I worked in Boston today. Therefore, I am tired.
- In This Moment have announced their seventh album, Mother, will be out on March 27th via Roadrunner/Atlantic. A video for the first single, “The In-Between” is available now. Upcoming tour dates, as well.
- A whole bunch of videos today that I’m going to share because time is short. The first comes from Envy, for “A Faint New World”. I’ve had a chance to listen to The Fallen Crimson (out of February 7th through Pelagic Records), and it is awesome.
- The next one comes from German thrash group Surgical Strike. Their debut, titled Part of a Sick World, is out this coming Friday on Metalville Records. Anyway, here is the video for “Not In This Life.”
- Lastly, we have 1349‘s video for “Through Eyes of Stone”. The Infernal Pathway was released last October and if you weren’t already aware… it’s quite good.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
“There is this face in the still water I can’t remember ever wearing. Like fingerprints on your heart, reading out the last lines of code. To the untrained eye, a secret. I bled away the last of you.”
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent much time with the latest effort from Kvelertak. It’s not that I don’t think Nattesferd isn’t a solid album. It is. But it’s more that Kvelertak have always been a live band for me. I discovered them in a live setting, they blew me away, and I just don’t think anything they have put on record has matched that level of enjoyment. A snobby approach perhaps, but whatever. And as a follow up thought, yes their live show is that good. Regardless, we sit here now addressing their new music video for the title-track of this most recent effort. And let me tell you, it’s some kind of entertaining. Continue reading
Thought last week was a big week for new metal? Okay, you probably did — because it was, and because I told you it was. But compared to this week? Ha. Haha. Hahaha.
If last week was a big week, then June 17 is a HOLY-SHIT-YNGWIE-MALMSTEEN-JUST-ATE-DINO-CAZARES week. We’ve got stuff dropping from all over the spectrum today, from Gojira‘s long-awaited sixth full-length, Magma, to the much-hyped third album from Oxnard grinders Nails. And a new one from Thrawsunblat. And one from Swans. Shit, there’s even a split from Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist!
If you haven’t gathered by now: we’ve got a lot to listen to, so I’m going to cut my excited rambling off here and get to it. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
On their new, third album, Nattesferd, Kvelertak is less “Kvelertak-y” than they’ve ever been. John Dyer Baizley’s cover artwork? Gone. Kurt Ballou’s production? That’s out, too. In most cases, the band’s even done away with the blast-beat driven aggression that’s driven their black ‘n’ roll / hardcore sound since its inception. But if you’re worried the bottom’s completely dropped out, lighten up. At the end of the day, the Norwegians still know how to write a fun song, and they show that regularly on Nattesferd. It’s not a great album, but it’s certainly not a bad one either.