It’s the beginning of the end. Of the year. This shitty, terrifying, mind-screw of a year. But you know what? It’s also the beginning of list making, which by now (if you’ve been reading me over the last four years) you realize I relish even as I qualify and condition every list I make. As per usual I kicked it off with a list of great albums that – for various reasons – didn’t make my main lists, but that didn’t make them any less special. Every album does that for me: even the ones I don’t connect with tell me something about how I connect with music, and sometimes that’s just as important as finding an album that does make that connection. Continue reading
This may come as a surprise, but I’m ready for a beer.
- Mr. Bungle has announced a virtual concert experience that will take place on Halloween. Tickets for “The Night They Came Home!” can be purchased here. There are some cool bundles that also include The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny… so, you know what to do.
- U.S. black metal crew Uthullun will release their first LP on November 13th through Wolves Of Hades, titled Dirges for the Void. You can pre-order the digital album through Bandcamp, or the vinyl through the label.
- And as always, a couple tasty new tracks to share. We’ll start with “The Past”, from Helfir. The Journey drops on November 6th through My Kingdom Music, but check out the new track over at Friedhof Magazine.
- Lastly, the new video from Cult of Lilith for “Atlas”. Mara is out now worldwide through Metal Blade Records. That new video can viewed immediately below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Not sure how much worse 2020 can get but, tomorrow is coming. So, there’s that. New metal this week kicks off with the bearded savages known as Allfather who have an EP up for grabs with two killer new tracks and some killer live cuts from their past—-this freaking rips so get on it. Cult of Lilith chart some untread progressive death metal waters on their excellent full length debut, supergroup Cobra Spell offer up a blazing EP of sleazy, shredding (think Sunset Strip in the 80s) heavy metal, and progressive metallers Oceans of Slumber return with their fourth full length. Dive in, grab some metal, and buckle up for who knows what the hell is coming next.
Iceland’s Cult of Lilith are technically a young band in the sense that they only have one EP available but with the release of their impending full length debut Mara they stand to crush it in the death metal scene with a sound that’s akin to modern heavy weights in the scene but with their own unique take on it and unique use of odd instruments to firmly place the exclamation mark on it all. Harpsichord, 80s style synth, and intriguing songcraft make this band stand out from the crowd like an orange flag in a sea of black.
Sorry this is coming at you so late… no I’m not.
- Lamb of God coming our way with some interesting collaboration updates. Looks like they are teaming up with Nightflyer Roastworks to create what will be called Memento Mori Coffee. Mmmmm… caffeine.
- A couple new videos today. The first comes from Cult of Lilith, for “Purple Tide”. Their debut full-length drops on September 4th through Metal Blade Records, titled Mara.
- Anaal Nathrakh will release their 11th full-length, Endarkenment, via Metal Blade Records, on October 2nd. They released the title-track today as well, which is fine. But that album art is, uh, something.
- Primitive Man dropped a new music video for “Entity”, taken from the upcoming new album, Immersion. That one drops on August 14th through Relapse Records. And yes, it is heavy as shit.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”