I’m very tired. Let’s see what lurks in the inbox on this fine Monday.
- Amorphis and Dimmu Borgir have announced an awesome co-headlining tour. The bad news? Only European dates so far – and there aren’t even many of those. Still, if your schedule allows it, you should dabble. Oh, and did I mention Wolves In The Throne Room will be supporting? Yeahhhhh.
- In other tour news, Rotting Christ have had to back out of their performance at Psycho Las Vegas due to issues obtaining work visas. Shit happens. Not an easy process and changing band members only makes it more challenging. The blame, however, was directed entirely at the band and label by the festival team. From their account, they claim RC/Season of Mist waited way too long to submit their applications. The label owner responded with very good points. It’s all very dramatic.
- In today’s random news, you can see the Slayer logo on NASCAR driver JJ Yeley’s car this weekend. Honestly, it’s a collaboration that kinda makes sense. Regardless, I’m not a NASCAR fan, so I’m going to forget about this basically as soon as I finish typing it.
- Next month, specifically September 13th, Winterfylleth will be releasing a live album/DVD through Candlelight called The Siege of Mercia. The footage was taken from their performance at Bloodstock back in 2017. For a preview, check out their performance of “The Swart Raven” below. This is awesome, but I really really need to see them live eventually.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I want a new camera. Just because.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
On a Friday? In this economy?
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
* 8/29 mea culpa: After some robust discussion online I’ve added a new paragraph addressing in part the thorny issue of including “problematic bands” in a list such as this. Providing proper context is always important, and I failed to do that. The fault is mine, and I hope the added commentary helps clarify the choices made.
Ah, social media…where would we complain and spit our vitriol over “Best Of” lists if we didn’t have you? Last week’s ire in a buttercup came from Metal Hammer‘s list of “The 40 Best Black Metal Albums Ever” — a post that at its heart really just outlined 40 really good to great albums influential to the genre over the course of three decades. Compiled and with commentary by Dayal Patterson, a man that knows a thing or two about black metal, the article (I’m guessing titled by parent company Louder/Future Pic to generate more clicks — successfully) instead served as fodder for other sites to call out and complain over as well as get the always sensible metal community to froth at the mouth over what was and wasn’t on a list that in all reality serves as a pretty nice introduction to the early evolution of a now expansive and diverse genre.
Well, for this edition of Nine Circles ov…. we show that we’re not above our own cheap commentary, even if it’s at our own expense… Continue reading
I had two tests today, and I’m basically brain dead. This will be short. Here goes:
- Leading off, Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik announced his departure from the band this morning. I’m bummed. Wasn’t nuts about 2016’s Nattesferd, of course, but those first two albums are still gold — plus, Erlend was a big part of what made these guys so great in a live setting. We’ll see what happens from here.
- Behemoth announced its fall Ecclesia Diabolica North America tour, with support from At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. Kinda feels like the Carcass / Deafheaven / Inter Arma trek a few years back; I’m here for all these guys, but none of them really make a ton of sense with the others? Oh well.
- Apparently, Tengger Cavalry is back together, and has a new song out called “Heart” out. Cool?
- More tour dates! Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire and good gawd, y’all, I need to be at this show. September 27 at Voltage Lounge, I’m comin’ for ya.
- Decibel announced a couple of more bands for the forthcoming West Coast edition of its annual Metal and Beer Fest. Joining the ranks now are The Black Dahlia Murder, Khemmis and Trappist. It’s not a competition, but…so far, this version’s beating the Philly one pretty handily.
- And finally, we’ve got one left over from the weekend: Philly hardcore crew Jesus Piece dropped a new tune that the kids might describe as “flames.” Check out “Neuroprison” below:
The band’s new album, Only Self, will be out August 24 via Southern Lord. Pre-orders are available on both Bandcamp, as well as the label’s website. That’ll do it for now — check back soon for more!
Keep it heavy,