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Riotgod

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Riotgod Releases New Music Video

Red Bank, New Jersey's Riotgod (featuring Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella and Guitarist Garrett Sweeny) is set to release third album "Driven Rise" on March 18th in North America via Metalville Records.

Metal Insider is hosting an exclusive premiere of the first true music video from Riotgod. The video is for the title track off the new album. Check out the exclusive premiere and an interview with drummer Bob Pantella at Metal Insider here, or watch the clip below. More...

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Riotgod Streaming New Track

Red Bank, New Jersey's Riotgod (featuring Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella and Guitarist Garrett Sweeny) is set to release third album "Driven Rise" on March 18th in North America via Metalville Records.

Today Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of the title track "Driven Rise." Check it out below.

You can also check out Riotgod's recent entry in our Pit Stories column right here, and the new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Driven Rise
2. They Don't Know
3. Grenade and Pin
4. Sidewinder
5. Prime Moment
6. Positronic
7. Davos
8. Melisandre
9. You're My Waste of Time
10. Beg For Power More...

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Pit Stories: Riotgod Talks Pit Etiquette

Each week we check in with rock and metal bands from across the globe to get their favorite mosh pit memories, and this week's Pit Story comes courtesy of Riotgod vocalist Sunshine.

Check out Sunshine's tale below of experiencing a Flotsam and Jetsam show under the influence where the night's main entertainment came from an out of control skinhead:

This is kinda peripheral, but here we go: No matter what pit I have had the distinction of being in, whether while seeing the Cro-Mags or Agnostic Front at L'Amour back in the day or even in unexpected pits that break out at festivals during bands you would not think bring that out (see “Alice in Chains – Man in the Box”), I have had my share of adrenaline. Exciting but not dickish violent, that is not my scene.

As a musician – sometimes the pit breaks over onto the stage. One time a guy grabbed my mike and was sucked back in to the mosh, getting that back was a trip, kinda like fishing and rodeo at once. My audience based pit experience, it is something I deal with, as most do, to get close to the stage. Some guys are the kind who have to get in the middle of it, arms swinging, pushing and dealing.

A side note: I love it at a poorly attended local show, when ONE GUY is the pit. Anyway, I have always been a musician first and dealt with the pit. I am and have been always vigilant – helping people up – pit etiquette all that – see the Wikihow entry on moshing - can you believe that article, wow! And for this refer to #5: “...How brutal are the individuals bouncing around this particular pit? Are people just having fun, or are they going for blood? Know the difference between those who are ‘slam dancing’ and the idiot high school jock who's running around smashing people in the face with his knuckles...”

I always pride myself on being aware of what is going down, casing the situation for that one guy or group of dopes who surely will make into l:-(ss than. And though having been in more than a few pits of various sizes, as time went on, I was relatively unscathed. But... I always had a feeling that one night who-knows-what would happen but “The Pit” the scene would somehow bite me. Like a snake handler, one day you WILL be bitten, no matter how careful you are.

It was the Flotsam and Jetsam / Leeway show back in the day, at the “new” Ritz in NYC, the old Studio 54. I found a blog that described the night, someone else's take on the night: “The bill that night was Mind Over Four, Repulsion (before they became known as Type O Negative), hometown heroes Prong and Leeway (who I immediately realized most of the NY hardcore and metal kids were there for), and headliners Flotsam & Jetsam. I was nonplussed by the insanity we faced, the sheer physicality of young men with something to prove.”
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Riotgod Reveals New Album Details

Red Bank, New Jersey's Riotgod (featuring Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella) is set to release third album "Driven Rise" on March 18th in North America via Metalville Records. Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed and can be seen below.

1. Driven Rise
2. They Don't Know
3. Grenade and Pin
4. Sidewinder
5. Prime Moment
6. Positronic
7. Davos
8. Melisandre
9. You're My Waste of Time
10. Beg For Power More...

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Wacken Open Air 2012 Seeing CD/DVD Release

There‘s only one Wacken Open Air, and nothing heats up the summer quite like the world-renowned festival in the north of Germany.

2012’s edition saw heavy hitters like Volbeat, Edguy, and Testament tearing up the stages, with 75,000 moshing metalheads in attendance. The atmosphere was unique as always, the party legendary - and now you can be there, too! Relive the planet‘s biggest heavy metal festival in all its glory on DVD and CD, hitting stores on February 18th, 2014 in the US and Canada.

The CD version can now be pre-ordered at this location, and the festival featured appearances by Volbeat, Edguy, Suffocated, Decapitated, Leaves‘ Eyes, Schandmaul, Circle II Circle, Red Fang, Nasum, Unearth, Graveyard, Moonspell, Djerv, Riotgod, Warrior Soul, Cradle of Filth, and Hammercult.

The 3-DVD-set features 60 tracks from 25 bands as well as a 20 page booklet for a total of four and a half hours of music. The double-CD gives you 32 songs by 13 groups. More...

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Riotgod Announces U.S. Shows

Riotgod's sophomore album "Invisible Empire" will be released this coming January 31st in North America via Metalville Records. In conjunction with the album's release, the band has just confirmed a string of North American tour dates which can be found below. Riotgod also recently posted the new song "Crossfade" online in anticipation of the upcoming album release.

2/1: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
2/2: Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
2/3: Memphis, TN @ TBA
2/4: Tulsa, OK @ Jakes
2/5: Austin, TX @ Red 7
2/6: Dallas, TX @ Boiler Room
2/7: Houston, TX @ TBA
2/8: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
2/9: Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
2/10: Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern

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Riotgod Streaming New Song "Crossfade"

Riotgod's sophomore album "Invisible Empire" will be released in a little over three weeks via Metalville Records, and te album is available for pre-order here. Gun Shy Assassin is now hosting an exclusive stream of the track "Crossfade." Check out the song at this location.

"Invisible Empire" will be released on January 31st in North America through Metalville Records. The "Invisible Empire" track listing is as follows:

1. Breed
2. Fool
3. Crossfade
4. Slow Death
5. Firebrand
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
10. Lost
11. Hollow Mirror
12. Rebirth

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Riotgod Streaming "Firebrand" Song

Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is streaming a new track from the Riotgod sophomore release "Invisible Empire." The song "Firebrand" can be heard exclusively here.

"Invisible Empire" will be released on January 31st in North America through Metalville Records. The Obelisk is also still streaming the new track "Fool" at this location.

The "Invisible Empire" track listing is as follows:

1. Breed
2. Fool
3. Crossfade
4. Slow Death
5. Firebrand
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
10. Lost
11. Hollow Mirror
12. Rebirth

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Astral Doors Announces Shows With Riotgod

Astral Doors has announced upcoming European live shows early next year with Riotgod. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more expected to be announced shortly:

24.02.2012 Siegburg, Kubana
25.02.2012 Frankfurt, Musikkeller
26.02.2012 Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte
27.02.2012 Ingolstadt, Eventhalle Westpark
28.02.2012 Wien, Viper Room
04.03.2012 Geiselwind Strohofer Eventcenter
07.03.2012 Hamburg, Logo
08.03.2012 Berlin, K17

Astral Doors is now also confirmed for the Swedish Metal Festival, Skogsröjet, to be held on August 10th and 11th. More details on the festival are available here. In other recent Astral Doors news, the band's latest album "Jerusalem" will see its official North American release on January 31st, 2011.

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Riotgod Streaming New Track "Fool"

The Obelisk is hosting an exclusive premiere of a new track from Riotgod's upcoming release "Invisible Empire," which is the follow-up to the band's self-titled, debut album. Get a first listen to "Fool" at this location courtesy of The Obelisk. "Invisible Empire" is due out on January 31st, 2012.

The "Invisible Empire" track listing is as follows:

1. Breed
2. Fool
3. Crossfade
4. Slow Death
5. Firebrand
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
10. Lost
11. Hollow Mirror
12. Rebirth

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Riotgod To Release New LP In January 2012

Stoner rock band Riotgod, featuring Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino of Monster Magnet, will release its sophomore LP "Invisible Empire" on January 31, 2011 through Metalville Records.

The track listing for "Invisible Empire" is as follows:

1. Breed
2. Fool
3. Crossfade
4. Slow Death
5. Firebrand
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
10. Lost
11. Hollow Mirror
12. Rebirth

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Riotgod To Release Self-Titled Album

In 2007 Monster Magnet's Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino created their own alternate universe under the Riotgod banner, inviting guitarist Garrett Sweeny and the estranged vocalist known only as Sunshine to travel the cosmos with them. The band will release a self-titled album on August 17th through Metalville Records.

Drummer and founding member Bob Pantella spoke about the formation of Riotgod: "It was just Jim and myself, you know, just spending a lot of time on the road and we just had a lot of music that we wanted to create. With Monster Magnet, that's not really the case for us sometimes. That's more of Dave's thing, so we really just wanted to get together and do something a bit more on our own. There's a lot of time off and personally we like to work a lot so, the desire to do more began building up over the last couple of years.

"We wanted to try our own thing and call our own shots with musical direction and stuff. We talked about it for years and it took a long time to really find the right people and get going. I've always had my recording studio, so it was easy in that aspect but it was hard to find the right ingredients-you know, sounds, personalities and such. We know nothing's perfect but you want to get people into the same head space.

"My singer Sunshine, who I love, the guy is a crazy son of a bitch, but musically we're in the same place. His lyrics are amazing, and he's got a great voice. He can pretty much sing anything that you can think of. I give him the music, and by the next day, it's ready to be recorded. It gels with what I'm writing perfectly. This is a great band to take us to a different level. Being in Monster Magnet is an awesome opportunity to launch other things for us." More...

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