CANTO: Wayfarer, Megadeth, Full of Hell, and More

full of hell

My promo for the new Dead To A Dying World just hit, so I bet you can guess what I’ll be doing the rest of the night! …Listening to Litany over and over again…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Primitive Man, Full of Hell, Vreid, Soen, and More

Primitive Man

All kine of dings to get to today.

  • Let’s see how many tours we can cram in here. First up: Full of Hell and Primitive Man. Oh dear god yes. U.S. dates in May and June. The “Weeping Caustic Torment US Tour”. So freaking tasty.
  • Vreid in support of Kalmah. Also exciting. Dates primarily in April. I don’t get to go to this one, which saddens me. Apparently this announcement first dropped a week or so ago. Sue me.
  • Motionless In White and Atreyu. Meh. I mean, I guess this appeals to a certain audiance. Just not this one/me.
  • Our video today comes from Soen, and it’s for “Covenant”. This is a good song off of a record I relatively enjoyed. Lotus dropped last month. Check it out if you haven’t yet.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Maryland Deathfest 2019, Behemoth, Steve Albini and more!

MDF-2019

It’s gross outside. Let’s talk metal for a bit and forget about the moistness of this Monday afternoon. Here’s some news you might have missed from today:

  • Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the first wave of bands playing its 17th edition next Memorial Day. The highlights from this crop? Immolation, Pestilence, Mortician, Vomitory, Tomb Mold, Full of Hell and a bunch more. Peep the full list here — and maybe think about starting your anti-cancellation prayers ahead of time. Like, today.
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Best of 2017: Chris’s Honorable Mention List

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Hello there, online metal community.  How you holding up?  List fatigue setting in yet?  If so sorry: this is in no way going to help. My first year writing for Nine Circles resulted in listening to over 500 albums – I won’t even begin to pretend they all got a fair shake, but they all got at least one listen.  The sheer glut of music that passed through my ears was like an awakening, helping me to better understand what it was music did for me, what I needed it to do for me.  I found albums that mesmerized on first listen only to fade quickly, and albums I initially dismissed only to find their hooks in me months later, and it’s these surprise revelations that keep me listening, keep me writing, and keep me so engaged with this beast we call metal.

You’d think doing a Top 25 would be sufficient to cover all the bases, but it feels like it doesn’t even make a dent into the great music that sustained me over the course of the year.  And so, if you’ll indulge me, here’s an extra 15 albums that warrant honorable mention.  Think of them as #26-40 (hey, if Decibel can do it…), in any order you like, though they’re alphabetical below.  Let’s dig in…   Continue reading