Mornin’, all. Another Friday, another edition of Cursed Imagery to fill your eye holes. We’ve got some good ‘uns, some not-quite-so-good ‘uns and everything in between. And it’s also pay day for me, so chances are I’ll be buying some music not featured on this list! But, that’s beside the point. Let’s jump into the point now. Here are this week’s album art highlights!
I’m running my fifth marathon on Sunday. Yay?
- Big news from Metallica, regarding 2020 plans at least. They will be headlining five U.S. festivals next summer, and are planning on performing two nights at each of them. Holy moly. Those festivals are: Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival, Louder Than Life, Aftershock, Epicenter, and Welcome to Rockville.
- So this is hilarious. Cattle Decapitation had their artwork for Death Atlas (out 11/29) ripped off by rapper Teddy.YG. Like, bad. As in, Mr. YG didn’t even remove the Cattle Decap logo or album title or anything… just… layered his name over it. In a fun turn of events, Cattle Decapitation then decided to sell a shirt with the image and Instagram exchange on it. Honestly, this is must-have.
- In some serious bummer news, DevilDriver had to pull out of their upcoming Megacruise performance because Dez Fafara’s wife has been diagnosed with cancer. He’s taking the time to be with her, very much understandably. Positive vibes their way.
- And closing with a bit of a lighter note, The Amity Affliction have released a live video for the new single “All My Friends Are Dead”. They are currently touring with Sum 41.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
If the early 2000s era of melodic death metal and bands such as In Flames and Soilwork bring glee (as they should), New York’s The Last Reign needs to be on your radar. The band formed in 2015 and have a demo and full length under their belts and now are on the eve of a new EP, Prelude. And yes, it is a prelude to an impending second full length which is in the recording process as we speak. With several line up changes over the past couple of years, the band sounds better than ever and, based on these three tracks, are poised for an extraordinary future in the melodeath arena. Today we are thrilled to bring you a full EP Premiere just ahead of its release tomorrow. Head directly below to get your dose of melodeath and proceed to the links contained within to snag a copy for yourself.
I need to go for a run. Also, some of this news is from yesterday. Deal with it.
- Fen, a band I love but feel like I haven’t mentioned in awhile, are set to release their next album on December 6th. It will be called The Dead Light and will be available through Prophecy Productions. Apparently Winter came out in 2017, so I suppose it hasn’t been that long.
- Immortal Bird have announced some headlining dates here in North America. They run through most of December and cover the eastern half of the U.S. Also, a reminder that their latest album, Thrive On Neglect, is out now on 20 Buck Spin.
- Lordi — because any opportunity to mention Lordi must be seized — have announced a new album, titled Killection, that will be out on January 31st via AFM Records. That will be the tenth studio album from the Finnish monsters.
- Check out this new video from Cloak for “A Voice in the Night”. The song is obviously great, and this video is very much appropriate on a number of levels. The Burning Dawn will be out on October 25th via Season Of Mist.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Wretched Illusions, the debut full-length from Dallas, TX’s death metal powerhouse Creeping Death landed on September 27th via Entertainment One and it’s a screeching old school groove death fest, with more riffs than a Catskill comic and an authenticity that’s second to none. The 9C crew has been keeping this on repeat since it dropped in the old inbox, and we couldn’t wait to get the chance to hit the band up for some more info. Continue reading