CANTO: At The Gates, Hellfest 2022, Silver Lake, and More

I skipped the last couple days because I have family in town. But I didn’t work today so I can’t really justify skipping this one. Oh well… happy Friday!

  • Lots of videos to share today, so we may as well get right to it. We’ll kick things off with At The Gates, who released the new single and video for “The Fall Into Time”. That’s the latest from The Nightmare Of Being, which is out on July 2nd through Century Media.
  • Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen was recently released through Nuclear Blast. I haven’t checked it out in full yet, but I am intrigued by the new video for “Sentiment”, a track which features Jonas Renkse on vocals. And we all know how much I love projects that involve the Katatonia vocalist…
  • So we’ll pause all the video announcements to include a note about Hellfest 2022, which is probably the most immense festival I could fathom. The festival will span a full week, from June 17th through the 26th, with over 350 bands performing across 6 stages. Headliners include… Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More… honestly the list goes on and on. And those are just the headliners. Get the full scoop here.
  • Hey look, Bullet for My Valentine is still a thing! They announced a new self-titled album, with a video for a new track titled “Knives”. That album will be out on October 22nd through Spinefarm Records, and can be pre-ordered here.
  • Time to wrap this up, because I have places to be. We’ll close with the new single and video from Carnifex for “Pray For Peace”, which you can watch below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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VIDEO Album Review: Katatonia — “City Burials”

Katatonia - City Burials

A thing I generally like and get excited about is Katatonia. So, the news that the band would be releasing a new full-length, titled City Burials, was a pretty welcome development in Dan-land.

However, a thing I don’t generally like or get excited about is writing album reviews. So how, then, to celebrate and dissect the arrival of said new Katatonia album?

Welp, I made a video.

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Album Review: Bloodbath – “The Arrow of Satan is Drawn”

Bloodbath - The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn

Like many I suspect I was drawn to old school death merchants Bloodbath via their connection to Mikael Åkerfeldt.  Since debuting with the classic EP Breeding Death the band have gone through a myriad of tweaks and changes to both personnel and sound, coming out the other side with perhaps their strongest lineup and album in The Arrow of Satan is Drawn.  Harkening back to the early classic Swedish death metal formula without being slave to it, the album drips with a nasty, nauseating vibe that reinforces the band as much more than a “supergroup.”   Continue reading

Retrospective: Katatonia – “Night is the New Day”

katatonia night is the new day

We all have our guilty pleasures. For example, I’m sure there’s a metalhead out there somewhere getting into his sticker-covered automobile, yet pumping Counting Crows’ August and Everything After. That’s why, for this week’s Retrospective, I chose to write about Katatonia and their mournful, pop-inspired classic Night is the New Dayan album so great that it fulfills the desire for guilty pleasure music while still maintaining all your credibility as a metalhead. So move over Hanson and America, make room for Mattias and Fredrik Norrman. Continue reading