CANTO: Abysmal Dawn, Saor, Lord Mantis, and More

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Week five of chaos and confusion: commence.

  • Some virtual happenings to share today! The first comes from Abysmal Dawn, who are hosting a virtual listening party for Phylogensis, their new album, tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST. The record officially drops on Friday through Season of Mist, so this a cool, interactive way to get an early listen.
  • The next stream comes from Saor. In celebration of Andy Marshall’s birthday, he will be performing a live acoustic set of Saor songs with Sophie Rogers. I am all about seeing acoustic versions of these songs.
  • Here’s a pretty cool project from Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, Massacre, The Absence) and Taylor Nordberg (Massacre, The Absence). They are writing, recording, and releasing a new song from different genres each day. Stay caught up here.
  • Lord Mantis tends to be… jarring, so let’s wrap with a new video from them for “Santa Muerte”. Universal Death Church dropped last November through Profound Lore.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2016: Josh Thieler’s List

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My name is Josh Thieler. I love music. I love metal. I love lists. I say many things about metal music that I love in list form below. You know what this is. I don’t need an introduction paragraph. Continue reading

Best of 2016, Q2: Josh Thieler’s List

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2016 has been an incredible year for music. So much came out in the first quarter that I never could narrow it down enough to name any favorites. For this second quarter, I was determined to compile this list if it killed me. There probably would be more on this list, but a lot of records came out in the final week of June that I will probably sneak into my Q3 list. Through much internal wrestling, tears, and over 1,000 hours of listening to new records, I have finally been able to come up with my list of favorites for 2nd quarter 2016. Continue reading

Album Review: Lord Mantis – “Nice Teeth Whore” (EP)

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Lord Mantis has had a relatively short but tumultuous history. Controversial lyrics, themes, and artwork are synonymous with the Chicago natives that have shared and traded members with the likes of Nachtmystium and the now defunct Indian. With a new line-up filled out by ex-Indian member, Lord Mantis is back with the short but chimeric Nice Teeth Whore EP to remind us all that their brand of repulsive blackened sludge makes them gods of American underground extreme music. Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 29, 2016

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Last Initial Descent post of April! Seriously, where the hell’s this year gone? We don’t even have a month left until MDF? Jeez. Anyway, some good stuff in the queue today. Fallujah‘s dropping a new album — hopefully with better production than the last one? Maybe? — and we’ve also got new stuff from hardcore legends Discharge (speaking of MDF!), as well as AllfatherLord Mantis and a whole slew of others. So let’s not waste any more time — here’s what’s on tap for Friday, April 29:
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