In a way, Lower the Bar is the perfect title for the new Steel Panther album. You see, whether consciously or not, that’s what they’ve done on two consecutive albums now, following the two relatively lights-out records (Feel the Steel and Balls Out) that broke them out. Album No. 5 is still unmistakably a Steel Panther record — and, to its credit, one that boasts a couple of absolute panty-dropping tunes — but something’s just amiss this time out. Continue reading
March 20, 2017
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:
- First things first: as always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including Woe, Obituary and more. Check out Josh’s recap here.
- This isn’t nearly metal, but it’s still a damn shame: rock ‘n’ roll originator Chuck Berry passed away over the weekend at age 90. Hell of a life, and an incredible loss. Rest in peace, Chuck.
- Well, this sucks: Singaporean grinders Wormrot have cancelled their planned U.S. tour due to concerns over having proper papers in the current political climate. That includes their appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Fuck the Orange One forever.
- Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley, who curated this year’s Roadburn Festival, announced that he, bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba, and Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly will join forces to perform a set of punk covers at the festival. I’m totally not upset that I’m not going to Roadburn this year. Not upset at all. Not one bit.
- Ahead of their upcoming debut album, supergroup Dead Cross — featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and others — dropped a new song called “Shillelagh.” I don’t know who or what a “Shillelagh” is, but you should listen to it. Because Mike Patton.
- And finally, Steel Panther put out another new music video called “I Got What You Want,” which — let’s be real — there’s no way I wasn’t going to include in this round-up. Check it out below:
The band’s new album, Lower the Bar, drops this Friday. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!
Keep it heavy,
“Behold all that you now know… evil, evil.”
- Amon Amarth officially has a new drummer. And that would be Jocke Wallgren. He has been playing with Amon Amarth on their most recent tour. So this shouldn’t be that surprising.
- Maryland Deathfest has confirmed the rest of their 2017 lineup. Highlights from the last announcement include Candlemass, Grave, and Oranssi Pazuzu. I’m still not going.
- Steel Panther have announced their new album, Lower The Bar, will be out February 24, 2017. I’m sure some people are super excited about that.
- Eh, why not mention a new tour? That weird stuff known as Kayo Dot will be hitting a few spots in North America this October and November. I hear they are good.
- Finally, here’s Mastodon in a phone sex ad (of sorts) because why the fuck not?
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Before we kick off, it sounds like there’s some troubling news in the Insomnium camp. Let’s hope for the best there. Aside from that, here’s what we’ve got:
- I couldn’t kick things off any other way: Deafheaven have announced a tour this fall with Tribulation. You can be your ass I’m going to be there.
- You know what I’m even more excited about? Der Weg Einer Freiheit‘s first ever United States tour. And there’s a Boston date. Fuck I am so there!
- Since album sales show up on Tuesday now, let’s talk about Lamb of God, who had a great first week, approaching 50,000 units moved for VII: Sturm und Drang. Actually, it was the best opening week for any metal band this year.
- So this is the weird news of the day: Attila frontman Chris Fronzak is in hiding after apparently starting a riot. Well…okay then.
- Finally, I couldn’t close with anything other than the new Steel Panther music video for “Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World”:
This special World of Playboy clip (because of course they’re doing something for Playboy) follows last year’s original version of the video. Those guys are just so much fun.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I should have not had my first beer right after work. But, that kinda thing will happen on a Monday. Let’s see what the world is up to…
- Well, here’s a predicament. We have some early rumors about 2015’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The good: King Diamond. The bad: basically everyone else.
- I know we all lost our minds when it looked like we were going to get new Metalocalypse. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. It goes without saying, but it wasn’t Brendon Small’s choice.
- Ok, so maybe this is real news from the Tool camp. Guitarist Adam Jones told the internet world that recording delays were caused by a pending lawsuit… which is now resolved! New Tool, please?
- You guys remember Skinless? Actually… you may not. It’s been over 8 years since their last album, but it seems like there may be some new material on the way.
- If you haven’t seen this interview with Steel Panther on Larry King, get on that shit NOW:
These guys are just… the best. Regardless of how you feel about the music.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”