Album Review: Allegaeon – “Apoptosis”

Allegaeon - Apoptosis

Gone are the theatrics and bombast of previous entries; gone are the constant choir and strings sections. In their place is a pure album that is melodic, technical, and groovy. The finger-style interludes are more thematically embedded. A new bassist absolutely destroys. The first two minutes makes the opening pitch: welcome to Apoptosis, a perfect Allegaeon album.

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CANTO: Slayer, Fractal Universe, Children of Bodom, and More

Amon Amarth

I’ve been listening to a lot of Deafheaven today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Behemoth – “I Loved You At Your Darkest”

Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Behemoth must really love 2014’s The Satanist.  And with good reason – you couldn’t write a a better story if you made it up: coming off their best album to date, leader of prominent anti-Christian death metal band gets hit with leukemia, refuses to compromise his beliefs, bounces back and crafts a massive “comeback” album that tweaks the formula and invites just enough to turn another great album into their masterpiece.  Is it any wonder they’d want to mine that vein again?  Unfortunately, I Loved You At Your Darkest feels like imitation, hitting all the touch points the previous album did but without the sincerity to push the album past its limitations.   Continue reading

Second Circle: Horrendous and Revocation

second circle horrendous and revocation

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

I’ve had technical death metal on the brain lately.  Mind you: not “tech-death” as in practically everyone on Unique Leader  (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but more in that sweet, sweet Death vein.  I watched the new documentary on Chuck Schuldiner Death By Metal this weekend and it all came back: the intricate riffing, odd time signatures but most importantly the hooks.  Damn but Chuck and co. could craft some major hooks to go along with the incredible chops.  So for this edition of Second Circle I decided to check out two new releases from bands putting their own spin on what Death did so well so many years ago: Horrendous and Revocation.  Both bands have been a bit of a mixed bag for me in the past; let’s dive in and see if that’s still the case.
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CANTO: Bloodbath, Anaal Nathrakh, Misery Index and more!

bloodbath band photo

Oh hey, it’s me! Yep, I still have time to do these things sometimes. Like, once in a blue moon. Apparently, nursing school and a complete absence from social media aren’t conducive to consistent metal blogging. Who knew? Anyway, we’re already late on this, so I’ll shut up. Here’s some stuff you might have missed from today: