This week is starting to taper off, and I’m really excited about it.
So this sounds really freaking cool. Sólstafir and Vreid are teaming up for a very unique concert stream, scheduled for October 15th and taking place on the mountaintops of Iceland and Norway. It’s scheduled for 3:00 PM EST, and you can tune in here.
This is a Europe thing I can’t participate in, but for those that can… I’m jealous. Arcturus and Iotunn have a run of shows planned in January and February of next year. Having seen Arcturus live once before, I would love to do that again someday in a not-MDF setting.
Monuments released the first single off of their upcoming new album, the name of which either does not exist yet or I simply can’t find. Anyway, that will be out sometime in 2022, and the clip for “Lavos” can be seen here.
And then we have Aborted, who dropped the third single (and video) from ManiaCult. Check out the clip for the title-track now. That album drops on September 10th through Century Media, and can be pre-ordered on all the formats right here.
Let’s stick with Century Media for a bit. Vildhjarta have announced some more new things. Their next effort, titled måsstaden under vatten, will be out on October 15th, and you can already check out visualizers for two new tracks: “kaos2” and “toxin”.
And we may as well wrap up with the new video from The Absence, for “Faith In Uncreation”. That track is taken from Coffinized, their fifth studio album, which dropped back on June 25th through M-Theory Audio.
What is there to say about Between the Buried and Me that hasn’t already been said? What is there to say about Colors that hasn’t already been said? Between the Buried and Me are one of those very special bands where everyone has a different favorite album by them. However, for the overwhelming majority, it’s Colors, which is pretty near universally beloved. How, and why, then, would the band ever try to put out an album like Colors II, one that at first glance might seem like a quick and easy way to cash in on something that they know will be a home run. Taking a deeper look, however, reveals this release as something much more important and much more personal.
Between the Buried and Me have blazed their own path and done things their own way now for some twenty years and change. So with a pandemic raging and nothing much else to do, they decided to record the follow up to their 2007 opus Colors, lovingly titled Colors II. Whether you go the Wikipedia route and call it new wave polka grunge or the band’s route and call it adult contemporary progressive death metal, it kind of all fits and this is why the band is so endeared by its fans or, on the flip side, at arm’s length to outsiders. Either way you slice it, Colors II is epic, colorful, and wildly entertaining. With that said, head inside for an in depth discussion with Tommy Rogers via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.
I’m happy it’s Friday, and I’m happy about all the metal news that emerged today.
And we’ll start with Boris, who unveiled a new video for a live performance of “Loveless”. That track is the lead single from No, which will see a vinyl release through Third Man Records on August 27th.
From there, we’ll check in with MØL. The blackgazers are returning with their second studio album, Diorama, which will be out through Nuclear Blast. Additional details are still to come for that release, but check out the video for new single “Photophobic” right now.
We’ve also got a new track and album announcement from Carnifex to add to the pile. Graveside Confessions will be out on September 3rd through Nuclear Blast. A video for the title track from that album just dropped today, and you can check it out right here.
The obvious way to close out the week is with the latest from Between The Buried And Me. This is the new video for “Revolution In Limbo”, another one taken from Colors II. As a reminder, that album drops on August 20th through Sumerian Records.