I have been gone. I have returned. I am also on the airwaves now of 88.1 FM KRUA Monday nights from 10- Midnight (AK time). If you are so inclined to listen to metal for 2 hours every Monday night feel free to do so here. To start things off I have complied a few photos of something very near and dear to me.
This is why Slayer fans rule
I think you get the point. Slayer fans are the best.
Oh and if you live in a hole and are unaware that Slayer is touring soon be excited. Because they start their tour in Anchorage, Alaska on October 22nd. Unfortunately they aren’t bringing Gojira with them for the Alaska show. It is also their first show here since 1996. And probably their last so that is why you should empty your pocketbooks and pay the 40-100 dollars it takes to get a ticket. Tickets available through Ticketmaster so prepare for outrageous “processing fees”. I’ll see you in the pit.
Slayer North American Tour Dates:
10/22 — Anchorage, Alaska — Sullivan Sports Arena
10/25 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/28 — – Hollywood, Calif. Hollywood Palladium
10/30 — San Jose, Calif. — Events Center @ San Jose State-
11/8 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Myth
11/10 — Austin, Texas — FunFunFun Fest
11/12 — Houston, Texas — Bayou Music Center
11/13 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom
11/15 — Chicago, Ill. — Aragon Ballroom
11/16 — Detroit, Mich. — The Fillmore
11/17 — Columbus, Ohio — LC Pavilion
11/19 — Washington, D.C. — The Fillmore
11/20 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE
11/26 — Wallingford, Conn. — Oakdale Theatre
11/27 — New York, N.Y. — Theatre @ MSG
11/29 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
11/30 — Boston, Mass. — Tsongas Arena
So today while driving home I was listening to the radio a song came on and I was like “huh what a Metallica sounding riff” but the tone was familiar. And then it hit me- this was a track off of A7x’s new album. And the vocals came on and I started laughing so hard because Robb Flynn was spot on. Not to jump on the bandwagon but yes it sounded like a Metallica rip off. I enjoyed Flynn’s jokes about it immensely. Haven’t read them yet? Here you go! And no I haven’t listened to the whole album yet and I don’t really plan to anytime soon. I’m not that big into A7x personally. But I am into Metallica soo…
Something that I think everyone will be excited about is Metalocalypse: The Doom Star Requiem. This is going to be an hour long special on Adult Swim. Essentially it is a rock opera. The Adult Swim website says this:
Coming this October is Metalocalypse: The Doom Star Requiem, an hour-long special. The special picks up after the finale of season 4. With Toki abducted and in mortal danger, his only hope is the rest of Dethklok. But, like always, the band’s egos start to get in the way. To save their band member and friend, they need to get over themselves, work together, and save Toki in the hour-long heavy metal rock opera (with an original score, of course!). Set your calendars for October.
I’m excited. I miss Toki.
Now Lets Talk Local!
ALSO coming this October- 22 and More Metal Than You! This is the first show that my friend KC and I have put together and we are extremely excited about it. We have been conspiring to start throwing some local all ages shows because we love giving back to the scene and seeing it flourish. What is super special about this show is that it is my birthday show! Hence the 22 part. Essentially nothing cool happens when you turn 22 so we decided to do something about that. And thus 22 and More Metal Than You was born. And the lineup is awesome! Some of my favorite local bands have agreed to perform and I am completely stoked about that and you should be too! I hope to see you all there!
The details in brief-
October 4th (Friday) at 7 pm
$6 dollars at the door
Bands: Famine, Thunderfish, Terraform, Decepticide, Machinecorpse (See! I told you that lineup was killer.)
If you missed out on Emmure that is a huge bummer! They played a killer set. Big ups to Family Tree Presents for continuing to provide our tiny local scene with rays of hope-in the form of core bands. I can’t wait to see what else is coming up for them!
If you are in the dark- Mondays are metal days. At the Taproot that is! Which does mean you have to be 21 and over to enjoy. Two badass local metal bands every Monday evening with only a 5 dollar cover. Sounds like a good way to end a long Monday to me!
It appears that AK Soul decided to take over the month of October. Up first we have All That Remains at the Egan Center on Friday, October 11th. Which means it would be a good idea to come to the all ages show on the 4th as mentioned earlier, that way you can have some practice time in the pit before going in head first! Tickets are 30 bucks in advance and that is not including Ticketmaster’s evil, omnipresent ticketing fees. This will be the second time ATR has come to the glorious 907! I went the first time around and had a great time. They played a great set and were spot on live. The only thing I remember that I didn’t like about the show was that they didn’t play an encore. Which I still find weird…
Following up ATR is one of the most traditional metal shows we have in Alaska. That’s right-the annual ZOMBIEFIST. Like every year 36 Crazyfists will be headlining. Same pricing as the ATR show and same location. It is always a good time. I believe Zombiefist was my first concert. But that was more than a few years ago so I am not 100% positive but I do know that 36 headlined and it was at Egan. But then again when is 36 not headlining the metal shows at the Egan Center?
Alrighty, now that I have provided you with a solid calendar of local metal for the next month, let us digress. Here is a quick rundown of bands coming out with and/or working on new albums:
As Blood Runs Black– The album is entitled “Ground Zero” and will be out sometime this winter. Preorders are available now. Instinct (their last album) was pretty good. I can’t wait to see if they’re going to continue in the same direction or throw in some new elements.
Deicide– The album called “In The Minds Of Evil” will be out this fall. Can’t wait! This band brings the heavy to the metal. These seasoned metal masters never really disappoint.
Warbringer– “IV: Empires Collapse” This is their fourth album and it set to drop October 29th. They recently released the track “Hunter-Seeker” off the album and like all good bands- made a lyric video for it. I love this band for being the embodiment of modern thrash. Check out the video and enjoy.
Oceano– How core do you go? If you can handle the brutality that is Oceano get stoked because their new album "Incisions” is about to be released. October first is the date. On the bands Facebook page you can check out a few tracks from the album. Apparently someone has been leaking it so they are now available for your enjoyment- keep in mind they aren’t the best quality because they are not official.
Carnifex– Sometime ago they broke up, I cried, and forgot about it. Then one day out of nowhere a Facebook status popped up saying something like “working on new material”. And suddenly the world regained its beauty. The band seems to have reconciled any “creative differences” that caused the split and they are touring and working on a new album, which will be released sometime “early 2014”. I am beyond excited as they have never put out a bad album yet. Bring on early 2014!
Impending Doom– Another fun core band! Their album is set for sometime in November. If you are so inclined you can enjoy 10 seconds of one of their tracks off the album on Youtube. (Prepare to be disappointed as it is an intro, which is why I didn’t put the video on here for you.) Which track? We don’t know. All we do know is new album, November 2013. Now to wait patiently for a single…
And that is all I have for you right now! But I will leave off with this because it made me laugh. Carnifex had a show and there was a slight misspelling in the signage but I kinda like the result. What do you think?
As always, keep it brutal.