Initial Descent: March 29 – April 4, 2020

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The sentiment of ‘hope everyone is well and safe’ carries again this week as we’re still in this mess. But, to stave off the darkness and provide some living room destroying fun, we’ve got another long list of incoming metal so hopefully something here will help pass the time. London based Beggar offer up a debut full length of incendiary extreme sludge metal and I’ve been head over heels for this one, you should be too, Testament have their 13th full length on deck and one thing’s always been for sure about them: never, ever count them out as their brand of melodic thrash and heavy metal still sounds amazing after 34 years, Skam astutely define catharsis through grinding violence, and Zolle find cohesive and powerful ground with a solid mixture of noise and sludge. Incredible picks already and there’s so much more below so dig in and keep your head up as much as possible. Continue reading

CANTO: Amorphis, Trivium, August Burns Red, and More

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Lots of tasty stuff today.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Cloak, Testament, Gouge Away, and More

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I’ve been in the mountains since Friday, but returned to entertain you fine people.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Migration Fest 2020, The Black Dahlia Murder, System of a Down, and More

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That superb owl wasn’t superb at all.

  • This came through last Friday but I was too busy doing mountain things. But… holy shit everyone this Migration Fest lineup is absurdBuried at Sea, Falls of Rauros, and Thou performing with Emma Ruth Rundle are the sets I’m most looking forward to. How about you?
  • The Black Dahlia Murder have announced an upcoming tour with Testament, Municipal Waste, and MeshiaakThose dates fall in April and May. I plan on doing everything I can to get to that one.
  • Faith No More, System of a Down, and Korn are teaming up to play a massive stadium show at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on May 22nd. Additional support will come from Russian Circles and Helmet. That is a pretty damn wild one-off show.
  • And we will wrap up with a new video from Northwind Wolves. This one is for “Lord of Winter and Death”. A little symphonic metal on a Monday afternoon, I suppose. Their latest, Mountains And Darkness, is out now through Black Lion Records.

 

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Light The Torch, Emma Ruth Rundle, Hellfest Open Air, and More

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It’s been forever since I did one of these because I was in the wilderness for a week. But I’m back now. Chris will be so happy.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb