Fortunate man that I am, I once again get to jump into a very hotly anticipated album on the 2020 docket, this time courtesy of Las Vegas newcomers Cordyceps. Their EP Black Blood Butchery took the underground metal scene by storm way back in 2017, being especially highly praised by The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad as “thinking man’s brutal death metal.” Now, after hectic touring, a lineup change and being signed to a label we’ve got a full-length debut with Betrayal. If it’s good enough for Trevor Strnad, it’s gotta be good enough for the rest of us, right? Continue reading
Years before I had heard a single note it was the logo, the way the letters seemed scratched in flesh, sinister crosses embedded in the “N” and “M” signifying something I wasn’t prepared to listen to…yet. By the time I finally opened up to the grand progenitors of grind, Napalm Death, it was during their post-2000 resurgence, and my purchase of their compilation Noise for Music’s Sake led me down a rabbit hole of the most exquisite display of passionate anger and rage this side of the universe. Between 6-second bursts of grind, impeccable artwork, and some of the most biting social commentary ever put to paper, the arrival of a new EP and a new full length on the horizon makes this a perfect time to dedicate a Nine Circles ov... to one of the best bands to ever carry the tag of “extreme” in their music.
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If you really look at it, from 2000’s Enemy of the Music Business onward, Napalm Death has simply been lights-out. A fifteen-year, now-seven-album stretch like that from any band would command respect, but for one entering its 35th year of existence later this year? That’s special. Bands simply aren’t supposed to have that kind of run left in the tank after that much time in the game. And yet, there’s nothing about the band’s new album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat, to suggest they’ll be slowing down any time soon. On this, their 15th head-crushing venture into sheer brutality, the British grindcore legends sound as vital and aggressive as ever.
Yes, the posts are easing off as we wind down the year. But we aren’t leaving you completely empty handed… Did you all enjoy Dan’s Non-metal albums of the year? Of course you didn’t – That’s not why the fuck you’re here! Ok, maybe you did. In which case, well… I’ll only judge a little bit. Promise.
- Now that all the 2014 releases are out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about the 2015 announcements. Next on the list: Ghost! (Not Ghost B.C., you asshats.) I know many that are excited about this (Dan included). I know many that don’t give a shit. I’m somewhere in the middle. Ghost is fun… but that’s about it. Sorry.
- I’m sure many are in the loop with what’s been going on in Napalm Death. Mitch Harris took a break for some family reasons and everyone freaked the hell out… as usual. Barney Greenway came back to shed some light. This should help ease some minds.
- Sticking to the theme of 2015 announcements, Deicide have been picked up for a new album. Unclear if it will be in 2015 or 2016 but they hint at both a new album and a tour. Which could be kinda cool.
- Similar news from Lamb of God. As usual, Randy is being completely vague about what 2015 will bring. But he mentions some pretty high levels of aggression in the material they’ve been working on.
- I know some of you guys like Periphery, so we’ll close things off with a new track called ‘Graveless’:
I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. Either way that’s enough for today. Me and my asshole-ry are gonna go do something aggressive in an extremely apathetic manner. God I’m on a roll.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.
I hope you all enjoyed the Retrospective today. And if you didn’t… I hope it made your blood boil with white-hot rage.
- They’ve been teasing an announcement for the last day or so. Periphery announce Juggernaut double album with upcoming tour dates. I might be interested enough to check out that date in Boston. Maybe.
- Mitch Harris is taking an indefinite leave from Napalm Death. It’s a result of an illness within his family. All the best for the guy, that’s a tough spot.
- We KNOW you’re excited about the new Machine Head record, Bloodstone & Diamonds. Good news, you can listen to it in full here.
- In the ‘Go The Fuck Away’ news of the day: Guns N’ Roses is writing an album that will be available sooner rather than later. Why am I talking about this?
- More properly, let’s close with a Nader Sadek video:
That would be ‘Deformation by Incision’ and it fucking RIPS. Can’t wait to actually give this EP a once-through.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.