News and New Music Hustle: Metalocalypse, Voivod, Intronaut, Nunslaughter, Satyricon, Saint Vitus, and More!

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Stay hungry, my friends. There is much afoot. Some bad. Some good. It’s the way of the world.

When Adult Swim announced that they would not be renewing Metalocalypse for a fifth season, there was a great disturbance felt in the force, as if a million sweaty stoners and metalheads had cried out at once then suddenly went silent. Well thanks to the efforts of a steely band of online rebels using the moniker Metalocalypse Now, fans of Brendon Small’s animated misadventures may have found their voice once again. There’s currently a petition to get the final season of Metalocalypse picked up by Hulu (barf), as that company currently holds the rights for streaming Metalocalypse. If this is the sort of thing you care about, sign the petition here. You may want to move with haste though, Gears, because the countdown on http://www.metalocalypsenow.com/ looks like it will be reaching its climax soon. Rally and give your favorite animated band the proper burial they deserve.


In better news, our pals in hyperspace thrash band Voivod are about to go on tour! That’s awesome, but… most of the dates listed right now are in Europe. Boooo! Still, there is a ray of sunshine to be caught here. The band’s official website doesn’t show much past the European dates, but at least one date has been announced for early next year here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. What makes it even better is that they’ll be playing with wormhole thrash band Vektor and Rhode Island runners-up Churchburn. If you plan on being anywhere near the Ocean State next February, you should get out to Fete Music Hall to get your face melted.


I’ve seen a number of you frothing at the mouth over new Intronaut music, and for good reason. If the new track “Fast Worms” is any indication, this latest effort from the post/prog sludge band certainly doesn’t skimp on the heavy while still delivering that artistry that makes Intronaut so special. Thanks to one of you faceless Facebookers, I have more good news to report on this front. Some sweet pre-order deals are now available over at Indie Merch StoreThe Direction of Last Things will be out November 13 via Century Media.


And now for some news to bum you out. According to Facebook, it looks like Nunslaughter‘s Jim Konya’s health conditions are not improving. The band recently moved their equipment out of their rehearsal space as they continue to see no improvement in Konya’s condition. The relief concert for Konya was held on October 2nd, but I suspect it didn’t raise nearly enough to cover medical bills. Keep your eyes open for more ways to help.

For more sad news on the medical front, I learned today via KSOFM via Blabbermouth that Satyricon‘s frontman Satyr has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. To his credit, Satyr seems to be taking the news in stride, reporting that he’ll take some time off to recover before starting on new music. ToH is hoping for a full recovery.


Back to the good news! Scion A/V are releasing three live tracks from Saint Vitus recorded at the 2012 Scion Rock Fest! Limited vinyl EPs will be pressed and sold on the band’s upcoming tour dates with Weedeater and Sourvein, but if you lack patience and/or won’t be able to catch one of the few remaining dates, you can download the album via Soundcloud. If you can, though, try to go see the band live. They are a force!

https://soundcloud.com/scionav/saint-vitus-mystic-lady


Just a few last hits of good news to get you your fix:

  • Grindcore monsters Rot are streaming the Nowhere 7″ now on Soundcloud, courtesy of Absurd Records. Quick. Ugly. Perfect. Thanks Tyree!
  • Roshin recommends you all jam “Pale Explosions” from the upcoming The Moth Gatherer album The Earth Is the Sky via Agonia Records. I’m unfamiliar with this band, but I will tell you this is some beautiful sludge.
  • Swallow the Sun have released a new song from one of their three upcoming albums. “Heartstrings Shattering” is a pretty bleak and heartfelt piece. I’m super curious to see if they pull off the triple-release approach. North I, II, and III will be out on November 13th via Century Media. (h/t 365 Days o’ Horror)
  • Gonzo thrashers Nylithia have finally finished working on Hyperthrash! The album will be out on November 21st, and you can pre-order now!
  • Mollusca be praised. Toilet darlings Slugdge are finally giving us a chance to own all three albums in physical format. Even better news? You can get all three in one package for only 10 pounds! That’s about 15 bucks in real money. What a steal?!? (h/t Jack Bauerman 5000)

Stay on that grind, friends.

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  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Man I was hoping for completely new Vitus tunes.

    • Vote for Jeb

      *Shrug emoji* at least these tracks are free.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Yeah I ain’t complainin’. It’s just that I’ve been itching for a new Vitus for a good while.

        • Vote for Jeb

          They were probably one of the most fun live bands I’ve ever seen.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            They are probably one of the most fun live bands I was forced to cancel on seeing. Heard only good things. And it was a gig with ScottFuckingReagers. Fuck.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Speaking of sad news there’s been some personnel departing my favorite masked band whom I saw in August. I’m still grieving it.

    • “Don’t stop believin’
      Hold on to the feelin’
      Streetlights, people”

      -Abraham Lincoln

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Journey said that, not Lincoln.

        • Might have been Foreigner.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m sure it was Toto.

          • “All the things she said
            All the things she said
            Running through my head
            Running through my head
            (Running through my head)”

            -Toto

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            “Welcome to the grand illusion, come on in and see what’s happening, pay the price get your ticket for the show!”

            REO Speedwagon

  • For some reason I always thought Intronaut was some terrible djent band. Alas, I have been mistaken! The new track sounds pgood.

    GL

    • Top Jimmy recommendation coming in 3..2..1..
      check out their album “Void”

      • Vote for Jeb

        I think Prehistoricisms is their best.

        • i was torn betwixt that album and Void for my rec. i’m gonna hug you so hard IRL

          • Prehistoricisms allll day

          • Vote for Jeb

            Do it. Do it.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Nylithia have been working on that album for what seems like half a decade.

    • Vote for Jeb

      I don’t think that’s an exaggeration at all.

      • Super Nintendo Chalmers

        I remember they started releasing videos for tracks off of it in 2011.

        • Vote for Jeb

          They had a pretty high profile for a while. I wonder why it took so stupidly long.

          • Super Nintendo Chalmers

            They’re the Wintersun of Hyperthrash.

  • A pound is not a unit of money, a pound is the only way to measure weight. FUCK, get it together Slugdge!

    • Maik Beninton™

      A pound is not even the real way to measure weight, it’s kilograms.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Not in America.

        • Maik Beninton™

          It’s because you guys are doing it wrong.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            America is number 1. We can’t do any wrong!

          • Maik is right ya know. The US pound is derived using the acceleration due to gravity. Which is dependent on the distance from the center of the earth to where the measuring is being taken place. The kilogram is independent of that factor and is measured the same no matter what distance you are from the center of the earth.

          • Vote for Jeb

            So you’re saying Joe made a masstake?

          • Maik Beninton™

            I don’t think you understand the gravity of the situation.

          • You are not going to force it outta me, but yes.

            GL

          • Vote for Jeb

            Don’t worry, I won’t waste too much energy trying to mine that joule.

          • /toobigfordatlocker

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            He can always find a way.

          • I AM NOT SURE WATT YOUR GOALS ARE JEB, CHRIST!

            GL

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            What a pun but did it really matter?

          • Stockhausen
          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            *cue reversed Quarter Pounder with Cheese/Royale joke*

          • Herr Schmitty

            You take that back, our drug dealers use the metric system dear sir.

          • Maik Beninton™

            So it’s never in good use.

          • Lacertilian

            Argghhh! Karl Stefanovic has invaded my sacred blog space.
            Kill…

          • Lacertilian

            The weird thing is, ours don’t (for the most part).
            We still buy quarters, ounces, pounds etc. although coke would be measured in grams.

        • Don’t make me go full communist here, Janitor.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m sorry. I would never want you to go full communist.

          • Count_Breznak
          • Count_Breznak

            Awful translation, tho.

          • more beer

            We crushed communism. Signed Ronald Reagan.

          • more beer

            But as metal heads we are convinced he exists.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Mighty Saint Ronnie defeated the Russian Bear with naught but a pack of matches and a penknife. Praise him!

          • more beer

            And then ate jellybeans.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            So many jellybeans.

          • more beer

            Well crushing communism and tearing down the Berlin Wall single handed is hard work. He needed all of that sugar to keep up his energy. Rather than sniff all of that Contra coke.

          • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

            He probably grounded up some Werther’s Originals and snorted them in celebration. Or Pixie Sticks.

          • more beer

            No jelly beans are fact.

      • P sure “kilograms” are just TV talk for drugs.

        • Where did you learn that Joe, DRUG SCHOOL?

          GL

        • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

          Is anything besides cocaine measured in kilos over here?

          • Lacertilian

            Everything in science.

          • Teeth Full Of Nose Hair

            I remember when I was reading Grant Achatz’s cookbook, he had a lot of recipes involving kilograms. Then again, his food is literally scientific.

      • negative Maik! kilograms is a measurement of mass, not weight.

  • That whole Jim Konya thing is a real bummer. Nunslaughter have been keeping up with Jim’s status on Facebook. He was doing better there for a while and every one seemed optimistic and then Boom… Another stroke. Fucking so lame.

    Got to see him perform live with Nunslaughter at MDF four years back and what a hell of a performance. They are a really fun band to see live.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f1U8QNhR84

    • Herr Schmitty

      Sucks big time duder, my heart really goes out to his friends/family/band mates.

      My mom had a pair of brain aneurysms about 6 months apart, 2nd one was a real major setback in her recovery, but she lived and recovered from it. Sorry that Konya wasn’t as fortunate.

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        That’s how Grandmama passed.

        • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

          My grandma had a massive stroke years back, and survived. It think it may have been a factor in her dementia, though.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            This was decades ago. I only have dim memories of it.

  • Herr Schmitty

    I def. have a deep and abiding love for Metalocalypse, damn good show! It didn’t work very well in a half-hour format during season 3 (eps were too long, leading to jokes getting pounded into your head like so many nails into dicks) but it’s perfect for 15 minute satirical bits about band life and crass commercialism.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Yah, Season 3 was kind of a bummer after how brilliant Season 2 was.

      • I remember I bought the uncensored version of season 3 and when I played it everything was censored.

        • Vote for Jeb

          That’s weird. Did you take it back? if memory serves, there was a whole lot to censor in that season.

          • Nah, I think I just decided to be Takin’ It Easy instead. You knows you gots to take it. You know you gotta… Takin’ it, ah takin’ it…easy

          • Vote for Jeb

            I love that! I remember on Season 2 there was a bonus scene that just showed the band’s eyes in a dark room, and they were all reciting every band they could think of for like 30 minutes or so.

          • Oh, haha! I didn’t see that. But, I know the scene with them in the hospital closet sneaking snacks. It was the same way with just their eyes. I think it was the fashion episode with the leather human skin.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I think it was based off that scene but extended to a ridiculous length.

          • That’s insane.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Yep.

          • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

            Was that the part where William is licking a hot dog after complaining about foods shaped like dicks.

          • EsusMoose

            Shit I remember one for either season 1 or 2 that was Nathan reciting all of a shakespeare play, or a lot of it I got bored really quickly

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I actually lasted the entire 45 minutes.

          • EsusMoose

            Bravo brave and well caffeinated cup-person

          • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

            Sit through both seasons. It builds quick as hell and has a ton of easter eggs in there.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Really? All the BD rips I have are uncensored.

        • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

          Same happened to me when I bought seasons 1 and 2. Youtube has the uncensored versions of all seasons, though.

      • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

        Yeah, especially the beginning of season 3, which felt really dry and slapped together.

    • EsusMoose

      Season 2 was the best, season 3 had it’s moments but didn’t always know what to do, I can’t remember much of 3 and 4 but I dug the movie. The satire was fun and the complicated nature of how some characters died always got a chuckle out of me.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Also, Toilet faves Hadean are going on tour.

    (or are they just part of this one show, not sure)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1659962184252281/

  • Vote for Jeb

    I was just told Jim Konya is being taken off life support tomorrow.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I may not have liked their themes but this is tragic.

    • :(((((((

    • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

      Damn, that sucks!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod
    • Oh fuck yes!!!!

      • Those small guttural sections he does throughout the song are fancy.

        • Yeah, they do the Pitchshiffted vocals a lot. Really demonic sounding. Black Witchery does that a lot too.

          • Pitch shifted or not, they are is ripping! It made my hair stand on end the first time through

          • These guys do that a lot as well. You can see live how one vocalist does the natural sounding vocals and how the other guy has the pitchshifted mic.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNGT714g1E8

          • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

            I hear the words “pitchshifted vocals”, I tend to think of slam and pornogrind singers sounding like a backed up septic tank mixed with Mongolian throat singing.

    • my first time hearing the band. w0w. <3 to say the least.

    • those drums>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • I think I played that Rot EP like 5 times yesterday.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      That’s a solid 20 minutes of grind then.

  • Stockhausen

    That new Intronaut is interesting. When the vocals come in it almost sounds like mid-2000s pop/emo/skramz/whatever.

    • i love it, gud mixture of old and new (i’m way more fond of the old)

    • EsusMoose

      I mixing is messing with me, I think the bass is a little too high or something, it was irking me early on, so I turned up the volume and maybe it was just my headphones struggling to produce some lower tones

  • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

    Hyperlolbuttz band Voivod. FTFY

    Good to know that Metalocalypse might be coming back, since there was a lot left up in the air after the fourth season. AS fucking sucks monkey balls nowadays, keeps the worst shows and cancels their best ones (especially Aqua Teen).

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Least they renewed Rick and Morty for its second season

      • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

        Never seen that or heard of it.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Probably the only new AS show worth watching. Comes #blackbeardapproved

          • Guppusmaximus

            The season finale was amazeballs!!

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Havent seen it yet. Shh!

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I’ve only seen 6 eps so far.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Still on season 1?

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Co-signed, also has KJM Seal Of Awesomeness.

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          Just discovered it, love it.

    • HEY, i do the rustling ’round here

  • Bone Tomahawk Trailer with Kurt Russell.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vDIS2Pp2OE

    • Vote for Jeb

      I saw a trailer for The Revenant the other night. Looked pretty brutal.

      • That looks bad ass.

        • Vote for Jeb

          Seems like next year could be a solid year for violent westerns.

          • I’m looking forward to it.

          • Boss the Ross

            Violent westerns are the best.

  • Hey, my name is either Roshin OR SON OV WOLF, whatever works

    • Vote for Jeb

      You can never change your name here. That’s not allowed.

      • EsusMoose

        Listen to the man of many names he’d know!

      • cosigned.
        (that Nylithia tears, bby)

      • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

        You tell him!

  • Bumped into Kevin (very recently formerly of Churchburn) last night in downtown Providence. I guess they are working on new music. Only one guitarist now, though.

  • Waynecro

    Brendon Small is awesome. Home Movies remains one of my favorite cartoons. I met Brendon Small at the San Diego Comic Con way back, and we talked about music for a few minutes. It was before Metalocalypse, so I was just jazzed to find out he was a metalhead.

  • Loved the new Swallow the Sun song. I hope the rest of the albums can shine. I really hope Metalocalypse gets picked up. I love that show so much.

  • Dental_Damnation

    That Nylithia album tho….

    • Vote for Jeb

      Greetings, stranger.

    • Trump’s Brainfart Jock Strap

      Welcome to the Toilet, where we’re taking ass and kicking names!

  • Dagon

    30 seconds into Saint Vitus and my hair is already long and blowing as I’m sitting in a 60 mph moving-Harley.

  • OldMetalHead

    Couldn’t not share this
    http://i.imgur.com/iUXwHIh.gif

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Churchburn are still a thing? Holy shit!