Ok so, current events happened — blah, blah. No time to waste this week as we have a TON of new metal to get into so waste not here we go: Casket Huffer rule the week with a limited vinyl and digital release of their absolutely sick death metal debut Gospels of Scum. There’s no amount of words I can say here to convince you to pick this up but trust me when I say you NEED this album in your life, period. Next up is Artificial Brain with Infrared Horizon and honestly this is a mindf**k of a technical death metal (not tech death) album but in the best of ways so DO check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Moving on, everyone’s favorite Finns Foreseen return with their second full length Grave Danger and if you loved Helsinki Savagery (most of you did) then you will feel the same about this thrashtastic album, jump on it. Rounding out the opening slots is Night Demon with their second full length of wickedly good and classically tinged heavy metal, Darkness Remains — yes it is every bit as good as their debut and yes it is every bit as catchy, pick it up for the sake of all things metal. There you have it with the opening salvo but I did say there is a TON to wade through so get cracking, right after the jump.
If we’re gonna talk about Artificial Brain and their new behemoth of an album Infrared Horizon, we need to talk about space. And I don’t mean space as in the overall concept of the record, or indeed of the band’s thematic palette. I’m talking about the space in between notes, the dynamic release of tension that is essential in order to break apart the monotony that a record this dense can easily fall prey to.
In other words, let me tell you how Artificial Brain learned every lesson they needed to learn in order to craft one of the best death metal albums of the year. Continue reading
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,
Cells scattered in electronic ghosts of pulse. Dreams of futile flesh. Hindsight’s remembrance of members and bowels. Heroes of hopes broken, throw in the towel. Wisdom and crafts of the pioneers – never lose them in these cold years. Broken, dreamless in frozen worship. Into the necrosphere, beyond the world of waking men. Where horror and moral terror are your friends. Continue reading
Tuesday has brought us more awesome stuff from 2014! I hope everyone is enjoying these reviews as much as I am. More tomorrow. But now, it’s time for some Quickies:
- Let’s kick things off with a couple of 2015 tours that have potential: Enslaved and Yob (Horns Up will definitely be at this one) and then Electric Wizard (maybe…).
- Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? How about Killswitch Engage? If you said yes to either of these questions, lucky you! Killswitch will be writing a new song for the show. If answered no to either of these questions… well, we should be friends. Lunch?
- Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, featuring Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), seem to be back at work. Maybe 2015 will actually bring us something?
- How about a crazy new animated music video? Artificial Brain’s ‘Absorbing Black Ignition’. It’s very trippy. I approve.
- Are you getting in the holiday spirit? Well, if not, this Immortal sock-puppet Christmas song should help:
That’s good fun. The commentary at the end really pisses me off, however.
That’s enough for today. Guess what tomorrow brings? More album revisits!
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.