CANTO: Equilibrium, Possessed, Exumer, and More

equilibrium 2019If I don’t get in at least two Cantos per week, am I even responsible for Cantos at all? Yes. The answer is yes.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: May 5 – 11, 2019

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Idle Hands

This is one of those weeks that could’ve easily seen double digit albums in the top slots. It’s. That. Good. This year just keeps on giving so let’s cut the chit-chat and get to it…

Following up on the STELLAR EP, Don’t Waste Your Time, is Idle Hands with their full length debut Mana and honestly you just don’t know how much this brand of goth metal is needed until you know so get acquainted with it, this is a freaking masterpiece of soaring anthems drowned in mellow sadness. Next up is the godfathers of death metal, Possessed, with their loooooong awaited third full length Revelations of Oblivion and if initial impressions hold true, this will be one for the ages and one that furthers the intimate brand that Seven Churches laid bare. And then, Spirit Adrift completely seal the deal of trad metal meets majestic doom on third full length Divided By Darkness and it’s a sweet ass album full of old soul metal energy. Last up top but certainly not least is Wisconsin’s melodic black metallers Uhtcearu with their third full length Madness & Creation which finds the band in a forward thinking, progressive frame of mind. Now, don’t get your panties in a bunch as this slight addition works EXTREMELY well so if you were a fan of the last two, this one will blow your mind but if you’re a newb then this is a great jump off point.

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The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal

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In any form of art, there’s something magical about the “early works,” those seminal points of origin that set the course for wider narrative. It’s like the moment when the archaeologist finds and examines the fossil that ties together the map of disparate species. Or like the literary researcher who finally reaches the shelf with all the old texts, dusts them off and sets to work. Early extreme metal is a lot like this. There’s that turn around 1985 when you hear bands start to pull away from classical heavy metal. The guitar and bass picking patterns change, the vocals begin to lose their pitch, and the double-bass drum steadily becomes more important. Certain records appear and you realize, “wait, this isn’t really thrash anymore is it?” Buckle up and ride with us through The Nine Circles ov…80s Death Metal. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Bobby Liebling, The Faceless, Possessed and more!

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Bobby Liebling

May 15, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:

    • As per usual, a whole bunch of bands dropped new albums on Friday, including John Frum and Wormwitch. Peep Josh’s recap for a more complete list!

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Album Review: Cemetery Lust – “Screams of the Violated” (Re-issue)

Cemetery Lust - Screams Of The Violated

Today we have a twofer of metal reissues, more bang for your metal reading. The first is a reissue of Screams of the Violated, the first full-length from Portland Oregon thrashers Cemetery Lust. The second is more of an unearthing, rather than a reissue, of the EP Ancient Wrath from the now defunct Greek death metal band, Necromancy. Two strikingly different albums from different eras of metal. We’ll go over them separately. First up: Cemetery Lust. Continue reading