CANTO: Sólstafir, Like Moths to Flames, Veil of Maya, and More

This week is starting to taper off, and I’m really excited about it.

  • So this sounds really freaking cool. Sólstafir and Vreid are teaming up for a very unique concert stream, scheduled for October 15th and taking place on the mountaintops of Iceland and Norway. It’s scheduled for 3:00 PM EST, and you can tune in here.
  • This is a Europe thing I can’t participate in, but for those that can… I’m jealous. Arcturus and Iotunn have a run of shows planned in January and February of next year. Having seen Arcturus live once before, I would love to do that again someday in a not-MDF setting.
  • Monuments released the first single off of their upcoming new album, the name of which either does not exist yet or I simply can’t find. Anyway, that will be out sometime in 2022, and the clip for “Lavos” can be seen here.
  • Like Moths to Flames have announced a new EP, Pure Like Porcelain, which will be out on November 5th through UNFD. Check out the new track, “The Preservation of Hate”, right here.
  • And we’ll wrap up with the new video from Veil of Maya for “Outrun”. That new single is available through Sumerian Records. They’re also on tour throughout October, if you’re interested in that.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Mono, Insomnium, Armored Saint, and More

Alright, after a some time off I think I’m finally getting the wheels turning again. Not at work, of course. But everywhere else, for sure.

  • This is from last week, but since I can’t get enough of Insomnium I’m going to share it anyway. The Finnish melodic death metal legends announced a new EP, Argent Moon, which is set for a September 17th release through Century Media. In conjunction, they also dropped a new track and video titled “The Antagonist”. Personally, I love the melancholy vibe of the last few singles I’ve heard. This band can do no wrong.
  • Armored Saint have announced fresh tour dates with Black Label Society and Prong. It’s a very brief run of five shows, all out west, from December 27th through the 31st. The only band I’ve seen live out of this bunch recently was BLS, and based on that alone I can confirm these shows are worth attending if you can manage it.
  • Bastardur, the crust punk project from Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (Sólstafir), has officially signed on with Season of Mist and announced new album details. Satan’s Loss of Son will be out on October 29th, and you can preview what’s to come with the new single titled “Viral Tumor”.
  • Let’s close out a very weird day with the new single and video from Mono, who I love dearly. This track it titled “Riptide”, which is taken from Pilgrimage of the Soul. That album is set for a September 17th release through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Sólstafir — Endless Twilight of Codependent Love

The one thing that has been the most consistent about the almost quarter of a century long career of Icelandic giants Sólstafir is their inconsistency.  Certainly not in terms of quality, but in their sound. There’s always been a strong tendency to break any semblance of genre rules and regulations and do whatever their hearts desire.  This has led them through the labels of black metal, post rock, grunge, art rock and more. But to them, they’ve always just done their own thing, and on their newest effort Endless Twilight of Codependent Love, they’re even harder to pin down.

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CANTO: Sólstafir, Fozzy, Anti-Flag, and More

Solstafir - Endless Twilight of Co-Dependent Love

You better fucking vote tomorrow… if you haven’t already.

  • Sólstafir has announced a virtual listening party for Endless Twilight of Codependent Love tomorrow morning at 10 AM EST. The official release date is this coming Friday, through Season of Mist.
  • Fozzy has announced their first ever live streamed concert experience. That event, “Capturing Judas”, takes place on November 14th, live from Madison Records Studios in Atlanta. It sounds like a ton of fun, so check out some more details and snag a ticket here.
  • Anti-Flag just released a digital deluxe edition of 20/20 Division, from this past January, with five new songs… just in time for the election. Scoop it up here.
  • We’ll close today with a new video from dark rock artist Sharone. This clip is for “Fade Away”, the second track from Morbid Illusion, which drops next May through Devil Inside Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Initial Descent: November 1 – 7, 2020

Cult Burial
Cult Burial

No lie, and not that anyone cares, last week wore me down, with the exception of Halloween, and even though early, this week appears to be much the same ol’ beatings. YAY me. Also, this is the week to do the thing and get your voice heard so go vote, if you haven’t already. Monday means new metal list time so grab your wallets and get your clicky fingers ready; coming in HOT with a fiery death metal debut is Cult Burial who we recently did a Profile with so check that out as well and Sólstafir walk a very fine line between rock and metal but on their seventh album they make it sound even better than ever before. We’ve also got new death/doom from Pulchra Morte and very experimental black metal from MRTVI. Good stuff up top this week but more good stuff awaits below so click, listen, and support as many as you can. 

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