Receiving the Evcharist — Static Abyss and Schilling Beer Co.

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Alright, I’m going to preface this column a little differently today. I tend to embrace the drafting process for these, as they serve as a highlight in the transition from work week to weekend, but this week has found me feeling like absolute crap from start to finish, so my enthusiasm isn’t… quite there. I just can’t wait to be fully functional again. But hey, is that going to stop me from drinking a beer or two on a Thursday night? Hell no. I mean, sure, my tastebuds might not be exactly right, and my hearing is definitely thrown off by multiple days of stupidly intense congestion, but who cares! Both of the items I’m consuming this evening need to be shared. What I’ve been enjoying is brutally dark, heavy, and complex… and so is the metal!

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CANTO: Darkthrone, Drudkh, Abbath, and More

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I’m actually going to a concert next week, and I’m already overthinking it immensely.

  • We’ll start with a thing I really wish I could go to. TRVE Brewing has announced their 10th anniversary concert, which features the likes of Khemmis, Panopticon, Dreadnought, and more. Those tickets go on sale at the end of the week.
  • Darkthrone is celebrating the 30th anniversary of A Blaze In The Northern Sky with a fresh, limited-edition, vinyl pressing through Peaceville. 666 copies will be released on June 24th. You can order it here, but I’m sure it’s already sold out. Edit: confirmed.
  • Keeping this short today, and rounding out with a couple items from Season of Mist. First, we have a new track from Abbath for “The Book of Breath”. You probably don’t need a reminder, but Dread Reaver is out on March 25th.
  • And we’ll wrap up Monday with the new video from Ukrainian black metallers Drudkh for “The Nocturnal One”. It’s worth noting that this release was moved up on the calendar as a sign of resistance. We’re with them, and all other Ukrainians. Slava Ukraini.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Darkthrone — “Eternal Hails…..”

The world is changing. Faster than anyone would believe, and faster yet in the last year. It’s terrifying and impossible to unsee: in the vicious upheaval of the past year where everyone moved a thousand miles an hour in a thousand different directions it felt like there were fewer and fewer things to cling to. Where were the anchor points, the tethers to a known quantity…something to remind us of the underlying laws of the universe?

Far off in the distance something looms at the horizon. A shape of immeasurable size, and a sound that reverberates in frequencies older than the dinosaurs start to roll in like a massive tide that has been building and building forever…eternally, one could say.

They are back. We stare into the inky unknown black of the night and know that whatever happens, Darkthrone have returned to light the Earth with the torch of heavy metal, to scorch the ground with the prehistoric concussion of Eternal Hails….., the latest piece of evidence that the Old Ones still walk among us, and they have zero interest in anything but the Almighty Riff.

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CANTO: Darkthrone, Soulfly, Endseeker, and More

Holy crap a lot of things happened today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Darkthrone, Black Label Society, Fractal Universe, and More

Locked down another pre-order today. I’ll let you guess which album…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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