01. Counter Culture Complex
02. No; I’m in Control
03. Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
04. The Terror Pulse
05. The Promises of God
06. Romeo Must Never Know
07. Secret Vasectomy
08. Figure Your Life Out
10. Why Don’t You Just Quit?
[Season of Mist]
It took four albums and more than a decade’s worth of waiting but Winnipeg, Canada’s KEN Mode have finally broken out. They hit it big with their fourth LP Venerable, which won the Juno Award for Heavy Metal album of the year in Canada; since then, they have toured with the likes of Revocation, Kylesa, and The Atlas Moth. Although they’re leagues away from selling out arenas, what success they have achieved lately is by all means well deserved, as the band deliver a unique and explosive performance both on record and even more so live. This is most certainly evident on their newest effort, Entrench, which is not only an exemplary showcase of the trio’s talents, but a perfectly timed icing on the cake and the full stop to an impressive chapter of their career.
It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to adequately express our love for all thing Devin Townsend. His latest record, Epicloud, saw release back in September, and since then he has pretty much been touring non-stop. He’s released a few updates via his official Twitter, but nothing substantial. And while we still don’t have any real news on his two upcoming albums, Casualties of Cool and Z², we have just been given a small snippet of a new song that may appear on what of those two albums (smart money says Casualties).
The song, which you can listen to above, is simply called ‘Ode to a Parking Lot’, and while it seems far from finished, it is quite nice. Very reminiscent of what appeared on 2011 album, Ghost. We’ll be sure to keep you all updated as more news becomes available regarding all things Townsend. And don’t forget to check out the Devin Townsend Project on tour with Gojira, and The Atlas Moth. There’s still a few more days left of this bad boy.
This year isn’t even over yet and is already being put to shame by 2013. Coheed and Cambria, BTBAM, and Russian Circles are rumored to be going on a nationwide romp come February, but now something a little more concrete has made its presence known. Devin Townsend Project, Gojira, and The Atlas Moth will be hitting the road together early next year, and it promises to be glorious. Of course, Devin’s booking agent seems to have a general disregard for the South/Midwest US so I’m out of luck and disenchanted, but hopefully you folks can hit up a few of these dates and report back to me so I can live vicariously through your experiences.
Here are the dates:
01/14 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
01/15 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
01/16 Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
01/17 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
01/19 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
01/20 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
01/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01/23 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01/24 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
01/25 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
01/28 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
01/29 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
01/31 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
02/01 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/04 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
02/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/07 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
02/08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/09 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls
02/11 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
02/13 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/14 Montreal, QC – Le National
02/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/16 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Get excited! If this is the type of thing we’re going to be getting at the start of the year, 2013′s looking pretty promising already.
When Scion A/V started getting into the metal game a few years ago, I just thought it was going to be a passing fad; a cheap way to score some extra publicity in a new deomographic. While that may be true, I have to give them a hand; they’ve been a strong proponent for the metal-kind, and they certainly helping the scene gain some new momentum.
Back in March Scion and Profound Lore put on a live showcase in which PALLBEARER, WOLVHAMMER, LOSS, THE ATLAS MOTH, and YOB all performed. The show was recorded for a live compilation, which will be seeing a physical release sometime in the future, but you can download it for free right now!
I haven’t had time to listen to this yet, but the lineup looks fantastic, and with that fact I find it hard to believe that the quality will be anything below superb.
Black Breath‘s Sentenced To Life has been one of those albums that initially got lost in the noise of the early releases this year. However as the smoke has cleared and a lot of the bigger names have stepped aside, it’s become somewhat of a hidden gem, full of crunchy and crusty riffs and hugely infectious ‘shout-a-longs’. So given Scion’s track record so far, it’s not surprising that they also picked up on this criminally underrated slab of Entombed-core and whilst it’s not the in-depth masterpiece that graced the recent Atlas Moth video, the rough around the edges veneer it takes on suits the track perfectly and does justice to the ‘No Sleep ‘Til Death‘ mentality that seems to surround the album.
I seriously have to wonder how much money Scion are throwing into these bands and videos. Surely they can’t be making much of a return? However, with the recent announcement of this year’s Scion Fest it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. And as for Nick Frost? Well it was the first comment on the Youtube page and now I can’t un-see it, it’s literally uncanny.
As you may or may not remember, The Atlas Moth‘s An Ache For The Distance landed on my list of favorites from 2011. Their opus is a doomy slab of forward thinking metal that should find comfort among the ears of fans of post-metal, prog, and maybe even the odd open-minded black metal fan. There’s something here for pretty much anyone in the realm of extreme music, and its sounds aren’t so clearly cut and defined.
This is probably one of the better years for me since I began listening to metal. I don’t know if it’s due to a broadened taste, me actually paying more attention this year, or if the genre decided to collectively progress, but 2011 was just absolutely fantastic. I knew six months ago that compiling a best-of list for this year would be tricky, and of course it was!
Here’s the thing with my personal top-20 that you’ve probably read of in other lists; after the first couple of albums, the list is completely arbitrary and depending on my mood of the day, this list could be shuffled all about and perhaps replaced. My list also doesn’t follow our ratings scale and essentially came down to what I felt I enjoyed the most this year. So if you’re thinking to yourself, “hey, Alkahest gave X a 4 and Y a 5, then why is X listed higher?”…
Well, you’re going to have to figure that one out on your own, I guess. I’m fickle. Let us begin!
Yet another awesome tour for your windy fall-time evenings, with The Atlas Moth – purveyors of the fine An Ache For The Distance (which Alkahest loved) heading out on the road with Batillus and Kowloon Walled City over the course of the next month. Batillus will be playing some shows of their own during this time, but KWC will be filling the spots in fine fashion I’m sure.
Catch a hopefully none-too confusing run-down of the dates after the jump, including those Batillus will be doing on their own.
01. Coffin Varnish
02. Perpetual Generations
03. Holes in the Desert
05. An Ache For The Distance
06. 25s And The Royal Blues
08. Your Calm Waters
09. Horse Thieves
Chicago’s The Atlas Moth are a band relatively new to me. I’ve been a fan of post-metal for some time now, but The Atlas Moth, much like their southern counterparts Rwake, lurk in the genre’s seedy underbelly with bleaker influences, where a doom-tinged psychedelic sound reigns supreme. After giving their 2009 debut A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky a once over, The Atlas Moth landed firmly on my radar for 2011.
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Perhaps all of this detracts from the actual announcement I’m here to make, which is that Brooklyn Vegan are streaming the title track from The Atlas Moth‘s new album An Ache For The Distance (with accompanying interview), but it’s been a long day and my higher brain functions have all but shut down. I’m about ready for some beer and a few hours of that there new Deus Ex game (which if you direct your attention to the right of the screen you will see a link to some hilarious playthrough videos of Alkahest playing said magnificent vidya game).
Aaaaaaanywho, the band are going on tour with KEN mode at the end of next month, culminating with a release show on October 16th, which I guess tells you all you need to know about when you can get it if you dig the tune. Full dates after the jump.