Welcome friends to another edition of our love letter to you in audio format. Or maybe that’s a little forward. Consider it a “thanks for being here with us” present. We’ve got a host of good stuff for you today spanning all kinds of genres from video game soundtracks to that new Rammstein everyone’s all agog for. There’s bound to be something for you in here, so dive in and take a look.
I’m watching soccer whilst writing this.
- A new song yesterday, and a new tour today. I see big things for Spirit Adrift in 2019. They have a number of dates running across North America through May and June with support from Dopethrone, High Command, and Haunt.
- Baroness things! They’ve revealed the title and artwork for their next album, which I cannot wait for. It will be called Gold & Grey and, as always, the artwork is absolutely incredible. They are on tour now, if you weren’t aware for some reason, with Deafheaven.
- I guess we can talk about alcohol. Iron Maiden are now releasing a saké-infused lager called “Sun and Steel”, which, ok fine I guess. Sounds kinda weird to me though, not gonna lie.
- Updates from Fleshgod Apocalyse, which I always enjoy. They have a new video out for “Sugar”. It’s very Fleshgod Apocalypse-y. A reminder that their new album, Veleno, is out May 24th.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
* SPOILERS: it’s gonna be 20 albums…buckle your seat belts.
I told myself this year I was going to take it easy – do the Honorable Mentions, get the final list out, and put 2018 to rest. On a global, national, and personal front the year’s been pretty much a disaster from the start, and the quicker I can put it in my rearview mirror the better. But the more I tweaked and played with my end of year selections (thank you Trello for making that shit so easy) the more I realized that – like always – music was the thing that propped me up and made every setback if not better, at least tolerable. And when the dust cleared from all the list building I found a huge excess of albums that didn’t make my lists but easily could have on another day. Everything is interchangeable; we are not the people we were even a moment ago, and those experiences constantly inform our perspective on the world, metal albums included. Continue reading
Before you start reading look up. See that image up there? When I see a cassette I think of mixtapes and maaaaan, I used to love making those. But even better was receiving them through snail mail from other folks with like minded music interests. Cassettes have made a comeback but in this digital age, those tape trading days are sadly behind us. Playlists have essentially taken their place and as of today Nine Circles has brought you fifty of them. To celebrate this 50th volume, we figured we’d spruce it up a bit. Hope you dig it, I know I do. Anyway, we’ve got another great bunch of tunes to share that left a mark over the past few days, dig in below. And HEY, share your own picks in the comments section or share some that might have made it onto your personal mixtape back in the day.
Have a good weekend and we’ll see you next week.
I hear we’re calling this stuff the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal. I’m always eager to embrace yet another nonsensical label, and await the inevitable usage of NWOTHM or whatever. Point is, you can label Fresno, CA band Haunt whatever you want if it helps you get through the night. Me? The band, their sound, and their killer debut fell length Burst Into Flame is simple heavy metal, and the world is better for its honesty in simply wanting to rock you hard and sweet. Continue reading