Not even a full week into the new year and I’ll be damned if there’s not already some amazing music laid bare across our laps. And the rest of the next couple of months is looking tasty as well. You know, 2018 might not be so bad after all. Anyway, it’s cold — too cold. Many of you are blowing snow out of your mouths as this goes to press while many others are just trying to wrap up as tightly as possible. Winter is upon us, like it or not but new tunes, we got them, so onward march. I had planned a completely different lead off album but a few spins of the latest, Sangue Cassia, from Portugal’s Sinistro turned my sails in a different direction. This is some of the most majestic and powerful doom I’ve heard since Amenra’s Mass VI last year and putting this band in that same category means this is an absolute must for you. Next up is black metal’s nastiest concert troop Watain with their latest Trident Wolf Eclipse which finds the band back to their biting and vicious roots but is it enough? Find out shortly. Last up in the opening slots is Norway’s power trio Magick Touch with their amazingly fun heavy metal chops on Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire and honestly if you don’t at least break a smirk to this you’re already dead and cold. We’re still in the low quantity time of the year but fear not as the quality you’ve just read about continues on just inside so snuggle up with a fire or blanket and turn it up. Continue reading
What to do if you’re a well-established black metal act (let’s pretend there is such a thing), having garnered a significant amount of praise for your early work, getting signed to a major metal label, and then releasing something that attempts to expand the sonic palate you’ve established but doesn’t get the same notice or acclaim as those earlier records? If you’re Watain, you regroup, wait five years, then return to the sound you had eight years ago and launch the blistering black attack of Trident Wolf Eclipse. Continue reading
Greetings, all. This morning we are pleased to offer our first playlist of November. It’s hard to believe we are in the final two months of the year, but we are. So you can certainly expect to start seeing some evidence of 2017 album revisits as we gear up for the end of the year. Or maybe I’m just speaking for myself. No matter, it’s a Monday morning following a weekend in which I was annihilated by Bell Witch and Primitive Man, so I’m going to quickly remind you to check out/subscribe to our YouTube channel and then leave you to it… Continue reading
11/1/2017. November. Lame.
- Behemoth are in the studio! We kinda already figured a new album was coming our way at some point next year, but hopefully it’ll be earlier in the year? They are also in trouble with Polish law again. For a shirt. Or something.
- Sounds like Slipknot have been pretty hard at work as well. According to their Clown, they have seven or eight songs already completed.
- Kiss have a mobile game now. Or will soon. I don’t really know and I don’t really care.
- Heyyy a new thing from Watain. A music video for “Nuclear Alchemy” dropped yesterday. You know what to do.
I encourage watching that in public space around a lot of people.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
10/3/2017. It’s October now. I skipped Monday because I forgot.
- Aura Noir will be touring North America later this month with their classic lineup for the first time ever. There’s only a handful of dates, but this is a good one to catch if you can.
- Watain have announced a 7-inch Nuclear Alchemy will drop on October 31st. This single should give us a taste of what their upcoming full-length, due out in January, will be all about.
- Septicflesh have announced a co-headlining North America tour with Dark Funeral. Support will come in the form of Thy Antichrist. Count me in.
- Tom Petty has passed away at 66. It’s been a sad week. Goodbye to a legend. RIP.
- Turning things just around a bit, how about the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest 2018 news? Carcass, At The Gates, Mayhem, and a boatload of amazing beer. Sounds like heaven. Hell?
No video today, sorry.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”