Saturday, December 31, 2016

ELIZABETHAN WALPURGA Streaming Debut Album ‘Walpurgisnacht’




After a hiatus of over ten years, Brazil's blackened heavy metallers ELIZABETHAN WALPURGA return with a full stream of their debut full length 'Walpurgisnacht’ to follow their 2001 EP 'Desire'. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Nenel Lucena at Mr. Prog Studio. The album artwork was created by Deafbird Design Lab.

To listen to 'Walpurgisnacht’, please visit their Bandcamp at https://elizabethanwalpurga.bandcamp.com/album/walpurgisnacht

1. Exordium (1:11)
2. Vampyre (4:07)
3. Clamitat Vox Sanguinis (4:27)
4. Infernorium (3:32)
5. The Serpent´s Eyes and the Horns of Crown (4:15)
6. Elizabethan Dark Moon (6:34)
7. The Canine Enchantment by the Phlebotomy (In the Julgular Streams) (5:47)
8. Transylvanian Cry (6:14)
9. Walpurgisnacht (7:21)

About:
ELIZABETHAN WALPURGA was formed in 1994 with the proposal to merge Heavy and Black Metal to other musical elements. In 2001, they released their first EP ‘Desire’ reaching the metal masses of Brazil's north east. The band performed and toured around their hometown of Recife, along with receiving rave reviews and being dubbed the “Dream Team” of Pernambuco’s Metal. The group is back after a long hiatus of over ten years.

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Vancouver Prog Virtuosos OMNISIGHT Stream Title Track From Upcoming EP 'Power of One'




Vancouver progressive virtuosos OmnisighT will be kicking off 2017 with the release of their new EP 'Power of One' on January 20th to follow their 2016 live album 'Live At The Theatre'.  OmnisighT are influenced by greats like Soundgarden, Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Tool, and Faith No More, but transcend their influences to become very much their own creation. Justifiably highly regarded for their musicianship and finely wrought song-craft, OmnisighT bring progressive metal into new dimensions.

“I think our guitar player fans will really like the new EP.  I think fans of the songs will also be pleased with the thoughtful lyrics. I’m questioning the status quo. The song ‘Power of One’ is about how one person can make a difference in the world around them just with knowledge and a little spiritual balance. The album as a whole is a musical journey, there is the concept of standing up to the oppression and deceptions of the ruling class.” comments vocalist/guitarist Raj Krishna.

The EP's title track 'Power of One' is now streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0PfsmXuBPA

along with EP pre-order available at https://omnisight.bandcamp.com./album/the-power-of-one

'Power of One' will also be available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp as of January 20, 2017.
1. Shift The Paradigm (5:24)
2. Resistance (4:51)
3. Seven Sisters (6:32)
4. Fall of The Empire (7:04)
5. Power of One (7:11)
EP Length: 31:04

About:
Known for their formidable musicianship, virtuosic guitar solos and powerful songs, OmnisighT is masterfully blurring the lines between melodic hard rock and progressive metal. Beginning as collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Raj Krishna and drummer Chris Warunki, they created the impressive ‘Path’ debut album in 2012. Their live line-up was consolidated with the addition of Dave Shannon on bass and guitarist Blake Rurik. ‘Path’ was followed up by the 2013 ‘Wave Particle’ EP.
Like all truly visionary musicians, band co-founder Raj was driven to create unique music. “I’ve been writing and singing songs since I was a little kid. We never seemed to hear heavy prog music that had shredding and hooks at the same time. It always seems you get one or the other….Having technical musicianship with good song-writing, shredding licks, and big hooks was the whole idea.”
Raj sums up OmnisighT’s music thusly: ‘Proggy, hooky, shredding, sad, and powerful!’
While Raj is justifiably proud of OmnisighT’s recorded output, he sees the importance of performance. ‘Live is where the band really shines! We put on a show, running around smiling and shredding. The band plays with more intensity…we often give the headliners a run for their money.’

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Brazil's DARKSHIP Unleash New Music Video 'II Hearts'



Brazil's melodic prog power metallers DARKSHIP have unleashed a new music video 'II Hearts' in support of their debut album 'We Are Lost' released earlier this year. The album features ten songs with album artwork done by artist Carlos Fides of Artside Studio (Evergrey, Noturnall, Shaman, Almah). The album is the first part of the band's concept trilogy based on a fictional story about two people in love who are controlled by a force called “Darkship”.

Watch 'II Hearts' directed by Douglas Castilhos Coutinho at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUg6znjtx68
darkship - ii hearts ( official video )
Also watch their video ‘Frozen Feelings’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JowiCEhcj7g
darkship - frozen feelings (official video)

1. The Universe Conspires
2. Black Tears
3. I Can Wait For You
4. Different Days
5. We Are Lost
6. Prison Of Dreams
7. II Hearts
8. You Can go back
9. Eternal Pain
10. Frozen Feelings
 
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Japanese Heavy Metallers SOLITUDE Posts New Lyric Video 'Blow' North American Release 'Reach For The Sky' via Test Your Metal Records




L to R: Toru Nishida (bass) / Akira Sugiuchi (vocals) / Takamasa "MAD" Ohuchi (drums) / Shingo Ida (guitars) - Credit: Yuki Kuroyanagi

    Unleashing their latest album 'Reach For The Sky' for North America via Test Your Metal Records this past November, Japanese heavy metallers SOLITUDE have a new lyric video for their track 'Blow'. The track is one of 8 fist pounders off the band's third album that was issued in Japan in 2015 by Spiritual Beast and follows 2009's Brave The Storm (Spiritual Beast) plus 2001's Virtual Image (Spiritual Beast). 'Reach For The Sky' was mixed by Magnus “Mankan” Sedenberg, who has previously worked with Bullet and Crucified Barbara along with artwork by Velio Josto (Warlord, Medieval Steel, Ostrogoth etc).

To watch 'Blow', please visit the following link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8Qvpxv6-o
solitude - "blow" lyric video
 


1. Venom's Angel (7:32)
2. Blow (4:51)
3. Reach For The Sky (5:30)
4. Don't Need Mercy (3:59)
5. Escape For The Crime (3:47)
6. You Got My Mind (5:32)
7. On The Edge Of Sorrow (4:03)
8. December (8:41)
Album Length: 43:59

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Blackalicious - IMANI Vol. 1



 
Greetings waveriders.  Crowd funding the creation of albums has been around for a few years now.  I have happily taken part in helping artists I like bring their latest work into the world, and I will readily give other artists money in the future to produce new music that I hope will enrich my life.  One of the albums I took part in funding this year was IMANI Vol. 1 from Blackalicious.

Admittedly, Blackalicious is my favorite hip-hop group.  If you take a look at my bio on this site's "Who We Be" section you will discover that I have their album Blazing Arrow, which single-handedly changed my mind about an entire genre of music, among my top five album list.  With that in mind I didn't have to think too hard about whether or not I wanted to further support them monetarily.  I was very confident that the music they produced would be to my liking and it turns out I was right!

IMANI Vol. 1 throws down the good-time-gauntlet from the jump.  The one, two, three punch of "Blacka", "Ashes To Ashes", and "On Fire Tonight" leave no doubt that Gift Of Gab is here to profoundly stimulate your mind with his lyrical gymnastics and Chief Xcel will not be satisfied until your whole body is gyrating to his wonderful productions.  Yes friends, this music is a prime example of the type of hip-hop that I seek out and treasure.  While not the be-all and end-all I'm always more impressed by emcees who deliver higher words per minute than those who rely on basic phrases repeated over and over again.  Also I do enjoy electronic, club friendly music but if given the choice I'll always prefer organic production rooted in actual instrumentation.
 
Similar to Blackalicious' previous releases a musical theme is interspersed throughout IMANI Vol. 1 tying all the songs together.  That's a good thing because there is a lot of musical variety on offer.  Emotions run the gamut.  There are joyful, happy songs.  There are boisterous, aggressive songs.  There are laid back, pensive songs.  Regardless of what you're looking to hear this album has you covered.  My favorite track "We Did It Again" falls squarely into the 'joyful, happy song' category, and it puts a smile on my face every time I listen to it.

Waveriders IMANI Vol. 1 is a fantastic record that will improve your life.  When you listen to this album the amount of positive vibes emanating from your speakers or headphones will invariably affect your mental state.  Hearing this music forces all the negative nonsense we all experience to fade away, at least until the album concludes.  But hey, one press of the play button and you're back to your happy place!  Join me there won't you?

-Penfold


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brazil Thrashers WOSLOM Posts New Video 'Underworld of Aggression'




Brazil thrashers WOSLOM have posted a new music video for their fan favorite 'Underworld of Aggression' off their latest album ‘A Near Life Experience’ released earlier this year via Shinigami Records for Brazil and the rest of the world by Italian label Punishment 18.

The video was recorded during WOSLOM's European tour and captures behind the scenes in Germany, Russia plus Switzerland along with clips from Brazil’s Maximus Fest. The video was directed and edited by Diogo Alvino.

Watch ‘Underworld Of Aggression’ at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5GAw6amJW8

‘A Near Life Experience’ was recorded at Acustica Studios and mastered at Absolute Master. The cover was made by the artist Mario Lopez.

1. Underworld Of Aggression
2. A Near Life Experience
3. Brokenbones
4. Lapses Of Sin
5. Redemption
6. Unleash Your Violence
7. Lords Of War
8. Total Speed Thrash
9. Thrasher's Return (Bywar cover)
 
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Vancouver's TERRIFIER Unleash New Thrasher 'Skitzoid Embolism' via The Gauntlet -- New Album Due Out January 20, 2017




Vancouver, BC's TERRIFIER has been setting their scene ablaze sharing the stage with the likes of Havok, Destruction, Exmortus, Holy Grail, and Crowbar among many others. Signing to TEST YOUR METAL RECORDS, these thrashers will be releasing their third recording and second album 'Weapons of Thrash Destruction' on January 20, 2017 to follow their 2013 EP 'Metal or Death' and 2012 full-length 'Destroyers of the Faith'.

Teaming up with TheGauntlet.com, TERRIFIER are exclusively premiering their second single 'Skitzoid Embolism' along with an interview at the following link: http://thegauntlet.com/article/84410/31715/TERRIFIER-Interview-and-Gauntlet-Exclusive-Release-of-Second-Video-

TERRIFIER's first single 'Reaminator' is streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHjh2IflQAE


1. Reanimator (5:24)
2. Deceiver (5:15)
3. Nuclear Demolisher (4:26)
4. Violent Reprisal (4:17)
5. Skitzoid Embolism (4:08)
6. Drunk as Fuck (4:12)
7. Bestial Tyranny (6:13)
8. Riders of Doom (1:40)
9. Sect of the Serpent (6:44)
Album Length: 42:23

Upcoming Show Dates:
Jan 22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre - info w/ Entombed A.D., Full of Hell, Turbid North

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About:
The terrifically titled Terrifier brings their thrash metal apocalypse straight outta Vancouver BC. As the Metal God himself Rob Halford memorably sang: ‘fast and furious/we ride the universe’, that very much sums up Terrifier’s dedication to the glory of thrash!

Originally known as Skullhammer, Terrifier released their debut album ‘Destroyers of the Faith’ back in 2011, so this is no flash-in-the-pan thrash band!

Incorporating jackhammer drums, bulldozing bass-lines, a twin-lead attack that leaves posers pulped in it’s wake, and vocals that can level mountains, Terrifier’s motto could well be ‘thrashing is our business…and business is good’

Terrifier take what has gone before, the old gods, Metallica, Slayer, and use them to birth new sounds, the old gods are eternal but hail the new gods too!

Vocalist, bassist and founder member Chase Thibodeau explains Terrifier’s reason for being. ‘We formed this band because we love thrash and play what we think sounds cool…our music is fast, technical, heavy and melodic and shredding.’ Indeed, this is a band that truly puts the shred inside your head!

It’s their inspirations that drive them to create such perspiration-inducing music as Chase explains: ‘Adrenaline, speed and aggression….that’s the feeling we want to put into people….We started steering more towards an aggressive thrash sound…even being influenced by death metal!’

Their new release ‘Weapons of Thrash Destruction’ features such soon to be classics as ‘Bestial Tyranny’, ‘Skitzoid Embolism’ and ‘Nuclear Demolisher’ and ‘Sect of the Serpent’, a song inspired by Conan the Barbarian as Chase says ‘the idea was to trample the weak and hurdle the dead on this one!’

Chase sums up Terrifier’s new music: ‘We think people will enjoy this album and use our music to get pumped up for whatever life throws at them. It would be our honour to inspire others into thrash metal…the world needs more thrash!’

Terrifier’s new album ‘Weapons of Thrash Destruction’ is slated for release in January 2017 via Test Your Metal Records.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Backwoods Payback - Fire Not Reason





There was upheaval within the Backwoods camp, prompting the band to "vanish" for a while, much to my sadness. However, Mike Cummings and Jessica Baker stealthily regrouped bringing in Erik Larson - Alabama Thunderpussy, Hail!Hornet, et al - on drums, turning the band into a powerhouse trio. A reshaping of the sound occurred as well, but don't fear fellow Backwoods worshippers, they haven't gone mathcore on us. No, instead they have souped up the engine, turning it into a monster machine. Blending punk, stoner and neck-breaking rock with their own beautiful sound, and going for even more cleansing, cathartic and angry lyrics, Backwoods Payback has struck a goldmine. I've followed the band for a long time and have witnessed them tweak their music slightly with each new release, moving them forward and ahead of so many others, while retaining their original foundation. This same transition, or tweaking, is so vivid on 'Fire Not Reason' and I love every second of it. Also, having the band back is alone a magnificent bonus but then add this new album and euphoria sets in and it won't let go.

No holds barred, opener 'Elephants' unleashes the fury from the get-go. Upfront and personal the band goes full tilt aided by Mike's angry yet delicate voice. A strange but beautiful concoction which lends a guiding light to what 'Fire Not Reason' has in store. Short, sharp and furious, ‘You Don’t Move’ stampedes like a herd of raging rhinos. Brief moments of respite is offered here and there, but by the drop of a hat you’re pulled back into the maelstrom. ‘Dirge’ is slow, sludgy and sinister and a hell of a mindfuck. That latter part is further enhanced by Mike’s Chris Goss-like eerie singing. Backwoods Payback reels me in hook, line and sinker in between bursts of mayhem. Claustrophobic yet liberating in all it’s grief.

The band sort of return to their early days on ‘Don’t Try’ bringing out a lot of stoner and punk vibes. Heavy on the riffs and a loud, tight rhythm section, the band pummels me hard and mercilessly and I can’t help bouncing off walls, taking in blow after blow. Nitty, gritty and dirty, ‘Tuxedo’ is a lovely amalgamation of stoner, seriously pissed off lyrics about dejection and betrayal coming at me at 180mph. Then it stops abruptly and becomes an eerie, haunted composition which builds up to jawbreaking crescendo. Musically, ‘Even Odds’ is sort of the odd one out being acoustic and all, but lyrically it ties everything together. To me it brings all the different emotions on the album together in a wonderful lament, and, by being acoustic, it brings the pulse down allowing you to deal easier with the ongoing turmoil. It might not necessarily help per se, but it’s an honest attempt if there ever was one and the song is so beautiful in all it’s sadness.

Led-heavy, slow and punishing, ‘That Dream Again’ is also trippy and paranoid. Sounds strange maybe, but Backwoods Payback are on point here which is even further enhanced by the sudden eruptions of a faster tempo, only for them to revert back and forth. It takes brilliance to weave it all together and make it cohesive and captivating. ‘Snakes’ is bluesy and groovy and goes wide open in the verses. More straightforward than the rest, it is still beautiful and serves a purpose. Closer ‘California Lean’ is full of spine-chilling riffs backed by a bone-breaking rhythm section performed in a groove filled maelstrom. But that’s not all because harmonies runs side by side with all this which, in my opinion, brings out emotions and reactions in a wonderful way.

Backwoods Payback are back waveriders, and they are taking the world by storm! I have never doubted their abilities or talents. The first time I saw them live was a defining moment for me and this is one of those rare bands who does what they want for themselves and the outcome is beyond words. No changes are big enough to alienate supporters, instead they want to challenge us to expand our own sonic universes. By retaining what is the core of Backwoods Payback and adding new twists and turns the music is for sure them but we, the supporters, have to open our ears and minds to the added dimensions they bring. And man, what is brought out on ‘Fire Not Reason’ is truly amazing. To come back in this fashion makes me marvel at what the band has in store for us next time. Because the well of greatness Backwoods Payback possess seems bottomless and I for one is eternally grateful.

Welcome back guys and thank you!

-Swedebeast




Monday, December 26, 2016

Brazil's WEAKLESS MACHINE Posts New Video 'Tarred With The Same Brush'



Brazil's WEAKLESS MACHINE have posted their new music video 'Tarred With The Same Bush' in preview of their upcoming debut album (title and release date to be determined). The video was recorded at Studio Black, filmed and edited by Orbit Global Art.

Watch 'Tarred With The Same Bush' at https://youtu.be/sCDucHLhpkc
weakless machine - tarred with the same brush (official video)
weakless machine - tarred with the same brush (official video)

 
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Orange Goblin Announce Benefit Show For Team Rock Staff




Having raised over £64,000 in just over two days for the 73 former employees of music publisher, Team Rock, British metallers Orange Goblin have announced an intimate fundraising gig at The Black Heart in Camden for Thursday January 5th with support coming from Steak.

Ward has said this regarding the show:
“A few days ago when I heard the news that my good friends at Team Rock were being made redundant with no pay during Christmas week I just felt that I had to do something. That night my girlfriend and I set up the Just Giving page and within 2 days we had raised almost £60,000 and we were blown away by the response and generosity of people all over the world. To help raise even more, Orange Goblin will play a very special show at the Black Heart in Camden on January 5th.

This will be a minimum £10 donation to get in and admission will be on a first come, first served basis as the venue only holds 120 people! All proceeds for the night will go to the Just Giving page in hope that we can give something back to the journalists that have supported our band and our scene for many, many years.”

The fundraiser, set up by Ward and his partner Sandie Soriano on Monday evening, has raised over £64,000 since its launch and comes following the company’s liquidation and the announcement that 73 members of staff were laid off with no severance pay six days before Christmas. The campaign initially only aimed to raise £20,000, which was met around 5pm Tuesday afternoon.

The campaign has received donations from rock fans around the world, including high profile names like Avenged Sevenfold, Black Stone Cherry, Asking Alexandra, Tesseract, Earache Records and many more. British singer-songwriter Frank Turner has set up an auction in the hope of raising money for the 73 affected.


73 people were laid off following the company’s collapse. Administrators were called in after the firm got into financial difficulties, and 27 members of staff in Scotland and a further 46 in London have been made redundant. Seven staff members will be retained "in the short term" to assist the administrators. Team Rock ran a stable of rock music magazines, including Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Classic Rock Presents Prog, and featured regular content on its website, www.teamrock.com.

Administrators at FRP Advisory are now seeking buyers for the business's magazine titles and other assets. Joint administrator Tom MacLennan said Team Rock had traded at a loss "for a significant period of time". Adding: "The company explored every option to secure the long-term future of the business, however the constraints on the cash position of the business were such that administration was the only viable option. The administration presents an excellent opportunity to acquire high profile rock music titles, products and brands that have a substantial global following. "

Team Rock was founded in 2012, and bought the Classic Rock, Classic Rock Presents Prog and Metal Hammer magazines from Future Publishing in 2013. FRP have stated the company's website attracted more than three million hits per month, and the company owns an extensive archive of video, radio, images and magazines.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays from Ripple Music and Best for a Happy 2017




We wanted to take a moment and wish you, our waveriders, a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season and New Year. 

2016 was a banner year for Ripple, with many "Label of the year" nods and several albums appearing on year end  "Best of" lists.  In the end, however, we couldn't do any of this without you and your support.  Ripple is a labor of love by a few fanatic music obsessives, working long hours after the day jobs searching for the best heavy music we can find, and putting out the coolest CD and vinyl issue we can make. But none of it would mean anything without you.  Thank you so much for believing in us, trusting us with your hard-earned money, and your constant words of support.  It all means more to us than we could ever say.  So  . . . . thank you.

Below, you can see just how crazy 2016 was. Looking back at it, I'm proud beyond words of all the talented bands and musicians who are part of the Ripple family.  2017 promises to build upon our 2016 roster, with some hotly anticipated releases, some surprise projects, some still unannounced signings, some new and even cooler vinyl designs, and more Second Coming of Heavy.  We hope you'll be along for the ride.

Once again, happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and happy new year.  We wish happiness, joy and good health for each and every one of you.

Peace - -
Ripple Music is widely regarded as one of the world's leading record labels for heavy rock, stoner, doom and heavy psych.  All Ripple news can be found at www.ripple-music.com.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Riffcaster’s 2016 Top 11 List

So before Thanksgiving I sat down with my pencil and clipboard and began the challenging and arduous task of compiling my Second Annual Top 11 List (remember: Rock ‘n’ Roll goes to 11, and so does my list!).  After I reached a certain point I just had to put my pencil down…I was running out of eraser.  In the year since I started putting brain to type for The Ripple Effect when a few trusted friends whose opinions I greatly respect, musical and otherwise, suggested my little Top 11 List I’d posted to my Faceyspace thingy would be good Ripple Effect fodder and I said “what the hell, the worst they can tell me is no…”  I have been exposed to a broader spectrum of rifftastic tuneage than perhaps any of my previous trips around the sun. Indeed, 2016 has been a crap year in the sense of heroes of all genres being ripped away from us with some of the remaining vestiges of our childhood wonder and innocence, but 2016 certainly had a riffload of killer music!  So after much ordering and arranging, rearranging, then re-rearranging it dawned on me that I had a real problem:  there was no way I was going to be able to choose just 11 albums because my list of “honorable mentions” was going to be longer than my actual Top 11 List!  What’s a Riffcaster to do in such a desperate situation you may ask?… Supersize the list of course!  So welcome to Riffcaster’s 2016 Top 25 List!
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1)         Zed – Trouble In Eden
When it comes to riffs that are packed with groove, nobody comes close to Zed.  Following on the heels of their self-released sophomore effort, 2012’s Desperation Blues, Trouble In Eden sees them taking every aspect of their songcraft to a higher level for their first release on Ripple Music.  Anybody that can listen to Trouble In Eden without toe-tapping, air guitaring, or shaking their ass needs to be checked for a pulse. 
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2)         Angerhead – Fueled By Rage
This year saw one of my favorite Bay Area metal bands finally get (in my opinion) a long overdue label deal, signing to Violent Creek records.  Fueled By Rage contains all of the neck breaking ragers contained in both of Angerhead’s two self-released cd EP’s, as well as four new songs and a ripping cover of Motorhead’s “Iron Fist”.  A blend of thrash metal, punk, and hardcore, Fueled By Rage is quite simply a sonic beatdown (apologies to Death Angel for borrowing the title of one of my favorite D.A. songs).  Looking forward to more from these guys soon.
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3)         La Chinga – Freewheelin’
In a review I wrote for La Chinga’s Freewheelin’ I described it as “the kind of album that deserves to be blasted while cruising with your buddies in a ’77 Dodge Tradesman shaggin’ wagon with mag wheels, bubble windows, and a kickass stereo system.”  ‘Nuff said.  This albums oozes 70’s hard rock swagger and is a helluva lot of fun.
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4)         Cybernetic Witch Cult – Spaceous Cretaceous
In reality, Cybernetic Witch Cult’s Spaceous Cretaceous is tied with La Chinga’s Freewheelin at number 3 but ties are boring so La Chinga won the Riffcaster’s coin toss.  No matter, this album is a killer mix of stoner/doom/traditional metal with a huge heap of humor mixed in in the form of pop culture references.  It’s hard to listen to without smiling and cracking up whilst continuing to bang your head and it’s equally hard not to listen to it multiple times in succession.  The riffs and lyrics are infectious and addictive.
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5)         Wo Fat – Midnight Cometh
Need a dose of fuzzed out, groovy, bluesy, heavy as concrete, Texas-sized riffs?  Well, since the new Mothership won’t be out until 2017, you’d best get your horns over to Ripple Music and pick up Wo Fat’s Midnight Cometh, I guarantee you won’t regret it.  
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6)         Monster Truck – Sittin’ Heavy
Continuing the framework laid down on 2013’s Furiosity, Monster Truck blessed the rock ‘n’ roll congregation this year with Sittin’ Heavy.  Monster Truck capture that vintage 70’s hard bluesy rock vibe as well or better than anybody going today.  Straight up bluesy heavy guitar riffs, solid rhythm section, deliciously classic Hammond B-3 organ, gritty vocals and catchy as hell tunes that keep the toes tapping from start to finish.
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7)         Mos Generator – Abyssinia
Mos Generator main man Tony Reed has his finger on the pulse of 70’s and 80’s hard rock vibe in a way that few others do, and Abyssinia is no exception.  Fusing elements of previous MG albums, Abyssinia is both a return to form and a continuance of the evolution of a great songwriter and a great band.  If you aren’t familiar with Mos Generator, you need to check them out.
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8)         Holy Grove – Holy Grove
There’s just something awesome about a strong female rock vocalist singing in front of a heavy band.  Holy Grove’s self-titled first album grabs the listener at the first riff then the vocals set the hook to keep them coming back.  Doomy and atmospheric, but rich with melody, Holy Grove is a fantastic debut.
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9)         Megadeth - Dystopia
Megadeth returns with perhaps their strongest outing their seminal 1990 shredfest Rust In Peace with Dystopia.  Not to discount other recent solid outings United Abominations and Endgame, but Dystopia sees Dave & Co. with a more polished yet desperate effort.  Highlighted by Dave Mustaine’s vocals which are delivered with much more clarity than in recent years, and new sideman Kiko Loureiro’s soloing which is inspired to say the least.
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10)       Kyng – Breathe In The Water
L.A. heavy rockers Kyng return with another great blend of metal and hard rock with Breathe In The Water.  Riding on the heels of their recent tour opening for Zakk Sabbath and Clutch, look for big things to come from these guys.
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11)       Duel – Fears Of The Dead
I don’t know what’s in the water down there in Texas, but damn  if there ain’t some of the greatest riffs fingers are capable of creating comin from the Lone Star State!  Duel continue down the trail that Wo Fat and Mothership have blazed with their own groovy, gritty style on Fears Of The Dead. Have mercy!

12)       Gozu – Revival
13)       Great Electric Quest – Chapter 1
14)       Crobot – Welcome To Fat City
15)       Valley Of The Sun – Volume Rock
16)       XII Boar – Beyond The Valley Of The Triclops
17)       Fuzz Evil – Fuzz Evil
18)       Svartanatt – Svartanatt
19)       Gojira – Magma
20)       Boudain – Way Of The Hoof
21)       Death Angel – The Evil Divide
22)       Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Y Proffwyd Dwyll
23)       Khemmis – Hunted
24)       Wasted Theory – Defenders Of The Riff
25)       Serpent – Nekromant

Honorable Mention
Anthrax – For All Kings
Baroness – Purple
Blood Ceremony – Lord Of Misrule
Red Fang – Only Ghosts
Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette

Not yet acquired
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self Destruct
Testament – Brotherhood Of The Snake

Thursday, December 22, 2016

FREE Download: Asher Media Relations Offer Holiday Sampler 'Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 6'




'Tis the season to headbang..... Asher Media Relations is proud to present the next volume of its annual holiday sampler 'Happy Metal Annihilation Vol.6'. The compilation features over 40 tracks and nearly four hours of mosh pit ready tunes from bands Asher Media Relations has worked with during 2016. Tracks range from metal, rock and all sub-genres in-between. Get ready to annihilate your holiday fun!

Party Metallers SHOTGUNNER Streaming New Holiday EP 'Feliz Navidad' via Metal-Rules.com





1. Let’s Party Merry Gentlemen (3:05)
2. Lay Ride (3:10)
3. Holy Pint (1:50)
4. Feliz Navidad (3:15)
EP Length: 11:22

In a world forgotten by time, only the lethal may survive. SHOTGUNNER is a band of brigands making their mark with their own brand of heavy metal that can only be described as "Post Apocalyptic Party Metal". Releasing their first Christmas EP in 2015 'A Shotgunner Christmas', these cowboys from hell return with their second holiday EP for fans dubbed 'Feliz Navidad'. The EP is now available as of December 21st and premiering exclusively via Metal Rules.com at the following link below.

"We're excited to release another Christmas EP! We hope when you play it around the Christmas table, it's able to make you headbang as well as further alienate you from your loved ones." comments guitarist / vocalist Diego Fernandez.


'Feliz Navidad' is available for digital download via iTunes, CD Baby and Bandcamp.

The Edmonton, AB slickers released their debut album 'Lock and Loaded' this past July, which can be heard in full at the following link https://shotgunner.bandcamp.com/album/locked-and-loaded.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Orange Goblin Frontman Starts Fundraiser For Team Rock Staff




Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward has launched a JustGiving campaign in the hope of raising £20,000 for the staff of music publisher, Team Rock. The campaign comes following the company’s liquidation and the announcement that over 70 members of staff are to be laid off with no severance pay six days before Christmas.

Ward was quoted saying:
"Today, 73 members of the Team Rock staff were told that the company is going into liquidation and that they are being made redundant with immediate effect with ZERO pay. These are good, hard-working, committed people that through Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, TeamRock Radio and more, have supported the rock and heavy metal scene in this country for decades and now we, the rock community, need to pull together to help give something back."


73 people were laid off following the company’s collapse. Administrators were called in after the firm got into financial difficulties, and 27 members of staff in Scotland and a further 46 in London have been made redundant. Seven staff members will be retained "in the short term" to assist the administrators. Team Rock ran a stable of rock music magazines, including Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Classic Rock Presents Prog, and featured regular content on its website, www.teamrock.com.

Administrators at FRP Advisory are now seeking buyers for the business's magazine titles and other assets. Joint administrator Tom MacLennan said Team Rock had traded at a loss "for a significant period of time". Adding: "The company explored every option to secure the long-term future of the business, however the constraints on the cash position of the business were such that administration was the only viable option. The administration presents an excellent opportunity to acquire high profile rock music titles, products and brands that have a substantial global following. "

Team Rock was founded in 2012, and bought the Classic Rock, Classic Rock Presents Prog and Metal Hammer magazines from Future Publishing in 2013. FRP have stated the company's website attracted more than three million hits per month, and the company owns an extensive archive of video, radio, images and magazines.
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