That whole “kitchen-sink” approach to metal, particularly that peculiar strain of emo, screamo metalcore that insisted on 101 riffs per second and demanded alternating screeched and clean vocals was EVERYWHERE in the early 00s. I remember slowly getting back into the swing of extreme music and being presented with bands like The Fall of Troy, Protest the Hero, Horse the Band (holy cow, remember Horse the Band?) and countless others but it was He Is Legend and a small album called I Am Hollywood that really stuck with me. Part of it was their unabashed love of a good lick and being unafraid to write songs that captured the spirit of 90s rock, but c’mon: part of it was also the astounding range and delivery of vocalist Schuylar Croom. So it pleases me to no end that 18 years since discovering them I get to dive into Endless Hallway, their seventh album and continuing affirmation that the band still has the juice to rip a room apart without sacrificing that special sauce that made them stand out from the crowd back in the day.Continue reading
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CANTO: Dimmu Borgir, Defleshed, He Is Legend, and More
It’s a Friday, so by the time you read this I’ll probably already be three beers deep.
- Leading off, we have a new take on old Dimmu Borgir. A lyric video for the remixed and remastered version of “The Maelstrom Mephisto” emerged today, taken from, well, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (Remixed & Remastered). That’s officially out today through Nuclear Blast.
- Next up, we have the second single from Diversum, the upcoming new album from In The Woods… Give “The Malevolent God” a listen here. That new album, by the way, is out on November 25 through Soulseller Records.
- I completely missed this, but I guess new Fear Factory dropped today. Recoded is out through Nuclear Blast and features reimagined songs from 2021’s Aggression Continuum. Anyway, here’s a lyric video for “Hatred Will Prevail – Monolith Remix By Rhys Fulber”.
- And then we have some new things from He Is Legend. A video for “Honey from the Hive” can be seen here, and that’s a track taken from Endless Hallway. That album drops on November 11 through Spinefarm.
- Closing out with some death metal, we have new Defleshed. Their new album, Grind Over Matter, is out now through Metal Blade, and a new video for “Heavy Haul” can be viewed immediately below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
CANTO: Lamb of God, He is Legend, Auroch, and More
It was raining, and now it’s not. Please stay that way?
- Auroch are up to things. It’s been about four years since their last release, so I’m happy to share that they will be dropping a new MLP on April 24th called Stolen Angelic Tongues. That will be released through 20 Buck Spin, and you can hear a new track called “Coffin Nails” right now.
- And an update from North Carolina’s Wailin Storms. They have a new full-length called Rattle scheduled for a May 15th released through Gilead Media. Here is the link to the pre-order, as well as the first single over on NPR called “Grass”.
- Lamb of God dropped a playthrough of the recently released track “Checkmate”. Watch Mark and Willie tear through it as they prepare for the release of Lamb of God, their first album in five years, on May 8th via Epic Records.
- I know there are some He Is Legend fans out there, so here’s the new music video for “Burn All Your Rock Records”. White Bat is out now on Spinefarm.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
CANTO: King Diamond, Atreyu, Khemmis, and More
I got nothing. Well, nothing except loads and loads of tour announcements.
- Most significantly, King Diamond, who announced a new album and tour today. The album, which will mark the first studio album in about 12 years, will be called The Institute. It won’t be released until sometime next year but we can expect a new single in the next few months it appears. And the tour. Holy crap the tour. They are November and December dates in North America, and support is in the form of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands. This is absolutely incredible.
- And then we have Khemmis and Un. I would love to make this show happen as well, however those dates are specifically out west this coming December.
- And then there’s Atreyu, who are going to hit the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. Definitely not my realm of interest, but the idea behind this tour is cool; they are going to perform 20 songs, and those 20 songs were chosen by their fans. Those are U.S. dates in October and November with Whitechapel, He Is Legend, Tempting Fate, and Santa Cruz.
- Now that (most) of today’s tour announcements are out of the way, let’s close with a little post-black metal. This comes from a band called Dawn of Ouroboros and the song is called “Sorrow’s Eclipse”. This track was pulled from their upcoming new album, The Art of Morphology. I’m into this. Check it out.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
The Nine Circles ov… Cover Songs (Part I)
In an act of ultimate blasphemy, I’m gonna quote the Bible here on Nine Circles real quick: “there is nothing new under the sun.” In a way, it’s a shitty admission. As appreciators, and especially as artists, we want to believe there’s always something new out there waiting to be discovered. We want to find it, capture it, channel it into something that’s ours. If you believe there’s nothing new under the sun, that every original artistic impulse has already been conceived and acted out, then you cede that impulse to your creative forebears. But can that idea not be freeing? If everything worth imagining has already been imagined, then the burden comes off of you to blaze any new trails. You’re free to reinterpret, to reimagine, to outright fucking steal the shit that came before you. And what’s interesting about this notion (or depressing, or really awesome, depending on your viewpoint) is that it sells. We can be sly about this. We can write books that we call “bold retellings” of works written centuries ago. We can be overt about it. We, as Hollywood producers, can say, “What if we just did Die Hard, but in the White House? Or London?” We can say, “this made a lot of money as a comic. Let’s make it a movie.” And that’s the prevailing atmosphere in popular commercial art now. Continue reading