We’re back on a regular format today. No more eulogies from me, thankfully. Instead, we’ve just got our weekly assortment of whatever great tunes we’ve been jamming. This week, I throw in some new Cult of Luna, which I enjoyed a lot more than its one hour and twenty minute run time would have had me believe I could, Anton throws in the new single from Sutrah which he’s been gushing about to anyone with ears around these parts, and we have a few picks from a site newcomer who you may or may not be hearing more from very soon…
Until then, enjoy.
I got nothing. Well, nothing except loads and loads of tour announcements.
- Most significantly, King Diamond, who announced a new album and tour today. The album, which will mark the first studio album in about 12 years, will be called The Institute. It won’t be released until sometime next year but we can expect a new single in the next few months it appears. And the tour. Holy crap the tour. They are November and December dates in North America, and support is in the form of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands. This is absolutely incredible.
- And then we have Khemmis and Un. I would love to make this show happen as well, however those dates are specifically out west this coming December.
- And then there’s Atreyu, who are going to hit the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. Definitely not my realm of interest, but the idea behind this tour is cool; they are going to perform 20 songs, and those 20 songs were chosen by their fans. Those are U.S. dates in October and November with Whitechapel, He Is Legend, Tempting Fate, and Santa Cruz.
- Now that (most) of today’s tour announcements are out of the way, let’s close with a little post-black metal. This comes from a band called Dawn of Ouroboros and the song is called “Sorrow’s Eclipse”. This track was pulled from their upcoming new album, The Art of Morphology. I’m into this. Check it out.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Un’s Sentiment and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Hazy Little Thing IPA. Continue reading
Greetings, everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying the holiday season and everything it has to offer. As we roll into our second week of our Best of 2015 series, we are honored to feature the doom metallers out of Seattle known simply as Un. Guitarist and vocalist Monte McCleery was kind enough to share his favorite albums of the past year with us, and subsequently with you. Check them out below. Continue reading
With a glut of low-and-slow bands coming from the Pacific Northwest, it’s a blessing and a curse to be a fan of doom metal right now. As with every other subgenre that has experienced a passing emergence into the limelight, doom metal has recently produced some fantastic bands, lots of carbon copies, and some really terrible ones that rely more on their amps and guitar tones than real songwriting. Rarely do many of them show promise from the start: Seattle-based UN (exactly how you think it’s pronounced), fortunately, exceed just having potential on their debut The Tomb of All Things, an artistically mature exercise in funeral doom with flourishes of post-metal and abrasive sludge. Continue reading