California metal act ARCHER NATION are set to cross the pond again as main support to Canadian thrash legends Annihilator for a 2-month/40-show run across UK and Europe.
Says vocalist/guitarist Dylan Rose, ” Archer Nation previously supported Annihilator in the UK and Europe in 2015 so it was a huge honor to get the call again. Jeff Waters is such an underrated guitarist and contributor to thrash metal, and his band is better than ever. We’re very excited to bring our new album to our friends in Europe for the first time.”
Archer Nation released their Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth) produced LP Beneath The Dream earlier this year on David Ellefson’s EMP LABEL GROUP, before heading out on tour supporting Anvil, and David Ellefson himself on his Summer MORE LIFE WITH DETH tour, where the band performed an impromptu version of “Tornado of Souls” with Ellefson and HATCHET guitarist Clayton Cagle, as a tribute to Dave Mustaine who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer, at SWEETWATER in Ft. Wayne, IN.
ARCHER NATION (SUPPORTING ANNIHILATOR) Dates BELOW.Add to My Radar
Winter may be around the bend but climate change is real and you will not find apathy from the Denver doom riff inclined metallic/nature honoring covenant known as Green Druid .
Who better than druids to know with a grim certainty that the Earth needs our help?
Want to hear one of the most timely and heavy slow molten lava toe tapping tempo songs on environmental issues all year? “The End of Men” has got you covered with a captivating psychedelic visualizer video HERE. We all have to embrace this moment in time and face this era with our most determined artwork, habits and as much pragmatism as we can muster in order to survive.
“The End of Men is a commentary on the general state of decay that our planet is currently in,” comments guitarist and vocalist Graham Zander. “In recent years it has become increasingly common for people among our generation to feel an overall sense of doom. This stems from everything from the impending climate apocalypse to world politics.”
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Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES recently wrapped a successful run of international summer festival appearances and will continue to tour in support of their highly acclaimed album To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media Records, 2018). The band is set to tour across North America in an All-Swedish package with Amon Amarth, labelmates Arch Enemy and Grand Magus, before heading out on another European tour, this time as headliners with Nifelheim and labelmates Deserted Fear as support.
“Finally it is time for us to return to Europe for a real headline run! We have been looking forward to this for a while…It is always so special playing in front of your own crowd. We can’t wait for these special shows. We also have the privilege to share the tour with our Swedish metal brothers Nifelheim. We have played a few select shows in Sweden together before and it is always a blast. This will be the one tour you don’t want to miss this winter. We are all very fired up! Along for the ride is also German death metal warriors Deserted Fear. Prepare for a night of classic metal mayhem in your hometown! See you there,” states AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg about the band’s upcoming tour dates.
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Hey there ya headbanging tree-huggers, if you can’t be in London protesting Trump or can’t fit into a soon to be outlawed as “Antifa” Jason Voorhees mask you might as well hang out here with us at Metal Riot. So let’s get this party started!!! Are you excited? No? You ought to be. New music time!
After nearly 5 long years, Philadelphia-based progressive thrashers Vektor are back with their third studio album entitled, Terminal Redux. Both embracing and expanding upon the intricate layers of the preceding albums, Black Future and Outer Isolation, the band deliver the album that we all knew they were capable of.
Never one to take a metal-by-numbers approach to song-writing, Vektor have embraced some unusual audio elements, including the vocal assistance of a group of Philadelphia soul singers, adding further texture to the sound without compromising on the riff-heavy fury. Recorded in part at the band’s home studio, along with Panther Pro-Audio in Philadelphia, Terminal Redux is a fine demonstration of technical precision, a 73+ minute masterclass in complexity, and affirmation that there is still plenty of innovation and intelligence in modern day metal.
EXCLUSIVE TO THE EARACHE WEBSTORE, we have limited edition colour vinyl, with 400 ‘Pterotoptic’ Purple vinyl coming with an exclusive woven patch, and a further 100 including a hand-signed photocard! For those who prefer CDs, you have not been ignored, as we also have 500 CDs with an alternative woven patch and hand-signed photocard. Pre-orders start at 1pm EST, and when you throw in 4 brand new T-shirts and 2 awesome hoodies, and this is one deal you simply don’t want to miss out on!
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Swedish melo-death metallers At The Gates have released a live video for their song “The Circular Ruins”.
The video was shot at a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues on the Decibel Tour 2015. “The Circular Ruins” came off of the album At War With Reality (Century Media).
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These days it is harder to find original things. Most art and music has nostalgia so embedded in it that we recognize new songs with a familiarity that makes them more easy to market. That’s not always bad. American Horror Story: Hotel is a lot of fun, for example. Gaga is a hoot and even if every other scene recalls The Shining, The Lost Boys, Se7en or Devil In The White City‘s murder hotel, there is plenty of genre tribute, glam and gore.
That said, in life we only have so much time. I’m drawn the most to bands that sound unique, be it a human voice that is distinctive or something that doesn’t need signifiers because- like the Ramones, Motorhead or our main subject Godflesh, it can’t be fully replicated.
Streetcleaner is a template that turned the underground on its collective ear. Like Neubauten’s Kollaps, it was just such a huge game changer for possibilities, one of those rare records that becomes a landmark. The closest any other act has really come to Godflesh sonically might be recent Author & Punisher release Melk En Honing, to my ears – though they have many disciples. Still, Streetcleaner remains pretty untouchable. Even Godflesh themselves, who have many incredible releases to their credit, have rarely sounded as intense as during fan favorite “Like Rats”. The kick heavy punch of “Christbait Rising”, the harsh mantra of “Locust Furnace” or the rolling groove of underrated bonus track “Dead Head” soundtracked the cold alienation of many of the underground’s truest disciples at their most solitary.Add to My Radar
Electronic metallers THE BROWNING have announced a US tour supporting North Carolina rockers ALESANA. The tour kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on April 3rd, with the final show taking place on May 3rd in Dallas, Texas. Also joining ALESANA and THE BROWNING are CAPTURE THE CROWN, CONQUER DIVIDE and THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT.
I for one think The Browning take risks and have fun energy, so I root for them and similar spirits Exotype to really evolve with time like Linkin Park did but retain their heavy elements. I think it could be a really good thing. Enter Shikari or 36 Crazyfists are already there, just bands in their own ballpark.
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Adam Warren and the boys in much appreciated Midwest death core band Oceano are returning with their first new album from 2013 with new record Ascendants. Re-touching on the origin of the ideas in Contagion, the record is not a linear storyline from that record but “we did follow a general cohesive theme,” says Warren. Pre-Order this bad boy HERE.
Tracked by producer Nick Nativo (MONSTERS), the record deals with Adam’s ideas on many topics such as humans coming from more than what society and religion tells us. The general theme seems to be that we are the Children of Gods and have higher essence in our DNA but have forgotten. It’s pretty cool. I for one am stoked for this. Hear Adam talk about it in depth BELOW!Add to My Radar
At The Gates have released a video for their stomping and mental canyon carving new nail-embedded slugger “Death And The Labyrinth”. The song’s maze of dissonance and choking screams in a blood pact with existential dread and dismay is… really heavy. It is good that the handsome melodeath devils are progressing but still can outdo almost any band at the heavy game, and because of mood and impact. Think of more forward thinking acts like Nails and The Secret today and you have to give credit to At The Gates for being able to again reach the heights of peer standards they themselves originally set. It’s not always the size of the riff but how you use it.
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More shows announced by the Evile camp.It is great to see the band get back on their feet yet again. One of the most consistently killer thrash bands in the world!
“Evile are coming back next year, we’ve been hard at work over the past few months with Piers, our new guitarist, to get up to speed with putting a great set together for our first show back at one of our favourite venues (so much of a favourite I named a song after it!), the Underworld in London, on March 28, 2015.
We’ve still got a lot of work to do in the coming months to make sure we can be better than we’ve ever been but we’re treating this as a new start, I always hoped (idealistically) that Evile could be a band that kept the same members for as long as we lasted but obviously there are some things you just can’t fight or plan for and life just isn’t that straight forward.
We want to make sure we put the time in to be stronger than ever but we can only all manage to be available at the same time for one or two rehearsals per week which is why we haven’t rushed straight back out there. We need to put the effort in to be as good a live band as we want to be, that’s what we’re aiming for starting next year. This time we are going the DIY route, we have no label or manager. Just ourselves and whatever stage people will let us play on.
We finally get the chance to tour in support of our last album Skull which we released through Earache in May 2013, sadly we never got a chance to promote it properly so it seemed to fly under the radar for a lot of people so we plan on playing that album in full at shows next year as we’re really proud of what we put together on that one and think it deserves it’s time in the spotlight.Check out the rest of the dates we have booked in for next year and we will see the London faithful at the Underworld on March 28 for the resurrection of Evile.”
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Let’s get this party started right and kick off the earliest “trve” days of Fall with some powerful new music from some well regarded musicians. These sounds are nothing short of a contribution to society that goes beyond any detractors remarks or behind the scenes personal stuff. These artists are on fire.
Taken on their own merits, the following songs are all powerful ways to tame the feeling of being a flickering thought in the cosmos, or at least come to grips with it while fighting a war against reality.
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There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of "fuck it/let's really go for it" more than others. NY's Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.