Decision were made this week.
- This is a couple days old, but I wasn’t here a couple days ago. Deal with it. First round of bands for Psycho Las Vegas. Notables include High On Fire, Yob, and Oranssi Pazuzu.
- How about another festival? Fire In The Mountains out in Wyoming. Saor and The Ruins Of Beverast are a couple early names I am VERY excited about. A couple out of three, so far.
- Insomnium doing stuff! … We’ll leave it at that.
- Only video I came across in the inbox tonight comes by way of bluesy hard rock something or other 100 Watt Vipers and the song is called “The Bell Tolls Heavy”. Check it out if you feel so inclined.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
This Friday will see the release of a split release, Rope Enough For Two, between two titans of doom / sludge / stoner metal from Atlanta, Georgia: Dayglo Mourning and Bludy Gyres and to put it lightly, these two go for broke in keeping it hazy and heavy. Dayglo’s side sounds like a graveyard jam night with the biggest amp stack available and Bludy’s side — one epic track — is a slog through a psychedelic swamp. Tasty! Anyway, just ahead of this massive split we offered up our set of Profile questions to Dayglo Mourning’s guitarist and vocalist Joe Mills so head below to see what he had to say and visit those links to snag your own copy. Continue reading
Taking over the reins of this column has been an experience. As I dove deeper into the ever-evolving mass that is power metal and its many offshoots, I’ve begun to tap back into those things that made me fall in love with metal when I was a kid. The deeper narratives and mythologies, the technical prowess, all in favor to the all-mighty chorus – these were the things that shielded a troubled awkward kid growing up afraid and uncertain. And as my life as a 45-year old man takes another sharp turn to the afraid and uncertain I’ve been leaning hard into those things that provided comfort before. Since getting the promo for The Extraterrestrial Compendium, the debut full length from power metal super-duo Dire Peril, I’ve been struck with just how effective the album is at balancing grace and power, despite the pedigree behind. For that and so much more it was a no-brainer it would be the November Power Metal Album of the Month. Continue reading