The Shack Blog

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Slipknot Fires Percussionist Chris Fehn

As the band continues to work on their next full-length album, Slipknot released a statement that they have fired percussionist Chris Fehn. The reason for the firing is a dispute over the band’s financials, and Fehn’s demand for a full forensic accounting of the band’s finances. The meat of Fehn’s complaint is as follows: Fehn […]

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New Darkthrone Album In May

Veteran black metal legends Darkthrone have announced their new full-length album, Old Star, will be coming out on May 31st. I’m stoked to hear the group’s follow-up to Arctic Thunder — I can’t wait. I’m thinking I should do some reviews of the band’s older albums prior to the new record dropping… Stay tuned.

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RIP Luke Perry And Keith Flint

Today was a bit of a rough day for anyone really attached to the 90s. I can’t say I really count myself among the ranks of the decade’s fans, but I did grow up in that time, and it’s a little weird to see a pair of huge stars of that era dead already. I […]

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New Deafheaven Single

In addition to posting some cryptic photos of themselves back in the studio, Deafheaven dropped a new single today titled “Black Brick.” As noted on the Bandcamp page for the single, this track is a B-side from the recording sessions for the band’s most recent full-length album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (review) that was deemed ‘too heavy’ to […]

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New Lil Pump Album

While I’ve not been blown away by any of Lil Pump‘s recent singles, I’m still going to be checking out his forthcoming new album, Harverd Dropout, which releases tomorrow. So far, my main criticism is the new material makes him sound a lot more like a generic mainstream rapper than the goofy, dumb kid that put out […]

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New Unreqvited EP

A little outside the project’s usual fare, Unreqvited released an ambient EP titled Rain. As far as ambient releases go, it’s quite good; a calm, mellow listen that fades easily into the background. For $4 USD, it’s not a bad price; I have not bought it yet, but will almost certainly do so as I […]

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New Violet Cold Album

Despite releasing a double-album this summer, the prolific Violet Cold already dropped another full-length album in kOsmik. You can check it out here, on the project’s Bandcamp page. I’ll be giving it my full attention once I finish up my review of the new Saor album, and will almost certainly be reviewing kOsmik in the next […]

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Another May Concert

In addition to seeing Slayer on the 22nd of May, I also decided that I’ll be catching Dark Funeral when they come through town on the 30th. I bought the tickets to the latter within minutes of Facebook informing me of the show. I’ve never been a die-hard fan of Dark Funeral, but they do make some […]

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New Exhorder Album Coming

Despite it being 3 decades since the band’s last album, Blabbermouth.net reports that Exhorder have begin the recording process for a new album. Speaking as someone who never got heavily into Pantera, I much preferred The Law and Slaughter In The Vatican to another the latter released, I am really excited to hear what this new material sounds […]

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New Saor Album Out

It seems that digital releases come out earlier than their physical counterparts; I was expecting to have to wait until Friday to hear it, but the whole album got posted earlier today. The preview tracks were excellent, so I went and downloaded my pre-ordered copy as fast as I could. So far, I am really […]

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