CANTO: Alcest album details, GWAR vodka, In Flames teaser, and more

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“There is this face in the still water I can’t remember ever wearing. Like fingerprints on your heart, reading out the last lines of code. To the untrained eye, a secret. I bled away the last of you.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Visions ov Hell: Kvelertak – “Nattesferd”

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I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent much time with the latest effort from Kvelertak. It’s not that I don’t think Nattesferd isn’t a solid album. It is. But it’s more that Kvelertak have always been a live band for me. I discovered them in a live setting, they blew me away, and I just don’t think anything they have put on record has matched that level of enjoyment. A snobby approach perhaps, but whatever. And as a follow up thought, yes their live show is that good. Regardless, we sit here now addressing their new music video for the title-track of this most recent effort. And let me tell you, it’s some kind of entertaining. Continue reading

Initial Descent: June 17, 2016

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Thought last week was a big week for new metal? Okay, you probably did — because it was, and because I told you it was. But compared to this week? Ha. Haha. Hahaha.

If last week was a big week, then June 17 is a HOLY-SHIT-YNGWIE-MALMSTEEN-JUST-ATE-DINO-CAZARES week. We’ve got stuff dropping from all over the spectrum today, from Gojira‘s long-awaited sixth full-length, Magma, to the much-hyped third album from Oxnard grinders Nails. And a new one from Thrawsunblat. And one from Swans. Shit, there’s even a split from Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist!

If you haven’t gathered by now: we’ve got a lot to listen to, so I’m going to cut my excited rambling off here and get to it. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:
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Album Review: Kvelertak – “Nattesferd”

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On their new, third album, NattesferdKvelertak is less “Kvelertak-y” than they’ve ever been. John Dyer Baizley’s cover artwork? Gone. Kurt Ballou’s production? That’s out, too. In most cases, the band’s even done away with the blast-beat driven aggression that’s driven their black ‘n’ roll / hardcore sound since its inception. But if you’re worried the bottom’s completely dropped out, lighten up. At the end of the day, the Norwegians still know how to write a fun song, and they show that regularly on Nattesferd. It’s not a great album, but it’s certainly not a bad one either.
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Initial Descent: March 11, 2016

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I’m starting this off with a picture of Germany’s Accuser, because there’s not a TON else coming out today — and I’m sure as hell not about to lead with a picture of Killswitch Engage. Who, yes, still exist and who, yes, are also dropping a new album today. Oh well. We’ve also got a new split from Panopticon and Waldgefluster, as well as a reissue from Auroch, so get ready to dig your teeth in. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, March 11:
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