2020 can be described as a lot of things, most of them far from pleasant. I don’t think “evil” is a stretch, considering all of the rampant bullshit abounding and the world being a dumpster fire growing hotter and smellier every single day. I have no idea if Sweden’s Pågå are referring specifically to this year with the title of their debut album The Evil Year, but considering the whole affair is winding down and this album is chock full of all things strange, outlandish and psychedelic, I have to think that’s where at least some inspiration came from.Continue reading
It’s been over four years since Aleah Stanbridge lost her battle with cancer. She made an incredible mark on the music industry in her time, from being a featured vocalist on albums by Amorphis, Antimatter, and, of course, Swallow the Sun, to being a solo artist and a member of That Which Remains and Trees of Eternity along with Swallow the Sun’s Juha Raivio. She was an artist, photographer, poet, musician, and an all-around great person, and as a tribute to her, Raivio spearheaded posthumously releasing an album of her solo material, simply called Aleah. Continue reading
And on the third day, Corey said “find me a new show to watch and pour me a rye”.
- Add In This Moment to the list of bands that had to postpone or cancel a tour. If there is any good news here, however, it’s that it appears another update regarding new dates may be in the near future.
- Devin Townsend is working on a “Quarantine Project” (literally named), and dropped the first song from that effort. It’s partly in response/gratitude to his recent GoFundMe campaign to make back some lost touring wages, because, well, Devy is a tremendous human.
- In case you needed another excuse to add to your music library, Bandcamp has announced that this coming Friday they are waiving their revenue share on sales. That means all purchase prices go directly to the artist, in full. I have some goodies lined up for the 20th… I hope you do as well.
- Hexvessel premiered a new track and video today, which we will absolutely be closing with. The song is called “Phaedra”, taken from Kindred, which drops on April 17th through Svart Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
My shins hurt.
- Lacuna Coil have had to cancel some shows as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. This is a serious bummer, but I was wondering when we would start to see some postponed tours as a result of what’s going on in the world.
- Carcass have revealed the name of their upcoming new album. It will be called Torn Arteries and it is slated for an August 7th release through Nuclear Blast. We are all looking forward to that one.
- Auðn are back in the studio to record their third full-length album. I immensely enjoyed 2017’s Farvegir Fyrndar, so needless to say I’m excited to hear this news. Sounds like the new record will be out later this year through Season of Mist.
- I’m in a weird mood, so let’s close with some post-metal. This is the latest from Telepathy, titled “The Void In Aimless Flight”. Burn Embrace will be out on March 27th through Svart Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Why doesn’t it feel like the weekend?
- Couple tours to throw at you today. The first features Origin, who will be cruising around North America with Beneath The Massacre, Wake, and Defeated Sanity. Those dates run through March and early April.
- The next tour comes from Yob, who not only announced some west coast and European dates in March and May, but also an appearance at Fire In The Mountains. Man, really wish I could go this year. Maybe 2021.
- Hexvessel dropped the first single from their upcoming album. Kindred isn’t out until March 20th (on Svart Records), but “Demian” can be streamed right now.
- Lastly, because this seems like a fun thing for a Friday, here is a new video from Macabre for “The Ted Bundy Song”. For those that may not remember, that was a track from 1993’s Sinister Slaughter. Their entire discography is now available digitally, which is why they are celebrating with this throwback. Fun!
“Ein Bier… bitte.”