CANTO: Mutoid Man, Churchburn, Kowloon Walled City, and More

In terms of hours, I’ve already worked well over a full week. Who says 4 day/40 hour work weeks can’t be a thing?

  • Let’s start with Mutoid Man, who have announced a new bassist, as well as a performance at Psycho Las Vegas. The power trio will be rounded out by Jeff Matz (High On Fire), which is awesome. That Psycho Las Vegas set, by the way, takes place this coming Friday on the main stage.
  • I’m not sure if anyone has familiarized themselves with AEW’s Malakai Black, but you should. The artist formerly known as Aleister Black (with WWE) not only uses Amenra as his introductory song, but has now also teamed up with Carnifex for a merch collaboration. Check it out.
  • This dropped yesterday, but I only got around to it today. So… deal with it. Kowloon Walled City released a new track, “Oxygen Tent”, and it’s predictably awesome. I really, really hope there is more new material on the horizon as well. We shall see.
  • And we’re going to close with one of my personal favorites, Churchburn. Their new album, Genocidal Rite, drops on November 5th through Translation Loss Records, and today they released a new track and music video. Check out the clip for “Swallowed By Dust” below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov…Mistakes Made on End of Year Lists

Sometimes you make a snap judgement on an album. Sometimes in the heat of the moment with the hype and the accolades you convince yourself this or that record IS deserving of a place on the list. Sometimes that record takes the place of a record you find yourself listening to constantly years later.

It happens. Even when your annual end of year list(s) top out at close to 50 records after all the hemming and hawing is over with. And so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… in preparation of the 2020 end-of-year ranking I look back at my past lists and find nine albums that, frankly, I made a mistake on.
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CANTO: Tombs, Fear Factory, Decapitated, and More

Can I also start this with a bier, bitte?

  • We’ll start the week with Tombs, who have released another new track. This one is called “Bone Furnace”, and you can check it out over at Decibel. A reminder that Under Sullen Skies drops on November 20th through Season of Mist.
  • Decapitated have signed back on with Nuclear Blast, and are hinting that new material might be coming our way sooner rather than later. Moving on.
  • Burton C. Bell has quit Fear Factory, and it did not seem to be on good terms (which is probably a shock to very few). We’ll see how Dino and crew eventually respond.
  • Yo, check out this cover of Alice In Chains’ “Rain When I Die”, brought to you by Mastodon, Russian Circles, Mutoid Man, and more. It’s super fun and super good.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: In Flames, Hellfest, Witches of Doom, and More

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These days are slowly (quickly?) killing my sanity.

  • Alright, so you all need to start your evening by watching members of Spirit Adrift, Mutoid Man, and High On Fire cover Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years”. I would like to thank Two Minutes To Late Night for bringing us that absolute gift.
  • Canceled or postponed tours don’t only hit bands hard financially, but also their road crews. To help support the folks that make the killer In Flames shows happen year in and year out, the band has decided to drop a new shirt to benefit them. 100% of the proceeds go directly to their crew. Solid stuff, In Flames, solid stuff.
  • Speaking of canceled things, Hellfest is the latest festival to bail on 2020. Scheduled for the weekend of June 19th, this year was supposed to mark the 15th anniversary of the festival, and feature the likes of Faith No More, Judas Priest, etc. Instead, for obvious reasons, the organizers will try again in 2021.
  • And we’ll close with a new lyric video from Witches of Doom for the track “Sister Fire.” That track is taken from Funeral Radio, which is out now on My Kingdom Music. Do what ya gotta do.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov… Corey’s 2017 Shows

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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