CANTO: Domination Festival, Rocklahoma, Wolves in the Throne Room, and More

wolvesinthethroneroom.2.17.18.63-4122

I want a new camera. Just because.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Slayer, Satyricon, Sodom, and More

slayer band

1/22/2018. Freaking. Monday.

  • Biggest news of the day for sure. Slayer have announced one final world tour. The previous rumor of the monster tour featuring Behemoth, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, and Testament was confirmed. Check out this video for more details.
  • More farewell tour stuff. This one involves Satyricon and America. They will be supplementing their appearance at MDF with a handful of other dates here in the US, and then they’re done with us forever. Honestly, I can’t really blame them. But I’m still sad.
  • Sodom have announced a new lineup. I guess they have a single coming later this summer with the new members. Do with that news what you will.
  • Twitching Tongues have revealed details behind their new album, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, which drops on March 9th. For now, you can check out a video for the first single off that record, titled “Harakiri”. If you’re into that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Best of 2017: Some stuff Dan liked this year!

9C 2017 EOY Header Image

Hey y’all, it’s been a minute! More accurately, it’s been about 221,000! Over the last four months, when I haven’t been watching the world rapidly start to resemble a toilet overflowing with diarrhea, I’ve been slaving away at my first semester of nursing school. Which has meant that finally, after a solid 2-3 years in a row of telling myself, “I’m gonna listen to less music this year,” I actually did listen to less music this year! My best estimate is…probably 165 albums? Maybe 170? Still a bunch, but down more than a hundred from each of the last couple of years. MISSION [SORTA] ACCOMPLISHED.

On the other hand, this puts me in something of an odd position when it comes to picking my “Best of 2017.” I didn’t listen to as much music. I deleted my Twitter and reduced my overall social media presence by, conservatively, 75% — which, by the way, was a fucking AMAZING life decision that I recommend all of you try — so I had neither a steady stream of albums-you-must-hear-or-you-will-be-shunned crossing my radar screen, nor the urge to seek out even more obscure albums that I could shun others for not having heard. Oh, and also, most of my favorite albums this year were from outside the metal genre. Me putting this list together and claiming it to be THE BEST OF 2017 would be a little delusional.

So, that’s why I’m not doing that. Okay fine, I’ve made a list and ordered it — alphabetically, because EAT IT, BIG RANKINGS — but that’s it. This is just some stuff I listened to and happened to really enjoy this year. Authoritativeness be damned. (Or left for the folks over at Last Rites.) Let’s jump in.

A note before beginning:

This list is going to focus on the metal portion of this year’s listening. (And perhaps, in some cases, the metal-adjacent.) So, even though Ulver put out my favorite album of the year in any genre with The Assassination of Julius Caesar, you’re not going to see that thing in this post. Same with Anathema. Same with…I dunno, Steven Wilson, or The War on Drugs, or other contributions from pretty-blatantly-not-metal artists. If time permits, I’ll do a year-end Rainbows in the Dark recap. (Maybe.) But this is my metal list, and it shall be kept metal. Now, all that said…

Continue reading

Best of 2017: Zorn of Zornheym

Zorn (guitars), Zornheym
Zorn

Sweden’s extreme metallers Zornheym released their debut full length, Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns, back in September on Non Serviam Records. Epic and grandiose are just a couple of words that describe the nine tracks found on this symphonic metal album, it’s heavy and extreme in precisely the right places but the atmosphere is the real star here and the super crisp production helps drive the point home. Zorn (lead guitarist) sent us his picks from 2017, head inside to see what he chose.  Continue reading