I woke up to a newsletter from Der Weg einer Freiheit this morning, which is always a good way to start a day. The black metallers out of Germany have signed a fresh contract with Season of Mist, and are preparing a new album for next year.
White Void have signed on to a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records, as they prepare for the release of their debut album. Anti will be out on March 12th, and you can check out a teaser of that album here.
INNO, the dark metal project featuring members of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Hour Of Penance, premiered a new video today for “The Last Sun”. That track is taken from The Rain Under (Time To Kill Records), and you can give it a watch immediately below.
We’ll start with Korpiklaani, who released a new version of “Beer Beer”. This time, it’s “Bira Bira”, featuring Jesper Anastasiadis of Turisas. Check out the new lyric video here. Frankly, anything beer related is exactly what I’m looking for.
Welcome to a fresh new thing called Embracing the Descent where we will briefly discuss somewhere between one and a handful of the current week’s new releases. Every now and then we might look back a week but for the most part we’ll try and keep it current and somewhat regular. That’s the plan anyway. Now, there will be bias because let’s face it: listening to 40-60 albums each week ain’t happening so we’ll be highlighting a select few that stood out for whatever reason. Almost like a grab bag of sorts. We don’t know how we’ll land on the albums we highlight, how many albums we will highlight, or who will be highlighting them… But we figure everyone likes a good mystery. So without further ado, let’s jump into a few from this week and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent.Continue reading →
2017 was an interesting year. While the trend of decreased album coverage continued to pave the way for increased show coverage, I still managed to get my hands on several dozen records that left an impact with me. Naturally, trimming that population down to my Best of 2017 list was daunting as any preceding year. While we did see some familiar names return with impressive new work over the past twelve months, my personal listening experience arguably covered more ground than ever. This theme was undoubtedly tied to the aforementioned increased time spent on the live setting. I was exposed to artists and styles I was previously unfamiliar with (there’s a reason I rarely skip openers). Of course, this meant that I missed some albums I was told I simply couldn’t. But in return, 2017 ended up being one of the more important years I’ve had in covering music. The live performance has a crucial impact on how an audience reacts to an artist, and that, at least in part, explains how I came up with the list below. Continue reading →