CANTO: Meshuggah, Pestilence, Ihsahn, and More

Now pouring: Stoneface Brewing’s Mozzacalypse DDH double IPA. Forgot how delicious this monster is.

  • A couple videos to share today, even though it isn’t Friday yet. We’ll start with Crown, because I’ve been listening to The End Of All Things a lot recently. This is the clip for “Violence”, featured over at PopMatters. A reminder that the new album drops on April 16th through Pelagic Records.
  • Updates from Meshuggah are always noteworthy. They shared today that they have entered Sweetspot Studios to begin recording their ninth album. They’ve also announced the return of Fredrik Thordendal on guitars, who Per Nilsson had be subbed in for previously.
  • Pestilence have unveiled details about their upcoming new album. Exitivm will be available through Agonia Records on June 25th. Looks like a totally new lineup for this effort, as well. Get all the relevant information, including pre-order details, right here.
  • Ihsahn announced a livestream event, and I can never get enough Ihsahn, so let’s talk about that. On April 4th, he will be performing Telemark and Pharos in their entirety, with a guest appearance from Einar Solberg. Get your tickets here. I think I’m actually going to make this one!
  • And lastly, that other video I wanted to share today, which comes from Witherfall. This is the clip for “The Unyielding Grip of Each Passing Day”, taken from Curse of Autumn, which is out now through Century Media Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Khemmis, Sabaton, Pestilence, and More

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My body hurts. That’s about all I got for today.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Nightwish, Possessed, Black Star Riders, and More

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Very happy tomorrow is Friday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: RIP Mark Shelton, Crowhurst, Pestilence and more!

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Weekend time. Let’s do this.

  • Leading off with some sad news from Manilla Road: founder Mark “The Shark” Shelton passed away unexpectedly at age 60. No further details are available, but…this really sucks. A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the associated expenses, and we encourage you to donate if you can.
  • Next up, Crowhurst has signed with Prophecy Productions. They (he?) will also be playing Prophecy Fest in Brooklyn this November. So, good stuff if you’re into Crowhurst.
  • Not sure if y’all heard, but Pestilence — or more to the point, mastermind Patrick Mameli — has had himself a bad coupl’a days on the internets. As a result of his, erm…activities…the band’s North American tour has been cancelled. It’s unclear whether this will affect their participation at next year’s assorted Deathfests, but at least he has those Dexter Holland-Offspring dreads going for him? (/kills self)
  • This one’s from Sunday, but seeing as this is the first Canto post of the week…Bloodbath has apparently finished recording their next album. Want more information? Well, you’re S.O.L. That’s literally all they’ve told us.
  • Interesting little Metallica tidbit here: in Spotify’s latest earnings call, CEO Daniel Ek revealed that the band uses listener data to tailor its live setlists on a city-by-city basis. That’s…honestly, just a really neat and forward-thinking thing! Good on ’em. Unfortunately, there’s probably about a thousand basement chuds who are gonna protest it BECAUSE VIOLATION OF ARR FREEDOMS or something.
  • And finally, let’s close it out with a couple of cool humans doing a cool thing. Psalm Zero‘s Charlie Looker arranged a cover of Pyrrhon‘s “Empty Tenement Spirit” for a 17-piece orchestra, and then Pyrrhon frontman Doug Moore sang along during the live performance.  Check it out:

Goddamn, that was one of the neatest things I’ve seen in quite a while. Anyway, that’ll do it for now. Have a good weekend — especially if you’re at Migration Fest — and check back soon for more updates!

Keep it heavy,
Dan

CANTO: Maryland Deathfest 2019, Behemoth, Steve Albini and more!

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It’s gross outside. Let’s talk metal for a bit and forget about the moistness of this Monday afternoon. Here’s some news you might have missed from today:

  • Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the first wave of bands playing its 17th edition next Memorial Day. The highlights from this crop? Immolation, Pestilence, Mortician, Vomitory, Tomb Mold, Full of Hell and a bunch more. Peep the full list here — and maybe think about starting your anti-cancellation prayers ahead of time. Like, today.
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