I’ve seen and heard a lot of metal things on this Monday. I thought I’d try to collect all of them for tomorrow’s first post, because that way I could do some other things with what’s left of my Monday, such as doing some work for my fucking day job, because there are some people who actually think I should do something I’m actually paid to do. But fuck that. I decided to make a start right now and finish everything up in tomorrow’s first post.
Last week the European Space Agency landed a small spacecraft named Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a 2.5-mile-wide ball of rock, ice, and dust that was moving faster than 40,000 miles an hour and was 317 million miles from Earth at the time of the landing. Not a bad piece of work. I have trouble landing my car in my driveway.
Unfortunately, the spacecraft shut down on Saturday after its batteries were drained. Apparently it landed against a cliff or crater wall where it couldn’t get enough sunlight to recharge those batteries. Before that happened, Philae did send back some photos. As you can see above, one of them looks suspiciously like the cover of Monuments of Exalted, the new album by Infestum from Belarus that was released by Lacerated Enemy Records just a couple of days earlier. If you’ve heard anything from the album, you may be less convinced this was a coincidence.
We premiered a song from the album in July, and the whole thing is now streaming on Bandcamp, where it can be downloaded or ordered. I think I’ll just put it right here, because it’s really good:
Witchrist from Auckland, NZ, have recorded a new three-song EP named Vritra that’s projected for release by Iron Bonehead Productions in January 2015. The EP features KzR from Bölzer on vocals. Today one of those new songs, named “Haruspex”, went up for streaming on Soundcloud. I eagerly pounced on it, and it pounced right back at me.
It’s a black/death powerhouse that begins slowly and then breaks into a storm of savage riffs and torrential percussion, with an exotic, menacing melody that winds through the song like the weaving of a cobra. As anticipated, the vocals are excellent. Witchrist have never disappointed me, but they’re really hitting on all cylinders with this song.
A bunch of new bands were announced for the 2015 edition of Hellfest, set to take place in Clisson, France, on June 19-21. It’s a wild and crazy line-up, from Limp Bizkit to Motorhead, from Korn to Satyricon, from Five Finger Death Punch to At the Gates, from Marilyn Manson to Bloodbath, from Slipknot to Faith No More… I could continue doing that, but there are 150 bands from all over the musical spectrum, so I’ll stop and just let you look at that flyer up above. Weird, and wonderful.
JEFF LOOMIS JOINS ARCH ENEMY
That’s the news that’s been spreading through the interhole today, leading to significant amounts of confusion as far as I can tell. It actually doesn’t appear that Loomis is becoming a permanent member of the band, but he will be performing with them for their upcoming European tour which kicks off November 26, as well as all future tours in 2015. He is taking the place of Nick Cordle, who appears to have parted ways with the band on amicable terms. For the full text of the official announcement, go here:
From my perusal of commentary, this news has elicited a mix of excitement and horror, the former expressed by people who are fans of both AE and Loomis, the latter by people who think Loomis is tanking his career by appearing on stage with a band as terrible as they think AE is. I have a much simpler take on this announcement: Jeff Loomis is one of the nicest and most engaging people in metal I’ve yet met, as well as being a phenomenally talented musician, and this will give a lot of new fans a chance to see him perform — plus he clearly wants to do this. So I’m all for it. Tour dates announced so far are below.
ARCH ENEMY – live in Europe with KREATOR
Nov. 26, 2014 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France
Nov. 27, 2014 – L’Usine – Istres, France
Nov. 28, 2014 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Nov. 29, 2014 – La Riviera – Madrid Spain
Dec. 1, 2014 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France
Dec. 2, 2014 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France
Dec. 4, 2014 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec. 5, 2014 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany
Dec. 6, 2014 – Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, Germany
Dec. 7, 2014 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany
Dec. 8, 2014 – Docks – Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 9, 2014 – Huxleys – Berlin, Germany
Dec. 11, 2014 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
Dec. 12, 2014 – Eventhall – Geiselwind, Germany
Dec. 13, 2014 – Tonhalle – München, Germany
Dec. 14, 2014 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 16, 2014 – Institute – Birmingham, UK
Dec. 17, 2014 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK
Dec. 18, 2014 – The Forum – London, UK
Dec. 19, 2014 – Academy – Manchester, UK
Dec. 20, 2014 – Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Dec. 21, 2014 – QMU – Glasgow, UK
Dec. 22, 2014 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK
ARCH ENEMY – live 2015
Jan. 22-26, 2015 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
Jan. 29, 2015 – Teatro Estudio Cavaret – Guadalajara, Mexico
Jan. 30, 2015 – Jose Cuervo Salón – Mexico City, Mexico
Feb. 01, 2015 – Coliseo el Salitre Bogota, Colombia
Feb. 03, 2015 – Club Blondie Santiago, Chile
Feb. 04, 2015 – Rock & Soccer Antofagasta, Chile
Feb. 06, 2015 – Circo Voador Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Feb. 07, 2015 – Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Feb. 08, 2015 – Music Hall – Curitiba, Brazil
Feb. 10, 2015 – El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Feb. 12, 2015 – Plaza de toros Belmonte – Quito, Ecuador
May. 2, 2015 – Karmoygeddon Festival – Kopervik, Norway
Jun. 04, 2015 – Out & Loud Festival – Geiselwind, Germany