While we watch liberal media get co-opted by right wing seeded transphobia and children lose their parents to 4chan shooters for lulz before our horrified and tired eyes, it is safe to say everyone needs some fucking good music to keep from not losing our minds right now.
I know that escapism is viewed as not as integral as direct action or whatever, but while we NEED direct action it is also ok to need mental health breaks or to dip into the new Coheed album or Stranger Things or The Priory Of The Orange Tree or literally whatever gets you through the night (as the song goes) right now. I alternate from deep twitter arguing for hours to writing to reading Natasha Lennard articles and weeping to Wishsong of Shannara and singing to my cat, so…thank god for estrogen and gaba.
Anyway, fucking don’t give up the fight and here are some ragers to help you… uh, stay calm is the wrong phrase. Get your fucking rage sharpened or bang yourself some cathartic release.
We all know the new Conjurer album PÁTHOS might be the heavy release of the Summer, so let’s just get that out of the way. The UK uprisers remain fully engaged with creating a completely savage but welcoming experience, ensuring no one will “Suffer Alone”. The top notch recording and balls out performances are remarkable. The artwork will make you meditate on existential shit and get emo. They also have sick tote bags now.
Revocation’s new Netherheaven has their best cover art yet (well, Deathless still has a special place in my bitter heart) courtesy of Paolo Girardi. While you have to wait til September to hear the whole shebang, you can certainly rage all Summer to the new thrashing single. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single “Diabolical Majesty” (directed by David Brodsky // http://www.mgenyc.com) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/revocation
Revocation remain one of the very best in the game, just 100% at all times. Hitting album number eight is no easy task these days, especially when it is always hard to top yourself. A band that has always deserved the hype, they will be touring this Fall with w/ Krisiun, Alluvial and Inoculation.
Now for some non-metal: The 2021 Wavy Awards was an invite-only red carpet event celebrating historically excluded artists, such as women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and artists who identify as having disabilities. Supported by The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the Wavy Awards took place at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City on October 23rd, 2021. The event was the first awards show to fully incorporate self-description for low vision audience members. It also featured ASL interpreters, and live-closed captioning by SignNexus.
Get Wavy Volume 1 is a compilation of songs which include several of the 2021 Wavy Award winners and nominees.
75% of proceeds go towards supporting the 2022 Wavy Awards this upcoming October 2022. 25% goes to Grimalkin Records.
Medusa is an artist on the comp I am digging. They combine an eclectic production style with meaningful lyricism and a fresh, colorful pop fluidity. “I Saw God In The Waiting Room” is a deep cleansing purge for anyone really sad right now who can relate to dealing with heavy shit and trying to shake off the numbness. It isn’t exactly “feel good’ but you’ll certainly feel something.
From Medusa about this song: In the spring of 2020, my partner’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. The first time I met her, she was going through chemotherapy; the next time I saw her, she was dead. We dug her grave, then spent the next year thousand-yard-staring because of earth shattering existential dread.
I Saw God in The Waiting Room” is the story of how we dealt with losing not only her, but also our youthful ignorance. The track is lyrically literal and sonically bare, a departure from my usual character voices and abrasive production. The only way I can think to explain this choice is by asking: in a film, what is the only thing more gut wrenching than hearing a scream? A cut to silence.
Ok, that wraps up my energy for today. Back to thrifting and Facebook Marketplace posting and waves of despair. Hang in there, heroes. You are loved and valuable to this world. Oh, support the Seed and Rong tour kicking off tonight! One love, pma.Add Revocation to My Radar