Album Review: Inexorum – “Equinox Vigil”

Inexorum have quickly climbed up the ranks of bands I need to keep my eyes on, but it was not always so.  You know how this story goes: someone (usually Vince or Angela) mentions an album they are thrilled about, in this case it was 2020’s Moonlit Navigation, I swear on God I’m going to listen to it, and then I don’t.  It took me far too long to get around to Moonlit Navigation, but when I did it was like a cartoon mallet came down on my head: I couldn’t avoid it if I wanted anymore.  So, I told myself I would make the same mistake twice when the next release came around.  Enter: Equinox Vigil.

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Initial Descent: June 12 – 18, 2022

Denouncement Pyre

By the time you read this I’ll be pushing sand and ocean waves through my toes on my annual ‘get the hell outta dodge for a week’ trip. Fear not, however, as my brothers in metal will be holding down the coffin. Too much? NAH, never too much in the land of all things extreme. You bet your ass I loaded some sweet tunes to jam to whilst beachside and some of which are from this week’s loaded stable of new releases. What exactly might these jams consist of you may ask, well… blackened death metallers Denouncement Pyre are back with a vicious slab of sinewy goodness, Tombs hit that metal of all sorts sweet spot on their all-too-quick EP, Inexorum offer up a delicious dish of black metal, Consecration get the lead out death doom style, and there’s many more in the list that follows to sink your fangs into. Nothing left to do now except to go GET SOME. Happy hunting and we’ll be seeing you here throughout the week. Oh, and yes I will bring you back a good sunburn…

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CANTO: Wailin Storms, White Ward, Living Wreckage, and More

And tomorrow I’m back on the highway. As the great Limp Bizkit would say, “keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…” And that’s enough of that.

  • DevilDriver are releasing a massive box set through BMG titled Clouds Over California. It will feature vinyl or CD offerings for their debut self-titled album, The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand, The Last Kind Words, Pray For Villains, and Beast.
  • Significant news emerging from Wailin Storms today. To start, the new full length, The Silver Snake Unfolds, will be out on July 22nd through Gilead Media. Check out “Broken Into Three” over at Brooklyn Vegan. Better yet, they also announced some tour dates in July and August. Get the full scoop here.
  • White Ward unveiled False Light in full, ahead of its June 17th release through Debemur Morti Productions. Give it a listen here.
  • Progressive rock crew Crippled Black Phoenix announced a new album. Banefyre will drop on September 9th through Season of Mist, the first single, “Blackout77”, is available for streaming now.
  • Wrapping up our day, we have the new video from Living Wreckage for “Endless War”. That’s the title track from their debut full length, set for a September 23rd release through M-Theory Audio. There are some familiar names in this project, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Inexorum, Killswitch Engage, The Machinist, and More

Did you miss me? …Of course you didn’t.

  • We’ll start out with Gilead Media, which I subscribe to for some reason. Anyway, Inexorum have announced a new album, Equinox Vigil. That’s set for a June 17th release, and the title track is streaming over at Decibel.
  • As we all know by now, Killswitch Engage are releasing Live at the Palladium on June 3rd through Metal Blade. Taken from that collection is this new video for “Vide Infra”, one of my favorite KSE track’s ever.
  • The Machinist have unveiled details surrounding their second album. All is Not Well is set for a July 8th release through Prosthetic Records, and the title track is streaming over at Metal Injection right now.
  • Alright, let’s check out some live material from Powerwolf. This is the live action version of “Venom of Venus”, taken from The Monumental Mass – A Cinematic Metal Event. That will be out on July 8th through Napalm Records, for those interested.
  • Eyehategod has some tour dates coming up, so we’ll acknowledge that with their latest video. This one is for “Every Thing, Every Day”. That, of course, is taken from A History of Nomadic Behavior, which dropped last year through Century Media.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Pyrithe — “Monuments to Impermanence”

‘Sludge metal’ is perhaps the most underexplained genre descriptor that metal has going for it. Ask five different people what they think sludge metal is and I’m willing to bet real world money you’d get about five different answers. Yet this lack of orthodoxy is also perhaps the microgenre’s biggest strength: calling something sludge metal, particularly the more modern kinds of metal that get labeled as such, is usually a sign you’re going to get something unexpected within your listening experience. Pyrithe‘s Monuments to Impermanence is a prime example of the kinds of weird and exciting places that sludge can lead someone.

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