I have returned from California. What a nice thing that is.
Iron Maiden news doesn’t quite excite me like it used to, but that’s quite alright. Their 17th studio album will be another double album (which is… fine, I guess) titled Senjutsu. Pre-orders start on July 21st, with September 3rd set as the release date. Check out the clip for “The Writing On The Wall” if you want. There’s a lot going on in a very good way.
Municipal Waste have announced some dates later this year. They’ll be joining Volbeat for a couple nights in early October, as well as a run of shows with Circle Jerks in December. Any of these would be a ton of fun to attend… if they happen to fall in your particular region of the country.
Let’s toss in the latest from Act of Denial, titled “Your Dark Desires”. There are some big names in that project, for example Ron Thal Bumblefoot on this track, so I like keeping up. Negative is out on August 13th through Crusaders and Golden Robot Records.
We can wrap up with a little bit of black metal. Here is the new video from Necronautical for “Necropsychonautics”. That track is taken from Slain In The Spirit, which is set for an August 20th release through Candlelight and Spinefarm. Pre-order it here.
Mediocrity. The mother of all fails. We’ve all been guilty of it at some point; we get busy and things either fall by the wayside or we do just enough to tick off whatever task is in question. Make it a point to not be mediocre. Kick today, and life, right in the ass and own it. And keeping with that topic, there’s nothing mediocre about this week’s new metal as we’ve got new stuff from enthralling black metallers Necronautical, a major upgrade to the atmospheric post-black metal tag from Hope Drone, Wizard Rifle offers up unclassifiable but grade-A avantgarde metal wizardry, and Witch Vomit mine the cavernous depths of death metal extremely well.
Melodic, symphonic, and atmospheric walk into a bar and proceed to drunken obliteration with their new found friend, ripping black metal – such is the case with the UK’s Necronautical on their upcoming third full length Apotheosis. This smorgasbord is nothing new, of course, but the band’s approach to it is staggering and a damn joy to experience, to say the least. Debut Black Sea Misanthropy was a melodic, aggressive, and catchy first effort but while it was very confident in itself it lacked a stone cold identity. Then on The Endurance At Night the band awakened their symphonic third eye and abruptly fixed the identity crisis while keeping a firm hold on their striking power. Now, the lessons learned result in an epic and majestic 50 minutes of black metal that borrows equally from those barflys we met earlier and as cliche as this may seem, Apotheosis is unique, immersive, and captivating. Ahead of the album’s release, we reached out with our set of Profile questions and Naut (vocals, guitar, keys) answered the call with a fury. Head below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss the preorder on this one, links are contained within.Continue reading →
Hello once again, fellow travellers. We’re gonna keep this short and sweet today. We’re back at you once again with another edition of our handcrafted playlist. This week, I’m back on my Peter Gabriel bullshit, Russian Circles gets some nice representation, and Josh has rounded up the best track premiers from this week and beyond. What else is in there? Only one way to find out.