Your guide to Metal, Spring 2009

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Jason Diamond | May 6, 2009

Some of the best metal of 2009, so far.

Big Business have a new record, Sunn O))) is employing French horns, Children are like the second-coming of Jesus Christ – except fronting Testament, and Mountain Goats dude loves the new Cattle Decapitation. Add in all the items contained below, and it's like the heshers have inherited the earth, and it's about to become one big Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Welcome to our mini-metal renaissance.

Are you a fan of Floridian two-pieces doing thick-as-fuck Southern psych-sludge? Or a song title like “Growing Slow” actually feeling like it is actually doing just that? Do you like Kylesa, Sleep, and/or Eyehategod? Long, contemplative walks through the beaches of Hell? If you aren't sure, you can test those waters with the upcoming album from the Floridian duo Dark Castle (pictured above); Spirited Migration, out May 26th on At a Loss Recordings.

Sure Tournament say they have been described as “hardcore gay drug-punk” (so it says on that cyber-tomb known as Myspace), but I would rather say heavy doses of Neurosis, His Hero is Gone, and a bunch of the really good screamy hardcore from San Diego circa the end of the last century. Their LP Years Old will be out on Forcefield Recordings in June.

And then there were a bunch of Canucks who smoked a lot of pot, and realized that Josh Homme was a whole lot cooler when he was getting fucked up on peyote in the desert and playing in Kyuss. They call themselves Quest for Fire, and their June debut is on Tee Pee Records.

Quest for Fire, “Bison Eyes”

Also of interest is a new Torche video scaring the shit out of the many people who accidentally stumble upon it:

Torche “Across The Shields”

And Wolves in the Throne Room are taking their eco-friendly black metal on the road with A Storm of Light, who are also really fucking sick.

Wolves in the Throne Room tour dates
May
11 Knitting Factory Concert – Boise, ID w/Opeth, Enslaved
12 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
13 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Krallice, Gojira
14 The Picador – Iowa City, IA w/ Krallice
15 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ Krallice
16 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
17 Casbah – Hamilton, ON w/A Storm of Light, Krallice
18 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON w/ Thrones, Krallice, A Storm of Light
19 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC w/ Thrones, Krallice, A Storm of Light
20 Soundlab – Buffalo, NY w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
21 Great Scott – Allston, MA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
22 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Thrones, A Storm of Light
23 Sonar – Baltimore, MD – one of Maryland Deathfest 2009 headliners
24 Club Hell – Providence, RI w/ A Storm of Light
25 Wallingford American Legion – Wallingford, CT w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
26 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
27 Cafe Metropolis – Wilkes-Barre, PA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
28 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light [6 PM show]
28 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light [10 PM show]
29 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light, Forensics
30 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
31 Emerald Lounge – Asheville, NC w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light

June
01 Caledonia – Athens, GA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
02 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
04 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
05 One Eyed Jack's – New Orleans, LA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
07 Emo's – Austin, TX w/ A Storm of Light, The Roller

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