Finnish stalwarts Rippikoulu embark on a short North American tour with the likes of Chthe’ilist and Nucleus. While Musta Seremonoa was an enjoyable listen and easily a greater live experience than what copy cat bands like Spectral Voice and Hooded Menace have to offer, the price of admission isn’t probably worth seeing them especially with the two supporting acts known for aping Demilich more than anything else. Hopefully the price is low enough to justify hanging around with friends outside while waiting for Rippikoulu.
Death/groove hybrid Internal Bleeding initiates its 2020 tour in Los Angeles with fourteen dates to start. With tour-mates Depulsed, Logistic Slaughter and Embryonic Devourment, Internal Bleeding aims to “burn and pillage” (and hopefully sodomize) its way across the western half of the Judeo-Christian States of America.
Carcass have released a new song from their upcoming 2020 unnamed album by the name of “Under the Scalpel Blade.” It should be no secret to anyone here that Carcass are a shell of their former selves and have been attempting to cash in on the sound of Heartwork mixed with their Swansong Rock ideas. This time round, the band take that base and add a very basic chugging riff that leads to the chorus and then a fast riff that shows a glimpse of creativity before the song follows its basic verse/chorus/solo pattern. Early signs to avoid the album.
Animate Records recently published a 30-year retrospective re-issue of Blood Impulse to Destroy with the “lost” rough mix of the original, added photos, and the “Recognize Yourself” EP with undiscovered rarities. The cassette tape comes in a limited edition of 200.
Hipster band and MGLA knock-off UADA were unable to play a show in Mexico because of a bit of sunlight in a country known for its year round high temperatures. Apparently playing droning songs with occasional Dissection like melodies in a vest is such a challenging feat that anything above room temperature is considered a battle against the elements. While UADA are in no way rockstars it seems that they have taken up such mannerisms and petty behavior. The fans who paid to see this band should consider themselves lucky after this. UADA may pretend to be some kind of profound art with an important message but in reality they are bunch of trendsters who falter at the slightest challenge. Hopefully the band die of heat exhaustion in the Sahara.
Texas doom-death occultists Imprecation join forces with war metal vanguard Black Blood Invocation to release Diabolical Flames of the Ascended Plague, a split album with four tracks from each band in a style informed both by the classics of underground metal and hermetic Luciferianism.
Nearly thirty years after the heyday of death metal and grindcore (1983-1994) one of those “odd” bands, Xysma, similarly situated outside normalcy as Disharmonic Orchestra, Phlebotomized, Comecon, Afflicted, and Carbonized, finally releases a mass production compilation of its oeuvre of experimental death metal and grindcore.
Over the past decade or so of smoking a pipe, I have learned how to do it correctly, and not surprisingly, the usual “lore” is half-right and half the chatter of talking monkeys with car keys who are each trying to sound clever and consequently refuse to concern themselves with the factual accuracy of their statements.
People generally split into two groups: those who want an external order so that they can focus on their inner refinement, and those who want no external order so that they can avoid self-actualization. The former like tradition, where the latter detest it, and claim the former just repeat the past out of fear of the new.
The venerable Royal Yacht serves many a pipe-smoker as a staple, since it presents the ultimate rarity, a high-powered Virginia-based blend that also manages to be flavorful, smooth, and sweet. Famous for its unique topping — a combination of rum, Tawny Port, citrus, and possibly honey — this blend has delighted smokers since 1912 and proves to be the most divisive blend most will encounter.