I need to whine for a couple of minutes. Yes, even I, with my usually sunny disposition, need to whine every now and then.
First, I’ve been getting so little sleep lately that my eyes are as red as a baboon’s ass. Second, I inflamed a muscle in my arm from curling massive amounts of weight at the gym, the kind of crushing weight that’s comparable to a grocery bag loaded with a single loaf of bread. Third, and most egregious of all, my fucking day job has been making me run the gauntlet the last two days, with no end in sight, leaving me no time for my usual self-appointed NCS duty of scouring the web for news and new music.
I do know about a bunch of song and album premieres that appeared over the last 24 hours, but only because of messages received from my co-writers and some sharp-eyed readers. I’ve collected streams or links to them in this post, but don’t have time to write about them or even provide album art or helpful links. Shit, I haven’t even listened to all of them. How embarrassing.
I did discover a useful new word yesterday, one with a documented use dating back to 1939: “sitzkrieg“. It’s defined as follows: “A period of war marked by little or no active hostilities.” So the next time you come across metal that’s supposed to be an incinerating barrage but turns out to be a yawner, you know what to call it.
A good companion word for sitzkrieg is “sitzfleisch“: “The ability to sit through or tolerate something boring.” You may need sitzfleisch to endure a sitzkrieg. Hopefully, that will not be necessary for the following music.
Here are the song streams (or links to them where the streams are exclusive), presented in alphabetical order. Please feel free to leave your thoughts about any of them in the Comment section.
Yesterday we premiered a track (“Black Ember”) from this German band’s new album, The Dead of the World. Another track from the album — “The Dark Tomb Shines” — also premiered yesterday at Metal Hammer Norway. Listen to it here:
AT THE GATES
At the Gates just premiered a new video for the song “Heroes and Tombs” from At War With Reality:
BLACK SHEEP WALL
This band released the first track from their new album, I’m Going To Kill Myself, which comes out on January 27 in NorthAm. The song is “White Pig”, and you can listen here:
A full stream of this band’s new album Redeeming Filth premiered today at Terrorizer. Go here to listen:
NPR premiered another new song from this band’s forthcoming album Stranger, to be released December 9. The song is “Ghost of Teeth and Hair” and can be heard via this link:
FAITH NO MORE
“Motherfucker” — the first new song from the band since 1997, coming as the A-side of a 7″ release for Record Store Day (Nov 28), with a digital release on December 9 (the B-side is a remix of the song by JG Thirlwell). Listen here:
“Cesspit” — the first song premiere from their new album Apex Predator – Easy Meat, due in North America on January 27. Listen here:
Ramming Speed released this video for “Anthems of Despair (Summer Jam)”:
This stream didn’t appear within the last 24 hours — it came out on November 14, but I want to include the stream here anyway. The album is Fimbulwinter: