Another day of another week. It starts to feel like that, doesn’t it? People are not just recovering from virus scares but also from the American presidential elections and so now, what do we have to look forward to? Well, that is what our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman are here to find out and bring you information about, because there is no reason to sit and just be bored until Christmas, now is there?
So, let’s see what’s out there…
Band: Obscure Illusions
This coming Sunday, November 15th, the Canadians of Obscure Illusions will partake in their first ever Metal Afternoon Live Stream hosted by Slanted Glass Productions, Moncton Show Events and MEDIAhub Moncton. Originally set to happen last month, the group had to reschedule due to Covid of course, but this time they are ready to play a set live and if anything, will just be more powerful and fun! Keep in mind that this is a free event so there is absolutely no reason to skip it and be bored instead. All you need to do is head over here and check out the time table and further information.
Band: Turmion Kätilöt
Having been unfortunately cancelled this year, such as most other festivals, the Finnish Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has, instead of laying down and waiting for death, decided to rise up and altogether move their event to an online environment. And opening the first episode of Tuska Utopia, is the industrial metal powerhouse Turmion Kätilöt. This Friday the 13th, our metal lucky day, the metal festival series will kick off and they have promised us, the viewers, that there will be fire!
The band was not one of the groups that immediately decided to run to the internet with their shows, and have said openly that they would only do so if the occasion was special, and boy let us tell you that this is quite the special show.
Tickets for the show include viewing rights for 48 hours after the show is over, and each episode includes an hour long show, including a concert and an interview with the artists. Remember as well that ticket holders are provided with a promotion code that entitles the holder to a discount on Utopia Collection items. So, waste no time and head over here for your ticket, and over here for the discount items.
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Not only do they release some of the most exciting extreme underground metal from around the world (from the likes of Heads for the Dead, Jupiterian and Officium Triste) and constantly delight us with a procession of awesome merch and box sets, but those wonderful people at Transcending Obscurity Records are also never shy of offering a great promotion. For the whole of November you can pay what you want for the label’s whole digital catalogue on bandcamp. You’d be mad not to pick something up. Head to the label’s bandcamp page here and grab some goodies.
One-two-three-four GWWWWUAAAAAAAAGGHHHHHHH! is how “What a Time to be Alive” by Australia’s Werewolves kicks off with “I Don’t Like You”. Brace yourself for a rapid-fire, intense Extreme Metal assault. Tech Death Grind? Whatever it is, it’s heavy and brutal and due for release on January 29th next year on Prosthetic Records. That’s no reason to hang around though because you can pre-order the limited vinyl pressing, or CD, both coming with digital files here and give your ears a blasting with this preview track below:
Social and political turmoil often make a fertile breeding ground for non-mainstream music, and make no mistake, Belarus’ Eximperitus (I think we’re allowed to shorten the name) won’t be mainstream in any universe. Crushingly intense Death Metal for intense times. The band’s latest album “Šahrartu” will be out on January 29th and to stay ahead of the pack head over to bandcamp and check out the limited vinyl, CDs and various merch the band have available through Willowtip. Now upset your neighbours with this dose of Extreme Metal with a mystical flavour below:
Band: I Myrkri
Turning our attention to Germany where Vendetta Records have dropped another great Black Metal release into our laps, this time in the shape of “Black Fortress of Solitude” by I Myrkri, a Danish Black Metal project formed by multi-instrumentalist and illustrator Simon Garðarsson. If you are looking for some harsh, Black Metal that evokes the spirit of the classics of the 90s then step into the catacombs. You can order the album now on vinyl and digital here and check out the sample track below:
Although drawing ever closer to Christmas, there are still a few weeks to go and in the meanwhile we have to keep our spirits high and horns up, and as always there are many activities and fabulous merchandise up for grabs this week. We do hope you take advantage of all that the bands and labels have to offer and keep yourself occupied as the days become shorter and darker and keep in mind that as the darkness takes over with the winter; we, as well as everyone close to you, are here, if you need it.
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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