Welcome back to number 101 folks. We may have just hit mixtape number 100 in our weekly series, but the confetti is all swept up and we’re back in business mode here at 9CHQ. Just kidding, it’s always a party when we do these things, because we love sharing music with you all. This week, I’m in Yeehaw Mode (TM), our interview wizard Matt is loving the new Toxic Holocaust, and the return of Castle Metal gives us all something to be grateful for. Check out these and much more (ed: and DEATH METAL) below.
Late today. Oh well, these things happen when Corey’s at a movie and I’m coming from a work event. So enough explanation—here’s what we missed in the metal world today:
Windhanddropped a new song today! “Two Urns” marks the first glimpse of the band’s upcoming album, Grief’s Eternal Flower. September 18 can’t get here soon enough.
In case you somehow, for whatever reason, were still down to support the annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival, here’s another reason to reevaluate your life.
Former Megadeth guitarist (and current Japanese TV game show host) Marty Friedman is coming back to the States! For a tour at least—his first in 12 years! This should be neat.
The latest “Metal by Numbers” post is out at Metal Insider, and I’ve gotta say, it’s nice seeing such solid debuts from Failure, Refused and Jungle Rot. August Burns Red, on the other hand, can go fuck themselves.
This Iron Maidenbody paint photo is the amazing bit of Internet we never knew we wanted.
Finally, Quebecois tech-deathsters Beyond Creation released a new video for their song, “Fundamental Process.” Check it out here:
As you can see in the description, the video was filmed during a recent live set in NYC. Studio at Webster? That’s gotta be it, right? Oh well, I’ll stop my nerding-out. That’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for the usual!
Let’s be as transparent as possible with this:you shouldn’t listen to the new Refused album, Freedom, expecting the band to pick up where The Shape of Punk to Come left off. That would have been a tall order after two or three years, but after seventeen? No way. They’re a different band now, and their sense of extremity—whether in sheer aggression or genre-blending experimentation—has dulled with age. Sure, they’ve still got a healthy amount of anger, but they’re tamer and more muted in presenting it to the world. Continue reading →
It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Initial Descent! With today being the last day of Q2, we’re mostly going to spend this week’s podcast recapping our favorites from the last three months. BUT…there is one new album that we couldn’t resist digging into. So that said…here’s what we’ll be chatting about on this week’s podcast!