Content warning for what lies ahead: we’re going to be talking about death, suicide and addiction quite a bit in the lines that follow. If you’re not comfortable with that, no worries, see you in the next one, but it is very hard to talk about Drowse and their third album on the venerable Flenser Wane into It without mentioning the heartache, loss and lingering uncertainty that went into this three-year journey. For those tuning out, I’ll leave you with my abridged thoughts up front: Wane into It is a heartbreakingly real, achingly emotional ride that is really not to be missed.Continue reading
The start of another week. But at least the Red Wings notched a few wins this past weekend.
- Since I live in the mountains now, let’s start with some atmospheric black metal. Woods of Desolation premiered a new track today titled “Illumination”. That’s the third single taken from The Falling Tide, their new album which drops on September 9 through Season of Mist.
- Moving in a bit of a hardcore direction next, we have Creeper. Their new single, “Ghost Brigade”, is the first material released through Spinefarm. Sex, Death & The Infinite Void dropped in 2020, so we’ll keep an eye out for new album announcements in the months ahead.
- The new Drowse LP, Wane Into It, is out this coming Friday through The Flenser. As such, check out “Three Faces (Cyanoacrylate)” over at Chorus. There’s an interview there worth reading as well.
- There’s some real hype surrounding Foregone, the upcoming new In Flames album. So with that in consideration, we’ll tie up our Monday with the new video for “Foregone Pt. 2”. It’s a different vibe than the other singles we’ve heard, but that is definitely not a bad thing. As a reminder, that album is out on February 10 through Nuclear Blast.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I stake much of my reputation on being someone who adores lo-fi indie music, in case you hadn’t picked up on the number of times I mention The Mountain Goats on a podcast dedicated to music that is decidedly unlike The Mountain Goats. I am a person who loves simple, uncomplicated music that packs a lot of heart, and there is something about the sound of fuzzy, blown out instruments that works with my ears and brain very nicely. It is through this lens that I come to Holly, the new EP by San Jose based experimental artist Kathryn Mohr, which presents a kaleidoscope view of the world through synthesizer, guitar, and vocals.Continue reading
Back to reality (again!) tomorrow. Until then, I guess I’m watching baseball? Weird.
- We’ll start with Weedeater, who have announced a handful of November dates (and a December date) with Telekinetic Yeti and Donnie Doolittle. The full schedule, with ticket links, can be found here.
- The Flenser has welcomed experimental black metal duo Ragana to their roster, and that can only mean good things. Better yet, you can catch them on tour with Vile Creature early in 2023… which is something I’m very much going to try and make happen.
- California sludge crew -(16)- are returning with a new album, Into Dust, on November 18 through Relapse Records. Check out a video for “Scrape The Rocks” here.
- And on that note, we’ll close out the date with this clip of Lost In Kiev performing “We Are” at MIDILIVE Studios in Villetaneuse, France. That track is taken from their upcoming new album, Rupture, which is out Friday through Pelagic Records.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
We’ve featured some best of mid year picks recently and thinking about those along with my own running list I keep throughout each year, it is absurd how much really good metal we’ve been handed thus far in 2022. I mean, ABSURD… in a good way of course. And, the last half is looking pretty damn good as well. So, there’s that. Speaking of good stuff, this week’s list of new releases offer up more of that from Krisiun, Triumvir Foul, Chat Pile, and Grima. As usual though, there’s a loaded list that follows these four that are certainly worth exploring. Go do that and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week.Continue reading