CANTO: Blood Incantation, Primitive Man, Aquilus, and More

Anybody else super happy about the Facebook outage yesterday?

  • There is quite the tour planned for December, featuring the likes of Primitive Man and Blood Incantation. Furthermore, support will be provided by Withered, among others, on select dates. This is not a show to be missed.
  • For those on the West Coast, Immortal Guardian has a brief run of shows in November with Sifting. Not gonna lie, they sure are covering a decent amount of ground over those six dates.
  • Solar Cross, the progressive metal project featuring Omnium Gatherum alumni, are releasing their debut on November 19th. Echoes Of The Eternal Word will be out through Transcending Records, and you can check out a visualizer for “Bloodstreams” here.
  • Borknagar are joining the Devastation on the Nation tour in 2022, which kicks off on April 21st and features the likes of Rotting Christ, Wolfheart, and More. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • And we’ll close with the new video from Aquilus for “Into Wooded Hollows”. That’s the second track taken from the sophomore album, Bellum I, which drops on December 3rd through Blood Music.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Withered, Abstracted, Maryland Deathfest, and More

So this MDF lineup v. 2022 is looking better and better with each announcement…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2019: Vincent’s List

Best of 2019

I always have a tough time with these introduction things when it comes to End of Year lists.  The temptation is to sum up the year with some anecdotes about what it meant to me and how the music I loved played into it.  Yet what could I say about a year that was such a mixed bag for me?  On a personal note, my mental health took an all-out nosedive last year that I’m still trying to claw my way out of, yet my partner and I got engaged and are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together (not that we weren’t already, but you get the point).  The weight of the worst depression and anxiety I’ve ever faced affected my ability to connect to a lot of the music I heard last year, yet I started a column on here that lead me back to a genre of music I had not seriously kept up with for some time, and in doing so I found a little piece of myself again.  Years are years are years, and life is cyclical and spiralic in nature.  I won’t pretend there weren’t good things to come out of last year, just as I won’t pretend there won’t be hard times in the year ahead.  But I will always have a carefully curated soundtrack to help me along the way, and below represents what helped me get through 2019.   Continue reading

Best of 2019: Dan still likes metal, but maybe not writing?

Best of 2019

Oh look, it’s been over a month since my last post.

Related: I don’t really know if I like blog writing anymore?

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Best of 2019: Zyklonius’ List

Best of 2019

By now, it has become customary for me to recall at the turn of the year how great the past 12 months were for metal and its myriad sub-genres and styles, and how difficult it has become to keep one’s head above the water in the face of the deluge of releases. I have been listening to metal for over 25 years but am still astonished and impressed on a daily basis by the boundless imagination on display, be it the ever-blossoming creativity of bands who have been operating for 20 years or the ravenous appetite of newcomers.  Continue reading