Spring has began to sprung (at least for those of you in the northern hemisphere). Join the ones of hellbound this month to see what they’ve been givin’ some love to as we bring in these warmer months.
Listening to: Albert Bell’s Sacro Sanctus – Liber III: Codex Templarum. Third and best Sacro Santus album. Inspired by Bathory, Venom and Celtic Frost (the Unholy Trinity). This is metal as it should be, with great songs, great performances and great production, and on the splendidly named Metal-On-Metal record label, it doesn’t get more metal than this. Legend!
New Release: Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn. That’s Welsh for ‘Return To The Underworld’. This band are crushingly heavy and soul-searing beautiful at the same time. They truly deserve to be heard.
Live: Saw some excellent live clips of Jefferson Airplane on Sky Arts.
Non-metal: The best of Glenn Miller
Wild Card: That great occult horror film from 1958, Night of the Demon, black-and-white, great story from M.R James, and a character (Karlswell) based on Aleister Crowley, the Great Beast himself. We are not worthy (but we’ll have to do).
Listening to: I’m in Devin mode right now. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. The latest album is different from his previous work, but it’s Devy Metal, so different and crazy is always expected.
New release: Devin Townsend – Empath out March 29th, 2019.
Live: The Ocean. This band pulls off such a great live show, it’s unbelievable. https://theocean.bandcamp.com
Listening to: The best of Type O Negative
New release: Exhumer – Hostile Defiance. Metal Blade Records release date April 5th, 2019
Live: Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway at Slims in San Francisco March 6th, 2019
Non-Metal: Hank Williams Sr. – 40 Greatest Hits
Wild card: Counting down the day until I’m back in the beautiful city of Montreal for 4 days to enjoy some friends, beers and Heavy Montreal!
Listening to: Brainoil – Death to this Dry Season
New release: High Reeper – Higher Reeper
Live: Graveyard / Uncle Acid @ Danforth Music Hall, March 30th
Non-Metal: The Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)
Wild card: My bracket was dead last in my March Madness pool after the first round. #NotEnoughUpsets2019
Wild card: The new season of Star Trek: Discovery has me hooked. I’m more of a Star Wars guy but I’m not against good sci-fi. Also anxiously awaiting the final season of Game of Thrones. I think I heard rumblings of a spin-off show based back when dragons ruled Westeros. I’m on the fence about the whole idea. It would have to be GOOD not to be overkill.
1. Mastodon – March of the Fire Ants (Remission, Relapse Records, 2002)
2. Cephalic Carnage – When I Arrive (Misled by Certainty, Relapse Records, 2010)
Super addicting tune, I’ve probably listened to it at least 100 times over the past few days. A grindcore/death band with a jazz spinoff creates a really unique sound.
New Release: Nightrage – Wolf to Man (Despotz Records. March 29th, 2019). The album released previous to this (The Venomous, 2017) set a high bar for me with any Nightrage music to come, because of the fact that it was just that friggin good. This new album surpassed my expectations. https://nightrage.bandcamp.com
Live: Cerbearus, Psychotic Pulse, Cathartic Demise @ The Boathouse, March 8th.
Non-Metal: Flatbush Zombies – Chunky (Vacation in Hell, Glorious Dead Recordings, 2018) https://youtu.be/7TVqOsUBr2I
Wildcard: The Hogtown Vegan, Toronto. The BEST vegan Mac & Cheese you’ll ever have… EVER.
Listening to: Haken – Visions
New release: Devin Townsend – Empath (InsideOut Records)
Live: Deafheaven / Baroness / Zeal & Ardor – Toronto
Non-Metal: Thom Yorke – Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)
Wild card: After Life (Ricky Gervais)