CANTO: Killswitch Engage, Torche, Enthroned, Drowse, and More

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I almost spelled that as “Catno”. Wouldn’t that have been fun.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Darkthrone, Cryptopsy, Enthroned, and Amon Amarth

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Silver needle, golden nail. It’s a song.

  • We obviously have to start with the big update from Darkthrone. The next studio album from Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, titled Old Star, will be out on May 31st through Peaceville. So much good news there.
  • Cyptopsy are about to hit the road with Aborted, which is enough news on its own. But there’s an extra layer to this one… if you plan on attending one of the show dates and feel like bringing a couple local brews with you to share with vocalist Matt Mcgachy, you could get in for free! Fuck, I want to do that so badly! I love beer AND death metal!
  • Updates from Enthroned, which is a name I definitely haven’t mentioned in awhile. The Belgian black metal group is set to release their next studio album, titled Cold Black Suns, on June 7th. You can check out a new song called “Silent Redemption” right now.
  •  Amon Amarth have released details behind their next album, and coupled it with a new video for a song called “Raven’s Flight”. Berserker will be out on May 3rd via Metal Blade… soon!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Daily Bang: Corey’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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Not one to miss out on another chance to share ‘The Best of 2014’, get excited to see a complete rundown of all the albums that made it into my Top 25 in a straightforward, easy to read list. That’s right. No reviews, no write-ups… just the list. Quick note, the Top 10 is ordered, the honorable mentions are not. So, without further delay, here they are…

– TOP FOUR –

Behemoth – The Satanist

Sólstafir – Ótta

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

– REMAINING TOP 10 –

Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Saor – Aura

Arkona – Yav

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Enthroned – Sovereigns

– HONORABLE MENTIONS – 

Fen – Carrion Skies

Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Novembers Doom – Bled White

Anathema – Distant Satellites

Vallenfyre – Splinters

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation 

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum 

Devin Townsend – 

Eyehategod – Eyehategod

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

And there you have it! Everything we’ve talked about and reviewed over the past few weeks on both the blog and in our podcast is right here. Yes, I am aware this was promised to you yesterday. Unfortunately some lingering holiday obligations after work prevented me from getting this done yesterday evening. Deal with it. And on that note, I think, just maybe, 2014 is officially a wrap…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

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Best of 2014 – Corey’s Honorable Mentions, Part 1

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As you all know by now, we’ve been discussing our favorite albums from 2014 on the podcast for each of the last two episodes, and will round off the year with our Final Fours on this week’s episode (!!!) Personally, I can go better than just four; I’ve managed to compile a Top 10 list of albums that have really caught my attention this year. I didn’t rank these in any particular order, aside from the aforementioned Final Four, but I’ve already discussed six of them on the podcast—Agalloch, Enthroned, Saor, Allegaeon, Arkona and Insomnium.

However, there were obviously more than 10 albums that I enjoyed this year. We’ve been treated to a lot of wonderful new music that is worthy of a second mention. This is where my blog content for the week comes in. My three blurbs a day this week will represent 15 ‘Honorable Mentions’ from 2014—all of them certainly worth revisiting, even if they ended up on the wrong side of the top 10 bubble. So, shall we begin?

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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 32 (December 13, 2014)

It’s time for Episode 32 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, we’re back with three more albums apiece from our end-of-year Top 25 lists! We also get into the Devin Townsend / Animals as Leaders tour stops in NYC and Boston, respectively, and poke fun at this year’s half-brained attempt to understand metal from the Grammy Awards. Fun for everyone!

All that and much, much more in Episode 32, so check it out!

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