Cranely Gardens “House of Decay” Album Review + Stream…

CRANELY GARDENS

House of Decay – CD // Digital Download

Independent – Released – Aug 11 2017

Reviewed by Mike Hackenschmidt

 

Line Up:
Chaz Macklin / Vocals
Randy Mac / Guitars
Joe Fedele / Guitars
Alex Niszczak / Bass
Victor Figueroa / Drums

Review:
Cranely Gardens are a metalcore/deathcore 5 piece from New Jersey who has shared the stage with several well-known acts such as Carnifex and Whitechapel. House of Decay is Cranely Gardens’ 2nd EP. With 7 tracks House of Decay is only 27 minutes long. However, even though it’s short, the band managed to find space for five guest musicians on the album.

 

 

This is something I’ve seen recently; a small band getting someone a bit more famous to guest on their album. Of course, the fans of the more famous person find out and then they have to hear what their metal hero has been working on, which results in them finding the new band. In turn, fans of Cranely Gardens might also go out and find out who some of these folks are and check out their work as well. Unfortunately, Cranely Gardens picked a few people with pretty generic names plus a couple fairly obscure musicians but did not reference their guest’s previous work in the promo package, nor anywhere I could find on the internet. So for everyone’s benefit, I did some digging and here’s my best guess as to who these folks are. Pardon me if I’m not correct.

Chad Ruhlig – Vocalist – For the Fallen Dreams & LGND

Dan Watson – Vocalist – I have to guess this is the Dan Watson (Ex Infant Annihilator) of Enterprise Earth, Faith in Convergence, and Mire Lore. It could also be Dan Watson, vocalist & bassist of Bunk Dope, Hyborian Rage, & Truculence. Both seem to fit the interests of the Cranely but I’d lean towards the former vs the latter. Fans of either Dan should check out the album and see which Dan it is. I honestly can’t tell you. Maybe you can tell me?

Sims Cashion – Who the fuck is Sims Cashion? I guess CG decided to share the wealth and put a lesser known musician on their album as well to help him gain some interest. So for all my digging I could only find one Sims Cashion. ANYWHERE. He seems to be a guitarist and does some videos on YouTube. He also sells guitar lesson packs on Bandcamp.

Will Ramos – Another obscure name. My best searching came up with a Will Ramos who describes himself as “Former guy who yells at Secrets Don’t Sleep.” Tough his former band only has 1500 FB followers; this Will Ramos is from Jersey so he seems to fit.

Josh Frazier – They really made me dig deep on this one. There’s a Josh Frazier in Beyond the Shore from Kentucky who have an album out on Metal Blade Records. I’m leaning towards this Josh. In 2015, Beyond the Shore were auditioning for a new vocalist. They chose Josh and put his audition for the band up on YouTube for your inspection. I think I can hear him on Rapture.

Sorry for the aside, but it was necessary to adequately describe House of Decay.

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The album opens with “Muswell Hill” which seems to be a news report about Muswell Hill killer, Dennis Nilsen ending with about 8 seconds of guitar that leads directly into “History of a Drowning Boy”, a track heavy in core screaming which features the aforementioned Will Ramos. Lyrically, there’s little doubt this track is about Nilsen. Slow paced with a low rhythm, periodic high notes are sprinkled through the track which speeds up through the chorus. I’ll admit here that at this point I was hoping House of Decay would turn out to be a concept album. Unfortunately, this appears to be the last reference to Nilsen on the album. Regardless, though I doubt the decision was made for the laughs. Conversely, I find the use of guest musicians on the album mildly comedic. See, Nilsen was lonely so he lured people to his house and killed them so they would stay. Maybe Cranely Gardens was lonely? Someone please check that these 5 guys are OK! Nilsen killed 6 before he was discovered.

House of Decay continues with “Seven Faces” (featuring Chad Ruhlig) and “Savages” (featuring Dan Watson). Both are heavy tracks with relatively well-known names picking up the helper on the vocals. There’s something about Savages that just stands out for me. Regardless, both tracks adequately display Cranely Gardens’ influences, which they list as “deathcore, metalcore, the new wave of American heavy metal, black, death, thrash and nu-metal” on their Facebook page.

“Rapture”, I think, is where they get the most out of any of their guests. I like the way the vocals come together in a manner that could not be done with one person. Sure, this makes Rapture more difficult to play live, since Frazier will rarely be there with them. However, for the album it’s a great piece.

House of Decay is closed out by “Carry the Earth” and “The Challenger”. These appear to have no guest musicians but there’s no indication that I can find about which track(s) the one, the only, Sims Cashion contributes on. Maybe he’s on one of these two, no clue. “The Challenger” has a doomish feel to it without losing the core. It’s kind of an interesting clash of styles worth hearing. Lyrically, this piece matches both so I suspect a lot of thought was put into this one.

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In closing, House of Decay is a hard and heavy blend of several different genres with a mix of lyrical themes. To someone casually stopping by, House of Decay might seem to lack variety from track to track. In this respect, I feel this piece is something that requires more time and attention in order to appreciate. In 2017, finding fans with the time and mental & concentration abilities to appreciate this style could turn out to be Cranely Gardens’ biggest challenge. Even I, an avid reviewer of music guiltily lumped a few tracks together for expedience.  If you’re up for the challenge, dig in and find all the subtleties I missed or didn’t list.


GREEN DEATH Drops ‘Pure Torture’ EP; Streams New Song

One of the best rising acts within the underground metal scene is the Des Moines, Iowa-based Green Death. The crossover thrash band’s new EP, Pure Torture, was released yesterday (June 2nd) through longtime Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s label, EMP Label Group. To celebrate, the band is streaming the EP’s closing track “Sickle & Scythe”.

Vocalist Sol Bates commented on why this particular song was selected to share with fans saying: “‘Sickle & Scythe’ is the darkest song we have written to date. Lyrically it deals with blind faith, cult practices and death. The song is also meant to take the listener on a journey of our musical direction from our past albums to the next full-length album: We start out with more of a thrash style, then the middle/chorus gets into more death metal, ending with more of doom feel.  The upcoming full-length will explore more of that doom side of our sound.

Clayton Cagle, guitarist of Bay Area thrash group Hatchet, also contributes a guest solo to “Sickle And Scythe”.

You can purchase Green Death‘s ‘Pure Torture‘ right now at this location. (Digital platform-based releases have been delayed until June 9th).

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Green Death EP
Pure Torture EP tracklist

1. Viniculum
2. Pure Torture (f/ David Ellefson)
3. The Reaper
4. Sickle & Scythe


ACCEPT Proclaim Details For ‘The Rise Of Chaos’

Tuetonic titans of tumultuous thrash metal, Germany’s Accept, will return with their fourth outing for Nuclear Blast Records on August 4th. Titled ‘The Rise Of Chaos‘, will continue the tradition of its most recent three predecessors – Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage – with grandeur and precision. The longrunning, legendary band seem to only be getting better and better with the passage of time and it is safe to say the new album will bolster that fact.

Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann comments: “The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover is our last stage set – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”

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The Rise Of Chaos tracklisting:

“Die By The Sword”
“Hole In The Head”
“The Rise Of Chaos”
“Koolaid”
“No Regrets”
“Analog Man”
“What’s Done Is Done”
“Worlds Colliding”
“Carry The Weight”
“Race To Extinction”

And if this wasn’t enough, Accept will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Accept WOA

DIVINITY Stream ‘The Immortalist’ In Its Entirety

I’ll be honest, when I read that a band is getting musical comparisons to acts like Soilwork and Extol then that will be plenty enough to convince me to at least check them out. The Calgary, AB progressive death metal band Divinity are getting those types of comparisons out in the music world and deservedly so. If I could add one of my own to the list it would be Strapping Young Lad and not because of the Canuck connection but because Divinity genuinely display some very SYL-ish moments in their music. Having never heard Divinity until recently, I was not fully prepared for the great musical content of their latest recorded offering, ‘The Immortalist‘, nor did I know the story of the music either.

See, The Immortalist (which will be released this Friday, May 26th) is the culmination of five long years of hard work and determination from Divinity. The album features 12 tracks that include their two previous EP releases “The Immortalist, Pt. 1 – Awestruck” and “The Immortalist, Pt. 2 –Momentum” with their 3rd EP “The Immortalist Pt. 3 – Conqueror” now completed to finish off the trilogy series as one huge full length album. All the tracks on the album are re-mixed and re-mastered by the talented Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Grid Productions) to make the songs more cohesive and work as a full-length experience. Plus, the song ‘D.M.T.‘ features a guest appearance from Soilwork/Night Flight Orchestra’s BjornSpeedStrid.

The band commented on their upcoming effort saying: “We’re very proud of our new album! Our dedication to song writing, recording and producing these 12 songs over the past 5 years has been a crazy musical journey and a huge learning experience that we will never forget. Our lyrical content and artwork is based on an original science-fiction concept story about a character who wakes up in a random field within an intricate crop circle with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The character is then thrown into a crazy adventure and eventually learns who he is and how to become immortal. There’s so much more to the story but we don’t want to give it all way just yet.”

Today, Taste Nation LLC is giving you the opportunity to stream Divinity‘s ‘The Imortalist‘ in its entirety below. Pre-order of the album is available on Divinity.ca, iTunes or Amazon plus an exclusive digi-pak CD available on their website for those who like to support the band directly. The digi-pak CD contains a 24-page booklet that showcases this entire concept giving fans way a full physical experience to the story, songs, lyrics, and visual aspect of the new album. Enjoy!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


POWER OF PAIN & Guest Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza (Exodus) Tackle Teen Bullying On New Single/Video

Castro Valley, California’s Power Of Pain have released a new single and official video for their track ‘Tastes Like H8‘, a song tackling the subject of teen bullying and features Exodus/Dublin Death Patrol/Tenet singer SteveZetroSouza. The song itself is taken from the band’s newly released album, My Dark Secret, which was produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Exodus, Machine Head) at Trident Studios. Additional tracking was done at Green Day’s Jingle Town Studio while video production duties were handled by Wayne Marsala (Testament, Exodus).

Power Of Pain was formed by guitarist Mike Roberts in 2015 out of the ashes of his previous former act, Bleed The Freaks. Recruiting fellow Bleed The Freaks guitarist Josh Bailey, the two assembled a new band, completed by singer Chris Carlton, bassist Zack Brown, and drummer Steve Rubio, and went straight into the studio.

“Bleed The Freaks went through a bad break up,” reflects Roberts. “I felt that everyone had given up on me, but perseverance was my goal. Having a full CD of music ready to go, I just forged on,” he states. The result is My Dark Secret, a ten song slab of top shelf groove metal, rounded out by a cover of the UFO classic, “Natural Thing”.”

When asked about Souza’s involvement, Roberts comments: “Zet and I are childhood friends and long time Raiders fans together. I had written the song with him in mind. Zet is a true professional. He came in the studio and sang the song in one take. We filmed the video on his birthday. I’m very grateful that he is a part of it.”

My Dark Secret is available on iTunes and all major digital outlets now.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

POP MDSTracklisting:

“Severed Ties”
“My Dark Secret”
“Suffocated”
“War Within”
“Preachin To The Choir”
“Tastes Like H8” (featuring Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza)
“Winters Fall”
“How Well I Know”
“Walk Away”
“Natural Thing” (UFO cover)

Power Of Pain

An Interview With KILL RITUAL’s David Reed Watson & Steven Rice

I love an underdog, especially one of the metallic kind. Perhaps you may be asking yourself what do I mean by that exactly? Well, I’m about to tell you and in this case, the underdog story begins back in 2010 when former members of Imagika, Dark Angel and Eldritch formed Kill Ritual. The band was one that took its traditional Heavy Metal influences and then blended and molded them into a very powerful, modernized machine. The music of Kill Ritual has always been very guitar-oriented and that’s surely due to the presence of axe-slinger Steven Rice. He has been the one singular, constant presence in the band since the very beginning. In 2012 Kill Ritual issued their debut album The Serpentine Ritual (Scarlet Records) to much critical acclaim and positive acceptance. That was followed by the 2014 effort The Eyes Of Medusa (Golden Core/ZYX) which one again garnered the band increased attention and accolades.

In 2015, changes came to the Kill Ritual camp, the inevitable types that usually become most bands at some point or another. So enter vocalist David Reed Watson (Rage Of Angels, Electric Messiah, D.N.A.) who brought his wide spectrum of emotion-infused banshee vocals to the band. Watson and Rice became the heart and soul of Kill Ritual that fueled the phenomenal 2015 album Karma Machine, an album produced by Steve and mixed/mastered by the legendary Andy LaRocque (King Diamond). The album propelled the band’s status further into the metallic community where increased awareness of Kill Ritual‘s awesomeness grew exponentially with all the right people. That brings us up to now, May of 2017 where incredible things are happening with Kill Ritual yet again. First off is they have a new album in the can titled ‘All Man Shall Fall‘, details of it will be forthcoming soon but you can read my review of it now here. The second bit of news, and it is nothing minor or of any small feat itself, is Kill Ritual are preparing to head to Europe for a tour. But this is not just any European tour as the band will be providing direct support to the lethal duo of Raven and Hirax across the Old Country. The trek launches on June 7th and the guys are in need of some financial assistance so they’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign that you can donate to at this location.

So, now that we’re all caught up, let’s get to the business at hand, shall we? Of course that business is Kill Ritual vocalist David Reed Watson and guitarist Steve Rice and trust me, business is good! The pair have just wrapped up recording the incredible ‘All Men Shall Fall‘, Kill Ritual‘s fourth studio full-length. That alone would be excitement a’plenty for any band, and of course it is with them, but they’ve also just amassed an incredible touring line up for Kill Ritual to ravage Europe with little over a week from now. Being a big fan of the band’s right from the start, I went full-tilt over their last outing, Karma Machine, and now the new record too. Therefore it was a no-brainer to drop a line and get the guys on the wire for some conversation. The following is that conversation, The Taste Nation LLC Interview With Kill Ritual’s David Reed Watson And Steven Rice!

David Reed Watson (L) & Steve Rice (R)
David Reed Watson (L) & Steve Rice (R)

Pat Riot – Let’s start with current events: Kill Ritual are on the verge of releasing your fourth studio album, ‘All Men Shall Fall’. What can longtime fans of the band expect with this latest album? And what about the average music fan that’s never heard Kill Ritual before?

David – Our last album, Karma Machine, was an introduction to me and my style of singing. By no means am I a thrash singer, and Steve knew this but he had faith in me, which I appreciate. It’s nice working with somebody that lets me just go for it. Anyway, I consider myself more along the lines of Jon Bush from Armored Saint or Joey Belladonna from Anthrax. We’re more Hard Rock/Metal Singers. Mixing my voice with Steve’s thrash roots for the last album (Karma Machine) was a true test to what we could create. Some of the hardcore fans, the ones that went back to Steve’s Imagika days didn’t know how to take me (laughs). Seriously, it was a big change from the last singer, who had done The Serpentine Ritual and The Eyes of Medusa. This next album, All Men Shall Fall, was written for me, for my voice. Steve got an idea of what I could do vocally and put the music around me.

The writing process this time around was much smoother and I got to do what I do instead of trying to form myself into what the old singer had done. We are two different animals… and to answer your question about the fans again — some didn’t like it, but WAY more did than didn’t. I think with this next album we’re going to hit a much broader audience while still maintaining a good amount of the San Francisco Thrash roots.

Pat Riot – What was the recording line-up of the band for the new record? Please share a little of the songwriting process of Kill Ritual with us…who does what? Assuming you’re the main lyricist, where do you find lyrical inspiration?

David –  This time around we kept it simple. Matt Thompson did all of the drums. Matt, as you well know, is the drummer for King Diamond. Everything he sent to us fit incredibly well to what Steve had written. And, like the last record, Steve did all of the music; Keyboards, Bass, and Guitars, AND he even wrote the lyrics to one of the songs, Dead Man On The Water.

As far as inspiration for lyrics… let’s just say, there is a LOT to write about today. When Steve and I started All Men Shall Fall, we based it on Man’s shortcomings, be it, sex, drugs, politics, religion or spirituality, etc… I tried to touch on as many of these subjects as I could. It might piss off a few people with some of the subject matter, and if it does, good. It gets them thinking. Anything I write I try to get people to think. I’ve never been the boy loves girl, girl loves boy, type of writer. I’ll leave that to Bon Jovi (laughs). I laugh, but in fact the last song on the album [‘Kage‘] I wrote for my Fiancé, Taylor… so I retract that statement (smiles).

 

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Pat Riot – Speaking of inspiration, who are some of your biggest… who would you cite as being your own influences? How did you get started upon the path as a musician (i.e. specific event, album, etc. that opened to door for you so to speak)? Are you a “self-taught” vocalist or no?

David – How long do we have (laughing)? I’ve had a lot of influences in my life. My Dad was a Banjo player and a singer in a band called the Tikis. They toured around New England a bit… record deal, etc. so I guess that is pretty much where it started. Probably my first influences, other than family, would have been, Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Ian Gillian (Deep Purple) and David Bowie… that was until I saw Ronnie James Dio live with Black Sabbath. That blew me away, I was like, sign me up! I am basically a self-taught singer, although I did sing in the choir, theater… stuff like that. So I got to see other people’s techniques and pick up on them.

Steven – For me, it started with Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road. First album I ever bought and what a great choice. Brilliant stuff. Then it was Kiss, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and got heavier with Rainbow and UFO. Thin Lizzy was a big influence. But as soon as I heard Priest live as I was at a UFO concert and they opened I was completely hooked and they’re still my favorite Metal band.  Two big albums that blew my mind were Priest’s Unleashed In The East and Maiden’s Killers. I was done for after that!

Pat Riot – Each of you mentioned my favorites there too as Ronnie James Dio is/was my favorite vocalist of all time, ever and Judas Priest are my favorite classic metal band as well. Nice!

You (David) joined Kill Ritual prior to the 3rd album ‘Karma Machine’ being recorded…how did you land the gig? Were there any challenges in performing the earlier material in any way? What do you feel that you brought to the table by joining the band (feel free to brag, LOL)?

David – You’re asking a singer to brag (laughs)? Ok, the 3rd album, Karma Machine, was already done, in the can and ready to go out the door when the singer quit. Steve literally deleted all of his vocals then sent me the album. To this day I have no clue what he wrote about, how it sounded… nothing. I commend Steve for doing that because I’ve been down this path before. It’s very hard to write new lyrics and melodies after hearing what somebody else had written. I was fortunate enough never to hear a word. Now, Steve, that’s another story. He got the material back with me singing and I’ll have to let him explain how he wrapped his head around that… I know I would have had a hard time. So to answer your question… there wasn’t a challenge because I never heard anything. Everything you hear on Karma Machine now is me. My lyrics, my melody lines, everything. I remember sitting down with Taylor, listening to it, looking at her, looking back at the music and going. Huh. I think this can work. I like to believe that I took a thrash band to the next level, into more of a progressive metal band. I’ll never knock the old singer… he did what he did, and he did it well, I might add… and I do what I do, hopefully as well. I guess that’s for the fans to decide.

Steven – Like Dave mentioned…I just had to let it go and move forward. I’ve been there and done that many times through the years with singers, etc., so I can get past it pretty quick. It was time for a fresh start and direction so it was great the way it all came together. I’d like to also mention that even though we get associated with Thrash, Kill Ritual isn’t really a Thrash band. To me, it’s just Classic Metal with some Thrash elements. I never want to be pigeonholed into one style of music or metal sub-genre, so Kill Ritual will always bring elements of whatever we feel like bringing in.

 

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Pat Riot – I know Kill Ritual are headed to Europe soon on an amazing tour with Raven & Hirax… how excited about this trek are you all? How exactly did this opportunity come about?

David –  I’m very excited! I’ve been to Europe quite a few times but never with a band on tour. I’m a virgin! After our last tour here in the US; 7000 miles, 30 days and 28 shows, this will be a breeze! Some of these places in Europe I’ve never been to so I’m excited to meet the fans and see their beautiful cities.

Pat Riot – Kill Ritual sure has amassed an amazing ensemble of players for the European Tour…how was each selected or decided upon for this upcoming run?

Steven – The guys brought in for the tour are people that I’ve toured with or been in bands with or have known awhile. Jim Pegram from Mudface / Angerhead, Chris Lotesto from Ion Vein, and Dave Chedrick from Ruthless / Ed Force One. It’s always a challenge rounding up guys that want to do these type of things and are willing to make the effort to tour. So it’s been a good turn of events that it’s all worked out and we can pull off the tour with this lineup. Will these guys be here for the long run? I don’t really know, but we’ll keep moving straight ahead and hope for the best.

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Pat Riot – Kill Ritual albums always have such fantastic images/artwork…how involved is the band in bringing those images about (i.e. Is there an idea or rough outline presented to the artist or is it entirely up to them, etc.)?

David – You can attribute that to a long time Kill Ritual confidant, Jobert Mello. Steve’s been using this guy for years.

Steven – Yeah, he was recommended by my friend Chris Boltendahl, who sings for Grave Digger.

Pat Riot – In the current, ever-changing music environment… what are, or has been, some of the biggest challenges / obstacles for you all as a band?

David –  It’s tough for ANY band, even the successful ones. I’ve got some close friends that have been in major Rock Bands with HUGE budgets through their labels. The challenge for them back then was not blowing all of their cash, pay back the labels and hopefully have something left over. We don’t have that today. Today there is no money up front. You take it out of your own pocket and hope for a good return.

So, I’ll speak for myself here. Money! It’s tough telling your boss that you’re taking off on tour for a couple weeks to a month and having them hang onto your job. I ran into this problem back in 2013 when I was heading to Europe with Rage of Angels. My boss just couldn’t afford to hold my job for me. It was a tough decision and one that a lot of musicians have to face. Do I stick with my day job or do I follow my dream? Well, suffice to say, I’ve got support from Taylor… but it’s a struggle. By the way… Rage Of Angels decided after I left my job that they couldn’t afford to have me come over because a major venue fell through. That was tough because I had a lot of people supporting me through a GoFundMe. I felt foolish telling them that it was canceled.

All in all, the best thing I can say about today, being in a band, is this…  it weeds out the ones that just want to become ‘Rock Stars’. You’ve got to love what you do or you’re in the wrong business. If you want that Million Dollar contract… well, those are few and far between.

Pat Riot – What type of non-musical things do you both enjoy doing in your personal life (hobbies, passions, etc.)?

David – I’m an avid Cyclist and have been for years. I used to race Mt. Bikes, now it’s predominantly my road bike (Blue RC-6). I’m also an energy worker… a Reiki Master. I’ve been doing energy work on people for several years now. I used to be a life coach as well! I think that is why I love writing. I want people to know that they matter. Too many people today don’t think they matter. They delve into drugs, alcohol or other addictions. I live in Sin City… If you’ve got an addiction, this is not the place to be.

Steven – For me, it’s cooking. I love to eat so I better be able to cook!

Pat Riot – What are your own expectations with the upcoming album release, EU. tour, etc.? Are there any other Kill Ritual-related items on the horizon we should know about?

David – I’m excited to release it. We’ve got a buzz around us at the moment and we’re seeing the momentum pick up. I think people are actually taking us seriously now. After this tour we’ll be working on some other tours this year which Steve can elaborate on. We’ve also got a video in the works for one of the songs. Shit… Steve’s already got the next album written for me to start working on, so I’ll be tackling that soon enough.

My hope is that we can get a solid crew together and not have it just be Steve and I. I like collaborating as a complete band. That’s my personal feeling. But if it ends up just being us…so be it. We’re writing great stuff.

Steven – Yeah, unfortunately for Dave I write all the time and have already put together a good 8-9 songs for the future. No rest for the wicked and since we have our own fairly decent studio to use at home why not. Better then bowling and trying to fuck the bartender! HA!

Pat Riot –  I have a tradition of ending interviews with an open floor… feel free to say, share, rant, etc. about anything you’d like:

David – Support local music! Buy CDs! Buy shirts! Go to concerts! We are not self-sustaining entities with money falling out of our pockets. I think a big misconception of being in a band, of being a musician, is that someday we’ll grow up and get a REAL job. I’ve HAD a real job. I did what I was told to do by society and I was fucking miserable. Seriously… if you’re an accountant and you love accounting… then by all means, follow your passion. But, if you hate it and you do it until your dying day… are you going to say, “I wish I would have (fill in the blank)” or are you going to say, “Fuck! That was one hell of a ride!” (Mic drop)

Put me down for the latter life option, please! But in all seriousness, David is absolutely on point with his comment there and no one can make you happy but yourself. Life truly is what you make it and we each determine our own destinies, I fully believe that. Both David and Steven seem clearly in tune with their own passions as well as they prepare to undertake the next incredible series of events in the Kill Ritual legacy. The imminent release of their new album ‘All Men Shall Fall‘ is coming soon and even sooner than it, Kill Ritual will deliver their metallic goods to the masses of Europe starting next week. Can things possibly get any better at this time?

I want to thank my guests David Reed Watson and Steven Rice of the magnificently kick-ass heavy metal machine that is Kill Ritual! They’re part of a band that more than deserves your attention and support and I urge you to accept that challenge immediately.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

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DEATH OF KINGS Reveal ‘Kneel Before None’ Album Details; Stream New Song + Tour Dates

One of the U.S.’ most promising, upcoming oldschool thrash-influenced bands, Atlanta’s Death Of Kings, have shared some details of their upcoming release. ‘Kneel Before None‘ will be issued through Boris Records on June 2nd and is the anxiously awaited full-length follow up the band’s fierce 7″ Single, ‘Hell Comes To Life‘. Death Of Kings is sharing the new song ‘Shadow Of The Reaper‘ today, an incendiary salvo of scorching guitars and all-out metallic aggression.

In further news, the band will also embark on a US tour that will begin in June. All dates can be found below.

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Tour Dates:

June 1st – Atlanta, GA @ the Clermont Lounge (record release)
June 9th – Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord
June 10th – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
June 11th – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
June 12th – Detroit, MI @ The Dodge
June 13th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee Shop
June 14th – Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NY
June 15th – Boston, MA @ O’Briens Pub
June 16th – Brookyln, NY @ Golden Sounds
June 17th – Richmond, VA @  25 Watt
June 18th – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone


ALL HELL Streaming Friday’s Prosthetic Records Release ‘The Grave Alchemist’

North Carolina-based blackened thrash trio All Hell will issue their Prosthetic Records debut, ‘The Grave Alchemist‘, this Friday, April 14th. It was recorded by Kris Hilbert (The Body) and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), it will be offered on CD, LP and Digital formats.

Asheville’s occult metallers in All HellJacob Curwen (Vocals and Guitar), Kurt Henderson (Drums) and Erik Ballantyne (Bass) have an evil sound all their own. And guess what? You can hear it on the new album today as it is streaming via a Bandcamp embed here ahead of its release later this week. – Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

The Grave Alchemist tracklist:

“Grave Alchemy”
“Necrosophia”
“Wed The Night”
“Vampiric Lust”
“The Castle”
“Laid To Unrest”
“Memory Tomb”
“The Madness Out Of Time”
“The Thing In The Ground”
“Return Of The Reaper”
“Elixir”
“I Am The Mist”


VOIVOD Reissuing Noise Records On Vinyl After 30 Years

Legendary Canadian sci-fi thrashers Voivod will re-issue their Noise Records albums Rrrroooaaarrr (1986), Killing Technology (1987), and Dimension Hatross (1988) through BMG on April 28th. All three albums have been remastered from the original tapes while the CD versions contain additional extras including a double CD of the album, a live set and an additional DVD of live performances, rehearsals and photos all compiled from the bands own personal archives. They are finally available on vinyl once again for the first time in 30 years.

You can get further details and pre-order information at this location.


PERPETUA Deliver ‘The Age Of Collapse’ Official Video

Scottish modern thrash band Perpetua have just unleashed their new single ‘The Age Of Collapse‘ upon the planet. They did so with an Official Video accompanying the viciously aggressive song but the good thing is the band’s ability to change things up. Pummeling metallic ferocity one moment, hardcore breakdowns and gang vocals the next and then before you know it, some melodic elements before you can gain your senses.

To be honest, I don’t know anything about Perpetua other than they have got some scathing intensity going on and that ‘The Age Of Collapse‘ is one bad-ass tune. I definitely want to hear more as soon as possible!

To learn more about Perpetua and what all they’ve got going on, visit their Facebook page here.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker