As if this post really needed any more words. I could just leave that title and picture up there and most of us would still be ridiculously hype. Regardless, thanks to the keen eyed Greg over at Metal Injection, we’ve now learned through a Facebook update that Gojira are apparently hard at work, writing new material for the follow up to 2012′s L’Elephant Sausage.
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With Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak showing up on Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range Festival lineup for this summer, it was a no brainer that the groups could very likely be hitting the road together on a larger capacity. Finally, the rumors have been confirmed and a handful of tour dates have been announced.
The tour kicks off April 28th in Seattle and criss-crosses the U.S. before culminating in a performance at the Rock On The Range Festival on May 18th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 7th.
Mastodon’s upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:
04/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
05/02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
05/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
05/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Though the dates are a bit thin, the tour is definitely stellar. If Rock on the Range weren’t a week before Maryland Deathfest, I’d consider the trip. Unfortunately, I’m gonna have to let this tour pass me by.
In other Mastodon news, the group shared the following update on their album sessions:
Hopefully the album release will coincide with this tour. Could use some of those Mastodon feel-good summer jams. More info on that when we get it.
In the three years since the release of their previous album The Great Mass, Septicflesh haven’t exactly been inactive. Season of Mist re-released their entire discography it seems, and the band have been keeping up with worldwide touring, with shows on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise happening now and a Japanese tour coming next month. It still feels like we haven’t seen much of them though, right? Hopefully that changes soon, as the band have just wrapped up the recording of their as of yet untitled new album.
I’m going to put it straight out there: Gojira‘s The Link Alive is one of the greatest metal DVDs ever. Seeing that as a kid, just after the release of From Mars To Sirius, around the time Rock Sound had their own TV channel(!) just solidified for me exactly how heavy the racket that Gojira makes really is. Watching Mario Duplantier tear through ‘Embrace The World‘ and ‘Clone‘ like it was absolutely nothing to him was just mindblowing.
Thankfully, history is repeating itself again, albeit this time a little differently. The band have announced the release of new art book, entitled Les Enfants Sauvages (unfortunately not a Metal Gear Solid reference), that comes with a brand new live DVD, taken from a show last year at the Brixton Academy in London last year. If my memory serves me right, that comes from the tour where they were direct support to Ghost and were completely upstaging them every single night, so the quality is naturally going to be pretty high.
Every year, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas brings together some of the best acts in rock, hip-hop, comedy, and action sports. With a lineup as diverse as theirs, it’d be pretty impractical for a niche blog to cover everything, but the hardcore and metal presence across the fest’s three days is enough to draw our attention! Photographer Maclyn Bean flew out from Philly to Austin to cover the fest, and you can catch select photos from day two below, featuring 4ARM, Narrows, Sarah Silverman, Defeater, August Burns Red, Gojira, The Locust, and Slayer!
Rivers of Nihil
The Conscious Seed of Light
01. Terrestria I: Thaw
02. Rain Eater
03. Birth of the Omnisavior
04. Soil & Seed
05. Central Antheneum
06. Mechanical Trees
07. Place of Serpents
08. Human Adaptation
09. A Fertile Altar
[Metal Blade Records]
Every so often within the great artistic expression known as extreme metal, a relatively unknown band will surface, seemingly out of nowhere, and completely spin heads around, Exorcist-style. Said band will release a debut album so great, so masterful, so powerfully potent, that it rivals even the most legendary work of some of their peers and influences. In fact, it would be of no surprise to think that this band has had many years of experience to refine and hone their craft, when in actuality, they’ve only been writing music for a grand total of four years. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Rivers of Nihil.
Devil Sold His Soul‘s previous album Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me, after watching their crushing sets at both Damnation Festival and opening for the Gojira/Ghost combo, their sweeping post-metal meets hardcore blend made so much more sense and impact. And despite parting with long-time vocalist Ed Gibbs, now replaced with Paul Green of The Arusha Accord, the band have returned with an album titled with the often fatal moniker of Time.
The earliest years of a band can easily be some of the most interesting in retrospect. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and only a few years, at best, to top it with it the second — this leads to some of the most revealing, raw and albeit less focused music you’ll hear in their entire career. With this in mind, I decided to take a look at some of the earliest work from bands that have carved out their own niche and tried to take a look at how these early sounds connect with their more recent work.
Gojira‘s meteoric rise to becoming one of the most important metal band’s in recent history has been well documented. As you know well, these days the band find themselves occupying prestigious spots at nearly every single important metal festival and Europe as well as joining metal’s forefathers on treks all around the globe. Yet back in 1996, when they first banded together under the more egregious banner of Godzilla, they were a band struggling to breakout of the, then far less respectable, French metal scene with a grooving take on the raw death metal that their idols produced.
The Safety Fire
Mouth of Swords
1. Mouth Of Swords
2. Glass Crush
4. Beware The Leopard (Jagwar)
5. Red Hatchet
6. Wise Hands
7. The Ghosts That Wait For Spring
8. I Am Time, The Destroyer
9. Old Souls
Five years back when The Safety Fire first popped up with their debut EP, Sections, their take on progressive metal involved swathes of broken, discordant shouting and harsh instrumentation powered by a rumbling war machine of bass-loaded guitars and drums. As they have developed their style they have wound back the distortion and begun showing off a surprising lightness of touch and wicked sense of melody that is characterized by their evocative arpeggiated stringwork. Now with their new album, Mouth Of Swords, continuing this upward trend they have easily their most accessible work to date.
And here I was thinking Fit For An Autopsy weren’t even a thing anymore! I guess we all have our blind spots, and I’m discovering them all the time. In fact, not only are the group still kickin, but they’ve got a new album coming out this year as well.