Well well well! It appears as if February has finally rolled around! Isn’t it just the biggest relief that January is over? The year is indeed moving forward, and our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman are, for one, very excited to see not only what this week has to offer but what the entire month ahead will bring forth.
So, let’s see what’s out there…
Slanted Glass Productions Podcast
So, it’s time this coming Friday, February 5th, to kick off a brand new podcast event brought to us by Slanted Glass Productions. Now, not knowing exactly what might be coming our way it will still be interesting to see what this will include, as the productions have been responsible for the often mentioned live streaming series Metal Afternoon with various underground bands. Even if this might not exactly be a live stream concert or a virtual live performance, we do believe all activities should be mentioned which we can enjoy and support by tuning in and find out what it has to offer. For further information you can head over here and really there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t, as it is completely free of charge of course.
If your Friday remains open, keep in mind that you can still fill it up with Tombs which plans on a live stream even via Bandcamp on the 5th. All you need to do is head over here to get your ticket as well as take some time to look at the fab merch at hand, and then simply sit back and enjoy the ride…doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?
Sweden’s Nordvis have a tasty new release for fans of the raw Black Metal primitivism of the 80s, combined with the more elaborate, symphonic strain of the 90s, in the form of “I Denna Skog” the forthcoming album by Dråpsnatt. As well as coming in CD, there’s a slick looking grey vinyl edition, and if you’re quick you might still be able to get a t-shirt, though they’re almost sold out. Head over to bandcamp and while you’re at it check out the past releases from the band and see what else the label has to offer.
For those looking for some wild, technical, extreme and experimental Metal Seasons of Mist have announced the forthcoming release of Form In Motion, the debut album by Dutch band Autarkh. Out of the ashes of former band Dodecahedron (Progressive Black Metal… maybe?), this new musical venture appears to be a pretty exciting welding of extremity and musicianship. The album comes in 3 different double LP options, as well as CD and digital options (and t-shirts) that you can pick up here.
Band: Regional Justice Center
Hardcore Grind D-Beat I hear you say? Why yes indeed, for Closed Casket Activities have announced the release of “Crime and Punishment” Seattle’s Regional Justice Center and these guys sound as in-your-face intense as it gets. Judging by the two preview tracks, this album promises to be a relentless, auditory assault in the best way. The album comes in two striking coloured cassette and two coloured vinyl versions, all of which you can pre-order here, with the album due for release on March 5th.
Founded in St. Petersburg and having recruited members from Germany, Abigorum define themselves as “epic black / doom metal with ambient elements”, and who are we to say otherwise? What we can say from the preview track is that this, their debut album “Vergessene Stille” sounds like it’s going to be well worth checking out for those of you who like their metal extreme, dark and sinister (the cover art is pretty damn cool too!). The album will be released on April 13th on Duplicate Records, but don’t hang about to get hold of the strictly limited edition gold vinyl version. You can get that and see the other available versions here.
It does look as if February is kicking it off in quite the style doesn’t it? Another thing that makes this month so great is how few days it actually has; kind of makes you feel like summer is just around the corner. But before we get a glimpse of the warm sun, concerts and festivals we must remember to stay the distance, wash our hands as always, and just keep at it!
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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