Album Review: Fallujah — “Empyrean”

While Kardashev may be the first (or at least the first to put the term way out into modern parlance), they are not the only atmospheric death metal band out there, as fans of Fallujah well know.  While often classified purely as tech death, Fallujah have cultivated a sound all their own that thrives on delicate atmosphere and subtle melody as much as technical precision, as well as guitarist Scott Carstairs’ mind-bending prowess.  On Empyrean, the band lay all their cards out on the table and double down on what makes them great and unique among their peers.

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CANTO: Exhumed, Goatwhore, …And Oceans, …and More!

So this is just gonna be a roller coaster ride for awhile, huh? Cool cool.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Threshold, Therion, Slugcrust, and More

Life is getting weird, folks. But with weirdness comes opportunity? Something like that.

  • To kick things off on this bizarre Friday of a bizarre week, we have new stuff from Threshold. The progressive metallers are releasing Dividing Lines on November 18th through Nuclear Blast, and today they unveiled the second single from that album, titled “King Of Nothing”.
  • Screw it, let’s grab another one off the Nuclear Blast pile. Therion just released “Pazuzu”, the latest single from Leviathan II. That drops on October 28th. So if you’re looking for some symphonic metal going into your weekend, you may as well start here.
  • It was Dead End Kings that officially got me hooked on Katatonia… forever. So I’m happy to announce that Peaceville is releasing the 10th anniversary of that incredible album on November 11th. And I truly cannot believe that release was 10 years ago. Anyway, here’s a preview link.
  • Closing out with something from the Prosthetic camp, we have the latest from Slugcrust. Their debut album, Ecocide, is out on September 9th, and the video for “Demise Promise” is available right below. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Wolfheart, Autopsy, Behemoth, and More


I’m running behind tonight, so let’s see how efficient we can be.

  • Leading off with something gnarly, we have the latest from Autopsy. The lyric video for “Skin By Skin” is available here, taken from their upcoming new album, Morbidity Triumphant. That’ll be out on September 30th through Peaceville.
  • More Behemoth emerged today, yet another new video we’ll include here. Check out the video for “Thy Becoming Eternal”. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I suppose I will tomorrow. Opvs Contra Natvram is out on September 16th through Nuclear Blast.
  • From there, we have “Soul Furnace” from Black Lava, the title-track from their upcoming new album. That debut full-length effort from the blackened death metal crew will be out on November 25th through Season of Mist.
  • There’s some cool stuff coming out of Napalm Records these days, so we’ll wrap up with another new track and video from that label. Wolfheart is releasing King of the North on September 16th, and the second single, titled “The King”, is available below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Soilwork — “Övergivenheten”

Soilwork - Overgivenheten

No matter where you started with Soilwork, they’re probably not in the same place as when you started, you know? Over the course of 20+ years, from their young upstart roots as per the movement that heralded the poor yet aptly named New Wave of Swedish Death Metal to their streamlined commercial modern metal anthems in the mid 00s to the current wave of classic rock and prog-influenced metal of the past few years, the band has been nothing if not consistent in playing with the formula they helped create. The last few years have been especially fruitful, culminating in Övergivenheten, delivering equal parts ripping metal riffs and gigantic anthemic choruses that, contrary to the album’s translation, show no signs of the band abandoning the progress they’ve made in tweaking their signature sound.

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