I've been hearing about EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy, the latest release from French black metal outfit The Great Old Ones, from other metal bloggers and fans for what seems like forever. The hype around this album is real, and while I'd never heard of the band before catching an advance track for this album, I'm a sucker for hype when I know nothing about the band. So I decided to check it out and see if the hype was justified, or just a bunch of noise.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
No Clean Singing, which is what I did the other morning. There were quite a few great things that jumped out at me, but as you've no doubt surmised, the one that really caught my attention was an embed of the debut EP Unwilling by Sioux Falls, South Dakota band Tanakh. Tanakh features Nick Murphy on vocals and Michael Iverson on all the instruments, which would be impressive even if the music on Unwilling were half as good as it actually is. Being that it's actually pretty great, it's pretty mind-bendingly impressive.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Last year, the first annual Chicago Open Air Festival arrived, featuring mainstream metal bands like Rammstein, Disturbed, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, and Slipknot, alongside heralded underground bands like Carcass, Deafheaven, Gojira, and Meshuggah. It was an interesting and pretty decent - if unspectacular - mix of metal that a lot of folks have heard alongside bands that hover in more extreme territory. Also Hollywood Undead was there, which throws my perception of the whole thing off a bit. I didn't make it to the festival last year, but I did catch the sterling aftershow featuring Carcass and Deafheaven, which was excellent. Obviously a giant, open air metal festival in my backyard is something I want to support and attend, so I was eagerly awaiting news on this year's lineup. Last week, the festival organizers announced the lineup for the second iteration of the festival, to be held at Toyota Park in Bridgeview (just outside Chicago) July 14th-16th. Would the festival bring in more underground bands? Would early-2000s alt-metal continue to headline? Would 2017 be the year that puts COA alongside Maryland Death Fest or Southwest Terror Fest in the pantheon of American Metal Festivals?
Monday, January 23, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Saor is an atmospheric folk black metal band that hails from Scotland, a fact that is driven home by the incredible and awesome use of bagpipes. I liked their "debut" album Aura when it came out in 2014, as it reminded me of an album that appeared on my Best of 2013 list, Roots by Àrsaidh... wouldn't you know it, they're the same band! I felt like a hybrid terrible fan and absolute moron when I learned that, and vowed to pay closer attention. Which I did by missing Guardians, the new album from Saor that came out in November of last year. So in keeping with my tradition of playing catch up in January, I'm here to give you my thoughts on the album that has consumed most of my early 2017 listening.
Friday, January 6, 2017
If you read my Best Of 2016 Post, you're probably wondering what the hell this post is doing here, as I clearly stated that post would be my last of the year. I meant that then, which was before I learned of the existence of a new Nine Inch Nails project. An EP to be specific, titled Not The Actual Events, which was released Friday, December 23. Just in time for a Merry Christmas, just too late to make me an honest man. So I listened to it, and now I'm writing about it. Is it good? Is it a Christmas dud? Does it already, just a week later, invalidate my Top EPs of the Year ranking??? Oh Trent Reznor, why must you hurt me so?!?!
Friday, December 30, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
But now for the good stuff. Read on after the break to see what some of my favorite albums of the year were!