CANTO: Lacuna Coil, Devathorn, Inferno, Artillery, and More

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Friday’s Friday.

  • Lacuna Coil are authors now! They have released their first book (of…?) and it’s called Nothing Stands In Our Way. It’s a celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band, which makes me feel old. Go buy it if you’re into reading and stuff.
  •  In case you want some gossip for the evening, Bad Omens has pulled out of a Sense Fail tour. The reason, you ask? The size of their logo on the poster… (note: there’s much more to this I’m sure,  but that’s the headline that caught my attention, so you get it too).
  • Things I like: Devathorn and Inferno. Things I like even more: learning those two forces are combining in the form of a split titled Zos Vel Thagirion. It will be out on December 11th via W.T.C. Productions. Here’s a trailer.
  • How about a new video from Artillery? This one is for “Pain”, which will be featured on the November 16th release of The Face Of Fear (out on Metal Blade). Look at it!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Flotsam and Jetsam, Triptykon/Roadburn, and More

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I hope you assholes voted today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: October 28 – November 3, 2018

The Ocean
The Ocean

The best month of the year winds down this week and that sucks. But you know what doesn’t suck? New metal and, yet again, the list is longer which means more to get into. Read on to see what’s in store…

First up and FINALLY, The Ocean returns in epic fashion with Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic and if you have the slightest doubt a step has been lost, forget about it. This thing is master class level post-metal and should be in your collection already so go, NOW. Next up is Piach from Gorycz which is their debut but you’d never know it as their brand of dark and brooding black / death is as mesmerizing as it is immersive, death metal vets Cancer return with Shadow Gripped and after all this time they still have some damn gnarly chops, and rounding out these top slots is occult doom rockers Alastor who pull off the perfect album for those Halloween night scares with Slave To the Grave.

As previously stated, these four are just the tip of the iceberg and this iceberg runs deep. Continue reading

Initial Descent: September 30 – October 6, 2018

Behemoth 2018

October, finally. The best month of the year is upon us which is a cause for celebration. ‘But, it’s Monday’ you say – hogwash, it’s the first day of October. Moving on, metal is celebrating another release week and we’ve got your fix for all things shiny and new. What’s in store? Keep reading…

The world is pretty dark and Behemoth loves us as noted from the title of their eleventh full length I Loved You At Your Darkest. What can I say? Behemoth is still Behemoth and even though it’s not a great album it is a good one, if you dug their last handful you’ll dig this one as well. Based on the lead off single, High On Fire is back sounding better than ever with Electric Messiah which should come as no surprise – galloping riff thunder from the riff lord, color me excited. The ever chaotic and apocalyptic brand of black metal that Carpe Noctem debuted back in 2013 is even more upfront on Vitrun but more than that, this thing is an absolute beast that towers over their debut – highly recommended. Last up top is Brazil’s Piah Mater with a truly progressive death / black / rock effort on The Wandering Daughter and when I say this thing impressed the hell out of me I mean it wholeheartedly. They strike an outstanding balance of Opeth and Enslaved but turn it into something wholly their own and show off some outstanding chops in the process. Just go buy it already.

Enough chat, there’s a long list to get to down there so have at it. Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 11 – 17, 2018

Slaves BC
Slaves BC

Lots of things happening this month: March Madness, warmer weather (sort of) and the time change. So if you’re into any of that, have at it. Around here, new metal is what’s happening and if you came here looking for it you’re definitely in luck. Long list ahead so let’s get to it — first up is the absolutely vicious yet cuttingly personal black/death of Lo and I am Burning from Slaves BC. As you are all aware (or not) Josh Thieler writes for us from time to time and we love him dearly but that has nothing to do with top billing this week, this band has grown exponentially and have put their best foot forward here. Next up is Where Owls Know My Name by Rivers of Nihil and this is another album where a band has put their best foot forward, technical death metal that bleeds forward thinking and rules. Moving along is the extremely soothing dark folk of Ulvesang on The Hunt, this is the one you need while contemplating life or just trying to get through it — perfect soundtrack. Closing out the top slots this week is the EP Question from the Mexican quartet of the same name Question, this thing is ultra-aggressive, extreme and with four tracks it steamrolls the senses in the best way possible. Plenty of fodder already for end of year thoughts but there’s much more to get to. Stick around and bask in the rest… Continue reading