Do I really need to give you a primer on Christian Death at this point? They’ve been around for over forty years, and while their membership has been a little inconsistent (to put it mildly, but we’ll get there), their overall impact on the musical landscape cannot be understated. Even if you somehow have never heard of them, they fall into a category of bands that I find the history of unique and captivating. They are your favorite band’s favorite band, and on their most recent release, Evil Becomes Rule, they double down on just what makes them so appealing across a wide spectrum of artists and fans.Continue reading
I am… overwhelmed. At least 2022 is off to a fast start in the world of heavy music.
- Speaking of which, we’ll lead in with new stuff from Falls of Rauros. A new track, “Poverty Hymn”, is streaming over at Invisible Oranges. As a reminder, Key To A Vanishing Future is set for a March 25th release through Gilead Media… and we are all very excited.
- Gothic rockers Christian Death have revealed a cover of David Bowie’s “Quicksand”. Here’s the video for it. I’m going to check this out eventually, but eventually is not now. Evil Becomes Rule is out on May 6th through Season of Mist.
- Malevolence have announced a new album, Malicious Intent. Their third full-length album will be released on May 20th through their own MLVLTD label in partnership with Nuclear Blast. Pre-order it here, and check out the first single from that effort, “On Broken Glass”.
- Spite are headlining a U.S. tour this coming May and June (and I guess July) with Boundaries, Vatican, No Zodiac, and Bodybox. Ticket go on sale this coming Friday here.
- And we’ll close with the latest from Hammerfall. This is the new track and video, “Brotherhood”. Hammer of Dawn is out February 25th, this coming Friday, through Napalm Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I truly cannot believe we are just over the hump this week.
- Let’s start with The Space Control Tour 2022, which features the likes of Misery Index, Origin, and Wolf King. That’s an awesome trio. Those dates run through the month of May, kicking off on the 6th in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Friday here.
- Eight Bells premiered a new track and video recently, titled “The Well”, which you can check out here. That’s another one from Legacy of Ruin, which will be out on February 25th through Prophecy Productions.
- I’ve heard really good things from the new Midnight album, Let There Be Witchery, so I suppose it would be a good idea to include new material from that one. So, here’s “Nocturnal Molestation“. That album drops on March 4th through Metal Blade.
- Another one from Metal Blade today features Satan. Their sixth studio album, Earth Infernal, is set for an April 1st release. You can pre-order that, and check out “Burning Portrait”, right here.
- We’ll close with new material from Christian Death. Evil Becomes Rule is out on May 6th through Season of Mist, and a visualizer for “Blood Moon” is available below. They’ve also got May tour dates coming up, so make sure you get in on that as well.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Things just keep getting weirder and weirder…
- Big news for Ingested, who have been added to the Metal Blade Records roster. Quite a way to celebrate their 15th anniversary as a band, as well as the 10th anniversary of their sophomore effort, The Surreption, which saw a complete re-recording this year.
- Gothic rock legends Christian Death are reissuing the 1985 EP The Wind Kissed Pictures on November 19th through Season of Mist. That will be available on vinyl format for the first time in 30 years, so if you’re interested I’d recommend jumping on that quickly.
- Kolossus released a new lyric video for “The Last Of The Titans”, the first track from the upcoming new album, K. That album is set to be released on October 22nd through My Kingdom Music.
- Let’s close with the latest video from Full of Hell, for “Eroding Shell”. Garden of Burning Apparitions drops on October 1st through Relapse Records, and I personally cannot wait to hear this beast in full. Soon…
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
British punk rock, which was built from American blues, soul and early R&B, gave birth to many forms of music. For children of the 80s across the pond in rural America none were more important than post-punk, goth and, eventually, industrial and metal. Even saccharin pop acts like Spandau Ballet started out as aggressive, groove-oriented bands playing dancehalls in London. Thus, the goth movement is built on more than just pale faces and platform boots. The bands are not only talented and compositionally sound but also inspirational and, for the most part, they sound happier than their genre would imply. Alaric lean heavily on the post-punk school of British goth-tinged rock for their sound and on End of Mirrors they achieve a rebirth of the genre not seen in America since 1980s Christian Death or 1990s Switchblade Symphony. Continue reading