CANTO: Black Tusk, Behemoth, Four Stroke Baron, and More


Hey! I’m finally done editing Fire In The Mountains photos! Now what do I do?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: August 12 – 18, 2018

Trappist – photo courtesy of Paul Lee

We are in the throes of a new week, like it or not. No need to get all bent out of the frame though, Monday means it’s time for new metal and for another week of showcasing some of it. Plus we’re on the downhill slide of the year and if the first half was any indication, the second half should be a knockout finish. Speaking of, we begin the week with a four pack of treats. Carry on…

We like beer and so does Trappist, who in the span of 21 tracks in 33 minutes, rip with crusty d-beat violence on their debut Ancient Brewing Tactics all in the name of almighty beer. It’s a supercharged juggernaut slam full of all star guests so make sure to check this one out – they’ve also included some pairings, nice guys. Just in time to extinguish the light from everything are two beasts of blackened doom and noise; Primitive Man and Unearthly Trance offer up a Split release that will leave indelible marks on any and all souls who dare to listen (over the top? nah). Black Tusk return with an all-guns-blazing attack of swampheavypunkmetal on T.C.B.T. and Cemetery Urn continue their reign of savage death metal on Barbaric Retribution.

As usual, we are far from done with what this week has to offer so head directly below to get your fill. Continue reading

CANTO: Unlocking The Truth’s debut album, Slipknot’s new book, and more


unlocking the truth

“We who have taken thy name, who knowledge the beast within, who revel in the delights of the flesh, call upon you! Come in answer to your names!”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Initial Descent: January 29, 2016

Another solid slate of new metal releases is upon us this week. From Chthe’ilist‘s full-length debut to Black Tusk‘s newest set — and the final recordings featuring their late bassist Athon — there’s a lot you’ll want to check out. So let’s not waste any more time discussing. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, January 29:
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Album Review: Black Tusk – “Pillars of Ash”


As someone who tends to be rather OCD about music, it almost makes me cringe to admit the following: prior to experiencing Pillars of Ash, I’d never listened to Black Tusk. Now don’t get me wrong… I’d definitely heard of them before. I’m a big fan of Baroness and Kylesa and, thanks to the strength of the Savannah metal scene, it’s almost impossible to not hear them and Black Tusk all mentioned within the same breath. I don’t know if it feels that way within their collective hometown, but from the outside looking in, it’s almost like these three form some sort of unholy trinity of heavy music for that area.

And thus I’m kicking myself for never checking these guys out. Make no mistake: their particular brand of metal, with some punk aesthetics and flourishes worked in, is absolutely killer. Continue reading