Welcome to another Saturday, weekend warriors. We all collectively pulled through another one. Why not treat yourself? Kick back, try not to think about all the fun everyone’s having at Roadburn, and plug in some headphones. We’ve got a brand new mixtape for you, chock full of good stuff old and new, metal and not. Something for everyone.
Leading off with some sad news from Manilla Road: founder Mark “The Shark” Sheltonpassed away unexpectedly at age 60. No further details are available, but…this really sucks. A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the associated expenses, and we encourage you to donate if you can.
Next up, Crowhurst has signed with Prophecy Productions. They (he?) will also be playing Prophecy Fest in Brooklyn this November. So, good stuff if you’re into Crowhurst.
Not sure if y’all heard, but Pestilence — or more to the point, mastermind Patrick Mameli — has had himself a bad coupl’a days on the internets. As a result of his, erm…activities…the band’s North American tour has been cancelled. It’s unclear whether this will affect their participation at next year’s assorted Deathfests, but at least he has those Dexter Holland-Offspring dreads going for him? (/kills self)
This one’s from Sunday, but seeing as this is the first Canto post of the week…Bloodbath has apparently finished recording their next album. Want more information? Well, you’re S.O.L. That’s literally all they’ve told us.
Interesting little Metallica tidbit here: in Spotify’s latest earnings call, CEO Daniel Ek revealed that the band uses listener data to tailor its live setlists on a city-by-city basis. That’s…honestly, just a really neat and forward-thinking thing! Good on ’em. Unfortunately, there’s probably about a thousand basement chuds who are gonna protest it BECAUSE VIOLATION OF ARR FREEDOMS or something.
And finally, let’s close it out with a couple of cool humans doing a cool thing. Psalm Zero‘s Charlie Looker arranged a cover of Pyrrhon‘s “Empty Tenement Spirit” for a 17-piece orchestra, and then Pyrrhon frontman Doug Moore sang along during the live performance. Check it out:
Goddamn, that was one of the neatest things I’ve seen in quite a while. Anyway, that’ll do it for now. Have a good weekend — especially if you’re at Migration Fest — and check back soon for more updates!
Los Angeles based experimental black metal act Crowhurst are back with a vengeance on their new album II. Fans of last years self-titled album or even the act’s older works will have much to rejoice about. Continue reading →
It’s time for Episode 47 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!
This week, the guys discuss new albums from Royal Thunder, Crowhurst and Délétère, and Dan gushes about his fourth Diarrhea Planet concert—even though, okay, they’re not metal. Plus, a tribute to Khaotika and Wormreich following their tragic van accident.
All that and much, much more in this week’s episode, so check it out!
“There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no real harmony as we have conceived it.”
Most of the time, it’d probably feel a bit weird starting an album review by analyzing of its final song, but in Crowhurst‘s case, it’s oddly fitting. The experimental black metal band’s new, self-titled album closes with “Luna Falsata,” a sprawling, noisy, nine-minute epic. In a terrific guest spot, Oxbow vocalist Eugene Robinson uses his full range to interpret and deliver a Werner Herzog monologue about the vileness and obscenity of the jungle, winding things down with the line above. In the context of Crowhurst—which uses every one of its excellent, 40-odd minutes to create that exact kind of misery and disharmony—it feels all too appropriate. Continue reading →