In today’s posts we’ve thrown quite a lot of new music your way, but we’re still not quite done. There are a couple more songs I want to recommend that I discovered over the last 24 hours, plus some news items that perked my interest. We’ll start with those and then move to the songs.
THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND TOUR 2015
Through Space and Grind is the name of a 2015 North American tour whose roster is full of eye-catching names: Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate. The tour begins on January 27 in Miami and runs through February 28 in Houston.
The following bands will also join the tour on selected dates: Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories, and Phobia. Here’s the full schedule:
1/27/2015 Miami, FL Grand Central*
1/28/2015 St Petersburg, FL State Theater*
1/29/2015 Atlanta, GA Masquerade*
1/30/2015 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s*
1/31/2015 Baltimore, MD Soundstage*
2/2/2015 New York, NY Gramercy Theater*
2/3/2015 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*
2/4/2015 Toronto, ON Opera House
2/5/2015 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
2/6/2015 Montreal, QC Club Soda
2/7/2015 Worcester, MA Palladium*
2/8/2015 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater*
2/9/2015 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom*
2/10/2015 Chicago, IL Reggie’s*
2/11/2015 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam*
2/12/2015 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
2/13/2015 Regina, SK The Exchange
2/14/2015 Calgary, AB Republik
2/15/2015 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
2/17/2015 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater**
2/18/2015 Seattle, WA Studio 7 #
2/19/2015 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
2/20/2015 Oakland, CA Metro ##
2/21/2015 Fresno, CA Strummers ##
2/22/2015 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
2/23/2015 Tempe, AZ Club Red ##
2/24/2015 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ##
2/25/2015 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall ##
2/26/2015 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater ##
2/27/2015 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey ##
2/28/2015 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s ##
* = Ringworm
DECIBEL’S TOP 100 DOOM METAL ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
Of all the many sub-genres of metal I’ve explored since getting into metal late in life about a decade ago, doom has been the one whose attractions I’ve discovered most recently. I’m not sure why it took me so long, because I would now count myself a devoted fan of doom in almost all of its permutations.
Still, I know I’ve missed a lot and have a lot of learning left to do — which is why I was excited to see that DECIBEL magazine has compiled a special issue devoted to doom. Described as “an authoritative and exhaustive history of doom metal”, it isn’t a re-hash of previously published articles but all-new content, including a new “Hall of Fame” feature dedicated to Cathedral’s second album, The Ethereal Mirror.
This special issue is available for order on-line for $4 plus shipping at this location, or at select indie record retailers. I’ve already ordered my copy. Very curious to see who’s on the list.
Okay, time for some new music…
Finland’s Archgoat have been unyielding celebrants of devil worship for more than two decades (though their career was interrupted by a long hiatus from ’93 – ’04). As black metal has evolved and mutated into a wide spectrum of kindred styles, Archgoat have remained steadfast in their sonic blasphemy.
The latest evidence of their fealty to Luciferian bestiality will come on January 26, 2015 (January 27 in North America), when Debemur Morti releases their third album, The Apocalyptic Triumphator, with cover art by Chris Moyen. I’ve been waiting to hear something from this monstrosity, and yesterday finally brought the premiere of a new song with the shy and retiring title of “Nuns, Cunts & Darkness”.
I will tell you two things about this song: At first, it’s going to strike you as primitive and primal — and it is. And then it’s going to eat its way down into your bones, sort of like the way the Alien’s acid blood eats its way through the floors of the Nostromo, because it gets more and more interesting as it goes along. It is indeed bone-chilling and alien — and it will get your head moving, too.
THE HOUSE OF CAPRICORN
I’ve been singing the praises of this New Zealand band to anyone who would listen ever since we premiered a song named “Ivory Crown” from their new album, Morning Star Rise. This morning Invisible Oranges premiered a video for yet another new song, “The Only Star In the Sky”, which gives me another convenient excuse to tell you this album is the shit, even though (and in part because) it’s an exception to our Rule. Check it out here (the album comes out tomorrow on Svart Records):