Album Review: Bewitcher — “Cursed Be Thy Kingdom”

“The Devil is always ready to make the deal…” says Bewitcher frontman M. Von Bewitcher.  Just as Ralph Macchio before them, the band made a pact with Satan a long time ago, ostensibly trading their souls in for killer old school thrash meets classic heavy metal riffs and a successful career that seems only to climb higher as time goes on.  Still, it’s been a long strange road that’s brought the band to their Century Media debut Cursed Be Thy Kingdom, and it hasn’t been without struggle, but this offering sees them put out their tightest and most expansive release yet.

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Cryptosis’s Frank te Riet on “Bionic Swarm,” Metal in the Netherlands, Switching Names (and Direction), Soccer, and Much More!

Bionic Swarm, the debut from Cryptosis has become an early favorite for many of the staff at Nine Circles.  Jamming together old school thrash, progressive death metal, and a healthy dose of symphonic black metal in its arrangements, it’s the kind of debut that instantly slams into your skull and rewires your brain. 

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CANTO: Roadburn Redux, Gojira, Hideous Divinity, and More

The NHL trade deadline is always a weird day.

  • Ok, let’s start with Roadburn Redux news. There were a few more lineup announcements, but the biggest thing shared today is the full festival schedule. Thursday/Friday are just around the corner, and there’s a certain set that I plan ending my work week with. What does everyone else have circled so far?
  • Oh look, another new Gojira track. Check out the lyric video for “Into The Storm“, the latest taken from Fortitude. I haven’t listened to this one yet, but I will say that April 30th release date suddenly feels somewhat close, and I am quite excited.
  • Hideous Divinity have released the second single from their new EP, LV-426. That effort is set for an April 23rd release through Century Media Records, and can be pre-ordered here. As for that new single, it’s titled “Chestburst”, and you can check out the video at this location.
  • And we’ll close with the new track from Myronath titled “Evigt Mörker”. That one is taken from their upcoming new album, Djevelkraft, which will be out through Hellstain Productions sometime in the near future. Not sure exactly when, I didn’t look very hard.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: April 11 – 17, 2021

Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse

Saw something last week that I had to comment on; if you’re still falling prey to “don’t listen to (insert name) band because they’re not an a label” or “skip (insert name) band because they suck or not worth the time,” STOP IT. Do your own research and come up with your own conclusions. If you don’t like it, fine. But at least, for you, there’s a reason beyond some gatekeeper spouting bullshit on a social media platform. Agree or disagree, I don’t care, but find what you like for your own reasons and if you don’t like it, move on. Or, start a blog and explain. Whatever. Moving on with new metal, Cannibal Corpse are death metal elite on their own but with Rutan in the fold they are GOD-TIER—go now and preorder that. If black ‘n’ roll is more your style, Bewitcher has you covered, post-rockers Crown have made a splash with us and I’m sure many of you will have the same experience, and Chain Gang Grave offers up a little something for the punk / metal / death rock / hardcore crowd with an explosive debut full length. Again, plenty here to research and plenty of excellent albums in the top slots as well as the list that follows. Go, get your fill.

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CANTO: Thy Catafalque, At The Gates, Tetrarch, and More

I don’t even know where to start today, there is so much going on.

  • We knew this was coming, but at least we have something specific to talk about now. At The Gates have officially announced that their new album, The Nightmare Of Being, will be released on July 2nd through Century Media Records. Pre-orders won’t start until the end of the month, however, so we’ll keep this on our radar until then.
  • This Roadburn Redux keeps getting better. This was somewhat hinted at, but now we have confirmation that there will be a “Pelagic Presents” segment that will feature performances by The Ocean, Crown, Year of No Light, and more. Cannot wait for this.
  • Thy Catafalque, the project that never takes a break (not a complaint), has announced a new album slated for a June 25th release. Vadak, the tenth album in the library, will be available through Season of Mist. Check out the first single and video, “Piros-sárga”, right now.
  • Tetrarch released a pretty damn heavy new single and video today, titled “Negative Noise”, so we can close with that. That track is taken from Unstable, which is out on April 30th through Napalm Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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