CANTO: Heretical Sect, PG.Lost, Harlott, and More

Everything is weird but at least Fall has arrived!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: September 20 – 26, 2020

The Ocean

Oh hi. Last week’s list was long but this week’s list is longer. Score. Annnnnd, we’re off… The Ocean has yet to release anything less than stellar and this week’s second Phanerozoic chapter is no exception—expect another epic tour-de-force. If you’re in the camp of saying how much Uada sounds like x band or y band, this week’s third full length will change that as they reach far outside the confines of just black metal and come up with all aces. Speaking of great third full lengths, Svalbard return with what might be their finest post-metal, punk, abrasive yet ethereal moment to date, the amount this band has grown in a short time is unbelievable. Bringing the top four to a close, we have yet another third full length from Lik who bring the Swedeath HEAT. So, exceptional top four here but there’s a ton more to seek out immediately below. Happy hunting.

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CANTO: Benediction, Terror, Tallah, and More

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There is much to share today and I’m still only going to hook you up with four links.

  • Starting with Benediction, who have announced their next album (and first in like forever), will be out on October 16th through Nuclear Blast. It will be titled Scriptures, and you can listen to a new track called “Rabid Carnality” right now.
  • Terror have announced a 10th anniversary reissue of Keepers of the Faith. That will be available on October 2nd through Century Media Records and is available for pre-order right here.
  • Atmospheric metal collective Briqueville are releasing Quelle on October 2nd through Pelagic Records. You can pre-order that here, and check out a new track called “Akte XIII” here.
  • And we’ll close with a new video from Tallah for “Placenta”. Matriphagy is also out on October 2nd through Earache Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: The Ocean, Emma Ruth Rundle, Saor, and More

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“To truly understand the essence of antiquity, learn the lore of the land. Become the atavist. Embark on a journey through the aeons of time.”

  • The Ocean have unveiled new details behind the release of Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, which will be out on September 25th through Metal Blade and Pelagic Records. You can also listen to a new track, titled “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, and this may come as a surprise, but it’s really friggin’ good.
  • Emma Ruth Rundle dropped a new track today called “Staying Power”. This one was actually recorded during the On Dark Horses sessions, but wasn’t released until now. It can be purchased at this location, if you feel so inclined.
  • Saor has announced reissues of Roots and Aura through Season of Mist. The release dates are scheduled for August 21st and September 11th, respectively. They can be pre-ordered now at this location.
  • And we will close with this new video from Psycroptic for “Beyond The Black”. That one is taken from the 2018 album, As The Kingdom Drowns, available through Prosthetic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Lesser Glow — “Nullity”

I feel like sludge is in something of a renaissance right now.  Between mainstreamers like Mastodon and Baroness to critical darlings like Inter Arma, Intronaut and almost anything Aaron Turner is involved in, sludge has arguably never been closer to the forefront of new and exciting metal as it is now.  I feel like a large part of that is the trend of embracing the atmosphere and crushing heaviness that are the pillars of sludge and driving them both to their extremes. And, that’s exactly what Boston’s Lesser Glow does on their sophomore release Nullity. Continue reading