CANTO: Sleep, Periphery, ASG, and More

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Photo Credit: Dana (Distortion) Yavin / Huffington Post UK

Friday’s Friday.

  • Sooooo Sleep did something Sleep would do and dropped (will drop) a surprise new album on 4/20. It’s called The Sciences.
  • Periphery left Sumerian Records. Based on label owner Ash Avildsen’s reaction, it sounds like it went… well.
  • The Boston Marathon was Monday. The dude that won? Super into BabymetalFun fact of the day.
  • ASG dropped a new song ahead of the release of their first album in like… I don’t know a long time. This is “Survive Sunrise” off of Blood Drive (out June 13th.)

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Black Label Society, Wes Scantlin, and More

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1/10/2018. I got nothing today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Houston Open Air, more on Agalloch, and an update from Dave Lombardo

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“Your heart is barren flame. You keep it above your head. Like a torch gone black, you dig in the dark, you dig in the dark.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Many Faces of Manny: “Babymetal”

 

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A few weeks back I tweeted some of my feelings about the phenomenon that is Babymetal. I figured I would take this month’s column to discuss the band in more than 140 characters and to shed light on the connection between their approach and specific aspects of Japanese culture. It may be a very westernized take on the very Japanese export or it could be my college studies (Gender & Women’s Studies with minor focus on Queer Theories) forcing my brain to read between the lines. What I do know, from scouring the internet and from private messages I received, I am not even close to alone in my thinking. In fact, my opinion might constitute the majority, despite many fellow concerned citizens reluctance to speak up. Continue reading

CANTO: Sonata Arctica tour, Devin Townsend’s book, and more

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“Forget the past, are you still believing? Tonight’s denial dominates the dreaming.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey