CANTO: Pessimist, Artillery, Horndal, and More

I feel moderately accomplished today. That doesn’t suck.

  • Musk Ox, a project I haven’t mentioned in what seems like forever, will be releasing their third full-length album on July 9th. Inheritance will be an independent release, and pre-order details are coming soon. For what it’s worth, I’m really excited about this.
  • Horndal are celebrating the release of their sophomore album, Lake Drinker, with a live streamed event via Bandcamp. It’s scheduled for April 18th, and tickets are only $3.00, with all proceeds going to the town’s local non-profit to look after an old factory park.
  • Pessimist have announced new vinyl pressings of their first three albums, Cult of the Initiated, Blood for the Gods, and Slaughtering the Faithful, available through Season of Mist. Those release dates are May 14th, June 11th, and July 16th, respectively. Check out this trailer for the reissues, and get your pre-order fix here.
  • The May 7th release date for X, the latest album from thrash metallers Artillery, is growing closer. So we’ll wrap up the day with their new single and video for “Turn Up the Rage”. That one is out through Metal Blade Records, and can be pre-ordered here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Light The Torch, Kataan, Lamb of God, and More

This was one long fucking week.

  • I’m really excited about the debut from Kataan, so naturally I have to include the latest single from Processor in this roundup. This one is titled “Abyss”, and it is predictably awesome.
  • A couple fun covers to toss in the mix today, the first coming from Lamb of God. This is their reimagining of the Bad Brains track “I Against I”. I’m ready for this pandemic to be over, but these quarantine videos have been really well executed over the past year, this being no exception.
  • And the other cover of the day comes from Carnifex, who released a cover of Korn’s “Dead Bodies Everywhere”. This isn’t a quarantine video, but the visualizer for it is pretty damn wild. Check it out here.
  • And the video of the day comes from Light the Torch, the Howard Jones-fronted trio. They have a new album, their second full-length, set for a June 25th release through Nuclear Blast. It will be titled You Will Be the Death of Me, and you can check out the video for “Wilting in the Light” immediately below. Oh, and pre-orders are available at this location.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Wristmeetrazor, Artillery, Born of Osiris, and More

Fun fact: ciders aged in rye barrels are delicious.

  • Psychonaut and SÂVER have teamed up for a new split LP, titled Emerald. It will be out officially on May 14th through Pelagic Records, however pre-orders for what will be a highly sought-after album don’t start until April 6th.
  • Wristmeetrazor also dropped announced a new album announcement. Theirs is scheduled for a June 11th release through Prosthetic Records, and it will be titled Replica of a Strange Love. They released the first track from that album today, “Last Tango in Paris”, which you can check out at that same link.
  • Ok, only one more album announcement today. I promise. (No I don’t.) The latest from Artillery, simply titled X, will be out on May 7th through Metal Blade Records. I know this may come as a shock, but it’s their tenth full-length album. Check out the new single, “In Thrash We Trust”, right now.
  • Born of Osiris released a new single today, and that sounds like something good to close with. Check out the video for “White Nile”, available through Sumerian Records, immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Kataan, White Void, Solbrud, and More

Some seriously cool shit to share this Friday. Not a bad way to start a weekend.

  • Kataan, the newest project featuring Nicholas Thornbury (Vattnet Viskar) and Brett Boland (Astronoid), have signed on with Prosthetic Records, and have announced a self-titled debut EP set for a May 7th release. Check out the first single, “Processor”, right now. It’s fucking unreal and I couldn’t be more excited about this project.
  • Decibel Magazine has announced a 200th issue livestream show, scheduled for April 30th. It’s a massive lineup featuring the likes of Khemmis, Wake, Horrendous, and more. The event is presented by Metal Blade, and you can get the full scoop here.
  • And a couple videos today, being a Friday and all. The first coming from Solbrud. This is the new clip for “Sjæleskrig”, taken from the audio/visual live album, Levende I Brønshøj Vandtårn. That is set for an international release on March 26th through Eisenwald.
  • We’ll close with the new video from White Void for “There Is No Freedom But The End”, taken from their debut album, Anti, which is out now through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Pupil Slicer — “Mirrors”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: grindcore is going through an absolute renaissance right now, and it’s all thanks to bands that are taking the familiar trappings of the genre and turning them completely on their head.  What better way to mix up the grindcore formula, one that is already all about creating as much sonic distress as possible in the shortest amount of time, and throw in odd meters, angular and jarring chords and wildly chaotic riffs, and you get Pupil Slicer and their debut full-length Mirrors, which provides just the breath of fresh air needed.

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