I don’t think I will ever quite forget the first time I heard Appalachia. It was not my first exposure to Osi and the Jupiter, but it was definitely the moment where everything clicked. That moment specifically was “They Ride Through the Sky on Horse Drawn Chariots,” where I finally realized just how incredibly special their music could be, and just how deeply transcendent of an experience listening to it is. Even though it was only three songs, I did wonder how the next release from the duo would fare in terms of keeping that momentum going. Wonder no more: Stave provides a sturdy bridge that connects the band’s past to the bright future ahead of them.Continue reading
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fluisteraars’ Gegrepen Door de Geest der Zielsontluiking and Guthrie Cider Works’ Brut with Blackberry Currant.Continue reading
Gliding into the metal scene with grace and beauty is German band Flame, Dear Flame with their debut album Aegis. The band can be labeled as doom metal but holds strong influence from folk music and hard rock. Containing stellar riffs, atmospheric sounds of nature, acoustic guitar, and enchanting clean vocals, Aegis brings something a little different and magical. The album is comprised of two suites; “The Millennial Heartbeat” and “The Wolves and the Priorless.” Each movement stands on its own as a solid song but are best heard together to experience the complete story told in Aegis and the full effect of what Flame, Dear Flame has to offer.Continue reading
Third consecutive days in the 90s, and I didn’t skip a single run. Dumb!
- Osi and the Jupiter, one of my favorite discoveries in the last couple of years, have set the release date for their fourth album, Stave. That will be out on August 27th through Eisenwald on CD, vinyl, and cassette formats. Check out the new track and video, “Folk of the Woods”, right now. Now where is my pre-order link???
- Voyager have announced a new special virtual show which they’ve titled “A Voyage Through Time”. The show will air on Sunday, September 5th, a date that also celebrates the launch of Voyager 1. Tickets can be acquired here, and more details are to follow soon (I hope).
- Dawn Of Solace, the solo project of gothic death/doom icon Tuomas Saukkonen, has set November 12th as the release date for Flames of Perdition. The third album under that project will be out through Noble Demon, and can be pre-saved/ordered here.
- Iron Maiden covers are entertaining, so I’ll link in this version of “Flight of Icarus” from White Wizzard. The track features regular touring vocalist Mikey Dean Gremio (ex-Cellador), which is a fun fact of sorts.
- And we’ll wrap up with the latest fan-created Body Count video for “The Hate Is Real”. That’s the second such version for that track, which is taken from Carnivore (Century Media). Give it a watch below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Alright, let’s see if things normalize a bit this week. Not likely.
- I’m going to kick things off with a personal favorite. Krigsgrav, the blackened doom project out of Dallas, have revealed the first single from The Sundering, titled “The Sun No Longer Reaches Here”. And it is absolutely vicious. That album drops on August 6th through Wise Blood Records. Pre-order it here.
- And then we’ll jump over to Hooded Menace, who shared “Chime Diabolicus”, a new track taken from their upcoming new album, The Tritonus Bell. That one is set for an August 27th release through Season of Mist.
- Halestorm have added some summer and fall headlining and festival dates, which coincide with that massive tour with Evanescence. Those start in July and run into December. Get the full schedule, and tickets, here.
- Netherbird will release their sixth full-length album, titled Arete, on August 6th through Eisenwald (a label I’ve become a huge fan of recently). Check out the new track, “Towers of the Night” right here.
- We’ll close with Lacuna Coil, who released another new live track and video. This one is for “Veneficium”. That is, of course, taken from Live From The Apocalypse, which drops this coming Friday through Century Media.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”