Rainbows in the Dark: Mosaic — “Harvest: Songs of Autumnal Landscapes and Melancholy”

Thuringia is one of the little-known gems of Germany.  One of the least populous states in Germany, it is nevertheless replete with natural beauty in its misty forests, lofty mountains and verdant plains.  It’s in these landscapes that Martin van Valkenstijn, aka Mosaic, has taken inspiration for his somewhat folk, somewhat black metal, somewhat atmospheric project for the last fifteen years.  In celebration of this monumental anniversary of his project, Valkenstijn tirelessly worked to remaster and compile a collection of old, limited release tracks in the form of Harvest: Songs of Autumnal Landscapes and Melancholy. Continue reading

CANTO: Septicflesh, Metallica, Osi and the Jupiter, and More

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Guess I’m going to go pre-order a bunch more vinyl after writing this. Life is so hard.

  • A couple videos to share today. The first one comes from Septicflesh, who released a live performance of “The Vampire from Nazareth”. That’s another one taken from the upcoming DVD Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX.
  • This was somewhat hinted at yesterday. Metallica have released two songs from their S&M2 performance. You can check out “All Within My Hands” here, and “Nothing Else Matters” here. That DVD drops on August 28th I believe.
  • Crown the Emperor are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a live streamed acoustic performance this coming Saturday (July 18th) at 5 PM EST. You can view that over on their Twitch channel.
  • Finally, a new video from Osi and the Jupiter. This one is called “The Binding Will of the Mountains”, and it’s taken from their upcoming EP titled Appalachia. That drops on July 31st through Eisenwald.

“Ein Bie… bitte.”
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CANTO: Uada, Judicator, Amaranthe, and More

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“Army of liberation, gunpoint indoctrination. The fires of sedation fulfill the prophecy.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Carach Angren, Osi and the Jupiter, Within Temptation, and More

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“They spoke of the loneliest shadow, a thousand year old enemy. When man bowed for souls of the new world, a thousand year old legacy.”

  • Osi and the Jupiter have announced that July 31st will be the release date of the new Appalachia EP through Eisenwald. Needless to say, this is one I will be picking up… and FITM nostalgia is only, like, 10% of the reason.
  • Carach Angren have released their third new single from their upcoming album, Franckensteina Strataemontanus,  which drops on June 26th through Season of Mist. Check out “Operation Compass” right here.
  • We’ll close with a couple new videos, because that just sounds fun. The first is from Within Temptation, for a new track called “Entertain You”. You can check that out here. Side note, you should be happy that I didn’t work a pun into this bit of news.
  • And finally, a new lyric video from Green Carnation for “Sentinels”. In case you haven’t checked out Leaves of Yesteryear yet, it’s very good. And it’s out now through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Ashtar — “Kaikuja”

Creatively captivating black/doom duo hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Ashtar, has returned after five years with their sophomore album Kaikuja.  The band has been in the studio since the summer of 2019 developing their sound and creating this darkly impressive work of art.  The rich and idiosyncratic tracks of this album are layered with intricacies giving each listen new discoveries and appreciation. Continue reading