Huzzah, good riddance to another weird year, not only on both personal and professional fronts which basically prevented me from engaging in music writing, but also in terms of metal itself. Weird in the sense that multiple previous EOY luminaries released albums that failed to resonate, while bands that had not clicked for me on earlier albums decided to surprise me. Amidst all the oddity, there was thankfully a degree of cosmic justice and continuing reliability, as old favorites released their best work to date while relative newcomers delivered on the promises and potential for greatness that were teased on their initial releases. Without further ado, here are my 15 favorite metal albums of 2022.Continue reading
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- Morbikon, the blackened death metal trio featuring members of Municipal Waste and Finntroll, are releasing Ov Mournful Twilight through Tankcrimes on October 28th. Give “Cursed to March on Shattered Limbs” over at Decibel.
- Allegaeon have announced their new (old) vocalist, welcoming Ezra Haynes back to the group. Since Elements of the Infinite is still my favorite Allegaeon record, I’m fine with this. Catch them on the European road this coming November with Rivers of Nihil, Fallujah, and more.
- Power metallers Unleash The Archers are releasing a fifth anniversary edition of Apex on November 18th, which will feature reimagined versions of tracks like “Falls Walls”, which you can hear transformed into “Falsewave” here.
- Tribulation unveiled a new standalone single, “Hamartia”, the video for which can be seen below. That’s their first new material since last year’s Where The Gloom Becomes Sound, and precedes their upcoming European tour with Abbath and Watain.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Last Canto this week! Yet… it’s only Wednesday.
- Leading off the day, we have the new track and video from Axioma for “Septic”, which is streaming over at Metal Injection. Their sophomore full-length album, Sepsis, is out on June 24th through Translation Loss Records. I’ve seen some hype for this one, so it’s going to stay on my radar for sure.
- I didn’t want to share this news because it fucking sucks and I try to keep this post strictly to more positive updates, but Trevor Scott Strnad has passed away. The vocalist of The Black Dahlia Murder will always be an absolute legend, and not much more needs to be added at this point. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and everyone else close to him.
- Behemoth have finally revealed details surrounding their next album. Opvs Contra Natvram will be out on September 16th through Nuclear Blast. With the news, they also released the studio version and a video for “Ov My Herculean Exile”, a track we’ve seen emerge from live footage and such.
- Symphonic metallers Visions of Atlantis released the third single from Pirates, titled “Master the Hurricane”. That album is out this coming Friday through Napalm Records.
- And then closing out the day with a new clip from Allegaeon feels like a good idea. This is the video for “Called Home”, a track taken from Damnum, which was released earlier this year through Metal Blade. They’ve also got a bunch of tour dates on the schedule, if you’re into that.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Alright, after a few days away, we’re right back at it.
- Denouncement Pyre, a favorite from years past, have a new album set for a June 17th release. Forever Burning will be available through Agonia Records. Pre-orders are available here.
- This is a tour I will definitely check out. Elder are hitting the road in August and September with support from Dreadnought, Ruby The Hatchet, and Belzebong. All those dates can be found here, and I can say with confidence that I will either be at the Boston or Vermont date… or both.
- Apparently Allegaeon is going to spend the entirety of 2022 on the road. Not a bad thing. The Terrestrial Takeover Tour, which was originally planned for 2020, will now cover June 1st through July 1st. Support will come from Arkaik, Aenimus, and Summoning The Lich.
- Opeth are streaming a new track, “Width Of A Cirlce”, which is taken from the extended edition of In Cauda Venenum. That edition features three previously unreleased bonus tracks, in both English and Swedish. Cool stuff.
- Any interest in checking out the entirety of the Crown performance for Roadburn Redux? Because now you can. The whole thing is available for your viewing pleasure below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Buke once again had this month’s pick and once again helms the episode along with Vincent, Ian, Angela, and Hera in tow. The gang covers the sixth full length from Allegaeon, Damnum and while everyone was absolutely not on the same page, everyone voiced their opinions and why’s or why not’s for or against. Damnum is galvanizing as it’s not the same album as Apoptosis, for several reasons, but the crew covers this in length as well as Disney songs, catching up with one another, stews and soups, and of course what else tripped their collective triggers through February. In addition to this discussion, be sure to check out Ian’s review of this album and Buke’s recent interview with Allegaeon’s own Riley McShane.Continue reading