Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With River Of Souls

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with River Of Souls drummer Koen Spierings.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SPIERINGS: River of Souls was founded in 2014. The music can be described as heavy doom death metal, but it’s all about the guitar riff!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SPIERINGS: Our main influences vary a lot, this goes from 70’s prog rock to extreme death metal. You can hear all of this in our songs, but sometimes it is really subtle. It’s not like we use really high speeds or blastbeats constantly, but the way they arrange their songs and how they use their song structures.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

SPIERINGS: Our latest release is “Usurper”. It was released on May 15th this year. You should check it out because it is a really cool and diverse record! We put a lot of effort in the structures and melodies and the sequence of the track list. If you like cool, catchy riffs with lots of additional melodies and variations, this is your album. It goes from old school doom metal, to heavy metal, to Gothenborg death metal and even some black metal parts, but it never sounds misplaced, it fits the songs.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

SPIERINGS: A decent performance from a band that tries to bring the atmosphere from the album on stage. Do not expect a lot of talking. We try to use soundscapes to connect our songs so it will feel like we start, and we end, and you can only think wow, was that already 45 minutes to an hour?

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

SPIERINGS: Hopefully, we will have released one or two more albums by that time and we are able to play some bigger venues as a support act, and we can do maybe one or two small tours throughout Europe. Maybe even some festival performances. But the most important thing is that in 5 years we still have fun doing it, and are making the music we like.

The Atomic Bitchwax Premiere “You Got It” Video

The Atomic Bitchwax have premiered a new video for their new song “You Got It.” The clip features footage from the “10 Hours Walking In NYC As A Woman” catcall parody and it can be seen below. The track is from the band’s new album “Scorpio,” which will be released on August 28.

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

Terror Release Limited Edition Lathe Cut 7″ Vinyl Featuring Rare Tracks

Terror have released two limited edition lathe cut 7″ vinyl pressings featuring a “Live By The Code” b-side titled “The New Beginning” and a previously unreleased song titled “You Lost All Respect.“ They were available HERE, but have since sold out.

There’s A Line Of Corpse Painted Soaps Inspired By Mayhem, King Diamond, Cradle Of Filth, Etc.

An Etsy shop called CorpsePaintSoaps are selling a line of various soaps featuring corpse paint. The products, which are inspired by Mayhem, Abbath, King Diamond, Cradle Of Filth, Ghost, and more, can be found HERE.

[via MetalSucks]

Corey Taylor Is Already Planning To Record A Second Solo Album

Corey Taylor won’t be releasing his debut solo album, “CMFT,” until October 2, but it looks like he is already thinking about a follow-up. During an interview with Kaaos TV, the frontman said he is hoping to record another record after Slipknot finish their “We Are Not Your Kind” cycle.

Taylor said the following about “CMFT”:

“The only thing I really wanted to do on this album was put the best songs forward, cause I’ve got enough material for three or four solo albums, but I wanted this first album to really have that impact. [I wanted] to put the best songs on there, put the best foot forward and really show something that I’ve never shown the audience before.”

He also added the following when asked about touring plans:

“Actually, we’re gonna do what we can with the rest of this year solo-wise. Next year, hopefully once things get back to normal — knock on wood — I’ll finish up the Slipknot tour cycle, wrap that up, and then after that, probably go in and record my second solo album and then go out and tour on two albums instead of just one.”

[via Loudwire]

Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc. Members Launch New Project The Wheelblocks

Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta have announced a new project called The Wheelblocks. The band’s first single, a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High,” will be released on August 6.

Blink-182, The Used, Etc. Set For 2021 Four Chord Music Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Four Chord Music Fest. The event will take place at Wild Things Park in Washington, PA on July 17 and it will feature: Blink-182, The Used, State Champs, Mayday Parade, Four Year Strong, the Ataris, Hit the Lights, Sleep On It, Eternal Boy, Patent Pending, Keep Flying, Fortune Cove, and Look Out Loretta.

Seether’s Shaun Morgan Tops Hard Rock Songwriters Chart

Seether’s Shaun Morgan has hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hard Rock Songwriters chart and No. 2 on the Hard Rock Producers chart. This news comes as the band’s latest singles, “Dangerous” and “Bruised And Bloodied,” also climbed up the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. “Dangerous” moved to the No. 10 spot, while “Bruised And Bloodied” debuted at the No. 15 spot. Both of those tracks are from the band’s new album “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” which will be released on August 28.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Shares Video For Acoustic Cover Of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live”

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.) has shared a video for his acoustic cover of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live.” This track appears on his latest covers EP “Barefoot 3.”