TMP: Conan, Primitive Man, Barren Earth, and More!


It’s national “call in sick (bloated and hungover)” day in the US. Metal might not be what you want to hear this early, but I have a whole bunch of news to share.

Amon Amarth is touring the US with Goatwhore.

Amon Amarth

Conan is touring with North. I’ve somehow never listened to Conan, and I’ll fix that, but North is awesome.


Those of us who purchased that awesome Zeal and Ardor album after Ron Deuce wrote about it last year have been confused as to why the album vanished from public view. If you haven’t been keeping up, he got picked up by a label and is releasing the album again soon. He also got a band together to perform live. Here’s a little taste of that.

Non-metal band that I have a hard time explaining but I sorta like anyway, Future Islands, has a new song out, album coming in April.

Damnit Mastodon, I thought you wanted me to be a new fan?

There was just too much news to handle over the past few days, so I am sure a few things slipped through the cracks, what did I miss?

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  • Lacertilian

    Agonia Records announced a split between VI, Temple Of Baal, and The Order Of Apollyon. Apparently the main member of Aosoth (BST, who is also in VI and The Order Of Apollyon) handled the production at his studio. One track each, 25 minutes long, releases on March 31st.

    – Chapter One: “Trident Of Flesh” (The Order Of Apollyon),
    – Caput Secundum: “Non Sum Dignus” (Temple Of Baal),
    – Troisème Chapitre: “Aucun d’entre vous ne sera sauvé. Car c’est impossible aux hommes et tout est possible à dieu. Il ne va rien rester de vous, rien de votre nombre, de votre grandeur” (VI).

    They sure love their long track titles. Using google translate my memory of French from back in 1991, it seems to translate to “None of you will be saved. For it is impossible for men and everything is possible for God. There is nothing left of you, nothing of your number, of your greatness”.

  • Black Smallbeard

    hope new Atlas Moth is good

    • Damn straight. An Ache for the Distance and The Old Believer are still in my semi-regular rotation, really good shit.

      • Black Smallbeard

        one of the few stoner bands i still rly get down with. great band live, too

        • I’m with you there. Only seen them once, really short set at the very beginning of a festival, but I’m hoping to remedy that.

          • Black Smallbeard

            seen em at least 3 times i think. good stuff. hope they go back to a more Ache for the Distance style, as i think Old Believer was a bit too drawn out, but i doubt it

          • Howard Dean

            I’m curious to see if that new Chrome Waves material is going to see the light of day at some point in the near future. I’m not a post-metally type of guy in the least bit, but I really liked that EP they put out a few years ago. That mustachioed hipster guy from The Atlas Moth is a member, so let’s see if he puts down his hookah and fixed gear bike and releases that bitch.

          • Black Smallbeard

            how would you like your betamale sissyboy card sent to you HD?

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Send it to him by carrier pigeon so he has to wait for an agonizing amount of time to receive it.

          • Howard Dean

            Via carrier pigeon, if possible. Falconry and pigeon racing are the next beekeeping and microbrewing, brah. I’m taking a seminar on it at Whole Foods.

          • Black Smallbeard
          • Sid Vicious Promos

            You forgot about the sport of kings which is listening to the album The Sport Of Kings by Triumph, specifically this song:


          • You never know! Given that Old Believer was pretty one-off in terms of subject matter, they may do a stylistic as well as a topical pivot with the next one.

    • Óðinn

      I do too.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Lots of news but not much for me to use. Oh well.

    • Joaquin Stick

      I have some top secret news you might enjoy. I made a random guess over a month ago saying that Khemmis is doing something with Spirit Adrift, and Nate did some facebook live thing saying he finished recording something last week, and now Khemmis is in the studio, but saying it’s not for an LP. RUMOR INTENSIFIES.

  • KyleJMcBride

    The next time a football fan gives me grief about pro wrestling I’m just gonna laugh my ass off.

  • slipjackthewanderer

    I’m also hyped for that Future Islands. Make pop music great again!!!!!1!!!1

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I agree. Pop needs to become great again.

      • >Pop needs to become great again
        >Lady Gaga has been making music for over a decade

        • Jack Rabbit

          I couldn’t believe it’s been that long until I began to have intense elementary school flashbacks during the half time show last night.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          What did you think of her Super Bowl performance?

          • I failed to watch it.
            You need to hit me with the poser button now…

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I will do no such thing

    • Crocodylus★Pontifex

      Are they the one with the coked out synthpop Henry Rollins frontman?

      • Joaquin Stick

        I can’t be sure, but I am pretty sure that is correct.

      • slipjackthewanderer

        Yes, that would be them.

        • Crocodylus★Pontifex

          I love that dude’s demeanor and performance, but I’m not sure if I like the music as a whole.

    • NDG

      Future Islands are great. I know quite a few metal dudes who enjoy them.

  • Howard Dean

    Fuck I’m ready for lunch. Bring on the sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

    • more beer

      8:30 on a Monday morning and I ready for a drink. I have rearranged my schedule for the week about 5 times. Because of grown men who don’t do their jobs correctly. Then throw temper tantrums. When I tell them I will be places as they are scheduled.

      • Howard Dean

        I can usually make it until 4:00pm before I want a beer (I’m lucky that my coworkers are a pretty solid crew). But I usually only make it until 9:45am before I’m ready for lunch.

        • more beer

          I usually can make it through the day before needing a beer. But dealing with adults who cry. Because they don’t do their jobs right. Is very frustrating. This morning I just had to deal with an exceptional amount of stupidity. I guess they are all hungover after the Super Bowl and have their heads wedged further up their asses than usual.

          • Óðinn

            If you can’t watch football and do your job, then don’t watch football. It’s that simple. People are fucking stupid.

          • more beer

            Agreed. But try telling that to these fuck sticks!

    • Óðinn
  • TrundleTheGreat

    That Amon Amarth and Goatwhore tour is all I need. Every time I’ve tried seeing AA something has always come up, so hopefully nothing stops me from seeing them this time.

  • Amon Amarth playing in Charlotte, but only at Carolina Rebellion, is an insult

    • Black Smallbeard

      thats pretty funny/shitty

      at least one group of vikings makes it out of the ghetto tho

    • Óðinn

      That festival doesn’t look that great on the whole. There area few bands I’d like to see though.

      • From a promoter standpoint, it’s a really well done and impressive operation.

        From every other standpoint, it’s full of garbage bands that attract garbage posers

        • Óðinn

          I can agree with that.

  • Eliza

    Future Islands sounds nice. I will listen to more. Also, Show Yourself has me worried for the new Mastodon album, as it is the first song of theirs that I downright dislike.

  • Old Man Doom

    Oh shit, definitely looking forward to new Atlas Moth. And the new Mastodong is catchy as fuck – I dig.

    Having a hard time with Zeal & Ardor though. I want to get into it, but I’m not sure how.

    • Joaquin Stick

      This live recording is a little tamer than the originals, and I preferred when it was all Manuel doing the backup chants. The guys he has don’t really mesh well, but it’s also like their first ever performance. We shall see.

  • Jack Rabbit

    That new mastodon song is possibly the worst single they have ever released

    • Depechemodeisgangsta

      I’m actually not surprised at all.

    • RJA

      I think not “possibly” but most definitely. Sorry folks, pretty turrible.

    • Crocodylus★Pontifex

      I didn’t hear any Mastodon? I heard Foo Fighters covering Soundgarden and QOTSA.

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    Sucks for me that AA closest show is about 6 hours away, but on side news, maybe not for this website Deftones, is coming to my Miami, which is great for me, take Uber ride cost me about $6.00

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Actually pretty stoked for Barren Earth. I had no context for them other than seeing them on here and just took a chance on them when I saw a copy of their last record at a store and really dug it

    • Black Smallbeard

      still prefer Swallow the Sun

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        That’s a band I definitely need to spend more time with

        • Black Smallbeard

          quality Doom band. They have some truly sad and heavy albums

  • Hans Gruber

    This is the first Mastodon I’ve heard in quite a while, and I surprised myself by putting a positive spin on it: someone who’s into this might explore the rest of their works and get into interesting shit from there on. Wouldn’t that be nice.

    • Ha. Mastodong is now a “gateway” metal band. Could be worse…?

  • atchdav

    Horisont and Pryapisme both recently released new albums. Haven’t listened to the Pryapisme yet but the Horisont is really good.

  • Some Guy

    As odd as it may sound, new Primitive Man sounds downright delightful.

  • Waynecro

    Seeing Harm’s Way and Eidola would be super.

  • A new Barren Earth?! Oh yeeehhhhh!!! <3