CANTO: Gloryhammer, Combichrist, Fallujah, and More

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Today was… a day.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Calgary Metalfest, Tony Iommi, Pallbearer, and more

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“I stare at the stricken, the follies of man, and the horror that lives in your eyes. And once we’re forgiven, the mind explodes in waves of terror. Burn my eyes, tear at the skin. The crawling beneath will begin. Side by side, pounding the heretic drums as we rise or we fall.”

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“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

CANTO: Satyricon studio news, metal emojis and LEGO MAD MAX

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Gotta say, it sure is nice doing these Canto posts having not missed ALL of the major stories of the day. We’re not yet at the point where we can cover everything, but I do rather like writing the occasional news post. Oh well. You don’t really care anyway. Here’s what we missed:

  • Satyricon are in the studio working on both a new original album and a covers album. I’m sure the five people their recent material hasn’t totally alienated will be totally pumped!
  • Rejoice, metalheads–our kind are finally going to be represented in emoji form!
  • Your weekly installment of “LOL, people still buy music?” is up over at Metal Insider. Kind of shocked that 13,000 people bought a new album from the Creed guitarist IN 2015.
  • The guitar-playing Doof Warrior from Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most metal things about a totally metal movie. AND NOW THERE’S A LEGO VERSION OF HIM AND I AM DEAD.
  • Black Sabbath wizard Tony Iommi is apparently thinking about remixing the Tony Martin-era album, Forbidden. There must be a reason why, but I can’t put my finger on it.
  • And finally, North Carolina folksters Æther Realm have a new video out for their song “The Chariot.” Check it out:

This. I want more of this. Now. Anyway, that’ll do it for today. Check back tomorrow for the usual!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Quickies: Century Media news, Lars Ulrich can’t market for sh*t, and more!

Quickies time! Corey’s in Boston today, so you get me instead. Woo-hoo! Here’s what we missed in the metal world today:

  • MetalSucks has an interesting exclusive on the possible Century Media Records sale. The guys spoke with Century Media founder Robert Kampf to clarify developments around the label’s rumored major-label acquisition. Definitely worth a read.
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has followed Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway’s lead and written a letter to Indonesian president Joko Widodo, urging him to spare the lives of two men arrested for drug smuggling in the country. This isn’t sarcasm, but I’m genuinely wondering what the tug-of-war in Widodo’s head looks like right now.
  • This week’s album sales numbers are out over at Metal Insider and goddammit, Kid Rock is not only still a thing but also sold 136,000+ of his new album. You win, universe. You win. Oh well, at least there’s Torche.
  • Lars Ulrich claims that one of the songs Metallica has recorded for their as-yet-untitled, as-yet-producer-less new album is “not so bad.” That’s exactly the kind of positive marketing you want in a dying music industry when following up the worst album of your career. Good job, Lars!
  • And finally…Rob Scallon is awesome. Kendrick Lamar is awesome. Together, they’re, well…awesome! Here’s the former’s latest—an instrumental guitar medley of Kendrick tunes:

Pretty sure this dude can do no wrong. Which one? Either of them. Check out the rest of Rob’s videos here. Anyway, that’ll do it for me. Check back tomorrow for more!

Keep it heavy,

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.

Throwback Thursday: Birthdays Galore! (Tony Iommi, Michael Gira and more)

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via Flickr user kimclit

So in preparation for today’s #tbt post, I was looking through Wikipedia’s entry for February 19—what with my recent complete-throwing-in-of-the-towel with regard to @ThisDayInMetal and all—and happened upon the “Births” section. Now, this might shock you, but I’m not good at remembering album release dates. Vague approximations (seasonal, usually) are pretty much all I’m good for on that front. So this whole “finding a famous metalhead’s birthday” route seemed as good an idea as any, and was it ever. Look who’s celebrating another year of aging today!

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