Donuts & CANTO: Amorphis, Decapitated, Khemmis and more!

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Ex-Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelavuori

April 28, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, longtime Amorphis bassist Niclas Etelävuori has left the band, citing not issues with his bandmates, but rather, issues with alleged mismanagement. The band has recruited original bassist Olli-Pekka Laine to fill in for their upcoming summer festival commitments.

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CANTO: Amorphis, Sylosis, Abbath, Helmet, and more

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“Take a look at the trail behind you, this is terrain you know. It might reappear again. Now you stare at the path before you, so tell me what is shown. Decipher eternity.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Nine Circles ov… Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015)

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Well, we made everyone. Or at least… everyone that will also be participating in Maryland Deathfest 2016 festivities. It’s Tuesday, which means I leave for The Land of Nothing and The Wire tomorrow night. And to follow up last week’s recap of MDF 2014, I will now take this opportunity to remind myself and everyone else how amazing MDF 2015 was. Because, without a doubt, it was my best experience at MDF to date.  Continue reading

CANTO: A new Amorphis video, Devil You Know tour, and more

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“It’s no secret we’re close, as sweaty velcro. Like latex, fur and feathers, stuck together now.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Album Review: Meadows End – “Sojourn”

Meadows End - Sojourn - CoverOrchestration and keyboards in metal, especially extreme metal, will continue to be one of the genre’s most polarizing issues. When done well, the combination of choirs, orchestras, and pianos can enhance the power of the underlying song structures and take it from merely solid to way beyond epic. When not done well or over-emphasized, though, keyboards are tantamount to ruining a perfectly good steak by drowning it in nacho cheese. Fortunately, symphonic melodic death metal veterans Meadows End are masters of their trade, and their newest album Sojourn is yet another strong display of brawn and beauty as partners in tango.  Continue reading