Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – April 29, 2016

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Today is going to shock you. First, I “woke up” with a feeling in my “gut” that an asteroid collision with Earth is an imminent happenstance. With that in mind, it’s important to know that you’re going to die. I feel I’m doing you a service by letting you know. This way you can make arrangements to have fun in  your brief final moments upon the Earth’s surface. You will, however, likely waste them like the putrid scum of existence that you are. Continue reading

Album Review: Sweet Cobra – “Earth”

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Sweet Cobra have long bucked trends. They’ve done things exactly as they’ve wanted to do things, releasing albums at their own pace and with varying levels of heaviness. And on their new fourth album, Earth, they’ve done what everyone fears—gone soft. The 12 tracks, most around four minutes long, don’t hit as hard as before and inspire more dancing than they do head-bashing. But, don’t fret, for it’s not all bad. Sweet Cobra are a band that has the confidence and drive to do exactly what they want and make it work. Continue reading

Visions ov Hell: Sweet Cobra – “Future Ghosts”

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Sweet Cobra’s fourth album, Earth, is out today on Magic Bullet Records, and frankly, it’s about time. After all, it’s been a long five years since the Chicago trio’s last album, Mercy, first graced us with its presence. And as you might infer from lead single “Future Ghosts,” the band’s made a few changes to their sound. We’ll have a full review up later in the day, but for now, let’s take a look at the video for said lead single. Continue reading

Quickies: Steel Panther plays Kimmel, Alice in Chains playing NFC Championship, and GODDAMMIT PSYCHO CALIFORNIA

It’s Friday! Time to cap off probably the busiest week we’ve ever had here at Horns Up—with some Quickies! Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • It’s times like these that I hate living on the East Coast: check out the lineup for this year’s Psycho California festival. Sleep. Earth. Pallbearer. Old Man Gloom. Wo Fat. Goddammit. (That last one isn’t a band, but wouldn’t it be cool if it was??)
  • Need a nice kick in the ass to start your weekend? Check out the new Morgoth track “Black Enemy.” Oh yeah, the guys also announced a new album, Ungod, which will drop in April.
  • Alice in Chains will be performing at the halftime show of Sunday’s NFC Championship game, which is really great news if you’re actually going to be at the game! (And really “who-gives-a-fuck-they-won’t-show-a-non-Super-Bowl-halftime-show-on-TV-anyway” news if you’re not!)
  • After an eternity’s worth of development under Paramount and MTV, the film adaptation of Mötley Crüe‘s autobiography, The Dirt, is switching studios and will now be a Focus Features joint. You know, as if it’ll ever actually come to fruition anyway…
  • And finally, here’s footage of Steel Panther‘s performance on last night’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Kinda lolarious how out-of-sync the audio is with the visuals in this YouTube upload. GOOD JOB, KIMMEL TEAM! Anyway, that’ll wrap things up for tonight. A happy long-weekend to you all!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Daily ‘Bang: Dan’s Top 25 Albums of 2014 — in One List!

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So remember a week ago, when I said we’d each be listing out our Top 25 albums in a single, coherent list? (You know, to make amends for the three-a-day-on-the-blog, plus three-three-and-then-four in our three most recent episodes of the podcast approach that we ended up going with?) Welp, with the holidays coming around, that became a bit of a tall order. But fear not, a week later, here are my Top 25 albums of 2014, listed out in a normal fashion!

— TOP FOUR —

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Cretin – Stranger

Behemoth – The Satanist

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

— REST OF THE TOP 10 (ORDERED) —

Agalloch – The Serpent and the Sphere

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Sólstafir – Ótta

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

Tombs – Savage Gold

— REST OF THE LIST (UNORDERED) —

Alraune – The Process of Self Immolation

Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry

YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer

Inter Arma – The Cavern

Thou – Heathen

 Saor – Aura

Devin Townsend Project – 

Earth – Primitive and Deadly

Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Misery Index – The Killing Gods

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

I’m leaving to catch a bus, so I didn’t really have time to Spotify all of these. The good news is: I’m sorry! And also, we’ve embedded these playlists before. So if you haven’t heard any of these yet, for whatever reason, look ’em up in our archives and give ’em a spin. Corey will be back with his Top 25 list later today, so keep eyes peeled. Until then!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.