I know, you’ve come here in hopes of some diatribe about how my 2019 sucked ass or how I loathed a lot of stuff this year. But, if that’s what you came for look elsewhere. 2019 has been a good year for me on many fronts. My family continually prove to me that true beauty does exist, I have a great job that was extremely busy all year, I got to speak with a few bands I truly adore, I trimmed social media, I kept up with those who matter, and those who matter kept up with me. Oh, almost forgot, amazing bourbon was had along the way and we found a new local brewery with a top shelf IPA. One thing that hasn’t changed is the impact music has on my life and this list, my list, encompasses what raised the hair on the back of my neck. Buckle up buttercup. Continue reading
Friday’s Friday. All kinds of weird stuff today.
- Soulfly have announced the Blood on the Street 2019 U.S. Tour. They’ll be joined by Unearth, Incite, Prison, and Arrival of Autumn. The tour begins on September 3rd and runs through the 29th.
- Necronomicon have revealed details behind their next album. Unus will be out on October 18th via Season of Mist. There is a new trailer for the album, which you can check out here.
- Adema, a name I definitely have not heard in forever, is apparently still active. They have a new vocalist in Ryan Shuck and they will be touring the U.S. with Powerman 5000 and a bunch of other bands I don’t care about.
- Finally, let’s check out some new stuff from Beastwars. This is called “Storms of Mars” and will feature on their upcoming new album, IV, out next week on Destroy Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
It is Saturday, my friends. Get yourself a cup of your morning beverage of choice and get ready for another of our weekly mixtapes. This week we’ve got a Battle of the Batushkas, a Not Metal band that I think is heavier than a good chunk of metal bands, and a brand new jam from the Florida sons in Torche. Look upon our works, ye mighty, and despair.
For clarity; I am ridiculously late with this thing AND to this band. But the beauty of it is that on a recent journey up through the mountains and backroads of SC and NC, purposefully lost, “Who Lives Who Dies Who Cares” – second track off Come, Annihilation from Seattle’s punk/hardcore/metal trio Prison – came up in a random playlist and I was floored. So much so that I stopped the car and dove in like a fiend looking for that next fix. A full three spins later — it’s an EP man, 11 minutes to get through — I still couldn’t pick my jaw up off the rocks of the overhanging cliff I was, by this time, numbly peering off of. It’s got that feeling of some sweaty ass basement punk show, the kind you never can seem to find anymore. It’s equal parts grunge, noise, punk, hardcore and metal but most of all it’s that diamond in the rough that forces you to stop, put everything down, and take in all its glory (similar to the first time I heard the Melvins). As stated, this is way late so back in March we had the chance to shoot over our set of Profile questions to the band for some details and Kris (drums) responded with some enlightening answers and a boatload of recommendations so head below for an interesting read and please get yourself a copy from the links provided. Continue reading