With things going the way they are at the moment, our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman may not know exactly what week it is, how long this article series has been going on for, what we are picking next for a review or even what time of the day it is right now, but one thing they do know: this week is just as packed with activities and offers from fantastic artists around the world and once again they are back with the newest edition of Underground Updates.
So, let’s see what’s out there…
Band: Danko Jones
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Danko Jones and in fact, this group was one of the very first bands Julia enjoyed live oh so many years ago, and the memory is beautiful. Now, in order to celebrate such a milestone, the group plans to hold their very first livestreams and might even premiere some brand-new material while they’re at it!
Considering the now year long inactivity for most bands in this world, this show is sure to let animals out of their cages and we encourage you not to miss out on this one!
Now, what you have to keep in mind is only where you are located in the world, since the North American livestream will take place March 12th at 8 PM EST while the European livestream will take place on March 13th at 8 PM CET. Check out this page for the North American stream tickets, and if you are located in Europe you can visit this page.
As we have said at least once before, it’s always fun when there is activity going on in the middle of the week instead of piling them all on in the weekend. Sort of helps the week go by faster, doesn’t it? Well, do we have a zinger for you!
This coming Thursday, March 11th, we got Eyehategod stepping up to the plate and partake in a Q&A plus a listening party hosted by Full Metal Jackie and Revolved Magazine! We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the group´s upcoming release A History of Nomadic Behavior out March 12th on Century Media Records.
While France might not be top of most people’s list of top Metal making regions, here at BAZ we’re seeing a healthy number of French bands making great moves in the underground lately. Whether it’s Wheelfall (check out our recent review and interview) or The Von Deer Skulls and Non Servium (interviews coming very soon with both), there’s plenty going on and the latest band we want to mention is Fange and their forthcoming release “Pantocrator” on Throatruiner Records. Playing a kind of Sludge/Death Industrial music, the band has been firing off new releases almost every year since 2014 and this one sounds like a fine soundtrack to an evening of sinister goings on. The release date is May 7th, but you can pre-order the album on CD or limited edition vinyl here.
Band: Steel Bearing Hand
If it’s raw and rampaging Death/ Thrash Metal you’re in the mood for, you might want to check out the forthcoming release by Dallas, Texas’ Steel Bearing Hand on Carbonized Records. Due for release on April 2nd “Slay In Hell” sounds like it’s going to be a 200mph face-shredding experience. You can preorder the album on several limited vinyl and cassette options as well as CD here.
Band: The Morningside
Solitude Productions have just announced pre-orders on a very limited 100 copy coloured vinyl of 2016’s “Yellow”, the last album to date by Moscow, Russia’s melancholic, Melodic Death Metal group The Morningside. If you didn’t catch this album when it first came out, you are strongly recommended to check it out now. There’s also a standard vinyl pre-order available, as well as CD or digital versions of the album that are available right now on bandcamp.
As if it hasn’t been made obvious already, there is no slowing down some groups and artists to continue to bring us to the screen ready to watch them perform from afar or purchase the ever-lovely merchandise and releases they work so hard to make. No excuses are at hand to have a boring and tacky week, so let’s keep enjoying the things we are offered and remember to keep those horns high and clean!
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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