TMP: Khemmis, The Sword, Norma Jean, and More!

After reading an essay by DF Wallace this weekend, where he reviews an american grammatical usage guide, I noticed an interesting similarity between usage guides and this news segment. He describes a certain irony in these types of publications, where “the people who are going to be interested in such a book are also the people who are least going to need it”. You people tend to already know everything, but anyway, here’s what I got!

Instead of posting a bunch of new tour posters this week, our friends at Earsplit made a GIGANTIC list of tour dates for all the bands they represent. Check it out and go see some shit! 

(Using this word to upset a few people on purpose) The supergroup featuring members of Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, and ex-The Black Dahlia Murder, Serpentine Dominion released a new song. Not a huge fan of that name. I would have gone with “Corpse Murder Engage”.  

Some of my favorite stoner doomites, Khemmis, released a new song off their upcoming album. It sounds more polished than their previous release, which I love to no end. I dig the song mightily, but maybe need to get used to the cleaner production. It’s not a bad thing at all, just different.  

Sahg, sorta stonery-rock/metal, posted a new song on bandcamp for their album coming September 23.

I am really digging this new progressive/sludge/punkish track from Ayahuasca (I think there are a few bands with this name) from their upcoming album out September 9

Following the tragic death of their vocalist, Aleah Starbridge, Trees of Eternity are set to release their next album on November 11. Here is the first single.

Testament released the cover for their album coming October 28. I don’t remember seeing the tri-headed snake in the last Macy’s day parade.


  • So excited for that Trees of Eternity album.

    • So excited for today’s podcast with your sessy voice, bb.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Sonata Arctica is terrible. Only good thing about them is that their guitarist played in Depravity, which is a good.


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      • Sir Tapir The Based


    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Not into their music, but they did put on a good show when I saw them. Fun if nothing else.

    • Xinen

      Hell yeah, that’s a great one. Vacuum of Thoughts is my fave. The outro gets me every time.

  • I was not hyped in the least bit about Serpentine Dominion, however, that track was pdecent. 50% hype achieved.


    • RustyShackleford

      I dig it, I’ll take the extra 50% and now be 100% hyped. But so true Corpse Murder Engage would have been a FIRE name lol


    • Joaquin Stick

      Please refer to them by my given name, Corpse Murder Engage, from now on.

      • Wouldn’t it be spelled Corpse-Murder-Engage? Hyphen? No hyphen?

        Someone help.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Hyphen seems like an OK idea. I was thinking of it being said like “CorpseMurder… Engage.” Like some kind of useless killing machine being turned on.

  • This masterpiece is finally getting pressed on wax by Terratur Possessions.

  • tigeraid

    New Khemmis and new Testament? Today is a good day.

  • RustyShackleford

    Seriously ever since that *coughs* OTHER blog did an excerpt from Nergal’s autobiography with him talking about relationships I’ve thought the dude was a TREMENDOUS fucking douchebag. So fuck him, even though that record sounds like I’d probably like it…

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      yep yep

    • All that “Fuck You” money will do that to a man.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    Moving today!

    • more beer


    • May the swampass be with you.

    • Good luck, beardo!

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Alcoholin’ House Ass, get your pull!

    • Waynecro

      Good luck, man! Always lift with your back.

      • Abradolf Lincler


    • ME GORAK!!!™


  • New Trees of Eternity is a good thing <3

    I'm interested in Testament, too. That lineup is amazing!

  • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

    Neato artwork on the new Testament, but I’m wondering what
    those stick things are doing in the snakes mouths. Are they being
    propped up? And whyyyyyyy, pray tell, do those sticks, tubes or whatever
    they are lead right to the guys’ crotches?!?!

    • Dubbbz

      They look like the snakes’ forked tongues to me.

      Why they’re touching the dudes, well, everybody needs somebody.

      • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

        I think if you look closely, the snakes’ teeth are scythe blades, and those brown doohickies are the handles. That’s my guess. Crotch-scythes?

        • Joaquin Stick

          Like I said, it’s a giant parade balloon. (actually what you said is probably right and actually kinda neat.)

          • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

            “I am sick and tired of all these motherfucking snakes in my motherfucking temple!”

      • I love that design. I thought it was pretty dang clever.

    • You are thinking too much about it. It looks rad, case closed.

      • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

        Indeed, but I do wonder these things when I see them. I have this stupid habit of trying to think and figure things out. 🙂

  • Guppusmaximus

    More proof that Minnemann was the proper pick for Dream Theater

  • Love is a Dog from Hell? Maybe there was something lost in translation …

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Yay, new Sword!

  • Waynecro

    That old dude on the Khemmis album is just waiting for his high five. “Look, bro, I know my horses are scary, but, c’mon, don’t leave me hanging.”

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Does Nergal think he’s a badly translated Meat Loaf now?