From what we gather, this is a very special occasion for our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman, as our article series The Underground Updates celebrates it´s one year anniversary! It’s sad in a way, as what sparked this series was the fact that the world went into a lockdown and we wanted to support the artists out there by pointing out virtual activities, fundraisers, and other support in the form of fabulous merchandise and music. Unfortunately, the world isn’t coming out of lockdown quite as fast as we had hoped, so once again we are back at it to see what´s up this week!
So, let’s see what’s out there…
If you enjoyed the last week´s performance by Obituary when they performed the band’s favorite songs, you´ll love the upcoming second performance by the group where they will play The End Complete in its entirety this coming Saturday, April 3rd! Surely some of you out there have a double ticket purchased before the first show which will also count for the second show, however, there is no reason to cry if you missed it! All you need to do is head over here and get your ticket for Saturday, check out the available bundles and of course read up on the time schedule.
Familiar with Emperor? Well then perhaps you are indeed also familiar with Ihsahn who is excited for this coming Sunday April 4th when he plans to perform the two EPs Telemark and Pharos. Now, of course if you plan to spend the easter weekend elsewhere you can still re-watch the show until April 6th so hurry and head over here to get your ticket! Oh, and did we mention that the set includes excerpts from Das Seelenbrechen AND features Einar Solberg from Leprous?
If you’re feeling adventurous and want some wild metal insanity to burst your brain, you might enjoy “The Lurch”, the forthcoming album from Nashville, Tennessee’s Yautja. Released on Relapse Records on May 21st, the album title and cover should give you a little indicator that this is set to be a crazy, nailbomb of a record. Check out the band on bandcamp to see the formats and merch available.
New Orleans’ finest purveyors of heavy as fuck sludgy suffering Crowbar have been offering up a series of limited pressings of classic albums in recent months. The latest is a splatter vinyl edition of their third album “Time Heals Nothing”. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, you can pick it up through eOne Heavy on bandcamp. Don’t hang about if you want one, they will almost certainly be sold out very soon.
Miami, Florida has a reputation for being a pretty wild town and while Bleeth would be one of the cities less well known exports, their music is pretty darn wild. Listen to the preview track of the band’s forthcoming album “Harbinger” for a taste of what the new album has in store. Heavy, experimental, dark, with a groove and more than a little apocalyptic (hey, did someone say Neurosis!), this is definitely one to keep an eye on and if you want to get ahead of the back you can pre-order the album on limited vinyl here.
Extreme conditions often seem provide a catalyst for interesting extreme art forms and with that thought we turn to the Balarus (the scene of public protests ever since the dubious election results of August last year) and Khandra with their own style of black metal. The band’s debut album “All Occupied By Sole Death” is due for release through Season of Mist on May 28th. In the meantime there’s digital, CD and limited vinyl versions you can pre-order here plus some cool made to order t-shirts.
Hard to believe it’s been a year, isn’t it? Well, for what it’s worth our writers have had a great time gathering information on things that keep us entertained and satisfied until we are once again able to step out to the world and experience live music again. Let’s just hope that it will be sooner rather than later now…
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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