CANTO: Johan Hegg’s viking movie is coming to the States! And more

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Another round of Canto from me. You’re all thrilled, I can tell. Anyway, let’s see what we’ve got today:

  • Leading off, Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg’s viking movie, Northmen: A Viking Saga, is finally getting a U.S. release! It’ll be available July 31, and I couldn’t be more excited for this sure-to-be-cheesefest.
  • Bassist / vocalist / exactly-one-half-of-Morbid-Angelist Steve Tucker has promised that the band’s next album will be “full-on death metal.” Which’ll be a nice change from the “full-on liquid shit” approach they took on Illud Divinum Insanus.
  • Swedish post-metal crew Cult of Luna have rescheduled their North American tour! The band’ll be hitting the road in September with support from Minsk and Kylesa (NYC only). Get excited!
  • Speaking of tour-related things: Revocation have announced a late-summer / early-fall run with Cannabis Corpse, Archspire and Black Fast. This should be fun.
  • And finally, I couldn’t in good conscience NOT share a new Rob Scallon cover video. This time? “Cowboys From Hell” on ukelele. Watch it here:

Good stuff. I’m out for now. Check back tomorrow for the usual.

Keep it heavy,

CANTO: Hatebeak return, a new Rob Scallon cover, and sad news from Lazarus AD

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Bleh. That’s all I have to say about this particular Monday. Actually, lies…I’ll add: “48 hours ’til I leave for Baltimore.” Anyway, we’re coming at you guys a bit late with our news recap tonight, so let’s not waste any more time–here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • Horrible news from the Lazarus A.D. camp, as drummer Ryan Shutler passed away suddenly at age 28. Our condolences to his family and bandmates at this sad time.
  • So The Darkness have a new song out. In 2015. I…I can’t; that’s all I have on this.
  • ALL HAIL HATEBEAK! The parrot-fronted grindcore band have announced their new album, The Number of the Beak, will be out June 26th on Reptilian Records.
  • Attila frontman Chris Fronzak has a new cologne called Rage available for purchase. The likelihood of me buying this is about the same as that of me ever listening to Attila. Which would be “zero.”
  • And finally, we close with another cover video from mad genius Rob Scallon. This time, he’s doing Metallica’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth).” On an upright bass:

Dude’s a master. But you already knew that. Anyway, that’ll do it for us tonight. Check back tomorrow for the usual!

Keep it heavy,

Quickies: Century Media news, Lars Ulrich can’t market for sh*t, and more!

Quickies time! Corey’s in Boston today, so you get me instead. Woo-hoo! Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • MetalSucks has an interesting exclusive on the possible Century Media Records sale. The guys spoke with Century Media founder Robert Kampf to clarify developments around the label’s rumored major-label acquisition. Definitely worth a read.
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has followed Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway’s lead and written a letter to Indonesian president Joko Widodo, urging him to spare the lives of two men arrested for drug smuggling in the country. This isn’t sarcasm, but I’m genuinely wondering what the tug-of-war in Widodo’s head looks like right now.
  • This week’s album sales numbers are out over at Metal Insider and goddammit, Kid Rock is not only still a thing but also sold 136,000+ of his new album. You win, universe. You win. Oh well, at least there’s Torche.
  • Lars Ulrich claims that one of the songs Metallica has recorded for their as-yet-untitled, as-yet-producer-less new album is “not so bad.” That’s exactly the kind of positive marketing you want in a dying music industry when following up the worst album of your career. Good job, Lars!
  • And finally…Rob Scallon is awesome. Kendrick Lamar is awesome. Together, they’re, well…awesome! Here’s the former’s latest—an instrumental guitar medley of Kendrick tunes:

Pretty sure this dude can do no wrong. Which one? Either of them. Check out the rest of Rob’s videos here. Anyway, that’ll do it for me. Check back tomorrow for more!

Keep it heavy,


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Quickies: LOL Mike Portnoy, Tour Announcements, and more

Hey, friends. Little bit late with our Quickies tonight, but you can bet your asses they’ll have been worth the wait. Because dear lord do we have a list for you today. Awesome stuff, LOL stuff, you name it. I’ll stop talking and get to the Quickies–here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

Solid chops as always, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a bit trouble getting through it. Although that’s probably more down to Cannibal Corpse than to Rob, if I’m being honest. Anyway, that’ll wrap up for now. Check back tomorrow for more!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.