CANTO: King Diamond, Atreyu, Khemmis, and More

king diamond

I got nothing. Well, nothing except loads and loads of tour announcements.

  • Most significantly, King Diamond, who announced a new album and tour today. The album, which will mark the first studio album in about 12 years, will be called The Institute. It won’t be released until sometime next year but we can expect a new single in the next few months it appears. And the tour. Holy crap the tour. They are November and December dates in North America, and support is in the form of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands. This is absolutely incredible.
  • And then we have Khemmis and UnI would love to make this show happen as well, however those dates are specifically out west this coming December.
  • And then there’s Atreyu, who are going to hit the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. Definitely not my realm of interest, but the idea behind this tour is cool; they are going to perform 20 songs, and those 20 songs were chosen by their fans. Those are U.S. dates in October and November with Whitechapel, He Is Legend, Tempting Fate, and Santa Cruz.
  • Now that (most) of today’s tour announcements are out of the way, let’s close with a little post-black metal. This comes from a band called Dawn of Ouroboros and the song is called “Sorrow’s Eclipse”. This track was pulled from their upcoming new album, The Art of Morphology. I’m into this. Check it out.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2015: Dan’s Honorable Mentions

Best 2015

If you listen to our podcast regularly, you’ll know I’ve already run down my Top 15 albums of the year. If you don’t… firstly, what the hell’s wrong with you? And secondly, you can find my picks here (Nos. 15-11), here (10-6) and here (top five). I try to avoid being redundant — thanks, journalism school! — so I didn’t want to rewrite these picks out here again on the blog. Instead, this post will cover nine honorable mentions for 2015. These may not have made the final cut, and they certainly aren’t the only honorable mentions I’ve got from this year, but they’re all well worth your time. Here’s what I’ve got:  Continue reading

Album Review: Santa Cruz – “Santa Cruz”

Santa Cruz album 2015

When you think of glam metal, a number of things come to mind: sleaze; falsity; a degree of catchiness, sure…but with that catchiness, a sell-by date—a point at which you realize that all of the hooks are mere surface sheen and then lose interest in it, absent all that much worth writing home about beyond that. It feels a little weird to be talking about sell-by dates (or, more to the point, outlasting sell-by dates) with Santa Cruz‘s new, self-titled second album—the thing only just dropped this week!—but if the early impression’s any indicator, this thing’s got a decent chance at sticking around in your head for a while. Continue reading

The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 43 (March 13, 2015)

It’s time for Episode 43 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, the guys discuss news from a range of metal festivals—including the upcoming Full Terror Assault, America’s first-ever true, open-air festival!—then review new albums from Enslaved, Ghost Bath and Santa Cruz. Plus, a look back at the one-year anniversary of our start in podcasting…with Horns Up’s predecessor series, “The Bracket,” that is.

All that and much, much more in Episode 43, so check it out!

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Just the Tip: March 10’s New Releases in Brief

It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Just the Tip! Here are the new releases we’ll be discussing on the podcast this week!

March 10, 2015

Enslaved – In Times (Nuclear Blast)

Ghost Bath – Moonlover (Northern Silence)

Ghost Bath Moonlover

[full review]

Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz (Spinefarm)

Santa Cruz album 2015

We’ll also have written reviews of these and other new releases here on the site throughout the week, but for now, take a listen and check back later this week for our spoken thoughts in Episode 43!

Other New Releases of Note:

  • Melechesh – Enki (Nuclear Blast)
  • Psycroptic – Psycroptic (Prosthetic)
  • Cancer Bats – Searching for Zero (Metal Blade)
  • Porta Nigra – Kaiserschnitt (Debemur Morti) [full review]
  • Mortals / Repellers – Split EP (Broken Limbs)

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