CANTO: Enslaved, Dawn Ray’d, Ensiferum, and More

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“A hammer not for building, but for breaking the glass. For bending the passion of days to the deeper will.”

  • Enslaved have announced a cinematic summer tour. In coordination with three different festivals, Enslaved will present three different shows on July 30th, August 20th, and September 30th. I plan on witnessing… all of them.
  • Dawn Ray’d are planning a limited edition release of Behold Sedition Plainsong, with proceeds benefiting Refugee Rescue. It will be available this coming Friday through Bandcamp (a day when Bandcamp is also waiving all fees).
  • In case you wanted the full lineup of Record Store Day releases coming our way in a few months, you can find everything here. I’ve got my eye on a couple of things, but we’ll see what happens.
  • We previously shared Ensiferum‘s new track “Rum, Women, Victory”, and now we have a video to accompany it that features fan-submitted content. Thalassic drops on July 10th through Metal Blade Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Barishi, Epica, The Way of Purity, and More

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How is it only Tuesday?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Hexvessel, Devin Townsend, In This Moment, and More

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And on the third day, Corey said “find me a new show to watch and pour me a rye”.

  • Add In This Moment to the list of bands that had to postpone or cancel a tour. If there is any good news here, however, it’s that it appears another update regarding new dates may be in the near future.
  • Devin Townsend is working on a “Quarantine Project” (literally named), and dropped the first song from that effort. It’s partly in response/gratitude to his recent GoFundMe campaign to make back some lost touring wages, because, well, Devy is a tremendous human.
  • In case you needed another excuse to add to your music library, Bandcamp has announced that this coming Friday they are waiving their revenue share on sales. That means all purchase prices go directly to the artist, in full. I have some goodies lined up for the 20th… I hope you do as well.
  • Hexvessel premiered a new track and video today, which we will absolutely be closing with. The song is called “Phaedra”, taken from Kindred, which drops on April 17th through Svart Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Third Circle of Bandcamp: October 2019 Edition

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Welcome to a new monthly..ish column from Charles, where he dives into his Bandcamp addiction each month and indulges in the sin of gluttony, with the intent to force-feed all. The rules and picks are completely his own and there’s no limit on what he includes; genre, quantity, or otherwise. Without further ado…

Do you miss mixtapes? I miss mixtapes.

Twenty years ago, all my music discoveries were coming from Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, a now defunct Canadian magazine that came every month with a CD full of new metal tracks. I discovered so many bands through these discs. Hell, I only just disposed of them a couple years ago; I had one of those ridiculous old giant CD binders filled with discs. So, here’s my take. Continue reading

Profile: Cory McCallum of Olde

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It’s been nearly three years since Canada’s doom metallers Olde released their debut I. Three years is definitely a stretch but this hard-charging slab of massive downtuned grooves and bluesy melodies more than filled the gap. The template set forth on I worked extremely well and once a band finds that kind of groove there’s really no need to fiddle with the formula. Which is exactly where they land on second full length Temple: not far removed from the debut but with their air tight songwriting even tighter and the deadly serious lyrical content more focused than ever they’ve crafted the perfect follow up. Ahead of the albums release, later this week, we had the opportunity to ask Cory McCallum (bass) our set of Profile questions and he was not only very gracious with his answers but insightful as well. You do not want to miss this… Continue reading