Same deal. Not much canto-ing this week.
- Thy Art Is Murder have announced a 2020 North America tour. Not sure I need to disclose the 2020 detail at this point in the year, but whatever. Fit For An Autopsy, Enterprise Earth, Aversions Crown and a couple others will be in support. Dates are in March and April.
- In case anyone wanted further insight into why Children of Bodom was suddenly no longer a thing, Henkka, Janne, and Jaska issued a statement over on Facebook. Doesn’t sound like any real drama there, mostly differing viewpoints. But we’ll see what happens down the line.
- Another tour! Airbourne will be covering a good chunk of North America in April and May, including a couple festival appearances. This one is more appealing to me, but I don’t see a New England date. Alas.
- And since it’s the holiday season, let’s close with something fun. Here’s Immortal Christmas with the gift of “Frostbite the Snowman.”
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I took a day off midweek for no reason whatsoever.
- Abbath has announced his sophomore album, Outstrider, will be released on July 5th. Personally, I thought his debut was… fine? But Immortal‘s post-Abbath success last year means I will be paying close attention to this one.
- I missed this yesterday so I’m sharing it now. Dead To A Dying World released a new track called “Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns”. Of course it’s good, but it’s not fair to dig into it too much until we have an entire album to digest. Remember Litany? Yeah. Like that. But the new album, Elegy, will be out in about one month. Not long to wait.
- Underoath have released a new…. *delete*.
- Let’s check in on Ozzy and his recent health struggles. It seems like he’s doing better, which is a good thing. A reminder that the U.S. leg of his tour is right around the corner.
- Allegaeon dropped a new music video for “Extremophiles (B)”, in the continued build to the April 19th release of Apoptosis. I know at least one person pumped for that album, so let’s see what this clip is all about.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Ah, yes. Here we are again. Yet another journey around the sun has given us reason to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to have, almost literally, an indefinite source of music and art to appreciate at any moment in time. In this case, the musical form known as heavy metal. Yes, even in our very defined place in the artistic world, there is an unending wave of inspired music that we endlessly celebrate, together, across the globe. Except… wait, metal internet is basically the worst and ruins everything, doesn’t it? Nevermind. Continue reading
So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)
Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading
DISCLAIMER: I’m not really sure this counts as a “review”; I’ve only had Northern Chaos Gods since Friday, which isn’t nearly enough time to fully assess it. Rather, let’s just call this a “brain-dump” — a summation of some things I’ve been pondering about both the album itself and what it means more broadly: for Immortal and beyond. So, here you go.