CANTO: Orange Goblin, pg.lost, Æolian, and More

Oh good. It’s dark by 4:00 PM now. I missed this!

  • Pg.lost have released an in-studio video performance of “Shelter” over at Decibel. That track is taken from Oscillate, which drops on November 20th through Pelagic Records.
  • Orange Goblin have had to reschedule their 25th anniversary tour as a result of the pandemic, but that won’t stop them from celebrating the occasion. As an alternative, they will be streaming two live shows, on December 18th and 19th in London. Get your tickets right here!
  • Literally nothing left in the inbox beyond singles and videos, so… the first comes from Cyrax, who dropped a lyric video for “Dorian Gray”, a track taken from Experiences, which is out soon through Wormholedeath.
  • And lastly, we have the new video from Æolian. This one is called “Golden Cage”, taken from The Negationist, which drops on November 20th through Black Lion Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Tethra — “Empire of the Void”

 

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Melodic death/doom quintet Tethra, hailing from Novara, Italy, return with their stellar third full-length, Empire of the Void.  It focuses on two vast realms explored through lyrical themes and creative instrumentation; the boundless internal plights of human nature and the breadth of the human soul, and the expansiveness and surreal wonders of space.  Its track titles hold a celestial theme while its instrumentation evokes heavy human emotions.  While mainly exemplifying doom metal, the band is also a master of death metal and many compositions are a delightful death/doom hybrid. Continue reading

Album Review: Kvaen — “The Funeral Pyre”

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Boy howdy, it’s been something of a week over here.  Things in Chicago are still looking pretty bleak and gloomy, I simultaneously have too much to do and no motivation to get a whole lot done and I just have a feeling like I need something to kick my ass into high gear.  Fortunately, the long-awaited debut album, The Funeral Pyre, from Sweden’s Kvaen is there to remind me that if the Fimbulvinter truly is upon us in the Midwest, it might as well come with hefty doses of old school speed and black metal fury. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 23 – 29, 2019

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Last week’s Cirith Ungol announcement got me all sorts of giddy. Which prompted me to pull out my dusty copies of their classics and go crazy. It also reminded me of having to rely on some dude named Gutted Stench to come through on a tape trade way back in the day…I digress. Anyway, the only trading nowadays is hitting the ‘buy now’ button and trading green backs for files or physical media and since it’s Monday, we’ve got a plethora of releases for you to do just that with. We’ve got new stuff from Tombs that might be their most incendiary yet, true swamp death / doom from Muscipula, speedy black metal from Kvaen, and crusty fun from Hot Graves and with a bonus to boot if you splurge for the physical copy. You know what to do folks, click those buy buttons and get the music. All of it.
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CANTO: Migration Fest 2020, The Black Dahlia Murder, System of a Down, and More

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That superb owl wasn’t superb at all.

  • This came through last Friday but I was too busy doing mountain things. But… holy shit everyone this Migration Fest lineup is absurdBuried at Sea, Falls of Rauros, and Thou performing with Emma Ruth Rundle are the sets I’m most looking forward to. How about you?
  • The Black Dahlia Murder have announced an upcoming tour with Testament, Municipal Waste, and MeshiaakThose dates fall in April and May. I plan on doing everything I can to get to that one.
  • Faith No More, System of a Down, and Korn are teaming up to play a massive stadium show at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on May 22nd. Additional support will come from Russian Circles and Helmet. That is a pretty damn wild one-off show.
  • And we will wrap up with a new video from Northwind Wolves. This one is for “Lord of Winter and Death”. A little symphonic metal on a Monday afternoon, I suppose. Their latest, Mountains And Darkness, is out now through Black Lion Records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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