Album Review: In Thousand Lakes – “Evolution”

In Thousand Lakes - Evolution

If a band comes out with a name that reminds you of a country mainly known for its massive metal exports, two things come to mind: a) they’re from that specific country; or b) they’re paying tribute to the country in some way, whether through their instrumentation or through their songwriting. In Thousand Lakes‘ case, a band hailing from Spain, seems to fall into the second category, but they’re also (very pointedly) bringing loads of that sweet Swedish melodeath into the mix on Evolution. Continue reading

CANTO: DragonForce, Demons & Wizards, Golgotha, and More

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Two day streak!

  • Let’s start with an update from Golgotha. The Spanish doomers are preparing to release their fourth album, titled Erasing the Past, through Xtreem Music. It will be out on October 22nd, and you can check out a new track called “Distorted Tears” right now. Spoiler alert: it be good.
  • I stumbled on this Demons & Wizards footage from Wacken Open Air 2019 and got super nostalgic. This is a performance of the track “The Gunslinger”. I need to get back to that festival some year. Ya know, now that I’m a wise old man and all.
  • I’m not sure if anyone is familiar with, or planning on attending, HorrorHound Weekend (September 6-8 in Indianapolis). But if you are, you’ll be able to catch John 5 performing that Saturday. 
  • Ya know what? Let’s cram another YouTube link in here. DragonForce dropped a new video for “Heart Demolition”, off of the upcoming Extreme Power Metal full length out on September 27th. Let’s watch it.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Initial Descent: August 18 – 24, 2019

Sacred Reich
Sacred Reich

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We’ve got Sacred Reich with their first full length in 23 years and if there’s even a thought that they might miss a step, dispel it immediately as their thrash metal is as on point here as it ever has been and that album art is sooooo skate deck ready. Boston sludgers Leather Lung offer up their third full length and it’s a dirty, nasty scorcher, Swamp Coffin dig on Nola-esque sludge as well as seedy death metal on their debut EP, and Swedeath veterans Sorcery slice and dice with the fury of a runaway chainsaw on their fourth full length. 

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CANTO: Cynic, Belphegor, Sonata Arctica, and More

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I ran ten miles and Liverpool won something. What a day.

  • Cynic have announced a reissue of their sophomore effort, Traced In Air. I mean, it’s only 11 years old, but I’m still going to check out this revision either way. It comes out on September 27th through Season Of Mist, but here’s a preview.
  • Belphegor have begun working towards a 2020 release. It will be their 12th studio album, and the anticipated release is sometime in the summer through Nuclear Blast. Here’s a snippet of a new track called “Sanctus Diaboli Confidimus”, that was recently performed live.
  • In case you missed it, Sonata Arctica are releasing a new album called Talviyö on September 6th. They’ve been dropping trailers in the build up to this, and today I’m happy to bring you the fourth installment of said trailers. This one focuses on band history and some other stuff. I think. I haven’t watched it yet.
  • Let’s close with some death metal. This is a lyric video from Abythic for a track called “Drifting Among Shadows”. Their sophomore effort, Conjuring the Obscure, drops on September 11th via Xtreem Music.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Desecresy – “The Mortal Horizon”

Desecresy - The Mortal Horizon

Finnish esoteric doom death kvlt Desecresy has been a name in underground circles many kvlt fans have revered, but in no way are they getting the attention they deserve.  Plainly simple, the band is as obscure as they come, even with a legitimately impressive back-catalog of death metal albums.  Somehow, the most knowledgeable fans always find a way to exonerate the metal community by supporting such bands that truly deserve the media support mainstream lame-stream bands get in increasingly larger amounts these days.  Desecresy needs your listening ear.  They will be releasing a full-length album entitled, The Mortal Horizon.  Ritual esoteric doom/death of superlative caliber will not get year-end mentions from most mainstream writers.

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