CANTO: Batushka, Cradle of Filth, and Nailed to Obscurity

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First Canto of 2019! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday season! Just kidding. No I don’t.

  • Oh, Batushka. I remember that thing. Sorta. Anyway, looks like there was some kind of a lineup split and… it didn’t go well.
  • Iggy Azalea wore a Cradle of Filth shirt in an Instagram post. Why is this news? Because she wore THAT Cradle of Filth shirt. CoF was entertained, as am I.
  • Manowar have announced a new guitarist for obvious reasons. Whatever. Some people probably care. I 100% do not.
  • Nailed To Obscurity have released a new music video for “Tears Of The Eyeless”. It’s quite good. Their new album, Black Frost, will be out on January 11th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Column: The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell – Black Metal

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Last month, I discussed my penchant for symphonic metal and how its fandom eventually led me to listen to it with a lot of caution. Now, the three albums I chose for that segment weren’t my first gateway albums, but are three that remain close to my heart and are underappreciated by a lot of listeners. Anyway, for this chapter of the column – and for the sake of a timeline – I decided to talk about a subgenre that has remained controversial despite the claims of apolitical affiliations and people making terrible decisions.

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CANTO: Batushka, Sorcerer, Hallatar, and More

Hallatar

10/18/2017. I leave for Detroit on Friday.

This is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. The above video? Also impressive.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Donuts & CANTO: Uada, Wintersun, Exhumed and more!

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Uada

April 4, 2017

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

  • On Friday, as per usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new albums, including Mastodon and Falls of Rauros. Also as per usual, you can check out Josh’s Initial Descent post for the full breakdown.
  • So that “Batushka dropping out of MDF” speculation we posted on Friday? Well, it’s pretty much confirmed; on Saturday, the festival organizers revealed that Uada had been tapped to fill the Poles’ slot at the Festival. Still a bummer, but they could have done far, far worse as replacements go.

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Donuts & CANTO: Batushka, GWAR, Between the Buried and Me, and more!

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Batushka

March 31, 2017

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

  • Leading off, ’tis the season for Maryland Deathfest cancellations! Word on the Twitter is that Batushka has had to cancel their appearance at this year’s edition of the festival. Not seeing an official statement from either party yet, but…FUUUUUUUUUUCK if true.

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