The Monday Press: Exmortus, Nails, Sodom, and More!


It’s Monday again. I learned a lot this weekend. Information might be able to “escape” black holes, I am not very good at Rocket League but it’s still fun as hell, and of course, all this news!

Holy Grail, Exmortus, and Spellcaster are touring starting in July.
Exmort Tour

There’s a little to be excited about, and a lot to be really really upset about at this year’s Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.


The second song off of Kayo Dot’s next album is out, take a listen below and preorder here before the June 24th release. I think it’s super interesting and the production sounds excellent, but maybe just a little boring?

Psalm Zero (I always type Pslam for some reason) have a new track streaming over at Spin. I think they are starting to merge with Kayo Dot, in terms of both sound and promo pictures.
Kayo Zero

You Will Never Be One Of Us, gooble gobble gooble gobble, one of us. Nails are streaming a new song.

  • Instrumental prog band If These Trees Could Talk are touring the US and a touch of Canada to support their new album, check out the dates.
  • Sodom announced that their new album Decision Day, a D-Day themed thrash metal concept, will be out on August 26th. More information on their Fbook.
  • Russian Circles had to cancel a few shows because one member was in a head-on car collision; luckily there will be no long term issues.
  • Dark Tranquility fans should head over to their facebook video page for a bunch of clips of them recording their new album.
  • Sludge band Fistula are streaming a new track off their upcoming album at Decibel.
  • Brazilian black metallers Grave Desecrator are streaming their full album on their bandcamp prior to the July 1st release.
  • Moonsorrow’s Tulimyesky EP is being pressed onto vinyl for the first time, and will be released on June 23rd.

What did I miss?

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  • Dubs

    Veil of Pslam.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Come on and jam, and welcome to the Pslam.

      • Dubs

        Everybody get up, it’s time to Pslam now.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          We got a real thing going now, welcome to the Space Pslam.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Did anyone notice they spelled Igor’s name wrong on the Aftershock poster? They spelled it Iggor.

    • Dubs

      “In 2006, with the release of Dante XXI, he began spelling his name “Iggor,” preferring the way it looks.”

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Why would he do that? It’s grammatically incorrect and it sounds stupid.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I don’t think names can be grammatically incorrect. As in, he can change his name to Iggor because it looks cooler without a written permission note.

  • Ran out of coals for the hookah last night. Let’s see if I can kick the habit this week

    • Joaquin Stick

      My habit got kicked once I got tired of cleaning the fucking thing all the time.

    • hookah: Egyptian vaping (re-joke from Facebook… little-to-no shame)

    • just smoke a pack of marlboros instead

      • Dubs

        I actually would not be surprised at all if Randall started using a vape pen.

        • If the culture surrounding vaping wasn’t the worst, I would love vaping

          • Dubbbz
          • 01010111 01100101 00100000 01100111 01100101 01110100 00100000 01101001 01110100 00101100 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110110 01100001 01110000 01100101

          • Dubbbz


          • “this week’s art piece…..”

          • tigeraid
          • Rob M

            Its the only thing that ever got my wife over her cigarette habit…

            …that being said, now that Ive heard of competitive vaping being a thing, I completely hate this planet

          • My brother used a vape to stop smoking also. It’s just a shame that it’s gone from a useful tool for that into this weird fetish where people try to create the most insane rigs.

          • Rob M


            …though I cant deny taking some small bit of pleasure watching those morons blow themselves up because they were screwing around with their rigs

          • this world is obsessed with trends. trends are trending. if things didn’t trend so hard, we wouldn’t have to take them down a peg with our dank memery.

          • Joaquin Stick

            “And this year’s “Draggy” for best oblong smoke ring goes too… Griff McDillon!”

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            That was bound to happen, since a lot of people use e-cigs for weed (and we all know at least one stoner who loves building smoking rigs).

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Worked for my roomy and a couple other friends. I can’t fucking stand vaping, even without the fedora bro douche factor. Doesn’t do anything for me, and I love the feel of a real cig with my morning coffee. I am a crotchety old man who is abhorent to change, I guess. #GoesOutsideToGiveTheseKidsAndCloudsAPieceOfMyMind

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    News that could be considered metal: A new Quake game is coming!

  • Abradolf Lincler

    lmk if you want help becoming great at Rocket League or DkS3

    • Joaquin Stick

      I am a poser, so I play on Xbone. So you probably can’t help my sorry ass.

  • New Dark Tranquillity!? Fuck yes <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Joaquin Stick

      That studio looks like a friggin bomb shelter. Pretty neat stuff.

      • I think (can’t remember very precisely), that is the same studio in which they recorded We Are the Void.

  • Eliza

    I like the new Kayo Dot, definitely not a boring song.

    • Kayo Dot should let us listen to the whole thing, so we can make proper judgement! i kid of course, but it’s definitely the kind of song that makes the listener want to hear the whole thing, for context

      • Eliza

        It is. I also feel like it’s the kind of song that gets better witch each listen.

        • Owlswald

          I like it. It definitely has a Bowie influence and the beginning sounds like a soundtrack to Aeon Flux.

      • Owlswald

        What’s the best intro album for someone who hasn’t heard much Kayo Dot?

        • i had to ask this very question a few months ago, and i was told the answer was “Choirs of the Eye”.
          BUT i dig the hell out of Coffins on Io, and that was my entry point

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Also, apparently new Wovenhand this year.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Old news, but good news.

  • Read that as “Grave Decorator”. Which is also a good name.

  • Cowboy Dick

    Mondays make me feel like a monkey trying to do a math problem. I reckon.

  • Also newsworthy, I received two emails from Yhdarl and Horrified that their physical release packages (I assume CDs, Vinyls, etc.) were lost in the mail. If you guys got cash to spare, consider throwing them a bone and helping them recover

    • Dubbbz


      • Yeah, Horrified appears to be covered by the label repressing just enough to cover pre-orders, but Yhdarl is just selling shirts now.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    I took a dank meme course this weekend on the FB page. How’m I doin?

    • tigeraid

      In only a weekend? I’ve been steadily working that group for over a year and I’m still lost.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Read the entire post from the big man..227 comments from Sunday. You will awaken your inner dankness. Realize they are yogi level whilst you partake

    • Hans Müller

      I presume that’s Josh Homme?

  • Colombian festival Rock al Parque 2016 metal lineup seems awesome. The have The Black Dahlia Murder, Sepultura, Aborted and Decapitated as international guests.

    Sábado, 2 de Julio

    Escenario Plaza

    01:30pm Socavón (Invitado Nacional)
    02:35pm Stained Glory (Convocatoria Distrital)
    03:35pm No Raza (Invitado Nacional)
    04:40pm Adaimon (Convocatoria Distrital)
    05:40pm Morbid Macabre (Invitado Nacional)
    06:45pm The Black Dahlia Murder (Invitado Internacional)
    08:21pm Perpetual Warfare (Alianza Festivales de Metal)
    09:15pm Sepultura (Invitado Internacional)

    Escenario Bio

    02:30pm Forense (Alianza Festivales de Metal)
    03:30pm Hedor (Invitado Nacional)
    0:35pm Nonsense Premonition (Convocatoria Distrial)
    05:35pm Aborted (Invitado Internacional)
    07:05pm Goretrade (Colombianos en el exterior)
    08:10pm Decapitated (Invitado Internacional)

    Escenario Eco

    03:30pm Albatroz (Convocatoria Distrital)
    04:30pm Supremacy (Convocatoria Distrital)
    05:30pm Convicted (Alianza Festivales de Metal)
    06:30pm Desolator (Alianza Festivales de Metal)
    07:30pm Eshtadur (Invitado Nacional)

    No Raza is p cool. Colombian death metal with the typical groove metal latin style and some melodic touches.

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care for Nails?

    • Abradolf Lincler

      There were a couple of tracks off of Abandon All life that I enjoyed but I’m not excited as everybody else because I’ll never be one of them

    • Eliza

      No. I don’t either, but I don’t mind this track here.

    • if you’re taking a tally, count me in to the same boat as yourself.
      i don’t dislike it, but also i hear nothing unique and pleasing that hasn’t already reached my earballs.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        this move to Nucyular Blast hasnt done them any favors imo, either

        • yeah they do a good enough job maintaining the Tough Guys image, without label intervention!

    • tigeraid

      Not at all interested in them, no.

    • Nails are fun cause they’re just stupid heavy. I don’t think anyone likes them because of quality songwriting or intelligent lyrics. It’s all about that skull crushing brutality.

      • i completely get what you’re saying. and really, album reviews will dictate how well they do what they do (and so far, it speaks positively). so if the heavy metal scene really IS the meritocracy that we hope it is, then the band has succeeded… and good on them! at least it’s not some corporate rock creation making the charts instead.

      • Waynecro

        Indeed. Sometimes, I just need to put on my TovH tank top, blast some Nails, and rage lift in the garage for an hour without the burden of thoughts to slow me down.

    • At this point they may be one of the most overrated metal bands. (Gulp!)

    • Cowboy Dick

      If Nails were playin in my backyard Id draw the drapes. I reckon

    • Elegant Gazing Globe


    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      They’re good, but they’ll never top their masterpiece, The Downward Spiral. Just my two cents.

    • Ayreonaut

      Not a fan at all… I don’t get it

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    My main aspiration in life is to become the token long-haired OSDM fan in a powerviolence band.

  • Venezuelan groove metal band Púah released a new videoclip. Is ok, I guess:

  • tigeraid

    Dat Exmortus tour tho. No Canadian dates. 🙁

  • Rob M

    Legitimately shocked to learn that Suicide Silence is still a thing

  • Watching Danny Carey play drums is a sight to behold.



      • Owlswald

        I used to love that album.

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        Aw, the classics!

  • Owlswald

    The first day of the Aftershock festival isn’t bad. There are at least 7 bands that are worth seeing. Speaking of which, when the hell is Twelve Foot Ninja going to release a new album?

    • Joaquin Stick

      They are taking their sweet ass time, that’s for sure. I remember thinking their last one was a lot of fun, but at this point, they have totally fallen off my radar.

  • Ayreonaut

    I just wanna say I saw exmortus live with entombed and am on amarth and holy shit did they sound and play amazing. Those guys are awesome.