I’m already looking forward to the return of hockey.
In anticipation of their upcoming tour together, John 5 and Jared James Nichols are hosting a Facebook live event on Monday, July 26th. The tour I’m referring to starts on August 10th and will run through September 4th. Tickets for those dates can be found here.
Thrash veterans Exmortus have also announced a new U.S. tour. Those dates run from July 22nd through August 21st, most of which are out west. So like, that tour starts tomorrow. Did I miss an earlier announcement about this? Anyway, in other news, it looks like a new album is planned for 2022 as well, which is dope.
Have you ever sat around just wishing you had a Guns N’ Roses branded bong? Well, if so, opportunity is now knocking… on heaven’s door (I’m so sorry). Here’s the purchase link, but I’m willing to bet it’ll be sold out soon if it isn’t already.
Times of Grace, the project featuring Adam D and Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, shared a new visualizer for “Currents”. Of course, that’s a track taken from the recently released Songs of Loss and Separation, which just dropped last week.
It’s fascinating to see what a side project allows members to express that they couldn’t in their primary outfit. Doubly so in the case of Times of Grace: Jesse Leach and Adam Dutkiewicz already have a flexible outlet in Killswitch Engage. Leach had not yet rejoined the band in 2011 when the collaborators’ debut arrived; 10 years later Songs of Loss and Separation shows that outside of the NWOAHM influences that have marked Killswitch’s style for over 20 years there’s a lot of darkness still to mine, and the opportunity to play in a more melodic, heartfelt space really differentiates this from the pair’s other outlet. It also makes for a stronger, more impactful offering that’s been sticking in my head since first playing the record.
“Ahh, we are so far gone! I knew you once, what will you become?”
If you need something to relax to (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t right now?), I recommend this album Devin Townsend just dropped that is filled with guitar improvisation. Legit, it’s called Guitar Improvisation #1.
Former Misfits drummer Joey Image, who has been battling cancer since 2016, has reportedly passed away at 63. He was with the group from 1978 to 1980 and performed on a number of releases, including the Night of the Living Dead single.
We’re quickly approaching a decade since the last Times of Grace release, a project featuring members of Killswitch Engage, and it looks like new stuff might be on it’s way. Something to look forward to later this year or early 2021, perhaps?
Cultus Black have released an in-studio music video for “Witch Hunt”, which you can check out below. That track is also available to stream on pretty much every platform out there.