CANTO: Enslaved, Green Carnation, DevilDriver, and More

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“Celestial buried mind resting, resting without peace still.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Paradise Lost — “Obsidian”

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Paradise Lost are one of those bands where everyone has their favorite album, and they’re all different from person to person.  Whether it’s Draconian Times or Host or their eponymous debut, The Plague Within, One Second, whatever, it’s hard to argue that there isn’t something to enjoy in the vast scope of their catalogue.  Personally, when I first heard 2018’s Medusa, I was sure that they could not get better than the ultra-heavy kick-in-the-face that album was.  I was wrong.  Obsidian is more than just a follow-up to Medusa.  It’s everything that was good about Medusa turned up to 11. Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 10 – 16, 2020

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Twilight Fauna

I’m out of witty shit. Whatever. New metal incoming and so much in fact that I had a tough time singling out four standouts but, here we are. Just know there’s so much to dig into this week. Alright then… yes, I do know that black metallers Twilight Fauna dropped the button on Foundations last Friday but it was a surprise so I’m featuring it here because I can and because it’s AMAZING and you do not want to miss this sort of turn in their chapter. Another black metal band with a new album that rules is on deck and that band is Horn, so do that now, too. Binary Code offer up one of the most emotional heavy albums of the year, and Paradise Lost show that they are ready to usurp their best work with…their best work. Yep, it’s that kind of week. We need it so go do it and do it all and do it hard. Continue reading

CANTO: Ensiferum, Swallow The Sun, Northtale, and More

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Mountain bound right after work. Yay!

  • Ensiferum have revealed details behind their next album. Thalassic will be out on July 10th through Metal Blade Records. To get a bit of a preview, they also released a new track called “Rum, Women, Victory”, which you can check out right now.
  • Swallow The Sun will be performing a live acoustic show on May 7th (tomorrow) at 1:00 PM EDT. That gig will take place at Sonic Pump Studios, and you can get your access ticket here.
  • I’m really excited about the new album from Paradise Lost, so here’s a fresh new trailerObsidian is out on May 15th (next Friday) through Nuclear Blast. I hope you pre-ordered it like I did.
  • And we’ll close with this guitar playthrough for “Shape Your Reality” from power metallers Northtale, the band’s first song ever. Their most recent album, Welcome To Paradise dropped last year through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Barishi, Epica, The Way of Purity, and More

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How is it only Tuesday?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb