CANTO: Cult of Luna, Tool, Lamb of God, and More


Time to fly!

Not much in the way of visuals today… so I guess we’ll just end here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: October 30 – November 5, 2016

Dark Tranquility
Dark Tranquillity

Well, it’s November all of a sudden and we are hours away from the dreaded time change, aka HELL. But also, mere days away from the election and hopefully all of the bitterness and vitriol will subside once this is over, maybe? Or maybe not? Anyway, on to the matter at hand, new metal to be exact. And — as usual — we have you covered here on Initial Descent. Melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity return with their triumphant eleventh full length Atoma, Cóndor evokes classic heavy metal on Sangreal, on Utter the Tongue of the Dead, Void Meditation Cult scare the hell out of everyone with their extremely blackened death metal (yes, this tag is actually warranted for once), Vader keep the flame of death metal burning on The Empire, HammerFall continue their tradition of glorious power metal on Built To Last, and Deathspell Omega thankfully jumped the gun with the digital release of their glorious black metal EP, The Synarchy of Molten Bones. All that and much more to come, after the jump. Continue reading

Album Review: HammerFall – “Built To Last”


For nearly two decades power metal titans HammerFall have held high the flag of heavy metal. Being known as one of the best in the genre, they’ve managed to stay true to themselves and to the fans with each album they’ve released. With their tenth full-length, Built To Last, they prove once again how easily they tower over the throngs of imitators. Each song is carefully crafted to ensure unending amounts of power, glory and fun. Simply put, this album is spectacular. Continue reading

Quickies: Vancouver’s Satan Statue, Andrew W.K.’s defense of metal, and…BLACK BURGER

Another day, another set of news stories we missed while doing our actual jobs. Sigh… oh well, let’s not waste any time; here’s today’s set of Quickies–let’s see what we missed in the world of metal:

Great stuff. And (actually) finally, I leave you with black burger. Which is an actual thing that exists–in Japan, of course:


Lovely. As always, check back tomorrow for more Horns Up!


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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 20 (September 6, 2014)

It’s time for Episode 20 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

Dan and Corey return after a weeklong hiatus! This week, the guys dig into new albums from Solstafir and The Haunted, recap headlines from Devin Townsend and Chimaira, and Corey talks about getting electrocuted in the face!

All that and much, much more in Episode 20, so check it out!

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