CANTO: Alice Cooper, Vouna, Auðn, and More

Not a bad start to a fresh work week.

  • And all of a sudden, tour alerts are all over the place. We’ll start this week with the news that In This Moment have announced a tour with Black Veil Brides, this September through November. Tickets go on sale this coming Friday, and can be purchased here.
  • The next tour (out of two, I promise) we’ll announce features Alice Cooper, with special guest Ace Frehley. Those dates are in September and October of this year, with those tickets also going on sale this coming Friday. Here’s the purchase link. Side note, I should probably check out Detroit Stories at same point because… duh.
  • Vouna, the project featuring multi-instrumentalist Yianna Bekris, has nailed down July 16th as the release date for Atropos. The new album will be out through Profound Lore, and the digital album can be pre-ordered at this location. Check out the first single, “Highest Mountain”, while you’re over there.
  • This was one of those rare days where I knew what video I wanted to close without having to think about it. This is the latest clip from Auðn for “Vökudraumsins fangi”, the title-track from last year’s album, which was released through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Quickies: Belarus goes Metallica… and it’s wonderful!

Aerosmith. Now filed under the ‘Old as Dirt’ category.

I can dig it!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

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Monday Merriment: That time Black Veil Brides were mistaken for girls

Metal Monday, everyone! You may have noticed the lack of a Sunday Side-Splitter post this past weekend, and for once, this was not due to Corey or myself getting tied up with other commitments in our schedules. As we mentioned in Episode 26, we’re making some changes to try and streamline the Horns Up experience, both online and on the podcast. One of our strategies on that front? No more weekend content. Because who wants to sit at their computer and look at a blog post over the weekend? Henceforth, we’ll be posting new episodes of the podcast every FRIDAY (except in extreme circumstances) and, more to the point for this particular post, have moved our Sunday Side-Splitter series to Monday and renamed it “Monday Merriment.” It’ll be exactly the same idea, just a different alliteration and day on the calendar.

That being said, for this week’s edition of Monday Merriment, we’re going to revisit a story that, yes, we already Quickie’d earlier this year, but that’s also hilarious enough to bear repeating in full. Let’s talk about that time Black Veil Brides almost drowned, and then were mistaken for ladies by the lifeguards that saved them!

Thankfully, the incident (which starts about 2:30 into the video above) was documented on an episode of the Australian reality TV show Bondi Rescue, because I for one feel the world is a better place for having this opportunity to make fun of Black Veil Brides. I’m not going to play the masculine/feminine card to describe certain types of music, because that’s a can of worms best left unopened. However, the idea of an incredibly image-conscious band (from album to album, they’ve gone from looking like characters from a Tim Burton anime wet dream to looking like a poor man’s Avenged Sevenfold) having so poorly-defined a real-life image as to be mistaken for the opposite gender…it’s pretty damn hilarious. Also, look at the second promo photo–I’d probably mistake the two band members on the right hand side for ladies 8 times out of 10.

People may criticize my choice here because it could have involved someone drowning, and it’s never fun to make fun of death, blah blah blah. To that, I say: “almost.” They almost drowned, presumably because they went out into the ocean despite an apparent inability to swim. They did not, however, drown. So therefore this is stupid and hilarious. Also, one of the band members calls himself Jinxx, so he deserves all of the laughter.

Anyway, that’ll do it for this week’s Monday Merriment. Check back for Quickies later on!


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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 21 (September 12, 2014)

It’s time for Episode 21 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys rave about their recent concert experiences with Fucked Up and Arsis / Allegaeon, slowly begin to come to terms with the new In Flames album “Siren Charms,” and begin to realize that football leadership–whether at a professional or college level–is really shitting the bed lately!

All that and much, much more in Episode 21, so check it out!

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Quickies: May 16, 2014

What a week it’s been, folks! Corey’s out at Mastodon / Gojira / Kvelertak tonight, so you’ve got me on the Quickies for a change! Lots to cover in today’s edition, so let’s not waste any time–here’s what we missed today:

Not sure I’ll ever be able to un-hear that one. Anyway, metal Friday to all of you, and check back tomorrow for Episode 6 and The Dump!


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