News Roundup: MESHUGGAH, PARADISE LOST, DARK ANGEL, NILE, DEAFHEAVEN, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and more!
I swam across the world thrice to bring you what’s fresh, what’s exciting, what’s baffling and what’s new. You’re welcome.
Meshuggah is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most influential acts in metal right now. According to label Nuclear Blast we can expect to hear new releases from them, along with label mates Nile, All Shall Perish, Immolation and more importantly – for me, at least – the first full length release by Brujeria in 15 years, featuring none other than El Cynico, a.k.a. Jeffrey Walker (Carcass) on bass duty.
Nuclear Blast has already dropped a couple gems upon us metalheads this year, like Melechesh‘s Enki, Enslaved‘s In Times and Blind Guardian‘s Beyond The Red Mirror. It looks like they have no plans on backing down from crushing 2015 with high-profile records.
The Dillinger Escape Plan has just announced a June mini-tour on the East Coast, backed by Mutoid Man and Primitive Weapons. See if you’ll be given the grace of watching Greg Puciato in action below:
06/16 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer – this concert will also feature Rosetta
06/18 Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
06/20 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Drum kit juggernaut Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Dethklok, Everyone & Their Mother’s [seriously, this list in endless]) has promised two things about the new Dark Angel album: (1) It will be awesome and they will try to destroy everyone; (2) They will refrain from using modern production
crutches and will sound as organic as possible.
Like, I don’t think you’re gonna see some heavily processed, gridded today’s production on it. I like it to be as organic and performance-captured situation as possible rather than just have it sound like some sterile… We don’t wanna do that. I’m not gonna Pro Tool the drums or have them gridded. And we’re not gonna loop guitar parts that… ‘Okay, you played that take great. Well, I’ll just cut it and paste it in the next part.’ We’re gonna play it all.
This excerpt was taken from Howard Smith’s podcast All About The Rock. You can appreciate the entire interview here.
Deafheaven have posted this photo of guitarist Kerry McCoy inside a studio, with a caption that reads “LP3”. I may be wrong on this one, but it seems recordings for their third album is under way. This will be the follow-up to 2013’s most hated & most loved album, Sunbather. Will the new record be any good? I don’t know. What I do know is that it is probably going to be as divisive as its predecessor. The last track released by the San Francisco group was “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”, which you can listen to at this link.
Moving on to a slightly blacker shade of black (shouts out to Sterling Archer), Suicidal Black Doom Metal duo Yhdarl have released a 7 minute audio ov the track “Ignite-Ashes”. It is a sneak peek into a track that tops over 15 minutes. According to the band, the best part was intentionally left out. Oooh. These gentlemen always had my curiosity, but now they have my attention. Do they have yours? If so, check out how brilliantly they have been covered in the Toilet before, once by a guy named Mendel and another time by a dude who lives inside Bandcamp – stab here & here, respectively. Yhdarl’s new album will be released this summer/fall by way of Belgian label Tanquam Aegri Somnia.
Paradise Lost will release their 14th studio album The Plague Within on June 2nd. The band has stated that the record will have a “death metal edge”, which could be a reflection of the recent influx of Death/Doom hybrids since last year. You can peep the artwork signed by Zbigniew M. Bielak below.
NY thrash ensemble Nuclear Assault is set to release new EP on June 1st, called Pounder. Here, have the EP’s art. I must add that Danny Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth) will be on it. Yay.
Death Grips just announced a North American tour in support of their recently released Jenny Death. The record is amazing and this tour looks very promising. More dates (including international concerts) TBA.
What about you, tiny Flusher? Have you heard anything newsworthy recently?