Greetings once more, fellow travelers on the journey of life. Too much? Maybe. I’m just glad it’s the weekend again. Or it could be that I’m just hungry. It’s lunch time when I’m writing this, and I’m lusting after some chinese food (I’m eating food from home though, and my wallet better thank me for this one). Either way, it’s time to get this party started, and there’s no better way than our weekly playlist. We’ve got lots of good tunes coming this time, and there’s a little something for every taste in there. I personally included the CHVRCHES song I’ve been jamming on all week, because sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the bleak and the heavy, and CHVRCHES whip ass anyway. I’ll catch you all next week. Back to dreaming about chow mein…
What’s happening friends. Currently I am attempting to recover from the Los Angeles leg of the Decibel Magazine tour, a night of gargantuan death metal performances from acts both new and well-established. Blood Incantation ripped through the entire 20 minutes of their “Vitrification of Blood pts. 1 and 2” and, if my ears did not deceive me, closed their set with a brand new song, proving beyond doubt why they are my favorite death metal band going right now. Necrot got the circle pits going and put on a hell of a show, including beseeching the crowd to help them summon ‘the motherfuckin’ devil.’ Morbid Angel are nothing short of the godfathers of death metal, and one of my favorite acts in the genre, so to finally be able to see them was a real treat for me. Finally Cannibal Corpse closed out the night in fine form, with replacement guitarist Erik Rutan shredding in fine form. Quality evening with a quality soundtrack, but I’m dead on my feet today. So here’s hoping our little mix tape provides the kind of quality soundtrack to whatever evening you’ll be having.
Making this quick because I have things to do.
- Katatonia is no longer on a hiatus! Wonderful news! Night Is The New Day turns ten this year, and to celebrate they are touring the album in full (if you’re lucky enough to be in Europe) and there will be a reissue as well.
- I’m become quite fond of Helms Alee in recent years. So I’m happy to present you with a new track called “Interachnid”. It’s sludgy and melodic and wonderful. Even better news? They have a new album coming out on April 26th called Noctiluca.
- How about a tour? September Mourning cruising around the United States with Smile Empty Soul. Dates mostly in March, if you’re into that kinda thing.
- Here’s a music video from Meadows End for “Svept i Sorgepläd”. I found it in the inbox and rather like it, so now I’m sharing it with you. It involves hiking and the wilderness and whatnot… so I get it.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
This past year, I was fortunate enough to attend 35 different metal performances. There were a couple of duplicates (This Will Destroy You), but for the most part each performance was unique and left an impression in its own way. So, in going back through the past year and finally deciding to tally these shows, I thought it’d be a worthwhile idea to go over some highlights. You’ve obviously seen the more detailed concert reviews the days and weeks following various shows here, but the goal here is a high level recap of my favorites. This has proven more taxing than I would have anticipated, however. Looking back now, I don’t think there was a single show that I did not get at least something out of. Regardless, in no particular order, here are nine (ten?) performances that stood out to me last year. Continue reading
Happy Monday everyone. It’s currently Sunday afternoon here in sunny Portsmouth and Josh and I are starting to get ourselves together for the Neurosis/Converge/Amenra show down in Boston tonight. So, I’m going to make this pretty efficient for you today because 1. There’s shit we need to do in a little while and 2. I’m slightly hungover and don’t have a ton to say. A brand new edition of our playlist is available for your listening pleasure below. Miss a playlist from either of the past two weeks? Fret not, you can check out all the playlists on our YouTube channel. That’s it from me. Have a good week! Continue reading