And all of a sudden, tour alerts are all over the place. We’ll start this week with the news that In This Moment have announced a tour with Black Veil Brides, this September through November. Tickets go on sale this coming Friday, and can be purchased here.
The next tour (out of two, I promise) we’ll announce features Alice Cooper, with special guest Ace Frehley. Those dates are in September and October of this year, with those tickets also going on sale this coming Friday. Here’s the purchase link. Side note, I should probably check out Detroit Stories at same point because… duh.
Vouna, the project featuring multi-instrumentalist Yianna Bekris, has nailed down July 16th as the release date for Atropos. The new album will be out through Profound Lore, and the digital album can be pre-ordered at this location. Check out the first single, “Highest Mountain”, while you’re over there.
This was one of those rare days where I knew what video I wanted to close without having to think about it. This is the latest clip from Auðn for “Vökudraumsins fangi”, the title-track from last year’s album, which was released through Season of Mist.
So, I slept on Bestial Hymns of Perversion. I was definitely aware of all the hype around it, and it wasn’t like I had anything against it, but I just never got a solid listen in. It should have been the highest priority for me, given that it’s everything I love about death metal, but it just never quite happened. Now I find myself scrambling to catch up to the hype train Of Feather and Bone are currently riding, because Sulphuric Disintegration is about to surpass everything they have done before this point. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
This constant vortex of uncertainty, pressure, and stress is a bitch. No other way to describe it and I know this is news to literally nobody. But, it’s nice to know we’ve got some cantankerous music this week to avert attention. What, you ask? Hang in there and let’s find out… Of Feather and Bone are sitting on one the most unflinchingly violent death metal albums in recent memory, Machetazo do for gore grind what Carcass did for death metal many years ago and even though it’s a compilation of scattered tracks, this thing is intense, Puteraeon bring a heavy dose of Lovecraft to their maiming buzzsaw of Swedeath, and Novarupta offer an intense and heavy respite of first class post-metal. Do the thing and go support a ton of new music.
Grindcore is good. Grindcore has always been good, but one of the things I am the happiest about seeing in the genre is the evolution of a more mature sound coming out of bands doing modern grind. Not that I don’t like goofy minute-and-a-half songs about blood and gore, but I think, more now than ever, there are so many bands who are pushing the envelope for what the genre can do, and what its purpose in the larger metal community is. Chief among those bands is Toronto’s Bleeding Out, who grace us with their long-awaited debut Lifelong Death Fantasy.
A little more prog metal to close out the day (and likely week, for me). Here is the new video from Scardust for “Stranger”. That’s the title-track from their upcoming new album, which drops on October 30th through M-Theory Audio.