CANTO: Blind Guardian, Amorphis, Hath, and More

There’s a massive of pile of awesomeness today, so let’s see what five or six items I care about most.

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Album Review: Cathexis — “Untethered Abyss”

Ever since I became part of the Technically Inclined podcast, I have become increasingly aware of the various flavors of tech death and how each band that plays under that genre has their own way of playing it. Because of this, I have opted to start reviewing more tech death, as I feel the genre does not get enough love unless it is combined with either a progressive or melodic touch. This brings me to CathexisUntethered Abyss, an album that stays true to the tech death sound with a few flaws in between.

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CANTO: Seputus, An Autumn For Crippled Children, Majestic Downfall, and More

Alright, it’s Bandcamp Friday. What did everyone snag today?

  • An Autumn For Crippled Children have a new album dropping on May 21st. Their second release as part of the Prosthetic Records roster will be called As The Morning Dawns We Close Our Eyes, and pre-orders are available here. A new single, “Carefully Breathing”, is also available at that link… while you’re at it.
  • Majestic Downfall have nailed down a release date for their new album. Their sixth album, Aorta, will be out on May 21st as well, through Personal Records. Listen to a new track called “Roberta”, and get your pre-order/wishlist-ing on, over at Bandcamp now.
  • And the final album announcement for the day comes from Seputus. The extreme metal trio is releasing Phantom Indigo on June 4th via Willowtip, their first album since 2016’s Man Does Not Give. Check out the first track from that album, “The Learned Response”, which features Dan Garguilo of Artificial Brain.
  • Last but certainly not least, we close with the new music video from Soen for “Deceiver”. That track is taken from their latest album, Imperial, which is available now through Silver Lining Music. Curiously, that’s an album I still haven’t explored this year. Big problem.

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Album Review: Eximperitus — “Šahrartu”

They might not be household names yet, because holy hell what a name, but Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum, better known as Eximperitus, have certainly made a name for themselves in the death metal scene, both from their cutting-edge technicality as well as their buck-wild aesthetic choices.  On their newest release, Šahrartu, the band seeks to take everything that they have built their brand on and turn it up to eleven, while deepening the mystery and enigma surrounding them and the world they are building up.  Oh yeah, and maybe change the face of death metal while they’re at it.

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Album Review: Defeated Sanity — “The Sanguinary Impetus”

Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus

Admittedly, I get drawn to high-minded concept, philosophical lyrics or cerebral, progressive elements that stretch the limits of the genres in metal all the time.  I love an album that is evocative, that makes me think about the world around me in new ways.  Equally as much, I love an album that’s ignorantly heavy and chock full of crushing, guttural brutality with just a hint of tasty experimentation, and sometimes it’s exactly what I need.  Thankfully, there’s Germany’s tech/brutal death metal veterans Defeated Sanity and their sixth installment The Sanguinary Impetus to smash my brain into a pulp. Continue reading