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RIP Trevor Strnad

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 4:02 AM (PST)

By now most of you have heard the shocking and incredibly tragic news that Trevor Strnad of melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder has passed away. Through nine albums of punishing and unapologetic death metal worship and funny antics, Strnad led the band to amazing heights and inspired countless kids to feel excited to be part of this scene.

It just…underscores mental health month being a bunch of fucking lip service to most people. Sorry if that sounds mean (and is certainly not directed at any of his friends or loved ones who have tried to help him over the years), but this is pretty triggering to me. I just lost my own mom and just feel for dude so hard. It is really hard to feel like you are supposed to just go through that and then go back to being normal right away. Fucking hell. I just mean that society in general really fails to have enough mechanisms in place to catch everyone when they are falling.

TBDM wrote on socials: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.” The band also shared the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Crank some Everblack today.

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AMON AMARTH release “Put Your Back Into The Oar”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6:07 AM (PST)

 

Acclaimed Viking overlords and modern masters of heavy metal, Amon Amarth have today revealed their brand new, pulverising single “Put Your Back Into The Oar”, an ode to the epic Viking row. The standalone single was recorded & mixed in January 2021 at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren. Released via the band’s own label Victorious Music, the track was exclusively premiered on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal yesterday and was subsequently played every hour throughout the day. Find “Put Your Back Into The Oar” on streaming platforms here and watch the accompanying music video here .

 

In conjunction with this epic new song, the band have also announced the release of a limited edition 12’’ picture disc and a range of special merchandise available from the band’s Victorious Merch store and EMP.

 

Amon Amarth comment:
“We’ve been quiet over the last 2 years, but we’ve been at home in Sweden hard at work behind the scenes. Much has been said about fans coming to our shows to have fun and doing the “epic Viking row”. Well, we thought it was a good idea to write a song about it! This one is for you, the fans, wherever you are – and may Odin guide you as you row to your destiny in uncharted seas! Enjoy the song and video while we continue to work on a new album. We can’t wait to see all you heathens soon.”

 

The official video also premiered today on the band’s YouTube channel. Shot in England over 3 days in October 2021, the atmospheric, cinematic video was produced by Twin V and directed by Ryan MackFall at Crashburn Media.
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ARCH ENEMY return with their first song in four years, “Deceiver, Deceiver”. Fans will surely not be disappointed by this precision, hostility driven anthem. The band remain in tremendous form and this well-crafted song is arguably more proof they are undoubtedly still in the top of the field when it comes to melodic death metal. If you need to blast someone’s ears off and feel a sense of righteous integrity, just wait until you hear this one.

Earlier today the band announced the song, as frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz said: “Surprise! We are ARCH ENEMY and we are back with our newest single ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ which is available everywhere that you listen to music now. So go check it out and also check out our stories because we are counting down to the live music video premiere for ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ later today, so we’ll see you there.”

 

 

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CARCASS reveal “The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 4:47 AM (PST)

Death metal institution Carcass always have devotees or critics fighting over which era is best but the fact is they have never released a bad album. They also have not been content to just do what people say either.

“The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” from Torn Arteries has a very cool almost alt-rock intro that is interesting and sets the stage for the explosive and cynical mirth that follows. Dudes really brought their A game to this track, a dizzying array of memorable riffs and drum patterns paired with a snarled and cheeky analysis of inevitable mortality. The head bang to riff ratio is very high!

What’s not to love? And we all have “daddy issues with father time” here and there, right?

Carcass remain kings of what they do, a lack of pretension to their work allowing them to have decidedly more fun while still creating very blissfully bloody metallic atmospheres and self-aware snark.

 

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end of an era

Wow, big energy shift of one of the best and biggest bands in melodic death metal as Dark Tranquillity have reported the departure of both founding drummer Anders Jivarp and bass player Anders Iwers . Cranking “Identical To None” from the triumphant, pandemic gloom defying Moment to honor their footprint tonight.

Filling in for the pair on immediate shows will be Joakim Strandberg Nilsson and Christian Jansson.

A clearly emotional Dark Tranquillity vocalist and co-founder Mikael Stanne said the following:

“Times have truly changed. This last year and a half has been challenging to say the least, and we’ve all had time to think over our decisions and motivations in all aspects of life. When removed from what you take for granted, it becomes clear that you realize what is truly important in life. And this is different for everybody.

“Anders Jivarp and Anders Iwers have decided to move on to other things and not be a part of the band anymore. These are two of the most amazing, loyal and dedicated friends and musicians you could ever find and as sad as we are seeing them go, we know that if passion leads you elsewhere you should follow it.

“Anders Jivarp has of course been there from the very beginning, being instrumental in creating the sound that eventually became our own. His songs are some of our most beloved and with the exception of one insane evening in Istanbul 20 years ago he has played every single show since the band’s inception. We’re excited to hear what will come out of Anders’ future musical projects.

“Anders Iwers has been with us for the last six years but since we have known each other from the very early days of the band it felt like he had always been there. He played on our two latest records, not to mention being an integral part of our live shows.

“We love you guys so much and we wish you the absolute best in everything that you do.”

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Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES released their first single, “Spectre of Extinction”, off their forthcoming album The Nightmare Of Being out July 2nd via Century Media Records. Check out the epic opening track, which features a guest lead-guitar appearance by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, via the album pre-order link HERE.

Tomas Lindberg Redant states, “It is always very hard to choose which song to release to the public first, especially with this album having so many layers and textures. We did feel, however, that this, the opening track of the record, represented the overall feel of the album. It has the musical depths that you would expect from an AT THE GATES track, and still carries that intensity and urgency that we have always tried to get across with our music. 

 

For the video, it was wonderful to be able to continue the work with the mighty Patric Ullaeus, as he understands our vision with the music and is willing to go all the way to portray the song’s inner dimensions. I think he did that excellently with this one and I’m very proud of the result. The lyrics deal with humanity’s will and how that clashes with our consciousness, and our knowledge of our mortality. Enjoy!”
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(Gothenburg, Sweden – April 1, 2021) – Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES announces their new full-length album The Nightmare Of Being today. The album is set for release on July 2nd via Century Media Records.

 

While main parts for The Nightmare Of Being were recorded in several different Swedish studios (drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg), the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who previously worked with AT THE GATES on their 2014 comeback album At War With Reality. The album’s visual concept and album cover was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

 

“The overall theme deals with the topic of pessimism, and I have been diving deep down in pessimistic philosophers. Trying to understand this way of looking at the world. It is not a negative album, more a gateway into new ideas for me personally, trying out different perspectives. You could call the album an introduction to pessimism as a concept, I guess. It is a very dark album, but not negative,” states AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant about the album concept.

 

Musically The Nightmare Of Being unveils a newly liberated and adventurous AT THE GATES with some of the bravest and most mesmerizing material they have ever written. Lindberg Redant adds, “It still sounds like AT THE GATES, 100 percent. It is just more of everything.”

 

The Nightmare Of Being Tracklist:
1. Spectre of Extinction
2. The Paradox
3. The Nightmare of Being
4. Garden of Cyrus
5. Touched by the White Hands of Death
6. The Fall into Time
7. Cult of Salvation
8. The Abstract Enthroned
9. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter of Reason

 

Further details about The Nightmare Of Being, its various formats, and pre-order will be revealed on April 30th. Mark your calendars!
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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

This year has seen or will see some very thrilling metal or metal influenced music that is on the morose side- notably the brilliant new efforts from Bleakheart, Katatonia, Draconian and Oblivion Beach come quickly to mind. One record that I am looking forward to rather gleefully (despite an album theme of the process of grieving) is Beyond The Shores (On Death And Dying) from Italian brooders and master metal craftspeople Shores Of Null.

If you don’t know this band, I highly insist you change that. A blend of doom, melodeath and even some grungy vocal elements at times,  I have been in awe of their sophisticated songwriting ever since their imposing yet melodically addictive Quiescence release, watching them stay their course with respect and interest. Their records are true statements of life and intention rather than cheap commerce.

Very cool to see the Metal Insider folks host a premiere of the band’s powerful new section of their up and coming release, the second excerpt overall of a 40 minute single track. Stream it HERE.

The upcoming record will consist of one forty-minute track that will take the listener on a journey through the process of grieving, which is inspired by the five stages of grief formulated by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and in her book On Death And Dying. 

The refrain about life being at war with us is chilling and reminded me of how Italy really suffered this year. Sending love and respect to all and may the future be brighter.  I hope you will all get on board with the latest important work from this moving band and maybe find a way to channel some stress and sorrow into a semblance of coping in the process.

RIYL Woods Of Ypres, Swallow The Sun, Novembers Doom.

 

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Melodic death band DORMANTH are  confidently revealing details for their upcoming 4th album, Complete Downfall, which will be released on December 15th, 2020 via Xtreem Music on CD. One of the first melodic death metal bands from Spain and at it since the nineties when metal wasn’t as trendy, DORMANTH have experience and skill on their side to appeal to fans looking to connect with something real.

DARK TRANQUILLITY release “Phantom Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquility are returning with their new masterpiece Moment, which will be released on November 20th via Century Media. Listen to the first single “Phantom Days” here, which fuses their “their trademark blend of bright melodies and venomous evil,” as noted by Brooklyn Vegan. Elsewhere, Loudwire proclaimed that their “melododeath reign continues.”

Moment was recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The album sees the addition of two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band. It’s been four years since the Dark Tranquility released their last album Atoma, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. The band is considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates.

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September Showdown: Top 4 release picks of the month

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Varg wonder if they should have gone glamping when they quickly run out of Oreos and Ale.

September is seeping with molten metallic sensory overload and we are here today to break down some of our top records of the month to check out. This is not a fully comprehensive list, as there is a lot of cool stuff on the imminent horizon. This is, however, some of the stuff I have been bumping the most this past week that I think is rad.

Check out my top picks nearing release BELOW.

Extreme metal absolute god damn legends Carcass have released a towering new stomper “The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue”, one of their more trudge worthy and clobbering numbers that alternates between brutal plodding murder and rampaging rage-gallop frenzy. The band have announced their first new music in seven years will take bloody shape in the form of the Despicable EP (out in October via Nuclear Blast). This bodes very well for their next record and is a way to tide fans over in the meantime.

Tracklisting for the EP:

01. “The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue”
02. “The Long And Winding Bier Road”
03. “Under The Scalpel Blade” (album version)
04. “Slaughtered In Soho”

 

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photo by Vince Edwards

Listening to “DEMON(S)” right now from DARKEST HOUR as I write this and thinking fondly of how this band has kept going and always deliver bangers passionately and reliably. Truly one of the modern underground acts that deserves more credit for carrying the torch for a long time.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR have just announced a special livestream event to benefit their favorite local venue during these unprecedented times.

To aid their good friends at the Black Cat in the band’s hometown of Washington DC, DARKEST HOUR is proud to announce a worldwide live streaming event to be held on September 26th, 2020 via VEEPS.com. All the profits of this event will go to the Black Cat Employee fund. 

The band writes, “We have been spending a lot of time thinking of our family, friends, and colleagues who are all struggling to find a way through these trying times. The Black Cat has been a constant refuge for us over the years and so it feels right to our best to give back now. We need art, we need music, and we will need a place to all come together eventually to heal form all of this. We want those of our friends who work in the music/art/live events industry to know that we see you, we are here for you, and most of all that you are not alone.
We will be rolling out a special digital merchandise store, and some other surprises so follow along on our social media as we reveal more details. Happy to do our part to support the fund and give back to a community and club that has given so much to us.
Thanks so much in advance for helping get the word out. Just trying to get creative, stay active, give back, all while we try and write the best album of our lives!”
Purchase your presale ticket HERE, or feel free to donate anytime HERE.

Stay tuned for further updates on DARKEST HOUR as they continue to write their new album for release through Southern Lord in 2021.

Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge), DARKEST HOUR‘s eleventh LP Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora continues to solidify the band’s legacy as a major metal powerhouse. Raw, complex, melodic, yet cutting with razor blade precision, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is a fierce album which shows the long-running band as lethal and ravenous as ever.

Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is available on CD, LP, picture disc LP, digital via Southern Lord, including a brand-new pressing on purple vinyl limited to 300 copies. Find options at the label’s webstore HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and through all digital providers.

In other news, DARKEST HOUR recently launched an official fan club via Patreon as part of their 25th anniversary. Here, fans can choose their desired tier to access lots of band content; some of it never before accessible, some of it so old it has been lost to the black hole of the Internet, and some of it totally brand new and exclusive. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
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Hello from me and my dinosaur friends from our bunker in the Savage Land , dear readers. I have been breaking all laws of decency by microwaving pre-mixed packet asparagus risotto whilst my gf learns how to play “Fourteen Years” by GnR on the piano. Happy Fiona Apple and Siege Of Mandalore day. The President is inciting armed insurgency during a pandemic and the 25th Amendment exists just as much as the 2nd, but no one will act to remove the Orange pants shitter while he encourages us to die for crappy jobs.

Today in metal news (April 17th), The Black Dahlia Murder have also released their new full-length, Verminous, physically in the USA and digitally worldwide (Verminous will be available physically in Europe on April 24th). Check a dime slime colored and vampiric metal monikered video “Removal of the Oaken Stake” below!

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers’ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous’,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad.

Irish symphonic power metal band Ravenlight are releasing their debut album Project Genesis this year on June 26th 2020 via Novus Records. The album name kind of reminds me of something Fear Factory would come up with after watching Terminator and Resident Evil movies a few years ago, but the music is more stirring and epic rain swept cliffs type stuff. Check out the song “The Circle” HERE and pre-order this heartfelt musical journey. The band have supported Evergrey and have a lot of potential.

Hardcore demons Integrity have a new live album that just dropped! Live At Northwest Terror Fest MMXVIII is streaming and available to purchase HERE. The highlight for me on this excellent document of killer energy and perfectly bad ass happy accidents is probably a monster clobbering version of “Jagged Visions Of My True Destiny”, positively seething from the speakers with malevolence and guitar glory. Humanity IS the fucking devil.

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