CANTO: Völur, Ilsa, Amon Amarth, and More

Not really sure what to say here today. Where even am I?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Behemoth, Katla, Enslaved, and More

Behemoth 2018

I just emerged from the woods, therefore I have no idea why I’m writing this. Have we been here before?

  • Behemoth is re-issuing their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, on vinyl and CD. Pre-orders are available now, and I’m fairly certain I’m claiming one of the vinyls as my own.
  • Katla have announced their sophomore effort, Allt þetta helvítis myrkur, will be out on November 13th through Prophecy . Pre-orders are available here, and I encourage you to check out the first single, titled “Villuljós”, immediately. I’m a big fan of this project, so this excites me.
  • I’m going to keep talking about Enslaved, and you’re going to keep dealing with it. Utgard is out October 2nd through Nuclear Blast (if you’ve been living under a rock), and in this latest trailer, Ivar discusses some of the themes on the new album.
  • Nightfall shared a live performance of “Ishtar (Celebrate your Beauty)”, with footage taken from the Sierra studios in Athens. Give it a watch. Worth noting, that track is taken from 1995’s Athenian Echoes, which is getting the reissue treatment from Season of Mist at some point in the near future. Dope.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: April 5 – 11, 2020

DOOL
Dool (photo courtesy of Nona Limmen)

Well, well, well. We’re all still in this crap. But, at least we’ve got good tunes to ride it out with and this week, there’s no shortage of good to be found. So, let’s do this. Dark metallers Dool return with an absolute stunner (no surprise here, amazing band and amazing music), Akurion uncover all the dark corners in their love letter to death metal and all its wares, Benighted continue their reign of all things insane via grinding death metal, and High Priestess turn doom on its ear with some Pink Floydish twists. Four albums up top and many, many more to go so get to it! Continue reading

Album Review: Lotus Thief – “Oresteia”

Lotus Thief - Oresteia

San Francisco’s Lotus Thief have been bringing their particular brand of mystical, historical melange of doom, space, prog and post rock for a while now, with each release further settling into a dark corner of atmospheric post rock and metal.  With Oresteia, the band feels more expansive than ever, even as that expansiveness leads to the songs losing some impact along the way. Continue reading

Initial Descent: January 5 – 11, 2020

Haunt
Haunt

The ball has dropped, the headaches are gone, the messes are cleaned up, and it’s time for some new metal now that the lists will be growing in quantity. Killer week so let’s get to it.

Metal’s busiest band, Haunt, are back with another supercharged dose of heavy metal but this time we get some synth. And, it’s great. If you’re in the market for some soul crushing blackened doom that has no idea how to take it easy then Plague Weaver has you covered, and Lotus Thief are rounding out the top slots to cleanse the palate with some floating orbs of post-rock atmospherics. All that and more awaits below. Continue reading