Album Review: Steel Panther – “Lower the Bar”

Steel Panther - Lower the Bar

In a way, Lower the Bar is the perfect title for the new Steel Panther album. You see, whether consciously or not, that’s what they’ve done on two consecutive albums now, following the two relatively lights-out records (Feel the Steel and Balls Out) that broke them out. Album No. 5 is still unmistakably a Steel Panther record — and, to its credit, one that boasts a couple of absolute panty-dropping tunes — but something’s just amiss this time out. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Skeletonwitch, Pallbearer, Ghost and more!

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Skeletonwitch

March 29, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off, it looks like Skeletonwitch has begun work on a new album, which will be their first full-length with new singer Adam Clemans. Let’s go to a live look at our Literati Overlord upon hearing this news…

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Donuts & CANTO: Migration Fest, Ne Obliviscaris, Danzig and more!

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March 28, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off with some HOLYSHITAWESOME news: Gilead Media and 20 Buck Spin have announced that Migration Fest will be returning in 2018. That’s about all we know at the moment, but shit, that’s good enough for me. If you didn’t make it to the inaugural edition, you’d best course-correct next year.

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Donuts & CANTO: Rammstein, Mötley Crüe, Taake and more!

Rammstein

March 27, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

  • As always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new records on Friday, including PallbearerMemoriam and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list.
  • Rammstein have added dates in Chicago and Dallas to their limited U.S. run set to take place this summer. I was contemplating the Jones Beach gig — even though Jones Beach is the literal worst — until I took a look at StubHub and saw that even nosebleeds were going for $180 a pop. So, much as I’d like to see them a third time…nah.
  • It looks like Netflix is in talks to land the film adaptation of Mötley Crüe‘s autobiography, The Dirt — which I didn’t even realize was still a thing. When I was a freshman in high school, this was being talked about with Val Kilmer playing David Lee Roth. Now Kilmer can play present-day Vince Neil.
  • Holy shit, you guys, Taake have announced another U.S. tour. That’s the second in as many years. Holy shit. I can’t even snark about this, I’m just too excited.
  • Anathema have announced their new albumThe Optimist. The album, the band’s eleventh, will be out June 9 on Kscope Records. BRB, Corey and I need to go change our pants.
  • For some reason, Quiet Riot has a new lineup, and I guess it did stuff over the weekend. Why does this exist. Why.
  • And finally, Ghost debuted an (allegedly) all-new lineup at a gig in the UK over the weekend. Here’s the performance of “Square Hammer” from that performance:

This is “all-new” in the same way that the sky is green and puppies aren’t adorable. But it’s okay, because “Square Hammer” is still totally kickass. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Donuts & CANTO: Sólstafir, Tool, the Night Flight Orchestra and more!

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Solstafir

March 24, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you may have missed from yesterday:

  • First off, a little something that should make our Literati Overlord wet in the pants: Sólstafir have dropped a new song, titled “Bláfjall.” It’ll be on their new album, Berdreyminn, which drops in May. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen / be sad / wish I was Icelandic.
  • Next, a little something that should make us all wet in the pants: Tool are apparently in talks to end their holdout from streaming services. I’m pretty sure this leaves Kid Rock as the lone major streaming holdout, and…I mean, if you give a fuck about that, you’re reading the wrong blog.
  • The Night Flight Orchestra are dropping a new album in May, but to whet our appetites, they’ve released a lyric video for the their new song, “Midnight Flyer.” In case you’re not familiar, the Night Flight Orchestra is Björn Strid (Soilwork), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy) and others playing dad-rock. It’s better than it sounds, I promise.
  • Speaking (again) of bands that have stuff coming out in May, Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till released a new song from his side project, Harvestman. It’s all kinds of terrific.
  • Belphegor have announced their 11th studio album, Totenritual. I know what you’re thinking, but guess what, fuckers? THIS ONE’s coming out in September. So there.
  • Rocklahoma — otherwise known as “what happens when your balding rocker dad gets into your Pixy Stix supply during a bad trip and decides to start a festival” — has announced its daily headliners for 2017. They are: Def Leppard, Soundgarden and The Offspring. Sense: this lineup makes none.
  • And finally, Artificial Brain have released the title track from their upcoming album Infrared Horizon, with guest vocals from Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder. Check it out below:

Infrared Horizon drops in April via Profound Lore. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time on Monday for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan