Well, Easter is over and it’s back to everyday life after a well-rested weekend and hopefully lots of chocolate for all. Of course, just like everyone else, our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman are back at it, excited about a brand-new week filled with delicious shows and items up for grabs.
So, let’s see what’s out there…
Podcast: Metal Geeks
If you haven’t heard of this particular podcast, we do believe it is time you go check it out. Although not purely metal, The Metal Geeks Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast straight out of Texas where the three hosts, Cary, George and Dave, cover a variety of fun topics, including metal, and have occasional special guests. This time they are (at least we believe that they are) thrilled to have with them Rick Habeeb and Tom Anderer from the metal bands Grey Skies Fallen, Buckshot Facelift and Reeking Aura this coming Wednesday April 8th! Rumor has it the topics will include video games, of course metal, and many other things so surely everyone will find something of an interest. For any further information you can head over here for the Facebook event info or check over here for the official podcast website. And of course, don’t forget to follow them on social media to make sure you get all the latest news directly!
Label: Possession Productions
It may be that up till now the Belarusian label Possession Productions has escaped your attention. Promoting themselves as “releasing dark music since 1997”, the label has built up a hefty back catalogue of dark and heavy music. If there were ever a time to plunge headfirst into the world of Possession now would seem to be it, as the label is running a very special offer: 59 CDs for 59% off (195 USD down from 475 USD). Head over to bandcamp to see the full list of albums, and if you feel like 59 new albums is a bit much to digest at once, there’s still plenty of great music to discover, not least “Malícia” by Portugal’s Tod Huetet Uebel (one of the 59 CDs in the offer).
Band: Luna’s Call
Fan’s of late 90s/early 00s Opeth will probably hear some familiar sounds in “Void”, the second album by the UK’s Luna’s Call. To be honest there are probably all kinds of musical reference points you might discern (is there some Mr. Bungle in there?). This is varied and interesting progressive metal, and needless to say the musicianship is high level. If that sounds like something you might enjoy, head over to Listenable Records on bandcamp to see the various editions available. The album is released on April 30th, but you can pre-order now and the limited vinyl is almost sold out already.
Dutch label Wolves of Hades Records have had some great releases in recent months like “Dirges for the Void” by Uthullun and “Ω – V” by Ainsoph. The latest release “Mortal Coil” by Dödsrit, is the band’s third, combining black metal with crust punk elements. Judging from the preview track this sounds like it will be another worthy addition to the label’s catalogue and another release that takes black metal into interesting territories. The album is due for release on May 28th, but you can pre-order it now on bandcamp or the label’s store with a limited coloured vinyl one of the options.
If black metal, but a rawer and more primal version, is what you’re after, allow us to draw your attention to “We, The Oblivious” by Greece’s Sørgelig. Originally released at the end of 2019, the album has been given the vinyl treatment with a standard black edition as well as a splatter design (this one is almost sold out). With vocal screams that could legitimately be described as blood curdling, this is panic inducing music. If that’s your bad, step over to Repose Records on bandcamp.
Fundraiser: For the Nomads
As you may be well aware of, we do like to take every now and then a moment to remind everyone of the important and wonderful fundraiser that is For the Nomads. Created by Frank Fanelli and Tatiana Danielle, the goal of the fundraiser was to give back to the ever so many touring crew members in the music industry who are out of work during these difficult times. It is safe to say that everyone has pulled together on this project and it really caught the eye of the fans who are in dept to those crew members for making their favorite shows possible, and so far many auctions of donated collectables and other items have been successful in raising money for those who need it. Surely mentioning this wonderful work will never get tired, and so, at least one more time, please head over here to check out their activities and information, and of course, over here to make a direct donation.
Another article, another week gone by. We are one step closer to the ever-enjoyable summer times and even if all we can do for now is to cross our sanitized horns, we can still do so while enjoying the things that are out there made available for us virtually. So, go and indulge at will, but remember; sanitize, satanize, sanitize!
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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