Some good news today from the metal world!
- Planning For Burial will be streaming a live acoustic show on March 21st through Facebook Live (here is the event link). While it’s a bummer the in-person show couldn’t go on as planned, this alternative is pretty dang cool.
- Converge have released a 30 minute long experimental version of their track “Aimless Arrow”. This is a really cool thing. It’s available on Bandcamp now, so I hope you know what you need to do without me telling you.
- Sorcerer revealed details behind a new album, Lamenting of the Innocent, which drops on May 29th through Metal Blade Records. You can stream the first track from that album, “The Hammer of Witches”, right now.
- Katatonia have unveiled another song and video from the upcoming new album, City Burials, and the track is called “Behind The Blood”. Legit, this is some of the best Katatonia I’ve ever heard. That album is out on April 24th and yes I already pre-ordered it.
Ein Bier… bitte.”
Jesus what a week. I thought I might be done eulogizing after Neil Peart’s tragic passing, and then immediately following that post I found out Sean Reinert passed away. I’ve never made it a secret that Human is my favorite death album, and as much as I love everything Chuck does, it’s because that album has what is, in my opinion, his best backing band. The Reinert/Masvidal/DiGiorgio combination that lead to songs like “Together As One” and “Lack of Comprehension” was incomparably important to the world of heavy music, to say nothing of Reinert and Masvidal’s accomplishments in Cynic on top of that. Heavy music lost nothing short of an icon, one of the best drummers in the game and a tireless voice for acceptance and inclusion in the world of heavy metal. I’ll be feeling this loss for quite some time, but we can and will still celebrate the work Sean left us with. — (ed.) And, of course, Reed Mullin, RIP and fly on brother. Death needs to take a break.
There are some people whose presence on this earth are so large that you can’t imagine living in a world without them. For the world of rock music, Neil Peart was one of those powers. When I was a young man I thought I couldn’t stand Rush, mostly due to my distaste of Geddy Lee’s voice. Thankfully I got over myself eventually, but even in my days when I didn’t like the band, I always counted Neal Peart as one of the best drummers I’ve ever heard. There’s no one, Rush fan or not, who I ever heard call him anything less than the best. I’m sad we won’t hear any more of him, but his legacy will be here forever.
Here are some tunes.
Off to a photo event! Don’t worry, it’s at a brewery.
- If anyone is/was familiar with Austin Terror Fest, it’s now called Oblivion Access. It will take place next June 5th through 7th and there are some killer bands on the bill, including Primitive Man, Swans, and Converge. And there are many more bands still to be announced. Yay.
- Cattle Decapitation has a new album out next week. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I will be soon. If you want some more hype for that release, check out this short film from Wes Benscoter for “The Unerasable Past”, which actually features a couple tracks from the new album.
- I’m going to drop a few new videos at you tonight, just for the hell of it. This next one comes from Death Angel, who released one for “Immortal Behated”. That one is taken from Humancide, which is available now through Nuclear Blast.
- Finally, Sabaton have released a new track with Apocalyptica called “Angels Calling”. Check it out below. Sabaton is touring extensively in Europe in early 2020, and we told you about the Apocalyptica stuff yesterday. I think.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Only Canto this week. It’s what happens when you get back into town on a Tuesday night and immediately leave again the following Friday.
- Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest 2020 has released the first round of bands — Converge, Satan, Napalm Death, Mayhem… — and breweries — Broken Goblet, 3 Floyds, Yards… — this is gonna be a party. Maybe this time I will make it.
- Wilderun dropped a new song and lyric video from their upcoming new album, Veil of Imagination. The track is called “The Tyranny of Imagination”. Dabble, yes? That album drops November 1st, in case you needed a reminder. (You didn’t.)
- Mortiis has been busy as well. A new album, titled “Spirit Of Rebellion”, will be out on January 24th. Furthermore, there are a decent number of live dates both here and in the EU penned for the rest of 2019 and early 2020.
- Hour Of Penance dropped a new music video for a track called “Blight And Conquer”. Isn’t pixel art fun? Misotheism is out October 25th on Agonia Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”