CANTO: City of Caterpillar, Capra, Orthodox, and More


Anybody else get random urges to run screaming into the woods, never to return?

  • City of Caterpillar are returning, after a long 20 years, with a new album set for a September 30th release. Mystic Sisters will be out through Relapse Records, and the music video for “Decider” is available here. They’ve got some live dates coming up around that release date, so be sure to make that happen as well.
  • Metallic hardcore collective Capra also have some killer live dates coming up. September dates with The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, October dates with Exhorder, and a date with KEN Mode on Halloween. You know what to do from here! (I am very jealous I’m not local to that Halloween date, by the way.)
  • Over in Century Media land, Orthodox revealed the new song and video, titled “Dissolve”. That’s the latest from their new album, Learning To Dissolve, which drops on August 19th.
  • If you want something a little more psychedelic, let’s close out with the new video from Ruby the Hatchet for “Thruster”. It’s a ton of fun. That’s the first single taken from Fear is a Cruel Master, which is set for an October 21st release through Magnetic Eye Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Benighted, Capra, Heilung, and More

Home from Boston early enough to knock out a Canto? Not bad at all.

  • Leading off, we have new material for Capra. Here is the video for “Red Guillotine”, a track taken from In Transmission, which dropped last year through Blacklight and Metal Blade. As an aside, be sure to catch them on the road with Whores and Bummer all through this month.
  • Heilung are releasing their third full-length album on August 19th through Season of Mist, titled Drif. Along with this news, they released a video teaser for a track titled “Anoana”, which can be seen and heard here.
  • Black metal solo artist Hulder is releasing The Eternal Fanfare MLP through 20 Buck Spin this coming July, and today unveiled the artwork, track list, and most importantly the first single, “Sylvan Awakening”. July tour dates with Skeleton are on the horizon as well.
  • Let’s close with the new video from Benighted for “Casual Piece of Meat”. It’s pretty damn wild. That’s another sample from their 2020 album, Obscene Repressed, which is out through Season of Mist. If you need to round out your day with some deathgrind, this is a good place to start.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Testament, Gatecreeper, Haunter, and More

The times… well, they certainly are a-changin’.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2021: Angela’s List

Best of 2021

2021 was…. a bit much.  We will take each day at a time cautiously in 2022 and try not to spook it.  While 2021 brought a hefty amount of unpredictability and chaos, some wonderful things were forged in the turmoil.  This was a really great year for music, and I have many albums that I want to shout about from the rooftop, but I am keeping it concise and calling out my Nine Circles nine (we love a good theme).  Once again, I am one of the last of the bunch of wonderful writers here to post my year end list as my indecisiveness and overthinking ruined the party again.  However, I did participate in the group list (though my albums have shifted a bit…) and also the Best of 2021 Audio Thing (which was a blast).

Here are my top nine personal favorites as well as a list of honorable mentions and non-metal albums that brought me some joy this past year.

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Best of 2021: Ian’s List

Best of 2021

Alright, the moment you all (read: maybe three of you) have been waiting for, although with the lists that are already up, I feel like this is going to be underwhelming.  We’re really good at writing, people, and it’s been really awesome to not only be a part of the site but also be a fan at the same time.  So now, the top; the cream of the crop.  Say whatever you want about the year in general (except, you know, that the state of the world was overall pleasant), but as far as music goes, it was pretty sensational.  Maybe that’s because I got to spend another year in the fortunate position of being able to sit and write about music that I love so much.  In fact, that’s almost definitely it, so let me say how humbled and thankful I am to continue to be a part of this family.  Now, on to the goods:

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