CANTO: Obscura, Katatonia, Barishi, and More

Katatonia

Earth Day… and I’ve been reluctant to go outside all day because work is murdering me. Go figure.

  • Obscura drama is coming right back around again. Steffen Kummerer is flying solo for the time being, as the other 75% of the band bailed to go in a different direction and form a new project called Obsidious. Fun times.
  • Katatonia dropped another track from their upcoming new album, City Burials, which is out on Friday. This one is called “The Winter of our Passing” and I assure you, it is a really good time.
  • Barishi have announced a Facebook Live listening party for their new albumOld Smoke, tomorrow at 5:00 PM EDT. The album itself officially drops on Friday through Season of Mist.
  • 3D music videos are always a good time, so here’s a new one from Abysmal Dawn for “Coerced Evolution”. That track is taken from the recently released Phylogenesis, available through Season of Mist as well.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell – Tech Death

The Path to Paradise Begins In Hell

Well, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these, but now that I have some time to sit down and write, I decided to talk about another genre near and dear to my heart that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention (unless you are Unique Leader Records, which, in that case, they are doing the Lord’s work).

Last time I wrote something for the column, I finished talking about ten genres in metal that I was introduced to, in addition to adding ten more albums for reference. I also hinted at another genre that I love—I have too many of those—that will be discussed.

Also, the last time I wrote something, I was not under quarantine, so please remember to wash your hands.

Well, it’s time.

As many of you know, I have my favorite genres when it comes to my listening preferences, and I tend to not stray far from that path. However, since my early encounter with them, that genre is a comfort, one that I can reach out to when I need it.

Also, fair warning: I know I tend to hyperbolize a lot of things that have happened to me—because humor is the best medicine to dealing with misery—but make no mistake: they still come back to haunt me when I am feeling down.

Let’s talk about Tech Death. Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 118 (3.01.2020)

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Welcome again to another edition of our mixtape series, coming to you a day late but hopefully not a buck short. This week, Charles had only been listening to Elder it seems, Ian likes fretless bass (no surprise there), and Hera reminds menthat I still have yet to check out the new single from Ulver. I think I’ll go fix that.

– Vincent

CANTO: Wilderun, Obscura, Children of Bodom, and More

Wilderun - Veil of Imagination

Better day today. Because soccer is still on after I got home.

  • Let’s begin with the unveiling of the third single from Wilderun’s upcoming new album, Veil of Imagination. The song is called “O Resolution!” and you can follow this link to Consequence of Sound to check it out. Full reminder, that album drops on Friday (11/1).
  • In follow up to the news from Dave Mustaine yesterday, it was also announced that he is going to be selling a ton of gear. If you’re a Megadeth fan, and want to add an absolutely killer piece of gear to your collection, this might be your chance.
  • A couple things out of the Nuclear Blast camp. The first comes by way of Obscura, who have signed on with the label and have announced a 2020 headlining tour in Europe with support from God Dethroned, Thulcandra, and Fractal Universe. 
  • Children of Bodom dropped a new animated music video for “Hexed”, the title-track from their most recent album, out now via Nuclear Blast. Check out the video below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2018: Dan tried to keep up on his metal. It went…not great.

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So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)

Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading