CANTO: Vader, Enslaved, Pagan Altar, and More

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I need to go to the bar, so this will be quick.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Concert Review: Maryland Deathfest XV, Part Two

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[click here for part one]  [click here for part three]  [click here for part four]

To me, Friday felt like the first real day of this year’s Maryland Deathfest. (No disrespect to Thursday’s performers at all; I just only saw three of them, so for my personal experience, it felt more like a prologue of sorts.) For the first time — absent the opportunity for parking lot hangs, crushed beer-can BBQing and other outdoor shenanigans — it’d be all metal straight through, from the late afternoon to the earliest part of the morning. Let’s get to it! Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 30 – November 5, 2016

Dark Tranquility
Dark Tranquillity

Well, it’s November all of a sudden and we are hours away from the dreaded time change, aka HELL. But also, mere days away from the election and hopefully all of the bitterness and vitriol will subside once this is over, maybe? Or maybe not? Anyway, on to the matter at hand, new metal to be exact. And — as usual — we have you covered here on Initial Descent. Melodic death metal veterans Dark Tranquillity return with their triumphant eleventh full length Atoma, Cóndor evokes classic heavy metal on Sangreal, on Utter the Tongue of the Dead, Void Meditation Cult scare the hell out of everyone with their extremely blackened death metal (yes, this tag is actually warranted for once), Vader keep the flame of death metal burning on The Empire, HammerFall continue their tradition of glorious power metal on Built To Last, and Deathspell Omega thankfully jumped the gun with the digital release of their glorious black metal EP, The Synarchy of Molten Bones. All that and much more to come, after the jump. Continue reading

CANTO: Children Of Bodom tour, Metallica tour?, and semi-updates from Behemoth

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“I don’t want your opinion, I don’t need your ideas. Stay the fuck out of my face, stay away from me. I am my own God, I do as I please.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Initial Descent: August 12, 2016

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Ahead of a live debut at Migration Fest, Oregon’s Mizmor releases its new full-length, “Yodh,” on August 12.

Hey kids. I’m technically late with this because I’m at Migration Fest, but you know what? As I’m writing this, it’s only 9:45 AM out here in Olympia, Washington, so you can suck it. We’ll keep it quick because I’ve got a lot more to get to today — namely, exploring, festival stuff, beer drinking, etc. What’s coming out this week? Well, the highlight is Mizmor, whose new full-length, Yodh, finally drops today. There’s also stuff from Equilibrium (who I definitely didn’t realize were still a band), Vader, and all manner of other things. Marsh Dweller also technically drops on Monday, but I’m gonna cover it this week, because it’s pretty cool. So take a little look below and see for yourself — here’s what we’ve got on tap:
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