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Guest Post: Seth Werkheiser of Skull Toaster- End Of Year List

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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. First up is our pal Seth Werkheiser from Skull Toaster Metal Trivia (@skulltoaster)

 

 

Hi – metal friends and people who enjoy reading things on the internet. My year-end list is a mix of metal and rock – but for a dude who grew up on Guns N Roses and Helmet – well – this is the sort of year-end list you get from me in 2015. I left some obvious picks (ahem – FNM) off my list – as they’ll get enough attention everywhere else – and tried to focus on picks that found their way into my life by random BandCamp exploring and listening to a handful of fine folk on Twitter (hey – I’m @sethw). Please enjoy.

10. Super Unison – Super Unison

Super Unison by Miles Mattison

Super Unison by Miles Mattison


This is Meghan O’Neil’s new band after leaving
Punch and this EP is killer.
https://superunison.bandcamp.com/album/super-unison

 

9. Spylacopa Parallels

Spylacopa - Parallels album cover
Groovy in some places, atmospheric in others. All makes for a solid album that I’ve spun many times this year.
https://spylacopa.bandcamp.com

 

8. Torpor From Nothing Comes Everything

Torpor - From Nothing Comes Everything

Airy and doomy, super loud trio from the UK.
https://torpornoise.bandcamp.com/album/from-nothing-comes-everything

 

7. Our Oceans Our Oceans

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Ex-Cynic projects will always win me over: catchy- pretty- and bound with energy.
https://ouroceansband.bandcamp.com

 

6. Royal Thunder Crooked Doors

720x405-SuperUnison-Promo-byMiles-MattisonRoyal Thunder. Photo Credit: Kevin Griggs LToR: Josh Weaver, Will Fiore, Evan Diprima, Mlny Parsonz

Royal Thunder. Photo Credit: Kevin Griggs

This album is going to age like some sort of hard drink; burning and so smooth.
https://royalthunder.bandcamp.com

 

5. Kowloon Walled City Grievances

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Grievances’ sounds like what every overcast, rainy day looks like. And those are my favorite sorts of days.
https://kowloonwalledcity.bandcamp.com/album/grievances

 

4. ColiseumAnxiety’s Kiss

Coliseum - Anxiety's Kiss

Like an old car with a manual transmission and no power steering, ‘Anxiety’s Kiss’ hurts so good.
https://coliseum.bandcamp.com/album/anxietys-kiss

 

3. Mutoid ManBridgeburner

Royal Thunder. Photo Credit: Kevin Griggs

Mutoid Man, by Boston Chuck Photography

This album is majestic, like surfing on the back of a gold-plated eagle that shoots lightning bolts from its eyeballs.
https://mutoidman.bandcamp.com

 

2. OHHMSCold

OHHMS - Cold album cover

Two songs is more than enough for me. Just like you don’t fast forward classic movies to the “good parts,” so is this album – you listen to the build-ups like an adult!
https://ohhms.bandcamp.com

 

1. Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love

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This is the most metal album of the year for me. I get chills listening to each chorus and all that riffing. The vocals on this whole album just sound ferocious – like they mean something.
https://sleaterkinney.bandcamp.com/album/no-cities-to-love

 

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Glenn Danzig To Appear On An upcoming Episode of Portlandia

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Carrie Brownstein, the co-star of the hit IFC comedy show Portlandia spoofing life in that city, will feature an appearnance by Glenn Danzig in an upcoming episode. Brownstein tweeted a picture (seen below) of herself, Danzig and co-star Fred Armisen.

Brownstein herself is also known for her work with alt rock legends Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag, while Armisen played in punk bands before his comedy career, and is currently the bandleader of the 8G Band on Late Night With Seth Myers.

Christian Mistress Confirm Upcoming North American Tour

Photo Credit: Marit Schmidt

Photo Credit: Marit Schmidt

Olympia, WA metallers Christian Mistress will be hitting the road across North America in support of their upcoming third full length release To Your Death, out this fall via Relapse Records, with Sabbath Assembly and a September run with High Spirits and Savage Master. The new album was recorded at Louder Studios with Tim Green (Melvins, Earthless, Sleater Kinney) in April. Watch the music video for “Pentagram and Crucifix” below.

Jun 11: Hindenburg (Covenant Fest) – Vancouver, B.C. (with Ritual Necromancy, Spell, Rites of Thy Degringolade, etc.)
Jul 10: Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA (with Sabbath Assembly, Alaric & Ails)
Jul 11: Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 12: Garberville Theater – Garberville, CA (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 13: Wisp House – Salem, OR (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 14: Old Nick Pub – Eugene, OR (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 15: The Highline – Seattle, WA (with Sabbath Assembly and King Dude)
Jul 16: The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 17: Obsidian – Olympia, WA (with Sabbath Assembly and Eigenlicht)
Jul 18: Rotture – Portland, OR (with Sabbath Assembly)
Aug 15: Linda’s – Seattle, WA (with Black Breath)
Sep 02: The Triple Rock – Minneapolis MN
Sep 03: Red Line Tap – Chicago IL (with High Spirits)
Sep 04: The Cactus – Milwaukee WI
Sep 05: TBA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 06: The Earl – Atlanta GA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 07: TBA – Richmond VA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 08: Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh PA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 09: St Vitus – Brooklyn NY (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 10: Ralph’s – Worcester MA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 11: TBA
Sep 12: TBA
Sep 13: TBA – Toronto ON (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 14: TBA – Detroit MI (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 15: TBA – St. Louis MO
Sep 16: TBA – Denver CO
Sep 17: TBA – Boise ID
Sep 18: The Know – Portland OR

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Built To Spill Releasing Untethered Moon Vinyl For Record Store Day

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Built To Spill is releasing their eighth studio album titled Untethered Moon on April 21, 2015 via Warner Brothers. Fans of vinyl will get to hear the album on April 18, 2015 in honor of Record Store Day at all good Independent Record Stores. A very limited edition quantity of Untethered Moon will be pressed on transparent blue vinyl and will be randomly distributed into the initial run of pressings.

Untethered Moon is the first Built To Spill album recorded with new band members Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), who join vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch with guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth. Untethered Moon was produced by Martsch and Sam Coomes. One half of Quasi, Coomes, is also a session musician who has performed on albums by Sleater-Kinney and Elliot Smith and appeared on every Built To Spill album after the band’s 1997 major-label debut, Perfect From Now On.

The track-listing for Untethered Moon is as follows:

[Vinyl Side One]
All Our Songs
Living Zoo
On The Way
Some Other Song
Never Be The Same

[Vinyl Side Two]
C.R.E.B.
Another Day
Horizon To Cliff
So
When I’m Blind

Built To Spill have also confirmed tour dates which include this year’s Coachella Arts and Music Festival in Indio, CA. Please see below for all confirmed tour dates.

Built to Spill’s upcoming tour dates:

Mar 27: Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID
Apr 10: Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
Apr 11: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
Apr 12: Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
Apr 13: SOhO – Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 14: Irenic – San Diego, CA
Apr 15: Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA (supporting Brand New)
Apr 16: Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Apr 17: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 18: Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 19: Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
Apr 20: The Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV
May 09: Shaky Knees Music Fest – Atlanta, GA
Jul 08: Edgefield Amphitheater – Troutdale, OR (supporting Death Cab For Cutie)
Jul 09: Les Schwab Amphitheatre – Bend, OR (supporting Death Cab For Cutie)
Jul 11: Greek Theatre Berkeley – Berkeley, CA (supporting Death Cab For Cutie)