I had two tests today, and I’m basically brain dead. This will be short. Here goes:
Leading off, Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from the band this morning. I’m bummed. Wasn’t nuts about 2016’s Nattesferd, of course, but those first two albums are still gold — plus, Erlend was a big part of what made these guys so great in a live setting. We’ll see what happens from here.
Behemoth announced its fall Ecclesia Diabolica North America tour, with support from At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. Kinda feels like the Carcass / Deafheaven / Inter Arma trek a few years back; I’m here for all these guys, but none of them really make a ton of sense with the others? Oh well.
Apparently, Tengger Cavalry is back together, and has a new song out called “Heart” out. Cool?
More tour dates! Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire and good gawd, y’all, I need to be at this show. September 27 at Voltage Lounge, I’m comin’ for ya.
Decibel announced a couple of more bands for the forthcoming West Coast edition of its annual Metal and Beer Fest. Joining the ranks now are The Black Dahlia Murder, Khemmis and Trappist. It’s not a competition, but…so far, this version’s beating the Philly one pretty handily.
And finally, we’ve got one left over from the weekend: Philly hardcore crew Jesus Piece dropped a new tune that the kids might describe as “flames.” Check out “Neuroprison” below:
The band’s new album, Only Self, will be out August 24 via Southern Lord. Pre-orders are available on both Bandcamp, as well as the label’s website. That’ll do it for now — check back soon for more!
Good morning, and a happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. It’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Ahead of the release of their upcoming album The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Ulverreleased a new track called “Nemoralia.” It’s wildly fine.
Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker tried waaaaaaay too hard to appease alienated fans, using “death metal” three times in a single sentence to describe what the band’s new material sounds like. When asked for a follow-up comment, guitarist Trey Azagthoth simply kept banging hardcore and radical. (I’m assuming.)
Remember how lame Danzig‘s covers album, Skeletons, was? Well, good news! The legend’s dropping a new album of original material in May. It will probably suck less?
Against overwhelming odds, it appears the Nachtmystium train’s building up steam once more. The band’s been booked for the invite-only (WTF??) Carnis Festum Open Air in California. We shall see.
I’m sure there are some symphonic metal fans among our readers here at Nine Circles, right? Maybe? Well, if so…good news for y’all: Xandria has announced their first-ever North American headlining tour.
Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and his ambient side project, BardSpec, have announced their debut album, Hydrogen, which drops June 23. I’m excited for a couple of reasons: first, the band cites both Tangerine Dream and Godflesh as influences; and second, that cover art kicks an ass.
And finally, Kvelertak released a video for “Bronsegud,” off last year’s Nattesferd. You can check it out below:
Not sure why a 2:57 song had to turn into a 6:22 video. BOLD STRATEGY, COTTON, LET’S SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR ‘EM. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time on Monday for our next edition!
I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent much time with the latest effort from Kvelertak. It’s not that I don’t think Nattesferd isn’t a solid album. It is. But it’s more that Kvelertak have always been a live band for me. I discovered them in a live setting, they blew me away, and I just don’t think anything they have put on record has matched that level of enjoyment. A snobby approach perhaps, but whatever. And as a follow up thought, yes their live show is that good. Regardless, we sit here now addressing their new music video for the title-track of this most recent effort. And let me tell you, it’s some kind of entertaining. Continue reading →