Admittedly, I get drawn to high-minded concept, philosophical lyrics or cerebral, progressive elements that stretch the limits of the genres in metal all the time. I love an album that is evocative, that makes me think about the world around me in new ways. Equally as much, I love an album that’s ignorantly heavy and chock full of crushing, guttural brutality with just a hint of tasty experimentation, and sometimes it’s exactly what I need. Thankfully, there’s Germany’s tech/brutal death metal veterans Defeated Sanity and their sixth installment The Sanguinary Impetus to smash my brain into a pulp. Continue reading
If you’re reading this, I highly recommend doing your research on all the new metals we’ve got this week and particularly the lead off four albums. I’m not Australian but CRIKEY this is a good week. How good? Read on… Gaerea had a great debut album two years ago but now, on their sophomore effort, they have an excellent album that’s equal parts dark black metal and thundering melodies—they truly have found their calling here. Next up is a trio of death metal delights: Exhibit A is of the technical / brutal persuasion from Defeated Sanity which is a barnburner of epic proportions, if you can get past the production. Exhibit B is of the technical (not tech) variety from Ahtme and is a blast from start to finish, plus that crazy album art. And, Exhibit C is of the “all in but the kitchen sink” variety from Writhing and while it is very short, it’s a whole lot of ass kicking in six minutes. So, four down and tons more to go. Explore, explore and the more you will know. Poet and didn’t know it…and all…whatever. Continue reading
Why doesn’t it feel like the weekend?
- Couple tours to throw at you today. The first features Origin, who will be cruising around North America with Beneath The Massacre, Wake, and Defeated Sanity. Those dates run through March and early April.
- The next tour comes from Yob, who not only announced some west coast and European dates in March and May, but also an appearance at Fire In The Mountains. Man, really wish I could go this year. Maybe 2021.
- Hexvessel dropped the first single from their upcoming album. Kindred isn’t out until March 20th (on Svart Records), but “Demian” can be streamed right now.
- Lastly, because this seems like a fun thing for a Friday, here is a new video from Macabre for “The Ted Bundy Song”. For those that may not remember, that was a track from 1993’s Sinister Slaughter. Their entire discography is now available digitally, which is why they are celebrating with this throwback. Fun!
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
It’s gross outside. Let’s talk metal for a bit and forget about the moistness of this Monday afternoon. Here’s some news you might have missed from today:
- Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the first wave of bands playing its 17th edition next Memorial Day. The highlights from this crop? Immolation, Pestilence, Mortician, Vomitory, Tomb Mold, Full of Hell and a bunch more. Peep the full list here — and maybe think about starting your anti-cancellation prayers ahead of time. Like, today.
March 23, 2017
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
- To support their new album, Heartless, (which drops TOMORROW!!!!) Pallbearer have announced a run of tour dates throughout the U.S. and Europe. Support will come from Marissa Nadler, Kayo Dot, Pinkish Black, and unfortunately not my wallet, as there’s no Philly date. Oh well, I did pre-order the album.
- Sad news from the world of Negură Bunget, as founding drummer Gabriel “Negru” Mafa has passed away at age 42. Not much is known about the circumstances surrounding Mafa’s passing, but…that’s just far, far too young to go. Rest in peace, Gabriel.
- Speaking of tour dates, Fates Warning have announced a set of their own! Nice to see they’ll be hitting such thriving metropoli as Patchogue, NY, and Joliet, IL.
- Some great news from the Eyehategod camp, as frontman Mike IX Williams, has revealed he’s recovering well from the liver transplant he underwent back in December. They’ve also announced some shows coming up in April — one of which is at Philly’s First Unitarian Church. Irony: TOP SCORE.
- Clutch have announced their first-ever Earth Rocker festival, which will take place on May 20 in Shivey, WV. Support acts include Lucero, The Sword and a whole bunch of others. Plus, tickets are just $35, which is almost enough to make you overlook the fact that this is in West Virginia.
- Gorguts will be hitting the road with Defeated Sanity and Exist in June. I don’t really know what an Exist is, and couldn’t give less of a shit about Defeated Sanity, but…man, Gorguts. Le Poisson Rouge, I might be comin’ for ya…
- And finally, Iron Maiden‘s The Number of the Beast turned 35 yesterday. There’s nothing more I really need to say about that. Just watch the video for the title track:
Up the goddamn irons. Now and forever. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!
Keep it heavy,