CANTO: Obsequiae, Overkill, Machine Head, and More


Life is chaos, so these may not come around as frequently as they used to.

  • I was psyched to see this emerge today. Check out this multi-camera video of the Obsequiae Fire In The Mountains set. If you look closely enough, you may see some of 9C’s own in the audience and/or photo pit. I personally haven’t looked close enough to confirm or deny.
  • New Jersey progressive outfit East of the Wall are releasing their sixth full-length, A Natural Second, on June 30 through Translation Loss Records. Give “Detonator Gauntlet” a listen over at Decibel.
  • Machine Head announced some upcoming U.S. dates. Public tickets sales for their Electric Happy Hour (Live) tour go on sale this coming Friday. Those links, along with the schedule and any other details you may need, can be found here.
  • Thrash legends Overkill are releasing Scorched on April 14 through Nuclear Blast, and today they unveiled a visualizer for the second single from that collection. Give “Wicked Place” a listen, and watch, right here.
  • Helloween are returning to North America for a handful of dates in May and June, and they’ll be joined by special guest HammerFall. Tickets are on sale now at this location.
  • It’s time for me to move on with my evening, so we’ll wrap up with the latest from Sortilège. Check out the new music video for “Vampire” below. Their recently released new album, Apocalypso, is available through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Mercyful Fate, Machine Head, Wolves in the Throne Room, and More

Wolves In the Throne Room

And now the countdown to Berlin is really on.

  • How do we not start with the Mercyful Fate tour? Their first North American headlining tour in over two decades kicks off on October 25th, running through November 16th. Support will be in the form of Kreator and Midnight. General tickets go sale this coming Friday, so don’t screw this up (he says mostly to himself).
  • The second notable tour to emerge today comes from Machine Head. Those dates cover most of November and December, and those tickets also go on sale Friday. There are some pretty cool VIP ticket options, if that’s your thing.
  • Switching to something a little more symphonic, we have the latest from Hexed. The Swedish metallers unveiled a new video for “Stigma Diaboli”, a fresh track taken from Pagans Rising. That album drops on September 30th through ViciSolum Productions.
  • Footage from the Wolves in the Throne Room set at Fire In The Mountains 2022 emerged, and it is incredible. Behold “I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rock and Roots” in all its glory immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Fire In The Mountains, Carnation, Symphony X, and More

I worked today when nobody else did apparently. But hey, at least I head to Cali on Friday.

  • Let’s start with Fire In The Mountains, who announced the final lineup today. The last additions include the likes of Emma Ruth Rundle, Hexvessel, The Otolith, and Helen Money. Needless to say, an incredibly lineup just got even better. Can. Not. Wait.
  • And then we’ll jump over to Symphony X, who announced the supporting artists on their upcoming North America tour. They’ll be joined by Haken and Trope. That tour starts on May 10th and runs through June 12th. Tickets go on sale this week.
  • Lots of tour news today apparently. And the next announcement comes from Undeath, who have a U.S. headlining tour coming in November. It’s a small run of shows, but covers some decent ground on this side of the country. Get your tickets here.
  • Carnation have announced a new live album, The Galaxy Sessions, which drops on January 7th through Season of Mist. With that news, they also revealed the clip for “Reincarnation”, which we will wrap up this Monday with. Check it out below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Wolves in the Throne Room, Mastodon, LLNN, and More

Wolves In the Throne Room

I bought a CD today, which is weird thing. It was Iron Maiden’s Senjutsu, however, and that’s less of a weird thing.

  • I’m leading off with Fire In The Mountains, because those updates make me happy. Curator Ivar Bjørnson has announced that Wolves in the Throne Room will be returning to the Tetons next year, and Steve Von Till is officially back on the lineup following 2020’s postponement. All very, very good things.
  • It appears that Mastodon are up to something, and my hope (as well as assumption) is that a new album titled Hushed And Grim will soon be announced. They dropped various pieces of (alleged) album art throughout their socials, but I’m only going to share one example.
  • Swedish horror metal collective Opera Diabolicus have revealed new album details along with a new single. You know how these updates work. Death on a Pale Horse will be out on November 26th through Season of Mist, and you can listen to “Darkest Doom on the Brightest of Days” right now.
  • And we’ll wrap up the Monday-ist Tuesday with the latest video from LLNN, for “Desecrator”. I nerd out about camera stuff, and this very much falls into that category. Unmaker is out on September 24th through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Der Weg einer Freiheit, Fire In The Mountains, Obscura, and More

The news I have been awaiting quite awhile arrived today, and that’s awesome.

  • Referring, of course, to Der Weg einer Freiheit. Their fifth album will drop on November 19th, through Season of Mist, and it will be titled Noktvrn. Here’s an album trailer for now, but it sounds like the German black metallers will be sharing a new track and pre-order details in the near future.
  • And then we’ll jump over to the Grand Tetons and see what updates have emerged from Fire In The Mountains. Ivar Bjørnson has announced a batch of reconfirmations for the 2022 festival, including the likes of Yob and Wayfarer, among others. Ohhhhh how I cannot wait.
  • Hate has revealed new album details today. Rugia will be out on October 15th through Metal Blade Records, and you can check out the title-track and get your pre-order on at this location.
  • Experimental black metal project Le Chant Noir has named October 22nd as the international release date of La Société Satanique des Poètes Morts, their second album. That will be released through Personal Records, and you can stream “Priére á Satan”, the first single, right here.
  • Closing with the new Obscura track that dropped yesterday should make some people happy. This is the video for “A Valediction”, the title-track from their new album set for a November 19th release through Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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