People are a lot more excited about Mudvayne reuniting than I would have expected.
Black Label Society are releasing quite the box set. None More Black, available through Entertainment One, features all 12 full-length albums, a bottle opener, a back patch, a hardcover book… all kinds of good stuff. Got some cash to burn? Here’s that purchase link you obviously need.
The latest installment from Wode, titled Burn In Many Mirrors, drops on April 2nd through 20 Buck Spin, and pre-orders are up for digital and physical formats. More importantly, at least terms of today’s relevance, they dropped a new track called “Fire In The Hills”, and it is expectedly awesome.
Big | Brave have a new LP coming soon. Vital will be released on CD and digitally on April 23rd, with a vinyl format following on July 9th, from Southern Lord. For a glimpse into what’s to come, check out the video for “Half Breed”. It’s a Friday, so there are new videos to share all over the place, but make sure this one is on your list.
Oceans has a new EP scheduled for an April 30th release through Nuclear Blast, titled We Are Nøt Okay, and today they released a video for the title-track. Andy Dörner of Caliban jumped in to provide some vocals on that one, which is pretty cool.
And lastly, this has been coming for awhile, today is the official release date for Ωmega, the latest studio album from symphonic metal legends Epica. To celebrate the album’s arrival, they’ve also released a new music video for “Skeleton Key”, which has been embedded immediately below. Check it out.
Southern Lord has announced a limited edition reissue of The Art of Self Defense. The repressing of the High On Fire studio debut will be out at the end of March, and can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp or Southern Lord.
Bewitcher released a new video for “Mystifier (White Night City)”, a track taken from their upcoming new album, Cursed Be Thy Kingdom. That album drops on April 16th through Century Media Records, and can be pre-ordered here.
Finally, we’ll close with the latest video from Architectural Genocide for “Gorge on Deceased”. That little number was taken from Cordyceptic Anthropomorph, which dropped on March 13th through Comatose Music.
Somehow the seedy dive bar you enter is darker than the night outside. The music throbs, sending out pulses your cerebral cortex can’t process but some older, primordial part of your brain instinctually knows, and understands. It’s that crux, that convergence of the primal beat that falls partly between the post punk of the early 80s and the tradition of gothic rock and roll, where early Danzig meets The Cult and howl into the moonlight. Call it whatever you want, “death rock” or otherwise; there’s no mistaking the bleeding heart of influence laid bare on the sleeve of The Wraith. To have something like Gloom Ballet arrive like a shot so late in the year is like that one drink at said bar that puts you over the edge from wary observation to full-on goon dance, and it’s a marvel to experience. Continue reading →