CANTO: The Halo Effect, Black Tusk, Alice Cooper, and More

Today wasn’t exactly a fun one? But at least it’s almost over.

  • The Halo Effect, a new project featuring previous members of In Flames in Niclas Engelin, Jesper Strömblad, Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson, as well as Mikael Stanne currently of Dark Tranquillity, have signed on with Nuclear Blast. The first single, “Shadowminds”, is coming around on November 9th, so be sure to pre-save that one here.
  • Black Tusk have announced a relatively brief run of shows in the U.S. later this month and into December. They’ll be joined by Restless Spirit, and the party begins on November 26th in Savannah as part of Two Tides Brewing Metal Fest (without Restless Spirit), and ends on December 6th in Raleigh.
  • Alice Cooper has also announced some new winter tour dates. Those take place in January and February, starting on the 28th in Cincinnati. Pre-sale starts tomorrow, and tickets go on sale to the general public this coming Friday, November 5th.
  • We’ve got a new one coming from the Iron Bonehead world. The debut from Furis Ignis, titled Decapitate the Aging World, is slated for a January 14th release, and you can stream “Witness The Nightsky Palpitating To The Beat Of Premonition” right now.
  • We’ll close out Monday with a new video from Opera Diabolicus, for “Bring Out Your Dead”. That’s taken from Death on a Pale Horse, which drops on November 26th through Season of Mist.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

The Nine Circles ov… Dark Tranquillity


I think the best part about constructing these “Nine Circles ov…” posts has been the opportunity to revisit the vast discographies of some of the longer-standing metal bands. I’m looking at the Swedish death metal scene specifically. Since many of these bands date back to the early 1990s, we know many of them offer impressive track lists and plenty of diversity in sound. We’ve already looked at the likes of In Flames, Hypocrisy, and—more recently—Scar Symmetry in this segment. This time out, I’d like to revisit some of the classics from arguably the most consistent band out of Gothenburg—Dark Tranquillity.

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Quickies: Updates from Dark Tranquility, All That Remains, and Brent Hinds (yes, again).

Another week… and a big week it will be here! More on that later. Today’s Quickies are already late, so let’s roll right into it:

Despite the cheese factor, it’s quite tolerable. The new album, One Man Army, drops February 24th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.