Jul 292014

I haven’t managed to compile a round-up of noteworthy new things in a few days, so this one is largish, though still not large enough. I’ll try to keep my own verbiage to a minimum so you don’t lose interest and drift away like hyperactive children, or like me when I hear a firetruck going by. I’ll begin with a trio of news items and then move into the music.


Yesterday came an announcement that Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross will tour North America together beginning on October 4 in Denver and ending on November 1 in Hollywood. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Machine Head’s new album on Nuclear Blast should be out around the time of this tour. I can’t honestly say that I’m very lathered up about this tour, but if you are, please send photos of yourself. Here are the dates (continued after the jump):

10/04/2014 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/05/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
10/06/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/07/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/09/2014 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
10/10/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/11/2014 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
10/12/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10/14/2014 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/15/2014 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
10/16/2014 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
10/17/2014 Rock and Shock/The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/18/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
10/20/2014 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
10/21/2014 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
10/22/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
10/23/2014 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
10/24/2014 O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
10/25/2014 The Republik – Calgary, AB
10/26/2014 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/29/2014 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
10/30/2014 Hawthorne Theatre- Portland, OR
10/31/2014 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/01/2014 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
11/02/2014 House of Blues – San Diego, CA





Thanks to a tip from my friend Vonlughlio, I saw that yesterday Candlelight Records disclosed more details about the new album by England’s Winterfylleth, including the cover art you see above, the title (The Divination of Antiquity), and the release date (Oct 6 in the UK and a day later everywhere else). I also saw this quote by frontman Chris Naughton:

“The new songs really focus on the more melodic, passionate and expansive end of our spectrum this time around ,and we have also taken the opportunity to shine light into a few dark corners of our songwriting including some slower, doomier elements this time as well.”

I’m very eager to hear the new album. And because Winterfylleth is on my mind, here are covers of three old folk songs that Winterfylleth contributed to the Season of Mist compilation One and All, Together, For Home, released earlier this year (and thanks to NCS reader eiterorm for reminding me that I’d never written about these songs):









I’ve already explained (here) why every sentient being should listen to Panopticon’s new album Roads To the North, and it wouldn’t hurt for non-sentient beings to listen to it, too. Now everyone can, because yesterday it began streaming in full at NPR — here:







Canadian post-hardcore band KEN Mode released a new official video yesterday for a song named “The Promises of God”, which appears on their latest album Entrench (which is on Bandcamp). The song rips, and the video is really well done. It tells a metaphorical story, though I think its meaning is subject to differing interpretations. It features the band’s road dog Dale as the star, it was written and directed by the band’s old bassist Chad Tremblay, and it includes guest vocals by Dave Verellen from Botch and Narrows. Watch:










Our old Tokyo-based pal Phro seems to think it’s more important to write for Rocket News 24 these days than for NCS. In my opinion, the fact that they pay him in actual disposable currency and I only offer dried loris pellets should make no difference at all. Go figure.

Anyway, even though Phro doesn’t show up around here any more, he does occasionally send me messages, like the one this morning about a new forthcoming video by The Wagakki Band, who were first covered in our pages in this October 2013 post (again, thanks to a tip from Phro). They’re interesting in part because they combine traditional rock instruments with traditional Japanese instruments — including a tsugaru-jamisen (Japanese lute), a koto (Japanese harp), a shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and a taiko drummer. Until recently, they had only recorded covers of vocaloid songs, but now they’re recorded an original song named “Hanabi”, which means fireworks. The song will be released on August 27 along with a video.

In a new Rocket News 24 article posted today, Phro included a teaser for the song and video — a nearly three-minute “short version”, which is cool even though it’s less than the complete version. Near the end of the clip you’ll see a kanji character on a person’s neck. I asked Phro what it meant, and he said it’s an old-school way of writing the word for flower (“hana”), which is also part of the word for fireworks — which makes sense if you think about it. Check out Phro’s article (here) for more info about the band and the new song/video.








  1. Hey-oh! That tour might be a possibility for me.

  2. Battlecross is pretty badass

    • They are — they would be the main reason I’d think about this, and the chance to see Machine Head because I’ve never seen them. But to make that work I’d have to wade through Epica and then COB, who I’ve seen a half dozen times before.

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