Nine (or so Heavily Qualified) Circles ov…2021: A Mid-Year Report

2021 mid-year report

Wait…so the guy who only wrote a total of 10 freakin’ reviews this year thinks he has any weight when it comes to a mid-year report? Well, uh…I guess that’s why I put the “heavily qualified” in the title of this post?

But seriously, I’ll be the first to admit that metal hasn’t really been my #1 go-to when it comes to music lately, but like everything else, what you see on the Internet never tells you the whole story. I haven’t been writing nearly as much about the genre lately, but I have been listening. Listening, and refining. Finding the things that really resonate despite the press and the push of PR, or what the pundits tell you on the 1,001 other sites out there scrambling for clicks. And what I’ve discovered is that more and more I’m coming to the sounds that drew me to the genre: thrash riffs, lots of melody, and tasty solos. So yeah: expect some old school bands putting out great records more than 30 years into their existence here. And maybe a few newer bands as well.

Is that qualified enough for ya? Then let’s dig in.

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CANTO: Amorphis, Times of Grace, Insomnium, and More

OK, Saturday Canto because many things happened yesterday that I probably shouldn’t ignore entirely.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Helloween, Byzantine, Alluvial, and More

Anybody buy anything fun on this wonderful Bandcamp Friday?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Insomnium, Panopticon, Helloween, and More

College basketball: still a sport!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Horrendous, Act Of Denial, Mordred, and More

College basketball is a sport.

  • Horrendous are the latest to announce a live streamed concert. They’ve teamed up with Saint Vitus Bar for the event, which is scheduled for March 19th at 7:00 EST, and the stream will be available for a full 48 hours if that time isn’t ideal. Get your tickets and additional information here.
  • Helloween (damn, it’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned that name), are lining up a new studio album for a June 18th release, which inconveniently is not Halloween. The self-titled album will feature a seven-piece collective, which includes three vocalists.
  • Act Of Denial, a supergroup of sorts, has signed on to a deal with Crusader Records, and their debut album, Negative, is scheduled for a release this year. First and foremost, however, they’ve also announced a new single that will be out on March 29th. Check out the preview for “Slave” right here.
  • And lastly, the new music video from thrash crew Mordred. This is “Love of Money”, taken from their 2020 EP Volition. Give it a watch immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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