Album Review: Wormwitch — “Wolf Hex”

Growth and change are never a bad thing in a band, within reason, of course.  Some bands take the experiences of the road and of growing older and use it to forge a new path for themselves, and some use it to hunker down and double up on what makes them great.  Wormwitch, a band I have had my eyes on for some time, have opted for the latter on their newest release, Wolf Hex.  Their furious blend of black metal, old school thrash and death metal has always been a winning combination, and it is on this release that they seem to have found the winning proportion of everything.

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CANTO: Goat Torment, Eternity’s End, All That Remains, and More

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“Heat… night devour me… repeat… repetition.”

  • Let’s kick Wednesday off with Goat Torment. The Belgian blackened death metal outfit are releasing their third full-length, Forked Tongues, on October 29th through Season of Mist Underground Activists. Give the title track a listen right here.
  • Hey! Another Season of Mist thing! Cloak are back in the studio, recording their third full-length. That’s an album we should expect next year at some point. But let’s also take this moment to remind everyone that they will be on tour with Demiser in October and November.
  • All That Remains are celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Fall of Ideals with a reissue. It’s set to release on November 12th on vinyl, with an accompanying tour and documentary. Pre-order it here. Side note: I can’t stand anything ATR these days for a number of reasons, but this album fucks.
  • Eternity’s End have signed on with Prosthetic Records, and have announced a new album. Embers of War is set for a November 26th release, and you can check out a guitar playthrough for the new song “Arcturus Prime” over at Gear Gods.
  • And we’ll wrap up the day with a new video and live album announcement from Armored Saint. Symbol of Salvation Live will be out on October 22nd through Metal Blade, and the live clip for the title track can be found below. Enjoy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Rivers of Nihil, Mono, Nekromant, and More

All of a sudden it’s super hot out? Dumb.

  • Let’s start with Mono, a crowd favorite here at Nine Circles. Today they released another new single and video, “Innocence”, from Pilgrimage of the Soul. That album is set for a September 17th release through Pelagic Records… a label that has been on an absolute roll this year.
  • Swedish heavy metal trio Nekromant have announced their fourth full-length album. Temple Of Haal will be out on December 3rd through their new label home, Despotz Records. Give “The Woods” a listen… right now.
  • I’d also recommend jumping on over to Decibel to check out this full set performed by Wolf King, Live at Rapture Recordings. That set, of course, showcases material from their second album, The Path of Wrath, which dropped this passed March through Prosthetic Records.
  • Let’s close with the new music video from Rivers of Nihil, which I have seen all over the interwebs today. The clip for “Focus” is available directly below, a track taken from The Work. That album drops on September 24th through Metal Blade.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Cloak, Yatra, Misanthur, and More

Tour announcements all over the place today!

  • Starting with Cloak who are touring the U.S. with Demiser this coming October and November. I know one Nine Circler that’s going to be PSYCHED about this one. Well, two. Throw me in that bucket. Tickets can be acquired here. Both of these bands rule, so go do that.
  • And then we have Heavy Temple, another band I enjoy immensely. This is a shorter run of shows, but they have some U.S. dates in August and early September. They’ll be supporting their new album, Lupi Amoris, which dropped back in June through Magnetic Eye Records.
  • Yatra have signed on with Prosthetic Records, and are currently in the studio working on their label debut and follow-up to 2020’s All Is Lost. They also have a run of dates lined up in August and September, a few of which are with High Reeper… which kicks ass.
  • Combichrist has announced the second leg of their fall tour dates, with King 810, Davey Suicide, and Modern Mimes. Those dates kick off October 18th in Seattle, and runs through November 6th in Akron. The first leg of that tour starts September 19th, so lots of Combichrist this coming fall.
  • Polish black metal crew Misanthur have set October 15th as the release date of Ephemeris. Their debut will be out through Season of Mist Underground Activists, and you can check out the first single taken from that album below, titled “Black Clouds & No Silver Linings”.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Wolves in the Throne Room, Gama Bomb, Fit For An Autopsy, and More

Last Canto of the week. Tomorrow will find me lakeside with a bunch of idiots I call my friends.

  • Fit For An Autopsy have announced a winter 2022 headlining tour, with support from Enterprise Earth, Ingested, Signs of the Swarm, and Great American Ghost. Those dates kick off January 5th and run through February 12th. Tickets are available here.
  • Watain, a band I don’t really care about but a lot of other people do, have signed on with Nuclear Blast. As of now, they’ve begun the recording process for a new album, which we can expect sometime in early 2022.
  • Soulfly has announced that Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares will be joining them on stage for their upcoming U.S. tour. Tickets for that tour are on sale now here.
  • Marc Rizzo has been busy, and revealed a new project today titled Hail The Horns. Get a sample of what’s to come with this lyric video for “God Of Thunder”, a cover of the Kiss classic. But wait, there’s more! Rizzo also has a new solo ‘best of’ album dropping on September 10th, titled Living Shred Vol. 1. That will be out through Godsize Records.
  • Irish thrash collective Gama Bomb have returned with a new single, “Thunder Over London”. That clip is the title-track from their surprise three-song digital EP, which is set for a release tomorrow (August 6th). That is out through Prosthetic Records.
  • I’m getting more and more excited about Primordial Arcana, the latest album from Wolves in the Throne Room. So we’re going to wrap up today with the new video for “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire). That album drops on August 20th through Relapse Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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