Imperial Triumphant are returning to the stage this coming October. They’ll be joined by Pyrrhon for a headlining tour that runs across the United States from October 15th through the 31st. I really, really hope to make it to one of these shows.
Switching gears a bit, Ego Kill Talent have announced a new acoustic EP series. The first of three installments, which includes tracks “Our Song”, “Diamonds & Landmines”, and “The Reason”, will drop on July 9th. The release dates for the other two EPs in the Ego Kill Talent: Acoustic project are still to be determined.
British prog metallers Threshold have announced their return to the studio. They’ll be recording the follow-up to 2017’s Legends Of The Shire. Most of the details behind the new album are still to come, but we can expect an early 2022 release through Nuclear Blast.
We’ll wrap up Tuesday with the new video from Endseeker for “Bloodline”. That track is taken from Mount Carcass, which dropped back in April through Metal Blade. Check it out below.
For this episode we go all in with most of the staff for our best of 2020 picks. We hit the high notes of what tickled our fancies for the year that was a shitstorm and even welcomed in a new member to the family. So, buckle up for an epic episode that has a wealth of stuff you may have missed and be sure to take notes, artists we mention need your support so open up those wallets and purses.
Ah, the big one. I’ve been looking forward to writing this for a while, but I also can’t help but feel like there’s no way I could possibly put everything I loved about music in 2020 into enough words to satisfy myself. If I had enough time or gumption to make a list that was twenty or thirty albums long, I still don’t think that would be enough. So much great music happened amid the Unpleasantness, and I think more than ever it was worth paying attention to all of it, whether for excitement or escape or transcendentalism or catharsis. For me, losing a twice-daily commute meant that I had to be an active listener to the music I chose to put on, and I think that made the releases that stood out to me stand out all the more. Plus, being a part of the team here has been a literal dream come true, and I had more access than ever to quality releases. Without further ado, here are the ones I’ve fallen for the hardest.
If you’re reading this there are two possibilities at play, either of which warrant a hearty congratulations:
It’s the end of the year, and you found the strength, courage and forbearance to get through the infested muck that was 2020. Congratulations! I don’t know what 2021 will bring, but let’s put the future aside for a moment and just revel in survival, and talk about some great music.
It’s an indeterminate time in the future, after the apocalypse, and the collective hive mind has integrated into the data streams and come across this post in a random search string query to ascertain various data points about the distant past. Congratulations! I’m not alive to know what the Time Lords have in mind for the future, but let’s put that aside for a moment and just revel in whatever constitutes life in your existence, and talk about some great music.