A bunch of stuff: Year-end details, Earth, Gilead fest

It’s been a slow week here at Meat Mead Metal, what with it being December, the place new music goes to die. We’ll have a few more records to look at before 2011 is out, but for the most part, we’re working hard on year-end material that will take up a good bit of December.

Meat Mead Metal will offer its first top 40 metal records list ever, and we’ll start rolling that out for you Dec. 19. That day we’ll give you 40-31. The following day will be No. 30-21. Dec. 21 will be No. 20-16; Dec. 22 will be No. 15-11, and Dec. 23 will be 10-6. The following week, beginning Dec. 26 and going all week to Dec. 30, we will count down the top 5 records of the year. One entry each day. And let me point out, it will be my list of records I liked the most. I think it’s nearly impossible to ordain a best record critically. There are too many sub-genres and bands, and I refuse to tackle that. Always have. So I’ll give you the ones I enjoyed the most. By all means, if you have your own lists, send them our way.

We have a few news items for you today, two things that I’m very excited about and perhaps you will too. One’s something on one of my most anticipated albums of 2012, the details of which finally are coming to light, and the other an exclusive live performance you’ll only be able to witness in one place.

I really loved Earth’s “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I,” and a fun fact, I was listening to that album on Rehoboth Beach in August when an earthquake struck. What a weird coincidence. Or was it? But the “I” at the end of the record title clearly indicated there was another volume to come, and that second helping lands Feb. 14 with “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II.” Not sure how they dreamt up that title.

Part II was recorded in the same session as the first volume, and the music is said to be even more improvisational and energetic. According to a release from Earth’s publicists: “The line-up again consists of Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion (on this release there is more percussion of all sorts), Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) returns on cello, and Karl Blau (K Records, Laura Veirs, Microphones) plays bass. This also marks the first time the band on the record has toured outside of the U.S. West Coast in preparation for the album. As with the first part, it again has truly amazing artwork by Stacey Rozich.”

You can see the album art above the entry, and the track listing below. I’m excited.

1. Sigil of Brass

2. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine

3. Multiplicity of Doors

4. The Cora scene Dog

5. The Rakehell

For more on the band, go here: http://www.thronesanddominions.com/

For more on the label, go here: http://www.southernlord.com/

We discussed the future of Gilead Media not too long ago, and it seems that the response to their plight was overwhelming. That’s the first bit of good news, but the second is damn-near celebratory with the announcement of the first-ever Gilead Media Music Festival. The event is set for April 28-29 in Oshkosh, Wi., and the venue will be announced once it’s nailed down for certain. The lineup is completely ridiculous, and we’ll supply that below, but it’s just been revealed that Thou will play their “Tyrant” album in its entirety. If that isn’t reason enough to venture out for this event, then I can’t figure what might entice you. I know I’m trying to figure out if I can make the trip (some home stuff could prevent it, but it’s still months away), because I can’t miss hearing the majesty and tragedy of “Tyrant” live.

Besides Thou, other bands confirmed are:

  • Ash Borer
  • Fell Voices
  • Get Rad
  • North less
  • False
  • Mutilation Rites
  • Arms Aloft
  • Baby Boy
  • Protestant
  • Sleepwalker

Also scheduled for exhibitions are Reuben Sawyer of Rainbath Visual and Bryan Proteau of Natvres Mores. Things are in the early stages, so check back for more at the links below. We’ll also try to keep you updated as we learn more. Certainly if you like what Gilead Media does, this is the perfect place for you to see a ton of their bands at once.

For more on the event, go here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/fest/

For the event’s Facebook page, go here: http://www.facebook.com/events/145804345523149/

For more on the label, go here: http://www.gileadmedia.net/