CANTO: New Windhand tuneage, new Rockstar Mayhem suckage, and more!

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Late today. Oh well, these things happen when Corey’s at a movie and I’m coming from a work event. So enough explanation—here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • Windhand dropped a new song today! “Two Urns” marks the first glimpse of the band’s upcoming album, Grief’s Eternal Flower. September 18 can’t get here soon enough.
  • In case you somehow, for whatever reason, were still down to support the annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival, here’s another reason to reevaluate your life.
  • Former Megadeth guitarist (and current Japanese TV game show host) Marty Friedman is coming back to the States! For a tour at least—his first in 12 years! This should be neat.
  • The latest “Metal by Numbers” post is out at Metal Insider, and I’ve gotta say, it’s nice seeing such solid debuts from Failure, Refused and Jungle Rot. August Burns Red, on the other hand, can go fuck themselves.
  • This Iron Maiden body paint photo is the amazing bit of Internet we never knew we wanted.
  • Finally, Quebecois tech-deathsters Beyond Creation released a new video for their song, “Fundamental Process.” Check it out here:

As you can see in the description, the video was filmed during a recent live set in NYC. Studio at Webster? That’s gotta be it, right? Oh well, I’ll stop my nerding-out. That’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for the usual!

Keep it heavy,

CANTO: Satyricon studio news, metal emojis and LEGO MAD MAX

satyricon band

Gotta say, it sure is nice doing these Canto posts having not missed ALL of the major stories of the day. We’re not yet at the point where we can cover everything, but I do rather like writing the occasional news post. Oh well. You don’t really care anyway. Here’s what we missed:

  • Satyricon are in the studio working on both a new original album and a covers album. I’m sure the five people their recent material hasn’t totally alienated will be totally pumped!
  • Rejoice, metalheads–our kind are finally going to be represented in emoji form!
  • Your weekly installment of “LOL, people still buy music?” is up over at Metal Insider. Kind of shocked that 13,000 people bought a new album from the Creed guitarist IN 2015.
  • The guitar-playing Doof Warrior from Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most metal things about a totally metal movie. AND NOW THERE’S A LEGO VERSION OF HIM AND I AM DEAD.
  • Black Sabbath wizard Tony Iommi is apparently thinking about remixing the Tony Martin-era album, Forbidden. There must be a reason why, but I can’t put my finger on it.
  • And finally, North Carolina folksters Æther Realm have a new video out for their song “The Chariot.” Check it out:

This. I want more of this. Now. Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for the usual!

Keep it heavy,

Canto: Abbath’s new lineup, Mustaine’s favorite Megadeth guitarist and more

abbath new band

Look at this—you’re getting two whole days of Quickies from me this week! Yes, Corey’s off doing Boston things and birthday things, (bEARTH-day things?) so you get me again. Let’s not waste any time—here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

What a song, what an album, what a band. Anyway, that’ll do it for tonight. Check back tomorrow for more!

Keep it heavy,


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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 42 (March 6, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 42 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys ponder their existence in a world in which a Kid Rock album debuts at No. 2. In 2015. Because honestly, what the hell kind of world is THAT? Plus, new albums from Leviathan, Sannhet, Helrunar and A Forest of Stars, some Detroit and Cleveland jokes, and a discussion of Dan’s stupid face!

All that and much, much more in Episode 42, so check it out!

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Quickies: New System of a Down on the way? Plus, ’50s jazz-style metal album covers!

Quickies time! Let’s see what we missed in the metal world today:

  • System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian says the band has discussed the possibility of recording a new album. Nice of them to start discussing, seeing as the band’s last recorded output—Mesmerize and Hypnotize—will each be celebrating their tenth birthdays this year.
  • For fuck’s sake: two fans were hospitalized after being stabbed at a Cattle Decapitation show in La Habra, CA, last night. If the cited “early reports” are true and this guy pulled a knife in response to being shoved in the mosh pit…dude, what the hell were you doing at a metal show in the first place?
  • The first Metal by Numbers of 2015 is out over at Metal Insider, and here’s a fun fact: the 27 albums on this list sold a combined 63,000 copies and change. Twenty-seven. And 63,000. Somewhere, a music industry executive is crying himself to sleep.
  • This is kinda cool: artist Rafa Melandi has designed alternate covers for classic albums from Metallica, Pantera and others to make them look like 1950s jazz LPs.
  • And finally, death metal and fat people New Year’s Resolutions come together as one, in Death Medical’s new video “Cardiac Forest”

Welp, I wanna go do some cardio now. Actually, I don’t because it’s -140 degrees out. That’s an actual temperature reading, definitely not a number I just pulled out of my ass. Anyway, that’ll do it for today–check back tomorrow for more!


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