Suffocating Hallucination truly is an album that answers the question of “what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object”. If you know, you know: Primitive Man are the undisputed champions of doom and the heaviest fucking band on the planet, with Full of Hell taking a close second, albeit for different reasons. In one corner, we have lumbering, plodding, black-hole-dense doom and on the other we have savage, razor-sharp and breakneck grindcore. “But Ian”, you say, “when we mix them together, shouldn’t we just get songs that are, you know, a normal tempo?” You absolute fool. You’re not ready for what’s about to hit you.Continue reading
Initial Descent: February 26 – March 4, 2023
Welcome back to another edition of “here’s a long list of new metal releases.” Or, Initial Descent as we know it. Anyway, this is the week that many have been anticipating since we’ve got new Enslaved so do that if it’s your thing. We’ve also got some rippin’ deathgrind from Maggot Crown, excellent swemelodeath from Majesties, and a devastating split between Full of Hell and Primitive Man. So yea, killer week of new releases. AND, we’ve got tons more so jump in and get some. See you here throughout the week.Continue reading
CANTO: The Ocean, Cattle Decapitation, Necrot, and More
I was going to skip this today, but there’s too much awesome stuff happening.
- We’ll lead off with The Ocean, because this is my post and they’re my favorites. Duh. Pre-orders for Holocene are officially live, and yes I did snag one of the boxes, thanks for asking. That’s out May 19 through Pelagic Records, of course, and today they unveiled a new track, with video, titled “Parabiosis”. It’s different and it’s awesome.
- Full of Hell and Primitive Man unveiled “Tunnels to God”, the latest from their collaborative album. Suffocating Hallucination is out on March 3 through Closed Casket Activities. They’re both on tour with Fit For An Autopsy and The Acacia Strain next month.
- Necrot has announced a US headlining tour in May, where they’ll be joined by Mortiferum and Deathgrave. Unfortunately for me, that tour happens to be on the other side of the country, so it appears I’ll be sitting this one out.
- Sleep Token are releasing their third album, Take Me Back to Eden, on May 19 through Spinefarm. Give the new single, “Vore”, a listen and watch here.
- I listened to the new track from Cattle Decapitation about 100 times today, so we’ll wrap up with that. Give “We Eat Our Young” a watch and listen below. Terrasite is out on May 12 through Metal Blade, and that is one we are all anxiously awaiting.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
CANTO: The Ocean, Insomnium, Acid King, and More
Holy shit a lot happened today.
- And since this is my post, we’re going to start off with my favorite. The Ocean Collective unveiled a new track today, titled “Preboreal”. The lyric video for that track can be seen here. Not a whole lot of other information has emerged surrounding this, but it’s obvious something awesome is on the horizon.
- Acid King are returning with a new album on March 24th, titled Beyond Vision, an effort that will be available through Blues Funeral Recordings. A sample of the new collection is streaming over at Revolver, specifically for “Destination Psych/Beyond Vision”.
- Full of Hell and Primitive Man announced a 5-song collaborative release titled Suffocating Hallucination. That will be released on March 3rd through Closed Casket Activities, and the first single, “Rubble Home”, is available now.
- The Black Dahlia Murder are returning to the stage for “The Verminous Remnant Tour 2023”, which runs from April 14th through May 26th. They’ll be joined by Terror, Frozen Soul, Fuming Mouth, and Phobophilic.
- Closing out, we have another personal favorite. Insomnium debuted a new single, titled “The Witch Hunter”, with an accompanying music video. You can give that a watch below. That track, obviously, is taken from Anno 1696, an album set for a February 24th release through Century Media.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
Best of 2022: Ian’s Honorable Mentions
What a year. It’s hard to believe that most of the hubbub and fervor of the last few years is fading into the background (read: not gone, not even a little bit). I feel like for once I had so much going on outside of sitting at home that I felt like it was a little hard to keep up with everything that came out this year, but nonetheless, there were a ton of albums that captivated me and kept me company, and we’re going to start with the honorable mentions. You get it by now: these albums are fantastic, but I only have room in my personal tops for nine albums, so don’t feel like I’m shortchanging any of these. Without further ado, here we go:Continue reading