Since it’s the weekend, finally, I tried some Wild Turkey “Longbranch” which is a collaboration between the ‘Turkey’ and Matthew McConaughey. My conclusion is: it’s just alright, alright, alright. Humor mileage will vary there and just to be clear, anytime is the right time for bourbon and not just the weekend. Anywho, so it’s been a couple weeks since the last playlist and I’m sure you missed it…right? Whether yay or nay, we’ve got another batch of tunes that have, in one way or another, struck a chord or made us reminisce or whatever we did with them. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here then head immediately below for a good Saturday jam session. AND if you feel particularly froggy, leave your own playlist picks in the comments. What did we miss? What’s scratched your itch? We must know.
Have a good weekend and we’ll see you next week.
I had two tests today, and I’m basically brain dead. This will be short. Here goes:
- Leading off, Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from the band this morning. I’m bummed. Wasn’t nuts about 2016’s Nattesferd, of course, but those first two albums are still gold — plus, Erlend was a big part of what made these guys so great in a live setting. We’ll see what happens from here.
- Behemoth announced its fall Ecclesia Diabolica North America tour, with support from At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. Kinda feels like the Carcass / Deafheaven / Inter Arma trek a few years back; I’m here for all these guys, but none of them really make a ton of sense with the others? Oh well.
- Apparently, Tengger Cavalry is back together, and has a new song out called “Heart” out. Cool?
- More tour dates! Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire and good gawd, y’all, I need to be at this show. September 27 at Voltage Lounge, I’m comin’ for ya.
- Decibel announced a couple of more bands for the forthcoming West Coast edition of its annual Metal and Beer Fest. Joining the ranks now are The Black Dahlia Murder, Khemmis and Trappist. It’s not a competition, but…so far, this version’s beating the Philly one pretty handily.
- And finally, we’ve got one left over from the weekend: Philly hardcore crew Jesus Piece dropped a new tune that the kids might describe as “flames.” Check out “Neuroprison” below:
The band’s new album, Only Self, will be out August 24 via Southern Lord. Pre-orders are available on both Bandcamp, as well as the label’s website. That’ll do it for now — check back soon for more!
Keep it heavy,
It’s gross outside. Let’s talk metal for a bit and forget about the moistness of this Monday afternoon. Here’s some news you might have missed from today:
- Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the first wave of bands playing its 17th edition next Memorial Day. The highlights from this crop? Immolation, Pestilence, Mortician, Vomitory, Tomb Mold, Full of Hell and a bunch more. Peep the full list here — and maybe think about starting your anti-cancellation prayers ahead of time. Like, today.
The Satanic Temple this week announced litigation against Twitter, alleging religious discrimination related to the suspension and lack of account verification. Its statement to supporters details the matter:
Marc J. Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, PLLC, representing TST for this case further stated: “When Twitter installed its Orwellian-named ‘Trust and Safety Council,’ free speech advocates sensed immediately that this would become a censorship board. However, none of us could have predicted exactly how discriminatory and arbitrary Twitter would be. Twitter has decided who it disfavors, politically, ethnically, and religiously, and they get significantly less free expression rights on Twitter than its favored groups. Enough is enough. Satanists are equal to any other religious adherents under the law and deserve to be treated equally. If Twitter disagrees, then it should be prepared to explain why its ‘Trust and Safety Council’ believes that it should favor one religion over another – consistent with the Civil Rights laws.”
You may recall the law firm from its defense of neo-Nazis, use of anti-Native American slurs, and CodePink. More on this case soon, surely.
Earlier this year, Behemoth issued an in-full performance of its legendary album The Satanist, recorded in its home country before a live crowd. Messe Noire is the resulting audio/visual package and the results are quite stunning if you enjoy Behemoth. “O Father O Satan O Sun” and other classics are featured, of course, as its the band’s usual theatrics. Get a preview here:
For a stretch of time, this space profiled some of the most legendary and emergent black metal and infernally infused extreme music. Whether it was Behemoth or Diocletian, it was all deliciously dark magic worth your time.
It’s been a lively few days. Between the arrest of James Larkin on human trafficking charges to the 13th annual exorcists convention hosted by the Vatican (the decline of Christianity and rise of the Internet are driving the exorcism business) to the long-winding Septicflesh/Dark Funeral tour, the (sinister) heavens have much to rejoice about this week. On the down side, French protesters are seeking to shut down Hellfest on charges of Satanism, and two of Rotting Christ’s members were jailed this week in the country of Georgia, allegedly for practicing Satanism. Capping it all off with the day every doughnut shop eagerly awaits seems fitting.
Finally this week, Sentient Ruin and Argento Records announced they would jointly issue French black metal act Novae Militiae’s 2017 album Gash’khalah to vinyl and cassette. The digital release of infernal noise and throwback black metal fury came out last year. “Black Temple Consecration” is among the beauties of this release.