Leading off with another new track from Absent In Body. The latest from Plague God, “Rise From Ruins”, is available for streaming here. More fun still, this track was featured on AEW’s Revolution PPV event this past Sunday as the theme song for House of Black (Malakai Black, Brody King, and Buddy Matthews). Check that clip out here.
Hey! We’ve got an update from Vastum! The death metal crew out of Oakland are writing their fifth LP, which will be released through 20 Buck Spin. They’ve also got some live dates lined up, including festival appearances. Read up on all that here.
German medieval rockers Schandmaul have announced a new album. Their 11th effort, Knüppel aus dem Sack, is set for a June 10th release through Napalm Records. Check out the video for the title-track right here.
Rammstein released a new single and video today, which was obviously the biggest item to emerge. Below is the video for “Zeit”. I watched it once and enjoyed it. It’s different, and will absorb more of my attention tomorrow. But regardless, new Rammstein is always a good thing.
As I sit here writing out this 2019 list quite literally on New Year’s Eve (I swear I’m later and later with this post every year), I look back a bit and realize that 2019 was pretty much insane. Sure, we’re burning the Earth alive and democracy here is pretty much dead, but from a narrower lens, there were some positives. From a selfish standpoint, 2019 kicked ass. We should all look at the world with a greater perspective, and share in the trials and tribulations the world is going through and aspire for better… for everyone. But within all that, for the sake of sanity, it’s also healthy to look back on personal achievements and moments with some pride. And that’s where I’m at right now. Continue reading →
No meandering preamble. Too much of 2019 was utter shit, and music was the salve to my battered and bruised soul. Last week I touted 19 albums that helped me cope with the personal and global tragedies that the year brought, and this week brings another 15 records that, while not formally ranked all can on a given day act as my #26, or even my #1. Don’t try to find reason or logic in a list. Not only is it all subjective, but it’s all subject to change on a dime, on a given moment when the axis spins and tries to buck you off into orbit, and all you can cling to is the fragment of a melody, a riff or a lyric that tethers you to the world, keeps you grounded and ready for another day.
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: Vastum’s Orificial Purge and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Accumulated Knowledge.
I caught this late last night, so I obviously need to share it today. Migration Fest 2020 details. The Gilead/20 Buck Spin festival dropped the first round of bands for next year, and highlights include Falls of Rauros, Yellow Eyes, False, and Vastum. If you follow either of these labels, those names won’t surprise you. But that doesn’t make it any less exciting!
Deathwhite has revealed that their next album, titled Grave Image, will be out on January 31st through Season Of Mist. I really enjoyed their debut, and if the first single from this effort is any indication, we could be in for another tremendous listen in a couple more months.
In case anyone needed an Enslaved update, I’m happy to report that they have re-signed with Nuclear Blast. They’ve been working together for about a decade, with excellent results I might add, so this is a good thing. With the announcement, the band also dropped a music video for “What Else Is There”. That particular number is a cover of the Röyksopp song and features as a bonus track on E.