A 1989 Chicago police document, which captured the essence of 1980s’ hysteria over Satanism, went viral this week. The document itself is quite a read,
The Satanism hysteria, called the “Satanic panic” in the popular press, found Lucifer seemingly everywhere. Here is the New York Times looking back at fears the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons conjured the Dark Lord. And, of course, bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and others were considered by some to be the ambassadors of Hell. Continue reading →
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:
As always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new records on Friday, including Pallbearer, Memoriam and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list.
Rammstein have added dates in Chicago and Dallas to their limited U.S. run set to take place this summer. I was contemplating the Jones Beach gig — even though Jones Beach is the literal worst — until I took a look at StubHub and saw that even nosebleeds were going for $180 a pop. So, much as I’d like to see them a third time…nah.
It looks like Netflix is in talks to land the film adaptation of Mötley Crüe‘s autobiography, The Dirt — which I didn’t even realize was still a thing. When I was a freshman in high school, this was being talked about with Val Kilmer playing David Lee Roth. Now Kilmer can play present-day Vince Neil.
Holy shit, you guys, Taake have announced another U.S. tour. That’s the second in as many years. Holy shit. I can’t even snark about this, I’m just too excited.
Anathema have announced their new album, The Optimist. The album, the band’s eleventh, will be out June 9 on Kscope Records. BRB, Corey and I need to go change our pants.
For some reason, Quiet Riot has a new lineup, and I guess it did stuff over the weekend. Why does this exist. Why.
And finally, Ghost debuted an (allegedly) all-new lineup at a gig in the UK over the weekend. Here’s the performance of “Square Hammer” from that performance:
This is “all-new” in the same way that the sky is green and puppies aren’t adorable. But it’s okay, because “Square Hammer” is still totally kickass. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!
Corey’s in Boston for the day, so I’ll be taking the Quickies this time around. Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:
We’re a bit late in getting this on the blog, but Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly‘s wife, Sarah, has fallen ill with a mysterious, as-yet-undiagnosed condition, and a GoFundMe page has been started to help with their medical bills. If you’re able to donate, please do.
So I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that neither Axl nor Rob have actually heard the new Marilyn Manson album, because the only comments they can muster about dude’s upcoming summer tour with Smashing Pumpkins are “LOL 90s, AMIRITE GUYS?”
Also in tours and Swedish: power proggers Evergrey are coming back Stateside toward the end of the summer as well.
And finally, if you’ve had a hard day and want to feel better about yourself, listen to Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil butchering the national anthem at a Las Vegas Outlaws game:
I have no idea what the hell the Las Vegas Outlaws are, but if they’re going to treat us to garbage like this, that’s probably for the best. Anyway, that’ll do it for tonight. Check back tomorrow for more!