CANTO: Horndal, Exil, Insanity Alert, and More

Are long weekends worth the added stress that follows them? Yes. Yes they are.

  • I’m feeling some fresh hardcore punk, so we’ll start the week with Exil, who have announced the release date of their Armageddon Label debut. Warning will be out on July 23rd, and to kick start the countdown you can check out the first single, “Maniac”, on this compilation streaming on Bandcamp.
  • Horndal shared a new video for “Rossen” today over at Decibel, with an accompanying interview. Worth a read and watch, obviously. Lake Drinker is out now through Prosthetic Records, and you can pick it up here. I’ve actually been meaning to check this one out and haven’t gotten around to it yet. Shame!
  • So this is a fairly substantial 2021 tour. Halestorm and Evanescence are hitting the road together for a handful of Arena dates in November and December, covering a good chunk of the United States. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 14th, and you can scoop them up here.
  • Crossover thrashers Insanity Alert are releasing their mainstage performance of the song “All Mosh / No Brain” from Hellfest 2019. Check it out directly below. Side note: this is one of the festivals on my ‘to-attend’ list, and clips like these keep that motivation high. Anyway, enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte”.

Initial Descent: November 22 – 28, 2020


Turkey week, folks. Do it up. New stuff this week brings us some dissonant black metal from Deveneror, blackened death metal from Azarath that favors speed and brutality, an excellent thrash return from Sodom, and an outstanding live album from Morne. Beyond that, the list is yet again very long so there’s certainly something here for everyone. If you’re reading this and in a band with an upcoming release you want featured here, send us an email with the details. And, if you’re wondering why X band is not featured here, tell us in the comments what we missed and why it should’ve been here. You never know, your favorite might become ours as well. Sharing is caring. Or, something like that.

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Album Review: Elder — “Omens”

Elder - Omens

Do you like riffs? Do you like riffs so much that you feel like what you should do is interrupt riffs to add more riffs? Have you ever said to yourself “this riff needs more riffage”? Well, if that’s the case, I assume you are already familiar with Elder, but if not, Omens continues their riffy trend with cleaner vocals, more synths, and their signature articulate fuzzy guitar tone. They’ve come a long way from their early stoner doom roots with an album that is refined and masterfully produced.

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Initial Descent: April 19 – 25, 2020


We all can use a pick-me-up at this point. And, this week we’ve absolutely got you covered with a multitude of stellar metal. What, you ask? Hang in there soldier… Katatonia return with another stone cold stunner that furthers their adventurous efforts into the ether, Cirith Ungol effectively silence a 29 year gap with an explosive fifth full length of high brow heavy metal, Ulcerate kick the death metal doors down and demand the spotlight, Vølus show us how dangerous death metal can be in the right hands, and Elder enlightens us with their algebraic approach to doom. A fantastic start for sure but we’re only getting warmed up to the plethora of amazing albums that await the adventurous. So, get to it. Continue reading

Album Review: Morne – “To The Night Unknown”

Morne - To the Night Unknown

With a history that reaches back well over a decade now, it would be wrong to consider Boston-based doom metallers Morne as anything but veterans in their craft. Yet, despite previously releasing three full-length offerings over that span of time, it has still been over five years since Shadows was released to the world. With the release of To The Night Unknown, however, Morne has proven that those days were spent wisely. This latest effort has taken on an improved, more dynamic form than any of its predecessors and is, without a shadow of doubt, the strongest Morne release to date. Continue reading