CANTO: Migration Fest 2020, The Black Dahlia Murder, System of a Down, and More

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That superb owl wasn’t superb at all.

  • This came through last Friday but I was too busy doing mountain things. But… holy shit everyone this Migration Fest lineup is absurdBuried at Sea, Falls of Rauros, and Thou performing with Emma Ruth Rundle are the sets I’m most looking forward to. How about you?
  • The Black Dahlia Murder have announced an upcoming tour with Testament, Municipal Waste, and MeshiaakThose dates fall in April and May. I plan on doing everything I can to get to that one.
  • Faith No More, System of a Down, and Korn are teaming up to play a massive stadium show at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on May 22nd. Additional support will come from Russian Circles and Helmet. That is a pretty damn wild one-off show.
  • And we will wrap up with a new video from Northwind Wolves. This one is for “Lord of Winter and Death”. A little symphonic metal on a Monday afternoon, I suppose. Their latest, Mountains And Darkness, is out now through Black Lion Records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2019: Vincent’s List

Best of 2019

I always have a tough time with these introduction things when it comes to End of Year lists.  The temptation is to sum up the year with some anecdotes about what it meant to me and how the music I loved played into it.  Yet what could I say about a year that was such a mixed bag for me?  On a personal note, my mental health took an all-out nosedive last year that I’m still trying to claw my way out of, yet my partner and I got engaged and are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together (not that we weren’t already, but you get the point).  The weight of the worst depression and anxiety I’ve ever faced affected my ability to connect to a lot of the music I heard last year, yet I started a column on here that lead me back to a genre of music I had not seriously kept up with for some time, and in doing so I found a little piece of myself again.  Years are years are years, and life is cyclical and spiralic in nature.  I won’t pretend there weren’t good things to come out of last year, just as I won’t pretend there won’t be hard times in the year ahead.  But I will always have a carefully curated soundtrack to help me along the way, and below represents what helped me get through 2019.   Continue reading

Best of 2019: Dan still likes metal, but maybe not writing?

Best of 2019

Oh look, it’s been over a month since my last post.

Related: I don’t really know if I like blog writing anymore?

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Best of 2019: Corey’s List

Best of 2019

As I sit here writing out this 2019 list quite literally on New Year’s Eve (I swear I’m later and later with this post every year), I look back a bit and realize that 2019 was pretty much insane. Sure, we’re burning the Earth alive and democracy here is pretty much dead, but from a narrower lens, there were some positives. From a selfish standpoint, 2019 kicked ass. We should all look at the world with a greater perspective, and share in the trials and tribulations the world is going through and aspire for better… for everyone. But within all that, for the sake of sanity, it’s also healthy to look back on personal achievements and moments with some pride. And that’s where I’m at right now. Continue reading

Best of 2019: Angela’s List

Best of 2019

Most of us are eager to dart into 2020 and leave 2019 in our wakes.  While I’m ready for a fresh start and a new year, I want to linger in 2019 a little longer to savor the musical releases.  Many wonderful albums were released this year which made narrowing down and ranking my top picks a challenge.  The albums that ended up on this list are albums that resonated with me—albums that I kept revisiting, I kept blasting through headphones, and kept giving me goosebumps.

I decided to pick 9 albums in honor of Nine Circles and this wonderful community that welcomed me in this year.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading