On a forum I frequently visit, someone had posted that the bassist for rock band, Coheed and Cambria had been arrested for armed robbery. After a little research I found the story on TMZ’s website (link at the end of post). Michael Todd allegedly held up a Walgreens in Attleboro, MA. Todd showed a pharmacist a note he had written on his cell phone that said he was in possession of a bomb and that he demanded Oxycontin. He fled the scene by taxi with 6 bottles of the stuff. The police tracked the taxi to the venue the band was schedule to play with Soundgarden. He has been charged with armed robbery and illegal possession of prescription narcotics. His bail is $10,000 and he will be arraigned on Monday morning. The band announced via Twiiter that they will continue the tour. They have temporarily replaced Todd with Wes Styles. No shows will be cancelled.
Ahhh, Sex, drugs, and rock and roll…minus the sex.
While we are on the topic of Coheed, can Chris Pennie come back to Dillinger please and thank you!
French black metal band Deathspell Omega recently released a new compilation album that contains two songs. The songs were previously released separately on the Crushing the Holy Trinity and From the Entrailsto the Dirt compilations. “Diabolus Absconditus” and “Mass Grave Aesthetics” both exceed nineteen minutes in length and are epic to say the least. Deathspell Omega create some of the most evil and intriguing music I have ever heard. The songs may be lengthy, but Deathspell make damn sure you are not bored. Check it out! You can expect a full review of both songs soon. In the meantime, check out the first track on the LP below.
I just wanted to post this footage of Mayhem live from Hellfest. Yes, this is the concert where the band used actual human remains for stage props. I can’t help but go back to that episode of Bones where the “black metal band” used a crucified human skeleton for a prop. I, unfortunately did not film this myself. I wish to one day be able to see Hellfest in person and not through other peoples shaky cameras, but until then, this will do. To read more about the whole human remains thing, check it out here. Enjoy.
For the most part I like my black metal raw and aggressive, but I do enjoy the occasional melodic black metal band. Dawn of Ashes for example are a great band that I like quite a bit. Another band I have come to be quite fond of is Chthonic. I have known of this band for quite a while and I have given them a spin a few times but I never really let the band sink it. Recently, though I have been listening to them quite a bit and I’m totally digging it.
Chthonic recently released a video for the new song “Broken Jade” which comes off of the band’s latest album Takasago Army. The video is quite interesting. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. I like the flow of it, but I think the band stands out a little too much amongst the actual background in the video. I do love this song, however. It’s a great track. Maybe the video will grow on me. We’ll see. Check out the video below and don’t forget to pick up Takasago Army and catch Chthonic on the killer MetalSucks Sponsored North American Khaos Tour with Arch Enemy and Skeletonwitch! ~R. Gnarly Doom Occulta//#BlackMetalSunday
I received an e-mail this morning from a band known as Ära Krâ from Germany. Ära Krâ’s band members have chosen to remain anonymous, which I like quite a bit. The band recently released an album titled Ferne Tage and while I haven’t been able to translate the band’s name, I have translated the album title to mean “distant days.” From first listen, I was into this band. They have a great vibe about them. Their sound is comprised of a melodic death metal feel encased in black metal with a lot of progressivity. There are a lot of things I like about this band. For one, the song structures are extremely layered and they all encompass something interesting about the band. What they do they do extremely well and for that I applaud them. I am currently listening to their album and you can expect a review of it within the next week or so. Until then, go to their Bandcamp page and listen to the album yourself. You can also download the album for the ever-so-great price of whatever you want. I see great things in this bands future. Not even half-way through this album and I am already a fan.
Black mornings to you all. As it is every week, today is Black Metal Sunday. I have chosen today’s playlist to consist of black metal jams I’ve been listening to as of lately. They are all sick and I hope you enjoy it. Have a melancholic day and remember, tag #Black Metal Sunday on Twitter and let me know what black metal bands you are jamming to today.