CANTO: Mono, Insomnium, Armored Saint, and More

Alright, after a some time off I think I’m finally getting the wheels turning again. Not at work, of course. But everywhere else, for sure.

  • This is from last week, but since I can’t get enough of Insomnium I’m going to share it anyway. The Finnish melodic death metal legends announced a new EP, Argent Moon, which is set for a September 17th release through Century Media. In conjunction, they also dropped a new track and video titled “The Antagonist”. Personally, I love the melancholy vibe of the last few singles I’ve heard. This band can do no wrong.
  • Armored Saint have announced fresh tour dates with Black Label Society and Prong. It’s a very brief run of five shows, all out west, from December 27th through the 31st. The only band I’ve seen live out of this bunch recently was BLS, and based on that alone I can confirm these shows are worth attending if you can manage it.
  • Bastardur, the crust punk project from Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (Sólstafir), has officially signed on with Season of Mist and announced new album details. Satan’s Loss of Son will be out on October 29th, and you can preview what’s to come with the new single titled “Viral Tumor”.
  • Let’s close out a very weird day with the new single and video from Mono, who I love dearly. This track it titled “Riptide”, which is taken from Pilgrimage of the Soul. That album is set for a September 17th release through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Denouncement Pyre, Igorrr, Abstrakt, and More

There is simply too much going on.

  • Denouncement Pyre, a name I haven’t mentioned in quite some time, have announced that they’ve signed on with Agonia Records. They’re currently working on their fourth album, following up 2016’s Black Sun Unbound, with details still to come.
  • Igorrr have announced a North American tour next February and March with Melt-Banana and Vowws. This will be their first trek in support of Spirituality and Distortion, which is pretty cool. There’s some time to kill before these dates, but you can find tickets here.
  • Is there anybody out there that can help me get my hands on some Insomnium Helles? There are some metal/alcohol collaborations that I’m happy to just scroll past… but definitely not this one.
  • And we’ll close with the new visualizer from Finnish symphonic metal band Abstrakt. This is “Inferno”, taken from Uncreation, which dropped back in February of this year through Inverse Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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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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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 182 (5.22.2021)

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Welcome to this week’s Nine Circles Saturday morning mixtape playlist. This week, we’ve got Grey Aura‘s abstract black metal, the newest single from death metal stalwarts Hooded Menace, classic Batushka (from before there were, like, 80 of them), and much more. All available, free of charge, at the link below. Unless you feel like giving us your credit card information. We’ll gladly take it.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 176 (4.10.2021)

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I echo what Corey said in yesterday’s Canto: “This was one long fucking week.” For some, it’s done. For others, it’s not. Either way we’ve got another loaded mixtape, of stuff we’ve been spinning, to burn the day off with. We’ve got a killer opening pair with new Withered and Cryptosis, Insomnium, The Lion’s Daughter (insane new album that is), Wo Fat, Putrefying Cadaverment, Kauan, Dark Tranquillity, and a ton more. Whether you’re working, playing, drinking, or whatever, we’ve got the goods to get you through the day. Slap that play button below.

– Josh