Welcome back readers. Saturday is upon us once more, and with it comes another of our world famous (ok, maybe not yet) mixtapes for you. The year is only one-third over and we’ve already been graced with a preposterous amount of good music lately, and this week in particular we got the first new track from the upcoming Yellow Eyes album, who are one of my favorite bands in existence, let alone in black metal. That one’s not on Youtube, so you can have that for free. We’ve tried to cram as much of it here as we can; here’s hoping it provides the soundtrack to a kick-ass day for you. Cheers!
It’s snowing. I’m drinking.
- Quick tour announcement from Yatra to kick things off. The doom metallers out of Maryland will be covering a solid portion of the Midwest-ish with dates throughout March. No dates anywhere near me, but this should be a fun one.
- Inter Arma is a name we haven’t mentioned in awhile. Time to change that! They’ve announced their next LP, titled Sulphur English, will be out April 12th via Relapse Records. Even better news? You guessed it. You can hear a new track RIGHT NOW. It’s called “Citadel”.
- Hey, has anyone seen this Desertfest 2019 lineup yet? Holy crap. I don’t see myself getting to London in three months, but those that can will be treated to Amenra, Om, Skraeckoedlan and many other awesome acts. Jealous.
- Aligning with a European tour announcement, Exumer has released a new video for the title track from their upcoming album, Hostile Defiance, which drops on April 5th. Side note: You seeing these release dates? Lots of April babies in the metal world this year.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
It was an honor joining the Nice Circles team this year. I started a series of posts called A Headbanger’s Journey that I hope to continue into 2018. Late to the party, I bought an absurd amount of music at the end of the year, much of it from the excellent Nine Circles coverage and I’m just now coming up for breath. In 2016 I went back in time to investigate the early death metal classics of the late 80’s/early 90’s and this year, I did the same with classic punk and hardcore. Both of those genres inform my current listening and are reflected in this list. So, let’s see where the rubber hits the road. Continue reading
This past year, I was fortunate enough to attend 35 different metal performances. There were a couple of duplicates (This Will Destroy You), but for the most part each performance was unique and left an impression in its own way. So, in going back through the past year and finally deciding to tally these shows, I thought it’d be a worthwhile idea to go over some highlights. You’ve obviously seen the more detailed concert reviews the days and weeks following various shows here, but the goal here is a high level recap of my favorites. This has proven more taxing than I would have anticipated, however. Looking back now, I don’t think there was a single show that I did not get at least something out of. Regardless, in no particular order, here are nine (ten?) performances that stood out to me last year. Continue reading