CANTO: Machine Head, Saor, Manticore, and More

I almost forgot it’s Saor release week! That’s a very good thing!

  • Speaking of which, Origins was premiered in full today. I had a break in between meetings and was able to check it out. It’s awesome. Can’t wait to get my hands on the vinyl.
  • Looks like we’ve got new Devin Townsend coming! Lightwork will be out through Inside Out Music on October 28th. Pre-order details coming soon, but for now you can check out this tour trailer which offers some sneak peaks.
  • Manticore have set July 15th as the international release date of Endless Scourge of Torment, which will be out through Hells Headbangers. Check out the recently released “Empty Eyes, Hollow Temples” here.
  • I Prevail have announced a massive two-leg tour with Pierce The Veil, Fit For A King, and others this coming September through November. Get the full scoop here.
  • To close out the day with anything other than the new Machine Head track wouldn’t be right, so the video for “Unhalløwed” is immediately below. As a reminder, Øf Kingdøm and Crøwn is out on August 26th via Nuclear Blast Records and Imperium Recordings.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: June 5 – 11, 2022

Kreator

New week and another new list of incoming metal. This is my one and only favorite thing about any given Monday and gets the pump primed for Friday. Or, something like that. Anyway, we’ve got much to explore here as we kick things off with a long awaited return from Kreator who are still the undisputed titans of thrash, an extreme take on black / death metal from Vølus, a nasty compilation of sorts from Fluids and just because it’s a comp doesn’t mean you get to sleep on it so DON’T, death metal that stings the nostrils from Severe Torture, and a whole heap of other stuff you need in your life. Happy hunting and see you here throughout the week…

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Initial Descent: January 23 – 29, 2022

As it turns out, Snow-Ice-Mageddon 2022 (part one) wasn’t terrible for us and nowhere near as bad as forecasted. Some didn’t fare as well, and that blows. However, I could’ve easily made some killer atmospheric black metal album covers out of the pictures taken from the storm so any bands looking, I got you covered. As hinted at, the new metal release list is a bit longer this week with several quality offerings for all discerning metal heads. Leading that charge is a trio of equal parts old school and hard hitting death metal from Ectoplasma, Malefic Throne, and Ravenous Death then we’ve got a horror / proto-metal offering from Possessor that’s infectious as hell. Definitely a great way to kick off the last full week of January and don’t forget about the rest that lie in wait below these four. Get some.

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CANTO: Blood Incantation, Helloween, Behemoth, and More

And on this day, we drink bourbon.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Hangman’s Chair, Blood Red Throne, Hunters Moon, and More

Metal internet is hilarious, and also the worst. What? Anyway, it’s a slower day so let’s find some stuff to share.

  • We’ll lead off with Hangman’s Chair, the dark doom collective out of France. Today they unveiled a new track, “Loner”, with accompanying video. That’s out through Nuclear Blast, and you can stream it pretty much wherever you’d like.
  • Hunters Moon have set November 26th as the release date for The Great Pandemonium. The black metallers debut will be out through Hells Headbangers. Pre-order it here, and just a heads up that the vinyl release will come sometime next year. Check out the new track, “Hearse for a Barren Earth, right now.
  • California hardcore crew Slowbleed have signed on with Creator-Destructor, and have a new album due in early 2022. A new track, “The Law (Atonement Through Blood), is available here.
  • Imperial Congregation, the latest from Blood Red Throne, was officially released today. So naturally we’ll close with their new video for “Transparent Existence”. Give it a watch below, and order the album here (out through Nuclear Blast).

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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