s East Coast record release mini-tour which closed out the year, and mark their anticipated return to the West Coast in five years. With Vancouver-based labelmates Baptists on the lineup as well, this will be a tour not to miss. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 8th at 10am in each respective market; see the full routing below.

 

 
ALL PIGS MUST DIE, now a five-piece with the addition of Brian Izzi (Trap Them) on guitar, is comprised of some of the most well-seasoned musicians on the eastern seaboard – Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods, and Adam Wentworth (both of Bloodhorse).Hostage Animal is their most dynamic collection of work thus far and is an aural representation of the band as a whole; concise, intense, aggressive, and carrying a bleak world view. Available now from Southern Lord, Hostage Animal showcases that ALL PIGS MUST DIE is far more than the sum of their parts, and their fusion of crust punk, hardcore, and metal is more ferocious than ever before.

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SCOTT KELLY of NEUROSIS announces a European solo tour for early 2018, where he’ll be accompanied by John Judkins of Rwake.

The tour will be supported by the release of a 7″ EP which captures the two artists performing at their show at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 3rd, 2017, during a US tour together. In selecting these two songs for the release, SCOTT KELLY offers, “we felt that they show the depth, emotion, and life that we are trying to bring to them.”

This limited edition live 7″ will be sold throughout the tour via My Proud Mountain, available in quantities of 200 on purple vinyl and 100 on black vinyl. A full overview of the dates can be found below.

See a new tour trailer by Chariot Of Black Moth HERE and the video of SCOTT KELLY performing NEUROSIS’ “Stones From The Sky” acoustic on the edge of Crater Lake with Revolver Magazine’s new No Distortion series HERE.

[photo by Danin Drahos]

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Some notable late October heavy releases

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:55 PM (PST)

From the crunchy guitar and classic metal vocal power of Savage Messiah’s “Solar Corona” from Hands Of Fate to Bell Witch’s herculean Mirror Reaper to All Pigs Must Die’s latest audio attack to Gwar’s first record without Oderus, late October 2017 has some brilliant moments for the metal world to enjoy and argue over! Check out why we recommend this handful for you to purchase before November’s coming fire BELOW.

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Haiduk offers two free tracks from latest album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:38 PM (PST)

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Calgary-based thrash-laden blackened death metaller Haiduk is offering two tracks “Nergion” and “Nazon” for free off of his latest album Demonicon.

Luka Milojica (writer/producer) had this to say about the album:

“It’s a crusher! This album has some of my best riffs. I don’t waste my time, I don’t waste your time. This is true Haiduk the way it was meant to be: cold, evil, blasting arrangements featuring some unique guitar work. 9 songs, 9 demons, risen from the volcanic underworld of Octavia in the realm of Callost – a fantasy world setting, which serves as the basis for the map, lyrics, and short stories contained in the CD booklet.”

Check out the tracklist and album art for Demonicon and stream “Nazon” and “Nergion” here.

Church of Misery preparing to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM (PST)

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Tokyo doom pumellers Church of Misery are preparing to release  And Then There Were None.

And Then There Were None will be released on March 4 via Rise Above Records.

“Confessions of An Embittered Soul”, the album’s first single, is available via Decibel Magazine for streaming.

Check out the track list and cover art for And Then There Were None here.

Psychostick drop ‘Megaman’ music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM (PST)

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Arizona jokesters Psychostick have released a music video for their song “Megaman”.

“Megaman” is a parody of Heart’s “Magic Man” and pays tribute to the classic video game of the same name.

Psychostick will also be on tour with Soil, Beyond Threshold and Via in December.

Check out the video for “Megaman”, a free download link for the song and tour dates here.

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The Migration from Scale The Summit was arguably their most thrilling audio journey yet (though Carving Desert Canyons is still incredible). Now the band of progressive instrumental rockers are hitting the studio with Jamie King (Gospel Of The Witches, The Contortionist) to follow up The Migration. Expect a summer release from Prosthetic Records.

Additionally, STS has announced a line-up change for the new release, as drummer J.C. Bryant has joined the group. The band says, “We have parted ways with our drummer Pat Skeffington. Pat is a fantastic drummer and will be greatly missed. We wish him the absolute best in the future! Moving forward, we’d like to officially welcome J.C. Bryant as the new drummer for Scale The Summit. We just finished drum tracking for the new album this past weekend and can’t wait for everyone to hear the songs! Get excited!”

Studio footage HERE.

Bryant added, “I’ve known the Scale guys for years, and I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside them in the creative process!”

I gotta say, despite the new Megadeth rumors I’d still rather listen to Scale The Summit at this point any day. Or solo Marty Friedman. In either case, Prosthetic Records has me covered!

Inanimate Existence premiere “The Rune of Destruction”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM (PST)

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California tech-death slammers Inanimate Existence have released a music video for their song “The Rune of Destruction”.

“The Rune of Destruction” comes off the band’s recently released album A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement, which was released earlier this year via Unique Leader Records.

Check out the video for “The Rune of Destruction” here.