Best of 2021: Buke and David Stepanavicius of Atræ Bilis share their favorites and more!

Best of 2021

David Stepanavicius of Atræ Bilis is no stranger to the podcast as he and Buke discussed Apexapien at length back in November and it was such an electric discussion that Buke reached back out to have David on again to discuss all things Best of 2021. The two catch up a bit since last time then launch into their biggest disappointments of 2021, their Honorable Mentions, and their collective Top 10. They also discuss Best of lists in general and how an artist / band views list season, how music usually finds David and how much labels play a part in it, whether Chris Barnes or memes are better, upcoming things for Atræ Bilis, and so much more. You’ll definitely want to keep a pen and paper handy as they cover a ton of great albums, forty in total. No surprise here at all, this is an excellent discussion! 

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Best of 2021: Chris’s List

Best of 2021

The beginning is the end. Literally, in this case. I started this post with the entries for my list a few weeks ago, wrote my 1,000 word review (sorry) on my Album of the Year and concluding paragraph right before Christmas, and now here I am in the vaporous ether before the new year pondering the introduction.

And there are no words left.

I’ve wrangled with the why, trying to make sense of the music I consume and what it says, and I hit a point where trying to find an answer was…pointless. Not because it’s unimportant to know, but in the last two years the rest of the world became so much harder to deal with, life became so much harder to deal with, something in my brain went into emergency mode and just shut down the logic circuits, sending one single message over and over again:

“Stop thinking, stupid. It’s just music.”

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CANTO: Wode, Genghis Tron, The Lion’s Daughter, and More

Today was less bad than yesterday!

  • Spanish thrash collective Angelus Apatrida have announced a livestream event scheduled for March 20th. They’ll be performing their new self-titled album, which can be picked up here, live for the first time. Tickets are available here, with an exclusive merch option as well.
  • Burn In Many Mirrors, the latest from Wode, will end up being one of the best albums of 2021. As such, I obviously need to share every track they drop in advance of the April 20th release date. This time, it’s “Lunar Madness”. That album will be out through 20 Buck Spin, and you can pre-order it here.
  • And then we have a bunch of new videos out there, so I’ll choose a couple to share here. First, we’ll start with The Lion’s Daughter, who shared another one from their upcoming new album, Skin Show. That album is out April 9th through Season of Mist, and the new video for “Curtains” is available now.
  • And then we have the latest from Genghis Tron, a kaleidoscopic video for “Pyrocene”. Dream Weapon is out on March 26th through Relapse Records, and I know this is one we are keeping an eye on in the Nine Circles camp. Check out that video directly below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Fire In The Mountains, Wilderun, Fuath, and More

Thankfully, there is a lot more to share today than there was yesterday.

  • Genghis Tron helped me open my day on a good note. They shared a new single, “Ritual Circle”, which is taken from their new upcoming full-length. Dream Weapon drops on March 26th through Relapse Records, and here is that pre-order link that you obviously need.
  • Yo, check out this Wilderun video for their cover of Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son“. That was released as a bonus track from 2020’s Veil of Imagination, out through Century Media Records. And it appears that Wilderun is working on their follow-up to that record, which is more good news!
  • Fire In The Mountains, my favorite festival on the goddamn planet, has made the decision to postpone one more year. Understandable, but obviously a bummer. As I’ve said throughout this year, I would rather hold out a little longer and get to experience the full version of something like a festival, than force the issue and rush an abbreviated (and potentially unsafe) version of it. That said, it looks like the festival planners have something in the works for us sooner than 2022, and that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
  • Finally, to end on a higher note, we have a new video from Fuath to share this evening. Check out “Into the Forest of Shadows” below. That, of course, is taken from II, which is out on March 19th through Season of Mist. I already pre-ordered it, did you?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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