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Winter In April

Apr 04, 2014

In which our snowy host mispronounces every name in history

Welcome back heavy metal friends! Sorry for the lack of Blogging last week; it was hella busy and it completely slipped my mind.

Anyways, tonight's show was rad, in spite of (or perhaps because of?) the crazy sudden April winter we're having. Somebody managed to request a song that I actually own beforehand, and I got that played just for them! We also covered all sorts of crazy bands, especially international bands. We had representation from France with the very non-formulaic deathcore band ETHS, horn-laced Black Metal from Hungary with Bornholm, and crazy experimental doom from Spain with the ironically named Orthodox, who are anything but. Metal truly knows no boundaries.

I hope you're all pumped for the Carcass/Gorguts/Black Dahlia Murder show that happens tonight (Friday) at Mill City Nights. I'll certainly be there, because this is one of the most solid concert lineups I've seen in a long time. All three are fabulous bands that have all released some of the best albums of their careers within the last year. It should be a can't-miss show.

So what about a track of the week? WHERE IS YOUR TRACK OF THE WEEK NOW? ...right here. I mentioned the French band ETHS earlier, and they're going to be our track of the week with Ex Umbra In Solem, off of their just-released EP of the same name. They've been around since 1999, playing an odd mix of alt-metal and metalcore, but always with the signature vocals of Candice Clot. Clot left the band in late 2012, but was replaced by Rachel Aspe, who appears on this EP. This EP finds the band with a much dirtier and grittier sound, which should be appealing to more traditional death-metal fans, but still has the creative riffing and heavy groove-orientation of their earlier material. You can check out the track here:

Now on to this week's playlist!

The Black Dahlia Murder “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” from Nocturnal on Metal Blade Records

Dance Club Massacre “Risk Is My Business... And Business Is Risky” from Circle of Death on BLACK MARKET ACTIVITIES

Eths “Ex Umbra In Solem” from Ex Umbra In Solem on Season of mist

Meshuggah “Rational Gaze” from Nothing on Nuclear Blast

Despised Icon “Day of Mourning” from Day of Mourning on Century Media

Chaostrophe “The Curse” from The Curse

Hark “Sins On Sleeves” from Crystalline on Season of mist

Atacama Death Experience “Fleece of Time” from Wasted Time and Broken Bones - EP on Cimmerian Shade Recordings

Scale the Summit “The Great Plains” from Carving Desert Canyons on Prosthetic

Car Bomb “The Seconds” from 'W^W^^W^W' on Car Bomb

Trivium “Torn Between Scylla and Charybdis” from Shogun on Roadrunner Records

S.O.D. “Stand Up And Fight” from Rise of the Infidels on Megaforce Records

Iron Reagan “The Living Skull” from Spoiled Identity EP

Taake “Orkan” from Noregs Vaapen on Karisma / Dark Essence Records

Bornholm “Where the Light Was Born (Thule Ultima a Sole Nomen Habens)” from March for Glory and Revenge on Vic Records

Soulfly “World Scum” from ENSLAVED on Roadrunner Records

Pelican “City of Echoes” from City of Echoes on Hydra Head

Orthodox “Parte II: Apogeum” from Amanecer en Puerta Oscura on Alone Records

Nightwish “Scaretale” from Imaginaerum on Scene Nation

Ghost B.C. “Year Zero” from Infestissumam on Loma Vista / Republic