Initial Descent: November 10 – 16, 2019

Tribulation
Tribulation

As we move closer to Thanksgiving it’s time to reflect on the smorgasbord of exceptional metal releases this year. And, of course, give thanks for them. At this point, anyone still pushing the “2019 metal has been weak” agenda gets these two middle fingers. Moving on…

This week’s new metal kicks off with Tribulation who offer an opportunity to experience their commanding stage presence with an audio visual double treat from a gig captured in Sweden and yes, a live album caught top spot — it’s Tribulation so it’s an automatic thing. Casket Huffer get filthy via blackened death and sludge on their sophomore outing, and Warsenal combine old school speed metal with a healthy dose of thrash and holy crap is it ever a sweet sound with a killer album cover to boot. Last up top but certainly not least, I’ve got a soft spot for anything Michael Denner does (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate ring a bell?? Anyone?) and lucky for me Denner’s Inferno returns with a full length that’s heavy on those majestic riffs of his. All that and there’s so much more awaiting directly below. Get ready to offload some cash.  Continue reading

CANTO: Children of Bodom, Amaranthe, Angel Witch, and More

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Friday Canto! What a treat! This truly is the best of times.

  • A whole lot of change is coming for Children of Bodom. It was announced today that the final show with the current line up will be in Helsinki on December 15th. Jaska Raatikainen (drums), Henkka Blacksmith (bass), and Janne Wirman (keyboards) will all be stepping away at the end of the year. Whoa.
  • Emmure is back with a new track called “Pigs Ear”. Give it a listen if you feel so inclined for some reason. Emmure is also touring with As I Lay Dying and After The Burial the next couple months, just in case you needed another reason to roll your eyes.
  • Amaranthe have announced a North American tour with Battle Beast and Seven Spires in 2020. These dates are actually a ways out. We’re talking August and September, mostly.
  • Angel Witch celebrated the release of their latest album, Angel Of Light, with a new music video for the track “Death From Andromeda”. It rips. That album is out today on Metal Blade Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Batushka, Alcest, Moloken, and More

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I got home from Detroit at 1:00 AM this morning… and turned around and left for Boston at 4:30 also this morning. Tired! Sad!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: September 15 – 21, 2019

Exhorder
Exhorder

It’s fully warranted, at this point, to have the fall and Halloween stuff out in stores but I’m already seeing the xmas stuff out in full force. Seriously. I mean look, I get it, santa is a heck of a money maker but pump the brakes on everything except Halloween, just for now. Thanks. Anyway, we’ve got yet another great list of new metal this week so let’s dig in…

Exhorder return with a KILLER slab of melodic thrash and it’s so freaking good after 27 years of silence, it’s aggressive and in your face – welcome back! Cult of Luna push the limits of post metal on their seventh full length, Engulf offer up another EP of wicked good extreme death metal plus a guest spot from a certain member of Vitriol doesn’t hurt (mile wide grin for me), and Monolord slow it down a bit as well as trim a hair or two off their fuzz to make their Relapse Records debut a doom outing to remember. TONS more await…go do the thing.  Continue reading

CANTO: Tribulation, Wilderun, I Prevail, and More

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People are stupid.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb