Donuts & CANTO: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sleep, Nachtmystium and more!

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Paul O’Neill — founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

April 7, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off, condolences to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family on the passing of founding member Paul O’Neill. Rest in peace, Paul.

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Donuts & CANTO: Sólstafir, Tool, the Night Flight Orchestra and more!

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Solstafir

March 24, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you may have missed from yesterday:

  • First off, a little something that should make our Literati Overlord wet in the pants: Sólstafir have dropped a new song, titled “Bláfjall.” It’ll be on their new album, Berdreyminn, which drops in May. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen / be sad / wish I was Icelandic.
  • Next, a little something that should make us all wet in the pants: Tool are apparently in talks to end their holdout from streaming services. I’m pretty sure this leaves Kid Rock as the lone major streaming holdout, and…I mean, if you give a fuck about that, you’re reading the wrong blog.
  • The Night Flight Orchestra are dropping a new album in May, but to whet our appetites, they’ve released a lyric video for the their new song, “Midnight Flyer.” In case you’re not familiar, the Night Flight Orchestra is Björn Strid (Soilwork), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy) and others playing dad-rock. It’s better than it sounds, I promise.
  • Speaking (again) of bands that have stuff coming out in May, Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till released a new song from his side project, Harvestman. It’s all kinds of terrific.
  • Belphegor have announced their 11th studio album, Totenritual. I know what you’re thinking, but guess what, fuckers? THIS ONE’s coming out in September. So there.
  • Rocklahoma — otherwise known as “what happens when your balding rocker dad gets into your Pixy Stix supply during a bad trip and decides to start a festival” — has announced its daily headliners for 2017. They are: Def Leppard, Soundgarden and The Offspring. Sense: this lineup makes none.
  • And finally, Artificial Brain have released the title track from their upcoming album Infrared Horizon, with guest vocals from Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder. Check it out below:

Infrared Horizon drops in April via Profound Lore. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time on Monday for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Donuts & CANTO: Chuck Berry, Wormrot, Baroness and more!

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Chuck Berry

March 20, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

  • First things first: as always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including WoeObituary and more. Check out Josh’s recap here.
  • This isn’t nearly metal, but it’s still a damn shame: rock ‘n’ roll originator Chuck Berry passed away over the weekend at age 90. Hell of a life, and an incredible loss. Rest in peace, Chuck.
  • Well, this sucks: Singaporean grinders Wormrot have cancelled their planned U.S. tour due to concerns over having proper papers in the current political climate. That includes their appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Fuck the Orange One forever.
  • Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley, who curated this year’s Roadburn Festival, announced that he, bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba, and Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly will join forces to perform a set of punk covers at the festival. I’m totally not upset that I’m not going to Roadburn this year. Not upset at all. Not one bit.
  • Ahead of their upcoming debut album, supergroup Dead Cross — featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and others — dropped a new song called “Shillelagh.” I don’t know who or what a “Shillelagh” is, but you should listen to it. Because Mike Patton.
  • And finally, Steel Panther put out another new music video called “I Got What You Want,” which — let’s be real — there’s no way I wasn’t going to include in this round-up. Check it out below:

The band’s new album, Lower the Bar, drops this Friday. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Initial Descent: September 18 – 24, 2016

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Neurosis

Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading

Album Review: Neurosis – “Fires Within Fires”

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“Sometimes it feels like a war for your soul. That you have to do these things for your soul and if you didn’t? Your soul is what would pay.” – Steve Von Till, vocalist & guitarist for Neurosis, as seen in the documentary, Blood, Sweat, and Vinyl. Continue reading