CANTO: Der Weg einer Freiheit, Converge, Swallow the Sun, and More

Today has been a suboptimal day for my allergies.

  • If it wasn’t already obvious, I’m really excited about the new Der Weg einer Freiheit album. So we’ll start with this immersive VR video for “Monument”. Noktvrn is set for a November 19th release through Season of Mist.
  • And then we’ll hop over to Converge, who have announced a new collaborative album, Bloodmoon: 1. That project will feature the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm, and Stephen Brodsky, which is awesome. That’s also a November 19th release, through Epitaph Records. Check out the lead track, “Blood Moon”, right here.
  • Swallow the Sun have announced a U.S. tour scheduled for this coming November and December. Support will be in the form of Abigail Williams and Wilderun, but unfortunately there are no dates near me. That said, this is an awesome bill and you should all go.
  • Extinction A.D. have signed on with Unique Leader, and have announced a new EP titled Chaos, Collusion, Carnage & Propaganda. That will be out on November 5th, and you can stream “Chaos” immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: My Dying Bride, Thy Art Is Murder, Falling In Reverse, and More

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Better late than never.

  • My Dying Bride dropped a new trailer (the third of the series) for The Ghost Of Orion, which is out on March 6th through Nuclear Blast. In this clip, Aaron and Andrew get into the name and artwork of the album.
  • Thy Art Is Murder announce new drummer Jesse Beahler through this playthrough for “Human Target”. They have a North American tour kicking off in just a few weeks.
  • I’m gonna just use this moment to remind everyone that the first metal album ever dropped 50 years ago today. Yes, Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut is a half-century old. If it’s taken you until now to listen to it today, here ya go.
  • Here’s a new video from Falling In Reverse for “The Drug In Me Is Reimagined”. They’re on tour throughout North America now through basically the end of May, so if you want to catch them live, you’ll have plenty of chances.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Ozzy Osbourne, Exmortus, Falling In Reverse, and More

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I had to skip Canto yesterday to set up my new, and slightly less mediocre, sound system. Priorities!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Refused – “Freedom”

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Let’s be as transparent as possible with this: you shouldn’t listen to the new Refused album, Freedom, expecting the band to pick up where The Shape of Punk to Come left off. That would have been a tall order after two or three years, but after seventeen? No way. They’re a different band now, and their sense of extremity—whether in sheer aggression or genre-blending experimentation—has dulled with age. Sure, they’ve still got a healthy amount of anger, but they’re tamer and more muted in presenting it to the world. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 30’s New Releases in Brief

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It’s new release Tuesday—time for another edition of Initial Descent! With today being the last day of Q2, we’re mostly going to spend this week’s podcast recapping our favorites from the last three months. BUT…there is one new album that we couldn’t resist digging into. So that said…here’s what we’ll be chatting about on this week’s podcast!

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