I worked today when nobody else did apparently. But hey, at least I head to Cali on Friday.
Let’s start with Fire In The Mountains, who announced the final lineup today. The last additions include the likes of Emma Ruth Rundle, Hexvessel, The Otolith, and Helen Money. Needless to say, an incredibly lineup just got even better. Can. Not. Wait.
And then we’ll jump over to Symphony X, who announced the supporting artists on their upcoming North America tour. They’ll be joined by Haken and Trope. That tour starts on May 10th and runs through June 12th. Tickets go on sale this week.
Lots of tour news today apparently. And the next announcement comes from Undeath, who have a U.S. headlining tour coming in November. It’s a small run of shows, but covers some decent ground on this side of the country. Get your tickets here.
Carnation have announced a new live album, The Galaxy Sessions, which drops on January 7th through Season of Mist. With that news, they also revealed the clip for “Reincarnation”, which we will wrap up this Monday with. Check it out below.
It’s been a while since I wrote something for the column, but I have been doing a lot of work and studying behind the scenes, which explains why there hasn’t been a lot of music writing lately. However, now that I have some time before grad school restarts, I can start talking about music again.
Blessed be thy gods.
For this episode of the column, I wanted to talk about a genre that combines both my love for classical (read: orchestral) music and metal, as I spend a lot of time listening to both genres. While symphonic metal tends to focus more on the vocal and operatic aspects of what we consider classical music to be, we tend to talk about instruments and instrumentation in accordance to their sound in a specific genre or in how they add texture to a song.
The guys air more grievances against the fiasco that is (or was) Mayhem Fest, then dig into new albums from Lamb of God and Symphony X. But the sh*t really hits the fan in the Heaven and Hell section, when they rip into Minnesota dentist and lion killer Walter Palmer!
All that and much, much more in Episode 11, so check it out!
Symphony X is a progressive metal band, and for the majority of their two-plus decades as a band, they’ve been pretty good at that whole “progress” thing. They’ve explored time and feel changes in their songs, constructed concept pieces about works like Homer’s Odyssey or Milton’s Paradise Lost, and generally made a good effort to keep their sound fresh and captivating. Which is why album number nine, Underworld, can’t help but feel like a little bit of a let-down. Continue reading →