Initial Descent: June 17, 2016

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Thought last week was a big week for new metal? Okay, you probably did — because it was, and because I told you it was. But compared to this week? Ha. Haha. Hahaha.

If last week was a big week, then June 17 is a HOLY-SHIT-YNGWIE-MALMSTEEN-JUST-ATE-DINO-CAZARES week. We’ve got stuff dropping from all over the spectrum today, from Gojira‘s long-awaited sixth full-length, Magma, to the much-hyped third album from Oxnard grinders Nails. And a new one from Thrawsunblat. And one from Swans. Shit, there’s even a split from Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist!

If you haven’t gathered by now: we’ve got a lot to listen to, so I’m going to cut my excited rambling off here and get to it. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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CANTO: Two more bands for Migration Fest, new Babymetal and more!

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Three posts from me in a day? That’s the first time this has happened in…probably at least six months. Maybe longer. I don’t know. But either way, I’ve had a late night at the office so I figured I’d close things down for the week in style — with a Canto post. God I’m lame. Anyway, here’s what we missed today:

  • As you might have surmised from the header image, Migration Fest announced the addition of two more bands to its lineup: Magic Circle and Mizmor. I’ll admit, I don’t know what the hell a Mizmor is, but I’m game either way.
  • Swans frontman Michael Gira has been accused of rape by former collaborator Larkin Grimm. Ugh.
  • Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One (yes, that’s actually what he goes by) is claiming a song in Final Fantasy XIV ripped off his band’s song “When Worlds Collide.” Three things here: 1) I remember buying the album “When Worlds Collide” was on as a 10-year-old and now I hate myself a bit; 2) Spider One isn’t wrong here; and 3) WHY THE FUCK WOULD ANYBODY RIP OFF POWERMAN 5000???
  • Apparently, late GWAR frontman Dave Brockie wrote an RPG game book called “Towers Two” before his untimely death. Sight unseen, I can personally guarantee it’s better than Varg’s.
  • Finally, Babymetal released their new single, “KARATE.” Take a listen below:

It’s no “Gimme Chocolate!!!” but it’ll do. Anyway, that’s all for now. Have a good weekend, kids.

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Throwback Thursday: Birthdays Galore! (Tony Iommi, Michael Gira and more)

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via Flickr user kimclit

So in preparation for today’s #tbt post, I was looking through Wikipedia’s entry for February 19—what with my recent complete-throwing-in-of-the-towel with regard to @ThisDayInMetal and all—and happened upon the “Births” section. Now, this might shock you, but I’m not good at remembering album release dates. Vague approximations (seasonal, usually) are pretty much all I’m good for on that front. So this whole “finding a famous metalhead’s birthday” route seemed as good an idea as any, and was it ever. Look who’s celebrating another year of aging today!

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Retrospective: Sailors With Wax Wings’ self-titled debut

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I’d like to thank Ben over at Black Metal & Brews for recommending this album during the course of a Twitter exercise that I’ve sadly fallen behind on. The instructions were to listen to one album you hadn’t heard yet for each day of February, and to write one tweet about it. On Ben’s suggestion, I listened to Sailors With Wax Wings’ self-titled album for Day 3, and it became my favorite out of all the new albums I heard.

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