CANTO: King Diamond, Mark Morton, Monotheist, and More

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Hopefully I’m done writing my Best of 2018 post tonight… but I wouldn’t be optimistic.

  • Black Flags Over Brooklyn, New York’s first ever anti-fascist metal festival, has finalized its lineup. Notables (to me) include Morne, Cloud Rat, and Glacial Tomb, among others. The festival is January 25th and 26th at Brooklyn Bazaar.
  • Some news from Monotheist. The group welcomes new drummer Chris Stropoli and vocalist Cooper Bates. They’ll be on tour with Cognitive next month for a handful of shows. Get at that.
  • Mark Morton has released the second single from his debut solo album, Anesthetic, which will be out on March 1st. This track is called “Cross Off” and it features Chester Bennington.
  • King Diamond’s Songs for the Dead Live won’t be out for a couple more weeks. Fortunately, you can peep a preview right now. This is “Arrival (Live at Graspop)”. Enjoy the shit out of it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Killswitch Engage, Glacial Tomb, Dawn Ray’d, and More

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It’s beginning to look a lot like fuck this.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Second Circle: Glacial Tomb and Pandiscordian Necrogenesis

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Our Second Circle albums all tend to share a common theme, be it genre, mood, or maybe they are being released by the same label, or even just released on the same day.  In today’s case, we hit two of these requirements simultaneously!  I am taking advantage of this format, to the shock and surprise of absolutely no one who knows me, to sing heaps of praise for two new releases dropping this Friday from my favorite record label, the one and only Gilead Media: Glacial Tomb‘s debut self-titled full-length and the second full-length album, Outer Supernal, from Pandiscordian Necrogenesis. Continue reading