Hey friends. So, the “President” thinks the Moon is part of Mars. Congrats to the tech death scene for being more scientifically accurate on weird space album covers than the fucking President at this point. Anyway, let’s get some weekend metal news going for ya on this fine Saturday.
First, go see Dark Phoenix. It was not perfect but was better than like 4-5 other X films (I didn’t personally like Deadpool 2 much cuz of the egregious excessive prison rape jokes). Sophie T was friggin’ X-cellent as a younger more insecure Jean coming into hard truths. I am confused since she already had the Phoenix Force in the Apocalypse movie, so that was weird. That said (SPOILERS), it is character driven, female focused, Nightcrawler goes HAM, there’s a Dazzler cameo, friggin’ Magneto has an amazing dirt of your shoulder train crunching scene that is almost as good as Luke’s shoulder brush off moment in The Last Jedi, there’s a Dazzler cameo and we finally have a good X film not overly dependent on Wolverine. While the alien villains are underdeveloped, I thought the Prof X/Beast/Magneto dynamics and the backstory childhood Jean stuff was very well done, the action was amazing, the ending was a beautiful send off to these films and overall while obviously not the classic comic the TONE very much suited and fit great with this particular franchise and what it needed. Jean’s protective motivations near the finale and love and emotion as strength mantra was beautiful and well done, the trippy Phoenix effects at the climax were super cool on a huge screen and I actually would go see it again today if I had the cash.
And the big weekend news is…Despised Icon are going to kick some major ass on their upcoming tour with slammers Ingested plus the very heavy Kublai Khan, and no joke Shadow of Intent. As if that wasn’t enough fucking legends Suffocation and Devourment plus Angelmaker, I Am, and I Declare War will appear on select dates. That’s a lot of mosh for anyone.
Ingested drummer Lyn Jeffs commented, “We’re stoked to be touring with our buddies in Despised Icon. This is something we have talked about doing with each other for nearly 13 years and we can’t wait to smash it with the boys in Canada and the USA this Autumn. What an awesome line up too, we’ll be joined by Kublai Khan, Shadow of Intent and in selected cities with the boys in Suffocation, Devourment, Angelmaker, I Am & I Declare War.”
Dates below –
9/20 Saskatoon, SK @ Coors
9/21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
9/22 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
9/24 Seattle, Wa @ El Corazon
9/25 Portland, Or @ Bossanova Ballroom
9/27 Sacramento, Ca @ Holy Diver
9/28 Anaheim, Ca @ Chain Reaction
9/29 Las Vega, Nv @ BBB
9/30 Salt Lake City, Ut @ In the Venue
10/1 Denver, Co @ Oriental Theatre
10/2 Albuquerque, Nm @ Launchpad
10/3 Dallas, Tx @ Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill
10/4 Houston, Tx @ Warehouse Live
10/5 New Orleans, La @ Southport Hall
10/6 Atlanta, Ga @ Masquerade (Hell)
10/8 Philadelphia, Pa @ TLA
10/9 New York, Ny @ Grammercy Theater
10/10 Worcester, Ma @ The Palladium
Despised Icon were so nasty and precise. It’ll be killer to briefly have them back for these four godless shows.
Sez the band,” There won’t be any other dates, so don’t miss out.”
Here are the details:
12/13 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
12/14 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/20 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
12/21 Worcester, MA @ Palladium w/The Red Chord!!!
The Canadian natives have been working on the project for the last year but last week was the first time anything official had been announced. That includes a small East Canadian tour as well.
To read a comment from the singer and a list of confirmed tour dates click here.
Obey The Brave have so far only released a sample of their first single called, Live And Learn, and will be posting more songs, videos and show dates in the next few weeks.Add to My Radar
Canadian death metallers Despised Icon recently issued their final statement that the band would be splitting up after a short run of 6 tour dates across Canada. Check out Despised Icon’s very last show in Montreal. The entire set was filmed by “Bande a Part”. With over an hour of destruction in their hometown featuring appearances by past members and a couple of friends, these are the greatest hits.
To see Despised Icon’s last performance, click here.Add to My Radar
Canadian Crushers Despised Icon are finishing up their final dates as a band. Soon, one of Canada’s brightest stars will be no more and your last chance to partake in the madness that is a Despised Icon live show is around the corner. Vocalist Alex Erian has issued the following statement about the upcoming final dates:
“It’s been a while already since we made THE announcement and I know some of you are probably saying ‘WTF, these guys still aren’t done yet?!’ Well, instead of canceling the tours we had in the works at the time, we figured it’d be a good opportunity to play in our favourite cities, tour in a few countries we had never visited before and rock out with you guys for the last time…
To read the full statement and see the list of dates click here.Add to My Radar
Misery Index will team-up with Montreal’s Despised Icon for their final North American tour this fall. This tour kicks-off on September 10th in Massachusetts and includes Misery Index label-mates Revocation during the U.S. leg with The Last Felony joining in for the Canadian run.
Misery Index are touring in support of their brand new album Heirs To Thievery which is currently streaming in its entirety at HeirsToThievery.info. The album is also available for download via Amazon.com for a special, reduced rate during its August $5 promotion.
To see the tour dates click here.Add to My Radar
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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.