Nine (or so Heavily Qualified) Circles ov…2021: A Mid-Year Report

2021 mid-year report

Wait…so the guy who only wrote a total of 10 freakin’ reviews this year thinks he has any weight when it comes to a mid-year report? Well, uh…I guess that’s why I put the “heavily qualified” in the title of this post?

But seriously, I’ll be the first to admit that metal hasn’t really been my #1 go-to when it comes to music lately, but like everything else, what you see on the Internet never tells you the whole story. I haven’t been writing nearly as much about the genre lately, but I have been listening. Listening, and refining. Finding the things that really resonate despite the press and the push of PR, or what the pundits tell you on the 1,001 other sites out there scrambling for clicks. And what I’ve discovered is that more and more I’m coming to the sounds that drew me to the genre: thrash riffs, lots of melody, and tasty solos. So yeah: expect some old school bands putting out great records more than 30 years into their existence here. And maybe a few newer bands as well.

Is that qualified enough for ya? Then let’s dig in.

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CANTO: Crown, Panopticon, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, and More

The news seems rather light today, but I’m sure I can dig up a few things.

  • This isn’t exactly a breaking update, but it’s worth mentioning either way. Shadow Woods Metal Fest is returning this year, scheduled for the weekend of August 27th, and Panopticon has been announced as the headliner. Naturally, an ideal setting for such a performance. Tickets are available here.
  • Norwegian black metal crew Vulture Lord are releasing their first album in 18 years. Desecration Rite is set for a release on June 20th through Odium Records, and is available for pre-order here. We’ll loop back with a new track and/or more information once it surfaces.
  • We’re going to wrap this up with a couple Roadburn Redux performances, because those make me happy. The first comes from Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, who shared their performance of Ascension in full. Side note, that album dropped in early 2020 through Season of Mist, if you need a copy.
  • And then we have the studio performance of “Neverland” from Crown. The End of All Things was an April release through Pelagic Records, and so far is proving to be one of my favorite listens of the year. Pelagic has been on a roll. Anyway, check out the clip below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Insomnium, Panopticon, Helloween, and More

College basketball: still a sport!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Gaerea, Panopticon, Emptiness, and More

Much to share today! So let’s get right to it…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Kvelertak, Fit For An Autopsy, Megadeth, and More

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Week four has begun.

  • Kvelertak are the latest band (that I’ve paid attention to at least) to announce a live performance streamed via the interwebs. The show is scheduled for April 10th (this coming Friday) and will be available to view at this location.
  • Megadeth recently dropped a pre-order for a T-shirt bundle that comes with a mask, because of the all this COVID-19 stuff. A portion of the proceeds are going to relief efforts. Interestingly, I no longer see the item on the website. Did it sell out already? Hmm…
  • In case you missed this last Friday, Panopticon dropped a new EP titled Beast Rider to help support the musicians that have had it particularly challenging during the COVID-19 situation. If you haven’t snagged it yet, here’s your chance.
  • Fit For An Autopsy dropped a new single/video through Nuclear Blast. It’s called “Fear Tomorrow”, and to make your lives easy, it’s embedded for your viewing pleasure below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb