CANTO: The Halo Effect, Black Tusk, Alice Cooper, and More

Today wasn’t exactly a fun one? But at least it’s almost over.

  • The Halo Effect, a new project featuring previous members of In Flames in Niclas Engelin, Jesper Strömblad, Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, as well as Mikael Stanne currently of Dark Tranquillity, have signed on with Nuclear Blast. The first single, “Shadowminds”, is coming around on November 9th, so be sure to pre-save that one here.
  • Black Tusk have announced a relatively brief run of shows in the U.S. later this month and into December. They’ll be joined by Restless Spirit, and the party begins on November 26th in Savannah as part of Two Tides Brewing Metal Fest (without Restless Spirit), and ends on December 6th in Raleigh.
  • Alice Cooper has also announced some new winter tour dates. Those take place in January and February, starting on the 28th in Cincinnati. Pre-sale starts tomorrow, and tickets go on sale to the general public this coming Friday, November 5th.
  • We’ve got a new one coming from the Iron Bonehead world. The debut from Furis Ignis, titled Decapitate the Aging World, is slated for a January 14th release, and you can stream “Witness The Nightsky Palpitating To The Beat Of Premonition” right now.
  • We’ll close out Monday with a new video from Opera Diabolicus, for “Bring Out Your Dead”. That’s taken from Death on a Pale Horse, which drops on November 26th through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Donuts & CANTO: Tool, Astronoid, Marduk and more!

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Tool

March 14, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off…break out your wallets and your splooge: Tool announced a 10-date tour through the northeast U.S. and Canada. The tour will begin in May, and that smell you’re sensing is a cauldron of new-album rumors that will be heated to a nice boil between now and then.
  • Speaking of tour dates, Astronoid announced a series of headlining shows in April and May, bookending their upcoming trek supporting Ghost Bath. Tickets are available here. And this just in: we don’t care if you don’t consider them metal. Nobody cares.
  • Marduk guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson has offered his thoughts on the recent cancellation of the band’s show in Oakland over public safety concerns. (Read: because Antifa.) Presenting without comment, because… a. I really don’t care about Marduk, and b. I really, really don’t care what the internet would have to say in response. NEXT!
  • Remember Jesper Strömblad from good In Flames? (Okay, I guess he was still there when they started to become bad In Flames, too.) Welp, he and fellow former-good/bad-In Flames member Peter Iwers have a new project called CyHra (capitalization theirs) that’s begun recording a new album. Color us interested?
  • A little less than three years after supposedly calling it quits, Nachtmystium has, apparently, been booked for Louisville Deathfest. For now, anyway.
  • You guys, I’m beginning to think Paul Ravenwood doesn’t sleep. Noisey is streaming his seventh album as Twilight Fauna (which has only existed for six years) ahead of its release on March 24. What’s more, our own Josh Thieler drums on the record!
  • And finally, Crypt Sermon dropped a doom-laden cover of the title track from Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanasas part of Decibel magazine’s flexi series. They call it “De Mysteriis Doom Sathanas,” and you can (and should) check it out below:

So, I kind of love that. Anyway, that’ll do it for now, but check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

Retrospective: Dimension Zero – “Silent Night Fever”

Silent Night Fever - 2002

After thoroughly immersing myself in the In Flames discography earlier this week, it was inevitable that I would find myself revisiting some of the tangential work of the members of the Swedish death metal group. Among my personal favorites of these endeavors has to be Dimension Zero. Despite their on again/off again history that dates back to 1995, Dimension Zero has still managed to create some of the better death thrash the metal community has seen. Specifically, I refer to 2002’s Silent Night Fever, which I still revisit on a regular basis. Continue reading

The Horns Up Top 10: In Flames

Well, this is certainly an ambitious decision, isn’t it? Forming in 1990 and remaining active ever since, In Flames have released 11 full length albums, most recently last year’s Siren Charms. There’s no shortage of material to work with for a Top 10 list. They were one of the pioneers of the Gothenburg death metal scene and have become one of the most recognizable bands both inside the metal community and out.

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Quickies: Primordial, Exodus, and an amazing singing telegram…

You know what you don’t care about? Whatever is on my mind. Well, today’s your lucky day! I’m only going to share things you DO care about! Maybe!

Normally I’d say I wish I cared about something like this (or something along those lines). But I just don’t see that happening.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.