Every year at this time, various websites and individuals begin posting their “best of” lists. Derek and I will be posting our end of year lists as well, but not just yet. In this current edition of the podcast, Derek and I discuss our trouble with narrowing down our list of best of albums because there seem to be so many great albums released this year. There was just a lot of really terrific stuff to choose from. Wanna feel bad about how many albums came out that you never listened to because you never took that one Motorhead CD out of your car? Give this list challenge a try. It was created by Chris of DCHeavymetal.com and though not exhaustive, it still gives you an idea of just the magnitude of what we are up against here. Link here.
We also summarize some of the shows we attended. These included shows from Demonic Christ at the Sidebar, Black Tusk on Halloween, High on Fire at the Rock and Roll Hotel, Church of Misery at the Ottobar and in a house basement and Death Angel at Mojo 13 in Delaware.
LISTEN to podcast 7 here.
There are a couple of cool events and festivals coming up this month that Derek and/or I will attend. These include:
Heavy Metal Flea Market, Dec 9. Ottobar 2549 N. Howard St. Baltimore, MD, upstairs during Metal Monday, 9 p.m. to close. FREE. Event page here.
Satan’s Unholy Abomination Fest 2, Dec 13-14, Schizophrenia Hall (inside Leyla’s Restaurant) 5607 Sargent Rd. Hyattsville, MD. $15, 5 p.m to close Friday. $20, 2 p.m. to close Saturday. Event page here.
Denver Black Sky, Dec 14, Gothic Theatre, Denver, Co. $30 at the door. Event page here.
Sidebar Gamer Night, Dec 17, Sidebar Tavern, 218 E. Lexington St. Baltimore, MD. FREE. Venue page here.
Here are some photo highlights from the month. See you at a show!
In order, we talk about the following:
Exhumed – Necrocracy (death metal)
Inquisition – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (black metal)
Kylessa – Ultraviolet (sludge)
Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed (blackened thrash metal)
Red Fang – Whales and Leeches (heavy metal)
Corrections House – Last City Zero (experimental drone)
Iron Man - South of the Earth (traditional heavy metal)
In Solitude – Sister (hard rock)
We also talk about Halloween, but we don’t reveal our costumes! You’ll have to come out and find us on the streets of Baltimore.
Doom, stoner metal and sludge seem to be what the kids wanna hear these days. So this time on the podcast, we talked to Hasan and Dan about the fall fest Autumn Screams Doom, October 25 and 26 at The Ottobar. Specific details of the fest can be found on the Facebook event page here. There is even a matinee Saturday upstairs at the Ottobar, featuring a screening of the movie “Last Days Here,” which is a documentary about Bobby Liebling, vocalist for Pentagram. Details about the day event can be found here.
I have seen only seen four of the bands slated to play, so much of this music will be new to me.
Philadelphia’s Wizard Eye puts on an unforgettable performance. I’ve seen them only one other time. Who doesn’t love a band that features the theremin? They open up the show on Friday, so don’t be late.
One of the most interesting bands playing is Saturday night’s headliner, Loss. This band fascinates me because, although their lyrical themes are very dark and despondent, they also seem to project a sense of hope in their music. In general, I am not a fan of depressing music, but Loss is different. Can’t wait to see them again. It will be the third time for me this year. Read a previous interview I did with vocalist Mike Meacham prior to their show at the 2013 Maryland Deathfest.
Listen to our podcast here and then check out a few videos from some of the bands that will play. We welcome your feedback on the podcasts. We drink a lot along the way and sometimes things get a little weird. Well, mostly I just get weird.
Autumn Screams Doom promises blues inspired, doomy heaviness with a good dose of “hey brothers” and high fives all around. Simply put, it will be two days of freaky, crushing madness. Tickets are $15 for each night (so $30 for the weekend) and the Saturday Matinee is $8. Tickets can be purchased at the ASD website.
There are few things in this world that make me gasp. This was one of them. Clear your calendars for this tour or stop pretending to be alive. There will be so much testosterone in the room, as well as beautiful man hair. I will be going to the show in Silver Spring. I’m lazy, so here’s the official press release, verbatim:
Swedish heavy metal titans AMON AMARTH have announced a headline tour of the US for January and February 2014 in support of their newly released album Deceiver of The Gods. Very special guest on the dates will be ENSLAVED with additional support from SKELETONWITCH (NO ENSLAVED ON SAN DIEGO).
Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg comments, “After our successful part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival this summer, it is with great confidence we’ll be heading back to North America as the headliner in January. We are proud and happy to announce that our friends in Enslaved and Skeletonwitch will be supporting us on this raid and pillage tour across the continent! Come and join us for all the fun of a real metal show! WE. SHALL.DESTROY!”
Friday, January 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Saturday, January 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Monday, January 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Tuesday, January 21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, January 22 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Friday, January 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, January 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Sunday, January 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Monday, January 27 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (*no Skeletonwitch)
Wednesday, January 29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Thursday, January 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Friday, January 31 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Saturday, February 1 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Monday, February 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Tuesday, February 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Friday, February 7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Saturday, February 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Sunday, February 9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Tuesday, February 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
Wednesday, February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Friday, February 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Saturday, February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sunday, February 16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (* No Enslaved)
Special Amon Amarth fan pre-sale tickets are available now at: http://amonamarth.com/tour/north-america
Maryland doom engineers Iron Man have released a video single from their forthcoming album, South of the Earth. The track ”Hail to the Haze,” is posted below.
Iron Man recently signed to Rise Above Records in Europe and will be distributed stateside by Metal Blade Records. You can pre-order your very own copy (CDs, for now) via the Metal Blade website here, which will be shipping in the USA on Oct 1. Vinyl will be available but it is as an import and kind of pricey. Still if you want it, it’s can be found on Amazon.
There are lots of exciting things on the horizon for these east coast doom stalwarts, including the possibility of some international show dates. I am glad to see them finally getting the recognition that they deserve. Guitarist Alfred Morris III has kept this dream alive for more than 25 years, and all I can say is better late than never.
Upcoming show dates include:
Iron Man has an upcoming show on Sept. 11 at Cafe 611 in Frederick with Keefshovel (members of Elder), Admiral Browning and Rhin.
With Saint Vitus, Pallbearer and Hookers on Oct. 13 at Metro Gallery in Baltimore. The event page is here.
Autumn Screams Doom festival, Oct 25 -26 at the Ottobar. Iron Man plays Friday. The full line up and ticket info can be found here.
Metallomusikum is proud to announce the launch of our very first podcast! My good friend Derek and I discuss the new album Soma by the Richmond, Virginia group Windhand. We also talk about some of the upcoming shows we plan to attend. We hope to make this podcast a weekly thing, and we look forward to your feedback both good and bad! If you have an idea for something you would like us to review, please send us a note or leave a comment below.
Windhand will be performing at The Sidebar in Baltimore on Thursday, Sept. 5 with Savagist, Musket Hawk, and Ophidian. Here’s a link to the event page.
Look for new podcasts about once a week or as often as we can get to them. Future podcasts will include some special guests and surprises. We promise!
You can listen to a trailer for the album here.