CANTO: Voivod, Teloch Vovin, Demon Head, and More

Holidays are dumb. I’m stressed.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: System Of A Down, Blind Guardian, Schammasch, and More

What a strange week! It’s been entertaining, if nothing else.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Benediction, Terror, Tallah, and More

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There is much to share today and I’m still only going to hook you up with four links.

  • Starting with Benediction, who have announced their next album (and first in like forever), will be out on October 16th through Nuclear Blast. It will be titled Scriptures, and you can listen to a new track called “Rabid Carnality” right now.
  • Terror have announced a 10th anniversary reissue of Keepers of the Faith. That will be available on October 2nd through Century Media Records and is available for pre-order right here.
  • Atmospheric metal collective Briqueville are releasing Quelle on October 2nd through Pelagic Records. You can pre-order that here, and check out a new track called “Akte XIII” here.
  • And we’ll close with a new video from Tallah for “Placenta”. Matriphagy is also out on October 2nd through Earache Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Black Crown Initiate — “Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape”

Black Crown Initiate - Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape

Black Crown Initiate made a splash with Song of the Crippled Bull, an EP that crawled deep into my skin and never left. On Selves We Cannot Forgive, they had struck gold with the balance of death metal and progressive tendencies that many would compare to the sound Gojira explored on Magma, albeit with a more melodic dissonance that made the album a delight to listen to. With this in tow, Black Crown Initiate managed to avoid the second album pitfall and now had a new direction to explore: whether their progressive tendencies could bloom into full technical mastery with an experimental edge. With the release of Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape, Black Crown Initiate has succeeded in this regard, creating an album that shows adept mastery into their craft while also revealing just how deeply emotional they can be. Continue reading

CANTO: In Flames, Static-X, Oceans of Slumber, and More

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“Spend some quality time with the demon of mine. I like the way you struggle, but you know I’m here to win.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb