In any form of art, there’s something magical about the “early works,” those seminal points of origin that set the course for wider narrative. It’s like the moment when the archaeologist finds and examines the fossil that ties together the map of disparate species. Or like the literary researcher who finally reaches the shelf with all the old texts, dusts them off and sets to work. Early extreme metal is a lot like this. There’s that turn around 1985 when you hear bands start to pull away from classical heavy metal. The guitar and bass picking patterns change, the vocals begin to lose their pitch, and the double-bass drum steadily becomes more important. Certain records appear and you realize, “wait, this isn’t really thrash anymore is it?” Buckle up and ride with us through The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal. Continue reading
Routine is the enemy.
- Hey, here are those Hatebreed 25th anniversary tour dates that were hinted at once I think. Dates are March and April of next year. They’ll be cruising around with Obituary, Cro-Mag, Terror, and Fit For An Autopsy.
- Lots of upcoming albums announced today. Let’s start with Children of Bodom, who will be releasing Hexed on March 8th via Nuclear Blast. It’s their tenth album and I’ve somewhat enjoyed the last couple. So I plan on dabbling.
- Next up, Overkill have announced that their 19th studio record, The Wings Of War, is out on February 22nd. More Nuclear Blast 2019 releases! (I’m less excited about this one).
- Finally, we’ll wrap these up with Downfall Of Gaia, who have Ethic Of Radical Finitude coming out on February 8th via Metal Blade. We get a new song with this one, however. It’s called “As Our Bones Break to the Dance.”
- Here’s a video from Alborn for a song called “Full Circle”. I’m bored of typing so you can figure out more information on your own.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
- Starting off with a downer today. I’m sad to report that former guitarist for Obituary and Deicide Ralph Santolla, who fell into a coma after suffering a heart attack, was taken off life support and passed away at 48.
- Moving in a more positive direction… have any of you heard of the Fire In The Mountains Festival? Holy crap. I need that in my life.
- Trivium have announced a 2018 North American tour with Avatar and Light The Torch. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I listened to a Trivium song. But it was probably one of those misinterpretation videos.
- Finally, here’s Dave Grohl pretending to injure himself in Sweden. Because that actually happened once. And we all remember. And he’s a funny guy. Something like that.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
1/31/2018. Last day of January. That might mean something to someone.
- Five more bands have been announced for Heavy Scotland 2018, including Whorion and Sisters Of Suffocation. I know people that went to this last year and had a lot of fun. So there’s that.
- Devin Townsend is going to be taking a break from DTP to focus on other (inevitably awesome) things. I guess he’s currently working on four separate albums? Dude is a machine.
- Obituary have announced a North American tour with Skeletonwitch, Pallbearer, and Dust Bolt. Beastly.
- Here’s a new video from something called OPHE titled “XVIIII”. Their debut album, Litteras Ad Tristia Maestrum Solitude, will be out February 16th.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
June 13, 2017
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
- Leading off, Aura Noir will be headlining Stardust NYC’s two-night “Nightmares Over Brooklyn” series in October, with the band’s original trio lineup performing live in North America for the first time ever. And, once again, I’ll be away at school. Goddammit.