Chaos is Me: April 2021

Welcome back to Chaos is Me, your favorite monthly column for all things screamo. We will be taking a look at my favorite albums from April, from Canada to Colombia and even more far-off lands. Let’s dive in.

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Embracing the Descent: May 9 – 15, 2021

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Week 3 of this thing. I’m as surprised as you are, to be honest. But, maybe that’s a testament to what this year has had in store. Or, bourbon drives me to write some shit. You decide. Either way, this year has been strong, there’s no denying that. And, with the incoming album announcements it only gets stronger and stronger (get that AMENRA preorder in yet?). It’s a wave that has me on a high and it’s been a loooong time coming. So, humor me as we go in for a few more album picks and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.

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CANTO: Our Place of Worship is Silence, Mastodon, Erdve, and More

Alright, so there were a few more things going on today.

  • Mastodon greeted us with a new track this morning, and it (unsurprisingly) kicks ass. It’s titled “Forged by Neron”, and is featured on the DC Comics Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack. Give it a listen here, and feel free to pre-order the collection as well.
  • Blackened death duo Our Place of Worship is Silence is releasing a new full-length on August 27 through Translation Loss Records, titled Disavowed, and Left Hopeless. The title-track was also revealed today over at Decibel, and it is absolutely relentless. I’m looking forward to this one.
  • Old school death metallers Hexorcist have set July 26th as the release date for Evil Reaping Death. They’re partnering with Memento Mori for the CD release, Unholy Prophecies for the vinyl, and Goz of War for the cassette. Simply put, whatever your preferred media form is, they’ve got you covered. Check out “Exulting the Adversary”, the first new track, here.
  • Lithuanian experimental sludge collective Erdve have also announced a new album, Savigaila, set for a July 23rd release through Season of Mist. Pre-orders are up here, and check out the video for the new single “Lavondėmės” immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Seth — “La Morsure du Christ”

Intricate black metal is alluring as it satisfies many musical cravings.  There is a rawness in the growled vocals and a beauty in the layered sounds.  There is also an interesting juxtaposition in the furious tempos and almost meditational atmospheric breaks.  French metal scene pioneers, Seth, released what the band is referring to as the sequel to their debut album almost 23 years later, La Morsure du Christ.  This album is a nod to Seth’s beginnings and their original style consisting of blast beat drumming, snarled vocals, rhythmic and melodic guitar, and expertly combined sounds.

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CANTO: Crown, Panopticon, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, and More

The news seems rather light today, but I’m sure I can dig up a few things.

  • This isn’t exactly a breaking update, but it’s worth mentioning either way. Shadow Woods Metal Fest is returning this year, scheduled for the weekend of August 27th, and Panopticon has been announced as the headliner. Naturally, an ideal setting for such a performance. Tickets are available here.
  • Norwegian black metal crew Vulture Lord are releasing their first album in 18 years. Desecration Rite is set for a release on June 20th through Odium Records, and is available for pre-order here. We’ll loop back with a new track and/or more information once it surfaces.
  • We’re going to wrap this up with a couple Roadburn Redux performances, because those make me happy. The first comes from Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, who shared their performance of Ascension in full. Side note, that album dropped in early 2020 through Season of Mist, if you need a copy.
  • And then we have the studio performance of “Neverland” from Crown. The End of All Things was an April release through Pelagic Records, and so far is proving to be one of my favorite listens of the year. Pelagic has been on a roll. Anyway, check out the clip below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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