Album Review: Lord Agheros — “Koinè”

Lord Agheros - Koine

Imagine this: a lingua franca, a common language/sound, for black metal – something that unites the waves of the genre throughout the years by following a single, linear sound. While I personally think there is nothing common about black metal, since there is enough variability to keep you rooted on the spot, something unites the genre more and more outside of its sound. Could it be the way that music is presented to new listeners? Could it be that all black metal comes from one ancestor that has since expanded into what we know, write, and listen to today? Could it be the academic interest that has led to an exploration of the genre in a sociological perspective? Lord Agheros’s Koinè (Greek for “common”) aims to explore all of these questions musically, as several different dialects (or musical influences, in this scenario) have become part of the black metal blueprint nowadays.

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CANTO: Meshuggah, U.D.O., Dreariness, and More

Brace yourselves, the tour postponements are coming.

  • Starting with Meshuggah, who have rescheduled their 2022 U.S. headlining tour. This wasn’t too bad, however, as the dates now fall in September and October. Already have a ticket for the original dates? That’s still valid, so have at it.
  • German heavy metal icons U.D.O. have signed on with Atomic Fire Records, with plans for a special album release in the first half of 2022. We will, of course, keep you posted as details continue to surface in the months ahead.
  • My Kingdom Music has also announced a new signing. Dreariness have joined the roster, as they prepare for the release of Before We Vanish. Their new album is slated for an April 15th release on CD/digital, with a vinyl offering scheduled a few months later.
  • And we’ll wrap up with the new video from Everlust for “Alone”. That’s a track taken from Diary of Existence, which is out through Wormholedeath worldwide.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Soulfly, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Hegeroth, and More

Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Noktvrn

I am VERY tired… probably because of the bourbon.

  • Soulfly have announced a 2022 U.S. tour, kicking off on February 7th in Las Vegas and concluding on March 19th in Gallup, New Mexico. They’ll be supported by 200 Stab Wounds on some of those dates, which is awesome. General admission tickets are on sale now.
  • Der Weg einer Freiheit is awesome, and so it their latest album, Noktvrn. Check out this ‘making of’ studio documentary about the album here. And if you still haven’t given it a listen yet, that’s a poor choice, so pick it up here through Season of Mist.
  • Polish black metal project Hegeroth have released a new lyric video from their upcoming new album, Sacra Doctrina. Check out the clip for “Out Of Habit” here, and be sure to pre-order that album off Bandcamp ahead of its January 24th release.
  • We’ll end Monday with a little atmospheric black metal. Check out the new video from Lord Agheros for “The Walls Of Nowhere”. Koinè is out on February 18th through My Kingdom Music.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Ingested, Full of Hell, Christian Death, and More

Things just keep getting weirder and weirder…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Obsolete Theory, and More

Cannibal Corpse

I don’t know about anyone else, but Roadburn Redux delivered some seriously memorable sets this past weekend.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”