Donuts & CANTO: Entombed, Arch Enemy, Gojira and more!

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Entombed guitarist Alex Hellid

May 23, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, the battle for the rights to Entombed‘s band name appears to have been decided in favor of the non-“A.D.” contingent of the band — a.k.a. everyone other than possible-Tolkien-dwarf L-G Petrov. Hopefully that’ll be the end of this almost-as-stupid-as-the-two-Queensrÿches saga.

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Donuts & CANTO: Chris Cornell, Pyrrhon, Old Man Gloom and more!

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Chris Cornell

May 19, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off with some sad news, Chris Cornell was found dead late Wednesday evening. The former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was just 52 years old, and it’s hard to put into words how enormous a loss this is. Rest in peace, Chris.

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Donuts & CANTO: Rammstein, Mötley Crüe, Taake and more!

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March 27, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

  • As always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new records on Friday, including PallbearerMemoriam and more. Check out Josh’s recap for the full list.
  • Rammstein have added dates in Chicago and Dallas to their limited U.S. run set to take place this summer. I was contemplating the Jones Beach gig — even though Jones Beach is the literal worst — until I took a look at StubHub and saw that even nosebleeds were going for $180 a pop. So, much as I’d like to see them a third time…nah.
  • It looks like Netflix is in talks to land the film adaptation of Mötley Crüe‘s autobiography, The Dirt — which I didn’t even realize was still a thing. When I was a freshman in high school, this was being talked about with Val Kilmer playing David Lee Roth. Now Kilmer can play present-day Vince Neil.
  • Holy shit, you guys, Taake have announced another U.S. tour. That’s the second in as many years. Holy shit. I can’t even snark about this, I’m just too excited.
  • Anathema have announced their new albumThe Optimist. The album, the band’s eleventh, will be out June 9 on Kscope Records. BRB, Corey and I need to go change our pants.
  • For some reason, Quiet Riot has a new lineup, and I guess it did stuff over the weekend. Why does this exist. Why.
  • And finally, Ghost debuted an (allegedly) all-new lineup at a gig in the UK over the weekend. Here’s the performance of “Square Hammer” from that performance:

This is “all-new” in the same way that the sky is green and puppies aren’t adorable. But it’s okay, because “Square Hammer” is still totally kickass. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Manny’s Magical Genre Guide: Black Metal

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Iconic photo from the basement of Euronymous’s record shop Helvete located in Norway. The basement housed his independent record label “Deathlike Silence Productions”

Directly from the depths of hellish, white teen angst was born the fiery brand of metal known simply as “black metal.” Exactly who coined the term first and which band used it properly is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is how pervasive the genre has been in extreme metal since the early 1980s. While developing mostly in Scandinavia the movement has eventually spread into Europe proper, Asia, the Balkans and the Americas—becoming a global phenomenon. Associated with black metal are plenty of non-musical elements including the legendary use of corpse paint, stage names and extreme secrecy as well as some illegal activities such as church burning, violent assault and murder. It should be noted that while plenty of black metal has been heavily criticized for its white power, Nazi-like lyrics and penchant for hate (more on that later) that doesn’t define the genre nor limit the thematic leanings. Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov… Maryland Deathfest XII (2014)

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Ahhhh it is finally mid-May. Which means the annual countdown to Maryland Deathfest is well in place. Of course, the reason MDF has become an annual tradition is because of all the incredible memories from past experiences. And what better way is there to reflect on some of the better moments from America’s premier death metal festival than with this particular piece of content? Let’s start by revisiting the highlights of MDF 2014…

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