CANTO: Spirit Adrift, Tool, Randy Blythe, and More

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Did ya miss me?

  • For those that missed it, the Westboro Baptist Church protested the election of Danica Roem to state legislature. No surprise there because, ya know, they’re the worst. The fun part? Randy Blythe countered their protest with… kazoos. And it went super well! He’s such a treasure.
  • Tool updates! No, not album news. But tour dates are kinda fun, right? Why do I feel like I was in this exact same position typing these exact same words last year?
  • How did Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody celebrate one year of sobriety? With a giant tattoo on his dome. Like… what now? Weird flex, but ok. Did I use that right? No? Oh well. I tried.
  • A new Spirit Adrift song dropped over the weekend… and it’s awesome! Check out “Hear Her” below. Their new album, Divided By Darkness, will be out May 10th through 20 Buck Spin.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Concert Review: Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth, 7.25.2017

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When it was announced that Slayer was headlining a run of shows this summer with support from Lamb of God and Behemoth, I made the claim that it was going to be the premier metal tour of the summer. I understand that there are other notable tours kicking around this time of year (Summer’s Laughter, for one). But how often does a tour feature the three-headed monster that this one does? (Pardon the lame reference to the tour poster). Each band is quintessential to the metal world in their own way. We have Slayer, the legends of death metal that they are. The hugely popular thrash groove intensity of Lamb of God. And Behemoth, who I would consider the very pinnacle (in terms of success) of present day extreme metal. Undoubtedly, this a tour that every metal fan was at the very least aware of. And I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to cover it. Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Suffocation, Ghost, Lamb of God and more!

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April 5, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you may have missed from yesterday:

  • Suffocation guitarist Charlie Errigo shared an Instagram post indicating that the band’s new album, Of the Dark Light, will be out “sooner than you think.” Still no actual date confirmed yet for the follow-up to 2013’s Pinnacle of Bedlam.

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Retrospective: Lamb of God – “Sacrament”

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Lamb of God. Oh, Lamb of God. If you’re going to open a conversation about one of the most well-known and well-respected groove/thrash metal groups going, where should one begin? You could fill volumes with the events contained in the band’s history and discography. From the Burn The Priest days and the subsequent reasoning behind the name change all the way through the more recent drama surrounding a certain manslaughter case in the Czech Republic, there are countless events we could define as ‘critical’ to their history. Unfortunately for all you, I don’t really have time to get into any or all of that. But what I do want to focus on is the album that projected LoG to the top of my library for a significant period of time back in the mid-2000’s. And that album would be 2006’s Sacrament. Continue reading

CANTO: RIP Prince, more Summer Slaughter rumors, and a new track from Gone Is Gone

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“Don’t you see their bodies burning, desolate and full of yearning? Dying of anticipation, choking from intoxication.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey