Happy Friday, everyone! I have nothing further to add beyond that.
So this is awesome. Crowbar is touring with Spirit Adrift this summer, beginning July 16th and running through August 27th. Not sure how I missed this update earlier in the week. Alas, no stops right in my backyard, but where there’s a will… there’s a way.
The Halo Effect unveiled another new single, titled “The Needless End”. Curiously, after loving the first single, I kind of lost sight of this project. Regardless, their debut album, titled Days Of The Lost, is out on August 12th through Nuclear Blast.
Haunt are releasing their seventh full-length album, Windows of Your Heart, on July 1st through Iron Grip and Church Recordings, and today they unveiled a new lyric video for “Mercenaries”.
We’re going to wrap up with the ferocious new track from Inhuman Condition, titled “I’m Now The Monster”. That’s the third single taken from Fearsick, which is out on July 15th through Listenable Insanity Records.
The month of April is going to be absolutely insane.
Following up on the release of Zero And Below, Kirk Windstein breaks down the latest Crowbar effort in this video. It’s a great album, and if you still need a copy of it, here ya go.
Street Sects are back with the final installment of their Gentrification single series. Gentrification V: Whitewashed will be out through The Flenser on May 20th. Check out “History is Everyone’s Fuck” here. They’ll also be on tour this coming August and September, which is cool.
New York City deathgrinders Skullshitter are releasing a new full-length on May 6th through Nerve Altar, titled Goat Claw. The opening track, “Angel of Decay”, is available for streaming here.
Sharing this news about Stoned Jesus because that might be my favorite band name ever. Anyway, they just signed on with Season of Mist, where they’ll release their fifth full-length eventually.
And we’ll close with something a little different. Below is the latest video from Chastity for “Happy Face”. That’s a track taken from Suffer Summer, which is out through Deathwish Inc. and Dine Alone Records.
So this latest Carcass tour is enticing. With support from Immolation and Creeping Death, they’ll be hitting the road through most of the month of May, starting on the 12th in Austin. Tickets can be scooped up this coming Friday.
Can’t wait until Friday to hear Dread Reaver in full? Well, I have good news for you. Abbath is streaming his latest album in full a few days ahead of the release date. Give it a listen here. Spoiler alert: it’s quite good. That one is out through Season of Mist.
RippleFest Texas revealed their full 2022 lineup, and it’s a good one. The Sword, Crowbar, Spirit Adrift, and The Obsessed, to name a few, are all coming together for what should be an awesome weekend. The festival is set for July 21st through 24th, and tickets can be acquired here.
Out of Pelagic Records, we have a new album coming from psychedelic metal collective Druids. Shadow Work is set for a June 3rd release, and you can stream the first track from that album, “Ide’s Koan”, immediately below.
Crowbar is a band that has long been in legendary status. They’ve blazed a path in sludge metal since 1990 and have roots as far back as 1979. They’ve influenced about as many bands as people they’ve played in front of throughout the world and through all this, and on album number twelve, they are still as heavy and vital as ever. Zero and Below is a beast of an album that is as much of the band’s legacy as powdered sugar is to beignets or butter to crawfish. But, it’s also an album that continues the trajectory of one of the most beloved bands in the history of metal. Sludge would be an entirely different animal if not for Crowbar and their savage riffs coupled with Kirk’s gravelly vocals, and Zero and Below is yet another triumph in a long line of them. Buke sat down with Kirk Windstein (aka RIFF LORD) and discussed the new album and how it feels to be on album number twelve, the NOLA music scene and how all its musicians create the most original and unique sounds as well as how it feels like one big family, a bit of Crowbar history and how Kirk got started on the guitar, a lifelong fandom of KISS and his favorite member, Kirk’s love of animals, absolutely zero retirement plans in the works, and a whole host of other topics.
This is a killer conversation, so grab your beverage of choice and settle in for a wicked edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.
As the world keeps laying dull turds at our feet, the music just gets better and better. At least there’s that. For this week’s new release batch, we’ve got several examples of my previous statement and first up is everyone’s favorite demon rocker, Midnight, who are nothing if not incredibly reliable when it comes to needing something fast, dangerous, and wickedly good. Following that we’ve got sludge from the all time great riff lords Crowbar, death metal with a side of blackened char from Hath, a stunning return from Vio-Lence who prove they haven’t lost a thrashy step in all these years, and a bunch more worthy of your time in the list that follows. So, keep expecting those turds, but absolutely keep supporting great music. Seemingly, it only gets better from here.