Remember that epic tour scheduled for last year that featured the likes of Megadeth, In Flames, Lamb of God, and Trivium? Well, those dates have been rescheduled to this August and September. This tour would be a monstrous way to welcome concerts back in 2021, so fingers crossed it all works out. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Lastly, and definitely most importantly (to me), is the news from Amenra. Their next full-length, De Doorn, is set for a June 25th release through Relapse Records. Pre-order it here, but just a heads up that a lot of the good stuff is sold out already (I helped that cause). This also came with a new track and video, “De Evenmens”. Needless to say, it is incredible on every front. Enjoy.
Sylvia Plath, despite being an iconic figure in poetry and American literature, was a relatively unappreciated figure in her own time. It took her unfortunate and heartbreaking suicide to really draw attention to what a giant spirit and an unmatched gift with words she had, but now her name stands with the greats of history, giving inspiration to so many, inside and outside of literature. It is from her legacy that the Norwegian/Swedish duo NOÊTA draw inspiration for their sophomore release Elm, the title of which references a poem Plath wrote mere months before her death.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, we’ve got ourselves a double header here. And what better to round out this double feature than with a double album, appropriately titled Dual. It might be a coincidence that we’re running this today, but it’s no coincidence that German darkwave pioneers and masters Deine Lakaien are commemorating their thirty-five-year career and tenth overall release with a sprawling double album of new work and ingeniously imagined covers of a breadth of artists that may just leave you scratching your head. Rest assured, if anyone can handle it, it would be the masters of the craft.
Norwegian black metal veterans Windir are releasing their full discography on vinyl and cassette through Season of Mist. The release date is scheduled for May 28th, but you can get your pre-order on here. I’m honestly glad that cassettes have made the resurgence they have.
Lastly, the new video from Small Town Titans for “9 to 5”. If nothing else, it’s a casually reminder that… it’s time for a beer.
We’ll close today with one of my favorite projects coming out of Iceland. This is the new video for “Hvítamyrkur” from Katla. That track is taken from their second full-length album, Allt þetta helvítis myrkur, available through Prophecy.