CANTO: In Flames, Caliban, Enchantment, and More

I’ve been in Pennsylvania for four days now, and I can confirm that it is a place that exists… and we’re moving on…

  • Kicking off a new week, we have a new music video from Caliban. The visualizer for “Darkness I Became” is available here, a track taken from Dystopia. That album is available now through Century Media.
  • UK death and doom outfit Enchantment are releasing their new album, Cold Soul Embrace, on June 24th through Transcending Records and Cosmic Key Creations. For a glimpse of what’s to come, a clip for “Of Glorious Vistas Forgot” is sitting out there.
  • Knotfest Roadshow has announced September and October dates with the likes of Ice Nine Kills and Crown The Empire. Tickets will be available at this location, with presales kicking off tomorrow and general this coming Friday.
  • From there, we have some new black metal. White Rune are releasing Dawn of the White Rune on August 19th through Hammer of Hate. Check out the new track, “Crimson Lament”, right now.
  • Lastly, the top item of the day (in my book), is the news out of the In Flames camp. They’ve signed a fresh deal with Nuclear Blast, but more importantly they also release a new single titled “State of Slow Decay”. And I gotta tell ya, I’m really into it. Give it a watch and listen below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Concert Review: The Metal Tour of the Year, 5.12.2022

While The Metal Tour of the Year may have technically reached its conclusion a couple of weeks ago, and festival season is now upon us, there is no doubt that the dust is still settling in the aftermath of this massive event. Featuring the legendary Megadeth as headliners, this run of shows also included household names in Lamb of God, Trivium, and In Flames. Four of the most recognizable names in the metal world each bringing a different corner of the genre’s spectrum to this tour. Considering all we had missed since early 2020, this experience went a long way to welcoming back larger scale live music, and as a result will resonate many years into the future.

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 230 (5.7.2022)

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Hello you filthy bastards. I’m listening to metal again. Mainly metal that gatekeepers and other nitwits like to complain about, like the new Ibaraki project from Matt Heafy. So here’s a hearty middle finger to them, and to naysayers that have written off Cradle of Filth who (though sadly losing guitarist Richard Shaw) are 3-for-3 with killer records since signing to Nuclear Blast. And to the folks who continue to bitch about the second phase of Opeth: they’re going to HATE Mikeal Akerfeldt‘s soundtrack to the Swedish crime series Clark. I love it, so let’s kick off the 30th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist with some.

Elsewhere in the 9C realm Anton kicks us off with a triptych of lengthy killer tracks, including In Twilight’s Embrace, the newest tracks from Bedsore off their split with Mortal Incarnation, and Haunter. Josh has been raving about Scars of the Flesh, so we have some for you in here along with a bevy of new music including Vølus, This Is Oblivion, Candy, and Morbid Cross. Vincent provides a brief respite with his beloved Mountain Goats, but quickly pulls you back under the waves with some righteous Wolfbrigade, Au-Dessus, and the first single from the upcoming Wake album. Ian reaches into the past with tracks by In Flames, Dawes, and The Bouncing Souls while Angela somehow channels my inner spirit (must have been in the cards) with some Black Sabbath, followed up by Electric Wizard, some BongBongBeerWizards, and Citizen which, as far as I can tell, is bereft of wizards, electric or otherwise. Finally Buke wraps us up nicely with a host of classic metal cuts, including King Diamond, Whiplash, Forbidden, Sodom, and Sabbat.

Get listening. Stay safe. See you next week.

Chris

CANTO: Swallow the Sun, Behemoth, Mystic Circle, and More

So out of the all the epic new material that dropped today, what has everyone been listening to?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Lantlos, Amenra, Silver Lake, and More

The announcements today are… substantial.

  • Unreqvited are releasing a new album on August 13th through Prophecy Productions titled Beautiful Ghosts, which is basically the most Unreqvited album name ever. You can pre-order it here, and check out the first single off that album, “Autumn & Everley”, right here.
  • Ok, so it was a big day for Prophecy, with Lantlos also making an album announcement. Wildhund will be out on July 30th, so we won’t need to wait quite as long for that one. And of course, these announcements usually come with new tunes, so here’s the impressive new video for “Lake Fantasy”.
  • Remember that epic tour scheduled for last year that featured the likes of Megadeth, In Flames, Lamb of God, and Trivium? Well, those dates have been rescheduled to this August and September. This tour would be a monstrous way to welcome concerts back in 2021, so fingers crossed it all works out. Tickets go on sale Friday.
  • The debut album from Silver Lake (Esa Holopainen), drops on May 28th through Nuclear Blast. Check out the second trailer for that album here, which includes discussion about the guest appearances on the self-titled debut. Trust me, it’s worth the five minutes of your time.
  • Lastly, and definitely most importantly (to me), is the news from Amenra. Their next full-length, De Doorn, is set for a June 25th release through Relapse Records. Pre-order it here, but just a heads up that a lot of the good stuff is sold out already (I helped that cause). This also came with a new track and video, “De Evenmens”. Needless to say, it is incredible on every front. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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