The Monday Press: Nick Menza (RIP), Insomnium, Devin Townsend Project, and More

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The news has been gathered! The passive voice has been used! After a long vacation where I didn’t pay attention to any news over the past week, I am not willing to take ownership for anything I missed or redundancies this week.

Between the Buried and me and the Devin Townsend Project are co-headlining a tour, also featuring Fallujah. Devin’s new album, Transcendence, will be out September 2nd. Small dates on the poster are the bane of my existence, so check them out here if you are interested.

btbam


Gorjira released a new one on Friday.


Insomnium will release a concept album called Winter’s Gates. It’ll be one 40-minute long song based on an award winning novel by Niilo Sevänen. It’ll be mixed by Dan Swanö and will drop September 23rd along with a book featuring the full story. According to our boy Karhu, “The story is about vikings who set out to find a fabled island near Ireland despite winter drawing near or some shit.”


Nick Menza, former drummer of Megadeth, has sadly passed away at the age of 51. Nick played on some stone cold classic Megadeth records including Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction, and Youthanasia. He will be missed. Here is a statement from his former bandmate Dave Mustane:


Dragged into Sunlight is touring with Primitive Man following up Maryland Death Fest. Some shows will also feature Cult Leader, Churchburn, and MAKE. The announcement is on a youtube video for some reason, but the dates are here:

June
29th Bar, New Haven, CT~
30th Middle East Upstairs, Boston, MA~
July
1st Bell House, Brooklyn, NY*~
2nd The Haunt (ONE FEST), Ithaca, NY*
3rd Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA*
4th Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA*
5th Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH*
6th Reggies Rock Club, Chicago, IL*
7th Fubar, St. Louis, MO*
8th Riot Room, Kansas City, MO*
9th Bluebird, Denver, CO*
10th Metro Bar, Salt Lake City, UT*
11th Shredder, Boise, ID*
12th Highline, Seattle, WA*
13th Panic Room, Portland, OR*
14th Starlite Lounge, Sacramento, CA*
15th Golden Bull, Oakland, CA*
16th Complex, Los Angeles, CA*
17th Club Congress, Tucson, AZ*
18th The Sandbox, El Paso, TX*
19th Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX#
20th Three Links, Dallas, TX#
21st Siberia, New Orleans, LA#
22nd The Earl, Atlanta, GA#
23rd Kings, Raleigh, NC#
24th Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
w/ Primitive Man (All dates)
~ w/ Churchburn
* w/ Cult Leader
# w/ MAKE


  • Testament are back in the studio.
  • Just as I am leaving Chicago again, my hometown dudes of Russian Circles announced their sixth album coming August 5th. A teaser and some tour dates can be found here.
  • On their Facebook page, Periphery is counting down to Wednesday, so look out for a single off their new album in a few days.
  • Lacertilian
  • Sweet Satan! Ethan Lee McCarthy is one busy dude. He never stops.

    • Also, I may add… That Dragged into Sunlight/Primitive Man tour is going to be one swampy ass of a tour. June and July.

      http://media.giphy.com/media/hpUq0usXAeZvq/giphy.gif

      • Stockhausen

        I hope they have at least one basement show with no AC.

        • Everyone gonna be wearing all black denim and leather. Woof. Metal needs to embrace Chubbies and tank tops.

          • I feel there needs to be like a metal 5K race event or something. The whole thing is that you have to run it with jeans, leather, combat boats, and a patched up vest/jacket.

            EDIT: In the summer too.

          • Also, full corpse paint. It would be a bloody mess!

          • Whoever doesn’t die of heat stroke wins

          • Exactly. There ain’t many in shape metal heads. It would be so goddamn entertaining watching all of this tuff dudes pussy the fuck out.

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            I dunno. Marines over here in Hampton Roads would probably do it and laugh it off. And plenty of metalheads amongst that bunch.

          • more beer

            They do that pretty much everyday anyhow.

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            Yep yep! Some of the craziest and coolest people out there, despite the dickheads in the bunch here and there.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Count me in! Sounds totally bad ass!

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            Yikes! People pass out, get taken to the hospital or just flat out die in 5k marathons in the major cities just wearing tight shorts and tank tops. What you just mentioned would be Race Towards Heatstroke, especially over here!

        • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

          Or let them play here in southeast VA once summer kicks in, with 100 degree days (plus humidity) for almost a month straight around June. I’ll pay them in ice cubes, fans, and a complimentary ice bucket challenge to cool them off.

      • in the south too

    • more beer

      And he has a day job too. He works in one of the dispensaries in Denver.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    When did Insomnium decide to rip off Jethro Tull and their idea of a one song concept album?

    • Stanley

      Looks like Thursday.

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      Some band called Sleepy or something did a one song concept album about some dudes roaming the Levant with weed respirators or something, idk, they never really became popular.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Sleep did a great one.

    • Pentagram Sam

      Dunno about the Tull, but prob considering the genre most likely this beast was an inspiration for Insomnium. One of the best one long songers out there.

      EDIT: Curious as to how the tracklist on the cd will be. Will it be a for reals ONE LONG SONG like Crimson, or will they do a Fates Warning “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” and have one long song but split into several parts / individual tracks

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St6lJaiHYIc

      • Joaquin Stick

        I typically don’t love old things, but this is an excellent old thing.

      • Upvoted for Crimson.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        They actually mention this album was responsible for their choosing of Swanö as the producer for their epic song/album.

      • Angus McMoobieFart ’16
    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Jethro Tull is the only band allowed to make one song concept albums?

      • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

        I think Moonsorrow would like to have a word with him. *whistles as you take him out back*

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Also, new Thank You, Scientist album coming this year, and a new song later this week.

    • EsusMoose

      Coming out the 29th of July. So excited

    • Joaquin Stick

      I was so excited about this news that I forgot to report on it. Classic vacationbrain.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Well, I USED to have hope for that new Gojira album. That chorus is so damn edgy.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    “Age Of The Fanatics” is the debut album by Gutter Instinct and you can stream it on “Terrorizer” right now, the band said: “‘Age Of The Fanatics’ is an epitome of haunting brutality with a
    darkened edge. A cauldron of all that is essential in extreme metal;
    unholy vibrations of death fused with a chilling atmosphere of pitch
    black undertows in a furious velocity of crushing riffs. This is a study
    in cynicism; a bitter declaration of doom with a thriving nihilism that
    lashes out against organized religion, corporate greed and political
    corruption, leading to a desperate state of alienation. A welcoming of
    the apocalypse!”and here’s the link:http://www.terrorizer.com/news/listen-gutter-instincts-age-fanatics-full/

  • new russian circles and theyre coming to ATL? fuck yes.

    and im already going to that DiS/primitive man show

  • Eliza

    I was really trying to find the right words to express my feelings regarding Menza’s death, but I’m too sad to think of something better than this. R.I.P.

    • Guppusmaximus

      It’s definitely shocking to say the least. I’m glad I got to see “Rust in Peace” live back in the day.

      • Eliza

        I’ve been a few video recordings of Rust era shows and they were amazing. Actually being there must be better, I think.

        • Guppusmaximus

          Yea, it was a killer show. Judas Priest (Painkiller) headlined & Testament (Souls of Black) opened. I mean, JP dusted them all but Megadeth was spot on. They were better than Testament that night. Being able to experience the golden era of Metal will always be a cherished time in my life m/ m/

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            Truth be told, NOTHING was gonna top Painkiller era JP at that time. That was watching one of the true originators in top form, taking back the throne and scorching the battlefield at that point.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Agreed. How do you go from ‘Ram it Down’ which was probably one if not their worst albums to a fucking face-melter like Painkiller?! Was it really the change in drummers that made it happen? Yea, absolutely no one was getting in their way on that tour especially those who financed it (that stage was a behemoth) . All Guns Blazing m/ m/

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            Painkiller is still heavy even by today’s standards.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Mos Def! It set the bar for that era. The proof is in the pudding – Chuck Shuldiner went out like a warrior with a cover of the title track. Fucking Rad!

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

            And my all time favorite band, Angra, did a cover. It’s pretty poo poo though. It’s one of those rare times where Andre Matos fucks up a song.

            Loves me some Mos Def though!

          • Guppusmaximus

            Yea, Mos Def used to kill it. My personal preference was Q-Tip
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQY14nPZYQw

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
          • Guppusmaximus

            No way… I had no idea. Phife’s death deserved some fricken media attention. I think he’s as much of a legend as Prince especially for his work in Tribe. Man, I miss the jazzy, trip-hop style of the 90s.

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

            Diabetes related issues. It wasn’t any surprise, especially is you saw Beats, Rhymes And Life. Definitely one of the best, in a crew that was all of the best.

    • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

      It really came out of nowhere. He seemed to be in good health, and doing good in his career, then boom. I fucking hate this aspect of 2016, and I’m afraid there’s going to be more lost legends before the year is over. 🙁

      Of course, Dave’s getting shit already for no reason, but he’s already holding a fundraising show for Nick’s family. Dave’s a douche most of the time, but he handled this one like a true gentleman for once.

  • Stockhausen

    I’m going to be on tour during that DiS/PM tour, so I feel better about it not coming to my town.

  • Nick died? Wierd. I wonder happened to him.

    Bummer.

    GL

    • Count_Breznak

      He died.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Haart attack in the middle of a set

  • Stanley

    The masters of the Wedgie have news:

    “Next month we are recording our second full length album. In the meantime check out “Onder.Gaan” recorded at T.N.T. openair fest in Würzburg, Germany last year. Filmed by Stage Diver.”

    https://www.facebook.com/wiegedood/videos/476987009153973/

    • Dubs

      This is news I can use.

  • That new Gojira track is bangin. Listened to that bad boy 32,547 times this weekend.

    GL

  • Joaquin Stick

    Also, Steven Wilson (as of 17 minutes ago) just posted that he is starting work on his 5th solo album. HYPE.

    • i want to e-mail him and say “Steven, plz call us when PT gets back together. thx”

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        His solo stuff >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> PT

        • Guppusmaximus

          I wouldn’t go that far. I haven’t heard anything that tops ‘In Absentia’.

        • Joaquin Stick

          I would change that to =================================

        • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

          PT put on a decent show when I saw them. Steve’s stuff overall, outside of his work with Opeth, is paska. I really really tried, and I love prog, but his stuff is horrible.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You are wrong, yet again.

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            What can I say? At least they put on a good live show when I saw them. :-p

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16
  • Bought tickets for the Devin Townsend show recently and MAN were the extra “fees” and junk expensive. Friggin’ depressing.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Every time I buy tickets. “Oh hey that’s not so bad. Easily affordable. *clicks add to cart and sees price double* fuck.

      • I think the biggest problem is there is no “added value” for the extra $10 a ticket they charge. When there is literally only ONE website to purchase the tickets from, what justifies the cost? It is horseshit. Capitalists needs to get in on that business.

        • krisdaschwab912

          Capitalists are the ones who monopolized the ticket market in the first place. Ticketassmaster can suck it.

          • Don

            Yeah, they should take a Socialist route and let “the government” distribute them. That’ll work out swell. #clintoncash #venezuelaburning

          • krisdaschwab912

            Or the government could just regulate companies like these and put a cap on these exorbitant ticket fees.

          • Don

            They can only charge the exorbitant fees because they are a monopoly (alluded to in your original post). Monopolies are the antithesis of Capitalism, by definition. You should know that. I suppose you probably do, but lacked the self-control to suppress your reflexive inner communist….

          • Guppusmaximus

            Well, Ticketassfistingmaster isn’t a utility / commodity, so, Da Gubment©®™could care the fock less.

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            Pretty sure it’s a little more balanced in places like Finland, which is well Socialist if you look at the literal meaning of the term. Socialist is such a meaningless term at this point, since it’s been used to refer to Facism, Communism, dictatorships, and everything in between.

          • My real point was that if there was diversity in the market, the price would be forced to come down. But, I understand your point, too.

        • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

          Remember when Pearl Jam went on that rampage against Ticketmaster and everyone made fun of them? About that……

        • more beer

          That’s why I either go to the venues box office. Or by pre sale tickets from one of the local bands. I never order tickets online. Unless it is an out of state festival.

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            Kinda guessing it was a stadium show, where the choices are few and far between. I didn’t even consider the option of going to the venue (Park West in Chicago) when I saw VNV Nation and Haujobb way back when. I stopped at Coconuts, which was a Ticketmaster vendor, and ended up paying $40 on a show that was normally $28. Thankfully I know better nowadays. Ah, the ignorance of my youth in the big city at that time! :-p

          • more beer

            The way I see it. Is I would rather buy merch or beer. Any extra money I spend paying fees. I can’t spend on those things.

          • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

            I will never in my life figure out what those “convenience fees” are for. That’s the nice little title they give those extra charges. And Ticketscheister definitely fucks you on what seats you’re given on stadium shows, that much I learned after shelling out $89 for Maiden. I was promised front row where I’d see Bruce screaming in my ear, Eddie practically kicking shit over, and pyro rushing over my head. I ended up next to the concession stand with the popcorn machine popping during ‘Number Of The Beast’. At least I saw Maiden, which I guess was good enough.

          • more beer

            They should be called inconvenience fees. Since they inconveniently separate you from your cash.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe
    • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

      Ticketmaster, I’m guessing? After my whole ordeal with them and seeing Iron Maiden, not to mention Haujobb and VNV Nation before that ($40 altogether for a $28 show), fuck them.

  • Waynecro

    That new Insomnium could be cool. Sorry to hear about Nick Menza. What a drag.

    • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

      Sadly, and I bumped into it, there’s videos of the whole thing. I have a strong stomach and can take a lot of gruesome and low brow things, but I had to cut the video before it began. Not up for someone posting videos of that, and not up for watching it, all for some random YT jackoff to get some attention. Even TMZ hasn’t sunk that low……. yet (though they did announce his death).

  • R.I.P. Menza. Also, wtf is Lacertilian doing in that photo with Mustaine and Menza?

    New Insomnium? I’m stoked in that one!! Thanks, Joaquín.

  • tertius_decimus

    Gojira stays solid and true to their roots. Nice.

    • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

      Better than that last song, but sounds like so so many of their other songs. Not bad, but kinda boring.