CANTO: Alcest, GWAR, Enslaved, and More

If I listen to anything but The Ocean and Enslaved the rest of the year, it will be a freaking miracle.

  • In celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary, Alcest are reissuing Écailles De Lune on December 18th. You can pre-order it here, and I gotta say it looks absolutely stunning. Being my favorite Alcest album, I may need to jump on this.
  • And as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Scumdogs of the Universe, GWAR have announced a streaming event on October 30th. “Scumdogs XXX Live” should be quite the spectacle. Tickets can be acquired here.
  • Speaking of Enslaved, they have their sights set on some tour plans in 2021. If all works out, they will be hitting a number of European cities with Intronaut, Obsidian Kingdom, and Crown. I adore this band, and they deserve to tour. So I hope all this happens.
  • And lastly, a new video from All Souls for “Winds”, a track taken from End of the World, which just dropped a couple weeks ago.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: September 27 – October 3, 2020

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Not much small talk to be found. It’s early. And, I’m only on my second pot of coffee. So, let’s skip it. Now, if you’re an Enslaved fan, this is the week you’ve (we’ve) been waiting for as their fifteenth full length lands on Friday. It’s epic but that’s a surprise to literally no one. Anaal Nathrakh return with their most varied output to date and dare I say their most…progressive? On first blush it seems that way but you’ll have to decide for yourself—you know, your own opinion. Gorephilia nail the 90s death metal aesthetic and Fate plug into some seriously high voltage metal and punk to close out the top slots with a BANG. You know the drill by now but just in case, there’s a ton more to dig into below so go shuck cash at these artists and support them.

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CANTO: Bergeton, Sepultura, Carnation, and More

I am so very tired today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Behemoth, Katla, Enslaved, and More

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I just emerged from the woods, therefore I have no idea why I’m writing this. Have we been here before?

  • Behemoth is re-issuing their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, on vinyl and CD. Pre-orders are available now, and I’m fairly certain I’m claiming one of the vinyls as my own.
  • Katla have announced their sophomore effort, Allt þetta helvítis myrkur, will be out on November 13th through Prophecy . Pre-orders are available here, and I encourage you to check out the first single, titled “Villuljós”, immediately. I’m a big fan of this project, so this excites me.
  • I’m going to keep talking about Enslaved, and you’re going to keep dealing with it. Utgard is out October 2nd through Nuclear Blast (if you’ve been living under a rock), and in this latest trailer, Ivar discusses some of the themes on the new album.
  • Nightfall shared a live performance of “Ishtar (Celebrate your Beauty)”, with footage taken from the Sierra studios in Athens. Give it a watch. Worth noting, that track is taken from 1995’s Athenian Echoes, which is getting the reissue treatment from Season of Mist at some point in the near future. Dope.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Cradle of Filth, Enslaved, In Flames, and More

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  • Cradle of Filth have announced a live stream event on Halloween, performed in St. Mary’s Church. This sounds… delightful. Get your tickets here. Side note: how is Halloween already a topic of discussion again? What a strange year.
  • Clayman turned 20 today, and we all know In Flames celebrated the occasion with an anniversary edition of the record, complete with a few re-recordings. One of which was “Only For The Weak”. Say what you will about the new version, but this video hits me in all the nostalgic feels.
  • Four Stroke Baron released a cover of Post Malone’s “Broken Whiskey Glass”, which sounds like a fun thing to include on a Friday. That’s one in a string of covers featured on the upcoming Monoqueen, which drops on September 25th through Prosthetic Records.
  • So the latest Enslaved single, “Urjotun”, sure is something. Still an amazing something, obviously. The release of Utgard is getting closer… October 2nd through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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