As of today, my Mortician facemasks have been delivered. Glorious day, folks. Anyway, new metal Monday so let’s do it. Canada’s Revenge have been called a lot of things but extreme and chaotic are among the most pertinent descriptors, and they’re back with a major label debut and if anyone thought that would mean a less striking platter of extreme, those kind of thinkers are dead wrong. Pile of Priests drop their self titled debut which is a stunning display of thinking man’s death metal that has cahones as big as a planet, Chepang doles out punishing grindcore on their sophomore effort that will bring the eardrum pain, and Cosmic Putrefaction offer an all encompassing journey through every imaginable metal arena—kind of an ‘all that and a bag of chips’ sort of deal. So, as I don my fresh Mortician face mask you go and drop some cash on today’s offerings, I’ll be there in a sec. Continue reading
Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning playlist. This week, we’ve got a full house of picks coming at you, from the new Lantern courtesy of Anton to old ska punk staples courtesy of Ian. All these and more at the link below.
And we have come to the end, an end so momentous they let me post it during the week and not on a Sunday…nothing to do with the fact I was late, I assure you. Anyway, the end brought a lot of great stuff…really the perfect way to end this kind of thing. Things like the surprisingly great latest from Rob Zombie, 3 From Hell. And one of the best films I should have seen when it was released, the rape/revenge male skewering thriller Revenge. And the bizarre and gorgeous and slightly bonkers The Wailing. Not to mention the solid Argento giallo Four Flies on Grey Velvet and the ultimate Karloff redemption after the dismal The Invisible Ray with the Val Lewton-produced Bedlam.
Oh, there was also the requisite Hooper film, but I got to cheat a bit so behold the Hooper/Carpenter collaboration Body Bags!
All that and I still have, in the next few days, films like Midsommar, Brightburn, and the newest iteration of Creepshow ready to go. Enough talk – this year was a blast but it’s time to dive in! Continue reading
April 17, 2017
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:
- As usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including Craven Idol, Oranssi Pazuzu and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list!
- Woe and Ultha were kicked off the Hamburg ist Droneburg festival. Apparently, officials at the venue playing host to the festival got cold feet after finding out the groups had once played at a different festival with Inquisition. Never mind the fact that both bands are openly anti-fascist. Just disregard that little tidbit.
Thoreau may have penned “simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!”, but the quote could just as easily have come from war metal band Revenge. If nothing else, the Canadian triumvirate has been remarkably consistent in their approach over the past 15 years. The group has five studio albums: all featuring black, minimalist cover artwork (usually with a skull), all using three words to sum their dystopian landscape (Infiltration.Downfall.Death and Victory.Intolerance.Mastery. were the predecessors to Behold.Total.Rejection.). Boasting “No Scene. No brotherhood. No remorse.”, Revenge has carved out a niche of frenetically paced bestial metal using growling vocals and disconcerting chord progressions. Continue reading