CANTO: Ufomammut, Massacre, The Contortionist, and More

It’s like… super nice out. So I went for a long run for some stupid reason.

  • Ufomammut are back, with a new drummer and recording plans very much in the works. After a year and a half hiatus, the Italian psychedelic metallers have announced Levre as their new drummer. We’ll keep a close eye on this as new material eventually comes our way.
  • Death metal veterans Massacre have signed on with Nuclear Blast, and are planning the release of their fourth studio album later this year. It’s been seven years since their last album, so let’s go ahead and add this to the list of things to keep an eye on.
  • The Contortionist have announced a live stream event, Clairvoyant – A Full Album Performance, scheduled for May 15th. Their latest full-length was somehow released way back in 2017, so it’ll be cool to see it performed live in full. Tickets are available here.
  • In case anyone was curious what Psychosexual sounded like (I was not and still am not), you can check out the video for “Devil From Hell” right now. A song name that makes my mind go right to The Black Satans. As a reminder, that’s the project fronted by Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch). Unholy Hymns for the Children is out on May 14th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Mayhem, Devin Townsend, Metallica, and More

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I leave for Detroit in two days. CAN’T WAIT.

  • Some crazy drama out of Mayhem in recent days. The bottomline of the matter is, Necrobutcher did not much care for Euronymous. However, I do not much care for Mayhem, so… moving on I guess?
  • …moving onto the latest Metallica merch? What is my existence today? Ugh. ANYWAY. If the only way you’ll achieve satisfaction in life is by being completely covered in Metallica apparel 24/7/365, you’ll be thrilled that they dropped some new watches, bathing suits, and… a wetsuit. Apparently.
  • Finally something I am actually excited about. Devin Townsend has announced some 2020 dates with The Contortionist and Haken. Those fall in February and March of next year and you better believe I will find myself at that Boston date.
  • Check out this video from Italian heavy metallers Tytus for “Rain After Drought: Part 2”. It was inspired by the fights of the North Dakota Sioux tribes at Standing Rock Reservation in 2016 .

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2017: Some stuff Dan liked this year!

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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…

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Best of 2017: Edge of Haze

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In keeping with the theme of guest “best of 2017” lists, today we have a top ten from Finland’s melodic rockers Edge of Haze who just last month released their latest full length Deluge. Their list represents a great cross section of like minded and sounding bands from across the rock and metal spectrum. Check out what picks they have to share and stick around for a stream of their newest album.  Continue reading

CANTO: Footage from “Rammstein in Amerika,” a new TesseracT tour, and more

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And a big happy birthday to our very own Dan Kaplan, who finally turned 16! Just kidding, he’s 68. All joking aside, Happy Birthday, Dan. I’m sure a Monday back at work has made it a great one. Okay, that covered, what else is going on?

That would be “Rammlied,” in case you couldn’t figure that out on your own. The DVD drops on September 25.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
-Corey