It is Saturday, my friends. Get yourself a cup of your morning beverage of choice and get ready for another of our weekly mixtapes. This week we’ve got a Battle of the Batushkas, a Not Metal band that I think is heavier than a good chunk of metal bands, and a brand new jam from the Florida sons in Torche. Look upon our works, ye mighty, and despair.
Consider this day officially humped. About to head home and get set to record Episode 15, but why not have a little Quickies first? See what I did there? Ha! Of course you didn’t. Anyway, here’s what we missed in the world of metal today:
- Let’s kick things off with a tip of the hat to Indonesia, who yesterday elected the world’s (presumably) first metalhead president, Joko Widodo. Better yet, the BBC claims Widodo is seen as a “clean politician in touch with the masses.” Golly, what a concept!
- Today’s second hat-tip goes to the UK justice system, which rightly denied the pile of human excrement known as Ian Watkins his appeal for a reduced prison sentence.
- Ozzy Osbourne announced another Greatest Hits compilation, titled Memoirs of a Madman. Because, you know, The Ozzman Cometh, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne and Prince of Darkness weren’t enough.
- This week’s Billboard chart is out, and…meh. Not much to see here. But I’d be lying if the nine-year-old in me wasn’t kinda pumped to see Weird Al Yankovic hit No. 1.
- Cue collective groans from metalheads the world over, as the members of Castevet have announced they’ve broken up.
- And finally, Rolling Stone filmed a video “lesson” with Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi for its “Young Guns” guitar hero series. Check it out:
If ever you wanted to feel totally musically inadequate, the tapping lick at around 6:40 should help get you there just fine. Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for a new #tbt!
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.