Over a year later and I still just can't play this record enough. So much about this one might have hit me wrong if it hadn't come out exactly when it did. Because of that timing, every listen transports me to someplace very special. I'm not sure if it's because Impera dropped right around the time K and I started venturing out in the aftermath of the pandemic or if it's just down to how incredible this record is. Probably a little from column A and a little from column B.
I remember those first tentative nights when we discovered that Frejole's of El Segundo - our favorite Mexican Restaurant in proximity to our place in Redondo Beach - had put in a small bar, so that when we went in to pick up our Friday night carry-out, we would stop and have a pint of Santa Monica Brewing's 310, or Lagunitas IPA, then drive home with this or Orville Peck's Bronco blaring, a newfound freedom energizing our long-cocooned weekends.
My picks for this week's NCBD:
Two issues left of Nightmare Country: The Glass House and I'm not sure how to feel about this second chapter. Of course, I'm hoping there will be more; I've said before that reading this book monthly reminds me SO MUCH of reading Sandman monthly, without being redundant at all. Of all the "Sandman Presents" titles that have come and gone in the last however many years since Gaiman and DC announced his curation of the line, Nightmare Country is the only one that has kept up a consistent feeling of actually being a worthy continuation (that's not to knock the original The Dreaming, which I loved). Anyway, the previous chapter of this story came in the form of that Thessaly one-shot, and now that she's involved, things feel even more on edge. Perfect.
Yeah, this is how they get ya, right? I don't really have any interest in reading a Wolvie book - although the shit I hear that's going on with Beast basically becoming Dark Beast sounds fantastic - but the mini-event "Weapons of Vengeance" is switching to Wolverine this month and I'm reading it. Great series so far, and we finally got the revelation of Weapon Plus: Hellfire Program, so I'm psyched to see where this goes.
Watch:So when I posted the Black Mold trailer last week, that was kind of a last minute override of another trailer that dropped around the same time. Ladies and Gentlemen, Beaten to Death:
That title made me think there was no way I was going to step in front of this bus, but the film actually looks excellent, and while you know it's going to be violent AF, watching this leads me to believe it won't be the kind of violence the title first suggested to me.
Playlist:King Diamond - Them
Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire
Converge & Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
Dream Division - Beyond the Mirror's Image
Secret Chiefs 3 - Le mani destre recise degli ultimi uomini
Ghost Bath - Moonlover
Carpenter Brut - Leather Terror
Ghost - Impera
Anthrax - State of Euphoria