Aug 092012

Due to a combination of morning-long work commitments and another 5-hour flight home without wi-fi, this will likely be the last NCS post of the day.  Things should be more (ab)normal tomorrow.

In this post, I’ve quickly collected a variety of items that caught my eyes (and ears) last night.


Cattle Decap posted this status on their FB page last night: “We sodomized the city of Budapest, Hungary tonight. On Thursday we spill our seed upon the citizens of Czech Republic at Brutal Assault. Bye, bye fuckers”  At times like these, it’s fun to imagine the reaction of people outside metal if they knew how our bands showered gratitude on their fans. We, of course, only laugh.


I included news of this tour in a post on July 10 when only 13 dates had been announced. Now, a more complete schedule is available. I’m so fucking pleased to see a Seattle stop on the list. Septic Flesh . . . Krisiun . . . Melechesh . . . Ex Deo . . . Inquisition . . . wow . . .

10/12 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/13 – Trois-Rivières, QC @ Trois-Rivières Metalfest
10/14 – Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
10/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
10/16 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
10/19 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
10/21 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/23 – Kelowna, BC @ The Level Night Club
10/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/26 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/27 – S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dick’s
10/28 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
10/29 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
10/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
10/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova


I saw the news that this Canadian band we’ve been following for a while at NCS now have  release date for their new album — Embers and Revelations — which will be released by Relapse Records. Playing a hybrid of black and death metal with an ethnic Indian influence, Weapon is definitely a band worth watching, and this album should definitely be worth hearing. Pre-orders are being accepted at Bandcamp here.

Yesterday also brought this brief teaser clip for the new music:



I saw via Metal Sucks that Ensiferum have released a new official video for the song “In My Sword I Trust” from their forthcoming Unsung Heroes release.

Ensiferum may trust in their swords. I trust in Ensiferum to deliver folky pagan battle metal that makes the heart swell.  From what I’ve heard of the new album so far, the trust is well-placed.



Thanks to Utmu, I saw that San Diego’s Burning the Masses have released a new song. It’s a pre-production demo of a song called “Cyclical Decay”, which will appear on the band’s next album projected for 2013. I’ve been following this band for a while because they do lots of interesting cross-genre things in a sub-genre that’s stuffed with a lot of sameness.

This song is a very good example of that. It’s really all over the fucking map. Just listen:



Okay, this will come to you completely out of left field, just as it did to me when BadWolf suggest I give it a listen. Definitely not metal, though it’s a cover of a Metallica song — “Ride the Lightening”. I have no idea who Kendra Morris is, but I have to say I like her soulful, jazzy voice. and what she’s done with this song is pretty creative. So I’ll end the post with this.

Kendra’s debut album, Banshee, will be released by Wax Poetics Records on August 28, 2012.

Adios motherfuckers.

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  16 Responses to “QUICK AND DIRTY”

  1. South lake tahoe is a fucking crazy place to have on a tour. How deliciously random.

  2. I am so sick and tired of these tours playing every venue AROUND Michigan, but skipping the mitten altogether. Fuck you, bands! Seriously! You’re playing Ohio, Illinois, AND Minnesota, but not Michigan? Why the hell not? Are money doesn’t spend just as easily? I would tell you to go to hell, but you might enjoy that. So, instead, I’ll pray for you to go to Heaven where you’ll spend all your days in God’s loving bosom. Piss off!

    • *Our* sorry…stupid spell check

    • Speaking as a fellow (basically) Michigander, I feel your pain. I’m not sure i can just drive to Cleveland for this.

      The problem is that there aren’t any really good venues in the traditional Michigan market (Detroit) and not enough promoters are willing to take a risk on the up-and-comer (Grand Rapids)

      • How do you figure no good traditional venues? How about The Majestic Theater, The Magic Stick, St. Andrews, The Filmore? For GR, you have the Orbit Room, Delta Plex, and The Intersection. But the west side of the state is a bunch of uptight Republicans…so playin there is a waste, imo.

    • You should do like I did and start writing for websites and do nothing but incessantly bitch about how bands are always skipping your city. Two years and a half years ago when I started, Sacramento got jack shit for shows. You know how many shows I may wind up hitting in September alone? Five.

      The one in October, maybe 2 for the drive up to Lake Tahoe to see Septic Flesh and then Gwar in November.

  3. Kendra Morris has a cool music video for one of her songs, “Concrete Waves.” Definitely not metal. But, the video is wonderfully shot/edited and takes a dark turn story-wise. And, that’s kinda metal. 🙂

  4. Stoked for the “Conquerors……” tour, never seen Septic Flesh live before and the rest of the line up is fantastic!

    That Kendra Morris track is a damn fine cover too! Reminds me of Portishead.

  5. The fact that the Conquerors of the World Tour doesn’t even come close to me is reason enough to hire a mad scientist to find a way to make the East Coast below New York break off from the rest of the US. Either that or I should move to Seattle.

    That Weapon sounds interesting. Not necessarily sold on it, but definitely worth looking into.

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