CANTO: In Flames, Fire in the Mountains, At The Gates, and More

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On a Friday? In this economy?

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Interview: Winterherz of Waldgeflüster on “Ruinen”, Nature, and a Full Lineup

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Waldgeflüster

Germany’s Waldgeflüster began their journey in 2005 and is the sole creation of Winterherz. Up until 2014 he was the only full time member but that didn’t stop him from creating three full lengths of scathing yet earthy and emotionally charged black metal. With each successive release the band’s sound grew larger in scope and deeper in feel as Winterherz is not content to make the same album twice. Ruinen was released last October and is not only immense in scope but stands as the band’s finest album to date, it found its way onto numerous end of year lists and rightfully so. The way Waldgeflüster successfully marries raw black metal with a modern, melancholic sound and feel is truly second to none. We recently had a chance to talk with Winterherz about the new album, how the full lineup affected dynamics, nature as it relates to this particular band and much more. Find out what he had to say after the jump. Continue reading

Best of 2016: Paul Ravenwood from Twilight Fauna

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Today we have the pleasure of featuring a Best of 2016 list from Twilight Fauna‘s mastermind Paul Ravenwood. These lists are always fun but having the opportunity to see what an artist of Paul’s caliber has been listening to and subsequently loved enough to do this is a treat for us and will be for you as well. You know how these things work so read on — after the jump — to find out what he has in store. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 9 – 15, 2016

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It always seems that October flies by faster than any other month. Here we are, already halfway through and thankfully, the new metal releases just seem to get better each week. This one is no different but with Darkthrone‘s Arctic Thunder, it just got a lot bigger and for a lot of metalheads that have been anxiously awaiting their return. But we also have the latest entry into grindcore perfection with Voices from Wormrot, Waldgeflüster return with their pagan, atmospheric black metal on Ruinen, hard driving contemporary metallers Anciients offer up their second full length Voice of the Void, 40 Watt Sun‘s Wider Than the Sky is an emotionally stirring doom album and Our Place of Worship is Silence give us some gritty death metal on The Embodiment of Hate. Powerful week for sure, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet so dive deeper after the jump. Continue reading

Best of 2016, Q1: Dan’s List

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So, yaeh…where the hell did the first three months of the year go? It’s April already? Really? Time flies when you’ve got a lot of good music to get through, and man, did we ever have that in Q1. All the death metal, and black metal, and death metal, and sludge, and death metal. Seriously, it was a good three months for death metal, y’all.

Corey and I already got started on our lists earlier this week in Episode 37 of the podcast, but now it’s time for my full breakdown. Same deal as usual from me — a Top Five, followed by five honorable mentions — so let’s dig in. Here’s my best of Q1 list: Continue reading