I’ve commented before about the enormous flood of stream premieres, new album announcements, label signings, and other metal news that has been unleashed since the beginning of the year. But yesterday may have reached new heights of ridiculousness in terms of the number of noteworthy things I saw in a single day.
In fact, yesterday brought so damned much cool stuff that I’d either have to write a half-dozen posts or do what I’m doing here instead — just funneling streams, links, artwork, and news blurbs your way with a minimum of commentary. The bands are presented in alphabetical order — all 18 of them. In most cases, you can enlarge the cover art and photos by clicking on the images in this post.
BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH
Yesterday DECIBEL premiered a song named “Lava” from the debut album by Seattle doom band Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, which I’ve been very eagerly awaiting. Listen here:
The Iranian band Deathtune revealed on their Facebook page yesterday that they have finished recording a full-length album. That is exciting news. If you want to understand why I think that, listen below. (thank you Phro for the tip)
Also, Deathtune are looking for a label. So, if you’re a label, Deathtune are looking for you.
Nuclear Blast announced that it has signed the San Francisco Bay Area band Fallujah. I’d say congratulations are in order.
Stalwart supporter of our site Derek Neibarger announced the happy news yesterday that his Godless Angel solo project (about which we’ve written before) will be releasing its debut album, Harvester of Shadows, on February 27 through the Finnish label Inverse Records. — and that makes Godless Angel the first band from the U.S. on the Inverse label. Very cool news (cool cover art, too).
Yesterday Invisible Oranges premiered a song named “Cahot de Cristal” by the Quebec black metal band Grimoire. It comes from an EP named L’aorasie Des spectres rêveurs, which is set for North American release on January 27. I really like the cover art, and the song. Listen here:
The cover of the next issue of DECIBEL magazine was revealed yesterday, with Leviathan’s Wrest (Jef Whitehead) and his daughter Grail on the cover. I’ve read that it has caused some controversy (what a shock — controversy among metal fans?!?), though I haven’t bothered to find out the exact reasons. I think it’s a cool photo.
Yesterday Liturgy announced that their new album Ark Work will be released by Thrill Jockey on March 24, and they unveiled the cover art and began streaming an advance track named “Quetzalcoatl”. Few bands are bigger lightning rods within black metal than this one, though this new song definitely isn’t black metal. I’m putting it here mainly as a conversation piece. Try to forget what you know about Liturgy, if you know anything, and then maybe leave a comment about what you think of this, taking it as it is.
Yesterday Loudwire began streaming the entirety of the new album Poisoned Altars by Portland’s Lord Dying. Listen here:
MASTODON and CLUTCH
Mastodon and Clutch are co-headlining a North American “Missing Link” tour with support from Graveyard and Big Business. It begins April 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and ends on May 24 in Columbus, Ohio. The schedule is below.
*Mastodon Closes The Evening. **Clutch Closes The Evening
Apr 16 *St. Paul, MN Myth
Apr 17 * Winnipeg, MB The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18 *Saskatoon, SK O’Brian’s Events Center
Apr 19 * Edmonton, AB Expo Centre
Apr 21 * Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Apr 23 * Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24 **Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25 *Portland, OR Roseland
Apr 26 *Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
Apr 28 *Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Apr 29 *Los Angeles, CA Palladium
Apr 30 *Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
May 01 *Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
May 02 *Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
May 03 *Denver, CO Red Rock’s Amphitheatre
May 05 *San Antonio, TX Kapone’s Ballroom
May 06 *Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
May 08 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Festival
May 09 *Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10 **Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
May 12 *Clive, IA (Des Moines) 7 Flags
May 13 *Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15 **Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
May 16 **Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
May 17 *Boston, MA House of Blues
May 19 *New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
May 20 *Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
May 21 *London, ON London Music Hall
May 24 **Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
The Romanian folk/black metal band Negura Bunget premiered a new song entitled “Nametenie” yesterday. It’s off the band’s forthcoming album Tău and is being offered as a free download. Go here to listen and get the song:
Yesterday the Polish black metal band Outre premiered a song named “Chant 3. – The Fall” from their debut LP Ghost Chants. The album is due for release release in early spring via Third Eye Temple / Godz Ov War Productions / Essential Purification Records. Here’s the song:
Yesterday Relapse Records announced that it will be releasing a new album by Atlanta’s Royal Thunder on April 7. The title is Crooked Doors.
Season of Mist announced that it will release the ninth album by Sweden’s Shining — IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends — on April 20. Fun quote from Niklas Kvarforth: “For once I am extremely pleased with how the album turned out and I believe that the fevered presence of filth and uncompromising darkness is more prominent than ever before.”
TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED
The I, Voidhanger label announced that on March 30 it will be releasing the debut album by a Cypress black metal project named Tome of the Unreplenished, whose sole member Hermes was at one time the bass player for Necrosadist. The amazing cover is artwork by Brian Smith, which I posted a while back on the NCS FB page without realizing it would become the cover for this album. Innerstanding is the album’s name. Here’s a musical teaser:
Unearth premiered a video for their single “The Swarm” via Metal Injection. It’s the first music video from their latest album Watchers of the Rule.
Debemur Morti Productions announced the signing of New Zealand’s Vassafor. To celebrate, Debemur Morti is releasing a triple CD box set named Invocations of Darkness that includes, for the first time, CD versions of previous Vassafor releases.
Noisey premiered a new Venom song named “Grinding Teeth” from their new album From the Depths, which is being released by Spinefarm on January 27. In her write-up, Kim Kelly says it’s one of the standout tracks on an uneven album. Listen here: