CANTO: The Ocean, Emma Ruth Rundle, Saor, and More

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“To truly understand the essence of antiquity, learn the lore of the land. Become the atavist. Embark on a journey through the aeons of time.”

  • The Ocean have unveiled new details behind the release of Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, which will be out on September 25th through Metal Blade and Pelagic Records. You can also listen to a new track, titled “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, and this may come as a surprise, but it’s really friggin’ good.
  • Emma Ruth Rundle dropped a new track today called “Staying Power”. This one was actually recorded during the On Dark Horses sessions, but wasn’t released until now. It can be purchased at this location, if you feel so inclined.
  • Saor has announced reissues of Roots and Aura through Season of Mist. The release dates are scheduled for August 21st and September 11th, respectively. They can be pre-ordered now at this location.
  • And we will close with this new video from Psycroptic for “Beyond The Black”. That one is taken from the 2018 album, As The Kingdom Drowns, available through Prosthetic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Enslaved, Cirith Ungol, Okkultokrati, and More

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At least I can still spend time outside?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: 1349, Intronaut, Horn, and More

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Content is lacking these days. Makes me sad.

  • 1349 have announced a very brief run of headlining shows here in the U.S. this coming May. There are only four dates, and support will be in the form of Pulchra Morte.
  • I like when booze and metal collide. See also: I like… always? Anyway, The Night Flight Orchestra have revealed both a signature wine and rum. Plot twist: it’s a rum barrel-aged riesling… and a champagne barrel-aged rum. Both created in cooperation with Phantom Spirits.
  • Couple new videos to share today. The first comes from the recently-reviewed-on-Nine-Circles Intronaut. This clip is for the track “Speaking of Orbs”. A reminder (you probably don’t need) that Fluid Existential Inversions dropped last Friday through Metal Blade.
  • Horn are back! The German black metallers are bringing a new album our way in 2020, titled Mohngang. That will be out on May 15th through Iron Bonehead. Check out the first single, “Satt scheint der Sud der Tat”, right now.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Intronaut — “Fluid Existential Inversions”

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When you think of Intronaut, certain concepts come to mind. Psychedelic color patterns for sure, dolphins for some reason, and skeletal remains across a handful of album covers. In contemplating Intronaut’s career from the outside, what sticks in my mind is a sense of professionalism. Their proficiency in songwriting and performances across albums does not seem to come with egos to match, which is likely how you get their 2014 stint as the backup band for Cloudkicker. In a world where the squeaky wheel gets the grease, it was not therefore very surprising to hear in a recent recording of the Nine Circles Audio Thing that most people in that podcast weren’t previously aware of the existence of a new Intronaut album.  But indeed, Intronaut’s sixth album Fluid Existential Inversions is here.   Continue reading

Album Review: Midnight – “Rebirth By Blasphemy”

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Even if you don’t know Midnight, even if you haven’t been on that depraved and sadistically gleeful ride to the edges of metal excess, just take a look at the band pic that accompanies this review.  Then listen to the first song off Rebirth By Blasphemy, which couldn’t be more perfectly titled but will be discussed below the break.

If you’re not on board at this point, nothing can save you.  Take your goat and go home.  We’re here to rage. Continue reading