Rainbows in the Dark (?): Nobody — “Atmosfear”

I’ll be honest about this one; I’m not sure how well it falls under the Rainbows brand, considering it is a black metal album at its core, despite a lack of almost any instrumental resemblance to black metal.  However, Finland’s Nobody is committed to pushing the black metal scene forward by going the opposite direction of everyone else.  Instead of faster, louder and heavier, he’s adding by subtracting, leaving only…well, the Atmosfear, if you will.  And boy howdy is there nothing else out there like this.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you whatever I feel like, at this point. Continue reading

CANTO: Necrot, Dream Evil, Anti-Flag, and More

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“You think it’s a circus, the truth is it’s a strategy. American beauty twisted into a tragedy, out in a blaze of glory.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Ihsahn, Varathron, Black Sabbath, and More

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“She spoke to me like hope was real, that peace was something I could feel.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Rippikoulu, Toxic Holocaust, The Amity Affliction, and More

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I was warned to go home due to an oncoming snow squall. That has failed to occur to this point.

  • Toxic Holocaust are playing a special show in Brooklyn this coming Friday with Sacrifice. Feel free to consider this a kick-off event for their full North American tour with Soulfly, which begins February 3rd.
  • In today’s dose of metalcore (not really a thing), we bring you news from The Amity Affliction. Their next album is out on February 21st through Pure Noise Records. It will be called Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them and you can get a taste of the new material from the new track “Soak Me In Bleach” right now.
  • One more tour that I’m excited about. Rippikoulu are gracing North America with their presence this coming April. Only a brief run of dates, but the tour includes Chthe’ilist and Nucleus… so that’s a no-brainer.
  • We’re gonna wrap things up with some Finnish death metal tonight. This is a brutal video from Blåådpalt for the track “God of Razorblade”. Their upcoming album, Sliced To Perfection, is out February 28th via Inverse Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Denominate – “Those Who Beheld the End”

Denominate - Those Who Beheld the End

Technical death metal and progressive songwriting collide on Those Who Beheld the End, the debut full length from Finland’s Denominate. Truthfully that’s the easy way out in describing it. In reality it’s an amalgamation of metal styles that may not be cohesive as a whole but when the band finds their strength the outcome is truly impressive. These seven tracks go in many different directions and pull from a varied well of influences — overall it’s a strong debut that should appeal to a wider audience than just death metal listeners. Continue reading