Zombitrol Productions is a proud co-presenter of the Toronto stop of John Baizley’s A Perfect Monster Pop-Up Art Show and Sale this Tuesday May 3rd. With his band Baroness set to hit the stage at The Opera House that evening, John will be appearing at Coalition (282 Augusta Ave.) from 5-6:30PM, where he will have art prints and fuzz-peddles for sale. This is an All Ages event, admission is free, and the bar will be open. We hope to see you there before the show.
Top Five Comics
5. Hellboy In Hell
Mike Mignola returns to writing and drawing his signature title and creates a world that’s somehow more metaphysical than ever. Plus, he still manages to find room for Hellboy to punch things.
On the verge of defeat the Nazis crack the super-soldier formula. One brave British double-agent manages to retrieve the formula for the Allies, and World War II continues thanks to a super-human arms race. Bonkers revisionist history.
For the record this is my favourite ongoing series. Yeah The Walking Dead is good, but this is Robert Kirkman’s lead book as far as I’m concerned. It continues to break and rebuild the image of the superhero over and over again.
2. Batman: Endgame
I’m a big fan of the Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo Batman stories arcs, but this is the first one that can be mentioned in the same breath as The Long Halloween and The Dark Knight Returns. Savage and beautiful.
Much like how everything in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a literary reference, everything in his new series Providence is a reference to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Full of creeping dread like a knife slowing being dragged across flesh, it succeeds on all levels.
Other Mentionables: Crossed+100, Descender, Harley Quinn, Sandman: Overture, We Stand On Guard, Saga
Top Five Albums
5. Christian Mistress - To Your Death
As far as modern bands go, no one embodies the spirit of classic metal and hard rock more than Christian Mistress. Their latest album pulses with a heavy groove and a smirking morbidity that hasn’t been seen since the seventies. Have a listen to my interview with vocalist Christine Davis.
4. Bones - Banshee / HermitofEastGrandRiver
This guy has put out six releases this year alone ranging in length from twelve minutes to nearly an hour. These two are my favourites from bunch. Space-age rap and R&B with crazy samples ranging from Tori Amos to Burzum. All his stuff is free.
3. Enslaved - In Times
People have labeled Enslaved as the black metal version of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Tool for years. This six track album makes it officially true. The best way to learn more is to watch my recent interview with the band.
2. Jess and the Ancient Ones - Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes
The psychedelic hard rock revival is in full swing. As far as trends go I’m not gonna start complaining. On their second full-length release JatAO take all their past offerings and combine them into one. From occult metal to surf rock, it’s covered. Listen to the whole album.
1. Grave Pleasures - Dreamcrash
The band formerly known as Beastmilk loses and adds a few members and opts for perhaps a more universally palatable name before dropping this perfect gothic post-punk tribute to Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, and The Misfits. Watch the video for “New Hip Moon.”
Other Mentionables: Jazz Cartier - Marauding in Paradise (Interview), Ghost - Meliora, Fuck The Facts - Desire Will Rot (come to the show), Dir En Grey - Arche (Interview), Lindemann - Skills In Pills, Lucifer - Lucifer I (Interview), Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors, Shining - International Blackjazz Society, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz - S/T
Poster by Jen Pilles
Zombitrol Productions presents the Toronto return of Fuck The Facts promoting their latest album Desire Will Rot. Through numerous releases and hard gigging the Ottawa band has become one of the most respected Canadian acts in the international metal underground, with notable performances at Maryland Deathfest and Obscene Extreme Montreal. They were also nominated for a Juno in 2012 and were featured on the cover of Exclaim! magazine in 2008. Desire Will Rot is their first self-released full length album since their highly successful stint on Relapse Records.
With special guests:
Flying Fortress (Pembroke) - This bass/drum duo is made of up to two thirds of cult favourites Goat Horn and play a sound that’s self-described as “crusty thrash rock.” They’ve just released their second full length album Dirty Rain.
Völur (Toronto) - One of the city’s fastest rising bands, this trio plays a unique combination of folk music and doom metal featuring violin and upright bass. The band also shares a member with occult hard rock superstars Blood Ceremony. Their latest full length album is 2014’s Disir.
Opening the show will be Toronto one-man harsh noise/grind project Goth Girl.
Friday, Januray 15 at 9:00pm
Coalition: 282 Augusta Ave, Toronto
My official time with FlinkTO has come to a close but I’ve started a new story on the site called The Zombitrol Files. Head on over for interviews with Ensiferum, Battlecross, and Insect Ark. Stay tuned to Zombitrol.com for some brand new interviews coming very, very soon.
Here’s a rundown of the stories and interviews I wrote for FlinkTO (site scrolls left to right):
Wacken Open Air: Journal of the Holy Land
Relapse Records: Twenty-Five Years of Extreme Memories
Coal Chamber: Nu-Metal Underground
Testament: The Ultimate Thrash Contenders
Nightwish and the Art of Film Score Metal
The Triumph of Wovenwar
Alestorm: Pillaging Your Heart (and Your Liquor Cabinet)
Arch Enemy’s Perpetual Revolution
Watain: Gods of High and Low
Behemoth: Anti-Mainstream Phenomenon
Lacuna Coil: Modern Melodic Metal Icons
Napalm Death and the Politics of Grindcore
Radio Be Damned To Hel! or Amon Amarth and the Norseman in Heavy Metal
Plus there was the New Heavy & Hard series:
Issue 1: Crimson Shadows, Hammercult, Grave Pleasures, Cretin, Persekutor
Issue 2: Royal Thunder, Seremonia, Untimely Demise, Beyond Creation, The Monolith Deathcult
Issue 3: Sólstafir, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Raven, Heidevolk, Hollow
Issue 4: Exodus, Periphery, Butcher Babies, Upon a Burning Body, World Gone
Issue 5: Sigh, Adrenaline Mob, Barren Earth, Hard Action, King Parrot
Issue 6: Kommandant, Forgotten Tomb, Helleborus, Titan's Eve, We Butter the Bread with Butter
Issue 7: Santa Cruz, Abyss, Gruesome, Antigama, Lightning Bolt
Issue 8: Melt-Banana, Lucifer, Ranger, Unsacred, Carach Angren