CANTO: Midnight, Caliban, Ghost, and More

I’m finally starting to sense a brief spell of organization on the horizon.

  • Midnight have set March 4th as the release date of their fifth full-length album. Let Their Be Witchery will be out through Metal Blade Records, and you can preview what’s to come with the new single, “Szex Witchery”, right now.
  • New Ghost emerged overnight, so we should probably include that in the pile today. The new album, Impera, will be out on March 11th and can be pre-ordered here. Check out “Call Me Little Sunshine” right now, and tell me what you think.
  • Arizona groove metal collective Incite are releasing Wake Up Dead on March 25th through Atomic Fire Records, having just inked a fresh deal with the label. Pre-order details, along with new tunes, should be coming in the next couple of weeks.
  • Caliban have unveiled new album details. Dystopia is set to drop on April 22nd (I think) through Century Media. The video for “Ascent Of The Blessed” can be viewed below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Behemoth, Undeath, Mizmor, and More

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How many weeks in a row have I said “if I can just get to Friday…”? Oh yeah, all of them.

  • One more (at least) massive tour announcement to share. Behemoth are heading back to North America with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, and Unto Others. Those dates run from April 16th through May 15th, and tickets go on sale this coming Friday.
  • Undeath unveiled new details behind their sophomore album. It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave is set for an April 22nd release through Prosthetic Records. “Rise From The Grave” is streaming now, and you can pre-order the album at this location.
  • Cradle of Filth have announced “The Infernal Vernal Equinox” stream, scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing Dusk… and Her Embrace in full, along with other fan favorites. Tickets are available here.
  • Týr has announced a new live DVD, A Night at the Nordic House, which features a performance with the Symphony Orchestra of the Faroe Islands. That will be out on March 18th through Metal Blade. Check out the clip for “By the Sword in My Hand” right now.
  • Let’s close with the new, incredible, music video from Mizmor for “Wit’s End”. That, of course, is the title track from the new EP, which is out now through Gilead Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: SOM — “The Shape of Everything”

SOM - The Shape of Everything

There’s something alluring and poignant about post-metal, especially when it’s brought down to the most minimalistic aspect of sound. While post-metal can be expansive, something about using soundscapes that would be more in line with a Devin Townsend Project album but making them shoegaze-y is something that I didn’t expect. After all, in the short time I’ve known about them, Pelagic Records tends to release music that is heavier and sludgier than what SOM offers on The Shape of Everything. However, this goes to show that music cannot be heavy all the time. Such is the beauty of The Shape of Everything, an album that makes me think about the abstraction and placement of space and “Stormbending.”

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CANTO: Hypocrisy, Animals As Leaders, Slipknot, and More

Hypocrisy

Lots of tour announcements to get to today, so let’s jump right into it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Mizmor — “Wit’s End”

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From its early days as an anonymous project beloved by diehards of the underground to its current status as a festival draw, the rise of Mizmor has been a sight to behold. I remember discovering this band through word of mouth years ago and wondering why I wasn’t seeing more people talk about them. Now that mastermind ALN has signed with Gilead Media and is playing fests like Migration and Roadburn…I still find myself asking why I’m not seeing more people talk about Mizmor, particularly within the last few years. The band’s music has always been good, but after Cairn and his expansion into ambient territory alongside live member Andrew Black on Dialetheia, Mizmor appears to be going through something of a renaissance, and new (ish) EP Wit’s End is the next step in that evolution.

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