I don’t deal in astrology. The practice of metaphysics and premonition sit on a dusty shelf of my misspent youth, next to mood rings, crystals, Magic Eight Balls and a tattered copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. What I’m saying is, I don’t believe in prophecy, in the mystical alignment of stars and portents heralding a hidden hand, a destined confluence of events. And yet…can it truly be coincidence that now, when the last two weeks have seemingly brought one harbinger of the apocalypse after the other, that we the people are blessed with Crossover Ministry, the new album from Iron Reagan? Am I to next pay more mind to the rain of frogs making its way inland from the eastern seaboard? Time will tell… Continue reading
Welcome one and all to In the Flesh, a feature dedicated to the best live music our staff has borne witness to. Last Tuesday, October 11th, I had the pleasure of catching the mighty Skeletonwitch in the historic Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, CA. Skeletonwitch were joined on this tour by death metal up-and-coming sensations Gatecreeper, the bay area’s Necrot, Belgium’s Oathbreaker, and crossover institution Iron Reagan. You may think that a five band bill on a Tuesday night could be considered some form of masochism but with a lineup this packed with talent there is no way I could risk not seeing this, and it ended up delivering on all that was promised. Continue reading
“In tortured flesh, your name is called. Inseminate the bornless one. Invisible Gods on planes apart. I thee invoke, oh western star.”
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I’m exhausted. Here are some metal-based things. Now go away.
- Let’s start with a tour. The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan, and Maruta will be hitting the road this fall. Some big, popular names right there. None of which I’m all that concerned about.
- More fun this time. Those who know Dan and I well, know that one of my journeys to NYC included acquiring an Iron Maiden beer. It was a simple British ale then. Now, well, the legends have returned with a 6.6% ABV version called Trooper 666.
- On a more amusing note, a recent Amazon customer received an interesting note with his Venom and High On Fire albums in the mail. Some Jesus fanatic thought it was time he found Jesus “before it’s too late.” Religion is dumb.
- In preparation for Denver Black Sky Fest, Skinless have announced a brief run of shows this fall. If you’ve missed them at MDF (us), this is your chance at redemption (probably not gonna happen).
- Finally, here’s a new video from Negative Self for the track “Self-Destruct…The Pain Never Ends”:
Pretty… pretty… pretty… pretty good.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
It’s 5:15 and I could not be more ready to be done with this day. So let’s step right into today’s Quickies, shall we? Here’s what we missed in the world of metal today:
SPOILER ALERT: We’ll be talking about this album on the podcast this week. ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: I’ll be gushing about it. Anyway, that’ll do it. Check back tomorrow for more!
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.