CANTO: Thy Catafalque, At The Gates, Tetrarch, and More

I don’t even know where to start today, there is so much going on.

  • We knew this was coming, but at least we have something specific to talk about now. At The Gates have officially announced that their new album, The Nightmare Of Being, will be released on July 2nd through Century Media Records. Pre-orders won’t start until the end of the month, however, so we’ll keep this on our radar until then.
  • This Roadburn Redux keeps getting better. This was somewhat hinted at, but now we have confirmation that there will be a “Pelagic Presents” segment that will feature performances by The Ocean, Crown, Year of No Light, and more. Cannot wait for this.
  • Thy Catafalque, the project that never takes a break (not a complaint), has announced a new album slated for a June 25th release. Vadak, the tenth album in the library, will be available through Season of Mist. Check out the first single and video, “Piros-sárga”, right now.
  • Tetrarch released a pretty damn heavy new single and video today, titled “Negative Noise”, so we can close with that. That track is taken from Unstable, which is out on April 30th through Napalm Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Receiving the Evcharist: MONO and Pelagic Coffee’s The Great Dying

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Welcome back, friends!  Today we have something special going on in the way of a two-for from Pelagic Records.  As you already know, Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offerings: MONO’s Beyond the Past: Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra and Pelagic Coffee’s The Great Dying.

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CANTO: The Ocean Collective, Lamb of God, Erdve, and More

The Ocean

This week tapered off in a very strange way.

  • Very exciting news emerging from my favorite band today. The Ocean have announced a live stream event in which they will be performing Phanerozoic I in it’s entirety. That event takes place on March 25th. Better news still? They have TWO new albums ready to be recorded.
  • H2O have teamed up with Liquid Death for a new streaming experience. Live At Toby’s House takes place on February 26th at 8:00 PM EST. That fact that this is taking place in the front man’s home is pretty freaking awesome/hilarious. Snag a ticket here if you’re intrigued by such a concept.
  • So there’s another unique streaming event I feel compelled to share today. Extreme hardcore crew Erdve will be sharing a virtual performance filmed at Lukiškės Prison in Vilnius, Lithuania. The footage was captured last September, and the premiere is scheduled for February 27th. Here is the event link. This should be a good one.
  • We’ll close with the new video from Lamb of God for “Ghost Shaped People”. That was a track taken from the upcoming deluxe version of their self-titled album. Give it a watch below, and scoop up the latest version of that record here… if you’re interested. It officially drops on March 26th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Best of 2020: Jon’s List

Best of 2020

Since every minute of every day in this year of our Lord 2020 seems hyperattenuated to *gestures vaguely at all of this*,  you don’t need me to remind you of anything. If you are reading this, you survived, and I hope that continues. While I count mine (and my family’s) survival as the accomplishment of the year, other things I didn’t hate were the Domestikwom EP I put out in June titled Wallowing in Misery, along with launching a full fledged website for fellow Nine Circler Chris and I’s movie podcast Cinema Dual.

I was also able to pull focus long enough to check out some albums this year, and unlike the year that spawned them, I was pretty impressed. Hopefully you find something you like or even something new. Best of luck next year.   Continue reading

Best of 2020: Corey’s List

Best of 2020

At this point, what more is there to say about what happened in 2020? I could echo the sentiments of so many others, on this blog and otherwise, but I think we get the idea. I could take this time to lament about the struggles around us, our unsustainable societal structure and all that, but that rant should probably be for another time and place. For now, I’ll just say that my hope is that we can all reflect on the events of 2020 and recalibrate what we prioritize as a society… but I’m not optimistic that will happen. And to all the calendar watchers out there, 2021 won’t magically be better just because it happens to not be 2020. Want things to be better? Make change. That applies to all of us. Status quo sucks anyway.

Enough of that, let’s spin the narrative a bit. As the world continues to burn around us (literally and figuratively), I need to express unrelenting gratitude to all the artists and musicians that continued to perfect their craft over the past several months. Without concerts, and as album sales continue to serve as minimal revenue at best, pausing these pursuits in search of other enterprises would have been understandable. In a year with so much negativity, and so much time away from friends and family, the music I absorbed in 2020 resonated on a deeper level than it has in years. So, thank you, for offering an escape from the daily chaos. A (completely self-induced) pressure to absorb more and more music had taken over in recent years, and as a result my connection to individual records was hindered. A basic quantity over quality concept in listening experience, I suppose. This past year, however, that wasn’t the case. I still consumed an aggressive amount of new music, but the exploration was more curious, and more genuine, than in years past. The result? A stronger attachment to the 2020 releases… which I’m certain will resonate long after we start our 2021 discussions. If there is a bright side to 2020, it’s the realigning, or rediscovering, of our passions and finding new ways to pursue them in the day-to-day. And that’s a mentality I hope to take into the new year.

So let’s dive into my 2020 picks. As always, nine favorites and nine honorable mentions. Side note: I can’t remember a year in which it was this hard to separate a few albums from the greater pack, and that’s probably the result of offering myself the opportunity to truly embed myself in these albums. There was just so much quality presented this year, and delivered over such an expansive spectrum. Just another part of the ridiculous journey that was 2020, I suppose. Anyway…

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