Donuts & CANTO: Scorpions, Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails and more!


March 22, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • It appears Scorpions and Megadeth will be touring together this fall. Granted, this is just a single show announcement — for an October 7 date at the LA Forum — but it does mention something called the “Crazy World Tour,” so…there’s your two and two. Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to see reverse-aging phenomenon Rudolf Schenker in person!
  • If you’re in the Los Angeles area, congratulations! Nine Inch Nails have announced their first show in three years, and it’s in your area! (At this year’s FYF Fest on July 23) If you’re not in the Los Angeles area, you get nothing and like it.
  • It’s been a while since Mike Portnoy annoyed his way out of a band, so luckily for all of us, it looks like he’s got a new one in the works! Maybe. Rumors are suggesting it’ll be with ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and ex-Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. I give it about seven months until he’s unemployed again.
  • Judas Priest have officially entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer of Souls. Or at least, that’s what their Instagram would appear to suggest. Maybe they’ve just gotten Tom Allom and Andy Sneap to pose for pictures just to fuck with us. Who knows?
  • According to frontman Chuck BillyTestament is aiming to have the follow-up to last year’s Brotherhood of the Snake out in 2018. I wonder if a condensed recording schedule will lead to a less conspiracy theory-y album?
  • And finally, we here at Nine Circles were pretty big fans of the last Novembers Doom album, Bled White. So naturally, we’re pretty stoked to hear a new song from them! Check out the lyric video for “Zephyr” below:

The band’s new album, Hamartia, will be out April 14 on The End Records. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,

CANTO: 30 seconds of Ghost, a month-plus of Toxic Holocaust & Lord Dying, and more!

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Six damn posts today. And it would have been seven if I’d had time to finish the podcast last night. (Look for that sometime tomorrow.) Either way, it’s an exhausting cap to what’s been an exhausting week, so naturally in my exhaustion, I’m heading off to Saint Vitus later tonight to stand on my feet for four more hours and listen to some black metal. Woof. Anyway, here’s what we missed today:

  • Not one to be outdone by Iron Maiden’s “release-30-seconds-of-a-new-song” approach, Ghost issued about that much of another track from their upcoming albumMeliora. It’s called “Absolution,” and it’s…fine, I guess? Hard to tell with only 30 seconds.
  • Toxic Holocaust and Lord Dying announced a mammoth, month-plus tour run beginning at the end of August.
  • Sad about Obscura dropping off the Summer Slaughter tour? Here’s some good news: the band’s finished their new album!
  • Apparently, Guns ‘N’ Roses are still a thing, so it comes as little surprise that their revolving door of lineup changes would be, too. The latest casualty? Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal — otherwise known as the only talented one in the bunch.
  • And finally, The Sword released a new song earlier today. Here’s “Mist and Shadow”:

Good god, that was boring. Oh well, I’m off to see False, Thou and Fórn. Oh, and Sunrot, I guess. Later, kids.

Keep it heavy,

Quickies: Exit Bumblefoot, (Re-)Enter Pepper Keenan, and Holy Hell, Allegaeon

Busy night ahead, so let’s keep these quick. (HA! Get it? I hate myself for that one.) Anyway, it’s time for Quickies–let’s check out what we missed in the metal world today:

Goddamn, can these guys entertain me. Kinda reminds me of Iron Maiden’s “Holy Smoke” video, but with a not-shitty song. Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for you-know-what!


Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.