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ARMORED SAINT release “Lone Wolf” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 12:36 PM (PST)

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The Armored Saint camp have released a video for new melodic hard rock tune “Lone Wolf”. Last October, Armored Saint released their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has launched a new video for the album track, “Lone Wolf”.

Robert Graves comments: “With ‘Lone Wolf’, the band and I agreed right away that this was an opportunity to create a narrative driven video that would convey the song’s lyrical themes, while also creating an engaging visual experience. And so, a noir-styled heist in the heart of LA just seemed to fit the song perfectly. We decided to keep the story simple and allow the tone of the video to help convey the song’s significance. This gave us (the crew) the opportunity to create an aesthetic that intensified the song’s mood, while also getting some incredible action scenes to tell the story. Needless to say, Armored Saint fans are in for a ride. I think they’re gonna love it!”

Bassist Joey Vera adds: “Working again with director Robert Graves was incredible. Not only is this video great to watch, but underneath the storyline lies a layer of allegory, metaphor and symbolism. Kind of a first for us. John Bush’s great lyrics twist and turn into meanings not visible at first sight. It’s a view into a person’s journey through life and how they maneuver through it all and what they gain from that experience in the end. The neo-noir look Robert created in both the story and the band performances make this a great addition to the Armored Saint video catalogue.”

Vocalist John Bush adds: “Working with Robert is awesome. The guy is truly amazing. He’s gonna be a star.
This time we pushed the dialogue. It was challenging for me, but I had fun with it. For motivation, I tried to channel some of the great actors who come into the casting studio that my wife and I run.
‘Wolf’ tackles the view of people who spend a lot of time on their own. Something I spent years doing. The solitary individuals that always keep us guessing. This video is dedicated to them.”

That said, I am not sure I would trust Bush along on a heist anytime soon!

Armored Saint also have new merchandise – including a flannel long sleeve, ashtray, flask, lighter, license plate holder, and more! – available at: indiemerch.com/armoredsaint

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Dee Snider reveals song with Corpsegrinder

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 5:37 PM (PST)

Metal icon Dee Snider has been spreading his wings into heavier territory in recent years, though he has always supported bands on the heavier end of the spectrum (think of that great Strangeland soundtrack-better than the movie!- that had Crisis, Bile, Clay People, etc.).

Dee Snider recently announced the upcoming release of his fifth full-length, Leave A Scar. Once again produced by Jamey Jasta, the outing will arrive on July 30 through Napalm Records. Big props to Jasta for getting what makes Dee tick so perfectly and being able to honor his legacy while actually helping add to it in a big new way! And huge props to Dee for not getting complacent like so many elder statesman of rock!

Today, Snider has unveiled the album’s second single, “Time to Choose,” which features guest vocals from Cannibal Corpse frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. The song is rad heavy metal, though by George’s standards it is like chamber pop. That is no slight to Dee. The song rules. It just is way more on the heavy metal end of the spectrum than death metal and that is also fine by me. It is enjoyable and head banging will certainly ensue.

Dee Snider comments: “‘Time To Choose’ deals with a subject I’ve addressed often over the course of my writing career: good vs. evil (see ‘Burn In Hell’). Given the heaviness of this track, I felt adding George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher’s voice to this would drive home the seriousness of the choices we make. I was honored when he agreed to contribute his incredibly powerful voice.”

 

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IGORRR to tour with VOWWS, MELT BANANA

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9:47 AM (PST)

Next February/March, Igorrr will embark on a North American headlining tour, featuring Melt-Banana and Vowws as support. This package is the most exciting pairing of weird ass bands that I love in a long time. I am stoked that it might cause them all to really lean into their quirks.

Dubbed “Spirituality and Distortion North American Tour 2022”, this will be the first stateside trek in support of Igorrr‘s critically acclaimed album, Spirituality And Distortion, released in March 2020.

Igorrr‘s Gautier Serre comments: “This period of Covid has drove us totally insane, but we are excited to finally play this US tour! New show, new music and new people on stage – can’t wait to finally play ‘Spirituality and Distortion’ on stage! This will be a historic time for us.”

See below for all dates!

Igorrr “Spirituality and Distortion North American Tour 2022” dates
w/ Melt-Banana, Vowws

Feb. 17, 22 – Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
Feb. 18, 22 – Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Feb. 19, 22 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 21, 22 – Come And Take It Live! – Austin, TX
Feb. 22, 22 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Feb. 23, 22 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
Feb. 25, 22 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Feb. 26, 22 – Hell @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb. 27, 22 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Feb. 28, 22 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Mar. 2, 22 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Mar. 3, 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Mar. 4, 22 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC
Mar. 5, 22 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Mar. 6, 22 – WC Social Club – West Chicago, IL
Mar. 8, 22 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
Mar. 10, 22 – The Crocodile Showroom – Seattle, WA
Mar. 11, 22 – The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Mar. 12, 22 – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
Mar. 14, 22 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 15, 22 – The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

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ENTHEOS sign to METAL BLADE

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:11 AM (PST)

Continuing the long tradition of elevating the best metal bands to even greater heights, Metal Blade have officially signed ENTHEOS. The band’s new album and Metal Blade debut will arrive in 2022. Everyone is stoked for this era of the band as a formidable duo (with more touring guns hired live, I believe I recall).

Entheos members Navene Koperweis and Chaney Crabb comment: “We are incredibly excited to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade is a pillar in the metal community and consistently releases music from many of the world’s greatest bands. We are proud to be associated with such a label and look forward to our future working together. Six years, two albums and many tours later, it is just the two of us, and we want to prove that the heart and soul of Entheos is not only far from gone, but that in this iteration, we can still deliver the best and most passionate release that we have created.”

Kudos to the band for not being deterred by change and forging their path ahead. Both members are very talented. Let’s gooooo!

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On June 25th, Fractal Universe will release their new album, The Impassable Horizon, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, a video for the new single, “A Clockwork Expectation” (directed by Vincent Tournaud), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/fractaluniverse – where The Impassable Horizon can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl, as well as digitally. Fans can also visit Fractal Universe‘s official store for additional vinyl and more: https://shop.fractaluniverseband.com/categorie-produit/the-impassable-horizon/

RIYL Cynic. Gojira, Atheist, Archspire.

Shot at Gouffre de Poudrey – France’s largest equipped cave – Fractal Universe had this to say about the video for “A Clockwork Expectation”: “We wanted this music video to be shot in a grandiose natural environment. It was a unique and unreal experience to spend two days all alone in the extreme conditions – seventy meters underground, 7°C – of this otherworldly beautiful location. In the middle section, we used UV light and customized the instruments accordingly, to give that part a particular dark vibe! The body-painting parts contributing to that atmosphere were designed by Kazim 2C.”

Fractal Universe line-up:
Guitar/Vocals/Saxophone: Vince Wilquin
Guitar: Hugo Florimond
Bass: Valentin Pelletier
Drums: Clément Denys

On Thursday, March 25th at 12PM PST//3PM EST//8PM CET, The Ocean will host a special livestream show, featuring a performance of 2018’s Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic in its entirety!

The Ocean comments: “We will be performing ‘Phanerozoic I’ in its entirety on Thursday, March 25, 8PM CET – streamed live from Pier2, a shipyard in the port of Bremen, Germany.
Please join to make this evening special – it will be a show without any audience in the live room. We’ll be playing for you guys at your homes, wherever they are.
After more than a year of absence from playing music, we’re stoked to be getting back together to rehearse and perform – even more so, because we have a new space which we are currently transforming into our own recording studio. This is the beginning of a new era for us. We’ve battled against the inertia of 2020 with writing a whole bunch of new material, and the result is that we’ve got 2 new albums ready to record once the construction work is done.
For now, there are no plans to make this available online after the event, nor to do this again, so don’t miss out on this.
If this goes well, we‘ll promise to do something for ‘Phanerozoic II’ a bit later in the year. ;)”

Purchase your ticket at: https://www.club100-bremen.de/the-ocean. Ticketholders will be able to replay the full stream for 48 hours from the start of the show.

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WAKE sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM (PST)

WAKE have signed officially to Metal Blade in what is certain to be an inspired collaboration. Devouring Ruin was a landmark moment and it is exciting to think of what type of full length will follow it up for the creatively insatiable Alberta band.

Since their formation in 2009, they’ve released numerous EPs and singles, plus five full-lengths – touring the world in support of it. Their upcoming sixth album is set to be recorded in July 2021 with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire)].

WAKE comments: “All of us in WAKE have had a lot of regard both for Metal Blade and for the bands on its roster from any era. An endless stream of Metal Blade artists have been played in our van during any number of tours. For us, playing music has always been something that we’ve tried to do on our own terms and with our own vision. We’ve explored a lot of ground musically, and that was influenced by the history that Metal Blade was there to write. So, we’re very excited to say that we’ve joined up with Metal Blade. Expect a lot more noise from our camp in the near future.”

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

Photo credit: Mike Wells

Cattle Decapitation launches video for “Finish Them”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:13 AM (PST)

Happy last day of Trump, the best case for retroactive abortion that ever lived. God, the last four years were fucking disgraceful. What a complete nightmare combined with the utmost tacky, moronic bullshit gaslighting.

At least it looks like Iced Earth are facing some consequences for their idiot band leader’s role in the pointless capitol insurrection and got dropped. Talk about someone going down the tubes and squandering their talent for a loser like Trump.

Anyway, the world really needs to focus on the environment as well as stopping fascist enabling morons. Trump damaged the environmental protections more than any leader in American history (and he doesn’t deserve to be called a leader at all). Seems like a fitting way to send off this shit show by posting some Cattle Decapitation.

Cattle Decapitation released their latest record, Death Atlas, to critical acclaim in 2019; today, the band has launched a new video for the album track, “Finish Them”. Directed by Nicholas Vidler, the video features live footage from Cattle Decapitation’s sold-out shows in Melbourne, Australia in early 2020.

Vocalist Travis Ryan comments: “When traveling to Australia to embark on our Australia/New Zealand/Japan tour in early 2020, we wondered what would await us on their soil as bushfires were raging, claiming the lives of millions of wild animals, altering the lives of many of our fans and citizens of Australia. What we didn’t expect was record turnouts with serious rabid fans that I think just wanted to take their minds off the current state of affairs and do their best to have a good time given the utterly shit circumstances they were experiencing. We quickly organized meet and greets at the last minute and were able to raise well over $25,000AUD for the Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary, who had pretty much lost everything in the fires. Thanks to the incredible support from our fans down under and through other folks ready to help, they were able to rebuild. We really felt like we had been given a gift by the fans, so we wanted to give back to these people who came out and raged with us by releasing our final music video for ‘Death Atlas,’ which showcases how sick the shows were and how truly amazing our fans are. Look close, maybe you’ll find yourself in the crowd! Looking forward to returning to the stage one day, hopefully soon!”

Enjoy this madness until you can watch the New Radicals reunite or whatever. Here’s to everyone who made it through the last four years and the ones we lost along the way.

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Sanhedrin sign to Metal Blade

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:09 AM (PST)

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Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Brooklyn’s Sanhedrin to its worldwide roster!

Formed in 2015, Sanhedrin have released two albums to-date: A Funeral For The World (2017) and The Poisoner (2019). The trio (which consists of former Amber Asylum/Lost Goat bassist/vocalist Erica Stoltz, Black Anvil guitarist Jeremy Sosville and drummer Nathan Honor) blends doom and classic metal into gripping, instantaneously memorable songs with lyrics that delve into the darker elements of humanity and the cyclical nature of destructive ideas. Thought-provoking and inherently catchy at the same time, Sanhedrin is unafraid to venture into unchartered territory.

The band will enter the studio to record their third full-length – and Metal Blade Records debut – in spring 2021.

Sanhedrin comments: “We are excited and humbled to join Metal Blade Records! Their legacy spans four decades and countless amazing artists, many of whom have inspired us over the years. We are proud to be part of its future, and look forward to what this new partnership will bring for Sanhedrin.”

ABNORMALITY announce break up

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 9:47 AM (PST)

Technical death metal monsters Abnormality sadly have announced a break up. I am listening right now to the pulverizing perfection of “Curb Stomp” from their final Metal Blade album Sociopathic Constructs and I am truly going to miss this band. One of the most powerful metal acts in the underground as far as songwriting skills, technical prowess and imposing menace, Abnormality were immensely brutal and bad ass.

This is pretty much a gut punch for death metal fans and adds to a rough 2020, but we will always have their brilliant records and new projects.

The band’s announcement can be read below or on Facebook.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
It is with a heavy heart today we inform you that we are closing this chapter of our lives and Abnormality is no more. This was a difficult but mutual decision by all the members and there are no hard feelings. It has been going on for a while that we felt we were growing apart, and the pandemic and travel bans were the final nail in the coffin.
We are grateful for these past 15 years of making heavy music for you all and playing stages across the country and across the globe. We will never forget the awesome memories and the friendships forged.

A huge thank you to Metal Blade Records, and to all of our fans for the love and support over all these years. Most of us will continue making music in other projects, so rest assured you will see us individually in one form or another.

If you were worried Halloween was going to be crappy this year due to social distancing -even though everyone would already have masks, haha- at least we will still have some killer music to enjoy thanks to Lizzy Borden (and yes, I do think during Covid that it is better to be safe than sorry, fyi). The spooky hard rockers have announced Best Of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 (out on Metal Blade Nov. 13th). Today you can hear them covering pretty much the best band ever , The Ramones!

It picks up where 1994’s Best of Lizzy Borden leaves off, containing 12 tracks that showcase the Deal with the Devil (2000), Appointment with Death (2007) and My Midnight Things (2018) albums. Additionally, the collection features 2 new cover songs recorded in the summer of 2020 (the first recordings by Lizzy‘s latest live show line-up!): Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Burnin’ for You” and The Ramones‘ “Pet Sematary” – both mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour).

Digitally re-mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden – where Lizzy‘s cover of “Pet Sematary” can also be heard just in time for Halloween! You can also hear it below where it is embedded as surely as it is stuck in my head!

Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Long May They Haunt Us
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Obsessed with You
5. (This Ain’t) The Summer of Love
6. Under Your Skin
7. Lovin’ You Is Murder
8. The Scar Across My Heart
9. There Will Be Blood Tonight
10. We Only Come Out at Night
11. Abnormal
12. Live Forever
13. Pet Sematary
14. Burnin’ for You

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On October 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release LP re-issues of their sophomore album, 2015’s Monarchy, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy now at: https://www.metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where hoodie, t-shirt, guitar tab book and flag bundles are also available!

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On September 18th, blackened death lords Behemoth will release CD and vinyl re-issues of their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, which can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/behemoth. This will be a thrill for completists who may not have heard it in awhile. I wish they would also re-master Grom and put it on Spotify, but hey.

Originally released in 1995, And the Forests Dream Eternally is available as a double LP or 2-CD Mediabook, both containing bonus vintage audio material and exclusive archival content. The vinyl options look stunning.

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Melodic folk death metal band Ensiferum have released a new lyric video for my favorite song “Run From The Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. This record has been an explosive and inspiring new era for the band and is one of the absolute best epic metal albums of 2020, a must support release! The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin has been a huge hit with fans, one of the best decisions of Ensiferum’s already storied legacy!

“Run From the Crushing Tide” is one of the songs which best captures the grim sea adventure themes of this specific album. Amazing high vocals, roaring gutturals and a truly momentous warrior-minded guitar centric bridge. I am very pleased they have released this song as a single as it is perhaps the best song on the record.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009).

“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”

The album is also charting well!

–Finland: #1 – official albums chart
–Germany: #3 – official albums chart
–Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
–USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
–USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
–USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
–USA: #94 – top current albums chart
–Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
–UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
–Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
–Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
–Austria: #26 – official albums chart

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On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

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