Initial Descent: September 29 – October 5, 2019

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Exhumed – photo courtesy of Jehn W.A.

Fall is officially upon us and October will begin tomorrow. Who’s excited? ME. And you, of course. No surprise there and no surprise either that many of you are still reeling from the new Opeth album that dropped last week. Well, guess what? We’ve got another list of new stuff for you to get lost in and argue over. All killer, no filler. GO…

Exhumed kick off the witching season with their ninth album and it’s a freaking beast with punishing body blows and feral fangs that rip and tear. Seriously, it’s been quite some time since they’ve sounded this vicious so go and do that, pronto. Another thing to add to the “do now” list is the eighth effort from Insomnium, just when you think a band couldn’t get any better, they do, and they did. Likewise for Ripper’s newest 20 minutes of mind melting thrash – anyone remember how devastating Experiment of Existence was? This one multiplies it many times over. Last up top is Obsidian Tongue’s first utterance in six years and it’s their most affecting and astounding work of black/atmospheric/post/gaze metal to date. Knowing their discography, I’m even shocked I just wrote that, just trust me here. So really, these top slots are all can’t miss albums and start yet another STRONG week. But, there’s so much more and it’s a smorgasbord of gory delights. Continue reading

CANTO: Kreator, Novembers Doom, Insomnium, and More

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This Monday has a very Tuesday feel. And that’s not a good thing.

  • Kreator have announced a new bassist today. The thrash giants welcome Frédéric Leclercq to their lineup. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he spent some time with Dragonforce dating back to 2005.
  • Novembers Doom dropped a couple new singles today in the build up to the November 1st release of Nephilim Grove. You can check out the title-track here, and also a song called “Petrichor” here.
  • In case you missed this little nugget of drama today, Flaw was accused of ripping off a song put together by a YouTuber some time ago… and they have since addressed it. Make of it what you will. I’m moving on.
  • Anybody else miss the new Insomnium video for “Heart Like A Grave”? That album drops on October 4th through Century Media and let me tell you… it is unsurprisingly brilliant.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Addendum, Part I

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It’s been a hot minute since I wrote anything for the column. I have been trying to take things easy in the meantime, but life has been fucking with me. Not only has it been giving me more things to be concerned about, but has led to a worsened mental state and a depressive episode to boot. Don’t worry, though – I am feeling a lot better and I am in a better place mentally. With that in mind, we can now move towards talking about the leftover albums I didn’t have time to discuss. Continue reading

CANTO: Insomnium, Morbid Angel, Vastum, and More

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I think I only did one of these last week, yeah? Let’s fix that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Borknagar, Insomnium, Dark Funeral, and More

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I’m running a half marathon in three days. I’m probably going to half try to do well.

  • Updates from Borknagar today. Their next studio album, titled True North, will be out on September 27th via Century Media. Very much a reason to be excited.
  • More reasons to be excited? Insomnium. They announced today that their 8th studio album will be out on October 4th, also through Century Media. I don’t have a title for this one yet. Also, a European headlining tour starting the following month.
  • In today’s edition of “LOL WUT?”, Dark Funeral had a bunch of their stage costumes and armor stolen out of a vehicle. Truthfully, this sucks and people are the god damn worst. But also, really? Did they know what they were stealing, and somehow had a definitive use for it? Very interesting. Anyway, if you know something, say something.
  • Should we wrap up this Wednesday up with a little black metal? Sure, why not? This is Cultus Profano with “Under the Infernal Reign, Op. 10”. This is taken from their 2018 release Sacramentum Obscurus. Honestly, this is pretty solid… and who knew black metal like this was emerging from LA?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb