Sometimes you want to listen to an album that pushes the boundaries of what metal is capable of by incorporating interesting and innovative instrumentation and songwriting. Sometimes you want to listen to an album that stirs the soul and seeks to provoke deep introspection and provide a resonant message. Sometimes you want to listen to an album so stupid dumb heavy that you forget how to do math. If you’re like me and you have almost no use for times tables in your daily life anymore, then Perth, Australia, natives Xenobiotic’s sophomore album Mordrake will treat you just right. Continue reading
Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading
I miss the woods.
- Faith No More and Korn have announced a co-headlining North American tour this summer. Support will be in the form of Scars on Broadway, Spotlights, Helmet, and ’68 on select dates. That tour runs through August and September, basically.
- Movements have also announced a 2020 tour. Those are U.S. dates in April and May with support from Teenage Wrist and Queen of Jeans. That tour includes a stop at Swanfest, which is something I didn’t know existed by am intrigued by in name alone. SO MANY SWANS (I hope).
- Fu Manchu are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2020 with, you guessed it, a tour. This is a massive, global, run of shows that begins in late April and continues through the middle of December. Tickets go on sale Friday.
- A new music video from Vane for a song called “The Cannibal”? Don’t mind it I do. That’s the third single taken from their debut album, Black Vengeance, which dropped back in 2018.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Welcome back friends, how is 2020 treating you? Canada is sicking their federal dogs on indigenous protesters and a new coronavirus has infected tens of thousands globally. Are you feeling the doom? I’m feeling the doom. And so is January’s Third Circle.
Years before I had heard a single note it was the logo, the way the letters seemed scratched in flesh, sinister crosses embedded in the “N” and “M” signifying something I wasn’t prepared to listen to…yet. By the time I finally opened up to the grand progenitors of grind, Napalm Death, it was during their post-2000 resurgence, and my purchase of their compilation Noise for Music’s Sake led me down a rabbit hole of the most exquisite display of passionate anger and rage this side of the universe. Between 6-second bursts of grind, impeccable artwork, and some of the most biting social commentary ever put to paper, the arrival of a new EP and a new full length on the horizon makes this a perfect time to dedicate a Nine Circles ov... to one of the best bands to ever carry the tag of “extreme” in their music.
Let’s do this. Continue reading