Hello my quarantined darlings. RIP to the great Honor Blackman of Pussy Galore and Avengers (not Marvel, ya dimwits) fame. Pour one out for an icon of lesbian cement mixer criminal networks and judo adept lady aviators. Honor was also in Jason and the Argonauts. Very cool.
It is raining outside and I am reeling from Bernie dropping out, which feels like a crappy hangover times 10,000. This situation sucks. Thankfully even during the pandemic I have somehow been sober since New Years and haven’t even had a cigarette all year, so things are going very well on the self care front – praise the gods. Last year was really rough for me and I did not want to repeat that in 2020. Some things we can try to manage, even when the world is chaos.
Hoping to do a lot of blogging on here since I have lost 5 fucking jobs in this pandemic. What else is there to do besides watch El Camino on Netflix because it somehow feels LESS crazy than reality? No, I will not watch that racist animal cruelty adept mullet motherfucker in Tiger King.
In DOPE movie and music related news, Sacred Bones (one of the best labels on Earth) is releasing a new collection in honor of horror classic The Thing.
In collaboration with our friends at Waxwork Records, we’re offering the all-new Lost Cues: The Thing by John Carpenter on Sacred Bones mailorder-exclusive “Ice Tomb” vinyl, their reissue of Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the film on Sacred Bones mailorder-exclusive “Snowfall” vinyl, and both of those releases bundled together in a deluxe slipcase. – Sacred Bones
On to some metal news!
Acherontas have a new record due from mighty Agonia this year called, fittingly, Psychic Death – The Shattering Of Perceptions. Hell yeah! Due the virus outbreak, the release date of the album has been postponed to June 26th.
“The Shattering of Perceptions” is a pretty ideal song name right now as people can’t believe they can see the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years in some places due to air pollution lifting or here in America the veil is fully lifted on how far people will go to protect the wealth class over the poor who need medicare for all during a pandemic. Obviously this is my own reflection on what the title made me feel and nothing to do with Greek occult black metal. I’m pretty effin’ pissed about Bernie not being the candidate right now in the USA. Anyway, here is the band of mystical Hellenic daddies in their own words.
ACHERONTAS commented on the new album: “Two years after the release of Faustian Ethos the coven of Acherontas returns with a monumental album, delivering the most mature, potent and diverse offering throughout a vibrant discography of 23 years up to date, fulfilling the promises left abound with closure of the triptych Psychic Death. The shattering of Perceptions and the unfolding of the Psyche. A manifest of sound, spirit and matter, blending across the ancient routes of divination. Across all the cardinal directions, the core elements of the Psychic structure detonate and flourish, risen and aflame as a newborn supernova, embedding axioms and attributes on the vital points of existence, on the ethers as in the depths. The uncharted map of man’s subtle anatomy becomes flooded with the governing universal force of Vitae, the arrows of Life, the nectars of Death and the flames of Rebirth. The crystal halls of the Psyche reverberate, once more, with a monumental milestone to glorify the Ascension to Godhood, the Devil and the Inner Demon. Expect a fierce return deep into the roots of the 90s that we had grown up and evolved through the Black Arts… No more words… Actions define Men and the Brave Spirits”.
Wow, that sounds a lot more deep than the average conversation in sewer online discourse these days. The new song below is thrilling and very mind opening, layer upon layer of dynamics revealed in a journey of bleakly inspiring Greek songwriting. Loved the little bell at the end as well or chime or whatever with the rushing wind. Really intriguing and I look forward into delving into the band’s extensive back catalogue, which I dot know as well as -say- Rotting Christ or Varathron.
In more Greek metal news, Enshadowed have a razor sharp new single of death dancing black metal fury and a blend of Hellenic and Scandinavian influences for your ears today. Stare Into The Abyss, indeed. It is over in a raw and fiery blink of the eye, but not before shredding you to bone bits in a friction of evil like a fiberglass tornado of baby devil teeth! Order the 6 panel digipack HERE.
Hear “The Great Animist” below and don’t forget to wear PPE.