How many weeks in a row have I said “if I can just get to Friday…”? Oh yeah, all of them.
One more (at least) massive tour announcement to share. Behemoth are heading back to North America with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, and Unto Others. Those dates run from April 16th through May 15th, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
Cradle of Filth have announced “The Infernal Vernal Equinox” stream, scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing Dusk… and Her Embrace in full, along with other fan favorites. Tickets are available here.
Is that it? Am I the last one? Dang. Again. Wait, maybe one more to come… Anyway, I guess I’ll start this off on my soapbox as always, by noting that I truly cannot comprehend where we are as a society. Well, I suppose I can, which is even more frustrating. If 2020 wasn’t a brutal enough year (not in a good way), 2021 seemed to serve as an appropriate encore. Seemingly everything we experience in life has been weaponized for political gain in one way or another, a global pandemic has been widely accepted as an endemic thanks, in part, to widespread misinformation, and, just as bluntly, climate disasters resulting from human activity are on the brink of running rampant for the duration of humanity’s remaining existence… however brief that may be. And those are just my three favorite, non-personal, items to discuss in our corner of the universe. It sucks, and I’m burnt out. Optimism has completely faded at this point, and I’m ready to run screaming into the woods. But hey, cheers to 2020, right?!
The beginning is the end. Literally, in this case. I started this post with the entries for my list a few weeks ago, wrote my 1,000 word review (sorry) on my Album of the Year and concluding paragraph right before Christmas, and now here I am in the vaporous ether before the new year pondering the introduction.
And there are no words left.
I’ve wrangled with the why, trying to make sense of the music I consume and what it says, and I hit a point where trying to find an answer was…pointless. Not because it’s unimportant to know, but in the last two years the rest of the world became so much harder to deal with, life became so much harder to deal with, something in my brain went into emergency mode and just shut down the logic circuits, sending one single message over and over again:
Today seemed a bit quiet for a Monday, but I’m sure I’ll find something.
I suppose we can start with a tour. Battle Beast is joining Dragonforce for a North American tour this coming March and April. It all kicks off March 20th in Denver and wraps up on April 23rd in Berkeley. The Dragonforce tour actually starts March 7th, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch those guys if you’re interested.
Can’t remember the last time I mentioned Skid Row, so let’s go down that road next. They’re releasing a new box set, SKID ROW: The Atlantic Years 1989-1996, on December 3rd. You can pre-order any of the formats here.
Welcome to another Saturday morning playlist, friends. This week, we have a slew of new singles, from the death metal of Atrae Bilis and Dream Unending to the scenecore revival of Seeyouspacecowboy. Plus, my personal favorite Envy song, Chvrches upbeat synthpop, and much more. Check it out below.