Happy metal Monday to you, comrades. I was up at seven doing some chores and jogging, reflecting back on an eventful weekend. We have a lot of news for you but I am not doing a ton of posting today so here is a little start your week condenser of a few announcements in one.
. Mastodon have extended their U.S. headline tour starting on September 26 in Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live with continued support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the High Elevation Fest in Denver, CO and Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY. Mastodon will also be playing a series of headline shows in the U.K. this December including Brixton Academy in London, England on December 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 16 at 10:00 am local time. Tickets can be purchased at mastodonrocks.com/tour.
. Prog deather’s NYN featuring multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Noyan Tokgozoglu and guitarist Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger have a new album Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt.
An early teaser video for the album is now live and can be heard HERE
Pre-orders for Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt are now live here:
. Power Trip have announced dates with Obituary and Exodus. Their latest must hear thrasher Nightmare Logic is out now on Southern Lord and has some of the best songs in the genre you’ll hear anytime soon; stream the record at YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, and find ordering options at THIS LOCATION. It’s a blast.
Lastly, I am going through some family stuff with some fake Christian types and it sent me into a bad mood this past weekend sticking up for an older sibling. I got all sibling defensive as a result. That’s my family. Later in the weekend I ended up posting a different complaint or two directed at Coheed and Cambria for still not acknowledging my youngest sister Cambria is a real person and I also took to task a lot of blogs in general for giving them a pass on this. I was just talking to their original drummer Nate, who is one of my best friends, a few minutes ago. While I do want peace with and also for them – as we have a very troubled history – I can’t do all the emotional labor myself. I am at times VERY manic depressive, non binary and have a lot of ptsd from some very bad shit.
Why run a blog when you have depression? Well, most of the time I am pretty high function but I am still human.
If I have a bad day it can unlock a lot of stuff that is normally on the shelf. It is hard knowing you want to be peaceful but then having some outside push rip off all your scabs. I feel like Claudio hates me but I would really appreciate if he and the band would tell the truth and give my sister respect as a person. People just tell me to let it go because they never will but I think that is unfair. I used to even open for them after the initial band name change from Shabutie and it was cool for awhile but then our friendship deteriorated so badly and then my sis got erased completely. She doesn’t deserve that. It is very hard for me to ever concede that point and I don’t know how any of their feminist fans among the fence ranks could pass that off.
But anyway, I don’t hate them but as someone who struggles with major depression I wish they could also show me the mutual respect of real closure and acknowledge this. It would completely nullify the risk of these outbursts. It is hard working in music and people want favors or press help but meanwhile I have complained about this forever yet whenever it comes up people say ,”What about your integrity as a journalist?”. Um, it shows less integrity of other places to not discuss it for fifteen years or so now. So my word as a journalist only has value when I am helping a label sell something, not raising critical points on a topic just because it is personal?
That said, I really do want to be cool and let it go. Often I am able to do so. But also need their help a bit. I have anxiety attacks and mood problems and when I bury unresolved things it is only a matter of time before the lid pops off. So please be cool back to me, guys.