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Metal News for July 1, 2022

Last updated on August 9, 2022 at 6:25 PM ET

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Live Concert Report: Windhand

Late in 2018 I began toying with the idea of going to the 2019 Brutal Assault Festival. I was excited by each announcement of new bands being added to the bill, and when Windhand was added I was thrilled. However, once the running order was released just prior to the festival itself, I was saddened to see that Windhand was playing at the exact same time as Kampfar. Windhand was playing on a new stage that was very difficult to get to and from, and they are from the USA so I figured I may have more chances to see them in the future. I elected to go see Kampfar and was not disappointed, but I have still regretted not seeing Windhand ever since. Until now.

I was visiting my daughter in Portland a few weeks ago and drove past the Aladdin Theater in her neighborhood. Alas, Windhand was on the marquee, and I decided that a return trip to Portland was in order.

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Un, a doom metal band from Seattle--not to be confused with the other 5+ bands with the same name, opened the evening with just two songs. I believe one lasted for over 10 minutes and the other clocked in at about 20 minutes.

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There is a wide spectrum of doom metal out there, and only some of it works for me when I’m sober and not at a live show. Much of the rest will touch my nerves correctly only in a live and/or properly intoxicated state. The slower stuff (funeral doom, etc.) is of the latter category, and Un lean that way. The more varied types, with some uptempo passages and changes of pace, are my preferred versions.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Un. Beyond the music, one reason was that—unlike some opening acts—the headliner and/or venue gave them decent lighting that changed. A funeral doom band playing in unaltering darkness is only interesting for so long. That was not the case here.

The guy next to me leaned over and asked “Who are these guys? I could totally trance out on them.” I can absolutely see where he was coming from.

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Windhand, likewise, had pleasantly surprising lighting that was altered for each song. The shadows of the band members on the Aladdin Theater walls was also a trip for those not too close to the stage to miss the effect.

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This was my first time at the Aladdin, and I was impressed. There was no photo pit, and things appeared fairly packed down front, so I never went near the stage. However, the front row of the balcony was absolute bliss. One could take in everything without the distractions of the crowd. For music in the realm of Windhand, this was perfect and quite meditative.

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This was an evening I will not soon forget, and Windhand was well worth the wait. I hope it isn’t the only time I am able to experience them live.

windhand Aladdin theater

I’ll be posting more photos from this evening over the coming months here.

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Audrey Horne Rings The Devil's Bell

This past April, Norwegian hard rock supergroup Audrey Horne unleashed, "Devil's Bell," their first album in four years, through Napalm Records. Not only this, but 2022 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the band's formation and what better way to mark this milestone than with one of the strongest albums in their catalogue to date?

To find out more about the record, the meaning behind the title, artwork and much more, Metal Underground spoke with vocalist Torkjell Rød, who discussed all manner of things pertaining to the album and the band. You can check it out below. More...

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The Archaic Epidemic Premiere New Music Video

Fairfax, Virginia-based deathcore outfit The Archaic Epidemic premiere a new single and music video named “Lords of Misery”, streaming via YouTube for you below.

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MMXX Premiere Debut Single

MMXX - a new doom metal project featuring Andrea Chiodetti (ex-The Foreshadowing) on guitars/keys, Jesse Haff on drums (Daylight Dies, Gökböri), and Egan O'Rourke (Daylight Dies) on bass - premiere their debut single “This Breath Is Not My Breath”. The track features vocalist Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow the Sun) and is taken from their upcoming debut album due out later this year.

The album will feature guest vocals from Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale), Yann Ligner (Klone), Mick Moss (Antimatter, Sleeping Pulse), Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride), Carmelo Orlando (Novembre), Marco Benevento (The Foreshadowing), Chris Cannella (Autumns End), O'Rourke, and Kotamäki.

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Ghast Premiere New Single “Lawless”

South African hardcore/metal outfit Ghast premiere a new song entitled “Lawless”, streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Inhuman Condition (Obituary) Premiere Music Video

Old-school death metal band Inhuman Condition (Obituary) premiere a new music video named “Caustic Vomit Reveries. The track is off their forthcoming record "Fearsick", due out on July 15th via Listenable Insanity Records.

Check out now "Caustic Vomit Reveries" streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Oceans Ate Alaska Premiere New Single "New Dawn"

UK metal outfit Oceans Ate Alaska premiere their first new material in two years. That below streaming single and visualizer video has been dubbed “New Dawn”. You can check it out streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

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Bleeding Through Premiere Full-Album Stream Of EP

Orange County metal outfit Bleeding Through premiere their new 3-song EP titled “Rage“. You can stream the new outing in its entirety now via YouTube and Spotify below:

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Unearthing the Metal Underground: Cirkus Prutz

Sure, describing some music or any form of art as “cheesy” can certainly be a pejorative. That is not always the case. Sometimes, noticeable excess can be endearing and enjoyable. Case in point: Sweden’s Cirkus Prutz is a slightly metallic take on blues rock. However authentic or not the expression of the blues and the American South may be in question with the quartet, yet few hard rock/metal fans are likely to deny how likable and upbeat Cirkus Prutz’ music is. More...

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