Look at that pic up there. Gets the yearning burning for cooler weather and haunting season. Yes, haunting…as in Halloween and early fall. Hooded Menace know a thing or two about scaring the shit out of people with their deathdoom but with this week’s release they also show an 80s heavy metal side that we’ve yet to hear in this capacity…and it’s freakin’ killer. Next up in this list of new metal is Oxygen Destroyer who get the lead out with an “all genres on deck” approach to extreme metal, and again, killer release. Then we’ve got heavy metal champs Spirit Adrift with a very short EP that expands just a bit on their last release and furthers their journey into being one of metal’s current greats. Last, but not least, is deathpunkers Nunslaughter who literally kick ass and take names on their first utterance in seven years and first without drummer Jim Sadist (RIP)…and, you guessed it, another quality album. All that and a ton more to follow, so dive in skull first.Continue reading
Initial Descent: August 26, 2016
Another Friday is upon us, and that means another slew of albums for y’all to digest. Leading the way is Salt Lake City’s SubRosa, who return with their fourth full-length, For This We Fought the Battle of Ages. (I just got my copy through #MetalBandcampGiftClub yesterday and am beyond psyched to dive in.)
We’ve also got a new album from Inquisition that contains a lot of words in its title (even more than SubRosa), as well as stuff from German legends Running Wild, other German legends Sodom and German not-quite-legends-but-still-pretty-damn-goods Imperium Dekadenz. (It’s a big week to be either verbose or German, what can we say?) We’ve got all that and more listed out below, so click that “Read More” link and get to it. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 19
We’re back! Apologies to everyone for the extra week between shows–we probably would have gotten away with it all if it weren’t for those meddling technical difficulties!
Anyway, this week, the guys dig into new album announcements from Deafheaven and Children of Bodom, discuss an above-average number of sports-based things, and then Dan waxes poetic about Scottish symphonic power metal darlings, Gloryhammer. Plus, a tribute to late Nunslaughter drummer, Jim Konya.
All that and much, much more in Episode 19, so check it out!
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CANTO: RIP Jim Konya, album sales, and Ghost’s newest nun
The last three days have been a particularly tiring stretch so I am definitely ready to start my weekend early. Like tonight.
- Starting things with some sad news, Nunslaughter drummer Jim Konya has passed away. He was originally hospitalized following a stroke, but it looks like things took a negative turn while he was in the hospital. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
- Album sales. Not the busiest week for heavy metal, but a solid showing for Parkway Drive, among others.
- Dave Mustaine is selling his 5 million dollar home in the San Diego area. Interesting… but I can’t think of a single person I know that could afford it.
- In case you missed it, Ghost had put a call out for female fans to dress as nuns to serve booze at their shows. Almost immediately, Lzzy Hale, singer from Halestorm, decided to get on board. Awesome.
- Fuck the Facts has a new music video out for “The Path of Most Resistance” and, well, here it is:
“Ein Bier… bitte.”