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I love NYHC and many of the bands I have shared the stage with, interviewed or saved my life. That said, I am super bummed out right now by a lot of people I love and the reckless 2,000+ social distancing flaunting Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot, Wisdom In Chains etc. show in Tompkins. Yes, shows are important for mental health, as Wisdom In Chains noted on Insta. Supporting Firefighters and the Burn foundation is great. So is protecting our most vulnerable and adhering to the bare minimum to help us have real solidarity and get through this. This show was not the triumph hardcore bands and fans are claiming it was. Period. Sorry if that makes me the ‘woke SJW mob’ and not a concerned diabetic who has loved and lived their life for punk and metal for over three decades.

As my pal Ryan Butler of Landmine Marathon fame said online ,“Tompkins Square Park in NYC yesterday looked like the Rose Garden at the White House a few months back times 1,000.” Hard to disagree.

Update. I don’t know if this is true but the Parks Dept. are saying organizers lied and said the event was a 9/11 memorial with a hundred people expected. Classy if true! Wow. WTF, y’all. I know some of you were around for 9/11 and love the city more than that. For real?!! WTF.  Cuz you donated to firefighters doesn’t make it any less misleading. And how about the healthcare workers who have to take care of anyone who gets sick?  (BNB Productions now say the permit never mentioned 9/11 and that people just “suck the dick of the media” but failed to show the permit to back up the claim the media is lying, so I can’t verify one way or the other. It is immature af though to just downplay people’s concerns as sheeple and pussies, tough guys).

Further update: Chris Flash told EVGrieve: “Nowhere did it say anything about September 11. We did apply for a September 11 memorial event, but it was for September,” Flash also said,”…Why would we apply for a September 11 memorial in April?””We were given a 3-page list of things the Parks Department wanted us to comply with — we complied with all of the stipulations,” Flash said. “We were required to provide gloves, masks, sanitizer and a clipboard if someone wanted to voluntarily provide contact tracing. We provided two tables with all the necessary supplies. We cannot enforce rules, we can’t — we’re not the police. Even the police said they can’t enforce.”

(Um, you can’t enforce the rules but anyone could have kept urging the crowd to mask up at the very least. Or the band members and scene folx -who’ve posted tons of selfies to their own insta feeds with the vast majority in no masks- could have also done the right thing and masked up). I also hear that people were being mocked for wearing them at the event, though can’t verify.  CDC has eased masking guidelines for vaccinated people as of 4.27 but still say “vaccinated people should still wear masks in public settings indoors and outdoors where there is a substantial risk of Covid-19 transmission, such as concerts, sporting events and other crowded gatherings,” the CDC said.)

People have been saying that maybe the vast majority of unmasked moshing and screaming people were already vaccinated (as if that means you can’t still carry it home or elsewhere, fucking duh). It was harder for young people to get vaccinated until very recently in New York.

For the wary, I can’t force people to trust big pharma companies with awful track records like Johnson and Johnson (who have sucked ass for years). I especially am not tone policing women who have fertility side effect fears when we need way better long term clinical studies or bipoc folx who are afraid because they have historically been guinea pigs to racist medical research practices before. I sure as hell also agree that it is fucked it seems -if I am understanding things right- that Reagan made it so you can’t sue lots of vaccine makers if something goes wrong (tell your conservative leaning Libertarian pals that). H.R.5546 – 99th Congress (1985-1986): National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress says that ,”Provides that no vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death: (resulting from unavoidable side effects; or (2) solely due to the manufacturer’s failure to provide direct warnings.”

I agree that is completely bullshit to not be able to sue someone if there is a problem. That goes for the Covid vaccinations as well. No one should be above lawsuit if there is a huge fucked up problem with any of them.

That is still besides the point when it comes to this concert.

I am personally diabetic and fully vaxxed. I am absolutely glad I got it. But if someone “healthy” with doubts can’t even do bare minimum compassion to wear a mask cuz they think it doesn’t work (as if having none will somehow protect others more!?) or social distance cuz moshing and peacocking is more important …yikes. And most of those people on the crowd aren’t gonna go green diet anyway and just want to fucking party, c’mon.

John Joseph wrote this on social media: “For the last year in New York City there were protests – tens and thousands of people in the streets – some rioting and looting engaging in bias attacks – nobody said shit – the media condoned it. On 4/20, thousands filled Washington Square Park sharing blunts and weed pipes no masks – again nobody said shit. This was our fucking protest – this was our rally – people came out from all over the country and enjoyed live music! Those who didn’t want to come stayed away – good nobody Missed their ass. They were free to live in fear – hide under their table and talk shit on social media.”

I don’t know about the 4/20 day stuff so can’t speak on it and can understand how that would bother a straight edge person. I am sober a year and a half and John’s description ALSO sounds like 4/20 was reckless and should have been discussed. It sounds like you think it is just hypocrisy that they weren’t called out and the hardcore show was, not that people have valid super spread concerns. Also, the idea that just because our elected officials and others have done hypocritical things is ALSO a good reason to be irresponsible as a ‘protest’ to hypocrisy is the epitome of two wrongs don’t make a right.

Ok, and while I super respect John’s veganism and love his books on the subject and think everyone should become one to save the planet (watch Seaspiracy and stop eating fish today PLEASE), this BLACK LIVES MATTER statement is simply a false equivalency. Most people at BLM protests were masked and it was outdoors, with a combination that helped soften the blow of those who weren’t substantially. That is not thousands of people crammed in a small park with masked folx being mocked and people screaming gang vocals and pitting in close proximity and breaking social distancing suggestions and max outdoor capacity guidelines. That isn’t ‘united blood’. It is fucking telling immunocompromised people that y’all don’t care when this is over or just don’t believe in it.

We all wan’t shows to come back right, but this aint it. At all.

Again, the current law in New York, according to our shitbag, rapey, bad clemency record, Weinstein money accepting and CNN softball question champion Governor Andrew Cuomo is that “outdoor venues with 2,500 person and overcapacity can begin holding live concerts at 20% capacity.” Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test would be required for entry. I hate Cuomo for almost killing my mom in an old folks home as well and for playing chess with lives and refusing one of Trump’s only decent ideas by not using the hospital boats, but these capacity and safety limitations I cannot fault him for.

The Warzone tribute I covered there was one of the coolest things I have ever been to and it was great to help document it that day several years ago. I did not expect to hear that this new event would completely disregard respectfully making sure shit was done right and call people who are concerned ‘beeyotches’ (wow super feminist and inclusive, punk rawwwwk).

I believe in Christ consciousness and healing and growth and lifting one another up when we fall or make mistakes, but that requires self-awareness. I don’t at all enjoy now feeling alienated from all these bands and people who went who I admired. You can’t talk about making everyone considerate enough to live better and take care of the Earth and animals (as they should) if you also don’t care enough to protect the most vulnerable humans or try to lessen the ongoing impact of the pandemic in even the most minor ways.

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Important discussion at Toilet Ov Hell to a tone deaf af Sin Quirin side project press release and the allegations about him that have been extremely downplayed by Ministry, Nuclear Blast and Cleopatra and any potential touring companions. Listen to the whole thing.

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Tom from EXODUS announces cancer treatment

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:54 AM (PST)
Hey Exodus fans and all metal folks. Keep Tom Hunting in your prayers or thoughts or hails (whatever you do) today.
The band wrote: With our never ending support for our bandmate, friend and brother. We Love You.

Important statement from our man Tom Hunting:

“Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re 1 step closer to killing it!
Ok, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!
We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!”
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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.

Metal and horror legend Rob Zombie has released a new video for the single “Crow Killer Blues”, more evidence that The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy finds the musical madman seemingly loosening up and just enjoying the ride again. It is making for some of his best material in years, every song full of the dark circus of Zombie crunchy yet heavy and groovy vibe fans know and love. This one really slams home when those vocals come in.

Get your party scowl on as the wind’s howl below.

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Today sees Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) release his first solo record in five years with ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’. Expect Warwick’s signature grit and soul in a hearty and heartfelt new batch of terrific tunes.

Ricky comments on the release of his new album “This album is a statement of my intent, a love of rock n roll, songwriting and playing from the heart. The only way I know how. I’m so honored I now have the opportunity to share it with all of you!”

Buy the album on various formats, including a 2CD Digipack which includes the bonus covers album ‘Stairwell Troubadour’ (which includes everything from Maiden to Dead Or Alive to Ramones to Britney Spears covers!), now from:

– http://nblast.de/RickyWarwick-WLWHAF

– https://www.musicglue.com/ricky-warwick/

For the process of recording the album, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Thunder’s Luke Morley, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns ‘N Roses and even Ricky’s daughter Pepper. Keith also produced the new album, having previously worked with Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke and Alice Cooper. Keith noted that “Ricky is a true Rock-n-Roll soul… he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”

Check out a new video below! “You’re My Rock’N’Roll” is an infectious yet street-wise song that feels like what it means to live for rock, a punk-tinged power anthem that brings to mind working class, scab knuckled hands wiping down the bar to start all over again. It’s the sort of song that would make the Social Distortions and Rose Tattoos of the world proud, a fine tribute to the many faces known and unknown behind the genre’s glory and ongoing legacy.

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Album Review: Korpiklaani – “Jylhä”

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 8:27 AM (PST)
Korpiklaani – Jylhä 
Review by Ralka Skjerseth
Release date: February 5th, 2021
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Folklore, nature, and celebration have always been some of the prominent themes in Korpiklaani’s songwriting  – and on this one eleventh album of theirs, they featured those themes too. Jylhä has a magnificent resonance packed in a form of 13 tracks, released under Nuclear Blast records (of Sabaton, Enslaved, Immortal fame). Apart from featuring the themes of folklore and nature on this album, they also featured three murder stories. One of them includes the Lake Bodom murders which happens to be one of the most well-known homicide cases in Finnish criminal history that is still unsolved. The lyrics were powerfully written by the renowned poet and author Tuomas Keskimäki who is also Korpiklaani’s long-time lyricist. He managed to engrave words into enthralling tales that possess their own complexities. The release of Jylhä also marks the very first feature of the new drummer Samuli Mikkonen on a full-length album, replacing Matti Johansson.

This album is very diverse in terms of genre classification; Korpiklaani incorporated elements of thrash metal, power metal, reggae, ska, and even a bit of punk on this album aside from their folk metal roots. The instrumentation also comes in a wide range, featuring various kinds of ethnic instruments that are beautifully presented such as accordions, mandolins, and fiddles. The generous amount of rhythmic fiddles featured on this album strengthens the folkish element that gives vibrant colors to this album. 

This album opens with anthemic drums and catchy eclectic riffs that are presented on “Verikoira”. And then we also have a tune that is strong on power metal elements, which is “Niemi”. “Leväluhta” meticulously combines reggae with folk metal and opens with such fast paces. “Mylly” is a folkloric tune that is powerfully written, telling the story of a working man’s journey to the mill. “Tuuleton” is one of the tracks on this album with slower paces and it sounds tremendously poignant at first, but manages to become more powerful and resurgent in the end. Next up we have “Sanaton maa” which is an easy-listening classic folk metal tune. Then there is “Kiuru” which is a song that tells the story of Finland’s unresolved homicide case. “Miero” opens with a riff with progressive tendencies, almost Sabbathian to an extent – then Järvelä proceeds to sing peaceful slow paced vocals. It is also an existential song under the subject of the cosmos. “Pohja” gradually progresses from a ferocious intro into an exuberant set of riffs. “Huolettomat” is a fun poika anthem that also presents intricate bass lines and immense energy with its layered arrangements. “Anolan aukeat” presents a solo using accordion and it’s unusually intriguing. The instrumentation of “Pidot” is obviously danceable and it’s what makes the track festive. The last track “Juuret” has harmonious choruses that become a perfect closing to this album. 

 

The themes of this album are quite diverse, as it speaks of a wide range of topics ranging from folklore to murder to the universe and our own roles in it. It may sound festive but it also has its own darker side. I should say this album would remind its listeners of the likes of Turisas and Eluveitie. This is the perfect kind album to drunk-dance to, especially if Finnish folktales and festivities are your kind of thing. 4/5

Transcending Records is pleased to issue exclusive North American vinyl pressings of Wildhoney and A Deeper Kind Of Slumber from Stockholm, Sweden metal icons TIAMAT.

Initially released via Century Media Records in 1994, Wildhoney is TIAMAT‘s fourth studio album. Produced by Waldemar Sorychta, the record marked a strong shift in the style from the band’s early death/doom roots incorporating more progressive rock and psychedelic influences and themes centered around the occult, nature, and LSD. All Music Guide praised the album upon its release, referring to it as, “one of the classics of the genre.” Wrote Decibel in a TIAMAT Hall Of Fame piece on the record, “…nobody was prepared for Wildhoney… Leadoff track ‘Whatever That Hurts,’ ‘Gaia,’ ‘The Ar,’ and ‘Visionaire’ were wondrous examples of TIAMAT‘s flexibility, deft musicianship, and no-holds-barred vision. The term ‘atmospheric’ was used to describe TIAMAT before, but on Wildhoney, the subgenre was firmly created. What really shocked longhairs, however, were the unlikely end points in ‘Do You Dream Of Me?’ and ‘A Pocket Size Sun.’ At no point in death metal’s timeline were songs about girlfriends and bucolic drug use (we think) set to echoplexing guitar gymnastics and lullaby-like songwriting the epitome of cool. Suddenly, they were.”

Transcending’s limited vinyl edition of TIAMAT‘s Wildhoney will be released on March 12th, 2021 and comes available in three color variants: orange with yellow/black splatter (200), orange/yellow marble (200), and standard black (100) on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with pull-out poster insert.

 

For Wildhoney preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.  

 

TIAMAT‘s fifth full-length, A Deeper Kind Of Slumber, was initially released in 1997 by Century Media Records. Featuring background vocals by Birgit Zacher (Moonspell, Angel Dust, Sentenced) and experimentation with a variety of influences, the album marked the group’s first complete withdrawal from both death metal and conventional heavy metal, following Wildhoney. It was also the first release after their relocation to Germany and was written almost entirely by founder/lead songwriter Johan Edlund. Much of the music contained within reflected on Edlund’s personal relationship with drugs, creative differences within the band as well as an interpersonal relationship. Wrote All Music Guide, “A Deeper Kind Of Slumber moves TIAMAT even farther away from traditional heavy metal, with synthesizers dominating the arrangements and Johan Edlund doing completely away with metal growling in favor of an unearthly croon. Although it’s not very metallic, the music is quite heavy in its own way, creating a numb, sleepy ambience that feels both introverted and resignedly pessimistic…”

 

Transcending’s limited vinyl edition of A Deeper Kind Of Slumber will be released on March 12th, 2021 and also come available in three color variants: orange with red/black splatter (200), white/red color-in-color (200), and 100 standard black (100) all on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with insert. The record will also be released in cassette format limited to 100 copies.

 

For A Deeper Kind Of Slumber preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.
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KREATOR to release ‘UNDER THE GUILLOTINE’ deluxe set

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:47 AM (PST)

The story of Kreator’s meteoric rise to the global elite of thrash metal bands from their humble beginnings in Essen Germany, began under their first name of Tormentor in the early 80’s. It was their ‘Blitzkreig’ and ‘End Of The World’ demos changing hands in the era’s bustling underground tape-trading network that exposed them to the international metal community.  Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention of Germany’s own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal.

Kreator’s tenure at the label spawned six studio albums and established them as one of the most influential on the thrash scene, one they dominate to this day.  1985 debut, Endless Pain was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. 1986’s Follow up, Pleasure To Kill is considered the band’s first “classic” album and raised the bar with more diversity of tempos, while losing nothing in terms of ferocity or speed. 1987’s Terrible Certainty further cemented the reputation that Kreator were one of the genre’s finest exponents.  In 1989 the band closed the decade with the thrash triumph of Extreme Aggression, their biggest seller to date.  1990’s huge magnum opus Coma Of Souls confirmed them in thrash history before they diversified their sound on the experimental, Renewal in 1992.

Under The Guillotine is a deluxe celebration of Kreator’s, Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their first decade of recorded work and contains :

Endless Pain – (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)
Pleasure To Kill – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)
Terrible Certainty – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve) 
Extreme Aggression – (Half/half vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Coma Of Souls – (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Renewal – (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Some Pain Will Last DVD – Containing ‘From The Vault’ mini documentary, plus two previously unreleased audio live concerts and an Andy Sneap remix of Live In East Berlin 1990
12” x 12”, 40 page hardback book of photography, quotes and lyrics from the first decade of the bands existence. Contains rare and previously unseen photos from the era.
Reproduction ‘End Of The World’ demo cassette 
‘Demon’ figurine USB drive containing MP3 audio of all the expanded editions of all the albums.
All encased in an executioners, guillotine box.
The first 250 orders from the Noise Records store will also receive a signed art card by Mille Petrozza.

Also available as an introduction piece is ‘Under The Guillotine – The Noise Anthology’ – an 18 track double-vinyl collection of Kreator’s Noise era classics, pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare and unseen photos. And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 30 track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook.  Both feature rare tracks and remixes from the bands discography.

 

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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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Killer Be Killed, who release one of the year’s most anticipated rock records, Reluctant Hero, on Nov. 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, have debuted a third single from the eagerly-awaited collection: “Inner Calm From Outer Storms”. The sophisticated and multi-layered attack of this song has a blend of alternative, extreme metal and relentless emotion that is hard to top. Probably the best tune yet from this tour de force of a band.

“‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’ is about having the ability to sense a distant or unseen target,” explains Troy Sanders. “It explores a journey of reckless abandon where the destination may, or may not, actually exist.”

Greg Puciato agrees, saying the lyrics reference “the idea of being open to the freedom of having chaos be a state of existence.”

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Happy Halloween, my ghoulish darlings! Pleased to report that Rob Zombie has released probably his gnarliest track in awhile for y’all. “The Triumph of King Freak…” kicks off with some weird and cool atmospherics before clobbering down with some vintage Zombie heavy charm followed by some major boogie. John5 kicks ass on this one as well with a few parts bordering on Tom Morello inventiveness.  The song is from the modestly titled album, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, out March 12, 2021 via Nuclear Blast.  Loving the crazy boom box and scratch sections that gave me weird flashbacks to the fun detours on Beck’s Odelay album.

“I do not forgive/I do not save.” Hell fuckin’ yeah! This seems like it is going to be a creative and very major record for the master of undead ceremonies.

Zombie is also making an exclusive colored 7-inch available for the new single with B-side “The Serenity Of Witches.”  Check it out here.

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Pallbearer celebrate the release of the much awaited Forgotten Days record with a making of video that shares behind the scenes stories from the brooding and revelation-filled fourth album. With this release the Arkansas band cement their status as one of the strongest leaders and most important acts in not just modern metal but also rock in general.

“It’s been inspiring creatively, I think we’ve written so much more material over the past year than ever before,” bass player/songwriter Joseph D. Rowland explains in the first moments of the interview. “We were able to really let some of the lyrics develop earlier in the process than we have in the past. We were able to really focus in on ideas, develop riffs, with lyrical patterns in mind, themes in mind… this time there was so much more opportunity to tightly hone in on those things.”

The Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Johan Johannson) produced album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Forgotten Days (https://www.pallbearerdoom.com/forgotten-days) is available in a number of limited edition vinyl variants with physical bundles available via both the Nuclear Blast and Pallbearer webstores, as well as digitally and on CD/cassette.

Crank it.

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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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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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