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A quick A/V roundup to close out our Tuesday, new music from Agalloch and Old Man Gloom and a cover from Born Of Osiris…
Is Sumerian putting out a covers album? Nevertheless, the trend of their bands covering nu-metal tracks continues with Born of Osiris covering "Science" by SOAD, one of my favorite bands of all time. Can't say I'm digging the cover. You can also check out Stray From The Path covering Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls on Parade" (more…)
Our intrepid photographer Aline Cote-Miladinovich attended Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway in April and filed this report, along with a massive photo gallery of her experiences.
Something strange and magical happens in the town of Oslo, Norway over Easter week. Most of polite society flees to the mountains while a scourge of metal heads pour in from all over the globe to experience the four day extravaganza of extreme metal, hedonism & hepatocide known as Inferno Festival. Subsequently, the entire city becomes a misanthropic miscreant’s soggy dream come true, and we’ve got the whole place to ourselves! (more…)
To coincide with the release of their upcoming Faustian Echoes EP, the mighty Agalloch have announced a slew of summer dates spanning across the U.S., boasting a 90-120 minute headlining slot and a setlist that will vary by show. Check below for a press release from the band that includes tour dates, opening acts, and some new info regarding the release of their EP: (more…)
I've spoken of my love of Agalloch in the past, it's a band that everybody here at Metal Injection can agree about. And now, we can see them live in our backyard. Well, not literally…that would be awesome. The band has announced a month's worth of dates all through the US, hitting major markets like New York, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta and many others. If you need some stimulants to get you through your pot brownie trip, align your intake to this itinerary: (more…)
Groza by MGLA makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, like sitting in front of a fire place, inside a cabin on a cold snowy night somewhere in the mountains. Which is basically how I described Ashes Against the Grain by Agalloch a few years ago. So basically if you like Agalloch, snow, mountains, fire, and air then you'll love this band. (more…)
A/V Roundup: AGALLOCH Live Set Streaming, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY & OBSCURA Full Album Streams, New Music From PERIPHERY, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH and more
Wow, this week flew by completely. We're still catching up on life in the office after an insane few days at SXSW. In the interim, a lot of new music became available, that we may have missed. We decided to do a quick pre-weekend roundup of all the sweet free tunes available to make your weekend a little less lame: (more…)
The other day I was having an epic smoke sesh with my pal Drew Mack of the incredible stoner doom outfit Hull and he recommended to me a snowboarding film his friend worked on called That's It, That's All. I told him I would check it out and to be honest, I wasn't expecting much. But boy was I wrong. I am no expert on snowboarding films, but I think it's safe to assume this was the most ambitious snowboarding film I've ever seen.
To call it just a snowboarding film would be an understatement. It's almost a combo snowboarding/nature/cinemetography jizz fest. They really went all out with the production, getting helicopter shots, beautiful landscapes, helmet cams, the whole deal. They went all out. You can see a preview in the video above.
The best part about it for me though was all the metal featured in the soundtrack. The first exhibition features fucking God Forbid! And the grand finale of the movie features my favorite song by Agalloch, Limbs. And really there is no song more appropriate for the final sequence than that one. I don't want to spoil it, but some epic shit goes down.
In conclusion, if you like to burn one and stimulate yourself visually and aurally afterwards, I highly recommend seeking out this video. It totally made my night!
As the year is comes to a close, we will be taking you through the Best of 2010. Over the next couple of days, expect top 10 album lists from most of our writers, as well as the top stories & videos of the year. Don't forget, you can still submit your Top 10 album list to be included in the overall Top Albums As Decided by the Metal Injection Junkies list.
by James Zalucky
When it comes to creativity, few bands can match the power and brilliance of AGALLOCH. Over the course of their career they've taken folk, black metal, doom metal, and several other elements to craft a truly unique sound. When you hear one of their songs, you know who you're listening to. Therefore, it was with much excitement that I agreed to review their latest album, Marrow of the Spirit.
With water flowing and birds chirping in the background, the album opens with the cello tune, They Escaped the Weight of Darkness. AGALLOCH has always had something of the melancholy to their music, but this opener is nothing short of pure distilled despair, a theme that runs through the entire album. Guest musician Jackie Perez Gratz plays a melody so somber that it could easily fit the soundtrack to a funeral. I’d be surprised if you can get through the song without a frown on your face. (more…)
NPR, you have done it again! They are currently streaming the entire new Agalloch album, Marrow Of The Spirit for FREE on their site and I highly recommend you check it out. You really have no excuse not to. This is one of the best bands around today, and if you don't believe my hype, just listen and you will be convinced. Their Sweeden-via-Portland blend of progressive metal is quite soothing to the ears. Simply put, these guys know what they are doing. Now they just have to come to New York to play a show, damn it!
by: Frank Godla
First Agalloch, and now Grayceon!? Profound Lore, undoubtedly a label I've known for releasing a lot of tunes I'm not a fan of, may be working towards regaining my trust after all. You may remember these guys from previous audio or video podcasts I've done last year, but I know it's been a whole year so let me re-jog your memory. THEY FUCKING RULE! Remember now? No? Fine, I'll spell it out for you…
Grayceon is a three piece extremely diverse band from San Francisco led by classically trained Jackie Perez Gratz on Cello and Vox, Max Doyle on Guitar and Vox, and Zack Farwell on Drums. Together these three create some of the best unique slow jam musical compositions I've heard in the last few years. Their 2008 release entitled "The Grand Show" is an LP I couldn't get enough of even after 100 spins in a row, and if you've been paying attention to how I feel about some of these slow jam bands out there, then you know it has to be something really unique.
I'm definitely stoked to see where this band takes themselves in the next year, hopefully to the east coast!
It's New Music Tuesday apparently. We have four different links for you, all of which feature music that comes 100% Metal Injection pre-approved for your listening pleasure. Let's get started, shall we…
I nearly shit bricks when I saw there was a new Agalloch song last week, but turns out there is another new track out in the wild. YES! YES! YES! This one is called Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires, and can be heard on the Viva La Hate website. The albums has a chance to really be locked in for my album of the year. Hopefully, it won't disappoint.
Our bros at MetalSucks are doing a FULL album stream of The Ocean's epic new release, Anthropocentric. It starts off huge and never stops. It's a great record worth checking out. Stream it here.
Speaking of HUGE, Salome's new record, Terminal is streaming over at NPR (of all places) and it rips. I can't believe such big vocals come from such a small woman. You go Kat!
Finally, check out the new Tombs track over at PopMatters. The track, "Course of Empire", is incredibly dense and ambient and a good way to end the day.
Well, I was pretty excited to see that Stereogum has premiered the first new music from the band's upcoming release, Marrow Of The Spirit . The track sounds great, a nice mellow black metal track. I could sit here all day talking about it, but how about I just save you the trouble, and you just click the link and go listen. If you like bands like Opeth, you are guaranteed to love this! After you're done having your mind blown, leave a comment and let us know what you think.
In related Agalloch news, the band has tried to warn people about people falsly pirating the new album, saying they are fakes, and taking a quick jab at Dream Theater. (NICE!) Here is a screenshot from their Facebook page:
Sometimes I am late to the party. Such was the case with Agalloch, who I only discovered a few months ago. But I am already a convert of the Sweedish-via-Pacific-Northwest sound. If you like progressive metal, there is no doubt in my mind that this band will blow your mind. And guess what? They are putting out a new record! Their label, Profound Lore has announced that Marrow of the Spirit will be released on November 23rd. Clearly, Frank is way ahead of me on this one, as he wrote about Agalloch in his Top 10 Anticipated Releases of 2010 at the end of last year.
The band has also announced some West Coast dates to get people pumped for their new material. They are as follows: (more…)