Greetings corona conquerors. I am sipping coffee in my pjs and positively living from Axl dragging Steve Munchkin on Twitter about virus deaths. Chinese Democracy did more for the world and democracy than you ever did, Steve. Bootlicking moron. Plus Suicide Squad blew (except for Diablo).
Anyway, happy 2 year anniversary (I think) to Melania’s “Be Best”- LMAO.
Wanna tell y’all about this Belgian band of rocker dudes Cult Of Scarecrow today. I like their new video -made in quarantine- for “Adrift and Astray”. The keyboard set up got me stoked and I like that they are like regular metal dudes who are older and obviously doing what they love and thus not poseurs.
Thought I’d give their entertaining video and styles some love today as the whole thing is about an evil virus that wants to destroy metal being defeated as we rise back eventually from the ashes. Word up, dudes.
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Much like multi-faceted Goddesses of ancient times like Hecate, Demeter and Freya who were associated both with harvest/abundance and death or battle, Actually Huizenga is both a total baller and a subterranean legend who inspires well-deserved cult worship and who I am stoked to call a friend. Punk icon Ian Svenonius ( The Make-Up, Nation Of Ulysses) guest stars in the new video for “Burn The Witch” from the at times campy but still deeply relevant industrial project Patriarchy. Asking For It was pretty much my absolute favorite (of all genres) album last year -peeling back layers of social constructs amidst a blend of lusty cemetery industrial pop and death rock. Plus the songwriting quality, both musically and the lyrics, is insane. Every video has been dope af. I should’ve fucking put it on our year end list but since I am clearly an idiot I mostly leaned towards stuff on the 2019 year end list that was more blatantly metal or hardcore (with one exception of a folk Guns n Roses cover). Hopefully I will be forgiven. Actually Huizenga & Andrew Means are a crucial act to know in 2020.
A reminder that Horisont are set to release Sudden Death on May 15th! The follow up to About Time is coming at last. I have been loving the piano intro to “Free Riding” in particular. This tune just scratches all my Thin Lizzy itches in the right ways (and some prog ones too). Unabashed scandinavian stud music.
Lastly today, we need to celebrate that Alestorm has a new album with a completely epic title Curse Of The Crystal Coconut out May 29th via Napalm. “Treasure Chest Party Quest” has lyrics about babies with tiny metal hands being born drunk. If this fucknuts video doesn’t make you laugh a little in these bleak, shitty times then nothing will. Also, the production of the song is pretty huge…and of course the bearded baby. This is one of the greatest experiences I have had while in quarantine, frankly.Add to My Radar
Gothenburg’s Horisont are guitar rock incarnate. They can boogie hard enough to woo the most discerning Graveyard or Atomic Rooster fans while maintaining the most fabulous aspects of retro rock’s finest, dual attack axe/ hazy days. New album Odyssey has everything from Zep-esque balladry via “Beyond The Sun” to fist shaking party rock like fan favorite “Break The Limit”. This band definitely has some special juju and deserve to hit bigger stages. Plus they feature one of our favorite Metal Riot allies Tom Sutton (Night Viper, ex- Church Of Misery, The Order of Israfel).
Recommended track: “Red Light”Add to My Radar
Gothenburg’s Horisont have a new single with dwarf-tastic art. Outer space dwarf is gonna take your lunch money! And heck…the music is great as well. Seriously, the shitty VHS quality and potent punch of the band’s new jam makes me want to induce munchies and eat tater tots pronto while whipping my hair back and forth (except I’m bald and currently out of sticky icky). This band is killer and RIYL Amulet or Witchcraft and great classic influenced metal/hard rock of that ilk, though. Plus my buddy Tom from top notch doom band The Order Of Israfel is in Horisont’s ranks as a guitarist, so check ’em out HERE now!Add to My Radar
The current "it" darlings of tech, ARCHSPIRE return with Bleed The Future! This band has not lost their edge like many others caught in a dragon chase for commercial appeal, instead absolutely destroying it on their latest release. Only Obsolete and Ophidian I even come close recently to pulling off shit this crazy and Archspire's "Drone Corpse Aviator" by far led the pack for the fastest chops freak out of 2021, while still containing some very dynamic calm between the storm, majestic guitar parts as well. I am honestly just thrilled for these dudes that they have pulled off such a bad ass follow-up to the hard to top Relentless Mutation (2017). This moment was worth the wait and the future will take your pound of flesh one way or the other. Get on board and hold fast!