I had two tests today, and I’m basically brain dead. This will be short. Here goes:
Leading off, Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from the band this morning. I’m bummed. Wasn’t nuts about 2016’s Nattesferd, of course, but those first two albums are still gold — plus, Erlend was a big part of what made these guys so great in a live setting. We’ll see what happens from here.
Behemoth announced its fall Ecclesia Diabolica North America tour, with support from At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. Kinda feels like the Carcass / Deafheaven / Inter Arma trek a few years back; I’m here for all these guys, but none of them really make a ton of sense with the others? Oh well.
Apparently, Tengger Cavalry is back together, and has a new song out called “Heart” out. Cool?
More tour dates! Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire and good gawd, y’all, I need to be at this show. September 27 at Voltage Lounge, I’m comin’ for ya.
Decibel announced a couple of more bands for the forthcoming West Coast edition of its annual Metal and Beer Fest. Joining the ranks now are The Black Dahlia Murder, Khemmis and Trappist. It’s not a competition, but…so far, this version’s beating the Philly one pretty handily.
And finally, we’ve got one left over from the weekend: Philly hardcore crew Jesus Piece dropped a new tune that the kids might describe as “flames.” Check out “Neuroprison” below:
The band’s new album, Only Self, will be out August 24 via Southern Lord. Pre-orders are available on both Bandcamp, as well as the label’s website. That’ll do it for now — check back soon for more!
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, good news from The Atlas Moth: in a new interview with Yr Album’s a Sucker, frontman Stavros Giannopoulos revealed that the band’s new album is 75% done. Oh, and it’ll be out on Prosthetic Records. So, that’s cool!
For this month’s installment of “How Not to Do It” I’ve decided to do another interview with someone in the industry. This time, I decided to speak with someone who is involved more on the management end of things-Matt Bacon of Dropout Media. Enjoy the interview and contact Matt if you have any further questions about what he does. Continue reading →
Tengger Cavalry are one of the more interesting bands on the planet. Combining Mongolian Folk singing, Tuvan throat singing and heavy metal the band creates quite an atmosphere. Their live shows are also excellent (we reviewed on here). Their combination of musicianship and charisma (particularly their frontman, Nature Ganganbaigal, interviewed below) are truly unique in their genre. With an exciting and interesting upbringing, a penchant for metal and a nose for his own culture, Nature is truly one of a kind. So follow the jump for his words and thoughts. Continue reading →
Recently I attended a Tengger Cavalry show at St. Vitus. In writing the review I realized my pictures were garbage. In seeking out better photography from that show I was introduced to Derek Soto. After perusing his site I realized that this guy takes excellent photographs. He’s a photographer that understands the music and the message that the band is trying to convey. Rather than just taking beautiful pictures from afar, Derek gets down and dirty jumping deep into the pit to get the shot that conveys the aura of the live show. Thus, I wanted to get to know him better in the only way I know how: a Nine Circles Profile. You can find Derek’s work over at Sinestra Studios (who you can follow on Twitter). Continue reading →