This is one of those weeks where I sincerely hope you all are doing better than I am. As you can probably tell by my absence in our Friday column, I am laid up with all manner of plague, illness, and devilry this week. The one saving grace has been a barrage of good music, both new and old. The trifecta of new Gilead Media releases have all had their first tracks released, a rip-roaring new single dropped from my hometown heroes Immortal Bird, a stunning new collab between Full of Hell and Lingua Ignota, and the 30th birthday of The Cure’s Disintegration reminded me just what a masterpiece that album truly is. These things have been carrying me through the week on their shoulders, and I’ll let them speak for themselves in our mixtape playlist below. Now, to keep watching Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives to remember a time when solid food was an option for me…
I took a day off midweek for no reason whatsoever.
- Abbath has announced his sophomore album, Outstrider, will be released on July 5th. Personally, I thought his debut was… fine? But Immortal‘s post-Abbath success last year means I will be paying close attention to this one.
- I missed this yesterday so I’m sharing it now. Dead To A Dying World released a new track called “Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns”. Of course it’s good, but it’s not fair to dig into it too much until we have an entire album to digest. Remember Litany? Yeah. Like that. But the new album, Elegy, will be out in about one month. Not long to wait.
- Underoath have released a new…. *delete*.
- Let’s check in on Ozzy and his recent health struggles. It seems like he’s doing better, which is a good thing. A reminder that the U.S. leg of his tour is right around the corner.
- Allegaeon dropped a new music video for “Extremophiles (B)”, in the continued build to the April 19th release of Apoptosis. I know at least one person pumped for that album, so let’s see what this clip is all about.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
DISCLAIMER: I’m not really sure this counts as a “review”; I’ve only had Northern Chaos Gods since Friday, which isn’t nearly enough time to fully assess it. Rather, let’s just call this a “brain-dump” — a summation of some things I’ve been pondering about both the album itself and what it means more broadly: for Immortal and beyond. So, here you go.
Outside of metal so much happened this year that it really is mind boggling to think back on it. We lost visionaries and legends, witnessed violence of epic proportions, politics took a huge dive into the void and negativity seemed to reign supreme. And all that is barely scratching the surface. I’m definitely not going to be the one to say that 2017 WILL be better but I will say — let’s attempt to make our little corners of the world better, be better to each other and approach it with some semblance of positivity.
On the flip side of the coin, 2016 was about as strong a year in metal that I personally have seen in ages which was a great thing considering the state of affairs otherwise. As usual, metal was my comfort food and the offerings were bountiful. With that said, making a best of list was extremely difficult. What made the cut is only a fraction of my favorites but they represent what I listened to and enjoyed the most but also are the ones that I returned to an insane amount of times and for endless reasons. Stick a fork in 2016 and let these champions ride you out on a high note. Continue reading
“Take a look at the trail behind you, this is terrain you know. It might reappear again. Now you stare at the path before you, so tell me what is shown. Decipher eternity.”
“Ein Bier… bitte.”