CANTO: Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Nite, and More

People are a lot more excited about Mudvayne reuniting than I would have expected.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Capra — “In Transmission”

Capra - In Transmission

In Transmission has been a long time coming for the Lafayette, LA quartet.  Over two years of writing and refining their craft, picking up a new frontperson, personal struggles and a global pandemic have certainly made it difficult for Capra, but it also hasn’t stopped them in the least bit.  There’s a very good reason this debut is getting blown up by word of mouth and pushed out by a major label already.  The band’s fresh, blistering take on hardcore and metal goes beyond simply being well-crafted music: it speaks to something deeply, profoundly human with an unrivaled emotional depth.

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CANTO: Ufomammut, Massacre, The Contortionist, and More

It’s like… super nice out. So I went for a long run for some stupid reason.

  • Ufomammut are back, with a new drummer and recording plans very much in the works. After a year and a half hiatus, the Italian psychedelic metallers have announced Levre as their new drummer. We’ll keep a close eye on this as new material eventually comes our way.
  • Death metal veterans Massacre have signed on with Nuclear Blast, and are planning the release of their fourth studio album later this year. It’s been seven years since their last album, so let’s go ahead and add this to the list of things to keep an eye on.
  • The Contortionist have announced a live stream event, Clairvoyant – A Full Album Performance, scheduled for May 15th. Their latest full-length was somehow released way back in 2017, so it’ll be cool to see it performed live in full. Tickets are available here.
  • In case anyone was curious what Psychosexual sounded like (I was not and still am not), you can check out the video for “Devil From Hell” right now. A song name that makes my mind go right to The Black Satans. As a reminder, that’s the project fronted by Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch). Unholy Hymns for the Children is out on May 14th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obsolete Theory, and More

Cannibal Corpse

I don’t know about anyone else, but Roadburn Redux delivered some seriously memorable sets this past weekend.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: April 18 – 24, 2021

Capra

No bitchin’ this week. I could, don’t get me wrong. Rather, I’ll just keep it all in my head and see visions equal to that Cannibal Corpse album that came out last week. As the kids say, what a banger. Moving on, new week and new metal so let’s do it…Capra explodes with some vicious hardcore and punk infused metal this side of, well, a very long time and the fact that this is a debut? Snap! A name I was excited to see that I haven’t in a long stretch is Bongzilla who returns with an album I’m stok(n)ed on and you should be too, Akiavel are back with a blistering sophomore death metal effort, and Altarage keep the violence going with their brand of blackened death metal that keeps the needle pegged to extreme. Alrighty then, these top four are worth your time, but there’s a lot more to follow that bears the same worth. Do it.

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