News and New Music Roundup: Neurosis, Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, Midnight Odyssey And More!


New music featuring strong and possibly incorrect opinions from our own Finnish bear god.

Shards of Silver Fade, latest release from the ‘Strayan atmospheric/ambient-ish black metal act Midnight Odyssey is streaming in full over at bandcamp. You should go there and listen to it every day until June 8th, which is when you can listen to it from the comfort of your car (I hear you people use mainly car stereos for CD’s, what is wrong with you?). Dis Pater has subtly hinted that this might be it for Midnight Odyssey so that’s another reason to get on board now.


August 21st will see Battlecross unleash their new album Rise To Power. The streaming song “Not Your Slave” sounds very different from what I recalled them to be. Maybe I was thinking of another band, but this doesn’t really do anything for me. And for some reason I had this itch that I used to like the band. Guess I’ll have to wait ’til August to be sure. In the meanwhile you can stream the song below and be disappointed or amazed or indifferent towards it.


It’s high time we get some new material from Cryptopsy. It’s almost as if they’re afraid to drop anything after the much maligned The Unspoken King, taking four years to do a follow-up (2011’s Cryptopsy) and staying quiet ever since. It’s not all that helpful that The Book of Suffering Tome I is an EP rather than a full-length, but at least it’s new material. Personally I’ve never been a fan of Cryptopsy outside of None So Vile; maybe it is their endless personnel changes that have directed their sound in a different direction ever since, or maybe they just generally are not on the level of that album. Perhaps they injected so much fury, talent, and even catchiness into NSV that it has been impossible for them to get to that level again. Whatever the case, the point is they have a new teaser and indiegogo campaign out. And while we are at it, listen to this song they released on a compilation album some years back; nobody seems to have noted them – even back in the day.


  • In addition to their new album The Anthopocene Extinction dropping in August, Cattle Decapitation has decided to grace your ears with a Decibel Flexi-single “Cannibalistic Invasivorism” on the said month. Again, the format is unfortunate but the series continues to be great.
  • Rotten Sound have been posting photos on their FB-page, indicating that they are back to making their new record a reality, yay.
  • You can watch Xibalba’s new video for “Guerilla” here; you don’t have to though.
  • Some band called Borealis dropped a new song, “My Peace“. Yeah – I know.
  • Soilwork unveiled the cover art for their new album, The Ride Majestic out on August 28th.
  • On the 28th day of August shall be unveiled the fourth album of AHAB. The album shall be called The Boats Of Glen Carrig, named so after the William Hope Hodgson novel it is interpreted from. I for one hope that it will not tread the path of their most recent effort. I was not impressed by The Giant half as much as by the others. Anyways, here is the cover art.

This fall will see Neurosis embark on a U.S tour, their longest in the last fifteen years! And if I were you, I’d get my tickets as soon as possible. Depending on when you plan to attend they will be supported by Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and The Body or Sumac. Pinkish Black and Iron Tongue will also each support one show. See here for more details and below for dates.

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS

8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN

8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI

8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY

8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI

8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON

8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC

8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA

8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY

8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA

8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA

8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

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