CANTO: Hooded Menace, Heavy Temple, Fractal Universe, and More

It appears that I won’t need to scramble to get this out in a timely fashion today!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Black Label Society, The Day of Doom Livestream, Ophidian I, and More

I doubt the inbox is as exciting as it was yesterday, but I’m sure there’s still plenty going on. Let’s see…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: The Absence, Heavy Temple, Vulture, and More

Why are the short weeks always the god damn longest?

  • Heavy Temple, a name I’m thrilled to be talking about again, have released the first single from their new album. Lupi Amoris is set for a June 18th release through Magnetic Eye Records (pre-order link, of course), and you can stream “The Maiden” right now.
  • Vulture have also shared information about their new album. Dealin’ Death will be released on May 21st through Metal Blade Records, and you can pre-order that here, while also checking out the new video for “Malicious Souls”. I encourage doing both.
  • Accordion playthroughs don’t emerge often, but when they do, it makes complete sense that it would be Korpiklaani sending them our way. Check out the clip for “Huolettomat”, a track taken from Jylhä, right here.
  • Lastly, the new music video from melodic death metallers The Absence. Check out “Choirs of Sickness” immediately below, a new single from Coffinized. Their 5th studio release will be out on June 25th through M-Theory Audio.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Heavy Temple, Blindfolded and Led to the Woods, The Hate Club, and More

Not gonna lie, I have totally lost track of what day it is. October?

  • Let’s kick things off with some news out of the Heavy Temple camp, a band I haven’t mentioned in quite some time. The psychedelic doomers have signed on to a deal with Magnetic Eye Records, as they prepare for a new full-length release later this year.
  • Blindfolded and Led to the Woods are releasing their third full-length, Nightmare Withdrawals, on March 26th through Landmine Records. Pre-order it through Bandcamp (duh), and check out “Atop the Wings of a Magpie” while you’re over there.
  • Timo Ellis, the frontman from Netherlands, is releasing a solo EP titled Death Is Everywhere in late February. Give this quick teaser a watch and keep an eye out for more info regarding pre-orders and all that in the days to come.
  • Industrial project known as The Hate Club dropped a new animated video a few days ago. Check out “My Name Is Legion” immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Nine Circles ov… Corey’s 2017 Shows

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This past year, I was fortunate enough to attend 35 different metal performances. There were a couple of duplicates (This Will Destroy You), but for the most part each performance was unique and left an impression in its own way. So, in going back through the past year and finally deciding to tally these shows, I thought it’d be a worthwhile idea to go over some highlights. You’ve obviously seen the more detailed concert reviews the days and weeks following various shows here, but the goal here is a high level recap of my favorites. This has proven more taxing than I would have anticipated, however. Looking back now, I don’t think there was a single show that I did not get at least something out of. Regardless, in no particular order, here are nine (ten?) performances that stood out to me last year. Continue reading