In any form of art, there’s something magical about the “early works,” those seminal points of origin that set the course for wider narrative. It’s like the moment when the archaeologist finds and examines the fossil that ties together the map of disparate species. Or like the literary researcher who finally reaches the shelf with all the old texts, dusts them off and sets to work. Early extreme metal is a lot like this. There’s that turn around 1985 when you hear bands start to pull away from classical heavy metal. The guitar and bass picking patterns change, the vocals begin to lose their pitch, and the double-bass drum steadily becomes more important. Certain records appear and you realize, “wait, this isn’t really thrash anymore is it?” Buckle up and ride with us through The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal. Continue reading
I have so much delicious music to listen to this coming month. So exciting.
- Starting off with some news about a real shit break for Wormrot. They were U.S. bound for a run of shows that included MDF. They made it… but none of their clothes or equipment did. It sounds like things might be turning around, but this is still a total pain in the ass. And it’s not the first stroke of misfortune they’ve dealt with. All the best for these dudes.
- Monolord have announced a shiny new North America tour this coming August and September. It follows Psycho Las Vegas and includes a couple dates with Red Fang. So that’s really cool.
- The Heavy Scotland lineup is complete. Notables include Children of Bodom, Carcass, and Ensiferum. I would like to go to this someday.
- Have we shared that new Ghost song, “Dance Macabre” yet? No? ok.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
10/3/2017. It’s October now. I skipped Monday because I forgot.
- Aura Noir will be touring North America later this month with their classic lineup for the first time ever. There’s only a handful of dates, but this is a good one to catch if you can.
- Watain have announced a 7-inch Nuclear Alchemy will drop on October 31st. This single should give us a taste of what their upcoming full-length, due out in January, will be all about.
- Septicflesh have announced a co-headlining North America tour with Dark Funeral. Support will come in the form of Thy Antichrist. Count me in.
- Tom Petty has passed away at 66. It’s been a sad week. Goodbye to a legend. RIP.
- Turning things just around a bit, how about the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest 2018 news? Carcass, At The Gates, Mayhem, and a boatload of amazing beer. Sounds like heaven. Hell?
No video today, sorry.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
“I can’t feel my bones, the blood has all dried up. I am caught in-between. I can’t feel my bones, the blood has all dried up. I’m not even dead.”
- Lots to cover today. Let’s start with a tour. Carcass has announced a run of shows with Deafheaven and Inter Arma. They will cover a decent portion of the U.S. this coming November.
- Lots of Metallica stuff to catch up on from last week (I was lazy). They released a new song called “Hardwired” and announced a new double album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which will be out on November 18th.
- More tour stuff because why not? The Dillinger Escape Plan has dropped some heavy news on us recently, because quitting and stuff. But before any of that happens, they will be touring October and November in the United States. Last chance to dance? Looks that way.
- Sad news out of Architects from this weekend. Guitarist Tom Searle passed at the age of 28 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
- Devin Townsend released another new song. This one is called “Secret Sciences.” Let’s listen to it.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
With just a couple of days until the guys leave for Migration Fest, Corey returns to the fold for another Concert Pod! He talks about seeing Exmortus, Spellcaster and Seven Spires in Boston, as well as Skeletonwitch, Magic Circle, Lich King and Black Mass in Somerville, MA. Dan, on the other hand? He’s got stories from Carcass and Paul McCartney to speak of.
All that and much, much more in Episode 53, so jump on in and take a listen!
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Keep it heavy,