CANTO: Arrival Of Autumn, Oceans Of Slumber, Power Trip, and More

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“Forced evolution to incite revolution, rewrite the rules to play the game.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: In Flames, Static-X, Oceans of Slumber, and More

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“Spend some quality time with the demon of mine. I like the way you struggle, but you know I’m here to win.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: February 25 – March 3, 2018

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Crossing the threshold of March and this dumpster fire we’re living in just burns hotter and hotter with each new day it seems. Of course each of us can choose how we handle it but it’s infinitely difficult to crawl into a hole and just be. So, we turn to music for an escape. I’ve been doing it for eons and without it…well…I’d surely go insane. Another week and another long list of metal to keep the insanity at bay, thankfully. Kicking things off in grand fashion is Slugdge, the UK’s answer to some of the best progressive death metal you’re likely to hear in the foreseeable future on Esoteric Malacology and somehow this is even better than their last. Next up is Kentucky’s nihilistic and downright vicious doom duo Nest with their debut Metempsychosis. Moving right along with more soul crushing doom is Sixes on their debut Methistopheles and rounding out the opening slots is Oceans of Slumber who do the opposite of crush your soul and instead invite you to search it on their progressive and intriguing The Banished Heart. Just those four alone offer shelter from the raging fires around us but there’s so much more to explore this week and just in time for the weekend. Score. Dive in and enjoy. Continue reading

Album Review: Oceans of Slumber – “The Banished Heart”

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There is a universality in specificity.  By refusing to generalize, by opening up creatively about seemingly unique experiences or environments, we actually allow a level of empathy through the door, inviting others to find the emotion in the beats that are yours but echo and reverberate in similar ways to their own unique experiences.  Time and again, whether it’s in film, literature, or music (yes – even metal…just ask Twilight Fauna) the key to forging a connection is not in speaking in generalities, but in exposing our individual conditions and being open to allowing others to find themselves within it.  Oceans of Slumber have taken a huge leap with their new album The Banished Heart, and in doing so have opened a painful door that grants us the privilege of finding our own lost ways in their dark and brooding narratives.   Continue reading

CANTO: Mastodon, Machine Head, Russian Circles, and More

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1/29/2018. Monday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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