CANTO: Rammstein, Watain, Battle Beast, and More

Watain 2022

Content is weirdly light for a Friday, which is the only reason I’m dropping this in.

  • I’ve heard some folks chatting about Battle Beast somewhat recently, so we can start there. Their new single, “Tempest of Blades”, is streaming now. Circus of Doom was a release from earlier this year, but today they unveiled a bonus version… hence the new single.
  • One of the more notable release today was The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain, which is out through Nuclear Blast. So, on that note, we should all check out the new live video for “Ecstasies in Night Infinite”. Watain is awesome.
  • Interested in a little slamming brutal death metal in your Friday? If so, here’s some new stuff from Extermination Dismemberment, titled “Agony Incarnate”. That new single is available through Unique Leader.
  • Hey, here’s something I want to attend. Post. Festival 2022 will feature the likes of Pelican, Boris, Junius, and a lot of other things I like. The event takes place the weekend of September 9th in Indianapolis. Tickets can be acquired here.
  • There’s a new Rammstein album out today that I need to listen to. Do I think Zeit will live up to their last effort? I can’t imagine it would because that album was incredible. Regardless, we’ll wrap up the week with the gnarly video for “Angst”.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

Album Review: Watain – “The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain”

Watain - The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain

Oh, Watain…where have you been? It’s been a little over four years since your return to the fold offering of Trident Wolf Eclipse…an album whose title signified those things you associated with your b(r)and. It’s safe to say I wasn’t over the moon with it. Now you come back with the even more outlandish (and frankly wonderful title) The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain. Sirs. You have evoked your own name in your title, and not eponymously, either. Not to mention the trials and tribulations of the great Michelangelo. What I am saying, gentlemen, is that you have either set yourselves up for a fall or you had a sneaking suspicion that your latest album is your best in a long while. Well, after careful review and consideration I am of the mind that it is most certainly the latter. This, my friend, is the bee’s knees.

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Initial Descent: April 24 – 30, 2022


The right choice of music can conquer damn near any situation, or at least make said situation palatable. We’ve had a plethora to choose from so far this year and with each of these new release lists, that plethora grows by leaps and bounds. This week gives us a mind bending experimental sludge debut from Pyrithe, black metal from both Watain and Al-Namrood, death metal from Suppression, and a full list of other releases to dig your teeth and wallet into. Give it a read and let us know what you find. See you here throughout the week…

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CANTO: Watain, Skull Fist, Tombs, and More

Alright. After about 100 spins, I can still confirm Impera is really freaking good.

  • Tombs is releasing a new EP, Ex-Oblivion, which is how we’re going to kick things off. Check out the video for “Ex Oblivion” here. This final single will eventually be released on July 13th, so keep your eyes open for new material still to come.
  • Pink Floyd covers tend to grab my interest, so here’s a version of “Dogs” performed by Cokegoat. You can purchase the single here. They’re also releasing the track through video installments, the first of which can be seen here.
  • A couple things from Atomic Fire to touch on next. First, Skull Fist unveiled a new single and video, “For the Last Time”, ahead of the release date for Paid In Full. That album drops on April 22nd.
  • And from there, German hard rock collective Sinner have signed on with the label. A new album, titled Brotherhood, will be released at some point later this year. So we’ll keep eyes out for that one as well.
  • Watain has a new album dropping on April 29th through Nuclear Blast titled The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain, and it only makes sense to close with new material from that. Below is the video for the third and final single from that album, “We Remain”.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

CANTO: The Lion’s Daughter, Armored Saint, Watain, and More

I just got infinitely more excited about seeing The Ocean next week.

  • When The Lion’s Daughter covered Judas Priest as part of their Turbo Covers EP, it went over pretty damn well. So, to celebrate their take on “Turbo Lover” becoming available across streaming platforms, they dropped a lyric video for the track.
  • Armored Saint are re-issuing three classics through Metal Blade Records. March Of The Saint, Delirious Nomad, and Raising Fear will be out on April 15th. Those we released back in 1984, 1985, and 1987 respectively, and have been out of print for some time. So this is a cool thing.
  • In other re-issue news, Cannabis Corpse are putting The Weeding EP back on vinyl. Originally released in 2009, the new pressing will be available on April 22nd through Season of Mist, and is available for pre-order here.
  • Terzij De Horde is popular around Nine Circles, so here’s a new track titled “Cheiron”. In One of These, I Am Your Enemy is out on April 8th through Consouling Sounds and Tartarus Records, depending on your preferred physical format.
  • Sure, we can wrap up with some new Watain. Here’s the lyric video for “Serimosa”, the second track taken from The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain. That’s out on April 29th through Nuclear Blast.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”