Today was ten levels of stupid.
- Cattle Decapitation have announced a North American tour with Atheist, Full of Hell, Primitive Man, Author & Punisher, and Vitriol. Some of those names are swapped on certain dates, but either way this is an absolutely massive, massive bill. Dates run from November 22nd through December 22nd.
- Sunn O))) have announced a new album will be out on October 25th called Pyroclasts. The story behind this particular project is quite interesting, and it aligns with the writing process for Life Metal. Feel free to read all about it if you feel so inclined.
- At The Gates and Arch Enemy will be joining Amon Amarth on a North American tour this coming September and October (but mostly October). Support will come from Grand Magus as well. This will also be a large tour.
- I want to close with something fun because, again, today was stupid. Here is Wildstreet with “Tennessee Cocaine”. It actually dropped on the 22nd, but didn’t make it into our inbox until today. OH WELL.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Ladies. Gentlemen. Friendly reminder that we are now just two short weeks away from Maryland Deathfest. And I’ll be damned if I’ve ever needed that weekend more. Your boy’s gonna get more than a little silly, I can promise you that.
But that’s two weeks from now. For now, it’s only May 13, and that means…actually, that means we’ve got some killer new metal dropping today. We start with Norwegian black ‘n’ rollers Kvelertak, who return with their third album, Nattesferd. (Is “black ‘n’ roll” still an appropriate label for them? Maybe not, but I also can’t think of a more fitting one.) We’ve also got a highly anticipated, single-song EP from Gorguts, a new album from Grand Magus and quite a bit more. So let’s take a look. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
As their career has worn on, Stockholm-based Grand Magus have morphed from a relatively standard old-school doom metal outfit steeped in the aesthetics and lyrical themes of Norse mythology into a leaner, meaner beast that combines aspects of NWOBHM, traditional heavy metal, and some slivers of speed metal. Their core sound, however, has remained intact, always reliant upon the rhythmic power and memorability of their guitar work, battle-bred lyrics, and the compelling delivery of the vocals. Their latest, Sword Songs, changes little of what they’ve established on the past few albums; it’s a fun, accessible set of war hymns, but it reaches back into some of the band’s earlier doom roots to make it even more infectious. Continue reading