CANTO: Paradise Lost, Wake, Darkest Hour, and More

Paradise Lost 2020

Had to take the last few days off due to travel and drunken shenanigans.

  • Paradise Lost have announced a streaming show, which will take place on November 5th. Tickets for the event can be purchased here, and as always, there are VIP options and some swag.
  • Wake just dropped a new EP yesterday titled Confluence. Give it a listen here, and maybe also buy one of those gorgeous physical copies, which will be released through Translation Loss Records.
  • Darkest Hour are performing a streaming event as well, with Misery Signals, on December 5th. Proceeds from the event will support struggling music venues, so make sure you scoop up a ticket here.
  • Finally, some fresh death metal out of Ukraine. Here is a new music video from Hell:on for “My Testament”, a track taken from their upcoming new album, Scythian Stamm, which drops on November 1st.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Profile: Simon Langford of Cult Burial

Death metal is having a banner year with established bands releasing comebacks, new bands making their mark, and fans of the genre are reaping the benefits of all of it. And with banner years come market saturation so for an up and coming outfit to really leave a mark, it’s not enough to just have a good death metal album. Enter London’s Cult Burial with their self-titled debut and what you’ll find is a band unafraid to employ weapons of sludge, doom and post-metal but also put a spotlight on stellar guitar work. The scattering of quick solos, the odd riff breaks, and well timed arpeggios all signal that Cult Burial is not your average death metal band and make it a point to stand out with stellar musicianship and songwriting abilities. The flow of the album is such that it draws attention by never staying with a train of thought across any two tracks but in totality is a very cohesive piece of work and a shocker, then, that this is just their full length debut. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist and drummer Simon Langford so head below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support.

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Blood Red, AUDIO EDITION: Episode 3 — Host (2020) and The Platform (2019)

Someday, we’ll be able to do these horror excursions in a more timely manner. But until then, here’s the good news: we’re sorry!

By way of an apology for our first episode in… almost two months… we jump back in the saddle with a conversation about TWO horror films for your listening, er… pleasure? And guess what? Our resident horror noob, Buke, picked both of them!

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Initial Descent: October 18 – 24, 2020

Pallbearer

Let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart; it’s October and nearly Halloween. ‘Tis the season for horror of all sorts, skulls and pumpkins, and fall vistas that look like the intro to many of the early Halloween movies. At least we’ve got that to get excited about. But also, it’s Monday which means new metal time so there’s another happy thing. This week brings us the next chapter of Pallbearer‘s trajectory which finds them back at their concise and to the point doom but, really, better than ever. Next up is a twofer of death metal starting with the brutal sort with Distant and the old school, rattle the coffins sort with Undeath. And, closing out the top spots is an alcohol fueled, four-on-the-floor, sinewy metal return from Raging Speedhorn. Better get your nasty decorating done and your costumes ready, or, just line up a long list of deliciously vicious horror movies. Dig in below for the rest of the new metal, tons to explore.

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Blood Red: Hooptober Se7en – Week Five

It was the week of sequels…it was the week of video nasties.  It was also the week of a damn fun anthology film.  October is finally getting to its true form, with temperatures dropping (at least here) and the leaves moving from the beautiful array of colors to crumpled and dead at my feet.  Only a few weeks left to get this marathon completion, and then maybe I can focus on actually writing a metal review or two.

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