So, we are five days into the new year. We do hope the holidays did you good and you are ready for more information, more merchandise, and of course, more metal! Our writers, Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman are here with the latest Underground Update article, and on top of that, this special article is no less than number 40! Did you know that the roman numeral for 40 is XL btw?
So, let’s see what’s out there…
A while back, we believe, we featured the series Metal Afternoon as Dismantler was supposed to be on, however, as far as we know, that particular live stream was actually cancelled but is now back for a new date, this coming Sunday January 10th. As always the live streams offered by the series are completely free of charge, and will happen on Facebook, so no excuses! All you need to do is head over here for further timetable and information.
In their own words, Goatwhore plans to start off the New Year in a proper heavy maniac mode in the form of a live stream this coming Saturday, January 9th. If you purchase your ticket for January 7th, which you can do here, you will automatically be entered into a giveaway, which will take place during the livestream. Of course the show will be available for replay for 48 hours after the initial viewing, so you can keep yourself occupied all weekend!
Band: Children of Technology
Italy’s Children of Technology have been around a little while, long enough that they know how to put together a rollicking record of thrashy Speed Metal. Released in the last weeks of December, we nearly let “Written Destiny” slip through the net, but better late than never, we bring you word of this charging new injection of Metal, soaked with the spirit of great, raw 80s Metal like Venom, Slayer and Motorhead (yes yes yes they didn’t just make music in the 80s of course!). Check out the various editions including vinyl and CD and follow the band here.
Band: Chaos Echoes
We’ve said it before: Sentient Ruin Laboratories is the label to turn to when you’re after music that sounds like it was spat out of a demonic pit of fire. So they’ve a reputation to uphold and this they are doing very well with “Ecstasy With The Nonexistence”, a posthumous release by French Experimental Death Metal band Chaos Echoes. The album is a soundboard recording of a 2018 live set, where the band set about ripping apart and putting back together various songs from their back catalogue. The album comes out on February 5th, but if you want to get hold of one of the two vinyl editions, should hop on over to bandcamp now.
With two of the members having met at a Blind Guardian concert, you should have an idea of the kind of Power Metal you’re in for here (though the band also have a definite Prog Metal element too). Originally release back in July 2020, “Let There Be Nothing” is the band’s 5th album and now there’s a limited coloured vinyl edition you can snaffle up here. If you love it when Iron Maiden sing about Alexander The Great and the like and you wish they’d do it for a full-album, well… step this way.
Band: Defeated Sanity
What’s that you say? You haven’t felt your brain leaking out of your nose and ears yet this year? Well, sounds like you need a dose of the Progressive Brutal Death Metal of Defeated Sanity. Originally released back in 2013, Willowtip have just announced that they’ve got the band’s album Passages Into Deformity on limited picture disk. You can grab a copy here and while you’re at it check out the other tasty treats the band and label has on offer, including the last few coloured vinyl copies of the band’s latest album “The Sanguinary Impetus”
It is truly a joyous occasion to have the new year of 2021 finally with us and we can put the disaster that was 2020 behind us. Let us look forward to the summer, hopefully to festivals and concerts we long for, and remember now that an increasing number of medical companies are getting permissions to distribute vaccines, to not let it slip you by to get it. Remember; no vaccination, no invite to a concert!
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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