TMP News: The Dear Hunter, Helms Alee, Dysrhythmia, and More!

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How crazy was that GoT finale! Well, I assume it is crazy, since I am writing this 6 hours before it airs. Anyway, shake off those post-dragon blues and get refreshed with some Monday news.

Gigantic news in my music world, The Dear Hunter announced Act V will be out in September, and that the final Act (Act VI) will not be a “rock” album, which is leaving the door open to wild speculation, but I am assuming a solo acoustic album. Also, the upcoming tour is called The Final Act Tour, so go see them live now before you probably have to wait a few years for them to play their old stuff again. I’ll be at the Boston show. Here’s a song from the upcoming Act V.


Haken and Thank You Scientist are going on tour. Haken is fresh off their retro release, and TYS have a new album out July 29th. TYS also released a second song off the album.

haken


Please refrain from telling me how little you care, but if you do care, here is another new Periphery song from the album coming out later next month.


Here’s a new Helms Alee song off of Stillside, out September 2nd. They also have a bunch of upcoming tour dates with Melvins.


Over the weekend, footage was released of 25 Ta Life performing without a drummer. It’s something else.


  • Dysrhythmia announced their next album, The Veil of Control, will be out September 23rd. More information here.
  • Belphegor, Origin, Shining (Sweden), and Abigail Williams are doing a US tour this fall, check out the dates here.
  • Speed metal group Encyrcle announced a new EP coming soon.
  • Director David Lynch is launching something called the Festival of Disruption in LA, which will have performances by Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, St. Vincent, Mel Brooks, Questlove, and a whole bunch of other weird shit. The price tag is steep, but it sounds dope.
  • Queensrÿche is touring with Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal. Sorry JJD, no upstate dates.
  • Bringing some sludgy doom, YOB is touring Europe starting in September.
  • After the Eluveitie split up a few weeks ago, one of the split members is revamping his Trees ‘n’ Shit black metal band Forest of Fog.
  • Lacertilian

    Pretty keen to hear a track from that upcoming Dysyrytyhymyiya now after the initial weekend excitement.
    Also, just saw this announced a few minutes ago…

    • Joaquin Stick

      Nice! I might have to plan yet another trip to Boston.

    • Hey the Atlanta date is a Friday! I may be able to actually go!

    • i am going to travel for this show. can’t blame them for not having a St. Louis date, so ……. anyone else going to Chicago for this fantastic tour?

  • Dubbbz

    I enjoyed Sleepwalking Sailors (and its rad art), so keen to hear new Helms Alee.

    https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a4074552623_10.jpg

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Damnit, I’d see Armored Saint!

    • i think i would too! John Bush is a good.

    • Guppusmaximus

      I’d love to experience Armored Saint’s classic stuff live but I have a feeling that John can’t hit those notes anymore and their new album is kinda lackluster. Also, I feel Metal Church is gonna blow ’em off the stage. Mike Howe’s vocals are immaculate and the most recent footage I saw on YT shows him singing their classic stuff without a hitch. It’s like it’s still ’89… m/ m/

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    There is going to be a new Warfather song playing AND an interview with Steve Tucker, and purported Morbid Angel news tomorrow night on Metal Messiah radio

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Morbid Angel news>>>>>>

  • Abradolf Lincler

    whaaaa, mayne ill go see Belphegor/Origin/Abigail Williams

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Forest of Fog is a p cool name for a trees ‘n shit black metal band.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    This Autumn Ulcerate will release their new album “Shrines of Paralysis” and here’s the artwork, no release date yet:

    • Dubbbz

      This is good news. I hope it sounds better than Vermis.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        Me too, I think that Vermis is great but their best album probably is “The Destroyers of All”

        • Dubbbz

          Definitely their best.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            EVRYTHINGISFIREMASTERRACE

          • guiseguiseguise, both albums are a good. let us join together in our love of Jamie Saint Merat

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I’ve probably said this ten times already on the blog but it bears repeating: The Destroyers of All >>>>>>> Vermis. I didn’t love how they switched up their production/sound to that wall of sound approach. TDoA was so sharp.

          Hell, I’ll even go as far as to say I greatly preferred Baring Teeth’s Atrophy to the one that came after…

    • yussss! and good timing, seems like we kept talking about Ulcerate last week

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Art work is nothing special, but I hope the album will kick Vermis’ arse.

    • Stockhausen

      I’m looking forward to cramming this in my butt.

      • Vault Dweller

        “It must become… one with me.”

        • Stockhausen

          That’s exactly what I say too!

          • Alicardavis1

            <.
            ★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹:★✹::::::!bg465mm:….

    • Jeez, 2016 just won’t stop killing it on the new albums front. Nor should it.

  • Trap Them’s new album will be out in the fall. A reservation on my top ten list has been made.

    • Oh ha-yell yes.

    • And on mine! Competition’s going to be tight this year, but Trap Them are practically a shoo-in.

      • more beer

        I was going to shoot you a text today but here you are. Killer show at Rhinoceropolis on Friday night.

      • 2016 is giving me a lot of good stuff this year and there’s still 6 more months on the calendar.

  • The 25 Ta Life vid – When Keepin It Real Goes Wrong

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Extra lol points for using a camping shelter with a tribal tattoo design on it.

  • So wait dragons are okay when a egotistical overweight scumbag writes/makes a show about them, but not when I talk about them?

    • Joaquin Stick

      For the record, I am down with any and all dragon talk.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      They’re better when you talk about them. I hate George RR Martin.

      • Joaquin Stick

        I really don’t like reading any fantasy. The prose is too cringy most of the time. I think its above average TV entertainment though.

        • At least Tolkien is worthwhile

          • Joaquin Stick

            I mean like I think what they are doing is really cool, all the world building is super interesting and I like reading about it, but most of these great story tellers are not necessarily great writers, which makes it hard for me to commit to like a 1000 page thing. (TLDR: Am a Snob)

          • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

            And can’t forget Robert Jordan!

    • You know my stance on dragon fucking liberties.

    • >>egotistical
      >>overweight
      >>scumbag
      Who are we talking about again?

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      This season of GoT has been three out of three flame emojis.

      • Owlswald

        The last two episodes were awesome but there was ALOT of boredom in this season as well.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I have been watching them after work on Sundays at like 12:40 am, for the most part they held my attention. I was deliriously tired during the premier, and thought it sucked, but after I think that was just my imagination.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Of all seasons, I think this one moved really fast. Like characters would leave one place and show up on the other side of the world later in the episode. Conversations all seemed to have more of a plot driven point.

          • Owlswald

            I thought they dragged out Arya and the Sept way too long but I do agree that they did a good job of getting to the point on some of the characters.

          • Owlswald

            Premiers are always slow because they have to lay out all the story lines. I always expect it to be underwhelming.

      • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

        Lol, I lost track after episode 5 of the first season. Not because it’s boring by any means, I just have a short attention span when it comes to TV shows most of the time. I did however DL one of the greatest and most compelling series to ever hit TV last night.

        http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/d038f36e84e859291bc5080ded7edab9504ed33b/r=583&c=0-0-580-1031/local/-/media/USATODAY/GenericImages/2012/11/02/getalifedvdcover-9_16.jpg

    • Abradolf Lincler

      science fiction writer or weeaboo, you cant be both

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      It’s only okay because dragons are a side note to his detailed descriptions of food

    • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

      Maybe you need to do like Martin and add a whole lot more wieners to the mix.

      http://cdn-r1.unilad.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Greyjoy-1.jpg

  • Helms Alee gnus is like really really yummy gnus.

    • Hans Müller

      Hadn’t heard of them at all before, this sounds rather interesting.

  • New Encyrcle makes me:

    http://hiddentriforce.com/wp-content/gallery/legend-of-zelda-gifs/linkmask.gif

    Also, the guys from Fallen Empire sent me this message:

    5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

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    DOWNFALL OF NUR – UMBRAS E FORESTAS LP
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    The sale will run until our new releases are posted in July. We are running
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    store.fallenempirerecords.com

    • Joaquin Stick

      Is that Link doing the Stanky Leg?

      • Dubbbz

        Pretty close. That’s the Kamaro mask that allows him to do the weird dance.

        • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

          Never understood why it had no eyes. But the music was cool.

          • Dubbbz

            It’s certainly one of the weirder ones in the game.

    • Thanks for the heads up, there’s some really great stuff in there.

  • Haken/Thank You Scientist – yet another tour with no St. Louis date (can’t blame them).
    looks like i’ll be traveling to Chicago for this one too. any of you hot dog eating Cubs fans going to that one??

    • Joaquin Stick

      I wish I was still there 🙁 I’d go with you.

      • aww! that’d be fun. proggin’ out.
        you gonna be able to see them near your new home base?

        • Joaquin Stick

          I am going to try… there were like no cool shows near me for the first like 8 months of me living here, now all of a sudden there’s a new announcement every weekend.

    • Owlswald

      They are playing a VERY small venue here in Portland. I’m so there.

    • GORAK IN CAVES™

      WOULD GO!!!!! BUT SAME WEEK AS BELPHOGOR!!!!!!!!!

      • well you CAN’T miss Belphogor!!! there was once a man called RiotAct666 who praised them. (this might have been before your time, Gorak… which is a funny thing to say to a caveman)

        • Abradolf Lincler

          the date in GA is in athens, which sucks. and we’re going to ATL two weeks later for WITTR. dont know if im gonna be able to cut it. Abigail Williams does this to me every time

        • GORAK IN CAVES™

          GORAK KNOW OV FLUSHMAN!!!!!! ALSO ORIGIN SHINING & ABIGAIL WILLIAMS GOOD!!!!!!

          • yup, Origin gets NO smash & flush!!!

          • more beer

            Nope, because Origin will be doing the smashing.

      • Stockhausen

        “Nice try, Jimmy.”
        -Joe

        • GORAK IN CAVES™

          -& DUBZ, BEARD, CORGI, HORSE RHINO ETC…

    • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

      Sure, I’m on my way there! It’ll take me a while to walk there though with my pants down.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I care very little.
    Sorry, I tried, I really did.

    • #JustBeargodThings

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        #JustBeardGodThings

        • Abradolf Lincler

          do what now?

  • Guppusmaximus

    Armored Saint w/ Metal Church would be the better show and, of course, we’re not getting that here… *ugh*

  • Owlswald

    If you have the chance to see Robert Plant & The Sensational Spaceshifters, do it. They played Portland’s BluesFest a couple years ago and it was amazing. Great unique takes on Zeppelin songs and some are even pretty close (if not identical) to the originals (e.g. Going to California)

    • Lacertilian

      I didn’t know they existed until this article, will check them out if I remember.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Anyone listen to the Dear Hunter track? Casey’s fuckin voice at 1:15 is why I love seeing them live. Such power.

    • Owlswald

      I just checked it out and was intrigued to hear more of the album. He has a great set of pipes. I’ve heard a few tracks before and they weren’t memorable but, to be fair, I also didn’t give it enough of a chance to sink in.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      Yeah I listened to it the other day. I thought it was super good. Definitely makes sense that he wrote V at the same time as IV. I caught them last year with Chon and it was definitely the best I’ve ever seen em. First time I saw him was right after Act II came out during the brief time when he had a significantly shittier drummer than his brother

      • Joaquin Stick

        Nice! I caught the hype train somewhere between III and Color Spectrum and have seen them many times since.

    • Stockhausen

      Dude has some killer pipes. My first time seeing them was a small club show, and I could have reached out and touched his beard. It ruled hard.

  • Also, I just want to say.

    David Lynch >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    http://i.giphy.com/ANap5n8vOTVxm.gif

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the news! I’m digging Thank You Scientist, and I might have to leave the house for Belphegor/Origin/Shining/Abigail Williams.

  • Vault Dweller

    Dat Piffery: AOTY 2016

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Those tones >>>>>
      That singing <<<<<

      • Vault Dweller

        Hey now- I revisited Alpha on my many hours of plane/airport time the past week (especially yesterday) and he is waaaaaaay better on that album than I initially remembered. Like, he sounds good.

        Totally understand that a lot of people hate his voice, and I grant that he was pretty bad on Periphery 1, but dude is putting the work in and I respect the PROGression.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          I see what you did there.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I want to like Periphery because the dudes are all talented as hell and they’ve got a few goods tracks, but it’s just outside the sphere of my liking – that intersection of pop vocals and uplifting weedlies is what kills it for me.

          • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

            They just need to get rid of that whiny ass emo-pop singer of their’s. It’s like having a Michelin star restaurant with a pants-pooping Olive Garden fry cook at the helm. Other than the singer, the band is the bee’s titties!

  • New Soilwork is soooo great!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5VGQueLuqM

    • Vault Dweller

      YES IT IS, MY GOD.

      One of the better surprises of my vacation this past week was getting FB tagged with this video, really excited for this.

      • The melodic lines of the guitars are cranked to 11 in this one. Also the proggy influences and, THOSE FUCKING DRUMS!!!! <3

        Loved it every inch, even that great solo.

        • Vault Dweller

          Dirk Verbeuren is so very, very good. I was responsible for a few long car trips with my ‘friends that don’t listen to metal’ and Soilwork went over really well; the musicians LOVED everything Dirk did on drums and I spread a little metal brotherhood through him.

          Kuolemanlaakso and Vektor were a bit too far for my normie amigos, but it’s a start!

    • WOW this was good!
      Link, you just inspired me to finally purchase The Ride Majestic. Amazon is selling the digital album for $6.99 and it includes two bonus tracks. i really feel like THAT is a good price!

      • Vault Dweller shared the bonus tracks with me. It totally worth it if you dig some groovy melodic death.

        This new compilation of rarities piqued my interest with this Helsinki song.

      • Vault Dweller

        You won’t regret it. That’s my favorite SW album at this point and the one I listen to most. One of the bonus tracks was ok, but the other was really good.

        Good bargain hunting, McNulty. You’ll get ya money’s worth out of it.

  • Stockhausen

    I need to give Act IV another solid try. Something just seemed lost in the big amount of time he took between III and IV.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      I actually thought that Act IV was a bit stronger than Act III. Did you check out the Color Spectrum thang and Migrant? I think that with IV he basically tied together everything he was trying with those projects, so it seems really focused to me, but its definitely a huge leap from III so I can totally see your point.

      • Stockhausen

        I loooove The Color Spectrum and really dislike Migrant. I understand his wanting to do an album and write whatever came to him, but it felt lifeless to me, minus a track or two. I can definitely hear TCS and Migrant a lot in Act IV and that makes a lot of sense for him to bring that along as a songwriter. One of the things I like the most about Act III is there’s a brilliantly jaunty, yet subtle early 1900s/turn-of-the-century vibe beneath the well-written tunes, which he slowly developed through the first two Acts. It fits the story line so well, and when the Migrant influence really showed up in Act IV it seemed to dull that storytelling edge I liked so much.

        • The Tetrachord of Archytas

          Yeah i can see that. I think I liked Migrant a bit more than the Color Spectrum. well maybe not, but i think Migrant has a few of his strongest songs and I think the lows of spectrum are a little lower. Spectrum has some of his best too, but I think he should’ve either fleshed out each color more or cut the fat. The thing Act IV does really well is orchestration. Either Casey or whoever he works with really understands how to make it work, which is, in my opinion, almost always done wrong.

          He definitely nails that turn of century vibe more than any other of the post-hardcore/emo type bands that try for it. I’m actually still really partial to Act I, because its basically folk post hardcore, and there really isnt much else like it.

  • Also, this is probably the most ridiculous trailer ever made. These guys are hilarious!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnAG66N4K38

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      Now I got a hankerin to play Heroes of Might(y) and Magic

      • Abradolf Lincler

        omg i lurb it

        • EPIC NARRATOR GUY: “NOW, OUR WARRIORS EMBARKS IN A MIGHTY QUEST TO RETRIEVE THEIR LOOTS AND DISCOVER THEIR NEW MUSICAL SKILLS…”.

          Rogue Elf guy: “Well, these new compositions are more intrincate. We are very happy of the results…”.

          EPIC NARRATOR GUY: “ANOTHER YE OLDE NARRATIONS INTENSIFIES…”

        • The Tetrachord of Archytas

          My friends and I used to drink beer and do hot seat Heroes III. The game is crazy fun, but the best part is all of the character lore, which is convoluted to a hilarious degree.

    • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

      Yes, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks to Boss for this killer rec!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTgkTEDDog

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    I saw Thank You Scientist open for Coheed last year. I heard a song or two previously because they’re signed to Coheed’s label. I like them in theory, but their singer was really off putting. It’s not the range, it just lacks any of the style or feel, that Claudio has, or even the singer from that Protest the Cambria band Mandroid Echostar. Everyone else in the band looked like they were having so much fun and his vibe was just off.

    The biggest thought I had though was that nothing in their set or any song I’ve heard remotely lives up to the first forty seconds of this song

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3linGUrzts

    • ..then you haven’t heard the extended jam session located in the middle of “Blood on the Radio”, my friend

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        I’ll make it happen

    • Joaquin Stick

      Maybe he was having an off night, I saw them once and he was pretty energetic.

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        I wouldn’t say he wasn’t energetic and he was hitting his notes. He just kept drawing attention to his awkwardness (in between songs) as if it were his shtick and pointing out how weird everyone in the audience probably thought he was. Just annoying mainly. Everyone else in the band seemed to be having so much fun so it was just kinda eh

        It reminded me of when I saw Retox and Justin Pearson between songs kept going on about how much everyone in the audience probably hated him and was pissed off at him…but that IS his shtick

      • Downvotes HD

        test

  • more beer

    I can’t believe that 25 ta life is even playing any shows. with or without a drummer. Since Rick Ta Life called out the entire NYHC scene in 2007 or 2008.